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May 12, 2011



June Griffith Allison Barrett passed peacefully at her home in Port Charlotte, Fla., Jan. 4, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

June will be greatly missed by her daughter, Mary Holly (Benjamin Crosby) Allison of Punta Gorda, Fla., and brothers Ray E. (Norene) Griffith of Muskegon, MI, and Jerry L. (Anne) Griffith of LaPlata, MD. Preceded in death by her parents, and son Arthur M. Allison III.

A native of Lynch, Ky., born in Wallins Creek, Ky., she graduated from Nurse Corps Cadet, earning an RN degree. After WWII, she stayed in Lexington, married Arthur M. Allison II, parents of Arthur and Mary Holly. She joined the United States Public Health Service as an officer.

She traveled extensively throughout the United States, working for the USPHS and completed her BS and MS in Nursing at the University of Maryland. After 20 years, she retired with the naval rank of captain.

A celebration of life on Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Midway Woman’s Club, Gratz Street, Midway.

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The Rev. James A. Blair, retired pastor of First Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church. Lexington and retired electrician from Kuhlman Electric, Versailles, died Monday, May 2, 2011.

He was the son of Henry and Sarah Blair.

Survivors include his former wife, Sarah E. Blair; two sons, George Blair, Versailles, and Jeffrey (Laura) Blair, Shelbyville; two daughters, Monica (Ray) Smith and Selena Blair, Versailles;20 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; three sisters, Georgia Simmons, and Rose (George) Johnson and Iva Blair, Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews. A son, James L. Blair, and three siblings, Juanita Waters, Albert Blair, and Eva Smith, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 7, at the Imani Baptist Church, Lexington. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery in Versailles. Fender Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.



Charles E. "Gene" Boler, 79, of Frankfort, husband of Lula Bell Cook Boler, died Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Born Feb. 19, 1932 in Versailles, he was the son of the late Julia Reed Douglas and Albert Parker Boler. He was retired from Texas Instruments, where he worked as an assembly worker and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David Dunn, Frankfort, and Johnny Dunn, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Martha Wise, Frankfort, and Charlotte Boler, Germany; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Wanda Gibbons Wilson; and a son, Charles Eugene Boler Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bro. Jerry Parrott, Bro. Robert Cable, and Bro. Brad McGill. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery.

Donations may be made to VFW Post 4075 Honor Guard.

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Edward P. Canty, 95, of Versailles, widower of Doris Smith Canty, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 5, 1916, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Patrick John and Margaret Daisey Canty. He was a retired postal supervisor and Woodford County farmer. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, a Disabled American Veteran, and member of the Woodford County Cattleman’s Association. He was well known for growing nut bearing trees.

Survivors include a daughter, Chris Canty (Bill) Hall, Chandler, Ariz.; three sons, Michael Canty, David Canty, and Paul Canty, all of Woodford County; four grandchildren, Shawn Canty, Woodford County, and Elizabeth Hall (John) Cox, Victoria Hall, and Alexandra Hall, all of Arizona. Two sisters, Loretto Canty and Virginia Canty, and a cousin, Joseph Webb, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Lexington. Casket bearers will be Michael Canty, David Canty, Shawn Canty, Elizabeth Cox, Victoria Hall, and Alexandra Hall. Honorary bearers will be John Cox, Scott Gardner, and Tommy Webb.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo School, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Jimmy Evans, 59, of Versailles, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at his home.

The son of James R. and Sylvia Vanover Evans, he was a former farm worker.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Tanya Evans and Missy Evans; two sons, Timmy Evans and Robbie Evans; two sisters, Gail (Don) Southworth, Lawrenceburg, and Pat (Melvin) Sutherland, Versailles; two brothers, John Evans, Versailles, and Marshall Evans, Frankfort; and 11 grandchildren. A brother, Leroy Evans, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Rick Ralston. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Matt Sherwood, Cheda Evans, Tim Evans, David Evans, Justin Reynolds, and Adam Evans.

