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March 20, 2014



John Ira Blackburn II, 56, son of the late Irene Mulberry and Worth Blackburn, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at his home in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Born March 23, 1957, in Casablanca, Morocco, he attended Bolivar Central High School in Bolivar, Tenn. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. He worked many years as a forklift driver in both Alabama and Tennessee. He was a member of Whiteville Baptist Church in Whiteville, Tenn.

Survivors include a sister, Carol (Jeff) Campbell, Memphis, Tenn.; an uncle, James (Vivian) Blackburn, Lexington; two aunts, Margaret Haden, Lexington, and Nancy Wyman, Gahanna, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Blackburn, Springfield, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Martha Galliano, a brother, David Blackburn, and a nephew, David Barnes, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Rev. George Haden Jr. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be James Blackburn, Brett Blackburn, Matthew Galliano, Jeff Campbell, Joseph Campbell, Jamie Heath, and Jefferson Blackburn-Smith.

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Flora Gardner "Peggy" Knight, 97, of Versailles, widow of Edwin Francis Knight, died Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Born Oct. 13, 1916, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Emma Howard Gardner. She was a lifelong member of Millville Baptist Church and a retired employee of National Distillers.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie Knight, Millville, and Barry Knight, Versailles; a sister, Joyce Nash, Frankfort; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A son, Phil Knight, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 18, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Garner Clark. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Millville Baptist Church Building Fund, 5600 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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James Maurice "Jim" White, 83, beloved husband of Gayle Young White, died, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his home after an extended illness.

Born December 27, 1930, in Versailles, Kentucky, he was the son of the late John D. and Sallie M. White. He was educated in the public schools of Woodford County, and was a 1953 graduate of the University of Kentucky.

Mr. White served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Pepperill AFB, Dayton, Ohio, followed by a one-year tour of duty in Thule, Greenland, serving as an early warning mission during the Cold War. He was then assigned to Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC. After making Sumter their home, he spent his life’s work in real estate development and mobile home sales and finance.

Mr. White was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he served on the Administrative Board and the Board of Trustees. He also served on the Sumter County Board of Education, the Salvation Army’s advisory board, the board of the Boy’s Club, and as a member of Sunset Country Club, he served on its Board of Directors. He was also a former member of the Lions Club and the Elks Lodge.

Mr. White enjoyed his work and traveling with his wife and children. He spent countless hours supporting and mentoring his children and grandchildren in their activities and sporting events.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years; one son, James Thomas White and wife, Melissa, of Sumter; two daughters, Marsha White Jones and husband, Jim, of Sumter, and Janet White Beaumont, of Atlanta, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Charlotte Rutledge White, Thomas McConnell White, Margaret Ashley Jones, James Laughton Jones II, David McKinley Jones, Ryley Amanda Beaumont, and Victoria Ann Beaumont. He is also survived by two sisters, Florence White Clark, of Lake Placid, Fla., and Mary White Thomas, of Kingston, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Maurice J. (Mo) Young and wife, Dottie, of Charleston, SC, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Daisy White Jackson, and his son-in-law, Michael John Beaumont.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Versailles Cemetery with Rev. Tim Thompson officiating.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty Street, Sumter, SC 29150 or a charity of one’s choice.

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Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements. 803-775-9386.

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