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May 24, 2012



Raymond G. Biles, 75, of Versailles, widower of Beverly Biles, died Friday, May 18, 2012, at his home.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late Arthur and Anna Poydence Biles. A retired project manager for GTE Sylvania, he was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was educated at Youngstown State University and obtained a masterís degree from Kent State University. His interests included model and remote control airplanes and he had collected and built numerous planes.

Survivors include a sister, Marilyn E. Biles, Versailles; three daughters, Linda (Jimmy) McCoy, Martha Biles, and Chris (Al) Ledford, all of Versailles; three sons, Jeff (Sandra) Biles, Versailles, Mike (Melissa) Biles, Lexington, and Steve Biles, Nashville, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Michelle (Hagan) Baker, Lexington, and Addison Grace Biles, Versailles, and a great-grandchild, Rossi Baker. A grandson, Nicholas Biles, is deceased.

A funeral Mass was conducted Monday, May 21, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman. Burial was in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Virginia D. Carter Campbell, 69, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, widow of Harold Campbell, to whom she was married for 49 years, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, at her home.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late George Wesley Carter and Bertha Clark Carter Maloney. A retired Texas Instruments employee of 33 years, she was a Christian and member of the Church of God.

Survivors include four children, Darlene (Jackie) Smith and Kay (Don) Spies, Lawrenceburg, Tommy (Andrea) Campbell, Adams, Tenn., and Wesley (Terry) Campbell, Newark, N.J.; four brothers, Howard (Violet) Carter, Lexington, Donald (Ruth Ann) Carter, Jack (Addie) Carter, and Ernie Carter, all of Lawrenceburg; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 22, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Donald Carter. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Stamping Ground. Casket bearers were her grandchildren. Honorary bearers were Betty Snow, Mildred Faye Drury, Phyllis Morris, Cheryl Stempert, Bobby Stempert, Crystal Perry, Betty Shouse, Christy Ball, Betty Brown, Dr. Robert Hutchinson, Necie Powell, Carl Taylor, Betty Taylor, Jose Ferriera, Emilia Ferriera, and the staff of Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Howard R. Gabbard, 83, of Lexington, husband of Joyce M. Gabbard, died Friday, May 18, 2012, at his residence.

Born Dec. 16, 1928, in Hamilton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Hiram P. and Lena Murphy Gabbard. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, retired from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government after 32 years of service, where he had been a traffic engineer, and was a member of Russell Cave Baptist Church. He was a past master of Devotion Masonic Lodge 160 F & AM, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Body of Lexington, and a member of the Oleika Shrine Temple. He was a lifetime member of the Bluegrass Sportsman League.

In addition to his his wife, he is survived by two sons, Howard David (Vivian) Gabbard, Versailles, and Heath Scott Gabbard, Florence; two grandchildren, Matt and Kasie; and two brothers, Harold (Edna) Gabbard, Kill Devil Hill, N.C., and Vernon (Pamela) Gabbard, Eddyville.

Services were conducted Monday, May 21, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Pastor Adam Jones. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



The Rev. Larry Lee Jeffries, 69, of Frankfort, husband of Joy Lynn Gillaspy Jeffries, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

Born June 23, 1942, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of the late Byrdie Frances and Francis Ruth Jeffries. He graduated from Anderson College and received seminary training from the Anderson School of Theology, Liberty University, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He held degrees in Bible, sociology, church planting, and counseling. He served the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) for 44 years, pastoring churches in Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and completed his full-time pastoral ministry in Louisiana in 2003. While pastoring in Orlando, Fla., he planted seven churches across the Orlando area. Since moving to Kentucky in 2003, he provided interim pastoral leadership across Kentucky, the latest at Frankfort First Church of the Nazarene. His last pastoral assignment was as part-time associate pastor at Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene. In November of 2009, he and his wife started attending Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, he is survived by three daughters, Melissa Elaine Wainwright (Mark), Lucretia Lynnette Western, and Felicia Renae Starke (Stephen); five grandchildren, Laughton Anthony Droze, Victoria Lynn Droze, Connor Scott Western, Mikenna Joy Wainwright, and Matson Anthony Wainwright; four brothers, Eugene Jeffries, Ernest Jeffries, Tom Jeffries, and Bill Jeffries; four sisters, Joanne Martin, Marian Bordner, Ginger Lefevre, and Cindy Klostermier; and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Jerri Jeffries, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 19, at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church by Pastor Todd Lester and Dr. Collet Varner.

Contributions to be made to Campus Crusade for Christ, Mark and Gloria (Rodriguez) Vera, 11205 Woodridge Forrest, San Antonio, TX 78249, staff account # 0450339, or online to; or Warner Southern University 12895 Highway 27, Lake Wales, FL. 33859.

