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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.

 

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ROY HEMBREE

Roy O. Hembree, age 82, Harrodsburg, widower of Billie Shepard Hembree, died Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Baptist Health Lexington in Lexington.

Born November 6, 1931 in Pineville, he was the son of the late Elbert and Sadie Fuson Hembree.

He was a Florida Tile supervisor and a member of the Christian Faith.

Survivors include: his companion, Elizabeth Tiffee, Harrodsburg; two daughters, Judy Hembree Celina, OH, Patty (Joe) Gaudinier, Harrodsburg;  three sons, Henry (Donna) Hembree and, Dan (Cindy) Hembree both of Celina, OH, Roy (Darlene) Hembree, Georgetown; grandson, Justin Gaudinier and granddaughter, Sarah Gaudinier both of Harrodsburg and several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

No services or visitation. A private burial will be in the Springhill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.simsfuneralservices.com

 

PAUL ROMANS

Paul Romans, 72, of Harrodsburg died Sunday, September 14, 2014 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Born August 25, 1942 in Scott County, Paul was the son of the late Henry and Ruth Sharp Romans.

He was Pentecostal by faith, he was a retired plumber with Hayslett’s Mechanical Contractors and he was a musician/vocalist and song writer. Paul enjoyed karaoke, drives through the country and spending time with Sparky his dog.

Paul is survived by: one son, Paul C. (Natalie) Romans, Jr. of Elizabethtown; a special friend, Linda Baker of Burgin; two sisters, Judy (Tommy) Walker of Georgetown, and Janice Marcum of Middletown, OH; three grandchildren, Tosha, Morgan and Dylan Romans and one great-grandchild, Mason Romans.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Woodie Carol Romans, two brothers, Truston and Billy Romans and one sister, Lucille Whaley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m.., Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Donnie Irvine officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Barry Dixon, Ron Bradford, Dylan Romans, Jessie Coots, Jerry Stone, Andy Baker, Tommy Hurst and Jerry Sparks.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Hamilton, Les Vaughn and Harold Carmickle.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service, Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the funeral home.

To share your memories or to leave a message for the family, visit www.alexanderandroyalty.com

 

SARA ELLIS

Sara Ellis, 81, of Maple Ave, Danville passed away Sunday September 14, 2014 at her home. She is survived by her husband Donald Ellis. Sara was born in Boyle County KY on December 30 1932.

She was a homemaker and very involved with the Democratic party in Boyle County, where she served as a pollster for over 38 Years.

Also surviving are two daughters, Glenda Ellis Warren (Gary) of Danville and Jennifer Ellis Webb(Robert) of Burgin, KY. Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased in death by a son Rockland Shane Ellis.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday September 17 2014 at the Preston Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Rev. Odis Clark.

Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Wednesday till time of service. Burial will be in the Bellevue Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jack Tussy, Charles "Buck" Goode, Brian Watters, Bill Fox, Kevin Dunsmore and Tony Dunsmore.

Condolences may be made at www.preston-pruitt.com

 

MARK BUCKNER

Mark Alan Buckner, 53, Harrodsburg, husband of Janet Christerson Buckner, died Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Spring View Hospital, Lebanon.

Born October 1, 1960, in Upland, CA, he was the son of the late William Edward Buckner and Martha Helton Buckner, Harrodsburg.

He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, a press operator for Toyotomi of Springfield, had served in the US Air Force, had worked 32 years for Coulter Electronics, and was an avid turkey hunter and baseball fan.  The loves of his love were his wife, Janet, and his son, Colin.

Survivors in addition to his wife include: one son, Colin Shivley Buckner, Harrodsburg; two sisters, JoAnn Richmond and Teresa (Bud) Westerfield, both of Harrodsburg; father and mother-In law, Bobby and Linda Christerson, Harrodsburg; grandmother In law, Geneva Sanders, Harrodsburg; a niece, Jessica (Steve) Elliott, Harrodsburg; a great-niece, Josie Elliott, Harrodsburg; brother and sister In law, Greg and Sharon Sawyer, Harrodsburg; nephew, Tyler (Caitlin Campbell) Sawyer, Harrodsburg.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethel Baptist Church by John McDaniel, Brad King, and Lester Tirey. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Glenn Devine, Ed Kessler, Kelly Bugg, Dale Cinnamon, Monty McRay, Lee Todd Pinkston, and Spencer Tatum.

Honorary bearers will be Lincoln Memorial University baseball team and coaches.

Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Baptist Building Fund, 3006 Seaville Rd., Harrodsburg, KY 40330 or to the Gideon Bible Fund, P.O. Box 176, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com

 

VIRGINIA SAYAH

Virginia Sayah, 57, Harrodsburg, died Thur., September 11, 2014, in Mercer County.

Born October 14, 1956, in Paragon, IN, she was the daughter of the late Brice and Eleanor Anna Sawbridge Litton.

