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JANUARY - 2003

AUXIER, David A.
1933-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, January 31, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for David A. Auxier, 69, who passed away Tuesday, January 28 2003, at his residence. Mr. Auxier was born February 6, 1933 in Johnson County, son of the late Cecil and Kathleen Auxier. Surviving is his wife Bonnie Williams Auxier; two daughters, Teresa McKenzie and Ashlie Murray, both of Paintsville; one brother, George Auxier of Paintsville; two sisters, Ollie Rice and Ann Conley both of Paintsville; four grandchildren. The service was officiated by Larry Blair, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park of Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-5-2003

BAILEY, Myrtle (Salyers)
1925-2003
Myrtle Salyers Bailey, 77, of Salyersville, died Sunday, Jan.26, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 11, 1925, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late John and Jane Howard Salyers. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Bailey; two sons, Ovie Bailey and Wornie Bailey; two daughters, Annalee Bailey and Barbara Sue Bailey; and two brothers, Grant Salyers and Bob Salyers. Survivors include seven sons, Robert Bailey, Tommy Bailey, Willie Bailey, Fred Bailey, and Danny Bailey, all of Salyersville, Luther Bailey of Somerset, and Asberry Bailey of Paintsville; two daughters, Alvydeen Joseph of Salyersville and Nancy Wireman of Waverly, Ohio; 40 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 30, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Revs. Irvine Allen Jr., Boone Allen and Simon Porter officiating. Burial was in Allen Cemetery, Fredsville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home.

BELCHER, David Clinton
1957-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, for David Clinton Belcher who passed away Thursday, January 2, 2003 at U.K. Medical Center. Mr Belcher was born June 19, 1957 in Pike Co. Surviving are his mother, Mary A. Stacy Cheatham and stepfather, Elisha M. Cheatham; father, Herbert G. Belcher; one daughter; one brother, Joe Stacy, Van Lear; two sisters, Tressa Gilbert and Ferne Meade, both of Florida. The service was officiated by Steve Rose, with burial in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home. PAINTSVILLE HERALD
BLAIR, Lola Belle (Haycox)
1911-2003
Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 28, 2:00 p.m. at the Wells Family Cemetery in Paintsville, for Lola Belle Blair, 91, who passed away Friday, January 24, 2003  at Ridgeway Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owingsville, Ky. Mrs. Blair was born March 9, 1911 in New Washington, Ind., daughter of the late J. R. and Emma Bower Haycox. Mrs. Blair was preceded in death by her first husband Dr. W. E. Akin, Jr. and her second husband Dr. Everett D. Blair; one son, William Allen Akin; three brothers and one sister. Surviving is one son, Dr. James P. Akin (Barbara) of Alexandria, Va.; one daughter, Alice Akin of Morehead, Ky.; one brother, Charles Haycox of New Washington, Ind.; one grandson, Dr. Jonathan Akin of Natchitoches, La.; two step-sons, Dr. Donald E. and Paul Wilson Blair, both of Morehead, Ky.; three step-grandchildren. The graveside service was officiated by Rev. John Dunstan. Arrangements under the direction of Lane-Stucky-Gray Funeral Home of Morehead.PAINTSVILLE HERALD

BOWEN, John Harvey
1939-2003
John Harvey Bowen, 63, of 646 10th St., Catlettsburg, Ky., died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at his residence. Mr. Bowen was born May 19, 1939, in Johnson County, Ky., a son of the late Estle and Grettle Newsome Bowen. He was a retired construction worker with Laborers Local 1445 and was a member of Catlettsburg Methodist Church. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Elias Bowen.  Surviving are his wife, Nina Haney Bowen of Catlettsburg; a son, John Lee Bowen of Floyd County, Ky.; four daughters, Naomi Mullins of Wilmore, Ky., Trina Faye Stacey and Nancy D. Jenkins, both of Ashland, Ky., and Jerrie Lynn Mattox of Catlettsburg; 17 grandchildren; four brothers, Albert Lee Bowen of Georgetown, Ky., Estel Bowen Jr. and Robert Bowen, both of Ashland, and Michael Bowen of Columbus, Ohio; and five sisters, Mary Puckett of Ashland, Sylvia Gregory of Colorado, Joann Dunn of Proctorville, Ohio, and Bonnie Nibler and Ella Mae Underwood, both of Columbus. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, in Dixon Cemetery by the Rev. Johnny Little and the Rev. Clarence Griffith. Friends may call from 6 to 9 tonight, Jan. 8, 2003, at Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland.

BROWN, Frank “Hylo” Brown
1922-2003
Funeral services were held January 21, at 10 a.m. at the Richards, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home in Springfield, Ohio, for Frank “Hylo”Brown, 80, who died Friday, January 17, 2003 at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. Mr. Brown was born April 20, 1922, the son of the late Frank & Elizabeth VanHoose Brown. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Brown; a brother, Marvin Brown; and a sister, Flora Bailey.  He was known nationally and internationally as a bluegrass balladeer and was memorialized on Johnson County’s Music Highway 23 sign. He was also a member of the Kentucky Hall of Fame. Survivors include one son William Timothy Brown of Springfield; four daughters, Candy Holley of Jacksonville, Florida, Vicky Mead of Love Park, Illinois, and Sheila Fay Brown and Mandy Jane Ward, both of Mechanicsburg; several grandchildren, Jeff & Kim Holley of Cincinnati, Amy & Mike Crum of Orlando, Florida, Wendy & David Mullins, of Love Park, Illinois, Amy & Belva Wolf of Charleston, West Virginia, J.R., Amanda & Jesse Frank Hylo Brown all of Mechanicsburg; one great-grandson, J. Michael Crum of Orlando; two step-daughters, Phyllis Lyons of Waverly, Ohio, and Anna Mary Wilson of Jackson, Ohio; two brothers, Marshall (and Kathleen) Brown of Springfield and Russell (and Carlene) Brown of Lexington, Ohio; one sister, Lorraine & Denzel Ross of Lima, Ohio; a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and many dear friends. Services were under the direction of Chaplain Dick McDaniel with entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD  Wednesday Jan.22 2003

CANTRELL, Uyvonna Lynn
1951-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 26, 11:00 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Uyvonna Lynn Cantrell, 52, who passed away Thursday, January 23, 2003 at Kings Daughters Hospital. Mrs. Cantrell was born in Rowan County, Ky. on **September, 23, 1957, daughter of Vileta Cooper Williamson and Lee Edward Johnson (step-mom Esta Salyers Johnson). Surviving is her husband, Eulas Paul Cantrell; one son, Brandon Paul Cantrell; one daughter, Monica Gale Spriggs of Flat Gap; four brothers, James McKenzie and Keith Johnson of Flat Gap, Jerry McKenzie of David, Gary Johnson of Hager Hill; two sisters, Lorita Sublett and Susan Bartley, both of Flat Gap. Funeral was officiated by Carl Fyffe and Jerry Lee Castle with burial following in the Salyers Family Cemetery in Red Bush. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD

** Original printed birthdate from the Paintsville Herald was Sep.23 1951 it has been corrected here dew to information submitted by family members Oct. 2004.

CASTLE, Goldie (Daniel)
1920-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 25, 11:00 a.m. at the Preston Funeral Chapel for Goldie Daniel Castle, 82, who passed away Thursday, January 23, 2003,  at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mrs. Castle was born December 26, 1920 in Johnson County, daughter of Luther and Savillar Preston Daniel. She was preceded in death by Bob Daniel and Fonnie Castle. Surviving are two sons, Larry and Luther Daniel; step-son Alfred Castle all of River, Ky.; one daughter, Ora A. Preston of Folly Beach, S.C.; three sisters, Mary Meek of River, Ky., Roberta VanHoose and Gladys Castle of Tutor Key; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Bruce Howard with burial following in the Luther Daniel Cemetery at River. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD
CASTLE, Naomi Ruth (Daniels)
1937-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 11, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Naomi Ruth Daniels Castle, 65, who passed away Wednesday, January 8 2003, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mrs. Castle was born March 20, 1937 in Bloomingsburg, Ohio, daughter of the late Arthur and Versie Adams Daniels. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Castle and one son, James Castle. Surviving are ; two sons, Marcus Castle, Hager Hill and Arthur Castle, Nippa; six daughters: Versie Castle, Leander, Margie Burke, Ida Castle and Ruby Castle, all of Nippa, Kathy Dawson and Ruth Hannah, both of Wittensville; one brother, Matthew Daniels, Stambaugh; one sister, Alea Crace, Salyersville. The service was officiated by Eugene Stambaugh with burial in Castle Family Cemetery, Grimm Hollow, Nippa. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Jan.15 2003
CAUDILL, Larry Edward
1952-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Larry Edward Caudill, who passed away Sunday, January, 19, 2003  at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Caudill was born December 9, 1952 in Johnson County, son of the late Mitchell Edward and Billie Jo Wallen Caudill.  Surviving is his wife, Evelyn Marlene Gullett Caudill; one brother, Kenneth Wayne Caudill of Williamsport; four sisters, Brenda Franklin of Wittensville, Regina Blanton of Tutor Key, Dianna Lynn McLellan and Anna Marie Smith, both of New Mexico. The service was officiated by Dick VanHoose, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALDWednesday Jan.22 2003

CAUDILL, Ray
1910-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 11, 1:00 p.m. at the Richards, Raff, & Dunbar Memorial Home, Springfield, OH for Ray Caudill, 92, who passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at his residence. Mr Caudill was born September 3, 1910 in Riceville, son of the late Roy and Aurora Picklesimer Caudill. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Edgar, Estelle, Ivan and Orville Lee Caudill. Surviving are his wife, Bethel Williams Caudill; one son, Ron (Patti) Caudill, Westerville, OH; three daughters, Ruth J. Caudill, Beavercreek, OH, Brenda LaBonte, Springfield, OH, Linda (Ron) Cason also of Springfield, OH; a brother, Raymond Caudill, Thelma, KY; one sister, Ethel Hippkins, South Charleston, OH; six grandchildren and seven great grand children. The service was officiated by Pastor Wayne Booth, with burial at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.   PAINTSVILLE HERALD  Wednesday Jan.15 2003
CAUDILL, Roy
1905-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 1, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Roy Caudill, 97, who passed away January 27 2003 at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, OH. Mr. Caudill was born October 30, 1905 in Johnson County, son of the late Frank and Rosa Rice Caudill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Julia Stone Caudill; three brothers, Robert, Bruce and Frank Jr. Caudill; one sister, Margie Rice. Surviving are four sons, Lowell, Emory and Ben Caudill, all of Xenia, OH, Danny Caudill of Lebanon, OH; three daughters, Laverne Golden of Springboro, OH, Lois Beimly of Pompano Beach, FL, Wilma Ward of Riceville; two brothers, Homer Caudill of Pierceton, IN and Leonard Caudill of Staffordsville; three sisters, Martha Hackworth of Riceville, Gladys Rice of Troy, OH and Mildred Picklesimer of Dayton, OH; 23 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Dick Vanhoose and Roger Thornsbury, with burial following in the Caudill Family Cemetery in Riceville. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

CHILDERS, Dorothy Mayze (Holbrook)
1919-2003
Dorothy Mayze Holbrook Childers, 83, of Thelma died Tues., Jan. 28, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born June 4, 1919 in Johnson County, a daughter of the late Kennis and Exer Ward Holbrook. She was a retired school teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Childers. Survivors include a son, Charles Childers of Lexington; three daughters, Dotty B. Meek of Hager Hill, Marsha Rae Stafford of Meally, and Rebecca Jane Meek of Boonscamp; a brother, Kennis Holbrook Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; three sisters, Kathleen Daniels and Gwen Williamson both of Willimsport and Bonnie Preston of Anderson, Ind.; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Friday, Jan. 31, at Concord United Baptist Church, Thelma, with Charles Price and Paul Bryan Price officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery, Thelma, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News 2-5-2003

CHILDERS, Harry Gambil
1914-2003
Harry Gambil Childers, 88, of Meally, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at his residence. Born Nov. 7, 1914 in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Wally and Hemma Short Childers. He was retired from Ford Motor Corp. in Ypsilanti, Mich., a veteran of the Army and a DAV member of Chapter 18 at Auxier. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Earl Childers and Forrest Childers; and a sister, Gladys Baldridge. Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Church of Christ, Meally, with Arville Short and Ottis Blankenship officiating. Burial was in J.H. Short Cemetery, Meally, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

COMPTON, Virginia (Hayes)
1921-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 25, 1:00 p.m at Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa for Virginia Hayes Compton, 81, who passed away January 20, 2003 at home. Mrs. Compton was born July 26, 1921 in Lawrence County, daughter of the late Johnie and Lidie Hayes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Compton. Surviving is one sister, Mary Heckerson of Napolean, Oh., one grandson, Shawn Ahlgren of Louisa; one grand daughter, Ashley Ahlgren. Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home. The service was officiated by Rev. Ric Frazier with burial following in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Louisa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD

DOSTER, William Hubert “Bill”
1924-2003
Graveside services were held Sunday, January 19, 2:00 p.m. at Highland Memorial Park for William Hubert “Bill” Doster, 78, who passed away Friday, January 17, 2003 at his home. Mr. Doster was born October 19, 1924 in Barrow County, Ga., son of the late Henry Albert and Vickie Louvisa Crocker Doster.  Surviving is his wife, Delores Doster; three daughters, Jean McGill and Judy Casey of Atlanta, Ga., Carol Derrinto of Phoenix, Az.; three brothers, Leon. Norman, Luther Doster all of Buford, Ga.; three sisters, Sarah Everett, Janette Suddeth, Vallie Doster all of Buford, Ga.; special niece, Johnna Engle of Thealka. The service was officiated by Jim McKenzie with burial in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Jan.22 2003

DUTTON, Mintie (Ward)
1912-2003
 Mintie D. Ward Dutton, 90, of Lucasville, formerly of Portsmouth, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003,  in Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. Mrs. Dutton was born May 4, 1912, in Johnson County, Ky.  Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Collier Memorial Gardens in South Portsmouth, Ky. There will be no visitation. Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.

FAIN, Linda Sue (Preston)
1943-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, January 24, 12:00 noon at Wilson Funeral Home for Linda Sue Preston Fain, 59, who passed away January 20, 2003, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Fain was born August 5, 1943 in Lawrence County, daughter of the late James Glen and Imogene Graves Preston. She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Fain and sister Rita Sparkman. Surviving is a daughter, Melinda Fain of Kentucky; a son, Robert Fain of Kentucky; two brothers, James Glen Preston, Jr., of Winchester, Ky. and Charles Douglas Preston of Elizabethtown, Ky. After funeral services burial followed at the Graves Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD

FRANKLIN, Bettie (Williams)
1937-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 30, 11:00 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Bettie Franklin, 65, who passed away Tuesday [Jan.28 2003-date inserted into obit]at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Franklin was born February 8, 1937 in Floyd County, daughter of the late James and Bertha Mae Rollins Williams.  Surviving is her husband Ernest Franklin; five sons, Bryan Franklin of Tyler, TX, Christopher and Scott Franklin of Meally, Richard and Eric Franklin of Thelma; one daughter, Tammy Conley of Thelma; two brothers, Danny Williams of Daytona Beach, Fl., Mike Williams of Ironton, Oh.; two sisters, Patricia Slone of Paintsville and Libby Barrett of Polson, Montana; twelve grandchildren. The service was officiated by Harold Conley, Terry Conley and Roger Hill, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD JAN.30 2003

FRANKLIN, Nora Evel
1924-2003
Nora Evel Franklin, 78, of Concord, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born July 13, 1924, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late James William and Ellen Sammon Franklin. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Tommy Franklin, Edgar Franklin, James Franklin Jr., Eddie Franklin, Everett Franklin and Con Franklin; and a sister, Flossie Franklin Blair. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 31, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Richard Williams and Buddy McKenzie officiating. Burial was in Franklin Family Cemetery, Concord, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. BIG SANDY NEWS WEDNESDAY FEB.12 2003
FRAZIER, Henry
1930-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 11, 11:00 a.m. at Highland Church of Christ for Henry Frazier, 72, who passed away at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Frazier was born February 18, 1930 in Kentucky, son of the late Wayne and Anna Belle Pennington Frazier. Surviving is a special friend, Thelma Preston; five brothers, Paul Frazier, Willis Frazier, Wayne Jr. Frazier and Paris Frazier all of Michigan, David Frazier of New York; one sister, Juanita Glenn of Franklin, OH. The service was officiated by J. M. Scott, with burial following in Highland Cemetery, Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Jan.22 2003

GIBSON, Herbert “Hub”
1947-2003
Herbert “Hub” Gipson, 55, of Salyersville, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born March 12, 1947, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Taylor and Nannie Fletcher Gipson. He was employed with the Magoffin County Road Department and was a member of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gracie Nickles Gipson; a brother, Green Gipson; and two sisters, Martha Gipson and Mary Gipson. Survivors include two sons, Herbert Gipson Jr of Salyersville and Johnny Lee Gipson of Somerset; two daughters, Vickie Sue Gipson of Ohio and Martha Sue Gipson of Salyersville; two brothers, Gary Wayne Gipson and Doug Gipson, both of Salyersville; a sister, Flora Tackett of Florida; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Rev. Timothy Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Gipson Family Cemetery, Mason Creek, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home.

GREEN, Ova E.
1937-2003
Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 22, at Marvin Sparks Cemetery for Ova E. Green, 65, who passed away Saturday, January 18 at his home. Mr. Green was born March 2, 1937 in Johnson County, son of the late Ira and Goldia Mae Castle Green. He was preceded in death by two sons, Jeffrey and Robert Green and two brothers, Ray and Gary Green. Surviving is his wife, Emma Lemaster Green; one son, John Green of Vermillion, OH; one sister, Phyllis Stapleton of Stambaugh; two grandsons, Ryan and Michael Green. Following the service, burial was in the Marvin Sparks Cemetery in Blaine, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD  WED. JAN.22 2003

GREEN, Virginia Mae (Brown)
1920-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, January 31 at George’s Creek United Baptist Church for Virginia Mae Green, 82, who passed away Monday, January 27 2003 at Rockmill Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster, Ohio. Mrs. Green was born September 27, 1920 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Glen and Cinda Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Green. Surviving are two sons, Lloyd Green of Hillard, Oh. and Edward L. (Jane) Green of Logan, Oh.; two sisters, Betty (Fred) May of Baltimore, Oh. and Frances (James) Tucker of Logan, Oh.: one brother, James (Edith) Brown of River, Ky.; one sister, Marie Chandler of Ashland, Ky.; 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and 3 step grandchildren. The service was officiated by Elders Paul Castle, Doug Ward and Carlos Preston, with burial following in Brown Family Cemetery at River. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

HARVEL, Carrie (Conley)
1912-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 12, 11:00 a.m. at Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg for Carrie Harvel, 90, who passed away Thursday, January 9, 2003 at Miami Valley Hospital. Mrs. Harvel was born April 22, 1912 in Pike Co. KY, daughter of the late Alvin and Lora Conley. She was preceded in death by her husband Thurman Harvel and two sons, Bill and Bobby Harvel. Surviving are two daughters, Marie (Milton) Haase, Beavercreek and Ethel (Evan) Stone, Jamestown; 10 grand children and 7 great grand children. Burial will be in the Tram Community Cemetary.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Jan.15 2003
HEMLEPP, Sally (Lambert)
1932-2003
Sara M. "Sally" Hemlepp, 70, of Ashland, Ky., died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003, in King's Daughters Medical Center. Mrs. Hemlepp was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Van Lear, Ky., a daughter of the late Pat and Sophia Collins Lambert. A brother, Bobby Lambert, also preceded her in death.  She was a retired branch manager of National City Bank.  Surviving are her husband, P.D. Hemlepp of Ashland; two sons, Pat and Julie Hemlepp of Hilliard, Ohio, and John and Heidi Hemlepp of Versailles, Ky.; two daughters, Susan Hall and Mary Davis, both of Ashland; grandchildren, Matthew and Laura Hemlepp, Justin, Kristin, Sam and Katherine Hemlepp, Lori Royster, Kelli Hall, Kevin Hall, Holly Davis and Emily Davis; and four great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at Steen Funeral Home-Ashland Chapel by the Rev. Charles E. Stewart and Suffragan Bishop Elzy Thomas. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight, Jan. 16, 2003, at the funeral home.

HOLBROOK, Roy
1928-2003
Roy L. Holbrook, 74, of Salyersville, died Thursday, Jan. 16, in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. Mr. Holbrook was born April 4, 1928, in Magoffin County.  He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Culbertson Holbrook.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Salyersville. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Friends may call at the funeral home.

HURD, Alvin
1916-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, January 10 at 11 a.m. at Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, for Alvin Hurd 87, who passed away January 8, 2003 at the Highland Medical Center. Mr. Hurd was born January 1, 1916 in Prestonsburg, Ky., son of the late John and Anna Click Hurd. He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Hurd. Surviving are one son, Mr. John Troy Hurd of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Mrs. Odelia (Mae) Baisden of Prestonsburg, and Mrs. Jackie McCollough of Michigan, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grand children. The service was officiated by Rev. Manford Fannin. Burial will follow in the Canterberry/ Hurd Cemetery at Goble Branch Rd., Prestonsburg. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, Ky.PAINTSVILLE HERALD
LAUFFER, Nancy A. (McLaughlin)
1932-2003
Private graveside services were held for Nancy A. Lauffer, 71, who passed away January 6, 2003 at her home. Mrs. Lauffer was born September 16, 1932, in Gassaway, W.V., daughter of the late Harry B. and Laura Givens McLaughlin. Surviving are her husband, Harry B. Lauffer; two sons, James Michael Lauffer and Walter Steven Lauffer, both of Paintsville; two sisters; Harriet Whitman, Lyden, Washington and Agnes McNeil, Sutton W.V.; three grandsons and three granddaughters. Service was officiated by Terry Reffett, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD
LEMASTER, Delbert Wallace
1915-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 30, 2:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Delbert Wallace Lemaster, 87, who passed away Saturday, January 25 2003, at his residence. Mr. Lemaster was born in Johnson County May 2, 1915, son of the late Sherman and Hattie Vanhoose Lemaster. Surviving is his wife Nola Angeline Meade Lemaster; one son, Darryl Lemaster of Boynton Beach, Fl.; one daughter, Chloe Schauseil of Chillicothe, Oh; two brothers, Claude Lemaster of Xenia, Oh, Jim Lemaster of Knoxville, Tn.; two sisters, Mildred Short of Thelma, Phyllis McMullin of Franklin, N.C.; five grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Darryl Lemaster, with burial following in the Lemaster Family Cemetery at Chestnut, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-5-2003

LEMASTER, Walter Lee
1923-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, Columbus, OH for Walter Lee Lemaster, Sr., who passed away Saturday, January 18, 2003. Mr. Lemaster was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Marie Lemaster. Surviving are four children; Walter (Roseann) Lemaster, Jr., Francis Roddam, Johnny (Teresa) Lemaster and Russell (Joyce) Lemaster; two sisters, Irene King and Barbara Wright; two brothers; Otto and James Lemaster; nine grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren. The service was held at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel with burial following in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Jan.22 2003

LEWIS, James David
1951-2003
Funeral were held Tuesday, January 21, 2:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home for James David Lewis, 51, who passed away Saturday, January 18 2003, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Lewis was born July 4, 1951 in Johnson County, son of the late Mitchell and Mabel Lemaster Lewis. Surviving is his wife, Audrey Jean Boyd Lewis; two daughters, Samantha Bond and Jamie Clark, both of Louisa; a son, James David Lewis II of Louisa; three sisters, Judith Blair, East Point, Ky., Betty Ginter, Huber Heights, OH, Joy Audas, Alpha, Ky; three brothers, Hillary G. Lewis and Jeffery Lewis, both of Whitehouse, Ky., Joe Lewis, Sunbury, OH.; four grandchildren. The service was held at Wilson Funeral Home with burial in the Boyd Family Cemetery in Louisa. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home.   PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Jan.22 2003

MANIS, Freda Mae (Stroud)
1948-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, January 20, at 1:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa for Freda Mae Manis, 54, who passed away January 16, 2003  at Murray Medical Center in Georgia. Mrs. Manis was born February 16, 1948 in Wayne County, WV, daughter of Wayne Allen Stroud (deceased) and Jessie Mae Chapman Stroud. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Beth Price and son, Marty Bridgeman and a grandchild Christian Cochran. Surviving is her husband, Michael Manis; five children, Kanetha Manis, Kelly Hensley, Dalina Price, Donald Price, Jr., Noel Price; a step daughter, Amanda Manis, all of Chatsworth, GA; five brothers, Wayne Allen Stroud, Chester Stroud, Roy Lee Stroud, Timothy Stroud and Kelly Stroud; five sisters, Geneva Price, Betty Jean Ferguson, Brookie Wiley, Elizabeth Rice and Patricia Collier; 10 grandchildren. The service was held at Wilson Funeral Home with burial in the Stroud Cemetery, Catlettsburg, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD Wednesday Jan.22 2003

MAY, Tone
2003
Tone May, 96, of Salyersville, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead is in charge of arrangements, which are pending.

MEEKS, Geneva (Banks)
1917-2003
Geneva Meeks, 85, of Flatwoods, KY, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 4, 2003. She was born June 12, 1917 in Johnson Co., KY the daughter of the late Robert & Judy Butcher Banks. She was preceded in death by three husbands Estill Haney, Leolin “Dode” Holmes and Raymond Meeks, one son, Larry Haney and a daughter Patsy Leonhardt. Surviving are four sons, Phillip Haney and wife Madge, Ashland, Robert Haney and wife Phyllis, Paintsville, Michael Haney, Flatwoods and Jack Haney and wife Joyce, Anderson, IN, two daughters Brenda Stackhouse and husband Jim, Roanne, IN, Kathy Ridenour, Ashland, 24 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home by Rev. Terry Browning. Burial followed at the Ashland Cemetery.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD
      
MILWARD, Marsha Jane (Bevins)
1972-2003
Marsha Jane Bevins Milward, 30, of 5096 Middleton Place, wife of Christopher Emmett Milward, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at her residence. She was a patient care coordinator with Lovejoy Medical. She was born February 23, 1972 in Williamson, WV, a daughter of Donnie Lloyd Bevins, of Belfry, KY and Opal Zora Hicks Bevins, Lexington. She was a graduate of Belfry High School, and attended Morehead State University, Southern West Virginia, and Lexington Community Colleges. She attended Southland Christian Church and was active in raising money for the March of Dimes. In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, Christopher Blake Milward, Lexington; a sister, Donnita J. (Barry) Bostic, Paintsville; nieces, Ashley Jo Bostic, Lexington, Jessica Ann Bostic, Paintsville; maternal grandmother, Lacie Ann Palmer, Lexington; brother-in-law, Charles S. Milward, Lexington; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceeded in death by her maternal grandfather, Marvin T. Hicks; and fraternal grandparents, Lat and Ann Bevins. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday at Southland Christian Church conducted by Rev. Todd Layne and Rev. Brewster McLeod. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Barry Bostic, John Fister, Tom Howard, Bill Howard, Charles S. Milward, Jon Roark, Joe Serafini, and David Walker.
      
MULLINS, Sally (Watkins)
1917-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, January 24, 11:00 a.m. at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel for Sally Watkins Mullins, 85, who passed away Tuesday, January 21 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Mullins was born June 21, 1917 in Magoffin County, daughter of the late Clifford and Lula Mullins Watkins. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Mullins, daughter, Loretta Smith, two brothers, Clyde and Forrest Watkins and sister, Pat Goble. Surviving are four sons; Walter Mullins, Jr., and Donald Mullins of Gauge, Ky., Roger Mullins of Leslie, Mi., Ronald Mullins of Jackson, Ky.; three daughters, Edith Davis of Knox, Ind., Joann Campbell of North Judson, Ind., Vinetta Roark of Hager Hill; seven sisters, Ella Marshall of Salyersville, Roxie Trusty and Shirley Coburn of Michigan, Stella Baker and Lila Shidler of Indiana, Phyllis Duval and Angeline Goble of Elizabethtown, Ky. The service was officiated by Timothy Watkins with burial following in the Charlie Lovely Cemetery, Gauge, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD

NICHOLS, Preston
1934-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. at the Burke Funeral Home for Preston Nichols, 68, who passed away Thursday, January, 16, 2003, at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mr. Nichols was born April 28, 1934 in Prestonsburg, son of Tobe (deceased) and Martha Stricklin Nichols.  Surviving is his wife, Verline Calhoun Nichols; one daughter, Mrs. Tammy White, Indianapolis, IND; one grandchild, Dylan Bradley. The service was officiated by Rev. Bobby Joe Spencer, with burial in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan.22 2003

PATRICK, Eddie Lee  II
1980-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 16, 2:00 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Eddie Lee Patrick II, 22, who passed away Monday, January 13, 2003. Mr. Patrick was born August 29, 1980 in Fayette County, KY, son of Eddie Lee Patrick, Sr. and Norma Jean Nelson. Surviving is his wife, April Nicole Setser Patrick; one son, Eddie Lee Patrick, III ; one daughter, Courtney Abigail Nicole Patrick, both of Oil Springs; three brothers; William Anthony Patrick of Oil Springs, Kevin Ray Patrick of Prestonsburg, Steven Nicholas Patrick of Lexington; one sister, Amanda Lee Collins of Oil Springs. The service was officiated by Terry Lykins, with burial following in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan.22 2003

POE, Burl
1936-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Burl Poe, 66, who passed away Thursday, January 23, 2003, at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, In. Mr. Poe was born in Floyd County, son of the late John L. “Buddy” and Sally McGuire Poe. He was preceded in death by daughter, Carolyn Poe; two brothers, James and Joe Poe and one sister Daisy Branham. Surviving is ex-wife, Edith Poe; five sons, William Gene and Ronald L. Poe of Claypool, In., Joe Edward Poe of Paintsville, Steven L. Poe of Columbia, In., Charles A. Poe of Piercton, In.; one daughter, Shelly Kay May of Burkett, In.; one brother, John Poe of Arcida, Oh.; three sisters, Willa Yocky of Springfield, In., Peggy Poe of Prestonsburg, Frankie Ritter of Lima, Oh. The service was officiated by Tommy Nelson with burial following in the Poe Family Cemetery in Abbott Creek. The arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
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RICE, Crate
1901-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Crate Rice, 101, who passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2003. Mr. Rice was born August 28, 1901 in Johnson County, son of the late Clint and Alice Johnson Rice. He was preceded in death by his wife, June Rice; one son, Fred Carroll Rice. Surviving are three sons, Harold Bell Rice, Paintsville, Eugene C. Rice, Hager Hill, and Rev. Lowell G. Rice, Owingsville; two daughters, Alice Joy Wilcox, Greeneville, TN and Janet England, Centerville, OH; 16 grand children and 27 great grand children.  The service was officiated by Rev. Lowell G. Rice and Rev. Willard Wilcox, with burial in The Meade Cemetery, Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD  Wednesday Jan.15 2003
ROSE, Everett Leroy
1929-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Everett Leroy Rose, 73, who passed away Friday, January 24, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Rose was born in Lewis County, Ky., son of the late Clyde and Ollie Hockensmith Rose. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Lemaster Rose and son, Robert Rose. Surviving is one son, Dale Rose of Mansfield, Oh.; three daughters, Hilda Jean Sparks of Mansfield, Oh., Connie Quinn of California, Virginia Herrick of Dayton, Oh.; two brothers, Kenneth Rose of Mansfield, Oh., James W. Rose of Summer, Washington; two sisters, Frances Stamper of Mansfield, Oh., Doris Henderson of Olive Hill, Ky.; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The service was officiated by Paul Wayne Browning and martin Henderson with burial in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction on Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.PAINTSVILLE HERALD

SALYER, Fannie
1910-2003
Memorial services were held Saturday, February 8, 6:00 p.m. at the Graefenburg Baptist Church in Shelby County for Fannie Salyer, 93, who passed away Friday, January 24 2003 at the Masonic Home. Mrs. Salyer was born in Panther, Va, daughter of the late Robert and Virginia Johnson May. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence W. Salyer and one son, Darnell Salyer. Surviving is one son, Clarence E. Salyer of Shelbyville; two grandsons, David and Christopher Salyer, both of Lexington; on granddaughter, Karen EcElmurray Johns of Mt. Berry, Ga.; two great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Dr. Fred Moffatt, Rev. Jesse Baxter and Karen McElmurray Johns. PAINTSVILLE HERALD FEB.12 2003

SCARBERRY, Alyssa Yvonne
2002-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 29, 11:00 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Alyssa Yvonne Scarberry, 3 months, who passed away Monday, January 27, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Infant Scarberry was born October 25, 2002 in Huntington, WV, daughter of Charles and Denise Lynn Daniel Scarberry. Surviving are her parents, Charles and Denise Lynn Daniel Scarberry; two brothers, Aaron Lee Scarberry and Kevin Ray Moore; one sister, Jesseca Moore, all at home; maternal grandparents, Clarence and Gracie Daniel; paternal great grand parents, Fred and Elta Eckman; paternal grandfather, Roy Scarberry; paternal grand mothers, Margie and Debbie Scarberry; paternal step grandfather, Jim Sparks; paternal grandmother Carolyn Sparks. The service was officiated by Kenny Collins and Roger Hill, with burial following in the Sparks Cemetery in River. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD FEB.12 2003

SEE, James Edward
1920-2003
James Edward See, age 82, passed away peacefully at home with his family on January 17, 2003. Born on September 1, 1920 to Emma (Fraley) and Jay See in Van Lear, Ky. Raised in Louisa, Ky. Served in WW II as a Marine Sergeant. Retired after 30 years as a truck driver for Kroger. Member of Teamsters Union and Stars and Stripes Veteran Club. Survived by loving wife of 53 years, Rosalie (Bishop); children, Elizabeth (Hally), Mark (Michelle), Daniel (Beverly), Rebecca (Lee) and Jeffrey. Also survived by brother, Buster (Christine); grandchildren, Lorrie (Russ), Jennifer (Joseph), Jeremiah (Cary), Jonathon, Jennifer, Daniel, Nathaniel, Matthew, James, Sierra and Barbara; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Zachary, Courtney, Joseph; and soon to be born grandson, Coleman. Funeral service will take place in Louisa, Ky. and arrangements will be made by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 606-638-4521.

SIMMONS, Virginia (Fitch)
-2003
Virginia Fitch Simmons, 89, of Portsmouth, formerly of Lewis and Greenup counties in Kentucky, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Heartland of Portsmouth. Mrs. Simmons was born in Paintsville, Ky.  Her husband, Virgil Simmons, preceded her in death.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore, Ky. Burial will be in Quillen Cemetery in Lynn, Ky. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

SPILLMAN, Trudy Ann (Triplett)
1946-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 15, 11:00 a.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home for Trudy Ann Triplett Spillman, 56, who passed away at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mrs. Spillman was born June 17, 1946 in Lawrence Co. Ky., daughter of the late Jasper Triplett and Fannie Triplett. She was preceded in death by brother Jasper Triplett, Jr. Surviving are her husband, Johnny Spillman; four daughters, Kathy (Howard) Carver, Grayson, Lisa (Jeff) Perry, Louisa, tammy (Gary) Porter, Fallsburg and Michelle Spillman at home, two sons; Lynn (Sherry) Spillman, Fallsburg and Jeff (Marla) Spillman, Blaine; her mother, Fannie Triplett, Webbville; five sisters: Wanda Thompson, Webbville, Carolyn Jobe, Columbus, OH, Janet Waugh, Lucasville, OH, Linda Brown, Portsmouth, OH, and Connie Triplett, Webbville; two brothers, Danny Triplett and Troy Triplett, both of Webbville;11 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Elmo Canterbury with burial in Spillman Family Cemetery, Right Fork of Big Cat. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa, Ky.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD  Wednesday Jan.15 2003
SPRADLIN, Bradley Isaiah
2003-2003
Bradley Isaiah Spradlin, infant, of Staffordsville, Ky., died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, in Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. He was born January 9, 2003, in Huntington. He was preceded in death by one brother, Zachary Nathaniel Spradlin. Bradley is survived by his parents, Tracy and Tonya Lee Bowens Spradlin; maternal grandparents, Hubert and Sondra Bowens of Staffordsville; and paternal grandparents, James Denny and Juanita Spradlin of Leander, Ky. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church by Ronnie Spriggs. Burial will follow in Jayne Family Cemetery, Staffordsville. Friends may call from 2 to 10 p.m. today at the church.  Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville, Ky. is in charge of the arrangements. PAINTSVILLE HERALD

SPRADLIN, William Brad
1932-2003
William Brad Spradlin, 70, of Derby, died Friday January 17, 2003 in Mount Carmel Hospital West. Born January 8, 1932 in Johnson County, Kentucky, he attended Grace Brethren Chapel in Grove City, was a member of American Legion Post No. 417 in Mt. Sterling, the Harrisbury V.F.W. Post No. 11208, Odd Fellows, Mens' Club, was Post Master of Derby fro 38 years and served in the U.S. Army. Survived by wife, Bernice Lucille; children Roger Spradlin of Derby, Bonnie Bernardi of Florida, Marisa Lightfoot of White Oak; step-children Phyllis Harman of Derby, John Cook of Mt. Vernon, Janet Strickler of Dallas, Texas, Emma Sparks of Columbus, Molly Sprague of Harrisburg, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; mother Bessie Spradlin of Grove City, six brothers Wilford (Wilma) of Grove City, Wendell (Carol) of Mt. Sterling, Robert (Shirley) of London, Victor (Kay) of Columbus, Kenneth (Sandy) and Marvin (Susan) bothe of Mt. Sterling; sister Jewell (Mac) Nida of West Virginia. Preceded in death by his father Thurman Spradlin; second wife Alberta (Cook) Spradlin. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at the Porter Funeral Home, St. Sterling.  The Rev. Steve McCallister officiated.  Interment followed in Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Monday January 20.

SQUIRRES, Ruby (Caudill)
1928-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 14, 11 a.m. at the Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church for Ruby Squires, 74, who passed away Saturday, January 11, 2003. Mrs. Squires was born on September 29, 1928 in Johnson Co., daughter of the late Luther and Lillie Spradlin Caudill. Surviving are one daughter, Linda Vanhoose, Staffordsville; two sisters, Ann Dyer and Margie Trimble, both of Staffordsville, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. The service was officiated by Wendell Ison, James Kelly Caudill and Quentin King with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Franklin Furnace, OH. Arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Sons Funeral Home, Inez. PAINTSVILLE HERALD   Wednesday Jan.15 2003
STAFFORD, William P. “Wendell”
1941-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 23 at Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton, OH for William P. “Wendell” Stafford, 61, who passed away Sunday, January 19 at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Mr. Stafford was born May 18, 1941 in Paintsville, son of the late Henry and Rosie Collins Stafford. He was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother. Surviving is his wife, Jean Cade Stafford; two daughters, Cheryl Gillette-Shaw (Ron) of Denton, TX, Kimberly Stafford of Port Huron, MI; one son, William Stafford, Jr. (Marie) of Flatwoods; two brothers, Frank Crum (Patty), Ironton, OH, Chester Crum of Inez; one sister, Betty Stafford Elkins (Doug) of Haverhill, OH; four grandsons, one grand daughter. The service will be officiated by Mike Cade with burial following in Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Ironton, OH.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan.22 2003

TACKETT, Joy (Moore)
1959-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, January 13, 2 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Chapel for Joy Tackett, 44, who passed away Saturday, January 11 2003, at home. Mrs. Tackett was born August 1, 1959 in Lawrence Co., daughter of Willie Rachel Justice Moore. She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Moore. Surviving is her husband, Ronnie Tackett. The service was officiated by Jimmy McKenzie and Roger Ross with burial in the Caudill Family Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville  PAINTSVILLE HERALDWednesday Jan.15 2003

THOMAS, Fleming Dempsey
1957-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, February 3, 2:00 p.m. at Sidney Old Regular Baptist Church in Pilgrim for Fleming Dempsey Thomas, 45, who passed away Thursday, January 30 2003, at his home. Mr. Thomas was born September 1, 1957 in Lawrence County, son of the late John Bunion and Ora Belle Scott. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Dempsey. Surviving is girlfriend, Danielle Johnson; three daughters, Jamie, Jonie and Stacha Thomas of Indiana; two cousins, Wilburn and Johnny Osborne of Ulysses, Ky. The service was officiated by Kenneth B. Jude and Ben Scott, with burial in the Kirk Cemetery in Beauty, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Inez. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-5-2003

MAY, Tone
1907-2003
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Tone May, 96, of Salyersville, died Monday, Jan. 27, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 19, 1907, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late H. H. and Miranda Patrick May. He was retired from Ashland Oil, a mail carrier and farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Mae Arnett May; and a son, Wendell May. Survivors include two sons, Winfred May of Rochester, Ind., and Mike May of Salyersville; two daughters, Theda Perkins and Linda Eaton, both of Salyersville; a sister, Lucy Young of Carey, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 30, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Rev. Samuel Allen officiating. Burial was in Arnett Family Cemetery, Old Burning Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News 2-5-2003

WALDRIDGE, Rebecca (Short)
1961-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 24, 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ at Meally for Rebecca Short Waldridge, 41, who passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at home. Mrs. Waldridge was born in Paintsville, daughter of Eugene Short (Mildred) and the late Marilyn Dills Short. Surviving is her husband, Wendell Norman Waldridge; two step-daughters, Wende Harley (Travis) and Samantha Waldridge all of Lawrenceburg; three step-sons, Sean Sensinig, Jacob and Stephen Waldridge, all of Lawrenceburg; five sisters, Anita Short of Ashland, Elizabeth, Melinda Jacobs, Mira Ann Winnemuller and Jill Ratcliff, all of Wisconsin; two brothers, John Short of Irving and Wornie Eugene Short of Midway; three step-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Bro. Claude Waldridge with burial in the J. H. Short Cemetery at Meally. Arrangements under the direction of the
Ritchie-Peach-Todd Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan.22 2003

WEITZEL, Byron Keith
1926-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel in Wabash, Ind. for Byron Keith Weitzel, 76, who passed away January 29, 2003 at his residence. Mr. Weitzel was born September 15, 1926 in North Manchester, Ind., son of the late Hugh Lee and Lona Marie Zobroski Weitzel. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one step son. Surviving is his wife Martha “Marty” Weitzel of Lagro, Ind; one daughter, Mrs. David (Melinda M.) Keaffaber of Wabash, Ind.; one step-daughter, Mr. Ken (Angie) Strahan of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one son, Byron Douglas Weitzel of Peru, Ind.; three step-sons, Jack Fisher of Warsaw, Ind., Jerry (Janice) and Patrick Fisher both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two brothers, Robert Weitzel of Pinellas Park, Fl., Larry (Diane) Weitzel of Wabash, Ind.; three sisters, Joyce Ebbinghouse of Wabash, Ind., Mr. Theron (Marilee) Rupley of North Manchester, Ind., Connie sue Vordran of Auburn, Ind.; thirteen grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by John Leinbaugh, with burial following in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in North Manchester, Ind. Arrangements under the direction of Grandstaff-Hentgen of Wabash, Ind. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-5-2003




FEBRUARY - 2003

ADAMS, Opal Irene (Cantrell)
1921-2003
 Opal Irene Cantrell Adams, of Ashland, Ky., died Feb. 23, 2003, in Kingsbrook Lifecare Center at the age of 81. Mrs. Adams was born on Nov. 26, 1921, in Oil Springs, Ky., a daughter of the late William Goebel and Sally Lemaster Cantrell. She was a telephone operator with General Telephone Co. of Ashland, and was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of the First Church of God in Ashland, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and president of the Women of the Church of God. She, along with her husband, were church treasurers for over 32 years. She loved her church, her family and her friends. She was a former member of the Fairview Homemakers Club and was a Kentucky colonel.  She is survived by her husband, Ray Adams, to whom she was married for over 60 years; one daughter, Linda Adams Smith and her husband, Frank, of Ashland; two grandchildren, Lynnette R. Kautz and her husband, Rusty, of Morehead, Ky., and Dr. Eric F. Smith and his wife, Dr. Melissa Smith, of Dayton, Ohio; one brother, William Goebel Cantrell of Morehead; and a great- granddaughter, Savannah Lynn Kautz of Morehead. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. at the First Church of God in Ashland with the Rev. Jack Bugg and the Rev. Tom Pelt officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland. Friends may call tonight, Feb. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland.

