Mercer County Obits





Byron Elwood Collier, age 80, of Harrodsburg, husband of Devola (Curry) Collier, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Danville Centre For Health and Rehabilitation in Danville.

Born May 2, 1939 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Belve and Margaret Peavler Collier.

He attended Cornishville School, was a self-employed truck driver, enjoyed fox hunting, gardening, farming, spending time with his grandchildren and was a member of the Cornishville Baptist Church.

Survivors, other than his wife, include: one daughter, Carol Nichols of Harrodsburg; two sons, Nick (Saralyn) Collier and Todd (Lorrie) Collier, both of Harrodsburg; one sister, Beuna Grigsby of Harrodsburg; one brother, Belve (Stephanie) Collier of Harrodsburg; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Byron was preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin Collier and Marcie Collier.

Funeral services will be conducted at1 p.m.Tuesday, October 22, at Sims Funeral Services by Bro. Steven Brogli and Bro. Mark King. Burial will be in Cornishville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Todd Devine, Vince Kinder, Kelly Bugg, Byron Collier, Billy Grider, Mark Matherly and Curry Collier. Honorary bearers will be Chuck Tyler, Dennis Tyler, and John David Tyler.

Visitation will be Monday, October 21, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8 a.m. until the time of service at Sims Funeral Services.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at




     James Carl Jenkins, the 87 year old widower of Helen Devine Jenkins, died Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Thomson Hood Veteran's Center in Wilmore.

Born February 14, 1932, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Guster  and Cordie Carr Jenkins Sr,.

     He was a member of the Southland Christian Church and was a former Deacon and Elder at the Magnolia Street Christian Church and the Mayo Christian Church in Harrodsburg. James is retired die setter from Square D and an Army veteran. 

     Survivors include: one daughter, Shree Jenkins;  one sister, Dorothy (Oscar) Drury, both of Lexington; sister's-in-law, Joyce and Geneva Jenkins; and several nieces and nephews.

James is predeceased by a sister; Eva (Joseph) Stine and two brothers; Stanley and Guster Jenkins, Jr.

     Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, and burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will start at 12 noon Tuesday and lead to the service at 2 p.m.

     Memorials are suggested to: Bluegrass Care Navigators, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at




Dennis Eugene Vaught, 54, Harrodsburg, KY, son of Dottie Vaught Bechtel, died Tuesday at his home in Harrodsburg.

Born July 10,1965, in Harrodsburg, to Dottie G. Vaught Bechtel and the late Elwyn "Peanut" Vaught.

Dennis was a former president for the 1st Southern National Bank and was a member of the Lancaster Baptist Church.

     Dennis is survived by: a daughter; Emily Layne (Josh) Dowd of Lancaster; one son: Jonathan Tucker (Becca) Vaught of Paint Lick; his mother, Dottie (Jim) Vaught Bechtel of Harrodsburg, one sister: Denise (Mark) Edwards of Harrodsburg, a brother; David (Vickii) Vaught of Parksville; granddaughters, Carter Vaught and Ellie Hurley.

     Visitation will be from 12 noon - 2:30 p.m. Sunday; October 20, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel,  Harrodsburg.

Funeral service, conducted by Harold Best will follow at 2:30 p.m.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

Donations are to be made to the Bruner's Chapel Baptist Church with Ellie Hurley on the memo line and mailed to: Bruner's Chapel Baptist Church, 2677 Mackville Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330




Marilyn June (Amos) Eckman, 91, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2019 in her daughter Deborah’s home in Danville, Kentucky after a fierce battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Marilyn was born June 6, 1928, daughter of Frank and Hazel (Pape) Amos. Mrs. Eckman resided in Huntley, Illinois most of her life.

Marilyn was a longtime member of Huntley Congregational Church where she married her husband Charles “Bob” Eckman in 1950. She was also in the church choir, Prairie singers, Music Boosters, American Legion Auxiliary, and Huntley Homemakers. Marilyn was devoted mother to her family, enjoyed singing, gardening, reading, sewing, baking and cooking for family, friends, neighbors, and in support of American Legion and Congregational Church community events. Marilyn always welcomed family, friends, and visitors to her table with a smile and generous heart.

She is survived by: her seven children, Deborah (Larry) Cullen of Danville, KY, Scot (Lynda) Eckman of Schaumburg, IL, Edwin Eckman of Superior, CO, Gail (Randy) Leggee of Crystal Lake, IL, Melanie (Todd) Gunderson of Winfield, IL, Kim (Kevin) Brennan of Algonquin, IL, and Robert (Cynthia) Eckman of Huntley; 19 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois May Tews of Spooner, WI and many extended family members.

Burial services will be Monday, October 21 in Huntley, Illinois.

The family wishes to thank her compassionate and dedicated caregivers along with Heritage Hospice for the exceptional care provided to Marilyn, Pastor Caroline Kelly and the Stephen Ministers of the Presbyterian Church of Danville.

Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Art Center of the Bluegrass—Beautiful Memories Program—focused on the role of art in providing holistic care for dementia patients (, Heritage Hospice, or Presbyterian Church of Danville/Music Programs.

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Mary Marie Bottoms, 68, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. 

Born Feb. 28, 1951 in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Maddox and Nancy Maddox Royalty. 

She was a homemaker and had been a farmer.  She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and also was a member of refuge at The Carpenter’s Christian Church. 

Survivors include two sons: Walter “Wally” Bottoms and Scottie Anthony (Melissa) Bottoms both of Harrodsburg; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and one on the way; the entire White family and several cousins and friends also survive.

She was preceded in death by four brothers: Lee, Charles Eugene, Tony, and Ernest Lee Royalty; and one sister Rose Mary Royalty.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18,  at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Releford, John Kesel, and Larry Camic officiating.  Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery with her grandchildren and great grandchildren serving as Honorary Pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 17 and after 7 a.m. Friday at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Fellowship Baptist Church, 481 Cornishville Street, Harrodsburg, KY  40330 and/or REFUGE at The Carpenter’s Christian Church, 1340 U.S. Hwy 127 Bypass, Harrodsburg, KY  40330.

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Coy Edward Cammack, 82, died on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at his residence. 

Born Sept. 22, 1937, in Sinai, he was the son of the late James Daniel and Delta Rae Drury Cammack.

He was a self-employed carpenter, attended Willisburg schools and was a member of the Mt. Freedom Baptist Church.

Survivors include: three nephews, Bobby Coulter, Bobby Hayes and Terry Turner; five nieces, Marilyn Coulter, Carol Cammack, Sandy Akins, Kay Oldham and Vickie Arnold. 

He was preceded in death by two brother, Jessie Cammack and James Cammack and three sisters, Elsie Coulter, Nancy Oldham and Betty Turner.

There will be no visitation or services as cremation was selected.

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Judith Carol Johnson, 64, of Harrodsburg, wife of Richard Gayle Johnson, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at her residence.

Born May 21, 1955, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Beatrice Settles Whitenack.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: two daughters, Lynette (Nicholas) McKinney, and Leslye (Clayton) Turner both of Harrodsburg;  three sisters, Debbie (Brent) Steele of Harrodsburg,  Rachael (Pete) Baughman of Lawrenceburg, and Tressa Million of Harrodsburg;  four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Mercer Church of Christ, with Mike Justice officiating. Burial was in Mayo Christian Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were Nick McKinney, Brantley McKinney, Clayton Turner, Michael Goodlett, Brent Steele, Steve Robinson, Brad Banks, Elton Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Gary Sanford, John Warren, Jason Sanford and Mike Sanford.  Honorary bearers were Sessani Withers, Hope Ransdell, Brooke Brown, Brittany Brown, Brandi Horn, Audrey Million and Kayla Peach.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mercer Church of Christ, 1200 Louisville Rd., Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

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Ralph David Perkins, 82, widower of Betty Lou Thomas Perkins, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center. 

Born Dec. 14, 1936, in Garrard County, he was the son of the late TG and Dorothy Long Perkins. 

He was a former owner and operator of Kerr-McGee Stations and had worked as a Panasonic Security Guard. 

Survivors include four daughters,  Jamie (Rick) Pinkston, Dana (PJ) Simpson, both of Lawrenceburg; Donna (Mike) Stafford of Danville and Lisa (Bee) Sebastian of Lancaster;  two brothers,  Bobby (Cheryl) Perkins and Donnie (Teresa) Perkins; three sisters, Betty Curde, Shirley Atkins, and Brenda (Cleve) Webb; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by two sons,  Duane Perkins and David Hal Perkins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. George Dye officiating.  Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens

Pallbearers were Brandon Sebastian, Travis Daniels, Michael Hill, Donnie Hampton, Mike Wagoner and Terry Webb.

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Leonard C. Steele, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at the Clifton Oaks Care Center in Louisville.

Born Sept. 23, 1935, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Arthur and Clara May Hendren Steele.

He was a retired School Bus Driver for Harrodsburg Independent Schools and the Mercer County School District and was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

Survivors include: the mother of his children, Patsy Anderson Steele, of Harrodsburg; five daughters, Mona Gail (Tom) Curtsinger of Harrodsburg, Janet Sue Steele of Harrodsburg, Kathy Ann (B.R.) Chilton of Salvisa, Pam (Terry Booth) Maddox of Harrodsburg and Alexia Leigh (Bob) Drury of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Loretta (Eugene) Hammond of Newport, and Margaret Alice Hart of Lexington; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and four great- great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by eight siblings, Annetta Mobley, Linda Sue Hart, Robert, Clarence (Bud), And Eugene Steele, Frances McCormick, Rebecca Dennis and Virginia Goldman.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m., at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Alvis Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were A.J. and Shawn Curtsinger, Larry Cox, John Todd Drury, Jason Drury and Eden Short. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 1030 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504.

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