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."



Connor Ripley Bugg, the stillborn son of Travis and Kristian Bugg, died Wednesday at Baptist Health Lexington.

The family that Connor never got to meet in person, consist of his parents, Travis and Kristian Patterson Bugg; his brothers Jacob and Cainin Bugg; maternal grandparents, Lorne & Betty Patterson; Paternal Grandparents, Chuck & Sandy Bugg; Maternal Great Grandmother, Carol Arrasmith; Paternal Great Grandparents, Berdie & Josephine Bugg.

At this time there are no formal services planned. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at



Glenn M. Reynolds, 83, of Harrodsburg, widower of Virginia  Devine Reynolds, died Thursday at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville.

Born March 20, 1935, in Perryville, he was the son of the late Elliott Miller Reynolds and the late Ethel Drury Reynolds May.

Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a self employed brick mason for Reynolds Company. He was also a Kentucky Colonel, very active in Gideon's International and Men for Christ, and a member of the Bohon Church of Christ. Glenn and Virginia were foster parents for several children over the last several years.

He is survived by: four daughters, Julie (Chris) Rawlings of Harrodsburg, Anne (Tim) Antle of Lexington, Christina (Thomas) Hayden of Lexington, and Ashley Reynolds of Danville; two sisters, Hallie Pfeffer of Louisville, and Diane Sanders of Harrodsburg; and three granddaughters, Allison Rawlings, Emily Rawlings and  Audrey Moore.

Glenn was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Mann and his brother, Brantley Reynolds.

Visitation will be 5-8 pm Saturday; September 22 at Ransdell Funeral Chapel,  Harrodsburg, KY.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Burns, Tim Darland, Josh Allen, Jackie Claycomb, Dalton Hendren and Don Stiglish. Gideon members are to serve as honorary bearers.


Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Julius Hovan and Tim Darland. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

The family request memorial donations be sent to: Gideons International, P.O. Box 176, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at



Roberta L. Roseman, 86, of Harrodsburg, widow of Donald Ralph Roseman, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at home.

Born January 19, 1932, in Springfield, OH, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Frances Burke Jackson.

Survivors include: three sons, Ralph Lindsey "Lynn" (Brenda) Roseman of Harrodsburg, Michael Lawrence Roseman and Randell Lee Roseman; one sister, Jenny Manes; she also has six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert L. Jackson Jr..

Memorial service Saturday, October 20, at 11 a.m. at the Burgin Christian Church, with Josh Snyder officiating.

Memorials are suggested to: Burgin Christian Church Outreach Program or the Mercer County Public Library.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at



Mr. Vernice Jewel Long, 87, husband or Lillian Devine Long died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, in Danville.

Born December 22, 1930 in Washington County, he was the son of the late Ed and Addie Royalty Long.

Mr. Long was a retired Kentucky State Highway Department employee and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. He loved to do anything that took him outdoors.

Survivors in addition to his wife are: three sons, Ricky J. (Anita) Long of Danville, Larry W. (Lisa) Long of Mason, OH and Perry (Kendra) Long of Bardstown; one brother, Ernest Long of Harrodsburg; five grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Long was preceded in death by two brothers, Thurman and Elwood Long and two sisters, Virginia Long and Kathleen Newby.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, September 23, at the Pavilion at Spring Hill Cemetery with Bro. James Harley officiating. Burial will follow at the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Logan Long, Lucas Long, Landen Long, Jonathon Long, Don Long, Ronnie Long, Jake Newby and Shane Newby. Jimmy Newby, Jerry Newby and Eddie Long will serve as honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Sunday, September 23, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

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Edythe Ford, age 93, of Danville, widow of Hubert “Buddy” Ford, passed away on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Ephraim McDowell RMC in Danville.

Born March 13, 1925 in Burgin, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Martha (King) VanArsdall.

She was a former secretary at Jessamine County High School in Nicholasville, known as “Rosie the Riveter” in Detroit at the age of 18, a former choir director for the Burgin Schools, a homemaker and a member of the Burgin Christian Church for over 80 years.

