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

we are stepping through the garden gate

 into the next adventure."

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MAXINE TAYLOR

     Julia Maxine Taylor, 71, of Harrodsburg, wife of William D. "Billy" Taylor, died Saturday, January 21, 2017, at her home.

     Born December 2, 1945, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Granville Elmore and Gladys E. Crossfield Dean.

     Other survivors include: two sons, Todd (Tammy) Taylor, and Travis (Paula), both of Danville; four sisters, Joyce Strugeon of Louisville, Janice "Dellie" Phillips of Harrodsburg, Rita Carrato of FL and Bruce Lee Dunn of Lexington; three grandchildren, Blake,  Trevor, and McKenna Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, at the Spring Hill Cemetery Pavilion, Harrodsburg.

     Visitation will be 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg.

     Memorials are suggested to: Grapevine Christian Church, c/o Geraldine Cartwright, 3724 Bohon Rd., Harrodsburg, KY 40330, or Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40423.

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

 

 

ANTHONY CHURCH

      “Tony” Church, 74, widower of Lillian Mae Church died Friday, January 20, 2017 at his residence in Burgin.

     November 22, 1942, he was the son of the late June and Margaret Mahan Webb.

     He was a locksmith for the Savings Building Supply. Tony was a Baptist by faith and he enjoyed camping and socializing at Thacker’s Garage.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Karen Ryan of Burgin; one step-brother, Johnnie Webb of High Bridge, KY; two grandchildren, Ricky Dale (Lindsey) Ryan, II and Joshua Lee (Kae-Lynn Bradshaw) Ryan; one great-grandchild, Daisie Lee Ryan. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Chaplain Darrell Hahn officiating. Burial will be in the Burgin Memorial Gardens.

     Pallbearers will be Jack Hammons, Milton Hammons, Scottie Hammons, Jerry Thacker, James Motley and Wesley Phillips.

     Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, at the funeral home.

     To share your memories or to leave a message for the family, please visit: www.alexanderandroyalty.com

 

 

GARY MCMILLIN

     Gary Wayne McMillin, 64, died Monday, January 16, 2017 at the St. Vincent Fishers Hospital in Indiana.

     Born September 2, 1952 in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Vernon and Ann Merriman McMillin.

     He was retired from the United States Army, a member of the Church of Christ, and enjoyed playing golf and riding his Harley Davidson. 

     Survivors include: his sister, Lisa (Mark) Hobbs of Louisiana; one niece, Carrie McAdams; one nephew, Clint Cummins; two great-nephews, Grey Cummins and Luke McAdams; and one great niece Grace McAdams.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 21, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Scott Vifquain officiating.

     Burial with Military Honors will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be David Pryse, Ralph Tennill, Keith Noel, and Duncan Rogers serving as pallbearers. 

     Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

 

HAROLD SUTHERLAND

     Harold Thomas Sutherland, 94, widower of Eudora South Dean Sutherland, died on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at his home.

     He was the son of the late Dr. John C. and Gertrude Sutherland and was preceded in death by one grandson, John A. Sparrow Jr.

     He served in the army during World War II and went on to graduate from the Louisville School of Pharmacy.  He and his late wife owned and operated Sutherland Pharmacy for many years and he continued to work as a relief pharmacist until the age of 87.  He was a member of the Harrodsburg Church of Christ.

     He is survived by: three daughters and one son, Trudy Sutherland, Kathy White (Charlie), and Terry Sutherland (Ann Hunter Burton) of Harrodsburg and Anne Boggs of Charleston, S.C.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

     Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, January 20, at Sims Funeral Services with funeral services following conducted by Keith Greer. Burial with military rites will be at Springhill Cemetery with the great grandsons serving as pallbearers.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Harrodsburg Church of Christ or to Heritage Hospice.

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

 

BOBBY CHESER

     Bobby Dean Cheser, age 84, of Willisburg, passed away at 7:58 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Spring View Hospital in Lebanon.

     A native of Washington County, he was born on June 11, 1932 to the late William H. and Evangeline Foster Cheser.

     He was a member of the Willisburg Baptist Church, a 1950 graduate of Willisburg High School and a retired farmer.

     Preceding him in death was a son, Roger Dale Cheser on February 27, 2015 and his twin brother, Billie Gene Cheser on February 2, 2011.

