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July 10, 2014



Richard L. "Buck" Bumgardner, 93, widower of Edna Redmon Bumgardner, died Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Thomson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore.

He served over 38 years on the Woodford County Fire Department, including 9 years as assistant chief and 27 years as chief, prior to his retirement in 1989.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Jack R. and Mary L. Moss Bumgardner. He was a Baptist and had attended Versailles High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a P.O.W. His memberships included the V.F.W. in Frankfort, the American Legion Post #67, Masonic Lodge #41 F&AM, and the Kentucky Firefighters Association. He had worked at the Lexington Bluegrass Army Depot for 17 years, was a former police officer, and deputy sheriff.

Survivors include a granddaughter, Teresa Blevins; a great-granddaughter, Heather (Jason) Jackson; and a great-great-grandson, Colebrine Jackson. A son, Richard L. Bumgardner Jr., a sister, Mary B. Bumgardner, and a brother, Jack C. Bumgardner, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Jeff Johnson. Burial with military honors was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jarod Jackson, Bill Thompson, Chuck Thompson, members past and present of the Woodford County Fire Department and the Versailles Fire Department.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

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Briggetti Johnson Combs, 54, of Lexington, wife of Tim Combs Sr., died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of John and Katherine Williams Johnson of Versailles. She had attended Woodford County High School and was a member of First Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a daughter, Conchessa Hall, Connecticut; three sons, Scotty Johnson, Versailles, Demetrius Hall, Louisville, and Timmy Combs, Lexington; a sister, Sharon Chisley, Frankfort; three brothers, Jay Johnson, Lexington, and Kim (Tonya) Williams and Michael Van Williams, both of Lexington; a half-sister, Doretha Turner, Shelbyville; and 13 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 12, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home with services at noon Saturday with the Rev. Dr. Floyd Greene officiating. Services will be followed by cremation.

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Katherine Lee Southerland Downey, 87, formerly of Danville, widow of Gilbert "Gib" Downey, died Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Born April 2, 1927, in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late William Oatley and Verla Johnson Southerland. A homemaker, she was a resident of Versailles for over 45 years and a member of Springdale Baptist Church in Lexington.

Survivors include three children, Barbara (Ralph) Miles and Paul Ray (Ellen) Downey, both of Versailles, and Joann (Darrell) Melton, Berea; two sisters, Betty Keeton, Danville, and Beulah Monroe, Shelbyville; a brother, Hubert Southerland, Danville; six grandchildren, Rachel Downey (James) Cox, Erin (Tony) Colbaugh, Darrell Melton, Nancy (Mario) Joaquin, Kathy Beasley, and Timmy Beasley; and eight great-grandchildren, Joshua Beasley, Brittany Beasley, Matthew Lewis, Jake Drury, Jaden Melton, Mackenzie Colbaugh, Peyton Knox and Laynie Cox. A daughter, Dorse Frances Downey, a great-granddaughter, Shelbie Makenna Knox, and two sisters, Josephine Hiter and Edith Overstreet, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, July 7, at Stith Funeral Home, Danville, by the Rev. Terry Jenkins. Burial was in the Hustonville Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Cox, Darrell Melton Sr., Darrell Melton Jr., Timmy Beasley, Ralph Miles, Phil Southerland, Vince Silber, and Doug Southerland.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

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James Calvin Ethington, 79, of Midway, widower of Roxie Rankin Ethington, died Thursday July 3, 2014, at his residence.

Born July 26, 1934, in Midway, he was the son of the late Raymond and Adelle Wilson Ethington. He was a retired employee of Weisenberger Mills, where he worked for 46 years.

Survivors include two children, James C. Ethington Jr., Frankfort, and Anna Marie Ethington, Lancaster; three stepchildren, Debbie Evans, and Robert and Junior Wilson, all of Frankfort; a brother, Leonard Ethington, Shelbyville; a sister, Betty Jane Reynolds, Midway; 13 grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren. Three grandchildren are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday July 8, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel in Frankfort. Clark Legacy Center of Frankfort was in charge of arrangements.

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Clara Helen Bailey Hippe, 89, loving wife for 65 years to B. R. Hippe, passed peacefully at her home, surrounded by family, to be with Jesus on Friday, July 4, 2014. Born in Frankfort, Ky., May 1, 1925, daughter of the late Bernard and Mary Alice Bailey.

Enjoying life to the fullest, Helen never grew old cherishing her family, friends, the Senior Citizens Center, her home of 70+ years on the family farm established by Mr. Hippe’s parents, the late James Franklin and Annie Dora Hackney Hippe.

She is survived by three daughters, Gloria (Jim) Donnell, Vivian Hippe (Paul Gonnelli), and Mary (Steve) McDaniel; a son, Gary (Cheryl) Hippe; one brother-in-law, Raymond Hippe and lifelong family friend Jean Clark; five grandchildren, Michele (Steve) Menshouse, Justice (Heather) Webber, Sherman (Mary) Green, Nicole Webber (Eric Caudle), and Kris McDaniel (Debbie); seven great-grandchildren, Daniel Goodrich (Stephanie), Austin Hackney, Riley and Bailey Green, Laila and Anna McDaniel, and Brogan Webber. Step-great-grandchildren Madison, Kennedy, Lensey, Layne, Austin, Baiey and Tate. She was preceded in death by a son, David Frank Hippe; three granddaughters, Deidre Smither, Dawn and Jocelyn Hippe; one sister, Vena Hawkins; and two brothers, Neville and Jimmy Bailey.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 7, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, with the Rev. Jeff Douglas officiating. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Justice Webber, Sherman Green, Kris McDaniel, Jim Donnell, Steve McDaniel, Paul Gonnelli and Steve Menshouse.

Donations suggested to Millville Baptist Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Charles H. McMillian, 83, widower of Jean C. McMillian, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at his home in Versailles.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Anna Davis McMillian. The owner of Woodford Glass Company, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, recipient of the Korean service medal, the UN service medal, a National Defense service medal, and a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Debbie (Darryl) Price; four grandchildren, Tara Gaines, Josh Gaines, Shelby Price, and Brant McMillian; and two great-granddaughters, Kayli and Lexi Duncan. A son, Dan Wayne McMillian, is deceased. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, July 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Interment will be held Friday, July 11, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Raymond Paul Thaman, 85, of Erlanger, husband of Rita (Collopy) Thaman, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at his home.

Born May 28, 1929, in Erlanger, he was the third child of the late William and Helen Thaman. He was a veteran of the United States Army, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 212, a co-founder of Glenwood Electric, Inc., an avid golfer and University of Kentucky fan.

In addition to his wife of more than 60 years, he is survived by 12 children, Joe, Jane, Michael (Kathy), Mary Ann Gill, Phil (Mary Ann), Paul (Vicky), Theresa (Gary Foye), Leslie March (Jeff), Stephen (Paula), Raymond (Debbie), Chris, and Amy Fathman (Sean); a sister, Liz Hegge; 32 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A sister, Betty Hegge, two brothers-in-law, Rob and Lee Hegge, and a son-in-law, Bruce Gill, are deceased.

A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Tuesday, July 1, at Mother of God Cemetery, Covington. Middendorf Funeral Home, Ft. Wright, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Pius X Church, 348 Dudley Road, Edgewood, KY 41017 or the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, Center for Children and Families, 75 Orphanage Road, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017.

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