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."





     Donald “Butch” Doyle, age 49, of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg after a long illness.

     Born April 2, 1966 in Louisville, he was son of James Allen Summit and the late Donna Mae Doyle.

     Besides his father and step mother Pam Hardin of Harrodsburg, he is survived by: four daughters, Heather (Kevin) Mae Eddins, Malinda Sue Eddins, Megan (Daniel) Harris and Charlie Doyle, all of Louisville; one son, Donald Eddins of Louisville; three sisters Michelle Ray and Kimberly (Scott) Conove,r both of Harrodsburg and Margie Doyle; four brothers, Robert Doyle, Perry (Kimber) Doyle, Shane Green and Allen Green, all of Louisville and 17 grandchildren.

     Donald was preceded in death by his mother and a brother Tony Rosenbarger.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Sims Funeral Services. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

     Pallbearers will be Shane Green, Allen Green, Robert Doyle, Donald Eddins and William Maddox

     Visitation will be Tuesday, October 6, from 12 noon until the hour of service at Sims Funeral Services.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at



     Betty Allen Black, age 71, widow of Robert Lee Black, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at the Northside Health Care Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

     Born March 19, 1944 in Springfield, she was daughter of the late George Richard and the late Corine Dean.

     She was a housewife, worked at Shakertown and was a member of the Centennial Baptist Church in Harrodsburg.

     Survivors include: two daughters: Sheilda (Edward) Estill of South Bend Ind., Victoria Dalee (Jefferey) Wilson of Harrodsburg; two sons, Jeffrey (Gloria) Ladale Allen of Murfreesboro, Tenn., James Lee Allen of Harrodsburg; three sisters, Louise Walker, Christine Edelen, Carolyn (Willie) Rivera all of Harrodsburg; one brother, Robert Louis Dean of Harrodsburg; four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

     Betty was preceded in death by a son, Shelando Lee Dean, two brothers, George and Richard Dean, and a sister Mary Andrew Vaughn.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Centennial Baptist Church by Elder J. D. Short III. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

     Visitation will be Monday, October 5, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at



     John William Buchanan died Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. He was 72.

     Coach Buchanan was born on Aug. 16, 1943 to Reuel and Sue Buchanan of London, KY.  He grew up in London and moved to Lawrenceville, IL in his junior and senior years of HS.  A graduate of Millikin University in 1965, he was a letterman and member of the football team, including the undefeated 1961 Big Blue.

     Coach Buchanan was a history teacher and assistant football coach at Lakeview HS (Decatur, IL) & Lafayette HS (Lexington, KY) before becoming the head football coach and history teacher at Boyle County HS and then Mercer County HS.  At Boyle County HS he started the wrestling program and at Mercer he was the head track coach. During his coaching career, he was an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Later, he would begin the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Football Coaches Clinic, which became one of the top clinics in the state of Kentucky.

     He later served as the Sales Manager at Wade Motor Company in Danville before becoming part owner of John-Clay Chevrolet in Lancaster.  In 2001, he returned to education as a special education teacher at Danville HS. He retired from teaching in the spring of 2014.

     Coach Buchanan was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church as a Sunday School teacher and as the organizer of Tailgate Sunday, an outreach to the Boyle County and Danville Football programs each fall.

     Coach Buchanan is survived by: his wife, Suzie; daughter Becky Holt (Woody); and son David Buchanan (Stephanie); his grandchildren, John Combs Buchanan, Emma Buchanan, Trosper Buchanan, Jared Holt (Mackenzie), and Joey Holt; his mom, Sue Buchanan; his sisters, Emily Millbyer (Terry) and Susan Buchanan.

     Visitation for Coach Buchanan will be Monday evening, Oct. 5, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, from 5-7 pm.

     His funeral will be conducted by: Mike Voigts and Quentin Schultz, 1 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 1441 Perryville Road, Danville, burial will follow in A.R. Dyche Memorial Park, Cemetery A Street, London, KY.

     Pallbearers will be Tim Horn, Monty Wilkerson, Lee Glasscock, Larry French, Eric Gibson, Jimmy Ashford and Dickie Mayes.

     Memorial messages may be left for the family at

     Donations are directed to the Centenary United Methodist Church, 1441 Perryville St., Danville, KY 40422.



     Celia Gilbert, 92, of Harrodsburg, passed away Thursday, Oct. 01, 2015 at Haggin Hospital Extended Care in Harrodsburg.

     Born March 5, 1923 in Stanford, she was the daughter of the late Newt and Elizabeth Yocum Burgess, she was the widow of the late Ernest Gilbert.

     She was also a member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Ernestine Gilbert Johnstone (Charles) of Harrodsburg; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Martin, four brothers; Ed Burgess, J.D. Burgess, Otis Burgess, and Ben Burgess, and four sisters; Annie Burgess, Margie Chambers, Gussie Powers, and Lena Marlowe.

     A graveside service has been scheduled at Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford, on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 1pm.

     Spurlin Funeral Home, Stanford is in charge of the arrangements.



     Curtis Lee Willard, age 81, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 in Louisville.

     He was a member of Pigeon Fork Baptist Church, an avid UK fan, and a Jeff Gordon NASCAR Fan. He was also a United States Army Veteran.

     He is preceded in death by a son, James Curtis Willard; two brothers, A. C. Willard and H.B. Willard Jr. and a sister, Oneida Hammond.

