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THEALKA
 CEMETERY
       
From Paintsville, take 40 to 581. In Thealka, turn left onto Boyd Branch Road. This is the
Muddy Branch area of Thealka. The first and second left-hand turns off of Boyd Branch Road lead
to the cemetery. Better to take the second left especially during times of rain. Road runs
along Muddy Branch and has been muddy every time I’ve been there. You’ll cross over the old
railroad track. You can tell that a building used to be located here.  My father said it was
the old Howes School.  From Boyd Branch Road the cemetery is located 2/10 of a mile up the
hill. There is a road that leads up to it but it is very steep. You can park down below. Walk
up the hill on the right. It bends to the right and then to the left before reaching the
cemetery.

These graves are listed starting on the left side of the cemetery and continue up and over the
hill to the right. They finish on the right side which is lower on the hill than the start of
the cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPHED, DOCUMENTED & SUBMITTED BY:
Shannon Castle Oct. 2002


RED: Additions made to original listing

 There are about 90 graves that we found with 20 of them having markers but no names.

BALESTRIERI, Anthony            Apr.01 1933     Mar.14 1992            h/o-Maggie Balestrieri
BALESTRIERI. Maggie
(Fitch)     May 13 1936     Jul.23 1984     w/o-Anthony Balestrieri  d/o-Tom & Malta Castle) Fitch       

UNKNOWN, Grave #1               -----------     -----------

TACKETT, Robert Lee                    1987            1987

FITCH, Burton               68  Aug.12 1907     Sep.27 1975   
(OBIT)
FITCH, Nola Mae
(Castle)    79  Jul.13 1918     Nov.16 1997    (OBIT)
FITCH, Isadore              90  Aug.18 1871     Jun.23 1962   
(OBIT)
FITCH, Fannie (Cooper)      77  Dec.05 1882     Jun.13 1960    (OBIT)
UNKNWON, Grave #2               -----------     -----------

HYDEN, Ballard Jr.         
78  Apr.02 1921     Sep.28 1999    (OBIT) PFC US Army WW II Purple Heart
HYDEN, Beulah 
(Daniels)    52  Jul.11 1923     Feb.09 1976   
(OBIT) 1st-w/o-Ballard Hyden Jr.
UNKNOWN, Grave #3              -----------     -----------     

MOORE, Cora Lee (Blevins)   82  Sep.15 1891     Nov.08 1973
(OBIT)

BLEVINS, Allen              62  Mar.08 1899     Jun.09 1963   
(OBIT)
BLEVINS, Ora                48  Aug.06 1910     Dec.16 1958    (OBIT)

CASTLE, Minnie                  Aug.08 1897     Mar.19 1979    w/o-Sam B.Castle
CASTLE, Sam B.  ** [PIC-2
68  Jun.03 1887     Apr.14 1956    (OBIT)
CASTLE, Bruce                                   Apr.20 1945    (OBIT) Pvt 337 Inf 85 WW II
CASTLE, Ernest             
31  Aug.20 1920     Aug.05 1951    (OBIT) Sgt 501 WW II

UNKNOWN, Grave #4               -----------     -----------
UNKNOWN, Grave #5               -----------     -----------
UNKNOWN, Grave #6               -----------     -----------     

PIERCE, Floyd Sr.           73 Oct.10 1893     Jan.25 1967
(OBIT)
PIERCE, Myrtle (Thompson)   66         1903     Dec.18 1969
(OBIT)

UNKNOWN, Grave #7               -----------     -----------

CASTLE,
Paulina (Sparks)    57         188?     Jan.18 1942    (OBIT)
CASTLE, Proctor             80  Oct.15 1884     Apr.26 1965   
(OBIT)

FRALEY, Eph                     Jun.14 1943             (May be different year.
Also has a symbol on the grave which is a G inside two arrowheads.)

FRALEY, Leanna                  -----------     -----------    First name may be different.)

CASTLE, Julie              
80         1858     Dec.31 1940    (OBIT)
CASTLE, Buren                   Oct.11 1899     Feb.09 1938    s/o-Julie Castle      
UNKNOWN, Grave  #8              -----------     -----------
CASTLE, Craig                          1882            1960   
h/o-Georgia Ann (Puckett) Castle
CASTLE, Georgia A (Puckett) 59  May 05 1890     Nov.06 1950    (OBIT)

COLVIN, Harve                   -----------     Apr.18 1935    (OBIT)

RATLIFF, William Milton         Sep.20 1936     Jan.07 1937    (OBIT)

CASTLE, Mollie (Sherman)    26         1919     Sep.12 1945    (OBIT)       

SHERMAN, Thomas Ray             Aug.21 1946     Sep.12 1946     

CONLEY, Troy               
64         1901     May 31 1964

UNKNOWN, Grave #9               -----------     -----------
UNKNOWN, Grave #10              -----------     -----------

