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Versailles, Ky.


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Sept. 4, 2003



Roy Jefferson Cooper, 76, of Pinckard Pike, Versailles, husband of Norma Aleeta Bush Cooper, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at the VA Medical Center, Lexington.

Born Nov. 7, 1926, in Irvine, he was the son of the late Roy Jefferson and Grace Mastin Cooper Sr. He was a retired member of the Ironworkers Local #70. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 137 in Irvine since 1955 and a lifetime member of VFW Post 680.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Lisa Maffett, Versailles; a son, Clay Cooper, Lexington; two granddaughters, Chelsea and Casey; three sisters, Wilma Sharp, Lois Blair, and Eureka Drake; a brother, Edward Cooper; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Lillian Thacker, and a brother, Amile Thomas, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at Betts & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville. Burial will follow in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Eddie Noe, David Cooper, Irton Slone, Morris Hall, Jim Maffett and James Cooper. Honorary bearers will be Ed Drake, Geoffrey Longenecker, Randy Fisher, Jimmy Blackford, George Hamilton, Wade Sharp, Jimmy Blount and Roy Lynn Cooper. Visitation will be today, Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions can be sent to Jarrett's Joy Cart, P.O. Box 24526, Lexington, KY 40524-2456 for supplying toys to children with cancer.

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Clinton R. Cox, 40, of 959 Fords Mill Road, Versailles, husband of Melissa “Missy” Cox, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at his home.

A 1981 graduate of Woodford County High School, he was the son of Tommy and Lois Adams Cox of Woodford County. He was a member of FFA, the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, and was the owner and operator of Cox’s Welding.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a son, Clinton Daniel Cox; two daughters, Keely Horn and Nicole Breann Cox, all of Woodford County; two sisters, Denise Allen, Versailles, and Kim Brown, Leesburg, Fla.; two brothers, Steve Cox and Mark Cox, both of Woodford County; and one great aunt, Pearl Sewell, Woodford County.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Bobby Becknell and Bro. Carl Jones. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Eddie Wagner, Mike Lacefield, Jeff White, Steve Reynolds, Brian Allen, Brett Allen, Eric Cox, and Brian Cox. Honorary bearers were Al Baker, Arza Byrd, Alvie Antrobus, John Buckler, Kevin Wilson, and Gary Curd.



Vera Jay (Gaunce) Greene, 85, of Huber Heights, Ohio, widow of Reynolds “Buggs” Greene, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.

Born July 29, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Gaunce and Elizabeth Caswell. She was retired from Commercial Trucking Company, a graduate of Kentucky Female Orphan School, now Midway College, attended Kentucky Wesleyan College in Winchester, and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Carlisle.

Survivors include a brother, Mack Gaunce, New Castle; a sister, Tempa Endicott, Midway; nephews William Gaunce, Pittsburgh, Pa., Malcolm Endicott, Midway, and Oda Greene, Dayton, Ohio; a niece, Helen "Tommie" Foster, Nancy; and numerous other nieces and nephews, and other relatives. A half-brother, Reynolds Gaunce, is deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon today, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Marker &†Heller Funeral Home, 5844 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, Ohio,†by the Rev. James Gaunce. Interment will be in Willow View Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. Thursday until service time. Guest book at



 John Thomas Higgins, of Lexington, husband of Lovene LeFevre Higgins, died Sunday Aug. 31, 2003, at his residence. Born in Trenton, N.J., he was the son of the late Thomas and Emma Elizabeth Alcoch Higgins. He had been president of Higgins KRI since May 1948. He graduated from Trenton High School in 1937 and received his bachelor of science degree from Centre College in 1942. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. From 1945 -1948 he was assistant sales manager for the Hill Refrigeration Company in Trenton, and since September 1964 he has been vice-president of Higgins Investment Company. He was a member and past trustee of Second Presbyterian Church, past member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, past member of the Lexington Lions Club, a member of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and member and past president of the Lexington Kiwanis Club, past president of the Centre College Alumni Association, past member of the Centre College Board of Trustee and a charter member of the Centre College Colonels Foundation and the Isaac Shelby Society.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Anne Higgins Case, Midway; and a grandson, Geoffrey William Case, Burbank, Calif.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway by Dr. David Renwick and Jack Pattie. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Leon Underwood, John Robertson, Jack Pattie, Dr. Russell Greer, Dr. Karl Lange, and Lori Lawson. Honorary bearer was John Wall.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Blue Grass 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or to the American Cancer Society 160 Moore Drive, Suite 201 Lexington, KY 40503, or to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510.



Robert H. Ladd Sr., 85, of 80 Shoreacres Road, Woodford County, husband of Juanita Perkins Ladd, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at his home.

Born in Havenhill, Mass., he was a son of the late Charles Olin and Martha Jane Buck Ladd. He was a retired tool and die maker with Texas Instruments for 25 years, a member of the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a founder of the North Woodford Water District, was active with the former Community Chest and the United Way of Woodford County, and was a past member of the Woodford Hills County Club. Prior to working at Texas Instruments, he had been employed by Dixie Tool and by Capital City Tool.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Prudance Catherine Cowan, Versailles, and Mary Lou Pascal, Richmond; two sons, Robert Ladd Jr., Spokane, Wash., and Dana Ladd, Findlay, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Grace Marjomaa and Ruth Madden, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Mike Harris. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Bobby Ladd II, Kevin Pascal, Paul Ladd, David Moore, Christopher Ladd, Art Pascal, and Timmy Moore. Honorary bearers will be Texas Instrument Tool Room retirees. Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Area Parkinson Disease Support Group, 1704 Woodlark Avenue, Lexington, KY 40505, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele St., Frankfort, KY 40601.



Alice Snelling Lewis of Fort Belvoir, Va., formerly of Frankfort, wife of Lt. Col. George F. Lewis USMC (Ret.), died Wednesday, July 30, 203, at her home.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Shari Burnham, Piedmont, Calif., and Donna L. Lewis, Manassas, Va.; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Rebecca Burnham; a grandson, Jake Walker Lewis; a great granddaughter, Dakota; a sister, Bertha Mitchell, St. Matthews; a brother, Joseph Snelling, Lexington; three sisters-in-law, Betty Snelling, Frankfort, Edythe Cable, Versailles, and Ethelyn Grimes, Corydon, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Three brothers, William, Arthur, and Harry Snelling, are deceased.

A memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Clark Sunset Funeral Home, 3000 Versailles Road, Frankfort.



William M. Park 64, 413 Fox Chase Court, Versailles, husband of Elaine M. Park, died Monday Sept. 1, 2003, at Samaritan Hospital.

Born June 16, 1939, in Owensboro, he was the son of William E. and Jennie B. Park. He was retired from United L & N Glass and was a Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and member of the Pisgah Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife and parents he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Elaine Haney, Elizabethtown; a son, James Kevin Park, Mesa, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Amber and Nicholas Park, both of Gilbert, Ariz.; and two step-grandchildren, Amber R. and Kristen Park, also of Gilbert, Ariz.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at the First Presbyterian Church in Owensboro. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel In Versailles in charge of arrangements.


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