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Couple who died in Versailles Road crash pitched in at family members’ Lexington restaurant

Cindy and Joe Beemer
Cindy and Joe Beemer

The married couple who died Wednesday in a crash on Versailles Road in Lexington were remembered Thursday by friends and family.

Joseph Beemer, 76, and Cynthia “Cindy” Beemer, 73, died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital shortly after the crash, according to the coroner’s office. The couple lived in Paducah but had been in Lexington visiting Cynthia’s daughter, Jennifer Bradford, and her husband, Matt, who run Bradford BBQ & Catering, said Stephanie Beemer Fryar of Palm Harbor, Fla., a daughter of Joseph Beemer.

Joseph Beemer was a retired vice president with U.S. Foodservice (now U.S. Foods), a food distributor in Paris, Tenn. The Beemers frequently helped the Bradfords, Fryar said.

“He and Cindy did a lot with Matt and Jennifer because they lived so close,” Fryar said. “They were always helping with some of the charity functions that Jennifer would do and in bringing their barbecue out.”

Fryar and her mother, Toby Porter Beemer, visited the crash site Wednesday.

The crash occurred about 11 a.m. Wednesday, when a woman’s inbound pickup truckhit a guardrail, the driver overcorrected, and the pickup moved into the outbound lane and collided head-on with the Beemers’ pickup, Lexington police Sgt. Ann Welch said. The other driver’s name hasn’t been released. She was seriously injured.

Some relatives of the Beemers took to the Facebook page for Bradford BBQ & Catering to remember them.

“Yesterday our parents were tragically killed in a fatal crash on Versailles Road,” the post read.

The post said the funeral process will be prolonged because of the crash investigation. The post also thanked friends and family for their support, prayers and thoughts. The restaurant and market, in the Zandale Shopping Center, will be closed until at least Tuesday, the Bradfords said in their post.

The Bluegrass Food Truck Association also expressed condolences on Facebook.

“Very sad news from Bradford BBQ. Matt and Jennifer have been instrumental in the food truck community in Lexington,” the post read. “Let’s show them some love.”

Fryar said her father kept busy in retirement.

“My dad cut yards and spent his retirement helping whomever he could,” Fryar said. “He loved doing that in the summertime, when it was warm. He did it for anybody who needed it.”

Aside from Stephanie Fryar, Joseph Beemer had four other children: daughters Gina and Angela, and a son, Joe Jr., a sergeant 1st class in the Army; he is deployed in Kosovo. He was on his way back to the States. Another daughter, Natalie, died in April in Paducah.

Cindy also had a son, John.

Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Paducah is handling arrangements.

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