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."






     Frances Yvette Yates Mendez, 58, of Norfolk, Virginia, formerly of Harrodsburg, suddenly departed to her heavenly home on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

     Born September 4, 1958 in Harrodsburg, she was the mother of Gwenetta Yvette Yates of Norfolk, Virginia and Edward Lee (Sheliah) Davidson, Jr. of Harrodsburg.

     She was the daughter of Jerry Lynn Yates of Harrodsburg and the late Henry Lee Hines.

     She attended Harrodsburg High School and was a former employee of Goodwill and Pizza Hut of Harrodsburg. She was employed at Food Lion in Norfolk and touched the lives of everyone she met. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church Harrodsburg.

     She accepted Christ at an early age and dedicated her life to taking care of others. She had an infectious smile, a sweet disposition, and a joyous laugh that brought happiness to so many. She loved to cook and took pride in her ability to comfort others with her delicious meals. She was a friend to many and a mother to countless others. She believed in giving to others and opened up her home to anyone in need. Her presence in the lives of all who loved her will be greatly missed.

     Survivors include: nine siblings, Laura Phillips of Lexington, Melvin (Kim) Yates of Indianapolis, IN, Bonita (George) Trigg of Harrodsburg, Becky Yates of Virginia Beach, VA, Betsy Anne Yates of Norfolk, VA, Rev. Cecil M. (Alita) Yates of Ridgecrest, CA, Joey (Lana) Yates of Harrodsburg, Craig and Robin Hines of Campbellsville, and Kelli Napier of Harrodsburg, five grandchildren, Marcus Savage, Natalie Gray, Dyson Davidson, Emoni Gray, and Eyonie Davidson; a paternal Aunt Mrs. Bessie (“Granny”) VanDyke Henderson of Harrodsburg and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends – especially Amber Hill and Alfredo (Freddy) Mendez.

     In addition to her father, Frances was preceded in death by a brother Jeffery Linn Yates.

     Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday, October 1, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Harrodsburg. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

     Visitation will be Saturday October 1, at First Baptist Church from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

     Pallbearers will be Brandon Yates, Benjamin (BJ) Stokes, Jr, Jason Jones, Chaz Young, Myron Russell, and Corey Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Michael VanDyke, Robert Bradshaw, and Chris (grasshopper) Short.

     Arrangements by Sims Funeral Services.

     Repast will be at Little Zion Baptist Church, Burgin, Kentucky.



     Michael Edward Thompson, 47, son of William E. “Sonny” Thompson and Sue Hockensmith Lewis, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

     Born May 10, 1969 in Mercer County, he was a 1987 graduate of Burgin High School and was a quality control supervisor at R.R. Donnelly. He was a member of the Burgin Baptist Church, enjoyed golfing and fishing and served as assistant coach for the Burgin High School Bass Fishing Team.

     Survivors, besides his mother and father, are: his stepmother, Sherry Thompson; his step father, Richard Lewis; two sons, Rockland Thompson and Elijah Thompson, both of Junction City; two sisters, Lori Daugherty and Missy Yeast, both of Harrodsburg; one stepbrother Shane (Lindsey) Cocanougher of Harrodsburg; and one step sister, Amanda Cocanougher of Burgin. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

     A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 2, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Joe Smith and Bobby King officiating. 

     Bobby King, Milton Hammons, Michael Griffen, Rodney Curtis, Bill Barnett, Rick Carter, Keith Monson, and members of the Burgin High School Bass Fishing Team will serve as honorary pallbearers.

     Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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     Margaret S. Brooks, 89, of Harrodsburg, wife of George W. Brooks, died Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the Ft. Logan Hospital in Stanford.

     Born January 2, 1927, in Buffalo, she was the daughter of the late Levi and Mary Conley Sparks.

     Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: one daughter, Margaret Brooks of Parksville; two sons, George L. Brooks of Maryland and David Brooks of Tennessee; six sisters, Ruth Baldridge of Indiana, Ellen Glover of Morehead, Elizabeth Chaney of Morehead, Mattie Coldron of Miamisburg, Bessie Cooper of Vinceburg and Carlotta Banks of Morehead; three brothers, Jack Sparks of Indiana, Ora Lee Sparks of Morehead and Jerry Sparks of Morehead, and one grandson.

     She was preceded in death by two siblings, Flossie Brown and Levi Sparks Jr.

