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July 31, 2014



Gordon Moore Campbell, Sr., 66, of Paris, KY, formerly of Versailles, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Paris.

Gordon was a graduate of Sewanee Military Academy, TN, class of 1966. He completed his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Kentucky in 1970, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He received his master’s degree in Urban Planning from Catholic University, 1973. He served eight years in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. He was a practicing and licensed architect, AIA, for over 40 years throughout Kentucky and the region. He owned and operated Campbell and Associates Architecture, LLC, in Versailles.

Gordon’s passions were his children and grandchildren, his love of farm life and horses, restorative architecture and historical preservation. He was a longtime Scoutmaster and advocate of the Boy Scouts, as well as a kind, loving, and empathetic individual toward others.

Survivors include his daughter, Jamie Campbell Megginson and her husband, Ron, of Madison Heights, VA; his son, Wesley Arran Campbell of Louisville, his stepson, Cary B. Howard Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Lexington; grandchildren Molly and James Campbell; daughter-in-law, Ann West Campbell of Louisville; his longtime love and companion, Susann Strayer of Paris; his brother, Doug Campbell and his wife, Nancy Campbell, of Naples, FL; his niece, Mary Campbell of Boulder, CO; and his nephew, Jim Campbell of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Susan Watts Campbell, his son, Gordon Moore Campbell, Jr., and his parents, James Douglas and Mollie Yocum Campbell.

Memorial service is Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 1 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Versailles. A reception in the parish hall will follow the service. Private burial will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Blackburn &Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Main St., Versailles, KY 40383.

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Linda Susan Manning, 61, of Lexington, died Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Born Dec. 22, 1952, in Greenville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Burney and Doris Manning of Somerset. She was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and was a retired employee of IBM and the Breeders’ Cup.

Survivors include three sisters, Elaine (Jim) Hangis, Versailles, Billie Manning, Lexington, and Libby (William) Elks, Lexington; four brothers, Burney (Debra) Manning, Somerset, Tim Manning, Lexington, Marc (Lisa) Manning, Versailles, and Joe Manning, Lexington; 12 nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.

A celebration of life reception will be held at Double Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Waynesburg at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or to the Baptist Health Foundation Lexington Cancer Program, 1800 Nicholasville Road, Suite #104, Lexington, KY 40503. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jack "Sandy" Montgomery, 73, of Versailles, left this life on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, to join his family in Heaven.

Jack was a lifelong resident of Versailles, born on April 16, 1941, to Oscar and Mildred Smith Montgomery. Jack was retired from OSRAM Sylvania and a member of Versailles Baptist Church. Jack was the loving husband of Elwanda Estes Montgomery, and loving father to Denise (Kyle) Montgomery Perkins, Anthony (Carrie) Montgomery, and Amanda Hampton. A loving grandfather to 7 grandchildren, Austin Clint Perkins, James Anthony Perkins, Anthony Jordan Montgomery, Dayton Lee Hampton, Kristofer Calen Montgomery, Victoria Emma Grace Hampton and Thomas Kelley Hampton; and 2 great-grandchildren, Brody Wayne Perkins and Marley Madison Montgomery. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Donald Allen Montgomery and Gary Mizer Montgomery. Jack’s family was the love of his life and he always said, "Life shouldn’t be a journey to the grave with intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside thoroughly, totally worn out shouting, ‘Wow! What a ride!’"

A celebration of life will be held on August 2, 2014, at 516 Regent Court, Versailles, KY, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friends and family welcome.

Please make all donations to the Hospice of the Bluegrass and to pulmonary fibrosis research at University of Kentucky.

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Darryl L. Neal, 51, of Nicholasville, formerly of Versailles, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, of cancer.

Born July 7, 1963, he was the son of Arthur T. and Nancy L. Neal.

Survivors include three children, Janet L. Hulette, and Josh and Takoda Neal; three grandchildren, Matalee, Jordon and Adyson; a special aunt, Jean Ransdell; a brother, Dwayne (Penny) Neal; and a nephew, Brent Neal. A sister, Janet Lee Neal, is deceased.

A celebration of life (casual) will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Palomar Baptist Church, 2190 Ft. Harrod Drive, Lexington. Services will be conducted at 11.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Julia Etherington "Ma" Roberts, 97, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Bradford Square Nursing Home in Frankfort.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Maggie Riggs Etherington and Mitchel Etherington. She was a graduate of Versailles High School and a member of First Christian Church in Versailles. She was a former employee of Woodford Telephone Company (later General Telephone Company), the City of Versailles Water Department, and was a lab assistant and EKG tech at Woodford Memorial Hospital, from which she retired after 20 years of service.

Survivors include a daughter, Eleanor "Sissy" (Henry) Smith, Versailles; three sons, Kenneth C. (Billie) Roberts, Versailles, David A. Roberts, Nashville, Tenn., and Glynn E. (Melissa) Roberts, Lawrenceburg; eight grandchildren, Dawn Reed, Versailles, Michele (Rick) Deaton, Nicholasville, Brian Hilton, Frankfort, David Aaron (Anna) Roberts, Whitehouse, Tenn., Dana Ruesewald, Springhill, Tenn., Zachariah Roberts, Lawrenceburg, Tina Herron and Ronald (Lynda) Hulette, Lexington; 10 great-grandchildren, Kala and Whitney Deaton, Anthony and Angela Hilton, Christopher Reed, Joshua Ruesewald, Lane Joseph Roberts, Brittney (Scott) Gross, Brooke Barnes and Caden Herron; three nephews, Robert M. (Sue) Etherington Jr., Ellery L. Etherington and Michael (Charlene) Etherington; five great-great-grandchildren, Jayden Adams, Gemma Hope and Jack Silace Hilton, Sophie and Willa Gard. A son, Dale Roberts; a sister, Angeline Wachtel; a brother-in-law, Ervin D. Wachtel; a brother, Robert M. Etherington Sr.; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Evins Etherington, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 30, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Casket bearers were Brian Hilton, David Aaron Roberts, Ronald Hulette, Scott Gross, Rick Deaton, Tony Hilton, Christopher Reed and Joshua Ruesewald. Honorary bearers were Dr. William Graul, Jack Jackson, Perry Green, Stuart Brown, John Conlee, Steve Seckler, Zachariah Roberts and Robert, Ellery and Michael Etherington.

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Anita Vance Wash, 93, of Lexington, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the St. Joseph Main Hospital.

Born Sept. 20, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Henry P. and Jennie Craig Vance of Versailles and was the sister of the late Kenneth D. Vance. She was a graduate of Versailles High School, where she was president of her senior class and class salutatorian. She retired as a Realtor and was a past president of the Lexington Women’s Council of Realtors. She also retired as manager of Waller Place Condominiums and was a former bookkeeper at WLEX Radio and TV stations and WKYT-TV.

She is survived by a daughter, Glenna W. Wash, Lexington; two brothers, Moss Vance, Versailles, and Donald K. (Evalena) Vance, Hixson, Tenn.; two nephews; three nieces; six great-nieces; two great-nephews; and a special family friend, Steve Popovich.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, July 29, at the Versailles Cemetery. Milward-Southland was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Woodford Humane Society, the UK Arboretum, and the Gardens of the Henry Clay Estate.

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