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September 6, 2012



Dewey Thomas "Tommy" Bain, 53, of Versailles, husband of Shirley Vaught Bain, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Woodford County, he was a machinist for Donaldson in Nicholasville.

Survivors include his parents, Donald Lee and Bessie Eaves Bain; a daughter, Brittany R. Torson (Andrew), Versailles; a stepdaughter, Carol Prather (Danny), Georgetown; two stepsons, Michael Curtis (Maria) and Eric Curtis, both of Lexington; a sister, Sally Bain Semones (Phillip), Versailles; a brother, Steve Bain, Versailles; a grandson, Sam Torson, Versailles; and two step-grandchildren, Christian Prather, Georgetown, and Emme Curtis, Lexington.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tony Hatton. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Steve Bain, Gary "Vern" Hatton, Chris Downey, Billy "Wick" Woods, John Whiteside, and Phillip Semones. Honorary bearers were Michael and Eric Curtis. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to The Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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James Rodney Baker, 73, of Elizabethtown, husband of Katheryn Baker, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at his home.

A native of Typo, Ky., he was the son of Nancy McIntosh, Lake Wales, Fla., and the late Boyd Baker. He was retired from the U.S. Army.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Sheri Gould and Terri Sheehan, both of Versailles; a son, James Baker II, Versailles; two stepdaughters, Deborah Wolford, Dahlonega, Ga., and Michelle Ream, Barton, Fla.; a stepson, William Nestler, Kissimmee, Fla.; five sisters; three brothers; 17 grandchildren; and five grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Manakee Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. Burial with military rites will be in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home in Elizabethtown.

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Bettie Jean Lyles Johnson, 71, of Midway, wife of Jestine (J.R.) Johnson, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.

Born Aug. 23, 1941, she was the daughter of the late William and Nettie Lyles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Eugenia Johnson-Smith (Stanley), Shawn Smith, Dawn Johnson (Anthony), and Vickie Price (Derrick).

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Midway Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations go to The Mustard Seed Fund at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, c/o Bettie Johnson, P.O. Box 493, Midway, KY 40347.



George Lemons, 55, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Born Jan. 24, 1957, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Cecil and Rosemary Bush Lemons. He was a machine operator at Quad/Graphics in Versailles.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Lemons and Jason Lemons, both of Versailles; a sister, Beth Morgan, Nancy; three brothers, Steven Lemons, Versailles, Chick Kingsland, New Jersey, and Robert Kingsland, West Virginia; and four grandchildren, Michael Lemons II, Kali Tyndal, Kara Berger, and Kaitlyn Tracy. A brother, Dick Kingsland, is deceased.

A gathering of family and friends was will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the First Christian Church in Versailles.

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Edyth S. Rollins, 98, widow of Carl Prentice Rollins Sr., to whom she was married for 63 years, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Lexington.

Born July 22, 1914, in Owenton, she was the daughter of the late Birda (James) Sidebottom, Lexington, and Kenneth (Alma) Greene, Owenton. A member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church, she served as president of Triad Homemakers and belonged to the Midway Women’s Club and Woodford County Homemakers.

Survivors include five children, James T. Rollins, Mary Edyth (Julian) Tackett, Carl P. (Brenda) Rollins II, Kenneth (Teresa) Rollins, and Kathy (Aubrey) Wells; two sons-in-law, Jack Hillard and Albert Toombs; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Patsy Ann Hillard and Barbara Jean Toombs, and a daughter-in-law, Lois Theobold Rollins, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 1, Milward-Southland, Lexington, by the Rev. Dennis Burrows. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Her grandsons served as casket bearers and her granddaughters as honorary bearers.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or one’s favorite charity.

