Thomas A. Ross, 67, formerly of Mercer County, died Thursday, March 9, 2006 in Richland, MS.
He was a native of Petersburg, VA and the widower of Barbara Grubbs Ross.
Family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association, 1636 Nicholasville Rd., Suite One, Lexington, KY 40503.
RALPH SANDERS JR.
Ralph "Mousey" Sanders Jr., 77, formerly of Salvisa, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.
Born April 29, 1928 in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Ralph and Rosa Mae Newby Sanders.
He was a retired farmer and former employee of the A. R. Brown Store at Mayo.
He attended Fairview School, was an avid Centre College basketball fan and was a member of the Mt. Hebron Methodist Church.
Survivors include: one niece, Linda Christerson of Mercer County, and two special friends, Kelly Bugg and Bernice Ward, both of Salvisa.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Hopewell Baptist Cemetery.
Visitation will be today, Thursday, after 4 p.m. and Friday after 7:30 a.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 176, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.
Carrie Sorrell, of Hilltop Avenue, died Friday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Born in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Minnie Goodlett Stratton. She was a member of The Presbyterian Church and retired from American Greetings. She was the widow of H. C. Sorrell.
Survivors include a son, Glenn Sorrell of Mercer County; a brother, Clyde Stratton of Frankfort; and a sister, Clara Smith of Frankfort.
Services will be noon Tuesday at Stith Funeral Home. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be 10-12 p.m.
Memorials may go to The Presbyterian Church, 500 W. Main Street, Danville, 40422.
Phillip Lamont VanDyke, 54, of Parkway Avenue, Harrodsburg, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Born September 7, 1951, in Mercer County, he was a son of Bessie VanDyke Henderson of Harrodsburg and the late Edward D. VanDyke.
He was a tow motor driver for General Cable, a graduate of Harrodsburg High School and attended Somerset College. He was a Methodist.
Survivors include: his wife, Harrilyn Walker VanDyke; a son, Phillip L. VanDyke II, Harrodsburg; and a brother, Michael E. VanDyke, Harrodsburg.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 13, at St. Peter AME Church by Rev. Ralph Smith. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Harrodsburg.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Smith, Gary Smith, Steve Smith, Paul Ellis, Larry Dial and Leon VanDyke II.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Bottoms, Carl Walker, Keith Walker, Carl Bartleson, Edward Davidson, John Mayes and Tommy Guthrie.
Visitation will be from6-8 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Smith-Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John S. Ward Jr., 71, of Madison, NC, died Thursday, March 9, 2006 at his home.
Born Dec. 6, 1934 in Atlanta, GA, he was the son of the late John S. and Marie Fussell Ward Sr. and the husband of Virginia Vance Ward.
He was retired from Aetna Insurance Company. He was a member of the Carolina Kennel Club, a judge for the American Kennel Club and a member of the Madison United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: one son, John S. Ward III of Pocatello, ID; two daughters, Marie Ward of Naperville, IL, and Melissa Harned of Murrells Inlet, SC; one brother, Benjamin O. Ward of Atlanta, GA, and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard F. Ward.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 13 at the Madison United Methodist Church in North Carolina with the Rev. Dan Ramsey officiating. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 14 at Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg with Dr. Robert DeFoor officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Rockingham County or their Building Campaign, P.O. Box 281, Wentworth, NC 27375.
Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Stuart Lynn Ward, 53, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday, March 12, 2006 at The James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 29, 1953 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of Billy L. and Madeline M. Hendershot Ward of Warfordsburg, PA.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hancock Ward, in Maryland, and was a self-employed horse trainer in Lexington.
In addition to his parents, survivors include: one brother, Jeffrey G. (Becky) Ward of Warfordsburg, PA, and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Steven Carl Ward.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hancock Ward, with Bishop Larry Hartman officiating. Burial will be in Buck Valley Methodist Cemetery, Warfordsburg, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial and Tribute Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.
