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October 5, 2000 issue

 

Mitchell Coffey

Mitchell Coffey, 69, of Springfield, formerly of Versailles, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, in Springfield. He was the husband of Betty Robinson Coffey and was a farmer.

Born in Montgomery County, he was a son of the late Burns and Clara Allen Coffey and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Debbie Hall and Ramona Kulin, both of Frankfort; Terry Hall, Springfield, and Carolyn Johnson, Nicholasville; three sons, Sonny Coffey, Somerset; Glenn Coffey, Georgia, and Michael Wayne Coffey, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Irma Lamb, Lexington; a brother, Robert Coffey, Lexington; 17 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Faith Baptist Church by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Interment was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Mr. Coffey’s grandsons served as casket bearers. Honorary bearers were brothers-in-law, Leonard Wills, and Lee Carpenter. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Central Kentucky, P.O. Box 4134, Campbellsville 42718, or to Faith Baptist Church, 3692 Huntertown Rd., Versailles 40383.

 

Lucien H. Congleton

Lucien Howe Congleton, 87, of 1135 Buck Run Road, Versailles, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, from injuries received in an automobile accident on Clifton Road Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Mr. Congleton was past president and CEO of W. T. Congleton Co., Inc., Lexington.

A Lexington native, he was the son of the late William Thomas and Effie Mae Kilgore Congleton. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Engineering, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Tau, and Scabbard and Blade. He was a former member and elder of Crestwood Christian Church, where he was a charter member. At the time of his death he was an active member and deacon emeritus of the First Christian Church of Versailles. A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, he served with the 24th Infantry Regiment in the Asiatic Theater and with the 90th Infantry Division in Europe. He received a Bronze Star for action in the vicinity of Fort de Mont Castre, near Normandy, France, and a Silver Star during the Moselle River Crossing at Malling, France.

He served on boards of the Second Street and Greater Lexington Y.M.C.A.s, the Child Development Center of United Cerebral Palsy of the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Ready-Mix Concrete Association, and the Lexington Home Builders Association. He also was a member of the Lexington-Fayette Zoning Board for six years.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Congleton; two sons, William T. Congleton II, Lexington, and Robert C. Congleton, Versailles; two daughters, Lucia C. Gilchrist, Lexington, and the Rev. Linda M. Kemp, Topeka, Kansas; five grandchildren, Sarah R. Bell, Laramie, Wyo.; James W. Congleton and Katie Congleton, both of Versailles; Reagin Kimmell, Topeka; and Chuck Kemp, Huntington, W. Va.; and a great-grandson. A son, David J. Congleton; a brother, William E. Congleton, and a sister, Helen C. Breckinridge, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 5, in the Lexington Cemetery by Dr. Don M. Vanzant. The W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested to First Christian Church of Versailles, 121 South Locust St., Versailles 40383.

 

Irene Cornish

Irene Evaline Griswold Cornish, 75, of Lancaster, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

She was a native of Dryden, Mich., widow of Fred Larue Cornish, and a daughter of the late Ralph S. and Eva May Griswold. A retired surgical technician at Woodford Memorial Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Hospital, Danville, and former owner of B & B Family Restaurant, Harrodsburg, she was an avid hunter and fisherman and a 1943 graduate of Wilmore High School.

She is survived by a son, Joe Stallard, Danville; two daughters, Naneye Bailey, Lancaster, and Bobbie Sparks, Lexington; two brothers, Ralph Griswold, Burgin, and Edwin Griswold, Paris; two sisters, Gladys Wheat, Lexington, and Geraldine Hughes, Wilmore; three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Ruth Saxon and Joyce Wilson, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by Dr. David Hartman. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Lexington, or Heritage Hospice, Danville.

 

Donald Evans

Donald Matison Evans, 55, of Lexington, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000.

He was a former manager of Kennedy Bookstore. Born in Williamson, W. Va., he was the son of the late Matison Hess and Vara Jesse Evans.

Surviving are two daughters, Missy Evans and Marti Seng, both of Lexington; a brother, Emerson B. Evans, Daniels, West Virginia, and his former wife, Marjorie Griese Evans, Versailles.

Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland, Lexington. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington 40504.

 

Pauline Massie

Pauline Clark Massie, 91, of Wilmore, formerly of Lexington, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at the home of her daughter, Bettie Jane Forester, in Frankfort.

A native of Mount Carmel, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. W. L. and Cora Bradford Clark. She was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and was a retired Kentucky Utilities Co. employee. She authored a book on microwave cooking used in home economics classes in the United States and Canada, taught home economics at the University of Kentucky, and was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, Lexington.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Patrick H. Massie, Versailles; five grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Four brothers and a sister are deceased.

The body will be cremated. Mrs. Massie’s funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Wilmore Methodist Church. There will be no visitation. The LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass-Franklin County or to Clark Memorial Chapel at the Wilmore Methodist Church.

 

Gerald Dean Oaks

Gerald Dean Smith Oaks, 62, of Summerfield, Fla., formerly of Midway, widow of Marvin Oaks, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at her residence.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Estill and Denvie Parks Smith. Mrs. Oaks was a self-employed child-care giver and a member of Oakland Park Independent Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Tina Marie Godfrey and Wanda Jean Oaks, both of Georgia, and Teresa Lynn Anderson, Ohio; two sons, James Marvin Oaks, Georgetown, and William Timothy Oaks, Lexington; two sisters, Nyiokae Spencer, Midway, and Edith Snelling, Versailles; five brothers, M. T. Smith, Lexington; Ike Smith, Lawrenceburg; Floyd Smith and Ronald Smith, both of Florida, and Kenneth Smith, Versailles; and 15 grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Midway Cemetery. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Beatrice Shearer

Beatrice Rhodus Shearer, 75, of Lexington, formerly of Peytontown, widow of Frank Shearer, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at her daughter’s home in Georgetown.

