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March 28, 2013



Linda Cook, 59, a resident of Margaret Hall Manor, Versailles, died Friday, March 15, 2013, in Frankfort.

Born in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Carol Moore Cook and Martha Custis Sands. She was an animal lover, was a former director of the Woodford Humane Society, and had at one time maintained an animal rescue shelter in Mercer County. She had more recently been employed at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

She has no known relatives.

Following cremation, a memorial service is scheduled for 5 p.m. today, Thursday, March 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Hospice Chaplain Rick McClung will be officiating. The Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker are providing a grave space in the St. Joseph Cemetery at Taylor Manor for interment. Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Hospice of the Bluegrass, and Blackburn & Ward are providing services.

Donations will be accepted to provide a marker for the grave and may be forwarded to the funeral home.

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Jimmie G. Estill, 64, of Frankfort, husband of Joyce Campbell Estill, died Saturday, March 23, 2013.

A native of Franklin County, he was born March 25, 1948, the son of the late James Allen and Virginia Henderson Estill. He retired as the maintenance supervisor at Texas Instruments after 33 years of service. He also retired as maintenance supervisor at the Franklin County Courthouse. He served 23 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard, retiring as an E-6 staff sergeant. He was a member of the nationally ranked 441st Medical Detachment and was a volunteer firefighter for the Switzer Fire Department, a member of North Fork Baptist Church, and a former member of the Switzer Sweat Bees.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Emy (Brandon) Womack, Lawrenceburg; a son, Jimmie C. (Vickie) Estill, Frankfort; a sister, Susan Gardner, Frankfort; and three grandsons, Nicholas Estill, Ethan Womack and Brady Womack.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 27, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Dr. Bob Browning and Bro. Jay Stratton. Burial was in the Switzer Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ronnie Knight, Steve Cunningham, Jeff Cunningham, Chris Perkins, Jim Kinnaird, Steve Clark, and Skip Cook.

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Mary Lee "Dear" Hamlett, 88, of Versailles, formerly of Augusta, Ga., died Monday, March 25, 2013, at Kindred Health Care in Danville.

Born in Hale County, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Judge and Evelena Sledge Lindsey and was a retired homemaker. She was a graduate of Hale County High School in Moundville, Ala., and a member of the First Shiloh Baptist Church in Augusta.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances Lockett, Versailles, and Brenda Lindsey, of the West Coast; two sons, James Howard Hamlett, Atlanta, Ga., and John Henry (Lillie) Hamlett, Augusta, Ga.; a son-in-law, Leroy Grice, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; a nephew, Norman Lindsey, of Ft. Worth, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A daughter, Rosa Nell Grice, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at noon Saturday, March 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Willis Polk. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Angelo Grice, Roderick Grice, Michael Hamlett, Chris Hamlett, Alex Miller, Willie Beasley, and Al Lockett.

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Lawrence Hensley Jr., 78, of Versailles, formerly of Ashland, husband of Berta Davis VanHoose Hensley, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center in Lexington.

Born Oct. 30, 1934, in Catlettsburg, he was the son of the late Lawrence Hensley Sr. and Anna Louise Martin Hensley Wheeler. He was a 1952 graduate of Thomas R. Brown High School, attended the University of Kentucky, and was a United States Air Force Korean War veteran. He retired after many years of service from FCI Federal Correctional Institution in Summit. Following his retirement, he enjoyed gathering with fellow retirees and fellow card enthusiasts.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Nathan Lawrence Hensley (Patricia), Mt. Sterling; a stepdaughter, Lori VanHoose Daniel(Morey), Versailles; a brother, Roger Hensley (Glorious), Catlettsburg; a sister-in-law, Lily Hensley, Richmond; three grandchildren, Warren Hensley, Stephen Hensley, and Mason Daniel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members. His first wife, Hade Russell Hensley, and a brother, Robert Hensley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 26, at the Steen Funeral Home, Ashland, by Pastor Charles Allen. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY, 40504-3277.

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Minnie Lydia Trierweiler Olson, 101, of Wilmore, entered her Heavenly Home on March 18, 2013, at Wesley Village, Wilmore, Kentucky.

Minnie was born September 6, 1911, at Staples, Minnesota, the daughter of Charles and Lydia Shannon Trierweiler. She graduated from Crosby Ironton High School in 1930 and from Asbury Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1933 as a registered nurse. She married Walter Olson on December 12, 1933, and he preceded her in death on August 8, 1993.

