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JANUARY - 1948


BLAIR, Jasper
1948
JASPER BLAIR KILLED FRIDAY IN LEGION HALL
Veteran Shot Seven  Times
Three To Face Grand Jury
Jasper Blair, 28, Veteran of World War II, was killed Friday when he was shot seven times in the American Legion Hall here. Junior Dean Conley, step-brother of Blair, Press Ratliff, and Ratliff’s son, Reece Ratliff, 24, have been arrested and bound over to the grand jury in the slaying. Conley was taken to the Prestonsburg jail for “safe-keeping” and the two Ratliff men who waived examining trial, and were held under $20,000 bond each, were removed to the jail at Salyersville. Conley also waived examining trial. An autopsy performed Sunday showed that Blair had an argument over a small amount of money that morning, and Blair had threatened Conley with a knife at that time. According to Chief of Police W. B. Bailey, Conley then left town but returned later. The three being held were inside the Legion Hall when Blair came in. There was very little argument between Conley and Blair before the shooting began and Blair was unarmed except for a small knife he was carrying, Bailey said. After the slaying, Conley started walking to his horse and was arrested on the way. He did not implicate the Ratliff’s in the shooting, it was stated. Eight witnesses in the Legion Hall at the time confirmed that the two other men were with Conley. The two Ratliff men were arrested on Monday. Blair is survived by his wife, Mrs. Beulah Blair, one small daughter, Linda Lou, his parents Greene Blair and Mrs. Mary Jackson Blair, city; two brothers and five sisters, Walter and Frank, city, Mrs. Ruby Hamilton, and Mrs. Sylvia Roberts, both of Thealka, Mrs. Lizzie Collins, Mrs. Corey Cantrell and Mrs. Betty Stumbo all of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the Preston Funeral Home for the victim on Monday afternoon with the Rev. Leonard Walters in charge. Both Conley and Reece Ratliff are World War II veterans. Blair was a carpenter by trade. Atty. E. L. Allen of Prestonsburg has been retained as legal  counsel for Conley. M. O. Wheeler will assist the Commonwealth in the prosecution. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-29-1948

 

BRANHAM, Nancy Elmira (Arrowood)
1948
Nancy Elmira Branham, 74, died Sunday night at 10 p.m. at River of pneumonia and other complications. She is the daughter of the late George and Samantha Dillingham Arrowood, and had been a member of the United Baptist Church since she was 16 years of age. Surviving are her husband, S. W. Branham and three children, Arnold Branham, Williamson, W. Va, Mrs. Lily Stapleton, Estill, Ky, and Mrs. Melvina Crider, city. Funeral services were held at the home on January 6 by Rev.  F. F. Riggsby and Rev. Cully Sparks. Burial was made in the family cemetery at River. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jan.08 1948

 

BROWN, Minnie (Daniel)
1948
Mrs. G. M. Brown Dies at Volga
Funeral Services Held January 20
Mrs. Minnie Brown, 67, wife of George M. Brown, died at her home at Volga at 5:30 a.m., Sunday, January 18, after an illness of several years. Mrs. Brown was born at Nippa, Ky., June 26, 1880, the daughter of Joseph and Sally Harmon Daniel.  She was a prominent and respected member of the community in which she had lived for 30 years. She is survived by her husband and six children; two daughters, Mrs. Everett Lemaster  of Dwale, Ky., and Mrs. Cecil Hitchcock of Volga, Ky., four sons, Charles, Clyde, Claude, and Clarence.  Surviving also are her aged mother, Mrs. Sally Daniel of Nippa, three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Grimm of Stambaugh, and Mrs. Julia Arrowood of Van Lear and two brothers, Milt Daniel of Nippa and Arthur Daniel of Sitka. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 20, by Rev. Harry Salyer.  Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-29-1948

 

CONLEY, Everett Dr.
1948
Body of 55- Year Old Physician Found In Creek
Blow On Head And Exposure Cause Death
Mystery surrounds the death of Dr. Everett Conley, 55, of Cleveland, Ohio, native of Johnson County, who was found dead at 2 P. M. Saturday on Higway No. 23, one-half mile north of Chandler Camps. The body, discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Charles De Board of Lowmansville and partly submerged in the waters of Georges Creek. Dr. Henry S. Young, Lawrence County coroner, conducted an inquest at the scene and the coroner's jury decided that Dr. Conley had died as a result of being struck by a soft instrument and exposure.  An autopsy was performed by Dr. Paul Hall and Dr. John Turner after the body was brought here for burial.  Both stated that Dr. Conley had been struck on the head. Dr. Hall said the blow on the head was probably struck by a hammer, but it was not severe enough to have killed Dr. Conley, although it could have stunned him.  He added that the physician apparently died of exposure. Frank Conley of the Paintsville Furniture Company, an uncle of Dr. Conley, said he believed his nephew had a large sum of money in his possession while making the trip to visit relatives here. "Dr. Conley recently closed his office in Cleveland and sold all his equipment," Mr. Conley said.  "He always carried a lot of money with him and I believe he had the receipts from his office sale when he made the trip." He explained his nephew, who was a specialist, had been in ill health.  He said Dr. Conley was scheduled to arrive Friday and he was supposed to meet him.  He also stated that his luggage was missing and that no trace of the physician had been found after he left the Hotel Ventura.  Only $23.00 was found in Dr. Conley's possession. Bus Ticket Found Mr. Conley said he called an Ashland hotel and learned that Dr. Conley had just checked out.  A bus ticket to Paintsville was in Dr. Conley's possession when he was found.  Mr. Conley speculated that Dr. Conley had either taken a taxi or was given a ride by a stranger. Dr. Conley was born at Paintsville, a son of Millard D. and Louisa Johnson Conley. He was graduated from the Louisville School of Medicine in 1917.  He had practiced medicine in Cleveland for 27 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Grace Conley, one son, Howard Conley, Cleveland, two sisters, Mrs. Norma Ferguson, city and Mrs. Tom Treadway, Springfield, Mo., two brothers, Brook and Leck of this county. Funeral services were held January 6 at the Paintsville Funeral home by Rev. C. D. Harsh and Rev. Scott Castle. Internment was made by the side of his father and mother in the family cemetery at Staffordsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-08-1948

 

COX, J.Nathan
1948
Johnson County Man Dies In West
J. N. (Nathan) Cox, a native of Flat Gap, passed away January 3, 1948 at the age of 79 years at his home in Wanathcee, Wash. Mr. Cox left this county for the West about forty five years ago.  He went to Washington and took up a homestead on Badger Mountain, where he raised wheat for a number of years.  He then bought a fruit ranch in the Wanatchee Valley at the mouth of the Wanatchee River. Mr. Cox was widely known in that valley and was well liked by everyone.  He lived a devoted Christian life. He leaves to mourn his loss his dearly beloved wife, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Slack, two brothers, Enoch D. Cox of Buena Park, Calif., and Ben H. Cox of this city, two sisters, Mrs. Finetta Bond, Red Bush, and Mrs. Mary McKenzie, Everett, Wash.  He also leaves a host of friends. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-8-1948

 

DAVIS, John D
1948
Slate Fall Fatal To Local Man
John D. Davis, 47, Dies January 8 John D. Davis, 47, was killed instantly January 8, when he was crushed beneath a slate fall in a truck mine at Meally. Mr. Davis was the son of John H. and Fanny Davis. He was born on Indian Creek, Pike County, on March 3, 1900. He had been a miner for 30 years and had made many friends in this locality. A devoted husband and father, he was held in high esteem by his friends and neighbors. On March 24, 1920, he was united in marriage to Ethel Jennings who survives. Also surviving are the following children: Russell, Bowie, Texas; Sterling and Howard Vencil of Meally, Mrs. Hershell Fairchild, Staffordsville, Mrs. Earl Music, Meally, and Jean Carrol Davis, Meally, his aged mother who resides at Virgie and Spurlock Davis of Peebles, Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY, JAN 15, 1948

 

FIELDER, Fletcher
1948
Pneumonia Takes Fletcher H. Fielder
Mr. Fletcher Harmon Fielder, aged 79, died at 5 p.m. January 13 at his home here after a two week’s illness from pneumonia. Mr. Fielder had been a resident of Paintsville for 23 years and was co-owner of the Fielder-Albrecht Garage here. He was a prominent citizen and businessman and was well known in this locality. He was licensed in four states as embalmer and funeral director and although retired from this line of work he still kept his licenses in force. Mr. Fielder was born on May 24, 1868, the son of Dr. John R. and Harriet F. Deboard Fielder of Granada County, Miss. On August 7, 1918, he was married to Cora Schmuller at Farmington, Ky. He was a member of the Episcopal Church, the Masonic Lodge and I.O.O.F. Besides his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Walter F. Fielder of Holcome, Miss. And Sam Fielder of Charleston, Miss. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 16 at the Episcopal Church, Mayfield. Burial was made in the Mayfield Cemetery under the direction of Baker and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jan.22 1948

 

HAMILTON, William W.
1948
W. W. Hamilton Dies January 28
Funeral Services Held At Staffordsville William Wallace Hamilton, 63, better known as Billy, died January 25 at his home at Staffordsville after a long illness. Mr. Hamilton was well known in this county.  He was born July 18, 1879, the son of David and Edith Brown Hamilton, and was a member of a large family, 12 of whom survive.  He was married to pearl Hall on December 30, 1904, and ot this union was born ten children, nine of whom survive. Mr. Hamilton had been a member of the United Baptist Church at Staffordsville since 1921. Surviving besides his wife are the following children:  Mrs. Zora Margaret Smith, Red Bush, Dolpha, Pilceon, O., Mrs. Rosa Blevins, Columbus, O., Willis, Staffordsville, Claude, Staffordsville, Lowdon, Warsaw, Inc., and Pvt. Charles Hamilton, stationed in Georgia, William Wallace, Jr., Columbus, Ohio, and Jeanette at home. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  John, Jeff, Ben, Calhoun, Mrs. Miranda Williams, Mrs. Lizzie Pelphrey, Mrs. Julia Pendleton, Mrs. Edith Radineur, Mrs. Edna Daniels, Mrs. Sarah Hill, Mrs. Grace Meade, and Mrs. Ollie Williams. Funeral services were held at the Staffordsville Church on January 28.  Burial was made in the Staffordsville cemetery, under the direction of the Funeral Home at the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5 February 1948

 

HOLT, Mont F.
1948
MONT FREEMAN HOLT DIES JANUARY 15 1948
Mr. Mont Freeman Holt, 7?, died at his home at Glo, Ky., at 2:30 p.m. Januray 15, following an illness of about one year. Mr Holt was born in Lawrence County, October 20 1875, the son of Bernard and Mary Webb Holt. Mr Holt was employed by the Glo Glora Coal Company until last October when he was forced to resign because of his health. He is survived by his wife, Maude Preston Holt; three sons, Raymond B. Holt, of Columbus, Ohio; Mont Holt, Jr., with the U.S. Army in Germany, and Robert V. Holt of California; four sisters, Mrs Ruby Carter of Louisa, Ky; Mrs, Sue Cheap; Miss Pearl Holt; and Mrs. Fairy Hayes. Funeral sevvices were conducted in the Holiness Church at Glo, Ky., by Revs, Russell and Douglas Burchett at 10;00 a.m. SUnday January 18. Burial was in the Preston Cemetery on Davis Brandh. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jan.22 1948

 

HOWE, Verlie (Price)
1948
Mrs. Verlie Price Howe, 54, died at 9:40 pm, January 18, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Maria Meek, Concord, of cancer following an illness of two years. She was born March 23, 1905, at Meally, the daughter of Mrs. Meek and the late Bert Price.  She had made her home at Concord for the past four years and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. A sister, Mrs. Marie Crislip, preceded her in death August 21, 1951. Surviving besides her mother are four brothers, Virgil and Clarence Meek, both of Thealka; Authie Meek, Concord; one sister, Lorraine Reneer, Port Clinton, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 pm, Thursday, from the home of her mother, with Rev. C. C. Hall as officiating minister. Burial was at the family cemetery at Concord. Paintsville Herald January 27, 1960

 

JOHNSON, Califax
1948
Swamp Branch Man Passes January 14
Califax Johnson, 70, passed away at his home at Swamp Branch on January 14, following an illness of two weeks. He was the son of William and Arminta Suwards Johnson of the county, and he had lived in the Swamp Branch vicinity all his life. Mr. Johnson was a farmer and blacksmith. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Spradlin Johnson, one daughter, Mrs. Luther J. Conley, two sons, Darcy and Buel Johnson, all of Swamp Branch, one granddaughter, Sarah Lynn Baldridge, of East Point. Also surviving are two brothers, Mason and Robert Johnson of Denver, two sisters, Mrs. Albert Horne and Mrs. C. C. Rice of Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Friday afternoon by Rev. Hargus Conley and Rev. James Yates. Burial was made the family cemetery near the home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN 22, 1948

 

LITTERAL, Edward
1948
Edward Litteral, 27, Victim of Slate Fall
Edward Litteral, 27, died at 5:20 p. m. Tuesday, January 6, of a crushed chest received in a slate fall in a truck mine on Green Rock of Jennies Creek eight hours earlier. He died in a local hospital.  Litteral was the son of Mrs. Cora Litteral of Riceville, was a veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, one child, also one brother and two sisters, Tom Litteral, Miss Bethel Litteral and Mrs. Fay Hackworth all of Riceville. Funeral services were held Friday at 11 a. m. at the Freewell Baptist Church at Riceville by Rev. Scott Castle. The mine in which the accident occurred was owned by Gene Williams and J. Matt Sparkman, and had been in operation only a few days when the tragedy happened. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 8, 1948.

 

MEADE, Cora (Wells)
1948
Burns Fatal To Odds Woman
Mrs. Cora Wells Meade, 73, wife of Dr. Joe Meade of Odds, died Sunday evening in a local hospital of burns received Saturday when her clothing caught fire from an open grate at her home.  Mrs. Meade had been in ill health for several years. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wash Wells of Odds. Surviving besides her husband are one sister and six step-children. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Funeral Home of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 01-29-1948

 

MONTGOMERY, Mance, Jr.
1948
Child Burns To Death As Fire Destroys Home
Mance Montgomery, Jr., three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Manse Montgomery, was burned to death Sunday morning at two o’clock when the Montgomery home on Turkey Knob was destroyed by fire. It was reported that three of the children were at home at the time the fire started and the eldest, 11 years of age, carried one of the children to safety, but was unable to reach the victim. The cause of the fire, which also destroyed the home of Alvin Van Hoose, was not determined according to Fire Chief John H. Cottle. Due to the fact that there is no water supply in this section, very little could be done by the local fire department, said Mr. Cottle. The booster tank on the fire truck contains only 70 gallons of water and this supply was used on the Montgomery residence in an effort to remove the body of the Montgomery child Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the graveside on Tutor Key by Rev. Scott Castle. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN.  ????, 1948

 

ROBINSON, Rebecca (Music)
1948
Pneumonia Takes Rebecca Robinson
Mrs. Rebecca Robinson, 78, died January 22 after a short illness from pneumonia at her home near East Point. Mrs. Robinson was the daughter of the late Thomas M. and Melissa Wilson Music of the Little Paint vicinity in Floyd County. She had been in ill health for many years but her condition grew critical after she received a fall in her home several days ago. She is survived by her husband, Jim Robinson, three sons and five daughters, Ernest and Bascom, East Point; Arthur, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Mason Fitzpatrick, Leander; Mrs. Montgomery, Jones, Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. Jimmie Baldridge, Mrs. Raleigh Rice and Mrs. Newton Watkins, all of East Point. Also surviving are one brother and one sister, Grant Music, Florida, and Mrs. Anna Auxier, East Point Funeral services were held Saturday at the home by Rev. Moses Kitchen. Interment was made in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN 29, 1948

 

WARD, Bonnie G.
1948
WILLIAMSPORT CHILD DIES OF BRONCHIAL PNEUMONIA
Bonnie G. Ward, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeptha Ward of Williamsport, Ky., died in a local hospital at 9:00 A. M. Wednesday, January 14, of bronchial pneumonia. Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers, Clyde of the U. S. Army and Jeptha of Williamsport. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.    Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-15-48

 

WARD, Edith (Eckerle)
1948
Mrs. Eugene R. Ward Dies January 14
Mrs. Edith Ward, former resident of this city, and wife of Mr. Eugene R. Ward, president of the First National Bank of Williamson, W. Va., died in a Williamson hospital at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, of a cerebral hemorrhage. Mrs. Ward was the former Miss Edith Eckerle, daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Eckerle of Catlettsburg, Ky. Surviving in addition to her husband are one daughter, Jean, of New York City, and one sister, Mrs. H. H. Johnson, Sr., of Huntington, W. Va. Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning at Williamson and burial will be made in the Catlettsburg Cemetery Friday afternoon.  Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-15-1948

 

WEBB, Nelson
1948
Nelson Webb, 57, Kills Wife and Shoots Self
Van Lear Man Dies Monday in Logan Hospital
Nelson Webb, 47, Formerly of Van Lear, shot and killed his wife on January 24 in a restaurant in Logan, W. Va., then turned the gun on himself and fired it into his head. Webb died Monday in the Logan General Hospital.  Chief   Deputy. Carson Browning reported that a motive had been uncovered in the   double   shooting which occurred in the Brown Oak Inn in Logan where Mrs. Webb had worked as a waitress. A letter was found in which Webb stated that if his wife didn’t come to live with him, he would kill himself. The proprietor of the restaurant, Edward Abraham, told Browning he dismissed the woman after Webb came to the place several times and threatened to kill her. Mrs. Webb was eating in a booth in the inn with two friends when her former husband entered. Walking over to her, Webb said, “Come on outside, I want to talk to you.” “If you want to talk to me,” she replied, “You can do it here.” Browning said Webb then pulled out a German Luger and fired, hitting the woman in the heart. He then turned the gun on himself and fired a shot at his right temple and he bullet passed through the top of his head, Browning said. Mrs. Webb, who was about 30 years of age, was the former Amanda Elliott of Isonville Ky. She had divorce papers in her possession, which had been filed in Kentucky. Webb, who was a coal miner, was the brother of Garland, Elmon, and Jake Webb of Van Lear.             Paintsville Herald 1-29-1948

 
WETZEL, Cora (McDonald)
1948
Mrs. Fred Wetzel Dies January 21
Mrs. Fred Wetzel, 59, died at her home at Van Lear on January 21, following a long illness. She had been an invalid for the past two years. Mrs. Wetzel had been a resident of Van Lear for 22 years, moving there with her family in August 1925. She was a member of the Penecostal Church. Surviving besides her husband are five children, Richard and Paul, Van Lear, Raymond, Jenkins, Ky., Mrs. Edgar Stapleton, Van Lear, and Mrs. M.W. Myers, Tulsa, Okla. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church at Van Lear on Sunday, January 25, by Rev. E.L. Cyrus of Russell and Rev. G.R. Fannin of West Prestonsburg. Burial was made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery, city, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.

 OBITUARY Cora McDonald Wetzel, daughter of George and Matha Jane Comer McDonald, was born September 19, 1888, at Wellston, Ohio. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Fred Wetzel of Wellston, Ohio, March 20, 1904. To this union was born seven children, two sons of whom preceded her in death. Leaving to mourn her loss besides her husband, are the following children, Richard, at home, Raymond, Jenkins, Ky., Paul, Van Lear, Ky., Mrs. Edgar Stapleton at home, and Mrs. M.W. Myers, Tulsa, Okla. Surviving also are one sister, Mrs. Calvin Littlejohn, Brazil, Ind., seven grandchildren, and a host of friends and relatives. Her father, mother, four sisters, six brothers and two grandchildren preceded her in death. She was converted in the Holiness Church in her early married life. She left behind this testimony, she pleased God, saying that everything was under the Blood and she did not fear death. She departed this life January 21, 1948, at the age of 59 years, 4 months and 3 days. She was a wonderful wife and mother. Her favorite poem was: "God Answers Prayers" I know not by what methods rare But this I know, God answers  PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN 29 1948
 
WILLIAMSON, Mary Howe (McCloud)
1948
Long Illness fatal To Local Woman
Mrs. Mary Howe Williamson, 43, of this city, died at her home Friday, January 2, at  5:30 a. m. following an illness of several years. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Sue Frances Sublett  and Mrs. David Leon Williamson. Surviving also are her mother, Mrs. Nancy McCloud; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Fairchilds and Mrs. Fannie Jackson of this city, and Mrs. Ernestine Salyers of Barnetts Creek; two brothers, Earl McCloud and Richard McCloud of this city, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church Monday, January 5 at 1:30 p. m. by Revs. M. Wiley, Scott Castle and F. S. Van Hoose. Burial was in the family lot in the Turner Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 8, 1948

 
WITTEN, Nora
1948
Two Sisters Die Within A Week
Two sisters, Miss Nora Witten, 63, and Miss Stella Witten, 68, recently died at their home at Oil Springs less than one week apart. Miss Nora Witten died at 3 a.m., Thursday, January 22, following an illness of several months. Funeral services were held at the Oil Springs Methodist Church on Saturday, January 24 by Rev. J. H. Short and Rev. John N. Mostoller. Miss Stella Witten who had been an invalid for many years, died at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Short and Rev. Mostoller on January 29, at the Oil Springs Methodist Church. The sisters are survived by one sister, Mrs. Ed Dixon of Oil Springs and several nieces and nephews. Burial was made in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 29 January 1948

  
WITTEN, Stella
1948
Two Sisters Die Within A Week
Two sisters, Miss Nora Witten, 63, and Miss Stella Witten, 68, recently died at their home at Oil Springs less than one week apart. Miss Nora Witten died at 3 a.m., Thursday, January 22, following an illness of several months. Funeral services were held at the Oil Springs Methodist Church on Saturday, January 24 by Rev. J. H. Short and Rev. John N. Mostoller. Miss Stella Witten who had been an invalid for many years, died at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Short and Rev. Mostoller on January 29, at the Oil Springs Methodist Church. The sisters are survived by one sister, Mrs. Ed Dixon of Oil Springs and several nieces and nephews. Burial was made in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 29 January 1948



FEBRUARY - 1948

BOOTH, Gary
1948
BOOTH INFANT DIES
Gary Boothe, the one-year-old child of Mrs. Russell Boothe of White House, died Feb. 22, at his home.    Surviving besides his mother are several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Monday. Interment was made in the Osborn Cemetery near White House. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-26-1948

 
BROWN, Cora E. (Blanton)
1948
Rites Saturday For Cora E. Brown
Funeral services will be held Saturday at Riceville for Mrs. Cora E. Brown, 68 years old, who died February 25. She was the wife of Wesley Brown, who preceded her in death by seven months, Surviving are the following children: Alka Whitaker of Cave City, Ky., Alta Gilkerson of Barboursville,W. Va.,  Grace Carter of Chesapeake, Ohio, June Arms, Baltimore, Md., Hershell and Myrtle and Kathleen at home.   She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters, John D.  and James T.  Blanton,  of Owensboro,  George B. Blanton of Oil Springs, Mrs. Bruce Litteral, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Verner Blair of Asa and Mrs. Frank Arms of Portsmouth, O. Funeral services will be held at the resident.    Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-2-1948

 
HALL, Stella
1948
Stella Hall, 70, Dies Feb. 5
Stella Hall, 70, sister of Mrs. F. M. Webb and Mrs. M. P. Phillips of this city, died in a local hospital Thursday morning, February 5. She was born at Flat Gap, Ky., July, 1877, the daughter of J. P. Hall and Margaret Wheeler Hall. She joined the United Baptist Church at Bethel Pint Gap, Ky., in December 1899. Several years later she moved her membership to the United Baptist Church in this city, where she was a devoted member until her death. Her parents and one brother, Dick Henderson Hall, preceded her in death. She is survived by the following brothers and sisters: L S. Hall, London, Ohio; Ollney Hall, Beaver Valley, Ohio; Estill Hall, Staffordsville, Ky.; Mrs. William Hamilton, Staffordsville, Ky., with whom she made her home, Mrs. Cynthia Ferguson, Red Bush, Ky., Mrs. F. M. Webb, and Mrs. M. P. Phillips, of this city. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a. m. Saturday, February 7, at the United Baptist church by Revs. Willie McKenzie and F. F. Riggsby. Funeral was in the family cemetery at Flat Gap. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY, FEB 12, 1948

 
KIMBLETON, Thomas S.
1948
INFANT DIES FEBRUARY 29
Thomas S. Kimbleton, one-month-old son of Corvin and Martha Lemaster Kimbleton, died early Sunday, February 29, in a local hospital following a three-day illness of bronchial pneumonia. Besides his parents, he is survived by one brother. The body was removed to the home of the grandmother at Staffordsville and funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a. m., Monday, March 1, in the United Baptist Church. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 1948

   
LITTERAL, Carnola Jane "Nola" (Salyers)
1882-1947
Salvation Army Officer Died Last Night
 Mrs. Nola Jane Salyers Litteral, 64, an officer at the Ashland Salvation Army Citadel, died last night at 9:15 o'clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs. William Greene, 126 McKnight Street, West Fairview Ashland, following an illiness of six months. She was born March 14, 1882, in Johnson Co., Ky, a daughter of the late Green and Lydia Rice Salyers. The body was removed to the Miller Funeral Home and will remain there. Friends may call after 6:30 p. m. today. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Woodrow Williams, West Fairview; four sons, George B., and Charles T. Litteral, Ashland; Richard P. Litteral, West Fairview, and Victor Litteral, of Charleston, W. Va., two sisters, Mrs. Cora Spriggs, Garrett, Ky., and Mrs Ruth Evans, Sherman, Texas; four brothers, Ben, Jess and William Salyers, St. Louis, Mo., and Hysell Salyers, Sherman, Texas, and five grandchildren. ASHLAND, (KY.) DAILY INDEPENDENT SATURDAY EVENING FEBRUARY 8, 1947

NOTE:According to my grandmother's death certificate: She died on 6 Feb 1947, and was buried on 10 Feb 1947, Ashland, KY. She was 64 years old.
 
She married Joseph P "Joe" Litteral, on 15 March 1899, in Johnson Co., KY. They were divorced, for some time, prior to their deaths.
 
