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June 10, 2010



Josephine Deaton, 82, of Versailles, formerly of Hazard, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Perry County, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Allie Davenport Deaton and had resided in Versailles for the past eight years. She was a retired Perry County deputy court clerk, a former employee of the Perry County Board of Education, and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Claudeca (Murray) Clark and Pat Niceley, both of Versailles; a sister, Evangeline (Ed) White, Hazard; two grandchildren, Tommy Niceley, Elizabethtown, and Jodianne (Aaron) Broomall, Fort Thomas; and a great-grandchild, Allette Broomall. A granddaughter, Allison Niceley, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, June 4, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Hazard.

Memorials are suggested to the Sanders Brown Center for Aging, 800 South Limestone Street Lexington, KY 40536.

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George Harold Helton, 79, of Frankfort, husband of Dr. Brenda Jean "B.J." Helton, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at his home.

Born Sept. 22, 1930, in Oil Springs, he was the son of the late Dewey and Nettie (Caudill) Helton. He was a certified public accountant and an Army veteran of Korea. At Oil Springs High School, he was class valedictorian, class president and editor of the yearbook. After high school, Mr. Helton enlisted in the Air Force and later served a second tour of military service with the Army in Korea. Between military tours of duty, he earned a B.S. in accounting at the University of Kentucky. He was honored for his recovery work with the Internal Revenue Service and selected to audit European embassies. He earned his CPA license in 1965 and went into private practice. He maintained accounting offices in Paintsville, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Berea, Lexington, Frankfort, and Versailles and served on the State Board of Accountancy, three Kentucky gubernatorial campaigns, and served as two-term chairman of the Kentucky State Board of Tax Appeals and chairman of the Board of Regents at Kentucky State University. He also served as a deacon at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church and was a member of the UK Fellows Society.

In addition to his wife of 33 years, he is survived by a son, Matthew Helton, Lexington; two daughters, Kelly Michelle Helton (Jonathan Mays), Frankfort, and Mandy "Sam" Helton, Lexington; two grandchildren, Annie and Nathan Mays; a former spouse Jerry Ann Helton, of Lexington, and two sisters, Cynthia Whitt, Paintsville, and Virginia Wolfe, Proctorville, Ohio. Two brothers, Dewey Helton Jr. and John C. Helton, and a sister, Irene Vance, are deceased.

A celebration of life service will be conducted Saturday, June 12, at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a memorial service at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army/ Frankfort Office, 517 Greenup Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601, or the Deacons’ Benevolence Fund of South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, 224 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



Norman Douglas "Doug" Hippe, 71, of Frankfort, husband of Diana Jenkins Hippe, died Monday, June 7, 2010.

Born March 21, 1939, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Lillian Gordon Hippe. He was a 1961 graduate of Morehead State University with a degree in business administration. He was vice-president in charge of accounting at Investors Heritage for over 38 years.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by his children, Johnathan Douglas Hippe and Melinda Carol (Bradley) Chase, both of Frankfort, and Gordon Howard (Jill Young) Hippe, Cincinnati; six grandchildren, Julia Diana Triplett, Joshua Edward Chase, Amelia Katherine Chase, Kirstyn Jayne Hippe, Grace Kendyl Gayle Hippe, and Kathryn Lane Hippe; two sisters, Elizabeth (Howard) Graham and Candace Sacre, both of Frankfort. A son, Jeffrey Marshall Hippe, and a granddaughter, Kennedy Grace Hippe, are deceased.

A life celebration service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, June 10, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Pastor Rick Long. Casket bearers will be Howard Graham, Eddie Gordon, Carey Graham, Joshua Chase, Jeremy Triplett, and Bradley Chase. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass. Condolences may be made at



Mark-Thomas Tye McKeehan, Ed.D., Ph.D., formerly of Versailles, (aka Mark Mason Downey), died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at his home in Cape Coral, Fla. He was 42 years of age.

He was the son of Jeanette Downey Fritz and the late Sam Downey, formerly of Versailles.

He is survived by one sister, Shelley Downey Consolo (Jason Consolo); one nephew, Elliot Consolo; his stepfather, Albert Fritz; his faithful companion, Rob Frederick, with whom he shared his home and "zoo" of Brandon the dog, GiGi the marmoset monkey, Caesar the bird, and Kermit the frog, all of Cape Coral, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Virginia (Danny) Means, Versailles, Kenny (Melanie) Smith, Lexington, Patsy Barnes, Umatella, Fla, and Paul (Linda) Downey, Versailles.

He was the grandson of the late Ben and Geneva Downey and Victor and Edna Smith.

