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JANUARY - 1949


ARMS, John L.
1949
John L. Arms, 76, retired farmer of Leander, died at his home at 5:00 p. m., Thursday, January 6, 1949, of a heart condition after an illness of two weeks. Mr. Arms was born in this county, the son of Bee and Martha Blair Arms.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, Minerva Spradlin Arms, are five children: three daughters, Mrs.Grace Caudill, Denver, Mrs. Eunice Webb of this city, and Mrs. Cora Conley, Riceville; two sons, Frank Arms, Wheelersburg, and Morris Arms of Oil Springs.He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Rachel E. Crace, Oil Springs, Mrs. Flora Conley,Lucasville, Ohio, and one brother, Sam K. Arms, Denver. twenty-six grandchildren also survive.Funeral services were conducted at the Beech Wall Baptist Church at 10:00 A. M. Sunday, January 9, by Rev. Hargis Conley assisted by several Baptist ministers.Burial was in the family cemetery at Denver, Ky. under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-13-1949
BAYES, David Sherman
1949
David Sherman Bayes, 81, died at his home at Swamp Branch Tuesday, January 4, after an illness of nine days with pneumonia. He was born Nov. 1, 1867, the son of Jack and Delia Tackett Bayes, of this county.  He was a lifelong resident of Swamp Branch, where he engaged in farming.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by seven children; one daughter, Mrs Sampie Collins, of Riceville, and six sons, Challie Bayes, Carey, Ohio, Pete, Swamp Branch, Millard Bayes, Salyersville, Ky., Newt,Salyersville, Sam, Riceville, and Floyd, Leander.  Surviving also is one-half sister, Mrs. Ben Collins, Naples, Ky.Funeral services were conducted at the home today at 1:00 p.m. by Revs. Scott Castle, James Yates, and Hargus Conley.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 6, 1949 
BOYD, Inis
1949
Inis Boyd, 24, of Thelma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Boyd, died at 9:20 Sunday shortly after being admitted to the Paintsville Clinic.  According to her physician, death was caused by acute poisoning, but further details were not learned.  She had been ill since suffering a stroke about four years ago while working away from home.  Born in Johnson County, she had resided here all her life, and was a member of the United Baptist Church.  She was a graduate of the Meade Memorial High School.  Surviving besides her parents, are the following brothers and sisters: Hansford, Canton,O., Joe, Jr., Thelma, James Robert, U. S. Army, Mrs. Wallace Fraley, Thelma and Mrs. J. W. Guthrie, Carlinsville, Ill. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the home of her parents by Hershel Short.Musical selections were given by the Buffalo Choir.Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-13-1949
BURKE, Edna (Welch)
1949
Funeral Services were held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for Mrs. Edna Burke, 40, who died at her home at Collista January 13, after a five day illness with pneumonia.  Born in Johnson Co, on June 23, 1908, she was the daughter of Mr and Mrs. T.J. Welch and had resided here most of her life. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  She is survived by her husband Carl Burke, and five sons and one daughter, John Cecil, Samuel LeRoy, Billy Francis, Morris Thomas, Earl and Mary Margaret. One sister and one brother, Mrs. Virgie Conley and Hobart Welch all of Collista.  Services were conducted by Rev. Walter Pack at the Collista Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was made in the Hager Hill Cemetery under the direction of Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-20-1949
CANTRELL, Mrs. Thursa Emaline (Ramey)
1949
Mrs. Thursa Emaline Cantrell, 67, died at 3 P. M. January 19, 1949, at her home at Fuget after a short illness.  Her death was caused by heart disease.  Born at Fuget on August 18, 1881, the daughter of Richard and Louraine Ramey Estep, she had been a resident of that vicinity her entire life.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church.  She was married in February 1902 to Harry B. Cantrell who survives.  Surviving are two daughters, Dixie Mae Cantrell and Mrs. Cova Estep, both of Fuget, and the following brothers, James Harrison Estep, Hansford Estep, Sheridan Estep, C. W. Estep, all of Fuget and Life Estep of Summit, Ky.  Funeral services were held Friday at 10:00 A. M. at the home by rev. Lonza Reed, Theodore Williams and Charlie Estep.  Burial was made in the family cemetery (Estep Cemetery ALA) under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-27-1949
COLLINS, Sampie Rev.
1949
Rev. Sampie Collins, 47, Riceville, died Wednesday, Jan 12, 1949 in a local hospital where he had been a patient for the last five months. He was shot in his home on August 2 and had been partially paralyzed since that time. Elmer Fitchpatrick, 20, son of William Fitchpatrick of the Green Rock Fork of jenny's Creek is being held in the Johnson County jail charged with the shooting. His brother James Fitchpatrick, who was also arrested in connection with the incident was released on bond. Rev. Collins was born, December 21, 1901 at Riceville, the son of W. L. and Sarah Baldridge Collins. He was a farmer and merchant and minister of the Holiness Church. Surviving are his wife, Hattie Bayes Collins, two sons and one daughter, Chalmer and Powell both of Riceville and Betty Louise, also of Riceville. The following brother and sisters also survive: Mrs. Martin Hackworth, Plymouth, Oh., Mrs. Warren Helton, Oil Springs, Mrs. Sam Bayes, Riceville and Mrs. Ben Ward, Meally. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church at Riceville by Rev. Scott Castle.  Burial will be made in the Bayes Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald  Thursday January 13, 1949 
CONLEY, Leander
1949
Leander Conley, 73, was taken by death following a heart attack at his home in Lowmansville, on January 7, 1949 after an illness of several months. He was a native of Johnson County, the son of Isaac and Rachel Pennington Conley. He was a lifetime resident of Lowmansville where he was a member of the Baptist Church. Besides his wife Laura Conley, he is survived by three sons, Charlie and Burns, both of Lowmansville, Rudolph, Columbus, Ohio, and five daughters, Mrs. Claude Johnson, Columbus, O., Mrs. Alma Brown, Columbus, O., Mrs. Walter Skaggs, Lowmansville, Mrs. Bert Daniel, Lowmansville, and Mrs. Ishmel Skaggs, Black Lick, Ohio. Also surviving are several grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on January 10, at 1:00 p. m., at the Chestnut Grove Church, by the Revs. Brach Skaggs and Bruce Daniels. Burial was in the Borders Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-13-1949
FERGUSON, Luke P.
1949
Aged Red Bush Man Succumbs Sunday
Luke P. Ferguson, 83, retired farmer, died at his home at Red Bush at 10:35 P. M., Sunday, January 2, 1949 of pneumonia.  Mr. Ferguson had been ill for the past year. He was born in this county May 29, 1885, the son of Fred and Margaret Williams Ferguson.  Most of his life was spent in the Red Bush section.  He was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. He is survived by four children:  three sons and one daughter. Burial was in the family cemetery Tuesday, January 4.  Funeral services will be conducted later. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-6-1949
GRIM, Sam
1949
Services Tuesday For Sam Grim, 87
Sam Grim, 87, retired farmer and prominent citizen of Stambaugh, died at his home Sunday, January 30, 1949 following an extended illness. Mr. Grim, the son of the late Jeff and Sarah Ann Stambaugh, was born in this county and was a lifelong resident of the Stambaugh community. He is survived by his wife, Emma, and four children by a former marriage; Mrs. Sarah Grim, Nippa, Mrs. Fanny Williams, Sitka, and Faris and Jeff both of Stambaugh.  Surviving also are two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Castle of Stone, Ky., Mrs. Elizabeth Castle of Nippa and one-half brother, Proctor, of Lowmansville. Funeral services were held at the Beechgrove Baptist Church Tuesday February 1, by Revs. F F. Riggsby and C. J. Sparks.  Burial was in the Stambaugh Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-3-1949
HAMPTON, Edd
1949
ED HAMPTON DIES JANUARY 30 SHORT ILLNESS TAKES THEALKA MAN
Mr. Edd Hampton, 34, of Thealka, Kentucky, died, Sunday, January 30, 1949, in a local hospital after a short illness. Mr. Hampton, a miner, was the son of Harry and Virgie Young Hampton of Thealka, where he lived at the time of his death. Among his survivors are his wife, Christine Bailey Hampton, and daughter, Barbara Jean. Also four brothers, Jack, Bill, Jim, and Howard, and six sisters, Lizzie, Virginia, Josie, Sarah Margaret, Gertrude, and Clarinda.  One brother, Bernard, preceded him in death in 1945. Burial services were conducted on Tuesday, February, 1, at the Thealka Church, by the Revs. Don Fraley and Williard Wilcox. Interment was in the Tackett Cemetery at Staffordsville, Kentucky, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday February 3, 1949
JOHNSON, Sarah M. (Spradlin)
1949
Services Sunday For Swamp Branch Woman
Sarah M. Johnson, 80, member of one of Johnson County’s most prominent families, died at 10:45 P. M., Friday, January 14, 1949 at her home at Swamp Branch after an illness of six years. The daughter of Ben and Rhoda Fitch Spradlin she was born at Denver, Ky., and had resided in that section all of her life.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church.  Her husband, Colfax Johnson, preceded her in death a year ago on January 15, 1948. She is survived by three children: one daughter, Mrs. Rushie Conley and two sons, Dewey and Buell both of Swamp Branch.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Rice and Mrs. Rhoda Spradlin both of Denver. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday at 1:00 P. M., by Revs. Hargis Conley and Jim Yates.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-20-1949
JONES, Howard
1949
Edmond Slone of Frank's Creek near Flat Gap, is being held in the Johnson Coutnty jail charged with the fatal stabbing of his brother-in-law, Howard Jones.  The stabbing occurred near the store of Giddy Jones, father of the victim, last Saturday afternoon. The Cause of the altercation is not known. Jones died while en route to a local hospital.  A veteran of World War II, he was a miner by occupation, and had lived near Flat Gap all his life. He is survived by hi wife, Reva Slone Jones, and one son, Ronald Dean Jones, 18 months old. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters.  Henry Jones, Ohio, Goldie Mae Bull, West Virginia, Audrey Faye Salyers, Kertz, Sylvia, Ernest, Marlon, Norma, Myrtle, Chester, Mary Evelyn, and Carolyn Sue, at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home of his father at 2 p.m.  Jan 20, 1949.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of trhe Jones Funeral home.  Slone was arrested by Sheriff Hall and memebers of the State Police shortly after the slaying occurred.  His examining trial is set for Friday, Jan 21, 1949. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-20-1949
JONES, John
1949
Heart Attack Takes John Jones, 47,
John Lones died suddenly at his home here early Monday morning, January 1949, from a heart attack.  He was a native of Lawrence County but had resided here for the past few years. He was the son of the late Mr. And Mrs. James Jones. He was employed as a miner and was a member of the local Masonic Lodge. Surviving are his wife, Marie Jones, four sons and two daughters, Berlin Cecil, Paul L. Garry, Donald and Delmar, Phyllis Ruth and Janet Sue all of Paintsville, also three brothers, George Jones, Thelma, Charlie Jones, Nebo, and Clarence Jones, Ironton, O. Funeral services were held at 1 P. M., Wednesday at the Freewill Baptist Church by Revs. Millard Van Hoose, F. S. Van Hoose and Scott Castle. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-27-1949             s/o-James A. & Adelia Stafford Jones
KRETZER, Dolly Marlene
1949
VAN LEAR CHILD DIES WITH BRONCHIAL PNEUMONIA
Dolly Marlene Kretzer, 9-months-old daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Kretzer of Van Lear, died Thursday afternoon, January 13,1949 in a local hospital of bronchial pneumonia. Surviving besides her parents are eight brothers and sisters; Mrs. Roberta Coffey, Van Lear, Miss Anna Florence Kretzer of this city, Burdette Kretzer, Jr., London, Ohio, Douglas, U. S. Army Ft. Lawton, Washington, and Lewis, Kenneth, Henry and Marvin all at home. Funeral services were conducted at the home Saturday afternoon by Rev. Elza Burke.  The body was taken Sunday morning to the family cemetary near Hitchens, Ky., and burial was made under the direction of The Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JANUARY 20 1949 
LEMASTER, Howard Cecil
1949
Howard Cecil Lemaster, 37, died at his home at Hager Hill at 12:15 p. m., January 1, 1949, following an illness of several years with cancer. Mr. Lemaster was born December 12, 1911, in Illinois, the son of Roscoe and Clara Robertson Lemaster. He had been a resident of Hager Hill for the past three years, where he was a member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Irene, and three children: two daughters, Helen Jean and Janet Sue, both at hone and one son, Howard Paul, also at home. Surviving also are four sisters, Mrs. Lester Lemaster, Hager Hill, Mrs. Oliver Ealey, Hager Hill, Mrs. Earl Spears, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Thelma Lemaster, Hager Hill. Revs. Cully Sparks and Harlan Montgomery conducted the funeral services at the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church at 1:00 p. m., January 3. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-6-1949
MORAN, Lydia
1949
HEART AILMENT FATAL TO LYDIA MORAN
Miss Lydia Moran, 66, died Wednesday, January 26, in the Catholic Hospital at Martin, Ky., after a long illness from a heart ailment. Miss Moran was born at Piedmont, W. Va. on February 28, 1882, the daughter of Thomas F. and Amanda Taylor Moran.  She came to Van Lear when a young woman where she resided with her family for many years. A brother, Thomas Moran of Auxier, preceded her in death several years ago.She was a member of the Catholic Church. The body was sent to Blaine, W. Va., Friday where burial was made in the Elk Gardens Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD February 7, 1949
PELPHREY, Bennie Allen
1949
PELPHREY INFANT DIES MONDAY
Bennie Allen Pelphrey, infant son of John R. and Minerva Davis Pelphrey, died suddenly Monday, January 31, 1949, at his home at Barnetts Creek, KY.Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Barnetts Creek United Baptist Church and were conducted by the Revs. Lonza Reed, Foster Rigsby and Hamie May. Burial was in the Colvin Branch Family Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday February 3, 1949
PHELPS, Ben F.
1949
Van Lear Man Ben F. Phelps, 61, died about 4 p.m. Tuesday of injuries received in a slate fall in the mine at Van Lear a few hours earlier. Mr. Phelps was a machine operator for the Consolidation Coal Co., at Van Lear where he had worked for many years.  He died from a crushed chest and other injuries. He was born at Meally, Ky., the son of the late Thomas and Trinvilla Webb Phelps.  He was a member of a large and well known family in this county and his tragic death was a great shock to the hosts of relatives and friends who survive. Surviving are his wife, Emma Grayson Phelps of Van Lear.A daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Meade, was killed in an automobile accident at Hager Hill on December 18.  He leaves the following brothers and sisters: Lon Phelps and John Phelps of Meally, Jay  Phelps, Detroit, Mich., Kent Phelps, Van Lear, San Phelps and Bruce Phelps, West Van Lear, William Phelps, Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Dan Pelphrey, W. Va., Mrs. James H. Hall, David, Ky.,  and Mrs. Gervin Short, Van Lear. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Church at West Van Lear by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Interment will be made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery here by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-27-1949
SLONE, Ollie Mrs. (McDowell)
1949
Mrs. Ollie Slone, 66 Dies In Ohio
Mrs. Ollie Slone, 66, of Johnson County, died January 31, 1949 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hayden Hall, of Maloneton.  She had been ill for a short time. Mrs. Slone was born Feb. 5, 1883 in Johnson County, a daughter of Wm. And Relda McDowell.  Her husband preceded her in death 13 years ago. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Nellie Ferguson of Barn Rock, Mrs. Sally McKenzie of Keaton, Mrs. Mollie Hull of Sandusky and Mrs. Hall; three sons, Roy of Gabell, Ky., Oscar of Barn Rock, Jim of Louisa; a brother,  Jim McDowell of Georges Creek; three sisters, Molly McDowell of Georges Creek, Mrs. Helen Boggs of Huntington, West Virginia and Mrs. Joseph Cantrell. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-10-1949
TAYLOR, Geroge W.
1949
AGED LOCAL MAN DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
George W. Taylor, 86, of this city died at his home at 8:40 P.M., Tuesday, January 4, after an illness of a week. He was born in Paintsville, the son of David and Emma Williams Taylor. He formerly worked as a Farmer and teamster.  He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Angie Daniels Taylor, and five children:  Elizabeth Ratliff, Van Lear, and Sully Wilson, Sybil McKenzie, Bascom Taylor and Dave Taylor, all of this city. Funeral services were held today at 1:30 P.M., at the home.  Burial was at Staffordsville under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-6-1949
TRAVIS, Susan (Fairchild)
1877-1949
HEART AILMENT TAKES LOCAL WOMAN
Mrs. Susan Travis, 71, city, succumbed to a short illness from a heart condition in a local hospital at 3 P. M. Saturday, January 22, 1949. Mrs. Travis had spent her entire life in Johnson County and she leaves many friends and relatives. She was born March 18, 1877, in the Franks Creek vicinity, the daughter of Aaron and Mary Salyer Fairchild. She was married to Henry Travis who died in 1943.She is survived by two sons and four daughters, Jay and Buell Travis, city, Mrs. Ethel Caudill, Stambaugh, Mrs. Eliza Ross, Waverly, O., Miss Hazel Travis, city, and Mrs. Marie Pugh, city. She also leaves the following brothers and sisters, James Ramey, Waverly, O., Rennie Ramey, and Walter Ramey, both of Ashland, Lunday Ramey, Wakefield, O., and Mrs. John Caudill, Blaine, Ky. Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church here on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1949 at 11 A. M.Burial was made in the Lower Franks Creek cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN. 27, 1949
WALTERS, James Paris
1949
James Paris Walters, 74, well known resident of River, died at his home at 6:45 A.M. , Wednesday, January 12, 1949, following a short illness. Mr. Walters, a member of one of Eastern Kentucky's most prominent families, was born in Offutt, Ky., the son of  the late Shady and Elizabeth Litteral Walters.  A lifelong resident of the River Section he was a respected and recognized leader in the affairs of the community.  Before his retirement he engaged in construction work for both the railroad and highway. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Pansy Walters, and four daughters by a former marriage.   Mrs. Verta Parish, Mrs. Tennessee Semear, Mrs. Thelma Cook, and Miss Audrey Walters all of Cincinnati, Ohio he is also survived by four stepchildren Capt. James H. Hayes, Fergus Falls, Minn., Mrs. Erma Lee Ward, Offutt, Mrs. Dreatha Castle, Huntington W. Va. and Miss Pauline Haynes.  Mayfield, and a sister, Mrs. Vina Lee, Lexington and one brother Dr. W. L. Walters of Winchester. Surviving also are the following nephews; C.F. Walters, C. E. Walters, Glen Walters, and Rev. Leonard Walters all of this city and W. J. Walters, Offutt, J. E. Walters, Wichester, E. L. Walters, Hopkinsville and G. N. Walters of Shoals, W. Va. Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Friday Jan 14, 1949, at the First Christian Church in this city by Rev. J. H. Short.  Burial will be in the Hayes Cemetery at Tutor Key, Ky., under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 13, 1949
WARD, Hazel (Huff)
1949
CANCER FATAL TO RIVER WOMAN
Mrs. Hazel Huff Ward, 59, died on January 5, 1949, at the home of her brother, Charles L. Huff, of cancer after an illness of four years. Mrs. Ward was born at River, Kentucky, the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. A.T. Huff.  She was affiliated with the Methodist Church. She is survived by a son, Ernest Earl Ward, Matewan, W. Va., and a daughter, Willia Mae Hayward, Dayton, Ohio, one grandson, Stanley Estep, Paintsville, a great-granddaughter, Marline Estep, five sisters, Mrs. Ethel Gunst, Smoky Valley, Mrs. Zella G. Crisp, Lexington, Mrs. Sibyl H. Farley, Marianna, W.Va., Mrs. Sallie Wells, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Anna Maye Gilman, Kermit, W.Va., and three brothers, Don D. Huff, Fort Gay, W.Va., Charles L. Huff and William G. Huff, both of Holden, W.Va. The Funeral was held at the Preston Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. on January 8, the Rev.Millard VanHoose officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery at River, Ky., under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 13, 1949
WILLIAMS, Mrs. Charlie (Hill)
1888-1949
Mrs. Charlie Williams, 60, prominent woman of Red Bush, died suddenly at her home at 1:00 A. M., Tuesday, January 11. She had been in ill health for some time. Mrs. Williams was born November 3, 1888, at Relief, Ky., the daughter of John W. and Nancy Ferguson Hill. She was married to Charlie Williams in 1909 at Relief, Ky. A devoted member of the Regular Baptist Church she was also one of the most beloved women in her community and will be greatly missed by her many friends and neighbors. Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Dixie Williams, Miami, Fla; a son, Duell Williams, Red Bush, and seven brothers and sisters:  Charlie Hill, Obie Hill, Lloyd Hill, and Mrs, Angie Brown all of Relief, Ky., Roy Hill, Brushie, Mrs. Sarah Williams, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Mrs. Clara Stapleton, Flat Gap. Funeral services were conducted this morning at 10:00 at the home by Rev.. Hood Wallen. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald January 13, 1949



