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September 12, 2013



James M. "Jim" Bauer, 58, of Miami, Fla., husband of Lois Warner Bauer, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Joan Bauer of Versailles and the late Russ R. Bauer. He was senior associate dean of enrollment and management and executive director of the Office of Financial Assistance Services for the University of Miami. He earned a BS in psychology at John Carroll University and a masterís degree from Miami University (Ohio).

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three daughters, Jessica L. Harmon, Erin T. Sherrill, and Rebecca R. Bauer; two sisters, Patricia A. Bauer and Mary M. Bauer; four brothers, Phillip C. Bauer, Charles R. Bauer, Eric A. Bauer, and Robert R. Bauer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll, Fr. Danny Schwendeman, and Fr. Raymond Stratman. The family will receive friends at the church following services.

Memorials are suggested to Seed to Feed Program, c/o Sr. Alice Retzner, P.O. Box 563, Beattyville, KY 41311-0563.

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Melvin H. Bernard, 75, of Versailles, husband of Lola Wilson Bernard, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Born Oct. 10, 1937, in Casey County, he was the son of the late R.C. and Lula Holt Bernard. He was a truck driver for the Fayette County Government and attended Kingís Way Assembly of God.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by a son, Jeffrey Allen (Wendy) Bernard, Versailles; two grandchildren, Alyssa Bernard, Virginia, and Torri Bernard, Versailles; and two sisters, Loucille Shaw, Alabama, and Christine Edens, Indiana. A son, Melvin Christian Bernard; a sister, Beaulah Brockman; and two brothers, Herman and Marvin Bernard, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Jeff Johnson. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tommy Jones, Mark Sims, Jeff Bland, Donald Rice, Johnny Murphy and Jimmy Murphy.

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Harvey Ray "Tootie" Pierce, 64, of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home.

Born Oct. 28, 1949, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Harvey and Dorothy Pierce. He worked at Midwest Materials in Perry, Ohio, and was also a plumber. He enjoyed laughing and joking, racing drag strip cars, Harley motorcycles, and his animals.

Survivors include two children, Carrie Pierce, Perry, Ohio, and Craig Pierce, Geneva, Ohio; two stepchildren, Jonathan and Joshua Brandt; eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter, a sister, Charlotte Moore, Midway; two brothers, Martin Pierce, Versailles, and Robert "Joe" Pierce, Ohio. Four siblings, Stella Downs and Sherman, Ronnie, and Tony Pierce, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Sept. 9, at Rose Crest Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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William Franklin Sutherland, 36, of Lawrenceburg, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of Fern R. (Jim) Williams and J.B. (Marcie) Sutherland, both of Lawrenceburg. He was a former employee of Cableís in Versailles.

Other survivors include a brother, Jeremy Sutherland; three sisters, Jilliam Sutherland-Watson, Jodie Sutherland, and Kaitlin Reed; and stepbrother, Chris Davis.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday by Evangelist Jim Williams. Burial will be in Rose Crest Cemetery.

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Jim Walls, 83, of Versailles, widower of Kathleen Walls, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.

Born Sept. 23, 1929, in Casey County, he was the son of the late Mack and Julie Young Walls.He was a farmer and a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Harold Glenn Walls, Versailles, Ricky Walls, Versailles, and Jesse Walls, Lexington; a sister, Mary Woodrum, Wilmore; a brother, Donald Walls, Frankfort; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren with two more on the way.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 6, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Kevin Buntain and Dillon Walls. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tony Hartgrove, Lucas Tipton, Greg Walls, Adam Walls, Dillon Walls, and Andrew Walls. Honorary bearers were Boonie Walls, Garnet Woodrum, Kenneth Woodrum, Tony Bailey, Terry Agee and Joey Walls.

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James C. Wilhoit Jr., Ph.D., 87, of Versailles, husband of Louise LeGros Wilhoit, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at his home.

Born in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of the late James Cammack Wilhoit Sr. and Lora Holloway Wilhoit. He was an active member and former deacon of the Versailles Presbyterian Church. As a strong advocate and supporter of the Woodford County Library, he served on the library board and was a former board chairman. He volunteered for the library, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, and was a former board member of Kentucky Bank in Versailles. He graduated from Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, in 1942, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He completed a BS degree from Rice University in 1948, his masterís degree from Texas A&M in 1951, and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1953. He taught at Rice University from 1954 until his retirement as professor emeritus of mechanical engineering in 1981.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by two daughters, Ann Holloway Wilhoit (Bill) Sparker, Houston, Texas, and Joan LeGros Wilhoit, Versailles; two sons, John H. (Sue Churchill) Wilhoit, Woodford County, and James P. (Maya Torigoe) Wilhoit, of Renton, Wash.; five grandchildren, Will Sparker, Sarah Sparker, Sophie Wilhoit, Ella Wilhoit, and Thomas Wilhoit; and a great-grandchild. A brother, Bill R. Wilhoit, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 9, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Interment with military honors was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were John H. Wilhoit, James P. Wilhoit, William H. Sparker Jr., Will Sparker, Thomas C. Wilhoit, and Bill Busby. Honorary bearers were Ber Rasnick, Bill Tonkin, and Shirley Shuck. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Library,115 North Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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