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JANUARY - 1958

BLAIR, William
1886-1958
William Blair Dies Friday Of Heart Attack
William L. Blair, 71, died in the Veterans Hospital in Huntington at 5:30 pm, Friday, January 24, of a heart attack. He was the son of George and Esther Caudill Blair and was born in this county August 23, 1886. A farmer and veteran of World War 1, he had lived at Denver most of his life. Surviving are his widow, Minerva Conley Blair, three daughters, Nellie Blair, Denver; Neva Fairchild, Arlington, Ohio; Naomi Baldwin of this city. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 26, at 11:00 at the Beechwall United Baptist Church with Millard Bryant and Forman Blair as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Blair cemetery at Barnetts Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 29, 1958
BLANTON, Flossie R. (Reed)
1898-1958
Services Sunday For Resident Of Oil Springs
Mrs. Flossie R. Blanton Dies after Long Illness
Flossie Reed Blanton, 59, a lifelong resident of Oil Springs, passed away in a local hospital at 7:40 pm, Friday, January 3, after an illness of several years.  She was born October 22, 1898, at Oil Springs, the daughter of C. C. and Risa Blanton Reed.  Mrs. Blanton was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  She was married May 16. 1916, to Claude Blanton. Surviving besides her husband are four sons, Claude Blanton, Jr., Wheelersburg, Ky., Billie Joe Blanton, Bobbie Gene Blanton and Bradley Bert, all of Oil Springs; four daughters, Amanda Cantrell, Oil Springs; Ruie Cantrell, Oil Springs; Anna Gray, Hamilton, Ohio and Neva Lee Bayes, Oil Springs and twenty-nine grandchildren.  Also two brothers, James Reed, Oil Springs and Shellie Baldwin, Oil Spirngs. Funeral services were conducted from the Chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home at 3:00 pm, Sunday, January 5, with Claude Preston and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers.  Music was furnished by the Toms Creek Quartet.  Burial was made in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 8, 1958
BURKE, Margaret Angeline (Spradlin)
1869-1958
88-YEAR-OLD WOMAN BURIED AT EAST POINT
Mrs. Margret Angeline Burke, 88, wife of C. H. Burke, died at 8:55 p.m., Satruday, January 25, at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Fishel Conley of East Point.  “Aunt Angie”, as she was familiarly known, was a lifelong resident of this county, and a member of a large and prominent family.  She had been seriously ill for the past three months. She was a daughter of the late Evan and Elizabeth Hilman Spradlin of East Point.  Born Sept. 2, 1869, she was the last member of her immediate family. She was a charter member of the East Point Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, her granddaughter, Pauline Auxier Conley, and three great grandchildren. A son, Wyonda Auxier, died in 1934. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, at the East Point Church of Christ by the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Music was by the Paintsville Quartette. Burial was made in the family cemetery at East Point. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday January 29, 1958
CAUDILL, Charley
1958
Passes Friday At Riceville
Charley Caudill, 72, a life long resident of Riceville, passed away at his home at 3:30 a.m., Friday, January 10, after an illness of several weeks. He was born at  Riceville, the son of Daniel and Mary Saylor Caudill. Mr. Caudill was a member of the United Baptist Church and was married to Gracie Arms Caudill, who survives. He was a farmer by occupation. Surviving besides the wife are three sons, Kirk of Swamp Branch, Hager and James of Walbridge, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Walter Williams, Staffordsville and Mrs. Earl Rice, Oil Springs. Also one brother, Edd Caudill, Paintsville and four sisters, Louise Jackson and Rose Spears of Riceville; Cynthia Wright and Emma Tackett both of Lucasville, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 1:00 o'clock Sunday, January 12 with Buel Ferguson, Grover Fannin, Lonza Reed, and Lloyd Williams as officating ministers. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Painstville Herald Wednesday 1-15-1958
CAUDILL, Fred
1958
Wholesale Fruit Dealer Was Native Of County
Fred Caudill, former resident of West Van Lear where he was engaged in the wholesale fruit business, died en route to a Huntington hospital early Friday morning.  He moved to Huntington about 13 years ago and was owner of the Fred Caudill Fruit Company. The family said Mr. Caudill had been confined to his home at 1675 Washington Blvd. For two weeks prior to his death.  His illness was not determined but was not considered serious. He became critically ill about midnight and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Cabell- Huntington Hospital. Mr. Caudill was born in Johnson County and had spent most of his life here. He was the son of the late Jesse and Sarah Robinson Caudill. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Clara Mae Russell Caudill; three sons, Leroy Caudill of Huntington; Earl Caudill of Louisville, and Gene Caudill of Lexington; a brother, Lundy B. Caudill of West Van Lear, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at the Kincaid Mortuary. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-15-1958
CONLEY, Boyd
1889-1958
Boyd Conley, 69, farmer and oil field worker of Oil Springs, died at 5:55 a.m., Friday in a local hospital after an illness of three weeks. The son of Isaac and Mahaley Meade Conley, he was born March 18, 1889, and had been a lifelong resident of Oil Springs. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lula Blanton Conley; five sons, Dennie, Ted, Melvin, Clyde and Orville Conley, all of Oil Springs; four daughters, Dixie Cornwell, Mt. Sterling; Edna Mae Litteral, Oil Springs; Eugenia Rice, Baltimore, Maryland; Katherine Hardin, Lexington; two brothers, Walter Conley, Oil Springs, Floyd Conley, Salyersville; two sisters, Mrs. Roy Vencil of this city and Susan Conley, Oil Springs. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 25, from the Oil Springs Methodist church with C.C. Hall and George Hart as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet.  Burial was in the Litteral Cemetery.PAINTSVILLE HERALD 1-21-1958

CONLEY, Dora (Meade)
1878-1958
Flat Gap Woman Was Mother of Eleven Children
Mrs. Dora Meade Conley, 79, a member of one of Johnson County’s most prominent families, died suddenly at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 1958, at her home on Drake’s Fork of Laurel Creek near Flat Gap. She was a daughter of the late Henry and Zina Davis Meade of this county and was the widow of Ben F. Conley, well-known school teacher, who passed away in 1933. She was born on October 20, 1878, and had been a resident of Flat Gap for the past 57 years where she reared eleven surviving children. She became a member of the Regular Baptist Church 50 years ago, and she followed the teachings of Jesus, setting an example in her community for her strength of character and fine womanhood. Surviving are four sons: Herschel Conley of Red Bush, Ray Conley, Guidance Counselor of Johnson County Schools; Conrad Conley, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, stationed in Georgia; and Byron Conley, Flat Gap; seven daughters: Mrs. Lexie Dixon and Mrs. Anna Jewel Beculheimer, both of Paintsville; Mrs. Fern Lyons, Martha, Ky.; Mrs. Hazel Johnson, Elliotsville, Ky.; Mrs. Ruth McKenzie, Volga; Mrs. Myrtle Fairchild, Oil Springs; and Mrs. Florence Meade, South Portsmouth, Ky.; and three sisters and one brother: Mrs. Elizabeth Butcher, Thealka; Mrs. Vina Riley, Huntington, W.Va.; Mrs. May Best, Williamsport; and Dr. Joe D. Meade, Inez. Mrs. Conley was the sister of the late Dr. Lloyd Meade, Paintsville dentist. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1, at the Flat Gap Enterprise Baptist Church with the Rev. Emersen Collyer and Rev. J. W. Beculheimer officiating. Music was by the Toms Creek Singers. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Flat Gap. Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 5, 1958
CRUM, Ben
1885-1958
Ben Crum, 72, of Boons Camp, Dies Thursday
Ben Crum, 72, died at his home at Boons Camp at 7:45 am, Thursday, January 9, after an illness of two years. The son of John W. and Judy Ward Crum, he was born January 15, 1885, at Boons Camp and had resided in that section all of his life.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church and was a retired miner and farmer. His first wife, Sally Ann Crum, preceded him in death March 8, 1948.  His widow, Julie Meeks Crum, survives. Surviving, besides his wife, are eight children by his previous marriage: four sons, John W. Crum, Boons Camp; Ben Crum, Jr. Yolyn, W.Va.; James L. Crum, Davis Branch; Melvin Crum, Pontiac, Michigan; four daughters, Mrs. Elva Percy, Van Lear; Mrs. Pearl Jordan, Elcanor, W. Va.; Mrs. Anna Brakes, Pontiac, Michigan; Mrs. Grace Mollett, Boons Camp.  Also surviving are three brothers, John W. Crum, West Van Lear; Willie Crum, Boons Camp; Milt Crum, Detroit, Michigan; one sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Meek, Boons Camp, 29 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 11:00 am, January 11 with John Crum, Leonard Walters, Elzie Banks and Nim Sturgill as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Crum Cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 15, 1958
DANIEL, Tom
1878-1958
Services Held Sunday For Tom Daniel, 80
Tom Daniel, 80, retired miner, died suddenly with a heart attack at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, at his home in Stafford Addition. He was born in Johnson County on Jan. 23, 1878, a son of Thomas and Amanda Daniel. He was affiliated with the United Mine Workers of America. Mr. Daniel was first married to Belle Stapleton who died in 1947.  He was later married to Atha Ward who survives him. Also surviving are one son, Malcolm Daniel, Staffordsville; three daughters, Mrs. General Castle and Mrs. Russell Castle, both of Tutor Key, Mrs. John Music of Paintsville, and two brothers, Warren Daniel and Burns Daniel, both of Tutor Key. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at the United Baptist Church at Tutor Key.  Officiating ministers were Rev. F. F. Rigsby, Rev. C. C. Sparks, Rev. L. T. Preston and Rev. Florida Lyons. Burial was in the Daniel Cemetery at Tutor Key. Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 5, 1958
EVANS, Wilce
1871-1958
Retired Farmer Dies January 27
Wilce Evans, 86, Was Meally Resident Wilce Evans, 86, a retired farmer, died Monday, January 27, at the home of a son, Estill Evans, in Cove, Ohio after an illness of one year. A resident of Meally, he was born in Johnson County where he had spent his life. He was a son of the late Ben and Sally Fyffe Evans, and was born on June 6, 1871. Surviving are Lonnie Evans, Henry Clay, Ky., James Evans, Jackson, Ohio, Estill Evans, Cove, Ohio, and Conrad Evans, Flat Gap. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Arpha Rogers and Mrs. Ollie Hale, both of Lucasville, Ohio and a sister, Mrs. Orpha Blanton of Pike County. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Flat Gap Enterprise Baptist Church by Rev. Lonza Reed and Rev. Harrison Ferguson. Burial was in the Salyer Cemetery at Flat Gap. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-5-1958
FRANCIS, K. W.
1872-1958
Passes Monday
K. W. Francis, 86, retired miner and farmer of Riceville died at his home at Riceville Monday, January 27 at 9:15 p.m., following an illness of five years. The son of the late William and Sophia Maynard Francis he was born in Pike County, July 29, 1872. He had lived at Riceville for forty years and was a member of the New Regular Baptist Church. Survivors include his widow, Serena Saylor Francis to whom he had been married for sixty-five years; three sons, Arley Francis, Riceville; Ira Francis, Mann, W. Va.; Bernard, West Van Lear. A Brother, Thomas Francis, Garrett and a sister Minta Varney. Delbarton, W. Va., also survive Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 Wednesday morning, Jan. 29 from the Riceville Freewill Baptist Church with Claude Preston and Oscar Yook as officiating ministers. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the Perkins Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-29-1958 Obituary K. W. Francis, born July 29, 1871, was deceased Jan. 27, 1958 at the age of 86 years. He was married to Serena Saylor, November 1, 1893. to this union was born eight children, five of whom have preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Serena Francis and three children, Arley Francis, Riceville, Ky., Ira G. Francis, Mann, W. Va.; and Bernard Francis, Paintsville and fifteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He leaves a host of friends and relatives. Mr. Francis was a member of the Regular Baptist church and lived a good christian life every day. He will be missed by his neighbors and friends, as well as his family. A precious one from us in gone, A voice we loved is stilled; A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled 21.1xc Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-29-1958
HACKNEY, Zee (Short)
1896-1958
Zee Hackney Dies Sunday In Columbus
Mrs. Zee Hackney, 61, wellknown resident of Lowmansville, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lydia Cutwell in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday January 12, 1958, at 3:45 a.m.  She had been ill for the past two months. Born November 10, 1896, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Esther Moore Short.   She had made her home at Lowmansville for the last forty-two years and had been a loyal and devoted member of the United Baptist Church for thirty-four years. Survivors include her husband, Charles H. Hackney, and thirteen children; seven sons, William T., Black Lick, Ohio, Heber L. Sitka; Edgil, Waverly Heights Ohio; Carl Hager and Joe Kenneth, both of Columbus, Ohio; Paul dean and James Harold, both of Lowmansville; and six daughters; Mrs. Ivory Young, Lowmansville; Mrs. Lydia Culwell, Mrs. Jacqueline Esther Young and Mrs. Louella Jean Franks, all of Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Edith Miller, Charlie; Mrs. Lake L. Kircher, Washington, D. C.; and West Palm Beach, Florida.  Also surviving are two brothers, John Milton Short, Ledocia; Alviah Short, Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Bowling, Cannonsburg. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday January 25, 1958, from the Georges Creek United Baptist Church at Lowmansville with Dennis Culwell, Foster Grim, Florida Lyons and Mitchel Grim as officiating ministers. Paintsville Herald Thursday 1-15-1958
HOPSON, Glenn G.
1958
GLEN G. HOPSON DIES IN ARIZONA RETIRED FIREMAN WAS BROTHER OF LOCAL WOMAN
Glenn G. Hopson, brother of Ora Hopson of this city, died Friday at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He was a city fireman before his retirement 13 years ago.  He was the son of the late Mr. And Mrs. T. W. Hopson of the Johns Creek section of this county. He went to Huntington, W. Va. in 1918, where he was a street car motorman until he joined the fire department in 1920.  He was serving as assistant fire chief at the time of his retirement. He was a member of the Columbia Street Baptist Church in Tucson. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Robert E. Heck, of Loveland, O.; Mrs. Thomas R. Templeton, Chesapeake, O.; four sisters, Mrs. R. M. Akers of Kermit, W. Va., Mrs. Alex Webb of Tongs, Ky., Mrs. Arthur Strong, Cincinnati, Ohio and Miss Ora Hopson of Paintsville; three granddaughters. Miss Tommie Sue and Peggy Ann Templeton and Miss Beverly Jane Heck. Funeral services were held Thursday at the Schuyder funeral Home, Chesapeake, Ohio, and burial was in Rome Cemetery, Chesapeake, Ohio. Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 5, 1958
LEMASTER, Recie (Castle)
1890-1958
MRS. GALEN LEMASTER, WITTENSVILLE RESIDENT,
DIES AT HOME OF SON
Mrs. Recie Lemaster, 67, well-known Wittensville woman and wife of Galen Lemaster, died Wednesday, January 15, at 9:30 p.m. at the home of her son, Gusta Lemaster of Manila. Mrs. Lemaster had been ill for several months. The daughter of John and Malissa Skaggs Castle, she was born in Lawrence County January 25, 1890. She was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband and son are three brothers, Luther Castle, Lucasville, Ohio; Lunda Castle, Portsmouth, Ohio; Ernest Castle, Lucasville, Ohio; and one sister,  Senda Hill of Ohio; one grandson and one great grandson. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 Saturday, January 18, from the home of her son with Claude Preston as officiating minister. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial followed in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday January 22, 1958
BLAIR, Louise May (Litteral)
1893-1958
Long Illness Fatal Monday To Louisa Blair
Mrs. Louisa May Blair, 64, died Monday, January 13, at 9:40 p.m., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Virgil Wheatley of this city, following an illness of three years. The daughter of the late Milton and Maggie Rice Litteral, ahe was born May 12, 1893, in Magoffin County. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Oscar Blair; three sons, Marshall, Van Lear; Hurshel. West Van Lear; Beecher, Wabash, Indiana; five daughters, Mrs. Virgil Wheatley and Mrs. Eunice Hyden, both of this city; Mrs. Mary Baldridge, East Point; Mrs. Annie Muphy, Holden W. Va.; Mabel Williams, Meally. Also surviving are two sisters, Goldia Litteral, City; Josie McKenzie, Meally; two brothers, Harvey Litteral, Springfield, O; Harry Litteral, McDowell. Funeral services will be conduted at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 16, from the West Van Lear Church of Christ with Claude Preston as officiating minister. Burial will be in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-15-1958
MAY, Glen Lee
1902-1958
Dies Thursday
Glen Lee May, 55, resident of Van Lear, died in a local hospital at 10:45 p.m., Thursday, January 16, after an illness of two years. The son of James H. and Lilly Adams May, he was born October 28, 1902, in Carter County. He had made his home at Van Lear for thirty-two years, where he was employed as a miner. Surviving are his widow, Hazel Bowling May; Five sons, Charles Ray, Glen Lee May Jr., and Dennis F. May, all of Van Lear; Four sisters, mrs. Madeline Sloan, Fairborn, Ohio; Mrs. Lorain Willis, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Hattie Barker, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Shirley Young, Dayton, Ohio. Also surviving is a half brother, Charles May of Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 19, at 1:00 p.m., from Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church with John Marshall and Moses Kitchen as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Clevenger Cemetery at Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-22-1958
MEADE, Vivian P.
1899-1958
NATIVE OF COUNTY DIES JANUARY 18
LONG ILLNESS FATAL TO SON OF DR. J. D. MEADE
Vivian P. Meade, 58, died at 12:35 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in Memorial Hospital, Oak Hill, West Virginia, following a long illness. Born September 9, 1899, at Oil Springs, Ky., he was a son of Dr. J. D. Meade of Inez, and the late Jego Price Meade.  He later moved to Pikeville where he graduated from Pikeville High School.  He also attended University of Louisville Dental School. Meade was a dry good buyer for the New River and Pocahontas Stores, also was assistant store manager of Hillman Coal and Coke Company at Jerome, Pa., and for the past 17 years had been chief purchasing agent for Eastern Gas and Fuel Company of Oak Hill where he had lived for the past four years. He was a Rotarian, a Mason, a member of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church at Oak Hill, and was on the vestry of Grace Episcopal Church of Kimball, West Virginia. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church at Oak Hill, with the Rev. Donald Duncan officiating.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bluefield, West Virginia.  Graveside services were held by the Vivian Lodge 105 of Kimball, W. Va.  The Rev. Bailey of Grace Episcopal Church of Keystone, W. Va., was in charge of internment. Pallbearers included Wayne Plymale, John Tennant, Lowell Smith, Richard McDonald, Wayne Sinstin and Mr. Dunlop. Survivors, other than his father, are his wife, Mrs. Gladys Gray Meade, one daughter, Mrs. James Hawkins, Gary, W. Va., one brother Joe D. Meade, Jr., Washington, D. C.; three sisters, Mrs. Robert Hollar, Erwin, Tenn., Mrs. Ray Jackson, Elkhorn City, Ky., Mrs. William C. Gose, Pikeville, and one granddaughter, Miss Jege Hawkins, Gary, W. Va. Tyree Funeral Home of Oak Hill was in charge of arrangements. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 29, 1958
MILES, Virgie (Akers)
1890-1958
Mrs. Virgie Miles, 68, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in an Ashland hospital January 2, at 9:00 a.m., after an illness of six years. A native of Floyd County she was born August 31, 1890, the daughter of John and Josephine Hall Akers. She had been a resident of White House for the past forty-two years and was a member of the Church of Christ. Her husband, Fred Miles, preceded her in death October 13, 1957. Surviving are four sons, Monterville and John Lee Miles, both of White House; Eugene Miles, Tomahawk; Jessie Miles, Lafayette, Indiana. Also surviving are three half brothers, Henry Parson, Betsy Layne, Sanford Parson, Honaker, H. F. Parson, Coal Run; a sister, Mrs. Jerry Atkins, West Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5, by J. H. Short and W. L. Webb. Burial was in the Miles Cemetery at White House. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 8, 1958
MUTCH, Emma (Crider)
1958
EMMA CRIDER MUTCH DIES IN CALIFORNIA
Mrs. Emma Crider Mutch, former resident of Johnson County, passed away January 10 at her home in Escondido, Calif.  She had resided in California for the past 48 years. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Laura Picklesimer of Meally, two nieces, Mrs. Minerva Meek of Meally and Mrs. Thelma Combs of this city, and one nephew, Sam Picklesimer of Ashland. Mrs. Crider was a member of the Methodist Church in Escondido. Services were conducted by the Alhiser-Wilson Mortuary in Escondido by the Methodist minister on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan. 15, 1958
OWSLEY, Ollie
1904-1958
Saturday at Glo
Ollie Owsley, 54, died in a local hospital at 6:45 a.m., January 22, of coronary thrombosis after an illness of eight years. He was born at Spurlock, Ky., February 29, 1904, the son of Gallie Hughes Owsley and the late Nathan Owsley. A disabled miner, he had made his home at Glo for twenty-four years and was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are his widow, Mary Skeens Owsley; three sons, Lloyd Owsley, Air Force; Ollie Owsley, Jr., Glo; James Lee Owsley, Willow Run, Michigan; three daughters, Maria Owsley, Gallie Owsley, Stella Owsley, all of Glo. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Stella Compton, Mrs. Julia Owsley, both of Dock; Mrs. Anna McQuire, Spurlock; one brother, Homer Owsley, Spurlock. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m., from the Glo Church of Christ with Doug Burkett as officiating minister. Burial was in the family cemetery at Spurlock. Paintsville Herald Wednesday February 5, 1958
PATRICK, Leona (Stafford)
1958
Long Illness is Fatal To Leona Patrick
Rites Here Sunday For Prominent Woman
Mrs. Leona Stafford Patrick, 75, a member of one of the county's oldest and most prominent families, died at 7:00 a. m. Friday, January 24, 1958, at a Lexington hospital after an illness of ten years.  She had been critically ill after suffering an attack of pneumonia about two weeks ago, and her death was not unexpected. Mrs. Patrick was the daughter of the late Wm. N. (Dick) Stafford and Martha Jane Spradlin Stafford of this city.  She was a member of the First Christian Church. Mrs. Patrick was first married to Byrd Webb and to this union were born two sons.  Wendell Webb and Dr. Richard Webb.  She was later married to Asbury Patrick of Salyersville, who, with other members of her immediate family preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the chapel of the Jones & Preston Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles Perry and Rev. Larry Wigal. Pallbearers were Harry LaViers, Jr.   Charles Spradlin, Dr. J. H. Rapier, Frank Dempsey Cooper, James Tom Newman and Jack Hager. Burial was made in the Old Stafford Cemetery at Hager Hill. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-29-1958
SALYER, Alla (Fairchild)
1958
Aged Resident Of Flat Gap Dies In Ashland
Mrs. Alla Salyer, 86, resident of Flat Gap, died in an Ashland Hospital Friday, January 3 at 6:00 a.m. following a week's illness. The daughter of the late Mose and Katie McKenzie Fairchild she was born at Kerz and had resided in that vicinity all her life.  A beloved and respected member of her community, she was affiliated with the Pentecostal Church of Christ. Her husband, T.A. Salyer, preceded her in death August 26, 1952.  Surviving are five sons, Hansom, West Jefferson, Ohio, Elzie, Rock Camp, Ohio; Paris, Flat Gap; Normal, Mutual; O.Hayes, Brooksville, Florida; three daughters, Mrs. Jewell May, Kitts Hill, Ohio; Mrs. Lula Bunyard and Mrs. Vivia Stinson, both of Flat Gap; Mrs. Earsley Ames, Springfield, Ohio.  Also surviving are 49 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted from the Joe's Creek Church at 10:00a.m. Monday, January 6, with Harry Salyer and John Collins as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Flat Gap. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-8-1958
VANHOOSE, Janie (Witten)
1890-1958
JANIE VANHOOSE PASSES SUNDAY AT WITTENSVILLE
Mrs. Janie Witten Van Hoose, 68, died at Wittensville at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wilburn Butcher, Sunday, January 19, at 5:45 a.m.  She had been an invalid for several years. Born in Johnson County January 9, 1890, the daughter of Jim and Anna Wheeler Witten, she had made her home at Wittensville for most of her life.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Her husband, Milt Van Hoose, preceded her in death in 1945. Surviving besides her daughter are six other children;  two sons, Life Van Hoose, Nippa; Raymond Van Hoose, Mesa, Arizona; four daughters, Mrs. Johnnie Calvin, Sharples, W. Va.; Mrs. Hubert Young, Mrs. Sam Castle, Jr., and Mrs. Edgel Preston, all of Springfield, Ohio; three brothers, Alonzo “Cab” Witten, Thealkin Gus Witten, Ashland, Frank Witten, Saks; twenty grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning from the Nippa Freewill Baptist Church with Claude Preston and Millard Van Hoose as officiating ministers.  Music was furnished by the Toms Creek quartet.  Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 22, 1958



FEBRUARY - 1958

ARMS, Minerva (Arms)
1875-1958
Minerva Arms Passes Sunday
Mrs. Minerva Arms, 82, widow of John Arms, died Sunday morning at Riveville at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allen Little, after a brief illness. The daughter of the late Harvey and Lydia Caudill Arms, she was born August 24, 1875, in this county and had spent most of her life at Denver. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides Mrs. Little are three other daughters, Mrs. Gracie Caudill, Riceville,  Mrs. Eunice Webb, city, Mrs. Cora Conley, Stockbridge Michigan; two sons, Frank Arms, Lawton Michigan, Morris Arms. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 10:00 a.m. from the Beechwall United  Baptist Church with burial in the family cemetery at Denver. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-19-1958
CANTRELL, Lige
1883-1958
LIGE CANTRELL, FUGET FARMER, PASSES FEB. 26
Lige Cantrell, 74, farmer, of Fuget, died at his home at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, after an illness of several weeks. The son of Jim and Ellen McKenzie Cantrell, he was born in Johnson County July 3, 1883, and had been a lifelong resident of Fuget.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow, Cordelia Estep Cantrell; two sons, Everett Cantrell, Fuget; James Herley Cantrell, Louisville; one brother, H. B. Cantrell, Fuget. Funeral services were conducted from the home Friday at 11:00 with Lonza Reed, Tommie Bailey and Thurman Ferguson as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday March 12, 1958
CANTRELL, Shade
1891-1958
NATIVE OF COUNTY, DIES IN MORGAN
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., February 2, for Shade Cantrell, 67, of Ophir, Morgan County, who died at home after an illness of several weeks. Born at Win in this county on Jan. 28, 1891, he was a son of Jasper and Hulda Estep Cantrell. He had lived at Ophir for the past 27 years and was a farmer by occupation.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are five sons and one daughter, Mitchell and Halleck Cantrell, both of Flat Fork, Ky, Winfred Cantrell, Dayton, Ohio, Claude Cantrell, Miamisburg, Ohio, Jasper Cantrell, Ophir, and Alma Tackett, Herald, Ky, also the following brothers and sisters, Ira Cantrell, Ophir, Nancy Cantrell, Addie Hitchcock, Mary Sorrell and Fanny Talent, all of Miamisburg, Ohio, and a half- brother, Archie Talent of Miamisburg. Services were held at the home of his son at Ophir. Burial was made in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD February 5, 1958
CASTLE, Ethel Evelyn (Castle)
1888-1958
Thealka Woman Dies February 27
Ethel Evelyn Castle Buried At Huntington
Mrs. Ethel Evelyn Castle, 70, wife of William Castle, and a native of Thealka, died Thursday, February 27, at the Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Kentucky, after a long illness. She had been a resident of Fallsburg for one year. Mrs. Castle was born at Thealka on Dec. 7 1888, a daughter of James E. and Elizabeth Graham Castle. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Ermal Castle, Biggs, Ky., Ray Castle, Ceredo W. Va., two daughters, Mrs. Opal Joan Morris, Huntington, W. Va., and Miss Mildred Jean Castle, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, also the following brothers and sisters; Hazel Varble, Martin, Ky., Cynthia Salyers, Louisa, Luther Castle, Painstville, Oakley Castle, Detroit, Mich., Guy Castle, Thealka, and Mrs. Samantha Spears, Thealka. One granddaughter, Emma Jean Chaney and two great-granddaughters, Sharon Chaney and Sandy Denice Ratliff also survive. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 2, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Huntington, W. Va. where interment was made by the J. W. Call & Son Funeral Home of Pikeville. Painstville Herald Wednesday 3-5-1958
HAYSLETT, Noah
1958
PASSES FEB. 12
84 Year Old Man Was Magoffin Native
Noah Hayslett, 84, a native of Magoffin County, died Wednesday morning, February 12, at the home of a son, Luther Hayslett in Paintsville.  He had been ill for several weeks. He was the son of James and Armazenda Patrick Hayslett, and was affiliated with the Freewill Baptist Church. His wife, Dora Dams Hayslett, died 20 years ago. Surviving is another son, Robert Hayslett of Greenup, Ky., and two daughters, Mrs. Otto Webber and Mrs. Malta Kelly, both of Louisville, Ky. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Claude Preston.  Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Feb. 19, 1958

HOWARD, Desky (Higgins)
1883-1958
Services Friday For Resident Of W. Van Lear
Mrs. Desky Howard, 74, died at her home at West Van Lear Wednesday morning, February 26, after an extended illness. The daughter of the late Elijah and Olivia Poe Higgins, she was born in Magoffin County May 23, 1883, and had made her home in West Van Lear for the past thirty years. Her husband, Jimmie Howard, preceded her in death in 1940. Survivors include a daughter, Minnie Howard, West Van Lear; a sister, Mrs. Mollie Hurt, Ivyton; a brother, Jim Higgins,  Oklahoma; one grandaughter, 4 greatgrandchildren and 4 great-grand- children. Funeral services were conducted at 2:p.m. Friday, Feburary 28, at the West Van Lear Church of Christ with Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Burial was in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald 03-05-1958 Wednesday
ISAACS, Martin
1902-1958
MARTIN ISAACS IS VICTIM OF HEART ATTACK
Martin Isaacs, 55, local salesman, died Friday, February 14, in a Louisa hospital after a brief illness.  His death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Isaacs was born in Magoffin County on March 29, 1902, a son of the late Edmond and Martha Conley Isaacs.  He resided at West Van Lear, and had been living in Johnson County for the past 15 years. Surviving are another son, Robert Hayslett of Greenup, Ky., one daughter, Mrs. Charles Keffer of Anchorage, and two brothers, Hubert Isaacs and Clyde Isaacs, both of Detroit, Mich. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 17, at the Jones and Preston Funeral Home by Rev. Charles Perry. Burial was in the family cemetery at Falcon, KY. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Feb. 19, 1958
KING, Clyde
1931-1958
Five Hurt In 3 Vehicle Wreck Here Saturday
One of the most appalling motor accidents to happen in Johnson County in recent years took the life of Clyde King, 26, and injured five others, about six tenth miles north of Paintsville on U S. 23 Saturday.  The Accident in which three vehicles were involved, happened about 3:00 p.m. when King driving alone in a 1956 Ford and traveling north, undertook to pass a 1946 pick-up Ford Truck, also traveling north driven by James Paul Music, 17 of Nippa. According to State Trooper Jack Music, the vehicles were on a curve when the King automobile collided head-on with a regained consciousness.  Her condition is reported to be fair by hospital attendants.  She received deep lacerations of the face and head and other injuries. Dallas Van Hoose received lacerations and injury to a leg. Ricky Van Hoose received slight bruises.  The Van Hoose family are originally from the Kerz area of this county. Paul Music 17 was driving the truck, owned by Lincoln Van Hoose, in which Lincoln Eugene Van Hoose was an occupant.  Music was treated for injuries of the head and neck and sustained a deep cut on top of his head. He has been released from the hospital. Lincoln Eugene Van Hoose received minor bruises and cuts and was permitted to return home, from the hospital State Troopers Jack Music and Jack Roberts arrived at the scene of the accident almost at the time it occurred and aided in removing the body of King and the five injured persons from the scene. Trooper Roberts said King is the second motor fatality in Johnson County this year.  The first victim, a Mr. Moore, was killed on Barnetts Creek the early part of January, he said. Traffic accidents killed two persons in the county during the whole twelve months of 1957 which compared with six in 1956 and three in 1955. Mr. King, a coal miner by occupation, was the son of the late Tollie and Eunice Belvins King of this county.  He was born at Staffordsville April 6, 1931 and was a member of the U.M.W.A. On October 25, 1955, he was married to Miss Delia Mary Butler who survives him. Surviving brothers and sisters are Earl King and Everett King of Staffordsville, Cline King of Carey, Ohio, Mrs. Fay Hughes of Carey and Betty Lou King of Staffordsville. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of God at Staffordsville by Rev. Moses Kitchen and Rev. Robert Kitchen, Burial was in the Butler Cemetery. Paintsville Herald 2-12-1958
MCCARTY, Lou (Coldiron)
1874-1958
Dies Saturday Funeral Services Held At Staffordsville
Mrs. Lou McCarty, 84, widow of John H. McCarty, died Saturday afternoon, February 15, 1958 at the home of a son, Cameron McCarty, at Staffordsville.  She had been ill several weeks. Mrs. McCarty was born in Johnson County on July 10, 1874, a daughter of the late Jesse and Vina Blanton Coldiron.  She was a member of the Christian Church. Surviving is another son and one daughter, Jesse McCarty Chillicothe, Ohio, and Mrs. Noah Reed, Salyersville, KY.  Also one sister, Mrs. Rose Bitterman, Sea Side Calif. Her husband died 27 years ago. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the home of her granddaughter Mrs. Cline Blanton, at Staffordsville.  Officiating ministers were the Rev. Oscar McCarty and Rev. Lonza Reed. Burial was in the McCarty Cemetery at Manila. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-19-1958
MEADE, Lula (Butler)
1879-1958
Mrs. Fred Meade Former Resident Dies In Ashland
Mrs. Lula Butler Meade, 78, wife of the late Fred Meade died in an Ashland hospital February 19, 1958, following a heart attack.  A former resident of this county, Mrs. Meade had lived in Ashland for the past ten years and at the time of her death was making her home with her daughter, Miss May Meade.  Although she had been in ill health for a number of years, her sudden death shocked and grieved her many friends in this section. She was born May 3, 1879, at Staffordsville, the daughter of the late George and Atha Jane Preston Butler.  Prior to her marriage to Mr. Meade on December 8, 1909, she was a teacher of the Johnson County Schools. A woman of outstanding capabilities, she devoted her talents and energies to the youth of this county and exerted a tremendous influence in their early development, which was later reflected in their outlook and achievements.  A member of the Freewill Baptist Church for sixty years, her life was a testimonial to her beliefs and principles, and her faith and Christian devotion enriched and inspired the lives of those with whom she came in contact. Her husband preceded her in death in June 1953.  Also preceding her in death were two infant children, Gladys and Everett. Surviving are eight children; six daughters, Mrs. Crate Rice, Mrs. Robert Gunning, Mrs. W. C. Bailey, Mrs. Hysel Burchett all of Paintsville; Miss May Meade, Ashland; Mrs. W. T. Welch, Lexington; two sons, Gus and Fred H. Meade, Wheelersburg, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Ella Butler, City; 17 grandchildren. 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday in the chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home with C. C. Hall, Willard Wilcox and Robert Kitchen officiating. Active pallbearers were grandsons and nephews, Gary Meade, Harold Rice, Eugene Rice William L. Welch, Dwight Burchett, Samuel Butler, Fred Witten and Willard Wilcox. Burial was in the Meade Cemetery at Staffordsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-26-1958
RICE, Heber Holbrook
1958
Col. Heber Rice Dies Suddenly Meteoric Career Ends For Native Of County
Col. Heber Holbrook Rice, 75, brother of Garland H. Rice and Miss Lucile Rice of this city, died Saturday following a heart attack.  He was a resident of Chevy Chase, Md. A native of Paintsville, he was a son of the late Harvey B. and Mary Hurt Rice.  He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky in the Class of 1904, of which he was president.  While at the University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Lamp and Cross, senior society. He was granted an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University in June 1956.  He previously had received the same honorary degree from Athens College, Athens, Ala. Last June, he directed the 50th anniversary reunion of the Class of 1907 of the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass. He held the bachelor of science degree from the University and the bachelor of laws degree from Harvard. Col. Rice, a past president of the American Bar Association, was a retired government attorney.  He practiced law at Huntington, W. Va. for several years before going to Washington. During World War II, Col. Rice was a staff judge advocate and chief of the legal division at Huntsville Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala. He was elected secretary-general of the United League of Lawyers at its initial conference in March 1946. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruth Rice, Chevy Chase, Md.; two sons, Heber Holbrook Rice, Jr., and Craig Shelby Rice, and several grandchildren. Services were held at 9:30 a.m. today at Bethesda, Md. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Feb. 12, 1958
TAYLOR, O.C.
1882-1958
O.C. TAYLOR, 75, THELMA RESIDENT, DIES THURSDAY
O.C. Taylor, 75, died suddenly Thursday afternoon February 27, at his home at Thelma.  The son of Daniel H. and Anna Price Taylor, he was born March 3, 1882, in Lawrence County. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and formerly worked as a miner and farmer. Surviving are four children:  two sons, Buford Taylor, Patrick, Ohio; Ennis Taylor, Bim, W. Va.; two daughters, Ethel Van Hoose, Thealka; Sylvia Wheeler, Thelma. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 1, from the Thelma Primitive Baptist Church.  Burial followed in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday March 5, 1958
WELLS, John Britton, Sr.
1880-1958
HEART ATTACK FATAL TO JOHN B. WELLS, SR.
John Britton Wells, Sr., 77, president of the Big Sandy Hardware company and president of the Second National Bank, died suddenly in the Paintsville Hospital at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, following a heart attack. His death, sudden and unexpected, was a great shock to his family and friends. Mr. Wells was a son of Charles J. and Margaret Arrowood Wells, and a member of one of the county’s most prominent pioneer families. An astute businessman, he entered the mercantile business in early manhood. He later engaged in the hardware business and through his efforts saw this concern grow into one of the leading hardware establishments in Eastern Kentucky. He was born at Boons Camp on Oct. 22, 1880, and was married to Jennie Ward who survives him. He was a member of the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church. An unassuming, pleasant, congenial man, a kind and considerate husband and father, he will be missed in this community where he contributed much to its industrial growth and social and moral betterment. Surviving beside his wife, are one son, John Britton Wells, Jr., Kentucky’s Rural Highway Commissioner, three daughters, Mrs. Irvin Arrowood, Mrs. Edd Redd, and Mrs. Deward Kazee, all of Paintsville, one brother, Jake Wells of River, and a number of grandchildren and great- grandchildren. A son, Charles J. Wells, prominent local merchant, died about two years ago. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, at the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles Perry and the Rev. M. B. Thomason. Honorary pall bearers were: D. H. Dorton, Dan Wheeler, Clarence Preston, Fred Howes, J. C. Maggard, Callie Joseph, T. C. Meade, V. S. Williams, Frank J. Conley, Carl Fraim, Earl Powell, W. J. Turner, Leonard Short, Ralph Preston, Robert Perry, Dr. Paul B. Hall, Dr. G. M. Stafford, Homer Robinson, Frank Chandler, G. H. Rice, Harry LaViers, Sr., Ed Tyler, Herman Wheeler, Oliver Jenkins and Russell Hager, W. H. Cox, F. S. VanHoose, J. H. Pelphrey, George Branham, Eugene Daniel, Cyrus Cooper, Ray Turner. Active pall bearers: Oscar Trigg Dorton, Bill Bailey, Elmon Davis, Wilbur Daniel, Jimmie George Daniel, William B. Hazelrigg, Ralph Gibson, Virgil Wallen. Burial was made in the Wells Cemetery in Bridgeford Addition. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-26-1958
WHEELER, Grace (Martin)
1958
Mrs. Grace M. Wheeler, Dies in Prestonsburg
Mrs. Grace Martin Wheeler, 72, of Prestonsburg, died last Wednesday at home following a long illness. She was found dead in bed at 8 a.m. by a nephew, Hankins Roberts. She had been ill for several months and death was attributed to a heart attack. Mrs. Wheeler was the widow of Judge C. B. Wheeler who preceded her in death in 1940. She was a daughter of Joel Martin and Miriam Harris Martin. She leaves no surviving children. She was a member of the Baptist church. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Carter & Callihan Funeral Home, the Revs. M. Robert Regan and Ira McMillen, Jr., officiating. Burial was in the Harris family cemetery at Emma. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB 12 1958



