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Hank Meador, Service Technician died on July 4, 2015 Austin Robinson died on 6/19/2015 and Les Majors died in late May or early June 2015. 

Ray Kelly (deceased)

Ray and Sandra 1985
Raymond W. Kelly, Jr.
  • July 2, 1944 - July 28, 2012
  • Lima, Ohio
Ray started with Xerox as a salesman in 1972 in the Corbin, KY area.  He was a very focused and high energy sales representative but his biggest asset was he made a friend of every prospect and customer.

K David Robertson ask me (Jim Kincer) to train Ray considering I had the territory next to Rays territory.  One thing that I learned very quickly, ray was all business, there was no kidding around, strictly business!  

I remember the first sales call Ray and I made together, in Corbin. It was a medium size factory, Ray and I got out of his car, and as I walked toward the door, I turned to find that Ray was still gathering notebooks, files and other sales material fro his car!  I walked back and ask him what he was going to do with all of that "stuff', his reply was, "well, I want to make sure I can answer any question they might have"!  After that, we had a little meeting in the car!  The call went well and he did get the business!  

John Robison shared the following:  Ray was a very nice person, Donna and I had some fun times with he and Sandy on a Presidents Club trip.  I made Ray a "Xerox Agent" in Corbin in 1984 and I remember he was also in the computer business.

Raymond W. "Ray" Kelly, Jr., 68 of Lima, Ohio died on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
Born Sunday, July 2, 1944 in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Raymond Kelly and the late Virgie Robbins Kelly. On December 12, 1965 he married Sandra K. "Sandy" Jackson and she survives in Lima. 
Mr. Kelly was a graduate of Belmont High School Class of 1962 in Dayton, Ohio. He also graduated from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY in 1970 and got a M.A. from Union College Barbourville, KY in 1972. He also served in the U. S. Navy from 1962 till 1966. He was a college recruiter and salesman for 42 years. He loved his Lord, Jesus Christ and was a deacon in the Southern Baptist Church. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye and Cincinnati Reds fan. He was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Surviving is a son, Brian (Crystal) Kelly of Lima, OH; daughter, Laura Roark of London, KY; three grandchildren; Brian E. Kelly, Ian A. Kelly and Chelsea Roark; one great granddaughter Rylie Kay Roark; and also two sisters; Ruby (Ray) Potter of Kettering, OH and Betty (Don) Hammond of Gold Canyon, AZ.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Denny Kelly.
Funeral service were at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, Ohio with the 
Rev. John McMinn officiating.
Interment is in Allentown Cemetery, Allentown, Ohio.

Paula Phelps

Hopefully, picture forthcoming
Paula S Phelps
"I was a Customer Service Engineer from 1984-2011.  I left Xerox,  in 2011. I have a LOT of good memories".

Tom Bearden

Tom Bearden (Deceased 1939 -  2016)
Louisville, KY
Tom, 77, of Louisville passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital.  He was born March 29, 1939 in Louisville, a son of the late Robert S. and Eugenia "Jean" Kustes Bearden.

Tom was a district service manager for Xerox for 30 years. Following his retirement, Tom did contract work for Xerox for several years. He was also a Veteran of the United States Marine Corp. Tom enjoyed golfing and all U of L sports. He was an avid reader. He admired all things Irish and liked Frank Sinatra's music. He once attempted to climb Mt. Rainier. Whether it was cross-country family vacations to our National Parks in the yellow station wagon or fishing trips to the Outer Banks in the pick-up truck - with Tom at the wheel, it was always an adventure. He was a proud father and grandfather and would do anything to support and to help his family. Stubborn, yet soft-hearted, with a subtle wit, Tom was a man who lived his life his way. His presence will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Bearden, and a niece, Sarah Bearden.  Tom is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dee Bearden; children, Beth Jones (Bob), Todd Bearden (Tamara) and Dan Bearden (Lauren); five grandchildren, Leah, Nicholas, Lily, Anna, and Sam and his siblings, Stanley Bearden (Sandy), Carol Jean Dawson (George), Vikki Roberts (Mike), David Bearden (Jackie) and Kathy Vowels (Joe). His Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 6th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 212 Mt. Mercy Drive, Pewee Valley. Ratterman Funeral Home 12900 Shelbyville Rd. East Louisville, KY 40243 was entrusted with arrangements. A gathering will be held immediately following the service at the church.
"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller

Memorial gifts in the form of contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's AssociationGreater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter. 

Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2016

Robert "Bob" Mahoney

Robert "Bob" Mahoney
Georgetown, IL
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Note: Bob was a sales representative in Lexington for K. David Robertson in  the early 1970's during the same time I worked there, along with Skip Winfree, Jim McCubbin, Ed Tuggle, George Hodgson, Bob Black, Ray Kemp, Glenn Baugh and Dick Rudzik.

Here is what Bob had to say when I emailed him:

"OMG!  You can't imagine how often I think of Lexington, Xerox and the people I had the opportunity to work with. My success was the experience of being exposed to men and women who were very skilled, intelligent and it certainly helped me....I used all that I ever learned from those people in my future endeavors". 

"My greatest memory of you is when we (the team) created the movie (16MM!!), "The Day in the Life of a Xerox Salesman".  As I think about it now, for its time it was rather "edgy".  I am surprised the we were allowed to even show it at the annual Regional Meeting".

"My Ft. Lauderdale training and association with the quality people at Xerox gave me the tools to spend twenty successful years with the Quaker Oats Company in Danville, Illinois.  The sale of Quaker brand to PepsiCo was fortuitous for me as I had been purchasing Quaker stock through the 401-K program for many years and the sale reaped a really nice escalation of stock values which continued to improve until my retirement!  Work became history...I thought.  I have been retired for over 14 years now and as much as I thought retirement might be slow and boring, I find it to be anything but".  

"Soon after I left Quaker, I secured a teaching certificate to be a substitute teacher, to keep me busy.  I spent twelve years doing just that and, for the most part, loved every minute  of it.  Many times I rued the initial direction of my college education toward business, when-in fact, my real success could possibly have been as a teacher.  I enjoyed it immensely...even the less than happy parts when discipline was necessary".     
"So, all in all, I have no real regrets with where life has taken us. Sandi and I have lived a good life and do the things that we want to do!  We live in Georgetown, IL, celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary this year, have four fantastic grandchildren and a one year old great-granddaughter.  We both have good health and I will take good health over anything else just about any day of the week"!
"Xerox was a fantastic company and the experience with them resulted in many extended excellent careers".   Bob Mahoney

Bob King

Robert (Bob) King
Buckner, KY

Bob worked in Evansville then Lexington and Finally Louisville when with Xerox

"What a shock to hear from Jim and David Doll.  I thought the email was “spam” at first, but it turned out to be a joyful reunion".  

"Before I start this “attempt’ to catch you up on my life after Xerox, I must say, my short stay at Xerox had a huge impact on my professional life!  I’ve been through many sales training programs but Xerox taught me how to sell.  I never worried about having a job for the rest of my life, I knew I could carry a bag for anyone!  I fondly recall when we would break up in groups for the day and go cold calling and return to the office to see who had the most signed contracts".  
OK, here goes;  What an old man can recall:

"I believe I started first in the Lexington office (possibly Evansville)!  But, in both branches, I met many fine people, but especially David Doll.  David and I had many good times together, (some we may share one day but others should be left unspoken)!  What a friend that I will always remember"!

"In Evansville, Sugar Bear Morris took me under his wing and taught me all of the tricks that are “not taught at sales school”, tricks that enabled me to better do a good job!  Sugar Bear, “My Man”!

"After Xerox I bumped around for a while and ended up back in Evansville, working for Johnson and Johnson.  Married Lois Drake and in 1980 we had our first child.  That division closed and I went to Saginaw, Michigan and our second child was born in 1981".

