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October 25, 2012



Heather Hollenbeck Blethen, 34, of Versailles, wife of Harry Blethen, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

Born July 11, 1978, in Sayre, Penn., she was the daughter of Carl Hollenbeck of Florida and Trudi (Johnny) Raleigh of Versailles. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her children, Annika, Harrison, and Joshua Blethen, all of Versailles; four sisters, Jennifer Cutter, Ohio, Angela McDavid, Pennsylvania, Abby Smink, Florida, and Kyle Hollenbeck, Florida; three brothers, Jeffery Hollenbeck, Richmond, Jonathan Hollenbeck, Tennessee, Aubrey Ferris, New York, and Mark Hollenbeck, Florida; her paternal grandfather, Carl Gooding; and her paternal grandmother, Margaret Rutledge.

A gathering of family and friends was held Sunday, Oct. 21, at her home.

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David Lee Bowman, 64, of Versailles, husband of Jane Douglas Bowman, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Lexington.

He was the son of Edith Jones Langford and the late Ambrose H. Bowman and stepson of Herland "High Pockets" Langford. An employee of Brown Builders, he was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and had earned a Purple Heart while in service.

In addition to his mother and stepfather, he is survived by three daughters, Christin Lee Bowman, Versailles, Stephanie Jo Bowman, Lawrenceburg, and Jillian Beth Bowman, Union City, Tenn.; a son, Christopher Scott Bowman, Nashville, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Sheila (Chris) Dailey, Lexington, and Tina Louise Vazquez, Versailles; two stepsons, Bryan Keith Stigers and Vincent (Kim) Tabscott, both of Versailles; two sisters, Dottie (Joe) Karsner, Stamping Ground, and Wanda (Bobby) Stewart, Versailles; three brothers, Allen R. (Lisa) Bowman, Versailles, Jerry H. (Lou) Bowman, Lawrenceburg, and Bobby (Melissa) Langford, Versailles; and nine grandchildren. A brother, Norman Bowman, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 12, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Dave Menser. Burial with military honors was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brian Stigers, Jamie Stewart, Nick Gambill, Travis Carter, Martin Bowman, and Brandon Bowman.

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Pauline C. Ginter, 89, of Versailles, widow of Darrell T. Ginter, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lettie Frances Mattox Cox. She was a former longtime community health nurse for the Woodford County Health Department. She was an active member and ladies’ Sunday school teacher at Glenn’s Creek Baptist Church. She had worked at Texas Instruments, for Welcome Wagon, was a member of the Eastern Star, and had volunteered for the Salvation Army.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna (Larry) Strickland, Georgetown; a son, Dennis Earl Ginter, Frankfort; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 25, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday, Oct. 26, by the Rev. Justin Rader. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Trey Fritz, Travis Fritz, Colby Tipton, Brandon Ginter, Ryan Blake, and James McDowell.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army or to the American Cancer Society.

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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.

Born Jan. 14, 1934, he was the son of the late James Rodgers Sr. and Berla Jane Isaac Gormley. He was a retired accountant and a Catholic.

Survivors include a sister, Christine Alice (Dan) Newman, Georgetown; and a brother, James Gormley Jr., Lexington. A sister, Jane Wilma Roe, and a brother, Paul Gormley, are deceased.

Graveside services with military honors were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Janet Mae Lewis, 52, of Tyrone, widow of Mike Lewis, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Wanda Redmon Lippert.

Survivors include two daughters, April Sewell, Shelbyville, and Angel (Richard) Church, Frankfort; two sons, Tim Sewell and Fred Sewell, Frankfort, two stepdaughters, Michelle Espinosa and Crystal Venture, both of North Carolina; two sisters, Sheila Couch and Paula Conway, both of Frankfort; two brothers, Richard Lippert, Bedford, and Donald Lippert, Georgetown; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Versailles Cemetery by Bro. Mark Webb. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. today at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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Janet Neat, 65, of Versailles, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at her residence.

Born in Columbia, Ky., she was the daughter of the late William K. and Mildred Smith Neat. An animal lover, she worked with cat rescue.