FEBRUARY - 1949


BALDWIN, Mary E. (Spradlin)
1949
Mrs. Mary E. Baldwin, 66, wife of Dock Baldwin of Oil Springs, Kentucky, died on Friday, February 4, 1949 after an illness of three years.Mrs. Baldwin was a life long resident of Oil Springs. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Garfield Spradlin, and was affiliated with the United Baptist Church.Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs  Elda Baldwin, Oil Springs, and Mrs.Eskalean Selvage, Columbus, Ohio, and four sons, Alex and Eulis, both of Oil Springs and Elmer and Ellis, Ashland, Kentucky. Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday, February 6, at 10:00 a.m. by the Revs.Hargus Conley, Lonza Reed and Furman Blair. Burial in the family cemetery was under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-10-1949
CASTLE, Infant
1949
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Murne Castle of Thealka, Kentucky, died shortly after birth on Wednesday, February 16, 1949. Graveside rites were conducted today in the Preston cemetery at Thealka under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 2-17-1949
DANIEL, David K. Rev.
1868-1949
LONG ILLNESS TAKES NATIVE OF COUNTY
Rev. David K. Daniel, 80, native of Johnson County, died at his home in Ashland at 8:45 p.m., Friday, February 4, following an illness of several months.  ev. Daniel, a member of one of the county's most prominent families was born at River, Ky., February 25, 1868, the son of the late Flem and Mary Jane Brown Daniel, early settlers in the county. Rev. Daniel was well known throughout this section of  Kentucky, where he preached for a number of years, and was regarded as one of the county's outstanding men. His life was one of loyal devotion to his church and he was held in the highest esteem and respect by his friends and associates.  Rev. Daniel became a member of the United Baptist Church in 1886 and was ordained as a minister at the Toms Creek Church in the Paint Union Association in May 1898. He was later elected and served as moderator of the Sugar Grove, Toms Creek, and Mt. Olive churches. He moved from this county to Greenup in 1909 and was elected and served as moderator of the Sand Gap, Martha, Oak Spring, and Mt. Chapel churches. He was married to Miss Frances Stapleton, daughter of the late Edward and Eliza Stapleton, on June 6, 1889. To this union were born ten children. Two died in infancy and one daughter, Stella, preceded him in death. Five children also survived by a later marriage. Surviving are the following children: Lloyd, Ashland, Walter, Ashland, Luther, Waverly, Ohio, Perry, Mesa, Arizona, David K., El Paso, Texas, Clyde, Franklin Furnace, Ohio, Arthur, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. W. B. Warely, Ashland, Mrs. Harry Posoy, South Point, Ohio, Mrs. W. M. Handshaw, Ironton, Ohio, Mrs. Harry Auklerman, Middletown, Ohio, and Mrs. C. M. Short, Guam. Surviving also is a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Due to the large number of friends and relatives living in Johnson County, the body was brought from Ashland Friday and remained at the Preston Funeral Home until Sunday. It was then taken to Ashland where funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Monday at the Oak Spring Church by Revs. Leonard Walters, Leonard Arrowood, Flem Arrowood, and Alfred Chandler. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY FEB. 10 1949
DAWSON, Julia
1861-1949
Julia Dawson, 88, died suddenly at 5 a.m. Sunday, Feb 27, 1949, at her home in Boons Camp. Mrs. Dawson was born in Johnson County on Nov. 10, 1861, and lived here all her life. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her husband, William Dawson, died in 1947. Surviving are one son, Claude Dawson, Huntington, W. Va. and two daughters, Mrs. B.P. Golden of Detroit Mich. and Mrs. Willie Harmon, Boons Camp, Ky. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb, 28, 1949 at the Friendship Church by Revs. Leonard Walters, Hermie Davis, and Flem Arrowood. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-3-1949
FRANKLIN, Eddie
1909-1949
Accident Victim Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Saturday, for Eddie Franklin, 39, city, who was killed in an accident while at work at Thealka on Feb. 17, 1949.  Mr. Franklin, an employee of the North East Coal Company, died instantly when he was struck on the head by a heavy piece of timber. He was born at Thealka March 9, 1909, the son of W. J. and the late Ellen Sammons Franklin. Mr. Franklin was a highly respected citizen and his family and friends have sustained a great loss in his passing.  He followed the carpenter's trade as an occupation, and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mildred Franklin, two sons, Perry Martin and Irvin Bryan at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Ellen Jean Williams, city.  He is survived by his father, five brothers, Thomas of Ashland, Edgar, a twin, Con, Everett, James, and one sister, Miss Nora Aval Franklin, all of Thealka. Funeral services were held at 2  p. m., Saturday at the Freewill Baptist Church here by Rev. Fred Rowland, assisted by Rev. Scott Castle and Rev. C. C. Hall. Burial was made in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 2-24-1949
GRISWOLD, Lydia Angie
1949
Rev. N. G. Griswold And Wife Die In Louisa Thursday
Double funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 P.M. at the Louisa First Methodist Church for Rev. N. G. Griswold, 85, and his wife, Mrs. Lydia Angie Griswold, 79. Rev. Griswold, a retired 85-year-old  Methodist minister and his wife died within five minutes of each other at their home in Louisa on Thursday, February 3, 1949 Rev. Griswold collapsed when he stepped onto his porch after a short walk, and his wife was stricken five minutes later in the driveway of her home as she was returning from a neighbor's house, where she had gone for help. Both apparently suffered heart attacks.  A daughter, Mrs. Onie U. Kayes, wife of the Rev. Kays of the Centenary Methodist Church, Ashland, said her mother and father had had heart ailments for some time.  The Rev. Griswold, who retired 15 years ago, continued to preach at the Gallup Circuit Church near Louisa. He had been a minister in the Kentucky Methodist Conference for about 65 years, and had been married to Mrs. Griswold for some 60 years. Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Goldie Pergram of Louisville and Mrs. Edward Walker of Ronan, Montana; and six sons, Thomas E. Griswold of Fort Worth, Texas, Verner Griswold of San Diego, Calif., Harold Griswold, of Atlanta, Ga., Ralph Griswold of Ashland, Nathaniel Griswold, U. S. Army, Fort Bragg, N. C., and Ernest E. Griswold, Fullerton. Additional survivors of the Rev. Griswold are two sisters, Mrs. Harlan Stevens of Flatwoods, Ky., and Mrs. Ellen Greer of Argillite, Ky., and one brother Crit Griswold of Argillite, Mrs. Griswold a native of Johnson County, has two brothers. George Auxier, of Russell, Ky., and Edward Auxier, of Columbus, O. She has many relatives in this locality. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. P. Fryman, the Rev. E. P. Swann and the Rev. L. M. ogers. Burial was made in the Pineville Cemetery.  Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-10-1949
GRISWOLD, N. G.
1949
Rev. - Rev. N. G. Griswold And Wife Die In Louisa Thursday  Double funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 P.M. at the Louisa First Methodist Church for Rev. N. G. Griswold, 85, and his wife, Mrs. Lydia Angie Griswold, 79. Rev. Griswold, a retired 85-year-old  Methodist minister and his wife died within five minutes of each other at their home in Louisa on Thursday, February 3, 1949 Rev. Griswold collapsed when he stepped onto his porch after a short walk, and his wife was stricken five minutes later in the driveway of her home as she was returning from a neighbor's house, where she had gone for help. Both apparently suffered heart attacks.  A daughter, Mrs. Onie U. Kayes, wife of the Rev. Kays of the Centenary Methodist Church, Ashland, said her mother and father had had heart ailments for some time. The Rev. Griswold, who retired 15 years ago, continued to preach at the Gallup Circuit Church near Louisa. He had been a minister in the Kentucky Methodist Conference for about 65 years, and had been married to Mrs. Griswold for some 60 years. Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Goldie Pergram of Louisville and Mrs. Edward Walker of Ronan, Montana; and six sons, Thomas E. Griswold of Fort Worth, Texas, Verner Griswold of San Diego, Calif., Harold Griswold, of Atlanta, Ga., Ralph Griswold of Ashland, Nathaniel Griswold, U. S. Army, Fort Bragg, N. C., and Ernest E. Griswold, Fullerton. Additional survivors of the Rev. Griswold are two sisters, Mrs. Harlan Stevens of Flatwoods, Ky., and Mrs. Ellen Greer of Argillite, Ky., and one brother Crit Griswold of Argillite, Mrs. Griswold a native of Johnson County, has two brothers. George Auxier, of Russell, Ky., and Edward Auxier, of Columbus, O. She has many relatives in this locality. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. P. Fryman, the Rev. E. P. Swann and the Rev. L. M. Rogers. Burial was made in the Pineville Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-10-1949
HANNAH, Lydia Margaret (Arms)
1949
Mrs. Lydia Margaret Hannah, 82, died at her home at Leander, Ky., on Saturday, February 12, 1949 after an illness of six weeks. She was a daughter of the late Wallace and Mary Blair Arms, and had been a life-long resident of Leander.  Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alda Lemaster, Leander, and four sons, Walter, Proctor, Edgar and Frank, all of Leander.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Rachel Blair, Whitaker, Ky., and Mrs. Miranda Hannah, Riceville, and one brother, Jess Arms, Riceville. Funeral services were held Monday, February 14, at the home, at 10:30 A. M., by the Revs. Charles Lemaster and Scott Castle.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-17-1949 
JOHNSON, Missouri (Poole)
1949
Short Illness Takes Missouri Johnson, 68
Mrs. Missouri Josephine Johnson, 68, wife of Sampson J. Johnson, Jr., died at 6 p. m. Saturday,  in her home at Ashland following an illness of three weeks. Mrs. Johnson, the daughter of Thomas J. and Mary Sammons Poole, was a former resident of this county, where she has many friends and relatives who will regret to learn of her death.  She had resided in Ashland eight years and had lived at Auxier prior to moving to Ashland with her family. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the First Methodist Church.  She was a devout Christian and was always interested in the work of the church and the betterment of the community in which she lived. Surviving besides her husband are six daughters, Mrs. Howard Anson and Mrs. Betty Johnson, Ashland; Mrs. Paul Pfening, Mrs. William Wingerter and Mrs. E. G. Vogt, Erie, Pa. and Miss Lois Johnson, Johnstown, Pa., one brother, Lon Poole, El Centro, Calif., and five grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-24-1949
LEAKE, Rhoda Ann(Shell)
1862-1949
Mrs. Rhoda Ann Leake, 86, died Monday, February 7, 1949, at 3:30 p. m. at the home of her son, Marion Leake, at East Point after a four-day illness from pneumonia. Mrs. Leake was one of the most loved women of East Point community where she was familiarly known to her many friends as "Aunt Rhoda". Mrs. Leake was born June 15, 1862 at Hansonville, Va., the daughter of John W. and Cynthia Ann Benson Shell. Her husband, Marion McDonald Leake, preceded her in death several years ago. She was a member of the Church of God. Surviving are four sons and three daughters, John Leake, city, Sam Leake, Warsaw, Ind., Marion Leake, and Tom Leake of East Point, Miss Katherine Leake, Prestonsburg, Mrs. Anna Williams, Irvin, Ky., Mrs. Maggie Kiser, Cleveland, Va. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Sam Shell, Jim Shell and Henry Shell, all of Cleveland, Va., Mrs. Mable Smith, Cleveland Va., and Mrs. Mary Hackworth, Bonanza, Ky. Funeral Serviced were held Wednesday at the Christian Church at East Point by Revs. Moses Kitchen, Howard Church and J. B. Wheeler. burial was made in the family cemetery on Little Paint in Floyd County under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-3-1949
MEADE, Robert
1868-1949
Robert Meade, 81 Passes Monday
Robert Meade, 81, died at 6:30 Monday morning, Feb. 21,1949 at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Eddrel Miller, at West Van Lear.  He had been ill about one year. Mr. Meade was born in Johnson county on Feb. 21, 1868, the son of Levi and Nancy Castle Meade. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Nora Blevins of Van Lear also 19 grand children and 21 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:30 Wednesday at the Church of Christ at West Van Lear by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the Van Lear Cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  February 24, 1949
MEEK, Henry Jefferson
1866-1949
HENRY J. MEEK, 82 DIES FEBRUARY 12 AT OCEANA, W. Va.
Henry Jefferson Meek, 82, retired farmer and well-known resident of Boones Camp, died Saturday, February 12, at 7:30 p. m. at the home of his son, Jim Meek, in Oceana, W. Va. Mr. Meek had been in ill health for the past five years. "Uncle Jeff," as he was affectionately known to his many friends and neighbors, was born at Boons Camp July 10, 1866, the son of the late Elias and Mary Miller Meek. Early in life he became a member of the Church of Christ and throughout his life remained a devout Christian. He was married to Delilian Spriggs, who preceeded him in death on May 5, 1930. Ten children were born to this union five of whom preceed him in death. The following children survive; Mrs. Jacob Spears, and Sam Meek both of Bidwell, Ohio, Robert and Elias Meek both of Boons Camp and Jim Meek of Oceana, W. Va., Surviving also are thirty-three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 Tuesday, February 15, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Boons Camp by Rev. Stella Parsons of Fairdale, W. Va. Burial was in the family cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-17-1949
MUSIC, Malcolm
1934-1949
Long Illness Takes East Point Youth
Malcolm Music, 14, East Point, died at 8:30 P.M. Monday, February 28, at the C.&O. Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, after an illness of five months. He was born on May 8, 1934, at East Point, Kentucky, the son of Harry B. and Flossie Blair Music. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mildred and Janet Pauline, and two brothers, Harry Douglas and James Ernest, all of East Point. Rev. S.C. Honeycutt conducted the funeral services at the East Point Church of Christ on Thursday, March 3, at 2:00 P.M. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY March 3, 1949
OPPENHEIMER, Nannie Sarah (Todd)
1880-1949
NANNIE SARAH OPPENHEIMER
Local Woman Dies Following Short Illness
Mrs. Nannie Sarah Oppenheimer, 68, widow of Ralph D. Oppenheimer and a respected and much beloved woman of this city died at the Paintsville Hospital at 7:30 P. M., Wednesday, February 23, 1949 following an illness of three weeks, Although she had been in failing health for a number of years, her death came as a shock to her family and friends." Mrs. Oppenheimer, the daughter of John and Louise Price Todd, was born May 7, 1880, at Relief, Ky., in Morgan County. On September 27, 1914, she was married to Ralph Drew Oppenheimer, who preceded her in death on May 15, 1948. To this union were born three children: Mrs. Vivian Davis, Williamson, W. Va., Mrs. Mary McDaniel and Ralph D. Oppenehimer, City." Mrs. Oppenheimer was an honored citizen, a loving mother, a good neighbor, and a trusted friend. She delighted in doing things for others and will be greatly missed, not only by her family and friends, but by all of the community. She was converted and baptized into the Church of God at the age of thirteen and had lived a devoted Christian life." Surviving besides her three children are two stepchildren, Mrs. Lena Siler, City, and Mr. A. E. Oppenheimer,Portsmouth, Ohio. Two stepchildren preceded her in death, Mrs. Blanch Wheeler and Darwin Oppenheimer of this city. Surviving also are three brothers and four sisters, G. L. Todd, Redwine, Ky., Everest Todd, Little Sandy, Ky. Harry Todd, New Boston, Ohio, Mrs. Fannie Bowling, New Boston, Ohio, Mrs. Bessie Conley, Canton, Ohio, Mrs Stella Lewis, New Boston, Ohio, and Mrs. Dollie Bowling, Sandy Hook, Ky. Fourteen grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P. M. Saturday, February 26, at the Mayo Memorial Church by Rev. J. T. Harmon assisted by Rev. John Mosteller. Pallbearers were Rex Helton, Deward Kazee, Arnold Pack, Vernon Lockwood, Clifton Cole, John L. Spears, Gaylord Pack, Floyd Moles, Vernon Stambaugh, Jack Happeny, Cyrus Cooper, and L. H. Tune." Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home." Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-3-1949

