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May 31, 2012



Nettie Katherine Hill Blankenship, 99, of Frankfort, widow of James Thomas Dawson Blankenship, died Sunday, May 27, 2012, at the home of her daughter Vivian Rarden.

Born Nov. 12, 1912, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Ezra and Willie Long Hill.

Survivors include three daughters, Rose Carolyn (John) Van, Vivian (Scottie) Rarden, and Lillie Belle (Winston) May, all of Frankfort; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lillie Martin, Lebanon Junction; and a brother, Hansel Hill, Graefenburg. A grandson, John Edward Van, Jr.; four brothers, Virgil, Stanley, Harrison and Alfred Hill; and five sisters, Gracie Phillips, Aline Masters, Hallie Hill, Dolly Hill and Juanita Cox, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 31, at at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Everette Hawkins and the Rev. Jeff Douglas. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Brad May, Gregg Van, Timothy Rarden, Jay Van, Jeff Cook, Chris Walker, Dean Settle and Neal Settle. Honorary bearers will be Timothy Scott Rarden Jr., Nicholas Settle, Teresa Lashelle Settle, Tonia Walker, and Patricia Durham.

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William E. Carter Jr., 79, of Georgetown, widower of Joan L. Hall, died Monday, May 28, 2012, at his home.

Born Jan. 19, 1933, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late William E. and Grace Ella Wilson Carter Sr. He attended Versailles High School and Eastern Kentucky University, was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a career law enforcement officer with over 50 years of service.

Survivors include a son, William E. Carter III (Barb), Georgetown; a granddaughter, Sara K. Carter (Michael Lawson), Midway; a sister, Sally B. Lyvers, Louisville; an aunt, Katherine W. Giles, Versailles; numerous nieces and nephews; and his companion, Virginia M. Fields Carter. A grandson, William E. "Dustin" Carter IV, is deceased.

Visitation will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Thursday, May 31, at Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today by the Rev. Bruce Breeding. Entombment will follow at the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Pete Wise, Danny Yeary, Phil Murphy, Dave Willis, Buster Cannon, Jeff Gardner, Mike Caudill, and Steve Stamper.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 11317 US Highway 62-E, Cynthiana, KY 41031.

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Charles "Mike" Curry, 54, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Tami Vater-Curry, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center.

A Woodford County native, he was the son of Barbara D. Hippe of Millville and the late Charles Curry, and stepson of Raymond Hippe of Millville. He was a technician for Buffalo Trace Distillery, a lifelong farmer in Woodford County, and a graduate of Woodford County High School.

Survivors include a son, Michael Raymond Curry, Lawrenceburg; a stepdaughter, Kyla Vater, Falmouth; a granddaughter, Cassie Callahan, Falmouth; and a sister, LeaAnn Jackson, Lawrenceburg. A brother, Denton Hippe, is deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, May 25, at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Martha Elizabeth McDowell Morgan, 97, formerly of Versailles, widow of Stanley Morgan, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born Nov. 7, 1914, in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late James R. and Louisa Mellow McDowell. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., in 1935. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and the Woodford County Woman’s Club. She was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia (Greg) Osterloh, Versailles; a sister, Helen Fischer, Jefferson City, Mo.; two grandsons, Michael (Barbara) Orr and M. Todd (Kate) Osterloh; and a great-grandson, Samuel Morgan Orr.

A graveside committal will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, in the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. There will be no visitation. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Presbyterian Church.

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Deborah Yount Rodgers, 57, of Midway, wife of Robert Rodgers Jr., died Friday, May 25, 2012, in an accident in Scott County.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Louis Yount of Midway and the late Imogene Lay Yount. A medical technician at the University of Kentucky, she was a 1973 graduate of Woodford County High School and obtained a degree in medical technology from Morehead State University in 1977.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by a daughter, Amber Rodgers, Midway; a stepson, Joshua (Kelsie) Rodgers, Versailles; a brother, Tom (Pam) Yount, Midway, a niece, Allison Yount; and a step-niece, Casey Littrell.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Larry Blackford. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Les Anderson, Ryan McCoy, Tony McCoy, Rob Jenkins, Ralph Armstrong, and Tyler Larkin.

