Henry County Obituary Records -

These records are a PARTIAL extract of the Henry County Local (HCL) Obituaries. These records range from the early 1900's to the present day and were Submitted By: the contributor listed below. Not all the obituaries contained during the years of the newspaper have been extracted. Please use this information as a starting point for your own research.

This Page was Updated Tuesday, June 19, 2007 05:41 PM

Contributed By: E. T. "Hammer" Smith


Merritt Gaines

 Mr. Merritt Gaines, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died at his home in Port Royal, Tuesday night about 10 o’clock, his death being caused by a stroke of paralysis, which came that day.  He was past 81 years of age, and had lived all his life in this county.

 He began business in Port Royal in 1845 and continued until about four years ago, when he retired.  Having no children, except a son who died in infancy, he a number of years ago adopted an orphan girl from the Orphan Asylum in Cincinnati.  She grew up and became the wife of Mr. Gil F. Neill, a prominent and honored citizen of Port Royal, and now takes Mr. Gaines’fortune under his will, amounting to about fifty thousand dollars.

 Mr. Gaines was an exceedingly quiet man, devoting himself strictly to his humble business, and was an excellent citizen and Christian gentleman.  A Baptist for many long years, his funeral was preached Tuesday afternoon by his friend, Rev. Levi Chilton, after which the remains were interred in the cemetery at Port Royal.

 Mr. Gaines’ wife had died 12 or 15 years ago.

 Henry County Local  June 20, 1902


Gladys Garvey

 Mrs. Gladys Hughes Garvey, 85, of Hebron, died Friday, January 1, 1988, at Florence.  She was a retired music teacher; a former resident of Pleasureville; and taught music in public schools and privately for thirty-five years.

 She is survived by: one son: Gerald W. Garvey, Hebron; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. January 5th at the Hebron Lutheran Church with Rev. David Shockey officiating.  Interment was in the Hebron Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements were made by Bullock Funeral Home, Hebron.

 Henry County Local  January 7, 1988


Ella Graves

 Miss Ella Graves, at old Campbellsburg, attended the party at Van Lamaster’s Monday night, and participated in the merriment.  She went home and a few moments later was fatally burned.  She was chilled and stood near the fire in her room downstairs.  Her clothing caught fire, while she was alone, and before her screams aroused other members of the family, whom were upstairs, she was horribly burned.  She lingered in great suffering until early Wednesday morning when she died.

 Her funeral took place Thursday from the house, the services being conducted by Prof. J. W. Pearcy.

 Miss Graves’ parents are dead.  She was a sister of Tom and Sam Graves and a pleasant and worthy young woman.

 Henry County Local  January 10, 1902


Fay Hale

 Fay Ledford Hale, age 71 of Sulphur, died Tuesday, January 16, 2007, at Baptist Hospital Northeast Hospice Unit, LaGrange.  She was a native of Virginia, the daughter of the late Clarence and Axie Jackson Ledford and a homemaker.

 She is survived by her husband, Bill Hale, Sulphur; two daughters: Jean Miller, Bedford and Debbie Mazoni, Walton; one son: Donald Ray Hale, Bedford; one brother: Ray Ledford, Cynthiana; one sister: Frances Israel, Mt. Washington; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20th at Sholar Funeral Home, Pleasureville.  Rev. Carl Thomas, Emanuel Baptist Church, Mt. Washington, officiated.  Interment was in the Sulphur Cemetery.

 Henry County Local  January 24, 2007


Katye L. Hardin

 Miss Katye Lee Hardin, 36, New Castle, Deputy Henry County Circuit Court Clerk, died unexpectedly at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at her home. (Born: June 23, 1921 – Died: March 2, 1958)

 She was a member of the New Castle Methodist Church and a charter member of the Edith Foree Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.  She was serving as a deputy clerk under her father, W. E. Hardin, Henry County Circuit Court Clerk.

 She is survived by her parents: Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Hardin, New Castle; her grandmother: Mrs. Ida Hardin, New Castle; three aunts: Mrs. Effie Lee Bailey and Mrs. O. D. Turner, New Castle and Mrs. Charles Crockett, Carlisle.

 Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shannon-Prewitt Funeral Home, New Castle.  The Rev. T. C. Meador, Erwin, Tenn., officiated, assisted by Rev. C. R. Thomas, Eminence and Rev. Harold Gardner, Berea.  Interment was in the New Castle Cemetery.

 Henry County Local  1958


Anita Hayden

 Anita Hayden, age 88, of Eminence, died Wednesday, December 20, 2006.

 She is survived by one brother: Alfred “Jake” Hayden and nieces and nephews.

 Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 23rd, at the First Baptist Church, Eminence.  Interment was in the Eminence Cemetery.  Hathaway and Clark, Inc. were in charge of arrangements.

