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January 26, 2012



Nancy Jo Fordyce, 61, of Versailles, wife of Joel Jones, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles following a brief illness.

Born June 27, 1950, in New Castle, Ind., she was the daughter of James Thomas Fordyce and Mary Lucille Young Fordyce. Her family moved to Clearwater, Fla., when she was young. She attended Florida State University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned B.S, M.S, and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics. After that she began a long career as a professor of mathematics at the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fisk University in Nashville Tenn., Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., Presbyterian College in Clinton S.C., Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and finally at Kentucky State University. She retired from teaching due to health reasons in 2009. She was an avid gardener who enjoyed giving away fresh produce. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington and before that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, S.C. She served both of those congregations in positions of service and leadership.

In addition to her husband of 31 years, she is survived by a brother-in-law, Jeff Jones; and her mother-in-law, Jean P. Jones, both of Frankfort.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington. Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Markey Cancer Foundation.



Howard Townsend Chapman, 41, of Versailles, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at his home.

The son of the late William Howard and Marcella Hill Chapman, he graduated from Woodford County High School and attended the Clover Bottom Baptist Church and the Brookside Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Hope Elliott, Versailles; and two brothers, Spurgeon (Mary) Chapman and Holly (Glenda) Chapman, both of Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. DeWayne Brewer. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jack Wheeler Elliott, Christopher Lee Hayes, William Thomas Prather, Wilbur Marks Hill, John Crittenden Hill, and Aldolpho Gerding. Honorary bearers were Harvey Haynes, Rick Poor, Velber "Shorty" Luttrell, Jeff Brewer, Steve Agee, and Glyn Martin.

Memorials are suggested to DSACK (Down Syndrome Assoc.), P.O. Box 910516, Lexington, KY 40591-0516.

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Lorene Grubbs Chapman, 90, of Lexington, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Alma Cosby Grubbs. She was a graduate of Henry Clay High School, a retired clerk with the University of Kentucky general accounting department, enjoyed crocheting and flower gardening, and was a member of the Mountain Club and Tates Creek Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna (Gary) Eaves, Versailles, and Charlene (John R.) Roden, West Lafayette, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Sally Chapman, Lexington; nine grandchildren, Nancy Moore and Nolan Smith, both of Lexington, Sharon Collier, Versailles, Gina Currens, Lawrenceburg, James R. Parsons Jr, Scenery Hill, Pa., Leigh Ann Parsons Hayden, Lafayette, Ind., Amy Chau, Denver, Colo., Marc Chapman, Las Vegas, Nev., and Steven Chapman, Lexington; three step-grandchildren, Sean Roden, Johnson City, Tenn., Scott Roden, Bozeman, Mont., and Lyle Eaves, Versailles; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two special nieces, June Talbert and Claudia Kessack. A son, David Edward Chapman, is deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, Jan. 20, at Milward Mortuary, Broadway, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Judeís Childrenís Hospital or the Woodford Humane Society.



Christine Perry Giles, 95, of Lawrenceburg, widow of John William Giles, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the Heritage Hall Care Center in Lawrenceburg.

The daughter of the late Ollie T. and Minnie Belle Monroe Perry, she was a graduate of the Lawrenceburg High School and was a former employee with the Kentucky state government Medicaid Department and the Louisville Store in Lawrenceburg. She was a member of the Lawrenceburg First Christian Church and a former member of the Bryant Sunday school class. She was the founder of the Ervin Circle at the church, a charter member of the B&PW Professional Womenís Club and a volunteer with the Red Cross during World War II.