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Dr. Charles W. Sisk, of Danville, loving husband, father, brother, and physician, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2012, at his residence.

Dr. Sisk was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Letcher County, Kentucky, to the late Walter and Lena Fields Sisk and was the husband of 66 years to his wife, Pearl McMillan Sisk.

Dr. Sisk served his country in the United States Navy during WWII, practiced family medicine in Danville for many years, was a member of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, and he enjoyed being outdoors and fishing.

Along with his wife Pearl, he is survived by a son, Charles W. Sisk Jr. and his wife, Stephanie, of Western Springs, IL; a daughter, Alice Sisk Kiviniemi, of Versailles; two grandchildren, Alison and Charlie Sisk, also of Western Springs; a sister, Phyllis Thomas of Danville; a cousin, George (Mildred) Sisk of Hendersonville, TN; two nieces, Lynette (Tim) Gullett and Phyllis (Loren) Beckham, of Danville, and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home with Dr. Tommy Valentine officiating. The family would like to thank the doctors and caregivers of Dr. Sisk.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge c/o CKWR Treasurer P.O. Box 152 Danville, KY 40423-0152, or Lexington Avenue Baptist Church 339 W. Lexington Ave. Danville, KY 40422, or Heritage Hospice, Inc. P.O. Box 1213 Danville, KY 40423.

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Maria Jane Meshew Watts, 97, of Versailles, widow of John Barclay Watts, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

Born April 4, 1915, in Arlington, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ida Belle Jackson Meshew. She was a nutritionist and teacher for the Fulton County School System. She attended Millville Christian Church and was a member of Rush Creek Methodist Church in Fulton County. She was also the last surviving great-granddaughter of an American Revolutionary War soldier.

Survivors include four sons, Frank Cooper Watts, Florida, and Harry Meshew Watts, Stanley Watts, and Jackson Watts, all of Millville; 11 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. A son, John Robert Watts, is deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, May 27, at Millville Christian Church by the Rev. Ray Holdren. Honorary casket bearers were David Watts, Amy Watts, Jane Marie Watts, Matthew Watts, Cayce Watts, Meredith Watts, Megan Watts, Harry Watts, Jane Watts, Joe Watts, and Robert Watts.

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Lela M. Workman, 79, of Versailles, wife of Henry Workman, died Monday, May 28, 2012, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Owen County, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Stella Winkle Robinson and was a member of the Fintville Community Church.

In addition to her husband of 59 years, she is survived by three daughters, Phyllis (William) Vest, Stamping Ground, Betty (Jack) King, Frankfort, and Connie (James) Humphrey, Lincoln County; two sons, Danny (Michelle) Workman, Versailles, and Donald (Betty Jo) Workman, Midway; a sister, Mary Lay, Versailles; three brothers, Matt (Linda) Robinson, Lawrenceburg, Bill (Jean) Robinson, and Bob (Esta Fay) Robinson, both of Mt. Sterling; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. A sister, Southie Highshoe, and a brother, Homer Robinson Jr., are deceased.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today, Thursday, May 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home by Bro. Buster Bowman. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandsons.

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Estelle King Yount, 74, of Frankfort, died Friday, May 25, 2012.

Born May 7, 1938, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Rachel King. She worked at the International Paper in Versailles for many years.

Survivors include two sisters, Rachel Slone, Ohio, and Elsie Young, Jackson; a brother, Hanson (Nancy) King, Georgetown; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A daughter, Kathryn Arlene Cinnamon, and a son, Ricky Isaacs, are deceased.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, May 31, at the Frankfort Cemetery by Bro. Hanson King. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements.

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