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August 26, 2010



Chester Elwood Aldridge, 70, of Nicholasville, husband of Shirley Ann Fryman Aldridge, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010.

Born Oct. 23, 1939, in Nicholasville, he was the son of the late William Chester Aldridge and Willie Ann Ward Aldridge Cooper. He retired from Pat Bryne Printing and was a member of the Lexington Kentucky Racing Pigeon Club and Camp Nelson Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Jenny Aldridge, Midway, Tammy (Lon) Whitehead and Michele (Cleatous) Coffey, Nicholasville, and Billy (Lynn) Hyden, Lexington; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Goldey, and two special nieces, Carol (Dennie) Williams and Cheryl (Rich) Critz.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Betts & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by Pastor Frank Lee McClanahan. Burial will follow in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 26, at the funeral home. Casket bearers will be Rich Critz, Dennie Williams, Cleatous Coffey, Nate Hyden, Chris Spurlock and Johnny Goldey. Honorary bearers will be Pat Bryne, Larry Perkins, Bobby Fannin, Bill Hyden and Lon Whitehead.

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Leonard Devers, 74, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Versailles, widower of Betty English Devers, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

Born Jan. 27, 1934, he was the son of the late Gobel and Ruthal Devers. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include a brother and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 20, in Phoenix, Ariz.



Dreux Patrick Dwyer, 53, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., formerly of Lexington, died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.

Born Sept. 5, 1956, in Elmhurst, Ill., he was the son of Bee P. and the late George Dwyer, M.D., of Louisville. He was a graduate of St. Xavier High School where he won numerous awards as member of the debate team. He graduated from Northwestern University with honors in a degree in biology and with distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, becoming certified in internal medicine as well as emergency room medicine. After completing his residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and working in New Orleans hospitals he returned to Kentucky in 1988. For over 22 years he was the emergency room physician at Good Samaritan Hospital. He received the "America’s Top Physician" Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Since November of 2009, he worked as an emergency room physician for Palms West Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was closely involved with Alcoholics Anonymous for over 15 years and was a member of the Thoroughbred Club. He was a member of the Sierra Club and was an avid collector of Native American and Civil War memorabilia, fossils and other historical artifacts.

Survivors include two children, Frances Cassell Dwyer, Versailles, and Donard Sheehy Dwyer, Deerfield Beach, Fla.; a sister, Diane Steensland (John), Dothan, Ala.; and a brother, Donard (Leslie) Sheveport, La.; eight nieces, Ashley Smith, Erin Dwyer, Leigh Anna Dwyer, Maggie Knoll, Caitlin McQueen, Ann Sheehy, Maura Frank and Olivia Frank; three nephews, John Steensland, Bradley McQueen and Bill Sheehy; and his goddaughter and niece, Carrie Knoll; and his life’s best friend, Lisa Sheehy. A brother, Michael Eric Dwyer, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lexington. Friends may call at Milward-Broadway from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 26. A memorial service is being planned in Florida at a later time.

Donations may be made to the National Wildlife Federation, PO Box 6870, Tallahassee, FL 32314, or the Bluegrass Farms Charity, 340 Legion Drive Suite 20, Lexington, KY 40504.



Jesse Gardner Edwards, 86, a retired Kroger employee, husband of Katherine Staton Edwards, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Arrangements were pending completion at press time. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements



Susan Ann McNulty Griggs, 57, widow of William Thomas Griggs II, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010.

Born in Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of Bill Mencer and Agnes Dunlap McNulty. She was a graduate of West Port High School in Louisville, a 1974 graduate of the University of Kentucky. She was a labor and delivery RN at the St. Joseph Hospital, the recipient of the Heart of St. Joseph award, a member of Family Worship Center and Kappa Delta sorority.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by five children, Meagan Griggs (Tim) Quinlan, Eli (Julia) Griggs, Lauren Griggs (Michael) Mitchell, Caleb (Sarah) Griggs and Adam Griggs; a sister, Donna (Eric) Rodwell; and two brothers, Dennis (Susan) McNulty and Steve (Susan) McNulty.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Family Worship Center. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

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John A. Kraus, 59, of Versailles, husband of Cheryl DiNunzio Kraus, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., he was the son of the late John and Mary Hmura Kraus. He was a a retired mechanic, a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Joseph Kraus and Jennifer Kraus Gardner, Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Christopher Kraus, Versailles; two brothers, Richard Kraus, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Thomas Kraus, Fishkill, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Blake Kraus and Isaak Gentry. A sister, Barbara Buena, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 26, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Rick McClung. Burial with military honors will follow at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County.

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Mildred McKinney Lay, 76, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Ernest Harold Lay, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at the home of her son in Versailles.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Dixon and Berth Ethel Sutherland McKinney. She was a former employee of Rand McNally and was a member of the Lawrenceburg Church of God.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Reinhardt, Parkersburg, W.Va.; a son, Wayne "Musky" (Frances) Lay, Versailles; eight grandchildren, Stephen Lay, Ralph Lay, Tracey Owens, Lee Reinhardt, David Reinhardt, Lyne Evans, Pam Mattingly, Tony Fields; and 14 great-grandchildren. Three sons, Harold "Julio" Lay Jr., Alvin Howard Lay, and Jerry Dale Lay; a grandson, James Adkins; a brother, James Miller "Hard Hat" McKinney; and two sisters, Louise Lucille Lay and Mary Elizabeth Hipshire, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 20, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Donald Carter. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Stephen Lay, David Reinhardt, Lee Reinhardt, Tony Fields, Ralph Lay, and Richard Lay.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Carolyn L. Mefford, 62, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010.

Born in Fayette County, she was a graduate of Woodford County High School, a farmer, and former self-employed carpenter and remodeler.

Survivors include a brother, Glenn (Jean) Mefford, Midway; two nieces; and four great-nieces and nephews.

There is no public visitation or service planned. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Alice Ruth Mueller, 95, of Versailles, widow of Keith E. Mueller, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010.

Born in Morrisonville, Ill., she was the daughter of Lora Eddington Balsley and John Edward Balsley. She taught school in Illinois for 20 years, 18 years at McNally School, Lewistown Ill. She was president of the PTA and manager of the Lewistown youth organization, which provided three years of skating for the students at McNally gym. She was president of the Professional Women’s Club, Lewistown Women’s Club, Library Club, and was active in Home Extension. She was a member of the Edgington Presbyterian Church and a Brownie, Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and 4-H leader. She enjoyed participating in the Pitch Club and Wee-Ma-Tuc Hills Country Club, which her husband, Keith, had helped lay out.

Survivors include two children, Alison Dawson and Jerome Mueller; six grandchildren, Heidi Dawson, Chadley Dawson, Christopher Dawson, Jamie Hill, Jennifer Mueller, and Anastacia Parenti. A daughter, Debra Hill, is deceased.

She will be buried next to her husband in Edgington, Ill. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

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