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JANUARY - 1950

ALLEN, Morton "Billy"
1950
Morton "Billy" Allen, 54, Hueysville, died Wednesday, January 11, 1950, at home after a heart attack.  He worked as an engineer for the inland Gas Company in Floyd County for many years, and was known by a great number of people in Johnson County.  He was a Mason, a veteran of World War I, and a member of the Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Webb Allen; his mother, Mrs. Juda Allen, Hueysville; two brothers, James R. Allen, Hindman; Ward B. Allen, Ashland and one sister, Mrs. Allan Casey, Covington. He was preceded in death by another brother, Wayne, who died in 1937. Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Granville Trimble, Paintsville; Leslie Judith Allen, Hueysville and one son, Hubert J. Allen, student at Eastern State College. The funeral services under the direction of the Ryan Funeral Home were held at the Bosco Christian Church Friday at 10:30 a. m.  Presiding at the funeral were Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt and Andy Moore. Burial was in the family cemetery at Midas. Paintsville Thursday 1-19-1950
CASTLE, Earl
1934-1950
15-Year-Old Boy Dies
Friday, Jan. 13, Of Heart Attack,
Earl Castle, 15, died suddenly at his home at Lowmansville at 7:00 p. m., Friday, January 13 1950. His death was attributed to a heart attack. The son of Walter and Sarah Ann Clay Castle, he was born at Lowmansville January 29, 1934.  He was a freshman at the Oil Springs High School. Surviving besides his parents are the following brothers and sisters: Willard, Thomas, and Bruce, all of Lowmansville, Ralph, City, Lawrence, U. S. Navy, Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Garnett Rice, Lowmansville, Mrs. Edith Taylor, Urbana, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the United Baptist Church Lowmansville at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, by Rev. F. F. Riggsby.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday January 19, 1950
ESTEP, Ollie (Frazier)
1895-1950
Flat Gap Resident Dies Tuesday, Jan. 10 1950 Mrs. Ollie Frazier Estep, 85, died at 11:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 1950, in a local hospital, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Estep, the daughter of Jim and Margarette Salyer Frazier, was born in Johnson County on May 7, 1895.  She was a memeber of the United Baptist Church.  She was married in 1914, in Flat Gap, Ky., to Ambrose Estep, who survives her. Also surviving are four sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Bertha Fairchild, Waverly, Ohio, Mrs. Dixie Williams, Lucasville, Ohio, Mrs. Mattie Salyer, and Mrs. Madge Estep, Fuget, Ky., James L. Frazier, Flat Gap, Harry Frazier, Fuget, Sollie Frazier, Red Bush, Sile Frazier, Flat Gap and Squire Frazier, Fuget. Funeral services will be held today at 12:00 at the Old Bethel Church by Rev. Charles Estep and Rev. Lonza Reed.  Burial will be in the family cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald January 12, 1950 Wednesday
HALL, Jerry V.
1950
Jerry V. Hall, 83, died at his home at Meally, KY., at 9:40 p.m. Friday, January 27, 1950, after a illness of five months. Mr. Hall, a retired coal miner, was the son of John M. and Susie Goble Hall.  He was born in Virginia, but had been a resident of Meally for 70 years and was affiliated with the Church of Chirst there. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Short Hall, two daughters, and one son, Mrs. J. Man Pickleseimer, Meally, KY., Mrs. Ranson Ward, Huntington, W.Va., and Willie Hall, Hampden, W.Va. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 30, at the Church of Christ at Meally, by the Revs. J.H. Short and Roy Hall. Burial was in the Short Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-2-1950
HERALD, Dudley
1872-1950
Rites Held Recently For Oppy Resident Dudley Herald, 77, died at his home in Oppy at 2:00 a. m. January 29, 1950 of a heart attack. He had been declining health for several years. He was born in Smith County Virginia in June 1872, the son of W. M. and Margaret Heraald. A resident of Oppy for the past eighteen years, he was a retired coal miner and a member of the Church of God. Surviving are three children: One daughter, Mrs. Elien McGraw, Isaban, W. Va.; two sons, H. B. Herald, Mullins, W. Va. and George S. Herald, Ads, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of God on Stepp Branch, Martin County, Tuesday, January 31, with the Rev. Trendel Chafin officiating assisted by the Rev. L. S. Copper of Williamson, W. Va. Burial was in the Finley Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Feburary 09, 1950
MAY, Gary Lee
1949-1950
Two-Month-Old Son Dies of Pneumonia In Local Hospital  Gary Lee May, 2-month-old son of Mrs. Lillian May of Welch, W. Va., died in a local  hospital about 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 31, 1950, of pneumonia following an illness of three days. Funeral services were conducted at the  home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin E. Hall at Boons Camp at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 1950, with the Rev. Leonard Walters officiating. Burial was in the Butcher cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday February 2, 1950 
MCKENZIE, Huey
1871-1950
Huey McKenzie, 78, Dies At Fuget Huey McKenzie, 78, died at the home of his sister, Martha, with whom he lived at Fuget, Ky., about 9:00 a. m., Wednesday, January 18 1950.  He had been an invalid the greater part of his life and had been confined to his bed for the last three years. He was born in this county October 7, 1871, the son of Harry and Rachel Cantrell McKenzie. Another sister, Sarah Stapleton, of Red Bush, survives him. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Fuget under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Cantrell Cemetery". Paintsville Herald  Thursday January 19, 1950
PELPHREY, David Clark
1879-1950
Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church in this city at 10:00 a. m., Tuesday, January 31, for David Clark Pelphrey, 70, who died in a local hospital at 3:00 p. m., Sunday, January 29 1950. Officiating at the service were Rev. W. H. Horn of Auxier and Rev. Claude Preston of Nippa. A prominent farmer, until forced by ill health to retire, he was a resident of West Van Lear, and was born in this county May 16, 1879, the son of James Milton and Amanda Conley Pelphrey. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Lora Rice Pelphrey, and three children; one daughter, Mrs. Mildred Snyder, Ewington, Ohio; two sons, James Milton Pelphrey, U. S. Army, stationed in California, Leslie Shuler Pelphrey, Eastern, KY; Surviving also are three brothers, John and Milton, West Van Lear, Dan, Ashford, W. Va., Burial was in the Hager Hill cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  2-2-1950
RATLIFF, Eson
1877-1950
Rushtown Ohio Man Dies January 3 Funeral services were held Friday, January 6, at Rushtown, Ohio, for Eson Ratliff, native of this county, and brother of Warren and George Ratliff of this city, who died at his home in west Portsmouth, Ohio,  January 3, 1950 about 12:45 a.m.   He had been ill for sometime after suffering a stroke. The son of Riley and Judy Ratliff, he was born at Barnetts Creek October 10, 1877, but had resided in Ohio for the past nineteen years.  he was married to Zoie Rice in 1901 and to this union seven children were born, two of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife and five children: Goldie Fyffe, Gracie Raye, Guy, Tommy,  and Gale all of West Portsmouth, Ohio. Surviving also are five brothers: Albert, Greenwich, Ohio, Charley of Detroit, Mich., Clarence of Dry Run, and Warren and George. Burial was at Rushtown, Ohio. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-12-1950
SPEARS, William
1880-1950
William Spears, 69 Lies At Greentown William Spears, 69, retired miner of Greentown, died at his home about 3:00 a.m., January 15, 1950, after an extended illness. Born August 10, 1880, he was the son of Alex and Margaret Burke Spears. He was preceded in death by four sons, Richard, Everett, Clarence, and Raymond and a sister, Mrs. Clara White. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Samantha Castle Spears; three daughters, Mrs. Ada Bolin, Thealka, Mrs. Beulah Howell, Thealka, Mrs. Flora Patrick, City;, Three sons, Russell, City, Mitchell and Ray both of Thealka.  Surviving also are three sisters, Mrs. Clara Hedges, Crawordsville, Indiana, Mrs. Mary McKenzie, Van Lear, Mrs. Emilia Craft, Portsmouth, Ohio, and the following half brothers and sisters; Bryan Mayo, Melcross, Pa., Tilam Mayo, Pueblo Colorado, Talmadge Mayo. Logan, W.Va., Mrs. Charles Vickers, Cincinnati, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at teh Freewill Baptist Church at Thealka by Rev. Don Fraley at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 1950. Burial was in the Thealka cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 19, 1950.
STEPP, Miranda (Penix)
1950
70-year-old Woman Dies In Hospital
Body of Miss Miranda Stepp, 76 years of age, Boons Camp, who died in the Golden Rule Hospital in Paintsville, at 4 a. m. Friday after an illness of two weeks, was brought to Inez to the home of her sister, Mrs. Allie Ward, at 4 o'clock Friday evening, where it remained until time for the the funeral service on Sunday morning. Her survivors, two brothers and five sisters, are all residents of Martin County except the youngest sister. They are Shade Penix, Inez; Richard Penix, Davisport; Allie and Malvie Ward, both of Inez, Mrs. Exer Crum, Davella; Mrs. Mary Swain, Tomahawk, and Mrs. Gypsy Childers of Emma, Ky.  She also leaves a nephew, John Stafford, Jr., and his three children, who made their home with her. Funeral services were conducted at the Little Friendhsip Church at Boons Camp, with the Reverends Lafe Preston winfrey Meek and Jim Crum of the United Baptist Church, with which she was affiliated, officiating. Burial was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery at Boons Camp, under the direction of the Guy Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  January 19, 1950
STRICKLIN, Catherine (McFaddin)
1868-1950
81-Year-Old Resident Dies
Saturday, Jan. 21
Mrs. Catherine Stricklin, 81, wife of Henry Stricklin, Sr., died at her home on Church Street about 12:10 p.m., Saturday, January 21, following an extended illness. A native of this county Mrs. Stricklin was born August 8, 1868, the daughter of John H. and Florence Gray Morton McFaddin.  All of her life was spent in this city where she was a devoted member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  Mrs. Strickling was a loyal wife and a kind and considerate mother. During her life she performed innumerable acts of kindness which will always endear her to her many friends. Surviving besides her husband are four children, two daughters, Mrs. Sola Mahan, Mansfield, Ohio, Mrs. Garnett Flint, City; two sons, Frank, Mansfield, Ohio, Henry, Jr., city. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters;  Claude McFaddin, Tomahawk; Ed Ross  and Mrs. Mary-- (rest of obit is missing) Paintsville Herald Thursday January 19,1950
TRIMBLE, Green V.
1866-1950
FUNERAL SERVICED FOR G. V. TRIMBLE
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 15, 1950 at 1:00 p. m., for Green V. Trimble, 83, who died at his home in Barnetts Creek, Ky., on Friday, January 13, at 12:12 p.m. The rites were conducted at the home by Revs. Lonza Reed and John Pelphrey. Mr. Trimble, son of William and Clarenda Piclkesimer Trimble, was born August 6, 1866 at Barnetts Creek, where he lived all his life. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann Ealy Trimble, two sons, Archie Trimble, Cable, O., Buel Trimble, West Liberty, O., and four daughters, Mrs. John Picklesimer, Mongo, O., Mrs. Virgie Blair, Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Ollie Tackett, Clifford, Ky., Hazel Trimble, Barnetts Creek. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Dollie Ratliff, Barnetts Creek. Interment was in the Ealy Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JAN, 19, 1950
WHITE, Josie Victoria (Castle)
1879-1950
Mrs. J. V. White, 70
Dies Friday, Jan. 13, 1950
Josie Victoria White, 70, died at her home in Lowmansville, Ky., at 8:45 a.m., Friday, January 13, 1950 after an illness of six months. Mrs. White, the daughter of Harrison and Lou Salyer Castle, was born April 27, 1879, at Flat Gap, Ky. She had been a resident of Flat Gap for 32 years prior to her death and was a member of the United Baptist Church there.  She was married on September 22, 1902 to Grant White, who survivors her. Also surviving are three sons: Willard Gerald, Oil Springs, Orville Bert, Ashland, and Carl Louie, Lowmansville; one brother, Garrett Castle, Red Bush, Ky., four sisters, Mrs. Billy Brown, Sitka, Mrs. Jim Burchett, Elna, Mrs. Craig Tackett, Ohio, Miss. Ida Castle, Sitka, Ky., and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, January 15, at George's Creek Church, Lowmansville by Revs. Leonard Walters, Forester Grim and Charles Hackney.  Pallbearers were Carl Miller, W. M. Duncan, Donald Frailie, Harry Weis, Harold Hayes and Glenn Stewart.  Burial was in the White family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-19-1950



FEBRUARY - 1950

ARROWOOD, Emma Vada
1911-1950
Emma Arrowood, 39 Dies at W. Van Lear Emma Vada Arrowood. 39, of Preece Ky, died at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, February 12, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sidney Howard in West Van Lear, following an illness of one week. She was born in Martin County January 11, 1911, the daughter of Mrs. Sarah Shill Arrowood of Inez and the late Walter Arrowood.  She had been a member of the United Baptist Church since 1938. Besides her mother she is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Melvin Arrowood, Meally, Elbert Arrowood, Baltimore, MD, Mrs. Sidney Howard, West Van Lear, Mrs. Robert Jones, Inez, Mrs. Lucy James, Preece, Mrs. Pearl Jude, Deboard. Graveside rites were conducted by Rev. Leonard Walters, Martin Priest and Elbert Jennings at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14. Burial was in the Meadows Cemetery in Martin County under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-16-1950
BRANHAM, Elias
1909-1950
Elias Branham, 40, died at 8:00 p.m., February 17, 1950 at his home in Clothier, W. Va., after an illness of four years, of pulmonary tuberculosis. Mr. Branham, son of John and Martha Mollett Branham of Boons Camp, Ky., was born April 4, 1909 in Johnson County. He had been a resident of Clothier, W. Va., for ten years and was affiliated with the United Baptist Church.  His occupation was that of miner. He was married in 1926, at Inez, Ky., to Maria Penix, who survives him. Other survivors include a daughter and four sons; Darlene Branham, Earl, Burl, Elmer, Elias, all of Clothier, W. Va., four sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Bowen, Ashland, Mrs. Grace Osborne, and Mrs. Margaret Butler, both of Lima, Ohio, Mrs. Lydia Penix, Boons Camp, and four brothers, Jeff Branham, Branchland, W. Va., Ben and John R. both of Boons Camp and Warren, Odds, Ky. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 20, at the Little Friendship United Baptist Church at Boons Camp, with Revs. Flem Arrowood, Glen Arrowood, Winifred Meek, Leonard Walters, and Arthur Preece officiating.  Burial was in the Branham cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-23-1950
CRIDER, Alf
1859-1950
Alf Crider, 91, well-known and respected resident of Tutor Key, died at his home Thursday, February 9, 1950 at 10:45 p.m., after a six-year illness. He was born in Floyd County January 15, 1859, the son of Reece and Katherine Setzer Crider. A resident of the Tutor Key section for the past thirty years, he worked as a blacksmith before his retirement.  He was a member of the Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Ida Mckenzie Crider, and ten children: seven daughters, Mrs. Effie Stapleton, Kerz, Mrs. Nola Salyers, Van Lear, Mrs. June Witten, Wittensville, Mrs. Bessie Hicks, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Julia Adkins, Mrs, Joshie Hazlette, and Mrs. Onetta Castle all of Thealka; three sons, W.M. Cirder, Stambaugh, Homer Crider, Estill, James Crider Tutor Key.  A sister, Mrs. Polly Setzer also survives and forty-nine grandchildren, fifty-one great grandchildren, and three great, great grandchildren. Revs Don Fraley and James Lyons conducted the funeral services held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Thealka at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 13. Burial was in the family cemetery at Stambaugh under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 2-16-1950
DENNISON, Jewel (Howard)
1930-1950
JEWEL DENNISON, 19 DIES AT VAN LEAR
Mrs. Jewel Dennison, 19, wife of R. W. Dennison, died at her home in Van Lear about 3:00 p. m., Saturday, February 18, following an illness of four months. She was born at Odds, Ky., February 26, 1930, the daughter of Ben and Jessie Collins Howard. A resident of Van Lear for the past three years, she was a member of the Van Lear Church of Christ.  She was married in this city January 1, 1946 to Mr. Dennison, who survives her. She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Gale, and a son, Larry Ray.  Survivors also include five sisters, Misses Darlene, Geneva, Donna Lou, Lola, and Linda, all of Odds; five brothers, Albert of this city, Truman, Darce, Charles, and Jerry Howard, all of Odds; two half brothers, Douglas Collins and Offutt Howard, both of Odds; one half sister, Mrs. Lindsey Goble, Inez, and her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey Collins, Odds. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a. m., Tuesday, February 21, at the Church of Christ at Odds by Revs. Spurgeon Honeycutt and J. H. Short. Burial was in the Collins cemetery at Odds under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 2-23-1950
FRAZIER, D.W.
1872-1950
Mr. D. W. Frazier died on Thursday, February 9, 1950 at 11:00 a.m., at his home at 677 Preston Street, after an illness of  three years. Mr. Frazier had been confined to his bed since June 28, 1949. He was born on East Fork, Boyd County, Ky., on May 12, 1872, the son of James and Dollie Matney Frazier. His parents moved to Flat Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, when he was just a small child. There he was reared. He was married to Malla Salyers March 7, 1901. To this union two daughters were born, Clova and Cova. Clova died in infancy. After his marriage, Mr. Frazier lived on the head of Mud Lick Creek, Red Bush, Ky., until 1924, when he moved to Paintsville, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He was converted and joined the United Baptist Bethel Church, Flat Gap, on December 13, 1897. He was licensed minister in this church and was considered a great pillar of the church during his lifetime. Mr. Frazier leaves to mourn their loss his wife, Malla, one daughter, Mrs. Rex Picklesimer, one granddaughter, Mildred Picklesimer, Welch, W. Va., one brother, S. D. Frazier, Phoenix, Arizona, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Bethel Church, Saturday at 11:00 a.m. by Revs. Lonza Reed, Tommy Bailey and Charlie Estepp. Burial was in the Salyer cemetery at Flat Gap, Ky., under the direction of the Guy Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD FEB. 16 1950
HUFF, William Goble
1900-1950
RIVER MAN DIES AT WESLEYVILLE, KY
William Goble Huff, 50, former resident of River, died at Wesleyville, Ky., about 8:30 p. m., Thursday, February 16, 1950 after an illness of a year.  Death was attributed to a heart ailment. He was born in Johnson County January 1, 1900, the son of the late Alburn and Elizabeth Spears Huff. A former miner and a member of the United Baptist Church, he had made his home in Wesleyville for the past year. Survivors include three children; a daughter, Janice Lee Huff; two sons, Alburn and Ervin both of Wesleyville.  The following brothers and sisters also survive: Don, Ft. Gay W. Va., Charlie, Holden, W. Va., Mrs. Zella Crisp, Lexington, Mrs. Sybil Farley, Evinston, Mrs. Sally Wells, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Anna Mae Gollum, Kermit, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted at 11:30 a. m., Sunday, February 19, at the United Baptist Church at River, Ky., with Revs. Leonard Walters and U. S. Walters officiating. Burial was in the Spears cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 2-23-1950
MAHAN, William Paul
1950
DIES OF BURNS
Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a. m., February 14, for William Paul Mahan, 3-year-old son of Harry and Esta Jenkins Mahan of Barnetts Creek, who died in a local hospital Saturday, February 11, about 11:00 p. m., from the effects of burns suffered nine weeks previously. He is survived by his parents and one brother, James Walter. Services were conducted at the Barnetts Creek United Baptist Church by Revs. Lonza Reed, Foster Riggsby, and John Daniel. Burial was in the family cemetery at Barnetts Creek under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 2-16-1950
RAMEY, Junie (May)
1950
RICEVILLE WOMAN DIES WED., FEB. 1
Mrs Junie Ramey, 65, wife of Asa Ramey of Riceville died at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday after an illness of several months.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are five sons and three daughters, Emerson Caudill and Ray, Ramey of Riceville, Sam Ramey, Belle Center, O., Fred Ramey, Willard, O., Raymond Ramey, Ann Arbor, Mich., Mrs. Dortha Hughes, Brainard, Ky., Mrs. Elree Adams, Wheelersburg, Ky., and Madge Caudill, Tyro, O. She also leaves one sister and two brothers, Mrs. Otto Pratt, city, Willie May of Whitaker and Claude May of Asa. Funeral services will be held at the United Baptist Church at Riceville. Other details regarding funeral arrangements are not known at this time. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 2-9-1950
Funeral Services Feb. 4, For Mrs. Ramey  Funeral services for Mrs. Juney May Ramey, who died February 1, 1950 at her  home at Riceville, were held Saturday, February 4, 1950 at 11:00 A.M. at the Riceville United Baptist Church. Officiating ministers were Rev. Scott Castle and REv. Hargie Conley.  Burial was made in Riceville Cemetery by the Paintsville Funeral Home.  Paintsville Herald  Thursday February 9, 1950 
SALYER, David Jesse
1867-1950
David Jesse Salyer, 82, died February 11 1950 in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nola Spradlin, with whom he had made his home for the past eight years.  Death occurred after a seven weeks' illness. A native of Johnson County he was born February 23, 1867, the son of Thomas and Mala Caudill Salyer.  He was married to Mary Ellen Rice February 12, 1892, who preceded him in death June 22, 1932. Besides his daughter, Nola, he is survived by one granddaughter, Mrs. Mabel Fitzgerald, Derby, Ohio, and two great grandsons, David and Joe Fitzgerald also of Derby, Ohio.  He is a also survived by a sister, Mrs. Julia Adams, Portsmouth, Ohio, and two brothers, A. M. Salyer, Colista and Lawrence, Portsmouth, Ohio.  Surviving also are the following half brothers and sisters:  Frank Salyer, Bertle and Virgie VanHoose all of Ohio, and Mrs. Myrtle Blair of Barnetts Creek. The body was brought from Mt. Sterling, Ohio to the Jones Funeral Home Sunday morning where it remained until removed to the Barnetts Creek Baptist Church where funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a. m., Monday, February 13.  Rev. Lonza Reed was in charge of the services. Burial was in the Salyer cemetary under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16 1950
SALYER, Wilma Jane
1931-1950
Word was received here of the death of Wilma Jean Salyer, 19 year old daughter of Clyde and Willa Tolliver Salyer formerly of this county. Funeral services were conducted at the Pond Creek United Baptist Church near Portsmouth, Ohio, February 7, and the Burial was in the Rushtown Cemetery. She was employed at the East End postal Station in Heaberlin's Men shop and had been staying with an Aunt, Mrs. Zell Owens since high water cut her off from her home on Dry Run. She was taken ill suddenly at her Aunt's home Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and was rushed to the hospital where she died a few hours later. Death was attributed to a clot on the brain. She was born January 19, 1931 in Scioto County and was graduated last June from Washington High School. She had been employed in the postal station since graduation. Survivors also include her mother, a brother Allen, a sister Helen and a fiancé, David James. The Paintsville Herald Thursday Feb 16, 1950
SPEARS, Heber
1950
Heber Spears, 49, died at this home on Little Lick Fork about 5:00 a. m., Saturday, February 4, 1950. He was the son of Samuel R. and Ida May Conley Spears and had lived in the vicinity of Collista most of his life. His occupation was that of farmer. Surviving are his wife, Nola Webb Spears, one daughter and two sons, Mary Belle Spears, Samuel J. and Robert, all at home, two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Conley, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Hattie Rice, Collista. He is also survived by his mother, who is seriously ill. Funeral services were held at the home at 10:00 a. m., Monday, February 6, 1950 by the Rev. Claude Preston. Interment was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY FEB. 9, 1950
SPEARS, Ida (Conley)
1878-1950
Mrs. Ida Conley Spears, passed away February 18, 1950, at 9:45 p.m. at her home on Little Lick Fork two weeks after the death of her only son.  Mrs. Spears who was 71 years of age had been ill for some time. The daughter of  William and Eliza Hitchcock Conley, she had been a life long resident of Johnson County.  She was born Sept. 1, 1878 and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Her Husband, Samuel R. Spears died January 13, 1945 and her son, Heber Spears, died February 4 of this year, (1950). Surviving ar two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Conley, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Hattie Rice, Collista, two sisters, Mrs. Belle Horn, Collista and Mrs. Alice Adams, Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the residence at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 20, 1950, by Rev. Claude Preston.  Song services were by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Feb 23, 1950.
STAPLETON, G.C. "Cleve
1950
Grover C. (Cleve) Stapleton, 65, died at a local hospital at 4:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 1950 after an illness of several months. He was born on Toms Creek in Johnson County, the son of Marion and Trinnie Daniel Stapleton. For the past 38 years he had made his home in Van Lear, Ky., and was one of Johnson County's most highly respected citizens. A retired miner, he was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and was very active in Masonry, being Past Master of Van Lear Lodge 885, F and A M. Surviving are his wife, Arminta Johnson Stapleton, one daughter, Mrs. Irene Thacker, Mobile, Alabama, three sons, Virgil Edgar, Van Lear, Junior E. and Odell, both of Dayton, Ohio, and one brother, Thurman Stapleton, Hellier, Ky. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25, at the Missionary Baptist Church at Van Lear, by Revs. Lewis H. Lynch and W. K. Wood. Burial was in the Wells Buckingham cemetery, Paintsville, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-2-1950
WARD, Leonard
1882-1950
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, 1950, at the Freewill Baptist Church in this city for Leonard Ward, 67, who died in a local hospital about 6:00 pm., Wednesday, February 14, after an extended illness. The son of William and Angie Lyons Ward, he was born near , White house, March 14, 1882.  He had resided in this city for a  number of years and before his retirement was employed as a miner by the Northeast Coal Co. Survivors include his wife, Josie Ward, and three sisters, Mrs. Sally Prater, Weeksbury, and Mrs. Lizzie Edwards and Miss Della Ward both of Louisa. The services will be conducted by Revs. C.C. Hall, Millard Van Hoose, and Don Fraley, Burial will be in the Music Cemetery at Auxier under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday February 16, 1950
WELLS, Hiram Brownlow
1866-1950
Hiram Brownlow Wells, 84, widely known Johnson County man, died February 7 1950 at 3:40 a.m. at his home at Odds after and illness of a few days. Mr. Wells was born Sept. 12, 1866 the son of James and  Aretta Collins Wells. He was a member of one of hte county's oldest families and has many relatives and friends who will be sorry to learn of his passing.  He was a retired farmer and was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are three sons and two daughters, Joe Wells, Odds, C. P. Wells, Auxier, Ky., Ashley Wells, Odds, Mrs. Maxie Ramey, Odds, and Mrs. Alka Adkins, City.  He also leaves two brothers and one sister, Alex Wells and Walker Wells, both of Van Lear and Agnes Wells of Martin, Ky. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 8, 1950 at 2:00 p.m., at the Christian Church at Odds by Leonard Webb of this city. Burial was made in the family cemetery, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday Feb. 9, 1950
WHEELER, Mary Elizabeth (Fairchild)
1887-1950
LONG ILLNESS FATAL TO ELIZABETH WHEELER
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wheeler, wife of Franklin Wheeler, died February 6, at 11:00 A.M. at her home at Winifred after a long illness. Mrs. Wheeler had been an invalid for the past year but her condition became critical a few weeks ago. She was born February 28, 1887, the daughter of Miller and Sarah Daniel Fairchild, and has been a life-long resident of the Hoods Creek section, where she was revered and loved by friends, neighbors, and a large family of relatives.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church and her life speaks eloquently of her faith in the Christian principles in which she believed. Throughout her long illness, she remained cheerful and courageous despite her suffering and helplessness. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Roy Wheeler of Coal Mountain, W. Va., and John M. Wheeler, city, one stepson, Dr. Arville Wheeler, Nashville, Tenn., one stepdaughter, Mrs. Greenville Helton, city, six sisters and three brothers: Mrs. James Stambaugh, Kerz, Mrs. Ellen Craft, Winifred, Mrs. Ollie Lemaster, Kerz, Mrs. Alice Green, Chandlerville, Mrs. Cyrus Murry and Mrs. Farris Murry, both of Ashland, Ezra Fairchild, Ashland, Isom Fairchild, Winifred, and John Fairchild, Lavalette, W.Va. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the residence at 10:00 a.m. by Rev.  Cullie Sparks, Rev. O. I. Williams and Rev, Lonza Reed. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 2-9-1950



