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May 21, 2015



Denise Satterly Curtsinger, 43, of Lawrenceburg, wife of Donald Curtsinger, died Monday, May 18, 2015.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 21, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Bobby Proctor. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.



The Rev. Dr. Arthur J. DeYoung, 73, husband of Martha Garrison DeYoung, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Baptist Health Hospital.

Born Aug. 11, 1942, in Paterson, N.J., he served as pastor for 47 years in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations. A graduate of Presbyterian College, Louisville Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary, he was the pastor in Bedford, Ind., Kankakee, Ill., and Versailles. He went on to work at the Presbyterian (U.S.A.) Center in Louisville and was pastor at Eastminster Presbyterian in Lexington. He held interim pastor positions at Nicholasville, Harrodsburg and Cynthiana Presbyterian churches. He recently retired as pastor of Carlisle Presbyterian Church. He was active in the Presbytery of Transylvania, filling the position of moderator and serving on several committees.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by two sons, Brian and Keith (Christina); and two grandchildren, Hailey and Logan.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, May 16, at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church in Lexington.

Memorial gifts may be donated to the American Cancer Society or the Woodford Humane Society.

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Craig Owen Ford, 38, of Versailles, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Born Sept. 15, 1976, in Lexington, he was the son of Carl and Rose Ford of Versailles.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Logan Ford, Campton; three brothers, Denny (Barbara) Ford, Lexington, Chris (Mindy) Ford, Midway, and Chad (Amy) Ford, Versailles; a niece, Baily Ford, Versailles; his grandmother, Elizabeth Jelnik, Nicholasville; and two nephews, Darrius Ford, Versailles, and Jagger Ford, Midway.

A visitation was held Saturday May 16, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Contributions may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation (

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John Wesley Garrett, 91, of Frankfort, widower of Coy Louise Garrett, died Friday, May 15, 2015.

Born July 21, 1923, in Madisonville, he was the son of the late John Wesley Garrett Sr. and Delmar Tyson Garrett. He was a tool and die maker for Square D and a veteran of the United States Marines, having served in World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon (Jack) Turpin and Karen Garrett, both of Versailles; a daughter-in-law, Carol Garrett, Millville; and three grandchildren, Beth Ann (Gary) Gribbons, Millville, Lindsey (Travis) Haggard, Winchester, and Jaclyn Turpin, Chicago, Ill. Two sons, David W. Garrett and Ronald Edward Garrett, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 20, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Rick Clark. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jack Turpin, Travis Haggard, Marvin Haggard and Gary Gribbons.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Edward Leo Ginter, husband of Earleen Sayre Ginter, died Monday, May 18, 2015.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 21, and Friday, May 22, from 9:30 a.m. until start of service at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at the funeral home by the Rev. Judy Stallons. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.



Jack Hansel, 59, of Versailles, husband of Jennie Cole Hansel, died Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Born Dec. 11, 1955, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Samuel and Etta Mae Spencer Hansel. He was a farmer and a mechanic.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Eva (Dennis) Allen, Lexington; three sons, George (Wilma) Wilson, Harrodsburg, Jackie (Tasha) Hansel, Versailles, and Bobby (Robert) Downs, Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Geraldine Currens, Versailles; four brothers, Russell Hansel, Midway, and James Hansel, John Hansel and Benny Hansel, all of Versailles; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Shirley Robinson, Betty Hansel and Irene Foley, and a brother, Samuel Hansel Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, May 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Carl Jones.

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Mason Anthony Gilbert, 19, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015. His life will be celebrated on May 20th, 2015, at 3 p.m., at Southland Christian Church, Building A, on Harrodsburg Road with a reception to follow from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Building F.

Mason was born in Lexington to Angela D. Wiese and Troy A. Gilbert, both of Versailles, on June 28, 1995. His parents, grandparents and great-grandmothers, Pauline Wiese of Somerset and Jean Clark of Millville, will long remember the easy baby waking up happy and playing who grew into the toddler with a thousand questions and the adolescent with an ever ready grin and a penchant for fun.

Early in middle school, Mason discovered his natural talent as an athlete, excelling in wrestling and football, and later body building. However, what his teammates and friends remember is not just his natural ability, but how he went out of his way to support, encourage and hold up the ones around him. He was the one to champion the underdog and include the one on the outside.

A loving older brother to Ethan J. Gilbert and Erin Paige Myers, both of Versailles, Mason sparks stories of being the champion frog gigger, who refused to touch a frog until it was skinned and cooked, and as the brother who wouldn’t stop trying until he put a smile on your face.

Mason was well loved by a large and extended family, including his maternal grandparents, Paul and Paula Wiese of Lexington, and his paternal grandparents, Robert and Debbie Gilbert of Frankfort, who remember the young man who could lose his keys not just once a day, but throughout the day, whose phone was always broken, whose lost sunglasses were perched on his head and who never met a stranger.

A 2014 graduate of Woodford County High School, Mason was the friend in search of a smile. Whether it was a surprise visit home, a gift, a joke, or always being ready for goofy fun, he delighted in putting joy on someone else’s face. He loved hot Cheetos in his burrito, would gladly give you his fruits and vegetables, consumed more protein than anyone else and lived by the motto, friends don’t let friends skip leg day.

