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August 16, 2012



Joyce Johnson, 92, of Versailles, mother of Kim (Dennis) Swan, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.

Born Feb. 19, 1920, in Decorah, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Erik and Elizabeth Soland Bakke. She was a physical therapist.

In addition to her daughter Kim, she is survived by her daughter Susan (Kevin) Taylor, Oregon; a son, Scott Johnson, Iowa; and six grandchildren, Kate and Andrew Taylor and Laura, Travis, Kelsey and Jacob Swan.

Services will be planned for a later date. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.

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Paula Shay Eddleman Johnson, 38, of Versailles, wife of Daniel Johnson, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.

Born June 11, 1974, in Lexington, she was the daughter of Cliff and Jona Eddleman. She was a Mary Kay Consultant and attended Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a daughter, Hunter Madison Johnson, Versailles; a sister, Paige (Chris) Greene, Versailles; and her maternal grandmother, Nellie Wash, Lancaster.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 13, at Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. Adam Norsworthy. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Seth Johnson, Chris Greene, Don Sosbe, Mike Bilbrey, Vernon Wash, and Art Maloney.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hunter Madison Johnson Education Fund C/O Citizens Commerce Bank.

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Mary Elizabeth Zimmer Kinkead, 94, of Lexington, widow of Shelby C. Kinkead, to whom she was married for 55 years, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

Born June 29, 1918, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Charles Joseph Zimmer and Mary Catherine Slagel Zimmer. She graduated from Henry Clay High School and attended Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., the University of Kentucky, and was a Donovan Scholar for many years. She was a member of Christ Church Cathedral, where she served on the Altar Guild and worked with the Community Kitchen, now the Hope Center. She was a former member of the Junior League of Lexington, Idle Hour Country Club, and the Keeneland Club.

Survivors include three children, Alice C. Kinkead, Shelby C. Kinkead Jr. (Melodye), and Charles Clay Kinkead (Cynthia), all of Versailles; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Kinkead Descarpentries (Christophe), Albuquerque, N.M., Alexandra Kinkead Mason (Albert), Los Angeles, Calif., and Jonathan Kinkead (Megan) and Michelle Kinkead Fuller (Matthew), both of Hampton, Va.; five great-grandchildren, Ina and Lola Mason, Louis Descarpentries, and Logan and Addison Kinkead; two nieces, Ann Zimmer, Lexington, Andrea Zimmer, Atlanta, Ga.; and a great-niece and great-nephew, Shelby and Charles Zimmer, both of Atlanta, GA. Two brothers, Eugene Renner Zimmer and Charles Roman Zimmer; and a nephew, Eugene Shelby Zimmer, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Clinton Kinkead, Samuel Kinkead, Sidney Kinkead III, Albert Mason, Christophe Descarpentries, Bradford Slagel, and Charles Zimmer. Honorary bearers were William Bausch, Rodman Swinford, and Lowell Jackson. Milward-Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Christ Church Cathedral memorial fund, the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, or the Haven for Dogs, P.O. Box 22505, Lexington, KY 40522.



Elsie Nichols, 93, of Versailles, widow of Robert Wiley Nichols, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.

Born Aug. 24, 1918, she was the daughter of the late David and Annie Bowman Beasley.

She is survived by a son, Ronald Nichols (Lacey); a special friend, Lisa Shryock (Nickie), Versailles; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A son, Kenneth Ray Nichols; a sister, Gracie Nichols; and a brother, Elmer Beasley, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the funeral home by the Rev. Gary Maynard, the Rev. John Kesel and the Rev. Beth Ellenberg. Casket bearers will be DeWayne Nichols, Troy Nichols, Justin Shryock, John Ricketts, Tom Stone and John Crawford.

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Rob Tanner,70, of Versailles, husband of Jackie Tanner, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Born Sept. 2, 1941, in Fresno, Calif., he was the son of Dora Lawson and the late Judson Lawson. He trained American Saddlebred horses.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by four children, Dena Lopez, Kenny Lawson, Jessica Biddulph, and Jason Couch; six grandchildren; a sister, Janice Lawson; and a brother, Ernie Lawson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Crystal Yvette Wesley-Laskey, 58, of Duluth, Ga., wife of James Laskey, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of Shirley and Cleveland Wesley. She served six years as the assistant to the president, Dr. Raymond Burse, of Kentucky State University in Frankfort, where she previously earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees. She moved to Atlanta, Ga., in 1988, where she began a 17-year career at Clark Atlanta University. Initially, she served as assistant director of Cooperative Education and later as manager of the Academic Pre-Season Program. Later, she spent some time at the U.S. Dream Academy, Atlanta, where she managed the Learning Center, an after-school life skills and character development program for at risk middle school youth. Finally, she worked as program director for AARP Foundationís SCSEP Work Search Program assisting low-income seniors re-enter the job market.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two aunts, Christine (Dan Sr.) Collins and Bettye Wesley; six cousins, Dan Collins Jr., Ellis (Roslyn) Collins, Geraldine (Charles Jr.) Brown, Vivian Middleton, Phyllis Dockies, and Marilyn Collins; and many great-cousins.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 215 Douglas Avenue, Versailles. A.S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home, Decatur, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

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