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.


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

we are stepping through the garden gate

 into the next adventure."






James Delbert "Doc" Siler, age 84, of Harrodsburg, widower of Mary E. Bowling Siler, died Friday, June 15, 2018 in Harrodsburg.

Born March 13, 1934 in Faber, he was the son of the late Ernest and Artie Perkins

Siler, was a retired farmer for the Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg and was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: one son, one step-son, two daughters, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the Pavilion at Spring Hill Cemetery by Bro. Lynn Releford. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at






Crevilon Leona Bond, age 67, of Danville, formerly of Lawrenceburg, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Ms. Bond was born in Mercer County to Hardin Wright and Helen Louise Mitchell Bond.

She was a homemaker and cared for horses for many years.

Crevilon is survived by: a son, Jackie Lane (Darline) Barnette, of Harrodsburg; three grandsons, Justin, Jacob, and Joseph Barnette; three great-grandchildren, Kadan, Kory, and Kinzi Medley; and brother, Wayne Wright (Connie) Bond, all of Lawrenceburg.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Myron Mitchell Bond, Norman Gale Bond, and twin brother, Crevin Leon Bond; sister, Roxie Champion.

Cremation was chosen.

No services are scheduled.

Gash Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Anderson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 494, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.




Wilma Marlene Bell, 81, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Born August 13, 1936 in Jacksonville, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Iva Burson Pendleton.

She was a Jehovah’s Witness and a homemaker. She enjoyed making quilts, sewing and reading.

Wilma is survived by: her children: Candace Wilma (Thomas) Blaylock of Greeneville, TN, Steven Edward Bailey of Greeneville, TN, Richard Clarence (Michael Nowlin) Bailey of Danville, Anthony Todd (Peggy) Bailey of Bristol, TN, one brother: Joseph Bailey of Greenfield, OH, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by grandson, Jason and sister, Bernice Irene Wolfe.

A memorial service will be held in Tennessee at a later date.

Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

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Brice D. Akers, 82, of Salvisa, husband of Faith M.. Clark Akers, died Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Ephraim McDowell-James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg.

Born Jan. 27, 1936, at Prater Creek in Dana, he was the son of the late Farley and Ora Akers.

He attended Betsy Layne High School in Stanville, was a utility worker for Columbia Gas and was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one daughter, Oretta (Tim) Switzer of Simpsonville; one son, Barry (Jeri) Akers of Salvisa; one sister, Magline Stalnaker of Zanesville, OH; one brother, Clinton (Lucille) Akers of Nicholasville, and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Woodrow, John, Avery, Adrian and Simon Akers, and two sisters, Alice Akers and Marie Conn.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 12, at Sims Funeral Services with  Bro. John Kesel officiating. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens in Nicholasville.

Pallbearers were Barry Akers, Karrol Switzer, Dustin Switzer, Tim Switzer, Ronnie Clark and Emmerson Hollenbaugh.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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Betty Jean Tyler Britton, 75, widow of Archie Marion Britton Sr., died Saturday, June 9, 2018, at her residence. 

Born May 31, 1943, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil Lee and Cordie Webb Tyler. 

She was a homemaker, farmer and a member of the Cornishville Christian Church.

Survivors include: two sons, Brent (Martye) Britton and Archie Marion Britton Jr., both of Mercer County; one sister, Jane Bursell of Illinois; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Monty Dale Britton Sr.; four brothers, J.F. Tyler, Billy Tyler, Andy Tyler and Marshall Tyler, and four sisters, Nannie Mae Lawson, Mable Lake, Louise Wilson and Lois Bradley.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Steve Pader officiating.

Burial was in Cornishville Christian Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tom Bradley, Jeff Bradley, Clayton Tyler, Paul Tyler, Gary Raley, Nick Raley, Charles Lee Hartman, Jr. Huffman, Steve Elliott and Pete Elliott.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY  40423.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Jun 14, 2018)



Ruth Miller Gaskin, 93, of Harrodsburg, KY, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

She was born October 17, 1924, in Valley Oak, to the late James Franklin and Hadie Strong Miller, and was the youngest of seven children.

As a child, her family moved to Somerset, KY, where she attended Somerset High School and met her husband of 65 years, the late Quentin L. Gaskin.

She was a member of Harrodsburg Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She taught Sunday School and used her gift of music by singing in the sanctuary choir and playing piano for the Faith, Hope & Love Sunday School class. Mrs. Gaskin was also a nurse. She started her career at St. Joseph Hospital and retired working at a private practice in Harrodsburg.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her six siblings and son-in-law, Rick Miller of Stanley, VA.

She is survived by her daughter, Kay Gaskin Miller of Harrodsburg; Emily Craig Mueller (Jimmy) of Louisville; Lindsey Robin Scott (David) of Georgetown; two great-grandchildren, Ellery and Quentin Mueller, and three step-great-grandchildren, Ben, Nick and Haley Scott.

Mrs. Gaskin was laid to rest on Friday, June 8, at Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg.


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Freddie William Justice, 58, husband of Terri Justice, died Monday, June 11, 2018, in Mercer County. 

