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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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RAYMOND COBLENTZ

     Raymond Coblentz, 54, of Harrodsburg died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at his residence.

     Born June 19, 1961 in Millersburg, Ohio he was the son of the late Noah J. and Katie Ann Stutzman Coblentz.

     Raymond attended Mercer Bible Fellowship. He enjoyed animals, working on the farm and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

     Raymond is survived by: three brothers, Lester (Nancy) Coblentz of Millersburg, OH, Daniel (Susanna) Coblentz of Harrodsburg and Aden (Rhoda) Coblentz of Guthrie, KY; four sisters, Anna (John) Myers  of Paraguay, S.A., Mary (Clyde) Stoll of Odon, IN, Erma (William) Byler of Auburn, KY and Ada Byler of Russellville, KY. He is also survived by forty nine nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by two brothers: Jacob Coblentz and Perry Coblentz.

     Funeral services will be conducted 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Guthrie North District Amish Church with Daniel Beachy and Ervin Esh officiating. Burial will be in the Guthrie North District Amish Church Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Lester Coblentz, Daniel Coblentz, Aden Coblentz, John Myers, Clyde Stoll and William Byler.

     Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Mercer Bible Fellowship.

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

 

JUSTIN YOUNG

     Justin Keith Young, 30, of Danville, died Saturday April 30, 2016.

     Born December 27, 1985 in Danville, he was the son of Tabitha Henry Kennedy and Brian Keith Young.

     Justin was loved by all who knew him. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. Justin also loved a trucks and four wheeling.

     Justin is preceded in death by a grandfather, Poppy Orville Henry.

     Justin is survived by: his parents, Tabitha (Scott) Kennedy of Junction City and Brian (Angie) Young of Harrodsburg, a brother, Corey Young of Danville, a grandmother, Linda Stevens of Junction City, and grandparents, Poppy Gene and Brenda Young of Danville.

     The funeral will be at 3 p.m., Saturday May 7, at the Stith Funeral Home, Junction City with Rev. Doug Davis officiating. Burial will be in Russell Cemetery in Forkland.

     Visitation will be from 11 – 3 p.m., Saturday May 7, at Stith Funeral Home, Junction City.

     Pallbearers will be Hagen Grubbs, Derek White, Jared Green, Brent Combs, Brent Yeager, and Collings Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Corey Young, Kristy Dee, and Kylece.

     Memorial donations are suggested to The Healing Place, 1020 W. Market Street, Louisville, KY 40210 or towards the burial of Justin Young in care of Stith Funeral Home.

 

KELLI ELAM

     Kelli Elam, 47, beloved daughter of Carolyn and the late John Elam, died Monday, May 2, 2016, following a courageous 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

     In addition to her father, Kelli was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Dewey and Ruby Elam and maternal grandparents Armel and Polly Hopkins.

     Kelli was a vibrant and energetic woman committed to her family and her career.

     Kelli is also survived by her loving siblings, Dana Elam (Jami), Jonndrea Elam, and John David Elam II.

     This close-knit family endured Kelli's illness as they have always dealt with life--together. Kelli took tremendous pride in her professional position as Associate Director of the University of Kentucky Alumni Affairs. In the words of her supervisor, "from Kelli's arrival on our staff in 2004, she always had a bright smile, an energetic spirit, a respect for others, an exceptional dedication to her work and a professional approach to everything she did. I know how much loyalty she had for UK and our alumni association, and her presence will be missed by everyone." An avid UK fan, Kelli was not only a cherished daughter and sister but leaves behind many friends and a legacy of loyalty and community involvement.

     Funeral services will be Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Marsha J. Moors-Charles officiating.

     Visitation will precede the funeral from 11 am – 1 pm. Both the visitation and funeral will be held at the Herald & Stewart& Halsey Funeral Home in West Liberty, KY.

     Pallbearers are Nathan Miller, Eric Stout, Jerry Dale Elam, Greg Brown, Terry Hopkins, and Tony Jenkins.

