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September 30, 2004



Jack Douglas Aldridge, 67, of Eureka Drive, husband of Jo Aldridge, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, he was born March 15, 1937. He was the son of the late D.W. and Nellie Mae Bowman Aldridge. He retired after 38 years as a foreman for Texas Instruments. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a charter member and deacon of Kingsway Assembly of God. In 1972 he formed the Masters of Disciples Gospel Group. He sang for 20 years, ministering in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Florida.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Brenda Stockton, Versailles; and a niece, Carla Jo Gregory, Nicholasville. A brother, Eugene Aldridge, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Joseph S. Girdler, the Rev. Jeff Johnson, and the Rev. Michael Krupa. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Jim Clifton, David Floyd, Bill Cusic, Sam Williams, Dexter Speck, Richard Duncan and Jim Johnson. Honorary bearers will be Will Parks, Elwood Puckett, Donald M. Willoughby, Don Miller and Larry Dennis.

Contributions may be made to Kingsway Assembly of God, 4175 Lexington Road, Versailles, KY 40383.



Judith R. Begley, 62, of Deerfield Drive, widow of SGM Frank Begley, U.S. Army (retired), died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

The daughter of the late Jack Sr. and Grace Polly Combs, she was a graduate of Dilce Combs High School at Jeff in Perry County and was a retired federal civilian employee of the Kentucky Army National Guard. She is a recipient of the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal awarded by Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton and the Commander's Award for Civilian Service to the Kentucky Army National Guard. She was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. She was a volunteer for the Miss Woodford County pageant.

Survivors include three sons, Samuel Begley, Jackson, Miss., Martin Begley, Frankfort, and Steven Begley, Laughlin, Nev.; a sister, Sandra Kae Lamb, Knoxville, Tenn.; and two brothers, Jack Combs Jr. of Whitesburg, and Danny Wayne Combs of Hazard.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Interment was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County.

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Minnie Louise Coles, of Lexington, wife of Carl R. Coles Sr., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004.

A native of Fayette County, she was the daughter of Raleigh Olinger and the late Lucille Porter. She was a retired employee at Samaritan Hospital after 28 years and a member of the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Midway.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, William, Anthony, Cynthia Layne, and Carl L. Coles; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jane and Gail Olinger; two brothers, Steven and Eric Olinger; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Julian T. Hutchinson Jr., 71, of Lexington, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Julian T. Hutchinson Sr. and Geneva Ray Hutchinson. He was a real estate broker and appraiser, and owned Hutchinson Real Estate. He was a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and attended the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Christ the King Cathedral and was an ordained deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington.

Survivors include four sisters, Martha Talbott, Ocean Park, Wash., Catherine DeFelice, Palmyra, Va., Mary Frances Fister and Blanche Horseman, both of Lexington; two brothers, Tom Hutchinson, Versailles, and Charles Hutchinson, Barrington, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Sister Julie Marie. A sister and four brothers, Genevieve, Joseph, John William "Bill", Robert, and C. Richard Hutchinson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at Cathedral of Christ the King. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Cathedral of Christ the King Perpetual Adoration Chapel or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria, Lexington, KY 40504.



Dean Wallace Kutz, 48, of Delaney Ferry Road, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, after a long battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 18, 1956, in Harvey, N.D., he was the son of the late Wallace and Marlys Kutz. Dean grew up with a family history of horse racing and traveled to many race tracks in many locations such as Canada, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota and Kentucky. After earning more than 2,800 victories in his racing career, he was awarded the George Woolf Award and the New York Racing Associations memorial tribute to Mike Venezia in 2001, and was a member of the National Jockeys’ Guild and the first inductee into the Canterbury Downs Hall of Fame in Shakopee, Minn. He was also inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. He was a spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation, Jockeys Across America, and a Chance to Grow, an organization designated to solving learning disabilities.