"Too cold for me so the next year I came back to Louisville and started working for A.T. & T.  Guess what?  My first manager at A.T. & T. was Valerie Lloyd who is married to Ed Lloyd (a Xerox and Kodak sales representative).  In fact the woman I would later marry, (after Lois died), also worked for Valerie!  Its a small world, huh"!

"At AT & T I found a home.  I sold to the small business, construction sector, statewide.  Divestiture came along and I stayed with South Central Bell’s network are,  I then moved to the major accounts banking sector, statewide and sold the first copper based high speed networks in the state and later the first fiber based networks!

I was promoted to small business sales manager in Louisville.  South Central became BellSouth.  I then went to work on the GM’s staff until the GM moved to Nashville and I continued in management in the collection center at Armory Place in Louisville.

Did that until 2000 whn BellSouth became Cingular wireless.  In 2000, after years of turning down promotions that required me to move, I was offered Regional Vice President over the west coast customer operations.  I would have 3000 employees with call centers in California and Louisiana.  We had just put my son in Centre College and my daughter was in Pitt, so I agreed and said “yes”!

I stayed in California until 2005 when it was discovered that I had Sino nasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC), a rare cancer of the nasal cavity and/or paranasal sinuses.  Odds of survival were low but, God let me live.  After 9 months of surgery, chemo, radiation, I returned to work!

All of a sudden, work wasn’t important so I retired in 2005 and returned to Kentucky.  Guess what Kincer......I live in Buckner, KY!

When i returned to Kentucky, we learned the cancer had moved to my brain.  After more setbacks and surgeries, I’m still here!

I got to see my kids well entrenched in their careers, daughter is a corporate attorney at EQT Gas in Pittsburgh and my son is a Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual for the past 16 years.  Was able to spend time with my Dad, who passed at 84 and my Mom is still here at 89!

Bob, Wife Jan,  Daughter Nicole, Son-in-Law Chris, Son Robert III

(Dave Doll and Bob King Dec. 2016)

Jeff Sturges

Jeff Sturges 
Marlborough, MA.
Jeff worked at the Xerox Louisville Branch in the early 1970s as a sales representative.  He was an excellent sales representative and did an outstanding job for Xerox.  In 1979 he  joined AM offset equipment company.  It was at this time that we lost contact with Jeff.  However, I have learned that in 1998 he joined Lexmark International as Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.  In 2007 Jeff became Vice President for Vermont Composites, Inc. until 2010 at which time he became President and CEO of Resolute Racing Shells, in the greater Boston area. 
Jeff took over the helm at Resolute in the fall of
2010 and brought with him over 20 years of experience as a coach, athlete, and competitor as well as an extensive background in carbon fiber manufacturing.

A regular Masters 1x competitor, he has participated in 11 Heads of the Charles regatta’s, is a Level III certified coach, and is Vice President of the Quinsigamond Rowing Association.

While at Middlebury College earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree, he played varsity soccer and was Captain of the varsity lacrosse team. He went on to pursue an MBA at the Olin School at Babson College.  Jeff also became a Captain in the US Army, Armor Branch.

Jeff and Karen reside in Marlborough and have a summer home on Cape Cod at Hyannis, MA.  Jeff still enjoys getting back out on the soccer field, skiing and of course, rowing. They have three adult children.

Bill Hinton

Bill Hinton 2015
Bill Hinton
Louisville, KY

Bill was with the Xerox Corporation from the early beginning of the Louisville Branch.  Prior to Xerox, he worked with GE as a territory manager.  Bill was a major account manager (and particularly the GE account manager) for all of the time that I worked with him.  He was an outstanding salesman and was always on or above plan.  

During his final years at Xerox, Bill and Don Henson began building houses and learned the land development business.  After retiring from Xerox Bill became one of the largest developers in the Louisville area.  He and Phyllis still live in Louisville.  Today Bill is retired but is involved in this son's building company as a consultant.

Bill still hunts and fishes as often as possible, in fact he and friends have been hunting in North Dakota several times a year for the past 15 years.  Bill has been and is a very good friend and I value that friendship very much.  Bill and Phyllis are two of the nicest people that I know!