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Mildred Jane Neudigate Richardson, 87, of Versailles, widow of Clayton Richardson, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Born Sept. 2, 1924, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Mary Neudigate. She was a 1942 graduate of Versailles High School, an employee at J.J. Newberry Company and General Telephone Company of Kentucky as an operator. She was also a member of Versailles Baptist Church and Friendship Sunday school class.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lois Walters; a grandson, Daniel Terry; two great-grandchildren, Allexis and Jacob Terry; and five nephews, Robert, Billy, and Larry Comley, James Ford, and Wayne Nichols. Three sisters, Syliva Staley, Ruth Comley and Dorothy Nichols; a niece, Lila Ruth; and two nephews, Wallace "Gus" Ford and Morgan Nichols, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 18, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Glenn Poole, Ed Neal Jr., Bobby Driskell, Bob Woolfolk, Robert Comley, and Bullet Couch. Honorary bearers were Paul Richardson, Larry Comley, Billy Comley, Clarence Richarson Jr., Phil House, Wayne Nichols, and James Ford.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Ruby Strange McCracken, 71, widow of the Rev. David McCracken, died Monday, May 21, 2012, at her residence in Versailles.

Born June 16, 1940, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John David and Virginia Blankenship Strange. Mrs. McCracken was a member of Lafayette Church of the Nazarene, where she had served as a secretary for several years. She was wonderfully blessed by a beautiful family.

Survivors include three daughters, Melodee (David) Parker and Michelle (Doug) Goforth, both of Versailles, and Mylissa (Jeff) Trowbridge, Union, Ky.; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Springate, James Springate II, Sarah Goforth, Matthew Trowbridge, Mycah Trowbridge, and Alex Parker; four siblings, Ora (Dorothy) Sebree Jr., Deland, Fla., Evelyn (Gilbert) Sayer, Frankfort, Ethel (John) Reeves, Lexington, and John (Alice) Strange, Frankfort; and brothers-in-law, Edward (Glenda) McCracken and Gary (Pamela) McCracken.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Lafayette Church of the Nazarene, 264 Lafayette Parkway, Lexington, KY 40503 by the Rev. Jerry Cline. Burial will follow at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 24, and 11 a.m. Friday until the service time at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Nazarene Missionary Society, c/o Lafayette Church of the Nazarene. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, is handling the arrangements.

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Harry Swango Stephenson, 95, of Lexington, widower of Willie Mae Montague Stephenson, to whom he was married for 55 years, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at his home under the care of Hospice of the Bluegrass.

He was a veteran of World War II and a retired professor and coach with 70 years of service to Transylvania University.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan S. Pardue, Henderson, and Nancy S. Bradley, Versailles; five grandchildren, Kelle Grogan (Adam), Tad Pardue (Jenny), Whitney Presley (Trey), Andy Bradley (Tamara), and Scott Bradley (Kelly); eight great-grandchildren, Maggie and Meryl Grogan, Reeve and Rudy Pardue, Sarah, Olivia and Ryan Bradley, and Mason Bradley; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Friday, May 18, at Milward-Broadway, Lexington. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Willie Mae Montague Stephenson Scholarship Fund at Transylvania or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Sterling Turner, 52, of Frankfort, died Monday, May 14, 2012.

Born Aug. 28, 1959, in Frankfort, he was the son of Dorothy "Tom" Turner of Frankfort and the late Bobby Lee Turner. He was retired from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and was a member of Shelby Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Derek (Dani) Turner and Garrett Turner; a brother, Kenneth (Venita) Turner; his former wife, Carla Turner; and a granddaughter, Avari Nicole Turner, all of Frankfort.

Services were conducted Friday, May 18, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Dave Hamlin. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Derek Turner, Garrett Turner, Michael Turner, Brian Turner, Danny Barker, and Phillip Barker.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Betty Sue Wilson McCoun, 79, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Bobby Allen McCoun, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at her residence.

Born Oct. 2, 1932, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Jackson and Urbane McCoun Wilson. She was a graduate of Kavanaugh High School, a former receptionist for Kuhlman Electric in Versailles, a member of the Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church and the Anderson Humane Society.

Survivors include a son, Gene Davis McCoun (Beverly); two grandchildren, Tracey Elizabeth McCoun and Bobby Urbane McCoun (Stephanie); and two great-grandchildren, Ryan Mitchell and Jacob Allen McCoun, all of Frankfort. A son, Bobby Allen McCoun Jr., is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 18, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, by the Rev. Karen Stigall and Bro. George Dye. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Anderson Humane Society, P.O. Box 319, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.


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