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Frankfort – Joyce Knight Settle, 88, passed away peacefully at her home with her husband and two sons by her side on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

A native of Woodford County, she was born June 2, 1924, to the late William Harvey and Nellie Lee Hippe Knight. Joyce was a compassionate caregiver, homemaker, dedicated wife and loving mother. She was a member of the Millville Baptist Church until 1979 when she moved to the west side of Frankfort and joined the Graefenburg Baptist Church. Her ministries at both churches included church clerk, choir member and Sunday school teacher for over 35 years. While at Millville, she also served as church treasurer.

She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Ben F. Settle, and two sons, Paul and Dean (Shelly); two grandsons, Neal and Nicholas; and a sister, Maxine Wiley, all of Frankfort; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harvey McGlothlin, Billye Gene and Edwin Francis and three sisters, Margaret Garnett, Bonnie Gum and Rubye Lines.

Pallbearers will be Neal Settle, Nicholas Settle, Shelly (Teresa) Settle, Stuart Lines, Gary Lines, Jed Wiley, Eleanor Blakeman and David Blakeman. Honorary pallbearers will be Nancy Gum, Barry Knight and Eddie Knight.

Services will be conducted at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, with the Rev. Jeff Douglas of the Millville Baptist Church and the Rev. Philip Meade of Graefenburg Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Frankfort Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Mark Yuro Stevens, 58, of Versailles, husband of Janet Wells Stevens, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, after a brief illness.

The son of the late Everett and Vondell Stevens, he was a third generation electrician, being the owner and operator of Stevens Electric. He was also an Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster and coached basketball.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Andrew Mark (Charli) Stevens, Ironton, Ohio; a special granddaughter, Haylee Drew Stevens; a newborn grandson, Bryce "Baby Blue" Andrew Stevens; a brother; a sister; two stepchildren; and numerous other family members.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 1, at Milward – Southland, Lexington. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

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Alice Bain Turner, 94, widow of Forrest Turner Sr., died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Bradenton, Fla.

Born May 2, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Eldred and Annabell Sutherland Bain.

Survivors include two daughters, Anita Baker and Jean Hatfield (Ray), Ellenton, Fla.; three sons, Forrest "Pete" Turner Jr. (Patsy), Versailles, Ronald Turner (Nancy), Frankfort, and Charles Turner, of Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister, Martha Bain Rice, Elizabethtown; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Casket bearers were her grandsons and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to a charity of one’s choice.

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Robert Dolphus "Buddy" Way, 63, of Versailles, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center

Born Oct. 20, 1948, he was the son of the late Dolphus and Janie Lee Lay Way. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired technician from Standard Pest Control of Lexington.

Survivors include three sisters, Mary Todd and Patricia Abney (Wayne), both of Versailles, and Brenda Shields (Wayne), Nicholasville; three brothers, Donald Way (Linda), Georgetown, and Kenneth Way (Ruby) and Johnny Dale Way, both of Versailles; 11 nephews, Chris, Bobby, Wayne and Mike Way, Justin and Jordan Abney, Dwayne and Robbie Shields, and David and Wayne Courtney; and six nieces, Kathy Carter, Debi Cummins, Karen Pflazer, Gina Sons, Angela Johnson, and Jenny Marshall.

A visitation was held Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Barbara Wilson, 73, of Midway, widow of William "Whistle" Wilson, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

Born Dec. 23, 1938, she was the daughter of the late William Arvel Sallee and Edith Mae Buckhead Sallee. She was a homemaker who enjoyed being around children and animals. She attended the Revival Tabernacle Church on Versailles Road, Lexington.

Survivors include six children, Tina Murphy, Lawrenceburg, Toni (Mike) Jenkins, Frankfort, Terry (Lisa) Wilson, Midway, Tim Wilson, Midway, Tammy (Tommy) Smith, Lawrenceburg, and Traci Wilson, Midway; a brother, John (Wildean) Sallee, Versailles; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A brother, William Carroll Sallee, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. George Jones. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Shane Murphy, Jason Wilson, Josh Wilson, Tim Wilson II, Steven Peel, and Greg Rose.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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