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September 18, 2008



Robert Haywood Alves, 79, retired sales and advertising manager for The Woodford Sun, widower of JoAnne Trivette Alves, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born Nov. 21, 1928, at Jackson in Breathitt County, he was the son of the late Haywood "Pete" Alves Sr. and Mildred Fraley Alves, the eldest of five children. He was educated in local schools after moving to Versailles in about 1937, when the district highway department was moved to Versailles. He attended Versailles Elementary School, Versailles High School, and graduated from University High School in Lexington and the University of Kentucky. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran, where he served for nearly four years before returning to Versailles and entering employment at The Sun in March of 1957. That same year, he married JoAnne Trivette of Virgie and Lexington. He was a member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church.

"Haywood was the public face of The Sun for decades and was an institution both here and in the community," said Managing Editor Stephen Peterson. "He was the first friend I made here when I was hired in 1991. I came into a newspaper with people with vastly more experience than I had, and I found that intimidating. Haywood took me aside early on and told me a joke. It was a small gesture, but one that made me feel welcome. That was his gift Ė his kindness and thoughtfulness made you feel that you belonged.

"And I will really miss his wonderful stories," Peterson said. "As a storyteller, he was unsurpassed."

Survivors include two daughters, Maria Alves Ratterman (Tom), Versailles, and A. Hodge Alves Graham (Robert T.), Georgetown; a brother, Stanley Powell Alves, Oxford, Ohio; four grandchildren, B. Alex Woods, Orlando, Fla., Jessica T. Woods and Ashleigh N. Woods, Versailles, and Robert T. Graham II, Georgetown; and four step-grandchildren, Alexis F. Ratterman, Kaitlyn M. Ratterman, Jennifer Graham, and Vanessa Graham.  A sister, Patti Alves Gordon; and two brothers, William Lux Alves and Samuel H. Alves, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 15, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church by Fr. Alan Sutherland. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were B. Alex Woods, Angus Gordon, Whit Chandler, Matthew Chandler, Tom Ratterman, Ben Chandler, Rob Graham, Shane Sheperd, and Sam Alves.  Honorary bearers were Moss Vance and Cy Brown.

Memorials are suggested to St. Johnís Episcopal Church, 210 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383. 

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Russell R. Bauer, 78, of Versailles, husband of Joan S. Bauer, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 15, 1929, in Akron, Ohio.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by seven children, James M. Bauer, Miami, Fla., Patricia A. Bauer, Manhattan, N.Y., Mary M. Bauer, Greendale, Ind., Philip C. Bauer, Ft. Recover, Ohio, Charles R. Bauer, Indianapolis, Ind., Eric A. Bauer, Alexandria, Va., and Robert R. Bauer, Rockford, Ill.; a brother, C. Franklin Bauer, Akron, Ohio; and 27 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Interment will follow at the family farm in Nonesuch. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home with a Christian Wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Building Fund, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Seed to Feed Program, c/o Sr. Alice Retzner, P. O. Box 563, Beattyville, KY 41311-0563.

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Bonnie Lee Goodrich Hippe, 89, wife of Robbie Wesley Hippe, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late James Elmer and Bessie Simpson Goodrich. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Millville Baptist Church, and a former member of Glenís Creek Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and, for many years, taught two-week Bible schools during her canning seasons. She was a caregiver to her parents and siblings and enjoyed fishing. When her children were older, she worked at Versailles Products, and later retired from the State Department of Revenue.

In addition to her husband of 70 years, she is survived by three children, Shirley Teater, Nicholasville, Barbara (Virgil) Ridings, Little Germany, and Dale (Sandy) Hippe, Little Germany; three siblings, James E Goodrich Jr. and Silas Goodrich, both of Versailles, and Harvey Goodrich, Lawrenceburg; six grandchildren, Denise Cline, Philip Ridings, Karen Sams, Alicia Ostermeier, Lindsay Barnes, and Luke Hippe; and 16 great-grandchildren. Four siblings, Donnie and Juett Goodrich, Christeva Watson, and Betty Miller, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 12, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tommy Barnes, the Rev. Jeff Douglas, and the Rev. Mike Hamrick. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tim, Joel, and Ronnie Sams, Norman Cline, Philip Ridings, and Luke Hippe. Honorary bearers were J.E. Goodrich Jr., Silas Goodrich, Harvey Goodrich, V.P. Ridings, and her nephews.

