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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.

 

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LILLIAN FRENCH

     Lillian Opal French, 86, Harrodsburg, widow of George Jordan French, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at her home.

     Born June 30, 1929, in Mercer Co., she was the daughter of the late Paigie and Lomie (Claunch) Lewis.

     She was a retired seamstress for Cricketeer and was a member of Benton Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one son, Donald Edward French of Harrodsburg;  two sisters, Linda Watts and Barbara Hodge; four brothers, Charles Lewis, Tony Lewis, Paigie Lewis and Kenny Whiteside; two grandchildren, Lillian Georgianna French and Donald Edward (Mary) French Jr., both of Harrodsburg; six great grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

     Funeral services will be conducted at a.m. Saturday, June 25, by Sherry Green, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation will be 5-8PM Friday, at the funeral chapel.

     Pallbearers will be Levi & Dylan French, Dalton, Devon & Paige French, and Bill Barnett. Honorary bearers are Todd Collier and Tony Brown. 

     Memorials are suggested to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40423.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com.

 

WILLIAM SELTSAM

     William Morgan Seltsam, 66, of Beams Rd., Burgin, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

     Born November 13, 1949 in Danville, he is the son of the late John William and Millicent Eloise Sanders Seltsam.

     He was a 1968 graduate of Danville High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University. He served in the Kentucky National Guard and retired from the Kentucky Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Commission. Morgan loved all sports especially golf but he loved to make watching sports with others a happy event. He was outgoing, spending time on the lake with all family and friends and just enjoyed being with everyone. Morgan was also predeceased by his sister, Joyce Seltsam.

     He is survived by: his son, Jay Seltsam of Louisville; step-son, Larry (Tara) Graves of Frankfort; and three grandchildren, Alana Seltsam, Connor Graves and Carson Graves. He is also survived by his partner, best friend, and caregiver, Janice Gideon and her family.

     There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Bellevue Cemetery with Rev. Ronnie Ping officiating.

     Pallbearers will be Sean Stevens, Connor Graves, Alex Newman, Hunter Phillips, Will Rodes, Kevin Machal, Kendall Wise, Michael Seltsam, David Sanders and John David Sanders.

     Honorary pallbearers will be Reed Sanders, Bob Newman, Bob Criscilles, Brian O'Malley, Daryl Terry, Frankie Hopkins, Barry Gibson, G.A. Sims, Eugene Pelosi, Guy Hart and Don Freeman.

     Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Stith Funeral Home.

     Memorial donations are suggested to Heritage Hospice, the American Cancer Society or the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society.

 

DAVID ADAMS

     David Kent Adams, 61, of Lawrenceburg formerly of Lexington, died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

     David is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kay Lamb Adams; and two children, Lynetta Gayle Chenault of Harrodsburg and David Allen Adams of Lawrenceburg.

     Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Wheeler officiating.

     Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

     Cremation will follow services.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the June 23, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADELENA DEVINE

     Adelena Devine, 90, of Harrodsburg, widow of Claude Marvin Devine died Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Willows At Harrodsburg.

     Born December 13, 1925 Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Obie and Lettie Catlett Devine. She was a retired employee of Cricketeer Manufacturing, a longtime member of Benton Baptist Church and a graduate of Rose Hill School. Adelena enjoyed watching Humming Birds, bowling and traveling to Pigeon Forge with her nieces.

     Survivors include eight nieces: Christine Hart, Loretta Curtsinger, Opal Claunch, Rena Mobley, Nancy (Ernest) Long, Barbara (Herbert) Cox, Glenda Barrett all of Harrodsburg and Ida Underwood of Lexington and special friends: Doug and Genesa Robinson of Harrodsburg.

     She was preceded in death by: two brothers: Willie D. and Bobby Devine and two sisters: Bertie Patterson and Mary Belle Hannah.

     Funeral services were conducted, 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Ernest Martin and Tim Gray officiating.

     Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery with Jack Herring, Monte Hart, Darwin Hart, Brent Curtsinger, Herbert Cox, Brad Barnett, Chad Barnett, Marty Long, Buddy Pike, Terry Underwood, J. L. Devine and Doug Robinson serving as pallbearers.

     A visitation was held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the ALexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

To contact the family or to leave a message, please visit: www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

PD. ADV.

(HH Thu Jun 23, 216)

 

WAYNE DOWNS

     Wayne Downs, 69, of Harrodsburg passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

     Born December 25, 1946, he was the son of the late Herbert and Lillie Marie Sears Downs.

     He is survived by: his step-mother, Bonnie Downs of Junction City; two daughters, Beverly Thornsberry and Janice Simpson, both of Stanford; four sisters: Opal Ray of Harrodsburg, Joann Allen of Danville, Linda Anderson of Liberty and Connie Moore of Junction City; two half-brothers, Donnie Downs and Herbert Downs, Jr, both of Danville; four grandchild and two great grandchildren.

     Services were Friday, June 17, at the W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by Bro. Phillip Patton with burial in Hustonville Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Dallas Allen, Nick Goode, James Goode, DR Leonard, Donald Earl Cross and Clay Anderson.

     A guestbook is available at www.wlpruitt.com.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the June 23, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

JAMES DRISKELL

     James B. Driskell, Sr., 82, died Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead. 

     Born December 10, 1933 in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Arnold and Nellie Bowman Driskell.  He was retired U. S. Navy and was a member of the Methodist faith. 

     Survivors include: three sons,  Robert (Laura) Driskell of Oxnard, California, James B. (Andrea) Driskell, Jr. of Hebron, and Danny Lee (Marcia) Driskell of Independence; one daughter, Cindy Ellen Reed of Burlington; two brothers, Clifford Gene (Erma) Driskell and Hollie Driskell, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

     He was preceded in death by one son, Rodney Driskell; one daughter, Lisa Kramer; two brothers, Marshal Driskell and Luther Driskell and two sisters, Emily Driskell and Ethel Driskell.

     Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Pastor Kelly Floyd officiating. 

     Burial with military honors was in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.  Pallbearers were grandsons Dustin Driskell, James Bryan Driskell, III, Danny Driskell, Jeremy Driskell, J.J. Reed and Justin Zornes.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

(HH Thu Jun 23, 216)

 

MELVIN HONAKER

     Melvin Banner Honaker, 90, of Harrodsburg, widower Vivian Montgomery Honaker, died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital. 

     Born February 18, 1926 in Boyle County, he was the son of the late Walter and Susan Miller Honaker. 

     He was a Welder for Sellers Engineering and a Machinist at Jeff Boat, was a member of the Christ Centered Church and U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II.

     Survivors include five daughters: Connie (Donnie) Pigman of Harrodsburg, Joann (Stephen) Robinson of Mercer County, Debra Tevis of Perryville, Wanda (Fletcher) Walker of Scottsburg, IN, and Clara (Dean) Kelshaw of Crothersville, IN;  one son, Melvin Honaker, Jr. of Clarksville, IN; one sister Thelma Baugh of Mitchellsburg; three step daughters: Carol Sue McGoldrick of Hampton, OH, Dorothea Turner and Sharon Catlett both of Lexington; twenty three grandchildren, several great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Harrington Honaker, one daughter Shirley Crowe, three brothers, three sisters, and five grandchildren.

     Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Doug Davis officiating. 

     Burial with Military Honors will be held in Ebenezer Church of Christ Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Joe Moore, Jr. Moore, Barry Robinson, Klain Robinson, Eric Pigman, Tony Crowe, and Timmy Crowe

     Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and after 7 a.m. Friday at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

(HH Thu Jun 23, 216)

 

GERI LILES

     Geraldine “Geri” Liles, 68, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born February 24, 1948, in Ashland, she was the daughter of the late Anderson Adkins and Maggie Estepp Farley.

     She was a retired Northpoint Correctional Facility employee.

     Survivors include one son, Joseph (Teresa) Liles of Harrodsburg; one daughter,  Sue (Carl) Cole of Harrodsburg; three brothers, Jimmy Estepp of Falmouth, James Walden Savage of Garrison and Eddie Savage of Florida; five sisters, June Ginn of Houston, Texas, Donna Sue Nolen of Maysville, Dianne Corns and Jenny Corns of Vanceburg and Kecia Craig of Morehead; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Tony Corns officiating.  Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, Ky  40502.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

(HH Thu Jun 23, 216)

 

DELBERT MILBURN

     Delbert Calvin Milburn, 78, widower of Bonnie McGlone Milburn, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Lebanon Hospital.

     Born April 4, 1938, in East Texas, KY, he was the son of the late W. H. and Gertrude Pendegrast Milburn. He attended Georgetown College, was a former Corning Inc. employee and owner of The Cobbler’s Bench, was a member of the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church, and had attended Indian Hills Christian Church. Survivors include: one daughter, Kim M. Parrott of Vacaville, CA; two sisters, Iona Williams of TN and Nellie Haydon of Bardstown; and two grandchildren.

     He is preceded in death by six siblings, Mary Lou Harmon, Garnett, Morris, Bill H. T. and Gilbert Milburn.

     Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Benny Haydon, Brandon Steele, Kelly Harmon, Bruce Milburn, David Crutcher, Nathan Dossett, Brent Newby and Kenny Harmon. Honorary Bearers were Joshua Parrott and Jordan Parrott.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 465 E. High St., Lexington, KY 40507.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com.

(HH Thu Jun 23, 216)

 

STEVEN POYNTER

     Steven Dale Poynter, 57, of Harrodsburg, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at his residence. 

     Born May 20, 1959 in Danville, he was the son of Jessie Irene Whitis Poynter and the late William Arnold Poynter.  He worked in maintenance at Beaumont Inn.

     Survivors, in addition to his mother, include: one sister, Sheila Gail Poynter and one brother Lloyd Poynter, both of Harrodsburg, and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Poynter.

     A memorial service was held 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Darrell Hahn officiating.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at  www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

(HH Thu Jun 23, 216)

 

 

 

 

JAMES THOMPSON

     James Ira Thompson, 85, of Harrodsburg, husband of Louise Cornish Thompson, died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at his residence. 

     Born July 24, 1930 in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Mary Alice Willard Thompson. 

     He was the owner and operator of Jim’s Repair Service for over 50 years

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one son,  Mickie Wayne Thompson of Harrodsburg; three daughters,  Vickie (Richie) McGinnis of Harrodsburg, Patricia Fowler of Harrodsburg and Judy (Insco) Rue of Danville; two brothers, Roy (Geneva) Thompson of Versailles and Johnny (Thelma) Thompson of Frankfort; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 

     He was preceded in death by one brother:  Raymond Thompson, Jr.

     No services are planned at this time.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

(HH Thu Jun 23, 216)

 

IDA WHEELER

     Ida Jean Beeves Wheeler, 85, widow of George Morgan Wheeler, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Harrodsburg Health Care Manor. 

     Born July 23, 1930 in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Terry Gene and Elizabeth Blanche Adkinson Beeves. 

     She was a retired Corning Inc. employee and a member of Cornishville Christian Church. 

     Survivors include one son George (Susan) Wheeler of Harrodsburg; one daughter, Pamela Wheeler of Harrodsburg; one sister: Willa Mae Carey of Garrard County; seven grandchildren nine great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Terry Wheeler.

     Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Monday, June 20 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Josh Stine officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at  www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

(HH Thu Jun 23, 216)