BAER, Aline (Blair)
1934-2003
LAFONTAINE - INDIANA-  Aline Baer, 68, 1316 Creekside Drive, died at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Rolling Meadows Health Care Center. She was born on June 3, 1934, in Paintsville, Ky., to Taylor and Minerva (Lewis) Blair.  She graduated from Van Lear High School. She was a waitress at Rock City Cafe and then worked at Kroger. Surviving are a son, Keith (Marilyn) Lynn, Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Jason (Tammy) Faust, LaFontaine; three grandchildren, Mrs. Craig (Michell) Kirby and Rodney Lynn, both of Wabash, and Haylie Faust, LaFontaine; and one great-grandchild. Three brothers and a sister are deceased. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the McDonald Funeral Home Eddingfield Chapel. Tim Prater will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Thursday Feb.13 2003

BAKER, George Michael
1951-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — George Michael Baker, 51, of Staffordsville, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born April 5, 1951, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Charlie Ray and Nannie Borders Baker. He was a heavy equipment operator. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Ray Baker. Survivors include his wife, Zondra Vanhoose Baker of Staffordsville; two daughters, Stephanie Martin of Oil Springs, and Angie Parson of East Point; two brothers, Bill Baker of Paintsville, and Bob Baker of Offutt; a sister, Juanita Sturgill of Paintsville; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 20 at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Larry Blair, J. R. Connelly, and Red Vanhoose officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday 2-19-2003

BALDRIDGE, Carl Bryan
1928-2003
 Carl Bryan Baldridge, 74, of Paintsville, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003 in Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville. Mr. Baldridge was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Johnson County.  His wife, Charlene Pinkerton Baldridge, preceded him in death.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Friends may call until 9 tonight and until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Feb 25 2003

BANKS, Earl
1917-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, February 21, 2:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Earl Banks, 85, who passed away Monday, February 18 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Mr. Banks was born October 15, 1917 in Perry County, son of the late Sylvester and Plina Elam Banks. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Bush Banks. Surviving are two sons, Dennis Banks of West Van Lear and Larry Banks of Marmet, WV; three daughters, Louise Deaton of Covington, KY, Beulah Fields of Flat Gap and Lisa Withers of Indianapolis, IN.; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Bill Dayton, with burial following in the Banks Family Cemetery in Stambaugh. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.21 2003

BENTLEY, James
1927-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 8, 11:00 a.m. at Southside Freewill Baptist Church for James Bentley, 75, who passed away Wednesday, February 5 2003, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Bentley was born November 21, 1927 in Pike County, son of the late Willie and Martha Coleman Bentley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willa Bentley. Surviving are two daughters, Denise Wells and Camillia Salyer of Paintsville; three brothers, Mark Bentley of Springport, MI, Ken Bentley and Bob Bentley, both of Lamar, CO.; four sisters, Gail Idler and June Martin, both of Lamar, CO, Norma Sneller of Canon City, CO and Mona Penrod of Parka, AZ.; 2 grandsons. The service was officiated by J. K. Caudill, Wendell Ison and Wayne Price, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

BLACKBURN, John Wesley
1934-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, February 17, 12 noon at the Burke Funeral Home in Prestonsburg for John Wesley Blackburn, 68, who passed away Friday, February 14 2003, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Mr. Blackburn was born September 24, 1934 in Endicott County, son of the late Daniel Webster and Minnie Curtis Blackburn. Surviving are his wife, Frankie Webb Blackburn; one son, Rickie Blackburn of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Crystal Butler also of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Anna Belle of Ohio and Cora Grunden of Ohio; one brother, Allen Blackburn of Ohio; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. The service was officiated by Rev. David Garrett, with burial in the Gethsemane Gardens in Prestonsburg. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD WED.  2-19-2003

CAMPBELL, Dixie (Click)
1918-2003
Dixie Click Campbell, formerly of Auxier, passed away Wednesday morning, February 12, 2003, peacefully in her sleep, at the Walnut Creek Nursing Center in Dayton, Ohio. Her stay on this earth was 84 years, 10 months, and 18 days. Dixie was born March 25, 1918, on the Doc Allen Branch of Beaver Creek. She was the fifth child of the late Joseph and Roberta Ratliff Click, and granddaughter of the renowned mountain doctor, Samuel “Bogue” Ratliff. In March 1938, Dixie married Hargus Campbell. From this union she was the mother of seven children and four step- children. Hargus passed away in 1946, as well as two sons, Samuel Thomas and George Daniel Campbell in infancy prior. In the early 1960’s, Dixie joined the Bethel Old Regular Baptist Church at Wilson Creek, Langley, where her family had fellowshipped for many generations. In December 1964, she married James Campbell. They soon left Langley, and eventually made their home in Auxier. From this union she had six step-children, Daniel Campbell, Garnard Campbell, Clinis Campbell, Anna Lea Frazier, Thelma Hale, and Rita Fay Smith—all surviving. James passed away in 1984. Also preceding her in death were: a son, Andrew Jackson Campbell, in the Vietnam War in 1966; and a daughter, Billah DeBoard, in 1997; two brothers, Fred and Sam Click; one sister, Susie Hicks, and one stepson, Edgel Campbell. Survivors include one sister, Addie Mae Click of Prestonsburg; three stepchildren, Etta Scott of Garrett, Mont Campbell of Abbott Creek, and Mima Jean Caudill of Sidney, Ohio; one son, Henry Campbell of Sidney, Ohio; and two daughters, Ora Allen of Dayton, and Lottie Fraley of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dixie also leaves five grandchildren, Valarie Blair of Thelma, Mark DeBoard of Richmond, Marie Wilson of Greenville, Ohio, Kevin Fraley Highnight of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Heather Campbell of Indianapolis; and three great-grandchildren, Jackson and Landon Highnight and Morgan DeBoard. Dixie enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, and many other hobbies throughout her life. During the ’80s and early ’90s, she was actively involved in the Archer Park Senior Center—until her health made it too hard to leave home. The funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Sunday, February 16, at Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Burial followed in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Pallbearers: Kenneth De-Board, Mark DeBoard, Kevin Fraley Highnight, Art Powers, Chris Wilson, Nick Blair, and James Caudill. Honorary: Jack Fraley, Shawn Toombs, Mont Campbell and Henry Campbell. Floyd County Times Wednesday 2-19 2003

CASTLE, Betty L. (Castle)
1934-2003
Graveside services were held Monday, February 10 at the family cemetery for Betty L. Castle, 68, who passed away Friday, February 7 2003 at Mercy Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Castle was born July 20, 1934 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Patrick and Hazel Blanton Castle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Castle. Surviving are two brothers, Patrick Castle of Meally and Scott Castle of Offutt; three sisters, Brenda Chandler of Sophia, N.C., Margie Baldwin of Paintsville and Doris Camron of W.V. The service was officiated by Toby Wheeler, with burial at the family cemetery in Offutt. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

CASTLE, Charles “William Tom”
1942-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Charles “William Tom” Castle, 61, of Thealka, died Wednesday, Feb. 19. Born May 12, 1942, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Elijah “buck” and Lucy Fraley Castle. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Survivors include three sons, Charles William Castle Jr., of Offutt, Scottie Wayne Castle of Somerset and Adam Castle of Berea; two brothers, Jake Castle and Mike Castle, both of Thealka; a sister, Patricia Walker of Dry Ridge; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 22, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Toby Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday 2-26-2003

CHANDLER, Ernest
1931-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Ernest Chandler, 71, who passed away Friday, February 14 at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mr. Chandler was born July 28, 1931 in Floyd County, son of the late Elmer Lee and Dorothy McCarty Chandler. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Chandler; three daughters, Dianne Chandler Harris and Janet Lynn Chandler of Grove City, OH, Ernestine Stubbs of Montgomery, AL; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Terry Conley, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-19-2003

COLLINSWORTH, Lois Marie (Phipps)
1917-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 25, 1:00 p.m. at Salyersville Funeral Home for Lois Marie Phipps Collinsworth, 85, who passed away Saturday, February 22 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Collinsworth was born October 21, 1917 in Magoffin County, daughter of the late Bradford and Laura Phipps. She was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Phipps. Surviving are her husband, Leslie Collinsworth; two sons, Wandsfel Carroll Collinsworth of Florence, AL, and Gordon Byron Collinsworth (Jodi) of St. Paris, OH; six daughters, Naomi Fay (Clayton) Adams of Avondale, AZ, Vivian Lenore (Cleatis) Howard of Salyersville, Linda Lou (David) Barnhart of Columbus, OH, Bonnie Gail (Roger) Blair of Bethel, OH, Rheaetta Darnell (Robert) Campbell of Florence, AL, and Portia Rose (Steven) Blair of Morehead City, N.C.; two brothers, Curtis and Melvin Phipps; three sisters, Zora Layne, Gertrude Wilson and Larue Jenkins. The services was officiated by Rev. Joe E. Carroll, with burial following at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland, KY.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-26-2003

CONLEY, Charles Leroy
1925-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. at the Baird Funeral Home in Troy, Ohio for Charles Leroy Conley, 77, who passed away Friday, February 7 2003 at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio. Mr. Conley was born September 15, 1925 in Johnson County, son of the late Luther and Martha Stapleton Conley. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hershell and Randolph Conley and one sister, Avonelle Bayes. Surviving are his wife, Pauline Bolin; one son, Donnivan Conley; one daughter, Judith C. (Donald) Travis, both of Troy, Oh.; one brother, C.F. “Coonie” Conley of Columbus, Oh.; two sisters, Wilma Bayes of Paintsville and Iva Auxier of Phoenix, Az.; 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. The service was officiated by Randall Hutchinson, with burial following in the Riverside Cemetery in Troy, Ohio. Arrangements under the direction of Baird Funeral Home of Troy, Ohio. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

CONLEY, Thelma (Boyd)
1910-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 13, 1:00 p.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Thelma Boyd Conley, 92, who passed away Monday, February, 10 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Conley was born September 27, 1910 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Albert and Dora Murray Boyd. Surviving are her husband Orville Conley; four sisters, Leevarda Wollard of Florida, Zelda Short of Meally, Christine VanHook and Eloise Hullman, both of Mobile, AL. The service was officiated by John Blanton, J. D. Rice and John Sparks, with burial following in the Dan Gambill Cemetery in Thelma. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-19-2003

DANIELS, Billy E.
1932-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.: at Preston Funeral Chapel for Billy E. Daniels, 70, who passed away Friday, February 21 2003, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Daniels was born June 1, 1932 in Johnson County, son of the late William and Mae Fraley Daniels. Surviving are his wife Margaret Aye Daniels; one son Jimmy Maples of Sitka; seven daughters, Carolyn Faye Bryant of Arlington, TX, Rose Mary Mollette of Staffordsville, Kathy Ann Muncy of Sitka, Edna Mae Cantrell and Billie Jean LeMaster, both of Flat Gap, Margie Ann Ramey and Wilma Jean Horne, both of Nippa; two brothers, John and Gary Daniels, both of Nippa; four sisters, Peggy Ratliff of Nippa, Judy Stokes of Ohio, Naomi Blair of Louisville and Carolyn Cunningham of Clay City, KY; several grandchildren. The service was officiated by Terry Lykins, with burial in the Daniels Family Cemetery in Nippa. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-26-2003

DESKINS, Annis Mae (Music)
1932-2003
SHILOH - RICHLAND COUNTY OHIO- Annis Mae (Music) Deskins, 71, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003. She died at her son's home in Shiloh, Ohio, after a lengthy illness.  She was born January 5, 1932 in Glo, Floyd Co Kentucky, daughter of the late William McKinley "Kenel" and Venious Mae Ratliff Music. She had lived in the Greenwich and Shiloh areas most of her life. She enjoyed caring for her family and others, quilting, home decorating, gardening and cooking. She is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Joe and Debbie Deskins, Tim and Donna Deskins and Jerry Deskins all of Shiloh; 2 daughters, Tami West of Shiloh and Phyllis Evans of Shelby; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Zora Inmon of Greenwich; 5 brothers, William Eugene "Bud" Music of Cincinnati, Ivan Vincel Music, R. Darrell Music, and Ronnie Music all of Greenwich; Gary R. Music of Plymouth; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles V. Deskins, 5 sisters, Barbara Music, twins Dora and Dortha Music, Yvonne Slone and Billie Jean Deskins, a brother, John Edward Music, a granddaughter, Tonia Schaeffer. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Eastman Funeral Home, 49 West Main St., Greenwich. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, 29 W. Main St., Shiloh with Pastor Diana Seaman officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh. Memorials if desired may be given to Hospice of North Central Ohio, Inc., 1605 Ashland County Rd. 1095, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

DIXON, Janet Marcella “Marcy”
1944-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, February 7, 11:00 am at Wilson Funeral Home for Janet Marcella “Marcy” Dixon, 59, who passed away Monday, February 3, 2003 in Columbus, Oh. Ms. Dixon was preceded in death by her parents, Herman L. Dixon and Edra Roberta Cyrus Loar. Surviving is her step-father, James L. Loar of Columbus, Oh.: one son, John E. (Mary) Cobb; three sisters, Eleanor Anne Skowronski of Tucker, Ga., Hermia Lourine Shifflette of Bedford, Oh., Linda Jo Beck; two brothers, Jeffrey Herman Dixon and James Lawrence (Stacha) Dixon; one aunt, Irene Muncy of Roanake, Al. Following the service, burial was in the Cyrus Cemetery in Louisa. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

DORTON, William Earl “Chip”
2003
William “Chip” Earl Dorton, 39,  passed away February 11, 2003. He was a 1982 graduate of Johnson Central High School. He was born in Orlando, FL and moved to Jacksonville eight years ago after attending Eastern Kentucky University and Julliard School of Music in New York. Chip was an opera singer and debuted in Carnegie Hall. He performed all over the world including Baden- Baden, Germany; Sapporo, Japan; the French Embassy, and the American Embassy in Paris. He was a member of First Baptist Church but performed at many other churches as a traveling Evangelistic Music Minister. Survivors include his parents, Mary Dorton and William “Bill” Earl Dorton, II; sister Kelle Miller and her husband, Keith; niece and nephew, Cheyenne and Dakota Miller; and grandfather, Lonnie Brown. A memorial service was held on February 15, 2003, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Vines officiating. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4115 Hendricks Avenue.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.04 2003

DYE, Clarence Edward
1939-2003
Graveside services were held Tuesday, February 11, 11:00 a.m. at the Kirk Cemetery in Lowmansville for Clarence Edward Dye, 63, who passed away Thursday, February 6, 2003. Mr. Dye was born April 29, 1939 in Lawrence County, son of the late Fred Dye and Carsie Hughes Dye. Surviving are his mother, Carsie Hughes Dye of Louisa; one son Kent Dye of OH; two sisters, Frankie Wisniewski of Loraine, OH and Virginia Borders of Louisa; two brothers, Carl Frederick and Paul Dye, both of Loraine, OH. The service was officiated by Rev. Francis Rice, with burial following in the Kirk Cemetery in Lowmansville. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

FRANKLIN, Nora Evel
1924-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, January 31, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Nora Evel Franklin, 78, who passed away Tuesday, January 28 2003, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Miss Franklin was born July 13, 1924 in Johnson County, daughter of the late James William and Ellen Sammons Franklin. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Tommy, Edgar, Eddie, Con, Everett and James, Jr. Franklin; one sister, Flossie Franklin Blair. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. The service was officiated by Richard Williams and Buddy McKenzie, with burial following in the Franklin Family Cemetery in Concord. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.PAINTSVILLE HERALD FRIDAY FEB.14 2003

GOBLE, Marietta (Fairchild)
1910-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Marietta Fairchild Goble, 92, who passed away Sunday, February 16 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Goble was born August 23, 1910 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Roy and Mint Ratliff Fairchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Curwood Goble. Surviving are one sister, Virginia Nelson of Prestonsburg; several nieces and nephews. The service was officiated by Toby Wheeler, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-19-2003

HALL, Eugene
1936-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Eugene Hall, 66, of Meally, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born April 14, 1936, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Virgil and Emma Parker Hall. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Elkins Hall. Survivors include two sons, Keith Hall of Meally and Billy Hall of Paintsville; a daughter, Kathy Craft of Mt. Vernon; four brothers, Ray Hall, and Gary Hall, both of Meally, Arthur Hall of Flat Gap, and Jimmy Hall of East Point; a sister, Mary Kirk of Meally; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 13, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Elkins Cemetery, Meally, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday 2-14-2003

HARRIS, Jewell (Blair)
1924-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Jewell Blair Harris, 78, who passed away Tuesday, February 4 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Harris was born May 25, 1924 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Robert and Ada Fairchild Blair. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Harris. Surviving are three sisters-in-law, several cousins, nieces and nephews. The service will be officiated by Toby Johnson and Marvin Adkins, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the arrangements of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.
HAYES, Gertrude (Daniels)
1919-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 13, 1:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home for Gertrude Daniels Hayes, 84, who passed away at home Monday, February 10, 2003. Mrs. Hayes was born January 9, 1919 in Stambaugh, daughter of the late Willie and Julia Cain Daniels. She was preceded in death by her husband Otto Hayes. Surviving are two sons, Lowell Gene Hayes and Larry Daniel Hayes, both of Louisa; foster brother, Gerald Caudill of Ashland; 2 grandsons and 1 great grandson. The service was officiated by Rev. Willie Gene Hayes and Dr. James A. Hayes, with burial in the Sparks Cemetery at Blaine. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa.PAINTSVILLE HERALD FRIDAY FEB.14 2003

HOPSON, Larry M.
1939-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, February 7, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Larry M. Hobson, 63, who passed away Tuesday, February 4 2003. Mr. Hobson was born May 11, 1939 in Johnson County, son of the late Samuel Hobson and Effie Nunnery Hobson. Surviving are his mother Effie Nunnery Hobson; two sons, Jimmy Hobson of Lowmansville and Joe Hobson of Staffordsville; two brothers, Jack and Gary Hobson both of Van Lear; one sister, Delores Preston of Hager Hill. The service was officiated by Dick Vanhoose, with burial following in the Hobson Family Cemetery in Van Lear. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

HOWARD, Josephine (Morgan) (Belhasen)
1914-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, February 14, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Josephine Morgan Belhasen Howard, 88, who passed away Wednesday, February 12 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Howard was born September 22, 1914 in Floyd County, daughter of the late Ruben and Virgie Helton Morgan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pierce Howard. Surviving are three sons, Ronald Belhasen of Staffordsville, Dr. Franklin K. Belhasen and Charles Belhasen, both of Paintsville.; one brother, Marcus Morgan of Inez; 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 great great children. The service was officiated by Jeff Krupinski, with burial in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-26-2003
HOWARD, Elder Virgil
1917-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 16, 11:00 a.m. at Bethal United Baptist Church for Elder Virgil Howard, 85, who passed away Thursday, February, 13. Mr. Howard was born October 6, 1917, son of the late Lewis and Rose Dale Howard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Mae Preston Howard. Surviving are five daughters, Carolyn McKenzie, Wilma Setser, Dr. Pat Vanover, Vicki Phipps and Janie Vanover, all of Clintwood, VA; one son, Elder Bruce Howard of Tutor Key; one half brother, Billy Gullett of Flatwoods, KY; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Burial following the service at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-19-2003

KELLY, Sylvia (Patrick)
1923-2003
Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. at Flat Gap Baptist Church for Sylvia Patrick Kelly, 79, who passed away Thursday, February 13 2003, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mrs. Kelly was born June 24, 1923 in Morgan, KY, daughter of the late Walker Pennington and Mavie Young. She was preceded in death by first husband, Ben Patrick. Surviving are her husband, Kenny Kelly; three daughters, Ruby Wright of York Springs, PA, Dixie Sears of Baltimore, MD, Kathy Liller of Frankfort, KY; one step-daughter, Sharon Damron of Pikeville, KY; two sons, Ollie Patrick of Baltimore, MD, James Patrick of Ocean City, MD; three brothers, Frank Pennington, Dee Pennington and Ren Pennington, all of Flat Gap; one sister Sue Fyffe of Baltimore, MD. The service will be officiated by Rev. Johnny Estepp and Rev. Harold Salyers, with burial in the Johnson County Memorial at Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville.  PAINTSVILLE HERALD FRIDAY FEB.14 2003

KIMBLER, Eddie
1943-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Eddie Kimbler, 59, of Sitka, died Wednesday, Feb. 26 2003. Born Nov. 13, 1943, in Johnson County, he was a son of Marcy Campbell Kimbler and the late Verlin Kimbler. He was a contractor/construction worker. Survivors include his wife, Martha Cantrell Kimbler of Sitka; two sons, Tony Ray Kimbler and Gary Wayne Kimbler, both of Sitka; a daughter, Carla Kay Perry of Sitka; two brothers, Jackie Kimbler and Billy Kimbler, both of Sitka; a sister, Juanita Kimbler of Sitka; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, March 1, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Eulas Adams and Jim McKenzie officiating. Burial was in Kimbler Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News  Wednesday 3-5-2003
LEMASTER, Robbie Carroll
1979-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Robbie Carroll Lemaster, 23, who passed away Saturday, February 15, 2003. Mr. Lemaster was born December 3, 1979 in Elkton, Maryland, son of Freddie Lemaster and Faye Allen. Surviving are his parents, Freddie Lemaster and Faye Allen; his wife Brandy Lynn Ramey Lemaster; one daughter, Brittishae Lynn Lemaster; three brothers, Jamie Lemaster and Kenny Lee Curtis, both of Sitka, Jason Brent Curtis of Paintsville; one sister, Shannon Greer of Richmond, KY. The service was officiated by Terry Lykins ad Nick O’Brian, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.21 2003

MAXIE, Tara Susanne (Daniel)
1974-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Tara Susanne Daniel Maxie, 28, who passed away Tuesday, February, 11 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Maxie was born October 30, 1974 in Boyd County, daughter of Jenny Ferguson Powers (Kenneth Powers) and Thomas Mitchell Daniels. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Hannah McKenzie Maxie. Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Daniel E. Maxie; one daughter, Jordan McKay Maxie; two sisters, Whitney Delane Daniels of Paintsville and Karrie Nicole Powers of Keaton; and one special aunt, Pat Sturgill. The service was officiated by Wendell Ison, Tim Blair and Terry Reffett, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.21 2003
MCKENZIE, Edith (Sadler)
1924-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Edith Sadler McKenzie, 78, who passed away at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mrs. McKenzie was born March 1, 1924 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Johnny and Millie Castle Sadler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe McKenzie, Jr. Surviving are two sons, James Cecil and Marvin Dallas McKenzie, both of Stambaugh; one brother, James Carl Sadler of Paintsville; two sisters, Della Mae Kuhn of Springfield, OH and Lois Ann Sadler of Stambaugh; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. The service was officiated by James Kelly Caudill and Jim McKenzie, with burial following in the McKenzie Family Cemetery in Nippa. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-2003

MCKENZIE, John
1950-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, February 7, 12:00 noon at Red Bush Enterprise Baptist Church for John McKenzie, 52, who passed away Tuesday, February 4 2003 at his home. Mr. McKenzie was born May 14, 1950 in Johnson County, son of the late Robert D. and Gladys Pennington McKenzie. Surviving are one son, Christopher (Amanda) McKenzie of Flat Gap; one brother, Tommy McKenzie of Flat Gap; two sisters, Kathy Holbrook of Flat Gap and Sandra Vanhoose of Lakeland, Fl.; one grandson, Cody McKenzie; one granddaughter, Harley McKenzie. The service was officiated by Wendell Ison, Tim Salyer and Steve Rose, with burial following in the Williams Family Cemetery in Flat Gap. Arrangement under the direction on Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003
MEADE, Glenn Richard
1959-2003
MARTIN COUNTY — Glenn Richard Meade, 43, of Inez, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Born Oct. 21, 1959, in Johnson County, he was a son of Jackie Sherman Dempsey and the late Rosco Sherman. Survivors include three brothers, Anthony Rosco Sherman of Tomahawk, Charles Lee Sherman of Boons Camp and Roy Lee Sherman of Dingess, W.Va.; seven sisters, Carol Lynn Spence of Tomahawk, Janet Sweeney of Warfield, Maudie Risner of Inez, Deloris Cisco of Tomahawk, Carolyn Faye Spaulding of Inez, Cystal Gale Maynard of Blaine and Geraldine Cornett of Warfield. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Phillip Cove Freewill Baptist Church with Donald Ratliff officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Meally, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday 2-26-2003

MEADE, Howard Gene Sr.
1930-2003
 Howard Gene Meade Sr., 72, of Ashland died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003 at Wurtland Manor Nursing Facility. Mr. Meade was born July 1, 1930, in Paintsville, the son of the late James A. and Pearl Scarberry Meade Jr. He was the husband of the late Jessie Marie Meade, who died in 2001.  He was a former maintenance engineer, a member of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Flatwoods and a minister since 1963. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Alice Meade; a brother, James Allen Meade; and a sister, Violet Gray Rowe. Survivors include three sons, James A. Meade III of Ashland, Howard Gene Meade Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Steve W. Meade of Stanton, Calif.; three daughters, Ruth A. Meade of Ashland, Genia Cunningham of Ashland, and Karen Pearon of Columbus; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Steen Funeral Homes-Ashland Chapel, with Gale Beaman officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  2-9-2003
MESSER, Martha
1935-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Martha Messer, 67, who passed away at home. Ms. Messer was born February 3, 1935 in Knott County, daughter of the late Beecher Messer and Jane Robinson. She was preceded in death by one brother, Hillard Messer. Surviving are four sisters, Bonnie Tackett of West Van Lear, Hazel Hicks and Goldie Prokop, both of Willard, Oh., Anna Music of Admore, Tn.; one brother, John D. Messer of Thealka. The service was officiated by Hubert Slone, with burial in the Johnson County Memorial in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-5-2003


MOLLETTE, Arnold
1912-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, February 14, 11:00 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Arnold Mollette, 90, who passed away Tuesday, February 11 2003 at J. J. Jordan Geriatric Center in Louisa. Mr. Mollette was born June 22, 1912 in Martin County, son of the late Ali and RAchel Spears Mollette. Surviving are two sisters, Mildred Mollette of Offutt and Stella Ramey of Springfield, OH; one brother, Melvin Mollette of Offutt. The service was officiated by Claude Mollette, with burial in the Mollette Family Cemetery in Offutt. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD FRIDAY FEB.14 2003
MOLLETTE, Donald Neil
1981-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 18, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Donald Neil Mollette, 21, who passed away Saturday, February 15, 2003. Mr Mollette was born March 17, 1981 in Floyd County, son of Bennie and Donna Mollette Stambaugh. Surviving are his parents, Bennie and Donna Mollette Stambaugh; four sisters, Kristy Dorton, Melinda Mollette, Sandy Stambaugh and Shana Stambaugh, all of Thelma. The service was officiated by Jerry Castle, with burial following in the Stambaugh Cemetery in Sitka. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.21 2003

MONTGOMERY, Elden
1937-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 16, 2:30 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Elden Montgomery, 65, who passed away Thursday, February 13 2003 at Kings Daughters Medical Center. Mr. Montgomery was born December 30, 1937 in Magoffin County, son of the late Clayton and Madge Skaggs Montgomery. He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Clayton Montgomery. Surviving are his wife Vivian Carol Howard Montgomery; two sisters, Shelva Jean Montgomery and Barbara Sue Baldridge both of Paintsville. The service was officiated by Justin Williams and Tim Howard, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.21 2003

MOORE, Bessie B.(Harmon)
1932-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 5, 2:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home for Bessie B. Moore, 70, who passed away Monday, February 3 2003, at her home. Mrs. Moore was born May 29, 1932 in Pilgrim, Ky., daughter of the late Henry and Virginia Rife Harmon. Surviving are her husband Elias Moore; three daughters, Vicky (Ron) Scott of Versailles, Ky., Debbie (Randy) Brown and Tammy (Greg) Stepp both of Louisa; four sons, Nelson (Angie) Moore of Prestonsburg, Timmy (Abbie) Moore, Henry (Sherri) Moore and Elias Jr. (Drema) Moore all of Louisa; two sisters, Grace Howard and Mae Fraley both of Chattaroy, WV; one brother, Oscar Harmon of Fort Pierce, Fla.; 16 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Venny Vanhoose and Charles Thompson, with burial in the Yatesville Memorial Gardens in Louisa. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-5-2003

MUSIC, Janis (Webb)
1945-2003
Jan Music, 57, Michigan City, Ind., died at 7:05 p.m. Friday (Feb. 28, 2003) at LaPorte Hospital. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's United Church of Christ, with the Rev. William H. Fine officiating. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Carlisle Funeral Home. Mrs. Music was born Dec. 28, 1945, in Van Lear, Ky., to Walker D. and Blanche B. (Barst) Webb. On Oct. 8, 1966, in Wabash, Ind., she married Arlo Music. Survivors include one daughter, Gina L. Music and fiancé Michael McKinnon; one brother, Larry W. (Kathy) Webb, Cleveland; and one sister, Mary Jo (Elmer) Wells, Lakewood, Ohio. She was preceded in death by one sister, Peggy Ann Haines. Mrs. Music worked for Diagnostic Support Services for 20 years as a billing clerk. She was a member of Beta-Sigma-Phi sorority. She was an avid Vince Gill fan and also found inspiration in Thomas Kinkade paintings. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ.

NEFF, Elizabeth Ruth  (Pickle)
1920-2003
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. — Elizabeth Ruth Neff, 82, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., where she moved two years ago from Wabash. She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Paintsville, Ky.  She was a member of the Church of God, Wabash, and enjoyed attending Eastern Star meetings when she was a member in Wabash. She also enjoyed playing bingo. She is survived by her son, Billy E. (Mary) Music, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; a stepson, Alan Neff; a stepdaughter, Susan Neff; a sister, Beatrice Webb, Kentucky; a sister-in-law, Maxine Pickle, Wabash; a grandchild, Michael Dean Music, DeFiuniak Springs, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Neff, a sister, Mary Vanhoose, and two brothers, William and James Pickle. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel with the Rev. Steve Hudson officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

PARSONS, Donald
1936-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, February 17, 11:00 a.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Donald Parsons, 67, who passed away Saturday, February 15 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Parsons was born June 19, 1936 in Floyd County, son of the late Ben and Pearl Gross Parsons.  Surviving are three cousins, Lynda Russell of Lexington, Freddy Meade of Boons Camp and Sam Harvey. The service was officiated by B. Joe Hill, with burial following in the Tom Wilson Cemetery at Boons Camp. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-19-2003

PATRICK, Larry Dean
1959-2003
Larry Dean Patrick, 43, of Salyersville, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born May 17, 1959, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Dean and Alene Ray Patrick. He was a member of the Church of God. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Patrick and Gary Patrick; and a sister, Barbara Haman. Survivors include two sons, Larry Eugene Patrick of Salyersville and Samuel Dean Howard of Mt. Sterling; four daughters, Dora Patrick Back of Salyersville, Amy Marie Patrick of Winchester, Sandy Lean Patrick of Lexington and Madelene Nichole “Nikky” Patrick of Campton; three brothers, Bryce William Patrick of Las Vegas, Nev., and Douglas Patrick and Rev. Dallas Patrick, both of Salyersville; five sisters, Christine Franciamore of Palm Bay, Fla., Bernice Stephens of Winchester, Bethel Stephens of Salyersville, Vonda Sue Racey of West Mansfield, Ohio, and Jessica Elam of Lee City; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 9, at Fritz Church of God, with Rev. Larry Patrick officiating. Burial was in Patrick Cemetery, Fritz, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. BIG SANDY NEWS WEDNESDAY FEB.12 2003

PERKINS, William Hayes
1950-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, February 21, 12 noon at Van Lear Enterprise Church for William Hayes Perkins, 52, who passed away Monday, February 17, 2003. Mr. Perkins was born June 27, 1950 in Johnson County, son of the late Frank and Ruby Ramey Perkins. Surviving are his wife Dottie Perkins; three sons, William, Jason and Mark Perkins, all of Wabash, IN; five brothers, Bobby Perkins of Van Lear, James, Charles and Larry Perkins, all of Wabash, IN, Roger Perkins of Logansville, GA; four sisters, Barbara Sue Steele of Wabash, IN, Shelia Jefferson of Lucasville, OH, Lisa Vanhoose of Van Lear, Dorothy Ratliff of Watkinsville, GA; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Roger Hill and Kenny Collins, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Hager Hill.  Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.21 2003

PRATER, Albert Edward “Bubby”
1943-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 23, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Albert Edward “Bubby” Prater, 59, who passed away Friday, February 21 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Prater was born May 20, 1943 in Floyd County, son of the late Albert and Eva Ellen Williams Prater. He was preceded in death by one brother, Albert Prater and one sister, Edith Fletcher. Surviving are two sisters, Ethel Ramey of Floyd County and Margie Fletcher of Royalton, KY. The service was officiated by Dick Vanhoose, with burial following in the Prater Family Cemetery in Prestonsburg. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-2003

RICHMOND, James E.
1957-2003
Funeral services were held February 5, 11:00 a.m. at Phelps & Son Funeral Home for James E. Richmond, 46, who passed away Sunday, February 2 2003, at Central Baptist in Lexington, Ky. Mr. Richmond was born January 9, 1957 in Lawrence County, son of the late Joel Richmond and Thelma Delong of Van Lear. Mr. Richmond was preceded in death by one brother, Chester Lee Richmond. Surviving is his mother Thelma Delong of Van Lear; six sisters, Debbie Hatfield, Linda Newberry, Eva McKenzie and Wanda Goble, all of Van Lear, Sharon Burchett of Sitka, Glenda Goble of Auxier. The service was officiated by Doug Kestner and Ted Dawson with burial in the Richmond Family Cemetery in Van Lear. Arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-5-2003

RORRER, Donna M. (Powers)
1942-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, February 28, 2003. 1:00 p.m. at Auxier Freewill Baptist Church for Donna M. Rorrer, 61, who passed away Monday, February 24 2003 at home. Mrs. Rorrer was born February 8, 1942 at Johnson County, daughter of the late Elzie and Grace Privitt Powers. Surviving are her husband Bill Rorrer; three daughters, Pat Lemaster and Stephanie Hall, both of Prestonsburg, Tammy Hammonds of MI; two brothers, Palmer Powers of Auxier and Porter Powers of Brookhaven, Mississippi; three sisters, Helen Clark of Ironton, OH, Shirley Banks of Mishawauka, IND and Ruth Phelps of Ypsilanti, MI; 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The service was officiated by Rev. Bobby Joe Spencer, Dave Powers and Junior Fannin, with burial following in the Auxier Relocation Cemetery at Auxier. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003

VAUGHN, Amos
1923-2003
Funeral services were Wednesday, February 19, 1:00 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home in Prestonsburg for Amos Vaughn, 79, who passed away Sunday, February 16 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mr. Vaughn was born August 21, 1923 in Dwale, son of the late Edward and Susan Campbell Vaughn. Surviving are his wife Pauline Bradley Vaughn; two sons, Walter Vaughn of Dwale and Steven Vaughn of Allen; seven daughters, Doreka Vaughn and Luci Lafferty, both of Dwale, Dedra Vaughn, Carolyn Goble and Jerry Cornette, all of Prestonsburg, Regina Mullins of Sidney, KY, and Janelle Carver of Mr. Juliet, TN; 13 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Jack Howard, with burial following in the Dwale Community Cemetery in Dwale. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-19-2003

WALLACE, Tracy Lynn (Hoose)
1968-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 26, 2:00 p.m. at Richardson Chapel Church for Tracy Lynn Wallace, 34, who passed away Monday, February 24 at home. Ms. Wallace was born March 17, 1968 in Lawrence County, daughter of David and Lovonnia Hoose of Louisa. Surviving in addition to her parents are a daughter, Leanna Pittenger of Greenwich, OH; two sons, Rocky Lee and Steven Wallace, both of Benton, TN; one sister, Melissa Ann Wallace of Benton, TN; two brothers, James Wallace of Lowmansville and David Burton Wallace of Mansfield, OH. The service was officiated by Tommy Meade, with burial following in the Pridemore Cemetery in Patrick, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 2-26-2003

   
WALTERS, Clarence
2003
Clarence Walters, 83, of Jewell Ridge, Va., died Sunday, February 16, 2003 in a Richlands, VA hospital following a brief illness. He was born in Paintsville, KY, and was a son of the late Charlie Walters and Edith Ward Walters.  He had made his home in the Jewell Ridge area most of his life and was a member of the Jewell Ridge Presbyterian Church.  He was a former employee of W. B. F. White & Sons Hardware Store of Richlands and a retired disabled veteran. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Korean War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Mrs. Mary Quesenberry Walters, and two brothers, Henderson and Charles Walters. His survivors include two sons, Frank Walters and Lee Thornton Walters, and special daughter-in-law Diana, all of Jewell Ridge, two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Altizer of Richlands and Mrs. Shelby Turner of Wardell, VA, four brothers, Estil Walters and Troy Walters, both of Columbus, OH, Herbert Walters and Roy Walters, both of Largo, FL, four grandchildren, Kevin Walters, Johnny Ray Walters, Melissa Ann Walters, and Tiffany Barnett, and three great-grandchildren, Halei Walters, Isaac Barnett, and Isabella Barnett. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 3 PM at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Richard Stone officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, VA. Pallbearers will be John Otis Altizer, Sonny Farmer, Edward Farmer, Ken Ratcliffe, Bill Stiltner, and John Brown. Members of the Casey-Shortt VFW Post No. 9640 of Richlands and Disabled American Veterans Tazewell County Chapter No. 31 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 PM Tuesday evening.

 
WILCOX, Ernest Lowell

1927-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m. at Sitka Freewill Baptist Church for Ernest Lowell Wilcox, 75, who passed away Wednesday, February 5 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Mr. Wilcox was born September 16, 1927 in Wittensville, son of the late Jesse and Shirley Dixon Wilcox. Surviving are his wife, Mary Maxine Wilcox of Stambaugh; six sons, Roger Wilcox of Cincinnati, Oh., Guy Russell Wilcox of Fredericksburg, MD, Michael Wayne Wilcox of Jacksonville, TX, Timothy Karl Wilcox of Loveland, OH. Robert Lee Wilcox, Sr. and Brian Keith Wilcox, both of Knoxville, TN; two daughters, Nancy Louise Scott of Hamilton, OH and Robin Lynn Bailey of Rhode Island; two step daughters, Bonnie Lee Anderson of Crestwood, KY, Ruth Ann Harris of Flat Gap, KY; one step son, Darrell Thomas McKenzie, Loveland, OH; two brothers, Edgel Marion Wilcox of Mount Gilead, OH and Ronnie Jay Wilcox of Salem, IN; one sister, Margaret Ann Griffith of Salem, IN; 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren. The service was officiated by Reverends Jim McKenzie, Darrin Rice and Bob Lyons, with burial following in the Sparks Cemetery in Blaine, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY FEB.12, 2003

WILLIAMS, Monie (Skaggs)
1927-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 4, 11:00 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home for Monie Skaggs Williams, 75, who passed away February 2 2003, at J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center in Louisa. Mrs. Williams was born December 26, 1927 in Lawrence County, daughter of the late Millard and Virgie Vanover Skaggs. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Williams. Surviving are six daughters, Dianna Tarring, Lola (James) Miller, both of Louisa, Evelyn (Randy) Martin of Adams, Teresa (David) Prince of Fallsburg, Beverly Morrison and Della (Denver) Ferguson, both of Nebraska; three sons, Eddie (Connie) Williams of Tennessee, Rocky Williams of Florida, Lloyd (Carol) Williams of Louisa; two sisters, Zelda Woods of Ohio and Millard Williams of Kentucky; one brother, Lonnie Skaggs of Kentucky; 21 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Randy Martin and Denver Ferguson with burial in the Ray Webb Cemetery at Terryville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY 2-5-2003




MARCH - 2003

BAILEY, Emma Katherine (McKenzie)
1924-2003
Emma Katherine Bailey, 78, of 65 S. Ireland Blvd. died at home Tuesday morning, March 25, 2003 after a brief illness. Mrs. Bailey was born November 18, 1924 in Johnson County, Kentucky.  She retired from North Central State College after 12 years where she was a secretary.  She loved working with flowers. She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Bailey of Mansfield, Barry & Mary Ann Bailey of Shelby, Alan & Rosemary Bailey of Ridgecrest, California and Steve & Linda Bailey of Ashland; six grandchildren, Nathan, Chris, Alison, Ian, Jessica and Andrew; a brother, Rudolph McKenzie of Leesburg, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Talbert & Nellie M. (Baldwin) McKenzie; a sister, Mabel McKenzie; and two brothers, Talbert McKenzie Jr. and Willis Gene McKenzie. Friends may call at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors Friday from 6-9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home conducted by Rev. Al Salas. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions may be made to MedCentral Hospice.
BAILEY, Brittany Roxanne
2002-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 2:30 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Brittany Roxanne Bailey, 8 months, who passed away Thursday, March 20 2003 at home. Infant Bailey was born July 25, 2002 in Floyd County, daughter of Raymond and Mable Ann Blevins Bailey. Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers, Cody Ray and Timothy Ray Bailey; paternal grandparents, Clifford Ray and Cindy Bailey of Oil Springs; maternal grandparents, Larry Blevins of Stambaugh and Roxie Lemaster Blevins of Oil Springs; great grandfather, Dean Bailey. The service was officiated by Donald Caudill, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

BRANHAM, Eva Mae (Collins)
1921-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home, Eddingfield Chapel for Eva Mae (Collins) Branham, 81, who passed away March 1 at home. Mrs. Branham was born October 9, 1921 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Marion Sr. and Effie Belle Bowen Collins. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis A. Lindzy. Surviving are her husband Elzie Branham; two sons, Walter (Dorothy) Branham and William (Barbara) Branham, both of Lagro, IN; one daughter, Mrs. Norman (Rita) Rogers of Urbana, IN; two brothers, Marion Jr. (Ava) Collins of Nippa and Frank (Martha) Collins of Wabash, IN; two sisters, Pearl Holbrook of Paintsville and Georgene Branham of Boons Camp; 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Bill Bowling, with burial in the Hopewell Cemetery in Lagro, IN. Arrangements under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home of Wabash, IN. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003
BRIGGS, Tiffany Anne
1983-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 5, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Tiffany Anne Briggs, 20, who passed away Sunday, March 2 2003 at her home. Ms. Briggs was born January 19, 1983 in Altoona, Penn., daughter of Robert D. Briggs of Duncansville, Penn. and Andra Lynn Blanton Briggs of Paintsville. Surviving in additional to her parents are one brother, Shaun Briggs of Ashland, KY; maternal grandparents, Fred and Edith Reed of Paintsville; paternal grandmother, Virginia Briggs of Tyrone, Penn. The service was officiated by Harry Neal Frisby, with burial following in the family cemetery at Tutor Key. The arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-2003
BUSH, Phyllis Lee (McCarty)
1939-2003
Phyllis Lee Bush, 63, of Cannonsburg, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003 in King's Daughters Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1939, in Johnson County, Ky., a daughter of the late Woodrow Wilson and Dovie Blanton McCarty. She was an assistant clerk with Sears and was a member of the Church of Christ.  Preceding her in death was a brother, Kendall McCarty.  Her survivors include her husband of 44 years, Robert D. Bush of Cannonsburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Jeff Hall of Culloden, W.Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Connie Bush of Versailles, Ky.; three brothers, Onley McCarty of Rosenburg, Texas, Wendall McCarty of Louisville, Ky., and Phillip McCarty of Cynthiana, Ky.; two sisters, Lovilla Schneider of Cynthiana, Ky., and Neva Yonts of Westwood, Ky.; five grandchildren, Jimmy McKinney of Lexington, Ky., Sarah Hall and Nick Hall, both of Culloden, W.Va., and Bobbi Bush and Shannon Bush, both of Versailles. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at the Malone Funeral Home in Grayson, with Willie Martin and Hillary Underwood, ministers. Burial will be in the Bush Family Cemetery in Boyd County.  Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday after 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sugar Loaf Christian Camp, 637 Prater Road, Wallingford, KY 41093.  Daily Independent Saturday 3-29-2003

 
CANTRELL, Millard H.
1919-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 8, 12:00 noon at the Westbrock Funeral Home for Millard H. Cantrell, 84, who passed away Wednesday, March 5 2003. Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his first wife, Merle and second wife, Erie, a daughter, Beverly Sue and three brothers, Carl, Arless and Eulas Paul. Surviving are two sisters and brothers-in-law, M. Gay and Bill Perry of Pickerington, OH, Mary Faye and Carl Fyffe of Columbus, OH; one brother, Emery Cantrell of KY; step-daughter, Beverly Mackenzie of Minnesota. The service was officiated by Rev. Raymond Merz, with burial in the Valley View Memory Gardens. Arrangements under the direction of Westbrock Funeral Home of Dayton, OH.   Paintsville Herald Friday Mar-14-2003

CANTRELL, Paul E.
From: Mount Vernon, OH
Birth Date: 08 / 05 / 1928
Death Date: 03 / 28 / 2003
Calling Hours: 04 / 01 / 2003 from 2:00-4:00 P.M.and 6:00-8:00 P.M.
 at Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, OH
Funeral: 04 / 02 / 2003 at 11:00 A.M. 
 at Green Valley Baptist Church
Burial: Hopewell Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, OH
Paul E. Cantrell, age 74, of Mount Vernon, died Friday March 28, 2003 at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus. He was born August 5, 1928 in Paintsville, Kentucky to Charles and Martha (Coffee) Cantrell. He was retired from Rockwell International and Boeing Corporation where he had been employed as a machinist. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Utica. Mr./ Cantrell served the Lord as a Baptist Disaster Team Member, as a member of the Buckeye Baptist Builders and as a Baptist Church Planner. Surviving are his son Rick (Judy) Cantrell of Mount Vernon; his daughter Cindy (Jon) Stewart of Mount Vernon; 3 grandsons Bryan Cantrell, Cody Stewart and Justin Stewart; 2 brothers Wendell (Rita) Cantrell of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Melvin (Janet Moiser) Cantrell of Coshocton; 5 sisters Nell (Bob) Hill of Warsaw, Jean (Roger) Gutherie of Millersburg, Velma (Jim) Pierce, Dorothy Wilson and Jerry Bemus all of Coshocton, and his companion Faye. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife F. Jeanene Cantrell, his brother Charles Cantrell Jr., his sister Eileen Hilton and infant twin sisters. Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 AM at the Green Valley Southern Baptist Church in Mount Vernon with Rev. Grady Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Baptist Builders Association.

 

CHILDERS, Lindsey
 1927-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, March 24, 2:00 p.m. at Meally Church of Christ for Lindsey Childers, 75, who passed away Friday, March 21 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Mr. Childers was born June 14, 1927 in Johnson County, son of the late Earl and Polly Music Childers. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Jean Childers and Addie Kretzer; one grandchild, Harrison Earl Childers. Surviving are his wife, Mildred Brown Childers; two sons, Richard Lynn Childers of Paintsville, Robert Earl Childers of Columbus, OH, two daughters, Linda Childers and Diane Childers Castle, both of Meally, KY; two sisters Deloris Childers of Meally, KY and Ethel Melvin of Hager Hill, KY; 5 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Arvil Short and Ottis Blankenship, with burial following in the J. H. Short Cemetery in Meally. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Frazier Funeral Home of Martin, KY.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003
COLLINS, Frank
1934-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 13, 2:00 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home Eddingfield Chapel for Frank Collins, 68, who passed away Tuesday, March 11 2003 at Wabash County Hospital. Mr. Collins was born June 11, 1934 in Johnson County, son of the late Marion and Effie Mae Bown Collins. He was preceded in death by one step-son, two brothers, one sister and one step-granddaughter. Surviving are his wife, Martha D. Warren; one step-son, Danny (Sue) Slone of Wabash, IN; one step-daughter, Shirley A. Perez of Houston, TX; one brother, Marion Collins, Jr. of Nappe, KY; two sisters, Pearl Meeks of Paintsville and Georgia Branham of Boonscamp; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Pastor Tim Prater, with burial following in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Wabash, IN. Arrangements under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home of Wabash, IN.Paintsville Herald Friday Mar-14-2003

COLLINS, Jewell (Blair)
1919-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 19, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Jewell Blair Collins, 83, who passed away Monday, March 17 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mrs. Collins was born May 8, 1919 in Magoffin County, daughter of the late Leander and Ellen Montgomery Blair. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester Collins. Surviving are one daughter, Carolyn Somerville of Paintsville; one brother, Lonnie Blair of Williamsport, KY; one sister, Maggie Caudill of Dunbar WV; one granddaughter and one great granddaughter. The service was officiated by Dick Vanhoose, Larry Purdue and John Scarborough, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday 3-21-2003

COPLEY, James Milton
1937-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 6, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for James Milton Copley, 65, who passed away Sunday, March 2 2003 at Hazard Nursing Home. Mr. Copley was born August 9, 1937 in Martin County, son of Lillian Penix Copley and the late Robert Callahan Copley. He was preceded in death by one brother, William Robert Copley. Surviving are three sons, James, Johnny Fred and Richard Copley, all of McMinnville, TN; one brother, Shade L. Copley of Murfeesboro, TN; four sisters, Marie E. Copley Andrews of Naples, FL, Mary E. Ball of Richmond, KY, Geneva Coyle of Lexington, KY and Tieann Blackburn of Columbus, IN. The service was officiated by Harold Conley, with burial in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-2003
CRAFT, Hazel Lee
1920-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home for Hazel Lee Craft, 83, who passed away Tuesday, March 25. Mrs. Craft was born February 6, 1920 in Patrick, KY. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lindsey Edward Craft. Surviving are two daughters, Mary Edna Jackson and Mildred Frances Cox of Ohio; one sister, Sarah Frances DuVall of Ohio; 10 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. The services was officiated by James Lay, Richard Webber, Jr. and Paul Wigginton, with burial following in Greeberry Cemetery in Goshen, OH. This obituary is a courtesy of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Apr.9-2003

DEROSSETT, Margie Mae (Ratliff)
1916-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, March 24, 1:00 p.m. at Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Margie Mae (Ratliff) DeRossett, 86, who passed away Friday, March 21 2003 at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, OH. Mrs. DeRossett was born May 25, 1916 at Rhodafield, WV, daughter of the late John and Vina Mae (Elkins) Ratliff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie DeRossett. Surviving are two sons, Phillip (Bud) Morris DeRossett of Milford, OH, John Hillard DeRossett of Palmetto, FL; one daughter, Phyllis Jean Deem of Blanchester, OH; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren. Burial followed the service in the Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, KY.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

DOTSON, Sylvia (Conley)
1909-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Sylvia Dotson, 93, of Hager Hill, died Saturday, March 1, 2003 at Mt. Manor Nursing Facility. Born June 19, 1909, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Den and Bessie Rice Conley. She was a retired postmaster and a member of Whitaker Free Will Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Dotson. Survivors include a daughter, Lois Daniel of Hager Hill; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, March 3, at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Revs. Harold Conley and Clarence Lemaster officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News  Wednesday 3-5-2003

DUTY, Marcia Bernice
1961-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. at Boyer Funeral Home for Marcie Bernice Duty, 41, who passed away Tuesday, March 4 2003 at Mount Carmel East Medical Center in Columbus, OH. Mrs. Duty was born July 8, 1961 in Warsaw, IN, daughter of Arville Duty of Columbus and the late Margaret Bernice (Spencer) Johnson. Surviving are her husband, Chad Butler; two sons Robert Lee Elliott of Charleston, SC and Christopher Neil Elliott of Waverly, OH; two daughters, Rebecca Lynn Elliott of Oklahoma and Margaret Renee Elliott of Hilliard, OH; two brothers, Arvill (Tammy) Duty of Chillicothe, OH and Ronnie Lee (Lisa) Johnson of Waverly, OH; two sisters Rhonda (Larry) Smith of Nipgen, OH and Charlotte (Gary) Bowman of Ashville, OH; her step-father, Leroy Johnson of Staffordsville. The service was officiated by Rev. George Sparks, with burial following in Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Chillicothe, OH. Arrangements under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly, OH. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-2003
FAIRCHILD, Demis
1931-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 6, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Demis Fairchild, 72, who passed away Monday, March 3 at his home. Mr. Fairchild was born February 18, 1931 in Johnson County, son of the late Jesse and Gracie Litton Fairchild. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Blair Fairchild; two sons, Eddy J. and Billy J. Fairchild, both of Staffordsville; two daughters, Debra K. Meade of Flat Gap and Nancy C. Blair of Swamp Branch; eight brothers, Jesse, Ernie, John, Ivan, Irvin and Willie Fairchild, all of Staffordsville, Buford Fairchild of Galloway, OH and Bud Ward of Van Lear; four sisters, Dollie Pennington, Shirley Hill, Jean Blanton, all of Staffordsville and Darlene Wills of Gold Canyon, AZ; 4 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Donald Ray Caudill and Gail Music, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-2003
FALLON, Stanley Eugene “Stan”
1937-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. at LeDon Chapel, Ridgeway Funeral Home for Stanley Eugene “Stan” Fallon, 65, who passed away Thursday, March 13 2003 in Henry County Medical Center, Paris, TN. Mr. Fallon was born November 28, 1937 in Wichita, KS, son of the late Robert Harold and Leona Mae Scholl Fallon. Surviving are his wife, Georgia Spradlin Fallon; one son, Patrick S. (Elaine) Fallon of Hutchinson, KS; one daughter, Kristi (Scott) Nicholson of Pratt, KS; one sister, Sharon (Everett) Flickner of Kingman, KS.; 5 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Bill Damron and Edward Camp, with burial in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-19 2003

