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August 27, 2015



Jerry Lee Baldwin, 73, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Midway, husband of Sue G. Baldwin, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.

He was the son of the late Martha B. and Elmo L. Baldwin. He was a retired supervisor with American Tobacco Company and served in the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to his wife of 43 years, he is survived by a daughter, Becky B. Shatzoff; a son, Jerry Lucas Baldwin; two sisters, Shirley B. Sames and Joyce B. Logan; and three granddaughters, Shelby, Sarah and Sydney Shatzoff. A brother, James L. Baldwin, is deceased.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 20, at Buford Road Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. Interment was in Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia, Va. An additional memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Midway Baptist Church. Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, Richmond, Va., was in charge of arrangements.



Georgie Lunsford Bowman, 79, of Nicholasville, widow of James L. Bowman, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Merel and Maxine Searcy Lunsford. She was a retired Fayette County school bus driver.

Survivors include two sons, Keith L. (Desiree) Bowman, Nicholasville, and Merel L. Bowman, Woodford County; a sister, Carolyn Lunsford (Ben) Scott, Woodford County; and three grandchildren, Heather L. Bowman, Chase L. Bowman, and Courtney B. Akins.

Graveside funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Billie Lee Bowling Columbia, 87, of Midway, wife of Billie Columbia, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

Born May 17, 1928, in Burdine, she was the daughter of the late Bryan and Pearl Mason Bowling.

In addition to her husband of 68 years, she is survived by a daughter, Janie (Sue Rogers) Columbia; a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Columbia; two sisters, Deana (Spencer) Craig, Midway, and Helen Schy, Indiana; three grandchildren, Dusty Embury, Heather Kinney, and Sarah McClure; six great-grandchildren, Rinnah, Alden, Lily Cate, Laurel, Amy Madeline, Merrick; and several nieces and nephews. A daughter, Judith Ann Columbia, a son, Darrell Eugene Columbia, three sisters, Joanne Bowling, Fern Whisman, Margaret Santiago, and a brother, Jimmy Bowling, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 27, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Bill McDonald. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery.

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Bennie Parrish Kennedy Sr. of DeSoto, Texas, husband of Mary Kennedy, died Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Born July 26, 1947, in Midway, he was the son of the late Lucille Kennedy-Hayes. He attended Woodford County High School, graduating in 1965. After high school, he served with the U.S. Army Rangers, serving two tours in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14), the Combat Infantryman Badge (1st Award), the 10/S Bar, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 1960, Marksman (Rifle M-16), and 1st Class Gunner (MG M-60). In 1970, he attended Nebraska Western College on a basketball scholarship. He finished in 1971 with an associate of art degree. He received a bachelor of science in education degree at Blackhill State College. He dedicated the next 20 years of his career to working with troubled youth. He coached basketball and taught history and math. He moved his family to Omaha, Neb., in 1979, where he continued working with challenged youth at the Douglas County Youth Center. His favorite pastimes included basketball and softball. In 1996, Bennie retired to Dallas, Texas, with his family, and founded Benís Repair and Remodeling. He and his wife joined St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church of Lancaster, Texas, and he later became a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as Deputy Grand Knight and completed 4th degree.

In addition to his wife of 43 years, he is survived by a daughter, Keesha A. Benson (Rudolph); a son, Bennie Parrish Kennedy Jr. (Rebecca); four sisters, Alberta Branham, Geraldine Kennedy, Wanda Kennedy, and Yvonne Carden; a brother, Garner Kennedy, and six grandchildren, Angel Benson, Andrew Torres, Priscilla Kennedy, Christian Benson, Isabelle Kennedy, and Abigail Kennedy. A sister, Sylphronia Thurman, is deceased.

A Funeral Mass was conducted Thursday, July 16, at Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Lancaster, Texas. Burial was in the Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Byrum Funeral Chapel, Lancaster, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.



