Dec ARCHIVES

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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JAMES LAWSON

James Davis Lawson, 74, Harrodsburg, brother of Joy Stevens, died Tuesday at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

He was born December 14, 1940, in Harrodsburg, to the late Edwin Lawson and the late Doris Ransdell Burgin.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served during the Cuban Crisis. He attended the Bohon Church of Christ and was a member of the Mercer Masonic Lodge 777 F&AM and the Mercer County Singles club. James was a retired insurance salesman.

     Survivors include: a daughter, Brandi L. York of Overland Park, KS; one son, Michael Dale Lawson of Boise, ID; three sisters, Joy (Joe) Stevens of Harrodsburg, Joyce (Ernie) Thomas and Edwina (Mack) Reynolds; an aunt, Naomi Ransdell Pittman of Harrodsburg; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday; January 31 at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Herbie Goff and Julius Hovan. Burial will military honors follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

Pallbearers will be: Joe Stevens, Billy Ransdell, David Ransdell, Larry Peyton, Ricky Peyton, Steve Peyton, Kevin Perkins, Austin Schooler and John Perkins.

The family request memorial donations be sent to the Church of one's choice or to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40422

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com

 

GORDON HOWE

Gordon Stuart Howe, 79, of Danville passed away on January 25, 2015.

Born February 2, 1935 in Buffalo, New York, he was the son of the late William and Caroline Laux Howe.

A lifelong baseball enthusiast and certified umpire for more than 50 years, he enjoyed playing and coaching baseball, and especially watching his grandson play for the Danville Mustang baseball club. He loved playing tennis, and had an avid interest in governance and politics. He was especially interested in Danville city issues and regularly participated in Danville City Commission meetings. He was active in Toastmasters International for many years. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church where he also worked as a volunteer. He retired from Clark Material Handling and had worked at EMRMC as Materials Management Supervisor.

Gordon was the beloved husband of Gail J. Howe for 58 years, and cherished father of Julie (Ed) Coon of Harrodsburg, Lisa (Patrick) Rivers of Lombard, Illinois, Amy (Ron) Ost of Lombard, Illinois, Jill (Jim) Hutchinson of Lexington, and Gordy (Barb) Howe of Danville. He was the adored grandfather of Eddie Coon; Andrew (Sheila) Rivers and Lindsey (Keith) Rivers Wisniewski; Caroline and James Ost; Sarah (Chris) Hutchinson Brown and Emily Hutchinson; and Ashley, Mackenzie, Courtney, and Christian Howe. He was dear brother of Robert Howe of Arizona, Doris Fischer of New York, and Marion Jansen of California, and exceptional uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Col. William Howe.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, February 1 at Centenary United Methodist Church (Danville), followed by a memorial Service at 4 p.m. officiated by Rev. Mike Voigts.

Memorials suggested to Centenary United Methodist Church Building Fund or Danville-Boyle County Humane Society.

Guestbook available at www.wlpruitt.com

 

MILDRED BALLARD

Mildred Ann Dennis Ballard, 84, of Harrodsburg, widow of Samuel Wallace Ballard, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

Born Aug. 28, 1930, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Silas Edgar Anna Bell Robinson Dennis.

She was a graduate of Kavanaugh High School, a retired clerk for Sutherland Pharmacy, member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church, past Regent of the Jane McAfee Chapter of the DAR and member of the Harrodsburg Historical Society.

Survivors include one son, Dennis Ballard, of Harrodsburg; one sister, Wilma (John Burton) Ripy of Frankfort; one brother, Andrew (Emily Burks) Dennis of Harrodsburg; one sister-in-law, Linda Wells Dennis of Lawrenceburg and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dudley and John Allen Dennis.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Wayne Spivey officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike and Brian Dennis, John Ripy Jr., Cole Ripy, Andrew Dennis and John Burton Ripy Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Jewell Ballard, Norma Dennis and Trudy Sutherland.

Memorials contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice or Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

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

(HH Thu Jan 29 2015)

 

MARY CLAUNCH

Mary Helen King Claunch, 86, formerly of Harrodsburg, wife of Marvin Claunch, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at her residence.

Born April 6, 1928 in Burgin, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Mary Belle Harlow King.

She was a homemaker, a 1946 graduate of Burgin High School and member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church. 

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include one daughter, Barbara (Pete) Raisor of Louisville and two granddaughters Jennifer (Jonathan) Wilson and Julie Raisor both of Louisville.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Louis Elmer King and two sisters, Etha Mae Arnett and Ruby Kent.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 26 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Dr. Jim Cobban and John David Lane officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bruce Catlett, Billy Mac Gritton, Jonathan Wilson, John Wayne Peavler and Bradley King.

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

(HH Thu Jan 29, 2015)

 

CARL COURTNEY

Carl Ray Courtney, 66, of Harrodsburg, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Born July 13, 1948 in Mayfield, he was the son of the late William and Daisy Guthrie Courtney.