FOLEY, Pauline (Napier)
1919-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 26, 1:00 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Pauline (Napier) Foley, 83, who passed away Sunday, March 23 2003 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV. Mrs. Foley was born October 15, 1919 in Laurel City, WV, daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Etta (Bradshaw) Napier. She was preceded in death by her husband Willie T. (Bill) Foley. Surviving are one son, Mr. Paul Foley of Prestonsburg; three daughters, Mrs. Billie Jo (Bob) Wireman, Mrs. Betty Lou (Paul) Derossett, all of Prestonsburg, Mrs. Sara (Robert) Smith of Portsmouth, OH; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Bill Campbell, with burial following in the Foley Family Cemetery at Auxier. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003
FOLEY, Willie T. (Bill)
1914-2003
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, 1:00 p.m at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Willie T. (Bill) Foley, 88, who passed away Sunday, March 2 2003 at home. Mr. Foley was born October 16, 1914 in Martin County, son the late Wallace and Maudie Fraley Foley. Surviving are his wife, Pauline Napier Foley; one son, Mr. Paul Foley of Prestonsburg; three daughters, Mrs. Billie (Bob) Wireman, Mrs. Betty (Paul) Derossett all of Prestonsburg, and Mrs. Sara (Robert) Smith of Portsmouth, OH; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Rev. Arnold Turner, Rev. Paul Aikin and Rev. Jennings West, with burial following in the Foley Cemetery at Auxier. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003
FRALEY, Esta (Bailey)
1907-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, 1:00 p.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Esta Fraley, 96, who passed away Friday, March 21 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center.  Mrs. Fraley was born January 16, 1907 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Willie and Elizabeth Bailey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Marcus Fraley and son, Willie Gene Fraley. Surviving are two sons, Leondus L. Fraley of Keaton, KY and Henry Marcus Fraley, Jr. of Georgetown, KY; 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Danny Fannin and Rev. Harold Keaton, with burial following in The Church Cemetery at Martha. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

GEORGE, Dorothy M. (DeLong)
1919-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Dorothy M. George, 84, who passed away Tuesday, March 18 2003 at her home. Mrs. George was born March 4, 1919 in Floyd County, daughter of the late John T. and Dora Hyden Delong. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmon George and four brothers, Ellis, Burtis, Alvis and Virgil Delong. Surviving are one son, Donald George of Findlay, OH; one daughter, Patricia Carol (Edward) Beardsley of Bowling Green, OH; one brother, Ernest Delong of Wabash, IN; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Burial followed in the Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday 3-21-2003

GREEN, Carmen E.
1910-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, March 31, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Carmen E. Green, 92, who passed away at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Green was born April 27, 1910 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Will and Malta Rice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Green and one son, Jimmy Green. Surviving are three sons, Wendell Green of Brooksville, IN, Harold Green of Sitka, KY, Roger Green of Allen, KY,; one daughter, Wilma Joy Burchett, Sitka, KY; one brother, William Rice, Jr., Page, FL; two sisters, Clarice O. Thomas, Columbus, OH and Imogene Tarlton, Springfield, OH, 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by James Kelley Caudill, with burial following in the Green Family Cemetery in Sitka. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

HALE, Arthur
1940-2003
 Arthur "Bud" Hale, 63, of Ashland, died Sunday, March 30, 2003 in Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va. Mr. Hale was born Jan. 11, 1940, in Johnson County.  He is survived by his wife, Violet Elaine Fryer Hale.  A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cribbs Hill Cemetery.  Sparks Funeral Home in Grayson is in charge of arrangements.  Daily Independent Tuesday 4-1-2003

HARDWICK, Maude Ellen (Vaughan)
1923-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, March 3, 11:00 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home for Maude Ellen Hardwick, 79, who passed away Friday, February 28 at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa. Mrs. Hardwick was born May 13, 1923 in Lawrence County, daughter of the late John and Laura Hanners Vaughan. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Hubert Hardwick and two sons, Don Harold and Jimmy Wayne Hardwick. Surviving are one son, Larry (Thelma) Hardwick of Louisa; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Hardwick of Louisville; five sisters, Mildred McGimpsey of Cincinnati, OH, Mary Lammers and Virginia Booth of Maryville, TN, Maxine Morgan of Holbrook, AZ and Easter Wellman of Fort Gay, WV; one brother, Wayne Vaughn of Louisa; three granddaughters; four great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Jamie Thornsberry and Ric Frazier, with burial following in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Louisa. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003
HATFIELD, Herbert Hoover
1928-2003
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home for Herbert Hoover Hatfield, 74, who passed away Sunday, March 2. Mr. Hatfield was born September 3, 1928, son of the late Landon and Elsie Jackson Hatfield. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Hatfield and a brother, Tommy Hatfield. Surviving are one daughter, Michelle (Doyle) Napier of Fort Gay, WV; one son, Shannon (Joetta) Hatfield also of Fort Gay, WV; two sisters, Thelma Stanley of Ashland and Geraldine Thompson of Mansfield, OH; 3 grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Rev. Ray Cyrus and Rev. Jerry Hughes, with burial following in the Hatfield Cemetery in Fort Gay. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003
HOWES, Darrell Wayne
1973-2003
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Darrell Wayne Howes, 29, of Salyersville, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at his residence. Born Sept. 19, 1973, in Paintsville, he was a son of Gary and Janice Smith Howes of Salyersville. He was active in construction and a member of Salyersville Trinity Full Gospel Church, Salyersville. Additional survivors include two brothers, Shawn Howes and Gary Christopher, both of Salyersville. Funeral services were Saturday, March 22, at Salyersville Funeral Home with Revs. Darrell Howard, Robert Collins and William Paul Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Trimble Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday 3-25-2003

KIMBLER, Eddie
1943-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Eddie Kimbler, 59, who passed away Wednesday, February 26. Mr. Kimbler was born November 13, 1943 in Johnson County, son of the late Verlin and Marcy Campbell Kimbler. Surviving are his wife Martha Cantrell Kimbler; his mother, Marcy Campbell Kimbler; two sons, Tony Ray and Gary Wayne Kimbler, both of Sitka; one daughter, Carla Kay Perry of Sitka; two brothers, Jackie and Billy Kimbler, both of Sitka; one sister Juanita Kimbler of Sitka; 6 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Eulas Adams and Jim McKenzie, with burial following in the Kimbler Family Cemetery in Sitka. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003
KING, Robert Earl
1943-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Robert Earl King, 59, of Wittensville, died Monday, March 31, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born July 14, 1943, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Earl King and Goldie Katherine Tackett King. He was a warehouse worker for Pepsi-Cola Co. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hobart King. Survivors include his wife, Rosa L. Napier King; two sons, Billy R King and David Lee King, both of Wittensville; a daughter, Kristie Kay King Clifton of Wittensville; four sisters, Peggy Hall of Sitka, Brenda Lemaster of Hager Hill, Ruby Fairchild of Prestonsburg and Opal Farley of Springfield, Ohio; two brothers, Mitchell King and Cecil King, both of Wittensville; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Funeral services were Thursday, April 3, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Revs. Doug Crider and Lowell King officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Apr.4 2003

LEMASTER, Paul Edward “Pete”
1954-2003
FLOYD COUNTY — Paul Edward “Pete” Lemaster, 48, of Ivel, died Saturday, March 22 2003 in West Virginia. Born Nov. 18 at Prestonsburg, he was a son of Paul Lemaster of Prestonsburg and the late Ann Deloris Ray Lemaster. He was a truck driver for Action Petroleum and a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church, Allen. Survivors include his wife, Jane Reynolds Lemaster; a son, Zachary Paul Lemaster of Ivel; a daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth Lemaster of Ivel; and two brothers, William David Lemaster of Prestonsburg and Herbert Ray Lemaster of Lexington. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 25, at Hall Funeral Chapel, Martin, with clergymen Mark Tackett and Randy Polk officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday 3-25-2003

LEWIS, Brenda Joyce (O’Bryan)
1954-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, March 31, 1:00 p.m. at Preston Funeral Home for Brenda Joyce O’Bryan Lewis, 48, who passed away Saturday, March 29 2003 at her home. Mrs. Lewis was born November 22, 1954 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Ervin and Opal May O’Bryan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lewis. Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Randy and Tina Joyce Lewis Spencer of Waco, TX; five brothers, Ken O’Bryan of Van Lear, KY, Roger O’Bryan of Leander, KY, Randeall and Mike O’Bryan, both of Hager Hill, KY, and Rick O’Bryan of Irvine, KY. The service was officiated by J. K. Caudill and Lowell Webb, with burial following in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

LITTON, Donald
1945-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 1, 1:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Donald Litton, 57, who passed away Friday, March 28 2003. Mr. Litton was born april 22, 1945 in Johnson County, son of the late William H. and Georgia Gillespie Litton. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Donald Litton of Hager Hill; two sons, Christopher Donald and Michael Joseph Litton, both of Hager HIll; three step-sons, Brian Neal Sublett of Meally, Steven Christopher Sublett of Cattletsburg, KY and Darren Sublett of Thealka; two daughters, Patricia Lynn Patrick of Salyersville and Lisa Carol McCoy of Pikeville; two brothers, William J. P. Litton of Louisana and Howard Litton of Stambaugh; three sisters, Lillian O’Bryan of Leander, Bernice Kestner of Meally, Phyllis Burchett of Stambaugh; one half-sister, Loretta Webb of Tennessee; 5 step-grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Wendell Ison and Doug Crider, with burial following in family cemetery at Fitch Branch of Meally. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

MCBRIDE, Roy Duane “Butch”
1948-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 18, 1:00 p.m. at St. Martha’s Catholic Church for Roy Duane “Butch” McBride, 54, who passed away March 16 2003 at his residence. Mr. McBride was born September 16, 1948 in Ft. Raleigh, KS, son of Edgar Hugh McBride and the late Helen Fox McBride. He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, William John McBride. Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Patty McBride; one daughter, Bridgette Marie McBride, both of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Jacquline Johnson of S.C., Judith McBride of Blaine, KY; two half sisters, Joan Marie Smith of Fayetteville, N.C. and Carla Buchanan of Galax, VA; one step sister, Debbie Little of Galax, VA; four half brothers, George Wheeler of Louisa, KY, Michael J. Wheeler of Palmbay, FL., John D. Wheeler of North Cross, GA. Eddie McBride of Galax, VA; three step brothers, Carl Francis, Ronald T. Wheeler, Gary Brown, all of Louisa, KY. The service was officiated by Fr. Robert Damron, with burial in the Stambaugh Cemetery in Sitka. Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-19 2003

MCKENZIE,  James Troy "Duke"
1915-2003
Age, 88, of Spradlin Street, Auxier, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born on February 2, 1915, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late James Troy McKenzie and Ida Stevens McKenzie. He was a former coal miner, employed by Princess Elkhorn Coal Co., at David, and Island Creek Coal Company at Salisbury; a charter member of UMWA, and a 50-year member of East Point Masonic Lodge No. 657. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Irma Marshall McKenzie of Auxier. Other survivors include one son, William Duke McKenzie of Little Rock, Arkansas; two daughters, Judith Porter (Noah) of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Martha Thompson (Oscar W. III, M.D.) of Pikeville; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Robert Troy McKenzie. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Bobby Joe Spencer, Calvin Setser and David Powers officiating. Interment was at Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg. Carter Funeral Home is serving the McKenzie Family. Pallbearers: Mack Porter, Tom Porter, Bob Porter, Dan Wells, Evan Justice, Clyde Tackett, Tony Griffith, and Michael Porter. Floyd County Times Wednesday Mar.12 2003

MEEK, Henderson Edsel “Slim”
1934-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 13, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Henderson Edsel “Slim” Meek, 68, who passed away Sunday March 9 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Mr. Meek was born October, 5, 1934 in Johnson County, son of the late Ted and Mae Castle Meek. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Monk Meek. Surviving are one son, Teddy (Donna) Meek of Crum, TX; three daughters, Kathy Meek of Lexington, Linda (Jason) Carpintero of Ashland and Marlene (James) Damron of Belcher, KY; four brothers, Ted “Shorty” (Easter) Meek and Wallace (Joyce) Meek, both of Martin County, Ronnie (Connie) Meek of Boonscamp and George Meek of Meally; one sister, Clotine (Thomas) Lackey of Boonscamp, and 6 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Londis Meek and Jason Carpintero, with burial following in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Mar-14-2003

MEEK, Paul Russell Sr.
1942-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Paul Russell Meek, Sr., 60, who passed away Tuesday, March 18 2003 at V. A. Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Mr. Meek was born November 28, 1942 in Johnson County, son of the late Willis and Molly Delong Meek. Surviving are his wife, Jane Childers Meek; one son Paul Meek II of Boonscamp; two daughters, Alicha Meek of Huntington, WV and Deidre Meek of Louisville, KY; one brother, Arnold Meek of Pikeville, KY; two sisters, Joyce Blevins of Staffordsville and Darlene Clark of West Alexandria, OH; 2 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Charles Price, Terry Preston and David Meek, with burial will be in the family cemetery in Thelma. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Friday 3-21-2003

MONTGOMERY, Glen
1933-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. at Betts & West Funeral Home for Glen Montgomery, 69, who passed away Wednesday, February 26. Mr. Montgomery was born April 27, 1933 in Paintsville, son of the late Willie and Eva Penix Montgomery.  Surviving is his wife, Faye Price Montgomery; three daughters, Kay and Glenda Montgomery of Nicholasville, Debbie (Gareld) Mollett of Lexington; two sisters, Patsy Montgomery and Frances Fannin, both of Paintsville; 4 grandchildren; 3 great grand children. The service was officiated by Rev. Mike Newland and Rev. Billy Peel, with burial following in Maple Grove Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Betts & West Funeral Home of Nicholasville, KY.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003
PATRICK, Clinton
1933-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, March 7, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Clinton Patrick, 69, who passed away Tuesday, March 4 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mr. Patrick was born November 17, 1933, son of the late Ellis and Dorothy Brown Patrick. Surviving are his wife, Frankie Edith Coleman Patrick; two sons, Clinton E. Patrick of Salyersville and Jerry Patrick of Royalton; four brothers, Walder and Dewey Brown of Johnson County, Jim Brown of Magoffin County and E. J. Patrick of Floyd County; three sisters, Mizanee Moore and Edith Bailey of Floyd County and Lizie Crum of Johnson County; one grandchild and one great grandchild. The service was officiated by Willard Holliday, with burial following in the Brown Family Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-2003
PORTER, Maxine (Skaggs)
1927-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, March 7, 1:00 p.m. at Redbush Enterprise Baptist Church for Maxine Skaggs Porter, 75, who passed away Tuesday, March 4 2003. Mrs. Porter was born March 27, 1927 in Lawrence County, daughter of the late Harry and Mary Fyffe Keaton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Skaggs. Surviving are five sons, David Skaggs of Ashland, KY, Bill Ernie Skaggs of Portsmouth, OH, Timothy Skaggs of Olive Hill, KY, Earl and Jerry Skaggs, both of Grayson, KY; eight daughters, Esta Pistal of Lucasville, OH, Frieda Pelfrey of Soldier, KY, Rosemary Leadingham of Portsmouth, OH, Dorothy Hudson of Hartford, IN, Vicie Boyd of Grayson, KY, Dora Isaac of N.C., Joyce Henderson of Morehead, KY, Diane Cole of Olive HIll, KY; one brother, Ova Keaton of Ashland, KY; 35 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Paul E. Keaton, with burial following in the Skaggs Cemetery in Blaine, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Friday Mar-14-2003

PRICE, Alma (Ward)
1910-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, March 10, 11:00 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Alma Price, 92, who passed away Saturday, March 8 2003. Mrs. Price was born May 5, 1910 in Offutt, KY, daughter of Paris and Maudie Preston Ward. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark Price. Surviving are five sons, Frank Price of Parkersburg, WV, Henry and Eddie Ray Price of Offutt, William Russell Price of Boonscamp and Claude Price of Collins, OH; two sisters, Inan Bostic of South Lyon, MI, Edyth Faye Craddock of Offutt; one brother, Roy Ward of Offutt; two sisters, Joann Fannin of Ashland, KY, Lizzie Dotson of Phelps, KY; several grandchildren. The service was officiated by J. M. Scott, with burial following in the Ward Cemetery in Offutt. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-19 2003

PYLANT, Francis Marie (Wilson)
1956-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 2:00 p.m. at Louisa Freewill Baptist Church for Francis Marie Pylant, 46, who passed away Wednesday, February 26 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Ms. Pylant was born May 3, 1956 in Dayton, Ohio, daughter of Woodrow and Tommie Hall Wilson. Surviving in addition to her parents are three sons, Michael Robert Wilson, Christopher Pylant and Patrick Neal Pylant all of Allons, TN; one sister Ruth Carol (Roy) Niswonger of Phoenix, AZ. The service was officiated by Rev. Vinny Vanhoose, with burial following in Yatesville Memorial Gardens in Louisa. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003
RAMEY, Larry G.
1951-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 5, 1:00 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home for Larry G. Ramey, 52, who passed away Sunday, March 2 at home. Mr. Ramey was born January 2, 1951 in Paintsville, son of Elza and Beatrice “Bobbie” Bunyard Ramey. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Faith Stephens and nephew, Ricky Ramey. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Shirley West Ramey; one son, Larry Leon (Jodi) Ramey; three daughters, Shellie Renee (Tom) Stephens and Bobbie Lou (David) Evans, all of Delaware, OH and Michelle (Bruce) Blanton of Mr. Vernon; two brothers, Wendell E. (Barbara) Ramey and Ricky (Brenda) Ramey, both of Delaware, OH; one sister, Wanda (Bruce) Strawser also of Delaware, OH; mother-in-law, Dorothy Tatman of Delaware; three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews. The service was officiated by Rob Musick, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Delaware, OH. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-12-2003
RICHMOND, Opal (Daniels)
1916-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. at Phelps & Sons Funeral Home for Opal Daniels Richmond, 86, who passed away Friday, March 21 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Ms. Richmond was born May 20, 1916 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Frank and Izora Harless Daniels. Surviving are two brothers, Robert A. Daniels of Van Lear and Charles Lloyd Daniels of Paintsville; two sisters Lucille Blanton of Paintsville and Bessie McCoart of Van Lear. The service was officiated by Eugene Koger and Jerry Meek, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Sons Funeral Home of Hager Hill.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

RIGSBY, William Lefrance
1926-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. at Paintsville United Baptist Church for William Lefrance Rigsby, 76, who passed away Sunday, March 9 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Rigsby was born July 6, 1926 in Johnson County, son of the late Foster Franklin and Gladys Colvin Rigsby.  Surviving are his wife Ruth Castle Rigsby; one son, James Michael Rigsby of Charleston, WV; one daughter, Leneda Fuller of Paintsville; 4 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Buster Blanton, John Blanton and John R. Pelphrey, with burial in the Mayo Cemetery in Paintsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Friday Mar-14-2003

SHERMAN, Edith (Payne)
1913-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Edith Payne Sherman, 89, who passed away Thursday, March 27 at Senior Care Lake Points, Rowlett, TX. Mrs. Sherman was born June 28, 1913 in Lawrence County, KY, daughter of the late Charles and Martha Payne Fraley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Sherman. Surviving are one son, Stanley Sherman of Seminole, FL; three daughters, Sharon Sherman of Denver, CO, Elaine Hissam of Parkersburg, WV, Donna Phelps of Rowlett, TX; one sister, Molly Hunter of Paintsville, KY and one brother-in-law, Charles Sherman of Crab Orchard, KY, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Styllard Lynch, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

SPARKS, Sandra “Jayne”
1944-2003
Funeral services were held March 5 for Sandra “Jayne” Sparks, 59, who passed away March 1 2003 at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, OH. Mrs. Sparks was formerly of Johnson County. Surviving are her husband, Ray Sparks; two daughters, Pam Bishop and Kristie Plageman; two brothers, Kenneth and Gerald Jayne, both of Dayton, OH; two sisters, Marilyn Castle and Carolyn Lyons, both of Staffordsville; three grandchildren, Colton, Cassie and Raelynn. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003
STAMBAUGH, Edith (Litteral)
1917-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. at Baker Branch FWB Church for Edith Stambaugh, 86, who passed away Thursday, March 6 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mrs. Stambaugh was born January 8, 1917 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Bruce and Ruth Castle Litteral. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Stambaugh. Surviving are two sons, Willard and Johnny Stambaugh, both of Sunbury, OH; one daughter, Ruth Hayslett of Sitka; one brother, Gene Castle of Paintsville; 13 grand children, 2 step-grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Gary Lafferty, Orville Legg and Harold Williams, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Mar-14-2003

TACKETT, Wiley Ray
1942-2003
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Wiley Ray Tackett, 60, of Royalton, died Sunday, March 23, 2003 at U.K. Medical Center, Lexington. Born Oct. 26, 1942, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late George and Mildred Fletcher LeMaster Tackett. He was a truck driver, a carpenter and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Mary Francis Cantrell Tackett of Royalton; two sons, Darrell Tackett of Salyersville and Leonard Tackett of Gun Creek; a daughter, Theresa Pennington of Falcon; six brothers, Willie Robert Lemaster, Larry Lemaster, Chester Lemaster, Thomas Lemaster, Lloyd Lemaster, all of Salyersville, and Michael Tackett of Springport, Mich.; four sisters, Betty Daniels of Paintsville, and Martha Lemaster, Patricia Bentley, and Pansy Deyton, all of Salyersville; three grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and one step great grandchild. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 26, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Revs. Simon Porter, Larry Williams and Timothy Watkins officiating. Military rites will be given by Salyersville D.A.V. Chapter 15. Burial will be in Lemaster- Tackett Cemetery, Gun Creek, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday 3-25-2003

VANHOOSE, Roberta (Hayes)
1937-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 2:00 p.m. at Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church for Roberta Hayes VanHoose, 65, who passed away Wednesday, February 26. Mrs. VanHoose was born August 27, 1937 in Lawrence County, daughter of the late Farris and Nova Stambaugh Hayes. She was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Elisabeth and Rebekah Carter. Surviving are her husband, George W. VanHoose; two sons, Roger (Patricia) and Doug VanHoose, both of Louisa; one daughter, Debra (Dock) Carter of Louisa; four brothers, Dr. James A. (Wanda) Hayes, Bert (Doris) Hayes, Earl (Deloris) Hayes, all of Louisa, Fred (Jackie) Hayes of Smyrna, GA; two sisters, Edath Conley and Ruby (James) VanHoose, all of River; 7 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The service was officiated by Dr. James A. Hayes, Rev. Jimmy Bevins, Rev. Willie Gene Hayes and Rev. Glen VanHoose, with burial following in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Louisa. Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Louisa. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Mar.05 2003
WELLMAN, Lester A.
1921-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 18, 12 noon at South Webster Cemetery for Lester A. Wellman, 82, who passed away Saturday, March 15 2003 at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, OH. Mr. Wellman was born January 18, 1921 in Mingo County, WV, son of the late Berlin and Phronia Clark Wellman.  Surviving are his wife, Ruth Holbrook Wellman; two daughters, Georgeanna Brown of Portsmouth, OH and Jolene Marcum of Ironton, OH; 2 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Gary Heimbach, burial in South Webster Cemetery in South Webster, OH. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-26-2003

WELLS, Emma Ray (Tibbs)
1923-2003
FLOYD COUNTY
Emma Ray Tibbs Wells, 79, of East Point, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at Mountain Manor, Paintsville. Born Oct. 4, 1923, in Smyth County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Ray Tibbs and Docia Spradlin Tibbs. She was a homemaker and member of Auxier United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Wells; and a son, Larry Douglas Wells. Survivors include four sons, Tom Wells of East Point, Kenneth Wells of Taylor, Mich., Michael Wells of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Bobby Dean Wells of Shelby, Ohio; a daughter, Cheryl Neeley of Prestonsburg; a brother, Arthur Tibbs of Cleveland, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Friday, March 14, at Carter Funeral Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Garfield Potter officiating. Burial will be in Government Relocation Cemetery, Auxier, under direction of Carter Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday 3-14-2003

WHITT, Betty (Laney)
1937-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. at Tutor Key Enterprise Baptist Church for Betty Whitt, 65, who passed away Friday, March 14 2003. Mrs. Whitt was born May 2, 1937 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Arlie and Minnie Miller Laney. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Whitt. Surviving are three sons, Jackie (Martha) Whitt of Marysville, OH, William R. Whitt of Thealka and Arlie Whitt of Wabash, IN; three daughters, Mildred (Jack) Sellers of Wabash, IN, Cathy Hall of Bradenton, FL, Rita (Ervin) Napier of Thealka; one brother, Roy Laney of Offutt; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Donald Lemasters and Richard Salyers, with burial following in the Laney Cemetery in Offutt. Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Sons Funeral Home of Hager Hill.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday 3-19 2003
WRIGHT, Randall
1930-2003
OHIO — Randall “Dick” Wright, 72, died Friday, March 21. Born May 18, 1930, in Louisa, he was a son of the late Martin and Erie Wright. He was retired from Western Electric, a U.S. Army Korean veteran and a deacon at Chapel Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Minnie Wright; two daughters, Velma Wright and Lisa Price; a brother, Stanley Wright; a sister, Alma King; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, March 24, at Schoedinger East Chapel, with Rev. John Beverly officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery under direction of Schoedinger Funeral Home. Big Sany News Wednesday 3-25-2003




APRIL - 2003
   
ARMS, Morris L. “Tony”
1933-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 11, 2:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Morris L. “Tony” Arms, who passed away Tuesday, April 8 2003 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Mr. Arms was born October 18, 1933 in Johnson County, son of the late Morris and Dora Hall Arms. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen I. Arms. Surviving are two daughters, Teresa Trimble of Huntington, WV and Toni Jean Fraley of Inez, KY; special friend, Diana S. Blair of Paintsville; one brother, Lundy Arms of Paintsville; 3 grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Toby Wheeler and Chuck Slone, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Friday Apr.11-2003
BLAIR, Franklin Pierce
1927-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Franklin Pierce Blair, 75, who passed away Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Blair was born November 8, 1927 in Johnson County, son of the late Jesse F. and Daisy Lambert Blair. He was preceded in death by his wife, Callie Prater Blair. Surviving are one son, Dwight F. Blair of East Sparta, OH; one sister, Jessie Kemp of Boseman, Montana; one brother, Bernard Allen Blair of Barnetts Creek, KY; two grandsons and five great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Elder Rutherford Blair, with burial following in the Prater Cemetery in Magoffin County, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Apr.23 2003
BLANTON, David Hassel
1920-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for David Hassel Blanton, 83, who passed away Wednesday, April 9 2003. Mr. Blanton was born March 22, 1920 in Magoffin County, son of the late Grover Cleveland and Cynthia Blanton. Surviving are his wife, Nadine Auxier Blanton; two sons, Larry E. and David C. Blanton, both of Staffordsville, KY; three daughters, Sandra Kay Salyers of Paintsville, KY, Linda L. May of Salyersville, KY and Donna G. Crislip of Aberdene, OH; two brothers, Edgar Blanton of Salyersville, KY and Oakley Blanton of Staffordsville, KY; one half-brother, Nick C. Blanton of Relief, KY; two sisters, Louise Blanton of Salyersville, KY and Lexie Gullett of Ashland, KY; one half-sister, Judith Blanton of Oil Springs, KY; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Donald Ray Caudill and J. R. Connelley, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Apr 18 2003
BLEVINS, Vicie Marie Skaggs Tackett
1928-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Vicie Marie Skaggs Tackett Blevins, 75, of Staffordsville, died Friday, April 25, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 1, 1928, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Esta Lewis Skaggs. She was a cook in the restaurant business. Survivors include her husband, Claude Blevins of Staffordsville; four sons, Darrell Keeton of Clarksville, Tenn., James Keeton of Leander, and Joe Keeton, and John Keeton, both of Sitka; a stepson, Greg Blevins of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Maddie Crum of Paintsville and Addie Simmons of Sitka; two brothers, Joe Skaggs of LaGrange, Ind., and Ken Skaggs of Whitehouse, Tenn.; four sisters, Margaret Holbrook of Springfield, Ohio, Ivory Holbrook of Red Bush, Ruth Stinson of Flat Gap, and Joyce Skaggs Grigsby of Missouri; 30 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; and one step-grandchild. Funeral services were Sunday, April 27, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Ted Dawson and Harry N. Frisby officiating. Burial was in New Keeton Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.30 2003

BOGGS, Jerry Michael
1963-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Jerry Michael Boggs, 40, of Stambaugh, died Thursday, April 24, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born March 17, 1963, in Johnson County, he was a son of Alka Delong Boggs and the late Walter Boggs. Survivors include his wife, Kim Stambaugh Boggs of Stambaugh; two sons, David Boggs and Walter Boggs, both of Stambaugh; five brothers, Walter Boggs Jr. of Volga, Roger Dean Boggs of Bethel, Ohio, Burt Boggs of Salyersville, Larry Ray Boggs of Staffordsville, and Ricky Boggs of River; and two sisters, Deborah Jo Adkins of Paintsville and Orragon McCoy of Stambaugh. Graveside funeral services were Saturday, April 26, at Stambaugh Cemetery, Stambaugh, with Rev. Joe Adkins officiating. Arrangements were under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.30 2003

CASTLE, Clifton “Ted”
1925-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. at the Enterprise Baptist Church for Clifton “Ted” Castle, 77, who passed away Saturday, April 26, 2003 at his home. Mr. Castle was born December 22, 1925, in Johnson County, son of the late Noah and Katie Castle. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Noah, Joe, Harry, Clarence and Clinton and one sister, Lizzie Caudill. Surviving are his wife, Vertie Music Castle; five sons, Eugene, Paul and Michael Castle, all of Edison, OH, Chris Castle of Mt. Vernon, Oh and Steve Castle of Caledonia, OH; two daughters, Wanda McClaskey of Marion, OH and Linda Jones of Louisa, KY; two brothers, Elmer Castle of Mt. Gilead, OH and Jimmy Castle of Christiansburg, OH; one sister, Louella Conrad of Rosemont, MI; 20 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Pastor Eddie Colegrove, with burial in the Worden Cemetery near Denmark, OH. Arrangements were under the direction of Craven Funeral Home of Mt. Gilead, OH.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Apr.30 2003

COLLINS, Charlie D.
1923-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Charlie D. Collins, 80, who passed away Friday, April 18 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville. Mr. Collins was born February 22, 1923 in Floyd County, son of the late Will and Mollie Ratliff Collins. Surviving are his wife, Amanda Spencer Collins; two sons, Charles D. Collins of River, KY and Henry Darrell Collins of Paintsville; one daughter, Mimi Howard of Paintsville; two brothers, Earl Douglas and James V. Collins, both of Floyd County, KY; one sister Goldie Mae Collins Blair of Carlisle, OH; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Terry Conley, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Apr.23 2003
DALE, Neva Elizabeth (Blanton)
1923-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Neva Elizabeth Blanton Dale, 80, of North Royalton, Ohio, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at her residence. Born March 12, 1923, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Lula Blair Blanton. She was a nursing assistant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Dale. Survivors include a daughter, Billie Jo Cantrell of North Royalton, Ohio; a brother, Doug Blanton of Clayton, Ohio; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, April 27, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Dick VanHoose officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003

ENTERMAN, Mary Alice (Sparks)
1920-2003
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. at Galloway Cemetery for Mary Alice Enterman, 83, who passed away April 8 2003. Mrs. Enterman was born January 12, 1920 in Red Bush, KY. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery. Surviving are one brother, Kenneth (Nora) Sparks of Red Bush; nephew, Larry (Phyllis) Sparks of Michigan; niece, Nancy (Ronnie) Long of Orient, OH; special friends, Bill and Marlene Arms of Grove City, OH; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and many faithful friends. The service will be officiated by Pastor John Meade, with interment following in Galloway Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Graumlich & Son Funeral Home of Columbus, OH.Paintsville Herald Friday Apr.11-2003
FYFFE, Movine (Vanhoose)
1922-2003
Funeral services were held, Friday, April 18, 11 a.m. at Preston Funeral Home for Movine Vanhoose Fyffe, 80, who passed away Wednesday, April 16 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mrs. Fyffe was born November 18, 1922 in Morgan County, KY, daughter of the late Tom and Polly Wright Keaton. She was preceded in death by two husbands, John Vanhoose and James “JimCrow” Fyffe. Surviving are three sons, Johnny and Jimmy Vanhoose, both of Paintsville and Frank Vanhoose of Glenville, WV; three daughters, Ruby Vanhoose and Vicki Charles, both of Paintsville, Mary Jackson of Thelma, KY; 12 grand children and 8 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Roger Vanhoose, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Apr 18 2003
GILLISPIE, Lydia Margaret
1926-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. at Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church for Lydia Margaret Gillispie, 76, who passed away Thursday, April 24, 2003 at home. Mrs. Gillispie was born May 29, 1926, in Pike County, KY, daughter of the late Henry Harmon and Ella Ray Bridgeman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmitt Howard Gillispie. Surviving are three daughters, Lora Ella Gillispie of Lenoir City, TN, Henrietta (Charles) Kitchen of South Point, OH, Wanda (Mike) Webb of Louisa, KY; three sons, Alex (Barbara) Gillispie, Stephen Gillispie, and Randy (Patricia) Gillispie, all of South Point, OH; two brothers, Eugene Bridgeman of Jonancy, KY, Sam Bridgeman of Caney Creek, Ky; two sisters, Dinah Branham of Jenkins, KY and Irene Cole of Jo Nancy, KY; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Elders Willis Tolliver, Gary Blevins and Gary Adkins, with burial in the Smith Branch Cemetery in Lloyd, KY. Arrangements were under the direction of Wright’s Funeral Home of Greenup, KY.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Apr.30 2003

HANEY, Eugene
1952-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Eugene Haney, 50, of Williamsport, died Thursday, April 3, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born May 27, 1952, in Johnson County, he was a son of Leona Baldridge Haney and the late Charles “Buck Haney. He was a retired painter. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Williams Haney of Williamsport; two sons, Charles Eugene Haney and Daniel Lee Haney, both of Williamsport; three daughters, Lecia Michelle Branham of Boons Camp, Christina Renee’ Haney of Meally and Tammy Roberts of Florida; three sisters, Charles “Buck” Haney of Springfield, Ohio, Bob Haney of Wabash, Ind, and Cecil Haney of Thealka; two sisters, Hazel Hensley of Williamsport and Eva Hensley of Ashland; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, April 6, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Jerry L. Castle Jr. and Jim Jennings officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.10 2003

HARLESS, Winfred Jr.
1965-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13, 1:00 p.m. at Phelps & Son Funeral Home for Winfred Harless, Jr., 38, who passed away Thursday, April 10, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Mr. Harless was born March 2, 1965 in Martin County, KY, son of Winfred Sr. and Ivory White Harless. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Julie Stacy Harless; two sons, Bradley Winfred and Jordan Lee Harless of Louisa; four brothers, Billy Harless of Paintsville, KY, Leroy and Billy Jo Harless, both of Louisa, KY and George Harless of Tomahawk, KY; three sisters, Edna Daniel and Jeanie Spence, both of Inez, KY and Loretta Melison of Tampa, FL. Burial was at the Delong Cemetery in Debord, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Inez.   Paintsville Herald Friday Apr 18 2003
HICKS, Arnold
1923-2003
 Arnold Hicks, 80, of David, husband of Nadine Hale Hicks, died Friday, April 11, 2003 in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. Mr. Hicks was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Hippo.  The funeral was at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, at Hall Funeral Home in Martin. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel. Daily Independent Tuesday Apr.15 2003

JENNINGS, Roger
1946-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, 1:00 p.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Roger Jennings, 57, who passed away Saturday, April 12. Mr. Jennings was born October 28, 1946 in Van Lear, KY, son of the late Press and Maude Bell Jennings. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Jennings; two sons, Roger Dean Jennings, Jr. of Fairbanks, AL, Gary Wade Jennings of Knoxville, TN; one daughter, Deana Dials of Paintsville; two step-sons, Warren Lively of WA and Donald Meek of Stambaugh, KY; one step-daughter, Megan Adkins of Paintsville, KY; three brothers, Charles Jennings of Crawford, VA, Paul Jennings of Morehead, KY and Chuck Jennings of Staffordsville, KY; two sisters, Barbara Travis of Fairborn, OH and Shelby Jean McLaughan of Lebanon, OH; one nephew and three grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Roger Hill, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville.    Paintsville Herald Friday Apr 18 2003
KENNARD, Oma Jayne (Hitchcock)
1913-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Oma Jayne Kennard, 89, who passed away Sunday, April 13. Mrs. Kennard was born May 25, 1913 in Magoffin County, daughter of the late Daniel B. and Flora Williams Jayne Hitchcock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Kennard. Surviving are five sons, Donald E. Kennard of West Carrollton, OH, Franklin D and Oscar D. Kennard, both of Franklin, OH, James R. Kennard of Springboro, OH and Harry K. Kennard of Red Bush, KY; one daughter, Neva R. Murray of Winchester, KY; four sisters, Cynthia A. Wheeler of Salyersville, KY, Freda Gullett of Ashland, KY, Sara Gullett of West Liberty, KY and Anna L. Gullett of New Carlisle, OH; 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Dick Vanhoose and Elder Roy Flannery, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Apr.23 2003
LEWIS, Larry
1944-2003
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. at Stambaugh Cemetery for Larry Lewis, 58, who passed away Friday, April 4 at University Specialty Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Lewis was born December 27, 1944 in Baltimore, MD, son of the late Julian B. and Virginia Stambaugh Lewis. He was preceded in death by one brother, Allan B. Lewis. Surviving are one son, Eric Lewis of Columbia, MD and 3 grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Homer Picklesimer, with burial following at the Stambaugh Family Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Friday Apr.11-2003
LYONS, Neva Mae (Cantrell)
1939-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Neva Mae Cantrell Lyons, 64, who passed away Monday, April 7 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mrs. Lyons was born March 27, 1939 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Cecil and Edith Castle Cantrell. She was preceded in death by sister, Jenny Blair, one step-brother, James Castle and one step-sister, Molly Daniels. Surviving are her husband, Howard “Ping” Gene Lyons; three daughters, Edith Lynn Cunagin of Hager Hill, KY, Pamela Jean Castle and Lisa Michelle Hamilton, both of Thealka, KY; two brothers, Albert Cantrell of Hinkley, OH and Verlin Cantrell of Brazil, IN; step-brother, Alfred Castle of River, KY; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grand children. The service was officiated by Gary Blair and J. D. Rice, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Friday Apr.11-2003
MCKENZIE, Donald
1948-2003
Donald McKenzie, 55, of Ashland, Ky., died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, in King's Daughters Medical Center. Mr. McKenzie was born Jan. 31, 1948, in Paintsville, Ky., a son of Margaret McKenzie Wheeler of Ashland and stepson of the late Dallas Wheeler. He was a retired head mechanic with Harold Whitt East End Auto Parts. He attended the First Church of the Nazarene. Additional survivors include his wife, Patricia Cooper McKenzie of Ashland; a son, Harold McKenzie, at home; a daughter, Misty McKenzie, at home; two brothers, Robert Wheeler and Richard Wheeler, both of Ashland; a sister, Joanna Wheeler of Ashland; two nieces, Brandy Wheeler of Grayson, Ky., and Stacey Cooper of Ashland; two nephews, Mark Wheeler and Jason Cooper, both of Ashland; a sister-in-law and her husband, Anna and David Rigsby of Ashland; a brother-in-law and his wife, Ronald and Pam Cooper of Ashland; and a special friend, Paul Barber of Ashland. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, at Lazear Funeral Home Chapel in Ashland by the Rev. John Hobson. Burial will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 9 tonight, April 10, 2003, at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Thursday Apr.10 2003

MCKENZIE, Willie
1907-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 1:00 p.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Willie McKenzie, 95, who passed away Thursday, April 3 at Salyersville Health Care Center. Mr. McKenzie was born October 27, 1907 in Fuget, KY, son of the late Joe Lee and Lousina Estep McKenzie. He was preceded in death by seven brothers. Surviving are his wife, Madge Wright McKenzie; one daughter, Barbara Jean Ballard of Urbana, OH; one brother Dolpha Mckenzie of Volga, KY; one sister, Delvia Wheeler of Lucasville, OH; one nephew, James W. Bentley of Waverly, OH; one niece, Jannie Bentley also of Waverly, OH; 3 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Elders Sammy Reed, Paul E. Keaton, Frankie Williams and Eual McKenzie, with burial following in the Patty Flat Cemetery in Fuget, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-9-2003
MEADE, June (Carter)
1925-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. at Greenup Wesleyan Church for June Carter Meade, 77, who passed away Friday, April 11 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, KY. Mrs. Meade was born June 30, 1925 in Chattaroy, WV, daughter of the late James and Brookie Harris Carter. Surviving are two sons, James D. and John D. Meade, both of Greenup, KY; two daughters, Linda J. (Ron) Munro and Ann (Dan) Larsen, all of Dayton, OH; five sisters, Opal Banks and Mae (Andrew) Scaggs, both of Greenup, KY, Ella Marcie (Sheldon) Risner of Maysville, Frances (Ray) Williams of Worthington, KY and Geneva Carter of Greenup, KY; two brothers, Ben (Ruth) Carter of Lloyd, KY and Dale (Beulah) Carter of Greenup, KY; three sisters-in law, two grandsons and one granddaughter. The service was officiated by Kirtley Sipple, with burial in the Gardner Cemetery in Magoffin County, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Wright’s Funeral Home of Greenup, KY.   Paintsville Herald Friday Apr 18 2003 
MEEK, Wallace Sr.
1938-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 8, 2:00 p.m. at Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church for Wallace Meek, Sr., who passed away Saturday, April 5 at Kings Daughters Medical Center. Mr. Meek was born July 29, 1938 in Johnson County, son of the late Ted Sr, and Mae Castle Meek. Surviving are his wife, Joyce Preece Meek; one son, Wallace Meek, Jr. of Tomahawk, KY; three brothers, Ted Meek, Jr., also of Tomahawk, George Meek of Meally, KY and Ronald Meek of Boonscamp, KY; one sister, Clotine Lackey of Boonscamp, KY; 2 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Jack Ward, with burial following in the Meek Family Cemetery in Tomahawk. Arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Inez.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-9-2003
PRATER, Danny
1945-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, April 4, 3:00 p.m. at Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church for Danny Prater, 57, who passed away Wednesday, April 2. Mr. Prater was born October 8, 1945 in Magoffin County, son of the late Charles and Roxann Allen Prater. Surviving are his wife, Joan Prater; two sons, Benjamin Brook and Daniel Casey Prater, both of Staffordsville; one daughter, Alice Renee Howard of Staffordsville; three brothers, Lacy Prater of Salyersville, Ezra and Windell Prater, both of Toledo, OH; one sister, Lois Prater of Salyersville. The service was officiated by Richard Williams, with burial following in Brooks Conley Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-9-2003
RIGSBY, Eva
1918-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Eva Rigsby, 84, of Oil Springs, died Sunday, April 27, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Aug. 19, 1918, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late Brack and Vestie Prater Montgomery. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Melvin Phipps of Magoffin County; three daughters, Jeanetta Clouse of Oil Springs, Alice Meade of Magoffin County and Sue Hinton of Orlando, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 30, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Richard Williams officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery, Dry Branch, Oil Springs, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Visitation until time of services. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.30 2003

SMALLWOOD, Esta (Maynard)
1925-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Esta Maynard Smallwood, 77, of Paintsville, died Thursday, April 24, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born July 3, 1925, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Rufus and Mary Fraley. She was a member of Little Mud Lick Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Smallwood. Survivors include a son, Donald Smallwood of Ashville, Ohio; a daughter, Kathy Evans of Wittensville; and a brother, Rufus Maynard Jr., of Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were Monday, April 28, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Toby Wheeler and Joe Adkins officiating. Burial was in Dixon Cemetery under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.30 2003

SPEARS, William
1916-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for William Spears, 86, who passed away Thursday, April 17, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Mr. Spears was born October 11, 1916 in Boonscamp, KY, son of the late Joe Spears and Maggie Mollett Spears Mullins. Surviving are his wife, Icie Mae Spears; five sons, Donald Ray Spears of Wheelwright, KY, Arnold Spears of New Philadelphia, OH, Alvin Spears of Melvin, KY, Robert Spears of Dover, OH and Roy Spears of Detroit, MI; five daughters, Virginia Frances Lester of Big Rock, VA, Charlotte Faye and Geraldine Spears, both of Lexington, KY, Brenda Prichard of Huntington, WV and Vivian Hannah of Hagerhill, KY; one brother, Walter Spears and one sister, Thelma Caldwell, both of Weeksbury, KY; 22 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  The service was officiated by Rev. Grover Hammonds, with burial following in the Spears Family Cemetery in Boonscamp, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Apr.23 2003
SPURLOCK, Diane Lynn (Dingus)
1958-2003
FLOYD COUNTY
Diane Lynn Dingus Spurlock, 45, of Allen, died Monday, April 21, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Feb. 14, 1958, at McDowell, she was a daughter of Linda Stumbo Tussey of Columbus, Ohio, and the late Bill “Crush” Dingus, and step-daughter of Raymond Tussey of Columbus, Ohio. She was a counselor for the Prestonsburg Juvenile Detention Center. She operated a home for runaway children in Stanville and recently worked at Carl D. Perkins Job Corp Center. Survivors include her husband, Don Keith Spurlock; a son, David E. Cline II of Ashville, Ohio; a stepson, James Donald Spurlock of Allen; a daughter, Gina Nicole Justus of Columbus; four brothers, Bobby Dingus and Billy Dingus, both of Martin, Steve Tuttle and Larry Collins, both of Columbus, Ohio; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Friday, April 25, at Hall Funeral Home, Martin, with clergyman Arnold Turner Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Apr.24 2003

TACKETT, Garland Truman
1921-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Garland Truman Tackett, 81, who passed away Friday, April 11 at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mr. Tackett was born December 22, 1921 in Johnson County, son of the late Johnie Franklin Sr. and Clara Blevins Tackett. Surviving are eight sons, Winford Salyers of Lowmansville, KY, Anthony Tackett of Lancashire, U.K., Johnie Tackett of MA, Buell Tackett of Paintsville, KY, Mike Tackett of Lowmansville, KY, Jimmie Tackett of Lynchburg, OH, Jodie and Brian Tackett, both of Wittensville, KY; eight daughters, Bonnie Betts of Columbus, OH, Mikela Amburn of Lynchburg, OH, Julie Heaton, Columbia, S. C., Judy Ann Montgomery, Dayton, OH, Alice Tackett and Gladys Talyor, both of Reynoldsburg, OH, Robin Blevins of Prestonsburg, KY and Regina Watts of Columbus, OH; 44 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Ronnie Spriggs, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.    Paintsville Herald Friday Apr 18 2003
TRAMEL, Barbara
1951-2003
Barbara Tramel, 52, of Atlantic Beach, NC, formerly of Paintsville, passed away March 31 at Carteret General Hospital. Survivors include a daughter, Melanie Terry of Winchester, KY; a son, Bryan Lamb of Frankfort, KY; her mother, Alice Tramel of Newbern VA; a sister, Donita Rose of Bluefield, WV; and four brothers, Darrell Tramel of Newbern, VA, Jeff Tramel of New Tazwell, VA, Jerry Tramel of Inez, KY and Jim Tramel of West Van Lear, KY; 3 grandchildren. Memorial may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 246 Walnut St., Newton, Mass. 02160. Arrangements were made by Munden Funeral Home of Morehead City.Paintsville Herald Friday Apr.11-2003
VANDERPOOL, Blanche (Watkins)
1935-2003
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Blanche Watkins Vanderpool, 67, of Salyersville, died Sunday, April 6, 2003 at her residence. Born Dec. 28, 1935, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Nannie Bailey Watkins. She was a retired school teacher. She was preceded in death by three brothers, John Clay Watkins, Willie Watkins and Donald Watkins. Survivors include her husband, Vernon Vanderpool of Salyersville; a son, Gregory Vanderpool of Salyersville; a daughter, Debra Reed of West Liberty; two sisters, Sarah Shepherd of Royalton and Charlotte Gillum of Salyersville; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, April 8, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Rev. Herlis Cole officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.10 2003

VANHOOSE, Lillian (Burchett)
1924-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Lillian Burchett VanHoose, 78, of Wittensville, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 25, 1924, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Jesse and Alka VanHoose Burchett. She was a business entrepreneur. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie B. VanHoose; and a daughter, Julia Alzda VanHoose. Survivors include a daughter, Sonja Ganell Music of Wittensville; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Saturday, April 26, at Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church, Nippa, with Revs. James Kelly Caudill, Dick VanHoose, and Larry Smith officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.30 2003

