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April 11, 2013



Stephen L. Campbell, 72, of Worthington, Ind., husband of Joyce (Walker) Campbell, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Indiana University Hospital, Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis, Ind.

Born Dec. 14, 1940, in Versailles, he was the son of the late William and Opal Campbell. He graduated from Shawswick High School, Bedford, Ind., in 1959 and received his bachelor of science degree, master’s degree, and ED.S. from Indiana State University. His 41 years of service to the Worthington-Jefferson and White River Valley School districts involved teaching and coaching, as well as serving in the administrative capacity of principal and superintendent at Worthington and superintendent of the White River Valley School Corporation. He was also a member of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, Southern Indiana Superintendents Club, Twin Rivers Vocational Area board, Governing Board of West Central Indiana Educational Service Center, Community Alliance to Promote Education, Executive Board of the Greene-Sullivan Special Education Corporation and the Elks Club of Linton. He received two of the highest awards in education in Indiana – the Sagamore of the Wabash Award in 2004 by the Indiana State Governor and in that same year he was given the Bell Ringer Award by the Indiana Department of Education. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and finding mushrooms, as well as listening to blues and country music.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by three children, Michele (Rick) Hunter, Indianapolis, Ind., Leitta Campbell, Worthington, Ind., and Stephen W. Campbell (Charolotte Blankenship) Campbell, Bloomfield, Ind.; six grandchildren, Ryan Karr, Evan Karr, Taylor Karr, McKenzie and MyLee Campbell, and Nicholas Campbell; a great-grandson, Miles Karr; a brother, William (Bobbie) Campbell, Plainfield, Ind.; and a sister, Deborah (Carl) Hannon. An infant sister, Michelle, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 6, at Worthington Elementary School Gymnasium by the Rev. Kenneth Adams. Burial was in the Worthington Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Stephen L. Campbell Scholarship Fund at the First Financial Bank in Worthington, Ind.

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John L. Edwards, 57, of Versailles, widower of Marianne Kapnas Edwards, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at his home.

Born in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Donald R. and Anna Jean Morris Edwards. An avowed Christian, he was an active member of the Southland Christian Church and was involved in Southland Richmond Road Campus ministries. Following graduation from Larue County High School in 1973, he obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Morehead State University and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was the founder of KESDA (Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association, Inc.) and was the human resources manager for Life Adventure Camp in Woodford County.

Survivors include a son, Jeremy D. (Emily Brown) Edwards, Louisville; a sister, Donna Jean Wilson, Lexington; two nieces, Megan Kassidy Zayvier and Amber Wilson, Lexington; a nephew, Aaron Wilson, Lexington; and his mother-in-law, Sue Kapnas, Frankfort, for whom he cared after Marianne’s death. A brother, Winston Douglas Edwards, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, April 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Southland Christian Church (Chapel), 5001 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Aaron Pennington. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Cakset bearers will be John Roberts, Aaron Pennington, Ken Kerkhoff, Steve Blair, Aaron Smither, Quentin Hatfield, John Thompson, and Tommy Thompson.

Flowers are welcome, but donations are encouraged to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 324 N. Ashland Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502.

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Anna Mae Durbin Leach, 93, of Versailles, widow of Granville Leach Sr., was called home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Anna was born on March 16, 1920, to the late Elias Curtis Durbin and Mary Ingram Durbin. She was a homemaker and a member of Old Union Christian Church.

Anna is survived by her daughter, Sandra Kaye (Bill) Frakes; her sons, Granville L. (G.L.) Leach, Michael W. (Carol) Leach, and Vernon Ray (Mary) Leach, all of Versailles; her sisters, Nettie Kriegel of Las Cruces, N.M., and Virginia (Don) Myers of Lexington; her brothers, James F. Durbin of Jessamine County, and Mack (Andi) Durbin of Denver, Colo.; and her grandchildren, Laura Ann (Luke) Mitchell, Abigail Jane Frakes, and Vernon Ray (J.R.) Leach Jr., all of Versailles. In addition to her husband and parents, Anna was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Services were conducted Monday, April 8, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, with Pastor Jeff Johnson officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Serving as casket bearers were Luke Mitchell, Vernon Ray Leach Jr., Robert Richardson, Kenny Houston, Rick Wallin, and Jackie Ray Durbin.

In honor of Anna’s life and legacy, contributions may be made to Woodford County FFA Chapter or Shriners Hospital.

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James Walter Wells, 86, of Lexington, husband of Virginia Wells, died Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Born Jan 13, 1927, in Olympia (Bath County), he was the son of the late William and Mollie G. Wells. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was employed by and served in various capacities of law enforcement, including the Federal Correction Institute, the Fayette County Jail and Detention Center, eventually retiring from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Penny Griffin, Lexington, and Molly (Rick) Carr, Versailles; two sons, James N. (Debbie) Wells, Jacksonville, Fla., and Alan Wells, Lancaster; two sisters, Catherine Wells, Lexington, and Jeannie Larsson, Tennessee; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A sister, Dorothy, and two brothers, Willard and Gudgell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 10, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lexington. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2459 Sir Barton Way, Lexington, KY 40509 or a charity of one’s choice.


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