Survivors include: two daughters, Lisa Ann Nelson of Tampa, FL, and Judy Lynne (Lynn Flaharty) Nelson of Valrico, FL; one son, Greg Black of Harrodsburg; one sister, Penny Litton Perkins; four brothers, Bill, Tom, David, and Jim Litton; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Mon., September 15, 2014, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Terry Morrison.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com

 

BETTY COX

Betty Lois Jones Cox, 83, Burgin, died Wednesday; September 10, 2014 at the Christian Care Center, Lancaster.

Born June 10, 1931, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Mary Lewis Morgan Jones Wood.

Betty was a 1949 graduate of the Burgin High School and attended Fugazzi Business College. She was a member of the Burgin Baptist Church, and after 30 years, retired from the US Department of Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS).

Betty is survived by: one daughter, Brenda Carol (Harvey) Voris of Harrodsburg; a sister, Mary Cecil Jones Thompson of Burgin; two grandchildren, Carol Ann (Billy Dan) Bottom of Burgin and Bryan Douglas (Kelly) Voris of Lancaster; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations are directed to the Burgin Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 266 Burgin, KY 40310 or Heritage Hospice P.O. Box 1213 Danville, KY 40423

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com

 

 

THELMA GULLETT

Thelma Jean Gullett, 69, wife of Bobby Joe Gullett, Harrodsburg, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born April 14, 1945 in Harrodsburg she was the daughter of the late Marion Bell and Florence Denny Hawkins.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Cornishville Baptist Church and enjoyed crocheting, gardening and taking care of her grandchildren.

Additional survivors, besides her husband, include:  four sons: Kevin (Micki) Gullet of Mt. Juliet, TN, Tim (Thanya) Gullett of Harrodsburg, Robert Gullett of Lawrenceburg, Chris (Melissa) Gullett of Lawrenceburg and Eric Gullett of Danville; one daughter, Jeni (David) Price of Harrodsburg; one brother, Lawrence Hawkins of Burgin; one sister:, Elizabeth Crutchfield of Garrard County; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with John David Lane officiating.  Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Kendrick, Mark Francis, Robert Gullett, Tim Gullett, Kevin Gullett, Eric Gullett, Chris Gullett and Ricky Toller. Ronnie Baker, Hubert Hall, Steven Myers, Corey Gullett and David Price will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and after 7 a.m. Saturday at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home. 

To share your memories or to leave a message for the family, please visit www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

 

GAIL SPARKMON

Sparkmon, Gail TikketGail Tolley Sparkmon, age 61, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 at University Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Born Sunday, August 16, 1953 in Waynesburg, she was the daughter of the late Carl & Flora Hines Tolley.

Her loving husband is Glyn Sparkmon of Cincinnati, Ohio, whom she married June 12, 1971.  Gail worked as an assembly line inspector and was a homemaker.  She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and loved to quilt in her spare time.

In addition to her husband, Gail leaves behind: two sons, Brian Sparkmon and Jason Sparkmon, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven siblings, Jean Eldridge of Mt. Washington, Clayton Tolley (Doreen) of Science Hill, Georgeina Davis (Donald) of Harrodsburg, Anita Foley (Carmon) of Waynesburg, Michael Tolley (Brenda) of Hamilton, Ohio, Sharon Gillis (Larry) of Bartlett, Tennessee, and Irene Childers (Larry) of Waynesburg, and two honorary grandchildren, Savannah Embry and Brayden Embry.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Tolley and Jimmy Tolley.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home with Bro. Vola Brown officiating the service.  Burial will follow in Double Springs Cemetery.

John Sparkmon, Josh Miliner, John David Sparkmon, Greg Richardson, Wade Gillis, and Lewis Cummins will serve as active pallbearers.  Kim Singleton will serve as honorary pallbearer.

The visitation will be held 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home, Waynesburg, is entrusted with Gail’s arrangements.

Guest Book at www.barnettdemrowandfox.com.

 

JOHN RENFRO JR.

Renfro, John Woodson JrJohn Woodson Renfro, Jr., widower of Charlotte Corn Renfro, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Born in Harrodsburg, January 18, 1925, to the late Betty Broyles and John Woodson Renfro, also preceded in death by son, John Chadwick Renfro.

John is survived by sons Charles “Chartorn” (Dona) Renfro and Franklin (Barbara) Renfro, Lexington; grandchildren: Carol Devine (John-Mark Hack), Sarah Renfro (Kyle Brown), Terrell Renfro and Kate Renfro; great-grandchildren, Ben, Elijah and Sarah Hack, and Miriam Brown.

John was an amazingly talented and agile dancer, versatile actor, creative choreographer, innovative director, inspiring teacher, award winning and passionate daylily cultivator, and underwhelming salesman.

