Mercer County Obits.

 

 

 

JERRY ROYALTY

Jerry Lee Royalty, 66, of Louisville, died Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Baptist Health Lexington.

Born August 25, 1952, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late James and Lena Mae Hulett Royalty.

Jerry was a member of the Christian Church, former Harrodsburg City Commissioner, and was a member of the Harrodsburg Jaycees, where he had served as past VP and Treasurer. He was named Jaycee of the year in 1978 and awarded the Paul Correll Award twice. Jerry was a graduate of the Central Kentucky Vo-tech, having studied photography, and he was an avid UK sports fan.

Survivors include: one daughter, Amy Lee (William) Sparks of Richmond; one sister, Mary Angus (Lonnie) Hatchel of Harrodsburg; and one brother, James (Kerry) Royalty, Jr. of Lexington; four grandchildren; special caregivers, Leona & Ed Berg; one nephew and one great-nephew.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, , at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, by Steve Votaw, James Harley, and Nelson Reynolds.

Visitation will be 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Pallbearers will be Ed Berg, Michael Hatchel, Eddie Long, Randy Webb, Larry S. Camic, David Buchanan, Frank Horton, and Billy Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers will be Emma Sparks, Madison Sparks, Ella Sparks, Morgan Sparks, Marilyn Milburn, David Votaw, Paul Votaw, Bessie Votaw, Tammy Cole, Carla Carr Pratt, Carol Dean Walters, Jo Etta Wickliffe, Tim Murphy, Joey Leonard, E. G. Plummer, Bryce Hatchel, Richard Clay, Rita V. Atwell, and members of the USCW Local union #227. 

Memorials are suggested to: Mercer County Senior High Titans Football Program, 530 Perryville Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

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

 

JOSEPH WILLETT

Joseph B. Willett, 65, of Jeffersonville, Indiana died Sunday, December 16, 2018 in Indiana.

Born October 6, 1953 in Harrodsburg he was the son of Jean Kapso of Jeffersonville and the late Joseph B. Willett.

He attended the Indiana School for the Deaf and there he enjoyed sports and art.  He later became a proud father and grandfather and is loved by many.

Additional survivors, in addition to his mother, are: his son, Macklin Willett; his brother, and sister-in-law, Tony and Sandy Kapso; his sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and James Hubbard; three grandchildren, Landon, Seth and Elizabeth Rose Willet; his aunt, Jacqueline Glasscock and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with burial to follow.

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

 

 

 

 

HOWARD WEST

Howard West, 75, of Burgin, husband of Doris West, died Saturday December 15, 2018 at his residence.

Born January 21, 1943 in Garrard County, he was the son of William West and Dorothy Harrison Reed.

He was retired from the State of Kentucky having worked at Kentucky State Hospital, Danville Youth Development Center, and Northpoint Training Center.  Howard enjoyed fishing and hunting. 

Survivors, besides his wife, include: one son, Jeffrey Alan (Jennifer) West of Gravel Switch; one daughter, Donna Mae Drury of Harrodsburg; one brother, J.W. (Ova) West of Nancy; one sister, Darlene (Wayne) Lister of Danville; four grandchildren: Michael West, Shay West, Whitney Drury, and Amanda Mattingly; five great-grandchildren, Breanna West, Brayden West, Jason West, Abby Rose May, and Mason West.

He was preceded in death by his step father, James E. Reed and two sisters, Ann Simpson and Maxine Wilson.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Cecil Lay and Gil Lay officiating  Burial will be in Burgin Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Michael West, Gil Lay, Durand Lay, Michael Turner, Justin Hawk, and Brandon Wilson serving as active pallbearers.  Howard’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Charles Lawson, and Billy Turner will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, at the funeral home.

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

 

 

JAMES MUDD

James William “Bill” Mudd, 84, of Fredericktown, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Windsor Gardens.

He was born Dec. 7, 1934, in Louisville.

He was a retired advertising manager for the Kentucky Standard and the Harrodsburg Herald. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Kentucky Colonels. He sang with Holy Trinity and Harrodsburg choirs. He loved playing the trumpet, music, and enjoyed the outdoors with all his family, friends and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Mudd; parents, Borgia and Louise Mudd; and one brother, James Mudd.