WALLEN, Ballard
1916-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 11:00 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Ballard Wallen, 86, who passed away Wednesday, April 2 2003 at Kings Daughters Medical Center. Mr. Wallen was born October 1, 1916 in Whitehouse, KY, son of the late William and Gypsy Murray Wallen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Walters Wallen. Surviving are one daughter, Sherry Hoying of Dayton, OH; four sisters, Faye Craft of Portsmouth, OH, Mae Price of Offutt, KY, Edith VanHoose of Willmington, OH and Betty Stapleton of River, KY. The service was officiated by Elders Arvil C. Murray Jr. and David Trimble, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday 4-9-2003
WARD, Charles David
1942-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. at Richmond-Callahan Funeral Home for Charles David Ward, 61, who passed away Monday, April 7 2003 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY. Mr. Ward was born June 11, 1942 in Martin County, son of the late Jimmy and Myrtle Wells Ward. He is preceded in death by one brother. Surviving are one son, Mathew David Ward of Auxier, KY; one brother, W. D. Bill Ward of Paintsville; two sisters, Betty Lou Bailey of Crossville, TN and Sarah Maggie Williams of Athens, TN. The service was officiated by Jack Ward, with burial following in the Wells Cemetery in Boonscamp, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Richmond-Callahan Funeral Home of Inez.  Paintsville Herald Friday Apr.11-2003
WYATT, Ethel Allen
1915-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Ethel Allen Wyatt, 88, who passed away Thursday, April 17, at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Wyatt was born January 21, 1915 in Carter County, Ky., daughter of the late Charlie and Ottie Booth Berry.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Judy Rorrer of Prestonsburg, KY; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Steve Williams, with burial following in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, KY. Arrangements are under the arrangements of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, KY.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Apr.23 2003
YOUNG, Lizzie (Blair)
1914-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Lizzie Young, 88, who passed away Wednesday, April 9 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Young was born September 5, 1914 in Denver, KY, daughter of the late Albert and Flora Ratliff Blair. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Young. Surviving are two daughters, Mary Lou and Loretta Young, both of Staffordsville, KY; one sister, Dorothy Blair of Denver, KY, two brothers, Raymond Blair of Denver, KY and Cecil Blair of Nippa, KY. The service was officiated by Elders James R. Blair and Douglas Ward, with burial following in the Blair Cemetery in Denver, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Apr 18 200 



MAY - 2003

ANDERSON, Clyde Oakley
1927-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 15, 11 a.m. at Jones- Preston Funeral Chapel for Clyde Oakley Anderson, 75, who passed away Monday, May 12 2003 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY. Mr. Anderson was born September 6, 1927 in Scioto County, OH, son of the late Herman Oakley and Sadie Ellen Lewis Anderson. He served in WW II with the Army and Air Force. He also was an airplane engineer mechanic and a plumber. Surviving are his wife, Garnett Fairchild Anderson; three sons, James Oakley (Pam) Anderson of Oil Springs, KY, Michael Dean (Bonnie) Andersonof Crestwood, KY, and Jack Alan (Alma) Anderson of Union city, OH; one daughter, Judy Ann (Danny) Williams of Oil Springs, KY; three sisters, Dorothy King of Reynoldsburg, OH, Wilma Falk of Columbus, OH, and Gladys Randolph of Grove City, OH; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Johnny Estep, with burial in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, KY.Paintsville Herald Friday May 16 2003

BAILEY, Jimmie W.
1938-2003
MARTIN COUNTY
Jimmie W. Bailey, 65, of Inez, died Thursday, May 8, 2003 in Inez. Born Jan. 14, 1938, in Johnson County, he was a son of Onita Bailey and the late Wiley W. Bailey. He was a retired coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Bailey; two daughters, Natalie Bailey and Angela Gatens of Hurricane, W.Va.; and a sister, Janice Copley of Blaine. Funeral services were Sunday, May 11, at Richmond-Callaham Inez Chapel with Kevin Davis officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Inez, under direction of Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003

BAILEY, Mura “Dotty” (Meade)
1914-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Mura “Dotty” Bailey, 88, of Paintsville, died Monday, May 5, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Oct. 29, 1914, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Lula Butler Meade. She was a retired bank teller with Citizens National Bank and a member of United Methodist Women, and Mother Singers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred “Colonel” Bailey. Survivors include a son, Rick Bailey of Lexington; a daughter, Susan Lykins of Houston, Texas; a sister, Betty Burchett of Staffordsville; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 7, at First United Methodist Church with Revs. Terry Heffett and Lowell Rice officiating. Burial was in Mayo Memorial Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Friday May 09 2003

BALDWIN, Roberta (Wells)
1926-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, May 16, 1 p.m. at Southside Freewill Baptist Church for Roberta Baldwin, 76, who passed away Tuesday, May 13 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, KY. Mrs. Baldwin was born November 11, 1926 in Floyd County, KY, daughter of the late Paris L. and Alice Sherman Wells. Surviving are her husband, Frederick Baldwin; four sons, Mike, Fred and Daryl Baldwin, all of Paintsville, KY, and Randy Baldwin of Hager Hill, KY; one sister, Inis Ruth Harding of Cawood, KY; one brother, Carl L. “Donald” Wells of Springfield, OH; 6 grandchildren and 2 great- grandchildren. The service was officiated by Jeff Burchett, Wayne Price and Larry Smith, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, KY.  Paintsville Herald Friday May 16 2003
BLESSING, Una (Williamson)
1908-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 8, 11 a.m. at Richardson Chapel for Una Blessing, 95, who passed away Monday, May 5, 2003 at her home in Louisa, KY. Mrs. Blessing was born May 3, 1908, in Carbon, WV, daughter of the late Christopher and Clementine Blevins Williamson. She was preceded in death by first husband, Earl Boyd, second husband, Charlie Booth and third husband, Frank Blessing. Surviving are three sons, Kennis Boyd of Whitehouse, KY, Billy Boyd of Hillsboro, OH and Robert Joseph Boyd of Meally, KY; two daughters, Sheila Alvis of Richmond, VA and Nancy Cook of Louisa, KY; 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Charlie Banks and Tommy Meade, with burial following in the VanHoose Cemetery in Louisa, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, KY.Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 7 2003
BORDERS, Kenneth “Ken”
1924-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Kenneth “Ken” Borders, 78, of Paintsville, died Saturday, May 10, 2003 at UK Medical Center, Lexington. Born Oct. 7, 1924, in Lawrence County, he was a son of the late McKinley and Goldie Castle Borders. He was a strip-mine foreman with Island Creek Coal Company and a member of First Baptist Church of Paintsville. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Davis Borders of Paintsville; a brother, McKinley Borders of Toledo, Ohio; and two sisters, Frances Shy and Francis Moals, both of Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 13, at First Baptist Church with Revs. Donnie Patrick and Dr. Charles Milam officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003
CASTLE, Bascom Willard
1924-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Bascom Willard Castle, 79, of Tutor Key, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 12, 1924, in Johnson county, he was a son of the late Wm. Jackson and Mima Stambaugh Castle. He was a retired miner and a member of Stambaugh Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Meggie Fletcher Castle of Tutor Key; two sons, Terry Castle of Tutor Key and Barry Delmas of Owenton; three brothers, James Castle, Bobby Gene Castle and William Castle, all of Tutor Key; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, May 29, at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Homer Picklesimer officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday May 30 2003

CAUDILL, Raymond
1910-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Raymond Caudill, 92, of Thelma, died Friday, May 9, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestons-burg. Born Sept. 3, 1910, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Leroy and Aurora Picklesimer Caudill. He was a coal miner. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Edgar Caudill, Estill Caudill, Ray Caudill, Ivan Caudill and Orville Lee Caudill; two sisters, Ethel Hipkens and Mabel Caudill; and two half brothers, Lewis Caroll Caudill and Duell Lavon Caudill. Survivors include his wife, Garnet Nellie May Caudill of Thelma; two sons, Richard Allen Caudill of Lima, Ohio, and James Calvin Caudill of Elizabeth Town; three daughters, Loretta Faye Moffett of Lexington, and Sandra Kaye Caudill and Teresa Anita Caudill, both of Thelma; a half brother, Leroy Caudill Jr., of Ohio; and two half sisters, Joilene Risner of Ft. Meyers, Fla., and Blanche Eckelberry of Sicamore, Ohio; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, May 12, at Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. James Kelly Caudill, Larry Smith, and Chuck Sloan officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Friday May 16 2003
CONLEY, Hazel (Kennard)
1915-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Hazel Conley, 87, of Hager Hill, died Friday, May 9, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 25, 1915, in Floyd County, she was a daughter of the late John David and Telora Lowe Kennard. She was a cook. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvis Conley. Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Kaye Blair and Phyllis Jean Williams, both of Hager Hill; a sister Versa Dingman of Ft. Wayne, W.Va.; three grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, May 11, at Collista Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Tobe Johnson, Harold Conley and Doug Crider officiating. Burial was in Conley-Kennard Cemetery, Collista, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003
CRIDER, Mary Lavada “Shortie”
1941-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 13, 1 p.m. at Auxier Freewill Baptist Church in Auxier, KY for May Lavada “Shortie” Crider, 61, who passed away Sunday, May 11 2003 at her home. Mrs. Crider was born December 9, 1941, daughter of the late James and Myrtle Goble Childers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Darvin Crider.  Surviving are one son, Joseph Crider of Dixon, MO; three sisters, Mrs. Opal Hopkins of Midland, PA, Mrs. Nola Hopkins of Hookstown, PA and Mrs. Yovonne Hyden of Westville, VA; one brother, James Childers of Wynona Lake, IN; one grandson, Samuel Crider. Following the service, burial will be in the Goble Family Cemetery in Auxier, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, KY. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 14 2003
DALE, Neva Elizabeth (Blanton)
1923-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m. at Hones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Neva Elizabeth Blanton Dale, 80, who passed away Wednesday, April 23 2003 at her residence. Mrs. Dale was born March 12, 1923 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Charlie and Lula Blair Blanton. She was preceded in death by her husband, bill Dale. Surviving are one daughter, Billie Jo Cantrell of North Royalton, OH; one brother, Doug Blanton of Clayton, OH; 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Dick Vanhoose with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 14 2003

DOLLARHIDE, Clyde Russell
1935-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Clyde Russell Dollarhide, 67, of Paintsville, died Monday, May 26, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Sept. 7, 1935, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Charlie and Nerva Sluss Dollarhide. He was a retired coal miner. He was preceded in death by a son, Rickey Dean Dollarhide; a brother, James Edward Dollarhide; and a sister, Mabel Dollarhide. Survivors include his wife, Betty Helen McCoy Dollarhide; four sons, Charles Edward Dollarhide, Clyde Dennis Dollarhide, and Rodney Lee Dollarhide, all of Van Lear, and Kenneth Ray Dollarhide of Fruitland Park, Fla.; a sister, Hazel Rowe of La Fountaine, Ind.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were Thursday, May 29, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Paul Wayne Browning and John R. Dollarhide officiating. Burial was in Butcher Family Cemetery, Van Lear, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday May 30 2003

EVANS, Sallie Marie (Castle)
1925-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Sallie Marie Evans, 77, of Paintsville, died Sunday, May 4, 2003 at West View Manor, Paintsville. Born Aug. 26, 1925, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Nathan and Lori McKenzie Castle. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Evans. Survivors include two sons, Thomas Evans of Tutor Key, and Robert Allen Evans of Prestonsburg; five daughters, Judy Ann Meyers of Louisiana, Della Burchett and Barbara Wright, both of Paintsville, Neoma Fay Mertz of Louisville, and Janetta Collins of Prestonsburg; a sister, Della Mae Cauldwell of Plain City, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 7, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Keith Horne and Eli Castle officiating. Burial was in Evans Family Cemetery, Tutor Key, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday May 09 2003
ESTEP, Marvie A.
1953-2003
OHIO — Marvie A. Estep, 49, of South Salem, Ohio, died Wednesday, May 28 2003. Born Nov. 1, 1953, in Sunbury, Ohio, he was a son of William E. Estep and Delsie Basham. He was a horse groomer and grounds keeper. Survivors include two sisters, Linda Chapman of Marysville, Ohio, and Jane Lawry of Sunbury, Ohio; and two brothers William E. “Sonny” Estep of Sunbury and Edward Estep of Dundee, Ohio. Graveside services were Saturday, May 31, at Patty Flat Cemetery, Fuget, with Elder Eual McKenzie officiating, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jun.4 2003

FITZPATRICK, Paul Wayne
1954-2003
FLOYD COUNTY
Paul Wayne Fitzpatrick, 48, of Prestonsburg died Thursday, May 8, 2003 at his residence. Born Aug. 7, 1954, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Walter and Bessie Powers Fitzpatrick. He was a disabled mechanic and a member of the Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Randa Fitzpatrick; two brothers, George and Ronald Dean Fitzpatrick; and a sister, Betty Carol Fitzpatrick. Survivors include his wife, Cindy Slater Fitzpatrick; two sons, Travis Fitzpatrick of Prestonsburg and Willie Fitzpatrick, of Warsaw, Ind.; a daughter, Paula Fitzpatrick, of Warsaw; six brothers, David Fitzpatrick of Clay Pool Ind., Walter C. Fitzpatrick Jr. of Johnson County, and John Wallace Fitzpatrick, Ben Fitzpatrick and Charlie Fitzpatrick, all of Warsaw; two sisters, Stella June Bentley of Warsaw and Diana Webb of Prestonsburg; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, May 12, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home with Mark Tackett officiating. Burial was in Bentley Cemetery, East Point. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003
FRAZIER, Addie (Tackett)
1915-2003
FLOYD COUNTY
Addie Frazier, 88, of Staffordsville, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at her residence.  Born April 22, 1915, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Minta Bayes Tackett. She was a retired cook with the Johnson County School System. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Frazier. Survivors include four sons, William Frazier of Warsaw, Ind., and Sam Frazier, Tom Frazier, and Beecher Frazier, all of Staffordsville; two sisters, Alice Brown of Warsaw, Ind., and Bobbie Watkins of Bowling Green; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003
HARVEY, Clyde
1926-2003
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Clyde Harvey, 77, of Salyersville, died Thursday, May 8, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 14, 1926, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Kelley and Bertie Picklesimer Harvey. He was retired from the Division of Forestry and a member of Faith Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two sons, Teddy Harvey and Freddy Harvey; three brothers, Fred Harvey, Homer Harvey and Clayton Harvey; and a sister, Dorothy Lovely. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Ritchie Harvey; two sons, Ronnie Harvey of Campton and Doyle Harvey of Salyersville; four daughters, Linda Howard and Lida Wireman, both of Salyersville, Barbara Gilliland of Clay West, Va., and Edith Mae Harvey of Paintsville; a brother, Clifford Harvey of Cold Water, Mich.; three sisters, Nora Adams of Willard, Ohio, Bethel Ratliff of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Emogene Watts of Florence; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, May 11, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Revs. David Profitt and Wayne Meade Jr. officiating. Burial was in Harvey Cemetery, Johnson Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003
HENSLEY, David
1912-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
David Hensley, 90, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Oct. 12, 1912, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Willie and Elizabeth Howard Hensley. He was a craftsman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Manns Hensley. Survivors include three sons, Ray Hensley and Darrell “Buster” Hensley, both of Paintsville, and James Hensley of Ohio; eight daughters, Emma Bright, Norma Honeycutt, Virginia Fitzwater and Loretta McKenzie, all of Paintsville, Barbara Fairchild and Margaret Clouse, both of Hager Hill, Evalee Curtis of Red Bush, and Yvonne Mill of Tutor Key; a brother, Luther Hensley of Paintsville; two sisters, Lula Hensley of Ashland, and Oma Hensley of Paintsville; 32 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and seven great- great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, May 9, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Jerry Castle and Jimmy Jennings officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday May 16 2003
HOLBROOK, Peggy (Stapleton)
1935-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Peggy Holbrook, 67, of Red Bush, died Thursday, May 1, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Sept. 15, 1935, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Sonny and Icie Burchett Stapleton. Survivors include her husband, James Holbrook of Red Bush; four sons, Parnell Holbrook and Tony Holbrook, both of Red Bush, Larry Holbrook of East Point and Sonny Holbrook of Nippa; two daughters, Debbie Pennington and Idella Clark, both of Red Bush; three brothers, Rex Stapleton of Huber Heights, Ohio, Virgil Stapleton of St. Paris, Ohio, and John Stapleton of Tipp City, Ohio; three sisters, Belvenell Hill of Oil Springs, Effie Caudill of Paintsville and Betty Lemaster of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, May 4, at Pigeon Enterprise Baptist Church with Revs. Ellis Hamilton, Paul Keaton, and Delbert Music officiating. Burial was in Holbrook Cemetery, Red Bush, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 07 2003
HOLLAND, Ralph K.
1929-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 21, 1:30 p.m. at Bennett Brown Rodman Funeral Home in Delaware, OH, for Ralph K. Holland, 73, who passed away Sunday, May 18 2003 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Mr. Holland was born July 16, 1929 in Midway, PA, son of the late George and Kathryn Wilson Holland. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Henry “Hank” Holland. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired electrician with American Can and Glenwood Range, and a member of Delaware Moose, Elks Lodge and AMVETS. Surviving are his wife, Elwanda Sparks Holland; two sons, Tim and his wife, Lynne Clayton of Aurora, CO, Bill and his wife, Alice Clayton of Plymouth, WI; five daughters, Mary and her husband Ray Glaze of Spencerville, Becky and her husband, Bob Ratliff of Sunbury, Kathy Garrison of Coolville, Brenda Sparks of Delaware and Sharon and her husband, Jim Adkins of Westerville; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Darlene Holland of Reynoldsburg; one sister-in-law, Donna Holland of Westerville; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends. The service was officiated by Kathy Garrison, with burial following in Fairview Memorial Park. Arrangements under the direction of Rodman Funeral Home of Delaware.Paintsville Herald Friday May 23 2003

HONEYCUTT, Homer
1936-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 13, 1 p.m. at South Side Freewill Baptist Church for Homer Honeycutt, 66, who passed away Friday, May 9 2003 at his residence. Mr. Honeycutt was born July 10, 1936 in Johnson County, KY, son of the late Malcolm and Sylvia Bolen Honeycutt.  Mr. Honeycutt was a heavy equipment operator and had served with the United States Army. Surviving are his wife, Norma Hensley Honeycutt; one daughter, Darlena Davis, Teays Valley, WV; one brother, Malcolm Honeycutt, Jr. of Paintsville, KY; four sisters, Arbutus Ratliff of Volga, KY, Lillie Mae Brasher of TN, Darlene Hall of Van Lear, KY and Shirley Malone of Columbus, OH and 2 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Wayne Price and Larry Smith, with burial following in Highland Memorial Park. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 14 2003
HOWARD, Vaughn
1944-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 13, 7 p.m. at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel for Vaughn Howard, 58, who passed away Sunday, May 11 2003 at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Dayton, OH. Mr. Howard was born August 15, 1944 in Magoffin County, KY, son of the late Kernie Lee and Myrtle Collinworth Howard. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and Larry Howard; three sisters, Pansy May, Imogene Pennington and Leslie Vern. Mr. Howard was an auto maintenance laborer and had served in the U.S. Army. Surviving are seven brothers, Alva Howard of Oil Springs, KY, Thomas Howard of Dayton, OH, Clyde Howard of Mary Esther, FL, of Wilmer Howard of Dayton, OH, Steaven Howard of Vidar, TX, Darrell Howard of Enon, OH and Eddie Howard of Navarre, FL; three sisters, Roxie Alice Pennington, Oil Springs, Chorena Long of Enon, OH and Gloria Trusty of Wittensville, KY. The service was officiated by J. D. Rice and Buster Blanton.  Arrangements under the direction of the Magoffin County Funeral Home of Salyersville, KY. Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 14 2003
JASPER, Mary (Conley)
1904-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Mary Conley Jasper, 98, of Van Lear, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Nov. 9, 1904, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Greene and Molie Burke Conley. She was a homemaker and a member of Highland Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hyde Jasper. Survivors include three daughters, Martha Jasper Russel and Janet Jasper Butcher, both of Paintsville, and Marie Jasper Jude of Van Lear; two brothers, Charles Conley of Ashland and Bearl Conley of Paintsville; two sisters, Sophia Conley and Sarah Stratton, both of Van Lear; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at Highland Church of Christ, Paintsville, with Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003
KEETH, Barbara Sue (Owens)
1947-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Barbara Sue Owens Keeth, 56, of East Point, died Thursday, May 1, 2003 at St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, Lexington. Born Jan. 8, 1947, in Pike County, she was a daughter of the late Julian and Hazel Rowe Owens. She was a claims representative with the Social Security Administration. Survivors include her husband, Thomas W. Keeth of East Point; a son, Matthew Thomas Keeth of Richmond; a daughter, Rebecca Dawn Keeth of Richmond; and two brothers, Luther Owens of Elkton, Md., and Ernest Owens of Justiceville. Funeral services were Monday, May 5, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Dave Flanery and Stephen Sandefur officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 7 2003
KIDD, Peggy (Frazier)
1931-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, 2 p.m at First Assembly of God Church in St. Matthews, S.C. for Peggy Frazier Kidd, 72, who passed away Thursday, May 8 2003 at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, SC Mrs. Kidd was born January 3, 1931 in Flat Gap, KY, daughter of the late James Laney and Claretta Estep Frazier. Surviving are three daughters, Cindy Evans of St. Matthews, SC, Kathy McLeod of Sumter and Margaret Roediger of Colorado Springs, CO; one sister, Dove McKenzie of Paintsville, KY; 4 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Pastor Jeffrey Roediger, with burial in the family cemetery in Kentucky. Arrangements under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. of Orangeburg, SC.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 14 2003
KIMBLER, Robert Allen
1950-2003
 Robert Allen "Bobby" Kimbler, 52, of Portsmouth, died Friday, May 16, 2003 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Mr. Kimbler was born July 25, 1950, in Lewis County, Ky.  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Dickerson Funeral Home in Vanceburg, Ky. Burial will follow in the Kimbler Family Cemetery in Red Brush, Ky. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home and from 8 a.m. until time of service Monday. Daily Independent Sunday May 18 2003
PERRY, Otto Earl
1930-2003
MARTIN COUNTY
Otto Earl Perry, 72, of Tomahawk, died Wednesday, May 14, at Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. Born Nov. 2, 1930, in Johnson County, he was a retired handyman. Survivors include three sons, Elbert Perry and David Perry, both of Inez, and Michael Perry of Ohio; two daughters, Janet Perry and Cathy Woodworth, both of Ohio; two stepdaughters, Diana Maynard of Inez and Geraldine Spears of Georgia; a stepson, Danny Spears of Tomahawk; two brothers, Donald Perry of Tomahawk and Frank Perry of Ohio; a sister, Ellen Adams of Ohio; and 15 grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, May 17, at Richmond-Callaham Inez Chapel with Bob Baker officiating. Burial was in Sabern Hinkle Cemetery, Inez, under direction of Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 21 2003

PRATER, Mary (Waddle)
1911-2003
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 7, 11 a.m. at the Little Rock United Baptist Church for Mary Prater, 92, who passed away Friday, May 2, 2003 at St. Rita’s Medical Center Hospital in Lima, OH. Mrs. Prater was born January 15, 1911, daughter of the late Solon and Parrot England Waddle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elzie Prater. Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Mary Edith Rachlin and Mrs. Wanda Link, both of Wapakoneta, OH, Mrs. Polly McCoy of Elida, OH, Mrs. Alice Fay Grimm of Meally, KY, Mrs. Diania Compton of Corbin, KY, Mrs. Sewoma “Susie” Roberts and Mrs. Sharon Swint, both of Lima, OH; five sons, Paul T. Prater of Prestonsburg, KY, Lonnie Prater of Rochester, OH, Danny Prater of Austin, TX, Stanley Prater and Elzie Prater, both of Lima, OH; 32 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. The service will be officiated by United Baptist Ministers, with burial following in the Prater Family Cemetery in Myrtle, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday May 7 2003

PRESTON, Fanny Evelyn (Castle)
1908-2003
PIKE COUNTY — Fanny Evelyn Preston, 95, of Pikeville, formerly of Tutor Key, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born April 18, 1908, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Bascom and Nannie Arrowood Castle. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Preston. Survivors include two sons, Jerry V. Preston and James D. Preston, both of Ypsilanti, Mich.; a brother, Jay Castle of Tutor Key; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, May 17, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Bruce Howard officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Tutor Key. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 21 2003

RATLIFF, James Harold
1932-2003
Funeral services were Wednesday, May 21, 2 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home for James Harold Ratliff, 70, who passed away Saturday, May 17 at home. Mr. Ratliff was born December 29, 1932 in Johnson County, KY, son of the late Add and Ann Lee Borders Ratliff.  Surviving are his wife, Loraine Ratliff; three sons, Harold Martin Ratliff of Boons Camp, Rodney Ratliff of Staffordsville, KY and Timmy Ray Ratliff of Paintsville, KY; three daughters, Patsy Griffith of Wabash, IN, Vickie Lynn Dawson and Anita Jean Ratliff, both of Paintsville, KY; eight brothers, Steve, Tommy, Raymond and David Ratliff, all of Paintsville, Harvey and Robert Ratliff, both of Michigan, Charlie Ratliff of Tutor Key, KY and Clyde Ratliff of Gnats Creek, KY; three sisters, Linda Hackworth of Bowling Green, KY, Margaret Blanton of Volga, KY and Virginia Risso of Thelma, KY; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The service was officiated by Steve Trimble and Johnny Lemaster, with burial following in the Ratliff Family Cemetery in Paintsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, KY.  Paintsville Herald Friday May 23 2003

REED, Roger Sr.
1914-2003
FLOYD COUNTY — Roger Reed Sr., 89, of Hueysville, died Monday, May 19, 2003 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born June 8, 1914, in Hueysville, he was a son of the late Gold and Sarah Patton Reed. He was a disabled coal miner and a staff sergeant during WW II, where he received honorable discharge from the US Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Olvie Vanderpool Reed; a son, Shannon Reed; two daughters, Pamra Reed and Janice Reed; five brothers, Norman Reed, Gold “Chuck” Reed Jr.; Jessie Reed, A.J. Reed and Claude Reed; three sisters, Clarice Reed Pickett, Gail Reed Dedmon and Sadie Reed Rice; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include three sons, Roger Reed Jr. of Hueysville, Jerry Reed of Lexington and Gary E. Reed of Eastern; a daughter, Priscilla Reed Tussey of Hueysville; two brothers, Kelly Reed of Mousie and John Reed of Hueysville; two sisters, Virgie Reed Vanderpool of Garrett and Myrtle Reed Vanderpool of Greenwich, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Rev. Ondie Wireman and Bill Tussey officiating. Burial will be in Reed Family Cemetery, Salyers Branch, Hueysville, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 21 2003

ROWE, Eula Mae (Minix)
1933-2003
FLOYD COUNTY
Eula Mae Minix Rowe, 69, of Salyersville, died Saturday, May 3, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born June 29, 1933, in Salyersville, she was a daughter of the late Slack and Serena Patrick Minix. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wes Rowe. Survivors include a son, Joe Wendell Minix of Salyersville; a daughter, Serena Kay Minix Jones of Salyersville; two sisters, Juanita Collett of Mt. Sterling and Wanelene Minix of Salyersville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 6, at Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville, with Manuel Minix officiating. Burial was in Minix Family Cemetery, Oakley, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 07 2003
SALYER, Garnet (McKenzie)
1927-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Garnet McKenzie Salyer, 76, of Paintsville, died Sunday, May 25, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Feb. 27, 1927, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late H. L. “Dockie” and Mollie Kimbler McKenzie. She was a retired teacher. Survivors include her husband, Harry Russell Salyer of Paintsville; and a grandson. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 28, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Terry Reffett officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday May 30 2003

SPARKS, Dakota “Cody”
1930-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Dakota “Cody” Sparks, 73, of Thelma, died Saturday, May 10, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 6, 1930, in Johnson County, he was a son of Diane Sprinkle Sparks. He was a retired construction worker. Survivors include six sons, David Sparks, Roger Sparks, Bruce Sparks, and Jeff Sparks, all of Springfield, Ohio, Mike Sparks of Arlington, Texas, and Darrell Sparks of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Jack Sparks of Lowmansville and Jim Sparks of Thelma; three sisters, Bonnie Miller of Newport, Tenn., May Lyons of River and Elizabeth Sparks of Van Lear; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 13, at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Preston Cemetery, River, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003
SPEARS, Arvle
1925-2003
FLOYD COUNTY — Arvle Spears, 77, of Bevinsville, died Saturday, May 17, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Oct. 12, 1925, at Boons Camp, he was a son of the late Isaac and Mary Dutton Spears. He was a retired coal miner and member of UMWA, Wheelwright. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Sue Spears; four brothers, Elmer Spears, Isaac Spears Jr., Freddie Spears and Bobby Gene Spears; and a grandchild. Survivors include his wife, Virble Burke Spears; two sons, Glenn Berlin Spears of Bevinsville and Ricky Darrell Spears of Weeksbury; two daughters, Virginia Gibson and Brenda Carol Hall, both of Bevinsville; a brother, Homer Spears of Belfry; two sisters, Irene Mosley of McDowell and Gerogene Mosley of Garett, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 21, at Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church, Bevinsville, with ministers of Old Regular Baptist Church, Bevinsville, officiating. Burial will be in Silas Burke Cemetery, Bevinsville, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 21 2003

SPEARS, Earl
1920-2003
 Earl Spears, 83, of Ashland, died Friday, May 9, 2003, in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell. Mr. Spears was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Riceville, a son of late Jerry and Della Rivers Spears. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris Ann Spears. He was the husband of Anna Trimble Spears of Ashland, to whom he was married for 57 years. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal. He served in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. He was a retired employee of North America Rockwell, Newton Falls, Ohio, and a guard for Harvison Walker in Windham, Ohio. He was a member of Mavity Freewill Baptist Church in Cannonsburg. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Adam E. "Butch" Spears Jr. of Catlettsburg; a daughter, Leneva Rogers of Ashland; grandchildren Michele Scott, Michael Rogers, Mark Rogers, Matt Rogers, Marty Rogers and Janice Nicole Green; and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Steen Funeral Home-Ashland Chapel, with the Rev. Powell Joe Collins and the Rev. John Haney officiating. Burial will be in Dixon Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Sunday May 12 2003

SPEARS, James Edward
1924-2003
James Edward Spears, age 78, of Centerville, passed away unexpectedly May 01 2003. Born in West Van Lear, Ky., on September 08 1924 to Richard and Myrtie Spears, who preceded him in death. James is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Ellen. He is the cherished father of 5 daughters, Kim Stine, Becky Mullins and Terry; Deborah Farson and husband Lloyd; and 2 brothers, Harry and Richard Spears. Grandpa will be sadly missed by his 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. James was a WW II veteran serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, retired from Pitney Bowes, an active member of the Miamisburg Moose Lodge and a Kentucky Colonel. His lengthy stories will be fondly missed by his daughters and granchildren. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 6 2003 at Newcomer Farley Funeral Home 3940 Kettering Blvd., Kettering Ohio. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM untill time of services, Rev. Ron Justice will be officiating with burial at Miami Valley Memory Gardens.

SPRADLIN, Wilford
2003
Wilford Spradlin, 69, of Greenfield, died May 28 in Dayton Veterans Affairs medical Center.  He was born March 6, 1934, in Johnson County, Kentucky.  He was retired from Country Mart Grain Elevator in Derby and was an Army veteran during the Korean Conflict.  A funeral srvice was held May 31 at Porter Funeral Home, Mt. Sterling.

TAMPER, Marie (Fyffe)
1929-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Marie Stamper, 73, of Paintsville, died Friday, May 16 2003.  Born Dec. 17, 1929, in Morgan County, she was a daughter of the late Earlie and Elva Osborn Fyffe. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Charles Stamper of Paintsville; a son, Danny Charles Stamper of Lexington; three daughters, Bonnie Keaton, Patsy Stamper and Kathy Bryant, all of Paintsville; a brother, Lowell Fyffe of Keaton; two sisters, Hazel Skaggs of Keaton and Lorain Osborn of Paintsville; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, May 19, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Richard Williams officiating. Burial was in Keaton Cemetery, Keaton, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 21 2003

STAPLETON, William
1913-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
William Stapleton, 90, of Paintsville, died Friday, May 9, 2003 at his residence.  Born April 25, 1913, he was a son of the late Proctor and Emma Stapleton. He was an insurance representative with American Family Life Insurance. Survivors include his wife, Rosalee Joseph Stapleton of Paintsville; and a daughter, Rebecca Rose Crow of Clarksville, Tenn. Funeral services were Monday, May 12, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Kevin Jett and Jeff Krupinski officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.  Big Sandy News Friday May 16 2003
STEPHENS, Sarah Jane (Wiley)
1940-2003
BOURBON COUNTY
Sarah Jane Wiley Stephens, 62, of Paris, died Tuesday, May 6 2003. Born July 28, 1940, in Paintsville, she was a daughter of the late Hansel and Lorraine Clay Wiley. She was dean of students at the Sayre School, Lexington. Survivors include her husband, William A. Stephens. Graveside funeral services were Friday, May 9, at Mayo Cemetery, Paintsville, with Rev. Michael E. Carlisle officiating. Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News Wednesday May 14 2003


TACKETT, Betty Lou
1948-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Betty Lou Tackett, 55, of Staffordsville, died Thursday, May 22, 2003 at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Born Feb. 10, 1948, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of Ethel Frazier Tackett and the late Hershell Tackett. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleene Tackett of Paintsville; three sisters, Garnette Lewis, Darlene Dye and Addie Hensley, all of Paintsville; two brothers, William R. Tackett of Paintsville and Rema Tackett of Michigan; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, May 25, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with minister Sammy Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Jayne Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jun.4 2003


TACKETT, Dencil Lee “Beechnut”
1925-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m. at Old Meally Church of Christ at Meally, KY for Dencil Lee “Beechnut” Tackett, 77, who passed away Friday, May 16 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, KY. Mr. Tackett was born November 7, 1925 in Johnson County, KY, son of the late Jessie and Martha Ann Reffit Tackett. He was a general laborer. Surviving are special caretakers, Winfield and Stella Adkins Holbrook, and a host of special friends. The service was officiated by Joe Adkins, with burial in the Holbrook Family Cemetery at Davis Branch in Paintsville. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, KY. Paintsville Herald Friday May 23 2003


WHEELER, Margaret (McKenzie)
1928-2003
 Margaret Jean Wheeler, 74, of Ashland, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003 in King's Daughters Medical Center. Mrs. Wheeler was born Oct. 26, 1928, in Johnson County, a daughter of the late Hereford and Cova Salyers McKenzie. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Wheeler, in 2000; one son, Donald McKenzie; and one sister, Marie Stambaugh. She was a homemaker and a member of Pentecostal Church of Christ in Sitka.  Surviving are two sons, Robert E. (Laura) Wheeler and Richard E. Wheeler, both of Ashland; one daughter, Joanna Lynn Wheeler of Ashland; one brother, Chester McKenzie of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Jewell Stambaugh of Sitka; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the Steen Funeral Home-Ashland Chapel by the Rev. Harold F. Berrian Jr. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Saturday May 31 2003


JUNE - 2003

ABSHIRE, Billy Reed
1934-2003
Age: 68 JOHNSON COUNTY — Billy Reed Abshire, 68, of Sitka, died Thursday, June 26 2003. Born Dec. 29, 1934, in Pikeville, he was a son of Quinnie May Stalker of Salyersville, and the late Vanburin Abshire, He was a retired coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Violet Weaver Abshire of Sitka; a daughter Jeannie Francis of Salyersville; two half brothers, Walter Stalker of Salyersville and Rodney Stalker of Pikeville; two sisters, Audrey Fern Hopkins of Akron, Ohio, and Wanda Minix of Tennessee; three half sisters, Geneva Stacy of Doran, Va., Mary Rogers of Salyersville, and Sharon Blanton of Sitka; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, June 29, at Full Gospel Church of the Living God, Salyersville, with Rev. Billy Cole officiating. Burial was in Abshire Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Hager Hill. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.03 2003

ALLEN, Pamela (Pruitt)
1953-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Pamela Pruitt Allen, 49, of Tutor Key, died Monday, June 30, 2003 at her residence. Born Dec. 19, 1953, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of Fannie Castle Pruitt and the late Floyd A. Pruitt. She was a hair stylist. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Orion Michael May. Additional survivors include her husband, Raymond Allen of Tutor Key; a daughter, Kimberly L. Pruitt Allen of Tutor Key; a brother, Larry Douglas Pruitt of Thelma; a sister, Patricia Ella Pruitt Stapleton of Hager Hill; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, July 3, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Revs. Gary Lafferty and Ronnie Spriggs officiating. burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Jul.05 2003

BACK, Joe William
1965-2003
FLOYD COUNTY — Joe William Back, 37, of Paintsville, formerly of Morehead, died Friday, June 13, 2003 at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Born Oct. 23, 1965, in Morehead, he was a son of the late John K. and Joan Kegley Back. He was a sales representative for Clark Grave Vaults, Eastern, former sports announcer for WDOC, a licensed funeral director, embalmer and former employee of Hall Funeral Home, Martin, and member of the East Point Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by a brother, John K. Back. Survivors include a brother, Stephen Back of O’Fallon, Ill.; and a sister, Martha B. Jackson of Danville. Graveside funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, June 18, in Brown Cemetery, Morehead. Big Sandy News

BALDRIDGE, Gelain
1922-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 13, 11 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Gelain Baldridge, 81, who passed away Monday, June 9 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville. Mr. Baldridge was born January 5, 1922 in Johnson County, KY, son of the late Lora and the late Otto Baldridge, Sr. He was self employed as a barber. Surviving are his wife, Arbutus Louis Burgess Baldridge; one daughter, Brenda Gude of Loveland, OH; one brother, Bobby Baldridge of Iowa; one sister, Jenny Williamson of Flatwoods, KY; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Following the service, burial will be in the Mayo Cemetery in Paintsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003
BLAIR, Edward E.
1926-2003
Age 76, of Bellbrook, passed away Tuesday June 17 2003 at Southview Hospital.  He was born on August 29 1926 in Van Lear, Kentucky to Frank & Bertha Rice Blair. He was retired from Harrison Radiator (formerly Frigidaire) Divivson of General Motors. While working at G.M. and until his death, he worked as owner of Miami Valley Tire Co., Bellbrook. He was a member of Bellbrook Lions Club and Bellbrook Sugarcreek Area Chamber of Commerce. Most of all, Ed enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Brenda Blasir, brother Grady Blair, sisters Mayme Johnson, Mildred Pack, Gladys Frabke, & Ann Knoop. Ed is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Gladys Blair of Bellbrook, daughter Regena Balazs-Capizzi & her husband Tony Capizzi of Centerville, 3 sons Phil Blair of Bellbrook, Tom Blair & his wife Leigh of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Rick Blair & his wife Susie Decoursey of Leawood, Kansas, 8 grandchildren Tom, Dan, Maggie, Jenny, Maria, Katie, Andrew, & Emily, 2 brothers John Blair & his wife Louise of Miamisbug, James Blair of Florida, & special companion Maggie Hasty of Franklin. The Tobias-Conner & Koch Funeral Home, 92 W. Franklin St. (S.R. 725) Bellbrook is handling funeral arrangements. Funeral services 11:00 am Saturday at the Funeral Home. Interment in Bellbrook Cemetery. "Unknown Paper"


BLAIR, Paul Edward
1981-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, June 16, 1 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Paul Edward Blair, 21, who passed away Friday, June 13. Mr. Blair was born August 31, 1981 in Johnson County, KY, son of Linda Faye Ratliff and Paul Douglas Blair. He was a coal miner.  Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Angela Lynn Eppembaugh Blair; paternal grandmother, Anna Mae Blair; one brother, Jesse Douglas Blair of Hager Hill, KY; one sister, Amanda Faye Jenkins of Hager Hill; one brother-in-law, Carlos D. Jenkins; one sister-in-law, Leslie N. Blair; one niece, Whitney Jenkins; one nephew, Dillon Jenkins, and a host of relatives and friends. The service was officiated by Melvin Blanton, Willie Fairchild and Jerry McKenzie, with burial following in the Blair Family Cemetery at Lower Twin Branch, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.18 2003
BLAKEMAN, Haley Marie
2003-2003
 Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 12, 11 a.m. at Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Haley Marie Blakeman, one month old, who passed away Sunday, June 29 2003 at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W. Va. Infant Blakeman was born May 27 2003 in Paintsville, Ky. Surviving are her parents, Michael and Danielle Back Blakeman; one brother, Taylor Blakeman; pateral grandparents, Dan and Rhonda Montgomery and pateral great grandmother, Wanda Montgomery, all of Waverly, Ohio; materal grandparents, James and Pamela Back and materal great-greatmother, Dorothy Music, all of Thealma, Ky. The services was officiated by Gene Castle, with burial following in the Pack Cemetery at Williamsport, Ky. Arrangements under the directions of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville Ky. Paintsvlle Herald Wednesday 7-9-2003


BOYD, James Ernest
1920-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18, 1 p.m. at Schoedinger Cleveland Avenue Chapel in Columbus, OH, for James Ernest Boyd, 83, who passed away Saturday, June 14 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Mr. Boyd was born in 1920 in Auxier, KY, son of the late James and Myrtle Boyd. He was a veteran of WWII and a member of American Legion Post #182. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a daughter, Billie Schiltz, two sisters, Dorothy Greer and Maudie Evelyn Boyd; a son-in-law, Donald Cassel, and one great -granddaughter. Surviving are Myrtle Cassel; son-in-law, Rick Schiltz, James E. (Dorothy) Boyd, Jr. and Brenda (Darrell) Collins; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Burial will be at the Union Cemetery in Columbus, OH.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.18 2003


CHILDERS, Beatrice (Wells)
1919-2003
FLOYD COUNTY — Beatrice Wells Childers, 83, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, June 30, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 20, 1919, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Richard M. and Fannie Richmond Wells. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Clifford P. Childers of Prestonsburg; two sons, David Michael Childers of Concord, N. C., and Conrad Duran Childers of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two daughters, Judith Montgomery of Ypsilanti and Patricia Shepherd of Claypool, Ind.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, July 3, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Calvin Setser officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. BIG SANDY NEWS


CLARK, Gary Phillp
1935-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Gary Phillip Clark, 68, of Lowmansville, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born June 3, 1935, in Wayne, W. Va., he was a son of the late Champ and Brooke Damron Clark. He was retired from the logging business. Survivors include his wife, Myrna Evans Clark of Lowmansville; two daughters, Teresa Spradlin of Atlanta, Ga., and Marla Carter of River; two brothers, Ronnie Clark of Oklahoma and Charlie Clark of Arizona; a daughter, Elizabeth Broze of Colorado; a granddaughter; and a step- granddaughter. Funeral services were Saturday, June 28, at Southside Freewill Baptist Church, Paintsville, with Revs. James Kelly Caudill and Wayne Price officiating. Burial was in Evans Clark Cemetery, River, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.03 2003


CONLEY, Cora Mae (Moore)
1925-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 15, 11 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Cora Mae “Moore” Conley, 78, who passed away at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville. Mrs. Conley was born March 11, 1925 in Martin County, KY, daughter of the late Flem and Rebecca Taylor Moore. She was a housewife and a long-time member of the Church of God. She was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Deborah Conley, a son-in-law, Arch, and her first husband, Derwood Smith. Surviving are her husband, Oral Conley; four sons, Oral Douglas (Liz) Conley of West Union, OH, Stephen Donald (Cheryl) Conley of Lakeland, FL, Delbert Paul Conley of Wittensville, KY and Edward Darrell (Linda) Conley of Flat Gap, KY; three daughters, Bonnie June Spires of Mancelona, MI, Connie Beatrice (Charles) Powers of Flatwoods, KY and Ethel Mae (Denvil) Mollette of Volga, KY; three brothers, Thurman Moore of Coal Water, KY, Flem More, Jr. of Waverly, OH and Verman Moore of Naughtuck, WV; four sisters, Oretha Rose, Frankie Jean Harmon and Geneva H. Starnes, all of Columbus, OH, and Gertie Smith of Martin County, KY; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Denvil Mollette and Charles Powers, with burial following in the Conley Family Cemetery at Stone Coal in Volga, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.18 2003


COLLINS, Otis Lee “Buddy”
1926-2003
FLOYD COUNTY — Otis Lee “Buddy” Collins, 77, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, June 7, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born July 4, 1926, in Floyd County, he was a son of the late Willie Lee and Vada Goble Eden. He was a general laborer. He was preceded in death by a son, John Grimm Collins; three daughters, Wanda Lee Messer, Dinia Gail Collins and Carol Collins; two brothers, Letcher Robinson and Ronald Robinson; and six grandchildren. Survivors include seven sons, Charles Otis Collins, Billy Gene Collins, Paul Douglas Collins, Michael L. Collins, Roger Dale Collins and Anderson S. Collins, all of Prestonsburg, and Phillip Edward Collins of Van Lear; a daughter, Olive Ann Osborne of Wittensville; two sisters, Bonnie Jean Sword of Dwale and Jane Back of Prestonsburg; six grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 10, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Gordon Fitch and James Stephens officiating. Burial was in Collins Family Cemetery, Conley Fork, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jun.11 2003


CRISP, Mable (Wallen)
1929-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18, 1 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel in Prestonsburg, KY, for Mable Crisp, 73, who passed away Monday, June 16, 2003 at the Millers Merry Manor Nursing Home in Warsaw, IN. Mrs. Crisp was born December 27, 1929 in Prestonsburg, KY, daughter of the late Jim and Pearlie Calhoun Wallen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Crisp. Surviving are two sons, Tommy Crisp of Warsaw, IN and James Crisp of Claypool, IN; three daughters, Jackie Lynn Rainwater, Barbara Harmon and Betty Sue Ousley, all of Warsaw, IN; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Manford Fannin, with burial following in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery in Prestonsburg, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, KY.  Paintsville Herald Friday Jun.20 2003


CURTIS, Eulah (Cantrell)
1915-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 11, 11 a.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Eulah Curtis, 87, who passed away Sunday, June 8 2003 at her home. Mrs. Curtis was born September 7, 1915 in Johnson County, KY, daughter of the late Doc and Tally Young Cantrell. She worked for approximately 20 years as an assembly line worker for Celanese Plastic Company of Columbus, OH. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Curtis, and one son, Bobby O’Neil Curtis. Surviving are two daughters, Edna Clark of Gahanna, OH and Eugenia Foster of Columbus, OH; one son, Wonnie Curtis of Flat Gap, KY; 18 grandchildren, 29 great- grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren and one special grandchild, Tony Curtis. The service was officiated by Elders Eulas Adams, Allen Fannin, Phillip Caudill and Eual McKenzie, with burial following in the Curtis Cemetery at Flat Gap, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


DANIEL, Lora Ruth (Tackett)
1938-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. at the Kindred Funeral Home for Lora Ruth Daniel, 65, who passed away June 17. Mrs. Daniel was born May 29, 1938, in Paintsville, KY, daughter of the late Paris and Ruby Tackett. She was a long-time assembly worker of Phillips Industry. She was also a commissioned Kentucky Colonel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Danie; daughter, Dorothy Jean Daniel; sisters, Ellen and Cathleen Tackett; great-granddaughters, Lora Jean and Brooklyn Michelle. Surviving are two daughters, Ruth (Tom) Ritchie, and Patricia (John) Nichols, both of Paintsville, KY; three sons, James “Mitch” (Paula) Daniel, Harmon “Mike” (Shannon) Daniel, and Charles “Charlie” (Sheryl) Daniel, all of Paintsville, KY; one sister, Marie Stapleton, of Paintsville, KY; four brothers, Milton (Wilma Jane), George and Ronald Tackett, all of Paintsville, KY and Donald Tackett of Huntington, WV; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and friends. The service was officiated by Pastor Larry Nichols, with burial following in the Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg, OH.   Paintsville Herald Friday Jun.20 2003


DAVIS, Vivian (Opperheimer)
1915-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 14, 1 p.m. at Handley Funeral Home for Vivian O. Davis, 87, who passed away Wednesday, June 11. Mrs. Davis was born July 9, 1915 in Paintsville, KY, daughter of the late Ralph and Nancy Oppenheimer. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and a life member of the Federated Woman’s Club of Hamlin, WV. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Earl Davis; two sisters, Lena Siler and Blanch Wheeler; three brothers, Darwin, Aderm E. and Ralph, Jr. Oppenheimer. Surviving are one daughter, Janis Thomas Gnadenhutten, OH; one sister, Mary McDaniel of Paintsville, KY; one brother-in-law, Marcus E. Davis of Ashland, KY; a special person in her life, Juda Huffman of Hamlin, WV; a special niece, Jane Preston of Paintsville, KY; two nieces and several great-nieces and nephews. The service was officiated by David Burch, with burial following at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Handley Funeral Home of Hamilin, WV.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.18 2003


DORTON, Myrtle Marie Staniford
1936-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 21, 1:00 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Myrtle Marie Staniford Dorton, 67, who passed away Tuesday, June 17 at her residence. Mrs. Dorton was born April 7, 1936 in Johnson County, KY, daughter of the late Willie and Estella Smith Staniford. She was a restaurant worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Dorton. Surviving are nine sons, Curtis, Jr., William J., Ricky, Kenny, Andrew and Scott Dorton, all of Flat Gap, KY, Bobby Dorton of South Point, OH, Arnold Dorton of Tampa, FL and Mike Dorton of Thealka, KY; three daughters, Helen Burke of Lady Lake, FL, Theresa Taylor of South Point, OH and Rose Lewis of Ashland, KY; two brothers, Johnny Staniford of Sitka, KY and Sam Staniford of Dayton, OH; one half-brother, Hobbie Witten of Sitka, KY; three sisters, Delores Doster and Mary McKenzie, both of Paintsville, and Nancy Mollett of Thealka, KY; 44 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Terry Conley, with burial following in the Butcher Family Cemetery at Boons Camp, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.   Paintsville Herald Friday Jun.20 2003


FITCH, Neva
1912-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Neva Fitch, 90, of Sitka, died Friday, June 27, 2003. Born July 30, 1912, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Charles P. and Malissa Ross Fitch. She was a domestic. Survivors include a brother, Buell Fitch of Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services were Monday, June 30, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. James Kelly Caudill and Dick VanHoose officiating. Burial was in Marvin Sparks Cemetery, Blaine, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. BIG SANDY NEWS


GIBSON, Lisa Danielle
1981-2003
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Lisa Danielle Gibson, 21, of Salyersville, died Monday, June 23, 2003 at UK Medical Center, Lexington. Born Aug. 9, 1981, in Prestonsburg, she was a daughter of Patty Morgan Gibson and the late Charles “Tom” Gibson. Survivors include four brothers, Neil Gibson, Scotty Gibson, Matthew Gibson, all of Salyersville, and Chris Gasparac of Anderson, Ind.; a half-brother, Rick Caudill of Johnson County; and a sister, Sheila Gibson of Salyersville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Rev. Terry Lykins officiating. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


GILLISPIE, Loretta (Short)
1929-2003
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 13, 7 p.m. at the Country Club Church of Christ in Xenia, OH for Loretta Gillispie, 73, who passed away Thursday, June 5 2003 at Hospice of Dayton, OH. Mrs. Gillispie was born October 15, 1929 in Meally, KY, daughter of the late James Hershel and Lucinda Powers Short. She was a retired school teacher, an antiques dealer and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and George. Surviving are her husband, James; one daughter, Cindy (Brent) Measel; one son, James Lee (Lisa) Gillispie; two brothers, Ray (Frances) Short of Fairborn, OH and Arville (Maud) Short of Meally, KY; two sisters, Hester Daniels of Paintsville, KY and Burletta (Robert) Daniels of Thelma, KY; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Burial will be at the family cemetery in Meally, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home of Springfield, OH. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


HORN, Eleanor (Spurlock)
1914-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18, 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg, KY, for Eleanor Spurlock Horn, 88, who passed away Sunday, June 15 2003 at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Horn was born July 19, 1914, daughter of the late Silas and Hulda Anna Cassell Spurlock. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Raymond Horn. Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Horn Fannin of Inverness, FL and Carlos E. Horn Wells of Paintsville, KY; 3 grandchildren, Dianna Alley Stephens of W. Jordan, UT, Charles B. Wells of Georgetown, KY and Michael S. Alley of St. Louis, MO; 2 great- grandchildren and 2 great-great- grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Mark Walz and Rev. Quentin Scholtz, with burial in the Porter Cemetery in Prestonsburg, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Prestonsburg.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.18 2003


JACKSON, Delphia Jane (Harman)
1935-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, 11 a.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Delphia Jane Jackson, 67, who passed away Tuesday, June 3 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, KY. Mrs. Jackson was born September 4, 1935 in Johnson County, KY, daughter of the late Daniel and Delphia Blair Harman. She was a retired press operator for the Letica Corporation of Ohio. Surviving is one son, William Henry Chance of Staffordsville, KY; two brothers, Arthur Harman of Asa Creek, KY and Will Green Harman of Salyersville, KY; one sister, Edith Ward of Paintsville, KY; 4 grandchildren. The services was officiated by Rev. Donald R. Caudill, with burial following in the Blue Grass Cemetery in Salyersville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


JONES, Eula Faye (Sparks)
1931-2003
LAFONTAINE, INDIANA- Eula Faye Jones, 71, Rolling Meadows Health Care Center, LaFontaine, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2003, at the nursing home. She was born on Nov. 22, 1931, in Paintsville, Ky., to Curtis and Alta (Cheek) Sparks. She was a homemaker. Surviving are a son, Bruce W. Jones, Fort Wayne; three daughters, Rhonda K. Brown, Rock Hill, S.C., Donna Jones, Lagro, and Lisa Welch, Wabash; one brother, Jesse Sparks, Fort Wayne; one sister, Mary Louise Asher, Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the McDonald Funeral Home Eddingfield Chapel. Kenneth Cole will officiate. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Rolling Meadows Health Care Center or Miller's Merry Manor West Activity Fund, in care of the funeral home.


