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."






     Josephine Kidwell Durbin, 99, of Harrodsburg, widow of John S. Durbin, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

     She was born September 9, 1915 in Richmond to the late Johnny and Ida Bird Kidwell.

     Mrs. Durbin was a former member of Broadway Christian Church, Lexington and Old Union Christian Church, Lordale.

     She is survived by a son, Jackie Ray (Rebecca) Durbin; two grandsons, John (Christen) Durbin and Charles (Brooke) Durbin, all of Harrodsburg and five great grandchildren.

     Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road by Rev. James Byrd. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

     Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

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



     Philip Lang Neat, 78, Lexington, husband of Patricia McBeath Neat, died Friday April 17, 2015.

     Born October 11, 1936, in Casey County, he was the son of the late Charles and Emma Gladys Wilkerson Neat.

     Mr. Neat was a U. S. Army veteran and retired district manager of Frigidaire Company.

     Other survivors include: one daughter, Robin (Frankie) Reed of Danville; a son, Scott (Kathy) Neat of Washington DC; two sisters, Wanda Barker, and Nadine Norvell, both of Lexington; two step sons, David (Teresa) McBeath of Georgetown, and Mike McBeath of Nicholasville; grandchildren, Sarah and Phillip Reed, Darrin and Amanda Neat, Katie (Bryan) Hart, Alex McBeath, Ashley (Bryan) Wasson, Christian McBeath; great-grandchildren, Haley and Samuel Hart; special family member, Tricia McBeath; and caregiver, Alesia Durr.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Faye Snow Neat and a sister, Charlotte Neat.

     Memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, with visitation after 11 a.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Memorials are suggested to: Hospice of the Bluegrass.



     Alma Jean Steele, 81, Harrodsburg, widow of William Roy Steele, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at home.

     Born October 29, 1933, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Joe and the late Lily Satterly Harley.

     She was a homemaker and member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: three children, Judy (John) Harris, Terry Steele, and Brent (Debbie) Steele, all of Mercer County; one grandchild, Leslie (David) Elliott of Boyle County; one great-grandchild, Hayden Carter Elliott of Boyle County; three step grandchildren, Brooke (Scott) Elder, Brandi Horn, and Brittani (Jeff) Brown; four step great-grandchildren, Bayleigh Moore, Weston and Colton Horn, and Bryson Brown.

     She was preceded in death by two siblings, Garland and Mary Rose Harley and a nephew, Jerry Royalty..

     Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel by John McDaniel and Brad King.  Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg.

     Memorials are suggested to Gideon Bible Fund.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at



     Franciss Darlene Sallee, 55, Harrodsburg, died Wednesday at her home.

     Born May 30, 1959, in Garrard County, she was a daughter of the late James Thomas and Daisy Gladys Hensley Summers.

     She had worked as a clerk for Hill's Dept. Store and Wal-Mart, then later as a private caregiver. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: her fiancé, David Peavler; two sisters, Dianne Summers and Debbie Katherine Summers, of Harrodsburg; one brother, David Anthony (Kristal) Summers of Danville; and several nieces and nephews.

     Memorial services will be held at a later date.

     Memorial donations are suggested to assist the family with expenses.

     Arrangements by Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 




     James Lonzie Blakey, Jr, 36 of Lincoln County died Friday, April 10, 2015.

     Born November 18, 1978, he was preceded in death by his parents, James Blakey and Nani Mae Treadway Blakey and brothers, Jimmy Blakey and Mike and Danny Blakey.

     He is survived by a son, Tanner Blakey of Mercer County; brother, Samuel Blakey of Lincoln County; sisters: Teresa Zapoteco of Danville, Lisa (Harold) Ledford of Stanford, Linda (Shawn) Carman of Casey County and Derinda Goodin and Tina Peopple of Russell County.

     Services were held Wednesday, April 15, at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by Bro. Johnny Thompson with burial in Grider Cemetery.

     Pallbearers are Howard Campbell, Bill Davis, Tevin McElroy, Shawn Day, Curtis Griffin and Donald Brock.






