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June 7, 2012



Harvey Lynn Baker, 87, of Versailles, widower of Eula Baker, died Friday, June 1, 2012.

Born Oct. 20, 1924, in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Thomas Harvey and Viola Vance Baker. He was a retired supervisor at Kentucky Utilities and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. He was a former Versailles city councilman and former board member of the historical society. He was also a member and former Grand Master of McKee’s Odd Fellows Lodge #35 and active in the Woodford County Senior Citizens.

He is survived by a son, Barry (Terri Jo) Baker, Versailles, a granddaughter, Kelcie (Justin) Hughes; a great-grandson, Hunter Joseph Hughes; a step-grandson, John Paul (Melissa) Woodrum; and two step-great-grandchildren, Kadynce and Ryder Woodrum.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 5, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Thomson Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore, KY.

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Nancy Lee Oelsner Baute, 82, of Florence, wife of Elmer Baute, died Saturday, May 26, 2012.

The daughter of the late Dick and Doll Oelsner, she was a Boone County 4-H leader for over 40 years. She was the owner of Choco-Ridge Equestrian Center in Union, where she taught centered riding and dressage lessons. She was a member of the Red Hat Fillies and member of First Church of Christ in Burlington, where she was active in the Joy Club. She enjoyed animals, especially horses, as well as cooking, sewing, photography and computer classes.

In addition to her husband of 62 years, she is survived by five children, Greg (Norma) Baute, Erlanger, Shelley (Bobby) Gaffney, Versailles, Doug (Lori) Baute, Lakewood, Colo., Brad (Carin) Baute, Verona, and Julie (Kevin) Hunley, Walton; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, June 4, at Stith Funeral Home, Florence. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boone County 4-H Council. P.O. Box 876, Burlington, KY 41005, or to Red Hat Fillies. c/o Jackie LeDuc, 2833 Damascus, Hebron, KY 41048.

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Joel Wesley Evans,76, a native of Mayfield, KY, died June 3, 2012, at his home in Midway.

Joel had a varied career as a physicist, social activist, librarian, philosophy of science student, 30-year owner of the woodworking shop, The Unfinished Universe, and a volunteer in multiple community/county projects. Both his career and extracurricular activities were driven by his love of people and community. He was the founder of the KY Woodworkers Association. One of his woodworking projects was awarded first prize in the Southeastern American Crafts Council competition. He also was selected to receive the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism. In 2009, the City of Midway designated December 21st as Joel Evans Day, in honor of his volunteer efforts for the city and county. Of all the projects, he most relished his role as Santa’s Helper in downtown Midway’s yearly holiday event. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Day Evans and his father, Porter Bazzell Evans. He adored and spoiled his children, Joel (Anne) Evans, Sara Day Evans, and Amy (Allan) Axon; his grandchildren, George (Sheena) Evans Baxter, Amelia Ruth Baxter, Henry Porter Evans, and Wesley Joseph Fulvio Axon; and his great grandchildren, Madi Devers, DeAisa and Kamari Gordon. Papa Joel will be mourned and cherished by his friends and family, especially by his wife of 56 years, Joyce McClendon Evans whom he deeply loved. A visitation will be held Friday, June 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 463 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507, with a memorial service following at 6 p.m. Friends are invited to a celebration of Joel’s life at the Evans’ home in Midway on Saturday, June 9, between 4 and 9 p.m. Remembrances can be made in the form of donations to The Homeplace at Midway, Nursing Home Task Force, PO Box 3964, Midway KY 40347.

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Sidney Bruce Hawkins, 98, of Versailles, widower of Opal Blanche Hall Hawkins, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

Born Sept. 23, 1913, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Emory and Pearl Hawkins. He was a retired manager for Consumer Petroleum.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue (Rick) Shanks, Versailles; and a son, Ira Lee Hawkins.

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

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Billy Joe Houp Sr., 69, of Nicholasville, husband of Linda Houp, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

Born Sept. 19, 1942, in Nicholasville, he was the son of the late Bill and Rosie Ann Baker Houp. He was a farmer.

In addition to his wife of 18 years, he is survived by two daughters, Teresa Howard and Laura Pettyjohn, both of Nicholasville; a son, Billy Joe Houp Jr., Nicholasville; a sister; and five brothers, all of Nicholasville; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

No services will be held.

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Margaret Ellen Morris Karsner, 100, widow of Albert Bryant "Bill" Karsner, died Friday, June 1, 2012 in Spring, Texas.

