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October 30, 2008



Doris T. Cheek, 77, of Frankfort, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008.

Born April 21, 1931, in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Bertha Onan Wilhoite. She was a retired nursing technician at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Mel) Trivette, Frankfort; four sons, John (Diane) Cheek, Georgia, Michael (Cheryl) Cheek, Frankfort, David (Margaret) Cheek, Frankfort, and Russell (Tonie) Cheek, Florida; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beatrice Hensley, Frankfort, and Trina Curtis, Tompkinsville; and two brothers, Ben Wilhoite, Frankfort and Billy Rucker, Colorado. Two sisters, Janie Smith and Thelma Bingham, and two brothers, Edgar Wilhoite and J.T. Wilhoite, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 27, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Vernon Carpenter and Michael Cheek. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Bonnie Knight Gum, 90, of Frankfort, widow of Robert Park Gum, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Nellie Hippe Knight. She was a retired receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. Paran Saranga.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Gum, Frankfort; four sisters, Joyce Settle, Ruby Lines, and Maxine Wiley, all of Frankfort, and Peggy Knight, Woodford County; a niece; and eight nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Eddie, Barry and Phil Knight, Jed Wiley, Paul and Dean Settle, and Gary and Stuart Lines.

Donations may be made to First Christian Church or Life House for Animals.

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Dorothy Jean Simms Jenkins, 71, of Nicholasville, wife of Robert D. Jenkins, widow of Kenneth Scott, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008.

Born Dec. 25, 1936, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Edward Forrest and Hallie Mae Preston Simms. She was a member of Clover Bottom Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Kenneth Edward (Lisa) Scott, Sherry (Joe) Johnson, and Bruce (Roberta) Scott, Nicholasville; three stepsons, Jeff and Calvin Jenkins, Irvine, and Todd Jenkins, Lexington; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Peggy (Jackie) Young, Versailles, and Linda (John Robert) Lowry, Nicholasville; a sister-in-law, Lu Simms, Versailles; and other family members. A brother, Eddie Forrest Simms Jr., is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 24, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Reed. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were Calvin, Todd and Jeff Jenkins, Jordan and Chance Scott, and A.J. Kelty. Honorary bearers were John Robert Lowry, Jackie Young, and Ben and Clarence Scott.



Katherine Nancy Tarter Picklesimer, 83, wife of Delmer Picklesimer, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Bradford Square Manor in Frankfort.

Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Franklin and Amanda Brackett Tarter. She attended Huntertown Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include a son, Bobby J. (Kathy) Picklesimer, Versailles; a granddaughter, Sarah K. Picklesimer, Versailles; three sisters, Ivadean Turner and Louetta Bell, both of Liberty, and Jewell White, Indiana; and a brother, Irvin Tarter, Ohio. A sister, Burl Clark, and two brothers, Attis and Ralph Tarter, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Beth Ellenberg and the Rev. Leonard Spell. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

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Richard Douglas Spaulding, 80, widower of Dorothy "Dot" Phillips Jarman Spaulding and Marjorie Foley Spaulding, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, in Chandler, Ariz.

Formerly of Versailles, he was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky. He was a graduate of Hazard High School, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a farmer, postmaster of the Clay City Post Office, and a postal inspector for almost 30 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia "Cindy" Spaulding Salvucci, Arizona; a son, Henry "Hank" Spaulding, Hazard; a stepson, Jim Jarman, Versailles; and four grandchildren, Anthony "Tony" Salvucci, Matthew "Matt" Salvucci, Skyler Fugate, and Daniel Spaulding.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Versailles Cemetery.

Flowers may be sent to Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, or in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to CARE Partnership, 466 S. Bellview, Mesa, AZ, 85204.

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Billy F. "Daddy Bill" Sutherland, 78, husband of Norma Jean Dyer Sutherland, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Jim and Mary Grace Hippe Sutherland. He was a member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church, a farmer, an active volunteer member of the Woodford County Fire Department for 31 years and lieutenant at Station #3 (Nonesuch). He was a former board member of the A. S. C. and a 10-year veteran of the Kentucky National Guard.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by three daughters, Lois (Jim Story) Courtney and Jeannine (Clifton) Gillespie, both of Versailles, and Frances "Rusty" (Larry) Mynk, Sadieville; a son, David (Gail) Sutherland, Versailles; two sisters, Dorothy "Peaches" Cox, Louisville, and Ruth Ashcraft, Lexington; three brothers, James E. Sutherland, Andrew Sutherland, and Terry Sutherland, all of Versailles; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mike Wimberly, the Rev. Terry Tench, and Bro. Carl Jones. Interment will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Brad Story, Jason Swartz, Vince Tabscott, Jeff Collins, James Escaloni, Jordan Mynk, Matthew Wooten, and Kenneth Blevins. Honorary bearers will be members of the Nonesuch Fire Department, Brad Jones, Blake Jones, and Brian Jones.

Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia Society of America, 836 Euclid Avenue, Suite #303, Lexington, KY 40502.

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