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JANUARY - 1954

BALDRIDGE, Stella (Cain)
1885-1954
County Woman Passes Friday At Staffordsville
Services Held Sunday For Mrs. Stella Baldridge
Mrs. Stella Cain Baldridge, 68, well-known resident of this county, died at her home at Staffordsville Friday following an illness of a year. The daughter of Thomas Marion and Sarah Elizabeth May Cain.  She was born in Magoffin County, December 20, 1885.  She had been a resident of Johnson County for 65 years. She was preceded in death, August 6, 1946 by her husband Robert Baldridge. Surviving are three sons, Kelly Baldridge, Staffordsville; Roy Baldridge, Lexington; Clarence Baldridge, Ashland; one daughter, Mrs. Mitchell Adams, Staffordsville. Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Lydia Burchett, Huntington, W, VA and Mrs. Willie Daniel, Charley, KY, two half- sisters, Mrs. Willie Burchett, Stambaugh, and Mrs. Haskell McKenzie, Chandlerville, three half- brothers, Kelly and John T. Caudill, Stambaugh, and Sammie Caudill, Ashland; two step-sisters, Mrs. Frank Spradlin, Bonanza, KY, Mrs. Frances Arrowood, Portsmouth, Ohio and two step- brothers, Cleveland and Martin Caudill, both of Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a. m. Sunday at the Paintsville United Baptist Church with Rev. F. F. Rigsby and Rev. O. I. Williams officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.20 1954
BOYD, Mastin
1880-1954
STROKE FATAL  TO MASTIN BOYD
Retired Postmaster And teacher Succumbs Friday
Mastin Boyd, retired postmaster and school teacher of Johnson County, died at 2:10 a.m. Friday January 29, 1954 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charley Blevins, at West Van Lear. Mr. Boyd, who was 73 years of age, had been ill about two years and death was attributed to a stroke. He had lived for 62 years at White House where he served as postmaster for 17 years and he had moved to West Van Lear a short while ago. He was born April 5, 1880 at White House, a son of George and Sarah Murry Boyd, and was affiliated with the Primitive Baptist Church. Mr. Boyd was married on April 15, 1908 to Lou Van Hoose who survives him. Other survivors include two sons, Russell Boyd, principal of Meade Memorial High School, Williamsport and Howard Boyd, Ashland, Ky, three daughters, Mrs. James Meek, Wyandotte, Mich., Mrs. Ray Bailey, Ecorse, Michigan, and Mrs. Blevins, also 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday at the Bobs Branch Primitive Baptist Church by Rev. Stamper. Burial was made in the Van Hoose Cemetery at Chestnut under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-3-1954

CANTRELL, Charles
1902-1954
DIES WEDNESDAY
Services Saturday At Van Lear Church
Funeral service were held Saturday at the Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church for Charles Cantrell, 51, who died Wednesday, January 27, in a local hospital following an illness of 5 years.  Rev. C. Hodge Hockensmith conducted the services. Born February 1, 1902, in Morgan County, he was the son of James and Rissie Smith Cantrell.  He was a resident of Van Lear at the time of his death.  Surviving is his wife, Maxie Adams Cantrell, one son, Lundy Cantrell, with the U.S. NAVY, three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Spurlin, Atlanta, GA., Katherine C. Cantrell, W.A.S.F., and Betty Jo Cantrell at home. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Fillinger, city, and Mrs. Louise Blair, Staffordsville, and six brothers, Henry Cantrell, Hager Hill, Thomas Cantrell, Franklin, Mass., Newt Cantrell, Catlettsburg, Jay Cantrell, Prestonsburg,  H.C. Cantrell. Delphi, Ky., and Mace Cantrell of Denver. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Hager Hill under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.3 1954
DANIEL, Alonzo
1876-1954
Alonzo Daniel, son of George and Elizabeth (Helton) Daniel was born October 17, 1876, at Mingo, Ky. known now as Tutor Key. On January 3, 1900, he was married to Lora Fairchild and the day of his death was his 54th wedding anniversary, January 3, 1954. Although he had been in ill health for several months, his passing was a shock to his family, neighbors and friends. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, one son, Hobart Daniel, Huntington, W.Va., five daughters, Mrs. Betsy Prince, Scott Depot, W. Va., Mrs. Edna Daniel, Mrs. Flora Adams, Mrs. Olga Kerns, Tutor Key, and Mrs. Loretta Nietubic, Wharton, W. Va. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Frank Preston, Tutor Key, two brothers, Joe Daniel, Nippa, Ky., John Daniel, Paintsville, Ky. Lon, as he was familiarly known to his many relatives and friends, has lived his entire life in this community where he was a merchant and a retired postmaster. At the time of his passing he had reached the age of 77 years, 2 months and 16 days. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, and one of Johnson County's most highly respected citizens, and a member of one of the county's largest and best-known families. Let us not enshroud his memory with thoughts of sorrow, tears or words of sympathy can not bring back the touch of loving hands or voices stilled, it was only to have known him to have loved him, that is ours to remember. Surely there is an after life for all those who have been loyal and true, a life to which light and peace shall come, where the burden shall be lifted, where the heartache shall cease, where the hope, the joy, the fulfillment that escaped him in this life shall be given him to be his forever. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20 1954
FRAZIER, Lyda (VanHoose)
1872-1954
Lyda Fraizer, 81, Native Of County Dies January, 14
Mrs. Lyda Van Hoose Frazier, 81, of Fort Gay, W. Va., died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 1955 in a Louisa Hospital. Mrs. Frazier was born in Paintsville on June 9, 1872, a daughter of William J. and Nancy Turner Van Hoose. She had been a member of the Fort Gay Methodist Church for 43 years. Survivors include the husband Reynolds Fraizer; one daughter, Mrs. Cecil Patton of Louisa, two sons, Raymond Frazier of Louisa and W. R. Frazier of Fort Gay; one sister, Nollis Van Hoose of Fort Gay; one brother, C. C. Van Hoose of Fort Gay; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m. Sunday at the Fort Gay Methodist Church by the Rev. H. A. Lapari and Rev. J. C. Hager. Burial was made in the Fort Gay Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.20 1954
HILL, Beulah (Williams)
1918-1954
Burns Fatal To Buelah Hill Of Mine Fork
Clothing Ignites At Open Grate Tuesday Night
Mrs. Buelah Williams Hill, 35, of Mine Fork died in a local hospital at 4:40 a. m. Thursday from burns received at her home Tuesday night. Mrs. Hill who was preparing her two small daughters for bed,  came too near an open grate in her home and her clothing caught on fire. Her husband rushed to her aid and attempted to smother the flames with a blanket but Mrs. Hill fled to the outside of the home where her flaming clothing caused the fatal burns to her body. Mrs. Hill was born May 14, 1918, a daughter of the late Everett Williams and Grace Carpenter Williams. She had been a resident of Mine Fork her entire life. Surviving besides her mother, are her husband, Hobart Hill, two sons, Willis and Ellis, two daughters, Martha and Delilah, all at Mine Fork, and one sister, Mrs. Eulah Cantrell of Leander. Funeral services were held at 10:30 Saturday morning at the home of James Carpenter of Leander by Rev. Hammie May and Rev. Charley Lemaster. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Win under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan.1954
HUBBARD, M.D.
1870-1954
M.D. HUBBARD DIES THURSDAY OF HEART AILMENT
M.D. Hubbard, 83 died Thursday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. at a local hospital following an illness of two weeks. Death was attributed to a heart condition. The son of Robert W. and Carolina Murphy Hubbard he was born April 6, 1870 in Jackson County, Ohio. He had been a resident of Paintsville for about ten years. He attended the First Methodist Church where he was an active member of the choir. He had been a traveling salesman for a number of years. Prior to his illness he sold and repaired sewing machines in this area. Surviving are four sons, Albert Hubbard, Caldwell, N.J., Merritt, Merrell and Bill Hubbard all of Pittsburg, Kansas; three daughters, Mrs. Millie Garrett, Watts, Oklahoma, Mrs. Eilza Cannon, Siloan Springs, Arkansas, Mrs. Lucille Cox Bray, Seattle, Washington. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home with Rev. W.F. Pettus as officiating minister. Active pallbearers were Maurice Bailey, Oscar Williams, Jr., Carl Lesie, Bill Garland, Ralph Kckles, Jess Songer and Roy Vanhoose. Honorary pallbearers were: G.H. Rice, W.B. Bailey, D.H. Dorton, Ray Stafford, Ross Lyons, Lynn Jennings, M.O. Wheeler, Robert Montgomery, Eugene Daniel, Abe Barber, Bruce Wiley, Boone Howard, Charlie Vincent and Noah VanHoose. Burial was made in the Hall Cemetery in King Addition under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.20 1954
ROBINSON, Nora (Kelly)
1954
DIES IN St. LOUIS
Wife of Rev. Robinson Was Native of County
Mrs. Nora Kelly Robinson, wife of Rev. Samuel M. Robinson of St. Louis, Mo., died at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, on January 23, 1954. Mrs. Robinson, who was 78 years of age, was born at the mouth of Johns Creek in Johnson County, a daughter of the late John S. and Adelaide Auxier Kelly. She was educated at Barbourville College, Barbourville, W. Va., and Virginia College, Roanoke, Va. She was well known in this section where she had many relatives and friends. Since her husband's retirement from the Methodist ministry in 1943, the Reverend and Mrs. Robinson resided at 1619 Clara Avenue in St. Louis.  Previously, he held appointments as pastor or district superintendent of Methodist churches in West Virginian, Tennessee, and Alabama, as well as in Hannibal, St. Joseph, Cape Girardeau, Washington and Herculaneum, Mo., and at the former Wagoner Place Methodist Church in St. Louis. Mrs. Robinson is survived by her husband; a brother, Samuel C. Kelly, of New York City tw sister, Mrs. G. V. Auxier and Mrs. G. H. Donnally, both of Huntington, W. Va.; four children, Miss Adelaide M. Robinson, Dr. Gilbert Kelly Robinson, Holly A. Robinson and S. Carl Robinson, all of St. Louis and five grandchildren. The Rev. Albea Godbold, pastor of St. John's Methodist Church conducted the funeral services at 3:30 p.m. Monday, January 25, 1954.  He was assisted by the Rev. Fred J. Staler of Fredericktown, Mo. Hymns were sung by the Rev. W. T Nickerson, associate pastor of Broadway Methodist Church, Kansas City. All the pallbearers were Methodist minister from the St. Louis area, and honorary pallbearers were the members of the Susannah Wesley Club, an organization of Methodist ministers' wives. Burial was made in Laurel Hill Cemetery in St. Louis. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27 1954



FEBRUARY - 1954

ADAMS, Ross
1889-1954
ROSS ADAMS, 64, SUCCUMBS SUNDAY OF HEART AILMENT
ROSS ADAMS, 64, died at his home on Main Street Sunday February 14, 1954 Sunday following an illness of two months.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. Born April 15, 1889, he was the son of Dock and Emma Spears Adams.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Willard Adams, city, and Edward Adams, Chillicothe, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. George Taylor, city, Miss Pauline Adams, Middletown, Ohio. Also surviving are two sisters Mrs. Eizie Spradlin, Thealka, Mrs. George Selvage, City, and three half brothers Willie and Estill Spencer, both of Thealka and Perry Spencer, of McKee, KY. Funeral services were held at the Jones and Preston Funeral Home Tuesday with Rev. Vera Conley and Rev. James Lyons officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Paintsville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.17 1954 NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered into this obit from the date of publication.
ALLEN, Sammy Calloway
1889-1954
WELL KNOWN MAN PASSES FRIDAY  AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Services held Sunday For SAMMIE C.  ALLEN Sammie Calloway Allen, 65, a resident of this city for the past 13 years, died at his home on Stafford Street Friday, February 5, 1954 following an illness of two years.  Death attributed to a brain tumor. Born January 15, 1889 at Arthurmabel, KY. he was the son of Simon and Lorina Joseph Allen. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. He was an oil and gas promoter in Eastern Kentucky prior to his illness. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Ditty Allen and two daughters, Barbara and Linda, both of this city. Other survivors include three sons, Theodore Allen, Garrison, KY.  Sammie Allen Jr., city, Woodrow Allen, Garden City, Michigan, two daughters, Phinetta Pickins, Garden City, Michigan and Rhena Jane Swinney, Greenville, KY., all children by a former marriage. Also surviving are two brothers, Sy Allen, Royalton, KY. and Byrd Allen, Parma, Mich., four sisters Oda Rowe, Arthurmabel, KY., Cassie Waddle, Kenton, Ohio., and Susan Howard, Argylite, KY.,  Active pallbearers were Mike Kocio, Fred White, Elmer Lyons, M.D. Bailey, Bill Bailey, Oscar Williams Jr., Carl Leslie, Jess Boyd and Gelain Baldridge. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Men's Bible Class of the First Methodist Church. Funeral Services were held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, Rev. W. F. Pettus officiating. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.10 1954 NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered into this obit from the date of publication.
CAUDILL, Jesse
1871-1954
Services Held Thursday For Jesse Caudill, 82
Jesse Caudill, 82, a resident of this city, died at his home on Main Street Tuesday, February 16, following an illness of 18 months.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. Born April 18, 1871, he was the son of Stephen and Jincy Lemaster Caudill.  He was a retired farmer. He was married to Mary Fairchild who preceded him in death. Surviving is his second wife, Ruie Rice Caudill. Also surviving are five sons, Earl Caudill, Louisa; Reggie Caudill, Beaver, Ohio; Ralph Caudill, Largo, Florida; Grant Caudill, Cable, Ohio, George Caudill, Marysville, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Leona May, Whittaker, Ky., Mrs. Elsia Lilly, Betty, Ky., Mrs. May Olvier, Peoria, Ohio.  Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Grant Rice, Oil Springs, Mrs. Charlie Pelphrey, Staffordsville, and one brother, W. B. Caudill, Staffordsville. Funeral Services were held Thursday at the Old Union Baptist Church at Staffordsville with F. F. Rigsby and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Fairchild Cemetery at West Liberty under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.24 1954
CAUDILL, Margie
1954-1954
Services Held Monday For Pneumonia Victim
Funeral services were held Monday, February 15, 1954 at the home at Flat Fork for Margie Caudill 19 day old daughter of Farmer and Margie Smith Caudill, who died at a local hospital Sunday, February 14, 1954 of Pneumonia following an illness of two days. Surviving besides the parents are two brothers and two sisters. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Flat Fork under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home.
COLVIN, Thomas
1888-1954
Thomas Colvin Dies Thursday In Lexington
Thomas Colvin, 65, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died in a Lexington hospital Thursday following an illness of seven years.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. He was born November 18, 1888 and had lived most of his life in Van Lear.  He was a retired miner. Surviving are two sons, John T. Colvin, Galion, Ohio , and Arthur Colin, Evanston, Ky., one daughter Virginia Ruth Colvin of Van Lear. Funeral services were held Sunday at the West Van Lear Church of Christ with Rev. Joseph Zavadsky officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Van Lear under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-24-1954
CONLEY, Mahala (Meade)
1873-1954
County Woman Passes Saturday
Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. Mahala Conley, Oil Springs Resident Mrs. Mahala Meade Conley, 80, a resident of Oil Springs, died Saturday in a local Hospital following an illness of several months. The daughter of Rhodes and Elizabeth Conley Meade, she was born May 17, 1873 in Magoffin County. Surviving are three sons, Boyd Conley and Walter Conley, both of Oil Springs, and Floyd Conley, Salyersville; two daughters, Mrs. Roy Vencil of this city and Lina Sue Conley of Oil Springs. She is also survived by one brother, Leck Meade, Salyersville. Funeral services were conducted at the home Tuesday with John collins and Scott Castle as officiating ministers. Music was by the Staffordsville Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald February 24, 1954
FARRIS, Ralph
1889-1954
Van Lear Man Killed Instantly In Mine Mishap
Services Held Today For Ralph Farris, 64 Ralph Farris, 64, Van Lear, was killed instantly Monday in a mine accident on Abbott Creek in Floyd County.  Death was attributed to a broken neck. A retired miner, he was assisting his son-in-law, Ballard Plummer, in repairing a coal mine tipple when a part of the structure fell on him, it was reported. Born May 10, 1889, in Ohio, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elizar Farris. He had been a resident of Van Lear since 1918, where he was affiliated with the Christian Church and was a member of the American Legion.  He was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are his wife Della Litteral Farris, one son Albert Bayes Farris, Boissevain, VA, and one daughter, Mrs. Ballard Plummer of Van Lear.  Other survivors include four brothers, George, Gus and Tom Farris, all of Cadiz, Ohio; McKenzie Farris, Canton, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Anria Canter, Kirksville, Ohio, and Winnie Farris, Zanesville, Ohio. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at the Freewill Baptist Church at Van Lear with Rev. Joseph Zavadsky as officiating minister.  The Prestonsburg American Legion will conduct graveside rites. Burial will be made in the Preston Cemetery of this city under the direction of Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.27 1954
FITZPATRICK, William J.
1954
Dr. Wm. J. Fitzpatrick, 77, of Miami, Fla. and Prestonsburg, died in the Prestonsburg General Hospital on Friday of a heart attack. He was a former resident of Paintsville where he practiced dentistry for many years. He was married to Chattie Layne who preceded him in death in 1943. He was a son of Jasper and Rosamond Parsons Fitzpatrick, and was born and reared in Prestonsburg. Dr. Fitzpatrick was graduated from the University of Louisville College of Dentistry and took a number of post- graduate courses. Before graduating he served a number of years as an employee of the U.S. government in Washington. He was a leader in his work, and was a member of the 100 Club of Miami Beach, past president of the Southern Society of Orthodontists, a member of the Miami Rotary Club, past president of the East Coast Dental Society, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Mahi Shrine of Miami, a member of the Fort Dallas Order of Eastern Star and of the BPOE. He was a member of the Irene Cole Memorial Baptist Church of Prestonsburg. Surviving are one son, George Herman Fitzpatrick of Miami, and one granddaughter, Barbara Layne Fitzpatrick; three sisters, Mrs. Maggie Leete, Mrs. Winnie F. Johns and Mrs. Edith James, all of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Irene Cole Memorial Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery. Paintsville Herald February 24, 1954
FRANKLIN, Anna Mae (Caudill)
1954
Thealka Woman Succumbs Sun. Services Thursday For Mrs. Floyd Franklin
Mrs. Anna Mae Caudill Franklin, 36, wife of Floyd Franklin of Thealka, succumbed Sunday in a local hospital following an illness of three weeks. The daughter of Matthew and Rena Van Hoose Caudill, she was born at Thealka. She was an employee of the Paintsville Hospital prior to her illness. Surviving besides her parents and husband are two sons, Ernest Ray Franklin and Roy Thomas Franklin both at home, and one daughter, Wanda Louisa Franklin also at home. Other survivors include three brothers, Francis Marion Caudill, Thealka; Pierce Caudill, North Carolina; Mitchell Caudill, Thealka, four sisters, Mrs. Ada Donalson, Maysville, Ky.; Mrs. Amanda Davis, and Mrs. Josie Austin, both of Paintsville, and Mrs. Elsie Castle, Thealka. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 Thursday morning at the Concord United Baptist Church with Cullie Sparks, Henry Caudill, Thom Sammons, and L. T. Preston as officiating ministers. Burial will be made in the Franklin cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD FEB.24 1954
MCKENZIE, Charley
1900-1954
VOLGA RESIDENT PASSES MONDAY
Services Wednesday  For Charley McKenzie
Funeral Services were held at the home at Volga at 2:00 p.m. for Charley McKenzie, 53, who died Monday, February 8, 1954 following an illness of several months. Born January 13, 1900 in Morgan County, he was the son of Mrs. Clara Stapleton and the late Lando McKenzie. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Moncie Stapleton McKenzie, two sons, Cline McKenzie, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C. Charles Morris McKenzie, city, two daughters Opal McKenzie, Volga, and Mrs. Stanley Estep, Aurora, Ill. Also surviving are a half brother, Douglas Stapleton, Flat Gap, and two sisters, Mrs. Alma Davis, Winchester, Ky., and Mrs. Emma Blanton, Volga, Ky. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WESNESDAY FEBRUARY 10, 1954
MEEK, Isaac
1869-1954
Issac Meek, 86, lifelong resident of Offutt, Ky., died at his home Thursday following an illness of three months. The son of William and Sarah Syck Meek, he was born January 2, 1869 at Offutt. He was a retired miner. Surviving are his wife, Ida May Welch Meek, three sons, William Meek, Wheelwright, Woodrow Meek, Offutt, and Robert Meek, Tutor Key; four daughters, Mrs. Starlia Butcher, Williamsport, Mrs. Myrtle Rice, Offutt, Mrs. Sara Steele, River, and Mrs. Vina Simpson, Offutt, one brother, Shade Meek, South Shore, Ky. Funeral services were held Saturday at 1:00 p. m. at the home with Rev. W. E. Cissna as officiating minister. Burial was made in the Ward Cemetery at Offutt under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.03 1954
MUSIC, Willie Hager
1940-1954
Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) at the East Point Church of Christ for Willie Hager Music, Jr., 13, who died in a local hospital Monday, February 22, 1954 following an illness of a month. Born October 14, 1940, at Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of Willie Hager and Ivel Irene Stapleton Music.  He was a resident of Kerz at the tome of his death. Surviving besides the parents are two sisters, Patricia Yvonne Music and Olga Irene Music, and one brother, Charles Henry Music, all at home. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Also surviving are the following brothers and sister, Tommie Spencer, Gail Spencer, Mrs. Ida Spencer, all of Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. John Spencer, Lick Fork, and Mrs. Will Collins, Whitaker. Funeral services were held at the Whitaker Church Thursday, June 10, 1954, with Charles Lemasters and Adron Davis as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Ratliff Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.24 1954
SKAGGS, Frances (Fyffe)
1875-1954
SERVICES SUNDAY FOR AGED CITIZEN OF FLAT GAP
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 21, 1954 at the Enterprise Baptist Church at Flat Gap for Mrs. Frances Fyffe Skaggs, 78, wife of Martin L. Skaggs, who succumbed Friday at her home at Flat Gap after an illness of several months. Born December 24, 1875 at Flat Gap, she was the daughter of Melvin and Angeline Fyffe. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Clyde Skaggs, Flat Gap; three daughters, Mrs. Luther Wright, Flat Gap, Mrs. Earl Lyons, Blaine, and Mrs. William Lester, Hilliard, Ohio; one brother, James Fyffe, Blaine. Burial was made in the Bailey Cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24 1954
YATES, Elva (Arms)
1903-1954
Rites Held At Denver For Mrs. Elva Yates
Mrs. Elva Yates, 50, wife of Elva Yates of Baltimore, Maryland, formerly of this county, died in a Baltimore hospital Friday, February 12, 1954 following an illness of 15 months. The daughter of S. K. Arms, she was born February 25, 1903. She had been a resident of Baltimore for 12 years. Surviving besides the husband and father are one son, Robert Yates, Baltimore. And one daughter, Mrs. Hermalve Catterton. Also surviving are one brother, Everett Arms, city; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Burke, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Earie Colvin, Denver, four half brothers Grady Arms, Columbus, Ohio; Raymond Arms, Denver; Ray Arms, Asa; Beecher Arms, Baltimore, Md. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Liberty Baptist Church at Denver with Rev. C. H. Hockensmith officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Denver under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.17 1954




MARCH - 1954

BACKUS, Clara (Stewart)
1954
Mrs. Clara S. Backus, 80, wife of the late Cyrus D. Backus, of Silver Spring Maryland, former Paintsville resident, died at her home on March 3 1954. She was the former Miss Clara Stewart, daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. J. Frew Stewart of Paintsville. Mrs. Backus moved with her parents from Paintsville to Washington, D. C. in the late nineties when Judge Stewart was appointed an official in the pension office there. Mrs. Backus will be remembered by many in Paintsville. She is survived by a daughter, Miss Lucille Backus. Funeral services were held on March 5 at Silver Spring and interment was made at Groton Cemetery, Groton, N. Y. PAINTSVILLE WEDNESDAY MAR.10 1954

BLAIR, Tollie
1954
TOLLIE BLAIR, 43, FATALLY BURNED IN FREAK ACCIDENT
Tollie Blair, 43, prominent Barnetts Creek man, died about 11 a.m. today March 17, 1954 at the Paintsville Hospital from burns he received last night while fox hunting with three companions near his home. It was reported that the group had built a fire on the hill and that Blair went to sleep and rolled into the fire while the other three hunters were away with their dogs. The accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Blair was a plasterer by occupation and his wife, the former Pauline Salyer of Colliata is a teacher in the Oil Springs School. They had two children. Funeral arrangements are incomplete as the Herald goes to press. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.17 1954 NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered into this obit from the date of publication.
BLANTON, Hansford "Doke"
1881-1954
Retired Farmer Passes Friday
Services Held Sunday For Hansford Blanton, Kenwood Resident
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Low Gap United Baptist church for Hanford “ Doke” Hamilton, 72, who died March 17, 1954 at his home at Kenwood Following and illness of four months. Born March 28, 1881, he was the son of Elias and Manerva McCarty Blanton.  He was a retired farmer. He was preceded in death in 1938 by his wife, Lucinda Fairchild Blanton. Surviving are three sons, Lasco Blanton, Dema; Henry Blanton, Kenwood; Ovid Blanton, Fairborn, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Walter Curtis, Manila; Miss Edna Blanton, Kenwood; two brothers, George Blanton, Ohio; Ed Blanton, Kenwood. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral home.
  
