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Versailles, Ky.


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July 12, 2012



Gladys Newby Baker, 96, of Versailles, widow of Lee Baker, went to her heavenly home Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

She was the daughter of the Rev. Selby and Lucy Newby. Her greatest joy was being the devoted mother of Wanda Hill, Darlene (Robert) Bowles, Charles "Buddy" (Ann) Baker, Wayne (Roberta) Baker, and Debbie Reed. She is now reunited with her husband of 68 years, their son Lee Jr., and the grandchildren, family, and friends who preceded her. She was the grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of 25, and a great-great-grandmother. She is also survived by her brother, Lloyd (Jean) Newby; sister-in-law Doris Newby; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Baker was a longtime member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church and a member of the Troy Homemakers.

The Rev. Don Reed and the Rev. Susan Reed led in the celebration of her life and faith on Friday, July 6, at the Clark Funeral Home in Versailles. Serving as casket bearers were Charles "Buddy" Baker, Wayne Baker, Ronald Baker Jr., John C. Hill, W. Marks Hill Jr., and Tony Lane. The family extends its deepest gratitude to all who loved Mrs. Baker and cared for her.

(Paid obituary)


Freddy David Burgan, 63, of Midway, husband of Patsy Warford Burgan, died Saturday, July 7, 2012.

Born May 5, 1949, in Lee County, Va., he was the son of the late Silas and Frances Burgan and was an employee of the Nuckols farm.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lucy Morgan, Versailles, and Marlena Burgan, Midway; two grandsons, Preston and Brian David Burgan; four sisters, Penny, Reba, Patricia, and Joy; and a brother, Charles. Visitation was held Monday, July 9, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. No other services are planned.

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Sammy Murphy, 58, husband of Tina Murphy, formerly of Midway, died Friday, July 6, 2012.

He was the son of Mabel Murphy and the late Bill Murphy.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Heather Grider; a son, Shane Murphy; two brothers, Johnnie Murphy and Jimmy (Betty) Murphy; and six sisters, Ruby Smith, Ethel Lawson, Norma (Bradley) Kincaid, Martha Murphy, Ida (Elzie) Southerland, and Becky (Jimmy) Florian. A sister, Elsie Florian, is deceased.

Burial was private. Bartle Funeral Home, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.



Ashley Elaine Hamilton Palmer, 28, of Lexington, wife of Antoine DeWayne Palmer, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

She was a former member of the Marble Creek Missionary Baptist Church and later moved her membership to Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Alexis Lanae and Ashton DeWayne Palmer; her parents, Leon (Clairessa) Hamilton, Versailles, and Roxana (Rev. Daniel) Murphy), Lexington; a sister, Samillia (Shaun) Washington, Lexington; three brothers, DeMarko Murphy, Lexington, and Jeffrey and Jayden Hamilton, Versailles; two stepbrothers, Danny Jr. (Melissa) Murphy and Joseph Murphy; her father-in-law, the Rev. Bernard (Teresa) Palmer, and her mother-in-law, Claudette (Edward) Cotterell, both of Georgetown; a brother-in-law, Anthony (Tonisha) Palmer, Lexington; and her grandmother, Viola Weathers, Nicholasville.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 7, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Smith and Smith Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Prewitt Paynter, 90, of Lexington, husband of Erma Elaine Paynter, died Sunday, July 1, 2012.

A native of Robertson County, he was the son of the late Charles and Bessie Case Paynter. He was a retired secretary/treasurer for Eckler Moore Express and was a CPA. His memberships included Calvary Baptist Church, the National Association of Accountants Thoroughbred, the Kiwanis Club, the Lions Club and the American Legion. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a Shriner and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed aviation and woodworking.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Leland Scott (Amy) Paynter, Indianapolis, Ind.; a daughter, Laurel (David) Kratt, Versailles; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Ashley Pandorf, Jeffrey Scott Paynter, Rosemary Catherine Paynter, Shelby Nichole Kratt, Mason Montgomery Kratt, Gwendolyn Elaine Paynter, and Lilianna Marie Paynter; and a great-grandchild, Henry Scott Pandorf.

Services were conducted Sunday, July 8, at Milward Southland, Lexington. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.


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