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October 17, 2013



Dora G. Brooks, 83, of Lexington, formerly of Midway, widow of James Austin Brooks Sr., died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at her home.

Born in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Bessie Scruggs Guy. She was the eldest member of the Second Christian Church. She was a graduate of the Simmons High School and had worked at the Bendix Corp. and was a former employee and deputy corrections officer for the Woodford County Detention Center.

Survivors include two daughters, Marsha "Prissy" Carter, Louisville, and Elizabeth Marie "Poo" Brooks, Lexington; four sons, Albert Lewis "Redtop" Brooks, Louisville, Rodney Lee "Bull" Brooks (Nancy), Frankfort, Ronald Lee "Brooks" Brooks (JoAnn), Lexington, and Robert Glenn "BooBoo" Brooks, Frankfort; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A son, James Austin (Jimmy Jr.) Brooks; a daughter-in-law, Josephine Brooks; and a granddaughter, Ja-Maya Murphy, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Second Christian Church in Midway by the Rev. Paul Guy and the Rev. Randall Bush. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will Albert Brooks Jr., Eugene Guy, Fred Jackson, Bob Godby, Rico Brooks, and Chris Brooks. Honorary bearers will be deacons of Second Christian Church and Arnie Guy. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at Second Christian Church.

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Esther J. Fetter, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Penn Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Carl Lum and Edna Wood Antes. A retired registered nurse, she was a longtime member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, had worked at Kingís Daughters Hospital in Frankfort and at Woodford Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include three sons, James Monroe Fetter, Lexington, Christopher Wayne (Lou) Fetter, Severna Park, Md., and Martin Phillip (Lenor) Fetter, Waldorf, Md.; a sister, Helen Shatto, Harrisburg, Pa.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tim Thompson. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Friends Cemetery in Grampian, Pa.

Memorials are suggested to Methodist Home of Kentucky, the Salvation Army, or Versailles United Methodist Church.

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James Paul Kell, 70, of Versailles, husband of Mary Gail Kell, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Arizona, he was the son of the late Rev. Arthur Paul Carl and Hildegard Wilhelmina Schuetze Kell. A retired IBM employee, he was a member of Victory Lutheran Church in Lexington. Following retirement, he had worked at several local businesses, including the Versailles BP Station, and more recently at Carquest.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by a daughter, Laura Beth (Randall) Hood, Versailles; a son, Paul Karl Kell, Honolulu, Hawaii; a sister, Bethel Kell Zabell, Watertown, Wis.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 17, at Victory Lutheran Church, 2885 Rio Dosa Drive, Lexington. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Victory Lutheran Church.

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A memorial service for Marie Louise "Bit" Lacazette, who died April 9, 2013, will be held at St. Johnís Church in Versailles at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. The service will be followed by burial of her ashes in Versailles Cemetery.



Florence Neal, 91, widow of Edgar Neal, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.

Born in Hazard, she was the daughter of the late John Abbott and Oma Combs Abbott Joseph. She was a former Texas Instruments employee, and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class.

Survivors include a son, Ed Neal (Katherine), Midway; two grandchildren, Jennifer Comley (Nathan), Lexington, and Ed Neal III (Shelley), Phoenix, Ariz.; three great-grandchildren, Joshua Neal, Jack Comley, and Kate Comley; and a sister, June (Earl) Willoughby, Versailles. A son, Donald Ray Neal; a brother, Carl Abbott; a sister, Mary Joseph McCauley; and three brothers, Bob Joseph, Eugene Joseph, and Arthur Joseph, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or to the Versailles Baptist Church Building Renovation Fund.

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Blanche C. Price, 100, passed Oct. 11, 2013, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

She was born Feb. 22, 1913, in Bracktown (Fayette County), KY, to the late Smith and Maggie Carr. She professed her hope in Christ at an early age and was baptized and became a member of The First Baptist Church of Bracktown. She was the wife of the late Monroe Price of Midway and became a member of Pilgrim Baptist church where she was a member of The Missionary Society, pastorís aide and usher.

She and Monroe were blessed with two children, Vera Christy (deceased), and Vincent (Priscilla) Price. In addition to her son, she is survived by five grandchildren, Donna Carol, Verna (Ellis) Mason, Raynard (Carol) Coleman, RaMona Coleman, and Alethea Price; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins. A brother, Frank Carr, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Burial was at Camp Nelson in Nicholasville on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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