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August 2, 2012

 

Brown

Andy Lee Brown, 49, of Versailles, son of Garland and Gevania Brown, died Thursday, July 26, 2012.

A native of Woodford County, he was born on Aug. 1, 1962. He was a self employed fencer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancée, Shelby Boswell, Versailles; a brother, Dwayne Brown, Ind.; a stepsister, Melissa Beasley; a stepbrother, Shawn Gabhart; a niece, Rachel Brown; and two nephews, Steven Brown and Joshua Brown.

Services were conducted Monday, July 30, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Gilbert Sargent. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jimmy Traugott, Charles Shorrell, Jamie Bishop, David Slinker, Shawn Gabhart, Cliff Harris, Jeff Milton, and Donald "Chicken" Workman.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

Brown

Ruthann Rapier Brown, 82, of Danville, widow of Carlton Brown, died Monday, July 30, 2012.

Born July 30, 1930, in Owensboro, she was the daughter of the late Hart and Grace Rapier. She was a graduate of St. Mary-Of-The-Wood College and the University of Kentucky.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy (Bill) Ruth, Harrodsburg; three sons, Rick (Jane) Brown, Danville, Hart (Lea Anne) Brown, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and David (Christie) Brown, Versailles.

A Mass of Remembrance will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 2, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church by Fr. Tom Farrell. Burial will be private. Stith Funeral Home, Danville, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Boyle County Relay For Life, Ss. Peter & Paul Building Fund, or the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society.

Guest book at www.stithfuneralhome.net.

 

Couch

Angela Dawn Couch, 49, of Lexington, wife of Barry Couch, died Monday, July 30, 2012.

Born Jan. 15, 1963, in Lexington, she was the daughter of William F. and Julia Weldon Taylor.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Hulett ; a son, Jonathan Couch; a sister, Stephanie (Doug) Denham; a brother, Tony (Bonnie) Taylor; three grandchildren, Matalee, Jordan, and Addison; and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

Furnish

Diane Cartwright Furnish, 57, of Acworth, Ga., wife of Gary Furnish, died Thursday, July 19, 2012, at her parents’ home in Struthers, Ohio.

Born Oct. 18, 1954, in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Charles T. and Norma Jean Fullerman Cartwright. She had lived the past 19 years in Georgia. She was a 1973 graduate of Struthers High School and had worked for Mahoning National Bank and Boardman Medical in Girard, Ohio. She was a member of St. Catherine Siena in Acworth, Ga.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Gary (Elizabeth) Furnish of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Janice L. Kirlik, Poland; a brother, John (Janice) Cartwright, Boardman, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Chuck Cartwright, and two nephews are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 24, at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman, Ohio, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial conducted by the Rev. Kevin Peter at St. Angela Merici Parish in Youngstown, Ohio.

Condolences may be made at www.foxfuneralhome.org.

 

May

Clifford L. May, 77, of Lexington, husband of Jenetta Ferguson May, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born April 29, 1935, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Ernest and Viola Alley May. Having served as minister in Churches of Christ in Texas, Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky, he served as an elder at the Versailles and North Lexington Churches of Christ.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Juett (Chris Juett), Lexington; a son, Jack May, Versailles; five grandchildren, Brad, Stacy, and Jason Murphy, Kayla Alcorn, and Kimberly Fannin; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Loretta Birt, and Carol Nichols, both of Piqua, Ohio. A son, Ernie May, three sisters, and two brothers are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 1, at North Lexington Church of Christ by Minister Steve Johnson. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

 

McKnight

Betty Ann Boyd McKnight, 72, of Lexington, wife of Teeter McKnight, died Friday, July 27, 2012.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Gayle and Elizabeth L. Boyd.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Ken McKnight, Keith (Christy) McKnight, and Karen (Jim) Cooper; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, July 31, at the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 1008 Delaware Avenue, Lexington, KY 40505.

 

Raybourn

Robert Lee Raybourn, 82, of Versailles, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Olive Hill, Ky., to Enoch and Jessie Day Raybourn, on Dec. 15, 1929. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in industrial chemistry from the University of Kentucky in 1952, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He remained active in the organization after his graduation, earning a variety of awards for meritorious service to the fraternity, including the prestigious Kappa Award.

Soon after graduation, Bob married his wife of 52 years, Honey Lee Jones. They moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he worked for the Department of Defense from 1952 until 1954 and started a family. After that, he returned to Kentucky and was employed in the pharmaceutical industry until his retirement in 1991. During his career with Syntex Laboratories, Inc., he received numerous salesperson of the year and special recognition awards. Bob and his family moved to Versailles in 1965, his home until his death. He and Honey were very active in outside business ventures, such as running the local downtown movie theater for several years and owning a number of antique shops.

Bob appreciated all aspects of music. While in college, he played tuba as a member of the University of Kentucky marching band. He also possessed a fine singing voice and sang tenor in a barbershop quartet. He loved Big Band and musical theater and attended the Brass Band Festival in Danville for many years. Quite the Renaissance Man, Bob enjoyed collecting antiques, particularly German beer steins, clocks, and pharmaceutical paraphernalia. He was an avid yard-saler, a knowledgeable Civil War buff, and a formidable Big Blue fan. He valued his mind, loved to read, relished obscure vocabulary (every morning he would "ablute"), and excelled at crossword puzzles, particularly The New York Times Sunday puzzle – all of which made it particularly tragic when he was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease in the late 1990s.

