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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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MELVN BOTTOM

     Melvin Kenneth Bottom, 85, husband of Gladys Ellis Bottom, died Sunday, May 21, 2017. 

     Born April 25, 1932, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Allen and Iva Bottom.

     He was a self-employed farmer and backhoe operator and a Deacon Emeritus at Perryville Baptist Church

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: four sons, Melvin “Kennie” (Ellen) Bottom of Hamilton, Ohio; Roger (Paula) Bottom of Argillite, Alan “Pete” (Lisa) Bottom and Mark (Trille) Bottom of Perryville; one daughter, Sharon Ann (Russell) Caudill of Lancaster; one brother, Billy Gene Bottom of Perryville; one sister, Josephine Bugg of Harrodsburg; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  

     He was preceded in death by three sisters, Frances Milburn, Mattie Jane Russell and Ruby Wilkerson and two brothers, Mickie Holtby and Edward Bottom.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 24, at Walden Funeral Home in Perryville with Brother Doug Davis and Dan McClelland officiating.

     Pallbearers were grandsons Chet Roller, Michael, Matthew, Dustin, Taylor, Trent and Tatum Bottom. Honorary pallbearers were Tory and Damon Collins, Elizabeth and John Witte, Brittany and John Herrington, Sarah Roller, Alison, Heather, Erika, and Lindsey Bottom, Paige Worthington, Perryville Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class, Duchy Brant, Bobby and Betty Followell and David and Ann Harden.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice.

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

EDGAR BURTON

     Edgar “Eddie” Smith Burton, 62, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Harrodsburg, husband of Pam Burton, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

     Born Dec. 26, 1954, he was the son of the late Hunter and Mary Burton.

     He was retired from Burton Oil Co. and H&B Sanitation, was an assistant superintendent and spray technician at Serenoa Golf Club, was a past president of the Harrodsburg Rotary Club, was a former magistrate in Mercer County and was a member of the site-based decision-making council in the Harrodsburg Independent School District.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one son, Hunter Burton of Bellingham, Wash., three sisters, Susie (David) Duhe of San Clemente, Calif; Ann Hunter Burton (Terry Sutherland) of Harrodsburg and Louise (Harry) Bush of Lexington.

     He was preceded in death by his son, Noah Burton.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church of Venice or Tidewell Hospice of Venice or to a charity of one’s choice.

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

CONNIE DARLAND

     Connie Ray Darland, 72, of Harrodsburg, husband of Joyce Ann Baker Darland, died Thursday, May 18, 2017, at his home.

     Born Aug. 26, 1944, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Ben and Ray Evelyn Devine Darland. 

     He was a 1962 graduate of Mercer County High School, was a retired employee of E. W. Brown Power Plant and a member of the Hopewell Baptist.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one daughter, Stacie Otis Darland of Mercer County; one son, Kevin (Kim) Darland of Lexington; two sisters, Margaret Ward of Harrodsburg and Ruth Hatter of Danville; one brother, Dale Thomas (Rhonda) Darland of Harrodsburg; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

     He was preceded in death by five brothers, J.B., Marvin, George, Floyd and Earl Darland and two sisters, Virginia Matherly and Gloria Jean Murphy.

     Funeral services were held Monday, May 22 at Hopewell Baptist Church with Doug Wesley officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Baptist Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Brandon Darland, Ryan Darland, Caleb Otis, Rodney Thompson, Johnny Dickerson and Mike Ward. Honorary pallbearers were J.H. Whitenack, Gene Motley, James Dobson and David Chumley.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Hopewell Cemetery Foundation, c/o Brenda Royalty, 457 Haddix Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

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

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

 

 

BESSIE HENDERSON

     Bessie Henderson, 87, of Harrodsburg, widow of Charles Henderson, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at her home.

     Born Nov. 27, 1929, in Harrodsburg, she was daughter of the late Edward and Mary Lou Bradshaw Hines.

     She was a Sunday School superintendent and teacher, Director of Christian Education and Women’s Missionary Society, member of the St. Peter AME Church and member of the B&PW Club, Roots and Heritage Committee and West Side School Committee.

     Survivors include: one son, Michael E. VanDyke of Harrodsburg; one daughter-in-law, Harrilyn VanDyke of Harrodsburg; one grandson, Phillip L. VanDyke II, Harrodsburg; one great-grandchild, one nephew, one niece and several cousins.

