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January 10, 2002

 

Benjamin Bibbs

Benjamin Polk "Bennie Willie" Bibbs, 64, of Lexington, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, after a brief illness.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Benjamin A. and Lena Polk Bibbs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired IBM human resources and production employee.

Survivors include a daughter and son, Lynnsey and Rahman Bibbs, and their mother, Betty Bibbs; two grandchildren, Rahmontas Bibbs-Jackson and Khamaria Shanks; and a step-sister, Suzanne Austin, all of Lexington; step-mother, Almeda Bibbs, Winchester; three aunts, Mary P. Collins, Cleveland, Ohio, Ann Jackson, Versailles, and Jennie Didlick; an uncle, William Bibbs, Winchester; and numerous cousins.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at Highlands Baptist Church by the Rev. Willis G. Polk. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Martyn-Hurley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Marvin Brown Sr.

Marvin E. "Jig" Brown Sr., 61, of Versailles, widower of Carolyn Wise Brown, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, in Lexington.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 2, 1941, he was the son of the late Marvin D. and Martha Marie King Brown. He was a retired Rand McNally employee and a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Marlene Brown Moore and Pamela J. Brown, both of Versailles; three sons, Clinton D. Brown, Midway, Marvin E. Brown Jr., Versailles, and Brian E. Brown, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Eula Frances Reed, Ohio; a special cousin, Elvin "Bally" Bowman; 11 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Gary Harris and the Rev. Bobby Rice.

 

Dorothy Byrd

Dorothy Bales Todd Byrd, 78, of Frankfort, wife of Charles E. Byrd, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at the New Horizon Medical Center, Owenton.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Bales and Verdie Garrett Todd. She was a housewife.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie Collins, Monterey, and Delores Monroe, Frankfort; four sisters, Geneva Baker, Clara Todd, and Lillie Johnson, all of Frankfort, and Myrtle Griffin, Versailles; a brother, James Carl Todd, Lexington; six grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Mattie Barber and Sallie Helmburg; two brothers, Allison and Elmer Todd; and two grandchildren, Deatrice and Janet Wilson, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. Tony Watkins. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Philip Cook, Herbert Monroe, Carl E. Todd, James Earl Todd, Georgie Todd, and Derwood Breasher. Honorary bearers will be Dwayne Wilson, Tony Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Jamie Ward, James Carl Todd, and Donald Wilson.

 

Albert Chase Jr.

Albert James Chase Jr., 86, of Versailles, husband of Armenta Chase, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Albert and Katie Davis Chase. He was a lifelong member of Simpson United Methodist Church, and a World War II veteran. He retired from Community Trust Bank, formerly Woodford Bank and Trust Company. He graduated from Simmons High School and attended Kentucky State University, and was a skilled cobbler for many years, working at Harber's Shoe Repair Shop, Lexington..

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Gwendolyn C. Howard and Cdr. Katherine A. Chase Irby, USNR-Ret., Versailles; a son, Albert J. "A.J." Chase III; seven grandchildren, Timothy Harris, Hollie Walker, Albert "Jamie" Chase IV, Ingrid Chase, Tony Jones II, Tiffani Chase, and Bryan Irby; a great granddaughter, Tristin Harris-Walker; and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at Simpson United Methodist Church by the Rev. Thomas Muhomba. Morgan Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Emma Coleman

Emma Elizabeth Coleman, 68, of Versailles, daughter of the late Mary Grace Coleman and Joe Coleman, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002.

A native of Woodford County, she was a 33-year employee of Quebecor World and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Beatrice Brown, Versailles; two brothers, John W. “Hooks” Devine, Midway, and George Thompson, Lexington; 10 nieces; four nephews; and a number of great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at First Baptist Church. Burial was in Steele Cemetery. Smith and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Darryl Dunn

Darryl Dunn, 60, of Versailles, husband of Joan Dawson Dunn, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County Feb. 5, 1941, he was the son of Frances Bartlett Dunn, Versailles, and the late Leo Dunn. He was a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service, a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, and a member of Buford Lodge #494, Midway. He was also active in local bluegrass music as a guitar player, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Robin Dunn Hale, Versailles, and Jody Michelle Dunn, Lexington; a sister, Charlette Phillips, Frankfort; two brothers, Dwight Dunn and Danny Dunn, both of Versailles; two granddaughters, Ashley and Caitlin Hale; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Rick Hale, Don Keel, Charles Anderson, Bill Phillips, David Penn, Frank Douglas, and Mr. Dunn's nieces, Jennifer Biehn Nunley and Leslie Biehn Mote. Honorary bearers were Herb Bruce, Francis Carpenter, Joe Weber, Horace Dawson, and the members of Buford Lodge #494..

