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May 8, 2014



Charlie Blevins, 57, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles and Junction City, died Monday, May 5, 2014, in Lexington.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of Mildred Clifton Blevins of Lexington and the late Edward Thomas Blevins. He was an employee of Jeff White Fencing for over 35 years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his companion, Peggy Jackson, Junction City; a daughter, Rebecca (Chip) Cosby, Lexington; two sons, Kenneth (Alecia) Blevins and Charles (Ashli) Evans, both of Versailles; a sister, Mary Lois (Jesse) Wilson, Versailles; two brothers, Michael Wayne Blevins, Lexington, and John Allen Blevins, Versailles; five grandchildren, Jacob Evans, Blake Evans, Kason Blevins, MaKenna Blevins, and Cory Cosby; three stepchildren, Charlotte Burchett, Tina Cox, and Rodney Jackson, all of Junction City; and seven step-grandchildren, Lexi Jackson, Kagen Jackson, Jordan Belcher, Parker Merrick, Olivia Cox, Ashley Jackson, and Nick Jackson.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Thursday, May 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today by the Rev. Carl Jones. Burial will follow in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Danny Richardson, Jeff White, Dennis Hatcher, Ricky Fannin, Kenny Ray Vanover, Kevin Wilson, Bo Wilson, and David Sutherland.

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James Allen Crawford II, 42, of Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Versailles, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, in Ft. Myers.

A loving father and husband, he is survived by his beloved wife of 15 years, Bennett Haney Crawford, and two beautiful children, Morgan and James Allen (Jack) Crawford III.

He is also survived by his parents, Jim and Jean Crawford of Versailles, and five siblings, Tom (Elaine), Ellen, and Mark (Jill) of Versailles, Michelle (Tony Stratta) of Lehigh Acres, FL, and John (Brenna) of Shelbyville, KY, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles, and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Ft. Myers.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 8, at St. Leo Catholic Church, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 9, 2014, at St. Leo Catholic Church with Fr. Daniel Schwendeman officiating. Committal services will immediately follow at Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles.

Contributions in memory of James A. Crawford II may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Patricia Yancey Graves, 75, longtime resident of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the home of her daughter after a long battle with diabetes and COPD. She was a graduate of Frankfort High School and attended the University of Kentucky. She was retired from state government, working at both the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Office of the Attorney General. She was a member of the Glens Creek Baptist Church and a longtime member of the Pisgah Homemakers, where she served multiple terms as President.

Pat was born November 15, 1938, to the late William Gregory "Red" and Elizabeth Shaw Barnes Yancey. Patís mother died when she was only two months old so she was raised by her grandmother, the late Marguerite Lyddan Yancey. Pat was devoted to her family and friends, loved animals, enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels that came to her numerous feeders and was an avid UK basketball fan. She spent many hours doing genealogical research which was deeply appreciated by her immediate and extended family members. Pat enjoyed playing cards, gardening, antiquing, boating, cooking and crafts. She was particularly known for the beautiful bird houses that she created from gourds, her unique singing voice, and her wicked sense of humor.

In addition to her parents and her grandmother, Pat was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Anderson. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" Graves Anderson (Steve), of Frankfort, and two sons, David Neil and Darren Thomas (Katie) Graves of Versailles; four grandchildren, Jack Taylor and Matthew Stevens Anderson and Kadyn Reese and Eli Thomas Graves; two brothers, Gregory Turner (Liane) and Joe Lyddan (Diean) Yancey, both of Frankfort; uncle, C. Donald Yancey of Frankfort; her dog, Cody; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to express special thanks to her physician, Dr. Timothy A. Winchester; her caregiver, Phyllis Quire; and Diane Scott, Kay Duvall, and the entire staff of the Frankfort office of Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Jason Ashley and the Rev. Rick Ralston at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home on Monday, May 5, with burial following at the Frankfort Cemetery.

