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JANUARY - 1945


BALDWIN, Everett R.
1945
SOUTHSIDE YOUTH DIES
OF WOUNDS IN FRANCE
Word has been received by John W. Baldwin, Southside that his son Everett R. Baldwin, who was wounded in France, December 21, died on January 2.  He had served in the United States army nine years. Surviving is his father, three half brothers Freddie, in Mississippi, Allen in the U.S. navy and John Jr., in France with the U.S. army. Two brothers, Thomas and William, somewhere in France, and two sisters, Mrs. Eddie Franklin and Neva Jean Baldwin, both of Southside. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 1, 1945
BARKER, Harold
1945
Martha, Ky., Youth Killed in Germany
S-Sgt. Harold Barker, son of J. M. (Buddy) Barker of Martha, Ky., was killed in action in Germany January 15, 1945, according to a telegram received from the War Department. He went into service in October 1942 and was stationed in California for eighteen months. He left the States for overseas duty in October, 1944. He is survived by his father, a sister, Mrs. Mary A. Hay of Columbus, O., and five brothers, Virgil, Dewey and Lundy Barker all at home, Ernest Barker of Plain City, Ohio, and Pvt. Lee O. Barker with the army in France. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-22-1945
BOYD, Mirza (Dixon)
1859-1945
Mrs. Mirza Dixon Borders Boyd 85 years old, died January 3 at her home near River, Ky.  Daughter of the late Henry Dixon and Jane Stafford Dixon, Mrs. Boyd was the last of the family, all her brothers and sisters having preceded her in death. Mrs. Boyd was married to Jasper [A misprint in the paper. Should be "Joseph."] Borders in 1880.  To this union were born nine [Misprint.  Should read "Ten."] Children, six [Misprint.  Should read "seven."] of whom survive. Surviving were Mrs E. E. Brown, Fort Gay, West Va.; Harrison Borders, Pikeville, Ky.; Mrs Ham Wallen, Nathan Borders and Mrs John Meek, all three of River; Lewis Borders, Gallup, Ky. and Mrs. Jay Daniel, Cincinnati O.  Also surviving are 43 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. Deceased children of Mrs. Boyd were Bennie Leona and Virgie Borders. Mr. Borders died in 1918 and Mrs. Borders married John Boyd of Catlettsburg in 1922.  Mr. Boyd died in 1930. Mrs. Boyd was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Homer Daniel of Paintsville. BORDERS, Mirza (Dixon)          May 30 1859     Jan.03 1945 w/o-1-J.A.Borders  w/o-2-John Boyd  d/o Henry Dixon & Jane Stafford 
CARPENTER, Agnes Eileen
1945
LEANDER GIRL DIES
Agnes Eileen Carpenter, 16, oldest daughter of Mr., and Mrs. Charles Carpenter died in a local hospital Sunday night following a long illness from rheumatic heart trouble.  She was a patient sufferer and all that loving hands could do would not stay the hand of the Grim Reaper. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home of her grandfather, Albert Carpenter by Rev. Scott Castle and burial was made at Swamp Branch under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-18-1945
CARPENTER, Fred
1945
LEGISLATOR DIES DEC 17
FRED CARPENTER IS VICTIM OF STROKE
Fred Carpenter, 56, Salyersville member of the State Legislature, died Monday evening with a stroke in a Huntington Hospital. He was a former instructor in the Bowling Green Business University at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and was a veteran of World War One.  He served in the last legislature from Magoffin and Knott counties. Besides his mother he is survived by his widow, Beulah Poore Carpenter, formerly of Bowling Green. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at Salyersville on Wednesday, and burial was made in the family cemetery at Salyersville. Paintsville Heald Thursday 1-20-1945
COLLINS, Theodore
1945
THREE DIE IN COAL MINE BLAST
Shot-Fiers Victims In Explosion Three men, members of a crew of shot-fiers, were killed last night by an explosion in the truck mine of the Regina Elkhorn Coal Co., near the Prestonsburg city limits. A spokesman for the company, which is operated by John and Walter Horn, father and son, said that apparently an improperly tamped shot blew out, touching off a dust explosion. The victims were identified as Arthur Stephens, 34, who leaves a widow and one child, John Jennington, 42, widow and four children and Theodore Collins about 35, widow and three children. Stephen’s widow, who has not yet been informed of his death, became mother of a second child, which was born dead a half hour after he was killed. The explosion wrecked the ventilation system of the mine and the bodies of the crew members, who had gone into the operation to shoot coal for day shift, were not recovered until six hours later. District Inspector R.H.Thomas of Kentucky Department of Mines, said they were found about 500 feet from the entrance to the mine which employs some 20 men. Thomas and District Inspector Cecil Sherman and Russell Shaw and G.T. Powell of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, directed activities of a rescue crew from the Pikeville Mine Rescue Station. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 1, 1945
CRIDER, Junie Lee (Conley)
1945
Died January 2
Mrs. Junie Lee Crider, 59 years old, wife of Alex M. Crider, of East Point, died January 2, after a nine month’s illness. A native of Bonanza Floyd Co., Mrs. Crider is survived by two sons, Martin Crider and Herschell Crider both of Jeffersonville; a daughter, Mrs. S. B. Hitchcock, Uhrichsville, Ohio, and eight grandchildren. Also surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Walter Vaughan, Riceville, Mrs. E. L. Baldridge, Tucson, Ariz., Mrs. Douglas Ramey, Louisville, Ky., Mrs. S. L. Crider, of East Point and Miss Virginia Conley of Paintsville, three brothers A. D. Conley, Tulsa, Okla, E. W. Conley, Detroit, Mich. The funeral was held at 2 p. m. Wednesday afternoon at the Christian Church at East Point with the undertaking department of the Paintsville Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-11-1945
DANIEL, Dora  (Rice)
1945
SUCCUMBS FROM HEART AILMENT
Death claimed Mrs. Dora Daniel, age 72, Friday night in a local hospital. She was the victim of a heart ailment. Service were held Sunday morning at the funeral home of the Paintsville Furniture Co., burial taking place at her old home place at Sitka. Rev. John R. Mostoller, pastor of the Christian Church, was in charge of the services, assisted by Rev. Millard Vanhoose. Mrs. Daniel was the widow of the late Valentine Daniel of Staffordsville. She had resided many years with a sister, Mrs. Artie Shepherd, of Wenatchee, Wash., and came to Paintsville last summer because of the critical illness of her brother the late Ike Rice. Her health would not permit the return trip to Wenatchee and she made her home with Mrs. Rice. Survivors include a brother, John D. Rice, of New York; and three sisters, Mrs. Phoebe Conley city; Mrs. Jane Caudill, Sitka; and Mrs. Artie Shepherd, of Wenatchee,Wash. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jan. 18, 1945  
EAGER, Price
1945
FATHER OF MRS. JETT SUCCUMBS
Price Eager, 73, father of Mrs. John Jett, city, passed away Friday, January 12, 1945, at his home in Beattyville, following a month’s illness from a heart attack.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday there. Mr. Eager is also survived by his wife and one other daughter, Mrs. Robert Jameson, Beattyville. He had visited in the home of Mrs. Jett in Paintsville several times in the past and has many friends here who will regret to learn of his death. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-18-1945
FYFFE, Arnold
1945
ARNOLD FYFFE ELNA BOY KILLED ON LEYTE
Pfc. Arnold Fyffe, husband of Mrs. Carma Cantrell Fyffe, has been reported killed in action on Leyte on the 29th of January.  He was the son of Mrs. Shella Fyffe of Elna.  His father, Oliver Fyffe, passed away about a year ago. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two brothers in service, Joe, with the navy in the Philippines, and Pfc. Elbert Fyffe in Belgium and a brother Bernard Fyffe of Chicago, Ill. Pfc. Arnold Fyffe had been in service approximately three years in the Pacific area since last March.  His wife has been in defense work at Osborn, O., and returned to her home at Elna last week for a few weeks visit. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 01, 1945
GRIM, John B.
1945
Mr. Grim, who passed away after a short illness from pneumonia, will be buried Friday, February 2, 1945 near his home at Frank’s Creek, brethren of the United Baptist Church officiating.   He was a member of that church. He was the son of the late Leander Grim of Winifred and was married to Hermie Harris of that section who survives, in addition to their two children.  He is a brother to Minuard Grim of this city who is a railroader and who has lived here the past twenty years.  He leaves a number of brothers and sisters and many relatives and friends. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-01-1945
HALL, Alice
1945
Native of Johnson Buried in Ohio The body of Mrs. Alice Hall, 68 year old native of this county was removed to Beaver, O., where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Hall passed away January 31 in a local hospital following an illness of five months. The widow of James T. Hall deceased had made her home at Beaver, Ohio with a daughter, Mrs. Julia Hall, and was visiting a son, Alfred Frazier at Staffordsville when she became ill. Two other children Alex Frazier and Sanford Frazier, both of Beaver survive. Mrs. Hall was a member of the United Baptist Church. The undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company was in charge of funeral arrangements February 8, 1945 Thursday Paintsville Herald
HOWES, John F.
1945
John F. Howes, 73 years old native of Paintsville passed away Saturday night at a local hospital, death resulting from pneumonia. Mr. Howes had suffered injuries in an automobile accident in January in Montgomery County. At that time he was taken to a Lexington hospital being later removed to Paintsville. Pneumonia set in Saturday afternoon, death occurring only a few hours later. Mr. Howes was well known. He was one of Paintsville’s most ardent students of the Bible and Theology. Four years ago he gave his heart to God, joining the Mayo Memorial Church. His wife, Maude Howes, passed away two years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. S.H. Jett and Mrs. Carmel Murray, a sister, Mrs. Elmer Ramey, of Portsmouth, O., and a brother Atty Fred Howes. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home on Fifth Street, Rev. J.L. Layne, pastor of the Mayo Church, and was assisted by Rev. Guy Coffman, former pastor of the local church. Burial was made in the Mayo cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 1, 1945
KESTNER, Edith (Jones)
1945
DEATH OF FORMER CO. WOMAN REPORTED
Mrs. Leonard Kestner of Springfield, O., and a former West Van Lear resident, died on January 16 at the White Cross Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The body was returned to Johnson County for burial, services being conducted at the Hager Hill Tabernacle on January 20. The body was laid to rest in the family cemetery at West Van Lear by the Jones Funeral Home. Mrs. Kestner is survived by her husband and three small sons, William Larry, 6, James Leonard 4, and Stephen Allen, four weeks, her father Elmer Jones, a brother, Ova Jones, and four sisters, Mrs. Sam Shell, Mrs. Walter Cantrell, Delores and Virginia Jones, besides a host of other relatives and friends. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 22, 1945
LEMASTER, John R.
1945
John R. Lemaster of Kerz passed away Tuesday morning, January 23, 1945,  in a local hospital after failing to rally from a major operation performed Sunday. Mr. Lemaster, a prominent farmer of his section of the county, was 58 years of age.  He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Lemaster. Funeral services were conducted this morning (Thursday) at the home, and burial, in charge of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co., was made in the family cemetery at Kerz.  Elders of the United Baptist faith serving. Survivors are his wife and three daughters, Hermalee, Fern and Gustava all government employees of Washington, D. C. and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Lawrence Daniel, Mrs. Edgar Daniel and Mrs. Dewey McClure, all of Paintsville; Mrs. Watson Caudill, Waverly, Ohio; Poe Lemaster, Kerz; Holbrook Lemaster, address unknown; Dennis Lemaster, Ashland; Mrs. Jasper Slone, Kerz; and Mrs. Robert Conley, Ohio. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-25-1945
LYONS, Howard
1945
Howard Lyons Killed In Germany
Guy Lyons, a former resident of the Keaton section and now residing in Ohio, has lost his second son in the service of his country.  The War Department has reported that Howard Lyons was killed in Germany in January.  The other boy, Herman Lyons was killed a few months ago. These boys are survived by their parents and a younger brother and sister. Mr. Lyons has been notified that the Silver Star is to be awarded posthumously to Howard, and he has been called to come to Columbus, Ohio, to receive the award for his son. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04/19/1945
MATNEY, Harve
1945
Harve Matney Dies On January 12
Death claimed Harve Matney, Paintsville, Friday, January 12, 1945.  He was born at Grundy, Va., August 16, 1872.  On December 21, 1900, he was married to Mary Meek, who survives in addition to one daughter, Katherine Hughes, three grand children and one sister, Martha Ann Rhodes of Grundy. Mr. Matney served two terms on the Paintsville City Council and was in transportation business in this city. Many years ago he became a Christian and was baptized by Bro. Charles Slaughter at Pikeville, taking his membership with the Methodist Church South.  He departed this life with his faith still in Christ. Services were held Sunday, January 14, 1945, at 3:30 p.m. at the home and burial was made in the Mayo cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-18-1945
MCCARTY, Carl
1945
Carl McCarty of Manila, age two months, passed away at his father’s home on January 8, after one week’s illness. He was the son of Halleck and Nora (Cantrell) McCarty and besides his parents he leaves a number of brothers and sisters. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-25-1945
MCCARTY, Della
1945
Della McCarty, 39, of Manila, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 1945, after a short illness from pneumonia.  She was the daughter of James and Lizzie Cantrell McCarty.  An invalid all her life, she leaves many friends and relatives in the Manila section. Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday, January 28, 1945.  Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-01-1945
MCKENZIE, Ora Lee
1945
Elna Boy Killed In Luxembourg
The death of Pfc. Ora D. McKenzie on January 15 in action in Luxembourg has been reported. Pfc. McKenzie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lee McKenzie, Elna. He entered the army on November 17, 1942, when a farmer.  He is 23. A brother Sebastian joined the service on June 17, 1943.  Sebastian is 20. Note: Ora D. McKenzie is buried in the Patty Flat Cemetery at Flat Gap, Johnson Co., KY Paintsville Herald Thursday February 15, 1945
PENNINGTON, John
1945
THREE DIE IN COAL MINE BLAST
Shot-Fiers Victims In Explosion Three men, members of a crew of shot-fiers, were killed last night by an explosion in the truck mine of the Regina Elkhorn Coal Co., near the Prestonsburg city limits. A spokesman for the company, which is operated by John and Walter Horn, father and son, said that apparently an improperly tamped shot blew out, touching off a dust explosion. The victims were identified as Arthur Stephens, 34, who leaves a widow and one child, John Jennington, 42, widow and four children and Theodore Collins about 35, widow and three children. Stephen’s widow, who has not yet been informed of his death, became mother of a second child, which was born dead a half hour after he was killed. The explosion wrecked the ventilation system of the mine and the bodies of the crew members, who had gone into the operation to shoot coal for day shift, were not recovered until six hours later. District Inspector R.H.Thomas of Kentucky Department of Mines, said they were found about 500 feet from the entrance to the mine which employs some 20 men. Thomas and District Inspector Cecil Sherman and Russell Shaw and G.T. Powell of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, directed activities of a rescue crew from the Pikeville Mine Rescue Station. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 1, 1945
RAMEY, Margaret (Spears)
1884-1945
Riceville Woman Died January 3
Mrs. Margaret Ramey, 60 years old, died, Wednesday, January 3, 1945, at her home at Riceville after a year’s illness. She was born at East Point, on January 13, 1884, the daughter of Henry Spears and Mrs. Martha Ellen (Moles) Spears. Her husband William Ramey died several years ago. Surviving Mrs. Ramey are six brothers, Marion, Jeff, Manuel, John William and Jerry Moles and three sisters Mrs. Harriet Conley, Mrs. Mintie Caudill and Mrs. Sarah Rowe. Funeral services were held at the home Friday, January 5, 1945, with the Revs. Scott Castle and James Yates officiating. Burial was in the cemetery at Riceville. The Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-11-1945
RIGGSBY, Mrs. Ora (Smith)
Mrs. Ora Riggsby of Keaton died suddenly on the morning of January 21 with a heart attack. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith of that section and married Mr. Riggsby some five years ago.  Besides her husband and parents she leaves two children, Jay Patil and Samantha Jayne, and a number of brothers and sisters. She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church at Keaton where the funeral services were held Tuesday with the Elder Hood Wallen and other brethren officiating.  Burial was made in the cemetery at Keaton. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-25-1945
SALYER, Hester Mae (Sturgill)
1891-1945
MRS. H. B. SALYER OF FLAT GAP DIES
Mrs. Hester Mae Salyer, wife of Harry B. Salyer Flat Gap, Ky, died Sunday morning at the Golden Rule Hospital after an illness of five weeks. Born at Flat Gap March 27, 1891, Mrs. Salyer was the daughter of Mrs. J. M. Sturgill. She had spent her entire life in the Flat Gap community. Besides her husband survivors are the following children, Eugene, Edgel, Lee, Harry Russell, Leroy and Bety Joe. Services were held in The Missionary Baptist Church at Flat Gap Tuesday. Rev. Cyrus and Rev. Collins officiated. Burial was at Flat Gap. The Preston Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 11, 1945
SALYERS, Dora (Puckett)
1911-1945
Dora Salyers, of Riceville, 33, passed away at the Paintsville Clinic on January 22. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Puckett of Riceville where she was born in 1911.  At about the age of 20 she was married to Troy Salyers, who preceded her in death some three years ago. For some time she was engaged in defense work in Ohio where she was stricken with appendicitis. She is survived by her mother and a number of brothers and sisters together with many relatives and friends in this section. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at her mother’s home at Riceville with the Elders Hargey Conley and Jimmie Yates officiating, burial to be made in the home cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday  1-25-1945
SPEARS, Sam
1945
Spears Is found Dead In Bed
The people of this place were grieved when they heard of the death of Sam Spears who was 70 years of age. Mr. Spears was found dead in bed Saturday morning, Jan. 13, 1945. He had been sick for the past year, but was able to be up and about the house at all times. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Ida Spears, one son, Heber Spears, of collista two daughters, Mrs. Heber Rice, Collisat and Mrs. Oscar Conley, West Van Lear, four grandchildren, two sisters and one brother. Mr. Spears was a member of the Freewill Baptist church. he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. We extend our sympathy to his family. He was laid to rest in the cemetery on the home place at Little Lick Fork Monday afternoon with the Jones Funeral Home having charge. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-18-1945
STEPHENS, Arthur
1945
THREE DIE IN COAL MINE BLAST
Shot-Fiers Victims In Explosion Three men, members of a crew of shot-fiers, were killed last night by an explosion in the truck mine of the Regina Elkhorn Coal Co., near the Prestonsburg city limits. A spokesman for the company, which is operated by John and Walter Horn, father and son, said that apparently an improperly tamped shot blew out, touching off a dust explosion. The victims were identified as Arthur Stephens, 34, who leaves a widow and one child, John Jennington, 42, widow and four children and Theodore Collins about 35, widow and three children. Stephen’s widow, who has not yet been informed of his death, became mother of a second child, which was born dead a half hour after he was killed. The explosion wrecked the ventilation system of the mine and the bodies of the crew members, who had gone into the operation to shoot coal for day shift, were not recovered until six hours later. District Inspector R.H.Thomas of Kentucky Department of Mines, said they were found about 500 feet from the entrance to the mine which employs some 20 men. Thomas and District Inspector Cecil Sherman and Russell Shaw and G.T. Powell of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, directed activities of a rescue crew from the Pikeville Mine Rescue Station. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 1, 1945



FEBRUARY - 1945


BLANTON, Clyde Cecil
1945
Local Man Killed In New York
News has reached Paintsville that Clyde Cecil Blanton, 35 of 711 1-2 E. Chestnut Street Mt. Vernon, O., and a companion, Charles A. Rhineberger, 26, of North Fairfield, O., were instantly killed Friday night in Fonda, N. Y., when the tractor-truck Blanton was driving skidded into a freight train at a Fonda crossing. Blanton is a native of the Fish Trap section of Johnson County. Surviving Mr. Blanton are his wife, Beatrice Blanton, two children Arthur and Eula Faye, two brothers, Glenn Blanton and Hobart Blanton and a native of the Fish Trap section of Johnson County. Funeral services were conducted in Mt. Vernon Tuesday, burial in a local cemetery in that city. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-08-1945
CANTRELL, Johnny
1945
Johnny Cantrell, 50, of Portsmouth, Ohio, died suddenly with a heart attack, on February 1, 1945.  He was an employee of the C. & O. Railway and death occurred while he was at work. He was born at Flat Gap the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cantrell, and was reared in that section, leaving here some fifteen years ago. The body was returned to Paintsville and services were held in the Freewill Baptist Church the past Sunday with the Rev. F. S. VanHoose officiating and burial in the Old Town Cemetery. His survivors are his wife, Lucy Spradlin Cantrell and one brother Tommie Cantrell, of Flat Gap. The Paintsville Herald Thursday February 8, 1945
CARROLL, Infant
1945-1945
Infants Buried By
Local Funeral Home
The Preston Funeral Home reports the following death during the past week. Herbert Kenneth Ratliff, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herschell Ratliff of Barnetts Creek, who died on, Wednesday, February 7, 1945.  Services were held at the home and burial was made in the home cemetery. Charoletta Fae Thornsbury, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Thornsbury, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Thornsbury, Stambaugh, who passed away on, Sunday, February 11, 1945. Services were held in the home on Monday, February 12, 1945, and burial in the old Stambaugh cemetery. The stillborn child of Mr. and Mrs. John Carroll of White House was buried Tuesday, February 13, 1945, in the White House Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-15-1945
CASTLE, Herbert
1945
Herbert Castle Dies In West Virginia
Herbert Castle, 51, a former resident of this city and related to a large number of Johnson County people died Feb. 3 in a hospital at Logan, West Va.  Mr. Castle had sustained injuries in an accident on December 8 at a mine in West Virginia where he was employed, breaking a leg and suffering other injuries which resulted in his death. The body was brought to the home of a brother, Gar Castle, City., on Sunday, funeral services being held on Monday. He is survived by his wife and two sons of West Virginia.  Three other brothers, Lewis and Buddy, of Paintsville and Major Bozier Castle, Louisville, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, city. Burial was under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday February 8, 1945
COLE, John Henry
1945
J. H. COLE DIES IN LEXINGTON HOSPITAL
John Henry Cole, 64, retired hotel operator, died Thursday night, February 1, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington where he had been a patient for nearly three weeks. Mr. Cole had suffered fro asthma for many years his condition growing worse this winter when he was removed from West Liberty to the Lexington hospital. Pneumonia developed  a few days before he died. Mr. Cole had visited in Paintsville a few years ago when his daughters  Mrs. Nell Cole Taulbee and Mrs. ELizabeth Cole Mathis, made their home here.  At one time he was a patient at the Paintsville Hospital where he received treatment for asthma. From 1917 to 1939 Mr. Cole and his wife operated the Cole Hotel at West Liberty and made many lasting friends who patronized the hotel. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 2-15-1945
COLLINS, Robert
1945
Mr. Robert Collins, 53, passed away on February 16 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grant Hill of Van Lear. Mr. Collins had been suffering from a heart disease for several years, but became seriously ill the past month. His wife preceded him in death several years ago. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Hill, Van Lear, Bernice and Jewel of Paintsville, Pauline of Wayland and Oshie Mae of Johns Creek, two sons, Junior of Wayland and Richard of Auxier and one stepson, Russell of Odds. One brother and two sisters also survive. Funeral services were held at the home in Van Lear and the body was taken to Odds for burial. The Jones Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR 1, 1945
DILLS, Ernest Jr.
1945
COUNTY YOUTH  IS KILLED THREE BOYS WOUNDED TWO MORE MISSING
One Johnson Co., boy has been killed in action, two are missing and three are wounded according to reports from the War Department. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest (Dick) Dills, former resident of Stambaugh, who now live at Covington, KY., have been notified that their son , Sgt. Ernest Dills, Jr. was killed in action in Luxembourg  on February 05, 1945.  He was earlier reported missing on  that date. Sergeant Dills is a graduate of Oil Springs High School.  After completing a course at the Mayo Vocational School he entered the army in July, 1942. He has three brothers in service.  Howard Dills,  S 2/c of the Navy now in Virginia, Ray Dills with the Army in the Philippines and Tom Dills of the Navy in the Pacific. These boys are grandson of Mrs. WI McCloud, city,and nephews of Mrs. Oscar Lovely, city.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Ellis Roberts, city, and Mrs. Carl Saunders who is with her husband at an army camp in the country. Pfc. Everett Morris VanHoose son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil VanHoose, West Van Lear, has been missing since February 15, in Germany.  The parents were notified February 28, Pvt. VanHoose entered the Army in 1942. Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey B. Williams Sr., of Hager Hill have been notified that their son Pfc. Lindsey B. Williams, Jr., has been missing in France since the seventh of February.  He is a Johnson County boy but entered the army from Troy, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Preston of West Van Lear have received word from the War Department that their son Pfc. Billy Preston was wounded on January 06, while serving in Belgium.  This is the second time he has been wounded since D-Day, the first being in France only a few months ago. Pfc. Preston has served in England, France, Luxembourg and Belgium. He is a brother of Mrs. Eugene Baldridge, Lexington, KY. Pfc. Claude Blanton, Jr. was seriously injured in Belgium on January 08, according to a telegram from the War Department sent January 29, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Blanton of Win, KY.  He has been in service eighteen months, going overseas sometime in June. Pfc. Blanton is now receiving treatment at a hospital in England. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-01-1945
ESTEP,  Emil E.
1920-1945
Pvt. Emil E. Estep Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday from the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ in Christian Union, with burial by Ware's funeral home, in Three Locks cemetery, for Pvt. Emil E. Estep, overseas veteran, whose body arrived here over the N. & W Railway from Columbus at 12:59 p.m. Thursday.  The body was taken to the home of his parents on Stony Creek Road, Franklin Township. The service will be conducted by three ministers, the Re. Sandy Phillips, the Rev. Lonnie Murray and the Rev. William Skaggs.  Military service and escort will be provided by the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pvt. Estep, native of Johnson County, Ky., born June 28, 1920, the son of George L. and Lydia Williams Estep, was killed in action at Forbach, France, on Feb. 24, 1945, when serving in the infantry with the 7th Army. He was married Dec. 2, 1940, to Gladys Evans, a resident of the Stony Creek road.  Before entering the service he was a driver for the Commercial Motor Freight Co. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son Gary L. Estep; three brothers Conley E. and Lawrence L. Estep of Route 5 and George Estep Jr., of Norfolk, Va, and his parents of Route 5.
Chillicothe Gazette (Ross Co OH) April, 1945   Submitted By: Ann Davis Oct 2009

    
FRANCIS, Bessie
1945
Three Year Old Heart Disease Victim
Bessie Francis, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Francis, of Leander, passed away at her home Wednesday, February 14, 1945, after a six months illness from a heart ailment.  The funeral services were held at the home Thursday,February 15, 1945, burial in the home cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The child is survived by her parents and five brothers and sisters.  Mr. and Mrs. Francis are prominent citizens of their section of the county. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-22-1945
GRIM, John B.
1945
The Preston Home reports the deaths of John B. Grim and Della McCarty, both victims of pneumonia. Mr. Grim, who passed away after a short illness from pneumonia, will be buried Friday, February 2, 1945 near his home at Frank’s Creek, brethren of the United Baptist Church officiating.   He was a member of that church. He was the son of the late Leander Grim of Winifred and was married to Hermie Harris of that section who survives, in addition to their two children.  He is a brother to Minuard Grim of this city who is a railroader and who has lived here the past twenty years.  He leaves a number of brothers and sisters and many relatives and friends. Della McCarty, 39, of Manila, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 1945, after a short illness from pneumonia.  She was the daughter of James and Lizzie Cantrell McCarty.  An invalid all her life, she leaves many friends and relatives in the Manila section. Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday, January 28, 1945.  Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-01-1945
HALL, Lee J.
1909-1945
Following an illness of 10 months, Lee J. Hall of Portsmouth Rt. 1 passed away at 2:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 15, 1945) at his home. Born Feb. 7, 1909, in Johnson Co., Ky, he was a son of Jack Hall and the late America Cook Hall. He was married in 1932 to Mary Belle Goble of Dwale, Ky. Mr. Hall was a member of the River City Aerie of Eagles. Surviving beside his wife and father are five children, Jack, George, Kathleen, Willie and Minnie Fay, at home; five brothers and six sisters. The body will be taken to the residence late today, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Steve Osborn officiating. Burial will be in Hall cemetery under direction of Roberson Funeral Home.

