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August 23, 2012



David B. Allen, 81, of Versailles, husband of Donna Jean (Springer) Allen, died unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at his home.

Born June 9, 1931, in Hyrum, Utah, he was the seventh of nine children born to the late Winfred and Sarah Ann Allen. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah, and an LLB (JD) from Stanford Law School. He began his 54-year legal career in the California Attorney General’s office and later was a founding partner of Allen, Rhodes and Sobelsohn, the largest worker’s compensation defense firm in the state of California. In 1987, he moved to Kentucky and continued to practice law until his death. He also owned Hartwood Farm in Woodford County with his wife, where they developed their mutual interest in breeding Thoroughbreds, most notably stakes winner Pocus Hocus. He was a member of TOBA, the Thoroughbred Club of America, and the California, Utah and Kentucky bar associations, as well as the American Bar Association, which recognized him in 2008 for 50 years of service.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by three children, David (Patti) Allen, Mill Creek, Wash., Scott Allen, Maywood, Calif. and Neile (Rick) Ifland, Versailles; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Ulrich, Nashville, Tenn., Philip Allen, Mill Creek, Wash., Dani (Scott) Upton, Versailles, Kirby (Christa) Ifland, Cambridge, Mass., and Crawford Ifland, Versailles; a great-grandson, Ephraim Upton; a brother, Roy (Judy) Allen, Salt Lake City, Utah; and a sister, Lila Cook, Logan, Utah.

A private graveside service was conducted Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by Pastor Jeff Johnson of King’s Way Assembly. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Kentucky Equine Humane Center, PO Box 910124, Lexington, KY 40591; or Woodford Humane Society, 265 Thomas Lane, Versailles, KY 40383.



The Rev. Estill Clay Everman, 80, of Versailles, husband of Ruby Lathery Everman, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Heritage Hall.

Born in Bath County, he was the son of the late John D. and Nancy Chandler Everman and had been in ministry for 50 + years. Retired from Rexroth, he was a member of the Versailles Church of God.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Darlene Switzer (Eddie), Carolyn Hatton (Paul), Sue Marcum (Stan), and Pam Shouse (John), all of Versailles; four sons, Gary Everman (Carla), Mitchell Everman (Teresa), and Jeffery Everman (Amy), all of Georgetown, and Doug Kincaid (Denise), Versailles; a brother, Ewell Everman, Owingsville; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A son, Ricky Neal, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Frankie Layne and Chaplain Rick McClung. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were his grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Church of God or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Jean Dawson Goldey, of Nicholasville, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at his home after an extended illness.

A native of Jessamine County, he was born July 3, 1929, to the late Shelby Jefferson and Imogene Stephens Goldey. He served in the U.S. Army, spending over a year of his service in Italy as part of the "TRUST" assignment, during which he attained the rank of sergeant. He was a farmer, soldier, barber and was a Democrat. He was a school bus driver for the Jessamine County Board of Education, a state highway employee, a deputy county clerk, county coroner, a deputy sheriff, and also served as sheriff. He served in many volunteer positions, including being a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, and coaching baseball. He enjoyed horses and wintering in Florida, where he could fish every day. He was a member of Pinckard Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, William Dawson (Sheila Klingshirn), Larry Dale, and Gary Leon (Kristine) Goldey; a daughter-in-law, Connie Hardesty;eight grandchildren Sarah Goldey (Mike) Quinn Will, Emily, Katie, Nicholas, Shelby, Jacob , Levi and Jamie Goldey; three brothers, Frank, George, and John (Frieda) Goldey; a sister, Ruth Ann Goldey; a brother-in-law, W.P. Riley; a sister-in-law, Eva Goldey; and many nieces and nephews. Three brothers, William McClellan, James Kenneth, and Joe Thomas Goldey; two sisters, Carrie Riley and Geneva Schmidt; a son, Gregory Thomas Goldey; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Goldey, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 20, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Will, Nicholas, Jacob, and Levi Goldey, Michael Quinn, and Nathan Zitt. Honorary bearers were Shelby Goldey, James Goldey, George M. Goldey, Lawrence Riley, Tomi Schmidt, Sarah Curry, Lewis Britton, John Brown, James Humphrey, Benny Peel, Barry Waldrop, Dwight Willis, and Billy Bradshaw.

Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Grass Council, 3445 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40509.

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Joan Rehm Hoover, 84, of Sacramento, Calif., widow of Stuart Hoover, died Thursday, August 9, 2012.

Born on Feb. 2, 1928, in Fort Mitchell, she was the daughter of the late Gertrude and Norman Rehm. In 1935, she and her family moved to Lexington. She attended the University of Kentucky, where she served as band sponsor and was Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. She then transferred to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she graduated in 1950. After graduation, she worked as director of admissions at the Tolby Colburne School of Design in New York City. There, she met her future husband, Stuart Hoover. After their marriage in 1953, they moved to South Norwalk, Conn., where they lived for many years and raised their children. Later in life, she moved to Sacramento, Calif., to be near her younger son and his family.

Survivors include two sons, Adam Hoover, St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands, and Joshua Hoover, Sacramento, Calif.; two grandchildren, Sophie Hoover and Stuart Hoover; a sister, Barbara Cowden, Lexington; a brother, Paul Rehm, Versailles; two nieces, Elizabeth Rehm Wachtel and Martha Rehm; and four nephews, Paul Cowden, Bruce Cowden, Roger Cowden and John Gleie. A nephew, Jay Cowden, is deceased.

A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.



Georgia Alice Tilghman Long, 91, of Versailles, widow of the Rev. Homer D. Long, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.

A native of Woodford County, she was born on May 16, 1921, to the late David Veal and Ora Lee Cloyd Tilghman. She was a retired clerk at Kentucky Utilities and a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, John (Connie) Long, Versailles; a grandson, Jody (Amanda) Long; and two great-granddaughters, Peyton Elyzabeth Paige Long and Harley Alexis Long.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 20, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Don Richardson, Kenny Tilgman, Bill Klier, Jimmy Jarman, and Tim Goins. Honorary bearers were John "Witt" Biggerstaff, George Hellard, Ron Hellard, Marvin Cox, Tommy Tilghman, and Sherman Lay.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Gideons International.

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Lucille Bertha Lawrence O’Roark, 87, of Lexington, wife of Charles Edward O’Roark, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center.

Born in Greenville, Texas, she was the daughter of the late William and Bertha Bernard Lawrence. A retired employee of the University of Kentucky, she was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. She was an active member of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and an avid bridge player.

In addition to her husband of 66 years, she is survived by a son, John Richard (Dianna) O’Roark, Georgetown; a daughter, Karen (E.W.) Davidson, Versailles; a sister, Geraldine Lawrence, Sunset, La.; five grandchildren, Kenneth O’Roark, Traci Mahone, and Ryan, Kevin and Lauren Davidson; and four great-grandchildren, Ellie and Ava Mahone and Jax and Annie O’Roark.

A funeral Mass will be at conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 23, at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church. Interment will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service after 10 a.m. Milward Mortuary, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Thomson-Hood Veteran Center.



David Julian Rice, 76, of Versailles, widower of Ada McKinney Rice, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.

A native of Woodford County, he was born April 16, 1936, to the late Howard and Cordie Rice. He was the owner and operator for R&R Construction. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include eight children, David (Rebecca) Rice Jr., Versailles, Justus Howard Rice, Harrodsburg, Patrick (Sue) Rice, Harrodsburg, Jamie (Doug) Darland, Salvisa, Rubena (Mitchell) Searcy, Harrodsburg, Rebecca (Jeff) Oliver, Berea, Sherry (Bret) Royalty, Harrodsburg, and Jennifer (Kevin) Bugg, Harrodsurg; 21 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Marquetta Rice, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Michael Conover and Ricky Mobley. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lucas Derringer, Dillion Derringer, Wesley Tingle, Josh Rice, Cody Sanders, Anthony Rice, William Rileym and Gary Cox. Honorary bearers were Levi Bugg, Joe Tingle, Matthew Douglas, Johnathon Douglas, Earnon "Bubba" Searcy, and Chris Sanders.

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