April 30, 2020

Born in: Merry Oaks, KY
Resided in: Glasgow, KY

Roma “Jean” Pursley, 84, of Glasgow, KY passed away peacefully Thursday April 30th at her residence. She was born on September 19, 1935 in Merry Oaks, KY. The daughter of the late Audrey E. and Allie Myers Allen. Jean was a homemaker and retired from Barren River State Park. She was a member of Merry Oaks United Methodist Church. She has been attending Lawrence Chapel Missionary Baptist Church for several years where she played the piano. She loved red birds and enjoyed working puzzles. Up until recently, she worked as a home volunteer for Barren County Elementary Schools preparing material for classroom activity and anything else the schools asked of her.

She is survived by her daughters, Sheila Bunch (William “Willie”) of Glasgow and Connie Lyon of Smiths Grove; 3 grandchildren, Justin Lyon (Kellye), Joey Bunch (Melissa), Lindsey Hood (Greg); 7 great grandchildren, Mason Bunch, Reagan Lyon, Jaycee Bunch, Bailee Bunch, Ali Hood, Holdon Bunch, Mia Hood, and one sweet boy arriving in August; a sister-in-law, Glenna Allen of Park City; a longtime companion, Roger Milburn; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Pursley; 3 brothers, “Bill” Allen, Walter Allen, Rodney Allen; 3 sisters, Hilda Furlong, Dorothy “Dot” Witty, and Viola Allen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial donation may be made to Merry Oaks Cemetery c/o Ronnie Pennycuff 128 Merry Oaks Payne Road Smiths Grove, KY 42171 or to the American Cancer Society 952 Fairview Avenue Suite #4 Bowling Green, KY 42101.

A funeral celebration for Jean Pursley will be Saturday, May 2nd at the A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in the Merry Oaks Cemetery. There will be a live stream at 3 PM Saturday, May 2nd where friends and family may visit to participate in the celebration. A drive through visitation to greet the family will be held from 2 PM until 3 PM at the A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home. We will ask that you please remain in your cars during the visitation. A. F. Crow & Son is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Pursley. Please share your condolences with the family at

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  1. Shelia, Connie and Joey,
    I have known Jean for years. Wonderful lady! So very sorry and saddened to learn of her passing. You all have our prayers, May God bless and keep you and give you strength and a peace in knowing she is home.

  2. Prayers for Sheila, Connie & your families. May god bless and hold you in his arms.

  3. Sheila sorry to hear about your Mom I know you will miss her very much prayers for you and your family

  4. Sheila, Connie and families, Thinking of and praying for comfort and peace for all.

  5. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Jason & Bonita Poore

  6. Sheila, Connie & families…Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I’m so very sorry that you, too, are having to go through this at this particular time. If I can do anything for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  7. Jean has now moved on to a wonderful life. I’m sure she is flashing that pretty smile at GOD and HE is welcoming her to that mansion HE has prepared for her. I pray that GOD unfailing grace will soften the hurt and bring the peace and hope your heart needs to heal. What a joy to know there are better things ahead than what she was experiencing…………Holding you close in thought and prayer……LaVerne

  8. I am so sorry she was a great lady. I was thinking about all the meals I had with them. All of you are in my prays

  9. Dear family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace. What a special lady Nannie Jean was to so many. Her light shines through all of you. May God fill your hearts with His love and lift you up with His with his spirit.

    In Him,
    Stuart and Rebecca Warren

  10. Connie,Sheila,Bro. Joey and all the family. You have my sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. She and all the Allen family have been dear friends and neighbors of the Bishop all my life.I am so sorry that you cannot have a normal visitation and funeral. I would have liked to come.I pray the Good Lord gives you peace and comfort.

  11. Shelia,Connie and all the family
    Thank you for sharing your Mom with me for all these years. She has been such a blessing.
    I am going to miss her but I’m so thankful she is no longer in pain and getting to rejoice in the presence of God.
    Love and prayers

  12. Sheila, Bro. Willie&all the family, Me& Billy are so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady & will be missed. You all have always been there for us. If there is anything at all that you need, don’t hesitate to call. We love y’all & are praying for all of you.

  13. She was everybody’s Mama and Nannie Jean, whichever one we needed her to be. She’ll be greatly missed.

  14. Sheila & Joey –
    Sending love and prayers to your family. She was such a sweet lady who adored her family. Thinking of you in this difficult time.
    Tracy (Goodman) Starnes

  15. Dear Connie and Sheila, I just heard of your loss! I’m so sorry for you all! Your mom was always the most beautiful and sweetest lady I ever knew! Please know y’all are in my thoughts and prayers!!
    Love you all,
    Madonna M. Young

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