MARCH - 1950

ARMS, Lovata (Collins)
1950
Mrs. Lovata Arms, 73, died in a local hospital Thursday, March 2, 1950, after an illness of three weeks. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at the home of a sister, Mrs. Rose C. Wells of Auxier, the Rev. Carl Hibshman, Ashland, presiding. A lifelong resident of Auxier, Mrs. Arms came to Johnson County from her birthplace in Floyd County at a very young age.  She as a member of Jehovah's Witnessed faith. Born the daughter of Samuel L. and Sarah Minitie Owsley Collins. Mrs. Arms is survived by three brothers, William H. Collins, Auxier, Malcolm Collins, Louisville, Worth Collins, La Porte, Ind., and two sisters, Miss Ollie Collins, Rush, and Mrs. Rose Wells. Burial was made in the Wells cemetery, at Auxier under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-9-1950
ARNETT, Celia Frances (McQuire)
1876-1950
Celia Frances Arnett, 73, died on Wednesday, March 8, 1950,  at 1:00 p. m., as a result of burns. She was born July 7, 1876 at Foraker, Ky., the daughter of Sam and Diane Kennard McGuire. At the time of her death she was a resident of Hendrix, where she was a member of the Methodist Church. She as married in 1899 o R. S. Arnett, who survives her. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Flint, Ashland, three sisters, Mrs. Rhodia Arnett and Mrs. Lucia Kennard, both of Foraker and one brother, D. M. McGuire also of Foraker. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p. m., Friday, March 10, at Hendrix by rev. Ira Dunn. Burial was in the Arnett cemetery under the direction of Gary Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-16-1950
BOYD, Earl
1906-1950
Earl Boyd, 43, miner, died at his home at White House about 8:00 p.m., Monday March 13, 1950 after an illness of three years. The son of the late Joseph and Cardielia Garland Boyd, he was born in Hemphill, W. Va., March 21, 1906, but had been a resident of the White House community for the past twenty-five years. He was married at White House June 21, 1926, to Una Williamson, who survives him. Besides his wife he is survived by six children; three daughters, Mrs. Loretta Walden, White House, and Shelia Marie and Nancy Ageline Boyd both at home; three sons, Kenneth Earl, Bily Gene, and Bobby Joe Boyd all at home.  A brother and sister also survive, Jess Boyd, Ieager, W. Va., Mrs. Edna Black, Arjay Ky. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 15. Burial was in the VanHoose cemetery under the direction of the Perston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-16-1950
CASSELL, James M.
1967-1950
James M. Cassell, 83, familiarly known as "Uncle Jim" by his friends, died at his home in Inez at 7:00 p.m., March 21, after an illness of one month. The son of Joshua and Renda Cassell he was born in Inez March 27, 1867, and was a lifelong resident of that community.  A prominent farmer of that section he was a member of the United Baptist Church and the I.O.O.F. and Masonic lodges. He is survived by his wife, Mary Smith Cassell and six children; five daughters, Eunice Fannin, Majestic; Renda Stumbo, Printer, Ellen Bianco, Williamson, W.Va., Virginia Slone, McDowell, Mae Blankenship, Inez; one son Joshua, Majestic.  He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the United Baptist Church in Inez Thursday, March 23, at 1:00 p.m.  Burial was in the Cassell cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Calliham Funeral Home. Thursday March 30, 1950 Paintsville Herald
COLLINS, John W.Bowen
1950
John W. (Bowen) Collins, retired farmer of the Williamsport area, died March 2, 1950, at the home of a son Elias (Bowen) Collins at Delbarten, W. Va., where he has made his home for some time. Death came suddenly to Mr. Collins in his 82nd year. Surviving are five sons, Jeff of Kermit, W. Va., Allen, of Chattaroy, W. Va., Elias, of Delbarton, W. Va., Walker and Jimmie of Emmit, W. Va., one daughter, Mary Jane (Bowen) Collins of Cincinnati, Ohio and eleven grand children and fifteen great grandchildren. He was a member of the United Baptist Church at Wiliamsport where the Revs. Winfry Meek, Leonard Walters, and Tom Sammons conducted funeral services on Sunday, March 5. Burial followed in the Pack Cemetery with the Ball Funeral Home of Williamson, W. Va., in charge. Paintsville Herald Thursday  3-16-1950
COLVIN, Samuel
1950
SHORT ILLNESS TAKES SAMUEL COLVIN, 72
Samuel Colvin, 72, was found dead in bed at his home at East Point Wednesday morning (1950) about 7:00 o'clock. He had been ill a few hours prior to his death. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 10, (1950) at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ at East Point by Rev. S.C. Honeycutt. He had been a resident of Johnson County most of his life and was a highly respected citizen and had many friends throughout this area. He followed the occupation of farming. In early manhood he was married to Lou Kestner who survives him. He also leaves three sons, Woodrow Colvin, Dunham, Ky., Gilbert Colvin, Weeksbury, Ky., Leonard Colvin, East Point, and two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Shay, Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Dixie Oney, Weeksbury, Ky., one son, Samuel, Jr., was killed in a mine accident several years ago. Burial will be made in the Hager Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 9, 1950
CONLEY, Ballard
1866-1950
84-YEAR-OLD FARMER WAS ILL TWO WEEKS
Ballard Conley, 84, retired farmer and widely known citizen of this county died Saturday, March 4, (1950) at 4:00 p.m. at his home at Riceville after an illness of several months. He was born in Johnson County on April 1, 1866, the son of David and Nancy Conley and had been a resident of the Riceville section throughout his entire life. Surviving are his wife, Dove Lemaster Conley, five daughters, Mrs. Edd Sparks, Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Moody Bayes, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Lacy Patrick, Ivyton, Mrs. Tom Lemaster and Mrs. Trimble Lemaster, both of Riceville; four sons, Paris Conley and Tom Conley, both of Riceville and Harrison Conley and Frank Conley, both of Ashland. Also surviving are two sisters, Miss Ida Conley, and Miss Etta Conley of Oil Springs. Funeral services were held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church at Riceville by Rev. Scott Castle and Rev. Charley Lemaster. Song services were by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the Price Cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 3-9-1950
CONLEY, George
1950
George Conley, 75, prominent farmer of Oil Springs, and brother of Frank Conley of this city, died at his home about 8:10 p.m., Monday, March 20, (1950) after an illness of only one day. A respected memberof the community in which he spent his entire life, he was born in this county the son of John and Cynthia Conley. He was married fifty-one years ago to Merkie Gullett, who survives him. Besides his wife he is survived by six children: five daughters, Mrs. Golda Preston, Salyersville, Mrs. Lillie Miller, Prestonsburg, Mrs. Nollie Howard, Bradley, Mrs. Linnie Thomas, Norwood, Ohio, Mrs. Esta Lykins, West Liberty; one son, Bruce, Wakefield, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22 (1950) by the Revs. Scott Castle and Charlie Lemaster. Burial was in the Conley cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 23, 1950
CONLEY, Levi
1950
FATHER OF LOCAL WOMAN DIES IN GROVE CITY, O.
Mr. Levi Conley, 82, father of Mrs. Manuel Fitzpatrick of this city, died at his home in Grove City, Ohio, Sunday, March 5, 1950 after being ill with influenza one week. A native of Magoffin County, Mr. Conley had lived in London, Ohio prior to his death. He was a member of the United Baptist Church and had been a farmer during his lifetime. Born the son of William and Rebekah Caudill Conley, he is survived by his wife, Rhoda Gullett Conley, five sons, Boyd, Grove City, O., Challie, Harrisburg, O., Wallace, Galloway, O., Frank, Elanor, N. J., and Charley of Galloway Ohio. He is also survived by three other daughters, Mrs. D. L. Crace, Mt. Sterling, O., Miss Nola Conley, Columbus, O., and Mrs. A. L. Cochran, Galloway, O. Burial was made Wednesday, March 8, in the Tackett Cemetery near Salyersville, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Funeral services were presented by the Revs. Ham Jenkins and Dona Conley. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-9-1950
DALE, Mahala (Preston)
1869-1950
Mahala Dale, 81, died at 9:00 p. m., Sunday, March 12, 1950, at the home of her grandson, Raymond Dale. She was born January 25, 1869, the daughter of Gilbert and Celia Ward Preston. A resident of Sitka, Ky., she was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Grace Daniel, Thealka, Ky., a sister, Mrs. Sarah Collins, Thealka, a half-sister and a half-brother, Mrs. Julia Daniel, Ripley, Ohio, and Elijah Preston, River, Ky.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Funeral serviced were conducted at 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, March 15, 1950, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Thealka, Ky., by Revs. Don Fraley and Charles Bailey. Interment was in the Preston Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-16-1950
DAWSON, Frank
1950
Mr. and Mrs. F. Dawson Among Oldest Citizens  Death came this week less than 24 hours apart, to one of Johnson County’s oldest couples, Mr. Frank Dawson, 85, and Mrs. Dawson, 80, of White House.  Mrs. Dawson died at 2:30 p. m., Tuesday, March 21, 1950 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jess VanHoose at White House, where she had resided for the past two years.  Her husband died Wednesday afternoon, March 22, 1950 but details concerning his death or funeral arrangements have not been completed today. They had been married 61 years, the ceremony being performed in Paintsville March 19, 1889. She was born May 19, 1870, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Nelson, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are three sons, and five daughters, Albert Dawson and W. T. Dawson, both of Thelma, Charlie Dawson, Delmar, O., Mrs. Dora Branham, Emma, Ky., Mrs. VanHoose, Mrs. Susie Jones, Springfield, Ohio.  One brother, J. Wesley Nelson of West Van Lear also survives. Funeral services for Mrs. Dawson will be held Friday, March 24, 1950 at 2:00 p.m., at the Van Hoose residence at White House by Rev. L. Walters and Rev. Cullie Sparks. Interment will be made in the VanHoose Cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-23-1950                DEATH CERT.
DAWSON, Mary S. (Nelson)
1870-1950
Mr. and Mrs. F. Dawson Among Oldest Citizens  Death came this week less than 24 hours apart, to one of Johnson County’s oldest couples, Mr. Frank Dawson, 85, and Mrs. Dawson, 80, of White House.  Mrs. Dawson died at 2:30 p. m., Tuesday, March 21, 1950 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jess VanHoose at White House, where she had resided for the past two years.  Her husband died Wednesday afternoon, March 22, 1950 but details concerning his death or funeral arrangements have not been completed today. They had been married 61 years, the ceremony being performed in Paintsville March 19, 1889. She was born May 19, 1870, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Nelson, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are three sons, and five daughters, Albert Dawson and W. T. Dawson, both of Thelma, Charlie Dawson, Delmar, O., Mrs. Dora Branham, Emma, Ky., Mrs. VanHoose, Mrs. Susie Jones, Springfield, Ohio.  One brother, J. Wesley Nelson of West Van Lear also survives. Funeral services for Mrs. Dawson will be held Friday, March 24, 1950 at 2:00 p.m., at the Van Hoose residence at White House by Rev. L. Walters and Rev. Cullie Sparks. Interment will be made in the VanHoose Cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-23-1950                 DEATH CERT.
EAGER, Mrs. Price (Flannery)
1875-1950
WAS MOTHER OF LOCAL  RESIDENT, MRS. JOHN JETT
Mrs. Price Eager, 74, mother of Mrs. John Jett of this city, died in a local hospital at 6:30 a. m., Thursday, March 23, 1950. Death resulted from injuries received in a fall at her daughter's home on Fourth Street March 12.  The daughter of  Silas and Deborah Simpson Flannery, she was born at Beattyville, KY., April 16, 1875. She was the widow of Price Eager, who preceeded her in death January 12, 1945. She had made her home with her daughter here for the past five years and was well known throughout the city where her warm friendliness and gracious manner endeared her to all who knew her. A memeber of the Christian Church she lived a consecrated Christian life dedicated to those principles in which she believed. Survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Robert Jameson, Irvine; three grandchildren, Thomas Price Jameson, Cincinnati, O., Patsy and Judy Jett of this city; one great grandson, Stephen Earl Jameson, Madison, Ohio. Brief funeral services were held at the Jones Funeral Home at 10:00 a. m., Friday by Rev. J. T. Harmon after which the funeral party left for Beattyville where services were conducted at 2:00 p. m., at the Christian Church. Burial was in the Riverview cemetery at Beattyville, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-30-1950
FRALEY, Alphonso
1873-1950
Dies At Auxier Saturday, March 25 Alphonso Fraley, 76, retired miner, died at his home at Auxier Saturday, March 25, 1950 following an illness of fifteen months. The son of Samuel and Polly Vaughan Fraley he was born in Floyd County July 23, 1873, and was a respected and well-known citizen of Auxier where he had resided all of his life.  He was the last member of a family of twelve children. He is survived by his wife, Rova Austin Fraley, and five children:  three daughters, Mrs. Lula Rice, Waverly, Ohio, Mrs. Nora Davis, Hardy, Mrs. Pansy Virse, Prestonsburg; two sons, Logan Fraley, Auxier, Blaine Fraley, Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p. m. Monday, March 27, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Auxier by Revs. W. B. Horn and Dewey Fraley.  Burial was in the new government cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-30-1950
FRALEY, John
1881-1950
John Fraley, 68, died at his home at Van Lear at 1:50 p. m. Sunday, March 12, 1950 after an illness of ten years.  Death occurred following a stroke. Born in Lawrence County July 6, 1881, the son of the late Aris and Linenell Fitch Fraley, he had resided at Van Lear for the past thirty years where he worked as a miner before his retirement.  He was married to Laura Fraley Feb. 24, 1908, who survives him.  A member of the Freewill Baptist, he was affiliated with the church at Richardson, Ky. Surviving besides his wife are the following children: Mrs. Minnie Dollarhide, Van Lear, Mrs. May Daniels, Lowmansville, Mrs. Beatrice Burcher, Van Lear, Mrs. Christine DeVore, Wabash, Ind., Miss Maud Fraley, Van Lear, Rufus and John Edwin Fraley both of Van Lear. Surviving also is one sister, Mrs. Mary Maynard, Staffordsville. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a. m., Tuesday, March 14, at the Freewill Baptist Church in Staffordsville with Rev. Don Fraley officiating.  Burial was in the Dixon cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-16-1950
HANNAH, Enoch
1950
Retired Farmer Was Freewill Baptist Enoch Hannah, 78, died Monday, March 6, 1950 at his home in Riceville after an illness of two weeks. A resident of this county all of his life, he had been a farmer but retired several years ago. Born the son of Eben and Nancy, Fairchild Hannah in 1871, he is survived by two sons, Wayne Hannah, South Solon, O., and Raymond Hannah, Riceville, and five daughters, Mrs. Malta Conley, Mrs. Josephine Brown, Miss Ida Hannah, all of Riceville, and Mrs. Zue Rice, South Solon, O., and Mrs. Goldie Copley, Dunlow, W. Va. Funeral services, presided over by Rev. Scott Castle, were held at the home Wednesday, March 8. Burial under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home was in the family cemetery at Riceville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-9-1950
HANNAH, Miranda E. (Arms)
Passes March 16, At Green Rock Home Mrs. Miranda E. Hannah, 75, died at her home at Greens Rock at 12:30 p.m., March 16, 1950, following an illness of three weeks. A life-long resident of Johnson County she was the daughter of Wallace and Mary Blair Arms. She was preceded in death by her husband, Enoch Hannah, just ten days before. Survivors include seven children:  Five daughters, Mrs. Malta Conley, Riceville, Mrs. Zue Rice, South Solon, Ohio, Mrs. Goldie Copley, Dunlow, W. Va., Mrs. Josephine Brown, Riceville, Miss Ida Hannah at home;  two sons, Wayne, South Solon, Ohio, and Raymond, Riceville.  A sister, Mrs. Rachel Blair, Whitaker, and a brother, Jess Arms, Riceville, also survive. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 1:30 p. m., Saturday, March 18, by Revs. Scott Castle and Charles Lemaster.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-23-1950

HORN, William
1878-1950
DIES ON CALF CREEK
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday for William Horn, 71, who died  March 28, 1950,  at his home on Calf Creek in Martin County after an illness of two years. He was born October 3, 1878, the son of Mike and Vashtie Horn and had been a resident of Martin County all his life.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Susie Horn, two sons and four daughters, Earsel, Oak, Mrs. Virgie Hinkle, Mrs. Maude Dalton, Mrs. Stella Dalton and Mrs. Goldie Miller all of Calf Creek, one brother and five sisters, Garfield Horn, Calf Creek, Mrs. Pearl Jarrel Calf Creek; Mrs. Lizzie Parsley, Big Elk, Ky., Mrs. Vada Dempsey, Mrs. Ada Kirk and Mrs. Lucy Kirk, all of Delbarton, W.Va. Funeral services will be held at the residence by Rev. Ballard Copley. Burial will be made in the Hinkle Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Hearld Thursday March 30, 1950
JEFFORDS, William R.
1950
W. R. JEFFORDS, 73 SUCCUMBS MARCH 30 IN VET HOSPITAL
William R. Jeffords, 73, died at 2:00 a. m., Thursday, March 30, 1950 in the Veteran's Hospital in Huntington, after an illness of several months. He was a retired oil well driller, and had made his home at Kerz, Ky., for the past 2 years. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p. m., Saturday, April 1, at the United Baptist Church at Kerz by Rev. Edward Salyer. Interment was in Old Hood Cemetary under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APRIL 6 1950
JONES, Coxswain Patrick
1927-1950
GRANDSON OF LOCAL MAN DIES IN NAVAL SERVICE
Patrick Jones Jr., aged 22, son of Mrs. Dixie Muncy of Wabash, Indiana and grandson of Clint Meek of Boones Camp, died March 3, 1950 from head injuries received from a fall. At the time of the accident, he was aboard the U. S. S. Hamul, a destroyer tender en route to Northern Ireland from Plymouth, England. The body will arrive, at St. Albans Hospital, New York City on or about March 23, 1950 and will be sent to the Preston Funeral Home here. Burial will be at Boones Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home and the Johnson County Post 117 of the American Legion. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 16, 1950
NATIVE OF COUNTY Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a. m., Saturday, April 1, 1950 at the Freewill Baptist Church at Boons Camp for Coxswain Patrick Jones, 22, who died March 2, 1950 of a concussion received in an accidental fall while serving at sea on the U. S. S. Hamul. The U. S. S. Hamul is a destroyer escort stationed at Plymouth, England. He was born in Pike County, September 14, 1927, the son of Mrs. Dixie Muncy of Wabash, Indiana, formerly of Boons Camp. He attended Meade Memorial in this county and later attended school in Warsaw, Indiana. He has been overseas since June 1949 and was serving his second 4-year tour. Besides his mother he is survived by his maternal grandfather, Clint Meed, and his maternal great grandfather, Aaron Meek, both of Boons Camp. The body will remain at the Preston Funeral Home until time for the services which will be conducted by the Revs. Don Fraley and Charles Bailey. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post No. 117. Burial will be in the Meek cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 30, 1950
KITCHEN, Hulda (Sexton)
1870-1950
RITES SUNDAY  FOR MOTHER OF REV. KITCHEN
Mrs. Hulda Sexton Kitchen, 79, wife of William Henry Kitchen, died at her home Friday, March 24, 1950 about 6:30 a. m., after an illness of a few days.  She was the nother of Rev. Moses Kitchen, well-known preacher of this section and pastor of the Church of God at East Point. A resident of East Point for the past forty-four years, she was born at Music, Ky., in Carter County September 25, 1870 the daughter of Hascal and Ann Biggs Sexton. Survivors also include besides her husband, two other sons, Isaac, Madison, W. Va., and Jacob, Bob White, W. Va., three daughters, Mrs. Golda Marshall Denton, Mrs. Hattie Leek, East Point, Mrs. Hallie Smith, Portsmouth, Va. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 26, at 11:00 a. m., at the Church of God on Little Paint with the Rev. H. F. Griffith officiating. The Song Service was conducted by the Little Paint Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetary at East Point under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MARCH 30 1950
LEMASTER, Minerva (Hitchcock)
1872-1950
Mrs. Minerva Lemaster, 78, died at 1:00 a. m., March 13, 1950, at the home of her son, Plennie Lemaster at Barnetts Creek.  She had been ill for the past three weeks. A native of Johnson County and a life-long resident of Barnetts Creek section, she was born February 3, 1872, the daughter of Nim and Mary Bayes Hitchcock. She was affiliated with the Holiness Church.  Her husband, Manford Lemaster, preceded her in death January 19, 1949. Survivors include four children; two daughters, Mrs. Samantha Crislip and Mrs. Nellie Murray both of Kerz; two sons, Roy Lemaster, Oil Springs, and Plennie Lemaster with whom she made her home.  Surviving also is one brother, Caleb Hitchcock, Volga. Funeral services were conducted by the Revs. Harry Slyer and Bruce Daniel at 1:00 p. m., Tuesday at the Holiness Church on Joes Creek under the direction of Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-16-1950
LYONS, Arthur
1900-1950
ARTHUR LYONS, 49 DIES MARCH 25
Arthur Lyons, 49, died at 5:30 a. m., Saturday, March 25, 1950 in a local hospital, of cerebral hemorrhage. A lifelong resident of Lowmansville, Ky., where he was born May 15, 1900, he was the son of George and Julia Castle Lyons. His occupation was that of miner for the Northeast Coal Co., at Thealka. He was affiliated with the Georges Creek United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Alice Daniel Lyons, two daughters, Mrs. Richard Murray and Mrs. Floyd Castle, both of Lowmansville, two sons, Homer, and James A. both at home, three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Rennie Borders, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Andy Van Hoose, Miss Nora Lyons and Walter Lyons, all of Lowmansville, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a. m., Tuesday, March 28, 1950 at the United Baptist Church, Georges Creek, by Elders Leonard Walters and Foster Grim. Burial was in the Brown cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 30, 1950
MOORE, Elizabeth (Maynard)
1950
97-YEAR-OLD WOMAN PASSES AT PILGRIM, KY
Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, 97, died at her home at Pilgrim, Ky., about 1:00 a.m., March 15, 1950 after an illness of one month. Born in Pike County, the daughter of Jordon and Vina Maynard, she had been a resident of McClure for the past eighty years. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her husband, Samuel Moore, preceded her in death in 1910. Surviving are five children: two daughters, Mrs. Alice McClure, Ashland, Mrs. Bessie Hardin, Gallup; three sons, Wallace Moore, Mile, Hobart, McClure, and Jordon, Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the home Friday at 10:00 a.m. Burial was in the Moore Cemetery at McClure under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD MAR. 23 1950
MOORE, Martha (Meadows)
1860-1950
Martha Moore, 95 died at 2:00p.m., Saturday, March 11, after an illness of eight weeks.  Mrs. Moore, a lifelong resident of Nippa, Ky., was born on June, 12, 1860, the daughter of Elisha and Susan Meadows. Her husband, William Moore, preceded her in death many years ago. She is survived by one daughter and two sons, Mrs. Bud Ward, Ervin Ward and Elisha Ward. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Felice Castle, Staffordsville . Funeral services were held Sunday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m., at the Freewill Baptist Church by Revs. Millard VanHoose and Claude Preston. Burial was in the Stone Branch Cemetery under the direction of Guy’s Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-16-1950
MORRELL, James M. Sr.
1950
HUSBAND OF LOCAL WOMAN DIES IN LEXINGTON
James M. Morrell, Sr., 79, of Floyd County, died at the Hall Convalescent Home in Lexington March 22 following an illness of several years.  He was the husband of Mrs. Mattie Rice Morrell, formerly of East Point. He was widely known in this section, having spent about 40 years in the hardware business at Prestonsburg, where he formed and owned the Morrell Supply Company.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge and the Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mattie Rice Morrell, two sons, James M. Morrell, Jr., of Lexington, and W. F. Morrell, of Prestonsburg; one brother, W. F. Morrell, Hickory, N. C.; and one sister, Mrs. Charles E. Friend, Prestonsburg. Funeral services were conducted in the chapel of the Arnold Funeral Home at Prestonsburg March 23.  Burial was in the Porter Cemetery at Prestonsburg. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MARCH 30, 1950
PHELPS, James Larry
1950-1950
Graveside rites were conducted at 3:00p.m. Thursday, March 9, 1950 for James Larry and Paul Gary, twin sons of William Lon and Verlia Mae Ratliff Phelps of Inez, who died nine days after birth in a local hospital. They are survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Billy Jeane, Charles Douglas, Danny and Ronny Lee, all at home. Surviving also are their paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon C. Phelps, Meally, and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walker Ratliff also of Meally. Services were conducted by Rev. Holly Crisp and burial was in the Phelps cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 3-16-1950
PHELPS, Paul Gary
1950-1950
Graveside rites were conducted at 3:00p.m. Thursday, March 9, 1950 for James Larry and Paul Gary, twin sons of William Lon and Verlia Mae Ratliff Phelps of Inez, who died nine days after birth in a local hospital. They are survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Billy Jeane, Charles Douglas, Danny and Ronny Lee, all at home. Surviving also are their paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon C. Phelps, Meally, and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walker Ratliff also of Meally. Services were conducted by Rev. Holly Crisp and burial was in the Phelps cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 3-16-1950
PUCKETT, Cleve
1950
Rites were conducted Thursday at 2:00 p.m., at the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church for Cleve Puckett, 55, who died in the Veterans' Hospital in Lexington about 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 13, 1950. A resident of Paintsville for many years prior to his death, he was born in Magoffin County the son of William and Evelyn Arnett Puckett.  A former miner he was affiliated with the UMWA and was also a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Nora Castle Puckett, one daughter, Mrs. Oneita McKenzie, Wharton, W. Va., and one son, James Howard Puckett. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Kate Bailey, Thealka, Charles Puckett, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Georgeann Castle, Thealka, Kanawha and William Puckett, Lexington, and Luther Puckett of this city. Services were conducted by Revs. Don Fraley and Charles Baily and burial was in the Thealka cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-16-1950
REED, Ida (Williams)
1873-1950
Services were held Sunday, March 5, at 11:00 A.M. for Mrs. Ida Reed, 77, aunt of Mrs. P. B. Hall and Mrs. Carl Fraim of this city, who died Thursday, March 2, 1950 at her home at Oil Springs after a few days' illness. She was the wife of George Reed to whom she was married 58 years ago and who survives. The daughter of the late Sam P. and Sarah Reed Williams, she was born in Johnson County where she spent her entire life, rearing to adulthood five daughters and one son. She was born March 3, 1873 and was a member of the United Baptist Church. The following children survive: Mrs. James Davis, Dema, Ky., Mrs. Ollie Philips, Pickerington, Ohio, Mrs. Earl Williams, Mrs. Lettie Picklesimer and Mrs. Gus Conley, all of Oil Spring; Elbert Reed, Oil Springs, also the following brothers and sisters. Fred Williams, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Prudence Huffman, Pikeville, Mrs. Manda Trimble, and Winnie Williams, Paintsville, Winifred Williams, Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Hammie Williams, and 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Oscar McCarty. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs by the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 9 1950
REYNOLDS, Rachel (Rowland)
1884-1950
RACHEL R. REYNOLDS DIES AT HOME AT BARNETTS CREEK
Rachel Rowland Reynolds, 56, died at her home at Barnetts Creek, at 1:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, after an illness of several months. She was born in Morgan County on January 27, 1884, the daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Estep Rowland. She had lived at Barnetts Creek for the past 21 years, where she was a housewife and a member of the United Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Eugene Reynolds, and daughters, Ruby Reynolds, Mrs. Betty Lemaster, both of Barnetts Creek. Also surviving are three brothers, Morgan Rowland, Fugate, Ky., Willie Rowland, Flat Gap, Ky., and Johnnie Rowland, Volga, Ky., four sisters, Mrs. Loman Cantrell, Mrs. Harry Frazier, Misses Mary and Martha Rowland, all of Fuget. Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. at the home by the Revs. Lonza Reed and Ferman Blair. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAR. 23 1950
ROWLAND, Willis
1950
Funeral services were held on Friday at 11:00 am., for Willis Rowland, 15 year old son of Williams and Velessie Curtis Rowland of Fuget, who died Wednesday of pneumonia following a week's illness. Service will be conducted by Revs. Lonza Reed, Charley Estep, and Shade Estep at the home of his grandfather, R. M. Curtis, near Flat Gap. Besides his parents he is survived by a 13 year old brother Richard. Burial will be in the family cemetery near his grandfathers home under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday March 16, 1950
SALYER, Seville (McKenzie)
1877-1950
Seville McKenzie Salyer, 72 died of pneumonia on Tuesday, March 28, 1950 at 10:45 p. m., at her home in Fuget, after a two weeks' illness. Mrs. Salyer, a life long resident of Fuget, Ky., was born October 13, 1877, the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Jaynes McKenzie.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Sanford Salyer, who passed away 10 years ago. Surviving are two sons, Millard and Stanley, both of Fuget.  Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Estill Hall, Staffordsville, Ky., and four brothers, Will Ed McKenzie, Fuget, Floyd McKenzie, Hobert McKenzie, and Albert McKenzie, all of Flat Gap. Funeral services were held today at 1:00 p. m. at the home of a son, Stanley Salyer.  Interment was in the family cmetary under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MARCH 30 1950
STEVENSON, Rebecca Isabel (Slone)
1881-1950
Rebecca Isabel Stevenson, 69, died at 11:00 p. m. Tuesday, March 11, at her home in Inez, Ky. A life-long resident of Inez, she was born March 1, 1881, the daugher of James and Irene Cain Slone.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, David B. Preece, who passed away March 10, 1943.  She was later married to John Stevenshon, who survives her. Also surviving are three daughters and four sons, Mrs. Myrtle Stepp and Mrs. Gladys Blankenship, both of Inez, Mrs. Madge Whited, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Emmons, Golden and Howard, all of Inez and James Harvey, Beauty, Ky.  A fifth son, Phillip died in 1918 at the age of 3 years. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the home by Revs. Aubrey Stepp and Earl Fraley. Burial was in the Johnson Cemetery near Inez under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 20, 1950
WALTERS, Nancy H. (Daniels)
1950
Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:00 P.M. at River for Mrs. Nancy H. Daniels Walters, 79, aunt of Mrs. Iuka Thompson of this city, who died March 10, 1950, at her home in Ashland. The daughter of the late Merinda and Waytt Daniel, Mrs. Walters was born at River where she spent her early life.   She has many friends and relatives in this locality. Surviving are her husband, Lafayette, one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Walden, River, four sons, Ralph, Guss and Dean, all of Ashland and Cullie of Tucson, Arizona. Services were held at the United Baptist Church at River by Rev. Alonza Wright of Ashland and Rev. Cullie Sparks of Paintsville. Burial was made in the family cemetery there under the direction of the Miller Funeral Home of Ashland. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 16, 1950
WARD, Exer
1866-1950
Exer Ward, 83, died at her home at Offutt at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, 1950 after an illness of one year. Born in the county September 25, 1866, the daughter of Fred and Martha Jayne Lemaster, she was a beloved and respected of the community in which she had resided all of her life. Her husband, Stephen Ward, preceded her in death ten years ago. She was a member of the Unithed Baptist Church at River. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. George Ward, River, Fred Ward, Offutt, Dan, Fredricksburg, Va., S. R., Jesse, and Hugh of Ashland, and Mrs. Leonard Crawford, Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the home Friday at 10:00 a.m., by Revs. Roscoe Lemaster and Guy W. Preston. Burial was in the Offutt Cemetery under the direction of the Guy W. Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 23, 1950
WHEELER, Della (Adams)
1880-1950
Della Wheeler,70 Services Saturday For Prominent Woman Mrs. Della Wheeler, 70, wife of Monroe Wheeler, passed away Wednesday, March 22, about 4:30 p. m., at her home on Main Street after a short illness. She had been in ill health for several years, but her condition became critical Sunday night when she suffered a heart attack from which she never recovered. A devout Christian, a good neighbor, and one of Paintsville's most beloved and respected women, her passing is a great loss to her family and friends. She was a member of the Rock House United Baptist Church where she became a member in 1902. Born at Cyrus in Magoffin County March 7, 1880, she came to Paintsville after her marriage on May 23, 1901. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Adams. Besides her husband she is survived by one son and three daughters, John E. Wheeler, Mrs. T. C. Meade, Mrs. B. H. Cox, all of Paintsville, and Mrs. Andrew Dixon of Pikeville. Two children William and Henry Buel, preceded her in death in their infancy. She also leaves 11 grandchildren, Douglas Dixon, James D. Cox, Thomas N. Cox, John E. Wheeler Jr., Lenora and Katherine Wheeler, Neva M. Williams, G. C. Meade, Robert E. Meade, and Anna Catherine Meade, and three brothers, R. P. Adams, South Webster, Ohio; J. D. Adams, and Clay Adams, both of Flat Fork, Ky. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday at the United Baptist Church by Rev. F. F. Rigsby and Rev. J. C. Sparks. Burial will be made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 23, 1950
WHEELER, Edwin Hallard
1911-1950
HEART ATTACK FATAL  TO SCHOOL TEACHER
Edwin Hallard Wheeler, 38, died suddenly at this home on Scott Avenue in Pikeville at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, March 16 1950.  Death was attributed to a heart attack. He was a nephew of Judge John W. Wheeler and M. O. Wheeler of this city. One of three children, Hallard was the youngest son of Mrs. Gypsy Wheeler of Pikeville and the late Dr. J. C. Wheeler. He was born in Lawrence County November 20, 1911, and received his early education in the grade school at Cannel City.  His family moved to this city and he attended the high school here from which he was graduated in 1929.  Following completion of his high school work he entered Pikeville Junior College, finishing there in 1931.  He later enrolled at Georgetown College in Georgetown and received his degree in 1934. Hallard gained prominence in sports while in high school, and he continued his pursuit of athletics while in college. Keenly interested in the development of good clean sports, he was athletic coach at Betsy Layne and Belfry during the ten years he taught in the counties of Floyd and Pike. Possessed of a pleasing personality, genial and likable, his personal popularity was proved by the many manifestations of regard received from his friends and former students. A veteran of World War II he was with the Medical Corps for three and one-half years and served overseas in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.  He also participated in the invasion at Anzio Beach. Survivors include beside his mother, his wife, Ruth; one brother, W. G. Wheeler, attorney; one sister, Mrs. Marvin Ratliff, all of Pikeville. Funeral services were conducted at the First Methodist church in Pikeville at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, by Dr. T. B. Ashley assisted by the pastor, Rev. John W. Worthington.  Burial was in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 3-23-1950
WHITAKER, Jeff
1886-1950
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p. m., Sunday, March 26, at the home in Whitaker, KY., by Revs. Leonard Walters and Jimmy Yates, for Jeff Whitaker, 63, who died at 2:00 a. m. Friday, March 24 1950, after a brief illness. He was born at East Point, Ky, October 22, 1886, one of a family of nineteen, the son of James and Rebecca Puckett Whitaker. He had lived most of his life in Whitaker, KY., were he was affiliated with the united Baptist Church. He is survived by seven sisters, Miss Clara Whitaker, Mrs. Nora Blair, both of Whitaker; Mrs. Ollie Johnson, Hartley; Mrs. Cora Kindle, Saginaw, Mich.; Mrs. Myrtle Sloan, Bonanza; Mrs. W. T. Robinson, Ashland; and six brothers, R. B. Whitaker, Bonanza; T. J. Whitaker, Sunbury, Ohio; M. C. Whitaker, Chehalis, Wash.; F. E. and Tan Whitaker, both of West Van Lear; and G. C. Whitaker, Whitaker. Interment was in the Whitaker cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 3-30-1950
WILLIAMS, Amanda
1950
Amanda Williams, 90-year-old and lifelong resident of Kenwood, died at her home Tuesday, March , 7 1950, after an illness of several years. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 8, 1950, at the home, with the Revs. Harry and Bruce Daniels presiding. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Born the daugther of Lewis and Margaret Salyer Williams, she is survived only by one brother, Leslie Williams and one sister, Miss Fanny Williams both of Kenwood. Burial was in the family  cemetery under the direcctions of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 16, 1950.



