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September 20, 2012



Horace Wayne Arnold, 82, of Madisonville, husband of Virginia Ann Arnold, widower of Mary Barbara Arnold and Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Arnold, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at the Eddie Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, Ky.

Born April 1, 1930, in Manitou, Ky., he was the son of the late Bertha Esle Lutz Arnold and Herman Wright Arnold. He was a U.S. Army veteran who had served in the Korean War. He was a fire captain with Station 10 in Lexington and was a member of First General Baptist Church in Madisonville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Rustin (Sandy) Arnold, Denver, Colo., Adam (Sheila) Geldreich, Lansing, Mich., Daniel (Debbie) Arnold, Denver, Colo., and Tracy (Maria) Arnold, Gulfport, Miss.; a son, Tony (Brenda) Riddell, Versailles; four stepdaughters, Billy Riddell, Lawrenceburg, Julie (Gary) LaPorta, Indianapolis, Ind., Joyce (Ed) Render, Louisville, and Annell (Jerry) Givens, Bowling Green; two sisters, Jonelle Arnold and Mary Lee Arnold; a brother, James Arnold; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Louise Arnold and Grace Arnold; and two brothers, Buford Arnold and Gary Arnold, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 15, in the chapel of Harris Funeral Home in Madisonville by Chaplin Cecil Tatum and the Rev. Darrell Menser. Military honors were conducted at graveside by the 101st Airborne Division and the Hopkins County Honor Guard. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville. Casket bearers were Tracy Arnold, Adam Geldreich, Johnny Arnold, Donald Arnold, and two firefighters from the Madisonville Fire Department.

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Stanley Joseph Bradley, Jr., 69, of Versailles, husband of Mary Ellen Bradley, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at the Lexington VA Medical Center.

Born in Pass Christian, Miss., he was the son of Velma Ausmer Bradley and the late Stanley Joseph Bradley Sr. He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and was head chef for Big Sink Farm, Campbell House and Sweet Potatoes.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Danielle Bradley-Metcalfe, Versailles, and Nicole Bradley, Lexington; two sons, Eric Bradley, Nicholasville, and Brian Bradley, Lexington; three sisters, Doris Green and Sarahlyn Patterson, both of Pass Christian, Miss., and Claudette Elliot, Memphis, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Ollie Muniz and Marcus Bradley, both of Versailles.

A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Floyd Greene.

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Barbara Sigg Buffin, 66, of Lexington, wife of Cecil Buffin, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2012.

Born April 23, 1946, in Fulton County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Joan Nagel Sigg.She attended Ohio State University and was a semi driver for Roberts Express.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Buffin, Lexington; a granddaughter, Kristin Tetrick, Lexington; a sister, Celeste Schrock (Jack), Tedrow, Ohio; a brother, Walter Sigg (Karen), Columbus, Ohio; five nephews; and five nieces.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Lohn Johnson. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Matt Schrock, Joe Seebold, Don Jefferies, Jan Epperson, Adam Sigg, and Dr. David Smith. Honorary bearers were Lisa Vahl-Bartram, Janet Prewitt, Sharmin Conley, and Mary Greenwell. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Donald Frederick Hackney, 84, of Versailles, husband of Mildred "Mimi" Hogan Hackney, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

A native of Woodford County, he was born June 18, 1928, to the late Ben and Elizabeth Burke Hackney. He was a retired postal carrier and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was also a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. Don was a quiet, non-assertive person who was warmly regarded by many as a nice guy and a good man. His avid hobbies were fishing and working with Habitat for Humanity. He was deeply loved by his family and will be dearly missed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Alan (Tara) Hackney, Woodford County; a daughter, Mary Dean (Phil) Vertuca, Jessamine County; and a brother, Albert B. (Betty Jane) Hackney, Lexington. A son, Donald Keith Hackney, is deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 20, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Woodford County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 73 Versailles, KY 40383.

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Robert "Bobby" Julian Hatt, 26, of Lexington, husband of Crystal Hatt, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

He attended SCAPA and Lexington Catholic High School and was a graduate of Henry Clay High School Class of 2002. After graduation, he attended Thomas More College, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Tampa, where he studied business administration. He held several professional positions in marketing and sales management. He returned to Lexington with his family from Ocala, Fla., where he started a business. He enjoyed UK sports, fishing, and spending time with his small children.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Zachary, McKenzie, and William; two siblings, Aryl Hatt-Todd and Peter Hatt; his father, Roderick Hatt, and his mother, Deborah Miller; his stepfather, Robert Miller; his former stepmother, Carol Hatt; his grandparents, Barbara and Richard Hatt; four aunts, Sharon Urban, Cindy Manchester, Sarah Bourgeois, and Marcy Harris; an uncle, Ken Todd; two nieces, Jordan, Piper and Belle Hatt; and three nephews, Remi Todd-Miltin, Bohdi Kelley and Matthew.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 18, at The Episcopal Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Lexington.