The article mentions her two daughters, my aunts. They are: Mrs. (William F) Greene is Vera A Litteral, and Mrs. (Woodrow Wilson) Williams is Pansy Viola Litteral. Submitted by: Larry Litteral Feb 2005


 
MAY, Annie Laurie (Brown)
1948
Heart Attacks Takes Annie Laurie May
Mrs. Annie Laurie May, widow of Beverly C. May, onetime Floyd County Judge, and one of Prestonsburg's best loved women, succumbed at her Third Street residence on February 11, fifteen minutes after suffering a heart attack.  She was eighty years old. Mrs. May had suffered a slight illness on the preceeding night, but her condition was apparently improved during the following day until the sudden seizure came. A daughter of Elijah Brown and Margaret Richmond Auxier, she was born and reared at Auxier, near the Block House Bottom in this county.  Since her marriage in 1889 she had resided in Prestonburg and vicinity, and her friends and relatives extended throughout a wide area of Eastern Kentucky.  Her husband preceeded her in death 19 years ago.  Mrs. May had been a member of the Methodist Church since girlhood. Surviving her are one son, W.J. May, and three daughters, Mrs. F.C. Hall, Mrs. H.G. Francis and Miss Anna Laura May, all of Prestonburg.  One sister, Mrs. Alex M. Spradlin, also survives. Mrs. May was a sister of the late James W. Auxier of this city, and she has many relatives in Johnson County. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-19-1948

 
MCKENZIE, Lydia (Butler)
1948
Lydia McKenzie Dies February 10
Rites Held Thursday For Woman, 82
Mrs. Lydia McKenzie, 82, passed away Tuesday, February 10, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Kerns at Tutor Key, Ky.  Mrs. McKenzie had been ill for some time. She was the daughter of George W. and Atha Jane Butler of this county, who preceeded her in death many years ago.  In early life she was married to William McKenzie who preceeded her in death seven year ago.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and lived a devoted Christian life.  Her interest in worshipping her Saviar was an inspiration to those who knew her. She is survived by the following sons and daughters, Everett L. and James Robert of Ashland, Ky., Norris of Louisa, Ky., and Mrs. Roy VanHoose and Mrs. Clarence Kerns of Tutor Key, Ky.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Ella Butler, of Paintsville, Mrs. Fred Meade, of Cattlettsburg, and one brother, Gus Butler of River.  She also leave to mourn her loss 35 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral service was conducted Thursday, February 12, at the Freewill Baptist Church here by Revs. Claude Preston and William Moore. Internment was in the Butler cemetery at Little Mud Lick. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-19-1948

 
MEADE, John Riggs
1948
John Riggs Meade Dies February 25
Rites Friday For Oil Springs Man
John Riggs Meade, 67, died at 4:32 a. m. Wednesday, February 25, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Belle Blanton, at Oil Springs, Ky. Mr. Meade was a well-known resident of the county, although he had been an invalid for the past thirty years. He was an uncle of Attorney Fred Meade, formerly of this city. His wife, Kala Meade, preceded him in death on December 5, 1947. He is survived by the following: Mrs. Jenny Lynn Nickell, Kenova, W. Va., Mrs. Mamie, Blanton, Mrs. Anna Webb, Mrs. Fanny Blanton, and Frank Meade, all of Oil Springs, Ky., Mrs. Mary Castle of this city, and Mrs. Ruth Kirkly, Baltimre. Surviving also are a brother, Lindsey, of Sitka, 22 grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held at the Oil Springs Methodist Church at 2:00 P. M. Friday, February 27. Burial will be beside his wife in the Litteral cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 1948

 OBITUARY John Riggs Meade was born July 13, 1979, died February 25, 1948, age 68 years, 7 months and 12 days. He was the son of Robert A. and Katherine Litteral Meade, who preceded him in death many years ago, Early in life he was converted and became a member of the Christian Church and remained a faithful member until his death. He was united in marriage to Kala Litteral and to this union was born eight children, seven daughters and one son. They are Mrs. Roy Nickell, Kenova, W. Va., Mrs. Grover Blanton, Mrs. Ozie Webb, Mrs. Raymond Blanton and Frank Meade all of Oil Springs, Mrs. Cecil Kirkley, Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. Herschel Castle of Paintsville, Ky. One daughter, Mrs. Malva Litteral, died in 1933. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Mahan, Oil springs, and Mrs. Fred Williams of Dayton, Ohio, and one brother, L. L. Meade of Sitka, Ky. He leaves a host of friends  and relatives to mourn. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY M ARCH 11, 1948

 
MINIX, R. C.
1948
Former Resident of City Found Dead In Bed
R. C. Minix, father of Maurice and Herman L. Minix, and former resident of Paintsville, was found dead in bed at his home in Salyersville early yesterday morning. Mr. Minix was in business here for several years before moving to Salyersville eight years ago, and he was widely known throughout the county. Mr. Minix was born in Magoffin County on February 18, 1876, the son of Noah and Louella Howard Minix. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Florence Arnett Minix; two sons, Maurice Minix and Herman L. Minix of Paintsville; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas May of Prestonsburg, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by four sisters and one half-brother, Colfax Minix of Royalton. Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Friday at the home in Salyersville. Interment will be made in the family cemetery in Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 26, 1948

 
MURRAY, Sarah Jane (Johnson)
1948
Resident of Kerz Dies in Ashland
Sarah Jane Murray, 86, widow of the late John Murray, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Luther Stambaugh, at Ashland, Ky., early Sunday morning, February 1, following an illness of five months. Mrs. Murray, a former resident of Kerz, had made her home with her daughter in Ashland for the past year. Mrs. Murray, daughter of Case and Nellie Vanover Johnson, was born in Wise, Va. She had been a member of the United Baptist since she was 17 years of age. Surviving besides her daughter, Mrs. Stambaugh, are the following children: Mr. P. A. Welch of Ashland, Mrs. Henry Church of Kenova, W. Va., Mrs. Glenn McKenzie of Kerz, and William Harlan Murray of Ashland. The body was returned to Kerz on Monday by the John Steen Funeral Home of Ashland and funeral services were held at the home on February 3 with the Rev. Bruce Daniel officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB 12, 1948

     
PRESTON, Frank A.
1948
FRANK A. PRESTON, 77, DIES AT GEORGES CREEK
Frank A. Preston, 77, died at his home on Georges Creek February 26. Mr. Preston was the son of Mose and Martha Van Hoose Preston. He was born at Henrietta, Ky., but had lived at Georges Creek the past fifty years. His wife, Ellen Leslie Preston, preceded him in death in 1912. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. T. B. Bailey of Blaine, Mrs. James I. Slone of Columbus, O.,  and Miss Mabel Preston at home; one son, J. K Preston of Georges Creek, and six sisters, Mrs. Ison Daniel of Paintsville, Mrs. Bill Borders of Cincinnati, Mrs. Ida Ramey of Ashland, Mrs. Babe Preston of Georges Creek, Mrs. Nan Walters of Williamsport, and Mrs. Julie Niebert of Wichita, Kansas. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Borders Chapel on Georges Creek. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery on Georges Creek. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 04, 1948

     
PRESTON, Mrs.Warren (Reynolds)
1948
MRS. WARREN H. PRESTON
Stroke Fatal to Local Woman Rites Friday for Mrs. Warren Preston
Mrs. Warren H. Preston, 70, native of Johnson County, died at her home at 51 Bridgeford Tuesday after suffering a stroke a few days earlier.  She had been in ill health for the past seven or eight years. Mrs. Preston had lived in Paintsville for the past 51 years except for a short time when she moved with her husband to Pikeville.  They returned to Paintsville three months ago. She was born November 27, 1877, the daughter of George and Charity Reynolds of the Toms Creek section.  She had been a member of the Methodist Church for several years. On November 7, 1897, she was married to Mr. Preston who survives.  Also surviving are two daughters and one son, Mrs. Dock P. Smelley, city, Mrs. J. A. Hager, Prestonsburg, and Russell P. Preston, Ashland. Funeral services will be held at the residence on Friday afternoon by Rev. C. D. Harah. Interment will be made in the Preston Cemetery, city. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12, 1948

    
REED, James
1948
James Reed, 72, retired miner who worked for the Consolidation Coal Company for more than thirty years, died at his home in Upper Van Lear about 6:00 a. m. Sunday, February 29, following an illness of several years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Oma Cantrell Reed and several children. Funeral services were held at 10:00 Wednesday, March 3, at the home by Revs. Elzie Banks and John Crum. Burial was in the family cemetery. Later services will be held on Memorial Day. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-4-1948

      
ROTHWELL, Danny
1948
Day-Old Infant Dies
Danny Rothwell, one-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Rothwell, Jr., of Stambaugh, died Monday, February 2. Funeral and burial services were conducted Tuesday, February 3 at Stambaugh. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-5-1948

      
SALYER, Cranston
1948
Death Takes Kerz Man
Cranston Salyer, 54, an employee of the Consolidation Coal Company for over thirty years, died at 2:15 p.m. at his home at Kerz, Ky., Thursday, February 19. He had been in ill health for the past year, but his condition was not considered serious until the Sunday night before his death.He is survived by his wife, Mrs.Virgie Murray Salyer, and two sons, Harold of Martin, Ky., and Howard Russell of this city. His aged father, James H. Salyer, who made his home with him, also survives and three brothers, Estill,  Kerz; Ralph of this city, and Oscar of Wabash, Ind. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:00 P. M. Sunday, February 22, by Rev. Edward Salyer. Burial was in the family cemetery near the home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-26-1948

     
SALYERS, Grettie (Williams)
1948
Aged Flat Gap Woman Dies February 20
Mrs. Grettie Williams Salyers, 76, died Friday at her home at Flat Gap following a stroke. She had been in ill health for several months. Mrs. Salyers was married to H. C. (Lum) Salyers on August 31, 1889. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church at Bethel since April 13, 1913. Surviving besides her husband are the following children: Mrs. Hollie Williams, Mrs. Irvin Conley, Mrs. Conn Ross, Mrs. Doin Williams, Ross Salyers, and Ralph Salyers. She  is survived also by 20 grandchildren, seven great-grand-children, and two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were held at the home by Rev. Lonza Reed on Sunday. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Flat Gap. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-26-1948

   
SCARBERRY, Mary (Saddler)
1948
Mary Scarberry, 53  widow of Elwood Scarberry, and lifelong resident of Nippa, died at 7:55 A. M., Tuesday, February 3, in a local hospital after a week’s illness. She was the daughter of Elliot Saddler and Priscilla Akers Saddler of Nippa and was a respected and beloved member of her community.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lucy Woods, who made her home with her mother, five grandchildren, and several sisters.   Funeral services  were conducted by Revs. Millard Van Hoose and W. L. Hopper at 1:30 p. m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa. Burial was in the Castle Cemetery near the church. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-5-1948

 
SPARKS, Harry T
1948
Sparks Infant Dies
Harry Thomas Sparks, 6-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. McKinley Sparks of Prestonsburg, Ky., died at 7:00 P. M. in a local hospital Tuesday, February 24, following a short illness. Surviving besides the parents are several brothers and sisters, The body was removed to the home of the parents in Prestonsburg Wednesday and will be returned here for funeral services Friday. The services will be conducted at the United Baptist Church at 10:00 A. M. Burial will be in the Sparks family cemetery at Franks Creek. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-26-1948

 
WARD, Jeff
1948
Boons Camp Man Dies Suddenly
Jeff Ward 34, timberman of Boons Camp died suddenly February 21, 1948 He was the son of Mr. Alex Ward and had been a resident of Boons Camp all of his life. He was affiliated with the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mae Price Ward, seven small children, and six brothers and sisters., Mrs Dora Adams, Louisa, Mrs Maud Adams, Louisa, Miss Nancy Ward, Boons Camp, Mrs Stella Stanaford, Boons Camp, Mr Hansford Ward, Boons Camp, and Willie Ward, Louisa. Funeral services were conducted by Rev Leonard Walters at 1:PM Tuesday February 24. Burial was in the Boons Camp Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-26-1948

   
WARD, Stella (Walker)
1948
Mrs. Stella Ward Victim Of Heart Ailment
Local Woman Dies Suddenly February 14
Mrs. Stella Walker Ward, 73, wife of Police Judge Dan W. Ward and one of the city’s most respected and best-loved women, died at her home on Second Street at 12:45 p.m., Satuday, February 14, of a heart ailment.  Mrs. Ward had been ill for the past three months, but her sudden death came as a great shock to her family and friends. Mrs. Ward was born in Paintsville September 9, 1874, the daughter of John Wesley and Rebecca Vaughan Walker, members of two of Johnson County’s most prominent families. Her relatives and friends extended throughout a wide area of Eastern Kentucky.  She was married to Dan W. Ward of Inez, Ky., on February 16, 1893, at the age of 18. They resided in Inez for a couple of years and then moved to Catlettsburg for a short period, after which they returned to this city where Mr. Ward became engaged in the mercantile business. Mrs. Ward’s life was one of devoted Christian services.  She was a lifelong member of the First Methodist Church and was interested and active in all matters pertaining to its spiritual development and growth. Surviving besides her husband are three children:  two daughters, Mrs. Freda Willoughby of Louisa, Mrs. James A. Ramsey of Pikeville, and one son, Mr. E. R. Ward of Williamson, W. Va.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. John W. Preston and Mrs. Rell Preston both of this city, and three grandchildren, Mr. C. P. Willoughby of this city, Miss Rebecca Sue Ramsey of Pikeville, and Miss Jean Ward of New York City.  Two brothers, Will and Theodore, preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted in the First Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 16, by Rev. Clarence W. Krebs, assisted by Rev. C. D. Harsh. Pallbearers were:  Mr. J. Douglas Turner, Mr. George C. Perry, Mr. Howard Frall, Mr. Irvin Rice, Mr. Dan Wheeler, Mr. C. Williams, and Mr. Earl Davis of Williamson, W. Va. Burial was in the Wells Cemetery in Bridgeford. Paintsville Herald Thursday 19 February 1948

   
WELLS, Bobbie
1948
Slate Fall Fatal To Bobbie Wells
Bobbie Wells, 49, who was injured in a slate fall near Jenkins, Ky., Wednesday, February 11, died a couple of days later in a Jenkins Hospital. Mr. Wells was a native of Johnson County and had moved near Jenkins where he was operating a truck mine. He is survived by his wife, one son, one step-daughter and one step-son. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs J. B. Fraley of Van Lear, Ky., and one brother, Arlie Wells of Meally, a step-father, W. K. Arrowood of Meally, a half-sister, Mrs. Nola Jennings of Drift, Ky., and two half-brothers, Willie Arrowood of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Estill Arrowood of Tennessee. Funeral service were conducted at the United Baptist Church at Buffalo at 10:30 a. m., Tuesday, February 17 by Revs. Moore of Louisa and W. L. Hooper.  Burial was in the Price Family Cemetery at Buffalo. Paintsville Herald Thursday 02-19-1948

   
WELLS, James H.
1948
Death Takes James. H. Wells
Johns Creek Man Dies Wednesday
James H. Wells, 78, of Johns Creek, died at 4:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 4, in the Prestonsburg General Hospital following an illness of several months. Mr. Wells was a well known and prominent farmer in the Johns Creek section where he spent his life. He is survived by his wife, Launa Goble Wells, and seven children; four daughters, Mrs. Angie Honeycutt, Mrs. Anna B. Burchett, Esta Mae Wells, all of Auxier, and Mrs. Evaline Irene Wells of West Van Lear; three sons, Paris Lee Wells of Auxier, John Kelly Wells of Prestonsburg, and Fred Arthur Wells of Lancer, Ky. One son, Herbert Allen, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at the home on Johns Creek at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 8.  Burial will be in the Wells family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday February 5, 1948

    
WILLIAMSON, Freelin
1948
Van Lear Youth Dies In Crash
Two Hurt As Car Leaves Road Sunday
Freelin Williamson, 18, star basketball player at Van Lear, Ky., high school was injured fatally Sunday at 2:45 a. m. when the auto in which he  was a passenger hit a bump and ran off the highway at Georges Creek, about 10 miles beyond Louisa. Leonard Barker, driver of the car, was slightly injured and Kenneth Preston, a passenger, received critical injuries and was removed to the Paintsville hospital. Pat Brickley, the vehicle’s other occupant, was not injured. Dr. Henry S. Young, the Lawrence County coroner, said Williamson died of a broken neck and crushed chest and that Preston suffered a compound fracture of the left leg, cuts and bruises on the head and a crushed chest. He added that Barker received only minor cuts and bruises on the head and was dismissed from the Louisa hospital after undergoing treatment. The coroner asserted that Brickley told him the following version of the tragedy: The group, all residents of Van Lear, had started to Huntington, W. Va., but when it was discovered that there was something wrong with the automobile they turned around and headed back to Van Lear. When they were crossing the bridge at Georges Creek the auto hit a bump causing it to weave and go over a 40-ft. fill and turn over three times. All were thrown from the car with the exception of Brickley. Funeral services for Mr. Williamson, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Aulden Williamson, were held at 2 p. m. at the residence. Surviving are the parents, four sisters and two brothers. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB. 5, 1948



MARCH - 1948


ANDERSON, Mrs. John
1948
Mother of Local Woman Dies Monday
Mrs. John Anderson, 57, of Pikeville, mother of Mrs. Cyrus H. Cooper, City, died at 9 a.m. Monday in a Pikeville hospital. Mrs. Anderson had been in ill health the past eight years. Her death resulted from pneumonia which followed a paralytic stroke. Surviving besides her husband are four daughters and two sons, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Erroll Cooper, Lexington; Mrs. Walter Young, Lexington; Mrs. G. C Fluty II, Winchester, John Anderson Jr., Lexington, and Woodrow Anderson, Louisville. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Wednesday in Pikeville. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Pikeville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-25-1948

 
BALDWIN, JOHN
1948
Word has been received here that John Baldwin, former resident of this city, died at 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Baldwin had been making his home with his son, Fred, in that city for the past two years. The body will be returned here and taken to the home of his brother, Fred Baldwin, where funeral services will be conducted Friday. Paintsville Herald 3-4-48

 
CLARK, Margie (Hyden)
1948
Margie Clark, 60 Dies of Heart Ailment March 27
Van Lear Woman Was Sister Of  Mrs. Jack Crutcher
Mrs. Margie Clark, 60, sister of Mrs. Jack Crutcher of this city, died at 8:10 A. M., Saturday, March 27, at her home in Van Lear of a heart ailment and other complications of several years duration. She was born at Van Lear January 27, 1888, the daughter of Tive and Nettie Hyden, members of two of Johnson County's prominent families.  She was married to Morgan Clark of Van Lear about twenty-five years ago.  Mrs. Clark was a loyal and devoted member of the Christian Church. Besides her husband she is survived by four sisters; Mrs. R. M. Akers, Kermit, W. Va., Mrs. Alex Webb, Graves Branch, Ky., Mrs. Jack Crutcher, city, and Mrs. Arthur Strong, Cincinnati, Ohio, one brother, Glen Hobson, Tucon, Arizona, also survives. Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 10:00 A. M., Monday, March 29, by Revs. S. C. Honeycutt and J. H. Short. Burial was in the family cemetery near Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-01-1948

 
CRUM, Sally Ann (Dutton)
1948
Boons Camp Woman Dies
Heart Ailment Takes Mrs. Ben Crum
Mrs. Salley Ann Crum. 65, died at her home at Boons Camp on March 8. She had been ill for several months. Mrs. Crum was the daughter of George and Anna Meek Dutton. On March 3, 1904 she was married to Ben Crum who survives. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the following sons and daughters, Johnnie Crum, Junior Crum, James L. Crum, all of Boons Camp, Melvin Crum, Pontiac, Mich., Mrs. Pearl Jordan, Elnor, W. Va. Three sisters and two brothers also survive: Telitha Ghost, Kenova, W. VA., Maggie Wallen McAndrews, Ky, Rosa Mollette, Boons Camp, John Dutton, Weeksbury, and Joe Dutton, Meally. Funeral services were held WEdnesday at the home by Rev. John Crum and Rev. Leonard Walters. Burial was made in the home cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-1-1948
 
Woman Dies Heart Ailment Takes Mrs. Ben Crum Mrs. Sally Ann Crum, 65, died at her home at Boons Camp on March 8.  She had been ill for several months with a heart ailment. Mrs. Crum was the daughter of George and Anna Meek Dutton.  On March 3, 1904, she was married to Ben Crum who survives. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the following sons and daughters, Johnnie Crum, Junior Crum, James L. Crum, all of Boons Camp, Melvin Crum, Pontiac, Mich., Mrs. Elan Perry, Van Lear, Mrs. Anna Brake, Pontiac, Mich., Mrs. Pearl Jordon, Elnor, W. Va.  Three sisters and two brothers also survive, Telitha Ghost, Kenova, W. Va., Maggie Wallen, McAndrews, Ky., Rosa Mollette, Boons Camp, John Dutton, Weeksbury, and Joe Dutton, Meally. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home by Rev. John Crum and Rev. Leonard Walters.   Burial was made in the home cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-11-1948

 
DANIEL, Sarah Ann ()
1948
95-Year Old Woman Dies at Nippa Tuesday
Sarah Ann Daniel, 95, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jennie Saddler, at Nippa. Tuesday, March 8 at 8 a.m. Mrs. Daniel had been in her usual health until about a week before her death. She was the widow of Joseph Daniel, who preceded her in death about twenty-five years ago. She is survived by five children: three daughters, Mrs. Jennie Saddler, Mrs. Malta Grimm, Mrs. Julia Arrowood, Van Lear, and two sons, Milton at home and Artho of  Sitka. Surviving also are two sisters, Mrs. Julia VanHoose, Nippa, and Mrs. Frankie Bellamy of Jenkins, Ky. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at Sycamore at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday, March 10, by Revs. Claude Preston and Scott Castle. Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY. MARCH 11, 1948

 
HOWARD, Luther
1948
FORMER RESIDENT DIES IN ASHLAND
Luther Howard, 69, former resident of this city who has resided in Ashland the past several years died last week at his home following an illness of several years. Mr. Howard was born in Magoffin County March 27, 1878, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Howard. He lived here for about twenty years before moving to Ashland. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jess Gentry and Mrs. Fronia Taylor, Ashland; two sons, Burns and Henry Howard, city; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Hensley, city, and seventeen grandchildren. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR 25, 1948

 
JOHNSON, Otto E Dr
1948
Heart Attack Fatal To Dr. O. E. Johnson
Burial Made Wednesday At Lebanon Junction
Dr. Otto Earle Johnson, 64, well known physician, died suddenly at 5:15 P. M. Saturday, March 27, at his home in Bridgeford Addition following a heart attack. Dr. Johnson was born in Lebanon Junction, Ky., July 23, 1884, the son of John Johnson. He was graduated from the University of Louisville in 1904 and began his practice in Lebanon Junction He later moved to Johnson County where he resided and practiced for many years, serving as County Coroner here for eight years. Dr. Johnson served his country as a major during World War I. He was affiliated with the Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Parolee Lancaster Johnson and three children to a former marriage: Juanita Johnson Williams, James and Wallace Johnson, all of Louisville. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Edith Thomas, city, and two brothers, C. E. Johnson, Indianapolis, Ind., and Kevin Johnson, Piqua, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the Preston Funeral Home at 2:00 P. M. Tuesday, March 30 by Rev. E. Webb. Burial was made Wednesday, March 31, at Lebanon Junction, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APRIL 1, 1948

 
KAZEE, Addie (Hayes)
1948
Mrs. Addie Kazee Dies Wednesday
Mrs. Addie Kazee, 60, widow of John Kazee, was found dead in her bed at Tutor Key Wednesday, March 24. Mrs. Kazee had  visited neighbors about 7:00 the night before and apparently was in as good health as she had been  for  some time. The neighbors became alarmed the next morning when they failed to observe smoke coming from the chimney of Mrs. Kazee’s residence. Knowing her habit of early rising, they investigated and found that she had died some time during the night. She is survived by two sons, Dennis Daniel and Randall Daniel, both of this city, and four sisters, Mrs. Flem Griffith and Mrs. Byron Van Hoose, city;  Mrs. Walter Ward, Tutor Key, and Mrs. Don Dixon, Ashland. One brother, B. Hayes of Catlettsburg also survives. A son, Rudolph Daniel, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be conducted by the Revs. Robert Scott Castle and Millard Van Hoose at the home at 10:00 a. m. Friday, March 28. Burial will be in the family cemetery a short distance from the home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD  THURSDAY MARCH 25, 1948

 
PRESTON, R. A.
1948
Local Man Is Silicosis Victim
R. A. Preston Dies After 4-Year Illness R. A. Preston, 57, of West Van Lear, died March 2 in a local hospital after a four-year illness from silicosis. Mr. Preston was born December 1, 1890, the son of G. L. and Julia Preston of this county.  Mr. Preston had been an employee of the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear for the past 35 years. He was a  member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Laura Preston, and the following children: Billy Preston, West Van Lear; Fred Preston, Dayton, O.; James L. Preston, and Charles Langley Preston, both of West Van Lear; Mrs. Eugene Baldridge, city, and Miss Mary Preston, Lexington, Ky. The following brothers and sisters also survive: L. T. Preston, city, Mrs. Matilda Daniels of Boones Camp; N.  M.  Preston, S. D. Preston and Mrs. Mahalia Daniels, all of Williamsport, and Charles E. Preston of Paintsville. His sister, Mrs. Callie Preston Lewis, preceded him in death by one week. Funeral services were held March 6 at Williamsport by Rev. F. F. Rigsby and Rev. Tip Preston. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MARCH 11 1948.

 
WARD, M-Sgt. Estill
1948
M-SGT ESTILL WARD DIES SUDDENLY
M-Sgt. Estill Ward, son of the late C. C. Ward, died in an Army hospital in California Sunday, March 28, following a stroke. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of the body from California.   Paintsville Herald 4-1-48

 
WARD,  Mary (Donta) (Wells)
1948
Rites Today For Mary Wells Ward
Well Known Woman Dies In Ironton Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. today for Mrs. Mary Wells Ward, 57, who died Tuesday morning in the Martin Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Ward had been ill for about two years but her condition became serious about five months ago. She was removed to the Ironton hospital on March 11. Mrs. Ward was married to the late Dr. John P. Wells of this city on June 16, 1910. Dr. Wells preceded her in death August 19, 1935, and she later married C. C. Ward who died in 1940. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Donta, former residents of this city, she was born in Boyd County March 4, 1891. She was a member of the Lorraine Street Baptist Church of Ironton, Ohio. Mrs. Ward was well known in this vicinity and she will be missed by her many friends. Surviving are two sons, Russell Wells and Joe Wells of this city, and one brother, A. L. Donta, also of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the residence by Rev. E. L. Howerton of Pikeville and Rev. Ralph E. Webb of the First Baptist Church here. Interment was made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-25-1948
   
WEBB, Martha (Delong)
1948
Death Takes Van Lear Woman Hemorrhage Fatal To Martha Webb
Martha Webb, 65, wife of Harry Webb, died suddenly at her home in Van Lear about 7:30 p.  m., Saturday, March 27. Mrs. Webb had been ill with influenza, but her condition had improved and she was considered to be recovering. While listening to the radio, she suffered a pulmonary hemorrhage and died before a doctor could be summoned. Survivors include her husband and the following children: Mrs. Gertrude Moles, East Point; Brooksie Webb, West Van Lear; Mrs. Francis Caudill, Jeremiah, Ky.; Mrs. Dixie Collins, Kistler, W. Va., and Mr. Heber Webb, Dayton, Ohio. One son, Chester, preceded her in death. Surviving also are one sister, Mrs. Mary Riggsby, Portsmouth, Ohio, and six brothers, Ben Delong, Van Lear; Alex Delong, Bull Creek; Keen S. Delong, Auxier; James Delong, Wallingford, and John T. Delong, East Point, Ky.    Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 p. m. Tuesday, March 30, by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Burial was in the Delong Cemetery near Johns Creek. Paintsville Herald 4-1-1948

 
WHEELER, George E.
1948
George E. Wheeler Dies Suddenly
George E. Wheeler, 78, died very suddenly of a heart ailment at his home near Staffordsville March 27.  Mr. Wheeler was stricken as he was sitting in front of the fire shortly after arising Saturday morning.  His death came as a great shock as he was apparently in good health the evening before. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Etta Williams Wheeler and two step-children, Mrs. Marvel McKenzie of Staffordsville and Virgil C. Williams of Ashland. Funeral services were held at the Little Mudlick Freewill Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 29, by Revs. Scott Daniels, Scott Castle, and Charles Lemaster. Burial was made in the Melvin cemetery near the church. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 1, 1948

