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John “Jack” M. Keith Jr., former Commonwealth Attorney, dies

John “Jack” M. Keith Jr., age 77, Versailles, formerly of Cynthiana, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at his residence.

Born on Oct. 4, 1941, in Harrison County, he was the son of the late John M. Keith Sr. and Beatrice Kitchen Keith. He was a long-time resident of Cynthiana and was active in numerous community activities. He graduated from Cynthiana High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University and a law degree from the University of Kentucky. He served as Commonwealth Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit from 1980 until his retirement. Prior to that he was Assistant Commonwealth Attorney. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was past chairman of the administrative board. He is the past president of the Cynthiana Lion’s Club and a former 25-year member of the Harrison Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, where he served as chairman of the board. During his 12-year service on the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents, he also served as vice-chairman of the board. He was a member of the Farmers National Bank Board of Directors, past president of the Harrison County Bar Association, was president of the Harrison County Community Foundation and was a member of the board of directors of the Bluegrass Community Foundation. The University of Kentucky Community College System has recognized him for his efforts in founding and developing a branch of Maysville Community College in Cynthiana. He was presented the Carroll Redford Award by the Kentucky Commonwealth Attorneys Association for community service in 1999 and was named Outstanding Commonwealth Attorney in 2004 by Attorney General Gregory Stumbo.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna Kurtz Keith; two sons, John Ashley (Laurie) Keith and Lee Andrew Keith; and six grandchildren, Harrison, Ellie, Ryan, Hayden, Hunter and Addison.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Cynthiana, by Dr. Clyde David Burberry and Doug Hampton. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Ware Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home, 1115 Ashgrove Road, Nicholasville, Ky. 40356.

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