PACK, Julia (Isaacs)
1949
Mrs. Julia Pack Dies In Ohio
Mrs. Julia Pack, 71, dies on Tuesday, February 15, at her home in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Mrs. Pack was a native of Johnson County, the daughter of John and Catherine Davis Isaacs. She was a member of the Church of God. Surviving are three daughters, Nola Jordan, Mechanicsburg, O., Martha Church, Ashland, Ky., and June Adams, Mechaniscburg; two sons, Clarence Borders, Urbana, O., and Fielden Borders, Galion, O., Also surviving are 30 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, and a brother Louis Isaacs, Lowmansville, Ky. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of God, Mechanicsburg, on Saturday, February 19,and burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery near Mechanicsburg.Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-24-1949
PICKLESIMER, Leva Ann
1949
RITES WEDNESDAY FOR LEVA ANN PICKLESIMER
Mrs. Leva Ann Picklesimer, 84, died on Saturday, February 26 at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. Cassie Hitchcock, Smiths Grove, Kentucky, died after a heart attack. Mrs. Picklesimer was born June 28,1864, in Johnson County, the daughter of Daniel and Katherine Salyer Lemaster. Her husband, Nathaniel Picklesimer, preceded her in death 35 years ago. The body was brought from Smith Grove to the home of another daughter, Mrs. Hazel Sturgill at Flat Gap on Monday. She is survived by two sons, Oakley, Volga, Ky., and Challie, North Lewisburg, Ohio, and three daughters, Mrs. Clausie Conley, Philadelphia, Pa.,  Mrs. Cassie Hitchcock, Smiths Grove, Ky.,and Mrs. Hazel Sturgill, Flat Gap. Ky. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Jane Bayes, Blaine, Ky., and Mrs. Margaret Green, Chandlerville, Ky. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Cannons Chapel in Volga, Ky. by Rev. Harry Salyer and Rev. Clarence Saddler. Burial was in the White House Cemetery at Volga, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 3-3-1949
ROBINSON, Aubrey
1949
Waycross, Georgia Funeral services were conducted here Tuesday for Aubrey Robinson, 38, son of Mrs. Pauline Robinson of this city, whose body was found in his rooming house in Waycross, Georgia, Friday morning, February 11. According to the coroners report death had occurred about twelve hours before the body was discovered and was caused by fumes escaping from a gas stove in the room. He had been employed as a sheet metal worker by Business, Inc., of that city for the past three months. Mr. Robinson was born at Hellier, Ky., October 16, 1910, the son of Pauline Wells Robinson and the late Martin Luther Robinson, prominent residents of Johnson County. Surviving besides his mother are three sisters, Mrs. Walter Lewis, Williamsport, Mrs. Paul Record, Knoxville, Tenn., Mrs. Kenneth Miner, Albany.,N.Y.., and three brothers, Dewey, Long Beach Calif., Bruce, San Antonio. Texas and Homer of this city. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 by the Rev. J. T. Harmon and music was furnished by members of the choir of the Mayo Memorial Church. Pallbearers were:  Malcom Shearer, Rell Morris, J. B. Wells, Jr., Crit Wells, Oscar Wells, George Perry, Wilbur Daniel, Deward Kazee, Charles Wells, Robert Conley, Estill Reed, and Herman Williams. Burial was in the Wells-Buckingham cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-17-1949
SALYER, Mary Mrs.(Brown)
1949
FLAT GAP WOMAN PNEUMONIA VICTIM
Mrs. Mary Salyer, 74, of Flat Gap died of pneumonia here at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Euils Williams at 11:30 p. m. February 17.  Mrs. Salyer had been ill for several months. She was born Dec. 10, 1874, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hill Brown, and had resided all her life in Johnson County.  She was a member of one of the county's outstanding families. She was a member of the Methodist Church having membership at Cannon's Chapel. Her husband, Claude Salyer, preceded her in death in 1937. Surviving are three sons and one daughter, Hendrix Salyer, Walter Salyer, Oliver Salyer, all of Flat Gap, Mrs. Lillie Williams, city, and the following brothers and sisters:  Milton Brown, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Sarah Williams, Dingus, Mrs. Myrtie Burchwell, Ashland, Mrs. Rinda Brown, Portland, Oregon, and William Spencer Brown. Funeral services were held at the home at Flat Gap at 10:30 a. m. Sunday, February 20, by Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Quire Thomas. Burial was made in the family cemetary under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD  THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24 1949
SIKES, Beth (Blanton)
1949
Bethel Blanton Sikes Dies in Huntington
Mrs. Bethel Blanton Sikes, 36, daughter of Millard Blanton, formerly of Johnson County, died in Huntington Saturday of skull injuries suffered when police say she was stuck over the head with two-inch board. Everette L. Farmer, 28, of Chesterfield Avenue, huntington, has signed a statement in connection with the slaying.  He was arraigned this week on a first degree murder charge. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in Reger Chapel, Huntington. Mrs. Sikes is survived by her mother, Mrs. Tillie Canterbury of Ashland; her father, who resides at Charley, Ky.; six sisters: Mrs. Henry  Mandevers of New Holland, Ohio;  Mrs. Ethel Rook of Cooksville, Ohio; Mrs. Ralph Petit of Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. John Taylor and Mrs. James LaGritt of Anmore, W. Va.; and two brothers, Paul Blanton of New Paaris, Ohio and Danny Blanton of Ashland.  PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 2-17-1949
STAFFORD, Lou Emma (Salyer)
1949
Lou Emma Stafford, 26, wife of Gordon Stafford, died Saturday, February 12, at Colorado Springs, Colorado, after an illness of several years. She was born near Royalton, Kentucky, October 23, 1922, the daughter of Kinner and the late Julia Salyer, and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Besides her husband she is survived by a son, Stephen Douglas Stafford, five sisters, Mrs. Ova Crace, Fort Wayne, Ind., Miss Flo Salyer, Fort Wayne Ind., Mrs. Lyda Wright, Mrs. Theda Salyer and Mrs. Mary May, all of Royalton, and two brothers, Akel Salyer, Evansville, Indiana, and Pvt. Andrew Salyer, U. S. Army in Japan. Funeral services were conducted today at 10:00 A.M., at the Licking River Baptist Church by the Reverend Roy Hamilton. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB.17 1949
STURGILL, Millard Fillmore
1949
Barnetts Creek Man Succumbs Monday
Millard Fillmore Sturgill, 74, known as Uncle Billie, died on Monday, February 21, at 11:45 P. M., at his home at Barnetts Creek after a week's illness. He was born January 6, 1875, in Johnson County, the son of Henry and Mary Kimbler Sturgill. He had been a resident of Barnetts Creek for forty years, where he followed farming as an occupation.  He was affiliated with the United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Salyers Sturgill, five sons and six daughter, Mrs. Virgie Reynolds, Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Zelia Cassidy, West Van Lear, Mrs. Sarah Roland, South Charleston, Ky., Mrs. Geneva Castle, West Virginia, Mrs, Maggie Robbins, Jenkins, Ky., and Mrs. Louceina Collins, Dayton, Ohio, Arzie Sturgill, Stambaugh,  (cant read first line) Clifford, Curtis and Millard, all of Barnetts Creek. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Laura Pelphrey, Staffordsville, Mrs. Winnie Frazier, Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Beechie Howard, Catlettsburg. Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 24, at 10:00 A. M. at the Barnetts Creek Church by the Revs. Lonza Reed, John R. Pelphrey and Walter Blair. Burial was in the Salyers Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday February 24, 1949
 NOTE: It would seem to me, that Millard was buried in the Salyer Family Cemetery, and then re-interned into the Johnson  County Memorial during the "Paintsville Lake Project" or for other reason. 
TRIPLETT, John Douglas
1949
INFANT DIES FEBRUARY 15
John Douglas Triplett, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Troy J. Triplett of Beauty died shortly after birth Tuesday, February 15, 1949. Funeral services were held this morning at Beauty, Kentucky, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB. 17, 1949
WEBB, Geneva (Hall)
1949
LONG ILLNESS TAKES MRS. FILLMORE WEBB
Mrs. Genevia Webb, 61, well-known woman of this city and wife of Fillmore M. Webb died on Sunday, February 6, (1949) after a extended illness. Mrs. Webb, who was born at Flat Gap, Kentucky, was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was the daughter of James P. and Margaret Wheeler Hall. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Lester Webb, Dayton, Ohio, two daughters, Mrs. Edward Summers, Louisville and Mrs. Langley Ward, city, four sisters, Mrs. Thurman Ferguson, Red Bush, Mrs. William Hamilton, Staffordsville, Mrs. Mary White, Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. M.P. Phillips, city, and three brothers, L.S. Hall, London, Ohio, Estill Hall, Staffordsville and William Hall, Jackson, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, (1949) at the United Baptist Church, Paintsville, by the Revs. M. Wiley, F.F. Riggsby and Scott Castle. Interment in the Wells Buckingham cemetery was under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. OBITUARY Geneva Hall Webb, daughter of the late James and Margaret Wheeler Hall, was born at Flat Gap, Kentucky, December 25, 1887, and departed this life February 6, 1949, age 62 years, 1 month, 11 days. She was converted at the early age of 14 years, baptized and joined the Bethel United Baptist Church and was a member of that church for 48 years. She was married to F.M. Webb in 1903 and to this union was born one son and two daughters, Lester Webb, Dayton, Ohio.



MARCH - 1949


CONLEY, Thomas C.
1862-1949
STROKE FATAL TO THOMAS C. CONLEY Thomas C. Conley, 86, died at the home of his son, John C. Conley, at Flat Gap at 3:00 a. m. Sunday, March 20, from complications following two strokes. A native of Johnson County, he was born April 8, 1862, the son of the late John and margaret Holbrook Conley.  Before his retirement he was engaged in the occupation of farming. He was a loyal and devoted member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving are three children, John J. Conly, Eddie Conley and Irvin Conley all of Flat Gap. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his son, John J., at 1:00 p. m., Monday, March 21, by Revs. E. L. Thomas, Bruce Daniel, and Harry Salyer. Burial was in the family cemetery on Patterson Creek under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-24-1949


