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Long-time judge, state representative dies

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Funeral will be Saturday for Jim Bondurant

The funeral will be Saturday in the LaRue County Courthouse for noted local judge and former state representative,  Jim Bondurant.

Bondurant, who grew up in Meade County and spent most of his professional life in LaRue County, died Thursday in Union County, Tenn., where he lived since retirement. He was 84.

Raised on a farm, Bondurant worked in banking before he began the full-time practice of law in 1962 in Hodgenville. Elected as state representative in 1963, one of his crowning achievements was passage of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

In 1985, he was elected district judge for Hart and LaRue counties and continued in this position until his retirement. In January 2000, the chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court appointed him as the first senior judge in Kentucky. As senior judge, he held court throughout the state and served on various panels including district courts, circuit courts, probate and the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

He was active in the community, serving on the LaRue County Fair Board, helping to create what now is First Citizens Bank and serving as chairman of the board at Lindsey Wilson College. He also was an active member of Hodgenville United Methodist Church and the Democratic Party.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Kaye; their two children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in the upper courtroom of the LaRue County Courthouse with the Rev. Rachel Marshall officiating.  Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery. Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville is in charge of arrangements.

The complete obituary is available online by clicking on the obituary link on the homepage. It also will appear in Friday's print edition of The News-Enterprise in addition to a news story.