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."






     Marjorie Higgins, 63, of Harrodsburg, died Thursday at her home.

     Born July 25, 1951, in Indianapolis, IN, she was the daughter of the late William O. and Marjorie D. Nolan Joseph.

     She worked as a clerk for Wal-Mart.

     Marjorie is survived by: a daughter, Judy Joseph (Ken) Tate of KS; two sons, Michael (Sandy) Joseph of Franklin, IN, and Robert (Tammy) Griffin of Harrodsburg; a brother, William Joseph of TX; six sisters, Barbara Dillman of KS, Dixie Saner of KS, Linda Higgins of KS, Janet Harris of IN, Beverly Duhon of KY, Vickie Williams of KS; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Cox, Abby Garner, Montanna Joseph, Jordan, Jocelyn & Jillian Tate, Caeden Diericks, Coben Joseph, Alexis Griffin and Peyton Griffin.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Judy A. Joseph.

     A private family visitation will be held at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at





     Alberta Rose Napier Wills, 86, widow of Eugen Roberts Wills, died Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital Extended Care.

     Born August 15, 1928 in Paris, Ky. she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Mamie Wagoner Napier

     She was a retired A&P Bookkeeper and a member of Salvisa Baptist Church.  She enjoyed making candy, cooking, quilting, and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Willa Wills of Harrodsburg; one sister, Henrietta Cannon of Danville; three grandchildren, Melissa Cohee of Harrodsburg, Aleshia Quarles of Seymour, Indiana and Ashley Smither of Frankfort; five great-grandchildren, Laura Cohee, Emily Quarles, Nolan Smither, Levi Smither and Nancy Quarles.

     She was preceded in death by her sister, Martha Burden.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015 at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Browning officiating. Burial will be in Carlisle Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Sunday and after 7 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Pallbearers will be Chris Cohee, Mike Quarles, Jay Reynolds, Billy Cannon,II, Mike Jones and Mitch Whittle.

     Ralph Morris and members of the Salvisa Baptist Church Wingo Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

     Flowers are welcome but expressions of sympathy may be made to the Salvisa Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 75, Salvisa, Ky. 40372.

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     Betty Burton, 80, died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the Harrodsburg Health Care Manor.

     Born October 7, 1935 in Owensboro she was the daughter of Elijah and Mable Moore Burton.

     She was a member of the Pioneer Baptist Church. 

     Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2015 at Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, with Bro. Lewis Walters officiating.

     Visitation will be 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

     Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.








     Justin Clay VanWinkle, 28, of Salvisa, husband of K'Lonnie Lanham VanWinkle, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

     Born October 16, 1986, in Kailua, HI, he was the son of Kim (Doug) Anderson, Salvisa, and Bo VanWinkle, Harrodsburg.

     He was a 2005 graduate of Mercer County Senior High School, where he had been active in FFA. Justin was a mechanic and was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

     Other survivors include: a daughter, Kc'Kaye Renee VanWinkle, Harrodsburg; one sister, Ashley Wethington, Harrodsburg; three brothers, Jeremy and Bret VanWinkle, and Jerrod Anderson, all of Harrodsburg; two stepsisters, Stephanie Anderson and Stacey Wise, both of Sarasota, FL; grandmothers, Jean Barnett, Salvisa, Barbara Haggard, Harrodsburg, and Betty VanWinkle, Harrodsburg; grandfather, Boyd VanWinkle, Berea; step grandmother, Dorothy Anderson, Marietta, OH.

     He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Jerry Barnett, and a step grandfather, Warren Anderson.

     Funeral services will be conducted by Lester Tirey at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.  Burial will follow in Bethel Baptist Cemetery.

     Visitation will be 12 noon to 3:30 PM Friday at Ransdell's.

     Pallbearers will be Brandon Mink, Jonathan Blackburn, Samuel Blackburn, Logan Lynn, Tyler Barnett, Brian Devine and Band Jerrod Anderson.

     Honorary bearers will be Logan Kaenzig, Luke Helton, Tanner Harmon, Blake Sims, Justin Deaton, Justin Dolfi and Bubba McFerron. 

     Memorials are suggested to the local DARE Program. C/O Harrodsburg Police Dept., 411 N Greenville St., Harrodsburg, KY 40330

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at



William B. Allen, 94, of Harrodsburg, husband of Marie Weaklind Allen, died Wednesday at his daughter’s home in Sevierville, TN.

     Born January 29, 1921, in Liberty, he was a son of the late Amos and Mary Jane Cochran Allen.

     He was an Army veteran of World War II, a retired landscaper and a member of the Magnolia Street Christian Church.

     William is survived by: his wife, Marie A.(Cochran) Allen; four daughters, Janice Hall of TN, Donna McDeavitt and Patricia Thomas of FL, Beverly Erkens of SD; one son, Don Allen of Lexington, 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his, son, Rick Allen, sisters, Francis Carrier and Flossy Royalty, and a grandchild.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday; May 30 leading to the 2 p.m. funeral service at Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 



     Judy G. Horton, 70, of Burgin died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born January 13, 1945 in Lexington, Judy was the daughter of the late Bill and Ann Dalton McDuffy.

