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December 31, 2013



J. Kelley Hutcherson died on December 22 in Versailles following an illness. He was 83.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha Jane Carr Hutcherson of Versailles; daughter Kate Robie (and her husband, Ed) and son John K. Hutcherson Jr. of Versailles; daughter Eve Hutcherson of Nashville; six grandchildren: Amanda Sayles (and her husband, Brad), Jack Robie (and his wife, Maggie); Annie Hutcherson; Meg Robie; and Kelley and Emily Purpus; and two great-grandchildren, Harlan and Lida Jane Sayles. He was preceded in death by daughter Jane Hutcherson Purpus of Bowling Green. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ambie Hutcherson of Vero Beach, Fla., and six nieces and nephews.

Hutcherson was a native of Louisville, Ky., but made his home in Versailles and Woodford County since 1975. He retired from a long, successful career in executive sales management for International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and was widely recognized as a mentor of young sales executives. The sales teams he led won national recognition within the company multiple times. He was an avid golfer for nearly 70 years, scoring five holes-in-one over his lifetime and winning tournaments in Louisville and Lexington, including as a partner with his father, the late Dr. J. Bernard Hutcherson of Louisville. In the community, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Pisgah Presbyterian Church, and the Versailles Presbyterian Church, where he had been a member in recent years.

Hutcherson was a 1948 graduate of Louisville Male High School and 1952 graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He was a veteran of the United States Naval Reserve and served as a special services officer during the Korean conflict, posted at the U.S. Naval Base in the Philippine Islands.

He will be buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. The family received visitors at Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Versailles on Friday, Dec. 27. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Hutchersonís memory may be made to the American Lung Association.

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William Harlan Logan, 74, of Lexington, husband of Betty Logan, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Sayre Christian Village.

Born Feb. 26, 1939, in Emerson, he was the son of the late John and Stella Logan. He was the owner and founder of Loganís of Lexington, established in 1964 in Midway. He was a member of Tates Creek Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Steve (Misty) Logan and Elliott (Carol) Logan, both of Lexington; four grandchildren, Tori, Abby, Taylor and Kailyn; a brother, Arthur Logan, Harrodsburg; and five sisters-in-law, Ruby (Lon) Zornes, Emerson, Molly Musgrave, Nicholasville, Pearl (Gerald) Miller, Nicholasville, Gaye (Jim) Johnson, Olive Hill, and Judy (Gerry) Graham, Nicholasville; and a brother-in-law, Carl (Nadine) Spence, Knightstown, Ind. Two sisters, Irene Miller and Edith Richmond, and a brother, George Logan, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 30, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Harrodsburg Road by Minister Wally Rendel and Tommy Simpson. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Garden in Frankfort. Casket bearers were his two sons, Steve and Elliott, Darrell McCarty, Jamie Burch, Wally Schmidt, and Jim Barnes. Honorary bearers were the employees of Loganís of Lexington past and present.



Ovana Louise Rush was born November 2, 1917, in Virginia, the third of four children born to Frankie Mae Milton and Willett Howard Rush. Her brothers, James Milton, Willett "Buddy", and Frank Kenneth, all preceded her in death.

Ovana moved with her family to Versailles in 1924. She attended Transylvania College and graduated from the University of Kentucky. After initially teaching for a year in eastern Kentucky, she taught third grade in Lexington for over 40 years, impacting the lives of many hundreds of students. Ovana enjoyed traveling all over the world, but especially to see her large extended family in various parts of the U.S. She was an avid fan of UK athletics and a faithful member of the First Christian Church of Versailles. She was a member of the PEO, Hospital Auxiliary, and the Woodford County Womanís Club. She delighted in her family, dear friends, neighbors and church, and was always a gracious hostess, decorating for all seasons and holidays. She was beloved by her many relatives and friends across the country, with whom she kept in contact, as well as the wonderful caregivers who saw her through this last illness.

She is survived by her seven nieces and nephews, Elizabeth (Charles) Liston, W. H. "Bill" (Rosetta) Rush, Martha W. Rush, Robert H. (Linda) Rush, Karen (David) Thuente, Kenneth "Randy" (Mary Mason) Rush, Ray Milton (Mary Jane) Rush; and many cousins, including Robert Roach, Barbara Tincher, Beverly Rice, Beth Roach, John Milton, Vip Milton, Larry Milton, Ovana "Cookie" Slocumb and Pam Felker.

Memorial service is 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at First Christian Church with the Rev. Marcus Lynn officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Christian Church Life Center.

Memorials are suggested to the Ovana Rush Scholarship Fund at Midway College, to Hospice of the Bluegrass, or to the First Christian Church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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