JOSEPH, Paul Michael
1961-2003
FLOYD COUNTY — Paul Michael Joseph, 41, of Auxier, died Thursday, June 19, 2003 at his residence. Born Oct. 10, 1961, at Paintsville, he was a son of Nadean Brown Joseph and the late Paul Edward Joseph. Survivors include his wife, Judy Goble Joseph; a son, Paul Michael Shane Joseph of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Crystal Dawn Joseph of Gainsville, Fla., and Sydney Micca Nadean Joseph of Prestonsburg; and a brother, Jeffery Joseph of Martin. Funeral services were Sunday, June 22 at Hall Funeral Chapel, Martin, with clergyman Buddy Jones officiating. Burial was in Goble Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


JUSTICE, Timothy
1964-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, 11 a.m. at Phelps & Sons Funeral Home for Timothy Justice, 38, who passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2003. Mr. Justice was born August 19, 1964 in Pike County, KY, son of Mary Martin Justice and the late Glenn Justice. Surviving in addition to his mother is his wife, Patricia Gaye Justice; two sons, Timothy Michael Justice of Paintsville and Timothy Glenn Justice of Detroit, MI; two daughters, Rhonda Gaye Justice of Paintsville and Elizabeth Pauline Justice of Detroit, MI; four brothers, Mike Justice of Paintsville, John Justice of TN, Kevin Justice of TX and Vernon Justice of NM; one sister, Lisa Jones of TN; 1 grandchild. The service was officiated by Gary Lafferty, with burial following in the Branham-Hall Cemetery in Ivel, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Sons Funeral Home of Hager Hill, KY.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


KING, Anna Mae (Salyers)
1937-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 13, 2 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Anna Mae Salyers King, 66, who passed away Tuesday, June 10 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville. Mrs. King was born February 2, 1937 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Simmie Oakley and Ethel Pauline Tackett Salyers.  Surviving are her husband, William R. King; one son, William O. King of Lowmansville, KY; five daughters, Lillian Pauline Cantrell of Hager Hill, KY, Anita Jewell Bowen of Flat Gap, KY, Rita Sue Bowen and Henrietta Blevins, both of Sitka, KY and Dephia Mae Boggs of River, KY; three brothers, Simmie Salyers, Jr. of Florida, Donald E. Salyers of Staffordsville, Thurman G. Salyers of Nippa, KY; four sisters, Christine O’Bryan and Rita Carol Cantrell, both of Staffordsville, KY, Mary L. Blanton of Volga, KY and Melva J. Cantrell of Green Rock, KY; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Jerry McKenzie and Jeff Baldridge, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.   Paintsville Herald Friday Jun.13 2003


LITTON, Bobby Gene
1965-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12, 11 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Bobby Gene Litton, 37, who passed away Sunday, June 8 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, KY. Mr. Litton was born November 15, 1965 in Johnson County, KY, son of Howard Litton and the late Goldie Mae Austin. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Latasha Nicole Litton and brother, Gary Wayne Litton. Surviving in addition to his father are his step-mother, Brenda Sadler Litton; one son, Kevin Michael Litton of McDowell, KY; one brother, David Eugene Litton of Paintsville, and one step-brother, James Sadler. The service will be officiated by Jim McKenzie and James Kelly Caudill, with burial following in the family cemetery in Meally, KY.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


MCCLELLAN, Lenore (Hall) (Gullet)
1908-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12, 1 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Lenore Hall Gullet McClellan, 94, who passed away Monday, June 9 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville. Mrs. McClellan was born June 27, 1908 in Johnson County, KY, daughter of the late John Melvin and Ella Davis Hall. She was a retired teacher. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Nelson Gullett, and second husband, John W. McClellan; five brothers, Dr. Paul Bryan Hall, Mitchel Hall, Dr. Lloyd Melvin Hall, Rev. C. C. “Chick” Hall and Dr. Lon Calvin Hall, one sister, Neva Hall; and one sister-in-law, Bonnie Gullett Salyer. Surviving are two sons, Nelson Hall (Cathy) Gullet and Lloyd Calvin (Betty) Gullet I; two grandsons, Nelson Worth Gullett and Lloyd Calvin Gullett II. The service will be officiated by Richard Williams and Dick Vanhoose, with burial following in the James McHenry Davis Cemetery at Davis Branch. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


MEADE, Drew
2003
Andrew Wayne "Drew" Meade, 11, of Columbia, Tenn., son of Jeff and Jodi Ferguson Meade, died Sunday, June 29, in Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Williams Columbia Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Meade family cemetery at Flat Gap, under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Daily Independent Tuesday Jul.1 2003


MOLLETT, William Marion
1920-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 11, 1 p.m. at Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Inez, KY for William Marion Mollett, 82, who passed away Monday, June 9, 2003 at his home. Mr. Mollett was born December 13, 1920 in Johnson County, KY, son of the late Lafe A. and Stella Bowens Mollett. He was retired from the county road department and a U. S. Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Lucy Spears Mollett; one son, Charles L. Mollett of Tomahawk, KY; three daughters, Stella Evans, Bernice Crum and Deborah Morrison, all of Tomahawk, KY; three brothers, Ralph Mollett and Lafe Mollett, Jr., both of WV, and Delmer Mollett of Louisa, KY; one sister, Martha Jane Collins of Columbus, OH; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by James Russell Maynard, with burial following in the Mollett Family Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Inez, KY.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


MUSIC, Alice (Butcher) 1919-2003 Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 4, 2 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel in Wabash, IN for Alice Music, 84, who passed away at Wabash Skilled Care Center in Wabash, IN. Mrs. Music was born March 15, 1919 in Johnson County, KY, daughter of the late John W. and Tishie Castle Butcher. She was retired from United Technologies in Wabash. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Music, 3 sons, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Surviving is one daughter, Betty Sue Bruick of Roann, IN; two sisters, Elva (Ray) Smith of Wabash and Tillie Skaggs of Paris, TN; one grandson, Scott (Susan) Bruick of Fort Wayne, IN; one granddaughter, Jeanette (Dennis) Melcher of New Haven, IN; 2 great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Rev. Bill Bowling and Rev. Lonnie Skiles, with burial following in the Falls Cemetery in Wabash. Arrangements under the direction of Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel in Wabash, IN. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.04 2003

ADDITIONAL: Alice Music, 84, formerly of 626 Crown Hill Drive, died at 5:43 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2003, at Wabash Skilled CareCenter. She was born on March 15, 1919, in Johnson County, Ky., to John W. and Tishie (Castle) Butcher. She married John H. Music on Dec. 11, 1939, in Paintsville, Ky. They were married 48 years before his death on March 13, 1988. She was employed at United Technologies, Wabash, for 23 years, retiring in 1988. She attended the Wabash Free Will Baptist Church and was a member of the United Baptist Church, West Van Lear, Ky. Surviving are a daughter, Betty Sue Bruick, Roann; two sisters, Mrs. Ray (Elva) Smith, Wabash, and Tillie Skaggs, Paris, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Scott (Susan) Bruick, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Dennis (Jeanette) Melcher, New Haven; and two great-grandchildren. Three sons, three sisters and three brothers are deceased. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel. The Revs. Bill Bowling and Lonnie Skiles will officiate. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society or the Wabash-Miami Home Health Care and Hospice.


PARSONS, Lorraine (Burke)
1922-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, 2 p.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Lorraine Parsons, 80, who passed away at Sayre Christian Village in Lexington, KY. Mrs. Parsons was born August 25, 1922 in Johnson County, KY, daughter of the late Con and Nora Salyer Burke. She was an independent business owner for the Stanley Products Company. She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Parsons. Surviving are two sons, Gary Parson of Roanoke, VA and Jesse Parsons; two sisters, Irene Hunt of Lexington, KY and Mary Cooke of Picayune, MS; one brother, Samuel “Jake” Burke of Hager Hill, KY; 1 granddaughter. The service was officiated by Rev. Tobe Johnson and Rev. Marvin Adkins, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003

ADDITIONAL:Lorraine Parsons 1922-2003  Lorraine Parsons, 80, of Lexington, died Monday, June 2, 2003 in Sayre Christian Village in Lexington. She was born Aug. 25, 1922, in Johnson County.


RICE, Robert “Bob”
1929-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 25, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church for Robert “Bob” Rice, 73, who passed away Sunday, June 22 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville, KY. Mr. Rice was born August 7, 1929 in Sitka, KY, son of the late Louie and Thelma Slone Rice. He served with the Air Force in the Korean War. He also was an instructor at Mayo State Vocational/Technical School. Surviving are his wife, Betty Davis Rice; one daughter, Bettina Rice of Plano, TX; two sons, Robert Rice III of Lovely, KY and Keith Rice of Nashville, TN; one granddaughter, Alysia Rice of Tampa, FL; one grandson, Matthew A. Rice Ensor of Plano, TX; three great-grandchildren, Joseph Rice Welch of Inez, KY, Robert Micah Rice III and Baylor Louie Rice, both of Tampa, FL. The service was officiated by Rev. Donnie Patrick, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville, KY.Paintsville Herald Friday Jun,27 2003


RORRER, Ralph Thomas
1933-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, June 23, 1 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home for Ralph Thomas Rorrer, 69, who passed away Saturday, June 21 2003 at King’s Daughters Hospital in Ashland, KY. Mr. Rorrer was born June 23, 1933 in Wheelwright, KY, son of the late Charles W. and Hazel Stephens Rorrer. He was a retired electrician in coal mines. Surviving are his wife, Judy Allen Rorrer; one son, Charles Thomas (Lauren) Rorrer of Prestonsburg, KY; two daughters, Sherry Lynn (William) Petry of Prestonsburg, KY and Vickie McQullen of Frankfort, KY; one sister, Anna Lou Burnes of Cincinnati, OH; three grandchildren, Courtney T. Branham, Stratton T. and Tanner C. Rorrer. The service was officiated by Rev. Bill Campbell with burial following in the Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Prestonsburg, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, KY.Paintsville Herald Friday Jun,27 2003


RUNYONS, Leonard Jr.
1943-2003
MARTIN COUNTY — Leonard Runyons Jr., 60, of Inez, died Friday, June 27, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Oct. 6, 1943, in Paintsville, he was a son of the late Leonard and Thelma Triplett Runyons. He was a retired coal miner and mine inspector. Survivors include his wife, Janice Carroll Runyons; two sons, Byron Reed of Lexington and Stuart Reed, both of Drift; a daughter, Jessica Runyons of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Sue Preece of Winchester; and two brothers, Don Runyons of Loveland, Ohio, and Gary Runyons of Richmond. Funeral services were Sunday, June 29, at Inez Funeral Chapel with Paul Schmitt officiating. Burial was in Warfield Cemetery under the direction of Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.03 2003


SALYER, Billy Allen
1939-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 17, 1 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Billy Allen Salyer, 63, who passed away Thursday, June 12 2003 in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Salyer was born October 14, 1939 in Johnson County, son of the late Ras Salyer and Verna Estepp Salyer Marshall. He worked as a truck driver with Nationwide Transport. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Salyer; two stepsons, Steven Steele and Larry Steele, both of Louisa, KY; three daughters, Vickie Hannah of Leander, KY, Carla Scarberry and Melissa Dawson, both of Flat Gap, KY; one brother, Eulas Paul Salyer of Ulysses, KY; 4 step-grandchildren and 1 great- grandchild. The service was officiated by Richard Williams and Harold Salyer, with burial following in the Salyer Family Cemetery in Flat Gap, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.18 2003


SALYER, Harry Russell
1922-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 8, 3 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Harry Russell Salyer, 80, who passed away Friday, June 6 2003 at his home. Mr. Salyer was born September 16, 1922 in Johnson County, KY, son of the late Harry and Hester Sturgill Salyer. He served with the U. S. Navy in W.W. II and was a welder. He was preceded in death by his wife, Garnett McKenzie Salyer and one son, Kenneth Russell Salyer. Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Sue Salyer; one sister-in-law, Nancy McKenzie; one grandson, Nick Salyer; one brother, Leroy Salyer of Loraine, OH; one sister, Betty Jo Wolfe, also of Loraine. The service was officiated by Dick Vanhoose, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


SKAGGS, Hurshal James
1913-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 14, 1 p.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Hurshal James Skaggs, 89, who passed away Wednesday, June 11 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Mr. Skaggs was born August 25, 1913 in Terryville, KY, son of the late Noah and Louzettie Rose Skaggs. He was a claims processor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angie Belle Skaggs. Surviving are one brother, Leo Skaggs of Oil Springs, KY; one sister, Polly Huff of Hamilton, OH; several nieces and nephews. The service was officiated by Roy Harlow, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Jun.20 2003


SMITH, Lizzie (Blanton)
1923-2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Lizzie Smith, 80, of Paintsville, died Monday, June 23 2003. Born May 11, 1923, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late John and Rose Newsom Blanton. She was a member of Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Smith. Survivors include three sons, Charles Ray Smith of Sitka, James Albert Smith and Larry Douglas Smith, both of Paintsville; four daughters, Carolyn Jean Ward of Van Lear, Barbara Faye Chase and George Ann Fitch, both of Paintsville, and Vickie Lynn Case of Nippa; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, June 26, at Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Larry Douglas Smith and Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.03 2003


STACY, Edith Virginia (Goble)
1958-2003
WEST VIRGINIA — Edith Virginia Goble Stacy, 45, of Kermit, W.Va., died Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at her residence. Born April 20, 1958, in Paintsville, she was a daughter of Elsie Goble and the late Irene Goble. Survivors include three brothers, Mark Allen Goble of Debord, George Calvin Goble of Johnson County and Ricky Goble of Lawrence County; and two sisters, Delilah Goble of Debord and Brenda Fraley of Tomahawk. Funeral services were Saturday, June 28, at Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home Inez Chapel with Eddie Lowe officiating. Burial was in Dock Goble Cemetery, Inez, under direction of Richmond- Callaham Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.03 2003


VAUGHAN, William J.
1915-2003
William J. Vaughan, 88, passed away Sunday, June 15, in Alexandria, VA. He was born August 28, 1915 in Paintsville, KY, son of the late Benjamin H. and Esther Q. Vaughan. He served in WWII and the Korean War. He was a lawyer for the Defense Procurement Agency and worked for the Veterans Administration until retirement. Surviving are his second wife, Eiko Nagano of Tokyo; two sons, James Anthony and John Williams Vaughan; two daughters, Mary Kaye Vaughan; one daughter, Ann Vaughan Lefco, from his first marriage to Edna Pennington, deceased; three grandsons, Daniel and Jacob Lefco, and Kyle Vaughan; one sister, Mary Lou Vaughan; one brother, Joseph Harrison Vaughan. Mr. Vaughan was cremated; his ashes were interred at the Arlington National Cemetery. Paintsville Herald Friday Jun,27 2003


WARD, Goldie M.
1927-2003
 Goldie M. Ward, 75, of Paintsville, died Saturday, June 14, 2003 in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. She was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Johnson County.  Her husband, Earl Ward, preceded her in death.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Burial will be in Richmond Cemetery in Paintsville. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today, after 9 a.m. Tuesday and until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Daily Independent Monday Jun 16 2003


WARD, John Russell
1931-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 26, 2 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for John Russell Ward, 71, who passed away Friday, June 20 at his residence. Mr. Ward was born August 2, 1931 in Johnson County, KY, son of the late John N. and Bessie Castle Ward. He was a maintenance worker for the town of Herndon, VA. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Wilcox Ward; one son, Jim Ward of Herndon, VA; one daughter, Bonnie Travis of Prestonsburg, KY; one brother, Tom Blevins of Maryland; one granddaughter, Michelle Castle of Paintsville, KY; one grandson, Michael Ward of Herndon, VA; one great-grandson, Trenon Castle. The service was officiated by Rev. Randy Polk, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, KY. Paintsville Herald Friday Jun,27 2003


WILCOX, Billie Ruth (Burchett)
1932-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 10, 11 a.m. at Auxier Methodist Church in Auxier, KY for Billie Ruth Wilcox, 71, who passed away Sunday, June 8 2003 at home. Mrs. Wilcox was born May 3, 1932 in Floyd County, KY, daughter of the late Frank and Mollie Music Burchett. She was a retired school teacher. She was preceded in death by one son, Ursal Ray Wilcox, Jr. and one sister, Tommie Music. Surviving are her husband, Ursal Ray Wilcox and one niece, Antoinette Venables of Florida. The service was officiated by Garfield Potter, with burial following in the Wilcox Family Cemetery in Auxier, KY. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jun.11 2003


WILLIAMS, Odis
1921-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 25, 1 p.m. at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Odis Williams, 81, who passed away Saturday, June 21 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, KY. Mr. Williams was born July 8, 1921 in Portsmouth, OH, son of the late Collie and Ellie Green Williams. He was retired from the Progressive Oil Company in Michigan. He was preceded in death by his son, Darrell Williams. Surviving are his wife, Anna Lee Williams; two daughters, Patricia Quillen of Goodrich, MI and Brenda Miars of Constantine, MI; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosemary Hughes of Sciotoville, OH and Ruth McClure of Waverly, OH. The service was officiated by Rev. James K. Caudill, with burial following in the Staffordsville Church Cemetery in Staffordsville, KY. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville, KY.Paintsville Herald Friday Jun,27 2003


JULY - 2003

ADKINS, Carl Thomas
Died: Monday, July 07, 2003
Age: 63
JOHNSON COUNTY — Carl Thomas Adkins, 63, of Van Lear, died Monday, July 7, 2003 at South Williamson ARH. Born Sept. 1, 1939, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Edd and Berta Wells Adkins. He was a member of Highland Church of Christ. Survivors include four brothers, James Noah Adkins, Billy Ray Adkins and Ronnie Adkins, all of Van Lear, and Paul Adkins of Euclid, Ohio. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 8, at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Arville Short officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.9 2003

ALLEN, Pamela (Pruitt)
1953-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 3, 12:00 noon at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Pamela Pruitt Allen, 49, who passed away Monday, June 30 2003 at her residence. Mrs. Allen was born December 19, 1953 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of Fannie Castle Pruitt and the late Floyd A. Pruitt. She was a hair stylist. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Orion Michael May. Surviving are her husband, Raymond Allen; her mother, Fannie Castle Pruitt; one daughter, Kimberly L. Allen May of Tutor Key, Ky.; one brother, Larry Douglas Pruitt of Thelma, Ky.; one sister, Patricia Ella Pruitt Stapleton of Hager Hill, Ky.; 2 grandsons, Joseph Anthony and Douglas Dwayne May. The service was officiated by Gary Lafferty and Ronnie Spriggs, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jul.23 2003


ARNETT, Mark
Died: Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Age: 32
FLOYD COUNTY — Mark Arnett, 32, of Salyersville died Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W. Va. Born May 6, 1971, in Paintsville, he was a son of Glenn and Sue Collinsworth Arnett of Salyersville. He was a member of the Baptist faith. Additional survivors include a sister, Crystal Combs of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were Saturday, July 12, at Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville, with Esknovah Jackson officiating. Burial was in Arnett Cemetery, Fritz, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


ARNETT, Mildred Ann (Fairchild)
Died: Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Age: 67
JOHNSON COUNTY — Mildred Ann Fairchild Arnett, 67, of Hager Hill, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 26, 1936, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Son and Bertha Howard Fairchild. She was a janitor. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Castle of Highland Heights; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Thursday, July 3, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Hager Hill, with Revs. Larry Joe Bayes and David Wells officiating. Burial was in Fairchild Family Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


BALDWIN, Berneeda Joyce (Green)
Died: Friday, July 04, 2003
Age: 74
CARTER COUNTY — Berneeda Joyce Baldwin, 74, of Grayson, died Friday, July 4, 2003 at Carter Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness. Born July 28, 1928, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late John and Garnet Bayes Green. She was a homemaker, former business owner, a member of Grayson Freewill Baptist Church, past president of the auxiliary of Carter County Health Care and a former member of Carter County Homemakers. Survivors include her husband, D. C. Baldwin of Grayson; three sons, David Baldwin, Tim Baldwin and Van Baldwin, all of Grayson; three brothers, Johnny Wayne Green of St. Louis, Miss., Mike Green of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Ted Green of Newark, Ohio; three sisters, Arabelle Huff, Lena Sparks and Sue Pennington, all of Johnson County; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, July 6, at Malone Funeral Home, Grayson, with Rev. Ron Arnett officiating. Burial was in East Carter County Mausoleum, Grayson. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.9 2003


BLANTON, Elic J.
1926-2003
Elic J. Blanton, 77, of Liberty Hill Road, Chillicothe, Ohio, died 2:10 p.m. Saturday July 12, 2003 at his home. He was born May 16, 1926 in Johnson County, Kentucky, the son of the late John Edd and Myrtle Blanton.  On December 26, 1952 he was united in marriage to Magdalene (Hamilton) Blanton who preceded him in death on May 16, 1994. Surviving are a daughter, Judy (Clark) Stauffer of Chillicothe, Ohio; 2 sons Mark K. (Rita) Blanton and Timothy Lee (Teresa) Blanton both of Chillicothe, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; 2 brothers Everett (Donna) Blanton and Jim Blanton both of Circleville, Ohio; and special friends Arvil and Diane Phipps, Ralph Cassidy, Chip Gayhart and Melvin Cochenour. In addition to his parents and his wife, Elic was preceded in death by a son Elic "Gene" Blanton, a daughter Anna Sue Tackett, 3 sisters Tooge Hamilton, Lura VanHoose and an infant sister, and 2 brothers Cambridge and William Blanton. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, a former employee of Ben Davis Construction and Wonder Bread of Columbus.  He attended Little Ettie Old Regular Baptist Church, Beaver, Ohio and was a member of American Legion Post 757, Chillicothe, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at the Blanton Residence on Liberty Hill Road with Bro. Johnny Thornsberry and Pastor Dennis Garman officiating.  Burial will follow in Huntington Township Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ohio with military graveside services conducted by Ross County Firing Squad. Friends may call at the Blanton Residence anytime after 6:00 p.m. Sunday until the time of service on Tuesday. Chillicothe Gazette Ross Co Ohio


BOWLING, Josephine "Josie" (Dixon)
Died: Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Age: 86
FLOYD COUNTY — Josephine “Josie” Dixon Bowling, 86, of Auxier, died Tuesday, July 15, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born July 8, 1917, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Hubert and Cora Kimbler Dixon. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Bowling. Survivors include three sons, Billy Bowling and Cecil Bowling, both of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Tommy Bowling of Johns Creek; five daughters, Carolyn Goble of Auxier, Juanita King and Pauline Bowling, both of New Vienna, Ohio, Loraine Ratliff of Paintsville and Dixie Wells of East Point; 21 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Friday, July 18, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Jerry Scott officiating. Burial will be in Wells-Bowling Cemetery, East Point, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Jul.19 2003


BUTCHER, Earl Ray
Died: Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Age: 58
JOHNSON COUNTY — Earl Ray Butcher, 58, of Tomahawk, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at Inez. Born March 5, 1945, in Johnson County, he was a son of Janie Crum Butcher and the late Earl Butcher. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Kay Dalton Butcher. Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Adkins of Van Lear and Sharon Spence of Tomahawk; three brothers, Clen Otis Butcher, Charlie “Red” Butcher and Freddie Butcher, all of Boons Camp; a sister, Ruby Branham of Williamsport; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, July 18, at Phillip Cove Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Dennis Hughes and Lonnie Ratliff officiating. Burial will be in Butcher Cemetery, Boons Camp, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


CASEY, Donald Lee
Died: Saturday, July 26, 2003
Age: 68
JOHNSON COUNTY — Donald Lee Casey, 68, of Staffordsville, died Saturday, July 26, 2003 at his residence. Born June 9, 1935, in Huntington, W.Va., he was a son of Julia McCoy Moore and the late Vernon Casey. He was a warehouse manager at Lowes. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Casey of Staffordsville; a son, Chris Casey of Huntington;two sisters, Sue Simmons and Kay Taylor, both of Huntington; two brothers, Vernon Casey and Harvey Casey, both of Huntington; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 29, at Hager Funeral Home, Huntington, with Revs. Jerry Chapman and Hobb Crabtree officiating. Burial was in Oaklwar Cemetery, Barboursville, W.Va., under direction of Hager Funeral Home. Local arrangements were under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


COLLINS, Morgan Denise
Died: Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Age: 19
JOHNSON COUNTY — Morgan Denise Collins, 19, of Van Lear, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at UK Medical Center, Lexington. Born March 25, 1984, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of Danny and Beverly Short Collins. She was employed with Kmart. She was preceded in death by a sister, Wendy Michelle Collins. Additional survivors maternal grandparents, Virginia and Jack Fchroeder of Arizona; and paternal grandparents, Billie and Floyd Collins of Van Lear; and a sister, Kristie Collins of Wittensville. Funeral services were Saturday, July 26, at Van Lear Enterprise Baptist Church, Van Lear, with Rev. Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Highland Park Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.31 2003


COMBS, William “Bill”
1928-2003
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 23, 1 p.m. at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Chapel for William “Bill” Combs, 75, who passed away Sunday, July 20 2003 at M.C.A.R. Hospital in West Liberty, Ky. Mr. Combs was born February 5, 1928 in Wolfe County, Ky., son of the late Arthur and Susie Banks Combs. He was the retired owner and operator of Combs’ Auto Service Station in West Liberty, Ky. He was preceded in death by son, Michael Combs, sister, Emma Wilson and brother, Seldon Combs. Surviving are his wife, Wanda Hounshell Combs; one daughter, Donna (Roger) Vanhoose of Paintsville, Ky.; two sons, Larry (Rhonda) Combs of Dayton, Ohio, and Steve (Priscilla) Combs of West Liberty, Ky.; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Rev. Allen Melton and Rev. Raymond Vancleave, with burial following in the Salyer Cemetery at West Liberty, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home of West Liberty, Ky.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jul.23 2003


CONLEY, Bearl
Died: Thursday, July 24, 2003
Age: 78
JOHNSON COUNTY — Bearl Conley, 78, of Van Lear, died Thursday, July 24, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Oct. 19, 1924, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Daniel Green and Mollie Burke Conley. He was a retired businessman. Survivors include a son, Anthony T. Conley of Lexington; a daughter, Kimberly Music of Van Lear; a brother, Charles Conley of Ashland; two sisters, Sarah Stratton and Sophia Conley, both of Van Lear; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, July 27, at Highland Church of Christ, Paintsville, with Revs. Jerry Scott and Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


CONLEY, Jimmy Jr.
Died: Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Age: 41
FLOYD COUNTY — Jimmy Conley Jr., 41, of Van Lear, died Tuesday, July 15 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Oct. 24, 1961, at Hindman, he was a son of Olive Slone Conley of Richmond and the late Jimmie Conley. He was a disabled coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Frankie Boyd Conley; a son, Brandon Conley of Meally; a daughter, Susan Conley of Louisville; a stepson, Kenneth Martin Asher of Pikeville; a stepdaughter, Stacey Kidd of Lexington; a brother, Keith Conley of Richmond; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Friday, July 18, at Church of Christ, Arkansas Creek, Martin, with Ronnie Samons officiating. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery, Arkansas Creek, Martin, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Jul.19 2003


DAVIS, Lena (Reed)
Died: Thursday, July 24, 2003
Age: 99
FLOYD COUNTY — Lena Davis, 99, of Dema, died Thursday, July 24, 2003 at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. Born Jan. 22, 1904, at Oil Springs, she was a daughter of the late George W. Reed and Ida Williams Reed. She was a homemaker and member and treasurer of Topmost Baptist Church, Topmost. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Davis; and a son, Robert Keith Davis. Survivors include a son, James M. Davis of Abingdon, Va.; two sisters, Edith Helton of Paintsville and Genevia Conley of Staffordsville; three grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, July 27, at Topmost Baptist Church with clergyman Carl Mullins officiating. Burial was in Chandler Cemetery, Lackey, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.31 2003


DILLS, Louie Faye (Combs)
Died: Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Age: 85
JOHNSON COUNTY — Louie Faye Dills, 85, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born July 4, 1918, in Fleming County, she was a daughter of the late Edgar and Effie Price Combs. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Dills. Survivors include a son, Charles Lee Dills of Belleville, Ill.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, July 24, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Mayo Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


FERGUSON, Arlen
Died: Sunday, July 27, 2003
Age: 85
JOHNSON COUNTY — Arlen Ferguson, 85, of Staffordsville, died Sunday, July 27, 2003 at his residence. Born April 4, 1918, in Moon, he was a son of the late George Barnes and Loretta Smith Ferguson. He was a plumber, a WW II Army veteran, and a member of DAV, VFW, and the Purple Heart Association. Survivors include his wife, Ella Ferguson; three daughters, Belva Lynn Fyffe of Staffordsville, Carren Elaine VanHoose of Paintsville and Jennifer Arlene Hamilton of Florence; a brother, Foster Ferguson of Raceland; a sister, Dixie Skaggs of Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 29, at Old Paint Primitive Baptist Church with Paul E. Keaton, Jerry Brown, Ellis Hamilton and Jim Blair officiating. Burial was in Paint Valley Memorial Gardens, Crockett, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.31 2003


FIELDS, Mary Eda (Collins)
Died: Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Age: 79
FLOYD COUNTY — Mary Eda Fields, 79, of Weeksbury, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Born Jan. 7, 1924, in Floyd County, she was a daughter of the late Taylor and Lula Collins. She was a homemaker and member of Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Lee “Popeye” Fields; a brother, Otto Collins; and a sister, Helen Hill. Survivors include four sons, Wendell Dennison of Columbia, Tenn., and Delmer Fields, Gerald Fields and Keith Fields, all of Lexington; a daughter, Glenda Baird of Russell Springs; a brother, Floyd Collins of Van Lear; a sister, Imogene Murphy of Van Lear; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, July 31, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial was in Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Aug.01 2003


HANNAH, Morris
Died: Saturday, July 05, 2003
Age: 97
JOHNSON COUNTY — Morris Hannah, 97, of Staffordsville, died Saturday, July 5, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 10, 1905, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Bill and Nola Fairchild Hannah. He was a farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mint Hannah; four sons, Bruce Hannah, Jack Hannah, Bill Hannah and Enoch F. Hannah; three daughters, Betty Fairchild, Helen Ratliff and Loraine Hannah; three brothers, Harlan Hannah, Clarence Hannah and Everett Hannah; and two sisters, Rule Hannah and Dessie Crace. Survivors include a sister, Lizzie Hannah of Staffordsville; 17 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 8, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Donald R. Caudill officiating. Burial was in Hannah Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.9 2003


JONES, Vivian
1955-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Vivian Jones, 47, who passed away Wednesday, July 16 2003.  Mrs. Jones was born November 10, 1955 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of Lorraine Fyffe Osborne and the late Lundy Cantrell. She was a homemaker. Surviving are ex-husband Bud Jones; one son Casey (Tabitha) Jones of Volga, Ky.; five sisters, Diane Ratliff of Sitka, Ky., Denise Howard of Van Lear, Ky., Gayle Meadows of Nippa, Ky., Mona Lemaster of Flat Gap, Ky. and Coleen Jordan of Paintsville; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Joshua Jones. The service was officiated by Denvil Mollette, Jerry Ross and Paul Ratliff, with burial following in the family cemetery at Stone Coal Road. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jul.23 2003


KESTNER, Alvis Albert
Died: Monday, July 14, 2003
Age: 73
JOHNSON COUNTY — Alvis Albert Kestner, 73, of Wittensville, died Monday, July 14, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born March 18, 1930, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Malchom and Clara Colvin Kestner. He was a general laborer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ray Kestner. Survivors include a son, Charles Kestner of Wittensville; two daughters, Sharon Hall and Debbie Evans, both of Hager Hill; two brothers, Harold Kestner of West Van Lear, and Elzie Kestner of Hager Hill; a sister, Dixie Conley of Hager Hill; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, July 17, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Dick VanHoose and Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Jul.19 2003


LANEY, Ruby M. (Gilpin)
Died: Friday, July 04, 2003
Age: 69
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Ruby M. Laney, 69, of Gapville, died Friday, July 4, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born June 20, 1934, in Royalton, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Arritta Wadkins Gilpin. She was an artist and a member of the United Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Laney. Survivors include two sons, Edward “Sunshine” Gilpin of Royalton and Arley Gilpin of Michigan; two daughters, Arnita Joseph and Hazel Bailey, both of Gapville; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, July 7, at Salt Lick United Baptist Church with Revs. Boone Allen and Irvin Allen Jr., officiating. Burial was in Gilpin and Laney Cemetery, Long Branch Road, Royalton, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.9 2003


LEMASTER, Ben
Died: Saturday, July 19, 2003
Age: 83
WEST VIRGINIA—Ben Lemaster, 83, of Fort Gay, W. Va., died Saturday, July 19, 2003 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center, Ashland. Born Oct. 22, 1919 at Whitehouse, he was a son of the late Charles and Martha Daniels Lemaster. He was a salesman with J. R. Miller Wholesale and a member of Eloise United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Caudill Lemaster, in 1987. Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis Sturgil of Ubly, Mich., Elaine Messer of Fort Gay, W. Va., and Benetta Fugate of Georgetown; three sons, Harold Ray Lemaster of Monticello, James “Bud” Lemaster of Ashland, and Dewey Lemaster of Louisa; a brother, Jimmy Lemaster of Fallsburg; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, July 21, at Eloise United Baptist Church with Elders Frankie Blevins, Perry Moore, James Carroll, and Jeff Carroll officiating. Burial was in See Cemetery, Louisa, under the direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.23 2003


LYKINS, Phyllis Jean (Bailey)
Died: Friday, July 25, 2003
Age: 70
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Phyllis Jean Bailey Lykins, 70, of Salyersville, died Friday, July 25, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Oct. 9, 1932, in Salyersville, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Carma Hall Bailey. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Church of God, Salyersville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Seldon Lykins; and a son, William David Lykins. Survivors include a daughter, Rose Mary Stewart of Betsy Layne; three brothers, Oval Bailey of Salyersville, Carles Bailey of West Liberty and Orvin Bailey of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Farah Dean Lykins and Anna Faye Vest, both of West Liberty; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, July 28, at Salyersville Funeral Home with Harold Keeton officiating. Burial was in Lykins Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.31 2003


MEEK, Clarence
Died: Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Age: 83
JOHNSON COUNTY — Clarence Meek, 83, of Boons Camp, died Wednesday, July 30, at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Jan. 10, 1920, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Jack and Jenetta Ward Meek. He was a retired school teacher/educator. Survivors include his wife, Billie Ruth Elkins Meek; a daughter, Paula Jones of Knoxville; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 3, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Bee Branch Road, Boons Camp, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


MEEK, George A.
Died: Sunday, July 20, 2003
Age: 63
JOHNSON COUNTY—George A. Meek, 63, of Meally, died Sunday, July 20, 2003 at his residence.  Born Feb. 17, 1940 in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Ted and Mae Castle Meek. He was a coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean Preston Meek, in 1996. Survivors include a son, David Wayne Meek of Meally; two brothers, Ted Meek Jr. of Tomahawk, and Ronald Meek of Boonscamp; and a sister, Clotine Lackey of Boonscamp. Funeral services will be today, Wednesday, July 23, at 1 p.m., at Jones- Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. David Meek and Isaac Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.23 2003


MOORE, James Vernon
1941-2003
 James Vernon Moore, 61, of Wittensville, died Saturday, July 12, 2003 at his home.  Mr. Moore was born July 28, 1941, in Johnson County.  He is survived by his wife, Jewel Moore.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Key Enterprise Baptist Church. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Friends may call anytime today and until time of the service Tuesday at the church.  Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville is in charge of arrangements.  Big Sandy News Monday Jul.14 2003


MURRAY, Clarence Edward
Died: Thursday, July 31, 2003
Age: 76
WEST VIRGINIA — Clarence Edward Murray, 76 of Kermit, W.Va., died Thursday, July, 31 2003 at J.J, Jordan Geriatric Center, Louisa. Born March 20,1927, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Elbert Murray and Oma Salyers Murray. He was an ordained minister of the Enterprise Baptist Association. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Murray; a daughter, Patricia Grim; two brothers, Cecil Murray and Paul Murray; and two sisters, Helen Murray and Hermalee Ross. He is survived by his wife, Goldine Ball Murray; two daughters, Mary Hall of Springfield, Ohio, and Sandra Church of Wallard; four brothers, Robert Murray of Dayton, Ohio, Thomas Murray of Paintsville, Troy Ray of Columbus, Ohio, and Phillip Murray, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio; four sisters, Nevelena Guesto of Florida, Maxene Ripley of Berea, and Irene Slone and Lorene Harris, both of Flat Gap; 14 stepchildren; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 2, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home with Russell Ball and Jay Burchwell officiating. Burial was in Salyers Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


RAMEY, Proctor
Died: Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Age: 85
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Proctor Ramey, 85, of Webbville, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at Grayson.  Born May 12, 1918, in Blaine, he was a son of the late James Thaddus and Nancy Elizabeth Sparks Ramey. He was a retired Kentucky state highway employee and a member of Big Blaine United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Marie Stewart Ramey. Survivors include three daughters, Betty Riley of Greenup, and Shirley Slone and Nancy Mae Griffith, both of Webbville; two sons, Homer Ramey and Freddie Ramey, both of Webbville; a brother, James Ramey of Blaine; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Friday, July 18, at Big Blaine United Baptist Church with elders Clarence Mathis, Billy Howard and Kennry Preece officiating. Burial will be at Sparks Cemetery, Blaine. Big Sandy News Friday Jul.19 2003


SEXTON, Phillip Samuel
Died: Sunday, July 06, 2003
Age: 56
JOHNSON COUNTY — Phillip Samuel Sexton, 56, of Paintsville, died Sunday, July 6, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Nov. 23, 1946, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Billy J. and Alma Branham Sexton. He was a Paintsville city sanitation worker. He was preceded in death by a brother, Vencil Sexton; and a sister, Doris Sexton. Survivors include his wife, Judy Fairchild Sexton of Paintsville; three sons, Phillip Eugene Sexton, Randy Lee Sexton and Jeffery Sexton, all of Paintsville; three daughters, Glenda Burke of Van Lear, Tammy Sexton of Hager Hill and Melinda LeMaster of Oil Springs; 11 brothers, Lee Sexton, Ernie Sexton, Keith Sexton, Mike Sexton, Bob Sexton, Johnny Bill Sexton, Gary Sexton, Albert Sexton and Stanley Sexton, all of Paintsville, and Steve Sexton of Thealka; two sisters, Joyce Baldridge of River and Deloris Hill of Paintsville; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 9, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Doug Crider and Wendell Isom officiating. Burial will be in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.9 2003


SIMONTON, Robert E. "Bob"
Died: Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Age: 70
JOHNSON COUNTY—Robert E. “Bob” Simonton, 70, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center Emergency Room, Paintsville. Born Dec. 25, 1932 in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Laman and Edna VanHoose Simonton. He was a retired postal worker and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Shannon Simonton of Paintsville; a son, John R. Simonton of Bonaire, Ga.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, July 19, at First Church of God, Paintsville, with Rev. Dan Heaberlin officiating. Masonic services were Friday, July 18, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Burial was in Mayo Cemetery, Paintsville, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


SKAGGS, Buell
Died: Sunday, July 13, 2003
Age: 80
JOHNSON COUNTY — Buell Skaggs, 80, of Lowmansville, died Sunday, July 13, 2003 at his residence. Born Feb. 26, 1923, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Jonah and Virgie Young Skaggs. He was a retired coal miner and a member of Chestnut Grove Enterprise Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Violet Wilcox Skaggs of Lowmansville; two sons, Keith Skaggs and John Skaggs, both of Lowmansville; a daughter, Sandra Lynn Jennings of Oakwood, Ohio; two brothers, Herbert Skaggs of Ulysses and Joe Skaggs of Lowmansville; two sisters, Pauline Lemaster of Lowmansville and Ruth Martin of Chesapeake, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 16, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Ellis Hamilton and John Skaggs officiating. Burial will be in Buell Skaggs Cemetery, Wittensville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.16 2003


VANHOOSE, Hollie
Died: Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Age: 88
JOHNSON COUNTY—Hollie VanHoose, 88, of Tutor Key, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at his residence. Born June 5, 1915, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Albert and Christine Howard VanHoose. He was a retired coal miner and a member of Baker Branch Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Roberta Daniel VanHoose; seven sons, Hershell VanHoose and Luther VanHoose, both of Tutor Key, Harold VanHoose of Tampa, Fla., James VanHoose of Delaware, Ohio, Hollie Jay VanHoose of Dayton, Ohio, Roger VanHoose of Staffordsville, and Venny VanHoose of Louisa; five daughters, Ruby Daniel of River, Jean Picklesimer of Clayton, Ohio, Geneva Caudill of Stambaugh, Lillian Hayes of Lowmansville, and Sharon Woods of Hager Hill; two brothers, Clyde VanHoose of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and Ralph VanHoose of Falcon; 27 grandchildren, 26 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m., at Baker Branch Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. J. K. Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Friday Jul.25 2003


VANHOOSE, Neva (VanHoose)
Died: Monday, July 14, 2003
Age: 76
JOHNSON COUNTY — Neva VanHoose, 76, of Tutor Key, died Monday, July 14 2003. Born Dec. 9, 1926, in West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Rilda Daniel VanHoose. She was a cook with Tommy’s Restaurant, Paintsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar T. “Tommy” VanHoose. Survivors include three sons, Terry Lee VanHoose and Larry Calvin VanHoose, both of Tutor Key, and Jerry Edward VanHoose of Nippa; two daughters, Brenda Sue Castle of Tutor Key, and Linda Lou Slone of Wittensville; three sisters, Erma Lee Salyers of Tutor Key, Emma Jean Preston of West Virginia and Louise Milligan; a brother, James Kenneth VanHoose of Wittensville; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, July 17, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Hubert Slone and Hollie J. VanHoose officiating. Burial was in Vanhoose Cemetery, Tutor Key, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Jul.19 2003


WELLS, Dwayne
Died: Monday, July 21, 2003
Age: 52
JOHNSON COUNTY — Dwayne Wells, 52, of Van Lear, died Monday, July 21, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born May 14, 1951, in Johnson County, he was a son of Nevard Wells of Van Lear and Genene Wells, also of Van Lear. He was a former Martin County Coal employee. He was preceded in death by a son, Nevard Jackson Wells.  Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Morrison Wells of Van Lear; two sons, Kristopher Wells of Lexington, and Michael Butcher of Prestonsburg; a daughter, Kimberly Wells Harris of Martin; a stepdaughter, Shanna Castle of Van Lear; a brother, Garold Wells of Van Lear; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, July 25, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Burial was in Wells Family Cemetery, Van Lear, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


WILLIAMS, Ethel (Caudill)
Died: Sunday, July 27, 2003
Age: 90 JOHNSON COUNTY — Ethel Williams, 90, of Staffordsville, died Sunday, July 27, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 2, 1913, in Riceville, she was a daughter of the late Charley and Gracie Arms Caudill. She was a homemaker and a member of Old Union United Baptist Church, Staffordsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Williams; and a daughter, Thelma Cling. Survivors include five sons, Charles Williams, Eldon Williams and Donald Williams, all of Staffordsville, Walter Williams of Nippa, and David Williams of Paintsville; a daughter, Glenna Trimble of Staffordsville; a sister, Marie Rice of Oil Springs; a brother, Hager Caudill of Oil Springs; 18 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 30, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Elders John Sparks, Kenny Pelphrey and John G. Pelphrey officiating. Burial will be in Williams Family Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jul.31 2003


WOLFE, Silas Dean, Jr.
1924-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 20, 2:30 p.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Silas Dean Wolfe, Jr., 78, who passed away Thursday, July 3 2003 at the V. A. Facility at Hazard, Ky. Mr. Wolfe was born October 24, 1924 in Pike County, Ky., son of the late Silas Dean, Sr. and Crace Williams Wolfe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Dills Wolfe. Surviving are one son, Roderick Wolfe of Clarksville, Tenn.; one daughter, Patricia Colvin; one brother, Lawrence Wolfe of Ironton, Ohio; one sister, Della Irvin of Wittensville, Ky.; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by W. J. Womack, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Part at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jul.23 2003


AUGUST - 2003

BARNETT, Arcoma Sue (Meade)
1941-2003
 Arcoma Sue Meade Barnett of Johnson Fork Road, Catlettsburg, Ky., passed away after an extended illness Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, in King's Daughters Medical Center. She was 62 years of age. Mrs. Barnett was born June 28, 1941, in Van Lear, Ky., a daughter of the late Eddie and Zora Daniels Meade. She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Noke Richard Barnett; two sons, Chris Barnett of Catlettsburg and Tony Barnett and his wife, Carol, of Wurtland, Ky.; two daughters, Kathy Robinson and her husband, Randy, of South Point, Ohio, and Teresa Rice, and her husband, Scott, of Ashland, Ky.; one brother, Nicholas Felty of Modesta, Calif.; one sister, Sylvia Large of Flatwoods, Ky.; six grandchildren, J.C. Kruger, Brandon Barnett, Michele McKnight, Kyle White, Thomas White and Kayla White; and three great-grandchildren, Nikkolas Seth Barnett, Elanah McKnight and Gavan Horan. Besides her father and mother, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Rapp; and her great-grandchild, Ryan Bester Kruger. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Neal Funeral Home in Catlettsburg with the Rev. Mike Amos officiating the service. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland. Visitation for family and friends is Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Daily Independent Wednesday Aug 13 2003