He is survived by: his four children, Jerome (Carol) Mudd of Boston, Michael Mudd and Charlie (Laura) Mudd both of Fredericktown, and Charlene (Eddie Smith) Mudd of Bardstown; one sister, Dorothy Ann “Dot” Mudd of Bardstown; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery with the Rev. Ben Brown officiating.

Memorial contributions may go to Masses.

Barlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

THOMAS MOORE

Thomas Matthew "Tom" Moore, 66, Harrodsburg, husband of Patricia Ann Mayes Moore, died Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Saint Joseph Hospital East, Lexington.

Born October 2, 1952, in Chelsea, MA, he was the son of the late Frederic L and Geraldine A. (Neville) Moore. Tom was a retired self-employed Building Contractor, had served as President of the Mercer Co. Builders Association, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and was the Volunteer Supervisor for the Young's Park Creative Playground.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Angie (Peter) Mitchell of FL and Margaret Weisenbach of Harrodsburg; four sisters, Debbie (Paul) Doucette of Lynn, MA, Wendy Budd of St. Petersburg, FL, Brenda Champigny of North Reading, MA, and Marylee (Norman) Dube of Lynn, MA; one brother, Neil Moore of Lynn, MA; four grandchildren, Lindsey Schuster, and Eli, Jocelyn, and Emma Weisenbach; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Duvall.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

Memorials are suggested to: American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, P.O. Box 411, Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330

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

 

BRENDA HENDREN

Brenda Carol Hendren, 65, of Harrodsburg, wife of Leroy Hendren, died Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the UK Medical Center, Lexington.

Born July 19, 1953, in Whitesburg, she was the daughter of Doris (Thomas) Dillow of Springfield and the late Jeff Banks.

She was a retired Walmart pharmacy technician and was a member of The Anchor of Hope Church, Willisburg.

Other survivors include: three daughters, Melissa (Stephen) Runyon of Harrodsburg, Heather (Sean) Hall of Springfield, and Alisha (Steven) Rucker of Lawrenceburg; eight grandchildren; four siblings, Larry & Dennis Banks, and Mary & Katherine Banks, all of Springfield.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15, at The Anchor of Hope Church, Willisburg, by Ricky Cheatham and Nelson Reynolds. Burial will be later at Peter Cemetery, Mackville.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m.  until  the hour of service on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Spencer Kelly, Hunter Hall, Heath Hinton, Logan Smith, Jonathan Riley, Joshua Gerbino, and Gavin Dishon. Honorary bear will be Joel Rucker. 

Memorials are suggested to: The Anchor of Hope Church, 9190 Hwy 555, Willisburg, KY 40069. Arrangements by Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg.

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

 

ARNOLD BAKER

Arnold Curtis Baker, 71, of Harrodsburg, died Thursday, Dec. 6, at his home.

Born March 5, 1947, in Cobb Hill, he was the son of the late Lawrence and the late Beulah Gillispie Baker.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of the Salvisa Baptist Church and a former employee of Kentucky Tower and Antenna Company and White’s Construction Company of Lexington.

Survivors include: two sons, Curtis (Ashley) Baker and Bobby (Melissa) Baker of Harrodsburg; ex-wife Karen Baker of Harrodsburg; one brother; five sisters and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 5, with Terry Morrison officiating at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren, Camri, Breanna Jo, Breanna Renee`, Maci, Dale and Dani.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

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

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HOLLAND BUCK

Holland Lewis Buck Sr., 67, of Harrodsburg, husband to Leura Ann Orcutt Buck, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born May 29, 1951, in Campbellsville, he was the son of the late James “Jim” Buck and Gertrude Rogers Buck.

He was a farmer.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: two sons, Holland Lewis Buck Jr. of Lexington and Steven Lee Buck of London; three stepchildren, Timothy Dowell, Melissa Dowell and Callie Smoch; three brothers, Eddie Buck, Jackie Buck and Timmy Buck, all of Harrodsburg; three Sisters, Vera Colvin and Brenda Boswell, both of Harrodsburg, and Retha Sandlin of Versailles, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Conover officiating. Burial was in the Whited Cemetery.

