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February 9, 2012



Abram Buchanan Addams, 19, of Versailles, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

Born Dec. 12, 1992, in Lexington, he was the son of Abe and Kim Addams of Versailles. He was a freshman at Bluegrass Community Technical College, a graduate of Woodford County High School Class of 2011, and an avid motocross enthusiast and competitor.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by four sisters, Dakota Buchanan Addams, Isabelle Buchanan Addams, Olivia Buchanan Addams, and Grace Buchanan Addams, all of Versailles; three brothers, Kienan Anthony Franklin, Lexington, and Isaac Buchanan Addams and Samuel Buchanan Addams, both of Versailles; his maternal grandparents, Charles and Virginia Rowe, Cincinnati; and his paternal grandparents, Abe Addams Sr., Elizabethtown, and Betty L. Catlett, Louisville.

Services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Woodford Community Christian Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 9, at the church. Interment services in Midway Cemetery will be private.

Contributions are suggested to the Abram B. Addams Scholarship Fund at Kentucky Bank, 520 Marsailles Road, Versailles, KY 40383 (859-873-9402).

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Rita Kay Jewell Bartlett, 54, of Versailles, wife of Earl Robert "Tommy" Bartlett, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at her home.

Born in Wilmore, she was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Essie Fay Starnes Jewell. She had been a dietitian at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Steven (Tanya) Jewell, Harrodsburg; a sister, Teresa (Terry) Lowery, Harrodsburg; a brother, Gerald Jewell, Lexington; and two grandchildren, Lauren and William Jewell. A brother, Jeff Jewell, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Robert Proctor. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jim Bartlett, Steven Workman, Walter Lowery, Sophia Lowery, Anthony Lee Bartlett, and Tony Rice. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday until time of service.

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Walter Kenneth Bernhardt, 88, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly a longtime resident of Versailles, widower of Barbara Bernhardt, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.

He was a Purple Heart recipient for his military service during World War II with the U.S. Army, 271st Infantry Regiment, 69th Division. He was a 50-year business veteran of the petroleum refining industry and a member and elder of the Versailles Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include four children, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 8, at French Mortuary, Albuquerque, N.M. Interment was in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Presbyterian Church or any organization benefiting U.S. Armed Forces veterans, Wounded Warriors, or the USO.



Jean Carol Fryman Criswell, 77, of Frankfort, wife of Norman Dale Criswell, died Saturday, Feb, 4, 2012, at the Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Born Sept. 30, 1934, in Harrison County, she was the daughter of the late John T. and Mary Edna Landrum Fryman. She was a member of the Curry United Methodist Church, attended the First United Methodist Church of Frankfort, and was a member of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Ladies Church Circle. She was a retired accountant for the Kentucky State Historical Society.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Steven Dale (Karen) Criswell, Frankfort; a daughter, Sharon (Richard) Moloney, Lexington; a sister, Nancy (Logan) Louderback, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Zachary Dale Criswell, Jordan Thomas (Whitney) Criswell, and Samantha Ellan Criswell. A brother Willard Thomas "Buddy" Fryman, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home, Cynthiana, by the Rev. Jackson Brewer and the Rev. John Woodford. Burial will follow in the Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana. Casket bearers will be Alan Marsh, Paul Marsh, Doug Louderback, Zachary, and Jordan and Samantha Criswell. Honorary bearers will be Todd Childers, Matthew and Lauren Louderback, Beth Conover, and Mary Ann Gareis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Curry United Methodist Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.



Maurice "Maury" Marshall Donovan, 90, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Wilmington, Del., husband of Freda Donovan, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.

Born Jan. 17, 1922 in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Charles Stokley and Mollie Marshall Donovan. He graduated from Nakomis High School in Venice, Fla., in 1939 and attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served in southern France and North Africa. Maury began working for the DuPont Company before voluntarily joining the U.S. Navy. After his military service, he returned to work at DuPont, where he retired after 40 years. He was a life member of both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed creating caricatures for many DuPont Company retirement announcements, deep sea fishing, gardening, and singing with his barbershop quartets and choruses. During his 25 years of singing, he performed at different venues, including Carnegie Hall and the 1964 New York World’s Fair. One quartet, "The Melloaires," was Mid-Atlantic District Champion in 1951. He was a founding member of the West Chester, Pa., chapter of the Barbershop Singing of America.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Maureen Donovan Carman (William), Versailles, Sharon Donovan Coffman (John), Kansas City, Mo., and Carole Donovan Pugh (James), Northbrook, Ill.; two cousins, Justine Kitchen (William) and Adrian Donovan (Martha); nine grandchildren, William (Dan) Carman, William (Drew) Carman, Sarah Carman Behler, Dane Broadie, Scott Coffman, Amy Coffman, Michael (Mike) Pugh, Andrew (Andy) Pugh, and Kelsey Pugh; and two great-grandsons, William (Will) Carman and Benton (Ben) Carman. His half-brother, Lewis Donovan, is deceased.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Onaga Cemetery in Onaga, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice, Kansas City, Mo.; the American Legion; the V.F.W.; or charity of one’s choice. Memorials may be sent in care of the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 312, Onaga, KS, 66521.

