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JANUARY - 1953

ADAMS, Elbert
1953
Elbert Adams, 83, Hager Hill, died Monday, January 3, 1953, in a Lexington hospital following a long illness. He was a retired farmer and a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Trimble, Hager Hill, one sister, Sarah Rice, Conley, Ky., two grandsons and two granddaughters. Funeral services were held at 10 a. m. this morning at the home with Claude Preston and Merida Wiley as officiating ministers. Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the Denver Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
AUXIER, Martha (Stafford)
1866-1953
Mrs. Martha Stafford Auxier, 86, wife of the late James W. Auxier, president of the Paintsville Wholesale Grocery Company and the First National Bank, passed away at her home on Euclid Ave., Friday after several weeks of Illness. She was born May 9, 1866 at the old family home place on Stafford Addition of Paintsville, the daughter of William and Martha Hagar  Stafford. She was the last surviving member of a family of seven. On October 2, 1889, she was married to James W. Auxier of Floyd Co, who preceded he in death about 14 years ago. At an early age, Mrs. Auxier's family moved to a farm where the town of West Van Lear is now located, and during her girlhood she became a member of the Methodist Church, an affiliation in which she continued an active interest during the rest of her life. True to the traditions of her pioneer ancestors many of whom were the first settlers in the Big Sandy, the Auxier home was always kept "open house" to the many friends and relatives. Granny Duck"as she was affectionately known, will be missed not only by the children but by the host of friends who stopped by for a friendly chat or a word of advice. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. E.E. Archer, Mrs. C.M. Hagar, Mrs. Henry LaViers and Mrs John Newman, all of Paintsville, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted at the Mayo Memorial Church Sunday at 3:00 p.m. by the Revs. J.I. Meyer and W.F. Pettus Internment was in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald January 7, 1953
BALDRIDGE, Ellen (Booth)
1871-1953
Lengthy Illness Fatal to Mrs. Ellen Baldridge Mrs. Ellen Booth Baldridge, 81, died at a local hospital January 17, following an illness of several months. The daughter of George and Liza Vanover Booth, she was born in Johnson County, August 4, 1871. She was a resident of Hammond, Ky., at the time of her death. Surviving are three sons, George W. Castle, Ohio, Henry Castle, Michigan, Sherman Castle, Sitka; three daughters, Mrs. W. M. Pack, Thealka, Mrs. Clyde Bowling, Franklin, Ohio and Mrs. Liza Duty.  White House, one brother, T. JH. Booth, Cincinnati, Ohio. Funeral services were held January 19, at the Freewill Baptist Church of Hammond with the Revs. Fred Rowland and Dock Rowland officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD JAN.21 1953
CASTLE, Erie (Daniel)
1879-1953
SERVICES HELD SATURDAY AT BEECH GROVE CHURCH
FOR MRS. ERIE D. CASTLE
Mrs. Erie Daniel Castle, 73, succumbed Thursday at Stambaugh, Kentucky following an illness of three years. Death was attributed to complications due to a stroke. Born December 20, 1879, she was the daughter of Newt and Betsy Castle Daniel. She was a lifelong resident of Johnson County. Surviving besides her husband, A. B. Castle, are one daughter, Mrs. Morgan Stambaugh, Stambaugh, Kentucky, two brothers, Ross Daniel, and Gus Daniel, both of Ripley, Ohio, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Beech Grove United Baptist Church Saturday with the Revs. F. F. Rigsby and  John Brown officiating. Burial was at the Sycamore Cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday  January 21, 1953
CASTLE, Virgie (Saddler)
1888-1953
Mrs. Virgie Saddler Castle, 64, Lowmansville, died at a local hospital January 28,1953 following an illness of three weeks. Born in Johnson County March 19, 1888, she was the daughter of the late James and Serena Patrick Saddler. Surviving are her husband, Cleve Castle, three sons, Grover and Dekota Castle, Lowmansville and Richard Castle, David; four daughters, Mrs. Carmel VanHoose, Sitka, Mrs. Arthur Scarberry, Mrs. Roby Daniel, Mrs. Ella Scarberry, all of Lowmansville, two brothers, Thomas and Millard Saddler, both of Nippa and one sister, Mrs. Sally McKenzie of Collista. Funeral services were held Friday at the Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Claude Preston and Don Fraley officiating. Burial was made in the Sycamore Cemetery at Nippa, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. NOTE:Burial location is also known as the "CLARK CASTLE CEMETERY" PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Feb. 4, 1953
DIXON, Guy
1877-1953
Wittensville Man Dies Friday, Victim Of Stroke Guy Dixon, 75, Prominent Farmer Buried Sunday Guy Dixon, 75, widely known farmer of Wittensville, died in a local hospital at 12:05 a.m. Friday, January 2 1953 .  He suffered a stroke that was followed by pneumonia, and had been ill about one week. Mr. Dixon was born February 22, 1877, a son of the late Isaac and Margurite May Dixon, and had been a resident of Johnson County his entire life.  He followed farming as an occupation. Mr. Dixon was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou McKenzie and by his second wife, Marguerite Slone Dixon. Surviving are his widow, Anna Childers Dixon, Roy Dixon of Overpeak, Ohio, two daughters, Mrs. Shirley Wilcox, Wittensville, Mrs. Merlie Kimmerlee, Dayton, Ohio, and the following brother and sisters, Don Dixon, Ashland, Ky., Mrs. Jim McKenzie, and Mrs. Langley Preston, both of Sitka, and Mrs. Warren Van Hoose of Frankfort, Kentucky. Funeral services were held Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa by Reverend Claude Preston and Reverend Harry Salyer. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. .   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 01-07-1953
FLAUGHTER, James
1872-1953
Services Held Sunday For Elliot County Man Funeral services were held at the home at Thelma, Sunday for James Flaugher, 80, who died Friday following an illness of ten days. The son of Chris and Lizzie Adams Flaugher, he was born in Elliot County September 20, 1872. He had been a resident of Thelma for thirteen years. Surviving are his wife, Sally Van Hoose travis Flaugher, four daughters, Mrs. Rissie Thomas and Mrs. Lizzie Lowe, both of Farmers Ky., Mrs. Hattie Mullins, Franklin, Ohio, Mrs. Jessie Cook, Portsmouth, Ohio; three step-daughters, Mrs. Bertha Stephens, Mrs. Clora Stephens, Mrs. Hazel Brooks, all of Ashland; two step-sons, Virgil and Linzie Travis, both of Thelma; and one sister, Mrs. Maggie Clevenger, Sandy Hook. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1-21-1953
FYFFE, Lina (Evans)
1870-1953
Mrs. Lina Fyffe, 83, died at her home at Keaton at 2:30 a.m. Thursday January 3 1953, following an illness of ten months. Born January 2, 1870 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Merida and Malinda Holbrook Evans.  She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. She was preceeded in death by two husbands, James Ferguson and W.H. Fyffe. Surviving are two sons, M.J. Ferguson, Safford, Arizona and N.K. Fyffe, Keaton; and one daughter, Mrs. Sanford Bailey, Keaton, 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Other survivors include one brother, James Evans, Martha, Ky., two sisters, Mrs. H.F. Williams, Riggs, Ky., and Mrs. Felix Fyffe, Lawrence County. Funeral services were held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Enterprise Baptist Church at Keaton with Revs. Hood Wallen, Emery Ferguson and Tommie Bailey officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Keaton under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald January 14 1953
GILLIAM, Clarissa (Wright)
1875-1953
Clarissa Gilliam, 77, died at her home at Ophir, KY., Friday following an illness of three years. The daughter of Thomas and Judy Stanley Wright, who was born September 02, 1875, in Virginia. She had been a resident of Ophir, Morgan County for the past three years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gilliam, in 1947. Surviving are three sons, James Gilliam, Ophir, Add Gilliam, Mine Fork, and Estill Gilliam, Lacy; two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Wright, Mine Fork, and Mrs. Tennie Cantrell, Ophir; and one brother, Wade Wright, of Dayton, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the family cemetery with the Rev. John Doolan officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Ophir under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Printed: January 28, 1953
HOLBROOK, Loranza D.
1854-1953
Loranza D. Holbrook, 98, one of Johnson County's oldest and most respected citizens, died at his home at Red Bush Friday following an illness of several weeks. Born May 18, 1854, at Red Bush, he was the son of Jimmie and Sarah Lyons Holbrook.  He was a retired farmer. He was preceded in death by two wives, Emily Holbrook and Phoebie Pennington Holbrook. Surviving are four sons, Cam S. Holbrook, Paris, KY., Alonzo Holbrook, Ashland, John H. and Morton Holbrook, Red Bush; four daughters, Mrs. Sallie Schuff, Ashland, Mrs. Earl Auxier, Manila, Mrs. Hatler Johnson, city, and Mrs. Ollie Fyffe, Ashland. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the home with the Rev. Hood Wallen officiating.  Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Herald will carry a story of Mr. Holbrook's life in next week's issue. Paintsville Herald 1-28-1953
JONES, John A.
1885-1953
Services Held Today  For John A. Jones, 68: Local Funeral Director John A. Jones, 68, local funeral director, passed away Sunday January 18, 1953,  at his home on Main Street following an illness of three years.  Death was attributed to complications. He came to the Paintsville vicinity in 1914 as an employee of the North-East Coal Company and in 1917 was appointed manager of the company’s store at Auxier where he resided with his family.  He later became associated with a group of local businessmen in the Paintsville Furniture Company and Funeral Home, and in 1941 opened his own undertaking establishment under the name of Jones Funeral Home where he was assisted by his sons. His work took him into thousands of homes in Johnson and adjoining counties where he made many friends.  His charitable disposition and geniality will forever endear him to the hearts of the people of this section. Born in Gallia, Ohio on January 13, 1885, he was a son of David and Elizabeth Jenkins Jones.  He was married to Miss Lexie Sims in Gaillpolis, Ohio on June 26, 1907. He was a member of the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church, I.O.O.F. Lodge, National Funeral Directors Associations of Eastern Kentucky and Kentucky, 4-H Club Council and was past president of the Paintsville Kiwania Club. Survivors include his wife, three sons, Edwin H. Jones, David S. Jones and Marvin D. Jones of this city, two daughters, Mrs. Louise Moore, Anchorage, Alaska, and Mrs. Avanelle Schwendner, Chicago, Ill., and six grandchildren.   Also surviving are two sisters, miss Leah Jones, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Jennie Mae Koehler, Paris, France, one step-sister and one step-brother, Mrs. Edna Parry and Jenkins Alban, both of Oak Hill, Ohio Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. at the Mayo Methodist Church by the Reverend J. I. Meyer, Reverend Joseph Zavadsky, and Reverend William Pettus. Interment was made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery. Paintsville Herald 1-21-1953
MAGGARD, Chester
1895-1953
Services Held Saturday  For Prominent Merchant One of Paintsville's well-known citizens, Chester Maggard, died suddenly at his home January 14 of a heart attack. Born March 4, 1895 in Knott County, he was the son of Hiram and Sarah Draughn Maggard. A resident of Paintsville for a number of years, he was associated with the Maggard Furniture Company until a short time ago. Prior to moving to this city, he was a merchant and farmer in Magoffin County. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a Mason. Surviving are his wife, Liza Patrick Maggard, two sons, Lt. Com. Talmadge Maggard, USN, Washington, D.C., and Clayton Maggard of this city, one daughter, Mrs. Callie Joseph, city, one brother, J.C. Maggard, city, and four sisters, Mrs. Margurett Watts, Georgetown, Ill; Mrs. Roncie Bayes, Lexington, Ky.; Mrs. Pearlie Pratt, White Oak, Ky.; and Mrs. Delie Ratliff, Centerville, Missouri. Funeral services were held at the Mayo Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m. Saturday with the Reverend Joseph Zavadsky and Rev. J. I. Meyer officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Bloomington under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald January 21, 1953
MARSH, Frank
1876-1953
Former Oil Well Rig Builder: Resident Here 33 Years Frank Marsh, 76, died at his home on Third Street, Saturday, following an illness of six months.  He had been a resident of Paintsville for 33 years. The son of the late Joe and Esther Harp Marsh, he was born in Wayne County, KY., June 14, 1876. He was a retired oil well rig builder. Survivors include his wife, Matilda Marsh, one brother, Joseph Marsh, Monticello, KY., and one sister Mrs. Abner Marsh, Hamilton, Michigan. Funeral services were held at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, Monday afternoon with the Rev. W.F. Pettus officiating. Interment was made in the Richmond Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Printed: January 28, 1953
MEADE, John Morris
1918-1953
John Morris Meade Found Dead in Ohio
John Morris Meade, 35, died at a rooming house in Columbus, Ohio, Monday January 4.  Death was attributed to asphyxiation. Born January 6, 1918 in Johnson County, he was the son of Tom and Alma Pendleton Meade. Surviving are one brother, Marvin Meade, Louisville, three sisters,  Mrs. Dorothy Keaton, Staffordsville,  Mrs. Alma Fairchild, Louisville, and Miss Dixie Meade, Baltimore, Maryland. Funeral services were held Friday at 11:00am at the Methodist Church at Oil Springs with the Revs. W.E. Cissna and John Collins. Internment was made at the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1-14-1953
MOORE, Aaron
1871-1953
Services To Be Thursday for Flat Gap Resident Aaron Moore, 81, a resident of Flat Gap for 52 years, died at his home Tuesday morning following a illness of two weeks. A son of the late John W. and Patsy Mulline Moore, he a was born May 10, 1871, in Lawrence county.  He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge. A member of the Johnson County School Board for ten years and chairman of the board for four years, he was instrumental in establishing the Flat Gap school and other schools throughout the county.  He worked diligently in improving the educational facilities of the county school system. Before retiring due to ill health, he was active in many farm organizations and was a progressive farmer in his locality.  He was also a breeder of pure-bread Hereford cattle. He was married to Josephine Seagraves, who preceded him in death, and to this union were born three children.  He was later married to Minnie Blanton, who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Brice and Price Moore, Flat Gap, one daughter, Mrs. Cloe Wright, Flat Gap, two brothers, Paris Moore and Monroe Moore. both of Blaine, and Mrs. Nancy Saunders of California. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 op.m. at the enterprise Baptist Church at Flat Gap with the Revs. Lonza Reed, Hood Wallen and Bruce Daniel officiating. Music will be by the Toms Creek quartet. Interment will be made in the family cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1953 1-29-1953
PRESTON, John W.
1865-1953
John W. Preston, 87, years old, former member of the Kentucky State Legislature and retired merchant, died January 1, 1953 at his home in Stafford Addition after an illness of several months. He was born in Boyd County on October 12, 1865, a son of the later Hiram and Molly Myers Preston. He moved to Martin County when a young man where he was elected sheriff of that county for a term of four years. He was elected a member of the State Legislature by the voters of Johnson and Martin counties after moving to Paintsville in his early life. Mr. Preston was one of the oldest members of the First Methodist Church of this city, where he was regular in attendance, devoting much of his time and effort to the work of the church until he was stricken with illness. Surviving are his wife, Pauline Walker Preston, and one son, Charles C. Preston, of Ashland. Also surviving is one half brother, Charley Wellman of Kenova, W. Va. A daughter, Myrtle Franklin Preston, preceded him in death a number of years ago. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the First Methodist Church by Reverend W. F. Pettus and Reverend J. I. Meyer. Interment was in the Mayo cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Jan.07 1953
PRICE, Hester (Auxier)
1869-1953
Services Held Sunday At Concord Church Mrs. Hester Price, 83, died at the home of her son, Eugene Price, city, January 15 1953, following an illness of one day.  Death was attributed to a stroke. Born October 27 1869 at East Point, she was the daughter of Thomas and Jennie Harris Auxier. She had been a resident of Paintsville for a year. She was married in 1887 to George W. Price who preceded her in death in 1940.  A son, Jim Price, also preceded her in death January 5 1953. Surviving are two sons, Garner Price, Toledo, Ohio, Eugene Price, city; two daughters, Mrs. Nora Johnson, Thelma, Mrs. Beull Ferguson Price, 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; one brother Edd Auxier, Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the Concord United Baptist Church on Sunday with the Revs. Leonard Walters, L.T. Preston and Buell Ferguson officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald January 1953
PRICE, James
1904-1953
Victim of Heart Attack in Ligon Mine Funeral services were held January 7 at Meally for James Price, 51, who died suddenly with a heart attack on January 5 while working in the mines of  the Clear Branch Mining Company at Ligon. He was a member of one of Johnson County's oldest families and had resided her most of his life.  At the time of his death, he was a resident of Bevinsville, Ky. He was born in Oklahoma City, OK, on June 28, 1904, a son of Georgee W. and Hester Auxier Price.  He was married to Miss Ruth Music of East Point on May 29, 1918. He was a member of the East Point Masonic Lodge and was affiliated with the United Baptist Church. Survivors besides his widow are two sons and two daughters, Charles Alvin Price, Meally, Pauil Byron Price, Ashland, Mre Buretta Travis, Thelma, and Mrs. Anna Pearl Travis, Ashland, also two sisters, and two brothers, Mrs. Nora Johnson, Thelma, Mrs. George Ferguson, Price, Ky., Garner W. Price, Toledo, Ohio, and Eugene Price, city,. Twelve grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held in the United Baptist Church at Meally by Reverend Leonard Walters, Reverend L.T. Preston. Interment was in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Jan 14 1953
RAMEY, Asa
1876-1953
Former Riceville Man Dies in Tyro, Ohio, Burial At Riceville Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church at Riceville Sunday for Asa Ramey, 80, who died at his home at Tyro, Ohio, Thursday, Following an illness of six weeks. The son of Charles and Rebecca Salyer Ramey, he was born September 22, 1876 in Johnson County . Prior to moving to Tyro, he was resident of Riceville. He was preceded in death three years ago by his wife, Julia May Ramey. Surviving  are four sons, Sam Ramey Ada, Ohio, Fred Ramey Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ray Ramey Dayton, Ohio; one step-son, Emerson Caudill. Ivyton, Ky.; four daughters, Mrs. Harry Hughes, Ada, Ohio , Mrs. Lonnie Caudill, Tyro, Ohio, Mrs. Joe Adams, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Mrs. Ora Spears, Riceville. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters, Henry Ramey, Staffordsville, Nat Ramey, Leander, Mrs. Myrtle Honaker, Stockbridge, Michigan, and Mrs. Lou Blanton, St.  Louis, Missouri. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Riceville, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1-25-1953
REED, Angie (Sisco)
1901-1953
Mrs. Angie Reed, 52 East Point Resident, Succumbs Wednesday Mrs. Angie Reed, 52, East Point died in a local hospital January 7, following an illness of four weeks. Death was attributed to a ruptured apendix. Born at Odds, Ky., January 6, 1901 she was the daughter of Harriett Honeycutt Sisco and the late John Sisco. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was married August 10, 1921 to Frank Reed who survives. Surviving besides her husband and mother are four sons; John Melvin, James Wilnfred, Paris and Noah Sisco, all of East Point; two daughters, Josephine Pennington and Virginia Honeycutt, both of East Point. Other survivors include eight brothers. Funeral services were held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the United Baptist Church at East Point with the Rev. Grover Fannin officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald January 14, 1953
SALYER, Elizabeth (Salyer)
1864-1953
MANILA WOMAN DIES FOLLOWING LONG ILLNESS
Mrs. Elizabeth Salyer, 88, died at her home at Manila, January 10, of an illness of five months. Born June 30, 1864, she was the daughter of Joseph and Katherine Stapleton Salyer.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband A.L. Salyer, in 1925. Survivors include three sons, George Salyer, Manila, Roy Salyer, New Holland, Ohio, and Hobart Salyer, Wheelersburg, Ohio; five daughters, Mrs. Lula Auxier and Mrs. Clara McKenzie both of Manila, Mrs. Dixie Salyer, Gypsum, Ohio, Mrs. Ada VanHoose, Staffordsville, Mrs. Cloie Colvin, Catlettsburg. Other survivors include one sister, Mrs. Nancy McKenzie of Minnesota, 72 grandchildren, 126 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at Staffordsville at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ada VanHoose.  The officiating ministers were Oscar McCarty, Lonza Reed and Foster Colvin. Interment was at the Auxier Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Printed: January 14, 1953
SALYER, Nola (Crider)
1885-1953
VAN LEAR RESIDENT
SUCCUMBS FRIDAY AT LOCAL HOSPITAL
Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. Nola Salyer Mrs. Nola Crider Salyer, 67, died Friday at a local hospital following an illness of several years.  She was a resident of Van Lear at the time of her death. The daughter of Alfred and Lizzie Wells Crider, she was born August 1885 in Johnson  County.  She was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are her husband, Ambros Salyer, Four sons, Tommie Witten, Detroit, Michigan, Walter Salyer, Van Lear, Russell Salyer and James Salyer, all of Sitka;  three daughters, Mrs. Lula Music, Mrs. Julia Ashby, and Mrs. Ava Stambaugh all of Van Lear. Other survivors include the following brothers and sister; W.M. Crider, Stambaugh, Ho   Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Honeycutt and C.C. Hall, officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home  Paintsville Herald Feb.04 1953
SELVAGE, Drucilla (Spradlin)
1876-1953
Services Held Saturday For Mrs. Selvage Mrs. Drucilla Selvage, 76, died in a local hospital January 29, 1953, following an illness of three weeks. She was a resident of Paintsville at the time of her death. Born June 19, 1876 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Spradlin. Surviving are one son, George Selvage, City, one daughter, Mrs. Virgie Goble, City, five brothers, Manfred Spradlin and John Spradlin, City, Elza Spradlin, Thealka, George Spradlin, Oil Springs, and Frank Spradlin, Ashland. Other survivors include 9 grandchildren and 5 great grand children. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Verne Conley and Charlie Bailey officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 2-4-1953
STAMBAUGH, Daisy (Prater)
1913-1953
Mrs. Daisy Prater Stambaugh, 39, David died at a local hospital Saturday following an illness of six years. Born April 2, 1913, in Morgan County, she was the daughter of Pierce and Ogie Salyer Prater, who survives.  She had been a resident of David for twelve years. She was married November 11, 1933, to Ray Stambaugh who also survives. Surviving besides the husband and parents are three sons, Gilbert Neal, Ronald Dean, and Donald Jean Stambaugh, all at home.  three daughters, Carol Sue, Shirley Jean, and Mary Francees Stambaugh all at home. Other survivors include three brothers, Paul Prater, Frank Prater, and Ralph Prater, all of Wayland, three sisters, Mrs. Esther Joseph, Mrs. Geraldine Thorpe, and Mrs. Wanda Lee Alten, all of Wayland. Funeral services were held Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m. at the David Community Church with the Rev. S.C. Honeycutt officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Stambaugh under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Printed:  January 28, 1953
TACKETT, Dewey
1909-1953
Dewey Tackett, 43, Van Lear, died in a local hospital Friday following an illness of several weeks. The son of Sanford and Dora Bayes Tackett, he was born at Staffordsville, August 23, 1909.  He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the F. O. E. Lodge.  A miner by occupation, he was employed by Island Creek Coal Company, Ragland, W. Va. prior to his illness and death. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Jaynes Tackett, one son, Earl Edward Tackett, at home, one step-son, Jack Jaynes, city, and three step-daughters, Mrs. Russell Hanshaw, Detroit, Mich, Mrs. L. B. Bradley, city, and Mrs. Richard Hughes, city. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters:  Sherman and Herschell Tackett, both of Staffordsville, Harvey Tackett, Thelka, Jesse Tackett, city, Mrs. O. T. Brown, Staffordsville,Mrs. Thomas Conley, Flat Gap and Mrs. W. H. Mckenzie, city. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the United Baptist Church at Staffordsville, with the Revs. Scott Castle and Lonza Reed officiating.  Music was by the Thomas Creek Quartet. Interment was made in the Jaynes Cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Paintsville funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1-28-1953
THOMPSON, Oscar W. Dr.
1893-1953
Dr. Oscar W. Thompson, 60, Pikeville dentist and president of the Big Sandy Valley Associated, died at 1:10 p.m. Monday January 1953 in the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Dr. Thompson was admitted to the hospital Oct. 2 with injuries suffered when a tractor he was operating turned over on him at this farm near Pikeville. A long-time proponent of the canalization of the Big Sandy River, he was active in community affairs, and was the Republican candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives from the Seventh Congressional District in 1950. Born at Zebulon in Pike County, on July 19, 1893, he was the son of Richard and Nancy Charles Thompson.  He attended area schools and was graduated from the Louisville Dental School in 1915 with the highest honors of his class. Dr. Thompson served in the U. S. Army's dental corps in the first World War and held the rank of captain. He was married in 1918 to Miss Hattie Weddington who survives.  Other survivors include his father, one daughter, Mrs. Betty Scott, wife of Dr. John Scott, Pikeville, one son, Oscar W. Thompson Jr., a medical student, and two sisters, Mrs. Daisy Stayton, and Mrs. Myrtle Blackburn, both of Pikeville. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. today at his summer home on the Mayo Trail by Rev. Orville Skeens, pastor of the Pikeville Christian Church. Burial will be made in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery. Paintsville Herald 10-7-1953
VANHOOSE, John Z.
1861-1953
John Z. Van Hoose, was born September 13, 1861, and was the son of Felty Van Hoose, and Delesia Price Van Hoose, and was married in 1884 to Susan Brown Hamilton.  To this union was born one son, Haskel Van Hoose who was born in May 1888 and died in the year 1890 at the age of two years. His wife, Susan Van Hoose, preceded him in death, having died in March 1952, also preceding him in death was his father, mother and six brothers, and three sisters, whose names are as follows: Jasper Van Hoose, Mart Van Hoose, Harry Van Hoose, Frank Van Hoose, Jesse Van Hoose, Lynchie Van Hoose Brown, Julia Van Hoose Rice, Hemmie Van Hoose Sublett. He leaves surviving him 20 nephews as follows; Ivan Van Hoose, Irvin Rice, Everett Rice, Matt Sublett, Brookie Sublett, Monroe Sublett, Frank Sublett, Arlie Van Hoose, John Van Hoose, Ben H. Van Hoose, McKinley Van Hoose, Manuel Van Hoose, Oakley Van Hoose, Charlie Van Hoose, Herschel Van Hoose, F. S. Van Hoose, Byron Van Hoose, Bert Van Hoose, also 16 nieces as follows:  Lizzie Horn, Slolie Daniels, Lynchie Williams, May Ward, Lydia Frazier, Nollis Van Hoose, Frances Baldwin, Hattie Pelphrey, Jennie Patrick, Delesia Hones, Hemmie Slone, Bertha Wilson, Mabel Conley, Harvalee Preston, Lou Wiley, Gladys Burchett, Also friends and relatives too numerous to mention. John was known as a man always ready and willing to come to the aid of anyone in distress. After the death of his son, he took into his home several children that needed a home, the names are Sam Van Hoose, Delmer Van Hoose, and Roy Meadows, Roy remained with him until John's death. John was converted and baptized in about 1902, and united with the Freewill Baptist Church at the Mouth of Rush, and was an active member attending church at every meeting time until he became disabled a few months ago.  John not only attended church, but was always willing to give any financial aid needed to support the church as long as he was able to go.  His door was open to anyone and never refused to feed any person who came to his home. John came to the end of a long and useful life on January 12, 1953 at 2 pm being 91 years, 3 months, and 29 days old. Just a few weeks prior to his death, a prayer and song service was held at his home and John enjoyed the services and said he was ready to go. The community has lost a good neighbor, and the church has lost one of its best friends. Paintsville Herald 1-21-53