BLANTON, Judy (McFarlin)

1886-1954
Mrs. J. Blanton Passes Monday At Staffordsville
Mrs. Judy Blanton, 87, died Monday March 10, 1954 at the home of her daughter Mrs. F. M. Tackett, Staffordsville, following an illness of several months. Born August 31, 1886 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Bill and Caroline Bayes McFarlin.  She had been a resident of Staffordsville for several years prior to her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Blanton, 15 years ago. Surviving are one son, Oscar Blanton, Red Bush, four daughters, Mrs. Crossford Blair, Kenwood, Mrs. F. M. Tackett, Staffordsville, Mrs. Hack McKenzie, Fuget, and Mrs. Herbert Lemaster, Prestonsburg, 25 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held today ( Wednesday) at the United Baptist Church at Fish Trap with Lonza Reed, Foster Rigsby and Thruman Ferguson as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Blanton Branch under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.
BLANTON, Merva (Lemaster)
1891-1954
Rites Saturday for Resident of Swamp Branch
Heart Attack Fatal to Mrs. Merva Blanton
Merva Lemaster Blanton, 61, died suddenly at her home at Swamp Branch, Wednesday, March 31 1954. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Born August 10, 1891 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Will H. and Jane Trimble Lemaster.  She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 45 years. Surviving are her husband, Sherman Blanton, two daughters, Mrs. Lora Lou Hackworth, Riceville, and Mrs. Nora Ellen Ramey, Tiro, Ohio. Also surviving are three brothers, Tom Lemaster, Ohio, Trimble Lemaster, Riceville, and Charley Lemaster, Collista; four sisters, Mrs. Callie Blanton, Riceville, Mrs. Dennis Williams, Staffordsville, Mrs. Wayne Hannah, Jeffersonville, Ohio and Mrs. Lace Brown, Ada, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the home Saturday at 2 p. m. with Frank Caudill, Scott Castle and George Powers as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.07 1954
BLEVINS, Mary E.
1877-1954
SERVICES SUNDAY AT STAFFORDSVILLE FOR MARY BLEVINS
Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church at Staffordsville Sunday for Mary E. Blevins, 78, who died at her home at Staffordsville Friday March 3, 1956 following an illness of two months. The daughter of the late John and Lucy Blevins, she was born June 23, 1877, at Staffordsville. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for a number of years. Surviving is one brother Elzie Blevins of Staffordsville. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 14, 1954
BORDERS, Laura (Stapleton)
1879-1954
City Resident Dies Thursday Services Saturday For Mrs. Laura Borders
Mrs. Laura Borders, 75, life-long resident of Johnson County, died at her home here Thursday following an illness of several months. Born January 18, 1879, she was the daughter of Alf and Elizabeth Reynolds Stapleton.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Borders 32 years ago.  Surviving are one son, Russell Borders, city, one daughter, Mrs. Charley Ray Baker, city, and 9 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa with Claude Preston officiating minister. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Baker's Branch under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.17 1954
BOWLING, Delores (Alexander)
1927-1954
Succumbs Friday Accident Mar.3
Fatal to Mrs. Estill Bowling
Mrs. Delores Bowling, 25, wife of Estill Bowling of Auxier, died in a local hospital Friday as the results of burns received Wednesday, March 3. Her clothing became ignited as she was putting wood on an open fire at her home.  She ran a short distance from her home before she extinguished the flames.  She was rushed to the Paintsville Hospital were it was found that she had suffered third degree burns over her entire body as well as suffering internal injuries. The daughter of Lewis and Lucinda Ward Alexander, she was born in Johnson County, June 12, 1927. Surviving besides the husband and parents are five sons, Merrill E., Earl E., Chester, David G., and Darrell Bowling, all at home and one daughter, Brenda Kay Bowling also at home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.17 1954

BURCHETT, James
1878-1954
AGED RESIDENT PASSES TUESDAY
Services Held Friday for James Burchett Funeral services were conducted from the home at Elna Friday for James Burchett, 76, who died at his home Tuesday morning following an illness  of two weeks. Death was attributed to a heart condition. The son of David and Amanda Stapleton Burchett, he was born January 8, 1878 at Fuget.  He had been a resident of Elna for 36 years. Surviving are his wife, Rosa Castle Burchett, five sons, Ray, Earl, David, Lowell and Ora Burchett, all of Elna; five daughters, Mamie Shrew, Pikeville; Eula Hayes, Columbus, Ohio; Edna Wallen, Winchester; Lydia Jones, Middletown, Ohio; Virginia Hall, city; and eleven grandchildren. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Grass Burchett, Staffordville; Charley Burchett, Portsmith, Ohio; Sonnie Burchett, Tolvie Burchett and Ella Rice, all of Elna; Hester Blanton, Oil Springs; and Lydia Van Hoose of Volga. Lonza Reed and Tom Bailey were officiating minister. Burial was made in the Patty Flats Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.24 1954
CASTLE, Lafe
1868-1954
Lafe Castle, 85, Well-Known Man Dies Wednesday
Lafe Castle, 85, well-known resident of Johnson County died at the home of his son, Herbert Castle, Wednesday, March 31, 1954 following an illness of a week. Born October 4, 1868, he was a resident of Lowmansville at the time of his death. He was a retired farmer and sawmill operator. He was preceded in death by his wife August 18, 1939.  Surviving are three sons, Elbert Castle and Russell Castle, both of Ashland, and Herbert Castle of Lowmansville, and one brother, Ollie Castle, Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral Services were held at the home of the son at Lowmansville Saturday with Foster Grimm and Mitchell Grimm as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.7 1954
GREEN, William Martin
1865-1954
Martin Green Former Resident Passes Sunday
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Chandlersville School for William Martin Green, 88, former resident of Chandlersville who died at his home at Columbus, Ohio, Sunday following an illness of a few days. Born December 15, 1865, at Chandlersville, he was the son of the late John and Mamie Sparks Green.  He had been a resident of Columbus for nine weeks. He was preceded in death by his wife August 7, 1952. Surviving are two sons, Lonnie M. Green, Chandlersville, and Walter Green, Columbus, Ohio, two daughters, Virgie McClure, Ashland; and Nola ______, Chicago, Ill, ____grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Cullie Sparks and Leonard Walters officiated at the service.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.31 1954
GREER, Elizabeth (Elkins)
1863-1954
"Aunt Liz" Greer Passes March 18
Funeral Rites Saturday For East Point Woman
Mrs. Elizabeth Greer, 90, died about 3:30 Thursday morning, March 18, at the home of her nephew Grats Elkins, on Little Paint near East Point.  She had been will for about five years and had been confined to her bed for five months following a fall in which she sustained a fractured pelvis. She was a daughter of the late Charlie Elkins and Loraine Stratton Elkins, members of pioneer families in Floyd County where she was born on October 8, 1863.  She had been a resident of the Little Paint locality for about 47 years. She was married in her early life to Webster Greer, a well-known minister of the Baptist Church who preceded her in death about 25 years ago. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. 'Aunt Liz" as she was familiarly known, never had any children of her own but reared one foster daughter, and her home was always open to those in need.  She was a kindly charitable woman and was loved by all who knew her. Surviving are a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p. m. March 20, at the Church of God on Little Paint by Rev. Paris Music and Rev. Roy Benton. Burial was made in the Hager Cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 1954
JACKSON, Adrian Lewis
1954
City Resident Passes Thursday Services Saturday For Adrian Jackson
Adrian Lewis Jackson, 83, well known resident of this city, died at his home in Bridgeford Addition Thursday, following an illness of several months. A resident of Paintsville for more than 30 years, he was manager and part owner of the Paintsville Ice Plant until ill health forced him to retire. He was preceded in death several years ago by his wife Sola Patrick Jackson. Surviving are one son, Walter Jackson, Staffordsville, and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Freewill Baptist Church, Staffordsville, with Claude Preston and John F. Ratliff as officiating ministers. Music was by the Staffordsville Quartet. Burial was made in the Melvin Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald March 31, 1954
KLAUK, Nora (Gum)
1882-1954
MRS. NORA KLAUK DIES WEDNESDAY IN FLOYD COUNTY
Mother of Local Woman Buried Here Friday
Mrs. Nora O'Neal Klauk, 72, Minnie, Ky., mother of Mrs. Lucille Gilkerson and grandmother of Mrs. Charles "Buzzy" Wheeler, died Wednesday, March 10, 1954, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Showers at Minnie, following a long illness. The daughter of the late John and Melinda Banton Gum, she was born February 22, 1882 in Floyd County. Mrs. Klauk pursued the nursing profession for 48 years, working mostly in the Beaver Creek section of Floyd County and in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  She brought ease from suffering not only through her professional services, but through her acts of kindness and understanding of the individual. An ardent believer in helping her fellow man, she practiced her faith in the rearing of several children besides her own two daughters.  Age was not her criteria for aiding the unfortunate. Her home was always open to those in need. She was an active member of the Martin Methodist Church. Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Klauk, a C. & O. conductor, in 1945. Funeral services were held Friday, March 12, 1954, at the Methodist Church of Martin with Rev. Carr officiating. Burial was made in the Wells Cemetery at Paintsville under the direction of Hall Brothers Funeral Home of Martin. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 17, 1954
LYONS, Harry
1880-1954
Harry Lyons. 73 Passes Sunday
Services Held Tuesday For Well Known Man Harry Lyons, 73 well known resident of this city, succumbed Sunday at his home in Bridgeford following an illness of several months. The son of Grace and Kizarah Hampton Lyons, he was born June 6, 1880 in this county. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He was employed as pumper for the City Gas and Water Company in 1940, from which position he retired in January of this year. Surviving are his wife, Alice Price Lyons, five sons, Arnold, Raymond, Martin, Harry Jr., all of this city, and one daughter Mrs. Hazel Bryant, Logan, Ohio. Other survivors include two brothers, Charles Lyons, Los Angeles, California, Clyde Lyons, Ashland and one sister, Mrs. Daisy Barnett, City. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with F. S. Van Hoose and Claude Preston as officiating ministers. Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the Huff Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.17 1954
MCKENZIE, William H.
1954
W.H. MCKENZIE, FORMER RESIDENT  DIES MARCH 28
William H. McKenzie, 85, a retired carpenter and former resident of this county died at the home of his son in Catlettsburg, March 28. A son of the late Andy & Millia Colburn McKenzie, he was born in Johnson County. Surviving are his wife, Lizzie Rice McKenzie, four sons, Jack McKenzie, Catlettsburg, Charlie McKenzie, Kerz, Lawrence McKenzie, Effort, Ohio, Frank McKenzie, Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Salla Elliot, Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Hazel Enons, Magnetic Springs, Ohio; one brother, Fonzo McKenzie, four sisters, Mrs. Lula Ross, Mrs. Ruby Simpkins, Mrs. Ida Meeks, all of Portsmouth, Ohio and Mrs. Flora Blevins, Paintsville. Other survivors include 33 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildrren and 4 great-great- grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home of his son in Catlettsburg, Tuesday, March 30, with Rev. Henry Salyers, of Paintsville officiating. Burial was made in the Bash Cemetery at Catlettsburg under the direction of the Kilgore-Collier Funeral home. Paintsville Herald March 31, 1954
MILLER, Cynthia A (Rice)
1865-1954
Services Held Friday for Lifelong Resident of Johnson County
Mrs. Cynthia A. Miller, 89, well-known resident of this county, died Tuesday, March 9, at the home of her daughter in Carrollton, Ohio, following an illness of five weeks. The daughter of Jack and Mary Jane Fairchild Rice, she was born in Johnson County February 25, 1865.  She had been a resident of Carrollton a year prior to her death. She was preceded in death March 22, 1937, by her husband Dr. R.M. Miller. Surviving are one son, E.B. Miller, Thealka; one daughter, Mrs. Edgar Buxton, Carrollton, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Stella Rice, Leander, and one brother, John Rice, Van Lear. Funeral services were held Friday at the Ivyton Baptist Church with Rev. C.H. Hockensmith as officiating minister. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Ivyton; Ky., under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 3-17-1954
MUSIC, Claude Odell
1926-1954
AUXIER RESIDENT DIES SUDDENLY WHILE AT WORK
Services to be Friday for Claude Music, 28
Claude Odell Music 28, lifelong resident of Auxier, Ky. died suddenly Tuesday morning (Mar.30 1954) while working at the Princess Elkhorn Coal Company at David. The cause of death was undetermined. An autopsy was performed Tuesday. The son of Claude and Agnes Stewart Music, he was born March 14, 1926 in Floyd County. He was married February 28, 1949 to Janice Wells who survives. Surviving besides the wife and parents are one son, Doyle Music, at home, and three brothers, Ralph, Forrest and Jerome Music all of Auxier. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Auxier Methodist Church with Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Auxier under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.31 1954 NOTE: Deathdate figured and entered into this obituray from publication date.
RICE, Rosa (Witten)
1869-1954
Mrs. Rosa Rice, Volga Resident, Passes Friday
Mrs. Rosa Rice, 85, well known throughout Johnson County, died Friday at the home of her daughter at Volga, following an illness of a month. The daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Hackworth Witten, she was born at Staffordsville September 7, 1869.  She had been a resident of Volga for 45 years. She was preceded in death by her husband April 14, 1950. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Kitty McKenzie of Volga, four grandsons and seven great- grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter Sunday with Millard VanHoose, Claude Preston, and Don Fraley as officiating ministers. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Volga under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDENESDAY MAR.17 1954
SPRADLIN, Mollie (Carpenter)
1954
Rites Thursday For Heart Victim
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 11, at Riceville for Mrs Mollie Spradlin, 43, who died suddenly of a heart attack at her home in Stockbridge, Michigan, Monday, March 8. Surviving  are her parents, Bud and Norma Rowe Carpenter, Riceville, her husband, Evan Spradlin, two sons and four daughters. Other survivors include three brothers, Dudley Carpenter, Riceville, Karue Carpeenter, West Liberty, Ohio, Henry Carpenter, Riceville; one sister, Mrs Gladys Lee, Parkersburg, W. Va. Henry Tackett and Scott Castle officiated at the services. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 17, 1954
STONE, Alma (Howard)
1902-1954
MRS. ALMA STONE PASSES FRIDAY
Services At Riceville  Sunday;
Formerly  Resident at Oil Springs Mrs. Alma Howard Stone, 51, formerly of Oil Springs died Friday, March 19, 1954 at her home in Washington Court House, Ohio, following an illness of a year. The daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Wash Howard, she was born in Magoffin County, August 16,1902.  She had been a resident of Washington Court House for six years. She was preceded in death January 25, 1929 by her husband, Earl Stone. Surviving are two sons, Everett Guy Stone and Earl Howard Stone, both of Washington Court House; five daughters, Mrs. Robert Harper, Washington Court House; Mrs. Warren B. Williams, Jr., Jeffersonville, Ohio; Mrs. Easton Arnett, Washington Court House; Mrs. Glen Saylor, Selma, Ohio; Mrs. Ermal Saylor, Sidney, Ohio. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Alonzo Whitten, Thealka; Mrs. Lou Fairchilds, Win; Mrs. Ben Conley, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Milligan Williams, Oak Hill, Ohio. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 21, 1954 at Riceville with Rev. Charlie Lemasters and Rev. Don Fraley officiating.  Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 24 1954
VANHOOSE, Emma (Whitten)
1877-1954
Former Resident Of This County Passes Monday
Mrs. Emma Van Hoose, 67, Orlando, Florida died Monday, March 29, following an illness of three months. She formerly resided in Ashland. Mrs. Van Hoose was born June 21, 1877 at Whittensville, Ky. a daughter of the late William and Nancy Allen Whitten. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Lazear Funeral Home, Ashland with the Rev. Claude Preston officiating. Burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Mrs. Van Hoose is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Nick Fannin and Mrs. W. M. Corbitt, both of Ashland. Mrs. W. G. Bryant, Lexington, Miss., Miss Sue Van Hoose of Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Ruby Bock,  Miami, Fla., and Mrs. J. T. MacDougal of Orlando---five sons, Joe and Robert Van Hoose, both of Ashland, J. Edward and Bert Van Hoose of Baltimore, Cecil Van Hoose, Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Ann Bowe and Miss Rebecca Whitten of Whittensville and one brother, Argalis Whitten, also of Whittensville. Her husband, Edward Van Hoose proceeded her in death. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.7 1954


APRIL - 1954
   
   
    
ARMS, Morris
1894-1954
Rites Saturday For Morris Arms Of Leander Funeral services were held Saturday at the Liberty Baptist Church at Denver for Morris Arms, 60 who died in a local hospital Wednesday, April 21, following an illness of a few days. The son of Jesse and Cynthia Blair Arms, he was born March 31, 1894, at Barnetts Creek. He was a resident of Leander at the time of his death. A farmer by occupation, he was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Beulah Colvin Arms one son, Woodford Arms, Leander, two daughters, Mrs. Zella Rivers and Imogene Arms, both of Leander. Also surviving are two brothers, Oliver Arms, Urbana, OH., and Oscar Arms, Denver, KY.; five sisters, Mrs. Lydia Spradlin, Mrs. Ruie Spradlin, Mrs. Mary Spradlin and  Mrs. Alma McCarty, all of Denver, and Mrs. Martha Arms, Riceville. Stanley Borders and Adron Davis were officiating ministers.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-21-1954

  
AUXIER, John B.
1878-1954
John B. Auxier Dies Friday In Tulsa, Okla. Heart Attack Fatal To Retired Farmer John B. Auxier, 75, former rresident of East Point, died in a Tulsa, Okla., hospital April 15 after having suffered a heart attack at his home Thursday. The son of Jeff and Harriet Mujsic Auxier, he was born at East Point in 1879. Mr Auxier farmed near Elk City, Okla., from 1907 until 1935 when he moved to the Tulsa-Broken Arrow area. He and his wife celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in January. Survivors include his wife; two daughteer, Mrs. Glen Landes, Watonga, and Mrs. Thomas Zedd, Ft. Campbell, Ky., two sons, J.C. and C.R> Auxier, both of Tulsa; three sisters, Mrs. M. W.  Blair and Mrs. Rebecca Hibbits, Elk City, Mrs. Maggie Shepherd, Prestonsburg. Four grandchildren survive. Funeral services wsere conducted Saturday afternoon at the Broken Arrow Assembly of God church. Burial was in the Park Grove cemetery at Broken Arrow. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY.5 1954

   
CARPENTER, Madge (Click)
1911-1954
Mrs. Madgie Carpenter Passes Sunday; Rites held Wednesday Mrs. Madgie Click Carpenter, 42, wife of Sanford Carpenter of Leander, died at a local hospital Sunday (Apr,25 1954) following an illness of a few days. Born November 14, 1911 in Floyd County, she was the daughter of Bennie and Katie Conley Click of Ashland. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving besides her husband and parents are two sons, Robert Lee Carpenter, Ashland, and Kenneth Carpenter, Leander; two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Waugh, Ashland, and Mrs. Emmalene Carpenter, Leander. Other survivors include four brothers, William and Curtis Click, both of Ashland; Henry Click, Jackson, Ohio; Paul Click with the U.S. Army stationed in Germany; four sisters, Mrs. Lena Conley, Ruth Click and Anna Elizabeth Click, all of Ashland; and Mrs. Vera B. Jordon, Denton, Kentucky. Funeral services  were held today (Wednesday) at the Leander School with Woodrow White officiating minister.  Music was made by Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery in Leander under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.28 1954

   
COLLINS, Keath Dwane
1954
Keath Dwane Collins, 3 year old son of Robert and Lena Mae Butcher Collins of Van Lear, died in a local hospital Sunday following a day of  illness. Surviving besides the parents are three brothers and one sister, James Douglas, Robert Allen., Kenneth and Geraldene Collins, all at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Church of Christ on Daniel Creek with Herschell Short officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald April 28, 1954

    
DANIEL, Stella (Grimm)
1901-1954
Former Resident Dies Saturday Services Wednesday  For Mrs. Stella Daniel Of West Union, Ohio Mrs. Stella Grimm Daniel, 53, wife of Ross Daniel of West Union, Ohio, died Saturday, April 10, at her home in Ohio, following an illness of 14 months. Born February 28, 1901, at Nippa, she was the daughter of Mrs. Exer Preston Grimm and the late Leander Grimm.  She had been a resident of West Union for 8 years. Surviving besides the husband and mother are three sons, Richard Daniel, Cincinnati, Ohio, Roscoe and Elmer Daniel, both of West Union, O.; four daughters, Hazel Moore, Grace Cross, Ruth Daniel, and Edna Daniel, all of West Union, Ohio. Also surviving are two brothers, Isaac Grimm, Nippa, and Herschel Grimm, Prestonsburg, two sisters, Marsha Scarberry, Hite, Ky., and Mollie M. Daniel, Galion, Ohio. Funeral services were held Wed., April 14 at the Mouth of Rush Church with Millard VanHoose as officiating minister.  Burial was made in the Sycamore Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: The Sycamore Cemetery is also known as the CLARK CASTLE CEMETERY Paintsville Herald Wednesday 04-21-1954

   
DANIELS, Caroline (Music)
1878-1954
COUNTY WOMAN PASSES FRIDAY Services Held Sunday For Mrs. Harry Daniels Of West Van Lear Mrs. Caroline Music Daniels, 76, wife of Harry Daniels of West Van Lear, died in a local hospital April 30 1954, following an illness of a few days. The daughter of Newt and Julia Ann Music, she was born April 30 1878 at Boon's Camp. Surviving besides her husband are four sons, Frank Wells, Garner, Ky.; Bill Daniels, and Cecil Daniels, both of Columbus, Ohio; Erwin Daniels, Cleveland, Ohio; eight daughters, Wilda Wells, Melvin, Ky.; Naomi Daniels, Wheelwright; Nola Huff, West Van Lear; Mora Mae Daniels and Erma Luzader, both of Columbus, Ohio; Lucy Eden, Martin, Ky.; Sylvia Nevar, Chicago, Ill.; and Virginia Hedrick, Holden, W. Va. Other survivors include one brother, Arch Music, Odds, Ky.; two sisters, Polly Mollett and Eliza Music, both of Boons Camp; 33 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Sunday at the home with Rev. Emerson and Rev. Hobart Daniels officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Van Lear Junction under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 5 1954

  
DANIELS, Milroy
1893-1954
PASSES TUESDAY Services To Be Held  Thursday At Thelma For Auxier Resident Milroy Daniels, 61, died at his home at Auxier Tuesday, April 13, 1954 following an illness of a year. The son of the late Basil and Arminta Castle Daniels, he was born April 1, 1893, in Johnson County.  He had been a resident of Auxier for 31 years. He was a miner by occupation. Surviving are his wife, Hattie Ward Daniels, two sons, Mack R. Daniel, Man, W. Va. and Paul V. Daniels, Amherstdale W. Va., one sister, Mrs. Ernest Preston, Offutt, and one brother Newt Daniels, Pueblo, Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 1954 at the Thelma Regular Primitive Baptist Church with Henry Stamper as officiating minister. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APRIL 14 1954

    
GIBBS, America (Brown)
1875-1954
Former Resident America Gibbs Mrs. America Brown Gibbs, 79, former resident of this county, died at her home at West Mansfield, Ohio, Saturday, April 17, following an illness of three years. The daughter of Larkin and Elizabeth Lewis Brown, she was born at East Point, May 18, 1875. She had been a resident of West Mansfield for 2 ½ years. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband July 25, 1943. Surviving are three sons, R.B. Gibbs, Maringo, Ohio,  D.T, Gibbs, West Mayfield, Ohio, Jim Gibbs, Woodstock, Ohio,  one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Cunningham, King Addition, city. Other survivors include two brothers, Bill Brown, Sitka,  Earn Brown, Louisville, five sisters, Mrs. Ed Moore and Mrs. Senera  Friend, both of Van Lear, Mrs. Caleb Hitchcock, Urbana, Ohio, Mrs. Takler Gullet, Lucasville, Ohio, and Mrs. Ben Salyers, Louisa. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Tom's Creek United Baptist Church with  O.I. Williams and F.F Riggsby as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Tutor Key Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald April 21, 1954

   
HAGER, D. Milton
1954
D. Milton Hager Passes Friday In Cincinnati Former Resident Here Brother of Local Woman, D. Milton Hager, 49 brother of Mrs. Alexander Cameron of this city died at his home near Cincinnati Friday, Apr.09 1954, following an extended illness. A resident of Cincinnati for more than 20 years, he was born in Paintsville the son of Daniel Milton and Ida Green Hager. Prior to moving to Cincinnati he was a resident of Ashland for a number of years. He was employed as a district sales representative by the Alpha Portland Cement Company of Ironton. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Helen Russell Hager, one son, D. M. Hager III of Cincinnati, and two sisters, Mrs. T. D. Vaughan, Jenkens, and Mrs. Alexander Cameron of this city. He was proceeded by a brother, Clarence Hager. The body arrived in Ashland by train Sunday, where funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 NOTE: Deathdate Figured and entered into this obituary from the date of publication.  PAINTSVILL EHERALD WEDNESDAY APR.14 1954