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Mary Lou Greenup Freedman, 85, of Lexington, widow of James R. Freedman, M.D., died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at her home.

Born Nov. 10, 1926, in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late George Wallace and Mabel Dennison Greenup. She grew up on a farm on Paynes Mill Road in Woodford County. After living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Louisville, and Bowling Green, in 1956 she moved with her husband and four children to Lexington, where she helped her husband establish his medical practice in obstetrics and gynecology. She delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, enjoyed her quilting group, painting, and working in her yard and flower garden.

Survivors include three sons, James R. (Billie) Freedman Jr., Danville, Gregory A. (Betty) Freedman, Lexington, and Lawrence Freedman, Scranton, Pa.; a daughter, Julie Dunn, Lexington; two sisters, Cynthia (Mitch) Alcorn, Lexington, and Norma (Pat) Miller, Frankfort; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A brother, George Wallace "Bud" Greenup, and a grandson, James R. Freedman III, are deceased.

A funeral Mass was conducted Friday, Feb. 3, at Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, by the Rev. Gino Donatelli.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Charles "Charlie" Howard, 84, of Lexington, husband of Readth Howard, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at his home.

Born March 3, 1927, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late John Wallace and Lena Phillips Howard. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from IBM.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two stepdaughters, Stephanie Venters and Sharon Meek; four step-grandchildren; a great-step-granddaughter; a brother, Richard Dale Howard, Scott County; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Marion and Mildred; and five brothers, John Alan, Elmo, Jim, Bobby and Joe, are deceased.

No services are scheduled at this time.

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Lillie Miranda Spivey "Tinker" Reynolds, 42, of Versailles, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at her home.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Douglas Woodrow and Virgie Marie Barrett Spivey.

Survivors include a daughter, Kelly Reynolds, who serves in the U.S. Marines Corps; three sons, Justin (Erica) Reynolds, Versailles, Thomas (Ashley) Reynolds, Harrodsburg, and Danny (Brandy Hurst) Reynolds, Lexington; five sisters, Debbie Dillingham, Alvona Brewer, and Virginia Soard, all of Versailles, Jackie McGohon, Florida, and Naomi Spivey, Lexington; and eight grandchildren. A sister, Marcella Spivey, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Frank Layne. Cremation will follow services. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.

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Nellie Morea VanMeter, 90, of Versailles, formerly of Harrodsburg, widow of Dorsey Bradford, Landon Daugherty, and James S. VanMeter, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Heritage Hall Care Center, Lawrenceburg.

Born Dec. 25, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Neff and Bertie (Jones) Clark. She was a retired Progressive Farmer Magazine salesperson and a member of Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Bradford, Harrodsburg, and James M. Bradford, Louisville; a brother, Charles Clark, Lawrenceburg; five grandchildren, Michael Bradford, Chris Bradford, Lorissa Smith, Jamie Bradford, and Lisa Bradford; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Three brothers and four sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, by George Dye. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. Casket bearers were Michael Bradford, Brian Justice, Kyle Porteous, Chris Bradford, Travis Bradford, and Andrew Bradford.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cardinal Hill, the Versailles Police Department or Kids’ Christmas Fund.

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Betty Sue Wilson, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Hawthorn Glen Nursing home in Hamilton, Ohio.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Nellie Renfro. She was a graduate of Good Samaritan School of Nursing, went to work at VA Hospital in Lexington, the Eastern State Hospital, and the Frankfort State Hospital and School. She retired from teaching at the Appalachian School of Nursing Program at the Central Kentucky Vocational School in 1986. She was a former member of Arlington Christian Church and Broadway Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan (Randy) Gray; a granddaughter, Allison Gray; and a niece and nephew, Katherine Shellee Hein and R. Parrish Renfro. A brother, Robert J. Renfro, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 4, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1065 Dove Run Road, Lexington, KY 40502, Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420, or the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.


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