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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."

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MURL MARTIN

     Murl Martin of Liberty, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Casey County Hospital. He was 68.

     Born November 13, 1946 in Casey County, he was the son of the late Hayden Martin and Villa Marie Wilson Martin.

     Murl was a logger, barber and carpenter. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge.

     Survivors include: his wife, Flossie Rich Martin of Liberty; two daughters, Tammy Reneah Martin of Liberty and Amanda Martin of Harrodsburg; four grandchildren, Brandi, Alyx, Gracie, and Carson; a great-grandchild, Matilda; and two brothers, Larry and Billy Martin both of Liberty.

     In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Louis Anthony Martin; and four brothers, Donald, Melvin, Woodrow and Monroe Martin.

     Funeral services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 1, at the McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, Liberty, with Bro. Marty Shackelford officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Contown Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

     In lieu of flower, donations may be given to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home to offset funeral cost.

     Funeral arrangement entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with guestbook available online at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

NAWANA DURHAM

     Nawana P. Harris Durham, 81, widow of Dale Durham, died Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born January 24, 1934 in Harlan County, she was the daughter of the late Joe R. and Hannah Metcalf Harris, Sr.

     She was retired from Eaton and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church where she provided food for Bible School for many years. Nawana enjoyed fishing, working in her garden, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

     Survivors include: two sons, Marcus (Mary) Durham and Michael R. Durham, both of Mercer County; two brothers: Joe R. (Betty Jo) Harris, Jr. of Winchester and Roland Harris of Harrodsburg; one sister, Virginia (Arthur) Hibbard of Springfield, Ohio; four grandchildren; Heather K. Hendrickson, Jacob Todd Durham, Tiffany Nichols, and Sarah Jayne Durham; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive. 

     She was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, Clinton, and Rodney Harris. 

     Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Kenny Queener and Bro. Daniel Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Terry Riley, Joseph Riley, Andrew Riley, John Calvin Harris, and Michael Shon Hendrickson.

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

     Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Gideons International, P.O. Box 176, Harrodsburg, KY  40330.

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

 

RONNIE BAKER

     Ronnie Dale Baker, age 69, of Mackville, passed away at 7:22 p.m., Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Spring View Hospital in Lebanon.

     A native of Washington County, he was born on October 31, 1945 to Jay and Juanita Darland Baker.

     He was a carpenter, a member of the Mackville Church of Christ and a 1963 graduate of Mackville High School.

     He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Jean Wells on June 19, 1964.

     Survivors include; two sons, Ronald Galen Baker (Melora Rae) of Mt. Vernon, Michael Dale Baker of Willisburg; three daughters, Hope Devine (Neal) of Willisburg, Cindy Bartley (Tommy) and Angie Wilkerson (Roger) of Springfield; six grandchildren, Taylor Baker, Zachary Devine, Olivia and Andrew Bartley, Rachael and Hallie Wilkerson; his mother, Juanita Hilton of Mackville; a sister, Joyce Whittinghill of Mt. Washington; and a brother, Hunter Baker (Sandy) of Mackville.

     Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 29, at the Carey & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Jamie Chesser, pastor of the Mt. Freedom Baptist Church, officiating.

     Burial was in the Battle Cemetery.

     Serving as pallbearers were Zachary Devine, Neal Devine, Billy Hilton, Chris Noel, Ricky Baker and Kevin Wells.

     Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.    

 

BARBARA LAY

     Barbara Ann Lay, 70, of Harrodsburg, wife of Kenneth Lay died Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Hospital.

     Born March 12, 1945 in Boyle County, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Virginia Slusher Graham.

     She was of the Church of God faith and a homemaker. Barbara enjoyed reading her Bible and camping.

     Survivors include: four sons, Kenneth Lee (Linda) Lay, Donald Ray (Melissa) Lay and Richard (Beth) Lay, all of Harrodsburg and Edward (Pat) Lay of Evarts, Ky.; one daughter, Karen Marie (Fred) Baker of Cameron, N.C.; two brothers, James (Brenda) Graham of Dayhoit, Ky. and William Melvin (Mary Lynn) Graham of Harrogate, Tenn.; one sister, Wanda Daniels of Wallins Creek, Ky.; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

     There will be a private memorial service at a later date.

     Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive, Danville, KY 40422.

     Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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

 

MARTHA KEELING

     Mrs. Martha Ruth Christerson Keeling, age 92 of Lebanon, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Village of Lebanon.

     She was born on December 21, 1922 in Mackville.

     Mrs. Keeling was a member of the Lebanon Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a retired employee of Jane & Linda Sportswear, having worked for the company forty years. She also served as the secretary and treasurer of Local 472 for twenty years.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Keeling (5/3/1973); parents, Will and Myrtle Christerson; son, Jerry Keeling; sister, Mary Helen Russell.

     Survivors include: two sons, Bruce Keeling, of Lebanon, Mike Keeling, of Louisville; one daughter, Ruth Ann Cocanougher (Junior) of Harrodsburg; sister, Jean (Wesley) Shewmaker, of Springfield; five grandchildren. Also surviving is one great-grandson and many friends.

     Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 29, at the Bosley Funeral Home, Lebanon, officiated by her grandson, Rev. David Keeling. Interment to follow in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Springfield.

     Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Bosley Funeral Home.

     Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: American Kidney Fund - Suite 300 - 11921 Rockville Pike - Rockville, MD 20852

 

MARGIE PRICE

     Margie Milby Price, age 89, of Magnolia, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Hodgenville.

     She was a housewife who loved working in her roses, a member of Buffalo Church of the Nazarene, the Magnolia Lions Club and the Gideon’s International Ladies Auxiliary.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Henry Shelby Price; two daughters, Theresa Nell Price and Phyllis June Price; a great-grandson, Weston Lee Wade; her parents, Hugh Roosevelt and Ruth Elizabeth Milby, and a sister, Illa Dean Milby Lobb.

     She is survived by: a daughter, Norma (David) Wade of Harrodsburg; three sons, Jerry (Brenda) Price, Clay (Pam) Price and Neal (Laura) Price all of Magnolia; a foster son, Monroe Coffey of Hodgenville; twelve grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. (ET), Saturday, August 29, at the Buffalo Church of the Nazarene with Bros. Andrew Singh and John Ford officiating.  Burial will follow in the Wilson Cemetery in Green Co.

     Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. (ET), Friday at the Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home in Magnolia and after 10 a. m.(ET) Saturday at the church.

     Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Gideon’s International, Hodgenville Camp, PO Box 25, Hodgenville, KY 42748.

     Condolences may also be expressed online at www.dixon-rogers.com

 

RUBY COSLOW

     Ruby Charlene Jenkins Coslow, 89, of Harrodsburg, widow of Edward Coslow, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

     Born June 8, 1926 in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Will and Sallie Banks Jenkins Jenkins.

     She was a Cricketeer seamstress and a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one son, Garry Coslow of Harrodsburg; one sister, Marie Jenkins of Harrodsburg; one grandson; one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by five brothers, Estle Jenkins, William Jenkins, Fred Jenkins, Harvey Jenkins and Paul Jenkins and three sisters, Lizzie Rae Beasley, Carolyn Stephens and Nellie Ward.

     Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 23, at Sims Funeral Services with Darrell Hahn officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were John Sims, Garland Christopher, Blake Christopher, Terry Coslow, Denny Coslow, Rick Ward and Estle Jenkins Jr.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

WOODROW COUCH JR.

     Woodrow Couch, Jr., 66, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

     Born Dec. 8, 1948 in Oneida, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Grada Perdue Couch Jr.

     He was a retired American Motors engineer and a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. 

     Survivors include: one son, Woodrow Couch III of California; two daughters, Amanda Baugh of Wash. and Stacci Fisher of Mich.; one brother, Stanley Couch of Harrodsburg; one sister, Lillie Couch of Lancaster; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by one sister, Georgianna Patterson.

     Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, August 29, at the Couch Family Cemetery on Blanes Branch Road in Beattyville.

     Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

ANNA JORDAN

     Anna “Frances” Johnson Jordan, 94, of Lexington, widow of Clarence Jordan, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

     She was the daughter of the late Hiram A. and Edna Jones Johnson.

     She was retired from American Mutual.

     Survivors include: one son, Robert (Gail) Jordan, of Savannah, Ga.; one daughter, Paula (Don Jividen) McNeese, of Harrodsburg; one sister, Marcella Simpson, of Stamping Ground; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by one son, William Jordan and two brothers, Mason Lee and J. N. Simpson.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Milward – Southland. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

LUCIAN LANDERS

     Lucian J. Landers, 84, widower of Margaret Dorsey Landers, died Monday, August 24, 2015.

