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March 22, 2012



Allene Yates Bayes, 86, of Frankfort, wife of Wendell Bayes, died Monday, March 19, 2012.

Born Aug. 17, 1925, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Chat and Jewell Meade Yates. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Howard Wendell (Sandra) Bayes, Frankfort; a sister, Patty Adkins, Ashland; and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Juanita Stapleton and Georgia Lee Weethee, and a brother, Howard "Rusty" Yates, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 21, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Don Hatton and the Rev. Elvyn Hamilton. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were James Beason, Jim Axon, Tom Luscher, Harold Eisiminger, Tom Layman, and Jim O’Bryan.

Donations may be made to St. Paul Methodist Church, 1800 Louisville Road, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Karen Shipp Bocard, 67, of Versailles, wife of Ken Bocard, died Sunday, March 18, 2012.

Born Feb. 17, 1945, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late H.C. and Irene Ford Shipp. She was a retired grant department employee for the University of Kentucky. She earned her BA degree in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco. She was honored by the University of California, Irvine, by establishing the Karen L. Bocard Child Care Scholarship for low income parents.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Derek (Chelsea) Bocard, Lexington, and Ashton Bocard, Texas; three siblings, Sonya (Gary) Bartlett, Owensboro, Kevin (Brenda) Shipp, Frankfort, and Kim (Merle) Smith, Versailles. A brother, Tommy Shipp, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 21, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon.

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

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Helen Alice Brothers, 82, of Versailles, wife of Namon Kenneth Brothers, died Tuesday, March 14, 2012, at the Markey Center of cancer.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lillian Young Dumont. She was a graduate of Princeton High School, and was a member of Palomar Baptist Church, where she was a member of the WMU. She was an avid gardener, quilter, and collected tea pots and hummingbird figurines.

In addition to her husband of 63 years, she is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Ed) Neal, Midway; three sons, David (Robin) Brothers, St. Charles, Mo., and Bryan (Trina) Brothers and Daniel (Dana) Brothers, both of Lawrenceburg; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Frank (June) Dumont, New Jersey. Four sisters, Mildred Lang, Florence Streck, Frances Webb, and Hariet Harris; and a brother, Walter Dumont, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, March 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. James Heard. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Edgar Neal, Allen Dobson, John Davis, James Bowen, Gary Flora, and John Hymer. Honorary bearers were David Bach, Terry Lane, David Humphreys, Jim Crowe, George Tunnell, Fred Faust, and the deacons and former deacons of Palomar Baptist Church.

Memorials are suggested to Palomar Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society.

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Lois Howard Gray, 91, of Lexington, widow of James Norris Gray, died Monday March 19, 2012.

Born Sept. 20, 1920, in Glasgow, she was the daughter of the late Julia Franklin Howard and Dr. Carl Clifford Howard. With her late husband she was co-founder of Gray Construction and continued as company chairperson after her husband’s death in 1972. The company owns WS Construction in Versailles. She graduated from Transylvania University in 1940 after a stint as "Miss Transylvania." In 1997, she was presented the Morrison Medallion, one of Transylvania University’s highest honors. She also earned a master of arts degree in art education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. She was a watercolor artist whose favorite subjects were the Barren County countryside and coastal Maine. During World War II, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a WAVES officer (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving as a lieutenant (j.g.) from 1943 to 1946. After the war, she returned to Glasgow, where she married James Norris Gray and founded her own interior design business and pursued her passion for classic design. Her professional memberships include the Committee of 200, the Kentucky Women’s Leadership Network Board of Directors, and the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She served on a number of boards, including Transylvania University, Kentucky Educational Foundation, the Governor’s Scholars program, and as a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. She was a founding member of the Horse Cave Theater, a member of the Kentucky Arts Council, and served as state chairperson for the Kentucky Center for the Arts grand opening in 1983.

Survivors include six children, Julia Gray Navolio (Jim), Versailles, Howard Gray (Cassandra), Jim Gray, Franklin Gray (Vanessa Wells-Gray), Elisabeth Gray McKeachie (William McKeachie), and Stephen Gray (Lisa Gumm-Gray); 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Lloyd Howard Lessenberry (Robert A.), Glasgow, and Dr. Carolyn Howard McKinley, Glasgow. A sister, Mildred Howard, is deceased.

A public reception was held on the lawn at Transylvania University on Wednesday, March 21. A reception for family and friends will be held at 11:30 a.m. Central time on Friday, March 23, at Glasgow First Christian Church, 1100 North Race Street. A 1 p.m. service will follow the reception. Burial will take place at the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Best Friends Day Center at Second Presbyterian Church, Lexington, the Transylvania University Department of Art, Lexington, or the First Christian Church, Glasgow.



Ben Monson, 73, of Lexington, husband of Norma Jean Payton Monson, died Monday, March 13, 2012.

Born Oct. 8, 1938, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Nelson and Eithel Darnell Monson. He had worked for Kroger for over 44 years, was a member of King’s Way Assembly of God in Versailles, a member of the Masonic Lodge 954, and a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Pamela Ann Buehler and Sheila Kay Sprinkles, both of Lexington, and Marsha Lynn Crouson, North Carolina; a brother, William Nelson Monson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, March 16, at Clark Legacy Center by the Rev. Jeff Johnson and the Rev. Joe Girdler. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Nancy Unsworth Reeves, 78, formerly of Lexington, wife of Forest L. Reeves, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla.

Born in Carson, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Elizabeth Wolf Unsworth. Educated at the University of Kentucky, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, First Presbyterian Church and a former member of Naples Yacht Club and the Country Club of Naples. After college she worked and modeled for Marshall Fields in Chicago and for the Loom and Needle in Lexington. She was instrumental in helping develop Railroad Street in Midway, where she owned and operated two shops, Track II and Something Special. She later owned and operated Christina’s on Kentucky Avenue in Lexington.

In addition to her husband of 50 years, she is survived by two sons, Michael (Cathy) Blacketer, Lexington, and Woods Reeves, Naples, Fla.; a sister, Suzanne (Vernon) Hatton, Lexington; and three grandchildren, Sarah B. "Lambsey" Reeves, Louisville, Brooke Blacketer, Versailles, and Beth Blacketer, Lexington. A son, Steve Blacketer, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 20, at Milward Man O’ War, Lexington, by the Rev. Bill McDonald. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536.



John Robinson, 69, of Lexington, husband of Robin Vice Robinson, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

The son of the late Ora Stanley and Mary Pullen Robinson, he was a retired first sergeant after 31 years of service in the U.S. Army, a retired employee of Link-Belt Corp. as a machinist and a member of the Baptist church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Michael "Dino" Robinson, Alexander D. Robinson, and Christopher (Faye) Littleton, all of Lexington, and Jonathan (Patty) Robinson, Versailles; six daughters, Tammie (Scott) Stidham, Kandy (Avery) Lainhart, and Johana (Antoine) Spillman, all of Lexington, Amber (Myron) Baxter, Lawrenceburg, Ginger L. Littleton, Winchester, and Yvonne (Craig) Creech, Frankfort; a brother, James W. "Buck" Robinson, Lexington; three sisters, Nancy Plowman, Elizabeth Patterson, and Patsy Williams, all of Lexington; 24 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Ora Stanley "Sonny" Robinson, Sidney T. Robinson, and Bennie Robinson; two sisters, Brenda S. Nipper and Linda Robinson; a grandson, Christopher M. Brogli; and a great-grandson, DeShawn Pennman, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 21, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.


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