 Henry County Local  December 27, 2006


Doris Heightchew

 Doris Ann Burton McClain Heightchew, age 72 of Shelbyville, died Monday, January 8, 2007, at the Hospice Unit of Baptist Hospital Northeast, LaGrange.  She was the daughter of the late Wilmer and Hester Lewis Coomer Burton, a member of the Highland Baptist Church, Shelbyville, a retired assistant vice-president of PBI Bank in Pleasureville.

 She is survived by one son, Estle Heightchew, Jr., Louisville; one daughter: Judith McClain Sanders, Eminence; one brother: Carlos Max Burton, Petersburg; one sister: Carol Schroeder Williams, Shelbyville; two grandsons and two granddaughters.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Victor Hale, Jr., and one sister, Marie Gracey.

 Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 11th at Hall-Taylor Funeral Home, Shelbyville.  Rev. Gary Ellcessor will officiate.  Interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville.

 Henry County Local  January 10, 2007


Charldeen Herr

 Charldeen “Charlie” Herr, age 76 of Jeffersontown, died Sunday, December 3, 2006. She was the former Charldeen Kelien and a member of the Taylorsville Christian Church.

 She is survived by three children: Mrs. John (Teresa) Riggs, Mrs. Don (Karen) Wise, Henry County and Mrs. Mike (Connie) Bush; one sister, Jerry Stout; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 Funeral services were held at Fern Creek Funeral Home in Bardstown.  Interment was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

 Henry County Local  December 20, 2006


Mrs. W. A. Holland

 After a lingering and distressing illness Mrs. (Eliza J.) Holland, the beloved wife of Mr. W. A. Holland, owner and editor of the Eminence Constitutionalist, passed to the eternal home of the blessed, on Sunday morning, August 10, 1902, at 4:15 o’clock.  Mrs. Holland was a most exemplary woman.

 Her name before marriage was Miss Sallie A. VanNuys, and she was born December 1, 1838, near Campbellsburg, in Henry County.  Her parents having moved to Louisville, she was married to Mr. Holland in that city, November 29, 1854.  The husband survives, aged about 74 years, together with eight children: Edward, G. Allison, Guy, Harold, Clarence and Claud, Mrs. Mattie Stephenson and Mrs. Cassity, wife of Dr. J. C. Cassity.  Except for Edward, Clarence and Claud, who live in Texas, all the children live in Eminence.

 The deceased  had been a life long member of the Christian Church.  She was unostentatious in her religion, but had pronounced convictions, associated with deep reverence for things holy.

 Funeral services were held at the church in Eminence, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, with a large attendance of sympathizing friends.  Elder C. L. Garrison, former pastor, read the 14th chapter of John; Prof. W. S. Giltner led in prayer, and Rev. D. N. Porter, a life long friend of the family, made a few appropriate remarks dealing with the life and character of the good mother and wife.

 (DOB:  December 1, 1838    DOD: August 10, 1902    Buried:  Eminence Cemetery)

 Henry County Local  August 15, 1902


William Hoskins

 William Hoskins or “Uncle Billy,” as he was usually called, died at the home of Mrs. James Hoskins in the place last Saturday at 4 p.m., after having predicted for several days that he would die on that day.

 He was 78 years old on the 15th of last August, having been born in Knox County, KY in 1828.

 He was first married in that county to a Miss Banton.  All of his children were born there and the wife died there.  Many years ago he came to this county and settled at Lockport.  He married Miss Amanda Russell, of this county, but she died 25 years ago.

 Mr. Hoskins was for a lone time a member of the Baptist Church.  He was a genuine Christian, full of humility, longsuffering, patience and kindness.  By occupation, he was a farmer.  A life Long democrat, he was a man of much influence in politics and his favor was always sought.

 He was truly a good man and it is surely a strong testimonial to his worth that all who know him now speak his praise.

 The funeral was preached at Lockport at 2 p.m. Sunday by Rev. Morgan, who paid high tribute to his worth, and the burial took place there.  An enormous crowd was present.

 Mr. Hoskins had been in failing health for some years, but went down rapidly in the last few weeks, having a complication of diseases.

Two sons and a daughter survive – James and John and Mrs. Ella Jones of Eminence.

 Henry County Local  September 13, 1901


George Hugley

 One of New Castle’s oldest and best citizens passed away when Mr. George Hugley (1824-1901) died.  His death occurred at Tullahoma, TN, on December 21, 1901, where he had gone a few weeks ago hoping to improve in health.  He had suffered a long while with heart trouble, and that ailment took him away.  He was the son of Jacob Hugley (December 31, 1795 – January 31, 1874), and Sally Hugley (January 13, 1804 – May 18, 1848) and was one of nine children, the only one of whom now living is Mrs. Giles (Susan) Connell (born 1828).

