PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A funeral home says former Kentucky mayor and president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Walter E. May has died.

J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home in Pikeville says May died Friday at his home. He was 81.

According to the funeral home’s website, May began his radio career as a disc jockey in 1955 and built East Kentucky Broadcasting, a group of radio stations.

May served as president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and later was elected president of the radio board of the National Association of Broadcasters.

May also was Pikeville’s mayor from 1990 to 1993 and was a longtime administrator at Pikeville Medical Center.

His funeral was scheduled for Sunday in Pikeville.

LONDON — Jeremy Heywood, a powerful government adviser who ran Britain’s civil service until illness forced him to step down, has died of cancer, the government said Sunday. He was 56.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Heywood, who died early Sunday, “worked tirelessly to serve our country.” She called his death “a huge loss to British public life.”

As Cabinet secretary since 2012, Heywood oversaw Britain’s government bureaucracy and was responsible of putting ministers’ plans into action.

He had previously been principal private secretary to Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, chief of staff to Blair’s successor Gordon Brown and Downing St. permanent secretary under Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Brown said Heywood “was a unique civil servant who may not always have agreed with proposals from ministers but always had a positive and often better alternative to offer.”

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said Heywood had advised politicians of right and left, and “none of us had the faintest idea what his politics were. He was just the perfect civil servant.”

The government announced Oct. 24 that Heywood was retiring to fight his illness and granted him the title Lord Heywood of Whitehall.