   
HAZELETT, Kathy Sue
1953-1954
Kathie Sue Hazelett Dies Wednesday Kathie Sue Hazlett, 9-month-old daughter of Rhule Hazelette, Jr. and Katherine Witten Hazelett, died at the home at Paintsville Wednesday, April 28, following a long illness. She was born July 27, 1953. Surviving besides the parents are the grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Bill Witten and Mr. And Mrs. Rhule Hazellette, all of this city. Funeral services were held at the Paintsville Funeral Home Friday with the Rev. Joseph Zavadsky officiating. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 5, 1954

   
LAVENDER, Susan (Castle)
1859-1954
AGED RESIDENT PASSES MONDAY SERVICES WEDNESDAY FOR MRS. SUSAN LAVENDER Mrs. Susan Castle Lavender, 94, died at her home here Monday following an illness of several months. Born July 27, 1859 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of William and Anna Pelphrey Castle. She was a member of the Christian Church. She was preceded in death 39 years ago by her husband John W. Lavender. Surviving are one son, Eddie Lavender, city, 16 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home on Frank Street today (Wednesday) with Rev. Joseph Zavadsky officiating. Burial was made in the Stafford Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APRIL 21, 1954

  
LITTERAL, Minta (Gullett)
1873-1954
Passes Sunday Services Held Tuesday  For Mrs. Minta Litteral Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church for Mrs. Minta Litteral, 81, who died suddenly at her home on Plum Street on Sunday. A daughter of William and Delilah Austin Gullett, she was born March 19, 1873, in Magofin County. She was preceeded in death in 1923 by her husband, John E. Litteral. Surviving are four sons, William Litteral and Hobert Litteral, Ashland, Bruce Litteral, Catlettsburg, Roy Litteral, Bainbridge, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Maude Tackett, city, and Mrs. Cora Kimbler, Volga. Other survivors include two brothers, Mack Gullett, city, and Ollie Gullett, Salyersville, 28 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. Bruce Daniel and Claude Preston were officiating ministers. Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald April 14, 1954

   
MCKENZIE, Norris
1892-1954
MCKENZIE DIES OF HEART ATTACK Services Sunday For Native of County Norris M. McKenzie, 61, Native of Johnson  County, died at his home at Louisa of a heart attack Friday evening, April 30. He was born at Staffordsville, August 21, 1892, the son of the late William and Lydia Butler McKenzie. He was a contract painter, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for the past twelve years. He was first married to Golda McIntosh of Ashland, Four children were born.  Following her death he later married Nell Frazier, who survives him. Besides his widow he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Bill Johnson, Jr., Pikeville, three sons, Elmer E., Huntington, Harold, Lafayette, and Robert at hme.  Also surviving are two sister, Mrs. Roy VanHoose and Mrs. Clarence Kearns, both of Tutor, KY; one brother, Robert of Ashland.  Ten grandchildren and a number of relatives in this county. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May2, at 2:00p.m. at the Elizabeth Jarrel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Bausey officiating. Burial was in the Wellman Cemetery at Eloise. Paintsville Herald May 5, 1954

   
PENIX, Gervin "Bob"
1905-1954
Gervin (Bob) Penix, 48, Squire W.V., died suddenly Thursday April 8, of a heart attack. Born August 8, 1905 at Williamsport, he was the son of Fanny Pack Penix and the late Elias Penix. He had been a resident of Penix for the past 15 years. A miner by occupation, he was a member of the U.M.W.A> Local Union 7173, Squire W.Va., Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Jenny Rose Penix, one daughter Mrs. Hazel McCloud, Louisville, two brothers, John E and Hobart Penix, both of Williamsport, one sister, Mrs. Mary Muncy, Williamsport, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Friendship Church at Williamsport with Arthur Preece, Winfred Meeks and Lafe Preston as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Albert Baldwin, A.L. Mack, John T. Morton, Minte Morton, Bobby Lewis and Pat Hardin. Honorary pallbearers were members of Local 7183 of Squire WV, who also conducted graveside rites. Paintsville Herald April 14, 1954

   
RATLIFF, John Elliott
1872-1954
SERVICES SUNDAY FOR COUNTY MAN, JOHN ELLIOTT RATLIFF OF BARNETTS CREEK,  SUCCUMBS FRIDAY, Funeral services were held Sunday at the Fairview Church for John Elliott Ratliff, 72, who died Friday April 4, 1954 at his home at Barnetts creek, following an illness of a month. Born April 30, 1872, he was the son of Jim and Polly Spradlin Ratliff. He was a life long resident of Barnetts Creek. A retired railroad employee, he had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife April 25, 1953. Surviving are three sons,  Freddie Ratliff,  Staffordsville,  Farmer Ratliff, Barnetts Creek, and Gordon Ratliff, Jackson Michigan; two daughters, Mrs. Glada Fraley, City, and Mrs. Clara Preston, Barnetts Creek; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Spencer, City, Mrs. Mint Spencer Leander and one brother, Paris Ratliff ,Lucasville, Ohio. The grandsons served as pallbearers. Scott Castle and Charles Lemaster were officiating ministers and the music was by the Staffordsville Quartet. Burial was in the family Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.28 1954

   
ROBINSON, Hasidore
1893-1954
AUXIER RESIDENT PASSES THURSDAY, Hasidore Robinson, 61, Auxier died suddenly of a heart attack Thursday, April 7, 1954, while on his way to church. The son of the late Benjamin and Elvira Greer Robinson, he was born March 4, 1893. He was a retired miner. Surviving are his wife, Maude Stapleton Robinson, one daughter, Mrs. Clayton Combs, Columbus, Ohio, and a half-brother, Estill Robinson. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church with William Horn, Henry Litteral and Josephus Howard as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.7 1954

  
SALYER, Mary (Blair)
1877-1954
Mrs. Mary Salyer, 77, wife of George Salyer of Oil Springs, succumbed at her home Thursday following an illness of several months. Born in Johnson County, March 23, 1877, she was the daughter of John and Lizzie Ward Blair. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Earl Salyer, Oil Springs, Troy Salyer, Urbana, Ohio, Frank Salyer, West Liberty, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Stella Mae Ramey, Leander, KY., Mrs. Verbeca Salyer, Oil Springs, Mrs. Dorothy Carpenter, West Liberty, Ohio and one sister, Mrs. Stella Elam, Betsy Layne. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Bill Rice School at Oil Springs with Millard Bryant and Hammie May as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald May 05, 1954

    
STAPLETON, Mary Angeline (Sturgill)
1885-1954
Mrs. Mary Angeline Stapleton age 68 passed away Saturday afternoon,April 17, 1954, at her home in Flat Gap after an illness of several months. Mrs. Stapleton is the mother of Dow Stapleton, Supervisor of Johnson Co. Schools. Mrs. Stapleton was born in 1885 in Johnson County, Kentucky and was the daughter of J.M. and Lettie Brown Sturgill. Surviving are her husband, Crate Stapleton,one son,Dow Stapleton of Flat Gap, and four grandchildren. Other survivors include two brothers and three sisters. Herbert Sturgill,Harry Sturgill,Mrs. B. R. Vaughn of Ashland, Mrs. Bert Thomas and Mrs. Tollie Phillips Of Flat Gap. Funeral services were held Monday April 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the family residence by Rev. Lonza Reed, and Rev. Tommie Bailey. The Toms Creek Quartet rendered vocal selections. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 4-21-1954

   
WARD, Daniel Webster
1869-1954
Funeral services were conducted from the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church today at 2:00 p.m., for Daniel Webster Ward, 85, who died suddenly at his home on Second Street Monday.  Death was caused by a heart attack and occurred about 11:00 a.m., as he lay down to rest.  Apparently in good health the day before, he had attended both of the Sunday church services, and his unexpected death was a great shock to his family and friends. Born in Inez, Ky. March 20, 1869, he was the son of the late George Washington and Nancy Clay Ward and was one of triplets.  The three lived to celebrate their 75th birthdays on which occasion a reunion was held at the old home place at Inez.  Two of the triplets, Henry C. and Peter F., preceded him in death and only one brother, Grover C. Ward of Inez survives from a family of thirteen children. Mr. Ward had been a resident of Paintsville for the past fifty years.  He was married February 16, 1893, to Stella Walker, daughter of Rev. John W. and Rebecca Vaughn Walker of this city, who preceded him in death February 14, 1948. He was a faithful member of the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church and since early manhood had been devoted and loyal to its principles.  Directing his energies toward the advancement of its interests, his life was a testimonial to the quiet strength of his convictions. "Little Dan", as he was affectionately called by his many friends, was small in stature only, possessing great tolerance and understanding, a great capacity for friendship, and a great compassion for his fellow man.  His abiding loyalty to his friends was matched by his sense of honor and his kindness to all with whom he came in contact.  His pleasant smile and friendly manner won him a host of friends wherever he went. Following his marriage  he lived in Catlettsburg for a short while and returning to Paintsville became associated with Webb & Preston of this city. He later became one of the city;s most prominent businessmen when he established, together with Sam Copley and the late John W. Preston, the firm of Copley, Ward & Preston, which for forty- five years was one of the leading mercantile establishments in this section. He served two terms as Police Judge of the City of Paintsville and ably discharged the duties of this office in a conscientious manner. Survivors include besides his brother, two daughters, Mrs. Freda Willoughby of this city and Mrs. James A. Ramsey of Ashland; one son, Eugene R. Ward, Cincinnati, O.; three grandchildren, Miss Jean Ward, New York City; Mrs. J. S. Penn, Sadieville, Ky.; and C. P. Willoughby, Victoria, Texas.  Three great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted by by Rev. J. I. Meyer, pastor of the church, and Rev. W. F. Pettus.  Pallbearers were Mack Damron, J. K. Wells, Guy Meade, Russell L. Kirk, Douglas Turner, Jay Keller, Jack Vickers, Deward Kazee, and William G. Hazelrigg.  Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Paul B. Hall, W. R. Preston, W. B. Bailey, W. H. Kirk, K. R. Kirk, Roger Stewart, Dan Wheeler, Eugene Daniels, John B. Wells , Sr., and Gus Wells. Burial was in the Wells cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.7 1954

   
WARD, Nola (Davis)
1868-1954
SERVICES TUESDAY FOR MRS. WARD Lifelong Resident Of Johnson County Succumbs Sunday Funeral services were held Tuesday (Apr. 20, 1954) at the Penecostal Church for Mrs. Nola Ward, 85, who died suddenly at her home Sunday (Apr. 18, 1954). The daughter of Richard and Mary Morton Davis, she was born in Johnson County October 14, 1868. Her husband, Hollis Ward, preceded her in death December, 1953. Surviving are three sons, Phil and Bennie Ward, both of Paintsville, Loranzo Ward, Twilight, W. Va., one daughter Mrs. Ethel Van Hoose, Paintsville; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Huff, Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Gordon Boggs, Pikeville. The services were conducted by Rev. D. M. Hughes with music by the Sitka Quartet. 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. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR. 21 1954


MAY - 1954
   
   
ALLEN, Joe

1878-1954
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 27, 1954 at the Regular Baptist Church at Lowmansville for Joe Allen, 76, lifelong resident of Lowmansville, who died at his home Tuesday May 25, 1954 following a long illness. The son of James and Lizzie Borders Allen, he was born April 5, 1878. He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Allen, two sons, Darwood Allen, Los Angeles, California and James Allen, Lowmansville, three daughters, Mrs. Ora George, Mrs. Elizabeth Nissley and Mrs. Boyd Lyons, all of Columbus, Ohio, two sisters, Mrs. Jasper Chandlers, Lowmansville and Mrs. Julia Brown, Paintsville. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 2, 1954
   
BLANTON, James

1881-1954
JAMES BLANTON PASSES MONDAY AT EAST POINT
James Blanton, 72, succumbed at his home at East Point Monday, following an illness of five years. Born December 18, 1881 near Oil Springs, he had been a resident of East Point for thirty years. He was an employee of the railroad until ill health caused his retirement ten years ago. He was preceded in death by his wife in April 1945. Surviving are two sons, James Blanton, Newport; Hassdore Blanton, Ypsilanti, Mich.;three daughters Mrs. Louise O'Bryan, Ypsilanta, Mich.; Mrs. Eddie Tackett and Mrs. William Stafford, both of  Van Lear; one brother, Dave Blanton, Kenova, W. Va. Funeral services will be held at the home at 10:30 a. m. Thursday with Rev. James Mollette officiating. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.24 1954
   
BLANTON, Jessie (Daniel)

1907-1954
RITES WEDNESDAY FOR LOCAL WOMAN
Mrs. Albert Blanton Dies Suddenly Monday Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) (May 5, 1954) at Thealka Freewill Baptist Church for Mrs. Jessie D. Blanton, 47, who died suddenly Monday (May 3, 1954) in a local hospital. The daughter of Jess and Alice Butcher Daniel she was born January 1907, at Williamsport. She was a resident of Thealka at the time of her death. She was preceded in death three months ago by her husband Albert Blanton. Surviving are three daughters Mrs. Alice Castle, Maysville, Ohio, Maxie Blanton and Rose Ann Blanton both of Thealka. Other survivors are three half-brothers, Everett Perry, Detroit, Michigan, Herman Perry, Auxier, Ky., and Jim Perry, Detroit, Mich; one half-sister, Mrs. Boyd Pauley, Auxier. The services were conducted by Rev. Don Fraley, Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Thealka cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY.5 1954
   
COLLINS, Charles Jeff

1891-1954
C. J. Collins, 62,  Dies Suddenly In Cincinnati
Heart Attack Fatal To Former County Man
Charles Jeff Collins, 62, died suddenly Saturday, May 29, in the Cincinnati General Hospital after suffering a heart attack while on his way home from work. Born October 31, 1891, at Williamsport, KY, he was the son of John and Laura Bell Penix Collins.  He had been a resident of Cincinnati for two years. Prior to moving to Cincinnati, he was a policeman for several years at Kermit, W. Va.  He was a watchman at Methodist Book Company at Cincinnati at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife, Virgie Lee Collins, two daughters, Ruth Varnie and Laura Bell Toney, both of Huntington, W. Va. One son, Charles J. Collins, Cincinnati, Ohio and one step-son Raymond Adkins, Bluefield W. Va. Other Survivors include one sister, Mary Bowens, Cincinnati, four brothers, Allen Collins, Chattaroy, W. Va; Walker Collins, Lindale, W. Va; Elias Collins, Delbarton W. Va; Jimmy Collins, Williamsport, Ky; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were help Tuesday at the Friendship United Baptist Church of Williamsport with Leonard Walters, L. T. Preston, Cully Sparks and Winfred Meeks as officiating ministers. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Williamsport under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUN.2 1954
   
COMB, Charles B.

1873-1954
Charles B. Combs, 81 died Monday (May 24, 1954) at his home on Little Paint in Floyd County near East Point, following an illness of six years. The son of William and Arminta Witten Combs, he was born in Johnson County February 26, 1873, where he spent the early years of his life. He was a carpenter by occupation and was one of the most respected citizens of his community. Mr. Combs had been a member of the Methodist Church for 61 years and was always active in the work of the church until he was overtaken with ill health. He was married on December 18, 1895 to Dora Howard Combs who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Ernest Combs, West Van Lear; Virgil Combs, East Point; seven daughters, Mrs. George H. Preston, Canute, Oklahoma; Mrs. Thomas L. Baxter, Richmond; Mrs. Thomas L. Baxter, Richmond; Mrs. Herschel Patrick, Leander; Mrs. Charles H. Behrle, Cincinnati, O.; Mrs. Oliver Stumbo, Lexington; Mrs. Virgil Crider, Morehead; Mrs. Ashley Ward Stapleton, Springfield, Ohio; one brother Ben Combs, Wittensville, and 29 grandchildren, and 28 great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday (May 27, 1954) at the home. Burial will be made in the family cemetery on Little Paint under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY May.26 1954
   
DAVIS, Irvin

1954
MARTHA DAVIS 83 IRVIN DAVIS, 59
Tragedy struck a Paintsville family last week when an aged mother and her son died within twenty-four hours of each other. Mrs. Martha I. Davis, 83, of Southside, who had been ill several months with a heart condition died Wednesday, May 26,1954 never knowing that her son, Irvin Davis, 59, of Williamson, W.Va., had been fatally injured in a mine accident in Pike County Tuesday, May.25 1954. Irvin Davis, former resident of this county was working at the N & W mine in Pike County when slate fell in the mine crushing him beneath the impact. Death was instantaneous. He was a member of the United Baptist Church where he was an ordained minister. He is survived by his wife, five children, six grandchildren, five brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Friday at the Allen Funeral Home in Williamson with Arthur Priest, Clifford Priest and F.F. Rigsby as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery in Pike County under the direction of the Allen Funeral Home. Mrs. Davis, who died at her home at Southside Wednesday, was the daughter of Abraham and Matilda Daniel Gibbs. She was born at Tutor Key in this county. A resident of Davisport for several years, she served the people of that community as their postmaster for a number of years. She was preceded in death July 1, 1919 by her husband, Johnnie Davis. Surviving are five sons, Abraham Davis, Clifford, Ky., Maitland Davis, Hardy, Ky., Albert Davis, Canal Fulton, Ohio, John Herman Davis and William T. Davis both of this city; one daughter, Mrs. Hazel M. Davis, city; one brother, John H. Gibbs, Springfield, Mo: two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Greene, Ashland, and Mrs. Walter Pack, Williamsport; 29 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Paintsville United Baptist Church with F.F. Rigsby, Leonard Arrowood and Flem Arrowood as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Davis cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY June 2, 1954
   
DAVIS, Martha (Gibbs)

1954
MARTHA DAVIS 83 IRVIN DAVIS, 59
Tragedy struck a Paintsville family last week when an aged mother and her son died within twenty-four hours of each other. Mrs. Martha I. Davis, 83, of Southside, who had been ill several months with a heart condition died Wednesday, May 26,1954 never knowing that her son, Irvin Davis, 59, of Williamson, W.Va., had been fatally injured in a mine accident in Pike County Tuesday, May.25 1954. Irvin Davis, former resident of this county was working at the N & W mine in Pike County when slate fell in the mine crushing him beneath the impact. Death was instantaneous. He was a member of the United Baptist Church where he was an ordained minister. He is survived by his wife, five children, six grandchildren, five brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Friday at the Allen Funeral Home in Williamson with Arthur Priest, Clifford Priest and F.F. Rigsby as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery in Pike County under the direction of the Allen Funeral Home. Mrs. Davis, who died at her home at Southside Wednesday, was the daughter of Abraham and Matilda Daniel Gibbs. She was born at Tutor Key in this county. A resident of Davisport for several years, she served the people of that community as their postmaster for a number of years. She was preceded in death July 1, 1919 by her husband, Johnnie Davis. Surviving are five sons, Abraham Davis, Clifford, Ky., Maitland Davis, Hardy, Ky., Albert Davis, Canal Fulton, Ohio, John Herman Davis and William T. Davis both of this city; one daughter, Mrs. Hazel M. Davis, city; one brother, John H. Gibbs, Springfield, Mo: two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Greene, Ashland, and Mrs. Walter Pack, Williamsport; 29 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Paintsville United Baptist Church with F.F. Rigsby, Leonard Arrowood and Flem Arrowood as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Davis cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY June 2, 1954
   
FANNIN, Mary Essie (Butcher)

1889-1954
Funeral Services Thurs For Mrs. Mary E. Fannin
Mrs. Mary Essie Fannin, 65, wife of William Fannin of Thelma, died in a local hospital 2:00 a. m. Tuesday, May 25, after an illness of three days. She was a sister of J. K. Butcher of this city. A lifelong resident of Johnson County, she was born, February 14, 1889, the daughter of the late Henry Agnes Gertrude Lawrence Butcher. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband and brother are four children; three daughters, Mrs. Green Price, Thelma, Mrs. Mitchell Preston, Pikeville, and Mrs. Luther Fields, Inez; one son, Ernest Fannin, Thelma. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Frank Ward, Williamsport, Mrs. John Van Hoose, Ulysses, and another brother, Beecher Butcher, Williamsport. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a. m. Thursday, May 27, from the Friendship United Baptist Church at Williamsport with Winfrey Meek and Grover Fannin as officiating ministers. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Williamsport under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY.26 1954
   
JOHNSON, David O.

1897-1954
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the home of Mrs. E.D. Preston for David O. Johnson, 57, of Majestic, Ky., who died in a Williamson hospital Tuesday, May 4, (1954), following an illness of four days. He was born January 19, 1897 in Lawrence County, the son of William and Molly Boyd Johnson. He had been a resident of Majestic for fifteen years. He is survived by his wife, Malta Preston Johnson, two sons, Delmar Johnson, Hanover, Indiana, and Donald Johnson, Majestic, Ky., two daughters, Dolores Johnson and Doris Johnson, both of Majestic, one brother, Charles Johnson, Ulysses. Charles Fordyce was in charge of the services. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery at Chestnut under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary by date of publication. THE PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 12, 1954
   
JONES, Lockie (Preston)

1875-1954
AT CATLETTSBURG
Mrs. Lockie Jones, 78, former resident of this county, died at her home at Catlettsburg, Tuesday, May 18, 1954, following an illness of several months. Born December 22, 1875, she was the daughter of Etchlson and Rebecca Witten Preston. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Jones, several years ago. Surviving are four nieces, Mrs. Bryon Van Hoose, Mrs. Flem Griffith and Mrs. Grace Conley, all of Paintsville. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 20, 1954, at the Tutor Key United Baptist Church with Cullie Sparks and Robert Castle as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 26, 1954
  
LEMASTER, Willie

1892-1954
PASSES SUNDAY SERVICES TUESDAY FOR WILLIE LEMASTER
Willie Lemaster, 61, lifelong resident at Winifred, died at home his home Sunday following an illness of two years.  death was attributed to a heart condition. The son of James and Emily Slone Lemasters, he was born July 11, 1892.  He was a farmer by occupation. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Edna Johnson Lemasters, three daughters, Mrs. Hemma Lyons, Fairborn, Ohio.  Mrs. hazel Preston, Meally.  Mrs. Erma Chandler, Baltimore, Md:  one brother, Logan Lemasters, Sunbury, Ohio:  two sisters, Mrs. Allie Caudill, Winifred and Mrs. Cordle Keaton, Winifred. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Lower Frank's Creek Church with Rev. Tom Bailey and Rev. Lonza Reed officiating. Burial was made in the Harris Cemetery at Winifred under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 12, 1954
   
PRESTON, David O.

1897-1954
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 1954 at the home of Mrs. E. D. Preston for David O. Johnson, 57, of Majestic, Ky., who died in a Williamson hospital Tuesday, May 4, 1954 following an illness of four days. He was born January 19, 1897 in Lawrence County, the son of William and Molly Boyd Johnson.  He had been a resident of Majestic for fifteen years. He is survived by his wife, Malta Preston Johnson, two sons, Delmar Johnson, Hanover, Indiana, and Donald Johnson, Majestic, Ky., two daughters, Delores Johnson and Doris Johnson, both of Majestic, one brother, Charles Johnson , Ulysses. Charles Fordyce was in charge of the services. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery at Chestnut under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 12 1954
   
RAMEY, Owen

1875-1954
BRIEF ILLNESS FATAL TO PAINTSVILLE MAN
Owen Ramey, 78, died Thursday at his home in Paintsville following a brief illness. Born August 22, 1875 at White House, he was the son of Joseph and Louise E. Ratliff Ramey.  He was a retired miner. Surviving are three sons, Irvin and Owen Ramey, Jr., both of White House, John Ramey, Melvin; four daughters, Mrs. Goldie Stapleton, Lancer, Mrs. Jane Stepp, city, Mrs. Emma May, Hager Hill, Mrs. Lillie Butcher, White House; two brothers, Robert Ramey, Ashland, and Lincoln Ramey, Hellier. Funeral services were held Saturday at the White House Enterprise Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Booth officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at White House under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday  May 26 1954 DEATHDATE: Figured and entered into this obituary from the publication date of the Paintsville Herald
   
THOMPSON, John T.