MARCH - 1958

BLAIR, Lindsey
1893-1958
LINDSEY BLAIR OF OIL SPRINGS DIES TUESDAY
Lindsey Blair, 69, farmer of Oil Springs, died in a local hospital at 7:20 a.m., March 18, 1958, after an illness of two weeks. The son of Frank and Ann Picklesimer Blair, he was born in this county September 6, 1893, and had been a lifelong resident of Oil Springs.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Cordin Webb Blair; one son, Vencil Blair, Oil Springs; Mrs. Lewis Williams, Oil Springs; and the following brothers and sisters, Buel and Martin Blair, both of Barnetts Creek; Bob Blair, Mt. Sterling, Ohio, Margaret Blair, Bertha Picklesimer and Delphia Harmon, all of Barnetts Creek; Dessie Blair Wheelersburg, Ohio. Funeral Services will be conducted from the home Thusday at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be in the family cemetery at Oil Springs.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 19, 1958
BLANTON, Sherman
1890-1958
Sherman Blanton Of Swamp Branch Passes Friday
Sherman Blanton, 66, resident of Swamp Branch, died in a local hospital Friday, May 30, at 4:00 pm. The son of J.M. Blanton and Drucilla Blanton, he was born in Johnson County, February 26, 1890, and had been a life-long resident of Swamp Branch, where he engaged in farming. Mr. Blanton is survived by his wife, Melvia Blanton, and two daughters, Mrs. Fred Ramey, Tero, Ohio and Mrs. Robert Hackworth, Riceville.  Also surviving are four sisters, Callie Blanton, Leander; Mrs. Delva Click, Swamp Branch; Mrs. Lon Lemaster, Collista and Mrs. Clifford Blanton, Greenwich, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 1 at the home with Scott castle, Charlie Lemaster as officiating ministers. Burial followed in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 4, 1958
COLLINS, Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Bayes)
1871-1958
SERVICES IN GREENUP FOR FORMER RESIDENT
Mrs. Elizabeth, “Lizzie” Collins, 86, wife of Ben Collins of Naples, Ky., died Sunday, March 9 at her home.  Mrs. Collins had been ill since June.  She was born July 24, 1871 in Johnson County, the daughter of the late Jack and Betty Fraser Bayes.  Mrs. Collins was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.  Surviving besides the husband are two daughters, Mrs. Releigh C. Cunningham, 1412 Findley  St., Portsmouth and Mrs. Nola Spears, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and one son, Everett Spears, Russell, Ky., children by a former marriage. Funeral  services were held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Culp Creek Holiness Church, with Rev. Granville Salyers as the officiating minister and burial followed in the Spears Cemetery in Greenup County. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 19, 1958
COPLEY, Clarence
1908-1958
Clarence Copley, C. & O. Employee, Dies Thursday
Clarence Copley, 48, well-known resident of Auxier, died at his home at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 20, 1958 after an illness of five months. He was the son of Mrs. Marcie Preston Copley of this city and the late Samuel N. Copley and was born in this county November 12, 1908. He attended the Paintsville City Schools and was popular and well liked by his many friends in this city, who were grieved and shocked by his untimely death. Employed as a civil engineer by the C. & O. Railway Company, he had been a resident of Auxier for the past eighteen years. Surviving besides his mother are his widow, Mary Alice Daniel Copley; three daughters, Marcia Ann, Martha Mayo and Patricia Jane Copley, all at home; two brothers, James T. of this city, and Robert W. Copley, Louisville. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 1:00 p.m., from the Auxier Methodist Church with Rev. S. C. Honeycutt and Rev. James Sturgill officiating. Pallbearers were the district engineers of the C. & O. Railway Company. Burial was in the Stratton Cemetery at Auxier. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MARCH 26 1958
CUMBO, Dixie (Cassady)
1885-1958
Rites Tuesday For Resident Of W. Van Lear
Mrs. Dixie Cumbo, 72, prominent resident of West Van Lear, died in a local hospital at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, March 29, following an illness of two and one-half years. The daughter of the late Samuel and Mahalia Jane Crum Cassady, she was born April 30, 1885, in Martin County. She had made her home at West Van Lear for thirty-two years and was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, W. A. Cumbo, and son, Wilburn E Cumbo, Louisville; two sisters, Mrs. Maxie Pack, Charleston W. Va.; Miss Lucratia Cassady, Asheville N. C.; one brotherm William Cassady, West Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, APril 1, from the West Van Lear Church of Christ by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt. Active pallbearers were Herbert Deskins, William Stambaugh, Milo Preston, Deward Price, Brooksie Webb, Ezra Robinson, and Kent Phelps. Honorary pallbearers were Irvin Music, Cecil Sherman, Tom Goble, and Bruce Phelps. Burial was in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-2-1958   

DALE, Lou (Salyer)
1892-1958
Brief Illness Fatel Sunday To Lou Dale, 66
Mrs. Lou Saylor Dale, 66, died Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Lillie Mae Jackson of this city, after an illness of one month. The daughter of Ben and Nancy Pace Saylor, she was born in Painstville November 29, 1892 A lifelong resident of this city, she was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Surviving besides Mrs. Jackson are two other daughters, Mrs. Gladys Maynard, Beauty, and Mrs. Nannie Luster. Also surviving are two sisters, Cora Blanton, city, and Sara Jackson, Whitaker; two brothers, Ben Saylor and John Saylor, both of Whitaker. Funeral survices were conducted today at 2:00 p.m., from the Pentecostal Church with Cline Salyers as officiating minister. Burial was in the Town Cemetery. Painstville Herald 3-19-1958
DANIEL, Jay
1906-1958
Jay Daniel, 51, Dies In Ohio Funeral Services At Offutt Monday
Jay Daniel, 51, retired miner, died at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8 in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio after an illness of several weeks. He was born in Johnson County on Oct. 20, 1906, a son of Major and Cabrilla Meade Daniel.  He was a resident of Cleveland at the time of his death. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Daniel, three sons, Bruce Daniel, Randall Daniel and Wendell Daniel, all of Cleveland; one daughter, Mrs. Patsy Penix, Cleveland, O., and the following brothers and sisters, Guy Daniel, Rock Hill, N.C., Mrs. Joe Rickman, Offutt, Mrs. Gladys Hammond, Williamsport, Mrs. Lena Ward, Dayton, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 10 at the Offutt School House. Burial was in the family cemetery at Offutt. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 12, 1958
DEBOARD, Elza
1899-1958
HEART ATTACK FATAL THURSDAY TO ELAZA DEBOARD
Elza DeBoard ,59 ,died of a heart attack in a local hospital March 20 at 2:00 p.m., after an illness of seven weeks. A native of Morgan County he was born January 13, 1899, the son of Henry and Mary Alice Skaggs DeBoard.  He had lived in this city fourteen years and has been employed as a miner.  He  was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ. He is survived by his widow, Josie Wilcox DeBoard; two sons, Levi DeBoard, Owosso, Michigan; Herman DeBoard, Indianapolis, Ind.; two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Mullins and Mrs. Martina Willet, both of this city; eighteen grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Hicks, Columbus,Ohio; Mrs. Marcella Butcher, and Mrs. Laura Butcher, both of White House; one half-brother, Oscar Scarberry, Ashland, Ohio; one half-sister Fanny VanHoose, White House. Funeral services were conducted from the Pentecostal Church of Christ on Blackberry at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, March 23 by Cline Salyer and Arthur Ramey. Burial was in the family cemetery in this city. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY MAR.26 1958
DAVIS, Rosella (Webb) 1884-1958 ROSELLA WEBB Roselle Davis Dies March 5 At Van Lear Mrs. Rosella Webb Davis, 74, died at her home at Van Lear at 10:20 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, of a stroke following an illness of two and one-half years.  She was a sister of Melvin Webb of this city. The daughter of W.J. Webb and Jane Honeycutt Webb, she was born June 15, 1884, and had been a lifelong resident of Van Lear.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Lon Davis; four daughters, Mrs. Malvia Young, West Van Lear; Mrs. Elizabeth Webb, Van Lear; Mrs. Laura Mollett, David; Mrs. Ella Hall, Ashbury, N. C.; two sons, Frank Davis, Van Lear; Cecil Davis, West Van Lear.  Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Zora Phelps, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Laura Phelps, and Mrs. David Elliott, both of Elk City, Okla.; another brother, Willie Webb, Greenup. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 8, from the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church at West Van Lear with F.F. Rigsby and Leonard Walters as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Hall Cemetery at Davis Branch. NOTE: This cemetery is also known as the "Davis Cemetery" at the Mouth of Davis Branch, Johnson Co., KY. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 12, 1958
FITZPATRICK, Manuel
1881-1958
Dies Suddenly Of Heart Attack
Manuel Fitzpatrick, 76, well-known taxi driver of Paintsville, dies suddenly at 9:30 Sat urday, March 8, of a heart attack at his home on East Street. Mr. Fitzpatrick had been in ill health for the past few years, but his death was unexpected, and a shock to his family and friends. He was born in Johnson County March 15, 1881, a son of Henry and Violet Spears Fitzpatrick, and had been a resident of Paintsville most of his life. Surviving are his wife, Martha Conley Fitzpatrick and one daughter, Mrs. Clarence Melvin, Paintsville, and a host of other relatives and friends.  Luceher and Cecil Blair of this city are his nephews. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, by the Rev. C. F. Allen. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-1958
GEORGE, John
1874-1958
JOHN GEORGE, 83, Dies March 24 Of Heart Attack
John George, 83, farmer of Ulysses, died of a heart attack at his home at 10:30am, March 24, after an illness of four years. The son of the late James and Mary Van Hoose George, he was born June 12, 1874, at Nippa.  He was a well-known resident of Ulysses where he had lived for seventy-five years, and was a member of the Church of God at Lowmansville. Surviving are his wife, Stella Davis George; two sons, Charles George, Hamilton, Ohio; Johnny George, Ulysses; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Preston, Ulysses; one sister, Martha Preston, Sharplesville. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 10:00 am from the Loss Creek schoolhouse with Scott Griffith as officiating minister. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday April 2, 1958
HOWARD, Hattie (Howard)
1886-1958
Hattie Howard Local Woman, Passes Friday
Mrs. Hattie Howard, 72, died of a heart attack at her home in this city March 21, at 1:00 p.m., following a week's illness. The daughter of the late  Henry and Peggy Blanton Howard, she was born in Breathitt county January 12, 1886. She had lived in this city thirty-two years and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Her husband, Jake Howard, preceded her in  death August 8, 1943. Surviving are three sons, George Howard, Ashland; Ashland; Harland Howard of this city; Bill Howard, West Van Lear; three daughters,  Beatrice Russell, Portsmouth Ohio; Myrtle Mury, St, Clairsville; Ohio; Donna Bell Estepp, Ashland;  three stepsons, Ike, Alf, Dewey Howard, Maggard; one sister, Fronia Jaxon city. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m, Sunday March 23, from the Free Enterprise Baptist Church at Henclip, with Scott Castle as  officiating minister. Burial was in the family cemetery at Henclip. Paintsville Herald 03-26-1958 Wednesday
JENNINGS, Henry
1913-1958
Henry Jennings Dies Thursday Of Heart Attack
Henry Jennings, 45, died March 27 of a heart attack at Evanston, where he was employed as a miner. The son of Kanawah and Cora Preston Jennings, he was born at Van Lear November 15, 1913, and had been a resident of West Van Lear for four years.  He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. Survivors include his widow, Marie Blanton Jennings, four sons, Kenneth Ray, Bennie Lee, Jimmie, Michael, all at home; three daughters, Bonnita and Judy Ann Jennings, at home; Mrs. Bernice Lyons, Wittensville.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Lafe Jennings, Wellston, Ohio; Charlie Jennings, Drift; Ossie Jennings of this city; Press Jennings , Van Lear; Mrs. Ethel Davis, Meally; Mrs. Frank Wetzel, Wellston, Ohio; Mrs. Virginia Daniels, Tomahawk; Mrs. Binnie Whitaker, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, March 30, from the United Baptist Church at Buffalo with Leonard Walters, Nim Sturgill and Elzie Banks as officiating ministers. Members of local Union 9906 of Evanston acted as pallbearers. Burial was in the family cemetery at Meally.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-2-1958
LITTERAL, Lonnie
1891-1958
LONNIE LITTERAL PASSES FRIDAY
Funeral services were conducted Monday for Lonnie Litteral, 66, resident of this city, who died Friday morning in the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., after an illness of one week. The son of the late Milton and Rhoda Jackson Litteral, he was born in Magoffin County, December 28, 1891.  Most of his life was spent in Paintsville where he was employed as a laborer.  He was a disabled veteran of World War I. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Castle, City; Mrs. Julia Litteral, Ashland; one brother, Roscoe Litteral, Falcon. Services were conducted from the chapel of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home at 10:30 by Scott Castle.  Burial was in the Town Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday April 2, 1958
MCCOY, Richard
1903-1958
RICHARD MCCOY DIES FOLLOWING BRIEF ILLNESS
Richard McCoy, 55, died at 2:15 a.m., Saturday, March 22, in an Alexandria, Va., hospital after an illness of nine days. The son of the late Ezekial and Mary Neff McCoy, he was born January 4, 1903, in Coalton, Ky.  For the last five years, he had lived in Alexandria, Va. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Williamson, W. Va., had worked as a miner for thirty-nine years and was last employed as a shipping clerk by U. S. Steel Co. Surviving are his wife, Kepte Davidson McCoy; four sons, Richard McCoy, Jr., U. S. Navy; James Nelson, Charles Edwin, and Gerald Thomas McCoy, all of Alexandria, Va.; three daughters, Misses Bertha Lucile and Brenda Joyce McCoy, both at home; Mrs. Margaret Joan Willitte, Alexandria; one brother, Charlie McCoy, Auxier; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Bates, North Matewan, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, from the Auxier Methodist church with Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating.  Burial was in the Burchett Cemetery at Auxier Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 26, 1958
MOLLETT, Nancy (Charles)
1895-1958
Nancy Mollett of Boons Camp Passes Feb. 19
Mrs. Nancy Mollett, 63, resident of Boons Camp, died at her home at 6:00 a.m., February 19, of pneumonia.  She had been in ill health for two years. The daughter of Jim and Haley Charles, she was born January 21, 1895, in Martin County.  She had been a resident of boons Camp for twenty-nine years and had been a member of the United Baptist Church for twenty-two years. Surviving are her husband Elias Mollett; two sons, Raymond and James, both of Boons Camp; one daughter, Mrs. Omi Stambaugh, Kansas City, Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Lydia Young, Deboard, Ky. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, from the Little Friendship Church at Boons Camp with Nim Sturgill and Sam Preston as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Mollett Cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-26-1958
PERRY, Malissa (Wells)
1876-1958
Rites Tuesday for Mother Of Local Pastor
Mrs. Malissa Perry Dies Suddenly Sunday
Mrs. Mary Malissa Perry, 81, Widow Of George C. Perry, Died Unexpectedly Sunday At The Home Of Her Son, Rev. Charles Perry, Court Street. She Was Born In This County April 9, 1876, The Daughter Of The Late William A. And Mary Hicks Wells. Most Of Her Life Was Spent In Paintsville, Where She And Her Husband Were Associated With The Early Business Life Of The City And Contributed To Its Growth And Development. Her Husband Preceded Her In Death In February 1937. She Was A Member Of The Mayo Memorial Methodist Church And Her Faith And Courage Demonstrated The Strength Of Her Convictions. Her Life Of Consecrated Christian Devotion Was A Source Of Inspiration To Her Family And Friends. She Was Blessed With Spiritual Wealth And Her Days Were Made Rich And Full By Her Capacity For Unselfish Service. Always Gracious Always Thoughtful, Her Heart-Warming Compassion And Sympathetic Understanding Embraced Not Only The Members Of Her Own Family, But Extended To All With Whom She Came In Contact. Surviving Are Three Sons, Rev. Charles Perry And George C. Perry, Both Of This City, Albert Perry, Cawood, Ky. Other Survivors Include Two Brothers, John L. Wells Of This City; R.G. Wells, Pikeville; One Sister, Mrs. George Walters, Shoals, W. Va. Funeral Services Were Conducted At 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, March 11, From The Mayo Methodist Church With Rev. Homer Moore, Rev. O. M. Simmerman And Rev. C. F. Allen Officiating. Active Pallbearers Were Billy Perry, Chad Perry, Dick Perry, Frank Wells, E.D. Wells, Tom Meade, Bob Hall, Lee Hall, And Russell Meade. Burial Was In The Wells-Buckingham Cemetery In This City. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 12, 1958
PICKLESIMER, Eva
1958
Rites Held At Fuget For Eva Picklesimer
Eva Darlene Picklesimer, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Picklesimer of Volga, died in a local hospital Tuesday, March 4. Surviving besides her parents are two sisters, Virginia Lynn and Jenette Eileen; five brothers, Francis Leroy, Robert Leon, Larry Clayton, Ronnie Dean, and Hansford Dalton.  Also surviving are the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Estep, Fuget, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Picklesimer, Volga. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 6, with W. L. Webb as officiating minister.  Burial was in the Estep Cemetery at Fuget. Paintsville Herald  Wednesday  March 12, 1958  The parents were: Francis Milton and Verna Evelyn Estepp Picklesimer.  The paternal grandparents were Homer Dalton and Ethel Conley Picklesimer.  Paintsville Herald 3-12-1958
QUINN, Roscoe C.
1958
Dies Friday In Louisiana
News was received here Friday of the sudden death of Roscoe C. Quinn of Minden, La., who died of a heart attack. He was the husband of the late Neva Lee Spears Quinn, who was connected with the oil business, came to Paintsville from Oklahoma during the twenties.  He and Miss Spears were married in 1927 and later moved to the South where he was associated with the Phillips Petroleum Company. He made many friends in Paintsville and the surrounding area who will be saddened to hear of his untimely passing. Surviving are two children, Mrs. Aubrey L. McDaniel, Jackson, Miss., and Le Rosa Quinn of Minden, La, also two grandchildren of Jackson, Miss. Funeral services were held Sunday in Minden, La, and interment was made in Oklahoma. Mr. Quinn was the uncle of John L. Spears and Mrs. Glen J. Sturgell of this city. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-2-1958
ROBINSON, Pauline (Wells)
1872-1958
PAULINE ROBINSON SERVICES SUNDAY FOR WELL-KNOWN LOCAL WOMAN
Mrs. Pauline Robinson, 85, well-known and beloved Paintsville woman passes away Friday, March 28, at 6:40 p.m. She was the daughter of the late M.L.K. and Exer Meek Wells and was born in this county November 19, 1872. “Aunt Phiny,” as she was affectionately known, had been active in community life for more than forty years.  She loved people and even when she was confined to her bed, she kept in constant touch with others through the medium of telephone and radio. She was preceded in death by her husband, M. L. Robinson, a prominent attorney and teacher in Johnson County and three children, Mrs. Mont Holt, Dewey Robinson and Aubrey Robinson. Surviving are five children; Mrs. Walter Lewis and Homer Robinson, both of this city; Mrs. Kenneth I. Miner, Albany, N. Y.; Mrs. Paul R. Record, Knoxville, Tenn.; Bruce Robinson, North Dakota; three brothers, W. G. Wells, Lin Wells and Ed Wells of Boons Camp; one sister, Mrs. Golda Duncan, Dayton, Ohio.  She lived to enjoy her seventeen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the Mayo Memorial Church Sunday, March 30, at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. J. I. Meyers of the South Methodist Church of Ashland and Rev. Charles Perry, pastor of Mayo Memorial, officiating.  Music was rendered by the Mayo Church Choir with Earl Powell as soloist. The following nephews acted as pallbearers:  Crit Wells, Marlcom Shearer, Howard Sparks, Orville Hamilton, King Wells, Oscar Wells, Wilbur Daniels, and Jack Vickers. Burial was held in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery in this city. Paintsville Herald Wednesday April 2, 1958
SALYERS, Green
1881-1958
Services Today At Beechwall For Local Man
Green Salyers, 76, died at his home on Main Street Monday morning, March 24, after an illness of three days. A lifelong resident on Johnson County, he was born April 15, 1881, the son of the late Jay and Martha Spradlin Salyers.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church and was a farmer prior to his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Ida Melvin Salyers, and two brothers, Milt Salyers of this city and Blaine Salyers, Harris, W. Va. A brief service was conducted at the home at 10:00 a.m. today by Rev. M. R. Thomason and a later service followed at 11:00 a.m. at the Beechwall United Baptist Church with Prater Blair, Lonza Reed and Frank Arms as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Asa. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-1958
SHAY, Robert E.
1901-1958
ROBERT E. SHAY DIES THURSDAY
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday from the chapel of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home for Robert E. Shay, 56, who died Thursday in a hospital in Detroit, Michigan, following an illness of one year. He was born September 3, 1901, in Tucker County, W. Va., the son of the late Neal and Jeanette Munson Shay.  He had made his home in Detroit for fifteen years where he was employed as a machinist.  He was a member of the Church of Christ and of the Pikeville Lodge F. & A. M. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mabel Colvin Shay; one son, Robert Samuel Shay, Washington, D. C., two sisters, Mrs. Virgil McClintic, Richmond, Va.; Mrs. Sam Pallant, Long Beach, Calif.; one brother, Dennis Shay, Braddock, Pa. Services were conducted by Rev. S. C. Honeycutt and Rev. Larry Wigal.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Hager Hill. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 19, 1958
SMITH, Armstrong
1878-1958
Armstrong Smith Passes Monday
Armstrong Smith, 80, lifelong resident of Mima, died Monday, March 3, at the Castle Fork Rest Home at Lowmansville following an illness of eleven months. The son of the late Cove and Vicy Cantrell Smith, he was born February 15, 1878, in Morgan County.  He had engaged in farming prior to his retirement. Survivors include his wife, Mary Fraley Smith and eight children; one son, Arthur Smith, Lexington; Mrs. Vicie Catrix and Mrs. Ruth Jacobs, both of East Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Jane Cochran and Annie Smith, both of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Hazel Kimbleton, Indiana Harbor, Ind.; Mrs. Helen Fannin, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Vivian Kemper, Louisville.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters:  Ross Smith, Red Bush; Pieratt Smith, Mima; Mrs. Minnie Collier, Mima; Mrs. Susan Bradley, Ohio; Mrs. Polly Jane Keaton, Red Bush. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., today from the Smith Valley Baptist Church with, Jesse Smith and Elige Smith as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Smith Cemetery at Mima. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-5-1958
TRAVIS, William (Bill Doc)
1877-1958
DIES SUNDAY OF PNEUMONIA
William “Bill Doc” Travis, 81, died in a local hospital at 8:45 p.m., March 23, after an eight- day illness of pneumonia. The son of Jonathan and Lockie Preston Travis, he was born at Wilbur, January 12, 1877.  He had made his home at Thelma for the last sixty-six years and was a carpenter before he retired. He was married February 1902 to the former Laura Lynch, who survives.  Other survivors include three sons, Estill Travis, Catlettsburg; Earl Travis, Ashland; Edward, Thelma; one daughter, Mrs. C.C. Collier, Ashland; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Emmy Preston, Ashland; and the following brothers and sisters, Bertha Stevens, Arthur Travis, Clora Stevens, Hazel Brooks, all of Ashland; Lindsey Travis, Thelma; Virgil Travis, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted from the Thelma Schoolhouse at 10:00 today, with L.T. Preston and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Preston Cemetery at Thelma. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday March 26, 1958
WELLS, Byron J.
1896-1958
BYRON J. WELLS DIES SUNDAY IN CINCINNATI
Funeral services were conducted today at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home for Byron J. Wells, member of a prominent Johnson County family, who died Sunday in a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, following an extended illness. He was a brother of Mrs. V. D. Splane and Hubert Wells of this city. The son of the late John P. and Julia Howes Buckingham Wells, he was born in Paintsville October 23, 1896. Prior to his illness, he had been employed as a salesman for the Wells Elkhorn Coal Co., and the Paintsville Oil and Gas Co. Preceding him in death were his wife, Sophie Meek Wells, a former teacher in the Paintsville City Schools, and a son, Walter Scott, a casualty of World War II. Survivors also include another sister, Mrs. V. S. Taylor, Portsmouth, and a half brother, John E. Buckingham, Frankfort. Services were conducted by Rev. Charles Perry and burial was in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery in this city The Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-5-1958
Obituary
Byron J. Wells, born at Paintsville, Kentucky, October 28, 1896, the sone of John P. Wells and Julia Howes Buckingham Wells, died March 2, 1958, at Cincinnati, Ohio, survived by a son, Robert Lee Wells, Fairborn, Ohio, two sisters, Mrs.Voleny Taylor, Portsmouth, O., and Mrs.Geneva Spalne, Paintsville, Kentucky, a brother, Hubert Wells, Paintsville, Kentucky, and a half-brother, John E. Buckingham, Frankfort, Kentucky. Preceeding him in death were his widow, Sophia Meeks Wells, two sons, Byron Well, Jr., and Scott Wells, four brothers, Walter Wells, J. K. Wells, Herbert Wells, and Lennie Wells; a half- brother, Claude Buckingham, and two half-sisters, Winnie Buckingham and Josephine Buckingham. Grandson of William Green Wells, one of the county's first doctors and son of one of the early Paintsville's leading lawyers, Byron was also the youngest sone in a large family and early learned to fend for himself.  A product of the Paintsville Public Schools where he starred on the High School's first football team, he was otherwise self-educated, having read widely of the classics and studies the humanities.  By's young manhood coinciding with Big Sandy Valley's mineral boom, he sought his destiny in the coal and oil fields.   He was associated for many years with his brother, Walter Wells, in operation of the Wells Elkhorn Coal Company and later helped organize and operate the Paintsville Oil and Gas Company.  Plagued throughout his life by misfortune and ill health which he bore with fortitude and patience, Byron was forced early in life into semi-retirement and turned to writing.  For many years he conducted a column in the Paintsville Herald, reported for the Associated Press, and wrote short stories.  The last fifteen years of his life, were long years of invalidism, in hospitals and sanitariums.  Byron found surcease, respite and salvation in his Lord and in  the end went to meeth Him with a faith that was almost eagerness. The story of Byron J. Wells is the ultimate victory of courage and faith in God, over the trouble and heartbreak of a Job-like life. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-19-58
WHEELER, Emma Marie (Daniel)
1913-1958
Emma Wheeler Dies Suddenly Of Heart Attack
Mrs. Emma Marie Wheeler, 45, wife of Troy Wheeler of Thealka, died unexpectedly at her home at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday March 11, 1958, of a heart attack. She was the daughter of Mrs. Bessie Van Hoose Daniel and the late Julius Daniel and was born in this county January 22, 1913.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church and had been employed as a clerk in the G. C. Murphy Store for a number of years. Surviving besides her husband and mother are a son, Troy Weldon Wheeler, U. S. Navy, Sanford, Fla; one daughter, Gayle Lynn Wheeler, Thealka; one grandson and the following brothers and sisters:  Mitchell Daniel and Carl Daniel, both of Thealka, Mrs. Charles Spradlin, Thealka; Mrs. Herschel Van Hoose, Nippa; Mrs. Foley North, Tutor Key, Mrs. Jay Rickman, Detroit, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted from the Nippa Freewill Baptist Church at 10:30 p.m. Friday March 14, 1958 with Claude Preston as the officiating minister.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the Daniel Cemetery at Thealka. Paintsville Herasld Wednesday 19 March 1958
WILLIAMS, Maxie Mae (Brown)
1906-1958
IN EAST CHICAGO
Mrs. Maxie Mae Williams, 52, died at her home in East Chicago, Inc., Sunday following an illness of six months. The daughter of the late Wallace and Angie Hill Brown, she was born March 31, 1906, in Morgan County.  She made her home in East Chicago for the last seventeen years and was a member of the Enterprise Baptist church. Surviving are two sons, Harlan Ison, East Chicago, Ind.; Virgil Ison, U. S. Army; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Ison, Cynthiana, Ohio; Mrs. Imogene Griffin, East Chicago, Ind; one sister, Mrs. Effie Coldiron, O., three brothers, Ernest Brown, Red Bush; Arthur Brown, Winchester; Edward Brown. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., today from the Paint Valley Church at Relief by Emerson Pelphrey, Monroe Cantrell, Thomas Kincaid and A. C. Bradley.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Relief. Paintsville Herald Wednesday March 19, 1958
WOODS, Delano
1933-1958
Man Is Killed By Heavy Board That Pierces Car
Delano Woods Dies Saturday on Rt. 23 South of City A young Johnson County man was killed instantly about 10:00 Saturday evening in an automobile accident about three-tenths mile south of the city on U.S. Highway 23.  The victim was Delano Woods, 23, son of Mrs. Lucy Scarbury Woods of Wittensville and the late Dennie Woods. The accident occurred in the “narrows” where a break in the pavement permits one-way traffic. State Trooper Jack Roberts said Woods, 23, was a passenger in a 1950 Ford driven by Gail Wilcox, 24, of Wittensville.  The car was traveling in the direction of Paintsville.  At the scene of the accident, highway officials had placed barrels on the lower side of the pavement on which three-by-eight timbers held smudge pots to warn motorists to use caution because of the condition of the highway at this point.  The automobile struck one of the pieces of timber which glanced upward from the hood of the car.  It then entered the front windshield to strike the victim on the head. About 30 minutes later, Woods was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Paintsville Clinic.  He death was caused from head injuries. Trooper Roberts said the two men were returning from the Music Skating Rink at East Point when the accident happened.  He said the timber or board that entered the automobile extended to the back and pierced the rear window. The two occupants of the car married sisters, and the automobile in which they were riding belonged to their father-in-law, Bert Pelphrey. Woods was born September 6, 1933, at Seco, Ky.  He was a veteran and was employed as a miner by the Springfield Coal Co. His wife, Ruby Jewell Pelphrey Woods, to whom he had been married only two months, survives him. Other survivors, besides his mother, are four brothers, Ronald Woods, Mickey Woods, Vaughan Douglas Woods and Dennis Randolph Woods, all of Wittensville. Funeral services were held at 10:30 Tuesday morning at the Nippa Freewill Baptist Church. Charles Adams and Bruce Daniels were the officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Dixon Cemetery at Staffordsville. Paintsville Herald Thursday March 12, 1958