BLAIR, Jettie (Thompson)
 1908-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, August 25, 11 a.m. at the Burke Funeral Home in Prestonsburg, Ky. for Jettie Blair, 95, who passed away Saturday, August 23 2003 at her residence. Mrs. Blair was born March 18, 1908 in Blaine, Ky., daughter of the late Richard and Sara Jane (Caudill) Thompson. She was a member of the Brandy Keg Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Blair was preceded in death by her husband, Verlie (Buck) Blair. Surviving are five sons, Robert D. Blair, Fredrick Blair, John R. Blair, Bill Blair, all of Prestonsburg, Ky., and James E. Blair of Columbia, Tenn.; one daughter, Mabelene Blackburn of Willard, Ohio; one sister, Hattie Bowe of Columbus, Ohio; 26 grandchildren, several great and great-great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Bro. Roger Music, Bro. Bobby Neile Osborne and the Rev. Birkey Lewis, with burial following in the Blair Cemetery at Paintsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.27 2003


BLAIR, Raymond
Died: Monday, August 18, 2003
Age: 77
JOHNSON COUNTY — Raymond Blair, 77, of Hager Hill, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 at his residence. Born Aug 13, 1926, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Everett and Marie Whitaker Blair. He was a retired Johnson County deputy sheriff. Survivors include a brother, Earl D. Blair of Franklin, Ohio. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Hubert Slone, Lowell Pelphrey, and Richard Greene officiating. Burial will be in Blair Family Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Aug.20 2003


BOWEN, Phoebe
1918-2003
 Phoebe Mollett Bowen, 85, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003 in Greenbriar Healthcare Center in Wheelersburg. Mrs. Bowen was born Feb. 26, 1918, in Johnson County, Ky.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Bowen.  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore, Ky. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. till the funeral hour Tuesday. Daily Independent Monday Aug 11 2002


BOWENS, James R.
Died: Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Age: 31
JOHNSON COUNTY — James R. Bowens, 31, of Van Lear, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003 at his residence.  Born Oct. 27, 1971, in Johnson County, he was a son of Wilma Pennington Bowens of Van Lear and the late Elmer Bowens. Additional survivors include two brothers, Elmer Bowens of Prestonsburg and David Lee Bowens of Auxier; and two sisters, Rose Marie Palmer of Wabash, Ind., and Nancy Webb of Johnson County. Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 8, at Old Log Church, Daniels Creek, Van Lear, with Revs. Ted Dawson and Harold Auxier officiating. Burial was in Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


BROWN, Douglas Lloyd
Died: Friday, August 22, 2003
Age: 78
FLOYD COUNTY — Douglas Lloyd Brown, 78, of Staffordsville, died Friday, Aug. 22, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 17, 1925, at Van Lear, he was a son of the late George D. Brown and Molly Berry Brown and stepson of Mary Jane Akers Brown. He was former company president and former chairman of the board for 30 years at Brown Food Service, Inc., Louisa, and a WW II U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Douglas Brown of Wilmington, N.C., and Wayne Louis Brown of Prestonsburg; a brother, John Forrest Brown of Callawassie Island, S.C.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 25, at Carter Funeral Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Mark Walz officiating. Burial was in Holbrook Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, with military graveside services by Big Sandy Chapter #18. Pallbearers were Larry Brown, Gary Brown, Wayne Taylor, Larry Howell, Justin Blanton, David Macavoy, Drew Brown and Doug Brown. Big Sandy News Friday Aug 29 2003


BURCHETT, Hysell
Died: Friday, August 08, 2003
Age: 87
JOHNSON COUNTY — Hysell Burchett, 87, of Staffordsville, died Friday, Aug. 8, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Born Jan. 30, 1916, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late George and Martha Ann Stambaugh Burchett. He was a retired educator. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Burchett; and a sister, Mary Brown. Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou Meade Burchett of Staffordsville; a son, Dwight H. Burchett of Staffordsville; a daughter, Bettina Lynn Burchett Patrick of Lexington; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Lowell Rice officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


CASTLE, Gene
1923-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 22, 1 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Gene Castle, 80, who passed away Monday, August 18 2003 at V. A. Medical Center in Huntington, W. Va. Mr. Castle was born February 24, 1923 in Floyd County, Ky., son of the late Luther and Ruth Cooper Castle. He was a retired Master Sergeant with the U. S. Army. Surviving are one niece, Anita Spencer of Paintsville, Ky.; one great-nephew, Daniel Spencer. The service was officiated by Dick VanHoose and Joe Adkins, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park where military services will be provided by the Auxier Chapter of the D. A. V. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky.   Paintsville Herald Friday Aug.22 2003


CASTLE, Hayley Jade
Died: Tuesday, August 19, 2003
JOHNSON COUNTY
Hayley Jade Castle died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at her residence. Born July 7, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, she was a daughter of Jeana Caudill and Chuck Castle, both of Paintsville. Additional survivors include two brothers, Jacob Glover and Gregory Castle, both of Johnson County; and three sisters, Audrey Caudill and Courtney Caudill, both of Johnson County, and Natasha Castle of Circleville. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 21, at Childers Funeral Home, Meally, with Rev. Orville Short officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Childers Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Aug.22 2003


CHILDERS, Edna Pauline (Preston)
Died: Monday, August 11, 2003
Age: 88
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Edna Pauline Childers, 88, of Louisa, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2003 at Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. Born June 3, 1915, in Paintsville, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Lillian Wilburn Preston. She was a clerk at the Louisa Department Store, a volunteer for senior citizens and a member of the United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Mose Preston; and second husband, William Childers. Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Myers of Louisa; a son, John Arthur Preston of Ashland; a sister, Margaret VanHoose of Richardson; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa, with Rev. Tommy Meade officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, under direction of Young Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Aug 13 2003


CROTHERS, Malinda (Preston)
1952-2003
Memorial services were held Saturday, August 23, 11 a.m. at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, W. Va., for Malinda Preston Crothers, 51, who passed away Thursday, August 21 2003 at Charleston Area Medical Center. Mrs. Crothers was born January 11, 1952 in Paintsville, Ky., daughter of the late Delmas Jay, Sr. and Victoria Trimble Preston. She was a graduate of Paintsville High School. She was a member, secretary, and assistance musical director at Christ Church United Methodist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Crothers, sister, Martha Belle Franklin, brother, Delmas Jay “DJ” Preston. Surviving are two sons, Aaron Crother of Morgantown, W. Va., and Nick (Julianna) Crothers of Charleston, W. Va.; one grandson, Noah Crothers of Charleston, W. Va.; one brother, William Cyrus “Billy” (Kim) Preston; one niece, Baily Preston; four nephews, Jeff, Jack, and Jon and Zachary Preston. Arrangements under the direction of Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home of Charleston, W. Va. and Preston Family Funeral Home of Ashland, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.27 2003


DEROSSETT, Viola (May) (Cooley)
1918-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 28, 1 p.m. at the Community Methodist Church at Prestonsburg, Ky., for Viola May Cooley DeRossett, 85, who passed away Sunday, August 24 at Highland Regional Medical Center. Mrs. DeRossett was born March 15, 1918 at Bonanza, Ky., daughter of the late Sherman B. and Martha L. Music May. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Otis Cooley, and second husband, Jack DeRossett. Surviving are five sons, Otis, Hansel (Frances) Cooley, Harry Vincel (June) Cooley, Ronald Lamar (Connie) Cooley, James William Cooley, all of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Caleb Bernard (Edwina) Cooley of Pikeville, Ky.; two sisters, Oma Hughes and Malta Prater, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Steve Pescosolido and the Rev. Paul Coleman, with burial following in the Richmond Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.27 2003


FAIRCHILD, Margaret Louise "Susie" (Moss)
Died: Sunday, August 24, 2003
Age: 72
JOHNSON COUNTY — Margaret Louise “Susie” Fairchild, 72, of West Liberty, died Sunday, Aug. 24, at Mary Rutan Hospital, Belletontaine, Ohio. Born Aug. 27, 1930, in Georgetown, she was a daughter of the late Coleman and Lucy Dunn Moss. She was an assembler and a member of Riceville Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel Baker; and second husband, Scott Oakland Fairchild. Survivors include a sister, Della Carmean of West Liberty; a brother, Ernest Moss of Garrett; two stepsons, Scott Fairchild of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Mark Fairchild of Texas; and two stepdaughters, Kay Donner of North Carolina and Sharon Johnson of Stanton. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 28, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Donnie Patrick officiating. Burial was in Fairchild-Lemaster Cemetery under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Aug 29 2003


FYFFE, Came B.
Died: Monday, August 04, 2003
Age: 81
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Came B. Fyffe, 81, of Martha, died Monday, Aug. 4 2003. Born Sept. 17, 1921, in Relief, he was a son of the late Cambridge and Susanna Ferguson Fyffe. He was a pipefitter, a member of Local 577 at Portsmouth, a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church, and a WW II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Elva Sturgill Fyffe of Martha; two daughters, Sherry Blanton of Wittensville and Janie Owens of Hager Hill; a sister, Grace Sturgill of Blaine; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Elizabeth Baptist Church, Martha, with Revs. Donnie Sturgill, Kenneth Sturgill and Lloyd West officiating. Burial will be in Sturgill Family Cemetery, Martha, under direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Wednesday Aug.06 2003


GAMBLE, Hollie
Died: Thursday, August 14, 2003
Age: 73
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Hollie Gamble, 73, of Salyersville, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born March 30, 1930, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Floyd and Lula Estep Gamble. He was a retired construction worker. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mitchel Gamble; and two sisters, Roadie Young and Pearl Hall. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Young Gamble of Salyersville; six sons, Tony Gamble, Edgar Gamble, Vernon Gamble, James Gamble, Glenn Richard Gamble, and Hollie Jr. Gamble, all of Salyersville; three daughters, Donie Taulbee and Sharon Sue Gamble, both of Salyersville, and Brenda Lou Slone of Oil Springs; four brothers, Chester Eugene Gamble of Salyersville, and Woody Gamble, Ransie Gamble and Malcom Gamble, all of Piqua, Ohio; five sisters, Birdie Coffee, Ruby Young, Judy Marie Wheeler, and Dollie Young, all of Piqua, Ohio, and Wanda Hall of Salyersville; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 17, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Revs. Hubert Slone and Willard Holliday officiating. Burial was in Gamble Family Cemetery, Litterals Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Aug.20 2003


HAGER, Randall Lee
Died: Sunday, August 10, 2003
Age: 63
FLOYD COUNTY — Randall Lee Hager, 63, of Auxier, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 11, 1939, in Auxier, he was the son of the late Paul C. and Juanita Price Hager. He was a retired IBM employee, self-employed at Hager’s Typewriter Repair, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a member of Auxier DAV and Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Judith Porter Hager; two sons, Randall Lee Hager II of Sonfield, Mich., and William Michael Hager of Bull Creek; three daughters, Laura Ward Hager of Auxier, Danita Wireman Gayheart of Staffordsville and Stephanie Wireman Mays of Lexington; a brother, Paul Dwayne Hager of Clewiston, Fla.; a sister, Sue Hager Morrison of Auxier; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Auxier Freewill Baptist Church with Bobby Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Auxier Relocation Cemetery under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday Aug 13 2003


HOWARD, Mary Alice (Montgomery)
Died: Saturday, August 09, 2003
Age: 104
JOHNSON COUNTY — Mary Alice Howard, 104, of Paintsville, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003 at her residence. Born March 21, 1899, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late Farish and Sarah Skaggs Montgomery. She was a homemaker and a member of Tarklin Old Regular Baptist Church of Paintsville, and a past member of Johnson County Republican Women’s Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Howard. Survivors include two sons, Lee Howard Jr. and Paul Harrison Howard, both of Paintsville; four daughters, Esta Williams and Angie Hickman, both of Paintsville, Noretta Grimm of Pedro, Ohio, and Mary Gullett of Lansing, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren; and a great-great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Revs. Larry Blair and Gary Blair, and Elder Paul Pelphrey officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Aug.15 2003


HURST, Loren
1921-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 26, 1 p.m. at Phelps & Son Funeral Home in Paintsville, Ky., for Loren Hurst, 81, who passed away Saturday, August 22 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mr. Hurst was born January, 25, 1921 in Jamestown, Tenn., son of the late James and Wytie Stinson Hurst. He was a dye master and served in WWII. Surviving are his wife, Reva Roberts Hurst; three sons, Loren F. Hurst, Jr., Richard Wilcox of Van Lear, Ky., and Tony Robinson of Paintsville, Ky.; five daughters, Betty Charles of Van Lear, Ky., Jo Ann Conn of Prestonsburg, Ky., Janie Bartley of London, Ky., Sandy Funderburg of Lima, Ohio and Barbara Hurst of Oak Harbor, Washington; four brothers, Glenn Hurst of Frankfort, Ky., John Hurst of Springfield, Ohio, Gen Hurst of New Castle, Ind. and Larry Hurst of Albany, Ky.; four sisters, Elizabeth Livermore of Freemont, Ind., Vina Hurst of Newark, Ohio, Sherry Hurley and Faye Everley, both of Akron, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The service was officiated by Bobby Jo Spencer, with burial following in the family cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky. The arrangements under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Hager Hill, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.27 2003


LEMASTER, Kenneth
1944-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 23, 11 a.m. at The Peaceful Valley Church at Flat Gap, Ky. for Kenneth Lemaster, 58, who passed away Tuesday, August 19 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville, Ky. Mr. Lemaster was born September 10, 1944 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late Buell and Allie Pennington Lemaster. He was preceded in death by one brother, Clyde Lemaster. Mr. Lemaster was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife, Carlene Jenkins Lemaster; one son Kenneth Dwayne Lemaster of Red Bush, Ky.; four daughters, Vanessa Jenkins of Keaton, Ky. Therasia Williams and Allie Marie Jude, both of Flat Gap, Ky. and Kendra Standifer of Red Bush, Ky.; four brothers, Willis Lemaster of Red Bush, Ellis Lemaster of Columbus, Ohio, Darrell Lemaster of Oil Springs, Ky. and Wallace Lemaster of Plain City, Ohio; four sisters, Martha Kimbleton of Staff, Ohio, Lennie Fowler of Columbus, Ohio, Katherine Cantrell of Flat Gap, Ky., and Roxie Lemaster of Oil Springs, Ky.; 8 grandchildren. The service was officiated by Eual McKenzie and Jay Wright, with burial following in the Jenkins-Lemaster Cemetery at Flat Gap, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Childers Funeral Home of Meally, Ky.   PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.27 2003


LOVELY, Stephen Homer
Died: Monday, August 04, 2003
Age: 30
FLOYD COUNTY - Stephen Homer Lovely, 30, of Gunlock, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Sept. 22, 1972, in Paintsville, he was the son of Jimmy Lovely and Darcus Shepherd of Gunlock. He was a security officer for Burns-Pinkerton Co. Survivors include a son, Hobert “Buddy” Bailey Jr., of Gunlock; three brothers, Jimmy D. Lovely of New London, Ohio, and Timothy Wayne Lovely and Gary Lewis Lovely, both of Gunlock; two sisters, Barbara Lynn Caldwell and Lisa Gwen Bentley, both of Gunlock; and his maternal grandmother, Beatrice Shepherd. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 6. at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel with clergyman Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Lovely Cemetery, Gunlock, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Aug.06 2003


MARTIN, Nancy (Wheeler)
1917 2003
 Nancy Wheeler Martin, lifelong resident of Paintsville, passed away Monday, August 25, in her home on Main Street, after an extended illness. She was the daughter of Henry Jackson and Levisa Fannin Wheeler. She was preceded in death by her brother, Herman F. Wheeler of Paintsville, and sister, Hazel Wheeler Tygrett of Dallas, Texas. Nancy was an active member of this community for almost 80 years. She was a member of the Paintsville Women’s League, American Cancer Society, and the First United Methodist Church. She served as the treasurer of the church building fund, as well as memorial fund for many years. Nancy also assisted in establishing the “Gray Ladies,” who provided the Paintsville Elementary School with an on- campus nurse’s aid facility. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, William C. Martin, Paintsville; one son, William C. Martin, Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Jerry Martin of Allen and Ruby Gullett of Winchester, as well as nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, September 2. Internment was at the the Highland Memorial Cemetery PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP.03 2003

NOT LISTED IN ORIGINAL OBITUARY: Nancy Wheeler Martin, 86, of Paintsville, died Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. Martin was born April 2, 1917, in Johnson County. 


MCKENZIE, Rosa  (Stambaugh)
1914-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 19, 11 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Rosa McKenzie, 89, who passed away Friday, August 15, 2003. Mrs. McKenzie was born January 11, 1914 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of the late Ralph and Ellen Stambaugh. She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn McKenzie. Surviving are one daughter, Maxie Lee Salyer of Dayton, Ohio; 1 granddaughter and 1 great-granddaughter. The service was officiated by John R. Pelphrey, with burial following in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky.   Paintsville Herald Friday Aug.22 2003


MEADE, Eunice (Brown)
Died: Sunday, August 17, 2003
Age: 91
FLOYD COUNTY — Eunice Martin, 91, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at her residence. Born Oct. 21, 1911, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Billy and Merzie Castle Brown. She was a homemaker and member of the First Church of God in Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Meade; two brothers, Virgil Brown and Harry Quinton Brown; and a sister, Lois Salyers. Survivors include four daughters, Helen Osborne of Akron, Ohio, Kathleen Peot of New Carlisle, Ohio, Ruth Houston of Albuquerque, N.M., and Karen Meade of Staffordsville; a son, Ronald Meade of Prestonsburg; a brother, Paul Brown; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 19, at First Church of God, Prestonsburg, with Steven V. Williams officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Friday Aug.22 2003


PELPHREY, John Patrick
2003-2003
Funeral services were held Monday, August 25, 10 a.m. at Westside Baptist Church for John Patrick Pelphrey of Mobile, Ala., who died Friday at Shands at the University of Florida. He died at birth. Survivors include his parents, John and Tracy Marie Pelphrey, both of Mobile, Ala: one brother, Jaxson Hamilton Pelphrey; one sister, Grace Donovan Pelphrey, both of Mobile, Ala.; maternal grandparents, Henry and Patty Lyon of Paintsville, Ky.; paternal grandparents, Jack and Jennie Pelphrey, also of Paintsville, Ky.; two great-grandmothers, Edna Staniford of Paintsville, Ky., and Christine Lyon of Salyersville, Ky. The service was officiated by Dr. Gary Crawford, with burial following in Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central in Gainesville, Fla. Arrangements under the direction of Forest Meadows Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Children’s Miracle Network in the name of John Patrick Pelphrey at 1-800-284-6472. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP-03 2003


PERKOWSKI, James
1977-2003
Graveside services were held Wednesday, August 13, 12 noon at Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. for James Perkowski, 26, who passed away Monday, August 4 2003. Mr. Perkowski was born January 23, 1977 in Johnson County, Ky., son of Jeffery Perkowski of Tenn. and Anita Caudill Opp of Naples, Fla. He was serving with the U. S. military. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Michelle Perkowski; two sons, Damion and Marcus Perkowski, both of San Pedro, Ca.; maternal grandmother, Georgean Caudill of Staffordsville, Ky.; two sisters, Cristy Michelle Perkowski of Naples, Fla., and Kelly Marie Griffith of Biloxi, Miss.; one niece, Katlin Rae Seimon; one nephew, Ethan Taylor. The service was officiated by Dick VanHoose and Donald Ray Caudill. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY AUG.27 2003


PERRY, Allan Scott III
Died: Thursday, August 07, 2003
Age: 49
JOHNSON COUNTY — Allan Scott Perry III, 49, of Paintsville, died Thursday, Aug. 7, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born Sept. 19, 1953, in Cabell County, W.Va. he was a son of Allan “Bud” and Margaret “Peggy” Perry. He was editor/publisher of The Big Sandy News. Additional survivors include his wife, Celeste Preston Perry; a daughter, Megan Celeste Perry of Villa Hills; a son, Allan Scott Perry IV of Paintsville; and two sisters, Marjie Hale and Mary Beth Haney, both of Paintsville. Funeral services were noon Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Mayo Methodist Church, Paintsville, with John Boyd officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug  2003



 

PERRY, Jack Harlan
1907-2003
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 30, 1 p.m. at Little Friendship United Baptist Church for Jack Harlan Perry, 96, who passed away at his residence. Mr. Perry was born March 25, 1907 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late George and Lidia Delong Perry. Mr. Perry was a retired coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Hale Perry. Surviving are two sons, Jack Dempsey Perry of Williamsport, Ky., and Jack Perry, Jr. of Boons Camp, Ky.; two daughters, Pansey Crum of Louisa, Ky., and Christine Rathhammer of Tulsa, Ok.; two sisters, Sarah Daniels of Boons Camp, Ky. and Marie “Diner” Smith of Girrard, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Jake Crum, Clarence Mathis, Jr. and Claude Mollette, with burial following in the Dennie Pigg Cemetery at Boons Camp, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD FRIDAY AUG 29 2003

NOTE: Jack Harlan Perry, 96, of Boons Camp, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at his home. 


PICKLESIMER, Verna Evelyn (Estep)
Died: Thursday, August 21, 2003
Age: 77
JOHNSON COUNTY — Verna Evelyn Estep Picklesimer, 77, of Flat Gap, died Thursday, Aug. 21, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born July 22, 1926, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Lilburn H. Estep and Julia Young Picklesimer. She was a after school day care worker with W. R. Castle Elementary School. Survivors include her husband, Francis Milton Picklesimer; six sons, Francis Leroy Picklesimer and Ronnie Dean Picklesimer, both of Chesapeake, Ohio, Robert Leon Picklesimer of Staffordsville, Larry Clayton Picklesimer of Copperas Cove, Texas, Hansford Dulton Picklesimer of Bedford, Va., and Timothy Gene of Flat Gap; two daughters, Virginia Lynn Click of Flat Gap and Janet Eileen Hall of Prestonsburg; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 24, at Paintsville Church of Christ, Paintsville, with Rev. Kenneth Chambers officiating. Burial was in Sheridan Estep Family Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Friday Aug 29 2003



 

POINDEXTER, Larry Wayne Sr.
Died: Wednesday, August 06, 2003
Age: 51
JOHNSON COUNTY — Larry Wayne Poindexter Sr., 51, of West Van Lear, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, at his residence. Born July 17, 1952, in Memphis, Tenn., he was a son of the late James and Robbie Poindexter. He was a U. S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Salyers Poindexter of West Van Lear; a son, Larry Poindexter Jr. of West Van Lear; four daughters, Stacy Lilly of Columbus, Ohio, and Sherlynn Poindexter, Shayna Poindexter, and Sesyli Poindexter, all of West Van Lear; a brother, Benny Poindexter of Memphis; four sisters, Loretta Moore and Jean Blue, both of Memphis, Lanetha Woods of Olive Branch, Miss., and Myrtle Samuels of Wisconsin; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 10, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Robert McDavid and Benny Poindexter officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


PRATER, Geneva (Holland)
Died: Sunday, August 24, 2003
Age: 64
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Geneva Holland Prater, 64, of Salyersville, died Sunday, Aug. 24, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 2, 1939, in Floyd County, she was a daughter of Mollie Manuel Holland and the late Jesse Holland. She was a retired store clerk and a member of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Clifford Holland, Paul Holland, Saul Holland and Sammuel Holland. Survivors include her husband, James B. Prater of Salyersville; a son, Victor Prater of Thelma; a daughter, Mollie Burchett of Grass Lake, Mich.; two brothers, Clayton Holland of East Point,and Cletus Holland of Warsaw, Ind.; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Revs. Floyd Arnett officiating. Burial will be in Prater Cemetery, Mash Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Aug 29 2003


PRESTON, James Richard
1928-2003
 James Richard Preston began his successful career as a funeral director in 1948, when he was first employed by the venerable John A. Jones at the Jones Funeral Home on Main Street in Paintsville, Ky. It was clear that Jim's personality and sensitivity to the deep personal losses of others made him ideally suited to the funeral business. His innate business acumen combined with his warm personality and community spirit established the foundation for his career as a builder and developer, as well. Jim Preston was born Nov. 27, 1928, a son of J. Milo and Sally Auxier Preston. He died Aug. 29, 2003, at the age of 74. On Sept. 10, 1955, he married Marda Joan Kirk, daughter of Peggy and Andrew Kirk. Jim and Marda had two children, Peggy Ann Preston Hager of Ocala, Fla., and James Andrew Preston of Paintsville. In addition to his wife and children, Jim is survived by six grandchildren, Casey Allison and Daniel Preston Hager and Shanna Rhea, Whitney Michelle, Callie Renee and Andrew Kirk Preston. Also surviving are a brother, William Donald Preston of Hager Hill, Ky.; and two sisters, M. Ann Preston Grooms of Cincinnati and Mary Elizabeth Preston Fraim of Hager Hill. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Paintsville and the East Point Masonic Lodge. Jim graduated from Van Lear High School in 1946 and briefly worked in logging and construction before being drawn to the funeral business with Mr. Jones. He entered embalming school in Louisville, Ky., in 1950, and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in June 1951. In June 2001, Jim Preston was recognized by the Kentucky Funeral Directors Association for his dedicated service with a 50-year pin. On July 3, 1951, Jim entered the United States Army. He served in Korea for 18 months before returning home to Paintsville, where he resumed his career in the funeral business. He remained in the U.S. Army Reserve until he was granted an honorable discharge in 1959. In 1954, Jim Preston became a partner in what became known as the Jones-Preston Funeral Home. The business moved to the corner of Second and Church streets in 1956, just in time for the Great Flood of 1957, less than a year later. In 1972, after suffering through a number of other floods, the growing business moved into its present home, a building designed to serve the needs of families in Johnson County. This was the first building in the Big Sandy designed and built specifically as a funeral home. In the meantime, Jim Preston had not neglected his community or his bent toward entrepreneurial business endeavors. In 1959, he opened Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, Ky. He would later develop Mendota Village and Oaklawn Estates in Hager Hill, and in the course of the latter, he provided land for Porter Elementary School. Other development projects included Woodland Place and a portion of Powell Addition. Jim served as Johnson County coroner for two terms from 1962 to 1970 and on various boards and commissions of the city and county. In 1973, he honored his fellow veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars by donating and erecting a monument to their memory on the grounds of the Johnson County Courthouse. In 1984, as a part of the Paintsville Sesquicentennial Celebration, Jim donated a bronze plaque to memorialize a time capsule and Sesquincentennial Tree placed on the courthouse lawn by the Paintsville Garden Club. He also donated the stately bronze plaque that marks another Garden Club beautification project - the one located at the corner of Main and College streets at the entrance to the city parking lot. Jim Preston had a significant role in the life of Paintsville and Johnson County for more than 50 years. In 1984, however, his health forced him into retirement. Actually, it was more semi- retirement, for Jim Preston remained active in the business of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, a business which he had built into one of the most successful funeral homes in eastern Kentucky, even as he turned the daily operation over to his son, James Andrew. Just a couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to visit Jim for more than an hour here at the funeral home. As we sat at the opening to the garage next door, one of his favorite resting places, we shared stories of our ailments – diabetes, hypertension, heart surgery, tremors - and the problems of aging, as old men are wont to do. We also shared recollections of the past in Paintsville and Johnson County. As Jim discussed people, places and events that had been important in his life, he reinforced what I had always known, that he had a deep and abiding love for the people of our native county ... people he had served faithfully and well throughout his life. Today, Jim Preston and his family should be pleased to know that his legacy will continue to serve them for many years to come. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, Ky. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church in Paintsville.  Daily Independent Monday Sep.01 2003


PRICE, Stella (Honshell)
1914-2003
Memorial services were held Sunday, August 31, 2 p.m. at Jones- Preston Funeral Chapel for Stella Price, 89, who passed away Sunday, August 24, in Huntsville, Texas.  Mrs. Price was born April 25, 1914 in Canel City, Ky., daughter of the late James Franklin and Nancy Howard Honshell. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. C. “Cleaburn” Price. Surviving are one son, John T. Martin of Huntsville, Texas. The service was officiated by David Wells, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sep.10 2003


RATLIFF, Sam  Jr.
Died: Sunday, August 24, 2003
Age: 76
WEST VIRGINIA — Rev. Sam Ratliff Jr., 76, of Ragland, W. Va. died Sunday, Aug. 24, at Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born July 23, 1927, in Chestnut, he was a son of the late Sam Sr. and Dessie Cline Ratliff. He was a retired coal miner with Island Creek Coal Corp., and a US WWII Air Force veteran. He was the pastor of the Ragland Freewill Baptist Church for more than 40 years and pastor of the Lovely Freewill Baptist Church for two years. He was preceded in death by five brothers; three sisters; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Rowland Ratliff; a son, Kim Ratliff of Ragland; two daughters, Vanessa Stumbo of Columbia, Tenn., and Karen Tackett of Dandridge, Tenn.; two sisters, Louella Branham of Van Lear and Betty Jo Johnson of Lexington; six grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 28, at Ragland Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Lewis Hall Jr. and Lonnie Ratliff officiating. Burial was in Rowland Cemetery, Whitehouse, under direction of Chafin Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Aug 29 2003


REYNOLDS, Charles
1930-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 2, 4 p.m. at the Sparks Cemetery at Blaine, Ky., for Charles Reynolds, 73, who passed away Thursday, August 28 2003. Mr. Reynolds was born March 27, 1930 in Southside, W. Va., son of the late Peyton and Lena Reynolds. He was a carpenter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charolette Reynolds. Surviving are one son, Mike Curtis of Marietta, Ohio; two daughters, Pamela Reynolds of Martins Ferry, Ohio, and Rhonda Snyder of Marietta, Ohio; two stepsons, Ricky and Val Davis, both of Sitka, Ky.; two step-daughters, Karen Stumbo of Prestonsburg, Ky.. and Teresa Holbrook of Paintsville, Ky.; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by the Rev. Roger Ross, with burial following. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP-03 2003


RICE, Floyd
Died: Friday, August 01, 2003
Age: 71
JOHNSON COUNTY — Floyd D. Rice, 71, of Stambaugh, died Friday, Aug. 1. Born Feb. 13, 1932, in Stambaugh, he was a son of the late Ralph and Myrtle Castle Rice. He was an engineer and a Korean War veteran. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Rice of Stambaugh; three sons, Eweart Rice of Pekin, Ill., and Creigh Rice and Timothy Rice, both of Chicago, Ill.; a daughter, Brenda Rice of Chicago, Ill.; three stepdaughters, Kirsten, Breta and Mara; two sisters, Grace Rice of Detroit, Mich., and Hazel Stephens of Springfield, Tenn.; a brother, Francis Rice of Bradenton, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were Monday, Aug. 4, at Rice Family Cemetery, East Point, with Rev. Joe Jarrell officiating. Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News Wednesday Aug.06 2003


ROBINETTE, William R. "Bill"
Died: Saturday, August 02, 2003
Age: 58
JOHNSON COUNTY — William R. “Bill” Robinette, 58, of Paintsville, died Saturday, Aug. 2, at Veteran Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. Born March 18, 1945, in Varney, he was a son of the late William Homer and Flossie Blackburn Robinette. He was a heavy equipment operator and a U. S. Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Ann King Robinette of Paintsville; two sons, William Jessie Robinette and Donald Gene Robinette, both of Tutor Key; a sister, Pauline Stepp of Varney; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Aug.06 2003


SALYERS, John Edd
Died: Thursday, August 28, 2003
Age: 91
LAWRENCE COUNTY
John Edd Salyers, 91, of Louisa, died Thursday, Aug. 28, at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Jan. 7, 1912, in Johnson County, a son of the late George and Mary Hettie Dink Thomas. he was retired from General Motors. Survivors include three daughters, Kay Benthin of Omaha, Neb., Angela Salyers of Lapeer, Mich., and Jonna Pearson of Flint, Mich.; a sister, Hazel Williams of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Tom Salyers of Johnson County; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 31, at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa, with Pastor Cap Benthin officiating. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Louisa, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Aug.08 2003


SCARBERRY, Hancel
Died: Wednesday, July 02, 2003
Age: 68
OKLAHOMA — Hancel “Hank” Scarberry, 68, died Wednesday, July 2, in Mannford, Okla. Born May 1, 1935, in George’s Creek, he was a son of the late Virgil and Ollie Scarberry. He was a baker with Rainbow Bakery. Survivors include his wife, Darlene Scarberry of Mannford; four sons, Paul Scarberry, Hancel Lee Scarberry, Donnie Scarberry, and Hank Lee Scarberry; three daughters, Jeannie Scarberry, Susie Scarberry and Betty Ann Williams; a brother, Herbert Scarberry; a sister, Betty Wilmarth; 24 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, July 5, at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mannford, under direction of Mannford Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


SCHROYER, Kenneth Alton
1907-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 3, 2 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Kenneth Alton Schroyer, 95, who passed away Sunday, August 31, 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mr. Schroyer was born November 8, 1907 in West Newton, Pa., son of the late James Corbley and Ethel Donaldson Schroyer. He was a welder. Mr. Schroyer also served with the U. S. Navy in WW II. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Dixon Schroyer; one daughter, Marcia Helton of Paintsville, Ky.; one grandchild. The service was officiated by Donnie Patrick, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald


SHORT, Chester
1933-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 2, 1 p.m. at the Paintsville Church of Christ for Chester Short, 69, who passed away Sunday, August 31 2003 at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. Mr. Short was born September 9, 1933 at Meally, Ky., son of the late Cecil and Lenora Walters Short. He was retired from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as maintenance chief. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Reynolds Short; three sisters, Roberta Roe, Betty Mullins, both of Lebanon, Ohio and Rebel Wisner of Danville, Ky.; five brothers, Lloyd, Clyde and and Tommy Short, all of Lebanon, Ohio, Eddie and Paul Short, both of Franklin, Ohio. The service was officiated by Ken Chambers, with burial following at the Johnson County Memorial at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD WEDNESDAY SEP-03 2003


SKAGGS, Oscar
1918-2003
 Oscar C. Skaggs, 85, of 216 Fairway Drive, Rockingham, N.C., formerly of Ashland, Ky., passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, at his residence. Mr. Skaggs was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Flat Gap, in Johnson County, Ky., a son of the late Hardy Skaggs and Dessie Williams. He was former vice president of Wheeler and Williams Hardware in Ashland before his retirement and was a World War II veteran with the U.S. Army. He was also a former councilman for the city of Russell, trustee for the city of Bellefonte, was a member of Russell Christian Church and American Legion Clarence Fields Post 76 of Ashland and was a Kentucky colonel. He is survived by his wife, Sally Harris Skaggs; three daughters, Melinda Hampton of North Canton, Ohio, Vicki Imes of Nashville and Bobbi Kellar of Colbert, Ga.; two stepsons, Rick Bryant of Cannonsburg, Ky., and Scott Bryant of Canton; and two grandchildren, Anna Hampton and Rachel Hampton, both of North Canton. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Russell Christian Church by the Rev. John Hampton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood, Ky. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the veterans group of your choice or your favorite church organization. Daily Independent Thursday Sep.4 2003


TOWLER, Opal (Hammond)
1917-2003
 Opal Hammond Towler, 85, of Ashland, Ky., died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, in King's Daughters Medical Center. She was born Nov. 10, 1917, in Van Lear, Ky., a daughter of the late John S. and Pauline Collins Hammond. Opal was a lifelong resident of Boyd County and was a member of the First Baptist Church.  She had a distinguished 45-year career in public education as a teacher and counselor. Her service was in both Ashland and Boyd County School Systems. She was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association and various women's organizations. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Towler, in 1962; one brother, John Hammond; and five sisters, Beulah Williamson, Evelyn Warren, Pauline Brashear, Mary Edmon and Maxine Green. Surviving are one daughter, Ann Davis and her husband, Glen, of Oak Hill, Ohio; two sons, Steve Towler and his wife, Linda, and David Towler and his friend, Marianne, of Ashland; one sister, Anna Lee Douglas and her husband, Chester, of Ashland; four grandchildren, Lisa Zimmerman, Lori Towler, Lance Lyons and Lafe Lyons; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Abigale Zimmerman. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at the Miller Funeral Home in Ashland by the Rev. Ed Talley. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Way of Boyd and Greenup Counties, P.O. Box 2285, Ashland, Ky. 41105-2285. Daily Independent Friday Aug 29 2003


WELLS, Frank Allen Sr.
Died: Saturday, August 23, 2003
Age: 86
JOHNSON COUNTY — Frank Allen Wells Sr., 86, of Flat Gap, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born June 13, 1917, in Paintsville, he was a son of the late German (Gus) Cyrus and Cora Blair Wells. He was a retired construction worker with East KY Paving and a U.S. WW II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Anna Lee Williams Wells of Flat Gap; two sons, Frank Allen Wells Jr. of Paintsville and Thomas Cyrus Wells of Cookville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 26, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. James Doughton officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Aug 29 2003


SEPTEMBER - 2003

AMERSON, Olen Donald, M.D.
1943-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 28, 2 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Dr. Olen Donald Amerson, 60, who passed away Thursday, September 25 at his home. Dr. Amerson was born September 9, 1943 in Washington County, Ga., son of the late Hilery Floyd and Maebelle Compton Amerson. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Floyd Amerson. Surviving are one brother, Roy Gene Amerson, Sr. of Sandville, Ga.; one sister, Martha A. Soles of E. Dublin, Ga.; one niece, six nephews, one sister-in-law, one great-niece and two great-nephews. The service was officiated by Toby Johnson, with burial in Tennille, Ga. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.08 2003

ARMS, Ida (Spradlin)
Died: Sunday, September 28, 2003
Age: 83
JOHNSON COUNTY
Ida Spradlin Arms, 83, of Jefferson City, Tenn., died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003 at Life Care Center, Jefferson City, Tenn. Born July 21, 1920, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late John and Vina Webb Messer. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death b her first husband, Kenis Spradlin; and second husband, Grady Arms. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Messer Music of Jefferson City, Tenn. Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Cedar Grove United Baptist Church, West Van Lear, with Elders Burnsie Mollett, Johnny Mollett and Gene May officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.03 2003


CANTRELL, Estill
1932-2003
Estill Cantrell, 71, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003 in the Paul B. Hall Medical Center at Paintsville.  Mr. Cantrell was born July 31, 1932, in Johnson County, and was the husband of the late Sylvia Cantrell. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m Saturday at the Concord United Baptist Church. Burial will be in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Daily Independent Thursday Sep-11 2003


CONLEY, Nevil
1933-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 30, 2 p.m. at the Jones-Kenney-Zechman Funeral Home in Springfield, Ohio for Nevil Conley, 70, of Enon, Ohio, who passed away September 27 in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Conley was born July 23, 1933 in Paintsville, Ky., son of the late Elmer and Violia Tackett Conley. He was preceded in death by two daughters and one brother. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Conley; two daughters, Patsy Sizemore of Paintsville, Ky. and Kathy Wheldon of Springfield, Ohio; two step-children, Tom Horseman and Tammy Gajan, both of Dayton, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Jeremy of Paintsville, Ky., Becky, April and Tracey, all of Springfield, Ohio, Matthew, Daniel and Rachael of Dayton, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Haley, Nick and Katie of Springfield, Ohio; six sisters, Judy, Brenda and Betty Sue, all of Paintsville, Ky., Jean of Ashland, Ky., Fannie of Springfield, Ohio, and Aliene of Isonville, Ky. The services were officiated by the Rev. Mike Mounts. Burial followed in Enon Cemetery in Enon, Ohio on September 30, 2003. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.08 2003


CONLEY, Pauline (Bayes)
1926-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 25, 1 p.m. at West Van Lear Free Will Baptist Church for Pauline Bayes Conley, 77, who passed away Monday, September 22, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Conley was born January 14, 1926 in Scioto County, Ohio, daughter of the late Reese and Virgie Hamilton Bayes. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Mitchell Conley. Surviving are two sons, James Mitchell Conley of Dayton, Ohio and Paul Bryan Conley of Flat Gap, Ky.; five daughters, Linda Lou Goble of River, Ky., Judith Gail Curtis and Thelma Jean Terry, both of Flat Gap, Ky., Pamela Jo Blackburn of Paintsville, Ky. and Deloris Ann Smith of Lafayette, Tenn.; two half-brothers, Arnold Gene and William Kelly Bayes; one half-sister, Brenda Kay Bayes; 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Lee Music, Jr. and Denvil Mollette, with burial following in the Conley Cemetery at East Point, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.01 2003


CRUM, Randall D.
Died: Monday, September 08, 2003
Age: 51
MARTIN COUNTY — Randell D. Crum, 51, of Inez, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2003 at Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born June 19, 1952, at Paintsville Hospital, he was a son of Carl Crum and the late Francis Crum. He was a disabled coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Linda Crum; two daughters, Jackie Crum Ward of Elk Creek and Melissa Crum Hall of Lenore W.Va.; a brother, Danny Crum of Delaware; five sisters, Cathy Queen of Huntington, W.Va., Wanda Stone and Sharon Crum, both of Big Elk Creek, Carol Davis of Tomahawk and Nancy Carter of Ashland. Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 11, at Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home Warfield Chapel with John Horn officiating. Burial will be in Maynard Cemetery, Warfield, under direction of Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


DANIELS, Robert "Bob"
Died: Friday, September 12, 2003
Age: 73
JOHNSON COUNTY
Robert “Bob” Daniels, 73, of Nippa, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003 at his residence. Born Jan. 1, 1930, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Farrie and Flossie Scarberry Daniels. He was a retired coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Della Castle Daniels of Nippa; two sons, Robert Castle of Nippa and Jimmy Castle of Georgia; five daughters, Sandra Dheel of Columbus, Ohio, Linda Burchett, Donna Blevins and Anita Daniels, all of Louisa, and Betty Daniels Blankenship of Ohio; a brother, Robie Daniels of Springfield, Ohio; a sister, Mary Mae Spencer of Paintsville; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 15, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. James Kelly Caudill and Jeff Burchett officiating. Burial was in Castle Family Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Sep.19 2003


ESTEP, Woodford "Woody"
Died: Sunday, September 07, 2003
Age: 90
JOHNSON COUNTY — Woodford “Woody” Estep, 90, of Volga, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003 at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Born April 23, 1913, in Fuget, he was a son of the late Dr. William Wesley and Isabella Lemaster Estep. He was a line engineer, a member of Flat Gap Masonic Lodge 616 F & AM; served on the Johnson County School Board as board member for over 40 years, worked for Big Sandy RECC for 35 years, served on the board for 17 years and was a member of Cold Springs United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Estep; and a grandchild. Survivors include three sons, William G. “Bill” Estep of Flat Gap, Harold E. Estep of Meally and Dr. Carrol H. Estep of Centerville, Ohio; a daughter, Phyllis Ruth Estep of Dayton; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Elder Eulas Adams officiating. Burial will be in Blanton Branch Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Sep.10 2003       [Correction: Sons name should be William C. Estep  Oct.06 2003]


GOBLE, Jack Ivan
Died: Monday, September 22, 2003
Age: 69
MARTIN COUNTY
Jack Ivan Goble, 69, of Louisa, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Nov. 18, 1834, in Lawrence County, he was a son of the late William Edward and Gladys Maynard Goble. He was a laborer. Survivors include two sons, Randolph Goble and Timothy Goble, both of Lawrence County; two daughters, Debra Ann Johnson and Angela Thompson, both of Martin County and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 24, at New Friendship United Baptist Church with John Goble and Brumley Marcum officiating. Burial will be in Goble Cemetery, Pruitt Branch, Louisa, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


GOBLE, Marie (Crider)
1916-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 14, 2 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home in Prestonsburg, Ky. for Marie Crider Goble, 86, who passed away Thursday, September 11 2003 at the Prestonsburg Health Care Center. Mrs. Goble was born December 25, 1916 at Edgar, Ky., daughter of the late Bill and Laura Harris Crider. She had worked as a cook for the Jenny Wiley Lodge in Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by first husband Woodman Crider and second husband Ted Goble. Surviving are two sons, William J. and Charles A. Crider, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one daughter, Joann Livingston of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Willie Cooley of Auxier, Ky.; 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Rev. Birkey Lewis, with burial following in the Crider Family Cemetery at Auxier, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sep.17 2003


GRIM, Dixie (Daniel)
1917-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 7, 11 a.m. at Preston Funeral Chapel for Dixie Daniel Grim, 85, who passed away Thursday, September 4 2003 at Prestonsburg Health Care Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mrs. Grim was born December 13, 1917 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of the late Warren and Edna Hamilton Daniel. She had worked as a social worker for the state of Kentucky. Surviving are three sons, John David Grimm of River, Ky., James Warren Grim of Tutor Key, Ky., and Mike Grim of Nippa, Ky.; one sister, Grace Hodge of Dayton, Ohio; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by John Sparks, with burial following in the Grim Cemetery at River, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Sep.10 2003


GUSSLER, Rev. Willard Scott
Died: Sunday, September 28, 2003
Age: 50
JOHNSON COUNTY
Rev. Willard Scott Gussler, 50, of Paintsville, died Sunday, Sept. 28, at his residence. Born Nov. 8, 1952, in Boyd County, he was a son of Imogene Tackett Gussler and the late James William Gussler. He was a maintenance employee with Paintsville Utilities. Survivors include a son, Willard Scott Gussler III of Paintsville; a daughter, Jolena Smith of Prestonsburg; two brothers, William Martin Gussler of Paintsville and James Gussler of Ashland; five sisters, Margaret Ann Nealy of Flat Gap, Gayle Gussler of Paintsville, and Margaret Irene Gussler, Cindy Gussler and Betty Louise Gussler, all of Ashland; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville. Big Sandy News


HANEY, Chester "Bug" Jr.
Died: Friday, September 26, 2003
Age: 64
JOHNSON COUNTY — Chester “Bug” Haney Jr., 64, of Paintsville, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003 at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, Penn. Born Oct. 27, 1938, in Paintsville, he was a son of Marie Gullett and the late Chester Haney Sr. He was a retired truck driver. Additional survivors include a son, Darrell Haney of Denver; a daughter, Sandra Ann Ratliff of Denver; five brothers, Chris Haney, Tom Haney, Allen Haney and Rob Haney, all of Paintsville, and Wayne Haney of Columbia, S.C.; three sisters, Mary Haney of West Van Lear, Becky Warnock of Thelma and Ginger Litteral of Paintsville; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Revs. Donald Ray Caudill, Ronnie Spriggs and Jerry Colvin officiating. Burial was in Blair Family Cemetery, Denver, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.01 2003


HAWK, Oliver Dewey
1930-2003
Oliver Dewey Hawk, 72, of Catlettsburg, Ky., died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003. Mr. Hawk was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Paintsville, Ky., a son of the late Raymond Dewey and Hazel Preston Hawk. He was a shipping crew leader of Owen, Ill., Glass Co. in Huntington, W.Va. He served in the Army military police in France, was of the Baptist faith, was a member of Catlettsburg Elks, Kenova VFW, and Boyd County Optimist Club, where he assisted with the Optimist Little League football of Boyd County. He volunteered as an assistant coach for Catlettsburg Junior and Senior High School and Boyd County Junior and Senior High School football teams. He graduated from Thomas R. Brown High School in Catlettsburg, Ky. Surviving are two sons, Mike Hawk and his wife, Nancy, of Versailles, Ky., and Doug Hawk of Route 5, Summit, Ky.; a daughter, Brenda Lemaster and her husband, Leon, of Catlettsburg; a brother, William Hawk and his wife, Connie, of Catlettsburg; three sisters, Geneva Coldiron and her husband, Jack, of Cannonsburg, Ky., Susan Friley of Ashland and Ruth Brown and her husband, William, of Ringold, Ga.; six grandchildren, Laurie Ann Raines and her husband, David, and Michael Hawk, all of Houston, Courtney Hawk of Summit, Misty Hawk and Billie Brooks, and her husband, Brian, all of Ashland, and Brian Lemaster of Catlettsburg; and five great- grandchildren, Lacey, Noah, Jonah, Dalton, and Destiny. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Steen Funeral Home-Marshall Steen Chapel in Ashland by Talmadge Badgett and the Rev. Gary Arrington. Burial will be in Catlettsburg Cemetery with military rites by Kenova American Legion Post No. 93. Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Wednesday 9-24-2003


JACKSON, George
1920-2003
George Jackson, 83, passed away Saturday, September 27, 2003 at his home in Williston, Fla. Mr. Jackson was born March 4, 1920 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late Elijah Milton and Ida Belle Barker Jackson. He was a WWII U. S. Naval veteran. He was retired from General Motors in Columbus, Ohio and he was an ordained minister, old time preacher man. He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant grandchildren: three sisters, Soula, Edna Mae Wheeler, and June Evans, five brothers, Dennie, Wayne, Payne, James Ova and Archie. He is survived by his wife, Dixie Rowland Jackson; two daughters, Barbara (Steve) Johnson of Williston, Fla. and Georgene (Mike) Lane of Plain City, Ohio; one son, William “Bill” (Dianne) Jackson of Branford, Fla.; special nephew, James D. “Eddie” Jackson of Plain City, Ohio; granddaughter, Tonya (Terry) Darden; grandsons, Darrin (Lisa) Lane, Patrick (Rosie) Lane, Jeremiah, Joshua, and Gideon Jackson, Andy, Daniel (Kristy) and Nathan Tatum; 5 great-granddaughters, 7 great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.01 2003


JOHNSON, John Patrick
1964-2003
John Patrick Johnson, 39, of Franklin, Ohio, formerly of Kite, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003 in Middletown Hospital in Lebanon, Ohio. Mr. Johnson was born April 21, 1964, in Paintsville.  The funeral will be at noon Sunday at Rebecca Regular Baptist Church in Kite. Burial will be in Hall Cemetery in Kite. Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at the church.  Hall Funeral Home in Martin is in charge of arrangements.  Daily Independent Friday Sep.19 2003


KING, William H. Paul
Died: Friday, September 12, 2003
Age: 72
JOHNSON COUNTY — William H. Paul King, 72, of Van Lear, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born April 3, 1931, in Pike County, he was a son of the late Andrew and Fannie Scott King. He was a manager at Colley Block and a Korean War veteran. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo DeBord King of Van Lear; a daughter, Kathye King Auxier of East Point; five brothers, Jack King and Frank King, both of Florida, Ron King of Ashland, Jewel King of Seattle, Wash., and Gene King of Meta; a sister, Hope Trent of Meta; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 15, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Wayne Price officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery at Little Lick Fork, East Point, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Sep.19 2003


LAFFERTY, Kenneth Ray
1955-2003
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 3, 2 p.m. at Phelps & Son Funeral Home for Kenneth Ray Lafferty, 48, who passed away Monday, September 1 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville, Ky. Mr. Lafferty was born February 9, 1955 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late Otis and Rosetta Crum Lafferty. He was a coalminer. Surviving are his wife, Rinda Maxie Lafferty; three sons, Jerry Ray Lafferty of Auxier, Ky., Tyler Ray Lafferty and Nathan Honeycutt, both of Van Lear, Ky.; three daughters, Karra Beth Lafferty of Auxier, Ky., Stacy and Tracy Honeycutt, both of Van Lear, Ky.; six brothers, Chester, Billy and Dewey Lafferty, all of Van Lear, Ky., Homer, Otis and Gary Lafferty, all of Meally, Ky; three sisters, Lorrean Adkins, Geraldean May and Karen Banks, all of Van Lear, Ky.; 2 grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Roger Hill and Wayne Price, with burial following in the Lafferty Family Cemetery at Van Lear, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home at Hager Hill, Ky. PAINTSVILLE HERALD FRIDAY SEP.03 2003


LEWIS, Claudis
1922 - 2003
The Rev. Claudis H. Lewis, 81, of 274 Victory Lane, Franklin, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Southview Hospital. He was born July 8, 1922 in Johnson County, Ky., the son of Cecil and Dessie (Rowland) Lewis. Mr. Lewis was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and was an escort to Gen. George S. Patton and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was a member of the Franklin Freewill Baptist Church. Preceding in him in death were his parents; brothers Tytus Lewis and Eudus Lewis; and sisters Clarice Ison and Novie Skaggs. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dixie (Buckner) Lewis; sons Gale Lewis and his wife, Sheri, of Franklin, and Gordon Lewis and his wife, Sherri, of Lebanon; daughter Regina Daniels of Franklin; brother Paul Lewis of Florida; grandchildren Tracy Daniels of Kettering, Gordie Lewis of Lebanon, Todd Daniels of Waynesville, Melissa McKight of Carlisle and Teresa Barnhart of London, Ky.; and eight great-grandchildren. ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at the Franklin Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dencil Owsley officiating, with full military honors. Burial will be in the Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin.


