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."







Stephen Wayne Edwards, 65, formerly of Burgin, died Wednesday April 23, 2014.

Born January 30, 1949 in Boyle County, he was the son of Frances Marie Willoughby Edwards and the late Grandville Davis "Pete" Edwards.

Stephen was a 1967 Boyle County High School graduate who worked for 30 years at Bellsouth. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and belonged to VFW Post #3634. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sitting on his front porch, and cooking.

He is predeceased by two sisters; Janice Edwards Carey and Sandy Edwards Yates.

Stephen is survived by: his wife; Connie Reynolds Edwards of Gravel Switch; mother, Frances Edwards of Parksville; children; Frank (Jennifer) Edwards of Burgin, Stephanie Edwards of Burgin, sister; Dianne Edwards of Danville; brother-in-law; Billy Carey, sister-in-laws; Peggy Hooper, and Diane Daugherty Reynolds; and brother and sister-in-law; Jr. and Sandy Rogers; grandchildren; Dakota, Justin, and Reiley Feeback and Lauren and Laynee Edwards; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday April 26, 2014 at the Stith Funeral Home in Junction City. Burial will be in Danville Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be after 5 p.m., Friday April 25, 2014 at funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Frank Edwards, Dakota Feeback, Justin Feeback, Billy Carey, Curt Williams, Landon Rogers, Jeff Carey and Jr. Rogers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Reiley Feeback, Lauren Edwards, Laynee Edwards, Alan Edwards and Jason Carey, and Jarrod Conn.

Donations are suggested to lung cancer research.



Keith C. Baber, 69, Harrodsburg, died Monday at his residence.

Born December 22, 1944, in Surrey, England, he was the son of the late William Thomas and Grace Edith Davis Baber.

He was a retired employee of the Avon Company, and was also a former employee of Harrodsburg Police Department and the Mercer Senior Citizens.

Survivors include: three daughters, Kim (John) Warren of Salvisa, Clare (Steve) Wills of England, and Karen (Bruce) Macdiarmid of Canada; a  step daughter, Helen Baber of England; one sister, Jill Mountain, of England; seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Loraine Smith, and two brothers, David and Roger Baber.

A memorial service will be held  at  a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at





After a lifetime of serving God, the Reverend John Shelley Akers III joined his heavenly Father on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at approximately 1 p.m. 

The Reverend Akers was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Lexington. He served as Vicar of St. Philips in Harrodsburg, where he met his wife, Sandy. 

His life will be celebrated at a place he dearly loved, The Canterbury School, at 5400 Old Lake Jeanette Rd., Greensboro, NC 27455 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

A reception will follow the service and the family will receive friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 North Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401; to  The Canterbury School, or to Wellspring Retirement Community Benevolence Fund, 4100 Well Spring Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410.

A more detailed obituary may be found at


(HH Thu Apr 24, 2014)



Doris Wiley Boswell, 82, widow of Alton Bruce Boswell, died Friday, April 18, 2014 at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.

Born July 31, 1931, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Lytle and Sarah Hawkins Wiley.

She worked at Cowden Manufacturing in Springfield.

Survivors include two sisters, June Wiley and Blanche Wiley Watts, both of Harrodsburg; two nephews, Sam (Brenda) Watts of Mercer County and Ron (Dixie) Watts of Grayson; two great-nieces; one great nephew; two great-great-nieces and one great-great -nephew.

She was preceded in death by two children, Robert Bruce Boswell and Judith Jean Boswell.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Peters Cemetery in Mackville with Brother Rylan Allen officiating.

Pallbearers were Brennan Boswell, Chris Boswell, Sam Watts, Ron Watts, Bo Bottoms, Brian Watts, Donald Wile, Harry Wiley and Aaron Moore.

Memorial contributions are suggested to to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL  60693-5120.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 24, 2014)



Georgia Brown, 102, of Salvisa, widow of Jesse  Brown, died Monday, April 21, 2014 at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg.

Born May 20, 1911, in Taylorsville, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Lillian Overstreet Waterfill.

She was a retired Machine Operator for Cricketeer Manufacturing, worked at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, was a member of Kirkwood Baptist Church, a Kentucky Colonel and a Kentucky Admiral.