KIRK, Frank
1945
Frank Kirk, Inez Native Succumbs
A native of Inez and a resident of Louisa for the past 20 years, Frank Kirk, 48, passed away Saturday, February 10, at the Huntington Memorial Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia.  He had been removed to the Huntington hospital from his Louisa home two weeks previous to his death. The body was taken to Inez for burial Monday. Paintsville relatives attending the funeral at Inez were W. T. Cain, Mrs. Charlie Simpson, and Mrs. Russell Kirk. Deceased was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John L. Kirk. Survivors are his widow and five brothers and one sister: E. W. Kirk, Louisa; L. P. Kirk, Kenova, West Virginia; Walter Kirk, Charleston, West Virginia; K. K. Kirk, Kermit, West Virginia; Elmer Kirk, Huntington, West Virginia; and Mrs. G. W. Hale, Inez.  A brother C. S. Kirk preceded Frank in death some years ago. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15 1945
LAMBERT, Pat
1945
Attack Fatal To Former Resident
Pat Lambert, 42, 712 Ninth Street, Ashland, died early Saturday morning, February 17, in the King’s Daughters’ hospital in Ashland, his death attributed to a heart attack suffered a few hours previously in downtown Ashland. He was buried at Ashland on February 20. Mr. Lambert had made his home in Van Lear twenty-three years prior to moving to Ashland a year ago. He had a host of friends throughout this vicinity who will regret to learn of his sudden death. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Sophia Collins Lambert; his father; one son, Bobby Grant Lambert at Panama with the navy; one daughter, Sally, at home; six brothers, Gordon, Ashland; Estil and William, Osborne, Ohio; Paul, Dayton, Ohio; Howard, Washington, D. C.; and John, U. S. Army Air Force, Dallas, Texas; five sisters, Mrs. Frank Mansfield, Ashland; Mrs. Othel Daniels, Xenia, Ohio, Mrs. Russell Thompson of Tampa, Fla., Mrs. Betty Sexton and Mrs. Gene Auxier, both of Jenkins. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 2-22-1945
LAWSON, James W.
1945
T-4 JAMES W. LAWSON
Mr. And Mrs. Ranzie Lawson of Lowmansville have received a letter from Col. Robert P. Bell, Commanding Officer of the outfit to which their son, T-4 James W. Lawson, was attached when he was killed in action on February 7 in Luxembourg.  Col. Bell writes that T-4 Lawson was laid to rest in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and that appropriate services were held by a Protestant Chaplain.  A headpiece has been erected over the grave and the plot is well cared for by the U. S. Government, according to the Colonel’s letter. Col. Bell closes his letter with the following words, “In closing, may I repeat my regret at your loss coupled with my admiration for your son’s bravery in giving his life that others might be free.” Lawson was born in Lawrence County in 1919 near Wilbur, Ky.  He attended Oil Springs High School and the N. Y. A. at Carrollton, Ky., before enlisting in August 8, 1940.  Sailing for Iceland at the time Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese, he was attached to a medical company being transferred from Iceland to France last August. Survivors are his parents and nine younger brothers and sisters, grandparents, Enoch Lawson, Pedro, O., and Mrs. Elmida Lawson, Lowmansville. This young man leaves a large number of relatives and friends in Johnson and Lawrence County who regret his untimely death. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-12-1945

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Rites Today For T-4 James W. Lawson
Rites for T-4 James W. Lawson, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ranzie Lawson, Lowmansville, will be held today at 1 P. M. at the Georges Creek Church by Rev. Foster Grim, Rev. C. H. Hackney and Rev. Leonard Walters. Sgt. Lawson was killed in Germany on Feb. 7, 1945.  He was born in Lawrence County where he had been a resident his entire life. Surviving besides the parents are the following brothers and sisters:  Ruford Lawson, Ora Lee Lawson and Jasper Lawson all of Lowmansville, Mrs. James Runkle, Conover, O., Mrs. Charles Wilkerson, Lewiston, O., Mrs. Matthew Lewis Sweat, Lowmansville, Ethel Marie, Lillie, and Susie Carol, all of Lowmansville. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 27 July 1948

MCCOART, John J.
The body of Pvt. John J. McCoart, is scheduled to arrive Saturday morning from an overseas cemetery, and will be taken to the home of his uncle, Pat McCoart, at West Van Lear. Pvt. McCoart is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John McCoart of Ligon. Funeral services will be conducted at St. Michael's Mission Monday morning and burial will be made in the Catholic cemetery at Van Lear. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DECEMBER 9, 1948
    
MCCOART, John J.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 13, by Rev. Joseph Wimmers at the Catholic Church here for Pvt. John J. McCoart III who died February 26, 1945 at St. Bernard, Belgium.  He was 19 years old at the time of his death. The son of John McCoart, Jr. of Ligon, Pvt. McCoart, before entering the army attended high school at Wheelwright.  He entered the service at Lima, Ohio, and served with the Lima Tank Division. Surviving are his parents, two brothers and one sister: Charles Ray and Chorine of Lima, O., and Leo McCoart, city. pallbearers were: Tom Short, Joe McCoart, Jack Wills, Billy Hanker, David Kelly, Jr., and Richard Arrowood. Burial was made in the Catholic cemetery at Van Lear. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DECEMBER 16, 1948

 
MCKENZIE, James
1945
PVT. JAMES MCKENZIE
Cpl. Jesse McKenzie and Pvt. James McKenzie are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McKenzie of Wittensville.  Pvt. James McKenzie was reported killed in action on Feb. 7 and the following letter has been received by Mrs. McKenzie by Captain Roy G. Mosher, of the 357th Infantry: Dear Mrs. McKenzie; The officers and men with whom he served have asked that I express to you their heartfelt sympathy over the death of your son, Private First Class James McKenzie who was killed in action against the enemy on February 7, 1945.  In your hour of grief it is their wish that you know that the men with whom he fought so valiantly share your loss. He fell during the fighting in the Siegfried Line defenses of western Germany.  His company had participated with the other units of the Battalion in a successful night attack on its objective, the high ground near a small town, and was consolidating its positions against an expected enemy counter-attack.  He was helping the men in his squad to dig in their machine gun when he was killed instantly by hostile fire. He was buried in a plot set aside as a United States military cemetery.  A protestant chaplain officiated at the service when he was laid to rest. It is given, perhaps, only to those who have stood on a battlefield to know of the high courage with which your son and his comrades have so successfully carried the fight to the enemy.  His devotion to duty, his loyalty and his acceptance of responsibility will forever be a credit to him and the nation he served so well. There is nothing that I might say that can in the least measure ease your irreparable bereavement. Yet there is pride in his contribution to the cause of freedom.  Our ultimate victory will provide a symbolic monument to augment the white wooden cross which now adorns his grave. Roy G. Mosher, Capt. 357th Infantry, Asst. Adj. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 29, 1945
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD MONDAY FOR PFC. JAMES MCKENZIE Funeral services were held Monday, April 25, 1949 at 10:00 a. m., at the Wittensville Methodist Church, by Revs. R. L. Smith, Harry Salyer and Claude Preston, for Pfc. James McKenzie, 32, a casualty of World War II, whose body arrived for reburial Saturday, April 23, 1949. Pfc. McKenzie was the son of Joe and Bertha Colvin McKenzieof Wittensville. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dixie Mae Van Hoose, Glo, Ky., and Mrs. Ruth Robinson, Glo, and one brother, Mr. Jess McKenzie, Wittensville. Reinterment was in the Walker Cemetery at Wittensville under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR. 21, 1949 James was killed in action on Feb.07 1945
MOLLETT, Mary Jane
1945
Aged Boons Camp Mother Dies
Death claimed Mrs. Mary Jane Mollett, 74, at her home at Boons Camp on Tuesday, February 13. She was a victim of pneumonia. Mrs. Mollett was a member of the United Baptist Church.  She was affectionately known as "Aunt Molly' by her neighbors and friends. Survivors are her husband, George Mollett, four sons and two daughters:Clarence Ed, Boons Camp, William, Weeksbury, James, Kopperston, W.Va., John Frank who has been with the US Army nineteen years and is now in Texas; Mrs. Cora Lewis, Boons Camp; and Mrs. Nannie Crum, Inez. Services were held under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company, Wednesday afternoon at the home.  Rev. Winfrey Meek was in charge. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-15-1945
PRESTON, Edward Lafe
1945
Edward Lafe Preston Is Killed In Germany
Edward Lafe Preston, son of Cyrus Preston, and grandson of Elder E. D. Preston of Henrietta was killed in Germany sometime in February according to a telegram received by the family from the War Department.  Another grandson of E. D. Preston, David O. Johnson of River was killed in action a short time ago. Paintsville Herald 3-22-1945
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Preston, Pvt. Edward
  February 25, 1945 Funeral services were held toady at 10:00 a.m. for Pvt. Edward L. Preston at the George’s Creek United Baptist Church by Rev. Leonard Walters and Rev. Foster Grim. Pvt. Preston was killed in Germany on February 25, 1945, at the age of 22, while serving with the U. S. Army. He was the son of Cyrus Preston formerly of this county. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving, besides his father, are two sisters, Mrs. Junior Witten, Sitka, Mrs. Leby Williams, Flatwoods, Ky., his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Preston of River and Lafe Castle of Lowmansville. His mother preceded him in death in March 1938. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 28, 1948


RATLIFF, Herbert Kenneth
1945
Herbert Kenneth Ratliff, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herschell Ratliff of Barnetts Creek, who died on, Wednesday, February 7, 1945.  Services were held at the home and burial was made in the home cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-15-1945
RIFFE, Waite D.
Brother Of Van Lear Man Dies
Waite D. Riffe, 50, highly esteemed Louisa businessman, and brother of Austin Riffe of Van Lear, passed away Tuesday morning, February 13, at his home in Louisa, following an illness of heart trouble since December 22. He had been a merchant for 32 years with the Wellman and Riffe Grocery and Hardware Store. He was born at Yatesville, Ky. Besides the brother at Van Lear, Mr. Riffe is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel Wellman Riffe, two daughters, at home; one sister, Mrs. Jesse Hall of St. Petersburg, Fla., and two other brothers, Damer of Yatesville and H. D. of Cadmus, Ky. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-22-1945
SPARKS, Delila (McGuire)
1945
HAGER HILL MOTHER DIES
Mrs. Delila Sparks, widow of the late Alonzo Sparks of Chandlerville died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nora Castle, of Hager Hill.  Mrs. Sparks had suffered a paralytic stroke about two years ago and had been an invalid since that time. She is survived by one son, Howard of Paintsville, three daughters, Mrs. Inez Green, Hager Hill, Miss Amba Sparks, Mt. Sterling, Ky., and Mrs. Nora Castle, Hager Hill, a brother Will McGuire of Ohio, and three sisters, Mrs. Mima Barney, Ashland, Mrs. Regina Pennington, California, and Mrs. Nora Moore of Blaine, Ky., Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. T. Preston, F. F. Riggsby and Oakley Williams at the United Baptist Church Friday at ten o’clock, after which the remains were taken to the old home place at Chandlerville and placed by the side of her husband who preceded her in November, 1942.  The Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Paintsville herald Thursday 02/15/1945
STEPP, Robert
1945
ROBERT STEPP DIES SUDDENLY
Hemorrhage Fatal To White House Man Robert Stepp, age 54, died in the early hours of Sunday morning, February 11, 1945, approximately nine hours after he had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the C. & O. Depot in Bridgford.  Mr. Stepp was waiting for train time to return to his home at White House when he was overcome by a dizzy spell, causing him to fall on the concrete floor.  His skull was fractured by the fall. Survivors are his wife, Jane Ramey Stepp, one daughter and two sons, one at home and one in the Pacific area with the U. S. Army.  The body was taken to the Jones Funeral Home and prepared for shipment to his home at White House. Funeral and burial services were held Tuesday. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-15-1945
THOMAS, Ambrose
1945
Amborse Thomas
2-22-1945
Auxier Man is Buried Feb. 27, 1945
Funeral services were held in the auxier church Tuesday Feb. 27, 1945 for Ambrose Thomas 61 years old.  He was taken suddenly ill while at work in the mines Thursday and was taken to his home where he died Saturday afternoon. Mr. Thomas had been employed by the North East Coal Co. for about 13 years and was a Christian gentleman being a member of the Holiness church. He is survived by his wife, one son who is in foreign service, two daughters, Mrs. Sam Vaughan and Mrs. Henry Adkins of Auxier.  Also surviving are several brothers and sisters most of whom were present for funeral services.  Burial was made in Auxier cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-8-1945
THORNSBURY, Charoletta Fae
1945
Charoletta Fae Thornsbury, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Thornsbury, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Thornsbury, Stambaugh, who passed away on, Sunday, February 11, 1945. Services were held in the home on Monday, February 12, 1945, and burial in the old Stambaugh cemetery. The stillborn child of Mr. and Mrs. John Carroll of White House was buried Tuesday, February 13, 1945, in the White House Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-15-1945
 
VANHOOSE, Pvt Everett Morris
1945
 Funeral Rites For Local Youth Held June 6 Pfc. Everett Morris Van Hoose, 28, son of Virgil Van Hoose of this city, who was killed in action in Germany on February 15, 1945, was returned from an overseas cemetery for reburial here this week. Pfc. Van Hoose was born at Stambaugh, Ky., April 6, 1921, the son of Virgil and the late Martha Stambaugh Van Hoose.  He received his early education in the Van Lear school and later attended Meade Memorial High School.  Before entering the service, he was in the sign painting business. Surviving besides his father are two brothers, James Wendell of Brookfield, Wisconsin, and Donald, who is stationed in New York with the U. S. Navy.  Surviving also is an aunt, Sarah Stambaugh Fitch of this city. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his uncle, Wince Stambaugh, at 2:00 P. M., Sunday, June 6, by Rev. John N. Mostoller.  Graveside rites were in charge of the American Legion Post No. 117.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Stambaugh. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10 June 1948
  
VANHOOSE, Frank W.
1945
Frank W. VanHoose White House Youth Killed In Action
Mr. & Mrs. Jesse VanHoose of White House were notified on March 13 that their son, Frank W. VanHoose was killed in action in the Philippines in February.  Frank joined the army in May 20, 1943.  He was 21 years of age. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-22-1945
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Final Rites Sunday for County Soldier Funeral services were held at 2:00 P. M., Sunday, June 27 for Pvt. Frank W. Van Hoose, 22, who was killed in action in Feb. 19, 1945. Pvt. Van Hoose was born at Thelma, Ky., June 5, 1923, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Van Hoose.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church and entered the army at the age of 20. The services were conducted at his parents’ home on Chestnut Avenue by the Rev. German Walters and Rev. Thompson.  Burial was in the Van Hoose family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1 July 1948


VANHOOSE,  Frank  Wallace
1945
Local Boy Victim Of Jap Sniper
Frank Wallace VanHoose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse VanHoose of White House, was killed by a sniper while fighting in the streets of Manila on February 19.  He was serving with the 121st Cavalry and died within fifteen minutes after being wounded in the throat. His Commanding Officer writes his parents in part:  “Frank will be missed by all his many friends, not only because he was a splendid soldier, but because of his good nature and his ability to laugh and joke under the most trying circumstances.  Frank was always ready to do more than his share of any task assigned him.  This won him the respect of his fellow soldiers who were extremely fond of him because he was what they term a regular guy.  He spoke of his mother quite recently and we will remember this by one of his favorite sayings that all he wanted to do was put his feet under Ma’s table” He was laid to rest in the United States Army Cemetery near Manila where full religious and military honors were rewarded him. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-5-1945
WILLIAMS, Lindsey B. Jr.
1945
County Boy Is Killed
Attended Meade Memorial High
Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey B. Williams, Hager Hill, received a telegram on March 8 that their son, Pfc. Lindsey B. Williams Jr., was killed in action in France on February 11. Private Williams reached France in December, 1944 and attended Meade Memorial High School prior to entering the service. He was nineteen years of age. He is survived by his parents, two sisters and three brothers, one of whom is Corporal James H. Williams, now with the Army in Germany. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday  March 15, 1945
WILLIAMS, Walter P.
1945
Pfc. Walter P. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Williams, Win, Ky., who was reported killed in Germany February 12. Pfc. Williams was 23 years old and had been in service two years and two months. He had been overseas thirteen months and was serving with the Airborne Division when he was killed. He had seen action in the French Invasion, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was laid to rest in a ceremony somewhere in Belgium. He leaves to mourn his death, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Williams, his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Lee Williams, Mine Fork, Ky., four brothers and two sisters: Pvt. Kendrick B. Williams, U.S. Army serving in Holland, Pvt. Ashley Williams, U.S. Army, Camp Wolters, Texas, S 2-c Jas. Williams, Jr. U.S. Navy, Rhode Island, Langley Williams, Imogene Williams and Mrs. Ira Pendleton all of Win. The Purple Heart has been awarded Pfc. Williams posthumously. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday  April 26, 1945



MARCH - 1945


BARKER, Missouri
1945
AGED WOMAN DIES
Missouri Barker, 80 years of age of Kenwood, passed away on March 5 after a three weeks illness. Funeral services were held at the home on March 11 with her Baptist brethren officiating. She has a host of relatives and friends who will regret to learn of her passing. Funeral arrangements were made by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-15-1945
BLANTON, Mrs James (George)
1945
East Point Woman Dies
Mrs. James Blanton, 64, died at her home at East Point on March 16 after a long illness.  She was the daughter of the late John and Elvira Greer George, and is survived by her husband and seven children, Mrs. Ella Louise O'Bryan and Mrs. Velma Tackett, Van Lear, Mrs. Thelma Stafford, Tolby, Ky., Verla, Paintsville, Ezra, East Point and James Jr., U.S. Army, also one brother Hasidore Robinson. She was a m ember of the Methodist Church.  funeral services will be held on Friday at East Point by Rev. John D. Music.  Burial will be made in the family cemetery by the indertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co. Painstville Herald Thursday 03-22-1945
CASTLE, Cyrus
1945
Former Resident Of County Dies
Cyrus Castle, 73 years old, died at his home in Flemingsburg, Ky., on Tuesday morning, March 20.  He had been in ill health for several years. His wife, Mima Castle, survives, also surviving are eight children, Homer and Hollie of Flemingburg, Dorman and Estill, Wallingford, Ky., Mrs. May Ham, living in Ohio, Mrs. Genoah Hershberger and Mrs. Stella Wellington, Cincinnati. He had been a member of the Freewill Baptist church at Mouth of Rush since 1906.  Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Mount Carmel with Rev. Wilson officiating. Those from Johnson County attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Murphy, Mrs. Thomas Sadler and Mrs. Herbert Davis. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 5, 1945
CASTLE, Janie C.
1945
MRS. CASTLE DIES SUN. NIGHT ATTENDING CHURCH WHEN TAKEN ILL
Janie C. Castle, 74 years old, died very suddenly at her home on upper Main Street Sunday night about 9:30 o'clock. Mrs. Castle was at church when she was taken ill and left services and went to her home, where she died before medical assistance could be obtained. She was married to Henry F. Castle, who survives, 54 years ago.  To this union now living are three daughters and one son, Mrs. Okey McKenzie of Bonnie Blue, Va., Mrs. Olive McKenzie of city and Zella at home, Henry, Jr., had just returned from foreign service in the Pacific and was at home.  One son Charles M., was killed in the mines at Auxier March 15, 1943. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist church by brother ministers of Mr. Castle who is also a minister in that church. Paintsville Herald  Thursday March 15, 1945
CHILDERS, Emily (Caudill)
1945
EMILY CHILDERS CENTENARIAN
SUCCUMBS AT WHITEHOUSE LADY PASSES AT 100 YEARS OF AGE
Mrs. Emily Childers of White House passed away at her home on Monday, March 26.  She was the widow of Jack Childers who preceded her in death five years ago.  She was born on Jennies Creek about one hundred years ago, the daughter of Matthew and Tempa Fitzpatrick Caudill.  Her exact age was not known. She leaves two sons by a former marriage; Alvis Blevins, Huntington, West Va., and Mack Blevins, Montgomery, West Va., also a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at her home on Thursday by Rev. Bill Morgan of Tomahawk, and interment was made in a nearby cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APRIL 05, 1945
CONLEY, Elbert K.
1945
Pfc. Elbert K. Conley, 22, was killed in action on Luzon Island on March 25 while serving with the 27th Infantry Company of Gen. MacArthur's 6th Army. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harlen M. Conley, formerly of the county, now residing at Carey, Ohio. He entered the service on Oct. 14, 1943, training at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ft. McClellan, and Ft. Ord, California before leaving for overseas on March 26, 1944. Besides his parents, he is survived by the following brothers and sisters, Dennie Conly, Silver Lake, Ind., Grant Conley, Claypool, Ind., Henry Conley, Warsaw, Ind., Mrs. James Caudill, Carey, Ohio, Mrs. Sherman Conley, Carey, Ohio, Mrs. Clyde May, Fostoria, Ohio, Bertie Conley, Carey, Ohio, Mrs. Beulah Salyer, Carey, Ohio, Mrs. Ben Rice, Baltimore, Md., Pvt. George B. Conley, U.S. Army in Germany, and Mrs. Ernest Litton at home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 7 1945
DEROSSETTE, Mrs Sol
1945
11 Year Old Girl Kills Mother
Mrs. Sol Derossette, whose post office address is Prestonsburg and whose home is near Abbott Mounting in Floyd County, died Saturday, March 3, 1945 at the Prestonsburg General Hospital a few hours after she had been accidentally shot by her eleven year old daughter.  It is understood that the gun, a 22 rifle, was lying on the bed and was discharged when the girl picked it up. Mrs. Derossette is survived by her husband and several children one of whom, a daughter is married to Arthur John Archer, a son of A. J. Archer, and now serving in the navy. Paintsville Herald Thursday 03-08-1945
ENDICOTT, Johnny
1945
INEZ MAN DIES SATURDAY
Johnny Endicott, 38 years of age of Inez, died March 17, 1945, from pneumonia contracted following injuries received when he was thrown from his horse.  He was the son of T. J. Endicott who preceded him in death a few months ago, and he had not been able to walk since he was two years of age. He is survived by six sisters and five brothers:  Mrs. Bertha Haney, Mrs. Wilda Fitch, Mrs. Laura Robinson and Mrs. Lucy Perry of Martin County; Mrs. Oma Charles, Williamson, West Va., and Mrs. Mary Deymond, Himlerville; Virgil and Seldon with the Army overseas; Frank E. and Keither of Martin County and Eddie living in Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday by Rev. T. H. Fleuty.  Burial was made in the Buffalo Horn Cemetery in Martin County by the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-22-1945
HARMON, Cpl. Arnel S.
1945
Cpl. Arnel S. Harmon, son of Mrs. And Mrs. W. G. Harman of Barnetts Creek, was reported killed in Germany on March 29. Cpl. Harman was inducted on December 26, 1942.  He was 22 years old, and had been in service 27 months, taking training at Camp Campbell, Ky., Fort Jackson, S.C., and Camp Barkley, Texas. He went overseas September 18, 1944.  He was a machine gunner in the Tank Division of the Seventh Army. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 3, 1945
HITCHCOCK, Celia (Rice)
1945
Mrs. Hitchcock Succumbs
Celia Rice Hitchcock, 84 years old, died Thursday, March 22, 1945, at the Paintsville Clinic. She had been making her home with her son, Grant Hitchcock, of Paintsville for sometime. She is survived by six children Mrs. Laura Fairchild and Mrs. Lucy Fairchild of Staffordsville, Mrs. Elizabeth Blair, West Van Lear, Bud, Beckley, West Va., Leck, Garrett, and Grant, city. Funeral services were held by Rev. Millard VanHoose and Rev. Scott Castle at the Freewill Baptist Church on Sunday, March 25, 1945.  Interment was made in the Turner Cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-05-1945
JOHNSON, Virgil
1905-1945
KERZ MAN IS KILLED IN OHIO
Virgil Johnson Hit by B. & O. Train Virgil Johnson 238 1-2 Orange Street, Mansfield, Ohio, died Saturday, March 10, of injuries sustained when hit by a B. & O., passenger train. He was born at Kerz, Ky., on July 27, 1905, the son of Mr. And Mrs. J. M. Johnson.  He was an employee of the Strand Steel Co. of Mansfield and had moved from this county to Ohio more than a year ago. Services were conducted at Mansfield on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, the former Mattie Adams, his parents; a daughter, Donna Mae, a brother, Pvt. David Johnson, who has been wounded in action and is now recovering at the Kennedy General Hospital at Memphis, Tenn., and eight sisters, Mrs. Ada Castle, Staffordsville, Mrs. Frank Strickland, Mansfield, Oh., Mrs. Marvin Blair, Mrs. Earl Jones, Mrs. James Allen, Mrs. Oakley Masters and Miss Edna Johnson all of Paintsville, and Miss Fannie Johnson of West Virginia. Mr. Johnson is believed to have walked from behind a standing train into the path of a southbound passenger train at about 5:30 am.  He was instantly killed, the body being found shortly after the accident by John Fraifogal, who was on his way to work.  Johnson was en route to his work, police said. Paintsville Herald Thursday, March 15, 1945
KESTNER, Clara (Colvin)
1945
Clara Colvin Kestner, 87, died March 18 1945 in Highland Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. Mrs. Kestner was born September 16 1894, in Johnson County, a daughter of Albert and Laura Spradlin Colvin, and was a resident of Hager Hill. Her husband, Malcom Kestner, preceded her in death May 17 1952. Surviving are fours sons, Alvis, Elzie and Orville Kestner, Hager Hill, and Harold Kestner, West Van Lear; two daughters, Geneva Rice, Dayton, Ohio; and Dixie Conley, Hager Hill; two sisters, Beulah Arms, Leander; and Stella Biser, Frankfort, Ohio; 22 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday March 20 in Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Dick VanHoose and Herb Arms officiating. Burial was in Kestner Cemetery, Hager Hill, with Jones-Preston Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
LAVIERS, John
1945
Paintsville Herald
Thursday
March 20, 1941
PROMINENT COAL MAN DIES IN OHIO
John LaViers, 81, died suddenly Friday afternoon at his home in Clinton, Ohio. Death was due to a stroke. Mr. LaViers was a prominent coal man and was superintendent of the North East Coal Company’s operation at Auxier for 23 years. He had many friends in the Big Sandy Valley who will be grieved to learn of his death. He left Auxier in 1933 for Ohio to reside at his former home. He was a brother of Henry LaViers of Paintsville. Funeral rites were held at the Methodist Church at Clinton, Monday afternoon and burial was at Massilon, Ohio. Besides his widow, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Earl Wamsley, Akron, Ohio; three sons, Albert, Abe and Will LaViers, Wadsworth, Ohio.
LEMASTER, Katie (Howard)
1945
Mrs. Katie Howard Lemaster, widow of the late Lewis Lemaster passed away on March 21, 1945, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alfred Sherman, at Thealka. Mrs. Lemaster was 73 years of age and she leaves three children, Mrs. Maude Sherman, Thealka, Richard Lemaster, Delbarton, West Va., and George Lemaster, U. S. Navy.  Seven children have preceded her in death. She also leaves eight sisters and two brothers, also a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Washington Howard of Magoffin County. Mrs. Lemaster was a member of the United Baptist Church for forty-five years and was a devout Christian. The funeral was conducted on March 24, 1945, at Thealka with Rev. Florida Lyons, Rev. C. J. Sparks, and Rev. F. F. Riggsby officiating. Burial was made in the Thealka cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-29-1945
LYNCH, Lucian P.
1945
Thelma Youth Is Killed On Luzon Alonzo Lynch of Thelma was notified Saturday, May 5, 1945, by the War Department that his son, Pfc. Lucian P. Lynch, died on Thursday, March 22, 1945, on Luzon, Philippines Islands, as a result of wounds received in action on Friday, March 16, 1945.  Pfc. Lynch had been in the Pacific area more than a year. A brother, Jack Martin Lynch, serves with the Coast Guard and returned in the fall from the Pacific where he had been stationed twenty-one months.  Jack suffered eight attacks from malaria and is now regaining his health at a hospital in Indiana. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-10-1945
MAY, Eddie Clarence
1945
Eddie Clarence May, 47 years old, died at his home on upper Main Street Sunday afternoon, following an illness of two or three months. Eddie had barbered in Paintsville for many years, being with Clyde Hayslett for about twenty-five years. He is survived by his wife Marcie Daniel May and two sons, Howard at home and James in foreign service.  He is also survived by two brothers, Willie May, Whittaker, Ky., Claude May, St. Paris, Ohio.  Three sisters, Mrs. Asa Ramey, Riceville, Ky., Mrs. Johnnie Music, Hager Hill, Ky., and Mrs. Dessie Prat, city. Funeral services were held at the Missionary Baptist Church, at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Ralph Webb, pastor, song services being under the direction of Charles Williams, Local barbers were active pallbearers and burial was made in Wells cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 03/15/1945
PINSON, Nancy
NANCY PINSON, 100 DIES AT INEZ HOME AFTER A STROKE
Mrs. Nancy Pinson, 100, familiarly known in the KY, W.VA., border country around Inez as “Aunt Nan” died March 04, 1945, at the home of a son, Mack Pinson, near Inez.  She would have been 101 years old June 7. “Aunt Nan” an authority on the history of Martin County, KY and Mingo County, W.VA.., was active and in good health until last Saturday when she suffered a stroke. Born in a log cabin near Nolan, W.VA.., she lived in the same area all her life. Her husband Thomas Pinson, died 35 years ago. Five  of their ten children survive.  They are Ben Pinson, Kenova, W.VA.., Robert Pinson, Kermit, W.VA.., Boon Pinson Beauty, KY., Mack Pinson, and James Pinson, the oldest, who is 82, both of near Inez. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-08-1945
REED, Lexie (Lemaster)
1945
ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES
Mrs. Reed Struck By Speeding Car Mrs. Lexie Lemaster Reed died Sunday afternoon at the Paintsville Hospital, her death the results of injuries sustained Saturday evening at about five o'clock when she was struck by a speeding automobile at the mouth of Pickle Fork on Route 40. The car was out of control, according to the driver, Paul Patton of Salyersville, who is out on bond. After striking Mrs. Reed, the car wrecked, but the driver and two other occupants were uninjured. It is understood that Mrs. Reed and her daughter, Mrs Edna McKenzie, and baby, were coming out on to the highway from Pickle Fork. They saw the oncoming car and separated, running in different directions to avoid being hit. However, the automobile overtook Mrs. Reed throwing her body across the highway some fifty feet, according to witnesses. An Ambulance of the Paintsville Funeral Home was immediately called and she was taken to the hospital. She did not regain consciousness after the accident. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home of Rev. Johnnie Reed on Pickle Fork, burial being made under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home in the Reed Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Walter D. Reed, a son, James Elden, U.S. Army; a daughter, Mrs. Edna McKenzie, an aged father, W.J. Lemaster, Kenwood; and a number of brothers and sisters. One son preceded her in death some time ago. Mrs. Reed was well known in the county being a devout Christian, and her tragic death will bring grief to her many friends and relatives. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-22-1945
SALYER, James
1945
OIL SPRINGS BOY IS KILLED IN ACTION
Mr. And Mrs. Ross Salyer of 106 South Wheatland, Columbus, Ohio received a telegram from the War Dept. on March 12, notifying them of the death of their son, Sgt. James Salyer, on March 2, as a result of wounds received in the Italian Campaign. James was 28 years old and attended school at Oil Springs, volunteering for service sometime in the year of 1939. He was serving with the 81st Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron in the Po Valley at the time he was wounded and he fought through the North African, Tunisian and Sicilian Campaigns before joining the Fifth Army at Casino. A brother, Woodrow F. Salyer has been a prisoner of the Germans since January 1944 and was with General Patton’s Third Army in Italy at the time of his capture. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 29, 1945
STAPLETON, Millard
1945
FORMER RESIDENT
DIES AT ESTILL FUNERAL AND BURIAL HELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Millard Stapleton, 46, of Estill, Ky., died very suddenly at his home Friday afternoon, March 9, 1945. He had started to work and became ill and returned to his home where he expired in less than an hour. He is survived by his wife and six children all of Estill.  One sister, Miss Julius Travis, Tutor Key, Ky., and one brother William of Estill.  He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Neva Stapleton of this city. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church at Estill Sunday afternoon, March 11, 1945, and burial was made in a local cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 03-15-1945
TACKETT, Wayne Jr.
1945
TETANUS FATAL TO STAFFORDSVILLE YOUTH
Funeral services were held at Old Union Church at Staffordsville on March 8 (1945) for Wayne Tackett, Jr., 22 years, 8 months, eight days old, who died in a local hospital from tetanus on March 4. Wayne had been operated on at Huntington, West Va., in October, 1944 for a bone infection and his death was from complications from the operation. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Statton Tackett, and a daughter, Donna Sue, who was only eighteen days old at the time of her father's passing.  Also his parents, Wayne, Sr. and Donna Pelphrey Tackett and two brothers, Jimmy Roger and Ben Dahlman. Funeral services were held by Revs. Riggsby, O'Bryan and Reed.  He was buried in the Tackett Family Cemetery, arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-15-1945
WEBB, Martha Jane (Burchwell)
1945
83 YEAR OLD MOTHER SUCCUMBS
Martha Jane Webb, 83 years old, passed away Saturday morning (Mar. 3, 1945) at 12:10 in a local hospital. Mrs. Webb was the wife of Boone Webb who preceded her in death several years ago. She suffered a partial paralytic stroke nearly two years ago and had been an invalid since that time. She is survived by four sons and one daughter, Nelson and Elmon of West Virginia, Garland of Van Lear, Jake of East Point, with whom she had made her home for several years and Mrs. Paul Brown, Fairfield, Ohio. Remains were taken to the Jones Funeral Home and were kept there until one o'clock Sunday afternoon when they were taken to the Christian Church at West Van Lear where funeral services were held by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt, and then the body was laid to rest in the home cemetery near Volga. The Paintsville Herald Thursday March 8, 1945