     Dale C. Alford, 75, of McKinney, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at home.

     Born March 30, 1940 in Stanford, to the late J.C. and Rachel Denham Alford, he was a very experienced builder working in Lincoln County for most of his life. He loved to work in his garden and was member of McKinney Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: his wife of 19 years, Ann Williams Alford of McKinney, two sons; Randall Alford of McKinney, and Heath Alford (Shelly) of Burgin; one daughter; Vera Gooch (John) of Kings Mountain; three stepsons, Bill Tinsley of Middletown, OH, Bruce Tinsley (Pam), and Bryan Tinsley both of Hamilton, OH; eight grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

     In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn C. and Jack M. Alford.

     Funeral service was held Monday, April 13, 2015 at the McKinney Baptist Church with Reverend Jeff Draper officiating. Burial followed at Hustonville Cemetery.

     Casket bearers were Kevin Alford, Richard Alford, Randy Alford, Jeffrey Alford, Johnny Sims, and Les Gooch.

     Honorary bearers were Noah Kirkpatrick and Dudley Lewis.

     Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the McKinney Baptist Church.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the April 16, 2015 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)





     Margaret Janette Yeager Barnett, 60, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Truman Thomas Barnett, died Monday, April 13, 2015, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

     Born in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Royce Gilbert and Margaret Bell Hughes Yeager. 

     She was a member and choir leader at Friendship Unity Community Church, a cafeteria worker at Saffell Street Elementary School, a bus monitor for Anderson County Schools, and a member of the Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club and the Anderson County Democratic Executive Committee.

     Survivors include one son, William Thomas Barnett; two daughters, Billie Jo (William) Waldridge and Tracy Michelle Barnett, both of Lawrenceburg; one brother, Danny (Sue) Yeager, Lawrenceburg; three sisters, Rosanna Yeager of Lexington, Peggy (Kenny Hood) Peach of Chaplin and Tracy Cammack of Lawrenceburg; two grandchildren; one uncle and one aunt.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at Gash Memorial Chapel with Brothers George Jones and Albert Peach officiating. Burial is in Highview Cemetery in Chaplin. 

     Visitation 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

     Pallbearers are William Barnett, Royce Yeager, Trevor Yeager, Adam Tingle, John Gilbert Peach and Andy Cammack. Honorary pallbearers are her daughters, sisters, John Wayne and Kathy Conway, Scott Brothers, Danny Crouch, William Daniel Drummond and Lee Hahn.

(HH Thu Apr 16, 2015)



     Mr. Joe Allen Carrier, age 65, of Bloomfield, formerly of Mackville, passed away at 11:22 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown.

     He was born in Mercer County on June 13, 1949 to the late Marvin and Grace Bugg Carrier.

     He was a member of the Deep Creek Baptist Church, an army veteran of the Vietnam War, a retired Captain with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, a member of the Kentucky Conservation Officers Association and was a caretaker of the Clark County Fish and Game Club in Winchester for twenty-two years.

     Survivors include: his wife, Carolyn Hardin Carrier; a son, Shane Carrier and his wife, LeAnn of Taylorsville; a granddaughter, Brooke Carrier; a brother, Hollis Carrier of Stanford and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 16, at the Carey & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Brandon Carrier, pastor of the Pioneer Baptist Church in Harrodsburg, officiating.

     Burial will be in the Peter Cemetery at Mackville where military rites will be conducted by the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Kentucky Conservation Officers Association Fallen Officers Memorial, donations can be made via, KCOA website.

     Visitation will be from 4:30 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Carey & Son Funeral Home, 216 East Main Street, Springfield, KY.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the April 16, 2015 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



     Dianne “Sam” Clemons of Harrodsburg, wife of Mike Clemons, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at her residence. 

     Born in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Harold and the late Mary Ella Morgan Singleton.

     She was a former employee of General Electric, Keeneland Race Course and the Best Appliance Inc.

     Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two sisters, Barbara Jo (Jerry) Decker and Delores Embry, both of Louisville.

