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

we are stepping through the garden gate

 into the next adventure."

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IRMA ISON

Irma Jean Ison, 93, widow of James "Jim Buck" Ison, died Wednesday at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville.

Born April 17, 1921, in Santa Ana, CA, she was the daughter of the late Fred Thomas and Olga Friend Martin.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Harrodsburg Christian Church and Order of Eastern Star. She was a Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader and Den Mother. She also directed the Mercer County Fair Pageants for some 40 years.

Irma is survived by: a daughter, Ella Jean (Gary) Williamson of Savannah, GA; and a son, James Thomas "Tommy" (Lou) Ison of Harrodsburg, brother: Phillip L. Martin of Orange, CA, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Vincent Martin and sister, Vivian Keightley.

Funeral service will be Saturday October 4 at 10 a.m. at the Harrodsburg Christian Church by Mego Haralu. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct 3 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until service at the Harrodsburg Christian Church.

Pallbearers will be Jason Brinegar, Art Freeman, Mike Matherly, Terry Sutherland, Craig Martin and Kerry Anness.

The Good Will Sunday School class members from the Harrodsburg Christian Church are to serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family request memorial donations be sent to Harrodsburg Christian Church, 305 South Main Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or Mercer County Relay for Life - American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 411 Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or Heratige Hospice, PO Box 1213, Danville, KY 40423.

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

 

BOBBY ANGEL

Bobby Ray Angel, 57, husband of April Mull Angel, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born April 25, 1957, in Mt. Vernon, he was the son of Desie Ethel Deatherage Angel of Perryville and the late Robert Angel. 

He was a self-employed farmer and was a Baptist.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include one son, Russell Lovelace; three step-sons, Donald, Bobby and Andrew Mull; one daughter, Bobbie Jean Lovelace; three brothers, Carl Angel, Vernon Lee Angel and Jeffery Wayne Angel; three sisters, Nora Ann Adkins, Carolyn Sue Angel and Juanita Newberry; one uncle and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at the Red Hill Cemetery in Livingston with Bro. George Dye officiating.

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

(HH Thu Oct 2, 1976)

 

 

 

OLDRAN BAILEY

Oldran “Curtis” Bailey, 88, of Harrodsburg, widower of Jane Katherine Lear, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born July 31, 1926, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Raymond Jordan and Cassie Story-Powell Bailey. 

He was an Army Veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart,   was a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans and retired as a planning scheduling supervisor at Corning Glass.

Survivors include one son, David (Margaret) Bailey of Danville; one brother, Ronnie Bailey of Harrodsburg; one grandson, one granddaughter and a great-grandson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Josh Snyder officating.  Burial with military rites was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Curt Bailey, Ronnie Bailey, Donald Bailey, Chris Coffman, Rice Lear and Johnathan Regester. Honorary pallbearers were the Burgin Christian Church Choir Members.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Burgin Christian Church, P. O. Box D, Burgin, KY 40310

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

(HH Thu Oct 2, 1976)

 

 

PRISCILLA BURDETTE

Priscilla Nicole Lockhart Burdette, of Yates Rd. Junction City KY, passed away Sunday September 28, 2014 at her home.

She is preceded in death by her husband Tom.

Priscilla was born in Kingsport TN to the late Carmi and Marie Knupp Lockhart.

She worked as a hairstylist for many years. She also worked for McAlpins and JC Penny's. Priscilla enjoyed her Flower gardens, decorating, traveling, and entertaining people.

Surviving are: two sons Michael Sheene of Danville, Mark Sheene of Burgin; two daughters Monica Shuffett of Danville, and Mitzi McKinney of Lexington; two sisters Patricia Lockhart of Danville, and Sandy King of Junction City. Also surviving are several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Along with her husband and parents Priscilla was preceded in death by a brother John Lockhart.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday October 1, 2014 at the Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home with Rev. Leland Lockhart officiating.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be in Lockhart Mountain Cemetery in Junction City.

Pallbearers will be Seth "Lili" Sheene, Mark Sheene, Michael Sheene, Bobby King, Rockland Thompson, Elijah Thompson, and Brian Lockhart.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the October 2, 2014 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

WILLIAM CASWELL

William Robert “Bob” Caswell, 84, of Harrodsburg, husband of Betty Phillips Caswell, died Sept. 25, 2014, after a long illness.

Born in Danville, he was the son of the late W. R. Caswell Sr. and Margaret Dowd Gehrig.

