Mrs. Charles E. Searcy
Born in Versailles, Mrs. Searcy was a daughter of Theodore Kessler, native of Alsace-Lorraine, and Lena Rief Kessler, who was born in Alberweller Bayern, Germany.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. James Olson and Mrs. James Gay, three grandchildren, all of Versailles, a brother, Charles R. Kessler, of Louisville, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Mae Weber, of Versailles.
Mrs. Searcy lived a useful life and was held in esteem by all who knew her. She was a loving wife, very devoted to her children, a tender and affectionate sister. She will be greatly missed. Mrs. Searcy was a member of the Versailles Presbyterian church.
Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2:30 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Charles E. Mount, assisted by the Rev. Charles W. Anderson. Burial will be in the Versailles cemetery. The pall-bearers will be Ernest McWilliams, W. Duncan Hamilton, Everett Olson, W. P. Haydon, Clarence Blackburn and Lester Searcy.
Lexington Soldier Dies in North Africa
His last letter home, received two days after Christmas, told of some of his experiences and included greetings to his family.
A native of Lexington, Private Baker was employed as a dairyman and a tobacco worker in civilian life.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his father, Earl F. Baker, Cincinnati; one sister, Juanita Baker, and two brothers, Benny Baker and James Baker; and one grandmother.
Donald Van Fleet
A Navy telegram, received by Miss Van Fleet and her father, Joseph Van Fleet of Harrodsburg, stated that the body of the Kentucky sailor, a water tender, first class, has been recovered and interred on United States soil outside the continental limits of the United States pending cessation of hostilities.
Young Van Fleet was a nephew of Mrs. Bertha Howser of Lexington, with whom Miss Evelyn Van Fleet makes her home. The sailor, a 32 year old native of Mercer county, has been in the Navy 13 1/2 years. He last visited relatives in Kentucky in the summer of 1941, when he was released from fleet duty on 10-day furlough. [picture included]
Sam Nuckols Died In East After Attack
He had attended the New York dramatic school since September 1940, and last summer appeared in several plays with the Summers Stock company at Cambridge Springs, Penn. Before going to New York, he was active in the Guignol theater at the University of Kentucky and appeared in "The Rivals," "Tovarich," "Volpone" and "Reunion in Vienna." He also directed "High Tor" and "R.U.R."
He was to have appeared in "The Man Who Came to Dinner" scheduled for production at the Guignol theater in April.
Mr. Nuckols received an A.B. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1936, with honors in English. He received his master's degree in 1938. He served as graduate assistant in the English department at the University in 1937 and in 1938 and then served two years as instructor. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Mr. Nuckols was born Aug. 17, 1914, at Versailles. He is a son of Samuel C. and Lutie Smith Nuckols and was a member of the St. John's Episcopal church of Versailles. He graduated with honors from Versailles high school.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Miss Bettie Nuckols, of Versailles. His father left this morning by plane for New York to return the body to Versailles.