Mercer County Obits





Fred Lee Votaw, 86, of Harrodsburg passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Harrodsburg Heath and Rehabilitation.

Born Friday, July 21, 1933 in Lancaster,  he was a son of late Edna Riley Votaw & Coleman Votaw.

Fred was a United States Army Veteran and factory worker. Fred enjoyed playing golf and pool. He was preceded in death by three  brothers, Virgil Votaw, Billy Wayne Votaw, Jimmy Votaw and two sisters Ruby Gerlach, Laverne Votaw.

His survivors include sons, Michael (Judy) Votaw of Danville, Clinton (Melanie) Votaw of Harrodsburg, daughters, Kathie (Keith) Brim of Senatobia Mississippi, Kristina Votaw of Anchorage Alaska, and one brother John C. Votaw as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 17, at the Ramsey – Young Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. August 17, at the funeral home. Burial with military rites by the Caswell Saufley Post # 18 will take place in Lancaster Cemetery.

Friends & family may share memories or leave condolences on his tribute wall at Ramsey -Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.





Shirley Knuckles, 76, of Mercer County, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at her home.

She was born on December 19, 1942 in Boyle County to the late Morris Goodlow Turner and Mary Bruner Turner.

Shirley is survived by: six nephews, Jerry Turner of Buffalo, KY, James Turner of Danville, Tony Turner of Ohio, J.R. Turner of Ohio, Tommy Turner of Ohio and Eddie Turner of Ohio; Billy Joe Conaster of Georgetown, KY seven nieces, Bethel Chris Atteberry (Scotty) of Perryville, Lisa Leer (Shelby) of Danville, Linda Followell (Daryl) of Danville, Brenda Byrd of Buffalo, KY, Diane Warren (Dale) of Buffalo, KY, Sharon Rose of Ohio and Susan Turner of Ohio.

Along with her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by four sisters, Ella Mae Rogers, Patrica Conaster, Vesta Acker and Hazel Turner; six brothers, Curtis Turner, Joe Turner, J.T. Turner, Arthur Turner, James Turner and William Turner; three nieces, Susie White, Phyllis Roundtree and Wanda Jane Conaster.

Funeral survive will be private with burial in Parksville Cemetery.




Naomi Fern Pittman, 90, of Salvisa, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Harrodsburg Health & Rehabilitation

Born May 26, 1929, in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Fredrick William Honerkamp and the late Maurice (Marshall) Mller.

She was the widow of Herbert Ransdell and Charles Wm. Pittman.

Naomi was a member of the Ebenezer Church of Christ, attended Hopewell Baptist Church, was a KY Colonel, and had been a member of the Ebenezer Homemakers for 50 years.

Survivors include: one daughter, Vicki (Bobby) Walters of San Antonio, TX; one son, William "Bill" Earl Ransdell of Salvisa;  one brother. William Henry (Judy) Honerkamp of Lexington; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Miller, Libby Ransdell, Robin (Cliff) Iler, Paige (Bruce) Osbourn, and Seth Walters; 10 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Burton.

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, August 17, at the Hopewell Baptist Church by Doug Wesley and Terry Morrison. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, with Kenny Speaks officiating. 

Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the Hopewell Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Mark Miller, Cliff Iler, Bruce Osbourn, Seth Walters, Jimmy Long and Bobby Ross. 

Memorials are suggested to: Ebenezer Church Of Christ, 1325 Cummins Ferry Road, Salvisa, KY  40372 , or to the Hopewell Baptist Church, 1545 Talmage-Mayo Road, Salvisa, KY  40372

Ransdell Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements where expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at




Thomas Martin Bechtel,  63, of Harrodsburg, husband of Sue Ellen Schwendeman Bechtel, died on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born Dec. 15, 1955, in Danville, he was the son of the late George Franklin and Naomi Grace Ketchem Bechtel.

He was a Harrodsburg High School graduate; a veteran of the United States Army and the Kentucky National Guard, a retired commercial printer for Rand McNally and attended the Mayo Christian Church.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: three sons, Thomas “Marty” (Angie) Bechtel of Danville, Scott Allen (Kerry) Bechtel of Buda, Texas, and Robert Franklin Bechtel of Burgin; three daughters, Regina (Daniel) Bilski and Karen (Chris) Brock, both of Waco, Kentucky, and Tracey (Andy) Roberts of Louisville;  one sister, Sharon (Jerry) Gritton of Harrodsburg; one brother, Jim (Dottie) Bechtel of Harrodsburg, and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephan Leroy Bechtel and Gary Owen Bechtel, and by one sister, Sarah Ann Daniels.

Funeral services are today, Thursday, Aug. 15,  at 11 a.m. at Sims Funeral Services with Jerry Perry and Roland Schwendeman officiating.

Visitation Wednesday, Aug. 14,  from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

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

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Aug 15, 2019)



C. H. Kirkpatrick, 73, widower of Marsha Lynn Flannery Kirkpatrick, died Aug. 1, 2019, in Brighten, Michigan.

Born Dec. 7, 1945, he was the son of the late Elmer Lee and Ethel King Kirkpatrick.

He was a longtime farrier in Central Kentucky.

Survivors include: seven children, Matthew and Mark Kirkpatrick of Michigan, Phillip Kirkpatrick of Mercer County, Will Edward Kirkpatrick of Junction City, Jenny Kirkpatrick of Mercer County, Nancy Kirkpatrick of Louisville and Connie Lee Montieth of Junction City; two sisters, Ida Mae Peavler, Ohio, and Eunice Deaton, Hazard; a special friend and caregiver, Kathleen Kirkpatrick of Michigan, and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two children, Johnny and Leanne Kirkpatrick.

Funeral services are today, Thursday, Aug. 15, at  6 p.m. at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with  Derek Baker officiating.

Visitation is 4 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Aug 15, 2019)



Hugh Edward Phillips, 81, widower of Betty Jenean Phillips, died Friday, July 26, 2019, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. 

Born Jan. 25, 1938, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Lydia Robinson Phillips. 

He was a U. S. Army Veteran, a retired Corning Inc. employee and was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include one aunt and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by a half-brother, Junior Phillips.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the Spring Hill Cemetery Pavilion with Brother James Byrd officiating. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Harrodsburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1113 Louisville Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Aug 15, 2019)




Gene C. Royalty, 89, of Jamestown, formerly of Harrodsburg, passed away in the hospice inpatient unit at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset on Wednesday evening, July 24. 

Gene was born in Harrodsburg on Sept. 13, 1929. to Hollie G. and Emma (Sallee) Royalty.

Gene is survived by his wife, Mildred, of Jamestown; sons Mark (Connie) of Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Alan (Mylinda) of Marietta, Georgia; five grandchildren (Chris, Scott, Kyle, Kelsey and Kurtis); and two great-grandchildren (Bruce and Arthur).

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Hollie and Emma, and a brother, Huntley.

A celebration of life and legacy service will be held on Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Harrodsburg Christian Church. 

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Gene’s memory to the Harrodsburg Christian Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

Paid Obit

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Sandra Graham Woods, 69, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Florida.

Born Jan. 2, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Robert Graham and Wanda Thompson.

She was a retired pipe fitter, Local 452 in Lexington.

Survivors include: three children, Dana Smith, Amanda Williams and Robbie Williams, and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two siblings, Debbie Shiola and Bobby Graham, and one grandchild, Sioubhan Williams.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Aug 15, 2019)