 Mr. Hugley was married in 1854 to Miss Judith Ellis (1830 – 1915), who survives with four children – Mrs. E. D. Foree, Louisville, Mrs. Dr. Fleming and Mrs. Dr. Smith, Tullahoma, TN, Miss Ruzie and James E. Hugley (1860 – 1912) of this place.

The deceased lacked but one week of being 77 years old (born in 1824).  He was a gentleman in instinct and bearing; a man of intelligence and honorable character, respected by all who knew him.

 The remains were interred here (New Castle Cemetery) on December 23, 1901, after a short service at the house, conducted by Rev. T. J. Godbey.

 Henry County Local  January 3, 1902


Nellie Johnston

 Nellie Fay Johnston, age 87 of Bedford, died Friday, January 19, 2007.  Daughter of the late William and Nancy Franks McCane, she was retired from the Kenner Toy Company, Cincinnati.

 She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant Johnston, two sisters and four brothers.

 Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 22nd at Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home.  Rev. Russell McCane officiated.  Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Dry Ridge.

 Henry County Local  January 24, 2007

 Brandon Jones

 Brandon Jones, age 22 of Lawrenceburg, died Friday, January 26, 2007.  He was an electrician by trade and a member of Hope Community Church, Lawrenceburg.

 He is survived by his mother: Karen Fox and husband, Tony, Campbellsburg; his father: Craig Jones and wife, Julie, Austin, Texas; his fiancée: Tammy Neurohr, Lawrenceburg; two brothers: Crit and Clye Jones, both of Austin, Texas; one sister: Cadie Jones, Austin, Texas; grandparents: Shelby Richards, Shirley and Bobby McDonald, all of LaGrange; George and Hazel Fox, Bedford and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 30th at Heady Radcliffe Funeral Home, LaGrange.  Interment was in the Campbellsburg Masonic Cemetery.  Rev. Jeff Eaton officiated.

 Henry County Local  January 31, 2007 


Martha Jane Jones

 Martha Jane Jones, age 84 of New Castle, died Saturday, December 16, 2006, at Baptist Northeast Hospital Hospice Unit.  She was a member  of the New Castle First Baptist Church and the daughter of the late Fred and Cornelia Ashton Gordon. 

She is survived by one daughter: Sue Yarbrough, Bowling Green; one sister: Charlotte Gordon, Colorado Springs, CO; and two grandchildren: Jill Yarbrough, Chapel Hill, NN and James “Bo” Yarbrough, Bowling Green.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Casey Jones, one sister, Catherine Wright and one brother, Robert Gordon.

 Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 18th at Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home.  Dr. Dave Charlton, pastor of the New Castle First Baptist Church, officiated.  Interment was in the New Castle Cemetery.

 Henry County Local  December 20, 2006


Mary Kelly

 Mary Kelly, age 101 of Madison, IN, died Wednesday, January 24, 2007, at her residence.  She worked as a nurse’s aide at King’s Daughters Hospital for eighteen years and was a member of the Baptist Church in Gratz.  She was the daughter of the late Jacob Imel and Alice Crawley.

 She is survived by one daughter: Eva Kelly, Cocoa Beach, FL; one son: Randell Kelly, Carrollton; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband: Roy Kelly; three sisters: Laura May Imel, Nellie Griffin and Rose Aldridge; and three brothers: Frank, Prentice and Avery Imel.

 Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27th at Vail-Holt Funeral Home.  Interment was in the Pleasureville Cemetery.  Rev. Frank McGee officiated.

 Henry County Local  January 31, 2007


Sarah E. Kelly

 The subject of this sketch, who is the wife of Mr. Elias Kelly, of LeCompte’s Bottom, Henry County, died last Saturday night, November 1, 1902, after a long illness of about three years.  She was afflicted with cancer and dropsy.  She bore her affliction with unusual patience.  A consistent member of the Methodist Church from girlhood, she was a dutiful and affectionate wife.  Her age was about 52 years and her name before marriage was Guthrie.  The burial took place Sunday in the family cemetery.

Henry County Local  November 7, 1902


Mary E. Kephart

 Mrs. Mary E. Kephart died at her home, near North Pleasureville, September 6, 1901.  She had been delicate for years, but made a brave struggle to do her duty fully in all the relations of life.  Indeed, she was a woman of fine moral fiber with a large endowment of the spiritual element.  The world is better for her having lived in it, and her beautiful character is a rich heritage for her children.

 One June 16th, last, she was 69 years of age.  Her maiden name was Shockency, and the name of her husband, who died some years ago, was Thomas Kephart.

 The deceased left four sons in this county, all prominent farmers: W. T., J. E., W.F. and J. H.  She had one daughter, Mrs. Elijah Basye, wife of a well-known wholesale grocer, of Louisville.

