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October 31, 2013



Betty Jane Banks, 78, of Versailles, wife of Ralph Banks, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Born June 3, 1935, in Richmond, she was the daughter of the late John V. Edwards and Addie Elizabeth Edwards. She was a member of Millville Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Rosella (Terry) Sutherland, Versailles, and Bonnie Banks, Frankfort; two sons, Ralph Wayne Banks and Jimmy Banks (Ashley) Stewart, both of Versailles; a sister, Wanda (Don Benton) Johnson, Somerset; six grandchildren, Kelley (Kyle) Davis, Lebanon, Ind., Jessica (Mike Rice) Banks and Crystal (Bryan Samples) Banks, both of Frankfort, and Autumn Wilson, William "Bubby" (Rachel) Banks, and James Luttrell, all of Versailles; and 12 great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Joyce McGrapth and Reatha Lyvers; and two brothers, John W. Edwards and Rutherford B. Edwards, are deceased.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 31, at Rose Crest Cemetery by the Rev. Jeff Douglas. Casket bearers will be Terry Sutherland, Cleve Edwards, Bryan Samples, William Banks, Mike Rice, and Danny Hollingsworth. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodford Humane Society, 265 Thomas Lane, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Helen Ruth Hartley 82, of Frankfort, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

She was the daughter of Rebecca and N.B. Page, owners of Pages Shoe Shop.

Survivors include a daughter, Alice Fink; a son, Larry Page; three grandchildren, Mike Fink, Joey Fink, and Kris Fink; and three great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be conducted at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Fender Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Taylor Manor, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.



Alice South Hume, fifth generation of an early pioneer family, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013, at Excelsior Farm in Frankfort, her ancestral home. Surrounded by her immediate family, Alice passed away in her sleep after several weeks of failing health. She enjoyed 89 years of an abundant, eventful life filled with many interests, a spirit of independence and pride in self reliance.

She was born at her parents’ home near Jett, Kentucky, March 27, 1924. Her father was Frankfort attorney J.K. Polk South Jr. and her mother was Alice Seeley Alexander of Woodford County.

Alice received her early education at the old Murray Street Grammar School, Frankfort, followed by four years at Frankfort High School, where she excelled in academics and debate, winning the state debate championship her senior year. She attended Sophie Newcomb College (now Tulane University) as an art major in sculpture. After two years at Newcomb, she transferred to Pratt Institute of Art in New York City, where she planned to pursue a career in applied arts. However, the uncertain times of World War II interrupted her college years. In 1944, she married Edgar E. Hume Jr., whose tour of duty led to two years in the army of occupation in Italy and Austria.

Alice was part of the first wave of American military families to join their loved ones serving in Europe. After the war, Alice and Edgar settled in Frankfort. She continued her art studies at the University of Kentucky as a student of the distinguished artist and teacher Ray Barnhardt.

In 1955, she and husband Edgar founded Capital Day School, where Alice taught art and puppetry and where their four children were educated.

She was deeply rooted to her community, serving in many capacities including the Mayor’s and Citizen’s Advisory Committees from 1963 to 1974. Alice was an active member of the D.A.R. Susannah Hart Shelby chapter and Colonial Dames.

In 1968, Alice returned to her love of puppetry and with her daughter, Mary Alexander, formed Le Petite Guignol, a hand, rod and shadow puppet theater which was later renamed The Puppet House Players. The company toured throughout Kentucky, the southern and eastern U.S. under the auspices of the Kentucky Arts Council, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts. They performed at major national and international puppetry festivals traveling to many parts of the US, Canada, Japan and Indonesia.

In 1971, Alice developed an educational program to introduce American audiences to the ancient art of Japanese shadow theater which they presented at museums, libraries and universities. They performed their signature production, "The Elves and the Shoemaker," for six weeks at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater Christmas season 1981-82.

Alice loved central Kentucky and its pastoral traditions. In later years, she participated in and led environmental causes to preserve the landscape she held so dear.

