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September 13, 2012



Clifton Joseph Burd Jr., of Versailles, husband of Evelyn V. Bond, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

A native of Lake Charles, La., he was the son of the late Clifton Joseph Sr. and Mary Helen Shaw Burd. He graduated from W.O. Boston High School in Lake Charles, La., received a bachelorís degree from Grambling State University and a masterís degree from Indiana University of South Bend. He was employed as a teacher in the South Bend, Ind., school district for nine years. Upon relocating to Kentucky, he worked for Kentucky Education Association for 25 years, retiring in 2000. He later rejoined the work force as manager for Dairy Queen for seven years, retiring in 2008. A member of St. Leo Catholic Church for 22 years, he was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, achieving the status of Fourth Degree. He was a member of the University of Kentucky 101 Club for eight years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Troy (Angelia) Burd, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Paris (Erica) Burd, Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Tyese, Tristan, Xavier, Justice, and Joy; three brothers, Lester Burd, Carl Burd, and Gerald Burd; and several generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Leo Catholic Church, 295 Huntertown Road, with Fr. Danny Schwendeman officiating. Burial will be in Rose Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the church. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Earl H. Duke, 55, of Clay City, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, after a short illness.

Born Dec. 5, 1956, in Lexington, he was the son of Bonnie Means Duke and the late William Hayden Duke Sr. He was a retired utility employee from Marriott and a member of Northern Heights Christian Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Elsie Marie Sowder, Georgetown, and Elizabeth Cole, Clay City; and four brothers, William Hayden Duke Jr., (Emily), Danville, Michael Duke, Drumwright, Okla., Joseph Duke, of Clay City, and Randy Duke (Faith), Versailles. Two sisters, Victoria Mae Duke and Mary Jane Works, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Lewis Funeral Home by the Rev. Tommy Williams. Burial will follow in the Sally Poer Cemetery.



Joyce L. McGrapth, 69, of Versailles, widow of Oscar McGrapth, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at the Rockcastle Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Winchester, she was a homemaker and the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Griffith Edwards.

Survivors include a daughter, Aloha Means-Stanton; four sons, Cleveland Edwards and Jimmy Stewart, both of Versailles, Bobby Stewart, Clay City, and Randall Rison, Irvine; two sisters, Betty (Ralph) Banks and Wanda (Don) Benton; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Rose Crest Cemetery by the Rev. Marcus Lynn.

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Mike R. Parker, 65, of Versailles, husband of Joan Parker, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

Born Jan. 10, 1947, in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Robert and Juanita Deathridge Parker. He was a craftsman at World Color for 43 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kathy (David) Nutgrass, Lawrenceburg; two sons, Michael Parker, Lawrenceburg, and Shannon (Lynne) Parker, Versailles; two sisters, Jeannie Lakes, Berea, and Tammy Vaught, Houstonville; a brother, Lanny Parker, Danville; and six grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 13, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Matt Lakes. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Michael Parker, Shannon Parker, Jacob Noel, David Nutgrass, Matt Lakes, and John Vaught. Visitation will be held today from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Michael Poor, 56, Versailles, husband of Lori Poor, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.

A native of Woodford County, he was born on June 30, 1956, to the late Billy Ray and June Sewell Poor. He was the owner and operator of Michael Poor Excavating and maintained the South Woodford Water District for 19 years, which will be continued by his wife and sons. He was a member of Truth Community Church in Nonesuch.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Bobbie Machelle (Josh) Blackmer and Crystal June (Joey) Blackmer, both of Lancaster; two sons, Ryan Anthony Miller and Michael Wade Poor, both of Nonesuch; a brother, Billy Wayne (Elizabeth) Poor, Nicholasville; two grandchildren, Brian Taylor Blackmer and Gracelyn Ryan Taylor Miller; an aunt, Shirley Poor, Nonesuch; an uncle, Doug Sewell, Nonesuch; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. An uncle, Donald Poor, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today Thursday, Sept. 13, at Troy Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Carl Jones and the Rev. DeWayne Brewer. Burial will follow in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Bo Wilson, Larry Roberts, Cecil Upton, Joey Blackmer, Josh Blackmer, John Adams, George Withers, and J.R. Adams. Honorary bearers will be Charles "Shorty" Hahn, Kevin McDonald, Don Adkins, Don Golden, Kevin Wilson, Billy Wilson, Travis Magruder, Ricky Poor, Derrick Poor, Dylan Poor, Cody Poor, and Noah Poor. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

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Elton Tuggle Rice, 88, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at her residence.

Born Aug. 22, 1924, in Salvisa, she was the daughter of the late Millard and Oakie Merryman Tuggle.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Renee Rice and Debbie Rice Bates, both of Lexington; a son, Barry H. Rice (Debbie Joseph), Versailles; and three grandchildren, Ben Bates (Beth) and Chris Bates, Lexington, and Stacy Gillispie, Harrodsburg.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl Jones. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Eddie Miller, Larry Yocum, Chris Bates, Ben Bates, Terry Smith, and Jordan Brawham.

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Rae "Mama Rae" Smith, widow of Daniel Boone Smith and Robert Hauser, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at her daughterís home in Woodford County after a long illness.

The daughter of the late James Harrison and Delora Osborne Sowder, she had several places of employment and campaigned for Daniel Boone Smith, the father of her children, for Commonwealthís Attorney and the United States Congress.

Survivors include five children, Nanci Smith Molloy (Patrick), Versailles, Diana Riley Smith, Nicholasville, Amanda Boone Smith King, Elizabethtown, Melanie Smith Monroe, Corbin, and Daniel Boone Smith II (Jill), Barbourville; nine grandchildren, Daniel Isaac King (Erin), James Bradley King, Elizabethtown, Howard Riley Smith and James Harrison Creasy Smith, Nicholasville, Lauren Nicole Monroe and John Riley Monroe, Corbin, Daniel Chandler Smith and Blair McKenzie Smith, Barbourville, and Huston Molloy Mulholland (John), Georgetown; three step-grandchildren, Betty Molloy Harbourt (Scott), Atlanta, Ga., David Mulligan Molloy (Jeanie), Lexington, Jennifer Molloy McConchie (Troy) Lexington; five great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Hargett Mulholland and John Patrick Mulholland, Georgetown, Peyton Merriwether Molloy and Henry Mulligan Molloy, Lexington, and Claire Molloy McConchie, Lexington; and niece, Janice Rowland Coyle (Bill), Florida. Two sisters, Beulah Sowder and Ina Sowder Saylor; and a brother, James Sowder, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 7, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church, Corbin, by the Rev. Margaret Shanks. Anderson-Laws & Jones Funeral Home, Harlan, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery in Harlan.

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Sherry Buckner Snell, 54, of Versailles, widow of Chris Snell, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

Arrangements are pending at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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