1882-1954
Funeral Arrangements Incomplete For Father Of Mrs. G. S. Kirtley
John T. Thompson, 71, father of Mrs. G. S. Kirtley of this city died at his home in Huntington, W. Va. Tuesday morning following a brief illness. Born October 13, 1882 at Charley, Lawrence County, Ky., he was the son of B. F. and  Delma Pack Thompson. He attended school in Lawrence County and Berea College in 1903-1904 where he received his normal degree. He later taught school in Lawrence County. He was a retired contractor. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Stella Ann Flora Thompson; one daughter, Mrs. G. S. Kirtley, city, one grandson, Sgt.Gordon S. (Corkey) Kirtley, who is stationed in Stuttgart, Germany; two sisters, Mrs. Haskell May, Ashland, and Mrs. Hugh Stevens, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; three brothers, Mr. B. F. Thompson, Amory, Mississippi; Farris and Henry Thompson both of Oakland, California. The body is at the Chapman Mortuary, 2751 Third Avenue, Huntington, Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of relatives. Burial will be made in the Highland Cemetery at Huntington. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 12 1954

JUNE - 1954
    
   
ADAMS, Cecil
1927-1954
Cecil Adams, 26, of this city, was killed instantly about one o'clock Sunday Morning near Lancer, 23 miles north of Pikeville on U.S. 23, when his automobile went over an embankment. The automobile, a Ford convertible, first sideswiped another car, driven by Kenneth Roberts, 25 of Wayland State Police reported. State Police said that Adams came around a curve at a high rate of speed, sideswiping the other automobile and then proceeded to leave the highway and go over the embankment. He was dead on arrival at the hospital. Roberts was not injured and there were no other occupants of either automobile it was reported. Adams was born August 19, 1927 in Johnson County, a son of the late Wesley Adams and Mollie Lykins Adams who survives. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was employed as a watch repairman in Prestonsburg. Survivors include two brothers Hardie and Smith Adams both of Hager Hill. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lick Fork United Baptist Church in Hager Hill. Burial was made in the family cemetery there under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 9, 1954
BAYES, Warren
1883-1954
Well-Known Citizen Of Johnson County Succumbs Saturday
Funeral services were held at the Locust Grove United Baptist Church Monday for Warren Bayes, 71, well-known resident of this county, who succumbed Saturday in a local hospital following an illness of several months. The son of George and Hannah Collinsworth Bayes, he was born March 14, 1883 in this county. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was a miner and farmer by occupation and was a member of the United Mine Workers. He was married December 10, 1903, to Martha Burchett who survives. Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Irvin and Virgil Bayes both of Ashland; two daughters, Mrs. Georgene Dills Npipa, Mrs. Florence Stambaugh, Columbus, Ohio; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are five brothers Harlan, Springfield, O; Newton, Ashland; Carl, Minford, Ohio; Johnnie, South Webster, Ohio; Frank, Columbus, Ohio; five sisters, Mrs Mae Tummins,Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. June Hichman, Milford Center, Ohio; Mrs. Laura Van Hoose, Ashland; Mrs. Mollie Murphy, Ashland; and Mrs. Gusta Boggs, New Boston, Ohio. Officiating ministers were L. T. Preston and Cullie Sparks, Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Burchett Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald June 23, 1954
CONLEY, Wayne
1899-1954
Wayne Conley Of Oil Springs Passes Friday
Wayne Conley, 54, lifelong resident of Oil Springs, died Friday in a local hospital following an illness of several months. Born December 4, 1899, he was the son of W. H. and Callie Spradlin Conley. A prominent citizen of his community, he was a stock-holder in the Second National Bank and a director of the Sandy Valley Grocery Co. He was married in 1924 to the former Miss Nora Howard, who survives. Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Mrs. Arlie Lykins, Oil Springs, one grandson, Arlie David Lykins, Oil Springs, and two brothers, George W. Conley, Ashland and Ben Conley, Mt. Sterling O. Funeral Services were conducted at the home Sunday with Charlie Lemaster, John and Frank Ratliff as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Conley Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 6-23-1954

CRAFT, Franklin P.
1881-1954
Services Saturday For Franklin Craft
Franklin P. Craft, 72, well-known farmer of Winifred, died Wednesday (June 30, 1954) at his home following an illness of six months. Born October 7, 1881 at Winifred, he was the son of Wiley and Lizzie Wheeler Craft. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death in 1919 by his wife. Surviving are two sons, Willie Craft, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Willis Craft, Winifred; two brothers, W. Martin Craft, Winifred, Farris Craft, Portsmouth, Ohio; and one sister, Mrs. Melissa Ramsey, Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were held Saturday (July 3, 1954) at the Old Hood Church with Cully Sparks and O. I. Williams as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Slone Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUL.7 1954
DUTY, Russell
1885-1954
SERVICES FRIDAY FOR RUSSELL DUTY MEALLY RESIDENT
SUCCUMBS TUESDAY AFTER 2-YEAR ILLNESS
Funeral services were held Friday, June 18, at the home at Meally for Russell Duty, 63, who died Tuesday, June 15, in a local hospital following an illness of two years. He was born October 24, 1885 in Lawrence County, the son of Noah and Mary Judd Duty. A retired miner by occupation he had been a resident of Meally for the past 65 years. Surviving are his wife, Bessie Music Duty, three sons, Gene & Thomas Duty, both of Meally, and Russell Duty, Jr., David, W.Va.; four daughters, Mrs. Verlie Bowling, Mrs. Lillian Ratiff, both of Deel, Va. Mrs. Ruby Boyles, Fairborn, Ohio and Mrs. Ruthnel Dawson, Springfield, Ohio. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY  JUN.23, 1954
GEORGE, Mary (Castle)
1881-1954
Funeral services were held at the home at Lowmansville for Mrs. Mary Castle George who died Friday in a local hospital following illness for a week. Born September 23, 1881 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Robert and Martha Borders Castle. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are one son, Homer George of Urbana, Ohio, and one daughter Mrs. Pearl Castle, Lowmansville; one brother Robert Castel of Tutor Key; three sisters, Mrs mimica Slone, Mrs. Martha Bevins, Mrs Rosa Brown all of Lowmansville; and four grandchildren. The officiating ministers for the services were Leonard Walters, Foster Grim and Bascom Daniels. Burial was made in the family cemetery in Lowmansville under the directon of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald June 16, 1954
HAMILTON, Calhoun
1954
CALHOUN HAMILTON DIES IN CALIFORNIA AFTER A LONG ILLNESS
Calhoun M. Hamilton died Saturday, June 26 after an extended illness at Kaiser Fontana Hospital in Kaiser, California. He was born at Red Bush, a son of David and Mary Hamilton. He spent most of his life in Ashland, but for the past seven years had made his home with his sister, Mrs. Sam Meade of Ontario, California. He was employed by Kaiser Steel Corporation at Fontana. He was a member of the Church of the Nazerine at Upland, Calif. Mr. Hamilton is survived by one son,  Frank M. Hamilton, Ashland. Three sisters Mrs. Warren Daniel of Tutor Key, Mrs. Whitt Bolton, Pennsville, N.J., and Mrs. Sam Meade, Ontario, California. One brother, Ben Hamilton, and two half brothers, the Revs. Jeff and John Hamilton both of Red Bush. Funeral Services were conducted at the First Church of the Nazerine in Ashland at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 1, with the Rev. Lawrence B. Hicks and the Rev. Paul Diamond officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Red Bush. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUL.7 1954
JACKSON, Floyd Thomas
1936-1954
Funeral services were held here at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 1954 for Floyd Thomas Jackson, 17, Paintsville High School senior, who was killed in an automobile accident in Ashtabula, Ohio on June 16, 1954. He was the son of Floyd and Fronia Blanton Jackson and had spent his entire life in Paintsville where he attended school, and in his younger years was a newsboy for the Herald. He was born October 5, 1936. The youth was driving a convertible, which overturned in a ditch; injuring two passengers and throwing two others clear of the car.  He had been visiting a sister, Mrs. James Long, and he died in Ashtabula General Hospital nearly six hours after his 1948 model car went out of control.  He received a severely crushed chest and other internal injuries. Alice Long, 15, was in good condition at the hospital with face lacerations and a concussion.  Treated and released was Henry Yarman, 19, owner of the auto. Thrown out of the car were Vicky Long, 3, and Anthony Clause, 16. Patrol officers said Jackson was driving west apparently at a high rate of speed when he applied his brakes, throwing the car out of control and causing it to flip over.  The occupants, except the two thrown clear, were trapped beneath the vehicle, which was badly damaged, officers said. Young Jackson is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Jackson, two brothers, Logan Jackson and John Jackson, Paintsville, and three sisters, Mrs. Jane Long and Mrs. Charles Montgomery, Ashtabula, Ohio and Mrs. Joseph Pavalina, Wheeling, W. Va. Funeral services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. Claude Preston. Burial was made in the Paintsville Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 23 1954
KING, Alonzo R.
1902-1954
ALONZO R. KING DIES IN DETROIT
Alonzo R. King, 52, son of Charley King of Johnson County, died June 15, 1954, at his home at Detroit, Michigan where he had resided for the past four years. He was employed by the Berry Brothers Company as a paint mixer.  He was born in Johnson County April 30, 1902.  His mother was the late Rhoda Johnson King.  The body was returned to the John Steen Funeral Home in Ashland and was taken to the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Helen Morris of Ashland. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 1954, and burial was made in the Ashland Cemetery. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Maude King; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Morris, Ashland; one son, Paul W. King, Montgomery, Ala., his father, Charley King, nine brothers, Sam King, Joe King, Hansford King, Sandy King, John D. King and Homer King all of Staffordsville, General Garfield King of Logan, W. Va., James King, Columbus, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Dorothy May Wheeler of Staffordsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 23, 1954
LEMASTERS, Dorsey E.
1914-1954
Tractor Accident Fatal To Farmer
Dorsey E. Lemasters Chandlerville Resident Buried Saturday Dorsey E. Lemasters, 40, prominent Johnson County farmer was killed Wednesday June 9, when the tractor which he was operating on his farm at Chandlerville overturned, pinning him beneath the wheel.  He was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. Death was caused by head injuries. Born in this county on June 26, 1914, he was the son of Flo Wheeler Lemaster and the late Leo Lemaster of Chandlerville who died in 1953. He was married on June 18, 1932 to Easter Woods of Paintsville who survives him.  He is survived by eight children, Ronald, Donald, Melvin, Paul, Emma Flo, Helen and Sharon all at home and Mrs. Doris Prater of Toledo, Ohio.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Thurman Lemasters, Dixie, W.Va., Loren Lemasters, Leroy Lemasters, Versailles, KY., Francis Lemasters, United States Navy, Mrs. Forrest Lemasters, Cove, Ohio, Mrs. Mitchell Caudill, Winifred, and Mrs. Clarence Davis, Chandlerville. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Old Hood United Baptist Church by Rev. Willie Murray and Rev. Cullie Sparks. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Old Hood Church under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 6-16-1954
LITTERAL, Bayless
1954
DIES IN OHIO RESIDENT OF OIL SPRINGS
HEART ATTACH FATAL TO BAYLISS LITTERAL
Bayliss Litteral, 63, former resident of Oil Springs, Ky., died Saturday, June 19, at his home in Shreve, Ohio, of a heart attack. Born at Oil Spring the son of the late Judge W. E. Litteral and Sue Witten Litteral, he was a member of a well-known Johnson County family. For a number of years he was bookkeeper for Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear.  He moved to Estill, Floyd County, where he resided with his family and was employed there as bookkeeper for Wells Elkhorn Coal Company.  From Floyd County the family moved to Shreve, Ohio where Mr. Litteral was prominent in civic and business organization of that city. Surviving are his wife Myrtle Litteral, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Sue Luke and Mrs. Dorothy Kerr, three grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Glena Preston, Ashland and one brother, Benson Litteral of Oil Springs. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 23, 1954
MCKENZIE, Layne
1964-1954
Services At Louisa For Layne McKenzie
Layne McKenzie, 89, Fort Gay, Wva., former resident of this city, died in a Louisa Hospital , Wednesday , June 23, after an illness of two years. He was born July 15, 1864 in this city, a son of the late John and Rebecca Salyers McKenzie. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 15 years. He had resided in the Fort Gay community for 58 years. His wife, Mrs. Hannah Roberts McKenzie, died in 1948. Funeral services were conducted Friday at the Curtright Funeral Home at Louisa. The Rev. Freelan Akers and Rev. Carvell Grant officiated. Burial was made in the Billups Gap Cemetary near Fort Gay. Survivors include three sons, Rass McKenzie, Huntington; Bill and Floyd McKenzie, Rt. 1, Fort Gay; one sister, Mrs. Harm Massie of Lodi, Ohio; five brothers, Dave and Sam McKenzie, Columbus., Larkin McKenzie, Ceredo, Wva., Reynolds McKenzie, Portsmouth, Ohio., Joe McKenzie, Rt. 1, Fort Gay; and two grandchildren. Paintsville Herald June 30, 1954
MURPHY, Catherine (Kilkenney)
1895-1954
FUNERAL IN LOUISVILLE FOR LOCAL WOMAN
Mrs. David P. Murphy Succumbs Tuesday Mrs. Catherine Kilkenney Murphy, 59, well-known resident of this city and wife of David P. Murphy, died Tuesday morning at a Louisville hospital following  an illness of several months. Born March 10, 1895, she was the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Kilkenney of Louisville and the late Martin Kilkenney.  She had been a resident of this city for more than 20 years. An active member of the Catholic Church, she lived a life of consecrated devotion to it’s cause, centering her interests around her church and family. A woman endowed with an intense love of life and people, her joyous spirit brightened the lives of those with who she came in contact, and her heartwarming friendliness made her beloved by all who knew her. Surviving besides her husband and mother are two daughters, Mrs. Vincent Spoelker and Mrs. Joseph Noltemeyer, both of Louisville; two sons, James Kevin Murphy, Los Angeles, California, and David Paul Murphy, Hager Hill. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Frank C. Benoit, Kankakee, Ill. Mrs. Joseph Schupp, Mrs. Leo Schaefer, and Miss Florence Kilkenney, all of Louisiville; two brothers, The Rev. James B. Kilkenney, a Dominican Priest, and Martin B. Kilkenney, both of Louisville, and six grandchildren. The funeral will be at 8:30a.m., Friday at Bosse Funeral Home, 1355 Ellison Ave. at Barnett Avenue, Louisville, and at 9 a.m. at St. Agnes Church with Rev. Kilkenney and Rev. Joseph Wimmers of this city officiating. Burial will be made in the Calvary Cemetery in Louisville. Paintsville Herald June 23, 1954
PENNINGTON, Hiram
1878-1954
Graveside rites were conducted Sunday at the family cemetery at Win for Hiram Pennington who died at his home at Win, after an illness of three weeks. He was born in Johnson County December 19, 1878. Surviving are two sons, Bill and Chun Pennington both of Win; seven daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Blanton and Mrs. Rosie Peters, Ophir, Ky., Mrs. Alka Gullett, Mrs. Alla Lemaster and Mrs Edna Jenkins, Win Ky; Mrs. Opal Lemaster, Columbus Ohio, Mrs. Samantha Salyers, Springfield Ohio; one brother, Charlie Pennington of Red Bush. Burial was under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald June 30, 1954
PRESTON, Della (McKenzie)
1883-1954
Della Preston Secumbs to  Long Illness
Mrs. Della Preston 70, wife of William R. Preston died at 8:00 a.m. June 16, at her home on Euclid Avenue here after suffering a stroke. An invalid for several years, her sudden death was neverless a shock to family and friends. Mrs. Preston was one of Paintsville's most respected women. She was the daughter of Martin and Julia Picklesimer McKenzie, and had been a resident of the county her entire life. She was born December 12, 1883. In early womanhood she was converted and baptized, and in later life she became a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Although she could not attend church in person she was an attentive listener to the devotional programs on the radio from which she received much strength and courage. Mrs. Preston was married in 1905 to William R. Preston, and to this union were born five sons who with her husband survive. They are Shady Kenneth Preston and William Randall Preston Jr., both of Seco, Cecil Martin Preston, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Ernest Neville Preston of the U.S.M.C., Oceanside, California and Leon Hoadely at home. She is also survived by ten grand-children, four great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Mayo Memorial Church by Rev. Walter Hooper and Rev. J. I. Meyer. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery at Barnetts Creek under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 14, 1954
RAPIER, Corrine (Mahoney)
1890-1954
FORMER RESIDENT OF LOUISVILLE PASSES SUNDAY
SERVICES TUESDAY FOR MRS.CORRINNE RAPIER,
MOTHER OF LOCAL DENTIST
Mrs. Mary Corrinne Rapier, 63, mother of Dr. J. H. Rapier of this city, died in a Louisville hospital Sunday morning, following a brief illness. Born July 22, 1890 in Nelson County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Eliza Mills Mahoney. Prior to moving to Paintsville six years ago, she had been a resident of Louisville.  She took an active part in church work both here and in Louisville. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Rapier, who was killed in World War I. Surviving besides her son are two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Dant and Mrs. Elizabeth Sparrow, both of Louisville; three brothers, John and Ray Mahoney, both of Louisville, and Alphonso Mahoney, New Haven, Ky., and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:30 Tuesday morning at Our Lady of the Mountain Chapel with Rev. George Nerbonne, Martin as officiating minister. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD JUN. 9 1954
REED, Wise
1879-1954
WISE REED, 74, PASSES SUNDAY AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS
Wise Reed, 74, a resident of Paintsville for 32 years, died Sunday in a local hospital following an illness of four days. Born November 2, 1879 in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Sol and Adeline Whitt Reed. A laborer by occupation, he was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Helen Reed, three sons, Oscar, Reed, city, Landon and Arbie Reed, Knox, Ind.; three daughters, Mrs. Audie Wells, Offutt, Mrs. Ada Grey Conn Salt Lick, and Mrs. Erma Rogers, Muncie, Ind. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Fred Rowland and Rev. Millard Van Hoose officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Elsie, Ky., under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD JUN. 23 1954
SALYER, Celesta (Yates)
1868-1954
AGED RESIDENT AT  OIL SPRINGS PASSES JUNE 22
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 24, from the home at Oil Springs for Mrs. Celesta Salyer, 85, well-known resident of that community who died at her home at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 22.  Death followed an illness of three months. A member of the Pentecostal Church, she was born in Floyd County, December 24, 1868, the daughter of the late Alex and Melissa Coleman Yates.  She was married to Bee Salyer who preceded her in death sixteen years ago. Surviving are two children; one son, Ross Salyer, city and one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Conley, Oil Springs. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Harry Salyer, Cline Salyer, and W.E. Cissna.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald June 30, 1954
SLONE, Karen Lynn
1954
GRAVESIDE RITES HELD MON. FOR SLONE, INFANT
Graveside rites were held Monday, June 1954 at the Stafford Cemetery, Hager Hill, for Karen Lynn Slone, infant daughter of Donald Ray and Bobbie Gene Dixon Slone. Burial was under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 23 1954
SPENCER, William Creal
1868-1954
WELL-KNOWN MAN PASSES TUESDAY
Services Thursday For W. C. Spencer
William Creal Spencer, 86, well-known farmer of this section, died Tuesday, June 8, 1954 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Tom Yates of East Point, following an illness of a month. The son of Josh and Minnie Ratliff Spencer, he was born January 8, 1868 in Johnson County.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides Mrs. Yates is another daughter, Mrs. Emma Ratliff, Portsmouth, Ohio, and one son, Frank Spencer, Whitaker, Ky., 29 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Tommie Spencer, Gail Spencer, Mrs. Ida Spencer, all of Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. John Spencer, Lick Fork, and Mrs. Will Collins, Whitaker. Funeral services were held at the Whitaker Church Thursday June 10, 1954 with Charles Lemasters and Adron Davis as officiating ministers.  Burial was made in the Ratliff Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 16 1954
SPRADLIN, Elbert
1954
Denver Man Shoots Wife, Kills Self West Virginia Officers Search For Motive In Spradlin Shooting Officers of Boone County West Virginia are seeking the motive for a former Johnson County man to cut short his bath to fire two shots into his wife and then take his own life with a Luger pistol. Elbert Spradlin 39 - year old miner, and son of Ben I. and Nora Leek Spradlin, was reared at Denver in this county, and resided at Barrett, WVa. at the time of his death. It was stated by attendants at the mortuary at Madison, WVa. where the body of Spradlin was taken, that he was either starting to take a bath or was just finishing when he opened fire with the German-made pistol at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The man was dead upon arrival at a Madison hospital. Spradlin's wife, the former Josephine Hitchcock, daughter of Mrs. Solon Prater of this city, was wounded in the back and right foot by slugs from the Luger. She underwent surgery at Madison General Hospital but physicians did not attempt to remove a slug lodged between her kidney and spleen according to reports. Hospital attendants reported yesterday that her condition had improved, and she is expected to recover. Spradlin worked at the Wharton No. 1 mine of Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, and had just reached home and was bathing when the shooting occured, it was reported. He is survived by two brothers, Elmer Spradlin, Milford Center, Ohio, Russell Spradlin of Barrett, WVa., one sister, Mrs. Bert Daniel, Wharton, WVa., one half-brother, Grant Spradlin, Paintsville, and one half-sister, Mrs. Wallie Richie, Piketon, Ohio. Funeral services were held Saturday, and burial was made in a cemetery at Wharton. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 6-9-1954
SPRADLIN, Grant
1892-1954
Grant Spradlin Dies Suddenly Death Takes Local Man
One Week After Brother Dies
Grant Spradlin, 61 died suddenly Thursday morning at his home here of a heart attack. His death followed that of his brother, Elbert Spradlin, of Barett, WVa. by only one week. Mr. Spradlin was the son of Ben I. Spradlin and Mary Ward Spradlin of the Jenny's Creek section of Johnson County. He was born November 24, 1892 and a member of the United Baptist Church. He was a miner by occupation. Mr. Spradlin was married in 1917 to Sara Blair who survives. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Dallas Jackson and Miss Effie Spradlin, both of Paintsville. Two sisters, Mrs. Bert Daniel, Wharton, WVa., and Mrs. Raleigh Richie, Piketon, Ohio, and two brothers, Elmer Spradlin, Milford Center, Ohio, and Russell Spradlin, Wharton, WVa. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at the Green Valley School on Barnetts Creek by Rev. Hammie May and Rev. Millard Bryant. Burial was made in the Blair Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 6-16-1954
STACY, Bertha
1902-1954
SERVICES MONDAY  FOR BERTHA STACY OF GEORGES CREEK
Funeral services were held Monday, June 7 1954, at the home at Georges Creek for Bertha Stacy, 52 who died at her home following an illness of several weeks. Born January 12, 1902 in Lawrence County she was the daughter of George and Anna Dixon Stacy. Surviving are two brothers, Garfield Stacy, Sitka, George Stacy of Georges Creek, four sisters: Mrs. Ora Tackett, Rush Town, Ohio, Mrs. Bessie Blanton, Cedan, Ohio, Mrs. Blanche Webb, Dunhan, Ky., Mrs. Mary Pack, Key Rock, WVa. Burial was made in the Preston Cemetery at Georges Creek under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUN.16 1954
THOMAS, E.L. Rev
1876-1954
Rev. E.L. Thomas 78, lifelong resident of Flat Gap, died at his home Wednesday June 2 1954, following an illness of several months. Born February 1 1876, he was the osn of C.M. and Anna Fouch Thomas. He was a retired farmer. He had served a number of years as a minister in the Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Lula Cantrell Thomas, two brothers, Bert Thomas, Flat Gap; Conn Thomas, Ypsilanti, Michigan; five sisters, Mrs. Susie Williams, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; Mrs. Linnie Brown, Oregeon; Mrs. Mary Salyer, Red Bush; Mrs. Bessie McKenzie, Sunbury, Ohio; Mrs. May Evans, Glena, Ohio. Funeral services were held Thursday June 3, at the Flat Gap Enterprise Baptist Church [ PARTIAL OBITUARY ] Paintsville Herald 6-16-1954
VANHOOSE, Warren M.
1872-1954
W. M. Van Hoose State Employee Dies Suddenly
Veteran Accountant Was Brother  Of Don C. Van Hoose
Warren M. Van Hoose, 81, brother of Don C. Van Hoose of this city, and auditor of State Accounts for 30 years, died at noon Monday of a stroke suffered six hours earlier while he was dressing. He had been in service of the State for 34 years, and had been active up until his sudden illness. A Republican, who was highly esteemed in Frankfort, he served under six Democratic governors as well as three Republicans. He had been the technical mainstay of every state auditor since the Reorganization Act of 1936, and before that time he had worked in the office of the State inspector and examiner for 12 years. He was one of the very few certified public accountants having passed the examination after studying $40 worth of books at home. At the time of his death he was the auditor of State institutions. He was born December 23, 1872 at Mingo, now Tutor Key, a son of Henry and Nan Baldwin Van Hoose. He was one of seven children. He attended Valparaiso University for a short time, and was a teacher in the Johnson County Schools for 18 years. His first federal job was storekeeper- gauger, and his first job at Frankfort was assistant to the secretary of state, Fred A. Vaughn of Paintsville in 1920. Surviving are his wife, Erie Dixon Van Hoose, a native of this county, three sons, Richard Van Hoose, Louisville, superintendent of Jefferson County Schools. Russell M. Van Hoose, Asheville, N. C., traffic superintendent for Southern Bell and Raymond H. Van Hoose an oil man at Tulsa, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph W. Kirk and Mrs. Thomas H. Knight, both of Frankfort, and one brother, Don C. Van Hoose, Paintsville. Funeral services were held today at 2:30 p.m. (C.D.T.) at Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort, and burial was made in Frankfort Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 6-23-1954