Dr. Ira "Joe" Ross, 82, of Versailles, husband of Sue Ross, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

He was a professor at the University of Kentucky for over 30 years and retired in 1994 as the department chairman of Agriculture Engineering.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Robin (Kirk) Grigsby, Louisville, Julie Ross, Versailles, and Karyn (Brad) Combs, Lexington; a sister, Frances Owens, Lexington; and nine grandchildren, Patrick, Benjamin and Kathryn Grigsby, Zachary, Sam and Laurel Kemper, and Alex, Caroline and Lucas Combs.

A celebration of life service was conducted Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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James Robert Shute, 58, of Lancaster, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at the home of his parents, Robert J. and Margaret Shute, in Versailles.

He was a mechanic.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Sky (Brandon) Seery, North Platte, Neb.; three sons, Levi (Angela) Shute, North Platte, Robert J. Shute, Omaha, Neb., and Spencer (Jordan) Shute, Colorado; a sister, Brenda (Ted Zorn) Shute, Auckland, New Zealand; two brothers, David (Laurie) Shute, Florida, and Daniel Shute, Nicholasville; and four grandchildren. Following cremation, there were no visitation or services.

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Betty Duncan Snow, 81, of Frankfort, widow of James Snow, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015.

Born March 11, 1934, in Bourbon County, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas Duncan Sr. and Anna Frances Barton Duncan. She was retired from Texas Instruments and was a member of Full Gospel Assembly of God in Lawrenceburg.

Survivors include eight daughters, Shirley Marcum, Frankfort, Gayle Hall, Frankfort, Sandy Moore, Frankfort, Robin McKinney, Tennessee, Peggy J. Smith, Frankfort, Connie Clark, Frankfort, Pam Simpson, Lawrenceburg, and Kennetha Thurman, Lawrenceburg; a son, Johnny Smith, Tennessee; a sister, Pearl Johnson, Frankfort; a brother, William Glenn Duncan, Frankfort; five sons-in-law; a daughter-in-law; 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. A sister, Dora Cook, and a brother, John Thomas Duncan Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 21, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Garnett Preston, Billy Preston, Eric Wilson, E.J. Smith, Daniel Wilson, Jacob Clark and Matt Thurman.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Kathryn Martin West, 91, widow of Robert "Smiser" West, died Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at her Midway, KY, residence.

She was born July 13, 1924, in Lexington, KY, and was the daughter of Henry L. Martin, Jr. and Mildred Pine Martin. Kathryn, or "Kashie," as she was known to many, was a devoted equestrian from an early age. As a small child, she rode her pony and drove her pony cart all over the family farm (later called the Waterford Farm), which had been acquired by her great grandfather, Jesse Martin, in the 1800s. She was very active in the Central Kentucky Pony Club (later to become the Keeneland Pony Club), which she had helped to organize. She also contributed greatly to the success of the Junior League Horse Shows. Kathryn was an active member of the Iroquois Hunt Club for over 50 years, beginning in the late 1940s when the hunt was reorganized, and she hunted with the Iroquois hounds into her early 70s. She also joined the Woodford Hunt in the 1980s. In 1950 Kathryn married Dr. R. Smiser West. By then she had taken her first steps as a Thoroughbred breeder by buying broodmares, and the partnership of Kathryn and her husband with Hall of Fame trainer MacKenzie Miller, and his wife, Martha, led to a thriving commercial enterprise. Champions such as De La Rose and Chilukki, as well as graded stakes winners Wanda, Lite Light, Tweedside and many others were bred by this partnership. Smiser always said Kashie was one of the shrewdest judges of conformation that he had ever known. In addition to her equestrian endeavors, Kathryn was a talented gardener and flower arranger. She enjoyed visiting gardens far and wide and implementing what she learned during her travels when she returned to her own garden. In 1958 she followed in her motherís footsteps and became an active member of The Little Garden Club of Woodford County, where she mentored new members and shared her knowledge, her talents, her garden, and her flowers with everyone. Kathryn provided flowers weekly for her church, New Union Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Henry Martin West, Versailles, KY, and Robert Smiser West, Jr. (Mary), Midway, KY; a sister, Mildred Martin Buster, Midway, KY; and three granddaughters, Maureen West, Lindsay West, and Claire West.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 21, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Kemper. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass/Frankfort, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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