 
WHEELER, J. C. Dr.
1948
Dr. J. C. Wheeler Native of County Dies March 27
Heart Attack Fatal To Pikeville Physician
Dr. Jasper Clinton Wheeler, 65 of Pikeville, brother of M. O. and John W. Wheeler of this city, died early Saturday morning in the Kentucky Baptist Hospital in Louisville following a heart attack. Dr. Wheeler's death came unexpectedly, and was a shock to his friends and family. He left Pikeville Thursday afternoon for Louisville preparatory to entering a hospital for a physical check-up. He became ill upon arrival in Louisville and his condition gradually grew worse. Dr. Wheeler was born on Hoods Fork on October 2, 1882, the son of the late Sarah Justice and Martin Wheeler. He was married on July 3, 1905, to Miss Gypsy Spencer of Lawrence County. The following year he was graduated from the Hospital College of Medicine in Louisville. He began the practice of medicine in Lawrence County, later moving to Caney in Morgan County, then to West Liberty, where he resided from 1912 to 1926. He served as a 1st lieutenant in World War 1, and had been a resident of Pikeville for the last 10 years. Dr. Wheeler was a member of the staff of the Methodist Hospital at Pikeville, and for the past few years had also been engaged in the coal mining business in Pike County. He was known for his kindness and generosity, and he practiced his profession and gave of his services often without recompense. He was respected and held in high esteem by his neighbors and friends, and his loss will be deeply felt in the community in which he lived. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Mallard and Godfrey, Pikeville, one daughter, Mrs. Marvin Ratliff of Pikeville, four grandchildren, Billy and Donna Wheeler and John Marvin and James Clinton Ratliff, also six brothers and two sisters, Dr. C. C. Wheeler, Louisa, John W. and M. O. Wheeler, city, W. F. Wheeler, Winifred S. L. Wheeler, Detroit, Dr. W. H. Wheeler, Olive Hill, Mrs. Ade Dempsey, Helpre, Ohio, and Mrs. Louise May, Ashland. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon in the Methodist Church at Pikeville by Rev. T. R. Ashley, assisted by Rev. E. L. Howerton and Rev. O. B. Johnson. Active pallbearers were Elison Walters, Fred, Rufus, Junior Ward. A. J. Akers, T. T. Rogers, L. C. Cassady and Elmer Blackburn. Honorary pallbearers were, Dr. Ralph Allen, Dr. W. C. Coon, Dr. T. L. Duty, Dr. J. C. Preston, Dr. John Scott, Dr. Adam Osborne, and Dr. W. J. Walters. Burial was made in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery at Pikeville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-01-1948



APRIL - 1948
   
BOYD, Vashty
1948
85-Year Old Woman Dies At White House
Mrs. Vashty Boyd, 85, died at her home at White House at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, following an illness of several years.    She is survived by seven children: Four daughters, Mrs. Dan Bellomy, Ashland, Mrs. Millard Lemaster, Huntington, Mrs. Rebecca Hall, California, and Mrs. James Blevins, Beaver Creek; three sons, Jonathan and John Boyd of this county and Major Boyd of Washington. Also surviving are one sister and two brothers.   Funeral services were held at the home of her son, Jonathan, at 2:00 P. M., Saturday, April 10 by Rev. Leonard Walters. Burial was at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-15-1948

 
CAUDILL, Abel C.
1948
Death Takes Aged Oil Springs Man
Abel C. Caudill Passes April 18 Abel C. Caudill, 82, died at his home near Oil Springs at 3:30 P. M., Sunday, April, 18, following an extended illness. Mr. Caudill was born In Johnson County January 14, 1866 the son of the late Jack and Rebecca Harris Caudill.  He was one of a family of ten, all of whom preceded him in death.  He was united in marriage to Louise Rice in 1880.  To this union were born ten children, six daughters and four sons, of whom six are still living.  He was converted and joined the United Baptist Church in 1908 and lived a devoted Christian life until his death. Surviving are the following children; Mrs. Boe Trimble, Mrs. Roy Colvin, Mrs. Elbert Reed, and Mrs. Arthur Kelsay all of Oil Springs, Mrs. James Caudill, Clay City, Ky., and Mrs. Walter Caudill, Hammond, Indiana.  Also surviving ae 28 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 20, at 1:30 P. M., at the United Baptist Church by Revs. Firman Blair and Doug Conley.  Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-22-1948

 
CAUDILL, Emma
1948
DENVER
Death visited the home of Luther Caudill Thursday, and took from them their loving mother, "Aunt" Emma Caudill, as she was known by all in the neighborhood.  "Aunt" Emma had been in ill health for some time.  She was eighty-two years old.  She was a devoted member of the United Baptist Church.  She is survived by the following children, Mrs. Rosa Lee Blair, Mrs. Bennie Hitchcok, Luther, Monroe, and Frank Caudill all of Denver, Mrs. Milt Salyer of Paintsville, Mrs Lawrence Litteral of Oil Springs, and a number of grand children and great-grand children, besides a host of relatives and friends.  Her husband, "Uncle" Camel Caudill preceded her in death several years ago. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-15-1948

 
CRUM, James
1948
Boons Camp Man Dies Here
James Crum, 56, miner, of Boons Camp, died in a local hospital at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 3, 1948 of a heart condition following an illness of three years. Mr. Crum was born in Johnson County May 14, 1880, the son of James W. Crum.  He had resided at Boons Camp for a number of years and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, Laura Crum are two sons, James E., and Frank M. Crum and five brothers and one sister. Funeral Services were conducted at the home at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 5, by the Revs. John Crum, Leonard Walters, and Eliza Banks. Burial was in the cemetery at Boons Camp.

 
DANIEL, David Harold
1948
Pfc. David Harold Daniel, 31, a native of Paintsville, died Tuesday, April 6, of chest  wounds from an accidentally discharged gun at San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was stationed in the U. S.Army, according to information received here by his mother, Mrs. Nancy Ellen Daniel.  He was a brother of Homer Daniel of this city. Details of Pfc. Daniel's death were not immediately available.  He was a graduate of Paintsville High School, and was a veteran of World War 11 with 34 months of overseas duty.  He was discharged September 11, 1945, and reenlisted in the Signal Corps branch of the U. S.Army April 11, 1948.  At the time of his death, he was stationed in the post signal office of the U. S. Army, Signal Corps, at San Juan. Surviving besides his mother are four brothers, and four sisters, Jay Daniel, Cincinnati, O., Oakley Daniel, Chicago, Ill., Mitchell Daniel, Seattle, Washington, Homer Daniel, city, Mrs. W. W. Wireman, Cincinnati, O., Mrs. Herbert Southers, Ashland, and Mrs. Norman Statton, Baltimore, Md. The body is to be taken to the John Steen Funeral Home in the Ashland.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-15-1948
       
Rites Monday for Pfc. David H. Daniel Funeral services for Pfc. David Harold Daniel, 31, native of Paintsville and brother of Homer Daniel, foreman of the Paintsville Herald, were held Monday at 2 P.M. at the John Steen Funeral Home in Ashland by Rev. Clay Caudill, Pastor of the Central Baptist Church. Pfc. Daniel was accidentally shot and killed in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 6.  A member of the U.S. Signal Corps, he was assigned to the post signal office at San Juan. He was the son of Mrs. Ellen Salyer Daniel of Cincinnati, and the late William Daniel of this city. Surviving besides the mother are four brothers, Oakley Daniel, Hammond, Ind., Mitchell Daniel, Seattle, Wash., Homer Daniel, city, and Jay D. Daniel, Cincinnati, four sisters, Mrs. W. H. Wireman, Cincinanti, Mrs. J. N. Statton, Monkton, Md., Mrs. L. C. DeHart and Mrs. Herbert Southers, Ashland Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-13-1948
 
Pfc. David Harold Daniel was born May 12, 1917 at Paintsville, Kentucky and died April, 6, 1948 of a gunshot wound at the hands of an assasin in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while serving his country. He was the son of Ellen Daniel and the late William Daniel.  His father, preceded him in death on April, 5, 1930. Pfc. Daniel was a graduate of the Paintsville High School.  He was a veteran of World War 11, serving 34 months overseas. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 11, 1945 and reenlisted on April, 11, 1946.  He was serving with the Signal Corps at the time of his death, and was stationed in the post signal office of the U. S. Army at San Juan. The following message was received by Pfc. Daniel's mother from his Commanding Officer, Colonel William R. Irvin. "As a member of his command your son was liked by all of his associates.  He was an excellent soldier, performing all tasks assigned to him in a cheerful and efficient manner, thereby winning the praise of his immediate superiors and the respect of his comrades. News of his death comes as a real shock to all who knew him, and his loss will be felt keenly in his organization. I sincerely hope that the knowledge that your son was an exemplary soldier and died while serving his country will afford you some consolation in your bereavement." Surviving besides his mother are four brothers and four sisters, Oakley Daniel, and Jay Daniel, Mrs. W. H. Wireman, Mrs. Herbert Southers, Mrs. L. C. DeHart and Mrs. J. N. Statton. "Be not afraid, ye waiting hearts that weep, For God wtill giveth his beloved sleep, And- if an endless sleep.  He wills, so best" Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-20-1948

 
FRALEY, Mrs. Geneva (Miller)
1948
Mrs. Geneva Fraley Dies April 24
Mrs. Geneva Fraley, 55, wife of William Fraley of Van Lear died in a local hospital early Saturday morning, April 24, following an illness of more than two years. Mrs. Fraley was born February 13, 1893, near Louisa, the daughter of James and the late Melissa Wilson Miller. She was a loyal and devoted member of the Freewill Baptist Church for a number of years. Surviving besides her husband are five children: two daughters, Mrs. Clyde Arrowood and Mrs. Walter Barker, both of Van Lear. Also surviving are her father, James Miller, Prestonsburg, Mrs. W. C. Moore, Kenova, W. Va., Mrs. Jim Justice, Pikeville, Mrs. Charles Allen, Louisa, Mr. Al Butcher, Birmingham, Alabama, and one brother, Bryan Mille, Prestonsburg. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 1:00 P. M. at the Freewill Baptist Church in Louisa by Res. Walter Hooper, Claude Preston and W. M. Moore. Burial was in the Pinehill Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APR 29, 1948

 
LEMASTER, Mrs. Forest
1948
MRS. FOREST LEMASTER DIES MONDAY IN OHIO
Mrs. Forest Lemaster, former resident of Johnson County, died Monday evening at Fayetteville, Ohio after an illness of 2 1-2 years from diabetes. Before moving to Ohio a few years ago, Mrs. Lemaster and her husband lived on a farm at Barnetts Creek, now owned by Dr. G. M. Stafford. She was a former president of the Homemakers Club here, and is widely known in this county. Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. today at the Christian Church at Mt. Orab, Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD  THURSDAY MAY 2, 1948.

 
MCKENZIE, Nathan Asbury
1948
OBITUARY
Nathan Asbury McKenzie was born January 4, 1869, and departed this life April 18, 1948. He was the son of Martin and Littie Sparks McKenzie. On September 5. 1895, he was married to Cora Ward of Sitka, Ky., and to this union was born six children, four daughters and two sons: Mrs. J. M. Slone, Paintsville, Mrs. Charles Stapleton of Lowmansville, deceased, Mrs. J. H. Hampton, Lowmansville, Mrs. Roy A. Daniels, Sitka; Mr. R. B McKenzie and Mr. Clyde McKenzie,  both of Paintsville. He leaves to mourn his passing besides his wife and children, thirty grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, one brother, Phillip McKenzie, and a host of friends and relatives. Brother McKenzie was converted and baptized by the hand of Brother W. W. Daniels and joined the United Baptist Church at Sugar Grove January 1894. Later he came by letter to the United Baptist Church at Georges Creek where he was ordained a deacon fifteen years ago. He lived a true, devoted Christian life until separated by death. His wife lost one of the most loving husbands, the children a dear, devoted father, the church one of its greatest deacons, but their loss is heaven’s gain.  He will be missed by all who knew him; but if his pattern in life is followed, they will be able to meet him where God said He would wipe away all tears. Brother McKenzie came to the end of life’s journey at the age of 73 months, and 14 days. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY, MARCH 4,1948.
  
N. A. McKenzie Succumbs After  Short Illness Funeral Services Tuesday at Georges  Creek Church Nathan Asbury Mckenzie, 79, died at his home on Preston Street at 9:20 P.M., Sunday, April 18, after a short illness Mr. McKenzie was born in Johnson County January 4, 1869, the son of Martin and Littie Sparks McKenzie.  He was married to Cora Ward of Sitka September 5, 1855, and to this union were born six children.  Hel followed his occupation as carpenter in the city for a number of years.  Mr. McKenzie was a devoted and loyal member of the United Baptist Church in which he was ordained a deacon fifteen years ago. Surviving are his wife, Cora McKenzie, and five children, three daughters, Mrs. J.M. Slone of this city, Mrs John Hampton, Lomansville, Mrs. Roy Daniels, Sitka, two sons D.L. and Clyde McKenzie, both of this city.  Also surviving are one brother, Phillip McKenzie, Lomansville and 30 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.  One daughter, Mrs. Charles Spradlin of Lomansville preceeded him in death. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 20 at the Georges Creek United Baptist Church by Rev. Leonard Walters, Charles Estepp, and J.P. Riggsby. Burial was in the McKenzie cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 04-22-1948

 
MURPHY, Martha (Wheeler)
1948
Heart Attack Takes Martha Murphy, 62
Mrs. Martha Murphy, 62, died suddenly of a heart attack at 5: A. M., Tuesday, April 20, at her home at White House. Mrs. Murphy was born on Georges Creek, the daughter of Newell Wheeler. She had been a resident of White House about nine years and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by four children, three daughters, Mrs. Shellie Isaacs, Bevinsville, Ky., Mrs. Frank Blessing, Patrick, Ky., Mrs. Raymond Meeks, Wabash, Ind., and one son, Ralph Wheeler of White House. Funeral services were held at White House at 1:00 P. M. April 22 and burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 22, 1948

 
PERKINS, William L.
1948
William L. Perkins Dies Saturday
Word has been received here of the death of William L. Perkins of a heart attack at his home at Vine Grove, Ky., at 12:06 p.m., Saturday, April 3. Mr. Perkins was a former teacher and coach in the school here and had many friends in the city who regret to hear of his death. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 Tuesday morning. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APR. 08, 1948

 
ROBINSON, Enoch Walter
1928-1948
World War II Vets Victims Of Auto Crash
Funeral For Enoch W. Robinson At May Church Tuesday Enoch Walter Robinson, Jr., 19, was killed in an automobile accident here early Sunday morning. His companion Edwin T. Gibson, 24, of Louisville, a salesman for Modern Art Distributors, received injuries which resulted in his death a day later. The accident occurred in Stafford Addition on Route 23 when Robinson, driver of the car, crashed into a parked truck-trailer. Both victims were veterans of World War II. Enoch Jr. was born in this city July 11, 1928, the son of Anna Bailey Robinson and the late Enoch W. Robinson. He was a graduate of the Paintsville High School in the class of ’46 and a popular member of the football team. He enlisted in the Marine Corps August 15, 1946, and received his basic training at Parris Island, S. C. Later at Cherry Point, N. C., he was connected with the seagoing outfit and made cruises to South Africa, Puerto Rico and other points. He received his discharge on March 19, 1948. He had planned to enter pre-medical school at the University of Louisville this fall. He  is survived by his mother and a number of half-sisters and brothers: Mrs. Felix Crider, City, Mrs. Bascom Taylor, Sitka, Mrs. Mrs. Bill Brown, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Roy Melvin, City, Mrs. Burl Castle, Jamestown, Ohio, Manuel Robinson, Ponoma, California, J. C. Robinson, Portsmouth, Ohio, W. L. Robinson, City, Mrs. Arthur Vaughan, Ashland, Mrs. Sanford Damron, Catlettsburg, James Gillespie, Meally, Mrs. H. C. Arnett, City Mrs. David Daniel, City, and Earl H. Gillespie, City, and Gertrude Gillespie. J. W. Robinson and W. F. Robinson preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted Tues, April 6, at 2:00 in the Mayo a memorial Church by Rev. Krebs. The largest crowd gathered for a funeral in the city in recent years gave evidence of the affection and esteem with which he was regarded in the community. Former classmates acting as pallbearers were: Jim Hall, Corky Kirtley, C. T. Butler, Earl Meeks, Jr., James Paul Gillespie, Richard Sparks, E. T Sherman, and Harry Wheeler. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-8-1948

 
SPARKS, John H.
Dies April 29
John H. Sparks, 72, died Friday at his home at Davisville on Hood Creek.
Mr. Sparks’ death was sudden although he had been in ill health for the past few years. He was born September 17, 1875, the son of Henry and Dideno Bently Sparks.  Except for nine years spent in Arizona, he had been a lifelong resident of the Hood Creek section where he followed farming as an occupation. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. On February 25, 1909, he was married to Bertha Pack who survives.  Also surviving are two sons, W. D. Sparks, Louisa, county attorney of Lawrence County, Marvin T. Sparks, Winifred, two daughters, Marjory Slone, Kerz, and Jewell Ross, Flat Gap, and the following brothers and sisters, Daniel Sparks, Safford, Arizona, Rinda Wheeler, Minford, Ohio, Angeline Chandler, Beaver, Ohio, and Dellia Sparks, Safford, Ariz. Funeral services were held at Old Hood Church at Davisville on Sunday, May 2, by Rev. Foster Riggsby and Rev. Culley Sparks. Burial was made in the Old Hood Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6 May 1948

 
VANHOOSE, Julia (Helton)
1948
JULIA VAN HOOSE DIES MONDAY
Mrs. Julia Van Hoose, 85, widow of Bascom Van Hoose, died at her home in Nippa Monday, April 12, after an illness of more than a year. Mrs. Van Hoose was the daughter of the late Nathan and Fanny Pack Helton and was a well-known and beloved resident of her county. She was affiliated with the Freewill Baptist Church and was a devoted member. She is survived by seven children: Arthur Van Hoose, Glow; Burns Van Hoose, Thealka; Beulah Van Hoose and Mrs. Nellie Preston, both of Nippa, Charles Van Hoose, Leslie Van Hoose and Zelda Bailey, all of this city, and Mrs. Francis Bellamy of Jenkins, Ky. Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa at 2:00 P. M Wednesday, April 14 by Revs. L. E. Colliver, and C. C. Hall. Burial was in the family cemetery near the home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-15-1948

 
VANHOOSE, Mary (Cunningham)
1948
MARY VAN HOOSE DIES APRIL 16 1948
The many friends throughout eastern Kentucky of Mrs. Mary Van Hoose will be sorry to hear of her death at her home in Huntington, W. Va., at 11:30 A.M. Friday, April 16. Mrs. Van Hoose was born at Paintsville Oct. 16, 1859, the daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth Spears Cunningham. Surviving are five children: four daughters, Mrs. Neva Forrest, Huntington, W. Va.; Mrs. Charlotte Cales, Chesapeake, Ohio; Mrs. Elizabeth Hurt Russell and Mr. Ruth Lambert, of Charleston, W. Va.; a son, A. W. Van Hoose of Huntington; three sisters, Mrs. Jane Conley of this city, Mrs. William Lauten Slager of Newark, Ohio, and Mrs. Gertrude Anderson of Huntington, and 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The services were conducted Saturday night at the Klingle-Carpenter Funeral Home. Due to flood conditions burial was postponed until Tuesday morning at 10:00 A. M., where graveside rites were conducted at the Ridgetown Cemetery in Huntington. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-22-48
 



MAY - 1948

AKERS, James Elliott
1948
Death Takes Elliott Akers
Rites Saturday for West Van Lear Man
James Elliott Akers, 86, well-known Johnson County citizen, died Thursday, May 27, in St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, following a week’s illness.  Mr. Akers submitted to a major operation on Wednesday prior to his death. He was born on Miller’s Creek on December 25, 1861, and had resided in this locality his entire life.  On June 15, 1892, he was married to Margaret Emily Music and to this union were born nine children, four of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Akers had a most kindly disposition, and he was noted especially for his affection for children. He was a loving and faithful husband and father, a good neighbor and a friend to all. Surviving besides his widow are the following children: Mrs. Ruby Norman, West Van Lear. Frank, West Van Lear, Russell, Mrs. Ernest Meek and Mrs. Dwight Brown of Paintsville.  He also leaves five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one brother, Scobe Akers of Betsy Layne. Funeral services were hold at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the West Van Lear Baptist Church by Rev. Ralph E. Webb. Burial was made to the Hager Hill Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 3, 1948

 
BLANTON, Oliver P.
1948
Oliver P. Blanton, 54, former carpenter, died May 12 in Oteen, North Carolina, following an illness of three months. Mr. Blanton was born in Volga, Ky., the son of S.J. and Sarah Ann Blanton. Surviving are two children; Mrs. Margaret Lawrence and Robert E. Blanton of Washington D.C. Surviving are four sisters; Mrs. Virgie Williams, Red Bush, Mrs. Delia Lemaster, Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. Bertha Trimble, Volga and Mrs. Verna Butler, City, and five brothers, George, Willie, John F., Kendrick all of Volga and Albert of South Point, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his brother, Kendrick, at Volga on Sunday, May 16. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-20-1948

 
BLEVINS, Sol
1948
Sol Blevins, 86, Dies At Van Lear
Sol Blevins, 86, died at the home  of his daughter, Mrs. Geneva Wood at Van Lear, with whom he made his home, at 12:45 a. m., Tuesday, May 11.    Mr. Blevins was born on Toms Creek October 5, 1861, the son of the late Lewis Blevins and Polly Ann Meade Blevins, early settlers of the community.    He is survived by his wife Susan Lemaster Blevins and the following children: Lonza, East Point, Lewis, City, Wiley, Newfoundland, Ky., Mrs. Mary Ann Salyer, Van Lear, Dan Blevins, Meally, Mrs. Flora Alice Corner, San Antonia, Texas, Arnold,  Van Lear, Mrs. Emma Adkins, Lowmansville, and Mrs. Geneva Wood, Van Lear. Also surviving are three brothers, Robert, Weeksbury, Elijah, city, present jailer of Johnson County, George D. Blevins, city, and one sister, Mrs. Cynthia Dills, Hager Hill. Funeral services were held today at 1:30 p. m. at the Old Union Church at Staffordsville and burial was in the cemetery near the mouth of Mud Lick. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-13-1948

 
BROWN, Virginia (Preston)
1948
Mrs. Thos. Brown Dies Sunday Of Heart Attack
92- Year Old Woman Was Prominently Known
Mrs. Virginia Preston Brown, 92, widow of Thomas C. Brown, one of the oldest and best loved women, died suddenly of a heart attack at her home on Third Street at 5:33 A.M. Sunday.  She had been ill about one week. Mrs. Brown was born in this city October 3, 1855, the daughter of Moses and Mary Jane Peery Preston.  Her father belonged to one of the oldest families in the valley whose members, through their outstanding activities, contributed greatly to the settlement and development of this section.  Her mother was born and reared in Tazewell County, Virginia, and one of her mother's family became Governor of Virginia.  The Preston family in Kentucky has been one of the most influential in the state. It was while visiting friends here that she met Moses Preston.  After their marriage, they made their home in this city and three children, Mary, Virginia and John were born to this union. Virginia Preston Brown was reared in the town of Paintsville and her life was inseparably identified with the town of her nativity.  It was here she attended school, joined the Southern Methodist Church in early childhood, and here that she knew and loved the the children and young people who have, through the years, been her friends and neighbors.  Out of her girlhood romance came the love that through its constancy and tenderness speaks so eloquently for the old-fashioned homelife.  On May 30, 1871, Virginia Preston and Thomas C. Brown were married. Both of them had been reared in Paintsville and they continued to live here. "Aunt Jennie", as she  was lovingly known by her friends, by her patience through life, her calm spirit, and sweetness of character was an inspiration to all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Six children came to bless the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Brown; Lillian Ainsley, Frank, Nanny May, Flossie, Paul Douglas, and Marshall.  These children were carefully reared, trained and educated.  During their lives, they paid daily tribute to their mother's care and training. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband and children. She is survived by the following grandchildren:  Kenneth Paige Preston, Virginia Boggs, and Roger Brown.  One great grandchild, John Curtis Boggs, also survives. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p. m., Tuesday, May 25, at her home by Rev. C. D. Marsh and Rev. Ralph E. Webb.  Pallbearers were: Douglas Turner, James T. Copley, Wes Mason, John E. Cooper, Fred M. Hafner, J. C. Maggard, Marvin Frye, Robert Wilhite, James Woods, Robert Hudson, and Bill Layne. Burial was in the Brown family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday  05-27-1948

 
COMBS, French
1948
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Prestonsburg for French Combs, 71, prominent Prestonsburg attorney, who died Sunday at the C&O Hospital in Huntington. Mr. Combs had been in failing health for nearly two years, but remained active in the law business until two weeks ago when he became seriously ill. A native of Knott County, Mr. Combs started practicing law in 1903, later joining with his brother, A.B.Combs in a partnership. Combs and Combs' firm was the counsel for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company in Floyd County. He was the brother of Dr. Josiah Combs, famed educator now of Virginia who occupied the chair of romantic languages at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, for several years. Surviving besides his widow are three sons, Dr. Ballard F. Combs of Lexington, Leroy C.Combs, attorney at Prestonsburg and Paul Churchill Combs of Lexington. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 3,1948

 
FRALEY, Sandra Jean
1948
Sandra Jean Fraley, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Fraley of Thelma died at 2 p.m. Monday shortly after birth. Surviving besides the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Green Price and Mr. and Mrs. James W. Farley. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home of Rev. Leonard Walters. Burial was made in the Childers' Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-3-1948

 
HYDE, Ada B. (Burgess)
1948
Mrs. Ada B. Hyde Dies In Virginia
Mrs. Ada Burgess Hyde, 91, former Paintsville resident and teacher in Mayo College, died May 10 in a hospital at Woodstock, Va., after suffering a stroke. Mrs. Hyde, who has spent the past several years in Prestonsburg, was visiting her daughter, Mrs. A. O. Rice, at Tom’s Brook, Va., when she became ill. She was a friend of the late Nicholas Murray Butler, famed educator, and Mrs. Douglas MacArthur, who in her early girlhood received tutelage from Mrs. Hyde. Mrs. Hyde retained her faculties to a marked degree until her last illness and continued her interest in world events with the keen intellect which in other year made her prominent in the field of education. She and the late Miss Martha Hopkins for 15 years directed Soule College, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and it was there that Mrs. MacArthur was her pupil. From there she went to Barbourville, W. Va., where she was a member of the faculty of Morris Harvey College, and later she moved to Paintsville, where she taught in the Mayo College. While in Prestonsburg she resided with her daughter, Mrs. F. D. Ward and Mr. Ward, but later moved to the Prestonsburg General Hospital. Her brother held the chair of International Law at Columbia University and through him she became acquainted with Dr. Butler. Mrs. Hyde was a native of Nashville, Tenn., and was a member of the Methodist Church. Burial was made May 12 at Woodstock, Virginia. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 20, 1948

 
MAY, Hannah (Jarvell)
1948
Mrs. Hannah May Dies at White House
Mrs. Hannah May, well known resident of White House, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Rowland, at 10:30 P.M., Saturday, May 22, of heart a condition, following an illness of eight months. Mrs. May was born in Floyd County, December 4, 1872, the daughter of Martin Jarvell.  She had lived at White House the past fifty years, and was a devoted member of the United Baptist Church.  Her husband preceeded her in death November 2, 1944. Surviving are six children: three daughters, Mrs. Fred Rowland, Mrs. Ora Blevins both of White House, and Mrs Reynolds Nelson, Dwale, Ky., threes sons, Theodore and Isaac, both of White House, and Fred of Dwale, Ky. Also surviving are a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren Funeral services were conducted at White House at 10:30 p.m., Monday, May 24, by Revs. Scott Castle and Jovin Rice and burial was in the Osborne cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05-27-1948

 
MUNCY, Elizabeth (Newsome)
1948
Elizabeth Muncy Dies May 18
Mrs. Elizabeth, 67, died at 8:50 a. m., Tuesday, May 18, in a local hospital following an illness of two months. Mrs. Muncy was born at Pilgrim in Martin County, the daughter of Hart Newsome. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and had been a resident of Meally for a number of Years. Surviving are three sons, Dewey of Lovely, George of Meally, and Earl of Williamsport. Also surviving are two sisters, Cora Kirk and Elven Davis and one brother Isaac Newsome.  Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. F. D. Kirk at the home at 10:30 a. m., Saturday, May 22. Burial will be in the cemetery at Pilgrim. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 20, 1948

