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August 17, 2000 issue

Ina M. Blades

Ina M. Jenkins Blades, 75, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widow of Gilbert Blades Sr., died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at her home.

Born in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Annie Edwards Jenkins.

She is survived by two daughters, Ina Grider, Frankfort, and Darlene Morgan, Versailles; a son, Gilbert "Sonny" Blades Sr., Jessamine County; a half-sister, Minnie Catherine Triplett, and a half-brother, Lewis Jenkins Jr., Frankfort; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A grandson, Danny Grider Jr., and a great grandson, Ryan Scott Reed, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 17, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Pastor Jack Shoup officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woodford County. Casket bearers will be John Resser, Chuck Estes, John Munro, Jimmy Morgan, Buddy Blades, and Danny Grider.



Helen C. Breckinridge

Helen Congleton Breckinridge, 84, of Lexington, widow of former Kentucky Attorney General and 6th District Congressman John Bayne Breckinridge, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000. She was the aunt of Robert C. Congleton and the great-aunt of James W. Congleton and Katherine N. Congleton, all of Versailles.

Mrs. Breckinridge was the daughter of the late W. T. Congleton and Effie Kilgore Congleton. Her father was a former mayor of Lexington and the founder of W. T. Congleton and Co.

Mrs. Breckinridge was a graduate and benefactor of the University of Kentucky and a lifetime member of Central Christian Church, Lexington. She wrote and published articles on the Congleton and Breckinridge families.

Survivors also include a daughter, Knight Breckinridge, Austin, Texas; a stepson, John Bayne Breckinridge Jr., Guam; and a brother, Lucien H. Congleton, Lexington.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, in the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. Jo Riley. The W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Special Collections, Breckinridge Room, King Library, University of Kentucky, 40506-0039.



Victor A. Clark

Victor Allen Clark, 64, of 139 Bayberry Road, Versailles, husband of Norma Combs Clark, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at the University of Kentucky A. B. Chandler Medical Center, Lexington.

Born in Paris, he was the son of Ruby Wagoner Clark, Paris, and the late Woodrow Clark. Mr. Clark was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he received a business degree. He was a retired 35-year employee of Kentucky Finance Associates, where he had been an auditor, manager and direct of purchasing for all 50 states.

Mr. Clark was a member of the Woodford Community Christian Church, Versailles, where he served several years as treasurer and elder. He was a former deacon and elder of the Gardenside Christian Church, Lexington, and was an avid fisherman.

Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Evangelist Eddie Clark, Bellville, Ohio; two granddaughters, Amber Meredith Clark and Marlee Taylor Clark, Bellville; two sisters, Virginia Bates and Pat Rabon, and a brother, Leroy Clark, all of Paris, and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Donnie Clark, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Woodford Community Christian Church by Dr. Palmer Young, the Rev. Randy Nation, and the Rev. Gary Black. Burial was in the Paris Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jim Bisczat, F. D. Combs, Bob Turner, Adrian Kash, Don Robinson, J. D. Miller, Jim Staples, Loren Carl, and Warren Wills. Honorary bearers were Wayne Rabon, Carl Bates, Ira Combs, Oscar Combs, Harold Combs, Leroy Clark, and Mr. Clark's nephews. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation, 250 E. Liberty St., Suite 710, Louisville 40202; the Woodford Community Christian Church Building Fund, 115 Paddock Place, Versailles 40383, or the New Life Church of Christ Building Fund, 195 W. Durbin Ave. Bellville, Ohio, 44813.



Anna Harris

Anna Harris, 80, of Versailles, mother of Sarah Jackson, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000.

Arrangements were incomplete at press time at the Morgan Funeral Home, Versailles.



Robert Lewis

District Elder Robert Lewis, 87, of Lexington, husband of Willie Mae Jackson Lewis, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Louis Lewis and Rachel Twyman Lewis.

