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June 26, 2003



William Ernest Adams, 67, of Nicholasville, widower of Doris Ann Whitaker, died Thursday, June 19, 2003.

Born in Woodford County Oct. 4, 1935, he was the son of the late Joe Hershel Adams and Dallas Frances Tindall. He worked as a self-employed horse trainer and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

He is survived by two stepdaughters, Bonnie Ferioli, Lexington, and Marsha O'Conner, Burnside; three sons, Michael Adams, Lawrenceburg, Darrell Adams, Nicholasville, and Gary Adams, Nicholasville; a stepson, James Gosser, Lexington; two brothers, Raymond Adams, Versailles, and Jasper Adams, Georgetown; a sister, Elizabeth Adams, Nicholasville; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other family members.

Services were conducted Monday, June 23, 2003, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim Harrison. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Bearers were Martin Lowry, Jimmy Whitaker, C.V. Collins, Jeff Williams, Rex Guffey and Terry Donahue.

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Marsha Ann Butler, 54, of Versailles, wife of Ralph Butler, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born Dec. 30, 1948, in Dyersburg, Tenn., she was the daughter of the Rev. William Kirk, Nashville, Tenn., and the late Mattie Ruth Maupin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Faith Assembly, Jeffersonville, Ind.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Sean Butler, Versailles; a daughter, Becky McIllwain, Nashville; a brother, Ronald Edward Kirk, Booneville, Miss.; and an aunt, Lorene DaVault, Eldorado, Ill.

Services were conducted Monday, June 23, 2003, at the Woodlawn Funeral Home, Nashville, by the Rev. Michael Hefner. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park.



Doris Lee Caudle, 79, of Frankfort, widow of Elbert Caudle, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County June 13, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Ethel Hippe Arnold. She was a member of the Millville Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Lou Alice Goodrich, Frankfort; and a brother, Louis Arnold, Frankfort.

Services were conducted Monday, June 23, 2003, at Rogers Funeral Home by the Rev. David Calvert. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bill Arnold, Travis Johnson, Phillip Long, Wayne Mattingly, J.D. Quarles, and Paul Rice.



Helen Jean Bryant Durbin, 72, of Versailles, widow of Charles Durbin, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at her residence.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Sudie Castell Bryant. She was a retired shipping clerk for Rand McNally and a member of Woodford Community Christian Church.

Survivors include her children, Sue Enzweiler, Versailles, Bonnie Cunningham, Ocala, Fla., Charles Durbin, Versailles, Barbara Barber and Jean Newby, both of Lexington; a sister, Carolyn Younger; a brother, Miller Bryant; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. Five brothers and four sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, June 22, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road by the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

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

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Dr. Richard Marion French, 78, husband of Sara Houston French of Versailles, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003.

Born in Mount Sterling Aug. 1, 1924, he was the son of the late Richard Marion and Georgia Pangburn French. He attended Mount Sterling schools and was president and valedictorian of his high school class of 1942, where he also lettered in basketball and football. He entered Princeton University in the fall of 1942 and joined the enlisted reserves on Dec. 7 of that year. He was later called to active duty on Feb. 1944, but was discharged in September of that year to attend medical school. He attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he graduated in 1948. Following residency he completed a one-year fellowship in cardiology at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Hospital. He returned to Lexington and joined the Lexington Clinic in June 1953. In 1974 he went into private practice where he remained until 1991. He continued his career as the medical director of the Kentucky Veterans Center from 1991 until his retirement in May 1999.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Daniel Prewitt French and Dr. William Pangburn French, both of Lexington; two stepsons, Don T. Frazier Jr. and James Anthony Frazier, both of Lexington; a stepdaughter, Dr. Jane Nunnelly, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and first cousins James Courtney Horton, Mount Sterling, Martha Douglas Ross, Ashland, R.L. French, Dallas, Texas, and Sarah Catherine Brown, Ft. Worth, Texas. A son, Richard Marion French II, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Friday, June 20, 2003, at the Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling by Thomas M. Ward. Honorary bearers were Marion "Brother" Eubank, Harry B. Miller Jr., Dr. Dennis B. Kelly, M.E. "Ted" Green, Warren W. Francis, Edward A. Whaley, Charles C. "Bud" McCarty, and Charles Reed.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Woodford County Humane Society, Lawrenceburg Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.

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David William Hamilton, 89, of Lexington, husband of Mayme L. Hamilton, died Friday, June 20, 2003.

Born in Midway Feb. 2, 1914, he was the son of the late William D. and Edna Hamilton. He was a veteran of the World War II, after which he returned to Lexington†to live. He worked at Avon for five years before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, with his family. He worked at Penton Publishing Company for 20 years until he retired to return to Lexington to care for his sick parents. After his return to Lexington, he worked for the senior citizens for 13 years. He was a member of East Second Street Christian Church and a deacon.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Ida B. Smith, Lexington; a son, Carl L. Hamilton Sr., Toledo, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at the 2nd St. Christian Church. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Smith &†Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Laura Jones, 81, of Corbin, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at the Corbin Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 11, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Josie Davis Taylor. She had worked at the Corbin Elicon plant and was a member of the Corinth Baptist Church.

Survivors include six children, Jack, Jerry, Johnny, and Aileen Jones, and Phyllis McCoy, all of Corbin, and Paul Jones, Versailles; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Taylor Jr., Versailles; and a sister, Marcelee Sawyers, Versailles.

Services were conducted Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the O’Neil Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Doyle Lester and the Rev. Steve Mayle. Burial was in the Corinth Cemetery.



Henry Reynolds, 81, of 417 Newton Street, Midway, husband of Betty Reynolds, died Friday, June 20, 2003, in Owenton.

Born in Bath County May 29, 1922, he was the son of the late Jasper and Molly Piersal Reynolds. He was a retired painter.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lillie Schweighardt, Lexington; nine sons, Clayton Reynolds, Corinth, Charles Reynolds, Mercer County, Larry Reynolds, Georgetown, Tommy Reynolds, Corinth, Wayne Reynolds, Owenton, Mike Reynolds, Owen County, Timmy Reynolds, Harrodsburg, Andy Reynolds, Danville, and Mark Reynolds, Danville; four stepchildren; a sister, Lida Mae Carpenter, Lexington; two brothers, Clyde Reynolds, Frankfort, and James Reynolds, Midway; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Mike “Milkweed” Motier. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mr. Reynolds’s grandsons served as casket bearers.



Estelle Peyton Wingate of Frankfort died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Frankfort, she was the daughter of the late William and Bernice Lancaster Peyton. She was a retired line worker for Texas Instruments and a member of the Millville Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Goodrich, Frankfort. A son, Bobby Reynolds; a sister, Edith Peyton; and three half-brothers, Billy, Bud, and Elwood Peyton, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, June 23, 2003, at Sunset Memorial Gardens by Dr. David Hinson.

LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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