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September 22, 2005



  Elizabeth "Lizzie" Roberts Courtney, 88, of Lexington, widow of Roy Courtney, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at her home.

Born June 17, 1917, in Swallowfield, she was the daughter of Henry Clay and Lousann Reynolds Roberts. She married Roy Courtney on May 18, 1933, at the old Versailles Baptist parsonage in Versailles. She retired from the University of Kentucky Physical Plant Division and was a lifelong member of Midway United Methodist Church. She made each of the newborns in her family a stuffed monkey made of socks. She also made a variety of crafts and quilts.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Ward, Lexington, Martha Pierce, Byers, Colo., and Helen Adams, Nicholasville; grandchildren, Jimmy Ward, Brian Ward, Tim Adams and Steve Adams, all of Lexington, Mark Adams, Conyers, Ga., William Hicks, Strasburg, Colo.; Maurice Hicks, Commerce City, Colo., Barbara Jo Allen, Lakewood, Colo., Amanda Jane Gould, El Dorado, Mo., Rebecca Craighead and Pamela Courtney, Folsom, Calif., and Elizabeth Morris, Seattle, Wash; 19 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. A son, Roy Clay Courtney; and two granddaughters, Vickie Roark and Debra Courtney, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 17, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Carl Townsend. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandsons.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Midway United Methodist Church, 129 Bruen St., Midway, KY 40347.



  Paskle Lee Devers, 67, of Lawrenceburg, widower of Louise Thacker Devers, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born Aug.15, 1938, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Arthur Gobel Devers Sr. and Ruthell Johnson Devers. He was a superintendent for Texas Instruments and was a member of Truth Baptist Church in Frankfort.

Survivors include three sons, Brent Devers, Willisburg, Patrick Devers, Lawrenceburg, and Chris Devers, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Joyce Riley, Georgetown; three brothers, Cecil Devers, Versailles, Donald “Duck” Devers, Indiana, and Leonard Devers, Arizona; five grandchildren, Jessie Devers, Quintin Devers, Foy Kirsch, Kennedie Kirsch, and Dalton Kirsch; and a companion, Donna Roberts. A sister, Thelma “Tutie” Devers Graves, and a brother, Arthur Gobel Devers Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 16, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bro. Sherman Warfield. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Bill Douglas, Jimmy Estel, Ray Perry, Lloyd Duncan, Bobby Lacefield, and Scott Jones. Honorary bearers were Tommy Shouse and Paul Yates.

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  Dorothy Helen Lauble Fiero, 83, of Frankfort, widow of Norman Fiero, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at the Bradford Square Nursing Home.

A native of Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Bertha Pauess Lauble. She also lived in Timonium, Md.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan Fiero Nichols, Cranbury, N.J., and Virginia Fiero Mashack, Washington, D.C.; two sons, Karl Fiero, Frankfort, and Robert Fiero, Midway; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Oct. 19, at the Frankfort Cemetery by Dr. John Chenault. Rogers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center's Transplant Clinic, Hospice of the Bluegrass, or the American Red Cross.



  Harold E. Fisher, 72, of Lexington, husband of Betsy Downing Fisher, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital East.

Born April 2, 1933, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Charles and Eunice Hunter Fisher. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and attended the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. He was a retiree of the U. S. Postal Service and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Spindletop Hall, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and had served with the U. S. Army.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Charles Haggan Fisher; a sister, Mary McGill, Versailles; five brothers, Perry Fisher, Jerry Fisher, both of Lexington, Charles Fisher, Daytona Beach, Fla., James Ralph Fisher, Lawrenceburg, and Bill Fisher, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Sunday, Sept 18, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 210 Malabu Drive, Suite 125, Lexington, KY 40502, or to the American Diabetes Association, 1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 110 Louisville, KY 40218.



  George Rogers Harbett, 50, of Versailles, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

He was the son of Carolyn Bach, Versailles, and the late Ellsworth Harbett of Lexington. He was the grandson of George and Margie Rogers of Lexington.

