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July 3, 2014



Clyde Settles Bass passed in the evening of Monday, June 23, 2014, in Bradenton, FL. He was the loving husband of Merabah Bass (who preceded him in death), and the loving Father of Elizabeth Bass of Kentucky, Merabah Niederman of Kentucky, and Julia Adair Bass of Ohio, who also preceded him in death.

Clyde and Merabah were blessed with four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Clyde was born in Franklin, TN, on Feb. 22, 1924. After graduating from high school in Cincinnati, OH, Clyde served in the Army Engineering Corps, Pacific Theater, WWII. Clyde bought his water pump business in Fairfield, OH, from which he retired after many successful years.

Clyde was a member of the Oneco United Methodist Church of Bradenton, FL.

Burial will be at the Jellico Creek Baptist Church in KY.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Merabah Bass Scholarship Fund, Northern Kentucky University Foundation, Lucas Administration Center, Suite 22, Highland Heights, KY 41099.

Arrangements by Toale Brothers Funeral Home.

(Paid obituary)



John E. Church, 70, of Frankfort, husband of Jean C. Church, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, Lexington.

A native of Brookings, S.D., he was the son of the late Harvey Stanley and Ruth Anundson Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He spent over 20 years with Jewel Electric, Newark, N.J., achieving second in sales before retiring from state government after a career with KHEAA. After retirement he went on to start John Church Handyman Services. He was a member of Buck Run Baptist Church and attended Glenn’s Creek Baptist church part time.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Nathan R. Church, Frankfort; a daughter, Misty Renee Church, Louisville; a brother, Norman Church, Lake Placid, Fla.; three sisters, Bonnie Axtell, Judy Gillman, and Becky Church, all of Spencer, Iowa; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 2, at Buck Run Baptist Church by Dr. Hershael York. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens, where VFW Post #4075 presented military honors. Casket bearers were be Bruce McCutchen, Michael Church, John Carter Church, Lester Smoot, Bobby Casey, and Tom Grissom. Honorary bearers were members of the Agate Class from Buck Run Baptist.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, 1510 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511 or

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Viola Duncan Flora, 92, of Frankfort, widow of James Flora, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born Aug. 1, 1921, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Duncan and Lutie Ockerman Duncan. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Frankfort, where she was a member of the Triple L Club and a volunteer in the church’s soup kitchen for 14 years. She worked in the Department of Revenue of the Kentucky state government for 25 years and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Hall, Lexington; three daughters, Yvonne (Donnie) Bailey, Jan (Charles) Hubbard, and Joyce (Terry) Rader; nine grandchildren, Julie (Joe) Lauberth, Marsha (Timmy) Perkins, Jeff Giles, Kenny Hubbard, Greg (Crystal) Hubbard, Aaron Rader, Amy (Jason) Hunter, Ricky (Nancy) Bailey and Troy (Jamie) Bailey; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Five brothers, Leslie Duncan, Howard Duncan, Emmett Duncan, Joe Duncan, and Harris Duncan; and three sisters, Hazel McGaughey, Hallie Crocker and Lida Spencer, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, June 28, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road. Frankfort, by the Rev. Sammy Harris. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Greg Hubbard, Bradley Tracy, Jeremy Banks, Cody Banks, Aaron Rader, and Jason Hunter. Honorary bearers were Jeff Giles, Kenny Hubbard, Donnie Bailey, Charles Hubbard, Timmy Perkins, and Terry Rader.

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Erika Schäfer Frikhofen, 88, of Versailles, died Monday, June 30, 2014.

Born Feb. 19, 1926, in Gross-Karben, Germany, she was the daughter of Heinrich and Susannah Schäfer.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Galbreath and Fred Galbreath; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Cathy Galbreath Stamper, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, July 2, at Rose Crest Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Hospice.

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Lucille Kennedy Hayes, 93, of Midway, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Albert Sleet Sr. and Lucy T. Webster Kennedy. She was retired with 40 years of service at Midway College and was a member of the Pilgrim Baptist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Alberta Branham, Lexington, Geraldine Kennedy and Wanda Kennedy, both of Midway, and Yvonne (Thomas) Carden, South Boston, Va.; two sons, Garner Kennedy, Midway, and Bennie P. (Mary Lou) Kennedy, Desoto, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. A daughter, Slyphronia Thurman, a sister, Mildred Davis, and a brother, Albert Sleet Kennedy II, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at noon today, Thursday, July 3, at Historic Pilgrim Baptist Church in Midway by Elder Chris Wright. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Andre Lynem, Sean Branham, Jeremy Powell, Daniel Powell, Bennie Kennedy Jr., Patrick Kennedy, and Frederick Kennedy. Honorary bearers will be Vincent Price, Ben Pennie, Aaron Hamilton, Van Davis, Manuel Davis, and Alfred Guy. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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David B. Thomas, 96, of Versailles, husband of Lois Sullivan Thomas, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

He was a retired sales representative of dairy equipment, and had owned the Versailles Sunshine Dairy. Born in St. Louis, MO, he was a son of the late David Harrison and Nell Bovard Thomas. Dave was a graduate of Versailles High School and the University of Kentucky, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

Survivors in addition to his wife include a daughter, Ginny (Dale) Eckert; a son, Bo (Pat) Thomas; four grandchildren, Casey (Joshua) Kight, Kelly (Zach) Furr, Matt Thomas, and Chris Thomas, all of Versailles. The family wishes to acknowledge their appreciation to his caregivers, Carolyn F. Gallagher and Kimberly E. Cottingham.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Thompson officiating. Burial was at the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church Building Fund, 110 N. Court Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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(Paid obituary)



Joseph M. Tkacz, 76, of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Born April 13, 1938, in Hammond, Ind., he was the son of the late Joseph W. and Marie Koziol Tkacz. He was a retired customer service representative for Rand McNally and a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include two sons, Phil Tkacz, Versailles and Kevin Tkacz, Jersey City, N.J.; and a sister, Irene Adams, Cedar Lake, Ind.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, July 3, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Special Olympics (

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