     Memorial services were held Wednesday, April 15, from 4-8 p.m.  at  the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the charity of one’s choice

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 16, 2015)






     David Lee Lunsford, 81, of Harrodsburg, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Saint Joseph East Hospital in Lexington.

     Born April 29, 1933, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late William “Billy” Lee and Nancy Katom Warren Lunsford.

     He was retired from the Mercer County Road Department and was a farmer and a member of the Elliers Memorial Baptist Church.

     Survivors include one son, David (Ann) Lunsford; three stepsons, Butch Harris, Buddy Harris and Mike Harris; one brother, Taylor Lunsford; one sister, Nancy (Walter) Rowe; two grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by two stepsons, Eddie Harris and Timmy Harris; one brother, Marion Lunsford, and four sisters, Maxie Lyons, Lucy Klingsmith, Mary Luly Wilhoite and Bessie Mae Yocum Sires.

     Funeral services were held Sunday, April 12, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Chaplain Joshua Stine officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Butch Harris, Buddy Harris, Brandon Pickett, Jason Merriman, Mike Harris and David Lunsford.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 16, 2015)



     Morris "Vaughn" Morris, 77, entered eternal life on April 4, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, KY.

     Vaughn was born and raised in Boone County and was fittingly a part of Boone County High School's first graduating class of 1955. He then went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1962 with a B.S. in Accounting. He was an active member of R.O.T.C and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He continued his lifelong relationships with his fraternity brothers through monthly luncheons in Northern Kentucky, Lexington, and Louisville. Vaughn was very active in the community in his pre-retirement years, and held many positions within several associations. He was an active member of Boone Air and Fort Mitchell Country Clubs, Florence Elks, as well as, serving as President of the Boone Co. Jaycees and Boone Co. Businessmen.

     He also served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Kentucky UK alumni association and Woodspoint Nursing Home. Vaughn was employed by Grefco, Litton, and was the Finance Director of Boone County until his retirement in 1999. After retiring, he and his wife spent their winter months at their home in Hobe Sound, Florida for 12 years. Vaughn enjoyed tending to his garden and flowers, feeding the local squirrels, and visiting the beautiful beaches. Vaughn loved following sports, specifically, the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals, and University of Kentucky football and basketball teams. The Big Blue Nation lost a tremendous devotee.

     Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Hilda Rogers of Burlington.

     He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Evalene (Mayes) of Mackville, son, Timothy Rogers of Louisville, daughter, Mitzi Rogers of Walton, three granddaughters, Sydney, Kamryn, and Karsen Rogers. Vaughn also leaves behind his brother, Paul E. Rogers of Astatula, FL and sisters, Charlotte Taylor of Hebron, KY, Mary Sue Rudicill (Bill) of Burlington, KY, and Marty Blazie (Deane) of Street, Maryland and numerous nieces nephews, special friends, and extended family.

     Funeral service was held April 11 at Belleview Bottoms Baptist Church (Burlington, KY), with burial at Belleview Cemetery following the service.

     In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club, St. Elizabeth Hospice Program, Edgewood, 483 S. Loop Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017 or Belleview Baptist Church, 6658 Fifth St, Burlington, KY 41005.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the April 16, 2015 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



     Harvey Alex Reynolds, 50, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday, April 12, 2015.

     Born Dec. 29, 1964, in Mercer County, he was the son of Clovis and Shirley Releford Roy.

     He was a truck driver for McRay Feed, a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church and attended Mt. Pleasant Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one daughter, Hailey Reynolds of Somerset; one son, Josh Reynolds of Springfield; one brother, David Roy of Harrodsburg; two grandchildren; one fiancee, Sandy Partin of Somerset, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 15, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Lynn Releford officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Tommy Currens, Travis Peyton, Chris Curtsinger, Tommy Campbell, David Drury and Steve Releford.  Honorary pallbearers were Justin Morris, Colby Morris, Monty McRay and Tommy Sallee. 

     Memorials contributions are suggested to the family to assist with expenses.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Apr 16, 2015)