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February 28, 2013



Aaron Thomas Johnson, 37, joined his Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, and was reunited with his son, Samuel, who preceded him in death.

Born December 21, 1975, in Lexington, he was the son of Paul C. Johnson III and Myrna Johnson of Lancaster, S.C. He leaves his wife, Danielle Heimlich Johnson, and daughters Allison Elizabeth, age 11, and Sarah Nicole, age 3. He is also survived by his brother, Christopher (Rose Marie) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Johnson was a graduate of Boyle County High School, Danville, KY, and attended Eastern Kentucky University. He was employed by the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and most recently served as a Section Supervisor in the Department of Revenue. He was active in the Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign, where he used his experience as parent of a special needs child to emphasize charitable giving. He was an avid student of American history and accumulated an extensive library on the Civil War. He was a life-time member of the NRA and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Aaron lived with an intensity for life’s challenges and joys and brought laughter and happiness to many through his wit and music. Those who knew him best will remember a compassionate and devoted father who imparted love of family and God to his children.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 25, at the Pisgah Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Pete Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Christopher Johnson, Paul C. Johnson III, Chris Rutledge, Wendell Grayson, Marc Bradley, Thomas Johnson, Glenn Hanley, Nathan Heimlich, and Nicholas Heimlich.

Memorial gifts may be made to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 5202, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202 in memory of Samuel and Aaron.

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William "Bill" Landry, 87, of Cynthiana, husband of Gertrude Rummelhart Landry, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Cedar Ridge Health Campus after a short illness.

Born June 19, 1925, in Duluth, Minn., he was the son of the late Charles and Rose Palmerville Landry. He was the owner of the former Ben Franklin of Cynthiana and Flemingsburg. He was an active member of Saint Edward Catholic Church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, James (Bonnie) Landry, Bedford, Ind., John (Janet) Landry, Versailles, Randall Landry, Flemingsburg, and Charles Landry, Taylor Mill; a daughter, Denise Landry, Proctorville, Ohio; a brother, Ray (Zoanne) Landry, Kent, Wash.; a sister, Dorothy Willms, Saint Paul, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Regina (Benji) Coleman, William Landry, Ernest Landry, Josef Landry, Mary Landry, Kelly Landry, Joshua Landry, Sarah Landry, Jacob Landry, Alaina Landry and Anthony Chamblin; and three great-grandchildren, Kiersten Coleman, Emma Coleman and Hunter York. His first wife, Beverly Landry; a son, Lawrence "Larry" Landry; and five sisters, Marie Kestner, Jeanne Bultman, Frances Cotton, Lois Babcock, and Mildred Regis, are deceased.

A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Saturday, Feb. 23, at Saint Edward Catholic Church by the Rev. Douglas Lauer. Burial was in Saint Edward Cemetery. Ware Funeral Home, Cynthiana, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Right to Life of Northern Kentucky, P.O. Box 1202, Covington, KY 41012.

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Leah Catherine Leonard Lavy, 95, of Versailles, widow of Marold B. Lavy, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

Born March 6, 1917, in Clark County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Clay Ward Leonard and Nelly Florence Ray Leonard.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Lavy and the Rev. Jerry Lavy, both of Versailles, and Dallas Lavy, Montana; a sister, Ruthanna Garver, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. A son, Marold Lavy, is deceased.

Private memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

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Mildred Ann Phillips, 77, of Versailles, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Mary Bell Jackson Phillips. A retired Texas Instruments employee, she was a graduate of Simmons High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Jan (Rick) Keeling and Carol (Aaron) Blair, both of Versailles; two sons, Ernie (Karim) George, Versailles, and Donald George, Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Jean Johnson, Dayton, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at First Baptist Church. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial will follow in Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Ernie George, Donald George, Aaron Blair, Rick Keeling, Timothy Middleton, and Adam Manns. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Burnice "Burnie" L. Wall, 99, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born in Casey County, he was the son of the late John E. and Bessie Moore Wall. He was a member of Midway Christian Church and had been active with the Disciples of Christ Church for over 80 years. He had served as a church elder, as chair of church boards, was a former Sunday school superintendent, taught Sunday school for over 50 years, and sang in church choirs. A 1942 graduate of Berea College, where he earned a degree in agriculture, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed as a teacher in Casey County, Richmond, Stamping Ground, and served as an elementary school principal. From 1957 until 1976, he was employed by IBM in its Education and Training Division and retired as manager of Employee Development. He was a member of the Midway Lions Club, was a past-president and "Lion of the Year" in 1978, 1981, and 1983, and was a charter member of the Stamping Ground Ruritan Club.

Survivors include 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, Atlanta, Ga., and Amanda (Matt) Walker, Frankfort; and four great-grandchildren, Callie DelFavero, Sam Walker, Ollie Walker, and Nate Walker. His first wife, Inez Ashley Wall, the mother of his children; his second wife of 57 years, Mayme Mitchell Wall; a son, Spencer Ashley Wall; and a sister, Imogene Wall Wesley, are deceased.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Midway Christian Church by the Rev. Heather McColl. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Midway Christian Church deacons and elders served as casket bearers and honorary bearers. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Midway Christian Church, P.O. Box 127, Midway, KY 40347, to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 643 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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