FEBRUARY - 1953

BLANTON, Marion Francis
1858-1953
Marion Francis Blanton, 94-year old resident of Litteral Fork and one of this section's oldest and highly respected citizens died at the home of his son at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 10, following an illness of two weeks. The son of Matt and Elsie Blanton, he was born July 13, 1858 at Mine Fork.  A member of the Old Regular Baptist Church, he had lived at Litteral Fork for the past seventeen years and was a successful farmer in his community before his retirement. His wife, Elizabeth Conley Blanton, preceded him in death thirteen years ago. Survivors include thirteen children, six daughters, Mrs. Cynthia Williams, Wheelersburg, Ky., Sola Russell, Waverly, Ohio, Alta Estep, Basah, Ohio, Lola Pennington, Mine Fork, Ky., Mary Risner, Jackson, Ohio, and Martha Hamilton, Akron, Ohio; seven sons, John, Mt. Sterling, Ky., Amos, Beaver, Ohio, Manford and Hobert, Mine Fork,Ky., Grover, Oil Springs, Ky., Floyd, Jackson, Ohio, and Hubert, Wheelersburg, Ky. Also surviving are eighty-five grandchildren, eighty-six great grand-children, and seven great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted from the United Baptist Chuyrch at Wheelersburg, Ky., at 10:00 a.m., Thursday. Officiating ministers will be Oscar McCarty, Dona Conley, and Wee Caudill. Burial will follow in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald. 2-11-1953
BROWN, Ronda Paulett
1953-1953
GEORGES CREEK INFANT DIES
FEBRUARY 8
Ronda Paulett Brown, 3 week old daughter of Paul and Easter Wallin Brown of Georges Creek died at her home Feb. 8. Surviving besides the parents are two brothers, Darrel David amd Paul Michael Brown, both at home, paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Ben Brown, and Maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ham Wallin. Funeral services were conducted February 9 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ham Wallin with Mr. Wallin officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald February 11, 1953
BURKE, Harrison
1889-1953
Funeral services were held at the West Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church for Harrison Burke, 64, who died at his home at West Van Lear Tuesday, following a heart attack. Rev. C.H. Hockinsmith was in charge of services. The son of the late George & Lurinda Bennett Burke, he was born January 17, 1889 in Morgan County. He had been a resident of West Van Lear for the past ten years. Surviving are his wife, Emma Arms Burke, three sons; Marvin and Harold Burke both of West Van Lear; Elmo Burke, Maysville, three daughters; Mrs. Oliver Shields and Miss Mable Burke both of Richmond, Kentucky; Mrs. Everett Bowling, Van Lear, one step-daughter, Mrs. Homer Hale, East Point. Other survivors include four sisters; Mrs. Lucy Stamper, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. Mimi Salyer, Mrs. Leona Wright, and Eva Burke, all of West Van Lear. Internment was made in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald February 25, 1953
CAUDILL, Jane (Rice)
1872-1953
Mrs. Jane Rice Caudill, 80, wife of John Caudill of Sitka, and sister of the late I. G. Rice of this city, died at her home February 24, following an illness of three days. The daughter of Sam and Martha Butler Rice, she was born August 9, 1872.  She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving besides her husband are one sister, Mrs. Artie Shephard, Wenatchee, Washington, and one brother, John Rice, New York, New York. Funeral services were conducted February 26 at the Church of Christ at Sitka with the Revs. Claude Preston and Raymond Dale officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 03-04-1953
CONLEY, George L.
1876-1953
A brief illness proved fatal to George L. Conley, 76, retired farmer of Red Bush, who died at his home Thursday, February 12, 1953, after an illness of five days. A son of the late Daniel J. and Mary Honaker Conley, he was born in Johnson County May 10, 1876, and had been a resident of the county all of his life. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. His wife, Virginia Conley, preceded him in death, January 17, 1951. Survivors include three children: one daughter, Mrs. Vonnie Jaynes, Flat Gap; two sons, Ray, Lucasville, Ohio, and Tom, Circleville Ohio. Services were held at the Bether United Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, February 15, 1953, by Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Tommie Bailey. Burial was in the family cemetery at Barn Rock under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 2-18-1953
HALL, Deed P.
1894-1953
D. P. HALL, 59
FORMER RESIDENT PASSES SUNDAY
Services Held Tuesday for Prominent Man D. P. Hall, 59 prominent businessman of Mt Sterling and this city died [February-28 1953] in a  local hospital Sunday, following an illness of over a year. The son of Isom and Eledina Adams Hall of Bridgeford he was born June 11, 1894 in Magoffin County. Owner and operator of Hall's Dry Goods Store and Hall's Grocery Store  in Bridgeford for a number of years he moved to Mt Sterling three years ago,  where he owned and operated the North Side Motel. He was a veteran of World  War I and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and the American Legion. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Lula Prater Wheeler Hall, one  son, Gaylord Hall, Mt. Sterling; one step daughter, Mrs. Beulah Dix, Mt. Sterling, two grandsons and one step- granddaughter. He was preceded in death in 1942 by a daughter, Madge. Other survivors include two brothers, K.L.Hall, Mt. Sterling; W.T.Hall, Tampa, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. J.C. Maggard, city; Mrs, Bradley George, Ashland; and Mrs. Herschell Fields, Deland, Florida. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with C. Hoge Hockensmith, Joe Zadavsky and Claude Preston as officiating ministers. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Active pallbearers were Frank Wells, Scott Craft, Clarence Rice, Malcolm Stepp, Shelby Williams and C. C. Williams. Honorary pallbearers were F. S. Van Hoose, Byron Van Hoose, Ransom Daniel, Langley Ward, Henry Potter, Garrett Adams and Sydney Kidd. Burial was made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Death date inserted into this obituary from cemetery death-date
LEMASTER, Millard
1953
Millard LeMaster, 71, well known resident of Winifred, died at his home at 4:45 Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1953, following an illness of ten years. A native of Johnson County, he had lived at Winifred for thirty-five years and was a prosperous farmer of the community. One of the leaders in his section and active member of the F. & A. M. Lodge. He was first married to Virgie Castle, who preceded him in death in 1928. he was married in 1934 to Cinda Moore, who survives him. Surviving are a son, Vassie LeMaster, Winifred, Ky.; twp brothers, Logan, Sunbury , O., and Willie, Winifred and two sisters, Mrs. Allie Cordial and Mrs. Lansford Keaton both of Winifred. Services were conducted from the home at 10:00 a. m., Wednesday, February 11. Burial was in the LeMaster Cemetery at Frank's Creek under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald
MAY, Vina (Johnson)
1953
Mrs. Vina May, 65, wife of W. H. May of Hager Hill, died Thursday Morning, February 12, 1953 in a local hospital. She had been ill for the past year. A native of Johnson County, born and reared near East Point, she was a lifelong resident of that section and was well known and liked by her many friends in the community. She was the daughter of the late David Johnson and Fannie Burke Johnson and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Salyer of Allen, KY. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Exer Lilly, and Mrs Lora Wells of East Point, and Mrs. Drucie Castle of Thealka. Also one brother, William Johnson of Pemberton, WV. Services were conducted from the home at 2P.M. Saturday, February 14 by the Rev. Lewis Lynch. Burial was in the family cemetery at Hager Hill under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-18-1953 [NOTE: Marriage records show Vina M. to be Melvina Margarette Johnson]
MEEKS, Katharine (Sammons)
1880-1953
Mrs. Katharine Sammons Meeks, 72, wife of Aaron Meeks, died at the home of her daughter at East Point Sunday, following a long illness.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. The daughter of the late D. M. and Mary Moles Sammons, she was born at East Point December 31, 1880. Surviving besides the husband are three sons, Douglas Meeks, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Edgar Meeks, Williamson, W. Va.; Forest Meeks, Grand Rapid, Michigan; four daughters, Mrs. Verna Mollett, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Mrs. Molly Williamson, Belfry, Ky; Mrs. Brooksie Leake, East Point, Ky; Mrs. Sophia Shannon, Pilgrim Knob, Va. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters:  D.M. Sammons, Tomahawk, O.; derson Sammons, Hamden, O.; John Sammons, W. Va., D.B. Sammons, Princeton, W. Va., Alice Mollett, East Point; Mrs. Maudie Mills, Tomahawk; Mrs. Mary Mollett, Tomahawk; Mrs. Clifford Hammond, Louisa, Mrs. Effie Fraley, Fort Gay, W. Va,; Mrs. Malissa Daniels, Gallup Ky. Funeral services were held Tuesday at East Point with the Rev. Charlie Lemaster officiating. Burial was made in the Moles Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 7-15-1953
PRESTON, Katherine (Castle)
1870-1953
Services At Lackey For Katherine Preston Mrs. Katherine Preston, 82, sister of Proctor Castle of this city, died February 10 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Childers in North Judson, Ind., where she had been for the past six months.  Death followed a year's illness. A native of Johnson County, she was born May 17, 1870, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Castle.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was married in this county in 1877 to Jonathon Preston, who preceded her in death in June, 1917. Surviving besides her brother are six children; three daughters, Mrs. James Childers, North Judson, Ind., Mrs. Charlie Jones, McDowell, Ky., Mrs. Norbert Ward, Barnabus, W. Va.; three sons, Asa, Jeffersonville, Ezra, Prestonsburg, Sam, Lackey, Ky.  She also leaves 37 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church at Lackey at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 12, by Rev. Tom Smith and Rev. Ernest Ward.  Interment was in the Chandler Cemetery at Lackey under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 02-18-1953
RICE, Allie (Webb)
1875-1953
Mrs. Allie Webb Rice, 75, wife of Elzie (Dick) Rice died in a local hospital Tuesday following an illness of a few days. Born July 11, 1875 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of E.R. and Julia Hyden Webb. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Russell Rice, Collista and Walter Rice, Mt. Sterling, Ohio; four daughters, Mrs. Brookie Sublett, city, Mrs. Grant Johnson and Mrs. Irving Blair, both of Collista, and Mrs. Heber Fitchpatrick, Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Collista, with the Revs. Charlie Lemaster and Adron Davis officiating. Music will be by the Paintsville Quartet. Interment will be made in the family cemetery at Collista under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald February 25, 1953
ROSS, John F.
1890-1953
John F. Ross, 62, died at his home at Red Bush Monday February 23, 1953  following an illness of a year.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. The son of Dan and Nancy Ellen Fannin Ross, he was born at Elk Fork May 4, 1890.  HE was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are this wife, Bessie Sparks Ross.  Two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Evans, Keaton, Ky., and Nancy Alice Ross, Red Bush, one brother, Willie Ross, South Webster Ohio, and Two grandchildren.  He was proceeded in death by his son who was killed in world II. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. today ( Wednesday) at the Red Bush Church with the Rev. Tom Bailey and Rev. Ross officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of  the Preston Funeral Home.
SAYLOR, Matthew
1869-1953
Funeral Arrangements Incomplete: Burial  To Be At Ballott, Ky. Matthew Saylor, 83, died in a local hospital Monday following an illness of three weeks. Born August 4, 1869 in Johnson County, he was the son of Martin and Clarinda Saylor.  A resident of Ballott, Ky., he had made his home with his nephew Dennis Williams, at Staffordsville for several months. Surviving are three children, one son, Grant Saylor, Urbana, Ohio, and two daughters, Bell and Sina Saylor, both of Ohio. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Ballott under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-25-1953
SPRADLIN, John
1873-1953
Services Friday For Aged Resident John Spradlin, 79 Dies;  Survivors Are Four Brothers Funeral services were held Friday at the chapel of the Jones Funeral Home for John Spradlin, 79, who died at his home on Thursday, following an illness of two years. The son of the later Reuben and Nancy Lewis Spardlin, he was born March 1, 1873. He was a plumber and electrician by occupation.   Surviving are four brothers, Frank Spradlin, Ashland, Manford Spradlin, City, George Spradlin, Flat Gap, and Elza Spradlin Thealka Rev. Verne Conley and Rev. Verne Conley and Rev. Charlie Bailey conducted the funeral services. Burial was made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD FEB.11 1953
THOMPSON, Rose (Borders)
1875-1953
Funeral services were held at the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church, Friday for Mrs. Rose Borders Thompson, 77, who died at her home at Lowmansville Wednesday, February 1953 following an illness of two weeks. Born July 15, 1875 she was the daughter of the later John and Mary Slone Borders.  She was a life-long resident of Lowmansville and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Matthew Thompson, two daughters, Mrs. Samuel Davis, Monroeville, Ohio, Mrs. Carl Castle, Berlyn Heights, Ohio, two sisters Mrs. Zelda Castle, and Mrs. Ronda Athington, both of Lowmansville. Funeral services were conducted by the Revs. Scott Castle, Scott Griffith, Byrd Webb and Walter Skaggs, with music by the Toms Creek Quartet. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Lowmansville under the direction of the Paintsville Fuenral Home. Paintsville Herald 2-4-1953
VANHOOSE, Alka (Daniel)
1902-1953
Mrs. Alka Daniel VanHoose, 50, life-long resident of Johnson County, died at the home of May Daniel at Nippa February 6 following an illness of two years. Born June 13, 1902, she was the daughter of the late Fairy and Isabel Castle Daniel.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, James Van Hoose, three sons, Billie Ray Stafford, Springfield, Ohio, Don Stafford, U.S. Army, and James Claudie Van Hoose, at home; four daughters, Mrs. Lillian Ferguson and Miss Christine Stafford, both of Texas, Miss.  Sarah Isabel Van Hoose and Miss Ruby Lee Van Hoose, both at home, one brother, James Daniel, London, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Fraley of West Virginia. Funeral services were held Sunday at the home of May Daniel with the Rev. Millard Van Hoose and Rev. Clause Preston officiating.  Burial was made at the family cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 2-11-53
WEBB, Dave
1889-1953
Dave Webb, 63-year old Southside resident died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McFaddin, Friday, February 13, while watching television. Death was attributed to a heart condition. A retired railroad worker he was born in this county July 3, 1889, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Webb. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. He was married in Paintsville August 30, 1918 to Sissie Conley who survives him. Surviving besides his widow are four children; two daughters, Mrs. June Delaney, Olive Hill, Mrs. Jane Phipps, Jackson, Ohio; two sons, Glen, Pikeville, and Elmer of this city. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. George Ratliff, Lackey, Ky., Mintie Conley, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Elias George, Thelma, Ky.; three brothers; W.G. Webb, Auxier, Herbert Webb, Huntington, W.Va., Hack Webb, West Van Lear. Thirteen grandchildren also survive. Services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday February 15, at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. H.E. Willis, pastor. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 2-18-1953
WELLS, Ruth (Long)
1894-1953
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church for Mrs. Ruth Long Well, local attorney who passed away Tuesday morning on Fourth St.  She had been ill for the  past eight years and her was death was not unexpected. She was born December 30, 1894, in Rio Grande, Ohio, the daughter of Professor John Riggs and Margaret Cooper Long.  She attended Sandy Valley seminary in this city and Hazel Green Academy at Hazel Green, KY. She was later married to Kendrick Well who  preceded  her in death in 1926. Prior to her husband’s death she was associated with him in his law offices and afterward took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1928.  Until her health failed, she was actively engaged in the practice of her profession and at one time served the city of Paintsville as city attorney.  She was a member of the law firm of Wells & Wells of this city. “Ruth” as she was familiarly known to her acquaintances, was deeply devoted to her family and friends.  A woman of gracious charm and dignity, her heart-warming personality made her beloved by all who knew her.  Her life was a symbol of courage and high fidelity to purpose, and her character attested the noble qualities of an inner spirit which attained its goal by a quiet strength and unfaltering determination. She was a member of the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church, the Johnson County Bar Association, and the State Bar Association. Surviving are a son, Attorney John Kendrick Wells, and two daughters, Mrs. Miriam Leonard, Mrs. Virginia Lee Gullett, and three  grandchildren, Michael David Leonard, Diane Ruth Leonard and John K. Wells III all of Paintsville. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. John L. Wells, of this city.  A daughter Mrs. Peggy Wells Cooley, died in 1947. Active pallbearers are: M.O. Wheeler, E.H. King, Ben Mann, R.B. Harrington, W.A. Johnson and B.E. Mullins. Honorary pallbearers are: Fred Howes, B.H. Vaughan, Don C. VanHoose, James W. Turner, John  H. Wheeler, C.F. Kirk,  William Hazelrigg, John H. Cooper, and John L. Harrington. Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend J.I. Meyer and Reverend Joseph Zavadsky. Interment will be in the Wells-Buckingham cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald February 04, 1953
WHEELER, Ethel
1952-1953
RITES HELD AT THELMA
FOR 13-MONTH CHILD
Rites for Ethel Wheeler, 13-month-old daughter of Jesse and Sylvia Taylor Wheeler, who died in a local hospital Feb. 8, 1953 were held at the home at Thelma, Monday, Feb. 9. Survivors include besides the parents, five brothers and four sisters. Burial was in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald. 2-11-1953
WITTEN, John M.
1953
John M. Witten, 71, of Huntington died at 9:00 a.m. Saturday February 14, in a Huntington hospital following a brief illness. A retired C. & O. engineer, he was born at Paintsville, a son of the late George and Mary Williams Witten and had lived in Huntington for the past forty years.  He had many relatives in Johnson County and was a nephew of Mrs. W. H. Mckenzie of this city. His wife, Mrs. Eliza Adams Witten, preceded him in death in 1951. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Christine Peters and Mrs. John E. Thorn, both of Huntington; one sister, Miss Martha Witten, Hungtington; three brothers, N. K. Witten of Kenova, Foster H. Witten of Kecoughtan, Va., and Powell Witten of Columbus, Ohio.  Also surviving are two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00p.m., Monday at the Kincaid Funeral Home, Huntington, with the Rev. Daniel Eynon officiating. Burial was in the Woodmere cemetery. Paintsville Herald 2-18-1953



MARCH - 1953

ADAMS, Amanda (Conley)
1873-1953
Mrs. Amanda Alice Adams, died at her home in Sciotoville, Ohio, at 8:00 a. m. Sunday, March 29, 1953, after an illness of two years. Born July 22, 1873, in Johnson County, a daughter of the late William and Eliza Hitchcock Conley, she was married in 1893 to George Adams, who survives her. Mrs. Adams was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  She and her husband moved to Ohio in 1942. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, and two daughters: Elmer Adams, Sciotoville, and William R.,  Swauger Valley; Mrs. Georgia Preston, Lucasville, and Mrs. Eliza Kent, Sciotoville,.  Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Belle Horne, Collista.  She also left eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  A daughter and sister preceded her in death. Funeral serviced were conducted from the residence at 10:00 a. m., Wednesday, April 1, with Rev. Adrian Davis of this county officiating. Burial was made in the Lucasville cemetery. Attending the funeral from this section were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Spradlin, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Spradlin, Mr. and Mrs. Lonzie Horn, Mrs. Earl Spradlin, Mrs. Mervin Conley, and Mrs. Hazel Conley.
AUXIER, Anna (Tucker)
1953
Mrs. Anna Tucker Auxier, 63, member of a prominent Eastern Kentucky family, died March 25 at her home in Prestonsburg following an illness of several months. Mrs. Auxier, was a member of the Baptist Church of Prestonsburg and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Survirors include her husband S. R. (Robert) Auxier, one daughter, Mrs. Gwynne Ford, Prestonsburg; one granddaughter, Mrs. W. D. Hale, and one great granddaughter, MaryAnn Hale, of Maryville, Tenn., also two sisters and two brothers,  Mrs. Hugo Thrasher, Oklahoma City, Okla, Mrs. Emma Conners, Okla; J. Tucker, Crowder, Okla., and Will Tucker, Eagle, Colo. Funeral Services were held Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Methodist Church in Prestonsburg.  Burial was made in the Potter Cemetery there. Paintsville Herald 4-1-1953
AUXIER, Isaac L.
1866-1953
I. L. "Link" Auxier Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 2, at 2:00 p. m. at the First Methodist Church for I. L. "Link" Auxier, who passed away at 11:55 p. m., March 30, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. P. T. Holbrook, on Fourth Street. Mr. Auxier, who was 86 years old at the time of his death, was widley known, and was a member of a prominent Johnson County family. He had been ill for the past four years, but his death caame unexpectedly to his family and friends. Born at East Point on November 19, 1866, a son of George W. and Ann Prater Auxier, he had resided in the county his entire life and was a retired farmer and clerk. He had served the county as deputy sheriff, and as magistrate of Destrict No. 1. He aalso had worked as a clerk in the offices of the county judge, county clerk, and sheriff for many years. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He was married 66 years ago to Gemimia Wheeler who survives him. Other survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Holbrook, Mrs. A. G. T. Dorton, Lexington,,, Ky., Mrs G. H. Williams, Indinapolis, Indiana, Miss Madge Auxier, Louisville, Ky., and two sons, Dr. George Auxier, Washington, D. C. and Earl M. Auxier, Manila, Ky.; also 14 grand-children and 22 great grand-children. He also leaves one sister, Mrs Martha Vaughn of this city, and two brothers, M. M. Auxier of Barada, Nebraska, and G. G. Auxier of Manila. Funeral services will be held by Reverand W. M. Pettas. Internment will be made in the Auxier Cemetery at Manila under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Heraald Wednesday April 01, 1953
AUXIER, James S.
1870-1953
James S. Auxier Passes March 31, 1953 Services Thursday For Prominent Man James Sheridan Auxier, 83, of  East Point, retired farmer and member of a prominent family died of a heart-attack in a local hospital Tuesday after a brief illness. He suffered an attack of pneumonia several months ago from which he never fully recovered. Mr. Auxier was born at East Point on February 7, 1870, a son of the late Major John B. and Mary Tilsley Auxier.  A resident of Johns Creek most of his life, He had moved to East Point since his retirement as a farmer. A man of integrity and honor, he was one of the county’s most respected citizens and was held in high esteem by neighbors and friends. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  He was married to Edith Webb on March 10,1904, and to this union were born four children. Survivors include his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Sarah E. Bullock, Deming, New Mexico, three sons, James T. Auxier, Paintsville, John Alvin Auxier, Coalwood, W. Va.; Russell B. Auxier, Deming, New Mexico, and one brother Henry J. Auxier of Johns Creek. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. April 2, 1953, at the Freewill Baptist Church on Third Street, by C. C. Hall. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at East Point. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR.01 1953
CHANDLER, Charley
1877-1953
Charley Chandler, 75, formerly of Chandlerville, died at his home at Raceland, KY., Sunday, following an illness of two years. The son of the late Isaac and Lucinda Wheeler Chandler, he was born December 28, 1877, at Chandlerville.  He was a farmer by occupation. Surviving are four son, Lacy Chandler, Decatur, Ill., Virgil Chandler, Portsmouth, Ohio, Arville Chandler, Paducha, KY., and Rural Chandler, Baltimore, MD.; three daughters, Violet Gillispie, city, Gladys Stone, Greenup County, and Jewell Wheeler, Raceland, KY. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters, Alford Chandler, Ashland, Jay Chandlr, Minford, Ohio, Mary Wheeler, Morgan County, Vina Burton, city, Cora Wheeler, Chandlerville, and Mima Wheeler, Wilbur. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the school house at Chandlereville with the Revs. Leonard Wallets, Foster Rigsby and Cullie Sparks, officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Printed March 25, 1953
CONLEY, Elmer
1905-1953
Services were conducted from the Pentecostal church at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday for Elmer Conley, 48, who died of tuberculosis at his home in this city at 6:00 a.m., March 29, 1953 after a four-year illness. The son of George W. and Minta J. Conley, he was born in this county October 8, 1905, and lived in Paintsville all of his life where he was a well-known baker. He is survived by his wife Viola Meadows Conley. Also surviving are a daughter two sisters, Mrs. T.J. Daniles and Mrs. Murl Dallas, both of this city and one brother, Bernice Conley, also of this city. Services were conducted by Revs. Woodrow White and Verne Conley. Interment was in the Town Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR.01 1953
CONLEY, Martha (Smith)
1888-1953
Mrs. Martha Smith Conley, 63, formerly of West Van Lear, died Thurs., March 12, 1953, at the home of her son, Chas. Conley, Auxier, following an illness of three weeks.  Death was attributed to pneumonia. Born August 12, 1888, in Morgan County, she was the daughter of John and Polly Hunley Smith. She was preceded in death in 1940 by her husband, Will B. Conley. Surviving are four sons, Dewey and Charles Conley, both of Auxier, Lonza Conley, Walbridge, Ohio and Wayne Conley, Marion, Ohio; four step-sons, Walter Conley, city, Dave and Boone Conley, both of Ashland, Kernie Conley, Jackson, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Zella May Risner, New London, Ohio and Mrs. Sarah Louise Taylor, Olive Hill; two brothers, Berry Smith, Ashland, and Lee Smith of Lexington. Funeral services were held at the home of her son, Charles Conley, at Auxier at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 1953, with the Revs. Cullie Sparks and Willie Horn officiating. Music was by the Auxier Quartet. Interment was made in the family cemetery in Wheelersburg under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald
DANIELS, Clifford
1910-1953
Heart Attack Fatal To Local Resident Clifford Daniels, 43, suffered a heart attack on the street in Waverly, Ohio, Saturday, March 28, and died at 1:00 p.m., immediately following the seizure. A native of this county, he was born February 26, 1910, the son of Mrs. Dora Wilcox Daniels of this city.  A lifelong resident of Paintsville he worked in the mines in this section for many years and only recently had gone to Ohio to seek employment. Survivors include besides his mother three half sisters and two half brothers; Mrs. Polk Meade and Willard Daniels, Mt. Sterling, Ohio, Mrs. Dorman Fairchilds, and Hurshel Daniel, Tutor Key, Mrs. Leander Ratliff, Richmond, Va. Funeral services were conducted from the third street Freewill Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 31.  Rev. Claude Preston officiated and special music was presented by the Toms Creek Singers. Burial was in the family cemetery in this city under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. .   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 04-01-1953
ESTEPP, Scott B.
1878-1953
Services Held Monday For Flat Gap Resident, Scott B. Estepp, 75, life-long resident of Flat Gap, succumbed Saturday at his home following an illness of seven weeks. The son of Ambros and Elizabeth Estepp, he was born January 5, 1878. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Carrie Collinsworth Estepp,one son Charley Estepp, Milford Center, Ohio. three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Blanton, Milford Center Ohio. Cloma McKenzie and Mrs. Flora Cantrell, both of Flat Gap. Other survivors include two brothers, Paris Estepp and Bob Estepp, both of Flat Gap, and two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Cantrell, Flat Gap, and Mrs. Mintie Lemaster, Bancroft, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted at the home Monday with the Revs. Lonza Reed and Tommie Bailey officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald March 11, 1953
FRALEY, Robert Earl
1952-1953
Robert Earl Fraley, 5-month-old son of Robert and Clara Ratliff Fraley, of Paintsville, died at a local hospital Monday morning March 16, 1953, following an illness of two weeks.  Death was attributed to pneumonia Surviving besides the parents are one brother, James M. Fraley, and one sister, Linda Ray Fraley, both at home, the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ratliff of thie city, and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. James Fraley of this city. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. James Fraley Tuesday with the Rev. Vern Conley officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Paintsville under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication.  The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday, March 18, 1953 
GAMBLE, Eugene
1945-1953
Eugene Gamble, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gamble, succumbed Monday at a local hospital following an illness of ten months. Born Decmember 14 1945 at West Van Lear, he was a resident of Lynco, W. Va. Surviving besides the parents are  three brothers, Raymond, Ora and Ronnie Gamble; and three sisters, Shelby Jean, Brenda and Linda Gamble, all at home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Davis Branch, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald March 3 1953
HANEY, Ethel (Goble)
1920-1953
A sudden heart attack proved fatal April 2, 1953 to Mrs. Ethel Goble Haney who died Tuesday at 9:30 p. m., shortly after being admitted to a local hospital. The daughter of Ben and Manchie Robinson Gobel, Van Lear.  She was born in this county November 30, 1920.  She was employed at Wright Field prior to her marriage to Leonard Haney in 1946., and had been making her home in Columbus, Ohio. for the past ten years. Surviving besides her husband and parents are two daughters,, Linda Louise, age 6, and Betty Jeanne, age 5.  Also surviving are three sisters and two brothers; Shirley Goble, Van Lear. Mrs. Emogene Necessary and Mrs. Allene Maynard both of Columbus, Ohio, Everett Goble serving in Korea and Buddy Goble, Van Lear, Kentucky. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her parents in Van Lear at 1:00 p.m. Monday April 6, by the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt.  Songs were furnished by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was in the Goble Cemetery at West Van Lear under the direction of the Paintsvilie Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR. 1953

HILL, Logan
1916-1953
Logan Hill, 37, lifelong resident of Odds, Ky., died instantly Saturday , March 7, 1953 from injuries received in a jeep accident.  The mishap occurred on a hill on highway 111-C at the head of Millers Creek.  Hill was traveling with two companions, Russell Daniel and Arnold Murphy, both of Van Lear, who were not injured, Death was attributed to a fractured skull and internal injuries. Born February 7, 1916, he was the son of Mrs. Cynthia Collins Hill and the late John C. Hill. He was a miner by occupation. An employee of he Princess - Elkhorn Coal Company at David, he was en route to David to get his payroll check when the accident occurred. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Mrs. Helen Collins Hill, two sons, John T. and Astor Lee hill, both at home; and four daughters, Lucille, Avis Jean, Irma Sure and Sandra K Hill, all at home. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters:  James Earl Hill, McVeigh, Ky., Shade and Alvin Hill, Van Lear; Grant Hill, Wabash, Ind. ; Mrs. Edna Spears, Van Lear, Mrs. Lovie Martin, and Mrs. Eula Ward, both of Wabash, Ind. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Upper Daniels Creek Church of Christ with the Rev. Leonard Webb officiating. Interment was made in the Wells-Collins cemetery at Odds under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. This is the first accident fatality in the County since 1951. Paintsville Herald March 11 1953
JENNINGS Press Jr.
1930-1953
Press Jennings, Jr., 22, formerly of Van Lear was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, Friday, March 6 1953. Born March 30, 1930, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Press Jennings, Sr. of Van Lear. Surviving besides his parents are two sisters; Mrs. Barbara Travis, Dayton, Ohio, and Shelly Jean Jennings, at home; five brothers, Charles Jennings, U.S. Navy, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Douglas, Paul, Robert and Roger Jennings, all at home; and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Bell of Van Lear. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. today(Wednesday) at the West Van Lear Church of Christ with Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt officiating. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.11 1953
JOHNSON, Augustine (McCoy)
1919-1953
Mrs. Augustine Johnson, 33, wife of Norman Johnson of East Point, died in a local hospital March 27, (1953) at 8:00 p.m., a victim of cancer. "Micky," as she was known to her many friends in this section, had been ill for fifteen months. Born August 11, 1919, in Pike County the daughter of Babe and Myrtle Carter McCoy, she lived at East Point for the past twelve years where she was a member of the Church of God. She was married October 12, 1936, in Hindman, Ky., to Mr. Johnson who survives her. Surviving besides her husband is a 14-year-old son, Gordon Melvin, at home. Also surviving are two sisters; Mrs. Alice Johnson, Pikeville, Mrs. Marie Garya, San Antonio, Texas, two brothers Wince McCoy, Pikeville, Melvin McCoy, Lexington. Services were conducted, from the East Point Church of God Sunday at 2:00 p.m., with Revs. S.C. Honeycutt and Johnnie Conley officiating. Pallbearers were Morris Johnson, Alvin Johnson, Marvin Johnson, Charles Johnson, Bill Johnson, Bill Greer, Nelson Elliott, and Hiram Runyon. Burial was in the Hager Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary by date of publication. THE PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR. 1, 1953
KELLEY, Sherley
1900-1953
Sherley Kelley, who for many years was a resident of Van Lear, Died at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Ashland, March 19, 1953, after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier. Mr. Kelley was a coal miner for 32 years.  He had resided in Ashland for the last several years where he was an employee of the McGraw Construction Company at he time of his death. Mr. Kelley was born Nov. 8, 1900 in Carter County and was the son of Anna Adkins Kelley of West Van Lear and the late Robert Kelley. Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Gertrude Stanley Kelley, one daughter, Mrs. Bridgett Blevins, three sons, Charles E. , Bob and Jack and six grandchildren, all of Ashland, Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Grace Phelps, Van Lear, and two brothers, David Kelley, Van Lear, and Bill Kelley Fairborn, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the Enterprisee Baptist Church in Westwood and Interment was in Rose Hill Burial Park, in Ashland. PAINTSVILLE HERALD 3-25-1953
LEMASTER, Harold
1953
Harold Lemaster, 30, former resident of this county and son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Lemaster, of Flat Gap, died in the C. & O. Hospital in Huntington, W. VA,m at 6:00 p. m. Tuesday, March 31, 1953, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. At the time of his death he was living in Ashland, Ky. where he was employed as a secretary with the C. & O. Railway Company. He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church at Martha, Ky., and also a member of Jake Rice Loge, No. 606, F. & A. M. of Blaine, Ky. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the U. S. Marine Corps, serving eighteen months overseas. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Elizabeth (Epsy) Lemaster and one son Harold B., Jr., of Ashland, KY., and the following brothers: James Lemaster, Indianapolis, Ind., Sgt. Alvin Lemaster with the U. S. Marine Corps at Pearl harbor, Pfc. Waldene Lemaster, U. S. Marine Corps of Cherry Point, N. C., Pvt. Bobby Lemaster, U. S. Marine Corps, Parris Island, S. C., Marvin, Dallas, and Paul of Flat Gap. Also surviving are a sister, Marlene of Flat Gap, his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Lemaster, and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dock Green of Blaine , KY. Funeral services were held at the Miller Funeral Home in Ashland with Rev. Kurry officiating. Graveside rites were conducted by Lonza Reed. Interment was in the family cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of Miller Funeral Home and Masonic Lodge. Paintsville Herald 4-8-1953
LILLY, Bud
1870-1953
Services Held Sunday, Two Sons Survive Bud Lilly, 82, died Wednesday, March 25, following an illness of one year.  Death was attributed to a cerebral hemorrhage. Born May 20, 1870 in Martin  County, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Byrd Lilly. He had been a  resident of East Point since childhood. Surviving are two sons, Mont Lilly,  East Point, and Stamp Lilly, Betty, Ky. Funeral services were held at 2:00  p.m. Friday at the East Point Church of Christ with the Rev. S.C. Honeycutt  officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at East Point under the  direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Apr.1 1953
MCKENZIE, Olive (Castle)
1894-1953
Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. Chas. McKenzie Mrs. Olive Castle, McKenzie, wife of Charles H. McKenzie of this city, died at her home Sunday following an illness of five years. Born September 17, 1894, in Paintsville, she was the daughter of Henry F. and Janie C. Castle.   Surviving besides the husband are two daughters, Mrs. W. E. Schneider, Dayton, Ohio, and Wanda Charleen McKenzie, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Henry B. McKenzie, Knoxville, Tennessee, Ruzella Castle, city, and one brother, Henry F. Castle, Jr., Detroit, Michigan. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the First Methodist Church of Paintsville, with the Rev. W. F. Pettus officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 03-18-1953
MORRIS, Green L.
1953
Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ at Meally, Ky. for Green Morris, 65, who died Monday , March 30, 1953, in a local hospital after an illness of one year. A miner for many years and a resident of Meally for  the past ten years he was a member of the UMWA and was affiliated with the Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Ella Cook Morris.  They were married October 30, 1905, at Williard, Ky. Survivors include besides his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Laura Murray; three sisters, Anna Secrest, Wyoming, W.Va., Martha Bowlin, Oak Hill, Ohio, Mrs. Laura Ruggles, Fayetteville, W.Va. and two brothers, Sherman Morris, Ironton, Ohio, and James Morris, Lookout, W.Va. Services will be conducted by J. H. Short and Burial will be in the family cemetery  under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-1-1953
PRESTON, Gertrude (Preston)
1893-1953
Services Here Sunday; Burial At Maysville Funeral services were held Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at the United Baptist Church in this city for Mrs. Gertrude Preston, 69, who died in her sleep at her home on Frank Street, Friday, March 27. She was found dead in bed by neighbors about 8:00 a.m. The daughter of Mrs. Laura Ward Preston of this city and the late Edgar L. (Ted) Preston, she was born in this county January 1, 1893, and had made her home in this city for the past twenty-eight years.  She was formerly married to the late Guy W. Preston and was preceded in death by two infant children.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Emo Jean Knight of Cleveland, Ohio. She was converted at the age of fifteen and became a member of the United Baptist Church and remained a staunch believer in this faith all of her life. Surviving besides her daughter and mother are a granddaughter, Moonyuene Willis, a sister, Mrs. Sarah Goldberg, Cincinnati, Ohio, two brothers, John B. Preston, Cincinnati, O., and Jeff Preston, Georgetown, O., and one aunt, Mrs. J. B. Wells, Sr., of this city. Services were conducted by Rev. Lonza Reed, Cullie Sparks, and Foster Rigsby.  Interment was in Wedonia cemetery near Maysville, Ky., under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 04-01-1953
SKAGGS, Leander
1870-1953
Funeral services were held at the home at  Denver today ( Wednesday) for Leander Skaggs, 88, who died Tuesday, March 10, 1953,  following an illness of four months. Born October 14, 1870, he was the son of the late George and Haley Skaggs. Surviving are his wife, Flossie Skaggs, five sons, Ervin, Cornealous, Vencil, Cecil and Roe Skaggs and two daughters Anna Lee and Madge Skaggs. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.11 1953
SPENCER, Harold D.
1953
HAROLD D. SPENCER,3,
DIES SUDDENLY FRIDAY
Harold Denver Spencer, 3-year-old son of Wayne and Lena Mae Pelphrey Spencer of Staffordsville, died in a local hospital Friday, following an illness of a few hours. Surviving besides the parents is one brother. Funeral services were held at the Church of God at Staffordsville with the Revs. Claude Preston, Scott Castle and John F. Ratliff officiating. Burial was made in the Dixon cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.01 1953
SUBLETT, Dallas
1870-1953
Masonic Rites Held  For Dallas Sublett Dallas Sublett, Sitka, 62, died at a local hospital Saturday, March 14, 1953, following an illness of two weeks. Born December 11, 1870, he was the son of James and Charlotte Stambaugh Sublett. A member of the Church of Christ and the Masonic Lodge, he was a farmer, lumberman, and merchant by occupation. Surviving are his wife, Janie Osborn Sublett, four sons, Walter and James T. Sublett, both of Sitka, Hobert Sublett, Lima Ohio, A/1C Wilbur A. Sublett; George Air Force Base, Victorville, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Leliah Wheeler, Mrs. Dorothy Wyatt and Mrs Billie Eileen Meade, all of Sitka, and Mrs. Neva Louise Rothwell, Ashland. one brother , John C. Sublett, Chesapeake, Ohio, one sister, Mrs. Minnie Fields, Sitka, Ky.,  Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ at Sitka, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt, officiating.  Graveside rites were conducted by F. & A. M. Lodge No. 858. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald March 18, 1953

