Mercer County Obituaries



Note: Obituaries listed below indicating they did not appear in

the Harrodsburg Herald are due to the fact that out-of-town funeral homes,

particularly those in Lexington and Danville,

have become very lax in

sending the information to the local paper.



"And now, mourn not, for a good, fulfilling life,

we are stepping through the garden gate

 into the next adventure."






     Mark Allen Williams, 51, of Harrodsburg, died Monday July 25, 2016 at the Haggin Memorial Hospital, Harrodsburg.

     Born September 26, 1964, in San Diego, CA, he was the son of Carolyne Moore Williams and the late Clark Williams.

     He was a Navy veteran and the owner and operator for Cool Rides upholstery shop in Lexington.

     Mark is survived by: his girlfriend, Allison Cox of Harrodsburg; two daughters, Samantha (Aaron) Morgan of Emory, TX and Kaylyn M. (Kenny J.) Nunez of Yanks, TX; mother, Carolyne (Moore) Williams; a sister, Kris Laborin of Tucson, AZ and four grandchildren.

     Memorial services are to be scheduled for a later date.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at






     Jane Bass Brown, 87, mother of Kent (Stephanie) Brown and Sarah (Wid) Winner, died earlier this year in Florida.

     A gathering of friends and family will be held 2–3 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2016, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Memorials are suggested to the Jane Bass Brown Memorial Fund, Mercer County Public Library, 109 W. Lexington St., Harrodsburg, KY, 40330.

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)









     Jim (James Newton) Cinnamon, 79, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. As was his wish, his last days were spent at his home, Swimming Bear Lodge in Cherry Log, Ga., surrounded by family.

     Born December 5, 1935, in Mercer County, he was the son of James and Hazel Cinnamon. He graduated from Salvisa High School in 1953, where he played varsity basketball. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from September 1953 to September 1956. After boot camp, he was stationed in Korea and The Philippines, returning to the US to serve as a Drill Instructor. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Ky., enrolled in college at the University of Kentucky, and married the first love of his life, Carolyn June Goodlett (also of Mercer County) on December 28, 1957.

     Jim began his career in the hotel industry at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville. While in Louisville, Jim’s and Carolyn’s sons Greg and Scott were born. Jim’s career was on the rise and he was given even more responsibility resulting in moves with his young family to Boston, Providence, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cincinnati and back to Louisville with Sheraton and then Marriott.

     Jim struggled with Carolyn’s death in 1984 and became an employed vagabond taking positions with various hotels on the East Coast while trying to come to grips with her death.

     He finally landed at Choice Hotels in Baltimore in the late 1980s. It was there that Jim met Mary Ellen Baileys. Initially a kind and caring friendship, Jim and Mary bonded over shared interests and experiences, as Mary had suffered the tragic loss of her beloved daughter Megan. Friendship turned into love and Jim married the second love of his life, Mary, on July 7, 1991.

After a few more years in Baltimore, they moved to Memphis, and then back to Louisville until 2010 when they moved to North Georgia, fulfilling a life-long dream to live in the woods. Having retired years earlier, Jim enjoyed tinkering at Swimming Bear Lodge, spending time with family, taking his dog Mac for long walks around the property, and fishing when he could. 

     Jim was full of spit and vinegar and was keen to provide a good life for his family. He sacrificed of himself to make sure that all he loved had every opportunity. Although not always the most vocal, he demonstrated his love by doing for those he loved.

     He unwaveringly believed what he believed and was happy to share his opinion on all things, without prompting, with all within earshot. A child of the depression, he was tight with the dollar, but indulged his interests in Native American art and the lottery when he could. Jim was proud of his service in his beloved Corps, even when military service was not popular.

     A lifelong Kentucky Wildcat fan, he reveled in the Cats’ 2014-2015 undefeated regular season and quest to go 40-0 and win the National Championship. Before he was diagnosed, Jim was already scouring the Wildcat blogs, catching up on the new recruiting class and settling in for the next campaign.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife Mary, include: one son, Greg Cinnamon; his stepchildren, Eileen, Sean, Kathy, Dan and Marianne; one sister, Gilda, and grandchildren Taylor, Kendal, Andrea, Gabriella, Kylie, Daniel and Maddie.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Carolyn, and his son Scott.

     Memorial services were held at Jeffersontown Christian Church in Jeffersontown on Saturday, August 1, 2015, where Jim’s family and friends remembered and celebrated his life.

     Through it all, he did it his way. And that was the main thing. Semper Fidelis.


(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)



     Briana Logan Coffman, 21, of Mercer County, died Thursday, July 21, 2016.

     Born May 10, 1995 in Danville, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Jewel Coffman White.

     She was 2014 graduate of Mercer County Senior High School and a former employee of Jim Beam Distillery.

     Survivors, in addition to her mother, include: maternal great-grandmother Myrtle Lewis of Harrodsburg; her maternal grandmother Mary Judy Lewis of Harrodsburg; her maternal grandfather John Cox of Danville; one brother, Bryson White; two sisters, Alana Coffman and Kya White, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

     Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Michael Grubbs, John Carr, Johnathan King, Gary Smith, Allexis Hendren and Devin Bottoms.

     Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Fraley, Staffond Trigg and Robert Dean Jr.

     Visitation will be Friday, July 29, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)



     Freda June Ellis Curtsinger, age 73, of Willisburg, passed away at 7:15 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown.

     A native of Rose Hill, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Homer and Daisy Ellis.

     She was a member of the Willisburg Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Sylvania-Osram Glass Company. She enjoyed cleaning her home and caring for her family. She enjoyed mowing the lawn, gardening and always had the most beautiful flower beds. Freda will long be remembered for her many talents as a cook.

     Preceding her in death was a son, Joe Allen Coulter, a grandson, Jason Thomas Curtsinger; two brothers, James Ernest Ellis and Floyd Ellis and two sisters, Jeanette Jaynes and Betty Montgomery.

     Survivors include: her husband of thirty-eight years, Billy Frank Curtsinger; a daughter, Debbie Tyler (Steve) of Harrodsburg; three sons, Danny Curtsinger (Marian) of Lebanon, Richie Curtsinger (Stephanie) and Waylon Curtsinger (Jenny) of Willisburg; ten grandchildren, Billie Jo Stephens, Christy Jo Yaste, Kyle Curtsinger, Austin Curtsinger, Brian Powers, Christopher Powers, Samuel Powers, Cody Powers, Kayla Jacobs and Joe David Jacobs; six great-grandchildren, Arryana Yaste, Tyler Stephens, Alexis Yaste, Ayden Stephens, Peyton Powers and Greyson Powers; a sister, Edith Curtsinger of Lebanon; a brother, Eddie Ellis (Nancy) of Richmond; special friends, Bonnie Scruggs, Carol Sharp and Wanda Thompson and her beloved pet, Tubby.

     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 24, at the Willisburg Baptist Church with Rev. J.W. Hatfield, the church pastor, officiating. He will be assisted by Carl Stumph.

     Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg.

     Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Richie Curtsinger, Ayden Stephens and Jim Young.

     Casket bearers will be Billy Joe Yaste, Kyle Curtsinger, Austin Curtsinger, Danny Curtsinger, Waylon Curtsinger and Tyler Stephens.

     Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Saturday at the Carey & Son Funeral Home and after 12:30 Sunday at the church.

     Carey & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the July 28, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



     James Matthew “Matt” Darland, 21, of Harrodsburg, died Thursday, July 21, 2016,

     Born November 3, 1994, in Boyle County, he was the son of Tim Darland and Lisa Miller (Kevin) Jordan, all of Harrodsburg.

     He was a graduate of Mercer County Senior High School, was attending Campbellsville University, recently received his Phlebotomy certification and was also an employee of Pizza Hut.

     Survivors, in addition to his parents, include: one son, Brantley Darland of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Tabitha (Spencer) Conover and Lexi Darland, both of Harrodsburg; four brothers, Timmy (Chasaty) Darland and Jeremy Ross, both of Harrodsburg, Jason Keeler of Louisville and Clint Coffman of Lexington; maternal grandmother, Barbara Coffey of Harrodsburg, and paternal grandfather, James Darland of Harrodsburg.

     He was preceded in death by grandparents, Jerry Miller and Dorothy Ashton.

     Funeral services were held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Aaron Warner officiating.  Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Blake Bandy, Brian Baker, “Big” Mike Aubrey, Zac Wiley, Chris Linton and Landon Miller. Honorary bearers were Dustin Turner, Matt Johnson, Hunter Harrison, Jordan Baker, Conner Harris, Brendon Robinson, Josh Reed, Austin “Bubbles” Lathrem, Courtney Boswell, John Rogers, Jamie Yeager, Wesley Taylor, Shane Briscoe, Norris Yeast, Jonathon King, Tim Lewis, John Luke “Cookie” Hullings, Mike White, Matt Hall, Cody Freeman and Pizza Hut family.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)



     Jacob Alexander Frick-Trigg, 17, of Harrodsburg, died Thursday, July 21, 2016, as a result of an automobile accident in Boyle County.

     Born September 27, 1998, in Lexington, he was the son of William Trigg and Amy Frick-Trigg. He attended the Mercer County School System and graduated from Washington County High School in 2016, he was a floor operator of Kango Inflatables and Sports Complex in Danville and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bracktown in Lexington.

     Survivors, in addition to his parents, include: four sisters, Kennedy King of Lexington, Cassy Trigg and Keyava Trigg of Harrodsburg and Jessica (Zach) Jacobs of Danville; two brothers, L.J. Trigg of Harrodsburg and Isaiah Wilkinson Jr. of Nicholasville; one uncle, Staffond “Uncle Bread” Trigg, Harrodsburg; one aunt, Jennifer Bradshaw, Harrodsburg, and two nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his two grandmothers, Joanne Fuller and Rose Dixon.

     Funeral services were conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Sims Funeral Services with Brock Sims officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation Wednesday, July 27 at Sims Funeral Services.

