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July 8, 2010



Luther Bland Jr., 89, of Versailles, a longtime former city councilmember, widower of Cora Lee Bland, died Sunday, July 4, 2010.

A native of Versailles, he was the son of the Late Luther Bland Sr. and Cora Bland. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Versailles. He was a former employee of Taylor Manor Nursing Home for 28 years and an honorary Kentucky Colonel. He was elected to the office of Versailles City Councilmember in November of 1972 and assumed the role beginning in January 1973. He served as a councilmember through Dec. 31, 2006, at which time he retired. He served for 33 years. During his tenure with the city council, he served on numerous committees and advocated many community and citizen concerns on such issues as controlling speeding, the beautification/restoration of downtown Versailles, and supporting the needs of all Woodford Countyís senior citizens. He was vocal and instrumental in pursing the need of the new Woodford County Senior Citizen Center that now stands at the Woodford County Park. After his retirement from the council, he was honored by Mayor Fred Siegelman and his city council peers for his contributions by being presented with a Key to the City, naming him a lifelong honorary citizen. Also, in his honor, the former Gregory Court was renamed as Luther Bland Court

Survivors include two children, Brenda Eugene Bland, Lexington, and William Luther (Shelia) Bland, Versailles; three grandchildren, Aleesha, Mychal, and Derek; a great-granddaughter, Genesis; a sister, Carrie Mae Crawford; a sister-in-law, Nannie Bland; two special nieces, Connie and Patricia Winkfield; as well as nephews and numerous other relatives.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial will follow in Steele Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service.

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Anita Jean Campbell, 67, of Lexington, widow of Mervin Campbell, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Calvin Franklin and Mazie Irene Sallee Evans. She was a former waitress at the Waffle House for a number of years.

Survivors include three children, Robert Franklin Campbell, Mervin Campbell Jr., and Barbara Jean Campbell, all of Lexington; four grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Campbell, Deanna Ann Campbell, Sara Jean Towne, and Kaitlyn Campbell; a great-grandchild, Destiny Campbell; three sisters, Brenda (Herbert) Campbell, Lexington, Glenda (Tommy) Cox, Versailles, and Mallisa (Billy Baily) Walker, Lawrenceburg; two brothers, Franklin (Charlotte) Evans, Versailles, and Roland (Juanita) Evans, Lancaster; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, July 6, at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Rosalie Laura Dempsey, 89, of Harrodsburg, wife of Frederick G. Dempsey, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born Oct. 14, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late August and Jane Hanlon Esser. After her service during World War II in the U.S. Army, she devoted her life to being a mother and wife. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Laura (Bobby) Riddle, Midway, Linda (Jon) Dempsey Hall, Lexington, and Debbie (Charlie) Edwards, Edinboro, Pa.; three sons, Larry (Terry) Dempsey, Longmont, Colo., Terry (Diann) Dempsey, Grayson, Ga., and John A. Dempsey, Lexington; and six grandchildren, J.P. Dempsey, David Dempsey, Jon Hall Jr., Charlie Edwards Jr., Sam Edwards, and Molly Edwards. A sister, Elmajane Esser, is deceased.

A funeral Mass was conducted Tuesday, July 6, at the St. Andrew Catholic Church, Harrodsburg. Burial with military rites was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville. Casket bearers were Bobby Riddle, John Hall Sr., Charles Edwards, J.P. Dempsey, David Dempsey, Charlie Edwards Jr., Derek Whitis, and Sam Edwards.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Andrew Catholic Church.

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Wilbur M. Hill, 82, of Versailles, a lifelong Woodford County farmer, husband of Wanda Baker Hill, died Friday, July 2, 2010.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late George D. and Margaret Trimble Hill. He was an active member of the Versailles Baptist Church, where he was a deacon emeritus, Sunday school director and teacher. He was a member and past president of the Woodford County Farm Bureau, was a Kentucky Colonel, a past president and member of the board of directors of the Cleveland Home Foundation, a past president and director of the ASCS Office, and was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

In addition to his wife of over 54 years, he is survived by three children, Lea Anne (Glyn) Martin, W. Marks (Elaine) Hill Jr., and John C. Hill, all of Versailles; seven grandchildren, Allison Martin, Paige Martin, Emily Hill, Markus Hill, Meredith (Aaron) Cocke, Sarah Hill, Barrett Hill; three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lorraine (Mrs. Robert) Hill; and several nieces and nephews. A son, a grandson, a brother, and a sister, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 6, at the Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brandon and the Rev. Michael Cabell. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were W. Marks Hill Jr., John C. Hill, Markus Hill, Danny England, J.M. Lane, and Bob Campbell. Honorary bearers were the past and present directors of the Woodford County Farm Bureau, the members of the Bob Hayes Sunday school class, Dr. Dale Goodin, Dr. Herbert Bruce, and William Dawson.

