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November 1, 2012



Doris J. Anderson, 57, of Versailles, a home healthcare nurse, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Thelma Mae Tipton Berger.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Berger, Danville; two sons, Brock Anderson and Bo Anderson, both of Lexington; four brothers, Randall Berger (Martha) and Buddy Berger (Donna), both of Versailles, Glen Berger (Regina), Mt. Sterling, and Danny Berger, Lexington; and eight grandchildren

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Earl Hisle. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Bo Anderson, Brock Anderson, Randall Berger, Buddy Berger, Danny Berger, and Glen Berger. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Leonard E. Gilkison, 86, of Carlisle, widower of Jane Springate Gilkison, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at his home.

A native of Versailles, he was born March 17, 1926, to the late Ambrose D. and Odell Littrell Gilkison. He was a retired farmer, attended the Carlisle Christian Church, and was a member of the South Elkhorn Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Leonard "Eddie" (Kathleen) Gilkison Jr., Clark County, Philip A. (Jadene) Gilkison, London, and Kevin J. Gilkison, Lexington; a daughter, Suzanne Gilkison, McKee; a sister, Clarice Tincher, Lexington; and 17 grandchildren, Alisha Gilkison Rupp, Jacob, Clara, Christine, Caroline, and Brennan Gilkison, Serena, Leland, Rivers, Curry, and Christen Gilkison, Kasey Gilkison Moore, and Collin, Cooper, Ellory, Kerrigan, and Collin Gilkison. Two brothers, Herbert Gilkison and A. Donald Gilkison, and two sisters, Catherine Adams and Edith Million, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Carlisle Christian Church by Bro. Steven Smith. Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home, Winchester, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or to the Carlisle Christian Church, 242 Locust Street, Carlisle, KY 40311.



Gerald Sheldon Gilpin, 80, of Lexington, husband of Ella Daniel Gilpin, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

He was the son of the late Clyde and Mattie Gilpin and was a member of Brookside Baptist Church in Nicholasville. He was also a retired district manager of vocational rehabilitation for the state of Kentucky.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by two sons, Gerald L. (Gail) Gilpin, Lawrenceburg, and William "Bill" P. (Lisa) Gilpin, Lexington; two daughters, Barbara G. Mayfield, Lexington, and Carol (Jim) Turner -Lodmell, Versailles; a brother, William T. Gilpin, Liberty; a sister, Emogene (George) Brummitt, Plant City, Fla.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 28, at Milward Southland, Lexington. Burial was in the Trace Fork Cemetery in Casey County.

Contributions are suggested to the Brookside Baptist Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



John Benjamin Gormley, 78, of Versailles, widower of Stella Gormley, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Leestown Road in Lexington.

Graveside services with military honors were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery by Fr. Linh Xuan Nguyen, who was of great assistance to the family. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Robert Ford "R. F." Kemper Jr., 91, of Versailles, widower of Sue F. Kemper, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born at Monterey, in Owen County, he was the son of the late Robert F. Sr. and Lula Bradford Kemper. He was a retired employee of the Frankfort State Journal, a Baptist, and U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Kemper, Versailles, Carla Johnson (Steve), Frankfort, and Robbie Baldwin (Tony Rice), Versailles; two sisters, Peggy Thomas, Frankfort, and Curty Martin (Buford), Owenton; two brothers, Harold Kemper and James Kemper (Mary), both of Lexington; five grandchildren, Tyler Baldwin, Emily Baldwin, Brandon Johnson, Corey Johnson, and Kelly Johnson; and four great-grandchildren. A sister, Alice Doyle Kemper, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 1, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Thomas. Burial and military honors will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Brandon Johnson, Corey Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Tyler Baldwin, Emily Baldwin, and Steve Johnson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or to the American Red Cross.

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Dorothy Jean Sturgeon Reed, 73, of Versailles, widow of Sherman Reed, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

A native of Versailles, she was born on Oct. 14, 1939, to the late Raymond and Laura Fugate Sturgeon. She was a retired employee from IBM.

Survivors include two sons, John Reed and Jim Reed, both of Frankfort; a brother, Raymond Sturgeon, Texas; two grandsons, Eric Reed and Aaron Reed, both of Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Tom Sturgeon, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Pastor Mike Colston. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Steve Castle, Dale Webb, K.D. Gaunce, Danny Sharp, Bo Sutherland, and J.B. Smith.

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Sean Carl Vigle, 52, passed away at his home in Versailles on Oct. 16, 2012.

