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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.

 

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"And now, mourn not, for a good, fulfilling life,

we are stepping through the garden gate

 into the next adventure."

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STANLEY PREWITT

     Stanley Collins “Bud” Prewitt, 74, of Harrodsburg, widower of Sylvia Kay Gibson Prewitt died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at the Harrodsburg Health & Rehabilitation Center.

     Born March 18, 1941 in Lexington, Stanley was the son of the late Stanley and Virgie Denny Prewitt.

     He was a member of the Shakertown Baptist Church and a retired mechanic for the University of Kentucky Agricultural Farms.  He enjoyed cars and sports.

     Survivors include: three daughters, Teresa (David) Kinder of Anderson County, Sandra (Bill) Sanders of Mercer County and Tina (Brent) Malinao also of Mercer County; one son, Randy Prewitt of Mercer County; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, four sisters: Mary Anna Bottoms of Owenton, Louise Sims of Harrodsburg, Patricia Cocanougher of Burgin and Loretta (Arvie) Mudd of Burgin.

     Stanley was preceded in death by one sister, Harvest Bottoms.

     A memorial graveside service will be conducted 4: p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Shawnee Run Baptist Church Cemetery. 

     Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY  40422.

     Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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

 

EDUARDO FRANCESCHI, SR.

     Eduardo Franceschi, Sr., 36, of Harrodsburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at Ephraim McDowell RMC in Danville.

     Born July 14, 1979 in Jacksonville, Fla., he was son of the Luis “Louie” Franceschi of Florida and the late Edna (Quiachon) Franceschi.

     Eduardo passed away on the exact day and time that his mom passed away five years ago. His life was a miracle. His mother was medically barren, even during her pregnancy. His life moved and touched many people and for those that truly knew his heart, the world will be that much darker. Be at peace, my brother – “we will always love you”.

     Survivors other than his father include: a son, Eduardo L. Franceschi Jr. of Fla. and his brother Luis (Amber) Franceschi III of Harrodsburg.

     There will be no visitation or services as the family selected cremation.

     Sims Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

 

 

 

PATRICIA BARNES

     Patricia Lee “Pat” Barnes, 62, of Harrodsburg died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at the Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington.

     Born August 6, 1953 in Lebanon, Pat was the daughter of the late Richard Case and Beaulah Mae Hardin Curtsinger.

     She was a homemaker and a Baptist by faith. Pat was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan, a talented gardener; she enjoyed canning and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

     Survivors include: three daughters, Tracy (Brent) McGinnis of Harrodsburg, Stacy (Ricky) Young of Salvisa and Amanda Barnes (Ray Vazquez) of Harrodsburg; four brothers, Bill, Vernon and Ricky Curtsinger all of Willisburg and Joe Curtsinger of Campbellsville; three sisters, Frances “Sis” Milburn of Willisburg and Wanda Miller and Lois Willis of Campbellsville; 10 grandchildren: Laken Goodlett, Schyler Goodlett, Samantha Young, Nathan Simpson, Jersey McGinnis, Jessi Young, Taylor Simpson, Dassaell Vazquez, Darnnell Vazquez and Chelsea Taylor; and two great-grandchildren: Kinlee Goodlett and Leiara Goodlett.

     Pat was preceded in death by a son, Bo Barnes and two brothers, Donnie Curtsinger and Buddy Curtsinger.

     Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. 

     Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

     To share your memories or to contact the family, please visit: www.alexanderandroyalty.com

 

ANDREA CAREY

     Andrea Rogers Carey, 40, wife of Ronald Jeffery Carey, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. 

     Born Nov. 11, 1975 in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of Marion Estill and Sandy Reynolds Rogers, Jr. 

     She was a graduate of Burgin High School and Campbellsville College and was a member of The Carpenter’s Christian Church. 

     Survivors, in addition to her husband and parents and, include: two sons, Landon Dean Rogers and Jason Patrick Carey, both of Burgin; two daughters, Mackenzie (Jared) Carey Holt and Paisley Carey, both of Harrodsburg; one grandchild and several aunts and uncles.

     Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at The Carpenter’s Christian Church with Greg Warren officiating.  Burial will be in the Burgin Memorial Gardens.

     Pallbearers will be Frank Edwards, Michael Loop, Jared Holt, Taylor Bustle, Ben Bradshaw and Chris Goodlett.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Stroke Association, Box 15120, Chicago, Ill. 60693 and The Carpenter’s Christian Church, 1340 U.S. 127 Bypass, Harrodsburg, Ky. 40330.