Survivors include a daughter, Lesley Bedilia Woodrum; and a son, Robert Chase Woodrum, both of Lexington.

She was cremated. There are no planned services. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge.

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Hugh Hunter Platt, 99, formerly of Versailles. died Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012, at Mission Terrace in Santa Barbara, Calif.

He was born Sept. 30, 1913, in Staten Island, N.Y. His family moved to their family tobacco farm, Dufont, in Versailles, when he was young. He met Jean Campbell in Versailles and married her when they were in their twenties. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in geology.

A memorial service will be held at at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct 26, at Trinity Church, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Donations may be made to Cottage Hospital or to Trinity Church in Santa Barbara, Calif.



Kevin Scott Powell, 46, of Frankfort, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

Born May 4, 1966, in Frankfort, he was the son of Irvin (Susan) Powell of Versailles and Cheryl Powell of Frankfort. He was a former assistant manager at Wal-Mart.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Andrea Powell (David) Price, Versailles; a brother, Keith Powell, Lexington; his maternal grandmother, Sadie Poynter, Frankfort; a special nephew, Jacob Coleman; and several cousins.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 25, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Vernon Carpenter. Honorary casket bearers will be Keith Powell, Jacob Coleman, David Price, Juan Garcia, Brad Wilson, Mark Ripley, and Tim Hockensmith

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Ashley Nicole Slone, 21, of London, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Clay County from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of Cindy Mitchell Garland, London, and the late Timothy Slone, and stepdaughter of Charles Garland, London. She had graduated in 2009 from South Laurel High School, where she had been a cheerleader. She obtained an associate degree from Somerset Community College in early childhood education, and was continuing her education at Eastern Kentucky University.

In addition to her mother and stepfather, she is survived by her fiancé, Tyler Weaver, London; a sister, Tiffany Slone, London; three half-sisters, Haley, Brandy, and Madison Slone, all of Lexington; a half-brother, Landon Slone, Lexington; her grandparents, Martha Garland, Barbourville, Bessie Slone, Lexington, and Gary and Kathy Courtney Mitchell of Lexington; and numerous cousins.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Dale Campbell. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were T. J. Brock, Herb Young, Travis Hall, Lee Chapman, Jeffrey Pergram, and Clay Burdette. Honorary bearers were Tyler Weaver and Chris Rogers.

Memorials are suggested to charities which may benefit children.

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Garnett Wayne Vickers, 74, of Louisville, husband of Donna Vickers, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at his home of cancer.

Born June 15, 1938, in Paris, he was the son of the late Roy and Mary Vickers, and later moved to Woodford County, where he was raised. He was a UAW Local 862 millwright and spent 37 years working for Ford Motor Company at the Kentucky Truck Plant. He was a patron of the arts, frequenting the Kentucky Center for the Arts. He enjoyed country music, often went to concerts in Louisville and Nashville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Tammy Jones, Garnett Wayne Vickers II, Sandy Vickers, Candy Vickers, and Vickie Vickers; two sisters, Linda Randall and Naomi Foster; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. A son, Johnathan Vickers, and two brothers, Joseph Lee Vickers and Roy Douglas Vickers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 5, at Newcomer Funeral Home, Louisville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UAW/Ford, Metro United Way Ramp Program.



Bettye Louise Creth Wesley, 86, of Versailles, widow of David Wesley, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Caise Creth and John H. Creth. She spent most of her adult life living in Ossining, N.Y., where she was employed for over 30 years by the Readers Digest in Pleasantville, N.Y. She was a graduate of Simmons High School and attended Kentucky State University. She was a dedicated member of Simpson United Methodist Church, where she served as a former trustee, church historian, financial secretary, and former member of the kitchen committee. She had been a volunteer for several years at the Central Kentucky Blood Center in Lexington.

Survivors include a sister, Christine C. (Dan Sr.) Collins, Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews. Seven sisters, Juanita O. Creth, Shirley C. Wesley, Leola Estill, Ethel Kennedy, Gladys Schaffer, Estelle Middleton, and Eva Collins; and a brother, John E. Creth, are deceased.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Simpson United Methodist Church. Blackburn &rge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.

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