WELLS, George
1891-1954
AUXIER RESIDENT PASSES MONDAY
George Wells, 62, Auxier Ky., well-known resident of Floyd County, died Monday in a Prestonburg hospital  following an illness of one year. The son of the late Lewis and Jane Hopson Wells, he was born August 20, 1891.  He was a minor by occupation. Surviving are his wife, Cora Goble Wells, seven sons, Eugene, Richard, and Kenneth Wells, all of Auxier; Herbert and Paul Randall Wells, both of the U. S. Air Force: Bobby Wells, U. S. Army: and Edward Wells, Ypslianti, Mich: four daughters, Mrs. Elwbrth Crum, East Point: Mrs. Lorraine Wells Fontana Calif: Mrs. Georgia DeRossett, Lancer, Ky.: Mrs. Lenora Montgomery, Prestonsburg. Other survivors include three brothers, Bosier Wells, Auxier: Sam Wells, Prestonsburg: Curtis Wells, Lancer: one sister Mrs. William Burchett, Cliff, Ky. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Auxier Methodist Church with Rev. Floyd Lafferty afflicting.   Burial will be made in the Government Cemetery at Auxier under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 23, 1954
WELLS, Mollie (Curtis)
1900-1954
Services Friday  For Mollie Wells
Mrs. Mollie Wells, 54, wife of Hubert Wells of this city, died in a local hospital at 2:00 a. m. Wednesday, June 23, following an illness of several months. A native of Johnson County, she was born May 1, 1900, the daughter of James Curtis and Alafair Holbrok Curtis.  She was first married to Joe Pigg and three children were born. Surviving besides her husband, are two sons, Glenn Pigg, Pikeville, and Joe Pigg of this city, one daughter, Mrs. Lillian Pace, Detroit, Michigan.  Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Ella Waddle, Fort Gay, W. Va.  Mrs. Stella Rowland, White House, Mrs. Minnie Blackburn, Lancer, and one brother, Forest Curtis, Waverly, Ohio.  Five grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted from the Paintsville Funeral Home at 1:00 p. m. Friday, June 25, with Fred Rowland as officiating minister.  Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY  JUN.30 1954 
WHEELER, Mollie (Jayne)
1877-1954
MOLLIE WHEELER DIES THURSDAY
Funeral Services Held Sunday Mrs. Mollie Jayne Wheeler, 76, died at 10:00 p.m. Thursday,  June 10, 1954 at her home on West Main Street, a Few hours after suffering a stroke.  Mrs. Wheeler had been in ill health for several years, her condition gradually growing worse following a stroke several months ago. Born in Johnson County on December 26, 1877, she was the daughter of Harrison and Pauline Allington Jayne. She was the widow of Sanford Wheeler, prominent businessman of this city, and one of the original owners of the Wheeler Grocery Company, who died about 21 years ago.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Bradley Wheeler, Portsmouth, O., and Ernest Wheeler Paintsville, one daughter Mrs. Raymond Sublett, Paintsville, and 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters. Mrs. Elizabeth Wheeler Preston of Paintsville, Mrs. Cynthia Ann Franklin, Flat Fork, Ky., Mrs. Ella Sellards, Beaver, Ohio, Andy Jayne, Buena Vista, O., and Joe Jayne, Wakefield, O. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday June 13, 1954 at the residence by Rev. Foster Rigsby and Rev. O.I. Williams. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 16 1954
WHEELER, Zelphia (Henley)
1866-1954
LIFELONG RESIDENT OF THIS COUNTY DIES SATURDAY
Mrs. Zelphia, Wheeler, 88 lifelong resident of Johnson County, died Saturday (Jun.12 1954) in the Portsmouth General Hospital, Portsmouth, Ohio, following an illness of six months. The daughter of James and Jane Griffith Henley, she was born April 29, 1866. She was a resident of Flat Gap at the time of her death. She was preceded in death ten years ago by her husband, S.S Wheeler. Surviving are three sons, Edward Wheeler, Flat Gap, Chauncy Wheeler, River Hiram Wheeler, Sciotoville,Ohio,three daughters, Geneva Hill &Sadie Carrington, Portsmouth, Ohio and Ethel Sparks, Sciotoville,  Ohio, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tues. at the Bethel Church at Flat Gap with Rev. Lonza Reek as officiating minister. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUN.16 1954 NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered into this obit from the date of publication.
WILLIAMS, Ninevah (Stapleton)
1886-1954
County Woman Passes Tuesday
Brief Illness Fatal To Mrs. Albert Williams
Mrs. Ninevah Stapleton Williams, 67, lifelong resident of this county, died in a local hospital Tuesday following an illness of four days. Born August 20, 1886, she was the daughter of Sarah McKenzie Stapleton and the late John A. Stapleton.  She was a resident of Elna at the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Williams, June 17, 1950. Surviving besides her mother are four sons, Payne Williams, Winchester; Maxwell Williams, Indianapolis, Ind.; Scotty and Sherwood Williams, both of Elna, three daughters Georgia McKenzie, Whitesburg; Elaine Conley, Springfield O; Lena Tigue, Dayton, Ohio. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Ashland Stapleton, East Point; Cassidy Stapleton, Ironton, O.; Dora Stapleton, and Hager Stapleton, both of Paintsville; Sunny Stapleton, Red Bush; Charlie Stapleton, Blaine,; and Missie McKenzie, Ironton, O. Funeral services are incomplete at this time.  The body is at the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY  JUN.23 1954 
YOUNG, Walter F.
1907-1954
Walter F. Young Dies Suddenly of Heart Attack
Prominent Businessman Buried Here Sunday
Walter F. Young, 47, owner of the Young Construction Company and prominent businessman of this city, died suddenly Friday evening of a heart attack.  He was stricken about seven o'clock and death came about one hour later. Mr. Young had suffered from a coronary occlusion since January 6 of this year, but after treatment at the Veterans' Hospital in Huntington, W.VA., his health had improved, and he had been able to resume some of his former activities. He was married on June 20, 1940, in Pikeville, Kentucky to Miss Elizabeth Rice, member of a prominent Johnson County family, who survives him. Born at Pate Springs, TN., on March 2, 1907, he came to Paintsville in 1939, having been transferred from Detroit, MI., as a representative of the General Motors Corporation to the Cox Motor Car Company. Interested in the progress of his community and its citizens, he later established the Young Construction Company and was engaged in contracting work here for several years.  He built the first modern concrete mixing plant in Paintsville, and his industry and foresight added much to the progress of this locality.  He had recently completed a modern ranch-style home at the end of College Street and he and Mrs. Young had moved into their new home only a few days before his death. He was a veteran of World War II, and was a member of the Paintsville Masonic Lodge and the Johnson County American Legion Post. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Sunday, June 20, at the First Methodist Church by Rev. W. F. Pettus.  Special music was rendered by the choir with Mrs. Robert Montgomery at the organ. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDENESDAY JUN.23 1954


JULY - 1954

BOYD, Lou (VanHoose)
1886-1954
MRS. MASTIN BOYD SUCCOMBS JULY 19 (1954) AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS
Services Held Thursday At White House Mrs. Lou VanHoose Boyd, 68, well-known resident of this county, died at a local hospital Monday, July 19, (1954) following an illness of 8 days. A lifelong resident of this county, she was born May 11, 1886 at White House, where she resided until two years ago when she moved to West Van Lear. She was the daughter of the late Wallace VanHoose and Julia VanHoose Daniels. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mastin Boyd, January 29, 1954. Surviving are two sons, Russell Boyd, Williamsport, a principal in the county school system, Howard Boyd, Hamilton, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Edna Mae Blevins and Mrs. Myrna Boyd Meek, both of West Van Lear, and Mrs. Virginia Bailey, Ecourse, Michigan; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Icy Wallen and Mrs. Sherman Lemaster, both of White House; three brothers, Jess and John VanHoose, both of Ulysses, Ky., and Frank VanHoose, Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 22, (1954) at the White House United Baptist Church with Doc Rowland and Willie Duty. Burial was made in the VanHoose Cemetery at Chestnut under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY  Jul.28 1954
CONLEY, Goldie (Salyer)
1895-1954
Services Held July 30 For Flat Gap Woman
Mrs. Goldie Salyer Conley, 58, wife if Jon J. Conley of FlatGap, died in a local hospital Wednesday, July 28 1954 following an illness of several years. Born Sept. 21, 1895, she was the daughter of James C. Salyer and the late Lila Salyer.  She had been a lifelong resident of Flat Gap and was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving besides her husband and father are her stepmother, Mrs. Laura Salyer, five sons, Clifford, Ova and Thomas James Conley all of Springfield, Ohio. Army Conley, Waverly, Ohio and John Paul Conley, Flat Gap; four daughters, Mrs. Frankie May Bryant, Mrs. Lora Salyer, Mrs. Suzie Jane Slone, Mrs. Mary Ruth McKenzie all of Springfield, Ohio. Other survivors include three brothers, Homer Salyer, Flat Gap; Dewey Salyer, Springfield, Ohio and James Salyer, Jr. U. S. Army; two sisters, Mrs. Dora McCarty, Aid, Ohio and Mrs. Gladys McCormick, Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the Joe's Creek Pentecostal Church Friday, July 30, with John Collins and Harry Salyer as officiating ministers. Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-4-1954

DAVIS, Dan
1879-1954
Dan Davis, 75, Manila Resident, Passes Tuesday
Services Thursday For Prominent Man
Dan Davis, 75, prominent farmer of Johnson County, died at his home at Manila Tuesday following an illness of six months. Born July 16, 1879, he was the son of John and Loraine Nubb Davis.  He had been a lifelong resident of this county. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Ann Webb Davis, four sons, James Davis, Dema, Kentucky, Lindsey Davis, Hamburg, New York, Darlie Davis, Winchester, Kentucky, Johnnie Davis, Barnetts Creek, Kentucky; one daughter, Mrs. Russell Lemaster, Manila, 14 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Vint Davis, Barnetts Creek, and two sisters, Mrs. Victoria Reed, city, and Mrs. Betty Blanton, Staffordsville. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Fish Trap United Baptist Church with Lonzo Reed, Foster Rigsby, and John Pelphrey as officiating ministers.  Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 07-14-1954
FAIRCHILD, Lillian (Blair)
1919-1954
Mrs. Lillian Blair Fairchild, 34, wife of Howard Fairchild of Rock House, Died at her home Saturday morning (Jul.17 1954), following an illness of seven weeks. Born August 15, 1919 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Reece and Susie Webb Blair who survive. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides her parents are two sons, Phillip Roger and Daniel Lee Fairchild, and one daughter Patsy Carol Fairchild, all at home. Also surviving are three brothers, Dexter Blair who is with the Air Force, Glen Blair, Dayton, Ohio, and Richard Blair, Collista; four sisters, Carnett Blair of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Neva Fandt, Layona, NY, Mrs. Anne Louise Shery of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, and Pansy Blair, Fairborn, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Rock Baptist Church with Claud Preston and Willard Wilcox as officiating ministers. Music was made by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered into this obituary from date of publication. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 21, 1954
HALL, Zora (Fitch)
1877-1954
SERVICES FRIDAY FOR ZORA HALL OF WEST VAN LEAR
Funeral services were held Friday July 16, at the West Van Lear Church of Christ for Mrs. Zora Hall 76, wife of John M. Hall of West Van Lear who died in a local hospital Wednesday Jul.14 1954, after an illness of four years. Born September 15, 1877 the daughter of the late John and Amanda Short Fitch, she had been a lifelong resident of Johnson County. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Robert Hall Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin, and Edla Hall of Holden, WVa, and one daughter, Mrs. Emmitt Grove of Ashland. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Burial was made in the Wheeler Cemetery at Concord under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Birthdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUL.21 1954
KEATON, Cordia (Lemaster)
1885-1954
LIFELONG RESIDENT OF WINIFRED DIES FRIDAY
Mrs. Cordia Keaton, 68, lifelong resident of Winifred, succumbed Friday, July 30, 1954, at her home after suffering a heart attack. Born August 6, 1885, she was the daughter of the late James and Emaline Sloan Lemaster.  She was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband May 26, 1953. Surviving are one brother, Logan Lemaster, Sunbury, O., and one sister, Mrs. Alonzo Caudill, Winifred. Funeral services were held Sunday, August 1, 1954, at the home at Winifred with O. I. Williams and W. M. Davis as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Lemaster Cemetery at Winifred under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4, 1954
KEEL, Annie (Mayo)
1875-1954
LOCAL WOMAN DIES WEDNESDAY IN LOUISVILLE
ANNIE MAYO KEEL VICTIM OF LONG ILLNESS
Mrs. Annie Mayo Keel, 78, died Wednesday, July 14 in  Louisville hospital following an illness of 15 years. A member of a prominent Floyd County family she was born in Prestonburg on November 8, 1875, a daughter of the Late Judge P. and Lydia Spradlin Mayo.  She was a nice of the late Ellen Spradlin Holbrook, Sallie Williams, and Emma Spradlin Auxier and a half sister of the late Sally Coleman Brown all of the county.  A great many relatives and a host of friends survive her in this immediate vicinity. Mrs. Keel was the first post-master of Cock, Kentucky, which position she held for 25 years. She also operated the Annie Keel Mercantile Company in Floyd County for a number of years, but was forced to retire because of ill health. In Early life, she was married to Henry b. Langley, a brother of the late Congressman John W. Langley, and to this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Mary Langley Kirk of this city, with whom she made her home for the past several years.  After Mr. Langley's death, she was married to John D. Keel of Pikeville, and to this union were born two children, Mrs. Irene Anderson of Dock, Ky., and Samuel H. Keel of  Mishawaka, Ind.  Mr. Keel preceded her in death in 1928. Mrs. Keel was educated in the schools of Floyd and Johnson counties and in early life, she became a member of  the Methodist Church.  She was a devout Christian all her life, and while her invalidism prevented her from attending church services in later years, she always enjoyed the sermons and devotionals on her radio. Other survivors are six grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery here under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 21, 1954
LEMASTER, Minta (Estep)
1888-1954
MICHIGAN SERVICES AT FLAT GAP
FOR MINTA LEMASTER
Mrs. Minta Lemaster, 66, died Friday morning, July 30, at the home of her granddaughter in Mt. Pleasant Michigan after an illness of one week. The daughter of Ambrose and Elizabeth Jane Hollbrook Estep, she was born at Flat Gap January 29, 1888.  A former resident of this city for four years, she made her home with her daughter in Bancroft, W. Va: and was visiting her granddaughter in Michigan at the time of her death. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and the widow of Henry Lemaster who preceded her in death in 1953. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. J. C. Sexton, Bancroft, W. Va: one sister Mrs. Coy Cantrell, Flat Gap: two brothers, Bob and Paris Estep both of Flat Gap. Funeral services were conducted from the home of her sister at 10:00 a. m. Monday, August 2, with Lonza Reed and Tommie Bailey officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG 14, 1954
LONG, James
1954
Services Held Monday For James Long, 21 Funeral services were held at the home at Oil Springs, Monday for James Long, 21, son of Floyd and Alka Blair Long, who was drown Saturday evening in a pool at the head of Pigeon Creek. Long and a friend, Jack Litteral, were horseback riding when they approached the pool on the Crate Meade farm which had been constructed by the Ashland Oil Company for use in the secondary discovery of oil in that area.  Long decided to swim his horse across the pool when the accident occurred it was reported. The body was recovered three hours later approximately 40 feet from shore by Sheriff H.L. McKenzie, Lee Howard, Jr., Harry McKenzie, Jr. and Kenneth Borders, all of Paintsville.  Mrs. Howard stated that he pulled the body from the pool on a fly fishing line to which four sets of hooks were attached. Surviving besides the parents, are five brothers, Walter Long, Ashland Eddie Long, Stockdale, Ohio, Kanawha Long and Toby Long of Oil Springs, and Cecil Long, Madison W.Va.; five sisters, Mrs. Kanawha Conley, and Mrs. Sam Rice, both of Paintsville, Mrs. Christine Stambaugh, Sitka, Janie and Kaye Long, both at home. Revs. John Collins, W.F. Cissna and Lonza Reed were officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Printed:  July 21, 1954
MURRAY, Edgar
1889-1954
Edgar Murray Dies Friday Rites Sunday Funeral services were held Sunday at the Lowmansville United Baptist Church for Edgar Murray, 65, lifelong resident of Lowmansville who died in his home Friday (Jul.09 1954) following an illness of 2 1/2 years. Born October 16, 1889 he was the son of Roderick and Nancy Young Murray. He was a miner by occupation. Surviving are his wife, Goldia Castle Murray, one sister, Mrs. Hattie Young, Lowmansville, and one brother, Arby Murray, Springfield, Ohio. The nephews were active pallbearers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lowmansville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured and entered into this obituray from publication date. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUL.14 1954
PRESTON, Delmus J.
1910-1954
Delmas J. Preston Dies Suddenly Funeral Services To Be Held Friday For Prominent Man A heart attack took the life of Delmas J. Preston, 43. prominent Paintsville businessman Tuesday evening as he was watching a TV program in his home. Mr. Preston who was manager of the Big Sandy Dairy Farm had apparently been in good health and had attended to the usual business at the farm on the day he was stricken. Death came about eight o'clock at his home on the east side of the river here. His wife noted that he had slumped in his chair and upon summoning aid it was learned that he had died instantly. Mr. Preston was born in Floyd County in April 1910, a son of Mrs. Belle Preston of this city and the late Cyrus Preston also of Paintsville. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Victoria Trimble Preston, two sons and two daughters, Delmas J. Preston, Jr., and William Cyrus Preston, both at home. Mrs. Charles Franklin, Lexington, Ky., and Miss Malinda Ann Preston at home. Also surviving are two brothers, Ernest Ray Preston of Thealka and James Preston of Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the First Methodist Church with Rev. W. F. Pettus officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 14, 1954
SALYER, James Sol
1882-1954
PASSES SUNDAY SERVICES TUESDAY
FOR JAMES SOL SALYER
James Sol Salyer, 72, well-known resident of Oil Springs, died at his home Sunday following an illness of a few weeks. The son of Bud and Katheryn Buckhart Salyer, he was born June 28, 1882.  He was a farmer by occupation. He was preceded in death November, 1933, by his wife, Stella Helton Salyer. Surviving are one son, Glen Salyer, Oil springs, five daughters, Anna Salyer, Oil Springs, Lucy Patton, Rushia Jackson, Iylene McClain, and Monia Salyer, all of Springfield, Ohio. Other survivors include four brothers, Wilson Salyer, Salyersville, George and Manford Salyer, Oil Springs, Jake Salyer, Staffordsville: and one sister, Mrs. Virgie Saylor, Urbana, Ohio. Funeral services where held Tuesday at the Oil springs Methodist Church with rev. W. E. Cissna officiating.  Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 14, 1954
SPARKS, Richard Elwood
1926-1954
Richard Elwood Sparks, 28, well-known resident of Van Lear, died Friday, in a Huntington, W. Va. hospital following an illness of six months. Born June 2, 1926, at Van Lear, he was the son of Hattie Castle Sparks of Dayton, O., who survived. He was a member of the Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church, and the Van Lear Lodge 885 F. and A. M. A star basketball player for Van Lear High School , he moved to Paintsville in 1943, where he completed his high school education in 1944.  Ranking high scholastically, he also excelled in basketball and football.  He was a member of the 1944 All-Conference football team. In June following graduation from high school, he entered the Navy where he spent two years, with 18 months overseas duty.  On his release from the Navy he entered The Citadel, Charleston, S .C., where he again was commended for his abilities as a student and an athlete.  Prior to his illness he was employed by the Grinnell Co., Louisville, Ky. His unswerving loyalty to his friends was one of his outstanding characteristics.  To know him was to know a friend. He was married December 27, 1953, at Wilmore, Ky. to Betty Gorham, who survives. Also surviving besides his wife and parents are four sisters, Mrs. Arthur Colvin, Clearwater, Florida, Mrs. W. T. Bradley, Jr., Van Lear, Mrs. Jack Preston, Catlettsburg, and Miss Sue Sparks, at home; two brothers, Dr. O. B. Sparks, Jr., Neon, Ky., and Howard Sparks of Evanston, Ky. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. John Ashby officiating.  Graveside rites were in charge of Van Lear Lodge 885 F. and A. M.  Burial was made in the Richmond cemetery at Paintsville under the direction of Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 8-4-1954
STAPLETON, Jacob Walter
1954
Jacob Walter Stapleton, 66, real estate dealer of this city, died suddenly of a heart attack at 4:00 p.m. July 29, 1954. Known affectionately as Jake to hundreds of people throughout the Big Sandy Valley.  He had made his home in Paintsville for the past 15 years. Mr. Stapleton was born in Johnson County, a son of the late G. B. (Mack) and Emma Ward Stapleton.  He attended the public schools and the Sandy Valley Seminary of Paintsville, Lebanon University, Lebanon, Ohio, later going to Jefferson, Georgia for pre-law and to the College of Law at the University of Louisville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Bar Association ,and the Elks Lodge of Paintsville. Jake was a natural born salesman and preferred this career to the regular practice of law.  He was young at heart, had a keen sense of humor, and an optimistic outlook on life.  He met every man, woman, and child with a friendly greeting at all times. Mr. Stapleton was preceded in death in 1948 by only brother, Beecher Stapleton, who was a promoter of civil affairs and good will among the people of his native Eastern Kentucky. The survivors of Jake are three sons and two daughters, Jack Ward, Jake Walter II, both of Lexington, Ky., Johnny Mack in service, now stationed in England, Mrs. Robert Jones, Lexington, Ky., and Mrs. R. A. Hall, Huntington, W. Va., also three sisters, Mrs. J M. Finlayson, Mrs. Ray Stafford, and Mrs. C. O. Wheeler, all of Paintsville. The last rites were given in the First Methodist Church at Oil Springs, the church in which his father and mother had participated in founding, and burial was made in the family cemetery there. His body lay in state here at the home of his nephew, Charles O. Wheeler, Jr., where the final respects paid him were indicative of the love held for him by the people of Paintsville and this vicinity. Burial was under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 8-4-1954
WARD, Sarah (Booth)
1885-1954
SERVICES HELD FRIDAY FOR MRS. SARAH WARD
Mrs. Sarah Booth Ward, 69, lifelong resident of this county, died in a local hospital Wednesday, July 14, (1954) following an illness of several months. Born March 31, 1885, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Mary James Booth. She was a resident of the Davis Branch section at the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ward, November 29, 1951. Surviving are three sons, James C. and Marion Ward, both of Van Lear, and John Ward, Jr., Hampton, Va., one daughter, Mrs. Okie Robinson, city. Funeral services were held Friday, (July 16, 1954) at the home of the daughter at Davis Branch with Rev. Millard O'Bryan officiating. Burial was made in the Keaton Cemetery at Davis Branch under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUL.21 1954
WELLS, Walter
1927-1954
FROM INJURIES
Accident Sunday Fatal  To Boons Camp Youth
Walter Wells, 27, died Thursday morning at a local hospital from a crushed chest and internal injuries received Sunday afternoon, July 11, 1954, in a car wreck in Martin County. Fontaine Lewis 28, son of Mr. And Mrs. Roby Lewis of Boons Camp, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, remains a patient in a local hospital. Wells was born June 5, 1927 at Boons Camp.  He was the son of George and Angie Sammons Wells who survive. Surviving besides the parents are three brothers, Richard Wells, Paintsville, George Wells, Jr. and Ray Wells, Both of Boons Camp, and one sister Mrs. William Mollett, Boons Camp. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 13, 1954 at Wells Chapel Methodist Church with J.I. Meyers and Claude Preston as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Sitka Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 21, 1954


AUGUST - 1954

ADAMS, Sandra Kaye
1954-1954
Service Held Tuesday For Adams Infant
Sandra Kaye Adams, 2-day old daughter of Clell and Ozziga Penix Adams, died in a local hospital Sunday night. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home of the grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. John Adams, White House. Fred Rowland officiating at the services. Burial was made in the family cemetery at White House under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.11 1954
COLLINS, Rose (Stinett)
1902-1954
Mrs. Rose Collins, 51, wife of Malcolm Collins was killed instantly about 4:30 pm when the car in which she was a passenger overturned on Ky. 172 near Red Bush. Virgil Humphrey, 22, of Louisville, son of Mrs. Collins was driving the 1949 Ford sedan when the accident occurred. According to the state trooper, Jack Music, the sedan overturned three or four times on the gravel road 14 miles from Paintsville. Mrs. Collins was thrown from the car. She suffered a crushed skull and internal injuries. Humphrey and another passenger, Miss Betty Law, 15, Louisville, sustained minor injuries. The automobile was damaged extensively Mrs. Collins was born in Marion, Ky., Dec 23, 1902, was a resident of Louisville prior to moving to Auxier a year ago. She was a member of the missionary Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband and son are two other sons, William Humphrey, Indianapolis In and James Humphrey, Louisville; two daughters, Norma Derringer, Louisville and Lucile Humphrey of Chicago Il. Also surviving are three brothers, Charley Stinett, St Louis Mo, Murray Stinett, Detroit, Michigan and Floyd Stinett, Marion Ky., three sisters. Mrs. Oma Travis, Mrs. Orphetta Harrod and Lucy Stinett all of Marion, Ky Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Auxier with Rev S.C. Honeycutt officiating.  Burial was made in the Auxier Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Aug 4, 1954
DILLS, William "Bill Dooley"
1909-1954
William "Bill Dooley" Dills, former resident of Johnson County, died en route from his home in Catlettsburg to a veterans hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Born in this county September 12, 1909, he was the son of the late Thomas and Jeanette Fitch Dills. He had been a resident of Catlettsburg for two years. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Virgie Lovely and Mrs. Edna Mahan, both of this city, and Mrs. June Sammons, Mealy; three brothers John and Charles Dills, both of this city and Dick Dills of Erlanger, Ky. Funeral services were held today at the Third Baptist Church with the Rev. Claude Preston officiating. Burial was made at Turner Branch under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-18-1954