Survivors include two daughters, Louise Woolums of Lexington and Nancy Yeager of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Mary Shepherd of Lexington and Wilma Thompson of Lawrenceburg; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pat Conn and Ora Ray, and four brothers, Kenneth Gash, Marshall Gash, J. W. Waterfill and Eugene Waterfill.

Funeral service were 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 23 at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Chad Horn officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Derrick Doughty, Jimmy Yeager, Billy Yeager, Gary Yeager, Dale Woolums, Buddy Yeager, Matt Yeager, Andrew Yeager and Trey Yeager. Honorary pallbearers were great-grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 24, 2014)



Jerry Cummins, 57, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

(HH Thu Apr 24, 2014)



Vivian VanBever Landrum, 86, of Harrodsburg and Naples, Fla., wife of John W. Landrum, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long struggle with cancer, on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Born on Feb. 5, 1928, in Pineville, she was the youngest of 11 children of the late Sam and Margaret VanBever.

She attended Transylvania University in Lexington for one year and then transferred to Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans, La.  After graduation, she taught school in Lynch and Harlan and in the Harrodsburg School system when they moved here in 1952.

On Dec. 31, 1949, she married John W. Landrum, her husband of 65 years. In 1952, they arrived in Harrodsburg in a small plane piloted by John, bringing only suitcases of clothes and one piece of furniture she had given her husband for his birthday. Thus began her lifetime spent in service to her church, to education, to people and to furthering history and restoration projects in Harrodsburg and Mercer County.

Vivian said in an interview several years ago that she wanted to be remembered  “as a caring and loving Christian.” Soon after settling here, she and her husband established their membership in the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church where she was active in all aspects of the church, including singing in the choir, something she had done since the age of 8 wherever she lived and continued until several years ago.

In 2004 she was one of three Kentuckians honored by the Wesley Village Senior Living Community in Wilmore as an “Outstanding Methodist Woman of the Year” at their Heroes, Saints and Legends Awards Banquet.

After getting settled in Harrodsburg, she furthered her interest in flying by taking lessons from her pilot husband and soloed under his supervision, logging over 400 hours of flight time from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, an accomplishment not too many small town housewives could claim at that time. Both Vivian and John gave generously of their time in flying friends and family all over the country and abroad.

Her involvement in the community included serving on boards and committees of groups that she had a particular interest in. Local theater was always a passion of hers and she gave of herself generously to the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, Ragged Edge Community Theatre and “The Legend of Daniel Boone,” both in Harrodsburg.

She faithfully traveled to her home town of Pineville every year to serve on the board of the Mountain Laurel Festival and to help celebrate its weekend activities. Through her membership in the Junior Department of the Woman’s Club of Harrodsburg, she was instrumental in the early efforts  to bring restoration to both Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill and Morgan Row for the Harrodsburg Historical Society. She was also on the board of the Kentucky Historical Society.

She was a founder and lifetime board member of the Christian Life Center in Harrodsburg. Additionally, she was instrumental in supporting the founding of the local Central Kentucky Christian School and the Harrodsburg Community Church.

Other community interests were the Mercer County Health Department, the Mercer County Public Library and the Wilderness Trace YMCA of Mercer and Boyle Counties.

Both swimming and tennis were passions of hers and she participated recreationally and competitively in both sports, bringing home many awards and trophies. She was a member of the United States Tennis Association League in both Kentucky and Florida.

Vivian and John usually spent the winter months in Naples, Fla., where they owned a home. It was there that she could truly relax and enjoy walks on the beach, tennis and swimming and her favorite pastime – fishing.

Survivors include her husband and a son, William Bibb (Erin) Landrum of Los Angeles, Calif.

She was preceded in death by one son, John VanBever Landrum, in 2012. Other survivors include Van Landrum’s widow, Joy, and their three grandchildren, Sara Catherine Landrum, Alex VanBever Landrum and Eli William Landrum. Of her 10 siblings, only one remains, Catherine Tye of Naples, Fla.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Ransdell Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.


(HH Thu Apr 24, 2014)



Douglas Donald Pinkston, 60, of Mackville, passed away at 9:56 a.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Born in Harrodsburg on June 14, 1953, to Donald and Norma Logsdon Pinkston, he was a member of the Mackville Christian Church where he served as a deacon and assistant Sunday School Superintendent and was a former Sunday School teacher.

