Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Our firm traces its roots back, deep into the 20th century, when our first facility was dedicated. Many years later, this location has seen renovations and changes, but has always been and will continue to be an integral part of this community.
Over the years, the original mission of the firm hasn't changed. We have always intended to provide the best, most professional services, complemented by the finest products. Today, we pride ourselves on being current with the major changes in funeral service trends - and bring those innovations and memorialization options to our client families with integrity and insight.
Our Valued Staff
Shane Young, Managing Partner/Funeral Director & Embalmer Since 1992
Joined Ramsey Funeral Home October 2006. Shane Young grew up in the Highland community of Lincoln County. He has been in the funeral business since 1988, having worked at all four Carriage locations during that time. Since October 2006, he has resided in Lancaster and works as Manager of Ramsey Funeral Home. Shane’s family includes his wife, Sherry and children; Zak, Ashton, and Alexis. In his spare time, he enjoys landscaping, hunting, staying outdoors, and loves to keep himself busy. Shane is currently on the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, member of the Lancaster Lodge #104 F&AM, and a member of the Professional & Advisory Committee for Heritage Hospice.
Kate Bellamy, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Kate Bellamy a native of Frankfort, but now resides in Lancaster with her fiance Matt. She is a 2010 graduate of Mid -America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, IN. Kate is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene where she is a board member of NYI. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends, playing softball with her church, Zumba, going to movies. concerts, and reading. She is a Deputy Coroner for Garrard County, currently on Garrard County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chairman and team Captain for the Relay for Life, board member of Anti Drug Taskforce of Garrard County, member of the Lions Club, member of the Odd Fellows and the Funeral Divas, which is a National Organization for female funeral directors.
JoAnn McCulley, Ambassador Since November 2002
JoAnn McCulley was raised in Lincoln County, but has lived in Garrard County the last 58 years. She began working at Ramsey Funeral Home in November 2002. Her family, whom all reside in Lancaster, includes her husband, James; one son, Jimmy; and one granddaughter, Hailey. In her spare time, JoAnn enjoys reading, watching UK sports, and talking on the telephone. She worked at Cowden’s 40 years, before it went out of business. She also worked eight years at Matshusta before retiring from full-time work. JoAnn attends Lancaster Baptist Church.
Darrell Estes, Ambassador Since March 2007
Darrell Estes was born and raised in Estill County, but has spent the majority of his life in Garrard County. Darrell served with the 9th Infrantry Division In Viet Nam. He began the funeral home business in March 2007. His family includes his wife, Karla Teresa; three daughters, Teri (Mike) Wentworth, Megan Estes, and Amanda (Scott) Hicks; and five grandchildren. In his spare time, Darrell likes collecting Die Cast Model hearses and old cars and woodworking. His favorite pastime, however, is rebuilding old cars and trucks. Darrell is the minister of McKinney Christian Church in Lincoln County.
Norman Oliver, Ambassador
Norman Oliver is the son of the late Bro. Zora & Della Oliver, raised in Garrard County and a graduate of Buckeye High School. He ran a construction business from 1959-1980 and served two years in the armed services during that time. From 1974 to the present he has been in the real estate business as realtor and auctioneer. He is married to the former Barbara Sebastian and they have a son Kevin (Deanna) Oliver a daughter Rhonda Oliver and a grandson Matthew Oliver. He is a member and deacon of Hyattsville Baptist Church.
Bro. Jerry Browning, Ambassador
Bro. Jerry Browning is a resident of Garrard County. On March 2, 1968, he married his best friend, Patti Karon Newby Browning. Together they have two daughters and 7 grandchildren.
He has been a pastor for over 40 years, and recently retired from Forks of Dix River Baptist Church after having served there for just over 16 years. He has several degrees, including a B.S., MDiv., Thd. He proudly served his country in the Army from June 1966 to June 1968: and in Viet Nam from February 1967 to February 1968. He is presently serving his third term on the Garrard county board of education.
Ricky Sparks, Ambassador Since April 2009
Ricky Sparks was born and raised in Lancaster. He has been in the funeral business since 1977. Ricky was a graduate of Garrard County High School and the Mid American College for Funeral Service. He is a former funeral director, embalmer, and co-owner of Ramsey Funeral Home. His family includes his parents, Ann Snyder West and the late Bobby Sparks; one sister, Michele West Morgan; and one niece, Casey Elizabeth Morgan. Ricky has been a county volunteer for KET the past 15 years, director for the Buckeye Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, and is a charter member of the Garrard County Historical Society. In his spare time, Ricky enjoys collecting antiques, history, and genealogy. He is a member and the organist at Bethel Christian Church.
Billy C. Doolin, Ambassador Since April 2009
Billy Doolin has been a lifelong resident of Garrard County and has been a farmer all his life. As well as his love for the land, Billy is also active in the community serving on several boards including the Garrard County Farm Bureau Board, the Soil Conservation Board, board member of the Garrard County Water Association, Committee Member of the Garrard County Tobacco Cutting Contest and a Forest Ranger.
Rusty Sebastian, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Rusty Sebastian is the son of Russell and Beulah Sebastian of Lancaster. He resides in Lancaster with his loving wife, Bridget. He has two sons, Austin & Brayden. Rusty works full-time at Tru Check in Danville. He is a member of Lancaster Baptist Church, where he also serves as the church custodian.