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February 26, 2015



Sheila Ann Cofer Hunter, 62, of Midway, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at her home.

Born in Oak Ridge, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late William A. and Jean Helen Wilbourn Cofer. A retired Woodford County Schools Transportation Department employee, she was a 1970 graduate of Woodford County High School and had attended the Capitol City Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Kevin Hunter and Corey (Kendra Reed) Hunter, both of Versailles; two grandchildren, Brendyn Hunter and Piper Hunter; two brothers, Bill (Nancy) Cofer, Versailles, and Talmadge (Jane) Cofer, Mobile, Ala.; and her former husband, Mike Hunter. A son, Christopher Hunter, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 26, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Frank Layne officiating.

Contributions are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY. 40383.

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Michael Shane Lemons, 39, of Versailles, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

The son of the late George and Rose Turner Lemons, he was a 1995 graduate of Woodford County High School and former factory worker.

Survivors include a son, Michael Lemons, and a brother, Jason Lemons, Versailles.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. A joint service for Michael and his mother, Rose Lemons, will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. by Fr. Danny Schwendeman.

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Rose Marie Turner Lemons, 58, of Versailles, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer J. and Virginia Buntain Turner. She was a 1974 graduate of Woodford County High School and was a former employee of Texas Instruments and Ohi Automotive of America.

Survivors include a son, Jason Lemons; six sisters, Hazel (Mark) Morrison, Woodford County, Bonnie (Ralph) Thompson, of Scott County, Mildred (Earl) Goodlett, Lawrenceburg, Patricia Settles, Campbellsville, Gail (Mike) Gallagher, Louisville, and Kathy Turner, Danville; and two grandchildren, Michael Lemons and Kali Tyndel. A son, Mike Lemons, and a sister, Charlotte Shea, are deceased.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. A joint service for Rose Lemons and her son Mike will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. by Fr. Danny Schwendeman.

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Samantha Ann McKinney, 33, of Lexington, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

Born July 8, 1981, in Lexington, she was the daughter of William McKinney and Linda Gayle Tussey.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Kayla Renee McKinney; two sons, James Darren Turner and Dakota Turner; a sister, Billie Gayle McKinney Combs; and a brother, R.J. Bicknell.

A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday, Feb. 21, at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville.

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Connie Staton Portwood, 54, of Midway, wife of Eddie Portwood, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of Betty G. Staton of Midway and the late Ralph Staton. She was a Baptist and 1978 graduate of Woodford County High School.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by three daughters, Carol (Hunt) Calvert, Shelbyville, Kim (Gary) Rose, Versailles, and Kelly (Mike) Turner, Versailles; a son, Armon (Chris) Portwood, Georgetown; a sister, Audrey Wall, Midway; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday by the Rev. Mark Johnson.

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Sr. Mary Virginia Sayers, 88, a Sister of St. Joseph the Worker, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born Catherine Louise Sayers in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Francis Garvey and Catherine Winifred Holmes Sayers. Inspired by the stories she heard as a young girl from a visiting missionary, she decided to become a missionary Sister who would help care for the medical needs of the poor in mission countries. After completing her medical studies at Georgetown University, she made her final vows on Aug. 15, 1957, and then went to Bangladesh for a year. In 1960, she went to Vietnam to help open a hospital in Qui Nhon. She spent 15 years there, serving the sick and performing a wide variety of surgeries. During her time in the missions, she was often the only physician available. The missions were so poor that often she had to devise her own medical equipment from the supplies that were on hand. She was on the last flight out of the city she was working in before it was taken over by the Viet Cong. After her time in Vietnam, she spent six years working in Pakistan before returning to the United States in 1982. She served as the administrator and then as the assistant administrator of Taylor Manor before retiring in 2011.

Survivors include three brothers, William Sayers, Joseph Sayers, and James Sayers, all of Toledo, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Patrick Sayers and John Sayers, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 26, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel at Taylor Manor. Committal and interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

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Frances True Freeman Stocker, 87, of Harrodsburg, widow of Walter David Stocker Sr., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born Sept. 7, 1927, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late J.T. and Ruth Lee (Dean) Freeman. She was a homemaker, member of the Anderson County Homemakers and a member of the Harrodsburg Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Ginger (Robin) Parks, Versailles; two sons Walter "Skip" (Joy) Stocker Jr., Harrodsburg, and Donald Thomas (Jan) Stocker, Bloomington, Ind.; four sisters, Flossie Cinnamon and Elizabeth Ellis, both of Harrodsburg, Betty (Glendon) Demaree, Lawrenceburg, and Nellie (Charles) Anness, Nicholasville; a brother, Jack (Carole Ann) Freeman, Harrodsburg; nine grandchildren, Allison (Will) Begley, Justin (Libby) Stocker, Evan Stocker, Haley (Kyle) Ruth, Andy Stocker, Ian Parks, Rusty Parks, Shane Parks, and Tessa Parks; and five great-grandchildren, Ellie Begley, Molly Begley, Joseph Stocker, Caleb Stocker, and Harper Ruth. Three brothers, Raymond, Thomas, and James Freeman, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Sims Funeral Services, Harrodsburg, by James Hahn and Pam Bratton. Burial was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. Casket bearers were Ian Parks, Rusty Parks, Shane Parks, Evan Stocker, Andy Stocker, Justin Stocker, Will Begley and Robin Parks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504-3277.

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Marcus Walling, 75, of Versailles, husband of Ethel M. Walling, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Born June 8, 1939, in Clark County, he was the son of the late John and Lillie Warner Walling. He was a truck driver for Harrod Concrete.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, Mark A. (Shari) Walling, Lawrenceburg, Rick N. (Brenda) Walling, Nicholasville, Jeff M. Walling, Lexington, Steven G. (Teresa) Walling, Lexington, John M. (Beverly) Walling, Woodford County, and Bethel E. (Kay) Walling, Lawrenceburg; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Frankie Layne. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were John Tyler Walling, Travis Walling, Shea Walling, Marcus Walling, Seth Walling, Jacob Walling, Kris Walling, and Nick Walling. Honorary bearers were Jessica Blackwell, Zach Walling and Meredith Keller.

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