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September 12, 2002

 

Brodt

Sarah Elizabeth Brodt, 69, of Midway, daughter of Mary Halstead, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at Jewish Hospital, Louisville.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Steve and John Brodt; a daughter, Deborah Bailey; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Private services were planned. Foreman Funeral Home, Jeffersontown, was in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Hospice of Louisville, or by signing the back of one’s driver’s license for organ donation.

 

Farra

James (Jim) S. Farra, 89, of Oxnard Shores, Calif., formerly of Versailles, husband of Irene Proctor Farra, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002.

Born in Louisville March 7, 1913, he was the son of the late James A. and Shelby Farra. He spent his formative years on Sycamore Farm in Versailles. When he was a teenager, his father accepted a job in California and the family relocated to Pasadena. He graduated from Stanford University in 1935 with a degree in economics. He worked for Douglas Aircraft Corporation for 32 years, rising to become director of service. In 1962, he moved to Japan as president, Eastern Hemisphere, for Douglas. He then returned to California in the mid-1960s to assist Donald Douglas with the selection of, and integration with, McDonnell Corporation as the company's new merger partner. He left McDonnell-Douglas in 1967 to pursue personal interests in an early retirement. He enjoyed travel and photography, and participated in the design and launch of the DC-9 midsize jet (his concept, now called the Boeing MD-80 and MD-90 series), the conceptualization of the DC-10 jumbo jet, and the construction of O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Ill.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Shelby Basso, Malibu, Calif.; grandchildren David Knight, San Francisco, Calif., Monica Knight, Freeville, N.Y., Shelby Funk, Los Olivos, Calif., and Frank Basso Jr., San Jose, Calif., and four great-grandchildren.

Per his wishes, he was cremated following his death, and a gathering will be held at the resting spot of his former wife, Margaret, near Bend, Ore., in the early summer of 2003, where his ashes will be laid to rest. Those wishing to attend or offer condolences may contact Shelby Basso at 6621 Wandermere Road, Malibu, CA 90265.

 

Gunderson

Conrad Harold Gunderson, 85, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widower of Vivian R. Gunderson, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Lexington Country Place.

Born in Madison, Wis., Jan. 12, 1917, he was the son of the late Conrad Halvor and Olga Tronnes Gunderson. He was retired from Mountain Bell Phone Systems, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lexington.

Survivors include a daughter, Marianne Rardin, Versailles; four grandchildren, Stephanie Rardin, Vickie Mayne, Kelly Rector, and Jerry Rardin Jr.; and a niece, Donna Jean McCann. A sister, Clara Helleckson, is deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church by Dr. Billy Ray Jennings and Dr. Al Guinn. Mr. Gunderson was cremated after the services.

 

James

Wilbur James, 71, of Versailles, husband of Mary Ruth James, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, of an apparent heart attack.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Elizabeth Newby James, Woodford County, and the late Clarence James. He was well-known farmer and trucker, a 1948 graduate of Versailles High School, and a member of the Hillsboro Baptist Church. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Gayle James Patterson, and a grandson, Wade James Patterson, Woodford County.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Gilbert “Jake” Sargent. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Phil Cloyd, Orville Coyle, Bob Demaree, Bobby Holt, David Holt, and Jeff Adams. Honorary bearers were Howard Montague, Milton Stinnett, Bennis Stinnett, Kenneth Holt, Billy Ray Glass, Marion Faust, Earl Waugh, Llewellin Peavler, and Rick Fleckinstein.

Memorials are suggested to the Kentucky Hunter Education Association, 1855 Oregon Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

 

Pulliam

Edgar Pulliam Jr., 76, of Frankfort, husband of Juanita Green Pulliam, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

A native of Franklin County, he was the son of the late Manzy and Jennie Mae Goins Pulliam. He was a retired carpenter, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Bellepoint Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Wilma Hippe, Vicky Pulliam, and Melissa P. Marshall, all of Frankfort; two sons, George S. Pulliam, Versailles, and Edgar Lee Pulliam, Frankfort; a brother, Everette L. Pulliam, Frankfort; and six grandchildren. A sister, Mary Jo Singleton; and two brothers, James Pulliam and William L. Pulliam, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at the Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Jon Sutphin. Burial was in the Switzer Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bruce Marshall, Tommy Scott, Gary Semones, David Tate, Jeff Caudle, and Shirley Caudle. Honorary bearers were Kathy Hippe Marshall, Beth Hippe, Jason Pulliam, Kolton Pulliam, and Jordan, Clay, and Katie Marshall.

 

Stepp

Anna Harvey Stepp, 88, of Silver Spring, Md., formerly of Versailles, widow of William Robert Stepp, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at the Manor Care Nursing Home, after an extended illness.

Born Dec. 4, 1913, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Robert Henry and America Harvey Stepp. She graduated from Simmons High School and was a member of First Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Kentucky Homemakers Club and was a cook and caterer, known for her beaten biscuits. She was a member of the Mothers of Foreign War Veterans Club.