FAIRCHILD, Isom
1883-1954
Funeral Services Today For Winifred Man
Isom Fairchild, 70, member of a prominent Johnson County family, died of a heart attack at the home of his brother-in-law,  W. F. Wheeler, at Winifred Sunday afternoon, Aug.01 1954. Mr. Fairchild had retired to his room in the afternoon for a short rest, and was found about 6:30, when Mr. Wheeler went to awaken him for the evening meal. The two had lived together since the death of Mrs. Wheeler in 1950. Mr. Fairchild the son of the late Miller and Sarah Daniel Fairchild, was born in Johnson County on October 13, 1883. His wife, Mary Keelin Fairchild, preceded him in death several years ago. He was affiliated with the United Baptist Church. Surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Johnnie Fairchild, Lavelette, W. Va., Zera Fairchild, Ashland, Ky., Mrs. Jane Stambaugh and Mrs. Ollie Lemaster, both of Kerz, Mrs. Lon Green, Chandlerville, Mrs. Cyrus  Murray and Mrs. Farris Murray, both of Ashland, Kentucky. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a. m. today at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lemaster, at Kerz, by Rev. Arthur Morris, and Rev. Bill Davis. Music was by the the  Toms Creek  Quartet. Pallbearers  were Roy  Wheeler, Wathen Fairchild, Millard Stambaugh, Glenford Fairchild, Edgie Fairchild, and Troy Fairchild. Burial was made in the Daniel Cemetery at Kerz under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: The death date in this obituary was figured from the publication date and entered. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.04 1954
GOBLE, W.H.
1864-1954
W.H. Goble, 90 Passes Sunday Services At Leander For Farmer, Merchant
W.H. (Billie) Goble, 90, well known farmer and merchant of Leander, died at his home Sunday following an illness of two days. He had suffered a stroke Friday. The son of John and Mahala Basham Goble, he was born July 1, 1864 in Arlington, Va. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are one son, Rollie Goble, Leander; four daughters, Mrs. J.V. Trimble, West Van Lear, Mrs. R.B. Hackworth, Blue Creek, Ohio, Mrs. Bruce Blair, and Mrs. Herschell Brown, both of Leander. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. today at the home with the Rev. W.F. Pettus officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald September 1, 1954
HARKINS, Joseph Davidson Jr.
1954
PROMINENT ATTY. DIES SUNDAY
Joseph Davidson Harkins Jr., 41, prominent Prestonsburgh attorney and well known in Johnson County, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Sunday August 8, 1954. Mr. Harkins was a son of Mrs. Joseph D. Harkins of Prestonsburg and the late Mr. Harkins.  He was a member of the Methodist Church and of the Board of Directors of the Bank Josephine in Prestonburg. He was graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and had practiced law in Prestonsburg since 1937.  He was serving his second term as a member of the Kentucky Bar Commission.  He was formerly Prestonburg police judge. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Billie Holiday Harkins; three sons, Joseph Davidson Harkins III, William Holiday Harkins and Victoria Baker Harkins.  He is also survived by one brother Walter Scott Harkins, III. Funeral services will be conducted today at 2 p.m.
KING, James
1954
JAMES KING, 36, VICTIM OF DROWNING ACCIDENT SUNDAY
The body of James King, 36, was recovered Monday afternoon, August 9, 1954 from a river near Columbus, Ohio, where he drowned Sunday evening, August 8, 1954.  According to reports received here her stepped into a deep pool of water while fishing. Born at Tom's Creek, Ky.  He was the son of Charlie King and the late Rhoda King.  He had been a resident of Columbus, Ohio, for the past three years, where he was employed as a construction worker. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Jenkins King, two sons and three daughters.  Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters; Sandy, Joe, Homer, John D., and Sam King and Mrs. Dorothy Wheeler all of Staffordsville; Hansford King, Wittensville; Garfield King, Dunbar, W. Va. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 12, 1954 at 2:00 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church at Staffordsville with Charles Lemaster, John F. Ratliff and Junior Frazier as officiating ministers. Burial will be made in the family cemtery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUGUST 11, 1954
LANGLEY, William M.
1865-1954
Ashland Resident Passes Sunday
Rites Today for Uncle of Mrs. Russell Kirk
William M. Langley, 88, Ashland, uncle of Mrs. Russell Kirk of this city, died in the King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland Sunday night following a seven years illness.  He had been seriously ill for two months. He was born at Sprock, Ky., October 14, 1865, a son of Joseph R. and Susan Click Langley. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and had resided in Ashland for 32 years, being formerly from Prestonsburg. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bell B. Langley; two sons, Clyde of Ashland and Raymond D. of Bellefonte; four daughters, Mrs. R. J. Norris of Vanceburg, Mrs. Grace Langley at home, Mrs. W. A. Richardson of Louisville and Mrs. b. F. Nolte of Ashland, two sisters, Mrs. Maude Spurlock of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Mrs. B. N. Spurlock of West Prestonburg: nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:30 this morning at the John Steen Funeral Home with the Rev. J. S. Fanleuner as the officiating minster. Burial will be at the Ashland cemetery. Paintsville Herald 9-1-1954
NICELY, Nannie Kate
1876-1954
Nannie Kate Nicely, 78, well-known resident of Tomahawk, died Wednesday, August 25, 1954, in a local hospital following an illness of   two months. She was born May 6, 1876, Gate City, Va. Surviving are three daughters, Fannie Belcher and Oma Akins, both of Nelse, Ky., and Spicy Elizabeth Wilson, Boons Camp, 15 grandchildren and  27 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Phillip Cove Freewill Baptist Church with Bill Morgan, Melvin Cisco and Fred Rowland as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.1 1954
PARKER, London Russell
1948-1954
WHITE HOUSE BOY  DIES SATURDAY
London Russell Parker, 6, succumbed Saturday at a local hospital (Sep.25 1954) after a brief illness. Born June 30, 1948 at Williamsport, Ky., he was the son of Garfield and Thelma Dutton Parker. He had been a resident of White House for the past three years. Surviving besides the parents are three brothers, four sisters and the maternal grandparents. Graveside rites were conducted Monday by Revs. James Lyons and Virgil Daniels. Burial was made in the Dennie Pigg cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured and entered into this obituray from publication date. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.29 1954
STAPLETON, Sarah Jane (McKenzie)
1863-1954
SERVICES HELD SUNDAY FOR MRS. J. A. STAPLETON
Funeral services were held Sunday at the home at Red Bush for Mrs. Sarah Jane Stapleton, 90, who died at her home Thursday following an illness of four weeks. Born September 11, 1863, the daughter of Harry and Rachel Cantrell McKenzie, she had been a lifelong resident of this county. She was preceded on death in 1942 by her husband, John A. Stapleton. Surviving are five sons, Cassidy Stapleton, Ironton, Ohio; Charley Stapleton, Keaton; Ashland Stapleton, Hager Hill; Hager and Dora Stapleton, both of Paintsville; and one daughter Mrs. Missie McKenzie, Galloway, O. Services were conducted by the Rev. Lonza Reed, Cullie Sparks and Scottie Williams. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.1 1954
WALLIN, Russell
1872-1954
Farmer, Minister,  Passes Sunday
Russell Wallin, 81, well-known resident of this county, died at his home at Red Bush Sunday, August 29, 1953, following an illness of a week.  Death was attributed to pneumonia. Born September 27, 1872, in Morgan County, he was the son of the late James and Sarah Legg Wallin. He was a retired farmer and a minister of the New Regular Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Corinna Williams Wallin, two sons, Jas. E. Wallin, Red Bush; Alton Wallin, Winchester; one daughter, Mrs. Maxie Marie McNabb, Winchester. Also surviving are one brother, Sanford Wallin, Moon; two sisters, Mrs. Oma Burchwell, Chillicothe, O., and Mrs. Maggie Brown, Martha, Ky. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 31, at the Red Bush New Regular Baptist Church with the Revs. Harry Bruce Daniel, Hood Wallin and A. W. Bradley officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.1 1954

WELLS, Cherie Jean
1954
PASSES MONDAY RITES THURSDAY CHERIE JEAN WELLS
Funeral services, will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 at the Philadelphia Christian Church for Cherie Jean Wells, seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wells of Daniels Creek, who died Monday at the her home following an illness of three months.  Rev. S. C. Honeycutt will be in charge of the services. Surving besides her parents are one brother and one sister, David Michael and Connie Sue Wells, both at home, paternal grandmother, Mrs. G. M. Wells, Van Lear; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Alpha Rice Garrett; and two great-grandmothers, Mrs. Dolly Rice, Garrett, and Mrs. Low Bowe, Wittensville. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG 25, 1954
WELLS, Millard
1954
Millard Wells, 65 Accident Victim Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Auxier Methodist Church for Millard Wells, 65, who died Tuesday morning from injuries received when struck by a train. Lon Moore, Ashland, a cook for a camp train, discovered the body about 5:20 Tuesday morning below the old depot at Auxier. Wells, who resided with his sister Maudie Wells of Auxier, sustained a skull fracture and multiple bruises A Floyd County coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death. Surviving besides his sister is one brother, Bunk Wells, Lucasville, Ohio. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Auxier under the direction of the Carter & Callihan Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY  AUG.04 1954 
WILLIAMS, Opal (Steele)
1920-1954
SERVICES HELD FRIDAY FOR MRS. OPAL WILLIAMS
Mrs. Opal Steele Williams, 34, wife of Willie Williams of River, succumbed Wednesday August 25, in a local hospital following an illness of three days. Born March 16, 1920, at River she was the daughter of Joe and Sarah Meek Steele, who survive. Surviving besides the husband and parents are two sons,  Paris J. and George Allen Williams and two daughters, Mary Lou and Ramona Lee Williams all at home. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Betty Jean Litton and Mrs. Cynthia May Litton, both of Franklin Furnace, Ohio and Mrs. Minnie Sammons, Manton, KY; three brothers, Walter, Richard and Joe Steele, Jr. all of River. Funeral Services were held Friday at the home of her parents at River with Cullie Sparks and Merida Wiley as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Ward Cemetery at Offutt under  the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.1 1954


SEPTEMBER - 1954

CAUDILL, Paul Francis
1937-1954
Paul F. Caudill Killed Instantly In Car Wreck
Paul Francis Caudill, 17, Cabie, Champaign County, Ohio., former resident of Staffordsville, was killed instantly Sunday when two cars crashed head-on U.S. 68 at Bellefontaine, Ohio. Also injured in the collision were Jesse Hitchcock Jr., 22, Urbana, Ohio. Mr. And Mrs. Thomnas Gulledge and daughter, Sandra all of Detroit, Mich. Caudill was born at Staffordsville May 15, 1937, the son of Grant and Angeline Jayne Caudill. He had been a resident of Cable for three years. Surviving besides the parents are six sisteers. Mrs. Anna Lee Thompson, Mrs. Beulah May Daniel, Joan, Mary, and Ruby Fay Caudill, all of Cable, Ohio, and Mrs Mrs. Mable Blanton of this city. Funeral services were held today at the Old Union Baptist Church at Staffordsville with the Rev. Elzie Daniel of Mechanicsburg, Ohio., officiating. Burial was made in the Jayne Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.29 1954
CHURCH, Albert
1884-1954
Albert Church Dies Thursday In Creston, Ohio
Albert Church, 70,.died, at his home in Creston, Ohio, Thursday following an illness of a year. Born March 25, 1884 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Frank and Matilda Workman Church. He had been a resident of Creston for 15 years. Surviving are his wife, Mattle Church, three sons, Arthur Church and Warner Church, both of Wooster, Ohio, and Albert Church, Creston, Ohio; two dauthters, Mrs. Luia McGlone and Mrs. Mary Evelyn Flenning both of Creston, Ohio; two brothers, Alf Church, and Henry Church, both of Tutor Key. Funeral services were held Sunday at the home of Alf Church with Don Fraley, James Lyons, and Robert Castle as officiating ministers. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Tutor Key under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.15 1954
CONLEY, Dennis B.
1875-1954
Well-Known Man Dies Saturday
Services Tuesday For Mail Carrier Dennis B. Conley, 78, well-known resident of the county, died at his home in Southside Saturday, September 18, at 9:30 a.m. following a heart attack.  Death occurred after an illness of several years. The son of the late Hiram E. and Clarendia Rice Conley, he was born November 24, 1875, in Johnson County. A veteran of the Spanish American War, he served as city mail carrier for many years prior to his retirement.  He also taught Singing School in various member of several choral groups.  He was affiliated with the Freewill Baptist Church. His first marriage was to Miss. Mintie Fairchild who preceded him in death October 2, 1939. Three daughters were born. He was later married to Miss Chloie Collins who survives him. Surviving besides his widow are three daughters, Mrs. Warrick Hayslett and Mrs. Earl McCloud both of this city and Mrs. Jim Patton of Circleville, O.  One sister, Mrs. Dick Butler of Louisa, also survives.  He also leaves four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a. m., September 21, from the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church by Revs. Claude Preston and Earl Rowland.  Pallbearers were R. B. Harrington, Bert McFaddin, George B. Spradlin, K. B. Williams, Jack Van Hoose, Howard Vickers, and Frank Wells.  Honorary pallbearers were Frank Chandler, D. H. Dorton, Sr., Luther Lemaster, Hobart G. Conley, Ray Stafford, Don C. Van Hoose, Fred Adams, T. C. Meade, James V. Trimble, and Charley Williams. Burial was in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY  SEP.22 1954
CONLEY, Mollie (Burke)
1885-1954
Van Lear Woman Dies Tuesday After Long Illness
Services To Be Friday For Mrs. Green Conley
Mrs. Mollie Burke Conley, 69, wife of Green Conley of Van Lear, died in a local hospital Tuesday following an illness of a year. Born January 8, 1885 the daughter of the late Calvin and Martha Music Burke, she had been a resident of Van Lear for 38 years. She was a member of the West Van Lear Church of Christ. She was married December 24, 1903 to Green Conley who survives. Also surviving are six sons, Stewart, Guy and Scott all of Van Lear, Charles, Bearl and Henry all of Ashland; three daughters, Miss Sophia Conley, Mrs. Jack Stratton and Mrs. Mary Jasper all of Van Lear. Other survivors include two brothers, Henry Burke, East Point, Everett Burke, Allen; two sisters, Mrs. Oma Greer, East Point, and Mrs. Sophia Fairchilds, city; four half-brothers, Howard Burke, Jeffersonville, Indiana, Arch Burke, Carrollton, KY., Green Burke, Ragland, W. Va., John Burke, city; two half-sisters, Miss Ruth Burke, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Sarah Williams, city. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the West Van Lear Church of Christ with the Revs. Joseph Zavadsky and S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial will be made in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear under the direction of the Jones- Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald September 8, 1954
CURTIS, Cora (Sparks)
1881-1954
COUNTY WOMAN PASSES TUESDAY;
RITES THURSDAY
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 23, at the home on Franks Creek for Mrs. Cora Curtis, 73, who died at her home Sept 21, after an illness of several weeks. The daughter of Elijah & Angeline Sparks, she was born in Johnson County in March 1881. Surviving are her husband, Clabe Curtis, one brother, Henry Sparks, Morgan County,  Volga; Mrs. Hannah Burke, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Willie K. Arrowood, Meally, Mrs. Mary Salyer, Michigan. Burial was made in the Estep Cemetery at Fuget under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.29, 1954
FERGUSON, June Attie (Brown)
1883-1954
Mrs. H. B. Ferguson Relief Resident,
Dies Thursday
Mrs. June Attie Ferguson, died at her home at Relief, Thursday, Sept. 16.  Her death was attributed to a heart condition. Born April 15, 1883, she was the daughter of Billy and Elizabeth Fyffe Brown.  She was a Pentecostal Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Hansford B. Ferguson, three sons, Girdie Ferguson, Staffordsville, Guar Ferguson, Martha, and Fred Ferguson, Keaton, and three daughters, Mrs. Pearlie Skaggs, Ringus Mills, Ky., Mrs. Cholie Skaggs, Pittsburg, Pa., and Mrs. Nora Blanton, Relief. Also surviving are 26 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and three sisters, Alice Keaton, Moon, Ky., Mrs. Randa Doolen, Relief, Ky., and Mrs. Lina Smith, Relief. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday with the Revs. Norman Davis and Harry Salyer, White and Ramey officiating. Burial was made in the Ferguson Cemetery at Relief under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.22 1954
HAMILTON, Zephiniah "Jeff"
1851-1954
LIFELONG RESIDENT OF RED BUSH DIES
Services Held Sunday For "Jeff" Hamilton, 92, Minister and Farmer Zephiniah (Jeff) Hamilton, 92, lifelong resident of Red Bush died at his home Thursday September 1, 1954 following an illness of three weeks. A retired farmer and minister, he was born November 24, 1851 the son of the late Davey and Edith Brown Hamilton. He was preceded in death in September 1932 by his wife, Mary Curtis Hamilton. Surviving are two sons, Foster Hamilton, Red Bush, and Victor Hamilton, Lexington; three daughters, Mrs. Madge Hanson, Miss. Verlie Hamilton and Miss. Neva Hamilton all of Ashland. Other survivors include one brother, John Hamilton, Ashland; one half-brother Ben Hamilton. Ashland; three half sisters, Mrs. Edna Daniels, Thoalka; Mrs. Edith Boltan, Philadelphia, Pa. And Mrs. Grace Meade of California. Funeral services were held Sunday at the home with the Rev. A. V. Bradley officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home.
HENSLEY, Theresa (Huston)
1914-1954
Local Resident Dies September 27
Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Oren Hensley Mrs. Theresa Huston Hensley, 40, wife of Oren Hensley of this city, died Monday, September 27, in a local hospital following an illness of three years. A resident of Paintsville for eight years, she was born March 1, 1914, at Jacksonville, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Daisy Cyrus Huston. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Garry and Larry England, at home, and two daughters, Mrs. Arlie Hughes, Van Lear, and Mrs. Jess Vance, Fairborn, Ohio. Also surviving are two brothers, Wallace and Earn Huston, both of Paintsville, and three half- brothers, Amos and Billy Music of Meally, and Calvin Music of Van Lear. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, September 29, at the Pentecostal Church at Blackberry with Rev. White and the Rev. Harry Salyers officiating. Burial was made in the Watson Cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Presbyterian Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald October 6, 1954
LEMASTER, Jasper Perry
1920-1954
PASSES TUESDAY IN HUNTINGTON SERVICES HELD THURSDAY
FOR WORLD WAR II VET PERRY LEMASTER
Jasper Perry Lemaster, 34, lifelong resident of Winifred, Ky., died Tuesday, September 14, in the Veterans Hospital in Hunting, W. Va. following an illness of 16 months. Born August 20, 1920, he was the son of the late Jay and Myrtle Estep Lemaster. He was inducted in the service January 31, 1941, at Fort Thomas, Ky., and served as a combat infantryman and ammunition carrier for four years. Participating in the campaigns at Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland, he was awarded the Purple Heart, 3 bronze service starts.  Combat Infantry Badge and the Distinguished Unit Badge. Prior to his illness he was employed as a bus driver for C & W Bus Lines of this city. He was married February 12, 1943, to Wanda Lee Caudill who survives. Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Rodney, Randell and Reford Lemaster all at home, and one daughter, Barbara Lemaster, at home: one brother Jay Lemaster, Jr. and Earl Lynn of W. Va, and two sisters  Bertha Sexton, Willard, Ohio;  and May Coburn, Lima, Ohio. Funeral services were held Thursday at the Lower Frank's Creek, United Baptist Church. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEPT 22, 1954
MARSHALL, Rebecca (Cantrell)
1853-1954
Mrs. Rebecca Cantrell Marshall, 101, died at her home at Whitaker, Ky. Saturday following an illness of two years. Born January 7, 1853 in Morgan County, she was the daughter of Johnny and Betty Salyers Cantrell. Surviving are five sons: Jess, Turner and Luther Marshall, all of Warsaw, Ind., George Marshall, Whitaker, and Tom Marshall, Kenton, Ohio; four daughters, Mrs. Francis Jenkins, Garrett, Lou Marshall, Mrs. Ella Blair, and Mrs. Doshie Spencer, all of Whitaker. Also surviving are 49 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 28, at the Lick Fork United Baptist Church with the Revs. Bud Wiley and Grover Fannin officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Whitaker, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Sep.29 1954
POWERS, Jerry
1888-1954
Jerry Powers, 85, a former resident of Buffalo, Ky died Thursday in Byer Hospital, Ypsilanti, Mi., following an illness of three years. Death was attributed to a heart condition. Born Dec 14, 1888 at Van Lear he was the son of George and Minerva Goble Powers. He had been a resident of Ypsilanti for two years, He was a member of the United Baptist Church and the United Mine Workers of America. He was a retired miner. Survivors include his wife, Anna Price Powers, three sons, Ledford Powers, Ypsilanti, Ishmel Powers, Pontiac, Mich, Jerry Alvis Powers, Ypsilanti, Mi., one daughter, Mrs. Richard Sparks, Ysilanti and eight grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Garfield, Carl and Estill Powers, all of Meally, and five sisters, Mrs. Rosa Music, Mrs. J.H. Short, Mrs. Melvin Music, Mrs. Arlie Wells, all of Meally and Mrs. Everett Murphy, Van Lear. Funeral Services were held Sunday at the Buffalo United Church with the Revs. Leonard Walters, L.T. Preston and F.F. Higsby officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald October 6, 1954
PRATER, Mahala (Adams)
1882-1954
Local Resident, Mahala Prater Dies Sept. 28
Mrs. Mahala Prater, 72, died in a local hospital Tuesday, September 28, following a long illness.  Her death was attributed to a stroke. Born July 24, 1882 in Magoffin county, she was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Crace Adams.  She had been a resident of Paintsville for the past 43 years.  Mrs. Prater was also a member of the Methodist church. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Wilbur Prater. She is survived by two sons, Paul Prater, city and Ernest Prater, Springfield, O.  Also surviving are four brothers, John T. Adams, William Adams, Ben Whitt, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Walter Whitt, Williamson, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Claude Preston, Homer Willis and W. F. Pettus officiating. Burial was made in the Gardner cemetery to Salyersville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.6 1954
RICE, Millard B.
1876-1954
NATIVE OF COUNTY DIES AT LACKY,
Millard B. Rice, native of Denver, died September 30, 1954in the Stumbo Memorial Hospital at Lackey. A son of Andrew J. and Katherine Conley Rice, he was born October 18, 1876. He left this county and went to Beaver Creek about fourty years ago. He was a member of the Hindman First Baptist Church. Mr. Rice was first married to Nora Lee Price of this county and to this union were born nine children, seven of whom are living, Loran Rice, Chicago, Ill. Virgil Rice, Wayland, George B. Rice and Chester Rice of Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Kern Carpenter, Noctor, Ky.Mrs. Clay Allen, Blue Diamond, Ky. and Mrs. Wilbur Davidson, Lothair, Ky. He was married to Ida Hicks in 1916 and to this union were born six children, five of whom are still living: Carl Rice and Charles Rice of Monroe Mich. Winfred Rice, Wayland, Orville Rice, Garrett Ky. and Mrs. Kelly Fields, Hindman Ky. Also surviving are his widow, and two brothers and one sister, Fred Rice of Ashland, Burnis Rice, Estill, and Mrs. Arthur Trimble, Ashland. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Mission at Mousie in Knott County near his home with hundreds of friends and relatives attending. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.13 1954
ROBINSON, Anna (Blair)
1899-1954
ANNA ROBINSON DIES SUDDENLY AT FATHER'S HOME
SERVICES HELD FRIDAY FOR MRS. ELZA ROBINSON,
Mrs. Anna Beil Robinson 54, wife of Elza Robinson of Hellier, Ky., died suddenly Monday September 29,1954 at the home of her father, Joe Blair of Auxier. Born December 23, 1899, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Joe Blair of Auxier and the late Julia Rothwell Blair. She had been a resident of Hellier, Ky., for six years. Surviving besides the husband and father are six sons, Erra Robinson, West Van Lear, Avery Robinson, Cleveland, O. Eliza Robinson Jr. , Detroit, Michigan, Franklin Robinson, Ashland, Ernest Robinspn, Auxier, Elmer Lee Robinson, Hellier; three daughters, Mrs. Clara Preston, Ashland, Mrs. Ella Burton, Van Lear and Mrs. Ida Hopson, Hellier. Funeral services  will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. N. C. Honeycutt and Joseph Zavadsky officiating. Burial will be madein the Wells Cemetery at Auxier under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY
ROWLAND, Stella
1887-1954
County Woman Passes Thrusday
Services Held Sunday For Mrs. Stella Rowland
Funeral services were held Sunday at the White House Church for Mrs. Stella Rowland, 56, wife of Rev. Dock Rowland of White House, who died Thursday at a local hospital following an illness of a month.  Born September 15, 1887 at Red Bush, she had been a resident of White House for 30 years. Surviving besides her husband are four sons, Everett, Clyde and Earl Rowland, all of White House, and James Rowland, Toledo, Ohio; five daughters. Hazel Lester, White House, Elizabeth Saunders, Wheelwright, Margie Robinson, Martin, Gladys Hampton, Evanston and Ruth Ratliff, Holden, West Virginia. Also surviving are three sister, Mrs. Forest Curtiss, Waverly, Ohio. Mrs. Minnie Blackburn, Prestonsburg and Mrs. Ellie Waddel, Fort Gay, W.Va. The Revs. Fred Rowland, Vern Conley and Millard VanHoose were the officiating ministers with music by the Toms Creek Quartet and the Sitha Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at White House under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.15 1954
SKAGGS, Louellen
1954
Miss Louellen Skaggs, 13, daughter of James and Easter Spaulding Skaggs of Laurel and sister of Newton Daniel Skaggs of White House, died in an Ironton, Ohio hospital Saturday morning, September 18, 1954 following an illness of three weeks. Surviving besides the parents are two sisters, one brother and two half-brothers.  The paternal grandfather, Virgil Skaggs of White House also survives. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 1954
WARD, Morris Cecil
1954-1954
RITES HELD FRIDAY FOR WARD INFANT
Funeral services were held Friday (Sep. 24, 1954) at Tomahawk for Morris Cecil Ward, six-day- old son of Ollie and Opal Ward Conley, who died Thursday (Sep. 23, 1954) in a local hospital. Surviving besides the parents are the grandparnets, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Ward and Mr. and Mrs. Leaner Conley, all of Tomahawk. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.29 1954
WEBB, Melvin
1896-1954
MELVIN WEBB, 58,
FORMER RESIDENT, PASSES FRIDAY
Services Held Tuesday For Barber, Minister Melvin Webb, 58, well-known farmer, barber, and former resident of this county, died in a Detroit hospital Friday (Sep. 24, 1954) following an illness of a week. Born January 27, 1896, in Floyd County, he was the son of Elliott and Sarah Fannin Webb. He had been a resident of Detroit for the past three years. A minister of the Freewill Baptist Church for a number of years, he was also a member of the East Point Lodge F. & A. M. Surviving are his wife, Fannie Francis Webb, two sons, Charles and Clifford Webb, both of Ada, Ohio; six daughters. Mrs. Edward Webb and Mrs.Ernest Hopson, both Ada, Ohio; Mrs. Marvin Hannah and Mrs. Myron T. Hannah, both of Piketon, O.; Mrs. Ernest Hager, East Point; Mrs. Kelly Music, Hazel Park, Michigan. Also surviving are six brothers, Albert Webb, Winchester; George Webb, Wayland; Frank Webb, Auxier; Alex Webb, Hughesville, Ohio; Ernest Webb, Fairborn, Ohio; Otis Webb, East Point, and one sister, Mrs. Roscoe Middletown, Wayland, Ky. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Willard Wilcox and Charlie Lemaster officiating. Masons conducted the graveside services. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Leander under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY Sep.29 1954
WIREMAN, Amanda (Blanton)
1868-1954
COUNTY WOMAN  PASSES TUESDAY
Mrs. Amanda Wireman Oil Springs Resident To Be Buried Today Mrs. Amanda Blanton Wireman, 86, lifelong resident of Johnson County died at her home at Oil Springs Tuesday September 28, 1954 following a long illness. The daughter of John N. and Deliah Blair Blanton, she was born January 18, 1868. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death four years ago by her husband, Abe Wireman. Surviving are two sons, Luster Wireman, and Walter Wireman both of Oil Springs, and two daughters, Mrs. Martha Trimble, Phoenix, Arizona and Mrs. Florence Coldiron, Wheelersburg, Ohio. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the home of her son Luster Wireman, with the Rev. Millard Bryant officiating.  Music will be by the Staffordsville Quartet. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.29 1954
YOUNG, Monroe
1883-1954
Monroe Young, County Resident, Dies Monday
Monroe Young, 71, Lowmansville resident, died in a local hospital Monday following an illness of three months. Born January 4, 1883, he was the son of George and Mary White Young. He was a member of the United Mine Workers.  He had been a resident of Lowmansville since 1939, and had previously lived in Van Lear.  He was a retired miner. He is survived by his wife, Hattie Murray Young, six sons, Herbert Young, Barnetts Creek, Herschell Young, Price, KY., Jay Young, Huntington, W. VA., Clarence Young, San Francisco, CA, Lawrence Young, Columbus, OH and James Young, Columbus, OH and one daughter, Mrs. Georgia Little, Price, KY.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren, and six brothers, Tom Young, Van Lear, Gilbert Young, Van Lear, Bert Young, Van Lear, Otto Young, Van Lear, Bradley Young, Chandlerville and Bill Young, Tutor Key. Funeral services were conducted today at 10:30 AM at the United Baptist Church at Lowmansville. Officiating ministers were Foster Grim, Charley Hackney and Florida Lyons.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDENESDAY SEP.19 1954