     Funeral services were held Sunday, September 25, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were the deacons and senior deacons of Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

     Memorials are suggested to Harrodsburg Baptist Church, 302 S. Main St., Harrodsburg, KY 40330

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 29, 2016)



     Paul Douglas “P.D.” Evans, age 68, of Ridge View Drive in Danville, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016 at UK Medical Center in Lexington.

     Born Saturday, October 25, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of the late Frank Raymond and Mary Frances Gooch Evans. His loving wife, whom he married June 24, 1967, is Patricia “Patty” Southerland Evans of Danville.

     P.D. was a US Navy veteran, retired after 36 years of employment from Norfolk Southern Railroad, where he was a conductor, and was a member of Junction City First Baptist Church.  His favorite past time was to spend time with his grandson, Coleman.  He also enjoyed genealogy, fishing, and computers.

     In addition to his wife, P.D. leaves behind; one son, Mike Evans (Amber) of Harrodsburg; one sister, Shirley Rogers of Danville; one grandson, Coleman Evans of Harrodsburg; one step-brother, Billy Joe Brown of Danville; one aunt, Marjorie Gooch of Stanford; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members who mourn his passing.

     A funeral service was held Tuesday, September 27, at the Fox & Friend Funeral Home with Bro. Choe Sergent officiating the service. Burial followed in Camp Nelson National Cemetery with full military honors performed by the Caswell-Saufley Post #18 of the American Legion.

     Fox & Friend Funeral Home, Stanford, is entrusted with P.D.’s arrangements.

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     (Note: This obituary was not included in the September 29, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)



     Rodney Patrick Goodlett, 44, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday, September 25, 2016.

     Born November 8, 1971, in Mercer County, he was the son of Donald W. “Donnie” and Janet (Noel) Goodlett.

     He was an SMT operator for SMC Manufacturing and was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: two children, Gentry Elizabeth Goodlett and James Wyatt Goodlett, both of Harrodsburg; one brother, Todd (Susan) Goodlett of Harrodsburg, and three nephews.

     Funeral services are today, Thursday, September 29, at 1 p.m., at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with James Harley officiating. Burial is in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation Wednesday, September 28, 5–8 p.m. at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     Pallbearers are Will, Adam, and Alex Goodlett, Bo Logue, James Carey, and Dwayne Maddox. Honorary pallbearers are Rodney and Brandon Noel, Russell “PeeWee” Denny and Jason Henninger.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Active Heroes, 8701 Old Bardstown Rd, Ste. B, Louisville, KY 40291.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 29, 2016)



     Carlos M. Malinao Jr, 74, of Harrodsburg, husband of Barbara Lee McChristian Malinao, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, in Lexington, after a struggle with cancer.

     Born February 24, 1942, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of Carlos M. Malinao Sr. and Dorothy Webb.

     He graduated from Warren Fitzgerald High in 1961 and on August 16, 1962, married his high school sweetheart. They were together for 54 years.

     He was an employee of Detroit Edison for 36 years and served as an officer for the Utility Workers of America local 223. He loved being involved in his children’s lives, as team coach and even in his later years could still be found cheering from the stands for his great-granddaughters. He always supported his family and was always there for them.

     He was a shade tree mechanic who loved to tinker with cars, motorcycles and anything mechanical and constantly helped friends and family keep their cars running. He would try to fix just about anything.

     In 1999 Carlos and Barbara retired to Kentucky. They loved traveling and especially enjoyed hosting family gatherings for holiday meals in their home. He will be greatly missed and his departure leaves a great legacy and big hole in the family’s heart.

     In addition to his wife, survivors include: two daughters, Robin (Frank) Rome of Ira Township, Mich. and Jody (Todd) Templeton of Mayfield; one son, Brian (Tina) Malinao Harrodsburg; one sister, Carol Malinao Corbett of Crawfordville, Fla.; one brother, Jack Malinao of Hazel Park, Mich.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

     Funeral services were held at noon, Saturday, September 10 at W.M. Sullivan & Son Funeral home in Utica, Mich. Burial was in Christian Memorial Gardens West in Rochester Hills, Mich.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at


(HH Thu Sep 29, 2016)



     Wallace Atwood Parks Jr., 56, of Lexington, formerly of Harrodsburg, husband of Marcia Brown Parks, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

     Born September 12, 1960, in Mercer County, he was the son of Anna Parks and the late Wallace Atwood Parks Sr.