He was pastor for 38 years of the Church of God in Jesus' Name, Lexington; was a veteran of World War II, and was retired from the maintenance department at the University of Kentucky.

He is also survived by a sister, Annabelle Washington, Versailles; a brother, Joe Lewis, Cincinnati, Ohio; nine stepchildren, Barbara Jean Leatherwood, Augusta, Ga.; Viola Sandra Bailey and Gail Octavia Richardson, both of Inkster, Mich.; Yvonne Kirkpatrick and Brenda Ovell Hall, both of Farmington, Mich.; Bishop Horace Lawrence Jackson, Romulus, Mich.; Bishop Milton Lafayette Jackson, Monroe, Mich.; Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Bloomfield, Mich.; and Valarie Yvette Jackson, Lexington; two foster children, Laura Douglas and Diana Young, both of Lexington, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, Lexington, by Bishop Elzy Thomas. Bishop Alfonso Scott will deliver the eulogy. Visitation will begin at 12 noon today, Aug. 17, at the Church of God in Jesus' Name, 512 Georgetown Street, Lexington. A memorial service for family and friends will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Church of God in Jesus' Name Building Fund, at the Central Bank, Lexington. The O. L. Hughes Funeral Home, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Steve J. Miller Jr.

Steve James Miller Jr., of Salem Va., died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

He was the father of Stephanie "Stevie" (Mrs. Robert) Goh, of Versailles.

Mr. Miller is also survived by three sons, Steve James Miller III, Charles Dexter Miller, and Gregory Dill Miller, all of Virginia.

A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Salem Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 E. Church Ave., Roanoke, Va. 24003.



Irene Ogden

Irene Ogden, of Lexington, wife of George Christopher Ogden, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ogden was a native of Jessamine County, the daughter of the late Edward H. and Fannie McCullah Gloff, and was the aunt of Rowena Maines, Versailles. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Lexington, and was a retired bookkeeper for Gateway and Nabisco.

Also surviving are two sons, Ralph Corman, Lexington, and Stanley David Corman, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two brothers, Samuel Gloff, Winchester, and William Gloff, Nicholasville; a sister, Juanita Risher, Lexington; two stepsons, Howard Christopher Ogden, Louisville, and Larry J. Ogden, Lexington; three grandsons, David and Steve Corman, both of Lexington, and Shawn Corman, Murfreesboro; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at l1:30 a.m. today, Aug. 17, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. Joe Tackett. Burial will be in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington 40504.



Mary F. Shepard

Mary Frances Courtney Shepard, 78, of 285 Bryanwood, Versailles, widow of Elwood Shepard, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at her residence.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Vernon D. and Betty Crutchfield Courtney. She was a member of the Nazarene Church and a retired employee of Barrett - Midway, Inc. Sewing Factory.

Survivors include three daughters, Stella Faye Shepard, Versailles, and Pamela Joy Burkheimer and Veronica Gay Kenney, both of Lexington; three sons, Elwood S. Shepard Jr., Franklin, N.C., and Larry Douglas Shepard and Vernon Ray Shepard, both of Versailles; 14 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Shirley Ann Chapman, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Bro. Wayne Ross.. Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Jamie Sanders, Tommy Sanders, Kevin Shepard, Mike Shepard, Joey Shepard, Steven Shepard, and Wayne Courtney.



Ruth M. Walters

Ruth M. Walters, 68, a lifelong resident of Mentor, Ohio, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, in Lexington. She was the wife of Raymond Walters and the daughter of the late Grace and Carl Oesterle of Mentor.

She was retired from Bard Inc., Mentor, and Ohio Rubber Co., Willoughby, Ohio.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Lynn Fuller Johnson, Versailles; a son, Gary Fuller, Abingdon, Va., and three grandchildren, Alexis Johnson and Lindsey and Kevin Fuller.

Burial services will be held in the Mentor Cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 26. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Versailles, on Sept. 9.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington 40504, or St. John's Episcopal Church, 210 North Main Street, Versailles 40383.