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May 27, 2010



Robert Lee Curry, 86, of Versailles, widower of Vivian Presnell Curry, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, he was born Nov. 21, 1923, the son of the late Albert and Maggie Raisor Curry. He was a retired maintenance operator for the National Distillers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Versailles United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Curry, Versailles; a son, David Lee Curry, Bardstown; two sisters, Laura (Jack) Duncan, Frankfort, and Mary Louise (Ray) Sturgeon, Texas; and a brother, Ike (Jean) Curry, Frankfort. Two sisters, Mae and Aileen Curry, and a brother, James Curry, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 21, at the Versailles United Methodist Church by the Rev. Mike Lehman and Dr. Charles Pinkston. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ken Burns, Justin West, Dan Jackson, Denny Penn, Brian Moore, and Albert Presnell Jr. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Versailles Methodist Home.

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Janice C. Hackendahl, 80, of Versailles, wife of Richard Hackendahl, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Born July 31, 1929 in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lois Darshan Gross. She was a retired self-employed caterer.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Linda (Pete) Ellington, Virginia; a son, Albert (Ann) Kelty, Versailles; three grandchildren, A.J. (Kasi) Kelty, Leann (Greg) Hammond, and Chris Ellington; and four great-grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends was held Monday, May 24, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort.

Donations may be made to the Woodford Humane Society.

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Marcella Marie Collins Higgins, 55, of Lexington, wife of Jeff Higgins, died Thursday, May 20, 2010.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Earl Sr. and Kittie Rice Collins.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Jason (Amy) Higgins and Avery (Matt) Neace; four grandchildren; a brother; four sisters; and numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives. A brother, Robert Earl Collins, Jr., is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 26, at the First Baptist Church, Versailles. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



Jacqueline "Jackie" Johns, 67, of Nicholasville, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

Survivors include two daughters, Kellie Johns (Ramon) Lopez, Oklahoma, and Laura Courtney Johns, Nicholasville; three grandchildren, Olivia and Alex Lopez, Oklahoma, and Natalie Goforth, Nicholasville; her mother, Alberta Kanatzer, Lexington; a sister, Roberta Lancaster, Versailles; and other family members. Her father, Elmer Courtney, and a brother, Richard Courtney, are deceased.

Memorial services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Betts & West Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions suggested to the Alzheimerís Association.

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William Donald McCrosky, 64, of Lebanon, widower of Anita Hale McCrosky, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at his home after an illness.

Born Sept. 13, 1945, in Louisville, he was the son of the late Thompson and Beatrice (Black) McCrosky. He was retired president and CEO of Peoples Bank of Lebanon, having spent 38 years in the banking business in Central and Eastern Kentucky. He was a member of the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church, a U.K. Fellow, a member of the Scoville Society, the Lexington Club, the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers, and a former director of the Bankers Bank of Kentucky.

Survivors include two sons, Matthew Thompson (Renee) McCrosky, Lebanon, and Thomas Clay McCrosky, Versailles; three sisters, Kathryn (Hugh) Peavler, Richmond, Jean Wiley, Lexington, and Jo Ann Winston, Versailles; a brother, Nelson Cleo (Joyce) Sanders, Harrodsburg; two grandchildren, Jacob and Kaitlyn McCrosky; special friend, Julia Cowgill of Lexington. Two brothers, Cecil and William Newton McCrosky, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 26, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, by the Rev. Ken Klemme. Casket bearers were Terry Tatum, Jimmy Thompson, John Manning, John Clark, Ed Purdom, Charles Beach, and C.K. Stacy.

Memorial contributions may be sent to U.K. College of Agriculture or Hosparus Of Central Kentucky, 105 Diecks Avenue, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

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Dorothy S. "Granny" Perkins, 85, of Versailles, widow of Thomas H. Perkins, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at her home.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Walton McCoy and Mary Josephine Sanders Sauls. She was a retired child care provider and owner of Ridgewood Day Care Center for over 20 years. She was a member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church, the Woodford County Womanís Club, the Woodford County Garden Club, the Friendly Homemakers, and the Friendship Club, also known as the former Woodford Memorial Hospital auxiliary.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol S. (Russell) Foley, Salvisa, Joyce Perkins, Versailles, and Shirley (David) Price, Richmond; a son, Leroy J. Perkins, Versailles; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. David Brannen. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Stephen E. Renfrow, 38, of Acworth, Ga., died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in Henry County, Ga.

A native of Warren County, Ky., he was the son of Janet Elaine Renfrow Hill (the Rev. Oliver Dale Hill), Rock, W. Va., and the late William Lawrence Renfrow. He was a member of Acworth Methodist Church and a member of the Metro Atlanta Police Society (Emerald Club). He was an avid golfer.

Survivors include a son, Riley Renfrow and his mother, Shannon Renfrow, both of Versailles; a brother, John William Renfrow (Patricia), of Bowling Green; a paternal grandmother, Lillian Renfrow, Bowling Green; an aunt, Ann Myers (Steve), of Bowling Green; an uncle, Mike Johnston, Bowling Green; two nephews, Cole Renfrow and Owen Renfrow, Bowling Green; and several cousins. His paternal grandfather, Shelby Renfrow; and his maternal grandparents, John and Ruth Johnston, are deceased.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 18, in Bowling Green. Burial was in Bowling Green Gardens.



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