She is survived by her four children, Edgar E. Hume III, Lexington; Alice Hume Tillett, Navasha, Kenya, Mary Alexander Hume, Lexington; and David C. Hume, Midway; by her brother, Jerry G. South, Mill Valley, California; and by three grandsons, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at 3:30 p.m. at the Frankfort Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Frankfort Woman’s Club, 200 Washington Street, Frankfort.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to some of Alice’s favorite charitable organizations: Hospice of the Bluegrass, Franklin and Woodford Humane Societies, University of Kentucky Opera, Bluegrass Conservancy and American Farmland Trust.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort.

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(Paid obituary)



Freida C. Iglehart, 81, of Mt. Carmel, Ill., widow of Shirley D. Iglehart, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at her son’s home in Versailles.

Born Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Fred L. and Marie E. (Wolz) Beauchamp. She married Shirley D. Iglehart Monday, July 1, 1968, in Mt. Carmel. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel. She worked as a telephone operator and retired from Snap-On Tools, Inc.

Survivors include a son, David J. (Gina J. Gill) Iglehart, Versailles; three grandchildren, Nathan M., Andrew D., and Hannah B. Iglehart; a sister, Patricia L. Twalt-Knox, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral Mass was conducted Wednesday Oct. 30, at St. Mary’s Church, Mt. Carmel. Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Short Funeral Home in Mt. Carmel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s School.

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Richard Anthony Nevé, Ph.D., 89, of Colorado Springs, Colo., husband of Carol Nevé, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

Born Nov. 3, 1923, he was a university professor of biochemistry and a longtime Colorado Springs resident.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Clifford (and family), Houston, Texas, and Matthew (and family), Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Karolyn Hastings (and family), Topeka, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Cindy Brosius (and family), Versailles; and two stepsons, Matthew Collins (and family), Bossier City, La., and Mark Collins (and family), Lake Forest Park, Wash.

Private services were planned.



Sarah Nicole Newton, 24, of Versailles, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Born Sept. 13, 1989, in Freemont, Neb., she was the daughter of Mark Newton and Nancy Rheinfrank.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Heather Pujol and Melissa Pujol, both of Versailles; two brothers, David Newton, Versailles, and Andrew Newton, Nebraska; her grandmother, Carolyn Newton, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering was held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort.

Contributions are suggested to Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. 2nd St., Lexington, KY 40507,

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Priscilla W. Price, 71, of Midway, born Sept. 4, 1942, in Scott County, departed after a long battle with cancer on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late Susie Taylor Nichols. She graduated from Scott County High School and continued her education at Fugazzi Business College, where she met her husband, Vincent A. Price. They were married for 49 years and parents of one daughter, Alethea A. Price. She worked at Square D for 20 years and then at Kentucky Educational Television for five years and at the Midway Free Public Library. Priscilla accepted Christ at an early age becoming a member of Great Crossing Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and a choir member. Presently a member of Midway Baptist Church, she was a member of The Missionary Society and The Heirloom Group. She was also a member of the Midway Woman’s Club since 1995.

In addition to her daughter, She is survived by an uncle, Henry (June) Taylor; an aunt, Cora Young; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

(Paid obituary)



John E. Townsend, 58, of Versailles, widower of Naomi Townsend, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Heritage Hall in Lawrenceburg.

Born April 24, 1955, in Cynthiana, he worked for Kuhlman Electric Company.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Kay King, Versailles, and Lillian Janish, Cynthiana; two stepsons, Wayne Fleming, Bordine, and Frank Fleming, Versailles; five sisters, Charlotte Morrison, Danville, Maxine Watkins, Carlisle, Mary Burman and Ethel Barnett, both of Paris, and Sue Treadway; a brother, Larry Townsend; and many step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 28, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Carl Jones, Shaun King, and Jason King. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jason King, Chris Glass, Daniel Peel, Kevin Peel, Kenny Fleming and David Fleming.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society

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