Survivors include Deb Rindy, Carrington, N.D., Kathy Zink, Versailles, Wade Kutz, Stewart, Minn., Kenny Kutz, Sykeston, N.D., Carl Kutz, Sterling, Colo., Claire Holth, Carrington, N.D., Wesley Kutz, Sykeston, N.D., Connie Kutz, Hutchinson Minn., Patrice Neis, Grand Forks, N.D., Stacie Kutz, Killdeer, N.D., Margy Larson, West Fargo, N.D., and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. His grandparents, Carl and Alyce Kutz, and Melvin and Clara Logan, are deceased.

Memorial services were conducted at the sales pavilion at Keeneland Race Course on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, by Chaplain Michael Powers and jockey Pat Day. Additional services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church, Carrington, N.D.

Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation, 2417 Regency Rd. Lexington, KY 40503, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Katharine W. Montgomery, 93, of Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home, Lexington, formerly of Midway and Versailles, widow of Albert Montgomery, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004.

The daughter of the late Fred Wagner Sr. and Eva Piercefield Wagner, she was active in various positions of voluntary service in her church, community and local schools. She graduated from Midway High School in 1930.

Survivors include twin sons, Dr. Wally Montgomery, Paducah, and Jerry Montgomery, Florida; five grandchildren, Sarah Katharine Krause, Louisville, Theresa Carrin, Florida, Evelyn Jones, Paducah, David Montgomery, Venice, Fla., and Matthew Montgomery, Indianapolis, Ind.; and eight great grandchildren. Her twin granddaughters are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Don Reed. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Leslie Sharon, Charles Logan, Phil House, Fred Lane, David and Matt Montgomery.

Memorials are suggested to Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home at 580 Greenfield Dr., Lexington, KY 40517.

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Collin Truitt Poynter, 11, of Troy Pike, son of Rod and Julia Poynter died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital.

Born in Athens, Ga. June 2, 1993, he was a fifth grade student at Southside Elementary School, attended Versailles United Methodist Church and was chairman of Collin's Classic For Children With Cancer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Ray and Nancy Kramer, Owensboro; paternal grandparents, Jerry E. and Janrose Poynter, Keavy; paternal great grandmother, Willie Mullins, Keavy; four aunts; one uncle; and five cousins. His maternal grandfather, Charles E. Truitt, maternal great grandparents, Luther and Catherine Luckett and Evans and Mildred Truitt, paternal great grandfather, Herman Mullins, and paternal great grandparents Lionel (Onel) and Ella Kate Poynter, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Versailles United Methodist Church by Dr. Steve Martyn and the Rev. Coleman Howlett. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Collier Mills, Glenn Truitt, Gerald York, Kevin Humphrey, Scott Cook and Michael Steckler. Honorary bearers were Haley and Emily Cook, Holly and Ellison Humphrey and Allison Peters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Collin's Classic c/o First Security Bank P.O. Box 788 Owensboro, KY 42301 or Collin Poynter's Medical Fund c/o Judy Jones, C.P.A. Transylvania University 300 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508.

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William G. Reed, 78, of Lexington, widower of Anna Becker Reed, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, at his residence.

Born in Elsie in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Cassius and Venia Harper Reed. He was a graduate of Salyersville High School, a 1952 graduate of the University of Kentucky, attended Auburn University Veterinary School in Auburn, Ala., for two years, and attended the University of Kentucky graduate school for one year. He was a retired financial secretary and treasurer for the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union # 452. He was a member of VFW Post #680 and the American Legion Post #313 and a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Lake Stogner, Lexington; a son, Curtis Reed, Lexington; a stepson, Tom Beckum, Lexington; a stepdaughter, Sue Edwards, Versailles; two brothers, James Reed, Salyersville, and Kash Reed, Morehead; two sisters, Mae Vanderpool, Dayton, Ohio, and Evalee Hampton, Salyersville; and nine grandchildren, including Steven Jump and John Luke Stogner, both of Lexington. Two brothers, Gardner Reed and J.P. Reed, and his stepmother, Lutie Reed, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway by the Rev. Ernest Sacra. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Elvin Pratt, Otis Ratliff, John Stogner, Charlie Brown, David Dalton and Michael Monday.



