Washington County Obituaries




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     Michael Allen Buckley, age 73, of Willisburg, passed away at 5:50 a.m., Thursday, September 22, 2017 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he was born on February 13, 1944 to the late Stanley H. and Edith Pearl Crawley Buckley.

     He was a member of the Willisburg Church of God Of Propehcy and a retired employee of the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company.

     Preceding him in death was a sister, Sylvia Buckley Spencer on August 1, 1996.

     Survivors include: his wife, Shirley Hood Buckley; a daughter, Lisa Hume (David) of Willisburg; two grandsons, Brandon Chesser and Dylan Hume; a sister, Dianne Roberson (Charles) of Jeffersonville, IN; a brother, David Buckley (Barbara) of Louisville; a nephew and two nieces.

     Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Monday, September 25, at the Willisburg Church Of God Of Prophecy with Rev. Mike Willingham, a former pastor, officiating. He will be assisted by Rev. Keith Creech, the church pastor.

     Burial will be in the Brush Grove Cemetery.

     Serving as pallbearers will be Roger Monroe, Kenny Monroe, Darrell Monroe, Charles Bobblett, Bobby Chesser and Eugene Chesser.

     Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the Willisburg Church of God of Prophecy.



     Ancil Chesser, 93, of Brush Grove Road in Willisburg, passed away at 8:15 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at his home after an illness.

     A native of Washington County, he was born Sept. 11, 1924, to the late Charlie and Pearlie Lewis Chesser.

     He was a member of the Willisburg Church of God of Prophecy, a retired farmer and an Army veteran of WW II.

     Preceding him in death was his wife, Sarah Trent Chesser on Oct.27, 2013; a grandson, Brian Keith Chesser on Nov. 2, 2014; three sisters, Opha Chesser, Ethel Chesser and Pauline Chesser and seven brothers, Omer, Charles Vernon, Hobert, Delbert, Marvin, Cleo and Rollin Chesser.

     Survivors include five sons, Larry Chesser (Tammy), Keith Chesser (Connie) and Rodney Chesser all of Willisburg, Gary Chesser (Paula) of Winter Garden, Florida, and Bradley Chesser (Mindy) of Bloomfield; a daughter, Lisa Woford (David) of Bloomfield; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two sisters, Loraine Griffin and Dula Monroe both of Chaplin.

     Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18, at the Willisburg Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Mike Willingham, a former pastor, officiating. Rev. Keith Creech and Rev. Earl Hazel assisted him.

     Burial was in the Brush Grove Cemetery at Willisburg with military rites conducted by Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.

     Serving as honorary pallbearers were Shannon Herring, Sara Lacey, Kaylee Sutton, Stephanie Smith and Rebecca Woford.

     Casket bearers were Scott Chesser, Jeremy Chesser, Zachary Chesser, Justin Chesser, Tyler Chesser, Cory Chesser, Ryan Woford and Josh Kirsch.

     Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  .

(SS Wed Sep 20, 2017)



     A Bardstown resident, William Forrest "Bill" Luckett Jr., 86, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at his residence. He was born Sept. 17, 1930, in Marion County to the late William Forrest Sr. and Margaret Ann Spalding Luckett.

     During his early life he served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy. Bill was employed by General Electric Appliance Park for 19 years, while also selling cars at the Sympson Motor Company. In 1967, he began his journey to becoming a well-known realtor and soon after started the Bill Luckett Real Estate & Auction Company. Bill was also a partner in the Luckett & Luckett Insurance Company, and during that time he served on the Kentucky Democratic Board Association. Bill served as Nelson County Master Commissioner for 20 years, during that time he served as vice president of the Kentucky Master Commissioner Association for one term. After much involvement with Nelson County, he retired as the last master commissioner in the state of Kentucky that was not required to have a law degree.

     Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his grandson, Jude Patrick Luckett; three sisters, Evelyn Schilling, Mary George Cody, Frances Marie Luckett; one brother, Spalding Luckett; three brothers-in-law, Wally Schilling, Bill Cody, Ignatius Ballard and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Luckett.

     He is survived by his sweetheart of 65 years, Mary Wahseka Mudd Luckett of Bardstown; one daughter, Gloria Luckett (Chuck) Smith; three sons, William Forrest" Billy" Luckett III, Joseph Sidney (Kristie) Luckett, Patrick Stuart (Jenny) Luckett all of Bardstown; four sisters, Cecilia Ballard of Loretto, Rita (Ed) Demyan of Louisville, Betty (Mike) Canan of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Audrey Luckett of Mt. Washington and two brothers, Bobby (Ursula) Luckett of Lexington and Jay L. (Arva) Luckett of Prospect. Bill is also survived by nine grandchildren, Charles Rapier (Maggie) Smith III, Lesley Smith, Brittany Luckett, Morgan Luckett, Katelyn Luckett, Matthew Luckett, Hayden Luckett, Gabe Luckett and Owen Luckett and three great-grandchildren Addie Smith, Charlie Smith and Lee Marie Luckett.

     Mass of Christian burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral with Reverend Terry Bradshaw celebrant and Reverend Joseph Batcheldor con-celebrant. Interment was in St. Joseph Church Cemetery. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Flaget Cancer Center, 4359 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, KY, 40004.

     Whether he was at the racetrack, having coffee at Pat's Restaurant, spending time with his sweetheart, Wahseka, being a loving father to his four children or spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren his time here on earth impacted many, and he will be deeply missed.

     Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  .

(SS Wed Sep 20, 2017)



     Sara Elizabeth Yantis Shively age 64, of Valley View Court, Lebanon, formerly of Springfield, died at 9:29 p.m Monday, September 11, 2017 at Spring View Hospital in Lebanon.

     She was born Dec. 9, 1952 in Lebanon and was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester and Martha Grant Speaks Yantis.

     She is survived by three sons, Thomas Leo Yantis of Louisville, Charles Anthony Yantis of Lexington and Chris Yantis of Danville, two daughters, Vickie Michelle Yantis of Lexington and Lakita Yantis of Lebanon.

     Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Springfield with Rev. Gene Livers officiating. Burial was in Cemetery Hill. Pallbearers were Charles Anthony, Virmarcus, Jordon, Thomas, Chris and Ronald Lee Yantis, Allen Young and Kenneth Johnson.

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

(SS Wed Sep 20, 2017)