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JANUARY - 1955

CASTLE, Mary (Brooks)
1890-1955
County Woman Dies January 18
Services Wednesday For Mary B. Castle
Resident Of Nippa
Mrs. Mary Brooks Castle, 63, wife of Jerome Castle of Nippa, died at her home Tuesday, January 18, following an illness of two years. The daughter of George and Anna Brown Brooks, she was born February 12, 1890.  She had lived in Johnson County all of her life. Surviving besides the husband are one son, Herbert Castle of this city, and two brothers, L. D. Brooks, Oak Hill, W. Virginia and David Brooks, Parksville, Kentucky. Funeral services were held at the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church Wednesday, January 19, with the Rev. Calvin Osborne officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 01-26-1955
COLLINS, Walker
1872-1955
Funeral services were held on Monday at the Daniels Creek Church of Christ for Walker Collins who died friday night (Jan.07 1955) at home. He was 82. This followed an illness of three weeks. Born April 22, 1872 in Daniels Creek, he was the son of the late Jeff and Sarah Powers Collins. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Daniels Creek Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife Sarah Collins, three sons, Albert Collins, Prestonburg: Taylor Collins, Salyersville; James W. Collins, Wabash, In; three daughters, Mrs. Lucy McCoy, Crum WV, Mrs. Ruby Hyden, Wabash Ind.,  Mrs. Dovie Collins , Odds, Ky; two brothers, Jim Collins, Meally and Marion Collins, Boons Camp. Officiating ministers were J.H. Short and Leonard Webb. Burial was made in the Collins cemetery at Daniels Creek under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured from the Wednesday edition of the Paintsville Herald Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan.12 1955
DANIEL, Perry
1905-1955
COUNTY MAN, DIES IN ARIZONA
Perry Daniel, 49, Phoenix, Arizona, former resident of this county, died at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, Monday, January 25, 1955 following an illness of seven months. Born November 26, 1905 in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Rev. David K. and Frances Stapleton Daniel. He was married in 1928 to Miss Ruth Pack, who survives. He joined the Oak Springs United Baptist Church when he was 18 and remained a faithful member until his death. Surviving besides his wife are one son, Perry Eugene, his step mother, Mrs. Ella Daniel, Wheelersburg, Ohio; five sisters, Mrs. Bessie Worley, Dexter, Ohio; Mrs. Jeanette Posy and Mrs. Eliza Hanshaw, both of Ironton, Ohio; Mrs. Eileen Resetor. Washington Courthouse, Ohio; Mrs. Mary Short, Japan; six brothers, Lloyd Daniel, Ashland; Luther Daniel, Waverly, Ohio, Walter Daniel, Ashland, David K. Daniel, Jr., South Carolina; Clyde Daniel, Circleville, Ohio and Arthur Daniel, Wheelersburg, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 30, 1955 at the Oak Springs United Baptist Church with the Revs. Everett Slone, Prater Blair and Edison Conley officiating. Burial was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2 1955
ESTEP, George H.
1871-1955
George H. Estep, 83, resident of this city, died suddenly at his home in Bridgeford Addition Sunday afternoon after suffering a heart attack. Born October 9, 1871 in Johnson County, he was the son of Ira and Imora Morton Estep.  He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and a retired railroad worker. Surviving are his wife Nancy Elizabeth Davis Estep, two daughters, Mrs. Ben Collie and Mrs. Thurman McKenzie, both of this city, one sister, Mrs. Tallie Van Hoose, Ashland, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m. today at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. H. E. Willis and Scott Castle officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Southside under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.26 1955
FAIRCHILD, Cora (Castle)
1884-1955
Nippa Woman Passes Saturday Services held Tuesday for Mrs. Cora Fairchild
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Locust Grove United Baptist Church for Mrs. Cora Castle Fairchild, 70, Nippa, Ky., who died Saturday afternoon in a local hospital following an illness of several weeks. The daughter of  Mose and Julia Murphy Castle, she was born March 2, 1884 in this county. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Ezar Fairchild, Lexington; John C. Fairchild, Arlington, Va.; four daughters, Mrs. Dewey Wallace, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Russell Borders, city; Mrs. Ethel Clark and Mrs. Opal Vanhoose, Lexington; one brother, John Castle, Nippa; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Saddler, Nippa; Mrs. Miami Castle, Flemingsburg. Burial was made in the Fairchild Cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.2 1955
FRANKLIN, Jim
1880-1955
Services Held Friday  For Jim Franklin, 74
Jim Franklin, 74, well known resident of this county, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home at Concord Wednesday morning, January 26. Born August 27, 1880 in this county, he was the son of the late Abraham and Cynthia Webb Franklin. He was a retired miner and farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1938. Surviving are five sons, Con Franklin, Fairborn, Ohio; Tommy Franklin, Ashland; Everett James and Edgar Franklin, all of Thealka; one daughter, Nora E. Franklin, Thealka; two sisters, Nervie Delong, city and Mahala Hall, Martin County. Funeral services were held Friday at the home of Everett Franklin with the Revs. Horiner Willis and J. H. Short officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Concord under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.2 1955
FREEMAN, James
1955
James Freeman Dies Monday  In an Ohio Hospital
James Freeman, 77, lifelong resident of Auxier, Ky., died Monday, January 24 in a Marion, Ohio hospital, following an illness of twelve days. A retired miner and farmer, he was the son of the late William and Milda Freeman. He is survived by his wife, Lori Spencer, three sons, two daughters, and two brothers. Funeral services were held, Thursday January 27, at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church with John D. Music and Willie Horne as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Whitaker, Ky., under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.2 1955
JOHNSON, Julius
1902-1955
Julius Johnson Dies Saturday Of Heart Attack
Julius Johnson, 52, died at his home at West Van Lear Junction Saturday afternoon, January 1955 after suffering a heart attack earlier. Born February 5, 1902 in this county, he was the son of Minnie McCloud Johnson and the late Frank Johnson.  He had been a resident of West Van Lear for three years. A retired railroad engineer, he was a member of the United Baptist Church Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Madge McKenzie Johnson, four daughters, Mrs. Neva Lee DePalma, Chicago, Ill; Mrs. Betty Earl Woods, West Van Lear; Mrs. Naoma Jean Blair, Dayton, O; Mrs. Vilma Edelene Reed, Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Ervin Johnson, Hager hill; two sisters, Mrs. Maudie Salyers, Hager Hill and Mrs. G. B. Preston, city. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 4, at the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church at West Van Lear with Willie Murray as officiating minister. Burial was made at the family cemetery at Hager Hill under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1-5-1955
MUSIC, Thomas Sgt.
Gunshots Wounds Are Fatal to Sgt. Thos. Music
S-Sgt. Thomas Music, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Music of East Point, died Thursday, January 13, in San Bernardino, California, where he was stationed with the U. S. Air Force.  He had been in service for the past 13 years, and had served in many nations of Europe, the Pacific, Iceland, Arabia, and at many bases in the United States.  He had held the rank of staff sergeant since World War II. The family here was advised that death resulted from gunshot wounds while the victim's wife was away.  No further details were learned as The Herald goes to press. Surviving besides his wife and four children, are his parents, and four brothers, Otis Music, John Music, and Wm. Music, all of East Point, and Ray Music of Van Lear. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at the United Baptist Church of this city. Officiating ministers will be Rev. Leonard Walters, Rev. Merida Wiley, and Rev. Tom Dalton. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.26 1955
PELPHREY, Lora (Rice)
1895-1955
Mrs. Lora Pelphrey, 59, died Monday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lucy Conley, of Hager Hill, following an illness of three months. Born January 18, 1895, she was the daughter of the late Bascom and Frankie Fletcher Rice. She was a member of the West Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church. She was predeceased in death January 29, 1950, by her husband, Clark Pelphrey. Surviving are her two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Conley, Hager Hill, and Mrs. R. Caudill, city, and one brother Luther Rice, Ashland. Funeral services were held at 1:30 today at the Hager Hill Holmes Tabernacle with Merida Wiley and Grover Fannin as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Rice Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald January 12, 1955
PRESTON, William R.
1873-1955
Prominent Man Dies Tuesday Services Thursday For "Bill R." Preston Carpenter, Contractor William R. (Bill R.) Preston, 81, well known resident of this city, died at his home on Euclid Avenue Tuesday morning, January 18 1955, following an illness of several months. The son of the late Shade and Elizabeth VanHoose Preston, he was born June 30 1873, at Barnett's Creek, Ky. He was one of Paintsville's leading contractors, and an expert carpenter prior to his retirement several years ago. He was preceded in death seven months ago by his wife, Della McKenzie Preston. Surviving are five sons, S.K. Preston,  Mayking, Ky.; W.R. Preston Jr., Seco, Ky.; Cecil Preston, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Nevil Preston, Vista Calif.; and Leon Preston, of this city, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Others survivors include two brothers, Bird Preston and Guy Preston, both of Barnett's Creek; and one sister, Mrs. Julia Picklesimer, Ashland. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at the chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Hooper officiating. Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Barnett's Creek under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD JAN.26 1955 NOTE: This Cemetery is also known as the "Byrd Preston Cemetery"
WHEELER, Phoebe (Salyer)
1893-1955
COUNTY WOMAN  DIES SUDDENLY
Heart Attack Fatal  To Phoebe S. Wheeler Flat Gap Resident
Mrs. Phoebe Slayers Wheeler, 61, wife of Edward Wheeler of Flat Gap, died suddenly Friday morning, January 7, 1955 of a heart attack while en route to a local hospital. The daughter of the late J.D. and Jane Skaggs Salyer, she was born April 4, 1893 in Johnson County.  She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving besides the husband are two brothers, Jay Salyer, Flat Gap, and Powell Salyer, South Charleston, Ohio. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Pentecostal Church at Joe's Creek with Arthur Ramey, Bruce Daniel and Harry Salyer officiating. Burial was made in the Salyer Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 1955
WILCOX, Cynthia Bell (Lemaster)
1888-1955
PASSES FRIDAY SERVICES
HELD SUNDAY FOR MRS. CYNTHIA WILCOX
Mrs. Cynthia Bell Wilcox, 67, lifelong resident of Sitka died at her home Friday morning following a long illness. Born January 9, 1888, she was the daughter of John and Melissa Salyers LeMaster. She was a member of the Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Wilcox. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Stambaugh, Sitka; two sisters, Mrs. Becky Stambaugh, Sitka, Mrs. Esta Estep,Kertz four brothers, Ealey LeMasteer, Volga, Levi and Clyde LeMaster, both of Kerz, McClellan LeMaster of Ohio Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the home of the daughter at Sitka with the Rev. Harry Salyers officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Sitka under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.26 1955
WILEY, Jennie (Rice)
1877-1955
PASSES JAN. 1 SERVICES MONDAY FOR JENNIE WILEY
Mrs. Jennie Rice Wiley, 77, died January 1 1955, at her home on Euclid Avenue after an illness of several months. She was a teacher in the Johnson County schools for many years and was one of Paintsville’s most respected and revered women. Born June 20, 1877 in the Jenny’s Creek locality, she was a daughter of the late J.P. and Frances Elizabeth Sublett Rice and was a member of a prominent family in this county. She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of this city. Mrs. Wiley was the widow of Tobe Wiley, a Paintsville attorney, who died 25 years ago. Surviving one son, Hansel Wiley, city, one granddaughter, Sarah Jane Wiley, two sisters, Mrs. George Clark, city, and Mrs. Bert Edgerton, Jeffersonville, Ind. Funeral services were held at 10:00a.m., January 3, in the Chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home by Rev. W.F. Pettus. Pallbearers were Joe Radcliffe, Joe Rapier, Roger Stewart, Jimmie Garnett, William Johnson, William Bailey, James Archer, and Bob Montgomery. Burial was made to the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN.05 1955



FEBRUARY - 1955

BUTCHER, Allie (Walters)
1885-1955
Allie Walters Butcher, 70, succumbed of a heart attack at her home in Williamsport. Born February 11, 1885 at Boons Camp, she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Melvina Porter Wells. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was first married to Lafe Walters, who preceded her in death in 1923. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Henry Butcher. Surviving are two sons, Jake Walters, Boons Camp, and Luther Walters, Williamsport; two step- daughters, Verlie Pigg and Erma Hayslette, both oh Boons Camp; one brother George Wells of Boons Camp; three sisters, Emma Wells, Pikeville, Susie Nesbitt and Canady Wells both of Lucasville, Ohio. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Old Friendship United Baptist Church of Williamsport with Nim Sturgill, Prater Blair and Flem Arrowood as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Wells cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 9, 1955
DALE, James
1881-1955
JAMES DALE, 73 THEALKA RESIDENT PASSES MONDAY
James Dale, 73, a resident of Thealka for a number of years, died at 5:00a.m. Monday morning in a local hospital following an illness of two months. Born September 24, 1881, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Dan and Margaret Ratiff Dale. He was a retired miner and a deacon of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Callie Castle Dale, two sons, Richard Dale, Charlestown, Ind., Bill Dale, Thealka; seven daughters, Mrs. Maxine Spencer and Miss Irene Dale both of Thealka, Mrs. Mae Cundiff and Mrs. Emogene Tate, both of Charlestown, Ind., Mrs. Clara Jarrell,  town, Ind., Mrs. Clarla Larrell, Speedway, W.Va., Mrs. Lizzie Daniels, Silver Creek, N.Y., Miss Mollie Dale, Jeffersonville, Ind.; two brothers, John Dale, city, Jesse Dale, Tram, Ky, and one half- brother, Raymond Dale, Sitka. Funeral services will be held at the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church, Friday, at 1:30p.m. with Rev. Scott Castle, officiating. The body will remain in the Jones and Preston Funeral Home until Thursday afternoon when it will be removed to the home at Thealka. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.2 1955
HAMILTON, Sena (Lyons)
1867-1955
Services Held Sunday For Mrs. Sena Hamilton
Mrs. Sena Hamilton 87, one of Johnson County's best loved women died Saturday morning at the home of her son, Lloyd Hamilton, Euclid Avenue, following an illness of two days. The daughter of the late John and Margarette Lester Lyons she was born October 23, 1867 at Barn Rock, Ky. She had been a resident of Paintsville for five years. She was first married to Jim Holbrook and after his death she married the Rev. Hayden Hamilton who also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Lloyd Hamilton, city and Hargus Hamilton, Danville, Ky. three step- sons: Ben L. Hamilton, Portsmouth, Ohio, Henry T. Hamilton, Charlie P. Hamilton both of Red Bush, one step-daughter, Mrs. Frank Chandler of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Levisa Burgess, Skaggs, Ky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. at the New Regular Baptist Church of Red Bush with Hood Wallen as officiating minister. Burial was made in the Holbrook Cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.5 1955
JAYNE, Irvin
1876-1955
IRVIN JAYNE, 78, DIES THURSDAY
Services Saturday For Teacher, Farmer, Merchant, Salesman Irvin Jayne, 78, well-known resident of Johnson County, died at a local hospital Thursday morning, February 17, 1955, following an illness of five weeks. A lifelong resident of Flat Gap, he was born May 3, 1876, the son of the late Henry and Julia Hager Jayne. Widely known throughout Johnson and adjoining counties, he was a successful farmer, merchant, salesman and a teacher in the county schools.  He had been a member of Flat Gap lodge, F. & A. M. for more tan 50 years. Surviving are one brother, Ernest Jayne, Flat Gap, and one sister, Mrs. Augustus Williams, Flat Gap. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 19, 1955 at the New Regular Baptist Church at Flat Gap with Hood Wallen and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 1955
MEEK, Tabitha (Ward)
1874-1955
COUNTY WOMAN PASSES SATURDAY AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS
Funeral services were held Monday, February 28, 1955 at the home at Boons Camp for Mrs. Tabitha (Babe) Meek, 80 who died at her home Saturday, February 26, 1955 afternoon following an illness of a day. Born April 9, 1874, she was the daughter of Shadie and Hettie Daniel Ward.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death in January 1951 by her husband, Lathora Meek. Surviving are five sons, Jim Meek, Boons camp, Arbie Meek, Dayton, Ohio, Elbert Meek, city, Shadie Meek, Tomahawk, Grover Meek, Springfield, Ohio, three daughters, Mrs. Emma Walters and Mrs. Addie Boyd, both of Williamsport, and Alma Meek, Boons Camp. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WESNESDAY MARCH 2 1955
PACK, Alwilda (Preston)
1873-1955
Mrs. Alwilda Preston Pack, 81, well-known resident of Johnson County, died at her home at Williamsport Wednesday, following an illness of four months. The daughter of the late Eliphas and Elizabeth Ward Preston, she was born May 25, 1873.  She had been a member of the Friendship unites Baptist Church for sixty-three years. She was preceded in death October 11, 1939, by her husband, George W. Pack. Surviving are five sons, E. L. Pack, Denver, Ky., Walter and Herbert Pack, both of Williamsport, Arnold Pack, Beaver, Ohio, Gaylard Pack, city; one daughter, Mrs. Golda Pack Hoacher, Niagara Falls, N. Y. Other survivors include four brothers, Paris Preston, Williamsport, Ernest Preston, Offutt, Jessie Preston, Inez, Ballard Preston, Boons Camp, 28 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday at the Old Friendship United Baptist Church. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-2-1955
PATTON, Reva (Reed)
1955
Dies February 26
In Lexington Services Held March 1 For Mrs. James Patton
Funeral services were held at the Salyersville Methodist Church Tuesday, March 1, for Mrs. Reva Reed Patton, 46, wife of James L. Patton of Lexington, who died at a Lexington hospital February 26, following an operation. Mrs. Patton had many friends in this city where she and Mr. Patton resided for a number of years. Mr. Patton was the director of Mayo State Vocational School prior to his appointment as State Director of Vocational Education. Surviving besides the husband are one daughter, Minerva E. Patton, and four sons, Berlin Ross, Phillip Roger, James Donald, and John Logan Patton. Rev. Patton, pastor of the Lexington Methodist Church, where she was a member, conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Van Sant of Sandy Hook, and Rev. Paul Stoncking, pastor of the Salyersville Methodist Church. The funeral was postponed from Monday because of high water. Burial was made in the Reed Cemetery on Johnson Fork under the direction of the Kelley Funeral Home of Salyersville. Paintsville Herald March 9, 1955
PRESTON, Life
1955
Local Resident Passes Friday Services Held Sunday For Life Preston, 67
Life Preston, 67, lifelong resident of Johnson County died at his home in Paintsville Friday (Feb.11 1955) afternoon following an illness of two years. He was the son of the late Winfield and Melissa Castle Preston. Surviving are one sister Mrs. Elizabeth Gross, Toledo, Ohio: two brothers, Marion and Clayton Preston both of this city. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home with Vern Conley as officiating minister. Burial was made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.16 1955 NOTE: Deathdate figured and entered into this obituray from publication date.
PRESTON, Ocenious
1917-1955
Ocenious Preston was born March 12, 1917 and died February 15, 1955, at the age of 27 years, 11 months and 3 days. The son of Tip Preston and the late Virgie Lee Preston, he is survived by one son, Ronald Mark Preston, Alta, Iowa, his father, step-mother, Mrs. Mary Preston, two brothers, Euell Preston, Hi Hat, Ky., Wilson Preston, Portsmouth, Ohio, one sister Mrs. Germa McPheters, Wellston, Ohio, one aunt, Mrs. Quelphy Preston, Paintsville, and a host of relatives and friends. He was a World War II veteran and served in the South Pacific for four years. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 20, at the United Baptist Church at Meally with the Revs. C. J. Sparks, Florida Lyons and B. C. Ferguson as officiating ministers. Burial was made under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.9 1955
ROWLAND, Nora Jewell (Gullett)
1955
FORMER RESIDENT PASSES TUESDAY
Mrs. Nora Jewell Gullett Rowland, 44, Fairborn, Ohio, formerly of Elna, K, died Tuesday February 1, 1955 at Greene Memorial Hospital, Xenia, Ohio, following a long illness.   She had been a resident of Fairborn for thirteen years. Surviving are her husband, James Rowland, two sons, s/3c Virgil Rowland, Norfolk, VA. And Raymond Rowland, at home, two daughters Willodears and Anna Lee Rowland, both at home, her mother, Mrs. Virgie Gullett of Elna; four sisters Mrs. Ruby Leibel, Ban, O, Mrs. Mary M. Williams, Indianappolis, Ind., Mrs. Neva D. Salyer, Van Lear, Mrs. Dixie Puckett, Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers James D. Gullett, Columbus, Ohio, Elmer G. Gullett, Frederickstown, Ohio. Funeral services were held Thursday in Fairborn, Ohio.  The body was brought to the home of her mother at Elna where brief services were conducted Friday afternoon with the Rev. Lonza Reed officiating. Burial was made in the Trimble Cemetery, at Red Bush. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-9-1955
SALYER, Ross C.
1888-1955
SERVICES TUESDAY FOR ROSS SALYER OF OIL SPRINGS
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Oil Springs Methodist Church for Ross C. Salyer, 66, Paintsville, who died in a local hospital Sunday following an illness of a few days. Born August 8, 1888, he was the son of Ben and Celesta Yates Salyer.  He was a retired merchant. Surviving are one son, Woodrow Salyer, Oil Springs; five daughters, Mrs. Imogene Hitchcock, Kalamazoo, Mich., Mrs.Evelyn Pennington, Mrs. Betty Ruth Donaldson, Mrs. Opal Anderson, and Miss Mary Jo Salyer, all of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Bessie Conley, Oil Springs. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Feb 16, 1955
SALYERS, J. Lee
1872-1955
J. LEE SALYERS, FLAT GAP RESIDENT PASSES FRIDAY
J. Lee Salyers, 82, lifelong resident of Flat Gap, died at his home Friday morning following an illness of three months. The son of the late Hardy and Martha Conley Salyers, he was born May 4, 1872.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the United Baptist Church. Surveying are his wife, Lizzie Salyers, four daughters, Mrs. Haston Salyers, and Mrs. M.R. Clark both  of Eastwood, Ky., Mrs. Robert Sparks, Flat Gap, KY., Mrs. Homer McNair Louisville, one sister, Mrs. John VanHoose, Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were held at 10:00a.m. Monday at the Bethel United Baptist Church with the Rev. Lonza Reed, officiating. Burial was made under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 23, 1955
STAPLETON, Paris
1878-1955
PARIS STAPLETON  OF FLAT GAP DIES MONDAY
Paris Stapleton, 77, retired farmer of Flat Gap, died at his home Monday afternoon. The son of Joseph and Samatha Salyer Stapleton he was born in Johnson County January 9, 1878. Surviving are his wife Clara Lemaster Stapleton, two sons, Fred Stapleton, Staffordsville, Joe Stapleton, Flat Gap; one daughter, Flora Pauline Stapleton, Flat Gap; three sisters, Mrs. Valincie Rice, Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. Anna McKenzie, Flat Gap and Druscilla Stapleton, Flat Gap. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11: a.m. at the Bethel United Baptist Church with Lonza Reed and Tommie Bailey as officiating ministers. Burial will be made in the Salyer Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.16, 1955
TACKETT, Andrew
1934-1955
PFC Andrew Tackett  Killed Instantly In Tank Accident
Pfc. Andrew Tackett,20, was killed instantly Thursday morning (Feb.17 1955) when he was crushed between two tanks while on training maneuvers at Fort Knox. The son of Rev. and Mrs Henry Tackett of Paintsville, he was born November 5 1934. Prior to entering the service March 15 1954, he had attended Paintsville City Schools and was graduated from Richmondale High School, Richmondale, Ohio; He was married in June 1954, to the former Mable Hensley who survives. Also surviving are his parents and three brothers, William Anderson, Thurman and Harry Eugene Tackett, all of this city. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Claude Preston and Emerson Collier officiating. Music was by the Paintsville Quaret and the Staffordsville Quartet. Military services were conducted at the gravesite by 18 members of the Third Armored Division of Fort Knox. Six members of his company at Fort Knox served as pallbearers. Pfc. Paul Misslar, military escort, accompanied the body to Paintsville. Burial was made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Death date figured & entered into this obit from publication date of paper.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.23 1955
TURNER, William
1869-1955
William Turner Retired Farmer Dies Saturday
William Turner 85, a retired farmer of Oil Springs died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry C. Bowling, Oil Springs, Saturday morning following an illness of a month. The son of Sam and Cynthia Rule Turner, He was born May 10, 1869. He was preceded in death by his wife Sarah Turner. Surviving are three sons; Charlie Turner, Boons Camp; Jim and Henry Turner, both of Washington Court House, Ohio; two daughters; Mrs. Henry C. Bowling, Oil Springs; Mrs. John Trimble, Jeffersonville, Ohio; one brother, Frank Turner, Sitka. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Bowling in Oil Springs. Burial was made in the Litteral Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.16 1955
VANHOOSE, C. B.
1869-1955
Services Held Today For C. B. VanHoose
C. B. VanHoose, 86, well-known throughout Johnson County died at his home at Nippa Sunday afternoon following an illness of several weeks. The son of John D. and Nancy Brown VanHoose, he was born in this county October 12, 1869. A member of one of Johnson County's prominent families he was a retired school teacher and member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death September, 1952, by his wife, Sarah Castle VanHoose. Surviving are two sons; Dennis VanHoose and Claude VanHoose, both of this city; two daughters; Mrs. Charlie Estes, Troy, Ohio, Mrs. Eulah Stambaugh, Nippa; one sister, Mrs. Ida Rice, Verdunyille, W. Va., two brothers, Cyrus VanHoose, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Walter VanHoose, Nippa. Funeral services were held today at the Nippa Freewill Baptist Church with Claude Preston and Scott Castle as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.9 1955
WEBB, Lawrence
1904-1955
DIES WEDNESDAY Services Held Friday For Lawrence Webb
Funeral services were held Friday (Feb. 4, 1955) at the home at East Point for Lawrence Webb, 50, who died Wednesday, February 2, (1955) in a local hospital following an illness of six weeks. The son of Andrew and Amy Gray Webb, he was born January 15, 1904 in Floyd County. He had been a resident of East Point for sixteen years. A miner by occupation, he was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Susie Webb, one son, Ruben Webb, Thealka; four daughters, Mrs. Ottie Ferguson, Germantown, Ohio, Mrs. Cecil Honeycutt, East Point, Leora Webb and Margaret Webb, both at home. Other survivors include four brothers, Darvin Webb and Ballard Webb, both of Dwale, Ben Webb, Pikeville, Dave Webb, Bayes Branch, five sisters, Mrs. Bessie Baldridge and Mrs. Lizze Webb, both of Auxier, Vna Davis, Dwale, Mrs. Julia B. Adams, Bath County, Ky. and Mrs. Ida Webb, Michigan. Burial was made in the family cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB. 9 1955

