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February 2, 2012



Barbara June Holliday Blake, 71, of Lexington, wife of Lowell Blake, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

The daughter of the late J.M. and Grace Holliday of Summersville, W.Va., she was a homemaker and co-owner of the Woodford Wicks Candle Co., Versailles. She and her husband were among the founders of the Blue Grass Baptist School, Lexington. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Versailles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Kim (Capt. Markus Hannan, USN), Pensacola Fla., Doug (Beth Hale) Blake, West Chester, Ohio, and Patti (Brett Butler), Versailles; a sister, Annette Holliday, Centerville, Ohio; a brother, Jack Holliday, Bellbrook, Ohio; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and other family members.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 27, in the Hillcrest Memorial Park, Lexington.

Contributions are suggested to the Victory Baptist Press, Milton, Fla. (



Virgie Myers Bosse, 99, formerly of Brooksville, widow of Douglas C. Bosse, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born July 28, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Omer and Elizabeth Freshour Myers. She was a member of Brooksville Christian Church and was a teacher for the Bracken County School System.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda C. Bosse (Robert B. Overstreet), Versailles. A sister, Greta Myers Dean, is deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 29, at Moore & Parker Funeral Home, Brooksville. Burial was in the Brooksville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Hospice of Bluegrass, or Brooksville Christian Church.

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Florence Shryock Flora, 87, of Versailles, widow of Melvin Owen Flora, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Sept. 22, 1924, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Sally Thompson Shryock. She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, a former member of Hillsboro Baptist Church, and had taught Sunday school, Bible school, and Mission Friends for many years. She had operated a country store on McCowans Ferry Road, was an avid antique collector, and was co-owner with her daughter of Farmhouse Antiques.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby (Pat) Flora, Lawrenceburg, and Gary (Marilyn) Flora, Versailles; a brother, Albert Shryock, Versailles; eight grandchildren, Keith (Joy) Flora, Sharon (Jay) Jackman, Rhonda (Dewayne) Coleman, Barry (Regina) Drury, Angela (Allen) Dobson, Cheryl (Blaine) Peach, Melvin (Leslie) Drury, and Brennan Flora; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband of over 72 years, a daughter, Barbara Drury, and a son-in-law, William Drury, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Wesley Noss. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandsons and the husbands of her granddaughters. Honorary bearers were Albert Shryock, Philip Shryock, Stephen Shryock, Arthur Morgan, Bill Flora, Sammy Flora, Donald Flora, Duane Brandstetter, Darryl Brandstetter, Bill Cox, and David "Junior" Phillips.

Memorials are suggested to New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 825, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Helen C. Collins, 86, of Nicholasville, widow of J. T. Collins, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at her home.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Harry E. and Dora Strange Chapman. She was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church and was a banker for over 30 years.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Thomas (Dora) Collins; a daughter, Judy Gay Collins Drakeford; three grandchildren, William Russell (Erin) Cole, Michael Thomas (Patty) Johns, and Sherrie (David) Bullock; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Shirley T. Chapman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Betts & West Funeral Home by Pastor Dan Barnes. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mike and Danny Chapman, Barry and Richard Collins, Michael Johns, David Bullock, Max Johns, and Russell Cole. Honorary bearers were Pauline Hager, Ruth Preston, Doris Stephenson, Pansy and June Hurt, Victor Robinson, Shirley and Kenneth Teater, and Mary Woods.

Donations are suggested to Hospice, Salvation Army or the V.A. Hospital.

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JoAnne Chase Durham, 70, of Dayton, Ohio, widow of Donald L. Durham, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.

A native of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Anne Chase. She retired from General Motors in 2000 and was a member of Freedom Faith Baptist M.B. Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Judy Chase, Versailles, and Earlean Hogue of Dayton, Ohio; three daughters, Waltrina and Wendy Durham and Wilnessa Sullivan (John), all of Dayton, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; an aunt, Dorothy Boatwright; and numerous cousins. A grandson, Josiah Glover, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Revelations Missionary Baptist Church, Dayton, Ohio. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in the V.A. National Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.



Mildred Williams Johnson, 92, of Nicholasville, widow of Roger Williams and Cecil Johnson, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Royal Manor Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 22, 1919, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Ivy Shryock Holman. She was a supervisor for Tococo for 15 years before becoming a deputy Jessamine County Court clerk, serving with her husband Roger Williams until his death in 1981, at which time she assumed the position of Jessamine County Court Clerk until she retired in 1989. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, where she played the organ and piano for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Juett (Ron) and Mary Scobee; seven grandchildren, Debbie Gill, Roger Todd Williams (April), Sherie Orange (Freddie), Anthony Reynolds (Kim), Rodney Williams, Danny Stocker (Shawna), and Ramey Stidham (Greg); and numerous great-and great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Carole Reynolds; a grandson, Sonny Reynolds; a great-grandson, Bradford Williams; two brothers, Carl and Raymond Holman; and two sisters, Catherine Pulliam and Mary Belle Williams, are deceased.

A service of remembrance was conducted Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Dewayne Brewer. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Her grandsons served as casket bearers. Honorary bearers were Ron Juett, Doug Fain, Marion Williams, Dan Stocker, Austin and Dillon Reynolds, Freddie and Rick Orange, and William "Bubba" Blackford.

Donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

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Robert James Hartley, 61, of Versailles, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at his home.

Born in El Paso, Texas, he was the son of Henrietta Stevens Morrill of Edinburg, Ill., and the late William Hartley. He was a retired mechanic and former employee at L&N Glass and Reeve’s Excavating.