APRIL - 1950
   
AZBILL, S. V. Dr.
1888-1950
Dies In Hospital Sunday, April 30 Dr. S. V. Azbill, 62-year-old Red Bush dentist, died Sunday, April 30, 1950 at a local hospital after several months' illness. Born in McKee, Ky., Jackson County, July 22, 1888, he was the son of J. M. and Katherine Becknel Azbill.  He moved from there to Red bush where he had lived for the past twenty-five years.  He had been married twenty-two years to Esta Stapleton and was a life-long member of the Christian Church. He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the American Legion and attended Berea College. He is survived by his wife and two brothers, Dr. E. W. Azbill, Hatch, New Mexico, Dr. A. J. Azbill, Las Vegas, Nev., and one sister, Mrs. Alson Issiac, Reno, Nev. Funeral services were at 10:00 a. m., Wednesday, May 3 at the home with Rev. Dewey Brown officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-27-1950
BLANTON, Nellie (Osborne)
1950
Mrs. Nellie Blanton, 37, died at her home at Kenwood on April 13, 1950, after an illness of four years. She was the daughter of Willie and Mousie Osborne and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the following children, Pattie Frank, Johnnie, Clara, Rilda, Laura and Larry. Her husband, Oliver Blanton, died two years ago. Funeral services were held Friday, April 14, at the residence by Rev. Kendrick Blanyton,. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Kenwood by Guy’s Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald April 20, 1950
BLANTON, Walter
1926-1950
Killed In Car Wreck Funeral services were conducted Wednesday for Walter Blanton, 23, of Pal, Ohio, who was killed instantly in a car wreck on Highway 161 near Mechanicsburg, Ohio, about 6:00 p. m., Sunday, April 23, 1950.  Services were held at the State Road Fork United Baptist Church by Rev. Cullie Sparks. The son of Edd and Mary Salyer Blanton, he was born in this county July 26, 1926.  He had resided in Pal, Ohio, for the past several years where he was employed by the Farmers Exchange. Survivors include the following brothers and sisters: Hayes and Jessie Clinton Blanton, Falcon, Mrs. Clara Blair and Mrs. Esta Conley, Oil Springs, Mrs. Sarah Shepherd, Portsmouth, O., and Mrs. Pearlie McKellip Springfield, Ohio. Burial was in the Bill Rice cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-27-1950
CASTLE, Edith (Castle)
Mrs. Edith Castle, 35, died in a local hospital at 10:30 a. m., Sunday, April 23, 1950, after a four months illness.  Death was attributed to cancer. A resident of Tutor Key, she was born in this county, the daughter of Sam B. and Neva Harmon Castle.  She was affiliated with the United Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Fonnie Castle, and seven children; Billie Albert, Verlin Cecil, Alfred, Ernest James, Sarah Virginia, and Neva Mae all at home.  She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters; Ernest Castle, U. S. Army, Curtis Castle, City, Sam B. Castle, Jr., Thelka, Mrs. Ruth Allene Campbell, Prestonsburg, Mrs. Norma Jean Haney, City, and Mrs. Della Mae Estep, Thelka. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a. m., Tuesday, April 25, at the United Baptist Church at Concord by Revs. Cullie Sparks and Florida Lyons.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Concord under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday April 27, 1950
CRUMP, John Lester
1950
Bright's Disease Claims Davella Boy John Lester Crump, 19, died at 5:00 a. m., April 21, 1950 at his home at Davella, Ky., of Bright's Disease. He was born August 17, 1931, at Point Pleasant, W. Va., the son of Clarence and Goldie Stulter Crump.  He had been a resident of Davella for three years, where he was employed as a sawmill operator.  He was affiliated with the Christian Church. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters and one brother, Joe Ann, Patricia and Clarence Ray, all at home. Funeral services were held Monday, April 24, at 2:00 p. m., at the Nazarene Church by Rev. C. H. Short.  Burial was in the Saltwell Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home of Inez, Ky. Paintsville Herald  Thursday  April 27, 1950
DANIEL, Jeff
1882-1950
Jeff Daniel, 67, retired miner, died at his home at Nippa at 1:45 a.m., Monday April 3, 1950 after an illness of four months. The son of George and Elizabeth Helton Daniel he was born in Johnson County May 7, 1882, and had resided in the community of Nippa all of his life.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Vina Belcher Daniel, and six children; five daughters, Mrs. Syble Daniel and Miss Anna Ruth Daniel both of Nippa, Mrs. Okie Daniel and Mrs. Edith Lyons both of Lomansville and Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Browning, Chenoe; and one son, Jeff Daniel, Jr. Nippa. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Lon and Lilroy both of Tutor Key, John, City Joe, West Virginia, and Mrs. Frank Preston, Tutor Key. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., April 5 at the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa by Revs. Millard Van Hoose and Claude Preston. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 4-6-1950
DANIELS, Laura
1950
Laura Daniels, 64, Dies At River Laura Daniels, 64, died April 17 1950 at her home at River.  She was the daughter of Grant and Missouri Daniels. Surviving are three sisters and two brothers, Rosie Van Hoose, Columbus, Ohio, Sarah Brown, Lowmansville, Beulah Castle, Fort Gay, W. Va., James, Frankfort, Illinois, and Hobert of Wheelwright. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the residence by Rev. John Castle.  Interment was made in the Daniels Cemetery under the direction of Guy's Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 20, 1950
DAVIS, Francis Marion
1873-1950
Francis Marion Davis, 77, died Sunday, April 30, at his home following a heart attack, Rites were held at 10 a. m. Wed., May 3, at the Davis Branch Church. Officiating ministers were Revs. Marlen and Arthur Preece. Born March 22, 1873, at Debord, KY., he was a farmer there all his life. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Roxy Ann, two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Cline, Debord, and Mrs. Cary Mullet, Boones camp, three sons, Brady, and Albert, Debord, and Charles of Stone, KY. One sister, Mrs. Lou Nester, North Kenova, O., also survives. Services were under the direction of the Richmond- Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-4-1950
EALEY, Winfeld Scott
1868-1950
Buried Here Monday,  Dies in Philadelphia Funeral services were held at 2:00 Monday afternoon at the First Methodist Church in this city for Winfeld Scott Ealey, 81, who died at his home in Philadelphia, Penn., Thursday, April 27, 1950, of complications following an illness of several years. His early youth was spent at Barnetts Creek where he was born May 3, 1868, the son of the late Mr. And Mrs. William Ealey.  He later attended a Teachers' College in Lebanon, Ohio, and following completion of his course returned here where he taught in the City School and in various schools throughout the county.  Widely known in this area where he soon gained prominence as an outstanding teacher, he had many friends in this section where his influence as an educator contributed much to the intellectual development of the young people of the town and county.  Much of his later life was spent in the East, and he and his family had resided in Philadelphia for the past several years.  He became a member of the Methodist Church thirty-three years ago and his life of Christian service was an impressive example of devotion to the principles of Christianity. Survivors include his wife, Callie Clay Ealey; one son, Virgil; one granddaughter, Mrs. Glen Williams; one great grandson, glen Williams, Jr., all of Philadelphia.  Surviving also are three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Ann Trimble and Mrs. Cynthia Sturgill both of Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Lottie Rice, Ashland; two brothers, George Ealey, Barnetts Creek, Frank Ealey, Miamisburg, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. T. B. Ashley of Pikeville assisted by Rev. C. W. Krebs.  Burial was in the Mayo cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 5-4-1950
HANEY, William Floyd
1888-1950
William Floyd Haney, 62, died unexpectedly of a heart condition at his home on Wood Street at 1:30 a. m., April 19, 1950. The son of Thomas and Emma Turner Haney, he was born in Magoffin County March 1, 1888. He was well known and liked in this city where he had lived for the past forty years, and his death came as a shock to his many friends here. He engaged in general work around town and for many years had been employed as a janitor at the Mayo Memorial Church. Survivors include his wife, Rhoda Alice Spradlin Haney, and six children; three daughters, Miss Anna Mae Haney and Mrs. Nellie Fay Johnson both of this city, Mrs. Josephine Spriggs, Boons Camp; three sons, Chester Lee, Estill, Elmer Lewis, all of this city. Surviving also are the following brothers, John Boyd, this city, and Fred, Riley, Dorcie, and Leroy all  of McGuffeey, Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p. m., Friday, April 21, at the Mayo Memorial Church with the pastor, Rev. J. T. Harmon officiating. Burial will be in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 20, 1950
HARMON, Adam
1855-1950
Adam Harmon, 95 years of age, a widely known citizen of this section, passed away at 10:25 P. M. Friday, April 21, 1950 at his home on Johns Creek after a five-day illness.  He was a descendant of the Harmon family whose members were among the early explorers in Johnson County where they helped to establish the first settlement in Eastern Kentucky, known at that time as Harmon Station. Mr. Harmon was born February 5, 1855 on Little Paint Creek near East Point, the son of William and Mary Jane George Harmon.  He was a member of the Church of Christ.  An employee of the North East Coal Company on Johns Creek for many years, he later followed farming as an occupation.  His wife, Rebecca Witten Harmon, died on December 8, 1937. Surviving are four sons and two daughters, John, Layland, W. Va., Pitt, Dimmitt, Texas, Luther, Langley and Frank of Wayland, Mrs. Clara May, Prestonsburg and Miss Anna Harmon, at home.  He is survived by 22 grand children, 26 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Philadelphia Church of Christ on Johns Creek by the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Interment was made in the family cemetery by the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-27-1950
HARRIS, Lydia (Green)
1872-1950
Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a. m., Tuesday, April 18, for Mrs. Lydia Harris, 78, who died at her home at Chandlerville at 1:00 p. m., April 16, 1950 following a stroke. She was born at Chandlerville March 9, 1872, the daughter of the late John and Minnie Sparks Green.  A lifelong resident of this community, she was affiliated with the United Baptist Church at Franks Creek.  She was married in Paintsville in 1930 to Dave Harris who preceded her in death August 1941. She is survived by four step-daughters, Mrs. Worthy Curtis, West Jefferson, Ohio, Mrs. Bascom Lemasters, Winifred, Mrs. Proctor Slone, Kerz, Mrs. Grover Music, Meally; two stepsons, Jim Harris, Paton, Iowa, and Milt Harris, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.  A Brother, Martin Green of Chandlerville, also survives her. Services were conducted at the schoolhouse at Chandlerville by Elders Lonza Reed, Culley Sparks, and Leonard Walters.  Burial was in the Green Cemetery at Chandlerville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday 4-20-1950
LYDIA (GREEN-BROWN) HARRIS
obituary (information in brackets are my notes) MRS. LYDIA HARRIS BURIED APRIL 18, 1950 IN GREEN CEMETERY Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a. m., Tuesday, April 18, for Mrs.Lydia Harris, 78, who died at her home at Chandlerville at 1:00 p. m., April 16, 1950 following a stroke. She was born at Chandlerville March 9, 1872, the daughter of the late John and Minnie Sparks Green. A lifelong resident of this community, she was affiliated with the United Baptist Church at Franks Creek. She was married in Paintsville in 1930 to Dave (David George Washington Harris) who preceded her in death August 1941(August 20, 1942).   She is survived by four step-daughters, Mrs. Worthy Curtis (Mary K Harris) of  West Jefferson, Ohio, Mrs. Bascom Lemasters (Virgie Florence Harris) of Winifred, Mrs. Proctor Slone (Laura Emma Harris) of Kerz, Mrs. Grover Music (Nancy Oma Harris) of Meally; two stepsons, Jim Harris (James Herbert Harris) of Paton, Iowa, and Milt Harris (Brigham Milton "Milt" Harris) of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. A Brother, Martin Green of Chandlerville, also survives her.  Services were conducted at the schoolhouse at Chandlerville by Elders Lonza Reed, Culley Sparks, and Leonard Walters. Burial was in the Green Cemetery at Chandlerville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald   Thursday April 20, 1950 Notes from the records of Delphiane Grim Detrick: LYDIA GREEN-BROWN-HARRIS was the 3rd wife of David George Washington Harris.   They were married in 1930 in Paintsville, Johnson Co., Ky.   David G. W.  Harris was born 20 June 1857 Tazewell Co., Va died 20 Aug 1942 Winifred,  Johnson Co., Ky. buried in the Wheeler Cemetery, Franks Creek, Johnson Co.,  Ky., son of Elijah Harris and Mary Jane Bishop.  Lydia Green was previously married to a Mr. Brown before she married  David  G. W. Harris in 1930. 
HORN, Dixie (Hammons)
1950
SUCCUMBS APRIL 4
Mrs. Dixie H. Horn, 44, wife of Samuel Horn, died at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday at her home at the mouth of Turkey Creek in Martin County after an illness of one year. She was the daughter of Frank and Emaline Hammons and was born in Lawrence County, but had been a resident of Martin County for the past 25 years.  She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving besides her husband are four sons, and one daughter, Burgess, Oliver, Wallace, and Riley, all of Inez, and Emma Jean Horn, at home, also three sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Lida Copley of West Virginia, Mrs. Grace Marcum, Webb, W.Va., Mrs. Cinda Perry, Inez., Ransom Hammons, Calf Creek, William Hammons, Clifford, KY., and Frank Hammons of Detroit, Mich. Funeral services were held at the resident at 2:30 p.m., April 5, by Rev. P. Williams. Burial was made in the Horn Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 6, 1950
JOHNSON, David
1866-1950
David Johnson, 83, a prominent and respected citizen of East Point, died at his home at 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, 1950 following an illness of two months. Born in Jackson County, Missouri, December 14, 1866, the son of Sampson J. and Martha Litteral Johnson, he was widely known throughout this section where most of his life was spent.  He formerly engaged in farming and was a member of the United Baptist Church.  He was married sixty years ago to Martha Baldridge, who survives him. Surviving also are five children: four daughters, Mrs. Vina May, Hager HGill, Mrs. Exer Lilly, East Point, Mrs. Drucie Castle, Thealka, Mrs. Lora Wells, Lancer, one son William H. Johnson, Pemberton, W. Va. Surviving also are two half-brothers Stonewall Johnson, Dayton, Ohio, Robert E.L. Johnson, Hager Hill: one half-sister, Mrs. Ella Salyer, Hager Hill, and one step brother, Melvin Hall, City. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 16, at the home by Revs. J.D. Music and Paris Music. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APRIL 20, 1950
LEMASTER, William R.
1950
W. R. LEMASTER, 79
DIES AT MANILA
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
William R. Lemaster, 79, died suddenly at his home at Manila Saturday, April 8, 1950 about 6:10 a.m. A son of William and Rhoda Mahan Lemaster, he was born in Johnson County and spent his entire life in the Manila community where he engaged in farming before his retirement.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Sallie Colvin Lemaster. Funeral services were conducted at the United Baptist Church at Fish Trap at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 9, by Revs. Oscar McCarty and Foster Riggsby. Burial was in the Colvin cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-13-1950
MUNCY, Samuel
1950
Dies At Tomahawk Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25, for Samuel Muncy, 49, at Tomahawk, Ky. who died on Monday, April 24, 1950 at his home. He was born at McClure, Ky., the son of John B. and Victoria Moore Muncy. Surviving are his wife, Ida Muncy, and several children. Interment was in the Preece Cemetery at Tomahawk, Ky., under the direction of the Richmond- Callaham Funeral Home of Inez, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY APRIL 27, 1950
MURPHY, Nora (Helton)
1950
Mrs. Nora Murphy, 45, died at a local hospital on Friday, April 7, 1950 at 3:30 a. m. She was born in Morgan County, the daughter of Choisa and Rachel Williams Helton.  She had lived at Van Lear for forty years and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church there.  She is survived by her husband, Ernest P. Murphy. Also surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Lorraine Hudson, Salem, Ill., Mrs. Ernestine Fox. Johnsontown, Ohio, Mrs. Bridget Nickell, and Mrs. Elizabeth Nickell, both of Lebanon, Ohio, Miss Patsy and Miss Madonna Murphy, both at home; five sons, Marion F., James H., Leon, Roger and Michael, all of Van Lear, and two brothers, Dakota Helton, Huntington, W. Va., and William Helton, Inez, Ky. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 9, at 2:00 p. m., at the Freewill Baptist Church at Van Lear, by Revs. Don Fraley and John Marshall. Burial was in the Van Lear Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY April 13, 1950
PELPHREY, Mae (Mahan)
1950
Funeral services will be held today at 2:00 p.m at the Freewill Baptist Church for Mrs. Mae Pelphrey, 61, who passed away Monday night April 10, 1950, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ethel Mills of Paintsville.  She had been very seriously ill for the past three weeks. Burial will be in the Mayo Cemetery with the Revs. Walter Hooper and Don Fraley officiating. Mrs. Pelphrey was preceded in death by her parents, the late Henry and Susan Turner Mahan. A resident of Paintsville practically all of her life, Mrs. Pelphrey is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mills, and four sons, Mr. Arthur Pelphrey, Mr. Oscar Pelphrey, Mrs. Redmond Pelphrey, and Mr. Frank Pelphrey all of Paintsville, one sister Mrs. Anna Ward, Paitnsville, one half-sister, Mrs. Ida Salyer, both of Paintsville, and three half-brothers, Mr. Carl Stafford, Mr. Proctor Stafford, both of Paintsville and Mr. William Stafford, Lucasville, KY. Interment is under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 13, 1950
PORTER, John
1888-1950
DIES AT ODDS
WAS ILL SIX YEARS
John Porter, 61, died at his home in Odds, Kentucky at 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 3, 1950 after an illness of six years. He was born in Floyd County, May 31, 1888, the son of the late John and Matilda Sester Porter. A retired miner, he had lived at Odds, Ky. for the past 22 years, and was a member of the Church of Christ there.  He was affilated with the Masons. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rosa Porter and a step-son, Elmer Austin of Boons Camp, Ky. Also surviving are one sister and four brothers, Mrs. Dave Collins, Ashland; Noah Porter, Auxier, Ky.; George Dewey Porter, Theodore Porter and Howard Porter, all of Deahue, W.Va. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Church of Christ at Odds by Revs. J.H. Short and W.L. Webb. Burial was in the Odds Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 4-6-1950
PRESTON, J. B.
1860-1950
Elder J. B. Preston, 89, prominent resident of Tutor Key died in a local hospital at 4:05 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 1950 after a two week's illness. Born in Johnson County September 13, 1860, the son of the late Greenville and Exer Ward Preston, he was a recognized leader in his community where he engaged in the merchandising business before his retirement and also served as postmaster.  A devout Christian he became a member of the United Baptist Church January 23, 1887, and had served as a minister for the past sixty years.  He was married July 14, 188l, to Amanda VanHoose, who preceded him in death July 27, 1940.  He later married Sally Daniel Preston who survives him. Surviving besides his widow are five children; one daughter, Mrs. Albert Mills, Akron, Ohio, four sons Clell, Seco, John, Bert, and Guff all of Tutor Key.  A brother, I. M. Preston, Ashland, also survives. He also leaves 16 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and one great, great, grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 23, at the Toms Creek Church at Tutor Key by Revs. Cullie Sparks and Robert Castle.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-27-1950
PRICE, Mildred (Fairchild)
1923-1950
Dies At Mother's Home Mrs. Mildred Price, 26, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Wm. Wallen, on April 7, 1950, after a 6 months illness of rheumatic heart disease. She was born in Paintsville, August 14, 1923, the daughter of Ethel Williams Fairchild and the later Joseph Fairchild.  Her residence at the time of her death was Meally, Ky., where she was a member of the Christian Church. Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Cecil E. Price and one son, Ronnie Gregory Price.  Also surviving are one sister and two brothers, Miss Betty Jo Fairchild, at home, Byrnes C. Fairchild, Paintsville and William Estill Fairchild, San Francisco, Calf. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Christian Church, city, by Rev. H. L. Burnside and Rev. S. C. Honeycutt.  Burial was in the Van Hoose Cemetery at Nippa, Ky., under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-13-1950
SALYER, Jackie Alexander
1950
13-YEAR-OLD BOY IS TETANUS VICTIM
Jackie Alexander Salyer, 13, died Saturday, April 29, 1950 at 4:15 A. M., in a local hospital with tetanus after a two-day illness. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Salyers of Flat Gap, who survive. Other survivers are three brothers, Walter Allen, Harold Morris and Denver Lee, all at home. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 10:00 A. M. at Bethel Church at Flat Gap by Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Charlie Estep. Interment was made in the family cemetary at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 4 1950
SALYERS, Effie (Mayo)
1884-1950
Dies In Estill Sunday, April 30 Effie Mayo Salyers, 65, died Sunday, April 30, 1950 at her home in Estill, Ky., after an extended illness. She is a former resident of Van Lear, but has lived in both Wayland and Estill for the past six years. Born July 1, 1884, in West Van Lear, the daughter of James A. and Lorinda Davis Spradlin, she was to become the wife of Frank Salyers. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Mills, Wayland, one stepson, Ralph Salyer, one sister, Mrs. Hattie Webb, Prestonsburg, and two half sisters, Mrs. Pattie Barber of West Van Lear, and Mrs. Frankie Auxier, of Madison, Ind. Funeral services were at 2:00 P. M., Tuesday, May 2, at the Barber Home, the Rev. Isaac Stratton, of Banner, Ky., presiding. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday 5-4-1950
VANHOOSE, Paris
1881-1950
Paris VanHoose, 68, a native of Johnson County died in the Methodist Hospital at Pikeville at 9:50 a. m., April 1, 1950 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was born April 16, 1881, the son of Lee and Mandy Stapleton VanHoose.  He went to Hellier twenty-five years ago and had resided there ever since.  He was an active member of the Freewill Baptist Church and was a highly respected citizen and a good neighbor. He is survived by two sisters, Cora Sammons, Lancer, Susan Yates, Little Paint, and one brother, Sam VanHoose, Lowmansville. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Henry Davis at 2:00 p. m., Monday, April 3, by Rev. Hobert Spriggs.  Burial was in the Spriggs cemetery at Allegheny, Ky., under the direction of the Baker Funeral Home of Pikeville. Paintsville Herald  Thursday  April 6, 1950
WALTERS, Robert "Bobby"
1950
Uncle Bobby Walters Dies At Williamsport. Mr. Robert " Uncle Bobby" Walters died at he age of 82 at the home of his sister, Mrs. Jeff Davis at Williamsport, at 7:45 p.m. Thursday April 6, 1950, after an illness of about three weeks.  Death came as a result of a leg fracture " Uncle Bobby" received in a fall March 16, 1950. Born the son of the late John M. and Sarah Litteral Walters, he was never married during his long life.  His occupation was that of a farmer. In additon to his sister, Mrs. Davis, with whom he resided, he is survived by another sister Mrs. Van Graham who lives at Cherokee, Ky. Burial services were Sunday April 9, 1950, at the Old Friendship United Baptist Church at Williamsport under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Presiding at the funeral were Elders Leonard Walters, Flem Arrowood, Glenn Arrowwood, Lafe Preston, and Sam Preston, he was buried in the family cemetery at Offutt. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 13, 1950
WELLS, Mrs Charles D. (Sowards)
1950
Mrs. Charles D. Wells Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. for Mrs. Charles D. Wells, who died Tuesday in a Huntington hospital of acute gastritis. She was buried in the Ridgelawn Cemetery immediately following services in the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Huntington. She was born in Cabell County, a daughter of the late Dr. Henry G. Sowards and Katherine Spencer Sowards now of Huntington. She lived with her family in Paintsville the greater portion of her life. The late Dr. Sowards was a president of Jno. C. C. Mayo College and a former pastor of Mayo Memorial Methodist Church. For her early education, Mrs. Wells attended Margaret Hall School in Versailles, Ky., but returned to her home here and was graduated from Mayo College. She later attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She was a member of Mayo Methodist Church. Survivors include the husband now living in Paintsville, partner of the Wells, Williams Insurance Agency, the mother, who lives at 1755 Fifth Avenue, Huntington; two brothers, E. Chatham Sowards and John B. Sowards of Huntington, and a neice, Deborah Sowards, Charleston. The Rev. Charles S. Perry of Louisa and the Rev. D. L. Snyder, pastor, officiated at the services. Burial was under the direction of the Kincaid Mortuary, Huntington. Paintsville Herald Thursday April 27, 1950
WHITE, Flora (Robinson)
1950
Mrs. Flora White, 78, of Ashland, former resident of Paintsville, died Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in a Lexington hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. White was born in Paintsville, a daughter of the late Jack and Rhoda Branham Robinson. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were held in Ashland with the Rev. Donald Wells, pastor of the Pollard Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Surviving are three sons, Gaylord and Marion White, Ashland and Frank White, Cleveland, Ohio, a brother, Willie Robinson, Paintsville, a half-sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Runyon, Rock Camp, Ohio, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-13-1950
WILCOX, Thomas
1857-1950
93-Year-Old Man Passes At Nippa Thomas Wilcox, passed away at his home at Volga April 24, 1950, only one day after he had passed his ninety-third birthday.  He had been ill for about four years. Mr. Wilcox was born April 23, 1857, in Wayne County, W.Va., the son of Jack and Angeline Lemaster Wilcox.  He had been a resident of Volga for the past 25 years whre he followed farming as an occupation.  He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving is his wife, Cynthia Lemaster Wilcox, to whom he was married in 1933. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. at the Tackett Cemetery by Rev G. W. Preston. Paintsville Herald Thursday  April 27, 1950
WILEY, Shirley Mae (Moore)
1950
Shirley Mae Wiley, 29, died at her home in Lowmansville, at 9:15 P.M. Friday, April 28, 1950 after an illness of five weeks. Born the daughter of Noah and Loveta McCombs Moore in Lawrence County, she lived practically all of her life in Johnson County.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Virgil Wiley to whom she was married in October 1944, one daughter Eva Mae, two brothers, William G. Moore, Gallup, Ky., Harm Moore, Richardson, Ky., two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Watts, Huntington, W.Va.and Mrs. Mandy Hardman, Gallup, Ky. Funeral services under the direction of the Rev. Millard Van Hoose were held at the Lick Log Freewill Baptist Church at 1:p.m. May 1, 1950.  Burial was in the Sugar Plum Cemetery in Lawrence County by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  May 4, 1950
YOUNG, Lillian (Ward)
1918-1950
Lillian Ward Young, 32, died at her home at Debord, Ky., at 5:00 a. m., Monday, April 24, 1950 after an illness of three years. A resident of Debord for 15 years, she was a member of the United Baptist Church there.  Born December 15, 1918, she was the daughter of Steve and Margaret Honeycutt Ward. She is survived by her husband, Bernard Young, a daughter, Elaine, and a son, Monroe.  Also surviving are four sisters Mrs. Ocie Butch, Debord; Mrs. Alka Mae Shears, Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Rena Davis, Stone, Ky., Miss Pearl Ward, Debord; and five brothers, Douglas and Delbert Ward, Debord, Ky., John Ward, Van Lear, Kermit Ward U. S. Army, and Steve Ward, Jr., Debord. Funeral services were held at the home of her parents, in Debord by the Rev. Martin Preece. Interment was in the Ward Cemetery under the direction of the Richard-Callaham Funeral Home of Inez, Ky. Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-27-1950 



