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February 2, 2006



  Burt E. Brashear, 65, of Versailles, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006, at his home of cancer.

Born Nov. 4, 1940, in Letcher County, he was the son of the late Edley and Ella Mae Brown Brashear. He was a graduate of the 1958 class of Jenkins High School, graduated from Kentucky State University with a degree in nursing, and worked many years as a registered nurse at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He retired from the U.S. Army and the 475 M.A.S.H. National Guard unit located at the Boone National Guard Center. While with the 475th unit, he served a tour of active duty in Operation Desert Storm. He was a member of the Pinckard Baptist Church and owned Berkshire Trains, a model train shop in Lexington.

Survivors include a daughter, Melissa Moorman; three grandchildren, Timothy Moorman Jr., Savannah Moorman, and Rebecca Moorman, all of Cincinnati; and five sisters, Doralyn Hurt, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Elaine Champagne, Utah, Julia Brashear, Versailles, Nancy Calhoun, Jasper, Tenn., and Claudella Simpson, Harlan. A brother, Elmer Brashear, and a sister, Wanda Brashear, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Edley Hurt, Ronald Calhoun, David Kenneth Venis, David Venis, Michael Brashear, Clarence Hurt, and Carl Champagne.

Memorials are suggested to Pinckard Baptist Church, 3401 Pinckard Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.



  Rebecca Lane Brown, 12, daughter of Mike Brown and Natalie Brown, both of Lexington, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born Aug. 13, 1993, in Lexington, she was in the sixth grade at Tates Creek Middle School. She was a former student and chorus member of Glendover Elementary and was a member of Northeast Christian Church where she participated in the youth group and WITNESS choir.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Addie Brown and Jamie Spaulding, both of Lexington; a niece, Amber Montgomery, Lexington; paternal grandmother, Suzanne Brown, Lexington; her maternal grandparents, Barry and Judy Ragland, Danville, and Marion Ritchey, Versailles; her paternal great-grandmother, Martha Mills, Lexington; her maternal great-grandparents, Miles and Margaret Ragland and May Taylor, all of Lexington; her aunts and uncles, Peggy and Rodney Brewer, Beth Brown, Teresa and Rick Rushing, Patty Henson, Pat and Jill Brown, Dale and Tina Ragland, Rodney and Lynn Ragland, and Marty and Tonya Ritchey; her great-aunt, Brenda Allen; and numerous cousins. Her paternal grandfather, Joseph Oscar Brown, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 2, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Chris Roseland and Whit Criswell. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Bryan Bentley, Britton Brewer, Troy Robertson, Jason Ragland, Drew Rushing, Zachary Henson, Brian Ragland, and Michael Ragland.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Epilepsy Foundation, 4351 Garden City Drive, Landover, MD 20785.



  Tommy Roach Allen Craig, 65, of Lexington, husband of Helen Green Craig, died Sunday Jan. 29, 2006, at his home in Lexington.

Born Jan. 31, 1940, in Midway, he was the son of Jesse Robert and Snoda Truman Keith Craig. He was a painting contractor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Tommy Erick Craig, Harrodsburg, and Preston Dwayne Jenkins, Salvisa; a daughter, Shanda R. Craig, Harrodsburg; five grandchildren, Tommy Lee Craig, Autumn Snow Craig, Nathaniel Thomas Northern, Levi Grant Jenkins, and Raven Michelle

Jenkins; and four brothers, Kenneth, Arthur, Spencer and Sam. Three brothers, Jesse, James, and Charles, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Pruitt Funeral Home, Lexington. There will be no services.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



  Hershel E. “Buck” Dillon, 85, of Lexington, husband of LaRue Dekle Dillon, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Appalachia, Va., he was the son of the late Howard E. and Esther Frances Waide Dillon. He was a World War II Army veteran and was in the U.S. Army Engineers from 1942 to 1945. He was a retired yardmaster for L&N Railroad, where he was employed from 1945 to 1979. He was a member of Lexington Lodge #1 F&AM, and Buford Lodge #494 F&AM, the Thirty-Nine Club, and a former steward for the Oleika Temple. He was a member of UK Committee of 101 and a member of Broadway Christian Church since 1947, where he was a greeter and a past president of the Builders Class.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Linda Dillon Perkins, Georgetown, and Frances Ann Dillon, Woodford County; five grandchildren, Miriam Perkins Fernie, Washington, D.C., Hannah Perkins Chia, Rockville, Md., Alicia Perkins Katterheinrick, London, Nathan C. Perkins, Odon, Ind., and 1st Lt. David N. Perkins, stationed in Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., and serving in Iraq; and two great grandsons.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Burial will follow in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 2, with a Masonic service at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502.