Survivors include three daughters, Kim (Vince) Tabscott and Tracy Hartley, both of Versailles, and Angela (Joe) Switzer, Georgetown; two sons, Robert Hartley and Jimmy Cross, both of Versailles; three brothers, William (Pam) Hartley and Rick (Millie) Hartley, both of Versailles, and Rick Morrill of Colorado; two sisters, Rita (Brian) Jones, Columbus, Ohio, and Brenda (James) Simpson, Henry County; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Rick McClung. A reception will follow the service.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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James Lamont Howard, 42, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Rockford, Ill.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the Rev. Willie and Betty Howard. He graduated from Bryan Station High School and attended K.S.U.

Survivors include six sisters, Angela Mulder, Versailles, LaTanya (Herb) Henry, Louisville, Sawana Howard, Atlanta Ga., and Oddessey, LuvShenda, and Traci, all of Lexington; two brothers, John Howard and Timmy Bidwell, both of Lexington; two nieces; three nephews; and numerous other relatives.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 28, at Main Street Baptist Church, Lexington. Interment was in Highland Cemetery. Smith & Smith Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Eleanor Jean Kenley, 83, of Lexington, widow of J.C. Kenley, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at the Markey Cancer Center.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Julia Sullivan. She attended Clintonville High School and the Kentucky Business College. She taught at Hallis Day Care Center and Kids and Kapers Day Care. She attended Liberty Road Community Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Rita (Donald) Brinegar, Lexington, and Lisa (Ralph) Bostic, Versailles; two grandchildren, Scott (Lori) Brinegar and Melissa (Chris Brown) Bostic; a great-grandchild, Natalie Brinegar; seven siblings, Mildred (Norman) Ryan, Dorothy Turner Hoffman, Lois (William) Anderson, Betty Ogden, Robert Joseph Sullivan, Lee Sullivan, and Patsy (Larry) Barker. A sister, Ethel Mae Sullivan; a brother, Carl Sullivan; and a grandson, Donald Craig Brinegar, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 30, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, by the Rev. Jim Hensley and the Rev. Joe Bob Grider. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Mary Dunlap Kernen, 85, of Cincinnati, Ohio, wife of Leonard T. Kernen, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

In addition to her husband of 56 years, she is survived by two daughters, Mitsi K. (Kevin) Brown and Polly (Doug) Hart; and five grandchildren, Jeb Brown, Chad (Hillary) Brown, and Mary Alex, Hannah, and Drew Hart.

A celebration of life reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Barrington of Oakley, Cincinnati, Ohio. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 710 Pisgah Pike, Versailles. Interment will follow. Geo. H. Rohde & Son Funeral Home, Cincinnati, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Pisgah Presbyterian Church or the charity of one’s choice.

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Shawn Lee Smith, 31, of Versailles, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

He is survived by his parents, Tim and Ronda Juett; a son, Zachary Caleb Smith; his fiancée, Courtenay McIntyre; and his grandparents.

A service of remembrance was conducted on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville. Inurnment was in the Wilmore Cemetery.

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Richard G. Stewart, 91, of Lexington, husband of Patty Sage Stewart, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

Born in Bethany, Ill., he was the son of the late Harvey and Deana Stewart. He graduated from Shelbyville High School, Sparks Business College, and the University of Illinois College of Commerce. He was an auditor with the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and was a member of the Joe Martin Orchestra, the Thoroughbred Chorus, Louisville, American Legion Post #8, the Loyal Order of the Moose, Elks Lodge, Southland Christian Church, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include three stepdaughters, Donna (James) Woodrum, Nicholasville, Diana (Chad Hayes) Sage, Versailles, and DeLisa (Jay Smith) Sage, Loveland, Ohio; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A committal service was conducted at Camp Nelson National Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #8.



Donald G. Thornsberry Sr., 64, of Frankfort, husband of Jo Ella Thornsberry, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

A native of Floyd County, he was the son of the late John and Nora Thornsberry. He was a retired police officer with the Red River County Sheriff’s Department in Texas.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Christy Lynn Alderson; a son, Donald G. Thornsberry Jr.; two sisters, Ella May Michael and Ruth Hagelberger; a brother, Jim Thornsberry; and six grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends was held Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort.



Harlan Hale Veal Sr., 95, of Nicholasville, widower of Willie Rogers Veal, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 30, 1916, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Willmot Preston and Rae Belle Hale Veal. He graduated from Bryan Station High School and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. He taught vocational agriculture at Paint Lick High School, Flemingsburg High School, Wilmore, Nicholasville, Woodford County, and Jessamine County High School, where he retired in l978. He his wife built a real estate and auction business known as Veal Realtors and Auctioneers. He also served many years as a Nicholasville city commissioner. He was a member of Nicholasville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he was a member of the Men’s Class and was elder emeritus.

Survivors include two sons, Harlan H. Veal Jr. (Phyllis), and Willmot Preston (Press) Veal; seven grandchildren, Harlan H. Veal III, Katherine Veal McCarty (Brian), Tami Anne Veal, Kristin Marie Routt Pendergrass, Leah Marshelle Veal, Preston Jarad Veal, and Mary Elizabeth Veal Wiggins (Mark); nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A daughter, Mary Lou Veal Routt; and three sisters, Martha Veal Featherston, Grace Veal Featherston, and Helen Veal Marrs, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 30, at Nicholasville Christian Church by the Rev. Jeff Mandrell and the Rev. John Todd. Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Nicholasville Christian Church.

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