DANIEL, John
1891-1949
JOHN DANIEL, 58, DIES MARCH 26
John Daniel, 58, died at a local hospital at 10:50 p.m. March 26, 1949, after an illness of several years of a heart condition. A resident of Lomansville, Mr. Daniel was born in this county March 10, 1891, the son of Albert and Detrotha Brown Daniel.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Jesse Hayes, of this city (Paintsville) and two brothers, Frank of Van Lear and Malcolm of Hueysville. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., March 29, by Rev. Edgar Hullette at the Pentecostal Church. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 4-7-1949
DANIELS, Ferry
1871-1949
Ferry Daniels, 77, died of pneumonia on March 25, at a local hospital after an illness of two weeks. Mr. Daniels, a farmer, was born in Johnson County on June 3, 1871, the son of Dock and Vick Castle Daniels.  He had lived in Lowmansville, Ky., for the past several years, where he was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by five sons, Willie, Robert, Roba and Rufus of Lowmansville, and Jim, Mt Sterling, Ohio, and four daughters, Mrs. James Van Hoose, Mrs. Jessie Woods and Mary May Daniels, all of Lowmansville and Mrs. James Fraley, West Virginia. Funeral services were conducted at 12:30, Sunday, March 27, at the home of his son, Willie Daniels, by Revs. Claude Preston and Scott Castle.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 31, 1949
ESTEP, Polly Ann Mrs.(Evans)
1949
Mrs. Polly Ann Estep, 80, died at 9:35 p. m. March 5,1949,  at her home at Flat Gap after a two-day illness. Mrs. Estep was the daughter of the late Ben and Sarah Elizabeth Fyffe Evans and had resided at Flat Gap her entire life. She as a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the following children, Walter and Ambers J. Estep, Martha Estep and Sarah Jane Cantrill, all of Flat Gap. She also leaves one brother and one sister, J. W. Evans, Meally and Orpha Blanton of Hite, KY. Funeral services were held Monday, March 7, at 11 a. m. at the residence, by Rev. Charles Estep. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 3-10-1949
FITCH, Troy, Jr.
1919-1949
Accident Occurs At Meally Friday
Troy Fitch, Jr., 30, was killed instantly about eight o'clock March 11, 1949 while working in the mine of his father at Meally. The body was found by the father about 15 minutes after the victim had left his home.  Two men were working in a different section of the mine and it is thought that a car of coal which Fitch was hauling to the outside with a pony ran over him after he had fallen in front of the car. He died from a broken neck, fractured skull, and other injuries. He had been seriously injured in a mine accident at Van Lear several years ago, and had been disabled for several years. Born in Johnson County Jan. 2, 1919, he was the son of Troy and Ethyl Plummer Fitch. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Dimples Penix Fitch, two brothers, Charles Fitch and Paul Fitch all of Meally and one sister, Mrs. Orville Short also of Meally. Funeral services were held at 10 A. M. March 14, at the United Baptist Church at Meally by Rev. Winfrey Meek, Rev. Elzie Banks, and Rev. Hermie Davis. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Meally by the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-17-1949
HAZELETT, Mildred
1949
Funeral services were held for Mildred Hazelett, 18 daughter of Mrs. Donnie Hazelett, at her home in Greentown at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24.  Death occurred at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday March 22, 1949 following a month's illness of pneumonia. Surviving besides her mother are two brothers, Earl Denton Hazelett and Charlie Vencil Hazelett both of Greentown and one sister, Thelma Hazelett, also of Greentown. Rev. Don Fraley conducted the services and burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday 3-24-1949
JOHNSON, Charles
1949
Charles Johnson, 67 died at his home at Thelma, Kentucky, on Thursday, March 17, at 10:06 P.M., as the result of a stroke. Mr. Johnson had been ill for two months. He was a life-long resident of Thelma, his occupation being that of livestock dealer and farmer, and a member of the United Baptist Church. He was a son of J.D. and Magala Litteral Johnson. Besides his wife, Nora Price Johnson, he is survived by two sons, Levi and Heber, both of Thelma, four brothers, Dr. Glenn Johnson, Wayne, W. Va., S.J. Johnson, Ashland, Leonard Johnson, Wheelersburg, Ohio.  One sister, Mrs. Mary L. Fraley of Thelma, also survives. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Sunday, March 20, at the United Baptist Church at Meally by Revs. Leonard Walters, Charley Sparks, and Buell Ferguson.Burial was in the Johnson Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD   MARCH 24, 1949 
LAVENDER, James Oliver
1947-1949
James Oliver Lavender, one and one-half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Lavender died of pneumonia at the home of his parents at Henrietta, at 10:30 P. M. on Friday, March 18, 1949, after an illness of three days. He was born on November 22, 1947, at Henrietta, Kentucky. Beside his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Garry Lee, Jackie Darrell, Thomas Wade, and Leo Donovan, all of Henrietta. Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday, March 20, at 2:30 P. M. by Rev. Rutherford Dobbins. Burial was in the Price Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-24-1949
MCKENZIE, Julia (Witten)
1864-1949
Julia Witten McKenzie, born July 21, 1864, age 84 years, 8 months, and 10 days, died at her home at approximately 8:30 p. m., March 30, 1949. She was united in marriage in the year 1881 to John T. McKenzie, who preceded her in death August 8, 1935. To this union were born nine children, four boys and five girls. Three children preceded her in death. They were Mrs. George Dills, Lee and Cue McKenzie. The six living are as follows:  James McKenzie of Sitka, Burns McKenzie, Mrs. I. M. McFadden, and Mrs. C. J. Williams all of this city, Mrs. Russell Ramey, Glo, Ky., and Mrs. R. B. Gibbs, Marengo, Ohio. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Scholar Rice, to mourn her death. Besides the children and sister left to mourn her loss are thirty-seven grandchildren, thirty-eight great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Mrs. McKenzie became a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at an early age. We loved her, yes we loved her, But Jesus loved her more; And He sweetly called her home, To Heaven's shining shore. The pearly gates swung open, A gentle voice said, "Come", And with farewell unspoken, he calmly entered home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR. 14, 1949 
MILLER, Woodrow Oliver
1909-1949
Attorney Woodrow Oliver Miller, 39, died suddenly with at heart attack at 11:45 p. m. March 14, at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. H. King on Fourth Street. Mr. Miller practiced law in Hazard for several years before coming to Painstsville in April 1948.  Since that time he had been associated with his brother-in-law, Atty. E. H. King. Born at Hazard on Oct. 12, 1909, he was the son of Wm. H. and Mahala Oliver Miller. He was graduated from the Hazard High School and later enrolled in the Jefferson School of Law from which he was graduated in 1935.  Mr. Miller volunteered in the Armed Forces on May 3, 1942.  He was a member of the Baptist Church, the American Legion and the B. P. O. E. Surviving are his mother and sister, Mrs. King, His father, one sister and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 17, at 2 p. m., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. H.King by Rev. Roy Hamilton and Rev. J. T. Harmon. Burial will be made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 17, 1949
MOLLETTE, Rose Anna
1949
Dies March 14 Rose Anna Mollett, 13 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mollette of Boons Camp dies Monday aftenooon from burns which she suffered about three hours earlier. It was reported that a younger brother accidentally ignited the child's clothing while burning some papers, and her entire body was burned by the flaming clothing. She was removed to the Paintsville Clinic where she died about 4:30. Surviving besides the parents are the following brothers and sisters, John Marvin, Clarence Jr. Charles Donald, George Marion and Mary Bell Mollett all of Boons Camp. Funeral services were held March 16 , at 10:00a.m., at the Little Friendship Church at Boons Camp by Leonard Walters, Rev. Lafe Preston, and Rev. Sam Preston. Burial was made in the Mollett Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-17-1949 
RIVERS, Susan (Rice)
1949
Aged Denver Woman Passes March 28
Mrs. Susan J. Rivers, 93, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minta Arms, at Denver, Monday, March 28, following complications resulting from a broken hip received in a fall three years ago. She was a member of one of the county's oldest and most prominent families, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Isaac Rice. A lifetime resident of Denver, she was loved and admired by all who knew her. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Minta Arms. Funeral services were conducted at her daughter's home Tuesday.  Burial was in the family cemetery on Twin Branch. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-31-1949
SPARKS, D. O.
1949
DEATH TAKES D. O. SPARKS
D. O. Sparks, widely known citizen, and Uncle of C. J. Sparks, city, died at his home at Thelma Wednesday morning at 4:30, after a lengthy illness. He was the son of Tom and Mary Baldridge Sparks of this county and had resided at Van Lear for many years where he was an employee of the Consolidation Coal Company. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Viola Fannin Sparks, and several children. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. PAINTSVILLE HERALD MAR. 17, 1949
RITES SATURDAY FOR D. O. SPARKS Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 19, 1949 at 10:00 a. m., for D. O. Sparks, who died of a heart condition at his home March 16, 1949 following an illness of several years. The services were held at the Concord Church by Revs. Leonard Walters, Lonza Reed, and Foster Riggsby. Burial was in the Sparks cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Surviving besides his wife, Viola Fannin Sparks, are three daughters, Mrs. Essie Newsome, Thelma, Mrs. Vina Collier, Ashland, and Mrs. Josephine Dawson, David. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Martha Stewart, Catlettsburg, Mrs. J. M. Preston, Hueysville, and one brother, John Sparks, Offutt, Ky.PAINTSVILLE HERALD MAR. 24, 1949
STEELE, Lula Mae
1925-1949
Lula Mae Steele Dies After Illness Of Two Years Miss Lula Mae Steele, 24, died at her home at Thelma at 10:00 p. m. Wednesday, March 20 following an illness of two years with tuberculosis. Miss Steele was born in Johnson county August 7, 1925 and had lived in this section all of her life. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Estelle Whitt of Thelma, one sister, Mrs. Andrew Daniels, of Thelma, and one brother, Charles Steele, San Angelo, Texas. Funeral services will be under the direction of the Preston funeral Home, but arrangements are incomplete at this time. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 21, 1949
TRAVIS, John
1949
TUTOR KEY MAN
John Travis, 61, died at a local hospital on Sunday, March 27, 1949 of heart trouble, after an illness of several years. Mr. Travis, a retired miner, was born in Lawrence County, the son of Jonathan and Lockie Preston Travis. He had lived at Tutor Key, Kentucky, about 40 years, where he was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Laura Stapleton Travis, four sons, Vencil of West Virginia, Johnnie, Willie and Ray, Tutor Key, and three daughters, Mrs. Virgil Daniel, Tutor Key, Mrs. Emma Stambaugh, Tutor Key, and Mrs. Charles Howard, Oil Springs. Also surviving are a brother and sister, William Travis, Thelma, Ky., and Mrs. Emma Preston, Lexington, Ky., three half-sisters, Mrs. Bertha Stevens, Clara Stevens, Mrs. May Brooks, all of Ashland, and three half-brothers, Arthur and Virgil, both of Ashland and Lindsay of Thelma. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10:00 A. M., on Tuesday, March 29, 1949 by the Revs. Millard Van Hoose, Claude Preston and James Prince. Burial was in the family cemetery at Tutor Key, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR.31, 1949
WARD, Orlando
1949
Orlando Ward, 77 died on Monday, March 21, 1949, at 11:00 a.m., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Childers at Thelma, Kentucky. Mr. Ward, the son of Shackrick and Vina Ward, was a retired farmer.  he was a resident of Tutor Key, where he had lived for one and one-half years, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Atha Price Ward, a daughter, Mrs. Joe Chiders, Theolma, three brothers, Steve Ward, John V. Ward, and Jim Ward, all of Tutor Key, and three sisters, Mrs.Mart Van Hoose, Thealka, Mrs. Burns Daniel, Tutror Key, and Mrs. Ruford Daniel, of Boyd County. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m. at the home of his daughter at Thelma, by the Revs. Foster Riggsby and Hermie Davie. Interment was in the Thelma Family Cemetery under the direction of the Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 24, 1949
WILLIAMS, Preston C.
1894-1949
Preston C. Williams, 55, prominent businessman of this city, died suddenly in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington Tuesday from complications following a stroke. Mr. Williams was born Feb. 24, 1894 in Johnson County, the son of William Patton and Mary Vaughan Williams.  He was a member of one of the County's most prominent families. He was associated with the Williams Grocery Company here where he worked as a book-keeper. Surviving are the following children, Forest Vaughan Williams, a student at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Robert P. Williams, a student at Berea College, Berea, Billie Williams, at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Margie Lou Kennard, Flat Gap.  He is survived by one sister and three brothers, Mrs. Gusta Hall, V. S. Williams, Oscar P. Williams and Dewey Williams all of this city. His wife preceded him in death in October, 1947. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 25,  at the home at Flat Gap by rev. Roy Hamilton. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Flat Gap, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-24-1949 Preston Camel Williams, son of William Patton and Mary A. Vaughan Williams, was born February 24, 1894 and departed this life March 22, 1949, being 55 years and 26 days old. He was married to Nila Potter of Wayne, W. Va., January 12, 1924, who preceded him in death October 18, 1947.  To this union four children were born, Forest Vaughan, Robert Paige, Mrs. Walter Kennard Jr., and William Preston. He is also survived by the following brothers, Oscar P. Williams, Vonnie S. Williams, Dewey Williams and one sister Mrs. C. C. Hall, all of Paintsville, Ky., and two grandchildren  Preston was a very devoted father and was much interested in the welfare and success of his family.  Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-24-1949



APRIL - 1949
   
ARROWOOD, Mrs. Gertrude (Fraley)
1916-1949
Mrs. Gertrude Arrowood, 32, wife of Clyde Arrowood, Chief of Police Van Lear, Kentucky, died at a local hospital on Wednesday, April 6, 1949 after an illness of six months.Mrs. Arrowood was born in Lawrence County, Ky, on June 10, 1916, the daughter of William and Geneva Miller Fraley. She was a life long resident of Van Lear, where she was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  Besides her husband she is survived by three sons Richard, James Anthony and Clyde Robert all of Van Lear. Also surviving are three brothers and a sister, Bill Fraley Jr., West Van Lear, Woodrow J. Fraley, Eugene Fraley and Mrs. Walter Barker, all of Van Lear. Funeral services were held at the Van Lear Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 by the Rev. W. L. Hooper. Interment was in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Louisa Kentucky, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-7-1949
BRANHAM, Stephen Wheeler
1949
Stephen Wheeler Branhan, 78, died in a hospital in Lexington, Ky., on April 14, after an illness of two months. Mr. Branham was born in Johnson County, but at the time of his death had been a resident of Estill, Kentucky, for fifteen months.  He was preceded in death by his wife, in January, 1947. Surviving are two daughters and a son, Mrs. Homer Crider and Mrs. Willie Stapleton, Estill, Kentucky, and Arnold Branham of Williamson, W. Va.  Three brothers and three sisters also survive, Tandy, Boons Camp, Ky.; Joe, Virgie, Ky.; John, Wheelwright; Mrs, Mary Wells, Odds, y.; Mrs. Martha Ward, Boons Camp, Ky., and Mrs. Melvina Arrowood, Waverly, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P. M., Friday, April 15, at River, Kentucky, by Rev. Foster Riggsby. urial was in the family cemetery at River under the direction of the Painstsville Funeral Home  Paintsville Herald April 21, 1949 
CASTLE, Faris
1949
Van Lear Man Believed Struck By Train
Faris Castle, 53, who was reported struck by a train, died on Thursday, April 21, at Anderson, Indiana.Mr. Castle was the son of Chilt Edward and Leander Belle Castle.  A life-long resident of Van Lear, Kentucky, he was a coal miner and a veteran of World War I.  His first wife, Jennie Williams Castle, died in 1927.  He later married Clara Webb, who survives him.  A son, Carl Franklin Castle, was killed in 1944 in World War II.  His body was returned to this country for reinterment in January. Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Doris Fyffe, Keaton, and Marie Castle,Van Lear.  Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Martha King, Van Lear, Mrs. Mary Conley,Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Goldie Jenkins, Van Lear, and six brothers, Jay, Staffordsville, John,Red Bush, Wayne, Catlettsburg, Lundy, Washington, D. C., Ray, Springfield, Ohio, and James Castle, Delbarton, W. Va.Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 23, at 10:00 A. M., at the home of his sister, Mrs.James King at Van Lear, by Rev. F. F. Riggsby, Rev. Elzie Banks, and Rev. C. J. Sparks.  Burial was in the Club House Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.Paintsville Herald Thursday April 21, 1949
CASTLE, Hayes
1949
Hayes Castle, 76, died at the home of a son, Rell Castle at Louisa, Ky., at 2:00 P. M., on Wednesday, April 6, 1949, after an illness of several months. Mr. Castle, a farmer, was a native of Johnson County, the son of Mr., and Mrs. Alonzo Castle.He had been a resident of Louisa for three months prior to his death.He is survived by his wife, Jane Castle, three daughters, Rilda Daniel, Nippa, Ky., Mrs., Ralph Daniel, Louisa, Mrs. Lorraine Daniel, Springfield, Ohio, and three sons, Rell, Louisa, Ora,Seco, and Arlen, Sitka, Ky.  He is also survived by several grandchildren.Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, April 7, at 2:00 P. M., at the Sycamore School by Rev. Nath Van Hoose Burial was under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-7-1949
CASTLE, Jonathon Edward
1949
Castle Child Is Poison Victim
Jonathon Edward Castle, 18-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Castle, Lowmansville, Ky., died at 2:30 Sunday, April 24, at a local hospital, after accidentally drinking what is believed to have been kerosene.  The family was in the process of moving from Nippa, Ky., to Lowmansville.  Jonathon was born September 6, 1947, in Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services were held at Sycamore School at 2:00 p. m. on Tuesday, April 26, by Rev. Leonard Walters. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Clark Castle Cemetery". Paintsville Herald   1949
CRISLIP, George B.
1949
George B. Crislip Ill Two Years
George B. Crislip, 88, died on Friday, April 15, 1949 at his home, after an illness of two years. Mrs. Crislip was born June 16, 1860, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, the son of Abraham and Martha McGinnis Crislip. At the time of his death he was living at Sitka, where he was engaged in farming, and where he was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his wife in September 1948. Survivors include four sons and two daughters; Walter, Galian, Ohio; Alpha, Catlettsburg; Georgia, Buchannon; Willia, Volga; Mrs. Virgie Doubledee, Wadsworth, Ohio and Mrs. Ruby Spencer, Sitka, Kentucky. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Dolly Rice, Garrett, Ky. Funeral services were held at the old home place by the Rev. Bruce Daniel and burial was in the family cemetery at Kerz, Ky., under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-21-1949 
FRAZIER, Margaret Mrs. (Riggs)
1949
STAFFORDSVILLE WOMAN BURIED TUESDAY
Margaret Frazier, 69, passed away on Saturday, April 2, after an illness of a year. Mrs. Frazier, a life-long resident of Staffordsville, Ky., was the daughter of David and Luraney Vance Riggs. Her husband, the late Henry Frazier, preceded her in death on September 20, 1947. She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Boone Blevins, Staffordsville, Mrs. Jessie Sumper Blevins, Ky., Mrs. Orville Parker, Lorado, West Virginia, Mrs. Lonnie Creech, Blaine, Ky., Mrs. Herschel Pack and Mrs. Okie Tackett, both of Staffordsville, and two sons, Wayne and James, Staffordsville. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Jonie Pennington, Staffordsville, and Mrs. Bertha Riggs, Greenup County. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday, April 5, at 10:00 A.M., by the Rev. Lonza Reed. Burial was in the family cemetery at Staffordsville, Ky., under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR. 7 1949 
GAMBLE, Arthur
1949
ARTHUR GAMBLE DIES IN GERMANY
Word was received here this week that Mr. Arthur Gamble died April 5 in the American Military Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany after a three-month illness from a virus infection. Mr. Gamble was district administrator of the CWA and WPA here about 15 years ago and he was widely known in this section of Kentucky. He was serving in the rehabilitation of Poland with the Friends Society at the time he became ill, and was taken from Warsaw, Poland by ambulance plane to Frankfurt, Germany. This was Mr. Gamble's third visit to Poland. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR. 7 1949 
HELTON, George
1897-1949
George Helton, 52, died on Saturday, April 23, at 11:45 P. M., at his home at Ophir, Kentucky. Mr. Helton was born February 12, 1897, the son of William and Alice McKenzie Helton.  He was engaged in farming at Ophir, where he had lived all his life. He is survived by his wife, Deanie Cole, and one daughter, Myrtle Helton, both of Ophir. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Rosie Hamilton, and three brothers, Sam, Joe, and James, all of Ophir. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Melvin Weaver at the home, on Monday, April 25, at 10:00 A. M. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY -1949
LAZAR, Annie Mae (Barkey)
1909-1949
Annie Mae Lazar, 39, of Estill, Kentucky, died at Stumbo Memorial Hospital at Lackey, Ky., on Monday, April 4, 1949, as the result of a heart attack. Mrs. Lazar, the wife of Stanley Lazar, was born in Harlan County, Kentucky, on May 4, 1909. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.Besides her husband, she is survived by five daughters, Thelma Lee, Barbara Ann, Ruth Helen, Carolyn Sue, and Stella Mae Stagner, all of Estill, Ky., and five sons, Luther L., Vernon, Kenneth Ray, Walter Stanley, and Reginald Gene, Estill, Ky.  Also surviving are four sisters and one brother, Mrs. Mike Barkey, Wheelwright, Mrs. Mossie Picklesimer, Sitka, Mrs. Grace Yeary, Neon, Mrs. Lilly Leach, Tennessee and Jmes Walter Graham. Funeral serviced were held Thursday, April 7, at the Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in the Glo cemetery at Glo, Kentucky, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-7-1949
LEMASTER, J. W.
1860-1949
J. W. Lemaster, 88, passed away at 11:30 p.m., April 16, at his home at Oil Springs after an illness of two months. Mr. Lemaster was born in Magoffin County on May 2, 1860, the son of Eli and Manda E. Collins Lemaster.  He was a retired farmer and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons and five daughters, Proctor Lemaster, Oil Springs, Lundy Lemaster, Piketown, O., Mrs. B. I. Wheeler, Columbus, O., Mrs. Oscar Wheeler of Wheelersburg, Ky., Mrs. Malcom Crace, Wadeville, O., and Mrs. W. R. Smith, Zachariah, Ky.  A number of grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at the State Road United Baptist Church by Revs. Culley Sparks and Donnie Conley at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Interment was in the family cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday -1949
MCKENZIE, Dollie
1879-1949
Heart Disease Takes Dollie McKenzie
Dollie McKenzie, 70, died of a heart ailment at her home Monday, April 25, after an illness of three months. She was born February 1, 1879, the daughter of Harry and Rachael Cantrill McKenzie.  She was a life-long resident of Fuget, Kentucky. Surviving are two sisters Mrs. Sarah Stapleton, Red Bush, and Miss Martha McKenzie, Fuget, and one brother, Huey McKenzie, Fuget. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday, April 26, by the Rev. Lonza Reed.  Interment was in the family cemetery at Fuget under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Cantrell Cemetery". Paintsville Herald Thursday April 28, 1949 
MEADE, Joe
1949
After Long Illness Joe Meade, 64, died of tuberculosis on Friday, April 29, at the his home in Paintsville, after a long illness. Mr. Meade the son of Lee Ash B. Meade and Ellen Howard Meade, was born in Magoffin County. His wife, Nancy Jane Lemaster, preceded him in death. Surviving are three daughters, Beulah Meade Davis, Marion, Ohio, Lydia Martin, Texas, and Bettie Joe Meade, Canton, Ga., and three sons, Eugene, Canton, Ga., Harry Frank, U. S. Army and Robert. Also surviving are two brothers, W. O. Bradley, Meade, Paintsville, Thermon P, Meade, Waverly, Ohio , one sister, Mrs. Angie Pelphrey, Staffordsville, and two half-brothers, Henry Clay Meade, Perry County, and Robert L. Meade, Elamton, Ky. Funeral services were held at the grave on Monday, May 2, at 10:30 A. M.Burial was in the Southside Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 4, 1949.
OPPENHEIMER, Mary (Evans)
1863-1949
MARY JANE OPPENHEIMER
From The Paintsville Herald April 21, 1949 Well-known Local Woman Dies Mrs. Mary Jane Oppenheimer, 86, died suddenly at her home on Fourth Street at 4:45 a. m., Tuesday, April 1949. Although she had been in declining health for some time her sudden death was a great shock to her family and friends. She was born in Sandy Hook, Ky., on February 12, 1863, the daughter of Drew and Polly Ann Pennington Evans. The widow of Silas Oppenheimer, who preceded her in death in 1929, she was loved and admired by a host of friends in this community where she had made her home for the past fourty-four years. She was a devout member of the Methodist Church, she lived a faithful Christian life. Always interested in the welfare of others and possessed of tolerance and understanding, her life was an inspiration to her children, and left a lasting impression upon her countless friends. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star." Surviving are six children: three daughters; Mrs. Verna Thomas, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Susan DeHart, Sandy Hook, Ky.; Mrs. Mabel Barney, Columbus, Ohio; three sons; George, Cincinnati, Ohio, Otto, Knoxville, Iowa, and Rudolph of this city. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Harmon in the Mayo 'Memorial Church Thursday at 2:00 p. m. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
PACK, John Kenneth
1949
In Local Hospital John Kenneth Pack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vadis Pack of West Van Lear, died at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, two days after birth at a local hospital. Funeral services were held at the home in West Van Lear at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, by the Rev. McGiffie. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1949
SALYER, Rebecca (Litteral)
1949
MOTHER OF NINE BURIED TUESDAY AT OIL SPRINGS
Mrs. Rebecca Salyer, 78, succumbed to a heart condition Monday, April 18, at 9:00 A. M., at her home in Oil Springs, Ky. Mrs. Salyer was a life-long resident of Oil Springs, the daughter of Wiley Litteral and Rebecca Jane Pace.  She was affiliated with the Christian Church. She is survived by her husband, James E. Salyer, five sons, Harvey, Oil Springs; Dewey, Switzer, W. Va; Deedie, Columbus, Ohio; Beecher, Worthington, Ohio; Mitchell, Urbana, Ohio; and four daughters, Mrs. Eru Caudill, Xenia, Ohio; Mrs. Cassie Blevins, Waverly, Ky.; Mrs. Hazel Hall, Powell, Ohio; and Mrs. Ethel May Salyer, West Liberty, Ky.  Also surviving are three brothers, Luther Litteral, Luster Litteral and C. Litteral, Charleston, W. Va. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P. M. Tuesday, April 10, at the home, by Rev. Lonza Reed. Burial was in the family cemetary under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APRIL 21 1949
SPRADLIN, Rhoda
1885-1949
Former Postmaster
Miss Rhoda Spradlin, 53, prominent Denver woman, died at a local hospital on Saturday, April 9, 1949 at 7:00 p.m. after an illness of two weeks. Miss Spradlin, was a former Denver postmaster and had been engaged in the mercantile business for a number of years. The daughter of the late Ben and Rhonda Fitzpatrick Spradlin, she was born August 19, 1885, She was a member of the United Baptist Church and had been a resident of Denver all her life. She was held in high esteem by the people of her community and she will be greatly missed. Surviving is one sister Mrs. Manda Price, with whom she made her home. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 1949 at the home in Denver by the Revs. Claude Preston, Scott Castle and Charley Lemaster. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Denver under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday  1949.
TRAVIS, Martha M.(Wells)
1949
MARTHA M. TRAVIS DIES IN AKRON HEART AILMENT TAKES LOCAL WOMAN
Mrs. Martha Mae Travis, 53, died on Monday, April 11, 1949 in Akron, Ohio, after an illness of six months of a heart condition. Mrs. Travis was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, the daughter of William G. and Emma Burgess Wells. She was a member of the Methodist Church affiliated with Wells Chapel at Boons Camp. She was the widow of Lawrence Travis who preceded her in death in 1939. Her home had been in Akron for the past four years. She is survived by two sons, Curtis, St. Albans, W. Va., and Cecil, Akron, Ohio, two daughters, Mrs. Kermit Perrizo, Aberdeen, S. D., and Mrs. James Jennings, Akron, Ohio. Also surviving are three brothers, Glen Wells, Akron, Ohio, Virgil Wells, Williamsport, Ky., Elliott Wells, Staffordsville, Ky., and six grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted today at the Wells Chapel at Boons Camp by the Rev. William Burgess of Louisa. Burial was in the Offutt Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY  1949
VANHOOSE, Ivan
1949
Brothers In Mine Accident Buried Sunday At Sitka
Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Sitka for Ivan Van Hoose, 20, and William Van Hoose, 26, brothers, who died Thursday morning in a mine accident at Sitka. They were the sons of McKinley and Anna Lee Lemaster Van Hoose who survive.  Also surviving are one brother, Wayne Van Hoose, three sisters, Delsie, Elsie, and Zelsie, all of Sitka. William is survived by his wife, Cora Sesco Van Hoose, sister of William Anderson Sesco who was the third victim in the mine tragedy. Funeral services were conducted at the house of William Van Hoose by Rev. Don Fraley and Rev. Millard Van Hoose. Burial was made in the family cemetery near Sitka by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 7, 1949
VANHOOSE, William
1949
Brothers In Mine Accident Buried Sunday At Sitka
Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Sitka for Ivan Van Hoose, 20, and William Van Hoose, 26, brothers, who died Thursday morning in a mine accident at Sitka. They were the sons of McKinley and Anna Lee Lemaster Van Hoose who survive.  Also surviving are one brother, Wayne Van Hoose, three sisters, Delsie, Elsie, and Zelsie, all of Sitka. William is survived by his wife, Cora Sesco Van Hoose, sister of William Anderson Sesco who was the third victim in the mine tragedy. Funeral services were conducted at the house of William Van Hoose by Rev. Don Fraley and Rev. Millard Van Hoose. Burial was made in the family cemetery near Sitka by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 7, 1949
WHEELER, Jasper Bruce
1905-1949
Jasper Bruce Wheeler, 43, died Monday, April 4, 1:03 p.m., in the Veteran's Administration Hospital at Richmond, Virginia, after an illness of two years. He was born in Paintsville July 16, 1905, the son of the late D. J. and Pauline Cooper Wheeler. His childhood was spent in this city where he attended the Paintsville Public School and was graduated with the class of 1923 from the Paintsville High School. He joined the First Christian Church of this city and was baptized June 9, 1920.  Upon graduation from high school, he entered the University of Kentucky where he completed three years in the College of Commerce.  He returned to Paintsville in 1926, where he made his home and entered into the work of public accountant. He was united in marriage to Maxie Burke of the county on February 28, 1942.  To this union was born one child, a daughter, Virginia Bruce. Mr. Wheeler entered the army in October 1942, and served until given a medical discharge in November 1943.  Upon return in civilian life, he entered defense work at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, where he remained until ill health forced him to return to Paintsville. A few months after his return to Paintsville, he was committed to the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Huntington, W. Va.  He was later transferred to the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Richmond, Va., where he remained a patient until his death. He us survived by his wife, Maxie Burke Wheeler, one daughter, Virginia Bruce, and three brothers, Clarence of Dayton, Ohio, and Orion and Hannibal Wheeler of this city. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the First Christian Church here with the Rev. Dewey Haven of the First Christian Church of Pikeville officiating.  Burial was in the Burke cemetery at Oil Springs with the American Legion conducting the graveyard rites. Services were under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-7-1949 
WILLIAMS, Eadith Lorane
1949
Septicemia Fatal To Elna Child
Eadith Lorane Williams, six-weeks-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scottie Williams of Elna succumbed to septicemia at a  local hospital April 8, 1949. Surviving besides the parents are three sisters, Nevada, Montana, and Edith. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 1949 by Revs. leonard Waters and Lonza Reed. Burial was made in he S. J. Williams Cememtery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 14, 1949.
 