TAYLOR, Dave
1889-1953
Dave Taylor, 63, died March 28 in a local hospital following an illness of six weeks. The son of George and Molly Smith Taylor, he was born in Johnson County September 5 1889. He had been a resident of Paintsville for a number of years. Surviving are his wife, Mary Hampton Taylor; one son, George Taylor, three daughters, Mrs. Glada Cantrell, Mrs. Marie Rice and Miss Jane Taylor, all of Paintsville. Other survivors include one brother, Bascom Taylor, Nippa, Ky; three sisters, Mrs Lizzie Ratliff, Van Lear, Ky; Mrs.Sallie Wilcox, and Mrs. Sybil McKenzie, both of Paintsville. Funeral Services were conducted at the home on Preston Street Monday with the Rev. C.C. Hall, F.S. VanHoose and Millard VanHoose. Music was by the Sitka Quartet. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Apr.1 1953



APRIL - 1953  
 
BRANHAM, Margaret Wilmadean
1953
BRANHAM INFANT DIES FOLLOWING BRIEF ILLNESS
MARGARET WILMADEAN BRANHAM
Margaret Wilmadean Branham, 18 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Branham, of this city, died in a local hospital on April 5, after an illness of two days. Surviving, besides the parents, are two brothers and four sisters, all at home. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-15-1953
BROWN, Rev. Dewey E
1901-1953
Rev. Dewey Brown, 52, died in his home at relief Ky. following an illness of several months. Born in Morgan County February 24, 1901 he was the son of W.N. and Angeline Hill Brown. He had resided in Relief for a number of years. A construction worker and builder by occupation, he was also a minister of the Enterprise Baptist Church at Red Bush and the Smokey Valley Valley Church in Louisa at the time of his death. He was a former pastor of the Westwood Enterprise Church in Ashland. Surviving are his wife, Etta Gambill Brown, four sons, Dewey E. Brown Jr., Ashland, Proctor S. Brown, Dayton Ohio, James A. Brown and Jackie Brown both of Relief. Other survivors include three brothers, Ernest Brown, Catlettsburg, Edward Brown Relief, and two sisters, Mrs. Maxie Williams, East Chicago, Indiana and Mrs. Effie Coldron, Fayetteville, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Paint Valley Church at Relief with the Revs. A. C. Bradley, Bruce Daniel, Cason Davis, Kelley McGraw and Bill Hill officiating. Internment was made in the family cemetery at relief under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Apr.22,1953
BURCHWELL, Mary (Adams)
1877-1953
Funeral services were held Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cantrell of Fuget for Mrs. Mary Burchwell, 76, lifelong resident of Johnson County, who died April 15, following an illness of several months. The daughter of Noble and Jane Rowland Adams, she was born January 22, 1877, in Johnson County. She was first married to John Cantrell, and following his death she married Edwin Burchwell, who also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Henry Cantrell, Fuget, and Albert Cantrell, Columbus, Ohio, and one daughter, Mrs. Beulah Mathews, Hit Hat, Ky.  Other survivors include three brothers, John Adams, Fuget and Joe Adams and Levi Adams, both of Ohio. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 04-22-1953
CARTER, Alva (Gullett)
1902-1953
Mrs. Alva Carter, 51, wife of Cecil Carter and former resident of this city, died in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 1, after an illness of six days. She was a sister of Matthew Gullett of this city. A daughter of the late Charlie and Cynthia Ann Litteral Gullett, she was born in this county, February 27, 1902. Her early girlhood was spent in this city where she attended Paintsville City School. She was married in 1921 and she and her husband had been making their home in Ohio for the past ten years. Surviving besides her husband and brother are three children, one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Towkowski, Cleveland, Ohio; two sons, John and George Carter, both of Cleveland; also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Vadie Kimbler, Evanston, KY; and Mrs. Ida Wagner, Ashland. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 PM April 5, at the Pentecostal Church of Christ in this city by Rev. Harry Salyer. Burial was made in the Town cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY Apr.08 1953
COOK, James A.
1904-1953
Funeral services were held at the Ventus Branch School in Martin County for James Addie Cook, 48, who succumbed Monday April 1953 after an illness of several years.  Death was attributed to a heart Ailment. Born October 24, 1904, at Debord, Ky., he was the son of Samuel and Siller Crum Cook.  He was a coal miner by occupation. Surviving are his father, three daughters, four sons, three sister and four brothers. Interment was made in the Cook cemetery, at Debord Ky., under the direction of the Richmond- Callahan Funeral Home Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-15-1953
DANIEL, Elizabeth (Perry)
1880-1953
Mrs. Elizabeth Perry Daniel, 72, Eminence, Ky., formerly of this city, died April 22, at the Shady Grove Nursing Home at Eminence following an illness of several months. Born May 24, 1880 at Paintsville, she was the daughter of George and Lavinia Davis Perry.  She had been a resident of Eminence for two years. She was first married to Charles Fischer who preceded her in death. To this union was born one son, Kenneth Fischer, who now resides at Ocala, Florida.  She then married Dr. D. H. Daniel, prominent physician of this city.  To this union were born four sons, D. H. Daniel, Jr., of Louisville; Vivian Daniel, Miami, Florida; Jack Daniel, Miami, Florida, and Walter Daniel, deceased; three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Sampsell, Keaton, Ohio; Mrs. Anna Saxton, Louisville, and Mrs. Katheryn Royce, Eminence. Surviving besides the four sons and three daughters are the following brothers and sisters; Walter Perry and Albert Perry, both of West Virginia; George Perry and Mrs. W. R. Meade, both of this city; Mrs. Charles Perry, Louisa; Mrs. Alice Hagger, Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Ethel Hall, Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted at the Mayo Church April 24 with the Rev. J. I. Meyer officiating. Interment was made in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction  of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Acting pallbearers were the nephews, Russell Meade, W. R. Meade, Jr., Lee Perry Hall, Richard Lee Perry, James Kenneth Meade, Douglas C. Meade, and Bob Meade. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 04-22-1953
DANIEL, Urchill
1890-1953
Urchill Daniel, 63, died suddenly at his home at Thealka Monday.  Death was attributed to a heart attack. Born at Thealka September 1, 1890, he was the son of Winifred and Sally Adams Daniel.  He was a retired coal miner. He was married in 1910 to Grace Clark who survives. Surviving besides his wife are four sons, Bill Daniel, Isom Daniel, and Shade Daniel, all of Thealka, and Bert Daniel, Wharton, W. Va.; three daughters, Helen Caudill, Bob-White, W. Va., May Preston, city; Frances Sherman, Thealka; and 25 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the home with the Rev. Raymond Dale officiating.  Music will be by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. .   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 04-22-1953
GAMBILL, Elizabeth (Harris)
1878-1953
Mrs. Elizabeth Harris Gambill, 74, died at her home at River, Saturday April 24 1953, following an illness of 7 years.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. The daughter of Harmon and Angeline Harris, she was born May 29 1878, in Prestonsburg.  She had been a resident of River for 54 years. She was married October, 1899 to John C. Gambill, who survives. Surviving besides the husband are three sons, Harry E. Gambill, Lancaster, Ohio, Harmon H. Gambill, River, and John C. Gambill, Jr., Ironton, Ohio; and four daughters, Mrs. Ida Mae Wigglesworth, Pikeville, Mrs. Huthell Spears and Mrs. Milford Sturgill, both of Ironton, Ohio, and Mrs. Thomas Roberts, of this city; one brother, Malcom Harris, Prestonsburg, 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church at River  Tuesday with the Revs. Cullie Sparks and German Walters officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery at River under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald April 29 1953
HALL, Mary Elizabeth (Bailey)
1879-1953
Martin Resident  Succumbs Monday Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. Mary E. Hall Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hall, 73, died at her home at Tomahawk Monday (Apr.13 1953) following an illness of six months. Death was attributed to a heart condition. Born in Wayne, West Virginia, September 11, 1879 she was the daughter of McKager and Emevah Williamson Bailey. She had been a resident of Tomahawk for 28 years. Surviving are two sons, Charles Hall and Elizie Hall, both of Tomahawk; six daughters, Nance Jane Daniels, Dayton, Ohio; Martha Ann Lewis, Boons Camp, Myrtle F. Gauliger, Louisville, Lizzie Crum, Detroit, Michigan, Mary Arthur, Davisport, and Margie Wiley, Tomahawk. One sister and one brother, Nancy Bailey and Johnny Bailey. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Phillip Cove Freewill Baptist Church at Tomahawk with the Revs. Melvin Sisco and Verne Conley officiating. Burial was in the Butcher cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered from date of publication of obituary.   PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.15 1953
HARDIN, Josie
1953
Mrs. Josie Hardin, 56, Inez Resident, Dies Mrs. Josie Blankenship Hardin, 56, died at her home at Inez, April 21, 1953. A former school teacher, she was a life-long resident of Inez. Surviving besides the husband John G. Hardin, are one daughter , Mrs. Nellie Dempsey, Inez, and one sister, Mrs. Dallie Pemberton, also of Inez. Funeral services were held at the Camp Branch Church on Cold Water Creek under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home.
KEATON, Sanford
1881-1953
Sanford Keaton, 73, died at his home at Winifred Tuesday, April 26, 1953, following an illness of three months. Born December 25, 1881, in Morgan County, he was the son of John and Susie Smith Keaton. He has been a resident of Winifred for eight years. Surviving are his wife, Cordie Keaton, four sons, Ora Keaton and Hershell Keaton , both of Terryville, Ky., Otha Keaton and Autie Keaton, both of Skaggs, Ky., one daughter, Betty Lou Keaton, Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Doug Keaton, Skaggs, Ky. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a. m. Thursday at the home. Interment will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.
LEMASTER, W.H.
1965-1953
W. H. Lemaster, 87, life-long resident of Manilla, died at the home of his son, Luther Lemaster of Manilla, Thursday, April 30, 1953, following an illness of several months. The son of the late Isaac and Mary Barker Lemaster, he was born December 28, 1865. He was a retired farmer. His first marriage was to Nora Williams and following he death he married Elizabeth Stapleton who also preceded him in death. He is survived by his third wife, Minta Estep Lemaster. Surviving besides his wife are four sons, Luther Lemaster, of Manilla, Elbert Lemaster, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Auta Lemaster, Marysville, Ohio, Perry Lemaster, Ashland; three daughters, Mrs. Alta Pelphrey, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Carrie Ramey, Volga, Mrs. Effie Lemaster, Win; and one sister, Mrs., Sarah Jane Cox, Huntington, W. Va. Funeral services were held at the Luther Lemaster home Sunday with the Revs. Lonza Reed and Scott Castle officiating. Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Active pallbearers were Otchel Pelphrey, Elmo Lemaster, Euastace Lemaster, Robert Lemaster, Ray Adams, Elwood Ramey, Rudolphe Lemaster, Kenneth Lemaster, Robert Lemaster, and Billie Lemaster. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Low Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
LEWIS, Walter M.
1887-1953
Succumbs Tues. At Williamsport Services Held Wednesday For Former Virginian Funeral Services were conducted Wednesday, April 29 1953, for Walter M. Lewis, 65, who died at his home at Williamsport Tuesday. The son of John and Martha Graybill Lewis, he was born July 9, 1887, in Virginia.  He had been a resident of Williamsport for 8 years. Surviving are his wife Gypsie Robinson Lewis, one son, Raymond Lewis, North Dakota; and two daughters, Irene Jenkins, Hunington, W. Va., and Evelyn England, Jenkins, Ky. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters: Ealey Lewis, Stidham , Ky., Hillard Lewis, Staffordsville, Roby Lewis and Frank Lewis, both of Boons Camp, and Mrs. Henry Harmon, Shelby, Ky. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald April 22, 1953
MCCARTY, Forrest
1880-1953
SERVICES HELD THURSDAY FOR FOREST McCARTY 72
Forest McCarty, 72, died at his home at Flat Gap Tuesday following an illness of a year. Born in Johnson County October 18, 1880, he was the son of the late James H and Sarah Coldiron McCarty. He was a farmer and carpenter by occupation. Affiliated with the United Baptist Church, he was baptised at Fish Trap January 11, 1904. Survivors include his wife, Rosie Curtis McCarty, six sons, Willie McCarty, city, Emery McCarty, Ashland, Willis McCarty, Dayton, Ohio, Jay McCarty, Ashland, Virgil and Burley McCarty, both of Aid, O. Other survivors are two brothers, Oscar and Clifton McCarty, both of Manila, and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Baldwin, Win., Mrs. Donna Cantrell, Ashland, and Mrs. Mollie Lemaster, Manila. Funeral services will be conducted at the Sugar Grove Church at 1:00 p.m. Thursday with the Revs. Lonza Reed and T.J. Bailey officiating. Interment will be made in the family cemetery at Winifred under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-8-1953
MILLER, Landrum
1866-1953
Landrum Miller, 87, lifelong resident of Tomahawk, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G.W. Baldridge, April 4. Born March 11, 1866, at Stidham, Ky., he was the son of Sylvester and Elizabeth Williamson Miller.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ward Miller. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. W.G. Baldridge, Tomahawk, Mrs. Lucy Roselle, Springfield, Ohio, and Mrs. ???? Mills, Dayton, Ohio. Funeral services were held Sunday at the home with burial in the Baldridge family cemetery. Internment was made under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-1-1953
MOLLETTE, Emma (Cline)
1874-1953
Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Cline Mollette of Boon Camp, who died in a local hospital Wednesday morning, April 15, were held at the Boons Camp Freewill Baptist Church, of which she was a member, at 10 a. m. Friday. Mrs. Mollette, 78 years old, had been in poor health for several months. Mrs. Mollette was born in Martin county, May 18, 1874, the daughter of Jake and Martha Setzer Cline. Following her marriage to Elijah Mollette of Books Camp, the couple went to Johnson county where they began housekeeping and where they lived the remainder of their lives. Mr. Mollette, a merchant and farmer who died in 1939, had taken an active interest in politics and was well and favorably known throughout Eastern Kentucky. However, Mr. Mollette suffered a serious illness which for several years rendered him almost helpless. The Mollettes reared a large family, almost all of whom became school teachers.  One son, John B. Molette, served Johnson and Martin counties in the Kentucky legislature for three terms. Mrs. Mollette was affectionately knows as "Aunt Emma". Always ready to praise her, Mrs. Mollette's neighbors often declared that, "If there ever was a good woman, Aunt Emma surely is one." Throughout her husband's illness, even through Aunt Emma had to be at his side at all hours of the day and night, she never lost her capacity for greeting her family and her neighbors and friends with a smile and a word of kindness which everyone knew was straight from her heart. Mrs. Mollette is survived by three sons, Fred Mollette, Meally, Ky., John B. Mollette, Lorado, W. Va.; Burns Offutt Mollette, Columbus, Ohio; four daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Colvin, Thealka; Mrs. Stella Fletcher, Books Camp; Mrs. Amanda Hollbrook, Paintsville; Mrs. Grance Preston, Williamsport; a brother, Grover Cline, Stidham, Ky., and a sister, Mrs. Liza Williamson, Inez. Walter H. Meek of Paintsville sang at the services which were conducted by the Rev. Claude Preston. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-22-1953
MORRIS, N.B. "Boney"
1880-1953
N. B. Morris Dies; Buried At Zebulon N. B. ( Boney) Morris, 73, of Zebulon, father of Rel Morris of this city, died Thursday night April 9, 1953,  at his home of a stroke. He had been ill three months. Born May 9, 1880 at Zebulon he was the son of Jake and Mary Jane Morris.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Jenny Maynard Morris, who died last February. In younger life he was active as a farmer and lumber merchant.  He was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are three sons, Rel Morris, Paintsville, Erwin Morris, Zebulon, Craft Morris, Pikeville; three daughters Mrs. Mary Blackburn, Mrs. Cassie Maynard, and Mrs. Hazel Williamson; three brothers, one sister, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren Funeral services were held Sunday at the home with the Revs. Ben Thompson and Henry Carsons officiating. Burial was under the direction of the Baker Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald April 15, 1953
PRESTON, George W.
1873-1953
G. W. PRESTON, 80,
PASSES TUESDAY
BROTHER OF LOCAL MAN BURIED AT PATRICK
George W. Preston, 80, lifelong resident of Richardson, KY, died at the home of Mrs. Lacy Maynard of Stidham, KY April 7.  Death was attributed to a heart attack. Born July 3, 1873 in Lawrence Co., KY, he was the son of the late William H. and Liddie Pack Preston. He was a farmer and miner. Surviving are two brothers, Frank Preston, Paintsville and Melvin Preston, Patrick, KY. Funeral services were held at the home of Melvin Preston at Patrick Friday with the Revs Arthur Preece and Leonard Walters officiating.  Interment was made in the Preston Cemetery at Patrick under the direction of the Richmond- Callaham Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD APR.15 1953
RAMEY, John W.
1872-1953
East Point Man Dies Sun. After Long Illness Funeral services were held at the East Point Church of Christ Monday for John W. Ramey 79, who died at his home at East Point Sunday, April 8, 1953 following a long illness of 15 years. The son of the Late Henry and Adeline Tackett Ramey, he was born June 4, 1872 in Pike County, Ky.  He head been a resident of East Point for 65 years. Surviving are three sons, Willie, John H. and Walter Ramey, all of East Point; two daughters, mars. Adeline Lily, East Point, and Mrs. Florence Webb, Auxier, one sister and two brothers, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, Meally, Kelson Ramey Logan W.Va. and Jack Ramey. Internment was made in the family cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
RATLIFF, Dollie (Trimble)
1953
Life-long Resident of Barnetts Creek Succumbs Saturday Mrs. Dolly Trimble Ratliff, 73, died at her home at Barnetts Creek Saturday (Apr.18 1953) following an illness of two years. A life-long resident of Barnetts Creek, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Will Mart Trimble. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, John E. Ratliff; three sons, Farmer Ratliff, Barnetts Creek, Freddy Ratliff, Staffordsville, and Gordon Ratliff, Jackson, Michigan; three daughters, Mrs. Glade Fraley, city, Mrs. Sadie Lemasters, Ashland, Mrs. Hoy Preston, Barnetts Creek; 46 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at the Fair View Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Castle and Rev. Charlie Lemasters officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday April 22, 1953
SKAGGS, Edwin
1932-1953
PFC Edwin Skaggs, Native of Johnson Killed in Action Rev. and Mrs. Brack Skaggs of Gallipolis, Ohio, have been notified that their son Pfc. Edwin Skaggs, 21, was killed in action in Korea April 17, 1953 Pfc. Skaggs was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Kennis Hatfield of Lowmansville and a nephew of Rev Walter Skaggs, Jonah and Van Skaggs, also of Lowmansville. He was born at Lowmansville February 22, 1932, and moved with his family to Gallipolis in 1948.  He hellped his father on the farm for some time and later went to Columbus, Ohio, where he worked in a bakery.  He became a member of the Ohio National Guard two years ago.  He was sent overseas in December after training at Camp Polk, Louisiana. Pfc. Skaggs was engaged to miss Lucille Seagraves of Columbus, Ohio.   The young soldier was a fine Christian boy, and well liked by his many friends. Surviving besides his parents are the following brothers and sisters; Rev. Thurman Skaggs, who was wounded on Okinawa in World War II, Pfc. Arnold Skaggs and Pfc. Ernest Gene Skaggs, both now serving in Korea, Mrs. Annalee Borders, Columbus, Ohio, Roseta Eunice Dean, Marvin Ray, and Floyd All at home. The body is expected to arrive at the home of his parents some time in July. Funeral services will be conducted from the Enterprise Baptist Church in Gallipolis, Ohio, with Rev Fred Evans, and Rev. Bruce Daniels in charge of the services. Paintsville Herald May 20, 1953
TURNER, Sarah (Cheek)
1875-1953
Funeral services were conducted at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, for Mrs. Sarah Turner, wife of Will Turner of Oil Springs who died at her home at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 1953 after suffering a heart attack.  She was an aunt of Mr. Carl Wynn of this city. Born in Virginia June 18, 1875 the daughter of the later Mr. And Mrs. James W. Cheek, she had lived at Oil Springs for the past fifteen years.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are five children; two daughters, Mrs. H. C. Bolin, Oil Springs; Mrs. John Trimble, Jeffersonville, Ohio; three sons, Charlie, Tomahawk; James, Ocala, Fla; Henry, Washington, C. H. Ohio.  Surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs. Della Wynn, Ashland, Mrs. Ira Cantrell, Ironton, Ohio, Mrs. Ollie Cantrell, Sunbury, O., Budge Cheek, Tomahawk, Billy Cheek, Oil Springs.  Nineteen grandchildren also survive. Services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bolen, at Oil Springs with Rev. Claude Preston officiating.  Burial was in the Litteral cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-15-1953
WARD, Lowell Mack
1931-1953
Funeral services were held at the Meade Memorial Gymnasium Sunday for Lowell Mack Ward, 21, of Boons Camp, who died on April 18 from wounds received in action in Korea. Henry Stamper, Dunlow WV and Newton Daniel, McDowell, Ky., were the officiating ministers. Born September 8, 1931 he was the son of Mrs. Vinnie Fitch Ward and the late William Jeff S. Ward of Boons Camp. He was married July 6, 1951, to Lois Avonell Wallen, who survives. Surviving besides his wife and mother are three brothers, Seldon Hank Ward, Charleston WV, Jeff Sherman Ward, Williamsport and John P. Ward, Boons Camp; three sisters, Mrs. Shirley Preston, city, Mrs. Albert Lent, Washington DC and Mrs Betty Walters, Akron Ohio. Graveside rites were conducted jointly by Johnson County Post 117, DAV Chapter 17, and the McKinley Arthur Post of Inez. Internment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald July 15, 1953
WEBB, Elmon "Wad"
1895-1953
Elmon (Wad) Webb, 58, was killed Saturday night in a truck accident near the Tomahawk Post Office in Martin County. Details of the accident were incomplete. The son of the late Harmon Boone and Martha Burtchwell Webb, he was born in Johnson County January 6, 1895. He was a resident of West Van Lear at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Moore Webb, two daughters; Mrs. Roberta Meade, Richardson, Ky., and Mrs. Dorthy Thacker, Detroit, Michigan; two brothers, Garland Webb and Jake Webb, both of West Van Lear, and one sister, Mrs. Margie Crum, of Fairborn, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Wells Chapel at Boons Camp, with the Elders Leonard Webb and J.H. Short officiating. Burial was made in the Wells Cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 5-4-1953
WHEELER, Jasper M.
1868-1953
J. M. WHELLER, 84, PASSES APRIL 20 IN MONTANA Services at Great Falls  For Native of County Jasper M. Wheeler, 84, native of Johnson County, died in a hospital at Great Falls, Montana, April 20. He had made his home in the west for the past thirty-four years, but was well known in this section as he had returned frequently for visits with many relatives and numerous friends. He was born August 17, 1868 at Chandlerville, the son of the late Bill and Nancy Green Wheeler. His early life was spent in this county, where he was married fifty-seven years ago to Luella Williams, who survives him. In April 1919 at the age of forty-nine, he moved to Cut Bank, Montana, where he and his son-in-law, Arthur Davis entered the mercantile business. He retired from this business in 1943 and moved to Kalispell and Big Fork, Montana He was a member of the United Baptist Church at Mt. Olive, Ky., and was a deacon of this church. His interest in the church continued throughout his stay in the West, and he remained active and devoted to its services. He often held prayer services in his own home and was the leader in these meetings as well as in many other Church services. In later years failing health forced him to refrain from active participation in church affairs, but he continued to be a constant reader of the Bible and also derived much enjoyment from the gospel songs. Besides his widow he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Davis, two grandchildren, Dr. Jasper Wesley Davis, McNary Az. and Mrs. C. N. Youngstrom Great Falls, Montana. Four great- grandchildren also survive. Officiating ministers at the services were held in Great Falls were Roscoe Stevens, Dutton, and Perry Daniel with many others from Kentucky in attendance. Internment was in the Great Falls mausoleum. The Paintsville Herald May 6. 1953
WILLIAMS, Mary Louise
1953
Williams Infant Dies In Ohio Hospital Mary Louise Williams, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Williams, Jr., died April 05, at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital. Funeral services were conducted at the United Baptist Church  at Barnetts Creek with the Revs. Lonza Reed and Foster Rigsby officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday April 15, 1953



