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September 11, 2008



Willis Eugene "Billy" Drury, 65, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Mildred Faye Thompson Drury, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles.

The son of the late J.C. and Leavie Leathers Drury, he was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Woodford County Road Department.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Halena Mae (Paul) Switzer, Owen County; two sons, James Howard "Tinker" (Cami) Drury, Midway, and Billy G. Drury, Lexington; five sisters, Shirley (Warren) Ivey, Lexington, Fay Adams, Patsy (Kevin) Satterly, Janet (Denny) Blissard, and Rita Hopper, Lawrenceburg; two brothers, J.W. (Margie) Drury, Lawrenceburg, and Carroll (Mildred) Drury, Midway; four grandchildren; a great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews. A son, Marshall Edwin Drury, a sister, Glenda Joyce Hatchett, and a brother, Wendell Keith Drury, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Sept. 7, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Bro. Larry Carter. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.



Clarence Alfred "Pete" Sadler, 88, formerly of Paris, widower of Eleanor Vann Nichols Sadler, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles, after an extended illness.

Born May 23, 1920, in Wayne County, N.C., he was the son of the late Alfred Monroe and Emma Joyner Sadler. He was a graduate of Rocky Mount High School, N.C., a former member and deacon of the First Baptist Church, Paris, and most recently a member of Versailles Baptist Church. He worked as a retail manager for many years with J.J. Newberry Co. Piece Goods, Fabric World, and for 10 years with the Kentucky Cabinet for Natural Resources. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include four children, Clarence Alfred "Fred" Sadler (Vicki), Snellville, Ga., Kathryn Ann Sadler Dunn (Ron), Berea, Miriam Vann Sadler Taylor (Wayne), Springboro, Ohio, and Amy Joyner Sadler Moore (William), Versailles; six grandchildren, Eddie Lee Lynch (Regina), Williamsburg, Benjamin Alfred Sadler (Amy), Dacula, Ga., Nathan Scott Taylor (Alyssa), Cincinnati, Ohio, Brent Thomas Taylor, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ellen Christine Moore, Lexington, and Daniel Kent Moore, Lexington; and a great-granddaughter, Deavon Renee Lynch, Williamsburg. A son, John Thomas Sadler, and his siblings, Lessie May Singleton, Hazel Irene Cherry, Thaddeus Monroe Sadler, Joseph Robert Sadler, Annie Lee Wood, and Maurice Edwin Sadler, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 5, at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, Paris, by the Rev. John Brandon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of The Bluegrass or Taylor Manor Nursing Home.



The Rev. Dr. Harold W. Tatman, 76, retired United Methodist minister and pastor of the Versailles United Methodist Church from 1968 to 1972, husband of Dorothy M. Tatman, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born and raised in Lexington, he was a 1950 graduate of Lafayette High School, where he was a baseball pitcher. Prior to dedicating his life to ministry, he had been offered a position with the St. Louis Cardinals. A graduate of Asbury College, he majored in psychology and history, and minored in New Testament Greek. He received a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from Union College. He was appointed to his first church in 1953. During over 47 years of ministry, in addition to Versailles, he had served churches in Owenton, Perryville, Lawrenceburg, Middlesboro, Richmond, Morehead, Maysville and Winchester. He was a founding organizer of the Battle of Perryville. In 1962 he was named rural minister of the year by the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Church. He served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Norton Healthcare. He was past president of the Board of Pensions and Health benefits for the United Methodist Church, was chairman of the Episcopal Committee for the Kentucky Conference, and was a former member of the board of trustees of Union College. He served six years as district superintendent of the Maysville District with responsibility for 76 churches. He served his last six years as assistant to the Bishop of Kentucky under Bishop Robert Morgan. He was a gifted musician and pianist, and enjoyed golf.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Carol Ward ( Steve), Versailles, and Terri Wilson (Charles), Durham, N.C.; three grandchildren, Heather Wilson Ruff (Jeremy), Arkansas, Robert Wilson (Amber), Atlanta, Ga., and Hank Ward, Lexington; and two great-grandchildren, Gracie Rae and Spencer Wilson Ruff.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Versailles United Methodist Church by Bishop Robert Morgan, Bishop Lindsey Davis, Dr. George A. Strunk, and the Rev. Rebecca Peterson. Interment was at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Robert Wilson, Hank Ward, Jeremy Ruff, Doug Key, Ralph Fort, and Phil Kitchen. Honorary bearers were ministers of the Kentucky Conference, United Methodist Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Dot Tatman Endowed Scholarship, Union College, 310 College Street, Barbourville, KY 40906.

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