MAY - 1949

CASTLE, Beulah Mrs. (Gullett)
19498
Mrs. Beulah Castle Tuberculosis Victim
Funeral services will be conducted at the home at 10 a.m. Saturday for Mrs. Beulah Castle, 32, who died at her home at 5:00 p.m., May 26, a victim of tuberculosis. Mrs. Castle was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Gullett.  She had resided here all of her life.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.Surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Clifford Gullett, William Earl Gullett, Mrs. Chester Haney, Mrs. Cereval Rowland, Mrs. Raymond Bowens, Miss Virginia Gullett, and Miss Mildred Gullett all of this city.Services will be conducted by Rev. Scott Castle and burial will be in the East Point cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.Thursday May , 1949 Paintsville Herald 
COLUMBUS, Gracie E. (Harvey)
1949
MOTHER OF LOCAL MAN DIES IN SALYERSVILLE
Mrs. James Columbus, 54, mother of Henry Evans of this city, died at her home in Salyersville at 7:30 p.m., May 25, (1949) after an illness of two years of cancer. Mrs. Columbus was born in this county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Harvey. She was affiliated with the Missionary Baptist Church. For the past three months she had resided in Salyersville. Surviving are her husband, Mr. James Columbus, one son, Henry Evans, and four daughters, Mrs. Roy M. Sowards, Jenkins, Miss Josephine Columbus and Miss Garnett Columbus both of Salyersville, and Miss Rosie Columbus of Louisville. Surviving also is one sister, Mrs. Lydia Evans of this city.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 28, (1949) by Revs. Willard Wilcox and W.L. Hopper. Burial will be in the Town cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 26, 1949 
CONLEY, Ewell W.
1949
Ewell W. Conley, 56, died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, (1949) at his home, at Columbus, O., after a year's illness of cancer. Mr. Conley was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Conley and was a native of Magoffin County, where he lived until ten years ago, when he moved to Columbus, where he was residing at the time of his death. A farmer, he was a member of the United Baptist Church and was affiliated with the Masons, Salyersville Lodge. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Everett Cheek, Cynthiana, Miss Addie Conley, Miss Myrtie Conley and Miss Cleola Conley, all of Columbus, three sons, Bruce, Cynthiana, Mitchell, Lickburg, Ky., and Garner, Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are four brothers, Tone, John and Edward, all of Lickburg, Ky. and Grant Conley, Hilliard, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on May 1, at the State Road United Baptist Church, by the Revs. Leonard Walters, Elzie Banks, and Harlan Montgomery. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 5, 1949
DAVIS, Albert
1949
PASSES MAY 5 RITES MAY 7 FOR ALBERT DAVIS
Albert Davis, 51, well-known farmer and prominenet resident of Riceville, died at his home at 1:30 a. m., Thursday, May 5, following an illness of about two months. The son of Enoch and Martha Jane Arms Davis, he was born in this county and will be greatly missed by his neighbors and friends in the Riceville community where he spent his entire life.  He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Cora Litteral, Riceville, and Mrs. Sarah Yates, Claypool, Indiana. Surviving also are two brothers, Milford, Ashland, and Edd, Riceville. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 p. m. Saturday, May 7, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Riceville with Rev. Scott Castle officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday -1949
DIXON, Tobe
1870-1949
TOBE DIXON, 78  DIES SUDDENLY; STROKE VICTIM
Prominent Resident Of Staffordsville  Burried Sunday In the sudden passing Friday, May 20, of Tobe Dixon, 78, prominent resident of Staffordsville, Johnson County lost one of its most admired and respected citizens. Mr. Dixon was well known throughout Eastern Kentucky and his death, resulting from a stroke suffered at his home Tuesday, came as a great shock to his family and friends. Mr. Dixon was born in Magoffin County on September 28, 1870, the son of Isaac and Margaret May Dixon, both members of pioneer families in this section. He was the third child in a family of eleven children, four of whom preceed him in death. When he was three years old his family moved to Johnson County where he lived until the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Ella Fox on December 23, 1896, and to this union six children were born. He engaged in farming until his retirement several years ago. A progressive citizen, deeply interested in the development of his county, he was a regonized leader in his community. His kindly disposition endeared him to all who made his acquaintance, and his active interest in all things worth while won for him countless admirers. He was at all times a devoted and thoughtful husband and father. He became a member of the United Baptist Church at Union Church in Staffordsville in 1911 and lived a devouted and faithful Christian life. He served this church as clerk for thirty-seven years and as a deacon for twenty-nine years. Surviving are his wife, Ella Fox Dixon and the following children; Mrs. Toral Franklin, Staffordsville; Mrs. Virginia Daniel, City; Harriet May, at home; Andrew Dixon, Pikeville; Mrs. Kenneth Davis, Kenova, W. Va.; and Mrs. James O. Davis, Huntington, W. Va.; Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Warren M. Vanhoose, Frankfort; Mrs. Jim McKenzie and Mrs. J. Langley Preston, both of Wittensville; three brothers, Clark Dixon, Piketon, Ohio; Guy Dixon, Wittensville; and Don Dixon,  Ashland. Eight grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p. m., Sunday, May 22, at the Union Church at Staffordsville by the Revs. Lonza Reed and F. F. Riggsby, Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday -1949
LEMASTER, Gloria Jean
1949
Gloria Jean Lemaster, 6-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Lemaster of Seth, W. Va., died Monday, May 17, 1949 en route to a hospital from injuries received when she fell on a milk bottle on the lawn at her home. The child was carrying some milk bottles from her home to a milk truck when she stumbled and fell on the broken bottle.  She died shortly afterward from internal injuries. Mrs. Lemaster is the sister of T. C. Meade of this city, and the family are former residents of this county. Surviving besides the parents are one brother and one sister. Funeral serviced will be held today at 2:00 p. m. at the Lemaster Cemetery at Henrietta.  Paintsville Herald Thursday -1949
MOORE, Newton
1949
Knott County Man Dies Here Friday Father of Local Women Buried at Handshoe
Newton Moore, 66, prominent farmer of Handshoe, and father of Mrs. Jack Happenny and Mrs. Verner Hail of this city, died in a local hospital at 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 6. Mr. Moore was a native of Knott County, the son of John and Rebecca Moore, and had resided here all his life. He is survived by his wife, Sally Patrick Moore and seven children:  five daughters, Mrs. Bertha Reutman, Covington, Mrs. Virgie Huff, Handshoe, Mrs. Lois Huff, Mouste, and Mrs. Happeny and Mrs. Hall of this city; two sons, Clifton and Richard both of Handshoe. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Fanny Davis, Handshoe, Mrs. Rhoda  Napier, Garrett, Mrs. Flossie Ramsey, Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Louis Duff, Detroit, Michigan,  Japser, Handshoe, Buck, Pikeville, and Arlin, Garrett. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church in Handshoe Sunday, May 8.Burial was in the Sutton Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 19, 1949
PELPHREY, Cora Alice (Preston)
1949
Cora Alice Pelphrey 68 died suddenly at her home at Barnetts Creek, Thursday, May 19, 1949, at 6:00 p.m., of a heart attack. Mrs. Pelphrey was a native of Johnson County and a life-long resident of Barnetts Creek, where she was affiliated with the Freewill Baptist Church.  She was born October 4, 1881, the daughter of Shadriach and Elizabeth Van Hoose Preston.  Her husband preceded her in death 32 years ago. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Julia Picklesimer, Ashland, and four brothers, Jesse Preston, Barnetts Creek, Bill R. Preston, Paintsville, Bird Preston, Barnetts Creek and Guy Preston, Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were held at the home at Barnetts Creek, KY., at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 21, by the Revs. Scott Castle and C.C. Hall. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 26, 1949
PHELPS, Emma (Grayson)
1949
Emma Phelps Dies Friday At Van Lear
Funeral Services At West Van Lear Church Monday Mrs. Emma Phelps, 60, died at 9:30 p.m., May 20, 1949, at her home in Van Lear, Ky. Mrs. Phelps was the daughter of John and Margaret Goble Grayson, and was a native of Johnson County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, who was fatally injured in a mine accident on January 25, 1949 and her daughter, Beatrice, who was killed in a car-truck accident an Dec.18, 1948. She is survived by one son, Virgil, Van Lear; one brother, Kent Grayson, Lynn, Ky., one sister, Mrs. Cora Setser, Riggs, Ky., and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Church at West Van Lear, Ky., by the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt.  Burial was in the Wells Buckingham Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-26-1949
ROOPE, Anderson
1949
Anderson Roope, 75, retired miner of Glo, Ky, died suddenly of a heart attack at 10:00am., Wednesday, May 11. Apparently in his usual good health that morning, Mr. Roope was stricken while resting at a truck mine after a walk. Although he had been a resident of Glo for the past twenty-five years, he was widely known in this section, having been employed by the Northeast Coal Company at Auxier and the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear. Before his retirement he was employed by the Glogora Coal Company. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Ann Mullins Roope, and eleven children; seven daughters, Mrs. Della Dominion, Whitesville,WV, Mrs. Stella Rose, Mrs. Hazel Van Hoose, Martin, Mrs. Netta Collins, Marion, Ohio, Mrs. Dela Patton, Glo, Mrs. Virginia Little, Wheelwright, and Mrs. Lillian Murphy, Wayland; four sons, Dennis, Noah, Charles and Paul all residents of Glo. Surviving also are two brothers, Kennus and Henry. Funeral services will be conducted at the Church of God at Glo, Ky., at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, by Rev. Russell Ramey. Burial will be conducted at the Glo Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday May 12, 1949
SANDLIN, Willie
1949
Kentucky Hero, Native of Breathitt Dies At 58 Kentucky's only World War I Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Sgt. Willie Sandlin, who was credited with killing twenty four Germans in wiping out three machine gun nests, died in a veterans hospital in Louisville Sunday, January 1949.  His age was 58. Born on a Breathitt County farm, Sergeant Sandlin had suffered periodically from a lung infection as a result of poison gas inhaled in the Argonne Forest during the war.  His condition became serious three weeks ago. The Medal of Honor citation says he advanced "alone directly on a machine-gun nest, which was holding up the line of advance.  Later in the day he attacked alone and put out of action two other machine-gun nests.  Sergeant Sandlin used grenades and a rifle with a bayonet.  He was suffering from wounds in the head and leg when he made the attacks.The late Gen. John J. Pershing was reported to have described Sergeant Sandlin as the outstanding Regular Army soldier of World War I. His widow, a son, and four daughters survive. Paintsville Herald  Thursday 6-2-1949
WILLIAMSON, Ethridge Lee
1949
Long Illness Takes Ethridge Williamson
Ethridge Lee Bernard Williamson, 49, died at his home at Odds, Ky., on Saturday, May 7, 1949 at 11:45 A. M., after an illness of six years. He was born June 17, 1899, at Inez, Kentucky, the son of Ale and Mary Wells Williamson.  His occupation was that of miner. Besides his wife, Alta Wells Williamson, he is survived by four daughters, Doloris, Anice, Janice and Eula Mae all of Odds, and five sons, Ethridge, Odds, Fred, Van Lear, Harold Eugene and Jim, both of Odds, and Beecher, Detroit, Mich.  Also surviving are two brothers, Alden Williamson, Van Lear, and E. V. Williamson, Seth, W. Va., and two sisters, Mrs. Judith Porter,West Van Lear, and Mrs. Edith Plummer, Fort Gay, W. Va.  Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at Odds, Ky., on Monday, May 9, at 2:00 P M. by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-5-1949


