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September 14, 2006



Phillip R. Dunn, 63, of McCracken Pike, widower of Beulah Dunn, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Wallace and May Coston Dunn. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God, a longtime member of the American Angus Association, and was in partnership with W.D. Fishback Sr. for 36 years.†

Survivors include his six children, Elizabeth Dunn, Versailles, Phillip D. Dunn, Morrow, Ohio, Woody Dunn, Midway, Mary Ann Slatten and Martha Berger, both of Versailles, and Patsy Johnson, South Lebanon, Ohio; a special granddaughter, Candi Lynn Dunn, Versailles; several other grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bettie Jean Dunn Moore, Georgia, Mary Jane O’Neil, Minnesota, and Joyce Turner, Bardstown; and a brother, David Dunn, Lexington.† Two brothers, a son, and a grandson are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Pentecostal Church of God by the Rev. Jim Smith. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.†Casket bearers were Dave Fishback, Phillip Dunn, Woody Dunn, Bill Sasser, George Gwynn, and Eric Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



Betty Arlene Estep, 61, of Independence, formerly of Lexington, wife of Ron Estep, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at her residence.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Kyle and Eulene Coyle White. She was a graduate of Versailles High School and was an office manager/bookkeeper for Cutter Construction Company. She participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and was a member of Mt. Edwin Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Angel Harris; a son, Joey Harris; five grandchildren, Andrew Sells, Alyssa, Aaron, Alex, and Aidan Harris; four brothers, Jim White, Bill White, Jack White, and Joe White; a sister, Carolyn Conley; and numerous other family members. A brother, Arnold White, and a niece, Barbara Connor, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 9, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Burt Eyster. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.



Lena Kirk, 75, of Mt. Sterling, a retired Traditional Bank employee, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006.

Survivors include four brothers; Harry Reese "Pete" Kirk Jr., Joe C. Kirk, and Howard Milton Kirk, all of Mt. Sterling, and Lewis Gene Kirk, Versailles; four nephews; nine nieces, including Kristina G. Kirk, Tina M. Kirk, and Gina K. Kemp, all of Versailles; and a great-nephew, Collin Kemp, Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 11, at Taul Funeral Home.

Donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.



Paul Greig Legros,79, of Houston, Texas, husband of Kathy Legros, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, at his home.

Born in Houston, he was the son of Bertha Kilman LeGros and Paul LeGros. He attended Wheaton College and later was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. Following his retirement from the military, he earned a master's degree in environmental engineering from Rice University and worked as a professional engineer for 20 years. After retirement, he volunteered teaching English to international students. He also recorded more than 24 college textbooks on tape for sightless students.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by a sister, Louise LeGros Wilhoit, Versailles; his children, Barbara Christman, Susan Downs, Carol Randle, Bruce LeGros, and Paul LeGros Jr.; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Sept. 10, at Church of the Redeemer.

Donations may be made to Taping for the Blind, 3935 Essex, Houston, TX 77027, or AD Players, 2710 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098.



William "Bill" Newby Jr., 57, of Lexington, husband of Lillian Lawson Newby, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

The son of the late William and Katherine Browning Newby Sr., he was a retired electrician for OSRAM Sylvania Lamp Plant in Versailles with 28 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam Conflict.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Marsha Wall, Nicholasville, and Rebecca Newby, Lexington; four grandchildren; four brothers; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Burial was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Thomas Wall, Shafter McKnight, Charles Newby, Donald Newby, Michael Newby, and David Newby.



Charles Lee "Slick" Richie, 62, of Lexington, formerly of Millersburg, husband of Barbara Mitchell Richie, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at his residence.

Born Jan. 23, 1944, in Bourbon County, he was the son of the late William Kenneth and Virginia Lucille Ritchie. He was a retired engineer for the Veterans Administration, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion Post #257. He enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid UK fan, enjoyed playing poker and attending race meets at Keeneland.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Charles Allen Richie, Lexington; three daughters, Regina Carroll, Versailles, Katrina Hollingsworth, Burgin, and Chaslee Richie, Lexington; two stepsons, James Mattox and Matthew Mattox, both of Lexington; two brothers, James Earl and William Thomas Ritchie; two sisters, Anna May Castello and Janice Gaunce; nine grandchildren, Shelton and Brent Mastin, Sarah Prater, Alicia Wilson, William, Peyton, and Gabriel Richie, and Dixie and Dalia Mattox; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home by Pastor Ernie Perry. Burial was in the Millersburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were James and Matt Mattox, Shelton and Brent Mastin, Dale Ritchie and Bob Hollingsworth. Honorary bearers were Keith Welcher, James Mitchell, Jimmy Lee "Red" Watkins, Dwayne and Tilford Baker, Robert "Big O" Overly, and Josh Davidson.

Memorial gifts may go to P.A.W.S., Paris Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 222, and Paris, KY 40362-0222.



Michael Scott Spencer, 30, of Cherry Hill Court, husband of Barbara Edwards Spencer, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at his residence.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of Bonnie Spencer Burnett of Bardstown. He was a former employee of Quebecor in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mikayla Spencer, and a son, Jordon Spencer, both of Versailles; a sister, Misty Burnett, Elizabethtown; two brothers, Daniel Spencer and D.J. Burnett, both of Bardstown; his stepfather, Walter Bowling, Bardstown; three stepsisters, Sue Gross and Brenda Combs, both of Jackson, and Kay Whitman, Bardstown; two stepbrothers, Darrell Bowling and Darvin Bowling, both of Jackson; and his maternal grandmother, Doris Spencer, Bardstown.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Don Karsner. Interment was at Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were D.J. Burnett, David Whitman, John Wimsatt, Scott Edwards, Tom May, Bryan Lovins, Daniel Spencer, and Darrell Bowling.

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Evelyn Perkins Williams, 72, of Lexington, widow of Joseph Williams, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, after a long illness.

Born March 19, 1934, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Bertie Mae Perkins. She was a teacher, and then embarked on a long career in social work at Eastern State Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She finished third in a nationwide essay contest, which led Jet magazine to publish a story about her. She received a bachelor’s degree from Central State University in Ohio and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville. In 1969, along with Ron Berry and University of Kentucky professor Abby Marlatt, she helped develop the original plan for what became Micro-City Government in Lexington. She is credited with writing the first $200,000 grant to establish the program, which gave young African-Americans a chance to find out how city governments are run. She received an Outstanding Woman of the Bluegrass award for her contributions to the program.

Survivors include two children, Frank “Darryl” and Valerie Jackson; a brother, Eugene Perkins; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the First Baptist Church, Bracktown, by the Rev. C.B. Akins Sr. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



Elsie Wilson, 85, of Lexington, widow of Oliver F. Wilson, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Adair County, she was the daughter of the late Charles May and Lula Osborne. She was a retired employee for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Survivors include two sons, Walter Wilson, Lexington, and Tony Wilson, Lexington; a brother, Orville May, Russell Springs; a sister, Annettia Stewart, Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren, Frank Wilson, Diana Correll, Brian Wilson, Christopher Wilson, and Amy Wilson Reed; 11 great-grandchildren, Lauren, Nathaniel, Samuel Wilson, Joshua, Jared, Molly, Emily Wilson, Zachery, Sara, Samantha Correll, and Gunner Reed.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Cold Springs Primitive Baptist Church. Burial was in Cold Springs Cemetery. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, was in charge of arrangements.


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