WILLIAMS, Oscar
1880-1955
OSCAR WILLIAMS RED BUSH MAN PASSES FRIDAY
Oscar Williams, 74, lifelong resident of Red Bush and well known throughout Johnson County, died in a local hospital Friday morning following an illness of seven  months. Born Septemeber 17, 1880, he was the son of the late Columbus W. and Loucinda Frazier Williams. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death January 19, 1953, by his wife Minnie McKenzie Williams. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Hettie Dorton, Red Bush, and Mrs. Leaner McCarty, Manila. Funeral services were held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethel Church at Flat Gap with the Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Tommie  Bailey  officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Red Bush under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.9 1955
YATES, Cora (Johnson)
1897-1955
MRS. CORA YATES OF OIL SPRINGS PASSES TUESDAY
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Oil Springs Methodist Church for Mrs. Cora Yates, 77, who died at her home at Oil Springs following an illness of two days. The daughter of Richard and Susan Gullet Johnson,  she was born in Johnson Co. December 19, 1897. She was preceded in death by her husband Lum Yates. Surviving are one son, Chet Yates of Oil Springs, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Officiating ministers were Revs. Paul Bell and John Collins. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.05 1955



MARCH - 1955

BLAIR, Alamander
1877-1955
ALAMANDER BLAIR, DENVER RESIDENT DIES WEDNESDAY
(Mar.16, 1955)
Alamander Blair, 78, lifelong resident of Denver, died at his home Wednesday, March 16, (1955) following an illness of several weeks. The son of the late Henry and Nancy Spradlin Blair, he was born February 11, 1877. He was a farmer by occupation. Surviving are his wife, Jane Adams Blair, one son, Herschel Blair, Denver, two daughters, Mrs. Bessie May Blair, New Carlisle, Ohio, and Mrs. Dusie Jane Marshall, New Carlisle, O. Other survivors include four brothers, Walter Blair, Barnetts Creek, Andy Blair, Asa, Lindsey and Levi Blair, both of Jackson, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Johnny Fairchild, Carey, Ohio, and Mrs. Sarah Blair, Barnetts Creek. Funeral services were conducted Friday (Mar 18, 1955) at the home with the Rev. Verne Conley as officiating minister. Burial was in the Blair Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary by date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.23 1955
BLANTON, Rose Edna (Tackett)
1888-1955
Rose Edna Blanton was born September 22, 1888 in Johnson County, Kentucky. Departed this life March 23, 1955, at her home in Piketon, Ohio at the age of sixty seven years. A daughter of Andrew and Melinda Jane Stafford Tackett, she spent most of her younger life near Johnson County. Both her father and mother preceded her in death. On April 4th 1902 she was united in marriage with Charles Blanton and to this union eight children were born. Buellah and Buell were stricken in infancy and Bennie died November 5th, 1928 at the age of twenty-two. The following survive: Mrs. Harmon Hines of Waverly, Ohio, Mrs. James Hartley of Piketon, Mrs. Ray Knouff of Columbus, Ohio and two sons, Golden and Elva of Piketon.  In addit- ion she is survived by two sisters and five brothers; Mrs. Dona Ritchie of Piketon, Mrs. Leck Blan- ton of Wheelersburgh, Ohio, William Tackett of Piketon, Sam Tackett of Whitehouse, Kentucky, Simon Tack- ett of Cedarsville, Ohio, F.M. Tackett of Staffordsville, Kentucky and Mose Tackett of Oil Springs, Kentucky. She was also blessed with nineteen grandchildren and five great grand- children. A kind, lovable, loyal character who cast a ray of sunshine on her immediate family and a host of friends and acquaintances.  It was through her faith that the family remain united and harmony reigned supreme when the kids gathered at Moms for a reunion. She has proven that the difficult is not impossible, as she was left a widow March 11th, 1922, when her husband was summoned to the great beyond. Facing the world with the responsi- bility of six teenage and infant chil- dren she established that rearing a large family alone was not a job to be shirked. After he husband's demise she moved to Piketon with this large devoted family, settled here, reared her large family to maturity and in the meantime possessed enough stability to accumulate and acquire her own home of which she was very proud. Her greatness and goodness was even more far reaching than her immediate family as she had grave concerns for the health and well-being of neighbors, friends and others in their hour of need.  For the past several years she had been in failing health and of recent confined to her home. She obtained great pleasure from the reading the Bible and imparting the teachings of the good book to the family and friends.  Her life will be an inspiration to future generations of the family and should be sustaining to them in their hour of grief and bereavement.  Also they should obtain great satisfaction that their midst they had the privilege of enjoying this guiding light for so many years.  In conclusion her favorite Psalm which is so typical of her life. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me be- side the still waters.  He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley in the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff the comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies Thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our sincere thanks during the illness and death of our dear mother to the Reverend James Carson, Doctor M.E. Moore, the singers the Leeth Brothers, friends and neighbors, and to all others who were so kind at this time of sorrow. THE BLANTON FAMILY NOTE: buried was at the Mound Cemetery, Piketon, Pike County, Ohio
BOWEN, Jack Jr.
1918-1955
1952 Accident Injuries Fatal To Jack Bowen Jack Bowen Jr. 36 who had been in a coma for two years, seven months and nine days after receiving injuries in an automobile accident, died at his home in Blackberry Wednesday morning. He was injured in a wreck three miles north of Chandler's Cabin on US 23 July 13, 1952.  Bowen received a concussion, several broken bones and later developed pneumonia.  He had remained in an unconscious condition since the mishap. Companions of Bowen, Floyd Stambaugh, Nippa, Erwin Cantrell and Duell Grim, received minor injuries. Born May 16, 1918, at Boons Camp, he was the son of Jack and Viola Spears Bowen, who survives. Other survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Mollett Bowen, one son Jackie Bowen, and one daughter Leanice Bowen, three brothers, Isam and Jim Bowen, city; three sisters, Anna May Hazolette, Springfield, Ohio, Norma Lou Young, Vermiltion, Ohio, Gerteude Horne, Barnetts Creek. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  The body is at the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 3-2-1955
BOWLING, Arnold
1918-1955
ARNOLD BOWLING PASSES THURSDAY AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS
Arnold Bowling, 38,  a miner and veteran of World War II died Thursday Mar.17 1955, in a local hospital after an illness of a few hours. He was a resident of Sitka, Ky. The son of Jim and Leota Dye Bowling he was born January 22, 1918 in Floyd County, KY. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Sarah Reed Bowling, four sons, Millard, Clinton, Donald and Arnold Bowling, Jr. all at home; four daughters, Nellie, Leota Bell, Elsie Faye and Thelma Bowling all at home; two brothers, Elbert Bowling and Glen Bowling both of Van Lear. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Miller's Creek School at Upper Van Lear with Leonard  Welsh as officiating minister. Burial was made in the Webb Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: The death date was entered her is figured from the publication date of this obituary. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.23 1955
CAUDILL, Pauline (Lewis)
1955
Ohio Resident Dies Thursday Services Held Saturday for Mrs. H. Caudill
Mrs. Pauline Caudill, 77 died early Thursday, March 17, 1955 at her home in Marion, Ohio following a lengthy illness. She was born in Johnson County and was a member of the United Baptist Church of Johnson County. She is survived by her husband Henry Caudill, four sons, John Caudill of Ostrander, Ohio; James Caudill of Norton, Ohio; George Caudill of Westerville, Ohio and Edgar Caudill of Delaware, Ohio; four daughters Mrs. Earl Wells of Delaware, Ohio; Mrs. Eddie Adams of Marion, Ohio; Mrs. Rilla Rule Voltz of Columbus, Ohio and Mrs. Ronald Hensley of Delaware, Ohio and one brother, Sylvian Lewis of Paintsville. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 1955 at the Ramey-Bennett Brown Funeral Home in Delaware. Burial was made in Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware. Paintsville Herald 3-23-1955
DIXON, Hiram "Hi"
1867-1955
Hiram Dixon, 88, Passes Friday Services Held Sunday
For Former Resident Of Lawrence County
Hiram (Hi) Dixon, 85, died Friday morning, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Herbert Castle, on West Main Street. A retired farmer, he had been a resident of this city for 7 ½ years. The son of the late Martin V. and Sarah Hayes Dixon, he was born February 11, 1867 in Lawrence County.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. His wife preceded him in death July 31, 1947. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Lee Pack, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Jesse Cordle, Wilbur, Ky., Mrs. Ernest Hall, Rush, Ky., and Mrs. Herbert Castle, city; one sister, Mrs. Laura Wears, Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Martin Dixon, Ellen, Ky, and Isaac Dixon, Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Sunday Afternoon at the Mary Church with the Revs. F. F. Rigsby and Lonza Reed officiating. Burial was made in the Mary Church Cemetery at Charley, Ky., under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 3-30-1955
DOTSON, Cynthia (Conley)
1872-1955
SERVICES HELD FRIDAY FOR MRS. R. DOTSON
Mrs. Cynthia Conley Dotson, 83, wife of Richard Dotson of Leander, Ky., died at her home Wednesday, March 16, following an illness of several months. Born December 6, 1872 in Floyd County, she was the daughter of James and Susan Music Conley. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are four sons, Martin Hackworth, Plymouth, Ohio, a son by a previous marriage, Edward Dotson, New Boston, Ohio, Glen Dotson, Nashville, Tennessee, Estill Dotson, Leander, Ky, three daughters; Mrs. Verna Blair, Leander, Mrs. B. Williams, Collista, Mrs. Dewey Hacksworth, Riceville. Other survivors include two brothers, Westley Conley, Bonanze, Ky., Bennie Conley, Stanford, Ky., two sisters Mrs. Mable Stone, West Portsmouth, Ohio and Mrs. Fannie Cottle, Slocum Station, Ohio. Funeral services were held Friday at the home with F.F. Rigsby and Millard O’Brayn as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY March 23, 1955
FITCH, Pea
1874-1955
Thealka Man Passes Tuesday Services Thursday For Retired Miner
Pea Fitch, 81, a resident of Thealka, died at his home Tuesday morning. He was a retired miner. Born May 10, 1874 in Lawrence County, he was the son of the late Bird and Mary Fraley Fitch. He is survived by his wife Elsie Cotton Fitch; three sons, Phillip Fitch, Manton, Ky., Harold Fitch, Thealka, Ky., James Fitch, Baltimore, Md., four daughters, Mrs. Dixie Bear, Baltimore, Md, Golda Lemaster, Thealka, Almo Selvage, Waverly, Ohio, and Irene Howard, Portsmouth, Ohio. Other survivors include two brothers, Tug Fitch, Tutor Key, and Inodoro Fitch, Thealka, and one sister, Mrs. Bertha Cook, Ashland. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Thealka Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 30, 1955
LAKIN, William A.
1955
SON OF EVANGELIST DIES OF INJURIES
DR. B. R. LAKIN Injuries received in an automobile accident Sunday night proved fatal to William A. Lakin, abt, 32, of Titusville, Fla., son of Dr. B. R. Lakin, noted Baptist evangelist and Mrs. Lankin. The Curtwright Funeral Home of Louisa said it was advised the accident occurred near Titusville, where Mr. Lakin was in the real estate business.  No details were available. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Catherine Wells Lakin, formerly of Ona and Fort Gay, W. Va., and a small son.  The victim's mother and his parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Talmage Wells of Ona, were at Titursville.  Dr. Lakin was reported to have been in Akron, Ohio in connect with a church oe-dication ceremony. Dr. Lakin formerly was associated with the Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis. The body is to arrive at the Curtwright Funeral Home Wednesday morning.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 1955
MEEKS, Birdie (Harmon)
1955
MRS. BOB MEEKS OF TUTOR KEY PASSES SUNDAY
Mrs. Birdie Meeks, 59, wife of Bob Meeks of Tutor died at her home Sunday afternoon following an illness of several weeks. Born in Floyd County, she was the daughter of Mrs. Sidney Horn Harmon and the late Wash Harmon. Surviving besides the husband are four sons, three by a previous marriage, Raymond Meade and Hard Meade both of  Tutor Key, Walker Meade with the Air Force stationed in England and Robert Meeks, Tutor Key. Other survivors include two sister, Mrs. Jeanne Gray, Lima , Ohio; and Mrs. Myrtle Hyden, Denver, Colorado. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home of a son, Harold Meade, Tutor Key, with Carl Hibshman and Joe Rickman as officiating ministers. Burial  was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 16, 1955
MELVIN, Agnes (Fairchild)
1905-1955
Local Resident  Dies Saturday Services Held Monday  for Mrs. Willie Melvin
Mrs. Agnes Fairchild Melvin, 29, wife of Willie Melvin of this city, died in a local hospital Saturday morning. In poor health for a number of years her death was unexpected and came as a great shock to her many friends and relatives. The daughter of the late Alonza and Mary Emily Caudill Fairchild, she was born in this county September 17, 1905. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Donald, Douglas, and Paul Melvin, all of this city. Other survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Carl Stafford, city, Mrs. Edward Salyer, and Mrs. Tom Murray, both of Kerz, Mrs. Lee Payne and Mrs. Hurshel Sparks, both of Plain City, Ohio; three brothers, G.V. Fairchild, Plain City, Ohio.  Edward and R.C. Fairchild, both of Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services were held Monday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs Claude Preston and W.F. Pettus officiating. Burial was made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-9-1955
MOLLETT, Rosa (Dutton)
1889-1955
ROSA MOLLETT DIES SUNDAY
Boons Camp Woman Buried Today
Mrs. Rosa Dutton Mollette, 65, wife of Edd Mollette of Boons Camp, died Sunday in a local hospital following an illness of five months. Born July 9, 1889 at Boons Camp, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna Meeks Dutton. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are five sons, James and John R. Mollette, both of Boons Camp, Ky.; Elijah Ray, Eddie, Jr., and Frank Mollette, all of Geneva, Ohio, three daughters, Bunta Dutton, Boons Camp, Goldis Bowens, Blaine, Ky., Myrtle Prater, Geneva, O., 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Other survivors include two brothers, John Dutton, Weeksbury, Ky., and one sister, Tilthia Gose, New Mexico. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. today (Mar.23, 1955) at the Little Friendship Church at Boons Camp with the Rev. Winifred Meeks as officiating minister. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Boons Camp under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.20 1955
PICKLESIMER, Edward J.
1874-1955
Edward J. Picklesimer, 80, Pikeville attorney, died March 1 at his home in Robinson Creek in Pike Co. One of the olest members of the Pike County Bar Association where he had practiced for about 50 years, he had been active until becoming ill about a month ago. He was born in Johnson Co on March 30, 1874 the son of John Milton and Cynthia Long Picklesimer. A lifelong Republican, he once served an unexpired term of two years as County Attorney in Pike Co. and was later elected for a regular term of the same office. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include the widow, Anna Myers Picklesimer, seven sons, Charles, Ervin, Clancy, Martin, Bill all of Pikeville, Jack now a city manager of Pikeville, Sam of Fish Trap, one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Bowling of Concord Depot, Va., two half sisters, Mrs. Grace Angel of Waynesboro, Va., and Mrs. Viola Church of Pound, Va. 21 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 9, 1955 ADDITIONAL NOTES: Buried in Johnson Memorial Cemetery, Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky The wife should have been listed as Polly Anna Marrs Picklesimer
SALYERS, Sarah (Trimble)
1889-1955
Services Wednesday For Mrs. Dock Salyers
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. this morning, March 23, 1955 at the home at Red Bush for Mrs. Sarah Salyers, 65, wife of Dock Salyers, who died Monday morning, March 21, 1955 in a local hospital following an illness of two days. The daughter of Will Mark and Essa Reed Trimble, she was born May 7, 1889 in Johnson County. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Bruce Leon Salyers, Columbus, Ohio, William J. D. Salyers, U.S. Army; one daughter, Mrs. Herbert Baldwin, Columbus, Ohio. Other survivors include two brothers, James Trimble, South Shore, Ky., John Trimble, Lenox, Ky.; and one sister, Mrs. Julia Stapleton, Barnetts Creek, Ky. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 23, 1955
SAMONS, Hurshel
1955
Hurshel Samons, 45, of 235 Fitchland Dr., was found dead in bed at his residence this morning.  Greene county coroner H. C. Schick listed cornorary thrombosis as the cause of death. Mr. Samons was a native of Meally, Ky.  He was employed as an assembler at Frigidaire plant No. 2. He is survived by his wife, Vergie; his parents, Mr. And Mrs. John Samons of Meally; one daughter, Mrs. Chester Compton of Fairborn; a son, Charles Samons of Fairborn; two sisters, Mrs. John R. Webb of Meally and Miss Nancy Samons of Hager Hill, Ky.; two brothers, Russell and Cecil Samons, both of Meally; and three grandchildren. The remains will be removed tonight to Paintsville, Ky. for services and burial there Sunday.  Arrangements here were by the Morris Sons funeral home. 3-10-1955

   
VANHOOSE, Elsie (Music)
1955
Mrs. Elsie Music VanHoose 58, of Estill died at the Stumbo Memorial hospital, at Lackey, Saturday, March 26, 1955.  High blood pressure was given as the cause of death. Mrs. VanHoose was a daughter of Abraham Lincoln Music and Mahala Stumbo Music, natives of Johnson County.  Her husband, Edward VanHoose, preceded her in death sometime ago.  She had been a member of the Freewill Baptist Church for 25 years. Sons and daughters surviving are Traber VanHoose, of Glo, Randall, Franklin, O., Billy VanHoose, Hamilton, O., Willars Van Hoose, Connorsville, Ind,. Mrs. Hazel Cooper, Mrs. Ruth Cecil, and Mrs. Mary Caldwell, all of Detroit, Mrs. Virginia Sizemore, Franklin, O.,, Mrs. Gertrude Burkett, of Estill, Mrs. Vertie Ousley, Miamisburg, O., and Mrs. Lucille VanHoose, Franklin, O.  Brothers surviving are Melvin Music, of O., Irvin, Henry and Alex Music and Una Stumbo, all of Van Lear. Funeral rites were conducted at the Freewill Baptist church at Estill, Tuesday, March 29, 1955, the Revs. Harry Ratliff and Green Boyd officiating. Burial followed in the Castle Cemetery at Sycamore, Johnson County, under the direction of Turner Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.6 1955
   
WEBB, Samuel
1885-1955
IOOF CONDUCTS RITES FOR NATIVE OF JOHNSON
Samuel Webb, 70, retired farmer of Milo, died at 9:30 a.m., March 30, (1955) in a local hospital of complications following an illness of three weeks. He was the father of Mrs. Jay Sublett of this city. A native of Johnson County, he was born January 21, 1885, at Van Lear the son of James and Frances Hyden Webb. He had made his home at Milo for the past thirty years and was a member of the United Baptist Church and I.O.O.F. Surviving besides his daughter are his wife, Mrs. Virgie Fannin Webb, and six other children, Mrs. Hattie May, Glo; Mrs. E. B. Richmond, Dayton, Ohio; John R. Webb, Toledo, Ohio; Samuel Webb, Jr., Fort Dix, N. J.; Mrs. J. E. Schorfer, Ironton, Ohio; Hubert Webb, Inez. Also surviving are two brothers, Harry Webb, Van Lear, and Alex Webb, West Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2, (1955) by James A. Moyner and Avery Preece. Graveside rites were conducted by the I.O.O.F. Burial followed in the Webb Cemetery at Milo under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home of Inez. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.20 1955
WHITAKER, Grace (Stapleton)
1902-1955
AUXIER WOMAN PASSES THURSDAY SERVICES HELD SUNDAY
FOR MRS. R. WHITAKER
Mrs. Grace Whitaker, 52, wife of Richard Whitaker of Auxier, KY died Thursday afternoon at the hospital in Virgie, KY following an illness of seven months. The daughter of the late Samuel L. and Julia Hale Stapleton, she was born April 19, 1902, in Carter County, KY.  She had been a resident of Auxier for 35 years. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Robert L. Whitaker, Wheelwright, and one daughter, Mrs. Patricia Ann Music, Auxier. Other survivors include six sister, Mrs. Maude Robinson,  Mrs. Lora Wells and Mrs. Lillian Burchett, all of Auxier, Mrs. Dolly Hager, East Point, Mrs. Amanda Hall and Miss Bulah Stapleton, both of Detroit, Michigan; two brothers, Earl Stapleton, Minford, Ohio and Fred Stapleton, Cincinnati, Ohio. Funeral services were held Sunday  morning at the Wheelwright Church of God with the Rev. Charles Hybough officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Auxier under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.6 1955
WRIGHT, C.C.
1880-1955
SERVICES FRIDAY FOR COUNTY MAN
C. C. Wright, 74, Dies March 9, 1955 At Red Bush Funeral services were held Friday at the Keaton United Baptist Church for C. C. Wright, 74, who died at his home at Red Bush Wednesday March 9, 1955, following an illness of several months. Born June 17, 1880 at Keaton, Ky. He was the son of William and Sarilda Skaggs Wright.  He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Margarette McKenzie Wright, two sons Ervin and Ernest Wright, both of Red Bush; two brothers, James Wright, Huntington, W. Va., Wayne Wright, Ashland, Ky., and one sister, Mrs. Laura Gillam, Ashland. Services were conducted by Tommie Baily and Emory Ferguson. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.16 1955



APRIL - 1955
   
BLAIR, Rosie (Blair)
1871-1955
Denver Resident Dies April 20
Services Held Friday for Mrs. Rosie Blair
Mrs. Rosie Blair, 83, died Wednesday, April 20, 1955 at 10:30 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dewey Blair of Denver with whom she had been living. Death was caused by a stroke following a five-year illness. Born in Johnson County August 12, 1871, the daughter of the late Ned and Nancy Morton Blair, she had been a lifelong resident of the Denver section. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Blair, September 1, 1949. Survivors include the one daughter and two sisters, Mrs. Clyde Conley, Collista and Mrs. Hayden Conley, Hager Hill. Funeral services were conducted from the home Friday at 1:00 p.m. by Rev. Charlie Lemastser. Burial followed in the family cemetary at Denver under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald. 4-27-1955
BLANTON, Addie
1885-1955
Volga Resident  Dies Tuesday Services Thursday For Addie Blanton
Funeral services well be held Thursday at one o’clock at the home at Volga, KY; for Mrs. Addie Blanton, 70, who died Thursday morning April 22, 1955 in  a local hospital following an illness of three weeks. The daughter of the late Charlie and Mary Ann Cantrell Prichard.  She was born march 31, 1885 in Johnson County. Survivors include the husband, George Blanton, three sons, Charley, Sanford and George Blanton, Jr.  all of Volga, one daughter, Mrs. Jessie Pelphrey, Volga, Two Sisters, Mrs. John K. Cantrell, Flat Gap, and Mrs. Monroe Wheeler , Paintsville. Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsvilel Herald 4-27-1955
CASTLE, Arthur
1922-1955
A coroner's report is expected to be made Thursday on the mysterious death of Arthur Castle, 33, whose body was recovered Sunday afternoon from the Big Sandy River near the mouth of Muddy Branch.  He had been missing from his home in Thealka since April 19. Born April 31, 1922 at Thealka, he was the son of Mrs. Addie Castle Castle and the late Jim R. Castle. He made his home with his mother and daughter, Sevilla Sue.  The victim was employed as a miner at David, Ky, where he had been working for the last six years. Surviving besides his mother and daughter are two brothers, Arnold and Clyde Castle, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; two half brothers, Edgar and Murner Castle, both of Thealka, and one half sister, Mrs. Myrtle Kerr, Card, Michigan. Funeral Services were held Tuesday morning at the home of Edgar Castle at Thealka. Burial was in the Castle Cemetery at Rock House under the direction of the Preston Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.20 1955

Arthur is listed as missing since April 19, buried the day before the obit which is listed as Wednesday April 20.  It says the body was recovered on Sunday.  KY Vitals lists Arthur as dying on April 25 -- which is Monday & the body was found on Sunday.....All mixed up I guess!