John taught English and drama at Bryan Station High in the 1950’s, Frederich Military Academy in Portsmouth, VA in the early 1960’s, Lafayette Senior High in the mid 60’s, and he retired from Woodford County High School in Versailles in 1994. He is famously remembered by his “sizzling bacon” routine to illustrate to his drama students how to loosen up. John was director of Lexington Children’s Theater for two years in the mid 60’s. He appeared in numerous roles at the Guignol from 1940’s to the 1970’s.

The family would like to thank the compassionate and skilled staff of Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Professional Heights Dr. for their life sustaining care over the last several years.

A celebration of John’s life will be held 2 p.m. Friday, September 12, 2014, at Central Christian Church, with visitation beginning at 12 noon at the church. Rev. Carol Devine and Rev. Sarah Renfro, granddaughters, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Central Christian Church, the building fund or The Alzheimer’s Association.

 

ALLEN BUGG

Jason Allen Bugg, 65, of Lexington, formerly of Harrodsburg died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at his residence. 

Born June 29, 1949 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Jason Bugg and Evelyn Moss Bugg. 

He had worked as a supervisor for General Telephone and had been co-owner of Kentucky Concrete Restorations.

Survivors include: one son, Byron Allen Bugg and one daughter Tracy Lynn Bugg both of Louisville; one sister Brenda Bugg Elkins of Clarksville, Ind.; three brothers, Lynn Bugg of Lexington,  David (Carol) Bugg of Hopkinsville and Everett (Dawn) Bugg of Richmond and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Jean Ragland Bugg. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

(HH Thu Sep 11, 2014)

 

BILL COMBS

Bill Combs, Frankfort, 46, passed away Monday, September 8, 2014.

Mr. Combs was born in Perry County, to Homer and Rose Hickman Combs.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: his daughters, Stephanie Hicks, of Harrodsburg, and LeAnn Bowman, of Lawrenceburg; his sisters, Lisa Hicks, of Acworth, GA, and Darlene Irwin, of Brighton, TN and his grandchildren, Charles Levi Richardson and Hayle Combs.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Clark Legacy Center with Reverend Paul Hickman officiating.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Friday until time of service.

(Note: This obituary was not included in the September 11, issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

MICHELE DEAN

Michele Beasley Dean, age 44, of Harrodsburg, wife of Charles Dean, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at her residence in Harrodsburg.

Born Jan. 29, 1970 in Frankfort, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Viola Jean Beasley.

She was a manager of several fast food establishments in central Kentucky and was a member of the Harrodsburg Christian Church

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two daughters, Carrie Phillips of Lawrenceburg and Haleigh Cook of Harrodsburg; one son, Timmy Phillips of Lawrenceburg; one brother; Tony Beasley of Lawrenceburg; two grandsons and two granddaughters.

Funeral services are today, Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Harrodsburg Christian Church with Dr. Mego Haralu officiating.

Visitation is 5 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.simsfuneralservices.com.

(HH Thu Sep 11, 2014)

 

 

 

JULIA GRAHAM

Julia C. Graham, 98, Harrodsburg, widow of Rufus Graham, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at the Charleston Health Care Center in Danville.

Born October 31, 1915 in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Roscoe and Fleetie Kays Camic.

She was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky State College, attended Georgetown College, was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Mercer County and Harrodsburg Independent Schools and was a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include, one brother, Roy R. Camic, of Danville; one sister-in-law Margaret Camic of Lexington, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Morris, J.T. and Eugene Camic and by two sisters, Myldred Sims and Marie Ellis.

Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at Sims Funeral Services with Dr. Robert Defoor officiating.   Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.simsfuneralservices.com.

(HH Thu Sep 11, 2014)

 

 

ROBERT HENDRIX

Hendrix, Robert Adam ClaytonRobert Adam Clayton Hendrix, 23, of Harrodsburg died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Born Feb. 15, 1991 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of Larry Hendrix and Alma Jeanette Moore. 

He worked construction and was a Christian.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one daughter, Paisleigh Brooke Hendrix; six brothers, Corey Hendrix, Hunter Bickett, Jared Hendrix, Tanner Hines, Damian Hendrix and Gage Hendrix all of Harrodsburg; grandparents, Larry Hendrix, Sr. of Harrodsburg, Robert Moore of Harrodsburg, Judy Thompson of Junction City and Janice Baker of Eubank; stepmother, Helena Sagracy of Harrodsburg; stepfather Dale Parker; stepgrandparents, Nancy Wesley of Harrodsburg and Bobby Thompson of Junction City and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services are today, Thursday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Justin Johnson officiating. Burial is in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Devin Adams, Clay Francis, Brandon Moore, Hunter Bickett, Dale Parker and Troy Moore. Honorary pallbearers are Matt Francis, Tyler Francis, Corey Hendrix, Jeremy Johnson, Petie Patton, Joe White and Isaac Adams.