He was a self-employed independent insurance agent and a member of the Pioneer Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Cassandra Courtney of Springfield; two sons, Aaron “Mike” Courtney of Danville and William Courtney of Richmond; two brothers, Bob Courtney of Paducah and Ronnie (Betty) Courtney of St. Charles, Mo.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Fred Courtney and one sister, Betty Courtney.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 23, at Sims Funeral Services with Bro. Robbie Courtney officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

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

(HH Thu Jan 29, 2015)

 

 

DEBORAH GOWINS

Deborah Jean Gowins, 59, of Mt. Washington, formerly of Harrodsburg, wife of Larry Gowins, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at her residence.

She was a homemaker, and a Pentecostal.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two sons, Chris and Kevin Watts; two stepsons, Larry Gowins Jr. and Michael Gowins; father, Tom Wylie; one sister, Judy Bennett; four brothers, Thomas, Bobby, Russell and Larry Joe Wylie and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 31, at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home in Mount Washington.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hosparus of Louisville.

(HH Thu Jan 29, 2015)

 

 

 

 

GLENN HESTER

Glenn H. “Bongo” Hester Sr., 73, of Stanford, widower of Vivian Patterson Hester, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at his residence.

Born Jan. 22, 1942 in Stanford, he was the son of the late T.J. Hester and Lucille Starnes Hester.

He worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader, at Delta J Screen Printing and was a member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Glenn (Debbie) Hester Jr., of Richmond and Rodney (Susie) Hester of Lancaster; one brother, Tommy Hester of Nicholasville; two grandchildren and step children.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald “Sneeze” Hester and Harold Hester.

Funeral service were held Monday, Jan. 26 at Fox Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Bramel officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Hester, Charlie Hester, Jeff Hester, Jeff Hester, Darryl Hester, Leroy Patterson, Zach Padgett and John Hester. Honorary pallbearers were Phil Williams, Jim Baird, Alfred Pence, Buddy Pence and Walter “Tiddle” Hester.

Memorial contributions are suggested to New Beginnings United Methodist Church, c/o Trustees Account, 310 West Main Street, Stanford, KY 40484.

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

(HH Thu Jan 29, 2015)

 

MARVIN HUFFMAN

Marvin Hassel Huffman, 82, of Harrodsburg, husband of Ann Smith Huffman, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Harrodsburg.

Born July 19, 1932 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Rue and Irene Cunningham Huffman.

He was a US Army veteran, was a retired Whirlpool Corporation employee and member of Carpenter’s Christian Church.

Survivors, in addition to his wife include, one son, Marvin Keith Huffman of Harrodsburg; one sister, Beatrice Woods of Harrodsburg and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Jan. 22 with Greg Warren officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Carpenter’s Christian Church, 1340 U.S. 127 Bypass, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

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

(HH Thu Jan 29, 2015)

 

 

 

BRANDON SIMS

Brandon Keith Sims, 30, of Harrodsburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

Born May 22, 1984, in Danville, he was the son of Roseanne (Darren) Semonis Sinkhorn of Boyle County, and Hollie (Pamela) Sims of Harrodsburg.

He was a former Wausau Paper employee and member of Ellers Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one daughter, Baylee Nicole Sims and one son, Branson Keith Sims, both of Harrodsburg; three siblings, Lorrie Brooke Sims of Richmond, Steven Patrick Sims of Burgin and Jason Cole Sims of Harrodsburg; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Semonis of Harrodsburg; two nephews and one niece.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Joe Smith and John Kesel officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Shawn Harvey, Kevin Rogers, Darrin Ransdell, Gary Pruitt, Earl Driskell and Chris Horn. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Sims, Steve Sims, Aiden Sims and Zachary Sims.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Isaiah House, 2084 Main Street, Willisburg, KY 40078.

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

(HH Thu Jan 29, 2015)

 

BENNA TAYLOR

Benna Katherine Taylor, 94, of Danville, died Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Born September 3, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Ida Mae Leach.

Benna was a graduate of Burgin High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Benna worked for 44 years at the Hub Frankel Department Store in the children's and lingerie departments.

Benna is survived by: her husband of 54 years, Robert S. Taylor; a son, Larry (Connie) Gwinn of Mt. Washington; a son-in-law, Shelby Reed; a brother, Ronald (Barbara) Leach of Harrodsburg; six grandchildren Jim (Sharon) Cox, Duane (Debbie) Cox, Shelby (Michelle) Reed, Larry Gwinn, Kim Riddle and Lorena Yokley; and twelve great grandchilren, Matthew Cox, Lucas Cox, Joseph Cox, Justin Reed, Jordan Reed, Morgan Reed, Kyle Riddle, Sarah Yokley, Nichole Sanders, Megan Vanderkraats, Taylor Gwinn and Felitia Gwinn; and eight great-great-grandchildren, Adam Yokley, Breanna Goodlett,Bobby Goodlett, Gage Goodlett, Kaitlynn Sanders, Arianna Vanderkraats, Brayden Vanderkraats and Emma Jewell.

She was also predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Reed.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday January 26, 2015, at the Stith Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tim Mathis officiating. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Stith Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Duane Cox, Jim Cox, Shelby Reed, II, Larry Gwinn, Luke Cox, and Justin Reed.

Memorial donations are suggested to First Baptist Church.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the January 29, 2015 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)