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October 6, 2011



Phyllis J. Arnett, 74, of Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, of cancer.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Van Pelt and John Arnett; a daughter, Jennifer Wick (Michael); three grandchildren, Caidan, Hannah Rose, and Angela; and three great-grandchildren, Lance, Jackson, and Brady.

A memorial service will be conducted from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at #5 Glenhaven Road, Versailles. For more information call 859-963-4019.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.



Mary "Sissy" Beason, 70, of Versailles, wife of Lloyd Beason, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late James Franklin and Nellie Mae Carroll Harris. She was a homemaker and a member of Covenant Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Robyn (Ernest) Wilcher, Versailles; two sisters, Linda (Roger) Kincaid, and Wilma (Clyde) Snapp, both of Versailles; two brothers, Mark (Bonnie) Harris, Versailles, and Jimmy (Ann) Harris, Carlisle; a half-brother, Charles (Ruth) Harris, Dayton, Ohio; four grandchildren, Andrea (Ray) Wiles, Melisa (Michael) Robinson, Aric (Angie) Wilcher, and Ernest (Jen) Wilcher, Jr.; and eight great-grandchildren, Kristen, Aron, Kaley, Alyssa, Hannah, A.J., Heather, and Addisyn. Three brothers, Jackie, Tommy, and Gary Harris, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 1, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Roger Kincaid, Jackie Kincaid, Jimmy Darrell Harris, Mark Lee Harris, Richard Harris, Wayne Rogers, and Jimmy Miller.



Catherine Beck, 90, of Versailles, widow of Lloyd Beck, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at her home.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Grover and Bessie Pierce Wagle. A retired home economics teacher and shop owner, she was a graduate of Butler University and had earned her masterís degree from the University of Minnesota. She was an active member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church and had volunteered at Simmons School and for the Hope Center in Lexington.

Survivors include three children, Willa (Joel) Thomas, Versailles, Mitchell Beck, Crescent Springs, and Bradley Beck, Versailles; a brother, George (Jeanne) Wagle, Granger, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Hope Center, P.O. Box 6, Lexington, KY 40588, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Richard Herman Bell, 89, of Versailles, formerly of Greensburg, widower of Mary Catherine Pickett Bell, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.

Born May 31, 1922, he was the son of the late William Creed "Bud" and Lucy Hazel Bell. He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and longtime member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 181.

Survivors include a daughter, Hermona "Mona" Bell Britton (Larry), Versailles; four grandchildren, Richard Derrick Elder, Don Austin Elder, Tonya Carol Milby Wilson, and Kathryn Hazel Milby Cook; and five great-grandchildren. A daughter, Patricia Carol Bell Milby, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, Ky. Casket bearers were Derrick Elder, Austin Elder, Joe Elder, Jonathan Britton, John Wilson and Sam Cook. Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home was in charge of Greensburg arrangements. Clark Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

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Sarah Ward Duncan, 82, widow of Stewart Duncan, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at Lexington Country Place.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Bert and Rosa Eaves Ward. She was a retired legal secretary for the Kentucky Attorney Generalís office. She was a member of the Versailles Methodist Church and was active with the Woodford County Business and Professional Womenís Club.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Susan Cline Duncan, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Robbie Duncan; three sisters, Georga Riner, Alice Tracey, and Bertie Cheshire; and four brothers, William Ward, Milton Ward, James Ward, and Philip Ward, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday by the Rev. Mike Lehman. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery.

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Logan McKee Gerow, 59, of Lawrenceburg, died March 7, 2011, after a short illness.

Born in Versailles and raised in Lawrenceburg, he was the son of the late Lewis McKee Gerow and Sarah Blanton Gerow. He spent many summers fishing and boating at the family cottage located in Honey Harbour, Ontario, Canada, and was an Anderson County history enthusiast. He graduated from Anderson County High School in 1970 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a seamanís apprentice during the Vietnam Conflict. He attended Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky after his military service.

Survivors include his cousins Robert Fryer, Lawrenceburg, Walter Ousey, Oregon, and Rebecca Tisdale, Georgia, and many other cousins. A brother, Lewis Gerow, is deceased.

He was cremated and his remains were partially interred in the Blanton family plot in the Richmond Cemetery and the remainder will be spread at Honey Harbour at a future date.

A time of remembrance was held Friday, Sept. 30, at the Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg.

Contributions may be made to Moveable Feast Lexington, P.O. Box 367, Lexington KY 40588 or to a charity of oneís choice.



Jack Hendrickson, 88, of Versailles, husband of Mildred Hendrickson, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born Dec. 25, 1922, in Bell County, he was the son of John and Catherine Hendrickson. He was a former partner of R.R. Dawson Bridge Co. and a World War II veteran. He was a member of Highlands Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by a son, Doug (Pam) Hendrickson, Versailles; a daughter, Deborah Hendrickson, Lexington; and a sister, Allie Howard, Lackey, Ky.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Kerr Bros. Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions are suggested to Highlands Baptist Church Building Fund, 2032 Parallel Road, Lexington, KY 40511, or The Alzheimerís Association of Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana, 6100 Dutchmanís Lane Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205.



Flora B. Graham Langfels, 88, of Lexington, widow of Edward E. Langfels, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late William and Rosillar Owens Graham. She was a homemaker and a member of the Maxwell Street Christian Church.

Survivors include four sons, Vernon L. Langfels, Lexington, Edward W. (Linda) Langfels, Versailles, Larry G. (Dale) Langfels, Lexington, and J. Michael (Julie) Langfels, Lexington; a daughter, Linda M. Langfels, Lexington; a nephew, John (Helen) Graham, Lexington; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 3, at Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Scott Langfels, Derrick Langfels, Jayson Langfels, Cameron Langfels, Connor Langfels, Keith Nutter and Homer Yates.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Virgil Clay Sanders, 76, of Nicholasville, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.

A native of Jessamine County, he was born Aug 13, 1935, the son of the late Otis Floyd and Emily York Sanders. He had lived in Ocala, Fla., for the past 26 years, where he owned Sanders Auction Company, and worked as a Realtor and an auctioneer. He was the former owner of Hedge Crest Farm in Carlisle and worked as a farm manager and trainer for Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, was assistant manager for Main Chance Farm in Lexington, and most recently worked at the Ocala Breeders Sales Company.

Survivors include two children, Dale Sanders, Paris, and Karen Sanders Kirkes, of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Stephanie Crosby (Duncan), and Jeremy Sanders, (Kelsey); and a great-grandson, Will Crosby. Two brothers, Orbin Ray and Delbert Sanders; and two sisters, Opal Cheek Brown and Ruth Evelyn Jones, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 30, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville. Burial with military honors was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.



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