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December 6, 2012



Jeffrey Trafford Hooks, 47, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

Born May 13, 1965, in Lexington, he was the son of Anna Frances Hooks of Versailles and the late Nall Trafford Hooks. He attended Eastern Kentucky University and was a self-employed painter.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Dustin Trafford Hooks, Lexington; and a brother, Mark Evan Hooks, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Private services are pending.

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Averil Ginn Kelly, 95, of Midway, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

Born April 21, 1917, she was the daughter of the late John Clifford and Harriet Kitchen Ginn. She was a member of Beards Presbyterian Church in Davis, Ky.

Survivors include a daughter, Wilma Ann Kelly (Lowell) Devers, Midway; a daughter in law, Anne Kelly, Dry Ridge; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. A son, Kenneth Kelly; and a sister, Zelia Brooking, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 3, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Dr. David Foreman. Burial was in Beards Cemetery in Davis, Ky. Her grandchildren served as casket bearers.

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Carl Douglas (Doug) Lathrem, 76, of Fruitland Park, Fla., husband of Clara Lathrem, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at his residence.

Born July 19, 1936, in Versailles, he was the son of Carl and Sally Lathrem. He was a longtime resident of Woodford County, at one time having owned Versailles Printing and later being a partner in the first Radio Shack located in Versailles. He later retired from Kentucky state government and moved to Florida after the death of his previous wife, Sandy Lathrem.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Charles Ritchie Lathrem; a daughter, Jeannie Lathrem; and three sons, Ben Lathrem, Joey Lathrem, and Michael Lathrem.

A graveside service for friends and relatives will be held at the Versailles Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Memorial contributions may be made to Glenís Creek Baptist Church.



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 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 fatherís 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 Ė 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 service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, with the Rev. Earl Bell and the Rev. Jeff Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Serving as casket bearers will be 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 will be 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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James M. "Jimmy" Smith, 76, of Frankfort, husband of Helen McDonald Smith, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the Masonic Home in Shelbyville.

Born Aug. 25, 1936, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Foster E. and Fannie Duvall Smith. He was retired from Bendix, was a farmer, and served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Debbie (Carey) Tichenor, Versailles; a brother, Foster Smith Jr., Monterey; four sisters, Ann Furnish, Louisville, Martha Jane Broadus, Louisville, Betty Jean Forsee, Okeechobee, Fla., and Elaine Massie, Troy, Ohio. A grandson, William Foster Tichenor, and a brother, William Smith, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 3, at McDonald & New Funeral Home, Owensboro, by Bro. Everett Hawkins. Burial was in the Monterey Cemetery, Monterey, Ky.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monterey Cemetery or The Smile Train.


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