APRIL - 1945
   
BAILEY, Charles Monroe
1945
Prominent Farmer Dies
Charles Monroe Bailey 74 years old, died  at his home at Barn Rock Saturday night. He had lived his entire life in the Flat Gap section of Johnson County. He is survived by his wife, Lela Thomas Bailey and the following children, Wallace of Keaton, Edgel, Portsmouth, Ohio, Rexel and Ledgel at home, Mrs. Henry Fyffe, Six Lakes, Mich., and Mrs. Thomas Butler, City. He is also survived by one brother, Dr. T. B. Bailey, Flat Gap and one sister, Mrs. M. B. Sparks of Ashland. He was a member of the New Regular Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at the home at 10 o'clock on Monday by Rev. Hood Wallen. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-12-1945
BELCHER, John
1945
John Belcher Dies After Long Illness
John Belcher age 37 died at his home on April 19.  He was the victim of tuberculosis and had been suffering from this disease for some four years but was active until recently. He was the adopted son of Alex Belcher of Tutor Key, and was married to Erville McKenzie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Mckenzie, when a young man. He is survived by his wife and two children, Jerry Bryan and Roger Neal. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Old Tom's Creek Church by Rev. J. C. Sparks and Rev. Robert Castle. Burial was made on the Belcher farm where he was reared under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-3-1945
BLAIR, Morris
1945
PFC. MORRIS BLAIR
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Paris Blair, Oil Springs.  Pfc. Morris Blair was killed in action on Luzon on April 22, 1945. He was 19 years and had been in the army 18 months, 13 of which had been spent overseas. The following letter to Mrs. Paris Blair from W. Harry Krieger, Chaplain, is quoted in part. It is with deeper sympathy than can be expressed in words that I write to you regarding your son, Morris, who gave his life for the high Cause of Freedom.  You have already received the brief notification from the War Department, and it is my hope to set forth additional details surrounding his death. During the last weeks of April, 1945, our Battalion was engaged in an operation on Mt. Natib, a strong-point of the enemy.  It lies approximately 12 miles west of the village of Pilar, Bataan Province on the island of Luzon.  After days of bitter fighting the enemy was driven to a point near the crest of the mountain and there decided to make a last stand.  Company K, to which Morris was assigned, was ordered to make an attack in an effort to dislodge them. Your son served as the messenger on this memorable day, April 22nd, he was moving along the trail with Capt. Dietz, his commanding officer.  Quite suddenly an enemy sniper, manning a machine gun, opened fire and Morris was hit.  A little team was sent up at once, and he was brought back to the Aid Station.  But the bullet, passing lengthwise through his body, proved fatal and Morris died quietly at 12:30 o’clock.  I happened to be with him when the end came, Mrs. Blair, and am confident he was spared great suffering. Morris was in every respect a soldier’s soldier and has left a splendid record.  Morris made many friends, and his willingness to perform the tasks assigned to him won him the esteem of both officers and men.  Particularly on this last operation I had occasion to admire his steady and courageous approach to the terrible duty that was placed upon us.  You have given a son of whom his comrades and fellow American can be justly proud. Morris was laid to rest in our beautiful American Cemetery, known as Manila No. 3. In closing, I would assure you of the deep sympathies of all the officers and men with whom Morris served. Faithfully yours in the Service For God and County. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-27-1947
DANIEL, Fanny (Jordan)
1945
Heart Attack Fatal To Mrs. Daniel
Mrs. Fanny Daniel, 62, wife of Fonnie Daniel, local photographer, was found dead in her home on Friday, April 27, 1945, several hours after she had succumbed to a heart attack.  Mr. Daniel, who had left her attending to household duties on Friday morning, April 27, 1945, returned at 7 o’clock in the evening, finding her dead in her chair. She was the daughter of the late W. S. and Belle Thompson Jordon of Lawrence county. She is survived by three sons, Leroy, with the U. S. Army in Germany, and Morris and Robert of Seattle, Wash., also four daughters, Mrs. Maudie Davenport, city, Mrs. Ernest Griffith and Mrs. Jimmie Ruth Meade at home and Jackie of Cleveland, O. None of the sons were able to be present at their mothers funeral.   One son, Troy preceded her in death several years ago. Funeral services were held at the Mayo Memorial Church by Rev. J. L. Layne on Monday, April 30, 1945, and burial was made in the family lot in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-03-1945
DELONG, Coney Jewell
1945
Johns Creek Baby Dies In Maryland
Coney Jewell DeLong, 11 months old daughter of Willie and Virgil DeLong died in Baltimore, Md., Monday, April 24. The body was bought to Johns Creek, Thursday, April 26 for burial. Funeral services, conducted by Spurgeon Honeycutt, minister of the Church of Christ, were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ben DeLong.  Burial followed in the family cemetery. Besides her father and mother she is survived by one sister, Donna Sue, and two brothers Billy and Darriel. Little Coney Jewell will be greatly missed. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 3, 1945
GRIFFITH, Flem
1874-1945
CITY MAN SUCCUMBS
Heart Attack Fatal To Flem Griffith
Flem Griffith, 70 years old, died April 6 at his home on West Third Street after suffering a heart attack a short time before. He had been in ill health for the past several months. He is survived by his wife, Nannie Hayes Griffith, two sons, Ray of Clinton, Tenn., and Ernest, U. S. Army, Big Springs, Texas, and one daughter, Mrs. Homer Mattock of Delaware, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Tutor Key under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Mr. and Mrs Griffith established the Old Kentucky Home on West Third Street fifteen years ago and ever since then have had their doors open to the traveling public, enjoying an excellent reputation with both tourists and businessmen coming into Eastern Kentucky. During the years they have maintained the tourist home, guests have registered from all the states in the Union and from Canada. Because of the respectable, clean environment and the hospitality shown by both Mr. and Mrs. Griffith to their guests, thousands of persons have registered with them throughout the years, many of the tourists having had the Old Kentucky Home recommended to them by those who had stopped there. Mr. Griffith will be greatly missed by many friends.
Obituary Flem Griffith was born in Lawrence County, Ky., December 13, 1874. He died April 6, 1945, age seventy years, three months and twenty-five days. He was the youngest son of David and Elizabeth Miller Griffith and came to Johnson County while a small boy. He spent most of his life in the county. He was married to Miss Nannie Hayes of Mingo, Ky., Sept. 5, 1902. To this union were born five children, two of whom died in infancy. Surviving him are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Homer Matlock, of Delaware, Ohio; two sons, Ray of Paintsville and Ernest of the U. S. Army, Big Springs, Texas; and eight grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. George Mayhew, Pedro, Ohio; Mrs. Menifee Caudill, Oil Springs, and Mrs. W. H. Williams, Charleston, West, Va. The following step-brothers and sisters survive; John Collins, Will Collins, and Mrs. George Helton, Oil Springs, and Mrs. J. H. Ritchie, Piketon, Ohio. Mrs. Griffith was succesful in many business enterprises in which he was engaged from time to time. Fifteen years ago he moved to Paintsville and established the "Old Kentucy Home" where hundreds of people stopped and enjoyed the hospitality which he offered. He was loyal to his many friends and always met them with a friiiendly greeting. He was firm in his convictions and straightfforward in business. Although he was busily engaged in the affairs of life he did not neglect his spiritual needs. Many years ago he confessed Christ as his savior and united with the Freewill Baptist Church in Paintsville. Because of ill health he did not attend church services as often as he would have liked, but he still kept the faith. And having kept the faith and finished his course, there is for him a crown of righteousness in the city that lieth four-square where there is no death. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-12-1945
HALL, A.M.
1945
A.M. Hall, 87, passed away April 13 1945 at his home on Lick Fork of Jennies Creek after suffering a stroke a few days previously. Until the stroke occurred Mr. Hall had enjoyed good health. He was a member of the United Baptist Church, and had farmed his entire life. Surviving are his aged widow, Nervie Wright Hall, and six children. Three children have proceeded him in death. Also surviving are a number of grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives who will miss him greatly. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday, and burial was made in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. April 19, 1945 Thursday Paintsville Herald
HALL, Grant
1865-1945
VAN LEAR MAN PASSES
Grant Hall, 80 years old of Van Lear passed away at a local hospital on April 7. Mr. Hall was born in Virginia on March 22, 1865, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Green Hall, he came to this county from Perry county 40 years ago and was married to Alice Baldridge early in life. He was later married to Sarah Crider and is survived by several children. He was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were held at the home on Monday by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt and burial was made in a nearby cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. April 12, 1945 Thursday Paintsville Herald
HOLBROOK, Wanda Sue
1945
Webb Granddaughter Killed In Ohio
Wanda Sue Holbrook, six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Holbrook, of Kenton, O., and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Webb, city, was killed Thursday, April 5, when struck by a truck. According to Mr. Webb, who returned to Paintsville Wednesday after attending the funeral at Kenton, the child was returning home from school and was crossing the street in front of her home when hit by the truck. The driver of the truck admitted having defective brakes, Mr. Webb said, and had been involved in an accident only a few days previously. The funeral was held at the Holbrook home in Kenton Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. Webb left for Kenton last Friday after their daughter, the former Mattalea Webb, notified them of the accident. Mr. Webb operates the barber shop in the Howard Hotel building.  The Holbrooks have two other small children. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 12, 1945
HONSCHELL, James Franklin
1945
Aged Man Passes
James Franklin Honschell, 77 years old, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grace Deskins, at West Van Lear, Tuesday afternoon April 4, 1945.  He had been in poor health for several months.  He is survived by one son, William Honschell of Wayland and five daughters, Mrs. Ida Bassham, Harlan, Mrs. Elizabeth Spears, Hager Hill, Mrs. Myrtle Spears, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Grace Deskins and Mrs. Stella Price of West Van Lear.  He is also survived by one brother and two sisters. Funeral services were held at Wayland on Thursday.  Burial was made in Wayland cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-12-1945
JARREL, Pearl
1945
White House Child Dies Tuesday
Pearl Jarrel, little daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Marion Jarrel, White House died at her home last Tuesday morning. She had been ill with a brain disorder for the past six weeks. Besides her parents, she is survived by the following brothers, James Edward, Willie and Corbett. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. Fred Rowland. Burial was made in the family cemetery, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 2, 1945
KAZEE, John
1878-1945
Tutor Key Man Dies
John Kazee, 66, died in a local hospital on Thursday, April 19.  He had been in poor health for some time but suffered a heart attack the morning before he died. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Addie Kazee and three stepsons Dennis and Randall Daniel, city, and Rudolph Daniel of Tutor Key, also one brother Charles Kazee and two sisters, Mrs. Alf Church and Mrs. Tip Preston, all residing in Johnson County. Funeral services were held at the home on Friday afternoon by Reverends Robert Castle, Millard Van Hoose and Scott Castle. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Tutor Key under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Obituary John Kazee was born in Johnson County, May 10, 1878. He died April 19, 1945, age 66 years, 11 months and 9 days.  He had been in ill health for several months but friends were shocked when he passed away at the Golden Rule Hospital Thursday morning at 10:30. He was the son of Harrison and Louise Grimm Kazee both deceased. He was married to Mrs. Addie Hayes Daniel of this place on December 12, 1918, and was a member of Tom's Creek church since March 6, 1938. Surviving are his wife Addie and three stepsons, Dennis, Randall and Rudolph Daniel whom he loved as his own sons, two sisters, Mrs. Alford Church of Tutor Key and Mrs. Tip Preston of Meally. One brother Charles Kazee of Stambaugh, Kentucky and ten nieces and nephews, besides a host of friends. Like a sea that's left its mooring And sails bravely out to sea, So someone dear has sailed away In calm serenity; But there is promise of greater joy Than earth could have in store, For God has planned a richer life Beyond the unseen shore. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery. Reverends Millard Van Hoose, Robert and Scott Castle preaching his funeral. The body was in the charge of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APRIL 26 1945
LITTERAL, Grant
1945
GRANT LITTERAL DIES IN OHIO
Death claimed Grant Litteral a native of Oil Springs, at his home in Wheelersburg, Ohio, on Monday, April 9. He had been ill several weeks and was 79 at the time of death. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Sciotoville Christian Church. He was a member of the Paintsville Masonic Lodge and had moved to Ohio December, 1944. Mr. Litteral leaves his wife and children and a host of relatives and friends in this section who will mourn his death. Mrs. L.C. Bailey sister-in-law to Mr. Litteral, and W.B. Bailey, nephew attended the funeral. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APRIL 19, 1945
McCLOUD, Darwin
1945
Lt. Darwin McCloud To Be Buried Aug. 30
Funeral services for the late 1st Lt. Darvin F. McCloud, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonzo McCloud, of West Van Lear, will be held August 30, at the National Cemetery at St. Louis, Mo. Lt. McCloud was killed in action on Honshu Island, Japan on April 16, 1945 while serving as a navigator on a B-29. He enlisted in the Air Corps on July 14, 1942, and received his commission after six months training. Lt. McCloud attended the Bowling Green Business University at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and was an auditor for the Ashland Oil and Refining Company at Ashland before entering the service. He was married to the former Mary Munson of Wolf Island, Mo. Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, George P. McCloud and Alphonzo McCloud, Jr., and one sister, Mrs. J. E. Corder. PAINTSVILLE HERALD August 25, 1949
MCKENZIE, Joy Lee
1945
ELNA MAN HANGS SELF
Despondent Over Death Of Son Joe Lee McKenzie, 63, was found hanging from a rope in his barn at Elna last Saturday where he had taken his own life a few minutes after disappearing from his home.  It was reported that he had been ill and despondent for the past several months, and his condition was thought to have been aggravated by the death of his son, Ora D. McKenzie, who was killed in action in Luxembourg on January 15.  Also another son, Pvt. Sebastian McKenzie, was wounded in action while serving overseas and is now home on furlough. He was the son of the late Thomas and Nancy Jayne McKenzie of Flat Gap. Besides his wife, he is survived by six sons, Dora, U.S. Army, Charlie, Ova, William, Dolpha and Sebastian and one daughter, Mrs. Delva Fyffe, also four brothers, Hobert, Bill, Ed, Al, and Floyd and two sisters, Mrs. Savilla Salyer and Mrs. Mary Melissa Hall. Funeral services were held on Monday by Revs. Dennis Williams, Charlie Estep and Taylor Williams.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Elna. Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Patty Flat Cemetery". Paintsville Herald Thursday May 3, 1945
PATRICK, Elizabeth (Price)
1945
Elizabeth Patrick Dies At Age Of 85
Elizabeth Patrick, 85, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Rinda Preston, on Third Street on April 17. While visiting Mrs. Preston, she fell on March 30 sustaining a broken hip from which she never recovered. She was born in 1859, the daughter of Hamilton F. and Evalena Salyer Price of Oil Springs. She was married to Leander Patrick who preceded her in death and to this union were born two children, Dr. J. H. Patrick of PaintsLick, KY., with whom she made her home, and Hazel Patrick Rice who died several years ago. Besides her son, she is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Sherman Rice and Mrs. Julia Rice, Denver, Mrs. William Preston, city, and Mrs. Nora Rice, also one brother W.S. Price Oil Springs, another brother J.C. Rice died in Kansas in December, 1944. Funeral services were held at Denver by Rev. Morris of West Van Lear on April 18 and burial was made in the family cemetery at Denver under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday April 26, 1945
PATTON, Infant
1945
Patton Infant Dies
The infant daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Chester H. Patton died in a local hospital last Friday. Funeral services were held at the home of John Salyer, at Oil Springs on April 29.  Interment was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday, May 3, 1945
PATTON, Maltie (Ratliff)
1945
Local Undertaker Buries Mrs. Patton
Mrs. Felix Patton, age 32, of Lackey, Kentucky, passed away on April 1 at a local hospital after an illness of one year.  She underwent an operation some months ago in a hospital in Huntington, W. Va., from which she was never able to recover. Mrs. Patton was, before her marriage, Miss Maltie Ratliff, and is a native of the head of Beaver Creek.  In 1931, she was married to Felix Patton, a native of the same section and to this union was born four children, Jackie, Georgia, Shannon, Janice and Patricia Sue. Mrs. Patton was a Baptist in faith and doctrine and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Lackey., Funeral services were held at her church on Wednesday, April 4, with Rev. Bellomy, Rev. Howard and Rev. Griffith officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lackey by the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday, April 12, 1945
PICKLESIMER, Gordon B.
Cpl. Gordon B. Picklesimer Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Picklesimer of New Smyrna Bench, Fl. recieved word on April 26 that their eldest son, Cpl. Gordon B. Picklesimer had been killed in action in Germany on April 13. He was 25 years old and enlisted in the army at Portsmouth, Ohio, in September 1940 when the family resided at Vanceburg, Ky. He went overseas on September 4, 1941 and served two years in Iceland before he took part in the invasion of France where he served with a Headquarters Company of the 46th Field Artillery, of Gen. Patton's 3rd Army. His parents were born and reared in Johnson County and both taught in the public schools of this county. His father is a veteran of World War I and is now serving on the police force, Banana River, N. A. S., near Cocoa, Fla. Besides his parents, he is survived by three brothers, and one sister, Cpl. Dewey Picklesimer, with a medical battalion in Italy, Pfc. Orrel Picklesimer with the 614 Q. M. Corps in France, James Reece Picklesimer, a senior at New Smyrna Beach High School and Esta Ann. Paintsville Herald Thursday 06-07-1945
RATLIFF, Frances Ann
1945
Child Drowns In Beaver Creek Frances Ann Ratliff, eighteen months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Ratliff of Lackey was drowned Saturday, April 14, 1945, while playing along the edge of Beaver Creek. A Community playhouse had been established along the creek’s edge and Frances Ann with many older children had gathered there.  The mother inquiring of the child’s whereabouts, found her missing, and it was found that while making her way to a sand pile, she had lost her balance and had fallen into Beaver Creek.  A ten-year old playmate recovered the baby. She is survived by her parents and one brother. Her father is serving in the navy. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 16, 1945, at Blainetown and burial was made in a nearby cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-19-1945
SCARBERRY, Missouri (Castle)
1945
Lowmansville Mother Succumbs April 10th
Missouri Scarberry passed away at her home at Lowmansville on April 10.  She was seventy nine years of age and had been in good health until a few days prior to her death when she suffered a stroke. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Epson Castle and is survived by a number of children, among them being Sherman Scarberry of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Sycamore and burial was made in the Sycamore cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-19-1945
SMITH, Mrs Paris (Ward)
1945
Wife Of Overseas Soldier Dies
Mrs. Paris Smith, thirty-four years of age passed away April 23 after a short illness.  She was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Hollis Ward.  Her husband, serving with the army in the South Pacific has been wounded and is now in a hospital somewhere in the Pacific. Besides her husband, she is survived by her parents and many friends. Funeral services were held in the home on Thursday with the Rev. Brooks officiating.  Burial was made on the Road branch of Tom's Creek under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 26, 1945
SPARKS, Benjamin
1945
Sgt. Benjamin Sparks, 22, a casualty of World War II, who met his death on foreign soil on April 12, 1945, was returned here last week for reburial. Sgt. Sparks was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, the son of William and Hettie Harris Sparks, and had been a resident of Flat Gap, Ky. Besides his parents, who now live at Sunbury, Ohio, he is survived by four brothers, Douglas, Sunbury, Ohio; Theodore, Garrett, Ky.; Edward, Sunbury, Ohio; and Eugene, Sunbury, Ohio; and six sisters, Mrs. Ora N. Hensley, Sunbury, Ohio; Mrs. Thomas Chandler, Jenkins, Ky.; Miss Gloria Mae Sparks, Miss Bertha Fay Sparks, Miss Harva Lee Sparks, and Miss Betty Jean Sparks, all of Sunbury, Ohio. Funeral sevices were held on Sunday, April 17, 1949 at the Franks Creek Schoolhouse, by the Revs. Bruce Daniel and Mitchell Grim, Reinterment was in the Harris cemetery at Winifred, Ky., under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR. 14, 1949
SPARKS, Bennie
1945
KERZ SOLDIER IS KILLED IN EUROPE
Mr. And Mrs. Willie Sparks, Kerz, received a telegram last Thursday advising them that their son, Bennie Sparks, was killed in Germany, April 15 He is the grandson of Mr. And Mrs. Maywood Harris of Winifred and Lafe Sparks, Flat Gap.  He had been overseas approximately two years. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05/03/1945
TACKETT, Tommy W.
1945
Cpl. TOMMY W. TACKETT
Cpl. Tommy Tackett was killed in action in Germany on April 4, 1945.  He is the son of Mrs. Martha Tackett pf Paintsville and was 33 year old at the time of his death. Cpl. Tackett was awarded the Bronze Star Medal a few days before his death.  He volunteered for service in January, 1941, and left for overseas in January, 1945 after spending a fifteen day furlough with his mother and relatives. He is survived by his mother and two brothers, Clyde Tackett, city , and Sherman Tackett, of East Point. He was buried in a regular military cemetery in Germany with full military honors. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 5-24-1945 TOMMY W. TACKETT Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M., Sunday, May 22, in the gymnasium at Auxier, Kentucky, by Rev. W. H. Horn and Rev. Green, for T-5 Tommy W. Tackett, 33, who was killed in action in Germany on April 4, 1945.  His body had arrived in Paintsville on Wednesday, May 18, and had been taken to the home of his brother, Clyde, in King Addition. He was born April 11, 1912, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Tackett of Auxier, Ky. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Phoebe Collins, Garrison, Ky., two brothers, Clyde, Paintsville, and Sherman, North Baltimore, Ohio, and four half-brothers, George Tackett, Wilbur, Ky, Jesse Tackett, Garrison, Ky., Jack Hall and Lonnie Hall, of Auxier, Ky. Graveside rites were conducted by the Johnson County Post 117, American Legion.  Burial was in the Auxier Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 5-19-1949
VANHOOSE, Howard
1945
Killed in Action
Mrs. Howard VanHoose was notified on May 11 that her husband Cpl. Howard VanHoose, was killed in action in Germany.  He had previously been reported as missing since April 15, while serving with an infantry division. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-17-1945 Pvt. Howard VanHoose Pvt. Howard VanHoose, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. VanHoose, city, was killed in action in Germany on April 15, 1945.  He entered military service on Dec. 11, 1943, serving in the Air Corps until he was transferred to the infantry a few months ago. He was graduated from the Paintsville High School in 1935 and attended Kentucky Military Institute, and later became associated with his father in the lumber business in Paintsville, and was made manager of a new branch office in Louisa, which position he held until he was called to the service.  Eastern Kentucky has lost one of its post promising young business men.  The manner in which the business at Louisa expanded portrayed Howard’s personality and the respect in which he was held by his fellowmen. Pvt. VanHoose was very active in civic affairs.  At the time of his induction into the Armed Forces, he was a member of the Louisa City Council, Vice-president of the Rotary Club, Sec.- Treas. of the business Men’s Club and a member of I. O. O. F. He was married to Miss Joan Conley of Paintsville a few years ago who survives.  He is also survived by a four-year-old son, Joe Howard VanHoose, his parents and a sister, Mrs. Scott Craft, Louisa. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-24-1945
VANHOOSE, Milt
1945
Wittensville Man Dies
Milt Van Hoose of Wittensville passed away at a local hospital April 10 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Jane Witten Van Hoose and seven children, Raymond of Wittensville, Mrs. Eunice May Castle and Mrs. Anna Young of Van Lear, Blanche, Lifis and Gladys Jewel at home. He is also survived by five brothers and one sister, Albert, Tutor Key, Earl, Thealka, Millard, Wittensville, Fred, Emma ky., Arch of Thealka, and Mrs. Nellie Taylor, Tutor Key. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at 10:30 Thursday morning. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Sycamore under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-12-1945
WARD, Joseph R.
1945
AGED MAN DIES AT BOONS CAMP
Joseph R. Ward, eighty years old, died on Thursday at the home of a friend at Boons Camp where he had gone for a visit. He suddenly took ill and died in a short while. He was a member of the Little Friendship United Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at Boons Camp on Saturday and burial was made in the Ward cemetery at Offutt under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-19-1945
WILLIAMS, Earl K.
1945
Killed In Luzon
Mr. and Mrs. Houston Williams of Van Lear received a telegram from the War Department last Thursday, April 19, 1945, advising them that their son, S-Sgt. Earl K. Williams had been killed on Wednesday, March 21, 1945, while fighting on Luzon.  He was serving with an infantry division and had been in service four years.  He was twenty-one years of age. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 04-26-1945 S-Sgt. Earl K. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Houston Williams of Van Lear received a Telegram from the War Department last Thursday, April 19, 1945, advising them their son S-Sgt. Earl K. Williams was killed in action on Luzon Island on Wednesday, March 21, 1945.  He entered the service at the age of 17 on Tuesday, April 8, 1941.  He was serving in the 149th “Cyclone” Infantry Division. A brother, S-Sgt. Delmer B. Williams is serving in France.  While he was serving with the 39th Infantry Division, on the Western Front in August 1944, he was wounded and has since been sent to a replacement center. Besides the parents, he is survived by six sisters, Mrs. Thomas Fox, Ashland, Mrs. Raymond Fraley, David, Ky.; Glenna Jane, Phyllis and Nancy at home.  He attended Van Lear High School. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-26-1945
WILLIAMS, Eliphus G.
1945
Former Johnson Man Passes
Eliphus G. Williams, 82, of Lacy, Morgan County passed away at his home on Friday, April 27, 1945. He was born at Elna, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John I. Williams.  When a young man he was married to Cynthia Hamilton and to this union were born John, Cora, Mrs. Sara Jenkins, Tommie and Mrs. A. D. Hitchcock. He had been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for seventeen years. Funeral services were held in the home on Saturday, April 28, 1945, his Baptist brethren officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lacy, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-03-1945
WILLIAMS, Garner
1945
Oil Springs Boy Succumbs
Garner Williams, the ten-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Rupert P. Williams of Oil Springs died of tetanus last Friday. April 6, 1945, at a local hospital.  He received a foot injury about two weeks ago and tetanus developed causing his death. He is survived by his parents and four brothers, Carl, Garrett, Lowell and Bobby Franklin. Funeral services were held at the home on March 9, 1945, and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  04-12-1945 



MAY - 1945

BAYES, Mary (Fairchilds)
1862-1945
Aged City Woman Dies May 27th
Eastern Star Conducts Mary Bayes Funeral
Mrs. Mary Bayes, 82, Second Street, Paintsville, died Sunday morning in a local hospital after a long illness. She was born in Magoffin County on November 14, 1862, the daughter of William and Barbara Ann Estep Fairchilds.  She was married to Dr. Francis Marion Bayes who preceded her in death several years ago. She is survivied by two daughter, Murah Bayes Hazelrigg, city, (sic) and Mrs. Malta Bayes Bailey, Oil Springs, one sister Minta Fairchilds, Flora, Ill., three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mrs. Bayes was a life-long member of the First Christian Church of Paintsville and was active in the life of the church.  She was also a charter member of the Paintsville Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the First Christian Church by Rev. J. N. Mostoller and burial ceremony was conducted by the Paintsville Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.  The following State officers of the order participated in the ceremony; Mrs. Lorraine Payne, Worthy Grand Matron, Helen Gross, Grand Chaplain, Josephine Harkins Browning, Past Worthy Grand Matron and Mae Mobayed, Past Grand Chaplain. Pallbearers were Oliver Jenkins, Glenn Powell, M.O. Wheeler, V.P. Horne, W.B. Bailey, Frank Chandler, Clarence Cooper and Guy Conley. Burial was made in the Fairchilds cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Friday, May 31, 1945
   
BLAIR, Anna

1945
AGED MOTHER DIES
Anna Blair, 79 years old, died at her home at Barnetts Creek, on Wednesday, May 9, following an illness of several weeks. She was the widow of Marion Frank Blair, who preceded her in death in September 1944. She is survived by eight children all of whom were present at their mother’s funeral; Mrs. Dessie Blair, Wheelersburg, O., Mrs. Margaret Blair, Mrs. Bercha Picklesimer, Mrs. Delphia Harmon, all of Barnetts Creek, Lindsey Blair, Oil Springs, Ky., Martin, Buell and Robert of Barnetts Creek. One son Nathaniel died in April 1943 and two other children have also died. She was the mother of eleven children. Funeral services were held at the home Friday at 10:30 by Revs. Millard O’Bryan and Furman Blair, ministers of the church with which she was affiliated. Burial was made in the family cemetery by the side of her husband. Arrangements were under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 17, 1945
   
CASTLE, Bruce

1945
Thealka Man Is Killed In Italy
It has been reported that Bruce Castle, husband of Irene Castle and  son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam B. Castle of Thealka has been killed in action  in Italy. He was 27 years old and was inducted on May 18, 1944. He was  employed by the Consolidation Coal Company prior to entering military  service. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 10, 1945
   
COLUMBUS, Louisa (Conley)

1945
Eldest Woman of Local Church Dies
Mrs. Louisa Columbus, 87, died Sunday evening, May 6, 1945, at her home on Second Street after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Constantine Conley of East Point. Surviving are three children, Mrs. Flora Virginia Bayard, city, Dr. E. B. Connelly of Ashland and John C. Columbus of St. Louis, Mo. She was the oldest member of the Missionary Baptist Church of this city.  Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday evening, May 8, 1945, by Rev. Ralph E. Webb. Interment was made in the Mayo cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-10-1945
   
CONNEL, Charley

1945
SUCCUMBS TO HEART ATTACK
Charley Connel of Cincinnati, Ohio was stricken with a heart attack at Mt. Sterling, Ky. while en route to his home in Cincinnati. Mr. Connel, with Mrs. Connel and a sister-in-law, Thelma Cook, were returning to Cincinnati after a visit with Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Walters at River. While purchasing gasoline in Mt. Sterling Mr. Connel became ill and died instantly. He had served 26 years as policeman in Cincinnati and had many friends in Johnson County where he had visited several times. He is survived by his wife, Verta Walters Connel, one daughter Margaret, by a former marriage, an adopted daughter Jo Ann and a host of friends. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 31, 1945
   
DEATON, B.P. Jr.

1945
1st Lieut B. P. Deaton, Jr. Lt. Deaton was killed Friday, May 4, 1945, on Luzon Island while serving as an Engineer with the army.  Husband of Veneda Daniel Deaton, Offutt, Lt. Deaton had been in service three years volunteering at the age of twenty, and was commissioned at Ft. Belvoir, VA, in March, 1943. He served in Australia, New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands and landed with MacArthur’s forces on Leyte as leader of his platoon for which he received two special citations.  He was the first of the 8th Engineers to ever pull a combat patrol and on this patrol, 32 out of 40 Japs were killed without an American casualty. Prior to landing on Leyte, Lt. Deaton was wounded on Los Negroes for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.  He was then sent to Australia to recuperate from malaria and later suffered two attacks from this disease.  He received the Oak Leaf Cluster for constructing a bridge under enemy fire, and he was recently awarded the Bronze Star. Besides his wife he is survived by a son, Paul Darwin, 21 months old, his parents, Rev. and Mrs. B.P. Deaton, Wooten, Ky. and two sisters, Ely Deaton and Mrs. James Henry Vanover. Memorial services were held in his honor by Dr. F. C. Symonds of Hyden at the Mary Rose McCord Memorial Chapel, Wooten, Kentucky. Paintsville Herald Thursday 06-14-1945
   
DIXON, Isaac
1893-1945
Services for Isaac Dixon, 51, of  the Lyndora, hotel, Hammond, World War I veteran, who died Friday at Hines hospital, Hines, Illinois Services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday from the Snyder funeral home with Rev. Paul Renz officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery. Dixon, born June 17, 1893, in Paintsville, Ky., was a book binder at Conkey's and had been a resident of Hammond for 25 years. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs.Hazel Botta and Mrs. Gladys Thompson, both of Alabama avenue, and one brother, Kirk, of Milwaukee, Wis. Hammond Times- May 20 1945, Hammond Indiana Submitted by Kim Donley 2009

   
GILKERSON, Sion
1945
FATHER OF LOCAL MAN SUCCUMBS
Sion Gilkerson, 85, wealthy lumber dealer, died on May 1 at Louisa. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, Gilkerson had engaged in lumber operations in the Big Sandy Valley for more than half a century prior to his retirement a year ago. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Addie Burgess and a son, Dudley Gilkerson, Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 10, 1945
GULLETT, Clarinda
1945
Mrs. Clarinda Gullett Succumbs Monday
Mrs. Clarinda Gullett, age 82, died at her home at 14 Depot Road, Monday evening, May 21, 1945, from a cerebral hemorrhage she suffered two days ago (May 19, 1945). She was the widow of J. I. Gullett and had been a resident of Paintsville about 25 years having formerly lived near the Old Camp Ground on Route 40. She is survived by one daughter Mrs. Jennie Helton and one son Floyd of Monitor, Wash. who was unable to be present. One son, Tom died in 1937 and his widow Eula and two sons, Tom and Leon and Mrs. Gullett had made their home together.  She is also survived by three other grandchildren Wayne Helton, city, Ida Helton, Versailles and Mrs. Hazel Well of Ashland.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, May 23, 1945, at the United Baptist Church by Revs. Sparks and Riggsby after which she was taken to the old home place for burial under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-24-1945
ISON, Woodrow
1945
Gun Shot Wound Is Fatal
Morgan County Youth  Dies In Local Hospital
Woodrow Ison, 19, Moon, Morgan County, Ky., died at the Paintsville Clinic of a gunshot wound in the abdomen.  He died of Hemorrhage a few minutes after his arrival at the hospital. It was reported that the gun which killed the youth was fired accidentally by a boy friend at the victim’s while they were attending church. The youth is the son of Ham Ison of Moon, Ky. Paintsville Herald 5-24-1945
JACKSON, James F.
1945
Veteran of World War No. 1 Dies
James F. Jackson, 55, of Oil Springs community died at his home Saturday night from Tuberculosis with which he had been afflicted for the last five years. He has spent some time at the veteran’s hospital at Chillicothe, Ohio and was continued to his bed for about three years. He is survived by his wife Lydia, one daughter and one son.  His aged father Gabriel Jackson, two brothers and two sisters also survive. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon by Revs. Riggsby and Reed. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 5-24-1945
KIDD, Maurice Howard
1945
3 Year Old Child Dies of Leukemia
Maurice Howard Kidd, 3 1/2 year old son of Mr. And Mrs. Howard Kidd of 534 Elm Street passed away Friday morning, having been a sufferer of Lymphatic Leukemia for several months.  He was taken to different specialists and all that loving hands could do was done. Besides his parents, he is survived by two little sisters, Janice and Tanya and a host of other relatives and friends, as little Maurice was a favorite of all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ at Pikeville, Sunday afternoon and burial was made in the family cemetery near Pikeville under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday, May 31, 1945
LAVIERS, Henry
1945
H. LaVIERS DIES TODAY AT HOME
Funeral Services To Be  Held Sunday At First Baptist Death came this morning, (Thursday) at ten o’clock to Mr. Henry LaViers, who was for many years general manager of the North West Coal Company and a leader in the development of the coal fields in Kentucky.  Mr. La Viers passed away at his home on Fourth Street, Paintsville, where he had been an invalid the past ten years. He is survived by his wife and son, Harry LaViers, city. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon, June 3, at 2 o’clock, at the First Baptist Church in Paintsville. A more detailed report of LaViers’ life will appear in next week’s Herald.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 5-31-1945
Respected Citizen Dies At Age 83 Funeral rites were held Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church for Henry LaViers 83, who passed away at his home in Paintsville on the morning of May 31.  Rev. R. Lee James of Jenkins, who was a former pastor at the local church and a personal friend of the deceased, spoke to a large group of friends who gathered to pay their last respects to a men held in high esteem by all of his fellow citizens.  Rev. James was assisted by Rev. R. E. Webb, pastor of the church, and Rev. J. L. Layne, pastor of the Mayo Memorial Church.  Favorite hymns of Mr. LaViers were sung by a local quartette. Following the services at the church burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Dan Wheeler, Herbert Wheeler, Hansel Wiley, E. B. Miller, J. G, Newman, Glenn Powell, C. F. Walters and Virgil Picklesimer. Mr. LaViers was born in Myrter Tydville, South Wales, on June 4, 1862.  His parents, James and Jane LaViers, came to this country when their son was 16 months old and settled in Stark County, Ohio, where they reared a family of seven children, three boys and four girls. The deceased attended elementary school in that community and entered on life’s vocation at an early age, working in the coal mines of Ohio and West Virginia until 1880 when he enrolled at Ohio State University, specializing in mining engineering, graduating in 1893.  Following his graduation he was employed be the Superior Coal Co. at Wellston, Ohio, as mining engineer, and in 1906 came to Paintsville as manager for the North East Coal Co., an operating company which had just been organized for the development of the coal deposits in this vicinity.  Under his direction and operation this company became one of the major producing companies on Eastern Kentucky, and in 1915 the same interests organized another company known as the South East Coal Company operating in Letcher County, Ky., and he became general manager for the new company. Both of these positions he held until the time of his retirement in 1933. Mr. LaViers was married to Margaret Ann Thomas at Pomeroy, Ohio, and to this couple were born three children.  The first child James died in infancy.  The second child Irene Grace preceded the deceased in death in November, 1944.  Their third child Harry survives and creditably fills the place formerly occupied by his father in the affairs of Eastern Kentucky. Mr. LaViers deserves that distinct title of a “self made man,” overcoming many obstacles that would have defeated a less determined spirit, and was esteemed for those fine characteristics that made possible his success in life.  He was a charter member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Paintsville and actively participated in Sunday School work for more than 25 years. Survivors include his widow and son, one sister, Mrs. Ella Reece of Los Angeles, California, and three grandchildren, Harry LaViers, Jr., city, Mrs. James Benedict and Pvt. John Paul Sellers Jr., of Columbus, O. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 6-7-1945
McCLOUD, William Ireland
1945
Victim Of Heart Attack
W. I. McCloud Dies Suddenly May 31st The victim of a heart attack, W. I. McCloud died suddenly on the morning of May 31.  He was 69 years of age at the time of his death. Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the home of Norman Horn on Jennies Creek, and burial was made in the Conley cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Mr. McCloud was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George McCloud and was born in Paintsville where he spent his entire life.  He was a farmer for a number of years and had been employed by the North East Coal Company as a miner for more than fifteen years before his retirement when aged sixty-five.  He was a Spanish American War Veteran and had seen action in the Philippines in that war. Mr. McCloud was married twice.  His first marriage was to Miss Hattie Conley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Conley, both deceased.  She passed away twenty-one years ago and he was later married to Mrs. Nettie Dills who survives.  Also surviving are six children by his first marriage; Herschell, Collista; Beecher, Stambaugh; Charles, city; Mrs. Norman Horn, city, Mrs. Paris Kimbler, city, and Mrs. James Castle, Auxier, two brothers, Alphonzo McCloud, West Van Lear, and Joe McCloud of Pineville; three sisters, Emily Wells, Washington, D. C.; Bessie Redford, Fairfield O., and Lizzie Conley, city; and a half-brother, Luther McCloud of Martin. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-7-1945
MCKENZIE, Belle
1945
Flat Gap Mother Dies Sunday
Mrs. Belle McKenzie, 28, of Flat Gap died in a local hospital on Sunday. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stambaugh of Sitka. Surviving are her husband, Fred McKenzie and six children, Junior, Cinda Fay, Betty Jo, Carol, Darrel and Jeanette. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday morning with Elder Estep officiating. Burial was made near the home under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 17, 1945
PENNINGTON, Jess
1945
Killed in Jeep Accident
S-Sgt. Jess Pennington, 27, died in Germany on May 12, 1945, from injuries sustained in a jeep accident on May 5, 1945, according to a War Department message to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clabe Pennington of Yatesville, Ky. S-Sgt. Pennington lived at Van Lear for many years.  He is the grandson of John Adams, Elna, and is married to Geneva Henneger of Wayland.  They have no children.  His many friends and relatives in this county will regret to learn of his untimely death. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-21-1945
SALYERS, Thomas Jefferson
1945
PFC. JAMES J. SALYERS
Mrs. Mima Salyers of West Van Lear received a telegram on Friday, May 18, 1945, that her son, Pfc. Thomas Jefferson Salyers, 21, U. S. Marine Corps, was killed on Wednesday, May 2, 1945, on Okinawa. He entered service on Friday, October 22, 1943, taking his training at Parris Island, S. C. and Camp Lejune, N. C. and went overseas in May, 1944.  Prior to entering service he was employed by Kroger Baking Co., in Columbus, Ohio. Besides his mother, he is survived by one brother, Harry M. Salyers, one half-brother and one half-sister and several aunts and uncles. Paintsville Herald Thursday 06-28-1945

NOTE: The above obit is printed here as it was published. It is not known which name is correct for this death.

SAMMONS, James
1872-1945
DEATH TAKES JIM SAMMONS
Father of Local Nurse Died Thursday
James Sammons, Williamsport, father of Mrs. Angie Adams, Paintsville Hospital, died last Thursday morning at the hospital after an illness of three months. Mr. Sammons was one of the county's promenient farmers. Years ago he had engaged in timber projects which furnished employment for his neighbors and friends when other work was hard to find. One of the most accommodating of men, Mr. Sammons would not rest if he knew a neighbor was in need until he had done all he could to help. He was indeed a welcome visiter in every home in his community. Born in Johnson County, April 4 1872, Mr. Sammons was past 73 when he died, He was the son of the late Greenville and Angeline Sammons. He is survived by his widow, Mrs Catherine Honeycutt Sammons, a son Arbin Sammons, Baltimore, Md., and four daughters, Mrs. Adams; Mrs.Edna Walters, Boons Camp, Ky,; Mrs. Nora Baldridge, Ashland, Ky.; and Mrs. Mary Horne, Newport News, Va.; Two daughters, Mrs. Grace Pack and Miss Mahala Sammons, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Sunday morning at Old Friendship United Baptist Church by Rev. L.T. Preston; Rev. Winfrey Meek and Rev. Leonard Walters. Mr. Sammons was a member of the United Baptist Church. Burial was in the cemetery near his home. Arrangements were directed by the Undertaking Department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Published Thursday 5-17-1945
STAMBAUGH, Mary Alifair (Caudill)
1945
Aged Mother Dies
Mrs. Mary Alifair Stambaugh, widow of the late W.G.H. Stambaugh of Stambaugh, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Virgil VanHoose at West Van Lear.  She was 74 years old and had been ill with a heart ailment for the past year. She was the daughter of Wince and Martha Chandler Caudill of Chandlerville. Surviving are seven children, Ben, Fred, M.L., Eugene J., Wince, Martha VanHoose and Sarah F. Fitch, also twelve brothers and sisters, H.M., Cleveland, J.T., Elzie, , K.C., Mrs. Frances Arrowood, Mrs. Manda Stambaugh, Mrs. Phoeba Ross, Mrs. Alta Burchett, Mrs. Malta Fairchild, Mrs. Nannie McKenzie, and Mrs. S.E. Crider. She was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were held at the old home at Stambaugh on Thursday and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday, May, 31, 1945

 
VANHOOSE, Bertha Marie (Petry)
1945
Heart Ailment Fatal To Young Mother
Bertha Marie Van Hoose, 22 years old, died in a local hospital at 3 o’clock Monday evening from rheumatic heart trouble, from which she had been a sufferer for about a year.  She was a daughter of Mr. And Mrs. King D. Petry of Van Lear, who were from Naoma, West Va. But had been residents of Van Lear for about five years. She was married to Harold Van Hoose who is in the service located in Italy at this time. She leaves to mourn her passing besides her husband and parents, a small son 13 months old, two brothers, King D. Jr., who has been in foreign service, but who came home unexpectedly the night before she was taken to West Virginia for burial and William P. Camp Blanding Fla., who also was able to come home and one sister Lois Louise at home. Remains were taken to Naoma West Va., by the Jones Funeral Home where funeral and burial services were held. Thursday. Paintsville Herald Thursday 31 May 1945
WHEELER, Arlie
1945
Accident Occurs Near Hager Hill On Highway
Arlie Wheeler, 35, and his wife, Mrs. Thurley Barnette Wheeler, 33, of Skaggs were killed instantly Friday evening when their automobile collided with a truck on the Mayo Trail about one mile south of Paintsville.  A neice of the couple, Wanda Barnette, 17, of Louisa sustained a broken arm and is recovering in a Paintsville hospital. The truck belonging to the Paintsville Grocery Company was driven by Cecil Horne who was returning to Paintsville and the automobile was traveling in the opposite direction.  Horne is recovering from lacerations and concussion. Mr. Wheeler was the son Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Wheeler of Blaine and Mrs. Wheeler was a native of Elliott County.  Both died of skull fractures. Funeral services were held at the home at Skaggs on Monday by Elder Sparks of Louisa and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 17, 1945
WHEELER, Thurley (Barnette)
1945
Accident Occurs Near Hager Hill On Highway
Arlie Wheeler, 35, and his wife, Mrs. Thurley Barnette Wheeler, 33, of Skaggs were killed instantly Friday evening when their automobile collided with a truck on the Mayo Trail about one mile south of Paintsville.  A neice of the couple, Wanda Barnette, 17, of Louisa sustained a broken arm and is recovering in a Paintsville hospital. The truck belonging to the Paintsville Grocery Company was driven by Cecil Horne who was returning to Paintsville and the automobile was traveling in the opposite direction.  Horne is recovering from lacerations and concussion. Mr. Wheeler was the son Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Wheeler of Blaine and Mrs. Wheeler was a native of Elliott County.  Both died of skull fractures. Funeral services were held at the home at Skaggs on Monday by Elder Sparks of Louisa and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 17, 1945


JUNE - 1945

BOWLES, H.C.
1945
H.C. BOWLES, PIKE LEADER, DIES AT 45
H.C. Bowles, 45, part owner of the Pike Co., News and president of the Pike County Collieries Company, died of a heart attack, June 29, 1945, while at work in his newspaper office.  Bowles formerly practiced law in Pikeville. Bowles also was part owner of the Bowles & Warden Gas Drilling Contracting Co.,  He had been connected with The Pike County News for the past 15 years. He received his law degree from he University of Kentucky. He was a native of Pikeville. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ernestine Bowles; two daughters, Emma Joe and Pauline Bowles, and two sisters, Mrs. N A. Christman, Pikeville and Mrs. Josephine Kirk, Vero Beah , Fl. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-5-1945
CASTLE, Mart V.
1945
Thealka Man Dies Saturday
Mart V. Castle, 51 years old, of Nippa died in one of the local hospitals Saturday morning at 1 a.m.  He was an employee of the North East Coal Co. at Thealka up to the time of his last illness which began September, 1944. He is survived by his wife, Eunice Castle, one daughter and two small sons. Funeral services were held at the church at Sycamore Sunday at 10:30 by Revs. Riggsby, Sparks and Williams.  Burial was made in the Castle cemetery near the Sycamore Church. Note:  This cemetery is also known as the "Clark Castle Cemetery". Paintsville Herald Thursday June 7, 1945
CASTLE, Walter
1945
World War Veteran Dies Sunday
Walter Castle of 471 Kirk St. died at his home Sunday morning following a short illness. Walter was a veteran of World War I and had been in poor health for years. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and three brothers and four sisters. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday morning and he was taken to Thealka for burial by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 21, 1945
CONLEY, Fonzo
1945
Well-Known Lady Dies On June 20
Mrs. Fonzo Conley, 68, died suddenly from a heart attack on June 20 at her home at Staffordsville.  Although she was a sufferer from heart disease, she was not bedridden and her death came unexpectedly. She was the daughter of Samuel M. and Martha? Witten Rice of this county. Besides her husband she is survived by three children Elmer Conley, John Conley, and Mrs. Hazel Picklesimer of Staffordsville, also two sisters and one brother, Jane Caudill, Sitka.  Mrs. Artie Shepherd, Wenatchee, Washington and John Rice of Crest Wood, N.Y. She was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were held by Revs.  Millard Van Hoose and Scott Castle at the Rock House Baptist Church on Friday. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co. Paintsville Herald Thursday 28 Jun 1945
DIXON, WIlliam Henry
1945
William Henry Dixon, Van Lear, age 34, died Saturday evening, June 16, at eleven o’clock at he Paintsville Hospital after an illness of a few weeks. Mr. Dixon came to Van Lear in 1911 and has been employed by the Consolidation Coal Company since that date.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ida Salyer Dixon, and the following children; Harold Dixon, Washington D.C., Howard F. Dixon, Grundy, Va., Charles Arnold Dixon, Springfield, Ohio, James Earl Dixon, U.S. Navy, Hawaii Islands, Mrs. Clyde Groves, Van Lear, Ky, Miss Juanita Dixon and Miss Ruth Dixon at home.  He is also survived by three sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, June 20, at the Van Lear, Baptist Church with the Rev. Morris officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at West Van Lear, Ky. Under the direction the Undertaking Department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Mr. Dixon’s love ones cherish precious memories of an unchangeable loving, kind, companionship. His neighbors and a host of friends hold memories of an association with a kind gentle agreeable personality who to them was Bill Dixon. Paintsville Herald  Thursday  12 Jul 1945
FANNIN, Thomas
1945
Aged Richardson Citizen Dies June 8
Thomas Fannin, 84, died June 8, 1945, at his home at Richardson.  He was working at light chores near the home when he was stricken and died very suddenly.  He had lived in the vicinity of Richardson all of his life and followed farming as an occupation. He is survived by his wife and the following children, Mrs. Walter Osborn, White House; Miss Lizzie Fannin, Paintsville; Mrs. Paris Trimble, Barnetts Creek; Mrs. Jonathan Boyd, White House; Mrs. Ashley Ward, Laing, West Va.; Mrs. Golda Fannin, Richardson; Edgar Fannin, Richardson, and one sister, Mrs. Julia Daniel, White House. Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday by Rev. Ed Preston, and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-14-1945

GAMBILL, Nathan H.
1945
Nathan H. Gambill Succumbs  May 30.
Nathan H. Gambill, 77 years old, died Friday evening at the home of his brother John C. Gambill at River. Mr. Gambill was a carpenter by trade and had also been identified in various businesses and at one time was connected with Minter Homes at Huntington. Mr. Gambill had never married and had made his home with his brother since he became ill some months ago.  Funeral services were held at the home Sunday and burial was made in the family cemetary under the direction of the Jones- Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-7-1945
 
Note: although this obit states death as May 30 State birth record indicate he passed Jun.01 1945.
GAMBILL   NATHAN   H   1945   06   01   077   JHNSN   JOHNSO


HAGER, Paul C.
1885-1945
Paul C. Hager, 59, affectionately known as “Little Paulie” to practically every man, woman and child in Johnson County, passed away at 6:40 Tuesday morning, his death attributed to a heart ailment.  Funeral services, to be conducted by local lodges, will be held on Thursday afternoon, August 2, at 2 O’clock at the First Methodist Church, Rev. Savage officiating. Paulie had become critically ill a few days before his death and was taken to the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. C. M. Hager on Fourth St.  His condition became worse Monday afternoon and he was removed to the Paintsville Hospital.  He was in good spirits Monday evening, and his sudden death was a great shock to his family and to his host of friends. Paulie was born in Salyersville on October 1, 1885, to D. Milt and Jessie Booten Hager, and on the death of his mother during his infancy, he came to Paintsville to make his home with an aunt, the late Mrs. Louisa Preston, who reared him.  A member of the First Methodist Church he has been its treasurer for more than thirty years.  He has served as treasurer of the Odd Fellows twenty- five years, and was at one time Grand Patriarch of that lodge.  He has been an active and faithful member of the Masonic, Eastern Star and Rebekah lodges, holding from time to time responsible positions in these organizations.  No more faithful a worker can his church or lodges ever produce. Holding the position as accountant with the Paintsville Grocery Company many years, Paulie has also been active in politics and has held numerous places in the county and city government.  He has served as County Court Clerk, City Clerk and in various other capacities, in all of which he has been energetic, faithful and loyal. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. W. W. Reynolds, Pikeville, Mrs. T. D. Vaughan, Jenkins, and Mrs. Alexander Cameron, city, and one brother, D. Milton Hager of Cincinnati. The body was taken to Mrs. C. M. Hager’s home on Fourth Street Wednesday morning and will lie in state at the church from twelve to two p. m. Thursday at which time the funeral services will be held.  Burial will be made in the Stafford Cemetery at Hager Hill. The people of this town and county will miss “Little Paulie” Hager.  He was a familiar figure on the streets of Paintsville, cheerfully greeting everyone, young and old alike, and his death will sadden the hearts of the hundreds who loved him. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-2-1945
KLAUK, F.C.
1945
Father Of Local Woman Passes
Mr. F. C. Klauk, age 64, died at his home on June 5 in Hot Springs, Ark., after an illness of several years from heart trouble, death occurring on June 5 from a cerebral hemorrhage.  He was a retired C. & O. Railroad conductor and served on the Big Sandy, Lexington and Louisville divisions for many years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nora Klauk, two daughters, Mrs. R. L. Miller, city, and Mrs. G. W. Showers, Drift, Ky., and two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services were held on June 8 at the Cruth Funeral Home and burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery, under the direction of the Cruth Funeral Home, Hot Springs. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 6-21-1945
PELPHREY, Vincent F.
1945
Victim Of Accident In Germany
S-Sgt. Vincent F. Pelphrey, 25,Formerly Of Johnson County Died On June 11,1945, Following An Automobile Accident While On Duty In Germany. Sgt. Pelphrey Enlisted In The Army In 1940, Remaining In The States As A Military Policeman Until October 1944 When He Was Transferred To The Infantry And Was Sent Overseas. He Participated In Several Battles Near Bergenstrom And Remained In That Area V-E Day. Sgt. Pelphrey Was The Son Of The Late Jesse Pelphrey Erie Blair Graves Of Portsmouth, Ohio. Besides His Mother, He Is Survived By A Sister, Geneva Pelphrey, Of Mt. Arab, Ohio, One Brother, Pfc.Denzil Pelphrey, In Germany, And Two Half-Brothers, Jesse Pelphrey, Jr., S 1-C In The Pacific Area, And Otis Pelphrey Of Marion,Ohio. His Grandmother, Mrs. Ben Pelphrey, Barnetts Creek, With Whom He Spent His Younger Days Also Survives. He Leaves An Outstanding Service Record. He Was Buried In A Cemetary Near Bergenstrom,Germany. Paintsville Herald 7-26-1945 Thursday
PRATER, David
1945
Man Is Killed By Train
David Prater,45 years old, was killed instantly by a passenger train, No.36. Sunday morning at the crossing at West Van Lear. He was an employee of the Consolidation Coal Compnay at Van Lear and lived at West Van Lear. He is survived by his wife, Sally Dutton Prater and eight children all at home, Willadene, David Jr, Clarence, Imogeen, Evelyn, Charles, Earline and Johnnie The youngest being only 14 months old. He is also survived by his aged Mother And two brothers William of Williamsport, and Richard of Millstone. Funeral services were held Wednesday by Rev. Guy Preston of Offutt and burial was made under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 21,1945
VANHOOSE, Edward
1945
Edward Van Hoose, 60, former resident of Paintsville died Thursday in Orlando, Florida.   He was the son of the late Bascom and Julia Helton Van Hoose at Nippa and was president of the Van Hoose Grocery Company here several years ago.  He sold this business to the Sandy Valley Grocery Company in 1923 and moved to Ashland where he was engaged in the wholesale grocery business.  He became ill with asthma several years ago. Besides his wife hi is survived by six daughters and five sons, Gladys and Mary Sue, Helen and Mrs. William Corbett, of Ashland, Julia, Orlando, Fla., Mrs. Nick Fannin, Jeffersonville Ind., James B. Paintsville, Joe F. Miami, Eddie J. Baltimore, Robert W. Orlando, Fla. And Cecil W. ( Bus) U. S. Army. One daughter, Frances Lee preceded him in death. He is also survived by his mother and the following brothers and sisters:  Arthur, Glo, Burns, Thealka, Charlie, City, Leslie, Thealka, Miss Beulah Van Hoose, and Mrs. Claude Preston, Nippa and Mrs. Hirsi Bailey, city. Funeral services were held Sunday at his home in Ashland by the Rev. Joseph S. Faulconer pastor of the First Christian Church.  Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery Paintsville Herald Thursday 5 Jul 1945
VANHOOSE, Paul Vencil
1945
Pfc. Paul Venell VanHoose
Pfc. Paul Venell Van Hoose, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hurshell VanHoose, Nippa, was killed in action on Okinawa on June 10, 1945. He was inducted into the army on Sept. 26, 1944, receiving his training in infantry at Camp Walters, Texas. After a short furlough at home, he was processed for overseas duty at Fort Ord, Calif. On Saipan he was assigned to the famous 96th Infantry Division, going to the Marianas then to Okinawa where he fought in one of the bitterest campaigns of the Pacific. Paul attended school at Nippa and Oil Springs High School where he was admired by friends and classmates because he always saw the brighter side of life and took what came without complaint. He was the oldest of a family of five boys and four girls. He is also survived by his parents who received the tragic news of his death  on July 9, 1945. A tragedy such as this not only brings the war to our shores but in our homes where the price of Victory is not merely a war bond but pain, sorrow and death. Pfc. VanHoose was the grandson of Rev. and Mrs. Millard VanHoose, Nippa, and Mr. and Mrs. Julius Daniels of River. He was buried with full military honors in a military cemetery in Okinawa. Paintsville Herald Thursday 09-27-1945
VAUGHAN, William
1945
AN EMPLOYEE OF C. & O. PASSES
William Vaughan, 66 years old, better known as Billy died at his home at 101 Short Street, Monday night following an illness of several months. Mr. Vaughan was an employee of the C. & O. for years, having had charge of the pumping  of water for engines at Paintsville. He is survived by his wife and two daughters and one grand daughter who made her home with her grand parents. Funeral and burial services will be held at Richardson, Ky., Thursday, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 6-7-1945
WEBB, Martha (Goble)
1945
RITES FOR MOTHER OF TEN JUNE 14TH
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday (June 14, 1945) for Mrs. Martha Webb, 69, at her home at Upper Van Lear by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt of Auxier, Mrs. Webb passed away at a local hospital on June 12, (1945). She was the wife of Roe Webb and the daughter of Commodore and Lucinda Baldridge Goble. Besides her husband, she is survived by ten children, Mrs. Ballard Hyden, East Point, Mrs. Shade Ward, Jr., Van Lear, Mrs. Oliver Lynn, Van Lear, Mrs. Bruce Phelps, West Van Lear, Fanny Webb, Van Lear, John Webb, Boons Camp, Curtis Webb, Van Lear, Calvin Webb, Van Lear, Jacob Webb, Meally, Ottis Webb, Freehold, N.J. One son, Caney, preceded her in death 16 years ago, and one infant daughter also preceded her in death. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Isom Hatfield, Clinch, West Va., and Mrs. Tom Robinson, West Van Lear, three brothers, James and Buck Goble, Ronda, W. Va., and fifty-six grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. The Paintsville Herald Thursday Jun. 14, 1945


JULY - 1945


ADKINS, Carl D.
1945
TUTOR KEY BOY IS KILLED IN PACIFIC
The war department has announced that S-Sgt Carl D. Adkins, son of Orville H. Adkins, Tutor Key, was killed in action in the pacific. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-2-1945
BROWN, Joe
1881-1945
Joe Brown Dies Monday In Ashland
Joe Brown, 64, city, died in King's Daughters Hospital at Ashland Monday, July 16, as a result of a heart attack. He was stricken at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Lowe, Westwood, with whom he had been visiting and died 30 minutes later. He was born on January 11, 1881, a son of John and Hester Moore Brown. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Josie Brown, city, his father John Brown, city, a daughter Mrs. Fred Lowe, Ashland, two sons Harrod Brown and Willard Brown, city, and a brother Andy Brown, Lucasville, Ohio. Paintsville Herald Thursday 07-19-1945
CAUDILL, Millie
1945
Aged Woman Passes
Millie Caudill, 83, passed away July 13 at the home of her son-in-law, Roy Salyers at Volga. She had made her home with Mr. Salyers for the past 3 years. Funeral services were held on Saturday and Burial was made in the family cemetery on Barnetts Creek under the directions of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 19 Jul 1945
FIELDS, Bob
1945
PROMINENT SITKA MAN SUCCUMBS
Bob Fields, 62, prosperous farmer and merchant of Sitka, died on  July 02, 1945 at his home after a long illness. He was the son of Elijah and Louisa Hicks Fields of this county. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son and one daughter. Funeral services were held at Sitka on July 04, with the brethren of his faith officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-05-1945
HARDIN, Mary E.
1945
Mary E. Hardin 75, of Inez, died July 1945, in a local hospital from a cerebral hemorrhage after an illness of three weeks. She was the wife of Jasper W. Hardin, ex-Sheriff of Martin County, and the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha Harman James of Martin Co. She is survived by her husband and five children, Mrs. Laura B. Sammons, Logan, W. Va.; Mrs. Maud Roberts, Akron, Ohio; Joseph, Frank and Theodore of Inez; two brothers, Allen and Jasper James of Inez; and fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Mrs. Hardin was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church at Inez on July 8, 1945, and burial was made in the family cemetery, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-12-1945
HOWARD, Anna
1945
AGED CITIZEN DIES SATURDAY
Mrs. Anna Howard, 70, wife of John Howard of West Van Lear died at her home Saturday morning, July 21, following an illness of several years. She is survived by her husband and six children, Mrs. Myrtle Hall, Betsy Layne, Mrs. Versie Howard, Round Head, Ohio, Ernie Hall, Youngstown, Ohio, Thomas and Lewis Howard, West Van Lear, Mrs. Bertha Fairchild, Hager Hill. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon by Rev. S.C. Honeycutt of Auxier. Burial was made in the family plot in the West Van Lear Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JULY 26, 1945
LEMASTER, Ben F.
1945
Ben F. Lemaster, a native of Johnson County, passed away at his home in Chillicothe, Ohio on July 14, 1945 with a  heart attack. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Lemaster of Kenwood and was well known throughout the county.  In 1922 he was married to Maxie McKenzie. He had made his home at Chillicothe for the past three years where he was employed in a Veteran's hospital. Besides his wife, he is survived by seven children and many relatives and friends in this section. The body was returned to this county on Saturday and funeral services were held Monday evening at the Williams Cemetery at Kenwood by the Elder Lonza Reed and others. Burial was made at Kenwood under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-19-1945
LEMASTER, Marion P.
1945
Marion P. Lemaster, 78, died suddenly with a heart attack on July 15, 1945 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Millard Wheeler, Wilbur, KY.  He had come for a visit with his daughter, when he was stricken. A native of this county, he resided at Winifred during the early part of his life. About 26 years ago he and his family moved to Beaver, O., where they have resided since. He is survived by a number of children and many relatives. The body was returned to Beaver for burial on Monday afternoon and funeral services were held there on Wednesday. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-19-1945
LIGHTMAN, Morris
1945
Morris Lightman, 80, husband of Bessie Salyer Lightman, formerly Mrs. Manual Salyer Of this city, died suddenly at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the St. thomas Hospital as the result of a heart attack. Mr. Lightman a retired Nashville merchant was in apparently good health until the attack. He was a native of Czechoslovakia and had resided in Nashville for 65 years. Owner of several apartments and other real estate, he retired from his buisness several years ago. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Carrie Lightman Starr of New Orleans, a son Alfred Lightman, three grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Services were conducted on Wednesday afternoon July 4 at the funeral home of M.S. Combs & Co. at Centenial Park. Rabbi A Abranson officiated. Interment was in the KKSI Cemetery with Cumberland Lodge No. 8 in charge of the services at the grave. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 19,1945
PERSINGER, Ernest
RITES FOR SITKA
MAN ERNEST PERSINGER DIES IN OHIO
Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at Sitka, Monday, July 16, 1945, for Ernest Persinger, 53 years old, who died very suddenly at his work at Marion, Ohio on Thursday afternoon.  A hearse was sent by the Jones Funeral Home and the remains brought to Paintsville Friday evening and were taken to his home at Sitka Saturday morning. He is survived by his wife, Pearl Turner Persinger and two daughters, Marjorie Gene and Billie Marie, one sister at Akron, Ohio, one brother, James of Kingsport, TN, and one brother Neal of Detroit, MI.  Both brothers were able to be present at the funeral services. Services were held by Revs. SC Honeycutt and Leonard We bb and burial was made in the Turner family cemetery under the direction  the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-26-1945
PHILLIPS, Mrs. Artie
1945
WOMAN DIES IN BURNING CAR TWO INJURED IN TRUCK  GAS TANK CRASH
Mrs. Artie Phillips of Springfield, OH, was burned to death and her brother-in-law Paul Phillips, of the Flat Gap Section and Mrs. Flora Kimbler Hall, city, were injured Monday evening when a gas tank at the White Motor Company, Stafford Additon ignited after being struck by the pick-up truck in which they were riding. It is reported that the truck was speeding toward Paintsville when the driver lost control and and it overturned crashing into the gas tank which ignited instantly. Mrs. Phillips pinned beneath the truck was burned to death.  Paul Phillips and Mrs. Hall escaped from the wrecked truck and burning gasoline with burns and lacerations. It is understood an inquest will be held today. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-05-1945
PROPHET, James Allen
1945
Long Illness Fatal To Aged Man
James Allen Prophet, city, aged 65 passed away at a local hospital on July 19 After a two year illness. He was a Minister of the Freewill Baptist Church and came To this county several years ago from Letcher County. He was married to Elizabeth Howard when a young man. Besides his widow he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary J Ward and Mrs. Hattie Hunter also a number of brothers and sisters of Letcher County and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held At the home on Friday afternoon with the brethren of his church officiating. Burial was made in the Southside Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herals Thursday July 2,1945
RICHMOND, W. R.
1878-1945
W. R. Richmond, prominent farmer and civil engineer, died at the Paintsville Hospital on July 26 of a heart attack. He had gone to the hospital for a physical chech-up and was stricken while in the doctor's office, where he died within a few minutes. He was 66 years years of age and was active until the time of his death. Mr. Richmond was born near East Point, Kentucky on August 9, 1878, the son of John and Anne Auxier Richmond. He was one of nine children, five of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Richmond grew up on Johns Creek and became a teacher in the schools of Johnson County. Later he went to the state of Oklahoma where he taught school, then returned and resided at Paintsville. He attended school and started practicing his profession of civil engineering. He was a civil engineer unsurpassed in Eastern Kentucky. In connection with this work he did a great deal of surveying of land titles and was the very best autherity in this line. He was the employ of John C. C. Mayo when land titles were complicated because of over-lapping patents, and by his painstaking efforts and ability he was able to clarify the land titles of many farmers and residents of this section of the state. He had many friends and was held in the very highest esteeem throughout the Big Sandy and tug River Valleys. Because of his sterling character and ability, his loss will be keenly felt in this community. He was united in marriage to Alice Joseph of Odds, Kentucky on December 4, 1904. Besides his widow he is survived by 5 children, William Orville, Ashland, Howard Estill with the armed forces in Germany, John Woodson, Evansville, Indiana, James Gordon and Myrtle at home, two grandchildren, Esther Jean and Rebecca Ann Richmond. Also one brother and two sisters, J. D. Richmond of Elk City, Okla., Mrs. W. S. Preston, Ashland, and Mrs. W. c. Sherman, Grays Branch, Kentucky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, at the home, by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt. Music was furnished by the Williams Choir composed of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams, Ransom Daniel and Abe Barber. Active pallbearers were E. J. Evans, Ernest Meek, Ross Lyon, Charles Walters, Clark Walters, Clarence Walters, James Pelphrey and C. C. Hall. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 08-02-1945
SKEEN, Beulah
1945
West Van Lear Woman Dies
Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church at Van Lear Wednesday morning, July 25, 1945, a for Mrs. Beulah Skeen, 36, who died at the home of her sister Mrs. Don Dixon of West Van Lear. Mrs. Skeen a sufferer from tuberculosis was brought from Washington, D.C. to the home of her sister in April of this year (1945). Mass was conducted by Father Wimmers after which burial was made in the Catholic Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 07-26-1945
SMITH, James
1945
Illness Fatal To Boons Camp Man
James Smith, 62, of Boons Camp, died Sunday morning in a local hospital. He is survived by his wife and the following children; James Jr., Beauty, William, Boons Camp, Frank, West Van Lear, Mrs. Louise Dawson, Gilbert, West Va., also one sister, Mrs. Betty Spears, Tomahawk, and a brother, John Smith, Boons Camp. Funeral service was held by Rev. S.C. Honeycutt of Auxier on Monday afternoon at Wells Chapel. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 12, 1945
STAFFORD, Frank
1893-1945
RITES  SUNDAY FOR  CITY MAN
Frank  Stafford  Victim Of  Heart  Attack WAS WELL KNOWN Frank Stafford, son of the late George and Molly Stafford, born November 29, 1893 died Friday, July 5, 1945, at his home in Paintsville following a heart attack.  Born at Staffordsville he was well known throughout Johnson and Lawrence Counties. Mr. Stafford operated the first meat market established in Paintsville and later went into the restaurant business.  At the time of his death he was employed at Robinson’s Restaurant.  He had been a resident of Paintsville the last 26 years. He is survived by his wife Bertha Collins Stafford, three children, Pvt. Gladys S. Castle, Mrs. J. M. Cyrus, Prestonsburg, and Frank Stafford, Jr., city, one granddaughter, Joy M. Cyrus; one brother, Ballard of Mt. Sterling, four half-brothers, Sud, Proctor, Carl of Paintsville and W.M. Stafford of Cynthiana, O., three half sisters, Mrs. Ida Melvin Salyer, Mrs. Anna Ward and Mrs. Mae Phelphrey all of Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Co., Sunday evening, July 8, the Reverend Geo. W. Townsend of Russell, Ky., the former pastor of the First Methodist Church here, officiating. Burial, made in the Melvin graveyard at Staffordsville, was delayed until Monday awaiting the arrival of Cpl. Gladys S. Castle who came from her station in California. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-12-1945
STAMBAUGH, Polly (Daniel)
1945
Mrs. Stambaugh Dies July 15 at Van Lear
Polly Stambaugh, 64 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rose Cantrell at Van Lear, Sunday, July 15, following an illness of about one year. She was the widow of Frank Stambaugh and a daughter of Mrs. Newton Daniel, deceased. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the Beech Grove Baptist Church by Rev. F. K. Rigsby after which she was taken to the family cemetery at Stambaugh for burial under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday, July 26, 1945
STAPLETON, Sandford D.
1945
Sandford D. Stapleton of Kerz, died at his home July 13, after an illness of about one year. He was married on November 21, 1907 to Stella Conley who survives. He is also survived by two children, Mrs. Erie Williams, Paintsville, and Arnold Stapleton, Peoria, Ill., three brothers, Theordore Stapleton, Illinois, Perry Stapleton, California, and Beecher Stapleton, Ohio, one half brother, Forrest Lemaster, and one half sister, Mrs. Ollie Williams both of Ohio. A sister, Mrs. Nora Barnett, preceded him in death. He had been a member of the United Baptist Church since 1917 and was a devout and faithful Christian. Funeral services were held on Sunday at one o'clock at the home by Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Willie McKenzie. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of Undertaker Department of the Paintsville Funiture Company. Paintsville Herald July 19, 1945 
WARD, Chester
1945
SGT. CHESTER WARD
Sgt. Chester Ward, was killed in action in France on July 15, 1944.  He was 21 at the time of his death and enlisted in the Army on October 1, 1940, going overseas on March 1, 1944. Son of Mrs. Myrtle Gonker of Dayton, Ohio and the late Herschell Ward of Williamsport, Sgt. Ward attended Meade Memorial School and had many friends in the vicinity of Williamsport and Boons Camp. Memorial services will be held in his honor at the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church, West Van Lear, on July 15th by Revs. John W. Crum, Elzie Banks and L. T. Preston.  The public is invited to attend these services. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 24, 1945


AUGUST - 1945

BAILEY, Charles Monroe
1945
Prominent Farmer Dies
Charles Monroe Bailey 74 years old, died  at his home at Barn Rock Saturday night. He had lived his entire life in the Flat Gap section of Johnson County. He is survived by his wife, Lela Thomas Bailey and the following children, Wallace of Keaton, Edgel, Portsmouth, Ohio, Rexel and Ledgel at home, Mrs. Henry Fyffe, Six Lakes, Mich., and Mrs. Thomas Butler, City. He is also survived by one brother, Dr. T. B. Bailey, Flat Gap and one sister, Mrs. M. B. Sparks of Ashland. He was a member of the New Regular Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at the home at 10 o'clock on Monday by Rev. Hood Wallen. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-12-1945
BELCHER, John
1945
John Belcher Dies After Long Illness
John Belcher age 37 died at his home on April 19.  He was the victim of tuberculosis and had been suffering from this disease for some four years but was active until recently. He was the adopted son of Alex Belcher of Tutor Key, and was married to Erville McKenzie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Mckenzie, when a young man. He is survived by his wife and two children, Jerry Bryan and Roger Neal. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Old Tom's Creek Church by Rev. J. C. Sparks and Rev. Robert Castle. Burial was made on the Belcher farm where he was reared under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-3-1945
BLAIR, Morris
1945
PFC. MORRIS BLAIR
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Paris Blair, Oil Springs.  Pfc. Morris Blair was killed in action on Luzon on April 22, 1945. He was 19 years and had been in the army 18 months, 13 of which had been spent overseas. The following letter to Mrs. Paris Blair from W. Harry Krieger, Chaplain, is quoted in part. It is with deeper sympathy than can be expressed in words that I write to you regarding your son, Morris, who gave his life for the high Cause of Freedom.  You have already received the brief notification from the War Department, and it is my hope to set forth additional details surrounding his death. During the last weeks of April, 1945, our Battalion was engaged in an operation on Mt. Natib, a strong-point of the enemy.  It lies approximately 12 miles west of the village of Pilar, Bataan Province on the island of Luzon.  After days of bitter fighting the enemy was driven to a point near the crest of the mountain and there decided to make a last stand.  Company K, to which Morris was assigned, was ordered to make an attack in an effort to dislodge them. Your son served as the messenger on this memorable day, April 22nd, he was moving along the trail with Capt. Dietz, his commanding officer.  Quite suddenly an enemy sniper, manning a machine gun, opened fire and Morris was hit.  A little team was sent up at once, and he was brought back to the Aid Station.  But the bullet, passing lengthwise through his body, proved fatal and Morris died quietly at 12:30 o’clock.  I happened to be with him when the end came, Mrs. Blair, and am confident he was spared great suffering. Morris was in every respect a soldier’s soldier and has left a splendid record.  Morris made many friends, and his willingness to perform the tasks assigned to him won him the esteem of both officers and men.  Particularly on this last operation I had occasion to admire his steady and courageous approach to the terrible duty that was placed upon us.  You have given a son of whom his comrades and fellow American can be justly proud. Morris was laid to rest in our beautiful American Cemetery, known as Manila No. 3. In closing, I would assure you of the deep sympathies of all the officers and men with whom Morris served. Faithfully yours in the Service For God and County. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-27-1947
DANIEL, Fanny (Jordan)
1945
Heart Attack Fatal To Mrs. Daniel
Mrs. Fanny Daniel, 62, wife of Fonnie Daniel, local photographer, was found dead in her home on Friday, April 27, 1945, several hours after she had succumbed to a heart attack.  Mr. Daniel, who had left her attending to household duties on Friday morning, April 27, 1945, returned at 7 o’clock in the evening, finding her dead in her chair. She was the daughter of the late W. S. and Belle Thompson Jordon of Lawrence county. She is survived by three sons, Leroy, with the U. S. Army in Germany, and Morris and Robert of Seattle, Wash., also four daughters, Mrs. Maudie Davenport, city, Mrs. Ernest Griffith and Mrs. Jimmie Ruth Meade at home and Jackie of Cleveland, O. None of the sons were able to be present at their mothers funeral.   One son, Troy preceded her in death several years ago. Funeral services were held at the Mayo Memorial Church by Rev. J. L. Layne on Monday, April 30, 1945, and burial was made in the family lot in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-03-1945
DELONG, Coney Jewell
1945
Johns Creek Baby Dies In Maryland
Coney Jewell DeLong, 11 months old daughter of Willie and Virgil DeLong died in Baltimore, Md., Monday, April 24. The body was bought to Johns Creek, Thursday, April 26 for burial. Funeral services, conducted by Spurgeon Honeycutt, minister of the Church of Christ, were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ben DeLong.  Burial followed in the family cemetery. Besides her father and mother she is survived by one sister, Donna Sue, and two brothers Billy and Darriel. Little Coney Jewell will be greatly missed. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 3, 1945
GRIFFITH, Flem
1874-1945
CITY MAN SUCCUMBS
Heart Attack Fatal To Flem Griffith
Flem Griffith, 70 years old, died April 6 at his home on West Third Street after suffering a heart attack a short time before. He had been in ill health for the past several months. He is survived by his wife, Nannie Hayes Griffith, two sons, Ray of Clinton, Tenn., and Ernest, U. S. Army, Big Springs, Texas, and one daughter, Mrs. Homer Mattock of Delaware, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Tutor Key under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Mr. and Mrs Griffith established the Old Kentucky Home on West Third Street fifteen years ago and ever since then have had their doors open to the traveling public, enjoying an excellent reputation with both tourists and businessmen coming into Eastern Kentucky. During the years they have maintained the tourist home, guests have registered from all the states in the Union and from Canada. Because of the respectable, clean environment and the hospitality shown by both Mr. and Mrs. Griffith to their guests, thousands of persons have registered with them throughout the years, many of the tourists having had the Old Kentucky Home recommended to them by those who had stopped there. Mr. Griffith will be greatly missed by many friends.
Obituary Flem Griffith was born in Lawrence County, Ky., December 13, 1874. He died April 6, 1945, age seventy years, three months and twenty-five days. He was the youngest son of David and Elizabeth Miller Griffith and came to Johnson County while a small boy. He spent most of his life in the county. He was married to Miss Nannie Hayes of Mingo, Ky., Sept. 5, 1902. To this union were born five children, two of whom died in infancy. Surviving him are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Homer Matlock, of Delaware, Ohio; two sons, Ray of Paintsville and Ernest of the U. S. Army, Big Springs, Texas; and eight grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. George Mayhew, Pedro, Ohio; Mrs. Menifee Caudill, Oil Springs, and Mrs. W. H. Williams, Charleston, West, Va. The following step-brothers and sisters survive; John Collins, Will Collins, and Mrs. George Helton, Oil Springs, and Mrs. J. H. Ritchie, Piketon, Ohio. Mrs. Griffith was succesful in many business enterprises in which he was engaged from time to time. Fifteen years ago he moved to Paintsville and established the "Old Kentucy Home" where hundreds of people stopped and enjoyed the hospitality which he offered. He was loyal to his many friends and always met them with a friiiendly greeting. He was firm in his convictions and straightfforward in business. Although he was busily engaged in the affairs of life he did not neglect his spiritual needs. Many years ago he confessed Christ as his savior and united with the Freewill Baptist Church in Paintsville. Because of ill health he did not attend church services as often as he would have liked, but he still kept the faith. And having kept the faith and finished his course, there is for him a crown of righteousness in the city that lieth four-square where there is no death. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-12-1945
HALL, A.M.
1945
A.M. Hall, 87, passed away April 13 1945 at his home on Lick Fork of Jennies Creek after suffering a stroke a few days previously. Until the stroke occurred Mr. Hall had enjoyed good health. He was a member of the United Baptist Church, and had farmed his entire life. Surviving are his aged widow, Nervie Wright Hall, and six children. Three children have proceeded him in death. Also surviving are a number of grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives who will miss him greatly. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday, and burial was made in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. April 19, 1945 Thursday Paintsville Herald
HALL, Grant
1865-1945
VAN LEAR MAN PASSES
Grant Hall, 80 years old of Van Lear passed away at a local hospital on April 7. Mr. Hall was born in Virginia on March 22, 1865, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Green Hall, he came to this county from Perry county 40 years ago and was married to Alice Baldridge early in life. He was later married to Sarah Crider and is survived by several children. He was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were held at the home on Monday by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt and burial was made in a nearby cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. April 12, 1945 Thursday Paintsville Herald
HOLBROOK, Wanda Sue
1945
Webb Granddaughter Killed In Ohio
Wanda Sue Holbrook, six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Holbrook, of Kenton, O., and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Webb, city, was killed Thursday, April 5, when struck by a truck. According to Mr. Webb, who returned to Paintsville Wednesday after attending the funeral at Kenton, the child was returning home from school and was crossing the street in front of her home when hit by the truck. The driver of the truck admitted having defective brakes, Mr. Webb said, and had been involved in an accident only a few days previously. The funeral was held at the Holbrook home in Kenton Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. Webb left for Kenton last Friday after their daughter, the former Mattalea Webb, notified them of the accident. Mr. Webb operates the barber shop in the Howard Hotel building.  The Holbrooks have two other small children. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 12, 1945
HONSCHELL, James Franklin
1945
Aged Man Passes
James Franklin Honschell, 77 years old, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grace Deskins, at West Van Lear, Tuesday afternoon April 4, 1945.  He had been in poor health for several months.  He is survived by one son, William Honschell of Wayland and five daughters, Mrs. Ida Bassham, Harlan, Mrs. Elizabeth Spears, Hager Hill, Mrs. Myrtle Spears, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Grace Deskins and Mrs. Stella Price of West Van Lear.  He is also survived by one brother and two sisters. Funeral services were held at Wayland on Thursday.  Burial was made in Wayland cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-12-1945
JARREL, Pearl
1945
White House Child Dies Tuesday
Pearl Jarrel, little daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Marion Jarrel, White House died at her home last Tuesday morning. She had been ill with a brain disorder for the past six weeks. Besides her parents, she is survived by the following brothers, James Edward, Willie and Corbett. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. Fred Rowland. Burial was made in the family cemetery, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 2, 1945
KAZEE, John
1878-1945
Tutor Key Man Dies
John Kazee, 66, died in a local hospital on Thursday, April 19.  He had been in poor health for some time but suffered a heart attack the morning before he died. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Addie Kazee and three stepsons Dennis and Randall Daniel, city, and Rudolph Daniel of Tutor Key, also one brother Charles Kazee and two sisters, Mrs. Alf Church and Mrs. Tip Preston, all residing in Johnson County. Funeral services were held at the home on Friday afternoon by Reverends Robert Castle, Millard Van Hoose and Scott Castle. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Tutor Key under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Obituary John Kazee was born in Johnson County, May 10, 1878. He died April 19, 1945, age 66 years, 11 months and 9 days.  He had been in ill health for several months but friends were shocked when he passed away at the Golden Rule Hospital Thursday morning at 10:30. He was the son of Harrison and Louise Grimm Kazee both deceased. He was married to Mrs. Addie Hayes Daniel of this place on December 12, 1918, and was a member of Tom's Creek church since March 6, 1938. Surviving are his wife Addie and three stepsons, Dennis, Randall and Rudolph Daniel whom he loved as his own sons, two sisters, Mrs. Alford Church of Tutor Key and Mrs. Tip Preston of Meally. One brother Charles Kazee of Stambaugh, Kentucky and ten nieces and nephews, besides a host of friends. Like a sea that's left its mooring And sails bravely out to sea, So someone dear has sailed away In calm serenity; But there is promise of greater joy Than earth could have in store, For God has planned a richer life Beyond the unseen shore. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery. Reverends Millard Van Hoose, Robert and Scott Castle preaching his funeral. The body was in the charge of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APRIL 26 1945
LITTERAL, Grant
1945
GRANT LITTERAL DIES IN OHIO
Death claimed Grant Litteral a native of Oil Springs, at his home in Wheelersburg, Ohio, on Monday, April 9. He had been ill several weeks and was 79 at the time of death. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Sciotoville Christian Church. He was a member of the Paintsville Masonic Lodge and had moved to Ohio December, 1944. Mr. Litteral leaves his wife and children and a host of relatives and friends in this section who will mourn his death. Mrs. L.C. Bailey sister-in-law to Mr. Litteral, and W.B. Bailey, nephew attended the funeral. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APRIL 19, 1945
McCLOUD, Darwin
1945
Lt. Darwin McCloud To Be Buried Aug. 30
Funeral services for the late 1st Lt. Darvin F. McCloud, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonzo McCloud, of West Van Lear, will be held August 30, at the National Cemetery at St. Louis, Mo. Lt. McCloud was killed in action on Honshu Island, Japan on April 16, 1945 while serving as a navigator on a B-29. He enlisted in the Air Corps on July 14, 1942, and received his commission after six months training. Lt. McCloud attended the Bowling Green Business University at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and was an auditor for the Ashland Oil and Refining Company at Ashland before entering the service. He was married to the former Mary Munson of Wolf Island, Mo. Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, George P. McCloud and Alphonzo McCloud, Jr., and one sister, Mrs. J. E. Corder. PAINTSVILLE HERALD August 25, 1949
MCKENZIE, Joy Lee
1945
ELNA MAN HANGS SELF
Despondent Over Death Of Son Joe Lee McKenzie, 63, was found hanging from a rope in his barn at Elna last Saturday where he had taken his own life a few minutes after disappearing from his home.  It was reported that he had been ill and despondent for the past several months, and his condition was thought to have been aggravated by the death of his son, Ora D. McKenzie, who was killed in action in Luxembourg on January 15.  Also another son, Pvt. Sebastian McKenzie, was wounded in action while serving overseas and is now home on furlough. He was the son of the late Thomas and Nancy Jayne McKenzie of Flat Gap. Besides his wife, he is survived by six sons, Dora, U.S. Army, Charlie, Ova, William, Dolpha and Sebastian and one daughter, Mrs. Delva Fyffe, also four brothers, Hobert, Bill, Ed, Al, and Floyd and two sisters, Mrs. Savilla Salyer and Mrs. Mary Melissa Hall. Funeral services were held on Monday by Revs. Dennis Williams, Charlie Estep and Taylor Williams.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Elna. Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Patty Flat Cemetery". Paintsville Herald Thursday May 3, 1945
PATRICK, Elizabeth (Price)
1945
Elizabeth Patrick Dies At Age Of 85
Elizabeth Patrick, 85, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Rinda Preston, on Third Street on April 17. While visiting Mrs. Preston, she fell on March 30 sustaining a broken hip from which she never recovered. She was born in 1859, the daughter of Hamilton F. and Evalena Salyer Price of Oil Springs. She was married to Leander Patrick who preceded her in death and to this union were born two children, Dr. J. H. Patrick of PaintsLick, KY., with whom she made her home, and Hazel Patrick Rice who died several years ago. Besides her son, she is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Sherman Rice and Mrs. Julia Rice, Denver, Mrs. William Preston, city, and Mrs. Nora Rice, also one brother W.S. Price Oil Springs, another brother J.C. Rice died in Kansas in December, 1944. Funeral services were held at Denver by Rev. Morris of West Van Lear on April 18 and burial was made in the family cemetery at Denver under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday April 26, 1945
PATTON, Infant
1945
Patton Infant Dies
The infant daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Chester H. Patton died in a local hospital last Friday. Funeral services were held at the home of John Salyer, at Oil Springs on April 29.  Interment was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday, May 3, 1945
PATTON, Maltie (Ratliff)
1945
Local Undertaker Buries Mrs. Patton
Mrs. Felix Patton, age 32, of Lackey, Kentucky, passed away on April 1 at a local hospital after an illness of one year.  She underwent an operation some months ago in a hospital in Huntington, W. Va., from which she was never able to recover. Mrs. Patton was, before her marriage, Miss Maltie Ratliff, and is a native of the head of Beaver Creek.  In 1931, she was married to Felix Patton, a native of the same section and to this union was born four children, Jackie, Georgia, Shannon, Janice and Patricia Sue. Mrs. Patton was a Baptist in faith and doctrine and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Lackey., Funeral services were held at her church on Wednesday, April 4, with Rev. Bellomy, Rev. Howard and Rev. Griffith officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lackey by the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday, April 12, 1945
PICKLESIMER, Gordon B.
Cpl. Gordon B. Picklesimer Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Picklesimer of New Smyrna Bench, Fl. recieved word on April 26 that their eldest son, Cpl. Gordon B. Picklesimer had been killed in action in Germany on April 13. He was 25 years old and enlisted in the army at Portsmouth, Ohio, in September 1940 when the family resided at Vanceburg, Ky. He went overseas on September 4, 1941 and served two years in Iceland before he took part in the invasion of France where he served with a Headquarters Company of the 46th Field Artillery, of Gen. Patton's 3rd Army. His parents were born and reared in Johnson County and both taught in the public schools of this county. His father is a veteran of World War I and is now serving on the police force, Banana River, N. A. S., near Cocoa, Fla. Besides his parents, he is survived by three brothers, and one sister, Cpl. Dewey Picklesimer, with a medical battalion in Italy, Pfc. Orrel Picklesimer with the 614 Q. M. Corps in France, James Reece Picklesimer, a senior at New Smyrna Beach High School and Esta Ann. Paintsville Herald Thursday 06-07-1945
RATLIFF, Frances Ann
1945
Child Drowns In Beaver Creek Frances Ann Ratliff, eighteen months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Ratliff of Lackey was drowned Saturday, April 14, 1945, while playing along the edge of Beaver Creek. A Community playhouse had been established along the creek’s edge and Frances Ann with many older children had gathered there.  The mother inquiring of the child’s whereabouts, found her missing, and it was found that while making her way to a sand pile, she had lost her balance and had fallen into Beaver Creek.  A ten-year old playmate recovered the baby. She is survived by her parents and one brother. Her father is serving in the navy. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 16, 1945, at Blainetown and burial was made in a nearby cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-19-1945
SCARBERRY, Missouri (Castle)
1945
Lowmansville Mother Succumbs April 10th
Missouri Scarberry passed away at her home at Lowmansville on April 10.  She was seventy nine years of age and had been in good health until a few days prior to her death when she suffered a stroke. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Epson Castle and is survived by a number of children, among them being Sherman Scarberry of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Sycamore and burial was made in the Sycamore cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-19-1945
SMITH, Mrs Paris (Ward)
1945
Wife Of Overseas Soldier Dies
Mrs. Paris Smith, thirty-four years of age passed away April 23 after a short illness.  She was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Hollis Ward.  Her husband, serving with the army in the South Pacific has been wounded and is now in a hospital somewhere in the Pacific. Besides her husband, she is survived by her parents and many friends. Funeral services were held in the home on Thursday with the Rev. Brooks officiating.  Burial was made on the Road branch of Tom's Creek under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 26, 1945
SPARKS, Benjamin
1945
Sgt. Benjamin Sparks, 22, a casualty of World War II, who met his death on foreign soil on April 12, 1945, was returned here last week for reburial. Sgt. Sparks was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, the son of William and Hettie Harris Sparks, and had been a resident of Flat Gap, Ky. Besides his parents, who now live at Sunbury, Ohio, he is survived by four brothers, Douglas, Sunbury, Ohio; Theodore, Garrett, Ky.; Edward, Sunbury, Ohio; and Eugene, Sunbury, Ohio; and six sisters, Mrs. Ora N. Hensley, Sunbury, Ohio; Mrs. Thomas Chandler, Jenkins, Ky.; Miss Gloria Mae Sparks, Miss Bertha Fay Sparks, Miss Harva Lee Sparks, and Miss Betty Jean Sparks, all of Sunbury, Ohio. Funeral sevices were held on Sunday, April 17, 1949 at the Franks Creek Schoolhouse, by the Revs. Bruce Daniel and Mitchell Grim, Reinterment was in the Harris cemetery at Winifred, Ky., under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR. 14, 1949
SPARKS, Bennie
1945
KERZ SOLDIER IS KILLED IN EUROPE
Mr. And Mrs. Willie Sparks, Kerz, received a telegram last Thursday advising them that their son, Bennie Sparks, was killed in Germany, April 15 He is the grandson of Mr. And Mrs. Maywood Harris of Winifred and Lafe Sparks, Flat Gap.  He had been overseas approximately two years. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05/03/1945
TACKETT, Tommy W.
1945
Cpl. TOMMY W. TACKETT
Cpl. Tommy Tackett was killed in action in Germany on April 4, 1945.  He is the son of Mrs. Martha Tackett pf Paintsville and was 33 year old at the time of his death. Cpl. Tackett was awarded the Bronze Star Medal a few days before his death.  He volunteered for service in January, 1941, and left for overseas in January, 1945 after spending a fifteen day furlough with his mother and relatives. He is survived by his mother and two brothers, Clyde Tackett, city , and Sherman Tackett, of East Point. He was buried in a regular military cemetery in Germany with full military honors. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 5-24-1945 TOMMY W. TACKETT Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M., Sunday, May 22, in the gymnasium at Auxier, Kentucky, by Rev. W. H. Horn and Rev. Green, for T-5 Tommy W. Tackett, 33, who was killed in action in Germany on April 4, 1945.  His body had arrived in Paintsville on Wednesday, May 18, and had been taken to the home of his brother, Clyde, in King Addition. He was born April 11, 1912, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Tackett of Auxier, Ky. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Phoebe Collins, Garrison, Ky., two brothers, Clyde, Paintsville, and Sherman, North Baltimore, Ohio, and four half-brothers, George Tackett, Wilbur, Ky, Jesse Tackett, Garrison, Ky., Jack Hall and Lonnie Hall, of Auxier, Ky. Graveside rites were conducted by the Johnson County Post 117, American Legion.  Burial was in the Auxier Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 5-19-1949
VANHOOSE, Howard
1945
Killed in Action
Mrs. Howard VanHoose was notified on May 11 that her husband Cpl. Howard VanHoose, was killed in action in Germany.  He had previously been reported as missing since April 15, while serving with an infantry division. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-17-1945 Pvt. Howard VanHoose Pvt. Howard VanHoose, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. VanHoose, city, was killed in action in Germany on April 15, 1945.  He entered military service on Dec. 11, 1943, serving in the Air Corps until he was transferred to the infantry a few months ago. He was graduated from the Paintsville High School in 1935 and attended Kentucky Military Institute, and later became associated with his father in the lumber business in Paintsville, and was made manager of a new branch office in Louisa, which position he held until he was called to the service.  Eastern Kentucky has lost one of its post promising young business men.  The manner in which the business at Louisa expanded portrayed Howard’s personality and the respect in which he was held by his fellowmen. Pvt. VanHoose was very active in civic affairs.  At the time of his induction into the Armed Forces, he was a member of the Louisa City Council, Vice-president of the Rotary Club, Sec.- Treas. of the business Men’s Club and a member of I. O. O. F. He was married to Miss Joan Conley of Paintsville a few years ago who survives.  He is also survived by a four-year-old son, Joe Howard VanHoose, his parents and a sister, Mrs. Scott Craft, Louisa. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-24-1945
VANHOOSE, Milt
1945
Wittensville Man Dies
Milt Van Hoose of Wittensville passed away at a local hospital April 10 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Jane Witten Van Hoose and seven children, Raymond of Wittensville, Mrs. Eunice May Castle and Mrs. Anna Young of Van Lear, Blanche, Lifis and Gladys Jewel at home. He is also survived by five brothers and one sister, Albert, Tutor Key, Earl, Thealka, Millard, Wittensville, Fred, Emma ky., Arch of Thealka, and Mrs. Nellie Taylor, Tutor Key. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at 10:30 Thursday morning. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Sycamore under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-12-1945
WARD, Joseph R.
1945
AGED MAN DIES AT BOONS CAMP
Joseph R. Ward, eighty years old, died on Thursday at the home of a friend at Boons Camp where he had gone for a visit. He suddenly took ill and died in a short while. He was a member of the Little Friendship United Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at Boons Camp on Saturday and burial was made in the Ward cemetery at Offutt under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-19-1945
WILLIAMS, Earl K.
1945
Killed In Luzon
Mr. and Mrs. Houston Williams of Van Lear received a telegram from the War Department last Thursday, April 19, 1945, advising them that their son, S-Sgt. Earl K. Williams had been killed on Wednesday, March 21, 1945, while fighting on Luzon.  He was serving with an infantry division and had been in service four years.  He was twenty-one years of age. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 04-26-1945 S-Sgt. Earl K. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Houston Williams of Van Lear received a Telegram from the War Department last Thursday, April 19, 1945, advising them their son S-Sgt. Earl K. Williams was killed in action on Luzon Island on Wednesday, March 21, 1945.  He entered the service at the age of 17 on Tuesday, April 8, 1941.  He was serving in the 149th “Cyclone” Infantry Division. A brother, S-Sgt. Delmer B. Williams is serving in France.  While he was serving with the 39th Infantry Division, on the Western Front in August 1944, he was wounded and has since been sent to a replacement center. Besides the parents, he is survived by six sisters, Mrs. Thomas Fox, Ashland, Mrs. Raymond Fraley, David, Ky.; Glenna Jane, Phyllis and Nancy at home.  He attended Van Lear High School. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-26-1945
WILLIAMS, Eliphus G.
1945
Former Johnson Man Passes
Eliphus G. Williams, 82, of Lacy, Morgan County passed away at his home on Friday, April 27, 1945. He was born at Elna, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John I. Williams.  When a young man he was married to Cynthia Hamilton and to this union were born John, Cora, Mrs. Sara Jenkins, Tommie and Mrs. A. D. Hitchcock. He had been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for seventeen years. Funeral services were held in the home on Saturday, April 28, 1945, his Baptist brethren officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lacy, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-03-1945
WILLIAMS, Garner
1945
Oil Springs Boy Succumbs
Garner Williams, the ten-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Rupert P. Williams of Oil Springs died of tetanus last Friday. April 6, 1945, at a local hospital.  He received a foot injury about two weeks ago and tetanus developed causing his death. He is survived by his parents and four brothers, Carl, Garrett, Lowell and Bobby Franklin. Funeral services were held at the home on March 9, 1945, and burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  04-12-1945


SEPTEMBER - 1945

BLANTON, Bryan H.
1945
CHILD KILLED ACCIDENTALLY IN ROPE SWING
NECK OF BYRAN H. BLANTON BROKEN IN FALL
Seven-year-old Bryan H. Blanton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Blanton, 614, West Market Street, Washington C. H., O. suffered a broken neck and was killed when the rope of a swing attached to a tree on the lawn at the Blanton home became entangled about the child's neck as he fell from a limb of the tree, Wed., Sept. 19. The child had been missing about 15 or 20 minutes when searched for him was started and he was found, reports stated, with his feet on the ground and the rope about his neck, partly supporting his body. The rope had a loop on the end, was attached to a limb six or seven feet above the ground, it seems the boy had been swinging by placing one foot in the looped end of the rope, which came within a short distance of the ground. Just what happened could not be ascertained, but apparently the child had been on the limb, with rope and had fallen the rope closing about his neck so that his neck was broken in the fall, and death must have been instantaneous. Dr. N. M. Reiff, county corner,reported accidental death. Call for the resuscitator at the fire department was made and Assistant Fire Chief Emil Wilson hurried to the scene with the outfit, but the child was dead. In addition to his parents, the little boy is survived by his grandmother, Mrs. Susanna Stone. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Gregg Street Christiann Unio Church, in Washington C. H., O. The family had moved from Oil Springs in 1941. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-27-1945
BOWLING, Connie Ann
1945
VAN LEAR CHILD DIES SUNDAY
Burial Expected To Be Held Saturday Upon Return Of Father Connie Ann Bowling little seven-month old daughter of Private and Mrs. Arnold Bowling of Van Lear, passed away on Sept. 2, (1945). Funeral Services are expected to be held Saturday upon the return of the father from an army camp in Mississippi. Burial will be made at Van Lear. She is survived by her parents and four brothers and sisters. The Paintsville Herald Thursday Sept. 6, 1945
CASTLE, Mollie (Sherman)
1945
WOMAN DIES IN WEST ON TUESDAY
BODY RETURNED TO THEALKA FOR BURIAL
The body of Mrs. Mollie Castle, 26, who died on Sept. 12, in Arizona was returned to Johnson County last Thursday morning for burial. Mrs. Castle, her husband, Fonnie Castle, and two sons and daughter had moved to Arizona two years previously because of her ill health. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred (Babe) Sherman, at Thealka, Rev. Cullie Sparks and Rev. Castle officiating.  Burial was made by the Paintsville Funeral Co. In addition to her husband, children and parents, Mrs. Castle is survived by two brothers and two sisters. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 27, 1945
CONLEY, Samuel Clark
1945
Funeral services were held at the home at Oil Springs for Samuel Clark Conley who passed away Sept. 14, at the age of 85 years, 7 months and 29 days. He was the son of Madison and Elizabeth Colvin Conley and was married to Sarah E. Picklesimer 63 years ago who survives.  To this union were born five sons and four daughters of whom four are still living; Ellis C. of Huntington, W. Va., Lenna A., Cliff, Ky., Mrs. Ollie C. H. Hill, West Prestonsburg, Ky., and Mrs. Grace Chatfield at home.  There were eleven grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends left to mourn his death. He has been a member of the Barnetts Creek Baptist Church for 57 years. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. J. R. Carr, Rev. Warren Helton and Rev. Hargus Conley, under the direction of the Jones Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-27-1945
DANIEL, Judith Ann
1945
DANIEL INFANT DIES
Judith Ann Daniel, eight month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Daniel, King Addition, died September 23,1945, after a two day illness. Funeral services were held at the home of her grandfather, Edgar Daniel, on the following Tuesday. Burial was made in the Conley Family Cemetary at Staffordsville. Surviving are the parents, one sister and one brother, and her paternal grandparents. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-11-1945
DANIEL, Russell
1945
RITES FOR DANIEL HELD SEPT.20TH,1945
DIES TUESDAY IN  A LEXINGTON HOSPITAL
Last rites for Russell Daniel, 32, well-known Paintsville man, who died Tuesday, Sept. 18th,1945, in a Lexington hospital were held at the home of his parents on Euclid Ave., last Thursday afternoon conducted by Elders F. F. Rigsby, and Alonzo Wright. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Daniel of Paintsville and was married to Jane Webb in 1937. Besides his widow, and parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. John L Spear and Eula Lee of Paintsville. Before his illness he was employed by the C&O Railway Co., as engine watchman here at Paintsville. He leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn his passing. Burial was made in the Turner Cemetary near Paintsville under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Co. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-27-1945
DAVIS, Elias G.
1945
Rites For Hager Hill Man Sept. 30
Last rites for Elias G. Davis, 49 year old farmer of Hager Hill, were conducted at the home by Rev. Moses Kitchen on Sunday, September 30. Mr. Davis had been in poor health for several months and had received treatment in the St. Mary's Hospital at Huntington and at a local hospital prior to his death on September 27. Deceased was a native of Floyd County but moved to the Hager Hill section when a young man. Surviving are his wife, Louise Baldridge Davis, and three sons, Elbert at home, Douglas in the service in North Carolina and Eugene, Hager Hill. Burial was in charge of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 11, 1945
FAIRCHILD, Sis
1945
ROCK HOUSE  WOMAN DIES  ON SEPT. 19
MRS. FAIRCHILD 75 YEARS OF AGE SUCCUMBS
Mrs. Sis Fairchild, 75, passed away at her home at Rock House on Sept. 19. 1945, funeral services being held by Rev. Scott Castle on the following day. Mrs. Fairchild was the wife of John Fairchild and was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving children are Mrs. Lis Chaffin, Wayland, Miss Virgie Fairchild, Mrs. Herman Ratliff, Jess, Roy, Jim and Warnie Fairchild all of Staffordsville. Burial was made by the Paintsville Funeral Co. Paintville Herald Thursday 9-27-1945
FELTY, Celia (Perry)
1945
Mother of Oscar Lovely Is Buried
Mrs. Celia Felty, mother of Oscar Lovely, city, passed away from a heart attack on September 20, 1945, at Mr. Lovely’s home.  She was laid to rest in the family cemetery at Gifford, Magoffin County. Mrs. Felty was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors are Mr. Lovely, Sherman Perry, brother, and J. E. Gullett, half brother. Services were under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-4-1945
FRAZIER, Amanda
1945
COLLISTA WOMAN DIES SEPT. 10
THREE DAUGHTERS AND ONE SON SURVIVE
Mrs. Amanda Frazier, 70, widow of the late Edward Frazier, succumbed at her home at Collista on Monday, Sept. 10. Surviving are three daughters, and one son, Mrs. Alma Estep of Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Frank Adams, Denver, Mrs. Edgar Watson, West Van Lear, Wm. A. Frazier, Collista, formerly a well known merchant at Hager Hill. Two children preceded her in death. She leaves three sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Allie Broughton and Mrs. Sallie Tolliver, Hitchens, Mrs. Vaul Deering, Holden, W. Va., Fred Tolvie and Clabe Pennington,  also eight grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home at Collista by the Rev. Millard O’Bryan on Wednesday. Interment  was made at the McCarty Cemetery at Manilla by the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 9-20-1945
HAGER, Jane (Melvin)
1867-1945
SERVICES CONDUCTED  AT MAIN ST. HOME
Funeral services were conducted from the home on Main Street, Friday, at 2:00 p.m. for Mrs. Jane Melvin Hager, 86, widow of Dan M. Hager and mother of Russell Hager of this city. Death occurred at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, September 29, 1945 following an illness of two years and within one day of her eighty-seventh birthday. Born in Johnson County, September 30, 1867, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Bub Rule Melvin. A lifelong resident of Paintsville, "Granny Hager" as she was called by her friends, was one of the city's most beloved and prominent woman and her many friends here and throughout this section were saddened by the news of her death.  A gentle woman endowed with the quality of kindness and a serene and gracious personality, tolerant and understanding in her relations with others she possessed a heart-warming friendliness which endeared her to all with whom she came in contact. She was married to the late Daniel Marion Hager, one of the leading businessmen of the city, who preceded her in death March 19, 1914. A member of the Methodist Church since 1904, her fifty years of service were marked by constant and loyal devotion to the advancement of it's interests. Surviving besides her son are a daughter, Edna, a step-daughter, Mrs. Virgie L. Geiger of this city, and a brother, Adam Melvin of Lexington.  Also surviving are a grandson and two great- grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. F. Pettus, pastor of First Methodist Church, and burial was in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home.
KENNEDY, Thomas
1945
THOMAS KENNEDY MINE FOREMAN DIES
Thomas Kennedy, 49, mine foreman at the Hager Hill Coal Company, died after a short illness at the Paintsville Hospital on September 2. A native of Perry County, the body was removed by the Jones Funeral Home to Hazard where funeral services were conducted on September 29. He had been a resident of Johnson County a year and is survived by his wife and two daughters. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCT 11, 1945
LITTLE, Callie (Johnson)
1945
Long Illness Fatal To Local Woman
Mrs. Callie Little, 75, died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter Mrs. Charles Navarra at Huntington W.VA, She had been ill for sometime. She is survived by the following children, Mrs. Dora Johnson, Bypro, Mrs. Rissie Little, Etty Ky.; Marvin Little, Staffordsville, and Mrs. Charles Navarra Huntington W.VA, she is also survived by two brothers and two sisters, Mason Johnson Collista, Bob Johnson, Staffordsville, Mrs. Alice Rice and Mrs. Dora Horn, Staffordsville She was a member of the Baptist Church at Rock House. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Scott Castle on Thursday at Staffordsville and burial was made at Staffordsville under direction of the undertaking department of Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 13,1945
PAGE, William
1945
Brother Of Local Woman Dies
William Page, age 57, of Louisville, Kentucky died suddenly Saturday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. S. S. Kidd city. Mr. Page came to Paintsville a few days ago with another brother, Walter Page, also of Louisville, for a few days visit with Mrs. Kidd.  He was found dead in bed on Sunday morning.  Mr. Page had been suffering from a heart ailment for the past several months. He is survived by his widow and two children. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-13-1945
PATRICK, Frank
1945
Knife Wounds Are Fatal To Brother
Family Quarrel Resulted In Cutting And Death
Frank Patrick, age 37, of Hendricks, Magoffin County, died at 6:20 a.m. on Sept. 5 at a local hospital of knife wounds received on Sept. 4 near his home. It is reported that the victim and his brother, Jasper Patrick, who had just returned from army service became engaged in a family quarrel which resulted in the cutting and death of Frank Patrick. Both boys are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ham Patrick of Hendricks. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday September 6, 1945
PENIX, Mrs. Leonard (Ward)
1945
RITES FOR MRS. PENIX SATURDAY, SEPT. 15TH
Rites for Mrs. Leonard Penix, 45, well known Williamsport woman, who died Tuesday night Sept. 11, will be held at the United Baptist church at Williamsport on Saturday at 10 P. M. Mrs. Penix had been ill for sometime with a heart ailment and had been removed to a local hospital for treatment. She was the daughter of Bass Ward of Meally and was married to Leonard Penix in 1917. Besides her husband and father she is survived by two children, Orville Penix, U. S. Army at Camp Lee, Va., and Mrs Anna Lee Price, Williamsport, one sister, Nelva Penix, Williamsport, and the following half brothers and sisters, Mrs. Homer Preston, Van Lear, Mrs. Cecil Preston, Meally, Estil Ward, Meally, Wm. A. Ward, James C. Ward and Arlie Ward in the armed forces. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Williamsport. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEP. 13, 1945
PRICE, Winfield S.
1945
Winfield S. "Winnie" Price, 66, died at his home at Oil Springs on Wednesday morning, Sept. 5, (1945).  He had been in ill health for sometime. Besides his wife, Mrs. Manda Rice Price, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Garnett Ross, Wheelersburg, Ohio, Mrs. Bennett Hardin, New Carlisle, Ohio, and Mrs. Woodrow Greenwade, Prestonsburg, also two sons, S 1-c W.S. Price, Jr. and Mitchell Price of Wheelersburg, Ohio. One daughter, Beatrice, preceded him in death 13 years ago. He is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Nora Harrell, Washington, D. C., Mrs. Emma Rice and Mrs. Julia Rice, Riceville, Mrs. Rinda Preston, city, and 17 grandchildren. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at the home at Oil Springs on Friday at 2:00 p.m. by the brothers of his church. Interment will be made in his family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 9-6-1945
RICE, Cora (Davis)
1945
Mrs Cora Davis Rice Dies September 6th
Cora Davis Rice, 75, wife of Green Rice, Oil Springs died Thursday, Sept. 6, at her home after a long illness. Besides her husband, she is survived by nine children, Alva, Charlie, and Johnnie all of Oil Springs, Frank, Evansville, Ind., Grant, Harriman, Tenn., Roy, Dayton, o., Mrs. Erie Wheeler, oil Springs, Mrs. Lily Wheeler, and Mrs. Rule Caudill, Wheelersburg, Ky. Funeral services were held at the home on Saturday morning by Rev. Guy W. Preston. Burial was made in the Price Cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 09-13-1945
SELVAGE, Edna Lena
1930-1945
Cerebral Hemorrhage Fatal To 14-Year-Old
Edna Lena Selvage, 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Selvage, died at her home at Denver on Sept. 5, after being stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage a half an hour earlier.  She was a member of the sophomore class of the Jennies Creek High School, and was preparing to go to school on the morning of her death. She is survived by her parents, three sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Kenneth Rice, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Gartha Baldwin, Ashland, Hester Billie Selvage at home, Recie Selvage, Delaware, O., Charles with the U.S. Army, Clinton with the U.S. Army in England, and Edward Lee who served with the Army and was discharged recently. Funeral services were held at the home on Thursday afternoon by Rev. Ferman Blair, Millard O'Bryan, Hammie May and Monroe Caudill.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Furniture Company.
OBITUARY Edna Lena Selvage, daughter of Alfred and Emma Selvage was born December 26, 1930 and departed this life Sept. 5, 1945 at the age of 14 years, 8 months and 9 days.  She was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage on the morning of the 5th as she was preparing to go to school and died within half an hour. Edna Lena was a member of the Sophomore class of the Jennies Creek High School.  She took an active part in all school activities and performed with willingness all tasks asked of her. She was admired by both students and faculty and her bright smile and sunny disposition will be greatly missed. She leaves to mourn their loss her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Kenneth Rice, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Gartha Baldwin, Ashland, Ky. and Hester Billie Selvage at home.  On sister preceded her in death some twenty years ago. The following brothers survive: Recie Selvage, Delaware, Ohio; Charles with the U. S. Army, Clinton with the U. S. Armed Service in England and Edward Lee who served in the U. S. Army and was discharged recently. Edna Lena was a loving daughter and sister and her passing leaves a vacancy which cannot be filled. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 13, 1945
SPRIGGS, Henry
1945
Boons Camp Man Dies September 2
Henry Spriggs, 60, died Sunday, Sept. 2, at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, W. Va., and was brought to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Kermit Wells at Meally. He is survived by his wife, Clara Spriggs, and seven children, Mrs. Robert Wilburn, Meally, Mrs. rdgar Fitch, Meally, Delma Spriggs, Oscar, Howard, and Gertrude Spriggs, Boons Camp, and Mrs. Kermit Wells, Meally. Also one sister, Mrs. Fanny Austin, Boons Camp, survives. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the Meally church by Rev. Leonard Webb and Rev. J. H. short. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-13-1945
STATON, Pauline
1945
Mrs. Statton Dies Today
Mrs. Pauline Staton, died at her home here today from a stroke suffered two months ago. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 pm in the Christian Church at Yeager, Pike County. Paintsville Herald Thursday, September 27, 1945


OCTOBER - 1945

ADKINS, Mary Ellen
1945
Four Year Old Child Dies
Mary Ellen Adkins, four years old, daughter of Benny and Emma Blevins Adkins, Davis Branch, died October 1 in a local hospital. She had been ill since July. Surviving are her parents, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be conducted at the home on Davis Branch on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be made in the Keaton cemetery on Davis Branch under the direction of the undertaking Dept of the Paintsville Furniture Co. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-4-1945
CARTER, George W.
1945
Aged Man Succumbs  On October 4th
George W. Carter, 81, died unexpectedly at his home in Paintsville on the evening of, Thursday, October 4, 1945.  His body was found by neighbors and he had apparently died in his sleep. Mr. Carter was born in Henry County and had resided in Paintsville the past thirty years.  He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Fred Preston. Burial was made in the Town Cemetery on Saturday, October 6, 1945, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-11-1945
CASTLE, Denver
1945
Rites For Accident Victim at Nippa
Funeral services for Denver Castle, victim of a mine accident at Red Jacket, W. Va., will be held at 10 o'clock today at his parents' home at Nippa. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Con Castle, he was 25 years old and had recently been discharged from the Navy.  He had left his father's home at Nippa on Sunday to return to his work. About 1 and 1/2 hours later his brother, Raymond, whom he had not seen for about two years arrived home from Army service overseas. Surviving are his wife, the former Ethel Brown, his parents and several brothers and sisters. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 25, 1945
DAVIS, Gillie (Fairchild)
1945
FLAT GAP WOMAN EXPIRES OCT. 15
Mrs. Gillie Fairchild Davis, 64 wife of C. E. Davis, died on October 15th at her home at Flat Gap. She was the daughter of Mary Pelfrey and Reuben Fairchilds of Volga, and had been a member of the United Baptist Church at Bethel since 1905. Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter and two sons, Lillian Davis, Burgess Davis, Dayton, Ohio and Sgt. Elmon Davis, U. S. Army, also by one granddaughter, Linda Sue Davis and the following step-children: Elva Davis Mckenzie, Logan, W. Va. Ethel Davis Rice, South Shore, Ky., Vera Williams, Columbus, Ohio, Virgil Davis, Flat Gap, three sisters, MRs Sallie Evans Keeton, Mrs Flory Lemaster, Flat Gap and Mrs Lillian Cantrell, Fuget. A devout Christian and a good and devoted mother, she will be deeply mourned by her many relatives, neighbors and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Flat Gap Baptist Church on October 17, by the Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Tommy Bailey. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-01-1945
DIALS, Cecil
1945
SIX YEAR OLD BOY DIES OCTOBER 21
Cecil Dials, Pilgrim, KY., 6 year old son of M. and Mrs. Herbert Dials died at a local hospital Sunday of a throat infection. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday by Rev. Willie Preston.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsvillle Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-25-1945
FLETCHER, John C.
1945
WELL KNOWN MAN DIES
JNO. C. FLETCHER SUCCUMBS AT INEZ
Judge John C. Fletcher, age 75, prominent Martin Co., citizen, died at his home near Inez on October 15, 1945, of pneumonia and other complications after a short illness. He was one of Martin County’s most respected citizens and was elected twice to the offices of county judge, sheriff, and superintendent of schools of Martin Co.  He was a well-known educator and taught in the public schools for a number of years.  He held a life certificate as teacher.  When a young man he was married to the daughter of the late Thomas S. Kirk and besides his widow, he is survived by five daughters and two sons, Mrs. George Blankenship.  Mrs. Curtis Crum, Mrs. Frank Hensley, Mrs. Sam Slone and Mrs. America Endiicott, Thomas and J.A. Fletcher, of Inez. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in the family cemetery near Inez. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-25-1945
HALL, Verlis
1945
Verlis Hall Is Killed In  Auto Crash
Many Relatives In This County
Services were held today at the Mayo Cemetery at 2:30 for Verlis V. Hall, 28, of Franklin, Ohio, pronounced dead on arrival Friday at the Miami Valley Hospital where he was removed following a collision between his auto and a freight engine on the New York Central tracks at Moraine City. Sheriff’s deputies reported that Hall, driving west on the Springboro Pike, had stopped his car at the railroad crossing where freight cars were being switched. The tracks cleared, Hall started ahead and struck the side of a freight engine on the main truck. Deputies said the watchman at the crossing signaled frantically with his lantern without avail.  The auto was demolished and Hall thrown to the ground. Engineer of the freight train was William Powers, and the conductor was A. T. Bailey, deputies reported. Hall was an employee of the National Cash Register Company. Surviving are his wife, Flora, a son, Charles Raymond, 7 years old, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Estell Hall, Staffordsville; three brothers, Cpl. Hershel Hall, Alamogordo, New Mexico, Howard Hall and Estell Hall, Jr., Staffordsville, and one sister, Mrs. J. E. West, East Tenn. The Jones Funeral Home went to Franklin and brought the body to Staffordsville where it remained until today. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-21-1945
HARDIN, Williamson
1945
Rites for Aged Martin County Man
Funeral services for Jasper Williamson Hardin, Inez, who died on Oct. 23, 1945, were held at the Inez Baptist Church under the direction of the I.O.O.F. Lodge on October 26, 1945. He was 84 years old, the son of Harvey and Eliza Jane William- the late Mary E. James Hardin.  He was the oldest of twelve children, five of whom preceded him in death. He was a well known and a highly respected citizen of Martin County. Surviving are five children, Joseph W. Hardin, Laura B. Sammons, Maude H. Roberts, Frank and Theodore Hardin; fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-1-1945
JUSTICE, Chester
1945
Attack Is Fatal Charlie Justice
Dies Suddenly Sunday
Charlie Justice, 66, died suddenly Sunday night at ten o'clock at his home on Stafford Street, his death attributed to a heart attack.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, Rev. John N. Mostoller officiating.  Burial was made in the Wells cemetery in Bridgford. Mr. Justice was a native of Lawrence County.  He had moved with his family to Paintsville in 1932 and had been in the shoe repair business until 1942.  he had made many friends in Paintsville who will regret to learn of his passing. Surviving are his wife, Lillie Diamond, a son, Bill Justice, three sisters, Mrs. E. P. Flagg, city, Mrs. George Brown, Puritan Mines, W. Va., and Mrs. Roscoe Wright, Whitman, West Va., and a brother, Jay Justice of Louisa. The Paintsville Undertaking Company had charge of arrangements. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 18, 1945
MARCUM, Sara (Adams)
1945
FORMER RESIDENT DIES
Sara Adams Marcum, 44 years old, died in Lexington on Monday evening following an illness of about four years. Mrs. Marcum had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adams in Paintsville. She being the sister to Mrs. Adams, who preceded her in death in September,1943.. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Thurman Cain of near Fort Gay, WV. One sister, Mrs. Albert Johnson, Weeksbury and one brother of Phoenix, AZ.. Funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2 o’clock by Rev. C. Z Cain, A quartette, Chas. Williams, D.B. Conley, Otto Baldridge and Marjorie Conley sang at the services accompanied by Mrs. Mayme Crider at the piano. The remains were taken to Salyersville for the burial in the Gardner Cemetery.  Burial was under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-01-1945
PICKLESIMER, William R.
1867-1945
RICEVILLE CITIZEN DIES OCTOBER 17
Funeral services were held on Friday at the home at Riceville for William R. Picklesimer, who passed away October 17, 1945, at the age of 78 years, 8 months, and 24 days..  Burial at the Picklesimer Cemetery at Barnetts Creek. He was born January 23, 1867 and was the son of Dr. Nataniel and Assentha Salyer Picklesimer. On October 17, 1906, he was married to Syntha Ida Howard.  His death came on their 39th wedding anniversary. To this union were born three sons, and eight daughters, all survive except one daughter: Paris and Payne at Home; Proctor of Baltimore, MD; Prudence, Pauline Pamalie, and Mrs. George Dull of Indianopolis, IN, Mrs. Sam Patrick of San Francisco, CA., Mrs. Paul Prater of Paintsville, Mrs. Priscilla Grace McElhaney of Washington, C.H., OH. and Pruna Katheryn deceased in infancy. There are nine grandchildren, two boys and seven girls.  He is also survived by two sons by a former marriage, William, Jr., of Lucasville, OH, and John M. of Ceredo, WV. He was converted and joined the United Baptist Church at Barnetts Creek in July 1908. Those in charge of funeral services were Rev. Hargus Conley, Rev. Warren Helton and Rev. John Reed, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-25-1945
TOOTSEY, Louis
1945
Sgt. Louis Tootsey Rites August 29
Word has been received here that the body of S-Sgt. Louis J. Tootsey of Van Lear, who was killed in New Guinea October 10, 1945, will arrive here Saturday. The body will be taken to the Jones Funeral Home and later removed to the home of Mr. Charlie Wills at Van Lear, Ky. Funeral services will be conducted here at 10:00 a.m., Monday August 29, by Rev. Joseph Wimmers in the chapel of our Lady of the Mountains Academy. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-25-1949
VANHOOSE, Earl
1945
Well Known Barber Passes October 14
Earl Van Hoose, 57, prominent citizen and barber of Bridgford, died suddenly Sunday, Oct 14, with heart ailment. The son of the late Lafayette and Elizabeth Van Hoose, he was a lifelong and well-known resident of this vicinity and had many friends and relatives. Surviving are his widow, Phoebe Van Hoose one son Clifford, with the Navy and one brother, Ivan Clifford Van Hoose, City. Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday by Rev. M. Wiley, Rev Millard Van Hoose, Rev. F. S. Van Hoose and Rev. Bryon Van Hoose. Interment was made in the family cemetery, city, under the directions of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 25 Oct 1945
WILLIAMS, Manis
1945
RED BUSH FARMER DIES
The body of Manis Williams, 66 year old farmer who died on October 1 at the home of a son at Red Bush, was laid to rest in the Trimble Cemetery at Red Bush on October 3.  He is survived by his wife, Laura Skaggs Williams and several children. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-11-1945