     She was preceded in death by one son, Phillip Lamont VanDyke I; two brothers, Henry Hines and Elmer Payne Reid and one niece, Frances Mendez.

     Funeral services were held Friday, May 19, at the St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church by Pastor William Jenkins and Rev. Ralph Smith. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Cecil Smith, Steve Smith, Leon VanDyke, Tilton Bradshaw, John T. Mayes and Elwood Byrd. Honorary bearers were Robert Harris, Andy Harris, John Harris, Kenneth Jones, Kenneth Green, Robert Jewell Wade and Brad Guthrie.

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

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

HAROLD HENDREN

     Harold Gene Hendren, 81, of Burgin, husband of Doloris Hendren, died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

     Born Oct. 16, 1935, he was the son of the late Homer and Lillie Freeman and Golden Hendren and Gladys Helton Hendren Bailey.

     He was a graduate of Rose Hill High School and attended Centre College.

     He was a retired employee of Corning Glass Works, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a volunteer at the Christian Life Center and a member of Burgin Baptist Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: two daughters, Harriett and Pam Hendren; two half brothers, Danny and Bobby Bailey and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by one brother, Burbon Freeman.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 24 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Carl McRay officiating. Burial was in Burgin Memorial Garden.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Burgin Baptist Church or to Heritage Hospice.

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

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

 

 

 

HAROLD HUFFMAN

     Harold Goodloe Huffman, 88, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at his residence.

     Born in Washington County, he was the son of the late J.R. and Lillie Foster Huffman.

     He was a retired state employee with the road crew, was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and was a Baptist.

     Survivors include two sons: Harold Stephen Huffman of Lexington and Anthony Todd (Kim) Huffman of London, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by five brothers: William Foster, James Horace, Arthur C., Hugh Leon and Bruce Wayne Huffman and one sister: Wanda Mae Huffman Dean.

     Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Friday, May 26, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. George Dye officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Tony Huffman, Trevor Huffman, Bobby Huffman, Jerry Huffman, Mark Huffman and Paul Huffman.

     Visitation today, Thursday, May 25, from 5-8 p.m. and from 7 a.m. until the hour of the funeral at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

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

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

BRIAN JACKSON

     Brian Keith Jackson, 46, of Danville, husband of Erin “Sharee” Browning, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville.

     Born Oct 2, 1970, in Danville, he was the son of the late J.W. and Roberta (Bryant) Jackson. 

     He was a quality engineer for Dr. Schneider’s Automotive in Russell Springs.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: two daughters: Erin Sydney Jackson of Boyle County, and Halee Nicole Woods of Harrodsburg, three sons: Brian Hagen Jackson of Oklahoma, Evan Strother Browning and Ethan Ryan Masters of Boyle County,  two sisters: Gloria Peavler and Lisa Morrow of Danville, and two brothers: Dale Taylor of Harrodsburg, and Dennis Jackson of Lexington and four grandchildren.

     Funeral services were held Saturday, May 20 at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Rob Kernodle officiating.

     Honorary pallbearers were nieces and nephews.

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

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

SHERMAN LYNN

     Sherman Wayne Lynn, 74, of Harrodsburg, husband of Joy Lynn, died Friday, May 19, 2017, in Lexington.

     Born Oct. 28, 1942, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Henry and Ethel Mae Lynn.

     He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky, was retired from TMM, a veteran of the Navy who served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was a deacon at Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: three daughters, Nancy Goins, Amy (Steve) Karnes and Julie (Mark) Altman; two sons, James (Sarah) Lynn and Jacob (Michelle) Stringer; two sisters, Brenda Isaacs and Linda (Danny) Jenkins, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,

     He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Christina Elaine

     Private family services are to be determined.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideons International.

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

MARK MOUNTJOY

     Mark Mountjoy died peacefully in his home on May 22, 2017 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky at the age of 68.

     Mark is survived by his wife, Judy Hicks Mountjoy; children, Brian (Bridget) Mountjoy and Summer (Nick) Blair; and grandchildren, Nina & Eve Mountjoy and Willow Blair of Danville, Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas Robert “Tom Bob” & Doris Mountjoy and his brother Robert “Bobby” Mountjoy of Danville, Kentucky.

