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January 23, 2014



Mariam Marshall Burge, 76, widow of Donald Burge, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, under the care of Hospice after struggling for several years with ALS.

Mrs. Burge, a lifelong resident of Frankfort, was a graduate of Frankfort High School. She owned and managed Gallery on the Mall for more than ten years and served as a secretary at Immanuel Baptist Church, both in Frankfort. In 1986, she became a Realtor and continued this work until her illness prevented her from doing so. She was an avid gardener who loved nothing more than spending time with her flowers and communing with nature. She was an active member of the Lexington Tennis Club and was at the top of her game when she fell ill. Mariam was a member of First Baptist Church of Frankfort and touched all who knew her with her loving kindness and unbounded generosity.

Mrs. Burge was the loving daughter of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Marshall, and was preceded in death by a son, Edward Burge. She is survived by a son, Walter Burge (Gail Bramblett); a daughter, Elizabeth Burge Gibson (Bob); two grandchildren, Conor Burge and Parker Caufield; and three brothers, Bill, David, and Leslie Marshall.

A memorial service was held in Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

Contributions in Mrs. Burge’s memory be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Pamela P. Cooper, 72, of Lexington, wife of Tom Cooper, died Saturday, Jan 18, 2014, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Oct. 1, 1941, in Woodford County, she was the granddaughter of the late John W. Howard and Lena Phillips Howard. She was a graduate of both Versailles High School and Fugazzi Business College. In addition to being a homemaker, she was a member of Troy Presbyterian Church.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504.



Robert B. Hennon, 79, of Versailles, husband of Mildred Clifton Blevins Hennon, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at the Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester.

Born in Spencerville, Ohio, he was a son of the late Francis and Dorthea Fritts Hennon. He was a truck driver for South East Steel.

In addition to his wife of 21 years, he is survived by four stepchildren, John Blevins and Mary Lois (Jessie) Wilson, both of Versailles, Charlie Blevins, Danville, and Mike Blevins, Nicholasville; and a brother, Thomas Hennon, Ohio.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl Jones.

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Ivan R. "Jay" O’Leary, 93, of Versailles, KY, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.

Jay was preceded in death by his wife, Jane M. O’Leary. Jay is survived by his son, Dan O’Leary, and daughter-in-law, Andrea O’Leary; his daughter, Kathy Drury, and son-in-law, Rick Drury; two grandsons, Sean Drury and Ryan Drury; and dear friend Beth Ress.

Jay was a member of the greatest generation and served in the Navy during World War II. Jay held many jobs throughout his life, from airplane mechanic to technical writer, but finished his career as a facilities manager at Texas Instruments in Versailles. After his retirement, Jay had time to explore his artistic side and painted many landscape pictures and family portraits to the delight of his family. For many years Jay was a devoted volunteer at the Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association in Versailles and helped create backdrops for several productions.

A service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home in Versailles, KY, followed by a celebration of his life with friends and family at his home.

Memorials are suggested to Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association.

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Bingham Robinson III, 30, of Versailles, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Born June 11, 1983, in Lexington, he was the son of Bing and Betty Jo Robinson. He was member of Millville Christian Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Britanee Robinson, Florida; his maternal grandparents, Joe and Betty Johnson, Woodford County; an aunt and an uncle, Sherry and John Walsh, Woodford County; a cousin, Tanner Walsh, Woodford County. His paternal grandparents, R.B. and Martha Robinson, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Ray Holdren. Visitation will be held Saturday from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

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Vodis Harold Thompson, 82, of Versailles, husband of Audrey Patterson Thompson, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

Born July 12, 1931, in Midway, he was the son of the late Dave and Bertha Lawhorn Thompson. He owned and operated Thompson’s Auto Shop and enjoyed farming. He was a Woodford County volunteer firefighter in Nonesuch and a member of Wilmore Free Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife of over 60 years, he is survived by a sister, Fona Manly, Lexington; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Thompson, Lexington, and Marilyn (John) Weber, Mortonsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Orena Kincaid and Edna King; and two brothers, Charles and Eugene Thompson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Dean Cook and the Rev. Dwight Winter. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmore Free Methodist Church Building Fund, 1200 Lexington Road, Wilmore, KY 40390.

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Juan Luis "Panchito" Saucedo, 21, of Versailles, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at his residence.

Born in Caracuaro de morelos, Michoacan, Mexico, he was the son of Rasalio Saucedo and Blanca Chagolla of Mexico.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Rodrigo Saucedo, Versailles.

A funeral Mass was was conducted Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Eulices Godinez. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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William M. Tonkin, a longtime resident of Versailles, husband of Kitty Graddy Tonkin, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.

He was the son of the late Thomas J. Tonkin Jr. and Anna McClung Tonkin. He graduated from Culver Military Academy, Culver, Ind., and from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a professor of history at Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) from 1966 until his retirement in 1985. He was a University of Kentucky Fellow, having established an engineering scholarship in memory of his father, a longtime vice-president of the Central Kentucky Natural Gas Co.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children from a previous marriage, including two sons, Thomas J. Tonkin IV (Laura), Tulsa, Okla., and John W. Tonkin (Ellen), Norman, Okla.; a daughter, Margaret T. Page; and a grandson, Edward N. Page Jr., both of Midlothian, Va. A brother, Thomas J. Tonkin III, is deceased.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the T.J. Tonkin Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Kentucky.



Beulah Mae (Huffman) Turner, 77, of Lexington, widow of Donald Turner, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Nettie Huffman. She was retired from the UK Chandler Hospital.

Survivors include three sons, Mike (Priscilla) Turner, Ray Turner, and Kenneth Turner; a daughter, Donna (Joe) Harp; two brothers, Kenneth Huffman and Donnie (Mary Ann) Huffman; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 23, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main Street, Lexington, by Pastor Gregory Pearce. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. today.


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