Survivors include two sons, William Grant Stepp and Wendell Stepp; grandchildren Debra Elaine Stepp, Monica Iris Stepp, Carmen Diana Stepp, Wendy Theresa Stepp Minor, and Wendell Ricardo Stepp; nephews Thomas Richard Stepp Jr., Norman Howard Stepp, and Lowell D. Williams; and several nieces, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Three sisters, Leora Marandolph Stepp, Laura Mae Stepp Morton, and Robin Stepp Williams; and four brothers, James Edward Stepp, Jewell Hunter Stepp, Clifford Roland Stepp, and Thomas Richard Stepp, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at the First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery.

Morgan Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Tarter

Mary Juanita Tarter, 79, of Lexington, widow of Ernest Edsel Tarter, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Grayson County, she was the daughter of the late James and Alta Payton.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Hatfield, Lexington; four grandchildren, Jim Hatfield, Daytona, Fla., Cathy Hatfield, Lexington, Patty McQueen, Lexington, and Cindy Chamberlain, Frankfort; two great grandchildren, Pamela Hatfield, Versailles, and Alexis Hatfield, Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by the Rev. Don King. Burial was in Louisville Memorial Gardens West.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

Wash

Freddie Bond Wash, 81, of Frankfort, husband of Jane Ann Wash, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Ray Bond Wash and Josephine Wagner Wash. He was a retired lab technician with the state Department of Transportation and a former employee of Gordon Cleaners. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Faith Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Larry Wash, Kokomo, Ind., and Herman Wash, Georgetown; two daughters, Phyllis Cole, Folsom, Calif., and Vera King, Frankfort; five brothers, Granville Wash, St. Cloud, Fla., Wesley Wash, Richmond, Va., Douglas Wash, Mountain Home, Ark., Sidney Williams, Glasgow, and Jimmy Wash, Danville; a sister, Lola Thrasher, Muncie, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. A son, William Kenny Wash, and a sister, Ruby Collins, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the Faith Baptist Church by the Rev. Everett Hawkins. Burial with full military honors was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were deacons of Faith Baptist Church. Honorary bearers were Megan Simpson, Kristopher King, Tammy Parker, and Timothy Hosley.

Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

 

Woodrum

Mark Woodrum, 48, of Frankfort, husband of Esther Galbraith Woodrum, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at the Jewish Hospital, Shelbyville, following a motorcycle accident.

A native of Scott County, he was the son of the late John Willie and Gypsy Bourne Woodrum. He was a member of the Graefenburg Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Curtis Stratton, Versailles; two daughters, Marka Burns and Melanie Harrod, both of Frankfort; a brother, Kenneth Woodrum, Louisville; four sisters, Elizabeth Morris, Cherry Hill, N.C., Sylvia Carey, Louisville, Delores Ogden, Shelbyville, and Rosa Turner, Frankfort; and six grandchildren. A son, John Wesley Woodrum; two brothers, Eddie and Joe Woodrum; and a sister, Mary Snow Jeffries, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Terry Gillum. Burial was in Clearview Cemetery, Liberty. Casket bearers were Ronnie Rogers, Robert Rogers, Mike Burns, Marka Burns, Carl Woodrum, and James Carey.

 

Woolums

Estill “Gene” Woolums, 75, of Frankfort, husband of Marty Woolums, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at the Bluegrass Regional Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County Dec. 12, 1926, he was the son of the late Harry and Fannie Ritchie Woolums Sr. He was retired from the state government and was a member of the Truth Baptist Church and VFW Post 4075, Frankfort. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served as a medic.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Ann Bryan, Frankfort; two sons, the Rev. Sherman Warfield, Frankfort, and Bill Woolums, Frankfort; five sisters, Elizabeth Harlow, Versailles, Katherine Henderson, Lexington, Jean Thurman, Versailles, Joyce Slugantz, Versailles, and Faye Slugantz, Versailles; a brother, Cecil Woolums, Georgia; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. A daughter, Brenda Woolums Winters, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the Sunset Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Sherman Warfield. Casket bearers were Chuck Graves, Bryan Winters, Greg Warfield, Chad Bryan, Scotty Bryan, and Greg Shields. Honorary bearers were Andrea Warfield, Tracie Bryan, Whitney Woolums, Laura Graves, and Sonny Thurman.

The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Truth Baptist Church, 334 Holmes Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

 

Wright

Blanche Wright, 72, of Versailles, formerly of Bloomfield, widow of M.T. Wright Jr., died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at the Kindred Hospital, Louisville.

A native of Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Effie Colvin Goodlett. She and her husband were the former owners of Wright’s Grocery in Bloomfield. She was a member of the Bloomfield Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Nelda Miller, Versailles; two sons, Milt Wright, Versailles, and Kenny Wright, Bardstown; a sister, Marie Beam, Bloomfield; a brother, Dr. Tom Ed Goodlett, Madison, Ind.; and a grandson.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the Bloomfield Baptist Church by Bro. Joe Girdler and Bro. Earl Pike. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

 

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