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Versailles, Ky.


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July 24, 2003



William “Bruce” Bishop, 44, of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003.

Born in Woodford County Aug. 17, 1958, he had been working as an electrician at the time of his death.

Survivors include his mother, Patti McGoldrick; his stepfather, Johnny Thompson; his father, William Hugh Bishop; a son, William Clay “Billy” Bishop; and a sister, Jane Bishop.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 19, 2003, in the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. James Allen.

Contributions may be made to the Woodford Humane Society.

Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.



Marian Stackhouse Bolson, 82, of Lexington, widow of Robert D. Bolson Sr., died Saturday July 19, 2003, at the Hospice Care Center after a brief illness.

Born in Boyle County, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Addie Holman Stackhouse. She was a retired homemaker and a member of the Daughters of the Nile.

Survivors include a son, Robert Bolson, Lexington; three daughters, Melissa Beebout, Barbara Rudd, both of Lexington, and Linda Sims, Versailles; two sisters, Carolyn Kemper and Dorothy Vickers, both of Lexington; seven grandchildren, Michelle Anderson, Heather Sparks, Mark Sims, Matthew Sims, Angela Clem, Lauren and Haley Beebout; and 11 great grandchildren. Two brothers, Harry and Vertner Stackhouse, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at the W.R Milward Mortuary-Broadway by Mark Sims. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Matthew Sims, Brandon Troy, Michael Clem, Jody Sparks, Christopher Combs and Matt Anderson.

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Clara Cox, 83, of Locust Grove, Ga., formerly of Lexington and Versailles, widow of Lawrence "Godie" Cox, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, in Harrodsburg while visiting her family.

Born in Clark County, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Louise Anderson, and was a Baptist.

Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis Otis, Locust Grove, Ga., Barbara Moore, Harrodsburg, and Peggy Hardin, Lawrenceburg; a son, Kenneth Cox, Richmond; two sisters and two brothers, Elsie Cox, Beulah Anderson, Orville Anderson, and Billy Anderson, all of Lexington; 19 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Dwayne Walker. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Richard Gibson, Kenny Wayne Gipson, Paul Radford, James O'Connell, Omer Moore, and Raymond Scott.



Lindia L. Montgomery, 62, of 455 Davistown Road, Midway, wife of J.B. Montgomery, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at her residence.

Born Nov. 23, 1940, she was the daughter of Lizzie Baxter and the late Carl H. Baxter. She was a seamstress for the Tococco Sewing Factory and was a member of the Kingdome Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Jamie Lynn Riddle, Versailles; a son, James Michael Montgomery Sr., Harrodsburg; two sisters, Betty Lois Duncan, Louisville, and Joyce Lee Montgomery, Salvisa; two brothers, John Earl Baxter, Florida, and Robert Baxter, Louisville; three grandchildren, James Michael Montgomery Jr., and Ashleigh and Brittany Riddle. A son, Keith Benjamin Montgomery, and a brother, William Carl Baxter, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, July 18, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by Bro. Steve Black. Burial was the Corinth Cemetery. Casket bearers were J.B. Montgomery, Jamie Lynn Riddle, James Michael Montgomery Sr., Leighton Riddle, James Michael Montgomery Jr., and Cliff Wright.

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Margaret Hansel Ponder, 80, of Lancaster, wife of Austin Dyche Ponder, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at the Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center in Brodhead.

Born April 7, 1923, at Pine Hill, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Burdine Hansel. She graduated from Berea College and attained a master's degree from UK. As a home economist, she was retired from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and had served as county Extension agent for Garrard County until 1982. Prior to that, she had served as Cooperative Extension coordinator for a seven county area centered in Laurel County. During her 30 years of service to the University of Kentucky, she also served as county Extension agent in Pike, Johnson, Estill, Mason, and Rockcastle counties. She was also a member of Gilberts Creek Baptist Church near Lancaster.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Juddie Donaldson, Versailles, and Jennifer Wolken, Nicholasville; two sons, Bill Ponder, Phoenix, Ariz., and Jeff Ponder, Hot Springs, Ark.; a brother, Dempsey Hansel, Mount Vernon; and 10 grandchildren, Dan Lewis and Kathy Johnson, Aubrey, Austin, and Zelie Donaldson, Amy, Logan, and Emily Ponder, and Carly and Lily Wolken.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Dowell Martin Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon.

Donations are suggested to Pine Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Lorene Ponder, 314 Jessica Circle, Richmond, KY 40475, or Gilberts Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 602, Lancaster, KY 40444.

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Robert L. "Bob" Roark, 77, of Lexington, husband of Edith Lanter Roark, died Friday, July 18, 2003, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late John and Mittie Wombles Roark. He was a self-employed home improvement contractor and a World War II U.S. Army, purple heart veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Marsha Kidd, Bobbie Tilghman, Judy Roark, and Rob Roark, all of Lexington; grandchildren, Sheila Bentley, Teresa Crawford, Brad Roark, Josh Roark, April Spurlock, Danny Spurlock, and Brittany Tilghman, all of Lexington; five great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and two brothers, Woodrow Roark, Frankfort, and Anderson Roark, Lexington.

Services were conducted Monday, July 21, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street by the Rev. Phillip Holman. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Andy Roark, Tommy Roark, Ronnie Roark, Bobby Crawford, Tony Mulligan, and Bruce Lanter.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Viola Parker Woodson, 92, of Frankfort, widow of William Hickman Woodson, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Bessie Riddle Parker. She was a homemaker and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Woodson O’Nan, Frankfort; a son, Billy Woodson, Frankfort; a sister, Evelyn Morse, Frankfort; seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by Dr. Gary Straub and Mike True. Burial was in the Switzer Cemetery. Casket bearers were Billy O’Nan, Mike True, Todd O’Nan, Jim True, David Woodson, Billy Scott Woodson, and Sammy Woodson.

Contributions may be made to Franklin County Senior Citizens.


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