OCTOBER - 1954

BLANTON, Cline
1954
VOLGA RESIDENT KILLED INSTANTLY
IN OHIO WRECK
Cline Blanton, 41, Volga, KY, was killed instantly at noon Monday, Oct.04 1954 when a pickup truck in which he was a passenger wrecked near Jackson, Ohio throwing him from the truck. Blanton, who was employed by the H. I. Gentry Construction Company, Jackson, Mich., and a friend, were going to Jackson, Ohio for lunch when the accident occurred.  According to reports received here, the friend, who was driving the truck swerved into a field in an effort to avoid hitting some road machinery.  Both men were thrown from the truck and it is believed that Blanton's head truck swerved into a field in an he was thrown out. Death was attributed to a skull fracture. He had returned to work Monday from a weekend visit with his family at Volga. The son of John F. and Lillie Rice Blanton who survive. Surviving besides the parents are his wife, Lou Anna McCarty Blanton, five daughters, Joyce, Maxine, Jean, Margaret, Joan Blanton, all of Volga, one brother Clyde Blanton, Win and three sisters, Mrs. Ivel Mckenzie, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Christine Rice, Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Nevn Lemasters, Volga. The body is at the home of his father at Volga. Burial will be under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.6 1954 NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered into this obit from the date of publication.
  
ESTEP, Ella (McKenzie)

1886-1954
Funeral services were held today at the home at Fuget for Mrs. Ella Estep, 68, wife of Harrison Estep, who died in the local hospital Sunday following an illness of five days. Born October 14, 1886, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late James and Laura Mahan McKenzie. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Oran Estep, Flint, Michigan, Gladdy Estep, Fuget; one daughter, Mrs. Hermalee Shaw, Cincinatti, Ohio and ten grandchildren. Also surviving are six brothers, Powell McKenzie, Flat Gap. Oscar McKenzie, Piketon, Ohio, Halleck McKenzie, Volga; Earl McKenzie, Flat Gap; Beldon McKenzie, Volga, Frank McKenzie, Volga; two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Long, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Marie McCarty, Chillicothe, Ohio. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald November 3, 1954
   
HALE, Wesley
1913-1954
2 RED JACKET MINERS KILLED
The bodies of a mine foreman and a loader operator were recovered from a slate fall in the Junio Mines of the Red Jacket Coal Corp., yesterday afternoon during a search that extended over a nine hour period. The first victim's body, that of WESLEY HALE, 41 of New Town, was found around noon, but the body of Grant Henson, 56, of Red Jacket, the foreman, was not recovered until about 5 p.m. Inspectors from the State mines Department were expected to investigate the cause of the slate fall today. Frank Davis, superintendent of the Red Jacket mines, said the men were killed when the roof apparently caved in about 8 a.m. yesterday. Mine employes had to remove tons of slate and debris for a distance of 25 to 30 feet before they reached the body of Hale.  Not until five hours later was Henson's body recovered from beneath slate measuring 30 to 40 inches in thickness.  The bodies were located about 10 feet apart. Both men had large families.  Hale had eight children and Henson six. Supt. Davis said Henson had been employed as a foreman for the past 10 years. The bodies are at the Chambers Funeral Home where Arrangements were incomplete today.  The funerals probably will take place on Saturday, a funeral home attendant said. Names of immediate survivors of the two men were not complete today.  Among Hale's survivors are his wife and the following children:  Loretta, Dorothy, Raymond, Earl, Arettta, Thelma Lee, Douglas and Lois. Mr. Hale was born March 13, 1913 in Maagoffin County, KY., a son of Tandy Hale, of Manton, KY., and the late America Bailey Hale.  He was married to the former Madgie Music, Feb 11, 1937, and was a member of the Blue Spring Free Will Baptist Church at Ransom, KY. Funeral services for Hall will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mouth of Rush Free Will Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the Sycamore Cemetery at Nippa, KY. Paintsville Herald 10-1954

HARMON, Lucy (Garrett)
1882-1954
Mrs. Lucy Harmon, 72, well known resident of this city for a number of years, died at her home Tuesday morning following an extended illness. Daughter of the late Jess and Arminta Dillion Garrett, she was born August 4, 1882 in Floyd Co. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was preceded in death in 1918 by her husband, William Harmon. Survivors include four sons, Quill, William, Arthur and Fred Harmon all of this city, one daughter Clyde McKenzie, also of this city and two step sons, Lee Harmon of Prestonsburg, and Carl Harmon, of Tampa, Fla. Funeral services will be held Friday at the home of the Second Street with the Rev. W. F. Pettus officiating. Burial will be made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 6, 1954
HENSON, Grant
1954
2 RED JACKET MINERS KILLED
The bodies of a mine foreman and a loader operator were recovered from a slate fall in the Junio Mines of the Red Jacket Coal Corp., yesterday afternoon during a search that extended over a nine hour period. The first victim's body, that of WESLEY HALE, 41 of New Town, was found around noon, but the body of Grant Henson, 56, of Red Jacket, the foreman, was not recovered until about 5 p.m. Inspectors from the State mines Department were expected to investigate the cause of the slate fall today. Frank Davis, superintendent of the Red Jacket mines, said the men were killed when the roof apparently caved in about 8 a.m. yesterday. Mine employes had to remove tons of slate and debris for a distance of 25 to 30 feet before they reached the body of Hale.  Not until five hours later was Henson's body recovered from beneath slate measuring 30 to 40 inches in thickness.  The bodies were located about 10 feet apart. Both men had large families.  Hale had eight children and Henson six. Supt. Davis said Henson had been employed as a foreman for the past 10 years. The bodies are at the Chambers Funeral Home where Arrangements were incomplete today.  The funerals probably will take place on Saturday, a funeral home attendant said. Names of immediate survivors of the two men were not complete today.  Among Hale's survivors are his wife and the following children:  Loretta, Dorothy, Raymond, Earl, Arettta, Thelma Lee, Douglas and Lois. Mr. Hale was born March 13, 1913 in Maagoffin County, KY., a son of Tandy Hale, of Manton, KY., and the late America Bailey Hale.  He was married to the former Madgie Music, Feb 11, 1937, and was a member of the Blue Spring Free Will Baptist Church at Ransom, KY. Funeral services for Hall will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mouth of Rush Free Will Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the Sycamore Cemetery at Nippa, KY. Paintsville Herald 10-1954

   
MILES, Fred
1882-1954
Stroke Fatal To Fred Miles
Services Today For White House Man Fred Miles, 75, widely known White House resident was the victim of a stroke in a Louisa hospital on Sunday, October 13. He had been ill one month. He was born in Lawrence County on March 17, 1882, a son of Ben and Betty Akers Miles. He had been a resident of White House for 40 years, where he followed the occupation of farming. He was a member of the Church of Christ and the Odd Fellows Lodge. Surviving are his wife, Virgie Miles, four sons, Monterville Miles, and John Lee Miles of White House, Eugene Miles, Defiance, OH, Jesse Miles, Lafayette, IN, 7 grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters: Allen Miles, Hutchon, WV, Mrs. Fanny Moore, Louisa, KY, Mrs. Georgia Jordan, Charley, KY, and Mrs. Wm. Hall, Louisa, KY. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, at the residence. Officiating were J.H. Short and the Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Hammond. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT 16, 1954
PHILLIPS, Carl
1903-1954
Carl L. Phillips of Ashland died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday October 30, following an illness of six months. Born in Lawrence Co May 21, 1903, He was the son of Monroe and Media Ann Kelly Phillips. He had been a resident of Ashland for the past 28 years. He was a salesman for the Franklin Wholesale Grocery Co, and was formerly employed by the Sandy Valley Grocery. Phillips was a member of the Westwood United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maggie Williams Phillips, one daughter, Reva Robinette, his mother Media Ann Kelly Phillips, two brothers, Conn Phillips, and Curtis Phillips, and one grandson, Jimmy Robinette. Services were conducted by the Rev. Edison Conley and Charlie Lyon. Burial was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Miller Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald November 10, 1954
PRICE, Julia
1887-1954
Miss Julia Price, 67, lifelong resident of River, Ky., died at her home Wednesday, October 20, 1954 following an illness of a few weeks. Born February 8, 1887, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Susan Price. Surviving are two brothers Jess Price and Silver Price, both of River. Funeral Services were held Friday, October 23, 1954 at the home of a niece, Mrs. Melvin Wallen at River, with the Revs. Winfrey Meek, Cullie Sparks and Merida Wiley officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 27, 1954
PRICE, Marinda Elizabeth (Borders)
1873-1954
Mrs. Marinda Price Succumbs Sunday
Mrs. Marinda Elizabeth Price, 79, died Sunday at 2:30 pm in King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland after an illness of  one year.  A Former resident of Kenova, W.Va., she had lived in Ashland for the past eight years. She was born May 19, 1873 in Johnson County, a daughter of the late Barley and Cinda Jane Spriggs Borders.  Her husband, James M. Price, died in1922. Surviving are two sons, John and George Price; one daughter, Miss Minerva Price, all of Ashland and one half-brother, Jess Astropp, Ironton, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00pm Wednesday at the Church of God in Avondale with Rev. Curtis Eads officiating.  Burial was in the Dixon Cemetery. Paintsville Herald 10-13-1954
SALYER, A.M.
1877-1954
A. M. Salyer, 76 Of Oil Springs Passes Friday
A. M. Salyer, 76 resident of Oil Springs died at his home Friday. The son of Joseph and Mary Blanton Salyer, he was born December 22, 1877, in Johnson County. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Phillips Salyer in November 1953. Surviving are two sons, Earl Salyer, Oil Springs, Oval Salyer, Springfield, Ohio, and two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Ross, Flat Gap, and Mrs. Sarah Estep. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Flat Gap United Baptist Church with Tommie Bailey an Lonza Reed as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.03 1954
SALYERS, Martha (Castle)
1882-1954
FUNERAL SERVICES CONDUCTED TODAY FOR LOCAL WOMEN
Funeral services were held today , 1954 at the home of Bridgeford for MRS. MARTHA SALYERS, 71, who died at her home following an illness of a year. Born November 11, 1882 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Henderson and Emaline Nickles Castle. She had been a resident of Paintsville for 36 years. She was preceded in death in 1940 by her husband, John Salyers. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Esta Colvin, Beaver. Ohio and Mrs. Emily Salyers, city, one brother Harry Castle, Ashland, and one sister, Mrs. W. C. Justice, Winifred, 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was made in the Salyers cemetery at Winifred under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.6 1954
WELLS, Hobert
1897-1954
Hobert Wells 57, Dies Suddenly Services Held Tuesday
For Johns Creek Man
Hobert Wells, 57, died suddenly Sunday morning *Oct.17 1954 at his home on Johns Creek. Found dead in bed, it is believed that he succumbed to a heart attack. The son of the late Moses and Arminta Bevins Wells, he was born January 7 1897, in Floyd County. He was a member of the Philadelphia Church of Christ. He was a miner by occupation. He was preceded in death in December 1943, by his wife, Abbie Richmond Wells. Surviving are two sons, Kermit Wells, Wabash, Ind.; and Jackie Wells, at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Illena Grace May, of Lexington. Also surviving are two sisters, Miss Jettie Wells, Van Lear; Mrs. Golda Stevens, Huntington, W. Va.; and one half-brother Elmon Clark, Van Lear. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Philadelphia Church of Christ with the Rev. S.C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery on Johns Creek under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.20 1954
WILLIAMS, Marslus
1888-1954
MARSLUS WILLIAMS PASSES SUNDAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS
RITES CONDUCTED MONDAY FOR LIFELONG RESIDENT
Marslus Williams, 67, lifelong resident of River died at his home Sunday following an illness of several months. Born in Lawrence County, March 9, 1888 he was the son of Sol and Mary Crum Williams. He was married August 4, 1910 to Miss Cynthia Meek, who survives. Surviving besides his wife are two sons.  Nathaniel and Solby B. Williams, both of River, one daughter, Rosa Vine Williams, and one brother, Walter Williams, Drift, KY Funeral services were held Monday at the River United Baptist Church with Revs. L. Walters, W. Meek, and C.J. Sparks officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at River under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.6 1954
WITTEN, Edgar Davis
1879-1954
BRIEF ILLNESS FATAL FRIDAY TO E. D. WITTEN
Services Held Sunday For Prominent Man Edgar Davis Witten, 75, prominent citizen of this county, died Friday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ralph Preston of this city, following an illness of a few days. A well known resident of this county, he was born January 25, 1879, in this county, the son of James and Collista Martin Witten.  He was a resident of Oil Springs for several years before moving to Paintsville. A progressive farmer in this section for a number of years, he was also a successful merchant in the hardware business in this city. He was preceded in death ten years ago by his wife, Ida Litteral Witten. Surviving are two sons, Charlie Witten, Portsmouth, Ohio, Clarence Witten, City, two daughters, Mrs. W. S. Clayton, Welch, W. Va., and Mrs. Ralph Preston of this city, one brother, Mitt Witten, Staffordsville, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Oil Springs Methodist Church with the Rev. W. F. Pettus and Joe Zavadsky officiating. Burial was made in the Litteral Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were his nephews, Alton Litteral, James Runyon, Newton Litteral, Billy Witten, Toby Witten and Paul Sheets. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.03 1954


