Obituaries • October 9, 2014

Mary Julia (Adams) Alexander, 77, Ran MJ’s Typing Service

Mary Julia (Adams) Alexander, 77, passed away October 1,2014.

Mary, daughter of Ivanora (Howard) and Richard Adams, was born April 25, 1937 in Xenia, OH

Mary attended Xenia public schools and was a graduate of Xenia East High School in 1955. She later obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in business management from Antioch University McGregor, Yellow Springs, OH. Mary spent most of her adult life in Yellow Springs, where she was involved in various endeavors. When she wasn’t caring for her family she worked at the Yellow Springs Public Library, Klein Associates, and served on the Village Council. For several years Mary ran MJ’s Typing Service and provided village and surrounding area residents with professional publishing services. Mary also enjoyed baking and crocheting gifts for family and friends.

Mary was a child of God and is a past member of Zion Baptist Church (Xenia, OH) and Second Missionary Baptist Church (Springfield, OH). At the time of her passing she was a member of Broadway Baptist Church (Louisville), a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Moles.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband William Edward Ryder Alexander, and brother Richard Broadice Adams.

She leaves to mourn her death her children Noreda, William, Norman and Ivanora; grandchildren Michael David, Isis Alma Inda, Hunter Jacob, and William Edward III; one brother Howard Adams, Sr., her sister Phyllis (Sylvanus) Smith, an aunt Katherine (Howard) Anderson and an uncle Donald (Janice) Howard; brother-in-law Jesse Alexander, brother-in-law George (Norma) Alexander, sister-in-law Emma (Brady) Melton, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service was 10 am Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at Broadway Baptist Church, 4000 Brownsboro Road, followed by graveside services at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, near Fort Knox, KY. Friends joined the family on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, from 3 – 7 pm for a visitation at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the scholarship fund of the Louisville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Bethany Hedges Clemerson, 42, Administrative Assistant

Bethany Hedges Clemerson, 42, died Thursday, October 2, 2014.

She was an administrative assistant for Southeast Christian Church Children’s Ministry.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie Clemerson; daughter, Ali Hedges; parents, Larry and Susan Hedges; and sister, Shauna Hedges.

Her memorial service was 11am Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy. Visitation was 3-8pm Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Fern Creek Funeral Home, 5406 Bardstown Road and after 9am Wednesday at the church.

Helen F. Langley, 103, Stewart Dry Goods Retiree

Helen F. Langley, 103, of Louisville. died Friday, October 3, 2014 at Baptist Health Louisville.

She was the former Helen Fox. She was retired from Stewart Dry Goods where she had worked for over 48 years.

She was an active member of the Queen’s Daughters, Bellarmine Women’s Council, Little Sisters of the Poor, the Auxiliary of the Kosair Hospital and the Oriental Ladies Club of Kosair Shrine.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Emma Fox, husband, Pirtle Langley and Etta Mae Kunz, Marjorie K. Godecker, Fred Kunz, Jr., Dennis Langley and Craig Wischerth.

She is survived by Barbara Dunne, Fred Godecker (Lynn), Robert Godecker (Sandy), Sharon McFarlane (Bob), Nancy Minieri (John), Donna Kunz, Romana Lehnert, Jim Fox, Alma Layne, Stephanie Harris (Terry) and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to make a special acknowledgement to the family of Glen and Susie Newberry for all they did for Mrs. Langley.

The funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 South Fifth Street, with interment following in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at Bosse Funeral Home, 1355 Ellison Avenue at Barret Avenue.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Queen’s Daughters or Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Joe Harlin Seay, 91, Served in the Army Dental Corps.

Dr. Joe Harlin Seay, 91, of Louisville, died Thursday, October 2nd. At the Episcopal Church Home.

Joe was born March 5th., 1923 in Fountain Run, KY. He graduated from University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1946 prior to serving in the Army Dental Corps. He practiced dentistry in Louisville for 51 years. Joe was married to Mary Anderson Wehle Seay from 1972 until her death in 2004. He was a member of the Pendennis Club for 39 years & Second Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan Lloyd Seay, son Joe H. Seay III.

A memorial visitation was from 2 – 5 PM Sunday, Oct. 5 at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Ln. with private burial in Fountain Run Cemetery, Fountain Run, KY.

Memorial gifts may go to University of Louisville Dental School.

