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April 22, 2010



John L. "Jack" Batts, 63, of Mazatlan, Mexico, husband of Anita Batts, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at hs home.

The son of the late Dr. J.W. and Flora Batts, he grew up in Versailles and graduated from Woodford County High School. He was a Vietnam-era veteran and held a masterís degree in sociology from Eastern Kentucky University. He was employed as a civil rights investigator by the states of Kentucky and Nebraska. He retired two years ago as an administrator for the Wyoming Department of Corrections. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John "Bo" Batts; a brother, Jim (Gloria) Batts, Versailles; a sister, Jean Batts; and a nephew, John E. (Cindy) Batts, Midway.

His body was cremated and his ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean.



Cora Lee Bland, 88, of 101 Macey Avenue, wife of Luther Bland Jr., died Friday, April 16, 2010.

Born in Mortonsville, she was the daughter of the late John Harris and Maudie Mae Harris. She was a member of Polk Memorial Baptist Church, Mortonsville, where she regularly attended and remained active with the womenís auxiliary and the Sunday school. She was a graduate of Simmons Street High School, Versailles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Brenda Eugene Bland, Lexington, and William Luther (Shelia) Bland, Versailles; two grandchildren, Aleesha, Mychal and Derek; a great-grandchild, Genesis; a first cousin, Susie Slaughter; five other cousins, Antonio, Barry and Faith Cassell, Charles Payne; a sister-in-law, Carrie Mae Crawford; two special nieces, Connie and Patricia Winkfield; and numerous other relatives. A daughter, Doris Lee Johnson; two brothers, William and John Jr.; and a sister, Annie Mae, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 21, at the Polk Memorial Baptist Church, Mortonsville. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



Wallace Mitchell Bowles, 85, of Lexington, died Thursday, April 15, 2010.

He was a retired contractor and the son of the late Wallace Miller and Lillian Mitchell Bowles. He was also a professional drum player and a World War II veteran serving with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Survivors include a son, Mark Langford (Ann Robertson) Bowles, Gaithersburg, Md.; a granddaughter, Erin Bowles; an aunt, Betty Jean Fitch, Versailles; and several cousins.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, April 19, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Connie Jean Hood Herrington, 64, a resident of Margaret Hall Manor, Versailles, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the home of her brother in Willisburg.

Born in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Thomas and Ethel Frances Burkhead Hood. She was a member of the Versailles Church of God.

Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Frances Lay, Versailles, and Delilah Jean Richardson, Florida; a son, Samson L. Garland, Florida; three sisters, Beulah (Floyd) Jenkins, North Carolina, Mearl (Ray) Keeling, Nelson County, and Rose Burkhead, Versailles; five brothers, Walter (Debbie) Hood, Willisburg, Gene (Thelma) Hood, Florida, James (Kathy) Hood and Roger (Bonnie) Hood, both of Versailles, and Paul (Lidda) Hood, Campbellsville; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. A son, Mark Garland; three sisters, Betty Lay, Faye Foley, Mary Hill; and a brother, Marshall Hood, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, April 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Frank Layne. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Adam Evans, Malcolm Spencer, Dereck Garland, Mike Soard, Henry Lay, and Samson Garland. Honorary bearers were her nieces and nephews.

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Ronald MacCoun Kelly, of Johnson City, Tenn., died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, of leukemia.

He was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Versailles. After relocating to Lexington, he was active in the Civil Air Patrol and the Young Republicans. He graduated from Henry Clay High School in May of 1958. He attended the University of Kentucky before volunteering with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 to 1966. He worked for a Washington, D.C., paper, the Washington Star, from the mid-1960s until 1981. He then worked in fund-raising for veteransí organizations. He retired to Johnson City, Tenn., to live near his sister, Alyce Robinson, who died in 2008. He was a lifelong Republican and maintained his interest in politics as well as computers, electronics and chess.

Memorial services with military honors were conducted on Tuesday, April 6, at the Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Tenn. A marker will be placed in his memory at the Lexington Cemetery.



Edna Parrish Lippert, 90, of Versailles, widow of Bob Lippert, died Sunday, April 18, 2010.

Born April 22, 1919, in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Whitt and Fannie Marshall Parrish. She was a homemaker and a graduate of Versailles High School. She was a member of Pinckard Baptist Church for 56 years and the oldest member at the time of her death. She taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years. She was also a member of the Mortonsville Homemakers for 55 years, having served in all offices at the county level. She was also a member of the Woodford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for 18 years and volunteered for many years in the pharmacy and physical therapy departments.

Survivors include a son, Bobby (Sarah) Lippert, Versailles; a daughter, Carolyn Porter (Jerry) Hughes, DeKalb, Texas; four granddaughters, Melissa and Amy Lippert, Versailles, and Nata and Tina Porter, DeKalb, Texas; a great-grandson, Jacob Lunsford, DeKalb, Texas; and a sister, Delma Morgan, Georgetown. Three brothers, John, Albert, and Elmer Parrish, and a sister, Arnetta Parrish, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 21, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Bill Brumley and the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Pinckard Baptist Church.

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David Gold Montgomery, 72, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Fern Creek, husband of Joyce Joann Simpson Montgomery, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

The son of the late Bill and Vina McCarty Montgomery, he was retired from Navistar International in Louisville and was a member of the Fern Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Fern Creek, Ky. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #774 in Louisville, and attended Anderson Lodge #90 in Lawrenceburg. He was a graduate of Atherton High School, and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David Brian Montgomery (Pam), Lawrenceburg; a daughter, Sonya Taylor (Kirk), Versailles; a brother, Charles Montgomery, Louisville; five grandchildren, Steven Michael Taylor, Kyle Taylor, and Nathan Taylor, all of Versailles, and Kayla and Amber Montgomery, Lawrenceburg. A sister, Mary Ann Montgomery, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 17, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Tony Andrade. Burial with military rites was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Michael Taylor, Kyle Taylor, Nathan Taylor, Kirk Taylor, Brian Montgomery, and Charles Montgomery.



James William Redden, 85, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Midway, husband of Lois Reeves Redden, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Born July 20, 1924, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Wallace and Sallie Carlisle Redden. He was a retired farmer and a member and deacon at Midway Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Donna Finnell, Lawrenceburg; two grandchildren, Ryan (Katie) Finnell, Lexington, and Alicia Finnell Copenhaver, Lawrenceburg; and three great-grandchildren, Mattie Copenhaver, Maison Copenhaver, and Daniel Finnell.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 17, at Midway Christian Church by the Rev. Heather McColl. Casket bearers were Ryan Finnell, Gary Jones, Rick Devers, Jim Ed Devers, Jim Batts, and James K. Johnson. Honorary bearers were Ben Redden, Glen Thompson, Malcomb Endicott, and the deacons and elders of Midway Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Midway Christian Church Building Fund and Hospice of the Bluegrass, Frankfort Chapter.

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