     Mark was born on February 2, 1949 in Danville, Kentucky. He graduated from Danville High School in 1967 and continued his formal education at Georgia Southern University. He married Judy Hicks on May 23 in 1970. In marriage, Judy & Mark raised Brian & Summer and set about showing them the beauty in nature and the strength in family. Mark’s children remember him as a loyal, loving, strong, creative and spirited father who encouraged them to pursue their passions and to live with phenomenal will. Mark’s grandchildren remember him as fun and funny; Mark’s grandchildren loved playing with him and giving him hugs and kisses.

     Mark was an accomplished entrepreneur and enjoyed all facets of business development: design, management and marketing. Over time, he conceptualized and superintended a number of business projects, including constructing beautiful, quality homes across Danville/Boyle County. He was an innovative, expressive and resolute individual who loved nature and family and who was passionate about photography.

     Ransdell Funeral Chapel will facilitate cremation services. Immediate family members will gather privately in commemoration.

     In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Danville/Boyle or Mercer County Humane Societies at DBCHS, P.O. Box 487, Danville, Kentucky 40423-0487 or MCHS, 896 Moberly Road, Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330.

     The family would like to thank Dr. Don Hamner and the nurses and staff at Gentiva Home Health and Heritage Hospice of Boyle/Mercer County for their professional support and compassionate care.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the May 25, 201 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

ALBERT PEAVLER

     Albert Jackson “A.J.” Peavler, 68, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday at his home in Harrodsburg.

     Born Nov. 13, 1948, in Lebanon, he was the son of Emogene Holderman Peavler and the late William Lee Peavler. 

     He was a Vietnam war veteran, retired from Bay West Paper Company, and was a member of the Harrodsburg Community Church and the VFW of Mackville.

     Survivors, in addition to his mother, include: one daughter: Emma (Bobby) Douglas of Lawrenceburg,  one sister: Frances Shepherd of Lexington, and five brothers: Herbert, Henry and Arlen Peavler of Harrodsburg, W.T. Peavler of Junction City and Condit Peavler of Waynesburg. 

     He was preceded in death by one brother: Randall Leon Peavler.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, May 25, 12 p.m. with George Smith officiating. Burial with military honors is in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

     Visitation 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Pallbearers are Arlen Peavler, Condit Peavler, Henry Peavler, Herbert Peavler, David Peavler and Josh Peavler. Honorary pallbearers are W.T. Peavler and Johnny Harmon.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the POW/MIA Foundation, 7407 Legrande St S Jacksonville, FL 32244-1620.

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

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

ADRIAN THOMPSON

     Paul “Adrian” Thompson, 68, of Harrodsburg, husband of Sandra Catlett Thompson, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at his home.

     Born Aug. 7, 1948, in Washington County, he was the son of the late Ralph Cephas and Vivian Durr Thompson. 

     He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam war and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received during service, was a life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars,  was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church where he served as trustee for many years and a member of the Pairs & Spares Sunday School Class.

     Adrian worked several years for Square D and Kentucky Utilities but spent much of his career as an independent car dealer and owner and operator of a Carhartt retail outlet.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife,  include: two daughters: Paula Joleen (Spencer) Tatum and Kimberly Nicole (Darryl) Walton, and one son: Paul Adrian (Krista) Thompson II,  five sisters: Lillian (Harold) Gritton, Jean Dean, Betty (Jerry) Foster, Brenda (Bobby) Grider and Pat (Gary) Keller, and two brothers: Bobby (Coleen) Thompson and Rodney (Mary Alice) Thompson all of Harrodsburg,  eight grandchildren, Seth Thompson Tatum, Nathan Ezra Tatum, Andrew Spencer Tatum, Brennen Scott Walton, Bryce Walton, Bailee Adrian Walton, Emory Kate Thompson and Jacob Thompson and  several nieces and nephews

     Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church with Brad King, Lester Tirey and John McDaniel officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow in the Bethel Baptist Cemetery.

     Visitation today, Thursday, May 25, from 5-8 p.m. at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethel Baptist Building Fund 3006 Seaville Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

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

PAID OBIT.

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)

 

JACKIE WHITED

     Jackie Whited Sr., 63, of Harrodsburg, died Friday, May 20 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born Jan. 23, 1954, in Casey County, he was the son of the late Bennie Shirl and Gracie Lee Apher Whited.

     He was a retired carpenter.

     Survivors include: one daughter: Tina (Brian) Stevens of Danville, and two sons: Jackie Whited Jr. of Casey County, and Christopher Whited of Danville and several grandchildren.

     Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

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

(HH Thu May 25, 2017)