Grove Funeral Home in Hancock, MD is in charge of arrangements. Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Douglas Laws Post #52, American Legion, Post #6935, V.F.W. and D.A.V. Post #54 conducted Military Rites for James Perkins at New Providence Cemetery March 10, 2006.
Those attending were Floyd Shirley, Curtis and Earl Sherrow, Joe Harlow, Tom Rappelye and Howard H. Howells Sr.
Bugler was David Best.
Army representatives from Fort Knox were SSG Isidiro Gadizo and SSG Anthony Hunter.
William Leroy Bast, 64, of Harrodsburg, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.
Born May 15, 1941 in Mercer County, he was the son of the late William Jennings and Bessie Smith Bast and the husband of Joyce Ann Bast.
He was self-employed as the owner of Bast Drywall. He loved classic cars, listening to music, camping, boating, stock car racing and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: one daughter, Tammy Behn of Salvisa; one son, Eddie Bast of Harrodsburg; three brothers, Donnie Bast of Harrodsburg, Connie Bast of Frankfort and Tony Bast of Salvisa; three sisters, Anita Bottoms and Judy Hurst, both of Harrodsburg, and Betty Olszanski of California; one grandson, one step-grandson, two step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Danny Bast, and three sisters, Nora Patterson, Imogene Bast and Joyce Bast.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 18 at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. James Harley officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Anthony Bast, Donovan Bast, Doug Bast, Eric Bast, Scott Hurst, Brian Hurst, Brad Hurst and Larry Merriman.
Honorary pallbearers were Jay Mobley, Troy Rogers, Tim Rogers, John David Rogers, Ralph Rogers III, Rita Collier and Wayne Collier.
Alice Preston Bonta, 85, of Lexington, died Friday, March 17, 2006 at Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.
Born in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late William and Josephine Anton Preston and the widow of William Bonta.
She worked as an assistant manager for the Harrod Fashion Shop for over 20 years and was a member of the Harrodsburg Christian Church where she belonged to the Friendship Circle. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and a volunteer at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Harrodsburg.
Survivors include: three daughters, Carol (John M.) Mitchell, Billie (Gerald) Johnson and Diane Fallis, all of Lexington; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and close friends Connie Parker and Eunice Tyler.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Everett Rogers Preston, one granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 20 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons and sons-in-law.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walter Ryan Lewis Endowment Fund to benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Office of Development, Sturgill Development Bldg., Lexington, KY 40506, or to Ashland Terrace, 475 S. Ashland Ave., Lexington, KY 40502.
Vera Opal Burns Bruner, 97, of Jefferson County, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at the Brownsboro Hills Nursing Home in Louisville.
Born July 9, 1908 in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late William Ira and Ona Sanders Burns and the widow of Mike Bruner.
She was a life long member of the Bohon Church of Christ and attended Eastern Kentucky Teacher’s College and Kentucky Wesleyan College. She briefly taught school in her youth. She worked as a copy holder for a Brail proofreader and was employed for many years at the White Cottage Restaurant in Harrodsburg.
Survivors include: two daughters, Barbara Ann Hayden of Harrodsburg and Nancy Bruner (Howard) Wilson of Louisville; two sons, David Carlton (Carol) Bruner of Burgin and Michael Burns Bruner of Gadsden, AL; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Reva Eileen Reynolds; one brother, James Burns, and one sister, Valeria Larkins.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home.
Nicholas Edward Carter, 21, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday, March 19, 2006 in Harrodsburg.
Born Oct. 1, 1984 in the Phillippine Isles, he was the son of Jerry D. and Jo Lynn Coffman Preston of Mercer County.
He was a salesman for J. T. Enterprises and was a member of the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, survivors include: one sister, Amberlee Voris of Harrodsburg; one brother, Jeremy Watts of Harrodsburg; maternal grandparents, Ed and Helen Coffman of Harrodsburg; maternal great-grandmother, Elsie Pinkston of Harrodsburg, and fiancée, Staci Wilham of Harrodsburg.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Mobley, Chris Barkman, Jonathan Burns, Miles Jackson, Michael Van Gilder, Dustin Morris, Zac McNutt and Stuart Warren.
