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Mercer County KY Obits - 2001
(Archived posts from 1997 - June 2001)

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Mrs. Kate Edelen Goddard
Deb Shillo <> Thu, 18 Jan 2001
GODDARD - Harrodsburg - Mercer Co.
The sudden death of Mrs. Kate Edelen Goddard, wife of Mr. R. E. Goddard Tuesday has saddened the community and many join the family in their sorrow. Her health had not been normal for a number of years, and it was known by those closest to her that the summons might come any time, but she seemed so much better that her passing was a shock. Apparently as well and cheerful as usual, a cerebral hemorrhage came without warning, rendering her unconscious and she died a short time afterward, just following the noon hour. Mrs. Goddard was a descendant of aristocratic lineage, prominent in Kentucky for generations. She was the daughter of the late Leonard Edelen and Mary Tarkington Edelen, and possessed many lovable traits of character. Her graciousness and kindness to everyone was very marked, as was her uncomplaining cheerfulness in the face of ill health that limited her activities in her home and church, and her social life. Her funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the residence on Beaumont Avenue, conducted by the Rev. J. W. Carpenter, of the United Presbyterian church, of which she had long been a member. Rev. T. Hassell Bowen, of the Christian church will take part in the service. Burial at Spring Hill cemetery. Surviving are her husband, Mr. R. E. Goddard, and the following children: Mrs. Al McChord, of Lebanon; Mrs. Lawrence C. Brewer, of Lexington; Miss Mary Goddard, Harrodsburg, and Mr. W. W. Goddard, who is in business in Birmingham, Ala., and who arrived home yesterday. She also leaves one grandchild, little Bobbie Brewer, and a brother, Mr. Allan Edelen, of this place.
(HH Fri Mar 28, 1930)
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BAKER, Everett L. 1920-2000
Surnames: BAKER, LESTER, YOUNG#00424
Birchell Coslow <> Thu, 25 Jan 2001
Everett L. Baker

Born: Sep 3, 1920 Mercer Co. KY
Died: Dec 23, 2000 Harrodsburg KY
Age: 80
Residence: 919 Beaumont Ave
Parents: Lonnie and Mary Young Baker (dec'd)
Spouse(s): Marsola Lester Baker, Harrodsburg
Son(s): Randy L. Baker, Harrodsburg
Brother(s): Ruel Baker, Lexington; Harvey Baker, Lawrenceburg; Maurice Baker, Tucson AZ
Sister(s): Alma Coslow, Willisburg; Nona Mobley, Rockford IL
Member: Veterans of Foreign Wars; Harrodsburg Baptist Church
Occupation/Profession: Retired insurance adjustor (22 yrs), Kentucky Growers Insurance
Military Service: World War II, U.S. Army
Arrangements: Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home
Funeral/Burial: Dec 26, 2000 Spring Hill Cemetery

[Source: Harrodsburg Herald 12/28/2000]

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Surnames: JAMES#00425
John Newcome <> Fri, 26 Jan 2001
JAMES, ELEANOR V., 86, of Spring Hill, died Friday (Jan. 19, 2001). She came here 42 years ago from her native Harrodsburg, Ky. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Brooksville Christian Church. Survivors include three sons, Albert L., New Port Richey; Ken, Rochester, Wash., and John, Valrico; three sisters, Louise Wilson, Somerset, Ky.; Edith Barnes, Shelbyville, Ind., and Betty McClendon, Faubush, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. All County Funeral Home & Crematory, Lake Worth.
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Mrs. Mary Tarkington Edelen
Deb Shillo <> Thu, 22 Feb 2001
Death date July 16, 1911


After a lingering illness of more than four months duration, which she
bore with an unfaltering Christian fortitude, Mrs. Mary Tarkington Edelen;
wife of Mr. Leonard G. Edelen, died at the home of Mr. And Mrs. R.E. Goddard
in Harrodsburg yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, where she was removed
last Wednesday in the hope that the change would be of benefit. It has been
realized for weeks that the end was near at hand and her death was not
unexpected. As had been her lifelong wish, often expressed, death came

To the husband, children and other relatives who are left to mourn the
loss of a devoted wife and mother, and to the friends who knew and loved her
for her many amiable qualities and her deeds of unostentatious charity, the
condolence and sympathy of the community is extended and the consolation is
offered that she left to them the priceless legacy of a well-spent life, an
example that is worthy of their emulation, and a name that will be fragrant
with the flowers of memory.

Mrs. Edelen was born and reared at the Shuttleworth place, near town on
the Lebanon Pike, and was a daughter of the late William Tarkington. She
was in the sixty-ninth year of her age, and a remarkable coincident is the
fact that today marks the fifty-first anniversary of the marriage of Mr. And
Mrs. Edelen. She had been a member of the First Presbyterian church
practically all her life, and was noted for her deeds of kindness in cases
where real need existed.

The remains were removed from Harrodsburg to the late residence, corner
Broadway and Fourth Street, yesterday evening and the funeral took place at
the residence this afternoon at 3 o’clock, followed by interment in Bellevue
cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Dr. E.M. Green, who had been the
pastor of the deceased for a generation.

