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April 25, 2013



Joshua Caine Agostinelli, 40, son of Sue Travis of Versailles, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the home of his mother.

Born in Wheeling, W.Va., he was a Catholic and had attended St. Leo Catholic Church. He attended St. Leo School through grade 6 and graduated from Woodford County High School. He also took classes at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. He was a former trainer for Outward Bound and was an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School. He had been employed as an administrative assistant for Sprint Wireless.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Kenneth (Kelly) Agostinelli, Lawrenceburg; two nieces, Alexandria Agostinelli and Allyson Agostinelli; a nephew, Anthony Vincent Agostinelli; an uncle, John (Linda) Agostinelli, Martins Ferry, Ohio; and an aunt, Jody Harris, Pittsburg, Pa.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 20, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Fr. Raymond Stratman. Burial was held Monday, April 22, at the Weeks Cemetery in Bridgeport, Ohio.

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Van King, 74, of Lexington, husband of Cheryl King, died Friday, April 12, 2013.

Born Jan. 3, 1939, in Harlan County, he was the son of Floyd and Ella King. He was an insurance agent for over 40 years, working most of this time for Shelter Insurance in Lexington. Prior to that, he was a veteran who served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and the Reserves during the 1960s. He was also a disc jockey for several radio stations during the late 1950s. He attended Versailles Baptist Church for over 40 years. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, visiting with his family, playing with his grandchildren, and spending time with friends. He enjoyed reading the Bible, studying the Scripture with his Sunday school friends, teaching himself Spanish, watching Westerns, and caring for his yard.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by two sons David (Sara), Lexington, and Brent (Lindsay), Georgetown; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Julia, Audrey, and Max; a sister, Carol Ann Shoemaker, Morristown, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 16, at Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington.



Rita T. Hendricks, 80, wife of Tommy Hendricks, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born at Millville, she was the daughter of the late Ira Sr. and Ora Mae "Topsie" Tupts. A retired executive secretary for the Woodford Bank and Trust Co., she was a 1950 graduate of Versailles High School and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband of over 62 years, she is survived by two daughters, Sarah Suzanne Hendricks, Versailles, and Laura Gayle (Ray) Comeaux, of Mountain City, Tenn.; a sister, Lois T. Brown, Versailles; two brothers, Ira (Patsy) Tupts Jr., Versailles, and Clinton Michael (Darlene) Tupts, Frankfort; three grandchildren, Stephanie Castle, Ryan Puckett, and Jessica Puckett; and two great-grandsons, Brady and Wyatt Castle.

Services were conducted Friday, April 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Ray Comeaux, Ira Tupts Jr., Willie Tupts, Michael Tupts, Clinton Michael Tupts, and Ryan Puckett.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

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Marjorie Mendenhall Hoffman, widow of Nelson M. Hoffman Jr., President Emeritus of Midway College, passed on to new life on April 13, 2013, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Born in Gove, Kansas, April 3, 1922, she was the daughter of Geneva Morrison Mendenhall and George L. Mendenhall. She earned a Baccalaureate at Asbury College, where her grandfather, Henry Clay Morrison, the founder of Asbury Theological Seminary, was serving as president of the college at the time. She was married December 3, 1942, the day after her husband was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Marjorie and her husband taught school in Ozawkie, KS, prior to attending the Kennedy School of Missions at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, and then served as educational missionaries of the Methodist Church in South India from 1949 until 1957 at Hyderabad, Tandur, and Kodaikanal.

She had a deep interest in learning and literature and participated with her husband in his career as an educator. A published poet, she edited several literary magazines and achieved recognition for her critical ability.

She and her husband were world travelers who, after living in numerous places around the eastern United States, settled in Versailles, KY, in 2000. They celebrated 65 years of marriage prior to Dr. Hoffman’s death in 2008.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four siblings and by her beloved daughter-in-law, Gale Clark Hoffman.

She is survived by her five children, eleven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren: son Nelson M. Hoffman III; grandchildren Miguel Hoffman and Sarah (Evan) Hoffman-Morgan; and great-grandchild Iris Marjorie; son Michael H. (Kathy) Hoffman; grandchildren Wendy Hatfield; and great-grandchildren Thomas, Stephanie (Robert) Theakston; and great-grandchildren Rhodes and Michelle (Shawn) Granoski; daughter Elizabeth H. (Michael) Ross; grandchild Lauren (Joseph) Busterna; and great-grandchildren Andrew and Michael Ross II; son George M. (Debra) Hoffman; grandson George Nelson Hoffman; son Joseph M. Hoffman (Gale – deceased); grandchildren Meghan, Katherine, and Eric.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law Jane Hoffman Ewing and husband the Rev. John L. Ewing, by her former daughter-in-law, Sally F. Hoffman, who remained close, and by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Estes Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Kodaikanal International School Foundation Kodai Friends International (KFI) P. O. Box 6121 Bloomington, IN 47404-6121, Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504, or a charity of one’s choice in her memory.

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Marie Louise McCown "Bit" Lacazette, formerly a longtime Woodford County resident, widow of Alfred J. Lacazette, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Fair Oaks Nursing Facility in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Born in Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Chenault McCown and Marie Louise Kellogg McCown, and granddaughter of the late Marsh Clark and Louise Bright Kellogg and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCown, all of Richmond. Her girlhood was spent on Creekside Farm on McCracken Pike in Versailles. She was a graduate of Margaret Hall School, the University of Kentucky, and the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York, N.Y. During her later years, she and her husband lived in Upper Montclair, N.J., and Houston, Texas, before retiring to Versailles. She had been a resident of Pittsburgh for several years.

Survivors include a son, Alfred J. Lacazette Jr., Longwood, Colo.; two grandchildren, Mirabai de Monchy (Joris) and Nikolas Lacazette; three great-grandchildren, Xatzil de Monchy, Domino de Monchy, and Loula de Monchy, all of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and several cousins. Her older sister, Anne Douglas McCown, died in an automobile accident at a young age.

A memorial service will be conducted in Versailles later this summer.



Tina Gay Murphy, 55, of Versailles, widow of Sammy Murphy, died Friday, April 19, 2013.

Born July 15, 1957, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Barbara Sallee and William "Whistle" Wilson. She was a former employee of Texas Instruments.

Survivors include a daughter, Heather Grider; a son, Benjamin "Shane" Murphy; three sisters, Toni Sue Jenkins, Tammy Smith, and Traci Wilson; two brothers, Tim Wilson and Terry Wilson; and a granddaughter, Kaitlynn Cline.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Faith Baptist Church by Bro. Bobby Lakes.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Cecil Todd, 78, of Versailles, widower of Betty Brooks Todd, died Friday, April 19, 2013.

Born Sept. 27, 1934, in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Shelby and Emma Godby Todd. He was a retired employee of Old Grand Dad Distillery.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa (Terry) Judd, Versailles; three sons, Randy (Nancy) Todd, Lexington, Ricky (Joyce) Todd, Versailles, and Alan (Regina) Todd, Versailles; a brother, Shelby Todd, Lawrenceburg; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Three children, Glenn Brooks, Mike Todd, and Vicky Dunn, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, April 23, at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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