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

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

WILLIAM CAREY

     William Lloyd “Pete” Carey, 80, of Springfield, husband of Peggy Lou Graham Carey, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the University of Louisville Hospital.

     He was the son of the late John William “Dick” Carey and Evelyn Darland Carey.

     He was a former manager for Miles Farm Supply, was a farmer, was a member of the Kentucky Thumbpickers Club, was a member of the United States National Guard and was a member of the Mackville Church of Christ.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one brother, Jack (Anna Helen) Carey, of Springfield; three daughters, Kathy (Butch) Russell of Burgin, Lisa (Troy) DeGolyer of Elizabethtown and Christy (Danny) Carpenter of Springfield; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

     Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Carey and Son Funeral Home in Springfield with Pastor Steve Pater and Bro. Frank Preston officiating.

     Pallbearers were Craig Howard, Bernie Lay, Joey Beshear, Terry Graves, Louis Flannigan and Jimmy Carey. 

     Honorary pallbearers were Billy Hall, Howard Carey, Binford Sutton, Bob Campbell and Reed Spaulding, Jr.

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

TIMMY COOPER

     Timmy Wright Cooper, 54, of Nicholasville, died Sunday, Feb. 7 at his residence.

     Timmy was born April 2, 1961 in Booneville to the late Densil Cooper and Lillie Barrett Lynch.

     He worked in the painting industry for most of his life.  Timmy loved to ride and work on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. 

     In addition to his father, Timmy was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Cooper.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Kathryn Byrd of Harrodsburg; three sons, Derek Cooper of Georgetown, Preston Cooper of Georgetown and Timmy Cooper of Versailles; his mother, Lillie Lynch of Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Menique Bentley of Lawrenceburg, Jennifer Warren of Lexington; three brothers, Daniel Spivey of Lexington, Luke Spivey of Keene, Randy Metcalf of Keene.

     Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home in Versailles.

     Funeral Services will also be at the funeral home on Wednesday following the visitation at 1 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Tyler officiating.  Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery in Versailles.

     Memorials are suggested to Open Bible Church 1830 Old Frankfort Road, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 40342.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the Feb. 11, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

JAMES DAVIS

     James W. Davis, 83, widower of Ada Bea Trower Davis, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center. 

     Born June 16, 1932 in Kingston, Tenn., he was the son of the late James and Nora Moore Davis. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran, was retired from the Phillip Morris Company and was a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

     Survivors include: three daughters, Angela Davis of Havre de Grace, MD, Sandy Barnett of Tucson, AZ and Vickie Jones of Tucson, AZ; Four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by four sisters: Molly Burmmitt, Dora Wells, Maude Brewster and Sue Harvey and four brothers, Arvis Davis, Robert Davis, Clyde Davis and Charles Davis.

     Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 8 at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

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

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

ELSIE DRISKELL

     Elsie Driskell, 83, widow of Thomas Allen Driskell, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. 

     Born June 23, 1932 in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Claud and Viola Durr Smith. 

     She was retired from the Kentucky Revenue Department and was a member of the Church of Christ In Christian Union.

     Survivors include: two daughters, Sheila (Johnny) Murphy of Lawrenceburg and Debra (James) Watts of Mercer County; two sons, Michael (Bonnie) Driskell of Salvisa Harold (Edna) Driskell of Salvisa; 12 grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by one daughter, Arlene Price; five sisters, Dora Caldwell, Effie Lee Savage, Bessie Bast, Birdie Salisbury and Blanch Releford and four brothers, Owen Smith, Truman Smith, Granville Russell Smith and Willie Kenneth Smith.

     Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Johnny Hockersmith officiating.  Burial will be held in Mt. Hebron Methodist Church Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be James H. Watts Jr., Charles “Buddy” Watts, John Thomas “J.T.” Murphy, Christopher Murphy, Earl Driskell and Wayne Price. 

     Honorary pallbearers will be Ladena Tingle, Rhonda Johnson, Emma Wilson, Amy Murphy, Melissa Divine and Natasha Turner.

     Visitation 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 and after 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, Ky. 40504.

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

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

JESSIE HAMMOND

     Jessie Franklin Hammond, 83, husband of Artie Marie Clark Hammond, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at the Veterans Hospital in Lexington.

     Born Aug. 17, 1932 in Wayne County, he was the son of the late Corbin and Vada Branscum Hammond. 