MAY - 1953

ADOLPH, Sister Mary
1953
Passes May 25;
Was Teacher Here
Sister Mary Adolph C.D.P., 56 years of age, passed away Monday at St. Anne Convent in Milbourne, KY. after a short illness. She had been in charge of the pre-primary department at My Lady of the Mountains Academy here for the past seven years.  Her illness which caused her to leave the academy about three months ago, caused the discontinuance of this department. A member of the Congregation of Divine Providence for about 39 years, she spent 17 years of this time at Corbin, KY. She was born in Columbus, OH. and is survived by four sisters and two brothers. Mass was held here at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday and burial services were held this morning. Paintsville Herald May 27 1953
ALLEN, Edward L.
1953
Widely Known Man is Heart Victim
Edward L. Allen, 63, prominent Prestonsburg attorney, and former State Representative, died May 22 at his home of a heart condition. He was one of Prestonsburg's best-known lawyers and had many friends and acquaintances in this county where he frequently attended court trials. A graduate of Valparaiso University, he received his law degree from the University of Kentucky and was admitted to the bar in Floyd County in 1917. He was elected state representative the following year and served one term in the House. He was former President of the Prestonsburg bar and served frequently as special judge. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anna Mayo Allen, four daughters and two sons, Mrs. J.D. Tolbert, Wyethville, VA.; Mrs. C.R. Neal, Hopkinsville, KY.; Mrs. Bill Hill, Lexington; Mrs. Belvard Friend, Prestonsburg; Dr. Jack Allen, Nashville, Tenn.; and Dick Allen of Boone, NC. Paintsville Herald 5-27-1953
BLAIR, Patrick
1875-1953
Services Thursday For Patrick Blair;
Hager Hill Resident Patrick Blair, 78, life-long resident of Johnson County, died at his home at Hager Hill Monday following an illness of six months. The son of the late Andrew and Mahala Pelphrey Blair, he was born May 26, 1875.  He was a retired farmer. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Jane Conley Blair, who died February 2, 1934.  He later married Opal Stanley Blackburn, who survives. Other survivors are five sons, Reevie Blair, city, Russell Blair, Floyd County, Raymond Blair, West Virginia, Deward Blair and Patrick Blair, Jr., both of Hager Hill; four daughters, Mrs. Mahala Rice, West Virginia, Mrs. Emma King, Van Lear, Mrs. Martha Jane Robinson, Whitaker, and Mrs. Loretta Akers, East Point. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at the Lick Fork United Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Lemaster and Rev. Scott Castle officiating. Interment will be made in the Music Cemetery at Hager Hill under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 05-27-1953
BRYANT, Manford
1881-1953
Manford Bryant, 71,  Succumbs At Kerz;
Services Wednesday Manford Bryant, 71, Lifelong resident of Kerz, died at his home Monday afternoon following an illness of three weeks. The son of Bud and Mary Jane Craft Bryant, he was born August 3. 1881. He was a retired farmer. He was preceded in death three years ago by his wife, Tennie Bryant. Surviving are one son, Cecil Bryant, Waverly, Ohio, and one daughter, Mrs. Marie Schilling, Marysville, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the home today (Wednesday) with the Rev. Henry Caudill officiating. Internment was made in the Salyersville Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald May 27, 1953
BUCKINGHAM, Claude
1878-1953
Former Resident Succumbs At Mt Sterling
Services Held Monday For Claude Buckingham Funeral services were conduced from the First Methodist Church in this city at 2:00 p.m. May 4, for Claude Buckingham, 74, who died in a Mt Sterling Hospital at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2 1953 Death followed an illness of fourteen months. The son of the late Andrew Jackson Buckingham and Julia Howes Buckingham Wells, he was born in Johnson County December 23, 1878. He was a member of a prominent Eastern Kentucky family, whose destinies were interwoven in the history of the Big Sandy Valley and whose contributions have added to its cultural and industrial development. A man endowed with great abilities and extremly capable in his chosen field, he was zealous in the performance of his work in his position of public trust. He was cashier in both the First and Second National Banks of this city and also in the bank of Wayland. Keenly alert and sensitive to the times, his energies were directed toward the improvement of the city and county, and he was an active leader in civic programs and church affairs. He served the people of Johnson County as County Judge and proved a consciencious public servant by the able manner in which he discharged the duties of this office. A deep love for his fellow men was reflected in his friendly manner and warm personality, and his unfailing good humor and ready wit made him one of the county's most popular and colorful figures. Received his education in the public school of this city and was a member of the First Methodist Church. He was married here, October 13, 1900 to Florence Allen, who preceded him in death October 6, 1940. Following her death he made his home at Camargo with his only daughter, Mrs. E.D. Stafford. Surviving besides his daughter are a brother, John E. Buckingham, Frankfort; two half-sisters; Mrs. Geneva Splane, city, and Mrs. Virginia Taylor, Portsmouth, Ohio; two half-brothers, Hubert Wells, city, and Byron Wells, Dayton, Ohio. Services were conducted by Rev. W.B. Garriott, pastor of the Methodist Church at Flemingsburg, Ky., assisted by Rev. W.E. Cissna, pastor of the Johnson County Parrish. Active pallbearers were William Martin, Herman Williams, J.K. Wells, Lafe Taylor, Portsmouth, Ohio, and John Burns, Cattletsburg. Burial was in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery in this city under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
DALTON, Icie Mae (George)
1901-1953
Mrs. Icie Mae Dalton, 52, died Friday, May 15 at 8:05 am at her home at Hagar Hill after an ilness of three months with multiple myeloma. A daughter of the late William J. and Emma Music George of Floyd Co, she was born at East Point on January 14,1901, where she spent the early years of her life. She was married on November 15, 1918 at Prestonsburg, Ky., to William Thomas Dalton who survives her. Mrs. Dalton became ill on February 24 with a rare, malignant condition that defied medical skill. She is best described by the simple words, "she was a good woman." A devoted Christian wife and mother, her passing was a great shock and loss to her family, and the warmth and kindness of her personality will be missed by all who knew her. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are five daughters, Mts. J.A.Nutter, Mrs. H.D. Curnette, Mrs. Paul Murphy, all of Hagar Hill, Mrs. Bill Minix, Paintsville, and Miss Betty Dalton at home, also ten grandchildren and nine brothers and sisters, Frank George and Grant George, both of Baltimore, Md, Albert George, Barnabus WV., Jack George, Holden WV.,Irvin George, Marshall Michigan, Sam George, Hermatige, Tn, Mrs. Byrum Phillips,Buffalo N.Y., Mrs. Henry Wright, Buffalo, N.Y.,Mrs. Preston Bradford, Baltimore, Md. A son, William Thomas Jr., died in infancy. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 17, at 10:a.m. at the Buffalo United Baptist Church by Revs. Marvin Gillem and Rev Germ Walters. Internmant was in the family cemetery on Davis Branch by Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald May 20, 1953
DIXON, Ella (Fox)
1873-1953
Mrs. Ella Dixon Succumbs May 10 At Staffordsville
Services Held Today For Well-Known Woman
Mrs. Ella Fox Dixon, 79, died at her home at Staffordsville at 7:50 p.m., Sunday, May 10, 1953, following an illness of several months. She was the widow of Tobe Dixon, who preceded her in death four years ago. The daughter of the late A. J. and Dorcas Davis Fox, she was born at Staffordsville September 8, 1873, and lived all of her life at the olf home place, one of the county's landmarks. She was  a member of a family associated with the early progress of Johnson County and influential in its politics, business, expansion, and agricultural development. She attended school at Flat Gap and in this city and taught in the Johnson County Schools before her marriage. Following her marriage December 23, 1896, her interests centered around her home, and her talents and energies were emmployed in her role of homemaker. She was a member of the United Baptist Church, and her life was one of consecrated devotion to the Christian principles in which she so firmly believed. A gentle woman, kind and friendly, she was beloved by all who knew her. A woman of quiet courage, she imparted to others some of her own calm strength. The strength which enabled her to remain tranquil and serene under stress, secure in her faith and unfaltering in her trust. Surviving are six children; one son, Andrew Dixon, Pikeville; five daughters, Mrs. Toral Franklin, Mrs. Virginia Daniel, Miss Harriet May Dixon, all of Staffordsville, Mrs. Ken Davis, Kenova, W. Va., and Mrs. James O. Davis, Huntington, W. Va. Also surviving is a half sister, Mrs. Jesse F. Pelphrey of this city. She also leaves eight grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, May 13, 1953, from the United Baptist Church at Staffordsville. Officiating ministers were Lnoza (sic) Reed, Merida Wiley, and Florida Lyons. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 5-13-1953
GILLEM, George W.
1889-1953
KEATON RESIDENT DIES WEDNESDAY AT LOUISA
George W. Gillem, 63, of Keaton, died May 6, in a Louisa Hospital following an illness of six months. He was born September 21, 1889, in Johnson County, a son of the late Isaac and Mary Holbrook Gillem.  His first wife, Mrs. Ollie Ferguson, Gillem, died in 1931.  He was married to Mrs. Elva Skaggs Gillem 21 years ago. Mr. Gillem was an employee of the Ashland Oil & Refining Co., and a member of the Christian Union Church at Keaton. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the Christian Union Church at Keaton, with the Rev. Hood Wallen and Rev. W.J. Bechulhimer officiating.  Burial was in the Gillem family cemetery at Keaton. Surviving besides the widow were one daughter, two sons, three sisters, and one brother. Printed: May 13, 1953
GOBLE, Henry L."Lafe"
1953
H. L. ‘Lafe’ Goble, 71 Veteran Printer Passes Monday
Henry L. “Lafe” Goble, 71 veteran printer, of Prestonburg passed away Monday May 13, 1953, in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington. He had been in ill Health or several years, but had worked as a linotype operator for the Floyd County Times until about ten days before his death, and had been an employee of the Times from 26 years. He was a brother of Mrs. A. J. Kirk of this city and was widely known in this section where he had many friends.  He was a native of Martin County. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, and three sons.  Two of the sons are printers.  Charles who works on the Licking Valley Courier at west Liberty and James who works on The Times. Funeral services will  be held today at Prestonsburg. PAINTSVILLE HERALD MAY 13 1953
LYON, Sarah Ruth (McBrayer)
1907-1953
Services Held Tuesday For Flat Gap Woman
Former Elliott Countain Mrs. Sarah Ruth McBrayer Lyon, 46, wife of B.C. Lyon, of Flat Gap, succumbed at a local hospital Saturday following an illness of 7 months.  Death was attributed to lobar pneumonia. Born May 27, 1907, in Elliott County, she was the daughter of Edward and Delia Wheeler McBrayer.  She had been a resident of Flat Gap for 9 years. She was married February 7, 1928 to L.C. Lyon who survives. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Beatrice Stingree, Canton, Ohio, and Avious Griffith, Flat Gap; two granddaughters, Janet Faye and Norma June Singree; and the following brothers and sisters, Menton McBrayer, Washington Court House, Ohio, Dorothy Jackson, Dayton, Ohio, Effie Jackson, Sciotoville, Ohio, Geo McBrayer, Plain City, Ohio, Carrie Skaggs, Skaggs, KY., Jas McBrayer, Detroit, Michigan, Essie Brooks, Canton, Ohio, Teresa Hay, Louisa, KY., Beulah Fleming, Columbus, Ohio, Dexter McBrayer, Pinching Fork, KY., and Rose Lee McGaham, Wilmete, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the Free Will Baptist Church , Tuesday with the Rev. C.C. Hall officiating.  Music was by the Sitka Quartet. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Skaggs, KY., under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Printed:  June 03, 1953
PENIX, Leonard
1894-1953
Leonard Penix, 59, life-long resident of Williamsport, died suddenly May 6 1953, of a heart attack. The son of Elias Penix and Fannie Pack Penix he was born July 25, 1894, at Williamsport. He was a carpenter by occupation and a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge. Surviving are one son, Orville Penix, Dayton, Ohio; three brothers, John Penix, Hobert Penix, both of Williamsport, Gervin Penix, Square, W. Va., one sister, Mary Penix Muncy, Williamsport, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Old Friendship United Baptist Church at Williamsport, with the Revs. Leonard Walters, Bud Wiley and Winfred Meek officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald May 13 1953
RICE, Sally (Leslie)
1880-1953
Mrs. Sally Leslie Rice, 72, wife of Robert Rice of Grundy, Virginia, died Saturday at the home of her daughter in Grundy, Va., following an illness of several months. Born May 24, 1880 in Johnson county, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Amanda Conley Leslie. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Willard Rice, and Clarence Rice, both of Paintsville; three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Grimes, Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. William Phillips, Detroit, Mich.; and Miss Thelma Rice, Grundy, Va. Funeral services were conducted Monday at the home of her son, Willard Rice, with the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating.  Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Lick fork under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 5-20-1953
STRATTON, William
1901-1953
A slate fall in a mine at Evanston, Breathitt County, at 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, 1953, took the life of William Stratton, 52, of West main Street.  He died instantly of internal injuries. Born in Lawrence County on October 23, 1901, a son of Emerson and the late Lona Akers Stratton, he had been a resident of Johnson County for the past several years.  He followed coal mining as an occupation. He was married on March 15, 1919 to Alice Chaffin who died in 1946, and was married to Miss Gracie Howard on August 25, 1948, who survives. Other survivors include three children by the first marriage, Jack Stratton, Van Lear, Mrs. James E. Boyd, East Point, and Mrs. Estill Stacy, Evanston, Ky., also the following brothers and sisters; Albert Stratton, Louisa Ky., John Stratton, Hiawatha, W.Va., Ray Stratton West Liberty, Ky., Miss Nancy Stratton, Maysville, Ky., and Mrs. Clarence Dilly, Louisa Ky. Funeral services were held Monday, May 25, at 2:00 p.m. at he Freewill Baptist Church here by the Reverend Culley Hager of Louisa. Burial was in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery under  the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald May 27 1953
TACKETT, Jerry Lee
1953-1953
Services Held Today For Tackett Infant
Jerry Lee Tackett, infant son of Clearence and Marie Blevins Tackett, died a few minutes after birth May 4. Funeral services were held at the home of the grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jess Tackett of Van Lear today (Wednesday). burial was made in the family cemetery at Davis Branch under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 5-6-1953
TRIMBLE, Amanda (Williams)
1875-1953
Mrs. Amanda Williams Trimble, 78, died in Lexington Monday morning May 1953 following an illness of several months. A lifelong resident of Johnson County, she was born in 1875 the daughter of Sam P. and Sarah Reed Williams.  She was a resident of Paintsville prior to her illness. She was preceded in death in 1947 by her husband, Charley Trimble. Surviving are three sons, Bruce Trimble, Paintsville, Wonnie and Conn Trimble, both of Lexington and two grandchildren. Other survivors are two brothers, Fred Williams, Dayton, O., Winifred Williams, Baltimore, Maryland, and two sisters, Mrs. W. D. Huffman, Pikeville, and Mrs. H. I. Williams, Louisville. Fuenral services will be held at the United Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. today (Wednesday) with Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. W. L. Murray officiating. Curial will be made in the family cemetery at Manila under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 5-27-1953
WEBB, Nancy (Muncy)
1865-1953
Mrs. Nancy Webb, 87, died at her home at Lovely, Ky. At 12;00 noon of complications following an illness of several weeks. "Aunt Nan" as she was known to her many friends in the community, was a widow of Samuel R. Webb. The daughter of the late William and Margaret Marcum Muncy, she was born December 18, 1865 at Warfield, Ky., but had made her home at Lovely almost all of  her life. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She is survived by the following children: Marsha Webb, Pilgrim, Ky., Mrs. Ella Hale, Oak Hill, Ohio, Earl Webb, Ermal Webb, Mrs. Myrtle Kirk, and Mrs. Bertha Webb, all of Lovely, Ky. Funeral services were conducted from the home Saturday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. by Alvis Varney. Burial was in the Webb Cemetery at Lovely under the direction of the Richmond-Calliham Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 5-6-1953
WELLS, Ewing G.
1953
COL. EWING G. WELLS FORMER RESIDENT OF  VAN LEAR PASSES
Colonel Ewing G. Wells of Clyde, Ohio and Bonita Springs, Fla., died in Memorial Hospital in Clyde on May 18 followering a heart attack suffered a few days earlier, according to word received by Mrs. Grace Phelps of Van Lear. He and Mrs. Wells had returned from their winter home in Bonita Springs shortly before he became ill. Colonel Wells was born at Mr. Sterling, Kentucky, the son of Nancy Hannah and James Wells.  He served in the Army for 33 years, and was on active duty during World War I and II.  He enlisted as a private and rose to the rank of colonel, retiring  from active duty in 1946. He served in China and the Philippines and during the last war he was post quartermaster at Luke Field, Sacramento, Calif., Camp Adair, Ore., and an air base at Yuma, Arix. For 20 years, he was owner and director of Plymouth Shore Camp for girls near Fort Clinton, O. Colonel Wells was a member of the American Legion, Royal Arch Masons, Fremont Commandery No 32, 32nd degree Masons, Shrine, Kiwanis Club and Order of the Eastern Star. Besides his wife, Sara Franks Wells, he is survived by one brother, Dr. E. D. Wells, Tuscaloosa, Ala. He  was personnel manager for the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear and Mrs. Wells was a teacher in the Van Lear Schools in the late 1920`s. Funeral services were held at the Mitchell Funeral Home and burial was in McPherson Cemetery in Clyde. Paintsville Herald 6-10-1953


JUNE - 1953

AUSTIN, Kerry Dean
1953
Graveside Rites Held Monday For Infant
Graveside services were held Monday at the family cemetery at Odds for Kerry Dean Austin, infant son of Duell and Lucille Daniels Austin, who died in a local hospital Sunday. Surviving besides the parents is one brother, Barry Austin, at home. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 6-17-1953
COLLINS, Cordelia
1874-1953
Mrs. Cordelia Leslie Collins, 79, Lester WV, died Sunday following an illness of three months. Born September 14, 1874 in Pike Co, She was the daughter of  Polk and Phoebe Leslie. She had been a resident of Lester for three years. Surviving are three sons, Hatler Collins, Crab Orchard, WV, Sinnie Collins, Camp Creek WV, and Amos Collins, Lester WV; one daughter Mrs. G.W. Hackworth, city; one brother Amos Leslie, Pikeville, Ky, and one sister Mrs. Linda Sanders of Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the Freewill Baptist Church at Riceville today (Wed) with the Rev Scott Castle officiating. Internment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald June 17, 1953
FYFFE, Flozie (Conley)
1905-1953
Services Held Today For Relief Resident
Funeral services were held at the home (Wednesday) for Mrs. Flozie Fyffe, 48, wife of W.E. Fyffe of Relief, who died Monday in an Ashland hospital, following an illness of two years. The daughter of the late M.F. and Martha Smith Conley, she was born June 1 1905 in Morgan County. Surviving besides the husband are nine sons, Earl Fyffe, Baltimore, Md., W.H. Fyffe, Dayton, Ohio, Willis, Pilate, Charley, Steve, Elmer, Clarence and Dorcie Fyffe, all of Relief; six daughters, Mrs. Matha Williams, Dayton, Ohio, Glenda, Ruby, Dona, Louise and Gale Fyffe, all of Relief; and one brother Elmer Conley, Coal Grove, Ohio. The officiating minister was A.C. Bradley.  Songs were by the Paintsville Quartet. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald June 17 1953
GILLIAM, Roy
1922-1953
Roy Gilliam , 30, died suddenly of a heart attack Thursday while working in Columbus, O. The son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Gilliam, he was born December 11, 1922, in Paintsville. He had been a resident of Columbus for three years. Survivors include his wife Carie Sparks Gilliam, one son, Roy Eugene Gilliam, and two daughters, Barbara Lynn and Connie Ruth Gilliam, all at home. Other Survivors are two brothers, Arthur Gilliam, Swamp Branch, Ray Gilliam, city; three sisters, Mrs. Eunice Spears, Thealka, Mrs. Nannie Hall, city, and Mrs. Wornie Flint, Salyersville. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Free Will Baptist Church at Thealka with the Revs. C.C. Hall and Don Fraley officiating. Music was by the Sitka Quartet and the Toms Creek Quartet. Interment was made in the family cemetery in Kings Addition under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald June 17, 1953
HARRIS, Milton
1953
Milton Harris, 71, former resident of Winifred, Ky., was killed instantly about 5:15 p.m. June 10, 1953 when he was struck by a car on Route 40, fourteen miles west of Columbus, Ohio. The son of the late David and Katherine Wheeler Harris he was born in this county, but for the past several years had lived at Mechanicsburg, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Catherine Slone Harris, and ten children.  Five daughters Vesta Fitch, Wheelersburg, Ohio, Beatrice Harris and Herma Grimm, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, Erma Lee Harris and Della Arrington, Jackson Ohio; five sons, Tremble Harris, Winifred; Oena Harris, Portsmouth, Ohio; Ova Harris, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; James Proctor Harris, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; Wilbur Harold Harris with the Armed Services. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Florence Lemaster , Winifred; Laura Slone, Kerz; Oma Music, Meally; Mary Curtis, West Jefferson, Ohio, and James Harris Patton, Iowa.  He also leaves seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 Saturday, June 13, at Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Several relatives and friends from Johnson county attended the services. Paintsvilel Herald Wednesday  6-17-1953
JOHNSON, Jeanettia (Evans)
1881-1953
Mrs. Jennettia Johnson, 71, succumbed June 27 , 1953, in a local hospital, following a brief illness. Death was attributed to pneumonia and meningitis. The daughter of William and Louisa Yance Evans, she was born December 17, 1881, at Denver, Ky. She was a resident of West Van Lear at the time of her death. She was preceded in death December 6, 1950 by her husband. Surviving are one son, Fara Johnson, Dayton, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Chalmer Spradlin, West Van Lear; one brother, Ed Evans, West Van Lear; 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter at West Van Lear, Monday at 1:00 p.m. Officiating ministers were Charlie Lemaster and Millard Bryant. Active pallbearers were grandsons of Mrs. Johnson, Kermit Spradlin, Kennis Spradlin, Quentin Spradlin, James Sparks, Raymond Fyffe and Paul Johnson. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Jul.01 1953
LONG, Frank
1953
Frank Long, 77 Passes June 21
Frank L Long, 77, retired coal company superintendent, died Sunday at his home in Freeburn, Pike County, following a four year illness with a heart ailment. He was married to Miss Daisy Ward, former Johnson County Woman and the family had visited here frequently. A native of Jackson County, Ohio, Mr. Long had been a superintendent in the coal mines of the Big Sandy area for the past 40 years. Besides his widow, he is survived by a son, Richard Long and three grandchildren, all of Freeburn, and one niece of Jackson County, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Freeburn Methodist Church and burial was made in a Jackson County Cemetery. Paintsville Herald June 24, 1953
PERRY, Martelia (Ward)
1876-1953
Mrs. Martelia Perry, 77, former resident of Tomahawk, Ky., and sister of Melvin Ward of Boons Camp, died in a convalescent home in Glenoma, Wash., Thursday, June 18, 1953. She was born December 6, 1876, in Martin County, the daughter of the late Benny and Jane Mills Ward.  She had lived in the Glenoma district for the past forty-two years and was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, C. C. Ward of Henrietta and Johnny Ward of Van Lear. Surviving besides her brother are four children; one daughter, Mrs. Ada Dow, Brookings, Oregon; three sons, Wallace Morris, Randle, Washington, Carl Ward, Glenoma, Washington, Garland Ward, Morton, Washington.  She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Levi Blevins, New London, Ohio, 18 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Services were in the Fissell Chapel Monday, June 22, 1953, at 2:00 p. m., with the Rev. E. L. Whisler officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons, Lee Morris, Hubert Morris, Wallace Morris, Willard Morris, Benny Ward, and Charey Ward. Burial was in the Glenoma cemetery. The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday, August 12, 1953 
POE, Florence (Haney)
1890 1953
Services Thursday For Lifelong Resident
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Pentecostal Church on Blackberry Road for Mrs. Florence Poe, 63, who died in a local hospital Monday, (Jun.24 1953) following an illness of three weeks. Born April 13, 1890 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Jim and Margaret Simmons Haney. She had been a life-long resident of Paintsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Poe, November 26, 1952. Surviving are two sons, Tom Arnett and Frank Ervin, both of this city, two daughters, Mrs. Bennie Ward and Mrs. David Hensley, both of this city, and one brother, Willie Haney, also of this city. Officiating ministers will be Arthur Ramey, Oran Hensley and Woodrow White. Burial will be made in the Town Cemetery under the  direction of the Preston Funeral Home NOTE: deathdate for this obituary was calulated from the publication date of the paper. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUN.26 1953
ROBERTS, Inez (Young)
1927-1953
Mrs. Inez Roberts, 25, wife of Dan Roberts of Ceylon Junction, formerly of this city, died June 17 1953 in a Sandusky, Ohio, hospital from injuries recieved in a tornado with struck this area June 8 1953. The daughter of Mrs. Eva Wiley Young and the late Frank S. Young, she was born September 19, 1927 in Lawrence County, Ky.  She had been a resident of Ceylon for eight months. Surviving besides the husband and mother are four sisters, Mrs. Woodrow Kelly, Mechanicsburg, Ohio;  Mrs. Sadie Scarberry, Lesage W. Va., Mrs. Fannie Crabtree, Hunington, W. Va., Mrs. Ollie Church, Collins, Ohio; four brothers, William Young, Irwin, Ohio; Morris Young, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; Hood Young, Sandusky, Ohio; and Ulyssis Young, Tampa, Florida. Funeral Services were held at the Enterprise Baptist Church at Ulysses Sunday with the Rev. Bruce Daniel and the Rev. Walter Skaggs officiating. Interment was made in the Borders Cemetery at Ulysses under the direction of the Preston Funeral home. Paintsville Herald  June 1953
SPRADLIN, Elliott G.
1888-1953
Elliott G. Spradlin of Wurtland, brother of Mrs. Rhonda Haney of this city, died Thursday night at 10:30 p.m., at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Ashland where he had been a patient for four days. A carpenter, Mr. Spradlin was born July 27, 1888 at Salyersville, the son of the late Turner and Amanda Litteral Spradlin.  He moved to Wurtland in 1928 from Paintsville. Survivors include his wife, one son, Elliott, Jr., and the following brothers and sisters, Bradley of Portsmouth, Ohio, Edmond of Milton, W.Va., Mrs. Alex Vaughan, Catlettsburg, Mrs. C. Blevins, Florida, Mrs. G. Ulett, Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. Elizabeth Moore of Phoenix, Arizona, and Mrs. Haney. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Wurtland Methodist Church and Burial was in the Heaberlin Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Printed:  June 24, 1953
WHEATLEY, William G.
1900-1953
Funeral services were conducted today at 2 p.m. for William G. Wheatley, 53, life-long resident of this city, who died at 6:15 p.m., Sunday, June 14, following an illness of only a few hours. Death was attributed to a hemorrhage. Born March 7, 1900, he was the son of the late John Burns Wheatley, one of this section's noted educators and Miranda Brown Wheatley whose family played a prominent part in the development of this area. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. A man with a deep capacity for friendship, the words, "a true Friend," could truly be applied to him. He regarded friendship as an obligation and with his inherent sense of loyalty never wavered under its demands. A man possessed of a genial personality, kind-hearted, and generous, he instantly responded to any requests for his assistance. Friendly, cheerful, likable "Bill", with his ever ready smile and hearty greeting, will be missed by his fellow townsmen who have lost a friend. Surviving are a son, John Burns Wheatley, two brothers, James Grant Wheatley and Virgil Wheatley, both of this city, and one sister, Mrs. May Layne, Salt Lake City, Utah. Services were conducted from the Jones Funeral Home with Rev. W.F. Pettus, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Trimble Cemetery on Blackberry under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald 6-17-1953
WRIGHT, Rev. Alonzo
1953
Rev. Alonzo Wright, 80, retired Baptist minister and school teacher, and native of Johnson County, died Monday in an Ashland hospital. Funeral services will be at the Oak Spring United Baptist Church in Ashland Thursday at 11:00 a. m. He was widely known throughout Eastern Kentucky where he had served as a minister for the past 27 years. He helped organize several Baptist churches and from 1891 until 1921 he taught school in five Kentucky counties. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lucinda Hay Wright; three daughters, Mrs. D. A. Fannin and Mrs. F. B. Williams, Ashland, and Mrs. Link Fyffe, Sr., Paintsville; two sons, Homer and Ralph Wright, Ashland; a sister, Mrs. Laura Gillam, Ashland and four brothers, John Wright, Blaine, James Wright, Huntington, W. Va., C. C. Wright, Red Bush, and Wayne Wright, Ashland. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 17, 1953


JULY - 1953

ALEXANDER, William Allen
1901-1953
William Allen Alexander, 52, of East Point, died July 29 in a local hospital after an illness of eight months from cancer. Born June 23, 1901 in Carter County, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. Alexander. He had been a resident of East Point for the past 27 years, and was a member of the Church of Christ. He followed mining as an occupation prior to his illness. Surviving are his wife, Katherine Lora Greer Alexander, one son. Gene Allen Alexander at home, two daughters, Betty Ann Caldwell, Columbus, OH, Daisy Novella Walder, Dayton, OH and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Celia Hayden, East Point, Mrs Ethel Castle, Auxier, Mrs. Florence Frazier, Waverly, OH; Mrs. Oma Jenkins, Rush, KY.; Mrs. Sylvia Hayden, Auxier, Lewis Alexander, Lesburg, OH and Alfred Alexander of Chicago, Ill. Funeral services were held Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the residence by Reverend S.C. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the Greer Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 8-5-1953
BLAIR, Albert H.
1876-1953
Albert H. Blair, 76, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died at the home of his daughter Monday following an illness of three days. The son of Sam and Miranda Lemaster Blair, he was born in this county October 26, 1876.  He was a resident of Barnetts Creek at the time of his death. He was preceded in death in 1940 by his wife, Julia Ann Blair. Surviving are three sons, Curtis Blair, Urbana, Ohio, Kelly and Kenneth Blair, both of Barnetts Creek; seven daughters, Mrs. Sherman Ward, Newport News, Va., Mrs. Collie Ward, Mrs. Darol Fowley, both of Wabash, Ind.; Mrs. Milford Pelphrey, Van Lear;  Mrs. Ellis Ratliff, Denver, Mrs. Edgar Ward, and Mrs. Herschell Ratliff, both of Barnetts Creek. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Katheryn Blair, city, Mrs. Fonzo Salyer, Barnetts Creek, and one brother Alamander Blair, Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were held Friday at the United Baptist Church at Barnetts Creek with Revs. Lonza Reed, Ferman Blair, Millard O'Bryan and Prater Blair officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Barnetts Creek under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD JUL.15 1953
BLAIR, German
1867-1953
German Blair, 86, died at his home at West Van Lear Junction July 15, following an illness of a year. Son of  Britton and Levantia Conley Blair, he was born Feb. 12, 1867, at Barnetts Creek.  He had been a resident of West Van Lear for 15 years. He was preceded in death by his wife 27 years ago. Surviving is one son, Charlie Blair, Lexington;  three sisters, Mrs Sarah Spradlin, city, Mrs. Rhoda Ratliff, Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Martha Ward, Carey, O.; three brothers, George Blair, Denver, Frank Blair, Barnetts Creek, and James Blair, Denver. Funeral services were held at the Collista Freewill Baptist Church Friday with the Rev. Adron Davis officiating.  Music was by the Tom's Creek Quartet. Burial was made at the family cementery at Collista, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY Jul 22, 1953
BLAIR, Lewis
1872-1953
Lewis Blair, 81, died at his home at Oil Springs Saturday following an illness of two weeks. Born January 8, 1872 in Johnson County, he was the son of Britton and Mary Watkins Blair.  He was a retired blacksmith and farmer. Surviving are three sons, Taylor Blair, Van Lear, Homer Blair and Ross Blair, both of Oil Springs, three daughers, Mrs. Lula Saylor and Mrs. Dona Crace, both of Ohio Springs, and Mrs. Mary Scott, Riceville. Also surviving are the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Minerva Salyer, Oil Springs, Mrs. Docle Baily, Indiana, Harlan Blair, Van Lear, Oscar Blair, Huntington, W. Va., and Ross Blair, West Virginia. Funeral services were held at the home of his son, Homer Blair, at Oil Springs Tuesday with Rev. Millard O'Bryan and Rev. Prater Blair officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Jul.15 1953
BLANTON, Dorcas (Fairchild)
1884-1953
Mrs. Dorcas Fairchild Blanton, 68, lifelong resident of Kenwood, Ky, died Thursday, July 23, at a local hospital following an  illness of several weeks. The daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Conley Fairchild, she was born September 14, 1884, at Kenwood.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the husband, Roscoe Blanton, two sons, Flem Blanton, Kenwood, Rexford Blanton, Manila, three daughter, Mrs. Woodrow McCarty, Buchanan, Mrs. Clyde McCarty, Cannonsburg, Miss Ruie Blanton, Kenwood; one brother, Henry Fairchild, Kenwood; four sisters, Mrs. Alice Colvin, Mine Fork, Mrs. Mary McCarty, Hendricks, Mrs. Sarah Blanton, Paintsville, and Mrs. Ellen Blanton, Win. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 26, at the home with Revs. Lonza Reed, Buel Ferguson, Dona Conley, and Francis Blair officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Kenwood under the direction of the Paintsbille Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 7-29-1953
BOOTHE, Avaneli
1953
BOOTHE INFANT DIES;
GRAVESIDE RITES HELD AVANELI BOOTHE
Avaneli Boothe, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garfield Booth of Lowmansville, died at birth in a local hospital. Surviving besides the parents are one brother, David Monroe Boothe, and one sister Geraldine Boothe. Graveside rites were held Saturday at the family cemetery. Burial was under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 7-29-1953
CANTRELL, Amos Elmo
1935-1953
Amos Elmo Cantrell, 18, died about 1:30 Thursday afternoon en route to a local hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident at the junction of the Daniels Creek-Richmond Hill road to Dewey Dam. Born April 14, 1935, in Johnson County, he was the son of Walter and Cova Jones Cantrell of West Van Lear. Surviving besides the parents are the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Jewell Preston, Dayton, Ohio; Francis Cantrell,  Betty Ann Cantrell, June Cantrell, James L. Cantrell and Freda Lois Cantrell, all of West Van Lear. Funeral services were held Sunday, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Van Lear with the Rev. Willard Wilcox officiating. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Interment was made in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 07-08-1953
CASTLE, Raymond
1917-1953
Raymond Castle, 35, Springfield, Ohio, formerly of this county died suddenly Thursday, July 9, 1953 of gun shot wounds. Born July 21, 1917 in Johnson County, he was the son of Mrs. Beulah Saddler Castle and late Con Castle.  He had been a resident of Springfield for seven years, where he was employed as a tester for International Harvester Company. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mayse Castle, four sons, Denver Ray Castle, Elza Lee Castle, all at home, and Raymond Carrol Castle, Carey, Ohio; two daughters, Linda Mae Castle, and Peggy Jo Castle, both at home. Other survivors include three brothers, Edwin Castle, Washington D. C., Lofty Castle, Nashville, Tennessee, Homer Castle, Nippa, and three sisters, Mrs. Curt Daniels, Mrs. Estill VanHoose, both of Nippa, and Mrs. James C. Daniel, River. Funeral services were held at the home of his mother at Nippa, Sunday with the Rev. Millard VanHoose, Rev. Nathan VanHoose and Rev. Scott Castle officiating.  Music was by the Tom's Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday  July 15, 1953
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Raymond Castle, 35 of  2115  1/2 Larch St, was found dead in  his home about 3 p.m., Thursday of a self-inflicted shotgun wound.  Coroner Austin Richards said Castle apparently had been dead several hours.  The coroner said the self inflicted wound was from a 20 guage shotgun and was in the upper chest. Mr. Castle was born in Paintsville Ky, July 21, 1917 and was the son of Beulah Sadler Castle and Con Castle. He was a Veteran of WWII, and was employed by the International Harvester Company had lived in Springfield about 8 years. Survivers include his widow Eloise (Mayse) Castle, three daughters Linda Mae, Peggy JO and Margaret Ann, three sons Denver Ray, Elza Lee, and David all of Springfield. His mother of Nippa Kentucky, three sisters Mrs. Numa Daniels, Mrs Ruth Daniels, Mrs Vonda Vanhoose all of Nippy. Three brothers Edwin of Washington C.H., Ohio, Lofty of Tennessee and Homer of Nippy. The body was taken to Richards memorial Home where friends may call. The body will be taken Saturday morning to Paintsville , KY. for services and burial there Sunday. As a representative of this family,  I would like the corrections to be made giving David his due as son, Eloise her due as wife and I dont know where that son Raymond Carrol Castle comes from.  [Submitted by Family member]