     He was a 1979 graduate of Harrodsburg High School, was a builder, served in the United States Army and was a member of Little Zion Baptist Church in Burgin.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: three children, Brandon Lee Parks, Myla Jene’ Parks and Jamar Zachary Parks, all of Lexington; two stepdaughters, Nikki Lynn Brown of Lexington and Amber Penman of Stanford; one sister, Jennifer Ann Parks of Harrodsburg; one brother, Marty (Stephanie) Fitzgerald Parks of Lexington; five grandchildren, one niece, four nephews and several cousins.

     Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, September 30, at Little Zion Baptist Church in Burgin with Brother Phillip Yates officiating. Burial will be in the Sprin Hill Cemetery.

     Visitation is today, Thursday, September 29, 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the church.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 29, 2016)




     Mildred Riley, 94, of Lebanon, widow of C. L. Riley, died Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the Village Of Lebanon.

     Born June 3, 1922, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Hazel Phillips Birdwistle and was raised by her godparents, the late Lester and Edith Rucker.

     She was a retired bookkeeper for the Dowling Distillery of Lawrenceburg and the Kentucky Utilities Company of Lexington and a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: one sister, Juanita “Nita” Parman, of Lebanon; one nephew, Monty Parman, of Lebanon; two great-nephews; one great niece; two great-great nieces and one great-great nephew.

     Funeral services were held Monday, September 26, at the Harrodsburg Baptist Church with Robert Defoor and Chris Howlett officiating. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

     Memorials contributions are suggested to Harrodsburg Baptist Church, 302 South Main Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330; Lebanon Baptist Church, 144 E. Mulberry St., Lebanon, KY 40033 or the Lebanon United Methodist Church, 236 N. Spalding Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 29, 2016)



     Jonelle Ross Stratton, 78, of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, September 10, 2016 at her residence.

     Born April 12, 1938, in Willisburg, she was the daughter of late Dewey Lee and Artie Catherine Yeaste Ross.

     She was a retired quality control supervisor and inspector at Eaton Manufacturing and was a member of Mt. Zion Church of Christ.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Robbi (George) Anderson of Lawrenceburg; four sons, Ricky (Paula) Stratton and Doug (Beth) Stratton, both of Lawrenceburg, Jimmy (Karen) Stratton and Dallas Stratton, both of Harrodsburg; one brother, Donald Ross of Harrodsburg; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

     She was preceded in death by one son, Terry Raymond; one brother, Billy Ross and one sister, Peggy Burkhead.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 13, at Gash Memorial Chapel with Charlie Blevins and Kelly Baker officiating. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were her grandsons and honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters.

     Expression of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 29, 2016)



     Juanita Burton Wilder, 93, of Perryville, widow of William F. “Bill” Wilder died Saturday September 24, 2016.

     Born March 10, 1923, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Elizabeth Bottoms Burton.

     She was a former employee of the Cinderella Shop and Watson Department Store and owned and operated Boyle Typewriter Company and Wilder Office Machines

     Survivors include: two sons, Mike (JoNell) Wilder and Tony (Sandy) Wilder all of Perryville; one daughter, Mary Ann (Bill) Brown of Perryville; one sister, Rose Teele of Harrodsburg; one brother, Charlie Burton of Harrodsburg; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Joni and one brother Raymond Burton Sr.

     Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Wednesday September 28, at Perryville Christian Church with Revs. Joe Hood and Matthew Robbins officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Raymond, Joe, Jack, Eddie and Bobby Burton, Joe and Clint Wilder and Debbie Norman. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Joni Wilder Scholarship Fund, 8071 Perryville Rd., Danville, KY 40422 or Heritage Hospice.

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 29, 2016)



     Sidney Craig Yocum, 65, of Harrodsburg, widower of Betty Robinson Yocum, died Monday, September 27, 2016, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

     Born April 6, 1951, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Charles and Bessie (Sires) Yocum.

     He was a former employee of S&S Giant Tire Company in Nicholasville and was a member of Eller’s Memorial Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: two daughters, Cindy G. Sims of Harrodsburg and Dena Cornish of Lawrenceburg; one brother, C.J. (Janet) Yocum of Rochester, Ind.; two grandsons and one great grandson.

     He was preceded in death by his sisters, Judy Eugenia Rogers, Nancy Yocum and Betsy Logue.

     Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 30 at Ebenezer Cemetery with Rick Bolton officiating.

     Visitation is today, Thursday, September 29, 5-8 p.m. at Ransdell Funeral Chapel

     Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

(HH Thu Sep 29, 2016)