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May 15, 2014



Otis Edward Crutchfield, 92, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2014, at home in Versailles, Kentucky.

He was born in Escambia County, Alabama, on March 2, 1922, son of James Richard Crutchfield and Dola Mae Crutchfield. He graduated from Tanner-Williams High School in Mobile, Alabama, and is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama. He retired from Union Carbide Corp. in 1980 and served as a missionary in various countries. In 2007 he moved to Versailles to be near family and attended Versailles Methodist Church.

He is survived by a sister, Pauline Cole, of Mobile; a brother, Palmer Crutchfield, of Mobile; two daughters, Mary Ann Stephens and husband, Allen, and Yvonne C. Phillips and husband, Terry; 5 grandchildren, Stephanie Vantassel, Jennifer Bragdon, Shane Erdt, Taylor Wash and Christine Stephens-Bez; and 8 great-grandchildren. Otis was known in his later years as someone who loved and worshipped the Lord. He was a missionary with JARS (Wycliffe Bible Translators), and Teen Missions where he traveled all over the world volunteering his services.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in Versailles on Friday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church Pavilion on Paynes Mill Road.

Please make donations to Versailles United Methodist Church in support of overseas missionaries or the Woodford County Senior Citizens.

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Glenn Estes, 60, of Versailles, husband of Ruby Estes, died Monday, May 12, 2014.

A native of Woodford County, he was born May 15, 1953, the son of the late Lonnie and Dorothy Estes. He worked at Airdrie Stud doing farm maintenance.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Gary Coffey, Utag, Glenn Estes Jr., Lawrenceburg, Shelley Loman, Frankfort, and Stephanie Litteral, Frankfort; six brothers and sisters, Elwanda Montgomery and Vivian Cooper, both of Versailles, Julian Estes, California, Lonnie Wayne Estes, Versailles, and Ollie Mitchell and Tracy Estes, both of Midway; 12 grandchildren, Christian Estes, Zack Estes, Bryan Litteral, Michael Estes, Nicolas Estes, Logan Coffey, Skyler Litteral, Ashton Coffey, Brenden Coffey, Aidan Coffey, Carter Coffey and Rylee Coffey.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Willie Goodlett. A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service.

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John D. "Jack" Etherington, 86, of Versailles, husband of Florence Cosby Etherington, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Born January 18, 1928, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Francis Batalia Etherington. He was a retired employee of Texas Instruments and a decorated veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Gina Marie Broughton, Versailles, Geri (Alan) George, Versailles, Linda Jo (Norman) Gribbins, Campbellsville, Tony (Beth) Etherington, Lexington, and Bethany (Jason) Stork, California; two sisters, Wanda Goodknight, Indiana, and Catherine Mullin, Louisville; a brother, Tom Etherington, Richmond; and 10 grandchildren, Heather Broughton, Ashley and Emily George, Logan and Abby Etherington, Isabelle, Evelyn, and Emma Milburn, and Daniel and John Stork. A sister, Marjorie Giles, and a brother, Joe Etherington, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 10, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman. Burial followed in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were his nephews, Tom Etherington, Jim Etherington, Kevin Mullin, Kyle Mullin, Gary Giles, Glen Giles and Tim Giles. Honorary bearers were Ben Chandler, Moss Vance, Donnie Etherington, Bill Alcoke and Brian Goodknight.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

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Lloyd Griffie, 83, of Versailles, husband of Brozetta Ison Griffie, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born Feb. 19, 1931, in Banks, Ky., he was the son of the late Garland and Artie Cole Griffie. He was a retired tube line controller for OSRAM Sylvania and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, Greg (Deanna), Griffie, Texas; Tim (Amy), Nicholasville, Walt Griffie, Lawrenceburg, David, Versailles, and Chris (Kellie), Versailles; three sisters; two brothers; and nine grandchildren, Allison, Jake, Erica, Sarah, Steven, Allie, Aaron, Davie, and Nathan.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel by Pastor Steve Weaver. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 15, at the Clark Legacy Center in Frankfort.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Farmdale Baptist Church, 5610 US 127 S, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Nellie Brandenburg Wash, 93, of Lexington, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 21, 1921, in Nonesuch, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Ethel Morgan Brandenburg. She was a retired employee of Shillito Department Store and attended Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Jona (Cliff) Eddleman, Versailles; a son, Vernon (Nan) Wash, Lexington; a sister, Eugenia Holman; a granddaughter, Paige (Chris) Greene; a grandson-in-law, Daniel Johnson; and three great-grandchildren, Hunter Johnson, Trevor Greene, and Logan Greene. A granddaughter, Paula Johnson, and her brothers and sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, May 5, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Dr. Michael Cabell. Burial followed in Rose Crest Cemetery.

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