     In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations in Kelli's name to be made to University of Kentucky Alumni Association Scholarship Fund (Payable to UK Alumni Association) and Hospice of the Bluegrass www.hospicebg.org

 

DONNA SHELTON

     Donna S. Shelton, 70, of Danville, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at home.

     Born May 21, 1945 in Harrodsburg, to the Samuel J. and Bessie Margaret Veatch Teater, she worked in retail sales for most of her life, and was a member of Mt. Freeman Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one son, Scottie Shelton (Renae) of Moreland, two daughters; Victoria Epperly of Stanford, and Donetta Stidham (Eric) of Danville; one brother, Bill Teater (Bonnie) of Harrodsburg; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents.

     Visitation will be Thursday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel, Stanford.

     Funeral service will be Friday, May 6, at Danville Memorial Gardens in Danville.

 

 

 

STELLA RAKES

     Stella Louise Rakes, 69, of Danville, died Monday May 2, 2016.

     Born April 8, 1947 in Danville, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Ada Hornsby Rakes.

Stella loved taking care of her family, her home, and her flowers.

     In addition to her parents Stella was preceded in death by a son, Garret Patterson and a nephew, Roderick Shelton, II.

     Stella is survived by: two daughters, Susan Lovitt of Danville and Trisha Patterson of Harrodsburg; a son, James Patterson of Danville; brother, Michael Rakes of Junction City; four sisters, Barbara Rodriguez of Lees Summit, Mo., Brenda (Woody) Stickrod of Lexington, Frances Shelton of Danville, and Regina (Bill) Scheifers of Moreland; eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

     The funeral will be at 1 p.m., Friday May 6, 2016 at Stith Funeral Home, Junction City with Rev. Ernest Fields, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Parksville Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday May 6, at the Stith Funeral Home, Junction City.

     Pallbearers will be Steven Hall, Brian Brombach, Aaron Carney, Lamar Yocum, Chase Hoskins, and Rick Dykes.

 

JOHN BENGE SR.

     John Kenneth Benge Sr., 86, widower of Mary Helen Montgomery Benge, died Thursday, April 28, 2016, at his home.

     Born July 28, 1929, in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Henry Clayton and Sally Marie Raines Benge.

     He was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired insurance agent, a farmer and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Carolyn Ann Benge; one son, Jimmy Benge and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by two sons, Ron and John Benge; one daughter, Laura Ellen James; one grandson Lee Benge and one great-granddaughter, Laura James.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church with Lester Tirey and John McDaniel officiating. Burial was in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Brian Jones, Steve Jones, Phil Jones, Adam McBride, Kenny James and Ian Benge serving. 

     Homorary pallbearers were members of the Bethel Baptist Church adult men’s Sunday school class. 

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

(HH Thu May 5, 2016)

 

JUDITH BURKS

     Judith D. Burks, 70, of Harrodsburg, died Monday, May 2, 2016, at her home.

     Born Nov. 1, 1945, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late W. Earl and Georgia Sanders Dean Sr.

     She was the owner and operator of Big Red Stables, a former deputy jailer, a member of the Harrodsburg Christian Church and a member of the Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen.

     Survivors include: two daughters, Emily (Andrew) Dennis of Harrodsburg and Nellie (Zach) Ramsey of Versailles; one son, Matt Burks of Harrodsburg; one sister, Adele Greenburg of Harrodsburg; one brother, Lee Miller Dean of Harrodsburg and seven grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death two brothers, Howard Hadden Dean and Earl Dean Jr.

     Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at the Big Red Stables. A gathering of friends and family will follow the services.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Dr., Danville, KY 40422 or the Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen, c/o Mercer Co. Extension Office, 1007 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

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

(HH Thu May 5, 2016)

 

KELLI ELAM

     Kelli Elam, 47, of Lexington, formerly of Harrodsburg and Rockhouse, Ky passed away Monday May 2, 2016 of pancreatic cancer.

     She was a former sports editor at the Harrodsburg Herald.

