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December 2, 2010



Betty Ann Anderson Brown, 75, of Versailles, widow of Fred Brown Jr., died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at the U.K. Markey Cancer Center of complications from leukemia.

Born in Pickens, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Eldried and Pearl Holden Anderson and was a Baptist. She had worked for Rand McNally & Co. and previously had been employed at several other manufacturing positions.

Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Brown and Jacqueline (Demont) White, both of Lexington, and Kimberly (Preston Thompson) Brown, Versailles; two sons, Steve (Shelvie) Brown and Phillip Brown, both of Versailles; two sisters, Martha (James) Bradford, Philadelphia, Pa., and Carolyn (Billy) Blackmon, Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, David (Anna) Anderson, Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Waddy Anderson, Pickens, S.C.; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A great-grandchild, Mya Brown Gaines, and her siblings, Helen, Lydia, Eldried Jr., Pauline, Isaiah, Willie, Gloria, Floy, Robert, Thomas, and Irma, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Floyd Greene, the Rev. Moses Radford, and the Rev. Tony Jones. Burial will be in the Rose Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 pm today.

Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia Society.

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Dinsmore Davis Keller, 91, of Lexington, widow of John Esten Keller III, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010.

Born Feb. 12, 1919, in Lexington, she was the daughter of Henry Laurence and Beth Steele Davis. She was raised in the Bluegrass, attended Brenau College of Gainesville, Ga., and the University of Kentucky. In her later years she grew roses and became something of an expert on Southern Colonial furniture.

Survivors include a daughter, Laura Keller (William Schweri), Lexington; a son, John Esten Keller IV (Linn), Bayview, Texas; a granddaughter, Kathryn Keller Schweri, Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, Steele Davis, Versailles; a sister, Laurie Barbee, Nicholasville; three nephews, Laurence Davis, John Davis, and Richard Barbee.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Milward-Broadway, Lexington. Burial will follow at the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 2.

Memorials may be made to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.



Nancy Fitzpatrick Kelly, 61, of Frankfort, wife of Rodney D. Kelly, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.

She was the daughter of the late James M. Fitzpatrick and Orlena Riley Fitzpatrick.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Janet Fitzpatrick, Dixie Sellers, and Sue (Larry) Jones; and 11 nieces and nephews, Tammy Ramsey, Jerry McFarland, Candi Roten, Julie Gosney, Chad Ramsey, Kyle Roten, Shara Roten, Gabe Gosney, Riley Gosney, Brett Ramsey, and Claire Ramsey.

Private services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were James W. Fitzpatrick, Justin Jones, Chad Ramsey, Kyle Roten, Jerry McFarland, David Gosney, James Lyons, Jesse Pugh, Jan Ison, and Nicholas Kelly. Honorary bearers were Tammy Ramsey, Candi Roten, Julie Gosney, Alison Jones, Gabe Gosney, Riley Gosney, Brett Ramsey, and Claire Ramsey.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Salvation Army Food Pantry of Frankfort.

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Zachary S. Kyle, 54, of Frankfort, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born Oct. 23, 1956, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late George and Anita Kyle. He graduated from Franklin County High School in 1974. He worked at Bendix Automotive in Frankfort from graduation until his retirement in 2009.

Survivors include five children, Keely Bradley, Georgetown, Zackary Kyle II, Stamping Ground, Joshua Kyle, Frankfort, Andrea Kyle, New Albany, Ind., and Kaitlyn Kyle, Carrollton; and five grandchildren. A brother, Llewellyn Kyle, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 29, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Don Karsner. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be made at



Herbert Jennings Macemon, 88, and Shirley Darrow Macemon, 85, formerly of Versailles, both died Saturday, Nov 20, 2010, in Oklahoma.

Born Oct. 9, 1922 in Winona, Minn., Mr. Macemon was the son of the late Herbert Bennett Macemon and Nora Jennings Macemon. Mrs. Macemon was born Sept. 9, 1925, in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Ruth Davis Darrow and Gilmore Arthur Darrow.

After high school, Mr. Macemon enlisted in the Air Corps during World War II and later transferred to the Army. Before being sent overseas to the Pacific Theater he completed most of the requirements for a bachelorís degree in EE at Texas A&M. Upon discharge, he completed his EE degree at the University of Minnesota with high distinction. While in Winona, he began a long series of inventions, including a remote control garage door opener, and a security system for his car. He designed and built an electric lawn-mower, did all automotive work himself, as well as his own plumbing and electrical work. At one home he added a double garage and, except for raising the rafters, did it on his own. His professional career included 20 years with General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y., Bridgeport, Conn.; Louisville, and Hendersonville, N.C., followed by 21 years with Kuhlman Electric in Bay City, Mich., and Versailles. During his career he earned 20 patents related to outdoor lighting, kitchen appliances and electrical transformers. He was a pilot and flight instructor. Combining his interest in flying and engineering, he patented improvements to a glide slope indicator for small private air fields.

Mrs. Macemon was active in the Epworth League at her local church and a leader at a Methodist summer camp. She was an avid reader and high school valedictorian. She graduated with honors from Hamline University in Winona with a degree in English literature. After years as a stay-at-home mother, she began a teaching career as a substitute for a high school senior English class, continued in Bay City, where she taught English full-time at John Glenn High School and in Versailles at Woodford County Junior High School.