Ed J. Lloyd

Ed and Vallerie Lloyd
Ed J. Lloyd
Dawsonville, GA

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I am surprised how often I find myself thinking back remembering the “good old days at Xerox,” and wondering what everyone is doing today. I tried calling the branch several years ago to see if anyone was still there that I knew. After being told by the receptionist again and again “never heard of that person” I finally said just give me the oldest person there. That’s when Marilyn Becht answered the phone. (Only kidding)  But that was what I told Marilyn when she answered. I can’t tell you what she told me to do with the phone.

I started with Xerox in 1974 when Mark Eisner was the branch manager on Breckinridge Lane. Roy Goldblatt got me the interview with Ron Hoffman, against his better judgment, hired me. In 1978, after being declined by Bill Allen and Dick Snyder, Kodak offered me the job of opening their first branch in Kentucky. Shortly thereafter I convinced Kodak management to go out on a limb and hire Roy Goldblatt. I moved to Atlanta with Kodak in 1985. Our division was sold to Danka in 1997. In 2000 I went to Lexmark International till November of 2010 when I got a separation package.  My trophy wife Vallerie was with Bell South and AT&T from 1978 till she took a separation package in 2009.

Bob Gilbert

Bob Gilbert 1972
Bob 1974
     Bob Gilbert
     Louisville, KY
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     Xerox Sales: 12/1971 to1/1976 Evansville
     Xerox Branch Equipment Manager: 1976-1977
     Managers: Tom Heffner, John Robison, Glenn
     Baugh.  After Xerox I Worked in the business
     forms industry from 1977 to 1984. We founded "INFO-COMM" Corporation which became "Copiers Plus" in 1984. In the beginning we were a dealer for Nashua and eventually became a dealer for XEROX (top fax dealer in the United States for XEROX in 1990), for Konica,Panasonic and Hewlett-Packard. Left business in 2008 and currently work in Materials Management with Norton Healthcare at their new Brownsboro Road facility.
Info-Comm Trade Show
John Robison and Bob Gilbert (1974)

Bob and Kathy Gilbert
Kathy and I have been married for 31 years.  We have two sons, Brian, age 37 and Brad, age 27.  Four grandchildren who live in Pennsacola, FL. I Enjoy traveling, golf and cooking.  Kathy and I live in LaGrange, KY

Bob enjoys the "Oldies" Music during and after the Xerox Years.
Here he is playing the Oldies and hosting as a DJ at a party at
the VFW 

Jim Kincer

Jim Kincer
Jim Kincer
Pewee Valley, KY
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Kincer was with Xerox from 1970 until April 1978.  He worked as a sales representative for K. David Robertson, in Lexington and later promoted to sales manager in Louisville.   

After leaving in 1978, he founded "Copy Corporation" (Canon Copier Dealer) with partner David Doll.  Kincer purchased Doll's interest in late 1979.  Copy Corporation was very successful over the next few years and became the largest independent copier company in Kentucky with offices in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Evansville.  Copy Corp was sold to IKON Office Solutions 1989 and Kincer was given a contract to manage the business until 1996. 

In 1990 Jim and his wife Joyce purchased two Louisville radio stations WFIA and WXLN-FM and operated both stations until they were sold in 1995.  (Jim's radio working experience began at  14 years old as a radio announcer (DJ) at his hometown radio station WNKY, until he attended college in Richmond, KY and worked through college at WEKY.

In 1992 Kincer was elected the Mayor Pewee Valley, KY . This job was truly a challenging and educational experience!

Joyce and Jim Kincer
Jim "retire" in 1996 but, retirement didn’t last long, that year 1996, he founded a water purification company, (AquaPerfect) selling, leasing and servicing water coolers (to businesses).  The business grew throughout the state of Kentucky and sold to QUENCH USA in 2002.  

Today, Kincer is retired, he and his wife  manage their 30 year old residential rental property business, 
JK Property (  
The whole gang is here!  2013

Joyce and Jim have three children, Nikkii, Jimmy and Derek. They also have six grandchildren.

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