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September 26, 2013



Larry Joe Blades, 61, of Lexington, formerly of Woodford County, husband of Tammy Gooch Blades, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

The son of the late Oscar Howard and Ellen Gaddis Blades, he was raised in Midway and Lexington, was a 1971 graduate of Bryan Station High School, and was a painter with Blades Brothers Painting.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Carol Ann Blades, Frankfort; and a brother, Howard Blades, Lexington. A brother, Donald Wayne Blades, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home by the Rev. Tim Thompson. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Dale Boyd, Zachary Jones, John Todd, Gilbert Blades, Tom Grant, and Tommy Grant.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Services for Bishop Vaughn E. Fields, 79, of Frankfort, were held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home, Frankfort. The Rev. James Smith and Pastor Will Brown officiated. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Vaughn died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown, Ind. He was a paint contractor who owned Fields Decorating Services. He was a member of Fintville Community Church, where he served as associate pastor, trustee and evangelist. In 1980, he was ordained as elder; and in 1988, made Bishop in the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ by Bishop James Best Jr. Heavenly Highway Outreach Ministries on radio station 1490 AM was started by Vaughn forty-seven years ago in October.

A native of Amburgy, Knott County, he was the son of the late Troy Sr. and Sallie Mullins Fields and was preceded in death by brothers Albert Willis Fields, James Elmer Fields and Wallace J. Fields; sisters Maywood Fields LaMonda, Grace Fields, Louise Fields and Ruth Fields

Survivors include his wife, Frances Fields; two sons, Larry Conway, Maryland, and Mark Conway, Shelby County; a daughter, Kathy Shepherd, Frankfort; two sisters, Pauline Fields Parks (Robert), Missouri, and Ruby Fields Gibson, Knott County; a brother, Troy Fields Jr. (Beulah), Bracken County; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a special friend, Shirley Conway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Harry Enoch, Bill Wise, Tim Cox, Ron Douglas, Jesse West and Pete Wise. Honorary bearers were Rose and Denny Spaulding, Brother James Bowman, Bo and Lou Bailey, D. Mark, Martha Bailey, Charles and Helen LeCompte, Donald Arnold, Luster Allen and Zenobia Skinner

The family requests donations be made to LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

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Martha C. Lancaster, 86, of Versailles, widow of James B. Lancaster, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

A native of Woodford County, she was born on June 12, 1927, the daughter of the late Estill and Alice Brophy Cloyd. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments.

Survivors include a son, James (Courtenay) Lancaster, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Courtenay (Steve) Coonrod, Lexington, Jamie Lancaster, Versailles, and Melissa (Jeff) Hankins, Frankfort.

A graveside service was conducted Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Sunset Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Keith McAliley. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to L.I.F.E. House for Animals.

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William Rinehart Meredith II, 82, of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at The Hearth in Avon, Ind.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 26, 1930, he was the son of the late William R. Meredith and the late Mildred Jackson Meredith. He lived in Lexington from 1954-61, Washington, D.C., from 1961-73; 1973 forward, Harrodsburg, Ky., including Beaumont Avenue and Salt River Bottom Farm (formerly owned by descendants of the Kyle and Eli Lilly Families); 1995 forward, Key West, Fla. He attended Berea College, the University of Kentucky and Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C., graduating in May 1965 with a Juris Doctorate. His military service was as U.S.A.F. Radio Intercept Operator connected with the Security Service involved with military intelligence. Served in Texas, Mississippi, Japan and in Korea during the Korean War for seven-plus months, 1952-1953. His professional history includes being a trust officer with the Security Trust Company, vice-president and trust officer with American Security and Trust Co. in Washington, D.C., and practiced law in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress 6th District of Kentucky in spring of 1972. He was member of St. Philipís Episcopal Church and served as Bishopís Warden for several years. He was involved with the creation and operation of a child care center in addition to Cardinal Meadow Apartments for the elderly. Memories left with many, including a special friend, Sheri Ann Scott, a Shitzu named "Oreo"; children William R. Meredith III (wife Tracy) of Apex, N.C., and Sarah "Shelley" Dangerfield Meredith, Nashville, Tenn. He had four grandchildren, Ella, Emory, Addie, and Liam; and two sisters, Mary Jane Allen, Avon, Ind., and Hope Ann Lowe, Lexington, Ky.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at 6 p.m. at St. Philipís Episcopal Church. Interment followed at Springhill Cemetery in Harrodsburg. A life celebration was held Sept. 17, 2013, at Salt River Bottom Farm in Harrodsburg. Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, was in charge of arrangements.

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Cynthia J. Bales Peterson,41, of Lawrenceburg, wife of D. Brent Peterson, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at her home.

Born in Lexington, she was a 1990 graduate of Woodford County High School, and received her masterís degree in equine nutrition from the University of Kentucky. She was co-owner of Liberty Tax Service, past president of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of St. Simeon Skete Church.

In addition to her husband of 19 years, she is survived by two sons, Samuel Wolfe Peterson and James Lucas Peterson, both of Lawrenceburg; her mother, Joan E. Fields Markwell (Denny); a brother, Kris (Christina) Fields, Louisville; two sisters, Ashley Gentry, Lawrenceburg, and Tiffany Bales, Morehead; and her grandparents, Burnice and Josephine Fields Jr. Her father, James Samuel Bales, and a cousin, Melissa Fields, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 26, at First Christian Church, Lawrenceburg, by Fr. Seraphim Hicks. Burial will follow in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, is in charge of arrangements.



Ronald Owen Redmon, 75, of Lexington, passed away Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, 2013, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Redmon, son of the late Virgil and Mildred Southworth Redmon, was born in Versailles, Kentucky. He graduated from Versailles High School and was a retired land surveyor with GRW Engineers. Mr. Redmon was a member of the American Legion Post #341, Boy Scouts of America, an avid fan of the UK Wildcats and the Cincinnati Reds.

He is survived by his sister, Velda Redmon Staggs; nieces Vivian (Larry) Salley and Angela Southern; nephews Randall Roark, Daniel Roark, and Donald (Anna) Roark, all of Lexington, Michael (Sandy) Roark, Versailles, and Keith (Sandy) Redmon, Louisville; and special friends of GRW. Mr. Redmon was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Dewayne Redmon; and a twin brother, Donald Lee Redmon.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, officiated by the Rev. Mickey Anders. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

A special thanks to his caregivers and devoted nieces, Vivian and Angela.

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Elizabeth Screace Washington, 99, was born on Aug. 14, 1914, in Versailles, Ky. She went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Lexington Country Place.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Washington Sr.; two sons, Edward Washington Jr. and Clarence Washington Sr.; and a daughter, Lucille Murphy.

She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Eugene (Phyllis) Washington and Chris (Tammy) Washington; and two daughters, Alice (Ronald) Taylor and Sally (William) Smith.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main Street, Versailles. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 26, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arrangements by O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington.

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