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January 12, 2012



Carol Mae Carr Adams, 57, of Versailles, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of Josephine Carr of Versailles and the late Richard "Cotton" Carr. She was a member of the Simpson United Methodist Church and had been an employee of the University of Kentucky Library.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two children, Marchelle Carr and Joseph Carr, both of Versailles; four sisters, Vernita Mack and Nanzetta Waters, Versailles, Vera Carr, Lexington, and Janice Jones, Versailles; five brothers, Richard Carr Jr., Arizona, Gill Carr, Lexington, Curtis Carr and Joey Carr, Versailles, and Richard Washington, Lexington; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Two brothers, Michael D. Carr and Clifford Wayne Carr, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Simpson United Methodist Church by Pastor Terry Gilkey. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers were Richard Washington, Curtis Carr, Gill Carr, Joey Carr, Nelson Davis III, and Willis "Pete" Washington. Honorary bearers were Allen White, Wayne Johnson, Andre Brown, Ezra Jackson, and Cecil Hayes. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Carole "Sue" Guyot Benson, born Nov. 20, 1944, in Lombard, IL, went home after a brief battle with lung cancer on Jan. 4, 2012. Longtime resident of Versailles, KY. She is now reunited with beloved daughter, Linda; parents, William and Annie (Smigoski) Guyot; friends, relatives, and many four-legged friends. She is survived by children: Karen (Jason) Hartmann of Blaine, MN, Michael Benson of Chicago, IL, Anne (Tom) Pairan of Mahnomen, MN; grandchildren: Benson and Olivia Hartmann, and Jonathan Pairan; brother, Bill Guyot of Bradenton, FL; ex-husband, Fred Benson of Nicholasville, KY; dear friends, and former co-workers at the State of Kentucky Office of Workers Claims. Sue graduated from Southern Illinois University, married Fred Benson, and moved to Missouri, where she worked as a teacher. They moved to Old Town, Maine, where they had four children, three within one year. They moved to Ham Lake, MN, where they raised their children until moving to Versailles, KY, in 1987. She retired in 2009 and moved to Minnesota to be closer to family. Sue worked as a teacher, an insurance secretary, an election judge, and a worker’s compensation ombudsman. Her favorite jobs, however, were that of being a mother and grandmother. Sue always believed in equality and justice for everyone. She was a lifelong member of the Democratic Party and supporter of NOW (National Organization for Women) and political and charitable organizations. Special thanks to the staff of White Pines Assisted Living Blaine for their extraordinary care and support. Memorial service at Kozlak-Radulovich Blaine Chapel (1385 – 107th Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55434) Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Memorials can be made to the ELCA World Hunger P.O. Box 71764 Chicago, IL 60694. Arrangements with Kozlak-Radulovich Blaine Chapel, 763-783-1100,

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Lena Dedman Barnes, 91, of Lexington, widow of Joe Barnes, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Harris and Gertrude Strange Dedman.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy (Mike) Younger; three grandchildren, David Greene, Jon Greene, and Brad Smith; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Tommy (Betty) Dedman. A daughter, Rebecca Bolin, three sisters, and two brothers are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 9, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial was in Pythian Grove Cemetery, Berry, Ky. Casket bearers were David and Jon Greene, Ernest Hensley, Tommy Dedman, and Mike and Mickey Younger.

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



Zoh Vivian Murphy, 44, of Midway, wife of Henry Q. Murphy, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at her home.

She was a physical therapist for the Veterans Administration and was a member of the APTA and KPTA professional associations.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Lois Cammack Pemble, Lexington; two children, William Christopher Murphy and Susan Lois Murphy, Midway; two brothers, William W.V. (Liz) Pemble, Orinda, Calif., and Larry (Julia Huber) Pemble, Sadieville; a sister, Kath Pemble, Cold Spring, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Susan E. Murphy; and a brother-in-law, James Duncan Murphy.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions are suggested to the Versailles Montessori School.



Drucilla Barnett Wilson Roberts, 91, of Fairfield, Calif., widow of Elvy Benton Roberts, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at her home.

Born June 20, 1920, in Irvine, Ky., she was the daughter of Julia White Wilson and Harry Bright Wilson. She graduated from Estill County High School and continued her education at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, where she graduated with honors. Following graduation she worked for the State of Kentucky Dairy Council as a nutritionist. In later life, she moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., where she was a master bridge player. She taught bridge on cruise ships and played in master tournaments. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, walking, tennis, traveling and bridge. She also donated her time to altruistic organizations, including the Food Bank of Santa Rosa and the Marin Art and Garden Center.

Survivors include two daughters, Catharine Wilson Roberts Repine and Sandra Benton Roberts Halford; a son, William Allan Hatton Roberts; five grandsons, Thomas Repine, MD, Michael Repine, MD, Alexander Repine, and Jake and Pierce Roberts; four great-grandchildren, Whitney and Taylor Repine and Grant and Andrew Repine; nine nieces; and four nephews. Her twin sister, Catharine Wilson Cleveland, Versailles, and a brother, Harry Bright Wilson Jr., are deceased.

A celebration of her life will be held with the immediate family in Richmond, Ky., in the spring.



Doris Lee Sewell, 84, of Versailles, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Lexington, but a Woodford County resident most of her life, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Sally Beatley Sewell. A retired Texas Instruments employee, she was a longtime member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church. She was a well known dog lover and had earned recognition with the Woodford Humane Society for caring for and fostering more than 500 puppies.

Survivors include numerous cousins, including Ronny Eaves, Versailles, and Jody Mayes, Washington County.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Reed. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ricky Mayes, Sally Miller, Billy Mayes, Julie Littrell, Mitzy Evans-Ford, Ronnda Fanin, and Megen Eaves. Honorary bearers were Ronny Eaves, Janet Eaves, Nellie Jo "Jody" Mayes, Lindsey "Dink" Fannin, Juanita King, Doug Evans, Joe Fannin, Lynn Littrell, Adrienne Corin Deakins, Gina Evans, Will Deakins, Sidney Ford and Ross Ford.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Neville Kearns, 87, of Versailles, retired farmer, husband of Alene Kearns, died Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012. Arrangements are pending at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.



John Mitchel Wooton, 49, of Versailles, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.

The son of the late Shirley and Robert Wooton, he was a member of the Craigs Creek Muzzleloaders and The Second North. He was a history buff and participated in Pre-Revolutionary War reenactments, which led him to a small role in the movie "The Patriot," where he worked as a trainer for the militia actors.

Survivors include a daughter, Kaitlyn Elison and her mother, Marcia; two sisters, Shirley Jo (Dennis) Trimble and Jennifer (Don) Krajewski; a nephew, Robbie Trimble; and an uncle, Buddy Stillwell. A daughter, Nicole Carter, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 9, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Dennis Trimble. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.

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