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December 13, 2012



Jeffrey Alan Bishop, 52, of Versailles, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Aug. 15, 1961, in Lexington, he was the son of Patricia Marie Bishop and the late H.E. "Sonny" Bishop. He was a farm manager of H.E. Bishop Company.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, David E. Bishop; a niece, Erica C. Bishop; a great-niece, EverSkii C. Bishop, all of Versailles; and a nephew, Chris Bishop, Lexington.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Keith Hatter. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.



Elliott Brian Clark and Ryland Scott Clark, infant twin sons of Benjamin and Amanda Clark, were born Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

In addition to their parents, they are survived by their maternal grandparents, Norene and Steve Jackson, Versailles, and Christopher and Kandi Sweeton, California; their paternal grandparents, David and Kathy Clark, Versailles; their paternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Clark, Cave City; and their maternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Colby, Mountain Home, Ark.

Graveside funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 7, at Rose Crest Cemetery by the Rev. Michael Cabell. Memorials are suggested to Threads of Love, 113 Goodloe Street, Bloomfield, KY 40068, or to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, 2305 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite #220, Centennial, CO 80122, or to Project Bear, Inc., 230 Bethlehem Pike, Colmar, PA 18915.

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Samuel Peter Dozier III, 76, of Versailles, husband of Janie Padgett Dozier, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Samuel Peter II and Agnes Daugherty Dozier. He was educated at St. Leo School and graduated from Versailles High School. He served on the Woodford County P&Z Commission for many years and was the current chairman of the Woodford County Board of Adjustment. Sam was a consultant for Gooch Construction Co. and had been employed for many years by Central Rock, Inc.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Kim (Ralph) Newell of Branson, MO, and Lisa (John) Savage of Midway; two sons, Sammy (Katherine) Dozier IV of Goshen, and Damon (Anne Claire) Moberly of Nashville; a son-in-law, David Lingenfelter of Dayton, OH; a special friend much like a daughter, Lissa McCoy; one sister, Agnes Anne Hackney of Lexington; one brother, William K. (Charlie) Dozier of Roswell, GA, nine grandchildren, Courtney Blackwell, Danielle Vescio, Bowen Lingenfelter, Summer Lingenfelter, Lily Jane Savage, Jonah Savage, Boo Moberly, Max Dozier, Eli Dozier; and three great-grandchildren, Elijah, Jonah, and Shane. A daughter, Alicia Lingenfelter, a brother, James D. Dozier, a sister-in-law, Clara Ann Dozier, and a brother-in-law, Carlton Hackney, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Gary Black. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert E. Moore III, David Lingenfelter, John Savage, Chad Dawson, Ryan Dawson, and Nicolas Redmon.

Memorials are suggested to Salvation Army, 200 Heritage Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

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William Risque Harper, 81, husband of Barbara Harper, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Ladysmith, Va.

Born in Woodford County, he attended local schools and at age 13 moved to Washington, D.C., to be a Senate Page. He was a graduate of the Senate Page School, George Washington University and George Washington Law School. He clerked in the Washington, D.C., court system and later served on the Federal Trade Commission. In later life he opened his own law practice in the District.

In addition to his wife of 29 years, he is survived by three sons William (Knowles), Sewanee, Tenn., Steven (Laura), North Potomac, Md., and John, (Janan), Seal Beach, Calif.; two stepsons, Andrew Freeman (Elizabeth), Boulder, Colo., and Peter Freeman, Austin, Texas; two cousins, Alec Harper, Santa Monica, Calif., and Lee Warley Harper, Versailles; and eight grandchildren, Will, Jake, Joe, Sarah, Susan, Grey, Fionna, and Jessie.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Wright’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Ladysmith, Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wright’s Chapel United Methodist Church P. O. Box 193, Ladysmith, VA 22501.

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Margaret Ruth McNeil, 67, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Fulton, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Elizabeth Brooks McNeil. After living in California for several years, she retired to Versailles five years ago.

Survivors include a sister, Shirley Hamilton, California; and a brother, James Woods, Bartlett, Tenn. There are no planned services.

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Clifford Harris Shotwell, 102, of Versailles, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at his home, in the company of his caregiver and friend, Mike Sams.

He was born and raised in Woodford County, Kentucky. He was the eldest son of Clifford B. Shotwell and Lucy Harris Shotwell. Clifford attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse located in Woodford County, until he went to work on the family farm. In his youth he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working, which allowed him to travel from Maine to Minnesota. After returning to Woodford County following his travels, he met and married Ruby Lancaster, whose father’s farm adjoined the Shotwell family farm. Ruby had one child, Ronald Hilton, from a prior marriage, and the couple went on to have one daughter, Donna Joy Shotwell Dodd. Clifford was a life-long tobacco and cattle farmer. He was a devout Baptist and life-long member and deacon at Hillsboro Baptist Church and Millville Baptist Church. Clifford was a Boy Scout Leader and was active in the Woodford County Farm Bureau for many years.

More recently, Clifford enjoyed playing croquet in the backyard and scrabble at the kitchen table with his family – daughter and grandchildren. His humor, playfulness, and spirit transcended all generations within the family and community. He wiggled his eyebrows for his grandchildren, buzzed them with his electro larynx, and gave them rides on his wheelchair. He remembered the first car he ever saw in Versailles, the Great Depression, and World War II. He told wonderful stories of his childhood, which he remembered well. His tales included when, at 10 years old, he paid for his own dental work with a check to Dr. Newman, and when he bought his first pony.

