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Versailles, Ky.


 

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November 29, 2012

 

Aldridge

Ocie Neal Aldridge, of Versailles, widow of Wesley Eugene Aldridge, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.

Born in Newport, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ester Reed Neal.

Survivors include a brother, Cain Neal; a sister-in-law, Florence Neal; four nephews, Eddie Neal (Kathy), Midway, Leonard T. Neal (Deenie), Versailles, Jerry Neal (Beth), Naples, Fla., and Tom Neal, Lexington; and three nieces, Sylvia Jean Marsee (Ronald), Linda Downey (Paul), and Wanda Turley (Butch), all of Versailles. Two sisters, Ila Neal and Gladys Dunn; two brothers, Ed Neal and Leonard Neal; and two nephews, Donald Neal and Randall Neal, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 26, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Jeff Douglas. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Paul Downey, Ronnie Marsee, Tom Neal, Butch Turley, Leonard Taylor Neal, and David Downey. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Blankenship

Tom Blankenship, 72, of Frankfort, Ky., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, after a brief illness.

Mr. Blankenship was born in Nashville, TN, to the late Tom A. and Clemma L. Blankenship. He is survived by his partner, Stephanie Robey of Frankfort, KY; a daughter, Gayle Blankenship, and granddaughter, Katrina Blankenship, of Harrodsburg, KY; a sister, Carol J. Schubert, of Nashville, TN; and a brother, Dr. Edward S. Blankenship, of Manhattan, NY. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheryl Ann Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was an alumnus of West End High School, Nashville, TN, as well as of the University of Kentucky. He had an illustrious career in the American Saddlebred Horse industry as a trainer and breeder of numerous world champions at his beloved Sheragay Farm in Lexington, KY.

In addition to his long career in the show horse industry, Mr. Blankenship was an active real estate developer and entrepreneur in both Kentucky and Tennessee. He loved his Kentucky Wildcats, Keeneland, the Derby, vanilla ice cream, and his "Ole Kentucky Home" in Frankfort.

Mr. Blankenship, a true gentleman with a profound love of nature, lived with dignity and purpose and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

(Paid obituary)

Bumgardner

Edna Redmon Bumgardner, 88, of Versailles, wife of Richard Lane "Buck" Bumgardner, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at her residence.

Born in Hart County, she was the daughter of the late Dillard and Nancy Cowan Redmon. She was retired from National Distillers.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a grandchild, Teresa Blevins, Versailles; a great-grandchild, Heather Jackson (Jason), Versailles; and a great-great-grandchild, Colebrine Jackson, Versailles. A son, Richard L. Bumgardner, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 24, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Wesley Noss. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jason Jackson, Jarod Jackson, David Richards, Bill Thompson, Charlie Thompson, and Chuck Thompson.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Woodford Humane Society.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Grose

George "Whitie" Grose, 84, of Versailles, husband of Margaret Wiggins Grose, died suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at his home of heart disease.

Born Aug. 16, 1928, in Scott County, he was the son of the late Elmer Bryce and Hazel Lewis Grose. He was a self-employed block mason for over 35 years.

In addition to his wife of over 60 years, he is survived by a daughter, Pam (Duke) Parks; a son, Buddy Grose; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel (Jerry) Elrod; a brother, Charles (Jo) Grose; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Nov. 26, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by his nephew, the Rev. Gary L. Long.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Woodford County Public Library.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

Burns

Franklin Delenor Burns, 70, of Waynesburg, husband of Gussie Faye Howard Burns, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at his residence.

Born Oct. 17, 1942, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Bill and Mary May Collins (Henderson) Burns.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Brenda (Donald) Wilson, Crab Orchard.

A brother, Robert Burns, is deceased.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. Sims Funeral Home in Harrodsburg is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Hays

Ruth Browne Hays, 89, of Versailles, wife of Robert "Bob" Hays, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Winchester, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Henry and Mayme Wright Epperson. She was an active member of the Versailles Baptist Church and had been a bookkeeper for 23 years at Schoo Chevrolet.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Gayle W. Ecton (Debbie), Bowling Green, and Ronald P. Hays (Jan), Oklahoma City, Okla.; six grandchildren, Scott Ecton, Stacy Ecton, Susan Ecton, Charlotte Vanover, Sara White, and Rachel Hays; and five great-grandchildren. A sister, Opal Gravett, and a brother, Owen Epperson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 26, at Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Winchester Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gary Epperson, Darrell Epperson, Taylor Ecton, Bryan White, Norman Green, and John McClain. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church, 125 E. Green Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

McDaniel

Iznatia Jean Proctor McDaniel, 26, of Midway, wife of Aaron McDaniel, daughter of Glenna Jean Sutherland and the late Paul Anthony Proctor, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

She was a 2004 graduate of Woodford County High School.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by four children, Victoria Laray McDaniel, Chelsey Renee Glover, Alayna Jade McDaniel, and Kaegan Ray Proctor; a sister, Angela Sutherland, Versailles; and two brothers, Paul Proctor, Richmond, and Timothy Terrill, Washington County.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday by the Rev. Barry Proctor. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Aaron McDaniel, Brian Sutherland, Paul Proctor, Billy McDaniel, Russ Sargent, and Jeff Trent.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Phillips

Martha Belle Drury Phillips, 93, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Lister Carl Phillips, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Anna Skelton Drury. She was a 1939 graduate of Kavanaugh High School. She worked for 21 years as a clerk with the Economic Security Department of Kentucky State Government and was a member of the Sand Spring Baptist Church and the Dorcas/Homemakers Sunday school class.

Survivors include a son, Ken C. Phillips (Rita), Lawrenceburg; two grandsons, Jason Phillips, Lawrenceburg, and Ben Phillips, Lexington; a brother-in-law, Ernest Pete Cox; and several nieces and nephews. Four sisters, Loretta McCoun, Evelyn Conner, Dorothy Thompson, and Elizabeth Cox, and a brother, Johnny Drury, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 26, at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, by Dr. Bill Messer and Dr. Mike Hamrick. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to Alzheimer’s Association , Hospice of the Bluegrass, or Sand Spring Baptist Church.

 

Sturgeon

Jack Sturgeon, 75, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

Born July 31, 1937, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Charles and Frances Jordon Sturgeon. He was a horseman at Keeneland.

Survivors include two daughters, Domenic Sturgeon Rogers and Sherry Ann Sturgeon; two sons, Jack Ray Sturgeon and Glenn Allen Sturgeon; and three sisters, Wyonna Sturgeon, Versailles, Frances Bright, Versailles, and Louise Armstrong, Versailles.

No services are planned at this time. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

True

Wanda O. True, 75, of Versailles, widow of William "Bill" True, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

Born July 23, 1935, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Emma Ockerman. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Thomas True, Versailles; a sister, Betty McLean, Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Keith True; two sisters, Ruth Routt and June Brown; and three brothers, Erskin, Bobby, and Willis Ockerman, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Rose Crest Cemetery by the Rev. Wesley Noss. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Caring Hearts Animal Foundation, 9588 Harrodsburg Road, Wilmore, KY 40390.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

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