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Joseph Marshall Gill, 89, of Harrodsburg, widower of Nellie Lou Steele Gill, died Sunday, March 4, 2018, at his home in Harrodsburg.

Born June 16, 1928, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Charles C. and Mary C. Brammell Gill. 

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war. He was a teacher for Mercer County School System for 35 years and helped educate over 6,000 students in his career. He coached basketball, football and baseball for 15 years.

He was a member and former deacon at the Harrodsburg United Presbyterian Church. He loved his students, but animals, horses especially, ranked very high on his list.

He was also past president of the Optimist club and the Pioneer Saddle Club, of which he was a founding member, and was a member of the American Legion, Kentucky Walking Horse Association and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2014. He was also a member of the National Walking Horse Association, Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, Kentucky High School Coaches Association and the Mercer County Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include: one daughter, Jennifer G. (Phillip) Dobbs of Lexington, and  one grandson, Justin Lee Gill Dobbs of Lexington.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Emma Margaret Rogers.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Harrodsburg United Presbyterian Church with Bert Eyester officiating. A private burial will be held in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville.

Visitation 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, at the church

Memorial contributions  are suggested to Harrodsburg United Presbyterian Church, 326 South Main Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Ransdell Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at



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