MCFARLANDF, Arnold Kash
Died: Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Age: 79
FLOYD COUNTY
Arnold Kash McFarland, 79, of Salyersville, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 24, 1924, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late James and Mary Risner McFarland. He was a retired state department engineer and a member of Swampton United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Arnold McFarland, and two brothers, Roscoe McFarland and Mitchell McFarland. Survivors include his wife, Lydia Jane Arnett McFarland of Paintsville; two sons, Freddie McFarland and Danny Joe McFarland, both of Salyersville; seven grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Oct. 4, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. James McFarland and Joe Carroll officiating. Burial will in McFarland Family Cemetery, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Visitation will be today, Friday, Oct. 3, at Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News


MCGAHAN, Norma Elizabeth
1911-2003
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 29, 11 a.m., at the chapel of Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos, Ohio for Norma Elizabeth McGahan, 92, who passed away Thursday, September 18 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mrs. McGahan was born January 11, 1911 in Van Wert County, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.E. “Joe” McGahan; one son, Harry Joseph McGahan; two sisters; five brothers. She and her husband opened McGahan Feed Co. in Paintsville. She was a Kentucky Colonel. Surviving are two daughters, Marcella (Eugene) Haunhorst and Marie Elizabeth McGahan, both of Paintsville, Ky.; one grandson, Ralph Haunhorst; one great-granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; one step-great- granddaughter; one step-great-grandson. The service will be officiated by Mark McKenzie, with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Grover Hill, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Johnson County Senior Citizens Center in Paintsville, in care of Lyda Ward. Paintsville Herald Friday Sep.26 2003


MORGAN, Amanda (Hayslett)
Died: Thursday, September 11, 2003
Age: 88
JOHNSON COUNTY
Amanda Morgan, 88, of Paintsville, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center, Ashland. Born April 4, 1915, in Paintsville, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Lillian Conley Hayslett. She was an officer in banking in Washington, D. C., a member of the First United Methodist Women’s Society and the Humane Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert J. “Pinky” Morgan. Graveside funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 13, at Wells Cemetery, Paintsville, with Rev. James Doughton officiating. Paintsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News Wednesday Sep.17 2003


OSBORNE, Kathleen Jewel
Died: Sunday, September 21, 2003
Age: 77
JOHNSON COUNTY
Kathleen Jewel Osborne, 77, of Stambaugh, died Sunday, Sept. 21, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Dec. 31, 1925, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Flem and Pearlie Tackett Osborne. Survivors include a brother, Benjamin Osborne of Stambaugh; and a sister, Barbara Quillen of Stambaugh. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept 24, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with James Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Stambaugh Osborne Cemetery, Burnt Cabin Branch, Stambaugh, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Sep.25 2003


PLUMMER, Vincent Douglas
Died: Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Age: 77
KENTUCKY — Vincent Douglas Plummer, 77, formerly of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Sept. 23 2003. He was a son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Plummer. He was a WW II veteran. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Plummer, Charles Plummer Jr. and Joe Plummer. Survivors include a son, John Plummer; a daughter, Toni Fletcher; a sister, Phyllis Mullins; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be noon today, Friday, Sept. 26, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home with Rev. John Jessup officiating. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery under direction of Kerr Brothers Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Sep.26 2003


PRESTON, Marie (Pack)
Died: Sunday, September 28, 2003
Age: 80
JOHNSON COUNTY
Marie Pack Preston, 80, of Thelma, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 4, 1923, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Elbridge and Nola Daniles Pack. She was a member of Old Friendship United Baptist Church. Survivors include two brothers, Paul Pack and Edgar Pack, both of Paintsville; and three sisters, Maxine Wells of Cincinnati, Ohio, Erma Lainhart of Richmond and Dorothy Music of Thelma. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Flem Arrowood and John Mollette officiating. Burial was in Preston Cemetery, Thelma, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.01 2003


RATLIFF, James Ernest
1931-2003
 James Ernest Ratliff, 72, of Staffordsville, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003 in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. Mr. Ratliff was born May 13, 1931, in Johnson County.  His wife, Shelba Jean Maynard Ratliff, survives.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date. There is no visitation.  Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville is in charge of arrangements.  Daily Independent Wednesday Sep.17 2003


RICE, Morris Allen
1939-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 19, 11 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Morris Allen Rice, 63, who passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Mr. Rice was born November 10, 1939 in Martin County, Ky., son of the late Alton and Elsine Setser Rice. He was a truck driver. Surviving are his wife, Mary Louise VanHoose Rice; one son, William A. Rice of Paintsville, Ky.; one daughter, Debbie Lynn Conley of Sitka, Ky.; two brothers, William Alfred Rice of Sitka, Ky. and John Roy Rice of Wittensville, Ky.; 2 grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Jerry Scott, with burial following in the family cemetery at Sitka, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Sep.19 2003


RISNER, Carl Vaughn
Died: Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Age: 72
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Carl Vaughn Risner, 72, of Salyersville, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born June 21, 1931, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Urb and Reva Alcorn Risner. He was a retired steel worker and a Korean War Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Auxier Risner; a son, Willie Urb Risner; two brothers, Woodrow Risner and Till B. Risner; a sister, Josephine Bartram; and three grandchildren. Survivors include four sons, James Risner, Carl Jr. Risner, Ollie James Holbrook and Rick Holbrook, all of Salyersville; three daughters, Joane Ratliff and Mary Risner, both of Salyersville, and Helen Abner of Leon, W.Va.; three brothers, Marion Risner and Paul Risner, and Lloyd Patton, all of Salyersville; 29 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and a great- great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Holbrook Memorial Church, Sietz, with Simon Porter and Timothy Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Holbrook Cemetery, Sietz, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Visitation will be today, Friday, Sept. 12, at Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News  Friday Sep.15 2003


RUGGLES, Julie Irene (Peters)
1941-2003
 Julie Irene Peters Ruggles, 62, of Columbus, Ohio, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003 at her home.  Mrs. Ruggles was born April 2, 1941, in Paintsville, Ky.  Survivors include her husband, Elbert Ruggles.  Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore. Burial will be in Brick Union Cemetery at Greenup. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Daily Independent Wednesday Sep.17 2003


SALYER, Rosa (Rice)
Died: Sunday, September 14, 2003
Age: 93
JOHNSON COUNTY — Rosa Salyer, 93, of Stambaugh, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003 at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Born Nov. 17, 1909, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Mary Emily Witten Rice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Salyer. Survivors include a son, Richard Salyer of Stambaugh; three grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 15, at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Ellis Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Rice Cemetery, Stambaugh, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Sep.17 2003


SHORT, Mildred Irene (Lemaster) (Miles)
1924-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 19, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Mildred Irene Lemaster Miles Short, 79, who passed away at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mrs. Short was born February 28, 1924 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of the late Sherman and Hattie VanHoose Lemaster. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Eugene Short; three sons, Crofford Miles of Paintsville, Ky., Joel Edwin Miles of Lexington, Ky. and Terrance Lee Miles of Whitehouse, Ky.; two daughters, Claudia Sue Bowen of Boons Camp, Ky. and Brenda Payne of Richmond, Ky.; two brothers, Claude Lemaster of Xenia, Ohio and Jimmy Lemaster of Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Phyllis McMillan of Franklin, N.C.; 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. The service will be officiated by Arvil Short, with burial following in the Miles Cemetery at Hammond, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Sep.19 2003


SMALL, Willis
Died: Saturday, September 13, 2003
Age: 73
BOYD COUNTY — Willis Small, 73, of Ashland, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003 at Boyd Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ashland. Born Aug. 15, 1930, in Martin County, he was a son of the late Lewis and Maudie Deboard Small. He was a retired carpenter and a US Army veteran. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Marcum Dye of Sitka; two brothers, Earl Small of Jackson, Mi., and Leon Small of Ripley, Ohio; a sister, Lou Ann Hatfield of Hardy; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Mayo Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Sep.19 2003


SPRIGGS, Doug
1939-2003
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 20, 1 p.m. at Boons Camp Free Will Baptist Church for Doug Spriggs, 64, who passed away Wednesday, September 17 2003 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Mr. Spriggs was born January 26, 1939 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late Carl and Clara Staniford Spriggs. Surviving are his wife, Betty Lou Collins Spriggs; five sons, Barry, Garry and Larry Spriggs, all of Boons Camp, Ky., Jeff Spriggs of Meally, Ky. and James Spriggs of Thelma, Ky.; one daughter, Carla McKenzie of Boons Camp, Ky.; one brother, Phillip Spriggs of Boons Camp, Ky.; one sister Virginia Kozee of Spring Valley, Ohio; 12 grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Harold Conley, Jim Price and Ronnie Spriggs, with burial following in the Doug Spriggs Cemetery at Boons Camp, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Sep.19 2003


STAMBAUGH, Gerald Leslie
1941-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 19, 1 p.m. at Praise Assembly of God at Watergap, Ky. for Gerald Leslie Stambaugh, 62, who passed away Tuesday, September 16 2003 at Wellmont-Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Mr. Stambaugh was born March 12, 1941 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late William Howard Taft and Agnes Marie Preston Stambaugh. He was a heavy equipment operator. Surviving are his wife, Wanda L. Conley Stambaugh; one daughter, Leslie Renee Stambaugh-Knestrick of Key Largo, Fla.; four brothers, George Langley Stambaugh of East Point, Ky., William Roger Stambaugh of Valparso, Ind., Arthur Clayton Stambaugh of Lexington, Ky. and David Morgan Stambaugh of Richmond, Ky.; three sisters, Willa Marie Kuhns of Athens, Tenn., Jane Horne of Ashland, Ky. and Sara Lynn Conley of Wilmington, Ohio; 5 step-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by the Rev. J. M. Sloce, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Sep.19 2003


STAMBAUGH, Minyard
Died: Sunday, September 21, 2003
Age: 78
JOHNSON COUNTY — Minyard Stambaugh, 78, of Sitka, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 at Salyersville Health Care Center, Salyersville. Born July 25, 1925, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Taylor and Ruth Brown Stambaugh. He was a coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Okie Jewell Patrick Stambaugh of Sitka; a son, Carl Stambaugh of Sitka; two daughters, Pamela Kay Jenkins of Flat Gap and Benita Ruth Stambaugh of Stambaugh; two stepchildren, Tamera Jane McKenzie of Paintsville and Dayyn Johnson McKenzie of Flat Gap; three brothers, Eugene Stambaugh, Samuel Stambaugh and Donald Stambaugh, all of Sitka; a sister, Rudell McCowan of Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Jones Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. John Fairchild officiating. Burial was in Stambaugh Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Sep.25 2003


TURNER, James Douglas Jr.
1928-2003
 James Douglas Turner Jr., 75, of Louisville, died Monday, Sept. 8, at his home. Mr. Turner, the husband of June Sellards Turner, was born Feb. 10, 1928, in Johnson County. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Burial will be in the Mayo Cemetery in Paintsville. Daily Independent Thursday 9-11-2003


VANHOOSE, Hobart (Hobe)
1938-2003
Hobart L. (Hobe) Van Hoose, 65, died quietly Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at his home in Flatwoods, Ky., surrounded by his family, after an eight-month bout with cancer. He was born on Jan. 3, 1938, in Johnson County, Ky., a son of the late Perry C. and Helen Preston Van Hoose. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Lynn Van Hoose and his sister, Kathleen Van Hoose Hall. Hobe is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janet Sue Holbrook Van Hoose; two daughters, Kimberly Van Hoose Dillon and her husband, Jeff Dillon, of Flatwoods and Carolyn Sue Van Hoose Grenkoski and her husband, Dr. Mark Grenkoski of Jefferson City, Tenn.; and four grandsons, Derek Allen Dillon, Michael Preston Dillon, Jon Alexander Koella and Bradley Mark Grenkoski, whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by two aunts, Junealla Lyons Arrowood and Anna Ruth Wheeler, both of Paintsville, Ky.; two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Blanton of Staffordsville, Ky., and Eva Lee Lindsey of Zanesville, Ohio; three nephews, David Wheeler of Paintsville, Ray Blanton of Staffordsville, Ky., and Marion Brown Jr. of Zanesville; three nieces, Donna Wheeler of Paintsville, Phyllis Gay Shotts of Springfield, Ohio, and Kay Castle of Sitka, Ky., along with many cousins and a host of friends who will sadly miss him. Hobe joined Tom's Creek Freewill Baptist Church on June 10, 1956, and rededicated his life to the Lord in February. At the time of his death, Hobe was serving as Constable of District 5, Greenup, Ky., as well as owner and operator of Bluegrass Terminals, Bluegrass Automotive and Bluegrass Construction. During his 65 years on this earth, Hobe had many achievements to his credit and was honored on many occasions. The list includes graduation from Oil Springs High School on May 8, 1957, then attending Morehead State University from 1957 to 1961, while on Aug. 15, 1961, joining the U.S. Army, where he graduated from Criminal Investigation and Military Police school in Fort Gordon, Ga. He served as criminal investigator in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was awarded outstanding performance. His presentation of duty was exceptional notwithstanding the fact that the Frankfurt area was one of the most difficult areas in Germany for Criminal Investigative duties. He remained with the U.S. Army Reserve after returning to the United States. He was a graduate of the Kentucky State Police Academy and worked in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, and Lawrence counties. On July 14, 1970, he received the Citation of Bravery from the Commonwealth of Kentucky for service in the line of duty. He was a graduate of Heavy Equipment Operators/Maintenance School, was a member of the Emergency Disaster and Assistance Corp., International Union of Operating Engineers Local 181, and Greenup County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, served as president of the Greenup County Fair and Park Board, served as president of the Eastern Kentucky Arabian Horse Association, commissioned a Kentucky colonel, was past member of Flatwoods Lions Club and in August, 2003, was awarded the Greenup County Citizen of the Month for the years of service to the Greenup County Fair and Park Board. In June 2003, he was given the distinct honor of receiving the National Law Enforcement citation Marital Order of the Purple Heart of the United States of America, in recognition for resolute action and wounds received in the performance of duties on April 2, 1967, during the pursuit and apprehension of an armed criminal. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Tom's Creek Freewill Baptist Church in Nippa, Ky. by the Rev. James Kelly Caudill. Burial will be in Bascom Van Hoose Cemetery in Nippa. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Sept. 25, 2003, at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods and for two hours prior to the funeral service at the church. Contributions in honor of Mr. Van Hoose may be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, Ky. 41101 Military graveside services will be conducted by the Big Sandy Chapter 18 DAV.  Daily Independent Saturday 9-27-2003


VANHOOSE, Virgil
1943-2003
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 6, 1 p.m. at Thealka Free Will Baptist Church for Virgil VanHoose, 59, who passed away Wednesday, September 3 2003 at his residence. Mr. VanHoose was born October 26, 1943 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late Earl and Ethel Taylor VanHoose. Surviving are his wife, Glendora Clouse VanHoose; one daughter, Leeanna Lafferty of Van Lear, Ky.; one brother, Harry VanHoose of Thealka, Ky.; three sisters, Betty Jeffrey of St. Albans, W. Va., Mary Maxine Blankenship of Beckley, W. Va., and Christine Clark of Thealka, Ky.; one grandaughter, Destany Shay Lafferty. The service will be officiated by Willard VanHoose, with burial following in the family cemetery at Boyd Branch at Thealka, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Sep.05 2003


WALTERS, Lydia (Staniford)
Died: Monday, September 08, 2003
Age: 92
JOHNSON COUNTY — Lydia Walters, 92, of Boons Camp, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2003 at Salyersville. Born Aug. 15, 1911, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Eligah and Stella Ward Staniford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Walters. Survivors include a son, Edgar Lee Walters of Lexington; two daughters, Barbara Nell Turner of Lowmansville and Wilma Jean Arnett of Salyersville; two sisters, Stella Jean Williams of Williamsport and Reva Pansing of Centerville, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Preston Funeral Chapel with Revs. Paul W. Browning, J. K. Caudill and Jack Woody officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Visitation will be today, Wednesday, Sept, 10, from 6 - 9 p.m. at Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Sep.10 2003


WELLS, Harold David
Died: Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Age: 50
JOHNSON COUNTY
Harold David Wells, 50, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 24 2003. Born Sept. 22, 1953, in Johnson County, he was a son of Margie Goble Wells and the late Beecher Wells. Survivors include three brothers, Russell Wells and Roger Wells, both of Springfield, Ohio, and Wayne Wells of Key Largo, Fla.; and three sisters, Lawanna Sue Kennah of Springfield, Ohio, Judy Delong of Hager Hill and Phyllis Blevins of Van Lear. Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 27, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Hager Hill, with Revs. Heiko Geisa and Terry Savage officiating. Burial was in Wells Cemetery, Van Lear, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.01 2003


WEST, Mertie (Ferguson)
Died: Sunday, September 07, 2003
Age: 93
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Mertie Ferguson West, 93, of Louisa, died Sunday, Sept. 7, at her residence. Born July 2, 1910, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late James Hayden and Lou Raine Curtis Ferguson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah N. West. Survivors include four daughters, Leatrice Kelly of Cannonsburg, Edith Walker and Josephine Perry, both of Louisa, and Lana Wright of Springfield, Ohio; seven sons, Claude West and Floyd C. West, both of Blaine, Grover Eugene West, Paul West, and Donald Ray West and Eddie West, all of Louisa, and James Spencer West of Ceredo, W.Va.; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa, with Revs. Emmit Barker and Ric Frazier officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Sep.10 2003


OCTOBER - 2003

ADAMS, Crilla Mae (Cooper)
Died: Monday, October 20, 2003
Age: 94
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Crilla Mae Cooper Adams, 94, of Salyersville, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 17, 1909, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Authur and Eliza Jane Cox Cooper. She was a homemaker and a member of Salyersville Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by a son, Edro Adams; a daughter, Wilma Lee Adams; and eight brothers, Dewey Cooper, Lester Cooper, Homer Cooper, Clay Cooper, Leroy Cooper, Ollie Cooper, Edward Cooper and Milford Cooper. Survivors include her husband, Deed Adams Sr. of Salyersville; two sons, James Adams and Deed Adams Jr., both of Salyersville; two daughters, Justine Adams of Salyersville and Emogene Adams Whitt of Columbus, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronald Thacker officiating. Burial will be in David M. Cooper Cemetery, Mouth of Buffalo, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Visitation will be today, Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News

ARMS, Lundy
1926-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Lundy Arms, 77, who passed away Thursday, October 16 at his residence. Mr. Arms was born March 15, 1926 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late Jack and Dora Hall Arms. He was a retired employee with the McGahan Feed Company. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Preston Arms. Surviving are one son, Donald Lundy Arms of Paintsville, Ky; one granddaughter, Ladonna Arms. The service was officiated by Lowell Pelphrey, with burial following in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones- Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.22 2003


ARNETT, Mary Francis (Craft)
1916-2003
 Mary Francis Craft Arnett, 86, of Salyersville, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003 in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. Mrs. Arnett was born Dec. 25, 1916, in Magoffin County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Arnett.  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Magoffin County Funeral Home. Burial will be in Craft Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Monday Oct.6 2003


BLANTON, Charlie
1925-2003

MARION OHIO
Charlie Blanton went to be with the Lord on Oct. 22, 2003, at the home of his son.  Born March 1, 1925, in Paintsville, Ky., he was the son of the late Callie  and Alta (Leemasters) Blanton.  On Sept. 25, 1943, in Paintsville, he married Thelma (Fairchild) Blanton; she  survives. They were married 60 years.  He was a chainman for Marion Power Shovel for 35 years, retiring in 1984.. He  was a faithful member and deacon at the White Oaks Freewill Baptist Church.  He is also survived by a son, Tom (Jackie) Blanton of New Bloomington; a  daughter-in-law, Judy Blanton of Marion; one brother and two sisters of  Paintsville, Ky.; five grandchildren, Charles Blanton, Michael Blanton, Kimberly Green,  Tracy Johnson, Tamara Blanton, all of Marion and nine great-grandchildren. He  was preceded in death by a son, Charles Blanton, a brother and three sisters.  The funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at White Oaks Freewill  Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl Tackett officiating. Burial is in Caledonia  Cemetery. Friends may call 5-7 p.m. tonight at the White Oaks Freewill Baptist  Church. Arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Quality of Life Hospice.


BUTCHER, Lillie (Ramey)
Died: Friday, October 03, 2003
Age: 89
JOHNSON COUNTY
Lillie Ramey Butcher, 89, of Williamsport, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 at her residence. Born Sept. 27, 1914, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Owen and Elizabeth Wheeler Ramey. She was a domestic. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Butcher; a son, Leroy Butcher; and a daughter, Melda Butcher. Survivors include six sons, James Butcher of River, Charles Butcher of Prestonsburg, Roger Butcher of Flat Gap, Ira Butcher of Thelma, and Thomas Butcher and Avery Butcher, both of Williamsport; four daughters, Elizabeth Butcher Walen of Springfield, Ohio, Louise Drury of Lexington, Nadeen Prater Williams of Meally, and Zita Martin of Charleston, W.Va.; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Elmer Davis and Leroy Kestner officiating. Burial was in Butcher Family Cemetery, Williamsport, under direction of Jones Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


CALLAHAN, Montana (Meade)
Died: Saturday, October 11, 2003
Age: 63
JOHNSON COUNTY — Montana Meade Callahan, 63, of Grayson, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003 at her residence. Born Jan. 1, 1940, in Floyd County, she was a daughter of the late Hibbert and Kit Mouckie Meade. She was a housewife. Survivors include her husband, Jack Callahan of Grayson; three sons, Joe Wheeler of Columbus, Ohio, Jack Bennie Callahan of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Rocky Callahan of Stoutsville, Ohio; a daughter, Christine Miller of Grayson; two brothers, Gene Meade of Orient, Ohio, and Robert Meade of Paintsville; two half brothers, Joe Meade of Columbus, and Gordon Meade of Florida; a sister, Sylvia Akers of West Virginia; and five half sisters, Dorothy Blant of Lucasville, Reesy Case of Columbus, and Linda, Wanda and Brenda, all of Ohio. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Burial was in Meade Cemetery, Wittensville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


CANTRELL, James Emery
Died: Saturday, October 11, 2003
Age: 78
JOHNSON COUNTY — James Emery Cantrell, 78, of Red Bush, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 11, 1925, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late James H. and Flora Estep Cantrell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esta Cantrell. Survivors include two sisters, Gay Perry of Pickerington, Ohio, and Mary Faye Fyffe of Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Paul E. Keaton and Eual McKenzie officiating. Burial was in Cantrell Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


CAUDILL, Ben Monroe
Died: Friday, October 24, 2003
Age: 51
JOHNSON COUNTY -— Ben Monroe Caudill, 51, of Flat Gap, died Friday, Oct. 24, at his residence. Born Sept. 10, 1951, in Johnson County, he was a son of Zetta Mae Hitchcock Caudill and the late Raleigh Caudill. He was a plant superintendent with Big Sandy Electric. He was preceded in death by a sister, Garnet Ratliff. Additional survivors include his wife, Janie Cantrell Caudill of Flat Gap; and a son, Jeremy Caudill of Flat Gap. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 27, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Elders Rutherford Blair, Jerry Colvin, and Doug Ward officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.29 2003


COLEMAN, Maxine (Reynolds)
1918-2003
 Died: Thursday, October 30, 2003
Age: 85
JOHNSON COUNTY — Maxine Reynolds Coleman, 85, of Stambaugh, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 27, 1918, in Williamson, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Emmitt and Creesie Stanley Reynolds. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois Mullins. Survivors include a son, Willard Coleman of Stambaugh; four daughters, Louise Shelton of Ringo, Ga., Kay Richards of Romulus, Mich., Emma Grabowski of Michigan, and Ruth Layne of Louisville; two stepdaughters, Mary Ann Scarlett of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Rosalie Watts of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Ernest Stanley of Peoria, Ill.; and Lois Blair of Florida and Emma Gunderson of Wisconsin; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 2, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Joe Adkins officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Stratton Fork, Pike County, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.05 2003


COLLINS, Tilden
1914-2003
 Tilden Collins, 89, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003 in Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Mr. Collins was born Jan. 26, 1914.  He is survived by his wife, Goldie Music Collins.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carter Funeral Home in Prestonsburg. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Friday Oct.17 2003


CONLEY, Billy Paris
Died: Friday, October 10, 2003
Age: 80
JOHNSON COUNTY — Billy Paris Conley, 80, of Paintsville, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Friday, Oct. 10, at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, after an extended illness. Born Jan. 21, 1923, at Prestonsburg, he was a son of the late Franklin Paris and Lucy Miller Conley. He was a retired insurance salesman with American General Insurance. Survivors include his wife, Nell R. Wiley Conley of Paintsville; and a son, Brian Conley of Floyds Knobs, Ind. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 13, at Burke Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Junior Womac officiating. Military rights were conducted by DAV Chapter 18, Auxier. Burial was in Gethsemane Gardens, Auxier, under direction of Burke Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


DANIELS, Sarah (Perry)
1902-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 30, 11 a.m. at Preston Funeral Home for Sarah Daniels, 101, who passed away Monday, October 27 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home at Paintsville, Ky. Mrs. Daniels was born March 12, 1902 in Martin County, Ky., daughter of the late George and Lydia Ann Delong Perry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ora Daniels. Surviving are four daughters, Lucille Austin of Camden, Ohio, Maggie King of Boons Camp, Ky., Elva Collins of Hager Hill, Ky. and Barbara Lawson of Melvindale, Mich.; one sister, Molly Marie Smith of Girard, Ohio; 20 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by J. R. Connelley and Roger Hill, with burial following in the Daniels Family Cemetery at Boons Camp, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.29 2003


ESTEP, Nova
Died: Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Age: 83
JOHNSON COUNTY — Nova Estep, 83, of Volga, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 11, 1920, in Elna, she was a daughter of the late Alonzo Scyler and Ella West Rice. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Ray Bob” Estep; two brothers, Orville Rice and Virgil Rice; and a sister, Clovie Rice. Survivors include three sons, Orvile Paul Estep of Keaton, Danny Estep of Louisa and Johnny Estep of Staffordsville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 25, at Flat Gap Baptist Church with Revs. Harold Salyers and Gary Blanton officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


FAIRCHILD, Samantha Jo
Died: Sunday, October 12, 2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Samantha Jo Fairchild, newborn daughter of Jim and Shyriana Fairchild of Staffordsville, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003 at UK Medical Center, Lexington. She was born Oct. 12 in Paintsville. Additional survivors include four brothers, Nathan Fairchild, Shawn Fairchild, Christopher Fairchild, and Justin Fairchild, all of Staffordsville; a sister, Christie Cochran of Thealka; paternal grandfather, Jerry Fairchild of Staffordsville; and maternal grandparents, Sammy and Willadean Wells of Van Lear. Graveside funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Dixon Cemetery, Staffordsville, with Elder Kenny Pelphrey officiating. Paintsville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


GATEWOOD, Brian Lamar
Died: Friday, October 17, 2003
Age: 38
JOHNSON COUNTY
Brian Lamar Gatewood, 38, of Paintsville, died Friday, Oct. 17, in Warrenton, Mich. Born Nov. 24, 1964, in Springfield, Ohio, he was a son of Barbara Linebaugh Harman and Will Green Harman, both of Salyersville. He was a laborer. Additional survivors include his wife, Teresa McKinzie Gatewood of Paintsville; two daughters, Alice Renee Gatewood and Diana Faye Gatewood, both of Paintsville; a son, Brian Keith Gatewood of Paintsville; and four brothers, Aaron Duke Gatewood of Florida, Scott Harman of Ohio, and Billy Harman and Stoney Harman, both of Salyersville. Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Eulas Adams, Phillip Caudill and Tim Salyer officiating. Burial was in Blue Grass Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.  Big Sandy News


GILLISPIE, Lizzie Carroll (Luster)
1929-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 26, 11 a.m. at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home for Lizzie Carroll Gillispie, 74, who passed away Friday, October 24 2003 at her residence. Mrs. Gillispie was born May 8, 1929 in Pike County, Ky., daughter of the late George and Nannie Stevens Luster. She was a home- maker. She was preceded in death by first husband, Tom Carroll; step-daughter, Rat Hall; step-son, Terry Gillispie; four brothers, Paris, Woodrow, Jim, and Johnny Lee Luster; four sisters, Stella Clark, Della Pinkerton, Margie Howell, Mary Castle. Surviving are four sons, Richard and Gary Carroll, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; Raymond Carroll of David, Ky. and Sonny Carroll of Brookville, Ky.; one step-son, David Gillispie of Hi Hat, Ky.; seven daughters, Nanie Yates of Wheelwright, Ky., Barbara Skeens of Martin, Ky., Mary Johnson of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Marie Sammons of East Point, Ky., Martha Simmons of Wil, Ariz., Billie Tucker of Ligon, Ky. and McCoy Parsons of Grethel, Ky.; two step-daughters, Jimmie Sue West of Columbus, Ohio and Barbara Stanley of Belfry, Ky.; one brother, Daniel Luster of Pikeville, Ky.; three sisters, May Newman of Star City, Ark., Josephine Moore of Pikeville, Ky. and Thelma Booth of Columbus, Ohio; 45 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, 6 step- grandchildren and 7 step-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Roger Trusty, with burial following in the Carroll Cemetery at Little Mud at Printer, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Frazier Funeral Home of Martin, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.29 2003


GRIM, Travis Isom
Died: Saturday, October 11, 2003
Age: 17
JOHNSON COUNTY — Travis Isom Grim, 17, of Flat Gap, died Saturday, Oct. 11. Born June 18, 1986, in Johnson County, he was a son of Danny and Christine Gamble Grim of Flat Gap. He was a student at Johnson Central High School. Additional survivors include paternal grandfather, Paul Cecil Grim; maternal grandparents, Bud and Geneva Gamble; and a sister, Lora Harris of Flat Gap. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 13, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Tim Salyers officiating. Burial was in Grim Family Cemetery under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grim family by contacting Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


GULLETT, Lexie Mae (Blanton)
1927-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 26, 1 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home for Lexie Mae Blanton Gullett, 76, who passed away at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. Mrs. Gullett was born January 16, 1927 in Magoffin County, Ky., daughter of the late Grover C. and Cynthia Blanton. She was a retired seamstress for Parson’s and a member of the Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl Gullet; one sister, Margie Conley; two brothers, Ennie and Hassel Blanton and step-mother, Maymie Meade Blanton. Surviving are one daughter, Diana (Jose) Trevino of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Louise Blanton of Salyersville, Ky. and Judith Blanton of Oil Springs, Ky.; three brothers, Edgar Blanton of Salyersville, Ky., Oakley Blanton of Staffordsville, Ky. and Nick Blanton of West Liberty, Ky.; two grandsons, Ricardo and Daniel Trevino. The service was officiated by Reverends Ed Caudill and J. R. Connelley, with burial following in the Johnson Memorial Gardens at Paintsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Miller Funeral Home of Ashland, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.29 2003


HACKWORTH, Ronnie Lee
1956-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 9, 11 a.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel in Prestonsburg, Ky. for Ronnie Lee Hackworth, 47, who passed away Monday, October 6 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mr. Hackworth was born June 21, 1956 in Prestonsburg, Ky., son of the late Johnny and Bessie Bradford Hackworth. He was manager at Heilig-Myers and a member of the Auxier Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are one son, Shawn Hackworth of Auxier, Ky.; one daughter, Stephanie Blankenship of Stanville, Ky.; three brothers, John Wayne Hackworth of Lawrenceville, Ill., Degarmo Hackworth of David, Ky and James Hackworth of Auxier, Ky.; three sisters, Helen Slone and Debbi Rowe, both of Auxier, Ky and Judy Bays of Abbott, Ky. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Bobby Joe Spencer, with burial following in the Hackworth Family Cemetery at Auxier, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.08 2003


JAMES, Ezra
1910-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 25, 1 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Ezra James, 93, who passed away Wednesday, October 22 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mr. James was born June 6, 1910 in Endicott, Ky., son of the late Cain and Minty Endicott James. He had worked at Ky. and W. Va. Gas Co. for 35 years, when they used wagons and teams at 35 cents an hour. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell, one son, Richard, and daughter, Phyllis Fay James. Surviving are one son, Billie Gene (Lucille Lafferty) James of Endicott, Ky.; two grandchildren, Teresa James of Abbott Creek, Ky. and Sandy (Mike) Sturgill of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two great-grandchildren, Bo Lee James Sturgill and Cory Michael Blue Sturgill, both of Prestonsburg, Ky. The service was officiated by Rev. Virgil Hunt, with burial following in the James Family Cemetery at Endicott, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.29 2003


JENKINS, John Carson
Died: Sunday, October 05, 2003
Age: 76
JOHNSON COUNTY — John Carson Jenkins,76, of Flat Gap, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born July 26, 1927, in Morgan County, he was a son of the late Eddie and Mary Ann Legg Jenkins. He was a retired truck driver with the Johnson County Road Department. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lydia Balie Jenkins. Survivors include his wife, Mary Marie Lemaster Jenkins of Flat Gap; two sons, Carlos Harold Jenkins and Paul Wayne Jenkins, both of Flat Gap; two daughters, Christine Gullett of Thelma and Corlena Lemaster of Flat Gap; a sister, Plinia Blanton of West Liberty; a brother, Harold Jenkins of Flat Gap; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Frankie Williams, Danny Williams, and Sammy Reed officiating. Burial was in Jenkins-Lemaster Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.08 2003


LEMASTER, Ethan Hunter
Died: Tuesday, October 07, 2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Ethan Hunter Lemaster, two month old son of John Powell Lemaster and Sylvia Nicole Maynard, died Tuesday, Oct. 7. 2003 He was born Aug. 11 in Floyd County. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 10, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Joe Mullins officiating. Burial will be in Richmond Cemetery, Johns Creek, Van Lear, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.08 2003


LEMASTER, Otto
1943-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 2, 2 p.m. at Childers Funeral Home in Meally, Ky., for Otto Lemaster, 60, who passed away Thursday, October 30 2003 at his residence. Mr. Lemaster was born June 25, 1943 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late Ealey and Delphia Young Lemaster. He was retired owner and operator of Lemaster Shoe Repair. Surviving are his wife, Patty Jean Damron Lemaster; one daughter, Patricia (Vince) Withrow of Blue Creek, W. Va.; two sons, Bartholomew Lemaster of Flat Gap, Ky., and Otto James Lemaster of Morehead, Ky.; two special daughters-in-law, Mandy and Alisha Lemaster; three grandchildren, Veronica, Jennifer and Alex Withrow; two sisters, Irene King of Columbus, Ohio, and Barbara Wright of Paintsville, Ky.; one brother, James of Paintsville, Ky. The service was officiated by Tim Salyers, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of The Childers Funeral Home of Meally, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov.06 2003


LEWIS, Orville
1922-2003
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 1, 12:30 p.m. at Newcomer Farley Funeral Home of Kettering, Ohio for Orville Lewis, 81, of Charlotte Harbor, Fla., who passed away Monday, October 27 at Hospice of Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Lewis was the chief of aerospace ground power equipment in the 4950th test wing, and retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base after 32 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willa Mae Messer Lewis of Hazard, Ky. Surviving are one son, James Lewis of Kettering, Ohio; three grandchildren Jennifer Kate: of Las Vegas, N.V., Michael James of San Marcos, Cal., Sarah Dawn Lewis of Xenia, Ohio; two sisters; Denah Kozee of Dayton, Ohio and Easter Ward of Paintsville, Ky.; one brother, Fontain Lewis of Paintsville, Ky. Burial will be in the Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Paintsville Herald Friday Oct.31 2003


    
MAPES, Glenna F. (Jones) (Hyland)
1932-2003
Glenna F. Hyland Mapes, 71, of Marysville died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Riverside Methodist Hospital after a serious one-month illness. She was employed for many years as a secretary/receptionist with Don Cook Real Estate in Marysville and also worked as a pharmacy clerk at McCarthy's Drug Store. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ and Mary Chapter 9, Order of the Eastern Star. She graduated from Union Local High School in 1950. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and visiting family and friends. She will be remembered as a kind woman and a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She was born June 4, 1932, in Paintsville, Ky., to the late William and Lorena May Rice Jones and was predeceased by a sister, Helen Crider; her father-and mother-in- law, Harold E. and Ruth By Hyland; a sister-in-law, Claudia Jones; and a brother-in- law, Donald E. Hyland. She married Richard D. Hyland Dec. 26, 1951, and he died July 18, 1976. She then married Rodney L. Mapes July 8, 1981, and he died Jan. 15, 1994. She is survived by three daughters, Rebecca (Donald) O'Donnell of London, Jan (Mike) Kimbler of Milford Center and Carla (Marc) Wells of Grove City; two grandchildren, Sarah and Brian Kimbler; a sister, L. Hope Jones of Marysville; two brothers, Don C. Jones of Marathon Key, Fla. and John W. (Linda) Jones of Lancaster; two brothers-in- law, Max Crider of Marion and Robert (Mary Ann) Hyland of Marysville; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mannasmith-Hale Funeral Home. The Revs. Marty Cramer and David Berna will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home where an Order of the Eastern Star Memorial Service will be held at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  Submitted By: Ben Laird
    
MCGAHAN, Marie Elizabeth
1951-2003
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2 p.m. at Harter & Son Funeral Home Chapel of Delphos, Ohio for Marie Elizabeth McGahan, 52, who passed away Saturday, October 25 at her residence. Ms. McGahan was born September 4, 1951 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of the late Joseph E. “Joe” and Norma Long McGahan. Surviving are one nephew, Ralph Haunhorst of Paintsville, Ky.; one sister, Marcella Haunhorst of Paintsville, Ky. The service will be officiated by Mark McKenzie, with burial following in the Mr. Zion Cemetery at Groverhill, Ohio. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.29 2003

MCKENZIE, Anna Leigh (Castle)
Died: Saturday, October 11, 2003
Age: 94
JOHNSON COUNTY — Anna Leigh Castle McKenzie, 94, of Staffordsville, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003 in Lexington. Born Feb. 28, 1909, in Lucasville, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Isze and Ida Crider Castle. She was a housewife. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dillard McKenzie. Survivors include four sons, William McKenzie of Marion, Ohio, Paul McKenzie of Thelma, Tim McKenzie of Staffordsville and Danny McKenzie of Cynthiana; three daughters, Christian Bayes of Lexington, and Dorothy Fannin and Brenda Estep, both of Columbus, Ohio; 32 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Douglas Crider officiating. Burial was in Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


MCKENZIE, Robert Donald “Bobby”
1960-2003
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 1, 2 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Robert Donald “Bobby” McKenzie, 42, who passed away Thursday, October 30 2003 at Mary Chiles Hospital in Mt. Sterling, Ky. Mr. McKenzie was born November 28, 1960 in Johnson County, Ky., son of Audrey Burchett Dawson and the late Clyde McKenzie. Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Joyce Lynn Davis McKenzie; one step-son, Michael Spradlin of Paintsville, Ky.; one step-daughter, Michelle Spradlin of Paintsville, Ky.; two brothers, Phillip McKenzie of Paintsville, Ky., and Michael McKenzie of Wilmore, Ky.; two sisters, Melinda Chandler of Van Lear, Ky., and Karen Blair of Paintsville, Ky. The service was officiated by Gary Mitchell and Larry Blair, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov.06 2003


MCKINNIE, Don Edward
Died: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Age: 53
MARTIN COUNTY — Don Edward McKinnie, 53, of Inez died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003 at his home. Born Nov. 23, 1949, in Johnson County, he was a son of Vada Maynard and the late Kermit Maynard. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Additional survivors include his wife, Margie McKinnie; two sons, Donald Edward McKinnie and Terry Scott McKinnie, both of Inez; three brothers, Garland Spence, Frank Spence, and Lestel Spence, all of Inez; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 16, at Vineyard United Baptist Church with Doc Maynard and Dave Hannah officiating. Burial was in Spence Cemetery, Inez, under direction of Richmond- Callaham Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


MEEK, Isaac Daniel
1921-2003
Funeral services were held October 11, 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven, Miss., for Isaac Daniel Meek, 82, who passed away Friday, October 10 at his residence in Brookhaven, Miss. Mr. Meek was born February 11, 1921 in Paintsville, Ky., son of the late William and Bernia Sparks Meek. He was a Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by two son, Lance and Blair Meek. Surviving are his wife, Jeane Paugh Meek; five daughters, Nona Sutton of Bogue Chitto, Dara Meek, Tarla (Reggie) Watts, all of Brookhaven, Miss., July Meek and Georgette Bourg, both of Foley, Ala.; two sons, Foster Meek of Kingsville, Texas and March Meek of Brookhaven, Miss.; one brother, Collie Meek of Mentor, Ohio; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Easthaven Cemetery at Brookhaven. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.22 2003


MURRAY, Carl
Died: Thursday, October 16, 2003
Age: 83
JOHNSON COUNTY
Carl Murray, 83, of Paintsville, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Aug. 9, 1920, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Winfield and Ludy Estepp Murray. He was a retired Kroger employee and a WW II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Anna Rice Murray of Paintsville; four sons, Hurston Murray of Flat Gap, Larry Murray of Kernersville, N.C., Charles T. Smith of Florida and Carl Douglas Murray; two daughters, Patricia Cantrell Cyrus of Columbus, Ohio, and Billie Jean Litteral Music of Paintsville; five brothers, Fred Murray, Clarence Murray, and Charles Murray, all of Sitka, Paul Murray of Middletown, Ohio, and Carmel Murray of Ohio; a sister, Elwanda Ratliff of River; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 19, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Herbert Arms officiating. Military services were conducted by Chapter 18 Auxier DAV. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.22 2003


NICKELL, Patsy Jo (Williams)
1940-2003
Patsy Jo "Pat" Nickell, age 63, of Huber Heights, formerly of Fairborn,  paased away Saturday, October 4, 2003, in Hospice of Dayton. She was born September 20,1940, in Paintsville, Ky., the daughter of  Russell and Mabel (Preston) Williams. She retired from Wright-Patterson Air  Force Base after 28 years of service. She was a member of the New Carlisle  Freewill Baptist Church.  She is survived by her loving husband,  James "Bud" Nickell; a daughter and  son-in-law, Lisa and Mike McGowan of Huber heights; a son and daughter-in-law,  Steve and Deborah Nickell of Fairborn; two sisters, Betty McKinney of  Woodhaven, Michigan and Marie and Harley Allison of Holiday, Florida; four  grandchildren, Tadd Woodie, Eric Nickell, Jessica McGowan and Nicholas McGowan; and  several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a  brother-in-law, Ray McKinney. Friends may call in the Burcham Funeral Home, 119 E. Main St.,  Fairborn,Ohio, Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October  8,2003, at 11 a.m. in the Faith Hill Church of God, 100 Vanderbilt Drive,  Fairborn,Ohio, with the Rev. Mark Long and Rev. Danny Pratt officiating. Burial will  be in Byron Cemetary.


