Geneva Berger Harris, 81, widow of William “Billy” J. Harris, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at Lexington Country Place.
Born on Oct. 6, 1938, in Estill County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Lena Chaney Berger. She retired from Rand McNally and was a member of Versailles Church God.
Survivors include three children, Wayne (Brenda) Harris, Debbie (Mark) McCord and Lana (Michael) Thomas, all of Versailles; five grandchildren, Chris Harris, Laini (Brian)Traugott, Callie Thomas, Kendall (Mark) Agee and Colby (Austin) Baker; a great-grandson, Liam Traugott; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by eight brothers, Chester, Tom, Ray, Rex, Shelby, Shelton, Wilt Berger and Price McIntosh, and five sisters, Bessie Wilson, Goldie Sames, Pauline Foley, Sammie Hollingsworth and Lillie Antrobus.
Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, by the Rev. Frank Layne. Pallbearers were Chris Harris, Mich...

Charles Ruggles Hughes, 87, husband of Ivy Pulliam Hughes, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
Born on Aug. 9, 1932, in Surveyor, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Oscar and Martha Sizemore Hughes. He was a retired sign designer and a member of First Christian Church. He was a decorated veteran in the United States Army, having earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, along with numerous other recognitions and awards while serving in the Korean War. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Carla Hughes Lacefield and Marta (Marty) Hughes Ritchey, both of Versailles; a son, Terry Hughes, California; his former son-in-law, Dickie Lacefield, Versailles; a brother, David (Mary Ann) Hughes, Tennessee; and two grandsons, Charles Riley Lacefield and Nash Ritchey. He was preceded in death by two children, Teddy, Michael and Sheila Hughes; and a brother, Dennis Hughes.
Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 21, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.
Memorial contributions may be made...

Robert Allen Brooks-Wittig, 37, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
Born on Nov. 11, 1982, in Louisville, he was the son of Albert Brooks Sr. and Debra Wittig. He worked in construction.
Survivors include five children, Jayden Nicole Brooks, Tavian Allen Brooks, both of Frankfort; Katelyn Marie Brooks-Wittig, Louisville; Joshua Robert Brooks and Ryker Xavier Brooks-Wittig, both of Lawrenceburg; three brothers, Albert Brooks Jr., Frankfort; Corey Brooks and Brandon Brooks, both of Lexington; four sisters, LaCatherine Brooks, Meisha Brooks, Whitney Brooks and Taylor Brooks, all of Lexington; and his significant other, Ashton Elizabeth Goodlett. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Josephine Murphy Brooks; his paternal grandmother, Dora Brooks; and his uncle, James Austin Brooks Jr.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road.

 

William Marshall Brown Sr., 97, widower of Louise Wright Brown, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Born on July 31, 1922, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Lee Willard and Margaret Catherine Shackelford Brown. He served as an Army Engineer during the entirety of World War II, spending much of that time in the Pacific. He was a retired electrician, active in the American Legion, the VFW and was a Mason.
Survivors include a son, William Marshall Brown Jr., Versailles, a granddaughter, Brisja Rae Brown (Seth William) Riggins, Spotsylvania, Virginia; and a great-grandson, Brown Theodore William Riggins.
Private services were held.

 

Magnolia “Maggie” Jackson, 69, wife of Samuel Jackson Jr., died Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
Born on Dec. 13, 1950, in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Georgia Mae Long and stepdaughter of the late Taylor Long. She was a 1969 graduate of Woodford County High School and worked for 32 years at Texas Instrument, where she was a quality QC inspector, operator and supervisor on the third shift. She was an active member of Saint Matthew A.M.E. Church in Midway, where she served on the usher board and missionary facility.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, William Lee Robertson, Versailles; and Robert Earl Robertson Jr., Frankfort; two grandchildren, Jeston Howard and Hailee Mae Robertson; an aunt, Helen Washington; and two sister-in-laws, Francis Johnson and Virginia Howard. In addition to her mother and stepfather, she was preceded in death by a sister, Cecila Mae Long.
Services were held Friday, Feb. 14, at St. Matthew A.M.E. Chu...

