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Versailles, Ky.


 

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October 20, 2011

 

Bennett

Orella Bennett, 64, of Versailles, wife of Roger Bennett, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

A native of Bloomington, Ill., she was the daughter of the late James and Nora Copenbarger Cameron. She was a former resident of Normal and LeRoy, Ill., and was a 1965 graduate of Normal Community High School. An AFLAC insurance representative, she had been an employee of Country Life Insurance for 14 years prior to relocating to Kentucky 20 years ago. She was an active member of the Versailles Baptist Church and member of the Fellowship Sunday School class.

In addition to her husband of 38 years, she is survived by a daughter, Robyn (Ryan) Marcum, Louisville; a son, Christopher Bennett, Lexington; and a granddaughter, Emma Leigh Marcum.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 10, at East Lake Memorial Gardens in Bloomington, Ind. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Emma Leigh Bennett Marcum Educational Fund, P. O. Box 1268, Versailles, KY 40383.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Driskell

Marilyn Mason Driskell, 65, of Versailles, wife of Bobby L. Driskell, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.

Born in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late James and Lorene Games Mason.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Millie (Rick) Hartley and Robin (Gary) Wilson, both of Versailles; two sons, Bobby Louis Driskell II, Versailles, and William H. (Janie) Robinson, Alexandria; three sisters, Henrietta Coomes, Lexington, and Jeri Purvis and Marie Updike, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Dan Mason, Midway; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A sister, Carolyn Robinson, and a grandson, John Crittenden Hill Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 14, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Allen Harrod. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Rick Hartley, Gary Wilson Jr., Justin Kelly, Jordon Driskell, Josh Driskell, Jared Wells, Jeremy Wells, and Joseph Robinson. Honorary bearers were Seldon Watkins, Freddie Watkins, Jim Fannin, Lorenzo Roe, Paul Coomes Jr., Dan Mason, and Jerry Pace.

Memorials are suggested to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church or WLJC-TV, PO Box Y, Beattyville, KY 41311.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Fitch

Betty Jean Mitchell Fitch, 86, of Versailles, widow of John H. Fitch, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.

Born July 31, 1925, in Paris, she was the daughter of the late Thomas W. and Caroline Jefferson Mitchell. She was a graduate of North Middletown High School in North Middletown, Ky., a four year high school cheerleader and an honor student receiving the D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award in the Class of 1944. She attended the University of Denver in Denver, Colo., and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Social Sorority. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments in Versailles with 25 years of service. She was an active member of Versailles First Christian Church, a member of the Young at Heart Group, a volunteer for the Woodford County Clothing Bank, a volunteer for the annual church bazaar, and a volunteer at the office of the church. She was a former attendance officer for several years for the city schools of Cynthiana.

Survivors include three sons, Joe C. (Karen) Fitch, Ohio, Jerry R. (Laura) Fitch, Tennessee, and Jeff M. Fitch, California; a daughter, Sheila Fitch (Ken) Werling, Indiana; five grandchildren, Katie, David, Jeanne, and Carolyn Fitch, and Christy Houchens; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Five brothers and four sisters are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 20, at the First Christian Church in Versailles by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Ed Marcum, Billy Mitchell, David Fitch, Jack Cline, Dudley Gaines, and Lucien Rice. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to First Christian Church 160 Lexington Street, Versailles, KY 40383, and Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Goodrich

Lou Alice Arnold Goodrich, 93, of Versailles, widow of James Goodrich, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Claude H. and Ethel Hippe Arnold.

Survivors include two daughters, Lois A. (Charles) Rice, North Carolina, and Frieda M. (Ron) Esposito, Arizona; five grandchildren, Curt Rice, Laura A. Rice, James Esposito, Rachel (Peter) Rossiter, and Margaret Esposito; and six great-granddaughters.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road. Frankfort.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Hockensmith

Lottie McHatton Hockensmith, 87, of Frankfort, widow of Eugene Hockensmith, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.