CAUDILL, Martha (Lemaster)
1911-1955
Former Resident Dies at Louisa Mrs. Martha Lemaster Caudill, 43 wife of Kirk Caudill of Louisa, KY died Friday afternoon, April 25, 1955 at her home. Born May 4, 1911 in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Manford and Ora Lemaster. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are two daughters Esthelene and Hermagene Caudill at home; eight sons, Kirk Caudill Jr., Fort Gay, W Va. and Ted, Jim, Ivan, Harold, Robert, Eddie, Lester and Leland Caudill, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Curtis Wright and Mrs. Charles Rider, Waverly, Ohio; two brothers, Troy Lemaster, Louisa Roy Lemaster of Columbus, Ohio; the stepmother, Mrs. Manford Lemaster of Louisa and one grandchild, Graveside rites were conducted Sunday, April 24, 1955 at the Fairchild Cemetery in Louisa with the Revs Jarrett Caudill and Prater Blair officiating. Paintsville Herald 5-4-1955
CAUDILL, Warnie
1900-1955
Warnie Caudill Dies Wednesday of Heart Attack,
Services Saturday for Auxier Resident
Warnie Caudill, 54, died suddenly Wednesday morning, April 27, 1955 in a local hospital. Death was attributed to a heart attack. The son of the late Hayden and Della Lewis Caudill, he was born in Johnson County July 30, 1900. He had been a resident of Auxier for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Stella May Selvage Caudill, three sons, Edmond and Frank Caudill, both of Auxier, and Jarles Caudill, Coloumbus, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Wanda June Pitts, Hammond, Ind, and Betty Jewel Caudill, Auxier. Other survivors include three sister, Mrs. Garcia Spradlin, Denver, Mrs Dorthy Blanton, Leander, Mrs. Bessie Burton, Cincinnati, Ohio, and one brother, Winnie Caudill, Auxier, Ky. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church witht the Rev. William Horn, officiating. Burial was made in the Government Cemetery at Auxier under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY.4 1955
CLARK, George E.
1955
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday from the chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home for George E. Clark, 79, well-known resident of the city who died at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 1955.  Although he had been in ill health for several months, his sudden death was a shock to his many friends in this section. Veteran employee of the C. & C. Railroad Company, he retired five years ago, after fifty years of service.  Before his retirement he was general chairman of. P. T., C. & O. Railroad. Born in Clay Village, Ky., the son of the late David and Judith Saunders Clark, he had lived in Paintsville for the past forty-seven years.  His likable personality and genial disposition won him many friends and had made him a beloved and respected member of the community.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eva Rice Clark; three children, one daughter, Mrs. Martha Borden, Lexington;  two sons, Creaton and Ogden Clark, both of Winchester. Surviving also is a brother, Caddis Clark, Shelbyville. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Ralph, E. Webb, former pastor of the First Baptist Church in this city. Burial will follow in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.13 1955
CLIFTON, Martha (Wallen)
1955
Mrs. Martha Wallen Clifton, wife of Judge Clifton of Van Lear, died in a local hospital Friday, April 15, 1955,  after an illness of a day. The daughter of the late Newton and Callie Wallen, she was born in Floyd County.  She had been a resident of Van Lear for 28 years. Surviving besides the husband are three sons, Frank D. and George Clifton, Van Lear, Judge Clifton, Jr., Hampton, Va., two daughters, Mrs. Flossie Chandler, Lowmansville, Mrs. Sally Spears, Van Lear,; four brothers, Alex, Will, Shell and Elmon Wallen, all of Floyd County; four half sisters, Mrs. Susie Hubbard, Mrs. Fannie Clifton, Mrs. Lizzie Akers and Mrs. Pearl Moore, all of Floyd County and three half-brothers, Jack, Oscar, and Walter Wallen, all of Floyd County. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Edgar Hewlett officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Van Lear under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.20 1955
DILLS, Vertree (Bishop)
1881-1955
RITES HELD THURSDAY FOR MRS. EDWARD DILLS
Mrs. Vertree Bishop Dills, 74, 528 29th Street, Ashland, died at King’s Daughter’s Hospital at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 1955after an illness of one year. She was a sister of Mrs. Tavia Dills of this city. She was born February 3, 1881, in Johnson County, a daughter of the late Clayborne and Sarah E. Williams Bishop. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Besides her sister she is survived by her husband, Edward Dills; six daughter, Mrs. Grace Jordan, Catlettsburg, Ky, Mrs. Alta Powell, Flatwoods, Mrs. Stella Hackworth, Ashland, Mrs. Jessie Dixon, Ashland, Mrs. Edna McNeal, Mrs. Irene Balealtia of Ashland; three sons, Roy Dills of Ashland, Hubert Dills of Hamden, Ohio and Gene Dills at home. One son, Norman Dills, preceded her in death; four brothers, George Bishop, Ashland, Moody Bishop of Lodi, Ohio, Claude Bishop, Catlettsburg and Clyde Bishop of Springfield, Ohio; one other sister, Mrs. Ethel Mills, Springfield, Ohio and 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday April 21 from the Miller Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Nickell. Burial followed in the Ashland Cemetery PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY April 27, 1955
FRAZIER, Malla (Salyer)
1882-1955
Passes April 9 Six-Week Illness Fatal To Malla Frazier
Mrs. Malla Frazier, widow of D. W. Frazier, died at 3:20 a. m., Saturday, April 9, 1955 at her home on Preston Street, after an illness of six-weeks. Mrs. Frazier was born at Sandy Hook, Elliott County, on October 13, 1882, the daughter of Bucker and Lydia McDowell Salyer. When she was a child her parents moved to Kerz in this county where she was reared. She was married to D. W. Frazier on March 7, 1901.  To this union were born two daughters, Cova and Clova who died in infancy.  After her marriage, Mrs. Frazier lived on the head of Mud Lick Creek at Red Bush until 1924, when she moved to Paintsville where she resided for the remainder of her life. She was converted and joined the United Baptist Bethel Church at Flat Gap on January 26, 1900. Mrs. Frazier was considered a great pillar in the church during her lifetime. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Rex Picklesimer, one granddaughter, Nelldred Picklesimer, both of Welch, W. VA, two sisters, A. B. Murray, Louisa, and Mrs. Garland Frazier, Sciotoville, Ohio; three brothers, Irvin Salyers, and Minyard Salyers, Adams KY, Herbert Salyers, Kerz, and a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at Bethel Church at 10:30 a. m. Monday by the Rev. Lonza Reed and the Reverend Tommy Bailey. Burial was in the Salyer Cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.13 1955
GREEN, Sandra Gayle
1954-1955
Sandra Gayle Green Succumbs Tuesday After Brief Illness
Sandra Gayle Green, 11 month-old daughter of Jimmy Green and Carmen Rice Green, Sitka, died in a local hospital, Tuesday, April 27, following an illness of a week. Surviving besides the parents are three brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Thursday at the Sitka Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. C. C. Hall officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Sitka under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY.5 1955
HORN, John A.
1874-1955
Services Today For John Horn
John A. Horn, 80, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the home of his son, Robie Horn, of Rock House, following an illness of several months. Born December 23, 1874, he was the son of Tom and Mary Combs Horn. A lifelong resident of Rock House, he was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He was married to Minerva VanHoose Horn, who preceded him in death in January 1951. He is survived by two sons, Norman Horn, city and Robie Horn, Rock House; two daughters, Mrs. Martvel Stone, New Boston, Ohio and Mrs. Olna Harris, Portsmouth, Ohio; 20 grandchildren and 26 greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Jess Horn, Staffordsville, Albert Horn and Walker Horn, both of Rock House. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at the home of his son, Brobie Horn.  Officiating ministers were Claude Preston and Charlie Lemaster and music was by the Tom`s Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.13 1955
SMITH, Thomas
1955
Thomas Smith, 77, died at 10 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 1955, at his home in Thelma following an illness of a year. A resident of Thelma for 15 years, he was a retired miner. Surviving besides his wife, Martilie Bowens Smith, are three sons, Sam Smith, Williamsport, Estill and Carl Smith, both of Thelma; and three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Robinette and Mrs. Lora Wilburn, both of Alvin, Mich., and Mrs. Anna Lee Baldridge, Thelma. Other survivors include one sister, Mrs. Rhoda Ratliff, Floyd County; and two brothers, Isaac Smith, Lancer, Ky., and James Smith, Wabash, Ind. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. today (April 13, 1955) at the home with Rev. Henry Caudill officiating. Burial was made in the Ward cemetery at Offutt under the directions of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.13 1955
SPENCER, Clifford "Charles"
1955
KILLED INSTANTLY IN OHIO MISHAP
Services Thursday For Clifford Spencer Clifford (Charles) Spencer, 32 was killed instantly Saturday night, when he was struck by an automobile near the intersection of US Routes 24 and 20 near Toledo, Ohio. Sheriff's Sergeant Walter Reed of Toledo, Ohio, said Mr. Spencer was struck by a car driven by Vincent J Rachowiak, 60, also of Telodo, Ohio. Mr. Rachowiak said he did not know he had hit the man until he stopped his car after feeling a bump. He was booked as a witness at an inquest but was released on his own recogniance. Sergeant Reed said complaints had been received shortly before the accident from motorist who said a man answering Mr.Spencer's description was walking in front of cars in that vinicity. Spencer a native of Johnson County, was the son of Dick and Recie Montgomery Spencer of Blackberry section of Paintsville. He was a veteran od World War II, having served two years in the European Theater. He was awarded the EAME Theatre Ribbons with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal. Surviving besides his parents are one brother, George Spencer, city; and two sisters, Verlittle Poe, Ashtabula, Ohio and Lizzie Castle, city. Funeral will be held Thursday at ?:00 p.m.at the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsvilel Herald Wednesday 4-6-1955
SPRADLIN, Charity (Adams)
1877-1955
Denver Resident Dies Saturday Services Held Monday For Mrs. G. B. Spradlin
Mrs. Charity Spradlin, 77, died Saturday, April 16, 1955, at her home in Denver following a long illness. Her death was attributed to a stroke. Born July 19, 1877, she was the daughter of the late William and Rachel Adams. A lifelong county resident, she was a member of the Denver Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, George B. Spradlin, eight sons, Clemons Spradlin, Albert Spradlin, Wayne Spradlin, Earl Spradlin, Walter Spradlin, Raymond Spradlin, Georgia Spradlin, all of Denver, and Irvin Spradlin, City; and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane Picklesimer, Denver. Also surviving is one brother, George Adams, Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a. m. Monday at the home with the Rev. C. C. Hall officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Denver under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.20 1955
SPRADLIN, Ellen (Cantrell)
1873-1955
DIES THURSDAY Services Held Sunday For Ellen Spradlin
Mrs. Ellen Cantrell Spradlin 81, died suddenly Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hobert Salyer of Oil Springs. The daughter of the late Elijah and Nancy Adkins Cantrell, she was born in Johnson County November 2, 1873. She was married November 2, 1894 to Andy Spradlin, who preceded her in death August 13, 1921. Survivors include one son, Shay Spradlin, Piketon, Ohio, two daughters, Mrs. Hobart Salyer, Oil Springs, Mrs. Linnie Lemaster, Manila, one brother, Tom Cantrell, Win, Ky. thirteen grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sundat at the Fish Trap Church with Lonza Reed, Oscar McCarty and John Pelphrey as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Win under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILL EHERALD WEDNESDAY APR.20 1955
WALTERS, Proctor
1883-1955
Rites Held Saturday For Proctor Walters
Proctor Walters, 72, well known resident of River, Ky, died at his home Wednesday, April 27 1955, following an illness of three months. Born January 29, 1883 in Johnson County, he was the son of the late James and Sarah Frances Daniels Walters. He was a farmer by occupation and a minister of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Maude Boyd Walters, and four daughters, Mrs. Elbert Castle, Ashland, Mrs. Sam Brickey, Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Dexter Castle, Tucson, Arizona, and Mrs. Don Meeks, River. Other survivors include five brothers, Oscar Walters, Jesse H. Walters, and H.R. Walters, all of Ashland, German Walters, Georges Creek, and Vint Walters, Patrick, and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Stambaugh, Ashland, and Mrs. Miranda Williamson, Wittensville. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the River United Baptist Church with Cully Sparks and Leonard Walters as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at River under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.4 1955
WARD, Effie (Cassidy)
1955
FORMER RESIDENT  DIES IN SOUTH WAS WIFE OF LATE WILLIAM A. WARD
MRS. EFFIE CASSIDY WARD
Mrs. Effie Cassidy Ward, 82, former resident of Paintsville and a native of Martin County, died April 26, in an Asheville, N.C., hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Wm. A Ward, former postmaster and chief of police of this city. She resided in Asheville since 1930 and was a member of the Methodist Church of that city. Surviving are three brothers, Willie Cassidy of Paintsville; Garfield Cassidy of Inez, and Alex Cassidy of Dayton, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Mrs. J. T. Powell of Graham, Ky., and four sisters, Miss Lucrettia Cassidy of West Asheville, N. C., Mrs. W. A. Cumbo, West Van Lear, Mrs. H. T. Pack of Charleston W. Va., and Mrs. Ernest Frith of Martinsville, Va. Funeral services were held in Asheville and burial was made in Green Hills Cemetery of that city. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 11, 1955
WELLS, Loveta Jane (Crider)
1878-1955
PASSES FRIDAY
Services Held Sunday For Mrs. Loveta Wells Services were conducted from the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church Sunday at 2:00 p.m., for Mrs. Loveta Jane Wells, 77, who died at 9:45 a.m., Friday, April 8, (1955). Death occurred at the home of a son, Russell Wells, and was caused by a stroke, following an illness of five weeks. Born January 28, 1878, in Floyd County, she was a resident of Auxier at the time of her death. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Her husband William Riley Wells preceded her in death October 25, 1949. She is survived by three children; one daughter, Mrs. Elsie Goble, Jamestown, Ohio, and two sons, Russell and Jay, Both of Auxier. Surviving also are a sister, Mrs. Jerry Goble, and a brother, Jerome Crider, both of Auxier. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt and burial was in the Auxier Government Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.13 1955
WILLIAMS, L.P. "Luke"
1873-1955
SERVICES CONDUCTED  MONDAY AT FLAT GAP
L.P. (Luke) Williams, 81, died suddenly Friday, April 15, at his home in Winifred.  His death was attributed to a heart attack.  He was the father of O.L. Williams prominent merchant of this city. Born Oct. 9, 1873, he was the son of the late Robert and Betty Evans Williams.  He was a lifelong resident of Winifred and a prominent farmer of that section. He was married to Dora Wheeler July 12, 1895. Surviving are his wife, seven sons Henry and Hood Williams,  Huntington, W.Va.; Herbert Williams, Claremore, Okla; O.L. Williams, city; Loy Williams, Staffordsville, KY; Odie Williams, Ashland, KY;  Wayne Williams, Ceredo, W. Va.; and two daughters, Mrs. Foster Shepherd, Ashland, KY; and Mrs. Shelby Fyffe, Blaine, KY.  One son, Kendall Williams, preceded him in death in 1946. Also surviving are 32 grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren, and one brother, Jim Williams, Springfield, Ohio.  Six sisters preceded him death. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 18, at the Bethel Church at Flat Gap with the Revs. Leonard Walters, Lonza Reed and F.F. Rigsby officiating. Burial was made in the Williams Cemetery at Winifred under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.20 1955
WITTEN, Walter
1955
Police Chief's Son Victim of Leukemia;
Services Held Sunday Walter Witten, 18, son of Chief of Police Bill Witten and Hazel Risner Witten of this city, died Friday afternoon (Apr. 15, 1955) in a local hospital following an illness of four months. Death was attributed to leukemia. A popular member of the sophomore class at Paintsville High School, he played baseball for Hensley's Tire Service, Oil Springs High School and Paintsville High School. He was named on the 1954 All-State Baseball Team while playing for Hensley's Tire Service, and he was an active member of the Fish and Game Club and Hi-Y Club. Surviving besides the parents are two brothers, James and Francis Witten, both of Paintsville and one sister, Mrs. Rhule Hazelett, Jr., also of Paintsville. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon (Apr. 17, 1955) at the First Church of God in Stafford Addition with the Revs. Joe Zavadsky and Woodrow Frisby officiating. Active pallbearers were Jackie Williams, Jimmie VanHoose, Jimmie Williams, Rodney Oney, Jimmie Colvin, Phillip Combs, Herman Hensley, and Donald Patton. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APR.20 1955  



MAY - 1955

CANTRELL, Sally (Pennington)
1885-1955
Mrs. Sally Pennington Kimbleton Cantrell, 70, wife of Shade Cantrell of Mine Fork, died Monday night (May 23 1955) at her home following an illness of several years. Born May 18, 1885 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Jesse and Sarah Salyer Pennington. She had been a resident of Mine Fork for 8 years. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Henry Kimbleton. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Walter Kimbleton, Columbus, Ohio; five stepsons, Mitchell, Elliott and J.C. Cantrell, all of Mine Fork; Winifred and Claude Cantrell, both of Fairborn, Ohio; and one stepdaughter, Mrs. Alma Tackett, Harold, Ky. Other survivors include three brothers, Willie and Noah Pennington, both of Mine Fork; Amos Pennington, Central, Kentucky; three sisters, Flora Pennington, Sina Pennington, Blue Diamond; and Mattie Curtis, Central, Kentucky. Funeral servives were held this morning at the home at Mine Fork with the Revs. Claude Preston and Charley Lemaster officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery in Morgan County. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 25 1955
COLLINS, Carrie (Howard)
1881-1955
Mrs. Carrie Howard Collins, wife of Will Collins of Oil Springs, died Monday afternoon at her home after several months of illness. Born October 16, 1881 in Magoffin Co, she was the daughter of Henry and Mary Grace Howard. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 55 years. Survivng besides the husband are one son, George B. Collins, Monaville WV, two daughters, Mrs. Wayne Rice, Oil Springs and Mrs. Beulah Thrombley, Owensboro, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Other survivors include three sisters, Mrs Lydia Preston, Goodrich, Covington Ky., Mrs. Virgie Elliot, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Daisy Buckley, CA., and two half brothers, Lonza Brown, Wheelersburg, and Noah Brown, Falcon Ky. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2pm at the Oil Springs Methodist Church with the Rev.'s Paul Bell and Homer Willis officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 11, 1955
DANIEL, Oakley
1955
Oakley Daniel, Former Resident, Dies In Indiana Funeral services for Oakley R. Daniel of Hammond, Indiana, were conducted at Hammond Monday and burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond.  He was a brother of Homer Daniel of this city. A native of Johnson County, he was the son of the late William and Nancy Salyer Daniel. Surviving besides his brother are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Watts Daniel; three daughters, Mrs. June Rinehart of Hammond, Ind., Mrs. Gene Patterson of Clay City, Ill., and Miss Nellie Jane Daniel, at home. Four sisters, Mrs. Della Wireman of Cincinnati, Mrs. Evelyn Staton of Port Deposit, Md., and Mrs. Herv Southern and Mrs. Dora Dehart, both of Ashland, two other brothers, Jay and Mitchell, both of Cincinnati.  One grandson also survives. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 06-1-1955
DANIELS, Monroe
1877-1955
DIES IN ASHLAND
Monroe Daniels, 78, a native of Johnson County, died at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 1955 in the King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland following an illness of five weeks. Born in Johnson County, Jan. 9, 1877, he was the son of Dan and Rebecca Stapleton Daniels. Prior to his retirement, he was a 40-year employee and foreman of the A. C. Lawrence Leather Co. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lottie Stambaugh Daniels; three sons, Ernest J. Daniels, Arthur Daniels and Arbie E. Daniels all of Ashland; six daughters, Mrs. Eugene Justice of Ashland; Mrs. Paul Carroll of Ashland; Mrs. Sam Penix of Ashland; Mrs. Harry Blair of Ashland; Mrs. Joe Reigs of Cincinnati and Mrs. Russell Harold of Springfield, Ohio. He is also survived by four brothers, Leo and A. M. Daniels of Ashland; Arbie Daniels of Johnson County and Rachio Daniels of Youngstown, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. John Stapleton of Stockdale, Ohio and Mrs. James Gambill of Johnson County; 25 grandchildren and 19 great- grandchildren. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 11 1955
DIXON, Hasca
1895-1955
HASCA DIXON, 59 DIES SUDDENLY OF HEART ATTACK
Hasca Dixon, 59, well-known drilling contractor of this county, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday afternoon at his home in King Addition. Affiliated with the Freewill Baptist Church and a veteran of World War I, he was a member of one of Johnson County’s oldest and most prominent families. He was born October 8, 1895 at Wittensville, the son of the late Alonzo and Mary Hayes Dixon. Surviving are his wife, Lexie Conley Dixon, one son Harold Dixon, Apalachicola, Florida, one granddaughter, Sandra Dixon, also of Apalachicola; three brothers, Rolla Dixon, city, Arlie Dixon, Charleston, W.Va., Elmer Dixon, Gardiner, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Hesta Davis, Winifred. He was preceded in death in 1929 by an infant son, Charles Lowell. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with Claude Preston and C.C. Hall as officiating ministers. Music will be by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial will be in the Dixon Cemetery at Sitka under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY May 18, 1955
HALL, Dewey
1955
Dewey Hall Dies Instantly Sunday in Car Accident
Dewey Hall, 28, son of Perry Hall of Auxier, was killed instantly Sunday afternoon when the car in which he was a passenger wrecked on Abbott Mountain, a few miles north of Prestonsburg. William O. Perry, 18, Detroit, Michigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Perry of Auxier, received serious injuries and was taken to a Huntington, W.Va., hospital Sunday night, after being given emergency treatment at the Prestonsburg hospital. According to the State Police office at Pikeville, the 1950 Buick convertible in which the men were riding was being driven at an excessive rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve on the north side of Abbot Mountain. The car was traveling in the direction of Paintsville. Hall and Perry are grandsons of Willie Hall of Auxier. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 1, 1955
PRICE, Jesse
1878-1955
SERVICES TODAY FOR JESSE PRICE
Three Weeks' Illness Fatal to Retired Miner
Funeral services were held at one o'clock this afternoon, May 4, 1955 at the home at River, Ky., for Jesse K. Price, 76, who died Monday morning, May 2, 1955 in a local hospital following an illness of three weeks.  He was a retired miner. Born December 30,1878 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Frank and Susan Franklin Conley. He had been a resident of River, Ky., for 37 years. He was married January 27, 1898, to Sally Butcher, who preceded him in death December 24, 1948.  Survivors include six sons, Otto Price, Freeburn, Ky.; Charlie Price, Dayton, Ohio; Frank Price, Prestonsburg, Ky.; Bill and Russell Price both of River, and Clark Price, Cameo, W. Va.; two daughters, Mrs. Maude Pigg, city, Mrs. Ina Castle, Wharton, W. Va.; one brother Silver Price, River.  40 grandchildren and 18-great-grandchildren. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 1955
SPARKS, Wonnie H.
1905-1955
Prominent Man Dies Wednesday Long Illness Fatal To Wannie H. Sparks, 49
Local Businessman Wannie H. Sparks, 49, one of Paintsville's most prominent businessmen, died Wednesday morning, May 25, at his home in Stafford Addition, following an illness of several months. The son of Mrs. Missouri Phillips Sparks of this city and the late John Sparks, he was born in Johnson County November 10, 1905. He was an active member of the I.O.O.F. and Rebecca Lodge aand the Band Parents Association. For a number of years he was a bus driver for Sparks Brothers Bus Lines. In 1947 he established the C. & W. Bus Lines which he operated until his illness. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Nannie Wright Sparks, three daughters, Patricia Ann, Betty Catherine and Char;otte Sparks all at home. Other survivors include five brothers, Oakley and J. O. Sparks, both of Paintsville, McKinley and Chester Sparks both of Prestonsburg; O. B. Sparks, Dayton, Ohio; four sisters, Mrs. Newt Neeley; Mrs. Myrtie Buchanan and Mrs J. S. Stodghill, all of Newport News, Virginia, and Mrs. J. C. Roth, city. Funeral services were held Saturday at the United Baptist Church with F. F. Rigsby, J. T. Bailey and Cullie Sparks as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Sparks Cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 01, 1955 
SPENCER, Lulia (Hopkins)
1888-1955
Lulia Louise Hopkins Spencer
 Birth:  Mar. 25, 1888 Jacks Creek (Floyd County) Floyd County Kentucky, USA
 Death:  May. 23, 1955 Portsmouth Scioto County Ohio, USA  Age 67, wife of William Jasper Spencer he preceded her in death Aug.14,1937.Jasper and Lulia were married, March 14, 1905 in Johnson County, Ky.The Daughter of John and Harriet Music Hopkins. She was born March 25, 1888 in Johns Creek, Ky.Surviving are three sons, Lindsey Spencer of Paintsville, Ky.,Otto Spencer of East Point, Ky., and Gradie Spencer of Rushtown,Ohio; five daughters, Mrs. Virgie Jenkins of Wallbridge,Ohio, Mrs. Alka Whitaker of Rushtown, Mrs. Dialpha Watson of McCarr,Ky.,Mrs. Stella Tackett and Mrs. Ethel Tackett of Rushtown; and the following brothers and sisters; Mrs.Becky Bays of Auxier, Ky., Mrs.Sophia Tackett of Rushtown, Mrs.Rosa Freeman and Tom Yeats of East Point, Ky., Cagers Spencer of Rushtown and Jesse Spencer of Lucasville; 40 grandchildren and 4great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons and a daughter.(Sidney, Wilford and Nora Mae).Funeral services are to be held at 10a.m. Thursday at Zion Baptist Church in Rushtown. Burial is to be in Rushtown Cemetery under the direction of Emrick Funeral Home Burial: Rushtown Cemetery  Rushtown Scioto County Ohio, USA  Record added: Nov 20 2001 By: Mary Spencer
 
SPENCER, R.C.
1869-1955
R. C. Spencer Passes Sunday At Stambaugh
R.C. Spencer, 55, died Sunday morning at his home at Stambaugh, Ky., following an illness of several weeks. Born November 16, 1869 at Charley, Lawrence County, Ky., he was the son of the late John B. and Fanny Davis Spencer. He was a retired farmer and a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving is his wife, Matilda Stambaugh Spencer, whom he married in May, 1898. Funeral Services were held Tuesday morning at the Locust Grove Baptist Church with F. F. Rigsby and Edgar Burchett as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Stambaugh Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-1-1955
VANHOOSE, Noah
1868-1955
Funeral services for Noah VanHoose, one of Paintsville and Johnson county's oldest and most prominent merchants were held Wednesday at 2 pm at the Freewill Baptist Church, Third Street. The Reverends Millard VanHoose and F.S. Van Hoose and Byron VanHoose officiated. Mr. VanHoose was born in Paintsville May 27, 1868, the son of Bracken and Anna Davis VanHoose. He had been active all his mature life in the civic activities of his beloved Paintsville and Johnson County.  Being a member of one of the largest and best known Johnson Co. families, he served with overwhelming popularity as jailer in 1908 to 1912.  After that term he entered the grocery business where he became one of the towns leading merchants and increased his friendships beyond actual count through his well-known generosity. Being a member of Chapter 381 of the Masonic Lodge for 45 years, he was given the Masonic burial rites in the Richmond Cemetery.  Honorary pallbearers were:  Dan Wheeler, Oscar Williams, Tom Butler, V. S. Williams, M.O. Wheeler, R.C. Lyons, John Wheeler, Frank Chandler, Charlie VanHoose, Hendrix Salyer, Don VanHoose, Ray Turner and Fred Howes. Active pall bearers were James C. Melvin, William Salyers, Orville Umberger, James Pickle, Woodford Conley and Willard Rice. Mr. VanHoose is survived by his wife, Goldia Blair VanHoose and the following children, Roy VanHoose and Ray VanHoose, Paintsville; Mrs. Furman Dingus, Martin, Ky,; Mrs. Edna Simonton, Paintsville: Mrs. W. J. Howe, Jr., San Jose, California and Mrs. J. Earl Walker, Louisville, Ky.   He is also survived by the following grandchildren:  Mrs. Dougls Miller, Janet VanHoose, Eddie VanHoose, Jo Richard VanHoose, and George VanHoose, all of Paintsville; Mary Jo VanHoose, Louisville; Charles Dingus, Martin; A-2c Robert E. Simonton, Landeberglech, Germany; Gerry and Ann C. Howe, San Jose, California, Kathleen and James Earl Waker, Louisville, Little Miss Martha Ann Miller is the surviving great-grandchild. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-1-1955
WALLEN, Martha (Dollarhide)
1881-1955
Local Resident Passes Sunday Services held Tuesday For Martha Wallen
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Jones and Preston Funeral Home for Mrs. Martha Wallen, 73, who died Sunday afternoon, in a local hospital following an illness of five days. The daughter of the late Winfeld and Finetta Johnson Dollarhide, she was born June 27, 1881, in Martin County.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death in July, 1936, by her husband, Mart Wallen. Surviving are two sons, John Wallen, Stockbridge, Michigan, and Milton Wallen, Grass Lake, Michigan; two sister, Mrs. Julia Adkins, Van Lear, and Mrs. Charles Salyers, Ashland. The officiating ministers were F. F. Rigsby and Cullie Sparks. Burial was made in the Whitt Cemetery at Royalton under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 5-25-1955
WILLIAMS, Lesie
1873-1955
LESLIE WILLIAMS PASSES SUNDAY SERVICES HELD TUESDAY FOR OIL SPRINGS MAN
Leslie Williams, 81, lifelong resident of Oil Springs, died at his home Sunday morning following an illness of two weeks. The son of the late Lewis and Margaret Salyer Williams, he was born August 31, 1873, He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Hattie Daniel Williams, one son, Mervin Williams, Flat Gap, and one sister Miss Fannie Williams, Oil Springs. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home with the Revs. Harry Bruce Daniel and Charlie Lemaster officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 5-18-1955  WILLIAMS, Preston Leslie 1873-1955 Preston Leslie Williams Preston Leslie Williams was born August 31, 1873, and departed this life May 15, 1955. He was the son of Lewis and Margaret Salyer Williams, and the youngest of nine children. He was married to Hattie Daniel on January 25, 1900, and to this union were born two children, Zora B. Williams, who preceded him in death November 30, 1941, and Mervin L. Williams. Flat Gap, Kentucky, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, also one sister, Miss Fanny Williams, and a host of friends and relatives. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 01, 1955 
WITTEN, Rebecca
1955
LIFELONG RESIDENT OF WITTENSVILLE PASSES TUESDAY
Miss Rebecca Witten, 72, lifelong resident of Wittensville, died Tuesday morning in a local hospital following a illness of five days. She was the daughter of the late W.N. and Nancy Ann Adams Witten. Surviving are one brother Argalis Witten, and one sister, Mrs. Lou Bowe, both of Wittensville. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Mouth of Rush Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Claude Preston officiating.  Music will be by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAY.4 1955