He was a graduate of Saint Petersburg High School in Saint Petersburg, Fla., was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, was in the U.S. Army Reserves, was a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church, was a member of the Mercer Masonic Lodge #777 and the Oleika Shrine Temple and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Pam (Jerry) Schwendeman and Jan (Jim) Kemper of Lexington; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Maddie Caswell, his stepfather, Ronnie Gehrig; one brother, Jerry Caswell, and three great-grandchildren, Emma, Gillian and Madison Miller.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Dr. Robert Defoor officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Scott Miller, Joe Schwendeman, Jake Schwendeman, Joey Miller, Matt Howard and Eddie Sherrow.  Honorary pallbearers were members of the Harrodsburg Baptist Faith Hope and Love Sunday School Class and Oleika Shrine Temple Past Potentates and Ladies.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shriners Hospital For Children, 1900 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40502-1204.

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

(HH Thu Oct 2, 1976)

 

LILLY CESA

Lilly Bugg Robinson Cesa, 90 of Mercer County died Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

She was the widow of James Robinson and Ernest Cesa.

Born March 26, 1924 in Mercer County she was a daughter of the late Charles Bugg Sr. and Sirilda Pullium Bugg.

Lilly was a retired employee of Cricketeer in Harrodsburg.

She loved to work in her garden. She enjoyed sewing and crotcheting and was an excellent cook.

Survivors include: one son and his wife, Carroll and Shelley Robinson of TN.; one brother and his wife, Charles and Nellie Bugg of Mercer County; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services for Lilly will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 26, at the Wilder Funeral Home, Perryville, by Rev. Darrell Hawn with burial in Danville Memorial Gardens.

Visiting hours will be 10:30 a.m. Friday until time of service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Roger Gibson, Kelly and Roy Bugg, Travis Cloyd, Ed Robinson and Juan Garcia.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Heritage Hospice.

You may visit Lilly’s online guestbook at www.wilderfh.com

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the October 2, 2014 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

OSCAR LIDDELL

Oscar “Dick” Liddell, 82, of Columbiana, Ala. formerly of Harrodsburg, widower of Erna Jean “Jeannie” Liddell, died Sept. 20, 2014, at Broward General Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Born Nov. 26, 1931, in Ackerman, Miss., he was the son of Oscar B. Liddell and Mary A Blain Liddell.

He was the owner and founder of Liddell Insurance Agency.

Survivors include one son, Terry L. Liddell of Columbiana, Ala.; brother-in-law, Lennis “Bubba” Caudill of Shelby, Ala.; sister-in-law, Sharon Caudill of Junction City; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lee and Lois Dean of Harrodsburg; several other brothers and sisters-in-law, one granddaughter, one greatgranddaughter and three nieces.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 28, at Antioch Baptist Church in Columbiana, Ala. Burial was in the Vernant Baptist Church, Foley, Ala.

(HH Thu Oct 2, 1976)

 

 

 

CAROL MORTONSON

Carolyn (Carol) Mortonson, 71, of Rockford, Ill., wife of William “Bill” Bortonson, died Aug. 5, 2014, at the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Ill.

Born Sept. 21, 1942, at St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Dorothy Sanders.

She was head of security at Goldblatts and worked at the Pink Pony as a server and hostess.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include one son, Robert “Bob” Gustafson; one daughter, Brenda (Scott) England; one sister, Peggy Ann Griese of Loves Park, Ill.; one nephew, one niece and several cousins, including Danny Sanders of Harrodsburg.

She was preceded in death by brother-in-law Gary E. Griese of Loves Park, Ill., ex-husband Robert Gustafson of Roscoe, Ill. and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 21. Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Swedish-American Cancer Center, Rockford, Il.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at honquesttfh.com.        Paid Obit

(HH Thu Oct 2, 1976)

 

DOROTHY MURPHY

Dorothy Rhea King Murphy “Granny”, 94, widow of J. C. Murphy, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Sayre Christian Village.

She was born December 8, 1919 in Mercer County, to the late Robert Wilson and Verdie Mae Moreland King.

Dorothy spent her working years in food services. She began her career at the Shaker Town Guest House then moved on to, The Kentuckian Hotel, The Springs Hotel then owned and operated Murphy’s at the River with her late husband J. C.

Besides Dorothy’s parents and late husband she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Mildred Perkins and Wilma Grimes.