MAY - 1950

CASTLE, Amos A.
1950
AMOS A. CASTLE, 67, died at his home at Lowmansvville at 6:30 a.m. Sunday May 7,1950 of a heart condition, following a year's illness. The son of Amos A. and Loucinda Castle he was born in this county and was a lifelong resident of Lowmansville. He was affillated with the Freewill Baptist Church and was a well-known farmer of the community. He was married at Nippa in 1906 to Bertha Scarberry, who survives him. Surviving besides his wife are seven children; five daughters, Merle Sadler, Monie Preston, Envie Chandler, Zelma Singer, Edna Hampton; two sons, Mitchel, Amos Jr. Surviving also are a sister, Sarah Castle, and a brother, Willie Castle. Burial was at Sycamore Tuesday, May 9 with the Revs.Don Fraley and Claud Preston officiating. Burial was in the Sycamore Cemetery under the direction of the G.W. Preston Funeral Home. (Note: This is also known as the "Clark Castle Cemetery")
CRUM, Cheryl Larine
1950
18-Months-Old Infant Dies In Local Hospital Cheryl Laraine Crum, 18-month-old daughter of Haskel and Edith Hager Crum, Beauty, Ky., died Saturday, May 6, 1950, after an illness of seven days. She was born, and lived her short life at Beauty, Ky. Besides her parents, she is survived by two sisters and one brother, Linda Gale, Jacqueline Carroll and Darrell Edward, all at home.  Also surviving is her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Crum, Beauty, Ky., and her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hager, Kermit, W. Va. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 8, 1950 at 2:00 p. m. at the home of her grandparents at Kermit, by Rev. Cliffird Booth. Burial was in the Warfield cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-11-1950
GREEN, Rev. Arthur
1950
Dies In Ashland Of Heart Attack Funeral services were held today at 2:30 p.m., at the 39th Street Baptist Church in Ashland, Ky., for Rev. Arthur Green, 62, former resident of this city, who died at the Kink's daughters' Hospital in Ashland Tuesday about 7:00 p.m.  Death was attributed to a stroke which followed a heart attack suffered Saturday. A native of Johnson County he was well known and respected throughout this section where he served for many years as a United Baptist preacher.  He also had many friends in this city where for a number of years he was a popular photographer and owned and operated Green's Studio.  He had been making his home in Ashland for the past several years. Surviving are his wife, Samantha Gibbs Green; three daughters, Mrs. Watham Fairchild, Ashland, Mrs. Elden Ball, Huntington, Mrs. Lloyd Ross, Huntington, one son, Arthur, Jr., Ashland.  Also surviving are six grandchildren. Burial was in the 29th Street cemetery in Ashland. PAINTSVILLE HERALD May 11, 1950
GRIMM, Madge Jeane
1909-1950
Miss. Madge Grimm Dies Wed., May 17 After Long Illness Madge Jeane Grimm, 41, died Wednesday May 17, 1950 at 4:45 a.m., at her home, after an illness of several months. She was born in, Johnson County on December 24, 1909, the daughter of Georgeann Williams Grimm and the late J. L. Grimm. She had been a resident of Paintsville for two years.  Her church affiliation was with the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa, Ky. She was at one time a civil service employee in Washington D.C. Besides her mother, she is survived by six brothers and two sisters, Zelphia Grimm, city, and Mrs. Bessie Picklesimer, Middletown, Ohio; Glenroe, Indianapolis, Ind., Milt, Nippa, Ky., Bennie, city, Ed, Switzer, W. Va., Thurmon, Lexington, Ky., Walter, Tutor Key. Funeral services will be held at the Freewill Baptist Church at the Mouth of Rush on Friday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m., by Revs. Claude Preston, F. S. VanHoose and Abe Music. Hymns will be sung by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-18-1950
Madge Grimm was born at Nippa, Ky., December 24, 1909, died Wednesday morning, May 17, 1950, at 5:00 a.m. being 40 years, 4 months, and 23 days old. Early in life she was converted and became a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at the Mouth of Rush and remained a member of this church ever since. Her living motto has been encouched in the following words: "Only one life, 'twill soon be passed, Only what's done for Christ will Last, To me 'to live' is Christ." Madge had been in failing health for the past five years, patiently enduring her affliction, only awaiting for the time Christ would call her home. She was the daughter of Mrs. Georgeann Grimm and the late J. L. Grimm. Survivors include besides her mother, two sisters, Zelphia Grimm, Paintsville, Mrs. Estill Picklesimer, Middletown, Ohio and six brothers B. H. Grimm, Nippa, Milt, Nippa, Walter, Tutor Key, Thurman, Veterans' Hospital, Lexington, Edgar, Maco, W. Va., Glenroe, Indianapolis, Ind., one brother- in-law, Estill Picklesimer, Middletown, O., and a host of relatives and friends. Madge will be missed by all
HAGER, Josephine Arminta (Elkins)
1867-1950
Mrs. Josephine Arminta Hager, 83, died at her home at East Point at 2:45 a.m., Thursday, May 11, 1950 after an illness of several months. She was born in Floyd County April 1, 1867, the daughter of the late Charles and Lona Stratton Elkins. A beloved resident of this community where she spent her entire life, her death was a shock to her many friends. Her husband, Calvin Hager, preceded her in death eighteen years ago. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are six children; one daughter, Mrs. Oma, Elizabeth Badgett, Rush; five sons, Malcolm, Chauncey, Harry and Charles of East Point, John, Prestonsburg. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Greer, East Point. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 13, by Rev. Moses Kitchen. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-18-1950
HOLBROOK, John R.
1870-1950
79-Year-Old Farmer Found Dead In Bed John R. Holbrook, 79, a member of a prominent family of this county, was found dead in bed at his home at Red Bush on Tuesday of this week. The son of the late Whig and Minnie Phillips Holbrook, he had been a resident of the Red Bush vicinity his entire life where he followed farming as an occupation. He was born on October 20, 1870, and was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. He was married to Cynthia Brown who survives him. He leaves four daughters and three sons, Mrs. Pearlie Fyffe, Staffordsville, Mrs Lula Hamilton, Buena Vista, Ohio, Mrs Susan Fie, Canton, Ohio, Mrs. Elsie Conley, Red Bush, Charlie Holbrook, Relief, Roy Holbrook, Nippa, and Edd Holbrook, Red Bush, also two brothers, George Holbrook of this city and Harry Holbrook of Thelma. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 25, at 1:30 p. m. at the family residence at Red Bush. Burial was made in the family cemetery there under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 25, 1950
JONES, Vernie (Estep)
1904-1950
Dies at Staffordsville Mrs. Vernie Jones, 45, wife of Lewis Jones of Staffordsville, dies at her home about 12:27 am, Wednesday, May 31, 1950 of complications resulting from an illness of several months. She was born in Johnson County July 3, 1904, the daughter of Samuel H. and Rose Salyers Estep. A member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ, she was a well-known and beloved member of the community where she resided all her life. Besides her husband she is survivd by one son, Everett Russell.  Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Malta Osborn, Kazet, Neb., Mrs Luda Murray, Kerz,  Mrs. Alka Arms, city,  Mrs. Sadie Young, Columbus, Ohio, Jakley Estep, Kerz, and Essley and Lundy Estep both of this city. Funeral services will be conducted at the home of her father-in-law, A.R. Jones, at Kerz, at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 3, by the Revs. Harry Salyer, Willard Wilcox, and Arthur Ramey. Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  6-1-1950
OBITUARY Vernie (Estep) Jones, daughter of Samuel H. and Rosa (Salyer) Estep was born in Johnson County, Kentucky on July 3, 1903, departed this life May 31, 1950, at the age of 46 years and 11 months. Early in life she was united in marriage to Lewis Jones, son of A. R. and Sarah (Blevins) Jones. To this union was born one child, a son, Everett Russell, who survives her. At the early age of 13, Sister Jones was saved. She became a member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ and lived a devoted Christian live which served as a shining example to all with whom she came in contact. As Sister Jones made the crossing of the river of Death it was evident that she did not fear as whe was made able to praise the Lord and rejoice in the hope of eternal life. Surviving her are the following relatives, her mother, Mrs. Rosa Estep, Paintsville; five sisters and three brothers. They are Mrs. Maita Osborn, Kazet, Neb., Mrs. Luda Murray, Kerz, Mrs. Alda Arms, Paintsville, Mrs. Sadie Young, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Raymond Broughk, Paintsville, Oakley Estep, Kerz, Essley and Lundy Estep, both of Paintsville, also one grandson, Gary Russell Jones, whom she had reared from infancy and loved as her own. To her family and friends, "weep not as others who have no hope," but rejoice in the hope of meeting her again in a better world where joy, peace, and happiness shall be the Saint's reward. The Paintsville Herald  June 8, 1950 
LACKEY, Maltie Clara
1950-1950
RITES SAID TODAY FOR LACKEY CHILD
Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p. m., Thursday, May 11, 1950 for Maltie Clara Lackey, 2- month-old daughter  of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lackey of Boons Camp, who died in a local hospital at 8:45 a. m., Tuesday, May 9. Services were conducted at the home by Rev. Don Fraley and burial was in the Penix Cemetary under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 11 1950
LONG, Ella (Hurt)
1950
DIES IN LEXINGTON
Mrs. Ella Hurt Long, 84, member of a prominent Eastern Kentucky family, died Tuesday afternoon, May 9, 1950 in a Lexington hospital, following an illness of a few weeks. A native of Pike County she was the daughter of Robert and Esther M. Leslie Hurt.  She was affiliated with the Mayo Methodist Church, and was a teacher for many years before her marriage.  She and her husband, Calvin T. Long, resided in Oregon for some time, where he preceded her in death. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Minnie Preston of Winchester.  Also surviving is a niece, Miss Lucille Rice, and a nephew, Mr. G. H. Rice of this city. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., today at the home of Mr. G. H. Rice with Rev. J. T. Harmon and Rev. C. W. Krebs officiating. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-11-1950
MILLER, Sarah E. (Dollarhide)
1860-1950
White House Woman Buried in Martin Co. Sarah E. Miller, 90, died Monday at 9:00 A. M., at her home at White House after a week's illness. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Dollarhide, she was born in 1860 in Norton, Virginia. She had been a resident of White House for the past 30 years.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are one son and two daughters, Frank (Timer) Miller of Inez, Coroner of Martin county, Mrs. Genevie Meek of White House, Miss Arvie S. Miller of Huntington, W. Va.,, five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  Her husband, John Miller, died in 1900. Funeral services were held at the residence at 10 A. M., Wednesday, May 3, by Elder Fred Rowland and Elder Dock Rowland. Interment was made in the Williams Cemetery in Martin County under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 4, 1950
MONTGOMERY, Mary E. (Montgomery)
1950
Mary E. Montgomery, 72, died at a local hospital at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 19, 1950 after an illness of five days. She was a lifelong resident of Magoffin County, having been born at Logville, Ky., the daughter of the late William and Rebecca Howard Montgomery. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, William C. Montgomery, two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Charlie Burns, Jeffersonville, Ky., Mrs. Ora Jenkins, Logville, Raney Montgomery, Jeffersonville, Ky., and Ernest Montgomery, Logville. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Clarena Howard of Greenup County, Ky. Funeral services were held at the residence at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20. Burial was in the Montgomery cemetery in Magoffin County under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 25 1950
PICKLESIMER, Elbert Franklin
1922-1950
RITES TUESDAY FOR ELBERT F. PICKLESIMER
Elbert Franklin Picklesimer, 28, a veteran of five years of Army service, was killed instantly in an automobile accident Saturday night as he was returning home from his work to his home at Pickerington, Ohio. The accident occured near Pickerington when he lost control of the car and overturned three times.  He died shortly afterwards of a broken neck. The son of Mrs. Lettie Picklesimer and the late Elzie Picklesimer of Oil Springs, he was a member of a prominent family of this county. He was a survivor of three years overseas duty during World War II, serving in Italy, Africa, and Iceland. He was born May 5, 1922, and had spent most of his life in the Oil Springs vicinity. On January 6, 1947 he was married to Irene Holbrook who survives him. Other survivors, besides his mother, are two sisters and one brother, Miss Nadene Picklesimer, Oil Springs, Mrs. Oneida McKenzie, Johnstown, Ky., and Glen Picklesimer, Washington Court House, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the home of his mother at Oil Springs by Rev. Oscar McCarty and Rev. Lonza Reed. Burial was made in the Pickle Fork Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 6-1-1950
RICE, Rebecca (Leake)
1877-1950
MRS. REBECCA RICE BURIED TUESDAY AT EAST POINT
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 23, for Mrs. Rebecca Leake Rice, 72, who died at 4:00 a. m., Monday, May 22, at the home of a son, Raleigh Rice at East Point, Ky., after an illness of 6 weeks Rev. Moses Kitchen conducted the service in Little Paint Church of God, and hymns were sung by the Little Paint Quartet. She was born Dec. 13, 1877, in Floyd County, Ky., on Little Paint, and had lived there all her life.  She was affiliated with the Church of God. Her husband, Sam Rice, preceded her in death in 1924. Surviving are a daughter and five sons, Mrs. Alka Blair, Flatwoods, Ky., Challie, Russell, Ky., Raleigh and Judd, both of East Point and Grady and Herschell, both of Raceland, Ky. Also surviving are four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Nora Spradlin, Denver, Mrs. Susie Yates, Athens, Texas, Mrs. Lottie Stambaugh, Mrs. Fannie Daniel, John Leake and Sheldon Leake, all of East Point. Burial was in the Music cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 5-25-1950
SLONE, Elva J.
1898-1950
Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M. , Thursday, May 18, at the Bweles Chapel Freewill Baptist Church for Elva Slone, 54, who died in the Grant Hospital in  Columbus, Ohio May 16 1950. Death occurred following a stroke. Born in this county April 24, 1898 , He was the son of Daniel and Laura Castle Slone, He had resided in Columbus, Ohio for the past six years where he worked as a Hotel employee. He was married to Lula Hall, who preceded him in death Dec. 9 , 1944. He later married Goldie Castle, who survives Him. He was affiliated with the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include besides his widow four children, one daughter, Mrs. Ivel Irene Hughes, Warsaw, Indiana, three sons Leroy and Grover Slone, Thealica Norman Hansel, Columbus, Ohio A bother M.H. Slone, Ulysses, and a sister Mrs. Alice Scarberry, Ashland also survives. Services were conducted by Revs. William Mooreof Louisa and Bryd webb. Burial was in the family cemetery at Georges Creek under the direction of the Jones funeral home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 25 1950
STAFFORD, Georgeann
1950
(PARTIAL OBITUARY)
married to Jesse Stafford, prominent businessman of this vicinity, who preceded her in death on May 9, 1935. To this union ten children were born, six of who survive. Mrs. Stafford was born when the California gold rush was just beginning, and she had lived under 18 presidents. She was one of the few Johnson county citizens who witnessed the replacement of clipper ships by steamships, covered wagons by railway trains, and the birth and growth of industrialization with its attending events in our nation. With a an alert mind that she possessed until the last few months before her death, she could look backward over a century of progress and war and peace. A devout Christian, "Aunt Ann" died as she had lived in peaceful and steadfast Christian faith. Before her health failed, she attended the First Christian Church of which she was a member, and she kept the practice of having hymns sung by the family each Sunday evening followed by prayer. Her Bible was her constant companion. She was physically active until well past 90 but she gradually grew weaker until she was forced to take her bed about two years ago. Surviving are three sons and three daughters. Harry G. Stafford, city, Ralph Stafford, Staffordsville, Jesse Stafford, Grayson, Ky., Mrs. Rose Spradlin, Staffordsville, Mrs. Mollie Littman and Mrs. Beatrice Griggsby, both of this city. Collista and Lou preceded her in death while in infancy and Flora Stafford Swetnam and Clara Stafford Stapleton died since 1935. Also surviving are about 115 grandchildren and great grandchildren and a great number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 6, at 1:00 P.M., at the First Christian Church with Rev. Harold Burnside officiating. Burial will be in the Stafford Cemetery at Staffordsville. The body will remain at the Jones Funeral Home until time of the funeral. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY MAY 5 1950
STAPLETON, Ben F.
1869-1950
In regard to the death of a Former Paintsvillian, Ben Franklin Stapleton, the Herald is herewith reprinting excerpts from a lengthy account of his passing which appeared in the May 23 edition of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, Denver, Colo. Ben F. Stapleton, five times mayor of Denver, died at 5:45 p. m. yesterday (May 22) of a heart attack at his home. He was 80 when death came just two days after the third anniversary of his defeat for a sixth term as executive head of the city. Mr. Stapleton, who had been in apparent good health recently, arose yesterday and followed his usual daily routine of visiting friends downtown and attending to his business interests. He attended a luncheon meeting with a friend, Joseph Rankin, a Los Angeles business man, and then visited with him later in the office of brown Cannon, longtime business associate and friend. Mr. Stapleton returned to his home at 430 Williams Street at 4:30 p. m. and complained of feeling ill and went to bed in his room on the second floor of his home. A little more than an hour later he died with only his wife at his bedside. His son, Ben F. Stapleton, Jr., Denver attorney, said last night that his father had been "feeling fine." "Dad had been planning to spend the weekend at the Broadmoor with his daughter and son-in-law," Mrs. Stapleton, Jr. said. Mr. Stapleton was confined to St. Joseph's Hospital last year with a high blood pressure condition. Mr. Stapleton presided over a major portion of the city's growth during his 20 years as mayor. during the span covered by his career as mayor--from 1923 to 1947, with a four-year lapse-- Denver progressed into a modern city now approaching a half million inhabitants. many of the civic improvements now accepted as commonplace were bitter controversies during the early Stapleton administration. It was for these projects, such as the municipal airport which now carries his name, that Mr. Stapleton fought, usually quietly but with dogged determination that usually brought success and won him the name, "Ben the builder." More than half his life was spent in public service. He served first as a police magistrate, then as postmaster and mayor, later as state auditor, and then as mayor again. The mayor--almost everyone applied that title to him in victory or defeat, in office or out--was not a spectacular figure, although he was for many years one of the key leaders of the Democratic party in Colorado. He was not a great speaker, nor did he pretend to be. His life and his heart were wrapped up in Denver.  While he occupied the mayoralty chair, he arrived at his office--first in the Old City Hall now gone and then in the handsome present municipal building, early every morning. He know almost all of his fellow city workers by name.  His fingers were constantly on the pulse of civic affairs, and he earned a wide reputation for being all-wise to the political weather. Mr. Stapleton was born Nov. 12, 1869, in Paintsville, KY.  He was graduated from National Norman University in Lebanon, Ohio, and was admitted to the Colorado bar in 1899 after moving to Denver in the early 1890's. Two years before he began the practice of law, he volunteered as one of the first Coloradoans to enlist for service in the Spanish-American War.  He served in the Philippine Islands and returned to Denver to practice law, and politics, and to become one of the founders, in the basement of the Statehouse, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  A bronze plaque, listing his name, with the other founders, now marks the meeting place. In 1904 Mr. Stapleton became police magistrate, a post he held until 1915.  He then was appointed postmaster by President Woodrow Wilson.  He resigned from that job in 1921 and went into private business. Mr. Stapleton plunged back into municipal politics in 1923 and defeated Dewey c. Bailey, prominent Republican leader and former U. S. Marshal, for the mayoralty. He was re-elected in 1927, when his principal opponent was on the State Supreme Court. Mr. Stapleton was married in Denver on June 27, 1917, to Miss Mabel Freeland in All Saints' Episcopal Church, banked with pink and white roses and peonies.  The bride's brother, Stanley, served as Mr. Stapleton's best man, and the ushers were Frank D. Patten, later to serve for many years as city commissioner of supplies, and C. W. Turnbull. Surviving in addition to Mrs. Stapleton are their two children, Ben F. Stapleton, Jr., and Mrs. Lois Jane Lowell, and five grandchildren, of whom Mr. Stapleton was extraordinarily fond. Since his defeat, Mr. Stapleton had lad a quiet life with his family and spent most of his time at his home at 430 Williams Street.  He also had devoted himself to his oil interests in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. PAINTSVILLE HERALD June 1, 1950
TACKETT, Lina (Hitchcock)
1902-1950
Oil Springs Woman Dies in Huntington Mrs. Lina Tackett, 47, wife of Mose Tackett of Oil Springs, died at 7:30 a. m., Friday, May 19, 1950 in the St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., following an illness of five months. The daughter of George and Molly Blanton Hitchcock, she was born in this county January 22, 1902. She was a beloved and respected citizen of the community where she had lived for the past twenty-five years. Survivors include besides her husband, three children: one daughter, Mildred, Oil Springs, two sons, Williard, Oil Springs, and Willie, Dayton, Ohio. Surviving brothers and sisters are Willie Hitchcock, Mrs. Hattie McKenzie and Mrs. Mattie Colvin, all of Beaver, Ohio, Estill Hitchcock, Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 P. M. Sunday, May 21, at the Blanton Branch Cemetery with Revs. Thurman Ferguson, Theodore Williams, Lonza Reed, and Taylor Williams officiating. Burial was in the Blanton Branch Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 25, 1950
TAYLOR, Maud (Melvin)
1950
Mrs. Maud Taylor, 69, died at the Methodist Hospital in Pikeville Friday evening, May 12, 1950 after an illness of several weeks. The daughter of the late Andrew and Miriam Rule Melvin, she was liked and respected by her many friends in this city where she was born and spent her entire life. She was a member of the first Methodist Church.  Her husband, William Taylor, preceded her in death many years ago. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Dan M Hager of this city, and an invalid brother, Adam Melvin, Lexington. Funeral services were conducted in the parlor of the Jones Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 14, by Rev. C. W. Krebs assisted by Dr. T. B. Ashley of Pikeville. Burial was in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 5-18-1950
WARD, C.C. "Lumie"
1950
C. C. (Lumie) Ward, 75, died at 7:00 a.m., Monday, May 1, 1950 at his home on Chestnut Creek after an illness of one month. A native of Martin County, the deceased had lived on Chestnut Creek for the past 35 years. He was a farmer and a member of the United Baptist Church. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Ward. Surviving besides his wife, Matida, are four sons, Anthony Ward, of Randel, Wash., Ashley Ward of Lang, W. Va., Oakley Ward, of White House aand Ora Ward of Monclo, W. Va., and five daughters, Mrs. Pearl Booth Gunnels, White House, Mrs. Henderson Bowen, Job, Mrs. Rufus Sparks, White House, and Mrs. Ellis Booth of Lang, W. Va., one sister, Mrs. Levi Blevins, Cleveland, Ohio, and two brothers, John Ward, West Van Lear, and Melvin Ward, Boons Camp. Funeral services were held at the home at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, the Revs. Leonard Walters and Cullie J. Sparks presiding. Burial was in the Ward Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday May 4, 1950
WELLS, Marian J.
1878-1950
Marian J. Wells, 72 Retired Consol Miner Dies At Van Lear Marian J. Wells, 72, prominent citizen of Van Lear, died in a local hospital Thursday morning, May 11 1950. He was born on Daniels Creek January 15, 1878, the son of the late Francis and Minerva Hannah Wells. For the past eighteen years he had resided in Van Lear. Before his retirement he worked as a miner for the Consolidation Coal Company for thirty-four years. He was married to Alice Burke, who preceded him in death May 8, 1941. Surviving are nine children: four daughters, Mrs. Lora Molette and Miss Hattie Wells, Van Lear, Miss Jean Sammons, West Van Lear, Mrs. Garnet Rucker, city; five sons, Belknap Wells, Glo, Curtis and Clifford Wells, Van Lear, Ivory and Kermit Wells, Meally. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Dora Pack, Davisport, Mrs. Lavella Adams, Tomahawk, Mrs. Emma Gobel, W. Va. and one brother, Bascom Wells, Davisport. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a. m., Sunday, May 14, at the Church of Christ at Van Lear by Leonard Webb and J. H. Short, Burial was in the Collins-Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 05 18, 1950
WHEELER, Charles Rev.
1864-1950
Rev. Charles Wheeler was born November 18 1864, departed this life May 5 1952 at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 17 days.  He was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Chandler Wheeler. He was united in marriage to Mahala Jane Conley on June 22 1887.  To this union was born eight children, four of whom are still living; Mrs. Flo Lemaster, Chandlerville, Ky.; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brown, Wheelsburg, Ky.; Wanna Mae Wheeler, at home; Mrs. Bertie Ella Lawrence, Urbana, Mo.  Those who preceded him in death were James Wick Wheeler, died October 3, 1930, Layette Marion Wheeler, died April 13, 1936, Henry Sheridan Wheeler and  Lydia Wheeler died in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, four daughters, 27 grandchildren, 55  great- granchildren and three great-great grandchildren, one brother, J.C. Wheeler, Wakefield, Ohio and a host of family and friends. He was convicted of his sins on February 14 1885 between the hours of 11 and 12 o'clock at Old Hood Fork Church.  He was converted three months later on May 14 and joined the church on May 15 and was baptised and became a member of the United Baptist Church.  He felt a call to the ministry and five years later obeyed the call and for 61 years he warned sinners to repent of their sins and pointed them to Heavan as a place of Peace and Rest. Some poet has expressed it thus: Death it is claimed, is life's  richest friend.  It conquers and brings all pain to an end. Death means a change, or  turning a page; Often it serves as a balm for old age. Death only opens the way to the  goal. The gate of the mansion, the  home of the soul. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 5 1952
YOUNG, John Logan
1950
John Logan Young, 65, a retired farmer of Ulysses, Ky., died suddenly of a heart attack at this home, Friday, May 26, 1950.  He was an uncle of Mr. Jay Young of this city. A former resident of West Van Lear, Ky., he was born at Lowmansville, a son of the late George and Mary Ann White Young.  He had been a member of the New Regular Baptist Church for 30 years. Surviving are the widow Mrs. Edna Borders Young, one daughter, Nolda Sue Young, at home; one son, Lloyd Borders Young, at home, and seven brothers, Monroe Young, Lowmansville; Bradley Young, Chandlerville; Tom, Gilbert, Otto, and Bert Young, Van Lear, and William Young, Tutor Key. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 Monday at the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church at Ulysses with the Rev. Millard Van Hoose and Rev. Bird Webb officiating. Burial was in the Borders Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-1-1950


JUNE - 1950

AKERS, Bessie (Hall)
Mrs. Bessie Akers, 46, wife of Joseph Akers, died at her home at Nippa at 00 a. m., June 20, 1950. Death was caused by a heart ailment. A resident of Nippa for the past two years, she was born in Letcher County the daughter of Press and Alice Hall. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include besides her husband, T. H. Bates, Johnson City, a son by a previous marriage, and another son, Laskie Akers, Baltimore Md. Surviving also are two sisters, Mrs. Martha Quiller, and Mrs. Bonnie Postin, LaFollette, Tenn. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her sister, Martha, at Seco, Thursday at 2:00 by Rev. Hill. Burial was in the Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Guy W. Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-29-1950
BAILEY, Elizabeth (McKenzie)
1950
Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey, 70, died in a local hospital at 8:30 a.m. Monday June 29, 1950 following an illness of several weeks. A lifelong resident of Keaton she was the daughter of Barry and Nancy McKenzie, and she was a member of Enterprise Baptist Church.  She was the widow of Willie Bailey, who preceded her in death forty-three years ago. Survivors include one son, Conn Bailey, Portsmith, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Marcus Fraley and Mrs. Nelson Ferguson, both of Keaton, two half brothers Hardy and Buel Skaggs both of Red Bush, and one half-sister, Mrs. M. T. Hill, also of Red Bush. Rev. Hood Wallen and Willie Sparks were in charge of the funeral services conducted at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday at the Christian Union Church at Keaton.  Burial was in the Drake family cemetery, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-29-1950
BROWN, Angie (Hill)
1950
Buried Sunday, June 11 At Relief Cemetery Funeral services for Mrs. Angie Brown, 69, who died Friday, June 9, 1950, at her home at Relief following an illness of three months, were conducted Sunday at 11:00 at the church at Relief by Elders Willie Hill, H. B. Daniel, and A. C. Bradley. Born at Relief she was a well-known resident of the community where she spent her entire life. She was the widow of Wallace N. Brown, who preceded her in death May 8, 1925.  She was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Surviving are six children; two daughters, Mrs. Maxie Williams, East Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Charles Coldiron, Dodsonville, Ohio; four sons, Ernest, Red Bush, Edward and Dewey, Relief, Arthur, Cattettsburg. surviving also are the following brothers and sisters: Sarah Williams, Portsmouth, Ohio, Clara Stapleton, Fuget, Charlie, Loyd and Obie Hill, Relief, Estill Hill, West Liberty, Roy Hill, Cordell. Burial was in the Brown cemetery under the direction of the Guy W. Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald June 15, 1950
CLINE, Nellie (Miles)
1917-1950
MRS. NELLIE CLINE DIES JUNE 28
Mrs. Nellie Cline, 33, wife of Orland Cline, Sandersville, W.Va. and sister of Mrs. Frank Messer of West Van Lear, died at the Pine Crest Sanitarium in Beckley, W.Va. at 9:00 p.m., June 28, (1950). She had been a tuberculosis patient in the sanitorium for the past eight years. A native of Tennessee she was born June 27, 1917, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Miles, N. Matewan, W.Va. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors also include two other sisters, Mrs. Bessie Conley and Mrs. Hannah Conley both of Winchester and two brothers, Forest Miles, Jr., Winchester, and Ronald Miles, N. Matewan, W.Va. Services were conducted in the Chapel of the Preston Funeral Home here at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 1, (1950) by W. L. Webb. Burial was in the Wells Cemetery in this city. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 6, 1950
FAIRCHILD, Thelma (Daniels)
1902-1950
Thelma Fairchild Passes June 19 Mrs. Thelma Daniel Fairchild, 47, wife of Thurman Fairchild of this city, and a member of a prominent Johnson County family, died at a local hospital at 6:00 a.m., Monday, June 19, 1950, after a week's illness. The daughter of Elder John Daniel and late Rebecca Caudill Daniel, she was born in this county November 17, 1902.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Survivors include besides her husband, father and two daughters, Ruth Jeanette and Rebecca Sue. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Amos Daniel, Louisville, Clyde Daniel, Dayton, Ohio, Johnnie Daniel, West Van Lear, Harmon Daniel, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Ruth Wilinski, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Susie Combs, Dover, Ind., Mrs. Martha Hoffman, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Mary Balasa, Danville, Ky. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., at the United Baptist Church in this city by Elders Foster Rigsby Lonza Reed and Florida Lyons.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 22, 1950
FERGUSON, Leander
1878-1950
Brother of Local Man Dies at Moon, June 29 Leander Ferguson, 71, resident of Moon, Ky, and brother of Hady Ferguson of this city, died at his home at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 29, after an illness of six months. A native of Morgan County, he was born September 23, 1878, the son of the late William Isaac and Mary Skaggs Ferguson.  A successful farmer he was also active in the affairs of his community and county formerly serving as postmaster at Moon and as deputy clerk of Morgan County.  He was a member of the Regular Primitive Baptist Church. He is survived by nine children; five daughters, Mrs. Anna Ellen Ferguson, Moon, Mrs. Amanda Ferguson, Terryville, Mrs. Sarah Ella Ison, Franklin Furnace, Ohio, Mrs. Susana Ferguson, Terryville, Mrs. Nola Kelly, Skaggs; four sons, William, Isaac, and Arnold all of Moon and Leborn, Chicago.  Brothers and sisters surviving are:  James Hady Ferguson, city, Mrs. Sarah Ison, Burke, Mrs. Susana Conley, Flat Gap, Mrs. Mary Anna Thornsbury, Burke, Mrs. May Ison, Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Funeral Services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the home by Revs. Robbie Ferguson, Emery Ferguson, Addie Ferguson, and Norvel Vanover.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Moon under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD July 6, 1950
HAMILTON, Nancy (Skaggs)
1899-1950
Mrs. Nancy Skaggs Hamilton, 50 died at 1:50 p.m., Sunday, June 18, at a local hospital, after an illness of one year. She was born in Morgan County, October 24, 1899, the daughter of William and Ann Ison Skaggs. In 1924, she was married to John J. Hamilton, who survives.  She had been a resident of Red Bush for the past 26 years, where she was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Other survivors include three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Genevieve Lyons, Keaton, KY., Arlene Hamilton, Paintsville, Estene Hamilton, Red Bush, Fred Hamilton and William Hamilton, both of Red Bush.  Also surviving are two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Cynthia Bradley, and Miss Phoebe Skaggs, both of Fairborn, Ohio, and Lee Skaggs, Crockett, KY. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, at the home of Emory Hamilton at Keaton, KY., by the Revs. Tommie Bailey, Robie Ferguson and Lonza Reed. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 22, 1950
LAMBERT, William Earl
1950
LAMBERT INFANT DIES IN OHIO HOSPITAL
William Earl Lambert, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. David Lambert of White House, died Thursday, June 8, 1950 at 10:30 a. m. in a hospital at Columbus, Ohio. Respiratory failure was named as the cause of the child's death. Funeral services were held at the Graveside at the Wiley Cemetery at 10 a. m., Sunday by Rev. Rowland of White House. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUN. 15, 1950
LEMASTER, Roger Dale
1950
Graveside services were conducted at 10:00 a. m, Monday, June 5, 1950, for Roger Dale Lemaster, infant son of James and Clara Skaggs Lemaster of Flat Gap, who died in a hospital Saturday, June 3. Surviving besides his parents, are his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Lemaster of Flat Gap and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Courtney Skaggs, Mazie, Ky. Rites were held at the family cemetery at Flat Gap by Revs. Lonza Reed, Willie Sparks, and Herb Phillips. Burial was under the direction of the Jones Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-1-1950
LYONS, Manford
1871-1950
MANFORD LYONS, 78
SUCCUMBS JUNE 25
Manford Lyons, 78, died at 3:45 p. m., Sunday, June 25, 1950 at a local hospital, after an illness of several weeks. He was born in Lawrence County on July 3, 1871, the son of Amos and Lydia Skaggs Lyons. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Red Bush, Ky., where he had retired from his occupation of farming. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Stapleton, Red Bush. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m., Tuesday, June 27, 1950 at the Red Bush Church by Rev. Dewey Brown. Burial was in the family cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUN. 29, 1950
MEEK, William D.
1868-1950
RITES HELD SATURDAY FOR FORMER MINISTER
William D. Meek, 82, prominent resident of White House, died in a local hospital at 11:00 a. m., Wednesday, June 28, 1950 following a week's illness. Born at Boons Camp September 19, 1868, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elias Meek, he had been a resident of White House for the past three years, he was well known throughout the county and highly respected in the community where for many years before his retirement he was a successful farmer and also served the people as a minister of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Genevie Miller Meek, and six children; three daughters, Mrs. George Penix, Davisport, Mrs. Bill Bingham, Cliff, Mrs. Katherine McKenzie, Lexington; three sons, John Meek, Tram, KY., Millard and Ballard Meek, White House. A brother, John meek, Enwhistle Alberts, Canada, also survives. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a. m., Saturday, July 1, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Boons Camp by Revs. Doc Rowland and Fred Rowland. Burial was in the Meek Cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-6-1950
PREECE, S. J. "Jack"
1858-1950
S.J. (Jack) Preece, 91, whose family was among the early settlers of Lawrence County, died at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the home of a son, C. Harvey Preece, Route 3, Louisa, following an extended illness. Mr. Preece, a retired lumberman and farmer, was born November 2, 1858, near Inez, Ky., A son of the late Cornelius and Loucretia Maynard Preece. His wife, Mrs. Sarah Jane Harding Preece, sied several years ago.  He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 40 years. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m with the Rev. H.G.Preece officiating. Burial was in the Delong Cemetery, Route 3, Louisa. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. W.P. Farley, Davella, Ky., Mrs. W. H. Hardin, Gallup, Ky., and Mrs. J. A. Delong, Route 3, Louisa, and three sons, Phillip Preece, Louisa, J.H. Preece, Route 4, Louisa and Ernest Preece, Route 3, Louisa; 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hale, Pilgram. Ky., and Mrs. Marietta Smith, Preece, Ky., one brother, Sheridan Preece, Turkey Creek, Ky. And several grand, great, and great-great grandchildren. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 6-19-1950
PRESTON, Susie L. (Walters)
1885-1950
Mrs. Susie L. Preston, 64, one of the city's best beloved women, died at her home on Preston Street at 7:45 a.m., June 27, 1950 after a ten months' illness. A member of one of Johnson County's prominent families, she was well known throughout this section and had many friends who were shocked and grieved to hear of her death.  She was born at Offutt, November 1, 1886, the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. Winfrey Walters.  She had lived in Paintsville for the past forty years where, for many years she was a popular teacher in the city school.  She was married at Flat Gap in 1910 to James Preston, who preceded her in death in 1929. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. T. S. Gash, Mills Springs, N. C., and two sons, James W. and George R., both of this city.  Surviving also are a sister, Mrs. Exer Preston, and three brothers, Shade Walters, Malta, Ohio, Dr. W. J. Walters, Pikeville, Ky., and U. S. Walters, Offutt, Ky. Funeral services were conducted today at 2:00 p.m., at the United Baptist Church in this city with Revs. Alonza Wright and F. F. Riggsby officiating.  Burial was in the Preston Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 6-29-1950  ========================================================================================== Susie Walters Preston Obituary Susie Walters Preston, daughter of the late W. H. and Elizabeth Preston Walters, was born November 1, 1885, at Offutt, Ky.  Departed June 26, 1950. She was married to James L. Preston, 1909, who passed away 1930.  The following children survive:  One daughter, Mrs. T. S. Gash, Mills Springs, N. C.; two sons, James Walter and George Russell at home, and one granddaughter, Barbara Pinson Gash of Mills Springs, N. C. (A daughter, Jewell Lee, died in infancy.)    Also surviving are:  one sister, Mrs. Exer Preston of Ephrata, Washington, and three brothers, Shade Walters of Malta, Ohio, Dr. W. J. Walters of Pikeville, Ky., and U. S. Walters of Offutt, Ky. At the age of 20 she was converted and joined the United Baptist Church and was a member of the church for 44 years.  She and her husband were ordained deacon and deaconess of Paintsville Church May, 1924, and they served the church faithfully until their passing. She had been in declining health more than a year, but God relieved her a all suffering Tuesday morning 7:15 a.m.  As a Christian her life was unquestionable, as a devout mother none could excel her.  She was a good neighbor and a wonderful homemaker. For several years she was an outstanding teacher in the county and city school systems. Truly we mourn her crossing, but rejoice in the great hope of her Eternal Life. A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled; A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled. She always leaned to watch for us, Anxious if we were late, In winter by the window, In summer by the gate. Her thoughts were all so full of us She never could forget! And so I think that where she is She must be waiting yet. Waiting till we come home to her, Anxious if we are late,  Watching from Heaven's window, Leaning from Heaven's gate. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 7-13-1950 
PRICE, Anna Lee (Penix)
1922-1950
Mrs. Anna Lee Penix Price, 28, wife of Henry Price, died suddenly of a heart attack at her home in Kopperston, W. Va., at 7:15 Friday, June 23, 1950. She was born at Meally August 4, 1922, the daughter of Mr. Leonard Penix of Williamsport and the late Gertrude Ward Penix. She was married at Williamsport February 2, 1940, and she and her husband had resided at Kopperston for the past four years. She was affiliated with the United Baptist Church. Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Ronald Dean, and on brother, Orville Penix, Boons Camp. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 11:00 a.m., at the Friendship Church at Williamsport by Revs. L. T. Preston, Leonard Walters, and Winfrey Meek. Burial was in the Preston-Penix Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 6-29-1950
RAMEY, Sara Louise (Brown)
1950
MRS. SARA L. RAMEY DIES THURSDAY, JUNE 1
Funeral services were held last Friday at the Cannon Chapel at Volga for Mrs. Sara Louise Ramey, 80, who died at her home Thursday, June 1, 1950. She was buried in the family cemetery at Volga with the Revs. Harry Salyer, Don Fraley and Norman Davis officiating. Mrs. Ramey was born in Floyd County but spent most of her life at Volga where she was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ.  She was a daughter of John and Angeline Blackburn Brown. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Plura Crislip, Mrs. Norma Blair, and Mrs. Lydia Stapleton, all of Volga, Mrs. Renee Fairchilds, Richmondale, Ohio, and Mrs. Ethel McKenzie, Flat Gap, three sons, Robie Ramey, Volga, Irvin Ramey, David, and Arthur Ramey, West Prestonburg.  Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Lettie Sturgill, Flat Gap, one half sister, Mrs. Rebecca Daniel, Sitka, and one half brother, George Brown, Mt. Sterling. Burial was under the supervision of the Jones Funeral Home  Music was furnished at the services by the Tom's Creek Quartette. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 6-1-1950
SPARKS, Sadie Vesta (Dials)
1912-1950
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. RUPERT SPARKS HELD SUNDAY, JUNE 11
Graveside rites were held at the Dials cemetery at Martha, Ky., at 11:00 a. m., Sunday, June 11, 1950 for Sadie Vesta Sparks, wife of Rupert Sparks, Martha, Ky., who died Friday, June 9, 1950 at 4:15 a. m., at the home of her brother in Ashland, Ky., after an illness of five weeks. She was born in Lawrence County on October 30, 1912, the daughter of Albert and Martha Riggsby Dials. On May 19, 1939, she was married to Rupert Sparks at Louisa, Ky.  A life-long resident of Martha, she was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Larry Eugene, Farrell Dean and Billy Douglas, all at home, and two brothers, Richard Dials, Ashland, Ky., and Ralph Dials, Hilliards, Ohio. Officiating at the funeral service were Revs. Proctor Lyons, Emory Ferguson, John Moore, Zolly King and Arthur Barker. Interment was under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUN. 15, 1950
SPRADLIN, Rosa (Selvage)
1885-1950
Funeral services wre held at the grave at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 1950, for Mrs. Rosa Spradlin, 65, wife of Smith Spradlin, Denver, who died at 6:00 a.m., Friday, June 16, 1950 at her home, after an illness of four years. She was born on January 7, 1885, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Selvage, Johnson County, In 1931, she was married to Smith Spradlin in Paintsville.   She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Kay Spradlin, Denver, Ky.  Also surviving are two sisters, mrs. malta Ratliff, Denver, Ky.  Mrs. Mary Jane Spradlin, Barnetts Creek, Kyl, and six brothers, H. B. , Alford, Add and Clate Selvage, all of Denver, Ky., Jesse Selvage Moon, Ky., and Cal Selvage, Van Lear, Ky., The Services were led by Revs. millard O'Bryan, Freman Blair, Hammie May and Monroe Caudill. Burial was in the Sparadlin Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 22, 1950. 
SUMPTER, Frank
1904-1950
Dies In Slate Fall At Tutor Key Tuesday  One man was killed and two others injured seriously in mine accidents in two county mines during the past week. Frank Sumpter, 46, of Tutor Key died instantly and Hubert Wiley, 48 of Thelma suffered a broken left arm, crushed left leg, and bruises about the head and face in a slate fall Tuesday morning. The accident occurred in the mine of Warren and Thomas "Booten" Daniel which is located below Tutor Key.  The men had just entered the mine to begin the day's work when the slate fall occurred it was said. Sumpter's body was removed from under the heavy rock about one hour after the accident, and Wiley remained in the mine about one-half hour before he could be rescued. A native of Martin County, the dead man was born May 27, 1904, the son of Tom and Mary Sumpter. He recently moved from Inez to Tutor Key. He is survived by his wife and one son, Frank Sumpter, Jr., and three brothers. Funeral services were held today at 10:00 a.,m., at the residence at Tutor Key by Rev. Arthur Ramsey of Prestonburg and Rev. Ellis Maynard of Kermit, W. Va. Burial was made in ate Osborn Cemetery at White House by the Paintsville Funeral Home. Wiley, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wiley, of this county, is a patient in the Paintsville Hospital where his condition is described as fair. The third accident victim is Claude Colvin, 44, of Staffordsville who received severe back injuries Thursday morning while working at the mine of the Blevins & Thompson Coal Company on Slate Branch. The accident happened when a mine car failed to dump a carload of coal at the proper time. Colvin, was injured when trying to empty the car.  He was brought to the Paintsville Hospital where he remains a patient. Paintsville Herald June 29, 1950
WEBB, Columbus
1950
Columbus Webb, 42-year-old Martin County man, who was given the death sentence by a Martin County jury for the slaying of Elijah Davis, died Friday (Jun. 16, 1950) in the electric chair in the Eddyville penitentiary. The Court of Appeals reversed Webb's conviction once on the ground that the copy of his indictment did not say the crime was committed "against the peace and dignity of the commonwealth" as required by the Kentucky Constitution. The court later reversed itself after being informed that the original indictment contained the required clauses. The crime for which Webb was convicted netted $419 in cash and a watch. *note: Deathdate in this obituary was figured by the publication date. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 22, 1950
WELLS, Charles
1905-1950
Services Here For Logan Gun Victim Charles Wells Burial In Daniels Cemetery Funeral services were held here Tuesday, June 5, for Charles Wells, 46, husband of Hazel Daniels Wells, who died instanly Saturday of gunshot wounds in Logan, W. Va. Wells, who was a son-in-law of the late Lando Daniels of this county, was killed in a fight among union members over the right of one of them to haul coal on Saturday. He was shot by Elmer Farley, 45, also a union member, according to Chief Deputy Sheriff Carson W. Browning. Robert Whorley, 40, also was slain and Major Thompson, 28, is in a critical condition as a result of the shooting. It was said that Farley, a member of the Holden Local, had been hauling coal independently in his own truck to the homes of fellow miners on his off days, a practice said by Browning to have been frowned upon by the local union. The three men approached Farley while he was unloading his truck at the home of a miner at Monaville, six miles from Logan. Browning quoted the three as asking Farley to quit dumping coal on non-work days which include Saturday, and an argument followed, ending in a blaze of shots. Wells was the son of Ben and Rebecca Whitely Wells and was born Oct. 3, 1905 at Cains Creek in Lawrence County. He had been a resident of Holden, W. Va., for the past 15 years, where he was president of Local Union 5853 U. M. W. A. He was married to Hazel Daniels on Oct. 3, 1930 at Blaine,Kentucky. Surviving besides his wife, are three children, Arnold Wells, Josephine Wells, and Darlene Wells, all of Holden and two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. George Kitchen, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Willie Jackson, Caines Creek, Ky., Sam Wells, Ashland, Nelse Wells, Columbus, Ohio, and Lon Wells, Caines Creek. The Reverend Everett Slone and Reverend F. F. Rigsby conducted the funeral at the United Baptist Church here. Burial was made in the Daniels Cemetery at Winifred under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 7, 1950
WILLIAMS, Albert
1885-1950
Albert Williams, 65, a lifelong resident of Elna, Ky., died at his home there on Saturday, June 17, 1950, at 3::45 p.m., of a heart ailment, after an illness of two years. He was born April 18, 1885, ther son of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford J. Williams.  His occupation was that of a farmer and he was affillated with the United Baptist Church at Elna. Survivors included his wife, Neneva Williams, three daughters, Mrs. Georgia McKenzie, Whitesburg, Ky., Mrs. Elaine Conley, Speringfield, O., Mrs. Lena Teague, Dayton, Ohio, four sons, Howard Staffordsville, Ky., Maxwell, Indianapolis, Ind., Scotty and Sanford, both of Elna, Ky. Also surviving are a sister and two brothers, Mrs. Rosa Wheeler, Olive Hill, Ky, Leo Williams, Williamsburg, Ohio and Herbert Williams, Indianapolis, Ind. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, 1950, at his home, with Revs. Lonza Reed and Leonard Walters officiating. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery  under the directions of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 22, 1950
WILLIAMS, Laura (Bond)
1891-1950
Services Monday For Mrs. Laura Bond Williams of Flat Gap A large crowd paid tribute to one of the county's most beloved women Monday at 10:00 a.m., when funeral services were conducted from the Bethel Church at Flat Gap for Mrs. Laura Bond Williams, 59.  The wife of Kendell Williams of Fat Gap, she died at her home at 5:50 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 1950 following an illness of several months. A native of the county, she was born at Flat Gap, July 29, 1891, the daughter of Mrs. Finetta Cox Bond of red bush and the late Jeff Bond.  A friendly and kind woman, her gentle manner and gracious personality endeared her to all who knew her.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church and her Christian concept of living an unselfish devotion to others was an inspiration to her family and friends.  She was married January 19, 1909, to Mr. Williams, and her entire life was spent at Flat Gap where her interests and activities were centered in her family and community. Survivors include besides her husband an mother, five children:  four daughters, Mrs. Eugenia Conley, Circuit Court Clerk of this county, Mrs. Gaye Salyer, Jackson, Mrs. Macey Salyer, Blaine, Mrs. Erie Junkins, Smithfield, Nebraska; one son, Eulas Williams, city.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters:  Guy Bond, city, Don Bond, Red Bush, Ogden Bond, Shepherd, Mich., Mrs. Minnie Williams, Mrs. Bertie Holbrook, and Mrs. Masey Hamilton all of Red Bush. Services were conducted by Revs. Lonza Reed, Tommie Bailey, Charley Estep, and Sandy Phillips. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday June 30, 1950