JUNE - 1949

BURCHETT, Thomas Landrum
1860-1949
Services July 1
Thomas Landrum Burchett, 89, of Stambaugh died on Tuesday, June 28, after an illness of two years. Mr. Burchett, the son of Jeff and Angie Vanhoose Burchett, was born in Floyd County, Kentucky, on March 17, 1860. He had been a life-long resident of Stambaugh, where he was affiliated with the United Baptist Church, and was a retired farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1943. Survivors include two daughters and four sons, Lizzie Justice, and Millie Justice, Delbarton, W. Va., and Oscar, Proctor, and Willie, all of Stambaugh and Julius Burchett of Lowmansville. Funeral services will be held at the Locust Grove Church at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, July 1, by the Revs. F.F. Riggsby, John Brown and Florida Lyons. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Stambaugh, Ky., under direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-30-1949
CASTLE, Cynthia Ellen
1892-1949
Mrs. Cynthia Ellen Castle, 57, Lowmansville, wife of Ambrose Castle, died in a local hospital at 2:30 a. m., Wednesday, June 22.  Mrs. Castle had been ill for the past four years. Mrs. Castle was born January 24, 1892, the daughter of Harvey and Emily Howard Hall. She formerly lived at Thelka, but had been a resident of Lowmansville for the past five years.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist church.  Surviving besides her husband is one sister, Mrs. Dora Preston, also of Lowmansville.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Toms Creek Baptist Church at 10:30 a. m., Saturday, June 25. Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.  Paintsville Herald  Thursday June 23, 1949
CONLEY, Fynettie (Fannin)
1902-1949
FYNETTIE CONLEY DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Mrs. Fynettie Conley, 47, died at her home at Red Bush, Ky., at 11:00 p.m., June 1, of pulmonary tuberculosis, after an illness of four years. Mrs. Conley, the daughter of Hardy F. and Rebecca Fyffe Fannin, was born on May 7, 1902, at Crockett, Ky. She had been residing at Red Bush for the past three years, where she was affiliated with the United Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Hubert Conley, Red Bush, two sons, Edward, Westerville, Ohio, and Randolph, Red Bush; one brother, Boyd Fannin, Plummers Landing, Ky. and five sisters, Mrs. Virgie Conley, Barn Rock; Mrs. Cynthia Daniels, Ashland, Mrs. Florence Williams, Cedarville, Ohio, and Mrs. Nannie Conley, Lexington, Ky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, (1949) at Crockett, Kentucky. Burial was in the Fannin Cemetery at Crockett under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 16, 1949 
CONLEY, Sherman
1865-1949
TUBERCULOSIS FATAL TO AGED RESIDENT
Sherman Conley, 83, died at 6:15 p. m., Thursday, June 2, in a hospital in Lexington, of tuberculosis, after an illness of 6 1/2 years. Mr. Conley, the son of Jefferson and Lorraine Auxier Conley, was born October 12, 1865, at East Point, KY. His occupation was that of merchant and farmer, and he was postmaster at Hager Hill for 18 years. He was a member of the United Baptist Church and was affiliated with the F. and A. M. Lodge No. 657 at East Point, KY. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy Jane Price Conley on December 10, 1943. Surviving are one daughter and one son, Mrs. Laura Fairchild, Lowmansville, and Everett T. Conley, Hager Hill. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Alice Burke, Lancer, KY. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 5, at 2:30 p. m., at the home of his son at Hager Hill, by the Revs. M. Wiley and John D. Music. Masonic services were held at the grave in Hager Hill Cemetery by members of his lodge. Burial was under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-9-1949
CORDIAL, Charlie
1886-1949
Charlie Cordial, 63, died at 9:30 P.M., on Friday, June 24, at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., after an illness of two weeks. Mr. Cordial, the son of the late Amos and Susan Lemaster Cordial, was born April 29, 1886, at Winifred, Ky., in Johnson County. In early manhood he moved to Ashland, Ky., where he lived for about 40 years, after which he resided in Ohio. At the time of his death he was making his home with his son, Hurbert, of south Solon, Ohio. Early in life he united with the Old Hood Fork Church and was a faithful member of the Baptist church all his life. His occupation was that of farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife and three sisters. Besides his son, Hubert, of South Solon, Ohio, he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Max Ritchie, Circleville, Ohio, Misses Elizabeth and Mary Cordial, both of Paintsville and three brothers, Jerry, Rush, Ky.Jesse, Huntington, W. Va., and Elijah, Paintsville. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 27, at the Frank's Creek United Baptist Church by the Revs. Leonard Walters, Cully Sparks, John A. Daniel and O. I. Williams. Interment was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 30 1949
DANIEL, Eva (Bradley)
1918-1949
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD HERE SUNDAY
Mrs. Eva Daniel, 35, wife of Proctor Daniel, died of cancer after an illness of over a year at 6:15, Thursday, June 2, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Frank Montgomery, on Boyd Street. Mrs. Daniel was born July 19, 1918, the daughter of Mrs. Almeda Shepard Bradley and the late Lewis M. Bradley. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and had lived in Paintsville all her life with the exception of two years during the war. Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by several sisters, Mrs. Violet Nelson, Ashland; Mrs. Edith Onstatt, Rochester, Indiana; Mrs. Gladys Oppenheimer, Barnetts Creek, Ky.: Mrs. Mildrer Collier, Jackson; Miss Mary Bradley, Danville. Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m., Sunday June 5, at the Freewill Baptist Church,  city, by the Revs, Scott Castle and Charles Lemaster. Burial was in the Daniel Cemetery at Kertz, Ky. under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 9 1949
ESTEP, Thomas J.
1949
Thomas J. Estep, 59, died suddenly at his home at Patrick, KY, June 16, 1949 at 8 A. M. of a heart ailment.  A former resident of Paintsville, Mr. Estep was the son of Ira and Isora Swan Estep.  He had been a resident of Patrick for the past two years. He was a member of the Enterprise Regular Baptist Church. Surviving is the widow, Bertha Webb Estep and one brother, George W. Estep, city, and one sister, Mrs. Tallie VanHoose, Patrick. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 10, at 10:30 A. M. at the Patrick Baptist Church by Rev. Bruce Daniel and Rev. Scott Daniel. Graveside services were conducted by the Johnson County Post of the American Legion of which he was a member. Burial was made in the Estep Cemetery at Patrick by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 6-23-1949
GAMBILL, WIlliam L.
1949
RITES FRIDAY FOR  NOTED PHYSICIAN
Dr. William L. Gambill, 70, of Ashland died Tuesday night after an illness of several weeks.Dr. Gambill was born at Martha, Ky., the son of Dr. J. J. and Martha Jane Boggs Gambill and is widely known in this section. He entered the University of Louisville College of Medicine and graduated in 1900 where he received the highest honors to be accorded a student for four successive years. After graduation, he spent several years as a company physician for the Consolidation Coal Company at both Van Lear and Jenkins. He had been a resident of Ashland for sometime prior to his death. Dr. Gambill was married to Miss May Davis, sister of Mr. Harry Davis, and daughter of the late Dan and Martha Rule Davis, all of this county. A member of the First Christian Church, he took great interest in all church affairs. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Kentucky Medical Association, and the Boyd County Medical Association. Surviving besides his widow is one daughter, Marguerite Gambill and one sister, Mrs. Ida Williams. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home by Rev. J. S. Faulsoner, pastor of the First Christian Church. PAINTSVILLE HERALD June 16 1949 
GILKERSON, Mrs.Lina (Daniel)
1949
Mrs. Lina Gilkerson, 73, died of a heart attack at 8:15 P.M. Tuesday, June 14, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Haines on Main Street. Mrs. Gilkerson was born in Johnson County, the daughter of Reed and Polly Swan Daniel.  She was the wife of Lafe Preston and to this union were born three children.  After the death of Mr. Preston, she married Sine Gilkerson, who preceded her in death over a year ago.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Lena Daniel, Mrs. Bertha Haines, and Mrs. Eva Mayhew, all of Paintsville, and one half-sister, Mrs. Sarah Daniel, Tutor Key, Ky. Funeral services were held in the Freewill Baptist Church on Thursday, June 16, at 2:00 P.M. by the Revs. C. C. Hall and Scott Castle.  Burial was in the family cemetery at River, Kentucky, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD JUNE 16, 1949 
GOBLE, Christopher C.
1865-1949
84-Year-Old Man Passes June 10
Mr. C. C. Goble, 84, died Friday, June 10, at 2:30 A.M. at a local hospital after an illness of one week. Mr. Goble was born on January 1, 1865 at Van Lear, Kentucky, the son of John and Mary Perry Goble.  At the time of his death, he was a resident of West Van Lear, where he had lived for 39 years and had been engaged in farming.  He was preceded in death by his wife 26 years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Bertha Fanklin, Mrs. Minnie Hurt, Mrs. Mary Bell Music, all of West Van Lear, five sons, A. J., Thomas, Lige, Ben and Calhoun, also of West Van Lear, and one sister, Mrs. Harriet Mann of Odds, Kentucky. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A. M. on Sunday, June 12, at the home, by Mr. Hershell Short.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD June 16, 1949
HONAKER, Etta (Webb)
1891-1949
VAN LEAR WOMAN SISTER OF LOCAL MAN
Mrs. Etta Honaker, 57, wife of Sam Honaker of Van Lear and sister of Melvin Webb of this city, died at her home at 10:00 am., Wednesday, June 8, 1949, following an illness of two years. A native of Johnson County, Mrs. Honaker was born at Van Lear July 8, 1891, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Webb.  A lifelong resident of Van Lear, she was a beloved ad respected member of her community.  She was affiliated with the Church of Christ and lived a devout Christian life. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, John Clifford and Billie Rae Honaker both of Van Lear, and one daughter, Mrs. Norma Akers of West Van Lear. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters: W.M. Webb, Greenup, Proctor Webb, Van Lear, Melvin Webb, City, Mrs. W.K. Phelps of California, Mrs. Dave Elliott, Elk City, Okla., Mrs. Aldolphus Phelps, Elk City, Okla., and Mrs. Lon Davis, Van Lear. Funeral services will be conducted at the Church of Christ at Van Lear at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 12, by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt. Burial will be in the Van Lear Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 9, 1949
HYDEN, Lacey
1949
Lacey Hayden, 24-year-old miner of East Point, was drowned, last night about 6:30 at Webb Swirl below East Point in the Big Sandy, June 1949. Hayden had gone fishing in a motor boat with two friends, Harvey DeLong and Everett Hunt, both of East Point.  On the return from down river,Hunt stopped the boat's motor to let DeLong dive into the water from the side of the boat.Members of the Ben Goble family who were nearby, saw Hayden go backwards off the side of the boat and thought nothing about it until Hayden failed to rise from the water. Hunt and DeLong stated that neither of them saw Hayden go out of the boat.  DeLong went after Hayden and pulled him up and out of the water.  Hunt reported that he gave Hayden artificial respiration in the boat but was unable to revive him. They took him to shore immediately and tried to revive him by rolling him on a barrel. Witnesses stated that his rescuers tried for over an hour and a half to revive Hayden. Hayden is survived by his wife, the former Estalene Hatfield, and two small children, Walker and Gladys. He is the only son of Walker and Celia Alexander Hayden of East Point. Webb Swirl, a whirlpool of the Big Sandy is the spot where Harry Ramey of East Point was drowned several years ago. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ at East Point at 10 a. m. July 2, by Rev. S. E. Honeycutt. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at East Point by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday 6-30-1949
LYON, Clarence
1949
Clarence Lyon, 40, formerly of Van Lear, died in Frankfort Monday of a gunshot wound which Coroner Louis LeCompte said was self-inflicted. He was the son of the late Dr. John L. Lyon and Mrs. Lyon who resided at Van Lear for many years.  The victim attended Van Lear schools and is well known in this county.  At the time of his death, he was superintendent of Lincoln Memorial Park at Hodgenville. The coroner said Lyon had been suffering from a nervous breakdown and he and his wife had been in Frankfort several days visiting his brother, Silva L. Lyon.  The latter is corporation and election clerk in the Secretary of State's office. Coroner LeCompte said Mrs. Clarence Lyon told him she had left their bedroom for a few minutes between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. and rushed back when she heard a shot.  Lyon lived only a few minutes, it was said. Surviving besides his wife, are three children, his mother, Mrs. J. L. Lyon of Ashland, two brothers, Emory Lyon, Jenkins, and Ernest Lyon, Louisville, and a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Cole, Ashland. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-30-1949
MEEK, Victoria (Salyer)
1884-1949
MRS. J. N. MEEK BURIED JUNE 22
Mrs. Victoria Salyer Meek, 64, wife of James N. Meek, died Sunday in a local hospital after an illness of several months. One of the city's most beloved and outstanding citizens, she was active in church and civic organizations and her death is a great loss to this community. Mrs. Meek was born in Lawrence County, August 6, 1884, the daughter of William and Mary Lou Jordan Salyer.She was united in marriage in 1902 to J. N. Meek and to this union were born three children. Mrs. Meek and her husband resided at Thealka, KY., until 1920 when they moved to Paintsville. She became affliated with the Mayo Memorial Church February 18, 1923, and remained a loyal member, taking part in all church activities. Mrs. Meek was a devoted and unselfish mother and a kind and loving wife. Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Ernest, Walter, and James, all of this city. She is survived also by a twin sister, Mrs. Belva Skeen of Wagoner, Okla., and one brother, Wayne Salyer, of Louisa. She was preceeded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Ida Plummer and Carrie Salyer and one brother, John Salyer. Surviving also are six grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:00 p. m., Wednesday, June 22, by Rev. J. T. Harmon. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-23-1949
MUSIC, Abe
1949
John Music, 74, and Abe Music, 79, cousins, and both residents of Boons Camp, died of cerebral hemorrhages during the past week. Their deaths came only a few days apart.  Both were members of the Freewill Baptist Church and were retired miners. Abe Music was the son of Milt and Nan Music and had been a resident of this county all his life.  He died at the home of a niece, Mrs. Reggie Preston, at 8:15 A.M. Tuesday. Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Richard Music, Nippa, John Music, Lexington, Mrs. Ezra Preston, Prestonsburg, and Mrs. Bummer of Cliff, Ky. He is survived by one brother and six sisters, James Music, Pikeville, Mrs. Jeff Pack, Drift, Mrs. Chatt Tackett, Boones Camp, Mrs. Paris Penix, Weeksbury, Mrs. Mike Shell, Logan, W. Va., Mrs. L. Mills, Matewan, W. Va., Mrs Tillie Music, of Oklahoma. Funeral services were conducted at 10 A.M. today at the Freewill Baptist Church at Boons Camp by Rev. Charlie Bailey and Rev. Don Fraley.Burial was made in the family cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home.
MUSIC, John
1949
John Music died at 9 A.M. June 16. Born in Johnson County, the son of Newt and Martha Music, he had been a resident of Johnson County all his life. Surviving are his widow, Mary Music, three sons, and four daughters, Shade Music, Boons Camp, Newt Music, Boons Camp, Homer Music, West Virginia, Mrs. George Tackett, Hartley, Ky., Mrs. Hayes Ramey, Van Lear, Mrs. Liza Mullins, Ethel, W. Va., and Mrs. Jim Mollette, Weeksbury, Ky. The following brothers and sisters also survive:  Arch Music, Odds, Mrs. W.T. Mollette, Boons Camp, Mrs. Harry Daniel, West Van Lear, and Mrs George Johnson, Melvin, Ky.Funeral services were held at 10 A.M. Sunday, June 19 at Boons Camp by Rev. Charlie Bailey.Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY June 23, 1949
MUSIC, Larry Thomas
1949
East Point Child Accident Victim
Larry Music Killed By Truck At Inez
Larry Thomas Music, 8-year-old son of Mr. And Mrs. Jeff Music of East Point was killed almost instantly Thursday when he was struck by a passing truck driven by James C. Ward of this county. The child died from a fractured skull. Larry's father had taken the boy with him to Inez where the father was employed in the Style Shop, a store owned by and elder son, Maurice Music. When the father called to the boy, he ran directly into the path of the truck, it was said. He was a bright, lovable child and his tragic death was a great shock to his family and to all who knew him. He was born May 31, 1941 at East Point, the youngest in a family of seven children. Surviving are the parents, W.J. and Alka Greer Music, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Frank C. Jennings, Lexington, Ky., Maurice Music, Inez, Mrs. Jay Stapleton, city, Mrs. Libby Wizneinski, East Point, Jimmy Music, East Point, and Roger G. Music, Fort Knox. A large crowd attended the funeral conducted at the parents' home on Sunday, June 19, at 1 p.m. by Rev. Moses Kitchen. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY June 23, 1949
PICKLESIMER, Ralph
1949
Ralph Picklesimer, 64, died at his home at Barnetts Creek on Friday, June 3, at 4:00 a.m. after an illiness of eight months. Mr. Picklesimer was a lifelong resident of Barnetts Creek, where he was occupied in farming. He was affiliated with the United Baptist Church.  His wife preceded him in death in 1938. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Madge Colvin, Manila; Mrs. May Preston, Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. Carrie Marie Wheeler, Barnetts Creek; Miss Eva Lee Picklesimer, Barnetts Creek; four sons, John Wayne, Manila; Robert Bruce, Macon, Ga.; Ralph, Jr. and Ervin, both of Barnetts Creek; three sisters, Mrs. Josie Williams, South Charleston, Ohio; Mrs. Vernie Salyers, West Mansfield, Ohio; Mrs. Mintie Blair; and three brothers, Frank Picklesimer, Paintsville; Kelly Picklesimer, London, Ohio, and Jim Picklesimer, Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. at Barnetts Creek by the Revs. Lona Reed, Foster Rigsby and Olley Sparks. Burial was in the Pickle Fork Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Picklesimer, Ralph PAINTSVILLE  HERALD  THURSDAY 6-19-1949
SCOTT, Hebern
1893-1949
HEBERN SCOTT Funeral services were held June 28 at Riceville for Hebern Scott, retired farmer and miner, who died Saturday at 10 p.m. after an illness of six months. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. at the residence by Rev. Scott Castle and Rev. Warren Helton. Mr. Scott was born Jan. 24, 1893, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Scott.  He had been a resident of Riceville for the past 19 years. Surviving are his widow, Mary Blair Scott, three sons, Buck, Hebern, and Thomas, all of Riceville, six daughters, Mrs. Hazel Jackson, Mrs. Harger Hannah, Mrs. Kathleen Litteral, Mrs. Cledith Hannah, Mrs. Cleo May, and Miss Edna May Scott, all of Riceville. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters:  Clarence Scott, Asa, Nolan Scott, Conley, Ku., Gab Scott, Wheelesburg, Ohio, John Scott, Jackson, Ohio, Mrs Madge Risner, Conley, Ky., and Mrs, Dora Adams, Owensboro, Ky. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Riceville by the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-30-1949
SPRADLIN, Vadie Mae (Stepp)
1926-1949
RITES WEDNESDAY FOR MOTHER AND CHILD
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday for Mrs. Vadie Mae Spradlin, 19, and her infant daughter, Virginia Mae of Paintsville who died in a local hospital Monday. Mrs. Spradlin died while undergoing a caesarian operation. Born in Martin County October 26, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Stepp. She had resided in Paintsville for the past ten years. Surviving is the husband Frank Spradlin. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 23 1949
SPRADLIN, Virginia Mae
1926-1949
RITES WEDNESDAY FOR MOTHER AND CHILD
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday for Mrs. Vadie Mae Spradlin, 19, and her infant daughter, Virginia Mae of Paintsville who died in a local hospital Monday. Mrs. Spradlin died while undergoing a caesarian operation. Born in Martin County October 26, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Stepp. She had resided in Paintsville for the past ten years. Surviving is the husband Frank Spradlin. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 23 1949
STAPLETON, Stanford L.
1949
Stanford L. Stapleton, Nezperce, Idaho, nephew of Mrs. W. H. McKenzie, died on Tuesday, June 21, of a paralytic stroke. Mr. Stapleton, his daughter and sister, were en route to Kentucky for a visit with relatives. They were visiting relatives in Minnesota when Mr. Stapleton was stricken June 11.  He was taken to a Cakota, Minnesota hospital where he passed away June 21. Mr. Stapleton was a native of Johnson County, spending most of his early life here.  He was married to Clara Belle Stafford, daughter of the late Jesse Stafford, Sr. and Mrs. Stafford, who died several years ago. He is survived by four children, all of whom reside in the West. A brother, Frank Stapleton, who was mayor of Denver for 20 years also survives. The body was taken to Nezperce for burial.  Funeral services were conducted June 26 at the Christian Church in Nezperce. Mr. Stapleton visited in Kentucky two years ago.  His many relatives and friends in Johnson county will be grieved to learn of his passing. Paintsville Herald Thursday  June 30, 1949
WILLIAMS, Melvie M. (Burchett)
Short Illness Takes Mother of Four
Melvie Mandy Williams, 38, of Staffordsville died Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a local hospital following surgery. She had been ill about one week. Mrs. Williams was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grass Burchett of this county. She was married on Dec. 24, 1934 to Howard Williams who survives. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Arizona Zane, Arnold Wayne, Treva Nell, and Reva Eleanor, all of Staffordsville.  She is also survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters, Ralph Burchett, Fuget, Fonzie Burchett, Winchester, Virgie Williard Burchett, Staffordsville, Mrs. Sonnie Stapleton, Red Bush, Mrs. Bruce Lemaster, West Liberty, Ky., Mrs.Larry Williams, Elna, Mrs. Melvin Jayne, Winchester, and Miss Tera E. Burchett, Stasffordsville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the time the Herald is published. Burial will be under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Note: Melvie is interred at the Patty Flat Cemetery Paintsville Herald Thursday June 30, 1949