APRIL - 1958
   
ALLEN, Jeff
1889-1958
Former Policeman Was Native of Lee
Jeff Allen, widely known citizen of this city, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday, April 21 at his home on Main Street. He had been in ill health about three years, and death followed a stroke which he suffered a few days ago. Mr. Allen was 68 years of age and was a native of Lee County. He had been a resident of Painstville for the past 38 years where he had served as a member of the city police force. He had also been and oil and gas operator and had dealt in real estate. He was a member of the United Brethern Church, and the Daughters of America. He was born Sept. 13, 1889 a son of the late Richard and Sally Ann Rader Allen. Mr. Allen had many friends in this city and county who will be saddened to learn of his death. Surviving are his wife, Ellen Jane Dishman Allen, and the following half-brothers and sisters; Mrs. Mary Haney, Paintsville; Mrs. Emily Witt, Grey Hawk, Ky.; Mrs. Ella Emery and Mrs. Pearlie Chaney, both of Irvine, Ky., Mrs. Minnie Flannery, Arvel Ky., Andy Mayse, Baltiomore, Md., and George Allen, Irvine, Ky.. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Aprill 24, at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery here. Painstville Herald Wednesday 4-23-1958
BLAIR, Green
1871-1958
Green Blair Dies Thursday At Thealka
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church for Green Blair, 87, who died at his home at Thealka at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, after an illness of several years. The son of the late Asa and Clinie Phelps Blair, he was born in Magoffin County February 27, 1871, but had lived practically all of his life in Johnson County. He was a member of the First Baptist church and worked as a miner prior to his retirement. Surviving are his widow, Lillian Dean Blair; two sons, Walter and Frank Blair, Columbus, Ohio; eight daughters, Mrs. Lucille Caudill, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Barbara Ellen Webb and Mrs. Ruby Hamilton, both of Thealka; Mrs. Martha Cundiff, Indiana ; Mrs. Lizzie Jones, Ashland; Mrs. Sylvia Roberts, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Cora Cantrell and Mrs. Betty Stambaugh, both of this city. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Leander Blair and Arbie Blair, city; Lonzie Blair and Luther Blair, both of Ohio; Mrs. Lucinda Arms, Sitka; Mrs Dove Barbery, Detroit, Michigan. Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m., with James Lyons and Don Fraley as officiating minsters. Burial was in the Ratliff Cemetery in this city. This obituary is from the Paintsville Herald and I did correct the last name of one of my aunts, Ruby Hamilton (was printed as Hampton), also the year of his death was not included in the obituary and I added that, there may be other errors that I am not aware of, if so please contact me so I can correct my records as well. Green Blair was married to my grandmother (Mary Jackson first and all but 3 of the children listed are from that marriage). Darrell,  This might be a little controversial, however, it is history. The above is my grandfather and he was married first to my grandmother, Mary Lou Jackson, they divorced in 1932 and he married Lillian Dean.  The following is my uncle, William Jasper Blair, son of Green Blair and Mary Lou Jackson Blair, who was killed by Green Blair's step-son who is currently living in Paintsville, Kentucky after serving many years in prison. Paintsville Herald  4-23-1958
BOGGS, Mrs. L. E.
1958
MRS L. E. Boggs Dies In Columbus
Mrs. L. E. Boggs died recently of a heart attack at her home in Columbus, Ohio. Her husband preceded her in death several years ago. She is survived by one son, Lonnie, Osford, Ohio, and one  daughter, Lettiza, Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Boggs was the aunt of   Ha__y Thomas of this city and a sister of the late Mrs. R. C. Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Boggs formerly resided in this city. Paintsville Herald 4-16-1958 Wednesday
BROWN, Thomas Jefferson
1886-1958
Thomas Jefferson Brown, son of Daniel Brown and Art Allen Brown was born May 1, 1886 and died April 9, 1958 being 71 years, eleven months and eight days of age. He was married to Hettie Pace. There were eight children born to this union, Mrs. Malcum Jackson, Conley, KY; Mrs. Iva Picklesimer, Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. Herschel Blanton, Charleston, W. Va.; Den Brown, Chicago, Ill.; Dan Brown, Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. Curt Bailey, Rochester, Ind.; Mrs. James Carrol, Paintsville, Paul Allen Brown, Rochester, Ind. He leaves 24 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Henry Hamilton, Ashland; Mrs. Linard Blair, Barnetts Creek, and one half brother, Boon Brown. He also leaves many more relatives and friends. Tom was a friend to all who knew him. He was always ready to help those in need. He never wanted anyone to leave his home hungry. He was a good husband and father and will be greatly missed by all. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 5-15-1958
BURCHETT, Fonzie
1958
Fonzie Burchett Dies Suddenly At Winchester
Fonzie Buchett, 42, Winchester businessman, died suddenly at his home Tuesday, April 8. A native of Johnson County he was born at Fuget, the son of Grass and Ida Williams Burchett. Surviving are his widow, Maude Blair Burchett; two sons and one daughter. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Ralph, Fuget; Winifred, Winchester: Willard, Staffordsville; Ethel Lemaster, West Liberty; Callie Williams, Springfield, O; Louella James, Winchester; Teria Jackson Ft. Knox; Icy Stapleton, Red Bush. Funeral services were conducted from the home of his brother, Ralph, at Fuget at 2:00 p.m., Friday with Lonza Reed as officiating minister. Burial was in the Patty Flat Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-16-1958 
CONLEY, Addie (Lemaster)
1899-1958
Resident of Endicott Dies Friday
Mrs. Addie Conley, 59, a resident of Endicott, died in a local hospital at 1:15 a.m. Friday, April 4, 1958, after an illness of several months. She was the sister of Mrs. Lawrence Daniel of this city. The daughter of Henry and Amanda Castle Lemaster, she was born in this county July 2, 1899. Survivors include, besides her sister, her husband, Robert Conley, and three other sisters, Mrs. Jasper Slone, Winifred; Mrs. Dewey McClure, Wittensville; Mrs. Lora Caudill, Ashland. Funeral services were conducted from the Sugar Grove United Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, with O. I. Williams and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quarter. Burial was in the Lemaster Cemetery on Franks Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday April 9, 1958
CONLEY, June (Lavender)
1922-1958
JUNE CONLEY, 35, VOLGA RESIDENT, DIES THURSDAY
Mrs. June Lavender Conley, 35, well-know resident of Volga, died in a local hospital at 6:15 p.m., April 10, a victim of cancer following an illness of one year. A native of Johnson County, she was born June 6, 1922, the daughter of  Toble and Grace Lemaster Lavender of Volga. She attended the Paintsville City Schools and was graduated from Paintsville High School in the class of 40. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and her life was an inspiring example of her devotion and faith. She was married sixteen years ago to Oral Conley, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, Oral Douglas, Steven Donald, Delbert Paul, and Edward Darrel Conley, all at home; three sisters, Mary Ann Wallen, Clarksville, Tenn.; Edith Kase, Charleston, Ind.;  Kitty Preston, Ypsilanti, Mich.; one brother, Steven Wesley Lavender, Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 10:00 a.m., Sunday with Ellis Hamilton and Charles Adams as officiating ministers. Music was by the Staffordsville Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery at Volga. Paintsville Herald Wednesday April 16, 1958
DANIEL, Teresa (Kenney)
1958
Teresa Daniel Dies April 21 In Lexington
Mrs. Teresa K. Daniel, 61, wife of Jay Virgil Daniel, died at 1:15 a.m. Monday, April 21, at her home in Lexington after a long illness. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel are former residents of Paintsville.  Mr. Daniel is the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. G. V. Daniel. Mrs. Daniel was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Timothy and Margaret McCloskey Kenney. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and the Altar Society of the church. Survivors include a daughter, Miss Suzann Daniel, Lexington; one son, J. R. Daniel, Hickory, N.C.; three sisters, Mrs. T. H. Easley and Mrs. Margaret Stark, both of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mrs. H. J. Dailey, Erie, Pa., and two brothers, Ralph E. Kenney, Manatua, Ohio and J. L. Kenney, Tampa, Fla. Funeral services were conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Christ the King Church in Lexington by the Rev. Robert Witt.   Burial followed in the Mayo Cemetery in Paintsville, with graveside rites conducted by Rev. John P. Reilly.  Pallbearers at the cemetery were Leroy Slone, Estill Dotson, Carl Fitzpatrick, C. C. Williams, Escom Chandler and Earl Powell. Paintsville Herald Wednesday April 30, 1958
DELONG, Ben
1873-1958
Services Monday At Johns Creek For Ben Delong
Ben Delong, 85, died at his home at johns Creek at 12:52 a.m., April 19, following an illness of five weeks. The son of William and Rebecca Alley Delong, he was born February 17, 1873, at Johns Creek and had been a lifelong resident of that community. He formerly worked as a miner and engaged in farming. Survivors include his widow, Sarah Sammons Delong; Curtis, Mitchell, and Willie Delong,  all of Van Lear; four daughters, Mrs. Minnie Hartman, Baltimore, Maryland; Mrs. Nancy Stewart, Huntington W. Va.; Mrs. Ruby Boyd, Cleveland O.; Mrs. Audrey Dearfield, Red  Jacket W. Va.; three brothers, Dave Delong, Vanceburg, Alex Delong, Lancer; J. T. Delong,  East Point, thirty-two grandchildren and twenty-eight great- grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, from the Philadelphia Church of Christ on Johns Creek with J. H. Short and S. C. Honeycutt as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Delong cemetery on Johns Creek. Painstville Herald Wednesday 4-23-1958
ESTEP, James
1922-1958
Funeral Services Held For 35-Year Old Veteran James Estep
Dies Jan. 27 In Chicago
Funeral services for James Estep, 35, who died in Chicago, Ill. were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Jones and Preston Funeral Home here. A son of Ben Estep and the late Maudie Slabaugh Estep, he was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Johnson County. He was a veteran and had been ill for 14 years. Surviving besides his father are his brothers and sisters, Mrs Ada Hyslop, Lexington, Neb., Ms. Lydia M. Van Hoose, Sharon, Pa., Joel and Edgar Estep, both of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, Omery Estep, Chicage, and Dewitt Estep, Blaine, Ky. Mr. Estep was a nephew of J. V. Stambaugh, Paris Stambaugh, J. N. Stambaugh, Hervie and Bruce Stambaugh, and Mrs. Fannie Davis, all of this county. Honorary pallbearers were Ray Turner, Lester Adams, Ben Van Hoose, Arlie VAn Hoose and Henry Owens. Active pallbearer: Lee Garfield Davis, Harry Bruce Daniel, Russell Salyer, Raymond  Estep, and Robert Stambaugh. Officiating ministers were Rev. S. C. Honeycutt and Rev. Larry Wigal. Services were conducted at the graveside by the Disabled Veterans of Johnson County. Burial was in the family cemetery at Kerz. Paintsaville Herald 05-05-1958 Wednesday
FERGUSON, Della (Keaton)
1895-1958
Mrs. Della Keaton Ferguson, 62, died at her home at Moon at 3:45 a. m., April 14, following an illness of four and one half months. A life long resident of Moon, she was born May 16, 1895, the daughter of Matt and Nancy Ellen Hollicook Keaton, she was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Willie Ferguson; four sons, John Martin, Amnon, Lowell and Ernest Ferguson, all of Moon; two daughters, Mrs. Lexie Fraley, Moon; Mrs. Reeda Barker, Crockett. Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., today, from the Open Fork United Baptist Church with Charlie Lyons, Tommy Bailey, Lonza Reed and Winfred Wolfenbarger officiating ministers. Burial was in the Ferguson Cemetery at Moon. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-16-1958
FRANKLIN, Toral
1898-1958
Toral Franklin Dies Suddenly Of Heart Attack
Toral Franklin, 59, postmaster at Staffordsville and well known merchant of the county, died suddenly about 9:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24, of a heart attack. The fatal seizure occurred on the Flat Gap highway as Mr. Franklin, driver of the car and Mrs. Franklin were returning from Red Bush. Mrs. Franklin received minor injuries when the car left the highway and struck a rock. The son of Hardy and Susan Hill Franklin, he was born at Red Bush July 17, 1898. He engaged in farming and was a former teacher in the Johnson County Schools. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides his wife, Fannie Dixon Franklin, are two sons James Franklin, Staffordsville and Charles Franklin, Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Robert Tschuda, Inglewood, California, Mrs. James Wallen, Red Bush, one granddaughter and one grandson. Funeral services were conducted from the United Baptist Church at Staffordsville at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 27, with Tommie Barley, Loyd Williams and Florida Lyons as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Franklin Cemetery at Red Bush. Paintsvilel Herald Wednesday 4-30-1958
GILLEM, Ray
1919-1958
For Veteran Of World War II
Ray Gillem, 38, resident of King Addition, died in a local hospital at 4:00 a.m., Friday, April 18, after an illness of a few days. The son of Wess and Dora Collins Gillem, he was born in Johnson County, August 15, 1919. A carpenter by trade he was a veteran of World War II and received the following decorations and citations: Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star. Surviving are his wife, Lizzie Fraley Gillem, Riceville; two sisters, Eunice Spears, Columbus, OH; Nannie Hall of this city. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, April 20, with C.C. Hall and Scott Castle as officiating ministers. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery in King Addition. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY APRIL 16, 1958
HAMILTON, Charlie M.
1885-1958
April 9, 1958
C. M. Hamilton Farmer, Teacher, Dies Saturday
Charlie M. Hamilton, 73, died at his home at Relief at 9:30 a.m. Saturday April 5, 1958, following an illness of several months. The son of Franklin and Miranda Lyons Hamilton, he was born January 27, 1885, in Johnson County.  A prominent resident of Relief, he was a schoolteacher and farmer prior to his retirement.   He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Della Cox Hamilton, to whom he has been married forty-five years two daughters, Mrs. Ova Green, of this city; Mrs. Kermit Skaggs, Troutwood, Ohio; one grandson, Gale Skaggs; one granddaughter Geraldine Green four bothers, Emery Hamilton, Keaton; Brady Hamilton, Martin; John Hamilton Keaton; Orville  Hamilton, Point Pleasant, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Monday April 7, 1958, from the Paint Valley Church at Relief with A. C. Bradley, Emerson Collier and Hood Wallen as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Lyons Cemetery at Keaton. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-9-1958
JARVIS, Graden E.
1904-1958
Graden E. Jarvis, 53, manager of the A. W. Cox Department Store and prominent businessman of this city, died in Charleston Memorial Hospital at 7:45 p.m., Friday, April 11 of a heart attack.  The seizure occurred as he was undergoing surgery about 7:30 that morning. His sudden death shocked and grieved his many friends and associates in this city. The son of the late Anderson and Rachel Jarvis, he was born June 25, 1904, in Clay, W. Va., one of a family of ten children, five sons and five daughters.  Preceding him in death besides his parents were two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Tate and Mrs. Mary Pope. He was married January 28, 1928, to the former Elsie Sponaugle.  They resided in Parkersburg, W. Va., where he was manager of the A. W. Cox Department Store, until May 1935 when he moved to Paintsville and became manager of the store in this city which expanded under his capable leadership. He was widely known and liked throughout this section and held in high esteem by his business associates.  A successful businessman, he always demonstrated a sincere desire to serve the interests of the public, and his courteous manner and genial personality won the respect and friendship of those with whom he came in contact. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and of the Masonic Lodge. Surviving are his widow, Elsie Jarvis; one son, Pete, manager of the A. W. Cox Department Store in Prestonsburg; a granddaughter, Susan Kay, and grandson, Graden R., Jr., Prestonsburg.  Also surviving are four brothers, Cam A. Jarvis, Charleston, W. Va.; Dr. Holly C. Jarvis, Cincinnati, Ohio; E. Howard Jarvis, Clarksburg, W. Va.; Paul G. Jarvis, Gallipolis, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Osa Hickman, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. Jesse Thomas, his twin sister, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. Dora Weaver, St. Petersburg, Fla. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Monday from the First Baptist Church in this city with the pastor, Rev. M. R. Thomason, officiating.  He was assisted by Rev. Ira McMillen, pastor of Irene Cole Memorial Church in Prestonsburg, and Rev. E. H. Overman, pastor of the Southside Free Will Baptist Church. Active pallbearers were Howard Patrick, Dennis Van Hoose, C. C. Williams, Byrd Cox, Alex Vaughan, Jr., Escom Chandler, N. B. McCubbin and Te Arnold Silvert.  Members of his Sunday School class were named honorary pallbearers. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery in this city with the Masons conducting graveside rites. Paintsville Herald Wednesday April 16, 1958
MEEK, Aaron
1880-1958
AARON MEEK, 77, RETIRED MINER, DIES APRIL 2
Aaron Meek, 77, retired miner of East Point, died at 11:20 p.m., April 2, in a local hospital after an illness of two weeks.  Death was caused by a blood clot. The son of the late Bart and Julia Penix Meek, he was born at Boons Camp June 26, 1880.  He had made his home at East Point for twenty years and was a member of the U.M.W.A. and the United Baptist Church. His wife, Katherine Meek, preceded him in death July 12, 1953. Survivors include three sons, Edgar Meek, Williamson, W. Va.; Forrest Meek, East Point; Douglas Meek, Grand Rapids, Michigan; four daughters, Mrs. Sophia Shannon, Pilgrim Knob, Va.; Mrs. Booksie Leake, East Point; Mrs. Verna Mollett, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Mrs. Mollie Williamson, Grand Rapids, Michigan; one brother, Clint Meek, Tomahawk; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Daniel, Van Lear; Mrs. Bell Penix, and Mrs. Sophia Penix, both of Williamsport; twenty-one grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 5, from the home of Marion Leake at East Point with John D. Music officiating.  Burial was in the family cemetery at East Point. Paintsville Herald April 9, 1958
MONTGOMERY, Jeff
1958
Jeff Montgomery Passes Friday In Huntington
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Jeff Montgomery, 57, who died Friday, April 4, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., after an illness of three months. The son of the late Sam and Elizabeth Purkey Montgomery, in Martin County.  He had lived at Auxier for the past thirty-five years and was employed as a miner.  He was a veteran of World War I. His wife, Beauty Booth Montgomery preceded him in death. Surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Mancha Booth, Auxier, Mrs. Pearl Goble, Lancer; Elson Montgomery, Auxier; Robert Montgomery, Hellier, Robert Montgomery, California. Services 3were conducted from the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt.  Burial was in the Hoburn Cemetery at Auxier. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-9-1958
MURPHY, David P.
1893-1958
Heart Attack Fatal Thursday To David Murphy
David P. Murphy, 65, C. & O. engineer, died suddenly at his home at Hager Hill early Thursday morning, April 8, 1958 of a heart attack. The son of Mortimer and Catherine McGurn Murphy, he was born April 5, 1893, and was widely known and liked in this section where he had lived for many years.  He was a member of the Catholic Church and had been employed by the C.& O. Railway Company for thirty-one years. Surviving are two sons, Paul Murphy, Hager Hill, Kevin Murphy, San Francisco, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Margarette Soelker and Mrs. Evelyn Noltmeyer, both of Louisville.  A brother and sister also survive. Services were conducted at the St. Agnes Church in Louisville at 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 12.  Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in Louisville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 5-14-1958
PRESTON, Ernest
1918-1958
Ernest Preston Dies Saturday Of Heart Attack
Funeral services were held Saturday for Ernest Ray Preston, 40, who was found dead in his car on the Thelma road Wednesday evening, April 30, the victim of a sudden heart attack. The son of the late Cyrus and Belle Cunningham Preston, he was born in Johnson County, April 9, 1918, and had lived at Thelka for the past twenty-one years.  He was employed as clerk and bookkeeper for the North East Coal Company and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his widow, Alta Lee Van Hoose Preston; one daughter, Gwendolyn Preston, at home; one brother, James C. Preston of this city. Services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa with C. C. Hall as officiating minister.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Pallbearers were Mils Ratliff, Ed Castle, Arthur Castle, James Heber Conley, Theodore Miller and Altop Kennard. Burial was in the Van Hoose Cemetery at Nippa.  Paintsville Herald  Wednesday  May 7, 1958 
WALTERS, Maudie (Boyd)
1887-1958
Maudie Walters Dies April 9
Mrs. Maudie Walters, 70, wife of the late Proctor Walters, died Wednesday, April 9, at her home after an illness of three years.  Mrs. Walters was the daughter of the late George W. and Julina Brown Boyd. She was born in Johnson County November 25, 1887 and had lived at River for forty-one years. Her husband preceded her in death April 27, 1955. Survivors include four daughters: Mrs. Elbert Castle, River; Mrs. Sam Brickey, Huntington; Mrs. Dexter Castle, San Antonio; and Mrs. Willia Mae Meeks, River; three half-sisters and two half- brothers, also seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Aprl 12, at the River United Baptist Church with Winfrey Meek, Cully Sparks and German Walters officiating ministers.  Burial followed at the Daniel Cemetery at River. Paintsville Herald 4-16-1958 Wednesday
WARD, Anna (Mahan)
1891-1958
ANNA WARD LOCAL RESIDENT DIES WEDNESDAY
Funeral services were conducted from the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church Friday for Mrs. Anna Ward, 68, resident of this city who died at her home at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, following an illness of two months. The daughter of the late Henry and Sue Turner Mahan, she was born November 18, 1891, in this county and was a lifelong resident of this city. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Smith Ward. Surviving are two sons, Norman and Thomas Ward, both of this city; three daughters, Mrs. R. G. Howes, Ft. Thomas; Mrs. Charles Collins, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Felix Harrison, Nashville, Tenn. Also surviving are two half brothers, Carl and Proctor Stafford, both of this city, and one half sister, Mrs. Ida Salyers, also of this city. Services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., by Rev. Claude Preston. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery. The Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-30-1958
WILLIAMS, Lizzie (Davis)
1875-1958
LIZZIE WILLIAMS, 82, NATIVE OF COUNTY, DIES IN ASHLAND
Mrs. Lizzie Davis Williams, 82, native of Oil Springs, died Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mollie Carroway in Ashland, after an extended illness. Mrs. Williams was born April 24, 1875, a daughter of the late Harve and Louise Howes Davis. She was a member of the United Baptist Church at Fishtrap in this county.  She had lived in Ashland for the past 20 years. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at the Oak Springs united Baptist Church by the Rev. Everett Sloan, assisted by the Rev. Lonza Reed. Burial was in the Rose Hill Burial Park. Surviving are four sons, Arnold L. Williams of Huntington, Clyde C. Williams of Oil Springs; Martin Williams of Ashland; and Robert M. Williams, Ashland; Two daughters, Mrs. Carroway, and Mrs. Janie Preston of Barnetts Creek. Paintsville Herald April 23, 1958  



MAY - 1958

BOGGS, Ova
1906-1958
Oil Worker Dies In Martha Accident
Ova O. Boggs, 52, of Blaine, father of eleven children, was crushed to death in a pumping station accident at the Ashland Oil and Refinery Company's Martha district facilities Monday, May19. Mr. Boggs was apparently attempting to adjust a power belt on the motor of the pump when his clothing caught in the machinery. He was pulled into the motor flywheel and he was killed almost instantly. Lawrence County coroner Dana Harless ruled the death accidental. The body was found about 10:00 a.m. by another employee, Paul Wayne Ross, who was working nearby, when he noticed the pump motor had stopped. Mr. Boggs was born January 6, 1906 at Blaine, the son of the late Hannibal H. and Cora Florence Bobbs. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Enterprise Baptist Church at Blaine by the Rev. Willie Sparks with burial in the family cemetery. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Annie Greene Boggs; seven daughters, Mrs. Arlie Moore, Flat Gap; Martha Virginia, Frances Lucille, Helen Nadine, Patricia Maxine, Bonnie Arlene, and Roxan, at home; four sons, Beecher Harold, Ocie Garrel, David Phillip and Walter Vinson, at home; six sisters, Mrs. Clifford Baker, Brunswick, W. Va.; Mrs. Orbin Dials, Paintsville; Mrs. Bernard Griffith, Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Mrs. William Pickrell, Catlettsburg; Mrs. Hargin Ferguson and Miss Sylvia Boggs, Blaine; three brothers, Delbert Boggs, Blaine; Russell Boggs, Hylton, and Beecher Boggs, Pueblo, Colorodo and one Paintsville Herald 5-28-1958 Wednesday
CASTLE, Monroe
1887-1958
5-21-1958
Retired Miner, Passes May 14
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Sugar Grove United Baptist Church for Monroe Castle, 70, resident of Van Lear who died at his home Wednesday evening, May 14, following an illness of two and one-half years. A retired miner and a resident of Van Lear for the past thirty-six years, he was a native of Lawrence County, born June 17, 1887, the son of the late James C. and Lydia Nickel Castle. Surviving are his widow, Mollie Grimm Castle; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Webb, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Tera Brickley, Ragland, W. Va; one grandchild; two sisters, Mrs, Cora Slone, Winifred; Mrs. Frank Harris, Van Lear. Services were held at 1:00 p.m., with Leonard Bowling as the officiating minister.  Music was by the Toms Creek Singers.  Pallbearers were Clyde Slone, Dennis Slone, Clifford Hughes, Leroy Grimm, Ishmael Grimm and Wayne slone. Burial was in the Castle Cemetery at Winifred. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 5-21-1958
CHEEK, George Lee
1958
George Lee Cheek, 87, a former resident of Oil Springs, Ky., died yesterday (May 4, 1958) at 5:45 a.m. in an Ashland nursing home. Mr. Cheek was born in Johnson County, a son of the late James W. and Mary Jane Bishop Cheek. The body is at the John Steen Funeral Home. Surviving are two sons, James Cheek of Accoville, W. Va., and John Cheek of JAckson, Ohio; two dauthers, Mrs. Ella Burton of Jackson and Mrs. Julia Thompson of Branchland; and one sister, Mrs. Della Winn of Ashland.
CONLEY, Frozie (Smith)
1958
Mrs. Walter Conley, Bath County Resident, Dies in Dentist’s Office
Mrs. Frozie Smith Conley, 33, wife of Walter Conley, died at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 1958, in the office of a Mt. Sterling dentist. Mrs. Conley lived on Owingsville Route 3 and was a member of the Morgan County Baptist Church. Survivors other than her husband are her mother, Mrs. Teazie Smith, Morgan County; three sons, Hershell, Donald, and Ronald; seven daughters, Lottie, Juni, Ethel, Anna, Marie, Ellen and Joyce; three brothers, Ray, Roy and Coy Smith; two sisters, Mrs. Rufus Price and Mrs. Kendall Gambill, both of Johnson County. Funeral services were conducted at the grave in the Salyers ceremony by Rev. Arlie Nickell and Rev. Walter Easterling, Friday at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers were Finley Conley, Drexel Price; Sonny, Krate and Ruby Conley, and Bill Adkins. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 4, 1958
DAVIS, Proctor
1883-1958
Proctor Davis Of Tutor Key Dies Saturday
Proctor Davis, 74, veteran of the Spanish American War and resident of Tutor Key, died in a local hospital Saturday afternoon following an illness of several years. A retired miner and a member of the U.M.W.A., he was born in Johnson County July 25, 1883, and had lived at Tutor Key most of his life.  He had been a member of the United Baptist Church for the past fifty years. Surviving are his widow, Ora Hess Davis; six sons, William and James Davis, both of this city; Herbert Davis, Albuquerque, N. M.; Howard Davis, Marysville, Washington; Roman Davis, Russell; Willis Davis, Oil Springs; seven daughters, Mrs. Russell Meade and Mrs. Robert Blevins, both of this city; Mrs. Maurice Williams, Louisville, Mrs. Harold Dixon, Gainesville, Ga.; Mrs. Fredrick Roberts, Louisville, Mrs. James C. Reed and Miss Mary Sue Davis, both of Tutor Key. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 from the Tutor Key United Baptist Church with Cullie Sparks and L.T. Preston as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 21, 1958
DELONG, Dora (Hyden)
1892-1958
Funeral Sunday, At East Point For Dora Delong
Mrs. Dora Delong, 65, wife of John T. Delong of East Point, died Friday, May 2, in a local hospital after an illness of six months. The daughter of the late Sam and Alice Rice Hyden, she was born May 7, 1892 in Johnson County and had been a lifelong resident of East Point. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include besides her husband, four sons, Ellis Delong, East Point; Ernest Delong, Wabash Ind.; Alvis Delong, Wabash Ind.; Virgil Delong, Findlay, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Elmon George, Findlay, Ohio. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Taylor Hyden, West Van Lear; Harry Hyden, Cliff; Edgar Hyden, East Point; Mrs. Allie Reed, East Point. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., SUnday, May 4, from the East Point Church of Christ with Larry Wigal and J. H. Short as officiating ministors. Burial was in the family cemetery at Hager Hill. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 5-7-1958
DENT, Nannie (Spencer)
1901-1958
East Point Woman, Succumbs May 6
Mrs. Nannie Dent, 56, wife of Leonard Dent of East Point, died at her home at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, after an illness of three years. The daughter of John and Hester Spencer, she was born in Johnson County September 24, 1901, and had been a resident of East Point for several years. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include besides her husband, three daughters, Alta Blair, and Sonia Blair, both of Leander, Glina Doris Dent, East Point; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Collinsworth, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Hazel Music, East Point; two brothers, Curtis Spencer, Leander; Johnnie Spencer, East Ponit. Funeral services were conduted from the home at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 6, with Charlie Lemaster as officiating minister. Burial was in the family cemetery at East Point. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 5-14-1958
HAMPTON, Ada (Davis)
1896-1958
Mother Of Local Resident Dies In Catlettsburg
Ada Hampton, 62, died at her home in Catlettsburg May 25, 1958, after an illness of several months.  She was the mother of Gaius F. Hampton, local funeral director. The daughter of John and Rebecca Davis, she was born in Lawrence County May 4, 1896.  She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Hampton is survived by her husband, Wade Hampton and seven sons, John, Charles, and Orville of Catlettsburg; Tilon, Detroit, Edward, Washington, D.C.; Raymond of Wyandotte, Mich. And Gaius F. of this city, three daughters; Mrs. Ruby McGee, Dunbar, W. VA.  Mrs. Agnes Edgerton of Maryland and Betty of Catlettsburg.  Also Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Wilbur Maynard, Mrs. Victor Combs and Mrs. Ethel Howard. Funeral services were conducted at the Southside Free Will Baptist Church, Catlettsburg on Wednesday, May 28, 1958, at 2:00 p.m. with John Craig officiating minister.  Burial followed in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 5-21-1958
HITCHCOCK, Dallas
1911-1958
15-Year Old Girl Is Free After Gun Slaying of Father
Funeral Services Held Here Tuesday For Dallas Hitchcock,47,Father of Eight A 15-year-old girl was exonerated in the shotgun slaying of her father, Dallas Hitchcock, 47, in Juvenile Court held at the City Hall this morning, it was stated by County Attorney Don C. VanHoose. Hitchcock was killed instantly about 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hitchcock home at Flat Gap by his daughter, Christine. The girl admitted she fired a double-barrel shotgun into the back of her father as he lay on the bed, Sheriff Wince Trimble said. The girl testified that she fired the gun after the victim had made advances to her, while her mother and an older child were at a nearby grocery store. Three other younger children were playing in the yard at the time of the shooting, the Sheriff said. The examining trial was held in closed session in Juvenile Court today with only the County Attorney, County Judge, and members of the family present. Hitchcock was released from prison in December of last year where he was admitted in the fall of 1955 for a hammer attack on an older daughter, Annette, who was 17 years of age at the time. The Hitchcock family had moved to Flat Gap vicinity only about two weeks ago. The victim, a welder and blacksmith by occupation, was the son of Minta Roberts Hitchcock of this city, and the late Grant Hitchcock. He was born in Johnson County on May 21, 1911. Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Nancy Ramey Hitchcock, and eight children, John Hitchcock with the U. S. Army in Korea; Robert Hitchcock, Columbus, Ohio; Bill Hitchcock and Leonard Hitchcock, at home; Mrs. Annette Wright, Columbus, Ohio; Christine Hitchcock, Alice Hitchcock and Marlene Hitchcock, all at home. Also seven brothers and sisters survive: James, Mitchel, Carl and Emma Hitchcock, all of Paintsville; Clarence Hitchcock, Cincinnati, Ohio, Margaret Boyd, Red Jacket, W. Va., and Mildred Daniel, Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 3, 1958 at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church by the Rev. Millard Van Hoose and Rev. Claude Preston. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Turner Branch. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 4 1958
HOLBROOK, Arthur
1894-1958
DIES WEDNESDAY OF HEART ATTACK
Arthur Holbrook, 63, died suddenly at his home at Flat Gap, Wednesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. of a heart attack. The son of John S. and Mary Kelly Holbrook, he was born June 10, 1894 in Johnson County, and had been a resident of Flat Gap most of his life.  He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church, a Veteran of World War One, and was engaged in farming. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Collier Holbrook, one son, Clyde Holbrook of Flat Gap and one daughter, Mrs. Imogene Robinson, Middletown, Ohio.  Also, one brother,  Ernest Holbrook, Flat Gap and two sisters, Mrs. John Lyons, Flat Gap and Mrs. Naoma  Lyons of Ohio. Funeral services were conducted from the Skaggs Town Enterprise Baptist Church, Friday, May 23, at 1:00 p.m. with John Pelphrey and Homer Evans as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 5-21-1958
HUNLEY, Frances
1895-1958
FRANCES HUNLEY OF COLLISTA DIES SUNDAY, MAY 11
Mrs. Frances Hunley, 63, died in a local hospital at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 11, of a heart attack after an illness of six months. The daughter of Jane Hurt Spencer and the late Tobe Spencer, she was born in this county August 9, 1895, and had been a resident of Collista for the past year. She had been a loyal and devoted member of the United Baptist Church for the past twenty-two years. Surviving are her husband, Bill Hunley; four sons, Will Green Hunley, Martin, Ky.,; Eugene Hunley, Turkey Creek, Louisiana,; Heber Hunley and Herman Hunley, both of Chicago, Ill.; seven daughters, Mrs. Irene Salyer, Mrs. Lorans Curtis, Mrs. Aritta Smith, Mrs. Myrtie Hall, all of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Billie Hitchcock, Collista; Mrs. Evelyn Gullett, Canton, Ohio; Mrs. Margene Draper, Kansas City, Mo.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Jane Lucas, Covington; Mrs. Flora Music, Manton; twenty-five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the home at Collista at 10:00 a.m., Thursday with Cully Sparks and L. T. Preston.  Burial was in the Hunley Cemetery at Collista. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday May 21, 1958
MCKENZIE, Floyd
1878-1958
Wilbur Resident Passes May 15 In Lexington
Floyd McKenzie, 80, died in a Lexington hospital Thursday afternoon after an illness of several months. The son of the late Tom and Nancy Jane McKenzie, he was born in Johnson County in 1878.  He was a resident of Wilbur and engaged in farming prior to his retirement. His wife, Daisy Love McKenzie, preceded him in death two years ago. Survivors include a son, Okie McKenzie, Wilbur; three brothers, Bill Ed McKenzie, Albert McKenzie, and Hobert McKenzie, all of Flat Gap.  Also surviving are five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the Cannon Chapel Church at Volga Saturday, May 17, at 1:00 p.m., with Harry Salyer and Henry T. Hamilton as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Volga. ADDITIONAL NOTE: This cemetery is also known as the "Ramey Branch Cemetery" at Volga, KY. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 21, 1958
MEADE, Samuel Merideth
1875-1958
SAMUEL M. MEADE OF WHITE HOUSE PASSES FRIDAY
Samuel Merideth Meade, 83, died at his home at White House at 8:30 a.m., Friday, May 2, following an illness of several months of cancer. The son of the late Thomas and Resse Davis Meade, he was born in Louisa July 21, 1875, and had lived at White House for fifty years where he formerly worked as a miner. He was married at Chestnut January 1906 to the former Sarah Hager, who survives. Surviving besides his widow are five sons, Lafe Meade, Huntington, W. Va.; Sam Meade, Jr., Evansville, Ind.; R. D. Meade, Beauty; Willis Meade, White House; Johnnie Meade, Mullens, W. Va.; six daughters, Mrs. Fred Akins, Huntington, W. Va.; Mrs. Cecil Williams, Fairborn, Ohio; Mrs. Pearl Gruner, Huntington, W. Va.; Mrs. Jim Preston, Hillsboro, Ohio; Mrs. Francis Wright, Spring Hill, W. Va.; Mrs. Jack Smith, Shoals, W. Va.  Also surviving are thirty-three grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Tom Price, Prestonsburg; one brother, Jed Meade, White House. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 4, from the Chestnut Creek Freewill Baptist Church with Dock Rowland, Elias George and Fred Rowland as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Van Hoose Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 7, 1958
MELVIN, Ballard "Chigger"
1908-1958
BALLARD MELVIN LOCAL RESIDENT, DIES MONDAY
Ballard Melvin, 49, known to has many friends in the city as “Chigger”, died in a local hospital Monday afternoon after an illness of four days. A lifelong resident of Paintsville he was born August 16, 1908, the son of Mrs. Ida Melvin Salyer of this city and the late John Melvin.  He was a member of the Southside Free Will Baptist Church and was a painter by trade. Surviving are his widow, Ethel Trusty Melvin; two sons, Edward Ray and Gary Eugene Melvin, both of this city; two sisters, Mrs. Addie Price, city; Mrs. Edgar Willis Van Hoose, Louisa; six brothers, Willie, Roy, Ralph, George, James and Clarence Melvin, all of this city. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 1:30 p.m., from the Southside Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Walter Hooper as officiating minister.  Music will be by the Toms Creek Singers.  Burial will be in the Mayo Cemetery in this city. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 14, 1958
PIRKLE, Lewis
1958
Dies In Georgia
Lewis Pirkle, 49, a resident of Paintsville for about five years, died of a heart attack in Gainesville, Georgia, Wednesday morning, May 7. He was manager of the Dr. Pepper Bottling Co., while living in Paintsville.  At the time of this death he was working with two of his brothers in the Pirkle Tire and Recapping Center in Gainesville. Surviving are his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Taylor Pirkle of Cummins, Georgia, seven brothers, and three sisters all of Georgia. Mr. Pirkle was always known by his congenial _____ and pleasing personality _____ a number of friends __________ County as well as surrounding counties. Funeral services were conducted at the Concord Baptist Church, Cummings, Georgia, Thursday, May 8, at 3:-- p.m.  Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald  Wednesday  May 14, 1958 
WHEATLEY, Larry Joe
1935-1958
Services Held Sunday For Local Resident
Larry Joe Wheatley, 22, died of gunshot wounds at his home on Blackberry Road at 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 9.1958 He was born in this city August 23, 1935, and was the son of Mrs. Myrtle Blair Wheatley and stepson of Virgil Whatley of this city   He had been employed as a construction laborer. Surviving also are two sisters, Willia Dean Wheatley and Wanda Whatley, both of this city. Funeral services were conducted from the West Van Lear Church of Christ at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 1958, with Claude Preston as Officiating minister.  Burial was in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 14 May 1958