JULY - 1950

BLEVINS, William H.
1931-1950
Funeral services for PFC. William H. Blevins, 18, who was killed in Korea, July 28, 1950 will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church. Claude Preston and Grant Hitchcock, Jr., will be officiating ministers. The son of Johnnie and Flora Blair Blevins of this city, he was born September 2, 1931, in Johnson County. Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Coffe of Wayne, Michigan; Mrs. Bonita Christian, Los Angeles, California, two brothers, Bruce M. Blevins, U.S. Army and Noramn Blevins, Columbus Ohio. The American Legion will be in charge of graveside services. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Paintsville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 9, 1955

BOWE, William C.
1873-1950
Funeral Services Sat. For Prominent Citizen William C. Bowe, 76, of Wittensville, prominent resident of this county, died July 26, 1950 at 7:00 p.m. in a local hospital following an illness of one year. He was born in this county on December 31, 1873, the son of Jack and Lulie (Lou) Witten  Bowe and had been a resident of Wittensville for the past 48 years.   He was a farmer by occupation and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow, Margaret Webb Bowe, two daughters, Mrs. Alka Rice, Garrett, Miss. Bessie Bowe, at home, four half sisters and one half brother, Mrs. Ollie Macabee, and Mrs. Nora Wilbur, both of Russell, ky., Mrs. Odie Combs, Logan, W. Va., Mrs. Helen Webb of California, and Andrew Bowe of Russell, Ky. Funeral Services will be held at the home Saturday, December 8, with Rev. John Daniel and Rev. Lonza Reed officiating. Interment was made in the Winifred cemetery under the direction of the Guy W. Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 7-27-1950
CORRECTION:  William C. Bowe was a son of Andrew Jackson and Margaret Webb Bowe. Lou Witten Bowe was Wm. C.'s widow.  Submitted: 2003 Roger Rice

BRANHAM, John T.
1867-1950
Boons Camp Man Taken By Death Services Held Wed. For John T. Branham John T. Branham, 83, died Monday, July 31, 1950 at his home at Boons Camp, after an illness of three months. He was born in Ohio, August 9, 1867, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Turner Branham. He had been a resident of Boons Camp for the past 60 years, where he was a member of the United Baptist Church.  He was a retired farmer. His wife Martha Alice Mollette Branham survives him. Also surviving are four daughters and four sons, Mrs. Johnnie Bowens, Ashland; Mrs. James Osborne, Lima, Ohio; Mrs. Harold Butler, Lima, Ohio; Mrs. James L. Penix, Meally; Jeff, Branchland, W. Va.; Ben and John R., both, of Boons Camp and Warren, Odds, Ky. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 2, at Little Friendship Church at Boons Camp, with Elders W. Meeks, L. Walters and Herman Davis officiating. Interment was in the Branham Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-3-1950
CASTLE, Martella (Thompson)
1875-1950
Services At Ulysses For Lawrence Countian Mrs. Martella Thompson Castle, 74, wife of Mr. Ballard Castle, died at her home in Wittensville, Ky. at 8:30 a. m., Friday, July 21, 1950 after an illness of several months. Mrs. Castle was born in Lawrence County September 1, 1875, and was the daughter of Asbury and Tabitha Thompson.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are three sons; Freelan Borders, Greenfield, Ohio; Collie Castle, Ulysses, Ky.; Ballard Castle, Jr., Zanesville, Ohio; and five daughters; Mrs. James R. Hayes, Pleasantville, Ohio; Mrs. Judge Castle, Thealka, Ky.; Mrs. Arlie Borders, Ashland, Ky.; Mrs. Elvie Sloan, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Clada Austin, Thealka, Ky. Brothers and sisters still living are: Charlie Berry, Columbus, Ohio; Freelan Berry, South Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Rose Brever, Lima, Ohio Funeral services were held at Ulysses Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m., by the Revs. Don Fraley and Willard Wilcox.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Ulysses under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  07/27/1950
CASTLE, Maudie (Castle)
1881-1950
Services at Sycamore For Nippa Resident Mrs. Maudie Castle, 69, wife of Mr. W. M. Castle of Nippa, died at her home at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, 1950, following an illness of five years. Born in this county June 2, 1881, the daughter of the late Andie and Tillie Justice Castle, she had been a lifelong resident of Nippa.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church at Beech Grove. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Lelia Saddler, Nippa, Mrs. Ellie Nickels, City; two sons, Ervin H. Castle, Nippa, and Elijah Castle, Beaver Creek.  Two daughters, Emla Daniels and Clista Castle preceded her in death.  Surviving also are two half brothers, Harrison Castle, Nippa, Hard Castle, Lowmansville, and two half sisters, Sarah Castle, and Nerva Music, both of Nippa. Funeral services were conducted at Sycamore Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 a. m., by Revs. Don Fraley and Claude Preston.   Burial was in the Sycamore Cemetery, under the direction of the Guy W. Preston Funeral Home. (Note: This cemetery is also known as the "Clark Castle Cemetery".) Paintsville Herald Thursday  July 13, 1950
CLARK, Linda Sue
1950-1950
RITES FOR CLARK INFANT HELD IN CORBIN Rites were held in Corbin at 2:00 p. m., July 4, for Linda Sue Clark, 3 day-old infant of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Clark of this city, who died in a local hospital at 6:40 a. m., July 3. Mr. Clark is local manager of Paintsville Finance Co.. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  7-6-1950
COOPER, Harry
1898-1950
M-SGT. HARRY COOPER PASSES IN FLORIDA
Master Sergeant Harry Cooper, 51, brother of C. R. Cooper of this city, died last week in a hospital in Kissimmee, Florida following a stroke. He had been critically ill for about 3 weeks prior to his death. He was born August 5, 1898 the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Cooper of Salyersville, and he had numerous relatives in Paintsville and Johnson County. He was the nephew of Mr. John Hannibal Cooper of this city. Surviving is one other brother, Ralph Cooper of Princeton, KY., and three adopted children, E. B. Cooper and Barbara and Doris Ann Cooper at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 25, at St. Cloud. Interment was made in Arlington National Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-3-1950
FLUTY, David
1892-1950
Dies at Webb, W. Va. David Fluty, 57, died at his home at Webb, W Va., at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, 1950 after an illness of several years. He was born in the vicinity of Calf Creek September 19, 1892, the son of John and Romba Fluty. A former miner, he was a veteran of World War I and a member of UMW Local 4809.  He was married March 6, 1927, at Sprigg, W. Va., to Erma Maynard, who survives him. Other survivors include six children; three daughters, Glenedity and Macil Fluty, both of Webb, and Mrs. McClellan Fluty, Kermit, W. Va., three sons, Henry Fluty, Norfolk, Va., W. D., and Chester Fluty both of Webb.  Surviving also are four brothers, Emery, Delbarton, W. Va., Richard, Crum, W. Va,, Lee, Webb, W. Va., Mont, Williamson, W. Va. Services were conducted Thursday afternoon, July 6, at the Fluty Cemetery by Rev. Sammy Branham.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home of Inez. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 7-6-1950
GOBLE, Nancy (Rice)
1869-1950
Mrs. Nancy Goble Succumbs July 10 Funeral Services Wed. For Asa Resident Mrs. Nancy Rice Goble, 80, died at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 10, at her home in Asa, Ky., following an illness of several months. Born in Johnson County on August 3, 1869, she was the daughter of Wiley and Martha Fairchild Rice.  In 1889, she was married to William Henry Goble, who survives her. She was a lifelong resident of Asa, where she belonged to the Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Raleigh Goble, Asa, four daughters, Mrs. Mayme Trimble, West Van Lear, Mrs. Effie Hackworth, Bluecreek, Ohio, Mrs. Elna Blair, Asa, Ky., and Mrs. Marie Brown, Leander, one sister, Mrs. Minta Rice, and one brother, German Rice, both of Leander. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the home with Rev. Cullie Hager and Rev. Millard O'Bryan officiating.  The song service was by the Gospel Singers.  Interment was in the Asa family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD July 13, 1950
JOHNSON, George Jr.
1950
One man was killed and two others seriously injured Monday when the bed of a truck of the Royal Crown Bottling Company slipped loose as the truck crossed a bridge and crashed onto the top of a passing car. The accident occurred on Georges Creek about 12 miles from Louisa on Route 33. George Johnson, Jr., about 25 of Peebles, Ohio, was killed instantly and his passenger, Earl Moore, about 24, of Wheelwright is in a Veterans' Hospital at Huntington, W. Va.  He suffered a fractured skull and his physician described his condition yesterday as "fair." John F. Ratliff, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Ratliff of Barnetts Creek and driver of the truck was treated for cuts and bruises at the Golden Rule hospital and was able to return home. James Blevins, 17, son of Foster Blevins of Barnetts Creek, the other occupant of the truck is a patient in the Paintsville Clinic where he is being treated for cuts and bruises.  His condition is reported to be satisfactory. Funeral services for Johnson will be conducted today at Peebles.  Survivors include his widow, his parents, and 11 brothers and four sisters. PAINTSVILLE HERALD JULY 6, 1950
LONG, Kenneth C.
1950
KENNETH LONG DIES IN VET HOSPITAL
Kenneth C. Long, 50, executive director of the Kentucky Disabled Ex-Servicemen's Board, died in Nicholas V. A. Hospital, Louisville, Monday afternoon at 4:35 after a serious illness of three weeks. A resident of Ashland he was widely known in State and Legion circles throughout Kentucky.  He served for nine months overseas with the U. S. Forces in World War I, and the last seven years of his life were devoted to the interest of the disabled and injured veterans and their dependents.  He was field man for the Disabled Ex-Servicemen's Board for three years before being chosen executive director and was a frequent visitor in this secti0on during those years. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. today at the First Methodist Church in Ashland and burial followed in the Ashland Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-13-1950
LYONS, Katherine (Chandler)
1877-1950
KATHERINE CHANDLER LYONS, 73
PASSES AT HER HOME IN LOWMANSVILLE
Funeral services were conducted by Elders F. F. Riggsby, Dennis Caldwell and Leonard Walters at 10:00 a. m. Thursday, August 3, at the home in Lowmansville, for Katherine Chandler Lyons, 73, who died at 5:00 p. m., Monday, July 31, at her home after a year's illness. She was born in Lawrence County, KY., January 22, 1877 and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Chandler. A resident of Lowmansville for the past 50 years, she was a member of the United Baptist Church there. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1939. Two children Mary and Walter, also preceded her in death. Surviving are ten children, five daughters and five sons, Mrs. Mrtha McGuuire, Mrs. Sena Mae Ingaull both of Beaver, Ohio, Mrs. Amanda Curnette, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Mamery Sadler, Mrs. Malaney Sadler, both of Logan, W. Va., Sherman Bolivar, N. Y., Ervin Robinson, Ill., Ezekiel, Cecil and Buford, all of Ashland. Also surviving are two brothers, W. M. Chandler, Beaver, Ohio, and D. K. Chandler, Lowmansville. Interment was in the Lyons Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-3-1950
MCFADDIN, Edd
1877-1950
Well-Known Resident Dies Wednesday, July 5  Edd McFaddin, 72, well-known resident of this city, died at his home at 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, 1950. His death was attributed to a heart condition from which he had suffered the past several years. A retired farmer and a resident of Southside most of his life, he was born in this county July 7, 1877, the son of John and Florence Morton McFaddin. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Virgie Salyer, Ironton, Ohio; two sons, Kelse McFaddin, City, James P. McFaddin, Ashland. Surviving also are a sister, Mrs. Mary McCloud, City and two brothers, Claude McFaddin, Tomahawk, Ross McFaddin, City. Funeral services will be conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church in this dity at 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 7, 1950, by Revs. Millard Van Hoose and Claude Preston. Burial will be in the Conley Cemetery at Collista under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of Inez. Paintsville Herald  Thursday July 6, 1950 
PREECE, Harvey Columbus
1882-1950
RITES AUGUST 2 FOR McCLURE MAN
Harvey Columbus Preece, 68, died Monday,  July 31, 1950 in a hospital in Williamson, W. Va., of a heart ailment following an illness of one week.  He was a resident of McClure, Martin County. Born on Wolf Creek in Martin County on April 13, 1882, he was the son of James Harvey and Winnie Moore Preece and had been a resident of that locality all his life. He was a merchant and farmer and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Martha Muncy Preece, four sons, H.C., Pilgram, Amos, McClure, John Henry, Delbarton, W. Va., Sherman, McClure, Kentucky.  Four daughters, Mrs. Hazel James, Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Elizabeth Maynard, McClure, Mrs. Sharilda Muncy, Warfield, Ky., and Mrs. Eunice Moore, Delbarton, W. Va. Four brothers and three sisters also survive, Martin Preece, Inez, Alex Preece, Tomahawk, Jasper Preece, McClure, Lincoln Preece, McClure, Mrs. Minnie James, Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Tamsey Muncy and Mrs. Thirsey Newsome both of Pilgram, Ky. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 2, at 2:oo p.m. at the resisdence. Interment was made in the Preece Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callahan Funeral Home of Inez. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 8-3-1950
RICE, William Oran
1950-1950
Pneumonia Fatal
To Collista Infant
Willis Oran Rice, three-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Rice, died at his home at Collista on Friday, July 7, 1950 of pneumonia. He was born March 16, 1950, at Denver, Ky. Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Brenda Joyce Rice, at home. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8, by Rev. Adrian Davis. Interment was in the family cemetery at Collista, Ky., under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-13-1950
SKAGGS, Ottis
1950
MAYO STUDENT TAKEN BY DEATH
Ottis Skaggs, 28, student at mayo Vocational School, died on Saturday morning, July 15, 1950 at his home in Terryville, Ky.  He was found dead in bed probably from a heart attack. Son of Mrs. Nannie Ferguson Skaggs and the late Arthur Skaggs, he was a life-long resident of Terryville, where he was a member  of the Regular Primative Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II. Besides his mother, he is survived by five sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Mary Jane Fyffe, Red Bush;  Mrs. Jack Riggsby, Columbus, Ohio;  Misses Lovene, Leona and Roberta Skaggs, all at home; Loman Skaggs, East Chicago, Ind.; and Cassie Skaggs, Jr., at home. Funeral services were held Monday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m., at the home with the Revs. Robie Ferguson, Emery S. Ferguson and Emory E. Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Terryville under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 7-13-1950
SPARKS, Maxel C.
1944-1950
MARTHA CHILD DIES THURSDAY FOLLOWING 10-WEEKS ILLNESS
Maxel C. Sparks, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Sparks of Martha died July 6, 1950 at his home following an illness of ten weeks. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Elizabeth Church at Martha with Rev. Cecil Lewis officiating. Surviving are the parents; one sister, Rosemary Sparks, three brothers, Edgel, Manuel and Edzel Sparks, all at home, and a grandfather, John Sparks of Martha. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Martha. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUL. 13, 1950
WHEELER, Charles Jefferson
1887-1950
Charles Jefferson Wheeler, 63, died suddenly at his home in Tampa, Florida, at 3:00 a. m., Sunday, July 9 1950. Death was caused by a heart attack. He was born in Cabell County, W. Va., Feburary 22, 1887, the son of James and Elizabeth Wheeler. A former resident of Kermit he had resided in Florida for the past three years. He was field foreman U. F. G. Co., for thirty-one years prior to his retirement three years ago. Survivors include his wife, Iva May Spohaugle Wheeler,six children; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Rankins, Williamson, W. Va., Mrs. Ruby Blankenship, Inez; four sons, Herman, B.Wade, Robert M. and JAmes Wheeler all of Kermit, W. Va. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Mertie Miller, Milton, W. Va., and four brothers, H. K. Wheeler, Huntington, W. Va., William Wheeler, Hurricane, W. Va., Owen, Kenova, W. Va., and Nye Wheeler, Beekley, W. Va. Nine grandchildren also survive. The body was brought Wednesday to the home of his son, Herman, and funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a, m. today at the Kermit Methodist Church. Burial was in Culloden, W. Va., under the direction of the Richmond Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday July 13, 1950
WHEELER, Levisa (Fannin)
1871-1950
SERVICES HELD FRIDAY AT FIRST METHODIST
A town saddened by the death of one of its most beloved and gracious women paid its final tribute Friday to Mrs. LeVisa Wheeler, 78, who died at her home on Third Street at 12:30 a.m., Thursday, July 27, following an illness of two years. The widow of Henry J. Wheeler, who preceded her in death in July 1919, she had many friends throughout Eastern Kentucky and her kind manner and warm friendliness had especially endeared her to the people of this town where most of her life was spent. Born in Elliott County December 23, 1871, the daughter of the late Judge Peter M. and Nancy Hunter Fannin, she received her teacher's certificate here in Paintsville under Professor John B. Wheatley and was a teacher in the County Schools for a number of years. An active member of the First Methodist Church for forty-five years, she lived a life of devoted Christian service and worked tirelessly and unselfishly in promoting the interests of the church and its development. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and the Maccabees. She is survived by four children: two sons, Edgar Kazee and Herman F. Wheeler both of this city; two daughters, Mrs. William C. Martin of this city and Mrs. Howard V. Tygrett of Dallas, Texas. A sister, Mrs. Milton DuVall, Sandy Hook, also survives and nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the First Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m., by the pastor, Rev. Clarence W. Krebs. Pallbearers were Harry LaViers, W. A. Toney, Roger Cooper, W. Howes Meade, Carl Fraim, and Escom Chandler. Burial was in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG. 3 1950
WIREMAN, Abe
1861-1950
Services Monday For Well-Known Resident of Oil Springs Abe Wireman, 89, retired farmer of Oil Springs, died at his home Saturday morning, July 8, 1950, of complication resulting from a seven months illness. Well known in the community where he had lived for the past fifty years, he was born in Floyd County March 13, 1861, the son of the late Gilbert and Martha George Wireman.  His wife, Amanda Blanton Wireman, to whom he ha been married for over sixty-one years survives him. Surviving also are four children:  two daughters Mrs. Florence Coldiron, Wheelersburg, Ohio, Mrs. Martha Trimble, Akron, Ohio; two sons, Walter Wireman, at home and Luster Wireman, Oil Springs.  A sister, Mrs. Sally Jarrel, Catlettsburg, and two brothers, Lindsey and Alonzo Wireman both of Knott County also survive. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10:00 a. m., Monday, July 10, by Revs. John Collins and Millard O'Bryan.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-13-1950