Wilbard L. Underwood Sr., 87, Veteran, Former American Air Filter Employee

Wilbard L. Underwood Sr., 87, of Louisville, passed on October 3, 2014 at Baptist Health.

He was born February 12, 1927 in Louisville and was a loving father and grandfather.

He was in the Maintenance Department for American Air Filter 30 years. Wilbard was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Disabled American Veterans. He served his country proudly in the Army in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Betty Underwood; son, Peter Hanisch Underwood; brother, Bernard Underwood; sister, Janice Paul.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Veta L. Underwood; five children, Wilbard Lee Underwood Jr. (Cathy), Betty Jaggers (Brent), Evelyn England (Barry), Paula Mishjon (Chuck), Mary Hornek (Joseph); eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

His funeral Mass was conducted at St. James Catholic Church, 1826 Edenside Avenue on Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. Visitation was held at Arch L. Heady Russman and Sons, 1201 E. Oak Street on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 2-8 p.m. Burial was at Louisville Memorial Gardens East.

Memorial gifts may be made to the church or the Kidney Foundation.

Jane Gentry Vance, 73, Poet, Professor

Jane Gentry Vance, 73, celebrated poet and Professor Emerita of English at the University of Kentucky, died Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, with her daughters by her side.

The cause of death was cancer. She was born in Lexington, KY, on February 9, 1941, into a farm family in Athens, KY. Her parents were the late Charles Blanding Gentry and Dixie Walker Gentry. Her forebears in the Gentry and Bush families have lived in the area of Athens since the time of the settlement at Boonesboro. Her maternal grandfather, Clarence Walker, was pastor of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington from 1916 through 1966.

Jane’s deep sense of connection to central Kentucky and to her ancestors became a guiding principle in her life and work. She began writing poems in high school and earned degrees in English Literature from Hollins College (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa), Brandeis University (M.A.), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D.), then returned to Kentucky to teach and write. During her forty years as a professor at UK (the last sixteen as full professor), she conducted poetry-writing workshops in the English Department and taught courses on the history of ideas in the University’s Honors Program. In 1986 she won the UK Alumni Association’s Great Teacher Award, an honor she valued highly because Honors Program students nominated her. Jane’s poems appeared widely in literary journals and numerous anthologies. As a poet, she wrote with insight of family, of the intricacies of our emotions, and of the ironies of everyday life. Her most recent collection of poems, “Portrait of the Artist as a White Pig,” was published in 2006 by Louisiana State University Press, which also published her previous collection, “A Garden in Kentucky,” in 1995. She was awarded two Al Smith Fellowships by the Kentucky Arts Council (1993 and 2003), and held fellowships at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, and at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Lynchburg. In 2007-2008, she served as Kentucky’s Poet Laureate and traveled the state advocating for the importance of literature in the culture and history of Kentucky. In 2008, she organized and participated in a reading of Kentucky poetry at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and in 2009 she read a poem honoring the bicentennial of President Lincoln’s birth at the Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital. In May 2013, she won Hollins University’s Distinguished Alumnae Award, and in October 2013, after her retirement from the University, she was inducted in the UK College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, the highest honor awarded by the College. A forty-year resident of Versailles, she served as a member of the vestry at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Her daughters, extended family, and wide circle of friends treasured her trenchant intelligence and humor, her deep empathy, and her unfailing generosity.

Her survivors include her two daughters, Lucy Gentry Vance Seligson (Gary Seligson) of South Orange, New Jersey, and Susannah Clayton Vance Gopalan (Arun Gopalan) of Washington, DC; two grandsons, Jacob Walker Seligson and Andrew Vance Seligson, of South Orange, New Jersey; brother, Charles Blanding Gentry, Jr. (Shirley), of Paris, Kentucky; former husband, Philip Thomas Vance, of Lexington; cousins Richard W. Johnson, James K. Johnson, Janet Glo Stokes, Shirley Walker Daley, Emmy Glo Purdom, Dixie D. Purdom, Marilyn Talley, Thomas W. Dulin, John H. Dulin, Caie Dulin, Nancy Kay Harvey, Raye Ann Thomas, and Judy Faulconer; two nieces, Charlotte Bush Gentry and Jodi Gentry Hall; and one nephew, Nicholas Benjamin Gentry.

She was preceded in death by her companion, William Hall Strode III.

A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 463 East Main Street, Lexington. On Friday, Oct. 10, services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 North Main Street, Versailles. A visitation will be held 9:30 through 11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the parish hall of the church.