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."






Patricia “Pat” Martin Godby, age 78, of Harrodsburg, formerly of Crab Orchard, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at her home.

Born Wednesday, July 5, 1939 in Stanford, she was the daughter of the late Cecil & Mae Martin.

Pat worked, as a Loan Officer, at Farm Credit Services for many years.  She was a member of Crab Orchard Baptist Church, loved her daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, loved to work in her flower garden, and loved antique furniture.

Pat leaves behind: one daughter, Leighanne Hurt (Jeff) of Stanford; two grandchildren, David and Devin Hurt, both of Stanford; four great-grandchildren, Addy, Memphis, Mia, and Raylen Hurt, all of Stanford; one brother, Randy Martin (Lisa) of Paint Lick; and three nieces, Lindsey Garrett, Vickie Naylor, and Jen Hunter.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by one brother, Don Martin; one sister, Libby Gilbert; and one nephew, David Randall Martin, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, November 27, at the Fox & Friend Funeral Home. Private Burial, will take place, at a later date, in Crab Orchard Cemetery.

The visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Fox & Friend Funeral Home, Stanford, is entrusted with Pat’s arrangements.

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Teresa Kay Huffman Shuman, age 62, Harrodsburg, died Monday, November 20, 2017 in Harrodsburg.

Born November 17, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Dudley and Gertie Elliott Huffman.

She was a graduate of Mercer County High School, received her LPN degree from the Danville School of Practical Nursing, was a retired nurse at the VA Medical Center on Leestown Road in Lexington, KY, liked spending a lot of time with her grandchildren and was a member of the Cornishville Christian Church in Cornishville.

Survivors include: two daughters Crystal (Stanley) McCarty of Cornishville, KY and Shakeela (Chris) Howard of Harrodsburg, KY; one brother, Junior (Tina) Huffman of Harrodsburg, KY and four grandchildren Steven McCarty, Aaron McCarty, Jacob Howard and Desi Shuman.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Stephanie Shuman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, at the Sims Funeral Services by Brother Steve Pater. Burial will be in Cornishville Christian Church Cemetery in Cornishville.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, November 24, at the Sims Funeral Services.

Pallbearers are: Junior Huffman, Chris Howard, Steven McCarty, Jeff Foster, Brian Huffman, Jack Reed, and Brian Dinsmore.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at





Rita Lane Ashton, age 73, widow of Herbert Ashton, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born Oct. 20, 1944 in Shelbyville, she was thedaughter of the late Edwardand Bernice Ann (Simpson) Clark.

Survivors include: one daughter, Lee Ann Clarkson of Harrodsburg, and one son James Edward “Eddie” Burton of Lawrenceburg; three sisters Frankie (Jerry) Huffman and Sue Clark both of Harrodsburg, and Linda Clark of Versailles; four grandchildren; she is also survived by a special friend, Ellie Jones of Salvisa. She was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Clark.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 20 at Sims Funeral Services.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Nov 23, 2017)




Edward Cloyd

     Edward Douglas Cloyd, age 86, Harrodsburg, husband of Mary Maheras Cloyd, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at his home in Harrodsburg. Born October 13, 1931 in Parksville, KY, he was son of the late William James and Madge Lee (Baker) Cloyd. He was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War, a self-employed farmer and a member of the Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Connie Joyce (Tom) Borbely of Oak Forest, IL; and one sister, Bette Jean Cloyd of Danville, KY; two grandchildren, Colleen (Trevor) Edmonson of Kankakee, IL and Kimberly (Greg) Howard of Conroe, TX and one great grandchild, Lucy Joyce Howard of Conroe, TX. Edward was preceded in death by two brothers, Junior Cloyd and Robert Carl Cloyd and two sisters, Shirley Ruth Long and Carolyn Ann Cloyd.

     Funeral services will be conducted 10:00 am, Friday, November 17, 2017 at Sims Funeral Services by Bro. Tony Smith. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

     Pallbearers are: Bobby Cloyd, Roger Cloyd, Danny Cloyd, Mike Long, John Cora, Jim Long, and Tom Borbely.