JUNE - 1958

ADKINS, Betty (Parsons)
1887-1958
Mrs. Betty (Coon) Parsons Adkins, who deceased this life June 11, 1958 at 2:10 a.m. after an illness of only five days, in a local hospital, was born at Honaker, May 6, 1887.  She was 71 years, one month, and five days old. She was the daughter of Adolphus and Josephine Hall Parsons.  She was from a family of 16 children, six only reaching maturity.  Her parents and all her brothers and sisters preceded her in death except three brothers. Henry Parsons, Betsy Layne, H. F. Parsons and Sant Parsons of Honaker. She was the granddaughter of Isaac Parsons whose family came to North Carolina from England. Despite his Southern birth, he joined the Union Army during the Civil War and fought all during the war and was captured by the Confederates, but managed to escape.  After the war he and his wife Polly Dixon Parsons, and family migrated to Floyd County in Kentucky where they purchased a large tract of land now known as the Parsons Branch, and reared a large family.  All the Parsons in Floyd County are his direct descendants.  Also the few who later settled in Johnson County.  Her father died when she the age of three and she was reared by her widowed mother until the age of 17.  April 5, 1904, at Honaker, she married to Jerry Adkins, also a native Floyd Countian.  To this union were born nine children, three sons and six daughters. One son, Gradin died in infancy and was buried in Floyd County. Another son, George Richard was drowned May 7, 1934. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Adkins, West Van Lear and seven children; Oscar Adkins, White House; Mrs. Essie Fairchild, Mrs. Virginia Hoskins, and Mrs Elsa Booth all of West Van Lear; Mrs. Goldia Swain, Mrs. Bess Daniels, and Mrs. Elizabeth Dills all of Paintsville. She reared one granddaughter, Mrs. Delbert McKenzie of Circleville, Ohio. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and 13 great grand- children. She and her husband lived in Floyd County from 1904 to 1916 where six of her children were born.  They then moved to White House and purchased property on Gunwale Branch, later known as Happy Hollow where the last three children were born, and reared her children there until all were married. In later years they purchased property and lived on Preston and Frank Streets in Paintsville, always returning to Happy Hollow.  They moved  to West Van Lear in June of 1956 and there resided until her death. She was taken back to the family cemetery in Happy Hollow and there was laid to rest June 13, 1958. She was a devoted member of the Church of Christ for many years and a firm believer in the quotation "By their fruits ye shall know them." No one ever had to ask her if she was a Christian. She reared her children in Bible School and church and lived to see all her children some of her sons-in-law, and her daughter-in-law become members of the church.  One of her favorite scripture quotations was: "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." Now that her labor is ended, she is at rest, because the Savior said, "I will go and prepare a place for you that where I am there you may be also." She devoted her life to the church and her children. She was always home when we wanted to find her. She taught us many wonderful truths, the basic ones were to be morally decent, hard-working Christians with a special emphasis on a true Christian. She had many friends and was always patient and jolly. Every- one who ever visited in her home always returned again for she had the art of old Southern hospitality, which is so seldom found today. The golden gates are open wide A gentle voice said come And with a last farewell unspoken You calmly entered home. Oh, dear, Mother, how we miss you But the Savior loved you more And he thought it best to take you To that bright and peaceful shore. Mother you are gone but not forgotten Never will your memory fade Sweetest thoughts will always linger Around the grave where you are laid. The family        Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-1-1958
ADKINS, Greg
1958
Greg Adkins, 17, Of White House Dies Saturday
Gregory "Greg" Adkins, 17 year old junior of Paintsville High School, died at 5:15 a.m., Saturday, June 14, in a local hospital after a three week's illness of rheumatic fever. He was the son of Oscar and Ilda Frazier Adkins of White House. Surviving besides the parents are the following brothers and sisters; George R. Adkins, U.S. Army, Virginia; Jerry L. Adkins, U.S. Army, Texas; Gwendolyn Adkins, White House; Faye Adkins of this city; Lillie Mae Adkins, White House. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 10:00 a.m., from the Hammond Church of Christ with J.H. Short as officiating minister. Burial was in the Adkins Cemetery at Hammond. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-18-1958
BAILEY, W. H."Hige"
1890-1958
Services Sunday At Flat Gap For W. H. Bailey
W. H. "Hige" Bailey. 67, died at his home at Flat Gap Friday morning, June 12, the victim of a sudden heart attack. A son of Daniel and Rebecca Holbrook Bailey, he was born at Flat Gap July 3, 1890, and had been a lifelong resident of that community, where he engaged in farming. He was a veteran of World War 1. Surviving are his widow, Mona Ferguson Bailey, and one brother, Oscar Bailey, Danville. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m., from the Flat Gap Enterprise Baptist Church with Ellis Hamilton, Emery Ferguson, and Lonzo Reed as officiating ministers. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet. Burial was in the Flat Gap Cemetery. Paintsville Herald 6-18-1958 Wednesday
BALDRIDGE, Marie
1958-1958
Services Held Sunday For Baldridge Infant
Marie Baldridge four-and-one-half-month-old daughter of John E. and Bobbie Reynolds Baldridge of West Van Lear, died Friday afternoon in a local hospital of pneumonia. Surviving besides her parents are two brothers, John and Randy Baldridge and one sister, Florence, all at home. Services were conducted from the home at 10:00 a.m. Sunday with Carl Hibson as officiating minister. Burial was in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 11 1958
BLAIR, Kenneth
1914-1958
AT DAVIS BRANCH FOR KEN BLAIR
Kenneth Blair, 43, resident of Davis Branch, died in a local hospital Friday morning, June 6, 1958, after an illness of six years. A lifelong resident of Johnson County, he was born October 3, 1914, the son of Leander and Ellen Montgomery Blair.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist church and formerly employed as a salesman. Surviving besides his parents are his widow, Virgie Dixon Blair; one son, Kenneth Earl Blair, U. S. Army; two daughters, Ellen Jean and Marlene Blair, both at home.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Lester Blair, Lindsay Blair, Mrs. Jewell Collins, Mrs. Maggie Caudill, all of this city; Lonnie Blair of Williamsport; Mrs. Rosie Music and Mrs. Roxie Pelphrey, both of Toledo, Ohio. Funeral services were held from the home at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8, with Ben Fraley as officiating minister.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Davis Branch. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 11 1958 
BLAIR, Millard
1878-1958
MILLARD BLAIR DIES THURSDAY
Millard Blair, 80, retired merchant and farmer of Leander, died at his home at 11:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, 1858, after an illness of several weeks. The son of Wallace and Margaret Hitchcock Blair, he was born in this county September 6, 1878, and had resided at Leander most of his life.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. His first marriage was to Lou Ellen O’Bryan, who preceded him in death, His widow, Dora Mary Blair, survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mervin L. Williams, Oil Springs, and Mrs. Herbert Blanton, Wid. Funeral services were conducted from the Beechwall United Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 28, with Prate Blair, F. F. Ragsby and Millard O’Bryan as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Patrick Cemetery at Leander. PAINTSVILLE HERALD TUESDAY JULY 2, 1958
BROWN, Christine "Tenia" (Osborne)
1874-1958
CHRISTINE BROWN, VOLGA RESIDENT, PASSES JUNE 5
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Cannon Chapel Methodist Church for Mrs. Christine "Tenia" Brown, 83, who died at her home at Volga Thursday morning of a heart condition. She had been ill for the past sixteen months. The daughter of the late Calvin and Lydia Osborne, she was born in North Carolina November 10, 1874, she had been a resident of Volga for the past sixty-two years and was a member of the Cannon chapel Methodist Church. Surviving is her husband, Andrew Brown. They were married April 23, 1900 at Nippa. Services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. George Hart. Burial was in the family cemetery at Volga. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-11-1958 
BURKE, Con
1898-1958
SERVICES SUNDAY AT COLLISTA FOR CON BURKE
Funeral services were held at the Collista Freewill Baptist Church Sunday at 2:00 p.m., for Con Burke, 60, resident of Collista, who died Friday morning in a local hospital of a heart attack. He was born February 13, 1898, in Johnson County, the son of Jeff and Nancy Horn Burke.  A retired mechanic, he was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Nora Burke; one son, Samuel, Hazard; three daughters, Lorraine Parsons, Ironton, Ohio; Irene Dills, Morehead, Mary Lou Cooke, Enterprise, Alabama.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Don Burke, Flossie Patrick and Gladys Preston, all of this city; Tom Burke, Collista; Raymond Burke, Silverlake, Indiana; Den Burke, Akron, Indiana; Edith Kelly, Mentone, Indiana; Shirley Conley, Allegan, Michigan.  Eight grandchildren also survive. Services were conducted by Claude Preston, Scott Castle and Charlie Lemaster.  Music was by the Paintsville Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery at Collista. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY June 11, 1958
CASTLE, John
1872-1958
John Castle, 76, Retired Teacher, Dies Wednesday
John Castle, 76, well-known resident of Nippa, died at his home at 8:20 p.m., Wednesday, June 18.  Death was caused by coronary thrombosis and followed an illness of seven months. The son of the late Mose and Julia Murphy Castle, he was born at Flat Gap September 17, 1872, and had been a resident of Nippa for the past seventy-two years.  Widely known throughout Johnson County, he was a respected member of his community and held in high esteem by his neighbors and many friends.  A retired school teacher, he was one of Johnson County's early educators, having taught in the Johnson County Schools for forty-nine years.  He also served as a member of the Johnson County Board of Education for twelve years. He was married March 17, 1910, at Lowmansville to the former Gertrude Preston, who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Carson Castle, Morehead; Ulysses Castle, Nippa; two daughters, Miss Prudence Castle and Mrs. P.O. Egner, both of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Tom Saddler, Nippa and Mrs. Cyrus Castle, Cincinnati, Ohio; six grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from his home on Lindy Branch at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, with F.F. Riggsby and Thurman Ferguson as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Castle Cemetery at Nippa. Paintsville Herald Wednesday  June 25, 1958
CHURCH, Lottie (Kazee)
1882-1958
Mrs. Alf Church Of Tutor Key Dies Sunday
Mrs. Lottie Church, 75, wife of Alf Church of Tutor Key, died in a local hospital of a heart attack at 4:25 a.m., Sunday, June 22, 1958, following an illness of eighteen months. The daughter of Harrison and Louise Grim Kazee, she was born in this county July 25, 1882, and had made her home at Tutor Key for the past forty-two years. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She and Mr. Church were married at Thealka December 24, 1916. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Ray Picklesimer, Nippa; Alfred Church, Tutor Key; two stepsons, Robie and Tom Church, both of Tutor Key; four daughters, Mrs. Bessie Castle, Barnetts Creek; Mrs. Rushie Van Hoose, Falcon; Mrs. Oneda Castle, City; Mrs. Ruby Crawford, Cincinnati, Ohio; one brother, Charlie Kazee, Stambaugh; one sister, Mrs. Mary Preston, Meallq; thirty grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday from the Toms Creek United Baptist Church with O. I. Williams and F. F. Riggsby as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Church family cemetery at Tutor Key. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JUNE 25 1958
CLEMONS, Robert
1958
Wheelwright Man Drowns Sunday In Dewey Lake
Robert Clemons, 18, Is Fifteenth Victim To Drown At Park An 18-year-old Wheelwright youth was drowned in Dewey Lake about 2:00 p.m., Sunday, bringing the total drowning victims at the lake to 15. He was Robert Clemons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clemons. It was reported that the youth was swimming with a companion about 150 feet outside the swimming area in water about 35 feet deep when he was missed and a search was started. He was brought to the surface by Life Guard Joe Day Harkins and Robert Newsom after the second attempt at rescue. Artificial respiration was administered by Dr. J. C. Preston of Pikevillle who was near the scene of the tragedy, but the youth could not be revived. The victim was the fifth to die in that area. He was a member of the 1955 graduating class of Wheelwright High School. Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Jerry Clemons and Joel Hargis Clemons, all of Wheelwright. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church at Wheelwright and burial was made there in Buckingham Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 25, 1958
COLLINS, Roberta (Boyd)
1908-1958
ROBERTA COLLINS OF BOONS CAMP DIES THURSDAY
Funeral services were conducted Saturday from the Daniels Creek Church of Christ for Mrs. Roberta Boyd Collins, 50, who died at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in a local hospital. She was born March 9, 1908, in Lawrence County, the daughter of Mrs. Catherine Beasley Boyd, and the late Anderson Boyd.  She had made her home at Boons Camp for the past year and was a member of the Church of Christ. Her husband, James Collins, preceded her in death in April 1957.  Surviving are two sons, Edward Collins and Elmo Ratliff, both of Boons Camp.  Also surviving are four sisters, Gracie Bolen and Eula Mae Banks, both of Van Lear; Gustave Collins and Virgie Bolen, both of Wabash, Indiana. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., with Herschell Short and Leonard Webb as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Collins Cemetery on Daniels Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 2, 1958
COLLINS, Wallace Bailey
1885-1958
Wallace Collins, Retired Miner, Passes June 24
Wallace Bailey Collins, 72, a resident of Daniels Creek, died at 4:30 p.m., June 24, at his home after an illness of one week. A lifelong resident of Daniels Creek, he was born in that community November 25, 1885, the son of Wallace and Rebecca Wells Collins. He was married March 4, 1905, to Margaret Louise Wells Collins of Odds, who survives. Mr. Collins was a retired miner. Survivors besides the widow are three sons, Brooksie, Homer and Howard Collins, all of Odds, Ky., three daughters, Mrs. Jessie Howard, Odds; Mrs. Goldia Burke, Odds and Mrs. Geneva Delong, Van Lear; two brothers, Dave Collins, Ashland and McKinley Collins, Odds; three half brothers, Curtis Collins, Louisville. Woodrow Collins, Man, W. Va.,; Haskell Collins, Van Lear, and three half sisters, Maggie Wells, Greenup; Sylvia Dennison, Odds; and Juanita Mayhan, Van Lear, 37 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home on Daniels Creek at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 27, with John Hibsaman and Rev. Nelson Collins as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Wells cemetery at Odds. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 2, 1958
CORDIAL, R. A.
1958
HAGER HILL MAN CALLED BY DEATH
R. A. Cordial, 38, of Hager Hill, died at his home there last Thursday, June 6, after an illness of some time.  He suffered from heart trouble and had been a sufferer from this ailment for a number of months.  Funeral services were held Friday after noon at the home of Wilson Salyer and conducted by the Rev. Arthur Green.  The body was shipped to Glen Dale, W. Va., for burial Saturday. Mr. Cordial is survived by his wife and three children, Margaret, Ruth and Rennie, Jr.  Several brothers and sisters also survive. He was in the insurance business and had a large number of friends in this section.  Mrs. Cordial will make her home in the future at Glen  Dale W. VA., where she previously lived. Paintsville herald Wednesday July 23, 1958
CRUM, William "Bill"
1900-1958
Willie Crum, 58, Dies Friday of Heart Attack
William "Bill" Crum, 58, resident of Boons Camp, died in a local hospital of a heart attack Friday, June 20, at 7:00 pm, after an illness of ten years. A lifelong resident of Boons Camp, he was born in that community February 8, 1900, the son of John W. and Judy Ward Crum.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church and was employed as a miner. Survivors include his widow, Sona Castle Crum; four daughters, Mrs. Laurel Lewis, Mrs. Opal Walters and Mrs. Virgie Merrick, all of Dayton, Ohio; Miss Veneda Crum, Boons Camp; two brothers John Crum, West Van Lear; Milt Crum, Detroit, Michigan; one sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Meek, Boons Camp; seven grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 1:00 pm, Monday with Leonard Walters and Elzie Banks as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Ward Cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 25, 1958
DANIEL, Josephine (Stafford)
1868-1958
Aged Resident Dies Thursday At River
Mrs. Josephine Daniel, 89, aged resident of River, died at her home at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, following an illness of several years. The daughter of the late Jeff and Emily Borders Stafford, she was born in this county November 16, 1868, and had been a lifelong member of the United Baptist Church. Her husband, John V. Daniel, preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Herbert and Don Daniel, both of River; four sisters, Mrs. Sally Reynolds, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. Soroma Spears, Coal Grove, O.; Mrs. Jenny Arrowood, Fargo, S. D.; Mrs. Julia Ward, Ashland; one brother, Jeff Stafford, Huntington, W. Va.; ten grandchildren and twenty-one great- grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 29, from the River United Baptist Church with Leonard Walters, Winfrey Meek and German Walters officiating.  Burial was in the family cemetery at River. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 2, 1958
FRALEY, Johnny Leon
1958
Services Friday For Fraley Infant
Johnny Leon Fraley, 11 month old son of Robert and Clara Ratliff Fraley of this city, died Wednesday, June 18, in a hospital in South Williamsons. Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Linda Fay and Brenda Kay, and one brother, James Michael, all at home. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 20, from the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ratliff, Turner Branch, with Claude Preston and Vern Conley as officiating ministers. Burial was in the family cemetery on Turner Branch. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-25-1958
GEIGER, Virginia (Hager)
1958
Mrs. Virginia Lee Geiger, well-known resident of this city, died Friday afternoon, June 13, at her home on Euclid Avenue after a three years’ illness. The daughter of the late Daniel Marion and Jessica Vaughan Hager, she was a descendant of two prominent pioneer families whose activities are interwoven with the history of Johnson County and whose efforts contributed to its development and progress. The Hager family is of German descent.  Her great-grandfather, John Hager, Sr., was born in Hesse Cassel, Germany, and came to this country as a British subject during the Revolutionary War, later joining the Colonists and fighting with them.  At the close of the war he located near Lynchburg, Va., and about 1806 came to Kentucky with his two sons, James and Daniel, and settled near the mouth of Johns Creek in Floyd County. Her grandfather, Daniel Hager, moved to Paintsville in 1852 and engaged in the mercantile and hotel business.  He was for some time a brigadier general in the militia, served as the first sheriff of Johnson County and was a member of the State Legislature. Her father was for many years the leading businessman of this city.  With his brother, Sam P., he formed a successful partnership in the mercantile business, which they conducted during Civil War Days. Her mother was the daughter of Henry Stephen Vaughan of Volga whose English ancestors came to the Big Sandy Valley from Halifax, Virginia, where they had settled in early days.  He served as County Judge of Johnson County and was a Methodist preacher. A lifelong resident of this city, Mrs. Geiger received her early education in the city schools and later studied music at the Detroit Conservatory and at Ashland College in Ashland. She was married in April 1900 to O. C. Geiger, who survives.  Their marriage in the old First Methodist Church was the first church wedding held in that building. Mrs. Geiger was a devout and loyal member of the First Methodist Church and was active in the Women’s Society of Christian Service, serving as publicity chairman prior to her illness.  She was also a former member of the D.A.R. She was associated with the H. B. Rice Insurance Company of this city for about twenty years and later became a partner in the Insurance firm of Wells, Williams and Geiger. A woman of outstanding qualities, endowed with a warm and charming personality, she devoted her talents and energies to the service of her church and to organizations advancing the cultural interests of the city.  She was always gracious and kind and her lofty ideas and Christian principles were reflected in every phase of her daily life. Survivors also include a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Marsh of this city; a son, Dr. Marion B. Geiger, Lewiston, N. Y.; a brother, Russell Hager of this city; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the First Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m., Sunday by the pastor, Rev. O. M. Simmerman. Active pallbearers were Robert Lee Marsh, Franklin Hager Marsh, Lawrence B. Marsh, John Mark Trimble, Dan J. Williams and W. R. Meade, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were G. H. Rice, D. H. Dorton, Sr., W. B. Bailey, James W. Turner, Douglas Turner, Hansel Wiley, V. S. Williams, Dan Wheeler, J. H. Frail, Fred Howers, Harry LaViers, J. G. Newman, Herman Wheeler, W. A. Johnson, J. E. Radcliffe, Dr. G. M. Stafford, F. S. VanHoose, Russell Meade, Sr., O. P. Williams, C. C. Williams and Ben H. Vaughan. Burial was in the Old Town Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 18, 1958

GREEN, Enoch B. "Dock"
1878-1958
Enoch Green, 79, Blaine Resident, Dies Wednesday
Enoch B. “ Dock” Green, 79, well-known farmer of Blaine died Wednesday, June 25, 1958, at 4:30 a.m., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Virgil Lemaster at Flat Gap. He had been ill for several years. A lifelong resident of Blaine he was born July 13, 1878, the son of the late Enoch and Elizabeth Morris Green.  He was a member of the Old Hood United Baptist Church and had been a member of the Blaine Lodge F. & AM for more than fifty years. Surviving besides his daughter are his widow, Judy Liming Green, and two sons, James Green, Tulsa, Okla., and Ottis Green, Burrton, Kansas. Funeral services were conducted from the Virgil Lemaster home Friday, June 27, 1958 at 1:00 p.m., with Lonza Reed, F. F. Rigsby and O. I. Williams as officiating ministers.  The Blaine Lodge conducted graveside Masonic services. Burial was in the Lemaster family cemetery at Flat Gap. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-2-1958
MEADE, Mary (Coldiron)
1958
Mrs. Mary Meade Sitka Resident Passes Friday
Mrs. Mary Meade, 82, wife of Lindsey L. Meade, died Friday afternoon at her home at Sitka after an illness of several months. A lifelong resident of Johnson County, she was born at Oil Springs the daughter of the late James and Rebecca Blanton Coldiron. She was converted at an early age and spent her life in service to her church and administering to the needs of her family, neighbors and many friends. Her consecrated Christian life was exemplified in her daily living through her radiant personality, her kindness and patience. Surviving besides her husband, to whom she had been married for sixty-three years, are four sons, Robert, Sitka; Guy, Prestonsburg; Ray and Bill, both of this city; five daughters, Mabel Wheeler and Beulah Moore, both of this city; Ora Schroeder, Sitka; Jewell Yates, Point Pleasant, W. Va.; Hagar White, Prestonsburg. Also surviving are 28 grandchildren and 28 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8, from the chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home with Moses Kitchen and C.C. Hall as officiating ministers. Songs were by the Hampton Trio. Burial was in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs. Paintsville Herald Wednesday June 11, 1958
PELPHREY, Ed
1892-1958
Ed Pelphrey Dies Suddenly Of Heart Attack
Services were conducted Saturday at his home at West Van Lear for Ed Pelphrey, 66, who died suddenly at 2:45 p.m., September 10, 1958, of a heart attack while squirrel hunting near Lowmansville. Born at Sitka March 3, 1892 the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Fletcher Pelphrey, he had made his home at West Van Lear for the past nineteen years.  He was a retired miner and a member of the United Baptist Church. He was married June 5, 1913 at Stambaugh to the former Martha Grim who survives. Also surviving are two brothers, Alex Pelphrey, West Jefferson, Ohio and Elizie Phelphrey, Columbus, Ohio;  a half brother Pat Fletcher, Lowmansville, a half sister, Jayzee Sparks, Ivyton. Services were held at 11:00 a.m., with Lonza Reed, Grover Fannin, Paris Music, Bud Wiley, and Millard O’Bryant as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-17-1958
PICKLESIMER, Emerson
1892-1958
Emerson Picklesimer Died In Florida
Emerson Picklesimer, 66, native of Johnson County, died Thursday night at his home in Port Orange, Fla., after an illness of several months. He was born Jan. 16, 1892, a son of the late John Henry and Minerva Watkins Picklesimer. Surviving are the wife, Lillie Fairchild Picklesimer, one daugher, Mrs. Esta Ann Farley of Ashland; three sons, Dewey Conrad Picklesimer of Warrenton, Va.; Orrel Edward Picklesimer of El Passo, Tex.; and James Rosco Picklesimer of San Diego, Calif.; one brother, Maurice Picklesimer of Denver, and eight grand children. Funeral services were conducted today at 2:00 p.m. at the West Wood Enterprise Baptist Church. Paintsville Herald  Wednesday  June 11, 1958 
STAPLETON, Cleara (Hill)
1877-1958
DEATH TAKES FUGET WOMAN JUNE 2
Mrs. Cleara Stapleton, 81, well known woman of the Joes Creek vicinity, died suddenly Wenesday, June 25, at the home of her son, Douglas Stapleton at Fuget. She had been in ill health for several months but her death was unexpected and of a shock to her family. She was born April 18, 1877, near Relif in Morgan County, a daughter of the late John Wallace and Nancy Ellen Ferguson Hill. She had been a resident of the Fuget area for 40 years. A devout Christian and one of the county's most respected women, Mrs Stapleton had been a member of the Cold Springs United Baptist Church for 43 years. Her first marriage was to Orlando McKenzie and later she married Green F. Stapleton who died on April 13, 1941. Surviving are one son, Douglas Stapleton, Fuget; two daughters, Mrs. Emma Blanton, Staffordsville and Mrs. Alma Davis, Clymer, New York, also four brothers, Charlie Hill, Relief,Ky., Lloyd and Estil Hill, both of Red Bush and Roy Hill, London, Ohio, and one sister,Mrs. Van Williams, Portsmouth,Ohio. Two sons, Van Escum McKenzie and Charlie McKenzie precede her in death. Active pallbearers were her nephews. her grandsons served as honorary pallbearers. Funeral services were held at the home of Douglas Stapleton at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 27, by the Rev. Lonza Reed and the Rev. J. T. Bailey. Burial was in the family cemetery on Joes Creek. Paintsville Herald July 2, 1958
STAPLETON, Theodore
1882-1958
NATIVE OF COUNTY DIES IN ILLINOIS
Theodore Stapleton, 76, retired farmer, died Sunday. June 29, at his home in Towanda, Ill. Death was attributed to a heart attack. He was born January 3, 1882 at Kerz, Johnson County, a son of Henderson Beecher and Nancy Daniel Stapleton.  He was married to Nora McKenzie, Dec 10, 1908 at Staffordsville and had been a resident of Towanda, Illinois for the past 48 years. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. J. R. Shelton, Carrollton, Ill., Mrs. F. J. Fortina, Champaign, Ill., two brothers, Beecher and Forrest of Fayetteville, Ohio and one sister, Mrs. Ollie Williams, Williamsburg, Ohio. Burial was in Zion Cemetery, Towanda. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 7-23-1958
WHITT, Alonzo
1882-1958
ALONZO WHITT DIES MONDAY
Alonza Whitt, 75, retired farmer of Martha, died at his home at 4:45 p.m. June 9, after an illness of several months. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was born December 11, 1882, the son of David and Arminta Atkins Whitt.  He was a member of the Church of God. He had been married for fifty-four years to Flora Emaline Gibson Whitt, who survives.  Other survivors include two sons, Lonnie Whitt, Rush, Ernst Ray Whitt, Blaine, Ky; two daughters, Golda Mae Stevens, Muncie, Indiana; Arminta Evans, Columbus, Ohio; three half brothers, Jerry Steel, Detroit, Mich; Arthur Steel, Xenia, Ohio and Charlie Steel, Kenova, W. Va. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. today from the Maratha Church of God with Arnold Fosim and Emmerson Collier as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 6-11-1958


