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Versailles, Ky.


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Aug. 21, 2003



James (Jim) Craig of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Midway, husband of Barbara Perry Craig, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, from complications of diabetes.

He was the son of Esther Woolums of Georgetown and the late James Craig Sr.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ronald Craig; a granddaughter, Cassidy Craig; two sisters, Judy Penn, Versailles, and Mary Williams, Whitesville, N.C.; two brothers, John Craig, Richmond, and Andrew Lake Oswega, Ore.; and an adopted sister, Rosita Dalton, Georgetown.

A memorial service will be conducted at later date.

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Melissa Jackson, 73, of 211 Church Street, wife of James L. Jackson, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Maye Wiley Mitchell, 94, of Taylor Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Lexington, retired teacher, widow of Earl Mitchell, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003.

Services will be conducted at noon Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Lexington. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Friday. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Thomas Rodgers, 59, of Stamping Ground, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at his residence following an illness.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Claude Thomas and June August Christian Rodgers and attended the First Assembly of God Church in Frankfort.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Thomas Rodgers, Frankfort; a stepson, Ray Alimones, Frankfort; two daughters, Rhonda Bailey, Stamping Ground, and Pam Johnson, Stamping Ground; a stepdaughter, Sherry Brown, Frankfort; and nine grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at the Harrod Brothers Funeral Home by the Rev. Lynn Terry, Burial was in the Stamping Ground Masonic Cemetery. Casket bearers were Joe Christian, Timmy Christian, Ralph Rodgers, David Rodgers, Darrell Rodgers, and Gary Smith.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Jerry Lee Sams, 51, of Lake Brownwood, formerly of Frankfort, husband of Beverly Sams, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at his home following a long illness.

Born in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Charles and Hazel Slattery Sams. He formerly worked at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center in the engineering department, and owned Lake Brownwood Tire and Lube for the past nine years. He was a member of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael Sams, Lake Brownwood; a daughter, Tracy Sams Smith, Lake Brownwood; a sister, Wanda Stephens, Versailles; four grandchildren; and two step-grandsons.

Services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at the Rocky Creek Baptist Church by Brad Davis. Burial was in the Rock Creek Cemetery.



Nannie Shepard Smith, 83, of Georgetown, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at her home.

Born June 2, 1920, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Katie Lee Rogers Shepard. She retired from National Distillers after 42 years of service, was a member of the Georgetown Baptist Church, and attended Penn Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Edgar (Sonny) Smith Jr., Scott County; a daughter, Betty Votaw, Scott County; three grandchildren, Michael Dean Votaw, Scott County, Amy Leigh Votaw, Scott County, and Lorell William (Billy) Votaw, Porter; a step-granddaughter, Dena Fuentes, San Francisco, Calif.; two step-great grandsons, David Wayne Paul and Christopher Bennett; two brothers, Paul and Everett Shepard; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Louise Shepard; two brothers, James William Shepard and Charles Voight Shepard; and two stepbrothers, Howard and James Shepard, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at the Tucker, Yocum &†Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Robert Sageser. Burial was in the Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Lorell, Billy and Michael Dean Votaw, David Wilkirson, James Marshall, Cary Hall, Lewis Oliver and David Paul. Honorary bearers were the†breakfast group at McDonald’s of Georgetown (Southgate).

Memorials may be made to Penn Avenue Baptist Church, 103 Penn Avenue, Georgetown, KY 40324.

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Joyce Ann Workman, 44, of 957 Woodlake Road, wife of Danny Workman, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at her home.

Born in Jessamine County, she is the mother of two daughters, Kathy Workman and Michelle Workman, both of Midway; and a son, Steven Workman, Versailles. Also surviving are her parents, John W. and Virginia McKinney Smith, Midway; a sister Melinda Bailey, Georgetown; two brothers, Jon Smith, Midway, and David Smith, Florida; and four grandchildren, Hunter Workman, Dax Workman, Eric Workman, and Summer Workman.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Estill Everman. Interment will follow at the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Steven Workman, Jess Howard, Jerry Cornett, George Terry, Jason Delgado, and Joe Britton. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the McDowell Cancer Foundation, Lucille Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0093.


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