     Born Feb. 28, 1931, he was the son of the late Grant and Viola Sharp Landers.

     He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and was retired from AT&T, was a member of the Boyle County American Legion, and Harrodsburg Lion’s Club and the Mercer County Fish and Game Club. 

     Survivors include: two daughters, Betty Lou Ingraham of Pleasantview, Tenn., and Paula Landers Black of Arlington, Tenn.; two sons, Steven (Cathy) Landers of Harrodsburg and David (Kimberly) Landers of Arlington, Tenn; one brother, Charles Thomas Landers of Simpsonville, seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter who is due to be born in September. 

     Graveside services with military honors will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, August 29, at the Spring Hill Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Lewis Walter officiating.

     Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Landers, David Landers, Larry Poynter Jr., Chad Landers, Lucian Ray Landers and Benjamin Landers. 

     Visitation, today, Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-8 p.m. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

ROBERT LEWIS

     Robert David “Bob” Lewis, 63, of Harrodsburg, husband of Sherri Gay Logue Lewis, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at the Haggin Memorial Hospital, Harrodsburg.

     Born July 4, 1952, in Rhode Island, N.Y., he was the son of the late Nancy and John Clark.

     He was owner and operator of Gardenscapes Garden Center in Harrodsburg and member of the Grace Baptist Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: three sisters, Linda (David) Duncan of Erlanger, Kathy Clark of Louisville, and Raquel (Dan) Cochran of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters-in-law, Linda (Jack) McGee, Susan (Bentley) Lane and Missy (Jim) Hill; two brothers-in-law, Steve (Nina) Logue and Mike (Sue) Logue and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services are private and scheduled at a later date.  Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

 

 

RONALD MCGRATH

     Ronald “Ronnie” David McGrath, 63, husband of Marlene Lawson McGrath, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 at his residence.

     Born March 11, 1952 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Benjamin Jackson “Jasper” and Pauline Corman McGrath.

     He was a 1970 graduate of Harrodsburg High School, served in the US Navy, drove a truck for Save-A-Lot and Pepsi Cola and was a member of the Ellers Memorial Baptist Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one daughter, Stephanie Ann McGrath of Junction City; one son, Matthew (Kimberly) David McGrath of Harrodsburg; one brother, Mark (Melissa) McGrath of Harrodsburg and two grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by one brother, John McGrath.

     Funeral services are private and scheduled at a later date.

     Sims Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

ROBERT PHILLIPS

     Robert Ross Phillips, 76, of Harrodsburg, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born August 16, 1939, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Ralph and Elsie Mann Phillips Sr.

     He was a retired field engineer for General Electric, was a veteran of the US Air Force and a member of the Baptist faith.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Jennifer (Marty) Chamberlin of Milford, Ohio; one son, Robert Nicholas Phillips of Lexington; three sisters, Nancy Cornish of Harrodsburg, Ruth Whyde of Greenwood, Ind., and Rita Isham of Harrodsburg; three brothers, David R. Phillips of Warsaw, Ind., Tom Dick Phillips and Chuck Phillips, both of Harrodsburg and three grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Phillips Jr.

     Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 24, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Ryan Coatney and Lee Garrett Lance officiating. Burial with military rites was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Tom Dick Phillips, Bubby Isham, Larry Whyde, David R. Phillips, Butch Belcher and Milt Marcum. Honorary pallbearer was Nicholas Ross Chamberlin.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

JOE STEVENS

     Joe A. Stevens, 78, of Harrodsburg, husband of Joy Burgin Stevens, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 in Lexington.

     Born June 15, 1937, he was the son of the late Roger H. and Nell Cheak Stevens.

