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April 4, 2013



Ruth Sudduth Fishback, 98, widow of Randolph Railey Fishback Jr., died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

A retired schoolteacher, she taught generations of Woodford County students at Margaret Hall School and Versailles Elementary school.

Born in Clark County, she was one of six children of the late William VanMeter and Ida Miller Sudduth. She was a longtime organist and active member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Winchester, a member and past president of Chapter F of the P.E.O. in Lexington, and Chapter S in Versailles. She was a member of the Woodford County Woman’s Club and the Garden Club, and a lifetime member of the Woodford County Historical Society. She had received the "Teacher of the Year" award from the University of Kentucky in 1998, and was a Friend of the Library in 1982. In her later years, she played the piano for the senior citizens at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, and was always active in the community.

Survivors include a daughter, Betsy Fishback Tumey, Danville; a son, Randolph Railey Fishback III, Versailles, and his friend, Jonathan Beckman; two sisters, Anna Laura Codell, Winchester, and Jean Richeson, Louisville; four grandchildren, Sarah (Marc) Shaffer, Austin, Texas, John (Jenny) Tumey, Charleston, S.C., Mary (Brian) Rose, Johnson City, Tenn., and Susan (Rich) Springer, Nicholasville; and nine great-grandchildren. Three siblings, the Rev. Joseph T. Sudduth, William Sudduth, and Betty Sudduth (Mrs. Lyman) Ginger, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 3, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Versailles Presbyterian Church or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Richard Wayne Florence, 68, husband of Adda Grace Jones Florence, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born at Berry, in Harrison County, he was the only child of the late R.C. and Anna Mae Florence. After being disappointed in not being able to make a career in the United States Air Force, he chose several different vocations. He worked in construction with his father, was a tool-and-die maker at Kauneer and Bundy Company in Cynthiana, worked in car sales and service, at Dialysis Clinic Incorporated as a patient and machine technician, and at the Versailles Kroger meat department. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, Rainbow Connection, the Thoroughbred Square Dance Club, the Rhythm Rounds Round Dance Club, and the Masonic Lodge at Berry.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Melissa Thompson, Milford, and Melinda (Boyd) Glenn, Stony Point, N.C.; a grandson, Richard T. Thompson, Berea; and two granddaughters, Jessica Grace and Malorie Ann Glenn, both of Stony Point, N.C. A son, Ricky Florence, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 30, at Versailles United Methodist Church by the Rev. Rebecca Peterson and the Rev. Tim Thompson. Burial was in the Pythian Grove Cemetery in Berry. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church, 110 Court Street, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Disabled American Veterans, 3336 Buckhorn Drive, Lexington, KY 40515.

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