CASTLE, Sherman
1902-1953
Sherman Castle, 51, well known resident of Sitka, died at his home Wednesday July 29, following an illness of five years. The son of Vard and Ellen Castle, he was born January 28, 1902.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Prior to his illness he was employed as a mine foreman. Surviving are his wife, Mary Horn Castle, two sons, Charles Castle, U. S. Army, Del Rio, Texas; Clarence Castle, at home, four daughters, Mrs. Shirley Wells, Gracie, Margaret and Juanita Castle, all of Sitka; and the following brothers and sisters, George and Henry Castle, Mrs. W. M. Pack, Thealka; Mrs. Clyde Bowling, Franklin, Ohio; and Mrs. Elzie Duty, White House. Funeral services were conducted from the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church Saturday with Rev. Scott Castle and Rev. Adron Davis officiating.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday August 5, 1953
COBURN, Sarah (Music)
1867-1953
Sarah Coburn Dies at Westwood
Mrs. Sarah Coburn, 85, sister of Mrs. Frank Moles of East Point, died Saturday, July 4, 1953, at 5:00 p.m. at the home of a daughter, mrs. James George at Westwood, Ky. She had been ill for a period of five months.  Born in Floyd County, Nov. 3, 1867 she was a daughter of John Wesley and Clarinda Baldridge Music. She was educated in Prestonsburg and resided there until moving to Boyd County.  She was the widow of J. E. Coburn who preceded her in death two years ago.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. James George of Westwood and Mrs. Malcolm George of Prestonsburg, and two sons, E. J. Conley, Wilmington, O., and Elza Conley, Prestonsburg.  Also surviving are one brother, Willie Music of East Point and four sisters, Mrs. Mahala  Snavely of East Point, Mrs. Josie Robinson, Whitaker, Ky., Mrs. Anna Lee Whitaker of Waverly, Ohio and Mrs. Moles.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, July 6, 1953, at the Christian Baptist Church in Ashland.  Burial was in the Dixon Cemetery. The grandsons served as pallbearers.  Paintsville Herald 7-8-1953
CONLEY, Rebecca Susan (Walters)
1873-1953
Mrs. Rebecca Susan Conley, 80, died at the home of her daughter at Prestonsburg Saturday, following an illness of two months. The daughter of the late Harram and Rossana Hoskins Walters, she was born in Magoffin County March 9, 1873, she had been a resident at Hager Hill for 32 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Len Conley, in 1937. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Malinda Conley, Prestonsburg, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Holbrook, Epson, Ky. Funeral services were held Monday at the West Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Homer E. Willis officiating. Burial was in the Music Cemetery at Hager Hill under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald July 8, 1953
DANIEL, Mary (Preston)
1862-1953
Mrs. Mary Daniel, 91, one of Johnson County's oldest and most respected women passed away at 12:01 Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Iuka Thompson, after an illness of four years. She was the grandmother of George Branham of this city. Mrs. Daniel was born on June 24, 1862, in Boyd County, a daughter of the late Moses and Martha VanHoose Preston.  She had been a resident of Johnson County since childhood. Her husband, Isom Palmer Daniel, preceded her in death in 1918.   Mrs. Daniel was a member of the Methodist Church.   Surviving, besides Mrs. Thompson, are two sons and two daughters, Cort Daniel, River, Kentucky; Lafe Daniel, Russell, Kentucky; Mrs. G. C. Cline, Inez, Kentucky, and Mrs. C. F. Mann, Whitehouse, Kentucky, also two sisters, Mrs. Vada Preston, Richardson, Kentucky, Mrs. Julia Nibert, Wichita, Kansas and one-half sister, Mrs. Ida Ramsey, Ashland, Kentucky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the First Christian Church by Rev. Joseph Zavadsky. Burial was made in the family cemetery at River, Kentucky, under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 07-29-1953
FRANKLIN, Mac
1874-1953
Mac Franklin, 78, a member of one of the oldest families, died July 30in a local hospital after a six month illness with a heart condition. He was born September 5, 1874, a son of Abe and Cynthia Webb Franklin, and had been a lifelong resident of this county. He resided in Thelma at the time of his death. He had been a member of the church of Christ for the past 61 years. Surviving are his wife, Minerva Sammons Franklin, four son, Henry and Estill Franklin, both of Thelma, Floyd Franklin, Thealka, and Freddie Franklin, Marion Ohio, four daughters, Mrs Ida Murphy, Ironton, Ohio, Mrs. Mrytle Van Hoose, Ashland Ky. Mrs. Angie Wells, Williamsport, Ky.; Mrs. Nancy Welch, Thealka, and 29 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are the following brothers an sister, Mrs. Mahala Hall, Tomahawk. Ky., Mrs. Minerva Delong, Van Lear, and Mames Franklin, Thealka. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Franklin Cemetery at Concord by Hershell Short and Leonard Webb. Burial was made in the Franklin Cemetery  under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald. August 5, 1953
LEMASTER, Charles Eddie
1914-1953
Charles Eddie Lemaster, 38, of Louisa, formerly of this county, died July 22 in a Louisa hospital after an illness of one year. Born August 4, 1914, at White House, he was the son of Mrs. Martha Daniels Lemaster of Louisa and the late Charles Lemaster. He was formerly employed by the Miller Wholesale Company at Louisa. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Laura Bell Lemaster; five daughters, Mrs. Harold Vanhorn, Fallsburg, Ky., Martha, Dora Jean, Ettie Mae and Carol June Lemaster, all at home; two sons, Corporal Charles Estill Lemaster, serving in the Air Force in Washington, and Arthona Lemaster at home; the mother; three sisters and four brothers also survive. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Louisa. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Paintsville Herald. 7-29-1953
MEADE, James Stanley
1935-1953
Two Johnson County men were killed and two others were injured Friday about 11:00 p.m when their car failed to round a curve and crashed into a concrete bridge one-and-one-half miles south of Louisa on U. W. route 23. James Stanley Meade, 18, son of P. J. Meade and Mrs. Cleo Meade Castle of this county, was pronounced dead on arrival at Louisa General Hospital.  A broken neck was given as the cause of death. Howard Lee Riffe, Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard I. Riffe of an Lear died at 3:25 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, W. Va. Skull fractures and internal injuries caused his death. The driver of the car, Robert Williams 27, of Paintsville and Everett Stafford, 17, of Thelma, escaped with slight injuries.  Williams did not require hospitalization and Stafford was dismissed from the Louisa hospital after treatment. The four were employed at Dayton, Ohio, and were on their way home for a vacation. It was stated that the car, after striking the railing of a concrete bridge swerved for about 70 feet but did not turn over.  An ambulance from the Young funeral Home took the injured to hospitals. Meade was born at Thelma February 2, 1935 and had been in Dayton only a short time where we was employed in the shipping department of the Firgidare Corp. He is survived by his parents and two half sisters, Dianna Sue Castle, and Debra Lou Castle, both of West Van Lear. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. August 3, at the Freewell Baptist Church on Third Street by Reverend C. C. Hall.  Music was by the Thoms Creek Singers. Burial was in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Riffe had been a resident of Van Lear his entire life, and was employed as an inspector for the General Motors Corp. in Dayton, Ohio.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Surviving besides his parents are one brother and two sisters Charles Riffe, Mason, Ohio, Mrs. Carl Castle, Dayton, O., and Mrs. Glenn Siler, Paintsville. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church at Van Lear. Burial will be in the Wells Cemetery, Paintsville, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 8-5-1953
MEADE, Ruby L.
1930-1953
Pfc. Ruby L. Meade, 22, was killed in action in Korea July 25, according to a telegram received last week by his wife, Helen Ward Meade, from the Defense Department. Born December 19, 1930, at Nippa, he was the son of Paris and Nora Burchett Meade, who survive. He attended Oil Springs High School prior to entering the service. Surviving besides his parents and wife are one son, Gary Lee, two sisters, Miss Ruth Meade and Mrs. Glen Stambaugh, Ypsilanti, Mich, three brothers, Carl and Clyde Meade, Ypsilanti, Mich, and Ray  Meade, at home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Paintsville Herald 8-15-1953
MEEKS, Katharine (Sammons)
1880-1953
Mrs. Katharine Sammons Meeks, 72, wife of Aaron Meeks, died at the home of her daughter at East Point Sunday, following a long illness.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. The daughter of the late D. M. and Mary Moles Sammons, she was born at East Point December 31, 1880. Surviving besides the husband are three sons, Douglas Meeks, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Edgar Meeks, Williamson, W. Va.; Forest Meeks, Grand Rapid, Michigan; four daughters, Mrs. Verna Mollett, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Mrs. Molly Williamson, Belfry, Ky; Mrs. Brooksie Leake, East Point, Ky; Mrs. Sophia Shannon, Pilgrim Knob, Va. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters:  D.M. Sammons, Tomahawk, O.; derson Sammons, Hamden, O.; John Sammons, W. Va., D.B. Sammons, Princeton, W. Va., Alice Mollett, East Point; Mrs. Maudie Mills, Tomahawk; Mrs. Mary Mollett, Tomahawk; Mrs. Clifford Hammond, Louisa, Mrs. Effie Fraley, Fort Gay, W. Va,; Mrs. Malissa Daniels, Gallup Ky. Funeral services were held Tuesday at East Point with the Rev. Charlie Lemaster officiating. Burial was made in the Moles Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 7-15-1953
PRESTON, Margarette (Daniel)
1872-1953
County Woman Passes;
Services Held Friday
Funeral services were held at the home at River Friday, July 17 for Mrs. Margarette Daniel Preston, 80, who died Thursday morning, July 16, 1953 following an illness of several weeks. Born August 12, 1872, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late George and Sarah Chandler Daniel. She was preceded in death several years ago by her husband, Life Preston. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Surviving are one daughter, Cora Preston, River, and one sister, Mrs. Hettie Witten, River. Paintsville Herald Jul.22 1953
PRESTON, Vina (Gibson)
1875-1953
Services Thursday For "Aunt Vine" Preston Death came Tuesday, July 21 to Mrs. John H. Preston 77, one of the cities  oldest and most beloved women. "Aunt Vine" sucumbed to pneumonia in a local  hospital after a three-day illness. A daughter of Daniel and Jane Stumbo  Gibson, she was born October 18, 1875 in Floyd County, but had been a  resident of Paintsville for the past 50 years. She, with her late husband had  been successful in the mercantile business here for a number of years, and  they owned and operated one of Paintsville's leading dry good establishments  until his death. Several years ago "Aunt Vine" suffered a fractured hip in an  automobile accident, but she had recovered sufficently to be out where she  cheerfully greeted her friends and wide circle of acquaintances. She was a  member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are one son, McKinley Preston of  this city, one half-brother and three half-sisters Ewing Gibson, Minnie, Ky.,  Goldie Allen, Minnie, Ky., Ida Stumbo, McDowell, Ky., and Mary M. Hall,  Flemingsburg, Ky. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, at  the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mason at 303 Third Street by the Reverend W.F.  Pettus. Burial will be in the Stumbo Cemetery at Minnie, Ky., under the  direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Jul.22 1953
RIFFE, Howard Lee
1953
Two Johnson County men were killed and two others were injured Friday about 11:00 p.m when their car failed to round a curve and crashed into a concrete bridge one-and-one-half miles south of Louisa on U. W. route 23. James Stanley Meade, 18, son of P. J. Meade and Mrs. Cleo Meade Castle of this county, was pronounced dead on arrival at Louisa General Hospital.  A broken neck was given as the cause of death. Howard Lee Riffe, Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard I. Riffe of Van Lear died at 3:25 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, W. Va. Skull fractures and internal injuries caused his death. The driver of the car, Robert Williams 27, of Paintsville and Everett Stafford, 17, of Thelma, escaped with slight injuries.  Williams did not require hospitalization and Stafford was dismissed from the Louisa hospital after treatment. The four were employed at Dayton, Ohio, and were on their way home for a vacation. It was stated that the car, after striking the railing of a concrete bridge swerved for about 70 feet but did not turn over.  An ambulance from the Young funeral Home took the injured to hospitals. Meade was born at Thelma February 2, 1935 and had been in Dayton only a short time where we was employed in the shipping department of the Firgidare Corp. He is survived by his parents and two half sisters, Dianna Sue Castle, and Debra Lou Castle, both of West Van Lear. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. August 3, at the Freewell Baptist Church on Third Street by Reverend C. C. Hall.  Music was by the Thoms Creek Singers. Burial was in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Riffe had been a resident of Van Lear his entire life, and was employed as an inspector for the General Motors Corp. in Dayton, Ohio.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Surviving besides his parents are one brother and two sisters Charles Riffe, Mason, Ohio, Mrs. Carl Castle, Dayton, O., and Mrs. Glenn Siler, Paintsville. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church at Van Lear. Burial will be in the Wells Cemetery, Paintsville, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1953 8-5-1953
RIGSBY, Clarinda (Jenkins)
1865-1953
Mrs. Clarinda Jenkins Rigsby, 88, died Tuesday, July 28, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Della Hamilton in Cannonsburg following an illness of three months. Born May 13, 1865 in Magoffin county, she was the daughter of William and Sarah Montgomery Jenkins.  She was a resident of Magoffin until 1 1/2 years ago. She was married to L. C. Rigsby, who preceded her in death.  To this union were born ten children, six of who survive. A devout Christian woman, she had been a member of the Baptist Church for a number of years. Surviving besides Mrs. Hamilton are four other daughters, Rina Montgomery, city, Stella Picklesimer, Lucasville, Ohio, Perlie Montgomery, Route No. 4, Ashland, Flora Montgomery, Beaver, Ohio, one son, F. F. Rigsby of this city. Other survivors include 48 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren, and 31 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the residence at Cannonsburg, Friday, July 31, with K. W. Kennard, Harian Montgomery and Floyd Rigsby as participating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery in Magoffin county. Paintsville Herald 8-5-1953
SCOTT, W.T.
1881-1953
W.T. Scott, 72, a resident of Johnson County for twenty-two years died at his home at Turner Branch Friday following a brief illness.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. The son of William and Nancy Stacy Scott, he was born in Pike County, September 4, 1881.  He was a member of the Southside Freewill Baptist Church. A car repairman for the North East Coal Company for several years, he retired in 1948.  His genial nature and pleasant personality won him the admiration and friendship of all who knew him. He was married  March 22, 1903, in Pike County to Emma Smith, who survives. Surviving besides his wife are one son Captain Luther P Scott, Anchorage, Alaska; six daughters, Etta Stewart, Mrs. Harry Thomas, Mrs. James H. Conley, Mrs. Arnold Pack, Mrs. Hansel Preston and Mrs. Tom R. King, all of this city. Other survivors are two brothers, Kelly Scott, Roanoke, Va., James T. Scott, Stone Ky., and one sister, Mrs. Louisa Runyon, Belfrey, KY Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs Homer E. Willis, C.H Hockensmith, and Stanley Borders officiating.  Special music was by Sam Baborn. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery at King Addition under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Johnny Childers, Johnny Compton, Arlie Ferguson, C.W. Compton, Henry Evans, and Arthur Castle. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Chandler, Gus Wells, Brown McCubbin, Ray Turner, Patrick Borders, Everett Arms, Worth McFaddin, Irvin Rice, Walter Hooper, Lonnie Castle, Gene Miller, Garland Ealy and Walter Meeks. Printed: July 29, 1953
VANHOOSE, Heber
1953
Services Held Tuesday for Former Co. Resident
Funeral Services for Heber Van Hoose, 54, native of this city and resident of Ashland for the past 52 years, whose death occurred Tuesday morning, July 13 at the home of a brother, Elmer Van Hoose of Ashland, was conducted in Ashland Friday with second services held at the Freewill Baptist Church on Tom's Creek.  Rev. Scott Daniels, and Rev. Millard Van Hoose were in charge of the services there. Previous to an illness of the past year, Van Hoose had been employed as a laborer by the Ashland Monument Co. and Tussey Brothers. Burial was made in the Van Hoose Cemetery in this county. Paintsville Herald 7-22-53


AUGUST - 1953

ADAMS, Robin Roice
1953
A freak accident took the life of Robin Roice Adams, three and one-half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adams Monday morning, August 6, 1953, when he fell from the truck which his father was driving near their home in Stafford Addition. The accident happened when the truck was traveling very slowly and it is thought the child fell when the vehicle struck a bump in the road.  Several other children were riding in the truck at the time. He was rushed to the Paintsville Clinic but was pronounced dead upon arrival by a local physician. Death  was caused by injuries to the head and face. Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Robert Rickey and Garrett Do uglas Adams, and one sister, Ronda Rene Adams, all at home; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Lyons of this city, and the paternal grandfather, Mr., Garrett Adams, also of this city. Funeral services were conducted at 2.00 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the First Methodist Church with the Rev. W. F. Pettus officiating. Interment was made in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Cemetery.
AUXIER, Robert
1921-1953
Native of Manila Was En Route Home to Visit Father
Robert Auxier, 32, son of G. G. and Lula Salyers Auxier of Manila, was killed instantly at 7:00pm Friday night when the automobile he was driving left the highway on US 23, six miles south of Cattlettsburg. A resident of Franklin, O.,  he was enroute to Manila to visit his father who was recovering from an illness.  The vistim had been working as a carpenter on a motel construction job at Piqua, Ohio. Accordig to investigating authorities, Auxier was attempting to round a curve when his automobile turned over, he was thrown clear of the car but died instantly when he sustained a fractured skull, broken neck, crushed chest, and fractures of both arms. A passenger in the auto, Billy Lee Pelphrey, 20, of Volga, sustained a head laceration and multiple abrasions.   He was taken to King's Daughters' Hospital and dismissed after treatment. Mr. Auxier wsa born at Manila on March 25, 1921 and was a veteran of World War II. The body ws taken to Kilgore-Collier Funeral Home at Catlettsburg immediately after the accident and later removed to the Young Funeral Home at Louisa. Surviving besides his prents are his wife, Nancy Picklesimer Auxier, three children, James Allen, Roberta Lyn, and Susan Elaine, all at home, and the following brothers and sisters, Cecil Auxier, Oil Springs, Chester Auxier, Oil Springs, Carson Auxier, Manila, G.G. Auxier, Jr., Manila, Mrs. R.T. Cooper, Paintsbille, Mrs. Dow Stapleton, Flat Gap, Mrs. J.C. Meade, Louisa, Mrs. Willie Hayes, Miamisburg, Ohio, Mrs. Virgil Meeks, Manila, and Mrs. Harold Britton, Louisa. Funeral services were held at 11:00am, Monday at the home of his father by Rev. Lonza Reed, Rev. Oscar McCarty, and Rev. Foster Colvin. Vocal selections were rendered by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery at Manila under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. 9-2-1953 Paintsville Herald
BLAIR, Charley
1887-1953
LOCAL RESIDENT BURIED SUNDAY
Charley Blair, 66 of this city died at 1:55 p.m August 14 in a Lexington hospital after a three month illness with a heart ailment. He was born on Barnetts Creek on April 28, 1887 a son of German and Nancy Ratliff Blair. Mr. Blair had been a resident of Paintsville for 40 years and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Paulina Boling Blair of New London, Ohio. Also surviving are four sons, Cecil Blair, Fayetteville, W. VA, Elbert Blair, Denver KY, Edward Blair, New London, O., Paul Blair, Shiloh O. and four daughters; Mrs Kenneth Campbell, Mrs. Bertha Oney, Mrs Edith Damron, all of New London O., and Mrs. Loretta Fairchilds of Staffordsville, KY. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Free Will Baptist Church at Collista by Rev. Charlie Lemaster. Burial was made at the Blair Cemetery  under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY Aug. 19 1953
BLAIR, Katherine (Blair)
1870-1953
Mrs. Katherine Blair, age 81, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Thursday at the home of her daughter Mrs. T.C. Trimble after a long illness. She was born in Johnson County, a daughter of Sam and Maranda Blair. She was married to James Blair who preceded her in death. To this union were born five children. Vernie Blair, Riceville, Ky., Albert Blair, Paintsville, Ky., Hollie Blair and Stella Fraley who preceded her in death. She was later married to George Blair who also preceded her in death. To this union were born four children. Mrs. T.C. Trimble, Paintsville, Ky., Mrs. Forest Lemaster, Fayetteville, Ohio, Nola Blair, Paintsville, Ky., and Flora May who prededed her in death. She is survived by one sister Mrs. Fonzo Salyer, Barnetts Creek, Ky., and one brother, Alamander Blair, Barnetts Creek, Ky., 21 grand children and 19 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and lived a devoted Christain life until death. She was a kind loving mother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. One we loved so dear from us is gone, A voice we loved is still A place is vacant in our home Than never can be filled. A number of her kindred and a host of her friends gathered at her home to pay their last respects. Funeral services were conducted by Elders Lonza Reed, F.F. Rigsby, Prater Blair, and Millard O'Bryan, the ones she liked to hear. The body was laid to rest in the family cemetery at Barnetts Creek, Ky. Note: Copied from the Paintsville Herald, August 19, 1953.
KATHERINE BLAIR Services Sunday For 82-Year-Old Woman Mrs. Katherine Blair, 82, passed away at 1:45 p.m. August 13, at the home of her daugher, Mrs. T. C. Trimble, of this city after a year's illness with heart trouble. She was born in Johnson County on May 20, 1870, a daughter of Sam and Maranda Lemaster Blair. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Vernie Blair, Riceville, Albert Blair, Paintsville, four daughters, Mrs. Frank Ratliff, Mrs. T. C. Trimble, Mrs. Nola Blair, all of this city and Mrs. Clora Lemaster of Fayetteville, Ohio. She leaves also one brother, Alamander Blair and one sister, Mrs. Loula Salyers, both of Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the Trimble home by Rev. Millard O'Bryan, Rev. Lonza Reed, Rev. F. F. Rigsby and Rev. Prater Blair. Burial was made in the Blair cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD AUG.19 1953
BLANTON, Arch
1880-1953
Oil Springs Man Dies In Ashland Services Saturday for Arch Blanton Arch Blanton, 73, of Oil Springs, died suddenly while visiting at the home of his son, Cecil Blanton, in Ashland, Wednesday night. Born July 6, 1880, he was the son of Will and Martha Stapleton Blanton. He was a lifelong resident of the county. Surviving are four sons, Glen and Leroy Blanton, both of Oils Springs, Gale Blanton, Esca Beulah, Ohio; Cecil Blanton, Ashland; three daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Ratliff, Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. Ermagene Spicer, Austin, Ind., and Mrs. Goble McKinney, Bellingham, Wash. Funeral Services were held at the home of the son at Oil Springs Saturday with John Collins and Cline Salyers as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday September 2, 1953.
BORDERS, Jennie (Preston)
1869-1953
Rites Held Saturday For Lifelong Resident Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church at Meally Saturday for Mrs. Jennies Preston Borders, 83, who died Thursday at her home in Meally following an illness of a week. The daughter of the late Sam and Elizabeth Murray Preston, she was born Dec 25, 1869 at Meally. She was a member of the united Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two husbands Rastus Miller and Amos Smith. Surviving are her husband, Minifee Borders, one step-son, Winfield Miller, Wayne, WVa, and one brother Tip Preston Meally. Burial was made under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home in the family cemetery in Meally. The Paintsville Herald Sept. 2, 1953
BURCHETT, Joe
1953
Joe Burchett, 10 year-old-son of Garfield and Lucy Williams Burchett of Wittensville, died at 7:00 a.m. Sunday in a local hospital, a victim of diphtheria.  He had been ill for five days prior to his death. Surviving besides the parents are nine brothers and sisters, Mrs. Pauline Preston, Dayton, Ohio; Paul Vensil Burchett, Korea; Huey Lee Burchett, Germany; Noah Franklin Burchett, Middletown, Ohio; Janetta Louise Burchett, Neldra Sue Burchett, Mary Frances Burchett, Garfield Burchett, Jr., and Jerry Allan Burchett, all at home. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, at the residence with Reverend Claude Preston and Reverend Harry Salyer officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Wittensville under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 08-05-1953
CONLEY, Bernice
1900-1953
Bernice Conley, 53, died August 14 at his home here after a two-year illness with tuberculosis. Mr. Conley had been a resident of this city his entire life, and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. He was born September 7, 1900 a son of George and Minnie Rice Conley. Surviving are one son, Edgel Conley, U.S. Army, two daughters, Mrs. Dotty Jo Williams, City, Mrs. Margie Ratliff, Detroit, Mich., and two sisters, Mrs. Eunice Daniel, City and Mrs. Muriel Dallas, city. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Free Will Baptist Church on Third Street by Rev. Vern Conley and Rev. Earl Rowland. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD AUG.19 1953
EVANS, Edd
1875-1953
Services Held Today For West Van Lear Man Edd Evans, 77, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died Sunday in a local hospital following an  illness of four months. Born December 18, 1875, he was the son of William and Lousia Younts Evans. He was a resident of West Van Lear. Surviving are his wife, Della Conley Evans, four sons, Vencil Evans, Madison, Ind., Thomas and Farry Evans, both of Wharton, W. Va., Elizie Evans, Collista, two daughters, Miss Jincie Evans, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Myrtle Clark, Van Lear. Funeral services were held at the home today (Wednesday) with Rev. Adrian Davis and Rev. Charlie Lemaster officiating. Burial was made in the West Van Lear Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Sept 2, 1953
FAIRCHILD, Mary E. (Johnson)
1879-1953
SERVICES FRIDAY FOR MRS. FAIRCHILD
Mrs. Mary Ellen Fairchild, 73, wife of Millard Fairchild, died suddenly at 4:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, (1953) at her home at Denver. She was born October 24, 1879, a daughter of Epp and Nancy Ann Johnson of this County. Mrs. Fairchild was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Ray Fairchild, Denver, and Roy Fairchild, Columbus, Ohio, five daughters, Mrs. Edith Skinner, Columbus, O., Mrs. Bessie Gleeson Chillicothe, Ohio, Mrs. Frankie Fairchild, Staffordsville, Mrs. Fannie Lemaster, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Venice Estep, Grover City, O., and two sisters, Mrs. Samantha Fairchild, Staffordsville, and Mrs. Amanda Bayes, Lackey, Ky. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday (August 21, 1953) at the Rock House Free Will Baptist Church by Rev. Scott Castle and Rev. Charley Lemaster. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary by date of publication. The Paintsville Herald WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19,1953
HAYSLETTE, Ardelia Frances (McFarlin)
1873-1953
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Free Will Baptist Church on Third Street for Mrs. Ardelia Frances Hayslette, 79, who died August 12, 1953 at her home on Fifth Street after a long illness. She had been a resident of this city for many years and was well-known in this locality. Mrs. Hayslette was the wife of John Hayslette who survives her.  She was born at Wise, Virginia on Nov. 19, 1873, a daughter of Al and Sarah Huff McFarlen.   She was affiliated with the Christian Church. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Tom Hayslette and Warrick Hayslette, and two daughters, Miss Belle Hayslette and Mrs. Heber Conley all of this city, three brothers, John McFarlen, Mr. Sterling, Ky., James  McFarlen, Lakeville, Ky., Charles McFarlen, Salyersville and one sister, Mrs. Clay Walters, Hendricks, Kentucky. In charge of the funeral services were the reverend Homer E. Willis and Reverend Stanley Borders. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lakeville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 8-19-1953
HILL, Florence (Holbrook)
1893-1953
Florence Hill, 60, of Portsmouth, Ohio, former resident of Johnson County and sister of Mrs. McKinley Baldwin of this city and Ottis Holbrook of Fuget died in a Dayton, Ohio. Hospital Thursday, August 06. Born February 06, 1893, at Red Bush, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Polly M. Holbrook. Surviving besides Mrs. Baldwin and Mr. Holbrook, are the husband, Richard Hill, three daughters, Mrs. Jack Garner, Mrs. Clive Luckett of Dayton, Ohio and MRs. Robert Chaney, of Portsmouth, Ohio; four sons, Cline and George Hill, Dayton, Ohio Herman hill, in the US. Air Force and Richard Hill, Jr., Portsmouth, Ohio. Other survivors include two brothers, Herbert Holbrook, Lynchburg, Ohio, and Harry Holbrook, Circleville, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Holly Conley and Ken Patrick at the Christian Baptist Church in Portsmouth. Burial was made in the Scioto Burial Park near Rushtown, Ohio. Printed:  August 19, 1953
HYDEN, Maggie (Hopson)
1884-1953
Mrs. Maggie Hyden, 69 Succumbs at Her Home
Mrs. Maggie Hopson Hyden, 69, lifelong resident of Johnson County died at her home on Johns Creek, Saturday, following an illness of four months. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Born April 27, 1884, she was the daughter of Sam and Polly Montgomery Hopson. Surviving are the husband, William Hyden, three sons; Sam Hyden, Van Lear; Estill Hyden, Prestonsburg; James Hyden, Van Lear; two daughters, Mrs. Willie Elma Wells and Mrs. Thelma Wells, both of Van Lear. Other survivors are two brothers Millard Hopson, Van Lear, and John Hopson, Louisiana. Funeral services were held Monday at the Philadelphia Church of Christ on Johns Creek with Mr. J.H. Short officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Van Lear under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 8-5-1953

