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January 31, 2013



Geraldine Crosthwaite Brooks, 78, of Lexington, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

Born July 11, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Sylvia (Dunn) Crosthwaite.

Survivors include five children, Alan (Linda) Wells, Lawrenceburg, Jeanie Wells, Versailles, Lucas (Karen) Wells, Sadieville, and Becky (William) Wilson and Tammie (Christopher) Cool, both of Georgetown; a brother, Dwight Crosthwaite, Lexington; two sisters, Beulah Coy, Cynthiana, and Norma Tudor, Lexington; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. Three sons, Curtis Wells, Ronnie Wells, and Hughie Wells; three grandchildren, Heather Wells, Juan Wells, and Jessie Wells; a brother, Russell Crosthwaite; and three sisters, Wanda Crosthwaite, Reba Hall and Eleanor Hensley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, by Zachary Cool. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.



Roger Keith Damron, 64, formerly of Lexington, husband of Kathryn Blount Damron, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Venice, Fla.

Born in Pikeville, he was the son of the late Jesse and Ernestine Stewart Damron. He was a member of Venice Baptist Church and a Kentucky Colonel. A graduate of UK, he was employed by the Pinkertons, Florida. On retiring, he volunteered as an artist at the Beacon House.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer (David) Precht, Florida; a son, Dr. Michael K. (Dr. Danielle) Damron, New York; two granddaughters; two sisters, Dr. Julia (Dr. Roy M., Jr.) Porter, Stilwell, Okla.; and Shayla (John L., Jr.) Mettille, Versailles; six nephews; and several cousins.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan 8.

Memorials may be made to the Venice Beacon House or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



John Anderson Ewing, Sr. died January 22, 2013, at home in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Ewing was born November 10, 1925, in Louisville, Kentucky, to the late Katherine Mae Hines Ewing and Robert Harold Ewing, Sr. Mr. Ewing is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha (Pat) Clements Ewing. Additional survivors include his brother, Anthony Hines Ewing (Carolyn) of Easton, Maryland. Mr. Ewing’s children are Dorothy E. Stagich (John), Memphis, TN, Thomas M. Ewing (Karen), Columbus, OH, Katherine E. Abruzzino, Reston, VA, John A. Ewing, Jr. (Sharon), Phoenix, AZ, Martha E. Kophazi (Stephen), Annandale, VA, and Ethel E. Rittenour (John), Piketon, OH. Mr. Ewing has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Before graduating from Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Mr. Ewing was drafted into World War II service in the Navy. He spent his service years in the South Pacific combat theater. Following his military service, he attended Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He later transferred to the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture. Mr. Ewing was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

During the early 1950s, Mr. Ewing’s career took him to Redfield Plantation in Edwards, MS. The University of Kentucky Agricultural Extension Service provided him the opportunity to return to Central Kentucky, to Mercer and Harrison Counties. He also returned to the University of Kentucky and completed a Master’s of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in 1962. Mr. Ewing joined the Lexington office of the Federal Land Bank and spent many years in farm-related financial lending.

Mr. Ewing lived in Versailles, Kentucky, for over fifty years. His community service included past chairmanship of the Woodford Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ewing also participated in the organizing board of directors for the Woodamere Swim Club. He was an active communicant of Saint Leo Catholic Church before moving to Memphis in 2012.

A memorial service was held Sunday, January 27, 2013, in the chapel at Trezevant Manor, 177 N. Highland Street, Memphis. A memorial mass will be held in Versailles, Kentucky, at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Ewing’s family suggests memorials to these organizations or a charity of the donor’s choice: Trezevant Foundation, 177 N. Highland St., Memphis, TN, 38111, Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, 10810 East 45th Street, Suite 30, Tulsa, OK 74146, St. Leo’s Church, 255 Huntertown Road, Versailles, KY, 40383, Graduate Scholarship Program, Lisa Harm Scholarship Coordinator, College of Agriculture, N6 Agricultural Science BLDG. North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.

Mr. Ewing’s family expresses many thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the VA hospitals in Memphis, TN, and Lexington, KY, as well as Trezevant Manor and Crossroads Hospice, Memphis, TN.

