The Woodford Sun
March 22, 2001 issue
Lewis J. "L.J." Crain
Lewis James "L.J." Crain, 76, of Clifton Road, Versailles, husband of Doris Jean Crain, died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at his home.
Born in Dunklin Co., Mo., on Dec. 16, 1924, he was the son of the late Ferdinand Desoto and Rose Ann Green Crain. The youngest of five children, he traveled with his father during his childhood, attending several schools in three states before moving to Versailles to live with his brother, William Crain. After graduating from Versailles High School in 1942, he entered military service and served in the 8th Air Force during World War II.
Following his marriage on Nov. 13, 1945, he attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He had taken a part-time job installing power poles with Northern States Power Co. during college, and after graduation joined the firm. During his 30-year career he lived in Sioux Falls, S.D., Grand Forks, N.D., and several cities in Minnesota before moving to St. Paul, where he retired as vice president of the company. He moved back to Versailles in 1987 and joined the Versailles Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and an adult Sunday school class teacher.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Allen Foster, and a granddaughter, Rebecca Foster, of Sauk Rapids, Minn.; two nephews, Benjamin Crain, Versailles, and Donald Joe Holland, W. Memphis, Tenn.; and a niece, Ann Shelburn, of Stanford. Two sisters, Monedith Williams and Leatrice Holland, and two brothers, William Crain and Paul Crain, are deceased. His brother William was a former Woodford County sheriff and county clerk whose widow, Frances Crain, resides in Woodford County.
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Shawn Barkley. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ralph Carpenter, Stuart Brown, Ron Kinnius, Elliot Vittitow, Bill Williams, and Charlie Christensen. Memorials may be made to the Versailles Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 130 N. Main St., Versailles 40383.
Rosa Johnson Mullins
Rosa Johnson Mullins, 59, of Lexington, widow of Kendall Mullins, died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at her residence.
She was born in Frenchburg, the daughter of Julia Parker Johnson, Lexington, and the late Roy Johnson. She retired in 1991 after 32 years in Operator Services with GTE and was a member of Revival Tabernacle Church, Lexington.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sisters, Betty Crouch, Olympia, and Patricia Clemons, Versailles; three brothers, Raymond Johnson, Bobby Johnson, and Danny Johnson, all of Lexington; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland, Lexington, by the Rev. Byron Jessup. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were John Dean, Joe Strain, Randy Crouch, Wayne Crouch, Mike Matthews, and Paul Johnson. Honorary bearers were the employees of GTE.
Bonnie M. Sills
Bonnie M. Sills, 71, of Versailles, formerly of Lexington, wife of Jim Sills, died Friday morning, March 16, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.
Born Feb. 13, 1930, she was a native of Winchester, the daughter of the late J. R. and Anna Frances Harris Mastin. She was a longtime member of the Winchester First Church of God.
In addition to her husband of 48 years, Mrs. Sills is survived by a son, Tony Sills, and an adopted son, Glen Blind, both of Versailles.
Graveside services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the Winchester Cemetery by the Rev. Glen Cummins and the Rev. Bill Konstantopoulos. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky, 2417 Regency Road, Suite B. Lexington 40503, or to the First Church of God, 2500 Colby Road, Winchester 40391.
Patrick Eldon Teets
Patrick Eldon Teets, 49, Midway, husband of Linda Barrett Teets, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, in an auto accident in Tennessee.
Born in Brown City, Mich., on Aug. 23, 1951, he was the son of Mary Elizabeth Teets, Lenoir City, Tenn., and the late Fredrick Clair Teets.
He was the owner and operator of Reliance Refrigeration, Inc., and was a U.S. Army veteran of service during the Vietnam War era.
Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, David Patrick Teets, Harrodsburg; two sisters, Sanda Teets and Mary Ann Lee, all of Tennessee; two brothers, Mark Teets, Tennessee, and Tim Teets, Mich.; two grandchildren, Cora and Chloe Teets; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Teets’ son, Aaron John Teets, and two of his grandchildren, John Patrick Teets and Samuel David Teets, also died in the accident.
Joint funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Claude Waldridge. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chad Metzger, Will Robinson, Joe Quire, Eddie Cartwright, and Jason Teets. Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles 40383 or Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, 489 E. Main St., Lexington 40507.
Aaron John Teets
John Patrick Teets
Samuel David Teets
Aaron John Teets, 26, John Patrick Teets, 2, and Samuel David Teets, 9 months, all of Georgetown, husband and children of Jennifer Niles Teets, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, in an auto accident in Tennessee.
Aaron John Teets was born in Saginaw, Mich., on April 14, 1974. He was a Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police officer and was in the Navy Reserves, serving as a Seabee. He was also a member of the NRA.
John Patrick Teets was born in Fayette County on June 12, 1998. Samuel David Teets was born in Fayette County on May 18, 2000.
Aaron Teets’ survivors include his mother, Linda Barrett Teets, Midway; a brother, David Patrick Teets, Harrodsburg; his paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Teets, Lenoir City, Tenn.; his children’s maternal great-grandmother, Phyllis Niles Farver, McKeane, Pa.; three nieces, Cora and Chloe Teets and Alexa Shadle; and a nephew, Shawn Shadle. Aaron’s father, Patrick Eldon Teets, also died in the accident.
Joint funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Claude Waldridge. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were members of the Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police. Memorials are suggested to Woodford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles 40383, or Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, 489 E. Main St., Lexington 40507.
Janie L. Way
Janie Lee "Granny" Way, 78, of Versailles, widow of Dolphus Blackburn Way, died Saturday, March 17, 2001.
Born Feb. 13, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Logan and Ida Hicks Lay and was a member of the South Elkhorn Baptist Church, Fayette County.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Todd, Frankfort; Brenda Shields, Nicholasville, and Patricia Abney, Midway; four sons, Donnie Way, Georgetown; Robert "Buddy" Way, Kenneth Way, and Johnny Way, all of Versailles; a grandson, Christopher Way, Versailles; two sisters, Hazel McKinney and Shirley Hamilton, both of Versailles; three brothers, Coy Leigh and Freddie Laye, both of Versailles, and Buford Lay, Burkesville; 15 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Sylvia Lay and Edith Douglas, and four brothers, Clarence, Otha, William Oscar, and George Lay; a granddaughter, a grandson, and a great-grandson are deceased.
Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial was in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were David Courtney, Ray Hamilton, Jimmy M Kinney, Oliver W. Courtney, Billy Lay, and Jimmy Way. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort 40601.
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