KIMBLER, Thomas A.
1875-1953
Funeral services were held Tuesday  at Cannons Chapel at Volga for Thomas A. Kimbler, 78, who died at this home at Volga Saturday following an illness of two months. The son of the late John Welsey and Sara Ramey Kimblerm he was born in Greenup County, KY., Mauch 21, 1875. He had been a resident of Johnson County for the past 40 years. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Cora Kimbler, nine sons; Paul Kimbler, U.S. Navy, Millard Kimbler, Ashland, Robert Kimbler, and John W. Kimbler, both at home, George Kimbler, city, Harold Kimbler, Urbana, Ohio, Fred Kimbler and Hubert Kimbler, both of Detroit, Michigan, and Edward Preston, Ashland; five daughters, Mrs. Minnie Johnson, city, Mrs. Blanche Salyers, Minneapolis, Minn., Lou Anna Kimbler and June Kimbler, both of Miama, Fla., Marie Kimbler of Detroit, Mich. Other survivors include two brothers, Willie Kimbler, Minneapolis, Minn., and Bob Kimbler, Harold, KY. Rites were conducted by Rev. W.E. Cissna. Burial was made in the Hitchcock cemetery at Volga under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-2-1953
LEMASTER, Leo Frank
1870-1953
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday for Leo Frank Lemaster, 74, who died in a local hospital Tuesday while undergoing surgery.  He had been ill for two days. Mr. Lemaster who lived at Chandlerville, was a prominent farmer in that section, and was a member of a large Johnson County family. He was born at Winifred on October 15, 1870, a son of Francis M. and Dorcas Wheeler Lemaster. He had been a resident of Chandlerville for the past 43 years and was member of the United Baptist Church. He was married February 7, 1906 to Miss Flotella Wheeler who survives.  Other survivors include six sons, Thurman Lemaster, Dixie, W.Va.; Loren Charles Lemaster, Wheelersburg, KY., Dorcie Lemaster, Chandlerville, James Leroy Lemaster, Versailles, KY., Francis Marion Lemaster, U.S. Navy, Japan, Byron Paul Lemaster, Versailles, KY., three daughters, Mrs. Forest Lemaster, Cove, Ohio, Mrs. Mitchell Caudill, Winifred, and Mrs. Clarence Davis, Chandlerville, also 29 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Surviving brothers and sisters are Rev. Roscoe Lemaster, Hager Hill, Mrs. Ellen Harris, Winifred, and Mrs. Mary Triffery, Twist, Washington. Services will be held at the Hoods Fork Church and burial will be in the family cemetery by the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 8-12-1953
LEMASTER, Sissie (Pennington)
1953
Mrs.  Sissie Lemaster, 71, died at her home at Win at 3:30 a.m., Monday, August 17 1953, after an illness of two years. She was a life long  resident of the Win vicinity and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Mrs. Lemaster was a daughter of the late Jesse and Sarah Pennington of this county. Surviving are her husband, Floyd Lemaster, and one son, Jesse Lemaster, of Columbus, O., and the following brothers and sisters:  Willie Pennington and Noah Pennington, both of Oil Springs, Mrs. Sally Cantrell, Mrs. Flora Pennington and  Mrs. Minnie Curtis, all of Mine Fork. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the residence by Rev. Taylor Williams. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herarld August 19, 1953
PATRICK, Samuel McKee
1866-1953
Samuel McKee Patrick, 86, a member of one of Johnson County's oldest and most prominent families, died Monday night, August 10 at his home at Riceville after a three-month illness. He was a widely known retired farmer of the Jennies Creek section where he had spent his entire life. He was born November 16, 1866, a son of Jilson Payne and Malinda Rice Patrick. Mr. Patrick was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He was married 35 years ago to Miss Jewell Litteral who survives. Other survivors include one son, Samuel Patrick Jr., Riceville, two daughters; Mrs. Billie Marie Johnson, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Mary Arminta Pack, Piketon, Ohio and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held today at 1:00 p.m. by Rev. Adron Davis. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald August 12, 1953
STINSON, Risia (Lyon)
1878-1953
Mrs. Risia Lyons Stinson, 74, died at her home at Flat Gap Sunday, August 30, 1953,  following an illness of several months. Born in Johnson County November 15, 1878, she was the daughter of the late Landon and Nancy Skaggs Lyons. She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving are three sons, Albert Stinson, Flat Gap, French Stinson, Whipple, W. Va. Jim Stinson, Flat Gap; six daughters, Mrs. Carrie Jarrell, Mrs. Goldia Williams, Mrs. Sylvia Malon, all of Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. Minnie Conley and  Gretta Stinson, both of Flat Gap, and Mrs. Jewell Salyer of this city. Other Survivors include the following brothers and sisters; Mart Lyons, Athens, Ohio, Sherman Lyons, Flat Gap, John Lyons, Red Bush, Mrs. Mary Ferguson, Ashland, Eukie Lyons, Red Bush and Mrs. Ollie Bailey, Flat Gap. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Enterprise Baptist Church at Flat Gap with Hood Wallen, Bill Lester and Bruce Daniel as officiating Ministers, music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-2-1953
WRIGHT, Merida
1888-1953
Funeral services for Merida Wright, 65, prominent Keaton resident and father of ten children were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Union Church at Keaton.  Mr. Wright died at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, after suffering a stroke a few hours earlier. He was a lifelong resident of the Keaton vicinity where he was an employee of the Ashland Oil & Refining Co. Born in Johnson County on Sept. 9, 1888, he was a son of the late Henry and Missouri Williams Wright.  He was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow, Liddie Fyffe Wright, five sons, Luther Wright, Flat Gap, Supervisor of the Johnson County Schools, Blucher Wright, Lincoln Park, Mich., James Wright, Columbus, Ohio,Merl Wright, and Harold Wright, both of Keaton, five daughters, Mrs. Eulah Brickey, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Kathleen Phillips, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Mary Goodwin, Detroit, Mich., Shirley Wright and Ermajean Wright, both of Keaton. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Oma Brown, Flat Gap and one brother, Van Wright. In charge of the funeral services were Rev. Willie Sparks and Rev. Emery Ferguson.  Special songs were sung by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Lyons Cemetery at Keaton under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 8-19-1953


SEPTEMBER - 1953

AKERS, Norma (Hall)
1910-1953
Mrs. Norma Hall Akers, 42, wife of Frank Akers of West Van Lear, died at a local hospital Friday (Sep.25 1953) following a long illness. Born November 19, 1910 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Alex Hall and the late Mrs. Sam Honaker. She was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving besides the husband and father are two half-brothers, Clifford Honaker, Charleston, W. Va.; and Billy Ray Honaker, U.S. Air Force, stationed in Georgia. Active pallbearers were Frank Davis, Garland Hall, D. Roy Webb, Calvin Webb, Cecil Davis and Fred Mullett. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ at Van Lear Junction with Rev. Joseph Zadavsky officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered from date of publication of obituary.   PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.30 1953
BAKER, Dopra (Grim)
1898-1953
Mrs. Dora Grim Baker, 55, succumbed Wednesday, September 23, at a local hospital following an illness of several years. Born December 1, 1898 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Charley and Sarah Stambaugh Grim. She was a resident of River at the time of her death. She was married February 17, 1912 at Inez to Sam Baker who survives. Surviving besides the husband are four sons, William, P.L. and Jessie Baker, all of River and Ralph Baker of Dayton, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Sam Douglas, West Point, KY., Mrs George Estepp, Dayton, OH., and Miss Mary Baker of River. Funeral services were held at the Sycamore Church, Sunday with Odis Wiley and Elisha George as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-30-1953
BLANTON, Willie
1953
Willie Blanton, 65, lifelong resident of Volga, KY, died in a local hospital Monday, following an illness of several weeks. He was married to Lola Colvin who preceded him in death nine years ago. Surviving are his wife Mertie Blanton; two sons, Haskel and Frank Blanton, both of Volga; one daughter, Mrs. Hobart McKenzie, also of Volga. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters: George Blanton, Volga; Albert Blanton, Ironton, Ohio; John F. Blanton and Kendrick Blanton, both of Volga; Mrs. Edgar Lemaster, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mrs. O. L. Williams, Red Bush; Mrs. Virgil Butler, city; Mrs. Bexford Trimble, Volga. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM today (Wednesday) at the home at Volga, with the Rev. Kendrick Blanton officiating.  Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-16-1953
BROWN, Geneva
1952-1953
Geneva Brown, ten month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Brown of Van Lear, died at her home of Bronchial pneumonia Wednesday morning after an illness of two weeks, She was born November 2, 1952, and had lived in Van Lear all her life. Surviving besides the parents are two brothers, James Paul Brown and Gene Arthur Brown, and two sisters, Linda Sue Brown and Nella Kay Brown all at home. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, at the home of the maternal grandparents Mr. And Mrs. Ira Ward, by J.H. Short Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery at Johns Creek under the direction of the Preston Funeral home. The Paintsville Herald Sept 16, 1953
BURCHETT, Julia (Daniels)
1893-1953
Funeral services were held at the Beech Grove Church Tuesday for Mrs. Julia Burchett, 59, wife of Oscar Burchett, who died in a local hospital Saturday following an illness of a few hours. Born at Nippa December 3, 1893, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Daniels.  She had been a resident of Stambaugh for the past 26 years. Surviving besides the husband are twin sons, Delbert and Delmer Burchett, both of Stambaugh. Other survivors are two brothers, Roscoe Daniels and Newt Daniels, both of Lowmansville, and three sister, Mrs. Alice Lyons, Lowmansville, Mrs. Elizabeth Ratliff, Nippa, and Mrs. Reldia Van Hoose, Tutor Key. Funeral services were in charge of  Rev. O. I. Williams, Rev. F. F. Rigsby, Rev. Florida Lyons. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 09-23-1953
CLEVENGER, George W.
1870-1953
Funeral services for George W. Clevenger, 83, were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September, 6, at the Church of Christ at West Van Lear by Rev. Joe  Zavadsky. Mr. Clevenger died September 4 after a one-day illness in Dayton, Ohio at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Tom McCoart.  Death was caused by a cerebral Hemorrhage. A former resident of Van Lear he was a employee of the Consolidation Coal Company where he worked as a miner and carpenter. He was born at Pikeville on March 1, 1870, and was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving besides Mrs. McCoart are other children, Billy Clevenger and Arther Clevenger, Grundy, Va. Thelma Clevenger and Erma Clevenger, Grundy Va., and ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.’ Also surviving are two brothers, Lon and Levi Clevenger, of Dearborn, Mich., and one sister, Nancy Clevenger of Virginia.  One son, Butler, preceded him in death. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Van Lear under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Printed:  September 9, 1953
COLE, Clifton C.
1908-1953
Clifton C. Cole, 45, of Paintsville, an instructor at East High Trades School, Huntington, W. Va., died at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, September 13, 1953, in the Paintsville Clinic of a virus infection. He became ill on Friday and was removed to a hospital the following day where his condition gradually grew worse. He was the husband of the former Miss Irene Spradlin of this city whom he married here on June 3, 1941. Mr. Cole received his A.B. Degree from Concord State Teachers College, Athens, W. Va., and on August 22, 1952, he received his Master of Arts Degree from Marshall College. He did graduate work at West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, W. Va.,  Eastern State College, Richmond, Ky., and the University of Kentucky.  He was to have started his third year as instructor at the East Trades School this fall. Mr. Cole also was a former instructor at Mayo State Vocational School, the University of Kentucky's Paintsville extension, and at Princeton, W. Va. He was born August 16, 1908 at Keystone, W. Va., a son of J. W. and Lucille Calloway Cole. Mr. Cole was a member of the First Baptist Church. Surviving besides his widow and his parents are two brothers, Dow Cole, Princeton, W. Va., Arnold Cole, Logan, W. Va.; five sisters, Miss Lucille Cole, Logan, W. Va., Mrs. Emil Stenstrom, Silver Springs, Md., Miss Sue Cole, Washington, D. C., Miss Detta Cole, Washington, D. C., and Mrs. W. H. Rawley, Washington, D. C. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. today at the First  Baptist Church by the Reverend C. H. Hockensmith. Honorary pallbearers were: Clarence Preston, Frank Chandler,  Edwin Phelps, Gaylord Pack, Arnold Pack, Russell L. Kirk, Lloyd Hamilton, Otto Pratt, R. C. Boyd, C. R. Cooper, and Russell Hager. Active pallbearers were Escom Chandler, Brown McCubbin, Bob Gunning, C. V. Sturgill, Glen Powell, and R. L. Slone. Burial was made in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-16-1953
CONLEY, Frank
1881-1953
Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church at Staffordsville, KY., Sunday for "Big" Frank Conley, 72, who died Wednesday Sept. 30, in a local hospital following an illness of several months. Born February 12, 1881 in Johnson County, he was the son of the late John and Cynthia Cantrell Conley.  He was a resident of Wheelersburg, KY., at the time of his death. His wife, Dora Cheek Conley, preceded him in death sixteen years ago. Surviving are two sons, Hollie Conley, Staffordsville, and Ollie Conley, Ashland; four daughters, Mrs. Geegie Meade, Mrs. Ruie Picklesimer and Mrs. Oral Conley all of Wheelersburg, and Mrs. Ova Back, Sacramento, Calif. and 32 grandchildren. The services were conducted by Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Claude Preston. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD OCT.07 1953
DANIEL, Nancy Ellen (Salyer)
1953
Nancy Ellen Salyer Daniel, 77, mother of Homer Daniel, Herald shop foreman, died Tuesday morning after a four-week illness in King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland.  Mrs. Daniel was stricken suddenly on August 11 and had been in a semi-coma since that time. Mrs. Daniel, who was born and reared in the Franks Creek section of this county had been a resident of Paintsville for several years, and she was well-known throughout this section.  She was a highly respected woman and had many friends here. Mrs. Daniel was the daughter of the late Jackson and Nellie Lemaster Salyer.  She had been a member of the Baptist Church since early womanhood. Surviving are eight children, Jay Daniel, Cincinnati, O., Mrs. Wilbur Wireman, Cincinnati, O., Mrs. Herbert Southers, Ashland, Ky., Oakley R. Daniel, Hammond, Ind., Mrs. Leonard De Hart, Ashland, Ky., Mitchell Daniel, Los Angeles, Calif., Homer Daniel, Paintsville, and Mrs. Norman Staten, Baltimore, Md., and 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Her husband, William Daniel, died on April 5, 1930.  A son, Cpl. Harold Daniel was killed at San Juan, Puerto Rico in April 1948 while serving with the Army. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the John Steen Funeral Home and burial will be made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 09-09-1953
FAIRCHILD, William "Uncle Bill"
1863-1953
"UNCLE WILL" FAIRCHILD BURIED AT NIPPA;
SERVICES SATURDAY
William "Uncle Will" Fairchild, 89, Died Tuesday, Sept. 15, (1953), At His Home On Main Street, Following An Illness Of Two Months. Born October 9, 1863 At Flat Gap, He Was The Son Of The Late Abner And Lucinda Salyer Fairchild. He Was A Retired Blacksmith. He Was Married January, 1884, To Serena Castle, Who Preceded Him In Death In 1927. To This Union Were Born Eight Children; Three Sons, Jesse Fairchild Of This City And Lindsay And Joe Fairchild, Both Deceased; Five Daughters, Mrs. Bessie Price, City, Mrs. Grace Van Hoose, Nippa, Mrs. Myrtle Mcfarland, Denver, Colorado, And Rosie Akers, Siebert, Colorado. Another Daughter, Mae Fairchild, Also Preceded Him In Death. Other Survivors Include Three Brothers, John Wesley Fairchild, Nippa, And Frank And J.H. Fairchild, Both Of Lakeland, Florida. Funeral Services Were Held Saturday (Sept.19,1953) At The Rush Freewill Baptist Church With Rev. Adrian Davis And Rev. Millard Van Hoose Officiating. Burial Was Made In The Van Hoose Cemetery At Nippa Under The Direction Of The Jones Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary by date of publication. NOTE: Birthage or Deathage one is incorrect in this obituary THE PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEPT.23,1953
HORN, Clyde Stapleton
1953
Clyde Stapleton Horn, 43, was killed about 7:15 p.m. Thursday when a Plymouth coupe in which he was riding overturned about one mile above the Post Office at Denver. According to Leander Ratliff, who was driving the car at the time the accident occured, he had stopped and was backing the vehicle to pick up one of Horn's sons.  The car continued to move backward when the mechanism failed and it overturned on the victim after he was thrown to the ground.  He died of a broken neck and a crushed chest. He was reared by John Horn and the late Mrs. Horn of the Rock House section.  His wife is the former Miss Dora Fairchild. Surviving besides his wife, are three sons, Richard Horn, Columbus, Ohio, Clifford Horn and Clyde Horn, Jr. both of Denver, two daughters, Iva Joy Ratliff and Miss Mary May Horn, both of Denver, and the following brothers and sisters, Wayne Stapleton, Volga, KY., Worth Stapleton, Mich., Tobe Stapleton, Collista, KY., Andy Stapleton, Collista, KY., Hershel Stapleton, Collista, KY., Marion Stapleton, Jr., city, Charlie Stapleton, Denver, KY., Mrs. Hobart Welch, Mrs. Russell Rice, Mrs. Dorman Spears and Mrs. Norman Spears, all of Collista and Mrs. Beecher Rice of Ohio. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 12, at the Free Will Baptist Church at Denver by Charlie Lemaster and Claude Preston. Burial was made in the Horn Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.Paintsville Herald 9-16-1953
HORN, Henry
1881-1953
Henry Horn, 71, of Turkey Creek Road near Inez, died September 27 after a long illness.  His death was attributed to complications. He was a lifelong resident of Martin County and was born October 16, 1881 a son of Ed and Armintia Ball Horn. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Josie Spaulding Horn, his mother, nine children, Garfield Horn, Charleston, W.Va., Henry Horn, Jr., Columbus, Ohio, Arthur Horn, James Horn, Orville Horn, J.B. Horn, Clifford Horn, Miss Katie Horn, Miss Ella Horn all of Inez and the following brothers and sisters, Fred Horn, James Horn, Mike Horn, Bascorn Horn, Willie Horn, Elijah Horn, Betty Horn all of Inez, Mrs. Pricie Lee, Waverly, Ohio, Mrs. Ella Williams, Olive Hill, Mrs. Ida Horn, Chattaroy, W.Va.. Funeral services were held at his residence at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. Burial was in the Horn cemetery at Inez under the direction of the Richmond-Callahma Funeral Home. Paintsvilel Herald 9-30-1953
KESTNER, Alma (Powers)
1920-1953
Services Held Today For Mrs. Alma Kestner Mrs. Alma Powers Kestner, 33, wife of Harold Kestner of Hager Hill, died in a local hospital, Monday, September 7, following an illness of six months. The daughter of Mrs. Nannie Spencer Powers and the late Brandon Powers, she was born August 24, 1920 in Johnson County. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving besides the husband and mother are three sons, Harold Jr., Ashley and Moses Kestner, all at home;  three daughters, Naywatha, Valetta and Juanita Kestner, all at home. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Alta Blair and Mrs. Sona Blair, both of Whitaker, Ky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Hager Hill Holiness Tabernacle, with Rev. Charlie Lemaster and Rev. Earl Ratliff officiating. Burial was made in the Hager Cemetery at Hager Hill under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.09 1953
MCCARTY, Rosa (Curtis)
1882-1953
Mrs. Rosa McCarty, 70, died in an Ashland hospital Sunday following an illness of a year. Death was attributed to a heart condition. Born November 22, 1882, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Thome and Louisa Colvin Curtis. She was a resident of Flat Gap at the time of her death. She was preceded in death,  April 14, 1953, by her husband, Forest McCarty, whom she married at Kenwood, KY., August 01, 1901. Surviving are six sons, Emery and Jay McCarty, both of Ashland, Burley and Virgil McCarty, both of Aid, Ohio, Willis McCarty, Dayton, Ohio, and Willie McCarty, Ironton, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Sugar Grove United Baptist Church with Rev. Lonza Reed, Rev. T.J. Bailey and Rev. Leonard Walters, officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Winifred under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Printed: September 30, 1953
MCKENZIE, Grace (Williams)
1915-1953
County Woman Passes Sunday Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. M. McKenzie Of Staffordsville Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Old Union United Baptist Church at Staffordsville for Mrs. Grace Williams McKenzie, 39, wife of Mitchell McKenzie of Staffordsville, who died at her home Sunday following an illness of ten months. Born April 15, 1915, at Volga, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Mrs. Pearlie Salyer Williams and the late Chandler Williams. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Willis Gerald and Wilbur Harold McKenzie, both at home; two brothers, Cecil Williams, Clendenin, W. Virginia, Hershell Williams of Westerfield, Ohio; three sisters, Emogene Caudill, Plain City, Ohio, Wanna Osborne, South Charleston, Ohio and Anna Marie Salyer, Plain City, Ohio. Services were conducted by Rev. Bruce Daniel.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday September 23, 1953
MCKENZIE, Hereford
1879-1953
Hereford McKenzie, 74, resident of Volga died in a local hospital at 3:00 p.m. Monday, September 21, following a day's illness. A lifelong resident of the county, he was born at Volga, March 10, 1879, the son of Rueben and Margaret Stapleton McKenzie.  A member of the United Baptist Church, he had made his home at Sitka for the past twenty-nine years, and was a former timber man and railroad worker. He was married twenty-nine years ago at Volga, Kentucky to Cova Salyers, who survives him.   Surviving besides his widow, Cova Salyers McKenzie, are four children, one son, Hereford McKenzie, Jr., with the U.S. Air Force in France, and three daughters, Mrs. Hobart Stambaugh, Mrs. Ephriam Stambaugh, both of Sitka, and Margaret Jean McKenzie at home. Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 24, at the schoolhouse near his home at Sitka with Rev. White officiating.  Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday September 23, 1953
PATRICK, John "Buddy"
1935-1953
Pfc. John (Buddy) Patrick, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Beecher Patrick of Ascoe, W. Va., and grandson of Mrs. Nancy Patrick Vulitch of Meally, was killed in an automobile accident in Douglas, Ariz., Sept.09 1953. Born June 16, 1935 at Van Lear, he enlisted in the Marine Corps February 24, 1953. Surviving besides his parents and grandmother are one sister, Billie Ann Patrick and one brother, Irvin Patrick, both of Ascoe, W.Va. Funeral services were held Sunday, September 20, at the home of his grandmother at Meally with Rev. S.C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald September 23, 1953
PRATER, Martha (May)
1903-1953
Mrs. Martha May Howard Prater, 50, of Pikeville died at her home on Main Street at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 1953, following an illness of a year. She was a sister of Mrs. Neva Skaggs of this city and Mrs. F.M. Powers of Independence, the former Mrs. Ruth Vice of this city. Mrs. Prater was born in Magoffin County, May 4 1903, the daughter of the late Campbell M. and Martha Daniels Howard. She was a member of the Concord Baptist Church and had been a resident of Pikeville for twenty five years. Surviving besides her two sisters are her husband, Leck Prater, employed by Scott Motor Co; three sons, Paul Prater, U.S. Army, at Ft. Knox; Marvin Prater, Pikeville, employed by Jones Construction Co.; Bruce Prater, employed by Kentucky West Virginia Power Co.; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Justice, Deputy Circuit Court Clerk; Mary Ruth Prater, Pikeville, employed by Time Finance Co.; a brother, Mont Howard, Independence, sister, Mrs. Albert Boyd, Harold. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 1, at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Orville Skeens officiating. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery in this city under the direction of the Baker Funeral Home of Pikeville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.7 1953
RAMEY, Henry
1871-1953
Funeral services were held Sunday at the home at Offutt for Henry Ramey, 82, who died at his home Friday, September 16, 1953, following an illness of several years. The son of Charles and Rebecca Slayer Ramey, he was born July 15, 1871, in Johnson County.  He was a retired farmer Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Murray Ramey, Two sons, Frank Ramey, Offutt, Tommy Ramey, Red Jacket, W. Va.; eight daughters, Mrs. Ella Hackworth, Carrie Ohio; Mrs. Golda Jackson, Sidney, Ind., Mrs. Gertie Whitt and Mrs. Mollie Blair, Jackson, Ohio; Mrs. Dicie Bayes.  Salyersville; Mrs. Hattie Blanton, Goody, Ky.; Mrs. Ruby Franklin, Rosemont, Ohio; Mrs. Nova Collinsworth, Columbus, Ohio. Burial was made in  the family cemetery at Kerz under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-16-1953
STAFFORD, Grace (Hitchcock)
1887-1953
Services Held Tuesday for Local Woman Mrs. Grace Hitchcock Stafford, 66, well-known resident of this city, died Sunday afternoon in a local hospital following an illness of several years. The daughter of Marion and Reginia McDowell Hitchcock, she was born in this county, February 3, 1887.  she was a member of the First Methodist Church. Known throughout-the community as "Ma", she was a friend to all who knew her.  Loyalty and devotion to her friends was synonymous with her name. She operated the Central Restaurant on Court Street for a number of years prior to her illness. Surviving are one brother, Eveett Hitchcock, Shinnston, W. Va., one half-sister, Mrs. Beaulah Roberts, city, one half-brother, Clyde Melvin of Missouri, a step sister, Mrs. Lydia McKenzie, city, Mrs. W. E. Roberts and Betty Lou Gambill, both of this city, whom she reared. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the First Methodist Church with the Rev. W. f. Pettus officiating. Burial was made in the Stafford cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-30-1953
STAFFORD, William Tecumseh
1864-1953
William Tecumseh Stafford, 89, of Paintsville was killed instantly and three others were injured Monday afternoon when a seven-ton boulder came loose and fell from a hill above a deep cut on route 23 near Louisa and crushed into a car in which the four were riding. The accident happened about ten miles south of Louisa. Critically injured was Mitchell Preston, 25, of Troy, O.,former Paintsville athletic star.  Preston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Preston of Georges Creek, was driving the car and had offered a ride to Mr. Stafford who was walking along the highway. Also in the car with Preston were his brother-in-law, Garred Goff See, 11, of Louisa and a nephew Stephen McGee, 11, of Ashland. See and Preston were removed to St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington where Preston underwent surgery last night. He received in the accident a punctured liver, four broken ribs and internal injuries.  His condition is described as critical. See received a compound fracture of a leg, a serious laceration of the hand, and other injuries. McGee who is thought to be the least seriously injured, suffered head lacerations and probably broken bones.  He is a patient in King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland. Preston was a star football player on the Tiger team of the Paintsville High School from 1943 to 1947 when he won all-state honorable mention and all-conference honorable mention in 1946 and 1947.  He had come to Kentucky to visit his wife's parents Mr. and Mrs. Adin See of Louisa. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. today at the First Methodist Church for Mr. Stafford who is known throughout this section as "Sonny". A member of a prominent Johnson county family, Mr. Stafford was a lawyer, livestock man, and was as member of the Kentucky Legislature from 1900 to 1902. He was born on July 3, 1864, a son of the late F. M. and Marietta Lavender Stafford.He attended Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and was an ordained minister in the Methodist Church at 25 years of age, serving as pastor of a Cincinnati church for eight years.  He later studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1900. He was widely acclaimed for his oratorical ability. Stafford had a varied career and his talents extended into many fields.  He was a candidate for Circuit Judge of Johnson and Martin Counties in 1945 but was defeated for this office. He served as a delegate to the Republican convention in Chicago when Theodore Roosevelt was nominated. He enjoyed walking and his journeys often took him into the remote sections of Johnson and Martin counties where he was warmly received by his friends.  Of straight figure, and quick step, he was military in bearing and his appearance belied his age. He was married in early life to Miss Jessie Picklesimer and is survived by two sons, W. T. Stafford, Jr., and John N. Stafford, both of Springfield, Ohio:  seven daughters, Mrs. Herman Minix, Paintsville, Mrs. Bernard Van Hoose, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Eugene Schulling, Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Kenneth Littl???rst, Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Richard Williams, Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. Paul Ellars, Springfield, Ohio, and Mrs. Donald Okeafe, and the following brothers and sisters, DeWitt T. Stafford, Paintsville, Miss May Stafford, Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Carrie Stafford, Abingdon, Va., Mrs. F. F. Smith, Paintsville, and Miss Ella Stafford, Paintsville. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. W. F. Pettus. Burial will be in the Stafford Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsvsille funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-9-1953
VAUGHAN, Callie (Conley)
1888-1953
HEART ATTACK FATAL TO CALLIE VAUGHN
Mrs. Callie Conley Vaughan, 64, sister of Miss Virginia Conley of this city, died suddenly at 9:15 p.m. September 30 1953 of a heart attack at her home at Leander. Mrs. Vaughan, a well-known woman of this county, was a midwife and had assisted at the birth of more than 2800 children in her locality. Born Nov, 19, 1888, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Jane Spradlin Conley of Floyd County, and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. In her early life she was married to Walter Vaughan, widely known Johnson County school teacher. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Nolan Vaughan, a teacher in the Meade Memorial School, five grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters; Luther Conley, Leander, Ky., Chairman of the Johnson County PMA Committee; Kermit Conley, Leander, Elbert Conley, Russell, Ky., Alfred Conley, Tulsa, Okla., Miss Virginia Conley, city; Mrs.Pearl Baldridge, Tlucson, Ariz., Mrs. Douglas Ramey, Louisville and Mrs. Lillie Crider, East Point. Funeral. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p. m. October 3, at the Leander School by Reverend Scott Castle. Reverend Spurgeon Honeycutt. Burial was in the Conley cemetery at Leander under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 10-7-1953
VINSON, Fred M.
1890-1953
CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
FRED M. VINSON PASSES TUESDAY
Fred M. Vinson, native of Louisa, who rose from obscurity to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, one of the most honored posts in the United States, died early Tuesday morning is his apartment in Washington. Death came at 3:15 a.m. about one hour after he was stricken with a heart attack. His wife, and one of his sons, Fred Jr., were at his bedside. Chief Justice Vinson was widely known in the Big Sandy valley and throughout the Tristate area where he will be remembered for his interest in people, his friendliness, and geniality. He was born in Louisa on January 22, 1890, the son of James and Virginia Vinson. His father was the son of Lazarus and Jane Ratliff Vinson. The families from which he descended were among the earliest settlers in the Big Sand Valley. At the time of his birth, his father was county jailer of Lawrence County. Chief Justice Vinson was graduated from the Kentucky Normal College, located in Louisa and received his A. B. degree in 1909 from Centre College in Danville and his LL.B. ddegree in 1911. While in college, he earned part of his expenses by tutoring in mathematics and working in the college law library. He also won his college letter in baseball and basketball and was captain of Centre`s statge championship baseball team for two years. He was graduated at the top of his class. In 1911, he  began the practice of law in Louisa, and in 1913-14 was city attorneyh, and was active in the business and civic life of his community.  In August 1918, he entered the U. S. Army as a private for service in World War I. In 1921, he was elected commonwealth`s attorney, serving in this office until he was elected a member of the U. S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket. He was re-elected in 1924 and 1926, but was defeated in the Republican landslide of 1928, and later resumed the practice of law in Ashland. Two years later he returned to Congress, representing Kentucky-at-large. In 1934, he was elected to represent the new Eighth district of Kentucky and in 1936 was re-elected. The Chief Justice was appointed to a series of key posts in the executive branch of government, including economic stabilizer, war mobilizer, head of the old Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Secretary of the Treasury. He gained recognition as a tax expert while in Congress, and on June 24, 1946, he was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as the 13th Chief Justice of the United States. He was known as the pacificator when bitter controversies broke out among the members of the Supreme Court where he served for seven years of 40 years of public service. Chief Justice Vinson has many relatives in this section including a niece, Mrs. Clyde Blevins, of this city. He is survived by his wife, the former Robert Dixon of Louisa, and two sons, Fred Jr., and James Robert  Vinson. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thrusday at the Washington Cathedral, Washington, D. C. His body will arrive at Ashland at 5:30 a. m. Friday on a special car attached to a west bound C. & O. passenger train. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Louisa Methodist Church and burial will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery among his pioneer ancestors. Paintsville Herald 9-9-1953

WARD, Jemima
1886-1953
Mrs. Jamima Allen Ward, 67. Wife of Henry Ward, died at her home in Bridgeford, at 6:28 am Tuesday, September 22. A native of Floyd Co she was born July 11, 1886, the daughter of Cam and Polly Hale Allen. She had been a resident of Johnson Co. for the past forty years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are three sons by a former marriage, Derma Taylor, Martin Ky., Omar Taylor of this city and Ward Taylor. Also surviving is one sister Mrs. Susie Gayheart, Russell, Ky. Funeral sevices were conducted from the home at 2:30 p.m. with C.C. Hall. Stanley Borders, and T.L. Meek officiating. Burial was in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald September 23, 1953
WILLIAMS, Oka L.
1895-1953
Services At Red Bush For Stat Road Foreman Oka L. Williams, 58, Red Bush, a foreman of the State Highway Department, died in a Huntington hospital at 5:00 a. m. Sunday, September 13. He had been in ill health for about one year, but his death was unexpected. Mr. Williams was a member of a prominent Johnson County family. He was a son of the lare Marcus K. and Missouri Webb Williams, and was born on April 20, 1895. He had been affiliated with the Flat Gap Masonic Lodge for more than 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Virgie Blanton Williams, three daughters, Mrs. Rdna Mae Scott, Laramie, Wyoming, Mrs. Ilene Bailey, New Boston, O., Miss Floine Williams, Red Bush; one brother, Virgil Williams, Red Bush, aand two sisters, Mrs. George T. Turner, Sciotoville, Ohio and Mrs. W. W. Lowder, Idaho, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a. m. today at the family residence be Elders Lonza Reed and T. J. Bailey. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday September 16, 1953 
OKA L. WILLIAMS DEPARTS THIS LIFE
Oka L. Willisms, was born April 20, 1895, and departed this life September 13, 1953, age 58 years, 4 months, and 23 days. He was the son of Marcus and Missouri Webb Williams. He was marred to Virgie Blanton, May 29, 1920.  To this union were born three children, Mrs. Edna Mae Scott of Laramie, Wyoming, Mrs. Illene Bailey of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Floine, at home.  Besides his wife and three children, he is survived by one brother, Virgil Williams, of Red Bush and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Turner of Sciotoville, Ohio, Mrs. Mae Lowder of Idaho, Ohio, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Flat Gap Masonic Lodge. He had been in ill health for almost a year, but bore his suffering with Christian patience, and we are assured from the testimony he left a short time before death that his suffering is over and his soul is sweetly resting in the paradise of God. Paintsville Herald 9-23-1953
WOLFE, George Franklin
1941-1953
Youth Dies Suddenly After Short Illness George Franklin Wolfe, 12, Davella, Ky., died in a local hospital Monday, September 28, following a short illness. Born February 5, 1941 at Debord, Ky., he was the son of William and Zelta Goble Wolfe.  He was a student at Laurel Fork school in Martin County prior to his illness. Surviving besides the parents are one brother and one sister. Funeral services were held at Davella at the home of the grandfather, Frank Goble, at 3:00 p.m.,Thrusday. Burial was made in the Cumbo-Goble Cemetery under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home of Inez. Paintsville Herald 10-7-1953
YOUNG, James Scott
1894-1953
James Scott Young, 59, native of Johnson County died Monday, September 21, 1953 in a Seattle, Washington hospital following and illness of one year. He was born October 7, 1894 at Lowmansville, Ky., a son of Mrs. Emma Zetta Chandler Young, now a resident of Tucson, Ariz., and the late Ulysses Grant Young.  He was a member of the Baptist Church. A former resident of Ashland, he was an employee of the U.S. Engineers in Ashland ant he Union Sand & Gravel Co., Huntington. He left Ashland in 1924 and since 1941 had been employed as a crane operator at the Portsmouth Va., Navy Yard. Surviving in addition to his mother are his widow, Mrs. Della Ward Young; one son Harry S. Young, Seattle, Wash; two daughters, Mrs. Woodrow W. Wells, Seattle, and Mrs. Raymond Bowen Charleston, W.Va.; one brother, Charles Lewis Young, Huntington; four sisters, Mrs. John Hamer, Seattle Mrs. Robert Quarles, Richland, Wash., Mrs. Gladys Collins, Ironton, and Mrs. Olive Spear, Tucson, Ariz. Two grandchildren also survive. The body was brought to the John Steen Funeral Home in Ashland where funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. , Saturday, September 26, by the Rev. Frank Wolfe, Pastor of the Pilgrim Holiness Church at Barboursville, W. Va. Burial was in the Ashland Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sep.30 1953


