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January 24, 2013



Marilyn "Mee Maw" Johnson Barta, 89, of Lexington, widow of James Barta, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

She was born Jan. 21, 1923, in Woodford County. As a member of Beargrass Christian Church, she was active in the Disciples Women’s Ministry and a Sunday school teacher. She had a special attachment to the Boy Scouts of America, having married a professional Scout executive and was an employee of the Scout office for a number of years. She later served as den mother for her son’s Cub Scout den. She was a past member of the St. Matthews Women’s Club and was an avid bridge player. She retired from Surgical Associates of Lexington at the age of 65. On her 80th birthday she was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include a son, James A. Barta (Edwina); three grandchildren, Ashley Barta Pearl (Quinn), James Patrick Barta (Melanie), and Karl Allen Barta; a great-granddaughter, Hadley Quinn Pearl; three great-grandsons, Graham Harrison Pearl, James Timothy Barta, and Kawood Zachary Barta; three step-grandchildren, Dulaney Ashley, Isadora Ashley May (Tim), and Elizabeth Ashley; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Jan. 20, at Ratterman’s Funeral Home, St. Matthews.

Memorial contributions may go to Millville Christian Church, 5210 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.



Velda Jean McAfee Cassaday, 83, of Versailles, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

Born Dec. 12, 1929, in Middletown, Ohio, she was the daughter of Dorsey Spencer and Vesta Scarberry Spencer.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty "Boots" Lunsford, Versailles, and Patsy (Gary) Simmons, Jacksonville, Fla.; and two sons, Dorsey (Vickie) McAfee, Versailles, and Joseph McAfee, Athens, Tenn. A son, Douglas "Butch" McAfee, is deceased.

There are no services planned.

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Mary Ann Drennon, 64, of Versailles, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

Born Oct. 9, 1948, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late James Everett Drennon and Pauline McDermett Drennon. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Versailles.

Survivors include several cousins.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 23, at St. Leo Church by Fr. Patrick Fitzsimons. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

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Benny Ray Isaacs, 70, of Lexington, husband of Brenda Lynn Isaacs, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Cora Isaacs Cochran. He was retired, an avid fisherman, and an active member of Broadway Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and most recently a trustee.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by two daughters, Debbie (fiancé Jamy Shipley) Crawford, Louisville, and Vicky (Joseph) Sims, Versailles; two siblings, Steve (Martha) Cochran, Columbus, Ohio, and Rhonda Cochran, Lawrenceburg; and seven grandchildren, Garrett, Breanne, Anthony, Lucas, Jordan, Catie and Matthew. A son, Benny "Bengie" Ray Isaacs Jr., is deceased

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 21, at Broadway Baptist Church, Lexington, by Dr. John Birchett. Milward-Southland, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Broadway Baptist Church.

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Lowell Hilton, 70, of Versailles died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

Born May 16, 1942, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Charles Albert Hilton and Katherine Stewart Hilton. He was a property manager for Bob Matthews Realty.

Survivors include three nephews, Charlie Hilton, Donnie Hilton, and Roger Hilton; and a niece, Sue Johnson. Two brothers, Charles Hilton Jr. and Jack Hilton; and a nephew, Alvin Hilton, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 21, at Sunset Memorial Garden Chapel by Brother Wayne McMurray. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Norma Jean Murphy Kincaid, 66, of Versailles, wife of Bradley Kincaid, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

The daughter of Mabel Wilson Murphy of Lawrenceburg and the late James William "Bill" Murphy, she was a former Texas Instruments employee and had been living at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Cindy Kincaid (Kenny Beasley), Lawrenceburg, and Penny Kincaid, Versailles; five sisters, Ruby Smith, Washington County, Ethel (Lewis) Lawson, Salvisa, Ida (Elzie) Sutherland, Versailles, Becky (Jimmy) Florian, Harrodsburg, and Martha Murphy, Versailles; two brothers, Johnnie Murphy, Lawrenceburg, and Jimmie (Betty) Murphy, Georgetown; and two grandchildren, Mackenzie Pack and Baylon Beasley. A granddaughter, Destiny Kincaid, a sister, Elsie Florian, and a brother, Sammy Murphy, are deceased.

Services will conducted at 1 p.m. today Thursday, Jan. 24,at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Tommy Smith, Phillip Kincaid, Richie Kincaid, Matthew Florian, Ronnie Cheatham, and Kenny Beasley. Honorary bearers will be Johnny Murphy, Jimmy Murphy, Eugene Reed, Elzie Sutherland, and George Hunter.

Memorials are suggested to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

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Weltha Mae "Coozy" Lewis, 80, of Versailles, widow of Nathaniel Lewis, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at her home.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Blake Lewis and Mary Elizabeth Bottoms. She had resided in Dayton, Ohio, for over 20 years and was an accomplished artist. She returned to Versailles in 1979 and became a member of Simpson United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and worked on the kitchen committee.

Survivors include a daughter, Dorenda Lewis (Joe Hobbs), Lexington; and several cousins, nephews and nieces. Two brothers, Roscoe C. "Pap" Bottoms Sr. and William J. "Deck" Bottoms, are deceased.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Simpson United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday by Pastor Terry Gilkey and the Rev. Willis Polk. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Pete Washington, Richard Washington, Robert Brown, Roscoe Bottoms, Rickey Bottoms, and William Harris. Honorary bearers will be Joe Richards, Robert Higgins, Lewis Wilson, and Glenn Wilson.

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Anita Katherine "Kitty" Stratton Lyen, 90, of Lawrenceburg, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.

Born Jan. 24, 1922, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas C. and Norma Stratton. She was a retired secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet of Kentucky state government. In 1941, she graduated from Lawrenceburg City High School and then attended Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Miss. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Homemakers Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Lyen and Linda Taylor, both of Frankfort; a granddaughter, Mary Katherine DeBold (Jimmy), Versailles; two great-grandchildren, James Curtis DeBold and Emily Katherine DeBold; and a brother, Viron Stratton (Betty), Lawrenceburg. A sister, Iris Stratton Willis, and a brother, Tom Stratton Jr., are deceased.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Lawrenceburg Cemetery pavilion. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Elizabeth Buckner Thomas, 89, of Lexington, widow of Allen D. Thomas, Jr., died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Unit after a long illness.

Born April 6, 1923, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Anna Mae Buckner. She was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include four children, Mary J. Benbow (Mashan), Alicia Jennings, Kathy Thomas, and William C. Thomas; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Lee Mitchell; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A son, Allen D. Thomas III, is deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 24, at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Main Street Baptist Church Building Fund. Smith & Smith Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.