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August 1, 2013



Gary Briscoe Anderson, 70, of Georgetown, Ky., husband of Jana Sue Gaither Anderson, died Thursday, July 25, 2013.

He was born in Woodford County, Ky., on Aug. 20, 1942, to the late William Walter and Mattie Ann Anderson. Mr. Anderson was an Honorary Kentucky Colonel. He was a retired businessman of 31 years. He also was employed by IBM and served as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the Fayette County Police Dept. in the early 1970s.

Family members include his two sons, Michael Ray (Sondra) Anderson and Alan Edwin (Rebecca) Anderson; four grandchildren, James William "Will"Anderson, Rebeka Haley Anderson, Ashley Nicole Anderson and Christopher Mekhi Brown; three brothers, the late Glen Roger (Pat) Anderson, the late Donald Ben (late wife, Imelda) Anderson, and Barry Wayne (Jeanette) Anderson; four sisters, Roberta Jean (the late Joe) Sweeney, Wanda Victorene (the late Edwin) Newell, Doris Faye (Joe) Weber, and Peggy Diane (Scott) Williams; and a large, loving and understanding extended family who will miss his unique ability to communicate. The Anderson Invitational Golf Tournament (Est. 1962) was one of Briscoe’s most enjoyable annual occasions. He was the last surviving member of the original "five-some." His antics and commentary on the course will be missed.

A celebration of his life was held Monday, July 29, at Milward-Southland, Lexington. Burial was at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

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Howard A. Dickey Jr., 82, of Versailles, husband of Carol Ann Dickey, died Wednesday. July 24, 2013, at his residence.

Born Aug. 8, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Howard A. Dickey Sr. and Margaret Eloise Salyers Dickey. He was a graduate of Detroit County Day School and received his BA from the University of Kentucky at the age of 79. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was assigned to the Military Police from 1950 to 1954. In 1960, he was the Republican nominee for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a Saddlebred horse trainer for many years and was later employed by the Kentucky Cabinet of Corrections as a food service administrator for Blackburn Correctional Complex. After retiring from Blackburn, he taught at the Kentucky Methodist Home for Children. He was a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church and was affiliated with several organizations, including The Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, a past president of Kentucky Young Republicans, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and a member of the site selection committee for the Kentucky Horse Park.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by four children, Margaret Dickey, Louisville, Howard A. Dickey III, Lexington, Bradley Dickey, Southaven, Miss., and Elizabeth Dickey Grimes, Raleigh, N.C.; and eight grandchildren, Rachel Dickey, Katie Haagen, Christopher Dickey, Zach Dickey, Sarah Beth Dickey, Keltin Grimes, Camarian Hill, and Kyra Grimes.

Services were conducted Monday, July 29, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, ATTN: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Janet Raye (Lewis) Eaves, 70, wife of Ronny A. Eaves, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

She was born on April 9, 1943 in Morehead, Ky. Janet was a retired factory worker, and sales clerk. She was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters, Julie Eaves Littrell, Mitzy L. Evans Ford, Ronnda Allyn Fannin, and Megen R. Eaves; grandchildren, Lynn Clark Littrell II, Adrienne Corin Deakins, Gina Lee Nicole Evans and William Alan Deakins.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, July 29, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were her daughters and grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were Ronny A. Eaves, James Knox, Doug Evans, Sidney C. Ford, Joe Fannin, Barbara Kinder and Michelle Linsley. We love you and miss you.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Ruthe D. Caise Garner, 86, of Versailles, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born Aug. 14, 1926, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John E. and Katie Creth Caise. She was a retired employee of Rand McNally and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Versailles.

Survivors include four sisters, Anna K. Caise, Versailles, Virginia E. Sledge, White Plains, N.Y., and Martha R. Robinson and Mary M. Ough, both of Berkeley, Calif.; a brother, Paul L.D. Caise Sr., Lexington; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-great-nieces, and nephews. A sister, Nannie Bland, and four brothers John E. Caise Sr., James L. Caise, William P. Caise, and Robert E. Caise, are deceased.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 1, at First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial will follow at Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Frank Brown, Herbert Bush II, Glenn Caise, Paul Caise Jr., Pierre Caise, Michael Adkins, Ralph Caise, Gregory Adkins, William Caise Jr., William Harris, and Freddie Washington Jr. Honorary bearers will be officers and deacons of First Baptist Church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Versailles – Stella Margaret Nash Hash Lester, 89, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Hospice Care Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Services for Mrs. Lester will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Kevin Hash will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m.

She was born at the family home on Willow Branch at Bailey’s Mill on March 21, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Marcus Nash and Stella Herrell Hutcherson Nash. She was a graduate of Bald Knob High School class of 1942.

Mrs. Lester is survived by two sons, Marcus Scott Hash (late wife, Linda) and Wayne Ross Hash (wife, Tannie); three grandsons, Marcus Todd Hash, Travis Wayne Hash (wife, Christy) and Kevin Bryan Hash (wife, Dana); a granddaughter, Traci Hash McCord (husband, William); five great grandsons, Ryan Todd and Morgan Edward Hash, Samuel Walker Hash, and William Wayne and Tyler Dee McCord; two great-granddaughters, Reagan Lynne and Hannah Layne Hash; and a brother, Victor Nash.

