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September 13, 2007



Merabah Bass, 82, of Sarasota, Fla., wife of Clyde Settles Bass, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007.

Born July 15, 1925, in Blowing Springs, Ga., she was the daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Creekmore Rich and Guy Sinclair Rich. A graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, she was retired from the Fairfield, Ohio, School District.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Warrine Bass, Versailles, and Merabah Anne Niederman Casey, Boone County; three grandsons, David Neil Niederman, John Kyle Niederman, and Jeb Stuart Smith; a granddaughter, Julia Anne Smith; and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Julia Adair Bass, is deceased.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Jellico Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, Attn. Debbie Frey, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.



Jerry W. Carl, 67, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at his residence.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Charles and Thelma Furnish Carl and was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. A retired construction engineer, he was a graduate of the Ohio College of Applied Sciences, and was a U. S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include two daughters, Leah Kruger and Sharon Gold, both of Lexington; the mother of his children, Wanda Carl, Lexington; a brother, C. W. Carl, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Hannah, Jared, and Sam Kruger.

The family will receive friends at a celebration of his life from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Hill-n-Dale Christian Church, Lexington. There will be no funeral service.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.

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Charles Theodore Egbert Sr., 84, of Versailles, husband of Emily Evans Egbert, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.

Born Jan. 28,1923 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was a retired Presbyterian minister, having served churches in Breathitt County, Scott County, and Paint Lick, and mission fields in Africa and Haiti. He had been awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received at Okinawa while serving in the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by four children, Emily Carroll and Beth Sams, both of Georgetown, Teddy Egbert, Paris, and Edie Egbert, Columbia; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He donated his body to the University of Kentucky for medical education and research.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday, Sept. 9, at Versailles Presbyterian Church.

Donations can be made to Bellewood, Box 23309, Louisville, KY 40223 or UKís Body Bequeathal Program, MN225 Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY 40536.



Mary Elizabeth Kirkland McDaniel, 83, of Lexington, widow of Johnie Sanford McDaniel, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John and Readie Blair Kirkland. She was a member of Little Texas Community Church.

Survivors include her children, the Rev. James McDaniel, Augusta, Ga., Virginia Hayslett, Harrodsburg, and Anna Keefe and Johnny Combs, both of Lexington; her grandchildren, James Michael McDaniel, Somerset, Michael Jonathan Keefe, Mary Frances and Elizabeth Anne Combs, and Tina Jimenez, all of Lexington, Samantha McDaniel Grice, Augusta, Ga., and Randall Combs, Nicholasville; her great-grandchildren, Kegan Patrick and Aubrey Suzanne McDaniel, Somerset, and Erica Deane Jimenez and Ashton Combs, Lexington; a special great nephew, Donald C. Myers Jr., Georgetown, and his son, Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Four brothers, Sonia Blair, Wilmore, John Gene, and Otha Kirkland; seven sisters, Laura Gardner, Nellie Bingham, Edna Simpson, Sally Kirkland, Kate Berreman, Gladys Taylor Ring, and Anna Bowers; and three grandsons, Christopher Andrew and David Alexander Keefe, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. James E. Heard. Burial was the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bobby Hayslett, Dean Combs, Mike Keefe, James Michael McDaniel, Michael Jonathan Keefe, and James William McDaniel.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or the American Heart Association, Kentucky Region, 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222.



Marshall William Searcy, 88, widower of Jessie Mae Monroe Searcy, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born May 6, 1919, in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Phillip W. and Lora Goodlett Searcy. He was a retired employee with Edwards Sausage Company and IGA. He was a member of the Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church, where he was a former Sunday school teacher and a training union director. He was a Kentucky Colonel and former member of the Thoroughbred Square Dance Club. Known as the "Birdhouse Man," he painted and gave away more than 300 birdhouses.

Survivors include three children, Jane Searcy Jackson, Frankfort, Bill Searcy, Versailles, and Ray Searcy, Lawrenceburg; four grandchildren, Dale Searcy, Richmond, Suzanne Searcy Woodside, Millville, Tonya Searcy Ashby, Lawrenceburg, and Meaghan Jackson Friend, Killeen, Texas; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl R. Searcy, Louisville; and a sister, Betty Gillis, Louisville. Four brothers, J.C., Harold, Vincent, and Gilbert Searcy, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Dr. Bob Ehr. Burial will follow in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church, 111 N. Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Joyce E. Washington, 70, of Dayton, Ohio, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at her residence.

A native of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late James J. and Mattie Chase Winkfield. She was a member of Freedom Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include 12 children, Vickie McDaniel, Sherry, Clarence, Dwayne, and Deidre Johnson, Cordell and Shelia Sumerlin, Kendall, David, Reecie, and Dion Washington; the father of her children, Clarence Washington Sr.; two brothers, James J. Winkfield Jr. and Kenneth Winkfield, Versailles; two sisters, Connie and Patricia Winkfield, Versailles; 27 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three aunts, Addie Howard, Michigan, and Carrie Crawford and Dorothy Boatwright, both of Dayton, Ohio; an uncle, Luther Bland, Versailles; three special cousins, Bernice Bright, Judy Chase, and JoAnne Durham; and numerous other family members.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 4200 Germantown Pike, Dayton, Ohio, by the Rev. Frederick Hayes Sr. Interment will be in West Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. today at the church until the time of service. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. The House Of Wheat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Ferrell P. Wellman, 85, of Lexington, widower of Madie M. Wellman, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born Sept. 1, 1922, in Pikeville, he was the son of the late Alonzo and Hope Dils Wellman. He was retired from the Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company. He attended the Pikeville Academy, graduated from Pikeville High School, and attended Pikeville College. Prior to World War II, he was employed in Greenfield, Mass. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served with the 368th Fighter Group, Ninth Air Force. The 368th was the first combat air group in France arriving in Normandy, June 14, 1944, just three days after the invasion. As a member of the 368th, he was stationed in England, France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany and was awarded the Bronze Star and six battle stars. After the war, he worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and joined Jefferson Standard (later Jefferson Pilot) in 1949 and retired in 2004. He lived in Ashland from 1950 to 1962, when he moved to Lexington. He was a charter member of the Pikeville Junior Chamber of Commerce and belonged to the Pikeville Lions Club. He was a charter member of the Ashland Optimist Club and helped organize clubs in Huntington and Charleston, W.Va. He was president of the Ashland Association of Life Underwriters and a national committeeman for the association of Lexington. He also served as president of the Kentucky Association of Life Underwriters. He was a UK Fellow. He was active in Presbyterian churches in Pikeville, Ashland and Lexington.

Survivors include a son, Ferrell Wellman, Jr., Versailles; and two grandsons, Dale M. Wellman, Williamstown, Mass., and Chad W. Wellman, Versailles. A brother, Capt. Alonzo H. Wellman, USN, retired, is deceased

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Kidís Camp, Troopers Island, Kentucky State Police Headquarters, Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601.


Marzette Stinnett Yates, 97, of Lawrenceburg, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Carol Vaughan, Lexington; four grandchildren, Gayle Yocum, Versailles, Debbie Birdwhistell, Georgetown, and Pam Bolt and Lin Vaughan, both of Lexington. A daughter, Iris Greeman, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Gash Memorial Chapel.

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