Mason was an E2 Seaman for the United States Navy, following a second cousin, who is a retired Lieutenant Commander (LTCD) with the United States Navy.

The selfless uplifting of others, especially those struggling, was what his Naval shipmates counted as his most outstanding trait. Mason was also a member of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church.

As his family and friends grieve a lifetime that was much too short, they encourage us all to cherish the ones close to us, hold them close for as long as we possess them and like Mason put a smile on someone’s face today.

Remembrances can be made to:

Bluegrass Council of the Blind, 1093 S Broadway # 1220, Lexington, KY 40504

Lake Cumberland Blue Star Mothers, Kentucky Six, 644 State Branch Road, Summerset, KY 42503

UK Adolescent Medicine Clinic, Fourth floor, Wing D, 740 S. Limestone, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40536

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Clarence Edward "C.E." Jones, 90, of Versailles, widower of Anna "Dean" Jones, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, followed by funeral services at 2:30 pm. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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Andrew Patrick McWilliams Jr., 86, former owner of McWilliams Auto Body Shop, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Andrew Patrick and Mattie Bell Carpenter McWilliams.

Survivors include four sons, Claude A. McWilliams (Ruthie), Versailles, Michael A. McWilliams (Marshia), Lawrenceburg, and Gwynn E. McWilliams and Dorsey G. McWilliams, both of Nicholasville; a sister, Sylvia Smith, Versailles; a brother, Albert B. McWilliams, Florida; and eight grandchildren. Three sisters, Eda Sanders, Edith Jones, Christine Lawson, and two brothers, Dale Lancaster and James K. McWilliams, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at noon by Burt Paden.

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David Brock Ritchey, 41, employee of Greenheck Fan Corp., husband of Courtney B. Ritchey, died Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Born in Versailles, he was a son of Laura Ritchey (Dinzle) Centers and the late Donnie W. Ritchey. Brock was an active member of Mosaic Church and former member of the Versailles Baptist Church. A 1991 graduate of Woodford County High School, he was an avid sportsman and UK fan. He maintained a keen wit and humor, and was a devoted father to his sons, 15-year-old Riley and 9-year-old Kody.

Other survivors include his sister, Kristi (Dewayne) Reed of Versailles; his brother, Philip (Stephanie) Ritchey of Tupulo, MS; his in-laws, Andrew and Paula Bureman of Dandridge, TN; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 21, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home with Pastor Todd Probus and Keevin Carter officiating. Committal and interment will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Spellman, Darrin Valentine, Marty Ritchey, Kevin Adams, Philip Ritchey, Dewayne Reed, Jordan Bureman, Tyler Bureman, and Kenny Barleen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Brock Ritchey Children’s Fund, c/o Mosaic Church, P. O. Box 1209, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Delona "RoRo" Foley Roark, 77, of Versailles, widow of Roscoe Roark, died Monday, May 11, 2015, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born April 26, 1938, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Gayle and Pauline Burger Foley. She was the owner of Mama Roark’s Home of Love Childcare and was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Gayle Marie Foley, Versailles; a daughter, Karen (Tom) Downey, Versailles; and two granddaughters, Karey Downey and Adriane (Jacob) Routt, both of Versailles.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 16, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

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Nettie Viola Woods, 78, of Versailles, widow of Earl Thomas Boyd Sr., died Friday, May 15, 2015, at her residence.

Born in Marion County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Bessie Webb Tate. She was a nursing assistant at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Survivors include three daughters, Susie Ann Bates (James), Versailles, Jane Boyd, Lexington, and Mary Rose Boyd, Versailles; a son, Earl Thomas Boyd II, Versailles; a brother, Fred Tate Jr., Danville; three half-brothers, George Cox, Stanford, Robert Tate, Harrodsburg, and James Tate, Nicholasville; three half-sisters, Mary Pearl Crowe, Hustonville, Lois Boyd, Versailles, and Minnie Lou Pelvey, Junction City; and three grandchildren. Four sisters, Gladys S. Kean, Virgie Hutchinson, Nannie Burchett, and Curly Burchett, and two brothers, Shelby Tate and Estill Tate, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Esther M. Sapp. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Watts, Mark Voils, Charles Estes, and Earl Boyd.

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Frances Baker Thompson, 81, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widow of Thomas Moore Thompson, died Monday, May 11, 2015.

Born in Kettle Island, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Hazel Baker. She grew up in Stearns, graduating from McCreary County High School in 1952. She later attended business school in Bowling Green. She and her husband raised their children in Versailles before moving to Nicholasville in recent years. She had most recently resided at Ashland Terrace in Lexington. She was a longtime member of Versailles United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir for many years.

Survivors include four children, Wayne Thompson (Middleton), Tanya Applegate (Kevin), Amelia Brown ("Amy"), and Tasha Thompson (Paul Perino); and seven grandchildren, Alyssa, Matthew, Yuli and Alexandra ("Alex") Applegate, Jared and Rachel Brown, and Brandon Perino. A half-brother, Clarence Ray Baker, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 15, at Milward Funeral Home, Southland Drive, Lexington.

The family requests donations be made to Ashland Terrace, 475 S. Ashland Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502.


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