OCTOBER - 1953

ADAMS, Wayne
1918-1953
Wayne Adams, 35, Springfield, Ohio, formerly of this county, was killed instantly in an automobile accident Friday, October 22, 1953 near Washington Court House, Ohio.  En route here with his wife and two children to visit relatives, a tire blew out and caused the car to overturn throwing Adams out of the car and killing him instantly. Other occupants of the car escaped without serious injury. Born January 14, 1918 at Red Bush, he was the son of Charlie Adams and the late Mrs. Shellie Baldwin Adams.  He had been a resident of Springfield for a year. He was employed by the company of Thompson Grinder Company of Springfield, Ohio. Surviving besides the father are his wife, Viola Cantrell Adams, two sons, Danny and Donnie Adams, and two daughters, Betty Merle and Shellie Karen Adams, all at home. Funeral services were held Monday at the home of Mrs. Doc Cantrell with Lonza Reed and Tommie Bailey as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
ARROWOOD, Lizzie (Ward)
1868-1953
Mrs. Lizzie  Newsom Arrowood, 85, wife of John Henry Arrowood, died at ther home her Thursday, October 20, following a long illness. Born September 19, 1868 at Boons Camp she was the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs Jonathan Ward. She had been a resident of Paintsville for seven years. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Fred Newsom, Waverly, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. W.T. Dawson, Thelma; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday at the home of her daughter with Revs. Elzie Banks, Cullie Sparks and Leonard Walters officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald October 27, 1953
AUXIER, Jemina (Wheeler)
1865-1953
Jemina Wheeler Auxier, 88, died Saturday , October 31, 1953, at 6:40 p.m., at the home of her daughter.  Mrs. P.T. Holbrook, on Fourth Street. She had been ill for approximately two years prior to her death. Born April 14, 1865, at Johns Creek the daughter of Martin Van Buren and Julia Ann Price Wheeler.   She was descended from he early pioneer families who conquered the wilderness of Kentucky to make their, homes and become the leaders in its early development and later progress. A woman endowed with a gracious personality whose manner expressed, warmth and understanding. She had many friends throughout this section who were saddened by the news of her death.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church, and during her long life, she applied her strong Christian principles to everyday living by unselfish devotion to the interests of her church, her family, and her community. She was married November 27, 1886, to I. L. Auxier, who preceded her in death March 30, 1953. She was also preceded in death by a son, Fred and a brother and a sister. She is survived by six children; four daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Holbrook of this city.   Mrs. Anna Dorton, Lexington, Mrs. Ora Williams, Indianapolis, Indiana, Miss Madge Auxier, Louisville; two sons, George W. Auxier, Washington D. C., and Earl Martin Auxier, Manila. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Lousia Reed, Oil Springs, fourteen grandchildren and twenty two great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Monday, November 1, 1953 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Baptist Church with Lonza Reed and F. F. Rigsby as the officiating ministers, Pallbearers were Fred Holbrook, Ray Reed, Emery Dow Auxier, Cecil Auxier, G. G. Auxier, Jr., and Ben ?? Burial was in the Auxier Cemetery at Manlla under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
BLANTON, Sally (Conley)
1882-1953
Mrs. Sally Blanton, 71, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mitchell Conley at Staffordsville at noon Saturday, October 3, after a five year illness. The daughter of William and Jenny Winn Conley, she was born in Magoffin County, February 28, 1882, and was a member of the United Baptist Church.  She was married to Loranzo Blanton, who preceded her in death in 1940. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Grace Williams, Argalight, KY; Mrs. Ruby McGinnis, Charleston, WV; Mrs. Rouie Conley, Staffordsville; Mrs. Verna Lemaster, Salyersville; and Mrs. Margaret Salyer, Oil Springs, KY.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Martha Isaac, West Van Lear; Mrs. Alice Conley, Salyersville; Mrs. Lizzie Lemaster, Mt. Sterling; Martin Conley, Malone; John Conley, Jackson, Ohio; Dewey Conley, Spring Hill, Ohio; Wheeler Conley, Dayton, Ohio; and Bruce Conley, Cleveland, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted from the United Baptist Church, State Road Fork, Magoffin County at 1:00 PM Monday, October 5, by elders Lonza Reed and Foster Rigsby. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 10-7-1953
CASTLE, Sarah (Daniels)
1869-1953
Mrs. Sarah Daniels Castle, 84, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bert Taylor of Staffordsville, Wednesday, following an illness of three years. The daughter of the late Jasper and Ginia Castle Daniels, she was born June 30, 1869.  She was a resident of Nippa prior to her illness. She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 50 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Castle, in September, 1944. Surviving are one son, Jonah Castle, Nippa, three daughters, Mrs. Bert Taylor, Staffordsville, Mrs. Dewey Murphy, Seco, and Mrs. Willie Rice, Sitka. Also surviving are two brothers, Rev. Scott Daniels and J. G. (Jep) Daniels,  both of Nippa. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Mouth of Rush Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Millard VanHoose officiating.  Music was by the Toms Creek Singers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Oct. 14, 1953
CLARK, Anna Mae (Johnson)
1902-1953
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 10, 1953, at the United Baptist Church at Barnetts Creek for Mrs. Anna May Johnson Clark, 51, Barnetts Creek, who died Thursday morning, October 8, 1953, in an Ashland hospital, following an illness of a few days. Born in Johnson County January 29, 1902, she was the daughter of Frank and Lila Tackett Johnson. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Roy Clark, one brother, Martin Johnson, city and one sister Mrs. J. O. Sparks, also of this city. The officiating ministers were Prater Blair, Ferman Blair, Millard O'Bryan, and Flem Arrowood. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication.  The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday October 14, 1953 
DANIEL, James F.
1870-1953
James F. Daniel, 83, died Sunday at his home at Lowmansville, following an illness of two months.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. The son of Flem and Mary Jane Brown Daniel, he was born in Johnson County, August 19, 1870.  He was a resident of Chandlersville for 41 years before moving to Lowmansville seven years ago. He was a retired farmer. He was married in 1890 at Winifred to Mary Chandler who survives. Surviving besides the wife are three sons, Elliott Daniel, Ashland, Bud and Roy E. Daniel, both of Lowmansville, one brother, Luther Daniel, River, Kentucky, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Arrowood, Wayne, W. Virginia. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great- grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the United Baptist Church at Georges Creek with L. T. Preston, Flem Arrowood and Glen Arrowood as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday  October 7, 1953
DANIELS, Jayson
1904-1953
Jayson Daniels, 49, lifelong resident of Chandlersville, died at his home Saturday, following an illness of five years.  Death was attributed to a stroke. The son of Walace and Tobitha Lemaster Daniel, he was born June 17, 1904.  Surviving are his wife, Geneva Dixon Daniels, five sons, Elva Jay, Delmar, Johnny, Elmer Eugene and Larry Ova, all at home; three daughters, Mrs. Arlene Jewell Castle, Lowmansville, Pauline and Phyllis Ann, both at home. Other survivors include three sisters, Mrs. O. I. Williams, city; Mrs. Jason Chandler, city; and Mrs. A. J. Cordle, Wilbur. Funeral services were held Monday at the United Baptist Church of Paintsville with F. F. Rigsby, Leonard Walters and Lonzo Reed as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Sparks Cemetery at Chandlersville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Tuesday 10-27-1953
FRALEY, Francis Franklin
1923-1953
Funeral services were held at the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church Friday for Mrs. Francis Franklin Fraley, 30, who died in a local hospital, Tuesday, October 20 1953, following an illness of four days. The daughter of Henry and Nancy Lemaster Franklin, she was born February 8 1923 at McDowell, Floyd County.  She has been a resident of Thealka for a number of years. Surviving besides the parents are her husband, Foster Fraley, and one son, David Foster Fraley. Other survivors include five brothers, Don Franklin, Williamsport; Henry J. Franklin, Marion, Ohio; Robert Franklin, Jimmie Franklin, Jerry Franklin, all of Thelma; three sisters, Bonnie pack, city; Estaline Sublett, Dayton, Ohio, and Agustina Franklin, Thelma. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet with C.C. Hall as officiating minister. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald October 27 1953
FRAZIER, James Woodrow
1953
Frazier Infant Dies  Suddenly; Rites Wed.
James Woodrow Frazier, infant son of Mrs. James H. Frazier and the late Mr. Frazier of Leander, died in a local hospital Mon., Oct. 19 1953, following an illness of two days. He was preceeded by his father April 25 1953. Surviving besides the mother are three sisters. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home the grandparents, of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Francis, with Rev. Matis Hughes officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.


GOBLE, Sarah Ellen (Cumbo)
1856-1953
Sarah Ellen Goble 95, Died Saturday, October 7, 1953, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Stevenson, in Inez after a long illness. She was born December 9, 1856 in Wise County Va. The Daughter of Frank and Sally Campbell Cumbo. Her Husband Abraham Goble died in 1907. Mrs. Goble came to Martin County as a young girl when the county was a part of Floyd County. She was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving are five children, Frank C. Goble, Davella, Ky. Thomas J. Goble, Eli Goble, Mrs. Martha Goble, and Mrs. Stevenson, all of Inez, a number of grandchildren and great grand children, and one brother, James Cumbo, of Ashland Kentucky. Funeral services were held at the graveside Sunday and burial was made in the Cumbo-Goble Cemetery at Davella, Ky. Under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD OCT.07 1953
HOWARD, Imajean
1953
Imajean Howard 8,  Injured Fatally Sunday Imajean Howard, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Howard of Maggard, was injured fatally about 2:30 p.m. Sunday,  October 11, 1953, when she was struck by a car on the Lick Creek road, 7 miles north of Salyersville, it was reported. Charles Helton, 24, Maggard, who was driving the 1953 Chevrolet pick-up which was alleged to have struck the girl, is being held in the Magoffin County jail. The child was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.14 1953
JENNINGS, William B.
1953
William B. Jennings, 83, father of Mr. Lynn Jennings of this city, died October 25 in a hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. A prominent farmer, and a leading Republican in Claiborne County for many years, he was a former representative to the State Legislature. He lived at Lone Mountain, Tenn., and was a member of the Lone Mountain Baptist Church. Survivors include besides his son, his widow, Mrs. Missie Jennings; a daughter, Mrs. J. Kyle Kivett, Taswell; three sons; Carson, Archie and Alfred Jennings, all of Lone Mountain. Also a sister; Mrs.Doll Breeding, Lone Mountain, a brother, Tip Jennings, Grandby, Mo. and two grandsons. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 27, at the Lone Mountain Baptist Church, and interment was in Fairview Cemetery. Paintsville Herald November 4, 1953
LYON, Ukie
1883-1953
Services Held Friday For Miss Ukie Lyon
Miss Ukie Lyon, 70, died Thursday, at her home at Red Bush following an illness of a year.  She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. Born May 15, 1883, she was the daughter of the late Landon and Nancy Skaggs Lyon. Surviving are three brothers, Mark Lyon, Athens, Ohio; John Lyon, Red Bush; Sherman Lyon, Flat Gap; two sisters Mrs. Mary Ferguson, Red Bush, and Mrs. Ollie Bailey, Flat Gap. Funeral services were held Friday at the Union Christian Church at Keaton with H. Ross, J.T. Bailey and Hood Wallen as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Printed: October 07, 1953
MAYS, Robert L.
1884-1953
R.L. "Bob" Mays, 69, well known Johnson County resident died at his home at West Van Lear Saturday following an illness of ten months. Death was attributed to complications following an operation. Born May 2, 1884 in Taswell County, Va., he had been a resident of West Van Lear for 38 years. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fitzhugh Mays. A painter by occupation, he was a member of the Missionary Baptist Churchl, and the originator of the Sunday School of the Air on WSIP. He was a member of the Van Lear Lodge 885, F. & A. M., Chapter 320 of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a lifetime member of the Paintsville Lodge 1658 of B.P.O.E. He was married February 5, 1912 at Jenkens to Clara Duncan who survives. Surviving besides the widow are one son, Harry Lee Mays, Olive Hill, and one daughter, Mrs. Willa Wells, Wheeling, W.Va., other survivors include several half-brothers and sisters in Virginia. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Cully Hager and Rev. C.H. Hockingsmith officiating. Burial was made in the West Van Lear Cemetery under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. October 7, 1953
ROBERT L MAYS The friendly greeting of Robert L Mays will not be known again upon this earth. "Bob" as he was known throughout Eastern Kentucky, passed away at his home in West Van Lear, Saturday, October 3, 1953, at the age of sixty-nine years, five months and one day. Robert Mays was one of the most sincere and conscientious persons who ever lived. He was truly devoted to his family whose welfare and comfort he held to be far more important to him than his own well-being. Interested in Church and civic affairs throughout all his adult life, he became widely known for his Sunday School Lesson of the Air, which he conducted over radio station WSIP in Paintsville until illness prevented his continuation. Mr. Mays was an ordained minister and had been the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church at Denver, KY.  He was a member of the West Van Lear Baptist Church at the time of his death.  He was a member of the Van Lear Lodge 885 F. & A.M., and Worthy Patron of the Paintsville Chapter 320 of the Order of the Eastern Star.  He also held a lifetime honorary membership in the Paintsville Lodge 1858 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Mays came to Johnson County, Kentucky from his Native Tazewell County, Virginia, 42 years ago.  He was married in Jenkins, KY., February 5, 1913 to Miss Clara Duncan who survives. Also surviving Mr. Mays are two children, Mrs. Willie Welch of Wheeling, West Virginia and Henry L Mays of Olive Hill, KY; three grandchildren, Robert Watkins of Huntington, W. Va and Patricia Ann Mays and Lowell Douglas Mays of Olive Hill, KY., eight brothers, Walter Mays, Little Rock, Ark., Harry Mays of New York City, David Mays of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, T. R. Mays of Roanoke, Va., and Beverly Mays of Elkton, Md., and three sisters, Mrs. J. W. Harvey, of Tampa, Fla., Mrs. Arthur Ryan, of Elkton, Md., and Mrs John Brown of Baltimore, Md. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-14-1953
MUSIC, Marsha Ann (Daniel)
1902-1953
Mrs. Marsha Ann Daniel Music, 50, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died suddenly of a heart attack at her home here Friday. The daughter of the late Lewis and Emma Daniel, she was born at Flat Gap November 1, 1902. She was first married to Eddie May who preceded her in death in 1945.  She is survived by her second husband, John Music. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, James May and Howard May, both of this city; one brother, Raymond Daniel, Catlettsburg; two sisters, Mrs. James Vaughn, Catlettsburg, and Mrs. W. S. Litteral, Ashland. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of this city Sunday with the Rev. C. HogeHockensmith officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Catlettsburg under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.27 1953
PARKER, Clarinda (Music)
1880-1953
Pneumonia Fatal To Aged Resident Mrs. Clarinda Parker, River, Dies Thursday; Graveside Rites Held Mrs. Clarinda Music Parker, 73, died at her home at River Thursday, following an illness of three years. Death was attritubeted to pneumonia. The daughter of Dave and Kaisier Goble Music, she was born at Van Lear December 11, 1880. She had been a resident of River for six years. She was preceded in death by her husband April 14, 1925. Surviving are three sons, Dave Parker, River; John Parker, Springfield, Ohio, four daughters; Mrs. Sanford Cantrell, Wabash, Indiana, Mrs. Leonard Dutton, River; Mrs. Bill Booth, River, Mrs. Virgie Hall, Lundale, W.Va. Also surviving are a brother and two sisters; William Music, Meally, Mrs. Nerve Tackett and Mrs.Harrietta Powers, both of Van Lear. Graveside services were conducted at the Offutt Cemetery with Rev. Charles Bailey and Rev. James Lyons officiating. Burial was made under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald October 7, 1953
PRESTON, Forrest
1881-1953
Funeral services were held at Toms Creek United Baptist Church Friday for Forest Preston, 71, formerly of this county, who died of a heart attack at his home in Tampa, Florida, Sunday, October 4.  The officiating ministers were Millard VanHoose and Claude Preston. Born December 12, 1881 in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Alice Daniel Preston. He was a Spanish-American War veteran having served from 1901 to 1904, part of this period in the Philippines.  His brother Frank Preston is also a veteran of the Spanish-American War. Surviving are his wife Emma Travis Preston, one son (MISSING PART OF OBITUARY HERE..) Florida, one brother, Frank Preston, Tutor Key, and two grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Hansel VanHoose, Bert VanHoose, Estill Travis, Edward Travis, Howard Brooks, Dallas Preston and Lewis Smith. The local American Legion held graveside rites. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Tutor Key under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD OCT.07 1953
PRESTON, Sarah (Williamson)
1871-1953
Mrs. Sarah Preston, 82, a pioneer resident of the Inez Area, died Wednesday, October 4, 1953, at 1 a.m. at her home at Middlefork Road, near Inez, following an illness of one year.  A housewife, she had lived there for about 75 years. She was born October 9, 1871, at, Hode, Ky., the daughter of the late Acie and Elizabeth ward Williamson.  She is survived by her husband, Jess Preston, a retired carpenter.   They were married in March 1890, at Inez. Mrs. Preston was a member of the United Baptist Church for 70 years. Other survivors include two daughters, a brother, two sisters, nine grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren. Paintsville Herald 11-11-1953
REED, John
1871-1953
Rites Held Friday For Lifelong Resident
John Reed, 82, died at his home at Staffordsville Wednesday, October 28, 1953, following an illness of several months. He was born may 11, 1871 in Johnson County.  A lifelong resident of Staffordsville, he was a farmer and a member of the United Baptist Church. He was married  August 27, 1892 to Victoria Davis who survives. Surviving besides his wife are one son, Walter Reed, Dayton, Ohio; three daughters Mrs. Chloe Picklesimer, Plymouth, Indiana; Mrs. . H. Pelphrey, City; Mrs. Bruce Trimble, Barnetts Creek. Other survivors include 15 grandchildren, all of whom attended the funeral except one grandson who is serving in the armed forces overseas, 37 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great- grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church at Barnetts Creek Friday with F. F. Rigsby, Florida Lyons, Oscar McCarthy, O. I. Williams, John R. Pelphrey and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers. Active pallbearers were Martin Picklesimer, Leroy Picklesimer, Davis R. Trimble, Granville Trimble, John M. Trimble, Paul W. Trimble, James H. Pelphrey, Jr., and James E. Reed. Honorary pallbearers were L. T. Preston, Winfrey meek, Leonard Walters, C. J. Sparks, Sath Preston, Lafe Preston, Tommy Dalton, Merdia ( Bud) Wiley, Tom Bailey, Lloyd Williams, Millard O’Bryan, Taylor Williams Donnie Copley, Eual Baldwin and Frank Caudill. Paintsville Herald 11-4-1953
SALYER, Allie (Cantrell)
1903-1953
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, October 19, for Mrs. Allie Cantrell Salyer, 49, who died October 14 at her home at Flat Gap after an illness of several months. Mrs. Salyer was born at Red Bush, on October 27, 1903, a daughter of Noah and Amanda McKenzie Cantrell and she had spent most of her life in Johnson County. She was affiliated with the Pentecostal Church. Mrs. Salyer was married to James H. Salyer on January 29, 1921. Surviving besides her husband are ten children, including Sgt. Samuel W. Salyer, who was returned from his post with the U.S. Medical  Supply Service in Germany through the efforts of the Local Chapteer of the Red Cross. Other children are:  Noah B. Salyer and Cozy R. Salyer, both of Huntington, W.Va., James A. Salyer and Jesse B. Salyer at home; Mrs. Esta McKenzie, Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Moncie Vickers, Knoxville, TN. , Amanda Emogene Salyer, Lula Gaye Salyer and Anna Ilene Salyer, all at home. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Lonza Cantrell, Columbus, Ohio, Charlie Cantrell, Nellie, Ohio, Mrs. Stambaugh, Volga, KY., Mrs. Pearlie Brown, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Esta Holbrook, Fairborn, Ohio, Mrs. Carrie Salyer, Elna, Mrs. Bessie Hamilton, Red Bush, and Mrs. Ethel Fyffe, Elna. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Norman Davis, Rev. E.L. Cyrus, Rev. Arthur Ramey, Rev. Harry Salyer, and Rev. Cline Salyer. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Printed: October 27, 1953
STAFFORD, Mitchell C.
1906-1953
Mitchell C. Stafford, 47, native of Johnson County and merchant of England Hill, Boyd county, died at 10:00 Saturday morning, October 3, in St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, following an illness of the past ten months. He was born January 6, 1906, the son of Jeff H. and Mary Lyons Stafford who survive and now reside in Huntington.  He had been a resident of Boyd county for the past twenty-three years and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to the parents are his wife, Mrs. Sylvia Brown Stafford, three sons, Mitchell F. and Edgar J. Stafford, both of England Hill, and Lowell T. Stafford, at home, one brother Denver Stafford of Huntington, two sisters Mrs. Herman E. Preston and Mrs. Paul Edwards, both at Huntington. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 6, at the Miller Funeral Home in Ashland by elder Delbert Napier. Burial was in the Ashland cemetery. Paintsville Herald 10-7-1953
VICKERS, Charles W.
1897-1953
CHARLES W. VICKERS FORMERLY OF PAINTSVILLE
Charles W. Vickers, 55, formerly of Paintsville and father of Jack Vickers of this city, died at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, Monday, following an illnes of four months. The son of Mr. And Mrs. Walter H. Vickers, he was born at Gilbertsville, Ky., December 8, 1897. He was a member of the Medhodist Church. Mr Vickers was employed as manager of the Cincinnati branch of the Ziffin Trucking Company prior to his illness. He is survived by his widow, Neva Mayo Vickers, two sons, Charles Vickers, Jr., Bethel, O., and Jack Vickers, Paintsville: two daughters, Mrs. Anna Seitz, Cincinnati, Ohio and Mrs. Betty Gorin, Batavia, Ohio. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at the Mayo Memorial Church with the Rev. J. I. Meyer, officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 10-7-1953
WELLS, Chester E.
1953
Funeral services for Chester E. Wells, 38, were held Monday, November 2, at 11:00 a.m., in the Ives Funeral Home, Arlington, Virginia, with the Reverend H. S. Coffee of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church of Virginia officiating.  Burial was made in Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Wells died Thursday, October 29, 1953 from acute virus hepatitis at Emergency Hospital, Washington, D. C. He went to Washington in 1936 where he took a position as a Treasury Department Clerk.  He served with the U. S. Marines during World War II.  After leaving service he entered Columbus University where he received his B. C. S. and M. C. S. degrees in accounting.  After graduating he left government service for private employment as an accountant with the William H. Parker Certified Public Accountants.  At the time of his death he was secretary-treasurer of the Thomas J. Broyhill Construction Engineers. He was a member of the Democratic Executive Committee for Arlington County, an active member of the Marine Corps League, Arlington detachment, having served as past commandant; the Toastmasters' Club; Arlington Civic Federation and the Accountants Society of Virginia. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Kathleen Kirk, three sons, Chester Earl, Donald Eugene and Douglas Ellery; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Wells of this city, one brother, Roger K. Wells; two sisters, Mrs. Paul E. Hayes and Mrs. John F. Marnell, both of Huntington. Paintsville Herald 11-4-1953
WELLS, George Moses
1878-1953
George Moses Wells, 75, widely known citizen of Daniels Creek, died at his home at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, October 25, from a heart ailment.  He had been in ill health for two years, but his death was unexpected. He was a merchant and postmaster at Odds and was a lifelong resident of this locality. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Wells was born April 07, 1878, a son of George Morgan and Susan Dingus Wells.  He was married on May 13, 1903, to Miss Cora Honeycutt at Odds. Surviving besides his wife are six sons and three daughters, George Wells, Wet Van Lear, ; Arthur Wells, Van Lear, John O. Wells, Cleveland, Ohio; Willie L Wells, Van Lear, Woodrow Wells, West Van Lear; Henry Wells, North Kenova, Ohio;  Mrs. Brooksie Collins, Van Lear, Mrs. Etheridge Williams, Van Lear, and Mrs. John T. Adams, Henryville, Indiana. Also surviving are thirty-one grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Goble, Lancer, KY., and Mrs. Dock Montgomery, West Prestonsburg. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m October 27 at the residence by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald October  1953

WILLIAMS, Malissa (Evans)
1866-1953
Funeral services for Mrs. Malissa Evans Williams, 87, mother of Ottie F. Williams of this city, who died Saturday at the home of her daughter Mrs. C. L. Morris, Lloyd, Ky., were held Monday at the Christian Church of Blaine, Ky. The Rev. Hood Wallen officiated and burial was made in the Williams Cemetery at Blaine. Born May 27, 1866 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Merida and Melinda Holbrook Evans. She resided with her son here several months prior to her illness. She was preceded in death in 1940 by her husband, Henry F. Williams. A son and a daughter, Oscar Williams, Flat Gap, aand Mrs. Alma Williams Wright, Lucasville, Ohio, also preceded her in death. Surviving besides Otti F. Williams of this city and Mrs. C. L. Morris, Lloyd, are one son, Dr. Homer C. Williams, Daytona Beach, Fla., former dentist in Ashland, and four daaughters, Mrs. Nora Osbourne, Ashland; Mrs. W. M. Gambill, Abilene, Texas; Mrs Nola Skaggs, Martha; Mrs Blanche Miller, Rochester Mills, Penna. Also surviving are one brother, James Evans, Martha, Ky., and one sister, Mrs. Flora Fyffe, Ohio, 21 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 14, 1953


