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August 8, 2013



Annabelle Courtney, 92, of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Pine Meadows Nursing Home in Lexington.

She was a member of Crosswoods Baptist Church, Lexington.

Survivors include a son, Richard "Dick" Courtney (Millie), Versailles; a granddaughter, Kenna Pacilio (Ken), Lexington; and three great-grandchildren, Nikki, Kody, and Nick.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 3, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev Raymond Bishop. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Nikki James, Kody James, Nick Pacilio, Ken Pacilio, Bill Courtney, Robert Taylor, and Bill Searcy. Honorary bearers were Dr. William Childers, George Hellard, Jennings Edwards, Moss Vance, Jack Smith, Ray Duncan, and Kevin James.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Butterfly Group at Pine Meadows Nursing Home, 1608 Hill Rise Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Virginia Norine Critchley, 63, of Versailles, began her journey to heaven on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

She was born Oct. 5, 1949, to the late Pete and Virginia Merilic in Alexandria, Virginia.

She is survived by her family, whom she dearly loved; husband of 40 years, James Robert Critchley of Versailles, KY; son Matthew Critchley of Versailles, KY; son Shannon Critchley and his wife Ashley of Nicholasville, KY; and 6 grandchildren Lora Paige and Connor Patrick Critchley, and Cody, Caitlyn, Caleb and Branden Cochran. She worked 15 years for the University of Kentucky Animal Sciences Department before retiring due to medical disabilities. She loved to be around people and was an inspiration to others even while experiencing severe pain for many years. She greatly enjoyed singing in the choir and sharing her strong faith in fellowship with her Troy Presbyterian Church family. She supported many organizations and was a member of the Women Of The Moose (WOTM). Her last selfless act of life and love was as an organ donor with the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA).

A memorial service to celebrate her love and life will be Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Troy Presbyterian Church, 11021 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY 40383. A reception will follow in the Troy Center.

The family requests any donations in memory of Virginia Norine Critchley be sent to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Md. 20910 or make a memorial gift online at

(Paid obituary)



Eddie Harris, 52, of Versailles, husband of Ellen Harris, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Born May 16, 1961, in Savannah, Ga., he was the son of Shirley Mullins Harris of Louisville and the late Edgar "Sonny" Harris. He was superintendent of electronics at the University of Kentucky and was former president of Woodford Youth League Football.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his sons, Thomas Harris and Jodie Harris, both of Versailles; a sister, Debbie Weatherholt, Indiana; a brother, Rob Harris, Louisville; his paternal grandmother, Margaret Harris, Lebanon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 4, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Jim White, Kerry Courtwright and Don Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, Cardinal Hill Hospital, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Gilbert A. Littell, 55, of Versailles, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

Born Sept. 26, 1957, in Indianapolis, Ind., he was the son of Gilbert Littell Sr. and Helen Burke Littell. He was a self-employed contractor.

Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Anderson, Texas; three sisters, Ann Johnson and Sue (Rick) Cook, both of Texas, and Mary Sholar, Versailles; two brothers, Chuck Tingle, Frankfort, and Don Tingle, Florida; and two grandchildren, Rocky and Tyler Anderson.

No services are planned at this time.

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Gary L. Moberly, 66, died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

He was the son of Damon Moberly and Theda Cooley Moberly of Midway, Ky.

He is survived by his wife and closest friend, Paula Moberly; his children and stepchildren, Lisa (John) Savage, Damon (Anne Claire) Moberly, Michelle (Van) Johnson, Jennifer (Heath) Allen, Sam N. Flowers and Courtney Moberly; his eight grandchildren, Taylor Spicer, Kyle Carter, Boo Moberly, Laura Allen, Lily and Jonah Savage, Hillary and Tate Johnson; his brother, Steve Moberly and his wife, Wanda, and his sister, Billie Gail Moberly.

The family would also like to recognize his dear friend Wayne Logan who daily brought laughter into his life.

Our many close friends and family who have been with us through this journey are recognized and your gentle love has helped us find peace and understanding.

A celebration of his life was held outdoors at 252 Rose Hill Avenue in Versailles on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

(Paid obituary)


Arthur Irving Ortenburger Jr., 86, husband of Ann D. Survant Ortenburger, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

Born in Norman, Okla., he was the son of the late Arthur and Roberta Deam Ortenburger. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ortenburger was a general practitioner, a radiologist, and worked in conjunction with the Peace Corps in the Micronesian Islands. He was a member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church and an Army veteran.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, he is survived by his first wife, Ethel Thurber, and their four children, Leigh (Les) Davidson, New Mexico, Mark (Cathy) Ortenburger, Minnesota, Arthur Irving "Terry" (Chris) Ortenburger III, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and Anne (Don) Shimel, Texas; three stepsons, George Survant, North Carolina, and Kelly Survant and Greg (Glenda) Survant, both of Lexington; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Two brothers, Robert and Leigh, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Pete Jones. Burial was in the Pisgah Cemetery. Milward Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Woodford Humane Society or to the Pisgah Scholarship Fund.



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 Julia 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, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Military burial was at 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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Corine Cox Woolums, 81, wife of Carl Woolums, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Omitted from last week’s obituary was a brother, Bill Cox of Midway, who preceded her in death.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 1, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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