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Nicholas Eugene "Gene" Hardesty


Nicholas Eugene “Gene” Hardesty, age 60, of Guston, died Monday (5/02) at his residence.  He is survived by his wife, Debra West Hardesty; two children, Elizabeth Ann Heightchew of Salem, IN, and Nicholas T. Hardesty of Guston, five grandchildren, 4 brothers, Tommy Hardesty of Brandenburg, Patrick Hardesty of Nashville, TN, Marvin Hardesty of Hodgenville, KY and David Hardesty of Georgetown, KY; two sisters, Mary Nell Yustas of Brandenburg, KY and Dorothy Bridges, Franklin, TN. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday (5/06), at St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Catholic Church in Payneville.  Burial will follow in St. George Cemetery in Brandenburg.  Visitation will be held from 2-8 PM on Thursday (5/05) at the Hager Funeral Home; and at the church from 9:00 AM until the time service Friday (5/06).  Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations  to the Meade County 4-H & FFA Livestock Program, c/o Meade County Extension Office, 1041 Old Ekron Road, Brandenburg, KY  40108; or to the National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, 301 E. Main Street, Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40202.

Margaret Lucille Thompson


Margaret Lucille Thompson, age 90, of Brandenburg, died Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Hardin Memorial Hospital. She is survived by four children; Rebecca Mattie Greer, Herbert Lee Thompson, Jr., Gary Gene Thompson and David Lane Thompson all of Brandenburg, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday (5/07) at 2 P.M. EDT at New Brandenburg Baptist Church. Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Marjorie E. Gill Shipley


Marjorie E. Gill Shipley, age 79, of Brandenburg, KY died Monday (5/02). She is survived by her husband, John S. Shipley, Jr.; 2 daughters, Lee Ann Craig of Georgetown, KY and Melissa Boone of LaGrange, KY; 2 sons, John S. Shipley, III of Shelby Co., KY and Gregory Shipley of Payneville, KY; 8 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday (5/06) at 11 A.M. EDT at the First Baptist Church in Brandenburg, KY. Visitation will be held Thursday (5/05) from 2-8 P.M. EDT and Friday (5/06) after 9 A.M. EDT at Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 701 W. Mohammed Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203.

Daryl Taylor


Daryl Taylor, 52 of Hardinsburg died Monday (5/02). He is survived by his wife; Tammy Taylor, his mother; Pauline White of Madrid, a son; Phillip Taylor of Hardinsburg, 4 step-children; Sarah Tabor of Bewleyville, Amanda Conner of Falls of Rough, Rebecca Davis of Elizabeth, IN., and Stephanee VanMatre of Hardinsburg, 2 sisters; Lisa Frank of Elizabethtown and Melissa O'Connell of Fairdale, a brother; Jody Wells of Columbus, IN., and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday (5/05) at 7 p.m. at Trent Dowell Funeral Home. Friends may call Trent Dowell Funeral Home Thursday (5/04) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to the Daryl Taylor Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

Joseph R. "Doc" Arnold


Joseph R. “Doc” Arnold, 85, of Lodiburg, KY, died Sunday (5/01) at U of L Hospital in Louisville, KY. He is survived by his children: Ruby Mae Hall of Wolf Creek, KY, Victoria Sue Wyatt of Brandenburg, Joseph Bruce Arnold of Hardinsburg, Lisa Gail Arnold of Louisville, Nathan Arnold of Guston, Travis Aaron of Brandenburg and Joseph Daniel Arnold of Lodiburg; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. EDT on Thursday (5/05) at Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home with burial to follow in New Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 until 8 P.M. EDT, Wednesday (5/04) and after 9 A.M. Thursday (5/04) at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchman’s Lane Suite 401 Louisville, KY 40205-3284.

Ray Mackey


Ray Mackey, age 88 of Elizabethtown, died Saturday (4/30). He is survived by 7 children, Anne Rae Wright of Bardstown, Ray Allan Mackey of Glendale, Scott Mackey of Madisonville, David Mackey of Glendale, Roger Mackey of Elizabethtown, Carol Hinton of Glen Dean, Sarah Mackey of Columbus, OH., 16 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held  at Gilead Baptist Church at 2 pm (ET) on Friday (5/06) with burial in the Mackey Cemetery on Mackey Road south of Glendale. Visitation will be held at the Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown on Thursday (5/05) from 3 pm (ET) until 8 pm (ET); and on Friday (5/06) from 9 am (ET)-1 pm (ET) at the Brown Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ray Mackey Lincoln Trail Ag Alumni Scholarship Fund, mailed to Lincoln Trail Ag Alumni 3098 Sandy Hill Road, or drop off at any Cecilian Bank locations. 

Mary M. Harper


Mary M. Harper, 75 of Cloverport died Saturday (4/30) at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She is survived by 2 daughters Barbara Sosh and Kaylen Marksberry, 2 sons; Rickey Harper and Tim Harper, 1 brother, 4 sisters, 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday (5/05) at 1 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home with burial in the Cloverport Cemetery. Friends may call Burns Funeral Home Wednesday (5/04) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bobby Joe Tomes


Bobby Joe Tomes, 68 of Guston died Friday (4/29) at his residence. He is survived by his wife; Betty Tomes, a sister; Shirley Devore of Louisville, 2 daughters; Melissa Lucas of Florida and Karen Fogle of Elizbethtown, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A memorial services will be held Tuesday (5/03) at 6 p.m. EDT at Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg. Friends may call the Hager Funeral Home Tuesday (5/03) after 3 p.m. EDT. until time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to Hosparus of Central Kentucky in Elizabethtown.

Barbara J. Epling


Barbara J. Epling, 86, of Louisville, KY died Sunday (4/24) at the Christian Health Center in Louisville.  Visitation will be held at Alexander Funeral Home in Irvington on Friday (4/29) from 9:00am to 1:00pm with service to follow at 1:00pm.

Donald Lee Dennis


Donald Lee Dennis, age 55, of Leitchfield, died Tuesday (4/26) at his residence. He is survived by a son Nathan Dennis; a daughter Teela Meredith; two step-sons: Billy Portman and Larry Portman, Jr.; two step-daughters: Misty Embry and Angel Smith; three brothers Scotty, Larry and John Dennis; three sisters: Alma Brown, Joyce Wilkerson and Barbara Haycraft; several Grandchildren and one Great-grandchild. A Memorial Service will be held Friday (4/29) at 1:00 PM CST at Rogers-Oller Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Friday (4/29) at 11:00 AM CST until time of service.