NOVEMBER - 1953

BARKER, W.L.
1863-1953
W. L. Barker. 90, lifelong resident of Kenwood Ky., died at his home Sunday following an illness of several months. The son of John and Kathern Lemaster Barker, he was born February 15, 1863. He was preceded in death by his wife nine years ago. Surviving are three sons, John Barker, Mine Fork, Frank Barker, Oil Springs; four daughters, Mrs. Isadore Tackett, Allen, Mrs. Clara Green, Chandlerville, Mrs. Lexie Rowe, Mima, Mrs. Mary Estep, Oil Springs. Other survivors include one brother, Lonza Barker, Starnbaugh, and one sister, Mrs. Ida Jackson, Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home at Kenwood with Lonza Reed and Claude Preston as officiating ministsers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD NOV.09 1953
BRANHAM, Martha Alice
1880-1953
Mrs. Martha Alice Branham, 73, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died at her home at Boons Camp, Wednesday, November 25, following an illness of several months. Born January 30, 1880, she was the daughter of Dave and Linda Hall Mollette. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death in 1950 by her husband John Branham. Surviving are four sons, Ben Branham and John R. Branham, both of Boons Camp; Warren Branham, Columbus, Ohio; and Jeff Branham, Logan, WV; three daughters, Mrs. Grace Cypher, Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Margaret Butler, Lima, Ohio; Mrs. James Leonard, David; and one step-daughter, Sylvia Bowens, Ashland. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters, Hales Mollett and Elias Mollett, botb of Boons Camp; W. D. Mollett, Inez; and Mrs. Vada Preston, Catlettsburg. Funeral services will be held at the Little Friendship Baptist Church at Boons Camp Thursday with Rev. Winfred Meek officiating. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 11-18-1953
BURCHETT, Elizabeth (Chandler)
1876-1953
Mrs. Elizabeth Chandler Burchett, 77, succumbed Monday at the home of her daughter at East Point, following an extended illness of several months. The daughter of Isaac and Mary Daniel Chandler, she was born at Chandlersville October 3, 1876. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Burchett, March 21, 1941. Surviving are three sons, Herman Burchett, Jenkins, Tom H. Burchett, Nippa, Isaac Burchett, Dayton, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Patrick, Nippa, Mrs. Grace Leeke, East Point, and Mrs. Emily Music, East Point. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Dorcus Davis, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Locust Grove Church today (Wednesday). Burial was made in the Burchett Cemetery at Stambaugh under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-04-1953
CHANDLER, Thomas Jefferson
1879-1953
Dr. Thomas Jefferson Chandler, 72, native of Johnson County, died Friday at this home at Betsy Layne, where he had resided the past eight years.  He was stricken while mending a fence near his residence. Dr. Chandler, who had ministered to the medical needs of Floyd Countians in the Beaver Creek area for many years, was reared on Hoods Fork of Blaine Creek a few miles from Paintsville. He was a graduate of the Louisville Medical College and for a time in the early years of his practice was located at Catlettsburg. He was born April 14, 1879, a son of the late George and Catherine Brown Chandler.  He  was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and of the Masonic Lodge of Wayland. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Laura Hays Chandler; one son, Dr. Clayton, Chandler of Durham, NC; two daughters, Mrs. Earl Wright of Pikeville, an eye, ear , nose and throat specialist, and Mrs. Catherine Blackburn of London, KY; three brothers, Dr. Simon Chandler of Morgantown, professor of anatomy at West Virginia University, Dave Chandler of Lowmansville, and Grover Chandler of Casper, Wyoming, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Daniels of Lomansville. Funeral services were held Monday at the Betsy Layne Methodist Church. Printed: November 25, 1953
CONLEY, Sarah Ellen (Picklesimer)
1862-1953
Mrs. Sarah  Ellen Conley, 90, succumbed Monday morning at her home at Oil Springs, following an illness of several months. The daughter of Dr. Nattie Picklesimer, she was born November 19, 1862 at Barnettes Creek. Mrs. Conley lived a long and full life in the warmth and love of her family and many friends. Her friendliness and love for everyone endeared her to all with whom she came into contact. Her death saddened her many friends throughout the county. She was a member of the United Baptist church. She was preceded in death 8 years ago by her husband, Samuel Conley. Surviving are two sons, Ellis Conley, Huntington, W. Va. Lonnie Conley, Cliff Ky.; two daughters Mrs. Ollie Hill, W. Prestonsburg, Ky.; Mrs. Grace Chatfield, Oil Springs. Also surviving are 11 grand-children and 22 great grand-children and one sister, Mrs. Laura Trimble, Fairland, O. Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) at the Methodist Church at Oil Springs with Rev. W.E. Cissna, Rev. Howard Church and Rev. John Collins officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Nov 11, 1953
CURTIS, John
1881-1953
John Curtis 72, coal miner of Harlan, Ky. died at 11:45 p.m. November 22 in the Baptist Hospital at Knoxville, Tennessee, after an illness of two months. He was the father of Mrs. Richard Collins of Thelma, Kentucky. A native of Magoffin County he was born January 24, 1881, the son of the late James and Alifair Holbrook Curtis. He had lived at Harlan for the past twelve years and was a member of the United Baptist Church and the U.M.W. of A. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Sally Curtis, and ten children, five daughters; Mrs. Martha Collins, Thelma, Mrs. Effie Blevins, Ashland, Mrs. Mary Alice Hollins, Lookout, and Mrs. Annie Burnett and Mrs. Clara Aders, both of Richmond, Virginia; five sons; Victor Curtis, Harlan, Hobert and William, both of Ashland, and Wallace and Freeland Curtis, both of Brookside. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Blackburn, Mrs. Maudie Pigg, Mrs. Ella Waddles, Mrs. Cell Rowland, and one brother; Forest Curtis. Funeral services will be conducted at the home of his daughter at Thelma Friday, November 27, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Parker Cemetery at Concord under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Printed 11-18-1953
FIELDER, Cora (Schmulen)
1875-1953
Services At Mayfield For Mrs. Cora Fielder Mrs. Cora Fielder, 78, died Sunday at her home on Depot Road following an illness of several months. Born in Louisiana May 10, 1875, she was the daughter of Simon and Sarah Schmulen.  She had been a resident of Paintsville about 25 years, moving here with her husband, the late F.H. Fielder, from Mayfield, KY. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Harold Judkins, Shelbyville, Indiana, Mrs. George Cohagan, WInchester, Illinois, and Mrs. H.L. Poe, Merced, California. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the Burns Funeral Home at Mayfield with Rev. J. Howard Baxter officiating. Burial was made in the Maplewood Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Printed: November 18, 1953
FRAIZER, Carl Ray
1953-1953
RITES HELD WEDNESDAY
FOR FRAIZER INFANT
Gravesite  rites were held Wednesday, November 25 1953, at Elna for Carl Ray Fraizer, infant son of Robert and Aileen Walden Fraizer, who died shortly after birth November 24 1953. Surviving besides the parents are four brothers and a sister. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday  Nov.25 1953
JOHNSON, Rhoda (Fitzpatrick)
1879-1953
Funeral services were held Monday at the home at Collista for Mrs. Rhoda Fitchpatrick Johnson, 74, who died Saturday November 1953 at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington following an illness of a year.  Charlie Lemaster and Claude Preston were the officiating ministers. Born at Denver July 13, 1879, she was the daughter of John and Sarah Foster Fitchpatrick.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was married October 22, 1896 to Mason Johnson who survives. Surviving besides the husband are three sons, Ivan, Grant and L. A. Johnson, all of Collista; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Little, Collista, Mrs. Bessie Little, Melvin, Ky., and Mrs. Coralee Cantrell, Collista. Other survivors include two brothers, Marion Fitchpatrick of this city, and Elliott Fitchpatrick of Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Mary McCarty, Denver; 18 grand children and 14 great- grandchildren. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Collista under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 11-11-1953
JONES, Lexie (Sims)
1885-1953
Mrs. Lexie Sims Jones, 68, died at 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 13, 1953 at her home on Main Street after a year's illness. Although she had been in ill health, her sudden death shocked and saddened her many friends in this city where she  had been a beloved and respected resident for many years. The widow of John A. Jones, well-known funeral director of this city who preceded her in death  January 18, 1953. She and Mr. Jones were married in Galapolis, Ohio June 26, 1907, and moved to Kentucky approximatly forty years ago. A native of Ohio,  she was born October 11, 1885 in Galia County, the daughter of the late  William and Charity Hunt Sims. She was a member of the Mayo Memorial Church  of this city. A woman whos warm friendliness endeared her to all with whom  she came in contact, she will be missed by her neighbors and many friends in  this section. Always serene and gracious she moved with gentle dignity about  her daily tasks, centering her interests in her home and church. A devoted Christian she gave unselfishly of her time and energies to the church and its activities. Loyal and faithful to its cause, she participated in all affairs of the church and attended its services regularly. She was particularly interested in the Sunday School, and this fall was presented a Bible by her  Sunday School Class in recognition of perfect attendance. She is survived by five children; two daughters, Mrs. Louise J. Moore, Anchorage, Alaska, and  Mrs. Avanelle Schwendner, Chicago, Ill.; three sons, Edwin H., David S., and  Marvin D. Jones, all of this city. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. John Kitchen, Oak Hill, Ohio, and Mrs. J. N. Tanner, Gallia, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 16, from the Mayo Memorial Church with Rev. J.I. Meyer, Rev. Joseph Zavadsky, and Rev. S.C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial was in the  Wells-Buckingham Cemetery under the  direction of the Carter-Callahan Funeral Home of Prestonsburg. Paintsville Herald November 18, 1953
POWERS, George W.
1863-1953
George W. Powers, life-long resident of Meally succumbed Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Melvin Music of Meally, following an illness of several months. The son of Dave and Mary Lilly Powers, he was born April 23, 1863 in Johnson County. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death in 1939 by his wife Minerva Goble Powers. Surviving are four sons; Garfield, Carl and Estill Powers, all of Meally, and Jerry Powers, Michigan; four daughters; Mrs. Rosa Music, Mrs. Aggie Music, Mrs. Cindi Short, all of Meally; and Mrs. Ada Murphy of Van Lear. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Melvin Music at Meally, with the Reverend S.C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial was made in the family under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.18 1953
PRESTON, Melvin
1874-1953
Melvin Preston, 78, brother of Frank Preston of this city, died at 1:20 a.m., November 5, 1953 at his home at Richardson, Ky., where he had lived all his life.  He had suffered a stroke one week ago. He was born December 3, 1874, at Richardson, a son of the late Hack and Lettie Pack Preston. His wife, Mrs. Lou Stacy Preston, died in 1934. A retired farmer, Mr. Preston was a member of the United Baptist Church. Other survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Claude Maynard, Elizaban, W. Va., four sons, Edgar Preston, Meally, Elza and Scott Preston, both of Richardson, and Parker Preston, Rock House, 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m., Sunday at the home of his son, Scott Preston at Richardson, by the Rev. Leoanrd Walters and the Rev. Arthur Preece. Burial was in the Meade Cemetery at Nats Creek. Paintsville Herald Nov.11 1953

RATLIFF, Rosa Lee (Blair)
1875-1953
Mrs. Rosa Lee Ratliff Funeral services will be held Thursday at the home at Barnetts Creek for Mrs. Rosa Lee Ratliff, 78, who died in a local hospital Monday following an illness of several months. Born June 20, 1875, she was the daughter of George and Sally Spradlin Blair. Surviving are her husband, Jim Ratliff, six sons, Luther Ratliff, Portsmouth, Ohio; Arthur Ratliff, Grayson, Kentucky; Everett Ratliff, Martin, Kentucky; Estill Ratliff, Troy, Ohio; Andy And Walter Ratliff, both of Barnetts Creek; one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Hitchcock, Barnetts Creek, and one brother, Leonard Blair, Barnetts Creek. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday November 11, 1953
ROBINSON, Dewey Hobart
1898-1953
Dewey Hobart Robinson, 55, died at 7:00 p. m., November 6, 1953 in a hospital in Corona Del Mar, Calif., following an illness of two years. He was the son of Mrs. Pauline Robinson of this city. He was a native of Johnson County and was born June 14, 1898, at Williamsport. A veteran of World War 1, he enlisted before his eighteen birthday and served in the Infantry with the rank of second lieutenant. He was wounded while engaged in combat duty. He was married in 1920 at El Paso, Texas, to Kathleen Woodard, who ssurvives him. For the past thirty years he had made his home in California where he was employed as a salesman. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving besides his wife and mother are four children; aanr daughter, Patricia; three sons, Robert W., Russell, and Bruce all of Corona Del Mar. Also surviving are three sisters,Mrs. Kenneth Miner, Albany, N. Y., Mrs. Paul Record, Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. Walter Lewis, Williamsport, two brothers, Homer and Bruce, both of this city. Funeral services were conducted November 9 and internment followed in the Corona Del Mar Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday November 11, 1953
SALYER, Stella (Helton)
1884-1953
Mrs. Stella Helton Salyer, 69, died at 12:20 a.m., Sunday November 29, at her home at Oil Springs after a year’s illness.  She was a sister of Mrs. Lola Wheeler and Mr. Dennie Helton both of this city. She was born September 11, 1884, at Oil Springs, the daughter of the late George and Cynthia Collins Helton, and was a lifelong resident of that community.  She was married at Oil Springs, December 17, 1906, to Solomon Salyer, who survives her.  A son preceded her in death. A member of one of the oldest and largest families in Johnson County, she was a granddaughter of the late Allen Collins who was a corporal in the Civil War and also a grand-daughter of the late Allen Helton, a Civil War Veteran.  Born and reared in a Christian home, she was converted at the early age of eleven and joined the Methodist Church at Oil Springs, remaining faithful and loyal to the church until her death.  She was kind and friendly to everyone and her unassuming manner won many friends for her. Surviving besides her husband are six children; five daughters, Miss Mona Salyer, Mrs. Lucy Patton, Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Rushia Jackson, Mrs. Eileen McClanahan, New Carisle, Ohio, Miss Anna Salyer, Oil Springs,; one son, Gelen Salyer, Oil Springs.  Also surviving Dewey Helton, Oil Springs, and Ernie Helton, Cincinnati, Ohio.  She also leaves six grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December l at the Methodist Church at Oil Springs by Rev. W.E. Cissna and Rev John Collins. Burial was in the Helton Cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Printed: December 2, 1953
SALYERS, Sarah Pearlie (Phillips)
1884-1953
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Bethel United Baptist Church at Flat Gap for Mrs. Sarah Pearlie Salyers, 69, who died Saturday in a local hospital following an illness of several months. Born June 28, 1884, she was the daughter of William and Margaret Sparks Phillips. She was a lifelong resident of Flat Gap. She was married October 4, 1906 to Mander Salyers who survives her. She was converted and baptized into the fellowship of the Bethel Church at Flat Gap by Elder J. Powell Ferguson, January 14, 1900 and lived a good Christian life until her death. Surviving are her husband, A. M. Salyers, two sons, Oral Salyers, Middletown, Ohio, and Earl Salyers, Oil Springs, two brothers, Harry Phillips Louisa, Rev. Sandy Phillips, Lucasville, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. John Sparks, city. Lonza Reed and T.J. Bailey officiated at the services. Burial was made in the Fields Cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Printed: December 02, 1953
VANHOOSE, James "Uncle Jim"
1870-1953
Services Held Tuesday
For James VanHoose
James "Uncle Jim" VanHoose, 83, lifelong resident of this county, succumbed Sunday at the home of his son, A. L. VanHoose of Lowmansville, following an illness of a year. The son of the late Nathan and Sarah Music VanHoose, he was born Feb. 25, 1870 in this county. He was a retired farmer. Surviving besides his son with whom he resided are five other sons, Nathan and Glen VanHoose of Lowmansville; Willie and Claude VanHoose, both of Nippa and Verner VanHoose of Wheelerburg, Ohio; five daughters, Mrs. Betsy Ratliff, Youngstown, Ohio; Mrs. Lydia Castle, Lowmansville; Mrs. Lilla May Gilkerson, Pia, W. Virginia; Sarah and Ruby VanHoose, both of Nippa. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Sally Preston, Tutor Key, and Mrs. Lizzie Preston, Chestnut, Kentucky. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Millard VanHoose and Rev. Claude Preston officiating.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Sycamore Cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Note: The Sycamore Cemetery is now commonly known as the Clark Castle Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-02-1953
VANHOOSE, Lydia Louise (Stapleton)
1894-1953
Mrs. Lydia Louise VanHoose, 89, died at 6:00 a. m. Friday, Nov. 6, 1953, at the home of a son, Marion Van Hoose, with whom she made her home on Route 1, North Kenova, O. She had been in ill health for a year. Mrs. Van Hoose was the mother of Mrs. Lloyd Clay, former resident of this city now living in Ashland. Born August, 6, 1884, near Paintsville, she was a daughter of the late Zion and Sarah Auxier Stapleton. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Ashland. Her husband, Thomas Jefferson Van Hoose, died seven years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Lydia Chapman, of North Kanova,O., Mrs. Lloyd Clay of Ashland, and Mrs. T. Y. Fitzpatrick of Ironton,O.: three sons, Grant Van Hoose of Dixon, Ill., Mack Van Hoose of East Chicago, Ind., and Marion V. Van Hoose of North Kenova. Seventeen grandchildren, several great granchildren, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Grant Stapleton, of Ashland also survive. Funeral services were held Monday, November 9, at the Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland with Rev. Lawrence Hicks as the officiating minister. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery.  Paintsville Herald Nov.11 1953
VAUGHAN, Molly
1876-1953
MRS MOLLY VAUGHAN PASSES TUESDAY
Mrs. Molly  Vaughan, 77,  mother of Alex Vaughan of this city, died Tuesday, November 17, 1953 at her home in Ashland. Her death followed a brief illness. Mrs. Vaughan was born on May 7, 1876 in Prestonsburg and had been a resident of Ashland since 1924. She was the widow of A. M. Vaughan whose death occurred in 1944.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Prestonsburg. Surviving besides Alex Vaughan of this city, are four other sons, Arthur, Glenn, and Walton Vaughan, all of  Ashland, and William G. Vaughan of Cincinnati, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Nora Kane, Mrs. George Jackson, and Mrs Jack Kouns, all of Ashland; fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday at the Old Orchard Church of Christ with Rev E. J. Sparrow officiating. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery under the direction of the John Steen Funeral Home. The grandsons served as active pallbearers. Paintsville Herald 11-25-1953

WELLS, Richard M.
1917-1953
Funeral services were held at Wells Chapel Church at Boons Camps Monday for Richard M. Wells, 36, who died Friday at Grand View Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, following an illness of six months. Death was attributed to hypertension. Born at Boons Camp May 24, 1917, he was the son of Virgil and Louisa Wells.  He had been a resident of Dayton for four years prior to his illness. A veteran of World War II, he served with the 311 Infantry Division in Germany for a year. prior to entering the service he attended Meade Memorial High School from which he graduated. Before becoming ill he was employed at Frigidaire Division at Dayton. Surviving are his wife, Nellie Pauline Barber Wells and two brothers, Bruce Wells, Van Nuys, California. The services were conducted by Rev. W.E. Cissna and Paul Fraim. Burial was made in the Fields Cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald December 02, 1953


DECEMBER - 1953


BLANTON, Roscoe
1882-1953
Roscoe Blanton, 71, Kenwood, KY,  died in a local hospital, Wednesday, December 9, following an illness of a few days. Born June 2, 1882, he was the son of George and  Angiline Nichols Blanton.  He was a farmer and a member of the United Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death July 23, 1953 by his wife Dorcas Fairchild Blanton. Surviving are two sons, Flem Blanton of Kenwood, and Rex Blanton, Van Lear; three daughters, Mrs. Woodrow McCarty, Cannonsburg; Mrs. Clyde McCarty, Manila; and Ruie Blanton, Kenwood.  Also surviving are one brother, Edgar Blanton, Idaho, O.; and three sisters, Mrs. Lydia McCain, Cable, Ohio; Mrs. Gilla Tackett, Cedarsville, Ohio;  and Mrs. Ethel Williams, London, Ohio. Funeral Services were held Saturday at the home with Revs. Lonza Reed, Dona Conley, and Oscar McCarty. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 12-16-1953
DANIEL, Frona (Lemaster)
1882-1953
Services Held Sunday For County Resident Mrs. Frona Lemaster Daniel, 71, well-known resident of Johnson County, died at her home in King Addition Thursday, December 17, 1953 following an illness of three weeks. Death was attributed to a heart condition. The daughter of H. R. and Mandy Castle Lemaster, she was born September 18, 1882, at Winifred, Kentucky. She had been a resident of Paintsville for a number of years. Surviving are her husband, Edgar Daniel, four sons, Earl Daniel, Pitcairin, Pennsylvania, Simon Daniel, city, Hubert Daniel, Williamsport, Buel Daniel, Allegan, Michigan; and one daughter, Mrs. Jess Songer of this city. Also surviving are one brother, D. W. Lemaster, Ashland; and four sisters, Mrs. Lawrence Daniel, city, Mrs. Bob Conley, Floyd County, Mrs. Lora Caudill, city, and Mrs. Dewey McClure, Nippa, Kentucky. Funeral services were held at the Buffalo Baptist Church Sunday with Revs. Leonard Walters, Tommy Dalton and O. I. Williams officiating. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Monday December 21, 1953
DANIELS, Matilda (Preston)
1877-1953
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the home at Boones Camp for Mrs. Matilda Daniels, 76, who died Saturday following an illness of six years.  Death was contributed to a heart attack. Born Sept. 5, 1877 at Williamsport, she was the daughter of G. L. and Julia Pack Preston.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death in 1936 by her husband J. W. Daniels. Surviving are seven sons, Norman, Ora and Josh, all of Boones Camp; Lafe, Hager Hill; John and Shylo, Yolyn, W. Virginia; and Arville, West Van Lear; four daughters, Mrs. Minnie Waller, Mrs. Maxine Dennison, Mrs. Stella Mae Lackey, all of Boones Camp; Mrs. Callie Collins, Odds. Also surviving are four brothers, Charlie Preston, city, N. M. Preston, and I. D. Preston, Williamsport; L. T. Preston, city, one sister, Mrs. Mahala Daniel, Silver Creek, New York; 78 grandchildren and 79 great-grandchildren. Burial was made in the Daniels Cemetery at Boones Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Monday 12-21-1953
HAZELETT, John A.
1865-1953
John A. Hazelett, 88, a resident of this city for 44 years, died at 9:15 Monday night, Dec. 9, 1953 at his home on Fifth Street, following an illness of several years.  Death was attributed to cancer. Born August 15, 1865 in Magoffin County, he was the son of Press and Armizinda Patrick Hazelett. He was married 66 years ago to Ardelia Frances McFarland, who proceeded him in death August 12, 1953. “ Uncle John,” as he was affectionately known throughout Johnson and adjoining counties, was a traveling salesman in Eastern Kentucky for over 60 years.  He represented the Consolidated Grocery Company of  Ashland for 15 years and the George E. Pellens Coffee Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, until a few months prior to his death.  Surviving are two sons, Tom Hazelett and Warrick Hazelett, both of this city; two daughters, Mrs. Heber Conley and Miss Belle Hazelett, both of this city; one bother, Noah Hazelett, Mt. Sterling, and 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Third Street Freewell Baptist Church with Rev. Home E. Willis and Rev. C. Hoge Hockensmith officiating. Burial will be in the Cap Patrick Cemetery at Lakeville, Ky., under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 12-1953
MCCORMICK, R.L. "Bob"
1867-1953
R.L. (Bob) McCormick, 86, died at his home on Third Street at 11:15 a.m., Saturday December 19, after a five day illness.  Death was caused by a heart ailment. The son of the late George and Sarah Vermihion McCormick, he was born in Lawrence County, November 08, 1867. He was a member of the Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge and formerly worked as a carpenter. His wife prodded him in death, November 14, 1946. Survivors include four children; two daughters, Mrs. Baxter Caudill, of this city, and MRs. James Adams of Salyersville; two sons, Tom McCormick, Burning Fork, and Ben McCormick of Salyersville.  Also surviving are nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.  One sister, Mrs. Kate Pelphrey of Lexington, also survives. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 21, at the First Baptist Church in this city with Rev C.H. Hockensmith and Carrol Caudill officiating. Burial was in the Blue Grass Cemetery at Salyersville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Printed: December 23, 1953
MEADE, George Martin
1927-1953
GEORGE MARTIN MEADE, 26 OIL SPRINGS, PASSES FRIDAY
George Martin Meade, 26, Oil Springs, died in a local hospital Friday abot 4:00 p.m. from injuries suffered in a fall at the mouth of Flat Fork Thrusday night. Born July 17, 1927 in Magoffin County, he was the son of Ella Tackett Meade and the late Manuel Meade. He was a farmer by occupation. Surviving besides his mother are four brothers, Kernie Meade, Richard Meade, Ernie Meade, Roscoe Meade, all of Oil Springs, and three sisters. Funeral services were held Monday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Flat Fork with Rev. Vern Conley and Burley Caudill officiiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-9-1953

PATTON, Mary (Goble)
1894-1953
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 20, at the Auxier Methodist Church for Mrs. Mary Goble Patton, 58, who died suddenly in a Detroit, Michigan hospital Tuesday, December 15 1953. Born December 25, 1894 in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late James Goble and Florence Wells Goble. She had been a resident of Auxier for 35 years. She was preceded in death in 1946 by her husband, Alex Patton. Surviving are two sons; Darwin Patton, an employee of the First National Bank in Prestonsburg; Donald Patton, Detroit, Michigan; two daughters, Mrs. Florence Hall, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Margaret Blevins, Sacramento, Calif. Other survivors include three brothers; Paris and Fred Goble, both of Auxier; and five sisters; Mrs. George Wells, Mrs. Opal McKenzie, and Mrs. Herman Perry all of Auxier, Mrs. Henry Rose, Lancer, and Mrs. Wayne Robinson, Springfield, Ohio. Burial was made at the family cemetery at Auxier under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald December 21, 1953
PRESTON, Frank Bruce
1953
Frank Bruce Preston, 64, native of this county, died Thursday, December 10, in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., following an illness of tenyears. A son of the late Henry and Allie Miller Preston, he was a former resident of Ashland.  Before leaving that city about thirty years ago, he was associated with his father in the furniture business.  During his residence in California he was engaged in the real estate business.  He was a lifelong member of the Christian Church and was affiliated with the Elks Lode.  He was a veteran of World War I. Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Martha Sheppeard Preston, also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Harry Hatcher, and a nephew, Bruce M. Hatcher both of Ashland. The body was returned to Ashland and funeral services were conducted at the Lazear Funeral Home Tuesday at 2:00pm with Rev. Joseph Faulconer, paster of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial was in the Ashland cemetery. Paintsville Herald 12-16-1953
PRESTON, Robert Dorton
1953-1953
ROBERT DORTON PRESTON SUCCUMBS SATURDAY
Robert Dorton Preston, 2 month-old son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Lee Preston, died suddenly at his home on Fourth Street Saturday morning, December 21, 1953.  Death was attributed to a heart condition.  He was born October 13 1953. Surviving besides his parents are one brother, David Lee, his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Dorton, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Hopkins Preston. Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Preston Funeral Home with the Rev. William Pettus officiating.  Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Dec.21 1953
RICE, Sola (May)
1873-1953
Funeral services were held Friday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Sitka for Mrs. Sola May Rice, 80, who died Wednesday, December 2, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Daniel, at Sitka. The daughter of John W. and Katherine Rice May, she was born March 2, 1873 in this county.  She had been a resident of Sitka most of her life. She was preceded in death in 1948 by her husband, Charlie Rice. Surviving are two sons, Milburn W. Rice and Luie rice, both of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. B. N. Bailey Portsmouth, Ohio, and Mrs. George Daniel, Sitka. Also surviving are two half-brothers, Heber Conley, city, John Conley, Jackson; three half- sisters, Mrs. Stella Spradlin, Ashland, Mrs. Virgie Preston, Louisa, and Mrs. Fred Sherman, Thealka. Services were conducted by Rev. c. C. Hall, Rev.Millard VanHoose, and Rev. Harry Salyers. Music was by the Sitka Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 12-9-1953
RIGSBY, Henry
1880-1953
Henry Rigsby, 73, lifelong resident of Keaton, died Friday at a local hospital following an illness of a week. The son of John and Rebecca Eldridge Rigsby, he was born November 15, 1880.  He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Mabel Keaton Rigsby, five sons, Ivory Rigsby, Skaggs, John Rigsby, Keaton, Curt Rigsby, Martha; Hobart Rigsby, Keaton; Jackie Rigsby, at home, four daughters, Mrs. Marie Thompson, Winifred; Mrs Opal Gilium, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Audie Skaggs and Mrs. Maggie Kelly, both of Keaton. Other survivors include two brothers, Tom Rigsby, Keaton, and Jess Rigsby, Lucasville, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Susie Kelly, Skaggs, and Mrs. Amanda Seagraves, Wheelersburg, O. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5, at the Union Church at Keaton with Hood Wallen, Willie Sparks and John Pelphrey as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 12-9-1953
SHORT, James L.
1903-1953
James L. Short, 50, brother of Leonard Short of this city, died in a local hospital Sunday, following  an illness of several years. Born June 28, 1903 at Meally, he was the son of Fred and Louisa Akers Short. He was a resident of Williamsport at the time of his death. He was a miner by occupation. Surviving are his wife, Edith Preston Short, four brothers, Leonard Short, city, Bill Short and Luster Short, both of Meally, Ed Short, Ashland, four sisters; Mrs. Rosie Music, Drift, Mrs. Clara Lewis, Baltimore, Maryland, Mrs. Pearlie Webb, city, andf Mrs. Mary Lou Powers, Meally. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Church of Christ at Meally with the Rev. S.C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery at Williamsport under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald December 9, 1953
STANIFORD, Sarah F. (Ward)
1879-1953
Lifelong Resident Of Boons Camp Passes Friday Services held Monday  For Mrs. S. Staniford Mrs. Sarah F. Ward Staniford, 76, succumbed Friday December 16, 1953, at her home at Boons Camp following an illness of four days. Born April 26, 1879, at Boons Camp, she was the daughter of the late King and Susan Baldridge Ward.  She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for sixty years. She was preceded in death in 1944 by her husband, Sam Staniford. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Alice Staniford, Boons Camp, and one brother, Arthur Ward, Huntington, W. Va. and six grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Monday, Morning at the little Friendship Church at Boons Camp with the Rev. Nim Sturgill and the Rev. Winfrey Meek officiating Burial was made in the Ward Cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 12-21-1953
TACKETT, H.C.
1893-1953
H. C. Tackett, 59, Of Staffordsville died Wednesday in a local hospital after an illness of two weeks. He was the son of the late Lewis L. and Lydia Margaret Lemaster Tackett and had lived in Johnson County all his life.  He was born Sept. 21, 1893. Mr. Tackett was a member of the United Baptist Church and was a farmer by occupation. He was married on June 1, 1916 to Miss Doshia Rivers who survives him. Other survivors include three sons, O. E. Tackett, Mansfield, Ohio; Robert Kenneth Tackett, Lebanon, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Riley, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Bert Dills, Stanford, Ky., and five brothers, Sanford Tackett, Charles Tackett and Floyd Tackett, all of Staffordsville, Carl Tackett, Dayton, Ohio and Sam Tackett, Allen, Ky. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p. m. Friday, December 18, at the Barnetts Creek United Baptist Church by elders Lonza Reed, T. J. Bailey and John Pelphrey. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Jones funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 12-23-1953
WARD, Hollis
1953
Hollis Ward, 89, lifelong resident of this county died in his home in Paintsville folowing an illness of several years. The son of the late Phillip and Ellen Gibbs Ward, he was a miner by occupation. Surviving are his wife, Nola Ward, three sons, Bennie and Phil Ward, both of this city, and Loranza Ward, Gorden, WV., one daughter, Ethel Van Hoose of this city, three sisters, Mrs. Lucina Castle, Tutor Key, Mrs. Nancy Ramey, Ashland, Mrs. Mary Fletcher, Tutor Key. Funeral services were held in the Paintsville Pentecostal Church Tuesday with the Revs. Harry Salyer and Martin Hughes officiating. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery in Tutor Key under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald December 9, 1953
WARD, Jeptha
1884-1953
Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning, December 16, for Jeptha Ward 69, Lifelong resident of Williamsport, who died at his home following an illness of seven months. Death was attributed to cancer. The son  of G.W. Ward and Martha Wolfe Ward, he was born March 21, 1884. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Ward, two sons, Clyde Ward and Jeppy Ward Jr., both of Williamsport; two brothers, Dwain Ward and Edgar Ward both of Williamsport, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Porter and Mrs. Julia Sparks, both of West Van Lear. Burial was made in the family cemetery inder the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald December 12, 1953
WEBB, Andrew J.
1899-1953
Andrew J. Webb, 63, was injured fatally Saturday night in an automobile accident when the car in which he was riding plunged over a 50-foot embankment near the Barnetts Creek Post Office. Webb, Leroy Murphy Jr., 25, and his brother, Adam Murphy, all of Van Lear are alleged to have taken a 1947 Ford station wagon from in front of the Recreation Hall in Van Lear. The station wagon belonging to Hollie Tucker, also of Van Lear was completely demolished. The Murphy brothers sustained minor injuries. The accident which occurred at  about 10:30 p.m. was not discovered until approximatly 45 minutes later. Webb died of a fractured skull, broken neck, and other injuries before he reached a hospital. According to State Trooper Jack Music, a warrent was issued for Leroy Murphy Jr., and he is now lodged in the Johnson County jail. A coroner's inquest was held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Born in April, 1899 in Pike County, Webb had been a resident of Van Lear for about twenty years. He was a retired miner. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Rosei Hughes, of St. Paul, Va. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Freewill Baptist Church in Van Lear. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 12-16-1953
WILLIAMS, James M.
1870-1953
SERVICES HELD TUESDAY FOR JAMES M. WILLIAMS;
104 DIRECT DESCENDANTS
James Monroe Williams, 83, well known resident of Johnson County, succumbed at his home at Williamsport Sunday, following an illness of three years. Death was attributed to pneumonia. The son of Robert and Elizabeth collins Williams, he was born September 12, 1870 at Flat Gap. He had been a resident of Williamsport for more than fifty years. On October 14, 1892, he was married to Martha Jane Deboard, who survives. To this union were born five sons, J. H. Williams, and James, Williams Jr., both of Williamsport. Walter Williams of Paintsville, Everette Williams, Wayland, and Fred Williams, deceased; six daughters, Olla Butcher, Mae Rose, Maggie Mollett all of Willliamsport, Ruth Preston, Portsmouth, Ohio; Jaunita Letner, Vandalia, Ohio, and Minnie Daniels, deceased. Also surviving are one brother, Thomas K. Williams, Baileysville, W.Va; three sisters Mrs. Elva Price, West Van Lear, Mrs. Della Slhitt, Huntington, W. Wa. ; Mrs. Myrtle Stone, Welch, W.Va.; 43 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral servicew were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday at the Boons Camp Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. William Morgan  and Rev.; Mack Province officiating. Music was by the Williams Quartet. Burial was made in the Williams Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-9-1953
YOUNG, Lonnie
1891-1953
LONNIE YOUNG, 62 FORMER  JOHNSON CO. MAN DIES
Lonnie Young, 62, former Johnson Co. man died in a Lexington hospital after an illness of six months. Mr. Young was born September 6, 1891 at Flat Gap, a son of the late William W. and Rachel Emily Lemaster Young. Funeral services were held Monday at Myrtle's Chapel at Five Forks. Burial was made at the Atkins Cemetery. Surviving are six sisters, Mrs. Fred Burke, Louisville, Mrs. W. L. Carter of Prestonsburg, Mrs. Ealy Lemaster and Mrs. E. H. McKenzie, both of Volga, Mrs. C. L. Carter of Ashland and Mrs. Doc Atkins of Louisa, and two brothers, J. Henry Young of Lexington and W. E. Young of Ashland. PAINTSVILLE HERALD DEC.21 1953

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