Our Dad was a gentleman and a gentle man. He was intelligent, friendly, amiable; we shall miss him greatly but also treasure the person he was and all our memories of him. Special recognition goes to Tom, who was his caretaker for eight years. Bravo.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Honey, in 2005. Survivors include his children, Robert Thomas Raybourn, Melinda Lee (Ken) Lloyd, and Carole Ann Raybourn; two grandsons, Braxton Coleman Payne IV and Andrew Robert Raybourn Payne; and one nephew, Nick Raybourn. We celebrated his life at 6 p.m. Aug. 1, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home in Versailles. Honorary pallbearers were Haywood Alves (deceased), Ben Chandler, Danny Dawson, Greg Leigh, and Tim Middleton. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association are welcomed and appreciated.

(Paid obituary)

Richie

Thomas S. Richie, 75, of Versailles, husband of Vickie Richie, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

Born in Clark County, he was the son of the late Homer and Nora Stevens Richie. He was a sales clerk at Main Street Hardware in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Marsha Cooper, Nicholasville; two stepdaughters, Kimberly Hale and Marcy Whitaker, both of Richmond; three sons, Phillip Richie, Versailles, Steve Richie, Lexington, and Tommy Richie, Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Sue Dickerson, Nicholasville, and Ann Conner, North Carolina; two brothers, David Richie, Williamstown, and Lee Richie, Versailles; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, July 30, at New Hope Baptist Church by the Rev. Wesley Noss. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

Sallee

William Carroll Sallee, 69, of Versailles, husband of Margaret W. Sallee, died Sunday, July 29, 2012.

Born Jan. 22, 1943, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late William Arvel and Edith Burkhead Sallee. He was a horseman for High Hope Farm.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Cindy Sallee; a sister, Barbara Wilson, Frankfort; a brother, John Sallee, Versailles; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tim Wilson, Tim Wilson II, Terry Wilson, Charles Durbin, Creath Karsner, and Joshua Sallee. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

Snipp

Jessica Nicole Snipp, 31, of Versailles, wife of Brian Snipp, died Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Born in Harlan, she was the daughter of Ginger Elliott Lorenz of Versailles.

In addition to her mother, she is also survived by a son, Alex Snipp; two sisters, Brandy Lorenz, Harlan, and Tracy Collins, Tennessee; and two brothers, Jay Lorenz, Versailles, and Donald Lorenz, Harlan. Her grandparents, Jessie Barker Elliott and Oscar "Bug" Elliott, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Casket bearers were Brian Snipp, Jason Snipp, Jason Johnson, Charles Budd, Jay Lorenz, and Donald Lorenz.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

Stenholm

Theresa Alma Mee Stenholm, 99, widow of Eric "John" Stenholm, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Born Sept. 20, 1912, in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of the late John Dennis and Theresa Marie Haley Mee. She was a class of 1930 graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Boston, a homemaker, and had worked at American Mutual Insurance Co. and in later years worked for a medical convention management group in Boston. She was active with the Campfire Girls for many years and was a charter member of St. Mary’s Sodality in Dedham, Mass. She was a member of Cathedral of Christ the King and Pax Christi Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Christina "Nina" (Joseph) O’Leary, Lexington, and Ann Theresa Stenholm, Raleigh, N.C.; two grandsons, Sean (Hannah) O’Leary, Lexington, and Brian (Katrina) O’Leary, Lexington; and three great-grandchildren, Una, Eamonn, and Delaney O’Leary.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, July 28, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Nick Pagano. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

 

Wilds

James "Jim" C. Wilds, 79, of Versailles, husband of Peggy Charles Wilds, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Lexington at the Breckinridge, an assisted living facility for those with dementia, after a long illness.

Born in Harriman, Tenn., he was the son of the late Maude Keller Wilds and James Wilbur Wilds. He earned three degrees from the University of Kentucky and studied in a doctoral program; he taught agriculture and horticulture to the students and community of Woodford County and was the chairperson of the Vocational Education Department of Woodford County. He worked in the Woodford County School system for over 50 years. He served as the local and state president of the Kentucky Vocational Education Association and he coached Woodford County High School athletes in swimming, tennis, and soccer. Over the years, he was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, Pisgah Presbyterian Church, and most recently, Central Baptist Church of Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Daena C. Wilds, Lexington; a son, Dr. Daniel Wilds; a son-in-law, Bill West, Burlington, Vt.; a sister, Mary Frances Suddath, Harriman, Tenn.; a grandson, O. Daniel Wilds, Lexington; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Two sisters and a brother are deceased.

A celebration of life was conducted Saturday, July 28, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Dr. Mark Johnson and the Rev. Dr. Mike Ward. A private committal service took place later that day at Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Versailles. Casket bearers were Alan Covington, Bobby Gaffney, Don Lane, Jack Halter, Bill Hill, Gene Kirk, and Ken Tippett.

Donations may be made to The Breckinridge, 2109 Cornerstone Drive, Lexington, KY 40509.

 

Yazell

Vera Lois Yazell, 79, of Lexington, widow of Russell Lee Yazell, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital of cancer.

Born in Paris, she was the daughter of the late Madge and Howard Bramel. She was a member of the real estate community for 40 plus years.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Yazell-Davis (Bill) and Lee Ann Rose (Todd); six grandchildren, Ashlee Robinson, Alex and Morgan Butler, Ali Rose, and Anthony and Lee Davis; a sister, Joyce Townes; and three brothers, Paul Bramel (Sue), Fred Bramel, and Harold Bramel (Mildred). A sister, Elinor Bramel, and a brother, Howard Bramel, are deceased.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, July 31, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

 

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