Terry Lee Smith, 42, of Jacksonville, Fla., husband of Susan Smith, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of Ike and Ruby Smith. He was a supervisor at Kitchen World, Inc.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two daughters, Kiera Beth Smith and Olivia Gayle Smith; a son, Patrick William Smith; two brothers, Tommy and Jason Smith; two sisters, Linda Quinn and Tammy Sims; and nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 24, at 2004, Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Fla., by the Rev. Roy Barnwell and the Rev. Jeff Houston. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clayton First Assembly of God, P.O. Box 346, Clayton, GA 30525.

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Grand Soard, 78, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

He was a farmer and a World War II Army veteran.

Survivors include two daughters, Terri Whitaker, Versailles, and Teresea Stephens, Nicholasville; four sons, Randy Soard, Lawrenceburg, David Soard and Danny Soard, both of Versailles, and Edward Soard, Georgetown; five sisters, Clara Fields, Beaula Dunn, and Frances Stratton, all of Versailles, and Ruth Soard and Nancy Beasley, both of Lawrenceburg; and 13 grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 27, 2004,, Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Stacey Cruse. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Stephens, Travis Taylor, Robert Medley, Danny Soard, Thomas Hawkins and John Branscom.

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 Timothy Dewain Sowell Jr., 30, of Longmont, Colo., died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at his home.

Survivors include a son, Jacob Edward Sowell, Colorado; his father and stepmother, Tim Sr. and Lynda Sowell, Versailles; his mother and stepfather, Judy and Jim Burback, Colorado; his grandparents, Lloyd and Georgia Sowell, Alabama, Jennie Kunter, Idaho, and Jo Ann Pope, Colorado; his stepsisters, Jessyca Roberts and Courtney Ruehrwein, Versailles; his nieces, Devan and Lyndsey Roberts, and nephew, Casey Ruehrwein, Versailles; his uncle and aunt, Mickey and Judy Kunter, Alabama, his former wife, Barbara Kohler, Colorado; and many other family members. His grandfather, Dave Pope; and a cousin, Christine Kimbrough, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept, 25, 2004, in Longmont, Colo. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont, Colo.

Memorial contributions to the Jacob Sowell Education Fund may be sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street, Longmont, CO 80501.

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William F. "Bill" Threlkeld, 90, of Meadow Lane, widower of Joyce Cotton Threlkeld, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Union County, he was a graduate of Morganfield High School and the University of Kentucky. He had four years of military training at UK and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He entered active military duty in January 1942 and retired as a USAF lieutenant colonel in 1973. He was in the U. S. Infantry until 1942 as a paratrooper and made numerous jumps in the U.S. and England, and two jumps in combat in Africa before transferring to the Air Force. In his civilian life, he worked two years with the UK Extension Service, 10 years with the Soil Conservation Service, and 10 years as supervisor of State Approving Agency for Veterans Training in the Kentucky Department of Education. He was a commercial pilot and enjoyed flying and photography.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Threlkeld, Torrington, Wyo.; and a sister, Virginia T. Wathen, Uniontown.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the Stewart-Threlkeld History Endowment Fund, College of Human Environmental Sciences, 102 Erickson Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0050.

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Gene G. Wright, 71, of Versailles, widower of Mary A Wright, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, after a long illness. He resided at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born March 9, 1933, in Muddy Ford, he was known to his friends as "Hillbilly." He began his career at age 16 with OK Wrecker Service. He began driving for Ecklar-Moore Express and retired after 30 years with OK Trucking Company. He briefly was a race car driver and was an avid Harley-Davidson Motorcycle rider and racer.

Survivors include his children, Charles Michael Wright, Tom Wright, and Jodi Webb, all of Lexington; two grandchildren, Laura Bailey and Jennifer Burton; three great grandchildren, Rebecca and Ryan Bailey and Daniel Burton; a brother, Jim Wright, Harrodsburg; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. An infant son and a sister, Phyllis Skaggs, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Fr. Frank Sherry. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Attn: Sister Christina, 300 Berry Ave., Versailles, KY 40383, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.

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