She leaves behind three children, James (Donna) Murphy, Robert (Harriett) Murphy and Doris (Joe) Grant. Dorothy is further survived by 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 28th from 3-6 p.m. at Milward-Southland Drive.

Funeral service will be Monday, September 29th at 10 a.m. also at Milward-Southland Drive. Sayre Christian Village’s Chaplain, Bill Miller will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

John and Brian Grant, Jamie, Rob and Preston Murphy, Clayton King and Bret Schlansky will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Kosair Children’s Hospital, PO Box 37370, Louisville, KY 40233 or Sayre Christian Village, 3775 Belleau Drive, Lexington, KY 40517.

Dorothy’s family would like to extent a heartfelt thank you to the staff at both Central Baptist Hospital and Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the October 2, 2014 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

LYLE SLATER

Lyle Slater, 78, of Harrodsburg, husband of Shirley Green Slater, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Born June 4, 1936, in Berea, Ohio, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Slater. 

He was a retired firefighter for the Beverly Hills California Fire Department, a member of the California Fireman’s Association, and authored “Divine Thump,” a book chronicling his 30 years as a firefighter.  He attended the St. Andrew Catholic Church and was a member of the Herrington Lake Yacht Club.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include one daughter, Sierra Suzanne Jeanette Mittleman of Cold Spring Harbor, Ny.; one son, Marc Edwin Slater of Crockett, Calif.; one brother, Richard Slater of Medina, Ohio;  two grandchildren, Alexander and Lila Mittleman.

Funeral Mass was held Monday, Sept. 29, at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Berea, Ohio. Burial was today, Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mercer Co. Humane Society, P.O. Box 314, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com.  Local arrangements were by Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

(HH Thu Oct 2, 1976)

 

GERALDINE QUESENBERRY

Geraldine Quesenberry, 98, of Springhill Drive in Danville passed away Monday, September 22, 2014 at her home.

She was born in Garrard County to the late Jesse and Myrtle Dailey Simpson on May 6, 1916.

She was a seamstress for Palm Beach in Danville for many years as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed traveling and Geraldine was of the Baptist Faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband J.T. Walker.

Surviving are one son: J. L. Walker (Vernetta) of Harrodsburg; and two daughters, Joyce Oaks of Winchester, IN and Jeanette Miller (Glenn) of Danville. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: a daughter Edith Robinson, a step daughter Dean Young, three brothers: Fred Simpson, Ivan Simpson, and Gilman Simpson, and five sisters: Louise Ray, Jewell Fathergill, Verlie Simpson, Hazel Henderson, and Vergie Newton.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel, Lancaster, officiated by the Reverend Bill Rhodus.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in the Lancaster Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Mark Walker, Logan Smith, Danny Oaks, Dale Oaks, Gary Miller, and Ben Miller.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the October 2, 2014 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

JACKIE SHEARER

Jackie L. Shearer, 72, husband of Lorene York Shearer, died Wed. Sept. 24, 2014 at the Hospice Care Center.

Born July 1, 1942 in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Robert I. and Katherine Mack Shearer.

Mr. Shearer was a retired truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service, and a member and trustee of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Survivors other than his wife include three sons, Lee (Jennifer) Shearer, Lexington, KY, Alan (Jeania) Shearer, and Lorne (Anna) Shearer, both of Nicholasville; a brother, Gary (Betty) Shearer, Versailles; four grandchildren, Leanne Crawley, Tyler, Tiffani and Tori Shearer; and four great grandchildren, Savannah Crawley, Presley and Mason Johnson, and Lailah Shearer.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturady, September 24, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1108 Keene-Troy Rd., Nicholasville, KY 40356 by Bro. Basil Hall. Burial will follow in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1108 South Elkhorn Rd., Nicholasville, KY 40356.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the October 2, 2014 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

MARY ZELIFF

Mary H. Zeliff, 94, of Harrodsburg, widow of Frank Brown and Robert Zeliff, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at The James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 4, 1919 in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late James R. and Clydia Rexroat Hourigan.

She was a retired Floor Clerk for Cricketeer Manufacturing and was a member of the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: one daughter, Janice B. (David) Byrge of Harrodsburg; one granddaughter, Tyammy Fuller of Harrodsburg; one great-grandchild and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Friday, Sept. 26, at the Spring Hill Cemetery with Johnny Hockersmith officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mercer Co. Humane Society, P.O. Box 314, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com. Ransdell Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 

(HH Thu Oct 2, 1976)