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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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"And now, mourn not, for a good, fulfilling life,

we are stepping through the garden gate

 into the next adventure."

 

 

 

 

JOHN LEAR

     John Edward “Pat” Lear, 87, of Burgin, widower of Jonnetta Naylor Lear died Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born March 17, 1930 in Burgin, Pat was the son of the late George H. and Benna Fallis Lear.

     He was a former employee of Colemans Lumber Yard, a retired director and vice president of Citizens Bank and Farmers National Bank after 35 years of service and the former owner of the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home. He was a member and former music director of the Burgin Baptist Church.

     Pat is survived by: his friends, Roy Lee and Beverly Sanders of Burgin and Danny Lister of Harrodsburg and his cousin, Mary Cecil Thompson of Burgin.

     He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Lear Wills and his brother-in-law, Warren C. Wills.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Carl McCray officiating. Burial will be in Burgin Memorial Gardens.

     Pallbearers will be Roy Lee Sanders, Howard Waggener, Bill Hayslett, A.T. Dean, Jr., Bill Patrick, Danny Lister, John Barrington and Rice Lear. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill and Peggy Waggener, Bob and Jane Williams, David and Dottie Sims, Gene and Jan Robinson and Eddie and Peggy Russell.

     Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, at the funeral home.

     While flowers are welcome, memorial contributions may also take the form of donations to the Burgin Baptist Church.

     To share your memories please visit: www.alexanderandroyalty.com

 

 

MARTHA CAMPBELL

     Martha Jean Campbell, 62, of Harrodsburg, wife of David Campbell died Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

     Born April 7, 1955 in Harrodsburg, Martha Jean was the daughter of the late Loren and Peggy Derringer Anderson.

     She was an employee of Corning Incorporated, where she retired after 26 and a 1/2 years of service. She enjoyed crocheting, riding motorcycles and reading. She attended Hopewell Baptist Church. What she loved most was spending time with her Grandchildren and Family.

     Survivors, in addition to her husband, are: her daughter, Cathy (Brandon Shope) Grider of Harrodsburg; her sister, Glenda Mitchell of Harrodsburg; four grandchildren, Caleb and Katelyn Grider and Luke and Hayley Shope; her sister-in-law, Frances Campbell; one nephew and two nieces. Several cousins also survive.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with John Kesel and Doug Wesley officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be David Darland, Vince Kinder, Jason Caldwell, Johnny Rawlings, Danny Rawlings and Anthony Wayne Godbey.

     Visitation will be held 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, and after 7 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, at the funeral home.

     While flowers are welcome, memorial contributions may also take the form of donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

     To share your memories or to contact the family, please visit: www.alexanderandroyalty.com

 

DONALD SCOTT

     Donald Ray Scott, age 79, of Harrodsburg, died Friday, November 7, 2014 at his residence in Harrodsburg.

     Born January 26, 1935 in Greenville, KY, he was the son of the late Melvin Ezra and Josephine Spurlin Scott.

     He served in the US Air Force, attended the University of Evansville where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, was a Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co. insurance agent, a member of the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Free Masons and Shriners in Evansville, a Kentucky Colonel, and was a member of the Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: two sisters, Dr. Nancy L. Scott, Lexington and Hilda Mittwede, Port St. Lucie, FL; two nieces, Jo Gardner Chonko, Lynn Haven, FL and Carla Tevis Andersen, New Smyrna Beach, FL; two nephews, Kurt William Mittwede, Port St. Lucie, FL and Thomas Joel Scott Lexington.

     Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, at the Pavilion in Spring Hill Cemetery with Henry Johnson officiating.

     Sims Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

 

ROSETTA COCHRAN

     Rosetta Cochran, 82, of Harrodsburg, widow of Bill Bottom, died Friday at her home.

     Born June 10, 1935, in Springfield, she was a daughter of the late Frank Staton and the late Elizabeth Kimberlan Lanham.

     She was a retired restaurant manager and a member of the Gethsemane Baptist Church.

     Rosetta is survived by: four daughters, Diana Hart, Jeanie (Barry) Moberly and Doris (Ronnie) Claunch, of Harrodsburg, and Debbie (Bobby) Roach of Parksville; and two sons, David (Elaina) Bottom of Lawrenceburg, and Danny (Kelly) Bottom of Harrodsburg; 25 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by a son, Darren Bottom.

     Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren are to serve as Honorary Bearers.

     Visitation will start at noon Sunday; October 15, and lead up to the funeral service at 2:30 pm at Ransdell Funeral Chapel, conducted by Lynn Releford. Burial will follow in Deep Creek Cemetery.