AUGUST - 1950

CASTLE, Mary F. (Lyons)
1872-1950
Mrs. Mary Castle Succumbs August 10 Rites At Lowmansville For Lawrence Countain Mrs. Mary F. Young Castle, 78, Lowmansville, died at the Paintsville Hospital at 6:20 a.m. August 10, 1950 after an illness of two years. Mrs. Castle was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, April 15, 1872, and was the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Billy Lyons.  She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. She married the first time on June 21, 1888, to Joseph H. Young, who died May 13, 1931.   On February 11, 1932, she married Martin Castle, who preceded her in death on April 17, 1946. Mrs. Castle is survived by five sons, and six daughters; C.H. young, Lowmansville; Arthur Young, Wittensville, Arlie Young, Surosa, W.Va, Sam Young, Lowmansville; Elbert Young, Lowmansville; Mrs. Charlie Burton, Urbana, Ohio; Mrs. J.S. Skaggs, Lowmansville; Mrs. Frank Griffith, Estill; Mrs. Joe Miller, Manton; Mrs. Elza Gibson, Mousie, Mrs. Ed Holbrook, Garett. Brothers and sisters surviving are:  Sherman Lyons, Urbana, Ohio and Mrs. Farris Castle, Lowmansville  Also surviving are four-half brother, two half-sisters, 54 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Chestnut Grove Church, Lowmansville, at 10:00 a. m., August 13, with the Revs. C. H. Wallen and Bruce Daniels officiating. Burial was made in the Young-Skaggs Cemetery, Lowmansville, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.  Paintsville Herald August 17, 1950
CLINE, Perry Samuel
1950
RITES HELD AUG. 5
FOR PIKE RESIDENT
Perry Samuel Cline, 16, Pikeville, KY., was found dead on a path in the woods on the Martin- Pike County line August 1 1950. His death was attributed to natural causes. The son of Boney and Norma Robinson Cline, Pikeville, he was born in Pisco, KY. The boy had been a resident of Pikeville for three and one-half years, and was a high school student. Other than his parents, Cline is survived by four brothers and sisters; Mrs. Ocie Moore, McClure, KY., Mrs. Emma Ray, Pikeville; Recie Cline, Pikeville. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 5, at the home of Samuel Moore, McClure, KY. with the Rev. Emmett Case officiating. Burial was made in the Robinson Cemetery at Moree, KY., Martin County, with the Richmond- Callaham Funeral Home directing. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-10-1950
DELONG, Harvey Leslie
1950
AUTO CRASH IN OHIO FATAL TO VETERAN
Harvey Leslie DeLong, 22, of South Charleston, Ohio formerly of East Point, was killed instantly near Donellsville, Ohio Sunday morning when the car in which he was riding with two companions is reported to have left the road striking a power pole. The accident occured about 4:00 a.m.  DeLong died of a broken neck and another occupant is reported to be in critical condition. The victim was the son of James and Clara Brumfield DeLong of East Point.  He volunteered for military service during World War II at the age of 16 and served in the United States Army for two years. He spent several months in the Pacific theatre. Surviving beside his parents, are three brothers, Andrew of East Point, James Darwin of East Point, Spurgeon of South Charleston, Ohio, two sisters, Mrs.Hershel Halloway of South Charleston, Ohio, Mrs Rebecca Hammonds of London, Ohio, one half-brother, Curtis DeLong of Betsey Layne and one half-sister, Mrs. Mary Hicks of South Charleston, O. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Christian Church at East Point by Rev. S.C. Honeycutt. Final rites were conducted by the Johnson County Post of the American Legion. Burial was made in the cemetery at Hager Hill. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD THURSDAY 8-3-1950
DORTON, James R.
1880-1950
SERVICES HELD SATURDAY AT RED BUSH HOME
Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a. m., Saturday, August 12, for James R. Dorton, 70, member of a prominent family of the county and brother of H. T. Dorton, A. G. T. Dorton, and D. H. Dorton of this city. Death occured in a Lexington hospital at 5:00 p. m., August 9, following an illness of eighteen years. The son of the late William H. and Esther Carter Dorton, he was born in Slater, Missouri, January 20, 1880, but resided at Red Bush most of his life where he engaged in farming. He was a member of the New Regular Baptist Church. He was married at Red Bush July 6, 1906, to Hettie Williams, who survives him. Survivors include besides his widow a daughter, Mrs. Duell Williams, Red Bush, and the following brothers and sisters: Harry Dorton, Lynchburg, Ohio; Thurman, David H., Harvey T., Paintsville; Dr. John A. Dorton, Louisville; Oka Dorton, Prestonsburg; Orba Dorton, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Ira Lester, Skaggs, KY., Mrs. Marvin Hill, Martha; Mrs. J. G. Coldiron, Lynchburg, Ohio, and Mrs. Grettie Jones, Portsmouth, Ohio. Services were conducted at the home by Revs. C. H. Wallin and Bruce Daniel. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 8-17-1950
MILLS, Malissa (Ward)
1950
Funeral Rites at Home of Martin countian Mrs. Malissa Mills, 89, died in the Paintsville Hospital at 10:00 p. m., August 15, 1950, after an illness of two weeks. Cause of death was attributed to a broken hip. She was a resident of Martin county all her life, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was the daughter of Mr. William A. Ward. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Henry Mills, and four sons and one daughter:  Millard, Ep, and Bascom Mills, of Davisport Albert Mills, Akron, Ohio; Zilphy Penix, Davisport. Also surviving are one brother and sister, Carle Ward, Meally, and Zilphy Preston, Paintsville. Funeral services were held today at the home at 10:00 a. m., with the Revs. Leonard Walters, Herman Davis and Lafe Preston officicating. Burial was made in the Boyd-Mills Cemetery, with the Preston Funeral Home directing. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 24, 1950
MONTGOMERY, Pauline
1950-1950
Pauline Montgomery, five-month-old baby of  Mr. and Mrs. Orbie Montgomery, Paintsville, died at home at 3:30 a.m., August 24, after an illness since birth. She was born at the Paintsville Hospital on March 21, 1950. Living besides her parents are six brothers and sisters: Billy, Bobby, Elizabeth Ann, Betty Carol, Donna Sue, and Linda Lou Montgomery, all of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at the Nan Keaton home, Davis Branch Road, at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 25, with the Revs. Leonard Walters and Herman Davis officiating. Burial was made in the Keaton Cemetery, with the Preston Funeral Home directing. PAINTSVILLE HERALD AUG. 31 1950
PATRICK, Judge M. F.
County Resident Succumbs Friday Judge M. F. Patrick, 83, prominent attorney, died at his home in Cheyenne, August 31, 1950 as the result of a heart ailment he had been suffering with for several years. Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at the Salyersville Baptist Church, with the Rev. F. L. Mitchell, pastor of the church, officiating, assisted by the Revs. A. C. Harlowe and Mr. R. Regan, both of Prestonsburg. Burial followed in the Patrick Cemetery under the direction of the Prater and Dunn Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Thursday September 14, 1950
PENNINGTON, Fannie (Bolen)
1873-1950
Fannie Pennington, 77, died at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 1950, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Malcom Honeycutt, Odds, KY. She was born in Morgan County, KY., March 9, 1873, the daughter of Bailey and Sylvania Cantrell Bolen.  She was preceded in death by her husband in March, 1946,  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons and one daughter, Mrs. Nancy Collins, Odds, KY., Bailey Pennington, Belfry, KY., and Frank Pennington, Lookout, Ky.  Also surviving are four sisters and seven brothers, Mrs. Nancy Johnson, and Mrs. Paulina Blair, City, Mrs. Clarinda Ward and Mrs. Rissie Dawson, both of Van Lear, Joe Boyd, P.L., and James Bolen all of Van Lear, John Bolen, Wayland, Elijah Bolen, Fishtrap and Amos Bolen, City. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m on Saturday, August 5, at the home of her niece at Odds, by Rev. Grover Fannin.  The Philadelphia Church Choir sang. Burial was in the Butcher Cemetery at Odds, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Hearld Thursday August 10, 1950
PRUITT, Hubert Jackie
1948-1950
Tutor Key Child Dies August 3 Hubert Jackie Pruitt, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Pruitt of Tutor Key, died Thursday, August 3, 1950 at a local hospital after an illness of one day. He was born September 1, 1948, at Tutor Key, Ky. Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister, Joyce Ann Pruitt, and one brother, James Alford Pruitt, both at home. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 5, at the home of his grandparents, Rev. Don Fraley.  The Tom's Creek Quartet sang.  Burial was in the Preston Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 08-10-1950
RATLIFF, Harvey
1868-1950
Harvey Ratliff, 80, died at his home In Nippa Johnson Co, Ky., at 11:50 P. M., August 11,1950 after an illness of about eight months. The son of James and Rebecca Blanton Ratliff, he was born Mar.14 1868 in Johnson County, Kentucky. A member of the Freewill Baptist Church, he was a resident of Nippa for 19 years. Mr. Ratliff is survived by his wife, Mrs. Genola (Nola) Hampton Ratliff, and five sons, 4 daughters, Jess Ratliff, Wittensville; Walker Ratliff, Meally; Harry Ratliff, Yatesville, Ky., James Ratliff, Dean, Ky.; Clarence Ratliff, Glo,. Ky.; Mrs. Clarinda "Clara Music,  Van Lear; Mrs.Venious Mae Music, Glo; Mrs. Loretta "Lora" Branham, and Mrs. Flora Caldwell, both of Nippa. Surviving brothers and sisters are, Mrs. Arminta Spencer, Hager Hill; John Elliott Ratliff, Barnetts Creek; Silas Ratliff, Paintsville. Funeral rites were held at the Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church at 1:30 p. m. August 13, with the Revs. Millard Van Hoose and Claude Preston officiating. Music was furnished by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Dixon Cemetery at Whittensville under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
SHERMAN, Dallas
1950
DEATH CLAIMS DALLAS SHERMAN
Paintsville Resident Dies August 14 Dallas Sherman, 32, died at his home in Paintsville at 6:45 p.m., Monday, August 14, 1950 after an illness of six months. A resident of paintsville all his life, Mr. Sherman was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sherman. He was the foreman for the A & R Fruit Co., and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Imogene Sherman, and four sons: Jerry E., Edgar Lee, James Arlin, and Paul Douglas Sherman, all of Paintsville. Also surviving are three brothers and one sister: Charley, Edgar, Paul and Ruth Sherman, all of Weeksbury. Funeral services were held at Paintsville, at 2:00 p.m., August 17, with the Rev. Scott Castle officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 8-24-1950
SLOAN, Milburn
1879-1950
Milburn Sloan, 71, died at his home in Lowmansville, Ky., at 7:30 a. m., Tuesday August 1, 1950 after an illness of about a year. Born in Johnson County on January 9, 1879, Mr. Sloan was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Sloan. He was a member of the United Baptist Church.  His wife, Mrs. Cora Sloan, survives him. Besides his wife, there are five sons and five daughters surviving.  The sons are:  Mitchell Sloan, Beckley, W. Va.; Selcie Sloan, Jackson, Ohio; Cecil Sloan, Kenova, W. Va.; Frank Sloan, Ashland, Ky.; Herbert Sloan, Westerville, Ohio. Surviving daughters include:  Miss Nova Sloan, Lexington, Ky.; Mrs. Earnest Music, Lowmansville; Mrs. Beulah Van Hoose, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Beatrice Porter, Ironton, Ohio; Mrs. Ray Brown, Dayton, Ohio; and Mrs. Edward Miller, Morgantown, W. Va., a grandchild whom Mr. Sloan reared.  Also surviving are several step children. Also surviving are two sisters and one brother: Mrs. Harrett Daniels, Kerez., Ky.; Mrs. Ben Van Hoose, Kerz;  Winston Daniels, Kerz. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. Burial was made in the Sloan Cemetery at Lowmansville, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 3, 1950
SPARKS, Eskel Lee Castle
1935-1950
Eskel Lee Castle Sparks, 15, died in the Paintsville Hospital at 10:30 a. m., August 19, 1950, as the result of a ruptured appendix on the same day. Born at Thealka on March 31, 1935 and a resident there all his life, he was the foster son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Sparks. Surviving besides his foster parents are three brothers and two sisters:  Esteel B. (twin brother), Joe, Junior, Elizabeth Mae, and Darlene Castle, all of Barnetts Creek. Also surviving are four foster brothers and sisters:  Tom, Ray, Virginia, and Faye Sparks. Funeral rites were held at the Thealka Church House at 10:00 a. m., August 21, 1950 with the Revs. Cully Sparks and Florda Lyons officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Thealka, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY AUG. 24, 1950
STAMBAUGH, Fred
1875-1950
RITES AT LOWMANSVILLE FOR JOHNSON RESIDENT
The Rev. Fred Stambaugh, 75, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gracie Hayes, Charley, Ky., at 10:15 p.m., Wednesday, Aug.2 1950. The Rev.Stambaugh was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, Sept. 20, 1875, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Stambaugh. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. His wife preceded him in death on July 23, 1948. They were married at Paintsville in 1920. Mr. Stambaugh is survived by three sons and two daughters: Sam Stambaugh, Salina, Calif.; Luther Stmbaugh, Ashland, Ky.; Earl Stambaugh, Staffordsville, Ky.; Mrs. Gracie Hayes, Charley, Ky.; Mrs. Nova Hayes, also of Charley. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Lottie Daniel, Ashland, Ky. Funeral rites were held at Georges Creek Church, Lowmansville, at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Aug. 4, with the Revs. Leonard Walters, Charlie Hackney, and Foster Grimm Officiating. Burial was made in the Murray Cemetery, Kerz, Ky., under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY JUNE 10 1950
WILEY, Alvina (Castle)
1867-1950
Mrs. Alvina Wiley, 82, wife of the late Bethel Wiley and mother of Bruce Wiley of this city, succumbed to an illness of six months at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ora Lyons, Estill, Ky., at 3:55 a.m., Monday, August 28, 1950. Mrs. Wiley was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, October 10, 1867, and was the daughter of Jeff and Mary Meadows Castle. She had been a resident of Estill, Ky., for about ten years, and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by two other sons and four daughters: Earl Wiley, Betsy Lane; Russell Wiley, Martin; Mrs. Jesse Adkins, Kingsport, Tenn.; Mrs Madge Lyons, Estill; Mrs. Velva Rumsey, New York City; Mrs. Zelphia Owsley, Betsy Lane. Surviving sisters are: Mrs. Sara Alice Van Hoose, Nippa; Mrs Martha Meade, Nippa. Mrs Wiley was also the sister of the late Dr. W. R. Castle of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Nippa, at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 30, with the Revs. Millard Van Hoose and F. S. Van Hoose officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery, Nippa, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 24, 1950


SEPTEMBER - 1950

BAILEY, Thurman B.
1881-1950
Services Tuesday For Blaine Doctor Dr. Thurman B. Bailey, 69, died at his home at Blaine about 11:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 1950.  Death was attributed to a heart attack. A well-known physician of the county where he served as general practitioner for a great many years, his death was a shock to his many friends throughout this section.  A resident of Blaine for the past four years, he was born at Flat Gap March 26, 1881, the son of the late Wallace and Agnes Stenson Bailey. He was a member of the Masons and the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Sybil Preston Bailey; two sons, Hirst Bailey, city and Billy at home. A sister, Mrs. Alice Sparks of Ashland, also surviving. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 26, at Flat Gap by Rev. Wallen. Burial was in the Drake Cemetery under the direction of the Guy W. Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-28-1950
BURKE, Lucy (Auxier)
1950
East Point Woman Accident Victim
Mrs. Lucy Auxier Burke, 43, formerly of East Point, was crushed to death Friday, September 29, 1950 when her car ran off a curve on a Trimble County road three miles south of Milton, Ky.  She was thrown out and crushed as the car overturned. A resident of Milton, she was on her way to Madison, Ind., to visit her daughter, Mrs. Victor Wright. Mrs. Burke was the daughter of Mrs. Miranda Music Auxier and the late Henry Auxier of East Point.  Her father was killed by an automobile on Route 23 near Paintsville about 10 years ago. Surviving besides her daughter are her husband, B. L. Burke of Milton, one granddaughter, her mother, Mrs. Miranda Auxier of East Point, two brothers, Virgil and Woodrow of East Point, two sisters, Mrs. May Hereford of Milton, and Mrs. Bert Blanton of Jenkins. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:00 p. m., at the residence at Milton and burial was in a nearby cemetery. Paintsville Herald  Thursday  October 5, 1950

COLLIER, William David
1869-1950
WILLIAM COLLIER, 81
SUCCUMBS SEPT. 5
Funeral services were held at Warfield today at 2:00 p. m., for William David Collier, 81, who died at his home at 2:00 p. m., Tuesday, September 5. Death followed an illness of a month and was attributed to a stroke. He was born March 1, 1869, at Neon, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Collier. He had resided at Warfield for the past fifty-five years where he engaged in farming before his retirement. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. His wife, Laura Belle Collier, to whom he was married August 12, 1894, preceeded him in death December 12, 1949. Survivors include ten children, five daughters, Mrs. Sadie Stepp, Varney, W. Va., Mrs. Tennil Estepp, Roseville, Ohio, Mrs. Virgie Miller, Ashland, Mrs. Martha Sluss, Warfield, Mrs. Mae Brown, Columbus, Ohio, five sons, Millard, Ray and Troman all of Warfield, Isom and Willie both of Beauty. A brother, W. B. Collier, Neon, also survives. Services were conducted at the home and burial was in the Warfield Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  9-7-1950
ENDICOTT, Carl
1950
CARL ENDICOTT DIES SEPT. 20
Carl Endicott, 20, Lawrence County, died September 20 1950 in the Williamson Memorial Hospital, as the result of injuries received in a mine accident 13 days earlier. Born in Red Jacket, W. Va., he was the son of James and Myrtle Endicott. He had been a resident of Lawrence County 15 years. Besides his parents he is survived by five brothers: Virgil, Army; and Thurman, Ray, Paul, and Dennis Endicott, all of Lawrence County. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 23, at his home in lawrence County, with the Rev. Sammy Branham officiating. Burial Following in the Buffalo Horn Cemetery, under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-28-1950
HALL, Marvin
1950
Funeral Services  Saturday, Mar. 29 For War Casualty Son of Mrs. Wiley Hall Killed in Korea in 1950 The body of Pfc. Marvin Hall, who was killed in Korea September 26, 1950, has been returned here for burial. The son of Mrs. Cinda Ann Hall and the late Wiley Hall, former sheriff of Johnson County, Pfc. Hall resided at Winifred before his induction into the Army. Surviving besides his mother are one sister, Mrs. Dora Ann Holbrook, Winifred, and two brothers; Howard Hall of Columbus and Earl Hall of Winifred. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 p.m. at the Enterprise Baptist Church at the mouth of Puncheon with the Rev. Bruce Daniel officiating. Music will be furnished by the Toms Creek Singers and graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion. Interment will be in the family cemetery at Winfred under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.27 1952

HORTON, Mary
1878-1950
Mary Horton, 72, Garrett, succumbed to an illness of one day at the Paintsville Clinic at 5:45 p.m., September 26, 1950. She was born July 1, 1878, in Virginia, and was the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Charlie Horton. A member of the Missionary Baptist Church, she had been a resident of Garrett for the past 30 years. She is survived by three sons and two daughters, Robert Morgan, Hindman; Ted Morgan, Garrett; John Arrowood, Sitka, Mrs. Ester Shelton, Hopewell, Va., Miss Alpha Morgan, California. Also surviving are two brothers and one sister; Sam Horton, Garrett; Troy Horton, Wrigley, KY., Mrs. Floyd Holbrook, Prestonsburg. Funeral rites will be conducted at the Missionary Baptist Church, Garrett, at 1:00 p.m., September 30. Burial will follow in the Garrett Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald September 28, 1950
JONES, Sylvester
1877-1950
Rites For Volga Man at Kerz, Sept. 8 Sylvester Jones, 73, a retired farmer, died at his home in Volga, Ky., at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1950. He was born in Johnson County, Ky, June 25 1877, and was the son of Lemuel and Virginia Sparks Jones.  He had been a resident of Johnson County all his life. Surviving besides his wife, Mrs. Malissa Ferguson Jones, are two sons and three daughters: Delbert Jones, Flat Gap;  William Jones, Milford Center, Ohio; Mrs. Corda Osborne, Flat Gap; Mrs. Luda Blanton, Volga;  Mrs. Vada Lowry, Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are two brothers:  C.C.Jones, Cleveland, Ohio, and Johnnie Jones, Columbus, Ohio; and two half-brothers:  Elmer Jones, West Van Lear, and A.R. Jones, Kerz. Funeral services were held at the Enterpise Baptist Church, Kerz, at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, with the Rev. Bruce Daniel officiating. Burial was made in the Family Cemetery, Kerz, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-14-1950
KERNS, Clarence
1887-1950
Death Claims  Tutor Key Man Rites At Toms Creek For Clarence Kerns Clarence Kerns, 63, died as the result of a heart attack at his home in Tutor Key, at 11:30 p. m., Monday, September 4, 1950. He was the son of Lewis and Jennie Cooke Kerns and was born June 2, 1887, in Lawrence County, Ohio.  A retired miner, he had been a resident of Tutor Key for 11 years. Surviving besides his wife, Mrs. Ella McKenzie Kerns, whom he married in 1915 at Offutt, Ky. are six sons and four daughters; Howard, Douglas, and Kenneth Kerns, all of Tutor Key; James, Bob White, W. Va.; Richard, Detroit, Michigan; Jack, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Jessie Eiglensee, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Neva Brown, Volga; Mrs. Ruth Castle, Wharton, W. Va., and Mrs. Minnie Grace Barber, Paintsville. Surviving brothers and sisters are: Walter Kerns, West Virginia; Ray Kerns, Ohio; Rex Kerns, Ohio; Mrs. Lizzie Price, Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Bertha Kinder, West Virginia. Funeral rites were held at the Toms Creek United Baptist Church at 10:30 a. m., Thursday, September 7, 1950. Burial was made in the Family Cemetery at Tutor Key, with the Paintsville Funeral Home directing. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-7-1950
LITTERAL, Henry Harrison
1868-1950
Oil Springs Native Dies At Millersburg Mr. Henry Harrison Litteral, 82, succumbed to an illness of 60 days, at 9:00 a.m., Sept. 9 at his home in Millersburg, Ohio. Cause of death was attributed to infirmities of old age. He was born at Oil Springs, Nov. 1, 1868, and was the son of Fleming and Sarah Prater Litteral. He had been a resident of Millersburg for about 10 years, and was a member of the Oil Springs Methodist Church. He is survived by two sons and four daughters: Gordon Litteral, Apple Creek, Ohio; Dallas Litteral, Millersburg, Ohio; Mrs.. Myrtle Litteral, Shrieves, Ohio; Mrs. Jewell Litteral Patrick, Riceville; Mrs. Hazel Litteral Calvert, Owensboro; Mrs. Joy Litteral Rice, Nashville, Ohio. Surviving also are two sisters: Mrs. John Coldiron, Greenup, and Miss Hannah Litteral, Oil Springs. Funeral rites were held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Oil Springs, with the Rev. Rooker officiating. Burial followed in the Home Cemetery, with the Preston Funeral Home directing. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-14-1950
MAYNARD, George Dewey
1900-1950
George Dewey Maynard, 50, died suddenly at Kermit, W. Va., Saturday, September 30, 1950. His death was attributed to heart failure. He was born at Laura, Ky., September 10, 1900, the son of George and Amy Farley Maynard.  A prominent farmer, he had been a resident of Lovely for the past several years. Survivors include four childeren; two daughters, Mrs. Arizona Stepp and Miss Emma Maynard, both of Lovely; two sons, George Dewey, Jr., Columbus, Ohio, Buddie, Kopperston, W. Va.  Surviving also are four brothers, Bert, Kopperston, W. Va., Thomas, Isaac, and Clay all of Lovely. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 2, 1950, at the old home place at Laura by Rev. Russell Kirk.  Burial was in the Maynard Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  Thursday October 5, 1950 
MCCLOUD, Alphonso
1950
Accidental Deaths Claim 2 Victims During Past Week Skidmore and McCloud  Killed By Autos Two prominent men, Howard L. Skidmore of Huntington, W. Va., and Alphonso McCloud of West Van Lear, were killed in accidental deaths within a period of two days during the past week. Skidmore, former Paintsville resident, and a private contract driller of oil and gas wells, was killed September 9, when his car skidded on a curve and crashed into the rear of a ton and a half truck, near Dunlow, W. Va. He was buried in the family cemetery, following funeral services at 2:00 p.m., September 12, at the Pleasant Valley Church at Dallason, W. Va., with the Rev. James T. Browning, Methodist Pastor, officiating. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Shanks, of Cookeville, Tenn. McCloud, a retired railroad operator, died, September 7, at the St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, as a result of injuries suffered when he was struck by an automobile two weeks earlier.  The accident occurred as he and his son were crossing a street in Columbus. It was said a Negro driver ran a red light and crashed into them, also injuring the son. Funeral services were held September 9, at the Church of Christ, W. Van Lear, with the Revs. Julian Hunt and S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial followed in the Wells Cemetery, Paintsville. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rosie May McCloud, and one daughter and two sons:  Mrs. Nelle McCloud Corder, Louisville; George Perry McCloud and Alphonso McCloud, both of W. Van Lear. A son, 1st Lieutenant Darvin McCloud, was killed in World War II. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY September 14, 1950
MOLLETTE, John B.
1950
DEATH CLAIMS JOHN B. MOLLETTE
Rites At Weeksbury For Johnson Native John B. Mollette, 69, native of Johnson County, died at his home in Weeksbury, at 4:00 p.m., Sept.06, 1950 Cause of death was attributed to Bright's disease. Although born in Johnson County, he had been a resident of Weeksbury for the past 20 years, and served one term as magistrate there. He was the husband of  Sarah Crum Mollette, and a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving him besides his widow are two daughters and seven sons; Mrs. Maggie Mae Spears, Weeksbury; Mrs. Vernie Alice Keith, Detroit; Ben, John R., James, Brown, Bill, Elias Mollette all of Weeksbury; and Edward, of  Ecorsu, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted at this home, Friday, Sept. 8, at 10:00, with the Rev. Buhl Ferguson officiating. Burial was made at Inez under the direction of the Baker Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD SEPT. 14 1950
MUSIC, James Franklin
1950
James Franklin Music, 6-year-old son of Jimmie and Effie Yates Music, died in his home in Paintsville, at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, 1950 after an illness of several months. He was born in Johnson County and a resident there all his life. Surviving besides his parents are one brother and one sister, Kenneth E. Music, 4, and Linda Joyce Music, 1, both of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Freewill Baptist Church, Sycamore, with the Revs. Nathan Van Hoose and Jim Yates officiating. Burial was made in the Sycamore Cemetery under the direction of the Painsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY September 14, 1950
PACK, Harry Roscoe
1885-1950
Former Johnson Citizen Passes September 7 1950. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 7, at the Beaver Valley Church for Henry Roscoe Pack, brother of Mrs. W.L. Slone of this city and Mrs. M. A. Davis, Danville, who died at his home in Waverly, Ohio, September 5. He was born in this county October 30, 1885, but had been a resident of Ohio for the past twenty-five years. He was a devoted member of the United Baptist since his early youth. Survivors include besides his two sisters, his widow, Mrs. Lizzie Hayes Pack and two sons, Lunda and Gradon pack. Surviving also are two granddaughters, Betty Jean and Lorraine Pack, all of Ohio. Attending the funeral from here were: Mrs. M.A. Davis, Mrs. W.H. Slone, Dr. A.D. Slone, and Mrs. Chester Griffith and son, Wayne Griffith, and Mrs. Everette Blanton. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-14-1950 
PICKLESIMER, Zelda (Trimble)
1950
FUNERAL RITES TODAY  FOR JOHNSON RESIDENT
Funeral rites were conducted today at 10:00 a.m., Sept.14, for Mrs. Zelda Trimble Picklesimer, 65, who died at 9:30 a.m., Sept.12, 1950 at her home at Barnetts Creek, after an illness of two years. The services were held at her home, with the Revs. Ferman Blair, C.C. Hall, and Scott Castle officiating. Burial followed in the Family Cemetery at Barnetts Creek, with the Paintsville Funeral Home directing. Her husband, Albert Picklesimer, precded her in death five years ago. She was born in Johnson County and had been a resident of Barnetts Creek all her life.  She was the daughter of Nat and Nancy Jane Van Hoose Trimble and was a member of the United Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Elbert Rice, Barnetts Creek, and Mrs. Shadie Preston, Millstone, Ky., and three brothers: Cyrus, Boldman, Ky., Tom, Paintsville and Benton Trimble, Cincinnati, Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 9-4-1950
PRESTON, Edgar Luther
1872-1950
Edgar Luther Preston, better known as "Ted" age 78, substantial farmer of the Orangeburg community, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 6:10 p.m. at his home from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage suffered three weeks ago. Not well since suffering a first hemorrhage December 1, 1948, Mr. Preston was able to be up and about the house until stricken a second time.  He grew gradually weaker in the past week. A native of Johnson County, Mr. Preston came from there about 40 years ago and for much of this time had owned his own farm.  He was quiet, industrous farmer who was completely trust-worthy and well deserving of the confidence placed in him.  He was a member of the Old Concord Church about 60 years. Mr. Preston was born February 23, 1872, the son of James Hafford Preston and Juliana Price Preston. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laura Ward Preston, at home and four children, Mrs. Gertrude Preston of Paintsville, Mrs. Sarah Goldberg of Cincinnati, W. J. Preston, Georgetown, Ohio, and John B. Preston of Moscow, O.  Also he leaves thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Tobe Auxier of Auxier, Ky., Mrs. Lydia Wells, Stambaugh, and four half-brothers and sisters, Ben F. Preston, Olive Hill, Ky., Mrs. Susie Osborn, Stockdale, Ohio, Mrs. Murrah Stambaugh, Stambaugh, and Martin L. Preston of Wisconsin. Funeral services were held at the Knox Funeral Home, Maysville, Ky. Interment was in the Wedonia Cemetery, Wedonia, Ky. (Daily Independent, Maysville, Ky.). PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 10-19-1950
PRESTON, John Eliphas
1869-1950
Prominent Citizen Dies At Toms Creek Funeral services were conducted at the Toms Creek Baptist Church today at 1:00 p. m., September 14, for well-known Johnson Countian, Mr. John E. Preston, 81, who died after an illness of one year at his home in Tutor Key at 9:30 p. m., Sept. 11 1950 In charge of the funeral rites were the Revs. Cullie Sparks, Robert Castle, and Florida Lyons. Songs were furnished by the Paintsville Quartet.  Burial followed in the Family Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. He was born at Thelma, Ky., September 12, 1869, and was the son of Ephlias and Zinna Ward Preston.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Clara Daniel Preston, whom he married in Johnson County, March 4, 1896.  A retired miner, he was a member of the United Baptist Church, and had been a resident of Tutor Key for the past 30 years. Surviving besides his widow are three sons and three daughters; Lloyd H. Preston, of the Paintsville Funeral Home; Clyde Preston, also of Paintsville; Claude Preston, Tutor Key; Gypsie Patrick, Tutor Key; Rushia Preston, and Ruby Preston, of Tutor Key. Also surviving is one brother, Dick Preston, of Thelma, and ten grand children and one great grandchild. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 9-14-1950
PRESTON, Rosie (Daniel)
1877-1950
Mrs. Rosie Preston, 73, wife of Mr. N. M. Preston, Williamsport, died at the Paintsville Golden Rule Hospital, at 3:40 p.m., Sept. 8, after an illness of two days. She was born October 20, 1877, at Tutor Key, and was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. David Daniel. She had been a resident of Williamsport for the past 45 years, and was a member of the United Baptist Church.  She was married to Mr. Preston in June 1906, in Johnson County, Ky. Surviving besides her husband are five sons:  John M. Preston, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Elmer Preston, Williamsport; Roy Preston, Boons Camp; Hoy Preston, Staffordsville; and W. M. Austin, East Point, by a former marriage. Also surviving are three brothers and one sister:  Al Daniels, Thelma; Scott Daniels, Tutor Key; Alonzo Daniels, W. Van Lear; Mrs. Clate Daniels, Justeel, Ky. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Friendship Church, Williamsport, with the Revs. L. T. Preston and Leonard Walters officiating. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery, Williamsport, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 9-14-1950
SKAGGS, Buell Green
1950
Buell Green Skaggs, 54, died suddenly at his home in Flat Gap at 10:30 a.m. September 22 1950. The son of Francis and Nancy Evelyon McKenzie Skaggs, he was married to Girtie Segraves, at Red Bush, in 1920. Surviving besides his widow are one son and two daughters; Lowell Skaggs, Flat Gap; Mrs. Gladys McKenzie and Mrs. Elloise Conley, both of Springfield, Ohio. Also surviving are two brothers and one sister: Hardy Skaggs, Flat Gap; Cornelius Skaggs, Keaton; and Mrs. Tilda Hill, Relief. Funeral rites were held Sunday at 10:00 a.m., September 24, at the Enterprise Baptist Church, Flat Gap, with the Revs. Lafe Skaggs, Glen Ross and Hood Wallen officiating. Burial followed in the Skaggs Cemetery in Keaton under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 9-28-1950
SKIDMORE, Howard L.
1950
Accidental Deaths Claim 2 Victims During Past Week Skidmore and McCloud  Killed By Autos Two prominent men, Howard L. Skidmore of Huntington, W. Va., and Alphonso McCloud of West Van Lear, were killed in accidental deaths within a period of two days during the past week. Skidmore, former Paintsville resident, and a private contract driller of oil and gas wells, was killed September 9, when his car skidded on a curve and crashed into the rear of a ton and a half truck, near Dunlow, W. Va. He was buried in the family cemetery, following funeral services at 2:00 p.m., September 12, at the Pleasant Valley Church at Dallason, W. Va., with the Rev. James T. Browning, Methodist Pastor, officiating. He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Shanks, of Cookeville, Tenn. McCloud, a retired railroad operator, died, September 7, at the St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, as a result of injuries suffered when he was struck by an automobile two weeks earlier.  The accident occurred as he and his son were crossing a street in Columbus. It was said a Negro driver ran a red light and crashed into them, also injuring the son. Funeral services were held September 9, at the Church of Christ, W. Van Lear, with the Revs. Julian Hunt and S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial followed in the Wells Cemetery, Paintsville. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rosie May McCloud, and one daughter and two sons:  Mrs. Nelle McCloud Corder, Louisville; George Perry McCloud and Alphonso McCloud, both of W. Van Lear. A son, 1st Lieutenant Darvin McCloud, was killed in World War II. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY September 14, 1950
WEBB, Sydney A. Jr.
1950
Prominent Resident Succumbs Sept 26 Sydney A. Webb Sydney A. Webb, Jr., 46, died at his home at 6:30  p.m., Tuesday. September 26, 1950 following an illness of several months. A member of a well known family, the son of Beulah Preston Webb and Sydney A.Webb, he was born in Paintsville and attended the city schools here. A painter by profession, his genial disposition and likeable personality made him a general favorite in this city where his entire life was spent. Survivors include besides his parents, his widow, Phyllis Ward Webb, and two children, Mrs. Jimmy Norman, City, and Brenda at home. Surviving also are two brothers, Robert, Pikeville, Lyn, City, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Switzer, Trimble, TN. Funeral services were conducted today at the Paintsville Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. J.I. Meyers and the Rev. Clarence W. Krebs. Pallbearers were Rell Morris, Fred Hefner, Jack Crutcher, Norman Ward, Chester Kirk, Chalmer May and Roger Stewart. Burial was in the Preston Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Thursday Sept. 28, 1950
WILLIAMS, Milt
1877-1950
Milt Williams, 73, Dies at His Home Sept. 6 Milt Williams, 73, succumbed to an illness of one year at his home in Red Bush, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 6, 1950. He was born in Morgan County, Kentucky, May 1877, and was the son of Daniel and Rebecca Cox Williams.  A retired farmer, he was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church and the Masons. Surviving besides his wife, Mrs. Minnie Bond Williams, are two sons and one daughter, Shelby Williams, Paintsville; Crit Williams, Ashland; Mrs. Bertha Williams, Red Bush. Surviving also are two brothers, Walker Williams, Mima, Ky., and Tom Williams, of Ohio. Funeral services will be held at his home in Red Bush, at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 8. Burial will be made in the Family Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 7, 1950
WITTEN, June (Crider)
1892-1950
Mrs. June Witten, 58, wife of Alonza Witten, succumbed to a heart attack after an illness of several months at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cecil Preston, Wittensville, at Friday noon, September 1, 1950. Mrs. Witten was born in Johnson County, Ky., March 4, 1892, and was the daughter of Alfred and Elizabeth Wells Crider.  She had been a resident of Wittensville for about 28 years, and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are four sons and three daughters; Richard Witten, Henlawson, W. Va., Homer, James, and Charles Witten, all of Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Anna Preston and Mrs. Minnie Patrick, both of Tutor Key; Mrs. Loretta Jean Sparks, Dearborn, Michigan. Surviving brothers and sisters are: Willie Crider, Stambaugh; Homer Crider, Estill, Ky.; Mrs. Effie Stapleton, Kerz; Mrs. Nola Salyers, Van Lear; Mrs. Bessie Hicks, Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Julia Adkins, Thealka; Mrs. Jocie Harplett, Paintsville; Oneida Castle, Thealka; James Crider, Tutor Key. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church, Nippa, at 10:00 a. m., Sunday, September 3, with the Revs. Claude Preston and Millard Van Hoose officiating.  Songs were furnished by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Crider Family Cemetery, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 9-7-1950