LEMASTER, Jerry H          
11  5-14-46         4-17-57        (OBIT)

TYSON                           -----------1988------------

LEMASTER, Ronnie Brown     
47  Jul.29 1952     Mar.01 2000    (OBIT)  US Army
LEMASTER, Goldie (Fitch)  
  53  Jun.13 1918     Jul.04 1973    (OBIT)
LEMASTER, John Brown            May 13 1903     Feb.14 1930    h/o-Goldie (Fitch) Lemaster Pvt US Army WW II

UNKNOWN, Grave #11              -----------     -----------

FITCH, Nancy                    -----------     -----------
FITCH, Pea                  81  May 10 1874     Mar.   1955   
(OBIT)

UNKNOWN, Grave #12              -----------     -----------

LEMASTER, Billy Amos                   1960            1960

CASTLE, Guy                  77 Jan.22 1899    Dec.09 1976 
(OBIT)
CASTLE, Walter                                   J__.3 1946   
(OBIT) Pvt US Army 

PATRICK, Ernest                 Jan.02 1930     Oct.12 1934

SPEARS, Samantha (Castle)   84  Nov.20 1882     Dec.02 1968   
(OBIT)
SPEARS, Will [William]      69  Jan.01 1880     Jan.15 1950    (OBIT)
(Samantha and Will are inside a fence. There may be others with unmarked graves.)

TACKETT, Ella Marie             Mar.25 1936                    w/o-Ray Tackett
TACKETT, Ray ***                Dec.31 1903     Jun.17 1991    h/-Ella Marie Tackett
(Ella Marie, Ray and Ginger Boy are inside a fence. There may be others in unmarked graves.)

UNKNOWN, Grave #13              -----------     -----------    This Unknown is outside the fence.
UNKNOWN, Grave #14              -----------     -----------    This Unknown is outside the fence.
FITCH, Joe Thomas   [Aged 5 yrs 11 mos 8 days]  Apr.28 1942 (OBIT)
UNKNOWN, Grave #15              -----------     -----------     
FITCH, Wilma Fye                -----------     -----------  
  d/o-Tom & Malta (Castle) Fitch   
FITCH, Malta (Castle)           -----------     1942    (OBIT)
FITCH, Tom                  62  Nov.30 1904     Feb.24 1966   
(OBIT) h/o-Malta (Castle) Fitch
FITCH, Wilbur               70  Feb.14 1932     Jul.23 2002    (OBIT)
FITCH, Mack                     May 11 1900     Oct.04 1930   (OBIT)

MEEK, Mathilde                         1924            1980
MEEK, Roma                 
50         1914     Mar.05 1963    (OBIT)
MEEK, Herman               
52  Nov.11 1910     Feb.25 1963    (OBIT)

SPARKS, Rita                
1         1940     Nov.04 1941    (OBIT)

SMITH, Margaret (Laney)         Jun.11 1901     Jul.01 1985  
(OBIT)
SMITH, James Everett        76  Feb.26 1891     Sep.30 1967  
(OBIT)

CASTLE, Henry               51  May 23 1917     Dec.08 1968   
(OBIT)
CASTLE, Joe                     May 11 1882     Dec.22 1929    h/o-Nora Castle s/o-Henry & Mary Jane "Popp" (Long) Castle)
CASTLE, Nora (Robinson)     83  Jun.08 1881     May 31 1964   
(OBIT)
CASTLE, Dewey               53 May 04 1920     Nov.08 1973   
(OBIT)

STAPLETON, Zelphia Alice               1907            1942    w/o-Bradley Davis Stapleton
STAPLETON, Bradley Davis 
   37         1900     Jan.18 1939    (OBIT) h/o-Zelphia Alice Stapleton)

PACK, Mary
(Spears)         67         1876     Dec.12 1942    (OBIT)
PACK, Stephen              
31  Aug.14 1913     Feb.15 1944    (OBIT)

UNKNOWN, Grave #16              -----------     -----------     

BAILEY, William                        1886            1933   
h/o-Kate (Puckett) Bailey    
BAILEY, Kate (Puckett)      80  Jul.11 1879     Feb.23 1960    (OBIT)

CASTLE, Sam              75 Aug.02 1970 Jun.25 1955 (OBIT)

UNKNOWN, Grave #18  #19         -----------     -----------
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*:  Stone give death date as 1968
**: There are 2 markers for Sam B. The older one with him by himself says died April 15, 1956

***: A stone with Ginger Boy Tackett 1981-1996 in the Ray Tackett section of this cemetery 
     is a dog he was so loved it is buried beside him.

""UNDOCUMENTED"" 
BUT HIGHLY LIKELY INTERRED IN THIS CEMETERY
CASTLE, Dow                 55  -----------     Sep.11 1939     (OBIT
COLVIN, Ray                 49  -----------     Apr.12 1947     (OBIT)

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