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

 

BILLY LANHAM

Billy Gene Lanham, 84, of Harrodsburg, husband of Jeannie Dean Gabhart Lanham, died Thursday at the Willows at Harrodsburg.

Born February 20, 1933, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Fred and Eunice Hall Lanham.

Billy retired as a production shift supervisor at Corning Glass Inc.  He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war and was a member of the Eller's Memorial Baptist Church.

     Billy is survived by: his wife, Jeannie (Gabhart) Dean Lanham, one daughter, Carla (Jimmy) Gray; a stepson and a stepdaughter; two granddaughters, Maggie Gray and Mackenzie Gray (Lyndon Compton); three great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Billy was preceded in death by his first wife, Shelbie Jean (Johnson) Lanham, a son, Kevin Lanham, sister, Kathleen G. Wilder and brother, J. C. Lanham.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Rick Bolton and Larry D. Camic. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday; October 13, at the funeral chapel.

Pallbearers will be Henry Peavler, Nellus Estes, Curtis Sherrow, Bob Foster, James Grimes and Kenneth Smith. Honorary bearers will be John Watts and the Bible Study Group, Joe Harlow and Eddie Long.

     The family request memorial donations be sent to: Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40422 or Eller's Memorial Baptist Church, 446 Cogar Avenue, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

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

 

J. C. WARNER

     J. C. Warner, 83, widower of Nancy Coker Warner, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford.

     Born February 19, 1934 in Washington County he was the son of the late Oscar C. and Lula Moore Warner.

     He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired farmer and Mercer County school bus driver. He was a member of the Cornishville Baptist Church. Mr. Warner was an avid U.K. fan, and enjoyed traveling and taking care of cattle.

     Survivors include: two children, John (Sheri) Warner and Lynne (Logan) Lynn, both of Harrodsburg; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Joyce Murray.

     He was preceded in death by his daughter Kimberly Warner, his grand-daughter, Emma Katherine Lynn and his brother, Holly Warner.

     Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, October 14, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. James Harley officiating.  Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be John Warner, Ayden Warner, Spencer Warner, Logan Lynn II, David J.C. Lynn, Lee Baker, Ashton Dixon and Isaac Baker and April Dixon, Taylor Dixon, Lacey Dixon, Lyndsey Baker, Lesley Baker, Maddison Baker and Brooklyn Baker serving as honorary pallbearers.

     Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, October 13, and after 7 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

     To share your memories or to leave a message for the family, please visit www.alexanderandroyalty.com

 

JUSTIN AMMONS

     Justin Dale Ammons, 36, husband of Brooke Sexton Ammons, of Willisburg, died Saturday, Oct.7, 2017, at his home.

     Born July 31, 1981, in Louisville, he was the son of Linda Hall and Anthony Dale (Sharee) Ammons.

     He was a construction laborer, heavy equipment operator, sanitation worker and a member of Freedom Praise Ministries.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents, include: two sons, Isaiah Ammons of Bloomfield and Trevan Hazelwood of Harrodsburg, three daughters, Madison Hart-Gergely of Radcilff, Makayla Hart-Gergely of Willisburg and Kylee Hazelwood of Harrodsburg,  four sisters, Ashley (Thomas) Hawkins of Mackville, Monica (Daniel) Mann of Hardyville, Crystal Downs of Glasgow, Sabrina Ammons of Harrodsburg, two brothers, Alan (Mackayla) Downs of Glasgow, Mickey Ammons of Harrodsburg; maternal grandmother, Freida Keeling of Bloomfield and paternal grandparents, Joseph “Junior” and Janice Ammons of Harrodsburg and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Houghlin Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Bro. Michael Johnson and Bro. Eric Gilbert officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

     Visitation 2 p.m. until hour of service.

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BRENDA COLEMAN

     Brenda Joyce Coleman, 72, widow of Marvin Devon Coleman, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

     Born March, 7, 1945, in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Curtis and Irene Wilson Lawson.

     She was a retired cook from several restaurants and was a member of the Junction City Wesleyan Church.

     Survivors include: three sons, Robert Glenn (Rebecca Tincher) McAninch of Harrodsburg, Curtis Elvin McAninch of Berea, and Michael Carroll (Chrissy) McAninch of Danville; one sister, Carla Rae Lawson of Cleveland, Texas; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by one son, Johnny Darrel McAninch.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Bobby Colson officiating. Burial is in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers are Robert McAninch, Curtis McAninch, Michael McAninch, Matthew Roby, and Jeremy McAninch. Honorary Pallbearers are Chris Rinhart, Michael Allen McAninch and Charles Rinhart.