JUNE - 1955

BEVINS, Mary (Lowe)
1869-1955
Services Saturday For Mrs. Mary Bevins
Mrs. Mary Lowe Bevins, 86, who had lived at Ulysses with a daughter, Mrs. H. M. Stone for a number of years, died June 29 1955 at the home of another daughter, Mrs. Andrew Scarberry of Wurtland.  Her death was attributed to a heart attack. Born Feb. 15, 1869 at Lowmansville, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Lowe. her husband, Merica Bevins, preceded her in death 24 years ago.  She had been a member of the United Baptist Church at Lowmansville for the past 40 years. Surviving besides the two daughters are one sister, Mrs. Fannie Bevins of Beaver, Ohio, 13 grandchildren and 2- great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Belle's Chapel on George's Creek with the Rev. Bird Webb and Rev. Callie Isaac officiating.  Burial was made in the Bevins Cemetery on George's Creek under the direction of the Curtright Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 6, 1955
CASTLE, Ida
1872-1955
Passes Tuesday At Sister's Home
Miss Ida Castle, 82, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died Tueday morning, June 14, 1955, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Bettie Brown, Sitka, Ky., following an illness of three weeks. Born November 9, 1872 at Flat Gap, she had been a resident of Sitka for the past 13 years.  She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Burchett, Elna, Ky., Mrs. Crag Tackett, Ohio, and Mrs. Bettie Brown, Sitka. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 16, 1955, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sitka School with Danny Salyers as officiating minister. Burial will be made at the Salyer Cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication.  The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday June 15, 1955 
CASTLE, Sam
1870-1955
Aged Resident Passes Sunday Services Held Tuesday for Sam Castle, 75
Sam Castle, 75, a resident of the Greentown section of Paintsville for 41 years, died at his home Sunday morning following an illness of two years. The son of the late Albert and Liza Murray Castle, he was born August 2, 1870 in Lawrence County.  He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ. A member of the United Mine Workers of America, he retired from mining in 1945.  Surviving are his wife, Pearl Hite Castle, three sons,  Burns Castle,  Logan W. Va, Richard Castle, city, and Ransom Castle, St. Louis, Mo; two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Dove, Thealka, and Wanda Fay Castle at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Pentecostal Church of Christ.  Burial was made in the Thealka Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.29 1955
CLIFTON, Michael
1955
Michel Clifton, 7, Drowns Sunday At Dewey Lake The tenth drowning at Dewey Lake since it opened in 1949 occurred Sunday afternoon when Michel Garland Clifton, 7, waded 100 feet from the roped- off swimming area at Stratton Branch into deep water.  This was the first drowning at the lake this year according to “Red” Weaver, superintendent of Dewey Dam. The Cliftons, who were on a family picnic were preparing to eat when the boy was missed.  A brother who was sent to look for him saw the footprints where he had waded into the water. Lewis Ford registered Red Cross life saver, stated that the child was reported missing at noon. The body was found at 12:15 and artificial respiration was applied until 1:00 when he was removed to the Presonsburg Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Young Clifton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Clifton of Dwale.  Surviving besides his parents are two bothers, Jerome and John Patrick, Jr. both at home Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home at Dwale..  Burial was made at the Shepherd Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY June 22, 1955
FAIRCHILD, George N.
1876-1955
George Fairchild, Retired Farmer, Succumbs Sunday
George N. Fairchild, 78, of Route 2, Louisa, died at his home at 8 a.m. Sunday after an illness of two years.  He was a retired farmer. He was born at Asa, Ky., July 1, 1876, a son of the late Eli and Mellisa May Fairchild.  He had lived on Route 2 for the past 34 years, and was a member of the United Baptist Church for 58 years. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the residence.  The Rev. Hammie May, the Rev. Prater Blair and the Rev. Millard O'Brian officiated. Burial was in the Fairchild and Lemasters Cemetery on Route 2, Louisa. Surviving are the wife, Alice Lemasters Fairchild; three sons, Elbert Fairchild, Riceville, Ky.; D. J. Fairchild, Peru, Ind., and Guy Fairchild of Rt. 2, Louisa; two daughters, Mrs. Scott Watts, Huntington, and Mrs. Charles Mayo, Huntington, 25 grandchildren and 27 great- grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 06-15-1955
GEORGE, James
1887-1955
Funeral Services Conducted Sunday For James George
James George, 67, of Urbana, O., former resident of George's Creek, Ky., died yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Luther Cox, of George's Creek.  He was a brother of Elias George of White House. He was born at George's Creek, November 29 1887, a son of the late Elias and Julia Brown George.  He was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral Services were conducted at the Borders Chapel at George's Creek at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Burial was in Borders Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Tishia Boyd George; three daughters, Mrs. Mitchell Burton and Mrs. Eugene Sparks, both of Cable, O., and Mrs. Luther Cox, of George's Creek; two sons, Mitchell and Ashell George, both of Urbana, O.; four sisters, Mrs. Clifford Meadows of Greenup, Ky., Mrs. John Beasley of Trent, Ky., Mrs. Alfred Chandler of Springfield, O., and Mrs. Tiny Hall of Wurtland, Ky. Four other brother survive: Lundie George of George's Creek, Nathan and Homer George, both of Urbana, Ohio, and Dan George, of Springfield, Ohio, and 13 grandchildren also survive. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 8 1955   Funeral Services Conducted Sunday For James George James George, 67, of Urbana, OH. former resident of George’s Creek, KY., died yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Luther Cox, of George’s Creek. He was a brother of Elias George of White House. He was born at George’s Creek, November 29, 1887, a son of the late Elias and Julia Brown George. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted at the Borders Chapel at Georges Creek at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Burial was in Borders Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Tisha Boyd George; three daughters, Mrs. Mitchell Burton and Mrs. Eugene Sparks, both of Cable, OH., and Mrs. Luther Cox of George’s Creek; two sons, Mitchell and Ashell George, both of Urbana, OH.; four sisters, Mrs. Clifford Meadows of Greenup, KY, Mrs. John Beasley of Trent, KY., Mrs. Alfred Chandler of Springfield, OH., and Mrs. Tiny Hall of Wurtland, KY. Four other brothers survive: Lundie George of George’s Creek, Nathan and Homer George, both of Urbana, OH, and Dan George of Springfield and 13 grandchildren also survive. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 15, 1955
HAGER, Daniel Marion
1912-1955
Daniel M. Hager, Ashland Printer, Dies Suddenly
Funeral Services Friday Afternoon For Former Resident Funeral services will be held Friday for Daniel Marion Hager, 43, son of Mrs. Ida Gullett Wagner of Ashland and the late George W. Hager, who died Monday night in an Ashland hospital. He had suffered a heart attack early Monday evening and was removed to the hospital about 11:15 p.m. "Dan", as he was known to his many friends here, spent his childhood in Paintsville, and was a veteran of World War II. He was born in this city on April 6, 1912, but had been a resident of Ashland since 1947. After his discharge from the service in 1945, he was employed as an apprentice printer by the Paintsville Herald, and later studied at the Southern School of Printing at Nashville, Tenn. He had owned and operated the Ashland Printing Company, for several years. The body is at the Carman Funeral Home in Ashland where funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. John Gilpen at 11:00 a.m. Thursday.  Rev. Gilpen will conduct final rites at the First Methodist Church here at 2:00 p.m. Friday. The body will be brought Thursday to the Jones-Preston Funeral Home, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Mildred Earley Hager, two children, Mrs. Phyllis Morrison, Gary, Ind., and M/Sgt. Price Marion Hager, AAF, Texas, two grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Anna Wetzel of Van Lear. A brother, Sam Patton Hager, preceded him in death  several years ago. Burial will be made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 06-22-1955
HENSLEY, Herman I.
1913-1955
PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN SUCCUMBS THURSDAY SERVICES HELD SATURDAY FOR HERMAN HENSLEY
Herman I. Hensley, 42, prominent Paintsville businessman, died Thursday morning at a local hospital following an illness of three days. The son of the late Haisley and Emma Miller Hensley, he was born May 15, 1913, in Barboursville, W. Va.  He had been a resident of Paintsville for a number of years. Always interested in the welfare of the young people of the community, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Little League and the Pony League here, and had taken an active part in maintaining the high standards of the game. A member of the Missionary Baptist Church and the Paintsville Masonic Lodge 361, he was owner and manager of Hensley’s Tire and Recapping Service in Stafford Addition. Survivors include his wife, Bessie Perry Hensley, three sons, Jerry, Bill and Pat Hensley, all at home, one daughter, Mary Ruth Hensley, at home, and one sister, Mrs. Deloris McCorskey, Cleveland, Ohio. Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Baptist church with the Rev. M. R. Thomason, pastor, and C. C. Hall, as officiating ministers.  Members of the Little League and Pony League acted as flower bearers. Burial was made in Oaklawn Cemetery at Huntington, W. Va., under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were James Franklin, Clifford Van Hoose, Orville Umberger, Sgt. Glen Walke, Bill Hazeirigg and Woodford Conley, Honorary Pallbearers were Bob Perry, Eulas Williams, John Hampton, Willard Rice, Dr. C. L. Preston, Dr. P. B. Hall, Dr. John Turner, Douglas Miller, Roy VanHoose, Jack VanHoose, Rex Helton, Toby Lavender and Ross Lyon. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 29, 1955
HUGHES, Rebecca (Dillon)
1955
SERVICES SUNDAY FOR MRS. HUGHES
MOTHER OF LOCAL WOMAN DIES JUNE 25
Funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca Hughes, 76, Clifford, Ky., mother of Mrs. Frank McClafferty of this city, were held at the Mount Olive Church Sunday, June 26, with the Rev. J. A. Mitchell and the Rev. A. J. Perry officiating.  Mrs. Hughes died at her home Saturday morning following a long illness. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church since childhood. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Nelson Hughes, two daughters, Mrs. McClafferty and Mrs. Ira Goble of Williamson, W. Va.; eight sons, Luther of Suffolk, Va., Henry of Louisa, Lewis of Chillicothe, O., Bill and Frank of Ironton, Willard and Millard of Webb, W. Va., and Edward of Detroit, Michigan; one sister, Mrs. Melissa McCallister of Silver Creek, Mo., one brother, James Dillon, Crum, W. Va., and 59 grandchildren. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Clifford under the direction of the Young Funeral Home, Louisa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday July 6, 1955
HURT, Anlee (Hunt)
1955
Former Resident  Of East Point  Succumbs June 16
Funeral services for Mrs. Anlee Hurt, 66, former resident of East Point, were held Sunday, June 19, 1955 at her home at Regina. Mrs. Hurt died June 16, 1955 at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital after a week’s illness. Burial was in the Rasnick cemetery at Regina under the direction of  the J. W. Call and Son Funeral Home. Born in Johnson County, she had lived at Regina for 45 years. She was a daughter of the late James and Victoria Franklin Hunt. Mrs. Hunt was the widow of I. C. Hurt, who died in December 1951. Surviving are two sons, Jesse Hurt, Regina, and Lloyd Hurt, Columbus, Ohio; six daughters, Mrs. Nettie Bishop, Mrs. Anna Rowe, and Miss Nola Hurt, all of  Columbus Ohio, Mrs. Norma Bartley and Mrs. Edith Coleman both of Egina, and Mrs. Eloise Newsome, Wheelwright: four brothers and sisters, Albert Bishop, Chapman, Mrs. Johnny Tackett and Mrs. George Thacker, both of Regina, and Mrs. Mack Bowling, Garett; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-29-1955
KIRK, W. Holmes
1894-1955
Former Theatre Owner  Dies After Long Illness
W. Holmes Kirk, 61, a retired theatre operator and a member of one of Eastern Kentucky's most prominent families, died at a local hospital Monday afternoon following an illness of two months. As a co-owner and operator of the Sipp and Arcade Theatres here for a number of years, he was well known and well liked by the people of Johnson County, especially the youngsters and teen- agers of the community. For 13 years he and his brother operated a fruit grove in Vero Beach, Florida.  On his return to Paintsville in 1930, he opened Kirk's Pharmacy which he managed for a number of years before entering the theatre business.  He served as a member of city council from January, 1936 to January, 1938. The son of Mrs. Bessie Cassady Kirk of this city and the late M. C. Kirk, he was born March 16, 1894, in Inez.  He was a member of the Mayo Methodist Church. Surviving besides his mother are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Kathleen Wells, Washington D.C. and Mrs. Edgar N. Venters, Pikeville, one brother, K. R. Kirk of this city, and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:30 today at the Mayo Methodist Church with the Reverend W.F. Pettus and Reverend John Weir officiating. The active pallbearers were Jack Vickers, Jay Keller, Jess Songer, Marvin Jones, Ott Harmon and Frank Dempsy Cooper. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery under the dir- ection of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-22-1955
LITTERAL, Paul
1922-1955
Dies Suddenly  Of Heart Attack
Paul Litteral, 32, a lifelong resident of Oil Springs, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon of a heartattack suffered at Chat Yates Service Station on Route 460.  The seizure came as he was attempting to obtain a ride to his home.  He died  before medical assistance could be obtained. The son of Beson and  Maymie Blair Litteral, he was born December 18, 1922. Surviving besides his parents are one brother, Jack Litteral, and three sisters, Janet, Peggy and Virginia Litteral, all at home. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the Oil Springs Methodist Church with John Collins as officiating minister.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs under the direction of the Paintville Funeral Home. Paintville Herald Wednesday June 29, 1955
MCKENZIE, Joe
1955
Joe McKenzie, 71, Dies Saturday  in Dayton, Ohio
Services Wednesday For Nippa Resident Joe McKenzie, 71, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died suddenly Saturday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bill Robinson of Franklin Furnace, Ohio. The son of the late James and Pauline Mahan McKenzie, he was a retired miner.   Surviving are his wife, Bertha Colvin McKenzie, Nippa, Kentucky, one son, Jesse McKenzie, Miamisburg, Ohio, two daughters, Mrs. Arthur VanHoose, Estill, Kentucky, and Mrs. Robinson. He was preceded in death by a son, James, who was killed in World War II. Other survivors include four brothers, Ernest McKenzie, Utica, Michigan, Charles McKenzie, East Point, Bill McKenzie, Meally, Harry McKenzie, Bonnie Blue, Virginia; two sisters, Mrs. Dale Mann, Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Ida Crider, Tutor Key. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Nippa Freewill Baptist Church with Claude Preston and Harry Salyer as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 06/08/1955
NOVAK, Jennie Lee (Pigg)
1955
Jennie L. Novak, Former Resident, Dies In Indiana
Mrs. Jennie Lee Novak, daughter of Mrs. Verlie Pigg, of Boons Camp, died June 18 at her home in Griffith, Ind. She was 29 years old. Her father, the late Dennie Pigg, conducted a general store at Boons Camp for many years before moving to Davisport, Martin County, Kentucky in 1933, where he continued in the mercantile business until his death in 1937. Mrs. Novak, after graduating from Inez High School, worked in the office of a steel mill near Chicago. She was married to Robert L. Novak, of Hammond, Ind. in 1946. Survivors, besides her husband and mother, are two daughters, Karen Lynn, 6 years old and Larissa Norine, eight months old; four sisters, Mrs. Evelyn West, Oil Springs, Ky.; Mrs. Imogene Lewis, Boons Camp, Ky.; Mrs. Ernestine Arrowood, Vero Beach, Fla.; Mrs. Ivory Rose, Beaver, Ohio; four brothers, Chester Pigg, Glen Pigg and Ottis Pigg, of Hammond, Ind., and James Olive Pigg, Akron, Ohio. All of her brothers and sisters and her mother attended the funeral which was held in Griffith, Ind. Burial was in nearby Calumet City, Ind. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 29, 1955   
PERRY, Nancy (Ward)
1879-1955
Aged Resident  Dies Saturday Services Held Monday For Mrs. Harlan Perry
Mrs. Nancy Ward Perry, 76, wife of Harlen Perry of River, Ky., died Saturday afternoon, June 11, 1955, at the home of her sister, mrs. Sally Carter, Offutt, Ky., following an illness of ten years. A lifelong resident of River, she was born February 8, 1879, the daughter of the late John V. and Sarah Branham Ward. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are three daughters, Mrs. Verona Daniels and Mrs. Juanita Conn, both of River, and Mrs. Oakley Lyon, Cincinnati, Ohio. Other survivors include one brother, J. P. Ward, Dayton, O.; eight sisters, Mrs. Vina Sturgill and Mrs. Mahala Sturgill, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Mona Hamilton, Grundy, Va., Mrs. Amanda Adams and Mrs. Elizabeth Wiley, both of Tutor Key, Mrs. Exer Daniels, Drift, Mrs. W. J. Ingram, Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Sally Carter, Offut. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, June 13, 1955, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Conn, at River, with Winfrey Meek and German Walters as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at River under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herals  Wednesday, June 15, 1955 
PRATER, Patsy Jewell
1955
Services Sunday For Patsy Prater, Gunshot Victim
Coroner’s Jury Finds Wallace Meek Guilty  of Gross Negligence Patsy Jewell Prater, 15, died instantly about 2:30 Thursday afternoon, from a gunshot wound which tore away the lower half of her face.  The accident occurred at the home of her uncle, Clarence Cavins, at White House. According to information received from a coroner’s  inquest Friday morning, a group of young people were at the Clarence Cavins’ home playing with a 12-guage shotgun when the gun was accidentally discharged by Wallace Meek, a brother of Mrs. Clarence Cavins an infant the victim was holding in her arms at the time of the accident was unharmed. The coroner’s jury brought in a verdict of death as a result of a negligent act on the part of Meek, who is 16 years old.  At a juvenile hearing held Friday afternoon, young Meek was bound over to the grand jury.   He was released later to the custody of his parents, Ted and Willa Mae Meek of Boons Camp. The daughter of Mrs. Dovie Price of Toms Creek and Ballard Prater of White House, she made her home with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cavins at White House. Surviving besides the maternal Grandparents and paternal grandmother Mrs. Stella Prater. White House, and one sister , Ballard Faye Parter. Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the White House Church with Earl Rowland and James Lyons as officiating ministers, Burial was made in the Osborn Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 6-22-1955
SPARKS, Viola (Fannin)
1880-1955
Thelma Resident  Dies Saturday Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. Viola Sparks
Mrs. Viola Sparks, 74, died at her home at Thelma, Ky., Saturday night, June, 18, 1955, following illness of nine years. The daughter of the late Andrew and Josephine Franklin Fannin.   She was born October 12, 1880, in Lawrence County.  She had been a resident of Thelma for 42 years. She was preceded in death March 12, 1949, by her husband, D. O. Sparks. Surviving are one son , Willie Sparks, Ashland, three daughters, Mrs. Henry Collier, Ashland, Mrs. Earl Dawson, David, Ky., and Mrs. Essie Newsome, Thelma,, and one brother, William Fannin, Thelma. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 21, 1955, at the Old Friendship Church at Williamsport with F. F. Rigsby and Winfrey Meek as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 6-22-1955
TACKETT, Jennie (Blankenship)
1955
County Woman Passes Friday Services Saturday for Mrs. Tackett
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Riceville United Baptist Church for Mrs. Jennie Tackett, 68, who died at her home at Riceville following an illness of two days. A lifelong resident of Johnson county, she was the daughter of the late William and Pauline Blankenship. Surviving are four sons, Henry and Ellis Tackett, both of London, Ohio, George Tackett, Spring Port, Michigan, Leonard Tackett, Riceville; two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Poe, Spring Port, Michigan, and Mrs. Joshie Fitchpatrick, Franklin, Ohio. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-27-1955
WELLS, Charles J.
1905-1955
RITES HELD THURSDAY FOR CHARLES J. WELLS WELL-KNOWN MERCHANT
Charles J. Wells, prominent Paintsville businessman and widely known throughout Johnson and adjacent counties, died at his home on Fourth Street at 2:50 Tuesday morning following an illness of two months. Death was attributed to cancer. He was born Octobet 14 1905, at Boons Camp, the son of John B. and Jennie Ward Wells. The family moved to Paintsville 37 years ago where he attended the Paintsville Schools and was graduated from Paintsville High School. He attended Berea Collega, Berea, Ky., and later returned to Paintsville where he was associated with his parents at the Big Sandy Hardware. "Hardware Charlie" as he was known to his many friends, was blessed with that rare gift for freindship and he held with his warm personality hundreds of friends who have been saddened to hear of his illness and shocked at the news of his passing. Twelve years ago he established "Hardware Charlie" a hardware and furniture store, and later "Hardware Charlie's Gas Co". A member of the Masonic Lodge ???  F & AM and the Christian Church, he was elected vice president of the Kentucky LP Gas Association at a meeting at Lexington last year. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Elizabeth Rice Wells, one son, Charles Carroll Wells, at Home; two daughters,  Mrs. Margaret Hernandez. Cayo___ D. F., Mexico; and Betty Rose Wells, at home. Other survivors include one brother, J.H. Wells Jr., and three sisters, Mrs. Irvin Arrowood, Mrs. Edd Redd and Mrs. Deward Kazee, all of this city. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church with the Revs Joseph Zavadaky and John Weir officiating. Burial will be made in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday  6-29-1955
WELLS, Virgil
1893-1955
Funeral services were held monday at the Wells Chapel Church for Virgil wells, 62, Williamsport miner and merchant, who died at his home Saturday following an illness of several years. Born March 9, 1893 at Boons Camp, he was the son of W. G. and Emma Burgess Wells. he was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Louise Wells, two sons, Earl N. Wells, Van Nuys, California, and Bruce wells, Meally; and two brothers, Alex Wells, Louisville, and Rev. Glenn Wells, pactolus Ky. The services were conducted by the Rev. Paul Bell with music by the Baldrige Quartet. Burial was made in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-8-1955
YOUNG, Tom
1886-1955
LONG ILLNESS FATAL TO TOM YOUNG, 69
Tom Young, 69, a resident of Van Lear for 35 years, died at a local hospital Monday, following an illness of two years. The son of the late George G. and Mary White Young, he was born February 26, 1886 in Lawrence County.  He was a retired miner. He is survived by his wife, Teri Daniel Young, two sons, Leroy Young, Lowmansville and Roger Young, Ypsilanti, Michigan., four daughters, Mrs. Edgar Hewlett, Van Lear, Mrs. Jaunita Siler, Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Steve Gaski, Ypsilanti, Michigan,  Mrs. Manis McKenzie, Springfield, Ohio,  17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Wednesday morning at the Sugar Grove United Baptist Church, with the Revs. Leonard Walters and V. L. Pelphrey officiating. Burial was made at the Daniel Cemetery at Kerz under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUN.08 1955


