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June 20, 2013



Miriam LaRue Dillon, 94, widow of Hershel E. "Buck" Dillon, died Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Born Oct. 28, 1918, in Thomasville, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Claude Leslie and Annie Lee Dekle. After graduating from Thomas County High School, she enlisted in the Army in 1942 (WAC). Rising to staff sergeant, she earned the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal. She met Hershel "Buck" Dillon, a fellow officer stationed in Fort Detrick, Md., and they married on Aug. 25, 1945. She and Buck requested to be discharged and moved to Lexington, and later to a farm in Woodford County. She was a founding board member of the Bluegrass Association for Mentally Retarded Children (BARC; now ARC of the Bluegrass). She served in many roles, including corresponding secretary, treasurer, and president from 1962 to 1964. In 1967, BARC opened a school for children with mental disabilities. In 1973, they opened METRO Industries, a work center that provided life and job skills. She was awarded the Ronald J. Cutter Award in April 1991 in appreciation for her service and dedication to ARC of Kentucky. She was an active member of Broadway Christian Church for 63 years. She was a member of the Homemakers Clubs of Fayette and Woodford counties, the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, Eastern Star, Bible Study Fellowship, and Daughters of the Nile.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda D. Perkins and Frances A. Dillon; five grandchildren, Miriam Perkins, Hannah Chia, Alicia Katterheinrich, Nathan Perkins, and David Perkins; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Haskel Dekle (Joan), Thomasville, Ga. Four siblings, Quinton Dekle, Peggy Dekle, Clayton Dekle, and Jean Woodward; and a son-in-law, Gary D. Perkins, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, June 17, at Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Keith L. Katterheinrich and Dr. Miriam Perkins. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Nathan Perkins, David Perkins, William L. Woodward Jr., Brian Kinney, Robert Dinsmore and Thomas Dinsmore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to ARC of the Bluegrass.



Hazel L. Ford, 81 of Columbus, Miss., died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – GT, in Columbus.

Born Dec. 3, 1931, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Jessie Caudill Long. She moved to Columbus, Miss., 51 years ago from Versailles. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, Miss., where she was a member of the Widow Mites Sunday school class and the 55 Plus Senior Citizens. She enjoyed sending cards, working crossword puzzles, and reading her Bible. She retired in 1993 as a secretary for Kerr McGee after 27 years of service.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan (Gary) Shepherd, Steens, Miss.; three sons, Melvin Thomas (Christy) Ford, Tupelo, Miss., Calvin Ross Ford, Columbus, Miss., and Timothy Bryce (Lisa) Ford, Wesson, Miss.; two sisters, Syble Baker and Irene Searcy, both of Lexington; five grandchildren, Jennifer (John) Weilenmann, Thomas Lawrence (Sandy) Linton, Kent (Kristen) Shepherd, Kurt (Michelle) Shepherd, and Timothy Ford; and nine great-grandchildren, Ella Shepherd, Kaden Shepherd, Addie Shepherd, Karson Shepherd, Sawyer Shepherd, Lizzie Weilenmann, Anja Weilenmann, Nathan Linton, and Haylee Linton.

Services were conducted Friday, June 14, in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel, Columbus, Miss., by Bro. Sammy Crawford and Bro. Tommy Gillon. Interment was held Monday, June 17, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Frankfort, with Bro. Kent Shepherd officiating. Casket bearers were her sons and grandsons. Honorary bearers were the staff of Windsor Nursing Home and the Widows Mite Sunday school class.

Memorials may be made to Child Development Center, c/o Fairview Baptist Church, 127 Airline Road, Columbus, MS; Annie Armstrong North American Mission Board, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368; Lottie Moon International Missions, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230; or any other Fairview Baptist Church Mission Fund.



It is with a sad and heavy heart we come to you with the passing of Ms. Wanda Mae Sanderson.

Born January 29, 1939, and passed Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the UK Chandler Medical Center.

She is survived by her two sons, Stephen Charles Sanderson (Vallery) of Elizabethtown and David Paul Norman Sanderson (Amber) of Versailles; nine grandchildren, Atari, Nicole, Aisha, Latasha, Tremaine, Jermaine, Solomon, and Theatris, Devaun; six great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mary Elizabeth, Jewel Geraldine, and Naomi Clifford; four brothers, William Theatris, Woodson Lee, Hubert Lee and Charles Henry; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

You are missed Mom, we love you. She’s in your hands now, Lord. May God Bless All.

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