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John William Orr, Jr., 88, of Wilmore, widower of Gloria Orr, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

A Manalapan, N.J., native, he was the son of the late John W. and Elizabeth Ely Orr. He lived in Hightstown, N.J., and Spring Hill, Fla., prior to moving to Versailles in 1991. He was more recently a resident of Wesley Village in Wilmore. He was retired from the Turnpike Authority of New Jersey. He was a member and former elder of the Wilmore Presbyterian Church, a former member and elder of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, a former and member and elder of the Grace Presbyterian Church, Spring Hill, Fla., a former member and elder of the Hightstown Presbyterian Church, where he also served as president of its board of trustees, president of the board of deacons, and served in numerous other capacities at each church. His interests included activities with the historical society. He was a life member and trustee of the Hightstown-East Windsor Historical Society, a member and director of the Hernando County Historical Society, Brooksville, Fla., and a member and former president of the Woodford County Historical Society. He was a former director of the Woodford County Habitat for Humanity, a member of the American Legion Post 148 in Hightstown, a member of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, a member of Hightstown-Apollo Lodge No. 41, F&AM, a former advisor of Post 59, Boy Scouts of America in Hightstown, former president of the YMCA in Hightstown, former chairman of the East Windsor Township Planning Board, and had served in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific Theatre in World War II.

Survivors include three daughters, Lynn Greene, Altamont Springs, Fla., Beth (Daniel) Hegeman, Lexington, and Joanne (Eric) Johnson, Versailles; a brother, Charles Orr, Central Point, Ore.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A sister, Betty Swinger, two brothers, Robert and LeGrande Orr, and a grandson, David John Greene, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 11, at Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Wesley Village, the Presbyterian Church, or Habitat for Humanity.

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Isaac Parrish Rouse, 84, of Midway, widower of Jean Coleman Rouse, died at home Thursday, May 5, 2011.

Born July 6, 1926, he was the son of J. Howard and Honeywood Parrish Rouse. He was an eighth-generation citizen of Woodford County. He was a graduate of Midway High School and the University of Kentucky and was a farmer. A lifelong member of Midway Presbyterian Church, he served as treasurer for more than 40 years. He was elected to the Woodford County School Board and Woodford Fiscal Court and was a member of the Midway Lions Club and Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II. He enjoyed traveling the world and was known for his signature hat.

Survivors include three children, Kay (Andy) Lark, of Summit, N.J., Amy (Mike) Perry, and Bob (Mary Beth) Rouse, all of Midway; five grandchildren, Terry Lark, Lauren Perry Smith (Derek), Liz Perry, Steele Rouse, and Clay Rouse; and a sister-in-law, Doris Coleman Shouse Nemore (David).

Services were conducted Monday, May 9, at the Midway Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Mary Weese, followed by graveside services at the Midway Cemetery. Elders of the church served as honorary casket bearers. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Midway Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 343, Midway, KY 40347.



Melanie Sunbeam Smith, 61, local artist, passed peacefully on May 9, 2001, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Melanie was a long time resident of Duckers, Ky., and graduated from Woodford County High School in 1967. She earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Western Kentucky University in 1973 and moved to New York to pursue her art career. Later she continued creating works in her home studio in Duckers. The range of her work included fiber weavings, collages, drawings in pen and ink, paint and pencil which were inspired by music and nature. Most recently her work evolved into mixed media pieces. Her artwork has been purchased worldwide and has received multiple awards. She was a member of the local Fiber Guild. She was director of the Worldwide Jazz Network and an active member of the International Pen Pal Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Noel Sr. and Goldie Moore Smith and a brother, Jerry Smith. She is survived by two brothers, Cecil Lee Greenup and John Noel Smith Jr.; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and a family of friends locally and worldwide.

Melanie chose to be cremated without services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Arthritis Foundation of America, or alternately, plant and nurture a tree of choice. A memorial art exhibit will be held at a later date. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Margaret Benassi Wilson, 88, of Versailles, widow of William H. Wilson Jr., died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born May 9, 1922, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of the late Chance and Margaret Moore Benassi. She was a business owner for many years, active in the Versailles community, and proprietor of The Sports Shop. She was an active member of St. Leo Catholic Church

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Ann (Peggy) Wilson; a son William H. (Billy) Wilson III (Clare); a daughter-in-law, Brenda Wilson; a brother, Billy Benassi, California; and four grandchildren, Willie Wilson, Ben Wilson, Jackie Wilson, and Shane M. Wilson. A son, Harry (Mackie) Wilson, a daughter, Rosemary Wilson, a brother, Chance Benassi Jr., and two sisters, Ruth Benassi and Dorothy Schrorer, are deceased.

A funeral Mass was conducted Monday, May 9, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman. A reception was held at the St. Leo parish hall following services. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or to St. Leo Building Fund.

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