  Dixie Eldridge, 60, of Lexington, widow of James Eldridge, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at her residence.

Born June 17, 1945, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Clift Kirk. She was a cashier for Wal-Mart.

Survivors include three daughters, Tina Hollon, Lexington, Lisa Gayheart, Nicholasville, and Tammy Botkin, Lexington; a son, James Eldridge Jr., Lexington; a sister, Shelia Maples, Lexington; a brother, Clarence Kirk, Lexington; and seven grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Bill Bales. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Roger Gayheart, Doug Botkin, Robert Hollon, Dud Bonta, Tommy Eldridge, and Hugh Richard Kirk. Honorary bearers were Walter Kirk and David Gross.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



  John Fehsal, 62, of Midway, husband of Marlene Fehsal, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Care Center after a short illness.

Born in Blauvelt, N.Y., he had lived previously in New City and Stony Point, N.Y., before coming to Kentucky in 1988. He was a general contractor and farmer.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Fehsal, Frankfort; a son, John Fehsal Jr., Frankfort; four grandchildren; his mother, Carol Vera Fehsal, Brooksville, Fla.; and a brother, James Fehsal, White Sulphur Springs, N.Y.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. His body was cremated. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Stained Glass Fund” c/o Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church, 495 Duckers Road., Midway, KY 40347.

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  Sue F. Kemper, 80, of 324 Tincher Drive, Versailles, wife of R. F. Kemper, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at her home.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Myrtle Clifton Furnish. She was a schoolteacher early in her life, and later she and her husband owned and operated Dixie Cream Donuts in Versailles and Granny's Place Antiques.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Brenda Kemper, Versailles, Carla Johnson, Frankfort, and Robbie Baldwin, Versailles; five grandchildren, Tyler and Emily Baldwin, Brandon, Corey, and Kelly Johnson; a great-grandson, Mathieu Johnson; a sister, Jayne Furnish, Versailles; four brothers, Joe Furnish, Owenton, Carl M. Furnish, Versailles, Thomas Furnish, Frankfort, and John R. Furnish, Nicholasville.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Steve Johnson. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Tyler Baldwin, Brandon Johnson, Corey Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Tony Rice, and Steve Johnson.

Memorials suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



  Lawrence “Larry” Lewis, 57, of London, husband of Judy Harp Lewis, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at his residence.

Born March 26, 1948, in Leslie County, he was the son of Gladys Howard Lewis of London and the late Raymond Lewis. He was a truck driver and affiliated with the Piney Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Darrell Lewis and David Lewis, both of Versailles, and Robert Lewis of Louisville; two stepdaughters, Melissa Baker, Danville, and Ruthann Smith, Harrodsburg; five brothers, Theo Lewis, London, Ed Lewis, Somerset; Raymond Lewis Jr., London; Ulysses Lewis, London, and James Lewis, London; two sisters, Betty Jones, London, and Katie Couch, London; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 26, at the London Funeral Home Chapel by Bobby Phillips. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bruce Lewis, Bob Lewis, Doug Lewis, Calvin Lewis, Steve Couch, and Robert Byrge. Honorary bearer was Justin Lewis.



  Mary Craig Smith, 89, of Dayton, Ohio, widow of Edgar A. “Red” Smith, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006.

Born Feb. 15, 1916, on the family farm in Woodford County, she was the daughter of David Edward Craig and Ona Beasley Craig. During the Depression she moved to Dayton, Ohio, to live with her older sister, Bess, who helped raise her, and she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1935. Before her marriage, she was a forelady in the stator-winding department at Delco Products. She enjoyed watching the Kentucky Derby and the U.K. Wildcats on television, and enjoyed music and travel.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Smith and Jack Smith; three grandchildren, John E. Smith, Judith Smith, and Rodger Smith; two great-granddaughters, Kayla Smith and Jessika Smith; a step-great- granddaughter, Macey Brodnecki; and many nieces and nephew.

She was interred at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, following private services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502, or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue Dayton, OH 45420.





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