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."





     Mr. Oscar William Drury, 89, husband of Dorothy Jenkins Drury died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Saint Joseph Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

     Born April 4, 1928 in Woodford County, Oscar was the son of the late Ernest and Josie Wattenbarger Drury.

     He was a self-employed carpenter, a Veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Woodland Christian Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid outdoorsman.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, are: two sons, Marshall Lynn (Sherry) Drury and Oscar Norman (Carol) Drury, both of Lexington; two daughters, Teresa (James) Hoppin in Midway and Janice R. (Jeff) Brock of Nicholasville; one brother, Clyde Drury of Harrodsburg; and one sister, Edith Wilhoite of Lexington. Four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

     Oscar was preceded in death by one daughter, Anita Gayle Drury, two brothers, Elmer Drury and Ernest Drury, Jr., and two sisters, Gene Scott and Pearl Downs.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Rev. Dalene Vasbinder. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Andrew Drury, Andrew Maxwell, Terry Lunsford, Jim Hoppin and Devan Mullikin.

     Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, September 22, and after 7 a.m. Saturday, September 23, at the funeral home.

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     Realey Jackson Holt Jr, age 97, of Harrodsburg, widower of Lucille Peavler Holt, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.

     Born July 17, 1920 in Taylorsville, he was son of the late Realey Jackson Sr. and Martha Belle Taylor Holt.

     He was a former taxi driver for Ryan’s Fleet Line Cab Co. of Harrodsburg, Green Cab Service and Johnson Cab Service, both in Danville. He was a member of the 3 CCC’s, enjoyed playing cards, fishing, being an avid UK sports fan, a Cincinnati Reds fan and was a member of the Dry Branch Baptist Church in Harrodsburg.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Dorothy (Bobby) O'Neill of Parksville; two sons, Roy (Eva) Holt and Jerry (Judy Jarrell) Holt, both of Harrodsburg; thirteen grandchildren, Roy (Rita) Holt, Harrodsburg, Angela Holt, Danville, Jerry Holt, Liberty, Jennifer (Lionel) Gordon, Salvisa, Jamie Holt, Shelbyville, Terry Holt, Danville, Barry Holt, Hustonville, Glenda Elaine Lidy, Jeffrey Lovett, Rita Mae Lovett, Melissa Lovett, Jonathan Lovett and Nicholas Abston, all of Frankfort, IN; one great-grandchild, Katleena Gordon, Salvisa and a special friend, Kathy Graham.

     Realey was preceded in death by a son, Alfred Ellis Holt, a daughter, Marsha Lovett Abston, a half-brother, James Peavler, two sisters, Lela Robinson, and Lizzie Mae Taylor.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, at the Sims Funeral Services by Bro. Donnie Releford assisted by Bobby O’Neill. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Lionel Gordon, Bobby O'Neill, Harold Baker, Danny Humber, Alfred Holt and Scott Holt.

     Visitation will be Friday, September 22, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at Sims Funeral Services.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at



     Ada Bruce Gash, 83, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

     Born Dec. 3, 1933, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late John Dudley and Corinne Sweeney Gash.

     She was a University of Kentucky graduate and taught in Mercer County, New Richmond, Ohio and Fairborn, Ohio.

     Survivors include: three sisters, Joy and Mary Alice Gash of Salvisa and Martha Jean Hahn of Louisville; two brothers, John D. (Miki) Gash of San Jose, Calif., Jim (Joye) Gash of Harrodsburg; one aunt, Blanche Sweeney of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Lou Gash Cosby; two brothers-in-law, Charles H. Cosby and William Bryant Hahn, and one niece Jeanne Hahn Cooney.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at Gash Memorial Chapel in Lawrenceburg. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bluegrass Navigators (Hospice), 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601 or Kirkwood Baptist Church, 1955 Kirkwood Road, Salvisa, KY 40372 or the Corinne Gash Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o James Gash, 535 McCroskey Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

(HH Thu Sep 21, 2017)



     Lois T. Frederick, 90, of Harrodsburg, widow of David Frederick, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at the Willows in Harrodsburg. 

     Born April 8, 1927, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Carl Thomas and Clara Mae Elliott Taylor.

     She retired as an LPN at Haggin Hospital, and was a member of the Carpenters Christian Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Rita Diane (Tom) Shewmaker of China Grove, NC; one son, David Brent (Lilly) Frederick of Harrodsburg; one brother, Donald Burton (Mary Elizabeth) Taylor of Salt Lake City, UT, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by one sister, Kathryn Lake, and two brothers, Carl K. Taylor and Dudley Dale Taylor.

     Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 15, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Greg Warren and John Kesel officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 21, 2017)



     Steven Lee Kestler, 62, husband of Melinda Combs Kestler, of Harrodsburg, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Lexington Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington.

     Born Jan. 1, 1955, in Salina, Kan., he was the son of Don and Wilma Truax Kestler

     He was a graduate of Kennedy Western University in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a recruiter for Kestler Associates, a member of the Intercity Personnel Association and was a member of the Carpenter’s Christian Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents,  include: two sons, Christian Lee Kestler and Ethan Daniel Kestler, both of Harrodsburg; one sister, Shauna (Roy) Burger of Burgin; mother-in-law Pat Combs and his grandmother-in-law, Rina Freeman, both of Whitesburg; one brother-in-law, David (Tammie) Combs of Whitesburg, and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Carpenter’s Christian Church with Bro. John Kesel and Bro. Greg Warren officiating. Burial was in Burgin Memorial Gardens in Burgin.

Pallbearers were Shawn Lewis, Lewis Sexton, David Combs, Roy Burger, Shinji Matsuda, Dennis Berry and Bobby Gray. Honorary bearers were Cooper Sexton, Reed Sexton, Emma Kate Sexton, S.J. Burger, Ashlynn Burger and Jake Burger.

Arrangements by Sims Funeral Services of Harrodsburg.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 21, 2017)



     James McGinnis, 84, of Lexington, widower of Carolyn Asbury Taylor, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at his residence.

     Born on Sept. 11, 1933, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Oliver Jackson and Elizabeth Harris McGinnis. 

     He retired from South Central Bell and was a member of Northeast Christian Church in Lexington.  

     Survivors include: one son, Wade (Ellie) McGinnis, and one sister, Frances Balden.

     He was preceded in death by two sisters, Della Burke and Ann Rexroat.

     Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at Scobee Funeral Home, in Winchester.

     Visitation 5 p.m. until the hour of the service Friday at the funeral home.

(HH Thu Sep 21, 2017)



     Mary Elizabeth Salt Ragland, 88, of Hodgenville, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Harrodsburg Health and Rehab Center.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Barb (Louis) Yeast, and two sons, Frank Ragland and Eddie (Kim) Ragland.

     Funeral services are incomplete at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville.

(HH Thu Sep 21, 2017)