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May 15, 2003



William Durrell Coovert, 74, of Versailles, husband of Mary Ruth Wafford Coovert, died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at his residence.

The son of the late Russell and Della Blanton Coovert, he had been self employed for several years and was a former Versailles city employee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Della Helmburg, Ailene Coovert and Diana Martin, all of Versailles; a son, William Anthony "Tony" Coovert, Versailles; a brother, Graham Blanton Coovert, Lexington; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at the Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. Gary Maynard. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Michael Coovert, Wm. "Martin" Coovert, Steven Coovert, Justin White, Timothy Bowles, Craig Tillett and Kevin Eades.

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Allene Marie Devers, 72, of Frankfort, died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at her residence after a long illness.

A native of Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Clay B. and Hattie Disponette Bowman. She was a former employee of H.K. Porter and Morrison Cafeteria, and was a member of the Crestwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Sterling Devers, Versailles, and William and Barry Devers, both of Frankfort; three daughters, Alice Jones, Sadieville, Brenda Jones, Lawrenceburg, and Charlene James, Georgetown; three brothers, Hugh Bowman and Charles Bowman, both of Frankfort, and Ernie Bowman, Versailles; two sisters, Edith Harrod and Louise Quire, both of Frankfort; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. Two brothers, Eugene and Sam Bowman, and three sisters, Betty Loman, Audrey Reynolds, and Lillie Mae Woodson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. David Rayborn. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Chris Devers, Brian Devers, Joshua Devers, Travis Devers, Benji Jones, and Joseph James.



Barbara A. Harrod, 56, of Frankfort, wife of Clarence T. Harrod, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at her residence.

Born in Frankfort April 5, 1947, she was the daughter of Anna Mae Redmon, Frankfort, and the late Roy D. Redmon. She was a 20-year employee of the Capital Dry Cleaners.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Donna Sharp, Louisville; two sons, Clarence T. Harrod Jr. and Michael S. Harrod, both of Frankfort; three sisters, Brenda Mishio, Versailles, and Phyllis Thurman and Jean Blackburn, both of Frankfort; three brothers, Jim, Wayne, and Billy Redmon, all of Frankfort; and five grandchildren. A grandson, Jacob Scott Harrod, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Rogers Funeral Home by the Rev. Derrell Cone. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jeff Quire, Roy Quire, Tommy Quire, Eric Redmon, Jason Redmon, Mark Redmon, Garnett Thurman Jr., and Phillip Thurman. Honorary bearer was Steve Blackburn Jr.



Marold B. Lavy, 87, of 144 Laurel Way, a former resident of Bozeman, Mont., and of Clark County, Ohio, husband of Leah Catherine Lavy, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Clark County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Wesley Harrison and Gwendolyn Glass Lavy. He was a retired truant officer and attendance director for the Clark County public schools and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Bozeman, Mont.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Jim Lavy, Versailles, Dallas Lavy, Buckeye, Ariz., and the Rev. Jerry Lavy, Bozeman, Mont.; three sisters, Gwelda Marie Barkley, California, Theda Schindler, Xenia, Ohio, and Corel Crabtree, of Clark County, Ohio; a half brother, Dallar R. Lavy, Tipp City, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. A son, Marold W. Lavy, and a sister, Gwendolyn Lavy, are deceased.

Funeral services and interment were conducted Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the Rose Crest Cemetery by the Rev. Coleman Howlett. Casket bearers were grandsons Mike Lavy, Chris Lavy, Greg Lavy, Dean Lavy, Jeff Lavy, Doug Lavy, Matthew Lavy, Eric Lavy, and Shawn Lavy. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church.



Albert Thomas Morton, 71, of Lexington, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at his residence.

Born in Clay City June 11, 1931, he was the son of the late John R. and Eva Lee Willoughby Morton. He was retired from Keystone Window Sales.

Survivors include two daughters, Irene Witt, Lexington, and Marye Weis, New York; two sons, Thomas E. Morton Sr., Lexington, and Elzie Alexander Morton; a sister, Grace Elam; his first wife, Dorothy B. Morton, Lexington; six grandchildren, Laura Sparks, Angie Kirk, Kim Gregory, Tommy Morton Jr., Ricky Gregory, and Kris Gregory; and five great grandchildren, Athena Grohl, Madison Sparks, Andrew Becraft, Keelyn Becraft, and Jacob Kirk.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Dan Bishop. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.



 Shirley Osborne, 72, of Nicholasville, died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Nonesuch, she was the daughter of the late Hansford and Annabelle Coyle Patterson. She was a retired employee of the deli department at Wal-Mart and a member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church in Woodford County.

Survivors include three sons, Joe Bradford Osborne, James Lee Osborne, and John Wayne Osborne, all of Nicholasville; seven grandchildren; and seven siblings, Carl Patterson, Woodford County, Gene Patterson, and Kenneth Patterson, all of Nicholasville, Jesselee Nichols, Versailles, and Marjorie Powers, Roger Patterson, and Carolyn Wills, all of Woodford County.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Harrodsburg Road by the Rev. Terry Tench. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Stella Mae Grimes Scott, 80, of Nicholasville, widow of Charles A. Scott, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Feb. 4, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Lee Savage Grimes. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Perkins, Nicholasville; a son, Don Scott, Versailles; two brothers, Henry "Shenny" Grimes, Wilmore, and Howard Grimes, Nicholasville; three grandchildren, Tara Miller, Nicholasville, David Perkins, Lexington, and Hunter Thomas Scott, Lexington; five great-grandchildren, Kaileigh Miller, Jonathan, Ryan, Bradley and Randall Perkins, all of Nicholasville; and other family members. Two brothers, Charles and Morris Grimes, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, May 12, 2003, at Betts & West Funeral Home by Larry Moore. Casket bearers were Kenny Doolin, John Holloway, Ronnie Scott, Chris Miller, Jeremy Lewis, and Hunter Scott.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Helen J. Soper, 69, of Frederick, Md., wife of William T. Soper, died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 15, 1933, in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Ova Reed Jones and Wallace L. Jones of Lexington. She attended Fugazzi Business School in Lexington and worked in a number of secretarial posts. She worked closely with the late U.S. Rep. Goodloe Byron during his terms in the Maryland state senate and in his campaigns for U.S. Congress. She was the executive secretary for the mayor and board of alderman in the first administration of Mayor Ronald Young (1974-1978) and later was employed by the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Karen S. Bowers, Germantown, Md.; a son, Karl W. Soper, Mt. Airy, Md.; two granddaughters, Jennifer Anne Bowers and Claire Virginia Soper; two grandsons, William Wallace Soper and Robert Anthony Soper; two sisters, Mildred Jones, Carlisle, and Audrey Reed, Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Opal J. Douglas, and Katherine J. Brumfield, are deceased.

Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Stauffer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family requests no memorials.

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