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John David Santen, 62, of Midway, husband of Elizabeth "Liz" Steger Santen, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, of brain cancer.

The son of Gladys Rion Santen of Paris and the late John B. Santen, he spent his life working with thoroughbreds, as a trainer, owner, and breeder. He graduated from Paris High School and attended the University of Kentucky. An accomplished marksman, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was stationed at Edgewood Arsenal near Baltimore, Md. He was the owner of Waterwild Farm. He was a member of the Thoroughbred Club of America, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, and the Keeneland Association.

In addition to his wife of 37 years and his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Lynn Santen Lewis, Lexington, and Joan Santen Luff, Crete, Neb.; three children, William Chenault Santen, Lexington, Julia Bogie Santen, Charleston, S.C., and John David Santen Jr., Portland, Ore.; and three grandchildren, Manfred "Manny" Ray Santen, Scout Elizabeth Johanna Santen, and Dashiell Cotter Santen, Portland, Ore. A sister, Audrey Santen MacDonald, is deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, Sept. 12, at First Christian Church in Paris, followed by a graveside service at the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.



Marjorie Maye Britton Vigle, 89, of Versailles, widow of John Barry Vigle Jr., died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.

Born June 14, 1919, in Big Creek in Clay County, she was the eldest child of the late Owen Britton and Mary Marcum Britton. Her family moved from Clay County to Versailles in 1932, where she graduated from Versailles High School in 1937, and then from the University of Kentucky with a BA in elementary education in 1941. She taught second grade in Midway, followed by 1 to 2 years employed as a clerical worker on a classified project at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., through the end of World War II. She returned to Kentucky after the war and worked as reference librarian at UK. She moved with her husband first to Louisville, where she worked as reference librarian at the Louisville Free Public Library, then to New York City, where both worked for the Brooklyn branch of the New York Public Library. After the birth of their first child in 1958, she became a homemaker and in 1959 they moved to Dayton, Ohio, then to Cincinnati in 1972, to Florida in 1978, and finally to Maine in 1982 before returning to retire in Versailles in 1989. She and her husband enjoyed travel, and she visited almost all of the 50 states, including Hawaii, as well as Canada, Mexico, and England. Her special interests included art, music, and politics, and she was a frequent contributor of letters to the editor in local newspapers. She was an avid UK basketball fan and was a member of Versailles Baptist Church, but regularly attended Catholic Mass with her husband, a Catholic.

Survivors include two sons, Gregory Owen Vigle and Sean Carl Vigle, Versailles; a grandson, John Sean Tyler Batcha Vigle, Versailles; a daughter-in-law, Zeenath Neesha A.K.M. Batcha, Versailles; a granddaughter, Silvanna Vivienne Marjorie Goberdhan-Vigle, Oxford, England; a brother-in-law, Joseph Piner Sr., of Wilmington, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Pauline Britton, Lexington; two nephews, Joseph Piner Jr., and James Piner, Wilmington, N.C.; two nieces, Phyllis Britton McMahan, Versailles, and Pam Britton Bates, South Carolina; numerous great-nephews and great-nieces; and four cousins, Grace Marcum, Frankfort, June Marcum Karberg, Galena, Ill., and Charles T. Britton Jr., and Harold G. Britton, both of Louisa. A sister, Lucille Britton Piner, and two brothers, Phillip and Carl Britton, are deceased.

Services were conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Kevin A. Pearce. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Russell Lee Yazell, 79, husband of Vera Lois Bramel Yazell, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore.

Born in Bourbon County, he was the son of the late Lena Walton and Carl E. Yazell. He served in Korea in I Corps and was a cannoneer with the 623rd Field Artillery Battalion Battery C.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lee Ann (Todd) Rose, Versailles, and Carol (Bill) Davis, Lexington; four grandchildren, Ashlee Robinson, Alex Butler, and Morgan Butler, all of Lexington, and Ali Rose, Versailles; eight sisters, Molly (Eddie) Woods, Thelma Bentley, Betty Turner, Lillian (Jack) Plummer, all of Paris, Janice (Jerry) Price, Lexington, Florene Mastin, New Carlisle, Ohio, Mimmie Gracey, Augusta, Ga., and Martha (Wayne) Rankin, Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, Charles P. Yazell, Lexington, and Carl E. Yazell, Paris. Two sisters, Stella Cozine and Dorothy Yazell, are deceased.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 18, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Interment will be private.

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


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