Born April 1, 1912, in Lawrenceburg, she was the daughter of Dan Turney Morris and Ellen Vaughan Gividen Morris. As a child, she traveled extensively with her mother and father, who trained Thoroughbred race-horses. Later, she and her husband established Karsland Farm, a small Thoroughbred horse farm in Woodford County. A longtime Keeneland Club member, she attended the 1936 opening day of Keeneland Race Track and later the first horse sale. She graduated from University High School, Lexington, attended Hamilton College, Lexington, and Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans, La., receiving her degree from Martha Washington Seminary in Washington, D.C. She was a member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Woodford County, serving as an elder and president of the Mary Shepherd Circle. She was president of the Woodford County Woman’s Club and an officer in the Woodford County Historical Society. She served multiple terms as Chapter Regent of the General Marquis Calmes Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Versailles, which honored her with the title of "Honorary Regent," and president of The Colonial Dames of America Chapter IX. She also held membership in the Daughters of the Colonial Wars and United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Survivors include four children, Nancy Ellen Karsner Florence, Lexington, Mary Dan (Tony) Raider, Woodford County, Margaret Bryant (Pegi) Ivancevich, Spring, Texas, and Albert Creath Karsner, Versailles; six grandchildren, Daniel Michael (Susan) Ivancevich, Wilmington, N.C., Jill Marie Ivancevich (David) Zacha, Plano, Texas, Howard Bryant (Wendy) Florence, Lexington, James Mark (Angie) Florence, Louisville, Margaret Anissa Penn (Jeff) Davis, and Daniel Creath Karsner, both of Versailles; and 10 great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Alexandra and Brett Davis, Sydney and Zoe Florence, Katie and Amanda Ivancevich, and Hunter, Hailey and Hannah Zacha. Two grandchildren, Edgar Duke Penn II and Dana Louise Ivancevich, are deceased.

The family will receive guests from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, June 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Peter Jones. A reception will follow in the Academy Building hosted by the Mary Shepherd Circle. Private interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Dan Ivancevich, Jeff Davis, Bryant Florence, Mark Florence, Creath Karsner, Daniel Karsner, Jill Zacha, J.J. Martin and Ed Smith. Honorary bearers will be Virginia K. Buckner, Helen H. Evans, Elsie Gaines, Susan Kitchen Martin, and Missie Wood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the General Marquis Calmes Chapter, NSDAR, c/o Missie Wood, 410 Shotwell Lane, Versailles, KY 40383, and Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 710 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.



C. Graham McCauley II of Versailles, a noted local businessman and farmer, husband of Maryann McCauley, died Monday, May 28, 2012.

The son of the late Floyd C. McCauley and Loucille Robb McCauley, he was a lifelong resident of Versailles and was a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, having served as a deacon. He was a graduate of Kentucky Military Institute and received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky and attended two years at the College of Law at UK before leaving his studies in 1956 to assist his ailing father in the family business. Once at McCauley Bros., Inc., he innovated and expanded the business from its original seed, feed and farm supply base. In 1968 he constructed a bulk fertilizer plant and in 1973 renovated the feed mill to focus McCauley Bros. feed production exclusively for horses. He developed new and innovative feeds and nutrition supplements for the equine industry. A noted horse nutritionist, impressed by his knowledge of the science, once inquired as to where he received his degree in equine nutrition. Mr. McCauley’s response was that he was "not a nutritionist"; rather he considered himself more of "an alchemist." By the time he retired, McCauley Bros. products and their reputation for quality and performance could be found on five continents. Mr. McCauley was the fifth generation to operate Trojan Farm in south Woodford County. In early 1973, he and his wife entered the Simmental cattle business and were one of the first breeders of pure-bred Simmental cattle in Kentucky. In the mid-1990s, Mr. McCauley took up the sport of 6-wicket croquet and competed on a national level. He won numerous tournaments in the southeast and placed second in the second flight singles in the 1998 USCA American Rules National Championship. From the late 1940s, his passion for fishing found him plying the waters of the Ten Thousand Islands area from Naples, Fla. Eventually he shifted his angling attention to the Florida Keys, where for the past 25 years he fished for bonefish, tarpon and permit.

In addition to his wife of nearly 55 years, he is survived by a daughter, Margaret Ogden McCauley; a son, Cline G. Mac McCauley; a daughter-in-law, Emilie Hannigan McCauley; and a granddaughter, Anna Kathryn McCauley.

The family will receive friends at the Woodford Inn in Versailles on Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. A private ceremony will be held at the Ebenezer Church Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements

Contributions may be made to the Race for Education in Lexington or to the charity of one’s choice.

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