Casey  County Obituaries


Casey County Obituaries

Contributed By: Rochelle Riordan

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Wednesday, November 17, 1982


"Willie Thomas, 73, died at his residence in the Windsor community last Friday following a tractor accident.

"Casey County Coroner Bobby McKinney pronounced Thomas dead in his barn behind his home near the Casey-Russell County line on KY 910.

"Since no one saw the accident occur, McKinney said it was difficult to determine exactly what happened. He thinks that Thomas was probably standing on the ground when he started the tractor.

"'He had it in gear and when it started moving, we think he tried to get on the tractor and it threw him off,' McKinney said.

"Gary Burton, an emergency medical technician with the Casey County Ambulance Service, was driving by Thomas' residence when he saw a tractor running by itself.

"After going out of the barn, the tractor ran through one fence and then continued to another fence where it became lodged. Burton cut the engine off.

"According to McKinney, Thomas was still alive when Burton got to where he was lying, but he died within a few seconds after calling for help once.

"McKinney ordered an autopsy.

"'I though he may have suffered a heart attack,' said McKinney. But the preliminary autopsy report indicated that Mr. Thomas suffered a broken neck.

"Mr. Thomas who was a farmer, is survived by his wife, Dorothy Thomas; three children, Dale Thomas of Lexington, Janouise Swanson of  Louisville, and June Ragle of Jamestown; and 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

"Other survivors include six brothers, Othello of Windsor, Louie of Rantoul, Ill/. Noble and Beecher of Somerset, James of Cincinnati, and Eddie of Orange City, Fla.; and four sisters, Ersie Riggins of Windsor, Mayme Garreau and Lynell Duncan of Merced, Calif., and Louise Forman of Somerset.

"He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna Tarter Thomas, on Sept. 7, 1973.

"Funeral services were Monday afternoon, Nov. 15, at Cedar Springs Baptist Church. Brother Warren Carrol and Brother Vertis Tarter officiated. Special music was arranged by Brother Neil Wade.

"Pallbearers were his nephews and grandsons. Burial was in Cedar Springs Cemetery in Windsor.

"Rippetoe Funeral Home in Russell Springs was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, September 29, 1955


"R.C. Vaught, 12, died on Saturday evening of last week when he and two of his brothers overturned a car on the Antioch Hill. The accident happened on the north side of the hill on loose gravel. The car is reported to have turned over two or three times as they were passing another car and rammed into the western side cut.

"He was born on February 9, 1943, the son of Howard and Blanch Luttrell Vaught.

"A student at the Phil school and regular attendant of the Antioch Christian Church, he was an exceptionally fine lad and well liked by everyone.

"Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Arthur and Marvin Vaught, both of whom were in the accident with him. Marvin was hospitalized for about two days.

"Funeral services were held at Poplar Grove on Tuesday morning of this week. Music was furnished by Mrs. Mildred Helm, the Casey County Quartet, and the Baptist Church choir.

"Pallbearers were Tony Haggard, Artise Mills, Garland Hoskins, Ronnie Wethington, and George Murphy. Flower girls and boys were his schoolmates, Jerry Tarter, Jimmy Tucker, Jim Coffey, R.C. Cain, Maxine Anderson, Shirley Holt, Penny Cain, Sharlene Russell, and Roxie Wilkinson."

"Casey County News", Wednesday, November 12, 1986


Larry Wayne Vest

"The body of a Casey County man missing since Oct. 25 was discovered Friday morning over a 200-foot cliff in Mercer County.

"Larry Wayne Vest, 24, of Route 6, Liberty died late that day after his pickup truck went out of control on U.S. 68 and plunged over the cliff.

"Vest had last been seen around midnight Oct. 25 as he left a pig roast held on the Kentucky River east of Harrodsburg.

"Mercer County Coroner Larry Sanders said Vest died of massive skull fractures and massive facial fractures and lacerations sustained in the accident.

"Sanders said he pronounced Vest dead at the scene on Friday at 11:35 a.m. He said authorities have established that the accident occurred at approximately 11:35 p.m. on Oct. 25. Vest died instantly, Sanders said.

"According to a state police report, the accident occurred 10.8 miles east of Harrodsburg as Vest was traveling east in his 1985 Ford Ranger pickup truck.

"The accident report states that Vest lost control of his vehicle and it crossed a guardrail before plunging over the cliff.

"The wreckage of the vehicle was discovered around 10:30 a.m. Friday by Mrs. Barbara Bowen, said Sanders. He said Mrs. Bowen was walking along Palisades  Road,  where she lives, and noticed the wreckage of Vest's pickup truck.

