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July 13, 2006



Helen L. Weber Gray, 71, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Benny Ray Gray, died Monday, July 6, 2006.

Born in Woodford County, she was a former cook for Libby's Lakeside Diner.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Kyle and Margie Gehefer, both of Lawrenceburg; two sons, Gary Courtney, Lexington, and David Allison, Winchester; eight grandchildren, Glenn Gehefer Jr. and Johnny Gehefer, both of Lawrenceburg, Beverly Higginbotham, Winchester, Larry R. Gray, Danville, Avery and Chelsey Allison, both of Cynthiana, Melissa Courtney, Ohio, and Amanda Courtney, Versailles; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia Northcutt, Cynthiana; and a brother, John Weber, Lexington. A son, Cliff Gray; a daughter, Ruth Annette Gray; and a sister, Geneva Aubrey, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, July 10, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Norma Arlene Unger Goterba, 82, of Midway School Apartments, widow of Howard Goterba, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006.

Born in North Lima, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Odeth and Maude Arkwright Unger. Prior to moving to Woodford County last year, Mrs. Goterba had resided in Ohio. She had been active with the Woodford County Senior Citizens. 

Survivors include a daughter, Jackie K. Landis, Versailles; and two brothers, Dwight and Edwin Unger, both of Ohio.

Services were conducted Sunday, July 2, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment was in Delaware, Ohio.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Senior Citizens.  

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Robert E. "Bob" Greene, of Lexington, husband of Wanda Greene, died Thursday, July 6, 2006.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late William H. and Alberta Greene. He was a retired employee of Millridge Farm.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children, Thomas L. George, Gregory George, Robert L. Greene, Derek Greene, Nathan Root, Shon and Natasha Benjamin; several grandchildren; a sister, Annabelle Perkins; six brothers, Joseph Greene, the Rev. David Greene, Stanley Greene, Stuart Greene, Charles Greene, and Kenneth Greene; and numerous other relatives.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 11, at the First Corinthian Baptist Church by the Rev. James Blair. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



Jerry Wayne Hunter, 60, of Janet Street, Versailles, husband of Linda Daniel Hunter, died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at Bluegrass Community Hospital following an illness.

Born Nov. 6, 1945, in Woodford County, he was the son of William and Lucille Hendricks Hunter, Versailles. He was a retired machine operator for Texas Instruments. He was a Scout Master for Troop 43 in Versailles since 1980. He was a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a son, Keith Wayne Hunter, Versailles; a daughter, Lisa Hunter Shearer, Versailles; three brothers, Michael Hunter, David Hunter, and Danny Hunter, all of Versailles; two sisters, Kathy Norton, Versailles, and Donna Matthews, Lawrenceburg; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His paternal grandparents, William Hunter Sr. and Willie Mae Hunter, and his maternal grandparents, J.T. Hendricks and Litha Hendricks, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 12, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Everett Hawkins. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mark Luttrell, Brandon Norton, Chris Hunter, Matthew Lodmell, Danny Boone, Josh Nichols and Gary Shearer. Honorary bearers were members of Boy Scout Troop 43 of Versailles. Harrod Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.



Arlene W. Patterson, 92, of Versailles, widow of Hugh Patterson, died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Florence, Colo., she was the daughter of the late Frederick E. and Louise Thistle Wessel.  She had been a volunteer and treasurer of the Woodford Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary for many years, was a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, the Friendship Club, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son, Tom H. Patterson, Versailles; three grandsons, Tom F. Patterson, Versailles, Phillip Patterson, Midway, and Jim Patterson, Tampa, Fla.; and six great grandchildren, Stephanie, Eric, Jordan, Bryce, Addie, and Taylor. Two brothers, Frederick Wessel and her twin, Howard Wessel, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, July 10, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were, Tom F. Patterson, Phillip Patterson, Jim Patterson, Eric Patterson, Ralph Patterson, and Stephanie Patterson.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to the Versailles Presbyterian Church, 130 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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The Rev. Leslie Foster Rose, 97, of Louisville, widower of Lottie Smith Rose, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at the Thompson Hood VA Center in Wilmore.

Born in Midway, he was a retired pastor and former engineer with International Harvester and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He and his wife were the co-founders of Foster Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville.

Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Suzanne Lacefield, Becki F. Jewell, and Maree Brinke; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Shirlye Price and Carolyn Williams.

Services were conducted Friday, June 30, at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Foster Avenue Baptist Church, 525 West Evelyn Avenue, Louisville, KY 40215.



Elizabeth "Libby" Swetnam, 83, of Lexington, widow of Elmer D. Swetnam, died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Bourbon Heights Nursing Home after a long illness.

The daughter of the late Elliott Lee and Rhoda Plummer Gilvin, she was a member of Old Union Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Larry Swetnam, Lexington; two daughters, Beverly Swetnam, Lexington, and Sandy McIlomoyl, California; three grandchildren, Biz McIlmoyl, California, Randy Swetnam, Lexington, and Angie Ballard, Louisville; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Jack Ballard, Louisville; three step-grandchildren, Eric Morse, Georgetown, Brett Morse, Martin, and Gregg Morse, Lexington; three step-great-grandchildren, Eli, Jade, and Skylar Morse, Lexington; a brother, Pete Gilvin, Versailles; and a sister, Margaret Gilvin Fooks, Cynthiana.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 11, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street. Entombment was in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Casket bearers were Michael and Aaron Ballard, Paul, Kyle, and Brian Blankenship, and Mike Scott.

Contributions are suggested to Bourbon Heights Nursing Home, 2000 South Main Street, Paris, KY 40361.


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