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December 11, 2014



Clayton Biggs, 63, of Frankfort, formerly of Nonesuch, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Clarence and Sylvania Davidson Biggs. He was a farmer and had attended Nonesuch School.

Survivors include a brother, Eugene Biggs, Frankfort; two sisters, Hallie Richardson and Helen Richardson, both of Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at noon Saturday. Burial will follow in the Nonesuch Cemetery.

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Charlene Semones Brooks, 64, of Versailles, wife of John "Richard" Brooks, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of Viola Frances Randall and the late Charles Semones. She was a member of Versailles Church of God, a retired employee of General Electric and a former employee of Dollar General Store.

In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by her stepfather, Douglas Randall, Lexington; a daughter, Dawn Brooks, Versailles; a brother, Charlie Semones, Lexington; and three grandchildren, Triston Brooks, Delaynie Brooks and Hailey Brooks. A son, Johnny Brooks, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 5, at Clark Funeral Home by the Rev. Frankie Layne. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tommy Jones, Triston Brooks, Robin Brooks, Jack Brandenburg Jr., Blake Hager, and Charlie Reed Semones III.

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Paul Dunbar, 93, retired chief engineer for WVLK radio, for whom he worked for 40 years, husband of Lois Moore Dunbar, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

Born in Princeton, he was the son of the late Leonard and Ada McGregor Dunbar. He was a 1940 graduate of Caldwell County High School, attended the University of Kentucky, and was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He began his radio career with WVLK in the library in Versailles and was instrumental in moving the studios to the Lafayette Hotel in Lexington. He also designed, constructed and built studios when the station was moved to the Phoenix Hotel and into the present day studios at Kincaid Towers. He designed and oversaw construction of the original WVLK transmitter building on Yarnallton Pike and later the construction of the replacement building to house the transmitter and auxiliary studios. That building is called the Paul Dunbar Building. He built WVLK-FM, designing and installing one of the first automated systems ever used by a broadcast station. Later he would design and oversee the increase in power to 100,000 kw and an increase in tower height to over 900 feet. He was responsible for the design and building of the first "remote broadcasting studio" in Kentucky when he built the WVLK mobile van. In the 1950s, when radio stations were being built in Frankfort, Richmond, Winchester, Danville, and other small towns around Central Kentucky, he was called upon to assist in the completion of those jobs. He was also the field engineer for the early broadcast of University of Kentucky play-by-play announcer Claude Sullivan. While Sullivan provided the description while reading reports from the teletype in a studio during the away games, Mr. Dunbar provided the sound effects, with crowd noise, bands, and assorted effects to make the games sound as if Sullivan were there in person. He trained many future class engineers, announcers, and managers over the years.

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs traveled around the South doing weekly radio shows. Mr. Dunbar was the engineer for their performance on WVLK. He also engineered a weekly program featuring the Davis Sisters, one of whom was Skeeter Davis. All of those performers are now in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews from the Moore and Darnell families, including Laura Moore of Versailles.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today Thursday, Dec. 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the funeral home by Chaplain Diane Munoz. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be James Scott Moore, David Allen Darnell, Dan Darnell, Matt Smith, Tom Moore, and Brian Thomas.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Carol Faye Tincher Fryman, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

Born May 11, 1943, in Carlisle, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Lena Mitchell Tincher. She was a former employee of the Stamler Corporation, where she was secretary of the engineering department for many years, was a member of the Ellisville Homemakers, American Legion Post 257 Ladies Auxiliary, the Nicholas County Democratic Women and the Millersburg United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Mike Baker, North Carolina; four daughters, Monica (Mike) Pryor, Angela Gonzalez, Tonya Mynear and Chelsea (Willie McCarty) Fryman, all of Carlisle; two brothers, Larry (June) Tincher, Carlisle, and Bobby (Geri) Tincher, Versailles; four sisters, Jean (Gene) Gilvin, Georgetown, Martha Raye Ritchie, Carlisle, Judy (Harry) Otte, Paris, and Peggy (Charles Webber) Henry, Versailles; seven grandchildren, Jonna (Kevin) McGuire, Jessica Webb, Christian George, Joshua Mynear, Aaron Pope, Caleb Dutton and Laiden McCarty; two step-grandchildren, Crystal (Kenny) Staley and Tyler (Natasha) Pryor; two great-grandchildren, Jack Venters and Elise McGuire; and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Oliver Pryor and Will Staley. A brother, Jackie Tincher; a sister, Anna Dell Gaunce; and a granddaughter, Whitney Nicole Lane, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 5, at Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home, Carlisle, by the Rev. Steve Smith. Burial was in the Carlisle Cemetery. Casket bearers were Sam Fulton, Brad Henry, Steve Linville, Steve Mynear, Cliff Otte, John Otte and David Tincher.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Legion Post 257 Ladies Auxiliary or the Carlisle Christian Church.

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Donna King Edwards, 58, of Versailles, wife of Michael Edwards, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Born in Berea, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Della Lou Mason King. She was the owner of Cakes and More Bakery in Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Brandon Edwards and Nicholas (Vanessa Fields) Edwards; four sisters, Karen King, Debbie King, Terri (Frank) Wilder, and Jane King Hart; a grandson, Elijah Edwards; 12 nieces and nephews, Linlee Shipp, Hank Scales, Susie Scales, Samantha Spaulding, Alex Spaulding, Jessica Wilder, Austin Wilder, Shelby Wilder, Logan Hart, Halee and Ashlyn Hood and Lucas Davis; her mother-in-law, Katherine Edwards; and two sisters-in-law, Debbie (Barry) Walker and Pam (Randall) Templeman. A sister, Linda King Shipp, is deceased.

A celebration of life service was conducted Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville.

Contributions may be made to Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation or American Heart Association.

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Sue Iona Clark Harrod, 64, of Lawrenceburg, wife of Adriel M. Harrod, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

The daughter of Lillie Sue Fielder Clark of Lawrenceburg and the late Jack C. Clark, she was an employee of Kentucky state government.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Jeffrey T. Weber, Versailles, and Rebecca D. Weber Bowman, Frankfort; two stepchildren, Adriel M. Harrod Jr., and Gregory T. Harrod, both of Frankfort; two sisters, Linda K. Satterly and Polly Coates, both of Lawrenceburg; a brother Jack C. Clark, Lawrenceburg; and six grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Kenny Robinson. Casket bearers were Travis Clark, Dustin Coates, Jarek Clark, Jason Mach, Russell Satterly, and Austin Sparks.

Contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation.

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Doris E. Ogburn, 69, of Versailles, wife of Donald Ray Ogburn, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

Born Nov. 18, 1945, in Campbellsburg, she was the daughter of the late Curtis and Callie Chilton Nelson.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Dena (David) Beck, Versailles; a granddaughter, Addison Beck; two sisters, Norma Siers and Donna Hughes; and a brother, Ray Nelson.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles, by the Rev. Todd Lester.

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Barbara J. Walters, 77, a retired Rand McNally employee of 34 years, wife of Kenneth Walters, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at her home in Versailles.

Born June 13, 1937, in Morehead, she was the daughter of Mary Webb of Nicholasville and the late Edgar Caudill.

In addition to her husband of 57 years and her mother, she is survived by two children, Deborah (Walter) Kuntz, Versailles, and Kenny (Connie) Walters, Lexington; a grandson, Christopher Walters, Lexington; a sister, Sue Brown, Morehead; a stepsister, Pat Morgan, Nicholasville; and a stepbrother, Mike Webb, Wilmore.

A private memorial service was held on Friday, Dec. 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home for family members.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 643 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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