Survivors include: two sons, Gregory Ford of Goldsboro, NC and Russell (Delories) Ford of Lancaster; three sisters, Mary Helen Adams of Lexington, Betty Montgomery of Burgin and Ruth Ann Wells of Nicholasville; three sisters-in-law, "Bitty" VanArsdall of Burgin, Peggy (Bill) Waggener of Burgin and Hannah Robb of Franklin, TN; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Other than her husband and parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Belinda Sullivan, one son, Hubert R. Ford II., one brother, George “Bud” VanArsdall and one sister, Martha Lou Henderson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm, Saturday, September 22, at Sims Funeral Services by Bro. Josh Snyder. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery in Lancaster.

Visitation will be Friday, September 21 from 5 p.m. until 8 pm and on Saturday from 11 am until the time of service at Sims Funeral Services.

Pallbearers will be Gunner Fister, Blaine Ford, Jeff Montgomery, Joe Fister, Cole Foley, and Tom VanArsdall.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Burgin Christian Church, 300 West Main Street, Burgin, KY 40310

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at




Exequiel "Willie" Rivera, 55, of Harrodsburg, widower of Carolyn  Dean, died Saturday September 8, 2018 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington.

He was born May 31,1963, in Honduras.

He worked for several area farms .

Exequiel is survived by: his daughter, Sierra Young of Harrodsburg; and two step daughters, Cynthia Gonzales of Danville and Tonya Chenault of Harrodsburg.

A memorial service is planned for the near future. Memorial donations are suggested to assist the family with expenses, and can be made at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.



Johnnie H. Sims, 75, of Harrodsburg, husband of Judith  Pulliam Sims, died Tuesday September 18, 2018 at his home.

Born August 17, 1943, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of Phyllis Robinson Sims of Louisville and the late Joseph Timothy Sims.

He was an employee of Central Rock Company for thirteen years and operated Sims Cistern Cleaning and Repair Company for thirty years.

Other survivors include: two daughters: Melinda S. (Troy) Johnson, and Jessica Renee Sims; and one son, Joseph Bryant Sims, all of Harrodsburg; grandchildren; Amber Rae Carey and Jacob Thomas Sims; great grandchildren, Payton Hurst and Noah Hurst; two sisters; Betty (Jim) Hornback, Senora, and Brenda Sims of Louisville.

Memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses by Brother Larry Molnar.

The family request memorial donations be sent to Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 404 Bohon Rd., Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or







Doris June Britton Binion, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at the Hospice of St. Elizabeth in Edgewood. 

Born Feb. 4, 1940, in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Archie Marion and Mable Britton. 

She was a homemaker and an artist.

Survivors include: two sons,  John Lewis of Harrodsburg and Ahmed Shuja of Oakland, CA; two daughters,  Christy Pember of Cincinnati, OH and Priscilla Weaver of Jacksonville, FL; three brothers,  William Carroll “Billy” Britton, Jerry Wayne Britton and Donald Keith Britton; three sisters,  Sarah Elizabeth Mobley, Donna Lee Stratton and Nancy Lou Belcher; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by one sister,  Barbara Ann Partin and one brother,  Archie Marion Britton, Jr. 

No services have been planned at this time.

Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(HH Thu Sep 20, 2018)



William M. “Will” Dedman, 76, widower of Ann Harriet Freeman Dedman, of Harrodsburg, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at his home.

Born Jan. 19, 1942, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Charles M. and Anne Hart Milward Dedman.

He was a member of the St. Philips Episcopal Church, a former member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Harrodsburg, and had served on the Mercer County Fair Board and the Haggin Hospital Board.

Survivors include: one daughter, Marie (David) Rudder of Lexington; one son, Milward (Kathy) Dedman of Harrodsburg; three grandchildren and three special caregivers.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Curry Dedman.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the St. Philips Episcopal Church with Fr. Peter Doddema officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were Nick Dedman, Chuck Dedman, Tom Dedman, Bob Milward, Logan Dedman and Curry Dedman. Honorary pallbearers were John “Skeeter” Reed, T. S. Moore, Jim Royalty, Gary Houchins, Dick Parsons, G. Watts Humphrey, T.C. Coleman, Joe Burgin, Jerry Mobley and Sue Abrams Gray. 

