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September 2, 2010



Irene B. Bobbitt, 89, of Versailles, widow of William F. Bobbitt, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010.

Born Aug. 29, 1921, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Tyler and Fany Lee Tole Bartlett. She was a former employee of Barrettís Sewing Factory and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Dana B. Lane, Versailles; a son, Glenn Bobbitt, Versailles; two brothers, Charles Tyler Bartlett Jr., Versailles, and John Collett Bartlett, New Jersey; six grandchildren, David Lane, Kevin Lane, Tony Lane, Angie Lane Moore, Joshua Bobbitt, and Jacobie Bobbitt Ward; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 2, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Tom Hinkle. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be David Lane, Kevin Lane, Tony Lane, Josh Bobbitt, Dave Moore, and Josh Ward. Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. until time of service.

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Jesse Gardner Edwards, 86, of Versailles, husband of Katherine Staton Edwards, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Madison County, he was the son of the late Eli Palestine and Ethel Reed Edwards. He was a retired Kroger employee, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by two daughters, Debra (Barry) Walker, Versailles, and Pamela (Randall) Templeman, Berea; a son, Michael (Donna) Edwards, Lexington; two sisters, Olga Chilton and Irene Cunningham, Lawrenceburg; three brothers, Jennings (Laura) Edwards, Versailles, Orville Edwards, Lexington, and Leslie Edwards, Idaho; two grandchildren, Brandon and Nicholas Edwards; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Barry Walker, Randall Templeman, Brandon Edwards, Nicholas Edwards, Gary Chilton, and Jennings Morris Edwards.

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Ben Earl Montgomery Jr., 75, of Lexington, widower of Carolyn Sue Wade Montgomery, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.

Born Sept. 25, 1934, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Ben Earl and Mary Lee Ethington Montgomery Sr. He was a veteran and a retired superintendent with Kentucky American Water. After retiring he traveled the world.

Survivors include a son, Ben Earl (Deana) Montgomery III; a daughter, Maelee (Mark) Bradley; six grandchildren, Zach (Betsy) Montgomery, Austin Montgomery, Madison Montgomery, Amber Montgomery, Taylor Montgomery and Mark Bradley Jr.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 30, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.



Herbert Sebastian, 91, of Versailles, husband of Laura Sebastian, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010.

A former Catlettsburg resident, he was retired from the Marine Repair Terminal of Ashland Oil where he worked for 35 years. Born in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late John Roy and Elizabeth Hurley Sebastian and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. A member of the Second Baptist Church of Ashland, he had been a deacon and member of the Builder Sunday school class. He and his wife had recently moved to Versailles to be near their children.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jim (Maxine) Sebastian, Ashland; three daughters, Sandy (Brandon) Deskins, Versailles, Susie (Steve) Virgin, Lexington, and Linda Wilson, Catlettsburg; two sisters, Gertrude Bartell, Georgetown, Del., and Jean (Cecil) Shrader, Columbus, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two stepsons, Nathan Sawyers and Alan Pryor. His first wife, Frankie Sebastian; a daughter, Cindy Sebastian; two sisters, Recie Pinkerman and Gladys Mills; and two brothers, Hobert and Hubert Sebastian, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Michael Cabell. Burial with military honors was at Nelson National Cemetery.

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Dr. Robert Fenimore Sexton, 68, of Lexington, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, husband of Pamela Papka Sexton, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center of cancer.

Born Jan. 13, 1942, in Louisville, he was the son of and Jane W. Sexton of Lexington and the late Claude F. Sexton. He was a member of the first graduating class of Waggener High School, the first valedictorian and student body president. He held a bachelorís degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and was awarded honorary degrees from Berea College, Georgetown College, Bellarmine University and Eastern Kentucky University. He served as a member of the board that created the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington and on the boards of the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center and the New Opportunity School for Women. He was a founder of the Kentuckyís Governorís Scholars Program and of the Kentucky Center for Public Issues. His national board service included Editorial Projects in Education (publishers of Education Week and Teacher Magazine), the Education Trust, the Center for Teaching Quality, the Education Commission of the States and the American Association for Higher Education. He also served on advisory groups for several national foundations. He enjoyed nature, birds, rivers, boats and fishing, hiking and exploring, and fly-fishing. He collected the art of a diverse group of Kentucky artists, enjoyed music, especially spirituals and Kentucky traditional and Bluegrass music, and actors and dancers of all stripes. He was an avid reader of policy, history, fiction, and poetry.

In addition to his wife of 25 years and his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Rebecka Byrne Sexton, Chicago; a son, Robert Byrne Sexton, San Jose, Calif.; three stepchildren, Ouita Papka Michel (Chris), Midway, Paige Papka Richardson, Lexington, and Perry Aaron Papka, Frankfort; two granddaughters, Willa Dru Michel and Lily Kathryn Schade, and the mother of his children, Kathryn Johansson, Chicago.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Memorials may be made to the Robert F. Sexton Legacy Fund, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, P.O. Box 1658, Lexington, KY 40588.



Jenny Lee Moore Smith, 80, of Frankfort, formerly of Versailles, widow of Buddy Smith, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late C. E. and Grace Lee McCoun Moore. She was a retired Kroger employee, and she and her husband ran the JettoTown Lounge for many years.

Survivors include two sisters, Christine True and Ann Dozier, Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews. A sister, Mary Jo Moore; and three brothers, Herbert Moore, Billy Moore, and Raymond Cox, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Philip Moore, Chris Moore, John Moore, Tom Moore, Bill Phelps, and Eddie Sloan.

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G. Douglas Sutherland, 75, of Frankfort, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born Jan. 16, 1935, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Jake and Blanche Sutherland. He was a former president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky and served on numerous boards during his 30 years of employment. He was a former president of the Kentucky Jaycees and former national vice-president of the U.S. Jaycees. He graduated from Versailles High School in 1953, attended Transylvania University, and was a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

Survivors include a daughter, Sonja Dawson (Patrick) Stipes, Frankfort; a son, Bradley Douglas (Kellie) Sutherland, Alabama; three grandchildren, Alex Meadows, Dylan Sutherland, and Simon Sutherland; two step-grandchildren, Brenden and Dillon Stipes; and his former wife, Dot Sutherland.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Sunset Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Ray Holdren. Casket bearers were Rick Caudle, Bill Cline, Dylan Sutherland, Gene Jacobs, Paul Reardon, and Patrick Stipes. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

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