Visitation will be at the funeral chapel Wednesday, March 22 from 5-9 p.m. and Thursday prior to the service.
Man Dies In Wreck
A Mercer County man, Nicholas E. Carter, 21, of 1753 Mackville Road was fatally injured in a traffic accident at 1:31 a.m. Sunday on Mackville Road 2.5 miles west of Harrodsburg.
Carter was traveling west and was entering a curve when his vehicle went off the left side of the road and struck a tree.
The tree struck the driver's side door, trapping Carter inside the vehicle, according to a report filed by Mercer County Deputy Sheriff Chris Edwards.
Carter was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 a.m. by Mercer County Deputy Coroner Scott Moseley. Moseley said Carter died from blunt force trauma to the head and torso.
The Mercer County EMS and Mercer Central Fire Department also responded to the accident. Carter's car was totaled in the accident.
Carter was a salesman for J. T. Enterprises and was the son of Jerry D. and Jo Lynn Coffman Preston of Mercer County. His mother, a records clerk with the Harrodsburg Police Department, had reported to Kuwait March 11 for a year's tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. She has returned to Harrodsburg for her son's funeral.
Carter is also survived by a sister, brother, grandparents and his fiancée.
James Lindsey Devine, 60, of Danville, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.
Born Sept. 14, 1945, he was the son of the late William Cecil and Mattie J. Click Devine and the husband of Gayle Reed Devine.
He was a retired first line supervisor after thirty years of service for Osram Sylvania GTE in Versailles, and he was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: one daughter, Tammy McGinnis of Harrodsburg; four sons, Eddie Devine and Brent Peavler, both of Harrodsburg, Thomas Peavler of Nicholasville and Tony Peavler of Horse Cave; mother-in-law Edith Reed of Danville, and eleven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Best and Chaplain Dale Denton officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and after 7 a.m. Friday.
Jackie Lynn Harlow, 62, of Beech Fork Road, Gravel Switch, died at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg.
A native of Washington County, he was born August 19, 1943 to Virgil and Ruby Sutton Harlow.
He was a retired employee of Ford Motor Company of Louisville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Harlow on Nov. 30, 1965.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Masterson Harlow; a son, Tommy Harlow, Louisville; two daughters, Terri Lynn (Ken) Mauermeier, and Tammi (Chris) Joslin, both of Louisville; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his mother, Ruby Sutton Harlow, Mackville; a brother, Bob (Donna) Harlow, Mt. Washington and a sister, Janice (Ben) Carey, Springfield.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at Carey & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Warren Whitaker, minister of Cornerstone Christian Church, officiating.
Burial was in Peter Cemetery at Mackville.
Pallbearers were Michael Harlow, Bryan Beck, Tony Beck, Jason Harlow, Chris Joslin and Brian Gipson.
Brenda Hensley, 47, of Harrodsburg, died Friday, March 17, 2006 at her home.
Born Oct. 26, 1958 in Mercer County, she was the daughter of George Burkhart of Detroit, MI, and the late Pauline Hoskins Burkhart and the wife of David Gonzalez.
In addition to her husband, survivors include: three daughters, Angel Josefina, April Pauline and Hope Anita Maria Gonzalez, all of Harrodsburg; one son, Gary Lee Hensley of Florida; one sister, Cathy Wilson of Detroit, MI; four brothers, Darrell Burkhart of Nicholasville, Lee Hilton of Allen Park, MI, and Danny and Brad Burkhart of Detroit, MI, and two granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Sandy Wilson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 21 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Carmen Brewer officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ray and Brad Burkhart, Jay, Matthew, and Jerry Wilson and George Hensley.