Survivors include a sister, Melissa Rogers; and a niece, Rachel Rogers, both of Versailles; two brothers, William Harbett, Richmond, and Robert Riley Russell, Versailles; and his stepmother, Woodie Harbett, Lexington.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  Laurinda Anne Fennell Hensley, 60, formerly of Woodford County, wife of David Vernon Hensley, died last week in Little Rock, Ark., of lung cancer.

The daughter of Beverly Fennell, who worked for The Woodford Sun in the late 1950s, and the late Ernie Fennell, who taught English at Versailles high School, Mrs. Hensley spent 33 years in various management positions for Systematics, SBC, the State of Arkansas, and IBM. From August 2000 to 2005, she worked and volunteered at Historic Arkansas Museum.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Amy Gill, St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Wyatt, Dylan, Katie, and Anne, St. Louis, Mo.; brothers and sisters, Fianna Combs, Harvey Fennell, and Debe Fennell, Reno, Nev., and Tom Fennell and Bridget Farris, Little Rock, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at St Mark's Episcopal Church on Mississippi in Little Rock. Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, Little Rock, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be sent to Community Theater of Little Rock, 2600 West Markham, Little Rock, AK 72205; the Arkansas Repertory Theater, 601 Main, Little Rock, AK 72201; or to the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 East 3rd, Little Rock, AK 72201.



  Kenneth Gordon Kelly, 58, of Meadow Lane, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at his residence.

Born in Oneida, he was the son to the late Kenneth Kelly and Georgia Philpot Kelly. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer after 30 years, serving in Vietnam and Operation Desert Shield.

Survivors include two daughters, Lydia Adams, Tennessee, and Addie Rose Kelly, Northern Kentucky; a brother, Dennis Mike Kelly, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Christen Adams, Cody Adams, and Blake Allen Vanoy.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Interment with full military honors will be at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be members of VFW Post #4075 of Frankfort. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until service time on Friday.



  Qaadir Hanee Mulazim, 48, of Lexington, husband of Dawn Garner Mulazim, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005.

Born Charles Clinton Smith Jr. in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Charles Clinton Smith Sr. and Harriet Rogers Smith.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Dawnitra Hilliard, and Nafeesa and Dawan Mulazim; a sister, Sherri Smith; a brother, Stephon Taylor; and other relatives.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Greater Liberty Baptist Church, Lexington. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



  Nelson Prewitt, 83, of Frankfort, widower of Helen " Sug " Richardson Prewitt, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, after a brief illness.

A long time resident of Midway, he was raised in Clark County. He was the son of the late James Dunlap Gay Prewitt and Anna Coleman VanMeter Prewitt. He attended Darlington Prep School, graduated from Transylvania University, was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and at the time of his death was a member of the Robert Barr Society for Transylvania Alumni. He was a member of the Midway Presbyterian Church, and a member, secretary, and treasurer of the Midway Lions Club for nearly 40 years. He was a farmer, a teacher, an estimator at Kawneer in Cynthiana, and most recently was a property controller for the Kentucky State Parks Department.

Survivors include two sons, David Hickman Prewitt II and Nelson Lewis Prewitt; and two grandchildren, Ann Lewis Prewitt and Sarah Elizabeth Prewitt. A brother, Stanley Tebbs Prewitt, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. Peggy Bright and the Rev. Jim Rucker. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Graddy Prewitt, Rob Bentley, Bruce Dungan, Steve Dungan, Tom Hafley, Raymond Shirley, Kenneth Anderson, and David Burgin. Honorary bearers were Bill Duty, Betty Snowden, Carolyn Sledd, Herb Sledd, Clifford Reed, Barbara Hopkins, Betty Ann Voigt, Bruce Dungan Sr., George Halmhuber, and Dr. Norman Fisher.

Contributions are suggested to the Midway Presbyterian Church or the Midway Lions Club.

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  Jayden Randall Roberts, infant son of Sondra and Jason Roberts, of 368 Princess Circle, was stillborn Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Sept. 19, at Rose Crest Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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