Pallbearers were A.B. "Ben" Chandler, Loren "Squirrel" Carl, Sandy "Skip" Hockensmith, Bruce Graves, Johnny Sumpter, Richard Williams, Rusty Parks, and Shane Coe.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Timothy Winchester, Clay Greenwell, Gary and Sandy Rylander, Ree Wilson, Lyn Borders, Tom Kay, Nancy Richardson, Mary Ellen Cameron, Kay Thomas, Jennie Sloan, Pam Duncan, Jessica Hill, Amanda Best, Gretchen McDaniel, Jacki Rogers, Sabrina Partin, the staff at Hairy Business, the members of the Pisgah Homemakers, and her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601; American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311; or the Lift Tutoring program at First Baptist Church, 233 South Main St., Versailles, KY 40383.

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Rebecca "Becky" Guy, 47, of Frankfort, formerly of Midway, daughter of Alfred B. Guy Sr. of Midway, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was a 1985 graduate of Woodford County High School and had worked at Monoplast.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two sisters, Pauline (Butch) Fain, Lexington, and Jessica (Kent) Raglin, Versailles; a brother, Alfred B. Guy Jr., Midway; three nieces, Krystle Raglin, Brittany Roark, and Ashley Raglin; and three great nieces. Her mother, Jestene Washington Guy, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at St. Matthews AME Church in Midway. A celebration of life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday by the Rev. Sheila Harris. Burial will follow in the St. Rose Tabernacle (Midway) Cemetery.

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Carol B. Kowalke, 93, of Versailles, widow of Arthur E. Kowalke, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late John and Caroline Schuttler Dietz. She was as employed during World War II in war-related industries as one of the many "Rosie the Riveters." In 1969, she and her husband moved to Versailles, where she became a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church and worked several years at the Rand McNally Trip Tick division. She was honored as a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include four sons, Art Kowalke Jr., Orlando, Fla., Scott (Paula) Kowalke, Painesville, Ohio, John (Connie) Kowalke, of Carmel, Ind., and Wilbur (Nancy) Kowalke, Versailles; a twin sister, Lillian Ascherl, Chicago; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A sister, Dorothy Gabriel, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial will follow at the Rose Crest Cemetery with Fr. Philip Linder officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Priscilla Rae Wilson Perry, 64, of Lawrenceburg, wife of William H. Perry, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Maymie Wilson Thompson. She was retired from Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Lawrenceburg.

In addition to her husband of 39 years, she is survived by two sons, Walter Wayne (Jean) Brown, Lexington, and Marcus Lynn (Katie) Perry, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Joe Wilson, Nicholasville; a sister, Pam Turner, Midway; and four grandchildren, Dalton (Jessie) Brown, Cavin Brown, and Trey Brown, all of Lexington, and Emmi Perry, Lawrenceburg. A sister, Patricia Blades, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 2, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Bro. Gene Young. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Nick Perry, Dalton Brown, Evan Turner, Jimmy Traugott, Kenny Smith, and Austin Goode.



Pearl Tina Sanders, 81, of Versailles, widow of Paul Sanders, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Born May 26, 1932, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Joe B. and Francis Lancaster Flora.

Survivors include three daughters, Paula Sanders Dewar, Dianah Sanders Owen, and Lily Sanders Owen, all of Indiana; a son, Tommy Lee Sanders, Indiana; and two sisters, Hildreth Lawson, Lexington, and Evelyn Shaffer, Ohio. Two brothers, Tommy Flora and Joe Mason Flora; three half-sisters, Elizabeth Weber, Rosa Mae Armstrong, and Stella Cooper; and five half-brothers, Clarence Hall, Cecil Flora, Ansal Flora, Walter Flora, and Luther Hall, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 2, at Clark Funeral Home by the Rev. Victor Slatten. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

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Mary Belle Kincaid Shanklin, 88, of Verailles, a retired caregiver, widow of John Shirley Shanklin, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Nonesuch, she was the daughter of the late Omer Hubert and Emma Barnes Davis Kincaid. She was a member of the Harvest Field Ministry.