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

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LORETTA DRAKEFORD

Loretta Lee Bennett Drakeford, 87, of Harrodsburg, widow of Marion Thomas Drakeford, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at her home.

Born Aug. 20, 1931, in Richwood, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Henry and Carrie Mae Jones Bennett.

She was a graduate of Richwood High School and obtained an associate degree in business at Fugazzi Business College in Lexington. She was a local area volunteer social worker, a homemaker and a member of the Christian faith.

Survivors include: one son, Wendell (Vickie) Drakeford of Georgetown; two sisters, Ellen Langford of Nicholasville and Leta (Calvin) Spicer of Irvine; three brothers, John (Vontella) Bennett of Hamilton, Ohio, Joy (Toni) Bennett and Gary (Pat) Bennett, both of Lexington; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Louise Drakeford; two sons, Terry Lee Drakeford and James “Jim” Joseph Drakeford; one brother, Lloyd Sonny Bennet,t and three sisters, Helena Davis, Doris Whited and Burnice Pelly.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Sims Funeral Services with Reverend Peter Doddema officiating.

Visitation 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice Inc., Post Office Box 1213, Danville, KY 40422 or to the American Cancer Society 1500 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.

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

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JAMES DUNCAN

James “Jim” Lewis Duncan, 63, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

Born Nov. 1, 1955, in North Carolina, he was the son of Margaret Duncan Grider and the late William Duncan.

He was an electrician retired from Phillips Lighting, where he served as union president, was working as an electrician for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his companion, Vickie Gordon; two daughters, Kelly (Nick) Caton of Harrodsburg and Sheri (Jeremiah) Satterly of Danville; one brother, Lance (Naomi) Duncan of Monticello; one sister, Cindi Davidson of Danville, and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7, at Stith Funeral Home in Junction City with Rev. Bobby Estes officiating. Burial was in Danville Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Brian Duncan, Jordan Duncan, Benjamen Duncan, Peewee Wilburn, Steve Wright, Eugene Devine, Tim Tuttle and Jackie Antle.

Honorary pallbearers were P.J. Duncan, Mike Singleton, Jack Duncan, Lindsay Devine, Holly Hammons, James Bottoms, Dustin Devine and Austin Hammons.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideon bibles. The online guestbook and memorial page is available at www.stithcares.com.

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JOSEPH HARLOW

Joseph Harlow, 86, of Harrodsburg, widower of Gladys Elliott Harlow, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born April 2, 1932, in Washington County, he was the son of the late Evan and Nellie Derr Harlow.

He was a Army veteran of the Korean war, a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church, Gideon’s International VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include: one daughter, Jo Nell (Carol) Harlow of London, England; one son, John (Rena’) Harlow of Danville; one sister, Evelyn Morris of Harrodsburg; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Phyllis Brown.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7, at Ransdell Funeral home. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Allen Pickett, Mark Royse, David Royse, Joseph Harlow, Evan Harlow and Lee Gentry.

Honorary bearers were Curtis Sherrow, Paul Blacketer, Charles Johnstone, Jerry Burns, the Good Samaritan Sunday School Class and Gideon members.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideons International, P.O. Box 176, Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or Harrodsburg Baptist Church, 312 S. Main St., Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

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

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MELVIN HULLEY

Melvin Hulley, 76, husband of Mae Hampton Hulley, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Harrodsburg.

Born Aug. 3, 1942, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Charles and Edna Schiler Hulley.

He was a maintenance employee of U.S. Shoe Plant No. 7 and Jackson Chair and was a Christian.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: two daughters, Cindy (Keith) Tillett and Joanna (Rico) Luna, both of Harrodsburg; two brothers, Raymond (Marcie) Hulley of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Walter Hullley of Tribbey, Oklahoma; two sisters, Doris Heller and Ruth Welling, both of Bellview; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, John Hulley, Dale Hulley and Donald Hulley; two sisters, Elaine Hulley and Evelyn Hulley, and one great-grandchild, Faith Evans.

Funeral services were held, Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Walter officiating. Burial was on the Hulley Family Farm.

Pallbearers were Daniel Bender, Keith Tillett, Rico Luna, Alex Gonzales, J.C. Schaffer and Shawn Griffith.