She was widow of Virgil Hash and her second husband, Kenneth Lester. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by half-sisters, Linnie Slattery, Elizabeth Gordon and Pearl Brumback; half-brothers, Irving and Richard Tyre; and brothers, Garnett and Marcus Nash.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial gifts be made in honor of Mrs. Lester to the Hospice Center of the Bluegrass at

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at

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Margaret Bentley Manasco, 79, of Versailles, wife of James Manasco, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at her residence.

Born in Neon, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Mack and Ada Bentley. She retired as a clerical staff manager with the Lexington Clinic. She was a member of the Woodford County Woman’s Club and the Bluegrass Community Hospital Auxiliary in Versailles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Karen Kunkle (Steve) Ford, Prospect; two sons, Jeffery A. (Lori) Kunkle, Athens, Ga., and Gregory (Teresa) Kunkle; five grandchildren, Jennifer Brzinski, Paul Ford, Molly Ford, Abby Grote, and Gregory Kunkle; three great-grandchildren, Emmie Brzinski, Cormac Ford, and Finola Ford; a brother, John R. Bentley, Palm Springs, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 30, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, and/or Able Assisting Better Living Everywhere, 3175 Custer Drive, #103, Lexington 40517.



Jane Hutcherson Purpus, 52, died at home early on July 26 after a five-year battle with breast cancer. Jane is survived by her two daughters, Kelley Carr Purpus and Emily O’Connor Purpus, both of Bowling Green; her parents, Kelley and Martha Jane Hutcherson of Versailles, Ky.; siblings Kate Robie (and her husband, Ed) and John Hutcherson of Versailles and Eve Hutcherson of Nashville; nieces Amanda Sayles, Annie Hutcherson, and Meg Robie; nephew Jack Robie; and scores of extended family members and friends in Bowling Green and beyond.

Jane was a native of Louisville, Ky., but made Bowling Green her home since 1990. She was a 1978 graduate of Woodford County High School in Versailles, Ky., and a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she completed her degree in nursing. Jane worked as a registered nurse for nearly 30 years, devotedly caring for patients in hospitals, physician offices, and outpatient centers, and she especially loved her long years of service in labor and delivery nursing. She steadfastly watched over the health needs of family members, attending and helping to navigate surgeries, illnesses, and the birth of her niece and great-nephew.

In addition to nursing, Jane taught health careers at Bowling Green High School, helping high school students understand and prepare for the work that she loved. She also served the community as an active volunteer, including in the schools attended by her daughters and in raising funds to support breast cancer research.

Jane’s family wishes to thank the countless friends and neighbors who helped provide care and support during Jane’s long journey with cancer. Contributions in Jane’s memory may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Versailles, Ky.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation of Louisville, 2301 Hurstbourne Village Drive, Suite 700, Louisville, KY 40299

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel, 820 Lovers Lane, Bowling Green, KY 42103.

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Walter Gene Traugott, 81, of Versailles, husband of Sarah Evelyn Disponette Traugott, died Monday, July 29, 2013.

A native of Woodford County, he was born on Oct. 25, 1931, the son of the late Foree and Kathleen Parker Traugott. He was a retired farmer and an employee of South Woodford Water Company and a previous board member of A.S.C. and was a Kentucky Colonel. He became a devoted Christian at an early age, having served as a song leader and Sunday school superintendent for 25 years at Mt. Edwin Methodist Church. He sang in a quartet, a member of a duet, and sang solo. He was also a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Ruby (Bill) Arnold, Woodford County; a son, Larry (Diane) Traugott, Woodford County; two stepchildren, Milton (Angie) Travis, Georgia, and Martha (Rick) Sandlin, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Jennifer Arnold, Jeremy Arnold, and Reva Traugott; six step-grandchildren, Joshua Travis, Jacob Travis, Sarah Hamby, Micah Sandlin, David Sandlin, and Crystal Vaught Constant; a brother, Marshall (Donna) Traugott, Versailles; two great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. His first wife, Maxine Turner Traugott, the mother of Ruby and Larry, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, July 31, at the Versailles Cemetery by Dr. Damon Jones and Dr. Emery Emmert. Casket bearers were Jeremy Arnold, Michael Traugott, Brian Traugott, Micah Sandlin, David Sandlin, Jacob Travis, and Joshua Travis. Honorary bearers were Ralph Livingston, John James, Carl Whalen Jr., and Vodis Thompson. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Ira J. Wash Jr., 89, of Lexington, husband of Evelyn F. Wash, died Thursday, July 25, 2013.

Born Nov. 10, 1923, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Ira J. and Evelyn Wilhoit Wash. He was an electrical and civil engineer for the Bluegrass Army Depot. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy, having served in World War II, and a member of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Julye Wash-Chesser, Louisville, and Diane Gore, Lexington; four grandchildren, Heather Gore, Douglas Gore, Jennifer Glass, and Daniel Chesser; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Chesser and Kilea Gore.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 31, Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Military burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Sam Hawkins, Jerry Chesser, Daniel Chesser, and Tony Wilhoit.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary.

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