     Survivors include his wife, Mary Harmon Cheser; a son, Larry Cheser (Debbie) of Harrodsburg; a daughter, Rita Milburn (Brad) of Willisburg; four grandchildren, Clay Cheser (Ann Weslen), Will Cheser (Crissi), Alex Cheser and Missy Milburn; three great grandchildren, Matt Cheser, Ann Clayton Cheser and Prudence Cheser and two sisters, Eldora Akin (Herman) of Willisburg and Jane Cropper (David) of Tompkinsville.

     Funeral services will be held Monday, January 16, at the Carey & Son Funeral Home with Rev. J.W. Hatfield, pastor of the Willisburg Baptist Church, officiating. He will be assisted by Sean Richmond.

     Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg.

     Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Missy Milburn, Ann Weslen Cheser, Crissi Cheser and Sean Richmond.

     Casket bearers will be Clay Cheser, Will Cheser, Alex Cheser, Terry Cheser, Danny Akin and Greg Cropper.

     (This obituary was not included in the January 19, 2017 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

SHIRLEY GREGORY

     Shirley Butler Gregory, 76, of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at her residence. 

     Born Jan. 20, 1940, in Perryville, she was the daughter of the late Clealen and Annie Louallen Butler.

     She was a homemaker and a member of the Harrodsburg Church of God.

     Survivors include: one son, Terry Gregory of Harrodsburg; two daughters, Anna Gregory of Burgin and Connie (Ted Gentry) Monroe of Lancaster; one sister, Wanda Isham of Harrodsburg, four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by one grandson, Joshua Monroe; five brothers: W.J., Gene, Warren, Durwood and Allen Butler and two sisters, Virginia Butler Robinson and Thelma Weldon.

     Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Mike Butler officiating. Burial was in Burgin Memorial Gardens.

     Pallbearers were Joe Monroe, Chris Wexler, Ronnie Butler, Greg Isham, David Peavler and Elza King. Honorary pallbearers were great-grandchildren.

     Visitation Wednesday Jan. 18, after 7 a.m. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

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

(HH Thu Jan 19, 2017)

 

ORPHA HREHA

     Orpha Lee Hreha, age 88, of Liberty, KY passed away on Thursday January 12th, 2017 at the Liberty Care Center.

She was born in Liberty, on December 81928 a daughter of the late Richard and Hazel Esther McQueary Wheeler.

     Survivors include: two sons, Michael Hreha of Harrodsburg and Tommy and (Brenda) Hreha of Stanford; one daughter, Karen and (Ronnie) Luttrell of Liberty; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother: Oval Wheeler of Liberty; and three sisters: Roxie Rice of Middleburg, Violet Smith of Stanford and Naomi Goodman of Liberty.

     Besides her parents Orphra was preceded in death by three brothers, Riley, Denver and Hobert Buel Wheeler.

     Funeral Services were held Monday January 16, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Hershel Lawhorn officiating. Burial was in the Rich Hill Cemetery.

     (This obituary was not included in the January 19, 2017 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

 

 

BETTY HURST

     Betty Hurst, 81, wife of Kenneth G. Hurst, of Lexington, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at the Hospice Care Center.

     Born May 10, 1935, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Shannon and Mary K. Boswell Darland.

     She was a member of Hill-n-Dale Christian Church.

     Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: two sons, Kevin Kenneth Hurst and Todd (Brenda) Hurst; one daughter, Tami Rose (Stan) Lee; five grandchildren, Shannon Hurst, Corinne Hawbaker, Brack Hurst, Emma Hurst and Addie Lee; two brothers, Jimmy (Betty Jo) Darland and Donald (Helen) Darland; one sister, Nellie Moore, and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by one daughter, Janice Lynn Hurst.

     Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 15, at Hill-n-Dale Christian Church with Brother Gene Welsh officiating. Burial was in Peter Cemetery in Mackville.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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

PAID OBIT

(HH Thu Jan 19, 2017)

 

ANNA SALLEE

     Anna Julia Sallee, 92, of Harrodsburg, widow of Rue Edwin Sallee Sr., died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

     Born Dec. 14, 1924, in Hartford, Conn., she was the daughter of the late John and Mildred Baulias Snipes.

     She was a retired presser for Cricketeer Manufacturing and was a member of the Catholic faith.

