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February 16, 2012



Larry Jay Bacon, 74, of Versailles, husband of Barbara B. Bacon, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born May 20, 1937, in Akron, Ind., he was the son of the late Russel and Helen Putnam Bacon. A professional horseman, he started as a teen working with Shetland ponies, and was also a professional farrier. He had been a trainer and judge of Hackney ponies, Roadster ponies and horses, American Saddlebreds, and other breeds. He was a member of and served on the executive boards of the UPHA, the United Professional Horsemen’s Association, the American Hackney Horse Society, the American Roadhorse and Pony Association, and the USEF.

In addition to his wife of over 51 years, he is survived by a son, Bradley (Barbara) Bacon, Versailles; two brothers, Phil (Pat) Bacon, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Paul (Charlotte) Bacon, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and three grandsons, Andrew, Michael, and Ryan Bacon. A son, Brent Bacon, and a grandson, Bradley Jay Bacon II, are deceased.

A time of remembrance and celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund, 4059 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 2, Lexington, KY 40511, to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to the Woodford Humane Society, P. O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Patricia McCarty Herron, 61, of Monroe, Ohio, formerly of Hillsboro, Ohio, wife of James Herron, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at the Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties.

Born Feb. 28, 1950, in Paris, Ky., she was the daughter of Bruce Donald and Clara Edith Berry Gaunce. She had been a member of the Hillsboro Emblem Club, worked at the South Central Power Company, and was an avid University of Kentucky fan.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, Jason (Beth) McCarty, Wilmington, Ohio; a sister, Marilyn (Ron) Feeback, Versailles; a brother, Gary Gaunce, Cynthiana; a niece and a nephew; and two stepdaughters, Cindy (Steve) Weber, West Carrollton, Ohio, and Sheri (Keith) Blankenship, of Middletown, Ohio. Her first husband, Howard Wendell McCarty, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 10, at the Turner & Son Funeral Home, Hillsboro, Ohio, by Chaplain John Love. Burial was in the Hillsboro Cemetery.

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Milton Edward Hollis, 56, also known as "Ben" or "Skeets", of Versailles, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of Gloria Washington of Lexington and the late Reuben Troxler. A 1973 graduate of Woodford County High School, he attended Eastern Kentucky University for two years, and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 7th Day Adventist Church in Lexington and was a former member of First Baptist Church in Versailles.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his stepfather, Don Washington; two daughters, LaTanya Hollis, Richmond, and Michelle Hollis, Lexington; two sons, Darnell Hollis, El Paso, Texas, and Benjamin Simpson, Lexington; three sisters, Almenar Hollis, Angela Hollis, and Sinie Hollis, all of Lexington; five brothers, Anthony Hollis, Leland (Michelle) Hollis, James (Kathy) Hollis, James (Angie) Washington, and Gavin (Katie) Washington, all of Lexington; and a granddaughter, Makayla Hunt, Richmond.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Military honors and burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Richard Middleton, Ron Lee, Jeremy Brown, Daniel Lane, Glen Caise, and Jeff Howard. Honorary bearers will be Lewis Shaw, O’Delle Brown, Wayne White, Dale Troxler, Glen Lewis, Lamont Simpson, and William Harris. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Alice Erica Sommer Nelson Moore, 97, passed from this life on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Versailles in the home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Richard Knittel.

Born April 26, 1914, in LaCrosse, Wis., the oldest of three daughters of Danish immigrants Adolph and Annie Nelson, she was orphaned at 9 and raised by relatives in Faulkner, N.Y., where she graduated high school near the top of her class. She loved school, dancing, tennis and reading and sought every opportunity to enjoy them all. She traveled on her own for some years after high school serving as a lady’s maid, nanny and waitress until she settled in Akron, Ohio, when she married Charles Arthur Moore, Jr. (Art) in 1936. She helped Art in various business ventures and ended her career as a food service worker at the University of Akron in 1982 after 16 years of service. After her husband’s death in 1979 she threw herself into gardening and dancing and created a beautiful yard envied by all as well as made many friends in her dancing classes. She assisted her dancing instructor, Art Kalmer, who became her companion for 15 years until his death in 2001 when she moved to Versailles at age 87 to be closer to her family, where she continued to garden until she was no longer physically able to do so. She loved reading and was well supported in her three book-a-week habit by the devoted staff at Woodford Public Library. She remained intellectually sharp and curious until the very end. Alice had a sharp sense of humor, was a wonderful story teller and possessed a gentleness, grace and kindness that endeared her to all who met her and made her a joy to be around.

