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December 24, 2013



Burnis Caudill, 55, of Versailles, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

Born Dec. 9, 1958, in Millstone, he was the son of the late Billy Caudill and Ruby Maxine Highfield. He was a veterinarian technician for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Survivors include three daughters, Brandy (Daniel) Ruckel, Lexington, Chrissy (Kevin) Gibson, Paris, and Amy (Matt) Metzger, Versailles; two brothers, Billy "Bud" Caudill, Midway, and Donald Caudill, Versailles; and six grandchildren, Taylor, Kathleen and Lily Gibson, Emma Metzger, and Jackson and Anna Ruckel.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, Dec. 23, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Connie Tackett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Appalachian Project, 2610 Palumbo Dr., Lexington, KY 40509.

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Jane Mae Reagin Congleton, wife of 57 years of the late Lucien H. Congleton, died December 19, 2013 at her home in Lexington. She was born June 3, 1919, in Haines City, Fla., to Alonzo Huston and Mae Cowden Reagin. As a girl, she moved to Tallahassee to live with Greene and Eunice Johnston, Jr. and their daughter, Francis. She graduated from Florida State University, began work as a secretary, and served her country as a plane spotter during WWII. After marrying she moved with her husband to Lexington, raised their children and worked in the family business. She was a charter member and "Golden Girl" of Chapter F of PEO philanthropic and educational organization. She and her husband were charter members of Crestwood Christian Church and became members of First Christian Church in Versailles upon retiring to their home on the Kentucky River in Woodford County. She was an avid birdwatcher and lover of nature, enjoyed socializing and traveling with her friends, and welcomed into her home young people who found themselves disconnected from their families, enriching their lives and the life of her family. She lived her life in grace, kindness, and laughter, was devoted to her family, and cared for those in need.

She was preceded in death by a son, David J. Congleton; her brother Alonzo Reagin, Jr.; his daughter Mary Kay Baker; and her sister Francis Johnston Teague. She is survived by sons William T. (Bill) Congleton, II; Robert C. Congleton (Toni); daughters the Rev. Linda M. Kemp (George), and Lucia C. Gilchrist (Paul); grandchildren Sarah Bell Hellevang (David), James, Katie, Elizabeth, Emily and Josie Congleton, Reagin Kemp Sears (Scott), and the Rev. Chuck Kemp (Stephanie Stockburger); great-grandchildren David Kimmel and Luke Kemp; and niece Dr. Linda Teague.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to their motherís caregivers for their kind devotion, patience and compassion and to the caring staff of Hospice of the Bluegrass.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the charity of oneís choice.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Lexington Cemetery, followed by a reception for family and friends at Janeís home.

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Frances Crain Lynn, 95, widow of Creston Craig Lynn, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Mount Ogden Health and Rehabilitation in Washington Terrace, Utah, due to complications of old age.

Born in Versailles, she was the only daughter of the late Victor Estill and Lida Ramsey Smither Crain. She attended Transylvania University and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1939 with a degree in elementary education. She taught second grade in Ravena, Ky., before her marriage. She lived in St. Louis, Mo., for 30 years, where she was a substitute teacher in the Normandy School District, and moved back to Versailles after retirement. She was a member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church, Versailles, was a Woodford County Library Patron, and active in the Woodford County Womenís Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Vicki Lynn Orr, Morgan, Utah; and daughter-in-law, Sandy Lynn Miller, Stillwater, Minn.; six grandchildren, Stuart Clay Lynn II, Christopher Craig Lynn, Noah Scott Orr, Sarah Orr Lauritzen, Matthew Glenn Orr, and Mary Ellen Orr; and numerous great-grandchildren. A son, Stuart Clay Lynn, is deceased.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Fr. Phillip Linder officiating. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Library.

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Judith Morgan Montague, 72, of Versailles, a retired employee of the Department for Family Services, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the St. Joseph Hospital East in Lexington.

Born in Englewood, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Newland C. and Alice Anne Duffey Montague.

She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey M. (Melody) Searcy, Noblesville, Ind., and John N. (Patsy) Searcy, Lexington; five grandchildren, Brandi Marie Phillips, Haley Anne Searcy, Lillian Anne Searcy, Hannah Nicole Searcy, and Wyatt J. Searcy; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tim Thompson. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Nancy Carol Ruehrwein, 65, of Versailles, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

Survivors include three sons, Doug Ruehrwein, Lawrenceburg, Chris Ruehrwein, Lexington, and Michael (Heather) Ruehrwein, Lexington; a sister, Debbie Stockburger, Cincinnati, Ohio; and seven grandchildren, Douglas, Ryan, Wesley, Casey, Brycen, Bryanna, and Braelyn.

A visitation was held on Friday, Dec. 20, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

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Kenneth D. Sallee, 83, of Versailles, a retired employee of Kentucky Stone Co., husband of Mary E. Sallee, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the St. Joseph Hospital East in Lexington.

Born at High Bridge in Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Edward and Mattie Sewell Sallee. He had attended New Hope Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, he is survived by a daughter, Rosemary (Dennis) Huston, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; a stepson, Clifford (Donna) Bradley, Versailles; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A great-grandson, Tyler Huston, and two brothers, Bond and Tillie Sallee, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the funeral home by the Rev. Gene Roberts. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Sandy Redmon, Rusty Rodgers, Donnie Sallee, Ted Fouser, Granville Egbert, and Jeff Waters.

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John D. Shearer, 61, former stallion manager at Airdrie Stud Farm and a former bookkeeper, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Kindred Health Care in Louisville.

Born in Nicholasville, he was the son of the late John William and Dorothy Lee Sherrow Shearer.

Survivors include two daughters, Valerie (Robert) Durham, Nicholasville, and Emily (Brandon) Bobbitt, Versailles; a son, Dylan (Stephanie) Shearer, Taylorsville; two sisters, Carolyn Williams, Stamping Ground, and Peggy Malicote, Midway; and two grandchildren, Levi and Madeline Durham.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 23, by Pastor Ken Bickel.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Childrenís Hospital or the American Diabetes Association.

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