JULY - 1958

AUXIER, Robert "Bob" Chambers
1883-1958
Death Takes R. C. 'Bob' Auxier
Funeral Rites Tuesday For East Point Man
Robert Chambers (Bob) Auxier, 75, retired farmer, died at 12:10 a. m. Sunday, July 13, at the home of his nephew, Polk Auxier, at East Point. He had been ill for the past five weeks. He was the youngest child of the late James K. Polk and Emaline Spradlin Auxier, and was a member of a family of eight children, all of whom preceded him in death. He was born on February 26, 1883 in the Block House Bottom vicinity where his pioneer ancestors were among the first settlers, and he resided in this locality until a few weeks before his death. He had followed farming as an occupation until ill health no longer permitted him to work. He was fond of children, was well informed on current events, and was a great lover of Nature. Surviving are nine neices and nephews, mrs. Margaret Harris, West Point, Miss.; Mrs. Sally Preston, West Van Lear; Mrs. Lorraine Colvin, Dunham, Ky.; Polk Auxier, East Point; Mrs. Douglas Wheeler, Paintsville, Eugene P. Auxier, Jenkins, Ky., Sam Auxier and Mrs. Geneva Crider both of East Point, and Mrs. Fanny Hall, Jacksonville, Fla. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the chapel of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home with the Rev. S. C. Honeycutt officiating. Pallbearers were his nephews. Soloist, Mrs. Victoria Preston, was accompanied by Mrs. Vicky Pack. Burial was in the Auxier family cemetery in Block House Bottom opposite East Point. Paintsville Herald 7-16-1958 Wednesday
BARBER, Henry
1895-1958
HENRY BARBER, 63, C.& O. EMPLOYEE, PASSES JULY 9
Henry Barber, 63, veteran C. & O. Railway employee, died in a local hospital Wednesday, July 9, 1958, at 6:33pm, after an illness of three months. The son of the late Lewis and Julia Lambert Barber, he was born May 13, 1895 in Boyd County, and had made his home in this city for the past fifty-one years. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and was employed as a brakeman for the C. & O. Surviving are his widow, Patty Spradlin Barber, City; one son, Bryan Barber, City; three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Daniels, City; Mrs. Phyllis McKenzie, Auxier; Mrs. Doris Wheeler, Lexington; three brothers, Jack Barbar, Bricknell, Ind.; Jerry Barber, Charles; Curtis Barber, City, one sister, Mrs. Julia May, Carpenter, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 2:00p.m., Saturday, July 12, with Rev. S. C. Honeycutt, Rev. C. C. Hall and Rev. O. M. Simmerman officiating. Music was by Toms Creek Singers. Active pallbearers were Warren Auxier, Loren Auxier, James Auxier, Earnest Auxier, Jim Barber, Dick Barber, Jack Barber, and Russell Barber. Honorary pallbearers were C. & O. Railway employees. Burial was in the family cemetery on Davis Branch. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 9, 1958
BLAIR, Rosa (May)
1885-1958
Mrs. Rosa Blair Passes Friday
Mrs. Rosa Blair, 72, wife of A. J. Blair, died at 2:50 pm, Friday, July 4, at her home at Leander after suffering a stroke.  She had been ill for six years. The daughter of Thomas and Emily Fairchild May, she was born in this county November 22, 1885. She had made her home at Leander for the past sixty-five years and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving, besides her husband, are six children; five sons, Bruce Blair, Leander; Heber, Guy, Gail and Ivan, all of Troy, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Emily Blair, Barnett's Creek; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  A sister, Nora May, New Jackson, Ohio and two brothers, Powell May, St. Paris, Ohio, and John May, Troy, Ohio, also survive. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 10;30 am, Sunday, July 6, with Millard O'Bryan, F. F. Rigsby and Prater Blair as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Blair Cemetery at Leander. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 9, 1958
BLAIR, Thomas
1895-1958
Rites Thursday, For Tom Blair C. & O. Employee
Thomas Blair, 63, well-known resident of West Van Lear and veteran C. & O. Railwat employee, died in a local hospital Monday, July 21, after an illness of six months. The son of the late Sherman and Missouri Jane Webb Blair, he was born in this county January 16, 1895, and had lived at West Van Lear since 1920. He was employed as an engineer by the C. & O. prior to his illness. He was a member of the Brotherhood Railway Trainmen and B.P.O.E. 1858. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Edna Adams, Collista; Mrs. Elizabeth Hall and Mrs. Mae Blair, both of West Van Lear; two brothers, Gordon Blair, West Van Lear; Francis Blair, U. S. Army, Germany. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Thursday from the West Van Lear Church of Christ with Rev. S. C. Honeycutt and Adrian Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-23-1958
BOWENS, Melissa (Kitlinker)
1879-1958
Services Held Today For Melissa Bowens Resident Of Offutt
Mrs. Melissa Bowens, 78, wife of Lige Bowens, of Offutt, died at her home at 2:30 p.m., Monday, July 21, after an illness of one year. The daughter of W. M. and Christine Kitlinker, she was born October 1, 1879, in Martin County and had made her home at Offutt for the past 20 years. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., today from the Offutt Schoolhouse with James Lyons as officiating minister. Burial was in the family cemetery at Offutt. Paintsville Herald 7-23-1958 Wednesday
BROOKS, Bessie (Lemaster)
1893-1958
Succumbs July 9, 1958 In Columbus, O.
Mrs. Bessie Brooks, 65, died of a heart attack at her home in Columbus, Ohio, July 9, 1958, at 8:15 a.m. The daughter of Richard and Lydia McKenzie Lemaster.  She was born in this county June 30, 1893, and had made her home in Columbus for the past five years.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Orlando Brooks, Jr., Columbus Ohio, three stepsons, James E. Brooks, Columbus, Ohio: William T. Brooks, Marion, Ohio; Carmen Brooks West Van Lear; three daughters; Mrs. Alta Ferguson Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Alma Nickles, Fort Clinton, Ohio; Mrs. Alfa Meek, City; one grandson and 13 step grandchildren; one sister Mrs. Telle McClure, Thealka. Funeral Services were conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the United Baptist Church at Barnetts Creek with I. T. Preston, F. F. Rigsby and John Perphrey as officiating minister Burial was in the family cemetery at Barnetts Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-16-1958
COMPTON, Harless Edward
1958
Ford McCarty, 32 Local Resident, And Harless Edward Compton, 25, Are Victims Two fatalities marred the highway accident record of Johnson County durning the holiday weekend, on of whom was the father of three young children. The victim, were Ford McCarty, 32, of this city, and Harless Edward Compton, 25, of Belcher, Pike County, Kentucky. McCarty's body was found about six o'clock on the morning of July 5 on the Pigeon Road (Ky 1409) about one- half mile from Oil Springs by local residents. State Tropper Jack Music said he had been thrown out of the 1948 Dodge sedan as the car left the road and plunged over an embankment about 300 feet. He said the vehicle rolled on the victim, probably killing him instantly. Trooper Music said the victim apparently lost control of the vehicle on a curve near the scene of the accident and that his death occured about 9:30 on the previous evening. Mr. McCarty, a truck driver for McGahan Feed Company, was the son of Halleek and Nora Curtis McCarty of the low Gap vicinity. He was born May 25, 1926. Surviving are his wife, Alma Fairchild McCarty, two young sons, James and Roger, and a daughter Linda Faye, all at home, and the following brothers and sisters, Walter McCarty, Springfield , Ohio, Burl McCarty, Staffordsville, Joe McCarty, Low Gap, Mary Ward, Meally, and Maxie McCarty and Helen McCarty both of Low Gap. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., July 7, at the home of his parents by the Rev. Lonna Reed and Rev. Oscar McCarty. Burial was in the family cemetery. Wreck near Nippa State Trooper Music said Compton died instantly about 10 p.m. Saturday when a 1950 Ford sedan in which he was riding driven by Van Clifton Ratliff, left the highway about 6 miles north of Painstville on Route 23. The victim had lacerations of the head and body and was dead upon the arrival of State Police. Music said Ratliff and Compton had driven a Chevrolet automobile north of the home of the late Jeff Chandler at Lowmansville when their car broke down. The pair walked to the Chandler home where the Ford automobile, belonging to Bruce Castle, was left with the ignition key in the car. The men drove off in the direction of Louisa and were followed by Castle. They then turned and fled to near Nippa in Johnson County, about eight miles, where the fatal accident occurred. Ratliff was removed to a local hospital where his injuries were not thought to be critical. Trooper Music said the accident was probably caused by excessive speed. Compton was one of ten persons who died on Kentucky highways over the long July Fourth weekend, two Saturday and eight Friday. The ten traffic deaths increased the 1958 toll to 366 a decrease of 35 from the figure this time last year. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-9-1958
CRACE, Crossford
1894-1958
CROSSFORD CRACE, LOCAL RESIDENT DIES THURSDAY
Crossford Crace, 64, died in a local hospital Thursday, July 17, after a brief illness. The son of the late Wilson and Rachel Elizabeth Arms Crace, he was born July 4, 1894, in Johnson County and had been a resident of Paintsville for the past fifteen years.  Mr. Crace was affiliated with the Southside Free Will Baptist church.  He was a laborer by occupation. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Spradlin Crace, two sons, Leroy Crace of this city and Lewis Ray Crace, U. S. Air Force.  Three daughters, Mrs. Mary Baldridge, City; Mrs. Beatrice Barker, Van Lear and Dianna Faye and Lynn Frances, both at home.  Three sisters, Mrs. Dixie Griffith, Oil Springs; Mrs. Hazel Blair, Barnetts Creek; and Mrs. Daisy Sluss of Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. at the Southside Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. E. H. Overman and Rev. Walter Hooper as officiating ministers and the Toms Creek Quartet furnished the music. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Barnetts Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 23, 1958
DUTTON, Liss
1900-1958
PASSES JULY 14
Liss Dutton, 58, miner of  River died in a hospital at Richlands, Va., July 14, at  1:p.m., following a year’s illness of a heart condition. The son of Allen and Amy Mollett Dutton, he was born April 22, 1900, in Johnson County and had lived at River for the past five years.  He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. His wife, Roxie Dutton, survives.  They were married January 8, 1940, in Grundy, Va.  Other survivors include two sons,  Grover Dutton, Washington;  Herman Dutton,  Boons Camp;  three brothers,    John Dutton, River;   Jim Dutton, White House;  Elias Dutton, Amherst, Va.;  four sisters,  Mrs. Sally Pack, West Van Lear; Mrs. Maggie Williams, Tacoma, Washington;   Mrs. Virgie Ward, Drift;   Mrs. Mary Spears, Wheelwright. Funeral services were conducted from the home of Joe Stambaugh, River, at 1:30 p.m.,Wednesday, July 16, with Virgil Daniels and Edgar Van Hoose as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Spears Cemetery at River. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 23 1958
ECKLES, Bertha (Dalton)
1880-1958
BERTHA ECKLES PASSES JULY 8 OF HEART ATTACK
Mrs. Bertha Eckles, 78, died of a heart attack at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 8, at the home of her son, Ralph Eckles in King Addition, where she had made her home for the past two years. A native of Allen County she was born April 15, 1880, the daughter of George T. and Essie Martin Dalton.  She was a member of the Church of Christ. Her husband, Herbert Eckles preceded her in death April 29, 1957. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 7, at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of the Preston Funeral Home with Rev. S. C. Honeycutt as officiating minister.  Burial was in the Hall Cemetery in King Addition. Paintsville Herald July 16, 1958
FAIRCHILD, Debra Lynn
1958
DEBRA LYNN FAIRCHILD
Rites Saturday For Fairchild Infant
Services were conducted Saturday, July 26, at 3:30 p.m., from the chapel of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home for Debra Lynn  Fairchild, infant daughter of Paul Russell and Helen Rhea Spradlin Fairchild. Surviving besides the parents are two brothers, Dickie Joe and L. G., and one sister, Lana Gail, all at home. Rev. Larry Wigal, pastor of First Christian Church of this city, officiated.  Burial was in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-30-1958
GILLEM, John C.
1958
John C. Gillem, 73, Is Taken By Death Lexington, July 15
John C. Gillem, 73, retired horseman, died at 7:75 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Gillem came to Lexington in 1925, and had lived here until three months ago, when he moved to Louisa. He was a native of Johnson County, and spent his early life in Louisa, where he was in the oil business. He was a son of the late Isaac and Mary Gillem. He owned and operated a farm on the Tates Creek Road for many years, and was a breeder, owner, and trainer of horses until his retirement in 1952. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Hamm Gillem; and son, Roy C. Gillem, Lexington; two sisters, Mrs. Proctor Lyons, Louisa and Mrs. Martha Kelley, Keaton, and five grandchildren. The body was taken to Kerr Brothers Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESAY JULY 16, 1958
GREEN, Vinnia (Hill)
1878-1958
OF CHANDLERVILLE PASSES FRIDAY
Mrs. Vinnia Green, 79, died Friday, July 13, at her home at Chandlerville after an illness of one and one-half months. She was born November 13, 1878, in Morgan County, the daughter of the late Thornton and Sarah Williams Hill, and had resided at Chandlerville for the past eighteen years. She had been a member of the Enterprise Baptist church for sixty-one years. Survivors included the husband, W. F. Green and one son, Lloyd Green, Detroit. Five brothers, Marvin Hill, Blaine; Van Hill, Relief; Albert Hill, Chillicothe, O.; Wayne Hill, Relief and Hendrick Hill, Londonderry, O. Two sister, Mrs. Tommie Bailey, Lucasville, Ohio, and Mrs. Willie Sherman, Relief; also one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday, July 20, at 10:00 a.m. with Hood Wallen and Cully Sparks as officiating ministers with music by the Toms Creek Singers. Burial was in the family cemetery at Chanderville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 23, 1958 
LAVIERS, Mrs. Henry
1958
Mrs. Henry LaViers, passed away at her home of Fourth Street in Paintsville about 3:00 on the afternoon of July 31st.  She is survived by one son, Harry LaViers, Paintsville, three grandchildren, Harry LaViers, Jr., Paintsville, Mrs. James Benedtot, Wallston, Ohio, and J. Paul Sellers, Jr., Canoga Park, California, and six great-grandchildren. The daughter of the late William and Margaret Jones Thomas, Mrs. LaViers was born in Mason City, West Virginia, and fixed during her girlhood in Pomeroy, Ohio, where she met and was married to Henry LaViers.  Mr. and Mrs. LaViers moved to Wellston, Ohio, following their marriage where he was employed by the Superior Coal Company as Chief Engineer.  During his employment with the company, he obtained a leave of absence and attended Ohio State University in Columbus where the family lived during this period.  In 1905 Mr. LaViers became affiliated with the North-East Coal Company as General Superintendent and part owner and moved to Paintsville.  Mr. LaViers died in 1945 and a son, Jimmy LaViers and a daughter, Mrs. Irene LaViers Seilers, preceded him in death. Mrs. LaViers was very active in church work during their former residence in Wellston, Ohio, and was a charter member of the First Baptist Church in Paintsville.  She belonged to numerous church organizations, as well as social and civic groups during her lifetime in this community and her enthusiastic support will be greatly missed.  In the disposition of her personal property, she left a substantial sum of money to be used as a memorial in the Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, from the First Baptist Church with Rev. C. H. Hockensmith, Columbus, Ohio, and Rev. Mr. R. Thomason, pastor of the church, officiating.  Pallbearers were Herman Wheeler, Dr. James W. Archer, Virgil Picklesimer, Dr. George Archer, Dr. J. H. Rapier, J. Douglas Turner, J. T. Newman and Harry Thomas.  Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery in this city. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 6, 1958
LYON, Frank
1885-1958
Frank Lyon, 73, Local Resident, Dies Tuesday
Frank Lyon, 73, well-known resident of this city died in a local hospital Tuesday July 1, 1958, after a brief illness. Born June 19, 1885, the son of the late James and Arminta Stafford Lyon.  He was a lifelong resident of this county and was widely known and liked throughout Johnson County where he worked as a civil engineer. Survivors include four sons Earl Lyon, Ironton, Ohio, Paul and Richard Lyon, both of South Point Ohio and Arthur Lyon U. S. Air Force, Korea; three daughters, Mrs. Shelia Winter and Mrs. Irene Day, both of Ashland, Mrs. Edith West, South Point, Ohio, three sisters, Mrs. Essie Lyon, Ulysses; Mrs. Marie Ross, Subury, Ohio; Mrs. Cora Beverly, Drift. Funeral services were conducted from the Jones and Preston Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 1958, with Scott Castle and F. S. Van Hoose as officiating ministers; Active pall bears were Charles Day, Thomas Lyon, Charley Coleman, Frank West, Clarence Melvin and Walter Ross, Jr. Burial was in the Stafford Cemetery in this city. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-9-1958
MCCARTY, Ford
1926-1958
Ford McCarty, 32, Local Resident, And Harless Edward Compton, 25, Are Victims Two fatalities marred the highway accident record of Johnson County durning the holiday weekend, on of whom was the father of three yound children. The victim, were Ford McCarty, 32, of this city, and Harless Edward Compton, 25, of Belcher, Pike County, Kentucky. McCarty's body was found about six o'clock on the morning of July 5 on the Pigeon Road (Ky 1409) about one- half mile from Oil Springs by local residents. State Tropper Jack Music said he had been thrown out of the 1948 Dodge sedan as the car left the road and plunged over an embankment about 300 feet. He said the vehicle rolled on the victim, probably killing him instantly. Trooper Music said the victim apparently lost control of the vehicle on a curve near the scene of the accident and that his death occured about 9:30 on the previous evening. Mr. McCarty, a truck driver for McGahan Feed Company, was the son of Halleek and Nora Curtis McCarty of the low Gap vicinity. He was born May 25, 1926. Surviving are his wife, Alma Fairchild McCarty, two young sons, James and Roger, and a daughter Linda Faye, all at home, and the following brothers and sisters, Walter McCarty, Springfield , Ohio, Burl McCarty, Staffordsville, Joe McCarty, Low Gap, Mary Ward, Meally, and Maxie McCarty and Helen McCarty both of Low Gap. Funeral srevices were held at 10:00 a.m., July 7, at the home of his parnets by the Rev. Lonna Reed and Rev. Oscar McCarty. Burial was in the family cemetery. Wreck near Nippa State Trooper Music said Compton died instantly about 10 p.m. Saturday when a 1950 Ford sedan in which he was riding friven by Van Clifton Ratliff, left the highway about 6 miles north of Painstville on Route 23. The victim had lacerations of the head and body and was dead upon the arrival of State Police. Music said Ratliff and Compton had driven a Chevrolet automobile north of the home of the late Jeff Chandler at Lowmansville when their car broke down. The pair walked to the Chandler home where the Ford automobile, belonging to Bruce Castle, was left with the ignition key in the car. The men drove off in the direction of Louisa and were followed by Castle. They then turned and fled to near Nippa in Johnson County, about eight miles, where the fatal accident occurred. Ratliff was removed to a local hospital where his injuries were not thought to be critical. Trooper Music said the accident was probably caused by excessive speed. Compton was one of ten persons who died on Kentucky highways over the long July Fourth weekend, two Saturday and eight Friday. The ten traffic deaths increased the 1958 toll to 366 a decrease of 35 from the figure this time last year. Paintsville Herald 7-9-1958
MCCLURE, Margaret (Pack)
1866-1958
DIES SUNDAY AT LOWMANSVILLE
Mrs. Margaret McClure, 91, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willie Lemaster, Lowmansville, Sunday, July 20, after an illness of four weeks. She was born August 25, 1866, at Wayne, W. Va., the daughter of the late Samuel and Margaret Nelson Pack.  Mrs. McClure had been a resident of Lowmansville for many years and was a member of the United Baptist Church for sixty-eight years. Survivirs include four sons, Dewey McClure, Wittensville; Everett McClure, Ashland; Theodore McClure, Winifred and a stepson; also four daughters, Mrs. Vienna Murray, Mrs. Jenetta Lemaster, Mrs. Mollie Grim of Lowmansville and Mrs. Lora Castle, Nippa.  Two stepdaughters, Mrs. Lora Burchett, Dayton, Ohio and Mrs. Fannie Dixon, Carrollton, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Georges Creek United Baptist church with Willie Daniel, Leonard Walters, Winfrey Meek and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Lowmansville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 23, 1958
MEADE, Roby
1920-1958
NIPPA MAN IS CRUSHED TO DEATH IN ROCK FALL
Roby Meade, 38, was fatally injured when an estimated 30 tons of rock fell on him about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Meade with others was opening a mine at the mouth of Whip-poor-will near Nippa when the side of a hill gave way crushing him.  He was a resident of Nippa and had been a miner all his adult life.  Neighbors removed the body from the mine entrance. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Tallie Meade; three young daughters; a sister, Mrs. Magolene Adkins, of West Virginia; two brothers, Homer and Marshall (Bud) Meade, both of Johnson County and his parents Mr. And Mrs. Milt Meade, Nippa. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 23, 1958
RITES SATURDAY FOR VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II ROCK FALL KILLS ROBY MEADE, 38 Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 26, at the Mouth of Rush Free Will Baptist Church for Roby Meade, 38, miner of Nippa, who was killed in a rock fall at 11:00 a.m. July 23. The fatal accident occurred when a side of a hill gave way crushing Meade under 4 ½ tons of rock, as he and others were opening a mine at the mouth of Whip-poor-will near Nippa. (It was incorrectly stated in The Herald last week that he was crushed under 30 tons of rock). The son of Milt and Lena Caslte Meade, he was born at Nippa January 29, 1920, and had been a lifelong resident of that community, where he was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.  A veteran of World War II, he served in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland and received the following decorations and citations:  American Theatre Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, World War Ii Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Surviving besides his parents are his wife, Telia Castle Meade, three daughters, Donnie, Diana Jean and Brenda Sue Meade, all at home.  Also surviving are two brothers, Marshall Meade, Nippa; Homer Meade, Stambaugh; one sister, Maggicice Adkins, Rettia, W. Va. Millard Van Hoose was the officiating minister at the funeral services and music was by the Toms Creek Quartet.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Tutor Key. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 30, 1958
MEEK, Homer Douglas
1958-1958
RITES HELD TUESDAY FOR MEEK INFANT
Funeral services were conducted from the Buffalo United Baptist Church Tuesday for Homer Douglas Meek, 2-month-old son of Homer and Ruth Mills Meek of Meally, who died Monday, July 7, at his home. Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Steven and Gary Richard and one sister, Vickie, all at home. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., with Nim Sturgill as officiating minister.  Burial was in the Meek Cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 9, 1958
SUMPTER, Alka Boyd (Cavins)
1904-1958
Alka Boyd Sumpter Resident of Thealka Dies July 1 Of Cancer
Mrs. Alka Boyd Sumpter, 54, died at 12:05 p.m., July 1, at her home at Thealka, a victim of cancer following an illness of two months. She was born June 14, 1904, at White House, the daughter of Sam and Lizzie Smith Cavins and had made her home at Thealka for the past four years.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Stella Medley, Chattanooga, Tenn., Mrs. Marie Stambaugh, Thealka, with who she had made her home for the past eight years.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Ben Cavins, White House; Same Cavins, Offutt; Mrs. Lizzie Ratliff, Thealka; Mrs.  Tilda Simpson, Drift; Mrs. Opal Camel, Prestonsburg. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 11:00 a.m. from the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church with James Lyons as officiating minister.  Burial was in the Osborne Cemetery at White House. Paintsville Herald Thursday 7-9-1958
VANHOOSE, Susie Dye (Salyers)
1876-1958
RITES HELD SUNDAY AT FLAT GAP CHURCH FOR SUSIE VANHOOSE
Mrs. Susie Dye VanHoose 81, died at her home at Barnetts Creek at 6:30 p.m., July 4, of a heart condition following an illness of nine months. The daughter of the late Hardy and Martie Conley Salyers, she was born at Flat Gap December 12, 1876.    She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her first husband, Floyd Dye, preceded her in death about forty years ago.  She was later married to John Vanhoose, who also preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, John D. Dye, Alger, OH.; three stepsons, Elbert Dye, Fairborn, OH.; Elvin Vanhoose, Mechanicsburg, OH.; Ellis Vanhoose, Sprinfgield, OH.; one daughter, Mrs. Doshia Dye, Barnetts Creek; two step-daughters, Ellizabeth Hall, Volga; Minnie Stambaugh, Sitka. Funeral services were conducted from the Old Bethel United Baptist Church at Flat Gap at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 6, with John Pelphrey and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Salyers Cemetery at Flat Gap. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JULY 9 1958
VAUGHAN, B. R.
1853-1958
B. R. Vaughan was a native of Johnson County where he resided during his youth and until early middle age.  He was the son of Henry Stephen and Mary Burgess Vaughan.  His father, who served as Sheriff, Commissioner of Education and Judge of Johnson County, was a local minister of the Methodist Church and founded Cannon's Chapel Church in Johnson County. Mr. Vaughan recieved his education in the public schools of this county.  In 1904 he was married to Miss Julia Sturgill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Janus Sturgill of Flat Gap, Kentucky. Early in life he engaged in the mercantile business, and to this vocation he gave his attention during most of his business career.  For brief periods, he was connected with The Elkhorn Coal Company, the C. & O. Railway Company, and the Justice Department of the Federal Government. During recent years he was executive Vice-President of Wheeler-Williams Hardware Company. After leaving Johnson County, Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan resided at Buckingham, Tyrone, and Greenup in Kentucky, and at Kenova, West Virginia.  For the last 16 years they have lived in Ashland. In addition to his wife, he leaves three daughters; Mrs. Dora Lois Wheeler, Ashland; Mrs. Ruby Flax, Georgetown, Kentucky; Mrs. Marie Arnold, Albert Lea, Minnesota; six grandchildren, and a sister, Miss Maude Vaughan, Volga, Kentucky.  A son, Henry Stephen, died in 1924. Having heard first hand reports of the Civil War Era from his mother and father, who had known General Garfield personally, he developed an interest in Civil War history which became an avocation.  In his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, he kindled an abiding interest in this subject.  He was a great lover of oratory. His views on the Christan life called for the highest standards.  At an early age he became a member of The Cannon's Chapel Methodist Church, the church his father had founded at Volga, Kentucky.   This membership continued throughout his life.  But observable evidences of a Christian life were not limited to his church membership and attendence.  He was a constant student of the Bible and adapted for himself a strict code for Christian conduct to which he adhered diligently in all business and personal relationships thoughout the years.  It may be said without reservation, that he walked uprightly in the sight of  God and his fellowman. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7-23-1958
WALTERS, Clara (Fields)
1890-1958
Of Boons Camp Passes July 2
Mrs. Clara Walters, 68, resident of Boons Camp, died in a local hospital at 9:13 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, after a brief illness. The daughter of Elijah and Louise Jay Fields, she was born at Boons Camp February 10, 1890 and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, John E. Walters, whom she married April 10, 1907, at Boons Camp; two sons, Estill Walters, Lenore, W. Va.; Mrs. Mable Ward, McDowell, W. Va.; Mrs. Ruth Hatfield, Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Nannie Ward, Williamsport.  Also surviving are thirty grandchildren and eight great-granchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5, from the Old Friendship United Baptist Church at Williamsport with Glen Arrowood, Leonard Walters and Nim Sturgill as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald 7-9-1958 Wednesday
WELCH, Julia (Dills)
1900-1958
Julia Welch, 58, Passes Sunday in Springfield
Mrs. Julia Dills Welch, 58, died Sunday, July 20, at 1:50 am in Springfield, Ohio, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lula Hackless, after an illness of several months. The daughter of James and Cynthia Blevins Dills, she was born in Johnson County February 26, 1900, and had resided in Springfield for the past five years.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her husband, Clyde Welch, preceeded her in death sixteen years ago. Surviving are one son, Clyde Welch Jr, Springfield, Ohio; three daughters, Carol Tackett, Oklahoma City, Okla; Phillis Tackett,, Springfield, Ohio; Geraldine Hatt, New Carlisle, Ohio, two sisters, Lula Harkless and Mary Jane Blevins, Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 pm Tuesday from the home of John R. Bevins Jr., in this city, with Claude Preston and R. L. Sumner as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Paintsville Quartet.  Burial was in the Wells Cemetery in this city. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 23, 1958
WELCH, Willa Margaret (Mays)
1912-1958
Willa Margaret Welch was born Nov. 03, 1912, in Jenkins, Ky., the daughter of Clara Duncan Mays and the late R. L. (Bob) Mays. When she was six months of age the family moved to Van Lear, Ky., where most of her natural life was spent. In June of 1948 Willa Mays became the bride of Francis L. (Jack) Welch of Clarksburg, W. Va., with most of their married life being spent in Paintsville and Huntington, W. Va. Death came at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 1958, at her home in Huntington after an illness of more than a year. At the time of her passing she was 45. She is survived by her husband Francis L. Welch, her mother, Clara Duncan Mays, both of Huntington, one son, Robert G. Watkins, West Palm Beach, Florida. Three grandchildren and one brother, Harry Lee Mays, Huntington. Early in life Mrs. Welch became a member of the First Baptist Church to which she was sincerely devoted until the day of her death. She was also a member of the Eastern Star No. 320. Being widely known and loved by many residents of Johnson County, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 13, 1958 Willa Welch Dies Thursday in Huntington Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in this city for Mrs. Willa Margaret Welch, 45, who died at her home in Huntington, W. Va., Thursday, July 31, at 4:15 p.m., following an illness of eight months. The daughter of Mrs. Clara Duncan Mays and the late R. L. (Bob) Mays, she was born at Jenkins, Ky., November 3, 1912. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Paintsville Order of Eastern Star No. 320. She had lived in Huntington for the past eight months and was a former resident of this city and West Van Lear. Survivors include besides her mother, her husband, Francis L. “Jack� Welch, former announcer WSIP; one son, Robert G. Watkins, West Palm Beach, Florida; one brother, Harry Lee Mays, Huntington, W. Va. Rev. M. R. Thomason, pastor of the First Baptist Church conducted the funeral services. Pallbearers were Otto Pratt, Lynn Jennings, Irvin Spradlin, Hargis Ison, Ted Arnold Silvert and Escom Chandler. Burial was in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 6, 1958
WILCOX, Kittie (Hampton)
1895-1958
SERVICES SUNDAY AT NIPPA FOR KITTIE WILCOX
Mrs. Kittie Hampton Wilcox, 62, died in a local hospital Friday, July 11, after an illness of two weeks. The daughter of William and Alice Patrick Hampton, she was born in Johnson County October 23, 1895, and was a resident of Auxier prior to moving to Waverly, Ohio, thirteen years ago.  She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was married forty-five years ago to Levi Wilcox, who survives.  Other survivors include three sons, Robert Wilcox, Waverly, Ohio; Russell Wilcox, Hillsboro, Ohio; Ivelgene, Wilcox, Jamestown, Ohio; three daughters Bessie Fannin, Van Lear; Ruth Rice, Tucumcari, N. M.; Dorothy Lawill, Jamestown, Ohio; one brother, Henry Hampton, Circleville, Ohio; one sister, Lizzie Terry, Columbus, O. Funeral services were conducted from the Freewill Baptist Church at Nippa at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 13, with Claude Preston and Millard Van Hoose as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Nippa. Paintsville Herald Wednesday July 16, 1958


AUGUST - 1958

CANTRELL, Walter
1958
DIES SATURDAY OF HEART ATTACK
A victim of a sudden heart attack, Walter Cantrell, 64, died in an Ashland hospital at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, August 9. The son of Tom and Elizabeth Cantrell, he was born in Morgan county but was a resident of Ashland at the time of his death and had been employed by Semet Solva Co. for thirty-four years. Surviving are his wife, Alma Wright Cantrell, two sons, Charles Ray Cantrell, Cincinnati, and Raymond Elwood Cantrell, also of Cincinnati.  Six brothers, Alton Cantrell, Ophir, Ky.; Conn Cantrell, Pikeville; Anon Cantrell, Red Bush; Amon Cantrell, Keaton; Mont Cantrell, Ophir, Ky.; and John Edd Cantrell, Louisa.  One sister, Jewell Cantrell of Lucasville, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 11, at the home of his mother-in- law, Mrs. Alice Wright at Red Bush, with Ellis Hamilton as officiating minister.  Burial followed in the family cemetery at Red Bush. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY August 13, 1958
EASTERLING, Charlie Burns
1958
Charlie Easterling dies in Montgomery after long illness
Charlie Burns Easterling, 65,farmer, died Tuesday at his home in Jeffersonville, Montgomery County, after an 18–month illness. A native of Magoffin County, he was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Carrie Montgomery Easterling; four sons, five daughters, three half brothers, and two sisters, one of whom is Mrs. Rosa Hensley, Painstville. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 PM (CST) Wednesday at the Rocky Branch Church by the Rev. Haskel Bach, Rev. Woodford Tabor and Rev. Willie Murray. Interment was in the Lovely cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-6-1958
FRANKS, Jean (Hackney)
1958
JEAN FRANKS, 25, PASSES SUNDAY  IN COLUMBUS, O.
Mrs. Jean Franks, 25, 1005 13th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, died Sunday afternoon in University Hospital after a brief illness. A former resident of Lowmansville, she was a member of the United Baptist Church of Lowmansville. Surviving are her husband, Arnold Franks and ten-day old son, Gregory; her father, Charles Hackney, Lowmansville; five sisters, Mrs. Ivory Young, Mrs. Lydia Calwell, Mrs. Edith Miller, Mrs. Jacqueline Young, Mrs. Lake Keicher; seven brothers, William T., Herbert L., Edger J., Carl H., Paul D., Josoph K., and James H. Hackney. Funeral Services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. today from the Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel in Columbus. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery. Paintsville Herald August 20, 1958
GOBLE, Jack
1886-1958
Rites Thursday For Jack Goble OF W. Van Lear
Jack Goble, 71, passed away Monday, August 18 at his home in West Van Lear after a long illness. He was the son of the late C. C. and Helen Baldridge Goble, and was born October 6, 1886 in Johnson County. He had been a resident of West Van Lear all his life and was affiliated with the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church. A well known businessman, he had been retired for a number of years. Mr. Goble married Hessie Fitch Goble June 30, 1907, who survives. Surviving beside his wife are two sons, Carlos, of West Van Lear and Estil Goble, Los Angeles; four grandchildren and on  great grandchild. Also four brothers, Pete, of East Point and Torn, Ben and Calhoun all of West Van Lear; four sisters, Mrs. Bertha Franklin, Mrs Minnie Hurt, Mrs. Mary Belle Music and Mrs. Alice Music all of West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-20-1958
GRAHAM, Jack
1888-1958
Jack Graham, 69, Local Resident, Dies Thursday
Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:00 p.m.; in the First Methodist Church of this city for Jack Graham, 69, who died at his home on Court Street Thursday morning, August 14, 1958 after a six-month’s illness. The son of the late John and Pauline McClure Graham, he was born in Johnson County September 4, 1888.  Most of his adult life was spent in Virginia where he engaged in farming and worked as a barber.  Following his retirement he returned to his native county about a year and a half ago and was married to the former Miss Esta Walker, who survives.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.  Possessed of a genial personality.  Friendly and kind, his life and facts were always in accordance with those of a true Christian. Gentleman. Other survivors include a foster son, Sam Graham, Newport News, Va.; four half sisters, Mrs. Havana Hull, Springfield, Ohio; Mrs. Nollie Castle, Van Lear; Mrs. Dora Ramey, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Mollie Cyrus, New Carlisle, Ohio; one half brother, C. A. O’Hara, Galloway, Ohio. Services were conducted by Rev. O. M. Simmerman pastor of the church and Rev. W. F. Pettus, Former pastor, Burial was in the Salyer-McCarty Cemetery at Kerz. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 8-20-1958
GREER, Malissa (Hall)
1877-1958
Malissa Greer, 81, Was Widow of Civil War Veteran
Mrs. Malissa Hall Greer, 81, a widow of Civil War Veteran William Greer, died at 3:30 p.m., Friday, August 29, at her home at East Point after a long illness. She was widely known and had many friends and relatives throughout this section. Mrs. Greer was born in Johnson County, May 11, 1877, a daughter of Jess and Victoria Coleman Hall. She had been a resident of the East Point vicinity all her life. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are one son, Charles Greer, Cleveland, OH; six daughters, Mrs. Alka Music; Mrs. Kate Alexander; Mrs. Priscilla Johnson; Mrs. Edith Burchett and Mrs. Irene Bowling, all of East Point, and Mrs. Gladys Frazier of New Smyrna Beach, FL. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 5 step grandchildren. Her husband, a veteran of the Civil War and a Union soldier, died about 38 years ago. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the East Point Church of Christ by the Rev. Moses Kitchen. Music was by the Toms Creek Singers. Burial was in the Greer Family Cemetery at East Point. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESAY SEPTEMBER 3, 1958
HALL, Mary Ellena (Adams)
1867-1958
MRS. HALL DIES THURSDAY
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 9, at 1:30 in the Chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home for Mrs. Mary Ellena Adams Hall, 90, who died at her home in Bridgeford Addition at 6:10pm, Thursday, August 7, following a long illness. The daughter of Benjamin and Susan Holbrook Adams, she was born in Letcher County December 12, 1867.  She was married to Isom Hall (deceased February 1957) in 1883.  Mrs. Hall was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include two sons, K. L. Hall, Mt. Sterling and Bill Hall, Long Beach, Calif.  Another son, D. P. Hall, preceded her in death.  Three daughters, Mrs. Bradley George, Ashland; Mrs. J. C. Maggard, Paintsville and Mrs. Herschell Fields, DeLand, Florida.  Eighteen grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Rev. Joe Zavadsky and Rev. Larry Wigal conducted the funeral services with the grandsons acting as pallbearers.  Burial was made in the Wells Buckingham Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 13, 1958
HARRINGTON, Artis Colene
1956-1958
HARRINGTON TOT STRUCK BY CAR, DIES AUGUST 29
Funeral services were conducted Monday at the First Christian Church in this city for Artis Colene Harrington, 20 month-old daughter of W. J. and Edna Earle Dixon Harrington, who was killed Friday, Aug 29, when struck by a car near her home in Elyria, Ohio. She was born December 12, 1956, In Lorain, Ohio, and was the granddaughter of Mrs. John L. Harrington of this city and the late Mr. Harrington. Also surviving are two sisters Wilia Jane and Minne Ellen and one brother, Phillip Daniel, all at home; two half brothers, Paul Burns Harrington, Pittsburgh, California and Clarence Ray Harrington, Lorain, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. by the pastor of the church, Rev. Larry Wigal.  Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery in King Addition. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sep. 3, 1958
HONEYCUTT, Valentine
1881-1958
VALENTINE HONEYCUTT, JOHN’S CREEK RESIDENT, SUCCUMBS SATURDAY
Valentine Honeycutt, 76, better known as “Tine,” retired farmer and laborer of Van Lear, died in a local hospital Saturday, August 2, at 3:30 a.m., after a day’s illness. The son of the late Esau and Margaret Webb Honeycutt, he was born in this county October 30, 1881, and had lived in the Johns Creek section all of his life.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. His wife, Coraletha Harrington Honeycutt, preceded him in death in 1941. Surviving are four sons, Malcolm Honeycutt, Orville Honeycutt, both of Van Lear; Dallas Honeycutt and Randall Honeycutt, both of Portsmouth, Ohio; five daughters, Mrs. Erma Webb, Mrs. Thelma Manns, Mrs. Elma Spears, Alma Honeycutt, Pansy Marie Honeycutt, all of Van Lear.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters:  Jimmy and Cecil Honeycutt, both of Van Lear; John Honeycutt, Meally; Hansford Honeycutt; Mrs. Phoeba Bowling, Pikeville, mrs. Harriet Sesco; Mrs. Christine Fannin and Mrs. Jeanette Powers, both of Van Lear; Margaret Ward. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., August 4, at the Clark Cemetery with James Sturgill as officiating minister.  Burial followed in the Clark Cemetery on Daniels Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 6, 1958
HORN, Walker
1883-1958
WALKER HORN OF ROCK HOUSE DIES WEDNESDAY
Walker Horn, 74, well-known farmer of Rock House, died at his home at 5:15 a.m., Wednesday, August 6, after a three years’ illness. The son of the late Thomas and Mary Combs Horn, he was born October 14, 1883, and had been a lifelong resident of Rock House, where he was liked and respected by his many friends in that community as well as throughout the county. Survivors include his wife, Lizzie Sublett Horn; one son, Clifton Horn, City; one grandson, Douglas P. Horn, City; two brothers, Jess and Albert Horn, both of Staffordsville; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Salyers, Hager Hill; Mrs. Eva Tackett, Carey, Ohio; Mrs. Tishie Slone, Peebles, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 7, from the home with Claude Preston and F. F. Van Hoose as officiating ministers.  Music was by the Toms Creek Singers. Burial was in the family cemetery at Rock House. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 13, 1958
MCKENZIE, Mary Lou (Crace)
1886-1958
McKenzie Rites Held Thursday At Volga Home
Mrs. Mary Lou Crace McKenzie, 72, died at 11:25 a.m., August 11, after several months' illness, due to a heart condition. The daughter of William R. and Julia Jackson Crace, she was born March 15, 1886, at Oil Springs but had been a resident of Volga for the past fifty-four years. She was affiliated with the Baptist Church. Mrs. McKenzie was married September 14, 1905, at Volga to Forest L. McKenzie, who survives. Surviving beside the husband are two sons, Everett and Buell McKenzie, both of Volga, two daughters, Lura Williams, Volga, and Julia Mae Williams, Fairborn, Ohio and three brothers, Albert and Archie Crace of Oil Springs, and Ashland Crace of Florida, eight grand- children and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 14, with Bruce Daniel and Ellis Hamilton as officiating ministers and the Toms Creek Quartet furnishing the music. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Volga. ADDITIONAL NOTE: This cemetery is also known as the "David Jesse  McKenzie Cemetery".   Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 20, 1958
MCKENZIE, Thurman
1905-1958
Former Resident Dies Saturday Of Heart Attack
A victim of a sudden heart attack, Thurman McKenzie, 53, former resident of this city, was found dead in a bed at his apartment in Jackson, Ohio, Saturday morning. The son of Ollie and Martha McCarty McKenzie, he was born in this county May 3, 1905, and had lived in Jackson for the past six years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church and had been a miner and restaurant employee. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ora Estep McKenzie, and one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Jewell Delong, both of this city.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Bill McKenzie, Manila; Elbert McKenzie, Calif.; half brothers, Johnnie Conley, Calif.; Lunda Conley, Catlettsburg; Anna Cantrell and Alta Lemaster, both of Catlettsburg; Malta Smith, West Virginia. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Monday from the chapel of the Paintsville Funeral Home by Rev. M.R. Thomason, pastor of First Baptist Church.  Burial was in the Manila Cemetery. NOTE: This cemetery is also known as the "McCarty Family Cemetery". Paintsville Herald  Wednesday August 6, 1958
MEEK, Arbie
1907-1958
DIES SATURDAY OF HEART ATTACK
Arbie Meek, 50, resident of West Van Lear, died August 9 at 7:00 a.m., of a heart attack while visiting at the home of his brother, Elbert Meek at River. An invalid for the past thirty years, he was the son of Winfrey Meek, of West Van Lear and the late Vina Penix Meek, and was born at Williamsport December 26, 1907.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides his father and brother are a son, Lowell Thomas Meek, Covington, Ky.; another brother, Willie Meek, California; two sisters, Mrs. Nora Robinson and Mrs. John H. Brown, both of Ashland. Funeral services were conducted from the Old Friendship Church at Williamsport at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, with; Earl Muncy, Arthur Preece and Leonard Walters as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Park Cemetery at Williamsport. OBITUARY  BY Arbie Meek I was born Dec. 26, 1907, the son of Winfrey and Vina Meek.  I was married November 30, 1930 to Ethel Lyon.  There was born one son to this family Lowell Meek, 27 W. 4th St., Covington, Ky. It was in the old Paintsville Church that I got o glimpse of Heaven.  It was then God saved my soul.  Yes, it is a great thing for me to know I can not talk plain here on earth, but when I get to Heaven, Jesus will give me a plain voice, and I will sing His praises for evermore. Yes, I have a sweet and precious mother gone on before and I’m sure if we will know one another in Heaven, she will be there.  I want the old church to sin the son, “Must I Be Carried to the Sky on Flower Beds of Ease, While Others Fight to Win the Prize,” and “The Last Loving Morning,” and others of your choice. I want Brother Earl Muncy to open service, Brother Arthur Preece to follow, and Brother Leonard Walters to close.  Written by Arbie Meek this May 4th, 1958. Paintsville Herald August 13, 1958
MEEKS, Elias
1898-1958
ELIAS MEEK, 60, OF WILLIAMSPORT DIES THURSDAY
Elias “Kent” Meeks, 60, retired miner of Williamsport, died at his home at 6:20 p.m. August 14, of a heart attack following a six month illness. The son of Jeff and Lila Spriggs Meeks, he was born May 29, 1898, at Boons Camp and had been a resident of Williamsport for the past five years.  He was married March 5, 1920, to Mary Stanford Meeks, who survives. Surviving besides the wife are five sons, Elias Meeks, City; Charles, Dayton; Clyde, Williamsport; Grover and Daniel, both of Genova, O.  Two daughters, Mrs. Stella Fyffe, Red Bush and Mrs. Daisy Marie Pack, Columbus, two brothers, Jim Meek, Ecorse, Mich., and Sam Meeks, of Bidwell, Ohio, one sister, Carolyn Spears of Bidwell, O., 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 18, in the Free Will Baptist Church at Boons Camp with Arthur Ramey and Melvin Sesco as officiating ministers.  Burial was made in the Butcher cemetery at Williamsport. Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 20, 1958
MUSIC, Emma Zell (Howard)
1958
Mother Of Local Woman Dies At Asheville, N. C.
Mrs. Emma Zell Music, widow of H. J. (Jeff) Music, and a former resident of East Point, died August 21 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alva Minus. She was 85 years old. A daughter of Reuben and Sallie Richardson Howard, she was a native of Little Paint Creek and for many years was a resident of Prestonsburg where she owned property at the time of her passing. She has resided with her daughter in Ashville the last four years. Mrs. Music has been a member of the Methodist Church since young womanhood. Besides Mrs. Minus, she leaves two other daughters, Mrs. R. E. Thomas, of Paintsville, and Mrs. Lee DeRossett, of Jeffersonville, Indiana. She  also is survived by two sisters, Mrs. C. B. Combs and Mrs. J. S. Dingus, both of East Point, seven grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. A son, Sam L. Music, of Oakland, Calif., a brother, J. T. Howard, of East Point, and a sister, Mrs. W. G. Goble, of Auxier, preceded her in death. Funeral rites were conducted at Ashville, where burial was made. Paintsville Herald 9-3-1958 Wednesday
PORTER, Myrtle (Clark)
1888-1958
Myrtle Porter of Johns Creek Dies August 29
Mrs. Myrtle Porter, 70, well known Johns Creek resident, died of a heart attack in a local hospital at 5:30 a.m. August 29, following an illness of eight months. The daughter of Morgan and Rebecca Lykins Clark, she was born June 20, 1888 in Prestonburg and had been a lifelong resident of the Johns Creek section.  She married in Prestonburg December 29, 1903 to Henry Logan Porter Jr. who survives. Other survivors include two sons Howard Porter, Van Lear; Gene Porter, Columbus Ohio, two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Scott, Kenova, W. Va., Mrs. Esther Wright, Huntington, W. Va., one brother Charlie Clark, West Van Lear; one sister Mrs. Pearl Martin, Detroit, Michigan.  Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of Preston Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Aug. 31 by Rev. Charles Perry pastor of Mayo Church.  Burial was in the Porter Cemetery in Johns Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday September 3, 1958
PRESTON, Clayton
1883-1958
Clayton Preston Of Southside Passes Thursday
Clayton Preston, 65, died at his home in Southside Thursday, August 7, at 12:30 a.m., following an illness of several weeks. The son of the late Winfield and Malissa Castle Preston, he was born in this county July 1883, and had lived here all of his life, where he worked as a laborer. Surviving are his wife, Maxine Bryant Preston, one brother, Marion Preston, City; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Gross, Toledo, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted from the Southside Free Enterprise Baptist Church Friday at 1:00 p.m., with Lester Blair and Glen Davis as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Southside. Paintsville Herald  Wednesday  August 13, 1958 
RICE, Willard
1919-1958
Mystery Shrouds Death of Willard Rice Near  Hitchins in Carter County Early Saturday
Willard Rice, 38, well-known Johnson County man, was found shot to death at 8:00 a.m. Saturday on Robin Road near a Hitchins brickyard in Carter County. He had been shot at close range above the heart. An examining physician placed the time of death between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. The body was found by three children as they walked towards town. He was a representative of the Commonwealth Life Insurance Company and had been transferred to the Carter County area from Paintsville. Deputy Sheriff James Jackson, a neighbor of Rice in the McGuire subdivision at Grayson, said Rice had $500 in his possession when he left his home Friday, but no money was found on the body. The section of Robin Road on which the body was found is a deserted area with no houses nearby. A .38 caliber pistol which Rice carried for protection while traveling that area was six feet from the body and had been fired one time. It was to be sent to Ashland for fingerprint test. A Grayson physician and Kentucky State Policeman said he had been shot from a distance of two or three feet. There was no blood nor evidence of disturbance inside Rice’s automobile. Tracks appeared to show the auto had been moved back and forth several times, according to the Carter County officials. State Trooper Don Laferty quoted Mrs. Rice as saying her husband had carried a pistol since he had been followed several times in the Hitchins area. He had told her he knew who his followers were, but would not name them for fear it would worry her, Laferty said. Coroner Walter Gee said a definite possibility of foul play exists in the case. According to Laferty, Rice usually a punctual man was scheduled to be in Morehead, Saturday, but called his manager, Howard Patrick, to report he had collections to make before his meeting. Both Patrick and Mrs. Rice were disturbed when Rice failed to return home Friday night. He was last reported seen alive in his car in front of the Hitchins Post Office at 4:00 p.m. Friday. An unidentified man was then in the auto with him. Three short cigarette butts found at the scene where the body was found indicated that Rice had been there for some time. An inquest into the fatal shooting will be held today, according to Carter County Coroner Walter Gee. The inquest was originally slated for Monday, but was postponed because of the Labor Day holiday. A fingerprint report on the pistol found beside the body should be available today, he said. Rice had worked for the VanHoose Lumber Company here after his discharge from the Army. He entered the Army during World War II as a private and held the rack of Lieutenant at the time of his separation from service. He was married to Cloteen Clark Rice, daughter of the late Logan Clark of the Daniels Creek section, and Maggie Clark Morgan, now of California. She was employed at the Hager Drug Store here before her marriage. Rice was the father of two children, Kenneth Rice and Bobby Rice, both at home. He was born in Johnson County, September 28, 1919, a son of Robert and the late Sally Leslie Rice. He attended Paintsville schools where he was an outstanding student. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church, Paintsville Lodge 381 F&A.M, Royal Arch Mason Chapter 131, and the Knight Templars No. 43. Other survivors include one brother and three sisters, Clarence Rice, city; Miss Thelma Rice, Grundy, VA, Mrs. Christine Grimes, Springfield, OH, and Mrs. Irene Phillips, Flint, MI. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church by Rev. S.C. Honeycutt. Music was by the Paintsville Quartette. Masonic services were held at the graveside. Honorary pallbearers were agents of the Commonwealth Life Insurance Company. Active pallbearers were Howard Patrick, Frank Miller, Fred Perry, Paul Daniel, C.E. Carpenter and Paul Barker. Burial was in the family cemetery on Lick Fork of Jennies Creek. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 1958
STAPLETON, Birdie (Daniel)
1875-1958
STAPLETON RITES HELD TODAY IN ASHLAND
Mrs. Birdie Stapleton, 83, of Beaver, Route 2, Ohio, died Sunday at the home of a son, Mason Stapleton, at Beaver. Mrs. Stapleton was born April 18, 1875 in Johnson County, a daughter of thye late Daniel and Rebecca Stapleton Daniel. She had lived in Jackson County, Ohio for 30 years where she was a member of the United Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted today at 2 p.m. at the Oak Spring Baptist Church by the Rev. Everett Sloan and the Rev.  Charles Lyons. Burial was in the Williams Cemetery. The body was brought to the John Steen Funeral Home Tuesday and was taken from there to the residence of a brother, Leo Daniel, 513 39th St., at 3 p.m. Surviving are one son, Mason Stapleton; one daughter, Miss Mayme Stapleton of Ashland; four brothers, Leo and Mason Daniel, both of Ashland, Arbie Daniel of Paintsville, and  H. R. Daniel of Youngstown, Ohio; seven granchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Arbie Daniel, Ernest Daniel, William Daniel, Marshall Daniel and W. H. Gambill.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Aug. 13, 1958