OCTOBER - 1950

BLAIR, John Walter
1950
John Walter Blair, 67, father of Mrs. Elbert Davis of Hager Hill, died October 21 1950 in Lawrence County General Hospital at Ironton, O.  He had been ill for several weeks and had undergone major surgery. Mr. Blair was a native of Johnson County and resided at West Van Lear for many years prior to moving to Flatwoods, Ky., five years ago. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harrison P. Blair of this county. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Alka Blair, one son, Ted of Dayton, O., three daughters, Mrs. Earl Woods, Flatwoods, Ky., Mrs. Sam Sloan of Paducah, Ky., and Mrs. Davis; two brothers, C.E. Blair of Beaver, O., and J.S. Blair, Dayton, O., four sisters, Mrs. Seldon Smith, Flatwoods, Mrs. Lura Rice, Ashland, Mrs. May McCloud, Van Lear and Mrs. Luther Fitch, Hager Hill. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the Flatwoods Baptist Church by the Rev. E.H. Ketner and the Rev Ralph E. Webb. Burial was made in Bellefonte Memorial Park. October 26, 1950 Paintsville Herald
BRANHAM, Bonnie Lou
1950
Bonnie Lou Branham 10-Months-Old Dies October 24 Bonnie Lou Branham, 10-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Branham, Boons Camp, died at 4:45 p.m., October 24, 1950 at the Paintsville Hospital after an illness of four days. Surviving besides her parents are six brothers and sisters: Ruby Grace, Douglas Eugene, Anna Louise, James Ronald, Helen Jo, Mildred Jewell and Donnie Lou Branham, all of Boons Camp. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., October 25, at the home, with the Revs. Lafe Preston and Leonard Walters officiating. Burial was made in the Branham Cemetery at Boons Camp, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-26-1950
BROWN, John Mitchell
1902-1950
John Mitchell Brown, 48 died Saturday, October 28, 1950 in a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, following a brief Illness.  Death was attributed to a heart attack. The son the of the late James and Emma Rice Brown, he was born at Peach Orchard July 2, 1902, later moving with his family to this city where he attended the city schools and lived until about eight years ago.  At the time of his death, he was a resident of Portsmouth, Ohio, where he had made his home for the past five years. A member of the First Christian Church of this city since February 13, 1927, he was interested and active in church affairs.  A popular painter he was well known throughout this section for his artistic ability and his talent for composing poetry.   Many of his paintings may still be viewed in the homes and public buildings of the city. He was married March 13, 1922, to Miss Lottie Cline of this city who survives him. Surviving besides his wife are two children, Mrs. Violet Umbleby, Columbus, Ohio and Jas. E. Brown, Pikeville.  Surviving also are three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Lyons, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Mrs. Pansy Polly, Jenkins, and Mrs. Rebecca Petty, San Antonio, (please turn to back page) Texas. Funeral services were conducted at the First Christian Church at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 31, by Rev. Harold L. Burnside, pastor.  Active pallbearers were Roger T. Cooper, K. B. Williams, J. H. Frail, Jr., Fred M. Hefner, Jess Songer, and John L. Spears. Burial was in the Wells Cemetery in this city under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 2, 1950
CONLEY, Herbert
1950
FUNERAL RITES HELD AT COLLISTA OCT. 24
FOR HERBERT CONLEY
Herbert Conley, 39, Circuit Court Clerk of Johnson County, passed away Sunday, October 22, (1950) at 2:30 p.m. in the Paintsville Hospital after an illness of six months. He was a graduate of Pikeville College, Pikeville, and was a teacher in the rural schools of this county for about ten years. At the age of 28, he was elected to the office of Circuit Court Clerk, and in the year 1945 was re-elected to the same office by the people of Johnson County. He was recently commended by the State Department for his ability in the management of this office. For a short time he served the community as an employee of the Second National Bank and the H.B. Rice Insurance Company, and he had been successful in several real estate transactions here in recent years. Owner of the Community Food Market in Stafford Addition, this building was completed and opened for business after he became ill in April of this year. A man of superb character and integrity, he also possessed a congeniality and friendliness that won for him thousands of friends in this locality. He was a deacon in the Freewill Baptist Church of Collista where he worked tirelessly in the upbuilding of this organization. Always interested in the welfare of the people, his interest often urged him beyond his limited physical strength. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Paintsville and the Paintsville Kiwanis Club of which he was past secretary. "Herb" as he was familiarly called by his friends, was born July 15, 1911 at Collista, the son of Troy and Stella Adams Conley. He was married in 1937 to Eugenia Williams, who with their daughter, Joann, 9 years old, survive. Also surviving are his parents who reside at Collista, one brother, Clyde Conley of Nippa, and two sisters, Mrs. May Auxier and Mrs. Neva Blair of Collista. Funeral services were held Tuesday, (Oct. 24, 1950) at 2:00 p.m. at the Collista Freewill Baptist Church, by the Rev. Claude Preston and the Rev. Charley Lemaster. Song service was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Turner Cemetery by the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 26, 1950
COOPER, Beatrice (Preston)
1887-1950
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD HERE SATURDAY
Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Beatrice Preston Cooper at 2:00 p. m., Saturday, October 14, 1950, at the First Christian Church in this city. Mrs. Cooper died Thursday morning, October 12, 1950, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. E. McEldowney of 947 Somerset Drive, Charleston, W. Va. She was born in Paintsville March 11, 1887, the daughter of the late Thomas S. and Victoria Spradlin Preston. She was united in marriage to J. H. Cooper April 27, 1904. One son, Lawrence O. preceded her in death in 1919. A member of the First Christian Church since May 1, 1905, she was also a member of the Paintsville Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and a lifelong member of the Eastern Star. Members of the local OES attended the funeral in a group. Surviving besides her husband and daughter are three sons; Captain Hysell P. Cooper, USN, Quonset Point, R. I.; R. T. Cooper of this city and John E. Cooper, Mt. Sterling, KY. She is also survived by the following grandchildren, Pamela A. McEldowney, Robert E. McEldowney III, & John Mark Cooper. Services were conducted by Rev. Harold L. Burnside, pastor, with special music by a quartet composed of Mrs. Nelson Howard, Miss Nina Williamson, Dr. H. G. Hazelrigg, and Mr. O. O. Roberts acompanied at the organ by Mrs. Grady Stafford. Her nephews served as active pallbearers and were as follows: Hannibal Wheeler, H. F. Wheeler, Jr., J. K. Wells, Orion Wheeler, C. O. (Buzzy) Wheeler, and Walton Conley of Logan, W. Va. Honorary pallbearers were Cyrus R. Cooper, city, Col. Bacon R. Moore, Harrodsburg, Archie H. Conley, Lexington, John L. Wells, city, Siegel Cooper, Cyrus, KY, Clay Whitt, Williamson, W. Va., Glenn Spradlin, Prestonsburg, Clarence Wheeler, Dayton, Ohio., Dockie Hale, Lickburg, KY. Interment was in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-5-1950
DIXON, Margaret (Slone)
1874-1950
SERVICES YESTERDAY FOR MRS. GUY DIXON
In the passing Monday, October 2, 1950 of Mrs. Margaret Slone Dixon, 76, wife of Guy Dixon of Wittensville, the county lost one of its best beloved and prominenet woman. Death occured at her home at 3:50 p. m., following an illness of several months. She was a sister of J. M. Slone of this city. A devoted member of the United Baptist Church, she was a popular resident of the community where she had made her home since her marriage in 1902. The daughter of Marvel and Elizabeth Slone, she was born in Lawrence County February 25, 1874. Surviving besides her husband and brother are three children; two daughters, Mrs. Jesse Wilcox, Wittensville, Mrs. Charles Kimmerle, Dayton, Ohio; one son, Roy Dixon, Overpeck, Ohio. Surviving also are two other brothers, Marion, Lucasville, O., Proctor, Kerz, and one sister, Mrs. Cynthia Adams, Unionville Center, Ohio. She also leaves nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the United Baptist Church in this city at 10:30 a. m., Wednesday, October 4, by the Revs.  Foster Riggsby and Lonza Reed. Pallbearers were Leroy Slone, Kenneth McKenzie, Heber Preston, Riginald Slone, Bruce Slone, Sterling Vanhoose, Leslie Roberts, and Bruce Dixon. Burial was in the Dixon Cememtery under the direction of the Paintsville funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-5-1950
DIXON, Mary (Hayes)
1867-1950
MRS. MARY DIXON DIES OCT. 4
SERVICES TOMORROW  AT HOME OF SON
Mrs. Mary Dixon, 53, prominenet and respected woman of the county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. M. Davis at Winfred, Wednesday, October 4, at 10:30 p. m., after an illness of several months. Following within two days the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Guy Dixon of Wittensville, her death was the second in the Dixon family this week. The daughter of the late Andy and Louise Moore Hayes, she was born in Lawrence County September 27, 1867. A beloved member of this community where she has resided for the past four years, her death was a shock to her many friends there and throughout this section. A member of the Freewill Baptist Church, she lived a devoted Christian life. She was preceeded in death by her husband, Alonzo Dixon. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. C. M. Davis, Winfred, with whom she made her home; four sons, Rolla and Hasca, City; Arie, Charleston, W. Va.; Elmer, Mallie, KY.; three brothers also survive, Z. B. Hayes, Los Angeles; John Hayes, Jenkins; G. B. Hayes, Ashland. Surviving also are twenty-one grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, October 6, at 2:00 p. m., at the home of Hasca Dixon in King Addition. Burial will be in the Dixon Cemetery near Wittensville under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-5-1950
ESTEP, Martha (Daniels)
1875-1950
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Daniels Estep, 75, native of Johnson County, were held Monday at the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church with the rev. Willie W. Moore and the Rev. W. S. Boggs officiating. Mrs. Estep died in a Louisa hospital October 21, 1950 after an illness of ten days. Born March 6, 1875 in this county, she was a daughter of the late A. Jackson and Marida Stapleton Daniels.  She was a member of the Mary Baptist Church since childhood. Her first husband, John R. Travis, died in 1928.  She had been married for the past 12 years to Alonzo Estep, who survives.  She resided in Louisa for 11 years and formerly lived at Ft. Gay for 18 years. Surviving her, in addition to the husband, are two sisters, Mrs. Rose Meade, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Mrs. Ruby Baker, Huntington, W. Va., two brothers, Monroe Daniels, Pikeville, and John Daniels, McDowell, Ky. Burial was made in the Mary Baptist Church Cemetery, at Charley, Ky. Paintsville Herald 10-26-1950
GRIM, Ruth (Castle)
1881-1950
Rites Held Tues. For Nippa Woman Mrs. Ruth Castle Grim, 69, died in a local hospital about 1:00 a.m., Sunday, October 1 1950. A resident of Nippa she was born in this county January 22, 1881, the daughter of Amos and Lucinda Castle.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  Her husband, Willie Grim, preceded her in death in 1937. She is survived by 7 children, Mrs. Jennie Burton, Mrs. Eunice Baker, Mrs. Lizzie Meadows, Mrs. Jilnice Scarberry, and Mrs. Gracie Music all of Nippa; two sons, Herbert, Lowmansville, and Marion of Nippa.  Also surviving are two brothers, Sam B. Castle, City, and Bill Dock Castle, Nippa, and a sister Mrs. Sarah Castle, Nippa. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 3, at 11:00 a.m., at the Sycamore Schoolhouse by Revs. Millard Vanhoose and Nathan Vanhoose.  The song service was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the Castle Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-5-1950
JOHNSON, Mary Ella (Compton)
1884-1950
Rites At Drift For City Resident Mrs. Mary Ella Johnson, 66, wife of William C. Johnson, city, succumbed to an illness of one year October 20, 1950 at the Paintsville Hospital. Born February 8, 1884, in Lawrence County, Ky., she was the daughter of William P. and Louise Wolfe Compton.  She had been a resident of Paintsville for one year. Surviving besides her husband are one son and four daughters:  J. W. Johnson, Minnie, Ky.; Mrs. Lorraine Turner, Minnie; Mrs. Laura Belle Johnson, Korea, Ky.; Mrs. Opal Moore, Praise; Mrs. Beatrice France, Detroit, Mich. Also surviving are four brothers and one sister:  James Compton, Virgie, Ky.; Burgess Compton, Orkney, Ky.; William and Ora Compton, both of West Virginia, Mrs. Estella Castle, Louisa. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a. m., Sunday, October 22, at the Regular Baptist Church, Drift, with the Rev. Mitchell Chaffins officiating. Burial followed in the Turner Cemetery, Drift, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-26-1950
KING, Powell
1875-1950
Pneumonia Takes  Barn Rock Resident Powell King, 75, Barn Rock died at his home at 8:30 a.m. October 27, 1950, as the result of a three-weeks illness with pneumonia. He was born in Johnson County September 25, 1875, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William King.  A farmer by occupation, he was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, Martha King, are four sons and two daughters; Addie and I___ King, of Columbus, Ohio; Lloyd and Johnnie King of Hilliard, Ohio; Mrs. Charlie Curtis, Chillicothe, Ohio; and Mrs. Alonza Lemasters of Barn Rock. Also surviving are three brothers; Jim King, Van Lear; Henry King, Fuget; and Bascom King, Elna. Funeral rites were held at 10:00 a. m., October 28, 1950 at his home in Barn Rock with the Rev. T. J.  Bailey officiating. Burial followed in the Amos Cemetery at Elna. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-2-1950
MCKENZIE, Jay
1892-1950
FUNERAL RITES HERE AT FREEWILL CHURCH JAY MCKENZIE
Jay McKenzie, 58, deputy sheriff and former constable, Paintsville succumbed to an illness of one year October 27, 1950 at the Veterans Hospital, Huntington. He was born in Paintsville August 8, 1892, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy McKenzie. He was married to Mary D. McKenzie, who survives him, January 12, 1915, in Paintsville. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Also surviving are two brothers and five sisters: William McKenzie, Flat Gap; Lonza McKenzie, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Flora Blevins, Paintsville; and Mrs. Virgie West, Mrs. Ida Meek, Mrs. Edna Jackson, Mrs. Ruby Kestner, all of Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p. m., Sunday, October 29, 1950 at the Freewill Baptist Church Paintsville, with the Rev. Scott Castle officiating. Burial was made in the City Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOV. 2, 1950
PRINCE, James M.
1878-1950
James M. Prince, Sr. 71, died of a heart attack October 26 at his home in Tutor Key. A Spanish American War veteran, he was born Nov. 22, 1878 in Lawrence County.  He had been a resident of Tutor Key for about 40 years and was a minister of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, Mrs. Minta Davidson Prince are three sons and three daughters: Joseph Prince, Scott Depot, W. Va.; Harry and James Prince, Jr., both of Tutor Key: Mrs. Alma Wells, Scott Depot, W. Va; Mrs. June, Justice, Ashland; Mrs. Ruth Carey, Tutor Key. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. October 28, at his home in Tutor Key, with the Revs. Claude Preston and Virgil Daniel officiating.  Music was furnished by the Tom Creek Singers. Burial followed in the Family Cemetery, Tutor Key, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-2-1950
RATLIFF, Minnie (Osborne)
1883-1950
Succumbs Oct. 7 Funeral Services Held Sunday at Staffordsville Mrs. Minnie Ratliff, 67, wife of Clarke Ratliff of Staffordsville, died at her home at 10:20 a.m., Saturday, October 7, 1950 following an illness of several months. The daughter of John H. and Ellen Osborne, she was born in this county May 4, 1883.  A resident of Staffordsville for the past twenty-three years, she was well known and respected by her many friends throughout that section.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are three children; two daughters, Mrs. L. T. McKenzie, Mrs. Clyde Griffith both of Columbus, Ohio, one son, Curtis, also of Columbus, Ohio.  Surviving also are four sisters, Mrs. Lyla Tackett, Staffordsville, Miss Bertha Osborne, Volga, Mrs. Lillie Salyers, Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. Bessie Childers, Newport News, Va. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., at the Freewill Baptist Church in Staffordsville Sunday, October 8 by Elder Scott Castle.  The Song Service was presented by the Paintsville Quartet.  Burial was in the Melvin Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 10-5-1950
STURGILL, Sam
1872-1950
Sam Sturgill, 78, died suddenly at his home in Barnetts Creek at 9:30 a. m., October 26, 1950. He was born June 7, 1872, and was the son of Jeff and Rena Fairchild Sturgill.  A retired farmer, he was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was married to Cynthia Ealy, who survives him, on March 2, 1899. Also surviving are two sons and two daughters:  Jimmie Sturgill, Daytona Beach, Florida; Orel Sturgill, Baltimore, Maryland; Mrs. Dewey Taylor, Chillicothe, Ohio; Mrs. John McClure of Ashland. The one sister surviving is Mrs. Roxie Mahan, city. Funeral rites were conducted at 1:00 p. m., October 28, at the United Baptist Church in Barnetts Creek, with the Revs. Hargis Conley and Lonza Reed officiating. Burial followed in the South Ashland Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 2, 1950
VARNER, Randall DeWayne
1950-1950
Randall DeWayne Varner, five weeks old infant of William and Betty Jo Smith Varner, Oceana, W. Va., died last Friday morning, October 13, 1950 at the Oceana Hospital after an illness of three days. Surviving is one brother, George Leon Varner, Oceana. Funeral services were held at 10: 00 a.m., October 16, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Smith, with Rev. Don Fraley officiating. Burial was made in the Family Cemetery, King Addition, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY OCT. 19 1950
WALKER, Josephine (Bradley)
1884-1950
Mrs. Walker, 66 Dies October 23, 1950 Mrs. Josephine Walker, sister of Mrs. Roscoe Borders and Mrs. Charles Borders of Ulysses died Monday in King's Daughters' Hospital Ashland, following a lingering illness. Mrs. Walker, a resident of Ashland practically her entire life, was born May 14, 1884 at White House, a daughter of George and Alice Sparks Bradley. Surviving are the husband, Ellis Walker, two daugther, one brother, two half brothers and four half-sisters. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the Pollard Second Methodist Church.   Burial was made in Rose Hill Burial Park. Paintsville Herald Thursday October 26, 1950.


