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September 21, 2006



John "Alex" Alexander V, M.D., 65, a member of one of the oldest Central Kentucky families, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.

Born Sept. 17, 1941, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Dr. Alexander John and Jean Preston Alexander. He attended University School before graduating from Woodbury Forest School in Woodbury Forest, Va. He went on to graduate from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, La. After an internship at Vanderbilt, he went into the U.S. Navy, attached as a medical specialist to the U. S. Marines, where he served in Vietnam and received the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation medal with combat distinguishing device, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Meritorious Unit Citation of the Gallantry Cross with Palms and the Bronze Star. He completed his military service at the U.S. Naval Balboa Hospital in San Diego, Calif.

Upon leaving the Navy with the rank of lieutenant commander, he completed his residency at the University of Kentucky. When in practice, he worked with Dr. Ben Roach and Dr. Norman "Jack" Fisher in Midway, the University of Kentucky Clinic, and The Frontier Nursing Service in Wendover. He then earned a master's degree in immunology and his Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Kentucky. While working in this field, he did work on the blood typing and DNA of horses. This work contributed to the testing practice that is used in thoroughbred racing today. He later worked for the United States Army Research Institute for Infections Disease (USAMRIID). He was active in the Kentucky Sportsman's League and enjoyed competitive shooting.

He is survived by two sisters, Katherine Alexander Brewer, Lexington, and Jean Alexander Gilcrest, Davidson, N.C.; six nieces and nephews; and 10 great-nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tom Miller, Christopher Anderson, Bill Combs, Norman Fisher, M.D., Wayne Haffler, Michael Carmichael, Tucker Carmichael, and Russell McAllister, M.D. Honorary bearers were Mark Burud, William Gilcrest, Robert A.A. Brewer, and Tom Adams. The W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Versailles Presbyterian Church or the American Heart Association.



Homer Glenn Bentley Sr. 69, of 272 Bryanwood Drive, husband of Lillie Mae Sloan Bentley, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.

Born Oct. 3, 1936, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Saint Joseph and Fannie Lamb Bentley. He was a retired United Tobacco Warehouse employee, and a member of the First Assembly of God in Nicholasville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Brenda McWhorter, Bardstown, Melody Soard, Berea, and Vickie Webb, Means; four sons, Homer “Buddy” Bentley and Michael Bentley, both of Lexington, Timothy Bentley, Monticello, and Anthony Bentley, Versailles; three sisters, Agnes Arvin, Anna Derham, and Marie Masters; four brothers, William Bentley, Joe Bentley, Wayne Bentley, and Issac Bentley; and 19 grandchildren. A son, Ernest Lee Bentley; two grandchildren, Roxanne McWhorter and Samantha Soard; and two sisters, Vina Curtis and Ettea Wheeler, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Paul Huff and the Rev. Tim Price. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers are Michael Bentley, Buddy Bentley, Timothy Bentley, Anthony Bentley, Walter Soard Jr., Michael McWhorter, Billy McWhorter, Claude Webb, Claude Webb II, Trustin Jones, Tristin Brooks, and Tim Hamblin.

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Leona Nantz "Lee" Bucher, 81, of Burlington, widow of Willard M. "Bill" Bucher, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, in Burlington.

Born Feb. 22, 1925, in Laurel County, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Lucy Combs Nantz. A homemaker, she was a member of the Mt. Zion Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Scott R. Bucher, Lexington; a daughter, Jo Ann Bucher Young, Burlington; a sister, Jean Dixon, Salem, Ind.; four grandchildren, Tami Walton and Gina Owens, both of Burlington, Rebecca Shryock, Midway, and Eric Bucher, Lexington; five great-grandchildren, Kyle and Ethan Ray Walton, Olivia and Jacob Monroe Owens, all of Burlington, and Jackson Scott Shryock, Midway; and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers and a sister are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, Richmond, by Dr. Terry Wilder. Burial was in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Roger Barger, Eric Bucher, Jeremy Dixon, John Owens, Jeremy Shryock, and Ethan Walton. Honorary bearers were T.J. Black, Eric Barber, Harold Bucher, Kent Dixon and Bill England.

Donations may be made to Northern Kentucky Hospice, 1403 Alexandria Pike, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075.



Ivan Halich, 77, of Warren, Mich., died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at his son’s residence in Woodford County.