Survivors include four children, Pamela Sweasy (Bill), Ginger Haydon (Butch), Larry Giles (Patty), and Johnny Giles (Felita), all of Lawrenceburg; nine grandchildren, Laura Parrish, Sally Walker, Brack Giles, John William Giles and Lea Briscoe, all of Lawrenceburg, Stephani Myer, London, Christy Giles, Nicholasville, Gwen Peach, Ashland, and Dan Haydon, Shelbyville; 20 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Kenneth Perry, Illinois, and Gary Perry, Louisville; two sisters, Pauline Simms, Versailles, and Maxine Hawkins, Lawrenceburg; and three sisters-in-law, Jo Perry, Frankfort, Pat Giles, Versailles, and Mary Cooley, Lexington. Four siblings, Emma Jean Springate, and Ollie, Gus and Robert Perry, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Lawrenceburg First Christian Church by the Rev. Jim Wheeler. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were John W. Giles, Kelly Parrish, Dan Haydon, Brack Giles, Drew Fowler, and Nicholas Parrish. Honorary bearers were Billie Carol Hendry and members of the Ervin Circle.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601, or Lawrenceburg First Christian Church, 300 S. Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Terry Lindsay Green, of Lexington, wife of William Green, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Lindsay of Akron, Ohio. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in education and received a masterís degree in library and information science from the University of Kentucky. During her career, she served as a kindergarten teacher at the Methodist Home of Kentucky, a school librarian in Woodford County, the director of volunteers at Hospice of the Bluegrass, the executive director of the Henry Clay Estate, and the director of development for U.K.ís College of Nursing. She was involved in the Newman Center, including teaching and directing the summer Bible school, serving as Eucharistic minister, arranging flowers, providing food for the staff and the homeless, and initiating the Dinners for Eight program and the Late Life Concerns series. She also served on the parish council for two terms and twice as president. Other volunteer activities included Race for the Cure, Bravo, ITN, and Hospice of the Bluegrass. She also served on boards for the Andover Forest Neighborhood Association, the Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Lexington Opera Society. Her many interests included gardening, bridge, traveling, and reading.

In addition to her husband of 49 years, she is survived by two daughters, Tanya (John) Carlin and Jennifer (Joe) Gershtenson; a sister, Joan (Zane) Saunders; and seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Faith, Maya, Samuel, Kathryn, Sophie, and Paul Nathan. A son, Paul William Green, is deceased.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 26, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Newman Center, University of Kentucky, with a visitation beforehand from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Inurnment will in the Lexington Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Newman Foundation, 320 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40509, or to the Lexington Opera Society at P.O. Box 8463, Lexington, KY 40533-8463.



Dorothy Ada Skalsky, 88, of Versailles, widow of George Skalsky, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.

Born in Great Falls, Mont., she was the daughter of the late Gowan and Nina Swift Muir. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Vicki (William) Hodgson, Versailles; a sister, Shirley LaPierre, Montana; a brother, Ron George, Montana; two grandchildren, Eric Hodgson, Georgetown, and Jodi (James) Millsap, Burlington; and a great-granddaughter, Addison Elizabeth Millsap. A brother, Ben George, is deceased.

Private services will be held at a later date. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Gaylord Lenwood Thompson, 79, of Lexington, husband of Betty Thompson, died Monday, Jan 23, 2012.

Born Nov. 21, 1932, in Greenup County, he was the son of the late Christine Thompson Davis and Albert Davis. He was a graduate of Raceland High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. He retired as a sergeant from the Lexington Division of Police in 1984 with 27 years of service. During his law enforcement career he attended and graduated from the FBI Academy. After retiring from the Lexington Division of Police, he began a second career as a court security officer, deputy U.S. Marshal, serving 18 years at the federal courthouses in Lexington and Frankfort. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church while living in Lexington. After retiring, he regularly attended the Burgin Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Gaylord M. (Lynne Ann) Thompson, Harrodsburg, Keith A. (Amy) Thompson, Harrodsburg, and Kevin R. (Teresa) Thompson, Lexington; a daughter, Beth Thompson (Susan Mooney), Versailles; six grandchildren, Michael D. Thompson, Chad A. Thompson, Brian (Jessica) Thompson, Andrew (Staci) Thompson, Shawn Thompson and Shane Thompson; six great-grandchildren, Michael Drake Thompson, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Thompson, Jase Thompson, Harper Thompson, Baleigh Thompson and Andrew Lenwood Thompson; three sisters, Connie Stone, Janet Neitzey, and Nida Davis; a brother, Darrell Davis; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Rick Davis, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 26, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. His grandsons will serve as casket bearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burgin Baptist Church Building Fund.


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