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."





     Brittany Nicole Todd, 24, of Harrodsburg, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.

     Born July 7, 1991, in Lexington, she was the daughter of Bryan Crowe and Teresa Todd.

     Other survivors include: two daughters, Kadence Dawn Riley and Serenity Marie Mast, both of Harrodsburg; one sister, Alyssa Renee Crowe of Madison, Ind.; three brothers, Austin Michael Crowe of Nicholasville, Michael Bryan Crowe of Harrodsburg, and William Harold Todd of Danville; paternal grandfather, Mac Crowe of Versailles; paternal grandmother, Carolyn Barnes of Harrodsburg; maternal grandfather, James Todd of Lexington; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Cameron of Danville; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

     There will be a Time of Remembrance at Young's Park in Harrodsburg on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, between the hours of 12 p.m.- 3 p.m.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Ransdell Funeral Chapel.





     James Franklin Williams, age 81, of Harrodsburg, died Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Ephraim McDowell RMC in Danville.

     Born January 17, 1934 in Harrodsburg, he was son of the late Jim and Odessa Williams.

     He attended West Side School, served in the United States Air Force, worked as a mason, was an employee of the former Royalty-Keightley Lumber Yard and was member of the Baptist faith.

     Survivors include: two daughters, Juanelle (Gary) Brown and Jamie Williams, both of Harrodsburg; three sons, James F. Williams Jr. of Stanford, Winfield (Sandy) Williams and Caravan "Perry" Williams, both of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Linda Beasley of Cincinnati, Ohio and Frances Smith of Danville; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his former spouse Lillian Hayden.

     James was preceded in death by a son, Scotland Williams, three daughters Odessa Winn, Evelyn Ryan, and Leslie Williams, five bothers, Homer Allen, Robert Allen, Van Allen, George Allen, and Winfield Allen and one sister, Louise Allen.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Sims Funeral Services by Elder J. D. Short III. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

     Pallbearers will be Bentley Jones, William Bartleson, Gary Honaker, Christian Jamal, Xavier Williams and Ricco Bowman.

     Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at




     Betty Allen Black, 71, widow of Robert Lee Black, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at the Northside Health Care Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

     Born March 19, 1944, in Springfield, she was daughter of the late George Richard and the late Corine Dean.

     She was a housewife, worked at Shakertown and was a member of the Centennial Baptist Church in Harrodsburg.

     Survivors include two daughters, Sheilda (Edward) Estill of South Bend, Ind. and Victoria Dalee (Jefferey) Wilson of Harrodsburg; two sons, Jeffrey (Gloria) Ladale Allen of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and James Lee Allen of Harrodsburg; three sisters, Louise Walker, Christine Edelen and Carolyn (Willie) Rivera, all of Harrodsburg; one brother, Robert Louis Dean of Harrodsburg; four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by a son, Shelando Lee Dean; two brothers, George and Richard Dean; a sister, Mary Andrew Vaughn and a grandchild, Tecember Jean Wilson.

     Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 5, at Centennial Baptist Church with Elder J.D. Short III officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

     Pallbearers were James Elery, Sylvester Young, Larry Andrews, Wayne Andrews, Richard “Tony” Dean and Dee Dee Elery. Honorary bearers were Tyron Dean and Lamont Trigg.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Oct 8, 2015)



     John William Buchanan died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. He was 72.

     Coach Buchanan was born on Aug. 16, 1943, to Reuel and Sue Buchanan of London.

     He was a retired teacher, coach and a member of the Centenary Methodist Church in Danville and a Sunday School teacher.

     Besides his mother, Coach Buchanan is survived by his wife, Suzie; daughter, Becky (Woody) Holt; son, David (Stephanie) Buchanan; sisters, Emily (Terry) Millbyer and Susan Buchanan, and his five grandchildren and their spouses.

     His funeral was conducted by Mike Voigts and Quentin Schultz Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 1441 Perryville Road, Danville.

     Burial will follow in A.R. Dyche Memorial Park, Cemetery A Street, London.

     Pallbearers were Tim Horn, Monty Wilkerson, Lee Glasscock, Larry French, Eric Gibson, Jimmy Ashford and Dickie Mayes.

     Memorial messages may be left for the family at

     Donations are directed to the Centenary United Methodist Church, 1441 Perryville St., Danville, KY 40422.

Paid Obit

(HH Thu Oct 8, 2015)



     Donald “Butch” Doyle, 49, of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg.

     Born April 2, 1966, in Louisville, he was son of James Allen Summit and the late Donna Mae Doyle.

     Survivors, in addition to his father and step mother, Pam Hardin of Harrodsburg, include: four daughters, Heather (Kevin) Mae Eddins, Malinda Sue Eddins, Megan (Daniel) Harris and Charlie Doyle, all of Louisville; one son, Donald Eddins of Louisville; three sisters, Michelle Ray and Kimberly (Scott) Conover, both of Harrodsburg, and Margie Doyle; four brothers, Robert Doyle, Perry (Kimber) Doyle, Shane Green and Allen Green, all of Louisville, and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Tony Rosenbarger.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Sims Funeral Services. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Shane Green, Allen Green, Robert Doyle, Donald Eddins and William Maddox.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Oct 8, 2015)



     Celia Gilbert, 92, widow of Ernest Gilbert, of Harrodsburg, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at the James B. Haggin Hospital Extended Care in Harrodsburg.

     Born March 5, 1923, in Stanford, she was the daughter of the late Newt and Elizabeth Yocum Burgess.

     She was also a member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Ernestine Gilbert (Charles) Johnstone of Harrodsburg; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Martin; four brothers, Ed Burgess, J.D. Burgess, Otis Burgess and Ben Burgess; and four sisters, Annie Burgess, Margie Chambers, Gussie Powers and Lena Marlowe.

     A graveside services were held Monday, Oct. 5, at Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford.

(HH Thu Oct 8, 2015)



     Tracy Ellen Reed, 46, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday Oct. 4, 2015, in Harrodsburg.

     Born Aug. 14, 1969, in Harrodsburg she was the daughter of Vance (Cordelia) Reed and Kathy Richards, all of Harrodsburg.

     Survivors include two sons, Logan Vance Reed and Joshua Brett Reed of Harrodsburg; a half sister, Ashley Reed Morgan of Lancaster; and a special companion, Chuck Nevius of Harrodsburg, and two aunts.

     Funeral services will be held, today, Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at he Ransdell Funeral Chapel with by Julian Hovan officiating.

     Visitation  11 a.m. until the hour of service.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 

(HH Thu Oct 8, 2015)





     Brittany Nicole Todd, 24, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Harrodsburg.

     Born July 7, 1991, she was the daughter of Teresa Todd of Danville, and Bryan Crowe of Nicholasville.

     Arrangements are incomplete at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

(HH Thu Oct 8, 2015)



     Curtis Lee Willard, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Louisville.

     He was a member of Pigeon Fork Baptist Church and was a United States Army veteran.

     Survivors include three sons, Jackie Lee Willard of Shelbyville, Tommy Willard of Louisville and Michael Willard of Louisville; two daughters, Tammy Simpson of Harrodsburg and Sandra Holz of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by one son, James Curtis Willard; two brothers, A.C. Willard and H.B. Willard Jr. and one sister, Oneida Hammond.

     Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Shannon Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Bro. Roy Temple officiating.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to

(HH Thu Oct 8, 2015)