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

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MARYETTA DURHAM

     MaryEtta Durham, 68, of Danville, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. 

     Born Dec. 21, 1948, in Shelbyville she was the daughter of the late Charles Samuel and Dorothy Logston Ireland.  

     She was a retired registered nurse from Tanbark Health Care and was a lifetime member of the VFW and the AMVETS Post 123.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Conjuna (Todd) Collier of Salvisa; two sons, Roger (Jody) Durham, and Rodney “Bubby” Durham both of Salvisa; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Chaplain Rob Farris officiating.  Burial with military honors was in Parksville Cemetery.

     Pallbeareres were Brandon Scheller, Brendon Robinson, Matthew Durham, Jordan Durham, Joseph Bohorus and Rodney Cloyd. Honorary pallbearers were Freddy West, Jimmy Hartley, Milton Grubbs, John Day, Glenn Hurst, John Plowman and members of the AMVETS Post 123. 

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

(HH Thu Oct 12, 2017)

 

HOPE LOWE

     Hope Ann Lowe, 82, widow of Robert Lee Lowe, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

     Born Feb. 10, 1935, in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of the late William R. and Mildred Jackson Meredith.

     She was a retired real estate agent and broker, charter member of the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, 2017 Frankel Hall of Fame inductee, was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Milly (Greg) Mullins of Lexington; two sons, Bill Lowe of Mansfield, Texas, and John Lowe of Versailles; one sister, Mary Jane Allen of Avon, Ind.; two grandchildren, two step grandchildren and one-great grandchild.

     She was preceded in death by one brother, William R. “Bill” Meredith II.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Reverend Bert Eyster officiating.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, 350 Henry Clay Blvd., Lexington, KY 40502.

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

 

CHARLOTTE SMITH

     Charlotte S. Smith, 86, of Harrodsburg, widow of Gilbert Smith, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the Danville Center for Health and Rehabilitation.

     Born April 8, 1931, in Springfield, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Pierce and Harriett Catherine Lewis Sanders.

     She was a retired inspector at Corning Glass, worked at Palm Beach Company and was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: three sons, William Dennis (Judy Kay) Kinkead of Burgin; Delbert (Donna) Sullivan and Tommy (Tammy) Sullivan of Harrodsburg, seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great -grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Lewis Sanders and Thomas Wilson Sanders, four sisters, Hannah Hume, Ruth Goodlett, Mary Goodlett and Ida Mae Moberly and one half brother, William Goodknow.

     Funeral service were held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Lynn Releford officiating. Burial was in the Ebenezer Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Junior Sanders, Chad King, Larry Wilham, Marvin Osborne, Virgil Monroe and Danny Goodlett.  Honorary bearers were Calvin Taylor, Ronnie Claunch, Jerry Huffman and Kenneth Meredith.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideon Bible Fund P.O. Box 176 Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

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

(HH Thu Oct 12, 2017)

 

JOHN SULLIVAN

     John A. Sullivan, 94, of Harrodsburg and Kenansville, Fla., passed away on Oct. 9, 2017.

     Born on Oct. 8, 1923, he was the son of Charles Blount Sullivan II and Ann Litsey Sullivan of Harrodsburg.

     Prior to graduating from Centre College, he served in WWII making the invasion of France at Omaha in 1944. He received three bronze stars.

     Mr. Sullivan was a successful businessman, a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He loved hunting, fishing, and UK Basketball.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn “Cottie” McLean Sullivan, two brothers, Charles Blount Sullivan III and William Litsey Sullivan, and a sister, Lois Sullivan Thomas.

     He is survived by daughters Faye Bosley, Danville; Kay Horrigan (Mike), Charlotte, N.C.; Becky Wierzbinski (Paul), Lexington; Elizabeth Best (Jim), Prairieville, La.; Kim Stamper, Frankfort; and a special friend and caregiver, Cathy Spencer, Frankfort.

     He has five grandchildren, John Best, Bob (Megan) Bosley, Patrick Horrigan, Eli Stamper and Kate Stamper, and four great-grandchildren.

     At his request, there will be no funeral service. A gathering of friends and family will be held 6-8 p.m. on Monday Oct. 16 at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     A special thanks to Dr. Richard Dartt and his staff, Kindred Home Health, and Heritage Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive, Danville, KY 40422 or a charity of choice.

Paid Obit

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