Mercer County Obits





William Gary Prather, 71, of Mercer County died Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the University of Kentucky Hospice Care Center.

Born September 7, 1947 in Somerset, he was the son of the late Perry M. and Devauna Hargis Prather.

He was a retired manager and foreman at Sylvania; was a member of Salvisa Masonic Lodge #125; was a member of First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres in Florida and had attended New Hope Baptist Church in McAfee and Family Worship Center Church in Lexington.  Gary enjoyed bowling, playing cornhole with his grandchildren, and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include: two daughters: Devauna (Don) Adkins of Lexington and Leonna Prather of Mercer County; one step-son Brian Preston of Lawrenceburg, four grandchildren: Hailey Prather, Hannah Douglas, Chase Riley, and Devon Riley; three step grandchildren: Channing, Aspen, and Kennedy Preston; and two great granddaughters: Jana St. Lawrence and Emilee Holder.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Pastor Raymond Willis officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Young, Ernie Prather, Danny Brock, Bobby Joe Prather, Mark Darnell, and Jeff Beasley. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Buchanan, Russell Brock, James Michael Prather, Larry Purvis, Doyle Darland, Calvin Darnell, Bobby Fletcher, Ralph Phillips, Jimmy McGlone, and Perry Martin Prather.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a Masonic Rites Service conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY  40422.

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Carolyn L. Barnes, 65, formerly of Woodford County, wife of Donald R. Barnes, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Ephraim McDowell Hospital.

She was born in Versailles, Kentucky on May 5, 1954 to the late Geraldine “Buddy” Currens.

Carolyn was a former employee of Thomson Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore, Kentucky.

In addition to her husband, Donald R. Barnes of Harrodsburg, she is survived by, mother, Josetta Hardy, Slidell, LA, two sons, Bryan Crowe, Nicholasville, Daniel Crowe, Harrodsburg; one daughter, Vicki Sams, Harrodsburg; stepsister, Mary Ann Currens, Versailles; stepbrother, Mark Currens, Versailles, and seven grandchildren.

Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. on June 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5: p.m. until time of the service.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the June 13, 2019 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



Charles Louis Fallis, 91, of Salem, Virginia, formerly of Harrodsburg, widower of the late Betty Marie Sizemore Fallis, died Friday,  May 17, 2019.

He was the son of the late Thomas Lee Fallis and Ruth Lee Kinkaid Fallis.

Survivors include: one son, Steven; three daughters, Jane, Beth and Susan; two brothers, Ray and Norman of Harrodsburg, and one sister, Ruth.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Elbert and Glen Fallis, and one sister, Dixie. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

(HH Thu Jun 13, 2019)







Reverend Doctor Joey “Doc” Murphy of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. He was 66 years of age.

Born September 7, 1952, in Casey County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Claud W. Murphy and Syrilla Emerson Murphy Taylor. Joey retired after 50 years in the ministry and was a member of the United Methodist Conference. Joey earned his Masters of Divinity from Emory University and later received his Doctorate of Theology.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Carolyn Evans Murphy, whom he wed December 28, 1973, of Harrodsburg; one son, Paul Brent (Katie) Murphy of Harrodsburg; two brothers, Doctor Ted K. (Jefferi) Murphy of Liberty and Jimmy (Joy Lynn) Murphy of Lexington; two grandchildren, Noah James Murphy and Elijah Brent Murphy; and one aunt, Helena McDonald.

Visitation and funeral services for Joey will be held privately with private burial at Murphy Cemetery.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Per Joey’s wishes in lieu of flowers, please give a gift of appreciation to your pastor.

Joey’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with an online guestbook available at

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the June 13, 2019 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)




Monty Clay “Moose” Ross, 58, of Harrodsburg, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at his residence.

Born April 14, 1961, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late William and Mary Watts Ross.

He was a self-employed auto body repairman and attended Southside Christian Church.

Survivors include: two brothers, William David Ross of Harrodsburg and Steve Ross of Lexington; two sisters, Carla (Brent Gibson) King of Harrodsburg and Penny (Barkley) Lister of Perryville, and one special niece, April Ross.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Chris Ross and Thomas Lee Ross; one sister, Dana Jo Ross; three nieces; four nephews and five great-nieces.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(HH Thu Jun 13, 2019)





Maureen Theresa Shuck, 88, Danville, widow of Thomas Shuck,  died Monday, June 3, 2019, at home.

Born January 2, 1931, in White Plains, NY, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Helene Frances (Brady) McDonnell. She was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church, White Plains, NY.

She loved the Catholic school she attended and going to the city and seeing Broadway shows. She also enjoyed her time working as a server at Howard Johnson’s during her teen and young adult years. She would tell stories of all the good times she had while working there and about all the interesting people she met, including one of her best friends, who was a hat and clothing designer. She was his “go to” model and she had fond memories of the times she modeled for him and of all the adventures they shared.

Always up for an adventure and ready to leave behind the cold New York winters, she and her sister moved to California. There, while playing volleyball on a beach in Santa Monica, she met the love of her life. They spent many wonderful years in California raising their two daughters and granddaughter.

She and her husband retired to Kentucky in 1992. In her later years, she was known for singing to everyone she met. She loved to make people smile and she will be greatly missed by her family and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Survivors include: one daughter, Sharon (Phil) Cossentine of Danville; one sister, Sheila Quirion, five grandchildren, Kara Shuck, Robert Kiker, Caitlin Helms, Audra Cossentine, and Amanda Cossentine; three great grandchildren, Robert T. A. Kiker,  Audrey Helms, and Katelynn Kiker.

She is preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Kiker, and three siblings, Francis X. McDonnell, Helene Ghiazza, and Mona Coscia.

Graveside services were held on Friday, June 7, 2019, at Ebenezer Cemetery, Salvisa.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the June 13, 2019 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)