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September 1, 2011



Dr. Herbert H. Bruce Jr., 85, husband of Nora Richey Bruce, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Wesley Village in Wilmore.

Born in Muhlenberg County, he was the son of the late Herbert H. Sr. and Margaret Susie Shaver Bruce. A retired University of Kentucky professor, he was an active member of the Versailles Baptist Church, where he was a deacon emeritus and former Sunday school teacher. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a BS in agriculture and an MS and Ed.D. in education. He is in the College of Education’s Emeritus Hall of Fame and received the Teacher Who Made a Difference Award on two occasions.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann (Richard) Vimont, Lexington, and Rebecca L. (Wade) Bourne, Clarksville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Kathryn Farley, Washington, D.C., Hampton Bourne, Winchester, Tenn., and Haley Bourne, Clarksville, Tenn.; three brothers, Jimmy Bruce, Bremen, Jerry Bruce, Versailles, and Doris Bruce, Lawrenceburg. A brother, the Rev. Robert Caroll Bruce, and two sisters, Mary Jewell Bruce and Bonnie Rhoades, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 29, at the Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery in Bremen. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Small Memory Home at Wesley Village, 1125 Lexington Road, Wilmore, KY 40390, or the Building Fund at Versailles Baptist Church, 125 E. Green Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Nadine Noland Close, of Versailles, wife of Jay Gregory Close, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at her home.

Born June 27, 1932, in Gay, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Seaborn A. and the late Claudia Wyatt Noland. She worked in various hospitals as a registered nurse and was a member of the General Marquis Calmes chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as regent from June 1995 through July 1999. She enjoyed dogs and horses.

In addition to her husband of 59 years, she is survived by two daughters, Claudia Regina Close, Watsonville, Calif., and Jayne Wyatt (Andrew) Copland, Castle Rock, Colo.; two grandchildren, Andrea and Ross Copland; a brother, Wyatt Noland; a sister, Joyce Gell; two sisters-in-law, Jean Noland and Betty Noland; two brothers-in-law, Gordon Gell and Robert Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews. A sister, Avenelle Jones, and two brothers, William "Bill" and Charles Noland, are deceased.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, 265 Thomas Lane, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Carl B. Hackney, 55, of Lexington, husband of Karen Jackson Hackney, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.

The son of Anne Lyttle Hackney and the late Carlton D. Hackney, he was a 1973 graduate of Harrison County High School. He was a member of Southland Christian Church, where he was a sponsor of Bible Bowl for 17 years and ministered with First Touch. He received numerous awards during his 33 year career with Kentucky Finance, now known as One Main Financial, and was a member of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his wife of 30 years and his mother, he is survived by his step-mother, Agnes Anne Hackney, Lexington; a sister, Annie Hackney (Frank) Sgro, Granite Falls, Wash.; two brothers, Tom (Kim) Hackney, Lexington, and John Hackney (fiancée Donna Vogel), Versailles; five nieces, Raquela Gibson, Sarah Hackney, Riley Jackson, Austin Hackney, and Ashley Phillips; three nephews, Weston and Easton Howard and Bennett Jackson; and several stepsisters and a stepbrother.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Greg Chandler. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 in honor of his nephew, Easton Howard.



Larry Eugene Hardin, 44, of Frankfort, husband of Donna Hardin, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

Born Oct. 20, 1966, in Frankfort, he was the son of Larry Coleman and Rita Ann Hamilton Hardin. He was a lieutenant at the Franklin County Regional Jail.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived his paternal grandparents, Silas and Dora Hardin; his maternal grandparents, Howard and Della Hamilton; a daughter, Haley Anay Hardin; a son, Ronnie Wade Vallbona-Hardin; a grandchild, Aden Lee Coleman Vallbona-Hardin; a brother, Michael Howard Hardin; two nieces, Ashley and Caitlyn, a nephew, Joseph; a great-niece, Trinity; and a great-nephew, Isiah.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Jeff Farmer, Bro. Don Carter, and Bro. Ray Zdrojowy. Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Billy Bob Cunningham, Brian Brashears, Jim Miller, Jeff Abrams, Greg Muravchich, David Hardin, Lynn Martin Hardin, and Billy Roberts. Honorary bearers were his friends and co-workers.

Donations may be made to CPO Foundation, P.O. Box 348390, Sacramento, CA 95834-8390.

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Barbara "Barby" Dye Hardy, 62, of Lexington, wife of Charles E. Hardy Jr. died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at her home of cancer.

Born July 19, 1949, in Harrisburg, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Harold "Bud" E. Dye and Georgie "Petie" McClure Dye. She was a 1967 graduate of Lafayette High School and received her bachelor’s, master’s, and Rank I degrees from the University of Kentucky. She was a member of South Elkhorn Christian Church, where she served as a Stephen Minister. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, the Kentucky School Media Association and Central Kentucky School Media Association. She taught in Woodford County and was librarian in Daviess County before moving to the Fayette County Public Schools, where she was librarian at Mary Todd and Glendover elementary schools before retiring as a Fayette County District Resource Librarian.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two stepdaughters, Amy Hardy Compton (Richard) and Robyn Hardy (Clay Wingate); two grandchildren, John and Anna; cousins Heather McCormick, Brett McClure, Matthew Tipton "Tippy" Dye, and Curtis Dye, and many other cousins.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 29, Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington. Entombment was at the Lexington Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to the Faith Hope and Love Garden or Youth Program at South Elkhorn Christian Church, 4343 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40413, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Ann Hopkins Lyons, 88, of Lexington, widow of Rexford Price Lyons died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011.

Born Feb. 8, 1923, she was the daughter of Dr. William Bouldin Hopkins and Mary Edna Lykins. She was a graduate of the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Lexington.

Survivors include four children, Pamela Brinegar, Rexford James Lyons (Dean), Lorelei Meadows (Mike), and Heather Ann Lyons Long (Dave); five grandchildren, J. Richard Brinegar (Heather), William Rexford Lyons, Christopher Michael Meadows, Leslie Erin Meadows, and Lindsey Guo Long; three great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew. A son, Gregory Allen Lyons, is deceased.

Services and interment are private.

Donations may be made to the Living Arts and Science Center.



Ruby Wilson Walker, 76, of Versailles, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2011.

Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Thomas and Rosa Jane Edwards Wilson.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna (David) Blish and Melissa (Eddie) Woodrum, both of Versailles; three sons, Michael (Patty) Puckett, Versailles, Lawrence Walker, Florence, and James (Bertie) Walker, Winchester; two sisters, Maymie Thompson, Midway, and Gevania Brown, Versailles; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Three sisters, Lorraine Wilson, Frances Atwood, and Wanda Traugott; three brothers, Whistle Wilson, Lewis Wilson, and Bo Wilson; and a stepbrother, Charlie Wilson Jr., are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Frankie Layne. Interment will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Robert Woodrum, Gary Rowland, Matt Drake, Andy Brown, Geoff Kromberg, and Jimmy Traugott. Honorary bearers will be Adam Woodrum, Ryan Walker, and Michael Kelly-Walker. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. today at the funeral home.

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