Mrs. Edelen is survived by her husband, Mr. L.G. Edelen and three
children, Mrs. R.E. Goddard, of Harrodsburg, and Mr. Allen S. Edelen, of
Burgin, and Mrs. B.L. Eaton, of Wichita, Kansas. She is also survived by
one brother and two sisters, Mr. J.M. Tarkington, of this county; Mrs. James
A. Shuttleworth, of Louisville, and Mrs. G.W. McMillan of Ackworth, Georgia.

Obit from the collection of Helen & George Sandidge
transcribed by Linda Denton

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BURTON, James E. 1944-2001
cbc Wed, 28 Feb 2001
Homepage: Mercer Online Obituaries
James E. Burton, 56, of 400 Talmage-Mayo Road, died Friday, February 23, 2001 at his residence.

Born April 24, 1944 in Mercer County, he was the son of John M. Burton and the late Velma Clifford Burton.

He had worked in the mixing department for Corning Glass and was a member of the Church of Christ.

In addition to his wife, survivors include: his wife, Betty Isham, Harrodsburg; two sons, James Edward Burton II, Harrodsburg, David R. Peavler, Burgin; one daughter, Karen J. Burton Coontz, Harrodsburg; three brothers, John Craig Burton, Harrodsburg, Glave V. Burton, Harrodsburg, Donald Wayne Burton, Hustonville; nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 25, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Preston and Howard Whitehouse officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Heritage Hospice or the Gideon Bible Fund.

Visitation will be at the funeral chapel after 4:00 p.m. Saturday and after 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

[Source: Mercer Online Obituaries 2/27/2001, used with permission, URL below; to be published in the Mar 1, 2001 issue of The Harrodsburg Herald]

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HARMON, Blondella [CORNISH] 1928-2001
cbc Wed, 28 Feb 2001
Homepage: Mercer Obits Online
Blondella Harmon, 73, of Cornishville road, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born February 16, 1928 in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late John Calvin and Lizzie Mae Robinson Cornish. She was the widow of Marshall D. Harmon.

She was an employee of the Mercer County School System and a member of the Cornishville Baptist church where she was the Sunday School Secretary and Assistant Treasurer for several years.

She is survived by: one son, Doug H. Harmon, Cornishville; one brother, Royce Cornish, Cornishville; one sister, Christine Young, Harrodsburg; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Harmon, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Harmon, a brother, T. J. Robinson, and a half brother, Woodrow Robinson.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 23, at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Readnour officiating. Burial was in the Cornishville Baptist church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brandon Harmon, Wesley Harmon, Troy Harmon, Mitchell Harmon, Eugene Harmon, Billy Joe Robinson, Mike Robinson, Dennis Robinson, and Richard Tingle. Honorary bearers were Devon Lester, Billy Grider, Dudley Huffman, Jr., Donald Litterel, George Hendrix and Greg Brown.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Cornishville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o George Hendrix, 932 Beaumont Avenue, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

[Source: Mercer Online Obituaries 2/28/2001, used with permission (URL below). To be published in the 3/1/2001 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald]

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GREEN, Irene [GRAHAM] 1920-2001
Birchell Coslow <> Sat, 31 Mar 2001
Homepage: Mercer Online Obituaries
Irene Graham Greene

Born: Sep 16, 1920 Mercer Co. KY
Died: Mar 21, 2001 at her residence
Age: 80
Residence: 1110 Fairview Road
Parent(s): W.E. and Nona Turner Graham (dec'd)
Spouse(s): Richard Greene, Mercer County
Son(s): James Richard Greene, Salvisa
Daughter(s): Roxie (Don Billy) Rogers, Harrodsburg; Juanita Griggs (dec'd)
Grandchildren: 4
Great-grandchildren: 4
Brother(s): Laurel Graham (dec'd)
Sister(s): Pauline (Richard) Willey, NM; Celestine Graham
Member: Hopewell Baptist Church (Sunday School teacher)
Occupation/Profession: Homemaker
Arrangements: ?
Funeral/Burial: Mar 23, 2001 Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery
Officiating: Bro. Richard Easterling
Pallbearers: Heulan Phillips, Steven Rogers, Mark Griggs, Roy Griggs, Chad Vandergrift, and Curtis Sherrow
Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Pals Sunday School Class, Hopewell Baptist Church

[Source: Mercer Online 3/30/2001, used with permission; URL below]

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GABHART, Howard 1911-2001
cbc Sun, 08 Apr 2001
Homepage: Mercer Online Obituaries
Howard Gabhart, 90, of 1009 E. National Road, Washington, IN, died Friday, March 30, 2001 at Hillside Manor Nursing Center in Washington.

Born January 2, 1911 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late William and Georgia Morgan Gabhart. He was the nephew of the late Dr. W. S. Gabhart of Harrodsburg.

He was a Sunday School teacher and elder in the Christian Church in Alfordsville, IN. He was also a trustee for Reeve Township and was the builder of the Washington Nursing Center. He ran the Rose Four Mill after moving from Kentucky at the age of 15.