Contributions are suggested to the surviving wife and children, and can be sent to: Chrystal Hatt and Children, c/o Rod Hatt, 114 South Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383. Donate directly to Crystal Hatt and Family at



Mary "Polly" Roberts, 71, of Versailles, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.

Born April 4, 1941, in Owenton, she was the daughter of the late Claire Sharp and John Curtis. She was an employee of Heritage Hall and an avid seamstress.

Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Rose, Versailles; two sons, George and Robert Spenneberg, Willisburg; a sister, Francis Wimer, Frankfort; a brother, Jasper Curtis, Frankfort; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, Sept. 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles.



Ralph T. Rose 88, of Versailles, formerly of Barrington Hills, Illinois, passed away on Sept. 12, 2012, at his horse farm, Runners Ridge, in Versailles.

Mr. Rose grew up in Pana and Evanston, Illinois. He graduated from Evanston High School in 1942. He was an Army captain and veteran of World War II. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from Northwestern University, where he was a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1967 he founded Rose Industries, Inc., a venture that led him into a variety of opportunities to utilize his thirst for implementing innovations in industry. Mr. Rose’s love for airplanes and horses led him to become a pilot, polo player, Thoroughbred owner, trainer and president of the Riding Club of Barrington Hills.

Mr. Rose is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marilou; his loving children, Randy (Jack) Etters, Townley (Jennifer) Rose; and dear grandchildren, Travis and Brittney Etters, TR (Amanda) and Trevor Rose. Ralph was preceded in death by his sister Joan Gahan.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Private family services are planned. Arrangements by Clark Funeral Home, Versailles.

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Elinor Krabill Sinars, formerly of Versailles, wife of Jim Sinars, died Friday, June 15, 2012, in Alexandria, Va., after a long illness.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Marian, Graham, and Virginia; a brother, Rick; a sister Jane, and her mother, Dorothy.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Interment will follow in the church columbarium.



Charles Edward Tucker Jr., 60, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Amy Robinson Tucker, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at U.K. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Oct. 12, 1951, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Charles Edward Tucker Sr. and Mary Katherine Ford Tucker. He graduated in 1970 from Anderson County High School and worked as a plate maker in litho department with Quad/Graphics in Versailles. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Believers Sunday school class. He was a former bowler in a Frankfort League, enjoyed fishing in tournaments, playing softball, truck-tractor pulls, spending time with his grandchildren, and watching his son Nicholas play the role of Pee Wee with the Lexington Legends. He served as a Spec 5 in the U.S. Army Reserves.

In addition to his wife of 38 years, he is survived by two sons, Marvin "Wesley" Tucker (Carrie), Salvisa, and Nicholas Wainwright Tucker, Lawrenceburg; two grandsons, Charles "Levi" and Matthew Wesley Tucker; a sister, Deborah Ann "Debbie" Tucker, Versailles; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Marvin "Pee Wee" and Pat Robinson, Lawrenceburg. A sister, Janet Maxie Tucker, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 20, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Dr. Robert Ehr and Bryan Proctor. Burial will follow in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, Pulmonary Hypertension Foundation, or the U.K. Gill Heart Institute.



Sherry (Buckner) Snell, 54, of Versailles, widow of Chris Snell, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital of cancer.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of William Bradley Buckner and the late Lizzie Mae Buckner. She was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church, and she attended Woodford County Public Schools and Kentucky State University.

Survivors include a daughter, Andrea (Steven) Slaughter, Lexington; a son, Andra (Teray) Brown, Lexington; a sister, Bonita Robinson, Versailles; two brothers, Stewart (Vivian) Buckner, Lexington, and Floyd (LaMar) Buckner, Louisville; three sisters-in-law, Carrie Snell, Mary Kendrick, and Beverly Fishback; three brothers-in-law, Ollie Snell, J.B. Snell, and Leslie Snell; six grandchildren, Assyria Brown, Nore’Aja Brown, Steven Slaughter Jr., Tre Speller, Jordan Burbage, and Ke’Andra Allen; six nephews, Allan "A.J." Groves, Eric Robinson, Landry Buckner, Carlton Kendrick, Gary Kendrick, and Joseph Richardson; five nieces, Tava Buckner, LaDonna "Shae" Cargill, Lakeisha Hicks, Justice Mays, and Jada Richardson; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. Her mother-in-law, Kay Peavley, and a nephew, Dontay Kendrick, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 17, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial was in Cove Haven Cemetery in Lexington. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Hilda Whalen, 76, of Lexington, widow of the late Frazier Whalen Jr., died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

Born in Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Denver and Virginia Reed Carter. She was a homemaker and member of the Henry Clay #398 Order of The Eastern Star.

Survivors include a daughter, Jerrie Whalen (Doug), Versailles; two grandchildren, Hillary June and Jordan Denver Turner; a sister, Charlotte Faye Carrier, Georgetown; and a special niece, Lodeena Carter, Versailles. A son, Barrett Earl Pritchett, and six siblings are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.


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