     She was retired employee of Mercer Dress and a member of the Shawnee Run Baptist Church. Judy loved her cat Prissy and enjoyed looking at old pictures for hours.

     Survivors include two daughters: Tammy (Mike) Adams of Danville and Kathy (Billy) Russell of Burgin, three grandchildren: Chris Adams, Cheyanne Russell, Jessy Russell, one step grandchild: Macy Majors and one great grandchild: Lilly Adams.

     Judy was preceded in death by her sister: Ella James

     A Graveside Service will be conducted 11 A.M., Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Shawnee Run Baptist Church Cemetery with Logan Hazelwood officiating.

     Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

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     Ronald Wayne Price, Sr., 64, husband of Gracie Couch Price died Sunday, May 24, 2015 in Turrell, Arkansas.

     Born January 22, 1951 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late John Benjamin (JB) and Edna Breatice Riley Price.

     Ronald was a truck driver for CWRV Transport and he enjoyed woodworking, watching Duck Dynasty and driving his truck.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, are: one son, Ronald Wayne Price, Jr. and his fiancée Jennifer Reed of Lancaster; three daughters, Dena Tingle and Rhonda (Everett) Johnson, both of Harrodsburg and Emmy (Steve) Wilson of Richmond; five brothers, Jr. , Glen, Bobby and Carroll Price, all of Harrodsburg and Mike Price of Lawrenceburg; one sister. Donna Jean Price of Frankfort; 15 grandchildren, Heather Tingle, Sean Tyree, Brandon Tyree, Travis Buck, Jordan Buck, Trevor Tyree, Dustin Tyree, Cody Buck, Harlee Settles, Nathan Buck, Haven Price, Austin Price, Tristen Price, Alaina Price and Randi Horton; and one great grandchild, Ashton Tyree. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

     Ronald was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Arlene Driskell Price.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Ronald Wayne Price, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015 and after 7 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

     Pallbearers will be Sean Tyree, Brandon Tyree, Trevor Tyree, Dustin Tyree, Ronald Wayne Price, Jr., Travis Buck, Jordon Buck and Jeff Smallwood serving as pallbearers.

     Honorary pallbearers will be Tristen Price, Cody buck and Nathan Buck.

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     Betty L. Burton, 80, died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

     Arrangements are incomplete at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

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     Mary Morris Dennison, 92, of Harrodsburg, widow of Raymond D. Morris, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born Oct. 12, 1922, in New Haven, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Fransico and Florence Velochi Franco.

     Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Ann Goodwin of Harrodsburg; one son, Richard D. Morris of Harrodsburg; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 27, at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Ga.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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     Brian Michael Deringer, 23, of Harrodsburg, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

     Born Jan. 8, 1992, in Danville, he was the son of Robert Deringer and Regina Kay White Murray.

     He was a construction worker and member of the Ebenezer Church of Christ.

     Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one son, Lain Michael Deringer; two sisters, Brittney Le’Ann White and Hailey Denise Murray, both of Harrodsburg, and three brothers, Benton Edward Deringer of Harrodsburg, Michael Allen Logue of Harrodsburg and Joshua Dale Deringer of Springfield; grandparents and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Jimmy Murray.

     Funeral services were held Friday, May 22, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Michael Conover and John Kesel officiating.  Burial was in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Salvisa.

     Pallbearers were Benton Deringer, Joshua Deringer, Michael Logue, Ricky Ryan, Tyler Snow, Travis Deringer, Bobby Gibson and Randy Steele. Honorary pallbearers were Brittney White and Hailey Murray.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu May 28, 2015)



     Dr. Michael E. Lowrey of Ft. Myers, Fla., died Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Ft. Myers. 

     He was born in Louisville, to George Eugene Lowrey, M.D., and Lucille Gardner Lowrey Ridgway, now deceased.  He lived in Harrodsburg and attended Harrodsburg High School. 

     Dr. Lowrey graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. and M.S. and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  He graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School in 1961, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society.  He served his internship at Medical Center Hospital in Columbus, Ga., followed by a 3-year internal medicine residency at Emory University Hospital. 

     He moved to Fort Myers, Fla., with his family in 1965 and joined the medical practice of Fred Burford, MD.  In 1967 Dr. Lowrey was drafted into the U.S. Army and his family moved to Phoenixville, Penn.  He reported to Valley Forge Hospital as a U.S. Army Captain.  After his first year, he was sent to 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam, where he was promoted to Major. Upon his honorable discharge in 1969, he and his family returned to Fort Myers.  He rejoined Dr. Burford’s practice and was elected Chief of Internal Medicine at Lee Memorial Hospital. 

     Dr. Lowrey retired in 2004.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing, tennis, camping, running, hiking and reading.