     He was a Korean War veteran and was the pastor for Rosedale Baptist Church in Richmond, Harris Creek Baptist Church in Stanford, Bryantsville Baptist Church in Bryantsville and South Main Mission in Monticello. He was a member of the Monticello First Baptist Church.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: two sons, Fred (Debbie) Hammond and Scott (Kelli) Hammond; one daughter, Judy (Michael) Ditchen and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen and Lucy New and three brothers, Cecil, Warren and David Hammond.

     Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Hickey and Son Funeral Home with Bro. Koger Ransey officiating. Burial was in Elk Spring Cemetery in Monticello.

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

 

IRA HAYSLETT

     Ira "Shorty" Hayslett, 72 of Alum Springs, died Monday Feb. 1, 2016.

     Born Dec. 4, 1943, in Burgin he was the son of Hester Mae McKinney Hayslett and the late Robert James Hayslett.

     Shorty was a graduate of Burgin High School and served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

     In addition to his father Shorty was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Hayslett and a sister, Jean Hayslett.

     Shorty is survived by: his mother, Hester Mae McKinney Hayslett of Burgin; two brothers, Bobby (Virginia) Hayslett of Harrodsburg and Billy (Barbara) Hayslett of Lexington; and several generations of nieces and nephews.

     A graveside service will be at 12 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016 at the Stith Funeral Home. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

     Military honors will be provided by the American Legion, Saufley Post # 18.

     Visitation will be from 10 – 12 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 9, at the funeral home.

     Memorial donations are suggested to Heritage Hospice or the Wounded Warrior Project.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the Feb. 11, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

 

EDITH HOLTON

     Edith Neal Herring Holton, 87, of Danville, widow of J.F. Pemberton, Ernest “Big Apple” Herring and Jason Holton, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. 

     Born February 22, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Marshall and Lillie Crawford Neal.

     Survivors include: two sons, Marshel (Dana) Herring of Charlotte, NC and George (Connie) Herring of Harrodsburg; three daughters, Cheryla Everly of New Mexico, Rita (Gilbert) Robinson of Somerset, Judy (Jackie) Preston of Lancaster and Victoria Wilson of Danville; one sister, Ethel Dees of Tenn.; fifteen grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

     Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home with Bro. Gilbert Robinson officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Springs Cemetery. 

     Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

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

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

 

ROSE HOOPER

     Rose Marie Mervin "Granny" Hooper, 83 of Harrodsburg, died February 2, 2016.

     Born June 5, 1932 in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Jonathan Emzy Albert and Nellie Elizabeth Wise Mervin.

     Rose enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. One of her greatest joys was her family. Rose was a God fearing woman who loved to sew and who read her Bible daily. In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her son, John Hooper.

     Rose is survived by: two sons, Kenneth Wayne (Susan) Hooper, and William Samuel (Sissy Young) Hooper; three daughters, Carrie Fearing, DeAnna (Billy) Hargis, and Patricia Denson; a daughter in law, Rita Hooper, 12 grandchildren, Jason, Elizabeth, Andrew, Matthew, Robert, Teddy, Jennifer, Ashley, Josh, Adrianna, Brianna, and Nathan, and 12 great-grandchildren, Anne Grace, Jane, Brandon D., Brandon F., Kaitlyn, Aubrey, Joseph, Carmyne, Kaydince, Evan, Harmony, and Olivia.

     The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday Feb. 8, 2016 at Stith Funeral Home, Junction City with Rev. Dave Evans officiating. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

     Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Sunday Feb. 7, 2016 at Stith Funeral Home, Junction City.

     Memorial donations are suggested to Salt River Baptist Church.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the Feb. 11, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

ORES LAWHORN

     Ores Lowhorn, 82, of Danville, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at his home. 

     Born Jan. 6, 1934, in Adair County, he was the son of the late Chester and Elsie Burton Lawhorn.

     He was a retired farmer.

     Survivors include: one daughter, Elsie Charlene Lowhorn of New Whiteland, Ind.; two sons, Edward Ray Lowhorn and Bob Lowhorn, both of Franklin, Ind.; two sisters, Evelyn Brunch and Bertha Merrick, both of Campbellsville, Ky.; three brothers, Ray Lawhorn, Raymond Lawhorn and Randall Lawhorn, all of Adair County and several nieces & nephews.

     He was predeceased by one infant daughter and two sisters, Louise Furkin and Martha Lawhorn.

     A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

PATRICIA ROBINSON

     Patricia Arden Cammack Robinson, 78, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Marvin Wesely “Pee Wee” Robinson, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 at her residence.