SEPTEMBER - 1958

BASTION, Mary Louise (Davis)
1900-1958
GRAVESIDE SERVICES AT DAVIS BRANCH FOR NATIVE OF COUNTY
Graveside services were conducted at the Davis Cemetery Thursday, September 25, for Mrs. Mary Louise Davis Bastion who died September 23, 1958 in Doctor’s Hospital in Washington D. C. after an extended illness. She entered the hospital August 23. The daughter of the late Elexus Paul and Mary Jane Davis, she was born in Johnson County July 6, 1900. She made her home in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for many years and was a member of the Presbyterian Church of that place. Surviving are three sisters Mrs. J. E. Caudill, Russell; Mrs. Willard Riggs, McVeigh; Mrs. Carl D. Kusenburg, Washington D. C. The body was returned to this city and was accompanied by her sisters, Mrs. Caudill and Mrs Kusenberg. The S. H. Hines Funeral Home, Washington D. C., the Carmen Funeral Home, Ashland, and the Preston Funeral Home of this city were in charge. Rev. W. M. Clark and Rev. Edward Marshall of Flatwoods led in prayers at the Carmen Funeral. Rev. John Crum of West Van Lear conducted the services at the Davis Branch Cemetery PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1, 1958
BRADLEY, Smith, Jr.
1958
Second To Lose Life In Narrows Section Of Rt. 23 This Year
Smith Bradley, Jr. 31, of Stafford Addition, member of a prominent  Floyd County family was fatally injured about 2:55 Sunday morning in an automobile accident in the narrows on Highway 23, about one-half mile south of Paintsville. He died in a local hospital at 6:00a.m. and is the second person this year to receive fatal injuries at this hazardous breakdown on Highway 23. Mr. Bradley was the nephew of Colonel Ruby Bradley, now in charge of the Army Nurse Corps in Germany, who recently appeared on the TV program, "This Is Your Life." State Trooper Jack Music said Bradley was traveling south when his car left the highway at a breakdown in the road's structure and struck a cliff. The impact caused the victim to be thrown from the car and he was pinned beneath it as it overturned. According to Trooper Music, he had raced through a traffic light at the "Y" on Bridge Street. It is reported that Mr. Bradley had arrived at his home shortly before the accident. He called his mother in Prestonsburg to inquire about the whereabouts of his wife, and apologized for disturbing her at such an early hour. His mother informed him that his wife was at his brother's home there, and he was en route to Prestonsburg when the accident occured. Trooper Music said City Policemen Worth Blevins and Ova Jones followed him to the narrows and the scene of the accident, and that extremely foggy conditions were noted in the vicinity at that time. Bradley was removed to the Paintsville Hospital by members of the staff of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. It is said that he sustained fractures of both jaws, fractures of both legs, and other injuries. He was administered oxygen immediately and treated by Dr. Maurice Hall. He was born at Garrett, and was a World War 11 Navy veteran. His parents live in Prestonsburg, and he was associated with his father and brother in the drilling contracting business there. He had been a resident of Paintsville for about five years. He was married to the former Miss Dorthy Sparks who survives. The victim was a graduate of Prestonsburg High School and attended Morehead State College. Surviving besides his parents, and wife, are one brother, Charles Bradley, and a sister, Mrs. Carol June Strahan all of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Irene Cole Memorial Church in Prestonsburg by Rev. Ira McMillen, assisted by Rev. Harold W. Dorsey and Rev. M. R. Thomason. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery at Prestonsburg. Paintsville Herald 9-17-1958 Wednesday
CANTRELL, James Harrison
1958
JAMES H. CANTRELL, 28,  DIES MONDAY IN OHIO WHEN TRAILER DEMOLISHES FAMILY CAR
A local man was killed and three others were injured, one critically, in an automobile accident near Ripley, Ohio about 9:30 Monday evening. Dead is James Harrison Cantrell, 28,  son of Loman and Lizzie Rowland Cantrell, of Fuget in this county. Mrs. Cantrell is in critical condition in a Maysville, Ky. hospital with a fractured pelvis, broken leg, and collar bone.  She remained in an unconscious condition until late yesterday, it is reported. Also riding with the Cantrells was Mrs. Link Stapleton of Winifred who was holding the one-year-old daughter of the Cantrells when the accident occurred.  She and the infant were thrown from the car onto the highway.   Mrs. Stapleton was cut and bruised but was able to return to her home here yesterday evening after being hospitalized near the Ohio town.  The baby was not thought to have been hurt seriously. The wreck was caused by a collision of the Cantrell car with a trailer truck that had become unhitched from a tractor and swerved into the path of the automobile that was traveling in an opposite direction.  It is reported that the tractor was hauling two trailer trucks and the second from the tractor became disconnected and demolished the car in the collision. The victim was thrown into the,  rear of the automobile wreckage and some time was spent in extracting the body.  He died instantly. The Cantrell family lived at Troy, Ohio, and had been visiting relatives at Fuget.  Mrs. Stapleton was en route to Dayton to visit her son, Wm. Stapleton whose wife is a sister of Mr. Cantrell. The party planned to leave at three o’clock Monday afternoon but had been detained until about 6:00 p.m.  The accident occurred about 10 miles from Maysville, Ky. Mr. Cantrell was born at Fuget and had served three years in the U. S. Army.  He was employed as a machinist by the International Harvester Co.  He was married about three years ago to Miss Doris Perry of Ohio. Surviving besides his wife, daughter, and parents are four sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Alka Stapleton, Dayton, Ohio; Ellen Cantrell, Arthur Cantrell, Lowman Cantrell, Jr., Hubert Cantrell, Mrs. Frances McKenzie and Peggy Cantrell, all of Fuget; William J. Cantrell, Oil Springs and Arvil Cantrell, Volga. The victim is a nephew of Deputy Sheriff Morgan Rowland of this county. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Thursday from the home of his parents at Fuget with Lonza Reed and Bruce Daniel as officiating ministers.  Burial will be in the Cantrell Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY September 17, 1958
EALEY, Grace (Johnson)
1958
DIES SEPTEMBER 6 PHILADELPHIA WOMAN WAS NATIVE OF COUNTY
Word has been recieved here of the death of Grace Johnson Ealey, wife of Virgil Clay Ealey, of Philadelphia. Mrs. Ealey, a native of Johnson County, died September 6. She was the daughter of Mrs. Annie Johnson of Ashland and the late Levi Johnson of East Point. She was married on August 15, 1915, to Virgil Clay Ealey, son of Mrs. Callie Clay Ealey of Philadelphia and the late Scott Ealey, both natives of this county. Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Winfred Ealey Williams, a grandson Glenn L. Williams Jr. and a granddaughter, Lynn Clay Williams, all of Philadelphia. Also her mother and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. R. H. Witten, Ashland; Mrs. Robert Taylor, Ashland; Mrs. Ernest Ireson, Detroit; W. H. Johnson, Virgie,Ky., and Charles Alvis Johnson, Elkhorn City. Burial was in George Washington Memmorial Park in Philadelphia. Paintsville Herald Wednesday September 17, 1958
FITZPATRICK, Dorothy June (Blair)
1900-1958
Mrs. Dorothy June Fitzpatrick, 56, wife of Luther Fitzpatrick, of Lick Fork, died at her home at 4:35 p.m., Saturday, September 13, after an illness of two years. The daughter of Harry and Anna Robinson Blair, she was born November 2, 1900, at Lick Fork and had been a lifelong resident of that community.  She was a member of the Church of God. Survivors include besides her husband three sons, Luther, Jr., and John L. Fitzpatrick, Franklin, Ohio; Walter C., East Point; three daughters, Mrs. Darlene Blair, West Van Lear; Mrs. Lorene Taylor, South Point, Ohio; Mrs. Flossie George, East Point; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Blair and Mrs. May McCloud, both of West Van Lear; Mrs. Alta Smith of Flat Woods and Mrs. Laura Rice, Ashland. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., September 15, from the Little Paint Church of God with Revs. Mose Kitchen and John Marshall was officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Fitzpatrick Cemetery at East Point. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-17-1958
HILL, Onie
1958
MISS ONIE HILL, 70, TEACHER HERE FOR 40 YEARS, DIES
Miss Onie Hill, 79, retired teacher at Mayo State Vocational School, died Friday at her home in Paducah.  She was found dead in bed about six o’clock Friday morning by members of her family. Miss Hill retired a few weeks ago at Mayo after teaching here for almost 40 years.  Local citizens and former students honored her with an “Onie Hill Day,” and a dinner was given in her honor at the Paintsville County Club following her retirement. Loved by the people of this section, she was honored and praised on many recent occasions for her work as a teacher and for her fine contribution to the youths of Eastern Kentucky. It was through Miss Hill’s efforts that many received training in business that enabled them to prepare for a life’s vocation. She leaves thousands of former students and friends who will be saddened to hear of her passing. Miss Hill was a native of Carlisle County, but her family moved to Paducah in 1942.  With the exception of a year each at Ashland and Clarksburg, W. Va., all of Miss Hill’s teaching career was spent in Paintsville. She was a member of the Baptist Church and a devout Christian woman. Besides teaching in Sunday School, she contributed much to the work of the First Baptist Church here where she was a regular attendant. Surviving is a brother, Herbert Hill, and a sister, Miss Nora Hill, with whom she made her home since her retirement. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Rosebower Baptist Church at Paducah.  Burial was in Milburn Cemetery in Carlisle County. Paintsville Herald Wednesday September 10, 1958
HOWES, Amanda (Allen)
1878-1958
Mrs. Amanda Allen Howes, 79, prominent resident of this city and wife of well-known Attorney Fred Howes, died Monday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Montgomery, after an extended illness. The daughter of the late Jack and Nancy Jane Rice Allen, she was born December 22, 1878, and was a lifelong resident of this city. She was a member of the First Methodist Church and for many years was active in church affairs, giving generously of her services to the advancement of its program.  Hers was a rich and full life, blessed with spiritual wealth and the love of family and friends. Survivors include besides her husband and daughter, a sister, Mrs. Sue Fairchild, Inez; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., today from the First Methodist Church by the pastor, Rev. O. M. Simmerman. Active pallbearers were Bob Allen, William Allen, Fred Fairchild, Brown Allen, Inez, William Martin and John Grand Wheatley. Honorary pallbearers were D. H. Dorton, Garland rice, James W. Turner, W. B. Bailey, Charlies W. Vincent, Ben Vaughan, Carl Martin, J. E. Radcliffe, M. D. Bailey, William Garland, Russell Hager, O. T. Dorton, W. A. Johnson, William Bailey, W. C. Bailey, Herman Wheeler and John E Buckingham, Frankfort. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday September 17,1958
LEMASTER, Ola (Fairchild)
1958
OLA LEMASTER DIES SATURDAY IN ASHLAND
Mrs. Ola Lemaster, 46, wife of Edgel Lemaster of Ashland, died in the Kings Daughters Hospital in Ashland Saturday morning, September 6, after an extended illness. The daughter of Henry and Hannah Fairchild, she was a native of Johnson County and had resided in Ashland for the past eleven years.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. James Cantrel and Mrs. Eustis Lemaster, both of Louisville and one brother, Tom Fairchild, also of Louisville. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday from the Low Gap United Baptist Church with Lonza Reed as officiating minister. Burial was in the Blanton Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Thursday September 10, 1958
PELPHREY, Amos
1865-1958
Passes Tuesday
Amos Pelphery, 92, well known farmer and livestock dealer of Staffordsville, died at his home at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday September 23, 1958, after a long illness. The son of the late Jeff and Oma Salyer Pelphrey he was born in this county December 31, 1865, and had been a lifelong resident of Staffordsville.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Laura Sturgill Pelphrey, four sons, Fred and Bert Pelphrey of Staffordsville, Brooks Pelphrey of Manila; Vol Pelphrey, Volga; two daughters, Mrs. Donnie Tackett, Staffordsville and Mrs. Dunlap, Dunlap, Detroit, Michigan; Two sisters, Rose Pelphrey Van Lear; Allie Trimble, Cleveland, Ohio; one half brother Ernest Mahan, Staffordsville. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday September 25, 1958, at the Staffordsville United Baptist Church with Lonza Reed, Tommie Bailey and Lloyd Williams as officiating ministers.  Burial will be in the family cemetery at Manila. Paintsville Herald 9-24-1958
PELPHREY, Charlie
1883-1958
Rev. Charlie Pelphrey, 75, died at the home of his brother Frank Pelphrey at Nippa, September 21, 1958, at 10:20 a.m. after an illness of three days of a heart condition. Born August 18, 1883, at Barnetts Creek, he was the son of Clark and Clarandia Pelphrey and had made his home at Staffordsville until the past six months when he moved to the home of his brother. He was a member of the United Baptist Church and one of its well-known ministers. His wife, Telia Caudill Pelphrey, preceded him in death September 13, 1955. Surviving besides his brother Frank are four sisters, Mrs. Minta Blair, Denver, Mrs. Burdie Davis, Washington C. H. Ohio, Mrs. Callie Salyor, Gifford, Ky., Mrs. Sallie Adams Sciotoville, Ohio, another brother Bill Pellphrey, West Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a. m. Tuesday September 23, 1958, from the old Union United Baptist Church at Staffordsville with Lonza Reed and Millard Bryant as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Blanton Cemetery at Staffordsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-24-1958
PELPHREY, Ed
1892-1958
Ed Pelphrey Dies Suddenly Of Heart Attack
Services were conducted Saturday at his home at West Van Lear for Ed Pelphrey, 66, who died suddenly at 2:45 p.m., September 10, 1958, of a heart attack while squirrel hunting near Lowmansville. Born at Sitka March 3, 1892 the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Fletcher Pelphrey, he had made his home at West Van Lear for the past nineteen years.  He was a retired miner and a member of the United Baptist Church. He was married June 5, 1913 at Stambaugh to the former Martha Grim who survives. Also surviving are two brothers, Alex Pelphrey, West Jefferson, Ohio and Elizie Phelphrey, Columbus, Ohio;  a half brother Pat Fletcher, Lowmansville, a half sister, Jayzee Sparks, Ivyton. Services were held at 11:00 a.m., with Lonza Reed, Grover Fannin, Paris Music, Bud Wiley, and Millard O’Bryant as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-17-1958
PELFREY, William Thomas
1868-1958
W. T. Pelfrey Dies Thursday
Willam Thomas Pelfrey, 89, died Thursday afternoon at the home of a son, Forrest Pelfrey on Route 4, Louisa, following an illness of three months. Mr. Pelfrey was born in Elamton, Morgan County, November 24, 1868, a son of the late John and Amanda Brown Pelfrey.  He was a retired merchant and was a member of the Paint Creek Enterprise Baptist Chruch , Relief. Survivors include the wife Mrs. Angie Meade Pelfrey,; to whom he had been married 56 years; one daughter, Mrs. Irvine Holbrook of Mima; and one other son, Wallie Pelfrey of Mima, Funeral services were conducted at the Paint Creek Church Sunday at 10:30 a. m. with the Rev. Hood Wallen and the Rev. Crawford Holbrook officiating.  Burial was in the Brown Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-1-1958
PRESTON, Mary Ann (Wallen)
1921-1958
Local Resident Dies Sunday In Huntington
Mrs. Mary Ann Preston, 37, wife of Sanford Preston of this city, died Sunday, September 7, in the C. & O. Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., of leukemia following an illness of six months. The daughter of Lige and Rose Starr Wallen, she was born May 18, 1921, at Henrietta.  She had lived in Paintsville for the last year and half and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband and parents are six children; five sons, James Donald, U. S. Army, Willowick, Ohio; Gary Wendell, Dallas, Dennis and Kerry all of this city; one daughter, Zandra Rose, City; one sister, Mrs. James Ratliff, River, five brothers, Everett Wallen, River; James Wallen, Waynesville, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 9, at River with Winfrey Meck and F. F. Riggsby officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Whitaker Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-10-1958
PRICE, John
1905-1958
Rites Held Today For John Price at Auxier Church
Funeral services were held at Auxier at 2:00 p.m. today for John Price, 53,  former merchant of East Point, who died about 8:00 a.m. Sunday in a local  hospital. He had been hospitalized for about four weeks with a kidney  ailment, but his sudden death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage suffered  early Saturday morning. He was born August 20, 1905, a son of the late Martin L. and Mandy Castle  Price of this city. He was married January 15, 1941 to Willia Jane Music,  daughter of William Music, formerly of Auxier, Ky. He moved to East Point about nine years ago where he successfully operated  a grocery store. After selling the business, he built a new home a few  miles north of East Point where he resided until the time of his death. He  was industrious and enjoyed his work until ill health forced him to  semi-retirement. He began in the merchandising business by working as a youth in Paintsville  stores, and he followed this occupation throughout his working years, with  the exception of five years as an employee of the C. & O. Railway Company. He resided at Auxier for many years where he was employed in the store of  the North East Coal Company. He worked in other store at Auxier and also at  the store of the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear. Affable and genial in disposition, he made friends wherever he was known. He was affiliated with the Free Will Baptist Church of Auxier, and was a  member of the Masonic Lodge of East Point. Surviving besides his wife, are one daughter, Mrs. Viola Cury of  Wheelwright, Ky., seven sisters and six brothers, Mrs. Lenore Coleman, Mrs.  Neva Stapleton and Mrs. Hulda Hall, all of Paintsville, Mrs. Julia Music,  Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Josephine Bailey and Mrs. Mildred Castle, both of  Wabash, Ind., Mrs. Mary Woods, Ravenswood, W. Va., Otto Price, Newport,  Ky., Jack Price, Baltimore, Md., Charley Price, Wabash, Ind., Ted Price,  city, James Price, Meally, and Harry price, Kalamazoo, Mich. Services were held at the Free Will Baptist Church at Auxier with Rev. Will  Horn, Rev. Charlie Perry and Rev. E.H. Overman officiating. Graveside rites were conducted by the Masonic Lodge. Burial was in the Ford Gap Cemetery at Auxier.Paintsville Herald September 17, 1958
SALYER, Millard
1900-1958
MILLARD SALYER DIES MONDAY
Millard Salyer, 57, a resident of Fuget, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lexington at 8:10 p.m. Monday, September 29. The son of Sanford and Servilla McKenzie Salyer, he was born in this county, December 12, 1900. He was married April 28, 1920 to Exer Estep Salyer, who survives. Survivors other than his wife are one son, James Arthur Salyer, Prestonburg, two daughters, Lexie Mae Cantrell, Fuget, and Ruby Jewell Butcher, Summerville, W.Va.; one brother, Stanley Salyer, Flat Gap.  Also he is survived by eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 o’ clock Thursday morning, October 2, at the home at Fuget with Lonza Reed and Tommie Bailey as officiating ministries. Burial will be made in the Estep Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 01, 1958
TACKETT, Henry Eugene
1947-1958
Eleven-Year-Old Henry Eugene Tackett
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church  for Henry Eugene Tackett, 11-year-old son of Rev. and Mrs. Henry Tackett of this city,  who died in a local hospital Friday morning after a few days illness. A fourth grade student in the Paintsville City School he was born September 11, 1947, in  Beaver, Ohio, but had lived in this city most of his life. Surviving besides his parents are two brothers William Tackett, Waverly, Ohio and  Thurman Tackett of this city. Services were conducted by Homer Evans and John F. Ratliff and music was by the  Paintsville Quartet with Jimmie Mason as soloist. Pallbearers were Don Haney, Paris Stapleton, Delano Davis, Butch Dutton. Lee Tackett,  Paul M. Preston, Orvil Haney and Archie Haney. Burial was in the Town Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 9-24-1958