 
OPPENHEIMER, Ralph Drew
1948
Heart Attack Fatal To R. D. Oppeneheimer
Ralph Drew Oppenheimer, 66, a member of the City Council and a prominent and respected citizen of this city, died at his home on Walnut Avenue at 6:20 A. M., Saturday, May 15, of a heart attack following an illness of three weeks. Although he had been in failing health for the past two years, his death came as a great shock to his family and friends. Mr. Oppenheimer was born in Elliott County September 24, 1881, the son of Silas and Mary Evans Oppenheimer. He was converted and joined the Methodist Church at Sandy Hook at the age of thirteen. He was married on January 29, 1898, to Beulah Gertrude Fields who preceded him in death on April 9, 1914. To this union were born four children: Mrs. Lena Siler of this city, Mr. Adurm Oppenheimer of Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. Blanch Wheeler, and Mr. Darwin Oppenheimer, the last two having preceded him in death. On September 27, 1914, he married Nancy Sarah Todd and three children were born to this union Mrs. Vivian Davis of Williamson, W. Va., Mrs. Johnnie McDaniel, and Ralph Drew, Jr., both of this city. Mr. Oppenheimer served in the employ of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company for thirty-two years. After his retirement he accepted a temporary position with the State Highway Department. He was an honored citizen, a devoted husband, a tender and loving father, a good neighbor, and a trusted friend. He delighted in doing things for others and will be greatly missed, not only by his family and friends, but by all of the people in the community. Surviving besides his wife and children are his aged mother and three sisters and three brothers: Mrs. Susan DeHart of Sandy Hook, Mrs. Vernie Thomas of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Mabel Stapleton of this city, George of Cincinnati, Ohio, Otto of Knoxville, Iowa, and Rudolph of this city. One brother, Oscar, preceded him on death in 1943, he also leaves 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p. m., Monday, May 17, at the Mayo Memorial Church by Rev. C. D. Harsh. Pallbearers were: Escom Chandler, Leonard Webb, John L. Spears, Auburn Daniels, Boone Trimble, Oran Teater, and Floyd Moles. Honorary pallbearers were: Ralph Preston, Roy Melvin, J. It. Frail , A. J. Kirk, Bud Wiley, and Jim Lambert, all members of the City Council. Burial was in the Mayo Cemtery."From The Paintsville Herald May 20, 1948

 
RATLIFF, Mae (Spradlin)
1948
Mrs. Mae Ratcliff Dies May 27
Mae Ratliff, 40, of Collista, wife of Verlie Ratliff died May 27 in a local hospital following a two-year illness from diabetes. Mrs. Ratliff was the daughter of the late Andy Spradlin of this county. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. On January 23, 1923, she was married to Verlie Ratliff who survives. To this union were born two sons, Vivian Ratliff of Collista and Charles B. Ratliff, U. S. Army, stationed in China, and two daughters, Miss Mildred Ratliff, and Mrs. O. M. Rice both of Dayton, Ohio. One brother, Oliver Spradlin of West Van Lear also survices. Funeral services were held at the home at 2 p.m. Monday, May 31, by Rev. Leonard Walters and Rev. C. J. Sparks. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 3, 1948

 
RICE, Charles L.
1948
Dies May 7 
Charles L. Rice, 76, prominent citizen of Johnson County, died at his home at Sitka at 4:30 a. m. Friday, May. Mr. Rice had been in failing health for some time, but he became seriously ill after suffering a stroke about a week before his death. He is survived by his wife, Sola May Rice and their four children; two daughters, Mrs. Grace Lee Bailey, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Mrs. Alma Daniel, Sitka; two sons, Milburn W. Rice and Louie M. Rice, both of Sitka. Also surviving are one sister,, Kitty Estepp, Sitka, and two brothers, Schuyler Rice, Volga, and William R. Rice, Sitka.   Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Sitka at 11:00 a. m. Sunday, May 9, by Revs. C. C. Hall, Millard Van Hoose, Scott Castle and Don Fraley.   Rev. Claude Preston conducted the graveside rites. The music was in charge of Mr. and Mrs. Estill Van Hoose, Angus Castle, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Conley, all from the church at Nippa. The large crowd attending the funeral was evidence of the high esteem in which Mr. Rice was held in his community and by all those who knew him. Burial was in the family cemetery near his home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-13-1948

 
RICE, Sandra Lynn
1948
RICE INFANT DIES
Sandra Lynn Rice, infant daughter of Arnold and Esther Lyons Rice, of Oil Springs, died at 2:50 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, in a local hospital. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 20, at the home of the grandparents at Oil Springs by the Rev. H. Conley.  Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 27, 1948

 
SAYLER, Mary (Blanton)
1948
Mary Salyer Dies While Attending Brother’s Funeral
Mary Salyer, 62, Volga, died suddenly Sunday, May 16 while attending the funeral of her brother, Oliver P. Blanton. While Mrs. Salyer had been in ill health for the past year, her death came unexpectedly.  Mrs. Salyer was born at Volga December 16, 1885, the daughter of S J. and Sarah Ann Blanton. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Virgil of Lucasville, Ohio, and Sanford Hendricks of Volga, and two step-children, Mary Wellman of Louisa and Hoke Sayler, Lucasville, Ohio. Surviving also are four sisters, Mrs. Virgil Williams, Red Bush; Mrs. Delia Lemaster, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Bertha Trimble, Volga, and five brothers, George, Willie, John F. and Kendrick, all of Volga and Albert of South Point, Ohio. Funeral  services were conducted at the home by Rev. Lonan  Reed Tuesday, May 18 and burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-20-1948

 
SMITH, Mrs.S.T. (Dorton)
1948
Mrs. S. T. Smith Dies In Ohio
Mrs. S. T. Smith, 72, sister of H. T. Dorton and D. H. Dorton, city, died Sunday morning in a Springfield, Ohio hospital after an illness of several months. Mrs. Smith was born in Virginia May 5, 1876, the daughter of the late Wm. H. Dorton, of Red Bush. Her husband preceded her in death December 31, 1935. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Marion, O. Surviving are one son, Charles E. Smith, of Cleveland, O, and the following brothers and sisters: J. R. Dorton, Red Bush, H. C. Dorton, Lynchburg, O., A. G. T. Dorton, Chicago, Ill.; Dr. John A. Dorton, Louisville; H. C. Norton, city; Okie Dorton, Langley; Orbit Dorton, Portsmouth, O.; D. H. Dorton, Mrs. Ira Lester, Skaggs, Ky.; Mrs. Marvin Hall, Matha; Mrs. J. G. Coldiron, Lynchburg, O.,  and Mrs. Vaughn Jones, Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Merle Hughes Funeral Home t Marion, O. Interment was in a Marion cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-6-1948

 
STAFFORD, Harry B.
1948
Harry B. Stafford Dies In Florida
Harry B. Stafford, 80, native of   Johnson County, died Friday morning at his home in Tampa, Florida, following a brief illness. He had been in failing health for several months. For the past 24 years, Mr. Stafford had been in the real estate business in Tampa. He was a former resident of Ashland and Catlettsburg where he operated a grocery store and entered into the real estate business before moving to Florida. He was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Edna Handley Stafford; two daughters, Mrs. Laverne Blitch, Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. W. C. Cooper. Huntington, W. Va.;  one son, Harry B. Stafford, Jr., Tampa; one brother, Charles Stafford, Mt. Sterling, Ky., and one sister, Mrs. Mary Picklesimer, Summit, Ky. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-13-1948

 
WEBB, Burgess
1948
Burgess Webb, 74, Dies After Long Illness
Cerebral Hemorrhage Takes Former Merchant Monday
Burgess (Bird) Webb,74, former merchant of this city, died May 17, in a Lexington hospital. He had been ill for the past seven years, but his death came unexpectedly following a cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Webb was born December 23, 1874, the son of Epperson and Helen Preston Webb, both members of prominent Eastern Kentucky families. Following the death of his father, the family moved to this city where Mr. Webb attended the city schools and later studied under the late Professor John B. Wheatley, noted educator of this county.  He became engaged in the mercantile business in early life and in this field he became a leader. He first established a retail shoe store. In later years he operated the  largest store of general merchandise in the Big Sandy Valley, and established branch stores in other sections of the valley. Mr. Webb was well and favorably known throughout Eastern Kentucky, his business career bringing him in contact with many people. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He  was  preceded in death by his two sons, Wendell, who died in 1921 at the age of 11 years, and Dr. Richard Burgess Webb, former U. S. Army captain, who died June 30, 1946. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. F. S. Van Hoose, and a brother, Sidney A. Webb, both of Paintsville.  Funeral services were conducted at 2 p. m.  Wednesday,  May  19, by Rev.  Clarence W. Krubs in the chapel of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery. Paintsville Herald 5-20-1948

 
WILLIAMS, Stella (Van Hoose)
1948
Wittensville Woman Dies Tuesday
Mrs. Stella Williams, 68, wife of Frank Williams, did at her home near Wittensville, Ky Tuesday, May 4, at 7 a. m. Mrs. Williams had been ill for some time, but her condition had become less worse during the past four weeks. She was the daughter of Farris and Winnie Helton Van Hoose, both of whom preceded her in death. Survivors besides her husband are nine children, seven daughters, Mrs. Edna Stambaugh and Mrs. Frankie Allen of Lima, Ohio, Mrs. Alta Shields and Mrs. Geneva Rice of Fairfield, Ohio; Mrs. Clara Rice and Mr. Lucy Burchett, Wittensville, Ky. Mrs. Carroll Lacy, Osborne, O., two sons, Richard and Mitchell at home. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Geneva Castle, of Hager Hill; Mrs. Emma Conley, Wayland; Mrs. Telia Combs, Wayland, and Mrs. Ada Hess of Howard Lake, Minn; three brothers, Albert and Freelan Van Hoose of Boyd County and Virgil of West Van Lear. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, a the home by Rev. Harry Salyer and burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD  THURSDAY May 06, 1948


JUNE - 1948

BAYES, Martha Carol
1948
River Victim at West Van Lear
Companion Rescued by Johnny Price, 14-year-old Youth
Martha Carol Bayes, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Bayes, drowned in the Big Sandy River near her home at West Van Lear.  A companion, Helen Caudill, was rescued by Johnny Price, who was hoeing corn on the river bank and hearing the girls’ screams, swam to the scene. The Caudill girl, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lunda Caudill of West Van Lear, was rescued as she rose to the surface of the water.  The tragedy occurred about 5:00 p.m. It was reported that neither of the girls could swim and they were wading in the water when they stepped into deeper water and were pulled under by the current. The river was dragged by local residents and the body was recovered about 1 1/12 hours after the incident.  More than an hours was spent in an effort to revive the victim, it was stated. This is the first drowning accident reported in the county this year. Surviving, besides the parents, are two sisters, Loretta and Peggy Ann, both at home. Funeral services will be held at the Missionary Baptist Church in West Van Lear, Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m. Burial will be made in the Hager Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 24, 1948

 
BLAIR, Amos
1948
7-Year Old Child Killed By Truck
Amos Blair, seven-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Blair of Collista died in a local hospital Saturday afternoon after being struck by a truck.  The Accident occurred on Third Opposite the home of Judge James W. Turner. He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon by the Revs. Hargus Conley, Hammie May, and Frank Caudill.  Burial was in the family cemetery near the home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jul.01 1948

 
BOYD, Hershel
1948
DEATH TAKES HERSEHEL BOYD
Hershel Boyd, 56, died of a heart ailment at his home at Tomahawk, Ky., Sunday after a long illness. Mr. Boyd was born at Chestnut, the son of George and Lina Daniels Boyd. Surviving are his wife, Ada Daniels Boyd to whom he was married on April 19,1924, and one brother Mastin Boyd of White House. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. June 16 at Tomahawk by Rev. Charlie Bailey. Burial was made in the family Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-17-1948

 
CHANDLER, Elizabeth (Castle)
1948
Rites June 16 For Elizabeth Chandler
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wed. for Mrs. Elizabeth Chandler, 70, who died June 14 at her home in the Rockhouse vicinity after an illness of one year. Mrs. Chandler was born April 15, 1878, the daughter of William and Matilda Castle of this county.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. On March 10, 1897, she was married to Charlie Chandler who survives. Surviving are four sons and three daughters, Lacy, Decatur, Ill., V. D., Portsmouth, O., Orville, Paduah, Ruel, Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Ethel Gillispie, City, Mrs. Clifford Stone, Milton, Ky., and Mrs. Eskie Wheeler, Raceland, Ky.  She leaves three sisters, Mrs. Sullivan Castle, Urbana, O., Mrs. Arby Lemaster, Ashville, O., and Mrs. Howard Castle, Mechanicsburg, O. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Alfred Chancler and Rev. F. F. Riggaby. Interment was made in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 17 June 1948

 
CORDIAL, Ben
1948
Rites Monday for Flat Gap Man
Ben Cordial, 52, died at 12 P.M. June 12 at his home at Flat Gap from three months illness from cancer. Mr. Cordial, a former teacher in the Johnson County schools was born Feb. 1896, the son of Sam and Polly Ann Salyers Cordial. He had been a resident of the Flat Gap section his entire life. Surviving are his wife, Mimna Harris Cordial, two sons, James Arthur Cordial and Jesse May Cordial of Flat Gap, and two daughters, Eloise and Mary Alice, both of Flat Gap. Four brothers and one sister also survive, Sanford Cordial, Bloomingsburg, Ohio, Noah  Cordial, Plane City, Ohio. Jerry Cordial, Flat Gap, and Eliza Cordial, Flat GAp and Mrs. Elijah Cordial, city. Funeral services were held at 10 A.M. on June 14 at the home by Rev. Charlie EStepp and Rev. Harry Daniels. Burial was made at the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-17-1948

 
CRISP, Claude
1948
Davisport Youth Dies In Ohio
Claude Crisp, 18 Davisport, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday June 24. in the University Hospital of Columbus Ohio. He was born in Martin County, the son of John C. and Mae Crisp, but had lived at Davisport for the past ten years. Surviving besides his parents are four sisters, Mrs. Bradley Delong, Davisport, Mrs. Ernest Adams, Wheelwright, Mrs. Edward Mill, Davisport, Mrs. Lloyd Maggard, Mansfield, Ohio, and four brothers Marion, Davisport; Hallie, Inez; Bill, Davisport; and Jimmie, Davisp[ort. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Melvin Cisco at the home at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 26, and burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-1-1948

 
DELONG, Jack
1948
Jack Delong, 76, of Davisport, Ky., was injured fatally Sunday morning when struck by a bus operated by the Conley Bus Line, after the bus had collided with a jeep. It was stated that the bus driven by Delmas Tackett of Salyersville and traveling toward Inez left the highway after the collision with the jeep and struck Mr. Delong who was sitting under a tree a short distance from the roadside. The accident occurred on a curve near the Andy Baldridge place in Martin County. It is reported that Herbert Pruitt of Tutor Key was driver of the jeep. His bond was set at $2,000 it was stated. He is survived by one son, Emory J. Delong, Nippa, three daughters, Mrs. W.A. Samons, Hamdon, Ohio, Mrs. Melvin Ward, Davisport,  Mrs. Willis Meeks, Boons Camp, a step-daughter, Mrs. Seymore Penix, Davisport, and three brothers, Turner, Jim, and H.B., all of Davisport. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 29, at the Trace-Fork United Baptist Church by the Revs. Leonard Walters, Arthur Priest, and Hermie Davis. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-1-1948

 
GILLIAM, Clista
1948
OPHIR WOMAN DIES JUNE 17
Clista Gilliam, 21, died at her home at Ophir, Ky., June 17, 1948, of Tuberculosis. She was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Rinda Canter Gilliam. She is survived by one sister Mrs. Hollie Howard of Ophirj. Funeral services were held at the home Friday, June 18, 1948, and burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jun.24 1948

 
HORNE, Tom
1948
Rites Wednesday For Well-Known Man
Tom Horne, 76, well-known farmer of Collista, died at his home at 1:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 22 of high blood pressure. Mr. Horn was born in Johnson County October 13, 1871, the son of the late Quilla and Sara Sagraves Horn,  He was married to Bell Conley Horn, who survives, fifty-two years ago. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife are four children; two daughters, Mrs. Sherman Castle, Sitka, Mrs. Hershal Rice, Collista; two sons, Luther and Lonza of this county. Surviving also are one sister, Mrs. Rell Daniel of this city, and thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Willie Horn at the Collista Church Wednesday, June 23, and burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Funeral Home of the Paintsville Furniture Company. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-24-1948

 
JENKINS, James Arthur
1948
James Arthur Jenkins, 41, died at his home in Jenkins, Ky., June 10, of a heart condition. Mr. Jenkins was a native of Johnson County and was at one time deputy sheriff of the county. Surviving are his wife, Lucille, and three children, Cecil, Wandalee, and Ronald Garrett; his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Ira Jenkins of this county; two brothers, Ballard, Salineville, Ohio, and Thurman Jack; six sisters, Della Sturgill, Stambaugh, Effie Sturgill, Baltimore, Md., Esta Mahan, Barnetts Creek, Hester Davis, Oil Springs, and Mollie Mae Jenkins, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Manda Lexie Oliver, Baltimore, Md. Also a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Barnetts Creek Baptist Church Sunday, June 12, under the direction of the Jones Funeral home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUN 24 1948

 
LAYMAN, Eunice (Lemaster)
1948
Mrs. Eunice Layman Veteran Health Nurse Dies In Pikeville
Mrs. Eunice Lemaster Layman, 53, sister of Mrs. O. C. Cooper of Happy Hollow and native of this county died June 15 at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville after an illness of a few hours. Mrs. Layman, who had been a health nurse for 23 years, was stricken on Monday evening prior to her death.  She was removed immediately to the hospital but failed to rally. She had lived in Pikeville for the past eleven years.  She had served as health nurse in Pulaski, Floyd, Pike and Boyd counties. Surviving are her husband, Joe F. Layman; a brother, B. E. LeMaster, Huntington, W. Va., and four sisters, Mrs. Britton Spradlin, Denver, Mrs. Anthony Dills, Wittensville, Mrs. Ray Pelphrey, Pikeville, and Mrs. Cooper. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Thursday at the Methodist Church with the Rev. T. B. Ashley and the Rev. E. L. Howerton officiating. Burial was in the Johnson Memorial Park. Paintsville Herald Thursday 24 June 1948

 
LYON, James F.
1948
James Francis Lyon, 43, of Offutt, died in a local hospital Friday, June 11, from a skull fracture received in a car accident near Boons Camp the day before.  Mr. Lyon was born in Thackersville, Oklahoma, August 7, 1904, the son of John Lyon of this city and Essie B. Lyon of Lowmansville.  He spent most of his life in Paintsville and the vicinity and at the time of his death was circulation supervisor for the Cincinnati Post in the Big Sandy Area and part of West Virginia.  He is survived by his wife, Juanita Perry Lyon, and six children, James H., Mrs. Frances N. Stambaugh, Nanette Lyon, John S., Frank L. and Robert H. all at home.  Funeral services were conducted at the home at 1:00 p.m. Monday June 14, by Rev. Don Fraley and burial was in the Ward cemetery near Offutt. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 17, 1948

 
MURRAY, Kattie Katherine (Kitchen)
1948
LONG ILLNESS TAKES WHITE HOUSE WOMAN
Mrs. Kattie Katherine Murray, 65, died at her home at White House at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, June 26, following an illness of sixteen years. Mrs. Murray was born in Lawrence County July 29,1882 the daughter of Arthur and Sue Ann Sargent Kitchen. She was the widow of Bethley Murray who preceded her in death in 1936. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and had been a resident of White House for the past forty years. She is survived by ten children, five daughters, Mrs. Carma Wiley, White House, Mrs. Lucy Mae Akers, Mrs. Serilda Borders, Mrs. Lola B. George, and Mrs. Sophia George all of Georges Creek, five sons, Emmet, Millard and Gaylord of White House, Ernest, Catlettsburg, and Arby, Beaver Ohio. Surviving also are eight sisters and eight brothers and step-mother. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26 by Revs. Leonard Walters, Herma Davis, Lafe Preston, Winfred Meeks, and “Tip” Preston. Burial was in the family cemetery at White House. Paintsville Herald Thursday, 7-1-1948

 
PATRICK, Arminta
1948
Arminta Patrick, 77, widow of Samuel H. Patrick and well-loved member of the Leander community, died at her home at 6:30 P. M., Thursday, June 24.  Mrs. Patrick injured her hip in a fall last February and had been an invalid since that time. She was the daughter of Payne and Malinda Rice Patrick, members of prominent families active in the development of this section. She is survived by one son, Herschell, Leander, one brother, and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 26, by the Rev. Millard Van Hoose.  Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JULY 1, 1948

 
PRATER, Lonnie Clarence
1948
17-Year Old Youth Killed By Train
Lonnie Clarence Prater, 17, was killed instantly Sunday morning by a train near the West Van Lear crossing near the place his father, David Prater, was killed by a train three years ago. The accident occurred about 1:30 a.m. He was born August 26, 1940. Surviving are his mother Mrs. Sallie Dutton Prater and the following brothers and sisters, David Prater, U. S. Army, Stationed in the Philippines Islands, Charles and John, West Van Lear, Mrs. W. G. Hunley, Imogene Prater, Evelyn Prater, and Earlene Prater all of West Van Lear. Funeral services were held at the Offutt School House at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 7, by Rev. John Crum. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10 June 1948 Note: This obit has a error in the dates. He could not have been born in 1940 and been 17 years of age and died in 1948.

 
PRICE, Mrs.John (Preston)
1948
Mrs. John Price Dies At Thelma
Mrs. John Price, 76, wife of John Price of Thelma, died at her home at 10:00 a.m., June 21 of a heart condition following an illness of two years. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Murray Preston and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Burdridge Ferguson, Thelma, one sister, Mrs. Menifee Borders, Meally, and one brother, Mr. Perry (Tip) Preston, Meally. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 24, by the Revs. Leonard Walters and Herman Walters.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 24, 1948

 
RATLIFF, Katie (Dale)
1948
RITES HELD SUNDAY FOR KATIE RATLIFF
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Freewill Baptist Church for Mrs. Katie Ratliff, 69, widow of Bud Ratliff, who died at her home Friday evening June 11. Mrs. Ratliff was born in Johnson County, the daughter of Dan and Margaret Ratliff Dale. She is survived by eight children; Earl, Virgil, Russell, Irvin, Jesse and Cissie Ratliff all of Paintsville, Denny, Thealka, and Emma Van Hoose, Wittensville, also surviving are three brothers, John and Jim Ratliff of Thealka and Jessie, Betsy Lane. The services were conducted by Rev. Don Fraley and burial was made in the family cemetery on Turner Branch. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-17-1948

 
REID, Minnie V.
1948
(Costa Mesa) Final tribute will be paid Friday at 1 p. m. to Mrs. Minnie V. Reid, 74, of 1961 Fullerton Ave., In the chapel of Harold Grauel Mortuary, with Rev. Joseph Thompson of Costa Mesa Community Church officiating. Interment will be in Fairhaven Memorial Cemetery, Orange. Mrs: Reid was born in Paintsville, Ky., and died June 29 at her home after a long illness. She was prominently identified with activities of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and served as president for 19 years. She also was instructor of Americanization and English for many years in Newport Harbor Union High School evening classes. Surviving are three sons, Paul Gerard Reid of Santa Ana, Clarence Preston Reid of Houston, Texas, J. Malcolm Reid of Costa Mesa; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth R. Lenski of Costa Mesa and Mrs. Ben E. Cockrill of Tipton, Ind.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Long Beach Press-Telegram  July 1 1948 Long Beach California Submitted By: Kim Donley Dec 2009

   
RULE, Charles T.
1948
Spanish-American War Veteran
Charles Tobe Rule, 71, well-known and respected citizen, died Sunday in the Paintsville Hospital after an illness of only a few days. He was born in Johnson County February 21, 1877, the son of the late Millard and Alice Preston Rule, and was a descendant of one of the best families in this section.  He was married to Garnett Kirk, daughter of Alice Kirk and the late Andrew J. Kirk. Mr. Rule was a prominent businessman and was active in the development of this locality.  In his earlier years he was president of the Second National Bank, and later was president of the Big Sandy Hardware Company, and the Paintsville Grocery Company.  He was the builder of the Rule Hotel on Main Street, now known as the Howard Hotel, which he owned and operated for several years.  He was more recently engaged in the real estate business. Mr. Rule enlisted in the Army when a young man, and served his country in the Spanish American War.  He was a man of generous nature, and a kind heart.  His family has lost a good husband, and a kind and loving father. Surviving besides his wife are the following children:  Alice Elizabeth Baker, Frankfort, Ky., Mrs. Ruth Eloise harris, city, Mrs. Virginia Kirk Southern, Omaha, Neb., Charles Turner Rule, Calwa City, California, Jacqueline Rule, at home.  One son, Charles Tobe, Jr., died in infancy. Funeral services were held at the home on Second Street on Wednesday at 2 P. M. by Rev. Clarence Krebs of the First Methodist Church. Active pallbearers were members of the local Elks Club. Honorary pallbearers were veterans of the Spanish American War who served in Mr. Rule’s regiment. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 24 June 1948

 
SKEENS, Mrs Robert (Moore)
1948
Heart Ailment Takes Mrs. Robert Skeens
Mrs. Robert Skeens, 65, died at 9:10 p.m. June 12, at her home in the Greentown section after a two-year illness from a heart condition. She was born in Lawrence County January 15, 1883, the daughter of Lafe and Tealie Moore. She had lived in Johnson County for the past 25 years, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband, are the following daughters, Mrs. Floyd Pierce, and Mrs. Russell Conley, both of Paintsville and Mrs. C. M. VanHoose, Wharton, W. Va., also one sister, Mrs. John B. Gibson, Kenove, W. Va. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the United Baptist Church by Revs. Leonard Walters, Cullie Sparks, Elzie Banks and F. F. Riggsby. Burial was made in a local cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 17, 1948


JULY - 1948

BLANTON, George Jr.
1948
Blanton Child Dies Suddenly July 19, 1948
George Blanton, Jr. , two-year old son of George and Rushie Jackson Blanton who reside near Oil springs, died very suddenly in a local hospital Monday, July 19, 1948, less than two hours after he was admitted. He is survived by his parents and eleven brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held in the home at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday July 20, 1948, by Rev. John Collins and burial was in the family cemetery near the home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jul.28 1948

 
BLANTON, Hade
1948
Hade Blanton, 44, miner, died in a hospital at Bluefield, W. Va. Saturday night, July 10, 1948, from injuries sustained in an automobile collision, which occurred on the highway between Logan and Bluefield, a few days before. Mr. Blanton was a former resident of East Point, the son of James and Fannie George Blanton. He was employed by the Guyan Eagle Coal Company at Amhertdale, W. Va., and was on his vacation at the time of his death. The body was returned to Paintsville by the Jones Funeral Home and later taken to his parents' home near East Point, where funeral services were conducted by Revs. Mollette, Music and Kitchen, Tuesday afternoon, July 13, 1948. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jul.15 1948

 
BLANTON, Lilly V. (Caudill)
1948
Lilly V. Blanton  Dies in Lexington
Lilly V. Blanton, 37, died in Lexington hospital Monday, July 19, 1948 after an illness of several years. Mrs. Blanton was born March 24, 1911 the daughter of Helen and Della Lewis Caudill. She was the widow of William Martin Blanton, who preceded her in death about two years ago.  For many years she had been a faithful and devoted member of the United Baptist Church. She is survived by four children, her mother, Mrs. Shug Williams of Asa, three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Burton, Cincinnati, Mrs. Estill Blanton, Leander and Mrs. Raymond Spradlin, Dener, and two brothers, Willie and Warnie Caudill both of Auxier. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 23, 1948, at the Beechwall Baptist Church by Ministers of the United Baptist Church and burial was at Swamp Branch, under the direction  of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jul.27 1948

 
BLEVINS, Eli
1948
Death Takes Eli Blevins
Eli Blevins, 80, died July 15 at his home at Meally after an illness of three months. Mr. Blevins was born in Virginia, the son of Willie and Rushie Blevins. He moved to Meally from Van Lear about six months ago. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, are the following children, Buck Blevins, Chester Blevins, Dodge Blevins, Dick Blevins, Mrs. Emiline Roberts, Mrs. Gertrude Jones, Mrs. Flora Hurt, and Mrs. Nettie Celie Taylor. Funeral Services were held at the Buffalo Church Saturday at 10 a.m. by Revs. J. C. Sparks, Elsie Banks, and F. F. Riggsby. Burial was made in a Daniels Creek Cemetery under the direction of Guy's Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 22, 1948