NOVEMBER - 1954

BARNEY, Mable (Oppenheimer)
1904-1954
Mrs. Mable Oppenheimer Barney, 50, well-known former resident of this city, died suddenly in her home in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, November 20 1954. She had been ill for the past 5 years and death occurred following a stroke. Born August 19, 1904 in Elliott County, she was the daughter of the late Silas and Mary Jane Evans Oppenheimer. Her early childhood was spent in Paintsville where she attended the city school and was popular in social and school activities. She was formerly married to Sam Stapleton and two children were born, Mrs. Jerry Archer and Jerry Stapleton both of Paintsville. She made her home in Columbus, Ohio for the past seven years following her marriage to Henry C. Barney, who survives. Survivng besides her husband and and children are two sisters, Mrs. W.E. Thomas, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Oliver DeHart , Sandy Hook, Ky.; three brothers Dr, O.P. Oppenheimer, Lexington, Rudolph Oppenheimer , Columbus, and George oppenheimer, Cincinnati, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 23, at the Jones and Preston Funeral Home with the Rev. John Weir, Sr., officiating. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald December 1, 1954
BUTCHER, Esther (York)
1907-1954
AUXIER WOMAN PASSES FRIDAY
Services held Sunday  For Mrs. Esther Butcher
Mrs. Esther Butcher, 46, wife of Lee Butcher of Auxier, died suddenly at her home Friday of a heart attack.  Born November 13, 1907, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of James and Jane Thompson York.  She had been a resident of Auxier for 30 years.  She was first married to John Gilbert who preceded her in death in 1951. Surviving beside the husband are one son, Lawrence Gilbert, U.S. AIR FORCE, one step-son, Lloyd Gilbert, Covington, Ky., two daughters, Grethel Jean Gilbert and Elizabeth Ann Gilbert, both of Auxier, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Irene Stevens, Ypsitanti, Michigan. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Layne officiating.  Burial was made in the Auxier Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.17 1954
ELLIOTT, Mary
1879-1954
MRS. MARY ELLIOTT FORMER RESIDENT DIES IN OKLAHOMA
The following account of the death of Mrs. Mary A. Elliott appeared in the December issue of a Scullin, Okla., newspaper. Mrs. Elliott, a former resident of this county and a sister of Mr. Bill Murphy of West Van Lear, died November 28, (1954). Funeral services for Mrs. Mary A. Elliott, 75, wife of H. M. Elliott, Scullin, (Oklahoma) were conducted from the Baptist Church in Hickery Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Jim House, Sulphur, and Rev. L.R. Simmons, Hickory, officiating. Interment was in the Scullin cemetery with the Danner- Bahner Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Elliott passed away following a heart attack. The Elliott family has resided in the Scullin community since 1908 and lived in their present home for 36 years. Mrs. Elliott was born in Paintsville, Ky., on August 4, 1879 and her early life was spent in Kentucky. She was married to H.M. Elliott on December 25, 1898.  The family moved to Hugo, Oklahoma in 1907 and after living there for one year, moved to this community. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her husband she is survived by three sons, J.H. Elliott, Greenville, Texas; R.C. Elliott and L.R. Elliott, Lusk, Wyo.; two daughters, Mrs. Mae Lemons, Scullin; Mrs. Marie Germany, Lusk, Wyo.; four brothers, Robert Murphy, Ernest Murphy, Ernest Murphy and Alex Murphy, all of Ohio, and Bill Murphy, Van Lear, Ky; six sisters, Mrs. Martha Brown, Prestonsburg, Ky; Mrs. Lizzie Remfrey, Louisville, Ky; Mrs. Virginia Picklesimer, Kilborn, Ohio; Mrs. Virgie Price, Van Lear, Ky; Mrs. Lydia Lafferty, Ohio, and Mrs. Mable Castle, Paintsville, Ky.; also nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Pall bearers at the service were Oscar Huffines, Floyd Stephens, Allie Waggoner, Allie Donaghe, Jack Dilback and Charlie Jennings. Elliott. Mary 12-22-1954
FRANKLIN, Bertha (Osborne)
1882-1954
Keaton Woman Dies Monday Services Wednesday For Mrs. Franklin
Mrs. Bertha Franklin, 72, died at her home in Keaton following an illness of six months. The daughter of the late John and Victoria Williams Osborne, she was born in Johnson County, September 11, 1882. She was preceded in death by her husband Walker Franklin, 10 years ago. Surviving are two sons, Millard and Walker Franklin Jr., both of Keaton, and one daughter, Juanita Evans, also of Keaton. Other survivors include the following brothers and sisters, Harrison Osborne, Red Bush; Amba Keaton, Elk Fork; Elva Fyffe, Keaton; Laura Segraves, Staffordsville; Carrie Skaggs, Cardell; Alva Bailey, Ironton, Ohio. Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Upper Keaton United Baptist Church with Tommy Bailey and Pete Keaton as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Hamilton Cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD NOV.3 1954
HENSLEY, Elizabeth (Howard)
1954
Mrs. Elizabeth Howard Hensley, 69, died at her home Wednesday afternoon following an illness of six months. Born in Magoffin County, the daughter of Isaac and Bethena Howard, she had been a resident of Southside for the past 24 years. Surviving besides the husband are five son, Jonah, Clarence, Ted, David, and Luther Hensley, all of Paintsville, two daughters, Miss Lula Hensley and Mrs. Oma Dawson, both of Paintsville, one sister, Mrs. Belle Howard, Matewan, W.Va. Funeral services were held Friday at the home with John Ratiff and Henry Tackett as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lickburg under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Printed:  November 1954
LEMASTER, Edward F.
1876-1954
SERVICES MONDAY FOR LOUISA MAN REV. EDWARD F. LEMASTER
The Rev. Edward F. Lemaster, 75, died at his home in Louisa, Saturday after suffering a stroke several days ago.  He was a former resident of Potter, KY Born April 14, 1876, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late James and Sarah Rose Lemaster.  He was a minister of the United Baptist Church and a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Sally Stambaugh Lemaster:  four daughter, Mrs. Brady Boster of Oak Hill, Ohio: Mrs. Mattie Mereer, Mrs. Harvey Clements, both of Powell O:  and Mrs. Ralph Stephenson of Worthing, O:  four sons, James of Crites, W. Va., Columbus and Jay Lemaster both of Williamsport, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Chandler of  Kerr, Ky., and Mrs. Martha Jane Knuckles of Ashland:  three brothers, Jasper, Fort Gay, W. Va.  Sherman of White House and John at Wheelwright.  Also surviving are 49 grandchildren and 27 great - grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Eloise United Baptist Church with Rev. Jarrett Cordle officiating. Burial was made in the Wellman Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DEC 1, 1954
LEMASTER, Harold E.
1928-1954
Services At Winifred For Former Resident
Harold E. Lemaster, 25, died at 5:30 p.m., Saturday in  St. Elizabeth Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, following an illness of five months. Born December 01, 1928, in Worthington, Ohio, he was the son of Mrs. Sarah Ramey Musser, of Dayton, Ohio, and Thuman Lemaster of Beckley, W.Va. Prior to moving to Dayton three years ago, he was a resident of Winifred, Ky. He was employed as a truck driver for the Ohio Motor Lines of Dayton. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Mrs. Anna Lee Harris Lemaster, one son, Michael, at home, two brothers, Oliver Thurman Lemaster, U.S. Navy, and Olvey Leon Lemaster, one half- sister Kathy Lynn Lemaster and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Leo Lamest, of Winifred. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. today at the Old Hood United Baptist Church with Willie Murray as officiating minister. Burial was made in the Old Hood Church Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov.17 1954
LEMASTER, John R.
1897-1954
Local Resident Dies Suddenly
Tuesday Morning
John R. Lemaster, 57, died suddenly at his home on Southside Tuesday morning. Born August 12, 1897, in Morgan County, he was the son of Rufus and Sarah Jane Adkins Lemaster. He was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. He was an employee of the C & O. Railroad. Surviving besides his father are his wife, Tella Montgomery Lemaster, one son, James E. Lemaster, city; two daughters.  Mrs. Herbert Burton, Whitesburg, and Wanda Ruth Lemaster, at home, two brothers, Albert Lemaster, White House, Manford Lemaster, Creo, Ohio, and two sisters, Mrs. James Ramey, Circleville,Ohio, Mrs. Mack Smith, Ezel, KY. He was preceded in death by a son Jesse Albert Lemaster who died in service during World War II. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.  The body is at the Paintsville Funeral Home. Printed:  November 24, 1954
PATRICK, William Forest
1881-1954
Dr. W.F Patrick  Dies In Oregon
Funeral services for Dr. William Forest Patrick, 73, who died at his home in Portland, Oregon, were held Monday, November 15. Dr. Patrick was born in Denver, Ky., April 9, 1881, the son of the late Charles M. and Sarah Rice Patrick. He was graduated from Kentucky School of Medicine in 1908. After specialization in pediatrics he went to Portland where he practiced medicine continuously from 1918 until his retirement in December 1953. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Oregon State Medical Society, and the Northwestern Pediatric Society. He was also a member of the Alderwood Country Club and Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Surviving are his widow, Rhoda Hager Patrick, daughter of the late D. Mart Hager of Johnson County, two daughters, Nell Patrick and Mrs. Jean Gray, both of Portland; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Metcalfe of Kentucky, two brothers,  Challie Patrick, Barnetta Creek; Russell Patrick of California, and two grandchildren. Paintsville Herald December 1, 1954
PRUITT, Floyd
1954
FLOYD PRUITT, 37, DIES WEDNESDAY IN HUNTINGTON
Floyd Pruitt, 37, a resident of Tutor Key, died Wednesday, November 10, in the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., following an illness of several years. Born at Boons Camp the son of Josie Pruitt and the late Jack Pruitt, he was a veteran of World War II. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Fanny Castle Pruitt, two daughter(sic), Patricia Ellen and Pamelia Pruitt, one son, Larry D. Pruitt, two sisters, Miss Beechie Pruitt, Dayton, O., Mrs. Flora Ann Seeley, Dayton, Ohio, two brothers, John Pruitt, Dayton, Ohio, Jack Pruitt, Jr., White House, Ky. Funeral services were held at the Hurricane Freewill Baptist Church at Boons Camp with the Revs. Earl Rowland and James Lyon officiating.  Music was by the Tom's Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD NOV. 17, 1954
RAMEY, Sarah (Collins)
1874-1954
SARA RAMEY, 80, PASSES SUNDAY SERVICES
AT VAN LEAR FOR BLACKBERRY RESIDENT
Funeral services were held at the Van Lear school house for Mrs. Sara Ramey, 80, who died Sunday at her home in Blackberry. Born February 19, 1874, she was the daughter of Bud and Chairr Crum Collins. She was preceded in death several years ago by her husband, Dan Ramey. Surviving are three sons, Joe Ramey, Odds, Ky.; Hayes Ramey, Tarn Cliff, W. Va.; Rube Ramey, city; four daughters, Mrs. Sippie Smith, Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Della Dale, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Myrtle Smetanko, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Monie Bowling, city; 32 grandchildren and 50 great- grandchildren. Burial was made in the Porter Cemetery at Van Lear under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Tarn Cliff, W. Va. may have been Tam Cliff, W. Va. It was difficult to decipher. PAINTSVILLE HERALD NOV. 10 1954
RICE, Guy W.
1880-1954
Former Resident,  Dies in Calif.
Services in Oregon For Prominent Engineer Final rites for Guy W. Rice of Inglewood, Calif. were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock under the auspices of the Ashland Masonic lodge.  Interment was made in Mt. View cemetery in Ashland, Oregon. Mr. Rice was born in Paintsville, Ky., Sept. 12, 1880 and passed away in Inglewood on Sept. 14 1954 after a brief illness. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Chas. A. White, formerly of Ashland; a brother M. B. Rice, and two nieces, Miss Agnes White, and Mrs. Lois (Wm. G.) Reed, both of Medford. Educated at the University of Kentucky, he received his degree in civil engineering in 1901, and after graduation acted in an engineering capacity for several eastern railways before coming to Oregon in 1906 as a chief engineer of Goose Lake Valley Irrigation company. One of the highlights of his engineering career came when he was appointed by the American Society of Civil Engineers to one of a committee to visit and survey expenditures of the Panama canal and submit a report to President Taft.  For his participation in this assignment he was made an honorary life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. For the past 3 years Mr. Rice has lived in Inglewood, where he was manager of the escrow department of Security First National bank until he retired in 1950.  Several years ago Mr. Rice was the subject of an article by nationally known author Dale Carnegie. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.17 1954
ROSS, Edmond E.
1882-1954
Blaine Resident Dies Tuesday Of Heart Attack
Edmond E, Ross, 72. Well known resident of Blaine, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 30. Born at Blaine April 28, 1882, he was the son of the late Walter and Elisabeth Ross. A lifelong resident of the Blaine community, he was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and engaged in farming prior to his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Mary Cordel Ross, to whom he had been married for more than fifty years, and eight children; five daughters, Mrs. Joe Wheeler, Flatwoods, Ky., Mrs. Edmond Cordel, Cordell, Ky. Mrs. Dennie Fitch, Wilbur, Ky., Mrs. Virgil Morrision, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Oakie Morrison, Delaware, Ohio: and three sons, Dewey Ross, Columbus, Ohio, Chilt Ross, Greenup, Ky., Edmond Ross Jr., Blaine, Ky.  Funeral services, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DEC.1 1954
WALLIN, Isaac Alton
1904-1954
Former Resident Dies November 1 at Winchester
Services Thursday for  Isaac A. Wallin Isaac Alton Wallin, 50, former resident of Red Bush and this city, died Monday, November 1, 1954, in the Clark County Hospital at Winchester, where he underwent major surgery two weeks earlier. The son of Corinna Williams Wallin and the later Rev. R. W. Wallin, he was born August 8, 1904, at Red Bush. A graduate of John C. C. Mayo College of Paintsville, he was employed as teller at the second National Bank of Paintsville for a number of years.  He was associated with the Tennessee Gas and Transmission Company at Winchester at the time of his death. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Mrs. Edna Burchett Wallin, one son, Michael Edward Wallin, all of Winchester; one daughter, Mrs. Anna Mary Selvage, Piketon, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Maxie McNabb, Winchester; and one brother, James E. Wallin, Red Bush. Funeral services were held Thursday, November 4, at the Scobee Funeral Home at Winchester. Burial was made aat the Patty Flat Cemetary at Fuget, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.10 1954
WELLS, Walker
1869-1954
County Man Dies Monday Services Thursday  For Walker Wells, 85
Walker Wells, 85, lifelong resident of Johnson County and a retired farmer, died Monday night at his home at Van Lear, following an illness of five years. The son of the late James and Arita Collins Wells, he was born July 27, 1869.  He was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Mary Branham Wells, five sons, Willie Wells, Loraine, Ohio; Joe wells, McCar, Ky; Wilbur Wells, Taplan, W. Va; Neward and Rolland wells, both of Van Lear, two daughters, Mrs. Exer Cline, Cordell, Ky; Mrs. Alda Hyden, Columbus, Ohio; and one sister, Mrs. Angie Wells, Hindman, Ky. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 11, at 2:00 P. M. at the Philadelphia Church of Christ with the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial will be made in the Wells Cemetery in Paintsville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY  NOV.03 1954
WRIGHT, James
1888-1954
James Wright, 69, died at his home at Mine Fork at 6:00 Saturday morning, November 15, after an illness of several months. He was born in Morgan County, November 28,  1888, the son of Jonathan and Ann Williams Wright. Most of his life was spent at Mine Fork where he engaged in farming. Surviving are his wife, Minnie Gilliam Wright, five sons, Frank Wright, Westchester, OH; Ron Wright, Flemingsburg; Willie Wright, William Charles Wright and James Wright, Jr., both of Mine Fork; six daughters, Nola Ball, Flemingsburg; Frozie Wright, Paintsville; Sarah Blankenship, Pawpaw, KY; Fronzie Helton, Mine Fork, Elzie Howard, Fairborn, OH; Christine Hall, Springfield, OH; one brother, Green Wright, Minford, OH. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 17, with Lonnie Wright and Rev. Gibbs as officiating ministers. Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19, 1954


DECEMBER - 1954


AUXIER, James Knox Polk
1925-1954
James Knox Polk Auxier, 29, printer at the Paintsville Herald for a number of years, died suddenly at his home at East Point Monday morning from a gunshot wound. A member of a family widely known in this section, he was born at Van Lear June 18, 1925, the son of Mrs. Anna Music Auxier of East Point and the late Milton S. Auxier. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1950, and after his discharge returned to his employment at the Herald office, but resigned a few weeks ago. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church. Surviving besides his mother are three sisters, Mrs. Douglas Wheeler, editor and publisher of the Paintsville Herald, Mrs. Geneva Crider, East Point, Mrs. Fannie Hall, Jacksonville, Fla; two brothers, Samuel Auxier, Detroit, Mich., and Eugene P. Auzier, Jenkins. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., today at the Clhristian Church at East Point with the Reverend H. E. Willis of the Southside Free Will Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery on the K. K. P. Auxier farm across the river from East Point. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the James and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILL EHERALD WEDNESDAY DEC.15 1954
BLAIR, Liss
1891-1954
LISS BLAIR, 63 CITY PATROL MAN MAGISTRATE DIES
Services Dec.28 For prominent man
Liss Blair, 63 well known resident of Denver, died Saturday afternoon, December 25 1954 in a local hospital following an illness of a few days. The son of the late Harrison and Lydia Hitchcock Blair, he was born January 15, 1891.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. A member of the Paintsville Police force for a number of years he was recently reappointed to this post. He was also elected as magistrate of District in the 1953 election.  He also worked diligently to improve his county and community. Surviving are his wife, Lucy Baldwin Blair, four sons, Berlin and James H. Blair, both of Denver, Dennis Blair, city, Kenneth Blair, Columbus, OH. three daughters, Mrs. Arlene Ward and Iva Joy Blair, both of Denver and Mrs. Fanny Jewell May, Asa. Other survivors include four brothers Crossford Blair, Oil Springs, Drice Blair, Volga, Bruce Blair, Bull Creek, Tom Blair, city; three sisters, Mrs. Verie Van Hoose and Mrs. Terie Nelson, all of this city. Funeral services were held December 28, at the Beechwall Church with Prater Blair, Millard Bryant and Freeman Blair as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.5 1955

COLLINS, Harry
1877-1954
Former Resident Dies in Columbus Harry Collins, 77, died at 4:45 p. m. Saturday, December 25, 1954 in a Columbus O. hospital.  He had been in ill health for several years, but had been seriously ill for six weeks.  He was a former Johnson County resident. Born March 11, 1877, he was the son of James and Nancy Sagraves Collins.  He was a member of the Baptist Church in Portsmouth, O. He was married to Della Evans, who proceeded him in 1900.  He was also preceded in death by their two children, Lura and Alifair.  He was married to Viola Dickison of Hitchens September 17, 1913. Surviving are his wife, three sons and three daughters, Mrs. Lura Lemaster of Manila, Mrs. Madlyn Sawyer, Marion, Ohio, Mrs. Ruth Chipman of Beach Haven Terrace, New Jersey, Denvill and Annie Collins of Richwood, Ohio, and Paul Collins, Marion, Ohio.  He is also survived by two brothers, Bert of Waldo, Ohio, and Charles of Marion, Ohio, one sister Mrs. Cynthia Everly of Portsmouth, Ohio, 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 29, at the Bellenger Funeral Home with the Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial was made in the Clairborne Cemetey in Richwood, Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.5 1955

DANIEL, Rell S.
1879-1955
Rell S. Daniel Passes Dec. 24.
Services December 26 At Southside Church For Well-Known Man
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 26, 1954 at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church for Rell S. Daniel, 75, who died at his home here Friday, December 24, 1954 following an illness of several weeks. Rev. Homer E. Willis, pastor was officiating minister.   The son of the late George and Jane O'Bryan Daniel, he was born May 20, 1879 in Johnson County. Surviving are his wife Stella Horn Daniel, one son, Virgil Daniel, Atlanta, Georgia, one daughter, Mrs. Jane Keenhner, Rochester, N. Y., three sisters, Mrs. Josie Ward, Mrs. Angie Taylor and Mrs. Esther Young, all of this city. Active pallbearers were; Geo. H. McFadden, Everett Arms, Warren Gullett, Sr., Garrett Adams, Manuel Borders, Vern Conley, Ballard Melvin and Brookie Sublett. Burial was made in the Huff Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 01-05-1955

DANIELS, Joe
1870-1954
COUNTY MAN PASSES FRIDAY
Services Held Sunday For Joe Daniels, 84, Nippa Resident
Joe Daniels, 84, well-known resident of Johnson County, died in a local hospital Friday, December 17, 1954 following an illness of two weeks. Born at Nippa January 25, 1870, he was the son of the late George W. and Elizabeth Helton Daniels.  A member of the Freewill Baptist Church, a retired miner and farmer, he was a lifelong resident of Nippa. He was preceded in death in 1943 by his wife, Mary Daniels. Surviving are four sons, Charles J. Daniels, Tutor Key; George Daniels, New Richmond, W. Va.; James Daniels, Urbana, Ohio; Joe Edd Daniels, Itman, W. Va.; four daughters, Fanny Castle, Nippa; Julia Miller, Monroe, Michigan; Elizabeth Young, Lowmansville; Sarah Thompson, San Diego, California; one brother, John Daniels, Thealka, and one sister, Julia Preston, Tutor Key. Other survivors include twenty-eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 19, 1954 at the Mouth of Rush Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Virgil Daniels and Claude Preston officiating.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Tutor Key under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 22 1954
FISHER, Debra Louise
1954-1954
Services Wednesday For Fisher Infant
Debra Louise Fisher, seven month old daughter of Willis and Betty Ratliff Fisher of Wyandotte, Mich., died Saturday, December 25, 1954 in a Wyandotte hospital following an illness of nine weeks. Her death was attributed to pneumonia. She was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, April 29, 1954. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. at the Jones and Preston Funeral Home with the Rev. Claude Preston officiating. Music was by the Williams Quartet. Burial was made in the Ratliff Cemetery at Denver under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 5, 1955

FYFFE, Flaura (Evans)
1873-1954
Mrs. Flaura Evans Fyffe, 81, formerly of Cordell, died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clyde Slone, in Hillard, Ohio. Born at Flat Gap November 12, 1873, she was the daughter of Merida and Melinda Holbrook Evans. Her husband preceded her in death in 1949. She is survived by three daughter, Mrs. Slone with whom she lived; Mrs. R. R. Boggs, Blaine; Mrs. Ova Seagraves, Louisa; three sons, Proctor Fyffe, Louisa; Earl Fyffe, San Francisco, Calif., Duel Fyffe, Allegan, Mich.; one brother, J. H. Evans, Martha, Ky.; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p. m. Sunday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Louisa. Burial was made in the Pinehill Cemetery under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DEC.22 1954
HALL, Arminta (Music)
1867-1954
RITES SATURDAY FOR RESIDENT OF VAN LEAR
Mrs. Arminta Hall, 97 lifelong resident of Johnson County died at the home of her daughter at Van Lear Wednesday afternoon. She was born May 22, 1867, the daughter of the late John and Minerva Baldridge Music. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are two sons, John David Hall, Van Lear and Alex Hall, Meally. One daughter, Mrs. Claranda Webb, Van Lear. One brother, John Wes Music of East Point, and two sisters, Mrs. Claranda Goble, Auxier, and Mrs. Lavada Austin, East Point. Funeral services were held Saturday at the West Van Lear Church of Christ with the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Van Lear under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DEC.22 1954
JONES, Littleton Bailey Jr "Dockie"
1886-1954
Services Monday  For Dockie Jones Dockie Jones, 68, died Friday, December 31, 1954 in the Martin Hospital following an illness of six days.  His death was attributed to a stroke. Born in Johnson County, he was a lifelong county resident.  He was a member of the Methodist Church and a retired C. and O. Employee. He is survived by his wife, Zella Gibbs Jones, One son, Ray B. Jones, Rushtown, Ohio, three daughters, Mrs. Hershel Arms, city, Mrs. John Martin Wheeler, city and Mrs. Hargis Rowe, Salyersville, Ky., and one brother, Nathaniel Jones, Kerz, Ky. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a. m. Monday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with Elders Ransom Hatch and Maryus M. Miller officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Kerz under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1-5-1955
JONES, Littleton Bailey Jr.
1886-1954
OBITUARY Littleton Bailey Jones, Jr. known as Dock Jones, was born July 24, 1886 at Kerz, Ky. An died December 31,1954 at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, Ky., at the age of 68 years, 5 months and 7 days. He made his home at 454 Vine Street, Paintsville, Ky., where he had a legion of friends.  He was the son of the late Dr. L.B. Jones and Emmaline Salyer Jones. Dr. Jones was among the first to settle on Hood Creek in Johnson County where he practiced medicine for a number of years.  He was known as one of the best physicians of his time. Dock Jones was married to Zella Gibbs October 19, 1905, and to this union were born five daughters and one son. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, Mrs. Zella Jones, three daughters, Mrs. Hershel Arms, Mrs. John Wheeler of this city, Mrs. Hargis Rowe, a grand daughter who he raised from infancy, Salyersville, Ky., and one son Ray Jones, Rushtown, Ohio.  Three children have preceded him in death.  He also leaves on brother, N. G. Jones of Kerz.  Ten brothers and sisters have preceded him in death.  He also leaves eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He was employed by the C. and O. Railway Company for 22 years prior to retiring seven years ago. He was a very devoted husband and father and it was the desire of his heart to see his family enjoy the good things of life.  He also loved to see them enjoy the Spiritual Blessings given by our heavenly Father. His kindness and thoughtfulness to his family, friends, and neighbors were among his outstanding characteristics. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26, 1955


LYONS, Sherman
1880-1954
After Long Illness Services Held Friday For Flat Gap Citizen
Sherman Lyons 75, well known citizen of Johnson County, died at his home at Flat Gap Tuesday night, following an illness of six months. Born December 25, 1880 at Keaton, he was the son of the late Landen and Nancy Skaggs Lyons. He was a retired farmer and a member of the New Regular Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Allie Cheek Lyons, three sons, Con Lyons, Tivis Lyons, both of Paintsville, Kerlin Lyons, Ashland and one daughter, Mrs. Beulah McKenzie, Ashland. Also surviving are two brothers, Mark Lyons, Athens, Ohio, John Lyons, Red Bush, two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Bailey, Flat Gap, and Mrs. Mary Ferguson, Red Bush. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Red Bush New Regular Baptist Church. Burial will be made in the Lyons Cemetery at Keaton under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DEC.8 1954


PATRICK, Jerry
1954
Funeral Services Held Here Today For Jerry Patrick
Jerry Patrick, 19, son of Tom and Flossie Burke Patrick of this city, was killed instantly and his cousin, James Morris Burke, 15, son of Raymond and Leona Harmon Burke of Disko, Indiana, died a few minutes later in an automobile accident on December 18, three miles north of Menotne, Ind. A third cousin, Jack Douglas Burke, 20, son of Mr. And Mrs. Den Burke of Akron, Ind., formerly of this city, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, suffered several broken ribs, but was released from the hospital after treatment. The three youths were in a 1947 Ford that careened to the opposite side of the highway into the path of an on-coming truck, which collided head-on with the car. One side of the Ford had swerved off the pavement, and in an attempt to cut back onto the highway, the youthful driver lost control of the vehicle, it was said here this week. Jerry Patrick was employed at North Manchester, Ind., and was living with his uncle and aunt, the parents of Jack Douglas. He was a graduate of the Paintsville High School, class of 1954, and was a popular young man among his classmates and friends. Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Argus Richardson, Paintsville; one half-brother, Tom Patrick, Jr., Bascom, Ohio., and a large family of relatives in this locality. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. today at the Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Claude Preston and Rev. H.P. Willis officiating. Special music was by the Tom's Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Patrick Cemetery at Leander under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. James Morris Burke, formerly a resident of Bonanza, was a junior at Gilead High School, of Disko. Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Velma and Brenda Burke, and his grandfather, James Harmon, of Ottway, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Akron, Indiana, and burial was made there. The youths are the grandsons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Burke of  Riceville, and the family is well-known in this county. Paintsville Herald December 22, 1954


PETTY, Adda (Burton)
1874-1954
Mrs. Ada Petty, 80, mother of Mrs. Chester Kirk, died at the home of her daughter Monday, following an illness of two years. Born 6 June, 1874 in Meigs County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Florence Burton. She had made her home with her daughter for the past nine years. She was a member of the Christian Church. She was predeceased in death by her husband, Ulysses S. Petty. Surviving besides he daughter are two grandsons and two great granddaughters. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Preston Funeral Home with the Rev. Joseph Zavadasky officiating. The body was taken to Eldora, W. VA., where short funeral services were held Wednesday and Burial was made in the family cemetery there. Paintsville Herald Dec. 8, 1954


SALYER, Ambrose
1874-1954
Ambrose Salyer Dies Saturday After Brief Illness Funeral services were held today at the Sitka Freewill Baptist Church for Ambrose Salyer, 80, who died at his home at Van Lear Saturday, following an illness of a few days. Born in Johnson County  August 29, 1874, he was the son of the late Henry and Jane Slone Salyer. He had been a resident of Van Lear for thirteen years. He was preceded in death in January, 1953, by his wife, Nola Crider Salyer. Surviving are three sons, Walter Salyer, Van Lear; Russell Salyer, Sitka, James  Salyer, Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Ava Stambaugh, Van Lear; and Mrs. Julis Ashby, Detroit, Mich. Funeral service were conducted by Rev. S. B. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Sitka under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 12-22-1954


STAPLETON, Roscoe 1933-1954 Roscoe Stapleton, 21, son of Link and Gifta Justice Stapleton died at his home at Winifred Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1954 following an illness of six months. A lifelong resident of Winifred, he was born February 16, 1933.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church and a farmer by occupation. Surviving besides his parents are his grandmother, Mrs. Cliff Justice, Winifred, three brothers, Homer Stapleton, Winifred: James Stapleton, Fairborn, Ohio, Bill Stapleton, Dayton, Ohio; four sisters Mrs. Walter Poek, Chandlersille; Mrs. Marjorie Gullett, Germany; Mrs. Johnnie Daniels, Fairborn, Ohio; Mrs. Hager Stapleton, Flint, Michigan. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 24, at the home at Winifred. Burial was made in the Castle Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN 1, 1955


STRICKLIN, Henry "Dock"
1861-1954
Henry (Dock) Stricklin, Sr., retired contractor and former resident of Paintsville, died in a Mansfield, Ohio hospital Saturday, December 11, 1954, following an illness of four weeks. Born March 8, 1861 in Wise County, Va., he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Woods Stricklin.  He had been a resident of Mansfield for the past two months. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine McFaddin Sticklin. Surviving are two sons, Frank Stricklin, Mansfield, O., Henry Stricklin, Jr., Ypsilanti, Michigan; two daughters, Mrs. Sola Mahan, Mansfield, Ohio; Mrs. Garnet Flint, St. Louis, Mo. Funeral serviced were held Tuesday at the Jones and Preston Funeral Home with the Rev. Claude Preston officiating.  Music was by the Williams Quartet. Burial was made in the Fairchild Cemetery at Paintsville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 12-15-1954


WHEELER, Mahala (Conley)
1869-1955
MAGOFFIN COUNTY WOMAN DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Services Held Sunday For Mahala Wheeler
Mrs. Mahala Wheeler, 85, prominent resident of Wheelersburg, died at her home Thursday, Dec. 30, 1954, following an illness of 11 years. The daughter of the late Henry Jackson and Elizabeth Grace Conley, she was born December 28, 1869. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death May 5, 1952, by her husband Charles Wheeler. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Flo Lemaster, Chandlerville, Mrs. Mary Brown, Wheelersburg, Mrs. Wanna Wheeler, Wheelersburg, Mrs. Bertie Lawrence, Urbana, MO, one sister, Mrs. Minnie Lemaster, Wenatchee, Washington. 32 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great- grandchildren. Her grandsons severed as pallbearers. Funeral services were held Sunday at Litteral Fork Church with Willie Murray, Thurman Caudill and Harlan Montgomery as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Conley Cemetery at Wheelersburg under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JANUARY 5 1955

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