     He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sally Bond Lowrey of Ft. Myers; four children, George Lowrey of Key Biscayne, Fla., Tim Lowrey of Ft. Myers, Scott Lowrey and wife Liz of Westin, Fla., and Beth Lowrey of Ft. Myers; a stepson, Tom Bond and wife Jen of Austin, Texas;  12 grandchildren; a sister, Geraldine Lowrey Jackson of Danville, Ky.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

     Interment will be held in Harrodsburg, Ky., with a memorial service to be announced at a later date.

     Donations in memory of Dr. Michael Lowrey are suggested to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL, 33908.

     Friends are invited to send condolences via the online guest book, which can be found at 

     Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ft. Myers, is entrusted with final care.

Paid Obit

(HH Thu May 28, 2015)



     Russell Cleveland LeMonds, 58, of Harrodsburg, husband of Betty Cordier LeMonds, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Mn.

     Born March 5, 1957, in Santa Monica, Calif., he was the son of the late George and Bernice White LeMonds. 

     He was a graduate of Boyle County High School and Central Kentucky Technical School in Lexington, a US Navy veteran, an employee of Osram-Sylvania in Versailles and was a Christian.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include one daughter, Brooke (Bennett) Rouse of Paintsville, one son, Jeremy (Katherine) LeMonds of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two sisters, Bernita (Chuck) Leffew of Danville and Linda (Larry) Gray of Cynthiana; one brother, Kenneth (Sharon) LeMonds of Danville; four grandchildren; and family members Morris and Dot McGirr of Danville, Steve McGirr of Danville, Debbie Reynolds of Garrard County, Bev McGirr and Dona McGirr, both of Danville.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at Sims Funeral Services with Brooke LeMonds Rouse, Steve McGirr and Stan Harmon officiating. Burial is in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville.

     Pallbearers are Larry Gray Jr., Chris LeMonds, Scott LeMonds, Bobby Leffew, Travis Leffew, Travis McGirr, Kevin Martin, and Joe Cordier Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Nathan Gray, Michael McGirr, Thomas Jones Jr., Nurses of 6D, Mary Brigh, the VAD Team at Mayo Clinic, Jordan Payne, Bennett Rouse, Morris McGirr and the 1975 Boyle Co. Rebel Football Team.

     Visitation Wednesday, May 27, from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday after 7 a.m. at the funeral home.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Children’s Miracle Network, 1000 S. Limestone, University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 40536.

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     Doris Faye Elliott Miller, 82, of Danville, died Thursday, May 21, 2015.

     Born June 26, 1932 in Casey County, she was the daughter of Finley and Linda Elliott.

     Fay was a homemaker and worked in the restaurant business for over twenty-five years. She grew up in the Mt. Olive area and was a graduate of Danville High School. She loved quilting, crocheting and keeping informed on current events and politics. Fay was a front porch sitter who loved spending time with her grand and great grandchildren more than anything. She had the greatest love and joy for her family. Faye was predeceased by her husband, Melvin L. Miller and a son, Danny Miller.

     She is survived by: three children, Marlene M. (Tony) Warner of Burgin, Charles L. "Chuck" Miller of Danville and Aaron A. "Tony" (Norma Childs) Miller of Ft. Myers, Fla.; six brothers and sisters, Fern Sims of Kings Mountain, Viola Smith of Lexington, Junior (Dort) Elliott of Cincinnati, Ohio, Leeman "Tim" (Judy) Elliott of Casey Co., David (JoAnn) Elliott of Junction City, and Larry Elliott of Covington; nine grandchildren, Adam Clayton (Angela) Miller, Joshua Cain (Katie) Miller, Anthony Louis Miller, Dewayne Short, Jeremi (Amy) Short, Jessica (David) Patterson, Jamie (Jeremy) Thacker, Andrea (Zack) Gross, and Brandi Sheron; and eight great-grandchildren, Caleb Miller, Sidney Short, Malory Short, Grace Patterson, Micah Patterson, Lynley Thacker, Laykyn Thacker and Zachary Sheron.

     The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Stith Funeral Home, Junction City. Rev. Brad King will officiate. Burial will be with her husband in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.

     Visitation will be after 5 p.m., Wednesday at Stith Funeral Home, Junction City.

     The family suggests memorial donations be made to Heritage Hospice.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the May 28, 2015 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



     Ronald Wayne Price Sr., 64, husband of Gracie Price, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Turrell, Ark.

     Arrangements are incomplete at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

(HH Thu May 28, 2015)



     Pedro Ruiz, 81, of Danville, husband of Vicki Littell, died Thursday at his home in Boyle County.

     Born Nov. 11, 1933, in Hobbs, N.M., he was the son of the late Pedro and Vicenta Rodriques Ruiz. 

     He retired from Helm Farms and a member of the Westend Church of Christ.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three children, Juan Ruiz, Pedro Ruiz and Angel Ruiz, all of Marble Falls, Texas; one stepson, Nathan (Kasey) Cole of Harrodsburg; one stepdaughter, Tonya (Rodrigo) Moreno of Danville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren.

     Funeral services will be held Saturday; May 30, at 11 a.m. at the West End Church of Christ with Rob Kernodle officiating.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu May 28, 2015)