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July 22, 2004



Steven Marcus Banks, 22, of Heritage Road, son of Steve and Helen Banks, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Dec. 31, 1981, in Fayette County, he was a 2000 graduate of Woodford County High School, a Gaines Scholar nominee, and a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He was a member Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Michelle Banks, Versailles, and Misty Stone, Paris; his maternal grandparents, Eleanor and Arthur Light, Lexington; paternal grandparents, Jeanette and Jerry Banks, Florida; his maternal step-grandmother, Mila Whitler, Hardinsburg; a nephew, Julias Chapman; and a niece, Madison Stone.

Services were conducted Monday July 19, 2004, at Woodford Community Christian Church in Versailles by the Rev. John Brandon and the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, 1305 Germany Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Arnold Campbell Sr., 69, of Richmond, formerly of Versailles and of Mercer County, widower of Peggy Ann Bruner Campbell, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Whitley County, he was the son of the late Bill Floyd and Carrie Perkins Campbell. He had retired as a construction and farm worker.

Survivors include a daughter, Tina Thomas, Richmond; a son, Arnold Campbell Jr., Versailles; three brothers, Arlis Campbell, Williamsburg, Leo Campbell, Salvisa, and Gorman Campbell, Harrodsburg; and 10 grandchildren. A daughter, Robin Campbell Jones, is deceased.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 19, 2004, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Denver Rearick, Audie Thomas, Eugene Land, Steven Jones, and Matthew Jones.



Buddy Currens, 74, of Delaney Ferry Road, died Friday, July 16, 2004, at his home.

The son of the late Grover and Mary Anne Currens, he was an employee of Winstar Farm.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Barnes, Nicholasville, and Mary Anne Currens, Versailles; a son, Mark Alan Currens, Versailles; two sisters, Ruth Broughton, Garrard County, and Evelyn Harris, Nonesuch; and two grandchildren, Byran and Daniel Crowe. Also surviving is his former wife, Geraldine Currens.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Victor Slatten. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Buddy Broughton, Stanley Broughton, Charles Currens, Wayne Lathery, Edwin Fogle and Doug Dunaway. Honorary bearers were Daniel Crowe, Bryan Crowe, Billy Wilson, Hershel Lathery, Kevin Wilson, Henry Currens, Ben Walling, Andy Martin, Bryan Crowe, Jeff Powers, Tommy Currens, Melvin Flora, Ed Humston, Joe Rice, and Ronnie Lawson.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Bessie Lee Jackson, 70, of Lexington, wife of Frank E. Jackson Sr., died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at the Samaritan Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Lovell and Margaret Brown. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Versailles, and a retiree of Rand McNally.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Burnes, Louisville; two sons, Frank Jr., and James Jackson, Lexington; six grandchildren; and a sister, Bettie Hardin, Versailles.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the First Baptist Church, Versailles. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Merle Roland Offenheiser, 81, of Lexington, husband of Mary Vollmer Offenheiser, died Sunday, July 18, 2004.

Born in Freeport, Ill., he was the son of the late William and Laura Ortmeier Offenheiser. He was a retired senior master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, and an avid fisherman. He was a Vietnam War veteran, member of the American Legion Post 341, a life member of the VFW Post 680, and a life member of the Plum River Masonic Lodge #554 in Stockton, Ill.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Douglas Offenheiser, Selma, Calif., Debbie Hintz, Stockton, Ill., Lynn Eul, Lexington, Carl Offenheiser, Seattle, Wash., Laura Grot, Versailles, and William Offenheiser, Washington, D.C.; a brother, Robert Offenheiser, Elizabeth, Ill.; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, July 22, 2004, at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway by the Rev. Tim Thompson. Burial will follow at the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502, or Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington KY 40504.



Bertha Wilson Watts, 78, of Nicholasville, widow of Letcher A. Watts Jr., died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at her home.

Born Oct. 24, 1925, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil Mark and Della Howard Wilson. She was a member of the Bethany Christian Church, a former member of the Lena Madison Phillips Business & Professional Women's Club, a retired employee of General Electric, and had worked with her husband and son at Watts Appliances for 25 years.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Clay Watts, Lexington, and Howard Steven Watts, Nicholasville; two daughters, Carolyn Watts Threlkeld, Nicholasville, and Sherry McMillen, Nicholasville; a sister, Mayme Coppage, Versailles; three grandsons, Micah Harrison McMillen, Joshua Clay McMillen, and Zachary David Threlkeld. Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, July 19, 2004, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home by the Rev. Craig Yates and Charles Logan Miller. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Micah Harrison McMillen, Corporal Joshua Clay McMillen, Zachary David Threlkeld, George Hedges, Curtis Lloyd, Steve Harrison McMillen, and David Lloyd. Honorary bearers were Frankie Teater, David Quinn, Robert Clay Watts, and Buddy LaFoe.

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