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August 10, 2006



Walter E. Anderson, 89, widower of Mary Lee Anderson, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Wallace and Lula Anderson. He was retired from the U.S. Post Office, Rand-McNally and worked for 20 years at Keeneland. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Priddy, Elizabethtown, Cathy Jackson, Frankfort, and Helen Slone, Versailles; and five grandchildren, David Otte, Keri Smith, Matthew Smith, Michael Priddy, and Shawne Priddy. A son, Walter E. Anderson Jr., and a grandchild, Michael Evan Otte, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 10, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will after 9 a.m. today.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Lions Club.



Ruby Boyd, 65, of Versailles, wife of Frank Boyd, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006.

Born in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late L.T. and Minnie Thompson Williams.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Beverly Perkins; a son, Mike Boyd; and a grandson, Joshua Perkins, all of Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ann Gunther. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

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Rosa Lee Carpenter, 81, of Lexington, wife of Lee Carpenter, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, at Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Cora McGoldrick. She was an employee of Subway and a member of Macedonia Christian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Sonja Miller and Janet Milburn; five grandchildren, Jeremy, Robert, and Lee Ann Miller, Anthony Jason Milburn, and Todd Aaron Milburn; and four great-grandchildren, Chloe, Haley, and Lauren Miller, and Carson Milburn.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 5, at Macedonia Christian Church. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Arthur Leon Darnell, 81, of Versailles, widower of Ruth Newby Darnell, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at his residence.

Born Dec. 5, 1924, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Llewelyn “Lue” and Mary Woods Darnell. He was a retired business agent for the Laborers Local #189 and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He attended Huntertown Nazarene Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Naomi Darnell Paris, South Carolina; four sisters, Mary Becknell, Nicholasville, Geneva Powell, Versailles, Grace Arnold, Lexington, and Betty Murray, Florida; two brothers, David E. Darnell, Florida, and Roy G. Darnell, Alabama; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 4, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Gary Maynard. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were George Houser, Lawrence Darnell, Leon Powell, Robert Darnell Jr., Dan Darnell, David Allen Darnell, and Wayne Powell.

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Johnny B. Howard, 80, of Elizabethtown, husband of Doris Howard, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Kensington Manor Nursing Home.

A native of Jamestown, Tenn., he was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a retired salesman at Colonial Interiors and was formerly a Realtor and insurance salesman in Hardin County. He was one of the original members of the Heartland Quartet.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Johnny Wayne Howard, Elizabethtown; a daughter, Teresa Shearer, Lexington; two brothers, Bernard Howard, Fairborn, Ohio, and Thomas Howard, Versailles; a sister, Kathryn Moore, Paducah; three grandsons, Chris Shearer, Atlanta, Ga., Michael Boone, Hodgenville, and Connor Howard, Elizabethtown; and two great-grandchildren. His mother, father, and a brother are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Brown Funeral Home by Dr. Rachel Marshall and the Rev. Allen Gibson. Burial was in Hardin Memorial Park.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.



The Rev. Henry Clay Mayer, 78, husband of Florence Gard Mayer, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006.

Born Jan. 23, 1928, in Galveston, Texas, he was the son of the late Walter Scott and Elizabeth Rye Mayer. He was a captain and U. S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He attended junior college at New Mexico Military Institute, studied at the University of Houston, received a BBA at Southern Methodist University, and earned a bachelor of divinity at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He was canonically a resident of the Diocese of Ft. Worth, Texas, and was licensed in the Diocese of Lexington. He served the Episcopal Church at St. John’s in Versailles from 1968 to 1975, St. Mary’s in Middlesboro from 1975 to 1977, St. James in Perry, Fla., from 1977 to 1985, St. Mary’s in Hillsboro, Texas, from 1985 to 1991, and retired to Lexington in 1991. In the Diocese of Florida and the Diocese of Lexington, he served as chaplain for the Order of the Daughters of the King.† He was an associate priest of the Community of the Transfiguration in Glendale, Ohio. He was a member in the Sons of the Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, was a member of the American Legion, was a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Kathryn Kimball Holmstrom, Crawfordsville, Ind.; a stepson, Richard Maxwell Kimball, Charleston, S.C.; four granddaughters, Christina Holmstrom, Stephanie Holmstrom, Jennifer Holmstrom, and Kelly Kimball; and two nephews, the Rev. James Scott Mayer, Abilene, Texas, and Clifford Kyle Mayer, Ft. Worth, Texas. A brother, James Pettigrew Mayer, and a nephew, Mike Mayer, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 8, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Versailles by the Bishop of Texas, Don Wimberly. Military honors and committal services were conducted at in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio. Casket bearers were the Very Rev. Morris Thompson Jr., the Rev. Robert Horine, the Rev. Terry Taylor, the Rev. Arthur Chard, the Rev. Martin Gornik, and the Rev. Dr. M. Allen Dawson. Honorary bearers were the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker, the Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, the Rev. Charles K. C. Lawrence, the Rev. Colley Bell Jr., the Rev. Billy R. Boyd, and the Rev. James G. Monroe. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Christ Church Cathedral Legacy Fund, 166 Market Street, Lexington, KY 40504, to St. John’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 210 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive Lexington, KY 40504.

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Benjamin C. Niswonger, 79, of Versailles, husband of Doris Turpin Niswonger, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, at the V.A. Medical Center.

Born in Trotwood, Ohio, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Leora Niswonger Sr. He was a member of Southside Christian Church and a retired truck salesman. He also served in the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Bobbi Swartz, Versailles; a son, Ben Niswonger, Versailles; a granddaughter, Katie, Versailles; a sister, Leora Shell, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 10, at Southside Christian Church by Dale McCann and Dale Adams. Interment will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Clifford Bradley, Mark Hivick, Jon McCann, Mike Robbins, Brad Turpin, Jon Underwood, Dennis Moore, and Craig Turpin, Honorary bearers will be Gail Schomp. Ed McClees, Bob Blakeman, Gilbert Adams, Bobby Smith, Charles Greene, Don Robinson, and Ron Dennis. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Bluegrass, 205 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or Southside Christian Church Building Fund, 3621 Cabinhill Lane, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Patricia Wright, 55, of Cleveland Avenue, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2006.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of James Lillard Wright and the late Ann Blades Holland. \She was a former employee of the old Woodford Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include four sons, James Drury and Danny Drury, both of Versailles, Eddie Drury, Ocala, Fla., and David Drury, Lexington; five sisters, Janice Gregory, Paula Wright, Nicey Holland, and Kim Taylor all of Lexington, and Jamie Flynn, Louisiana; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Wooten.

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