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October 7, 2010



Gilbert Lee Chadwell, 72, of Frankfort, widower of Beverly Ann Blackwell Chadwell, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010.

Born in Liberty, he was the son of the late Harrison and Mary Chapman Chadwell. He was a former employee at Kajima International Construction Company and a member of North Frankfort Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheila (Paul) Walker, Millville, and Tonya (Kenny) Gordon, of Bald Knob; two sons, Gilbert Lee (Mary Ann) Chadwell Jr., Waddy, and Glenn Allen (Peggy) Chadwell, Frankfort; a brother, Vernon Ray Chadwell, Florida; and a sister, Laura Donovan, Versailles; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 7, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. David Smith and the Rev. David Rayburn. Casket bearers will be Josh Caldwell, Corey Bryant, Glen Allen Chadwell, Harold Tate, Matt Tate, and Jason Wright.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Wendy Carol Werne Eves, 48, of McDonough, Ga., wife of Michael Eves, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010.

Born in Fairfield, Calif., she was the daughter of Thomas and Carolyn Werne of Versailles. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and shopping.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, Tommy Stalnaker, McDonough, Ga.; a sister, Melinda Eberth, Versailles; and her nieces.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 7, in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, Ga., by the Rev. Alvie Rodgers. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Lexington Cemetery.

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Emily Frances Jones, 93, of Lexington, widow of Robert Hawkins Jones, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Fleming County, she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Elizabeth Bradley Dearing. A graduate of Flemingsburg High School, she attended Fugazzi College and was a sales clerk at Purcellís Department Store and a member of Central Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Wayne (Brenda) Nave, Lexington; a nephew, Lynn (Brenda) Ison, Midway; a great-niece, Jamie Ison, Louisville; a great-nephew, Jon Paul Ison, Germany; and several cousins. A sister, Marjorie Ison, is deceased.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 7, at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Ste. 1010, Rockville, MD 20852, or the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.



John A. Lafferty Sr., 72, of Versailles, husband of Lois Lafferty, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Hartford, Conn., he was the son of the late Charles Edward Sr. and Gertrude Doyle Lafferty. He was a retired human resources program manager for International Business Machines. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of the Catholic Church. He was an active C.E.R.T. volunteer in Woodford County and a Kentucky Colonel. Prior to moving to Woodford County, he had been a firefighter in Massapequa, Long Island, N.Y., and had been a co-owner of the J-Two Lounge on Long Island.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Heather E. (Shayne) Dunn, Versailles; a son, John A. (Gay) Lafferty Jr., London; two stepdaughters, Misty (Steve) Logan, Lexington, and Jackie (Hunter) Penick, Louisville; three grandchildren, John "Drew" Lafferty III, London, and Sean and Sydney Dunn, Versailles; five step-grandchildren, Tori, Abby, and Kailyn Logan, Travis Hudson, and Kelsey Penick; two sisters, Marsha Yeates, Long Island, N.Y., and Joan McDonald, Nazareth, Pa.; two brothers, Charles E. (Susan) Lafferty Jr., St. Louis, Mo., and James H. (Sabina) Lafferty, Port Saint Lucie, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. His first wife, the mother of his children, Beverly E. Lafferty, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Fr. Danny Schwendeman and the Rev. Charles McKinley. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, 55 Kenosia Avenue, PO Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968 or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

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Margaret Ware Parrish, 91, author and Midway historian, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at her home.

The daughter of the late Charles Ware and Catherine Wallace Parrish, she was a direct descendant of Judge Caleb Wallace, who was instrumental in establishing the State of Kentucky in 1792. A 1941 graduate of Centre College, she went on to complete graduate work at the University of Kentucky and the University of Indiana. She was a pioneer in Kentucky womenís sports and her influence on womenís sports grew from a teaching and coaching career that spanned more than three decades. In 1973 she received a merit award from the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; and in 1996 she was inducted into the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame.

She was the author of several books including "Outstanding Kentucky Women in Sports 1900-1968" in which she wrote about expanding opportunities for women in sports; and was a co-author of "Woodford County, Kentucky: The First Two Hundred Years."

Ms. Parrish was active in civic affairs in Woodford County for over 40 years; was a past president of the Woodford County Historical Society; board member of the Woodford Humane Society; was a three time recipient of the Midway Lionís Club Citizen of the Year Award; and served as co-chairman of the Woodford County Bicentennial Celebration in 1989.

She taught physical education and coached all sports at Midway College until she retired in 1979. After retirement, she remained active and continued her life-long caring for animals, including the homeless cats of Midway. She was a member of the Midway Christian Church.

Survivors include several cousins.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Midway Christian Church. Visitation will begin at the church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Midway Christian Church, 123 E. Bruen Street, Midway, KY 40347; Midway College, 512 E. Stephens Street, Midway, KY 40347; Woodford Humane Society, 265 Thomas Lane, Versailles, KY 40383; or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kenob, Utah 84741.



