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June 12, 2014



Elbert Adkins, 90, of Versailles, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

Born Oct. 24, 1923, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Adam and Liza Adkins.

Survivors include a daughter, Dana Coleman, Versailles; two grandchildren, Steve (Laura) Coleman and Cynthia Ray; and seven great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Kersty, Kelsey, Kamilla, and Keller Coleman, and Jessica and Joy Ray.

Services were conducted Monday, June 9, at Bailey Funeral Home, Elkhorn City, by Darrell Harmon. Burial was in Johnson Memorial Park.

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Rachel M. Binegar, 70, wife of Steven E. Binegar, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at her home in Versailles.

Born in Canton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William Howard and Virginia Beam Snee. She was a retired teacher, a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, the Lexington Newcomers Club, and a supporter of Old Friends Equine.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Melinda (Luke) Blanche, Lexington, and Shelley Binegar, Greenville, N.C.; a sister, Becki Freeman, Waco, Texas; two grandsons, Elliott Blanche and Curtis Blanche; and two nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today, Thursday, June 12, at the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Presbyterian Church, 130 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Harry C. Eaves Jr., 76, widower of Patricia Dale Eaves, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, at his home in Versailles.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Harry Craig Sr. and Serena Henderson Eaves. He was a retired mail carrier, a U.S. Navy veteran, a graduate of Versailles High School, and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was a former volunteer with the Versailles Fire Department for many years.

Survivors include four daughters, Colleen (Bobby) Lawrence, Judy (Tony) Bobbitt, Gina (Ricky) Henderlight, and Mary Smith, all of Versailles; a son, Brent (Ann) Eaves, Winchester; his companion of 10 years, Nancy Thompson; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A son, Joey Eaves, and a granddaughter, Tiffany Johnson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Fr. Danny Schwendeman. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles, KY 40383, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 643 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Barbara Irene Ingram Hamilton, 77, of Frankfort, widow of Kirby Hamilton, died Monday, May 19, 2014, at her residence.

Born Nov. 28, 1936, in Fleming County, she was the daughter of the late John and Frances Planck Ingram. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments.

Survivors include eight children, Ellen Wagner, Frankfort, Kirby (Linda) Hamilton, Frankfort, Mildred Childers, Nicholasville, Phyllis Hay, Frankfort, Roy Hamilton (Reba), Lawrenceburg, Mike Hamilton (Tonia), Frankfort, Robert Hamilton (Lisha), Midway, and Wesley Hamilton, Frankfort; three brothers; three sisters; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, May 23, by the Rev. David Smith and Pastor Andrew Twibell. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Clark Legacy Center, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Naomi Hatton Johnson, 90, of Versailles, widow of William R. "Bill" Johnson, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Born Feb. 23, 1924, in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Johnnie and Savannah Creech Hatton. She retired from Texas Instrument and was a member of Glenís Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn (Warren E.) Mitchell and Vicki (Sammy) Riddle, both of Midway; 12 grandchildren, Diane (Hal) Roberts, Melissa (Scott) Wash, Kimberly (Tommy) Hockensmith, Jill (Toby) Whitehouse, Jennifer Long, Geri (Timmy) Ball, Sara (Paul) Slusher, Bryan Atwood, David (Sheri) Gould, Michael (Lori) Gould, Traci (Teddy) Lausier and Angie Houghton; three step-grandchildren, Margaret (Michael) McBride, Michele (James) Charas and Jason (Tiffany) Riddle; 19 great-grandchildren, Zack Ball, Tony, Cade and Travis Slusher, Tabitha Roberts, Natalie (Brent) Burrus, Jerry Hockensmith, Andrew Hockensmith, Hunter Whitehouse, C.J. Tackett, Jared Tackett, Brandon (Kelly) Gould, James David Gould, Joey Gould, Adam (K.T.) Gould, Paige (Jared) Flanery, Teddy Joe Lausier, Brittany Houghton and Kaitlyn Houghton; 12 step-great-grandchildren, Sam Charas, Annalauren, Joshua, Griffin and Ava Riddle, Jennifer Wash (Tommy) Perry, Elizabeth Wash (Ricky) Day, Desire, Amanda and Ashley Fryman, Michelle McBride and Walter McBride; six great-great-grandchildren, Aiden Gould, Felicity Bryant, Noah Flanery, Kash Gould, Haley Burrus and Ryan Burrus; and six step-great-great-grandchildren, Hayleigh Perry, Olivia Perry, Ethan Perry, Sierra Day, Makenzie Day and Emilynn Day. A daughter, Ruthann Frost; a son, Stanley R. Johnson; a sister, Ruby Underwood; and three brothers, Ray Hatton, Charlie Hatton and Noah Hatton, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, June 6, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. DeWayne Brewer. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Gary Hatton, Larry Hatton, Ronnie Arthur, Charles Arthur, Kevin Hunter and Cecil Wayne Flora. Honorary bearers were her sons-in-law and grandsons.

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Paul D. Rehm, 95, of Versailles, husband of Betty Ginocchio Rehm, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at his home.

Born in Covington, he was the son of the late Norman H. and Gertrude Dugan Rehm. He was a retired lawyer and World War II veteran, was member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church, and was a U. S. Army veteran. He was an avid reader, supporter of the Woodford County Library, and kept up with current events and science.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth (David) Wachtel, Lexington, and Martha (Cherryl) Rehm, Orlando, Fla.; four step-daughters, Susan (Dan) Carey, Versailles, Nancy (John) Fritschner, Louisville, Sally (Mac) Weisenberger, Georgetown, and Libby (Kent) Miller, Versailles; four nephews, Adam Hoover, Josh Hoover, Roger Cowden, and Bruce Cowden; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and caregivers Libby Miller, Margaret Newsome, Jo McKinney, and Maria Perry. His first wife, Bobbie Combs Rehm; two sisters, Barbara Cowden and Joan Hoover; and two nephews, Paul Cowden and Jay Cowden, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, June 7, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church by the Rev. John Fritschner. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Library or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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James Rolland Spence, father of Julie Ann Spence of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, John Rolland Spence of Lexington, KY, and Katherine Trapp Spence of Honduras died at the age of 72 after a recent illness on May 30, 2014.

Jim was an international entrepreneur and lived the last years of his life in Belize and Honduras. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. James Carroll Spence of Owensboro and Madisonville, KY, and is survived by his mother of Madisonville and Rochester, KY. His only brother, Richard Carroll Spence of Madisonville, KY, preceded him in death in April 2004. Many friends and family were devoted to Jim from the years he lived in Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Belize, especially his Honduran family, Franco, Rita and Alfredo.

A memorial service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Madisonville, KY, on June 14, 2014, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers a contribution to the trust of his 2-year-old daughter, Katherine, is greatly appreciated and may be addressed to Julie Spence

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Margaret Ann "Peggy" Wilson, 75, a retired pharmacist, died Friday, June 6, 2014, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late William H. Jr. and Margaret Benassi Wilson. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. She had graduated from the University of Kentucky Pharmacy Schoolís first graduating class.

Survivors include a brother, Billy (Clair) Wilson; a sister-in-law, Brenda Wilson; and her nieces and nephews, Willie Wilson, Ben Wilson Jackie Wilson, and Shane M. Wilson. A brother, Harry "Mackie" Wilson, and a sister, Rosemary Wilson, are deceased.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. A reception will follow burial at St. Leo parish hall. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

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