Washington County Obituaries




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     Sharon Newby Litsey, age 64, of Bardstown, formerly of Springfield, passed away at 2:59 p.m., Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

     She was born on June 2, 1952 in Lebanon, Kentucky to the late James Robert and Hattie Kate Warner Newby.

     She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Springfield and was an employee of Heaven Hill.

     Preceding her in death was her twin sister, Karen Livers on October 16, 1998 and a brother, Benny Grundy.

     Survivors include: two daughters, Bridget Bridgewaters of Louisville and Georgina Knott (B.J.) of Shelbyville; three grandchildren, James M. Knott, Jr., Dorien Bridgewaters and Sydney Bridgewaters; George Litsey; six sisters, Ruth Ann Wansley (Danny) of St. Louis, MO, Christine Newby of Springfield, Linda Pearl Jackson (Fred), Annette Dence (Harry), Paulette Baker (James) and Carolyn Gwinn all of Lexington; two brothers, Jerry Newby (Debbie) and James Newby (Marcia) of Louisville and several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Natasha Yocum of Winchester.

     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 26, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Livers, officiating.

     Burial will be on Cemetery Hill in Springfield.

     Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Avery Lewis, Shawn Wansley, Jordan Newby and Justin Newby.

     Casket bearers will be Jason Newby, Chad Newby, Alex Newby, Aaron Yocum, Mason Jones and Eric Gwinn.

     Visitation will be from 5 until 8 Thursday at the Carey & Son Funeral Home.



     Namon Chesser, age 85, of Willisburg, passed away at 9:46 a.m., Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     A native of Washington County, he was born on May 16, 1932 to the late Ike and Nora Belle Pierson Chesser.

     He was a member of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Armour Packing Company of Louisville.

     Preceding him in death was his wife, Audrey Morris Chesser on October 21, 2011; a daughter, Diana Chesser on September 24, 2012 and two brothers, Freeman Chesser and Thomas Chesser.

     Survivors include: three sons, Ricky Chesser (Martha) of Willisburg, Ronnie Chesser (Carolyn) of Hillview and Gary Chesser of Willisburg; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Curtis Chesser of Bardstown.

     Funeral services will be held at 1: Wednesday, May 24, at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Lumbrix, the church pastor, officiating.

     Burial will be in the High View Cemetery at Chaplin.

     Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Carey & Son Funeral Home and after 10 a.m.Wednesday morning at the church.

     Carey & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



     Hattie Thompson Clements, 100, returned to her Heavenly Father on Friday, May 19, 2017, at her residence.

     Hattie was born Jan. 26, 1917, in Nelson County to the late William Leo and Harriet Cambron Thompson, on the Thompson farm.

     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Marion Clements; her brothers, William Leo and Thomas Edward Thompson; her sisters Mary Zita and Marie Lucille Hall, and infant daughter Marion Harriet Clements; son George Gerald "Jerry" Clements; a daughter-in-law Frankie Smith Clements and a son-in-law Ed Carty.

     She is survived by her eight children, and their spouses, Joseph David Clements, Betty Clements, Janice (Larry) Blandford, Bill (Kathy) Clements, Eric (Patsy) Clements, John Ed (Jill) Clements, Tessie Carty, Sharon (David) Brown and a daughter-in-law Joann Ballard Clements. She was blessed with 28 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

     Hattie was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to all who met her. She was a devout Catholic and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fredericktown. She retired from Barton Distillery. Hattie volunteered for the Red Cross and the Nelson County Library. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Nelson County Homemakers, Altar Society and a founding member of the Bardstown-Nelson County Genealogical Roundtable. She found her true calling as a historian and a self-made genealogist. This was her passion.

     Tell her your last name, and if your origins were in Nelson, Washington or Marion counties, she was highly likely to have a story to tell you. Hattie was lovingly known as Ms. Genealogy of Nelson County. The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce awarded her a plaque and a brick commemorating her induction into the hall of fame. Hattie's contribution to people doing their family research extended to all over the United States and beyond. Her generous nature and "can do" attitude was an inspiration to all who knew her. All her family and friends will sorely miss Hattie. Her family wishes to extend a sincere thanks to her caregivers Diana Yates Armani Miles, Sue Yates Jones, and to Hospice of Nelson County. They would like to thank Father Matthew Hardesty and Father Tom Clark and Eucharistic ministers of Holy Trinity for their time and for administering the Sacraments during Hattie's illness.

     Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Reverend Matthew Hardesty and Reverend Tom Clark co-celebrating. Interment was in St. Joseph Church Cemetery.

     Expressions of sympathy may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the form of masses for the repose of her eternal soul.

     Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

(SS Wed May 24, 2017)



     Anna Elizabeth Wright Fogle, 87, of Louisville, formerly of Washington County, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Baptist Health Louisville.

     Born Oct. 16, 1929, in Washington County, she was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Laura Della Murrell Wright, two sons, James Louis and William Martin Fogle and two brothers, George and James Edward Wright.

     She was the director for the Council on Aging in Springfield for 16 years and was a Catholic.

     She is survived by two sons, Charles Edward (Ruth Ann) Fogle of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ronald Wayne (Mary) Fogle of Springfield; two daughters, Anna Louise (Larry) Conner of Jonesboro, Georgia and Evelyn Marie (Harris) Jenkins of Lousiville; four brothers, Charles (Rosa) Wright of Springfield, Henry Allen (Carol Jean) Wright of Cox's Creek, John Albert (Rose) Wright and Thomas Eugene (Patricia) Wright, all of Louisville; five sisters, Margaret Louise Davis, Laura Pearl (Benjamin) Truitt and Roberta Berry all of Louisville, Alice (Sylvester) Brown of Lebanon and Bernice (Arthur) Simpson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Fourteen grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren also survive.

     Funeral mass was conducted at noon Saturday, May 20, 2017, at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Rev. Culpepper Elliott officiating. Burial was in St. Dominic-Holy Rosary Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Ron, John, Corey and Deveren Fogle, Nicholas and William Conner, Aaron Rudolph and Harris Jenkins Jr.

     Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

(SS Wed May 24, 2017)



     Jonel Scruggs Monroe, 91, of Huntsville, Alabama, formerly of Willisburg, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at 10:25 a.m., at her home after an illness.

     A native of Washington County, she was born March 20, 1926, to the late Edgar Toby and Hazel Perkins Scruggs.

     She was a member of the Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville.

     Preceding her in death was a brother, Emmett Earl Scruggs on Dec. 16, 1950.

     Survivors include her husband, William "Bill" Monroe; a daughter, Roberta Dismukes of Atlanta; a son, William E. Monroe of Asheville, North Carolina and two brothers, Toby Scruggs of Louisville and Edgar Scruggs of Atlanta, Georgia.

     Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at Carey & Son Funeral Home with William R. Scruggs, Jr., officiating.

     Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg.

     Serving as pallbearers were Joe Monroe, Sr., Joe Monroe, Jr., Dylan Monroe, Ransom Monroe, Mark Connelly and Danny Kinney.

     Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

(SS Wed May 24, 2017)