NOVEMBER - 1950

ADAMS, Arlene
1950
Mrs. Arlene Adams, Oil Springs. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., November 26, at the Oil Springs Methodist Church with the Rev. John Collins officiating. Songs were provided by the Paintsville Quartette. Burial was made today (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The delay in burial was due to the bad weather conditions. The Paintsville Herald Nov 23, 1950
BLAIR, Lottie (Clay)
1868-1950
Mrs. Lottie Blair, 82, died at her home here at 4:20 a.m., Wednesday,, November 22 (1950). She had been ill for several months. Her husband, the late Harrison Blair, preceded her in death several years ago. She was born August 25, 1868, in Johnson County, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Clay. She had been a resident of Paintsville for the past 29 years, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving sons and daughters are: Tom Blair, Paintsville; Mrs. Teria Nelson, Paintsville, Mrs. Erie Riche, Paintsville. Surviving stepsons and step-daughters are: Liss Blair, Leander; Bruce Blair, Dwale; Drice Blair, Volga; Crossford Blair, Win; Mrs. Goldie Van Hoose and Mrs. Veria Van Hoose, both of Paintsville. Also surviving are one brother and two sisters: Sam Clay, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Jane Picklesimer, Indiana; Dashia Clay, Paintsville. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24, (1950) at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church, city, with the Revs. Claude Preston, F.S. VanHoose, and C.C. Hall officiating. Songs were furnished by the Paintsville Quartette. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery, City, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 23, 1950
BLEVINS, Susan A.
1872-1950
Rites at Van Lear For Susan Blevins Mrs. Susan A. Blevins, 78, widow of the late Sol Blevins, Van Leaar, died from a heart attack at the home of her daughter, Neva Mae Salyers, at 10:15 p.m., November 6. She was born February 18, 1872, in Johnson County and was the daughter of John Wilse and Ella Tackett Lemaster.  She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving sons and daughters are: Lonza, East Point; Lewis, Paintsville; Wiley, Flat Gap; Dan, Meally; and Arnold Blevin, Van Lear; Mrs. Mary Ann Salyers, Van Lear; Mrs. Flora Alice Corner, San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Emma Adkins, Paintsville; and Mrs. Geneva Mae Salyers, Van Lear. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Martha Burkes, Kerz. Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 10, at the Freewill Baptist Church, Van Lear, with the Rev. Elzie Banks, Bruce Daniel and Arthur Ramey officiating. Burial will follow in the Statfordsville-Jaynes Cemetery with the Jones Funeral Home directing. November 9, 1950 Paintsville Herald
CASTLE, Georgia Ann (Puckett)
1890-1950
Mrs. Georgia Ann Castle, 59, Thealka, wife of Craig Castle, died at her home November 6, 1950. Anaemia was attributed as the cause of death. She was born May 5, 1890, in the Magoffin County and was the daughter of William and Evaline Arnett Puckett. She had been a resident of Thealka 32 years and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are two sons and two daughters: Lloyd Hale, David; Douglas, Castle, Paris; Mrs. Lillie Fitch and Mrs. Aileen Bentley, both of Thealka. Also surviving are four brothers and one sister: Charley Puckett, Columbus; Luther Puckett, Paintsville; Kanawa and William Puckett, both of Lexington; and Mrs. Kate Bailey, Thealka. Funeral rites were conducted at 1:30 p. m., Tuesday, November 7, at the Thealka Church with the Revs. Cully Sparks, Leonard Walters,  and Bud Wiley officiating. Burial followed  under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 11-9-1950
CAUDILL, Oza
1950
RITES AT FRANK'S CREEK FOR WINIFRED RESIDENT
Oza Caudill, 49, succumbed November 11 (1950) at this home in Winifred after an illness of eight months. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Caudill, he was born in Winifred and had been a resident there all his life. He was a postmaster by occupation and a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, June Caudill, is one son, Richard Caudill, Dayton. Surviving brothers and sisters are: Sanford Caudill, Washington Courthouse, Ohio; Jerry Caudill, Winifred; Noah Caudill, Plain City, Ohio; Mrs. Eva Cordial, Delaware, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., November 13, (1950), at the Frank's Creek Church, with the Revs. Lonza Reed, Leonard Waters, Georgie Murray and Selcie Slone officiating. Burial followed in the Caudill Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 16, 1950
CLAY, Elmon Maxwell
1884-1950
FUNERAL RITES HERE AT FIRST METHODIST
Elmon Maxwell Clay departed this life on November 7, 1950, at his residence in Paintsville, Ky. He was born on September 1, 1884, and resided at Paintsville practically all his life. He was the son of Sarah Virginia Walker Clay and George Henry Clay, early residents of this section. Mr. Clay was united in marriage on December 5, 1905, to Carolyn Vaughn, daughter of George Bascomb and Louise Davis Vaughan. He is survived by his widow, Carolyn Vaughan Clay and his children, Lorraine Clay Wiley of this city, Sarah Clay Womack of Carisle, Ky., E. Maxwell Clay and Jane Clay Bailey, all of this city. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. W.S. Ealey of Philadelphia, Penn., and Miss Sally Clay of Paintsville. He also had two brothers that preceeded him in death, the late Lloyd Clay of Paintsville, Kentucky, and Wade Clay of Ashland, Kentucky. Mr. Clay began his professional and business career in 1902, at which time he was engaged as a Civil Engineer for the late John C.C. Mayo of this city and later in the same capacity for the Northern Coal and Coke Company, The Consolidation Coal Company, and the Southeast Coal Company. He was also a stockholder in and manager for the Beaver Elkhorn Coal Company, with extensive holdings in and around Buckingham on Left Beaver Creek in Floyd County, Ky. Mr. Clay was also chief City Engineer for Paintsville when the streets were first paved many years ago, and was also City Engineer when the streets of Stafford Addition to Paintsville were recently paved under his supervision. Mr. Clay was formerly actively engaged in the oil business in this section and as such was manager of the Clabron Oil Company with extensive holdings in and around Oil Springs, Ky. Probably the business venture in which he took the greatest pride was the establishment of the Carolyn Clay Shoppe, located on Court Street in Paintsville, which developed into and is yet one of the outstanding suppliers of women's wear in this section. This establishment was owned and operated by Mr. Clay and his family for some eleven years before they sold out to the present owners. Mr. Clay was particularly proud of his membership in the First Methodist Church of Paintsville, where he was for many years a loyal and consistent member, and never missed attendance at church services, prayer meeting services, and the other auxiliaries of the church except when forced to do so by illness or other conditions over which he had no control. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and as such was a Shriner in that organization. Paintsville and this entire section have, in the death of Mr. Clay, lost one of their most valuable and efficient citizens. In addition to his ability and integrity as a member of his profession and business organizations, he was, as an individual and member of society in this section, one of the ablest and most proficient citizens this country has produced over a period of more than a generation, and as such has left his "footprints on the sands of time" and contributed much to the upbuilding of the various institutions of this part of the state, of which his fellow citizens are the beneficiaries. He had an abiding faith in the fundamentals of the Christian religion. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Clarence W. Krebs at the First Methodist Church, Thursday, November 9, (1950), at 2:00 p.m. Active pallbearers were W.A. Toney, M.D. Bailey, W.C. Bailey, John Jett, J.E. Radcliffe and James E. Garnett. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Howes, C.F. Walters, G.E. Clark, E.J. Evans Dr. P.B. Hall, Dan Wheeler, John Wheeler, Judge James W. Turner, Cyrus Cooper, L.A. Jennings, Frank Chandler, T.C. Preston, Huntington, W.Va. and W.B. Bailey. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 16, 1950
CONLEY, Howard M.
1950
Howard M. Conley, 21, Oil Springs, was shot fatally November 22, 1950 while hunting in Bath County. Arthur Wright, a Bath County farmer has been released under a ten thousand dollar bond in connection to the shooting. The examining trial is set before the county judge of Bath County at Owingsville, county seat, on Dec 1. Attorney M. O. Wheeler, City, has been employed to assist the prosecute of the case. A native of Oil Springs all his life, the youth was the son of Charlie and Elva Rice Conley. Surviving brother and sisters are Charles Francis, Richard O'Neil and Harold Conley, all of Oil Springs: Mrs. Edna Carol Wancus, Baltimore; Mrs. Arlene Adams, Oil Springs. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., November 26, at the Oil Springs Methodist Church with the Rev. John Collins officiating. Songs were provided by the Paintsville Quartette. Burial was made today (Thursday) at 2:00p.m. at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The delay in burial was due to the bad weather conditions. The Paintsville Herald Nov 23, 1950
DANIEL, Milton
1950
Milton Daniel, 75, was found dead in his home at Sycamore, Nov.4 1950.  Cause of death was unknown. The son of Joseph and Sarah Ann Daniel, he was born in Sycamore and had been a resident there all his life.   He was a farmer by occupation and a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving brother and sisters are: Mrs. Julia Arrowood, West Van Lear; Mrs. Maria Grim, Stambaugh; Mrs. Jimmie Sadler, Nippa; Arthro Daniel, Sitka. Funeral rites were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 6, at Sycamore with the Revs. Scott Daniel, Harry Salyers and Guy W. Preston officiating. Burial was made in the Daniel Cemetery under the direction of the Guy W. Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE   HERALD THURSDAY 11-16-1950
DANIELS, Charles
1885-1950
Charles Daniels, 65, Auxier, succumbed to an illness of  28 years November 3, 1950, in a Lexington Hospital. A retired miner, he was the son of Lafe and Fannie Preston Daniels.  He was born April 13, 1885, in Johnson County and was a resident there for many years. Surviving besides his wife, Mary Lou Fitch Daniels, are two sons and four daughters: Lincoln H. Daniels, Auxier; Charles Daniels, Jr., Ashland; Mrs. Eddie Meade and Mrs. Chester Whitlock, both of Ashland; Mrs. Grover Daniel, Greenville, S. C.; Mrs. William F. Blevins, Baltimore, Md. Also surviving are two sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Clarence Borders, Richardson, Ky., Mrs. Della Lee, Louisville; James Daniels, Ashland; Obe Daniels, Richardson, Ky. Funeral rites were held at 1:30 p. m., Sunday, Nov. 5, in the Methodist Church at Auxier, with the Rev. William Horn and Dewey Fraley officiating. Music was furnished by the Auxier Quartet.   Burial was made in the Auxier Cemetery, Auxier, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  November 9, 1950
FERGUSON, Noah
1875-1950
Rites At Flat Gap For Johnson Man Noah Ferguson, 75, Flat Gap, succumbed at 8:10 a. m., Tuesday, November 28, 1950 at the home of Donnie Seagraves, after an illness of several years. Born in Johnson County may 10, 1875, he was the son of Ferdinand and Margaret Williams Ferguson.  He was a retired farmer and had been a resident of Johnson County practically all his life. Surviving brothers and sisters are:  Mrs. Lydia Bailey, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Malissa Jones, Columbus, Ohio; Alamander Ferguson, Flat Gap. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a. m., November 30, at the Bethel Church in Flat Gap, with the Revs. Lonza Reed and Tommy Bailey officiating. Burial was made in the Family Cemetery, Flat Gap, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-7-1950
JACKSON, Loutisha (Sailor)
1950
Loutisha Jackson, 80, wife of Hans Jackson, Riceville, died at her home at 1:00 a. m., November 16, 1950 after an illness of two years. The daughter of Ham and Polly Pace Sailor, she was born in Riceville and had spent her entire life there. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are five sons and three daughters: Everett, Henry, Garfield, John and Tom Jackson; Mrs. Addie Spears; Sarah Jackson; Francis Jackson. Also surviving are two sisters: Mary Caudill and Serena Francis. Funeral services were conducted at her home at 10:00 a. m., Nov. 18, 1950 with the Revs. Hargie Conley and James Yates officiating. Burial followed in the home cemetery under the direction of the Guy Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOV. 23, 1950
KING, Tolles
1896-1950
Funeral Services  At Staffordsville Tolles King, 54, died on Saturday, November 11, 1950 at 5:00 a.m. at a local hospital, after an illness of a few days. He was born in Johnson County on September 15, 1896, the son of Milt and Sarah Williams King.  A life-long resident of Staffordsville, Ky., he was well-known and highly respected by all who knew him.  He was affiliated with the I.O.O.F. and a farmer.  His wife, Eunice Blevins King, preceded him in death seven years ago. Survivors include two daughters and four sons, Fay and Betty Lou King, and Earl, Everette, Clyde and Cline King, all of Staffordsville.  He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Ross Salyers, Volga, Ky. Funeral services were held Sunday November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at the home of his son, Earl at Staffordsville, with Rev. Lonza Williams officiating.  Interrrment was in the Ealey Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-16-1950
MIRES, Gladys (Sword)
1906-1950
Gladys Mires Succumbs Nov. 13 In Alexandria Funeral Rites Here at First Christian Mrs. Gladys Mires, 44, Alexandria, Va., succumbed to an illness of three months November 13, in an Alexandria Hospital. Born in Yeager, Ky., Pike County, February 19, 1906, she was the daughter of H. C. and Hila Ramsey Sword. She had been a resident of Alexandria for three months and was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving, besides her husband, Edward Mires, are one son and one daughter:  Frank Compton, Jr., Wood Bridge, Va., Mrs. Dolores Rodriguez, Paintsville.  Surviving brothers and sisters are:  Hugh E. Sword, Dwale; Clyde H. Sword, Cleveland; Mrs. W. H. Potter, city, Mrs. O. V. Bennett, city; Mrs. Charles W. Hall, Washington, D. C., Mrs. Fostella Hicks Garrett. Funeral services were conducted at 3:00 p. m., November 16, at the First Christian Church, city, with the Revs. Harold Burnside, Everett Brown and Aleck Ramsey officiating. Music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mrs. Garnet Burke, Miss Nina Williams, Mr. O. O. Roberts, Mr. Burl Conley. Pallbears were George Dix, Gaylord Hall, Arville Phillips, Langley Ward, Shelby Slone and Thomas E. Sublett. Burial was made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery, city, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 23, 1950
PERRY, James Mitchell
1890-1950
RITES AT AUXIER FOR JOHNSON MAN
James Mitchell Perry, 59, died in a local hospital at 12:10 am., November 10, 1950 after an illness of one year. He was born May 26, 1891, in Johnson County, and was the son of William Everett and Amy Freeman Perry.  A retired miner he had been a resident of Johnson County for 30 years. His wife preceded him in death October 20, 1949. Surviving sons are:  Herman, Auxier; Everett, Detroit; James, Jr.., Lima, Ohio; Howard, Detroit, Jackie, Lima; and Harry Randall Perry, Ligon, KY. Surviving are daughters:  Mrs. Lillian Polly, Hellier, KY., Mrs. Dorothy Baldridge, Auxier, Joan Cummins, Madison, Wisc; Mrs. Billie Reynold, Ligon; Miss Roberta Perry, Auxier, Mrs. Alice Virginia Crum, Dayton; Miss Janet Perry, West VA Lear; Miss Linda Perry,, Detroit. Also surviving are three brothers and two sisters;  Jeff Perry, West Van Lear; Ray Perry, Prestonsburg; John Perry, Oak Hill, West Va., Mrs. Nancy Webb, Whitehouse; Mrs. Louise Delaney, Whitehouse. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, November 12, at the Methodist Church, Auxier, with the Rev. S.C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial followed in the Ward Cemetery, River under the direction of the Jones Funeral home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 16, 1950
RATLIFF, Everett
1950
BOULDER CRUSHES MAN TO DEATH AT OFFUTT NOV. 11
SERVICES AT HOME FOR EVERETT RATLIFF
Everett Ratliff, 34, was killed accidentally November 11 near Offutt when a huge boulder fell from atop a coal seam, crushing him to death instantly. He was digging coal from the seam at the time. The son of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Ratliff, he was born February 16 at Whitehouse.  He had been a resident of Offutt for the past eight years. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and was a rail road worker by occupation. Surviving besides his wife, Mrs. Ruby Ratliff, are three sons and one daughter: Everett Lee Ratliff, Paintsville; Freddie K., Charles Vencil, and Patricia Gail Ratliff, all of Offutt. Also surviving are one brother and five sisters: Cleo Ratliff, Hardy, Ky.; Mrs. Garnett Dyer, Willard, Ohio;  Mrs. Glady Conners, Dayton, O.;  Mrs. Dovie Rose, Berwind, W. Va.;  Mrs. Virginia Gibson, Mansfield, Ohio;  Mrs. Mae Laney, Whitehouse. Funeral rites were conducted at 1:00 p.m. November 14, at his home in Offutt, with the Rev. Charlie Bailey officiating. Burial was made in the River Cemetery, with the Preston Funeral Home directing. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 11-16-1950
REED, Milton
1891-1950
Milton Reed, 59, passed away November 26, 1950 at his home in Manila, after an illness of five weeks. He was born in Johnson County. August 13, 1891, and was the son of W. H. and Rebecca Colvin Reed. He was a member of the United Baptist Church, and had been a resident of Manila all his life. Surviving besides his wife, Malta Reed, are one brother and three sisters: John Reed, Manila; Miss Lina Reed, Manila; Mrs. Ellen McCarty, Manila; Mrs. Moncia Blair, Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were held Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., November 28, at the Fish Trap United Baptist Church, with the Revs. Foster Rigsby and Oscar McCarty officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Manila, with the Paintsville Funeral Home directing. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOV. 23 1950
RICE, George Milton
1865-1950
FUNERAL RITES SUNDAY FOR WELL-KNOWN MAN George Milton Rice, 85, well-known resident of Oil Springs, died at the home of his son, Ellis Rice, at 5:15 p m., Friday, November 3, after a two-year illness. The son of the late John and Mary Salyers Rice he was born in this county August 2, 1865. A successful farmer before his retirement, he was well liked and respected in the community where he spent his entire life. His wife, Sarah Blair Rice, preceded him in death twenty-one year ago. Surviving besides his son, Ellis, with whom he made his home are  two daughters, Mrs. Elva Conley, Oil Springs, Mrs. Flora Salyers, Owensboro, Ky., and one son, Smith Rice, Columbus, Ohio.  Also surviving are two brothers, Dr. Grant Rice, Oil Springs, Wilce Rice, Barnetts Creek, and one sister, Mrs. Minta Dixon, Piketon, Ohio.  He also leaves thirty grand-children and thirty-three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m., Sunday, November 5, at the Oil Springs Methodist Church with Revs. John Collins and S. V. Rucker officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Barnetts Creek under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 11-9-1950
RIVERS, John M.
1874-1950
John M. Rivers Heart Attack Victim Nov. 19. Van Lear Man Dies En Route to Hospital John M. Rivers, 76, W. Van Lear, was stricken with a heart attack at 2:30 p.m., November 19, while attending a baptizing service in West Van Lear.  He died en route to the hospital. Born July 30, 1874, in Johnson County, he was the son of Andrew M. and Minerva Lewis Rivers. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.  He had been a resident of the West Van Lear section all his life and was a retired miner. His wife preceded him in death August 24, 1949. Surviving sons and daughters are:  Earl Rivers, West Van Lear, Mrs. Della Spears, Riceville; Mrs. Dosha Tackett, Staffordsville; Mrs. Glen Brickley, Prestonburg.  Also surviving is one brother, Winfield F. Rivers, Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Funeral rites were conducted at the Missionary Baptist Church in West an Lear, at 1:00 p.m., November 21, with the Rev. Lewis Lynch officiating. Burial followed in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery, city, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 23, 1950
ROBINSON, James Henry
1861-1950
James Henry Robinson, 89, died November 20 at the home of his son William D. Robinson, Auxier, after an illness of two months. The son of John O. and Malinda George Robinson, he was born in Johnson County, February 7, 1861 and had been a resident of Auxier for the past 29 years.  His wife proceeded him in death in 1930. Surviving besides his son are four daughters:  Mrs. Nora Castle and Mrs. Norma Sturgill, both of Thealka; Mrs. J Kate Castle, Paintsville; Mrs. Reece Castle, Van Lear.  Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Lena Blackburn, East Point. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at the Auxier Methodist Church with the Rev.. Don Fraley officiating. Music was furnished by the Toms Creek Quartette. Burial was made in the Dixon Cemetery, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 11-23-1950
RUNYON, Fairchild Jr.
1950
Slate Fall Fatal To W. Van Lear Resident Nov. 16 Fairchild Runyon, Jr Breathitt Mine Victim Fairchild Runyon, Jr., 30, West Van Lear, was killed Nov. 16 in a slate fall in a breathitt County coal mine. Death was attributed to internal injuries incurred in the accident. He was the son of Fairchild and Grethel Maynard Runyon, Belfry and was born in Raul, West va. He had been a resident of West Van Lear and was a member of the United Baptist Church and the van Lear Masonic Lodge. Surviving besides his wife, Mary Ward Runyon, are two daughters, Nancy Carol and Judith Ann Runyon, both at home. Also surviving are two brothers and two sisters; Billy Eugen Runyon, Harry Thomas Runyon, Mrs. Virgie Chapman and Miss Stella Agnes Runyon, all of Belfry. Funeral services were held at the Cedar Grove Church, West Van Lear, at 10:00 a.m., Nov 19, with Revs. Cully Sparks and F.F. Rigsby officiating. The Masons, who acted as pallbearers also conducted gravesite rites. Burial was made in the West Van Lear Cumbo Cemetery with Jones Funeral Home directing. The Paintsville Funeral Home THURSDAY Nov. 16, 1950
SHELL, Thomas E.
1906-1950
Rites at Bonanza for Floyd Native Thomas E. Shell, 44, Bonanza, Ky., died at 8:30 a.m., November 26, in a local hospital after an illness of 16 months. He was born March 28, 1906,  in Floyd County, and had been a resident of Bonanza for the past two years.  A miner by occupation, he was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Survivng besides his wife, Emma Fairchild Shell, whom he married December 24, 1926, are two sons and six daughters; Thomas Shell, Jr., Bonnie Blue, West Virginia; Johnnie Shell, Bonanza; Margarette Sue, Alta and Barbara Jane Shell, all of Bonanza; Mrs. Lee Hicks, Troy, Ohio; Mrs. Pauline Edwards, Dwarf; Mrs. Lorene Morgan, Bonanza. Surviving brothers and sisters are; William, Casstown, Ohio; Sam, Springfield, Ohio; John, Prestonsburg; and Thurman Shell, Bonanza; Mrs. Procter Hannah, Leander; Mrs. Jack Hackworth, Bonanza; Mrs. John Fairchild, Christiansburg, Ohio; Mrs. D. M. Hughes, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., November 29, at the United Baptist Church, Bonanza, with the Revs. Hargis Conley and Hammie May officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 11-23-1950
SPEARS, George W.
1911-1950
RITES AT OIL SPRINGS FOR JOHNSON RESIDENT
George W. Spears, 39, Oil Springs, succumbed to an illness of two weeks November 23, 1950 in a local hospital. Born January 2, 1911, in Johnson County, he was the son of Lewis and Loucinda Spears. He had been a resident of Oil Springs for the past three years and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, Jackson and five sisters; John Spears, Van Lear; Marcus Spears, Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Imogene Fortner, Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Nola Mae Stepp, Inez; Mrs. Adalene Smith, West Virginia; Mrs. Garnett Cox. Staffordsville, and Mrs. Cora Fairchild, Staffordsville. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a. m., Saturday, November 25, 1950 at his home in Oil Springs, with the Rev. Scott Castle officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY NOV. 23, 1950
STAPLETON, Fielden
1888-1950
Paintsville Man Funeral Rites Here for Fielden Stapleton Fielden Stapleton, 62, died at his home on Monday, November 13, 1950 at 11:15 a. m., after an illness of several months. He was the son of Allen and Cynthia Caudill Stapleton, and was born February 14, 1888 in Johnson County. He had been a resident of Paintsville for 15 years.  He was married in 1919 to Molly Burton Stapleton, who survives him. Also surviving are six daughters and four sons, Eulah Jeane, city, Mrs. Neva Mae Ward, Williamsport, Ky., Mrs. Betty Joe Castle, Nippa, Ky., Peggy, Eartine and Mary Lou, all of Paintsville, Denver Stapleton, Ashland, Davis Stapleton, city, Don Stapleton, Wittensville, and John Stapleton, city, and three brothers and one sister, Linzle, Winifrred, Ky., Hayden, Cheasepeake, Ohio; Dock, Chandlerville; and Mrs. Zona Caudle, West Jeffersonville, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. O. I. Williams and Alfred Chandler on Wednesday, November 15, at 10:00 a. m., in the United Baptist Church, city. Burial was in the Rockhouse family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 16, 1950
WARD, James D.
1862-1950
RITES IN MARTIN CO. FOR JOHNSON NATIVE
James D. Ward, 88, died at 8:30 a.m., November 16, 1950, at his home in Inez after an illness of two weeks. He was born in March 1862, in Johnson County, and was the son of Clearenda and Jack Ward.  He was a farmer by occupation. Surviving besides his wife, Mary Jane Ward; are five sons, and four daughters;  Walter, Coldwater, Luther, Coldwater; Wilson, Blacklog; Albert, Blacklog; and Melvin, Rockhouse. Daughters are Miss Fuzua Ward, Inez; Mrs. Minnie Patrick, Inez; Mrs. Belvia Delong, Chesapeake, W.Va. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m, Saturday, November 18, at the Bethel Church Coldwater Road, Martin County, with Revs. Arthur Preece and Martin Preece officiating. Burial followed in the Hardin Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond -Callahan Funeral Home, Inez. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 23, 1950
WILLIAMS, Della (Lewis)
1885-1950
Mrs. Della Williams, 65, wife of M. L. (Shug) Williams, ded at her home in Asa Creek Ky., at 1:00 p.m., Friday Nov. 3, 1950. She was born Mary 14, 1885, in Johnson County andd was the daughter of Jerry and Mary Fitch Lewis.  She was a membr of the United Baptist Church, and a resident of Johnson County all her life. Surviving besides her husband are two sons and three daughters: Warnie and Winnie Caudill, both of Auxier: Mrs. Bessie Burton, Cincinnati; Mrs. Dorothy Blanton, Leander; Mrs. Garcia Spradlin, Denver. Also surviving are a brother and sister Eskel Lewis, West Van Lear; Mrs. George Spradlin, Oil Sprigs. Funeral services were conduted at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 5, 1950, at her home in Asa, with the Revs. Hammie May and Hargis Conley officiating. Burial following in the family cemetery at Asa under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday November 9, 1950



DECEMBER - 1950


ARMS, Jesse
1950
Jesse Arms, 80, Denver, succumbed to an illness of six weeks with pneumonia Sunday, December 17, 1950, at the home of his son, Morris Arms in Asa. The son of Wallace and Mary Cantrell Arms, he had been a resident of Johnson County all his life. His wife, Cynthia Blair Arms, preceded him in death in 1946. Surviving sons and daughters are: Oliver, Urbana, Ohio; Oscar, Denver, and Morris Arms, Asa; Mrs. Alma McCarty, Denver; Mrs. Rouie Spradlin, Denver; Mrs. Mary Spradlin, Denver; Mrs. Martha Arms, Riceville. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Rachel Blair, Whitaker, Kentucky. Funeral services were held Tuesday, at 11:00 a. m., Dec. 19, at the Denver Liberty Baptist Church, with the Revs. Scott Castle and Adrin Davis officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery, Denver, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-21-1950
BOWLING, Bailey
1880-1950
Bailey Bowling, 70, brother of G.C. Bowling of this city, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Bill Helton, in Inez at 1:00 a.m. Sunday, December 17, (1950), of a heart attack. The son of the late William and Gelina Stepp Bowling, he was born in Johnson County May 4, 1880. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Georgia Blevins, River, Mrs. Goldie Maynard, Floyd County, Mrs. Bill Helton, Inez; six brothers, G.C., City, Seymour, Indiana, Millard, Van Lear, Frank, Missouri, Ernest, Floyd County, Floyd, West Virginia. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 19, (1950) at the Muddy Branch School at Preece, Ky., with Revs. Buddy Maynard, Elmer Cassady, and Columbus Tiller officiating. Burial was in the Cassady Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond - Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 21, 1950
COYER, Laura (Stevens)
1870-1950
Woman Passes Dec. 30 In Norton Hospital Laura Stevens Coyer, 80, mother of Mrs. Milt Grim of Sitka, died in the Norton General Hospital at 1:35 p.m., December 30, after a two-month illness. She was born in Lawrence County, August 8, 1870, the daughter of the late John and Maria White Stevens, but had been a resident of Dunham for the past twenty years. She was a member of the Methodist Church.  Her husband, Thomas Coyer, preceded her in death. Besides her daughter she is survived by two sons, Ted, Dunham, Ky., and Fred,  Coeburn, Va. Funeral services were hld at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, at the Freewill Baptist Church. Burial Followed at the Anderson Cemetery at Pikeville. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-4-1951
DANIEL, Robert T.
1950
Funeral services for Robert T. Daniel, 35, who was electrocuted Dec. 5 at Thelma while working on an electric line, were held at his home in River at 1:00 p.m., Dec. 8, with the Revs. F. F. Riggsby and Cully Sparks officiating. Born in Johnson County and a resident of River all his life, he was the son of H. A. and Rebecca Blevins Daniel. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. An electrician by occupation, he had been employed by the REA since October 1948. Surviving sons and daughters are: Larry Leroy, Luther A. and Ora Ann Daniel, all of River. Also surviving are two sisters and one brother: Mrs. T. H. Peery, Ashland; Mrs. Dean E. Walters, Ashland; Mr. Richard Daniel, River. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Pallbearers were: S. D. Wolfe, Warner Colvin, Woodford Estep, Willie Preston, Jr., Hershell Bayes, Robie J. Travis, S. S. Williams,  Ivan Butcher, Virgil B. McKenzie, Clifford Preston and Douglas Stapleton. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DEC. 14 1950
DAVIS, Crate
1873-1950
PROMINENT RESIDENT DIES DECEMBER 7
Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Bethel United Baptist Church at Flat Gap for Crate F. Davis, 77, prominent resident of that community who died at his home at 8:30 a. m., Thursday, December 7, 1950 following an illness of several weeks. A native of this county, he was born March 17, 1873, the son of the late John D. and Louraine Webb Davis. Well known throughout the county and a respected member of the community where he had lived for fifty-four years, his death was a shock to his many friends and a loss to his community. A successful farmer and a member of the United Baptist Church, he was held in the highest esteem by his neighbors and acquaintances. His first marriage was to Berta Trimble, who preceeded him in death in 1908, he was later married to Gillie Fairchild, who died in 1945. Survivors include six children; three daughters, Mrs. Elva McKenzie, St. Albans, W. Va., Mrs. Ethel Rice, South Shore KY., Mrs. Vera Williams, Jackson, O.; three sons, Virgil, Ashland Burgess, Dayton O.  Elmon, Flat Gap. Surviving also are two sisters, Mrs. Betty Blanton and Mrs. Victoria Reed, both of Staffordsville and two brothers, Dan Davis , Manila and Vint Davis, Oil Springs. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lonza Reed and burial was in the Davis Cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-14-1950
DELONG, William Sherman
1920-1950
William Sherman Delong, 30, died in a hospital in this city at 3:00 a. m., Saturday, December 9, 1950 after a 15-day illness.  Death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. For the past two years he had lived at Logan, W. Va., where he was employed in the coal fields.  He was born at Davisport April 25, 1920, the son of H. B. Delong and Mary Mollett Delong. He was married at Inez to Virginia Gloapy, who survives him. Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Robert Milton, Wendell and Troy Delong all of Davisport.  Surviving also are three brothers, Edgar, Tomahawk; Francis and Orkel, of Davisport; four sisters, Mrs. Martha Ward, Inez; Mrs. Zello Mae Williamson, N. Y.; Mrs. Avanell Mollett, Davella.  He is also survived by the following half brothers and sisters: Mrs. Mose Copley, Hatfield, Ky.; Mrs. Ervin Swain and Mrs. Walter Boyd, both of Akron, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 2:00 p. m., December 10, by Rev. H. B. Delong and Hershell Short. Burial was in the Delong Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond- Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-14-1950
FYFFE, James H.
1867-1950
KEATON FARMER, 82 ILL 4 MONTHS, DIES
James H. Fyffe, 82, retired farmer of Keaton, died at his home at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 28, following an illness of four months. The son of Henry and Ann Fyffe, he was a lifelong resident of the Keaton community where he was born May 2, 1867. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. His wife, Susan Ferguson Fyffe, preceded him in death in February 1945. Surviving are the following children: Seven daughters, Mrs. Margaret Lyons, and Mrs. Plura Bailey of Barn Rock, Mrs. Lydia Wright and Mrs. Bessie Walters both of Keaton; Mrs. Goldie Kelley, Beattyville, Mrs. Lexie Ferguson, Crockett; Mrs. Beulah Hill, Relief; two sons, Noah, Portsmouth, Ohio and Shelby, Wheelersburg, Ky. Surviving also are two brothers, Steve Lawrence County, and Cecil, Louisa. Funeral services were conducted at the residence of Rev. J. T. Bailey at 1:00 p.m., Thursday December 29. Burial was in the Fyffe Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home .. PAINTSVILLE HERALD JAN. 5 1950
HILL, John C.
1950
Funeral Rites Held At Christian Church John C. Hill, 62, died at 11:40 p. m., Saturday, December 02, 1950 at his home in Odds after an illness of three months. Born in Martin County, he was the son of Andrew and Miranda Spriggs Hill. He had been a resident of Odds for the past 24 years, and was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving besides his wife, Cyntha Collins Hill, whom he married in 1905, are five sons and three daughters, Grant, Odds; Alvin, Odds; Earl, Pinsonfork; Logan, Van Lear; and Shade Hill, Inez; Mrs. Edna Spears, Mrs. Lovie Martin, and Mrs Eula Ward, all of Odds. Also surviving are five brothers: Shade, Ohio; Wallace, Big Sandy, W. Va.; Martin, Pinsonfork; Ali, address unknown; and Bernard Hill, Lexington. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a. m., Tuesday, December 05, at the Daniels Creek Christian Church, wwith the Rev. Herschell Short officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Odds under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald December 07, 1950
HITCHCOCK, Barbara Ellender (McKenzie)
1864-1950
Mrs. Barbara Ellender Hitchcock, 86, died at her home in Barnetts Creek at 9:00 a. m., Sunday, December 10, after an illness of eight months. Born at Stone Coal, KY., November 30, 1864, she was the daughter of Lemuel and Mary McKenzie. She had been a resident of Barnetts Creek for the past 17 years and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She was married to John Blair Barnett in 1890 and Daniel Hitchcock in 1923, the latter preceeding her in death about five years ago. Surviving is one daughter, Tera Barnett, Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p. m., Tuesday, December 12, at the Pentecostal Holiness Curch, Barnetts Creek, with the Revs. Arthur Ramey, Cline Salyers, Harry Salyers, Lewis Blevins and Ellis Maynard officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-14-1950
JOHNSON, Martha M. (Baldridge)
1869-1950
RITES AT EAST POINT FOR 'AUNT HALIE'
Martha M. Johnson, 81, affectionately known as "Aunt Halie" to her friends and neighbors at East Point, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Drucie Castle, Wednesday afternoon, December 13, 1950 after a year's illness. Death was caused by a stroke. A native of Floyd County, she was born August 3, 1869, the daughter of the late William and Dicie Conley Baldridge. A devoted member of the United Baptist Church she applied to her daily life the Christian principles in which she believed. She was the widow of Dove Johnson who preceded her in death April 4, 1950. Survivors include five children; four daughters, Mrs. Vina May, Hager Hill; Mrs. Exer Lilly, East Point; Mrs. Drucie Castle, Thealka; Mrs. Lora Wells, Lancer; one son William H. Johnson, Pemberton, W. Va. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters; Miss Susan Baldridge, Mrs. Alice DeRossett, W. E. Pack, and Thomas Baldridge, all of East Point, Mrs. Celia Hackworth, Bonanza, Mrs. Jane Stevens, Cliff, Mrs. Lydia Patton, Ashland. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 15, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Exer Lilly, by Rev. John D. Music and Bud Wiley. Burial was in the family cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DECEMBER 21, 1950
JOHNSON, Robert P.
1876-1950
Funeral Rites at Home For Well-Known Man Robert P. Johnson, 74, well known Johnson man, died suddenly at his home in Denver at 6:45 p. m., December 6, 1950 as a result of a heart attack. Born September 19, 1876, in Johnson County, he was the son of William H. and Arminta Sowards Johnson.  He was a farmer and had been a resident of Denver all his life.  He had been married to his wife, Jennettia Evans Johnson, who survives him, for the past 54 years. Surviving besides his wife are one son and one daughter:  Farra Johnson, city; Mrs. Chalmer Spradlin, West Van Lear. Surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs. Albert Horn and Mrs. Clint Rice of Staffordsville, and Mason Johnson, Collista. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Funeral rites were held at 10:00 a. m., December 9, at his home in Denver with the Revs Charlie Lemaster and Millard O'Bryan officiating.  Music was furnished by the Denver Choir. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Denver under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday 12-14-1950
JONES, Gretta (Dorton)
1908-1950
Mrs. Gretta Jones passed away at 7:00 a. m., Saturday, December 30, 1950, at Mercy Hospital, Portsmouth, Ohio.  She was born at Red Bush, Ky., October 19, 1908, daughter of William H. and Sarah E. Dorton and had been a resident of Portsmouth, Ohio, since her marriage to Vaughn Jones 23 years ago.  Mr. Jones preceded her in death 3 years ago. The following relatives survive, a daughter Mrs. Edgar Bibee, Athens, Ohio, four sons, Reger of the United States Army Air Force, Clarence, Harold, and Billy at home; one grandson, Vaughn David Bibee, and the following brothers and sisters, Harry, Lynchburg, Ohio, Dr. John A., Louisville, Oka, Prestonsburg, Orba, Portsmouth, O., Thurman, David II, and Harvey T., Paintsville, Mrs. Ira Lester, Skaggs, Ky., Mrs. J. G. Coldiron, Lynchburg, Ohio, and Mrs. Marvin Hill, Martha, Ky. She was a fine Christian mother, and was a member of Valley Methodist Church of Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted by the pastor of Valley Church at 10:00 a. m. January 2, 1951, at Windel-Howell  Funeral Home.  Burial was in the family lot in Memorial Park Cemetery, Wheelersburg, Ohio. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-4-1951

PELPHREY, Arthur "Boots"
1910-1950
SIGN CRUSHES SALESMAN AT BARNETTS CREEK
Arthur “Boots” Pelphrey, 40, city, salesman for the local Texaco distributors, was killed accidentally December 9, 1950,  while helping to remove a Texaco gasoline sign at I.M. McFaddin’s store, Barnetts Creek. Reports said that the sign fell on the salesman for no explainable reason.  He was dead on arrival at a local hospital, as a result of head and chest injuries. Born at Van Lear on Feb 22, 1910, he was the son of Harry and the late Mae Mahan Pelphrey.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, Nannie Combs Pelphrey, are three sons and one daughter:  Sgt. Thomas Gene Pelphrey, U.S. Army, Alaska, Pvt. Paul Curtis Pelphrey, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.; Glenn Arthur Pelphrey, city; Mary Mae Pelphrey, city. Also surviving are three brothers and one sister;  Oscar and Frank Pelphrey, both of Paintsville; Redmond Pelphrey, Lawrenceburg; Mrs. Ethel Mills, Ironton, Ohio. Funeral services were held today (Thursday) December 14, at the Freewill Baptist Church here, with the Revs. Claude Preston and Ted Green. Graveside rites were conducted by the Masons, who were also the pallbears. Burial followed in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 14, 1950
SALYER, Virginia (Murray)
1890-1950
PASSES DEC. 10
Services At Home For Kerz Resident Virginia Salyer, 60, Kerz, succumbed Dec. 10 in a local hospital. She was born on Sept. 15, 1890, in Johnson County and was the daughter of Jeff and Nannie Clark Murray.  She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church and had been a resident of Kerz all her life.  Her husband preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 1948. Surviving sons are:  Harold Salyer, Dayton; Howard Russell Salyer, Kerz. Also surviving are two sisters and one brother:  Mrs. Lewis Blevins, Staffordsville; Mrs. J. B. Kimbler, Kerz; Mr. A. B. Murrary, Louisa. Funeral services were held at her home at 2:00 p. m., Tuesday, December 12, with the Rev. Bruce Daniel officiating. Burial followed in the Family Cemetary at Kerz under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DECEMBER 14 1950
STAGGS, Charles Jr.
1950
Charles Staggs, Jr., 27, Thealka, died Monday, Dec. 18, 1950 in a local hospital after an illness of five months. Cause of death was attributed to asthma. He was the son of Mrs. Ora Murray Staggs and the late Charles Staggs. He had been a resident of Thealka practically all his life, and was last employed by the Hardwood Flooring Co., Kenova, West Va. Surviving besides his wife, Myrtle Church Staggs, are one sister and three brothers: Mrs. Irene Burkes, Kerz; Joseph, Thealka, Willard, Ashland and Edmond Staggs, Catlettsburg. A half sister Mrs. Ona Callagher, also survives. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 20, at the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Don Fraley officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY DEC. 21 1950
SWAIN, Mary (Penix)
1880-1950
Mrs. Mary Penix Swain, 70, wife of William Swain, died at her home at Tomahawk December 17, 1950 of a heart condition from which she had suffered for the past three months. She was born at Boons Camp September 23, 1880, the daughter of the late Lafayette and Polly Ward Penix.  She was preceded in death by one son and one daughter. Surviving are six children; three daughters, Mrs. Carrie Conley, Mrs. Ethel Meek, Mrs. Myrtle Delong all of Tomahawk; three sons, Melvin, White House, Irvin, Akron, Ohio, Russell, Ashland. Surviving also are the following brothers and sisters: Richard A. Penix, Davisport, Shade Penix, Inez, Mrs. Gypsie Childers, Emil, Exer Crum, Davilla, Malvie Ward, Inez, Mrs. Allie Ward, Inez. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 19.  Burial was in the Williamsport Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 12-21-1950
THOMPSON, James W.
1862-1950
James W. Thompson, 88, died at his home in Warfield at 2:30 p. m., Tuesday, December 5, 1950 of a heart condition from which he had suffered for the past four months. Born in Russel County Virginia May 14, 1862, the son of the late Samuel and Sara Wells Thompson, he had been a resident of Warfield for the past fifteen years.  He was a member of the Christian Church and engaged in the practice of law before his retirement. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Julia Stepp Thompson. Besides his widow he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Emily Hensley, Inex, and one son, Sidney G. Thompson, Naugatuck, W. Va.  He is also survived by two stepsons, Paul Johnson, Warfield, J. M. Johnson, Beauty, and six stepdaughters, Mrs. Ester Copley, Inez, Mrs. Gladys Newsome, Warfield, Mrs. Appy Preece, Inez, Mrs. Minnie Jarrels, Inez, Mrs. Emma Horn, Beauty, Mrs. Bessie Conley, Inez.  surviving also is a brother, Samuel Thompson, Inez, 19 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a. m., Friday, December 8, at the home by Revs. H. Maynard and George Runyon. Burial was at Naugatuck under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday December 14, 1950
WILLIAMS, George Ann (Davis)
1950
Mrs. George Ann Williams, 83, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Decemnber 14, 1950, at he home of her daughter, Mrs. Vertrece McKenzie, Volga, after an illness of four years. She had been living with her daughter for several months before here death.  The dughter of Harvie Davis and Louise Howes Davis " Aunt George Ann, as she was known to her many relatives and friends, was one of Johnson COunty's best loved women.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Two husbands, Wince Williams and Sam P. WIlliams, preceded her in death. Surviving sons  and daughters are: Joe Ballard Wiliams, St. Paris, Ohio, Wnnie Williams, Oil Springs: Winford Williams, Baltimore, Md.: Mrs. Lelia Bailey, Flat Gap; Mrs. Vertrece Williams, Louisville. Also Surviving are two sisters: Mrs. Lizzie Williams, Ashland; Mrs. Talitha Cooper, Cyrus, Ky. Funeral seervices were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 1950 at the Bethel United Baptist Church, Flat Gap, with the Rev. Lonza Reed Officiating. Burial was made in the Salyer Cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday  December 21, 1950

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