He was a graduate of Washington County High School, retired from the Kentucky Department of Transportation and was an employee of Owens Trucking Company of Danville.

His father, Donald Pinkston, preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2012.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Lewis Pinkston; two sons, Matthew (Anita) Pinkston of Springfield and Chad Pinkston of Danville; three grandchildren, Malachi Pinkston, Nathaniel Chapman and Alyssa Pinkston; his mother, Norma Pinkston, of Mackville and a sister, Debbie (Dan) Back of Lexington.

Funeral services were  2 p.m., Tuesday, April 22 at the Mackville Christian Church with Brother Jim Cooper, a former minister of the Mackville Christian Church, officiating. He was assisted by Brother Rylan Allen, the church minister.

Burial was in the Peter Cemetery at Mackville.

Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Goatley, Jim Crouch, Kelly Coulter, Eddie Young, Everett Lee Russell, Glenn Arnold, Marty Hatchett, Dwight Simpson, Carl Gabhart and Terry Warner.

Casket bearers were Justin Reynolds, Cody Young, Aaron Moore, Kevin Russell, Jarrod Russell and Justin Hatchett.

Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


(HH Thu Apr 24, 2014)



Col. John Lewis Sutherland, 76, passed into the arms of God on Monday, April 14, 2014.

John was born August 30, 1937, to Alice and Roy Sutherland in Harrodsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, baby sister, Sally and daughter, Brooke.

Survivors include one brother, Thomas (Maria) Sutherland; a daughter, Suzanne; a grandson, Jon-Carlos Vega and his family of California; and his loving wife of 28 years, Jo Ann.

A graduate of Harrodsburg High School and the University of Kentucky as a Political Science major and member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, he later graduated from the United States Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Penn.

John began his insurance career in 1966, having formed Sutherland Insurance Company and with Traveler’s Insurance, and moved to Houston, Texas. He was already serving his country in the U.S. Army.

In his final years he combined selling Medicare supplement packages to senior citizens and serving the  Army Reserves. In total active Army and reserves, John served over 37 years, attaining the rank of colonel, serving as commander of the 75th MAC in Houston, and was called to duty during Operation Desert Storm.

He and his wife Jo Ann served as officers in the ROA and ROAL, he as Texas State President (ROA) and Jo Ann as Houston ROAL President and Texas State Chaplain. They served as host and hostess of the ROA/ROAL National Convention held in Houston, and John received the honor of the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding performance of duty.

John was of great service to his community as well and most of all to his beloved Grace Presbyterian Church, where he and Jo Ann became members on Easter Sunday in 1986. There John served as Elder and head usher and participated on numerous committees such as STC, worship, music, missions and interfaith service teams.

He loved working with the Encore Choir, the “Gathering,” vacation bible school and special needs camps (using his musical talent) and Project 180.

He was a Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader and Grace honored him with a proclamation of thanks for his service to church and community. John also received several President’s USA Volunteer Service Awards.

In the community John was a rotarian and served with Jo Ann at West Houston Assistance Ministries. He was proud to be a lifetime member and lifetime committeeman with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 32 years on the Breeders Greeters Committee.

Colonel John loved serving others. A true Christian “people person,” he was known for his musical abilities, writings, oratory gifts, leather crafts, woodworking, tailoring and compassion for others.

Special thanks go out to the Family of Grace, the Clergy, doctors and nurses, Vitas Hospice, His beloved Band of Brothers, and the Lakeside Women’s Club.

Very special recognition goes to Dr. Rachel Theriault, M.D. Anderson (Katy-Oncology), the wonderful neighbors (the Gross and Hadley Families), the Elizabeth McGee family, Ann and Bill McIntire, Linda and John Wolfe, Kay and Barry Thompson, Mrs. Mary Ann Jackson and Ms. Nancy Reed.

In lieu of flowers, remember Grace Presbyterian Church, the Gathering, the Encore Ministry, the music program, or West Houston Assistance Ministries.

Military services will be held at the Houston National Cemetery on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Michael Fry and Chaplain Jim Mayer (Colonel USAR, 75th MAC) officiating.

A memorial service will be at Grace Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary with the Rev. Sam Knight, The Rev. Dr. Michael Fry and Chaplain Jim Mayer officiating.


(HH Thu Apr 24, 2014)