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

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RENNA KITTS

Renna E. Kitts, 68, of Lexington, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hospice Unit in Lexington.

Born July 5, 1950, in Barbourville, she was the daughter of the late Dock and Vera Kitts.

She was a graduate of Lafayette High School and the Lexington Citizens Police Academy and was a member of the Bread of Life Assembly of God Church in Lexington.

Survivors include: one daughter, Tammy E. (Brent) Cumby of Lancaster; one son, James A. Cumby of Lexington, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Bread of Life Assembly of God Church, 1705 Jennifer Road, Lexington.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bread of Life Assembly of God, 1705 Jennifer Road, Lexington, Ky 40505.

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

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RONNIE MILLION

Ronnie J. Million, 74, of Harrodsburg, widower of Marion Divine Million, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born Aug. 9, 1944, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Leonard and Virginia Bryant Million.

He was a retired IBM employee and a member of the Magnolia Street Christian Church.

Survivors include: two daughters, Kimberly Jo Million and Melissa Parker, both of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Niki (John) Dohnal of Ohio and Roxie Sherrow of Versailles; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Blair) Pittman and Nathan Parker, both of Harrodsburg, and one great-grandchild, Alyssa Pittman of Harrodsburg.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Trent Baker officiating.  Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.  

Visitation 5–8 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 13, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Parker, Blair Pittman, Blake Hendren, Chris and Mark Dohnal and Darrell Combs. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Hamilton and Ken Montgomery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40422

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

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EDITH REED

Edith Durr Reed, 96, widow of Roy J. Reed, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation in Danville.

Born Dec. 4, 1922, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Evie Darland Durr.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Cornishville Christian Church, where she attended for 78 years. She enjoyed writing for the Mercer Magazine in the Harrodsburg Herald and solving word puzzles. Her greatest accomplishments by far were being a Christian and being a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She was also a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include: one daughter, Gayle Reed (Terry) Coslow of Danville; two grandsons, Tony (Della) Peavler and Thomas (Nina) Peavler; step-grandchildren, Stephen Coslow and Kristyna (Zac) Lewis and Adrianna (Brian) Devine; great-grandchildren, Travis Peavler, Cole Peavler, Cameron Peavler, Braydon Peavler, Hailey Peavler and Katie Peavler, and five step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Willard Durr and Carnell Durr, and one grandson, Brent Peavler.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Young and Greg Virgin officiating. Burial was in the Cornishville Christian Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Travis Peavler, Cole Peavler, Cameron Peavler, Braydon Peavler, Dennis Coslow, Dudley Huffman, Jr., Dennis Virgin and Johnnie Virgin.

Honorary pallbearers were Hailey Peavler and Katie Peavler.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cornishville Christian Church Cemetery Fund, 700 Calvary Lane, Harrodsburg, Ky 40330.

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

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MORRIS VAUGHN

Morris Leo Vaughn Jr., 52, of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born in 1966 in Illinois, he was the son of Betty (Richard) Steele of Harrodsburg and the late Morris Leo Vaughn.

He worked for 30 years for the City of Harrodsburg Streets and Parks Department never having intentions of retiring. He loved the city of Harrodsburg and truly worked for the people and would say he felt good about his job because he was able to talk with the public and make a difference. He coached youth football, basketball, baseball and had coached girls’ softball at Burgin School.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include: fiancée Bonnie Compton of Harrodsburg; two sons, Jason (Brittany) Michael Vaughn and Austin (Mariah) Casey Vaughn; two brothers, Scottie (Jennifer) Vaughn and George Vaughn; one sister Marsha (Nathanial) Perez; four grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Trent Baker and Zeke Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbeares will be Jeff Reardon, Clint Compton, Cody Compton, Brian May, Scott Vaughn, Bentley Jones, and Kevin Worthington.

Honorary pallbearers will be Zeke Edwards, Charlie Mattingly, Carter Logue, Gerald Dunn and Kevin Perkins.

Visitation from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday and after 7 a.m. on Saturday at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center, 520 Techwood Drive, Suite 100, Danville, KY 40422 for the purpose of providing snacks to Chemotherapy Patients while receiving treatment.

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

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