     Pallbearers were Derek Edelen, Jacob “Squatch” Eades, Zach Jacobs, Timmy Porter, Chris Linton, James Lee “Booger” Taylor, Luke Helton, Devin Carpenter and Dylan Logue.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)





     Stephen St. John Kephart, 57, of Danville, died Friday July 22, 2016.

     Born January 8, 1959, in Middlesboro, he is the son of Starling Ann Jordre Kephart and the late F. W. Kephart. Stephen was a member of the Campbellsville Emmaus Community, attended Southland Christian Church, and was a maintenance supervisor at TGKY. In addition to his fa-ther, Stephen was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Marie Kephart.

     In addition to his mother Star, Stephen is survived by his wife, Roxane Pingleton Kephart; two sons, Jesse Stephen (Ashley) Kephart and Kyle Joseph Kephart, both of Lexington; a sister Katie (Troy) Lay of Harrodsburg; and a brother, Joe Kephart of Lexington.

     The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Stith Funeral Home, Junction City with Chaplain Joshua Stine officiating.

     Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Tuesday July 26, 2016, at Stith Funeral Home, Junction City.

     Memorial donations are suggested to Heritage Hospice or Campbellsville Emmaus.

     An online guestbook is available

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the July 28, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



     Beverly Mattingly, 64, of Harrodsburg, widow of Joseph Justin “Juddie” Mattingly, died Friday, July 22, 2016, at her home.

     Born April 26, 1952, in Raywick, she was the daughter of the late George Francis and Mary Margaret Price.

     She was an associate for Edward Jones Investments and was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.

     Survivors include: one son, Les (Jody) Mattingly of Crab Orchard; three sisters, Jane Mattingly of Lebanon, Dottie Price of Raywick and Kim Loyall of Hodgenville; one brother, Gary “Buddy” Price of Lebanon, and three grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimmie Mattingly, and two brothers, George and Kevin Price.

     A Rite of Committal was held Monday, July 25, at the Spring Hill Cemetery Pavilion with Father Al DeGiacomo officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Matthew Mattingly, Justin Mattingly, Jimmy Brady, Cody Brady, Wesley Brady and Brian Turner.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)



     Steven Keith Peel, 56, of Richmond, died Monday, July 25, 2016, at his residence. 

     Born December 23, 1959, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late William and Joyce May Peel. He was a former Danville Country Club employee and a member of the Shawnee Run Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one brother, Billy (Janet) Peel of Perryville; two sisters, Barbara (Richard) Lyons of Burgin and Patricia (Johnnie) Mattingly of Lancaster; several nieces and nephews

Graveside Services will be 1 p.m., today, Thursday, July 28, at the Spring Hill Cemetery with Bro. Lester Tirey officiating. 

     Pallbearers are Billy Peel, Kevin Peel, Richard Lyons, Steven Ray Lyons, James Allen Lyons and James G. Lyons.

     Visitation 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. today, Thursday, July 28, at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)




     Shirley Sears Perry, 68, of Knoxville, wife of William Perry, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

     Born November 10, 1947, she was the daughter of the late James Sears Sr. and Lucille Fontenot Sears.

     She was a 1965 graduate of Harrodsburg High School and a former employee of GTE Telephone Company, Texas Instruments and was an LPN nurse.

     Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: one daughter, Melissa Bair; one son, William J. Perry; three brothers, Jimmy Ray (Jerry) Herron of Shawnee, James (Betty) Sears Jr., of Danville, Okla., and Terry (Evelyn) Sears of Harrodsburg; three sisters, Pat Brazil of Conway, Ark., Sandra (Chris) Hughes of Nancy and Sherry (Gene) Roy of Nancy; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral Services will be held 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 29, at Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery, 2200 E. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, Tenn. 37920.

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)



     Jean Dale Ransdell, 82, of Lexington, died Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

     Born February 8, 1934, in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Ralph J. and Margaret Era Royalty Ransdell.

     She was a retired beautician for American Beauty Salon and was a member of Palomar Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: four sisters, Nancy Louise Neal, Sandra Gabbard, Sharon Stafford and Glenda Miller, all of Lexington; one brother, R.J. Ransdell of Lexington, and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by one brother, Price Ransdell.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 26, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Joe Moore officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Hospital.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)



     Nona Laverne Richie, 76, of Harrodsburg, widow of David W. Richie, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Harrodsburg.

     Born August 28, 1939, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Clarence M. and Delina Brandenburg Flynn.

     She was a retired secretary for the University of Kentucky Agriculture Department and was a member of Carpenter’s Christian Church.

     Survivors include: two daughters, Leslie Ann (James) Worley of Harrodsburg and Laura Lynn (Brad) Clem of Lancaster; two sons, Mark (Mary) Richie of Louisville and Keith Richie of Lexington; one sister, Joyce Bouch of Fla.; two brothers, Chigger Flynn of Harrodsburg and Bobby (Ella) Flynn of Lexington; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

     Funeral services were held Sunday, July 24 at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Rev. Tom Lane officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Jake Worley, Dylon Worley, Brad Clem, James Worley, Mark Richie and Abbey Worley.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Wyatt Warriors ACCO, 480 Swope Lane, Lancaster, KY 40444.  

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 

(HH Thu Jul 28, 2016)