Born April 1, 1929, in the Ukraine he was the son of the late Petro and Anna Halich. He was a retired electrical engineer and was a member of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in South Hill, Mich. He was also a member of the Ukrainian Graduates and was a Korean War veteran, having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include a daughter, Natalie Sue Halich, Washington, D.C.; two sons, Greg Halich, Versailles, and Andrew Halich, Austin, Texas; two sisters, Sarafina Marzotto, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Mary Dutkewych, Warren, Mich.; and a brother, Victor Halich, Tucson, Ariz.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 18, in Michigan. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of local arrangements.



Jimmy Newton Holland, 54, husband of Edith Maddox Holland, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Marion Newton and Margaret Bobbitt Holland. He was a truck driver, a Vietnam veteran, and a member of Alton Baptist Church. He was a 1970 graduate of Woodford County High School.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, James Newton Holland Jr., Shelbyville; a stepdaughter, Tammy Sue Sell, Richmond; three sisters, Gay Etherington, Peggy Flora, and Helen McIntosh; and two grandchildren, Destyni Renee Holland and Andrew James Holland. A sister, Molly Hay, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Tyree Denney. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were James Newton Holland Jr., John Maddox, William “Dub” Barnett, Jimmy Cubert, Ronnie Hillard, Eddie Hay, David Flora, and Bobby Denhart.

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Steven P. Knapp, 46, of Versailles, former systems specialist for OSRAM Sylvania, husband of Hwa Sun Yi Knapp and father of Steve Knapp, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006.

There will be no services or visitation.

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Grace Mott Newbold, 89, formerly of Cummins Ferry Road, Versailles, widow of Robert Louis Newbold, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2006, in Lexington.

Born in Georgia, she was a member of King’s Way Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include a son, Bob Newbold, Lexington; a daughter, Connie Cain, Indiana; a brother, Carson Mott, Orlando, Fla.; seven grandchildren, including Sharon Newbold, Nathaniel Newbold, and David Newbold; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A daughter, Shasta Brewer, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at King’s Way Assembly of God Church. Entombment will be at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Casket bearers will be Sam Williams, Richard Duncan, Ken Berry, Daniel Berry, Ransom Davenport, and Ron Wallace. Visitation will be after noon Saturday at the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

No flowers requested. Memorials are suggested to Paragon Integrated Touch, 3217 Marston Place, Lexington, KY 40503.

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Burritt C. Rose Jr., 74, of Owingsville, husband of Ada Bernice House Rose, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at his residence.

The son of the late Burritt and Esther Rose, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and a 30-year employee of IBM, retiring in 1987. He was a farmer for many years.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by a son, Gary Rose, Versailles; two grandsons, Daniel Rose, Versailles, and Cpl. Andrew Rose, USMC, Cherry Point, N.C.; a step-grandson, Chris Kelley, Maysville; a brother, Orville Stanley Rose, Lexington; and a sister, Virginia McMillen, Eubanks.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Longview Cemetery. Casket bearers and honorary bearers were family members and friends. Richie Hunt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to St. Claire Hospice, 222 Medical Circle. Morehead, KY 40351.



Timothy K. Snoddy, 51, husband of Versailles bed and breakfast owner C. Elise Buckley Snoddy, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, in the crash of Flight 5191 at Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport.

Born in Ashland, he was the son of Clinton and Joann Boyle Snoddy of Lexington. He was the president of Snoddy Consulting, Inc. and graduated with a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Kentucky in 1976. He was a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Kentucky and Florida, a Certified Valuation Analyst, belonging to the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Accountants with the American College of Forensic Examiners, and was a financial consultant in Collaborative Family Practice. Snoddy Consulting, Inc. was based in Lexington with an office in Florida, but served the entire Southeastern U.S. He was a qualified expert witness in the U.S. district and circuit courts; performed business valuations of privately held companies in a broad array of industries; and was skilled in all areas of financial consulting.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two sons, Matthew Snoddy and Joshua Q. Snoddy; a daughter, Jocelynn Morgan; three grandchildren, Brennan, Charles, and Alice; three stepchildren, Katherine Amy Buckley, Sarah Buckley Faulkner, and Benjamin F. Buckley V; and a sister, Terrie Stuart.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 20, at King’s Way Assembly of God Church in Versailles by the Rev. Jeff Johnson. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Gideons International, Lexington West Camp, P.O. Box 24432, Lexington, KY 40524.



Darrell Smiley, 74, of Still Waters Camp Grounds, Frankfort, formerly of Versailles, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006.

A former owner of a radiator shop, he was the son of the late Paul Edward and Minnie Stout Smiley.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Sept. 16, at Still Waters Camp Ground. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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