OCTOBER - 1958

CASTLE, Davey
1896-1958
Davey Castle, 62, resident of Nippa, died in a local hospital at 5:30 Tuesday morning after an illness of a few hours. The son of Joseph and Bell Daniel Castle, he was born in Johnson County January 1, 1896, and had lived at Nippa most of his life where he was employed as a miner. Survivors include three sons, Odis Castle, Lowmansville; Davey Ray and Edward Eugene Castle, both of Nippa; five daughters, Dorcie Mae Daniel, Jannie Belle Grozhi, Betty Jean Ward and Eula Faye Fitzpatrick, all of Columbus, Ohio, Katherine Joyce Castle, Nippa.  Also surviving are two brothers, Noah Castle, Chandlersville, Harper Castle, Urbana, Ohio; and a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Meade, Stambaugh. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, from the Locust Grove United Baptist Church at Stambaugh with Florida Lyons and Bruce Daniel as officiating ministers. Burial will be in the family cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday  October 8, 1958
CONLEY, Ida Mae
1879-1958
Ida Mae Conley Of Oil Springs Dies Thursday
Mrs. Ida Mae Conley, 79, resident of Oil Springs, died in a local hospital at 4:00 a.m., Thursday, October 2, 1958 after an illness of four weeks. The daughter of the late D. H. and Nancy Conley, she was born March 20, 1879, and had been a lifelong resident of Oil Springs. Surviving is a sister, Ada Conley, Oil Springs.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted October 4 from the home with John Collins and George Hart as officiating ministers. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsvilel Herald Wednesday 10-8-1958
DIXON, Willard A.
1892-1958
Willard A. Dixon, 66, retired miner of Wittensville, died Friday (Oct.10 1958) in the McDowell Hospital after an illness of a year and a half. The son of the late Benjamin and Jennie Bailey Dixon, he was born May 15, 1892, in Floyd Co. He had lived at Wittensville for the past eleven years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Stanley Dixon; five sons, Willard Dixon, Marion, Ohio; James Russell Dixon, Wittensville; Arnold Dixon of this city; Harold Dixon, Estil;  Lloyd Dixon, Columbus, Ohio; four daughters, Mrs. Thelma Griffith, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Sadie Hunter, Estil; Mrs. Norma Morris, Mullens, W. Va.; Mrs. Sue Harmon, Barnetts Creek; one sister, Mrs. Virginia Hart, El Monte, Calif.; one brother, Ed Dixon, Ashland. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2:00 p.m. from the Mouth of Rush Freewill Baptist Church with Kelly Patton and Harry Bruce Daniel as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery in King Addition. .   Deathdate figured and entered from publication date of obituary. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-15-1958
GOLDEN, Ray
1927-1958
Ray Golden, 31, former resident of Paintsville and nephew of Garland Preston and G. W. Golden of this city, died in Minneapolis, Minn. Thursday, October 23, 1958, following a brief illness. Had been a resident of that city for about two years. He was born July 7, 1927, in Jenkins, Ky., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alpha Golden, who now reside in Sioux falls, South Dokota.   At the age of 15 he moved to Baltimore, Md., where he lived for eight years. A Veteran of World War II he made his home in Sioux Falls Following his Discharge. He was married January 26, 1946, in Baltimore to June Zimmerman, who survives. Survivors include besides his parents and widow two daughters, Sheila and Donna Rae, and two sons Randy and Ricky, all of Baltimore, a sister, Mrs. William Miller, Sioux Falls; two brothers, Eugene, and Curtis both of Sioux Falls. Funeral services were conducted October 27 at the Church of the Bible in Sioux Falls with the Rev. Charles Imler, officicating. Burial was in Hills of Rest Memorial Park with a military service given at graveside. PAINTSVILLE HERALD NOV.05 1958
HALL, John D.
1870-1958
John D. Hall, 79, died at his home at Van Lear, Saturday, October 18, 1958 at 8:45 p.m. after an extended illness. The son of the late David B. and Arminta Music Hall he was born in this county January 25, 1870, He had lived at Van Lear for the past 15 years where he engaged in farming and served as deputy County Court Clerk. He was married February 14, 1900, to the former Mary Alice Adkins, who preceded him in death May 2, 1958. Survivors include four sons; Bob Hall, Peru, Indiana, Bill Hall, Columbus, Ohio, Dick and Cecil Hall, both of Van Lear; one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Honaker, Columbus, Ohio; and one sister, Mrs. Proctor Webb, Van Lear, and one brother, Alex Hall, Meally. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, by the Reverend S. C. Honeycutt. Burial was in the Clubhouse Cemetery, Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-22-1958
HOLBROOK, James Harrison
1874-1958
Dr. J.H. Holbrook Dies After Long Illness
84-Year-Old Physician Practiced 46 Years
Helped to Found The Paintsville Hospital
Dr. James Harrison Holbrook, 84, who practiced medicine in Patinsville and Johnson county for 46 years, passed away Sunday afternoon at his home on Euclid Avenue after a long illness. He was graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School with honors in the class of 1900, and entered the practice of medicine in Paintsville. With the late Dr. Ernest E. Archer and Dr. James Cecil Sparks, he founded the Paintsville Hospital in 1920, and served actively as a member of the hospital staff for almost 30 years. He became ill in 1950 when his health no longer permitted him to follow his profession. Dr. Holbrook had been an invalid for the past six years. He was born September 25, 1874 at Blaine, Lawrence County, a son of the late Campbell and Susan Holbrook. He came from a family and a locality that has given many outstanding members to the medical profession. He was a member of the Paintsville Rotary Club, and a few years ago recieved a diamond pin for 21 years of perfect attendance at the club. He was also a member of the Paintville Masonic Lodge and was affiliated with the Mayo Methodist Church. Dr. Holbrook was a past president of the First National Bank and a member of the Board of Directors at the time of his death. He was a member of the Johnson County Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He was married to Miss Mollie Sparks at Catlettsburg in 1906. Dr. Holbrook gave almost a lifetime of service to the people of this locality and he helped to build the Paintsville Hospital into an institution that has served so many Eastern Kentuckians. He was dedicated to his profession and made many sacrifices to serve humanity. It has been said that Dr. Holbrook delivered more than 3,000 babies in this area. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Virgil Gambill Holbrook, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Henry Campbell Holbrook of this city; and four grandsons, James Archer Holbrook, ERnest Campbell Holbrook, Marvin Mayo Holbrook and Henry Harrison Holbrook. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Mayo Memorial Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles Perry. Honorary pallbearers were: Dr. Paul B. Hall; Dr. James Archer; Dr. Lon C. Hall; Dr. John Turner; Dr. Bob Hall; Dr. Maurice Hall; Dr. George Archer; Dr. F. M. Picklesimer; Dr. E. G. Skaggs; Dr. A. B. Carter; Dr. A. D. Slone; Dr. O. D. Sparks, Jr. Dr. Lloyd Hall; James W. Turner; V. S. Williams; O. P. Williams; Dan Wheeler; Harry Davis; J. G. Newman; Harry LaViers, Sr.; Hatler Johnson; Frank J. Conley; Ray Turner; Leonard Daniel; Oscar Evans; G. H. Rice; Walter Meek; Ernest Meek; H. M. Howard; Jim Pelphrey; Howard Frail; C. C. Hall; Dr. G. M. Stafford; W. A. Johnson; James Cox; Leroy Slone; Charles Spradlin; Frank Chandler; John N. Stambaugh; Wilbur Daniel; Joe Radcliffe; Edd Redd; John L. Spears; Ralph Preston; Kash Halbrook; R. W. Wagner; Foster Rigsby; Morgan Stambaugh, and Russell Hager. Active pallbearers: Ross Lyons; Russell Meade; Bob Conley; C. C. Williams; Marvin Atkinson; Bill Salyer; Douglas Turner and Bromley Patton. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetary. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday 10-15-1958
LEMASTER, Myrtle May (Davis)
1911-1958
Myrtle Lemaster Buried at River
Mrs. Myrtle May Lemaster, 47, Gallup, mother of Paul R. Lemaster of River, died in a Huntington hospital last week.  She had been ill one month. Mrs. Lemaster was born in Paintsville, February 2 1911, a daughter of the late Enoch and Lillian Gullet Davis. Survivors include her husband, Albert, three daughters, Mrs. Gervin Wallin and Mrs. Robin Diller, Columbus and Miss Geralidine Lemaster, at home, the son, one sister, Mrs. Fred Phillips, Pittsburgh, Pa., one brother, Edgar Davis, Idaho, one half-brother, Arthur Gullet, Paintsville and six grandchildren. Graveside services were conducted Monday at 10:30 a.m., at the Wallins Cemetery at River. Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 8 1958
LONG, Floyd
1874-1958
Floyd Long, 84, retired farmer of Oil Springs, died at his home Friday, October 03, at 9:15 p.m. following an illness of several months. The son of the late Washington and Elizabeth Colvin Long, he was born September 29, 1874, in Virginia, but had retired for most of his life at Oil Springs. His first marriage was to the former Effie Castle, who preceded him in death.  His wife, Alka Watkins Long survives. Surviving besides his wife are five sons, Eddie, Stockdale, Ohio; Walter and Cecil, both of Ashland, Kanawha, Sitka, Tobie, Oil Springs; six daughters, Dessie Conley and Jewell Rice both of this city; Faye Cunningham, Baltimore, Maryland; Christine Stambaugh, Sitka, Jannie Taylor, Auxier, Kaye Long, Oil Springs. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Charlie Long, Clarksville, Ohio; Lundy Long, Oil Springs, Lissie Caudill,, Delaware, Ohio; Stella Rice, Obetz, Ohio Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Oil Springs Methodist Church with John Collins, Lonza Reed, and George Hart as officiating ministers. Printed:  October 08, 1958
MAHAN, Roxie (Sturgell)
1958
Roxie Mahan, 84 Passes Sunday
Mrs. Roxie Sturgell Mahan, 84, former Paintsville woman, died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Central State Hospital. Mrs. Mahan moved to Louisville several years ago to make her home with her son, John Mahan. She is survived by her son, John Mahan, and a great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Arch L Heady Funeral Home, Louisville. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.22 1958
MCCARTY, Linda Kaye
1958
Infant Rites Held Today Linda Kaye McCarty, 15-month-old daughter of Orvil and Lillie Cox McCarty of Barnetts Creek, died suddenly Monday afternoon while en route to a hospital. Services were conducted today from the home of Mrs. Ellen McCarty at Barnetts Creek. Burial was in the family cemetery. Printed: October 08, 1958
MCKENZIE, Sebastian
1924-1958
Sebastian McKenzie, 34, resident of Fuget, died Thursday morning in the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, W. Virginia. He was born in this county, March 7, 1924, the son of Lousian Estep McKenzie and the late Joe Lee McKenzie.  He was a veteran of World War II and had been employed as a truck driver and construction worker on the Greenup Dam. Surviving are his wife, Esta Salyer McKenzie, two sons, James and Jerry, both at home.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Willie McKenzie and Dolpha McKenzie, both of Elna; Ova McKenzie, Martha; Dora McKenzie, Beattyville; Charlie McKenzie, Beaver, Ohio; Mrs. Estill Wheeler, Waverly, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning from the home of his father-in-law at Flat Gap with Lonzo Reed, Tommy Bailey, and Harry Salyer as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Patty Flat Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-08-1958
MOSSMAN, Eva Lemaster (Watson)
1897-1958
Eva Lemaster Mossman, the daughter of Burg and Amanda Whitaker Watson, was born January 25, 1897.  She deceased this life October 8, 1958, being 61 years 8 months and 17 days of age. She was married to Bate Lemaster on October 18, 1914.  To this union were born eleven children, six of whom preceded her in death, also her husband.  She leaves to mourn her passing three sons, James R. Lemaster, Salyersville; Joe E. Lemaster, Paintsville; Billy S. Lemaster, Oil Springs, two daughters, Mrs. Douglas H. Fairchild, Prestonsburg and Mrs. Jeff Owens, Paintsville.  Eleven grandchildren, one half brother, Edgar Collins, Lima, Ohio, and a host of friends. On July 16, 1956, she was married to Henry Mossman of Paintsville, at which place they were living when she passed away.  She was a faithful and devoted member of the United Baptist Church at Paintsville for the past twenty-one years. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 11, from the United Baptist Church with Thurman Caudill, C. J. Sparks and F. F. Rigsby as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery in Salyersville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 29, 1958
NEWSOME, Jarvie
1873-1958
Jarvie Newsome, Aged Resident, Dies Monday
Jarvie Newsome, 85, well known resident of this city, died in a local hospital at 8:25 p. m. Monday, October 27, following an extended illness. The son of the late Davenport and Arminta Hamilton Newsome, he was born in Floyd County July 23, 1873, and had lived in this city for fifty-eight years. Surviving are four sons, Charlie, George and Willie Newsome, all of this city; Noah Newsome, Huntington, W. Va.; two daughters, Mrs. Howard May of this city; Mrs. Arthur Copher, Preston, Ky. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 30, from the Third Street Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Adrian Davis as officiating minister. Burial will be in the Stafford Cemetery at Hager Hill. Paintsville Herald Wednesday October 22, 1958 
PATRICK, Kay
1877-1958
Kay Patrick, 81, Meally Resident Dies October 15 1958
Kay Patrick, 81, well-known resident of Meally, died in a local hospital Wednesday, October 15, 1958, at 1:45 p.m. following an illness of several months. The son of Noah and Coedelia Franklin Patrick, he was born at Meally September 1, 1877 and had been a lifelong resident of that community where he worked as a miner prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife Rose Wells Patrick, whom he married in 1899; one son. Ottis Patrick, Dayton, Ohio, one daughter, Mrs. Fred Hickman of Meally; four grandchildren and three great- grandchildren; two sisters, Laura Georeg, Orlando, Fla; Celia Selvage, Prestonsburg; four half brothers, Brooksie Patrick and Elm Patrick of W. Va., Beecher Patrick and Willis Patrick both of Meally, three half sisters, Frankie Daws and Evelyn Hamilton, both of Gary, W. Va; Rosa Preston, Meally. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 a. m. Saturday, October 18, 1958 from the Church of Christ at Meally with Herschell Short, and S. C. Honeycutt as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the family cemetery in King Addition. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-22-1958
PLUMMER, Ballard
1910-1958
Rites Thursday At Van Lear For Ballard Plummer
Ballard Plummer, 48, resident of Van Lear, died in a local hospital Monday, October 13, at 8:30 p.m., after a two days' illness. The son of Charles and Lydia Pack Plummer, he was born at Offutt November 23, 1910, and had made his home at Van Lear for eight years. He was married in this city August 16, 1930, to the former Cloteen Williams, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Ballard Plummer, Jr., Van Lear; one daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Faye Burke, Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren; two brothers, Eddie Plummer, Ft. Gay, W. Va.; Charlie Plummer, of this city; four sisters, Mrs. John N. Ward, Offutt; Mrs. C. C. Price, Williamsport; Mrs. Lafe Daniels, Russell; Mrs. Troy Fitch, Meally. Funeral Services were conducted from the Van Lear Free Will Baptist Church Thursday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m., with Scott Castle and Edgar Hewlett as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Preston Cemetery in this city. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.22 1958
PRESTON, Herman
1903-1958
Herman Preston, 55, miner and well known resident of River, died at his home at 9:50 PM, Thursday, October 30, after an illness of four months. The son of W. J. and Myrtie Spears Preston, he was born December 11, 1903 at Lowmansville. He had lived at River for the past forty-five years and was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was married in this city May 26, 1937 to Hazel Mollett, who survives. Survivors include five sons, Willard Preston, Tutor Key; Ralph Preston, Milo; Paul V. Preston, Dayton, Ohio; Merrill Preston, Air Force, Panama City; Harold Preston, River; three daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Wallen, River; Mrs. Grace Music, Mallory, WV; Miss Rita Marie Preston, River; six brothers, A. L. Preston, River;  Victor Preston, Wharton, WV; Paul B. Preston, Wheelwright; Walter R. Preston, Boons Camp; Homer Preston, Meally; William James Preston Jr., Dayton, Ohio; three sisters, Margareeta Daniels, River;  Miss Stella Preston, Catlettsburg; Mrs Irene Parson, Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 AM, Sunday, November 2, from the United Baptist Church at River with Gorm (sic?) Walters, Nim Sturgill and Glen Arrowbolt (sic?) as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Spears Cemetery at River. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.05 1958 
RATLIFF, Mary (Mollett)
1940-1958
Mary Ratliff, 18, Of Boons Camp, Died Wednesday
Mrs. Mary Ratliff, 18, wife of James Ratliff of Boons Camp, died in a local hospital October 22 at 12:08 a.m., after an illness of five weeks. She was born at Boons Camp March 15, 1940, the daughter of Jim and Margie Watson Mollett and had been a lifelong resident of that community.  She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Other survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ann, at home, and the following brothers and sisters; James E., Elias, Robert, Rosa and Judy Mollett, all of Boons Camp. Funeral services were conducted Friday at 10:00 a.m., at the Little Friendship United Baptist Church at Boons Camp with Earl Muncy, Arthur Preece and Nim Sturgill as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Mollett Cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald 10-29-1958
SALYER, Dora (Gibson)
1893-1958
Mrs. Dora Salyer, 65, wife of Manford Salyer of Leander died in a local hospital Saturday, October 4, 1958, at 7:10p.m. after an illness of four days. A native of Johnson County she was the daughter of the late Frank and Malinda Saylor Gibson and was born February 8, 1893. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and had lived at Leander for the past three years. Survivors besides her husband are three sons, Curtis Salyer, West Liberty, Ohio; Clarence Salyer, Urbana Ohio, Clevis Salyer, oil springs, Six daughters, Mrs. Imogene Jeffas, Grand Rapids, Michigan Mrs. Russell Johnson, West Liberty,  Ohio, Mrs. Christine Holland and Miss Ivah Salyer, Urbana Ohio, Mrs. Ida Wells , Flat??  Miss Vonda?  and Ch?? Salyer at home. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters, Nathaniel Gibson, Swamp Branch, Frank Gibson, Mrs. Rule M. Mirlten, Stanton Michigan;  Mrs. Zora Blanton Owensboro;  Mrs. Catherine W. Kellen, Highland Heights;  Mrs. Gladys K. Kuhn, Cincinnati Ohio; Mrs. Ada Blanton Alma,Michigan; Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 A. M. Tuesday October 7, 1958, Beechwell United Baptist Church with H?  May Officiating, Burial was in the Family Cemetery at Oil Springs. Paintsville Herald  10-8-1958 Wednesday
STAMBAUGH, Louise (Pelphrey)
1912-1958
Mrs. Louise Stambaugh, 46, wife of Lawrence Stambaugh of Sitka, died Thursday, October 16, 1958 at 1:10 a.m., in a local hospital following an illness of three weeks. The daughter of Obie and Mary Pelphrey Pelphrey, she was born at Sitka June 16, 1912, and had been a lifelong residenf of that community. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. John T. Ratliff, Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren; two brothers, Glen Pelphrey, Wayland; Melford Pelphrey, Van Lear; four sisters, Mrs. Leona Sturgill, Barnetts Creek; Mrs. Nollis Picklesimer, Williamsport, Ohio; Mrs. Mae Picklesimer, Circleville, Ohio; Mrs. Pearl Spradlin, Barnetts Creek. Funeral Services were conducted from the Sitka Schoolhouse at 10:00 a.m., Saturday with Bruce Daniel as officiating minister. Burial was in the Stambaugh Cemetery at Sitka NOTE: Deathdate figured & entered in this obituary from date of publication.  The Paintsville Herald  Wednesday October 22, 1958 
STAPLETON, Oscar
1887-1958
Oscar Stapleton, 71, retired miner of West Van Lear, died of silkosis in a local hospital Thursday at 3:55 a.m. after an illness of eleven years. The son of Will and Lydia Craft Stapleton, he was born January 27, 1887, at Kerz. He made his home at West Van Lear for the past twenty seven years and was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was married April 7, 1906 at Dingus, Ky., to the former Ella Keaton, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Pack, Thealka; Mrs. Marte Gambill, West Van Lear; Charlie Stapleton, Harold; Proctor Stapleton, of this city; one sister, Mrs. Lillie Wilcox Brook- field,Maryland; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Services were conducted at 10:00 Saturday, October 4, from the Cedar Grove United Baptist Church at West Van Lear with Winfrey Meek and John Crum as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Keaton Cemetery at Davis Branch. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct. 8, 1958 
WALTERS, Leonard
1889-1958
For Well-Known County Resident
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m., at the Buffalo United Baptist Church for Leonard Walters, 69, well-known United Baptist minister, who died at his home at Meally at 11:40 p.m., Monday, October 6, after a two years' illness. A son of the late William and Julia Davis Walters, he was born August 5, 1889, in this county and had spent most of his life in the Meally vicinity.  He was widely known throughout the county and held in high esteem by his neighbors and many friends.  Prior to his retirement he had been employed as a miner. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lenora Short and Mrs. Julia Price, both of Meally; one brother, Glen Walters of this city; fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services will be conducted by Nim Sturgill, B.C. Ferguson, Sandy Phillips and Sam Preston. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Meally. Paintsville Herald 10-8-1958 Wednesday
WHEELER, Greenville
1878-1958
Rites Friday for Retired Merchant
Greenville Monroe (G.M.) Wheeler, 80, retired merchant of Paintsville, died at 7:00 a.m. today in the Huntington-Cabell Hospital, following surgery.  He was thought to be recovering from his recent illness when he suffered a stroke a few days ago.  Mr. Wheeler had been ill for about one year. Born in Magoffin County on November 8, 1878, he was a son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Wheeler, both natives of this county. He was married in early manhood to Miss Della Adams who passed away a few years ago. He was later married to Mrs. Sallie Prichard Blanton, who survives. Mr. Wheeler entered the mercantile business in this city and through his tenacity, honesty, and diligence to his work, he became one of the city's leading merchants. Unswerving in his views on politics, religion, morals and honesty, he was that old time faith and individualism that has characterized the passing generation of America. He was shrew in business dealings, but a kind husband and father, and a good citizen and neighbor. Mr. Wheeler was a number of the United Baptist church where he attended regularly as long as his health permitted. Surviving besides his wife are one son, John E. Wheeler,  local automobile dealer, and three daughters, Mrs. B. H. Cox and Mrs. T. C. Meade, city, and Mrs. Andrew Dixon of Pikeville. He also leaves 12 grandchildren Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the United Baptist Church on Second Street by F. F. Riggsby, Grover Fannin, Willie Murray, and Flordia Lyons. Burial will be made in the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery. Paintsville Herald. 10-29-1958
WILLIAMS, Elizabeth "Lizzie"   (Meade)
1896-1958
Passes Monday In Columbus, O.
Rites Thurs. At United Baptist Church Here
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m., in the United Baptist Church in this city for Mrs. Lizzie Williams, 62, former resident of this county, who died in a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, October 13, at 9:45 a.m. The daughter of Crate and Minta Lemaster Meade, she was born in Johnson County September 14, 1896, and was making her home in Columbus, Ohio, at the time of her death. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Floyd Williams; one son, Floyd Williams, Jr., Columbus, Ohio; five daughters, Hazel McCarty, Oil Springs; Joy McCarty, Collista; Florence Rhodes, Mabel Stapleton and Wanda Lee Stapleton, all of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Taylor Meade and Robert Meade, both of Columbus, Ohio; Polk Meade, Dayton, Ohio; Stella Conley, Edna Rice and Margie Wheeler, all of Ashland; Mollie Hamilton,  Catlettsburg; Gladys Rivers and Susie Rice, both of Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Services will be conducted by Lonza Reed, Foster Rigsby, Sandy Phillips and Buel Ferguson. Burial will be in the Litteral Cemetery at Oil Springs. Paintsville Herald  Wednesday October 15, 1958
WILLIAMSON, Albert
1889-1958
Albert Williamson, 69, of Boons Camp died in a local hospital at 8:00 p.m., October 1, after an illness of several weeks. Born in Martin County April 29, 1889, he was the son of George and Minta Coopley Williamson. He had made his home at Boons Camp for the past thirty years where he engaged in farming.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Golda Williamson; seven sons, Rufus Williamson, Bypro; George, Lloyd and Eugene Williamson, all of Boons Camp, Burlin, Jonn H., and Albert Williamson, all of Columbus, Ohio.  A brother, Roy Williamson, Cinderella, W. Va., and a sister, Blanche Crum, Boons Camp, also survive. Funeral services were conducted from the Little Friendship United Baptist Chruch at Boons Camp Saturday morning at 10:00 with Nim Sturgill, Arthur Preece, and Hermie Davis as officiating ministers. Burial was in the family cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald 10-8-1958
WILSON A. J. (Jack)
1958
A. J. (Jack) Wilson, 54, retired farmer, died Oct. 11 at the home of a son, Darwin Wilson on Town Branch in Floyd County. A stroke was given as the cause of death. He was a son of Dick and Sarah Lee Leake Wilson.  His wife, Nora Adams Wilson, preceded him in death.  He was a native of Floyd county, and had resided on Little Paint Creek until a few years ago. Surviving is one son, Darwin Wilson, Prestonsburg, one sister, Mrs. Addie Arnett, West Prestonsburg, one half-sister, Mrs. Joe S. Dingus of East Pint, and one step-sister, Mrs. Charles Combs, also of East Point. He leaves seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday from the First Church of God on Little Paint by the rev. L. P. Tussey, Ted Nelson, Moses Kitchen and Roy Benton. Burial was made in the Wilson Cemetery on Little Paint Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-22-1958
WRIGHT, Ervin
1905-1958
Ervin Wright, 62, well-known Red Bush man, was found dead near the Mud Lick Bridge about 4:00 Thursday afternoon by a passerby.  He had fallen from a cliff on a side road just off Ky. 172 near the home of Boone Blevins. He died instantly from a broken neck and other injuries. Mr. Wright was a resident of Red Bush and a veteran of World War II. He was born in Johnson County on Dec. 11, 1905, a son of C. C. Wright and Margarette McKenzie Wright. Surviving are his wife, Nettie Wright, one son, Eulas Wright, Ashland, Ky., and a brother, Ernest Wright of Red Bush. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 12, at the residence by Robie Ferguson and Rev. Addie Ferguson. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 10-15-1958


NOVEMBER - 1958

BOYD, Scott
1887-1958
SCOTT BOYD, 71, OF EAST POINT PASSES SUNDAY
Scott Boyd, 71, resident of East Point died Sunday, November 23, in a Pikeville hospital, following an illness of two months. The son of the late Martin and Ellen Boyd, he was born May 18, 1887 in Lawrence County, and had made his home in East Point for the past thirty years.  He was a former railway employee. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Tackett, Nippa, and Mrs. Lucille Smith, West Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 Tuesday,  November 25, from the East Point Church of Christ with Rev. Moses Kitchen officiating.  Burial was in Cedar Point Cemetery at East Point. Paintsville Herald 11-26-1958
BURCHETT, Ralph Neal
1958-1958
Rites Held Saturday For Burchett Infant
Funeral services were conducted from the home at 2:00 p.m., Saturday for Ralph Neal Burchett, one-day-old son of Ralph and Tabitha Baldwin Burchett of Fuget. Surviving besides the parents are six sisters and two brothers. Services were conducted by Lonzo Reed and burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-26-1958
CAUDILL, Esta Mae
1936-1958
Funeral Services Friday Morning For Esta Mae Caudill
Miss Esta Mae Caudill, 22 native of Kerz, was killed about 8:00 p.m. Friday in a two-car collision in Portsmouth, Ohio.  Miss Caudill died a few minutes after arriving at the Portsmouth hospital. A daughter of Jesse Caudill of Kerz, and the latte Delane Bryant Caudill, she was born in Kerz on June 14, 1936, and had spent most of her life in the county. Surviving besides her father are three brothers and one sister, Ocial Caudill, Sitka, William Caudill, Urbana, Ohio, James Caudill, Kerz and Ethel Caudill, Urbana, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday November 10, 1958, at the home at Kerz, by Rev Arthur Morris, George Murray, Edward Salyer and Willie David. Burial was made in the family cemetery Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-12-1958
CHILDERS, Charles Edward
1929-1958
Charles Edward Childers, 29, died at the home of Bob Price on Davis Branch Tuesday at 12;40 p.m. after a three year illness. The son of James Russell (Friday) Childers of this city and the late Lucy Salyers Childers, he was born in Boyd County, May 3, 1929, but had lived most of his life in this city. Prior to his illness he had been employed as a machinist. Surviving besides his father are his wife, Marline Crawford Childers, two children; Darrell and Debra Sue, Vallejo, Calif.; three brothers; Paul Childers and Lon C. Childers, both Vallejo, Calif., James Childers, U.S. Air Force, Lincoln, Nebraska; two sisters, Virginia Faye Conley, Bono, Ohio, Verna May Pelphrey, Denver, Ky. Funeral arrangements are incomplete according to an announcement by the Jones and Preston Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-05-1958
CONLEY, George W.
1890-1958
George W. Conley, 68, former resident of this city and widely known throughout the county, died Sunday at 5:00 p.m., in the King's Daughters' Hospital in Ashland shortly after being admitted. Mr. Conley was born April 18, 1890 in this county the son of the late W. H. and Laura Bayes Conley. He moved to Ashland from this city 22 years ago. He was an organizer and a directer of the Sandy Valley Grocery Company which has distributorships in Ashland, Paintsville, Louisa and Salyersville. He was also director of the Second National Bank of this city.  He retired a year ago. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Stella Conley, one son, George D. Conley, Ashland; two daughters, Mrs. J.T. McGuire, Schnectady, NY; Mrs. Herma Lee Dinkle Baltimore, MD.; one brother, Ben Conley, Mt. Sterling; eight grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., today from the 39th Street United Baptist Church in Ashland. PAINTSVILLE HERALD NOV.05 1958 
CONLEY, Green
1881-1958
Well-Known Van Lear Man Dies Saturday
Services Held Tuesday For Green Conley, 77
Green Conley, 77, well-known Van Lear resident, died in a local hospital Saturday, November 15, 1958 at 7:30 a.m., following an illness of six months. The son of the later Hiram F. and Mary Ann Estep Conley, he was born in the county March 23, 1881. He had made his home at Van Lear for forty-two years and prior to his retirement had been employed as a miner. He was a member of the West Van Lear Church of Christ, the Van Lear Lodge 885 F. & A. M. and formerly served as Chief of Police. His wife, Mollie Burke Conley, preceded him in death September 7, 1954. Surviving are six sons, Bearl, Guy, and Stewart Conley, all of Van Lear;; Scott Conley; Paintsville; Henry and Charles Conley, both of Ashland; three daughters, Miss Sophia Conley, Mrs. Mary Jasper and Mrs. Jack Stratton, all of Van Lear. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Jospehine Ward and Mrs. Mintie Webb, both of Ohio; Mrs. Lula Adams and Mr. John B. Conley, both of Hurley, W. Va.; Mrs. Lula McFaddin and Mrs. Barbara Ellen Faddin and Mrs. Barbara Ellen Webb, both of Paintsville; Mrs. Addie Blair, Collista; Hayden Conley, Hager Hill;  Marcus Conley, Kingsport, Tenn; Bascom Conley, Russell, Ky., eleven  grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the West Van Lear Church of Christ at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. S. C. Honeycutt and Rev. Cecil Sherman as officiating ministers. Graveside rites were conducted by the Masons.  Burial was in the Cumbo Cemetery at West Van Lear. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-19-1958
DANIEL, W. H.
1958
W. H. Daniel, Former Resident, Dies In Washington
Word has been received here of the death of W. H. Daniel, former resident of this county, who died November 30 1958 in Ephrata, Washington. He was married in 1916 to the former Farrie Pack of this county and both he and Mrs. Daniel were prominent teachers in the county schools.  Shortly after their marriage they left for Washington where they have resided for the past forty years. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Miss Fern Daniel, also a teacher in Ephrata; one sister, Mrs. Dan Van Hoose, Kerz; and a brother-in-law, A. T. Pack, of this city. .   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-26-1958
DAVIS, John F.
1872-1958
Capt. John F. Davis, 86, a pioneer resident of Fullerton, passed away at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, November 1, in Portsmouth General Hospital, where he had been a patient several weeks.  In failing health for some months, he had been in a critical condition for six weeks. Capt. Davis, after the death of his mother, spent his boyhood days with his grandfather and grandmother Davis on Davis Branch in Johnson County.  He has many relatives in this section. A veteran riverman, he established a residence in this area at the turn of the century and his first major enterprise was operation of ferry service between Fullerton and Portsmouth.  This business developed into a lucrative field in a very short period of time and seeing the possibilities in the area he begun expansion of other business interests, among them the Coney Island amusement park, a motion picture theater, Davis Hotel, Fullerton-Portsmouth bus service and in addition owned and operated Ohio River steamboats, the best known ones being the Steamers Robert E. Lee, Peerless, Emily, Captain John and the excursion Steamer named after his son, "J. P. Davis." Capt. Davis maintained a deep interest in politics, being a strong Democrat and had numerous influential friends and the late Supreme Court Judge Fred Vinson and the late Gov. W. J. Fields were entertained in the Davis home on several occasions during the heights of their political careers. Until ill health forced his retirement and inactivity Capt. Davis spent all the winters in Florida and Hot Springs, Ark. A son of the late George W. and Josephine Hager Davis, he was born March 13, 1872.  He is survived by his wife, Augusta Meade Moore Davis, three children, Mrs. Olive Brown, post- mistress at South Shore, Mrs. Robert Johnson, of Siloam, and J. Paul Davis, a business man at South Shore, several grand and great-grandchildren.  He has been preceded in death by two other children, a son, Hager R., the father of Ralph Davis, Vanceburg, Ky., and a daughter, Hazel E. Hannah, the mother of Walter B. Hannah of South Shore, and J. Byron Hannah, Brooklyn, N. Y. Among those from Paintsville attending the funeral held November 4 at Fullerton were his cousins, Dr. Paul B. Hall, Dr. Lloyd M. Hall, and Mrs. Nelson Gullett. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-19-1958
FITCH, Charles P.
1868-1958
Dies Sunday
Charles P. Fitch, 90, well known resident of Kerz, died at his home Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 p.m., following a brief illness. The son of the late Sampson and Dorcas Daniel Fitch, he was born in Johnson County September 29, 1868.  A retired farmer he was a highly respected member of the community where he spent his entire life. His wife, Malissa Ross Fitch, preceded him in death in 1931. Surviving are six sons, Sampson Fitch, Kerz; Lloyd Fitch, New Boston, Ohio; Home Fitch, Paintsville; Dennis Fitch, Wilbur; Selcie Fitch, Ashland; Buell Fitch, Springfield, Ohio; four daughters, Miss Neva Fitch and Mrs. Eula Burchett, both of Kerz; Mrs. Zora Lemaster, Charley; Mrs. Verna Daniel, McDowell; 33 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday from the Sugar Grove Church with Lonza Reed and Arthur Morris as officiating ministers.  Burial was in the Ross Cemetery at Kerz. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-26-1958
GREEN, Evelyn Rose
1948-1958
Rites Saturday For 10-Year-Old Evelyn Rose Green
Evelyn Rose Green, 10-year-old daughter of Charles and Bell Salyers Green of Lowmansville, died in a local hospital Thursday, November 13, 1958 at 8:00 a.m., after an illness of eleven months. She was born in this county January 22, 1948. Surviving besides the parents are the following brothers and sisters:  Alphia Green, Nippa, Mrs. Margaret Ann Preston and Mrs. Golda May Castle, both of Lowmansville; Earl, Garnett Sue, Patsy, Dannie, Joyce, Bobbie Gary, and James David Green, all of Lowmansville. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 13, with Lonza Reed as officiating minister.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Lowmansville. 11-19-1958
HALL, Leonard
1894-1958
Leonard Hall, 64, resident of Whitaker died Sunday, November 16, 1958 in the Veterans Hospital in Louisville after an illness of one year. The son of Minerva Wright Hall and the late Adam Hall, he was born in this county September 2, 1894. He was a lifelong resident of that community and engaged in farming prior to his illness. Surviving are his wife, Lou Emma Davis Hall, one son, Thurman Leroy Hall, Whitaker; two step- sons, Kenneth Underwood, Marion, Ohio, David Underwood, at home; two daughters, Myra Lola and Rose Mary Hall, both at home. Also surviving are three sisters; Dora Adams, Hager Hill, Mrs. Chloe Wright, and Mrs. Doshia Stokes, both of Ohio; one brother, Walbridge Hall of Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted from the home Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, with Adrian Davis as officiating minister. Burial was in the family cemetery at Whitaker. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday NOV.26 1958
KEATON, Alice (Brown)
1865-1958
Aged Resident Of Flat Gap Dies Thursday
Mrs. Alice Keaton, 92, died her home at Flat Gap Thursday November 20, 1958, after an extended illness. The daughter of the late Billy and Betty Fyffe Brown, she was born December 17, 1865, in Morgan County. Survivors include her husband, Tom Jeff Keaton; three sons, Hamp and Ted Johnson, both of Moon, Ky.; Charlie Johnson, Etna, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Cena Doolan and Mrs. Bessie Cantrell, both of Moon Ky.; Mrs. Beulah Fyffe, Crockett; two sisters, Mrs. Miranda Doolan and Mrs. Linnie Smith, both of Relief. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 10:00 from the Sand Creek Church. Burial was in the Ferguson Cemetery at Relief. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-26-1958
LEMASTER, H. Clark
1874-1956
H. Clark Lemaster, 84, retired teacher and merchant, died, Sunday morning at the Castle Fork Rest Home after a long illness. He was one of the county's best known citizens, and was a member of a large and prominent family. Mr. Lemaster was born April 18, 1874, a son of E.G. and Susie Burke Lemaster of this county. He had been a resident of Lowmansville since 1925, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. His wife, Dora Lemaster, died in 1936. Surviving are three sons, Vaughan Lemaster, Joliet, Ill., H.S. Lemaster, Cincinnati, Ohio, James W. Lemaster, Seattle, Wash., and three sisters Sallie Cantrell, Ashland, KY., Isabelle Estep, Fuget, KY., and Phoebe Williams, Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning December 4, at the Lowmansville United Baptist Church by Rev. Lonza Reed. Burial will be in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-26-1958
MCCLOUD, Mary (McFaddin)
1873-1958
Mrs. Mary McCloud, 85, mother of Paintsville Fire Chief, Earl McCloud, died Monday morning after an illness of several months.  Mrs. McCloud sustained a fractured hip in a fall sometime ago and she never recovered from her injuries. She was living with a daughter, Mrs. Glen Salyer, at Barnetts Creek at the time of her death. Born in Johnson County on February 26, 1873, she married to Manford McCloud who died in 1916. She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Earl McCloud, city, Richard McCloud, Barnetts Creek, three daughters, Mrs. Salyer, Mrs. Son Fairchild, and Mrs. Fannie Jackson, both of Paintsville.  She leaves two brothers , Ross McFaddin, Tomahawk, KY. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at the First Free Will Baptist Church on Third street. Officiating will be Rev. Scott Castle, Rev. Claude Preston, Rev. F.S. Van Hoose, Rev. Walter Hooper and Re. Charlie Lemaster. The Paintsville Quartet will render several numbers. Active pallbearers will be Roy Melvin, Reginald Slone, Jack Vickers Raymond Lyons, Howard Brown and Merida Wiley. Burial will be made in the family cemetery at Turner Branch. Paintsville Herald Wednesday November 26, 1958
MCFADDIN, Emmaline Nelson (Lyons)
1888-1958
Emmaline McFadden Dies Following Stroke
Mrs. Emmaline Nelson McFaddin, 70, resident of Thealka died in a local hospital at 11:25 p.m., Wednesday 12, after an illness of five days.  Death was caused by a stroke. The daughter of William Lewis and Sarah Chandler Lyons, she was born in Lawrence County, September 13, 1888.  A member of the Freewill Baptist Church, she had lived at Thealka for fifty years. Her first marriage was to William David Nelson, who died November 20, 1932.  Her second marriage was to Barnes McFaddin, who preceded her in death in 1949. Surviving are three sons, Ishmael Nelson, Thealka; Vencil and Issac Nelson, both of this city; one stepson, Charlie Nelson, Sheridan, Indiana; three daughters; Miss Louise Nelson and Virginia Trimble, both of Thealka; Mrs. Millard Stambaugh and Virginia Trimble, both of Thealka; Mrs. Millard Stambaugh, Catlettsburg; four step-daughters, Mrs. F.M. Gambill, Ashland, Mrs. Harry Gambill, LaGrange, Mrs. Everett Combs, Paine, Ohio; Mrs. George Lyons, Garett; four brothers, George Lyons, Garett, Willie Lyons, Prestonsburg; Roscoe Lyons, Beauty; Abraham Lyons, Thealka; three sisters, Mrs. Matt Tomison, Lowmansville; Mrs. Malcom Whitt, Stellaa; Mrs. Dora Preston, Memphis, Ohio; 24 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, November 16, from the Thealka, Freewill Baptist Church with Don Fraley and James Lyons as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Nelson Cemetery at Thealka. Paintsville Herald Wednesday November 28, 1958
MUSIC, Daisy (Sowards)
1892-1958
Mrs. Daisy Music, 56, wife of Jim Music of Meally, died in a local hospital Monday, November 10 1958 at 12:30 a.m., following an illness of four days. The daughter of Amos and Mary Stone Sowards, she was born in Jackson, Ohio, March 16, 1892, and had made her home at Meally for the past twenty-eight years. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. She was first married to Charley Huston who preceded her in death in 1916.   She later married Jim Music, who survives. Surviving besides her husband are five sons, Wallace Huston, City, Earn Huston, Amos Music and Billie Music, all of Meally; Calvin Music, Van Lear; one daughter, Mrs. Stella Abram, New Lexington, Ohio; 26 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Sowards, Roseville, Ohio; Mrs. Maggie Abram, New Lexington, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. today at the Pentecostal Church with Arthur Ramey officiating. Burial was in the Watson Cemetery at Meally PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOV.12 1958
PRESTON, Minnie (Hurt)
1958
Mrs. Minnie Hurt Preston, widow of Cyrus M. Preston died Saturday, November 8, 1958 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Esther P. Runge, Winchester, Ky. Mrs. Preston was born in Pike County, Ky., the daughter of Dr. Robert Hurt and Esther Leslie Hurt.  Dr. Hurt was educated at Emory and Henry College in Virginia and believing in higher education for his children, moved his family to Millersburg, Ky., where a very fine college for women was located. Here Mrs. Preston received her college and musical training and ranked as one of the outstanding students of this institution.  She taught in schools of Bourbon and Mason Counties. Following her marriage to Mr. Preston of this city, she came to Paintsville to make her home. They later moved to Ashland, Ky., and then to a farm at Winchester. Mrs. Preston was always interested in civic and educational enterprises, was a sincere Christian, and lifelong member of the Methodist Church.  Her influence will long be felt by her family and those privileged to have known her. She is survived by the following children:  Roger L. Preston and Mrs. Frank Malin, Ashland; Ora M. Preston, Paintsville; C. Ray Preston, Glendale, California; Mrs. Esther Preston Runge, Winchester; one granddaughter, Alice Rae Preston; also several nieces and nephews, among whom are Miss Lucile Rice and Garland Rice of this city.  She was a first cousin of Mrs. Fannie Atkinson and the late John C. C. Mayo. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 11, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home the Rev. Charles Perry, pastor of Mayo Memorial Church officiating.  Pallbearers were William Garland, David Jones, Robert Conley, Roger Stewart, John E. Cooper and Walter Meek. Burial was in the Preston Family Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov.26 1958 
SAMMONS, Minnie (Price)
1883-1958
Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Sunday at the Buffalo United Baptist Church for Mrs. Minnie Sammons, 72, who died Thursday November 27, 1958 at her home at Meally after a brief illness. The daughter of Malcolm and Sarah Burchett Price, she was born in this county December 8, 1883. She was affiliated with the United Baptist Church and had resided at Meally for the past fifty years. She was married April 26, 1906, at Thelma, to John Sammons, who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Russell Sammons and Cecil Sammons, both of Meally; two daughters ; Mrs. Nancy McKenzie, Hager Hill; Mrs. Gladys Webb, Meally; one brother, Jeff Price of Ohio, one sister, Mrs. Sallie Preston, Meally; 23 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  Services were conducted by Tom Sammons, Grover Fannin and Elizie Banks. Burial was in the Fitch cemetery at Meally. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-26-1958
STAFFORD, Proctor J.
1884-1958
Proctor J. Stafford, 74, a member of one of Johnson County’s most prominent families, died suddenly at his home on Main Street about eight o’clock Sunday morning.  A retired restaurant man he had been in ill health for several years. Mrs. Stafford was the son of the late George and Susan Turner Stafford and was born May 24, 1884, in Johnson County, where he spent his entire life. He was a member of the First Methodist Church.  He was married to Osa Lee Stewart who survives him. Congenial, kind, and generous, he was noted for his devotion to his family, and he leaves many friends, who will miss his cheery greetings and his interest of their welfare. Other survivors include three sons and five daughters, Robert Stafford, and P.J. Stafford, both of Paintsville, Glenn Stafford, Traverse, Michigan, Mrs. R.C. Maxson, Traverse, Michigan, Mrs. Thomas Williams, Paintsville, Mrs. Vencil Hitchcock, Collinsville, Oklahoma, Mrs. William L. Davis, Paintsville and Mrs. Jack Cottle, Dayton, Ohio  and one sister, Mrs. Ida Melvin Salyer, Paintsville, two brothers, Carl Stafford, Paintsville, and William Stafford, Cynthiana, Ohio , also one half-brother, Ballard Stafford of Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at the family residence by the Rev. E.H. Overman. Music will be by the Paintsville Quartet. Honary Pallbearers are:  Fred Adams, Douglas Davis, Willie Williams, James B. Johnson, William Cottle, Ben Lockwood, Gene Daniel, C.H. Brown, and Clark Walters. Active pallbearers are:  Paul Martin Stafford, Carl Stafford, Jr., Grady Stafford, Steve Stafford, Frank Stafford, Steve Stafford, Frank Stafford, and R.T. Stafford. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery. Paintsville Herald November 19, 1958
STAFFORD, William, Jr.
1924-1958
WILLIAM STANFORD JR., 34 VICTIM OF CRIME
William Stanford, Jr., 34, died about 10:00 a.m. November 17, in the operating room of the Paintsville Hospital of gunshot wounds received near the home of Louvern Patrick on Greasy Creek about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. John Patrick, 19 son of Mrs. Patrick, is held in connection with the slaying, it was stated by Sheriff Wince Trimble. Stanford was the father of six children and resided in the Greasy Creek section. According to Sheriff Trimble and State Trooper Jack Music, Stanford  and Newt Music were ascending a hill to the Patrick home with Stanford walking in front.  Music said someone called to them to halt, and a gun was fired. Stanford fell into the arms of Music, and said "don't` leave me." Music said he left the scene to secure help for the wounded man. It was stated by officers that a full blast from a 12 gauge shotgun entered the victim`s abdomen. Young Patrick was arrested Sunday night by Deputy Sheriff Hershel Butcher and lodged in the county jail. He was placed under a $5.000 bond. Mrs Patrick was indicted by the grand jury at the fall session of the Johnson County Circuit Court for keeping a disorderly house. She was acquitted of the charge by a jury at the same term of court. The victim, a miner by occupation, was the son of Wm. Stanford and the late Caroline Wallen Stanford. He was born at Boons Camp on January 22, 1924. He was married in 1944 to Delia Percy who survives. Other survivors are the following children, Fred Donald, Merle Edward, Leroy, Roger, Debra Ann and Brenda Kay, all at home, also two brothers, Hobert Witten and Sam Stanford, Xenia, Ohio and Cyrsthia Butcher, Van Lear. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. today at Little Friendship United Baptist Church by Rev. Nirn Sturgill. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-19-1958
THURMAN, Fanny (Rice)
1895-1958
Mrs. Fanny Rice Thurman, 63, Route 3, Ashland, died at 8:25 p.m. Saturday at a nursing home in Ashland after an illness of four months. Mrs. Turman was born March 1, 1895 on Jenny's Creek in Johnson county, a daughter of the late Rev. H. H. and Nancy Hackworth Rice.  She has lived in the Ashland area since 1909 and was a member of the Summit Missionary Baptist Church, where she was active until her illness. Survivors include her husband, A. H. Turman; one daughter, Mrs. Nancy McClellan, Ashland; four nephews. Also a number of relatives in Johnson county. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Summit Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. A. N. Lester and Rev. C. B. Coots officiating. burial followed in the Kavanauugh Cemetery. Paintsville Herald 11-19-1958
WARD, Ollie Clark (Salyers)
1893-1958
Mrs. Ollie Ward 65, wife of Martin Ward of Williamsport, died in a local Hospital at 2:00 am, Saturday, November 23 1958. Cause of death was cancer. The daughter of Ben and Sarah O'Brian Salyers, she was born October 7, 1893 at Barnetts Creek. She had lived in Williamsport for the last fourteen years where she was a member of the United Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband are four children from a previous marriage. Two sons, Frank Clark, Marysville Ohio, Millard Clark, Ironton, Ohio, and two daughters, Mrs. Grace Adams, Urbana Ohio; Mrs. Arizona Blevins, Barnetts Creek. Also surviving are two brothers, Lonnie Salyers, Van Lear and Fonzo Salyers, Barnetts Creek. One sister Etta Stapleton, Catlettsburg. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. from the Barnetts Creek United Baptist Church with Elzie Banks and Lonza Reed as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Salyer Cemetery at Barnetts Creek. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov. 26, 1958
WEBB, Mary Elizabeth (Webb)
1904-1958
Van Lear Woman Passes Monday
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Webb, 54, well known resident of Van Lear, died at her home at 1:00 a.m. November 17, following an illness of seventeen years of a heart condition. the daughter of Monroe and Rosa Castle Webb, she was born March 18, 1904, at Winifred. She had made her home at Van Lear for he past thirty six years and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was married in Paintsville August 9, 1924, to Jake Webb, who survives. Surviving also  are eleven children; four sons, Hershell Morris Webb, Columbus, Ohio; Bobby Eugene Webb, Van Lear; Paul G. Webb, Columbus, Ohio; Howard Leslie Webb, Van Lear; seven daughters, Mrs. Herman Gillman, Lantana, Florida; Mrs.Joe Darringer, Columbus, Ohio; Miss Phyllis Ann Webb, and Miss Bonnie Darlene Webb, both of Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Sam Greer, London, Ohio; Miss Ernestine Webb, and Miss Bessie Irene Webb, both at home. Other survivors include three brothers, Charlie Castle, Colorado; Roger Castle, Louisa; Ray Castle, Davisville; two sisters, Mrs. John Davis, Davisville; Mrs. Jay Fairchild, Louisa; and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. today from the Paintsville Church of Christ with Vernon Mullens officiating. Burial was in the Castle Cemetery at Winifred. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 11-19-1958
WEBB, Sam
1894-1958
Sam Webb, 64, Dies in Louisa
Sam Webb, 64, of Louisa brother of Buddy Webb of Van Lear died Sunday in a Louisa hospital following a three-day illness. He was a retired N & W Railway employee. Mr. Webb was born February 3, 1894 at Van Lear, a son of the late Jeff and Julia Franklin Webb. Other survivors are Willie Webb and Frank Webb, both of Louisa. Funeral services were conducted at the home of a brother, Willie Webb, with the Rev. Sam Branham officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery.  Paintsville Herald
Wednesday November 19, 1958
WHITAKER, Gardia (Preston)
1889-1958
Mrs. Gardia Preston Whitaker, 69, resident of River, died in a local hospital Sunday, November 2, at 3:05 a.m. after an illness of two months. A resident of River for forty-five years, she was born at Richardson, Jan 8, 1889, the daughter of John and Alice Castle Preston. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was married at White House February 22, 1904 to Henry Whitaker, who preceded her in death April 2, 1938. She was also preceded in death by a son Burns and a daughter Mary Evelyn. Surviving are five sons, Howard Whitaker of this city, Charles Whitaker, Rapid City, South Dakota, Hobart Whitaker, Walbridge, Ohio; Fred Whitaker, River; tow daughters, Mrs. E. B. Murray, White House; Mrs. Frank Wiley, Royalton, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. John Pack, Hagar Hill also survives Funeral Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, at the home with Dock Rowland as the officiating minister. Burial was in the Whitaker Family cemetery at River. The Paintsville Herald November 5, 1958
WRIGHT, James
1888-1958
James Wright, 69, died at his home at Mine Fork at 6:00 Saturday morning, November 15, after an illness of several months. He was born in Morgan County, November 28,1888, the son of Jonathan and Ann Williams Wright. Most of his life was spent at Mine Fork where he engaged in farming. Surviving are his wife, Minnie Gilliam Wright; five sons, Frank Wright, Westchester, Ohio; Ron Wright, Flemingsburg; Willie Wright, Win; Charles Wright and James Wright, Jr., both of Mine Fork; six daughters, Nola Ball, Fleminsburg; Frozie Wright, Paintsville; Sarah Blankenship, Pawpaw, Ky.; Fronzie Helton, Mine Fork, Elzie Howard, Fairborn, Ohio; Christine Hall, Springfield, Ohio; one brother, Green Wright, Minford, O. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 17, with Lonnie Wright and Rev. Gibbs as officiating ministers. Burial was in the family cemetary. Paintsville Herald. 11-19-1958
WRIGHT, Lucinda (Hay)
1872-1958
At Ashland For Mrs. Wright
Mrs. Lucinda Wright, 86, died at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Link Fyffe, Sr., of Turner Branch, after an illness of several months. The daughter of William and Polly Burton Hay, she was born September 28, 1872, in Elliott County, and was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her husband, Elder Alonzo Wright, preceded her in death six years ago. Surviving besides her daughter, Mrs. Fyffe, are two other daughters, Mrs. Mertie Fannin, Ironton OH; Mrs. Florence Williams, Ashland; two sons, Homer Wright, Orlando, FL; Ralph Wright, Ashland; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 21, at the Oak Springs Church in Ashland with Paul Turner, Everett Slone and Charlie Lyon as officiating ministers. Burial was Memorial Park in Wheelersburg, OH. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 26, 1958