JULY - 1955

BLAIR, Alonzo
1883-1955
Alonzo Blair, 72, a well known Merchant of West Van Lear, died Sunday morning at his home following an illness of a year. Born March 1, 1883,  in Johnson County, he was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. His first wife, Laura Friend Blair, preceded him in death in 1918. He later married Elizabeth Hitchcock, who survives. Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Don J. Blair, Baltimore, MD., James M. Blair, Hewitt,  W. VA, Rudolph Blair, Springfield, O; one daughter, Mrs. Lucky Combs. West Van Lear; two brothers, Lincoln Blair, Hagar Hill, and Estill Blair, Charleston, W. VA. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home with the Rev. Homer Willis officiating.  Burial was made in the Cumbo Cemetery of West Van Lear under the direction of Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Aug. 3, 1955
BLAIR, James
1872-1955
James Blair, 80, lifelong resident of Johnson County, died at his home at Denver Sunday, following an illness of a year. Born October 28, 1872, he was the son of Britton and Lucinda Spradlin Blair.  He was a retired merchant and farmer. He was married 57 years ago to Margaret Ward, who survives. Surviving besides the widow are one son, Herbert Blair, New Carlisle, Ohio, and two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Baldwin, Denver, Mrs. Earl Horn Barnetts Creek. Other survivors include two brothers, Frank Blair, Barnetts Creek, George Blair, Denver, three sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Ratliff, Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Sarah Spradlin, city, Mrs. Martha Ward, Carrie, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Freewill Baptist Church at Rock House with Charlie Lemaster, Scott Castle and Adron Davis as officiating ministers. Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Barnetts Creek under the direction of the Paintsville funeral Home. Paintsville Herald  7-20-1955
BLAIR, James Thomas
1913-1955
"Ted" Blair, 42, Dies Suddenly at Barnetts Creek James Thomas "Ted" Blair, 42, died suddenly Thursday morning at the home of his brother, Burlie Blair, Barnetts Creek. The son of Hattie George Blair of Marion, Ohio, and the late John Blair, he was born January 3, 1913, at Barnetts Creek.  He was a resident of Oil Springs for several years, where he was engaged in farming. Surviving besides his mother are one son, Raymond Harold Blair, Oil Springs; three daughters, Mrs. Vivian Crace, Falcon, Ky., Kay and Janet Blair, both of Oil Springs. Other survivors include three brothers, Grand and Burlie Blair, both of Barnetts creek, and Dennis Blair, Marion, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Russell Mewhorter, Marion, Ohio, and Mrs. Benson Litteral, Oil Springs. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. Litteral, at Oil Springs. Officiating ministers were cullie Sparks, Ferman Blair and Millard Bryant. Burial was made in the Rice Cemetery at Barnetts Creek under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 7-20-1955
BLAIR, Sarah Ann
1872-1955
Barnett's Creek
Passes Monday Mrs. Sarah Ann Blair, 82, died Monday morning at her home at Barnetts Creek following an illness of several months. Born October 4, 1872, she was a lifelong resident of Barnetts Creek.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death sixteen years ago by her husband, Will Blair. Surviving are four sons, Connie Blair, Barnetts Creek, Dee Blair, Oil Springs, Dexter Blair, Leander, Estill Blair, Washington Court House, Ohio; three step-sons, Verner Blair, Leander, Ferman Blair, Barnetts Creek, Crate Blair, Sciotoville, Ohio; one step-daughter, Mrs. Alamander Blair, Barnetts Creek, and one sister, Mrs. Crate Spradlin, Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. today at the home with Prater Blair officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald. 7-27-1955
BLEVINS, Nora (Meade)
1893-1955
Rites To Be Thursday For Mrs. Dick Blevins
Mrs. Nora Meade Blevins, 63, wife of Dick Blevins of Van Lear, died Monday morning in a local Hospital. The Daughter of the late Robert and Ella Bush Meade, she was born in this county July 2, 1893. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are three son, Jesse Blevins, Van Lear; Paul Blevins, Cliff, Ky., Richard Blevins, Warsaw, Michigan; nine daughters, Mrs. Fannie Wetzel, Jenkins, Mrs. Minerva Bartley, Big Branch, Mrs. Bertha Williams, Covington, Mrs. Beatrice Marlow, Washington, D.C., Mrs. Brigett Spradlin and Miss Macca Blevins, both of Van Lear, Mrs. Audrey Estep, Mrs Georgia Ayers, all of Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church with Edgar Hewlett as officiating minister. Burial will be made in the Van Lear Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald July 13, 1955
BROWN, Mrs. Boone (Prater)
1955
MRS. B. BROWN, MOTHER OF FOUR, DIES THURSDAY
Gunshot Wound Fatal To Woman In Mystery Death Mystery shrouds the death of Mrs. Boone Brown, 25, who died Thursday afternoon in a local hospital of complications resulting from a gunshot wound she received at her home in the "Blackberry" section of this city between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on July 21. The woman, mother of four small children, was said to have fired a .45 Army Colt into her body while standing on the porch of her home. It was testified by Mrs. Brown and other witnesses that the would was self inflicted. County Attorney R. B. Harrington said this week that it was impossible for the victim to have shot herself due to the size of the weapon and the absence of powder burns on her body and clothing. Mrs. Brown was the daughter of Solon and Mary Jane O'Bryan Prater. She was born at Leander and had been a resident of Paintsville for about five years. On November 16, 1946 she was married to Boone Brown. Besides her parents and husband, she is survived by four small children. Patsy Illene, Judy Carol, Danny Joe and Johnny Mack. also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Basil Prater, Lucasville, Ohio, Bert Prater, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Callie Blair, Paintsville, and five half-brothers and sisters, Ralph Hitchcock, Barnetts Creek, Mrs. Fanny Bradley, Wabash, Ind., Mrs. Ethel Ward, Le- ander, Mrs. Josephine Spradlin, Paintsville, and Mrs. Allie Miller, Amsden, Ohio. Funeral Services were held Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Pentecostal Church with Arthur Ramey and Harry Salyers officiating. Burial was made in the Hitchcock Cemetery at Barnetts Creek under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-3-1955
COFFEE, Ballard
1886-1955
Ballard Coffee, Former Resident, Dies at Ashland Ballard Coffee, 69, former resident of Paintsville, died of a heart attack Monday evening while working in his garden in Ashland. He was born in Magoffin County, Ky., March 16, 1886, a son of the late Mason and Saretta Prater Coffee. He had lived in Ashland for the past 30 years and was a retired merchant. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Rose Wheeler Coffee; one son, Jasper Coffee, Springfield, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Claya Tatts, Ashland, one step-daughter, Mrs. John Alley, Ashland; one step- son, Willie Cox, Ashland; one brother, Charles Coffee, Columbus, Ohio, two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Tackett, Ashland, and Mrs. Oscar Jenkins, Jamestown, Ohio; 17 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 6, 1955
DANIEL, William "Bud"
1888-1955
WILLIAM DANIEL OF RICHARDSON PASSES MONDAY
William "Bud" Daniel, 66, lifelong resident of Richardson, Ky., died Monday night in a local hospital following an illness of two years. The son of the late Joe and Elizabeth Boyd Daniel, he was born November 25 1888, at Peach Orchard, Ky. He was a fireman for the railroad and a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge and Railway Trainmen's Union. Surviving are his wife, Pearl Price Daniels, one son, Russell Daniels, Patrick,Ky.; six daughters, Beulah Childers; Virginia VanHoose; Francis VanHoose; Willia Mae Daniel, all of Richardson, Ky.; and Nancy Elizabeth Haney and Ruth Evelyn McHenry, both of Mansfield, Ohio. Others survivors include two brothers, Everette Daniel, Auxier; and Jack Daniel, East Point; four sisters, Anna Newlen, Detriot, Michigan; Leona Jackson, Thelma, Ky.; Montana Travis, Catlettsburg; and Virgie Lee Blanton, Chillicothe, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. today at the home at Richardson, with the Rev. J.C. Hager officiating. Burial was made in the Richardson Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-6-1955
ELKINS, Gratz
1955
SERVICES THURSDAY FOR GRATZ ELKINS
Funeral services will be conducted from the Church of God on Little Paint tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., for Gratz Elkins, 58, who died suddenly Tuesday morning while working in the yard at his home on Little Paint near East Point. A well-known miner and farmer of that section and a member of a prominent Floyd County family, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Louise Boggs Elkins, one son, Charles, and two daughters, Niki and Carol. Burial will be in the Elkins Cemetery near East Point. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 27, 1955
FRAZIER, Harry
1896-1955
Harry Frazier Dies Thursday Services held Friday  For Flat Gap Man
Harry Frazier, 59, lifelong resident of Flat Gap, died at a local hospital Thursday night following an illness of a few weeks. The son of the late James and Margarett Salyers Frazier, he was April 28 1896.  He was a farmer and a veteran of World War I. Surviving are his wife, Vannie Rowland Frazier, one daughter, Jo Ann Frazier, Flat Gap; three brothers, James Frazier, Flat Gap; Squire Frazier, Enon, O.; Sile Frziser, Flat Gap; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Fairchild, Mansfield, O.; Mrs. Dixie Williams, Lucasville, Ohio and Mrs. Madge Estep, Flat Gap. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home with Lonza Reed, V.L. Pelphrey, and Tommie Bailey as officiating ministers.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 27 1955
HAYES, Paul E.
1955
SERVICES SUNDAY AT HUNTINGTON FOR PAUL HAYES
Husband Of Former Resident Dies Friday
Funeral services for Paul E. Hayes, 41, of Huntington, W. Va., a native of Louisa, Ky., were conducted at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson Memorial Methodist Church, with Dr. James T. Browning officiating.  Burial was made in Woodmere Cemetery at Huntington. Mr. Hayes attended the University of Kentucky, Lexington and was a teacher in the Lawrence County, Ky. Schools prior to moving to Huntington.  He was presently employed by the Cabell Chemical Company.  He died in the St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, Friday after suffering a heart attack, June 23. He was a member of the Johnson Memorial Methodist Church. Active pallbearers were Harry Mefford, Harry Coburn, B. C. Emerson, Lyell V. Douthat, E. L. Dornick and Dr. J. Frank Bartlett.  Honorary pallbearers were Merrill Rice and Dr. John Ryan, both of Louisa; Robert Mathews, Toby Brown and Russell Wyatt, all of Huntington; and Russell Hawes of Ashland. Mr. Hayes was the son of Mrs. Monnie Hayes of Louisa and the late Dr. W. A. Hayes, who was associated with the Louisa General Hospital. He was married May 31, 1936, to the former Miss Mary Ruth Wells, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John L. Wells of this city, who survives. Surviving besides his wife and mother are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Ann Alexander of Huntington, and Paula Virginia Hayes, at home; two brothers, Carl Hayes, Stanford, and Jefferson Hayes, Dayton, Ohio, two sisters, Mrs. L. V. Thompson, Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Mrs. Ed Sharp, Jackson, Ohio. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 27, 1955
JOHNSON, Cora (Ward)
1884-1955
AGED RESIDENT OF LOWMANSVILLE PASSES THURSDAY
Mrs. Cora Ward Johnson, 71, wife of Thoney Johnson of Lowmansville, died at her home Thursday afternoon (July 21, 1955) following an illness of several years. Born February 28, 1884, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Angie Preston Ward. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband is one son, River Rouge, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon from the home at Lowmansville with F.F. Rigsby and Florida Lyons as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary by date of publication. THE PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 27, 1955
MULLINS, Cordelia
1955
SERVICES HELD SUNDAY FOR CORDELIA MULLINS
Mrs. Cordelia Mullins, mother of Mrs. H. H. Henderson of Paintsville Floral Co., died Friday at the home of Mrs. Henderson following an extended illness. The body was taken to Clintwood, Virginia, by the Paintsville Funeral Home where funeral services were conducted Sunday.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Clintwood. She is survived by six daughters and three sons. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 6, 1955
MUSIC, Barbara K.
1955-1955
Music Infant Dies in Ohio Hospital Barbara K. Music Barbara K. Music, 5-month-old daughter of James and Virginia Castle Music of Columbus, Ohio died Sunday morning (Jul.24 1955) in a Columbus hospital following an illness of two months. Surviving besides her parents are three brothers, Jerry Dean, Phillip Scott, and James Music, Jr., all at home, and one sister, Kathy Louise Music, also at home. Other survivors include the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Music, of Meally, and the maternal grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Scott Castle of this city. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Meally Church of Christ with the Rev. Charlie Lemaster officiating.  Burial was made at the Willis Cemetery at Meally under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY Jul.27 1955
PRESTON, Howard
1892-1955
Howard Preston, 62, of 1309 Summitt St., died Sunday at 3:30 a.m. at his home of a heart ailment from which he had suffered for 10 years. Mr Preston was employed as a clerk for the Detroit Steel Corp. He was born Dec. 3, 1892, in Paintsville, KY, a son of A.B. and Catherine Howard Preston. He was a member of the Central Christian Church and the Western Sun Lodge of the Mason. Mr. Preston is survivied by his wife, Golda; five brothers, Clarence of Paintsville, Mitchell of Columbus, George, Harper and Arthur all of Wheelersburg; and two sisters, Mrs. Manchia Genheimer, 1400 Spring St. and Mrs. Lorinda Lallow, 824 John St. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Central Christian Church with Rev. Paul Neal officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Burial Park. Masonic services will be held at Emrick Funeral Home at 8 tonight. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-11-1955
PRESTON, Paris
1879-1955
Paris Preston, 76,  Of Williamsport Dies Friday Paris Preston, 76, lifelong resident of Williamsport, died at his home Friday morning, following an illness of a year. Born January 7, 1879, he was the son of the late Eliphus and Elizabeth Ward Preston.  A carpenter by occupation, he was a member of the Regular Primitive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death April 12, 1947, by his wife, Alka Ward Preston. He is survived by three sons, Jay Preston, Williamsport, Glenn Preston, Portsmouth, Ohio, Mitchell Preston, Pikeville, Ky.; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Potts, Mitchell Preston, Pikeville, Ky.; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Potts, Painesville, Ohio, and Miss Joy Imogene Preston, at home. Other survivors include three brothers, Jess Preston, Inez, Ballard Preston, Boons Camp, and Ernest Preston, Offutt. Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the Regular Primitive Baptist Church at Thelma with the Revs. Henry Stamper and Newt Daniels officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Jul.13 1955
SNAPP, Mrs. C.V. (Webb)
1955 
DIES MONDAY IN TENNESSEE
 Long and Useful Career Ends For Van Lear Woman Mrs. C.V. Snapp of Jenkins, Kentucky died at Holaton  Valley Community Hospital, Kingsport, Tennessee, at 7:30 p.m., July 29. Mrs. Snapp had been in ill health for a number of years, and early in June had returned from Phoenix, Arizona where she had lived for several months hoping to receive relief from chronic asthma. Four years ago Mrs. Snapp was compelled to give up work as a teacher after spending twenty-six and one half years in the Van Lear and Jenkins schools. During this time in the class room, it is estimated that she taught more than two thousand children and came in contact through school activities with at least another two thousand. Thus she wass able to influence the lives of a host of children. Mrs. Snapp was a graduate of Morehead State Collage, and lacked only one summer term of completing work for her master's degree at the University of Kentucky. She was an active member of the Jenkins Christian Church and taught in the Sunday School as long as her health permitted. Fora number of years she was Secretary of Pine Mountian Chapter No. 247 O.E.S., and served as Worthy Matron of the chapter. She also enjoyed her work in the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She always found time from teaching and home duties to participate in civic activities and in this connection served as president of Jenkins' Women's Club. Her work, however, was not confines to the local community for she was often called upon to serve on committees, participate in educational conventions, and speak before various groups. One of her outstanding addresses was given over Radio Station WTCW during National Diabetic Week. Having had this disease for twenty years and having learned to live with it much more successfully than many. she was in a postion to offer suggestions to her many friends suffering from the same disease. She made frequent trips to Boston, to learn of this disease under Dr. Elliott P. Joalin and his able assisants. She was a member of the comittee for the revision of the Constitution of K.E.A. anad served for a number of years as a member of the delegate assembly of the N.E.A. traveling to such cities as Boston, Denver, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Even though her cross was heavy to bear due to her long illness, her many friends spoke of her as one radiated sunshine and happiness. They expressed their love in a beautiful floral tribute of eighty-four pieces given by various organizations, institations and friends, and in contributions toward a permanent "Student Memorial Loan Fund" which will be established at Morehead State College in her honor. This memorial will help bring to realization her desire to aide in a financial way those who would otherwise not be able to attend collage. Mrs. Snapp was the first to break the family circle of the nine children of Mr. and Mrs. Procter Webb of Van Lear. Because she had lived and taught in both Wan Lear and Jenkins two memorial services were conducted. On Sunday afternoon July 31, the first memorial service was in Jenkins Methodist Church where many of her friends paid their last respects. Beautiful music was furnished by the Methodist Church Choir, and her nephew, Jerry Helton of Cincinnati, with Mrs. Henry Sewell at the organ. An effective and appropriate sermon for this occasion was delivered by the Rev. Bill Blevins, pastor of Jenkins Christian Church, on Monday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Van Lear Christian Church funeral rites were concluded with Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt officiating. The body was laid to reat on a beautiful terrace overlooking U.S. Highway 23 in Johnson Memorial Cemetery just south of Pikeville. Paintsville Herald Thursday August 3, 1955

 

SPENCER, Minnie Alice (Ratliff)
1877-1955
Services Held Tuesday for Minnie Spencer
Mrs. Minnie Alice Spencer, 78, a resident of Middle Fork section of Johnson County, died at a local hospital sunday afternoon following an illness of a week. Born May 26, 1877 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Ratliff.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband 35 years ago. Surviving are one son, Malcolm Spencer, Collista;  two daughters,  Mrs. Will Collins, Collista, and Mrs. Ida Spencer, Rush, Ohio; one brother, Paris Ratliff, Rush, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Laura Spencer, Rush, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home of her son with Charlie Lemaster and Adron Davis as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 7-20-1955


AUGUST - 1955

COLLINS, Polk
1876-1955
Polk Collins, 79, passed away at 1:30 August 18, at his home in Riceville after an illness of 5 months. A retired farmer, he was born in Whitaker, Ky on April 1, 1876 to John S. And Nancy Conley Collins. Surviving are his wife, Susie Baldridge Collins, one son Curtis Collins, Portsmouth, Ohio, two daughters, Mrs. Elbert Fairchild, Riceville and Mrs. Albert Spradlin, Bonanza and one brother, Sonnie Collins of Riceville. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. at the residence by Hammi May, Frank Caudill and Millard Bryant. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday Aug 25, 1955
DANIEL, Ivory (Ward)
1903-1955
Ivory Daniel, 52, Mother Of Five, Dies Wednesday
Mrs. Ivory Daniel, 52, died at her home at River at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, of complications following a four-year illness. Born in Johnson County February 14, 1903, the daughter of the late T. and Tiny Jarrell Ward, she had lived in the vicinity of River all her life. She was a member of the Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church.   Surviving are her husband, Seymour Daniel, and five children; two daughters, Mrs. Gene Dutton, Wabash, Indiana, Mrs. Willie Osborne, Barrett, W. Virginia; three sons, James Cecil, River, Raymond Ray, Wabash, Indiana, and Robert J., U.S. Army.  Also surviving are a brother, General Ward, Decota, W. Virginia, a sister, Mrs. Robert Davidson, Green Bay, Wisconsin, two half- sisters, Mrs. James Dutton, White House, Mrs. Blaine Stacy, Patrick, and one half brother, Asbury Ward, West Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted from the home Friday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m., by Reverends Virgil Daniel and Millard VanHoose. Burial was in the family cemetery at River under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday  August 31, 1955
DANIEL, Julius
1882-1955
Julius Daniel, Former Sheriff, Dies August 30
Funeral Services To Be Held Friday At Toms Creek Julius Daniel, 73, former Sheriff of Johnson County, and member of one of the largest and oldest families in this vicinity, died at 8:45 p.m., Tuesday, August 30, in a local hospital of a heart ailment.  He had been ill for several months. He was born in Johnson County on August 2, 1882, a son of Thomas and Amanda Daniel, and had been a resident of Thealka for several years. Mr. Daniel was appointed Chief of Police of Paintsville in 1930 and served in this office for several years.  In 1938 he was elected sheriff.  He was always active in politics and had once been engaged in coal mining as an occupation. Surviving are his wife, Bessie VanHoose Daniel, three sons, Mitchell Daniel, and Carl Daniel, both of Thealka, Auburn Daniel of River, and five daughters, Mrs. Herschell VanHoose and Mrs. Foley North, both of Nippa, Mrs. Charles Spradlin and Mrs. Troy Wheeler, both of Thealka, and Mrs. Jay Rickman of Detroit, Michigan.  Also surviving are several grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 2 at the Toms Creek United Baptist Church. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Thealka under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday  August 31, 1955
FAIRCHILD, Raymond
1923-1955
Father of Six Is Killed by Lightning Bolt
Services Today For Raymond Fairchild Raymond Fairchild, 32, of Wittensville, father of six children, was killed by a bolt of lightning Monday afternoon on Barnett's Creek, near the mouth of Big Mud Lick Creek. Fairchild and one of his brothers had been on a fishing trip during the day, and the victim decided to go to the brother's home to procure a young hunting dog. When he failed to return, the brother started a search and found the dead man lying in a foot path leading to his home. He was born April 23, 1923 in Johnson County, a son of Levi and Lucy Hitchcock Fairchild and he was a veteran of World War II. He followed the occupation of mining, but at the time of his death, was employed by the L.O. Brayton Construction Company, in building rural telephone lines in this locality. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Mary Blair Fairchild and the following children, Charles, Donald, Paul, Ernest, Robert, and Judy, all at home, also four sisters, and six bothers, Mrs. John Conley, Staffordsville, Mrs. Ray Preston, Minford, Ohio, Mrs. Joe Henson, Mt. Sterling, Ky., Mrs. Charles Pelphrey of Paintsville, Arthur and Son Fairchild, both of Wittensville, Walter, Volga, Russell, Virgil and Espic, all of Staffordsville. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. today at the Freewill Baptist Church at Rock House by the Reverend Scott Griffith. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 25, 1955
JOHNSON, Eva Lee
1955
The funeral for Miss Eva Lee Johnson, 17, who was instantly killed in an automobile accident, August 15, was held August 18, 1955, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Paintsville, Ky with the pastor, Rev. Mahlon R. Thomason officiating assisted by Rev. John E. Weir of the Mayo Methodist Church. Miss Johnson was converted and baptized at the First Baptist Church in January of 1948.  She was active in church and school activities and had been a member of the Paintsville Band for three years, this being her Senior year in high school.  She was talented in so many ways and a joy and blessing to her parents. Interment was made in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnson, two brothers, Dwight and Keen, and a host of relatives and friends. Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Johnson, Mt. Sterling, Ky.  Mr. and Mrs. Will Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bishop and son, Mrs. Maudie Speers, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Flanders, and Mr. Richard Green all of North Middletown, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. Claude Estes, Wanda Estes, Donald Estes and Mrs. Mildred Osborne of Winchester, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. Carl Frodge, Mrs. Tom Quadkemeyer, Mr. and Earl Fields all of Cincinnati, O., James H. Pelphrey, Jr., and daughter, Clara Jo, of Bowling Green, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. James E. Daniel and children of Frankfort, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kennard, Jr., and children of Cannonsburg, Ky., Mrs. Virgil Humphries and children of Birmingham, Ala., and Charlotte Pack of Beaver, Ohio. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-31-1955
KING, Cora (Mahan)
1873-1955
Mrs. Cora King Aged Resident Dies Wednesday
Mrs. Cora King, 82, life-long resident of Paintsville died Wednesday, August  24, 1955 at the King's Daughters Hospital, Ashland, from injuries suffered in a  fall eight days ago. The daughter of the late Mason and Amanda Preston Mahan,  she was born July 14, 1873. She was known to her many friends in the  community as "Aunt Dutch". She was preceded in death in August 1922, by her  first husband, A.J. (Dan) Price. She later married S.P. King who preceded her  in death in 1937. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Roma Fox, Hampton, Va.,  two stepsons; Raymond King, Paintsville, and Clarence King, Martin. Three stepdaughters; Mrs. Lou Auxier, East Enterprise, Indiana, Elva Cunningham, Paintsville, and Rebecca Patrick, Salyersville. Also surviving is one grandaughter, Mrs. Francis Sullivan, Huntington, W.Va. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon in the Preston Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John  Weir and the Rev. M.R. Thomason officiating. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-31-1955
LANEY, David
1903-1955
David Laney David Laney, 52 White House Man Passes Thursday
Services Sunday for C & O employee Dave Laney, 52, died at his home at White  House at 6:05  a.m. Thursday. August 10, 1955 a victim of cancer. He had been ill  for the past three years. The son of Paul and Cordela Crum Laney, he was born  June 12, 1903 in Martin County. He had been a resident of White House for the  past seven years, and was employeed by the C & O railway prior to his  illness. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He was married at  White House, April 12, 1925 to May Smith who survives. Surviving besides the  widow are ten children; three daughters, Mrs. Ray Castle, Cordelia and Daisy  Laney, all of White House, seven sons; Ed, Dave, Wade, James, Joe, Bob and  Hobert Laney, all at home. Also surviving are four sisters; Mrs. Mary  Spencer, Davisport; Mrs. Ed Lemaster, Port Huron, Michigan; Mrs. Pricilla  Stambaugh, Yellow Springs, Ohio; Mrs. Margaret Smith, Paintsville; Arlie,  Offutt and Wade, Port Huron, Michigan, and one grandchild. Funeral services  were conducted from the Hammond Freewill Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. Sunday,  August 14, by Jack Pruitt and Clyde Bowlin. Burial was at the Spears Cemetery  at River, under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-17-1955
LEMASTER, Ben Franklin
1955
Ben Franklin LeMaster Former residence of Barnetts Creek Ky. Passes August 17
Ben Franklin died at the veteran's hospital in Lexington Ky. He was a retired Army Officer . Surviving is his wife Elizabeth Fitch LeMaster One daughter Mrs. Grace Lee of Lincoln Nebraska Two sisters Mrs. Isabelle LeMaster Estep,Fuget Mrs. Phoeba Williams of Ohio Two brothers H.C LeMaster of Lowmansville Dan LeMaster of Florida Burial was made at Lincoln Nebraska PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 8-31-1955
MAY, David B.
1891-1955
David B May, 64, a former Paintsville resident, died in Salyersville Sunday August 14, 1955, following a long illness. He had made his home in Salyersville for the past several years. Born April 28, 1891, he was the son of Campbell and Rebecca (Adams) May. He was married to the former Emma George, and to this union 5 children were born, three of whom survive.  They are Chalmer May, Huntington, WV; Mrs. James (Reva) Meek, Jr. and Mrs. Denzel (Mary Lena) Phelps of this city. Two sons, Raleigh and David, Jr. are deceased. Also surviving are two brothers, Jim May of Salyersville and Frank May of Wheelersburg, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at the United Baptist Church in Salyersville Tuesday, August 16, with the Rev. Harlan Montgomery officiating. Burial was made in the Earl May Cemetery (Now called the Caleb and James May Cemetery) under the direction of the Prater and Dunn Funeral Home. NOTE:The Caleb and James May Cemetery (formerly called the Earl May Cemetery) is located in Magoffin County on US460 toward West Liberty.  This is the cemetery where my first known MAY ancestor, Caleb and Margaret (Patrick) May are buried, as well as his possible brother, James and Polly (Adams) May. County Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-25-1955
MAYNARD, Rufus
1889-1955
Rufus Maynard Passes Tuesday Stroke Sunday Fatal To Sitka Resident
Rufus Maynard, 63 died Tuesday in a local hospital from a stroke suffered three days earlier. Born April 20, 1889 in Johnson County, he was the son of Charlie and Margie Maynard. He had been a resident of Sitka for the past four months. Surviving are his wife, Goldie Maynard, two sons, Rufus Maynard, Jr., Staffordsville, Johnny Maynard, Dayton, O., five daughters Mrs. Lucille Mayhan, Staffordsville; Mrs. Estia Smallwood, Columbus, O., Mrs. Christine Culuahouse, Dayton, O., Mrs. Shelby Jean Ratliff and Mrs. Roberta Maynard, both of Sitka. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Henry Pickelsimer, Sitka, Joe Pickelsimer, Staffordsville, Alfred Maynard, Moundsville, WVa., Thelma Williams and Laura Fraley both of Van Lear, Lottie Perkins, Staffordsville, Dicie Diamond, Lexington. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 14, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Staffordsville with Rev. White officiating. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.11 1955
MCKENZIE, B.
1867-1955
B. McKenzie, 88, Dies Wednesday
B. McKenzie, 88, died at his home at Meally Wednesday afternoon, August 31, 1955 following a long illness. Born June 23, 1867, he was the son of the late William and Nancy Rice McKenzie.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  A resident of Meally for the past 28 years, he was a retired miner. Surviving are; his wife, Hattie Frazier McKenzie; two sons, Walter McKenzie, Meally, and L. T. McKenzie, Columbus, Ohio; six daughters, Mrs. Ethel Samples, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Georgia Williams, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Nannie Price, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Mrs. June Cooper, Omar, W. Virginia, Mrs. Dorothy Preston, Meally, and Mrs. Mary Alice McCoy, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, and one sister, Miss Minnie McKenzie, Staffordsville. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ at Meally with Millard VanHoose and F. S. VanHoose officiating.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet.  Burial was in the McKenzie Cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday September 7, 1955
MEEK, Allen Ray
1955
RITES HELD SUNDAY FOR MEEK INFANT
Services were held Sunday for Allen Ray Meek, 20-months-old son of William and Doris Williams Meek of Los Angeles, California, who died in a Children’s Hospital in New Mexico Tuesday, August 16. The body was brought by plane from California to Chicago, Ill., arriving in this city Saturday morning by train. Surviving besides the parents are the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Colvin Williams, South Gate, Calif., and the paternal grandfather, Bill Meek, Wheelwright, Ky.  Also surviving is a sister, Mary Jane. Services were conducted from the home of Essie Newson at Botis Branch at 2:00 p.m., by Cullie Sparks and G. B. Preston.  Burial was in the Sparks Cemetery at Bobs Branch under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 24, 1955
MILES, Jack Dempsey
1955
Napier Indicted For Murder In Miles Death White House Man Stabbed Fatally The grand jury of the Johnson County Circuit Court indicted Irvin Napier of White House Tuesday on a charge of wilful murder for the fatal stabbing of Jack Dempsey Miles, 28, also of White House. The stabbing is said to have occured at Napier's home on August 31, where the victim died a short time later.The cause of the trouble was not learned. Napier's bond was set at $5000.00. County Attorney R. B. Harrington said yesterday witnesses had testified that both men were under the influence of intoxicants at the time, and that the wounds on Miles were inflicted with a butcher's knife. Miles received two minor wounds and a third wound in the chest cavity caused the death, according to the coroner. A court of inquiry was held on Thursday, September 1. Napier is said to have surrendered to local officers and was held on a charge of drunkeness pending grand jury action. The victim is survived by his parents, Fred and Virginia Ann Akers Miles of White House, and four brothers, Monterville Miles, and John Lee Miles, both of White House, Eugene Miles, Defiance, Ohio, and Jesse James Miles of Lafayette, Ind. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the home of John Lee Miles by Harry Salyers, J. H. Short, and Pete Sites. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 9-7-1955 Wednesday
MURRAY, Alvin
1879-1955
Alvin Murray, 76, Dies Wednesday
Alvin Murray, 76, succumbed Wednesday, August 31, at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Vlonn Murray, at Lowmansville. Born February 25, 1879 he was the son of the late Sam and Jane Murray.  A lifelong resident of Lowmansville, he was a farmer by occupation. He is survived by one brother, Frank Murray. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the home of his sister-in-law with the Rev. Foster Grim officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Lowmansville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY Sep.07 1955
THACKER, Marion
1890-1955
MARION THACKER, 65, MANILA RESIDENT SUCCUMBS SUNDAY
Marion Thacker, 65, a retired miner, died Sunday in a Veterans Hospital in Mountain Home, Tennessee, following an illness of two and one-half years. Born March 29, 1890 in Pike County, Ky., he had been a resident of Manila for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laura Imogene Conley Thacker. The body will arrive Thursday morning at the Jones and Preston Funeral Home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday August 10, 1955
VAUGHN, Walter
1878-1955
SERVICES CONDUCTED TUESDAY AT LEANDER Walter Vaughn, 77, retired schoolteacher, died of a heart attack at his home at Leander at 11:30 p.m., Sunday, August 7 1955. The son of the late John and Sarah Mace Vaughan, he was born March 16, 1878, in Floyd County. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge. One of the county`s outstanding tgeachers and a leader in the educational field, he was widely know in this section where his energies were directed toward the development of the youth of the communities and the advancement of educational opportunities. His wife Callie Conley Vaughan, preceded him in death two years ago. He is survived by one son, Nolan Vaughan, Leander, who is a teacher in the Johnson County Schools. Funeral services were conducted from the Leander School Tuesday, August 9, at 1:00 p.m., by Scott Castle. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-10-1955
WELLS, German Cyrus "Gus"
1890-1955
Funeral Services Sunday For
G.C. (Gus) Wells, Merchant and Farmer
German Cyrus (Gus) Wells, 54, prominent Paintsville merchant and a member of one of the country's oldest and most outstanding families, died suddently at his home on Second Street on August 12.  His death was caused by a heart attack. He was owner of the Wells Shoe Store on the Corner of Main and Court Streets which he had operated successfully for approximately 30 years.  Recently he had become interested in farming and had spent much of his time at his farm on the river near Thelma.  A leader in all conservation programs, he devoted much of his time to local farmers in establishing practices for conserving our natural resources.  At the time of his death he was serving as State Soil Conservation Director. Mr. Wells, a son of William Allen and Mary Hicks Wells, was born at Williamsport December 5, 1890.  He was married to Cora Blair of this city on August 1, 1916. In his early childhood he became a member of the Methodist Church and at the time of his death was a member of the May Memorial Methodist Church.  He was also a member of Masonic Lodge No. 381 of Paintsville and was president of the Johnson County Soil Conservation Committee.  He was widely known throughout the county and state for his activities in civic, religious, and political affairs, and was co-chairman of the recent Combs-for-Governer campaign in the county. An outstanding citizen of the community, he was also a devoted and loving husband and father. Surviving are his wife and  three children, Mrs. Mary Katherine Schmitt, Frank Allen Wells, and Elbridge Davis Wells, all of this city, and five grandchildren, Michael, Nancy Katherine, and Ruth Schmitt, and Allen and Tommy Wells.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Malissa Perry, Louisa and Mrs. George Walters of  Shoals, W. Va., and two brothers, R. G. Wells of Pikesville, and John L. Wells of this city. An infant son, German Cyrus Well, Jr., preceeded him in death. Funeral services were held at 2:00 Sunday by the Reverend Charles Perry assisted by Reverand John E. Weir and the Reverend Paul Bell. Pallbearers were six members of the Paintsville Masonic Lodge, Lacy Puckett, Clyde Damron, Mack Damron, Millard Vance, Roy Van Hoose, and, Charles Hughes. Final rites were conducted by the Masonic Lodge at the graveside. Burial was made in the old Wells Cemetry at Boons Camp under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-17-1955
YATES, Callie (Williams)
1874-1955
SERVICES HELD SUNDAY FOR MRS. CALLIE YATES
Mrs. Callie Yates, 81, lifelong resident of Riceville, died at her home Friday morning following an illness of several months. Born March 15, 1874, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Margaret Brown Williams. She was preceded in death six months ago by her husband Jim Yates. Surviving are two sons, Elva Yates, Baltimore, Maryland, and Charlie Yates, Riceville; one brother, B. Williams, Collista; five sisters, Mrs. Lula Pelphrey, Paintsville, Mrs. Zella Rice, New Boston, Ohio,  Mrs. Evaline Blair, Beaver, Ohio,  Mrs. Lona Blanton, Oil Springs and Mrs. Flora Whitt, Ashland. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Long Fork United Baptist Church with Foster Rigsby, Vancil Pelphrey and Leonard Walters as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.31 1955
YOUNG, William E.
1894-1955
WILLIAM E. YOUNG BROTHER OF TWO VOLGA WOMEN DIES
William Everett Young, 60, of Columbus, Ohio, a native of Johnson County, died August 18 in a Columbus hospital. He was born October 18, 1894, son of the later William W. and Rachel Emily Lemaster Young.  He was a mechanic and had been employed in Columbus for the past 27 years, moving there from Louisa. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Young of Huntington, two sons Frederick Young of Toledo, Ohio, and William E. Young Jr.., Huntington, six sisters, Mrs. Marshall Redwitz,  Louisville, Mrs. W. I. Carter, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Ealey Lemaster and Mrs. E. H. McKenzie, both of Volga, Mrs. Clarence L. Carter, Ashland and Mrs. Dock Adkins of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Louisa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.25 1955