Other survivors include a daughter, Lauri Marie Moore Ploch (John), of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren Tim Knittel of Lexington, Eric Knittel and Todd Hixson (Jill) of NYC, Sommer Hixson of Beacon, N.Y., and Catherine Ploch of Alexandria, Va.; great-granddaughters Sasha and Lilah Hixson of NYC; niece Jan Koehlner of Copley, Ohio; and nephew Jon Eichelberger of Sommersville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Cynthia Ann Moore Hixson (Richard) of Clinton, N.J.; sisters Louise O’Lander and Violet Nelson of Jamestown, N.Y., and her beloved Golden Retriever, Max. The body has been cremated and, per her wishes, no funeral is planned. Blackburn and Ward funeral home has handled the arrangements. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held later when family members can assemble.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Woodford County Library for their large-type collection.

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Ollie Gray Reynolds, 85, of Lexington, widow of Ralph Reynolds, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Ellen Gray Williams Burchell. A homemaker, she was a member of Arlington Christian Church, where she was a deacon and active in church activities.

Survivors include a son, Andrew (Marchelle) Reynolds, Lexington; two grandchildren, Jane and Steven Reynolds; and nine siblings, Jean Cox, Lexington, Nellie Schlachter, Kankakee, Ill., Robert (Nancy) Burchell, Paris, Pat (Ray) Asher, Lexington, Mary (Paul) Rainey, Lexington, Phillip (Sharon) Burchell, Midway, Martina (Thomas) Mahanes, Lexington, Judy (Clarence) Abney, Paris, and David (Nell) Burchell, Paris.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Entombment was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or Arlington Christian Church, 1206 N. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40505.



Leslie G. Riley, 69, of Versailles, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

A native of Versailles, he was born Jan. 1, 1943, the son of the late Hillary and Anna Cooper Riley. He was a former employee of Central Rock Company.

Survivors include two brothers, Jerry (Sandra) Riley, Lexington, and Clarence Riley, Owenton.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 16, at the First Christian Church in Lexington.

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Patricia Joan Van Blarcom, 61, of Versailles, widow of John Bradley, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at her home of cancer.

Born on Oct. 20, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Bessie Baer and Charles S. Van Blarcom of Readington, N.J.. She graduated from Hunterdon Central in Flemington, N.J., in 1969. She was involved in the Standardbred horse industry for many years. At one time she was the store manager of The Trotting Horse Museum in Goshen, N.Y. She volunteered at Hospice of the Bluegrass for 10 years following her husband’s death.

Survivors include many family members.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Troy Presbyterian Church by the Rev. David Duggan. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



James C. "Jim" Woodrum Sr., 76, of Jessamine County, husband of Betty Portwood Woodrum, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his home.

Born in Midway, he was the son of the late Albert D. Sr. and Margaret Penn Woodrum. A 1953 Midway High School graduate and basketball star, he was a farmer and member of the Midway Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Margie (David) Rish, Gaston, S.C.; a son, Jimmy (Jeanna) Woodrum, Colonial Beach, Va.; a sister, Mary Eliazbeth Miller, Danville, Ill.; a brother, Albert Woodrum Jr., Frankfort; six grandchildren, John Paul (Melissa) Woodrum, Nicholasville, Layne Woodrum, Maryland, Jeffrey (Jill) Rish, St. Matthews, S.C., Rebekah Rish (Joe) Kuempel, Seattle, Wash., Stacy Lyn Conner, Woodridge, Va., and Courtney R. Blackburn, Colonial Beach, Va.; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Midway Cemetery by the Rev. Jeff Sames. Casket bearers were James Humpheries, Bob Humpheries, Brent Wagler, Jeffrey Wagler, Brian Wagler, and Michael Wagler.

Memorials are suggested to a favorite charity.

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