DECEMBER - 1958



BLEVINS, Ora
1910-1958
Services Friay at Thealka for Ora Blevins
Funeral services were conducted Friday at 12:00 from the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church for Ora Blevins, 48, who died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Clifton Moore at Thealka at 5:53 pm, December 16, following an illness of two years. He was born August 6, 1910, at Offutt, the son of J. H. and Lucinda Bowens Blevins.  He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and had lived at Thealka for the past three years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jack Nelson, Dwale, Ky.; Miss Shirley Blevins, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Allen Blevins and Ranson Blevins, Madison, W. Va.; Lenzie Blevins, River; Levi Blevins, New London, Ohio; Mrs. Crit Williamson, Glen Allen, Va.; Mrs. Clifton Moore, Thealka, Ky.; Mrs. George Golden, City; Mrs. Lilly Daniels, Thealka; five grandchildren. Services were conducted by Rev. C. C. Hall and burial was in the family cemetery at Thealka. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 24, 1958
BOWENS, George
1910-1958
Bowens Dies Of Bleeding And Cold, Jury Reports; Wallen Burns To Death In Home Two tragic happenings in the county during the past week took the lives of two local men.  The victims were George Bowens, Jr. 48, of Williamsport, who died of head wounds under mysterious circumstances at the home of his sister, Gracie Bowens, on Wednesday night. The second victim, Conrad Wallen, 31, was burned to death at his home at Staffordsville Saturday night. Bowens, formerly employed by the Detroit Yacht Club, had returned from filing a claim at the Prestonsburg Employment Office, and had gone to the home of his sister, Gracie Bowens, in the Greasy Creek section.  Sheriff Wince Trimble said he was called to the Bowens home to quell a disturbance on Wednesday but that all was quiet when he arrived, and Bowens was left in the home at the suggestion of his sister. The following morning, Sheriff Trimble was called again to the home and the victim was found lying on the floor of a blood-spattered room.  A wound on Bowen's head indicated that he had been struck with a sharp instrument and there was no fire in the house, Trimble reported. Gracie Bowens and her daughter spent the night at the home of the Jim Penix family, a neighbor nearby, it is reported. John L. Butcher, 21, son of Gracie Bowens, said he remained in the home with his uncle, the victim, for sometime on the night of his death, and that Bowens struck his head as he rolled from the bed.  Butcher added that he placed a pillow under his head, and then left to spend the night at a neighbors house.  He said his uncle was bleeding from the cut when he left the house, according to Sheriff Trimble. An inquest was held Thursday afternoon by Coroner Jim Trimble and it was determined that death was caused by excessive bleeding from a cut over the left eye and from exposure to cold.  The cause of the wound on the victim's head was unknown, the jury reported. Coroner Trimble said he saw no instrument in the house that could have caused the injury to the man, but thought it possible that he could have received the wound in a fall. Butcher, arrested on suspicion of murder was placed in the county jail but was released Friday after a hearing conducted by County Atty. Don VanHoose and Commonwealth's Attorney, Wm. B. Hazelrigg, on grounds of insufficient evidence. Bowens was born in Johnson County Feb. 9, 1910, a son of George Bowens, Sr. and Massie Foley Bowens. Besides his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Phyllia Ann Cooke, Baileysville, W.Va., one granddaughter and the following brothers and sisters, Jesse Bowens, McCarr, Ky., Johnnie Bowens, Ashland, Ky., Cynthia and Gracie Bowens, both of Williamsport, Effie Collins, Boons Camp, Missie Ward, Lancaster, Ohio and Dixie Hale, Boons Camp. Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm, Saturday at the home of George Bowens, Sr., at Williamsport by Rev. Nim Sturgill.  Burial was in the family cemetery. The charred body of Wallen, an oil well driller, was found in the ashes of his home about 2:30 Sunday morning.  The fire in the four-room boxed home was first noticed about 10:30 pm Saturday, and the flames soon devoured the building.  It was first thought by neighbors that Wallen had left the home before the fire started.  His body was not found until several hours later. Mrs. Wallen, the former Esta Skaggs and their two children were visiting relatives at the time of the accident, and did not expect Wallen home from his job.  He had been working out of town with a drilling contractor. The man's dog died in the fire and the remains found near the bed of his master, it was reported.  Cause of the fire was undetermined. Mr. Wallen was the son of the Reverend H. C. Wallen and Mrs. Wallen, and was born OCtober 13, 1927 in Johnson County.  He was married in 1948. Surviving besides his parents, and wife, are two daughters, Jeanetta, 7, and Patricia, 5, four  brothers, Edgar Wallen, Fallsburg, Ky.; Glen Wallen, Martha, Ky.; Fred Wallen, Catlettsburg; Howard Wallen, Aberdeen, Md., and five sisters, Maxie Sparks, Hilliards, Ohio; Mercie Lester, Amlin, Ohio; Marie Skaggs, Flat Gap; Ilene Wallen, Keaton; and Avonelle Skaggs, Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 10;00 Tuesday morning at Union Church, Keaton, Kentucky with The Rev. Emergy Ferguson and Rev. Ellis Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the Lyons Cemetery at Keaton. TEN VIOLENT DEATHS Sheriff Wince Trimble reported that ten persons had met violent deaths in the county this year, and that four deaths had occurred in the Greasy Creek vicinity during the last few weeks.  He said another had been hospitalized from that vicinity due to gunshot wounds. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 17, 1958
BROWN, David K.
1888-1958
DAVID K. BROWN Nippa Resident Dies December 16, 1958
David K. Brown, 70 resident of Nippa, died at 3:30 a.m., December 16 1958 in a  local hospital of a stroke following an extended illness. The son of Elijah and Susan Stapleton Brown, he was born December 25, 1888, at River George's Creek and had been living at Nippa for the past six months. He was married in this city December 15, 1913 to the former Stella Barker Brown who survives. Other survivors include four sons, Estill Brown and Escom Brown both of Lacarne, OH, Herbert Brown, Springfield, OH, Hershell Brown, Wiley Branch, five daughters, Mrs. Lola Leasurer, Springfield, OH; Mrs. Dorothy Music, Lowmansville, Mrs. Hazel Ross, Johnstown, OH; Mrs. Ethel Chandler, Columbus, OH; Mrs. Louise Music, Gallia, OH.  24 grandchildren. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters; Medar Brown, Wiley Branch, Frank Brown, Springfield, OH; John Brown, Ashland, KY; Mrs. Mary Murray, Wiley Branch. Mrs. Esta George, Springfield, OH. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 18 from the River United Baptist Church with Cullie Sparks and Bud Wiley assisting. Burial in the Luther Daniel Cemetery on Wiley Branch. Preston Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-24-1958
CAMERON, Ann (Hager)
1901-1958
Ann Hager Cameron, 57, prominent Paintsville woman, died at the Paintsville Hospital on December 26, following an illness of several months. She was a member of one of Johnson County's most outstanding families. Mrs. Cameron, who received state and national recognition for her work in cancer drives in this locality in the past, was a victim of this disease. She was one of Paintsville's most talented women, possessing great beauty, charm, and intelligence. A gracious and charming hostess, she was also generous, thoughtful of the poor and needy, and always loyal to her friends. Mrs. Cameron was born November 27, 1901, a daughter of the late Daniel Milton and Ida Green Hager, and had spent the most of her life in Paintsville. She was a member of the Mayo Methodist Church. She was married in early life to Alexander Cameron of New York, who later became a well-known Paintsville businessman. Mr. Cameron preceded her in death about two years ago. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Michel Loeb of Valley Station, Kentucky, two grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Mary Vaughan, of Jenkins, Ky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28, at the Mayo Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. Charles Perry officiating. Pallbearers wer Harry LaViers, Jr., Jim Tom Newman, Jack Hager, Robert Conley, Dr. Robert Wilhite, Mike Bailey, and Jerry Stapleton. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY JAN 7 1959

CHANDLER, Alfred
1879-1958
Alfred Chandler  Dies December 17 In Ashland
Alfred B. Hayes Chandler, 79, 812 Gartell Street, Ashland, died at 7:15 a.m., Wednesday, December, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital after an illness of two months. Mr. Chandler was born July 30, 1879, at Chandlerville, a son of the late Isaac and Lucinda Wheeler Chandler.  He had moved to Ashland in 1926 and was a retired worker from A. C. Lawrence Leather Co.  He was a member and past pastor of the Old Hood United Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Fedila Wheeler Chandler, one daughter, Norma Chandler Wheeler, with whom he resided; one brother, Jay Chandler, Minford, Ohio; two sisters, Cora Wheeler, Chandlerville, and Vina Burton, of Paintsville, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral Services were conducted at noon Friday at the Old Hood Baptist Church.  Arthur Morris, Edward Salyers and Tommy Dalton as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Old Hood Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-24-1958
COLLINS, Sam
1901-1958
Sam Collins Passes Dec. 23
Sam Collins, 56, a resident of this city, died at his home at 8:50 p.m., December 23, a victim of cancer after an illness of four months. The son of Jim and Mary Adams Collins, he was born February 1, 1901, in Salyersvulle. He had lived in this city for the past forty-five years, where he was employed as a machinist by the C & O Railway Company. He was a member of the Holiness Church. Surviving are his widow, Minnie Qualls Collins; four sons, Charles, James, Sanford, Jr., Columbus, Ohio, Tiltson Collins, city; three daughters, Mrs. Ruie Frisby and Mrs. Edith Gilliam, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Iris Pillows, England. Funeral services were conducted from the home at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 26, with Frank Booth as officiating minister. Burial was in the Hall Cemetery in King Addition. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 1, 1958
CUNNINGHAM, Rice B.
1891-1958
Rice Cunningham Former Resident, Dies December 1
Rice B. Cunningham, 67, former resident of this county residing in New Boston, Ohio, died in Mercy Hospital at 6:30 a.m. Monday, December 1, 1958 after a lingering illness. The son of Sam and Maude May Cunningham, he was born in this county October 29, 1891. Prior to his retirement Mr. Cunningham had been employed for thirty years by Selby Shoe Company and seven years by the Yellow Cab Company. Preceding him in death were his wife, Myrtle Dotson Cunningham, three children, his parents and a brother. Surviving are two sons, Herschel of Sciotodale, Ohio, and Heber of Porthmouth, Ohio; a daughter, Mrs. Juanita Conn, New Boston, Ohio; three brothers, Raleigh Cunningham, Portsmouth, Ohio; Sam J. Cunningham, Columbus, Ohio; Robert E. Cunningham, St. Louis, Missouri; and fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 3, 1958 at 2:00 p.m., at Warren Funeral Home in New Boston, Ohio, with Rev. Sandy Philips officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Wheelersburg, Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DEC 10 1958
DANIEL, Dewey
1927-1958
Dies Suddenly Of Heart Attack
Dewey Daniel, 31, died suddenly of a heart attack at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, while visiting at the home of his uncle, Lafe Daniel, at Boons Camp. The son of Norman and Elva Perry Daniel, he was born at Boons Camp January 17, 1927, and was a lifelong resident of that community. Surviving besides his parents are three brothers, Randall Daniel, and McKinley Daniel, both of Boons Camp; Everett Daniel, Charleston, Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs. Elza Ward, Lenore W. Va.; Mrs. Elmo Ratliff, Van Lear. Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, December 7, at the Little Friendship United Baptist Church with Earl Muncy, L. T. Preston and Nim Sturgill as officiating ministers. Burial was in the Daniel Cemetery at Boons Camp. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 10, 1958
DANIEL, William Carey
1891-1958
Former Resident Dies In Ashland
William Carey Daniel, 67, of 3745 Rhodes Ave., New Boston, Ohio, died Monday morning at 4:30 at King's Daughters' Hospital, Ashland, after an extended illness. Mr. Daniel was born in Johnson County, August 1, 1891, and had been a resident of New Boston for the past 35 years.  He was the son of the late James and Milisa Lyons Daniel and a retired employee of Detroit Steel Corp., Portsmouth, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Sarah; step-mother, Mrs. Nora Daniel of Kerz, Ky., two step-sons, Clarence V. Sparks, Ashland and Talmadge Sparks, Columbus; two half- brothers, Bryce Daniel, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Clyde Daniel, Columbus, Ohio; two half sisters, Mrs. Ruth Brown, Columbus and Mrs. Josephine Vanhoose of Kerz. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., December 17, at the John Steen Funeral Home in Ashland.  Burial followed in Elliott County. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 17, 1958
FRAZIER, James
1958
Long Illness Fatal To Father Of Five Sons
James Frazier, 46, Was Tool Dresser
James Frazier, 46, died in a local hospital at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1958, in Elliott County, a son of the late Henry and Margaret Riggs Frazier. He was a tool dresser in the local oil fields. Surviving are his wife, Addie Tackett Frazier, and five sons, James; William Jesse; Samuel Francis; Thomas Dewey and Beecher Lee, all at home. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters:  Wayne Frazier, River View, Mich., Carrie Stamper, Dora Blevins and Jessie Tackett, all of Staffordsville;  Hannah Parker, Lorado, W. Va., Virgie Creech, Blaine, Ky., and Sina Jones and Fannie Fannin, both of Kerz. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Dec. 19, at the United Baptist Church at Staffordsville by the Rev. Bruce Daniel, Rev. Alfred Frazier, Jr., and Rev. E. H. Overman. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet and the Staffordsville Quartet. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-24-1958
HANEY, Mary (Mayse)
1900-1958
Mrs. Mary Haney, Local Woman, Dies Tuesday
Services Friday At First Freewill Mrs. Mary Haney, 58, wife of John Boyd Haney, died at her home, 461 Vine Street, Tuesday December 9, 1958, at 7:40 a.m. following an illness of one year. The daughter of the late William and Sally Ann Rader Mayse, she was born October 15, 1900, in Lee County. She had made her home in this city since 1922 and she was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving besides her husband is three sons, Arville and Archie Haney, both of this city; Able Haney, Williamson, W. Va.; one daughter, Mrs. Burl Ward, Charleston, Ind; two sisters, Minnie Flannery, Arville, Ky.; Mrs. Emily Whitt, Grey Hawk, Ky.; one brother, Andy Mayse, Port Deposit, Md.; six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 12, 1958, at 2:00 p.m. from the First Freewill Baptist Church on Third Street with Rev. Scott Castle and Rev. Henry Tackett Officiating.  Burial will be in the Town Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-10-1958
JOSEPH, Levi
1958
RITES MONDAY FOR FATHER OF LOCAL MAN
Levi Joseph, 75, Garrard County farmer and father of Callie Joseph of this city, died at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, December 6, at his home at paint Lick. Mr. Joseph was a native of Magoffin County and a member of the Magoffin County Baptist Church. Besides his son, survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rosie Cheek Joseph; two daughters, Mrs. Oscar Day and Mrs. Roscoe Allen, Garrard County; another son, Emery Joseph, Paint Lick; as sister, Mrs. Casey Farler, Perry County; a half sister, Mrs. Nancy Baker, Leslie County; two half brothers, Matthew Joseph, Leslie County, and Johnny Joseph, London; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m., Monday at the Kentucky Mountain Gospel Mission in Magoffin County with Rev. Harold Whitaker officiating.  Burial was in the family cemetery near Royalton. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Dec. 10, 1958
KING, Charley
1873-1958
 Charley King, 85, died at 11:35 p.m., December 25, 1958 at the home of his son, John D. King, Staffordsville, following an illness of three months. A farmer and lifelong resident of Staffordsville, he was born July 1, 1873, the son of Sam and Evelyn King. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rhoda King. Survivors include six other sons, Sandy King, Joe King, Sam King, and Homer King, all of Staffordsville, Garfield King, Charleston, W. Va.; Hansford King, Wittensville; one daughter, Mrs. Everette Wheeler, Staffordsville. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, December 28, from the Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church with Scott Castle as officiating minister. Music was by the Toms Creek Quartet.  Burial was in the family cemetery at Staffordsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 7 January 1959


 
MURRAY, Cyrus
1958
CYRUS MURRAY DIES WEDNESDAY IN ASHLAND
Cyrus Murray, 84, 513 Hunt St., Ashland, died Wednesday at his home after an illness of six years. Mr. Murray was born in Johnson County, a son of the late George and Kathryn Murray.  He moved to Ashland in 1908, and was a member of the 39th St. United Baptist Church for 51 years. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Springs United Baptist Church by Elders Everett Slone and Edison Conley.  Burial followed in the Williams Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Susan Murray; one son, Otto, Paintsville; one sister, Mrs. Clora Wheeler, Ashland; two brothers, Farris and Alonzo, both of Ashland. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 17, 1958
PENROD, Rosie Goble (Jennings)
1881-1958
Rosie Penrod Dies Dec. 15 In Indiana
Mrs. Rosie Goble Penrod, 74, died in the McGraw Nursing Home in Dunkirk, Indiana, December 15 at 5:00 a.m. after an illness of two years. The daughter of Press and Betsy Ann Price Jennings, she was born at Buffalo Creek March 5, 1881. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Her first marriage was to Grant Goble who preceded her in death in 1937. Her husband, Jess Penrod, survives. Other survivors include five sons, Eddie Goble, Cincinnati, Ohio; Elmer Goble, Dunbar, W. Va.; Ernest Gobel, Barret, W. Va.; Estill Goble, Buffalo, W. Va.; Eugene Goble, Wellston, O.; three daughters, Mrs. Alpha Stanley, Syracuse, N. Y.; Mrs. Charles Vickers, Clearwater, Fla.; Mrs. Frank Barone, North Tonawanda, N. Y.; two brothers, Elbert Jennings, Paintsville; Emerson Jennings, Coalwood, W. Va.; one sister, Mrs. Grace Davidson, Grundy, Va. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 12, at 1:00 p.m., from the Buffalo United Baptist Church with Tom Sammons and Nim Sturgill. Burial was in the family cemetery at Meally. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 24, 1958
PRESTON, Pauline (Walker)
1870-1958
BRIEF ILLNESS FATAL SATURDAY TO LOCAL WOMAN
Services Monday For Mrs. Pauline Preston
Funeral services were conducted at the First Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m., Monday for Mrs. Pauline Walker Preston, 88, well-known and beloved resident of this city, who died in a local hospital Saturday morning after an illness of two weeks. She was born in this county February 26, 1870, the daugther of the late John Wesley and Rebecca Vaughan Walker, members of two of Johnson County's pioneer families whose activities contributed to the early progress of this county and city. Most of her life was spent in this city where she was a member of the First Methodist Church. Devoted and loyal to the interests of the church, she gave untiringly of her time and energies to the advancement of its program. Blessed with a capacity for unselfish service, her life was rich and full with compassion and understanding extended to all who needed her. She was married in this city October 11, 1887, to John W. Preston, a prominent businessman and member of the firm of Coply, Ward & Preston, a leading mercantile establishment. He preceded her in death January 1, 1953. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. O. M. Simmerman, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday 12-24-1958
RICE, Mary (Baldridge)
1876-1958
Mother of Nine Dies Dec. 22
Services Held Today For Mary Rice, 82
Mrs. Mary Rice, widow of the late Sheridan Rice of East Point died at 4:30 a.m. Monday, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Thomas George at West Van Lear.  She had been ill for the past three years. "Aunt Mary," as she was known, was born February 3, 1876 in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Logan and Clarenda Robinson Baldridge.  She was a member of the First Church of God. Surviving are three sons, John W. Rice, Prestonsburg; Byron Rice, Tucumcari, N.M.; Ernest Rice, Flint, Mich. and six daughters, Mrs. George, Mrs. Georgie Conley, Mrs. Jake Vaughan, Mrs. Willie Boyd, all of Prestonsburg; Mrs. Herbert Griffith, Cincinnati, Oh. and Mrs. A.F. Desney, Ashland; also two brothers, Sam Baldridge, West Van Lear, and Edd Baldridge, East Point, two sisters, Fannie Nickels, Ironton, Oh. and Martha Robinson, Auxier, Ky. Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. at the First Church of God at East Point by Rev. Moses Kitchen, Rev. Robert Kitchen and Rev. G.B. Allen. Burial was in the family cemetery. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-24-1958
SALYER, Euel
1958
Euel Salyer, 70, resident of Waverly, Ohio, died December 25 1958 in a local hospital after an illness of two years. The son of the late Ben and Mary Ann Salyer, he was born July 4, 1888, in Magoffin County.  Formerly employed as a laborer, he had lived in Waverly for the past four and one-half years and was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. His wife, Polly Francis Cooper Salyer, preceded him in death July 1, 1944. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Kitty Reffit, Collista and Mrs. Rosie Tackett, Waverly, O. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 27, from the Vine Street Enterprise Baptist Church with Scott Castle as officiating minister.  Burial was in the Tackett cemetery on Slate Fork Road. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 14 January 1959

 
WALLEN, Conrad
1927-1958
Bowens Dies Of Bleeding And Cold, Jury Reports; Wallen Burns To Death In Home Two tragic happenings in the county during the past week took the lives of two local men.  The victims were George Bowens, Jr. 48, of Williamsport, who died of head wounds under mysterious circumstances at the home of his sister, Gracie Bowens, on Wednesday night. The second victim, Conrad Wallen, 31, was burned to death at his home at Staffordsville Saturday night. Bowens, formerly employed by the Detroit Yacht Club, had returned from filing a claim at the Prestonsburg Employment Office, and had gone to the home of his sister, Gracie Bowens, in the Greasy Creek section.  Sheriff Wince Trimble said he was called to the Bowens home to quell a disturbance on Wednesday but that all was quiet when he arrived, and Bowens was left in the home at the suggestion of his sister. The following morning, Sheriff Trimble was called again to the home and the victim was found lying on the floor of a blood-spattered room.  A wound on Bowen's head indicated that he had been struck with a sharp instrument and there was no fire in the house, Trimble reported. Gracie Bowens and her daughter spent the night at the home of the Jim Penix family, a neighbor nearby, it is reported. John L. Butcher, 21, son of Gracie Bowens, said he remained in the home with his uncle, the victim, for sometime on the night of his death, and that Bowens struck his head as he rolled from the bed.  Butcher added that he placed a pillow under his head, and then left to spend the night at a neighbors house.  He said his uncle was bleeding from the cut when he left the house, according to Sheriff Trimble. An inquest was held Thursday afternoon by Coroner Jim Trimble and it was determined that death was caused by excessive bleeding from a cut over the left eye and from exposure to cold.  The cause of the wound on the victim's head was unknown, the jury reported. Coroner Trimble said he saw no instrument in the house that could have caused the injury to the man, but thought it possible that he could have received the wound in a fall. Butcher, arrested on suspicion of murder was placed in the county jail but was released Friday after a hearing conducted by County Atty. Don VanHoose and Commonwealth's Attorney, Wm. B. Hazelrigg, on grounds of insufficient evidence. Bowens was born in Johnson County Feb. 9, 1910, a son of George Bowens, Sr. and Massie Foley Bowens. Besides his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Phyllia Ann Cooke, Baileysville, W.Va., one granddaughter and the following brothers and sisters, Jesse Bowens, McCarr, Ky., Johnnie Bowens, Ashland, Ky., Cynthia and Gracie Bowens, both of Williamsport, Effie Collins, Boons Camp, Missie Ward, Lancaster, Ohio and Dixie Hale, Boons Camp. Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm, Saturday at the home of George Bowens, Sr., at Williamsport by Rev. Nim Sturgill.  Burial was in the family cemetery. The charred body of Wallen, an oil well driller, was found in the ashes of his home about 2:30 Sunday morning.  The fire in the four-room boxed home was first noticed about 10:30 pm Saturday, and the flames soon devoured the building.  It was first thought by neighbors that Wallen had left the home before the fire started.  His body was not found until several hours later. Mrs. Wallen, the former Esta Skaggs and their two children were visiting relatives at the time of the accident, and did not expect Wallen home from his job.  He had been working out of town with a drilling contractor. The man's dog died in the fire and the remains found near the bed of his master, it was reported.  Cause of the fire was undetermined. Mr. Wallen was the son of the Reverend H. C. Wallen and Mrs. Wallen, and was born October 13, 1927 in Johnson County.  He was married in 1948. Surviving besides his parents, and wife, are two daughters, Jeanetta, 7, and Patricia, 5, four  brothers, Edgar Wallen, Fallsburg, Ky.; Glen Wallen, Martha, Ky.; Fred Wallen, Catlettsburg; Howard Wallen, Aberdeen, Md., and five sisters, Maxie Sparks, Hilliards, Ohio; Mercie Lester, Amlin, Ohio; Marie Skaggs, Flat Gap; Ilene Wallen, Keaton; and Avonelle Skaggs, Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were held at 10;00 Tuesday morning at Union Church, Keaton, Kentucky with The Rev. Emergy Ferguson and Rev. Ellis Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the Lyons Cemetery at Keaton. TEN VIOLENT DEATHS Sheriff Wince Trimble reported that ten persons had met violent deaths in the county this year, and that four deaths had occurred in the Greasy Creek vicinity during the last few weeks.  He said another had been hospitalized from that vicinity due to gunshot wounds. Paintsville Herald Wednesday December 17, 1958
WARD, Jess Boyd
1920-1958
Jess Boyd Ward, 38, died suddenly at 1:10 a.m., December 23, 1958  of a heart attack while visiting here at the home of his father-in-law, McKinley Baldwin. He was the son of G. Mack Ward and Ethel Boyd Ward, and for three years been a resident of Middlesex, N. J. where he was Eastern Sales Manager for Selwyn-Pacific Company of Los Angeles, Cal. Mr. Ward was a brother of County Judge Bill Ward of this city, and was a member of a prominent Johnson County family. He was born at Thelma in this county on October 23, 1920, and was a graduate of Paintsville High School. He attended Morehead State College, and University of Kentucky, and Southern Technical Institute at Atlanta, Ga., where he obtained a degree in associate engineering. He was active in politics and was a candidate for lieutenant governor of Kentucky in the Democratic primary four years ago. He was a veteran of World War II, and served on active duty from 1943 to 1946. Mr. Ward was married to Imogene Baldwin at Pikeville on December 24, 1941. Surviving besides his wife is a daughter, Linda Lee Ward, 15, his parents, one brother and one sister, Mrs. Ruth Ann Akers, Fort Thomas, Ky. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 26 by the Rev. Stanley Borders and Rev. Tommy Bailey at the Paintsville United Baptist Church. Pall bearers were Oran Teater, Carmel Castle, Raymond Brugh, Wm. Hazelrigg, Charles V. Wheeler, Clyde Blevins, Jimmy Melvin and Rex Helton. Burial was in the Gambill Cemetery at Thelma. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 1-7-1959

 

WELLS, Wash
1899-1958
WASH WELLS, 59, DIES  DECEMBER 16  AT  EAST POINT
Wash Wells, 59, died at 2:25 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, at the home of his niece, Mrs. Herman Wells, East Point, after an illness of four months. A son of the late Alex M. and Polly Perry Wells, he was born in this county January 23, 1899, and had been a lifelong resident of Daniels Creek, where he was employed as a miner. Surviving besides his niece are three brothers, Dick Wells, Auxier; Ben Wells, Van Lear; Sherman Wells, Urbana, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Maggie Morgan, Glendale, California. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, from the Odds Church of Christ with the Rev. S.C. Honeycutt officiating.  Pallbearers were James Sturgill, Dow Alexander, Carl Collins, Herman  Wells, Ferrel Frisby and Ivan Brown.  Burial was in the family cemetery on Daniels Creek. PAINTSVILLE  HERALD WEDNESDAY DEC.24, 1958
WHEELER, Elizie
1881-1958
Dies Tuesday Was Brother of Local Woman
Elizie Wheeler, 77, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1958, in a local hospital after an extended  illness.  He was a retired machinist. Mr. Wheeler was born in Johnson County on August 10, 1881, a son of the late Ben and  Martha Salyer Wheeler.  He had been a resident here all his life. Surviving are one son, Roscoe Wheeler, Priest River, Idaho and two daughters, Mrs.  Edith Errfft, Brazil, Ind., and Mrs. Maudlene Burbur, Georgetown, Ill., one sister, Mrs.  Della Ross, Flat Gap, one half-sister, Mrs. Ottie Williams, City, and two-step sisters,  Mrs. Esta Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Dessie Skaggs, both of Flat Gap. Funeral services were held at the chapel of the Jones and Preston Funeral Home at 1:00  p.m. Friday, December 5, 1958. Officiating ministers were the Rev. J. T. Bailey, Rev. O.  I. Williams, and Rev. W. T. Dalton. Burial was in the family cemetery at Flat Gap. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 12-10-1958
WYATT, Chester
1909-1958
Pistol Wounds Fatal To Chester Wyatt Funeral  Held Today
Coroner Jim Trimble said Tuesday that as inquest will be held soon in the death of Chester A. Wyatt, Jr., who died of gunshot wounds about 2:30 Monday morning at his home in the Sitka vicinity. Trimble said he reached the home about 3:30 a.m. and found the victim lying on the floor in his room. He had bullet wounds in the head, and a .38 caliber pistol was near the body. Mr. Wyatt was prominent businessman and had operated a fleet of coal trucks since 1946. He was born September 3, 1909, a son of the late Chester A. Wyatt and Bula Mahan Wyatt of Sitka. He was born at Thealka in this county, but had been a resident of Sitka for 26 years. He was married to Miss Dorothy Sublett in this city on August 14, 1937. Surviving besides his wife and mother are one sister, Mrs. Ruby Spears of Seco, KY, three nephews and three nieces. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. today by the Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt at the home. Burial was made in the family cemetery at Sitka. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10, 1958

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