SEPTEMBER - 1955

BALDWIN, Angela
1955-1955
BALDWIN INFANT DIES; SERVICES HELD MONDAY
Angela Baldwin, infant daughter of Ray and Joyce Kimbler Baldwin, died Sunday morning in a local hospital, a few hours after birth. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home of the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paris Kimbler, with the Rev. Claude Preston officiating. Burial was made in the Horn Cemetery at Collista under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 09/28/1955
BLANTON, Mason
1908-1955
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Thelma School for Mason Blanton, 47, an employee of the C&O Railroad Company, who died in a local hospital Wednesday following an illness of five days. Born March 1, 1908 in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Andy Jack and Marybelle Fugate Blanton. He had been a resident of this city for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Emma Childers Blanton, two sons, David Allan and Robert Lynn Blanton, both at home; five daughters, Mrs. Mary Fern Yount and Mrs. Betty Faye Carr, both of Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. Helen Rebecca Bowen, Columbus, Ohio; Thelma Catherine and Diana Blanton, both at home. Other survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Joe Reed, Cisco, Ky., Mrs. Warren Rawlings and Mrs. Elzie Sharp, both of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Dewey Holbrook, City, Mrs. Ed Bentley, Garrett, Ky., and one brother, Granville Blanton, Jackson, O. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Sep.28 1955
BLOSS, Eulah (Castle)
1955
FORMER RESIDENT OF JOHNSON COUNTY DIES SEPTEMBER 18
Mrs. A. W. Bloss, 54, the former Eulah Castle of Tutor Key, died September 18 in the Turner Nursing Home, Ceredo, W. Va., following an illness of six years. She was preceeded in death four months ago by her husband. Mrs. Bloss, a cousin of Mrs. Russell Meade of this city, has many relatives and friends in Johnson County. Paintsville Herald 10-12-55 Wednesday
FANNIN, Walter Keith
1955-1955
Rites Held Monday For Fannin Infant
Graveside rites were held Monday at 1:00 p.m., in the Ashland Cemetery for Walter Keith Fannin, son of Walter M. and Doris Daniel Fannin, former residents of this city now living at 2629 Hampton Street, Ashland. The infant, born Saturday, September 24, in Our Lade of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, died six hours after birth. Surviving besides the parents are the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Daniel, Tutor Key, and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. R. P. Cantrell, Sitka. Attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Daniel, Mrs. R. P. Cantrell, Mrs. Leroy Fannin, and Mrs. Kathleen Blanton and children, Janie and Phillip, Sitka, and Mrs. Bill Gamble and children, Sammie and Martha Jo, city. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-28-1955
GREEN, Virgil
1900-1955
County Man Dies In Ashland Hospital After Long Illness
Virgil Green , 55, lifelong resident of Johnson County died Thursday  in an Ashland hospital following an illness of two years. The son of the late Willie A. and Elizabeth Bayes Green, he was born March 29, 1900. He was a miner by occupation. Surviving are four sons, Ernest Green, Columbus, Ohio, Danny Green Michigan, Jimmie and Paul Willis Green, both in the U.S. Air Force: three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Atherton, Detroit, Mich, Mrs. Cora Lee Preston, Columbus, Ohio, and Elizabeth Ann Green, Crockett, Ky.; and two sisters, Mrs. Pearl White, in Ashland, and Mrs. June Salyer Huntington, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. White, in Ashland, with the Rev. Alfred Slone officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Chandlerville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sept 28, 1955
JENNINGS, Martin L.
1881-1955
Martin Jennings Area Resident Dies Tuesday
Services Held Friday  For Martin L. Jennings
Funeral services were held at the United Baptist Church at Buffalo Friday afternoon for Martin L. Jennings, 74, who died at his home on Maple St. Tuesday afternoon following an illness of six years. Born March 5, 1881, he was the son of the late J.P. and Betty Ann Price Jennings. He had been a residen of Paintsville for ten years. He was timber boss for the Island Creek Coal Company for several years and later was employed by the Kentucky-West Virginia Gas Company until his retirement. He was married in 1900 to Minnie Ward, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Charles Jennings of Meally, Russell Jennings, Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Jason Lawhorn, Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Charles Sowards, Columbus, Ohio; three half-brothers, Elbert Jennings, Meally, Emmerson Jennings, Coalwood, W. Va., Collie Jennings, Detroit, Michigan, three sisters; Mrs. Ethel Hartley, Huddy, Ky., Mrs. Elizabeth Davison, Grundy, Va., and Mrs. Ross Penrol, Cincinatti, Ohio, and twelve grandchildren. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-7-1955
LOVELY, Oscar
1892-1955
OSCAR LOVELY, 63 DIES SUDDENLY
Oscar Lovely, 63, well-known interior decorator of this city died suddenly of a heart attack at his some on Preston Street, Thursday morning. The son of the late Elijah and Celia Perry Lovely, he was born July 28, 1892, in Magoffin County.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Dills Lovely, two sons, Howard Lovely, Knoxville, Tennessee and Harold Lovely, Los Angeles, California, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with Claude Preston and W. F. Pettus as officiating ministers. Pallbearers were Shade Ward, Tracy  Pack, Buell Conley, Bert McFaddin, Clarence Rice, Ike McCloud and Eugene Stevens. Burial was made in the Turner Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-7-1955
MCKENZIE, Vertrice
1884-1955
Volga Woman Dies Suddenly
Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. J. McKenzie
Mrs. Vertrice McKenzie, 71, died suddenly Saturday morning at her home at Volga. The daughter of Wince and George Ann Williams, she was born May 29, 1884, in Johnson County. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was married to Alonzo Reed who preceded her in death.  She later married John McKenzie who also preceded her in death. Surviving are three sons, Don Reed, Stoutsville, Ohio, James McKenzie, Volga, John McKenzie, Jr., Hager Hill; two daughters, Mrs. John Schyler McKenzie, Volga, and Mrs. Kennel Williams, Red Bush. Also surviving are three brothers, Ballard Williams, St. Paris, Ohio, Winifred Williams, Baltimore, Maryland, and Winnie Williams, Manila, and one sister, Mrs. Lexie Williams, Louisville. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home with Lonzo Reed and Tommy Bailey as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 09-14-1955
PACK, Shade
1871-1955
Rites Saturday for Shade Pack
Former County Man Passes September 6 in Michigan Hospital
Shade Pack, 84, a resident of Johnson County for a number of years, died in a hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Tuesday evening, September 6, 1955 following an illness of several weeks.  Born December 25, 1871, in Martin County, he was the son of Aron and Virginia Ward Pack.  He had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Daniel, Carelton, Michigan, for the past four years. He was a retired miner and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Martha Ratliff Pack, two sons, John Pack, Collista, and Ernest Pack, Toledo, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Knight, Greenville Miss., and Mrs. Thomas Daniel, Carleton, Mich. Other survivors include two brothers, Jess and Frank Pack, both of Minnie, Ky.; three sisters, Mrs. Alta Westfall, Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. Mary Branham, Williamsport, Mrs. Vina Scaff, Glenova, Washington. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, September 10, 1955, at the Freewill Baptist Church at Boons Camp with Charlie Lemaster and John D. Music as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Williamsport under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday September 14, 1955 
PACK, Vina (Ward)
1875-1955
County Woman Dies Saturday Services held Tuesday for Mrs. Vina Pack
Mrs. Vina Ward Pack, 80, a resident of Meally for 21 years, died at her home Saturday, September 24, 1955, following an illness of 11 years. The daughter of the late Milt and Calenda Webb Ward, she was born August 14, 1875.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was married to G. W. Pack, who preceded her in death in 1927.  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Clara Spriggs, Meally; Mrs. Verlie Dutton, Weeksbury; Mrs. Mary Jane Bowen, Blackberry City, W. Va.; and Mrs. Virgil Fitch, Meally; four brothers, Shade Ward, G. Ward and Walker Ward, all of Meally; and Milt Ward, Zanesville, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Isaac Castle, Boons Camp, and Mrs. George E. Baldridge, Williamsport. Funeral Services were held Tuesday morning, September 27, 1955,  at the home of Virgil Fitch with James Lyons as officiating minister.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday, September 28, 1955 
PELPHREY, Telah (Caudill)
1881-1955
Mrs. Telah Caudill Pelphrey, 73, wife of Charles Pelphrey of Staffordsville, died at her home Sunday (Sep.11 1952) afternoon following an illness of two months. She had been a resident of West Van Lear for 35 years prior to moving to Staffordsville 5 years ago. The daughter of the late Stephen and Jencie Fairchilds Caudill, she was born September 19, 1881 in Johnson County. She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for 60 years. Surviving besides the husband are one brother, Ben Caudill of Dayton, Ohio; and one sister, Mrs. Grant Rice, Oil Springs. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home with Lonza Reed as officiating minister. Burial was made in the Jayne Cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sep.14 1955
PRESTON, Ben F.
1885-1955
Ben F. Preston, 60, a retired employee of the General Retractories Company, died in King's Daughters Hospital in Ashland Friday.  He had been in ill health for several years. He was born in Paintsville on April 18, 1885, a son of the late Hereford and Juliana Porter Preston.  He married the former Nancy Fannin of this city. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olive Hill and the Masonic Lodge.  He had been a resident of Olive Hill for the past thrity yeats. Surviving are his wife, four sons, James D. Preston, Van Nuys, Cal, Fred C. Pinson, and William C. Preston, both of Olive Hill, Bennie Preston, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Murrah Stambaugh of Paintsville, and Mrs. Susie Conkle of Stockdale, O; one brother, Martin L. Preston, of West Liberty and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:00pm Sunday at the Baptist Church at Olive Hill. Burial was made in the O.U.A.M. Cemetery there. Paintsville Herald 9-28-1955
REED, Allie (Reed)
1919-1955
Mrs. Allie Reed, 36, wife of  Hiram Reed of  Boone Camp died at her home Monday Morning, following an illness of two years.  Death was attributed to tuberculosis. Born may 29, 1919 at van Lear, she was the daughter of Jim and Belle Sluss Reed she had been a resident of Boone Camp for ten years. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, William and Ora both at home. Three daughters Laura bell, Lucy and Mary Katherine all at home. Other survivors include one brother Ora Reed, Boone Camp and three sisters, Laura Burchett, Anna Powers and Sarah Bolden, all of Van Lear. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home with Karl Rowland as officiating minister burial was made in the family cemetery at Van Lear under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-7-1955
SPRADLIN, Dixie (Reed)
1913-1955
Mrs. Harold Spradlin Dies in Huntington
Mrs. Dixie Reed Spradlin, 39, wife of Harold Spradlin, of Denver, died Saturday, in St. Marys Hospital in Huntington, following an illness of several weeks. The daughter of Dock and Alice Helton Reed, she was born May 14, 1913, in Johnson County. Surviving besides her husband are four sons, Buell, Chalmer, David, and James Spradlin, all at home: five daughters Mrs. Beatrice Ward, Thealka; Bonieta, Francis Mae, Janet and Phyllis, all at home. Other survivors include one brother, Bob Reed, Baltimore, Maryland, and three sisters, Mrs. Blanche Baldwin, Oil Springs, Mrs. Lavada Pelphrey, Denver,and Marguerette Reed, Oil Springs. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday with Revs. Lonza Reed, Hammie May and John Pelphrey officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sept. 14, 1955 
STAPLETON, Elizabeth (Fraley)
1855-1955
Stroke suffered at church is fatal to Mrs. Proctor Stapleton
Mrs. Elizabeth Stapleton, 70, Wife of Proctor Stapleton of this city, died Monday morning in a local hospital following a stroke suffered Sunday while attending church. The daughter of the late George W. and Nearsiss Dooley Fraley, she was born February 8, 1855 in Lawrence County. She was member of the  First Baptist Church. She was married to James O'Brien who preceded her in death. Later she married Proctor Stapleton who survives. She is survived by three sons, James and Richard O'Brien, both of this city, and Charles H. O'Brien, Catlettsburg; two daughters, Mrs. Willa Ruth Hensley and Mrs. Agnes Castle, both of this city. Survivors include two brothers, Thomas Fraley, city, Williard Fraley, Houston, Texas, two half-sisters, Mrs. R. C. Boyd, city, Mrs. Isabelle Spencer, Plain City, Ohio, two half-brothers, Fred Fraley, Waverley, Ohio, and Dock Fraley, Weeksbury, Ky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. today at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. M. R. Thomason and the Rev. Claude Preston officiating. Burial was made in the Town Cemetery under the direction of Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sept. 14, 1955
SUBLETT, Malana (VanHoose)
1884-1955
Rites Held Monday For Mrs. Matt Sublett
Mrs. Malana VanHoose Sublett, 71, wife of Matt Sublett of Southside, died at her home Friday Night, September 30, 1955. Born August 30, 1884, she was the daughter of the late John C. and Louise Wellman VanHoose she was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are one son.  Raymond Sublett, Paintsville, and five grandchildren. Other survivors include seven sisters, Mrs. Earl Daniel, west Van Lear, Mrs. Verner Castle, Charley, Ky., Mrs. Gypsie VanHoose and Mrs. Robert Castle, both of Tutor Key, Mrs. Lawrence Fairchild and Mrs. Lewis Issac, both of Lowmansville, and Mrs. Frank Witten, Sitka; three brothers, Hansel VanHoosen, Wittensville, and Guy and Wessie VanHoose, both of Tutor Key. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with C. C. Hall and Claude Preston as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-5-1955
TACKETT, Sanford
1882-1955
Services Held Today for Retired Farmer Sanford Tackett, 73, a retired farmer of Staffordsville, died in a local hospital Sunday night following an illness of a week. Born February 18, 1882 in this county, he was the son of the late Lewis and Lydia Lemaster Tackett. He had been a resident of Staffordsville all his life. Surviving are his wife, Dora Bayes Tackett, three sons, Sherman, Herschell and Harvey Tackett, all of Staffordsville; five daughters, Mrs. O. t. Brown, Staffordsville, Mrs. Glen Pelphrey, Hueysville, Mrs. Melvin Blair, Lowmansville, Mrs. Thomas Conley and Mrs. Howard McKenzie, both of Staffordsville. Other survivors include four brothers, Floyd and Charlie Hackett, both of Staffordsville, Carol Hackett, Fairborn, Ohio, and Sam Hackett, Allen, Ky. Funeral services were held today at 1:00 p.m. at the Staffordsville United Baptist Church with the Rev. Lonza Reed Officiating. burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-28-1955
TAYLOR, Omer
1904-1955
Employee of C. & O. For Thirty-Five Years Succumbs Sunday
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home in Bridgeford for Omer Taylor, 51, who died in a local hospital Sunday, after suffering a heart attack. He had been in ill health for five years. The son of the late W.S. and Jemimah Allen Taylor, he was born March 07, 1904, in Mt. Sterling. He had been a resident of Paintsville for a number of years, where he was employed as machinist for the C. & O. Railway Company. He had been with the company for 35 years. He was married September 30, 1943, to Jetty Ward who survives. Surviving besides his wife are one son, Omer Douglas Taylor, one daughter, Mima Jean Taylor and two brothers, Demra Taylor, Martin, KY., and Ward Beecher Taylor, Aberdeen, Maryland. The officiating ministers were the Rev. M.R. Thomason and the Rev. C.C. Hall with music by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was made in the Wells Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sep.14, 1955
TRIMBLE, Lesie (Lemaster)
1955
Native of County Dies in Columbus
Mrs. Lesie Trimble 51, wife of Quince Trimble of Columbus O. died suddenly in a Columbus hospital Wednesday. She was a native of Johnson County and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred LeMaster of Cove, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the Beaver Valley Church, Beaver, Ohio, and burial was made there. The Rev. Lonzie Reed officiated. She is survived by her husband, five sons, Clarence Trimble, Columbus; David Trimble, Dayton, Ohio; Alfred Trimble, Beaver, Ohio, Walter Trimble, stationed in the U.S. Army in Germany, Bruce Trimble, at home, two daughters, Mrs. Leroy Parker of Columbus and Mary Trimble, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Kelse Helton, Staffordsville, Ky., Mrs. Virgil Deemer, Marion, Ohio, and Mrs Walter Lykins of Stockdale, Ohio; seven brothers Edward and Garland LeMaster of Ashland. Richard Lee LeMaster, Berea, Ky. Frank LeMaster and Herbert LeMaster of Columbus and John LeMaster of Dayton, Ohio. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-14-1955
TRIMBLE, Oma (Craft)
1955
Former Resident Found Dead in Ashland Home
Mrs. Oma Trimble, 56. Ashland,  Ky. a former resident of Johnson County was found dead at her home at 12:15 p.m., Friday, September 9. She had been in ill health and suffered a heart ailment for some time. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Nora Toothman, Mount Vernon, Ohio, a half-s9ster Jewel Green, Paintsville, two brothers, Bill H. Craft, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Shirley Craft, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and three grandchildren. She was a niece of Mrs. Fred Murray of this city. Funeral arrangements were conducted from the John Steen Funeral Home and burial was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Ashland. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-21-1955

WELLS, Alkie (Boyd) (Griffiths)
1894-1955
Mrs. Alkie Wells of East Point Dies Wednesday
Mrs. Alkie Griffith Wells, 61, died at her home at East Point, Wednesday afternoon following an illness of  3 1/2 years.  Death was attributed to cancer. Born in Lawrence County, June 3, 1894, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Ellen Boyd. She was a member of the Church of God. She married George W. Griffith August 10, 1912, who died June 19, 1931.  She then married Evens Wells who died in 1935. Surviving are two sons, Earl C.  Griffith and George Griffith, Jr., both of Willow Run Michigan. Two daughters, Evelyn Howell, East Point and Marie Griffith, Middletown, Ohio; one brother, Scott Boyd, East Point, and two sisters. Nettie Tackett, Nippa, and Lucille, East Point. Funeral services were held Friday at the East Point Christian Church with Mose Kitchen as officiating minister. Music by the Tom's Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the Music Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday  9-28-1955