 
CAUDILL, Ella (Rice)
1948
Succumbs July 19
Rites Thursday For Prominent Woman
Ella Caudill, 76, wife of W. B. Caudill of Asa died at her home at 6:45 p.m., Monday July 19, following an illness of several months duration. She was born November 12, 1871, the daughter of Wiley and Martha Fairchild Rice, early settlers in that section.  She was a lifelong resident of the Asa community and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. Surviving besides her husband are four children; Mrs. Floyd Tackett, Staffordsville, Mrs. Grace Tackett, Dayton, Ohio, Garrett and Tillman Caudill who reside in Ohio. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 22, by ministers of the United Baptist Church and burial was in the family cemetery near the home under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 27 July 1948

 
COLVIN, Mary (Hale)
1948
DEATH TAKES THEALKA W0MAN
Mrs. Mary Anna Colvin, 30, wife of Johnny Colvin of Thealka, died at her home at 10:30 p.m., Monday, July 26, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Colvin was born July 4, 1918, the daughter of Charles and Georgeann Puckett Hale. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Billy Joyce, her mother, Georgeann Castle, one brother, Lloyd Hale, David  Ky,. one half brother, Douglas F. Castle and two half sisters, Lilly Fitch and Aileen Castle both of Thealka. Funeral services were conducted today at 1:30 p.m., at the Thealka Church and burial was in the Thealka cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY JULY 27, 1948

 
CONLEY, Harry
1948
Harry Conley and Susan Page Die At Hager Hill
State Patrolman Shot In Attempted Arrest Monday Night
A brother and sister, Harry Conley, 48, and Susan Conley Page, 52, were killed instantly about 10 p.m. Monday night in a shooting affray on the Lick Fork Road near its junction with Route 23 about 4 miles south of Paintsville. Cpl. Homer Howard, 44, of Salyersville, a member of the state police, Forest Conley, brother of the two killed, and George Page, Mrs. Page’s husband, were wounded. Howard is a patient in the Prestonsburg Hospital where his condition is reported to be satisfactory.  He was struck by bullets in the liver and on the hand and arm. Forest Conley was shot in the chest and arm.  He was taken to the Paintsville Clinic, and later dismissed.  He executed a $3,000 bond for his appearance before the County Judge for an examining trail. Harry Conley and Mrs. Page were shot several times. It is reported that the shooting started when Howard and Patrolman Benjamin J. Music, 26, tried to intercept an automobile occupied by the Conley family and driven by Page, after the policemen had been tipped off about a drunken disturbance along Jenny’s Creek just off Route 23. Hearing shooting, Howard and Music waited at the junction of the Lick Fork Road with Route 23 until members of the Conley family came onto the highway in the automobile. Then they stepped forward and announced all were under arrest. “That’s when the shooting started,” a police spokesman said. Page was slightly wounded police said, and was removed to the jail from which he was released Tuesday without charge. It was stated here this week that the incident took place at the same place where German Conley, father of the Conley’s was killed by Charlie Blair several years ago. Harry Conley was sentenced in the Johnson Circuit Court at one time for life imprisonment as a habitual criminal but later pardoned by Govenor Ruby Laffoon.  His record, the State Police Detachment said, included convictions for a killing and a rape. Forest Conley was also convicted and served a sentence in the penitentiary.  He is the father of Forest Dean Conley who is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Jasper Blair in the Legion Hall here last January. Two other women, Margaret Burke Conley, wife of Harry Conley, and Liza Baker of Floyd County, were passengers in the automobile, but they were not injured and are not being held. The shooting on the Lick Fork Road prompted the call to police, and was said to have started when Harry Conley, on a picnic with the others, became intoxicated and entertained them with some pistol target practice. Funeral services were held yesterday at 2 p.m. at the Page home for the two slain members of the Conley family.  The services were conducted by Rev. Adron Davis. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Capt. Vernon Sanders of the State police and Forest Conley, now under arrest, will not receiving examining trial pending the outcome of Howard’s injuries. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8 July 1948

 
DIXON,Golda (Spears)
1948
Goldia Mae Dixon Dies at Wayland
Rites Friday For Native of County Mrs.Goldia Mae Dixon,45,wife of J.F.Dixon and sister of Mrs.Frank Webb of this city.Died suddenly at her home at Wayland,Ky.,Tuesday July 20. Mrs.Dixon was born at Collista November 11,1902 the oldest daughter of  Mrs.Ella Spears and the late Wilburn Spears.She was married to J.F. Dixon on July 31, 1919, and six children were born to this union,five of whom survive. Mrs.Dixon spent most of her life in Johnson and Floyd Counties, having spent the past twenty-five years at Wayland,Ky., She became a member of  the Church of God in October,1937. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge No.9 and daughters of America No.125. She was a loyal and devoted mother and will be greatly missed by her family and also by the entire community. Surviving beside her husband are five children: Mervil, Thornas, Joe,  Billie Lee and Bobby Jean all of Wayland. One son Jack Mitchell, preceded her in death. Also surviving are her mother, Mrs.Ella Spears of Hagar Hill, one brother, Roy Spears, Hagar Hill, two sisters, Mrs.Argus Vance, West Van Lear and Mrs.Frank B.Webb ,City.One grandson, Gregory Thomas Dixon,Wayland.One brother, Edgar Spears preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church of Wayland at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, by the Rev.Russell Ramey. She was then brought to the house of her mother and burial was made Saturday in the Staffords Cemetery at Hagar Hill under direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Graveside rites were conducted by Rev.Ramey and Rev. John Marshall. Paintsville Hearld Thursday July 27,1948

 
ESTEP, James
1948
James Estep, 70, well-known resident of Sitka, died at his home at 8:00 a.m., Friday, July 9, following the effects of a stroke suffered last fall from which he never fully recovered. Mr. Estep was born in this county December 4, 1877, the son of John and Jane Stephen Estep.  he was married on August 23, 1902, to Sadie May Stambaugh who preceded him in death on January 6, 1939.  He later married Kitty Preston, who survives. Mr. Estep was a prominent and respected member of his community and was held in high esteem by his many friends and neighbors.  He was a veteran of the Spanish-Amerian War and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Chandlerville.  He lived a devoted Christian life, having united with the Church of Christ at Stambaugh in December 1906. Surviving besides his wife are the following children: Thurza, at home, Joe and Russell of San Francisco, Calif.  Rusha Jones of Middletown, Ohio, Raymond of Stambaugh, Ky., Vivian Grant of Wenatchee, Washington, and Redman and Daisy of Baltimore, Md., Surviving also are eleven grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt at the home Monday afternoon, July 12, and burial was in the family cemetery nearby. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JULY 15, 1948
  
OBITUARY-2 JAMES ESTEP James Estep, son of John and Jane Stephen Estep, was born December 4, 1877 and departed this life, July 9, 1946, being 70 years, 7 months and 5 days old. On August 23, 1902, he married Saddie May Stambaugh.  To this union were born the following children who survive.  Thursa at home, Joe and Russell of San Francisco, Calif., Rusha Jones of Middletown, Ohio, Raymond of Stambaugh, Ky., Vivian Grant of Wenatchee, Wash., Redman and Daisy of Baltimore , Md., and also eleven grandchildren. Saddie preceded him in death on January 6, 1939, and on the third day of August, 1942, he was married to Kittie Preston who survives.  He is also survived by one brother, Ben Estepp, of Springfield, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. John Hatfield of East Point, Ky. He served his country in the Spanish American War.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Chandlerville, Ky.  In December, 1906, he was baptized with his Lord and united with the Church of Christ at Stambaugh, Ky.  He often remarked that he was ready to meet his Lord on the other side of the river of Death and to join the Saints that dwell in the celestial city of the New Jerusalem. He leaves his dear wife and children and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his passing.  He was loved and respected by his neighbors and friends which were many. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JULY 15, 1948

 
FRALEY, Robert
1948
Robert Fraley, 71, retired miner of Hager Hill, died in a local hospital Friday night, July 9, after a short illness. Mr. Fraley was the son of Samuel and Mary Vaughan Fraley of this county. He had been as employee of the North East Coal Company and later the Consolidation Coal Company until his retirement several years ago. His wife Sarah Hyden Fraley preceded him in death December 9, 1945. Mr. Fraley is survived by twin sons, Norman and Raymond and several daughters. He is also survived by two brothers, Fonzo of Auxier and William of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 11, at the Christian Church at East Point by Rev. S.C. Honeycutt. Burial was in the family cemetery at Hager Hill. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-15-1948

 
GILLISPIE, Virgie (Conley)
1948
Virgie Gillispie Dies July 28
Cancer Fatal To Meally Woman
Mrs. Virgie Gillispie, 40, of Meally, succumbed Wednesday morning in a local hospital after an illness of five years from cancer.   She was the wife of James " Buck" Gillispie. Mrs. Gillispie was born March 5, 1908, the daughter of Hayden and Margaret Conley. She had taught school in Johnson County for a number of years and was a member of the Church of Christ.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Rebekah. Surviving besides her parents and her husband are three sons and four daughters; James Paul Gillispie, U.S. Army Stationed in California, Palmer Gillispie and Roger Allen Gillispie of Meally, Mrs. Wilbur Green, Van Lear, Eilene Gillispie, Dona Rae Gillispie, and Joyce Ann Gillispie all of Meally, Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters, Robert Conley, Hager Hill, Mrs. Jake Music, Hager Hill, Mrs. Moses Foust, Columbus, Ohio and Mr. O. I. Price, Lima, Ohio. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 31, at 2:00 p.m., at the Church of Christ at Meally by Rev. Leonard Webb. Burial will be made in the cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jul.27 1948

 
HALL, Joe H.
1948
Joe H. Hall was born at Kite, Knott County, Kentucky, on March 4, 1894, the son of Hiram and Merba King Hall.  He died at his home at Paintsville, Kentucky, on Tuesday morning, July 20, 1948, at the age of 54 years, 4 months and 16 days. He was married February 24, 1921, to Olga Martin who preceded him in death on November 5, 1931.  To this union two daughters were born. On July 15, 1933, he was married to Essa Burchwell who survives him. Also surviving him are two daughters, Bernice Hall Lownes of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Mabel, at home;  Mrs. Cleve Hall of Puncheon, Ky., Mrs. Wm. Osborne of Melvin, Ky., and Mrs. Earl Martin of Kite, Ky; two brothers, Hasadore of Kite, Ky., and Burnus D. of Memphis, Tenn. His mother and two brothers, Ernest and Edgar, preceded him in death. He served with the A. E. F. with the First Division, 26th Infantry, in France for fourteen months during World War I. After teaching school in Floyd County for several years he was employed by the B. S. & K. Railroad and later the C. & O. Railroad as Agent at Ivyton and Dawkins until his retirement. For several years he had been an invalid, having been confined to his room for almost six years, but he endured his affliction with great patience and courage. Funeral services were held at West Van Lear on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt of Auxier and Rev. John N. Mostoller of Paintsville. Burial was in charge of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Tuesday July 7, 1948

 
HAMILTON, Ben R.
1948
Ben Hamilton, 87 Dies At Red Bush
Ben R. Hamilton, 87, retired farmer of Red Bush died at his home Monday, July 12. He was born at Red Bush, the son of Thomas and Mary Ferguson Hamilton, early settlers in this county.  His father came here from North Carolina where he acquired property and soon became an extensive landowner in that section. Mr. Hamilton was married to Leaner Williams, who preceded him in death about fifty years ago and later he married Sarah Ison, who survives.  He was widely known throughout the county and was one of the recognized leaders in his community.  He was an able politician and always displayed an active interest in local, state, and national affairs. Surviving besides his wife are the following children:  Mrs. Flora Fyffe, Louisa, Estill, Prudy, Ison all of Red Bush and Emery of New Richmond, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Revs. Russell Wallen and John Hamilton at 10:00 A. M., Wednesday, July 14.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Red Bush. Paintsville Herald Thursday 15 July 1948

 
LEMASTER, Edgar Poe
1948
Edgar Poe Lemaster, 58, of Kerz, died suddently Monday morning, July 12, while on his way from his home to this city, where he was in charge of the construction of the building being erected by O. I. Williams on Main Street. Mr. Lemaster, the son of Henry and Amanda Castle Lemaster, was a well-known carpenter-contractor and had been in charge of a number of building projects in the county during the past several years. He is survived by his wife, Emma Hall Lemaster, and the following children:  Con, Kerz, Ray, Ypsilanti, Mich., Mrs. Alma Daniel, Kerz, Calvin, Ray Von, Everett Russell and Loretta all at home.  Three children preceded him in death.  Surviving also are six sisters, Mrs. Frona Daniel and Mrs. Julia Daniel of this city, Mrs. Lora Caudill, Wheelersburg, Ohio, Mrs. Dewey McClure, Wittensville, Mrs. Robert Conley, Premium, Mrs. Jasper Slone, Winifred, and one brother, Dennis Lemaster of Ashland, Ky. Funeral services were to be held at the home Wednesday morning, but due to rain were postponed until 10:00 a. m., Thursday.  Rev. Lonza Reed and O. I. Williams conducted the services and burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 15 July 1948

 
PACK, Phyllis Irene
1948
Phyllis Irene Pack, one year old daughter of Walter and Marie Stapleton Pack of Chandlersville, Ky., died at her home at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, July 4, after an illness of three weeks.  Surviving besides her parents are two sisters, Earlene and Mary of Chandlersville; and three brothers, Delmar, Ronald and Paul also of Chandlersville.  Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 5, by Revs. Fred Chandler and Cullie Sparks.  Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 8, 1948

 
PAGE, Susan (Conley)
1948
Harry Conley and Susan Page Die At Hager Hill State Patrolman Shot In Attempted Arrest Monday Night A brother and sister, Harry Conley, 48, and Susan Conley Page, 52, were killed instantly about 10 p.m. Monday night in a shooting affray on the Lick Fork Road near its junction with Route 23 about 4 miles south of Paintsville. Cpl. Homer Howard, 44, of Salyersville, a member of the state police, Forest Conley, brother of the two killed, and George Page, Mrs. Page’s husband, were wounded. Howard is a patient in the Prestonsburg Hospital where his condition is reported to be satisfactory.  He was struck by bullets in the liver and on the hand and arm. Forest Conley was shot in the chest and arm.  He was taken to the Paintsville Clinic, and later dismissed.  He executed a $3,000 bond for his appearance before the County Judge for an examining trail. Harry Conley and Mrs. Page were shot several times. It is reported that the shooting started when Howard and Patrolman Benjamin J. Music, 26, tried to intercept an automobile occupied by the Conley family and driven by Page, after the policemen had been tipped off about a drunken disturbance along Jenny’s Creek just off Route 23. Hearing shooting, Howard and Music waited at the junction of the Lick Fork Road with Route 23 until members of the Conley family came onto the highway in the automobile. Then they stepped forward and announced all were under arrest. “That’s when the shooting started,” a police spokesman said. Page was slightly wounded police said, and was removed to the jail from which he was released Tuesday without charge. It was stated here this week that the incident took place at the same place where German Conley, father of the Conley’s was killed by Charlie Blair several years ago. Harry Conley was sentenced in the Johnson Circuit Court at one time for life imprisonment as a habitual criminal but later pardoned by Govenor Ruby Laffoon.  His record, the State Police Detachment said, included convictions for a killing and a rape. Forest Conley was also convicted and served a sentence in the penitentiary.  He is the father of Forest Dean Conley who is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Jasper Blair in the Legion Hall here last January. Two other women, Margaret Burke Conley, wife of Harry Conley, and Liza Baker of Floyd County, were passengers in the automobile, but they were not injured and are not being held. The shooting on the Lick Fork Road prompted the call to police, and was said to have started when Harry Conley, on a picnic with the others, became intoxicated and entertained them with some pistol target practice. Funeral services were held yesterday at 2 p.m. at the Page home for the two slain members of the Conley family.  The services were conducted by Rev. Adron Davis. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Capt. Vernon Sanders of the State police and Forest Conley, now under arrest, will not receiving examining trial pending the outcome of Howard’s injuries. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8 July 1948

 
PICKLESIMER, Ben F.
1948
Ben F. Picklesimer, 84, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Rice, at Sitka on July 16.  He had been ill for the past five weeks. The son of Samuel and Phoeba Rice Picklesimer, he was born in Johnson County on Sept. 14, 1863.  In 1884, he was married to Eliza Phelphrey who died 34 years ago. Surviving are the following children:  Elizabeth Salyer, Ashland, W. N. Picklesimer, Williamson, W. Va., Rosie Picklesimer, Springfield, Mo., C. H. Picklesimer, Williamson, W. Va., Mrs. Marie McGuire, Olive Hill, Ky., Margarett Picklesimer, Niagara, N. Y., and Mrs. Rice, also one sister, Mrs. Celia Rice, and 19 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Three children preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 o’clock at the United Baptist Church, city, by Revs. Lonza Reed and F. F. Riggsby. Burial was made in the Sitka Cemetery under the direction of Guy’s Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 22 July 1948

 
PICKLESIMER, R.W. "Red"
1948
Funeral Services To Be Held Saturday
R. W. " Red " Picklesimer, 76, of Volga, prominent merchant and landowner of Johnson County, died at his home Wednesday at 10 a.m. Mr. Picklesimer had been ill for several years after suffering a stroke.  He was married to Josephine Conley in his early manhood and after her death, he was later married to Nora Fraley of Elliott County who preceded him in death. He was the son of Philip and Mary Elizabeth Salyer Picklesimer. Surviving are the following children: Douglas and Charles W. of Volga, Mrs. B. F. Stambaugh of Independence, Ky., Mrs. John P. Flannery of Lebanon, Ohio, and Mrs. Roy Crabtree of Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at Cannon Chapel Saturday at 10 A.M. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday Jul.08 1948

 
PRESTON, Laura (Nichols)
1948
Death Takes Laura Preston
Rites Sunday For Well-Known Woman
Mrs.Laura Ethel Preston,55, one of Paintsville's most respected women,died July 23 at 1:30 P.M. in a local hospital after an illness of seven weeks. Mrs.Preston was born in Johnson County,February 22,1893 the daughter of H.H. and Sarah Pack nichols.She was reared in the Masonic Home,her mother having died during her infancy.She later made her home wth her aunt Mrs.Pearl Slone,until her marriage to Glenn Preston on Feb.22,1911. She was a member of the First Methodist Church and wasvpast matron of the Paintsville Chapter Order of Eastern Star No.320. Mrs.Preston had many friends in Paintsville.She will be sadly missed in the community by her family and by all who knew her. Surviving beside her husband areone foster son William K.Preton, city,one sister Mrs.Dora NicholsSturgill of Cherokee,O.,and one brother S.B.Nichols,Stockdale,O. Funeral services were conductedat the First Methodist Church at 2:30 P.M.Sunday by Rev.Clarence W.Krebs and Rev.John N.Mostoller. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery where the ceremony was conducted at the graveside by the Order of  Eastern Star. Burial was under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsvill Hearld Thursday July 27,1948

 
SMITH, Warren
1948
Warren Smith killed In Car Accident
Warren Smith. 21, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of Boons Camp, was fatally injured in a car accident Saturday night, July 31. Mr. Smith was employed at Lundale, W. Va., and was enroute to his home for a visit when the accident occured. Surviving besides his parents are several brothers and sisters. Funeral and burial services were conducted at Boons Camp Monday, August 2. Paintsville Herald Thursday Aug. 5, 1948

 
SPRADLIN, Rachel Emaline
1948
STROKE  FATAL TO RICEVILLE WOMAN
RACHEL E. SPRADLIN SUCCUMBS JULY 16.
Rachel Emaline Spradlin,78, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Frankie Williams, near Riceville at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 16, from the effects of a stroke suffered early Monday morning. Mrs. Spradlin was the widow of Elliott Spradlin and was a beloved member of her community. She will be missed not only by her family, but by her neighbors and many friends. She is survived by four children; Mrs. Callie Reed, Oil Springs, Dord Spradlin,, Stirrar, W.Va., and Mrs. Framkie Williams and Mrs. Nola Collins both of Riceville. Seven children preceded her in death. Surviving also are one brother, Bud Bays, Swamp Branch,and a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Collins, Greenup. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 18, by Rev. Scott Castle and burial was under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PaintsvilleHerald Thursday, 7-27-1948

 
STAMBAUGH, Margaret (Debord)
1948
HEART AILMENT TAKES MARGARET STAMBAUGH
Mrs. Margaret Stambaugh, 75, died July 21 at her home in Lawrence County near Lowmansville after a four-day illness from a heart condition. Mrs. Stambaugh was the wife of Fred Stambaugh and had lived in Lawrence County all of her life. She was the daughter of John and Vandallia Debord, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are four sons and two daughters by a former marriage; J.S. Skaggs, Van Skaggs, Walter Skaggs of Lowmansville, Brack Skaggs of Gallipolis Ohio, Mrs. Ervin Ward, Wheelwright and Mrs. Earl C. Sagraves, Langsville, Ohio. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Burial will be made under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday, 7-22-1948

 
WEST, Anna (Brown)
1948
Mrs. Anna West Dies July 27
Nippa Woman
Stroke Fatal To Mrs. Anna West, wife of Henry West, died July  27 at her home after a four-year illness from a stroke. Mrs. West was born in Morgan County and was the daughter of Frank and Polly Ann Brown. She had resided in Johnson County for 35 years. Mrs. West was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Suviving besides her husband are one daughter and two sons: Mrs. Della Sammons, Ironton, O., Thamas Terry, Seco, and William Terry, Ironton, O. Funeral services were held at 2 O'clock Thursday at the home by Rev. Millard Van Hoose and Rev. laud Preston. Burial was made in a cemetery at Nippa under the direction of Guy's Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG 5 1948

 
WILLIAMS, Chandler
1948
Rites Saturday For Chandler Williams
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 12 o'clock for Chandler Williams, 66, who died at his home at Volga Wednesday after an illness of several years from diabetes. The services will be conducted at the home by Rev. Harry Salyers and Rev. Bruce Daniels. Mr. Williams was born in Breathitt County on October 16, 1881, the son of Chandler and Ann Williams.  He had been a resident of Volga for the past 30 years. Surviving are two sons and four daughters, Cecil Williams, Clendenin, W. Va., Hershel Williams, Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Mitchell McKenzie, Staffordsville, Mrs. Tom Caudill, Louisville, Mrs. Dewey Salyer and Mrs. Everett Salyer of Volga.  He is survived by one brother and two sisters, Luther Williams, Wheelersburg, Ky., Mrs. Bradley Meade, City, and Mrs. Jim Hyington, Jenkins, Ky. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the directions of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Jul.22 1948


AUGUST - 1948

BALDWIN, Everett R.
1948
Final Rites Sunday For Sgt. Baldwin
Sgt. Everett Rice Baldwin, son of the late John and Alkia Rice Baldwin and nephew of Irvin Rice of this city, will be returned here Saturday for reburial. The body will be taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Eddie Franklin, in Southside Saturday and funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 15, at 2:00 P.M., at the Freewill Baptist Church.  Graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUGUST 12, 1948 [NOTE: Unknown Death Date]

 
DILLS, John  Jr.
1948
Rites Tuesday For Nippa Man
Funeral services were held Tuesday for John Dills,Jr., Nippa, who died August 15 at 3:00 p.m., after an illness of sereval years. Mr.Dills was born August 19,1915 at Nippa where he spent his boyhood years.He was a graduate of the Paintsville High School and Boothe Business School.He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and an active member of the Paintsville Lodge No. 381, F. & A.M., Paintsville Chapter No. 131, R.A.M., Paintsville Commandery, Knight Templar No.48, El Hassa Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Ashland and Paintsville Chapter No. 320, Order of theEastern Star. He was Past Master of his lodge, and had the honor of being the first local First Commander of Knights Templar. On Nov.12, 1939 he was married to Avanell Trimble who survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Judith Nell, his parents Mr.and Mrs. John Dills of Nippa,one sister,Mrs.J.P.Hill,West Prestonsburg and grandmother, Mrs. Zina Dills of Nippa and other relatives and a host od friends. Funeral service were conducted at Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church by Revs.Millard Van Hoose,Claude Preston,and C.C.Hall. Burials was made in the Price Cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Hearld Thursday August 12,1948

 
DYER, David W.
1948
Hendricks Man Dies August 27, 1948
David W. Dyer, 78, died August 27, 1948, at his home at Hendricks Magoffin County, after a Three-week illness. Mr. Dyer was the son of the late James and Rebecca Arnett Dyer. He had bee a lifelong resident of Magoffin County and was a member of the Church of God. Surviving are his wife Lou Emma Arnett. and eleven children: Mrs. Myrtle Roark, Mrs. Mable Marshall, Mrs. Sola Tackett, Vinetta Dyer, Reva Dyer, Freddie, Fritz, Lindern, Woodrow, Mazee, and Roy B.  Two brothers and two sisters Lark Dyer, Emlie Jayneshrdin, Lark Dyer, W. K. Dyer, Emlie Jayne Allen and Manda Walters. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 28, 1948 at 2 P.M. at the home by Rev Wardie Craft. Burial was made in the family cemetery by Guy's Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2 Sep.1948

 
FAIRCHILD, Joe
1948
Fairchild Infant Dies August 27
Joe Fairchild, infant son of Mr. And Mrs. William Fairchild, died at the Golden Rule Hospital Friday a few hours after birth. Surviving besides the parents are one brother, William C. and one sister, Lorna Faye. Funeral services were held August 28 at the family cemetery by Rev. Henry W. Reed. Interment was made in the family cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2 September 1948

 
FIELDS, R.M.
1948
Judge R. M. Fields Dies August 10
Circuit Judge of Pike and Letcher 24 Years Judge R. Monroe Fields, 67, circuit judge of Pike and Letcher counties, died Tuesday at his home at Whitesburg of a heart attack. He had presided for 24 years over the 35th Judicial Circuit. His death occured only a few weeks before he was to have been required to transfer from Letcher to Pike County as judge of the new 35th Judicial District which will comprise only Pike County. Judge Fields had lived in Letcher County his entire life. A Republican, he was first elected to the circuit bench in 1924. He was re-elected to successive six-year terms until 1944, when both parties honored him by naming him their candidate. Surviving besides his wife, are three daughters, Mrs. William Bates and Mrs. Joseph Graham, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mrs. Arthur Smith, Cleveland. A son, Glenn, was killed in a plane crash in 1932 near Marietta, Ga. Originally, it was announced the funeral would be Friday but the plans were changed because of the ill health of Mrs. Fields, the wife. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 10:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in which he was an active member. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG 12 1948

 
FIELDS, William
1948
Rites Sunday for Tomahawk Merchant
William Fields, 65, of Tomahawk, died in St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., on August 5, from Brights Disease. Mr. Fields was born in Martin County on Sept. 26, 1882, the son of Ruben Fields. He was a merchant by occupation and was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was married to Mary Runyon on September 5, 1903 who survives him. Funeral services were held Sunday at 10 a.m., at Murray Church at Tomahawk by Rev. Buddy Maynard and Rev. G.W. Preston. Burial was made in the Williamson Cemetery under the direction of Guy's Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG 12 1948

 
HURT, FLora (Blevins)
1948
Short Illness Fatal To Flora Mae Hurt
Mrs. Flora Mae Hurt, 47, of White House, wife of Isaac Hurt, died Thursday at a local hospital following a short illness. She was born in Johnson County and was the daughter of Eli Blevins. She had been a resident of White House for the past 17 years, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband, are six sons and three daughters; Edward S. Hurt of Londale, W. Va., Curt, James, Emmett Harold, Charles Russell and Elsie Ray of White House. A number of brothers and sisters survive also. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 P.M. Friday, August 20, by Revs. Elzie Banks, Bud Wiley and Leonard Walters. Burial was made under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG 26 1948