Memorials are suggested to the Oneida Baptist Institute, Box 67, Oneida, KY 40972-0067.

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Barbara Meece Hodgkins, 71, of Versailles, widow of Emmett Hodgkins, died Sunday, July 4, 2010, at her home.

Born April 22, 1939, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Kathleen Lawrence Meece. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School and was member of the Patchwork Homemakers of America.

Survivors include a son, Bob (Diana) Berry, Lexington; two daughters, Shelly Berry, Versailles, and Diana Berry, Chandler, Ariz.; two brothers, Wayne Meece, Nashville, Tenn., and Ron Meece, Georgetown; a sister, Linda Meece, Lexington; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Whit Criswell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass and to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

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Gerald F. Payne, 91, widower of Sadie B. (Hammond) Payne, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

A native of Daviess County, he was born Feb. 21, 1919, the son of the late Charles Elmer and Ada Roberts Payne. He was a lifelong member of Local 452 Pipefitters-Steamfitters Union. He worked at IBM from the time they came to Lexington as a mechanical contractor for Finney Inc. and C.S. Veach and Son until retiring in 1984. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church for over 50 years.

Survivors include four children, Diane Connors, Mike (Melba) Payne, Pat (Peggy) Payne, and Ricky (Karry) Payne; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A son, Gerald Jr., and an infant grandson, Chris Connors, are deceased.

A funeral Mass was conducted Friday, July 2, at Christ the King Church. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Nathan Harrington, Jeffery Connors, Jared Payne, Alex Payne, Logan Payne, Tyler Payne, Austin Payne, Dustin Payne, and Josh Dicken. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice.



Daphne Tatum Shewmaker, 90, of Springfield, widow of Ennis Shewmaker, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

A native of Washington County, she was born on July 4,1919, the daughter of the late Vivian C. and Lottie Mattingly Tatum. She was a member of the Springfield Baptist Church. Along with her husband, she for many years owned and operated Shewmakerís Antiques in Springfield and once served as manager of the lunch room of the Willisburg School.

Survivors include four daughters, Vivian Martin (David), Shepherdsville, Martha Joyce Trowbridge, Versailles, Brenda Bates (Ed), Smithfield, and Pat Hendricks, Springfield; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Juanita Taylor, Louisville, and Norma Walker, Springfield. Two sons-in-law, Don Hendricks and Charles Trowbridge; and a brother, Thomas C. Tatum, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 3, at the Carey & Son Funeral Home, Springfield, by Dr. Wesley Noss. Burial was in the Peter Cemetery at Mackville. Casket bearers were Benjamin Hendricks, Jeffrey Trowbridge, Kevin Bates, David Bates, Chris Cannon and Douglas Brown. Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Thurman Nelson Southworth, 82, of Georgetown, died Saturday, July 3, 2010.

Born Jan. 10, 1928, in Georgetown, he was the son of the late Jerry Price and Christine (Brumback) Southworth. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Survivors include two sons, Bruce (Ann Mayes) Southworth, Midway, and Jerry (Linda) McClain, Akron, Ohio; three grandchildren, Tara Richards, Rachel McClain, and Russell Morris; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Shirley (Ruth) Southworth.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 6, at Johnsonís Funeral Home, Georgetown. Burial was in Crestlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Scott County Humane Society.



Brian Keith Way, 32, of Lexington, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010, of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Georgetown.

Born March 10, 1978, in Lexington, he was the son of Gale Smith-Negm, Raleigh, N.C., and the late Jerry Lee Way. He worked in the information technology field.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Charlene (Steven) Smith, Cynthiana; a brother, Mitchel Rufus (Samantha) Walker, Georgetown; three nieces; and a great-niece.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 3, at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Chapel, West Liberty. Casket bearers were friends and family members.



K.C. Wilson, 64, of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at his home after a short illness.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was a professional actor, a veteran of Broadway, regional theatre, and television. He created the role of "Godalming" in the long-running off-Broadway hit "The Passion of Dracula" in New York, and starred in the national tours of "1776" and "Grand Hotel." He also wrote for the theatre, and his musical, "Dream, Dream, Dream," with the Everley Brothers music, has had several productions. He lived and worked in New York City for 25 years before coming to Kentucky. For the last 15 years he had made his home with Ann and David Richmond of Versailles.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, in the chapel at St. Johnís Episcopal Church. Friends are welcome. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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