Memorials contributions are suggested to the St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 131 Short Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Arrangements by Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family online at

(HH Thu Sep 20, 2018)




Rev. J.W. Knight, 90, of Steele, husband of Helen Goss Knight, died on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Coffee County, Alabama, he was the son of the late Willie and Valda Knight.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, ,was a graduate of Campbellsville University, and served as a pastor in the local area.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one son, Ronald Gene (Joyce) Knight; two daughters, Kimberly Susan (Dale) Burks and Valletta Jo Reed; one daughter-in-law, Debbie Knight; one brother, Paul Knight (Lelia). six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Mikki Knight; one grandson, Justin Knight and one sister, Addie Mae Hutton. 

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Morgan Funeral Chapel. Graveside services with military honors were held at Rainbow Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Dale Burks, Michael Serio, Randy Honeycutt, Tim Reed, Marion Farley and Glenn Hicks.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family online at

(HH Thu Sep 20, 2018)




James Alan Motley, 54, husband of Denise Michele Tatum Motley, died Monday, September 17, 2018 at his residence. 

Born June 12, 1964 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late James J. and Cora Sue Kurtz Motley. 

He was a member of the Shawnee Run Baptist Church, was a welder by trade and began his volunteer firefighting career at Burgin and later transferred to Shakertown Station 13.

In addition to his wife, survivors include: two daughters, Meagan Whittney (James) Faircloth of Butner, NC., Dakota Marie Motley, and Elizabeth Anne Motley all of Harrodsburg; two sons Tom Colton Motley and Squire Franklin Motley both of Harrodsburg; three grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren and many longtime friends.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, at The Carpenter’s Christian Church with Station 12 Chaplain Greg Collier and James Stinnett, Sr. officiating. Burial with Firefighters Honors will be held at Shawnee Run Baptist Church Cemetery

Pallbearers will be Brad Gilvin, Joe Monroe, Nick Mullins, Jamie Bottom, Scott Hammons, Sonny Thompson, Monte Kelly, and John Harris. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Lee Sanders, Charles Sanders, Henry Gross, Kenny Carey, Stanley Kelly, Jackie Hammons, Donnie Cocanougher and Members of the Mercer County Fire Protection District.

Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 and after 8 a.m. Saturday at The Carpenter’s Christian Church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mercer County Fire Protection District, Station 13, P.O.Box 592, Burgin, KY 40310.

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(HH Thu Sep 20, 2018)



Geneva McFerron Pulliam, 76, widow of Hershel Pullum, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born Jan. 4, 1942, in Sand Springs, she was the daughter of the late William Andrew and Nancy McDaniel McFerron.

She was a member of the Herrington Lake Pentecostal Church and retired after Twenty-Seven Years from Corning Glass as a Glass Inspector. 

Survivors include: one daughter, Judy Morrison of Harrodsburg; two sons, Donnie (Mary) Pulliam and Ronnie (Donna) Pulliam both of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Genevieve (Charlie) Hensley of Harrodsburg; one brother Charles McFerron of Mercer County; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Votaw and Jeanette Miller.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Brother Larry Holbrook and Bro. Mark Tolson officiating. Burial was in Danville Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Pulliam, Andrew Pulliam, Wayne Taylor, Timmy Taylor, William McFerron, Charles McFerron Jr., and Billy Votaw.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family online at

(HH Thu Sep 20, 2018)






Norma Jean Middleton Tarter, 76, of Stanford, died Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018, at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford.

Born Aug. 15, 1942, in Garrard County, she was the daughter of the late George Andrew and Ona Mae Hiter Middleton.

She retired from Square D, was a member of Salt River Baptist Church in Boyle County and attended Grace Fellowship Church in Stanford.

Survivors include: two sons, Michael Tarter (Linda) of Harrodsburg, and Joey Tarter of Stanford; one daughter, Marquetta Sue Tarter of Stanford; four grandchildren; one brother, Michael Dale Middleton of Perryville; one sister, Rosa L. Middleton Davis of Lexington; two great-grandchildren and one special friend.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Ona Mae “Missy” Tarter; three brothers, Raymond A. Middleton, George D. Middleton and Donald Ray Middleton and one sister, Jennie Marie Middleton.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Fox and Friend Funeral Home with Brother Vola Brown, Rev. Dennis Miller, and Dr. Harold Best officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Brandon Middleton, Eddie Middleton, Robert Johnson, Derek Bottoms, Glenn Davis, Gregory Hume and Kevin S. Smock.

Honorary pallbears were grandchildren, great-grandchildren and Lucille Justice.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family online at

(HH Thu Sep 20, 2018)