"Sanders said Mrs. Bowen notified the Mercer County Sheriff's Department of the wreckage.

"Sanders noted that Vest's vehicle had cleared the guardrail as it left the highway and went over the embankment. There were no skid marks on the highway to indicate an accident, he said.

"According to Sanders, the wreckage of the truck was found beneath a ledge with the front end against a tree.

"Sanders said it took authorities about 40 minutes to climb the cliff and reach the accident site. The Mercer County Rescue Squad was involved in the recovery of the body.

"According to Sanders, the wreckage had apparently been hidden by the leaves which were still on trees until late last week. Rains which took leaves off most trees aided in the discovery of the wreckage, he said.


"Larry Wayne Vest of Route 6, Liberty died Saturday, Oct. 25, 1986 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Mercer County. He was 24 years old.

"Born in Somerset on Nov. 14, 1961, he was the son of George W. and Faustine G. Spears Vest, who survive on Route 6, Liberty.

"He was a salesperson for Harrodsburg Floor Coverings.

"Besides his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Wallace and Lucy Vest of Liberty; two sisters, Kathy Watson and Tracey Vest, both of Liberty; a brother-in-law, Chris Watson; and a niece, Jacqueline Watson.

"Maternal grandparents, Roy and Nina Spears, preceded him in death.

"The funeral was Nov. 9 at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Carter officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Hill Cemetery.

"Pallbearers were Tommy Cravens, Junior Warner, Steve Warner, Steve Spears, Johnny Johnson and Alex Cain."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Wednesday, May 17, 1989


"Lucy Frances Vest, Route 6, Liberty died Sunday, May 14, 1989 at Friendship House in Danville. She was 76 years old.

"Born in Casey County on April 29, 1913, she was a daughter of the late Marion and Flora Roberts Elmore.

"She was a housewife and a cook at Garrett School for 14 years. She was a member of Eubank Church of Christ.

"Survivors include her husband, Wallace Vest; two sons, Garland Vest of Danville and George Vest of Liberty; two brothers, Charlie Elmore of Liberty and Edgar Elmore of Walton, Ky.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

"Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ethridge Elmore; two sisters, Rosie Cochran and Lola Spaw; and a grandson, Larry Vest.

"Funeral services were May 16 at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Carter officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Hill Cemetery.

"Pallbearers were Steven Vest, Jodie Vest, Hubble Stafford, Robert Pierce, Scott Stafford and Chris Watson."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, May 14, 1970


"Carlisle Walters, 82, well-known farmer of Thomas Ridge and retired postmaster, died at the McDowell Hospital on May 9, 1970,

"He was born on May 30, 1888, the son of W.H. and Cora Luttrell Walters.

"He was married to Flossie Meeks on June 3, 1917. She survives.

"He was the father of Mrs. Aurel Lawson, Cincinnati; Mrs. Lettie Jasper, Ft. Collins, Colo.; Mrs. Frances Riggins, Evona; Roy Walters, Nancy; and Mrs. Mary Jo Green, Columbia. There are 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

"He was a brother of Louie Walters, Wade Walters, and Mrs. Eva Meeks, Dunnville; Mrs. Ada Thomas, Burden, Ill.; and Mrs. Grace Sanders, Hazard.

"Services were held at the Oak Grove Baptist Church on Monday afternoon. Burial was in the church cemetery.

:McKinney-Barton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, November 30, 1978


"Flossie Walters, widow of Carlisle Walters, died at the age of 80 at the Casey County Memorial Hospital on Saturday, November 25.

"The deceased, a resident of Route 1, Dunnville, was the daughter of C.C. and Isabell McDonald Meeks, both deceased.

"Surviving are five children; Aurel Lawson of Dunnville, Lettie Jasper, Colo.; Frances Riggins, Mintonville; Ray Walters, Nancy; and Mary Jo Green, Tennessee.

"Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four brothers and sisters. They are Laura Thomas, Dunnville; Hester Russell, Liberty; Melvie Meeks, Russell Springs; and Leslie Meeks, Cincinnati.

"Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 1978, with the Rev. Everett Delk officiating.

"McKinney-Brown Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

"Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), August 25, 1993 edition 


"Cecil Marcus Wheeler of Naples, Fla., died Thursday, August 19, 1993 at Naples Community Hospital.

"He was the son of the late Thomas F. and Sadie B. Wheeler of Hustonville.

"He was one of only two people in the world with expertise in water pollution problems. He worked as a consultant in this field with the United Nations, South Africa, Brazil, Cameron and Austria among those who sought his help. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.

