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March 1, 2012



Venard Daniel Centers, 76, of Nicholasville, husband of Hazel Shields Centers, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.

Born Nov. 26, 1935, in Stanton, he was the son of the late Cash and Lillie Neal Centers.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael (Patti) Centers and Gregg Davis (Tammie) Centers; two sisters, Garnetta (Granville) Bunch and Eula Jane (Johnny) Cloyd; three brothers, Ralph (Roberta) Centers, Dinzle (Doris Anne) Centers, and Cash (Joyce) Centers; and two grandchildren, Jordon Centers and Noah Poor.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, March 1, at Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Nicholasville. Services will be conducted at 12 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the church by the Rev. Willie Laswell. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Mike Centers, Gregg Centers, Wayne Shields, Jordon Centers, Jackie Madden and John Reed.

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Rose Mary Douglas Cole, 88, of Versailles, widow of Robert George Cole, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.

Born Sept. 29, 1923, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Mattie Lee Douglas. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include 12 children, Wilma (Gene) Hall, Richmond, Mary Bruner, Nicholasville, Tommy Cole, Georgetown, George Franklin Cole, Lexington, Jennie (Jack) Hansel, Versailles, Sherman (Marie) Cole, Versailles, Leroy (Tina) Cole, Lexington, Wanda (Donald) Courtney, Versailles, Lisa Nelson, Versailles, Kathy (Micky) Bond, Harrodsburg, Willard (Chrissy) Cole, Lexington and Ricky Cole, Lexington; 34 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren; and 10-plus great-great-grandchildren. Four children, Eileen Cole, William Wayne Cole, Weeks Lynn Cole, and Eva Cummings, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, March 1, at New Beginnings Church, 929 South Broadway, Georgetown, by the Rev. Randall Gregory. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

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Eddie Hamm departed this life Feb. 27, 2012, after an ongoing illness.

He was born on Nov. 28, 1931, in Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Ky., the first child of Harris and Ruby Hiatt Hamm.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois Saylor Hamm; son Shawn Hamm; daughter-in-law Ingrid; and two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Eliana Hamm, whom he loved more than life. Also surviving are brothers Jones O. (Sarah Fay) Hamm and Bennett (Carol) Hamm; sisters, Betty (Johnny) Adams and Mary (William) Belcher, all of Mt. Vernon; as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by son Shane Hamm.

He was employed by Parker-Hannifan Corporation, Kuhlman Electric, and was a partner with his son in their real estate rental company. Eddie served his country as a Combat Engineer in the U.S. Eighth Army in Korea from 1952 to 1953 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. An avid outdoorsman before his health deteriorated, he enjoyed many fishing and hunting adventures in the Canadian wilderness as well as close to home. Eddie enjoyed traveling and RV camping. A supportive member of Man-O-War Church of God, he will be missed by his church family. He was a member of Landmark Lodge #67 in Versailles.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to family friend Betty McDaniel for her care and work in the last weeks. Eddie will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 1, at the Man-O-War Church of God, 1501 Trent Blvd. in Lexington with the Rev. Mitchell Tolle officiating. Burial will follow at the Sayre Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Pallbearers will be Michael Thomas, Floyd Raglin, Milton McKinster, William Belcher, James Moses, and Paul Jones. Visitation will be after noon Thursday at the church.

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Ella Mae Fitzgerald, 72, of Frankfort, wife of Willard Fitzgerald, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Born July 31, 1939, in Bowling Green, she was the daughter of Zelma Poteet Crabtree of Florida and the late Frank Crabtree. She was a retired employee of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a member of the Church of Christ.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by five sons, Mark Fitzgerald and Marshall Fitzgerald, both of Frankfort, Mike Fitzgerald, Shelbyville, Mitchell Fitzgerald, Berea, and Martin Fitzgerald, Lawrenceburg; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sonia Cecil, Louisville, and Anita Arnold and Susie Jenks, both of Florida; and six brothers, Donnie Crabtree, Ronnie Crabtree, Charles Crabtree, Larry Crabtree, Royce Crabtree, and Jerry Crabtree.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 25, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Marshall Fitzgerald, Mike Fitzgerald, Martin Fitzgerald, Mitchell Fitzgerald, Marshall Dillon Fitzgerald, David Fitzgerald, Leslie Todd Fitzgerald, and Christopher Fitzgerald.

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Anna Cushingberry "Dee" Printers, 90, of Versailles, a retired food services employee for the Woodford County Schools, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Lee and Annie Taylor Cushingberry. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Versailles.

Survivors include five children, Evelyn Marsh, Houston, Texas, Phyllis (Donald) Wilson, Lexington, Jonell Raglin, Versailles, Walter Printers, Ayre, Mass., and David Bradley, Frankfort; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A son, Danny Bradley; a granddaughter, Sharahann Marsh; five sisters, Mary Bell Mack, Dorothy McCray, Allie Mae Gilmore, Louise Chandler, and Tommie Cushingberry; and two brothers, Lee Sam Cushingberry Jr., and Brack Cushingberry, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Grimes. Burial will follow in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Michael Wilson, Mike Harrison, Ryan Howard, Corey Raglin, Brandon Clanton, and John Lee Cushingberry. Honorary bearers will be Robert Higgins Sr., Lewis Wilson, Anthony Wayne Brown, and Morgan Bradley Jr. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Earle C. Rice, 85, of Versailles, husband of Elton Tuggle Rice, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Covington, he was the son of the late Leonard and Era Hartman Rice. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired supervisor for the U.S. Public Health Service and had also worked at United Bank and Trust Co.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Debbie Rice Bates and Vicki Renee Rice, both of Lexington; a son, Barry H. Rice (Debbie English), Versailles; a sister, Linda Rice Johnson, Tennessee; two brothers, James Rice, Tennessee, and Danny Rice, Texas; three grandchildren, Ben (Beth) Bates, Lexington, Chris Bates, Lexington, and Stacy Gillispie, Harrodsburg; and five great-grandchildren. Three sisters and a brother are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl Jones. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ben Bates, Chris Bates, Terry Smith, Dean Farris, Larry Yocum, and Eddie Miller. Honorary bearers were Bill Dawson, Harold Carmickle, Norman Green, Jordan Branham, and Don Enzweiler.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 21903, Lexington, KY 40522.

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Virgil "Pete" Delbert Ward, 74, of Lexington, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at his residence.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., he was the son of the late Ike and Callie Ward. He was a retired firefighter captain and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church, Lexington Lodge #1 Oleika Shrine, and the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include three daughters, Terri (Patrick) Pippen, Stanton, Debbie (Jorge) Sardinia, Boca Raton, Fla., and Tammi Willmott, Georgetown; a brother, Charles (Shirley) Ward, Lancaster; a sister, Patricia "Trish" (Joe Bill) Hale, Versailles; five grandchildren, Lincoln, Alex, Jo Jo, Jay and Ella; and a great-grandchild, Liliana.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 25, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503 or to the F.O.F., P.O. Box 55290, Lexington, KY 40555.


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