A graduate of Woodford County High School, "Dr. Tye" was passionate about education, with degrees from Kentucky State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Barry University. He was an ordained priest and a Kentucky Colonel. He was a Golden Apple finalist while teaching in Lee County, Fla., Public Schools.

Services will be held in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Autism Speaks or your favorite charity.

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Dovie Tipton Taylor, 68, of Versailles, wife of Gentry Taylor, formerly of Winchester, died Thursday, June 3, 2010.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Kathleen Tipton, Versailles; six sisters, Rosemary Abrams, Toni Davis, and Ida Smith, all of Versailles, Judy Way, Georgetown, and Loretta Ratliff Campton and Mildred Snyder, both of Lexington; three brothers, Mike Tipton, Versailles, Thomas Tipton Jr., Lexington, and Sammy Tipton, Lawrenceburg. Her father, Thomas Tipton, and two infant sisters are deceased.

Private services were held. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

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Marie Purvis Winters, 76, of Frankfort, widow of William "Bill" McClain, Walter "Frenchie" Gray, and Charles M. Winters, died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at her residence.

A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Dewey and Minnie Pearl Raney Purvis. She was a retired employee of the old Lee-McClain Company in Shelbyville, having worked there as a seamstress for over 25 years. A member of Shelby Christian Church, her memberships also included the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and she also enjoyed crafts, bingo and dancing.

Survivors include a son, Scott McClain (Karen), Versailles; a daughter, Patsy Gray Lewis (Toby), Taylorsville; a sister, Dorothy "Dotsie" Roberts, Shelbyville; and five grandchildren, Steven McClain, Lexington, Nolan Lewis, Taylorsville, and Melinda McClain and Lindsey Whitworth, both of Versailles, and Morgan Whitworth, Taylorsville.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, June 10, at Hall-Taylor Funeral Home, Shelbyville, by the Rev. Kenneth Shouse. Interment will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.



Keli Lauren Wilson, 22, of Lawrenceburg, died Sunday, June 6, 2010, from injuries received in auto accident in Boone County.

Born Feb. 7, 1988, in Lexington, she was the daughter of Jeff and Tammie Peyton Wilson of Lawrenceburg. She lived in Versailles before moving to Lawrenceburg in the eighth grade. She most recently worked as a personal assistant for a family and was attending Bluegrass Community College in Lexington. She was a 2006 graduate of Anderson County High School, where she was a former cheerleader and a member of the Champions Cheerleading. She attended the Lawrenceburg Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a son, Landon Luke Levenson, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Whitney Gale Wilson, Lawrencburg; a brother, Jeffrey Todd Wilson II, Lawrenceburg; her maternal grandparents, Michael L. and Sandra M. Peyton, Lexington; her maternal great-grandfather, Nick Meccariello, Lexington; her paternal grandparents, Don and Dorothy Wilson, Lexington; a cousin, Jackie Deeringer, Lexington; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 11, at Hope Community Church, 5930 U.S. Hwy 127 S, Frankfort, by Bro. Vernon Huber. Burial will follow in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, June 10, at the church. Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Landon Levenson Trust Fund, c/o Community Trust Bank, 101 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.



Charlie Wright, 53, of Stamping Ground, husband of Lisa Graves Wright, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at Georgetown Community Hospital.

Born July 25, 1956, in Versailles, he was the son of Orlie B. Wright Sr., Stamping Ground, and the late Artie Mae Coyle Wright. He was a farmer and retired from the Kentucky Horse Park. He was a member of Corinth Christian and active in 4-H Kids and 4-H Goat Club.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by a son, Tommy (Rashe) Wright, Stamping Ground; a daughter, Carlie Wright, Stamping Ground; a grandson, Austin Wright; a brother, Jr. (Vicki) Wright, Stamping Ground; and two sisters, Fay Hart, Owingsville, and Paula Anderson, Stamping Ground.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 11, at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, by Pastor Heath Sherman. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. Casket bearers will be David Coyle, Terry Coyle, Jimmy Coyle, Randy Wise, Kevin Kidwell, Ricky Darnell, Allen Finch, Jerry Wright, and Troy Hoover. Honorary bearers will be Everett Lee, Estill Lee, Stevie Lee, Gary Tackett, Bruce Tackett, Mark Singer, Chris Smedley, Burford Feltner, Neil Riggs, Gene Burge, Gary Hoffman, Scott Hoffman, Bill Stark, Don Meeks, Bill Stevens, Buzz Wise, and Charlie Wogman. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, June 10, at the funeral home.

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