Visitation Wednesday, from 5-8 p.m. and after 7 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

(HH Thu Sep 11, 2014)

 

CARLOS MORGAN

Morgan, Carlos WadeCarlos Wade Morgan, 67, of Harrodsburg, husband of Dolly Elliott Morgan, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at his residence. 

Born Thursday, April 17, 1947 in Hyden, he was the son of the late Lee Junior and Josephine Howard Morgan. 

He was a self-employed concrete finisher, worked with demolition/dynamite and drilling and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Arlus David Wade Morgan and Joshua Joe Morgan both of Harrodsburg; two daughters, Sylvania Robbins of Stanford and Terry Lynn Morgan; two brothers, Kenneth Junior (Loraine) Morgan of Lancaster and Ricky Morgan of Florida; six sisters, Christine (David) Wall of Lancaster, Brenda (Tony) Rice of Arkansas, Becky Burkhart of Lancaster, Dora Lee Morgan of Ohio, Myrtle Lynn (James)  Morgan of Florida and Irene Ortez of Florida; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Fox Funeral Home in Stanford, with Bro. Gary King officiating. Burial was in Berry Hollow Cemetery in Stanford. 

Pallbearers were Tommy Morgan, Les Bailey, David King, Jimmy Griffin, Dakota Means, James Alcorn and Ronnie Stinnett.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.barnettdemrowandfox.com.

(HH Thu Sep 11, 2014)

 

WILLIAM OWENS

William Lee Owens, 70, husband of Brenda McKitric Owens, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at his residence in Detroit, Mich.

Born Sept. 13, 1943 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Pete B. and Martha Sanders Owens. 

He was a 1961 graduate of Harrodsburg High School, graduate of Henry Ford Community College of Dearborn Mich., was a U.S. veteran of the Vietnam War, worked for the Ford Motor Company and was a member of the World Changers International Church in Detroit.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Michelle (Troy) Hinton and Latoya (Devin) Mixon both of Detroit; one son, Christopher Owens, of Detroit and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, James, Robert, Carl and Pete Owens.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Centennial Baptist Church with Rev. Brenda Owens and Elder J. D. Short III officiating.  Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery with military rites.

Pallbearers will be Chase Owens, Carl Owens Jr., Robert Harris, Pete Owens III, William Wakefield and William “Bo” Yeast.

Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 13 from 11 am until time of service at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.simsfuneralservices.com.

(HH Thu Sep 11, 2014)

 

IRA PENDYGRAFT

Ira Pendygraft, 71 of Parksville, husband of Joyce Pendygraft, died Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014.

Born January 12, 1943 in Danville, he was the son of the late Sonny and Ada Lucas Pendygraft.

He was a graduate of Parksville High School, was a retired member of the Boyle County Recreation Board, and was a U.S. Army and Army Reserves veteran

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include, a son, Brian (Vickie) Pendygraft of Harrodsburg, a brother, Donald (Nona) Pendygraft of Moreland, sisters-in-law, Jean (Frebert) Honaker of Mitchellsburg and Mary (Chip) VanLandingham of Winchester, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Roberta Strevels, Louise Pike, Shirley Preston and Lucille Pendygraft and three brothers, Richard Pendygraft, Charles Pendygraft and Steve Pendygraft.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Stith Funeral Home and Family Center in Junction City with Brother Donald Lear officiating. Burial was in Parksville Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion, Saufley Post #18.

Pallbearers were Tony Honaker, Terry Honaker, Michael Pruitt, Chase VanLandingham, Shay Pendygraft, Chip VanLandingham, and Frebert Honaker. Honorary pallbearers were Buck Taylor, Danny Daugherty, Al Atmore, Joe Robinson, Ron Russell, Glen Steinburger, Ronnie Clem, Robbie Pike and David Logue. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Alum Springs 1st Church of God Building Fund or WDFB Christian Radio.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at  www.stithfuneralhome.net.

(HH Thu Sep 11, 2014)

 

CHRISTINE YEARY

Christine Preston Yeary, 79, Midway, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

She was born in Liberty, to the late Oder and Ollie Lee Adams Buck on September 24, 1934.

Mrs. Yeary was a homemaker and attended Revival Tabernacle Church in Lexington.

She is survived by: her daughters, Pamela (Robert) Warford, Harrodsburg, Delores (Wayne) Helmburg, Lawrenceburg, Theresa Preston Tudor, Garrard County, and Kathy (Ollie) Preston, Versailles; her sons, John William “Buddy” (Kitty) Preston, III, Lexington and George (Chelsie) Preston; her sister, Jeanette Richie, Cynthiana; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Diana Traugott and her great-grandson, Dylan Preston.

A gathering of family and friends will be Sunday September 7, 2014 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

(Note: This obituary was not included in the September 11, issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)