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Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.
Danville-Boyle County, Kentucky

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Send payments to Treasurer, Carolyn Crabtree, Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.; P. O. Box 24, Parksville, KY 40464

Shirley Ellis Sheperson

"Kentucky has lost a great friend to its history and genealogy researchers."
Shirley Ellis Sheperson passed away on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at her home in Danville, Kentucky at the age of 90. She was born to Cecil and Alma Whitehouse Ellis on 6 February 1930 in Gravel Switch, KY.
Shirley was the widow of Louis Sheperson who passed away in 1990 after 38 years of marriage.

Surviving are four sisters, Jewell Deene Ellis, Kaye Ellis Thurman, Karen Ellis Marsee and Marlena Ellis. Also surviving is one brother, Dale Ellis. Shirley was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers, Barbara Ellis Taylor, Wilma Ellis Ewbank, Cecil Ellis, Jr., Darrell Ellis and Barry Ellis. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Mildred Ellis, Margaret Ellis, Millie Ellis and brother in-law Clifton Taylor, as well as, a host of nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Shirley grew up in the Forkland Community and graduated from Forkland High School. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and spent her 32-year career as a County Extension Agent in Family and Consumer Science in Casey County.

She was the first chair of the Forkland Festival, a position that she held for twenty-five years. She worked tirelessly to establish the Forkland Lincoln Museum and was involved in many local and state historical groups. One of her many passions was genealogy. Her many awards included the Distinguished Service Award from both the National and State Extension Service and the Hall of Fame Award from the University of Kentucky School of Human and Environmental Sciences. Shirley was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and a member of the Danville Church of Christ for the last fifteen years.

A private graveside service was held Saturday, 28 November 2020 at Elder Cemetery in the Forkland Community. Casket bearers were her nephews; Kevin Ellis, Scott Taylor, Chad Ellis, Steve Taylor, Charlie Ellis, Tim Ellis, Brian Ellis, Aaron Marsee, and Nick Marsee. Honorary casket bearers are her nieces: Darra Thompson, Melissa Wells, Annette Scanlon, Lourrae Myers, Anne Milburn, Pippa Hunt, Sara Comley, Polly Hosay, and Michelle Word.

Memorial contributions in memory of Shirley may be made to the Forkland Community Center or Elder Cemetery.

Walden Funeral Home in Perryville
was in charge of the arrangements.


The Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. of Danville, Kentucky, would like to invite you to our meetings every third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m., unless indicated differently on the Calendar page.  The meeting location is the Boyle County Public Library at the corner of Broadway and Third Street, Danville unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome to come hear interesting speakers, including non-members.  BECAUSE OF THE COVID VIRUS ALL MEETINGS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

For those of you who are fans, you will also enjoy the group site there called "You may be from Boyle County if ...."  The site contains many old pictures of our county, also with interesting tidbits about schools, people, places and events.  Try it out and see if you don't enjoy it.


To those of you who are interested in receiving our e-mail newsletter every two months, the following memberships are available:  Individual membership - $10, Family Membership - $15, Student membership - $7, and Corporate Sponsor - $100,  For mailed paper copies of the newsletter, please add $5 to to any of the above memberships in order to cover postage.  Send your membership dues to Carolyn Crabtree, treasurer; Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. (BCGHS); P.O. Box 24, Parksville, KY 40464. 

An example of the newsletter can be read at January 2017


REMEMBER: All dues-paying members of Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. get a 10% discount on any of the books that the group is selling.   Just make sure that we are aware of this when you order your product.  This discount does not apply to the Newsletter.


For those of you who need help with genealogy you may receive free help at the Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum on Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 pm from May -October or by appointment at other times.  The museum and genealogy center there is open every Saturday from May 4th - October 26.  We welcome visitors to the museum on those Saturdays and again, by appointment at other times.  For appointments call Wayne Thurman at 859-936-7489 or e-mail him at  You may also e-mail Carolyn Crabtree at


Contact Information:
Mike Denis or Carolyn Crabtree
Boyle County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 24
Parksville, KY 40464-0125