WHEELER, Hannah (Tabur)
1955
Was Grandmother of Two Local Men
Mrs. Hannah Tabur Wheeler 91, of Ashland, grandmother of T. C. and Raleigh Meade of  this city, died in an Ashland nursing home Friday after an extended illness. She was born in Lawrence County, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Adkins Tabur and  moved to Catlettsburg in 1919.  She had been a resident of Ashland since 1939. Surviving are four sons, the Rev. J. A. Wheeler of Burghill, Ohio; S. D. Wheeler of  Eishman, Washington; D. J. Wheeler, Ashland and H. P. Wheeler of Portsmouth, Ohio,  one daughter, Mrs. Walter Henry of Kenova, W. VA. , 36 grandchildren and 67 great  grandchildren and 7 great great grand children. Funeral services were held at 3:30 Sunday at Catlettsburg. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-28-1955


OCTOBER - 1955

BOND, Charles V.
1955
Charles V. Bond Dies October 25
Charles V. Bond, former resident of Catlettsburg and a member of a prominent Eastern Kentucky family, was found dead in his apartment at Washington, D. C., October 25. His death was attributed to coronary thrombosis. He was a son of the late Dr. Charles and Minnie Leslie Bond. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. William Morris of Heidelberg, Germany, two nieces, one nephew and several aunts aunts. Mr. Bond was graduated from Ashland High School and recieved his A. B. degree from Marshall College and his Master's degree from the University of Kentucky. He studied  at Sorbonne University in France and Heidelberg in Germany. He served as a captain in World War 11 and worked for the State Department in Heidelberg until 1952. He returned to Pikeville where he was employed by the Kentucky Economic Security. He resigned his position at Pikeville in 1953 and returned to Washington where he wa reassigned to the State Department. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Meta, Pike County, and burial was made in the family cemetery there. Paintsville Herald 11-02-1955 Wednesday

BROWN, Cecil R.
1955
Cecil R. Brown Killed In Traffic Accident
Cecil R. Brown, 47, was killed instantly in a traffic accident in Flint, Michigan, Saturday, October 31. Brown a machinist at the General Motors plant in Flint, was hit while crossing the street, almost at the entrance to the plant. A Negro was jailed as driver of the car, which struck Brown. The tragedy was witnessed by only one other man whose name also was Cecil Brown. A son of John and Martha Murphy Brown, he was born at River. He had been an employee of the C. & O. Railway Company 27 years before going to Michigan. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Mrs. cora Blankenship Brown, two daughters, Mrs. Duke I. Stannaway, Newport News, Va. and Mrs. James Eller, Birmingham, Mich. two sons Dean Brown, Huntington and Carson Brown, Flint, Mich., four brothers, George D. Brown, Prestonsburg, F. G. Brown, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., G. B. Brown, Ashland and Edmund Brown, Pikeville, and one sister Mrs. Claude A. Preston, Ashland. Funeral services were conducted November 3 at the First Church of God in Prestonsburg, with Rev. Moses Kitchen and Everett Brown officiating. Burial was made in the Mayo cemetery under the direction of the Moore Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-2-1955
CASTLE, Myrtle (Charles)
1915-1955
Mrs. Myrtle Charles Castle, 39, wife of Edgel Castle of Thealka, died at her home Sunday night following an illness of several months. Born November 12, 1915 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Pete and Mary Lyons Charles who survive.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides her parents and her husband are two stepdaughters, Mrs. Ruth Castle, Stambaugh, Kentucky, and Mrs. Joyce Stapleton, Dayton, Ohio. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Delphia Pack, Thealka, and Mrs. Dorothy Crider, Tutor Key, and two brothers, Johnnie Charles, Columbus, Ohio, and Harkless Charles, Thealka. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 this morning at the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church at Lowmansville. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.26, 1955
COPLEY, Samuel N.
1877-1955
Services Held Sunday For Retired Merchant, Prominent Citizen
Sam N. Copley, 78, well known citizen of this city, died at his home Friday, October 14, 1955,  following an illness of five months. Born in Martin County July 27, 1877, he was the son of the late Allan and Mary Newberry Copley. Moving to Paintsville around 1910, he became associated in the mercantile business with the late John Preston and Dan Ward, operating for a number of years a popular business known as Copley, Ward and Preston. The three retired as merchants in 1933. Mr. Copley worked for several years as a bookkeeper at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio and later was employed as clerk at both the Howard Hotel and the Hotel Herald of this city. His genial disposition and quite mannerisms gained for him a host of friends. He was married December 25, 19?7, to the former Miss Marcia Preston, who survives. He is also survived by three sons, James T. Copley, City, Clarence Copley, Auxier and Robert Copley of Bakersfield, California; one brother, A. B. Copley, Inez and one sister, Mrs. Nora Kirk, Charleston, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the First Methodist Church with the Reverend W. F. Pettus officiating. Burial was made in the Preston cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-19-1955
DALE, Amanda
1845-?-1955
AMANDA DALE PASSES FRIDAY
Said To Be County’s  Oldest Citizen;
Rites Held Here Saturday Amanda Dale, probably the oldest citizen of Johnson County, died here Friday at the home of her grandchildren, Mr.and Mrs. Bill Hampton.  She was said to be 110 years of age.  She had been in ill health for three years. Born May 14, around the year 1845, she was the daughter of Ruben and Ythie Rose Dale.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Sarah Dale of this city. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home of the Hamptons with Scott Castle as officaiting minister. Burial was made in the VanHoose Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Printed:  Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 12, 1955
DUTTON, Minnie (Daniel)
1955
Mrs. Minnie Dutton, 69, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stella Crum, in Wahash, Indiana, following an illness of several months. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She and her husband, Melvin Dutton, formerly operated a grocery store in Blackberry. She is survived by two daughters,  Mrs. Crum and  Mrs. Malissa Blackburn, Nolan, W.Va.;   ten grandchildren;  eight brothers:  Harry Daniel, West Van Lear;  Norman Daniel, Boons Camp;  Ora Daniel,  Josh Daniel,  Lafe Daniel,  Arvil Daniel,  John Daniel,  and Jiles Daniel;  and four sisters,  Mrs. Stella Lackey,Boons Camp,  Mrs.Callie Collins, Odds,   Mrs. Sarah Reed,Boons Camp and  Mrs. Maxie Denny, Boons Camp. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Leonard Walters and Grover Fannin as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCT.26 1955
HORN, Lonza
1898-1955
Funeral services were held this morning at the Collista Freewill Baptist Church for Lonza Horn, 56, of Collista, who died in a local hospital Sunday night following an illness of several months. The son of Mae Belle Conley Horn and the late Tom Horn, he was born October 30, 1898 in this county.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. A veteran of World War I, he was a miner by occupation.  He was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He was married 32 years ago to Arizona Conley, who survives. Also surviving besides his mother and wife are three daughters, Mrs. Herschell Pratt, Collista, Mrs. Arnold Blanton, city, and Miss Faye Horn, Collista; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Castle Sitka and Martha Horn, Collista; and one brother, Luther Horn, Collista. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-5-1955
JENKINS, Howard
1912-1955
Dies Sunday Services Thursday For Prominent Oil And Gas Contractor
Howard Jenkins, 42, prominent Paintsville oil and gas contractor, died Sunday evening, October 2, at the New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, a victim of leukemia. Death followed a prolonged illness that had in recent months, gone into an acute stage. Born November 8, 1912, at Mill Springs, Kentucky, the son of Oliver and Lennie Anne Parrigin Jenkins, he spent most of his life at Paintsville, where he was associated with his father in extensive oil and gas operations throughout Kentucky and West Virginia. Mr. Jenkins is an alumni of the University of Kentucky college of business administration. As Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, he served in World War II in the Pacific Battle Theatre. Following his military service he became associated with the Oliver Jenkins oil and gas enterprises, and also was active in promoting coal and other mineral operations in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. A deacon in the First Christian Church, he was active in all phases of church work. Surviving him are his wife, Jessie Doss Jenkins, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Jenkins, Paintsville, two sisters, Mrs. John LaCava, New Britain, Conn., and Mrs. J. K. Wells, Paintsville, and two brothers, Phillip Jenkins, Paintsville and John R. Jenkins. Chicago, Ill. Funeral services will be at the First Christian Church, Paintsville, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, with the Reverend Joseph Zavadsky officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-5-1955
JOHNSON, Laura (Flanery)
1882-1955
County Resident Passes Friday Services Sunday For Mrs. John Johnson
Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Laura Johnson, from the Staffordsville Church of God at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, October 30, Mrs. Johnson, a resident of Staffordsville, died at her home at 2:30 p.m., Friday, October 28, after an illness of several months. The daughter of the later Mr. and Mrs. David Flanery, she was born April 15, 1882.  She was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, John M. Johnson; one son, David and eight daughters, Mrs. Frank Stricklin, Mansfield, Ohio, Mrs. Allen James, Inez, Ky., Mrs. Victor Hackney, Justice, W. Va., Mrs. Earl Jones, Mrs. Mitchell Kimbler, both of Kerz; Mrs. Cody Stanley, Greensboro, N. C., Mrs. Oakley Lemaster, Wilkinson, W. Va., and Mrs. Marvin Blair, Staffordsville. Officiating ministers were Bruce Daniel and Willie Duty.  Burial was in the Melvin Cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-2-1955
LEMASTER, Alvin Pfc.
1955
AUTO ACCIDENT FATAL TO MARINE
Pfc. Alvin Lemaster Formerly of Flat Gap, Dies in N. Carolina Pfc. Alvin Lemaster, 27, son of Virgil D. and Rebecca Green Lemaster of Flat Gap, was killed in a car wreck about 12:15 p.m. Friday, near Jacksonville, North Carolina.  With the U.S. Marine Corps for nine years, he was stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Waldene Lemaster, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Marlene Lemaster at home; and five brothers, James, Bobby and Marvin Lemaster, all of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Dallas and Paul Lemaster at home. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. today at the home with Lonza Reed, F. F. Rigsby and O. I. Williams as officiating ministers.  Burial was made in the Lemaster Cemetery at Flat Gap under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 12, 1955
MCFADDIN, Mary Jane (Hannah)
1893-1955
SERVICES SATURDAY FOR  MRS. CLAUDE MCFADDIN
Mrs. Mary Jane Hannah McFaddin, 62 wife of Claude McFaddin of Tomahawk, Ky., died Wednesday morning, October 12, 1955 at her home following an illness of 18 months. Born September 13, 1893, at Denver, Ky., she was the daughter of the late W. M. and Caroline Collins Hannah.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are seven daughters, Mrs. M. E. Providence, Tomahawk; Mrs. John Goble, West Van Lear; Mrs. Frank Sublett, Dayton, O., Mrs. C. J. Baldwin, Aid Ohio; Mrs. Avil Gross, Kopperston, W.Va./ and Mrs. Wilbur Daniel, Aid, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Eugene Sisco, Dayton, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Philip Cove Church with Claude Preston and Millard VanHoose as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the Yellowstone Gap Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-19-1955
OUSLEY, Okala (Reffitt)
Services Today for Mother, 2 Daughters
Funeral services were held at Pyramid, Floyd County, this morning, Wednesday, October 12, 1955, for Mrs. Okala Reffitt Ousley, 45, and two daughters, Lois Rena, 19, and Bonnie Sue, 12, who were killed in an automobile accident near LaGrange, Indiana, Saturday afternoon, October 8, 1955. The accident occurred approximately 15 miles from LaGrange at the intersection of State Road 3 and Cable Line Road.  Mr. Henry Ousley, 50, driver of the car, sustained multiple injuries and remains a patient in a LaGrange hospital. According to a reporter of the Floyd County Times, the Ousley car ran a stop sign at the intersection and was struck in the side by a car driver by Mrs. Marion J. Krebs of Wolcottville, Indiana. Mrs. Krebs and children, Harry Eugene, 9, and Lou Ann, 3, are also patients in a LaGrange Hospital. The Ousley family had moved to Indiana four months ago. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Pyramid under the direction of the Carter and Callihan Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday October 12, 1955 
PRUITT, Cloria Marie (Church)
1924-1955
Services Held Sunday for Mrs. Cloria Pruitt
Mrs. Cloria Marie Church Pruitt, 31, lifelong resident of Tutor Key, died in a local hospital Thursday afternoon from a heart attack suffered a week ago. The daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Alf Church of Tutor Key, she was born July 23, 1924.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was married in 1946 to Herbert Pruitt who preceded her in death in 1952. Surviving besides the parents are one son, James Alfred Pruitt, Tutor Key and one daughter, Joyce Ann Pruitt, Tutor Key, three sisters, Mrs. Don Castle, Tutor Key, Mrs. Jay VanHoose, Salyersville, and Mrs. Ruby Castle, Cincinnati, Ohio; two half sisters, Mrs. Cap Castle, Barnetts Creek, and Mrs. Mount Young, Tutor Key; and three half brothers, Ray Picklesimer, Nippa, Robert Church and Tom Church, both of Tutor Key. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home of her parents with James Lyons, Don Fraley, Earl Rowland and Scott Castle as officiating ministers.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-2-1955
RATLIFF, James "Jim"
1882-1955
James (Jim) Ratliff, 73, died suddenly of a heart attack near his home at Van Lear Tuesday (Oct.18 1955) morning. The son of the late Bud and Lou Collins Ratliff, he was born in Johnson County July 10, 1882. He had been a resident of Van Lear for 30 years. He was a retired miner and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Ratliff, one son, Marvin Ratliff, Raleigh, N. Carolina, four daughters, Mrs. Delmar Wells, city, Mrs. Virgil Preston, Fairborn, Ohio, Mrs. Estill Thacker and Mrs. Solomon Stambaugh, both of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Other survivors include eight brothers, Jess, Press, Earl, Dennie, Virgil, Russell, Irvin and Dick Ratliff, and three sisters, Sissie Ratliff, Mrs. Emma VanHoose, and Mrs. Jessie VanHoose. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Claude Preston officiating. Burial was made in the Richmond Cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday October 19, 1955
SALYERS, Hobart
1898-1955
HOBART SALYERS DIES SUDDENLY OF A HEART ATTACK
Services Held Sunday For Wheelersburg Man
Hobart Salyer, 57, died suddenly of a heart attack, Thursday afternoon at his home at Wheelersburg. The son of the late A.L. and Elizabeth Stapleton Salyer, he was born April 4, 1898 in Johnson County. He is survived by his wife, Altie Spradlin Salyer, two sons Herman E. Salyer, Columbus, Ohio, and Willis S. Salyer, Wheelersburg, Ohio; five daughters, Mrs. Dennman Watson, Mrs. Edward Pennington, Mrs. Kennie Edwards and Mrs. Doyle Roberts, all of Dayton, Ohio, and Miss Billie Salyer, Wheelersburg. Also surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Lula Auxier, Manila, Mrs. Dixie Salyer, Ironton, Ohio, Mrs. Cloie Colvin, Catlettsburg, Mrs. Clara McKenzie, Manila, and Mrs. Ada VanHoose, Staffordsville, and two brothers, George Salyer, Manila and Roy Salyer, New Holland, Ohio. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon with Claude Preston and Arthur Ramey as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Staffordsville Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 26, 1955

TRIMBLE, Frank
1955
Mine Accident Fatal To Frank Trimble
Frank Trimble, 57, a former Johnson County resident, was killed Monday afternoon in mine accident near Jenkins. He was the son of Mrs. Oma Picklesimer, Red Bush and the late Albert Trimble.  A resident of Pound, Va., he was a veteran employee of the Consolidation Coal Company. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Hester Lemaster Trimble, and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Jenkins and at 3 p.m., at the Roscoe Blanton cemetery near Manila. Burial will be made under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 19, 1955
WITTEN, Wendell
1955
Former Resident Dies Sunday Services Here Tuesday For Wendell Witten
Wendell Witten, 33, Lexington, formerly of Paintsville, died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday at St. Anthony Hospital, Louisville, following an illness of several months. Born at White House, he was the son of Mrs. Verlia Johnson Witten and the late Raleigh H. (Ham) Witten. A graduate of Paintsville High School, class of 1941, he attended Berea College, Berea, KY, and was graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1947. He was veteran of World War II and a member of the Central Christian Church of Lexington. He was a former partner in the firm of Witten and Litten, Frozen Food Dealers, Lexington. Surviving besides his mother who now resides in Lexington, are his wife, Willie Smith Witten, Lexington, one brother, Dr. R.E. Witten, Louisville, and his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Johnson. Funeral services were held in Lexinton, Tuesday morning and at the First Christian Church of Paintsville at 3:00 Tuesday afternoon with the Reverend Joseph Zavadsky officiating. Burial was made in Johnson Cemetery at Thelma under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home and the Milward Funeral Home of Lexington. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19, 1955


NOVEMBER - 1955

BLAIR, Lindsey
1899-1955
Stricken During Hunting Trip
Lindsey Blair, 56, well-known oil well driller of Oil Springs, died suddenly Saturday morning of a heart attack suffered while on a hunting trip in Mercer County with friends. The son of the late Leander and Pearl Lewis Blair, he was born March 9, 1899, in Johnson County. Surviving are his wife, Sina Blanton Blair, four sons, Carl and Charles Blair, both of Springfield, Ohio, and Howard and Glennis Blair, both of Oil Springs; three daughters, Mrs. Joe Johnson, Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Edgar Griffith, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Linda Lee Blair, Oil Springs. Other survivors include one sister, Mrs. Flossie Daniel, Ashland, and three brothers, Elzie Blair, Greenwich, Ohio, Elmer Blair, Columbus, Ohio, and Walter Blair of California. Funeral services were held at the home at Oil Springs at 10:30 this morning with Cullie Sparks and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-23-1955
CARPENTER, Eli
1884-1955
Services Thursday for Swamp Branch Man
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 17, 1955, at 1:00 p.m. at the home at Swamp Branch for Eli "Bud" Carpenter, 71, who died at his home Monday morning, November 14, 1955, following an illness of two months. The son of the late Leander and Bethanna Lovely Carpenter, he was born in Breathitt County April 5, 1884. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving are  his wife, Norma Rowe Carpenter, three sons, Dudley Ka?ie and Henry Carpenter, all of Swamp Branch; one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Watson, Newark, Ohio; three brothers, Sanford, Charley and Jim Carpenter, all fo Leander, and three sisters, Mrs. Grace Williams, Mine Fork, Mrs. Pearley Howard, Ashland, and Mrs. Bessis Caudill, Warsaw, Indiana. Burial will be made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.  NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication.  The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday  November 16, 1955 
CAUDILL, Fred
1883-1955
Fred Caudill, 72, a resident of Van Lear for the past 22 years, died at his home Monday afternoon following an illness of a year. Born May 20, 1883, at Falcon, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Matthew and Elizabeth Cooper Caudill. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He was superintendent of Consolidation Coal Company for 36 years prior to his retirement several years ago. Surviving are his wife, Rose Ella Preston Caudill, two sons, Norman D. Caudill, Sacramento, California, and Daniel Van Caudill, Van Lear; three daughters, Mrs. Lucy M. Wells, city, Mrs. Howard Preston, Ashland, and Mrs. Paul Burke, Rock Island, Illinois; one brother, Deedrick M. Caudill, Tucson, Arizona, and one sister, Dora Adams, Falcon, Kentucky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon at the Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church with Edgar Hewlett as  officiating minister. Burial was made in the Wells Cemetery at Paintsville under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday  November 30, 1955
DANIEL, Almedia (Segraves)
1876-1955
Services Held Monday For Almedia Daniel
Almedia Segraves Daniel, 79, died Saturday afternoon at her home at Tomahawk, following an illness of several years. Born June 12, 1876 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Greenville and Samantha Jane Nickles Segraves.  She had been blind since early childhood. She was preceded in death by her husband in November 1926.   Surviving are four sons, George Daniel, Russell Daniel and Willie Daniel, all of Tomahawk, and John Daniel, Paulding, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Elsie Boyd, Boons Camp, 47 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Phillip Cove Freewill Baptist Church at Tomahawk with Earl Rowland and Claude Preston as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Tomahawk under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday November 16, 1955
JORDAN, Tabitha (McKinster)
1870-1955
Mrs. Tabitha Jordan, 85, Succumbs  Sunday at Home Of Daughter Here
Mrs. Tabitha Jordan, 85, mother of Mrs. Raymond King of this city, died at the home of her daughter in King Addition Sunday Morning, November 27, 1955, following an illness of two weeks. She had been a resident of Paintsville for the last five years. Born August 6, 1870, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of W. H. and Jane Moore McKinster.  She had been a member of the Methodist Church for 70 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, B. Z. Jordan, in 1951. Surviving beside Mrs. King are one daughter, Mrs. H. L. Moreyeia, Norfolk, Va., ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one half brother J. H. McKinster, Las Vegas. Nevada. Funeral services were held at 11:00 Wednesday morning at the Mattie Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Perry of the Louisa Methodist Church and Rev. W. F. Pettus officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Mattie under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday November 30, 1955
MCKENZIE, Shirley (Combs)
1938-1955
Heart Attack Fatal To Shirley McKenzie
Mrs. Shirley Combs McKenzie, 17, wife of Francis McKenzie of Volga, died November 30 at a local hospital following a brief illness.  Death was attributed to a heart condition. The daughter of Mrs. Lula Combs Pelphrey of West Van Lear, and Arnold Combs of Ohio, she was born June 20, 1938 at Whittensville.  She was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving besides the husband and parents are two brothers, Charles William Combs and James Arnold Combs, both of West Van Lear; one sister, Patricia Ann Combs, West Van Lear; two half- brothers, Robert Grant Combs, West Van Lear, and Robert Paul Trimble, Lebanon, Ohio; and three half-sisters, Mrs. Edward Honeycutt, Flint, Michigan, Mrs. Dow Blair, West Van Lear, and Martha Carol Pelphrey, West Van Lear. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Cannon's Chapel Church at Volga with S. C. Honeycutt as officiating minister. Burial was made in the Rice Cemetery at Volga under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-30-1955
MUSIC, Sam M.
1886-1955
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the East Point Church of Christ for Sam M. Music, 69, a retired C&O section foreman and merchant. Born at East Point in Floyd County on June 24, 1886 where he had spent almost all of his life, he was a son of the late H. J. (Jack) Music and Isabelle Greer Music.  He was one of the county's most respected citizens, and was a member of a large and prominent family in the county. He became suddenly ill at Milton, Kentucky, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Herefore where he had gone with relatives on Wednesday to attend the funeral of Down Auxier.  He died the following day in the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Indiana.  His death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Music was married when a young man to Miss Laura Moles of East Point who survives. Other survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Warden Auxier of this city; three brothers, Taylor Music of East Point, George and Will Music, both of Auxier; three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Watkins, Gallipolis, Ohio; Catherine Albright, Toledo, Ohio; and Mrs. Miranda Auxier of East Point, and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted by the Reverend S. C. Honeycutt and Rev. Bobby Joe Kitchen. Burial was made in the family cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.23 1955
SHERMAN, Henry
1890-1955
Henry Sherman Dies Monday Rites To Be Held  At Van Lear Church
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 at the Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church for Henry “ Buck” Sherman, 65. of West Van Lear, who died suddenly Monday, Nov 21, 1955, afternoon of a heart attack. According to a report received here, he had been painting a roof and was descending a ladder when he was stricken. The son of Mrs. Lucinda Osborne Sherman and the late Henry R. Sherman, he was born August 18, 1890, in Johnson County. He was an employee of the North East Coal Company at Thealka and Auxier prior to retiring a few years ago. Surviving are his wife, May Conley Sherman, three sons, Cecil Sherman, West Van Lear, Clyde Sherman, Dayton, Ohio, and Charles Sherman at home; and two daughters, Mrs. Ezra Robinson, West Van Lear, and Mrs. Christibelle Sherman, Dayton Ohio. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Henry Begley, Thealka, and Mrs. Forrest Preston, River, and four brothers, Fred and Alfred Sherman of Thealka, and E. T. and Earnest Sherman of this city. Burial will be in the family cemetery at West Van Lear under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-23-1955

SLONE, George
1890-1955
Services Thursday for George Slone
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Frank’s Creek Baptist Church for George Slone, 65, who died Tuesday Morning, of a heart attack at his home at Winifred.  He had been in ill health for the past four years. Born January 21, 1890, at Winifred, he was the son of the late George and Martha Lemaster Slone. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Cora Castle Slone. Four sons, Dennis Slone, Dayton, Ohio, Wayne Slone, Springfield, Ohio, Clyde and James  Slone, both of Winifred; three daughters Mrs. Clifford Hughes, city, Mrs. Estill Ratliff.  Chillicothe, Ohio and Mrs. Leslie Wheeler, Walbridge, Ohio,; one brother John Slone, Ashland and one sister Mrs. Minnie Pennington, also of Ashland. Burial was made in the Lemaster Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 11-30-1955
STAMBAUGH, Willie Ray
1944-1955
Van Lear Youth Passes Sunday
Willie Ray Stambaugh, 11 year-old son of Dallas and Ava Salyer Stamabaugh of Van Lear, died Sunday afternoon in a local hospital following an illness of several weeks. Born September 11, 1944 in Van Lear, he was a student at Van Lear school prior to his illness. Surviving besides his parents are four sister, Nancy, Sharon, Vonnie and Robin all at home. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Sitka Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Sitka under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday November 16, 1955
STAPLETON, James Raymond
1925-1955
KILLED IN WRECK
James Raymond Stapleton, 30, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was killed in an automobile accident near Portsmouth, Ohio. He was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Paintsville. Mr. Stapleton had been employed by the Crosley Corporation in Cincinnati for the past five years.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Pauline Conley Stapleton; the  parents, Mr. and Mrs. Strother Cooper and two brothers, Robert  Stapleton of Mannheim, Germany and Harry Stapleton of Ashland. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Novemeber 23, 1955
TACKETT, Mary E. (Collins)
1867-1955
Aged Resident Passes Friday At Stambaugh
Services Held Monday For Mrs. Mary Tackett
Mrs. Mary E. Tackett, 88, died Friday afternoon, November 18, 1955, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Beecher McCloud, Stambaugh, Ky., following an illness of two years. The daughter of the late Jeff and Sarah Powers Collins, she was born November 13, 1867 in Johnson County. She had lived with her daughter for the past 11 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. M. Tackett, March 14, 1944.  Surviving besides Mrs. McCloud are two other daughters, Mrs. Oakley Castle, Lowmansville, and Mrs. Sam Baldridge, West Van Lear; three sons, T. J. and Tenner Tackett, both of Nippa, and Jessie Tackett, Hillsboro, Ky. Other survivors include two brothers, James Collins, Meally, Ky., and Buddy Collins of Floyd County, one sister, Mrs. Margaret Osborn, Floyd County, and one half-brother, Marion Collins, Martin County. Funeral services were held Monday morning, November 21, 1955, at the home of Mrs. McCloud with C. C. Hall and Mose Kitchen as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at East Point under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-23-1955
WELLS, Lillie (James)
1955
Heart Attack Fatal To Mrs. J.A. Wells
Beloved Resident Mrs. Lillie James Wells, one of the city’s best loved women, died in a local hospital Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., after suffering a heart attack Monday morning. Born in LaGrange, KY., she was the daughter of the late Samuel Allen and Ella Sweeney James. She was married in 1911 at LaGrange to Dr. J.A. Wells who preceded her in death February 22, 1947.  He was a former co-owner of the Golden Rule Hospital of this city, where he practiced medicine for a number of years. Affectionately known as “Aunt Lillie” she was a member  of the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church where she took an active part in the Women’s Society of Christian Service as well as other church work. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Alice May Watters, Wynesville, Ohio, and two sons, James Dennis Wells, with the U.S. Army in Kobe, Japan, and Robert Wells, Springfield, Ohio. Other survivors include three sister, Mrs. Lula Lorch,  Mrs. Ella Barton and Mrs. Flossie Wikes, all of Louisville, and one brother, Clarence James, Bloomington, Illinois. The body will remain at the Paiintsville Funeral Home until Thursday  afternoon when it will be taken to the Mayo Memorial Church where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m.. Burial will be in the Wells Buckingham Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday November 02, 1955
WITTEN, Milt
1881-1955
Milt Witten, 74, Passes Sunday
Services Held Tuesday For Prominent Citizen
Milt Witten, 74, a member of one of Johnson County’s oldest and most prominent families, died of a heart attack in a local hospital Sunday morning. He had been in ill health for the past year. The son of the late William J. and Collista Martin Witten, he was born in Johnson County, April 15, 1881. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He was a retired gas company lineman. Surviving are his wife, Genoah Murphy Witten of his city, two sons, Francis Witten, Raceland, and Billy Witten, Wheelersburg, OH; and two daughters, Miss Barbara Witten, at home, and Mrs. Paul Sheets of this city. Funeral services were held at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Joseph Zavadaky officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Staffordsville under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16, 1955