     Survivors include: five daughters, Patricia Carrier of Harrodsburg, Peggy Ross of Burgin, Mildred Thompson of Shelbyville, Sherry Robbins and Pam Devine, both of Harrodsburg; one son, Rue Edwin Sallee Jr. of Harrodsburg; one sister, Mildred Pierre of Hartford, Conn.; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by one son, Rodney Thomas Sallee, one grandchild and seven siblings.

     Funeral services were held 1 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 18 with Travis Altop officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Bobby Carrier Jr., Bryan Carrier, Gerald Thompson, Darrell Thompson, Brody Votaw and Kaigen Damrell.

     Visitation Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Bluegrass Pike Baptist Church Mission Fund, 1400 Bluegrass Pike, Danville, KY 40422.

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

(HH Thu Jan 19, 2017)

 

HOWARD SALLEE

     Howard Thomas “Butch” Sallee Jr., 60, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at his home.

     Born Aug. 28, 1956, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of Howard Thomas “Poppa” Sallee Sr. and the late Joyce Ann Medley Sallee.

     He was a former radio dispatcher for the City of Harrodsburg Police Department, EMS and Fire Department; was a certified nurse assistant at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, was the owner of the Broadway Market in Lawrenceburg and was a member of the Mt. Freeman Baptist Church in Junction City.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Shannon (Ernie) Hopkins of Harrodsburg; one son, Johnny (Dana) Ashburn of Lawrenceburg; one sister, Susan Readnower of Harrodsburg, and 10 grandchildren.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m., at Sims Funeral Services with Terry Cornish officiating. Burial is in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers are Lee Hopkins, Ethan Hopkins, Tanner Readnower, Tyler Readnower, Trintin Ashburn and Tristin Ashburn. Honorary pallbearers are Eastin Hopkins, Taylor Readnower, Katey Ashburn, Kyle Ashburn, Haley Adams, Sadie Adams and Lou Adams.

     Visitation Thursday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Sims Funeral Services.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

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

(HH Thu Jan 19, 2017)

 

MARGARET SIMS

     Margaret Logue Sims, 90, widow of Marsdon Sims, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.

     Born Feb. 6, 1926, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Reid and Vivian Dean Logue. 

     She was a member of the Grapevine Christian Church and had been an employee of Arnold’s Greenhouse and an Old Fort Harrod tour guide.  She enjoyed reading.

     Survivors include: two sons, Curtis Sims and his wife, Diane, and Kenny and his wife, Frankie Sims, all of Harrodsburg; two sisters,  Rebecca Kinder and Wanda Kinder, both of Harrodsburg; three grandchildren, Karen Hedberg of Lexington, Darrin (Tamra) Sims and Hollie (Chris) Dean, all of Harrodsburg, and one great-grandson, Christian Blake Sims of Harrodsburg and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Logue, and sister, Virginia Schell.

     Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Greg Warren officiating. Burial was in Grapevine Christian Church Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Donnie Sims, Larry Sims, Tommy Logue, Charles Vincent Kinder, Roy Bugg and Reed Arnett.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Grapevine Christian Church, 3724 Bohon Road, Harrodsburg, KY  40330.

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

PAID OBIT

(HH Thu Jan 19, 2017)

 

LOUISE THOMAS

     Louise Jane Thomas, 88, of Harrodsburg, widow of Buford “B.H.” Thomas Jr., died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Bradford Square Health Care Center in Frankfort.

     Born Oct. 21, 1928, in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Lee and Grace Lee Tyler Peavler.

     She was a retired employee of the Kentucky Department For Mental Health, was a member of the Eller’s Memorial Baptist Church, was a former member of the Bruner’s Chapel and Harrodsburg Baptist Churches.

     Survivors include: one son, Anthony “Tony” (Tammy) Thomas of Shelbyville, and one granddaughter, Madison Thomas of Shelbyville.

     Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Rick Bolton and Larry Camic officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be J. Hugh Phillips, Donald Logue, Kenny Milburn, Larry Camic, Kermit Logue, Eric Turner and Gordon Humble. Honorary pallbearers will be church friends.

     Visitation Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Eller’s Memorial Baptist Church, 446 Cogar Ave, Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or Emma Durham Foundation Inc., In Care of: Carol Craig, 205 Hillview Drive, Shelbyville, KY 40065-9729.

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

(HH Thu Jan 19, 2017)