     He was retired owner of Joe A. Stevens Trucking Co., a buyer for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and an elder of the Harrodsburg Christian Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: four daughers, Lisa (Geno) Swick, of La Vergne, Tenn., Ann-Margret (Kevin) Perkins, of Harrodsburg, Cathy (Jonny) Schooler, of Frisco, Tex. and Sandy (Paul) Bohman, of Perryville; one son, Chris (Lisa) Bentley, of Louisville; one brother, Jim Stevens, of Perryville; one sister, Shirley Greenburg, of Harrodsburg; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

     Services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Harrodsburg Christian Church with Mego Haralu officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Gary Houchins, Bob Coffman, Don Billy Yates, Tebbs Moore, John Phillips, Mike Matherly, Larry Royalty, Tommy Ison, Will Dedman, Bobby Reister, Don Notter and James Sanders. Honorary pallbearers were elders of the Harrodsburg Christian Church.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

MABLE TURNER

     Mable Ann Turner, 78, wife of Shirley Turner, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 at the Norton Hospital in Louisville.

     Born Feb. 7, 1937 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Rissie Brown Bowman.

     She was a homemaker and a member of the Cornishville Baptist Church. 

     Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: three sons, Randel Turner, Johnny Turner and Van Lee Turner, all of Harrodsburg; one daughter, Saundra Osborne, of Cornishville; seven brothers: Jack, Ray, Arnold Bowman Jr., Kenny, Earl, David and Joe Bowman; two sisters, Judy Withrow and Ruth Lacy, 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild due in January 2016. 

     She was preceded in death by one daughter, Loretta Turner and four sisters, Dorothy Bowman, Betty Sutton, Eva Jean Russell and Easther Hutchinson.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, August 27, 11 a.m. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Mark King and Bro. Paul Readnour officiating. Burial is in Cornishville Baptist Church Cemetery.

     Visitation 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 7 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home

     Pallbearers are Bradley Turner, Casey Turner, Shawn Sizemore and Matthew Little. Honorary pallbearers are Miranda Turner, Megan Whitmer, Ashley Patton, Elizabeth Turner, Jessica Pelphrey and Cameron Little.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

BLANCHE WATTS

     Blanche Wiley Watts, 95, of Harrodsburg, widow of Allin L. Watts, died Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville. 

     Born October 17, 1919, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Sarah Hawkins Wiley.

     She was a homemaker and a member of the Mayo Christian Church.

     Survivors include: two sons, Sam (Brenda) Watts of Harrodsburg, and Ron (Dixie) Watts of Grayson; one sister, June Wiley of Harrodsburg; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Boswell.

     Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 26, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Jerry Perry and Claude Waldridge. Burial followed in Berea Christian Cemetery, Mackville Road.

     Pallbearers were Gary Griffieth, Steve Taylor, Brian Watts, Randy Fletcher, Gary Durr, and Buddy Bugg.

     Honorary pallbearers were Kristen Fletcher, Sheri Griffieth, Tom Drury, James Maddox, Billy Taylor, Donald Wiley, Harry Wiley and Cecil Riley. 

     Memorials are suggested to the Gideon Bible Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

(HH Thu Aug 27, 2015)

 

DAVID YORK

     David Gene York, 62, of Stanford, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015 at home.

     Born December 12, 1952 in Indianapolis, Ind., he was the son of the late Ernest and Gladys Mae Johnson York.

     He worked as a printer for most of his life, was a former volunteer auxiliary policeman for the city of Crab Orchard, a former Crab Orchard City Commissioner, and was the lead vocalist and guitar player for the "Country Swingers Band". He was also a member of Crab Orchard Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: his wife, Vickie York of Stanford, one son; David Gene York II (Jennifer) of Eubank; two daughters, Shelly Jean Alford (Heath) of Burgin, and Alicia Ann Bustle (Kristopher) of Crab Orchard; one brother, Marris E. York (Janie) of Burkesville; five sisters, Lesa Adams (Richard) of Crab Orchard, Helen Hart (Joe) Springfield, Ind., Linda Brown of Noblesville, Ind., Joyce Shafer (Eddie) of Brodhead,  and Earlene York of Stanford; 12 grandchildren, one-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Denny Lee York, and one brother-in-law; Bill Brown.

     Funeral service was Wednesday, August 26, at the Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel, Stanfordwith Reverend Brad King officiating. Burial followed at Danville Memorial Gardens.

     Casket bearers were Jake Robertson, Jeffrey Alford, Wayne Hinds, Matthew York, Eddie Brown, Jason Manuel, and Miranda Adams.

     Honorary bearers were Dylan Bryant, Trenton Bryant, and his grandchildren.

     Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40422).

     (This obituary was not included in the August 27, 23015 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)