"Survivors include his wife, Katherine Tapscott Wheeler; a daughter, Cecilia K. Wheeler of Long Island, NY; two sisters, Hazel Gooch of Danville and Josphine Morgan of Liberty.

"Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister.

"Graveside services were August 22 at Hustonville Cemetery with the Rev. Don Barnett officiating.

"Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Wednesday, June 29, 1988


"Agnes White, Route 2, Liberty, died Thursday, June 23, 1988 at the Casey County Hospital. She was 71 years old.

"Born in Dunnville on Dec. 16, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Hanable and Alice McDonald Thomas.

"She was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church.

"Survivors include a son, Ronald White of Liberty; three brothers, Therlow and C.J. Thomas, both of Liberty and Ralph Thomas of Inglewood, Calif.; three sisters, Margie LaFavers of Liberty, Elizabeth Terry of Dunnville and Opal McKeen of Columbia, S.C.

"Preceding her in death were her parents; a grandchild; and two sisters, Evelyn Neat and Blanche Thomas.

"Services were June 25 at Antioch Cemetery with Bro. Barkley Brown officiating.

"McKinney-Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News", Thursday, October 6, 1966


 "Earl Wilham, 65, died of a heart attack Monday morning at his home at Labascus.

"He was a merchant at Labascus.

"He was born October 30, 1900, the son of Jake and Ann Baldock Wilham.

"He was a brother (sic) of Delmer Wilham, West Chester, Ohio; Mrs. Demaris Holdren, Reading, Ohio; Mrs. Ruth Davenport, Phil; and Harold Wilham, rural Liberty.

"There are 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

"He was a brother of Elbert Wilham, Argyle; Marion Wilham, Liberty; Clarence Wilham, Ohio; Frank Wilham, Indiana; Mrs. Louranda Martin, Ohio; and a half sister, Mrs. Ella Henderson, Ohio.

"Services were held Wednesday morning at Bruce's Chapel, with Revs. Jesse Davis and Edward Martin officiating.

"Burial was in South Fork Cemetery.

"Bartle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), May 24, 1979 


"Mrs. Stella Moran Wilham of Rt. 6, Liberty, died Monday morning, May 21, 1979 at Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio. She was 83.

"She was born in Casey County on August 14, 1895 to the late George and Sarah Frances Terry Moran.

"She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Damaris Burns, Cincinnati and Mrs. Retha Davenport of Dunnville; two sons, Delmer Ray Wilham, Xenia, Ohio, and Harold Dean Wilham of Liberty; three sisters, Mrs. Dora Rodgers, Liberty, Mrs. Nellie McAninch, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Bessie Wilson of Harrodsburg; two brothers, Esker Moran, Hastings, Michigan, and Alford Moran of Georgetown, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

"Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 1979 at Bruce's Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Orville Meece officiating. Burial was in South Fork Cemetery.

"Bartle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Wednesday, April 22, 1992


"Rachel Ellen Witt of Urbana, Ill. died Thursday, April 16, 1992 at Americana Health Care Center in Champaign, Ill. She was 98 years old.

"Born in Casey County on Jan. 7, 1894, she was a daughter of the late Grant and Millie McDonald.

"She was a housewife and a member of Green Valley Separate Baptist Church, where she served as church clerk and Sunday school teacher for many years. She was the widow of U.S. "Babe" Witt.

"Survivors include a daughter, Beulah Davis of Urbana, Ill.; five grandchildren, three step grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild and seven step great-great grandchildren.

"Funeral services were April 18 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel in Illinois with the Rev. Harold Roberts officiating.

"Local services were April 19 at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Mosley officiating. Burial was at Green River Valley Cemetery."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, July 29, 1965


"U. S. "Babe" Witt, 89, died at his home early Saturday morning of last week after a long illness. He had critically ill for tow or three years.

"He was born in Taylor County on October 23, 1875, the son of James and Sarah Bell Witt. For many years he had made his home near Rheber.

"His first marriage was to Lucy Evans in 1902. She died on July 25, 1907.

"His second marriage was to Rachel McDonald on February 21, 1915. She survives.

"Surviving is a son by his first marriage, Earl Witt; and by his second marriage, Mrs. Beulah Davis, of Champaign, Ill. There are eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

"He was a brother of Welby Witt, Yosemite; Mrs. Celestia Witt, Cincinnati; and Mrs. Tilda Rae, Kansas.

"He was a well-liked man in his community and one of the county's best citizens.

"Services were held at the Green River Valley Baptist Church with Dr. L.C. Young and Rev. Woodrow Damron officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

"Bartle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."