     Visitation will be Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Friday, November 17, 2017 from 8:00 am until the time of services at Sims Funeral Services.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the November 23, 2017 issue of the Harrods-burg Herald)



Anne Freeman, 90, widow of Marshall “Jug” Freeman, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born Sept. 5, 1927, in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Claude M. and Laura (Isham) Terhune.

She was a clerk for her family businesses and a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include: one sister in law; Scottye Terhune of Lexington; several nieces & nephews.

Anne was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Ann Freeman, and seven siblings.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with

Eddie Russell officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 11-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Memorial contributions are suggested to Harrodsburg Baptist Foundation, 312 South Main Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or another charity.

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

(HH Thu Nov 23, 2017)



Connie Clifford Royalty, 81, husband of 61 years to Bonnie Riley Royalty, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Signature Healthcare – Heritage Hall in Lawrenceburg.

Born July 2, 1936 in Mercer County, KY, Clifford was the son of the late Elmer Elwood Royalty and Mary Will Brown Royalty.

Clifford was a 1955 graduate of Salvisa High School, a former Edward Sausage employee and retired following 25 years with IBM. He was a member and deacon emeritus at Sand Spring Baptist Church where he was active leading music at Heritage Hall church services and visiting the shut-ins, hospitals, and nursing homes. Clifford was instrumental in helping to start the bus ministry in the early 1970’s at Sand Spring. He and Bonnie are members of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class. He enjoyed auctions, gardening, playing horse shoes, woodworking, especially making rein deer, and formerly coached his sons in little league baseball.

Along with his wife, Clifford is survived by his three children, Kevin (Saletta) Royalty of Benton, KY, Steven (Dawn) Royalty of Lawrenceburg, and Andrea Royalty (Steven) Campbell of Lancaster, SC; his three granddaugthers, Caitlyn (Tyler) Smith, Jessica Royalty, and Carsyn Campbell; his brother, Donald Wayne (Brenda) Royalty of Harrodsburg; and his brother-in-law Don Stiglich of Harrodsburg. Including his parents, Clifford was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Stiglich.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 22nd beginning at 11 AM at the Sand Spring Baptist Church, 1616 Harrodsburg Rd., Lawrenceburg, KY. Dr. Mike Hamrick will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the Sand Spring Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 – 8 PM and on Wednesday from 9 – 11 AM at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tyler Smith, Dennis Stiglich, Carroll Sutherland, Bob Abshire, Dudley Hanks, and Scott Williams. Honorary bearers will be Dale Royalty, Hartford Sexton, Bobby Christerson, Harold Coulter, Al Abner, and the Deacons of Sand Spring Baptist Church.

Memorials in memory of Clifford memorials are suggested to the Sand Spring Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 166, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 or Bluegrass Hospice Care, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, KY. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the November 23, 2017 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



Jane Gayle Birch Shewmaker, 80, of Mackville, wife of Carlton Shewmaker, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Mar. 3, 1937 in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Beulah Shewmaker Birch.

She was a social worker and a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church.

Survivors in addition to her husband include: two sons, Ritchie (Lisa) Shewmaker of Louisville and Greg (Diane) Shewmaker of Nicholasville’ one brother, Michael (Mae) Birch of Athens, Ga.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 5 at the New Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Barry Harmon officiating and Rev. Chuck Robinson assisting. Burial was in Peter Cemetery in Mackville.

Pallbearers were Adam Shewmaker, Lindsay Shewmaker, John Shewmaker, Isaac Shewmaker, Matthew Shewmaker, and Elise Shewmaker.

(HH Thu Nov 23, 2017)




Ruth “Johnnie” Zanone, age 94, widow of Jack C. Zanone, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at Signature Health Care Center.

Born Dec. 10, 1922 in Hazard, she was the daughter of the late Dan and Sarah (Bowling) Wooten.

Survivors include: one daughter, Carolyn (Brennan) Royalty of Harrodsburg; two sons, Wes (Judy Woosley) Zanone of Lexington, and Dan (Sherry) Zanone of Flagstaff, Ariz.; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at a later date in the Lancaster Cemetery located in Lancaster.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lancaster Christian Church, P.O. Box 574, Lancaster KY 40444 or to Heritage Hospice, Inc. Post Office Box 1213, Danville, KY 40423.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Nov 23, 2017)