  
LAMBERT, Charles
1948
Death of Man Found In Road Attributed To Heart Attack
Charles Lambert, 54, was found dead in the road on Barnett's Creek Saturday night, August 7.  His death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Lambert was born at Denver September 11, 1894, the son of James and Mary Lambert.  At the time of his death he was residing in Louisville, Ky. He is survived by seven children, four daughters, Betty Jewell Lambert, Lyndon, Ky., Mary Louise Lambert, Midway, Ky., Joan Lambert, Washington Court House, Ohio, and Clara Lambert, Denever, Ky., three sons, Willie and Charles, Jr., of Louisville, and Donald of Lyndon, Ky. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his sister on Barnetts Creek at 3:00 P.M. Monday, August 9, by Rev. Bryant.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUGUST 12, 1948

  
LANGLEY, Katherine (Gudger)
1948
Mrs. Katherine Gudger Langley, 60, former U.S. Representative, died Sunday morning at her home at Pikeville after a brief illness. She was the widow of John W. Langley, who was a member of the House of Representatives for 19 years. Mrs. Langley was a native of Ashville, N.C., the daughter of James Madison Gudger  who served in the House of Representatives for 12 years. She was the first woman to serve on the State Central Committe of the Republican party, and was elected to Congress in 1928 from this District. She was re-elected in 1930. She was married in 1903 to Mr. Langley, a native of Floyd County. The Langleys move to Pikeville in 1906 and after her husband entered Congress she served as his secretary and from 1919 to 1925 was clerk of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. She served as postmaster of Pikeville and was active in church and civic work in Eastern Kentucky. She was a former grand worthy matron of the Kentucky Eastern Star, president of the Woman's Club, member of the Business and Professional Woman's Club, and the Baptist Church. A member of the State Railroad Commission from 1939 to 1943, she was defeated in a bid for re-election last year. Surviving are one son, John W. Langley, Jr., Pikeville, and two daughters, Mrs. Katherine L. Hinton, Pikeville, and Mrs. Susanna Todd, New Castle, Pa. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Pikeville Baptist Church. Interment was made in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-12-1948

  
MESSER, Charles W.
1948
Charles W. Messer, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Messer of West Van Lear, died in the Prestonsburg Hospital early Wednesday, August 11, from a skull fracture received in a fall from the rear of a fruit truck Tuesday afternoon.  The accident occurred near Allen, Ky., and the cause of the fall is not known.  Besides his parents he is survived by several brothers and sisters.  Funeral services will be conducted at the home of the parents in West Van Lear Friday, August 13, at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will be in the Webb Cemetery near East Point under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 12, 1948

  
MOORE, Archie Burns
1948
Archie Burns Moore, 24, World War II Veteran died in a local hospital shortly after midnight Sunday night, following an illness of several months. He had been a patient in the Veterans' Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., from November, 1947, until about a month before his death. He was the son of Mrs. Stella Daniel and the late Scott F. Moore and is survived by his mother, four sisters and one brother: Mrs. Retta McCloud, City, Mrs. Elizabeth Alice McClelland, Van Lear, Mrs. Roberta Dozier, Pikeville, Jessie Moore at home, and Worth Aaron Moore, with the US Army in Japan. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at 1:00 Wednesday, August 25, and graveside rites were conducted by the American Legion.  Burial was in the Turner Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUGUST 26, 1948

 
PICKLESIMER, Galen Alvis
1948
Galen Alvis Picklesimer, 75, father of Dr. F. M. Picklesimer, city, died Sunday, August 15, at 10 p.m. at his hoe at Meally. Mr. Picklesimer had been suffering from a heart ailment, but his death came unexpectedly and was a shock to his family and friends. He was born March 21, 1873, the son of the late Dr. F. M. and Minerva Bayes Picklesimer of this county.  On March 11, 1893, he was married to Martha Leck Wells who preceded him in death.  To this union were born five children, Dr. Frank Marion Picklesimer of Paintsville, Galen Picklesimer, Jr., Meally and three daughers, Lora, Lucy and Della, deceased. On July 7, 1909, he was married to Laura Crider and to this union were born five children, Douglas and Samuel of Wheelwright, Mrs. Cecil Meek, Meally, Thelma, at home, and Harold Eugene, deceased. He had been a member of the Church of Christ since early youth and was a faithful and loyal Christian until his death. He was widely known throughout the county where he was held I high esteem.  He was a loving husband and father. Besides his six children, he is survived by his wife, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, also the following brothers, Bristal Picklesimer, Inglewood, Calif., Kindred Picklesimer of Indiana, J. M. Picklesimer, Meally, Homer Picklesimer, Volga.  Preceding him in death are three sisters and one brother, Priscilla Ramey, East Point, Louise, Texas, Lora Osborne, California and Tobe Picklesimer also of California. Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church at Meally on Wednesday morning at 10 A. M., by Rev. Herschel Short. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12 August 1948

 
PRESTON, Jack Alden
1948
Funeral services were conducted here Sunday at 1:30 P. M., for Jack Alden Preston, 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Preston, of Dayton, Ohio, who died in the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton at 10:45 P.M. on August 18. Jack was born February 12, 1933, at Staffordsville, where he lived until about five years ago when the family moved to Dayton, Ohio. He was a very likeable young man, making friends with all whom he met. He was a student at the Kiser School in Dayton and would have been a student in high school next month. Last Wednesday, while riding with a friend on a motorcycle, he was struck by a car and seriously injured. Two hours later his died without regaining consciousness. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 26, 1948

 
REYNOLDS, Walter (Wheeler)
1948
Judge Walter Wheeler Reynolds, 75, former county judge, pro tem, and assistant attourney, died Monday after a brief illness of pneumonia and a heart condition in Pikeville. He was city judge at the time of his death, having been elected last November. He had been a practicing attourney for 50 years. A native of Rochester, N. Y., Reynolds first established at Prestonsbury, Ky., having come to this state with his father, Thomas J. Reynolds, who was a lumber operator. His mother was Mary Wheeler Reynolds. He served as U. S. commissioner in Spokane, Wash., where he resided for a while before returning to Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, two sons, John F., and Walter A. Reynolds, Pikeville, and four daughters, Mrs. Roger G. Nooe, Nashville, Tenn., Mrs. Alice Gatlin, Washington, D. C., Mrs. Neal B. Scott, Sacramento, Cal., and Mrs. Duran K. Phillips, Pikeville. Paintsville Herald Thursday Sept. 2, 1948

 
RUCKER, Wayne
1948
Wayne Rucker Killed In Slate Fall
Wayne Rucker, 43, well-known Van Lear man, was killed instantly in a slate fall in a Van Lear mine Wednesday morning.  He and two other men were operating a coal loading machine when a piece of slate about six or eight-feet wide suddenly fell and struck him.  The other two men, who were on the opposite side, escaped injury by jumping into a breakthrough. Mr. Rucker is survived by his wife, Agnes Jasper Rucker, and six children. Surviving also are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Rucker of Van Lear, and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, but definite arrangements are not complete at this time. Paintsville Herald Thursday 26 August 1948
 
OBITUARY-2
Funeral Services for Wayne Rucker, Age 43, Van Lear, was held at his home Sunday, August 29, at 2 p.m. Rev. Leonard Bowling, Oak Hill, Ohio conducted the services. The decensed was killed instantly in a mine accident August 25 at the Van Lear Mines where he had been employed for the past 13 years.  He had been active in church work since 1937 at the Little Mission Sunday School as Superintendent, Treasurer, and Instructor of the Bible Class. Surviving are his wife, Agnes, and six children, Ruth Ann, Nancy Elizabeth, Sarah Margaret, Wayne, Jr., Paul Edward, and Helen Francis, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Rucker, six brothers, Glen Hitchins, Erris, Hatcher, West Virginia, Harold, Dayton, Ohio, Russell of this city, Stanley and Earl, San Bernardino, Calif.; and three sisters:  Mrs. J. E. Stapleton, Dayton, O., Mrs. Jack Fraley, and Naomi of Van Lear. Burial was made in the Wells’ Cemetery, Paintsville, Kentucky.  Active pallbearers were:  Frank Clifton, George Clifton, Lawrence Meddings, Johnny Castle, Charles Brickey and John Marshell. Honorary pallbearers were:  Aud Williamson, Clyde O’Bryan, Bruce Phelps, Eugene Hyden, Reverands D. C. Hughes, Horton Davis, John Dee Bailey, Kenneth Fleming, Eddie Burnem, Clifton DeBoard. Paintsville Herald Thursday 16 September 1948

 
SLONE, Marion
1948
Rites Held Today For Marion Slone
Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the United Baptist Church for Marion Slone, 45, who died August 29 in a Detroit hospital, after a two weeks' illness from a liver ailment. Mr. Slone was born in Johnson County, but had resided in Detroit for the past 16 years. Besides his father, he is survived by two sons, Marion Slone, Jr., city, and Donald Slone of Magoffin County, also the following brothers and sisters; Virgil Slone, Winifred, Mrs. Lola McKenzie, Flat Gap, Mrs. Manda Castle, Staffordsville, Clarence Slone, Regnold Slone, James Slone, Jrs., and Clarice Slone, all of Paintsville. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Leonard Walters, F. F. Rigsby, and Lonza Reed. Burial will be made in the family cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Septemer 2, 1948

 
WEBB, Stewart
1948
Stewart Webb, 72, Dies August 23
Funeral Services Conducted Tuesday Stewart Webb, 72, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dennis Blair, of this city, at 4:30 a.m., Monday, August 23, with cancer after being seriously ill for some time. Mr. Webb was an employee of the Northeast Coal Company at Auxier for a number of years, and was a painter by trade.  He later purchased a farm near Denver and had lived there since leaving the employ of the Northeast. He is survived by his wife, Myrtie Bailey Webb of Denver and the following children: Ollie Webb, Caron, W. Va., Elmer Webb, city; Pearl Lee Webb, Perry, Okla.; Mrs. Myrtle Blair, city; Mrs. Edna Mae Wells, Van Lear; Edward Morris Webb, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Blair, Barnetts Creek and Glen Webb, Washington, Mo.  Surviving also are twenty-seven grandchildren. Rev. William Horn of Auxier conducted services at the grave at 2:00p.m., Tuesday, August 24.  Burial was in the Webb Cemetery on Johns Creek under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 26, 1948

 
WHEELER, William Robert
1948
Rites Held Tuesday At Winifred For Wheeler Child
Funeral services were held at Winifred Tuesday at 2 P.M. for William Robert Wheeler, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wheeler of Red Jacket, W. Va., who died at the Bluefield Sanitorium, Bluefield, W. Va., following an operation. He had been ill for the past eight months. A grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Wheeler of Winifred at whose home the funeral services were conducted, he was also the nephew of Mrs. Greenville Helton and John Martin Wheeler, city, and Dr. Arville Wheeler of Nashville, Tenn. Surviving besides his parents, who are former residents of this city, are one brother, Ronnie, and one sister, Betty Sue. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Culley Sparks. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 26, 1948


SEPTEMBER - 1948

BLAIR, Virgil
1948
Virgil Blair, Veteran, Dies September 17
Former Van Lear Man Succumbs In Veterans’ Hospital Virgil Blair, 26, of Estill, former resident of Van Lear, died in the Veterans’ Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., Friday morning, September 17. He was born in this county November 4, 1920, the son of Oscar and Louise Litteral Blair.  He was married to Maxine Cooley June 1, 1942, and two children were born to this union. Mr. Blair entered the Army in November 1942, and was wounded in Sicily the following July.  He was returned to his home in November 1943. Surviving are his wife, two children, Larry James and Judy, his parents; five sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Eunice Hyden and Mrs. Anna Murphy, both of Van Lear, Mrs. Mary Baldridge, East Point, Mrs. Mabel Williams, Meally, Mrs. Myrtle Wheatley, city, Marshall, Hershel, and Beecher all of Van Lear. The body was brought to Van Lear to the home of his brother on Sunday morning. Funeral services were held by the rev. Russell Ramey of Glo, Ky., at the Christian church at West Van Lear on Tuesday, September 21. Graveside services were conducted by the American Legion Posts of Wayland and Johnson County. Burial was made in the Cumbo Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 23 September 1948

 
BLEVINS, Robert
1948
Robert Blevins, age 96, former Johnson County resident, died at 4:50 p.m., September 29, at the home of his son, Ralph  Blevins at Weeksbury. He had been ill about three weeks, and his death was attributed to debilities of old age. Mr. Blevins was born at Staffordsville, February 24, 1852, the son of Lewis and Polly Ann Meade Blevins. He had resided at Weeksbury for the past 20 years, and was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. He was a devout Christian. He was a brother of  Elisha Blevins,jailor, and often visited in Johnson  County where he has many friends and relatives. He remembered many incidents of his boyhood years and enjoyed telling stories of the happenings that took place almost a century ago. He was a retired farmer. Noted for his singing, he enjoyed singing up to the time of his last illness. Surviving are the following sons; Ben  Blevins, West Virginia; Dick Blevins, Van Lear;   Floyd Blevins, Tram;  Dock  Blevins, Weeksbury; Harrison Blevins, Springfield, Ohio,  and Ralph Blevins, Weeksbury.  His wife preceded him in death 20 years ago. Also surviving are two brothers, George B.Blevins and Elisha Blevins, city, one sister,  Mrs. Cynthia Dills, Hager Hill, 32 grandchildren,  62 great grandchildren, and 54 great  great  grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at  2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, at the home of George B.Blevins,  city. Burial will be made in the Preston Cemetery, under the direction of the Baker Funeral  Home of  Pikeville. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY SEP-30-1948

 
CASTLE, George
1948
Slate Fall Fatal To George Castle At Wayland Mine
Funeral Services Sunday For Veteran Of World War II
George Castle, 37, former resident of this county and naval veteran of World War II, was killed instantly in a slate fall in a mine at Wayland Thursday night, September 30. Mr. Castle, who was night foreman, was assisting the men in removing some old timber when he was caught beneath a fall of rock and slate. He was born at Thealka, the son of Lavada Music Castle and the late Ross Castle.  He later moved to Wayland where he had been employed for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Frisby Castle and eight children.  Surviving also are his mother; three sisters, Mrs. Solon Conley, Pond Creek, Mrs. Raymond Dale, Sitka, and Mrs. Irene Marrs of this city and two brothers, James Ira of Wayland, and Ross, Jr., with the U.S. Army stationed at Battle Creek, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church at Wayland at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, October 3.  The body was then brought to Thealka where graveside rites were conducted by members of the Masonic Lodge of Wayland and Paintsville.  Burial was in the Thealka cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 7, 1948

 
COX, Elizabeth E.
1948
Death Claims Mother Of Judge W.H. Cox
Johnson County Native Lived in W. Va. 56 Years
Mrs. Elizabeth E. Cox. 86, 2344 Johnstown Road, Huntington, W. Va., died at her home September 2. Funeral services were conducted at the Reger Chapel at 2:30 P.M. September 4, and burial was in Woodmere Cemetery. She is survived by one daughter and five sons, including W.H. Cox of Paintsville. Also surviving is a brother, W.H. Lemaster of Paintsville; a sister, Mrs. Sarah J. Cox of Ashland, and 13 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Cox was born in Johnson County, September 12, 1861. She and her family left Johnson and moved to Huntington, W. Va., in 1892, where she spent the remainder of her life. She was the widow of Andrew Jackson Cox. The officiating minister at her funeral services was the Rev. Clifford Caverlee, pastor of the Weston Baptist Church at Weston, W. Va. He is the husband of one of Mrs. Cox's grandchildren. Her son, W. H. Cox, is manager of the Big Sandy Federal Savings & Loan Association. He served as Police Judge of Paintsville before entering the Savings and Loan organization. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-16-1948

 
CRISLIP, Sarah Ellen
1948
Sarah Ellen Crislip, 74, wife of George B. Crislip, died at her home near Sitka Thursday afternoon following an illness of several months. Mrs. Crislip was a native of Virginia and has three sisters and three brothers residing in that state. She is also survived be one daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Hallie Young of Ferum, Virginia, and the following stepchildren; Alpha and Georgia Crislip both of Cattletsburg, Mrs. Virgie Doubledee, Wadsworth, Ohio, Willie, Volga, Walter, Sitka and Ruby at home. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 Sunday, September 18 at the old homeplace and burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-23-1948

 
CYRUS, Cyrus
1948
Ben Cyrus, Had Worked at Van Lear for Years
Ben Cyrus, 74-year-old retired miner,died Monday at his home in Van Lear from a heart attack.He had been miner for many years until his retirement severl years ago. He was a son of the late Lewis Cyrus and Mrs.Elizabeth Robinson Cyrus. Survivors are his wife,Mrs.Emma Dixion Cyrus and daughters,Mrs. Myrtle Tralord, Cass Bay, Oregon:Mrs.Vinnie Connors,Auxier,Ky.;Mrs. Minnie Belle Baldridge,Lexington,and four sons Ted Cyrus,Henry Cyrus and Ivan Cyrus,Van Lear and Dan Cyrus,Dift,Ky. Funeral services were held at the Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church this afternoon by Rev.Moses Kitchen.Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Hearld Thursday September-16-1948

 
ENDICOTT, Samuel
1948
Funeral services for Samuel Endicott, 81, farmer of Job, Ky., were conducted Saturday, October 2, with the Rev. Sammey Branham officiating. Mr. Endicott died on Thursday morning September 30, at the Ironton, Ohio, General Hospital, after an illness of ten days. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Henry Copley, Williamson, W. Va., Mrs. B. A. Orr, Starrett, W. Va., and Mrs. Bill Blackburn, Job; four sons, Russell Endicott, Williamson, Gilbert and Dewey Endicott, Job, and John Endicott, Randor, Va.; and four brothers, Joshua Endicott, Job, Ezekial Endicott, Route 1, Ft. Gay, Ransom Endicott, Route 2, Louisa, and Marion Endicott Job, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCTOBER 7, 1948

 
HALL, Janet Gayle
1948
Janet Gayle Hall, five-year-old daughter of Albert and Eleanor Preston Hall, of Starks, Maine, died Sunday morning, September 5, at 12:45 a.m., at Johns Hopkins Hospital, after an illness of two weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Hall were former residents of this vicinity.  The child was a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Preston, of Nippa, Ky., a great granddaughter of Elder J. B. Preston, of Tutor Key, Ky., and a great granddaughter of Mrs. Fred V. Van Hoose, of Nippa, Ky. Besides her parents and grandparents, she is survived by two brothers, Charles Willard, and Philip Lynn. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, September 7, at the Freewill Baptist Church, Nippa, Ky., by the Reverend Claude Preston.  Interment was in the family cemetery at Nippa, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 9, 1948

 
HINKLE, Bert
1948
The body of Bert Hinkle, 51, former Johnson County resident, was found Sept. 10 in a small mine on Doty Creek, near McDowell in Floyd County where he had worked alone during the day.  Electrocution was held to be the cause of his death. The body was discovered by a son who went in search of his father when the latter failed to return to his nearby home when expected.  Investigation disclosed, it was said, that he was electrocuted while attempting to connect an electric wire to a water pump inside the mine. Surviving the victim are his widow, Mrs. Florence Moore Hinkle, 10 children, a brother, Crit Hinkle, Stidham, Ky., and two sisters, Mrs. Len Wells, Wabasso, Fla., and Mrs. George Fleming, Hardy, Ky. Mr. Hinkle was a native of Martin County. Funeral services were conducted on September 13, at McDowell. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 1948

 
HOWARD, Sharon K.
1948
Sharon Kay Howard, nine month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Howard, of this city, died September 15, at her home, after an illness of four months.  Besides her parents she is survived by two sisters and two brothers, Janet Sue, Vivian Carol, Windle H. and Thomas.  Funeral services were held at the grave at 10:00 a.m., September 16, by Rev. E.F. Rigsby and burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Sept. 16, 1948

 
MEEK, Julia (Castle)
1948
Mrs. Julia Meek Dies in Colorado
Mrs. Julia Anne Meek, 65, former resident of this county, died at Entwistle, Alberta, Canada, September 12. Mrs. Meek, a native of Johnson County was Miss Julia Anne Castle before her marriage to John C. Meek of Boons Camp, Kentucky. She is survived by her husband and four daughters, Mrs. Sarah Liton, White House,; Mrs. Ethel Torodash, Mrs. Malissa Blough, and Mrs. Rose Brenner of Entwistle, Alberta, Canada,  and one son, Eugene D. of Nachses, Washington.  Also surviving are three stepsons, Elias, Crawford, and Arbie of Canada and numerous relatives and friends. Mrs. Meek had been a patient in a hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for several weeks with a heart ailment and died en route to her home in Entwistle. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m., at the Entwistle Community Hall.  Rev. N. V. Ashdown officiated and interment took place in the Entwistle Cemetery Park Memorial Ltd. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 14, 1948 *Transcriber note: The obituary headline does indeed say Colorado.


PATRICK, Johnson
1948
Johnson Patrick, 78, prominent Thealka merchant, died at his home at 7:30 Tuesday morning, apparently from a heart attack. Mr. Patrick had been in business at the same location for 25 years.  He got up Tuesday morning and almost immediately fell to the floor and died, it was said. Surviving Mr. Patrick are his wife, two sons, five daughters and a brother. The sons are Bradley Patrick, Nippa and Doke Patrick, Tutor Key.  Daughters are Mrs. Mary Jane Stapleton, Tutor Key; Mrs. Charles W. Van Hoose, Paintsville; Mrs. Sara Thompson, Springfield, Ohio; Mrs Ray Picklesimer, Nippa and Mrs. Okie Jewell McKenzie, Thealka.  The brother, C. W. "Hoss" Patrick lives in Lawrence County. Funeral services were held at the residence at 10:30 this morning by Rev. Don Fraley and Rev. Robert Castle.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Thealka. The Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and burial. Mr. Patrick had been married twice.  Mrs. McKenzie was a daughter by his second wife. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 1948

 
RICE, J. Verne Dr.
1948
Stoke Fatal To Native of County
Dr. J. Verne Rice, 66, of Wellesville, O., died Sept. 1 at 3:30 P.M. in Birmingham, Ala., at the home of his brother, Major Martin Rice. Dr. Rice suffered a stroke about eight months ago, but had regained his health until about one month ago when he suffered the second stroke. Born in Johnson County the son of the late Harvey B. and Mary Rice, he spent his early manhood here where he has many friends who will regret to learn of his passing.  He was a member of one of Johnson County's most prominent families. Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, also four brothers and one sister, Heber Rice, Washington, D. C., Garland H. Rice, city, Major Martin R. Rice, Birmingham, Ala., Francis Rice, Pikeville, and Miss Lucille Rice, city. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at Wellesville, Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 1948
    
OBITUARY Dr. J. Verne Rice first saw the light of day on January 17, 1881, in Paintsville, Kentucky.  This beautiful, little city was then only a tiny village built around an old-fashioned water mill. Dr. Rice and brother, Heber, entered school in a one-room building with the late John C. C. Mayo as teacher.  He further pursued studies under the direction of John B. Wheatley, Eastern Kentucky educator.  He took his degree in medicine at the University of Louisville in 1909. Dr. Rice was located during the next three years on Midway Island in the Pacific.  Here were the engineers who had charge of the laying of the first great cable.  During a residence in Bellevue Hospital, New York City, in January, 1915, Dr. Rice married Miss Edith V. Hand, member of a distinguished Philadelphia family.  Mrs. Rice, at the time of her marriage, was a professional nurse. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 1948

 
ROWLAND, Bertha Belle
1948
Long Illness Fatal To White House Girl
Bertha Belle Rowland, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rowland, died at her home in White House, Kentucky, on Wednesday, September 29, after an illness of five years. She was born on March 17, 1933, at White House, and has always resided there. Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Milton and Hubert, both of White House, and two sisters, Leora, White House, and Mrs. Carl McDonald, Los Angeles, California. Funeral services will be held at Davella, Kentucky, by the Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 1.  Burial will be in the family cemetery at Davella, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 30 September 1948

 
RELONG, Paul
1948
Funeral Services Held Here Sunday For Paul RuLoong Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2:30 at the First Methodist Church by Rev. C. W. Krebs for Paul RuLong of Huntington, former resident of this city, who was struck and killed by an automobile in Huntington Wednesday, September 15. He is survived by his wife Jessie Roberts RuLong. Pallbearers were:  Charles Sowards, Dan H. Roberts, Kelse Roberts, Carmen Roberts, Jr., Dan Roberts, Paul James Lambert, all nephews of Mrs. RuLong. Burial was in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 23 September 1948

 
SMITH, William R.
1948
Former Boons Camp Resident Dies
William Ray Smith, 50, former Boons Camp resident, died Sept. 21, at his home in Cincinnati, O., after an eight-month illness from a heart condition. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Alice Smith. Funeral services were held at 2:20 p. m., Sept. 24, at the Little Friendship Church at Boons Camp by Revs. Lafe Preston, Sam Preston, and Leonard Walters. Burial was made under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Sept. 30, 1948

 
TURNER, Josephine (Creede)
1948
Wife Of Circuit Judge Dies On Day Of Golden Wedding Anniversary
Mrs. Josephine Louise Turner wife of Circuit Judge James W. Turner, and mother of J. Douglas Turner, cashier of the First National Bank of Paintsville, died at her home on Third Street early Tuesday morning after a brief illness due to a heart attack. Mrs. Turner came to Paintsville to make her home with Judge Turner many years ago when the town was merely a village with no paved streets, no electric lights, no waterworks, no gas system, and the railroad ended at White House.  She had been active all these years in all movements for the moral, intellectual and religious advancement of the town and county. At one time she was Worth Matron of the Eastern Star, was President of the Delphian Society, and President of the Woman's Missionary Society of the First M. E. Church and was active in many other organizations. She was born in Brockton Mass., and was one of seven daughters of John and Nora Creede, who were of sturdy Scotch descent, John Creede having been associated at one time with W. L. Douglas in the manufacture of shoes in Brockton.  Mr. Douglas later became Governor of Massachusetts. Three sons were born to Judge and Mrs. Turner:  Ernest, Douglas and Chester.  Ernest and Chester preceded her in death.  Mrs. Turner, in addition to her husband and son, J Douglas Turner, grandson, J. Douglas Turner, Jr., and granddaughter, Diane Sue Turner, is survived by two sisters, Mrs. D. A. Leonard, of Toronto, Canada, and Miss Julie Creede, of Brockton. Mrs. Turner became ill three weeks ago, and at times showed considerable improvements, giving hope of her ultimate recovery, but on Sunday, Sept. 5, 1948, the final attack came which resulted in her death on Tuesday, September 7 1948, which was the 50th anniversary of her marriage to Judge Turner on Sept. 7, 1898. Mrs. turner had a wide circle of friends, not only in Paintsville but throughout the State, and her death comes as a shock to all. Funeral services were held at the home at two o'clock this afternoon.  The Rev. C. W. Krebs, pastor of the First M. E. Church, assisted by the Rev. J. T. Harmon, officiating Because of the high esteem in which Mrs. Turner and her husband and son are held in the community, stores and business houses closed for the funeral. Burial was in the family lot in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Sep.09 1948 Thursday

 
WELLS, Charles W.
1948
Charles Willard Wells, 28, Navy veteran of WWII, died very suddenly in his home in Van Lear Sunday Morning September 26. Mr. Wells was employed as a welder and repairman by the Consolidated Coal Company and had worked the last day that the mines were running. He was the son of James Huff Wells, former resident of Johnson County who resided in Dayton, Ohio for the past several years. He was married to Lucy Caudill and two children. Delena Rose and James Phillip were born to this union. He is also survived by two brothers Denver G. Wells of this city and Robert Thomas Wells of Dayton Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00pm at the Baptist church in Van Lear Wednesday Sept 29 by Rev Millard Van Hoose. Graveside rites were conducted at the Wells Cemetery in this city by the American Legion. Burial was under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-30-1948