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Anna Mae Flora, 80, of Versailles, wife of Arthur Flora, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

Born July 12, 1932, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Graddy Wilson and Minnie Webster Wilson. She was a former employee of Woodford County Schools, where she worked as a cafeteria manager at Simmons Elementary School. She was also a member of Mortonsville Wings of Refuge Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Debbie Brown and Sandra McKinny; five grandchildren, Libby (Antoine) Reed, Calvin Morton, Marcus Brown, Lisa Coffman, and Randy (Myndall) Coffman; six great-grandchildren, Anastayzia Reed, Amariah Reed, Amarian Reed, Brittany (Eric) Dockery, Tanner Coffman, and Grace Coffman; two brothers; Jessie (Mary Lois) Wilson and Bobby (Gail) Wilson; and four sisters, Marie Currens, Peggy (Louis) Sutherland, Jonell (Carl) Smith, and Mary (Herman) Abney. A daughter, Priscilla; four brothers, Billy, Richard, Roger, and Donnie Wilson; a sister, Carolyn Ditmore; and a granddaughter, Alyssa Morton, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 31, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Pastor Martha Bowman. Casket bearers will be Calvin Morton, Antoine Reed, Marcus Brown, Lisa Coffman, Brittany Dockery, and Randy Coffman. Honarary bearers will be Libby Reed, Amarion Reed, Amariah Reed, Anastayzia Reed, Grace Coffman, and Tanner Coffman. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. today until time of the service.

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

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Ruby Milam Hamblin, 92, of Hazard, widow of Walter Hamblin, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Hospice of the Bluegrass in Lexington.

Born Oct. 11, 1920, at Forked Mouth, she was the daughter of the late Adam "Bug" Milam and Nancy Ellen Whitehead Milam. She was best known for her quilting, which she learned from her mother at age 9. She was still making quilts when she had to go into a nursing home in April 2012. She was a life-long resident of Perry County, with the exception of the last 35 years living in Lexington. She was a member of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington for the past 35 years.

Survivors include five sons, Aaron Hamblin (Linda), Versailles, Ader Hamblin (Ruth), Hyden, Amos Hamblin (Deb), Chavies, A.J. Hamblin (Pat), Krypton, and Devon Hamblin (Donna), Nicholasville; three daughters, Irma Loudin (Devon), Dayton, Ohio, Martha Hargis (Don), Lexington, and Myrtle Fugate (Cisco), Chavies; a sister, Glenna Savage, Lawrenceburg, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives. A daughter, Margaret Hamblin; three brothers, Lawrence, Hargis, and Bill Milam; and six sisters, Vickie Downing, Hester Chase, Delphia Griffin, Dorothy Bailey, Myrtle Wolfe and Sadie Milam, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday Feb. 1, at the Krypton Brethren Church by the Rev. Drew Martin, Jim Sluss and Amos Hamblin. Interment will follow in the Milam Cemetery at Colwell Fork. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Engle-Bowling Funeral Home, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Krypton Brethren Church.



Andrew Wayne Lloyd, 59, of Lexington, husband of Jane B. Lloyd, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

Born Jan. 16, 1954, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Andrew and Hazel Drake Lloyd. He received his associate degree from Louisville Bible College and attended Johnson Bible College and the Kentucky Christian University. He was employed as a butcher for Kroger for 23 years and was a member of Southland Christian Church. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, an avid sports fan, and enjoyed Civil War History, fishing, and playing golf.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Leigh Lloyd (Jesse); a niece, Julia Stivers Slusher (Robbie); a grandson, Zackary Lloyd Dunn; two step-grandchildren, Meredith and J.J.; a great-niece, Susanna Jean Slusher; and a large extended family. A sister, Orpha Jean Stivers, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 26, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Brewster McLeod. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 415 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508.



Lucille Audrey Risk McDonald, 90, of Versailles, wife of Jessie Clifton McDonald Sr., died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

Born April 10, 1922, in Stamping Ground, she was the daughter of the late George and Ollie Perry Risk. She was a homemaker and a member of Glen’s Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband of 70 years, she is survived by five daughters, Patricia (George) Faulkner, Georgetown, Wanda (Billy) Wright, Midway, Sharon (Billy) Botkins, Frankfort, Linda (Mike) Goodlett, Versailles, and Judy (Philip) Shryock, Texas; two sons, Gary (Carol) McDonald and Keith (Melisa) McDonald, both of Versailles; a sister, Martha Brown, Lexington; a brother, Freddie (Martha) Risk, Indiana; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Shelby Atkinson and Mary Helen McDonald; two sons, Ronald and Clifton "Kippy" McDonald Jr.; and two brothers, Warren Risk and Edward Risk, are deceased.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Sunset Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Todd Lester. Her grandsons will serve as casket bearers. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 31, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

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Louis T. Yount, 82, widower of Imogene Yount, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Midway.

Born in Midway, he was the son of the late Saint W. and Sarah Elizabeth Stivers Yount. He was a retired chemist with Jim Beam and National Distillers, a Midway High School graduate, Transylvania University graduate, and attended the University of Kentucky.

Survivors include a son, Louis T. "Tom" Yount Jr. (Pam), Midway; and three granddaughters, Amber Rodgers, Allison Yount, and Casey Littrell. A daughter, Deborah Ann Yount Rodgers, and a sister, Myrtle Mitchell, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, by Chaplain Rick McClung. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Ron Jenkins, Ralph Thompson, Butch Armstrong, Andy Devers, Gary Varner, and Darrell Varner.

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