Born Dec. 9, 1923, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John Marion and Lena Hager McHatton. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Frankfort and attended Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include a daughter, Joy (Steve) Mitchell, Georgetown; three sons, Richard (Lillian) Hockensmith, Frankfort, Bill (Darlene) Hockensmith, Lawrenceburg, and Gene (Mary) Hockensmith, Parksville; six grandchildren; and a sister, Anna Mae Cole, Frankfort.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 20, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Wade Hughes. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

McMillen

The Rev. Ira McMillen Jr., 91, of Georgetown, widower of Jeanette Dixon McMillen, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at the Georgetown Community Hospital.

A native of Versailles, he was the son of the late Ira and Russell Hackett McMillen and a member of Georgetown Baptist Church. A graduate of Versailles High School, Georgetown College, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he was ordained by Versailles Baptist Church in March 1942. He served 43 years as a pastor of several Southern Baptist churches. Upon his retirement at Greenview Baptist Church in Florence, in 1985, he served as interim pastor of 19 churches in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area and two in Scott County, Dry Run Baptist Church and Great Crossings Baptist Church. Prior to his death he served as volunteer chaplain at Dover Manor Nursing Home.

Survivors include two children, David (Geraldine) McMillen, Paris, and Deborah (James) Baker, Boxford, Mass.; two grandchildren, Emily McMillen, Lexington, and James M. Baker, Boxford, Mass.; three step-grandchildren, Paula (Scott) Deffer, Scott (Mary) Baker, and Steven (Jana) Baker; a sister, Ann M. Harper, Lexington; and a niece, Lee Ann Napier.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 20, at Georgetown Baptist Church by the Rev. Orville Griffin, the Rev. Richard Weekley, the Rev. Alan Redditt and the Rev. Ken Holden. Private committal services will be held in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Honorary bearers will be Kevin Dyer, Jay Wood, Bob Gregory, Gregory Austin Adams, Don Reed, Dr. Horace T. Hambrick, Dr. Wallace Williams, Albert Hampton, Ella Ritchie Flynn and the members of the Baracca Sunday School class. Johnsonís Funeral Home, Georgetown, is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Georgetown Baptist Church.

 

Modica

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Modica, 74, widower of Susan Clark Modica, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, from injuries received from a fall.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Justina Forman Modica. He was retired from the LFUCG Division of Fire and Emergency Services and an active member of St. Leo Catholic Church and the Hope Ministries Food Pantry in Versailles. He was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include two daughters, Tina Leininger (Tom) and Susie Adkins (Jeff); a son, Joseph Anthony Modica (Nicole); six grandchildren, Allison Dailey (Christopher), Diana Leininger, Sara Hash, Kristy Leininger, Lily Modica, and Anthony Joseph Modica; and two great-grandchildren, Savannah Dailey and Landon McFadden.

A memorial Mass will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Leo Catholic Church, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles, by the Rev. Danny Schwendeman and the Rev. Dan Noll. No visitation is planned. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Ministries Food Pantry, 643 Deerfield, Versailles, KY 40383.

 

Sims

Paul D. Sims, 86, of Versailles, widower of Opal Lunsford Sims, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.

Born Sept. 16, 1925, in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Howard and Bessie Quisenberry Sims. He served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the American Legion Post #67, and was a recipient of a Purple Heart. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #41 F&AM and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sisters, Maggie King, Lawrenceburg, and Betty (Tommy) Hatton, JoAnn Beasley, and Doris Flora, all of Versailles; and a brother, Leon (Loretta) Sims, Versailles. Four brothers, Henry "Jug" Sims, Bobby Sims, Tommy Sims, and Charles Robert Sims, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. James Allen and Dr. Wesley Noss. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jerry Flora, Ken Beasley, Tony Hatton, David Sims, Terry King, and Mark Sims.

Memorials are suggested to New Hope Baptist Church.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

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