Walt and Minnie were early pioneers in the settlement of Alaska and later returned to Minnesota where she served as a nurse in the Moose Lake State Hospital. Upon retirement, she and Walt moved to Wilmore where they became active in the Wilmore United Methodist Church. Minnie was also very active in the World Gospel Mission prayer band organization both in Barnum Minnesota and in Wilmore.

She served as a volunteer at the University of Kentucky Hospital and as a member of the Hospital Auxiliary Board. Minnie enjoyed traveling, reading, concerts and plays. She remained physically active until the very later days of her life and was an inspiration to the residents and staff of Wesley Village.

She is survived by four children, Beverly (Allen) Peterson, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Dale (Marilyn) Olson, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Susan (Gary) Buffin, Versailles, Kentucky, and Curt (Jane) Olson, Cedar Park, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and one great grandchild.

Services were conducted Friday, March 22, at Wesley Village Community Center, Wilmore, Kentucky. Burial was in the Wilmore Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Wesley Village for their compassionate care of Miss Minnie.

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Barry Nelson Parrish, 58, of London, Ky., formerly of Versailles, husband of Karen Hicks Parrish, died Thursday, March 21, 2013. Born Sept. 12, 1954, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Charles and Dorothy Jean Brown Parrish. He was employed for 38 years by and was a district manager for Trans-America Life Insurance Co., and was a Masonic Lodge member. He was a 1973 Woodford Co. High School graduate and attended Kentucky State University, where he received an associate degree.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Beth (Jonathan) Hensley, Versailles, and Emily Parrish, Nicholasville; two stepsons, Paul Acra, Lexington, and Josh (Natasha) Acra, Louisville; a sister, Kitty (Chuck) Sallee, Versailles; two nephews, Philip Sallee, Louisville, and Blake Sallee, Lexington; two grandchildren, Liam Cook and Luke Hensley; and his former wife, Judy Deener, Lexington.

Services were conducted Monday, March 25, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.



Bobby S. Parsons, 75, of Versailles, husband of Susan Davie Parsons, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Born in Pennington Gap, Va., he was the son of the late Rudolph and Irene G. Parsons.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepson, Michael Bowers; a special grandson, Dillon Bowers; three sisters, and two brothers. Three brothers are deceased.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, March 23, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington.



Mary Lee Bowles Perkins, 65, wife of Martin L. Perkins of Lawrenceburg, died Friday, March 22, 2013.

Born Sept. 5, 1947, in Versailles, she was the daughter of Mary Frances Raider Hernandez and the late Herman Bowles. She was a retired accountant and a member of United Lawrenceburg Pentecostal Church of God.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Tammy Marie Perkins, Lawrenceburg; a son, James Edward Perkins, Lawrenceburg; three sisters, Teresa Shirmer, Cathy Hagney, and Mary Segara, all of New York; a brother, Michael Bowles, Lexington; and three grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 26, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Mike Seidenfade. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Ora Pearl Flora Sewell, 90, of Versailles, widow of Prentice Albert Sewell, died Friday, March 22, 2013.

Born April 3, 1922, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Betsy Holman Flora.

Survivors include a daughter, Joan Gayle Parker, Versailles; two sons, Tony A. Sewell and Dwight Wade Sewell, both of Nicholasville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Services were conducted Monday, March 25, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jeff Sewell, David Nutgrass, Jacob Noel, Wayne Sewell, Michael Parker, and Shannon Parker.

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Jackie Phillip Tincher, 76, of Paris, widower of Claudia Wasson Tincher, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Johnson-Mathers Nursing Home.

Born March 7, 1937, in Nicholas County, he was the son of the late Jack and Lena Raye Mitchell Tincher. He was a retired building contractor and a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy Abney and Jennifer (Tracy) Sharon, both of Paris; three grandchildren, Nicholas Brady, Katlyn Scott, and John Sharon; three great-grandchildren, Colton Myers, Skylar Brady, and Brady Garrison; five sisters, Jean (Gene) Gilvin, Georgetown, Carol Fryman, Carlisle, Martha Ritchie, Carlisle, Judy (Harry) Otte, Paris, and Peggy Henry, Millville; and two brothers, Larry (June) Tincher, Carlisle, and Bobby (Geri) Tincher, Versailles.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 27, at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home by the Rev. Steve Smith. Burial was in the Carlisle Cemetery. Casket bearers were Steve Linville, John Otte, David Tincher, Michel Tincher, Donnie Foley, and Richard Eads.

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