Born Jan. 1, 1960, in Florida, he was the son of Shirley Derossette Kennedy of Ohio and the late Edgar Justice.

He was a self-employed construction worker.

Survivors, in addition to his wife and mother,  include: two daughters,  Katie (Jacob) Clemons of Perryville and Sara (Rob) Wells of Lebanon; one brother,  Johnny Kennedy of Ohio; two sisters, Tammy Holycross and Pam Wilson, both of Ohio, and four granddaughters.

A private memorial services will be held at a later date. Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Jun 14, 2018)






Michael L. "Mick" Miller, 68, of Harrodsburg, formerly of Woodford County, a former employee of L&N Glass Co. died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Harrodsburg.

Born in Battle Creek, MI, he was a son of the late Clyde Edward and Tonia Dawn Karasuanski Miller.

He was a U. S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and a graduate of Martin Community College in Williamston, NC where he obtained an associate degree in Equine Technology.

Survivors include: his son, Travis L. Miller of Harrodsburg; a granddaughter, Jade N. Miller of Lexington; a sister, Barbara Jean Malone of Michigan, and his former wife, Wanda Moberly of Midway.

There is no visitation.

Graveside funeral services with military honors will be 1:30 pm, Tuesday, June 12 at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910

(Note: This obituary was not included in the June 14, 2018 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)




Lillian Gertrude Riley, 78, of Harrodsburg, widow of Donald B. Riley, passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Harrodsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Oct. 19, 1939, in Lawrenceburg, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Ada Mae Thompson. 

She attended Sand Springs and Anderson County High School, was employed at Cricketeer in Harrodsburg and Coffman’s Trophy Shop in Junction City, and was a member of Claylick United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include: two grandsons, Ray (Kelly) White and Joe White, one granddaughter, Crystal White, all of Harrodsburg; five great-grandchildren, Clay and Olivia White, Jaydon, Jaley and Jamison Bowman; one brother, Sonny (Sherry) Thompson; one sister, Joyce Cloyd, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Norma “Darleen” Riley, and two sisters, Louise Robinson and Dorothy Hall.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at Gash Memorial Chapel in Lawrenceburg, with Bro. Joe Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery in Anderson County.

Visitation Friday, June 15,  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Ray White, Joe White, Clay White, Jaydon Bowman, Shawn Davis, Matthew Mattingly, Norman Hall and Jeff Cloyd. Honorary Pallbearers will be Olivia White, Jaley and Jamison Bowman.


(HH Thu Jun 14, 2018)



Anna Florence Wayne Russell, age 83, of Mackville, passed away at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her home after an illness.

     A native of Washington County, she was born on June 10, 1935 to the late Melvin L. and Margaret Brown Wayne.

     She was a member of the Mackville Christian Church, a member of Gideons International Auxiliary and a retired thirty-four year employee of the former Kelly’s County Drug Store.

     Preceding her in death was a son, William Wayne Russell on September 24, 1952; a grandson, Thomas Austin Gabhart on August 6, 1981 and a son-in-law, Jeffrey K. Settles on April 1, 2007.

     Survivors include: her husband of sixty-seven years, Everett Lee Russell; two daughters, Sharon Gabhart (Carl) of Mackville and Charlotte Settles of Mackville; five grandchildren, Leeann Sobek (Ara), Aaron Gabhart (Crystal), Leesha Vincent (Shane), Jordan Settles (Taylor) and Jacob Settles; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Will Peavler (Gerald) of Harrodsburg.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 Wednesday, June 13, at the Mackville Christian Church with Bro. Jim Cooper, a former minister, officiating. He will be assisted by Bro. Jason Murray, the church minister.

     Burial will be in Peter Cemetery at Mackville.

     Serving as pallbearers will be C. Aaron Gabhart, Jordan H. Settles, Jacob E. Settles, Ara J. Sobek, Dr. T. Shane Vincent and Gideon D. Sobek.

     In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Gideons International or Camp Calvary.

     Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Carey & Son Funeral Home and after 9:00 Wednesday morning at the church.

     Carey & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Note: This obituary was not included in the June 14, 2018 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)




Ruby Gayle Williams, 58, widow of Kenny “Meathead” Williams, died Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. 

Born Oct. 2, 1959, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of Mary Katherine Maddox White of Harrodsburg, and the late Robert “Bob” White.

She was a former state coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, worked at Blankenship Pest Control, was a Kentucky Colonel, attended the Southland Christian Church and  was a member of Refuge at the Carpenter’s Christian Church.

Survivors, in addition  to her mother, include: one son, Kenneth “Mikey” Williams of Harrodsburg; two daughters, Kimberly (Chris) Caldwell of Lawrenceburg and Kelly (Jason) Myers of Harrodsburg; four sisters, Sue Williams, Bobbie (John) Hancock, Betty White and Jessie (Eric Turner) Releford all of Harrodsburg; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Kathy Carter.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 11, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with John Kesel and Larry Camic officiating.  Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Peavler, Eric Releford, Mikey Williams, Charles Phillips, Danny Bond and Jarrod Blakeman.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Refuge at the Carpenter’s Christian Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Jun 14, 2018)