Carolyn Hill Moore, age 81, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Georgetown. Carolyn was born on April 7, 1938 in Midway, Kentucky. She was the youngest child of the late Frank and Ruby Wash Hill. She was a graduate of Versailles High School and was retired from the Department of Libraries and Archives, where she was a micrographics manager until 2005.
Carolyn was beloved by her children as the ultimate mother. She always put them first above herself. Carolyn demonstrated a superior work ethic as she not only did the traditional chores of a stay at home mother, but she also did all the yardwork, gardened and canned, and fed the livestock. She was a room mother, 4-H leader, and Band Booster. Carolyn was determined that her children would have all the educational and cultural advantages she could provide. She sold eggs and Avon for them to have piano lessons and made sure to take them to the library weekly. She always emphasized the importance of education and was very proud that al...

Carolyn Jean LeMaster Potts, 77, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.
Born on Dec. 4, 1942, in Alexandria, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Hazel Dochterman LeMaster.
She is survived by two sons, Michael (Julie) Potts, Versailles; and Andrew (Larisa) Potts, Amherst, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Amanda (Joe) Hahn, Ashley Davenport, Abby Potts, Alexis Potts and Adam Potts; three great-grandchildren, Hayden Hahn, Remington Davenport and Beau Davenport; a sister, Sharon (John) Haisch; nieces and nephews, Kala Haisch, April Wilkens, Tiny (Randy) Stott, Dennis LeMaster and Holly (Kevin) Bailey; and several great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Stanley and Jack; and two sister-in-laws, Colleen LeMaster and Norma LeMaster.
There are no services planned at this time.

 

February 19, 2020

Paul Thomas Ridgeway, of Versailles, was born on Sept. 27, 1959, in Lebanon, to the late Leamos and Mary Catherine Simpson Ridgeway
In the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, Paul went home to be with his heavenly father, lovingly surrounded by his family and friends.
Paul was educated in the Marion County Public School system and left high school to join the United States Navy. After he left the Navy, he met his wife, Charla DeAnn Billingsley, and the two married on Jan. 3, 1992. In 1998, Paul and Charla welcomed their son into the world and in February of 2001, they welcomed their daughter. Paul was an outdoors man, an avid fisherman and hardworking man who loved going on camping trips and tending to his backyard.
Besides his parents, Paul was preceded in death by three brothers, James Irvin Abell, Roger Ridgeway and Joe Louis Hayden; and his two sisters, Clara Ridgeway Martin and Alice Ridgeway Williams.
Paul leaves to mourn his wife of 28 years, Charla Ridgeway; his son N...

Tommy Nelson Thomas, 57, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at his residence.
He was born on March 5, 1962 in Woodford County. He was a 1981 graduate of Woodford County High School and was a farm manager.
Survivors include his mother, Thelma Tipton Fryrear; two sons, Tyler N. Thomas, Lebanon; and Zachery W. Thomas, Harrodsburg; two brothers, Michael (Lana) Thomas, Versailles; and  Mark Thomas, Georgetown; and three nieces, Callie Thomas, Washington, D.C.; Kendall (Mark) Agee, Berea; and Colby (Austin) Baker, Versailles. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Wayne Thomas.
Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, by the Rev. Frank Layne. Pallbearers were Tony Rice, Johnny Jones, Carl Lay, Bobby Lawrence, Ray Murphy and Larry Thomas. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Logan, Wayne Logan and Craig Graul. Interment followed Saturday, Feb. 1, in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

 

David Michael Thompson, 74, husband of Barbree Thompson, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Baptist Health Lexington.
Born on April 10, 1945, in Stanford, he was the son of the late Carl and Pauline Smith Thompson. He was self-employed and a skilled iron worker and repair man.
In addition to his wife of 32 years, he is survived by four daughters, Heather (Louie) Britton, Michelle (Johnny) Blevins, Beverley Thompson and Kimberley (Sherman) Bishop; four grandchildren, Mikala (Johnathan) Stacey, Jared Holman, Amanda (Bill) Watts and Heather (John) Varner II; four great-grandchildren, Justin Watts, Blake Watts, John Lewis Varner III and Lincoln James Varner; a sister, Sharon (Ray) Murphy; and two nieces.
Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, by Pastor Bobby Cairell. Pallbearers were Ray Murphy, Lewis Britton, Johnny Blevins, Jared Holman, Justin Watts and Blake Watts. Honorary pallbearers were J.R. Adams, Foister Taylor, Bill Watts, John Varner II, Sherm...

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