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church Building Fund, the American Cancer Society, or the Huntington's Disease Society, c/o Kosair Charity Center, 982 Eastern Parkway, Louisville KY 40217.

 

William Guion

William Edward “Bill” Guion, 58, of Versailles, husband of Anna M. Guion, a manufacturing engineer for the Trane Company, Lexington, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at his residence.

Born in New York City, he was a son of Julia Sulich Guion of Avon, N.Y., and the late William Edward Guion Sr. He was a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. He was an active member of the Woodford Hills County Club, and was an avid golfer.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three daughters, Michelle J. Sharpe, Frankfort, RenÈ Niquette, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Teresa Sawyer, Wayland, N.Y.; a son, William Everett Guion, Largo, Fla.; a sister, Patrician Colt, Avon N.Y.; three step-children; and sixteen great grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, January 10, 2002 at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Cremation will follow services.

Memorials are suggested to the Bill Guion Golf Memorial, c/o 161 Broadway, Versailles KY 40383.

 

Geraldine Hawkins

Geraldine Burnett Hawkins, 77, of Nicholasville, formerly of Louisville, wife of Harold Hawkins, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Unit, Lexington.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Barbara Simpson, Louisville, and Patricia Knoche, Ocala, Fla.; two sons, David Johns, Versailles, and Mike Johns, Nicholasville; two sisters, Henrietta Rice and Daisy Burnett, both of Louisville; 10 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home, Louisville. Burial was in Evergreen Mausoleum.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Ted James

Ted James, 58, of Georgetown, husband of Kathy James, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

A native of Louisville, he was the son of Porter and Bea Henderson James, Versailles, and was a member of the Methodist Church. He was active for over 20 years in the Boys Scouts of America of South Florida, and served four years as president of the Scott County Ham Radio Club. He was an NCH Corp. salesman and communications officer with the Emergency Management Agency of Georgetown - Scott County.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a son, Allen James, Georgetown; a daughter, Becki Casey, Frankfort; and a grandson, Austyn Lee James, Georgetown.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at Johnson's Funeral Home by Dr. Ben Hahn. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Robert Baker, Jack Donovan, Steve McCarty, Tommy Lewis, Carl Cole, and Eric Westerfield. Honorary bearers were Bruce McCarty and the members of the Georgetown - Scott County Emergency Management Agency.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Kenneth Nichols

Kenneth Ray Nichols, 62, of Frankfort, husband of Judy Nichols, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Jessamine County, he was the son of Elsie B. Nichols of Versailles and the late Robert Nichols. He was a member of the Ebenezer Church of Christ, Salvisa, and was an employee of Seligman Distributors, Frankfort, where he was a truck driver and warehouseman.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three daughters, Carol Nichols and Tricia Wright, both of Versailles, and Brenda Spencer, Lawrenceburg; three sons, Duane Nichols, Versailles, Darren Nichols and Thomas Garrison, both of Frankfort; a brother, Ronnie Nichols, Versailles; and 14 grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Gary Maynard and the Rev. John Kessel. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Troy Nichols, Nickie Shryock, Andy Austin, Duane Nichols, Darren Nichols, and Thomas Garrison. Honorary bearers were Tony Eddington and Justin Shryock.

Memorials are suggested to the McDowell Cancer Foundation at Markey Center, Lexington.

 

Annie Rogers

Annie Elizabeth Stratton Rogers, 60, of Versailles, wife of Roy Bruce Rogers, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.†

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late John M. Stratton and Murtie Wilson Stratton Akins, and the stepdaughter of the late Tom Akins.† She was a former employee of Kuhlman Electric Corp., and was a member of the Tyrone Baptist Church.† In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, Robert Lancaster, Mauldin, S.C., John Lancaster, Machias, Maine, Tony Lancaster, Lawrenceburg, and Steve Howard, Louisville; four sisters, Evelyn Hawkins, Sarah Doss, Virginia Price, all of Lawrenceburg, and Mamie Carmickle, Frankfort; five brothers, Elijah Stratton, Lawrenceburg, John "Jay" Stratton, Nicholasville, William "Bill" Stratton, Lexington, Robert "Bob" Stratton, Hudson, Fla., and Gilbert Stratton, Harrodsburg; two step-sisters, Emma Clark, Mae Crain, both of Frankfort; and five grandchildren.† Her first husband, Robert "Chuck" Lancaster, a son, Billy Eugene Howard, two sisters, Louise Stratton, and Joyce Stratton Douglas, and a brother, Goodlow Stratton, are deceased.†

Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, by Bro. Bob Logue.†Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles.† Casket bearers were Gary Price, Dwayne Stratton, Jerry Stratton, Anthony Stratton, David Rogers, and Bobby Rogers.† Honorary bearers were Howard Douglas and Jimmy Hawkins.

Memorials are suggested to the Tyrone Baptist Church.

 

Martha Schultz

Martha Cotton Schultz, 87, of Lexington, widow of Harry S. Schultz, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at Samaritan Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Bernice Shewmaker Cotton. She was a retired supervisor with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Survivors include a nephew, William Thomas Phillips, Versailles; a niece, Martha Phillips Moore, Harrodsburg; a great nephew; two great nieces; and four great-great nieces and nephews. A sister, Marie Cotton Phillips, is deceased.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

 

Sherman Sparks Jr.

Sherman B. Sparks Jr., 57, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Linda Reynolds Sparks, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at his residence after an illness.

Born Feb. 2, 1944, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Sherman B. Sparks Sr. and Carrie Kirkland Sparks. He was in the maintenance department of Art’s Electric, Frankfort, and was a former mechanic at A&J Tire and Service Center, Lawrenceburg. He was a member of the Ninevah Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Heather Preston, Boothwyn, Penn., and Rebecca Sparks, Lawrenceburg; a son, Christopher Sparks, Deltona, Fla.; a granddaughter, Sarah Preston, Boothwyn; and two sisters, Mary Sayre and Irene Scrogham, both of Lawrenceburg.

Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, at Ninevah Christian Church by Bro. Terry Cooper. Burial was in Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort KY 40601, or the American Cancer Society, c/o Shirley Hoskins, 103 Saffell Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

 

Vernett Springate

Vernett Thompson Springate, 74, of Lawrenceburg, wife of Edwin "Cotton" Springate, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center, Lexington.

Born Aug. 4, 1927, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse C. and Tida Caldwell Thompson. She was a retired employee of the state Department of Transportation, a member of the Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church, and a 1946 graduate of Salvisa High School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, George Springate; a grandson, Ryan Springate; a step-grandaughter, Amy Moore; and a sister, Onita Sanford, all of Lawrenceburg; two nieces, Vernell Devive, Versailles, and Jan Childers, Lawrenceburg; a nephew, Jesse Sanford, Lawrenceburg; three great nieces, Emily Devine, Versailles, and Lauren and Courtney Childers, Lawrenceburg; and a great nephew, Kenton Devine.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Bob C. Jones and Dr. Greg Burton. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. Casket bearers will be Jesse Sanford, Steven Childers, David Devine, Lawrence Sanford, Curtis Devine, and Kenton Devine. Honorary bearers will be Ryan Sanford, Emily Devine, Lauren Childers, and Courtney Childers.

Memorial contributions to Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 111 North Main Street, Lawrenceburg KY 40342.

 

Margery True

Margery S. True, 70, of Frankfort, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Bluegrass Regional Medical Center.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late George and Amanda Owens Sandifer. She was a retired clerk for the state Department of Health.

Survivors include two nephews, George Sandifer III and Timothy Sandifer, both of Frankfort; and two great nieces; and a brother, George Sandifer Jr. A sister, Betty Cotrell, is deceased.

Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Kenneth Zehnder

Kenneth Robert "Zeke" Zehnder, 73, of Lexington, retired president of the transformer division of Kuhlman Electric, widower of Nancy Zipoy Zehnder and husband of Loraine Freeman Zehnder, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002.

A native of Jeffersontown, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Talbott Zehnder. He received his electrical engineering degree from Purdue University, was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, the Studebaker Driver's Club, and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Tami Zehnder, Nicholasville, Traci Hughes, Lexington, and Toni Morrison, Danville; two brothers, Calvin T. Zehnder, Louisville, and Frank Zehnder Jr., Seven Lakes, N.C; and a grandson, Shaun Cox.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by the Rev. William K. Simmons.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 710 West Main Street, Suite 201, Louisville KY 40202.

 

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