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,

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 into the next adventure."





     Kenneth LeRoy Releford, Sr., 73, widower of Patricia Mae Merchant Releford, and husband of Faye Lipps Releford, died Friday, August 26, 2016 at his residence.

     Born July 7, 1943 in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Billie (Odis) and Ruby C. Trimble Releford.

     He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, served as Pastor at Pleasant Run Baptist Church for 22 Years, retired from the Boyle County Board of Education after working as a Bus driver and maintenance worker for 24 Years, and was a member of the Dry Branch Baptist Church. 

     He enjoyed raising vegetables in his garden, feeding hummingbirds, was an avid UK Basketball Fan, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

     Survivors, besides his wife, include: one son, Kenneth “Dud” (Dolly) Releford, Jr. of Harrodsburg; four daughters, Tammy (Robby) Wilham of Mercer County, Tanya (Kevin) McMullin of Boyle County, and Kristi (Chico) Gonzalez-Releford of Nicholasville, and Debra (James) Parker of Stanford; two brothers, Donnie (Betty) Releford of Harrodsburg and Bill (Patty) Releford of Danville; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

     He was preceded in death by one brother Cleo Releford.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Donnie Releford and Bro. Ernest Fields, Jr. officiating.  Burial will be in Danville Memorial Gardens.

     Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, August 29, and after 7 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

     Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jason Wilham, Kent Wilham, Brandon Wilham, Derrick Releford, Isaiah Frye, Jairo Gonzalez, Nathanael Parker, and Chris Skinner. Granddaughters and great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

     Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Susan G. Komen of Kentucky, 1201 Story Avenue, Suite 205, Louisville, KY  40206-1998.

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     Richard O. Carlton, 77, of Danville, a retired school administrator, teacher, and coach, died August 22 at his home.

     Born March 12, 1939, in Lebanon, he was the son of the late David Lewis and Dawn Synder Carlton. He was a graduate of Georgetown College and Eastern Kentucky University and served in the U.S. Army for three years. Carlton served as principal at Burgin Independent School for seven years. Prior to that, he was the athletic director, drivers’ education teacher, and coach at Boyle County High School for 23 years.

     After his retirement, he served as interim principal in Danville, Harrodsburg, Garrard County, and Lincoln County schools. He was a member and deacon of the Danville Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir for over 45 years. He was involved in Habitat for Humanity for many years and was a member of the construction crew on 15 houses in Boyle County. An avid golfer for 70 years, he was a member of the Danville Country Club. He was a Kentucky Colonel and an inductee of the Boyle County High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

     Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Emajo Cocanougher Carlton; a son, Kelly (Michela) Carlton; and two granddaughters, Camille and Natalie Carlton, all of Los Angeles, California, one brother, David Lewis Carlton, Jr., (Jean) of Sebring, Florida; a nephew, Jeffrey Carl-ton of Arkansas; and two nieces, Trish and Dawn Carlton of Florida.

     The funeral will at 11:30 a.m., Monday, August 29, at the Presbyterian Church of Danville with the Rev. Jim Stewart officiating. Visitation will be from 10 – 11:30 a.m., on Monday August 29, at the Presbyterian Church.

     In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Boyle County Education Endowment Fund, 352 Danville Bypass, Danville, KY 40422.

     An online guestbook is available at

(AM Fri Aug 26, 2016)


     Gary Winfield, 71, of Harrodsburg, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

     Gary was born on December 5, 1944 in Poughkeepsie, New York to the late George and Margorie Chambers Winfield.

     Gary served our country proudly in the Army and retired from IBM as a Project Manager. He was a member of the American Legion of Harrodsburg, the National Guard Color Guard and Centenary Methodist Church of Lexington. Gary loved shooting pool, NASCAR, old cars, but most of all, adored his family.

     He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bonnie Jones Winfield. Also surviving are a son, Greg Winfield of Danville; a daughter, Kristie Martin (Allen) of Danville; four brothers: Richard Winfield (Helen) of North Carolina, Dennis Winfield (Bunny) of Arizona, Robert Winfield (Trisha) of Texas, and Tomm Winfield of Texas; and four grandchildren, Kolton Winfield, Aram Martin, Havannah Martin, and Jadelyn Winfield.

     Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 27, at Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Morrison officiating. Burial following in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

     Visitation will be Friday, August 26, 2016 from 6-8 PM.

     Pallbearers will be Joey Martin, Allen Martin, Kolton Winfield, Aaryn Harvey, Greg Winfield, and Phillip Jones.

     Condolences may be made at



     Marvin A. Claunch, 85, of Harrodsburg, husband of Shirley June Norton, died Sunday, August 21, 2016, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born February 6, 1931, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late John D. and the late Flossie Durr Claunch.

     He served in the Army during the Korean War, was employed by the Kentucky State Hospital, the Kentucky Revenue Department and was a farmer. He was a member of the Benton Baptist Church, attended Fellowship Baptist, was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the American Legion.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: two daughters, Linda (Wayne) Boyd and Kim (Jeff) Poole of Mercer County; one son, Marvin “Marty” Claunch of Harrodsburg; one brother, J.B. (Jean) Claunch of Mercer County; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Allen Claunch; two brothers Raymond and Earl Claunch; three half brothers, Henry B, Seymour, Boehman Claunch, and five half sisters, Icie Peavler, Cordie Durr, Martha Click, Mae Claunch and Dee Claunch.

     Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 24, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Hilary Claypool and James Harley officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Hopewell Baptist Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Kevin Claunch, Gerald Claunch, Jason Boyd, Caleb Poole, Wayne Boyd and Jeff Poole.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Galilean Home, 712 S. Fork Church Rd., Liberty, KY 42539 or Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 176 Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at 

(HH Thu Aug 25, 2016)



     Lena G. Jones, 93, widow of Fred Jones, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

     Born April 15, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Lillian Taylor Gritton. 

     She was a retired seamstress at Cricketeer and was a member of the Salvisa United Methodist Church. 

     Survivors include: one daughter, Jackie Gowins of Cynthiana; several nieces and nephews and her caregivers, Faustine and Lester Ames of Mercer County.

     She was preceded in death by one daughter, Chris, four brothers, and three sisters.

     Funeral services were held Friday, August 19, at the Burgin Memorial Gardens with Dr. Leonard W. Marr officiating.

     Honorary pallbearers were Lester Ames, Dudley Ford, Anthony Godbey, Anthony Wayne Godbey, Donnie Green, Gary Gritton, Bobby Turner, Kelly Bugg and Tim Darland.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 176, Harrodsburg, KY  40330 and/or Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY  40422.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at


(HH Thu Aug 25, 2016)



     Roxie Lee Huffman Milburn, 78, of Harrodsburg, widow of Joe Tevis Milburn, died Monday, August 22, 2016, at her home.

     Born March 11, 1938, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Gus and Mabel Baker Huffman.

     She was a 1956 graduate of Harrodsburg High School and was a retired glass inspector for Corning Glass.

     Survivors include: one son, Joey L. Milburn of Harrodsburg; six granddaughters, Kristin Combs, Kyleigh Combs, Jessica Milburn, Lauren (Adam) Beasley, McKenna Milburn, Tevis Milburn, and nine great-grandchildren, Madi Long, Simon Long, Gavin Holiday, Zane Combs, Harper Fredericks, Eliot Fredericks, Noah Beasley, Kora Beasley and Salem Searcy.

     She was preceded in death by one sister, Charlotte Young.

     Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 26, at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery Pavilion with Darrell Hahn officiating. Burial will follow in Camp Nelson.

     Pallbearers will be Shannon Murray, Max Searcy, Doug Long, Charlie Holiday, Adam Beasley and Brian Hall.

     Visitation Thursday, August 25, 6–8 p.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive, Danville, KY 40422 and Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Aug 25, 2016)



     Gary Winfield, 71, of Harrodsburg, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Arrangements are pending at Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home in Danville.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the August 25, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald0