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JANUARY - 1946

AMERSON, Elizabeth (Anderson)
1946
Former Resident Of City Dies
Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson Amerson, 55, died last week, January (13-19) 1946, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, following an illness of one week. Mrs. Amerson the wife of Fred J. Amerson, a former Post commander of our local American Legion Post, organized the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion here and was their first president. They were residents of Paintsville.  For approximately three years and made many friends while living in this city. A native of Lancaster, Mrs. Amerson was the daughter of the late Simeon and Patty Harris Anderson. She was a member of the First Christian Church at Mt. Sterling. Surviving are her husband and two sisters. Funeral services were held in Lancaster. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-24-1946
ARMS, James Foster
1946
James Foster Arms, 23, died at his home on the east side of the river on Wednesday, January 9, 1946, following an attack of influenza. He was the son of Willie and Ida (Collins) Arms.  His widow, Anna Hurt Arms, and one child survive. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his father on Rock House.  Burial was made in a nearby cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-17-1946
ATKINSON, Julia F. (McClure) Kise
1861-1946
Mrs. Julia F. Atkinson, 85, a former resident of Paintsville, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. H.R. Oliver, in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 27, 1946. Mrs. Atkinson, the widow of the late Dr. W.T. Atkinson Paintsville, had made her home with her son Charles W. Kise, in Omaha since Dr. Atkinson’s death about fifteen years ago. Mrs. Atkinson was born on February 17, 1861, her parents being G.C. and Jane Borders McClure, a well-known family of the Big Sandy Valey. Her first husband, Ulysses G. Kise, died in 1894. The United Stated fought four wars during her lifetime and she often recalled incidents that occurred during the Civil War. She had been a member of the Methodist Church since early childhood. Surviving are one son, Chas. W. Kise, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Omaha. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-21-1946
BLAIR, John Milton
1946
John Milton Blair, age 70, of Staffordsville, died on January 14 while being taken from his home to a local hospital. Mr. Blair, who was just recovering from an attack of flu, received serious burns when he fell into an open fire at his home. Surviving are the widow, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were conducted at Staffordsville by Elder Guy W. Preston.  Burial was made in a Staffordsville cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-17-1946
CASSADY, Raymond B.
1946
Funeral services for Raymond Burns Cassady, 33, son of Mrs. Dulcie Cline Cassady, Inez, who died January 5, 1946,  were held at the Missionary Baptist Church at Inez on Wednesday. He was a graduate of the Inez High School and Pikeville Academy at Pikeville.  A former teacher in the Martin County schools for a number of years, he enlisted in the US Air Corps where he was trained as a turret gunner. He served in the Armed Forces for three years, eight months of which he spent in Combat in the ETO.  He made thirty missions over enemy territory and  received the following citations:  Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, ETO Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal.  At the close of the war, he was honorably discharged but reenlisted soon after and was waiting to return to camp on February 1.  He was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his discharge. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Dulcie C. Cassady, a sister, Mrs. Ruth Riffe, and a brother Robert Cline Cassady of Inez. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday  1-10-1946
DAVIS, Deena Rae
1946
DAVIS INFANT DIES
Deena Rae Davis, five month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Davis, King Addition, died Sunday after an illness of four days with strep throat which developed into pneumonia. Surviving are her parents, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Davis, King Addition. Funeral services were conducted on Monday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Davisby Rev. F. F. Riggsby. Burial was in the Southside Cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 17, 1946
GEORGE, Delmar
1946
Accident Fatal to Former Resident
Delmar George, 25, son of Mr. And Mrs. Bradley George of Ashland and grandson of Hiram George, city, died January 7 in the Paintsville Hospital as a result of head injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon near Inez.  He was a former resident of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the home of his uncle, D.P. Hall here on Wednesday with the Rev. Ison of Ashland officiating. He is survived by his widow, one son, Larry George and his parents. Burial was made in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday, January 10, 1946
GEORGE, Emma (Music)
1879-1946
Mrs. Emma George Dies May 3rd
Victim of Heart Attack
Mrs. Emma George, 67, died suddenly at three o'clock Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.T. Dalton, in Happy Hollow.  Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mrs. George was born in Floyd County on December 22, 1879, the daughter of Thomas M. and Malissa Music.  She was married to Wm. George who died February 13, 1936. She was a devout Christian, and she will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Besides Mrs. Dalton, she is survived by the following children: Frank, Baltimore, Md., Albert and Jack, Holden, W.Va., Irwin, Allen, Grant, Wheelwright, Samuel, Nashville, Tenn., Mrs. Goldie Wright, Huntsville, Mo., Mrs. Malissa Phillips, New York and Mrs. Margaret Bradford, Baltimore, Md. Also surviving are one brother and two sisters, Grant Music, Detroit, Mich., Rebecca Robinson of Floyd County, and Mrs. Anna Auxier, East Point, and twenty-six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 1 pm at the Meally Baptist Church by Revs. Leonard Walters, F.F. Rigsby and Rev. Roberts of Holden, W. Va. Burial was made in the George cemetery near East Point in Floyd County. Paintsville Herald Thursday, January 10, 1946
(NOTE: Emma's husband, whom she married November 30, 1852 in Floyd County,  was William James George, 1871-1936, son of Robert George and Eliza A. Robinson.)
HUFF, Infant of Mr. & Mrs. Quiller Huff
1946
WEST VAN LEAR NEWS
Thursday January 24 1946
The infant son of Mr. & Mrs Quiller Huff died Sunday in the Paintsville Hospital.
JOHNSON, Elzena Ann
1946
Elzena Ann Johnson
Elzena Ann, five-year-old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. W. H. Johnson of Elkhorn City, was burned to death on Friday night, January 25 when the home was completely destroyed by fire. The fire was discovered by Mrs. Johnson during the night who aroused her husband.  Mr. Johnson was injured in rescuing the other children, Billy and Peggy Joyce. Elzena Ann, the youngest child, became frightened and ran back into the burning house, and was burned to death before she could be saved.  The other children were slightly burned and injured in the jump from the house. The fire had such a start before being discovered that the house burned to the ground in twenty minutes. Mr. Johnson is the brother of Mrs. H.R. Witten, City, and a former resident of this county. Paintsville Herald Thursday, January 31, 1946
LESLIE, Guy Womack
1946
Was Ex-Rail And Coal Executive
Guy Womack Leslie, 54, native of Johnson County died at his home at Lexington on Friday, January 18, 1946, following an illness of about five years.  The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leslie of this county, he was a former general manager of the Ohio and Kentucky Railroad, former manager of the Kentucky Block Can-coal Company, Morgan County, and the Wolverine Coal Company, Jackson County, and a former director of the Morgan County National Bank, Cannel City.  In June 1937, he was appointed a member of the Federal Bituminous Coal Commission and served with the commission in Washington until 1939. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Harry R. Walker, Lexington, five sisters and a brother.  Funeral services were held Monday, January 21, 1946. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-24-1946
LITTERAL, James Henry
1946
PNEUMONIA VICTIM
James Henry Litteral, 80 years old, died in a local hospital of pneumonia on Jan. 5, a short time after being admitted. Mr. Litteral, in the early days was a merchant at near the head of Millers Creek, later moving to Auxier, where he was an employee of the North East Coal Company until his retirement. He is survived by four children, Harry and Martha of Logan, W.Va., Earl of McDowell and Mrs. Marcia Wells of Prestonsburg with whom he has made his home for years. The original plans for the funeral services to be held on Tuesday were postponed, due to high waters. Services were held on Thursday at the Auxier Church by Rev. S.C. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the Auxier Cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN 17, 1946
MILLS, Andrew Jackson "Uncle Bud"
1946
Death Takes "Uncle Bud" Mills Wednesday
Funeral services will be held today at 2 P. M. at the Sulphur Springs Baptist Church at Tomahawk for Andrew Jackson Mills, 83, who died at Noon, Wednesday at his home at Tomahawk. He had been ill for sometime, but his death was caused by an attack of flu which he suffered about four weeks ago. "Uncle Bud," as he was familiarly known, had been a lifetime resident of Martin County where he owned considerable real estate and mineral lands. He was a successful farmer and livestock dealer. He was a son of the late John Mills of Martin County. Surviving are eight children, Robert, Ashford, Bill, Mrs. Clara Horn, and Mrs. Martha Spears of Tomahawk, Mrs. Lorna Horn, Inez, Thurman, Akron, O. His wife, Laura Cline Mills and five children preceded him in death. Forty-three grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. G. W. Preston and Rev. Aaron Stepp. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-17-1946
MOORE, T. J.
1946
Husband Of Local Woman Dies Wednesday
T. J. Moore, 68, husband of Anna Brown Moore, formerly of Paintsville, dropped dead January 9 on the caboose of a C & O train in the Russell Yards.  He was a brakeman, and had been employed by the C & O for 46 years. The Boyd County coroner said that death was due to a heart attack. Besides the widow, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Paul Kouns and Mrs. W. E. Kazee both of Ashland, two brothers and three sisters. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 10, 1946
PACK, James Arthur
1946
Dies February 23
Of Heart Ailment
James Arthur Pack, Sr., 55, city, died at a local hospital Saturday morning of a heart ailment about two hours after his arrival at the hospital. He had been in ill health for sometime but continued with his duties as superintendent of the Tilson Mining Company at Riceville until his death. The son of Thomas and Elizabeth Haney Pack, he was born at Inez, Martin County, and was married to Bessie Meddings on December 24, 1907. Engaged in the coal mining business for thirty – nine years, Mr. Pack had resided at Van Lear prior to coming to Paintsville and was well known throughout the county. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Besides his widow he is survived by eight children. Willie Pack, Wheelwright, Troy Pack, Jenkins, Mrs. Paul Arrowood, city, James Arthur Pack, Jr., city, Mary Elizabeth and Douglas, at home. Thirteen grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Mahala Maynard, Stidham, also survive. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ralph Webb at the Missionary Baptist Church on Monday. Pallbearers were C.E. Walters, R.C. Lyon, Kanawha Conley, Charlie Davis, G.C. Cunningham, W. McCarty and Gene Price. A Sunday school class of the Missionary Baptist Church were flower girls. Burial was made in the family cemetery in King Addition under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald  Thursday January 28, 1946
PATRICK, Kelly Edison
1901-1946
K. Patrick Expires
Rites Today For Former Teacher and Columnist
Rites will be held today at the home of C.C. Ward on Highland Avenue for Kelly Edison Patrick who died suddenly Tuesday morning at the home of his mother, Mrs. Harris Patrick at Gypsy, in Magoffin County. Mr. Patrick, a former teacher in the Johnson County schools, suffered a spinal injury about sixteen years ago which left him an invalid. In spite of his affliction which left him paralyzed and physically helpless, his cheerful disposition gave inspiration and courage to all who knew him. He kept up with current events and his perspective and views on people and world events, written from his bed, were published weekly in the Herald as "Pat's Line." This was only one of the examples of his courage during the years of his invalidism. His friends, who kept in contact with him through his newspaper column, were his frequent visitors when he made his home in Paintsville. He was always delighted to have his friends visit him and was interested in people and their affairs, his own misfortunes never being discussed during these visits. Four years ago, he returned to his old home at Gypsy, Kentucky. The son of Harris and Mary England, he was born in Magoffin county on December 10, 1901. His wife, Edna Ward Patrick, died on December 27, 1934. Surviving are one daughter, Ruth, Washington D.C., his mother and two sisters, Mrs. Riley Risner and Pearlie Patrick, Gypsy, Ky., and one brother, Green Patrick of Alexandria, Virginia. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Ralph E. Webb of the First Baptist Church, and burial will be made at Williamsport under the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday  January 3, 1946
RICE, Edgar P.
1894-1946
EDGAR P. RICE DIES IN HUNTINGTON
Native of This County
Heart Attack Victim
Edgar P. Rice, 62, prominent Huntington resident associated with the Island Creek Coal Co. in charge of its real estate department, died unexpectedly in a  Huntington hospital at 6 a.m. Monday following a heart attack. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Andrew R. Bird, Jr., pastor officiating. Burial was made in a Huntington cemetery. Mr. Rice became ill suddenly Sunday morning and was removed to the hospital. Born August 12, 1894 in Paintsville, he was the son of Harvy Nurns Rice and Mary Louise Hurt Rice. He was educated in the public schools of Paintsville and also attended Mountain College at Paintsville and Kentucky State at Lexington where he studied engineering and law. He later moved to Ashland where he associated with the law firm of Hager and Stewart, doing land survey and title work. In 1918 he went to Philadelphia at accept a position with the Berwind-White coal interest and after two years went to Huntington in 1920 to become associated with the Island Creek Co. Mr. Rice was in charge of the extensive real estate holdings of the coal company, a position he had held for a number of years. He practiced law only in connection with those duties. Mr. Rice was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, past president of the Huntington Rotary Club, a Mason, dorector of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce and had been active in Community Chest work. He had also been active in school bond elections several years ago. Surviving are his widow, the former Miss Nelle Millis of Catlettsburg, Ky., two sons, Robert Harvey Rice, a student at the University of Michigan medical school, and ensign Donald Willis Rice, USN, serving on Guam in the South Pacific. Robert H. Rice is a private (first class) in the Army training program. Other survivors include five brothers, Garland H. Rice of Paintsville, Francis L. Rice of Pikeville, Dr. J. Verne Rice of Wellsville, Ohio, Major Martin R. Rice of Birmingham, Ala., and Colonel Heber W. Rice of Washington, D. C., and one sister, Miss Lucille E. Rice of Paintsville. In connection with his coal interest, Mr. Rice has been a frequent vivitor in Paintsville during the past few years. His last visit was in May, when he and Mrs. Rice were here for Decoration Day. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-31-1946
SALYER, Oralee
1946
14 YEAR OLD GIRL DIES SUDDENLY
Oralee Salyer, 14 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milt Salyer of South side, died Friday, Jan. 18, 1946, at her home following a short illness. She is survived by her parents and one sister, Esta at home, three brothers, Edward of Leander, Elbert J. at home, and James Russell of Camp Gruber, Okla. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon, January 20, 1946, by Rev. Scott Castle.  Burial was made on Monday, January 21, 1946, in the family cemetery at Denver.  The Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-31-1946
STAMBAUGH, Harry
1946
HEART ATTACK FATAL TO HARRY STAMBAUGH
Harry Stambaugh, 66, of Sitka died suddenly at his home at Sitka January 17 from a heart attack. He had suffered a stroke sometime ago, and had been confined to his home since that time. Mr. Stambaugh had served as magistrate of the Johnson County Fiscal Court at one time, and was considered one of the county’s best citizens. Surviving are his widow, Nora Mahan Stambaugh, and nine children, Mrs. Georgia Colvin of Ohio, Mrs. Lizzie Blanton, Volga, Walter, Sitka, Mrs. Maxine Wheeler, Mrs. Mae Norman, Mrs. June Salyers, Harry, Jr., all of Ashland, Mrs. Dorothy Sloan, Paintsville, and Irene at home. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ near his home on Saturday morning by Rev. Leonard Webb, assisted by Rev. J.H. Short. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN 24, 1946
STAMBAUGH, Hubert D.
1946
HUBERT STAMBAUGH D AT STAFFORDSVILLE
Death came Sunday night, January 13, to Hubert Stambaugh, 55 years old resident of Staffordsville. Mr. Stambaugh, who had suffered from tuberculosis for several years, died at his home at Staffordsville. Prior to his illness he had been an employee of the Williams Grocery Company. Mr. Stambaugh was a veteran of World War I. He had served overseas in that war and had never fully recovered from the effects of being gassed. When he became ill he was treated at both the Veterans Hospitals at Outwood, Ky., and at Huntington, W.Va. Last March he returned to his home where he remained until his death. He was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the home of a brother, J.N. Stambaugh, Euclid Avenue. Reverend Jarvis of Grayson and Rev. J.N. Mostoller officiated. Burial by the Jones Funeral Home was made in the Wells Buckingham Cemetery in Bridgford. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ethel Stambaugh, and six children, Peggy Jo, a cadet nurse in the Louisville General Hospital, James Edward, Kenneth, Irma, Patty Ann and Bob at home. A son, Billy, who served on the Carrier Enterprise as a radioman first class, was reported missing in action in the Battle of Midway. Other survivors are a stepmother, Mrs. Lou Stambaugh, city, five brothers, J.N. Stambaugh, Verner Stambaugh and Paris Stambaugh, city, Hervie of Charley, Ky., and Bruce of Sitka; two sisters, Mrs. Maudie Estep, city, and Mrs. Earn Davis, Sitka; three half-brothers, Jimmie, Lowell G. and Morris Stambaugh, city; and three half-sisters, Mrs. Lucy VanHoose and Mrs. Gladys Roberts, city, and Mrs. Nellie Rice of Stambaugh. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN 17, 1946
TRIMBLE, Stella
1946
Miss Stella Trimble succumbed at her home at Barnetts Creek on January 16,1946.   She was 58 years of age and had been invalid several years. Funeral services were conducted under the direction of the funeral department of the Paintsville Furniture Company on January 17, burial being made in the family cemetery. Miss Timble was a member of the United Baptist Church. Rev. Millard O’Bryan and Rev. Furman Blair officiated at her funeral. Miss Trimble was the daughter of the late Nathaniel (Nat) and Nann VanHoose Trimble.  Surviving brothers and sisters are, Cyrus Trimble, Bowman, KY., Mrs. Zelda Picklesimer with whom deceased made her home at Barnetts Creek; Denton Trimble, OH., and Tom Trimble at Staffordsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-24-1946
TRUSTY, Levi
1856-1946
DEATH TAKES LEVI TRUSTY, JANUARY 18
Levi Trusty, 89, died January 18, (1946) at his home here.  He was born in Magoffin County on October 26, 1856, the son of the late Daniel and Lora Trusty.  He was married in 1875 to Alice Adkins who preceded him in death in 1934. He had made his home in Paintsville with his daughter, Mrs. Lula Ratliff and his son, Elihue Trusty, for the past several years.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are ten sons and daughters; Walter, Catlettsburg, Elihue, city, Miles, Huntington, W. Va., Hendricks, Ashland, Richard, Garrett, Mrs. Ernie Ratliff, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Lula Ratliff, Paintsville, Mrs. Bill Moore, Wharton, W.Va., Mrs. Verner Taylor, Pikeville and Mrs. F.L. Jones, Fleming, Ky. He also leaves 47 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held here January 20 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lula Ratliff. Burial was made on January 21 in the West Van Lear Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-31-1946
WARD, Colba
1946
COLBA WARD OFFUTT MAN IS VICTIM OF PNEUMONIA
Colba Ward, 87, well-known farmer, died of double pneumonia on January 5 at his home at Offutt. He was the son of the late William and Lucinda Lyons Ward, and his parentage was among the early settlers of the Big Sandy Valley, coming here from North Carolina.  He was the last survivor of a family of nine children. He is survived by three sons, Roma G. of Ashland, V. A. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Clarence of Washington, D. C., two daughters, Ruth, New York City, and Lula Tibbais, Cincinnati, Ohio.  His wife, Frances Preston Ward, and four children preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in the home on January 8 by Elder Guy W. Preston.  Burial was made in the family cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 17, 1946
WARD, Mary  Jayne
1946
Mary Jayne Ward, 87, of Boonscamp passed away at her home on January 13, 1946. She was the widow of the late Elzie Ward.  Born in Wise County Virginia, she came to this vicinity when a mere child. Surviving are four children, Martha Hall, Trinnie Steel, May Hall and Elzie Jr. Funeral services were held on January 15, and burial was made in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-17-46
WILEY, Bert
1946
Bert Wiley, 55, of Lowmansville, died in a local hospital on January 7 of injuries sustained when he was struck by a falling tree. It is reported that Mr. Wiley was cutting timber when the accident occurred and his death came as the result of a fractured skull. The son of Thomas and Jayne (Cordle) Wiley, he was born on the Brushy Fork of Big Blaine. Surviving are four sons, Virgil, Robie, Tinie and Hansel. Funeral services were held at the home on Nelson Branch on January 9, and burial was made near the home. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 7, 1946
WILEY, John Burns
1946
John Burns Wiley, age 60, died at his home at White House on January 13 after a long illness with leukemia.  Mr. Wiley spent several weeks at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and had been at home only two weeks when death occurred. He was the son of Elzie and Elizbeth Wheatley Wiley and he leaves many relatives in this county.  Surviving are the widow, Levisa Boyd Wiley, and four children, Draman, Herman, JoAnn and David. Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday morning with the elders, VanHoose, Davis and Wiley officiating. Burial was made in the Whitaker Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 17, 1946



FEBRUARY - 1946

AKERS, Malissa Jane (Wells)
1946
Offutt Woman Succumbs to Short Illness
Malissa Jane Wells Akers, 74, Offutt, died February 13 at her home after and illness of two days. Mrs. Akers was born at Boons Campp, the daughter of Richard M. and Susan Wells and was a member of one of the county's oldest families. She was married to George Akers in 1890 who preceded her in death in Jine 1929. She moved to Terry Montana in 1911 with her family but returned to this county five months ago. At the age of fifteen years, Mrs. Akers became a member of the Methodist Church at Wells Chapel and remained true to her faith until the last. Surving are five children, Jesse Lee of Butte, Montana, Dolly of Forest Grove, Oregon, Richard of Centralia, Washington, and Ollie and Cassie Eulah of Offutt, also six grandsons. Funeral services were held at the Wells Chapel on Monday afternoon by Rev. Carr of Oil Springs Methodist Church. Internment was made in the Offutt cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Furniture Company. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-21-1946
AUXIER, Mabel (Clark)
1911-1946
LONG ILLNESS IS FATAL
Mabel Clark Auxier Victim of Leukemia
Mrs. Mabel Clark Auxier, 34, wife of Frank Bell Auxier of Pikeville, died in the Ohio State Hospital, Columbus, Ohio on February 14 after a long illness from leukemia She was born on March 24 1911, and was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Elmon Clark of Johns Creek. She attended Van Lear High School, Pikeville College and was a teacher for a number of years. Mrs. Auxier was an active worker in community affairs in Pikeville where she had served as president of the Pikeville Woman’s Club and also the District Woman’s Club. Her loss will be deeply felt by a host of friends and relatives in this county. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Geneva Harman, David, Ky., Mrs. Lois Marshall, Ashland, and Mrs. Leatha Wilkerson, Wheelwright. Funeral services were conducted in Pikeville Sunday and burial was made in a Pikeville Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 21 Feb 1946
BEATTY, Joe
1946
FATHER OF MRS. TYLER DIES
Joe Beatty, 65 of Louisville, father of Mrs. Ed. Tyler, city, died suddenly from a heart attack on Monday morning. Besides Mrs. Tyler, he is survived by his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Doris Fleischman, Cincinnati, Ohio, and one son, James Earl Beatty, Louisville. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Beuchel, Kentucky and burial was made at Beuchel. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-21-1946

BLANTON, Walter
1946
DEATH TAKES NATIVE MAN
Walter Blanton Is Accident Victim
Walter Blanton, 56, native of this county, died Tuesday at 11 p.m. at his home in Kermit, West Virginia. His death was caused by complications from a broken shoulder which he sustained in a fall from a drilling machine on which he had been working. His condition apparently was improving until a few hours before his death. Mr. Blanton was the son of James M. and Sarah McCarty Blanton. He was married to Sally Prichard on November 14, 1907. Surviving besides his widow are five children, James Morrison of Kermit, W. Va.; Dixie, Oil Springs, Ollie, Staffordsville, Mabel, Dayton, Ohio, Monnie, Galveston, Texas, eleven grandchildren, also one brother, Kendrick, Kenwood, two sisters, Mrs. Laura Lemaster, Win, and Mrs. Virgie Cullett, Red Bush and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Friday at the Old Union Church at Staffordsville by Rev. Lonza Reed and F. F. Riggsby of Paintsville, and Rev. Harlan Montgomery of Winchester. Burial was made in the J. W. Jaynes Cemetery near the mouth of Mud Lick under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-28-1946
CASTLE, Leslie
1946
Accused of the murder of a man at whose home he had eaten supper only a short time before, Dewey Castle, son of the late Joe Castle of Greentown, is being held without bond in the county jail on a charge of willfully murdering Leslie Castle, 31 year old veteran of World War II, early Sunday night.  The accused man waived examining trial Monday to await the action of the grand jury. According to reports, Mrs. Castle and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ulysses Castle, who lived on Lindy Branch near Nippa, heard cries at about seven P.M. Sunday and Ulysses Castle went in search of the person calling for help.  At a place on the roadside within 125 yards of John Castle's home, Leslie Castle was found in a semi-conscious condition, apparently critically wounded.  Ulysses Castle returned to his home for a horse and sled to remove the injured man. After wrapping him in blankets and placing him on the sled, the victim was taken to the home of Beecher Music, at which place he died within a short time. At a coroner's inquest held Monday afternoon it is understood that Harrison Castle, an uncle of the slain man, positively identified the accused as the man who was with Leslie shortly before the latter was found.  Testimony showed that Dewey had accompanied Leslie home for supper Saturday night. The coroner's jury held that Leslie Castle had been struck at the base of the skull with some unknown weapon, and the undertaker testified that he died from a skull fracture. The dead man was discharged from the service on January 13.  He had served three years, twenty-nine months of which had been spent in the Pacific theater.  He was the son of the late Elijah Castle and Mrs. Sarah A. Castle who resides at Nippa.  Prior to joining the armed forces he had worked on WPA. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Oma Hale of Lima, Ohio, and Mrs. Bertha Music.  A brother, Lacy, was killed in Germany. The body was prepared for burial by the Jones Funeral Home and was taken Monday afternoon to the mother's home at Nippa.  Funeral services were held Wednesday.  Burial being made in the Castle cemetery in Sycamore. Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Clark Castle Cemetery".  Paintsville Herald  Thursday February 14, 1946
Dewey Castle was given a life sentence Friday evening for the murder of Leslie Castle which took place on Linda Branch of Tom's Creek on February 10. The all-man jury was selected from forty jurors summoned by the sheriff.  The jury, after hearing the evidence, argument of counsel and instructions of the code, returned to the courtroom with a verdict fixing the punishment at confinement in the penitentiary for life. The defendant was represented by Ed King and William Johnson.  The Commonwealth was represented by J. B. Clark, Commonwealth Attorney assisted by J. L. Harrington. Swift punishment was meted out, the defendant being placed in jail soon after the murder occurred, and the indictment and trial taking place at this term of court. Paintsville Herald  Thursday March 14, 1946
DANIEL, Charlottie
1946
ELDERLY LADY DIES AT RIVER
Miss Charlottie Daniel, 84 year old native of river, passed away on February 27 following an attack of influenza. Miss Daniel had been a lifelong invalid. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the home of a nephew, Seymour Daniel, under the direction of the Painstville Funeral Home. Two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Preston and Mrs. Hettie Witten of River, survive. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 7, 1946
DANIEL, Raymond
1946
Raymond Daniel Veteran, Buried Today
Last Rites were held today for Raymond Daniel, 22, veteran of World War II, who died Sunday,February 24,1946, in the Veteran's Hospital at Huntington, W. Va., from a complication of diseases. He was taken to Huntington last Thursday by Dr. W. E. Akin. Numerous specialists were called on the case but all efforts to no avail. He was a son of Jasper Grover and the late Margaret Daniel of Nippa. Daniel was discharged on January 13 and had served one year and five months in the CBI and China offensive as an aiplane engine mechanic in the Air Corps. At the time of his discharge, he held the rank of Sergeant. He entered service on August 11,1943, and had been awarded three campaign stars. Surviving are his wife, Leatrice Slone Daniel, his father and one brother, Rubbie Daniel of Detroit. Funeral services were held at the Mouth of Rush Baptist Church on Wednesday at eleven o'clock by Rev. Claude Preston, and Rev. Don Fraley. Special music was rendered by the Thealka Choir. Active pallbearers were Willard Brown,Thomas Castle,Quentin Castle,Pasco Castle,Junior Music,and William Tackett. Daniel was a member of the local American Legion Post, and an unusually large crowd of relatives and friends attended the funeral services. Burial will be made today in the family cemetary at Nippa under the direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-28-1946
RAYMOND DANIEL
1946
Last rites were held today for Raymond Daniel, 22, veteran of World War II, who died Sunday in a veteran's hospital in Huntington, from a complication of diseases. He was taken to Huntington last Thursday by Dr.W.E. Akin. Numerous specialists were called on the case but all efforts were of no avail. He was the son of Jasper Grover and the late Margaret Daniel of Nippa. Daniel was discharged on January 13 1962 and had served one year and five months in the CBI and China offensive as an airplane engine mechanic in the Air Corps. At the time of his discharge, he held the rank of sergeant. He entered service on August 11, 1943, and had been awarded three campaign stars. Surviving are his wife, Leatrice Slone Daniel; his father and one brother, Rubbie Daniel of Detroit. Funeral services were held at the Mouth of Rush Baptist Church on Wednesday at eleven o'clock by Rev. Claude Preston, and Rev. Don Fraley. Special music was rendered by the Alka Choir. Active pallbearers were, Willard Brown, Thomas Castle, Quentin Castle, Pasco Castle, Junior Music, and William Tackett. Daniel was a member of the local American Legion Post, and an unusually large crowd of relatives and friends attended the funeral services. Burial will be made today in the family cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Jones- Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 2-28-1946

DANIEL, Rudolph
1946
Rudolph Daniel Dies
Rudolph Daniel, 34, died at his home at Tutor Key on February 18,1946. He was the son of the late Charles Daniel and Addie Hayes Daniel. A member of the Freewill Baptist Church at Thealka, he lived a devoted Christian life until his death. Survivng besides his mother are two brothers, Dennis Daniel and Randall Daniel of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the home on February 20 by Rev's. Claude Preston, Robert Castle, Scott Castle. Burial was made in the family cemetary under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-28-1946
HUBBARD, Mary
1946
MRS. HUBBARD DIES
Mrs. Lena Daniel and Nina Williams attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary Hubbard at Richardson Monday afternoon. Mrs. Hibbard was 79 years old and passed away at her home from a heart ailment Sunday morning. She was a sister of Mrs. Lucy Duncan who died last November. Mrs. Hibbard is survived by her husband, J.L. Hibbard, who is in his ninetieth year. He will be remembered as professor in the Louisa High School and the Peach Orchard School. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 28, 1946
MURPHY, Alka (Duty)
2-22-1946
Mother of Six Children Dies
Mrs. Alka Murphy, 35, West Van Lear, died February 22, 1946 in a local hospital after an illness of a few days.  She was the wife of Robert Murphy. Besides her husband, she is survived by six children, Robert Karl, Claude Allen, Loretta Jo, Anna roe, and twins, James Royce and Freda Joyce born on February 18.  Her parents, James and Anna Perkey Duty of Whitehouse also survive. Funeral services were held at the Hager Hill Holiness Church by Rev. Moses Kitchen on February 24, 1946.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at West Van Lear under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-28-1946
MURRAY, K. M.
1872-1946
K. M. MURRAY FORMER JOHNSON COUNTY
MAN DIES AT ASHLAND
K. M. Murray, 74, 3225 1-2 Winchester Avenue, died Saturday, February 16, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edna Wallace, 216 Thirty-third Street, Ashland, after an illness of five weeks. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 P. M. at the Thirty-ninth Street United Baptist Church with Rev. Thomas Howard, assisted by Rev. Sloan officiating.  Burial was made in the Williams Cemetery. Mr. Murray was born March 27, 1872 at Lomansville, the son of George and Catherine Brown Murray and resided there until 30 years ago when he moved to Ashland.  He was a retired carpenter and a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Julia Murray, three sons, George, Toledo, O., Wayne, Columbus, O., and Chester, Vance, California; six daughters, Mrs. F. V. Pennington, Toledo, O., Mrs. Delbert Fairchild, Mrs. Orville Rigsby, Mrs. Adolph Adams, Mrs. Charles Keaton and Mrs. Edna Wallace all of Ashland; two step-daughters, Mrs. Byron Ward, Kanauga, O., and Mrs. Pansy Hayes Walters, River; three brothers, Lonzo, Cyrus and Parris (?) Murry, all of Ashland; one sister, Mrs. Arlie Wheeler, Ashland; 28 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Those from this county who attended the funeral were Mr. And Mrs. Buel Ward and daughters, Sharon and Betty, Offutt, Mr. Otto Murray and daughter, Mary, Meally, Mr. And Mrs. Clarence Castle, Lomansville, and Miss Pauline Hayes, River. Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 28, 1946
SPARKS, Doshie (Ward)
1946
Boons Camp Woman Is Cancer Victim
Mrs. Doshie Sparks, 61, died on February 11 at her home at Boons Camp after an extended illness of five months with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Lewis and Judith Ward and was born and reared on Two Mile at what is now known as Williamsport.  Her husband, William Sparks and one child preceded her in death. She was a member of the Old Friendship Church. Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Meek, Mrs. Exer Mills, Mrs. Arizona Boyd, Loucindia Ray, and two brothers, Ira Ward and Zephaniah Ward. Funeral services were held in the home on Bee Branch Tuesday with Elders J. C. Sparks and Winfrey Meek officiating.  Burial was made in the Sparks Cemetery at the Mouth of Bob’s Branch by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville herald Thursday 02/14/1946
SPARKS, Lafe
1870-1946
Rites Saturday For Flat Gap Man
Lafe Sparks, 76, lifelong resident of Flat Gap, died Wednesday at 11:35 in a local hospital of a stroke which he suffered Tuesday morning. Mr. Sparks had been ill with a heart ailment for many months. He was the son of the late William and Martha Slayers Sparks of this county.  He was a member of the Sugar Grove Baptist Church. Surviving are three sons and fours daughters, Willie, Columbus, Ohio, Charles, Jenkins, Estil, city, Virgie Rawland, Lora and Graced, Flat Gap, Ola Grim, Lowmansville and Nola, city.  His wife and one daughter, Martha Border, preceded him in death.  One brother, Powell Sparks, Flat Gap also survives. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the Upper Franks Creek School by Rev. Foster Riggsby, Lonza Reed, and Foster Grim. Burial will be made in the Sparks Cemetery on Franks Creek. Paintsville herald Thursday 02/28/1946
OBITUARY Lafe Sparks was born Jan. 4, 1870 and died Feb. 27, 1946 at the age of 76 years, 1 month, 23 days.  He was married to Ellen Salyers on March 25, 1893.  To this union were born nine children, William Sparks, Sunbury, Ohio, Charley Sparks, Jenkins, Estill Sparks, city, Virgie Rowland, Fuget, Ola  Grim, Lowmansville, Nola Sparks, city, Gracie and Lora, Flat Gap.  One daughter, Martha Borders is deceased and Ellen Sparks, his wife, preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 1923. Lafe Sparks leaves behind to mourn his loss, besides his children, one brother, Powell Sparks, thirty one grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren, a host of friends and relatives. He was converted 30 years ago and joined the United Baptist Church at Sugar Grove and lived a devoted Christian life until death.  The children have lost a kind father, the church a faithful member.  While it is our loss, we fell it is heaven’s gain. Paintsville herald Thursday 03/07/1946
SPEARS, Rell
1946
RELL SPEARS IS VICTIM
Former Resident Killed In Accident
Rell Spears, 59, Betsy Layne, native of this county was killed February 4 while operating a steam shovel in construction of a road in Pike county. He was the son of the late P. D. Spears and Lavina Walters Spears and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a veteran of World War one. Surviving are the widow, Ada Lane Spears and eight children, three brothers, Tom Spears, Cashmer, Washington, Everett Spears, Arabia, Ohio, Ham Spears, Ashland, two sisters, Dr. Mary Triplett, Ashland, and Mrs. Gus Butler of River. Funeral services were held on Sunday morning at River by Rev. Alonzo Rice. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-14-1946
SPRADLIN, Virginia
1946
GRANDDAUGHTER OF LOCAL MAN DIES
Virginia Spradlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Spradlin of Wurtland, Kentucky and granddaughter of Carl Stafford, Sr. of this city passed away Sunday, February 24th, after a long illness. Those attending the funeral services from Paintsville were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stafford, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stafford, Jr., Mrs. Burl Stafford and son, Burl Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Bill Moore, Wade and Grace Moore also Bert Hicks of Prestonsburg. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR 7, 1946
TAYLOR, Oscar
1946
NATIVE DIES AT WAYLAND
Oscar Taylor Dies Unexpectedly Sunday
Oscar Taylor, 49, died unexpectedly Sunday night, February 3, 1946 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Virgil Honeycutt of Wayland.  He had suffered form a heart ailment for several years causing his retirement from the mining industry.  The remains were removed to the Jones Funeral Home for preparation and taken to the home of a brother-in-law, Ed Adkins, on Davis Branch, where funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 P. M. by reverend Music of Auxier and Reverend Banks of Meally.  Burial was made in the Keaton family cemetery by the Jones funeral Home. Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Martha, three sons, Cecil and Estill, both of Wayland, and James with the U. S. Army in the Philippines; two daughters, Mrs. Virgil Honeycutt, Wayland, and Geraldine, at home; his father, Albert Taylor, Little Rock, Ark.; four brothers, Earl, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; Arthur and Glenn of Tulsa, Okla., and Maurice in the U. S. Army, whereabouts unknown; and one sister, Mrs. Lina Pitts of Huntsville, Ark. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-7-1946
THOMAS, Mary (Harry)
1946
MRS. THOMAS PASSES AWAY
Well Loved Mother Buried in Ohio
2-22-1946
Death claimed Mrs. Mary Thomas, wife of R. C. Thomas, on February 22, 1946. Mrs. Thomas had submitted to a major operation at a local hospital on February 7, and although her condition was considered critical, she rallied at intervals, welcoming visits from members of her family. She was 67 years of age.  Mrs. Thomas was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Harry of Wellston, Ohio, and originally of Wales.  She was born in the State of Iowa where her father operated a coal mine a few years.  They returned to heir home at Wellston when Mrs. Thomas was a small child. She was married to Richard C. Thomas, also of Wellston, on April 22, 1901. Their first two children, Lillian and Harry, were born in Wellston.  In 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas moved to Paintsville where Mr. Thomas became associated with the North East Coal Company. Deceased was a faithful member of the Missionary Baptist Church, which was established and constructed largely by their own hands, by Mr. Thomas, the late Mr. Henry LaViers and Reverend Martin.  Mrs. Thomas was ever active in missionary, choir, Sunday School work and was corresponding secretary of the Woman’s Missionary Society of Eastern Kentucky for many years. She was greatly loved by her friends and neighbors, and her home was always open to her children’s friends.  Many of the babies born in her neighborhood received their first bath at her hands. On Feb 3, the Sunday before Mrs. Thomas underwent the operation a family reunion was held at the Thomas home.  All the children and grandchildren were present with the exception of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hill and little son, and Mr. John Shucy.  On the occasion covers were laid for twenty persons. Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. E. Webb officiating.  The choir of the Missionary Baptist Church sang several hymns, favorite selections fo Mrs. Thomas.  On Monday the body was removed by the Jones Funeral Home to Wellston, Ohio, where interment was made in the Ridgwood Cemetery.  Pallbearers were sons-in- law of deceased and L. E. Boggs, a brother-in-law. Survivors include her husband, seven children; Mrs. Francis W. Clay, Pryor, Okla.; Mrs. Earl King Senff, Morehead, Ky.; Harry Thomas, city; Wilden Thomas, recently discharged from the service; Mrs. John Shuey, LaFollet, Tenn.; Mrs. Jack Hill, city; and Mrs. Charles Morris, Frankfort, Ky., four sisters, Mrs. J. C. Gooding, Wellston, O.; Mrs. Warren Bright, Logan, Ohio; Mrs. Walter Butler, Detroit, Mich.; and Mrs. James Boggs, Columbus, O.; one brother, Will Harry, Ft Wayne, Ind.; and ten grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-28-1946
WILLIAMS, Gertrude (Cassady)
1946
RESIDENT OF CITY DIES
Heart Ailment Fatal To Gertrude Williams
Mrs. Gertrude Cassady Williams, 69, died Saturday, February 16, 1946, at the home of her sister, Mrs. M. C. Kirk, on Second Street from a heart ailment.  She had been ill for several months but suddenly took a turn for the worse a few hours before her death when cardiac asthma developed. Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late Benjamin P. and Angeline Crum Cassady of Warfield, Kentucky, and was a member of a prominent Martin County family.  She was first united in marriage to Dr. John M. Williams and later was married to K. B. Williams, St., both of who have preceded her in death. She was converted at twelve years of age when she joined the Methodist Church at Inez, and she ever sought to express her religion in deed of kindness and helpfulness to those about her. Surviving are two sister, Mrs. R. O. Shepherd of Bay Pines, Fla., and Mrs. M. C. Kirk, city, with whom she has made her home for the past few years.  A step-son, K. B. Williams of this city, and a host of other relatives and friends also survive. Funeral services were held at the home on Monday, February 18, 1946, by Rev. I. D. Harsh, pastor of the Mayo Memorial Church.  Burial was made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-21-1946



MARCH - 1946

BROWN, Anderville
1946
Rev. Anderville Brown Dies
Rev. Anderville Brown, 89, of Missouri Branch, Wayne County, West Virginia, died in a Huntington hospital Monday, March 3, 1946, at three o’clock following a few days illness.  He has been a United Baptist minister for sixty years and has many friends in the Tri-State Region. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, March 9, 1946 at the United Baptist Church, Radnor, West Virginia, with the Rev. Glen Arrowood in charge. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Bruce and Miss Florence Brown, both of Cincinnati, Ohio and two sons, Henry of Logan County, West Virginia, and John of Kenova, Twenty-five grand children and thirty-six great grandchildren also survive. Paintsville Herald Thursday 03-14-1946
CHANDLER, Sherman H.
1946
SHERMAN H. CHANDLER DIES IN OHIO
Sherman H. Chandler, native of Lowmansville, died Friday at his home in Ohio. Surviving are four sons, Charley, Ishmael, Theodore and Walter, all of Ohio, two brothers, W. L. Chandler, Beaver, Ohio and K. K. Chandler, Lowrmansville, Ohio, and one sister, Katherine Lyons, Lowmansville, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the United Baptist Church at Lowmansville on Tuesday. Paintsville Herald Thursday 21 Mar 1946
CRACE, Jayne
1946
RITES SATURDAY FOR MRS. JAYNE CRACE
Funeral services were held Saturday, (March 9, 1946) for Mrs. Jayne Crace at the old home on Salyers Fork who died at the home of her grandson, Harrison Adams,, in Christiansburg, Ohio. She was the widow of W. R. Crace of Oil Springs.  Her husband preceded her in death five years ago. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-14-1946
DANIEL, Bert
1946
BOONS CAMP MAN DIES MARCH 5
Bert Daniel, age 30, died on Tuesday at his home at Boons Camp after a long illness. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Josh Daniel and had spent his entire life at Boons Camp. Besides his wife and two children, he is survived by his mother and a number of brothers and sisters and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home by Elder L. T. Preston. Burial was made in the home cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-7-1946
JONES, William Charles
1973-1946
FORMER CITY RESIDENT VICTIM OF HEART ATTACK
William Charles Jones, 72, a former resident of Paintsville, died March 08, 1946, at his home in Danville. He had suffered a heart attack two-weeks before his death. Born in Govern, Glasgow, Scotland, August 21, 1873, Mr. Jones was the son of William and Mary Alice Jones.  At the age of one year he moved with his parents to New Brompton, Kent County, England, where he lived until January 18, 1884, when the family came to America. After arriving in Cincinnati, OH, the Joneses located in Bellevue, KY, where Mr. Jones attended school and worked until 1888, when they moved to the mountains of Kentucky where the deceased’s father was minister of a Methodist Episcopal Church.  While residing in Paintsville Mr. Jones became editor of the Paintsville Times and later moved to Louisa and was editor of the Louisa picket. In January, 1895, he was married to Miss Belle Roberts, a native of Staffordsville, who survives.  Three children born to the union, all of whom survive, are Mrs. Melvin T. Veatch, Danville, KY, Mrs. C.D. Oberlin, Ft. Thomas, and W.L. Jones, of CA. Removing  to Bellevue, he was employed by the B. & O. and C. N. & C. railroads, before going to Ludlow to become a contractor.  When his health failed in the later occupation, Mr. Jones resumed railroading with the L. & N., C. & O., Big Four and Southern roads until his retirement in 1940. Mr. and Mrs. Jones celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in January, 1945. Burial was made in a Newport, Kentucky, cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. James Trimble, Paintsville, attended the funeral, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Trimble are nieces of Mrs. Jones. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-14-1946
MAYSE, Sally Ann
1946
Aged Mother Expires March 22
Sally Ann Mayse, 74 years old, died at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. Mary Haney, Friday evening about 7 o'clock. Mrs. Mayse was from  Lee County, near Beattyville, Ky., but had made her home in Paintsville  with her daughter for several years. She is survived by several children, two of whom are residing in  Paintsville, Jeff Allen, her son and Mrs. Mary Haney. Funeral services were held at the home Monday morning by Rev. Scott  Castle.  Song service by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams and Otto  Baldridge. Burial was made in the town cemetery, the Jones Funeral Home having  charge of arrangements.
Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Old Town Cemetery".  Paintsville Herald Thursday March 28, 1946
PENNINGTON, Clabe
1946
CLABE PENNINGTON DIES
Clabe Pennington, aged 86, passed away at his home at Odds on March 9, 1946. Mr. Pennington was born at Ophir in Morgan County where he spent the greater part of his life. His wife preceded him in death several years ago. Surviving are three children, Bailey, Frank, and Mrs. Nancy Collins. Funeral services were held at the home on Daniels Creek Sunday, and burial was made in the home cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-14-1946
PICKLESIMER, Alan
1946
PICKLESIMER YOUTH DIES AT SECO
Alan Picklesimer, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. VD Picksimer of Seco, died Tuesday afternoon.  He had been ill the past year and had submitted to an operation at Cincinnati a month ago. Funeral services were held at Seco this morning at eleven o’clock with Rev. James officiating.  Burial will be made today in the Preston Cemetery in Paintsville. Attending the funeral at Seco were Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wheeler and Mr. and Mrs. Harry LaViers, city. Mr. Alan J. Smith, President of the South East Coal Company of Philadelphia, and for whom the child had been named, was also present at the funeral. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-07-1946 NOTES: Buried in the Preston Cemetery, Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky. Father was Virgil Dennis Picklesimer, Sr. Mother was Geneva Preston Picklesimer Virgil and Geneva are buried in the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky
RIGSBY, Laura (Boggs)
1946
Succumbs March 23
Mrs. Laura Rigsby, 59, of Keaton, died in a local hospital Saturday night after a week's illness from a heart ailment. The body was removed to the home at Keaton where funeral services were conducted Monday morning under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Mrs. Rigsby was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Officiating at the funeral were Revs. Hood Wallin, Keaton, Eemery Ferguson, Martha, and Willis Sparks, Mazia. Deceased was daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Boggs. She is survived by her her husband, Henry Rigsby, the following children; Mrs. Lowell Skaggs, Plain City, O., Mrs. Hobart Thompson, Webbville, Ky., Mrs. Geo. Gillem, Isonville, Mrs. Hager Kelly, Keaton, Ivory Rigsby, Terryville, and Curt Hobart and John Rigsby, Keaton; three brothers; Thurman, Willie and Albert Boggs, and three sisters, Mrs. Roscoe Skaggs Mrs. Stimson Paintsville Herald Thursday 03-28-1946
SHERMAN, Clarence
1946
CLARENCE SHERMAN OF AUXIER DIES
Clarence Sherman, 29, better known as Kie to his friends, died at the home of his parents at Auxier Saturday, March 23, (1946) about noon.  He had been ill for nine years and had been taken to various hospitals for treatment. He was the son of Henry and Mae Conley Sherman both former residents of this county. He is survived by his parents and three brothers, Clyde, who recently was discharged from the service from the European area,  Cecil of West Van Lear, and Charles M. at home; two sisters, Charolotte Robinson and Christobelle Whittaker, both of Auxier. The remains were brought to the Jones Funeral Home for preperation and kept there until Monday evening where they were moved to the home of his cousin, Mrs. Norma Horne. Funeral services were held at the Horne home Tuesday morning by Revs. William Horn and Dewey Fraley, both of Auxier. Clarence had given instructions before he died as to how he wanted everything done and his wishes were carried out by the family. Burial was made in the Conley family cemetery and he was placed near his grandfather, Rev. John E. Conley, who preceded him in death in January of 1945. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-28-1946
SKAGGS, Virgil
1946
Fall From Car Fatal To Youth
The Paintsville Funeral Home reports the death Saturday night, March 23, 1946, of Virgil Skaggs, 21 year old Terryville, Kentucky, youth who a few hours prior to his death fell from the rumble seat of an automobile.  The accident occurred near the boy’s home. It is understood that he was standing in the rumble seat as the car started off and that his father, Leonard Skaggs, and occupant in the front sear, warned him that he had better sit down. When the father again turned around, Virgil had fallen out of the car.  He was rushed to a local hospital, but died a few hours later from a fractured skull and internal injuries. The funeral was conducted on Tuesday afternoon, March 26, 1946, at the home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 03-28-1946
VANHOOSE, Martha Ann (Stambaugh)
1946
Local Woman Dies March 2
Martha Ann VanHoose Succumbs
Mrs. Martha Ann VanHoose, 44, of West Van Lear died Saturday evening in a local hospital following an operation. Mrs. VanHoose was the wife of Virgil VanHoose and the daughter of the late W. G. H. and Alafair Caudill Stambaugh of this county. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, James Wendell and Donald at home, four brothers, Ben II, Eugene, and Wince Stambaugh of Stambaugh, Fred of Jenkins, and one sister, Sarah Fitch, city.  One son, Morris, was killed in France in February of last year, and a daughter also preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at West Van Lear on Tuesday by Rev. John N. Mostoller. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Stambaugh under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-7-1946
WARD, Mary (Hyde)
1946
Bullet Wound Fatal To Mary Hyde Ward
Mrs. Mary Hyde Ward, 61, Prestonburg, daughter of A. B. Hyde, former teacher Paintsville, died Saturday of a self-inflicted bullet wound after a long illness, County A. I.  Davidson announced. Mrs. Ward is survived by her husband, Frank D. Ward, news dealer for the Courier Journal and other papers in Prestonsburg, her mother, and a sister, Mrs. A. O. Price of Woodstock, Va. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-14-46



APRIL - 1946
   
BLAIR, Henry Whetzel
1946
Husband of Local Woman Is Victim
Henry Whetzel Blair, 47 husband of Loretta Mullett Blair, formerly of East Point, was killed instantly April 14 when struck by C. & O. train No. 37 at Prestonburg. The accident occurred at 3 o'clock in the morning it was reported, when the victim was struck by the passenger train while sitting on the end of a crosstie. Surviving are his wife and five brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his father-in-law, J. W. Mullett, at East Point, with the Rev. Beecher Musick officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at East Point. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-25-1946
BLAIR, John W.
1946
JOHN W. BLAIR DIES FRIDAY
Services At Home At Oil Springs
Funeral services were held at the home at one o'clock Sunday afternoon for John W. Blair, 87 years old, who died Friday evening at his home at Oil Springs.  He had been a very active man in his life, following the trade of blacksmith in his community. Survivors are his wife, Hattie George Blair, six sons, Leonard and Farmer of Wheelersburg, O.; Dennie of Portsmouth, O.; Grant and Ted of Oil Springs, and two daughters, Mrs. Mamie Litteral, Oil Springs, and Mrs. Hazel Conley, of Baltimore, Md.  One brother, Millard Blair of Barnetts Creek, one sister, Mrs. Enoch Caudill of Denver, 47 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren alos survive.  Five children, Callahan, Bsscom, Hannah, Ethel and Tera, have preceded their father in death. Revs. Hargus Conley of Riceville and Furman Blair of Barnetts Creek conducted the funeral. Burial was made in the Rice cemetery on Barnetts Creek.  Funeral and burial arrangements were by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-18-1946
HONEYCUTT, Maxie
1946
MAXIE HONEYCUTT DIES APRIL 28
Maxie Honeycutt, 26, daughter of John and Angie Webb Honeycutt of Meally died  Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, while enroute to her home. She was recovering  from an operation and during her journey from her brother's home at Meally to  the home of her father, she died very suddenly. Burial was made April 30, 1946 in the Butcher Cemetery on Butcher Branch  under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-2-1946
LEE, Ed, Jr.
1946
ED LEE, JR ENDS LIFE
Bullet Wound Fatal To 21-Yr. Old Youth
Ed Lee, Jr., 21, formerly of Van Lear, died on April 1 of self-inflicted bullet wound at the home of his sister in New Albany, Indiana.  He had served with the U. S. Navy entering service on January 1, 1944 and had received a discharge on February 17, 1945. A note was found addressed to his sister in New Albany with whom he made his home, saying in effect, that death was the only way out, that no one was to be blamed, and that he was sorry to cause this trouble. Prior to entering service, Lee attended Van Lear Schools and was a former employee of the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear. Surviving are his mother, Minnie Spears Lee, Van Lear, one brother, Norman Lee, Van Lear, and three sisters.  His father and two brothers preceded him in death.  His wife and one child also survive. Funeral services will be conducted Friday by Rev. Moses Kitchen and burial will be made in the Van Lear Cemetery by the side of his two brothers, Roy and Marvin Lee who were killed in mine accidents. The Jones Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-4-1946
PARSONS, Mrs. Homer
1946
WOMAN KILLED, HUSBAND SHOT AT BETSEY LAYNE
Mrs. Homer Parsons, 21, is dead and her husband, aged 42, is seriously wounded, the result of a shooting affray Tuesday night in  a service station operated by the Parsons  at Betsey Layne. The wounded man named four assailants, Columbus Compton, Floyd County teacher, Compton's two brothers, Charlie and Basil Compton, and  a brother-in-law, Dan Collins, who are all lodged in the Floyd County jail. According to reports, Parsons stated the four men had been drinking when they drove to his place.  They became involved in a  quarrel pertaining to a dummy placed in the highway by children in the neighborhood.  Parsons said the men left the service station, returning later with guns and commenced shooting at random. The men were arrested at Wheelwright. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-4-1946
PELPHREY, Obie
1946
Dies At Home Of Daughter
Obie Pelphrey, 63, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clifford Sturgill, Barnetts Creek on Wednesday, April 17,1946, following a long illness from a complication of diseases. Mr. Pelphrey was a member of the United Baptist Church. His wife had preceded him in death. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Nollis Picklesimer, of Ohio; Mrs. Clifford Sturgill, of Barnetts Creek; Mrs. Pearl Spradlin,of of Barnetts Creek; Mrs. Stambaugh, and Glen Pelphrey, of Sitka; Milford Pelphrey, of Van Lear; and John Pelphrey, of City. Funeral services were conducted on Friday by Revs. Foster Riggsby,O. I. Williams,Thurman Blair, Millard O'Bryan, and John Crum. Burial was made in the family cemetary near Manila by the undertaking departments of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald 4-25-1946 Thursday
RICE, Beatrice (Auxier)
1897-1946
Mrs. Beatrice Rice Dies April 24
Mrs. Beatrice Auxier Rice of East Point died Wednesday evening in the Prestonsburg Hospital following a short illness. She was found in bed on Sunday morning in a coma, and did not regain consciousness. She was the widow of Roy Rice who passed away on December 30 of last year, and had been a lifelong resident of the East Point locality. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tobe Auxier of Indiana, and a number of brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church at East Point at 2 P.M. Saturday Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-25-1946 Obituary Beatrice Rice was born February 5, 1897, in Johnson County, the daughter of Tobe and Belle Preston Auxier. She departed this life on April 24, 1946. In 1944 she was married to Roy Rice who died on December 30, 1945. To this union was born one child, Ilyeene Jewel, who was killed in a train accident, on October 26, 1927. Mrs. Rice was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She leaves besides a host of friends, her parents, and two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Conley and Mrs. Ellis DeLong of East Point, four brothers, Sam and Dick of East Point, Frank, Collista, and Edgar, Vevay, Indiana. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-16-1946
SLONE, Dorseline (Salyer)
1946
Dorseline Slone 4-20-1946
Mrs. Slone Succumbs April 20
Mrs. Dorseline Slone, wife of James L. Slone died Saturday, April 20, 1946, at a local hospital following an operation for appendicitis.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Salyer of Kerz.  Besides her parents and husband who is in the U. S. Army, she is survived by one sister. Funeral services were held at the home by Revs. Foster Rigsby and Harry Bruce Daniel on Tuesday and burial was made in the family cemetery, under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-2-1946
VERBONIC, Phillip
1946
PHILLIP VERBONIC BURIED WEDNESDAY
Phillip Verbonic ended his life Saturday when he hanged himself in his room in the Frank Campigotto home at Van Lear.  Despondency over ill health has been given as the cause. Mr. Verbonic was about 63 years of age.  He was a native of Austria and had made his home at Van Lear for more than 20 years.  His wife, who died in 1935, was also an Austrian.  They had no children, and after her death, Mr. Verbonic continued to live in their home at Van Lear, taking his meals with the Campigottos.  Two weeks ago he sold the furniture in his house and moved in the Campigotto home. On Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Campigotto left the house to catch the four o'clock bus for Paintsville.  Her son, Edward, came home about 4:45 and found the dead man. Mr. Verbonic had no relatives in this community but was well liked and had many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Catholic Church by Rev. Joseph Wimmers Wednesday morning, burial being made in the church cemetery by the side of his wife. The Jones Funeral Home was in charge. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-11-1946
WITTEN, Raleigh H. (Ham)
1893-1946
R. H. (Ham) Witten, 53, died Friday, April 18, 1946, at his home after a five-day illness,  He was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage on April 13, and was found by his family about 11 P. M. in a unconscious condition on the bathroom floor of his home. At the time he became ill, he was preparing a sermon to be delivered at Martin, Kentucky the following day, and had remained at home to study and make notes for the sermon. Mr. Witten was born in Johnson County on August 18, 1893, the son of Wilk and Rachel Stambaugh Witten.  He taught in Johnson County for several years before taking employment with the Consolidation Coal Company in Van Lear. He then was employed by the North Eat Coal Company in October 1919 and was auditor for this company at White House and Thealka, and was serving in this capacity at Thealka at the time of his death. He was married to Verla Johnson on December 28, 1917. Mr. Witten became a member of the Christian Church when he was 21 years of age, and had been a devout Christian and a diligent church worker since that time.  he was well-known throughout the country, and leaves a great number of relatives and friends who will regret to learn of his passing. Surviving , besides his widow, are two sons, Dr. Raleigh E. Witten, Huntington, W. Va., and Wendall Witten, recently recently returned from overseas where he has been serving with the U. S. Army, one grandson, Raleigh Edwin II, one brother, Earl Witten of Harrisburg, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Lon Arrowood, Langely, Kentucky. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt of Auxier, and burial was made in the Johnson Cemetery at Thelma by the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-25-1946 



MAY - 1946

CASSADY, H.C. "Uncle Pud"
1946
LIFELONG RESIDENT OF MARTIN COUNTY WAS  KNOWN AS “UNCLE PUD”
H.C. Cassady, 82, was better known as “Uncle Pud” died at Warfield Saturday night, May 25, 1946, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alvin Pinson. Mr. Cassady spent his entire life in Martin Co., where he accumulated a considerable estate. He was the son of the late Phillip and Elizabeth Copley Cassady. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Pinson, and Mr. Mollette, a son Kenis and three sisters, Lucy Cassady Hale, Sarah C. Kirk, and Josephine C. Hall.  Brothers who have preceded Mr. Cassady in death are A.F., B.F., R.F., Grant, Martin, Lincoln, Amos, J.W. and J.C. Cassady. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Clifford Booth of Warfield at the home of Mrs. Pinson. Music was furnished by Floyd Stepp and family. Burial was made in the Barrett Cemetery at Warfield overlooking Tug River and the towns of Warfield and Kermit, W.Va. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-23-1946
CASTLE, Wilma Faye
1946
WILMA FAYE CASTLE IS VICTIM OF FALL
Wilma Faye Castle, daughter of Irvin H. and Betty Bradley Castle of Nippa, died on May 4, following a head injury received two days previously in a fall while playing at a neighbor's home.  She was 8 years, 11 months and 29 days old. Funeral services were held at the home by Millard Van Hoose, and Rev. Claude Preston.  Burial was made on May 9 in the family cemetery near the home under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Castle Family Cemetery" on Boyd Branch in Thealka. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 23, 1946
COMBS, Curtis
1946
DEATH CLAIMS CURTIS COMBS
Mrs. Arthur Pelphrey, Mrs. Charles Dills and Elmer Combs were called to Maysville, May 13, due to the death of their brother, Curtis Combs, who died of a heart attack. Mr. Combs was formerly of this county but had lived at Maysville for a number of years where he held a responsible position with Browning Manufacturing Company. He was the son of the late Edgar and Effice Price Combs. Surviving are his wife, four sons and one daughter at home, and one son at Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Arthur Pelphrey, Mrs. Charles Dills, City; Mrs. Edd Rhineheart, Chillicothe, O; and a brother, Elmer Combs, City. Also a host of other relatives in this county survive. Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, at Maysville. His death was a great shock to his many friends and relatives.Paintsville Herald Thursday June 6, 1946 
CONLEY, Zilphia
1946
MOTHER OF EIGHT DIES
Mrs. Zilphia Conley, 43, wife of Burnie Conley, Falcon, died Wednesday at a local hospital following a Caesarian section. A baby boy born to her is reported to be getting along satisfactorily. She has eight other children. PAINTSVILLE HERALD MAY 23, 1946
HOWELL, Kitty Beatrice (Lavendar)
1946
DEATH TAKES MRS. KITTY B. HOWELL MAY 14TH
Kitty Beatrice Howell, 59, died at the home of her son, Edgar Paul, on Tuesday, May 14. She had been an invalid for several years. Mrs. Howell was the widow of Edgar Howell of East Point, who was a former employee of the North East Coal Company. She was the daughter of John Wesley and Susan Castle Lavendar. Surviving are her aged mother, one son, Edgar Paul, and one brother Edward all of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the home of her brother on Frank Street, on Thursday afternoon by Rev. Scott Castle and Rev. H.F. Castle. Burial was made in the Stafford cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 23, 1946
JOHNSON, Stella
1946
Rites Today For Hager Hill Woman
Stella Johnson Succumbs To Short Illness Funeral services will be held Thursday (today) at 10 am for Stella Johnson, 48, at the old Johnson home at Hager Hill.  She died Tuesday morning in a local hospital following a short illness. Miss Johnson was the daughter of the late Samp J. and Martha Moles Johnson of this county. Surviving are two brothers, Stonewall and Bob of Hager Hill, one sister, Mrs. Ella Salyer of Hager Hill and one half-brother, David Johnson of East Point. Burial will be made in the family plot at Old Fort Hill Cemetery at Hager Hill.  The Jones Funeral Home is in charge. Paintsville Herald Thursday, May 23, 1946
LEMASTER, Sarah Jane
1946
Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter in Morgan County on Monday afternoon, June 3, 1946, for Sarah Jane Lemaster, 71, who died suddenly Friday, May 31, 1946, at her home in Southside Addition. Mrs. Lemaster is survived by her husband, James R. Lemaster, and three sons, John Riley and Albert of Southside, and Manford of McArthur, Ohio, two daughters, one in Ohio, and one at Mima, Ky. A large crowd of relatives and friends attended the funeral services.  She was well known and loved by all who knew her. Funeral arrangements were made by the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-13-1946
NICKELL, A. C. Dr.
1946
FATHER OF MRS. G. C. CHAMBERS DIES APRIL 29
Dr. A. C. Nickell, 83 Hazel Green, father of Mrs. G. C. Chambers of Dayton, O., formerly of this county, died Saturday at his home at Hazel Green. Dr. Nickell had practiced in Hazel Green for the past 51 years and was the oldest practicing physician in that area. He was graduated from the Louisville School od Medicine in 1894. Surviving are his widow, one son, and three daughters. Funeral services were held at Hazel Green on April 20. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-09-1946
PICKLESIMER, Newton
1946
WORLD WAR I VETERAN DIES THURSDAY, MAY 30
Newton Picklesimer, son of  BF, and the late Eliza Pelphrey Picklesimer died Thursday morning, May 30, 1946, in the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Maryland.. Mr. Picklesimer was a veteran of the first World War and had been ill for some time. Surviving are his father, four sisters and two brothers. Funeral services took place in Washington, and burial was in the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-06-1946
PICKLESIMER, Sherman
1946
WEST VAN LEAR MAN DIES TUESDAY OF A LONG ILLNESS
Sherman Picklesimer To Be Buried May 23 At Staffordsville
Sherman Picklesimer, age 58, of West Van Lear died at 8:45 Tuesday morning in a local hospital from a complication of diseases. He had been ill about three years, and had worked as a miner up until the time of his illness. Mr. Picklesimer had been a member of the United Baptist Church since early manhood and had lived a devoted Christian life. Surviving are his widow, Flora, five daughters, Mrs. Arnold Combs, West Van Lear, Mrs. Omick Collins, Mt. Gay, W. Va., Mrs. Junior Robinette, Accooville, W. Va., Mrs. Bill McFarland, Logan, W. Va., and Mrs. Eferette Collins, Holden, W. Va., two sons, John F., of Mt. Gay, W. Va., and Darwin of Holden, W. Va. One grandson, Homer Davis, had made his home with Mr. Picklesimer, Six sisters and brothers also survive, Sa, and J. R. of Lucasville, O., Santford and Elbert of Williamsport, O., Farmer of Ashland, and Mrs. Clarence  Williams. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. today (Thursday) at the old Union Church at Staffordsville. Rev. Foster Rigsby, Rev. Lonza Reed, Rev. Theodore Williams, and others will be in charge of funeral services. Burial will be made in the Kimbleton Cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-23-1946 ADDITIONAL NOTE: The surviving daughters has an error.  The one listed as Mrs. Omick Collins should have been Amick Collins.
SPEARS, Cora Ellen (Wright)
1946
Riceville Woman Buried Last week
Mrs. Cora Ellen Spears, 65, wife of Manuel Spears, Riceville, passed away at their home at Riceville on May 7. Her death was sudden and was attributed to a heart ailment. Funeral services were conducted at the home by the Preston Funeral Home on Wednesday morning, May 8, Rev. Hargis Conley having charge. Mrs. Spears was born in Virginia, the daughter of Sank Wright and Elizabeth Fleming Wright. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-16-1946


JUNE - 1946

BEATTY, Donald Eugene
1946
Youth Drowns in Attempt to Swim River
Donald Beatty's Body Recovered 1-Hr. Later; Resuscitation Fails.
Donald Eugene Beatty, 11 year old son of W. A. Beatty, Bridge Street, was drowned in the big Sandy River, near the mouth of Paint Creek, Saturday afternoon. The accident occurred about 2 o'clock while the boy and his two playmates were attempting to swim across the river.  The strong current swept Donald under when he was unable to make it on to the other shore. The body was recovered about an hour later, and was rushed to a local hospital where efforts at resuscitation failed to save the life. Surviving, besides his father, are three brothers, Jerry Leslie, Lowell Gilbert, William Arthur, and one sister, Sandy Sue, and by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Vanhoose of Nippa.  His mother, the former Leila Vanhoose, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at the Mouth of Rush Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Rev. Millard Vanhoose. Burial was made in the Vanhoose cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-13-1946
BLEVINS, Infant of Leslie and Mae (Jones) Blevins
1946-1946
BLEVINS INFANT DIES
The Infant child of Leslie and Mae Jones Blevins died Sunday morning shortly after birth in a local hospital. Besides the parents, the child is survived by several brothers and sisters. Burial was made in the family cemetery atr Hager Hill on Monday at 10:00 o'clock.  The Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-27-1946
BLEVINS, Mollie
1946
DEATH TAKES  MRS. BLEVINS  JUNE 8
Mollie Blevins, 74, wife of James Blevins, died in a local hospital Saturday morning following a short illness. Surviving are her husband and the following children: James W., Alphoretta, KY, Gus, Manton, KY, Herbert Offutt, Mrs. Gertrude Ward, Baltimore MD, Mrs. Cora Preston, Van Lear, Mrs. Elva Steele, Offutt, Mrs. Thelma Preston, Wheelwright and one adopted daughter, Vera Jo, at home. Funeral and burial services were held at the home on Sunday afternoon by Revs. John W. Butcher, Leonard Wallen, and Lafe Preston. Burial was made in the family cemetery near the home under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-13-1946
BURNS, Beulah (Faulkner)
Mother of Mrs. Grace Oppenheimer Dies
Mrs. J. C. Burns, Louisville, Kentucky, mother of Mrs. Grace Oppenheimer, formerly of Paintsville and now residing in Cincinnati, passed away Tuesday in a Louisville hospital. Mrs Burns, the former Beulah Faulkner of Catlettsburg, had been in ill health for several months. In addition to Mrs. Oppenheimer, survivors include mother of deceased, Mrs. Lou Faulkner, Catlettsburg, her husband, J. C. Burns of Louisville, another daughter, Mrs. Helen Bandy of Cincinnati, a son, John W. Burns of Fredericksburg, Va., and four sisters, Mrs. L. M. Irwin, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Maude Canny, Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Lewis Haney of Columbus, O., and Mrs. W. H. Muth of Huntington, W. Va. Burial will be made today in Catlettsburg. Paintsville Herald Thursday 06-06-1946
CANTRELL, Monica Fay
1946
Monica Fay Cantrell, 8-year-old daughter of D. W. and Clara Cantrell, died at her parents home Wednesday morning, June 12, 1946, following an illness from leukemia. She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Avis Saunders, Dunham, Ky., Mrs. Aster McCoy, Goody, Ky., Mrs. June Collier, Hager Hill, Gene, Billy, Patricia Sue and Patsy Lou at home. Funeral services will be conducted at the home Friday afternoon by Revs. Millard Vanhoose and Scott Castle. Burial will be made in the Hager Hill cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-13-1946
CHEEK, John
1946
JOHN CHEEK FLAT GAP MAN DIES
FROM DDT POISON WIFE SERIOUSLY ILL  IN HOSPITAL
John Cheek, 63, resident of the Flat Gap section of Johnson County died at the Golden Rule Hospital Sunday from the effects of poisoning resulting from eating food which had been sprayed with DDT. According to Dr. J. A. Wells, who attended the stricken man and his wife, Allie, who is still a patient at the same hospital recovering from the poisoning, the couple had prepared dinner Friday, July 12, at their home at Flat Gap when Mrs. Cheek decided to get some cucumbers from her garden.  While she was gone from the house Mr. Cheek used the DDT in a effort to kill flies in the kitchen.  The DDT settled on the food and when the couple ate the food both became deathly ill.  They remained at their home alone during most of the afternoon before Mrs. Cheek regained strength enough to crawl to an old dinner bell in the yard and summon neighbors.  They received treatment at their homes until July 14 when both were brought to the Golden Rule Hospital.  Mr. Cheek died one week later. Funeral services were conducted from the home of a son at Falcon Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. D. B. Montgomery and the Rev. Byron Van Hoose officiating.  Interment was in the Collins Cemetery near Falcon. Besides his wife, Mr. Cheek is survived by a son, Roland, who is now residing in Frankfort; a daughter Mrs. Fannie Payne, of Springfield, Ohio; a brother, Jack Cheek, of Stanton; four sisters, Mrs. Mollie Conley, of Leathea; Mrs. Jane McKennon, of Blaine; Mrs. Ida Adams, of Jenkins, and Mrs. Stella Cantrell, of Paintsville; and several grandchildren. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 25, 1946  
DANIEL, John
1936
Tutor Key Man Dies June 11  Stroke Fatal to John Daniel, 73
John Daniel, 73, formerly of Tutor Key., and prominent in county affairs, died suddenly Tuesday morning, June 11, 1936, in a local hospital following a stroke suffered the day before at the home of his daughter near Paintsville.  He is survived by his widow, Ollie, and three daughters and one son, Mrs. Mae Fitch, Thealka, Mrs. Bessie Lyons, David, Mrs. Virgie Lee Franklin, Wayland, and Virgil, also of Wayland. He is survived by four brothers and one sister, Thomas and Warren of Tutor Key, Julius and Burns of River, and Mrs. Clara Preston of Tutor Key. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.  Burial is under the direction of the Jones funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-14-1936    Although the obit for John Daniel  was on microfilm for  Jun.14 1936 his death Certificate shows he actually died Jun.11 1946 .

DEAN, Whitt F.
1946
Rites For Whitt F Dean Friday Morning
Funeral services will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Collins at West Van Lear on Friday morning at !0:00 for Whitt F. Dean, 83. Mr Dean died at the Collins home on Tuesday evening following a very short illness. His wife, Martha Dills Dean, preceded him in death some 20 years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Green Blair, city, and Fanny of Kingsport, TN. Burial will be made in the cemetery at Burnt Cabin under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday June 27, 1946
DILLS, Myrtle Maude
1946
Nippa Woman Dies After Long Illness
Myrtle Maude Dills, 59, of Nippa, died at her home on Sunday, June 9, 1946, after a nine-month illness. She was the daughter of Emmett and Zina Preston Dills. Surviving are two brothers, John and Buren Dills. Funeral services were conducted at the Mouth of Dogwood Church on Tuesday, June 11, 1946, by Rev. Scott Daniel and burial was made in the Sycamore cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 06-13-1946
HAGER, Eugene Hays
1876-1946
Heart Ailment Fatal to Eugene Hays Hager
Was City Clerk and  Member of Prominent Family
Eugene Hays Hager died Saturday at 12:45 P. M. in  a local hospital after a three weeks illness from a heart ailment.  Mr. Hager at the time of his death was city clerk of Paintsville, and prior to his recent illness was active in his own personal affairs as well as the interests of the city. He was born on July 17, 1876 in Paintsville, the son of Dan M. and Jessica Vaughan Hager.  He was married to Alice Perry, and to this union were born three sons and one daughter. He was a resident of Paintsville the greater part of his life where he was engaged in the mercantile and insurance business.  He lived in Cincinnati for a few years where he was with a real estate firm. He was a member of the Walnut Hills Methodist Church in Cincinnati. Surviving besides his widow are two sons, Eugene Hays, Jr., Prestonsburg, Stephen Perry Hager of San Diego, Cal., and Mrs. William Masterson of Cincinnati.  A son Marion Patterson preceded him in death.  Two brothers and two sisters, also survive, R. B. Hager, New York, N. Y., Russell, Edna, and Mrs. V. L. Geiger, all of Paintsville. He was a member of a large and prominent family of Johnson County and he leaves a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted at the Mayo Memorial Church on Monday by Rev. c. D. Harsh. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery by the side of his son, Marion Patterson. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-13-1946
MAY, Mrs. German
1946
DENVER WOMAN DIES JUNE 3; MOTHER OF 7
Mrs. German May, 32, Denver died Monday in a local hospital after a short illness. She was the daughter of William and Leona Caudill may. Surviving, besides her husband, are seven children. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Rev. Hammie May at Denver on Tuesday. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Asa under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 06/06/1946
MCCLOUD, Rachel Emma (King)
1946
Death Takes Mrs. Rachel McCloud Monday, June 17
Succumbs to Illness From Heart Disease
Rachel Emma McCloud, 66, of Pineville, died in a local hospital on Monday, June 17. Mrs. McCloud was a native of Johnson County where she was well known.  She was the wife of Joe McCloud of Pineville.   Death was caused by an extended illness from heart disease. Besides here husband, she is survived by four daughters by a former marriage, Mrs. Nettie Conley, Martin, Ky., Mrs. Ethel Wallin, Lynch, Ky., Mrs. Zelphia Evans and Mrs. Myrtle Sammons, Paintsville.  Also four brothers, Powel King, Barn Rock, James King, Van Lear, Bascom King, Elna, and Henry King, Flat Gap. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church on Wednesday afternoon.  Burial was made in the Stafford cemetery of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 6-20-1946
POTTER, Richard H.
1946
Husband of Hager Hill Woman Killed June 18
Richard H. Potter, 24, husband of the former Frances Riffe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Riffe of Hager Hill, was killed Tuesday, June 18, 1946, in an accident at Tucson, Arizona. It is reported that Potter, a telephone company employee, was working on a pole at the Deaf and Blind School on W. Speedway Street, Tucson, when his body came in contact with a high voltage wire, causing his death. He served overseas in the Signal Corps for two years during the war. Besides his widow, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Potter, formerly of Freeport, Ill., and one sister, Frances. Funeral services were held at the McCarthy-Williams Funeral Home in Tucson on Thursday, June 20, 1946, by Dr. Leland H. Koewing of the Trinity Presbyterian Church. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-27-1946
PRESTON, Az
1946
Death Takes Az Preston After Long Illness
Rites Saturday, June 8, For Well Known Paintsville Man
Az Preston, 69, well known citizen of Paintsville, died June 6, after a long illness. Mr. Preston was the son of Eliphas and Elizabeth Ward Preston. A member of the United Baptist Church, he was a devout Christian, and was active in the work of the church from early manhood prior to his illness. Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth Wheeler Preston, and four children, Mrs. Hobart Conley, Paintsville, Gus Preston, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. George Perry, Jr., Paintsville, Mrs. Wardie Barnett, Canada, Ky.  One son, Jack Preston, preceded him in death.  The following brothers and sisters also survive:  Mrs. Wilda Pack, Jessie, Ernest, Paris, Ballard and Jay Preston. The body was removed to his home on Main Street on Thursday night, and on Friday, was moved to the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Perry, Jr. Funeral services were conducted at the United Baptist Church on Saturday at 2 P. M. by Revs. C. J. Sparks, Willie McKenzie, O. I. Williams, and Foster Riggsby. Pallbearers were the grandsons, Gary Conley, Chad Perry, Gus Edward Preston, Robert Green, Paul Kennard, and Douglas Meek. Burial was made in the Wells cemetery in Bridgeford. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-6-1946
SELVAGE, Delphine
1946
Death Takes Delphine Selvage June 24
Delphine Selvage, 22, daughter of George and Lizzie Selvage died at her home of pulmonary tuberculosis on Monday morning June 24 following an illness of about two years. She is survived by her parents and four brothers. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 at the home by Rev. Don Fraley and Rev. Charley Bailey. Burial was made in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 27, 1946
STANLEY, Geneve Mae (Langley)
1878-1946
Mrs. Geneva Stanley Dies In Pikeville
Mrs. Geneva Mae Stanley, 68, mother of Mrs. Ruth Grace Roberts of Paintsville, died at 2:30 'clock last Thursday morning at the Methodist Hospital in Pikeville following an illness of three years.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon from the residence in Betsy Layne, the Rev. Isaac Stratton officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery at Tram. Mrs. Stanley, a sister of the late John Langley, Congressman from this district for many years, was born May 1, 1878, at Betsy Layne, and was a daughter of the late Joseph R. and Susan Click Langley.  She resided in Betsy Layne her entire life. Besides Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Stanley is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Edith Douglas Caldwell, Man, W.Va., and Mrs. Sylvia Helen Stevens, Tram; two step-daughters, Mrs. Nora S. Allen, Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Ella S. Layne; two sons, Eugene Stanley, Pikeville, and John Stanley, Tram, and a step-son, Joe E. Stanley, Prestonsburg; four brothers, James Langley, Greenup, Joseph Langley, of the state of California, William Langley, Ashland, and Ernest Langley, New York; and three sisters, Mrs. Belle Flanary, Washington, D.C., Mrs. Julia Spurlock, Prestonsburg, and Mrs. Maude Spurlock, Portsmouth, O. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 4, 1946
THOMPSON, Opal
1946
OPAL THOMPSON DIES JUNE 5 AT SITKA
Opal Thompson, 31, died June 05, 1946, at her home at Sitka, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late W.B. and Lora Stambaugh Thompson. Surviving besides her mother are three brothers. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the old Stambaugh home with Revs. Harry Salyer and Guy W. Preston officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-13-1946
WALKER, Henry
1946
HENRY WALKER DIES IN ALBEQUERQUE, N.M.
Mrs. Irvin Rice has been notified that her cousin, Mr. Henry Walker, of Albequerque, N. M., succumbed to a heart attack on June 15. Mr. Walker, who left Johnson County, approximately thirty years ago, was the son of Elecious And Cora Lyon Walker. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Holmes of Ashland and Mrs. E. C. Preston of Huntington, W. Va., also many friends and relatives of this county.Paintsville Herald Thursday June 27, 1946
WEBB, Richard, Dr.
1906-1946
DR. RICHARD WEBB DIES IN FLOYD
Dr. Richard B. Webb, 40, former resident of Paintsville and a veteran of World War II, died Sunday morning (June. 30, 1946) at the Prestonsburg Hospital following an illness of three days. The body was returned to Paintsville for funeral services which were conducted Tuesday afternoon (July 2, 1946) at the home of his mother, Mrs. Leona Webb Patrick, the Rev. C. D. Harsh, pastor of the Mayo Memorial Church officiating. Burial rites in the Preston cemetery were conducted by the Johnson County Post No. 117, American Legion. Dr. Webb was discharged in February following almost four years service with the Army Medical Corps, the last nine months of which were spent in the Pacific theatre. Born in Paintsville March 22, 1906, he attended schools here and later was a student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, from which he was graduated in 1928. He specialized in psychiatry. Besides his mother, Dr. Webb is survived by his father, Burgess Webb of Lexington. A brother, Wendell Webb, preceded him in death. The Paintsville Herald Thursday July 4, 1946
WILCOX, John Wesley
1946
John Wesley Wilcox, 82, died Friday, June 21, 1946, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leander Ratliff, city. Mr. Wilcox was never married and had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Ratliff for years.  He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Ratliff home on Sunday at 10 o'clock by Rev. Don Fraley. Burial was made in the Wilcox Cemetery on Rush, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-27-1946


JULY - 1946

BURKE, Frank
1946
World War I Vet Dies In Huntington
Frank Burke, 50, of Auxier, veteran of World War I, died Sunday, July 7, at the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., after an illness of four months. He served with a hospital detachment in France, while in service, and was wounded in action. He had been a patient at the hospital for one month  and spent seven weeks in the Paintsville Hospital prior to going to Huntington. Funeral services were conducted July 10 at the Christian Church at East Point, the Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt and Rev. Dewey Fraley officiating. Interment was in the East Point Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. He was born in this county and was a son of the late Albert and Laura Alice Conley Burke. He was a member of the East Point Christian Church and the Floyd Christian Church and the Floyd County Fish and Game Club. Prior to his illness he was employed at the Veterans' Hospital at Chillicothe, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Merta Burchett Burke, and the following children, Thelma, Ora James, and Darvin, all at home; Viola Collins, of Auxier. Paintsville Herald Thursday 07-11-1946
CARROLL, John
1887-1946
WELL KNOWN RAILROAD EMPLOYEE DIES HERE
John Carroll, 59, well-known employee of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad for the past 33 years, died at his home here, July 12, 1946,  following a short illness. Born in Columbus, Ohio, January 06, 1887, he was a son of the late John and Anna Bell Carroll, and moved to Paintsville in 1913, to accept employment with the C & O. He continued his connection with the company until his death. In 1916 he was married to Miss Nora Rose and to this union was born two sons, Russell, who lost his life while a prisoner in a Japanese Interment Camp, and James. Besides his wife and son James, his survivors are a sister, Mrs. Emma Satterfield, of Cleveland, Ohio; two grandchildren, James Russell and Flora Jean; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Carroll was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Ohio; was a good husband and father, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  The sympathy of the community is extended the bereaved family. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-25-1946
DANIEL, David Harmon
1878-1946
DR. D. H. DANIEL DIES AT HOME;
Prominant Physician Was Civic Leader;
Dr. David Harmon Daniel,68, Widely known Johnson County physician and surgeon and prominant civic leader, died at his home on Second Street late Thursday evening following an illness of almost two years. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Ralph Webb officiating and interment was in the Mayo Cemetery. Born in Johnson County March 31, 1878, he was the son of the late Wyatt W. and Lydia Rice Daniels, both members of prominant families in this section. After his early education here, he attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Knoxville and then matriculated at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, from which he was graduated in 1908 with the degree of doctor of medicine. The same year he opened an office in Denver, Ky., where he continued the practice of medicine until May 1918, when he enlisted in the U. S. Army as a captain in the Medical Corps. He was dis- charged from service Septemeber, 1918, because of physical disability. Moving to Paintsville with his family in October, 1918, he opened an office with Dr. G. V. Daniel, an uncle. After practicing here for several months, he together with Drs. G. V. Daniel, J. A. Wells and W. R. Castle, organized the Golden Rule Hospital with which he was connected until 1924, when he accepted a position with the Corrigan- McKinney Steel Company as chief physician and surgeon at their mining operations in Pike County. Dr. Daniel returned to Paintsville in 1928, after completing a postgraduate course at the New York Polyclinic Hospital and later opened a private hospital, which he operated in this city until September, 1942, when he moved to Prestonsburg and began the operation of General Hospital there. Ill health forced his retirement in August, 1944. Prominent in civic organizations, church and school work, Dr. Daniel with eight other World War 1 veterans founded the Johnson County Post 117, American Legion, and he served as the first post commander. He was also a member of the Paintsville Lodge No. 381, F & AM, the Kawanis Club, of which he was a past president; the Johnson County Medical Society, the Kentucky State Medical Association, and he was a fellow of the American Medical Association. Dr. Daniel also served several terms on the Paintsville City School Board. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Daniel; three sons, Vivian, Marion C. and D. H. Daniel Jr., three daughters, mrs. Josphine Sampselle, of Logan, W. Va., Mrs. Anne Saxton, of Louisville and Mrs. Katherine Royse, of Paintsville; a step- son, Kenneth P. Fischer, a brother, John Daniel, of Thelma, a sister, Mrs. Martha Salyers, of Louisa, a half-brother, Winston Daniel, and a half-sister, Mrs. Ben Vanhoose of Johnson County; and seven grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 11, 1946        
DANIELS, Lee
1946
Lee Daniels 7-18-1946
Former Johnson Man Dies in Floyd County Lee Daniels, 76 years old, retired mine foreman, succumbed at his home at Drift July 18, 1946 of paralysis with which he was stricken two days earlier.  A native of Johnson county, the victim was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Daniels.  He had resided for a number of years in Floyd county and had been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for 51 years. Surviving him are tow sons and four daughters; Mrs. Harrison Combs, of Pike county, Mrs. Lee Spencer, of Johnson county, Mrs. J. B. Bisman, Louisville, Mrs. Sam Meeks, of Wayland, Clifford and Lee Daniels, Jr., both of Drift. Four brothers and two sisters also survive; Joe Daniels, East Point, Willie Daniels and Mrs. Fred Spears, both of Thealka, Mrs. Fred VanHoose, of Tutor Key, Ky.  The funeral was conducted July 20 from the Methodist Church at Emma, the Revs. Buell Ferguson, Everrett Daniels, Ernest Ward and Wayne McCarty officiating.  Burial, directed by the Ryan Funeral Home was conducted by the Prestonsburg Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-1-1946
HARKINS, Josephine (Davidson)
1946
WELL KNOWN BIG SANDY WOMAN DIES IN FLORIDA
Mrs. Josephine Davidson Harkins 87, of Prestonsburg, well known resident and a pioneer of the Big Sandy valley, died Friday night at the home of daughter, Mrs. W. F. Van Landingham, in Miami, Fla.  She was born in West Liberty, but moved with her family to Prestonsburg when she was an infant.  Mrs. Harkins’ husband, Walter Scott Harkins, who, in his time pioneered much of the development and industry of the Big Sandy, established “The Bank Josephine,” named in honor of Mrs. Harkins, and which today is still an important factor in the financial life of Prestonsburg. The body was returned to Prestonsburg for funeral and interment services. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY  7-18-1946
HUGHES, Elizabeth (Castle)
1889-1946
Mrs. E. Hughes Dies At Local Hospital
Mrs. Elizabeth Castle Hughes, 56, native of Thealka, but resident of Paintsville for many years where she was engaged in the retail grocery business, died July 29 at the Golden Rule Hospital following an illness of one month. Funeral services were held July 31 at Tutor Key, and interment was in the family cemetery there. Born at Thealka Oct. 9, 1889, she had been a resident of this county her entire life. She was married in July, 1906, to Robert Hughes. A devout Christian mother, the deceased was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Paintsville and she will long be remembered and her precious council appreciated in the lives of all who came under her influence. She made numerous friends while she was engaged in business because of her kindness and fair dealing. Her parting is mourned by a multitude of friends who knew her life in the various communities in which she lived and was known. Survivors are her husband, Robert Hughes, of Tutor Key; a daughter, Fanny Hughes, of Paintsville; a brother, Bill Castle, Tutor Key; and a grandson, Jack Raymond Preston, of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 08-08-1946   [DEATH CERTIFICATE]

MAYNARD, J. E.
1946
Prominent Inez Resident Dies J.E. Maynard
Was County Official
J. E. Maynard, 76, former Martin County sheriff, retired business man, and prominent church worker, died at his home at Inez Sunday morning following an illness of several months. Despite his ill health, he had been active up until a few weeks before his death. He was a kind generous man, a friend to everyone and was well liked by everyone. The doors of his home were always open to his friends of all churches and he never tired of doing good. He will be greatly missed by the people of Inez and Martin county. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Victoria Cassady Maynard, a son, J. E. Maynard, Jr., of Inez; three daughters, Mrs. Fred Fairchild, of  Inez, Mrs. Harlan Chaffin of Logan, W. Va., and Mrs. C. B. Fuggettte, of Ashland; six grandchildren, and one great-daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in the Nazarene Church near his home Tuesday afternoon and it was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 8-1-1946
MCCRAY, Eugenia Mahan (Gullett)
1872-1946
Ex-Paintsville Woman Dies In Portsmouth, Ohio
Mrs. Eugenia Mahan McCray, 73, died last Thursday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Lee Pierce of Egbert Stop, where she had been living during the illness of two years which preceded her death. She was the daughter of E. and Sarah Prater Gullett of Paintsville, and was born Nov. 3, 1872. She was reared in Paintsville and lived there until 33 years ago, when she came to Scioto County. For many years she was a member of the Mabert Road Christian Church in Portsmouth. She was preceded in death by her husband two brothers, six sisters, and three children. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mae Dixon of near Friendship, Mrs. Marcella Gemperline, Portsmouth, and Mrs. Pierce; two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Nannie Trimble of Barnetts Creek, Ky., and Mrs. Maxie Riley and Everett Gullett of Richmond Dale. She also leaves several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 1, 1946
STAPLETON, Mary Bell (Bayes)
1946
MRS. MARY STAPLETON DIES AT HOME
Mrs. Mary Bell Bayes Stapleton, 83, native of Magoffin County, but a resident of this city for several years, died Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ellen Bush, of Paintsville, following a lingering illness. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Freewill Baptist Church, the Rev. Z. C. Carvin, Rev. C. C. Hall, and the Rev. Byron Vanhoose officiating. Interment was in the Southside Cemetery. Mrs. Stapleton was twice married, first to David Cooper, and to this union nine children were born, two of whom, with the father, preceded her in death. Her second marriage was to Ned Stapleton, who preceded her in death in 1943. She was born in Magoffin County and was the daughter of the late Joshua and Mary Ann Bayes. Besides Mrs. Bush, her survivors are four other daughters. Mrs. Nora Johnson of Cincinnatti; Mrs. Mint Stapleton, of Colista; Mrs. Ruth Castle. of Paintsville;and Mr.s Mollie Hood, of Ashland; two sons, Ollie Cooper, of Paintsville, and Malcom Cooper, of Miami, Fla.; 38 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, and two great-great- grandchildren. Paintsville Herald July 11, 1946
WARD, Abbie
1872-1946
Boons Camp Woman Dies Wednesday
Miss Abbie Ward, 74, native of this county and well know resident of the Boons Camp section died early Wednesday morning, July 31, 1946, at her home following a short illness.  Funeral services were to be held today, Thursday, August 1, 1946, at Boons Camp and interment was to be in the family cemetery, the Rev. John Butcher and the Rev. Lafe Preston officiating. Miss Ward was born in Johnson County in 1872 and was a daughter of the late Greenville and Hannah Butcher Ward.  She has a host of relatives throughout this section who were grieved at her passing. She was a faithful and loyal member of the United Baptist Church and served her Master well and she will be sadly missed in her home, her church, and her community. Survivors are a brother, Bish Ward, of Boons Camp, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was in charge of the Paintsville Funeral Home.  Paintsville Herald Thursday 08-01-1946
WARD, Christopher C.
1878-1946
CHRISTOPHER C. WARD DIES AT RESIDENCE HERE
Christopher C. Ward, 68, well known resident of Paintsville died Saturday at his home on Highland Avenue from a cerebral hemorrhage.  Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon.  The Rev. Ralph E. Webb, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment was in the cemetery at Williamsport. Born Feb. 15, 1878, at Williamsport, he was a son of the late Asbury and Laura Bell Price Ward and had been a resident of this section his entire life. He was united in marriage to the late Louise Elizabeth Meade Ward in 1900 and to this union were born 11 children, five of whom preceded him in death.  One son, C. C. Ward, Jr., was killed in action with the United States armed forces in October, 1944, in Italy.  Other deceased children are Cecil, Earl, Edna and Drexel Ward. Mr. Ward was married in November, 1938, to Mrs. Mary Donta Wells. Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Misses Veva and Ena Ward, both of Washington, and Mrs. W. B. Williams, of Baltimore, Md.; three sons, Holmar Ward of Paintsville, Gerald Ward, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Ettill Ward of Camp Kilmer N. J.; two stepsons, Russell, of New York City, and Joseph, of Paintsville; seven grandchildren, one brother, G. M. Ward, of Paintsville, and six sisters, Mrs. Ella Johnson, Mrs. Troy Daniel, Mrs. G. B. Meade, and Mrs. Kennis Holbrook, of Thelma; Mrs. Paris Preston, of Williasport, and Mrs. Milroy Daniels, of Auxier. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 01, 1946
WARD, Laura Bell (Price)
1946
Death Claims Elderly Johnson Resident
Mrs. Laura Bell Ward, 85, died Wednesday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paris Preston, at Williamsport, following a lingering illness.  Funeral services are incomplete. Mrs. Ward is survived by two sons, C. C. Ward and Mack Ward, both of Paintsville; six daughters Mrs. Preston of Williamsport; Mrs. Ella Johnson, Mrs. Sally Daniel, Mrs. Lizzie Meade, and Mrs. Exer Holbrook, all of Thelma; Mrs. Hollie Daniel, of Auxier; two brothers, C. C. Price, of Paintsville and John Price, of Thelma; 35 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-11-1946


AUGUST - 1946

ARMS, Cynthia (Blair)
1870-1946
CYNTHIA ARMS RICEVILLE WOMAN CLAIMED BY DEATH
Mrs. Cynthia Blair Arms, 75, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died Tuesday,  Aug. 27, 1946, at her home at Riceville from a heart attack.  Although she had been in ill health for several months, her death came unexpectedly and as a distinct shock to her many friends. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 29, 1946, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Denver, the Rev. Scott Castle officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery by the Paintsville Funeral Home. She was born Sept. 18, 1870, in Johnson county and remained a resident of this county her entire life.  She was married to Jess Arms Nov. 18, 1887, and to this union were born 10 children, nine of whom survive.  They are Oscar, Morris, and Bruce Arms, Mrs. Alma McCarty, Mrs. Lydia Spradlin, Mrs. Mary Spradlin, and Mrs. Ruie Spradlin, all of Denver, Mrs. Martha Arms, of Riceville, and Oliver Arms of Urbana, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Rice and Mrs. Dora Weddington, both of Denver; a half-sister, three half-brothers, 39 grandchildren, and 12 great- grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 09-05-1946
AUXIER, Alka Alice (Johnson)
1946
East Point Woman Claimed by Death
Alka Alice Auxier, 37, wife of Samuel L. Auxier, died at the home of her husband’s parents at East Point last Thursday, August 8, 1946, evening following a long illness. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, August 12, 1946, at the home of her parents at East Point, the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery. Born in this county, she was a daughter of David and Mahala Baldridge Johnson and was well and favorably known throughout this area.  She was a kind and loving wife and mother, devoted to her home and family and will be sadly missed. She is survived by her husband, her parents, five children, Gertrude, Jacqueline, Lola Lee, Audra Fay and Randall Auxier, all at home; four sisters, Mrs. Vina May, Hager Hill, Mrs. Exer Lilly, East Point, Mrs. Lora Wells of Lancer, and Mrs. Drucie Castle of Thealka, and a brother, William Johnson of East Point. Paintsville Herald Thursday 08-15-1946
BALDRIDGE, Robert
1879-1946
Robert Baldridge, 66, Dies At Staffordsville
Robert Baldridge, 66, well known resident of Staffordville and a former teacher in the Johnson County school system, died Monday morning at his home following an illness of 12 years, the past three of which were serious. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home, the Rev. L. T. Preston officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery. Mr. Baldridge was born in Floyd County September 10, 1879, a son of the late Andrew J. and Nancy Hite Baldridge, but moved with his family to this county early in life and had continued to reside here except for a nine-year period when he was a resident of Frankfort. Well and favorably known throughout Johnson and adjoining counties, Mr. Baldridge had made many friends while engaged for more than 35 years in the teaching profession.  He also was connected with the Internal Revenue Department for 12 years. He was a loyal and devoted member of the United Baptist Church and worked faithfully and well for his Master.          A devoted husband Loving father Missed And (PAPER DESTROYED) Paintsville Herald Thursday 8 August 1946
BLANTON, William Sherman
1921-1946
WILLIAM SHERMAN BLANTON PAINTSVILLE MAN DIES
William Sherman Blanton, 25, a native of this city, died last week at his home following a lingering illness. Funeral services were held here, conducted by the Rev. Hargus Conley and the Rev. Jimmie Yates and interment was in the family cemetery. Born March.21 1921, he was a son of Sherman Blanton of Ohio and Mrs. Merva Blanton of Paintsville. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife and three children. Paintsville Herald Thursday  9-5-1946
NOTE: William Sherman Blanton's mother was the former Merva Lemaster d/o-Will & Jane Trimble Lemaster.. Source: Johnson Co Marriages

CHILDERS, Johnnie
1946
JOHNNIE CHILDERS JOHNSON VETERAN
KILLED IN MINES
Johnnie Childers, 29, a veteran of World War II, and a native of Johnson County was killed by a slate fall in the mines at Wheelwright last Wednesday. Funeral services were held Friday at the home at Thealka, and interment was in the family cemetery there. Mr. Childers served in the last war with the Navy and participated in nine major engagements while on sea duty. He entered the armed forces in 1942 and received his discharge in Nov. 9, 1945. He was a son of Thomas and Nannie Molette Childers of Thelma, and had been a lifelong resident of that area. He was married to Eunice Salmons who preceded him in death June 6, 1941. To this union were born two children; James Vernon and John Kennith Childers who survive. Later he was married to Pauline Holbrook, and to this union were born three children; Thomas K., Johnette, and Frank Marion who with their mother survive. He also leaves to morn his loss his parents, eight sisters, Mrs. Mason Blanton and Mrs Exer Blessing, Misses Ruth, Fay and Agnes Childers, all of Thelma; Mrs. Curt Hall of Meally, Mrs. Curt Johnson of Wheelwright, Mrs. Thomas Brooks of Paintsville; four brothers; Leonard Childers of Auxier, Martin and Jack Childers, both of Thelma, and Thomas Childers Jr. in service. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 8-15-1946
DANIEL, Troy Rev.
1946
Thelma Preacher Claimed By Death
Rev. Troy Daniel, 67, of Thelma, for 33 years a minister of the Regular Primitive Baptist Church and at the time of his death, pastor of the Old Friendship Church at Bobb's Branch, died Wednesday morning,August 28,1946, at the Paintsville Hospital following a brief illness. Funeral services were conducted Friday at the Old Friendship Church, the Rev. D. C. Taylor, Henry Stamper, James Gambill, and Newton Daniel officiating. Interment was in the family cemetary at Bobb's Siding by the Jones Funeral Home. Rev. Daniel was a truly great preacher in his church and was one of the county's most outstanding citizen's. He was well and favorably known throughout this area and will be sadly missed by a host of relatives and friends. He was a kind and loving husband, a gentle father his death has created a vacuum which will be hard to fill. In May, 1908, Rev. Daniels was married to Miss Sallie Ward, who survives with their five children: Jewell R. Daniels, of Jacksonville,Fla., Mrs. Ralph Ward, of Freeburn,Ky., Asa B. Daniels, of Williamsport, Virgil Daniels, of Cincinatti, Oh., and Eva Mae Daniels, of Thelma. Other survivors are two brothers, Milroy Daniels, of Auxier and Newton Daniels, of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Mrs. Earn Preston, of Offutt, and Mrs. Henry Engle, of St. Charles,Va., and 12 grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-5-1946
GREEN, Gracie (Castle)
1946
Gracie Green 8-20-1946
Paintsville Woman Dies From Burns
Mrs. Gracie Green, 47, wife of Sam Green, of Paintsville, died Tuesday night, August, 20, 1946, at the Paintsville Clinic from burns received when her clothing accidentally became ignited Tuesday morning.  Mrs. Green, who had been in ill health for some time, was left alone in the home while Mr. Green was attending to chores outside the house, and the accident occurred during his absence. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the home of John C. Green at Lowmansville.  Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. J. R. Preston, of Tutor Key; a sister, Mrs. Ella Green, of Lowmansville; and three brothers, Harry Castle, of Garrett, Clyde Castle, of Paintsville, and General Castle, of Tutor Key. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-22-1946
JENNINGS, Clista (Preston)
1946
Meally Woman Has 181 Living Descendents
Mrs. Clista Preston Jennings, 87, of Meally, died at her home Sunday, August 11, 1946, following a lingering illness.  She has a total of 181 living descendents, including two sons, two daughters, a niece she raised from a small child, 55 grandchildren, and 121 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist Church at Meally, conducted by Rev. Leonard Walters, Meally and Glen Arrowood of Huntington, W. Va, and other ministers of the Baptist Church. Her survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Susie Short and Mrs. Mary Jennings, both of Meally, and, two sons, Sam and Lafe Preston, both of Meally; her niece, Mrs. Cora Jennings and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-15-1946
KEATON, Norma Jean
1946
Keaton Child Dies
Little Miss Norma Jean Keaton, daughter of Thurman Keaton, died Tuesday, August 6, 1946, at 7 o’clock.  Funeral services were held Friday, August 9, 1946. Paintsville Herald Thursday 08-15-1946
KELLEY, Squire Q.
1946
Prominent Red Bush Citizen Dies
Squire Q. Kelley, 80, prominent farmer and merchant at Red Bush for the past 30 years, died at his home Sunday, Aug. 4, 1946, following a stroke suffered the Monday previously.  He was at work on his farm and when he failed to return to his home in the evening the family instituted a search and found him under a tree on the farm unable to walk. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1946, at the home, the Rev. Jiles Beculheimer officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery on the farm. He operated one of the best farms in the county and was always active in farming circles and in church and community work.  He was a loyal member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. Mr. Kelly was a son of the late John Kelly of Keaton, and Elizabeth Sagraves Kelley of Flat Gap. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Sarah Ellen Kelley, two daughters, Mrs. Beulah Lancaster, of Red Bush, and Mrs. Sula Enger, of Mt. Healthy, Ohio; two sons, J. W. and Alvin Kelly, both of Red Bush; and a sister. Mrs. Meta Ann Phillips, of Ashland. Paintsville Herald Thursday 08-15-1946
KENDRICK, Charlie
1946
MOTHER, THREE BABIES DIE AT LOCAL HOSPITAL
Mrs. Charlie Kendrick of Woods, Floyd County, and her infant triplets were buried in the same coffin July 30 in the family cemetery on Cow Creek in Floyd County. The babies died at, or soon after birth. The first child was born at the Paintsville Hospital July 25, and the other two July 27. The mother succumbed July 28. The mother is survived by two other children and her husband. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG  8, 1946
PERRY, John Dewey
1946
Son Killed in Boyd Wreck Catlettsburg
John Dewey Perry, 45, Route 4, Lucasville, Ohio, was instantly killed Sunday morning, and his mother, Mrs. Samantha Perry, 80, Johnson County, Kentucky, seriously injured when his auto plunged over a 20-foot embankment on the Big Sandy road near Savage Branch, five miles south of Catlettsburg. Mrs. Perry remains a patient in King's Daughter's Hospital, Ashland where attendants this week said her condition was fair. J. Fred Miller, Boyd County coroner, said Perry suffered a fractured skull and neck.  Relatives told the coroner that Perry was en route from his home near Lucasville to his mother's home at Barn Rock, Kentucky, when the accident occurred. Surviving are a son, Carl Perry, at home, and three brothers, all of Johnson County, Kentucky. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-22-1946
RAMEY, Priscilla (Picklesimer)
1946
Mrs. Priscilla Ramey, wife of the late Dr. Frank Ramey, died Saturday, August 31, 1946, at her home at East Point, following a long illness.  Her death was caused by a stroke suffered a few days prior to her death. Mrs. Ramey was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Picklesimer and was a life-long resident of the county. She had been a member of the Christian Church since early womanhood and worked diligently for the Church. She moved with her family to East Point around 1895. Surviving are one daughter and three sons, Mrs. Lora Osborn, of Florida, Frank Bayes of Huntington, Douglas, of Louisville and George L. Ramey, at home. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at East Point on Wednesday, September 4, 1946, by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt of Auxier.  Interment was made in the family cemetery at East Point. Paintsville Herald Thursday 09-05-1946


SEPTEMBER - 1946

BLAIR, Nancy Catherine (Adams)
1946
PROMINENT CITY RESIDENT PASSES
Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Catherine Blair, 79, prominent of Paintsville, who died Sunday morning, were held Tuesday afternoon at her home on West Street, the Rev. R. E. Webb, pastor of the First Baptist Church, of which she was a member, conducting the services.  Interment was in the Mayo cemetery. A daughter of the late Joel and Ann Davis Adams, Mrs. Blair was born in the Barnett’s Creek section of the county and had been a lifelong resident of the county.  She was married to F. P. Blair May 5, 1882, and he preceded her in death eleven years ago. A kind and loving mother, a devoted wife, and a loyal neighbor, Mrs. Blair was held in high esteem by all who knew her and her pleasing personality won for her the friendship of many. She will be sadly missed in her home, her church and her community. Mrs. Blair had been in ill health for the past five years, but suffered a stroke June 1 and fell and injured her hip. She was a faithful and loyal member of the First Baptist Church, was a former member of the Liberty Baptist Church at Denver and had been a member of the Paintsville Church since she was 15 years of age. She is survived by five of her eight children, Miss Lydia Blair, at home; Mrs. G. C. Wells and Mrs. C. F. Waters, both of Paintsville; Mrs. B. A. Wells of Louisa, and Jess Blair, of Barnetts Creek; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-5-1946
BRANHAM, Frank
1946
F. Branham Dies At Boons Camp
Frank Branham, 30 native of Johnson County, died Friday night at his home at Boons Camp following a lingering illness.  Funeral services were held Monday at the home of his father at Boons Camp, the Rev. John Butcher and the Rev. L. T. Preston officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery. A son of John and Martha Alice Mollette Branham, he was born in this county and had resided here his entire life.  He was well and favorably known throughout the county and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Opal Stanifer Branham; a daughter, Miss Carol Jean Branham; and the following brothers and sister, Jeff and Elisha Branham, both of West Virginia; John R. and Warren Branham, both of Boons Camp; Mrs. Lydia Penix of Boons Camp, Mrs. Gracie Osborne and Mrs. Margaret Butler, both of Ohio, and Mrs. Sylvia Bowen, of Ashland. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-03-1946
FANNIN, Tom
1877-1946
Tom Fannin Dies in Martin County Inez, Ky.
Tom Fannin, 69, lifelong resident of the Stidham section of Martin County, and well known throughout this area of Kentucky, died Sept. 5, 1946, at his home following an illness of three months.  He had been in poor health for two years, but had continued on his job until June. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sept. 7, 1946, the Rev. Asa McCoy and Rev. S. L. Williamson officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery. Mr. Fannin was born at Stidham May 10, 1877, and was a son of the late William and Mary Fannin. He was a faithful and loyal Christian and led an exemplary life.  He will be sadly remembered by his family and host of friends and relatives. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Alice Haney Fannin, the following children:  Vernon C. Fannin of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Gypsie Williamson, Fred Walter, and William A. Fannin, all of Stidham, and Mrs. Ruth Redmond of Ironton, Ohio, and 20 grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-19-1946
HAMILTON, John Rexford
1946
Wounds Fatal To Red Bush Soldier In Altercation In Colorado
Pvt. John Rexford Hamilton, 31, of Red Bush, died last week from stab wounds received in an altercation with five other soldiers at Lowry Field, Colo., where he was stationed. The body was returned to this county for funeral and burial services which were held at Red Bush last Thursday. A son of the Rev. and Mrs. John Hamilton, of Red Bush, Pvt. Hamilton served 15 months in the army and was honorably discharged Nov. 13, 1945. He reenlisted in the Army Air Corps April 15, 1946. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Genevieve Hamilton; three daughters, Nancy Ann, Norma Jean, and Pamela, all of Louisville; three brothers, Guy and David Hamilton, of Detroit, Mich., and Benny Hamilton of Red Bush, and three sisters, Mrs. George Williams and Mrs. Charles Molyneaux, of Bardstown, and Mrs. Darlie Davis of Muldrough. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 26, 1946
MELVIN, Regina Frances (McDowell)
1865-1946
MRS. GEORGE MELVIN CLAIMED BY DEATH
Mrs. Regina Frances Melvin 81, well-known resident of this city, died September 26, 1946, at her home following a short illness.  Funeral services were conducted September 29, at the M.E. Church, the Rev. F.S. VanHoose and C.Z. Cavin officiating.  The body was removed to the Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church after which the remains were interned in the Staffordsville Cemetery.  Services were in charge of the Funeral Home of the Paintsville Furniture Co. Mrs. Melvin was born May 31, 1865, in Elliott County, a daughter of the late William and Mary Katharine Bailey McDowell.  She came with her parents to Johnson Co., in her early girlhood.  Here she met and married Francis Marion Hitchcock, of Flat Gap, and to this union two children were born, Mrs. Grace Stafford, of Paintsville, and Everett Hitchcock, of Ashland both of whom survive.  After the death of Mr. Hitchcock, she later met and married George Melvin, of Paintsville, who also preceded her in death.  To this union were born three children, Mrs. Beulah Roberts, of Paintsville, Clyde Melvin of Niangue, MO., and Raymond Melvin of Hindman, all of who survive. “Aunt Regina” as she was familiarly known, was a faithful and loyal member of the Freewill Baptist Church, having given her heart to God, in her early girlhood, and she had lived a devoted life.  She was a loving wife, a tenderhearted mother and her kindness long will be remembered by those with whom she came in contact. She indeed was an asset to her community, to her church, and the world has been a better place by her having lived in it. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-17-1946
PRICE, Russell
1898-1946
HEART ATTACK IS FATAL TO R. PRICE
INTERIOR DECORATOR PASSES AWAY FRIDAY
Russell Price, 48, well known interior decortor of this city, suffered a heart attack about noon Friday as he was walking along Court Street near the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church enroute to his work after having had lunch at his home on Highland Avenue.  He died before aid could reach him. Found by passersby on the street, Mr. Price was rushed to the Paintsville Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival there. He apparently had been in good health, had been working Friday morning and was returning to his job when he was stricken. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Mayo Memorial Church in order to accomodate the large number of friends who attended the services.  Rev. Ralph E. Webb and Rev. C. D. Harsh officiated.  Interment was in the Mayo cemetery. Mr. Price was one of the most widely known men in his profession and there is hardly a home in Paintsville in which he had not been called to supervise the interior decorating.  He took a keen interest in his profession and his advice and wisdom were respected by all. A loyal member of the Masonic orders and the Eastern Star, and other organizations, Mr. Price participated in all movements for the betterment of his organizations, his community and his family and he gave freely of his time and money toward any worthy enterprise.  It can be truly said that he was a worthwhile citizen, loved and respected by all who  knew him and he will be sadly missed. He professed faith in Christ more than 20 years ago and had been a loyal member of the Freewill Baptist Church since 1928.  He was a true Christian, served his Master well and never reneged on what he believed was his religious duties. Mr. Price was a gentle and loving father, a kind and devoted husband and his death  has created a vacuum in his home and community that will never be filled. Mr. Price was born Jan. 9, 1898, in Johnson County and was a son of the late Martin L. and Amanda Castle Price, and had been a resident of this city and county his entire life. his survivors are his wife, Mrs. Addie Melvin Price; two sons, Russell, Jr. of Paintsville and John L. Price, of Dayton, Ohio; seven brothers, Jack, James, Harry, Charles and Ted Price, all of Paintsville; John Price of Auxier, and Otto Price of Newport, Ky.; four sisters, Mrs. Charles Bailey, Mrs. Charles Coleman, and Mrs. Mildred Price, all of Paintsville and Mrs. Wilbur Music of Auxier. (Also survived by) four half -sisters, Mrs. Hulda Hall, Mrs. Harry Lyons, and Mrs. Neva Stapleton, of Paintsville, and Mrs. Mae Johnson, of Robson, W. Va. Funeral services and burial services were in charge of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 9-19-1946
ROWLAND, Jerry
1869-1946
Jerry Rowland Dies At Relief
Jerry Rowland, 77, well known resident of Relief, died Sept. 7 at his home following an illness of seven weeks.  Funeral services were conducted Sept. 9 at the home, the Rev. Ave Bradley, Bill Hill, Russell Wallen, John Mamilton, and Fred Rowland officiating.  Interment in the family cemetery was made by the Jones Funeral Home. Mr. Rowland was born on Jennies Creek in Johnson County Nov. 25, 1869, and was a son of the late John and Margaret Fitch Rowland.  He moved with his parents to Morgan County when he was six years of age. In 1898 he was married to Elzina McKenzie, the daughter of James and Martha McKenzie, and to this union were born eight children, seven of whom, with their mother, survive. Eighteen years ago, Mr. Rowland was converted and accepted Jesus as his savior and he lived a faithful, Christian live to the end.  He was a loving companion and a kind father who always guided his children on the right path.  He will be sadly missed in his home, community and church. His survivors are his wife, Mrs. Elzina M. Rowland; four sons, Jimmie, of Osborne, Ohio, Dewey, of Relief, and Cread and Linnie, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Terrie Pennington, of Keaton; and Alice & Claudia at home; a half-sister, Mrs. Margaret Weaver, of Relief, a brother, Richard Rowland, of Paintsville; and several grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 19, 1946
STAPLETON, Marion
1877-1946
Marion Stapleton, 69, of Collista, died Sept 9, at his home following a lingering Illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church at Collista by the Revs. Hargus Conley, Jimmy Yates and Milliard Bryant. Internment was in the Van Hoose Cemetery on Big Paint with the Jones Funeral Home in charge of the burial. A son of the late Ned and Sarah Burchett Stapleton, he was born in this County March 29, 1877. He was first marries to Miss Julia VanHoose and to this Union were born six children, three of who with their mother preceded him in death. He was later married to Mint Cooper and to this union were born 10 children. "Uncle" Marion, as he was affectionately known, was a faithful and loyal member of the United Baptist Church at Fish Trap and served his Master faithfully and well. He was a kind and loving husband and father, devoted to his children and he will be sadly missed by a host of relatives and friends. His survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mint C. Stapleton, the following children, Wayne Stapleton of Shellnab, Mo., Worth Stapleton of Gregory, Mi., Clyde Stapleton of Staffordsville, Tobe, Herschel, Andy Charlie and Marion Jr, Hattie and May Grace all at home: and Mrs. Russell Rice, Mrs. Hobert Welch, Mrs Harmon Spears of Collista; three brothers, Crate of Flat Gap; Sandy and Harry, of Volga; two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Auxier of Chicago Il., and Mrs Tearist Auxier of Long Beach Ca., 25 grandchildren and 8 great grand children. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-19-1946
WEDDINGTON, Leonidas (Lee)
1875-1946
Lee Weddington Claimed By Death
Leonidas (Lee) Weddington, 71, well known farmer of the Leander section of the county, died Monday, Sept. 30, 1946, in a local hospital after suffering a paralytic stroke earlier in the day while waiting for a bus here. He had been a resident of this county for almost 50 years and was well and favorably known throughout this area.  He will always be remembered as a loving father and husband and a friend to all. Affectionately known as “Uncle Lee”, Mr. Weddington had been in ill health for the past year, having suffered a slight stroke in October, but he continued to be active in business. Survivors include his wife, nine children, and 17 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1946, at the Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Ralph E. Webb officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery at Leander. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-10-1946
Obituary
Leonidas (Lee) Weddington was born on February 10, 1875, and departed this life on Monday, September 30, 1946, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and twenty days.  He was born in Pike county, Kentucky, moving to Denver, Kentucky, in the year 1898. On Thursday, June 4, 1896, he was married to Dora Blair, who survives and to this union were born eleven children, nine of whom are living; Mrs. Fannie Hitchcock, Miami, Florida; Mrs. Norma Blair, Willie, Mrs. Gladys Scott, Mrs. Lucille Williams, New Carlisle, Ohio; Virgil, Tipp City, Ohio; Mrs. Florence Blanton, Collista; Hershel, and Mrs. Victoria Maliney, Leander. Also surviving are three brothers, Jim, Sellars, Ky.; John of Oklahoma, Jerry of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three sisters, Mrs. Florence Wilson, Sellers, Ky.; Mrs. Cora Logan, Indiana, and Mrs. Lula Wells, Peyton, Ky.; seventeen grandchildren, Mrs. Dorothy E. Curry, Virginia, Garnett and Herbert Eugene Blair, Burnette, Kenneth, Billie, Janet, Blanche, and Eldred Blanton, Anna Loretta, Opal, Kenneth Elwood and William Paul Weddington, Jimmie and Phyllis Scott, and Jerry Edwin Maloney. He was converted and baptized by Bro. L. F. Caudill in the year 1911, and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church at Denver. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-10-1946
WILLIAMS, James W.
1946
Father Of City Man Dies In Tennessee
James W. Williams, 75, retired carpenter and father of John A. Williams of Paintsville, died last Thursday night at his home in Dickson, Tenn., after a long illness. Funeral serves were held Saturday afternoon at Dickson and interment was in the Union Cemetery. He was a native of Dickson County. Besides his son, Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Priest Williams; a daughter, Mrs. James Simmons, Old Hickory, Tenn., and another son, Charles Williams, of Selma, Ala; a brother, Thomas Williams, of Union City, Tenn., and three grandchildren. Mr. Williams many friends join with him in mourning the loss of his father. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday  October 3, 1946


OCTOBER - 1946

ARNETT, Joseph G.
1946
Joseph G. Arnett Dies In Magoffin
Father of Kash  Arnett, Paintsville
Joseph G. Arnett, 82, Sublett, Magoffin County, father of Kash Arnett, of Paintsville, died at his home on Tuesday, October 8, 1946, following a short illness. Mr. Arnett was a prominent farmer and merchant in his community, having been in the merchandising business for the past forty years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Adeline Patton Arnett; five children, Home of Leander, Mrs. Ressie Hoskins, of Wheelersburg, O., Mrs. Meddie Salyer, of Sublett, Harry of Royalton, Kash, of Paintsville; two brothers and two sisters, Wiley Arnett, of Waverly, O., Mrs. Mariah Spurlock, of West Liberty, and Mrs. Elizabeth Patton, of Lakeville, and 17 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday, October 9, 1946, by Rev. James Walters, former pastor of the Missionary Baptist church at Salyersville. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-10-1946
BURKE, Heber Ray
1946
County Vet Killed In Jeep Accident
Heber Ray Burke, 20, of West Van Lear, a veteran of World War II, was fatally injured about 11 o'clock Friday morning when the jeep in which he was riding was crowded off the road near Prestonsburg and plunged down an embankment. Young Burke, a son of Grant and Addie Clifton Burke, was discharged from the Army March 26 after one year's service. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at West Van Lear Sunday afternoon, the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Interment was in the West Van Lear cemetery. Besides his parents, he is survived by several brothers and sisters. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-13-1946
CHARLES, Ruby May (Martin)
1946
Mrs. Ruby Charles Claimed By Death
Mrs. Ruby May Charles, 29, wife of Johnnie Charles, died late Thursday afternoon at a local hospital following an illness of two months. Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the home of her brother-in-law, Ed Castle, at Thealka.  The body was then taken to the Freewill Baptist Church at Ulysses, of which she was a member, where services were held at 1 o’clock, the Rev. Don Faley officiating.  Interment was in the Sugar Plum Cemetery at Ulysses. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, Earl Thomas, Betty Jean, Lillian Ann and Thelma Louise, all at home; her parents, Steve and Rebecca Delong Martin, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two brothers, Bill Martin of Charleston, W. Va. And Hubert Martin of Ypsilanti, Mich. And a sister Marie Slone, of Thealka. Paintsville Herald Thursday 31 Oct. 1946
COCHRAN, Jefferson D.
1946
J.D. COCHRAN, WIN, DIED UNEXPECTEDLY
Jefferson D. Cochran, 84, died unexpectedly Tuesday at his home in Win.  He became ill shortly after eating the noon meal and died soon thereafter. He was a prominent resident in his community where he had spent his entire life. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Louise Osborn Cochran, several children and a number of grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home and burial was made in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 10-10-1946
DAVIS, Frank
1946
Paintsville Man Claimed by Death
Frank Davis, 60, died Sunday morning at his home near the old CCC camp near Paintsville following a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Freewill Baptist Church at Riceville, the Reverend Scott Castle officiating. Internment was in the family cemetery. Mr. Davis was well and favorably known in Paintsville and adjoining vicinity and has a host of friends who are grieved at his passing. He was a kind and loving husband and father, a good neighbor and was beloved by all who know him. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Eula Salyer Davis; the following children, Miles, Elmer, Jack, Evelyn, Nella, Patsy Meade, and Douglas Davis and Mrs. George Spencer, all of Paintsville; Mrs. Homer Stapleton and Mrs. Robert Waddell, both of Indiana, three brothers Ed and Albert Davis, both of Riceville, and Milt Davis of Catlettsburg; and two sisters, Mrs. J. C. Yates, of Indiana, and Mrs. Cora Litteral, of Riceville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-10-1946
HAYSLETTE, Clyde
1884-1946
WELL KNOWN BARBER DIED WEDNESDAY
Funeral services will be held at the Funeral Home of the Paintsville Furniture Company Friday morning at 10 o'clock for Clyde Hayslette, 62, well known Paintsville barber who died at his home here Wednesday morning.  The body will remain at the Funeral Home until time for the services. Mr. Hayslette, who was born in Magoffin County, Jan. 31,1884, a son of William and Amanda Patrick Hayslette came to Paintsville in 1913 and has since worked at the barber trade in this city.  He has been operating a shop on the courthouse square for many years. Well known through out the county, Mr. Hayslette was a highly respected citizen and will be sadly missed by a wide circle of friends and relatives.  He was a former member of the Odd Fellows. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Lillian Conley Hayslette, to whom he was married Dec. 11, 1913; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Amanda Morgan, of Paintsville; a brother, Clifton Hayslette, of Ashland; and a sister, Mrs. John Huff of Catlettsburg. PANTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 10-10-1946
MURRAY, Roderic Clark
1868-1946
Roderic Clark Murray was born March 27, 1868, in Johnson county, Kentucky, and died at Lexington, Kentucky, Wednesday, October 30, 1946. He was the son of John Murray and Dorcas Wheeler Murray.  At the age of 18, he married Lizzie Slone, the daughter of Jasper Slone and Mary E. Bays Slone.  Shortly after their marriage, they were converted and joined the Old Hood’s Fork Church of United Baptist in Johnson County. They soon moved to Magoffin county, and later to Elliott, Lawrence, then back to Magoffin county where they raised their family of seven children.  Elded, the oldest, died in 1924 at the age of 37, leaving eight children, Roderic Cecil, the youngest, died in 1919 at the age of 15. His wife, Lizzie, died in 1926 at their home in Pike county, Ohio, where they had lived since 1924. He was elected and served one term as tax commissioner of Magoffin county.  His entire life was devoted to farming and to merchandising, but never was he too busy to lay aside his work and attend church on Saturday and Sunday. He lived a humble simple life before his children and friends and was loved by all.  It is hoped that his children, relatives and friends will remember the life he lived and follow in his footsteps. In 1928 he married Nona Blair, the daughter of William Blair and Lora Moseman Blair of Pike county, Ohio.  Three years later she became a member of the Beaver Valley Church of United Baptists where he had moved his church membership shortly after he moved to Ohio. For the last 18 years they have lived happily together; this good companion stood by his side and administered to him with tender care until the end.  His children and their friends aided greatly to their happiness and their many friends accepted with much joy their goodness and hospitality. There will be a vacancy in the lives of his good wife, children, relatives, and friends that cannot be filled.  But our Jesus who loves us most though he had suffered long enough here on the earth and called him home to rest from his labors and to enjoy Heaven with all its love and happiness. Jesus said “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  This is what this good man did and God added enough of the thing of his life for his comfort and he is now resting from his labor.  He is survived by his wife, four sons, and one daughter, namely; Albert Murray and Lonnie Murray, of Waverly, Ohio; Lloyd Murray, Latham, Ohio; W. L. Murray, Lexington, Ky.; and Mrs. J. H. Montgomery, Winchester, Ky. He also left five brothers and two sisters;  W. L. Murray, Fort Collins, Colo.; J. B. Murray, Waverly, Ohio; Leo Lemaster, Chandlerville, Ky.; Noah Lemaster, Twisp, Wash.; Roscoe Lemaster, Hager Hill, Ky.; Mrs. John Harris, Winifred, Ky.; and Mrs. John Treffry, Twisp, Wash; and 37 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Beaver Valley Church of United Baptists by the Rev. Paul Turner of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and the Rev. Phillip Skaggs of Chillicothe, Ohio.  Burial was in the Cordial Cemetery, Beaver, Ohio. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Irvan Murray, Roy Murray, Lafayette Murray, Arnold Murray, Arvil Murray, Clyde Montgomery, and Clark Montgomery.  Flower girls were his granddaughters and great granddaughters.  Honorary pallbearers were all of his brethren in the Lord. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-07-1946
POLLY, Samuel Otis
1946
Samuel Otis Polly, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while at work at the Kaiser-Frazer Willow Run Plant, Ypsilanti, MI, October 09.  He was taken to the Byer Hospital of that city where he died Thursday, October 10, 1946. Burial was at the Camp Branch Cemetery.  Polly, Kentucky, following funeral services at the First Methodist Church, Jenkins, KY. Surviving are his widow, Pansy Brown Polly and one son James Edward of 314 Ferris Street, Ypsilanti, MI, a daughter, Rose Marie Hastings, Jenkins.  He is also survived by his mother Mrs. Sarah Polly, Lexington, Brothers Kenneth K. Polly, Lexington, SJ. Polly, and sisters, Mrs. Nannie Clay Polly, Mrs. Margie Combs, Detroit, MI and Maxine Polly, Charleston, W.VA.. Mr. Polly was a member of the Kowan Baptist Church and of Whiteburg Lodge No. 754 F & A M and Jenkins Chapter No. 164 R.A.M. Mr. Polly is one of whom it can be truly said:  He was loved by all who knew him. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-24-1946
PRESTON, Clyde
1918-1946
Johnson Countian Killed At Wheelwright
Clyde Preston, 27, native of Mingo, Johnson County, was killed instantly Friday when he was caught in a machine in the mines at Wheelwright, Ky.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home of his uncle, Malcolm Wiley, at Baker Branch, the Rev. Millard VanHoose, Claude Preston, and Randal Goble officiating.  Interment was in the family cemetery. He was born Aug. 1918, at Mingo, a son of Millard Preston, and the late Malta Preston.  He was married to Dorothy Fitzpatrick Oct. 15, 1939, and to this union was born four sons, Clyde Jr., Jimmie, Jackie, and Curtis Leo, all of whom survive.  Others left to mourn his passing are two brothers, Herbert and Ernest Preston; a sister, Mrs. John Rasnick; six half-brothers and sisters, and a host of other relatives, friends and fellow workers. He was an industrious worker, a devoted husband and father and his untimely death has created a vacuum in his home and community which will be hard to fill. Paintsville Herald 10-31-1946
RAMEY, Elizabeth
1946
East Point Woman,  Mrs. J. Ramey, Dies
Mrs. Elizabeth Ramey, wife of John W. Ramey, of East Point, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mont Lilly, Thursday, Oct. 24, 1946, after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at East Point Saturday afternoon, October 26, 1946, Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Sitka. Surviving besides her husband are eight children, Mrs. Telia McKenzie, of East Point, Mrs. Mary McKenzie, of Auxier, Mrs. Sola Puckett, of Thealka, Mrs. Adeline Lilly, Willie Ramey, Walter Ramey, John Henry Ramey, all of East Point, and Mrs. Florence Webb, of Auxier. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-31-1946
SOWARDS, Faye (Meade)
1946
W. VAN LEAR WOMAN DIES IN HOSPITAL
Mrs. Faye Sowards, 44, of West Van Lear, wife of Leslie Sowards,died Wednesday night in a local hospital following an illness of more than a year. Besides her husband, she is survived by her aged father, Robert Meade, of West Van Lear and six children, Mrs. Ethel Miller, Leslie, Jr., Mrs, Dorothy Mann and Ernest Elmo, Marion Douglas and Gladys all of West Van Lear. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 o'clock by Rev. S.C. Honeycutt.  Burial will be made in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 10-10-1946
WARD, Nancy Katherine (Reed)
1946
Mrs. Nancy R. Ward Claimed by Death
Mrs. Nancy Katherine Reed Ward, well known and beloved citizen of Paintsville, died Wednesday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul B. Hall, on Euclid Ave, following an illness of several months caused by a stroke which left her whole left side paralyzed. Funeral services will held at 10:30 o'clock Friday morning at the United Baptist Church on Second street, The Rev. FF Rigsby officiating. Internment will follow in the family cemetery at Concord. She was a Johnson County Native and well and favorably known throughout this area where she was affectionately known as "Aunt Kate." She observed her 84th birthday anniversary Aug 11 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hall, on Euclid Avenue, where she resided the last two years. In the early part of the 19th century the Reed family from which Mrs. Ward is descended, came from North Carolina and settled on Reed Branch in Johnson County. A daughter of the late William and Lydia Rice Reed, Mrs. Ward was born in this county during the Civil War and mad this her home her entire life. While still a young woman she was married to Ashley Ward of Oil Springs on Nov 16, 1889. They became parents of several children. At the age of twenty-three she was converted and made a decision to walk from that time in the way of the Lord. She has kept her faith through all these years. Recently "Aunt Kate" suffered a stroke which left the entire left side of her body paralyzed. In addition to Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Ward is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Della Peters and Mrs. Della  Fraim, both of Paintsville; one son Dewey Ward, of Louisville: a brother  George Reed of Oil Springs and eight grandchildren. The Paintsville Herald Thursday October 17, 1946
WELLS, Walter Byron
1946
Well Known Youth Claimed By Death
Walter Byron Wells, 19, one of the best known youths of Paintsville, died Monday at the Golden Rule Hospital following an illness of one month.  Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the home of his mother, Mrs. Roxie Baldwin, on the Southside, the Rev. Scott Castle officiating.  Interment was in the Baldwin Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Young Wells, who was a victim of infantile paralysis when he was a child, received his education in the Paintsville schools and, despite his affliction, maintained constant employment of various business hours in this city.  His kindly, gentle disposition won him in the hearts of old and young alike and he was well loved by all. Besides his mother, he is survived by two brothers and a sister. Paintsville Herald 10-24-1946
WELLS, Zephaniah "Zip"
1890-1946
Zephaniah "Zip" Wells, 55, well known Paintsville attorney and immediate past president of the Rotary Club, died Friday afternoon, October 25, 1946, in a Huntington hospital following an illness of almost four months. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Mayo Memorial Church and interment was in the family cemetery, the Rev. C. D. Harsh officiating. "Zip", as he was known to all his friends, was born at Boons Camp Nov. 9, 1890, the youngest son of Exer Meek and Marcus Lindsey King Wells, and had been a lifelong resident of the county. He was married to Grace Hicks o Jackson, Tenn., June 14, 1921, and to this union was born two daughters, Ann, who died in infancy, and Bettye Jean who with her mother survives. Mr. Wells was active in community, church, and civic affairs and in addition to having served as president of the Rotary Club, he was a member of the official board and assistant teacher of the Men's Sunday School Class of the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church, of which he had been a member for many years; member of the Johnson County Bar Association, State Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Legion, and Elks, and served one time on the Johnson County Selective Service Board. One of the city's most widely known attorneys, he was held in high esteem by all who knew him and his death has caused the city, his church, and his home a great loss. Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by the following brothers and sisters: W. G. Wells, Jr., Boons Camp; Mrs. Pauline Robinson, Paintsville; M. L. Wells, Wabasso, Fla.; Ed Wells, Boons Camp; Mrs. Golda Wells Duncan, Cincinnati.  A sister and two brothers preceded him in death. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-31-1946


NOVEMBER - 1946

ARNETT, Burnie
1946
MAGOFFIN MAN KILLED IN GAMBLING ROW
Burnie Arnett, of Magoffin County, was fatally shot about 3 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 1946, at Salyersville following an argument over a poker game, according to Magoffin County officers. The shot was allegedly fired by Randolph Risner, of Salyersville. Arnett died shortly after his arrival at the Paintsville hospital. Risner left the scene of the shooting and was arrested later in the day at Mt. Sterling. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-28-1946
AUXIER, Nathaniel D.
1946
Member Of Pioneer Family Dies In West
(Copied from FAll City, Neb., Journal, October 28)
Nathaniel D. Auxier, 85, retired farmer and former county Commissioner, died at 8:35 this morning, at the home of his son, Elmer Auxier, 2023 Abbott Street. Mr. Auxier had been in failing health since he suffered a stroke five years ago. Mr. Auxier the son of Nathaniel and Hester Mayo Auxier, was born at East Point, Ky., June 21, 1861. He came to Richardson County in 1881 and taught school for a short time. He began farming soon afterward and followed that calling until 1915, when he retired. He was married at Fall City, to Miss Pheribe Prichard, Oct. 24, 1883. Mrs. Auxier died, Jan. 21, 1930. On Dec. 7, 1931 he was married to her cousin, Mrs. Laura Prichard, who died in 1934. Surviving are three children, Elmer Auxier, Fall City, Walter Auxier, Salem, and Mrs. F. T. Cawthorne, Salem; a brother, E. E. Auxier, Verdon, and four grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. One daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 P.M. at the Verdon Christian Church, with the Rev. Ward Merrit in charge. Burial will be in Verdon Cemetery. Mrs. Garland Rice, and Mrs. Martha Vaughn of Paintsville and Mrs. Jo M. Davidson , of Prestonsburg are nieces of Mr. Auxier. Nephews are I. L. Auxier and Garfield Auxier, of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-07-1946
BLEVINS, William Rodney
1946-1946
CITY CHILD  FOUND DEAD IN BED FRIDAY
William Rodney Blevins, five-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ford Blevins, was found dead in bed Friday at the home of his parents in Stafford Addition.  The cause of his death is unknown.  Funeral services were held Saturday at noon at the Blevins home, Dr. J. E. Savage officiating.  Interment was in the Tackett cemetery at Staffordsville. Mrs. Blevins is the former Miss Mildred Frail, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Frail. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-7-1946

  

BROWN, Josie (Robinson)
1944
Lowmansville Woman Dies At Home Nov. 21
Mrs. Josie Robinson Brown, 68 wife of Joe Brown, died Thursday, Nov.21,1944 at her home at Lowmansville, following an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Georges Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. F. F. Rigsby and Rev. Willie Daniel officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery at Lowmansville. She was married to Mr. Brown Nov. 22, 1900, and to this union were born three children, Mrs Effie Lowe of Ashland, Howard Brown of Lowmansville, and Willard Brown of Ashland, all of whom survive.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Litz of Auxier and Mrs Joe Howard of Paintsville, a brother, John Robinson of Wayland, and 10 grandchildren. Mrs Brown was a kind and loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed.  She was a faithful member of the Georges Creek Church and her passing has brought grief to a host of relatives and friends in the county. Paintsville Herald Thursday Nov.28 1944
  
According to the birth certificate submitted by Libby Preston for Josie Robinson her death occured Nov.21  1946.  

CHANDLER, Bonnie
1946
CHANDLER INFANT DIES AT LOWMANSVILLE
Bonnie Chandler, the infant daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Ernie Chandler, of Lowmansville, died Saturday at the home of her parents.  Funeral services were held at the Lyons Cemetery Sunday, conducted by the Preston Funeral home.  Besides the parents, survivors are a brother and a sister. Paintsville Herald Thursday 28 Nov 1946
CHANDLER, S. T.
1887-1946
KIN OF LOCAL MAN DIES IN WASHINGTON
S. T. Chandler, 59, brother of Frank Chandler of Paintsville, died unexpectedly Monday at his home in Olympia, Wash., according to word received here.  Funeral services will be held in Olympia. Mr. Chandler, born in Johnson County Feb. 20, 1887, left here in March 1908, for Wenatchee, Wash., where he made his home for many years.  His last trip back to this section was in 1926. Mr. And Mrs. Frank Chandler spent several weeks in the west this summer and visited with S. T. Chandler and his family. Besides his brother here, Mr. Chandler is survived by his wife, two children, Roy, in school in Seattle, and Mrs. Ken Owen, also of Seattle; and two other brothers, Sanford Chandler, of Stanford, Ky., and J. Monroe Chandler, of Manson, Wash. He has many fiends and relatives here who will be grieved at the news of his death. Paintsville Herald Thursday 28 Nov 1946
CONLEY, Irene (Holbrook)
1926-1946
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Holbrook and took their beloved daughter, Irene Holbrook Conley.  She was borned Jan. 31, 1926 and died November 26, 1946.  In Nov. 1941 she married Edward Conley and to this union were born two children, Willis four years old and Juttie Faye two.  She leaves to mourn her passing besides her own family, her parents, one brother and one sister, and a host of relatives and friends.  We feel that our loss is Heavens gain. She was converted and baptized and lived a strict Christian life until God called her to her home.  We believe in that resurrection morning when the angels begin singing that Irene's voice will be mingled with that Heavenly choir. The Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-19-1946
COOPER, Mary Ann "Madie"
1946
FORMER COUNTY WOMAN DIES IN HOUSTON
Mrs. Mary Ann (Madie) Cooper, 89, widow of Atty. H.L. Cooper, formerly of this county, died in a hospital in Houston, Texas, November 15, (1946).    Mrs. Cooper was a sister-in-law of J.H. Cooper, of Paintsville.  She moved with her family from Kansas to Texas in 1915. Mrs. Cooper was a former president of the Methodist Missionary Society, a member of the Eastern Star of Waverly, Kansas, and a former teacher in the Kansas public school system. She is survived by one daughter and one grandson. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 11-28-1946
FORD, Billy Preston
1946
AUXIER YOUTH DIES AT LOCAL HOSPITAL
Billy Preston Ford, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. WR. Ford of Auxier, died November 14, 1946, at the Paintsville Clinic following an illness of almost two years. Funeral services were held at the home of his parents November 17, the Rev. S C Honeycutt officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Jack and Bob Ford, both of Auxier; and three sister, Mrs. Richard Childers of Thelma, Mrs. William Northrop of Langley, and Mrs. Charles Burkett of Auxier.  A brother and a sister preceded him in death. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-05-1946
HARRIS, John B.
1946
JOHN B. HARRIS, 67, DIES AT WINIFRED
John B. Harris, 67, well known resident of the Winifred section and prominent fruit grower, died at 9:15 o’clock Tuesday night at his home following an illness of two months.  Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock at his home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 11-28-1946
HARRIS, John B.
1878-1946
(information in brackets are my notes)
JOHN B. HARRIS, 67, well known resident of the Winifred section and prominent fruit grower, died at 9:15 o'clock Tuesday night at his home following an illness of two months. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock at his home. JOHN B. HARRIS, son of the late DAVID and CATHERINE WHEELER HARRIS, was born December 19, 1878, and departed this life November 26, 1946, at the age of 67 years, eleven months and seven days. In the year 1898 he was married to ELLEN LEMASTER who survives. To this union were born one son and seven daughters. Preceding him in death were two daughters, DEVA FERN, who died in infancy in 1912, and HAEL (Hazel) HARRIS FYFFE who died in 1935. Surviving him are one son, RONALD H. HARRIS at home and five daughters, Mrs. VIRGIL SLONE ( Augusta Elizabeth) of Winifred, Ky., Mrs. HERBERT ELLISON (Nettie) of Jenkins, Ky., Mrs. JOHN PACK (Dorothy Amy) of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. POE HAMILTON (Eulah Kathryn) of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Miss RUIE HARRIS (Ruie Mae) at home. He is also survived by four grandchildren, two brothers, MILT HARRIS (Brigham Milton "Milt"), Mechanicsburg, Ohio and JAMES H. HARRIS, Paton, Iowa; four sisters, Mrs. H. B.(Henry Bascom) Lemaster (Virgie Florence) and Mrs. Proctor Slone (Laura Emma) of Winifred, Ky., Mrs. GROVER MUSIC (Nancy Oma) of Meally, Ky., and Mrs. WARTHY (Wortha) CURTIS (Mary ) of W. Jefferson, Ohio; and aunt, Mrs. FLORENCE HOLBROOK (Florence Virginia Evaline) of Skaggs, Ky., and an uncle, JOHN W HARRIS of Winifred, Ky., and a host of other relatives and friends who mourn his passing. His friends were numbered by his acquaintance and his presence will be sadly missed not only in his home but in the community where he resided. He joined the United Baptist Church at Hoods's Fork in 1909.  In his dying hour he said he was sorry to leave his family but he had a better home awaiting him and he was ready and willing to go. Paintsville Herald November 1946
ELLEN LEMASTER HARRIS obituary (information in brackets are my notes)
ELLEN HARRIS RITES HELD AT HOOD CHURCH Mrs. ELLEN HARRIS, 85, well-known resident of Winifred, died at her home at 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 10, 1962, after an illness of several months. Mr.s HARRIS, the daughter of the late FRANCIS and DORCAS WHEELER LEMASTER, was born in this county September 2, 1877, and had been a lifelong resident of the Winifred community. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her husband, JOHN B. HARRIS, preceded her in death November 26, 1946. Survivors include a son, RONALD HARRIS of Winifred; five daughters, Mrs. AUGUSTA  (Augusta Elizabeth) SLONE (Virgil) of Winifred; Mrs. NETTIE ELLISON (Herbert) and Miss RUIE HARRIS both of Wise, Va.; Mrs. DOROTHY (Dorothy Amy) PACK (John) of Corydon, Ind.; Mrs. KATHRYN (Eulah Kathryn) HAMILTON (Poe) of Ashland; a brother, ROSCOE LEMASTER of Hager Hill.  Also surviving are four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday at the Hood Fork United Baptist Chruch with W. L. Murray and Harlan Montgomery as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Wheeler Cemetery at Franks Creek. Paintsville Herald  December, 1962
HUMBLE, Ina Mae (Jennings)
1946
BRIDGEFORD GIRL IS FOUND DEAD
Ina Mae Jennings Humble, 28, operator of Jennings Grocery and Meat Market in Bridgeford Addition, was found dead in her bed at her home over the grocery store early Monday morning. The cause of death has not been determined. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the United Baptist Church at Tomahawk. She is survived by her parents and several brothers and sisters. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-28-1946
MCKENZIE, Rosa (Castle)
1946
Mrs. Rosa McKenzie Dies At Home Here
Mrs. Rosa McKenzie, 58, wife of Dan McKenzie, died Sunday at her home following a short illness.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the cemetery at Lowmansville, the Rev. Leonard Walters officiating.  Burial was conducted by the Preston Funeral Home. Mrs. McKenzie was a good citizen, a true friend and will be sadly missed in her home where she was a devoted wife and mother and worked always for the best interests of her children. Besides her husband, she is survived by six sons, Ora, Paintsville; Douglas and Arthur, Thealka; Dillard, Staffordsville; William, of the Army, and Daniel, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; four daughters, Mrs. John Butcher, and Mrs. Paul Fergusin, Thealka; Mrs. Murner Castle, Lackey, and Mrs. George Carothers, Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, four sisters, and 23 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 28, 1946
MURPHY, Lawrence
1946
LAWRENCE MURPHY PVT. L. MURPHY DIES IN MANILA
The body of Pvt. Lawrence Murphy, 19, son of Mr. And Mrs. Everett Murphy, of Van Lear, who died Nov. 10 at his base at Manila, Philippine Island, was returned to Johnson County for funeral and burial services which were held Wednesday afternoon at the Meally Christian Church with the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Interment services in the family cemetery was conducted by the Johnson Post No. 117, American Legion. Details of the service-man’s death are not known and the parents received a letter from five days prior to receiving news of the death that he was in good health and enjoying himself. Pvt. Murphy is the second son of Mr. And Mrs. Murphy to lose his life in World War II. Besides his parents, Pvt. Murphy is survived by several brothers and sisters. The Van Lear service man entered the Army about eight months ago and had been overseas only a short time.  His death came as a shock to his many friends in Johnson County. At the burial services Wednesday Leon Preston acted as chaplain and commander, Paul Fraim was the bugler, Jack Price the color bearer: T. R. Music and A. L. Porter Jr., color guard: Clyde Colline, Francis M. Caudill, Emery Barker, Beecher Hyden, Homer Music, Leonard Music, Paul Reynolds, and Chester McClure, firing squad. Paul Bearers included L. Francis Rigsby, James R. Music, Langley Kirk, Ernest Green, Walter Childers, James Witten, Bill Blanton, Dudley McCallister, Paul Brickley, Kelly Music, Nathan Stambaugh, and James Salyers. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 09, 1947
SALYERS, Mayme Zell
1946
Paintsville Woman Found Injured in Fayette County Police Seek Male Companion
Miss Mayme Zell Salyers, 32, of Paintsville, died in a Lexington hospital Wednesday, November 13, 1946, where she was taken after being found on a Lexington street, Sunday morning, November 10, 1946, with unexplained head injuries.  She died without regaining consciousness. The body was returned to Paintsville last night, Wednesday, November 13, 1946, and is at the Funeral Home of the Paintsville Furniture Company.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 16, 1946, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Salyers, at West Van Lear.  Final arrangements are incomplete. Lexington and Fayette police put out a dragnet for a ‘broad-shouldered young man about 26 years old’ who reportedly was the last person seen with her after a dance Saturday night, November 9, 1946. Fayette Coroner J. Hervey Kerr said an autopsy was held Wednesday, November 13, 1946, but that the findings would not be known for several days. Police said they obtained a description of her last-seen escort from William Cobb, 21, Lexington, who said he accompanied her from a dance at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, November 10, 1946.  He was quoted by the officers as saying his automobile developed engine trouble and that the woman drove off with a ‘cleancut’ man wearing a sport coat who had stopped to offer assistance. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-14-1946
SPEARS, Albert
1873-1946
ALBERT SPEARS WELL KNOWN MINE FOREMAN PASSES
Albert “Dock” Spears, 73, for more than 33 years foreman at the mines at Thealka, died last Thursday at his home at Thealka following an illness of 10 months.  Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Freewill Baptist Church at Thealka, Rev. Robert Castle and Rev. C. J. Sparks officiating.  Interment was in the Wells cemetery in Bridgeford. Mr. Spears was born in Paintsville July 25, 1873, a son of Enoch and Malinda Williams Spears and had resided in this county his entire life. Well and favorably known throughout this area, he was held in high esteem by all his acquaintances and was one of the most valued employees of the Northeast Coal Company at Thealka.  Mr. Spears was a kind and loving husband and father, devoted to his home and family and will be sadly missed by a host of relatives and friends.  He was a faithful member of the United Baptist Church at Lomansville and was an active member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Paintsville. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Emma Daniel Spears; three daughters, Mrs. Lonnie Hall of Auxier, Mrs. Clell Preston of Seco, and Miss Ernestine Spears, of Thealka; two sons, Ray Spears of Thealka, and Virgil Spears of Louisville; a sister, Mrs. Anna Webb of Paintsville; a brother, Julis Spears of River, and 11 grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 14, 1946
STAMBAUGH, Maude (Caudill)
1946
Johnson Native Victim of Ashland Apartment Blaze
Mrs. L. Stambaugh Dies From Burns Received Nov. 17 Mrs. Maude Stambaugh, 65, wife of Luther Stambaugh, of Ashland, and a sister of Kelly Caudill, Johnson County tax commissioner, died Sunday morning in the King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland as a result of burns suffered in the spectacular fire at Ashland Sunday morning, Nov. 17, which took two other lives and left 71 persons homeless. The blaze destroyed two apartment buildings and two dwellings in the 1000 block on Thirteenth Street. Arthur Henry Bolton, 67, and Mrs. Hilma Boggs, 39, were trapped in the blazing inferno and died on the scene. A native of Johnson County, Ky., Mrs. Stambaugh was a daughter of the late Winston and Martha Chandler Caudill, and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 40 years. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the Christian Church at Blaine, Ky., with the Rev. W.S. Boggs and the Rev. William Moore officiating.  The body was removed to the Curtright Funeral Home at Louisa, Ky., where it remained until the funeral hour. Surviving are the husband; two sons, Ernest Stambaugh, Pickerington, O., and Estil Paul Stambaugh, Canal Winchester, O., four sisters, Mrs. Chilt Ross, Cordell, Ky., Mrs. George Arrowood, New Boston, O., Mrs. Haskell McKenzie., Johnson County, Ky., five brothers, Martin Caudill, New Boston, Cleveland Caudill, Stockdale, O., Johnnie, Sammy and Kelly Caudill of Johnson County and four grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday, November 28, 1946


DECEMBER - 1946


BADGETT, Samuel L.
1946
Former East Point Resident Passes
Samuel L. Badgett, 62, formerly of East Point, died early Sunday morning at his home at Rush, Ky., following a short illness. The body was brought to the Jones Funeral Home and later taken to the home of his sister, Mrs Fred Hager, at East Point where it remained until funeral services Tuesday afternoon at the Little Paint Church. Rev. Roark of Prestonsburg officated. Interment was in the family cemetery. Mr. Badgett was widely known in this county and was held in  high esteem by a wide circle of friends. His passing came as a distinct shock to all. He is survived by his wife, five children, one brother and three sisters. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-19-1946
BOWLING, David Howard
1946
EAST POINT RESIDENT CLAIMED BY DEATH
David Howard Bowling, 28, of East Point, died Sunday morning, December 29, 1946, at his home following a short illness of pneumonia.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 31, 1946, at the home the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating.  Interment was made by the Jones Funeral Home. Mr. Bowling is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fannie Delong Bowling; his father and several brothers and sisters. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-02-1947
BURCHETT, James Lee
1946
AUXIER  MAN  DIES  FROM   MINE  INJURIES  DEC. 21
James Lee Burchett, 30, of Auxier, died Dec. 21 shortly after admittance to a local hospital where he was brought for treatment of injuries from a mine accident at David several hours previously.  Funeral services were conducted at the home Dec. 23 and interment was in the family cemetery by Jones Funeral Home. Mr. Burchett is survived by his wife and three small children. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-2-1947
CARPENTER, Leander
1946
WELL KNOWN LEANDER MAN PASSES DECEMBER 24
Leander Carpenter, 91, widely known and respected citizen of Leander, died at his home Christmas Eve from infirmities of his age.  Funeral services were conducted at Leander Dec. 26, and interment was in the family cemetery beside the body of his wife who preceded him in death last September.  Services were conducted by the Jones Funeral Home.  Mr. Carpenter is survived by several childeren, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-02-1947
CASTLE, Clarence
1920-1946
World War II Vet Dies When Car Hits Coal Truck
Clarence Castle, 26, of Lowmansville, a veteran of World War II died Dec. 21 from injuries suffered about 24 hours earlier when he lost control of his automobile while rounding a curve near the school at Hager Hill. He was brought to the Paintsville Hospital but never regained consciousness. Mr. Castle's car crashed into a coal truck, driven by Ven Centers of Staffordsville, who received minor injuries.  Both car and truck careened into the ditch and were demolished. A son of Walter and Sarah Clay Castle, he was educated in Johnson county schools and has been a resident of this county his entire life except for the time he served in the armed forces.  He was wounded in Europe and received an honorable medical discharge. He was united in marriage to Dretha Hayes of River Jan. 5, 1946. Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by two sisters, Garnett and Edith Castle, both of Ohio, and six brothers, Willard, Thomas, Ralph, Bruce, Lawrence, and Earl, all at home. Full military honors were rendered at the funeral services which were held at Lowmansville by Rev. Leonard Walters and F. F. Rigsby, and burial rites were in charge of the Johnson County Post of the American Legion, of which Castle was a member.  J. C. Maggard served as captain of the firing squad and C. R. Cooper acted as chaplain.  Members of the burial detail were Bruce Wiley and Paul Fraim, buglers; Leon Preston, James Thomas Newman, Herman Deboard, Bill Litteral, Creval Rowland, Chester McClure, William A. Ward, Tom Estep, Carl V. Martin, Langley Ward, J. A. Phillips, Guy Meade, William L. Riggsby, Forrest Blair, and Harry Price Jr. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 2, 1947
OBITUARY:  Clarence Castle was born April 8, 1920, out of the wedlock of Walter Castle and Sarah Clay Castle.  He came from two of our county's greatest families. Clarence was educated in our Johnson county schools.  From the earliest of his childhood, friends loved him as a brother.  He left school at an early age to go out into the world to earn a livelihood. He worked away from home for a time, but his yearning for the old friends and loved ones brought him back to his own home where he worked for his father until he was called to give his services for our great country.  He was injured while heroically serving for this Great Cause, getting an honorable medical discharge from the army. On the 5th day of January 1946, he was united in wedlock to Dretha Hayes of River, Kentucky, the daughter of Pansy Walters and the late Henry Hayes. After his marriage, Clarence built a nice home near his birth place where he would spend his life with his friends who loved him so much.  But this time was short for Clarence, for on December 22, 1946, he met his untimely death in an automobile accident near Hager Hill, Kentucky from an unknown cause. Besides his wife, his father and mother, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Rice and Mrs. Virgil Taylor of Ohio, and six brothers, Willard, Magoffin county, Thomas, Pikeville, and Ralph, Bruce, Lawrence and Earl, all at home. He leaves hundreds of friends and loved ones who continued to love him until God saw cause to take him away from them on that fatal day. Clarence was only 26 years, 8 months and 14 days old when the Great Physician called him away, but he will be long remembered for his loving ways and deeds. Sad and sudden was the call Of one so dearly loved by all; A bitter grief, a shock severe,  It was to part with one so dear,  We often sit and think of you,  And speak of how you died,  To think you could not say good-bye Before you closed your eyes.  For all of us you did your best,  Oh, God grant you eternal rest. Mrs. Clarence Castle,  Mr. and Mrs. Walter Castle and family Paintsville Herald Thursday January 16, 1947
CASTLE, Faris
1946
FARIS CASTLE DIES AT HOSPITAL HERE
Faris Castle, 68, of Lowmansville, died Dec. 21 at a local hospital following a lingering illness with a heart ailment. Funeral services were held at the Lowmansville Baptist Church Dec. 23 and interment was in the cemetery there conducted by the Jones Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Julia Castle; two sons, Oakley and Ray Castle, and two daughters, Mrs. Cleve Puckett and Mrs. Ira Green. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 2, 1947
CAUDILL, James Daniel
1946
JENNIES CREEK CHILD KILLED ACCIDENTALLY
An accidental gunshot wound in the abdomen proved fatal to James Daniel Caudill, five-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Caudill of Jennies Creek, Saturday at the Golden Rule where he was brought after being hit by a discharge from a gun in the hands of a uncle. According to members of the family, a group of relatives were gathered at the Caudill home Friday and several of the men engaged in “target practice” The child ran in front of the gun as one of the group pulled the trigger and aimed at the target.  Little Caudill was rushed to the hospital but died the following day. Besides his parents, survivors are both his maternal and paternal grandparents and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the home Monday, the Rev. Hargis Conley, Rev. Adrain Davis, and Rev. Scott Castle officiating.  Internment was in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-02-1947
CONLEY, Burns
1946
HAGER HILL RESIDENT BURNS CONLEY, 85, DIES
Burns Conley, 85, well known resident of Hager Hill, died Tuesday at his home. Funeral Services were held today at the home and interment was at Hager Hill by the Funeral Home of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Mr. Conley is survived by his wife and three children. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DEC 5 1946
FAIRCHILD, Rosa
1946
MRS. ROSA FAIRCHILD DIES AT LICK FORK
Mrs. Rosa Fairchild, 81, well-known resident of the Lick Fork section of the county and wife of the late John Fairchild, died Wednesday afternoon following a lingering illness. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 20, at the home with interment services in the family cemetery to be conducted by the Jones Funeral Home. Mrs. Fairchild is survived by several children. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-19-1946
FRALEY, R. E.
1946
FORMER PAINTSVILLE WOMEN DIES IN CHICAGO
Mrs. R. E. Fraley, formerly of Paintsville, died in a Chicago hospital early Sunday morning, Dec. 22, 1946, after a serious operation.  Her sudden and unexpected death came as a shock to her family and many friends in this city.  Funeral and burial services were in Chicago. She had gone to Chicago recently to reside with her son, Raymond, who has just been discharged from the U. S. Marines. Besides her son, Mrs. Fraley is survived by three other sons, H. M. Fraley of Keaton, and Wellington and Arthur Fraley, Springfield, Ohio, and three daughters, Mrs. Con Bailey of Montgomery, Ind., Mrs. Vera Ramey of Columbus, Ohio and Mrs. Florence Riddlebarger of Minford, Ohio.  A daughter, Mrs. Anaut Sherman, preceded her in death. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-02-1947
GILLIAM, Charles
1946
Man Killed In Fall From Horse Dec. 21
Charles Gilliam, 74, of Mine Ford, was found dead near his home Saturday, Dec. 21, and death was believed to have been caused when he either fell or was thrown from his horse while riding along the road at Mine Ford. Funeral services were conducted at the home Dec. 23 and interment was in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1-2-1947

HALL, Judy
1946
VAN LEAR INFANT DIES AT PAINTSVILLE CLINIC
Funeral services for Judy Hall, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hall of Van Lear, who died Tuesday at the Paintsville Clinic shortly after birth, were held this afternoon at the cemetery on Johns Creek. The Preston Funeral Home conducted the rites. The child is survived by her parents. December 12, 1946 Thursday Paintsville Herald
HINKLE, Dollie
1946
DOLLIE HINKLE, 69 CLAIMED BY DEATH 12-20-1946
Dollie Hinkle, 69, died at his home in the county Dec. 20, 1946.  Funeral services were held Dec. 22 in the George Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Leonard Walters, Sam Preston and Tater Graham.  Interment was in the family cemetery in charge of the Preston Funeral Home. Mr. Hinkle is survived by his wife, Mrs. Katie Castle Hinkle; two sons, Dewey of Fort Gay, W. Va., and Cecil of Raysal, W. Va.; three step-daughters, two step-sons, a sister, three brothers and several grand and great-grandchildren.  He was ordained deacon in the United Baptist Church at Charley, Ky., and lived a true Christian life. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-2-1947
HONEYCUTT, Victor
1923-1946
MYSTERY SHROUDS DEATH OF VAN LEAR YOUTH SATURDAY
Believed Struck  By Hit-Run Truck Near Crossing
Mystery today surrounding the death early Sunday morning of Victor Honeycutt,  23, of Van Lear, who was found in an unconscious condition shortly after 1  o'clock Sunday morning near the C & O Railroad Crossing at Van Lear Junction,  Sheriff Wiley Hall reported. He died about 15 minutes after he was found. It was first believed that he was struck by a hit-and-run truck driver, but  a coroner's jury, after conducting an inquest over the body, rendered a  verdict that the youth met his death at the hands of unknown parties. A fractured skull was given as the cause of his death. Young Honeycutt, a veteran of WW II, with six years service left his home at  Van Lear about 1 o'clock, and was found at 1:20. He had been in a restaurant  at West Van Lear and was reported to have left the restaurant presumably to  go home. Witnesses stated that a red truck stopped near the crossing and they  thought that Honeycutt had caught a ride home. He later was found by the  roadside. Sheriff Hall had said this morning that no clues had been uncovered which  would lead to the arrest of the guilty parties. A son of Malcolm and Sylvia Bolden Honeycutt, the accident victim was born  at Van Lear March 26, 1923. He entered the service six years ago and and  served four years in the European Theater of War. He was wounded in action on  two different occasions, receiving the Purple Heart with a cluster, and also  the Combat Infantryman's Badge. After returning from service in 1945 he was married to Miss Dorthy Jo  Preston, who with a daughter, Brenda Sue survive him. In addition to his wife  and child and his parents, he is survived by six brothers; Joe, Arlo, Homer,  and Malcolm Honeycutt, Jr., all of Van Lear, Edward of West Van Lear, and  Elmon of Silver Lake, Ind.; and four sisters; Arbutice of West Van Lear, and  Lillie Mae, Darlene, and Cherline, all of  Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Christian Church at  Van Lear, Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Interment was in the Van Lear  Cemetery in charge of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DECEMBER 5, 1946
KISTNER, Anna Mae
1946
PAINTVILLE WOMAN CLAIMED BY DEATH
Mrs. Anna Mae Kistner, 28, wife of Tommie Kistner, died Thursday at her home on Plum Street following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were held Sunday at Fuget, the Rev. C.J. Sparks and Rev. Wiley officiating.  Interment was conducted by the Preston Funeral Home. Mrs. Kistner was well and favorably known throughout the city and her death has come as a great shock to a host of friends and relatives.  She was kind and devoted and her passing from the home will create a vacuum which will be hard to fill. Besides her husband she is survived by three small sons, her father, H.A. Roland of Paintsville, and several brothers and sisters. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-12-1946
LEMASTER, Elizabeth
1946
Elizabeth Lemaster, 76, a life-long resident of Win died at her home on December 29, 1946, after a week's illness. She was the widow of Jeff Lemaster who preceded her in death some fourteen years ago. Surviving are two daughters, Lula and Sarah Ann, and one son, Buel. Services were held in the home on December 30, and burial was made in the home cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-3-1947
LEMASTER, George, Jr.
1946-1946
George Lemaster, Jr., two-day- old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lemaster, died Tuesday, December 3, 1946, at the Paintsville Clinic. Funeral services were held today (Thursday) at Auxier conducted by the Preston Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents and a sister. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-5-1946
STAPLETON, North
1946
Former Johnson County Man is Killed At Camargo
North Stapleton, age about 60, was struck by an automobile and instantly killed near his home at Camargo last Saturday night.  Sheriff Allen Prewitt, of Montgomery County, said Mr. Stapleton was hit by a car driven by Boyd C. Birkhead, of Morgan County.  The Sheriff quoted Birkhead as saying he was blinded by the lights of an approaching car, and the Sheriff expressed the opinion that the mishap was unavoidable. Mr. Stapleton is well known in Johnson County where he was born and resided for many years.   He was a stock dealer by trade.  He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alf Stapleton who resided at Mingo ( now Tutor Key ). He was a brother of Proctor Stapleton, restaurant proprietor of Paintsville, who also suffered a similar fate by a car a few years ago. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 26, 1946
STRATTON, Alice (Chaffins)
1946
Mrs. Alice Stratton of Van Lear, Dies
Mrs. Alice Stratton of Van Lear died Sunday afternoon, Dec., 29, in Memorial Hospital in Huntington, after undergoing an operation.  Mrs. Stratton had been ill since September. She was born and reared at Zelda, Ky., near Louisa and had lived in Van Lear for the past 18 years.  Mrs. Stratton was well known by everyone. Surviving are her husband, Mrs. Bill Stratton, two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Stratton Tackett and Mrs. Louna Stacy, two granddaughters, Mary Lou Stacy and Douna Sue Tackett. Her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Chaffins, of Louisa and three sisters and two brothers also survive. Funeral services were held at the family cemetery, Buchanan Chapel at Zelda, on New Years Day. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Hager of Louisa. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01/16/1947
WEBB, Samuel
1927-1946
ACCIDENTAL SHOT FATAL TO PAINTSVILLE G. I.
Frankfurt, Germany, Dec. 17th - The Army announced today (Dec. 19, 1946) that Pvt. Samuel Webb, of Paintsville, Ky., better known as "Little Dugan", was shot and killed accidentally in Heidelberg last Saturday (Dec. 14, 1946) by a fellow soldier who was cleaning a pistol. The soldier is a former employee of the C & O railroad here. The Paintsville Herald Thursday Dec. 19, 1946 PAINTSVILLE SOLDIER DIES OF ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT WOUNDS IN GERMANY; BODY RETURNED HERE FOR FUNERAL, BURIAL Pvt. Samuel Webb, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dugan Webb, who died in an Army Hospital in Germany Dec 14 (1946) from accidental wounds, was buried here Monday afternoon (Jan. 13, 1947) with full military honors. Pvt. Webb was shot in the right chest and spine when an Army buddy accidentally discharged a gun while cleaning it. He was transferred to an Army hospital after receiving first aid treatment but died shortly after arrival. Pvt. Webb, known to his many Paintsville friends as "Little Dugin" worked for the C & O railroad as a telegraph operator for two years and was the third trick operator, working from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the Paintsville Depot. He entered service Jan. 29, 1946, and after receiving basic training was sent to the Army of Occupation in Germany. He was former student at Meade Memorial school at Williamsport. Born in Paintsville August 2, 1927, he was well and favorably known here and well loved by both young and old, and his untimely death came as a distinct shock to all. Besides his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Lowell, Milo, Elwood, and Phillip, all at home. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon (Jan. 13, 1947) at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Foster Riggsby and Rev. J. F. Armes officiating. Interment was in the Melvin Hall cemetery at Davis Branch by the Johnson Post No. 117, American Legion. Charles Williams served as Chaplain, Leon H. Preston as commander, Paul Fraim, bugler; Carl Martin and Jack Price, color bearers, Hershell Conley and James A. Phillips, color guard; rifle squad, Robert Cottle, Harold Davis, Beecher Hayden, Leonard Music, A. L. Porter, Jr., Ernie Green, Heber F. Ward, and Russell Spears; pallbearers, Kenneth Borders, W. L. Riggsby, Guy Meade, Bill Litteral, Clarence Salyers, Bob Wells, Benny Fairchilds, and Gervin Ward. The Paintsville Herald Thursday Jan. 16, 1947
OBITUARY Private First Class Samuel Webb was born August 2, 1927 at Paintsville, Ky. The first of seven sons of Dugan Webb and Eunice Arms Webb. He departed this life in Landsburg, Germany, Dec. 14, 1946 while serving his country. Age 19 years, 4 months and twelve days. "Buddy" or "Dugan" as he was often called by those who knew him, attended the Meade Memorial School and for two years was employed by the C & O Railway as telegraph operator. He entered the United States Army to serve his country Jan. 29, 1946. To know "Buddy" was to love him. He lived a short life but a clean, honest one. His thoughts were always of a serious nature even tho the was young. Buddy was affectionate to his mother continually showing his love for her. He was an obedient son to his father and mother and always the loving, kind brother to his smaller brothers at home. We realize that the Lord has a plan for this world and is now making his preparations for the great reunion of all and this is only part of God's plan. Buddy gave his life for his country and greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. He leaves to mourn his passing father and mother and four brothers, Lowell, Elwood, Milo and Phillip, all at home and two infant brothers, preceded him in death. The Paintsville Herald Thursday Jan. 30, 1947
WILLIAMS, Sara
1946
Mrs. Sara Williams Dies At Thealka
Mrs. Sara Williams, 82, widely known resident of the county, died Monday at her home at Thealka following a lingering illness. Funeral services were conducted at the home, Rev. F. F. Rigsby, Rev. Seldon Lewis and Rev. Leonard Walters officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery at Rockhouse by the Preston Funeral Home. Mrs. Williams was a kind and loving wife and mother and devoted to her home and children. She was active in church and community work and will be sadly missed. She was twice married, both husbands having preceded her in death. She is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Rosa Salyers, Mrs. Bessie Parker, and Mrs. Hazel Preston, all of Thealka, Mrs. Ellie Wallen of Waverly, Ohio, Mrs. Neva Salyers of Flat Gap, Mrs. Cora Mahan of Louisville, and Mrs. Stella Dye of Osborn, Ohio; three sons, Bert Dixon of Thealka, Irvin Dixon of Glo, and Kenneth Dixon of Beaver, Ohio; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday  December 12, 1946
WILLIAMS, Tom
1946
Tom Williams, 70, Of Flat Gap, Dies
Tom Williams, 70, Of Flat Gap, died Christmas Day at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Allen Wells, in Paintsville. He had been in failing health for several months. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Wells and Mrs. Loretta Williams of Flat Gap; two sons, Dean Williams of Staffordsville and Maurice Williams, county agent at Booneville, Ky., one sister, Mrs. Lum Salyers of Flat Gap; a brother, Dallas Williams of Volga, several half-brothers and half-sisters, and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 27 at the home at Flat Gap and interment was in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday  January 2, 1947

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