 Mrs. Kephart was born and reared in Henry County, and was honored and respected by all.  She had for many years been a Methodist from sincere conviction, but her Christianity was not bounded by denominational lines.

 The funeral services were held at the house on September 8th, a large crowd attending.  The sermon was by Rev. F. F. Taliaferre, who paid a just tribute to her life and character.  Burial was in the Pleasureville Cemetery.

 Henry County Local  September 13, 1901


Janna Lee King

 Janna Lee Owens King, age 65 of New Castle, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at the Baptist Northeast Hospice Unit in LaGrange.  Daughter of the late Paul A. Owens, Sr. and Kathleen Hall Owens, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” T. King, Jr., two sisters and one brother.  She was retired from the Henry County Public School System as a custodian.

 She is survived by on son: Robert T. “Bobby” King, III, New Castle; two daughters: Robin Ann King Woods and Paula Kay King Sharp, both of Campbellsburg; one sister: Wilma Owens Price, Louisville; two brothers: Paul A. Owens, Jr., Carrollton and Roger W. Owens, Campbellsburg; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

 Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2007, at Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home.  Rev. Charles Duncan, pastor of the Eminence First Baptist Church, will officiate, and will be assisted by Steve Galyon.  Interment will be in the New Castle Cemetery.

 Henry County Local  January 17, 2007


Gladys Mae Sutton Larivey

 Gladys Mae Sutton Larivey, age 64 of New Castle, died Thursday, December 21, 2006, at Baptist Northeast-Hospice Unit, LaGrange.  She was a member of the Pleasureville Baptist Church, also a teacher in Henry County and a Deputy Clerk in the Henry County Clerk’s Office.  She was the daughter of the late John B. and Minnie Belle (Eddins) Sutton and was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Joy Shuck. 

 She is survived by her husband: Tom Larivey, New Castle; one daughter: Kelly Craig and husband, Allen, Cropper; two sisters: Betty Downey and husband, Eli, Lexington and Lee McGee and her husband, Patrick, Berea; three brothers: Vernon “Huck” Sutton and wife, Margaret, Bethlehem, Carroll Sutton and wife, Charlotte, Newport, TN and Charles “Bill” Sutton and wife, Lois, Versailles; two grandchildren: Casey and Whitney Durrett; and one great-granddaughter: Karly Mae Simpson.

 Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 23rd at Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home.  Rev. Jerry Anderson, pastor of the Pleasureville Baptist Church, officiated.  The body was cremated.


Doris Lawrence

 Doris B. Lawrence, age 80 of Campbellsburg, died Thursday, December 28, 2006, at Homestead Nursing Center, New Castle.  She was the daughter of the late Dr. Can and Sally Douglas Bentley, a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association and a proud member of Delta Kappa Gamma. 

She is survived by her husband, Chester Baker Lawrence, Sr., Campbellsburg; two sons: Chester B. Lawrence, Jr., and Doug Lawrence, both of Campbellsburg; one brother: Can Bentley, Neon; one sister: Addie Rutherford, Warner Robbins, GA; one grandson and two granddaughters.

 Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 30th at Ransdell Funeral Home, Campbellsburg.  Rev. Carl Rucker and Rev. Frank Brooks officiated.  Interment was in the New Castle Cemetery.

 Henry County Local  January 3, 2007


Minnie Singleton Lindsey

 Mrs. Minnie Singleton Lindsey (1867-1902), wife of William Lindsey, died at her home near here last Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. after several years illness from consumption.  Funeral services were held at the house Wednesday at 10:30 by Revs. L. S. Chilton and L. M. Theobold and the burial took place immediately after in the Port Royal Cemetery.  Mrs. Lindsey was 35 years of age, had been married 12 years, and had been a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church since childhood. 

 Henry County Local  December 12, 1902


Sallie A. Maddox

 Died at her home near Drennon Springs, Henry County, Ky., February 22, 1902, Mrs. Sallie A. Maddox, wife of Mr. F. M. Maddox, aged 77 years, 6months and 12 days.  Mrs. Maddox was the daughter of Mr. Samuel Jones, commonly known as Uncle Sammie, who was widely known minister of the Primitive Baptist Church, for many years County Commissioner of Common Schools for Henry County.  She was married in 1844 to Mr. F. M. Maddox.  Three children, the joy of her old age, blessed their union – two daughters and a sons.  They are Mrs. Squire Francis Jones, Mrs. James Roberts and Mr. J. S. Maddox, all of whom are well and favorably known and living monuments to the tender watch-care and thoughtful love of their mother. 

Henry County Local  March 7, 1902


John McMorris

 Resolutions of respect, to our brother and deacon John McMorris, of the Baptist Church of Hillsboro, Henry County, who died October 10, 1902. 

Henry County Local  November 7, 1902