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Lanham, wife owned newspaper for 11 years

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE – A former owner of The Pioneer News passed away recently.

     James Matthew Lanham, 93, died on Thursday, July 11, at Regency Health Care Center.

     Lanham, along with his wife Louise, owned and operated The Pioneer News from Sept. 26, 1966, until Nov. 10, 1977.

     He was a native of Marion County, a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 157 and a former member of the Bullitt County Board of Education.

     Lanham was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; his parents, Effie and William Lanham; and all of his siblings.

     He is survived by his daughter, Ann Wiley of Shepherdsville; grandchildren, Teresa (James) Melody and Matthew Wiley; great-grandchildren, Alexandria (Robert) Starks and Alisha Melody; and a great-great-granddaughter, Maggie Mae Starks.

     Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Maraman Billings Funeral Home in Shepherdsville was in charge of arrangements.