Kathryn Lanham Roller, 94, Danville, was called to eternal rest on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.
Kathryn was born Wednesday, Feb 9, 1927, in a L&N Railroad house in Aliceton, Boyle County, grew up in the railroad town of Gravel Switch, Marion County, and lived her last years at The Homeplace at Midway. She was the daughter of the late Clay Thornton Lanham and Margaret Bandy Lanham. Jessie Thomas (Tom) Roller, her husband of 59 years, died in 2003.
Kathryn was a lifelong Baptist. She was a member of the North Rolling Fork Baptist when she and Tom lived in the Forkland area of Boyle and Marion Counties. She joined First Baptist Church of Danville in 1952, and was member for over 50 years. She was a member of Lexington Avenue Baptist at the time of her death.
Kathryn retired April 1, 1988 after working 32 years for Western Kentucky Gas (now Atmos Energy) in Danville. During those years, she was a member of the Danville Business and Professional Woman Club and worked on many projects with the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce. Kathryn and Tom were great lovers of travel and visited all 50 states.
She was a past member and treasurer of the Danville-Boyle County Genealogical Association, a lifetime member of Forkland Community Center, Boyle County, and the director of the Family History and Old Documents display at the Annual Forkland Heritage Festival for 21 years. She was a member of St. Asaph Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by: her half-brother, John Lanham, who died with his mother, Mary E. Drugan Lanham, during the flu pandemic of 1919; her brother, Carl L. Lanham and his wife, Jewell (Burns) Lanham; her niece, Connie J. (Lanham) and husband, Jerry Murphy; great-niece, Leslie D. (Murphy) Barr; her nephew, Bradley Thomas Lanham; her great-nephew, Mark Lee "Mr. Bluegrass" Lanham; her only sister, Edna Helen (Lanham) Wilson; and infant great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Joy Roller; and all of her husband's sisters, brothers and their spouses.
She leaves to cherish her memory: two sons, Thomas L Roller and wife, Judy Bickerstaff of Fort Myers, Florida and Daniel A. Roller and wife, D. Adele Dickerson of Midway; two grandsons, Christopher Thomas Roller and Benjamin Joseph Roller, wife, Sheena Mendenhall Roller; and great-granddaughter, Olivia Ann Roller, all of Kentucky; and her only granddaughter, Margaret Kathryn Roller (Darin) Bassett of Indianapolis, Indiana; one brother-in-law, Jesse Franklin Wilson; nephews, nieces and their families include: Jerry L. (Joyce Wilson) Lanham and family, Mona Lisa Lanham (Rex) Whitlock and family, Neil T. (Jackie Deep) Lanham and family, Debbie Smith Lanham and family, Margaret Claydean Wilson (Phill K.) McCallon and family and great-niece Carla Murphy (Doug) Harris and family; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Special friends include: fellow genealogical researcher and cousin, Audrey Lanham Smothers; close friend and travel companion, Wanda McDermott Hafley and Deborah Whitt, who as a second grader at KSD, inspired Kathryn to learn and use American Sign Language for the rest of her life.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home, Danville, with burial in Bellevue Cemetery in Danville.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Jerry Lanham, Phill McCallon, Darin Bassett, Benjamin Roller, Jesse McCallon, and Barry Harmon.
Memorial contributions are preferred to Lexington Avenue Baptist Church and Forkland Community Center.
Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published by The Lebanon Enterprise from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2021.