Clifford is survived by his sister, Lucille Andersen, and her husband, Andy Andersen, of Louisville; his brother, Clyde Shotwell, and his wife, Betsie, of Versailles; his sister-in-law, Ethel Rucker, of Versailles; his daughter, Donna Dodd, of Rockford, Michigan; his grandson, Howard M. Dodd Jr. of Newport, Kentucky, and Caitlin Crowley Dodd of Cincinnati, Ohio; his granddaughter Anna K. Dodd, Esq. and her husband, Jake Rigney, Esq., of Indianapolis, Indiana; his granddaughter, Hilary D. Moore, Esq., and her husband, L.C.D.R. Jason R. Moore, of Jacksonville, North Carolina; his step-grandsons Sean and Gary Hilton, of New Zealand; and his five great-grandchildren: Howard Cohen Dodd, Nora Crowley Dodd, Amelia Shotwell Dodd, Jason Howard Moore, and Liam Robert Moore.

Clifford was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Anne Shotwell; his stepson, Ronald Hilton and his wife, Jill Hilton; his son-in-law, Howard M. Dodd; his sisters, Elsie Drury and Ernestine Shotwell; and his brother, James Shotwell.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, with the Rev. Earl Bell and the Rev. Jeff Douglas officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Serving as casket bearers were Mike Sams, Tyler Sams, Howard Dodd, Eddie Knight, Paul Schell and Kenny Reed. Honorary casket bearers will be Dr. Jason R. Moore and Jacob Rigney. Visitation was held Friday, December 7, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are invited to make a donation to Hospice of the Blue Grass or the Woodford Humane Society.

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Eloyce Megee Tracy, 77, of Versailles, widow of Elbert Tracy, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Born Jan. 17, 1935, in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late John Clay Megee and Myrtle Teater Megee. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments and a member of Versailles Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday school class.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie (Roger) Burchett, Jamestown; a son, Steve (Sue) Tracy, Versailles; a sister, Lila (Loyce) Edgington, Lancaster; a brother, Tom (Gypsy) Megee, Mich.; a granddaughter, Angela (Eric) Cremeens, Lexington; and a great-grandson, Brady Cremeens; Lexington. A sister, Ann Jason, and her twin sister, Joyce Rhorer, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 7, at Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Versailles Baptist Church.

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Ben Troxell, 83, of Midway, husband of Ella Brown Troxell, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

Born Aug. 25, 1929, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Ben and Sallie Woolums Troxell. He was a member of East Frankfort Baptist Church and an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He received the Army OCC Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by a nephew, Pete Adams, Pleasureville; and a niece, Linda DeMaree, Santa Clause, Ind. Two sisters, Maggie Adams Bradshaw and Elizabeth Woolums, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Larry Brown and Dr. Gary Ellcessor. Casket bearers will be Charles (Gene) Brown, Charles Woolums, Jeff Bailey, Donna Bailey, Brenda Bryant, and Joe Kiser. Honorary bearers will be Chris DeMaree, Lonnie Adkins, Dr. Don Farley and Eddie Burke. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 13, at the funeral home.

Donations may be sent to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601, or East Frankfort Baptist Church Building Fund, 457 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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The Rev. Donald Bradley White Sr., 88, of Versailles, beloved husband of Anna White, passed on to his heavenly home, Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore, KY, surrounded by his family.

The Rev. White was for fifty-two years a faithful, caring pastor of Southern Baptist Churches. Born in Marion County, KY, he was the son of the late Thomas and Bessie White, Frankfort. He was a veteran of over three years in World War II, serving in the European Theatre of War, for which he received several medals and a Certificate of Honor. He was a graduate of Frankfort High School, Georgetown College, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. He was ordained to the ministry by the Thornhill Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY in 1948. He was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church at the time of his death. Known for his wit and humor, he had the ability to lighten most situations, and bring laughter to his family and friends. He was kind and courteous to the personnel of the Thomson-Hood Kentucky Veterans Center where he spent the last four years of his life. The family would like to thank all the personnel of the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center for their constant kindness and loving care. The Rev. White pastored churches in Grant and Boone counties during his student days. He also pastored the Burgin Baptist Church and the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Lexington, where he ministered for 34 years. In his retirement he pastored the Hillsboro Baptist Church, Woodford County. He served on the executive board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and, for forty years, on the executive board of the Elkhorn Baptist Association. He also served a term as moderator of the Elkhorn Association. He was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, Pineville, KY, and was a contract chaplain for the Veterans Hospital, Cooper Dr., Lexington.

Surviving, besides his wife of 70 years, are three daughters and one son: Ruth Ann (Ernie) Hall, Versailles; Rebecca (Fred) White, Lexington; Sharon White, Lexington; and Donald B. Jr. (Cathy) White, Lexington. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Blackwell, Frankfort, KY and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, William White, his parents, five brothers, William, Ned, Albert, Basil and Thomas White, and two sisters, Mable (Paul) Feck, and Margaret (Bob) Allen.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 11, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1409 Versailles Rd., Lexington, conducted by his nephew, Dr. Charles White, Dr. Tony Hancock, and the Rev. John Brandon, with interment in the Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Ernie Hall, Fred White, Robert Hall, Danny Albertson, Jeremy Burns, Jerry Ziegler, and Ryan Patrick White.

Memorials may be made to: Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Dr., Wilmore, KY 40390, Activities Fund.

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