Walter Owen Redmon, 80, of Frankfort, widower of Joy Ann Jones Redmon, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010.

Born Jan. 22, 1930, in Versailles, he was the son of the late William Henry and Sadie Huffman Redmon. He served with the U.S. Air Force and was a Mason with the Landmark Lodge #41 in Versailles for 50 years. He was also an engineer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Survivors include three daughters, Rhonda (Phil) Blackburn, Joy (Mark) Chidester, and Becky (Glenn) Newnam, all of Frankfort; a son, Walter "Walt" (Lisha) Owen, Georgetown; 10 grandchildren, Heather Bivens, Ashlee Larson, Kelli Noftsger, Wesley Chidester, Tiana Leach, Kayla Newnam, Becky Goodrich, Sara Newnam, Jami Kyle, and Chad Redmon; and 13 great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Tatum, Hallie, Olivia, Angel, Marina, Kai, Kira, Natalie, Calvin, Katherine, Sarah, and Alyssa.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 4, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Steve Weaver and Bro. Jay Stratton. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Virginia Lee True Robinson, 77, of Versailles, wife of Charles Donald Robinson, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at her home.

Born April 4, 1933 in Clark County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Mary Parido True. She was an active member of Woodford Community Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school, led the Ladiesí Ministry, and served on many committees. She also volunteered for many community programs in Woodford County, where she lived the last 44 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Vadonna Jones and Mary (Wayne) Boyd, Versailles; a son, Steve (Jennifer) Robinson, Yokohama, Japan; eight grandchildren, Jessica (J.B.) Vincent, Clearwater, Fla., Nikki Davis, Lexington, Jennifer (Shawn) Smith, Versailles, Ryan (Megan) Boyd and Caitlyn Boyd, Bowling Green, and Tyson, Parker, and Annie Robinson, Yokohama, Japan; three great-grandchildren, Mason and Maddie Smith, and Tatum Wimberly; two aunts; several cousins; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, John True, is deceased.

A Celebration of Life service was conducted Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Woodford Community Christian Church by Randy Nation and Larry Blackford. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Greg Adkins, Loren Carl, Mike Haggerty, Ronnie Lewis, Dan Long, Brian Nesselrode, and David Smith. Honorary bearers were the members of Don Robinsonís Revelation Class and Jerry Taborís Hour Class of WCCC.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Woodford Community Christian Church, Antioch Christian Church in Winchester, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Barbara Jean Rollins Toombs, 76, of Lexington, wife of Albert H. Toombs, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Carl Prentice and Edyth Sidebottom Rollins. She attended the University of Kentucky, was a retired Realtor for Caldwell Banker Elite in Deridder, La., and enjoyed interior decorating.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, David (Kimberly) Toombs, Lexington, Joseph (Lee Ann) Toombs, Reynoldsville, Pa., and James Toombs, El Cajon, Calif.; a daughter, Luanne Toombs, Lexington; five grandchildren, Erik, Justine, Chris, Morgan, and Wyatt Toombs; three brothers, Carl (Brenda) Rollins II, Midway, Kenneth Samuel (Theresa) Rollins, Frankfort, and James Rollins, Shelbyville; two sisters, Mary Edyth (Julian) Tackett, Lexington, and Kathy Lynn (Aubrey) Wells, Waco; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 4, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Pastor Paul Valentine. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Judeís Children Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 30, Memphis, TN 38148-0552 or the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), ATTN: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.



Jackie A. Wells, 65, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Midway, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Dec. 25, 1944, in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Lillis Drury and Roy Thomas Wells. He was a 1963 graduate of Anderson County High School. He worked as an auto salesman for 35 years at Countryside Motors in Lawrenceburg, was a former salesman for Jack Kain Ford in Versailles, a former owner of Jack Wells Auto Mart in Lawrenceburg and Frankfort, and a former employee of IBM. He was a member, group leader, member of Parish Council and helped organize annual golf scramble at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceburg, and was a former member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Versailles.

Survivors include his companion, Thelma Puckett; six children, Tom (Jennifer) Wells-Kain, London, Cindy (Mike) Ellis, Pendleton, Melissa (Andrew) Strauss, Park Hills, Laura (Bryan) Brown, Versailles, Michael Wells, Lexington, and Matthew Wells, Lawrenceburg; four grandchildren, Lexi Kain, Maddy and Will Strauss, and Emma Ellis; three brothers, Truman (Lois) Wells, Lawrenceburg, and Bruce L. (Tyna) Wells and Robert D. (Bettie Sue) Wells, Shelbyville; and a sister, Nancy (Bill) Brown, Lawrenceburg. A sister, Virginia Mountjoy, is deceased.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 7, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 120 Gatewood Avenue, Lawrenceburg, by Fr. Christopher Clay. Mr. Wells will be cremated following services. Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, is in charge of arrangements.


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