Mr. and Mrs. Macemon were leaders in the YMCA and Scouting in support of their childrenís activities. She was a Den Mother, he was a Cub Pack Master and Boy Scout Master. She led her daughterís Girl Scout Troop while he co-led a Senior Girl Scout troop with an emphasis on flying.

They were active and life-long members in the Methodist Church. Mr. Macemon sang and directed choirs in several churches. They both held numerous church leadership positions, led Bible studies, prayer groups, taught Sunday school classes, were active in the Emmaus Community, Full Gospel Businessmanís Fellowship, Womenís Aglow and Lay Witness weekends.

In 2007, the couple moved from Versailles to Spanish Cove Retirement Village in Yukon, Okla.

Survivors include five children, James and Judy Macemon, Poway, Calif., Shirley K. Macemon (Jon Marcus), San Jose, Calif., Richard (Sherree) Macemon, Murfreesboro, Tenn, Robert (Margaret) Macemon, Mustang, Okla., and David Macemon (Cynthia Stenger), West Linn, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; Mr. Macemonís siblings, Barbara Quickstad, Katherine Duncanson, and Warren Macemon; and Mrs. Macemonís sister, Ruth Joswiak.

Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Versailles United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Rose Crest Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Versailles United Methodist Church, the Alzheimerís Association, or the American Cancer Society.

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Julia Stamper, 85, of Versailles, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Estill County, she was the daughter of the late Cordelia May Powell and Lonnie Franklin Stamper. She was a longtime resident and employee of the Methodist Home of Kentucky, and former associate director of fiscal affairs,

Survivors includec a daughter, Mary (Wayne) King, Morgantown, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Tammi King and Michael King; and three great-grandchildren. She was a sister of the late Bertie Tuttle of Versailles and is survived by Bertieís family.

A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Kentucky United Methodist Home for Children and Youth, P. O. Box 749, Versailles, KY 40383, to the Anderson County Humane Society, P. O. Box 494, Lawrenceburg, KY 40324, or to a charity of choice. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Forrest Thomas Sweasy Sr., 80, of Frankfort, husband of Carol B. Sweasy, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010.

Born Oct. 6, 1930, in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Kelly and Celesta Thomas Sweasy. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was a life member of the VFW and Knights of Columbus, and was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He retired as the owner operator of Sweasy Grocery.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jane Sweasy, Frankfort, and Ann (Jackie) Black, Nicholasville; four sons, Forrest Thomas "Tom" (Etsuko) Sweasy Jr., Maryland, Bryan Taylor (Lisa) Sweasy, Ft. Mitchell, Kelly Fleming (Rhonda) Sweasy, Buckner, and Donald Lang (Marsha) Sweasy, Frankfort; 12 grandchildren, Ashley White, Marie Sweasy, Anna Sweasy, Logan Sweasy, Olivia Sweasy, Luke Sweasy, Isabella Sweasy, Meredith Sweasy, Natalie Sweasy, Jason Black, and Jamie Black; two great-granddaughters; two sisters, Mary Lou Morris, Lawrenceburg, and Elizabeth Ann Hellard, Frankfort; three brothers, Owen Sweasy, Los Angeles, Calif., Billy Sweasy, Lawrenceburg, and Davis Sweasy, Florida. Two brothers, Kelly Sweasy Jr. and Carroll Ray Sweasy, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 2, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Leestown Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Charles Howell. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the VFW Honor Guard at P.O. Box 72, Frankfort, KY 40602.

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Mayme Mitchell Wall, 97, of Midway, wife of Burnice "Burnie" L. Wall, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

The daughter of the late John T. Sr. and Anna Johnson Mitchell, she was a member of Midway Christian Church, where she served as chair of the memorial committee, and was a deacon and financial secretary for several years. She also served as a member of the church board and sang in the choir. She was a 1932 graduate of Midway High School and immediately after graduation enrolled in Midway College. In 1954 when she married Burnie Wall, she became the mother of 4-year-old Spencer and 10-year-old Shela. She served as secretary to the Scott County Agricultural Agent, was a secretary at Stamping Ground Elementary School, and was a member of the Scott County Homemakers Club. She worked in various administrative positions at Midway College, including secretary to the president, in public relations, and was director of admissions at the time of her retirement in 1968.

In addition to her husband of 56 years, she is survived by a daughter, Shela Wall Diamond (Charles Donald), Goshen; a daughter-in-law, Audrey Wall, Midway; three granddaughters, Heather Diamond (Ted) Stirgwolt, Fredericksburg, Va., Ashley (Sean) DelFavero, Marietta, Ga., and Amanda (Matt) Walker, Midway; three great-grandchildren, Callie DelFavero, Ollie Walker, and Sam Walker. A son, Spencer Ashley Wall; four brothers, Warren Mitchell, Floyd Mitchell, Leslie Mitchell, John T. Mitchell Jr.; and three sisters, Alice M. Robinson, Sallie M. Shelton, and Fannie C. Mitchell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 29, at Midway Christian Church by the Rev. Heather McColl and Chaplain Kevin Pearce. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers and honorary bearers were Midway Christian Church deacons and elders. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Midway Christian Church, Taylor Manor Nursing Home, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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