JULY - 1949

BLEVINS, James
1949
James Blevins, 82, died on Friday, July 22, 1949 at his home near Offutt, Kentucky. He was born at White House, Kentucky, the son of Wells and Nancy Jane Sammons Blevins, and lived there for many years. Mr. Blevins was a mine foreman for 52 years but had been retired for some time.  He was affiliated with the United Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mollie Bolen Blevins, who died June 8, 1946. He is survived by five daughters and three sons, Mrs. Gertrude Ward, Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Paul Preston, Van Lear, Ky., Mrs. Elva Steele, Offutt, Mrs. Thelma Preston, Wheelwright, Mrs. Joe Blevins, Willard, Ohio, James W. Blevins, Alphoretta, Ky., Gus, Martin, Ky., and Hubert, Offutt, Ky. Also surviving are two brothers, John Blevins, Tomahawk, Ky. Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 24, at 2:30 p.m., at the home, by the Rev. Elzie Banks. Interment was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-28-1949  
BROWN, Mrs. Frona (Clark)
1868-1949
Mrs. Frona Brown, 80, died of pneumonia at 11:50 A. M., July 14, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Webb, in West Van Lear, after a four weeks illness.Mrs. Brown was born December 27, 1868, the daughter of Dow and Susan George Clark.  She was the wife of Joseph brown, who preceded her in death in 1941.  She was a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by two daughters and one son, Mrs. Alice Webb, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Trixie Nickells, Thomas, Ky., and Mrs. Louise Hatfield, Lancer, Ky. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P. M. on Saturday, July 16, at the Christian Church in West Van Lear by the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt.Interment was in the Cumbo Cemetery in West Van Lear under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald July 21, 1949 
CONLEY, Mary Ann (Estep)
1853-1949
96 YEAR-OLD WOMAN; MOTHER OF 11 CHILDREN
Mrs. Mary Ann Conley, 96, one of Johnson County's oldest and most respected women, died Wednesday, July 20, at the home of her son, Green Conley, at Van Lear, after an illness of three months. A member of a large and prominent family she was widely known throughout this section where she spent her entire life. She was born in this county February 6, 1853, the daughter of Sam and Alma Bowen Estep. She was the widow of Hiram F. Conley, who preceded her in death 52 years ago. A member of the Freewill Baptist Church, she lived a devoted Christian life. A genial and kindly woman she will be missed not only by members of her family, but by her wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Surviving are eleven children; six daughters, Mrs. Josephine Ward, City, Mrs. Lydia Adams, Pearly, Va., Mrs. Mintie Webb, West Van Lear, Mrs. Lula Mcfaddin, City, Mrs. Addie Blair, Hager Hill, and Mrs. Barbara Webb, City; five sons, Hayden, Hager Hill, John B., Pearly, Va., Green, Van Lear, Marcus, Kingsport, Tenn., and Bascom, Martin. Funeral services will be conducted by Revs. Millard Van Hoose, F. S. Van Hoose, and S. C. Honeycutt at the Freewill Baptist Church in this city. Arrangements are incomplete pending arrival of relatives. Burial will be in the Hager Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-21-1949
DELONG, Elizabeth (Wells)
1949
Mrs. Elizabeth DeLong, 67, well-known resident of Davisport died in her home Saturday, July 23, of a heart attack. She had been suffering from rheumatism for the past fourteen years, but her unexpected death, as she was setting at the table eating dinner, came as a great shock to her family and friends. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Wells, she was born in Johnson County, but had lived in Davisport for a number of years.  She was married to Turner DeLong, who survives her.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving beside her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Alma Goble, Davisport , one daughter at home and one son.(other two children not named) Funeral services were conducted at Davisport at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 7-28-1949
ESTEP, Eva (Cantrell)
1905-1949
Mrs. Neva Cantrell Estep, 44, of Flat Gap, passed away Friday, July 1, 1949 at 8 a. m. at the home of her mother, Mrs. Nora Cantrell, at Fuget, after a two weeks' illness. Mrs. Estep was born in Johnson County on February 2, 1905 where she had spent her entire life. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was married to Walter Estep in 1929 who survives. Also surviving are one son, Bobby Estep, four brothers and two sisters, Ossie Cantrell, Flint, Mich., Olva Cantrell, Fuget, Jimmie Cantrell, Elna, Roy Cantrell, Fuget, Mrs. Mauzie McKenzie and Mrs. Ora Jewell Cantrell, both of Fuget. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 2, at 2 P. M. at the residence of Mrs. Nora Cantrell at Fuget by Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Charley Estep. Interment was made in the family cemetery by the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 7-7-1949
JACOBS, Henry
1897-1949
Henry Jacobs, 52, of Nippa, died in a local hospital at 7 p. m., July 30, 1949 after an illness of two years. Mr. Jacobs was born May 17, 1897, in Greenup County, the son of Jefferson and Lilla May Coffee Jacobs. He had been a resident of Johnson County for many years where he followed the occupation of coal mining.  He was a member of the Church of Christ and the United Mine Workers of America. He is survived by his wife, Sophia Akers Jacobs, and one brother, George Jacobs of Oldtown,Ky., one sister, Mrs. Florence Howard, Portsmouth, O., and five half-brothers and two half-sisters. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 2, at 10 a. m., at the home at Nippa by Rev. Harold Burnside and Rev. Glance Preston. Interment was made in the Van Hoose cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG. 4, 1949
MCFADDIN, Barnes
1879-1949
Barnes McFaddin Dies Following 8-Year Illness
Funeral Serivces Held Sunday, July 24, 1949, by Reverend Van Hoose
Funeral services for Barnes McFaddin, 70, were held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, July 24, 1949, at the Freewill Baptist Church, City, by the Rev. Millard Van Hoose.  Mr. McFaddin died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vern Conley, after an illness of eight years. He was born in Johnson County June 30, 1879, the son of John H. and Florence Morton McFaddin and had lived in Paintsville most of his life. He was a retired miner aned was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. His first wife Lula Rice McFaddin, preceded him in death in 1935. He was later married to Emma Lyons McFaddin, who survives him. Also surviving are four daughters and two sons, Mrs. Myrtle Conley, Paintsville, Mrs. Maudie Collins, Van Lear, Mrs. Mattie Watts, Louisville, Mrs. Madge Salyers, Flint, Michigan, John H. McFaddin, Fairfield, Ohio, and Frank McFaddin, Dayton, Ohio; two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Catherine Stricklin, City, Mrs. Mary McCloud, City, Ed McFaddin, City, Claude, Tomahawk, and Ross, City. He leaves 21 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Interment was in the Family Cemetery, Southside, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday July 28, 1949 
MCKENZIE, Troy
1949
Troy McKenzie, 78, died of complications at 7 a. m., July 4, at the home of his daughter at McDowell, Ky. after an illness of one year. Mr. McKenzie was born in Johnson County and had been a resident of Auxier for the past 40 years.  He was a retired miner and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  His wife preceded him in death in 1944. Surviving are two sons and three daughters, Millard and Troy Jr., Auxier, Ky., Mrs. Hazel Taylor, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Inez Little, McDowell, Ky., Mrs. Dorothy Dixon, Columbus, Ohio. One half-brother, Pate McKenzie also survives. Funeral services will be held today at 10 a. m. at the Auxier Church by Rev. Wm. Horn and Rev. Dewey Fraley. Burial will be made in the Auxier Cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday July 7, 1949
PRESTON, Anna Mae
1949
PRESTON INFANT DIES
Anna Mae Preston, 4-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Preston of Tutor Key died Wednesday, July 27 at a local hospital after being ill for one month. Besides her parents, she is survived by a sister, Diana Preston.  Funeral services were held Friday at the River Church.  Rev. C. J. Sparks conducted services.  Burial was at the Spears Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-4-1949
PRESTON, William Jennings Bryan "Jay"
1896-1949
Services Friday  For Postal Employee
Williams Jennings Bryan (Jay) Preston, 52, an employee at the Paintsville Post Office, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday at his home here.  He had been suffering from cancer for sometime, but he had not become critically ill until about a month ago. Born in Johnson County on Nov. 27, 1896, he was the son of Eliphas and Elizabeth Ward Preston. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Gladys Daniels Preston, four brothers and one sister, Jesse Preston, Inez, Ballard Preston, Boones Camp, Ernest Preston, Offutt, Paris Preston, Williamsport, and Mrs. G. W. Pack, Williamsport. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 8, at 1 p.m. at the Friendship Church at Williamsport by Rev. Flem Arrowood and Rev. Prater Blair. Burial will be made in the Preston Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-7-1949
RANDOLPH, Paul Allen
1949
AUTO ACCIDENT FATAL TO MAN AT ALLEN
Paul Randolph, 22, of Bee Log, N. C. was killed Sunday about one-fourth mile above Allen on Route 23 in an automobile accident. It was reported that Randolph, an employee of the Hudson Motor Company, was driving his automobile about 35 miles and hour when the car skidded on wet pavement, and plunged over a high embankment backwards.  Randolph died instantly of a broken neck. Other occupants of the car were slightly injured.  They were Mr. and Mrs. Orville Lewis and two children, and Charles Welleston, all of Bee Log, N. C. The group was en route to Detroit ,Michigan. PAINTSVILLE HERALD 7-14-1949
ROSS, Charles Leander
1949
Charles Ross, 74,  Dies at Winifred Saturday, July 23
Charles Leander Ross, 74, prominent resident of Winifred, died at his home at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, after an illness of two months. The son of Walter and Sarah Saylers Ross, he was born at Winifred and spent his entire life in that section, where he was engaged in farming. Always active in the interest of his community his death is a loss to that vicinity and a source of regret to his many neighbors and friends. His wife preceded him in death in 1940. He is survived by 10 children, six daughters, Mrs. Zella lee Cordle, and Mrs. Zora Green, both of Winfield, Mrs. Lilvia Bayes, S. Webster, Ohio, Mrs. Cynthia Cordle, Cherokee, Ky., and Mrs. Susie Cordle and Mrs.Maggieline Bayes both of Sciotoville, Ohio; four sons, Walter, Sunbury, Ohio, Proctor R., Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Isaac and Hershell both of Centerburg, Ohio. Also surviving is one brother, E.E. Ross, Winifred. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 pm Sunday July 24, at the United Baptist Church at Hood by Rev, Cordle. Burial was in the Winifred cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday July 28, 1949
SPEARS,Infant
1949
Dies Services were conducted at the grave by Rev. Leonard Walters at 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 25, 1949, fo the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Spears of Dewey Dam, who died shortly after birth in a local hospital Sunday, July 24, 1949. He is survived by seven sisters and three brothers. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thurdsday July 28,1949
SWISHER, Ada (Harmon)
1893-1949
Ada Harmon Swisher Passes At Lovely, Ky.
Mrs. Ada Harmon Swisher, 56, died at 12:15 Sunday at her home at Lovely, Ky., after an eight-month illness. She was born on Feb. 14, 1893 at Pilgrim, Ky., the daughter of Betty Gauze and Uriah Harmon. Surviving are her husband, Bruce Swisher, two sons, Ralph Swisher, Dayton, O., and Denny Swisher, Ft. Bliss, Texas, two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Marcum of Beauty, Ky., and Mrs. Edra Wellman, Louisa, Ky. One sister and five brothers also survive, Mrs. Tennie Moore of Pilgrim and Uriah, Dan, Allen, Alex and McKinley Harmon. Funeral services were held July 11 at 10 a.m. at the home at Lovely by Rev. Allen Harmon Jr. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Pilgrim under the direction of the Callshan-Richmond Funeral Home of Inez. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-14-1949
VANHOOSE, Edward
1949
Coal Inspector Succumbs July 25
Edward Van Hoose, 55, died at a local hospital at 9:15 P.M., July 25 1949 of tuberculosis. He was born in Nippa, Ky., on September 11, 1893, the son of William and Margaret Kline Van Hoose.  At the time of his death he was a resident of Glo, Kentucky, where he had lived about 20 years, and where he was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  His occupation was that of Coal Inspector.  He is survived by his wife, Elsie Music Van Hoose, to whom he was married on March 17, 1915. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Kline Van Hoose, seven daughters, Mrs. Hazel Cooper, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Virginia Sizemore, Estill, Ky., Mrs. Gertrude Burkett, Glo, Mrs. Ruth Cecil, Estill, Mrs. Vertie Owsley, Glo, Miss Mary Van Hoose, and Miss Lucille Van Hoose, both of Glo, four sons, Traber, Randall, Billy and Willard, all of Glo, Kentucky, two sisters, Mrs. Rosetta Castle, Wayland, Mrs. Olive Taylor, Emma, Ky., and two brothers, Nathan Van Hoose, Martin, Ky., and Josephus C. Van Hoose, also of Martin. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A. M., on July 28, at the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church at Estill, Ky., by the Revs. Green Boyd, Ray Fannin, and Crit Hayes.  Burial was made in the Castle Cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. (Note: This is also known as the "Clark Castle Cemetery") Paintsville Herald Thursday July 28, 1949
VANHOOSE, Winfield Scott
1949
Winfield Scott Van Hoose, 82, died at his home at Lowmansville at 3:40 a.m., Saturday, July 23, following an illness of three years. Born in Johnson County, the son of Mitchell Lee Van Hoose, he was a lifelong resident of Lowmansville where before his retirement he engaged in farming and also worked as a miner.  He was married to Mandy Ward, who survives him, at River, Ky., April 12, 1919.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving also are two daughters, Lizzie Brown, Springfield, Ohio, Mintie Meadows, Thealka, and one son, Brownlow Van Hoose, Nippa. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 25, with the Revs. Robert Castle, Claude Preston, and Bird Webb officiating.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday  July 28, 1949
WARD, Charles Harlo
1948-1949
Charles Ward Dies After Short Illness
Charles Harlo Ward, 11-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tansy Ward of Louisa, died July 13, at 9:30 a.m., in a Louisa hospital after an illness of one day. Mr. and Mrs. Ward moved to Louisa from Johnson County four months ago. Surviving besides the parents is one brother. Funeral services were held Friday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the home of the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Norma Ferguson, at Rock House by Rev. Claude Preston. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 21, 1949


