Obituaries published in the Jessamine Journal 1.31.19

Published 10:55 am Thursday, January 31, 2019

Danny L. Barnes

Sept. 17, 1953 – Jan. 23, 2019

Danny L. Barnes, age 65, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. He was born on Sept. 17, 1953 in Lexington, Kentucky to the late Leroy and Jearl Jewel Cuzick Barnes.

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Danny was a retired machinist and a believer in the Baptist Faith. Survivors include two sons Danny Ray Barnes and Willy (Doris) Barnes, one daughter Kathy (Junior) Barnett, two siblings Donald Ray Barnes and Nancy Jane Bowman, nine grandchildren Danny Aaron Barnes, Tiffany Ray Barnes, Heather Ray Barnes, Brenda Jane Barnett, Amber Leeann Barnett, Angela Darlene Barnes, Chansey Lee Barnes, “Little” William Dean Barnes and Presley Renee Johnson and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at Betts & West Funeral Home with Pastor David Sanders officiating. Burial was in the Barnes Family Cemetery. The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Casket bearers were Willy Barnes, Little Willy, Danny R. Barnes, James Mitchell, Mike Azbil and Paul Rhodus. Online guestbook at

James L. Merida

July 26, 1932 – Jan. 25, 2019

James L. “Buck” Merida, 86, of Nicholasville, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 in Lexington, Ky. Born July 26, 1932 in Garrard County, he was a son of the late William Merida and Ophelia Oakes Arnold. 

Buck had been a barber for many years, retired from the Nicholasville Post Office where he had worked 25 years and had been a longtime employee of a local Nicholasville funeral home. He was also an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a longtime and faithful member of Edgewood Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Merida.

He is survived by his best friend and wife, Juanita Woods Merida of Nicholasville, and a large host of nieces, nephews & great nieces and nephews. Buck’s funeral service was held noon Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 at Edgewood Baptist Church in Nicholasville, by Revs. Bob Blankenship & Donnie Reed. Burial with military rites took place at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeffrey & Brian Durham, George, Billy Ray, Cliff and Matthew Woods. Honorary bearers will be John West, Danny Patrick & Members of the Jim Smith Sunday School Class. Visitation was held Monday, Jan. 28th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Edgewood Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy go to the Hospice of the Bluegrass. Friends and family may leave special memories or condolences on his tribute page at

Ramsey-Young Funeral Home, Lancaster in charge of arrangements.

Judy Faye Harrison

Aug. 5, 1953 – Jan. 28, 2019

Judy Faye Harrison, 65, died Jan. 28, 2019. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Victor L. Roberts

March 6, 1970 – Jan. 26, 2019

Hager & Cundiff was honored to serve the family of Victor Roberts, beloved father of Heather, Christina, Joshua, and Brandon, loving grandfather of 13 grandchildren.