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July 2, 2015



Theodore "Ted" Bendis, 77, of Versailles, husband of Dorothy Bendis, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at his residence.

Born in Whiting, Ind., he was the son of the late Steve and Ann Peters Bendis. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He was a graduate of Whiting High School, where he played basketball, and went on to graduate from St. Joseph’s College located in Rensselaer, Ind. He started his career as an accountant with Rand McNally in Hammond, Ind., and later he became controller at the Rand McNally plant in Versailles, which has been his home ever since. He also worked as a bookkeeper for the Pisgah Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, PGA Men’s Golf, The Masters and the U.S. Open.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by three daughters, Barbara Lester (Brian), Janesville, Wis., Nancy Bendis, Versailles, and Michele Brown (Brian), of Land O’ Lakes, Fla.; and a granddaughter, Ashley Lester. A sister, Mary Ann Bendis, a brother, Steve Bendis, and a nephew, Curtis Bendis, are deceased.

A funeral Mass was conducted Monday, June 29, St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman.

Memorials are suggested to Knights of Columbus or St. Leo Capital Campaign.

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Donnie A. Cummins, 66, of Versailles, husband of Gail Stewart Cummins, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at his residence.

The son of the late John Allen Cummins and Elsie Dennis Carpenter, he was a produce clerk for Kroger.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Bobby Allen Cummins (Debbie), Lawrenceburg; a stepson, Michael Ray Sorrell, Versailles; two brothers, Morris "Moose" Cummins and Gene Cummins, both of Lawrenceburg; five grandchildren, Bobby Cummins Jr., Shane Cummins, Shelby Sorrell, Austin Cummins, and Noah Sorrell; and three great-grandchildren, Grayson Cummins, Rowan Cummins, and Henry Cummins. A sister, Barbara Beasley, and a brother, Marvin "Booty" Cummins, are deceased. Services were conducted Monday, June 29, at Woodford Community Christian Church by the Rev. Tony Hardin. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Zach Stewart, Austin Cummins, Shane Cummins, Bobby Cummins Jr., Johnny Carpenter, and Walter McFarland.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Community Christian Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Paul E. Grimes, 84, of Frankfort, widower of Stella U. Grimes, to whom he was married for 57 years, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the Golden Living Center of Frankfort.

Born May 5, 1931, in Frankfort, he was the son of to the late Edmund Grimes and Thelma Willis Grimes. As a child, he had a perfect attendance record throughout his 12 years of schooling in the Frankfort City school system. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and carried the designation of being an "Atomic Veteran." He served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 28, 1950, until his honorable discharge on Oct. 22, 1954. During his service, he served as a gunner’s mate aboard the USS Curtiss AV-4, where he received a National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He retired after 37 year of employment with the Frankfort Plant Board and was a founding member of the Cornerstone Nazarene church, Louisville Road, Frankfort. He was an integral part of church administration throughout his life.

Survivors include a sister, Shirley (Haskell) Harp, Frankfort; a daughter, Judith Grimes, Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Daniel (Cathryn) Grimes, Frankfort; a grandson, Scott (Ashley) Ashburn, Versailles; two nephews, Billy (Elsie) and Rodney (Barbara) Whisman, Shelbyville; a niece, Cheryl Harp Gay, Frankfort; 12 great-nieces and great-nephews; and two great-granddaughters. A sister, Virginia Whisman, and a nephew, Darryl Harp, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, June 27, at Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene by Pastor Howard Wilson. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene.

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Donald Ray Pettyjohn, 63, of Versailles, husband of Lee Davis Pettyjohn, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Clyde Donald and Lula Mae Clifton Pettyjohn. He was a 1970 graduate of Woodford County High School, attended Clear Creek Baptist Church, and was a foreman for the Kentucky Transportation Department.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, he is survived by a daughter, Amanda Pullin (Marty), Winchester; two sons, Clifton Pettyjohn (Jennifer) and Brandon Pettyjohn, both of Versailles; a brother, Pete Pettyjohn (Johnna), Versailles; and two grandsons, Jacob and Judge Pullin.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, July 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, by the Rev. Dave Menser. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Brandon Pettyjohn, Clifton Pettyjohn, Marty Pullin, Jacob Pullin, Judge Pullin, and Tim Case. Honorary bearers will be Peter Padova and Pete Pettyjohn.

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Bonnie Lee Roberts, 87, widow of Earl Roberts, died Friday, June 26, 2015, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Becco, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Georgia Johnson Lee. She was raised in Maysville, had attended Transylvania University, and was a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Versailles. She was a member of the P.E.O., and was an avid golfer.

Survivors include a son, John W. Roberts (Maggie), Springfield, Ohio; a daughter, Bonnie "Boo" Primozich (Frank), Salem, Ore.; a son-in-law, William A. High, Lakewood Ranch, Fla.; four grandchildren, Anthony Primozich (Tracy), Wendy Primozich, Nicole Benzinger (Todd), and John Tyler Roberts; and a great-grandchild, Brooklyn Benzinger. A daughter, Carolyn Roberts High, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Fr. Ray Stratman. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Barbara Fay Rodgers, 64, of Versailles, wife of Tom Rodgers, died Wednesday June 24, 2015.

Born Feb. 14, 1951, in Georgetown, she was the daughter of Barbara Marlett and the late James Wallingford Lail. She was a part of the engineering team at the Hilton of Lexington Green.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by four children, Sherry Cox, Versailles, Jennifer Hall, Lexington, Wayne Hall, South Carolina, and Lindsay Haggard, Winchester; a sister, Kay Bryant, Lexington; three brothers, Jim Lail, Georgetown, Billy Lail, Florida, and Dean Slunder, Lexington; two grandchildren, Sam Collins and Kloe Hall; and a great-granddaughter, Norah Collins. Her stepmother, Dora Lail, a sister, Debbie Sluder, and a brother, Tommy Lail, are deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, June 27, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Nancy Mariah Williams, 86, of Versailles, widow of Osbourne "Bubba" Williams, died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at her residence.

Born in Greenup, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Jenny Ann McCaffney. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Versailles.

Survivors include a son, Wayne White Sr. (Bonnie), Versailles; a sister, Martha Warren, Greenup; two grandchildren, Wayne White Jr., and Brian White; three great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. A sister, Juanita "Stella" Burns, and seven brothers, Reuben "Duke" Troxler, Joe R. Troxler Sr., Lee Troxler, Lorraine Troxler, Lewis "Walter" Troxler, George Troxler, and Bill Troxler, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday. Burial will follow at Steele Cemetery.

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