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April 3, 2014



Harrison Blankenship, 88, of Versailles, widower of Mayme Adams Blankenship, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the VA Medical Center.

Born in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Dennis and Anna Mae Harrod Blankenship.

Survivors include three daughters and seven sons.

Services were conducted Friday, March 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Frank Layne. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

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William H. "Boots" Cummins, 85, of Versailles, husband of Mildred "Millie" Cummins, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late John and Bessie Montgomery Cummins. He was a retired farm manager for Castleview Farm.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Darrell) Patnode, Topeka, Kan., and Cheryl (Darius) King, Georgetown, Ind.; three sons, Gary Cummins, Lexington, Buck (Beth) Cummins, Wilmore, and Keith (Angie Stratton) Cummins, Versailles; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A brother, John "Bud" Cummins; eight sisters, Dora Bell Moore, Gladys Buntain, Mary Hazel Bryant, Margaret Buntain, Geneva Thomas, Betty Ann Mivlaz, Ziby Curtsinger, and Ruby Johnson; and an infant sister are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 2, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl Jones. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Ebenezer Church of Christ Cemetery in Salvisa.

Memorials are suggested to Truth Community Church, 4210 Fords Mill Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

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James E. Goodrich, 85, of Versailles, widower of Janice Morgan Goodrich, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

A native of Woodford County, he was born on April 5, 1928, the son of the late James E. and Bessie Simpson Goodrich.

He is survived by a brother, Salis Goodrich, Versailles.

Private services will be held at a later date. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

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James E. Hood, 63, of Versailles, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his home.

Born in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Walter Thomas and Ethel Frances Burkhead Hood. He was a retired plumber for Frantz Plumbing and a member of the Versailles Church of God.

Survivors include two daughters, Darla Hood, Lexington, and Lori McKinney, Lawrenceburg; two grandsons, Jacob (Jennifer) Smith and Michael McKinney; a great-granddaughter, Riley Jo Smith; a sister, Mearl (Ray) Keeling, Nelson County; and four brothers, Gene Hood, Florida, Walter (Debra) Hood, Willisburg, Roger Hood, Versailles, and Paul (Lidda) Hood, Campbellsville. Eight sisters, Beulah Jenkins, Rose Burkhead, Betty Lay, Faye Foley, Connie Herrington, Mary Hill, Martha Mae Hood, and Darlene Hood; and a brother, Marshall Hood, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Frank Layne. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Irvin Manley, Daniel Hood, Josh Hood, Gary Hood, Ronnie Hood, and Larry Woodson.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Church of God, P.O. Box 552, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Ella Geneva Flora Owens, 90, of Versailles, formerly of Flemingsburg, widow of Jack Cooper Owens, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at Willows of Hamburg in Lexington after a brief illness.

Born July 31, 1923, in Bath County, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Mary Lynam Flora.

Survivors include two children Lu Ann (Larry) Hawkins, Lexington, and Jackie (Rick) Aitkin, Versailles; five grandchildren, Jan (Tony) Rankin, Versailles, Todd Hawkins, Kristen Aitkin, and Chase Aitkin, all of Lexington, and Richie (Ashley) Aitkin, Alpharetta Ga.; four great-grandchildren, Lauren Rankin, Brandon Rankin, Hunter Aitkin, and Trey Aitkin; three siblings, Fred (Eula) Flora and Lela Mae (Jewell) Call, Hillsboro, and Tommie Flora, Denver, Colo.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A sister, Ruby Jolly, and four brothers, Estell, Paul, Clyde, and Morgan Flora, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 1, at Boone Nickell Funeral Home, Flemingsburg. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Glynn W. Sharlein, 79, of Manitowoc, Wis., husband of Etta H. Sharlein, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Aurora Baycare Medical Center, Green Bay, Wis., following a brief illness.

Born Oct. 1, 1934, in Stambaugh, Mich., he was the son of the late Emil "Barney" and Doris (McKay) Sharlein. He grew up and attended schools in Iron River, Mich. He was a member of the U.S. Army, serving from 1954 to 1955. On Feb. 4, 1956, he was married to the former Etta H. Sharp in California. He worked for 42 years for the Mirro-Foley Company, retiring in 1999. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting. He was a Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed watching the Summer Olympics and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Glen (Dolores) Sharlein, Erie, Pa., Mary (Tom) Puskarich, Madison, Wis., Louise Larsen, Two Rivers, Wis., Michael Sharlein, Appleton, Wis., and Donald (Kelly) Sharlein, Mishicot, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Alex Puskarich, Phoenix, Ariz., Matthew Puskarich, Minneapolis, Minn., Sonya Sharlein, Manitowoc, Wis., Corrina and Cory Larsen, Two Rivers, Wis., and Hannah, Ravynn, Austin, and Rylee Sharlein, Mishicot. Wis.; three great-grandchildren, Selena, Wednesday, and Damian; a half-brother; two sisters-in-law, Martha (Kenny) Sharlein, Iron River, Mich., and Diane Sharlein, Manitowoc, Wis.; a special cousin, Trudy Danberg, Marquette, Mich.; three brothers-in-law, Ronald (Joanne) Sharp, Frankfort, Donald (Carol) Sharp, Versailles, and Olson Sharp, Lexington; and nieces, nephews, other relatives. His stepfather, Gus Hanttula; an infant sister, June Sharlein; and a brother, Donald Sharlein, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 31, at Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home, Manitowoc, Wis., by deacon Al Boeldt. Entombment was at at the Knollwood Mausoleum.

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Charles Douglas Walsh, 82, of Versailles, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington.

Born in Ansonia, Conn., he was the son of the late John and Esther Victoria Burland Walsh. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a former horse trainer, and a retired employee of the Versailles water plant.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela K. (Jeff) Crowe, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Harry E. Walsh, Lexington; a sister, Ethel Daltilo, Orlando, Fla.; two grandsons, Shawn (Tricia) Crowe and Justin Crowe; and a great-grandson, Austin Crowe. Two brothers, Fred and Bill Walsh, two sisters, Hazel Grillo and Adele Yother, and several infant siblings are deceased.

Services with military honors and burial were held Tuesday, April 1, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

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Danny Wayne Warner, 36, of Versailles, a self-employed painter, son of Debbie Gail Thompson and the late Estill Buddy Warner, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Cody Wayne Warner; his stepfather, Dennis Thompson; a brother, Buddy Warner; his grandmothers, Mabeline Wilson and Bertha Warner; his grandfather, Kenneth Martin; and two children of his late companion, Seirra Smith and Austin Gill.

Services were conducted Monday, March 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Bryan Roberts.

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Lillian Weirauch, 96, of Versailles, wife of Robert Weirauch, died Friday, March 28, 2014.

Born in March 24, 1918, in Berwyn, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Victoria Hoffman Rudolph. She was a bank teller for Olympic Savings Bank.

In addition to her husband of 40 years, she is survived by a son, Robert (Joyce) Baskovic, Ill.; a daughter, Patricia (William) Reilly, Ohio; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, April 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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