DECEMBER - 1955


BOYD, Albert
1871-1955
ALBERT BOYD DIES OF HEART ATTACK
SERVICES HELD FRIDAY FOR AGED RESIDENT
Albert Boyd, 83, died of a heart attack at his home at Thelma, at 11:17, Thursday, December 28. Born in Lawrence County, September 17, 1871, the son of Isom and Mary Fitchpatrick Boyd, he had resided at Thelma for the past 40 years. A member of the Primitive Baptist Church, he was formerly engaged in farming and employed as a foreman for the railroad. He was married in 1908 to Louise Estep who survives. Surviving besides his wife, are ten children: seven daughters, Lydia Sellards and Ethel Ward, both of this city; Thelma Daniel, Tutor Key; Lee Verda Boyd, Christine Daniel and Eloise Begley, all of Dayton, Ohio; Zelda Short, Meally; three sons, Jess Boyd, Flatwoods; Everett Boyd of this city; and Elmer Boyd of Dayton, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Friday, December 31 at the Bobs Branch Primitive Baptist Church with Rev. Henry Stamper and Rev. Wheeler officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald 1-5-1955
BURCHETT, Virginia (Stambaugh)
1912-1955
  COUNTY WOMAN DIES SATURDAY
Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. Burchett, 43
Mrs. Virginia Stambaugh Burchett, 43, wife of Albert Burchett of Stambaugh, died Satuday night in a local hospital following an illness of five weeks. Born August 3, 1912, at Stambaugh, she was the daughter of Roy Stambaugh and the late Naomi Witten Stambaugh.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband and father are one son, John Gerald Burchett, at home, one daughter, Patricia Ann Burchett, at home, and one sister, Mrs. Sterling VanHoose, Stambaugh. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Claude Preston and the Rev. C. C. Hall officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 1, 1956

CANTRELL, Alice (Burchett)
1867-1955
OPHIR WOMAN PASSES FRIDAY SERVICES JANUARY 1, FOR MRS. ALICE CANTRELL
Mrs. Alice Cantrell, 88, a life-long resident of Ophir, KY., died at her home Friday morning December 30, following an illness of three months. The daughter of Whig and Margaret Curtis Burchett, she was born May 16, 1867. She was married to John R. Cantrell, who preceded her in death in 1941. Surviving are seven sons, Mance Cantrell, Hager Hill, Edd, Jimmie, Wannie, Bill and Estill Cantrell all of Ophir; three daughter, Mrs. Life Bayes, Cuba, Ky, Mrs. George Pennington, Ophir, Ky., and Mrs. Lesta Baker, Dayton, Ohio, and two brothers, Grover Burchett, Ophir  and John Burchett, Detroit, MI. Funeral services were held January 1, 1957, at the home with Taylor Williams and Martin Cox as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-4-1956
CANTRELL, Ollie V. (Cheek)
1877-1955
PASSES FRIDAY IN SUNBURY, OHIO SERVICES HELD TUESDAY FOR MRS. OLLIE CANTRELL
Mrs. Ollie V. Cantrell, 78, a former resident of this county, died Friday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ella Cantrell, Sunbury, Ohio. The daughter of the late James and Kila Cheek, she was born October 7, 1877 in Johnson County. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was married May 31, 1899 to Ira Cantrell, who preceded her in death in 1943. Surviving are one son, Joe Cantrell, Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, Rudge Cheek, Tomahawk; and Billy Cheek, Jackson, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Delia Winn, Ashland, and Mrs. Ella Cantrell, Sunbury, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Old Union Church at Staffordsville with Rev. Lonza Reed officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Hargis, KY under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-21-1955
COLLINS, Frank
1955
FRANK COLLINS, 51, PASSES FRIDAY BRIEF ILLNESS FATAL TO LOCAL RESIDENT
Frank Collins, 51, a miner at Princess Elkhorn Coal Company, David, and a resident of this city, died at a local hospital Friday, following an illness of three months.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and the United Mine Workers of America. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Shellie Howard, two sons, Harry Francis and Jerry Edmond, both of Paintsville; four daughters, Mrs. Jack Shipley, Louisiana, Missouri, Mrs. Rudolph Hall, Lexington, Mrs. Bobbie Jean Patrick and Donna Kay Collins, both of Paintsville. Other survivors include one brother, Virgil Howard, and three sisters, Mrs. Marge Hall, Mrs. Virginia Crybelar and Mrs. Lyllian McKenzie, all of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with C. C. Hall and Claude Preston as officiating ministers.  Burial was made in the mayo Cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 7, 1955
ESTEP, Opal
1937-1955
Obituary Opal Estep was born February 25, 1937, and departed this life December 12, 1955, at the age of 18 years, 9 months and 17 days. She was the daughter of Glen and Madge Frazier Estep who survive. Also surviving are two brothers, Elzie Garland and Harold Lloyd, at home, and one sister, Mrs. Sophia Pennington, Flat Gap. She is also survived by a host of friends and relatives. One brother, James, preceded her in death June 2, 1953. Opal was converted and joined the United Baptist Church February 15, 1953. We feel that our loss is Heaven's gain. Paintsville Herald 12-21-1955 Wednesday
GRIFFITHS, Clarence
1892-1955
Clarence Griffith, Former Resident  Dies Saturday
Clarence Griffith, 63, Coal Grove, Ohio, former resident of Johnson County died Saturday in King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Ashland. A son of Milton and Rebecca Ritchie Griffith he was born August 27, 1892, in Johnson County. He was a member of the Methodist Church of his county. Surviving are his wife, Emma Helton Griffith, two sons, Walter, Coal Grove, and Jack of Ashland: one brother J. E. Griffith, Ashland a half-brother, Henry Howes, Ashland; a sister, Mrs. Reggie Wheeler, Fairborn, Ohio; to half-sisters Mrs. Raymond Sparks Ashland; and Miss Mollie Howes also of Ashland and one grandchild. Paintsville herald Wednesday Dec.14 1955
HAYES, Zeal B.
1956
ZEAL B. HAYES, 72, DIES IN COLUMBUS
Zeal B. Hayes, 72, a brother of Mark Hayes of this city,died in the White Cross Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, December 30. He was a retired farmer and had been a resident of Columbus for the past five years. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the United Baptist Church in Ashland with the Rev. Everett Slone officiating.  Burial was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. Melvin Gilpin, of Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Jewell Daniel, of Hilliard, Ohio; and Mrs. Edgell Estep of Ashland; four sons, Thomas of Ashland; Elmer and Herschel, both of Columbus, Ohio, and Cuthbert of Arizona; two brothers, Amos Hayes of Willard, Ky. and Mark Hayes of Paintsville, Ky. and two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Adams of Ashland, and Mrs. Agnes Adams of Washington, D.C. Hayes, Zeal B. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 1-4-1956
HENSLEY, Fielden
1872-1955
Fielden Hensley Dies In Lexington Hospital
Fielden Hensley, 83, a resident of Paintsville for 27 years, died in a Lexington Hospital Friday morning following an illness of six months. The son of the late Wes and Lorenda Hensley he was born June 04, 1872, in Magoffin County. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife Drucill Howard Hensley, two sons, Willie Hensley and Millard Hensley, both of this city, and two brothers, Willie Hensley, city, and Johnny Hensley, Ashland. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Pentecostal Church of Christ with Cline Salyer and Harry Salyer as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery in Magoffin County under the direction of Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 14, 1955
HUGHES, George
1883-1955
Van Lear Man  Passes Monday Rites were held Wednesday for George Hughes 72,
George Hughes 72, a retired miner of Van Lear, succumbed Monday night, Dec 12, 1955, in a Lexington Hospital following an illness of five years. Born March 22, 1883 in Lawrence County , he was the son of the late Samuel and Evaline Conley Hughes, He had been a resident of Van Lear for 24 years. Funeral services will be held at 11”00 Thursday morning at the Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church with and Rev. Walter Hooper and the Rev. George Hewlett officiating. Surviving are the wife, Lula Blair Hughes, four sons. D. C. Hughes, Dehue W.Va; Ollie Hughes, Dayton, Ohio; and Roy Hughes, Van Lear; and two sisters, Mrs. Arvie Childers, Loula and Mrs. Mary E. Webb, Van Lear. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Busseyville, Ky., under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-14-1955
KIRK, Elizabeth (Goble)
1875-1955
Succumbs December 7 Mrs. Elizabeth Goble Kirk, 81, a resident of this city for over a half century, died Wednesday afternoon, December 7, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. T. Simpson on Fifth Street. She had been in ill health for the past three years. She was born Septembre 22, 1875 at Beechfork near Inez, the daughter of the late Andrew and Jane Goble.  She was married December 31, 1889, to A. J. Kirk, Sr., who preceded her in death May 25, 1933. A devout Christian woman all her life, Mrs. Kirk was a member of the Christian Church for many years.  She spent her life in the service of her home and her church, winning the love and respect of all who knew her. Funeral services were held Friday morning at the Chapel of the Preston Funeral Home with the Reverend William F. Pettus officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at Inez under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. C.T. Simpson and Mrs. C.T. Rule both of this city, and Mrs. George Hall, Ashland and five sons, C.F. Kirk, L.T. Kirk and Langley Kirk all of this city. Chester Kirk. Loughten, Florida and Louie Kirk, Downey , California. Also surviving are 26 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-7-1955
KIRK, Red Russell
1890-1955
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 18 1955, for Red Russell Kirk, 65, who passed away at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a local hospital following an illness of one week. He had been stricken on December 9 with a cerebral hemorrhage. A son of the M.C. Kirk a noted Paintsville attorney, and Bessie Cassady Kirk, both members of prominent families of Martin County, he was born on May 23 1890. He moved with his family to Paintsville in 1915, and engaged in the merchantile business here for several years. He afterward operated a fruit farm in Florida for 18 years, and upon returning to Paintsville, was associated with his son in the service station business. He was friendly and affable with a sincerity and simplicity of nature the never fails to approach the heights of majesty in human character. He was devoted to his family and he loved his friends, hundreds of whom gathered at his funeral to pay their last tribute to a man whom they held in affection and respect. He was a member of the Mayo Methodist Church of this city. He was married to miss Mary Mayo Langley of Floyd County while they both were attending Eastern State Teachers College at Richmond, Kentucky. To this union was born one son, Russell Langley Kirk, of this city. Surviving besides his wife and son are his aged mother and one neice, Mrs. Mary K. Wells of Washington, D.C., who was reared in the Kirk home from infancy. One brother, Homles Kirk, died on June 20 of this year.  Pallbearers were Dr.T.E. Walden; Dr.R.H. Myers, Jay Keller, Frank Dempsey Cooper, W.A. Toney, and Robert Conley. Funeral services were held at the Mayo Methodist Church by the pastor, the Reverend John K.Weir and the Reverend William F. Pettus. Burial was made in the Mayo Cemetery under the directions of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DEC. 1955
MCKENZIE, Cynthia (Brown)
1872-1955
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Bethel Baptist Church for Mrs. Cynthia Brown McKenzie, 83, Staffordsville, who died Sunday afternoon (Dec.18 1955) in a local hospital.  She had been ill 6 days. The daughter of the late Tom and Lizzie Hill Brown, she was born October 23, 1872 at Flat Gap. She had been a resident of Staffordsville for 19 years. She was married in 1892 to Dan McKenzie who preceded her in death, April 12, 1936.   Surviving are two sons, Mitchell McKenzie, Staffordsville and Bert McKenzie, city; and two daughters, Mrs. Martha Salyers, Volga, and Mrs. Mollie Williams, Staffordsville. Other survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Merdia Burchwell, Ashland, Mrs. Sarah Williams, Elk Fork, and Mrs. Rinda Brown, Sherwood, Oregon; and two brothers, Milt Brown, Ashland, and Spencer Brown, Washington. Burial was made in the McKenzie Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday December 21, 1955
MURRAY, Frank
1873-1955
Frank Murray, Retired Farmer Dies Saturday
Frank Murray, 82, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of Johnson County, died at his home at Nippa, Saturday afternoon , December 17, 1955, following an illness of three years. He was born March 30, 1873, the son of the late Samuel S. and Jane Murray. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Porter Murray. Surviving is one daughter, Miss Jennie Murray of Nippa. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the home with Foster Grim and Mitchell Grim as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Nippa under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-21-1955
NELLIPOWITZ, Hermalee (Lemaster)
1955
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Hermalee L. Nellipowitz, 36, in Washington, D. C. on December 6. Mrs. Nellipowitz, a native of Johnson County and daughter of Mrs. Ollie Lemaster of Winifred, died in a Washington hospital on December 3, following a few hours illness with a kidney ailment.  She was a secretary in the investigations division of the General Accounting Office. She was a graduate of Flat Gap High School, class of 1935, and attended mayo State Business School in Paintsville.  Mrs. Nellipowitz was later employed as secretary in the law office of the late Fred Meade of this city.  In 1912 she went to Washington where she was employed in government service for several years, and where she met her husband, Paul J. Nellipowitz, who is Supreme Court special policeman. She has many relatives and friends in this county who were shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Richard 8, and David 2, her mother who was visiting her at the time of her sudden death, and two sisters, Mrs. Bruce Wells of Meally and Miss Mary Fern Lemaster of Washington, D. C. Funeral services were held at the Huntening Funeral Home and burial was made in Arlington Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 14, 1955
PETREY, Hattie Margaret (Stanley)
1892-1955
West Van Lear Woman Dies Following Illness of Week
Mrs. Hattie Margaret Petrey, 63, a resident of West Van Lear for the past 26 years, died this morning, in a local hospital following an illness of a week. Born in Kanawha County, West Virginia, June 29, 1892, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Sara Belle Canterbury Stanley. She was a member of the Van Lear Mission Church. Surviving are her husband, Cisro Petrey, three daughters, Mrs. Opal Bailey, Oakdale, Pa., Mrs. Freda young, and Mrs. Anna Belle Pelphrey, both ls Xenia, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Julia Totten, Boomer, W. Va., Mrs. Ollie Higginbotham, Belle, W. Va., and Mrs. Blanche Farley, Millbourne, Fla., two brothers, Nerville Stanley, Boomer, w. Va., and Maywood Stanley, Smithers, W. Va. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 2, 1955, at the west Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. C. C. Mayle officiating. Burial will take place in the Cumbo Cemetery at west Van Lear under the direction of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday Dec.07, 1955 
PHILLIS, Rushia (Kirk)
1894-1956
Rushia Phillis Dies Suddenly In Florida
Mrs. Rushia Kirk Phillis, 61, a former Paintsville woman, died in a hospital in Ormond Beach, Florida, on December 21 from a cerebral hemorrhage after an illness of only a few hours. A native of this city where she was an instructor in piano, she contributed much to the cultural life of this community.  She had many friends here who were saddened to hear of her passing.  She had spent most of her life here in Paintsville until she moved with her family to Florida a few years ago. Mrs. Phillis was born on August 15, 1894, a daughter of Thomas B. and Edna Harris Kirk.  Her parents were teachers in the schools of Inez, Martin County, before coming to Johnson County where Mr. Kirk was later associated with the law firm of T. S. Kirk and b. H. Conley. Mrs. Phillis, in her girlhood attended the Sandy Valley Seminary here and was graduated from Randolph Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia, where she majored in music. She was married to Arthur Waring Phillis who survives her. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Kelly Collins, Orlando Beach, and Mrs. Patricia Wells, at home, also one granddaughter, Miss Patricia Jane Wells of this city. A son, Phillip Phillis, was killed in action in the Pacific during World War II while serving with the Naval Air Corps. Mrs. Phillis was a member of the Ormond Beach Methodist Church where she was active in church affairs.  She was also a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, the Juanita Vaught Circle and the Order of Eastern Star. Funeral services were conducted December 23 at the Ormond Beach Methodist Church by the Reverend A. B. Vaught. Burial was made in the Hillside Cemetery, Ormond Beach. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-4-1956
PRESTON, Virgil
1905-1955
Virgil Preston  Dies Tuesday Services Thursday For Former Resident
Virgil Preston, 50, Fairborn, Ohio, former resident of Meally, died Tuesday morning December 20, 1955, in  a local hospital following an illness of nine days. Born May 5, 1905, in Johnson County, he had been a member of the United Baptist Church for twenty-one years. He was an electrician for he Southwestern Cement Company, Fairborn, Ohio, prior to his illness. Surviving are his wife, Celia Ratliff Preston, his father, Lafe Preston, his mother, Mrs. Denise Selvage, Prestonsburg, two sons, Robert Preston and Homer Preston, both of this city, one daughter Mrs. Bonnie Sue Colvin, Fairborn, Ohio, and four grandchildren. Also Surviving are three brothers, Tom and Luther Preston, both of Meally, and Sam Preston, Fairborn, Ohio, and six sisters, Mrs. George Muncy, Mrs. Earl Haney, Mrs. Woodie Hart and Mrs. Virgil Childers, All of Fairborn, Ohio and Mrs. Reggie Preston and Mrs. Russell Williams both of Meally. Funeral services will be held at the Meally United Baptist Church at 10:30 Thursday morning. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery under the directions of the Paintsville Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 12-21-1955
ROBINSON, Deborah Kay
1955
Pneumonia Fatal To Robinson Tot
Deborah Kay Robinson, three month old daughter of Ernest W. and Shirley Hannah Robinson of Portsmouth, Ohio, formerly of Whitaker, Ky., died Thursday morning, December 22, 1955 in a Portsmouth hospital.  Death was attibuted to bronchial pneumonia. Surviving besides the parents are two brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held Christmas day at the Whitaker Free Will Baptist Church with the Revs. Vern Conley, Earl Ratliff and Bruce Spencer officiating.  Music was by the Lick Fork Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery at Whitaker under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan. 1, 1956

SLONE, Cora (Justice)
1955
Mrs. Cora Slone of Lowmansville Dies Saturday
Services Held Monday For Mother of Ten
Mrs. Cora Dixon Slone, 71, a resident of Lowmansville for 24 years, died in a local hospital Saturday, December 19 1955, following an illness of two months. A member of the United Baptist Church for a number of years, she was the daughter of John and Jane Caudill Justice of Lawrence County. She married John Dixon, who preceded her in death, and later married Milburn Slone who also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Thurman Dixon, Hillsboro, Ohio and Herman Dixon, Carpenter, O.; eight daughters, Rosa Bulter Daniel, Hager Hill, Martha Shoemaker, Hillsboro, Ohio, Lexie Slone, Columbus, Ohio, Bertha Rice, Columbus, Ohio, Eula Music, Lowmansville, Beulah Master, Dayton, Ohio, Leatrice Tordiff, Ironton, Ohio, and Lillian Brown, Dayton, Ohio. Other survivors include one brother, Ollie J. Justice, Lapoint, Utah; and three sisters, AArta Wheeler, Ashland, Lyda Blake, Canyon City, Colorado and Bertha Francis, Castro Valley, California. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Lowmansville United Baptist Church with Leonard Walters and Frieda (?) Lyons as officiating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 21, 1955
SPRADLIN, Alex M.
1955
Alex M. Spradlin, 61,  Succumbs December 02
Alex M. Spradlin, 61, office manager of the Floyd County Agricultural Stabilization Committee, died Friday, December 02, at 12:05 a.m., at the Veterans Hospital in Louisville following a cancer operation. A son of the late Ayris and Kate Stephens Spradlin, he was born in Prestonsburg.  A teacher in early manhood, he served as assistant county superintendent.  He was a veteran of World War I and in his overseas service won from the French government the Croixde Guerre. Mrs. Spradlin was a charter of the Community Methodist Church in Prestonsburg. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hope Hereford Spradlin, one daughter, Mrs. Marlene VanHoose of Prestonsburg, a brother, John Spradlin of City, Tennessee, a sister, Sallie Spradlin of Cliff and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, December 04, at the Community Methodist Church in Prestonsburg, with the Rev. Harold W. Dorsey officiating. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 14, 1955
SPRADLIN, Sheridan
1871-1955
Sheridan Spradlin Buried At Pikeville
Sheridan Spradlin, 83, brother of Mrs. C. H. Burke of East Point, and member of a prominent Johnson County family, died at 7;00 a. m. December, 24, 1955, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ted Blankenship, of Portsmouth, Ohio. He had been ill only a few days before his death. Mr. Spradlin was a retired merchant and he moved with his family from Millers Creek section of this county to Letcher County about 30 years ago. He was born November 3, 1871, a son of the late Evan and Elizabeth Spradlin of East Point. He was a member of the Church Of Christ. His wife, Sally Music Spradlin, preceded him in death about three years ago. Surviving are two sons, Cecil Spradlin, Wise, Va., W. T. Spradlin, Akron, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Ted Blankenship, Portsmouth, Ohio, Mrs. E. B. Gray, Detroit, Michigan, and Mrs. J. H. Mosgrove, Pikeville. Besides Mrs. Burke, is another surviving sister, Mrs. T. C. Spradlin, of  Miami, Oklahoma. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p. m. Sunday, December 26, 1955, at the East Point Church of Christ by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Burial was made in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery at Pikeville under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 29, 1955
STAMBAUGH, Nora
1883-1955
Services Sunday For Sitka Woman
Mrs. Nora Stambaugh Succumbs Thursday After Long Illness
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Sitka Church of Christ for Mrs. Nora Stambaugh, 71, Sitka, who died Thursday night in a local hospital following an illness of several months. Born December 31, 1883, at Paintsville, she was married January 1900, to Harry Stambaugh who preceded her in death in 1946. Surviving are two sons, Walter Stambaugh, Columbus, O., and Harry Stambaugh, Jr., Ashland; six daughters, Mrs. T. J. Colvin, Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Kendrick Blanton, Volga, Mrs. Clyde Simpson and Mrs. Homer H. Salyer, both of Ashland, Mrs. Clarence Slone, Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Vincent Horn, Sitka, and one sister, Mrs. Beulah Wyatt, Sitka. Other survivors include 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Sitka under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home.
Paintsville Herald
Wednesday
January 4, 1956
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Nora Mahan was 17 when she married Harry Stambaugh in Johnson Co Ky. Dec.23 1900.  No parents were listed for her

STANIFORD, Sarah E. (Ward)
1879-1955
Lifelong Resident of  Boons Camp Passes Friday Serivces Held Monday  Forn Mrs. S. Staniford
Mrs. Sarah E. Ward Staniford, 76, succumbed Friday at her home at Boons Camp following an illness of four days. Born April 26, 1879, at Boons Camp, she was the daughter of the late King and Susan Baldridge Ward.  She had been a member of the United Baptist Church for sixty years. She was preceeded in death in 1944 by her husband, Sam Staniford. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Alice Staniford, Boons Camp, and one brother, Arthur Ward, Huntington, W. Va., and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Little Friendship Church at Boons Camp with the Rev. Nim Sturgill and the Rev. Winfrey Meek officiating.  Burial was made in the Ward Cemetery under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-21-1955
VANHOOSE, Christina (Howard)
1895-1955
County Woman Dies Wednesday Final Rites Friday For Mrs. VanHoose
Mrs. Christina Howard VanHoose, 60, wife of Albert VanHoose of Tutor Key, died in a local hospital Wednesday morning following an illness of several months. The daughter of the late Jim and Anna Hall Howard of Magoffin County, she was born April 22, 1895.  She was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Surviving besides the husband are five sons, Hollie, James A., Ralph, Clyde and Edgar VanHoose, all of Tutor Key; three daughters, Mrs. Olga Preston and Mrs. Tilda Adams, both of Wharton, W. Va., and Mrs. Anna VanHoose, Tutor Key. Other survivors include four brothers, Harve Howard and John Howard, both of Ohio, and Ira Howard and Argus Howard, both of Flat Fork, Ky., and two sisters, Mrs. Gracie Hall of Ohio, and Mrs. Hulda Gambill of Flat Fork. Funeral services were held Friday at the Tutor Key United Baptist Church with Cullie Sparks and Claude Preston officiating.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-21-1955

WARD, John David
1955
Graveside Services Held For Ward Infant
Graveside services were held at the family cemetery at Wittensville for John David Ward, infant son of John and Phyllis Jean Wilcox Ward of Wittensville. Burial was under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-4-1956

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