Born Feb. 13, 1960, he was the son of Marjorie Mae Britton Vigle and John Barry Vigle, Jr., both of whom preceded him in passing. He was grandson of the late Mary Marcum Britton and Owen Britton, and Louie Pearl Conn Vigle and John Barry Vigle Sr. He is survived by a brother, Gregory Owen Vigle; a nephew, John Sean Tyler Batcha Vigle (both of Versailles); and a niece, Silvana Vivienne Marjorie Goberdhan-Vigle (of Chapel Hill, N.C.); four first cousins, Joseph Piner Jr., and James Piner, of Wilmington, N.C., Phyllis McMahan, Versailles, and Pamela Bates, Greenville S.C.; and numerous second and third cousins. Although he was born in Versailles, the family was at that time residing in Dayton, Ohio, and he subsequently visited family frequently in Woodford County throughout his life, but did not reside here until settling here in late 2001 to assist in caring for his Mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in the later years of her life. His initial elementary education was fostered beginning at age 4 in one of the earliest Montessori schools in the U.S., in Dayton, Ohio, after which he attended Horace Mann Elementary School in Dayton from grades 1-6. Upon his family moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1972, he attended Walnut Hills and City-Wide High Schools until 1978. Following High School, he continued an interest in music that had begun several years earlier, when he had honed his skills as a drummer. From 1980 to 1985, he was the drummer for the popular local and regional rock band, "The Erector Set"; the band toured throughout Ohio and the Midwest for several years, playing clubs and concert venues with many popular groups at the time including The Motels, The Busboys, Modern English, The Stray Cats, The Ramones, Wall of Voodoo, The Call, Psychedelic Furs, Joan Jett, REM, and U2. Their 1982 EP album "Imitation of Life" was well received and songs taken from that album were incorporated into several multi-group compilations of music from the 1980s produced in both the U.S. and Europe. In 1985 he and other members of the band moved to Boston and continued to play in the Boston area, but eventually disbanded, and he then moved to Los Angeles in 1988. In Los Angeles, he lived in the Hollywood area and worked as a Pre-Operative/Surgery Scheduling Clerk at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, and pursued music in his spare time, including playing as a studio musician, and with the fledgling L.A. group "Boo Radley." Although he continued to be involved with music, his personal interests increasingly became centered around automobile racing of all types, an interest that had begun when he was still a child, as a result of his Father’s involvement in motorsports in the 1960s. From 1988 onward he attended more than 150 motor racing and other automotive events, with a special focus on road racing and vintage sports cars. He steadily accumulated an enormous library on those topics, with which he meticulously researched all aspects of motor racing history, and eventually became a respected expert in that field. In total he contributed more than 100 letters, photographs, and articles to a wide range of publications including Autoweek, Grand Prix World, Motor Sport, On Track, Road & Track, Sports Car International, Victory Lane, Vintage Motorsport, Vintage Racecar, and numerous local, regional, and marque club newsletters (as well as one lengthy article for the Woodford Sun - May 4, 2006). In 1994, he placed first in a year-long research competition sponsored by Vintage Motorsport magazine, in which he claimed victory over a number of professional journalists, yet submitted his entries (more than 300 pages) in handwritten form. He corresponded with fellow enthusiasts from around the world, many who sought out his expertise to answer especially difficult historical questions; on more than one occasion, owners of rare vintage racing cars turned to him for historical information about their own cars. In general, he had a love for learning and literacy, the visual and performing arts, and popular culture, and a remarkable ability to remember both facts and names; in recent years, he regularly read several books each week. From 1995 to 1997 he lived in New York City where he was employed as a medical records clerk at The Institute for Urban Family Health, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked for LakeWest Hospital from 1998, until moving to Versailles in 2001. Sean gathered friends like a magnet wherever he roamed in life, and upon his passing his family received messages of condolence even from friends who had not been in contact with him since childhood. Words of tribute included forgiving, humble, kind, and patient; many praised his sense of humor, and multiple mourners referred to him as an "old soul". Friends and family near and far, long separated by both time and geography, traveled from as far distant as Los Angeles to attend his services, along with many local friends who had known him for more than a decade.

Services were held on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Blackburn & Ward Funeral home, conducted by Deacon Pat DeLuca of St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Leo’s Catholic Church, or the Woodford County Library, Versailles.

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Robert "Bobby" Walton, 74, of Versailles, widower of Gertie M. Walton, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at his residence.

Born in Casey County, he was the son of the late Carl and Gertrude Sowers Walton. He was a retired employee of the City of Versailles and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include two daughters, Paula (Roger) Sanders, Linton, Ind., and Becky (Leonard) Lathrem, Frankfort; four sons, Scott Walton, Versailles, Brian (Kellie) Walton, Dugger, Ind., and Marvin Walton and Chris (Angela) Walton, both of Linton, Ind.; four brothers; four sisters; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. A sister, Carol, and two brothers, Scuffles and Lewis Walton, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Rick McClung. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Leonard Lathrem, Renee Perez, Chris Walton, Scott Walton, Brian Walton, and Marvin Walton. Honorary bearers were Perry Walton, Cody Walton, Cody Sumpter, John Mason, Marcus Russell, Wade Walton, and Brad Walton.

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Marvin Woodrum, 73, of Versailles, husband of Mary K. Woodrum, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. at the Hospice Care Center, St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Liberty, Ky., he was a son of Mary F. Woodrum of Wilmore and the late Arthur Lee Woodrum. He retired from RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company as a department supervisor in 1990 after 28 years of service and then retired from Community Trust Bank in 2010, where he had served as a courier for 18 years. He was a member and former vice president of the Woodford County Jaycees, was an avid golfer and Big Blue fan, and was known for his speed and proved it with his in park home runs with the R.J. Reynolds softball team. He was a member and deacon of Versailles Baptist Church, had served as an usher and assistant church treasurer. His love of family and faith was most important to him. His friends knew he cared by a hand on their shoulder and his handshake.

In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include his loving daughter, Tammy (Jim) Parrett, Versailles; two brothers, Garnett (Lynne) Woodrum, Versailles, and Kenneth Woodrum, Wilmore; four sisters, Bonnie (John) Chasteen, Versailles, Shirley (Wayne) Holland, Lawrenceburg, Carol (Steve) Monroe, Frankfort, and Wilma (David) Gibson, Nicholasville; four grandchildren, David Michael Powell, Jeffrey Kurt Collins, Michelle Leigh Brumley, and Kristin Collins; and one great-grandchild, Keegan Powell. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Lee Woodrum; a brother, Charles Woodrum; and a sister, Connie Woodrum.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Versailles Baptist Church with the Rev. John Brandon officiating. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Rose Crest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Garnett Woodrum, Kenneth Woodrum, David Michael Powell, Jeffrey Kurt Collins, Tim Lester, and Jim Parrett. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest (Tip) Whitus, Ches Nell, Bob Daniels, Lyle Craycroft, and Bob Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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