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."






     Les Bailey, age 99, of Shelbyville, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

     He was a member of Simpsonville Baptist Church for over 69 years, the Simpsonville Lions Club, and the Masonic Lodge #161 of Simpsonville. He retired from Federal Land Bank and a retired farmer. He was a graduate of University of Kentucky in 1939.

     He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Bailey and sister, Josephine Raymer.

     He is survived by: a son, Gary Bailey (Patsy) of Harrodsburg; a daughter, Karen Walters (Jesse) of Augusta, GA; two sisters, Willie Mae Barbour of Shelbyville, Lois Jean Parrot of Eminence; five grandchildren, Lyle McCollum, Jessie Marie Walters, Rebecca Walters, Jesse Walters, Jr., and Tracey Tennill; and six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

     Funeral services were held Monday, April 24, at the Shannon Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Boyd officiating. Burial was at Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

     Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Simpsonville Baptist Church Building Fund.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the April 27, 2017 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



     Jana Harbolt, 55, of Harrodsburg, wife of David Lee Harbolt, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born April 13, 1962, in Danville, she was the daughter of the late William Debo Cocanougher and Eunice Best Cocanougher of Harrodsburg. She was an instructional assistant for Mercer Intermediate School and was a member of the Eller’s Memorial Baptist Church.

     Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: one daughter, Amber Peavler of Harrodsburg; one son, Jamie Peavler of Harrodsburg; two brothers, William (Ruth Ann) Cocanougher of Harrodsburg and James Cocanougher of Danville; one grandson and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

     She was preceded in death by one son, Don Allen Peavler; one aunt, Gladys Best; one uncle, Walter Best, and one nephew, Dennis Cocanougher.

     Funeral services were held Sunday, April 23, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Choe Sergent and Mick Cox officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Dylan Harp, Austin Cocanougher, Richard Hayden, Gary Bishop, Ronnie Best and Berk Ludwick. Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Butler, Kevin Peavler, Justin Peavler, Kevin Horn, Justin Stocker, Noah Cocanougher, Milward Dedman, Dennis Davis and the staff of Mercer County Intermediate School.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospitals.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 27, 2017)



     Nicholas Wayne “Nick” Maddox, 39, Harrodsburg, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the UK Medical Center in Lexington.

     Born March 22, 1978, in Danville, he was the son of Dwayne and Nancy Caton Maddox.

     He was a shift leader for  Day and Zimmerman Construction and a farmer.

     Survivors, in addition to his parents, include: one brother, Levi (Jennifer) Maddox; three nieces, Reagan, Havanna and Sadie Maddox of Harrodsburg, and  several cousins.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Derek Baker officiating.

     Pallbearers are Levi Maddox, Wes Inman, Derrick Vandivier, Keith Lay, Brian Lay, Adam Turner, Garnett Payton and Keith Humphrey. Honorary pallbearers are Ann Inman, Samantha Zinkievich, Chrissy Maddox, Stuart Myers, Jeff Turner, Ronnie Thornton and Matthew McGrath.

     Visitation Wednesday; April 26, 5-8 p.m., at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept., Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or, Ky. Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) 2201 Regency Road, Suite #601, Lexington, KY 40503.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 27, 2017)



     Thelma Elizabeth Marshall, 89, widow of John William Marshall Jr., died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

     Born March 4, 1928, in Lonoke, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Marion Roy and Zola Bryant.

     She was a retired Remington Arms employee and was a member of the Doris Day Circle at Harrodsburg United Methodist Church.

     Survivors include: one son,  Kenneth Daniel (Judy) Marshall of Belton, Texas; one daughter,  Martha (Michael) Gabhart of Harrodsburg; four grandchildren,  Tony Marshall, Terrance Marshall, Rachel Gabhart and Joseph Gabhart; three great-grandchildren and two step great-great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by one brother, Marion Robert Bryant, and one sister, Lenora Diederich.

     Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 25, at the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church with Rev. Garland Hawkins officiating.

     Graveside services are today, Thursday, April 27, 10 a.m. at Edgewood Cemetery in North Little Rock, Ark., with Rev. Jeff Taylor officiating.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 27, 2017)



     Mary Lee Shingleton Morris, 83, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Essex Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Louisville.

     Born February 11, 1934 in Frankfort, Mary was the daughter of the late Oscar Powers Shingleton and Louise Nichols Shingleton. 

     A former employee of Florida Tile, Mary enjoyed quilting, gardening, working in flowers, and watching the fish in her fish tank. 

     Mary is survived by: five children, Joseph Richardson Glass (Pamela) of Cornishville, Robert Eddie Glass (Regenia Faye) of New Amsterdam, IN, Johnny Andy Glass of Millersburg, Rosemary Woodcock (Charles) of Louisville, and Anna Marie Conder (Robert W.) of Salvisa; a step-daughter, Regina Morris of Springfield, IL; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; seven step great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Oscar “Red” Shingleton (Joyce), Earl Shingleton (Jane), Jackie Shingleton, Alice Moreland, all of Lawrenceburg, and Becky Sue Reed (Terry) of TX.

     Along with her parents, Mary was predeceased by siblings, Billy P., Everett, Ernest, Eddie, and Gerald Shingleton, and Nancy Copeland. 

     Funeral services will be held Friday, April 28, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Alton Cemetery in Anderson County.

     Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday and after 12 noon Friday.

     Condolences to the family may be expressed at

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the April 27, 2017 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



     Helen White Sprague, 93, widow of James R. Sprague, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.

     She was born March 6, 1924, in Anderson, Ind.

     She was a retired nurse of 45 years and a member of the Carpenter’s Christian Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Marthann (Stephen) Walker of Phoenix, Ariz.; one son, James W. (Shirley) Sprague of Harrodsburg; five grandchildren, Denise Heingartner, Leanne Stout, John W. Sprague, Laurie Sprague Readnower and James M. Sprague; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

     There will be a private memorial service at a later date in Phoenix, Ariz.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

(HH Thu Apr 27, 2017)



     William Dennis Larkins, 70, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at his residence. 

     Born April 20, 1946, in Paducah, he was the son of the late Dennis Nelson and Valeria Burns Larkins. 

     He was a retired patent examiner for the U.S. government and was a volunteer for the Parks Department.

     Survivors include: one sister, Laura Murrell of Louisville; one nephew, Dennis (Gillian) Murrell of Louisville, and one niece, Catherine (Steve) Murrell Jones of Chicago, Ill.

     Funeral services were held Sunday, April 23, at the Bohon Church of Christ Cemetery with Bro. Lewis Walter officiating. 

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 27, 2017)