Survivors include three daughters, Ruby (Bill) Votaw, Sadieville, Connie (Lacey) Tackett, Versailles, and Rose Barlow, Nicholasville; two sons, Calvin (Jerri) Shanklin, Georgia, and John David Shanklin, Nicholasville; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Three daughters, Marilyn Burgan, Stephanie Shanklin, and Emma Linda Shanklin; a son, Timothy Allen Shanklin; two sisters, Elizabeth Shanklin and Eusebia Clark; and three brothers, Charles, David, and Raymond Kincaid, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Joe Gay and Clydia Akins. Burial was in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mrs. Shanklinís grandsons.

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Sidney R. Simandle, 88, husband of Mildred O. Simandle, died on Thursday, May 1, 2014. He was welcomed home by his parents, Tony and Lura Hash Simandle, his sister, Lura Ann Kitts, and his brothers, Stanley and Anthony Simandle.

Born in Bonnie Blue, Virginia, to Tony and Lura Hash Simandle on July 8, 1925, he was active in church work throughout his life, beginning at age 4 when his parents joined the Salvation Army. In college he was president of the YMCA church group. He was an Elder Emeritus at First Christian Church in Versailles after having served the congregation for many years. Dr. Simandle observed a lifetime interest in mathematics and the sciences. He received his first college degree at Lincoln Memorial University and taught high school science and mathematics in Jenkins, Kentucky, before going on to complete his masterís degree and doctorate in education at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Simandle was Dean of Students at Midway College for three years. The remainder of his career was spent with the Kentucky State Department of Education, where he led the Kentucky private junior colleges in obtaining state approval to offer curricula for the certification of elementary school teachers. He was appointed Division Director for all of the educational certification in the public schools. Throughout his career he worked with Kentucky colleges of education, teachers, the General Assembly, and educational administrators to create teacher and administrator preparation programs throughout the state. His most significant contributions included developing the requirements for ongoing education for certified teachers, developing reciprocity protocols among states to recognize certification standards from one state to another when he was the national president of NCATE, and the development of the Kentucky Teacher Internship program (KTIP), which provides support for all beginning teachers in the state. After his retirement in 1987, Dr. Simandle traveled throughout the United States and Canada with his wife, Mildred.

Dr. Simandle is survived by his wife, Mildred; and his daughters, Sandra Simandle Barr and Susan Simandle, both of Versailles; his son, Dr. Stanton Simandle (Dr. Lynn McCoy-Simandle), of Lexington; his grandchildren, Dr. Kessler McCoy-Simandle (Andrew Spevack) of New York City, Chandler McCoy-Simandle of Cincinnati, and Sarah Simandle of Versailles. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Azalee Simandle, niece Stanna Simandle Reinke (Will), and nephew, Dr. Steve Simandle (Jessica).

Please join the family in a celebration of Sidís life at First Christian Church in Versailles, Ky. on Saturday, May 10, at 11. The family asks that everyone wear bright clothing in keeping with his joyous homecoming. Contributions may be made to the Building Fund at First Christian Church in Versailles, KY.

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William M. Tonkin, a longtime resident of Versailles, husband of Kitty Graddy Tonkin, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Versailles, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014. A reception will follow.



Scott Hamilton Zibell, M.D., 62, of Versailles, husband of Judy Zibell, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Born Dec. 1, 1951, in Richmond, he was the son of the late Max A. and Billie Hamilton Zibell. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He served his residency at Chatham Memorial Medical Center. He was a physician and an elder of Versailles Presbyterian Church. He was also an avid golfer and an Eagle Scout.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Elizabeth Hamilton Zibell and William Scott Zibell, both of Versailles.

A celebration of life service was conducted Saturday, May 3, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Shawn Barkley.

Contributions are recommended to Versailles Presbyterian Church or Woodford Humane Society.

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