 
WILLIAMS, Oscar M.
1948
Oscar M. Williams, 61, brother of Ottie F. Williams of this city, and a prominent and respected resident of the Flat Gap section, died at his home at Flat Gap Friday, September 24. A member of one of Kentucky's pioneer families, Mr. Williams was in Lawrence County, January 28, 1887, the son of Henry Farmer and Malissa Evans Williams. A recognized leader and influential member of his community, Mr. Williams also had friends throughout all of Eastern Kentucky.  He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and was serving as postmaster at Flat Gap at the time of his death. One of the County's most active businessmen, he engaged in the mercantile business for a number of years.  He was instrumental in the organization of the Williams Grocery Company established here in 1930 and served that company in the capacity of vice president and director until 1934.   He also was vice president and director of the Wheeler Grocery at Williamson, W. Va., and the Huntington Grocery Company, at Huntington. Surviving are his wife, Esta Williams, his mother, Mrs. Malissa Williams, five sisters, Mrs. Nora Osborne, Ashland; Mrs. Mollie Morris Riggs; Mrs. Julia Gambill, Abilene, Texas; Mrs. Blanche Miller, Punxsutawney, Pa., Mrs. Nola Skaggs, Martha, and two brothers, Ottie F. Williams of this city and Dr. Homer C. Williams of Daytona Beach Florida.  One sister, Mrs. Alma Wright, preceded him in death on January 27, 1948. Funeral services were conducted at the Missionary Baptist Church at Flat Gap, Monday, September 27, at 2:00 by the Rev. Sam Slone of Dayton, Ohio, assisted by Rev. Roy Hamilton.  Pallbearers were Russell Dobyns, Howard Skaggs, Claude Fyffe, Don Litzinger, Lunda Evans, and Proctor Fyffe. Burial was in the family cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 1948


OCTOBER - 1948

ADKINS, Rinda (Keaton)
1948
Mrs. Rinda Keaton Adkins, 74, died Saturday at her home at Davis Branch after an illness of many years from cancer. Mrs. Adkins was the wife of James Henry Adkins who survives.  She was the daughter of the late Mobeta and  Rebecca Lester Keaton, and had been a resident of Johnson County all her life. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the following children, William Adkins, city, Samuel Adkins, Mann, W. Va., Edison Adkins, Van Lear, Bennie Adkins, city, Emerson Adkins, Van Lear, Huey Adkins, Mann, W. Va., rs. Martha Wheatley, Auxier, and Mrs. Clyde Tackett, city.  She is also survived by seven sisters and one brother: Mrs. Nancy K. Holbrook, city, Mrs. James Barker,Louisa, Mrs. Robert Ferguson, Dingus Ky., Mrs. James Montgomery, city, Mrs. John Cantrell, Elam, Mrs. Ira Smith, city, Mrs. Oscar Stapleton, Van Lear, and Lewis Keaton, West Van Lear.  She leaves a number of grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Nancy Holbrook at Davis Branch at 10 a.m. October 19 by Revs. Leonard Walters, Elzie Banks, and Hermie Davis. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Davis Branch under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 1948

 
BUTCHER, Rev. John Wesley
1948
The Rev. John Wesley Butcher, 88, former Judge of Johnson County from 1926 to 1930, died at 8:55 p.m., Friday night, October 1, at the home of his son, Herschel, Williamsport, after a long illness from a heart ailment. Judge Butcher was born in Johnson County May 12, 1860, the son od William and Mary Wells Butcher. A leading political figure in the county he served as magistrate of the Sixth District two terms prior to his election as County Judge. It was during his term as County Judge that the road to Inez was approved, and it was through his efforts that many of Johnson County's roads were built and improved. Judge Butcher had been a minister of the United Baptist Church for more than fifty years. Having been one of the most active ministers in the county, Judge Butcher perhaps had married more couples and attended more funerals than any other person in the county. He had been a member of the church since November 4, 1878, when he joined Old Friendship United Baptist Church, where his membership remained throughout the remaining 70 years of his life and where his funeral services were held last Sunday. His first marriage was to Miss Julia Davis, September 18, 1881. To this union were born four children, Jeff and Atley Butcher, Mrs. Grace Marcum, Williamsport, and another daughter, Alice, deceased. Following the death of his first wife, who died Febuary 08, 1902, Judge Butcher married Miss ______ to this union four children were born, they are Herschel, with whom he was living at the time of his death, Glenn Butcher of this city, and Mrs. Maxie Higgins, Newport, Ky. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Leonard Walters and Rev. Flem Arrowood. One of the largest crowds ever seen at a funeral at Old Friendship attended. Friends from all parts of the county and adjoining counties and some from even greater distances were present. A large number of floral offerings were sent by friends throughout this section. At the funeral services the Rev. Ulysses Walters, Offutt, sang "On Jordon's Stormy Banks," which song it had been agreed between Judge Butcher and Mr. Walters, the one who outlived the other would sing at his friends funeral.. Burial was in the family cemetery at Williamsport under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-7-1948

 
CLARK, John Logan
1948
John Logan Clark Dies At Home At Odds Monday
Heart Ailment Fatal to Prominent Citizen of County
John Logan Clark, 65, brother of Commonwealth’s Attorney J. B. Clark, died at his home at Odds, Monday, October 18, following an illness of several months from a heart ailment. A member of one of the county’s most prominent families, the son of Samuel and Susan Wells Clark, he was a recognized leader in his community and also took an active interest in all affairs of the county. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Wells Clark, and four daughters, Mrs. Clotine Rice, City, Betty and Polly Clark of Pomona, Calif., and Minnie at home. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters:  Morgan, Johns Creek, J. B. Inez, Mrs. Nokie Richmond, Odds, Mrs. Della Salyer, Naples, Ky., and Mrs. Julia Spears, Hunnewell, Ky.  Two sisters, Mrs. Betty Hibbetts and Mrs. Leona Spears, and one brother, Emsey Clark of Drumwright, Okla., preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at Odds at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 20, by Rev. William Horn of Auxier.  Music was furnished by the Charles Williams Quartet of this city.  Burial was in the family cemetery near his home under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 21 October 1948

 
DANIEL, James
1948
DEATH TAKES AGED TUTOR KEY MAN
James Daniel, 82, died on Wednesday, October 13, 1948, at his home in Tutor Key, Kentucky, after an illness of two years. Mr. Daniel, a farmer and lifelong resident of Tutor Key, was a member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sarah (Cassidy) Daniel, and four sons, David, Paintsville; Tive, Irvin, and Arthur, all of Tutor Key. Also surviving are several brothers and sisters:  Scott Daniel, Tutor Key; Alonzo Daniel, Van Lear; Mrs. Clote Daniel, Betsy Layne; and Mrs. N. M. Preston, Boons Camp. Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday, October 15, at 10 a.m., by the Revs. C. J. Sparks and Robert Castle.  Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Oct. 14, 1948

 
DANIEL, Leonard
1948
Leonard Daniel, 71, retired miner, died on October 16, 1948, at the hospital at Martin, Kentucky, after an illness of five months. Mr. Daniel was the son of Hamilton and Mary McFarland Daniel.  He was a native of Johnson County, but had lived in Harmon, Virginia, two years prior to his death. He is survived by his wife, Frances Wilson Daniel; one son, Ray, Harmon, Va., and three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Castle, Weeksbury, Ky.; Mrs. Ruby Daniel, Weeksbury, Ky., and Mrs. Verna Carr, Offutt, Ky. Funeral services were held at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. L. Pack, in Williamsport, on Monday morning, October 18, at 11 A.M., by the Reverend L. T. Preston.  Burial was in the Offutt Family Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Oct. 21, 1948

 
DUTTON, Amey (Mollett)
1948
Rites Friday for Aged White House Woman
Mrs. Amey Dutton, 86, died Wednesday, October 27, 1948, at the home of her son, Jimmy Dutton from the infirmities of age. Mrs. Dutton was born May 12, 1862, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mollett.  She had lived at White House for the past several years.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are four sons and four daughters: John, Williamsport, Elias, Yager, W. Va. Lissa, Biggs, Ky., James, White House, Mrs. Grover Bowens, State of Washington, Mrs. Will Wood, Drift, Ky., Mrs. Ike Spears, Prenter, Ky., and Mrs. Dave Prater, West Van Lear.  She is survived by one brother, Link Molilett, Goodman, W. VA. Funeral services were held at 2 P.M., Friday at the home of James Dutton by Rev. Moses Kitenen. Burial was made in the family cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4 Nov.1948

 
GRIFFITH, Paul M.
1948
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.  Mark 20:14 Angels are rejoicing and joy is great in heaven for Paul Milton has come home. Paul Milton Griffith age 2 days went home to heaven.  Born October 28, 1948, son of Edward Griffith and Bethel Radcliff Griffith of Paintsville, Ky.  Died October 30, 1948. This little candle brightened our lives for only a day. When angels in heaven came and called him away. He’s safe and he’s happy and forever he’ll stay  God’s bright little candle came home to-day. He leaves saddened and lonely his father and mother, three sisters, Betty Jo, Thelma Jane and Edythe Faye, one brother, Harold of Paintsville, Ky.  Two grandmothers, Mrs. Rebecca Howes, Sheperdsville, Ky., Mrs. T. R. Eastridge, Indianapolis, Indiana. Eight aunts, Mrs. Hershel Blair, Leander, Ky., Mrs. Raymond Sparks, Ashland, Ky., Miss Molly Howes, Paintsville, Ky., Mrs. Robert Amos, Mrs. Hewitt Snow, and Mary Radcliff, Indianapolis, Indiana, Mrs. David Polly and Mrs. David Brockman, Evansville, Indiana.  Three uncles, Mr. Clarence Griffith, Mr. Henry Howes and Mr. Vaughn Howes, Ashland, Ky., and a great host of other relatives and friends. Rev. Harmon, Mayo Memorial Church conducted song and prayer service at the grave. Burial was at the Griffith family cemetery, Oil Springs, Ky. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4 November 1948

 
GRIM, Hester (Daniel)
1948
Mrs. Hester Grim Dies of Heart Ailment Oct. 9
Funeral Services Held Tuesday At Lowmansville Mrs. Hester Daniel Grim, 76, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bud Daniel, at Lowmansville at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 9, of a heart condition from which she had suffered for the past three years. Mrs. Grim was born in this county May 19, 1872, the daughter of David and Katherine Burton Daniel.  She was married at Minge, Ky., in July 1891 to John Grim, who preceded her in death in 1942.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are six children; three daughters, Mrs. Bud Daniel, Lowmansville, Mrs. Virgie Castle, Lowmansville, Mrs. Sarah Chandler, Ashland; three sons, Foster of Lowmansville, Walter, Glenwood, and Johnny, Lowmansville.  Surviving also are two sisters, Rosa Preston, Williamsport, Nora Daniel, Justill; three brothers, Scott, Tutor Key, Al.  Thelma, Lonzo, Van Lear, and one-half brother, James Daniel, Tutor Key.  Also thirty-six grand children and fifteen great grand children. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bud Daniel, at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 12, by Revs. Leonard Walters, and L. T. Preston and burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 14 October 1948

 
HAGER, Mary A (Music)
1948
Mrs. James M. Hager, 82 died October 16, at 9 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. C. Meade, at White House.  Her death was caused by cancer. She was born in Johnson County on Ocotber 20, 1865, the daughter of Abraham and Mary Collins Music. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her husband preceded her in death on May 6, 1922. She is survived by the following children: Robert Hager, Kenova, W. Va., John Hager, Kenova, W. Va., William Hager, Weeksbury, Morgan Hager, South Point, Ohio, Mrs. A. L. Sparks, Kenova, W. Va., Mrs. Maggie Sammons, Va., Mrs. Maggie Sammons, Boons Camp, and Mrs. Meade.  She is survived by a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Friendship Church at Williamsport by Revs. Leonard Walters, L. T. Preston and Winfrey Meek. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky. by the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 1948

 
MCFADDIN, Charles Stephen
1948
Rites Tuesday For McFaddin Child
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Millard Van Hoose at the Southside Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 5, for Charles Stephen McFaddin three-months- old son of Kelcie and Golda Pack McFaddin. Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters. Burial was in the family cemetery at Collista under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7 October 1948

 
MULLINS, Jerry
1948
Jerry Mullins, 72, retired farmer of Williamsport, died at 11:15 a. m., Sunday, October 3, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elzie Collins.  Mr. Mullins had been ill for the past fifteen years. He was a native of Johnson County, the son of Robert and Lydia Thompson Mullins. He is survived by seven children; five daughters, Mrs. Johnnie Elkins, Akersville, W. Va., Mrs. Elzie Collins, Williamsport, Mrs. Lewis Marcum, Turkey Creek, Mrs. Lou Ward, Williamsport, and Mrs. Charles Haney, Muncy, Indiana, and two sons, Cecil and William both of Williamsport.  Surviving also are three brothers, Robert, Will, and Charles, and one sister, Mrs. Lou Shannon of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 11:00 a. m. Tuesday, October 5, by Rev. L. T. Preston, and burial was in the Williamsport cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCTOBER 7, 1948

 
PINSON, Everett
1948
Manuel Gibson, 20, of the Green Rock Fork of Jennys Creek, was arrested Sunday morning in connection with the murder of Everett Pinson 30, of Riceville, who was slain in front of a church near Riceville Saturday night, Gibson's father, Nath Gibson, is also charged with the murder and is being sought by Johnson County officers, but has not been apprehended. According ot Sheriff Wiley Hall, Pinson, who had been employed as a truck miner in the district, was both shot and knifed. "Pinson's coat had been cut to shreds, but the knife wounds were only superficial." Death was apparently caused by a single shot in the chest. It was stated that the victim was cut by the young Gibson when the father interceded, firing the fatal shot into Pinson's body. Murder warrants againt the pair were issued by Magistrate Earl Fitzpatrick. Manuel is being held in the Johnson County jail without bond. Pinson's body was removed to Huntington Sunday and services were conducted Wednesday.  He is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. Addie Pinson, Huntington, four brothers and four sisters. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 1948

 
SMITH, Imogene (Dawson)
1948
Mrs. Imogene Dawson Smith, 22, of Thelma, died Thursday at 9 a.m. in a local hospital after a long illness.  She was a victim of tuberculosis. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Dawson, she was born March 16, 1926, and had been a resident of this county all her life. Surviving besides her parents, are her husband, Estil Smith; one son, Theodore Thomas Smith; three daughters, Loretta, Carol Ann, and Polly Sue.  She leaves one brother and two sisters, Theodore Dawson, Jr., Thelma; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Meek, Thelma; and Mrs. Georgene Maynard, South Solon, Ohio. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the home of her parents, by Revs. Leonard Walters, Hermie Davis and Culley Sparks. Burial was made in the family cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Oct. 28, 1948

 
SPENCER, Bonnie (Patrick)
1948
Oil Springs Woman Dies Suddenly
Bonnie Patrick Spencer, 35, died suddenly at her home at  oil Springs Saturday. She was the widow of Roy Spencer. Surviving are one son, James Spencer. Holden, W. Va., two daughters, Darleen Spencer and Betty Spencer, city, and four brothers, Kelly Patrick, Boyd Patrick, Andrew Patrick and burr Patrick. Funeral services were held at the grave at 2 p. m. Sunday by Rev. Scott Castle. Burial was made in the Huff Cemetery in Bridgeford by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Oct. 28, 1948

 
STAPLETON, Matilda (VanHoose)
1948
Funeral Services Monday For ‘Aunt Til’ Stapleton
Mrs. Matilda Van Hoose Stapleton, 86, widow of Samuel Stapleton and one of the most beloved women of the city and county, died in a local hospital at 7:15 Saturday, October 23, following a short illness. Mrs. Stapleton was born at Mingo, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Hayes Van Hoose.  She was married on January 9, 1882, to Samuel Stapleton, who preceded her in death in 1929. “Aunt Til” as she was affectionately known to her friends throughout the Valley was a genial, kindly, and pleasant woman.  She was a faithful and devoted Christian, having been a member of the United Baptist Church since she was a young woman.  She was a gracious hostess and during the thirty years of her husband’s political career their home was always open to their many friends.  She was a true wife, a sacrificing and indulgent mother and grandmother, a warm friend, and a kind neighbor.  Her loss will be felt not only by her family, but by the whole community. She is survived by seven children; three daughters, Mrs. Don C. Van Hoose of this city with whom she made her home, Mrs. Lizzie Fannin, Akron, Ohio and Mrs. Sybal Conley, Akron, Ohio; four sons, Harry Stapleton, Akron, Ohio, Sammy, Akron, Ohio, Clyde of this city, and Claude, St. Louis, Missouri.  Surviving also are two sisters, Mrs. Scott Daniel, Tutor Key, and Mrs. Julius Daniel, Ashland, twenty grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Mayo Memorial Church at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 25, by Revs. C. J. Sparks, F. S. Van Hoose, John N. Mostolter, and J. T. Harmon.  Active pallbearers were:  Perry Van Hoose, Wendell Van Hoose, Ollie Van Hoose, Byron Van Hoose, Dennis Van Hoose, Heber Ward, Woodrow Miller, Escom Chandler, and Henry Holbrook.  Honorary pallbearers were:  Judge James W. Turner, Judge John W. Wheeler, Judge Rexford Trimble, Alonza Reed, Wiley Hall, Frank Chandler, D. H. Dorton, Dan Wheeler, John G. Newman, J. H. Holbrook, Dr. Paul B. Hall, Dr. W. E. Akin, M. O. Wheeler, J. Douglas Turner, R. C. Lyons, Ray Turner, Dr. J. W. Archer, Jonet Stambaugh, L. P. Huntsman, G. H. Rice, V. S. Williams, Oscar Williams, Leonard Daniel, Leonard Penix, Walter Van Hoose, Dennis Van Hoose, Fred Howes, J. B. Clark, J. W. Nelson, W. J. Ward, Ernest Brown, Rell Morris, Leonard Short, Elisha Blevins, W. B. Bailey, John Hayslette, Frank Preston, J. B. Preston, J. C. Maggard, Monroe Wheeler, Jake Stapleton, Ray Stafford, J. M. Hall, Link Auxier, Patrick Borders, Dan W. Ward, and Cyrus Cooper. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 28 October 1948

 
WILEY, Beth
1948
Beth Wiley, 81,  father of Bruce Wiley of this city, died at his home at Estill, Ky., at 8:53 p.m., Saturday, October 23. Mr. Wiley was a native of Johnson County and was the last suvivor of the large family of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mose Wiley, early settlers of the county. He was an employee of the Northeast Coal Company at Thealka for a number of years and later moved to Estill where he continued to work in the mines until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Lavina Castle Wiley, sister of the late Dr. W. R. Castle of this city, and the following children: Jennie Wiley, Estill, Earl, Betsy Layne, Mrs. Zelphia Owsley, Betsy Layne, Mrs. Madge Lyon, Estill, Russell Wiley, Mt. Sterling, Ohio, Bruce, of this city, and Belva Wiley, Tenyan, N.Y. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 27, by Revs. Millard Van Hoose and F. S. Van Hoose. Burial was in the Castle family Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCT 28 1948 


NOVEMBER - 1948

BORDERS, Noah
1948
Noah Borders, 52, of Lowmansville, died in a local hospital at 4:00 p. m., Friday, November 19, following an illness of two years. Mr. Borders was born at Lowmansville October 18, 1896, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carr Borders. He was employed as a mine worker for a number of years. He is survived by five sisters, Mrs. Mimie Davis, Ashland, Mrs. Charles Pennington, Matewan, W. Va., Mrs. Josie Edwards, Red Jacket, W. Va., Mrs. Jenoa Grimm, Pond Creek, Mrs. Charles Creager, Welch, W. Va., and one brother, John Borders of Lowmansville with whom he made his home. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 21, at the Georges Creek United Bapitst Church by the Revs. Leonard Walters, F. F. Riggsby, and Foster Grimm. Burial was in the family cemetery under direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Nov. 25, 1948

 
BROWN, Bell (Castle)
1948
FUNERAL SERVICES TO BE HELD TODAY
Bell Brown, 58, wife of Merida Brown, died at her home near Stambaugh Monday, November 1, following an illness of several months, resulting from severe burns received sometime ago. She was the daughter of the late Mose and Julia Murphy Castle, well-known residents of the Nippa section. Surviving besides her husband are three children, two daughters, Mrs. Lena Stapleton, Stambaugh, and MRs. Nellie Murray of Keystone W. Va., and one son Lang of Stambaugh. Also surviving are one brother, John Castle, Nippa, and three sisters Mrs. Stella Saddler and MRs. Cora Fairchilds of Nippa and Mrs. Mimi Castle, Cincinnati, Ohio. Funeral services were held today at 1:30 p.m. at the Beechgrove Baptist Church and burial was in the family cemetery near the home under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday, 11-4-1948

 
CUNNINGHAM, Frank
1880-1948
Frank C. Cunningham,68,resident of King's addition,and one of the county's most highly esteemed citizens died Thursday,November 4, of a heart attack a short time after being admitted to a local hospital.He had been ill less than a week. Mr.Cunningham was born February 28,1880 at Coalton in Boyd County,the son of Joseph and Mary Jane Hammond Cunningham.Following his marriage to Anna Laura Porter in 1903 they moved to Wellston,Ohio,and then to Auxier,Ky., were he was a mine foreman for the Northeast Coal Company.They later moved to Van Lear were Mr.Cunningham was employed by the Consolidation Coal Company as Sub-station operator until his retirement in July 1946. A member of the First Baptist Church of this city,he was a deacon and former associate teacher of the Men's Bible Class.He was also participated in all activities of the church.Prior to May,1947 he was a member of the Van Lear Baptist Church,where he was superintendent of the church.He was also a member of the United Miner Workers Local No.5835 and of the Van Lear Masonic Order No.885. He is survived by his wife and three children; Homer R.Cunninghan, Baltimore,Maryland,Franklin C.,Lexington and Mrs.Norman C Jones, Baltimore, Maryland.Surviving also is one grandchild Patsy Ann Cunningham,of Baltimore. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m in the First Baptist Church with Rev.Roy Hamilton officiating Rev.Hamilton was assisted by Rev.Lewis Lynch and Rev.C.E.Brown.The choir presented a song service of hymns which were favorites of Mrs.Cunningham.Active  pallbearers were deacons of the church and members of the Masonic Order. Burial was in the Wells-Buckingham cemetery with members of the Van Lear and Paintsville Masonic Order conducting the graveside rites. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Hearld Thursday November 11,1948   

 
DIXON, Robert Porter
1948
Robert Porter Dixon, 92, father-in-law of Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, died in a Louisa hospital Nov.05 1948. He was born near Paintsville but has resided in Louisa for the past 58 years. Mr. Dixon served as clerk of Lawrence County for 12 years, was one time chairman of the county Democratic party and was postmaster of Louisa during the Wilson Administration.  He had been a delegate to several Democratic National Conventions. He founded and was former president of Dixon, Moore & Company, wholesale grocery firm in Louisa.  He also was head of the Dixon Oil & Gas Company. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Marcella Borders Dixon, to whom he had been married 64 years.  three sons, Fred Dixon, Ashland; Lawrence Dixon, Catlettsburg; and Robert Dixon, Jr., Washington, and a daughter, Mrs. Vinson. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11, 1948

 
HAMPTON, Clarinda (Collins)
1948
Pneumonia Fatal To 91 Year-Old County Woman
Clarinda Hampton Dies Thursday In Local Hospital In the passing Thursday, November 25, of Mrs. Clarinda Collins Hampton, 91, of Wittensville, Johnson County lost one if its oldest and most beloved women.  Mrs. Hampton died in a local hospital from pneumonia which followed injuries from a broken hip which, she received in a fall at her home about two weeks ago. “Granny Hampton,” as she was affectionately known to her many friends and neighbors, was born in this county January 25, 1857, the daughter of William and Levisa Ratliff Collins.  She was married to Jessie Hampton in 1879, who preceded her in death in 1932.  She was a member of the Methodist Church.  “Granny Hampton,” a genial and kindly woman will be greatly missed in her community, from which she had been away only a few times in the past fifty years. She is survived by nine children; one daughter, Mrs. Nola Ratliff, Nippa, and eight sons, John S., Glo, Ky., Sanford, Hewitt, W. Va., Harry, Wittensville, James, Hammond, Ind., Erwin, Covington, Nelson, Roxanna, Edd, Martin, and William, Cincinnati, Ohio. Surviving also are several grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday, November 26, at 1:00 P. M., at the Methodist Church in Wittensville by Revs. Edmonds and Sadler.  Burial was in the Dixon cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2 December 1948

 
HITCHCOCK, Carmel Dale
1948
Carmel Dale Hitchcock, 21, son of Cecil and Susie Brown Hitchcock of Volga and a driver for the Paintsville Bus Lines, was found dead in his car early Saturday morning near Cannon Chapel Church on Highway 172.  He died from internal injuries sustained when his car apparently left the highway.  The body was discovered by two men passing in a truck, who investigated the accident after noticing the car over the hill. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Marie Stockwell Hitchcock, and two small children.  Also surviving are several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held at the home of his father Monday, November 15, at 10:00 a.m., by Revs. Millard Van Hoose, Scott Castle, and Harry Salyer. Burial was in the family cemetery on Stone Coal under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18, 1948
 
OBITUARY-2
CARMEL DALE HITCHCOCK Carmel Dale Hitchcock, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs Cecil Hitchcock of Volga, was found dead in his automobile early on the morning of November 13 near Cannon Chapel in this county.  He died from internal injuries sustained when his car apparently left the highway. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Marie Stockwell Hitchcock and two children, Jerry Dale, aged 4, and Kathie Lorraine, aged 3 months. He also leaves several brothers and sisters. Carmel entered the Army on June 6, 1945 and served his country in the states and also in Italy and Bermuda.  He was honorably discharged on Jan. 27, 1947 after which he entered Mayo State Vocational School where he studied salesmanship. Funeral services were conducted on November 15 by Revs. Millard Van Hoose, Scott Castle and Harry Salyer. Burial was made in the family cemetery on Glade Branch of Big Paint. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DECEMBER 9, 1948

 
HOWARD, Imogene
1948
TWO-YEAR-OLD CHILD DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
Imogene Howard, 2-year-old daughter of Harlan and Nola Howard of this city, died suddenly Saturday afternoon after an illness of less than a day. Surviving besides her parents are one small sister; her grandmother, Mrs. Hattie Howard of this city, and grandparents in Maggard, Ky. The body was taken by the Jones Funeral Home to Maggard, Ky., Sunday, and funeral and burial services were conducted Sunday afternoon. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Nov. 25, 1948

 
LILLY, Francis Marion
1948
Francis Marion Lilly Dies November 1.
Francis Marion Lilly, 65, retired miner, and well-known resident of this county, died at his home at East Point Monday morning, November 1, after a long illness. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Exer Johnson Lilly, and four children: Mrs. Edna Ray, East Point, Early Lilly, East Point, Francis Marion, East Point and Mrs. Ellen Branskum, Cincinnatti, Ohio. Surviving also are his father, Edmon (Bud) Lilly and two brothers, Mont, East Point and Samp of Beaver Creek. Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday, November 3, at 1:00 P.M. by the Reverend Howard Church of Auxier, Ky. Burial was in the family lot near the home under the direction of the Jones Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 11-4-1948

 
MCCARTY, Hager E.
1948
Hager Elmon McCarty, 38, of Oil Springs, was found dead in a roadhouse on Route 23, about 2 miles west of Paintsville early Saturday.  It was reported that McCarty, a veteran of World War II, went to the roadhouse on Friday evening and was found dead in bed about three o’clock the following morning.  The cause of his death is unknown.  Reports of an examination, conducted in a laboratory in Washington, D.C. in an  effort to determine the cause of death, have not been disclosed.  The victim was the son of John and Louise Coldiron McCarty of the Manila vicinity.  He was born in Boyd County, but had resided at Oil Springs for the past two months.  He was married in 1939 to Hazel Williams of Low Gap.  Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Garnett Elizabeth, Eleanor and Joan and the following brothers and sisters; Jessie McCarty, Chillicothe, Ohio; Cameron McCarty, Pound, Va.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Manila by Revs. Buel Ferguson, Lonza Reed, Wayne McCarty and Foster Rigsby.  Burial was made in the family cemetery by the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Nov. 11, 1948