AUGUST - 1949

BLAIR, John W
1949
Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p. m., Monday, August 15, for John W. Blair, 85, one of Johnson County's most respected citizens, who died at his home on Middle Fork of Jennies Creek at 3:00 p. m., August 13, 1949 following an illness of several months.  Services were conducted at the home by Rev. William Horn. A native of Johnson County and a lifelong resident, he was the son of Hayden and Mary Margaret Horn Blair.  He engaged in farming until he was forced by ill health to retire. He is survived by his wife Lydia Burke Blair, and five children; three daughters, Mrs. Ruie Kestner, Hager Hill, and Ruth Blair and Ruby Blair both at home; two sons, Ray of this city and Clay of Collista. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-18-1949 
CANTRELL, Earl
1949
Earl Cantrell, 52, died suddenly about 7:00 a. m., Tuesday, August 16, 1949, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Georgia Bayes at West Van Lear. Born in this county the son of Mrs. America Fields Cantrell and the late Ben Cantrell, he was a respected citizen of West Van Lear and well known throughout this section where most of his life was spent.  He was a veteran of World War I.Surviving besides his mother is one daughter, Mrs. Beverly Drake, Binghampton, N. Y.  Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Verlie Fairchild, Hager Hill, Mrs. Laura Brooks, Huntington,W. Va., Mrs. Georgia Bayes, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Mary Hayes of this city. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p. m., today by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt at the Church of Christ in West Van Lear. Burial was in the family cemetery on Burnt Cabin under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-18-1949
DANIEL, James Harrison
1949
SHORT ILLNESS FATAL TO JAMES H. DANIELS
James Harrison Daniel, 73, member of a prominent Johnson County family, died at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, August 20 at a local hospital after a short illness. Mr. Daniel, a life-long resisdent of Kerz, Ky., was the son of John R. and Samantha Young Daniel. He was engaged in farming near Kerz, and was a devoted member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Venus Slone Daniel to whom he was married October 14, 1894.Also surviving are two daughters and one son, Mrs. Lorene Castle, Kerz, Ky., Mrs. Clustenie Moore, Martha, Ky., and Arlie David, Kerz, and two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Alafair Salfair Salyer, Paintsville, Mrs. Tera Young, Van Lear, Mrs. Wallace Daniels and Proctor Daniel, Paintsville and Mr. Garfield Daniel of Lowmansville. Twenty grandchildren and two great- grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 22, at the Sugar Grove United Baptist Church by the Revs. Lonza Reed, Mitchell Green, William Daniel and Setser Slone. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 8-25-1949
*note: Obit states 2 sisters and three brothers but names three sisters and two brothers.
MCKENZIE, Michael James
1949
Infant Son Dies
Funeral services for Michael James McKenzie, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelva McKenzie, Red Bush, who died at 2:00 A. M., Monday, August 15, were held at the grave on Tuesday, August 16, at 4:00 P. M., by the Rev. T. J. Bailey. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Shelva Jean and Esther. Burial was in the Skaggs cemetery at Keaton under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday August 18, 1949
MILLS, Mary (Boyd)
1949
Aged Residend Dies August 12
Mrs. Mary Mills, 87, died at her home in King Addition at 6:30 A. M., on Friday, August 12, after on illness of ten days. Mrs. Mills was born in Lawrence County, the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. William Boyd. She had made her home in Paintsville for the past three years, where she was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Mills, who died in July, 1927. Surviving are three daughters and three sons, Mrs. E. P. Mills, Davisport, Mrs. D. r. Holmes, Big Ben, W. Va., Mrs. Ferriel Williams, Betsy Layne, Mr. Bud Mills, Auxier, Mr. Charlie Mills, Seth, W. Va., and Mr. Joe Mills, Davisport. Funeral services were held at the grave at 10:30 A. M., Sunday, August 14, by the Revs. Elzie Banks, Leonard Walters and Hermie Davis.Burial was in the Boyd cemetery at Davisport under the direction of the Preston Funeral home.Paintsville Herald Thursday August 18, 1949
 
PRESTON, Norma (Fletcher)

1949
Mrs. Norma Preston, 45, of Meally, died in a local hospital at 7 a.m. Tuesday after a short illness. Mrs. Preston was the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Katherine Scott Fletcher of Martin County.  She had been a resident of Meally for the past 21 years, and was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are her husband, Edgar N. Preston, five sons, William Escom Preston, Dayton, O., Marvin Lee Preston, Dayton, O., Billie Joe Preston, Edgar Preston, Jr., and Claude Russell Preston of Meally, Ky., three daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Wells, Boons Camp, Mrs. Doris Davis, Denver, Colorado, and Mrs. Joyce Preston, Meally. Four brothers and one sister also survive:  Vickers Fletcher, John Fletcher, Ben Fletcher, of Calf Creek, Boone Fletcher of Meally, and Mrs. Susie Horn of Calf Creek. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ at Meally at 10 a.m. August 2, by J. H. Short and Leonard Webb. Additional services were held at the graveside at the Fletcher cemetery at Job. Burial was made by the Jones Preston Funeral Home PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 8-4-1949
 
RIVERS, Maoma (Gibbs)

1872-1949
West Van Lear Woman Dies Aug. 24
Mrs. Maoma Gibbs Rivers, 76, died on Wednesday morning, August 24, 1949 at her home in West Van Lear, after an illness of over a year. Mrs. Rivers was born in Johnson County on November 16, 1872 the daughter of John and Mary Castle Gibbs. She is survived by her husband, John Rivers, three daughters and one son, Mrs. Delia Spears, Riceville, Mrs. Doshia Tackett, Staffordsville, Mrs. Rhoda Brickley, Prestonsburg and Earl Rivers, West Van Lear.  Also surviving is a half-sister, Mrs. Rosa Francis, Leander, Ky. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday at the Cedar Grove Church in West Van Lear, by the Rev. Scott Castle.  Burial will be in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery in Paintsville, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-25-1949
 
STANSIFER, Ben F.

1949
BEN F. STANSIFER FOUND IN TOURIST COURT SUFFERING CEREBRAL HEMORRHAGE
Ben F. Stanifer, 32, prominent young Prestonsburg businessman, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Monday morning at 2:15 at an Abingdon, Virginia hospital. Accompanied by five other drivers, he left Prestonsburg Friday on his way to the car market at Bristol, Va.-Tenn.  Upon reaching Jenkins, he complained of feeling ill, but told the others to go on and he would either follow or return home.  He left Jenkins that afternoon and drove eight miles to Abingdon, Va., where he registered at a tourist court.  He told the attendants there that he was not well, but ordered dinner and was later thought to have attended a drive-in theater nearby.  When he didn't appear on Saturday, the attendant looked through his window, and seeing him lying on his bed, thought he was merely asleep.  On Sunday morning his family became alarmed at not hearing from him, and notified State Police who broadcast his description.  This was heard by the Tourist Court owner, who forcibly entered his cottage and found him unconscious.  He was taken to a hospital in Abingdon, where he died early Monday morning. Mr. Stansifer was a naval veteran of World War II, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and part owner of the Stansifer Motor Sales in Prestonsburg.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Helen Ransdell Stansifer, daughter of Dr. Marvin Ransdell, Director, Floyd County Health Department, and Mrs. Ransdell, and his mother, Mrs. Mabel Stansifer, Walton, Ky. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, August 10, at 11:00 in the Irene Cole Memorial Baptist Church.  Burial will be in the Ft. Mitchell Burial Park at Walton, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUGUST 11, 1949 
 
VANHOOSE, Bertha M. (Wiley)
 1949
 Funeral Services Tuesday for Bertha Mae VanHoose (Wiley) Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock  Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson Funeral Home, Rev. Ferris Roberts of the First Methodist Church, Maquon, officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Bertha Mae VanHoose, daughter of Chester and Elizabeth VanHoose Wiley, was born March 3, 1886, in Paintsville, Kentucky and departed this life August 27, 1949 at the Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Millard VanHoose October 24, 1901 in Ardmore, Missouri. To this happy union seven children  were born, namely: Mrs. Clara Hulet, Maquon; Mrs. Lou Jennings, Farmington; Mrs. Wilda Mitros, West Chicago; Mrs. Daisey Froeming and Wendell VanHoose, Elmhurst; Mrs. Mildred Ray, Maquon;  and Herbert VanHoose. Besides her devoted companion and loving children, she leaves two sisters; Mrs. Lena Andrews, Ardmore, Mo., and Margaret Shoemaker, Franklin Park, Illinois, also fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild and other relatives. She was a member of the Farmington Baptist Church, and had exemplified her faith in Christ throughout the greater part of her life, and it was this faith in Christ that gave her great comfort during her illness and death. Mr. And Mrs. VanHoose had lived in Missouri about 25 years, moving from there to Farmington where they lived about 14 years. From here they moved to Elmhurst, Illinois where they lived 10 years, when they moved to Maquon a little over a year ago. Mrs. VanHoose was a faithful companion and loving mother, ever looking after the welfare of her home and loved ones. She was a patient sufferer, never complaining amid her afflictions. She was a devoted Christian and had maintained her Faith in her Christ throughout her beautiful and useful life. Many are the tributes of kind thoughts and expressions of praise that have been made by those that knew her. Certainly she will be missed but long remembered by not only her dear loved ones, but by her many neighbors and friends. (This was posted in the Farmington Bugle, Thursday,  September 1, 1949.)

 
WEBB, Shade
1949
Services Tuesday For Shade Webb 16
Shade Webb Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. for Shade Webb, 16, of Boones Camp, youthful victim of a hunting accident on Sunday. Young Webb and his father were following a dog in pursuit of a fox. The dog lost the trail and he and his father sat down on a rock to wait until the dog started barking again. According to the reports the tragedy occurred when the youth slipped when getting up, and the gun was accidentally discharged as the hammer hit the rock shooting him in the left side and arm. He was the son of John and Nancy Webb and he attended the Meade Memorial High school. Surviving besides his parents are four sisters, Mrs. Carmona Ethel Phelps, Meally, Mrs Edith Ellen Boomer and Miss Laura Belle Webb both of Washington D.C., and Miss Margaret Sue Webb at home; one brother John Roe Webb, Meally. Services were conducted from the funeral home by J. H. Short and burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral home. The Paintsville Herald Aug 25, 1949


SEPTEMBER - 1949

BLANKENSHIP, Mrs. Pauline (Fitchpatrick)
1854-1949
In the passing Friday of Mrs. Paulina Caudill Blankenship, 94, Johnson County lost one of it’s oldest and best beloved women.  Death occurred at her home at Riceville at 3:00 a.m. following an illness of two weeks.  She was born in this county, September 15, 1854, the daughter of Mathy and Temple Fitchpatrick Caudill.  A loyal member of the United Baptist Church, she lived a devoted Christian life and will be greatly missed by her many friends in the community where she spent her entire life.  Surviving are two children; one daughter, Jennie Blankenship, Riceville, and one son, Wiley Blankenship of Warsaw, Indiana.  Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m. at the United Baptist Church Sunday, March 27,1949theRevs. Hargis Conely, Jim Yates and Cleveland Adams. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.  Paintsville Hearld March 31, 1949 
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OCTOBER - 1949

SESCO, John
1870-1949
JOHN SESCO DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
79-YEAR OLD FARMER VICTIM OF HEART DISEASE
John Sesco, 79, a lifelong resident of Van Lear,Ky., died at his home at 9:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, after an illness of two years of heart diesease. Mr. Sesco was born in 1870 in Johnson County, the son of Oscar and Margaret Webb Sesco. His occupation was that of farmer. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Harriet Sesco, one daughter, Mrs. Frank Reed, Boons Camp, and seven sons, Esau, Davisport; Paris and Ernest, Van Lear; Lemuel, Drift, Estill, Winifred and Elmon, all of Odds, Ky. Also surviving are three sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Rafe Mollett, Mrs. George Charles, Mrs. Johnnie Mollett, all of Davisport, Ance Sesco, Odds; Archie, from Ohio; Glover, Davisport, Ky., and Wesley, Inez,Ky. 30 grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive him. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 9, at the Van Lear school house by Rev. Leonard Walters and Rev. Grover Fannin. Burial was in the Porter Cemetery, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald  Date Published: Thurs. Oct 13,1949

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DECEMBER - 1949


FARMER, John
1949
Rites Held For John Farmer Dec. 27 The body of John Farmer, mine forman, who died unexpectedly with a heart attack, at his home at Premier, W. Va., December 25, 1949, was brought to this county for burial December 27, 1949. Burial was in the Parsely cemetery at Pilgrim after funeral services were held at Premier. He leaves his wife, the former Mrs. Ortha Little, and four daughters at home. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 5, 1950

   
MCKENZIE, Ritchel Sheridan
1902-1949
Ritchel Sheridan McKinzie, 47 of Lucasville, died at 12:35 p.m.,Sunday at his home. Mr. McKinzie had been a resident of Lucasville for four years, moving there from Niagra Falls, N. Y. Mr. McKinzie was born in Paintsville, Ky., June 13, 1902, a son of Philip and Jenora White McKinzie. He was united in marriage to Irene Gorow, Nov. 1, 1923, at Niagara Falls and she survives. Mr. McKinzie was a retired army officer, having served last in 1943. He was in the army 21 years and the marines for three. Surviving are the following children, Shirley Ann, Elizabeth June and Robert all at home; a brother, George Dewey of Lucasville, rt 1; the following sisters, Mrs. Jewell Florko of Columbus, Mrs. Laura Uhrig of Chillicothe, Mollie of Columbus; the mother and father; the maternal grand- mother, Mrs. George Kimbler of Lucasville.  Three brothers Preceded him in death. Funeral services are to be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lucasville U-B. Church with. Rev. Frank Wilson in charge. Burial is to be in Lucasville Cemetery under the direction of McKinley Funeral Home. The body may be viewed at the residence after this afternoon. Portsmouth Times December 12 1949  Portsmouth Ohio Submitted By: Kim Donley Dec 2009


     

PRESTON, Mary L. (Roberts)
1949
Mrs. Mary L. Preston Passes Friday A. M.
Mrs. Mary Lou Roberts Preston, 77, widow of Ben Preston, died at 8:30 o'clock last Friday morning at her home, Ice Dan Hollow, Catlettsburg, after an illness of short duration. Mrs. Preston was born in Johnson County, a daughter of the late Harsh and Martha Jane Cooper Roberts.  She had been a resident of Boyd County for the past 42 years and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Paintsville. Surviving are a son, Brookie Preston, at home, three daughters, Mrs. Tom Lanham, at home, Mrs. John Pack of Catlettsburg and Mrs. Ambrose Spence, Catlettsburg.  Fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive. The Kilgore-Collier Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 1-5-1950



WARD, Cora (Mollett)
1889-1950
Mrs. Cora Mollett Ward, 60, died at her home in Inez at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 26, 1949 after an illness of two years. The daughter of Davis and Lydia Hall Mollett, she was born December 23, 1889, in this county, but had lived in Inez for the past thirty-two years. She was affiliated with the United Baptist Church. She was married in 1923 to Hamilton Ward, who preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Mildred and Ernestine Ward both of Inez and one son, Edward, also of Inez. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters, Mrs Alice Branham and Hales and Elias Mollett of Boons Camp, Mrs Vada Preston, Catlettsburg, and William Mollett, Inez. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 28, in the Inez Baptist Church by Rev. Aubrey Stepp. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 5, 1950



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