     Funeral arrangements are pending at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home in West Liberty.

(HH Thu May 5, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VICKI FOGT

     Vicki Gail Darland Fogt, 58, widow of James Edward Fogt Jr., died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at her home. 

     Born July 16, 1957, in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of Randall Darland and the late Alice Grubbs Darland. 

     She was a retired baker for Sodexo at Centre College amd a member of the Mercer Church of Christ.

     Survivors, in addition to her father, include: one daughter, Melissa Florene Fogt of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Sandy Darland Peavler and Tammy Darland Patterson, both of Harrodsburg and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services were held Monday, May 2, at 1 p.m. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with William Dayton and Larry Morris officiating.  Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Eric Peavler, Shane Burris, Chad Trisler, Curtis George, Randy Darland and Jason Bird.

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

(HH Thu May 5, 2016)

 

ROGER GOODLETT

     Roger Michael Goodlett, 70, of Burgin, widower of Mary Catherine Taylor Goodlett, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at his home.

     Born July 25, 1945, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Herbert and Ethel Releford Goodlett.

     He was a retired crib attendant for Schneider Co. and a member of the Burgin Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Anita Carol (Kevin) Arrasmith of Harrodsburg; one son, Mike (Angie) Goodlett of Mt. Sterling; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

     He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Catherine Ruth Goodlett.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.

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

(HH Thu May 5, 2 16)

 

 

JAMES SLONE

     James Robert Slone, 72, of Harrodsburg husband of Rosemary Slone, died Monday, April 25, 2016, at his home.

     Born July 28, 1943, in Pippa Passes, he was the son of the late Dewey Slone and Herma Slone.

     He was a former employee of the Sheller Globe Manufacturing Company and a member of the Baptist faith.

     Survivors in addition to his wife, include: five sons, James Slone, Clinton Dale (Paula) Slone, Randy Slone and Robbie (Tammy) Slone, all of Lexington and Eugene Draper of Wellington, Ohio; two daughters, Michelle (Matt) Sebo of Sullivan, Ohio and Crystal (Robbie) Puls of Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Dewey Allen Slone of Hindman; three sisters, Hattie Counts of Ohio, H. Sybil Hall of London and Phyllis Neace of Lancaster and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clinton Slone and Arnold Slone.

     Funeral services were held Friday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at the Hindman Funeral Servicces Chapel with Kelly Slone officiating. Burial was in the Dewey Slone Family Cemetery in Topmost.

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

(HH Thu May 5, 2016)

 

JAMES MITCHELL

     James W. “Red” Mitchell, 72, husband of Ursula Giraud Mitchell, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the V.A. Community Living Center in Lexington. 

     Born August 29, 1943, in Boyle County, he was the son of the late James W. and Malinda Broughton Mitchell. 

     He was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired employee from Howard Carpenter Floor Covering and the DANA Corporation and a member and deacon of the Salt River Baptist Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: two sons, James R. Mitchell of Elmira, N.Y. and Andrew Mitchell of Lexington; two daughters, Glinda A. Dick of Eubank and Angela M. Friedman of Bensalem, Penn.; one brother, Harold Mitchell of Lawrenceburg; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Wilder; three brothers, Robert, Larry, and Jerry Mitchell and one grandson, James Bartleson “J.B.” Mitchell.

     Funeral services were Monday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Rev. James Byrd officiating. Burial with military honors was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Johnny Mitchell, Dakota Pelley, William Pelley, Michael Dick, Bradley Mitchell, Stephen Thompson, Jason Mitchell and Joe Allen Mitchell.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2808 Palumbo Drive, Suite 205, Lexington, KY 40509.

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

(HH Thu May 5, 2016)

 

TERRY WHEELER

     There will be a remembrance and celebration of the beautiful life of Terry C. Wheeler, of Harrodsburg, who passed away April 22, 2016.

     A celebration of life was held at Young’s Park, Linden Avenue, in Harrodsburg on Sunday, May 1.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the May 5, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)