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March 10, 2011



Darrell Eugene Columbia, 61, of Midway, husband of Beth Columbia, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Billie and Billie Lee Columbia of Midway. He was retired U.S. Army sergeant, the owner of the Lowriders Bar in Frankfort, and a member of the Frankfort Elks Lodge # 530.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by three daughters, Heather Columbia-Kinney (Will), Cincinnati, Dusty Columbia Embury (Michael), Lexington, and Sarah Columbia McClure (Sean), Frankfort; a sister, Janie Columbia, Shelbyville; two stepdaughters, Kayla and Megan Kennedy, Midway; six grandchildren, Rinnah, Lily, Alden, Laurel, Amy Madeline, Merrick; and the mother of his daughters, Rebecca Columbia, Cincinnati. A sister, Judith Ann Columbia, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by members of Elks Lodge 530 and Chaplain William Draper. Committal was at the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gary McMillan, Joe Hayden, Mark Fields, Will Kinney, Michael Embury, and Sean McClure. Honorary bearers were Thomas Russell Munn, Bobby Howard, and Donnie Rogers.

Memorials are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1941 Bishop Lane, #511, Louisville, KY 40218, or to the National Guard Youth Challenge Foundation, 1001 North Fairfax, St., Suite #205, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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Suzanne Marie Kain Hockensmith, 55, of Georgetown, wife of John Stephen Hockensmith, died Thursday, March 3, 2011. She lived with an autoimmune disease that took the form of liver disease.

Born March 22, 1955, she was a 30-year veteran of Eastern State Hospital. She created the Dual-Diagnosis program for Bluegrass Comprehensive Care.

In addition to her husband of 20 years, she is survived by two children, Michaela Marie Hockensmith and Benjamin Kain Hockensmith; her father and stepmother, Jack and Alice Kain; two sisters, Becky (Harry) Grimes and Vickie (Dan) Fister; six brothers, John, Pat (Mary), David (Eve), Steve (Barbara), Bob (Jan), and Bill (Lynne); two aunts, Barbara Maddox and Mary Lou Todd; an uncle, Floyd G. Webb Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her mother, Kathryn Webb Kain, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 7, at St. Francis Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Paul Fister. Burial was in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Casket bearers were her brothers. Honorary bearers were her brothers-in-law. Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603 New York, NY 10038-4810.



Fleming Dean Hogan, 88, died Wednesday, March 3, 2011, of complications from a stroke he suffered Oct. 13, 2010.

Born Dec. 23, 1922, in Woodford County, Dean was preceded in death by his parents, William Clarence and Stella Martin Hogan, and two brothers, Russell and Clarence. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Myrtle Louise; and six children, Beverly Hall, Rick (Dianna) Hogan, Don Hogan, Denise (Edward) Rall, Dana Chancellor and Heather (Dusty) Wainscott; his grandchildren, Cory Hall, Justin Hall, Shea Hogan, Brett Hogan, Kelley Hogan, Daniel (Sarah) Rall, Lindsay Rall, Andrew Moore, Carson Chancellor, Logan Wainscott, Lincoln Wainscott; his great-grandson, Eli Rall; two sisters, Patricia and Mimi, along with many nephews and nieces.

He grew up on a Woodford County farm until he joined the Marines after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He became a Japanese code-breaker, completing the training course in record time and served on Okinawa until war’s end when he became part of the occupying forces in Japan. Returning home, he went to the University of Kentucky where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He worked for many years for Brighton Engineering and was project engineer for three major interstate highways in Kentucky – Bluegrass Parkway, Western Kentucky and Purchase Parkways. Retiring at age 69, he focused on his large family and his personal love of woodworking and gardening. Dean lived for his children and grandchildren, never missing a school event in which they participated. He was part of the "greatest" generation, those who answered the call of their country, served selflessly until the victory was won and came home to become a loving husband, father and grandfather. His family deeply mourns his passing but considers themselves extraordinarily lucky to have the best father any family could have.

The family will conduct a private service.

They request that in lieu of beneficence, donations be made to Cardinal Hill Hospital and Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Sandra Gail Sutherland, 53, of Versailles, companion of Brad Devers, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Bobby Walton of Versailles and the late Gertie Walton.

Other survivors include three daughters, Melissa (Hilario) Perez, Nicholasville, Becky (Leonard) Lathrem, Frankfort, and Renee (Humberto) Perez, Versailles; a son, Coty Sumpter, Versailles; a stepdaughter, Kathy Devers (Steve Morris) Panico, Austin, Texas; a stepson, Mike (Tanya) Winkle, Versailles; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Rick McClung. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Mike Winkle, Coty Sumpter, Leonard Lathrem, Daniel Buffin, Marcus Russell, and Anthony Slone. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributions are suggested to Sandy Sutherland Memorial Fund, 161 Broadway, Versailles, KY 40383.

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David Lee Wright, 57, of Versailles, formerly of Sadieville and Nicholasville, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Scott County, he was the son of the late Lee Vernon and Marie Hensley Wright. He had been a truck driver prior to a life altering injury in 1991, when he fell from a tree stand and became paralyzed.

Survivors include two sisters, Effie Wright Roberts, Versailles, and Brenda Wright, Lexington; five nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Dan Brown.

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