Survivors include: his wife, Enid Gabhart, Washington, IN; nine daughters, Margaret Enid Kennedy, Lancaster, CA; Amy June Gardner, Alfordsville, IN, Christina Ruth Roach, Mitchell, IN, Georgia Anne Prewett and Sarah Jane Alvey, both of Washington, IN, Mary Frances Bell, Cincinnati, OH, Martha Lee Brammer, Indianapolis, IN, Lorna Gayle Cook and Annie Bruce Snyder, both of Atlanta, GA; four sons, Wyndham Howard Gabhart, Jackson, MS, Charles Roland Gabhart, Jasper, IN, Thomas Stanley Gabhart, Huntingburg, IN, Phillip Morgan Gabhart, Alfordsville, IN; 52 grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Lee Funeral Home in Loogootee, IN. Burial will be in the Community Cemetery at Alfordsville.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and after 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

[Source: Mercer Online Obituaries 4/8/2001, used with permission (URL below). Obituary published in the 4/5/2001 issue of the Harrodsburg Herald]

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CLAUNCH, Della Irene [HUNGATE] 1918-2001
cbc Tue, 01 May 2001
Homepage: Mercer Online Obituaries
Della Irene Claunch, 83, of 635 Saltwell Headquarters Road, Carlisle, died Sunday, April 29, 2001 at Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris.

Born April 19, 1918 in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Oma Lee Gabhart Hungate.

She was a homemaker and a member of Benton Baptist Church.

Survivors include: two daughters, Rebecca Lynn Cameron, Carlisle, Betty Jean Goodlett, Mackville; four sons, William Carlton Claunch, Jimmy Dale Claunch and Jackie Wayne Claunch, all of Harrodsburg, Joseph Alan Claunch, Lexington; one sister, Elizabeth James, Harrodsburg, Christine Wilkins, Springfield, AR; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandchild and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Ransdell Funeral chapel with Rev. Matthew Atha officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Visitation will be at the chapel from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

[Source: Mercer Online Obituaries 4/30/2001 (URL below), used with permission. Mrs. Claunch's obituary will be published in the 5/3/2001 issue of The Harrodsburg Herald.]

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BRAND, Oppie Lee [HOUZE] 1911-2001
cbc Mon, 14 May 2001
Homepage: Mercer Online Obituary Archives
Oppie Lee Houze Brand, 89, of Tifton, GA, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at Tift Health Care in Tifton, GA.

Born May 21, 1911 in Heard County, GA, she was the daughter of the late Gus A. and Katie Formby Houze. She was the widow of Rev. Garnie Brand, a former pastor at Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Church.

She was a retired school teacher, having taught at McAfee, and a member of Norman Park Baptist Church.

Survivors include: three daughters, Betty (Buford) Noel, Harrodsburg, Dot B. Griffin, Norman Park, GA, and Phyllis (Joseph) Fletcher, Chula, GA; one brother, Woodson Houze, Forest Park, GA; six grandchildren, including David and Teresa Noel and Karen and Jeff Million, all of Harrodsburg; 12 great grandchildren, including Katherine Noel, Kacey Stout, Jay Thomas Million and Kassidy Million, all of Harrodsburg. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Ben Griffin, a great granddaughter, Madalyn Bennett, a son-in-law, Harold Griffin, one sister and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17, at Norman Park Baptist Church, Norman Park, GA, with Dr. Jimmy Voyles, Elder Jeff Harris and Rev. Paul Peace officiating. Burial was in Deep Bottom Cemetery in Colquitt County.

Pallbearers were Eric Fletcher, Darin Purvis, David Noel, Mike Bennett, Joel Brand, Charles Houze and Jerry Breed. Honorary bearers were great grandsons, Hal Bennett, Joe Jernigan, Dylan Purvis and Jay Thomas Million.

Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals was in charge of arrangements.

[Source: Mercer Online Obituaries 5/14/2001; used with permission, URL below. Mrs. Brand's obituary was published in the Mar 22, 2001 issue of The Harrodsburg Herald]

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BAKER, Beulah 1893-1939
cbc Mon, 04 Jun 2001
Beulah Baker

Born: Jun 2, 1893 Burgin KY
Died: Mar 16, 1939 Burgin KY
Residence: Burgin KY
Parents: John and Annie Sanders Baker
Sister(s): Mrs. F.J. Sharp, Nicholasville; Mrs. Cecil Davis, Burgin; Miss Dora Baker, Lexington
Occupation/profession: Secretary, Union Central Life Insurance, Cincinnati (10 years)
Funeral/Burial: Mar 18, 1939 Burgin Christian Church, Burgin Cemetery
Officiating: Rev. T. Hassell Bowen, pastor Harrodsburg Christian Church, assisted by Rev. Leslie Kingsbury, pastor Burgin Christian Church
Pallbearers: Lloyd Goodlett, Ralph Carroll, Corbin Sharp, Bob VanArsdall, Smith Perkins, Bert VanArsdall

[Source: Harrodsburg Herald Mar 17, 1939; Mar 24, 1939]

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