NOVEMBER - 1945

BLEVINS, Glen
1945
SERVICES HERE MONDAY FOR GLENN BLEVINS
The body of Glenn Blevins, 44, was returned to Johnson County Friday for burial by the Preston Funeral Home.  Blevins was killed in a shooting affray at Harlan Thursday night at 8 o’clock. His assailant, Bradley Howard, is reported to be out on bond.  However, details of the shooting are lacking. He is survived by his wife and son, Hershel of Columbus, O., his mother, Mrs. Flora Mae Blevins, city, and a large family of brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church Monday, burial being made at the Mouth of Mud Lick in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-29-1945
BORDERS, Infant
1945
Infant Borders, born at 2 a.m. today to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Borders,  225 Elbert Street died six hours later. Surviving in addition to the parents is a brother, Ralph Eugene;  maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Covalt and the paternal  grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Borders. Burial was made this afternoon in Oak Dale Cemetery by the Volney  Seaver Funeral Home. Urbana Citizen Urbana, OH November 16, 1945
CASTLE, Lorie C (McKenzie)
1945
Services Today For Tutor Key Woman
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the United Baptist Church at Mingo for Mrs. Lora Catherine Castle, age 53. Mrs. Castle, widow of the late Nathan Castle, died at her home at Tutor Key on Sunday morning after a long illness. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Lizzie Taylor, Mrs. Sallie Marie Jones, Gracie Castle, Tutor Key, Mrs. Goldie Howard, Flat Forks, Ky., Mrs. Della Mae Caldwell, Ohio, Fonnie Castle and Nathan Castle, Jr., Tutor Key, Ray Castle, Wharton, W. Va., Eddie Castle, Van Lear, and Jimmie, U. S. Army.  Four brothers and two sisters also survive, Escel McKenzie, Ohio, Willie McKenzie, Thealka, Monroe McKenzie, Lowmansville, Haskell McKenzie, Chandlersville, Mrs. Lizzie Ferguson, and Mrs. Minnie Debord, Ohio. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 15, 1945
CRUM, Mary Belle (Cassady)
1945
Mary Belle Crum Dies In Inez
Mrs. Mary Belle Crum, age 73, died Sunday night at her home at Davella, Martin County. Besides her husband, Reuben Crum, she is survived by one son, Parnell Crum, and two grandchildren, also three brothers, Bill Cassady, Van Lear, Garfield Cassady of Inez, and Alex Cassady of Dayton, Ohio, four sisters, Mrs. Effie Ward and Miss Lucretia Cassady of Ashville, N.C. and Mrs. George Kirby of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Willie Cumbo, West Van Lear. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon.  Interment was made in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald 11-29-1945
DALE, Mary (Collins)
1856-1945
Life-Long Resident Succumbs
Mary Collins Dale, a life-long resident of Johnson County, died at her home in Bridgeford, Sunday morning after an illness of eight days. Aunt Mary, as she was known to all who knew her, was born September 15, 1853, the daughter of William and Vicie Mae Ratliff Collins. At the age of nineteen she became a member of the Methodist Church and for the rest of her life lived as a devoted Christian. In January 1883 she was married to Alan Ratliff, who preceded her in death many years ago.  To this union were born seven children, four of them having also preceded her in death. Then in 1904 she was united in marriage to Tony Dale, who survives.   Also surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Sandy, City, Ernie, Catlettsburg, and Tallie, Rock House.  She also leaves to mourn her going 28 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral was held on Monday evening at 2:30 p. m. at the home of her son.  Sandy Ratliff in Bridgford by Rev. J. F. Savage, of the Methodist Church burial was in charge of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8 Nov 1945
DONTA, Fred
1945
Rites Fri. For Aged Man
Mr. Donta Passes November 14 Rites for Fred Donta, 83, who did Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. C. Ward, on Fourth Street, will be held by Rev. Ralph E. Webb at the Ward home on Friday afternoon at two o’clock. Mr. Donta, who made his home with Mrs. Ward, had been ill for several days prior to his death. He was a member of t Lutheran Church. Besides Mrs. C. C. Ward, he I survived by one son.   Lincoln Donta, city, three brothers, John, Charlie, and Conrad, one sister Mrs. Lena Karnopp, al of Ashland, and two grandsons, Russell D. Wells and Joe Wells, both in the U.S. Navy. Burial will be made in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paints Ville Herald Thursday   15 Nov. 1945
DORTON, Leonard T.
1945
RITES FOR L. T. DORTON
Native of County Buried in Missouri
Funeral rites were held Saturday, November 24, for Leonard T. Dorton, 62, who passed  away November 21 at a Kansas City, hospital after a short illness.  Mr. Dorton was a native of Johnson County but made his home in Kansas City the past thirty years where he was associated with the Kansas City Railroad Terminal. Surviving are his wife, a son, Lowell of Huntington, W. Va. And thirteen brothers and sisters; Jim Dorton, Red Bush, Mrs. Lulu Smith, Marion, Ohio, D. H. Dorton and H. T. Dorton, City, Dr John A. Dorton, Louisville,    Mrs. Maxie Coldiron and Harry Dorton, Lynchburg, Ohio., Mrs. Peggy Hill and Mrs. Dovie Lester, Martha, Ky., Oka Dorton, McKee, Ky., Orba Dorton and Mrs. Grelta Jones, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Thurman Dorton of Chicago. His parents, Mr. And Mrs. William Dorton of Red Bush, preceded him in dath some years ago, and his death is the first to occur in the family of fourteen children.  He made his last visit to his native home in 1930 on the passing of his father. Brothers D. H. Dorton, H. T. Dorton, Dr. John A. Dorton and Thurman Dorton were present for the services at Kansas City. Paintsville Herald Thursday 29 Nov 1945
DUNCAN, Lucy
1945
DEATH TAKES LUCY DUNCAN
Was Widow of Capt. John Duncan
Mrs. Lucy Duncan, 79 years old, of the late Captain John M. Duncan, died very suddenly at the home of Mrs. Malts Williams of West Van Lear, on Friday morning at 2 A. M. Mrs. Duncan, who resided at Richardson Ky., was on one of her annual visits to the Williams home, it being her former home during the lifetime of her husband. Surviving are one son, Scott P. Duncan, Osborne, Ohio and one daughter Mrs. Alma Coulson, West Van Lear.  One sister Mrs. Mary Hibbard of Richardson and several grandchildren also survive her. Funeral Services were held at the home of Mrs. Malta Williams on Sunday afternoon and burial was made in the family cemetery nearby, under the directions of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 29 Nov. 1945
DUSZA, Mary Jane (Boone)
1945
Former City Teacher Dies
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jane Dusza, 47 years old, who died at her home in Detroit, Michigan on November 17, were held at the First Methodist Church here on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. John Mostoller. Mrs. Dusza had been a teacher in the city schools here for sometime and was well known by a host of Paintsville people.   She is survived by her husband, Julius Dusza, and the following brothers and sisters, Nelson Boone, S. B. and Flossie Howard of Paintsville, Mrs. Wm. Patrick and Mrs. Robert Prater of Salyersville and Mrs. Elbert Stout of Detroit, Mich. After the funeral services, she was taken to the old home place on Burning Fork, Magoffin County Where burial was made by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 29 Nov 1945
FOSTER, Paul Raymond
1945
FOSTER INFANT SUCCUMBS FRIDAY
Paul Raymond Foster, 16 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Foster, died here November 23, 1945, following a long illness.  Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon by Rev. A.L. Brooks, and burial was made in the Town Cemetery by the Jones Funeral  Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-29-1945
FRANKLIN, Hardy C.
1946
Hardy C. Franklin Victim of Stroke
Hardy C. Franklin, 69, prominent citizen of this county passed away at his home at Red Bush, Tuesday, November 20, 1945.  He had suffered a stroke about three months ago. Mr. Franklin had been a merchant and farmer in the Red Bush community for years and was a respected citizen.  He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and the following children by a former marriage; Toral of Staffordsville, Mrs. Gypsie Coon of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Drexal Wallin, Red Bush, Two sons, Glenn and Maxwell preceded their father in death.  He is also survived by two half-sisters, Mrs. John A. Dorton and Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, both of Louisville. Funeral services were held at the home on Thursday afternoon, November 22, 1945, Revs. Wallin and Hamilton, ministers in his church, held services as he had requested them to have charge. Burial was made in the family cemetery near the home by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-29-1945
HALL, Martin
1945
MARTIN HALL DIES NOV. 17
Victim of Cerebral Hemorrhage Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ at Meally on Nov. 17 for Martin M. Hall who died at his home at Meally on November 14 of a cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Hall was 76 years old at the time of his death. Besides his widow, Mrs. Lennie Music Hall he is survived by seven children; Mrs. Virgie Walters, James, Hatcher, Virgil, Paul and Mrs. Lucille Short, all of Meally. and Mrs. Verna Music of East Point. He is also survived by one brother, Jerry Hall also of Meally. Funeral services were held by the Revs. S.C. Honeycutt and J.H. Short. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-29-1945
HUBBARD, Frankie Eugene
1945
Two Killed In Accidents
Auxier Service Men Victims
Douglas Stewart, S 1/c, 20, and Seaman Frankie Eugene Hubbard of Auxier, were fatally injured in auto accidents, Stewart on Nov. 1 in Gloucester County, Virginia and Hubbard on Nov. 3 at Pensacola, Fla. Stewart, who had served 26 months in the Navy, is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Sturgill Stewart, Ashland.  Besides his parents, he is survived by his widow, two brothers and a sister.  Burial was made in an Ashland cemetery. Seaman Hubbard is the son of Mr. And Mrs. L.C. Hubbard, Auxier.  His wife, a bride of two months, is the former Roberta Wells.  Hubbard was a crew member of the famed U.S. destroyer, Twigg. Besides his parents, he is survived by three sisters and six brothers.  Burial was made Friday under the direction of the Union Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 15, 1945
LEMASTER, Francis Marion
1945
FRANCIS MARION LEMASTER
Francis Marion Lemaster, 18, of Wheelersburg, Ky., died in a local hospital on Nov. 28, 1945 after a short illness. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lemaster. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters and three brothers. Funeral services were held on Nov. 30, 1945 at the State Road Church, the Rev. Rigsby officiating. Burial was made in the Lemaster Cemetery at Oil Springs, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-6-1945
OSBORN, Louise (Riley)
1945
Local Woman Succumbs November 1.
Mrs. Louise Osborn, 24, died November 1 at the home of a son Charles Osborn in Louisa. Mrs. Osborn widow of Andy Osborn, former resident Of Johnson County was born in Magoffin County near Buffalo KY; a daughter to the Late John and Nancy Ellen Hammonds Riley. She was a member of the Methodist Church for the past 26 years. Funeral services were held on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock at the Nippa Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Millard Vanhoose officiating. Burial was made in the Rush Fork Cemetery. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Charles Rice, Wittensville Ky, and Mrs. Ferrel Stambaugh, Stambaugh Ky. Three sons Charles Osborn, Louisa; Flem Osborn Dehite W.Va. Two sisters, Mrs. Solia Selty and Mrs. Della Ressett both of Ashland, two brothers James Riley Salyersville Ky, and Clay Riley Exel Tex., 25 grandchildren and 28 greatgrandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 8,1945
PATRICK, John Harris
1937-1945
John Harris Patrick
John Harris Patrick was born September 5, 1937, to Dorothy Spears Patrick and Greene E. Patrick. He departed this life November 22, 1945, age 8 years, 2 months and 17 days. From infancy he had been a victim of the rare malady, haemophelia, a bleeder, which kept his life constantly endangered. There are only 176 cases of this disease known to medical science, the treatment or it is still in the experimental stage, although great advance has been made, and little John Harris was greatly relieved at times from the new medicine that had been discovered for this particular disease. His family was encouraged that he would grow to strong,  (Continue to Page 5) **page 5 was missing PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday  December 13, 1945
SMITH, Louise
1945
Ohio Woman Dies Here
Mrs. Louise Smith, 54, of Columbus, Ohio, died at a local hospital on Nov. 12 following an operation. Mrs. Smith, who came to White House Sunday to visit with friends, became ill in the afternoon, and was removed to a local hospital where an emergency operation was performed. She was a member of the Methodist Church, and the wife of Marvin E. Smith. She is survived by three daughters and one son, also her mother, Mrs. William Hettisermer, Middlesport, Ohio. The remains were taken to Gallipolis, Ohio, where burial was made on Nov. 13 under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 15, 1945
STEWART, Douglas
1945
Two Killed In Accidents
Auxier Service Men Victims
Douglas Stewart, S 1/c, 20, and Seaman Frankie Eugene Hubbard of Auxier, were fatally injured in auto accidents, Stewart on Nov. 1 in Gloucester County, Virginia and Hubbard on Nov. 3 at Pensacola, Fla. Stewart, who had served 26 months in the Navy, is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Sturgill Stewart, Ashland.  Besides his parents, he is survived by his widow, two brothers and a sister.  Burial was made in an Ashland cemetery. Seaman Hubbard is the son of Mr. And Mrs. L.C. Hubbard, Auxier.  His wife, a bride of two months, is the former Roberta Wells.  Hubbard was a crew member of the famed U.S. destroyer, Twigg. Besides his parents, he is survived by three sisters and six brothers.  Burial was made Friday under the direction of the Union Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 15, 1945
WYNN, George P.
1899-1945
Obituary At 1:30 a.m. on November 24, 1945, death visited and touched the tired heart of George P. Wynn. He was born in Magoffin County on March 22nd, 1877.  At the time of his death, he was 68 years, 8 months and 2 days old.  His father and mother and three brothers preceded him in death. His boyhood was spent in Johnson County, and at the age of 21, he answered the call of his country and served in the United States army from June 1888 to May 1899 with Company M  3rd Ky Regt. After receiving an honorable discharge from the army, he was married to Della Cheek, of Johnson County, on May 30, 1899 and to this union were born eight children, all of whom are living; namely: Mrs. Howard Cypher, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Sherman Wheeler, Ashland, Ky.; Mrs. H.C. Moon, Beaver, Ohio; Mrs. Wilbur Pendleton, Portsmouth, Ohio; Robert Wynn, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs Wonnie Trimble, Ashland, Ky; Carl Wynn, Ashland, Ky; Herman Wynn, Portsmouth, Ohio. In addition to the above named children, he leaves his widow, 24 grandchildren, a brother, Frank Cantrell, Portsmouth, O., and two sisters, Mrs. W., J. Robinson, Wheelersburg, O., and Mrs. L.G. Emswiller, New Boston, O., and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He was for several years engaged in farming in Johnson county, and in 1929, he moved to Ohio and continued the business of farming until 1935 at which time, due to failing health, he retired.  In 1943, he moved from Pike County, Ohio to Ashland, Kentucky where he lived until November 22nd, 1945, at which time he moved to Portsmouth, Ohio and only two days later, the grim reaper called him to his eternal home. His leaving will be keenly felt by those of us who were thrown nearest to him, through business, fraternal, social and Church relations, and also by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Throughout his entire life, he loved and respected people, and expressed special love and respect for the church and church people.  He for several years had been seeking the Lord and in August of 1944, he was converted and baptized in September 1944, and took his membership with the United Baptist Church and lived a faithful and devout Christian life. To this meager outline, there can be added a further statement, that he was a man of many friends and that was generous, kind, and tolerant. In his passing, his wife has lost a loving companion and his children a faithful father. Thursday December 6, 1945 Paintsville Herald


DECEMBER - 1945


BAYES, Sam
1945
AGED MAN SUCCUMBS SUNDAY
Sam Bayes, 80, died of infirmities at his home at Staffordsville on Sunday, Dec. 2. A wife and son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Union Church at Staffordsville by Rev. Guy Preston. Burial was made in the Rice Cemetery at Barnetts Creek under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-6-1945
BLANTON, James Kendrick
1945
James Kendrick Blanton, 27, of Volga, veteran of general Patton's Army, died Wednesday at noon in the Methodist Hospital at Pikeville of a skull fracture sustained Tuesday when the truck which he was driving overturned on a hill above Pikeville.  He did not regain consciousness following the injury.  It is reported at the time of the accident, Blanton was driving truck for a Pikeville coal company and the wreck was thought to have been caused by the slipery condition of the road, causing him to lose control of the truck. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Blanton of Volga and had served three years in the European theatre of war. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, the former Ruby Jewell McCarthy. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, December 14, at 11 o'clock at the parents home on Stonecoal.  Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-13-1945
BOWLING, Clayton
1945
VAN LEAR MAN DIES
Funeral services were held at the home on December 28, (1945) for Clayton Bowling, 48, of Van Lear who died in a local hospital following an illness of two weeks. He had been in the employ of the Consolidation Coal Company for more than thirty years. Surviving are his widow and thirteen children. Two children have preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Banks, Crum, and Sparks. Burial was made in the home cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday Jan. 17, 1946
CALDWELL, Will
1945
AGED MAN SUCCUMBS DECEMBER 15
Will Caldwell, age 96, died on Saturday at the home of his grandson, John Q. Caldwell, at Sycamore. He was born in Virginia and came to this county at an early age. He was married to Lizzie McKenzie. The following children survive, Harrison, Jerry, Charlie, Longley, Dennis, Sandy, Jennie, Emma and Hattie. Funeral services were held at Kerz on Monday and burial was made in the Kerz cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-20-1945
CASTO, Alfred Lee
1945
Victim Of Diphtheria
Alfred Lee Casto, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Casto, of Charleston, W. Va., died December 22 1945, of diphtheria at a local hospital.  He had been ill about two days before his death. In addition to his parents he is survived by one sister, Rebecca Ruth, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Lemaster of Barnetts Creek, and his grandmother Casto of Charleston. Burial was made in the family cemetery near Charleston on December 24. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 17, 1946
CHANDLER, Janice Myrl
1945 ????
MENINGITIS VICTIM
Private funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Home on January 2 for Janice Myrl Chandler, four-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chandler of Van Lear. She succumbed after an illness of less than twelve hours with septicemia meningitis. Burial was made at the home of the maternal grandparents on Burning Forks, Magoffin County by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 17 Jan 1946
CONLEY, Mason
1945
RITES FOR MASON CONLEY
Victim of Mine Accident Dec. 3
Funeral services will be held this afternoon for Mason Conley,54, Collista, who was killed instantly Monday afternoon in the mines on Rush Fork of Toms Creek when he became caught on a conveyor loading machine. He was an employee of the Hager Hill Coal Company and had recently returned home to work for this company after having worked away for several months. The son of the late John C. and Helen Johnson Conley, he had been a lifelong resident of Collista. Besides his widow, he is survived by two children, Beecher, who was recently discharged from the Army and Florine, both at home, also, one grandchild. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Collista. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-6-1945
COOK, Velma
1945
Velma Cook, the nine-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Cook of Topmost, Kentucky died of rheumatic fever at a local hospital on December 20. She had been ill for several weeks. Funeral services were held at the home on December 21, and burial was made under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday JAN. 3, 1946
DALE, Elizabeth
1945
Elizabeth Dale
The body of Elizabeth Dale, 23, who succumbed Sunday morning, December 30, at the Paintsville Clinic was laid to rest in the Van Hoose Cemetery at Bridgford Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Scott Castle officiating.  Deceased was the daughter of Mrs. Sarah Dale, City. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3 Jan 1946
FRALEY, Sarah (Hyden)
1945
SARAH FRALEY DIES DEC. 9
Heart Disease Fatal To Local Woman Mrs. Sarah Farley, 55, died Sunday, December 9, 1945, of a heart ailment at her home at Hager Hill.  She was the daughter of the late Sam Hyden of this county.  A resident of Van Lear for many years, she had moved to Hager Hill a few years ago. Besides her husband, Robert Fraley, she is survived by two sons and three daughters, Raymond, David, Ky., Norman, Van Lear, Mrs. Hazel Adams, David, Ky., Mrs. Ruth Clifton, Lancer, Virginia at home and Mrs. Opal Adkins, Ivyton, two sisters. Mrs. Edna Delong, East Point and Mrs. Allie Reed, Hager Hill, and five brothers, Clay, Edgar, Harry and Ballard Hyden, Hager Hill, and Taylor Hyden of Auxier. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at East Point on Wednesday, December 12, 1945, by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Hager Hill by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-13-1945
HAZELRIGG, Mary Belle
1945
AGED WOMAN DIED DEC.18
RITES TODAY FOR MOTHER OF LOCAL DENTIST
Funeral services will be held today at the Salyersville Christian Church for Mrs. Mary Belle Hazelrigg, mother of Dr. H. G. Hazelrigg, city, who died at her home in Salyersville on December 18 (1945). Mrs. Hazelrigg, who was eighty-seven years old, had been in ill health for some time and her death followed a stroke which she suffered several days ago. She had been an member of the Christian Church for many years and had been active in church work. She was married to Louis F. Metzgar on January 1883.  After the death of Mr. Metzgar, she was married to William Adams Hazelrigg in August 1888. Surviving besides Dr. H.G. Hazelrigg are four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Two sons, Louis F. Metzgar and Samuel V. Metzgar preceded her in death. She is also survived by five sisters, Mrs. R.F. Carter, Fort Meyers, Fla., Mrs. T.F. Breen of Lexington, Mrs. Wate Stewart of Flemingsburg, Ky., Mrs. D.W. Gardner of Salyersville, Ky., and Mrs. Fritz Ostermoeller of Tampa, Fla. Funeral services will be in charge of Rev. John N. Mostoller, pastor of First Christian Church, here. Burial will be made in the Gardner cemetery near Salyersville under the direction of the Kelly and Patrick Funeral home of Salyersville and the Funeral Home of the Paintsville Furniture Company. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 12-20-1945
OBITUARY Mary Belle Filson Hazelrigg was born in West Liberty, Kentucky on May 29th, 1858 and departed this life on Decemeber 18th, 1945, at her home in Salyersville, Kentucky. She was married in January 1883 to Mr. Louis F. Metzgar to which union were born two sons, Louis F. Metzgar and Samuel V. Metzgar, both deceased. After the death of Mr. Metzgar she was married in August, 1888 to Mr. William Adams Hazelrigg to whom one son was born, Dr. Harry Gordon Hazelrigg of Paintsville, Kentucky. She leaves at her parting besides Dr. Hazelrigg, four grandchildren, Samuel Bruce Metzger of Washington, D. C. , Teddy Lynn Metzgar of Huntington, West Virginia, Mary Frances Hazelrigg Baals, of Richmond, Washington; and William Bayes Hazelrigg of Frankfort, Kentucky. Besides the grandchildren she leaves three (3) great grandchildren; Elizabth Jane Baals, Mary Louise Baals, and Jean Hazelrigg. She is survived by five (5) sisters; Mrs. B.F. Carter of Fort Meyers, Florida, Mrs.T.F. Breen, Lexington, Ky., Mrs. Wate  Stewart of Flemingsburg, Ky., Mrs. D. W. Gardner, of Salyersville, Ky., and Mrs. Fritz Ostermoeller of Tampa, Florida. She was a member of the Christian Church of Maysville, Ky., for many years and upon making her residence in Salyersville was actively identified with the Christian Church congregation of that town.  Her activities in association with the Christian Church are outstanding memorials to her character and life.  She was especially active in the erection of the present church edifice of the Christian people of Salyersville. Mrs. Hazelrigg will be long remembered and her precious  counsel appreciated in the lives of many young men who came under her influence in her Bible School class which she taught for more than thirty years. Her singing talent was remarkable and she readily lent her ability to leading the singing in her own church choir and the church services of other congregations of the community. At her departure, she was eighty seven years, six months and nineteen days of age. Her parting is mourned by her multitute of friends who knew her life in the various communities in which she lived and was known. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-10-1946
HEFNER, Homer
1945
HEFNER SUCCUMBS TO PNEUMONIA AT PIKEVILLE
Homer Hefner, brother of Fred M. Hefner, local jeweler, succumbed to pneumonia at the Pikeville Hospital on December 17, (1945). The deceased man was also a jeweler, having established the firm known as Hefner Brothers at Pikeville in 1921.  Another brother, W.T. Hefner is associated with him in the business. The body was taken to Charlottsville, Va. for burial. Survivors include, the widow, Mrs. Jean Cyrus Hefner, a native of Louisa; mother of the deceased, Mrs. H.C. Hefner, Palmyra, Va., five brothers, Fred, city, Dan, Harrisonburg, Va., W.T., Pikeville; Charles and Arthur, Rainelle, W.Va., and three sisters, Mrs. Nina McNeer and Mrs. Lottie Flushman, Palmyra, Va., and Mrs. Clyde Hasher, Richmond, Va. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-3-1946
HITCHCOCK, Daniel
1945
AGED FARMER DIES DEC. 31
Rites Wednesday For Daniel Hitchcock Daniel Hitchcock, 89, died at 12:30 P.M. Monday, December 31, 1945, at his home at Barnetts Creek, after an illness of several days. He was a well know farmer and had been a resident of Barnetts Creek for many years.  Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Minnie Adams, and Mrs. Della Jackson, Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Emma Watkins, Lautin City, Okla., Willie Hitchcock, Ironton, O., and Charlie Hitchcock, Denver.  He is survived also by a number of grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday, January 2, 1946, and burial was made in the family cemetery under the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-03-1946
HOLBROOK, Jesse James
1945
Jesse James Holbrook, age three months died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emery Holbrook on Keaton on December 12. 1945.  Funeral services were held on December 13 at Red Bush. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-20-1945
HORNE, Leonard
1945
Leonard Horne Inez Man Dies Thursday
Leonard Horne died Thursday, December 13, 1945 at his home hear Inez following a long illness.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Minerva Horne and two daughters, Mildred Horne and Mrs. Elva Chaffin. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-20-1945
LEMASTER, Jesse
1945
JESSE LEMASTER
Pvt. Jesse Lemaster, son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Lemaster, Southside died on December 27, 1945 in the Philippine war zone, according to a message received by the parents Sunday. The boy's death occurred on his nineteenth birthday. Details are lacking as to the cause of his death. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-25-1945
MCKENZIE, Elzie
1945
A citizen of Mima, Morgan County,
Elzie McKenzie passed away early Saturday morning at the Golden Rule Hospital.  He was 69 years of age and had been in ill health for many months. Mr. McKenzie and his wife were both admitted to the local hospital last week - where Mrs. McKenzie remains a patient suffering from severe burns incurred when her dress caught fire at their home. Funeral services were conducted for Mr. McKenzie on Tuesday at Mima. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 3, 1946
MOORE, Everett
1945
FATHER OF SEVEN IS VICTIM
Everett Moore, 37, of Kermit, W.Va., died in a local hospital Sunday morning at 4:45 A. M. after being admitted to the hospital less than a day. Mr. Moore, a miner, had worked on Friday and was brought to the hospital Saturday morning. The remains were removed to his home on Marrowbone Creek by the Jones Funeral Home on Sunday evening. Surviving are the widow, seven children and seven brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon and burial was made in a cemetery near his home. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 1, 1946
MULLINS, Hessie
1945
Hessie Mullins, age 60, died at her home at Williamsport on, Sunday, December 23, 1945, after an illness from an attack of flu which she suffered several weeks ago. She was born in Morgan County, moving with her husband and family to Williamsport about eighteen years ago. Surviving are the husband, Jerry Mullins and the following children; Mrs. Nola Marcum, Mrs. Lula Ward, Mrs. Goldie Marcum, Lola Williams, Anna Elins, Susie Haney, Alice Collins and Cecil Mullins. Services were held in the home on Tuesday, December 25, 1945, with the Elder L. T. Preston officiating.  Burial was made on Two Mile by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-03-1946
PRESTON, Dr. J.R.
1945
Dr. Preston Succumbs To Heart Ailment
Relatives here have been notified that Dr. J. R. Preston, 69, passed away early Monday morning at a Kansas City, Kansas hospital following an illness of two weeks from a heart ailment. Burial will be made at his home at Weleetka, Oklahoma. Dr. Preston was the son of the late Dr.  J. M. and Mary Preston of this county.  He obtained his medical education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tenn., settling in Oklahoma where he has resided the past thirty years.  He made a trip east four years ago and visited relatives in Paintsville and Johnson County at that time. Survivors are his wife at Weleetka; two sons, Glance, city, and Banks Roosevelt, Weleetka; two daughters, Vivian, Nippa, and Mrs. Villa Grim, Stambaugh; and three brothers, Guy and J. Langley, city, and Dr. T. R. Preston of Lowmansville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-13-1945
PRESTON, May
1945
Rites For Mrs. Preston
Funeral services were held on December 27.  The services were Mrs. May Preston, 80, of near West Van Lear, who died on December 27.  The services were conducted by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt of Auxier. Mrs. Preston had suffered from a heart ailment for sometime and was found dead in bed when she was called and failed to answer. She was the widow of the late Winfield Preston, of one of the oldest families in the county. Burial was made in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-17-1946
PRICE, Julia
1945
MRS. JULIA PRICE A victim of pneumonia,
Mrs. Julia Price, 69 year old resident of Whitehouse, passed away at her home on Saturday night, December 29,(1945).  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, burial being made in the Whitaker cemetery at Whitehouse.  Rev. W.A. Morgan officiated. Mrs. Price, a member of the United Baptist Church, is survived by her husband, Ballard Price, who is at this time seriously ill with influenza, the following children:  Mrs. Sylvia Belcher, Guyan, W. Va., Goldia Witten, Laben, W. Va., and Virgie Lee Worley, Amherst, W.Va.; four brothers, Marion Castle of Van Lear, Henderson Castle of Sitka, John Castle, Williamson, W. Va., and Irvin Castle, Nolan, W.Va. and one sister, Mrs. Clara Stapleton, Williamson, W. Va. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-3-1946
RICE, Roy
1945
EMERGENCY OPERATION PERFORMED SUNDAY
Roy Rice, 51, of East Point, died Sunday night at the Beaver Valley Hospital at Martin, where he had submitted to an emergency operation.  He had become ill Friday morning. The body was removed to the Arnold Funeral Home in Pretonsburg.  Funeral services were conducted at the home at East Point, Wednesday, by Rev. WB. Garriott, Prestonsburg, and Rev. SC Honeycutt, Auxier. Mr. Rice was a prominent farmer of his section of the county.  He has a host of relatives and friends who will regret to learn of his sudden death. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Auxier Rice, two brothers, Orbin D. Rice, Phoenix, AR., and Frank Rice of Beckley, WV., and one sister, Mrs. JM. Morrell, Prestonsburg. His only child a daughter, and his mother, Mrs. Sallie Rice, were killed some years ago when struck by a train near Auxier. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-03-1946
ROBERTS, John
VICTIM OF HEART ATTACK
John Roberts, 53, Meally, died suddenly on December 11 of a heart attack. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. Roberts of Van Lear, he was a World War One veteran and had served overseas. He is survived by six children, his wife, Jennie Hayden Roberts, having preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the home on December 13 by Rev. J. H. Short.  Burial was made in a nearby cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 20, 1945
STAFFORD, John Frew
1868-1945
RITES  FOR  J.F. STAFFORD Dies  Wednesday  in  Huntington  Hospital Rites for John Frew Stafford, 77, who died on December 12 at 10:30 P.M. at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., will be held at 2:00 o’clock Saturday at the home of his sister, Mrs.James W. Auxier on Euclid Avenue. Mr. Stafford underwent a major operation at the Huntington hospital on Dec. 3, and it was reported to his relatives here on Wednesday that his condition was satisfactory, but a few hours later he succumbed to a heart attack. Born in 1868, the son of the late William and Martha Hager Stafford he spent the early years of his life on the old Stafford farm near Hager Hill.  He later moved to Paintsville where he acquired considerable real estate.  He was a member of a prominent family and a well- known businessman in this vicinity. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. James W. Auxier, and one brother, Henry Stafford, both of this city. Also surviving are the following nieces and nephews: Dr. G. M. Stafford, city; Dr. G. D. Stafford, Cincinnati; Dr. W. S. Rice, Chicago; George D. Rice, Chicago; Mrs. Howard Sales, Huntington, W. Va;  Mrs. A. A. Auxier; Mrs. Leona Patrick; Mrs. Harry LaViers; Mrs. Margaret Hager; Mrs. Fannie Archer and Mrs. J. Gainey Newman, city. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-13-1945


STEPP, Sarah (Jayne)
1945
SARAH JAYNE STEPP
12-22-1945
Sarah Jayne Stepp, age 72, of Inez died at her home on December 22, 1945 of a heart attack following pneumonia.  She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha Davis Stepp and lived in Martin County all her life.  Her husband, Robert Stepp, preceded her in death fourteen years ago.  She was the mother of seven children, Eddie, Webster, Thomas, Russell, Matt, Rebecca and Rosie.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Services were held in the home on December 24, with her Baptist brethren officiating.  Burial was made in the home cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-3-1946
TINCHER, Martha
LEE COUNTY WOMAN DIES AT KEATON
Mrs. Martha Tincher, 69, was found dead in bed, Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles C. Rose, of Keaton.  She was formerly of Beattyville but had come to Keaton to make her home with her daughter two months ago. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Ida May in Lee Co., on December 11 by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-13-1945
WELLS, Infants
1945
Wells Twins Die Dec. 17
The twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Paul Wells, Prestonsburg, died on December 17.  They were born in a local hospital. Burial was made at the old Wells’ home on Johns Creek. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-20-1945
WITTEN, Arta (Litteral)
1945
MRS. WITTEN SUCCUMBS WELL LOVED WOMAN WAS 73 YEARS OF AGE
Mrs. Arda Litteral Witten, 73, Oil Springs died December 10, 1945, in a local hospital following an emergency operation.  She was the wife of Edgar Witten and a member of a prominent Johnson County family. She was the daughter of the e late Flem and Sarah Prater Litteral of Oil Springs.  A member of the Methodist Church since early womanhood she was a devout Christian, and was loved and respected by all who know her. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, Mrs. W.F. Clayton, Gary, WV., C.T. Witten, Wheelersburg, OH., Mrs. Ralph Preston, Pikeville, and Clarence at home, also three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Jno Coldiron, Greenup, Harry Litteral, Millersburg, OH., Mrs. John Runyon, Ft. Thomas, and Hannah Litteral of Oil Springs.  Seven brothers and sisters have preceded her in death. Nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives also survive. Funnel services were held at Oil Springs, on December 13, by Rev. Carr, pastor of the Oil Springs Methodist Church and Rev. John Collins. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Prater Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-13-1945

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