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May 8, 2008



William Breckenridge "Billy B." Brown, 84, of Versailles, widower of Margaret Holman Brown, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at the VA Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Feb. 10, 1924, in Versailles, he was the son of the late James and Hattie Chapman Brown. Mr. Brown was the owner of Billy Brown’s Garage in Versailles for over 50 years and was a member of the McDonald’s Breakfast Club. He was also a World War II Veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps.

Mr. Brown is survived by his son, James T. Brown of Alexandria, Va.; a granddaughter, Sara K. Brown of Falls Church, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Audrey Moore of Frankfort and Christine Woodruff of San Diego, Calif.; a niece, Bobbe Molette of Tucson, Ariz.; and a nephew, Barry Brandenburg of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his sister, Pauline "Polly" Brandenburg and brother, Robert F. Brown.

A memorial gathering of family and friends was held Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

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Walter Dean Campbell, 59, of Lexington, husband of Billie Jean Campbell, died Sunday, April 27,2008.

He was the son of the late Beatrice and Bradley Campbell.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Walter Campbell and Curtis Campbell; three daughters, Jennifer Smith, Beatrice Campbell, and Frona Campbell; and eight grandchildren. A sister, Betty Holliman, and a brother, Johnny Campbell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 30. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens.



Helen Hall Carl, 83, of Versailles, widow of Henry M. Carl, died Thursday, May 1, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born Sept. 4, 1924, in Coeburn, Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry and Ethel Meade Hall. She was a retired teacher and professor, having taught in the Woodford County School System and at the University of Montevallo, Alabama. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, a graduate of Mary Washington College, and received her master’s and doctorate of education from the University of Kentucky.

Survivors include two sons, Henry D. Carl, Versailles, and Harry H. (Gloria) Carl, Florida; and two grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Flick.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, May 6, at the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. John Brandon. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Charles Downey Jr., 61, of Frankfort, died Thursday, May 1, 2008.

Born Aug. 24, 1946, he was the son of the late Ella Juanita Casto Downey and Charles Downey Sr.

Survivors include a sister, Alma Lorraine (Jack) Lancaster, Frankfort; a brother, Michael Edward Downey, Frankfort; his stepmother, Bette Downey, Frankfort; four nieces, Tammy Sandifer (Richard), Frankfort, Lisa Spain, Georgia, Amy (Paul) Sepulveda, Frankfort, and Teresa McClease, Shelbyville; two nephews, Greg Lancaster, Florida, and Michael Edward Downey Jr., Louisville; four great-nieces, Amanda Sandifer, Ella Juanita Andrade, and Amber McClease; five great-nephews, James Sandifer, Gerren Spain, Jacob Hood, Kenton Lancaster, and Bradley McClease; and a sister, Francis Louise Downey.

Services were conducted Monday, May 5, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort.

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Clay Edward Guy Jr., 63, of Midway, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital Emergency Room.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Clay Edward Sr. and Virginia Bush Guy. He was a retired groomer at Middlebrook Farm and was a member of the Historic Second Christian Church in Midway.

Survivors include a son, Christopher Townsend, South Carolina; three sisters, Mary (Barry) Roberts, Lexington, Effie Edwards, Lexington, and Virginia Guy, Lexington; a brother, Alfred Guy, Midway; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Roy Guy and Maurice Guy, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 3, at the Historic Second Christian Church in Midway by the Rev. Edgar Wallace. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Al Kennedy, Garner Kennedy, Norris Ingulls, James Garner, William Brooks, Aaron Hamilton, Robert Bradshaw Sr., and Fred Jackson. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Margaret Murray Fleming Kahn, 82, wife of Albert "Whitey" Kahn, died Monday, May 5, 2008, at theSt. Joseph Hospital.

Born Aug. 10, 1925, in Yonkers, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine Murray Fleming. She held many career positions in her life including working with the National Conference of Christians and Jews in New York City, various charity and school fundraising activities, and was an ordained deacon at South Presbyterian Church in Yonkers, N.Y., at the age of 21, being the youngest female deacon in the church at that time. She was a member of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church in Lexington.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by a son, Charles Albert (Melissa) Kahn; a daughter, Catherine Eva Kahn (Jon) DePentu; three grandchildren, Anthony Lee Kahn, Margaret Ann DePentu, and Elizabeth Diane DePentu; a nephew, Andrew E. Fleming; and six cousins. A brother, Andrew Fleming Jr.; and an uncle, William A. Murray, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Diane Baldwin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 8.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association, 1636 Nicholasville Road, Suite 1, Lexington, KY 40503, or Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, 180 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY 40508.



Jesse Elizabeth Keeling, 23, of Louisville, died Saturday, May 3, 2008.

Born Dec. 7,1984, in Louisville, she was the daughter of Donna L. Keeling and Robert L. Keeling. She attended Male High School, where she was a member of the softball and cross country teams and was active in the chorus. She graduated from Male High School in 2003 and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University in May of 2007. At WKU, she was a member of the Dynamic Leadership Institute, a member of the Delta Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta and was a Little Sister of the Eta Rho Chapter of Sigma Nu. She spent a junior semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, and also traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where she helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity. She was most recently enrolled in the WKU master’s program in school psychology.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Robert Levi Keeling; her grandparents, Julia L. and Donald S. Schalk; a great-aunt, Ruth Scruggs; her aunts and uncles, Donna M. Keeling, Ruth and Rick Shearer and Martha and Jim Eberenz; seven cousins, Betsy Schroeder, Jessica and Jason Schroeder, Jeannie and Brenden Eberenz and Kate and Lee Shearer; and her longtime boyfriend, Alex Edwards, Versailles. Her grandparents, Jean and Robert L. Keeling Sr., are deceased

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 7, at Epiphany Church, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road, Anchorage. Pearson-Ratterman Funeral Home, Middletown, was in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Jesse Keeling Scholarship Fund, in care of College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY 42101.



Ryan Scott Wilson Wright, 25, of Versailles, died Friday, May 2, 2008, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Galesburg, Ill., he was the son of Tom Wright and Tricia Wilson Wright. He was an employee of Pizza Hut in Versailles.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Nikki Wright, Lexington; a niece, Madison Wright; numerous aunts and uncles; and his grandparents, Billy and Pat Wilson and John and Lulubelle Wright of Illinois. His grandmother, Mary Lee Wilson, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Dr. Wesley Noss. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials suggested to New Hope Baptist Church, Ryan Wright Trust Fund, 3825 Tyrone Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.

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