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Versailles, Ky.


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May 17, 2012



Charles N. Buchanan, 49, of Georgetown, formerly of Versailles, husband of Latisha Huggins Buchanan, died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Bishop O. L. Buchanan and Jean F. Walker Buchanan. He was a retired farrier and a member of the House of Prayer. Also known as "Buck" or "Crybaby," he was a 1981 graduate of Woodford County High School.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Nichole Buchanan Murray, Jemeria Buchanan, and Moreka Buchanan; a son, Charles Lee Buchanan; two brothers, Craig Buchanan and James Woodley; and two grandchildren, Caine Maxberry and Marlae Murray.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 16, at the House of Prayer by Bishop Rodney Douglas. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Charlotte Harrod Coates, 82, of Frankfort, died Monday, May 14, 2012.

Born March 23, 1930, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late William and Iola Kistner Harrod. She was a contractor at IBM, a member of Memorial Baptist Church, former dance instructor for Arthur Murray Studio, and a member of the Red Hat Club.

Survivors include a son, Terry Coates, Frankfort; a sister, Marge (Clint) Jones, Frankfort; a brother, Adriel (Sue) Harrod, Frankfort; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A son, Jerry Coates; a sister, Zelma Harrod; and two brothers, George Harrod and Dorman Harrod, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, May 17, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Chaplain Rick McClung. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.

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Dr. George E. Estill, of Maysville, husband of Bonnie Gormley Estill, died Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Born Aug. 26, 1923, in May’s Lick, he was the son of the late William Elbert and Margaret Flanagan Estill. He served in the United States Navy, and was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Georgetown University Medical School. He completed residencies at Mount Alto Veterans Hospital and Emergency Hospital in Washington, D.C. He thereafter practiced with the Denham Medical Clinic and later the Maysville Family Medical Clinic until his retirement in 1999.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by six children, Anne Hoskins (Bill), Versailles, George Flanagan Estill, M.D. (Candy), Corydon, Ind., William Estill, Northfield, Vt., Susan Plucinsky (Jim), Denver, Colo., Mary Margaret Harrison (Alan), Lexington, and John Estill (Sandi), of May’s Lick.

A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Tuesday, May 15, at St. Patrick’s Church, Maysville. Expressions of sympathy are suggested to St. Patrick School.

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Janice Sharp Finley, 48, of Versailles, wife of Rocky Finley, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Barbara Perkins Sharp and the late Raymond W. Sharp. She attended LTI, where she had obtained an associate degree in accounting and had been employed as a payroll accountant in the Department of Family Services.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Kristen and Jordan Finley, Versailles; a sister, Gayla Sharp Boone, Springfield; and a nephew, Jason Sanders, Versailles.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 12, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Todd Probus. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Josh Gipson, Jason Sanders, Rodney Parker, Danny Duvall, Nathan Duvall, and Randy Finley.

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Muriel Elizabeth Adams Irvin, 83, of Lexington, widow of William C. Irvin, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, after a short illness.

Born in Davistown, near Midway, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Muriel Adams. She was a retired LPN and a 50-year-plus survivor of breast cancer.

Survivors include a son, Malcolm (Sharon); three grandchildren, Malcolm Jr., Shavonda (Keith), and Marcus; three great-grandchildren, Markiah, Saqqara, and ShaFre; a special aunt, Ruth Woods; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A brother, Shirley Adams, is deceased.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, May 17, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.



Spencer Ray Motley, of Nicholasville, formerly of Woodford County, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Hershel and Martha Crutchfield Motley. He was a retired farmer and Realtor, and was a 1954 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a member of the Pax Christi Catholic Church.

Two sisters and two brothers are deceased.

A graveside committal service was conducted Friday, May 11, at the Versailles Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society.

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James Armon Littrell, 82, of Versailles, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

The son of the late John W. and Lena Lynn Littrell, he was a retired farmer and former employee of state government for 26 years and a member of the Midway Baptist Church.

Survivors include a nephew, Brent (Kim) Littrell, Midway; several cousins; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. A brother and sister-in-law, Gano and Sue Littrell, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, May 16, at the Lexington Cemetery by Mark Sims. Honorary casket bearers were Dr. Norman Fisher, Herman Pittman, and Richard Courtney.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Care Center, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504-3277.

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