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June 21, 2012



Josephine Teresa Murphy Brooks, 52, wife of Albert Brooks Sr., formerly of Versailles, died Monday, June 11, 2012.

Born in Lawrenceburg, she was the daughter of the late James R. and Lucy Mae Penny Murphy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, LaCatherine Brooks, Meisha Brooks Campbell, and Whitney Brooks; three sons, Albert Brooks Jr. and Robert and Corey Brooks; four sisters, Bonnie Elliot, and Patricia, Paula, and Catherine Murphy; five brothers, Raymond, James Jr., Daniel, George, and Emmitt Murphy; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Friday, June 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Daniel Murphy and several other visiting ministers. Burial was in the the Woodlawn Cemetery in Lawrenceburg.

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Thomas Allen Coffey, 64, of Lexington, died Friday, June 15, 2012.

He was the son of Katherine Coffey and the late Roy Coffey Sr.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Megan and Amanda Coffey; eight siblings, Roy (Valerie) Coffey Jr., New York, Richard (Dorothy) Coffey and Janice Coffey, Florida, Pamela (Michael) Carter, Atlanta, Gary (Kim) Coffey, Versailles, and Donnie (Donna), Keith (Rosie), Kathleen and Teresa Coffey, all of Lexington; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A brother, Gregory Coffey, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, June 21, the Old Bracktown Church. Visitation will be from noon and until time of service. Fender Funeral Directors, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Bradford "Brad" Allen Devers, 66, of Versailles, died Thursday, June 7, 2012.

Born July 18, 1945, in Stamping Ground, he was the son of the late Louvina Rogers Devers and George Devers Sr. He was a retired groundskeeper for Ball Homes.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Panico, Versailles; a sister, Helen Rogers, Lexington; and three brothers, Sylvester Devers, Nicholasville, Dwayne Devers, Waco, and Lowell Devers, Midway.

Services were conducted Monday, June 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Barbara Parker.

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Avery Richard Eller, 71, of Mt. Sterling, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the St. Joseph Mt. Sterling Hospital.

Born Nov. 30, 1940, in Abingdon, Va., he was the son of Sarah McCracken Lowe of Stanton and the late Richard Lee Eller. He was a farmer and retired employee of of Hobart Manufacturing.

Survivors include his partner of 45 years, Alma L. Vice; three sisters, Mary (A.J.) Williams, Jeffersonville; Virginia (Bob) Kramer, Love City, Ohio, and Nancy (Doug) Caudill, Dry Ridge; four brothers, Clyde (Gretchen) Eller and Charles (Pearl) Eller, both of Versailles, Jimmy Eller, Lexington, and Dwight (Penny) Lowe, Georgetown; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Thursday, June 14, at Herald & Stewart Home for Funerals, Mt. Sterling, by Pastor Paul Hubbs. Burial was in the Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling.



Marcella Long, 72, of Midway, wife of Taylor Long, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Hospice of the Bluegrass, Lexington.

Born Aug. 27, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Lorraine Ingguls and Romana Crawford.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by seven children, Brenda (Mike) Reed, Marcus, Loretta, Glenn, and Norman Crawford, Marcella (Alex) Morton, and Mary Snell; 11 grandchildren, Andrew (Stephanie), Joshua, Tyler, Samantha, Chase, Michael, Audrey, Jordan, Rachel, Reagan, and Kyle; a sister, Helen Washington; a sister-in-law, Mary Crawford; and two stepchildren. A grandson, Edward, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, June 18, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Midway. Fender Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Elmond Joseph "Joe" Martin, 69, husband of Karen Martin, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Claremont, Calif.

Born Jan. 28, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Mary Louise Weisesnberger and Elmond Lewis Martin. He was raised in Lexington, and graduated from Lexington Catholic High School Class of 1960, where he played baseball and basketball. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1964. In November of 1967, at age 24, he was the youngest ever B-52 aircraft commander in the Strategic Air Command. He served three tours in Vietnam, two in B-52s and one as a forward air controller in-country. His civilian career started with Eastman Kodak in 1977 and he retired in 2007 as director of operations for H. Koch & Sons in Anaheim, Calif. He enjoyed cameras and fishing.

In addition to his wife of 44 years, he is survived by two daughters, Kim Martin, London, U.K., and Jill Murwin (Bill), Reno Nev.; two grandsons Austin and Ian Murwin of Reno, Nev.; three brothers, Robert, Portland, Ore., Lynn (Martha), Midway, and Jerry (Lisa), Lexington; and a sister, Betty Blakey (Millard), Lexington. A brother, Mike, is deceased.

Interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s favorite charity.



Raymond Walter Smith, 86, of Versailles, husband of Verdean Marilyn (nee LaZette) Smith, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at his home.

He was a native of Toledo, Ohio, and had previously lived in Largo, Fla., before moving to Versailles. He attended Versailles Baptist Church. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association arid the St. Petersburg, Fla., Sun Coast Chapter of the Korean War Veterans, where he also served in the Honor Guard. He was known to family and friends as "Smitty" and "Sarg."

In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by a son, Jeffrey L. (Cathy); a daughter, Sharon S. (Bruce) Leon; two sisters, Betty Licata and Barbara Couch; two brothers, Howard and Allen; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and several brothers and sisters are deceased.

He donated his body to the University of Kentucky Body Bequeathal Program for research and a memorial service will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort KY, 40601


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