     He is survived by: his sons, Jackie Lee Willard of Shelbyville, Tommy Willard of Louisville, and Michael Willard of Louisville; daughters, Tammy Simpson of Harrodsburg, and Sandra Holz of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

     Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 4, at the Shannon Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Bro. Roy Temple officiating.

     Visitation will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pigeon Fork Cemetery at a later date.

     Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Pleasant Hill Christian Church.

     Condolences may be made at




     Marvin Darland, 85, husband of Devonia Pearl Couch Darland, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

Born in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Rae Evelyn Devine Darland.

     He was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 29 years of service.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one son, Jim Darland of New Boston, Ohio; two daughters, Chantal (Josh) Winslow of Lexington and Grace (Richard) Darland Freeman of Winchester; two step sons, Bob (Linda) Childers of Winchester, Tim (Ute) Childers of Lexington; one step daughter, Charlene Childers of Lexington; three   sisters, Margaret Ward, Ruth Hatter, Gloria Jean Murphy; two brothers, Connie (Joyce) Darland and Dale Thomas (Rhonda) Darland, four grandchildren, 14 step grandchildren and 20 step great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by four brothers, J. B. Darland, Earl Darland, Floyd Darland, George Darland, one sister, Virginia “Sis” Mae Matherly and step son, Ron Childers.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Milward Funeral Home in Lexington. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Dale Thomas Darland, Michael Ward, Josh Winslow, Richard Freeman, Tim Childers, and Elijah H. Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Connie Darland, Bob Childers, Brian Lewis, John Cornelius and Tristan Lewis.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice or Independence Assistance of the Bluegrass.



     Mary Ann Farris Haller, 95, widow of Hall Haller Jr., died Sept. 18, 2015, in Blue Ridge, Ga.

     Born Feb. 24, 1920, in Lawrenceburg, she was the daughter of Alex Pearl and Flonnie Huffaker Farris.

     She was a member of the First Christian Church of Lawrenceburg and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

     Survivors include two sons, Hal Haller Jr. and Alan Haller; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-grandson.

     She was preceded in death by three brothers, Randall, William and James Farris.

     Graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. at the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at





     Scott Logdon, 45, husband of Angela Craig Logdon, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.

     Born Sept. 2, 1970, in Lexington, he was the son of Stan Logdon and Karen Logdon of Versailles.

     He was a Major for the Woodford County Detention Center and was a youth minister at Evergreen Baptist Church of Frankfort.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents, include three sons, Kyle Logdon, Austin Logdon, Jonathan Logdon; one daughter, Emily Mattingly; one sister, Vicki Logdon Rogers of Dominican Republic and one brother, Stuart Logdon of Georgetown.

     Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at Woodford Community Christian Church, with Dylan Quinn, Jeff Rogers, Todd Lester and Cole Evans officiating. Private graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Rose Crest Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Austin Tucker, Corey Miracle, Dalton Tucker, Jordan Smith, Evan Hanus, Hunter Annett, Ben Miracle and Jake Miracle. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Craig, Jeff Rogers, Stuart Logdon, Cole Evans, Billy Dryden and Todd Ewing.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Logdon Children Scholarship Fund at Evergreen Baptist Church, 2698 Evergreen Road, Frankfort, KY.

     Clark Legacy Center was in charge of arrangements.



     Austin Hunter “Hun-Hun” Montgomery, 19, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

     Born January 22, 1996, in Lexington, he was the son of Eddie and Jennifer Montgomery and Tracy and Nick Nunan.

     He attended Boyle County High School, was a graduate of Tates Creek High School and attended Southland Christian Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his parents, include: one son, Bennett Reece Montgomery, Lexington; one brother, Kevin Christopher (Emily) Montgomery, Columbus, Ohio; and two sisters, Elizabeth Brooke Shepard, Nicholasville, and Candace H. Montgomery, Harrodsburg.

     He was preceded in death by one brother, Joshua Owen Montgomery.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. at Southland Christian Church with Theater 81 by Jon Weece and Pastor Jeff Pratt. Burial is in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

     Visitation 11 a.m. until the hour of service at Southland Christian Church.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Room in the Inn, c/o Southland Christian Church, 5000 Harrodsburg Rd., Nicholasville, KY 40356.



     Derek McKinney Reul, 26, of Campbellsville, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

     Born Oct. 20, 1988, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of Kathleen McKinney (Larry) Fletcher.

     He was employed at Curtis Manufacturing.

     Survivors, in addition to his parents, include: one brother, Devin Reul of Campbellsville; three step brothers, Gabriel, Gavin and Garrett Fletcher, all of Leitchfield; one step sister, Abigail Flores, of Leitchfield; maternal grandparents, Joyce and the late “Doc” McKinney of Harrodsburg; paternal grandparents, Evelyn and Hartsell Fletcher of Leitchfield and  several aunts, uncles and cousins.

     A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Sept. 29, at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Nicholas Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1125 Dan-ville Road, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at



     Ronnie M. Smith, 80, of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at the Harrodsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

     Born Sept. 20, 1935, in Memphis, Tex., he was the son of the late O. B. and Lucille Elizabeth Harris Smith.

     He was a retired employee of Corning Incorporated and a Christian.

     Survivors include: one son, Ronnie M. (Nancy) Smith Jr. of Harrodsburg; two sisters: Joanna Fleming of Tex. and Lougail Davie of Col.; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by one brother, James Smith.

     A private visitation was held for the family.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at