 
PORTER, Cleveland
1948
Cleveland Porter, 55, Deboard, Martin County, died in a Louisa hospital Friday following an illness of three weeks.  He was born at Deboard October 9, 1893, the son of the late Brad and Susan Davis Porter. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Maudie Jane Porter, five daughters, Mrs. Charley Cook and Mrs. Blaine Fraley, Deboard, Mrs. Orville Douglas Lockwood, Inez, and Misses Madeline and Kathleen Porter, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Nathan Cline, Deboard, Mrs. Cornette Cline, Big Creek, Ky., and Miss Florence Porter, Beauty, Ky., four brothers; Harrison and John Porter, Deboard, Allen Porter, Beauty, and Frank Porter, Inez. Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday at 2 p. m. with the Rev. W. H. Preece officiating. Burial was made in the Porter Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11, 1948

 
PRESTON, McClellan
1948
Rites Wednesday For McClellan
Preston Funeral services were held here Wednesday for McCelllan Preston, 82, who died Monday at the home of hr daughter, Mrs.Susie Smith, in Ashland. He had been ill about four weeks prior to his death. Mr.Preston a retired farmer was born in this county on June 20,1866, a son of William and Susan Mary Preston.He was a member of the local Masonic Lodge. Surviving are one other daughter  Mrs.Ula Fultza,Dayton Ohio,eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the home of J.B. Wells on Main Street. Paintsville Hearld Thursday November 4, 1948

 
ROBINSON, Frank R.
1948
FRANK R. ROBINSON DIES NOV. 3
Tuberculosis Fatal to World War II Veteran Frank Ramey Robinson, son of Addie Music Robinson and the late George W. Robinson, died at his home at East Point early Wednesday evening, November 3, 1948, following an illness of several months with tuberculosis. Robinson, a veteran of World War II, was injured in service and spent nine months in hospitals in England and Australia. He is survived by his mother; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Auxier of this city and Mrs. R. E. Hall of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and three brothers, William of East Point, Jay of Belfrey, and George E. of Langley, Ky. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ at East Point Sunday at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt.  Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Nov. 4, 1948

 
ROBINSON, James W.
1948
J. W. ROBINSON PASSES NOV. 3
Long Illness Takes East Point Man James W. Robinson, 81, lifelong resident of the Little Paint locality near East Point, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday following a long illness. He was a retired farmer and highly respected citizen in his community. In early life, he was married to Rebecca Music who preceded him in death on January 22 of this year. He was a member of the Church of god. Surviving are the following children:  Ernest and Bascon, East Point; Arthur, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Mason Fitzpatrick, Leander; Mrs. Montgomery Jones, Toronto, Ohio; Mrs. Jimmie Baldridge, Mrs. Raleigh Rice, and Mrs. Newton Watkins, East Point. Funeral arrangements have not been made at the time the Herald goes to press. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Nov. 4, 1948

 
SALYER, Martha L  (Daniel)
1948
Martha L. Salyer Succumbs To Heart Ailment
Member Of Prominent Family Dies Monday
Mrs. Martha Howard Salyer, 79, died Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Boyd, at Harold, after a long illness with a heart ailment. Mrs. Salyer, was a member of a large and prominent family, was born June 29, 1869, the daughter of Rev. Wyatt W. and Liddie Daniel of Johnson County. She was married to Campbell Howard in 1887 and to this union were born the following children who survive:  Mrs. Loretta Boyd, Harold, Mrs. Neva Skaggs, city, Mrs. Ruth Powers, Independence, Ky., Mrs. Mae Prater, Pikeville, Ky., and C. M. Howard, Barnetts Creek.  One daughter, Katherine and two sons, Henry A. and George R. preceded her in death. She is survived also by ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and two brothers, John A. Daniel of this city and Winston Daniel of Franks Creek. Mrs. Salyer will be missed by many friends and loved ones. Her husband died in 1931 and she later was married to W. M. Salyer of Potter, Ky. Who also preceded her in death. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 62 years. Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church here Wednesday at 1 p.m. by Revs. Lonza Reed, Leonard Walters and L. T. Preston. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2 December 1948

 
SAMMONS, Hulda (Price)
1948
THELMA WOMAN DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Funeral services for Mrs. Hulda Sammons, 54, who was taken by death on November 26, 1948, after an illness of several years, were conducted at 1 P.M. Sunday, November 28, at her home at Thelma by the Reverends Winifred Meek, Hermie Davis and Leonard Walters. Mrs. Sammons, a daughter of Henry and Sarah Ward Price, was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident of Thelma. Besides her husband, Martin Sammons, she is survived by four sons, Henry, San Francisco, California; Martin, Detroit, Michigan; John P., San Diego, California; and Edsel, Detroit; and four daughters, Mrs. Arnie Daniels, Meally; Mrs. Herbert Johnson, Thelma; Mrs. Eugene Price, Paintsville; and Mrs. William Tackett, Paintsville.  She is also survived by several brothers and sisters. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY Dec. 2, 1948

 
SNIPES, William
1948
William Snipes Dies Suddenly
William (Bill) Snipes passed away suddenly Friday, November 26, at the age of 26. He was the son of Mrs. Stella Ross Snipes and the late Ballard Snipes, formerly of Van Lear. His mother moved to Lucasville, Ohio shortly after the death of her husband, where the family has resided for the past six years. Besides his mother, he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Mae Gilispie, and Mrs. Ruth Scott, both of Lucasville, Ohio, and Mrs. Hattie Adams, Jenkins, Kentucky, and two brothers, Norman, Lucasville and Eugene of New Jersey. The body was returned to the Jones Funeral Home until Sunday afternoon, the taken to the Freewill Baptist Church, where services were conducted at 2 P. M. by Reverend Walter Hooper. Burial was in the family lot in the Mayo Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday Dec. 2, 1948

 
STAMBAUGH, Raymond
1948
The body of Raymond Stambaugh, 56, son of the late Frank and Polly Stambaugh of Stambaugh, was brought to Paintsville Saturday from Lima, Ohio, where he died Friday, November 12, following an illness of less than a week of cardiac asthma. Mr. Stambaugh, a native of this county, had lived in Lima for the past six years, where he was employed by the Nickell Plate Railroad. He is survived by his wife, Edna Williams Stambaugh, and three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Cantrell, Van Lear, MRs. Betsy Blankenship, Kona Ky., and Mrs. Erie Boone, Tucson, Arizona. The body remained at the Jones Funeral Home from Saturday afternoon until Monday afternoon when it was taken to Beechgrove Baptist Church where funeral services were conducted by Rev. F.F. Rigsby, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Stambaugh family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-18-1948

 
STATON, Julia Ann (Williamson)
1948
Paintsville, Kentucky November 12, 1948
Mrs. Julia Ann Staton, 65, wife of Perry Jackson Staton of Van Lear, died at her home Saturday, November 12, 1948 about 6:00 am, following an illness of several years. She was born February 26, 1884 in Bath County, the daughter of William and Margaret Warner Williamson. She had been a resident of Van Lear for about twenty years and was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving besides her husband are four children; three daughters, Mrs. Pauline Manning, Wyandotte, Michigan; Mrs; Ruby Adams, Van Lear , Ky., Miss Esther Staton at home; one son Chester Staton, Wyandotte, Michigan. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters; George Williamson, Mrs Mary Rothwell, Mrs. Effie Williamson of Paint Creek, W. Va., Mrs. Catherine Clark, Mrs. Martha Handley both of Huntington, W. Va., and Mrs. Lizzie Billups of St. Albans, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Walter Hooper at 2:00pm Monday, Novembr 14th, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Van Lear. Burial was in the Wells-Buckingham cemetery in this city under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.

 
WATKINS, Billy R
1948
Rites Monday For Watkins Infant
Funeral services were conducted Monday at 10:00 for Billy Ray Watkins, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Brother Watkins of West Van Lear, who died in a local hospital two days after birth. Besides his parents one brother, Gray Neal, survives. Services were held at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Perry in West Van Lear by Mrs. S. W. Caudill.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2 December 1948

 
WILEY, Virgie (Ward)
1948
Mother of Eight Mrs. Virgie Ward Wiley, 63, died on November 27, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Norman Roberts at White House, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Wiley, a native of Johnson County, and a member of the Baptist Church, resided in White House most of her life. She was the daughter of Marion and Jane Rose Ward. She is survived by five sons, Estil, Top Most, Kentucky, Overton, Wheelwright, Everette, Michigan, Paul, Hardy, and Otis, White House, and three daughters, Mrs. Grace Watson, Pikeville, Mrs. Mayme Kidd, Harold, and Mrs. Lillian Loretta Roberts, White House. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. N. A. McKenzie, Paintsville and Mrs. Scott Van Hoose, Lowmansville. The funeral was conducted in the White House Church at 2 P.M., November 29, by the Rev. Douglas Van Hoose and Rev. Jeff Perry. Burial was in the Wiley Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DEC 2 1948


DECEMBER - 1948


ADAMS, John L Jr.
1948
Three persons are dead and a fourth injured as a result of a collision between and automobile and a truck on Route 23 at Hager Hill Saturday evening. The dead are John Lester Adams, Jr., 26, of Paintsville, Mrs. Beatrice Phelps Meade 28, and Albert Murphy, 23, both of Van Lear.  Adams was killed outright and Mrs. Meade died of a fractured skull and other injuries two hours after she was admitted to a local hospital. Murphy succumbed Tuesday night from internal injuries, and a partially severed arm. Miss Julia Salyer, 24, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brewster Salyer of Van Lear was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  She was released Tuesday. Adams, a veteran of World War II, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Adams, City. He was associated with his father in a grocery and filling station business here. His father is former sheriff of Johnson County. He is survived by his parents two brothers, Hondel and Andrew, at home and two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn McClure and Miss Beulah Dorothy Adams. Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. by Revs. Millard Van Hoose, F. S. Van Hoose and Scott Castle. Burial was made in the family cemetery near the home, where graveside rites were conducted by the American Legion. Mrs. Meade was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Phelps with whom she made her home. She was the mother of three children aged 11 years, 8 years, and seven months.  Her husband was Earl Meade from whom she was estranged.  Mrs. Meade was an employee of G. C. Murphy Co. here. Funeral services were conducted at the First Christian Church at West Van Lear Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the Wells Buckingham cemetery here under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Murphy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Murphy of Van Lear who survive him.  He is also survived by several brothers and sisters.  Two brothers of the victim, Pvt. Onda Murphy and Pvt. Lawrence Murphy were casualties of World War II, and have been returned from overseas cemeteries for reburial within the past year. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. It was said that the accident occurred when a Chevrolet Sedan driven by Adams in the direction of Prestonsburg collided with the truck occupied by Wm. Dale.  Dale's wife and sister-in-law were traveling toward Paintsville.  At the scene, a second truck occupied by Ernie Chandler and Kenneth Hayes of Chandlerville was being used to pull an automobile driven by Paul Knott from a roadside ditch. Further details of the accident were not learned. Paintsville Herald Thursday Dec.23 1948

 
AUXIER, Edward Everett
1948
Edward Everett Auxier, 84, of Dawson, Neb., father of Mrs. Garland Rice of this city, died at the Humboldt, Nebraska hospital on Sunday, Dec. 6. Mr. Auxier, a native of this country, was the son of Nathaniel and Hester Ann Mayo Auxier, the youngest of 13 children, viz.; Samuel Lewis, George, David, Louisa, Andrew, Julia, Thomas J., Martha, Arminta, Angeline, James B., Nathaniel D., and Edward Everett. He moved to Nebraska when a young man and was united in marriage with Mary Lucy Prichard, the daughter of Joseph and Caroline Prichard of Falls City, Nebraska. To this union were born the following children; Mabelle, Homer J., Grace, Ethel, Edward, and Raymond. He was preceded in death by his wife and two children, Grace and Raymond. Mr. Auxier served two terms in the Nebraska State Legislature and was a successful farmer. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Dawson. Painstville Herald Thursday 12-9-1948

 
BLANTON, Sam
1948
Sam Blanton, 72, well known resident of this city, died at 1:15 p.m. December 15, in a local hospital of a heart condition after an illness of a week. Mr. Blanton was born near Oil Springs June 26 1876, the son of John N. and Melissa Saylor Blanton. He was married to Sarah Fairchild in 1897, and for the past twenty five years they have made there home here. One of the most prominent businessmen in the county, Mr. Blanton held extensive interests in oil, operated a trucking line, and engaged in various other activities. He is survived by his wife and five children; one daughter, Mrs. Bert Van Hoose of Charleston, W. Va., four sons, Claude, Grover, and Tom, all of Win and Ual of Oil Springs. Surviving also are a sister, Mrs. Lee Crace of Louisa and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. The remains, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home, were taken to the residence. Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time.  Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-16-1948

 
CONLEY, Charles A.
1948
Slate Fall Fatal To Hager Hill Man
Charles A. Conley, 41, Hager Hill, an employee of the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear, died in a local hospital this morning from injuries received in a slate fall yesterday. He was the son of Flem and Emma Coldiron Conley of Van Lear. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Dess Adams Conley, one sister, Mrs. Roy Colvin, Hager Hill, and two brothers, James and Ted of Van Lear. The body will be taken to the home of his father at Van Lear today.  Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., and burial will be made in the Wells Cemetery here under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2 December 1948 OBITUARY Charles A. Conley departed this life December 2, 1948, at the age of 41 years 8 months and 13 days.  He was the son of Flem and Emma Coldiron Conley, and was born at Cannel City, Kentucky in Morgan County.  From there he came to Thealka and later moved to Paintsville where he attended school.  At the early age of sixteen he became an employee of North East Coal Company at Thealka, Kentucky.  From Thealka he went to Seco, Kentucky and from Seco he came to Van Lear, where he had been employed for the past seventeen years.  He was a member of the Van Lear Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 885, and a member of the B.P.O. E. No. 1658 at Paintsville, Kentucky.  He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 431 at Van Lear where he was a past Patron of that Lodge. Surviving are his wife, Dess Adams Conley, two children by a previous marriage, Charles Jr., of Naomi, West Virginia, and Coleen Conley of Springfield, Ohio, his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Flem Conley of Van Lear, one sister Mrs. Roy Colvin of Hager Hill and two brothers, James and Stelson of Van Lear. Paintsville Herald 23 December 1948

 
CRISLIP, Fred
1948
Fred Crislip Dies Sunday
Rites Thursday For Kerz Man
Rev. Fred Crislip, 52, prominnent resident of Kerz, died suddenly near Sitka Tuesday morning, December 28, enroute to Paintsvile. Mr. Crislip had been in ill health for some time and had been under the care of a physician for the past several months. He was born in this county, the son of the late Edward and Alice Murray Crislip. A recognized leader in his community and one of the most active businessmen of the county he was engaged in the mercantile and coal business. He is survived by his wife, the former Samantha Lemaster and six children: Roy, Archie, William H., Edna Faye, all of Kerz, Olive May and Malta Ross of Sunbury, Ohio. Surviving also are one brother, Johnnie, and one sister, Mrs. Dorothy King of Staffordsville, and one-half sister, Mrs. Josoie King of Staffordsville, and two-half brothers Everett of this city and Arthur of Georgia. Funeral Services were held Thursday at 1:00 P.M. at the Little Gap  Union Church of which he was superintendent of the Sunday School. Burial was in the family cemetery near his home under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-30-1948

 
DANIEL, Sandra
1948
Daniel Infant Dies Monday
Funeral services were conducted at River,Ky.,Tuesday,December 14,  for Sandra Sue Daniel, who died shortly after birth Monday,December 13. She was the daughter of Willis and Grace Marie Pack Daniel,former residents of White House who now live in Middleton,Ohio. The graveside rites were conducted by Rev.Proctor Walters,and burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Hearld Thursday December-16-1948

 
FRYE, Alice Jo
1948
FRYE INFANT DIES WEDNESDAY
Alice Jo Frye, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Frye, died Wednesday in the Paintsville Hospital shortly after birth. Mrs. Frye is the former Roberta Jo Fitch. Burial will be made under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DEC 30 1948

 
GOBLE, Beckham
1948
Floyd County Man Dies From Burns
Beckham Goble, 40, of Floyd County, died yesterday afternoon in a hospital at Prestonsburg from burns incurred in a hunting accident. Goble, who was walking up a hill, was carrying about one-third stick of powder. Accidentally a match ignited the powder setting fire to the victim's clothing. A miner by trade, Goble was the father of 12 children. Paintsville Herald Thursday Dec.23 1948

 
HILL, Alec Milton
1948
Alec Milton Hill, 33, died at his home at Mima, Ky. Dec. 4 after an illness of 5 years with tuberculosis. Mr. Hill was the son of Sam and Mirtie Holbrook Hill. He was a merchant and was a member of the Baptist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Hamilton Hill, one daughter, Carolyn, and two brothers, Ronald Hill, Mima, Ky., and Bernard Hill, Lexington, Ky. Funeral services were held at 11 p.m. Dec. 6, at the residence by Revs. W. W. Smith and Rudolph Roland. Burial was made in the cemetery at Mima by the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DEC. 9, 1948

 
MEADE, Beatrice (Phelps)
1948
Three persons are dead and a fourth injured as a result of a collision between and automobile and a truck on Route 23 at Hager Hill Saturday evening. The dead are John Lester Adams, Jr., 26, of Paintsville, Mrs. Beatrice Phelps Meade 28, and Albert Murphy, 23, both of Van Lear.  Adams was killed outright and Mrs. Meade died of a fractured skull and other injuries two hours after she was admitted to a local hospital. Murphy succumbed Tuesday night from internal injuries, and a partially severed arm. Miss Julia Salyer, 24, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brewster Salyer of Van Lear was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  She was released Tuesday. Adams, a veteran of World War II, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Adams, City. He was associated with his father in a grocery and filling station business here. His father is former sheriff of Johnson County. He is survived by his parents two brothers, Hondel and Andrew, at home and two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn McClure and Miss Beulah Dorothy Adams. Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. by Revs. Millard Van Hoose, F. S. Van Hoose and Scott Castle. Burial was made in the family cemetery near the home, where graveside rites were conducted by the American Legion. Mrs. Meade was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Phelps with whom she made her home. She was the mother of three children aged 11 years, 8 years, and seven months.  Her husband was Earl Meade from whom she was estranged.  Mrs. Meade was an employee of G. C. Murphy Co. here. Funeral services were conducted at the First Christian Church at West Van Lear Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the Wells Buckingham cemetery here under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Murphy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Murphy of Van Lear who survive him.  He is also survived by several brothers and sisters.  Two brothers of the victim, Pvt. Onda Murphy and Pvt. Lawrence Murphy were casualties of World War II, and have been returned from overseas cemeteries for reburial within the past year. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ on Friday at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. It was said that the accident occurred when a Chevrolet Sedan driven by Adams in the direction of Prestonsburg collided with the truck occupied by Wm. Dale.  Dale's wife and sister-in-law were traveling toward Paintsville.  At the scene, a second truck occupied by Ernie Chandler and Kenneth Hayes of Chandlerville was being used to pull an automobile driven by Paul Knott from a roadside ditch. Further details of the accident were not learned. Paintsville Herald Thursday Dec.23 1948

 
MURPHY, Albert
1948
Three persons are dead and a fourth injured as a result of a collision between and automobile and a truck on Route 23 at Hager Hill Saturday evening. The dead are John Lester Adams, Jr., 26, of Paintsville, Mrs. Beatrice Phelps Meade 28, and Albert Murphy, 23, both of Van Lear.  Adams was killed outright and Mrs. Meade died of a fractured skull and other injuries two hours after she was admitted to a local hospital. Murphy succumbed Tuesday night from internal injuries, and a partially severed arm. Miss Julia Salyer, 24, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brewster Salyer of Van Lear was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  She was released Tuesday. Adams, a veteran of World War II, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Adams, City. He was associated with his father in a grocery and filling station business here. His father is former sheriff of Johnson County. He is survived by his parents two brothers, Hondel and Andrew, at home and two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn McClure and Miss Beulah Dorothy Adams. Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. by Revs. Millard Van Hoose, F. S. Van Hoose and Scott Castle. Burial was made in the family cemetery near the home, where graveside rites were conducted by the American Legion. Mrs. Meade was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Phelps with whom she made her home. She was the mother of three children aged 11 years, 8 years, and seven months.  Her husband was Earl Meade from whom she was estranged.  Mrs. Meade was an employee of G. C. Murphy Co. here. Funeral services were conducted at the First Christian Church at West Van Lear Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the Wells Buckingham cemetery here under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Murphy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Murphy of Van Lear who survive him.  He is also survived by several brothers and sisters.  Two brothers of the victim, Pvt. Onda Murphy and Pvt. Lawrence Murphy were casualties of World War II, and have been returned from overseas cemeteries for reburial within the past year. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ on Friday at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. It was said that the accident occurred when a Chevrolet Sedan driven by Adams in the direction of Prestonsburg collided with the truck occupied by Wm. Dale.  Dale's wife and sister-in-law were traveling toward Paintsville.  At the scene, a second truck occupied by Ernie Chandler and Kenneth Hayes of Chandlerville was being used to pull an automobile driven by Paul Knott from a roadside ditch. Further details of the accident were not learned. Paintsville Herald Thursday Dec.23 1948

 
PARKER, Otis Parker
1948
Otis Wayne Parker, two-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Parker, died in the Paintsville Hospital Saturday at 10:30 p.m. after a long illness. He was born at Harlan, Ky.  October 10, 1946. Surviving besides his parents is one brother, Rickey Lee Parker. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 at the Preston Funeral Home with Rev. Hamilton officiating. Burial was made in the Mayo cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DECEMBER 16, 1948

 
PRICE, Sallie (Butcher)
1948
Mrs. Sallie Butcher Price, 65, died at 2 A. M. December 24, at her home at River with a heart attack. Mrs. Price was born in Johnson County, on May 8, 1883, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Butcher. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Jesse Price and the following children, Charles, Freeburn, Ky., Frank, Prestonsburg, Clark, Pond Creek, Otto, Freeburn, Ky., Hubert, Detroit, Mich., William, Freeburn, Ky., Russell, River, Mrs. William Pigg, City, and Mrs. Curtis Castle, Wharton, W. Va.  The following brothers and sisters also survive: J. K. Butcher, city, Beecher Butcher, Williamsport, Wilbert Butcher, Williamsport, Mrs. W. M. Fannin, Thelma, Mrs. John Van Hoose, Ricardson, and Mrs. Frank Ward, Williamsport. Funeral services were held at 10:30 A. M. December 25, at the Friendship Church at Williamsport by Revs. Elzie Banks, Leonard Walters, and Germ Walters. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DEC. 30, 1948

 
REYNOLDS, Louise (Conley)
1948
LOUISE REYNOLDS DIES DECEMBER 24
Mrs. Louise Conley Reynolds, 88, sister of Mrs. Ray Turner and Mr. F. J. Conley of this city, died at her home at Barnetts Creek Friday, December 24, following an illness of a year. Mrs. Reynolds was born at Rock House October 30, 1861, the daughter of the late James H. and Cynthia Ellen Rice Conley. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Her husband preceded her in death about sixteen years ago. Surviving are three children: one daughter, Mrs. S. G. Lewis of Thealka, and two sons, W. R. Reynolds and Eugene Reynolds both of Barnetts Creek. Surviving also are six brothers and sisters, Linzie Conley, Ashland, Charley Conley, Rock House, Alonzo Conley, Ashland, Mrs. Sola Gertrude Trimble, Barnetts Creek and Mrs. Turner and Mr. Conley. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 A.M., Sunday, December 26, at the home with Revs. Scott Castle, C. C. Hall, and Cullie Sparks officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 6 1949

 
SAGRAVES, Paul J.
1932-1948
Paul J. Sagraves, victim of diabetes, was born October 19, 1932, son of Lassie Sagraves and a grandson of Donnie Sagraves of Flat Gap, Ky.  He died December 27, 1948, at the age of sixteen. Our life will never be the same Our home is lonely still, We cannot sometimes understand, Why such should be God's will, Just when his life was brightest, Just when his years were best, PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 27 1949

 
SALYER, Martha (Lewis)
1948
Death Takes Martha Salyer
Carcinoma Fatal To County Woman
Mrs. Martha Salyer, 52, of Springfield, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 4, after a year’s illness with carcinoma. She was born at Oil Springs, the daughter of the late Jerry and Paulina Crace Lewis. She had resided in Springfield for several years. Mrs. Salyer was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Wannie Salyer, three sons and three daughters, Thurman, Vencil Charles Edward, Mrs. Virgie Mae Adams, Mrs. Madge Jenkins, and Mrs. Audrey Belva, all of Springfield, Ohio.  Three brothers and sisters also survive:  Mrs. Della Waitt, Falcon, Ky., Mrs. Nervia Blair, Van Lear, and Eskel Lewis, West Van Lear. The body arrived at the home of her brother, Eskel Lewis, at West Van Lear, Monday. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the home of J. M. Blanton near Oil Springs by Rev. C. J. Sparks. Burial was made in the family cemetery near Oil Springs by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9 December 1948

 
SMITH, Fred
1948
The body of Fred Smith, 33, veteran of World War II, was found Tuesday about 3 P.M. in Paint Creek near where it empties into the Big Sandy River.  Smith’s death is the third to occur from mysterious causes in the county since October. The body of Vernon Castle, 22, of Thealka was found in the river near the mouth of Buffalo on Oct. 29, about one mile from the spot where Smith’s body was located.  No marks of violence were found on the body of Castle, and reports from an autopsy performed in Huntington, W. Va., have not been revealed. The victim disappeared from a roadhouse on the Paintsville-Inez road about two weeks before his body was found. Hager McCarty, 38, was found dead in a roadhouse on Route 23, two miles west of Paintsville on Nov. 6.  It was not known whether he was a victim of foul play. There were no visible indications of violence. Reports of an examination conducted in a Federal laboratory in Washington, D.C., have not been disclosed by local officers. A veteran, McCarty was the father of three children. The body of Dr. E. V. Conley, 55, of Cleveland, O., and native of Johnson County, was found in Lawrence County near the Johnson County line on January 3 of this year. The body, when discovered, was partly submerged in the waters of Georges Creek. Dr. Henry S. Young, Lawrence County coroner, who conducted an inquest, decided that Dr. Conley had died as a result of being struck by a soft instrument or from exposure. Dr. Paul B. Hall performed an autopsy on the body and said he had been struck on the head but that it was not severe enough to have killed Dr. Conley. Dr. Conley was en route to Paintsville to visit with relatives, and it was presumed that he was carrying a large sum of money on his person. All four deaths are being investigated by officers of the law. Smith lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith, at Thelma.  He was a miner by occupation. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Sam Smith, Accoville, W. Va.; Estil Smith, Thelma, Ky., and several sisters. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. today at the home of his parents by Rev. Leonard Walters. Interment was made in the cemetery at Offutt by the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY December 23, 1948

 
STAMBAUGH, Ted
1948
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. for Ted Stambaugh, 42, who died in Lima, Ohio Monday after a week’s illness. His death was caused by cardiac asthma. Mr. Stambaugh was born in Johnson County Nov. 21,1907 the son of John and Lyda Preston Stambaugh. He had been a resident of Lima for six years where he was employed as a steel worker. Surviving are his wife, Mary Johnson Stambaugh, whom he married in Woodford County in 1931, and one son, Eugene both of Lima. One brother, Garfield Stambaugh of Stambaugh also survives. Funeral services were held by Rev. Don Fraley at the home of his brother, Garfield, at Stambaugh. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-16-1949

 
YOUNG, Mary Ann (White)
1948
Mrs. Mary Ann Young, 84, died at the home of her son, Tom Young in Van Lear, Friday, December 17, following a three day illness. She was born in Lawrence County, November 19, 1864, the daughter of Paris and Elizabeth White.  Her husband, George Young, preceded her in death in 1943. She is survived by eight sons: Monroe, Lowmansville; John, Ulysses: Gilbert, Van Lear; Bradley, Chandlerville; Tom, Van Lear; Bill, Tutor Key; Bert West, Van Lear.  Three children died in infancy. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 11:00 at the Sugar Grove United Baptist Church at Kerz by Rev. O. I. Williams, John Daniel, Henry Caudill, and Charley Estepp.  Burial was in the Burton Cememtery at Chandlerville under the direction of The Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 23,1948

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