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May 23, 2013



Nora L. Albro (Dixon) died peacefully with her family surrounding her on May 13, 2013.

She was born Oct. 12, 1920, in Switzerland County, Ind., to Hazard and Bessie Albro.

She spent some years in Northern Kentucky and after school she moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she met her husband, Herb Dixon, and later had five daughters. She was an avid student of the Bible and loved the truths she learned when she became one of Jehovahís Witnesses. She dedicated her life to do Godís will on Sept. 3, 1950. In 1956 she began devoting her full-time to the ministry work and in 1993 at age 72 she learned Spanish and moved to Ecuador in order to serve as a missionary. Upon returning from Ecuador, she settled in Versailles to be near her family. Up until her death she amazed others at her ability to play any song on the piano you could name or hum in three notes. Over the years, she was privileged to travel to the Bible lands as well as all through Europe. She was quite active in Woodford County helping others to learn about Godís Kingdom and the blessings it would bring to mankind. Noraís brother, George Albro, and her two sisters, Clara Walkenhorst and Lauren Getty preceded her in death, as well as Noraís baby daughter, Linda.

She is survived by her four daughters and their husbands, June Mehrer (Alan), Janet Mundy (Michael), and Joyce Brown (Mike), all of Versailles, and Jenny Foster (Wes) of San Jose, Calif. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Alisha Book, Jeremy Brown, and Jason and Suzanne Mundy, all of Versailles, Leah Reese, Shelbyville, Joy Foster and Meredith Mundy, California, Joel Mehrer, Maine, and Yvette Slatoff, Connecticut. She was also very proud of her 12 great-grandchildren, Logan, Nicole and Hudson Book, Kate and Sophia Brown, Michael, Brittany and Jacob Mundy, Olivia and Natalie Mehrer, Vaughn and Evelyn Slatoff.

Memorial services were held Saturday, May 18, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahís Witnesses at 1324 Viley Rd., Lexington.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Frankfort, for the loving care of our dear loved one.

(Paid obituary)


Jewell Sutton Cornett, 90, of Versailles, widow of Coney Cornett, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Lewisburg, Ohio.

She was the daughter of the late Tom Sutton and Zella Combs Sutton.

Survivors include three children, Carolyn Luft, Connie (Bruce) Brown, and Bill (Nadine) Cornett; five grandchildren, Tom Luft, Lynn Luft, Holly Powell, Heather Brown, and Sarah Brown; three sisters, Pat Bradley, Barbara Smith, and Thora Parker; and a sister-in-law, Faye Sutton. Five brothers, Bufford, Joseph, Harold, John, and Paul Sutton, and three sisters, Madesta Davis, Junita Dews, and Rita Holowka, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel. Burial will follow at the John S. Combs Cemetery at Vest, Ky. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel.



Joseph Clark Hayden, 95, of Wilmore, widower of Eleanor Hayden, to whom he was married for 64 years, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

A native of Hammond, Ind., he was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy. A long-time resident of Lexington, he was retired from the Federal Aviation Administration, having installed and maintained the electronic airway navigation systems at Bluegrass Airport from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. He was a charter member of the Bluegrass Astronomical Society and the Kentucky Aviation History Roundtable. He was active in many community organizations and enjoyed reading, photography, and learning about all branches of science.

Survivors include three children, JoEllen Hayden (George Meng), Lexington, Catherine Bishop (Charles), Versailles, and David Hayden (Menda), Abbeville, La.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A grandchild, Shaun Hayden, is deceased.

A memorial service and reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at Wesley Village Retirement Center in Wilmore.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wesley Village ( or to the Primate Rescue Center (



Dorothy M. Hutchison, 92, of Scott County, widow of Raymond C. Hutchison, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Born Feb. 7, 1921, she was the daughter of the late George and Alice Leach Burberry. She was a farm wife and a member of Broadway Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Ronald (Caroline) Hutchison; two daughters, Linda (Michael) Toncray and Sandra (David McFarland) Hutchison; 10 grandchildren, Chris, Josh, Jordan, and Aaron Hutchison, Jason Toncray, Amelia Hutchison Guill, Angela Cooper, Melissa Toncray Littrell, Leigh Ann Luttrell and Joshua McFarland; numerous great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Rachel (Bob) Baldridge and Becky (Gordon) Ellings. A son, Donald Hutchison, and seven siblings, George, Paul, Charles, Donald, Clyde, and Helen Burberry, and Alice Marie Conder, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 17, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.



Mamie C. Wheat, 82, of Versailles, widow of Frank Wheat Jr., died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Hospice Care Center.

A native of Douglasville, Ga., she was a retired domestic worker who cooked for many governors and dignitaries for more than 50 years. She was also a member of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church, serving as a member of the Usher Board and the Missionary Society.

Survivors include seven children, James (Charlotte) Wheat, Thomas Wheat, Lexington, Joanna Franklin, Gary (Violet) Carter, Kevin Carter, Anthony Carter, and Jeffery Wheat; two siblings, Coy Robinson and Clara Bell Kendricks; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 18, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church by the Rev. James E. Smith. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Sharon Sacra Starnes, 60, of Midway, wife of Charles Starnes, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Born Sept. 1, 1952, in Versailles, she was the daughter of Martha Purvis and the late Herbert Sacra. She was a hairdresser.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by three sons, Todd Fetters, Matt (Chrissy) Fetters, and Charles Starnes; a daughter, Brandy Lewis; a brother, Gary (Carlos) Sacra; and seven grandchildren, Gracie, Kyle, Whitney, Chad, Olivia, Layna, and Layton.

Services were conducted Friday, May 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Carl Townsend. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Matt Popp, Bubba Starnes, Arnold Portwood, John Maybrier, Scott Sacra, and Jay Sears.


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