     She was born in Hopkinsville, to the late Homer Virgil and Nina Lillian McBrayer Cammack.

     She was a graduate of Anderson County High School and retired from Fox Creek RECC as a billing clerk.  She was a member of First Baptist Church; Sanctuary Choir; Sunday School Teacher for Preschool; Vacation Bible School; Sassy Old Souls Senior Adult Group; Homemakers Sunday School Class; and Sunbeam Mission Group.

     She is survived by: three daughters, Amy Jane Tucker and Anne Wesley (Bobby) Hardin, both of Lawrenceburg, and Elizabeth Lee “Beth” (Charles) Hazelwood, Salvisa; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Charles Edward Tucker, Jr.

     Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Gash Memorial Chapel with Dr. Robert F. Ehr officiating.  Burial will follow in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Visitation 3-8 p.m. Tuesday.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601 or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 111 N. Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

     Casketbearers will be the grandchildren and great-grandcildren. Honorary bearers will be the First Baptist Church Homemakers Sunday School Class, Tanya Best, Shirley Hoskins, Linda Baxter, Myrtle Dewitt, Donna Freeman, Mary Jane McCulloh and Charlie Cammack.

     (Note: This obituary was not included in the Feb. 11, 2016 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald)

 

WILLIAM RUSSELL JR.

     William H. “Billy” Russell Jr., 53, of Burgin, husband of Kathy A. Russell, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.

     Born Jan. 8, 1963, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of William Hanley Russell Sr. and the late Virginia Lee Carey Russell. 

     He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife and father, include: one son, Jesse Russell of Burgin; one daughter, Cheyenne Russell of Burgin; one brother, Ronnie (Pat) Russell of Florida; two sisters, Candace and Melanie Russell both of Lexington; his step mother, Elizabeth Russell of Florida and two step-sisters, Barbara (Sam) Willett and Karen (Tim) Harrington and several nieces and nephews.

     A Memorial Service will be held in the spring to celebrate Billy’s life.

     Memorial contributions may be made to the family at P.O. Box 253, Harrodsburg, Ky.  40330.

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

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

BRUCE SIMS

     Bruce C. Sims, 73, of Harrodsburg, husband of Linda G. Hendren Sims, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

     Born May 17, 1942, in Washington County, he was the son of the late William and Lucille Isham Sims. 

     He was a retired supervisor for General Electric, was a full time farmer and was a former employee of the Mercer County Conservation Office.

     Survivors, in addition to his wife, include: one daughter, Tammy Lucinda (Shawn) Murphy of Harrodsburg; two sons, Troy Patrick Sims of Somerset, Travis Stacy (Kristi) Sims of Midway; two sisters, Nancy Blacketeer of New Albany, IN and Alissa (Carl) Adams of FL and five grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by one brother, Wendell Sims.

     Funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Damon Stewart, Daron Stewart and Charlie Ellis officiating. Burial will be in the Battle Cemetery in Washington County.

     Pallbearers will be Timothy Baker, Kelly Baker, Mike Matherly, Kevin Russell, Blair Isham, Ron Hilton, Dennis Sims and Aaron Baker.

     Honorary Bearers will be Donald Ross, Darrel Baker, Joe Russell, LeRoy Hendren, Billy Hilton, Carl Blacketeer, Nick Adams, Mark Moore and Charles Blevins.

     Visitation 5 - 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

     The family request memorial donations be sent to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40422

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

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)

 

LORRAINE SMART

     Lorraine Elizabeth Dean Smart, 89, of Lexington, widow of Stanley Wright Smart Jr., died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

     Born Jan. 10, 1927 in Salvisa, she was the daughter of the late William Goebel and Mabel Dean.

     She was a retired medical professional and property manager, was a member of the Circle of Issues Life Group, was a member of the Bruised Reed ministry and was involved with Chevy Chase Baptist Church, Rosemont Baptist Church, Harrodsburg Baptist Church and Southland Christian Church.

     Survivors include: three daughters, Wilma (Dan) Plucinski, Carol (Buster) Worsham and Sharon (John) Summitt; one sister, Wilma (Harold) Ackerman; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

     She was preceded in death by three brothers, Samuel Dean, Leroy Dean and William “Billy” Dean.

     Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 8 at 12 p.m. at Southland Christian Church with Brewster McLeod officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Natalie’s Sisters, P.O. Box 2074, Lexington, Ky. 40588.

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

(HH Thu Feb 11, 2016)