Born in Madison County, she was a daughter of the late Bill John and Ida Hollingsworth Rhodus. She was a homemaker and a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Versailles. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting, and loved to fish.

She is survived by three sons, James F. Shearer, Lancaster, and Randall Louis Shearer and Michael Shearer, both of Lexington; a daughter, Darlene Burrows, Georgetown; two brothers, Mason Rhodus and Jessie Rhodus, both of Richmond; a sister, Louise Fish, Versailles; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Stanley Rhodus and George Rhodus; a sister, Nora Gullett; a grandson, and a great-grandson are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, Richmond, by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Burial was in the Madison County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Burrow, Kevin Shearer, Ray Burrows, Gary Rhodus, Larry Rhodus and Carl Fish. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 508 E. Pike St., Cynthiana 41031.

 

Donald Wallace

Donald Eugene Wallace, 69, of 104 Loy Street, Versailles, husband of Wanda M. Wallace, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at the Hospice Care Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A native and lifelong resident of Woodford County, he was a son of the late B.T. and Nora Lykins Wallace. He was retired from International Business Machines with over 25 years of service and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. He often visited the sick and shut-in at area hospitals in Versailles and Lexington. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by two daughters, Pam Jewell, Barbourville, and Sandy Barnett, Versailles; two brothers, Harold Wallace, Versailles, and Jack Wallace, Lexington, and four grandchildren, Ochion Jewell, Louisville; Erin Jewell, Barbourville, and Amy and Shannon Barnett, both of Versailles.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Mark Barnett, Bradley Kincaid, Bill McGowan, Randy Jewell, and Ronnie Nabors. Honorary bearers were Ken Ryley, Charlie Reed, Bill Dawson, Herb Bruce, Bobby Smith, Mark Wallace, and his grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the Horn Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Barbourville, or to the Versailles Baptist Church.

 

Oscar Weber

Oscar Weber, 76, of Versailles, husband of Mary A. Coyle Weber, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Jessamine County, he was a son of the late Joe M. and Anna B. Flora Weber. Mr. Weber was a farmer and member of the Versailles Baptist Church. He was also a former director and president of the Versailles Lions Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Gay W. Cleveland, Frankfort, and Patty Porter, Versailles; a son, Raymond T. Weber, Versailles; a sister, Ella D. Patterson, Versailles; a brother, Joe M. Weber Jr., Versailles; seven grandchildren, Timothy Raymond Weber, Matthew Weber, Raymond Douglas Renfro, Kristi Renfro, Shea Porter, Matthew Mullen, and Laura Kirk, and four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Joshua, Lauren, and Nathan Weber. A sister, Bertha Lee Boggess, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Matthew Weber, Raymond Renfro, Kristi Renfro, Matthew Mullen, Shea Porter, Bob Patterson, Barry Boggess, Jimmy Boggess, and David Weber. Honorary bearers were Howard Montague and members of the Versailles Lions Club. Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Lions Club, P.O. Box 947, Versailles 40383, or Hospice Care Center, One St. Joseph Dr., Lexington 40504.

 

Hettie Wiley

Hettie Mae Britton Wiley, 85, Georgetown, formerly of Lexington, wife of Stanley Wiley, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000.

Born in Woodford County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence M. and Margaret Holman Britton. A homemaker, she enjoyed needlework, gardening, and fishing. She was a charter member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lexington, the Candlelighters Sunday School Class and had taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of the Winchester Road Homemakers and Lexington and Georgetown Homemaker clubs.

In addition to her husband of 68 years, she is survived by a daughter, Lou Ann Sorrell, Georgetown; a sister, Louella Britton Hedden, Versailles; three grandsons, John Wiley Brown, Kevin Paul Brown and Stanley Dodd Sorrell, and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Patricia Wiley Brown, and a grandson, Todd Wilson Sorrell, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church by the Rev. Foy Back, the Rev. James Lewis, and the Rev. Jim Crum. Interment was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Wiley Brown, Kevin Paul Brown, Stanley Dodd Sorrell, Tommy Littrell, Donald Philpot and Kenneth Shackelford. The W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4451 Winchester Rd., Lexington 40509.

 

Sandra W. Yalkut

Sandra Witt Yalkut, 61, of 3716 Salisbury Drive, Westmorland, Lexington, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at her home.

A native of Strawberry Plains, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Paul and Nita Evelyn McDannel Witt. She was an active member of the Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Woodford County, and had been active with the American Cancer Society.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Fikret T. Yalkut, a longtime Versailles physician; four sons, Tony Yalkut, Indianapolis, Ind., Jim Yalkut and Erol Yalkut, both of Lexington, and Denis Yalkut M.D., Jackson, Miss.; two sisters, Marjorie Smart, Cummings, Ga., and Joan Harte, Atlanta, Ga.; and a brother, Gordon Witt, Strawberry Plains.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Mike Ward. Interment will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Mrs. Yalkut’s sons, her brother, and a nephew, Randy Witt. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Pisgah Presbyterian Church. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Oct. 5, at the Pisgah Academy Building.