PACK, Sandra Lee (Wallen)
Died: Monday, October 27, 2003
Age: 54
JOHNSON COUNTY — Sandra Lee Pack, 54, of West Van Lear, died Monday, Oct. 27, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Russell. Born Sept. 1, 1949, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Leslie Wallen Sr. and Loretta Blair. She was a line leader with American Standard. Survivors include her husband, Johnson County Attorney Paul L. Pack; a son, Paul L. Pack II of West Van Lear; a stepson, Ryan Pack of Oil Springs; two daughters, Cindi Blair of Georgetown and Tammy Bundy of Paintsville; two stepdaughters, Erica Elizabeth Pack and Rebecca Claire Pack, both of Nicholasville; four brothers, Jimmy Wallen, Leslie Wallen Jr., Charlie Wallen, and Willie Blair, all of Lexington; and a sister Sharon Helton. Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 30, at Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Tommy Meade and Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Childers Family Cemetery, Whitehouse, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


PAGE, Talmadge
Died: Sunday, October 19, 2003
Age: 59
JOHNSON COUNTY
Talmadge Page, 59, of Paintsville, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003 at his residence. Born April 26, 1944, in Johnson County, he was a mechanic with Sisco Garage. Survivors include his wife, Delphia Montgomery Page of Paintsville; two sons, Timothy Allen Page of Paintsville, and James Howard Page of Thelma; two daughters, Elizabeth Jane Page of North Carolina, and Elizabeth Carol Page of Indiana; two stepdaughters, Lorene Music of Paintsville and Regina Williams of West Van Lear; four brothers, Herbert Page of Oil Springs, Robert Page of South Carolina, Clarence Page of Kempner, Texas, and Winston Page of Beaver, Ohio; a sister, Helen Skaggs of West Van Lear; one grandchild; 12 step-grandchildren; and one step great grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Steve Rose officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


PERRY, David
Died: Monday, October 27, 2003
Age: 49
MARTIN COUNTY
David Perry, 49, of Inez, died Monday, Oct. 27, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Sept. 13, 1954, in Martin County, he was a son of Aline Preston Cline and the late Earl Perry. Survivors include two sons, David Lee Perry Jr. of Inez and Jackie Pierce of Warfield; a daughter, Dorothy Preece of Inez; two brothers, Michael Perry of South Point, Ohio, and Elbert Perry of Inez; and two sisters, Janet Hezel of Ohio and Kathy Wadswarth. Funeral services will be noon today, Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home with Lonnie Ratliff and Maurice Mills officiating. Burial will be in Christman Cemetery, Inez, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.29 2003


PICKLESIMER, Francis Milton
 Died: Friday, October 03, 2003
Age: 88
JOHNSON COUNTY — Francis Milton Picklesimer, 88, of Flat Gap, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 at his residence. Born May 24, 1915, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Homer D. and Ethel Conley Picklesimer. He was a retired truck driver and an US Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna Evelyn Estep Picklesimer. Survivors include six sons, Frances Leroy Picklesimer and Ronnie Dean Picklesimer, both of Chesapeake, Ohio, Timothy Picklesimer of Flat Gap, Robert Leon Picklesimer of Staffordsville, Larry Clayton Picklesimer of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Hansford Dulton Picklesimer of Bedford, Ohio; two daughters, Virginia Lynn Click of Flat Gap and Janet Elleen Hall of Prestonsburg; six brothers, Walter Picklesimer of Orange City, Fla., Estill Picklesimer and Hansel Picklesimer, both of Ft. Pierce, Fla., Hubert Picklesimer of Swords Creek, Va., Everett Willis Picklesimer of Carey, Ohio, and Homer Picklesimer of Volga; three sisters, Juanita Bell of Whelling, W.Va., Ann Monroe of Simpsonville, S.C., and Betty Carey of Volga; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 6, at Paintsville Church of Christ with Rev. Kenneth Chambers officiating. Burial was in Sheridan Estep Family Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Auxier Chapter 18 of DAV conducted military services. Big Sandy News


PRESTON, Evelyn (Conley)
Died: Monday, October 13, 2003
Age: 66
JOHNSON COUNTY — Evelyn Preston, 66, of Flat Gap, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 5, 1937, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Hershel and Gracie Fyffe Conley. She was a teacher’s aide with Flat Gap Elementary School and a member of Point Pleasant Enterprise Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Paul V. Preston of Flat Gap; three sons, Garald Vencil Preston of Springfield, Ohio, Joel Keith Preston of Fairview, N.C., and David Glen Preston of Charlotte, S.C.; a sister, Ernestine Conn of Antioch, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 16, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Jack Conn, Elmer Burchwell, and Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Skaggs Town Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


RATLIFF, Connie (Rowland)
Died: Sunday, October 12, 2003
Age: 54
JOHNSON COUNTY — Connie Ratliff, 54, of Morehead, formerly of Johnson County, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003 at St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead. Born Jan. 29, 1949, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of Nonnie Childers and the late Henry Elmer Rowland. Survivors include her husband, Alvin Ratliff of Morehead; two sons, Shane Cecil Ratliff of Campton and Joshua Henry Gordon Ratliff of Lexington; a brother, Jack Rowland of Thelma; and three sisters, Scarlet Murray of Thelma, Neva Rowland of Paintsville and Laura Caudill of Kindleville, Ind. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Jimmy Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Ratliff Family Cemetery, Whitehouse, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


RICE, Erie (Selvage)
2003
Erie Rice, 88, of Grove City, died Thursday, October 2, 2003 at Doctors West. She was a member of The United Baptist Church of Mechanicsburg. Preceded in death by husband Kenneth, parents Alfred and Emma Selvage, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Survived by daughters, Opaline Meyer, Grove City and Alice (Emerson) Willis, Grove City; grandchildren, Jeri Soma, Dena (Scott) Hayden, Andy (Kathy) Willis and Trent (Jennifer) Willis; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Hester Pierce; brothers, Reecie Selvage and Charles Selvage. Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the SCHOEDINGER-NORRIS CHAPEL, 3920 Broadway, Grove City, where service will be held Monday 10 a.m. Rev. Willard Willis officiating. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1440 West Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607. Submitted By: Kim Donley


    
ROBINSON, Claude Sheridan

Died: Monday, October 13, 2003

Age: 88

FLOYD COUNTY
Claude Sheridan Robinson, 88, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2003 at Prestonsburg Health Care Center. Born April 26, 1915, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Thomas Sheridan Robinson and Ida Blackburn Robinson. He was a former employee for Princess Elkhorn Coal Co., David, and attended Little Paint First Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Patrick Robinson; two sons, Ronald Robinson of East Point and Phillip Robinson of Peyton, Colo.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Carter Funeral Chapel, Prestonsburg, with burial following in Patrick Cemetery, Leander, under direction of Carter Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


RUNNELS, Allen Leslie
Died: Monday, October 06, 2003
Age: 40
FLOYD COUNTY — Allen Leslie Runnels, 40, of Hager Hill, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 27, 1963, at Lexington, he was a son of William “Bill” Runnels Jr. of Prestonsburg and Betty Ann Ogden Koehler of Albuquerque, N.M. He was a former self-employed contractor. Additional survivors include a son, Tyler Runnels of Hager Hill; a brother, William Pierce Runnels III of Albuquerque; and a sister, Vicky Lynn Bryan of Albuquerque. Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 9, at Carter Funeral Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Mark Walz officiating. Burial was in May Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Carter Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.08 2003


SAMS, Sandy (Wilks)
Died: Sunday, October 05, 2003
Age: 24
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Sandy Wilks Sams, 24, of Owenton, formerly of Louisa, died Sunday, Oct. 5. 2003 Born June 24, 1979, in Paintsville, she was a daughter of Linda Daniels Burchett of Louisa and the late Charles Eugene Wilks. She was preceded in death by a brother, Everette Wilks; and a sister, Tonya Wilks. Additional survivors include her husband, Jerry Ray Sams of Owenton; a daughter, Shelby Rae Sams at home; a son, George Gary Howell III of Lexington; stepfather, Eddie Ray Burchett of Louisa; maternal grandmother, Della Daniels of Nippa; four sisters, Tina Wilks, Imogene Webb and Lilly Webb, all of Louisa, and Sherry McKinster of Delaware, Ohio; and six brothers, Dave Wilks, Charlie Wilks, Clinton Wilks, Clayton Wilks, Walter Wilks, and Buster Wilks, all of Louisa. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa, with Revs. Noah Wilks and Ralph Hogston officiating. Burial will be in Wilks Cemetery, Webbville, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home. Visitation will be 3-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.08 2003


SHORT, Ruth A. (Howard)
1932-2003
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 29, 1 p.m. at Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home for Ruth A. Howard Short, 71, who passed away Tuesday, October 28 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville, Ky. Mrs. Short was born April 4, 1932 in Martin County, Ky., daughter of the late Lark and Hessie Preston Howard. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Robert Eugene Short; two sons, Joe Howard of Ulysses, Ky. and Rob. T. Short of Inez, Ky.; two daughters, Sharon Hodges of Tenn. and Samitha Blockman of Lowmansville, Ky.; one brother, James L. Howard of Inez, Ky.; two sisters, Elizabeth Arbaugh of Warfield, Ky. and Bertie Williams of Ohio; nine grandchildren. The service will be officiated by the Reverends Abb Jude, Wayne Salmons, Mathew Jude and Lynn Stonley, with burial following in the Short Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home of Inez, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.29 2003


SMALL, Inis (Scott)
Died: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Age: 78
JOHNSON COUNTY — Inis Small, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 25, 1923, in Martin County, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Esta Meade Scott. She was a domestic. Survivors include two sons, Wallace Taylor and Huddy Odell Small, both of Meally; two brothers, Bill Scott and Harve Scott, both of Inez; a sister, Alice Blackburn of Tomahawk; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Friday, at 11 a.m. at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Burial will be in Blackburn Cemetery, Tomahawk, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Oct.17 2003


SPARKS, Kenneth
Died: Monday, October 20, 2003
Age: 80
JOHNSON COUNTY
Kenneth Sparks, 80, of Red Bush, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Aug. 29, 1923, in Keaton, he was a son of the late Jess and Ethel Kelly Sparks. He was a pipe fitter and a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Frances Sparks. Survivors include his wife, Nora Smith Sparks of Red Bush; a son, Larry K. Sparks of New Baltimore, Mich.; three grandchildren; and a great grandchild. Flat Gap Masonic Lodge 616 F & AM conducted a masonic service Wednesday, Oct 22, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 23, at Red Bush Enterprise Baptist Church with Revs. Gerald Fyffe and Harold Salyers, and Elder Paul E. Keaton officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.22 2003


TACKETT, Lorie Leanne (Laney)
Died: Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Age: 28
JOHNSON COUNTY — Lorie Leanne Tackett, 28, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003 at her residence. Born July 8, 1975, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of Thelma Mollette Miller of Paintsville and the late Wade Laney. She was a breakfast manager with Hardees. Survivors include her husband, Maurice Tackett of Paintsville; stepfather, James Miller of Paintsville; a daughter, Cheyenne Sherman of Paintsville; a brother, Wade Laney Jr., of Paintsville; and four sisters, Kara Hogan of Lake Orion, Mich., Leslie Hitchcock of Titasville, Fla., Jamie Laney of Meally, and Jennifer Wells of Paintsville. Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 5, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Paul Wayne Browning officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


TOLLE, Maudie (Howard)
Died: Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Age: 78
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Maudie Howard Isaac Helton Tolle, 78, of Salyersville, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003  at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Oct. 15, 1921, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late Isaac and Leona Bell Howard. She was a homemaker and a member of the Penecostal faith. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Sam Isaac; second husband, Charles Helton; third husband, Chester Tolle; a son, Edward Charles Helton; three brothers, Isaac Howard, Hershel Howard and Cleo Manns; and two sisters, Josephine Howard and Reevonie Howard. Survivors include two sons, Ervin “Tootie” Isaac and Cleetis Helton, both of Lick Creek; a daughter, Charlotte Howard of Lick Creek; two brothers, Okie Howard and Audie Joe Howard, both of Lick Creek; a sister, Opal Howard of Lick Creek; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Howard Cemetery, Lick Creek, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Visitation will be today, Friday, Oct. 24, at Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Oct.22 2003


TUSSEY, Frank
1925-2003
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 5, 1 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Frank Tussey, 78, who passed away Thursday, October 2 at Kings Daughters Hospital in Ashland, Ky. Mr. Tussey was born November 12, 1925 in Maytown, Ky., son of the late Green and Mollie Harmon Tussey. He was a retired coal miner. Surviving are his wife, Julia Scutchfield Tussey; two daughters, Margie Kendrick and Brenda Gray, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Harmon Tussey of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one granddaughter, Sherry Mitchell. The service was officiated by the Rev. Dan Heinzelman. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.08 2003


VANHOOSE, Margaret Jewell (Adams)
Died: Thursday, October 02, 2003
Age: 73
JOHNSON COUNTY — Margaret Jewell Adams Vanhoose, 73, of Sitka, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Nov. 29, 1929, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Audie and Zelphie Williams Adams. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, James A. “Jim” Vanhoose of Sitka; four sons, Allen Vanhoose, and Albert Vanhoose, both of Sitka, and Roger Vanhoose and Dannie Vanhoose, both of Columbus, Ohio; four daughters, Sharron K. Cox of South Carolina, Rose May Varellia of Nevada, and Cathy Mollette and Rita Osborne, both of Sitka; two brothers, Noah F. Adams of Ashland, and Charles Evans of Champaign, Ill.; a sister, Carol Sparks of Somerset; 23 grandchildren; and 23 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 5, at Sitka Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. Jimmy McKenzie, Darren Rice and Bob Lyons officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


WELLS, Richard
1929-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 30, 12 noon at Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Richard Wells, 74, who passed away Monday, October 27 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Mr. Wells was born April 27, 1929 in Floyd County, Ky., son of the late Bill and Ada Moore Wells. He was a retired coal miner and had served with the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Jo Collins Wells. Surviving are one daughter, Pamela Jo Wells Castle of Van Lear, Ky.; one brother, Kenneth Paul Wells of Van Lear, Ky.; one granddaughter, Katie Jo Castle of Van Lear, Ky. The service will be officiated by Paul Wayne Browning, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Oct.29 2003


NOVEMBER - 2003

ARMES, Mildred (Franklin)
Died: Friday, November 07, 2003
Age: 91
JOHNSON COUNTY
Mildred Franklin Armes, 91, of Paintsville, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Born July 15, 1912, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Jack Miliam and Alka Rice Miliam Baldwin. She was a cook at Mayo Vocational School and a member of the Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eddie Franklin; and second husband, Marion Downard Armes. Survivors include a daughter, Ellen Jean Williams of Paintsville; two sons, Irvin Bryan Franklin of Staffordsville and Perry Martin Franklin of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 10, at Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Richard Williams, Buddy McKenzie and Harold Conley officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.12 2003

BALDWIN, Peggy (Belhasen)
Died: Saturday, November 08, 2003
Age: 54
JOHNSON COUNTY — Peggy Belhasen Baldwin, 54, of Paintsville, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. Born Oct. 11, 1949, in Lawrence County, she was a daughter of Jay Jordan and Beulah Boggs Jordan. She was a teacher/educator. Survivors include her husband, Mike Baldwin; two daughters, Anita Colvin and Charlene Belhasen, both of Paintsville; a stepdaughter, Laura Baldwin of Florida; a stepson, Tim Baldwin; three brothers, Edward Jordan, Wayne Jordan and Vessie Jordan, all of Blaine; five sisters, Faye Davis, Debbie Cantrell and Ruby Whobury, all of Louisa, Fredia Hayner of Columbus, Ohio, and Norma Waters of Florida; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with John Boyd officiating. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Yatesville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.12 2003


BLANTON, Willie E. "Bill"
Died: Friday, November 07, 2003
Age: 76
JOHNSON COUNTY — Willie E. “Bill” Blanton, 76, of Paintsville, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003 at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Born March 25, 1927, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Callie Blanton and Alta Lemaster Blanton. He was a coal miner and truck driver. He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Ray Blanton. Survivors include his wife, Neva Jo Click Blanton; a son, Paul J. Blanton of Prestonsburg; three stepsons, Larry Lemaster of Hager Hill, David Lemaster of Sitka and Steve Lemaster of Staffordsville; three daughters, Linda May of Leander, Carolyn Sue Ward of Leander and Paula F. Compton of Prestonsburg; three stepdaughters, Pam Trimble of Staffordsville, Dianne Taylor of Hager Hill and Darlene Caudill of Riceville; two sisters, Sola Tackett of Ohio and Evelyn Blair of Leander; 33 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 10, at Whitaker Freewill Baptist Church, with Hubert Sloan and Roger Thornsbury officiating. Burial was in Blanton Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.12 2003


BRANHAM, Garnette
1908-2003
Garnette Meade Branham, 95, of Paintsville, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003 at her residence.  Mrs. Branham was born Aug. 16, 1908, in Johnson County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dolen Branham.  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel in Paintsville. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery.  Friends may call after 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Saturday Nov.29 2003


CANTRELL, Beverly Ann (Jackson)
Died: Saturday, November 15, 2003
Age: 43
OHIO - Beverly Ann Cantrell, 43, of Waverly, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at Pike Community Hospital, Waverly, Ohio. Born Sept. 10, 1960, in Franklin, Ohio, she was a daughter of Betty Hains and the late Watson Jackson. She was a member of Glade United Baptist Church. Additional survivors include a daughter, Danyel Carpenter of Paintsville; three brothers, David Wayne Jackson of Beaver, Ohio, James Franklin Jackson of Oil Springs and Charles Jackson of Gallipolis, Ohio; and two sisters, Brenda Lee Cole of Salyersville and Bessie Jackson of Paintsville. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Terry Lykins officiating. Burial was in Jackson Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.19 2003


CANTRELL, Clora (Cantrell)
Died: Thursday, November 20, 2003
Age: 88
JOHNSON COUNTY
Clora Cantrell, 88, of Flat Gap, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003. Born March 18, 1915, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Edd and Sarah Adams Cantrell. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Cantrell. Survivors include a son, Henry Cantrell of Sitka; four daughters, Sue Salyer, Betty Sparks, and Leora Davis, all of Flat Gap, and Maxine Stambaugh of Sunbury, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 29 great- grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 23, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Eulas Adams and Willis G. Estep officiating. Burial was in Cantrell Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.26 2003


CANTRELL, Frederick Harold
Died: Thursday, November 13, 2003
Age: 65
JOHNSON COUNTY — Frederick Harold Cantrell, of Hager Hill, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born May 18, 1938, in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Avis and Maggie Sanders Cantrell. He was a coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Lilliam Blair Cantrell; two sons, William Cantrell of Hager Hill, and Donnie Ray Cantrell; two brothers, Rodney Cantrell of Georgetown, and Johnny Cantrell of Front Royal, Va.; and one sister, Gloria Hall of Van Lear. Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 15, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Virgil Goble officiating. Burial will be in Blair Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Friday Nov.14 2003


CASTLE, Rene (Hershberger)
1929-2003
Myrene (Rene) Hershberger Castle, 74, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003 at her home.  Mrs. Castle was born Oct. 26, 1929.  Her husband, Earl Castle, survives.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carter Funeral Home in Prestonsburg. Burial will be in Hall Cemetery in Paintsville. Friends may call from 4 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.  Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church.  Daily Independent Friday Nov.07 2003


CAUDILL, Naoni (Blair)
Died: Monday, November 10, 2003
Age: 79
WEST VIRGINIA — Naoni Caudill, 79, of Fort Gay, W.Va., died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003 at Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. Born Sept. 11, 1924, in Denver, she was the daughter of the late William Blair and Minvera Conley Blair. She was a housewife and a member of the Jennys Creek United Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Verlie Caudill of Fort Gay; three daughters, Linda Yates of Cussetu, Ga., Patsy Carol Wilson of New Carlisle, Ohio, and Betty Crawford of Fort Gay; a son, Tex Caudill of Corington, Tenn.; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa, with Rufford Blair, Jerry Colvin and Bernard Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Fairchild- Lemaster Cemetery, Louisa, under the direction of Young Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the funeral home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.12 2003


CONLEY, Flora Ola
NORTH MANCHESTER-INDIANA
Flora Ola Conley, 90, Peabody Retirement Community, formerly of Roann and Riceville, Ky., died at 3:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at her residence. She was born April 2, 1913, in Floyd County, Ky., to Greeley and Lizzie (Caudill) Hackworth. She married Elbert Conley in 1932 and he died Feb. 21, 1995. Her second husband, Verner Conley, whom she married in 1955, died Jan. 21, 1985. Survivors include daughters Mrs. Wayne (Earlene) Nordmann, of Roann, and Bobby Conley of North Manchester; brothers Earl Hackworth and Earnest Hackworth, both of Ada, Ohio; and sisters Elsie Leak of East Point, Ky., Mrs. Earl (Edna) Floor of Akron, and Alta Mae Hackworth of Wooster, Ohio. Also surviving are three grandchildren — David (Louise ) Nordmann of North Manchester, Dan (Ginger) Nordmann of Indianapolis, and Mark (Lisa) Nordmann of Burkett. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren. A son, four brothers and a sister are deceased. She was a member of the New Bethel Freewill Baptist Church of Riceville, Ky. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, Ky., with the Rev. Herbert Arms officiating. Burial will be in Conley Cemetery, Bonanza, Ky. Calling at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Calling at the Delaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester Chapel, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be directed to the Peabody Home or the Wabash-Miami County Home Healthcare & Hospice.


CRISLIP, Everett
1912-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 26, 1 p.m. at Staffordsville Free Will Baptist Church for Everett Crislip, 91, who passed away Monday, November 24 2003 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Mr. Crislip was born July 19, 1912 in Johnson County, Ky., son of the late Ed and Arizona Davis Crislip. He was a road construction worker. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Opal Howes, and second wife, Mae Chaffins Crislip; one sister, Josephine Crislip King; one brother, Arthur Crislip; two half-brothers, Freddie and Johnny Crislip; one half-sister, Dorothy Crislip. Surviving are several nieces and nephews as well as three special friends, Doc, Ellie and Charlie. The service was officiated by Eugene Figge and Doug Crider, with burial in the Staffordsville Church Cemetery at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Dec.12 2003


CULBERTSON, Daisy (Cox)
Died: Friday, November 28, 2003
Age: 101
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Daisy Cox Culbertson, 101, of Salyersville, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 10, 1902, in Wolfe County, she was a daughter of the late James and Lillie Byrd Cox. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Culbertson; two sons, James B. Culbertson and Jack W. Culbertson; a daughter, Alleen Rice; three brothers, William Cox, Ray Arnold Cox, and Denzil Earl Cox; and five sisters, Angie Rose, Ethel Nickell, Maureen Clark, Lucille Clark, and Juanita Lewis. Survivors include a son, George Culbertson, Jr., of Salyersville; a daughter, Loraine Holbrook of Salyersville; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 1, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Matthew Gullion officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Bradley, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.03 2003


DALE, Joseph Ryan
Died: Saturday, November 08, 2003
Age: 26
JOHNSON COUNTY — Joseph Ryan Dale, 26, of Hughes, Ark., died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003 in Memphis, Tenn. Born July 8, 1977, in Pike County, he was a son of John and Debbie Dale. He was a purchasing agent with Barnhart Crane and Rigging and was a member of the National Guard. Additional survivors include his paternal grandparents, Bulan and Barbara Pfaff; paternal grandmother, Estalene Blair; and maternal grandparents, Les Combs and Forestine Stamper. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Chester Keathley officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.12 2003


DELONG, Gerald "Buddy"
1936-2003
Gerald Lloyd "Buddy" DeLong, 67, of Van Lear, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003 at his home.  Mr. DeLong was born Feb. 7, 1936, in Johnson County.  He is survived by his wife, Helen McKenzie DeLong.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Staffordsville. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today and until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Friday Nov.07 2003


DUTY, Martha (Griffey)
1924-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 21, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Martha Griffey Duty, 79, who passed away Tuesday, November 18 2003 at her residence. Mrs. Duty was born October 17, 1924 in Floyd County, Ky., daughter of the late Linzie H. and Mary Effie Salyers Griffey. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Cleveland Monroe Duty; one son, Vernon Douglas Duty of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one daughter, Carolyn Duty Hamilton of Pikeville, Ky.; two sisters, Ruby Powers of Floyd County, Ky. and Ellen Marsillett of Prestonsburg, Ky.; four grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Lowell Pelphrey and Paul Kestner, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Nov.21 2003


EDWARDS, Louella (Chalfant)
1918-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 6, 12 noon at the Hall Funeral Home for Louella Chalfant Edwards, 85, who passed away Monday, November 3, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mrs. Edwards was born October1, 1918 in Letcher County, Ky., daughter of the late William and Alva Weaver Wells. She was a member of the Lackey Free Will Baptist Church for over 50 years. She was preceded in death by first husband, Russell Riley Chalfant and second husband, Ephriam Edwards; one son, Curtis Chalfant; one brother, Garfield Wells; three sisters, Belle Bowers, Mary Lewis and Stady Howard. Surviving are one son, Robert Chalfant of Wabash, Ind.; three daughters, Dorlane Runyon of Hager Hill, Ky., Arvella Martin of Garrett, Ky. and Winona Blanton of Wabash, Ind.; one sister, Daisy Lambert of Stonega, Va.; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great- great-grandchildren. Following the service, burial will be at the family cemetery at Lackey, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Hall Funeral Home of Martin, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Nov.07 2003


FANNIN, Dorcas Rebecca (Clark)
Died: Saturday, November 15, 2003
Age: 81
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Dorcas Rebecca Fannin, 81, of Louisa, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Oct. 12, 1922, in Westville, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Milford and Pauline Marrige Clark. She was a housewife and a member of Mary United Baptist Church, Charley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Fannin, in 1997. Survivors include a daughter, Christine Ward of River; five sons, James Fannin, Dan Fannin, and Bob Fannin, all of Louisa, Jack Fannin of Wurtland, and Charlie Fannin of Elizabethtown; 10 sisters; two brothers; 26 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 17, at Mary United Baptist Church with Elders Frank Blevins and James Carroll officiating. Burial was in Mary Church Cemetery, Charley, under direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.19 2003


FRALEY, Clinton
Died: Monday, November 03, 2003
Age: 77
OHIO — Clinton Fraley, 77, of Portsmouth, Ohio, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003 at Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, Ohio. Born Sept. 20, 1926, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late William and Lula Fraley. He was a laborer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Elizabeth Collins Fraley. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Fraley and Della Sesco, both of Portsmouth; a brother, Billy Fraley of Paintsville; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 6, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Larry Blanton, Bill Barnes and Phil Caudill officiating. Burial was in Whitaker Cemetery, Little Paint, East Point, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Nov.07 2003


JOSEPH, Girlden (Maggard)
Died: Friday, November 14, 2003
Age: 84
JOHNSON COUNTY - Girlden Maggard Joseph, 84, of Paintsville, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003 at her residence. Born Jan. 4, 1919, in Salyersville, she was a daughter of the late Chester and Eliza Patrick Maggard. She was a business owner and a Berea College graduate. She was preceded in death by her husband, Callie Joseph, in June 1975; a son, Jackie Joseph, in July 1984; and a brother, Clayton Maggard. Survivors include a brother, Talmadge Maggard of Arlington, Va.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev. Lowell C. Rice officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.19 2003


KESTNER, Naomi May
Died: Monday, November 10, 2003
JOHNSON COUNTY — Naomi May Kestner, of Paintsville, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Nov. 10, 2003, in Paintsville, she was a daughter of Paul Kestner and Naomi Faye Tackett. Graveside services were Thursday, Nov. 13, at the family cemetery, Kay Fork, with Doug Kestner officiating, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


MEADE, Mitchell
Died: Saturday, November 29, 2003
Age: 79
JOHNSON COUNTY
Mitchell Meade, 79, of Paintsville, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born May 27, 1924, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late John and Martha Castle Meade He was a self-employed retired miner and a U.S. veteran.. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Meade. Survivors include three sons, Clarence Meade, and Jerry Meade, both of Paintsville, and Michael Meade of Lexington; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be noon today, Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Bakers Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Tutor Key, with Gene Castle, Roger Vanhoose and Venny Vanhoose officiating. Military services will be conducted by Auxier Chapter 18 of the Disabled American Veterans at Bakers Branch Freewill Baptist Church. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.03 2003


MOON, Carmen
1923-2003
 Carmen Winn Moon, 80, of Ashland, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 in King's Daughters Medical Center.  He was born Oct. 28, 1923, in Paintsville, the oldest child of the late Homer Cary and Anna Myrtle Winn Moon. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Carmen Randolph Moon; a granddaughter, Wendy Lynn Moon; three brothers, Floyd, Walter Scott and Henry Ray Moon; a half brother, Clifton Moon; one sister, Rowena Wiseman; and a half sister, Ruth Thacker. Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Betty Jo Moon; one son, Richard B. Moon and wife Margaret; three grandchildren, Carmen Paul Moon, Richard Aaron Moon and his wife, Elizabeth Ann and Melissa Jo Moon; one great- grandson, Caden Neil Laney; two brothers, James Robert Moon and Carl Edwin Moon of Beaver, Ohio; and three sisters, Bernice Malone of Latham, Ohio, Tommy Jean Shader of Beaver and Lorraine Childers of Huntington, W.Va. Carmen was a masonry contractor for 50 years and was the owner of Moon Masonry. He was a member of Ashland Elks Lodge 350, a Master Mason of Poage Masonic Lodge 325, F&AM, also a trustee on the Health and Welfare Plan, and Retirement Board of the Bricklayers Local 7. He loved sports and working with youth baseball, having began by coaching a YMCA team at Hatcher Elementary School and later as a coach and manager with the Ashland National Little League, the Ashland Babe Ruth League as coach, manager and president of Babe Ruth, and American Legion Baseball. Carmen's father played baseball with Branch Ricky in Portsmouth, Ohio. Carmen was also active in bowling leagues, having served as president of the Ashland Bowling League. He was also an avid golfer. He will be missed by family, nieces and nephews and many friends.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland by the Rev. John Dennis and the Rev. Johney Little. Entombment will be in Rose Hill Mausoleum. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.  An Elks service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today by Lodge 350.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ashland Babe Ruth Baseball League Equipment Fund in memory of Carmen W. Moon. Daily Independent Sunday Nov.30 2003


MUSIC, Roger G.
Died: Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Age: 72
JOHNSON COUNTY — Roger G. Music, 72, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 at U.K. Medical Center, Lexington. Born March 17, 1931, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late William J. and Alka Greer Music. He was a retired heavy equipment operator with Martin County Coal Company and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Blanton Music of Paintsville; a son, Danny Music of Oil Springs; a daughter, Sherri Coleman of Paintsville; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 28, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Paul David Coleman officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


PACK, Bobby Lee
Died: Sunday, November 16, 2003
Age: 68
JOHNSON COUNTY — Bobby Lee Pack, 68, of Paintsville, died Sunday, Nov. 16, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Dec. 26, 1934, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Buell and Georgie Ramey Pack. He was retired from General Motors and a member of Master Men. Survivors include his wife, Darlene Harris Pack of Paintsville; a son, David Pack of Nicholasville; a daughter, Daian Anderson of Hager Hill; two brothers, Merrill Pack of Stambaugh, and John Lowell Pack of Franklin, Ohio; a sister, June Brewer of Paintsville; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Rev James Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial was in Old Hood Church Cemetery, Blaine, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.19 2003


PATRICK, Jasper
Died: Monday, November 10, 2003
Age: 91
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Jasper Patrick, 91, of Salyersville, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born March 24, 1912, in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Hamilton and Mousie Owens Patrick. He was a U.S. Army WW II veteran. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank Patrick, Marvin Patrick and Jimmy Patrick; and a sister, Lena Arnett. Survivors include his wife, Patty Caudill Patrick; a daughter, Vickie Patrick of Thelma; a sister, Eliza Patrick of Salyersville; a brother, Smith “Bub” Patrick of Salyersville; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 13, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Esknovah Jackson officiating. Burial was in Owens Cemetery, Royalton, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Friday Nov.14 2003


PELPHREY, Elsie
Died: Monday, November 10, 2003
Age: 86
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Elsie Pelphrey, 86, of Salyersville, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003 at Salyersville Health Care Center. Born July 26, 1917, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late John Pelphrey and Doshia Hall. She was a secretary. Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 13, at West Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Caudill officiating. Burial was in Cumbo Cemetery, West Van Lear, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


PICKLE, James Eric
 1954-2003
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 18, 2 p.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for James Eric Pickle, 49, who passed away Saturday, November 15 2003 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home of Paintsville, Ky. Mr. Pickle was born November 14, 1954 in Johnson County, Ky., son of James and Numia Bradley Pickle. He was a computer programmer. Surviving are two sisters, Delores Ann Pickle of Paintsville, Ky. and Sherry Pickle Martin of Berea, Ky. The service was officiated by Ellis Hamilton, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov.19 2003


PRATER, Lona (Stephens)
Died: Monday, November 03, 2003
Age: 46
FLOYD COUNTY — Lona Prater, 46, of Hueysville, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003 at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital Emergency Room. Born April 15, 1957, in Floyd County, she was a daughter of Delila Shepherd Stephens of Prestonsburg and the late Green Stephens. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Stephens. Additional survivors include her husband, Timothy Lee Prater; a son, Stephen Lee Prater of Lexington; a daughter, Lona Michelle DeRossett of Prestonsburg; four brothers, Cleve Stephens, Monroe Stephens, Otis Stephens and Lonzo Stephens, all of Prestonsburg; four sisters, Goldie Mae Goble of Claypool, Ind., Josephine Akers and Kathy Hammonds, both of Prestonsburg, and Easter Faye Akers of Grethel; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Chester Varney and Gordon Boyd officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Nov.07 2003


PRICE, Roger
Died: Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Age: 54
JOHNSON COUNTY — Roger Price, 54, of Oil Springs, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 12, 1949, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Cecil and Gladys Boyd Price. He was a coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Sandy Picklesimer Price; a son, Jeffery Allen Price of Oil Springs; four daughters, Kimberly Short of Irvine, Audrey Creech and Marky Spencer, both of Richmond, and Patricia Price of Oil Springs; three brothers, Steve Price and Randy Price, both of Offutt, and Kenny Price of Van Lear; four sisters, Laura Mae Geeting of Eaton, Ohio, Vonda Howard and June Reynolds, both of Paintsville, and Naomi Clark of Kathleen, Ga.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with John Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Price Cemetery, River, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 21. Big Sandy News Friday Nov.21 2003


PRESTON, Dora
1907-2003
 Dora Preston, 96, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died Sunday, Nov. 30 2003.  Mrs. Preston was born Jan. 11, 1907, in Johnson County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Waltman Preston.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. Burial will be in Preston Family Cemetery in River. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Thursday Dec.04 2003


REYNOLDS, Esther Lemaster (McCarty)
1923-2003
Esther Lemaster Reynolds, 79, of Westwood, Ky., died Friday morning, Nov. 21, 2003, in Kingsbrook Life Care Center following an extended illness. Esther was born Dec. 10, 1923, in Johnson County, Ky., a daughter of the late Oscar and Leanner Williams McCarty. She was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church and the Carolyn Wheatley Sunday school class. Esther was a former employee of Cinderella Dress Factory, Ashland Crafts and the John W. Clark Oil Co. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde, Woodrow, Ollie James and Joe McCarty; and a sister, Jessie Lemaster. Surviving are two daughters, Dianna Clark and husband, John and Oneida Gullett and husband Roger, all of Ashland, Ky.; a sister, Dolly Salyers of Westwood, Ky.; four grandchildren, Rick Clark and wife, Cathy, Rodney Clark and wife, Terri, Brent Clark and wife, Stephani and Leisa Fowler Sheridan and husband, Patrick; and seven great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Taylor, Jaycie, Zac, Carlyle, Annabelle and Julian. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Preston Family Funeral Home in Ashland by the Rev. Charles Stewart, the Rev. Philip Stevens and the Rev. Michael Rice. Interment will be in Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, Ky. 41101. Daily Independent Saturday Nov.22 2003


  
ROTI, Ethel Louise who died Nov. 22, 2003 in a local hospital.Mrs. Roti was born in Paintsville, Ky., the daughter of Ernest and Ethel Sherman. Mrs. Roti was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She was also a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church where she served as a eucharistic minister. She was an active member of the Senior Group and its youngest member. She was also a member of St. Williams Guild.Mrs. Roti was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband Salvatore F. Roti; a daughter, Lisa L. Ulrich and her husband, Darren; and a grandson, Ethan T. Ulrich.A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Virginia Beach by Father Thomas Quinlan. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road Chapel, today from 4 until 6 p.m.

   
RUSSELL, Martha (Montgomery)
Died: Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Age: 83
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Martha Montgomery Russell, 83, of Salyersville, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Dec. 14, 1919, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Dove Jenkins Montgomery. She was a homemaker and a member of Coon Creek Regular Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arvel Russell; and a brother, Hathel Montgomery. Survivors include five sons, Ronnie Russell, Herman Russell, Donald Ray Russell, Douglas Russell, and Dean Russell, all of Salyersville; three daughters, Dovie Howard and Maggie Jenkins, both of Salyersville, and Rosie Howard of Marion, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 29, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Larry Blair, Gary Blair and Gary VanHoose officiating. Burial was in Head of Coon Cemetery, Coon Creek, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.03 2003

SALYER, Chandler
Died: Monday, November 10, 2003
Age: 89
JOHNSON COUNTY — Chandler Salyer, 89, of Flat Gap, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington. Born Oct. 2, 1914, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Christopher and Jeanett Salyer. He was employed by the Kentucky Department of Highways. Survivors include his wife, Ola Grim Salyer; and a son, Jimmy Ray Salyer of Lexington. Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Eual McKenzie and Morris Salyer officiating. Burial was in Salyer Family Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


SAMMONS, Hazel G. (Phelps)
Died: Sunday, November 30, 2003
Age: 90
JOHNSON COUNTY — Hazel G. Phelps Sammons, 90, of West Van Lear, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born July 3, 1913, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Leander and Virgie Honeycutt Phelps. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Rev. John G. Sammons of West Van Lear; and a brother, James P. Phelps of New, Albany, Ind. Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Jennings West and Jim Harris officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Dec.05 2003


STAGGS, Edmon
1926-2003
 Edmon Staggs, 77, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Ashland, Ky., died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at his residence in Cleveland. He was born June 13, 1926, in Paintsville, Ky., a son of the late Charles Edmon and Ora Murry Staggs. He was retired from Alcoa Aluminum in Cleveland.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lucille Dove Staggs; two daughters, Theresa Johnson of Huntington, W.Va., and Janice Copfer and her husband, Brian, of Cleveland; three sons, Edmon D. Staggs and his wife, Cynthia, of West Lake, Ohio, and Charles A. Staggs and William Staggs and his wife, Tina, of Cleveland; three sisters-in-law, Harriett Sarven, Elizabeth Meadows and Dorothy McCarty of Ashland; two brothers-in-law, Charles Dove and Carl Dove of Ashland; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at the Miller Funeral Home in Ashland by the Rev. Tim York. Burial will follow in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Thursday Nov.06 2003


TACKETT, Velma “Toots” (Blanton)
1922-2003
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 21, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Velma “Toots” Blanton Tackett, 81, who passed away Tuesday, November 18, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mrs. Tackett was born April 18, 1922 in Floyd County, Ky., daughter of the late James Clinton and Fannie Myrtle George Blanton. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a son, Bo Tackett. Surviving are three sons, Eddie Tackett of Winchester, Ky., Freddie Tackett of Louland, Ohio and Johnny Tackett of Allen, Ky.; five daughters, Phyllis Jean May, Patricia Butcher, Darlene Goble, Shelbie Banks, all of Van Lear, Ky. and Cornellia Mullins of Keaton, Ky.; 27 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Paul Wayne Browning, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Nov.21 2003


TAUL, Mary (Price)
1925-2003
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 19, 10 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home for Mary Price Taul, 78, who passed away Sunday, November 16 2003 at Helmwood Health Care Center. Mrs. Taul was preceded in death by her parents, C. C. and Effie Daniels Price, and her husband, Franklin Taul. She was a volunteer at Hardin Memorial Hospital and owner of Bed & Bath Fashion Shop in Houston, Texas. Surviving are two sons, Glen Edward Taul of Danville, Ky. and Gary Franklin Taul of LaGrange, Ky.; sister-in-law, Callie Price of Akron, Ohio; three grandsons. The service will be officiated by Dr. Billy Compton, with burial following in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery at McQuady, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Brown Funeral Home of Elizabethtown, Ky.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov.19 2003


THACKER, Frances (Burke)
Died: Sunday, November 23, 2003
Age: 75
JOHNSON COUNTY — Frances Thacker, 75, of Meally, died Sunday, Nov. 23. Born May 27, 1928, in Concord, she was a daughter of the late Walker and Vivian Welch Burke. She was a retired nurse with Paintsville Hospital and a member of First Baptist Church, Paintsville. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Murry; second husband, Paul Thacker; and a grandson, Stephen Wesley Estep. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Estep of Paintsville and Beth Burke of East Point; a son, Paul Michael Thacker of Pippa Passes; a sister, Mary K. Coleman of Dayton, Ohio; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Revs. Donnie Patrick and Wayne Price officiating. Burial will be in Richmond Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Nov.26 2003


VIA, Vernon R.
1939-2003
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 20, 11 a.m. at Martha’s Chapel, Madames Creek, Hinton, W.Va., for Vernon R. Via, 64, who passed away November 15 2003. Mr. Vernon was a brother at the Glen Allen Lodge #131 of the Free Masons. Surviving are his wife, Jacquleen Via; twin sister, Vivian Hay; daughter, Lisa (Richard) Harowitz; two sons, Keith (Ren) Via and John (Michelle) Via; four grandchildren Richard Jr. and Jessica Harowitz, Grace and Hannah Via. Following the service, burial will be at the Restwood Cemetery in Hinton, W.Va. Bliley Funeral Home’s Staples Mill Chapel in charge of arrangements.Paintsville Herald Wednesday Nov.19 2003


DECEMBER - 2003

ADAMS, Deed Sr.
Died: Saturday, December 27, 2003
Age: 95
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Deed Adams, Sr., of Salyersville, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Aug. 12, 1908, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Johnny and Mary Ellen Roark Adams. He was a retired oil field worker and farmer, and a member of Church of Christ, Salyersville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Crilla Mae Copper Adams; a son, Edro Adams; a daughter, Wilma Lee Adams; seven brothers, Robert Adams, Willie Adams, Roosevelt Adams, Buell Adams, Dr. Kernie Adams, Dewey Adams, and James Adams; and four sisters, Edna Rudman, Malta Cooper, Bertie Williams, and Minnie Adams. Survivors include two sons, James Adams and Deed Adams, Jr., both of Salyersville; two daughters, Justine Adams of Salyersville, and Emogene Adams Whitt of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Duell Adams of Salyersville; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday (today), Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Ron Thacker officiating. Burial will be in David M. Cooper Cemetery, Lick Creek, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.31 2003

 
ADKINS, Wilma Jean
Died: Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Age: 82
FLOYD COUNTY — Wilma Jean Adkins, 82, of Allen, died Tuesday, Dec.30 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Nov. 4, 1921 in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Wallace Estep and Goldie Cantrell Estep. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Adkins; and a son, Ronald Craig Adkins. Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Mary Adkins of Dana; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 2 at Hall Funeral Chapel, Martin, with clergyman Earl Waugh officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.31 2003

 
ARMS, Sanford "Shorty"
Died: Wednesday, December 03, 2003
Age: 80
JOHNSON COUNTY
Sanford “Shorty” Arms, 80, of Thealka, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born April 7, 1923, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Willie and Ida Collins Arms. He was a retired coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Ruth Arms. Survivors include a daughter, Janet Arms Mullins of Thealka; two sisters, Virgie Wheeler of Fleming County, and Joyce Taylor of Thealka; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 6, at Hager Hill Free Will Baptist Church with Ronnie Spriggs and Larry Smith officiating. Burial was in Grimm Family Cemetery, Well Hollow, Thealka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News


ARMS, Merrona (Salyer)
Died: Monday, December 29, 2003
Age: 34
JOHNSON COUNTY — Merrona Salyer Arms, 34, of Hager Hill, formerly of Magoffin County, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003  at her residence. Born Aug. 5, 1969, in Hammond, Ind., she was a daughter of Diana Arnett Salyer and the late Merritt Salyer. She was a homemaker. Additional survivors include two daughters, Brittany Arms of Hager Hill, and Megan Kimbler of Wittensville; two brothers, William Salyers of Salyersville, and Merritt Salyer of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and a sister, Michella Ashley of Crystal Lake, Ill. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 1, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Simon Porter officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Jan. 2004

 
ARMS, Virginia Ruth (Grimm)
Died: Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Age: 77
JOHNSON COUNTY
Virginia Ruth Arms of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Sept. 1, 1926, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Alka Daniel Grimm. She was a housekeeper. She was the wife of Sanford “Shorty” Arms. Survivors include a daughter, Janet Arms Mullins of Thealka; four brothers, Doyle Grimm of Paintsville, Charles Grimm of Van Lear, Don Grimm and Homer Grimm, both of Fleming County; three sisters, Maudie Lazar of Thealka, Fran Ransbury of Fleming County and Faye Robins of Alabama; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 6, at Hager Hill Free Will Baptist Church with Ronnie Spriggs and Larry Smith officiating. Burial was in Grimm Cemetery, Well Hollow, Thealka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News

  
BAILEY, Flora (Joseph)
Died: Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Age: 65
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Flora Joseph Bailey, 65, of Thealka, formerly of Salyersville, died Tuesday, Dec.23, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born May 24, 1938, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late Malcom and Lonie Prater Joseph. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Asberry Bailey; three brothers, Arthur Joseph, Morgan Joseph, and Elmer Joseph; and a sister, Bertha Bailey. Survivors include three sons, Mitchell Ray Combs of Royalton, Marvin A. Bailey of Nicholas County and Troy Lee Bailey of Salyersville; eight daughters, Laura Faye Jude of Inez, Evelyn Kay Bragg of Kermit, W. Va., Theda Mae Huff of Gapville, Freda Gay Sanchez of Bourbon County, Verna Lee Fitch of Royalton, Kathleen Trimble of Paintsville, Tammy Denise Bailey of Knott County, and Jackie Lynn Cavins of Lowmansville; four brothers, Luther Joseph, Eligha Joseph, Sawl Joseph, and John Joseph; 26 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be noon Sunday, Dec. 28, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Simon Porter, Boone Allen and Dickie Coldiron officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery, Fredville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Dec.26 2003

 
BAILEY, Lorraine (Bentley)
Died: Sunday, December 28, 2003
Age: 69
FLOYD COUNTY

Lorraine Bentley Bailey, 69, of Hager Hill, formerly of Hippo, died Sunday, Dec.28 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Feb. 2, 1934 at Langley, she was a daughter of the late Elzie and Opal Adkins Bailey. She was member of Fitzpatrick First Baptist Church since 1974. She was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Wade Bailey. Survivors include her husband, Virgil Bailey; a daughter, Arbadellia Richardson of Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers, Whitten Bud Bentley of Mentone, Ind. and Elzie Bentley Jr. of Langley; four sisters, Julia Ann Newsome of Rochester, Ind., Lillian Gregory of Paintsville, Elizabeth Stephens of Langley and Margaret Kirkland of St. Cloud, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Hall Funeral Chapel, Martin, with Larry Adams officiating. Burial will be in Hicks Cemetery, Hippo, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.31 2003
 
BANKS, Molly (Allen)
Died: Saturday, December 13, 2003
Age: 90
FLOYD COUNTY
Molly Allen Banks, 90, of Hueysville, died Saturday, Dec.13 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Oct. 24, 1913 at Hueysville, she was a daughter of the late Green “Dry Gourd” and Lizzie Gayheart Allen. She was a former employee of the Wayside Market and a Rural Health Care worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stewart Banks; and a daughter, Betty Lisk. Survivors include a son, Jerry Banks of Hueysville; four daughters, Rita Nichols and Judy Anderson, both of Dema, Lana Martin of Hager Hill and Sue Owens of Port Orange, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 at Hall Funeral Chapel, Martin, with Fred Klatka and Chester Varney officiating. Burial was in Allen Family Cemetery, Hueysville, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.17 2003

 
BARTON, Mabel (Frasure)
1924-2003

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 16, 1 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Mabel Frasure Barton, 79, who passed away at Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mrs. Barton was born October 17, 1924 in Risner, Ky., daughter of the late William and Julie Ousley Frasure. She was a pharmacy technician for Oak Town Pharmacy in Oak Town, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Barton, and one brother, Melvin Frasure. Surviving are one son, Larry Ousley of Richmond, Ky; two sisters, Goldie Ousley of Prestonsburg, Ky. and Alice Robinson of Martin, Ky.; one grandson, Jonathan Brannon Ousley of Louisville, Ky. The service was officiated by the Rev. Roy Robertson, with burial in the Richmond Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Dec.17 2003

 
BENNETT, Josephine
1940-2003
 Funeral services will be held Friday, December 12, 1 p.m. at Phelps & Son Funeral Home for Josephine Bennett, 63, who passed away at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mrs. Bennett was born September 20, 1940 in Chatteroy, W. Va., daughter of the late Keither and Nancy Mollett Spaulding. Surviving are one son, Clifford Bennett of Paintsville, Ky.; five daughters, Tina Wiley and Christi Mills, both of Inez, Ky., Vicki Slone of Paintsville, Ky., Terry Jo Weatherman of Cal. and Carol Chapman of W. Va.; one sister, Gertrude McCoy of Williamson, W. Va.; sixteen grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Mike Crum and Joe Mullins, with burial following in the Wiley Family Cemetery at Beauty, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Inez, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Dec.12 2003



BLANKENSHIP, Merry Maxine (Vanhoose)
Died: Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Age: 62
WEST VIRGINIA
Merry Maxine Vanhoose Blankenship, 62, of Beckley, W.Va., died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 at her residence. Born Sept. 28, 1941, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Ethel Taylor Vanhoose. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken Blankenship; and a son, Michael Blankenship. Survivors include a brother, Harry Vanhoose of Thealka; and two sisters, Christine Vanhoose of Thealka and Betty Jeffrey of St. Albans, W. Va. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 6, at Thealka Free Will Baptist Church with Willard Vanhoose officiating. Burial was in Topsy Ratliff Cemetery, Denver, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News

 
BLEVINS, Mary (Lee)
Died: Thursday, December 18, 2003
Age: 81
FLOYD COUNTY — Mary Blevins, 81, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born April 24, 1922, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Minnie Spears Lee. She was a sales clerk with Castles Jewelry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chalmer Blevins; four brothers, Norman Lee, Marvin Lee, Roy Lee and Edward Lee, Jr.; and two sisters, Gladys Hazelette and Pauline Salyer. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Jones of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Diana Auxier of Indiana; and two grandchildren. A private committal service was held Saturday, Dec. 20 at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with James Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.24 2003
 
BRANHAM, Greta (Wells)
1936-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 11, 11 a.m. at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Greta Wells Branham, 67, who passed away Monday, December 8 2003. Mrs. Branham was born January 14, 1936 in Floyd County, Ky., daughter of the late William E. Wells and Mary B. Roberts Counts. She was a switchboard operator at Highland Regional Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Branham. Surviving are one daughter, Lila Davis of Betsy Layne, Ky.; two brothers, Kermit Wells of Paintsville, Ky. and Roger Wells of Sitka, Ky.; six sisters, Billie Lee Horne, Janice Dunseith of Crossville, Tenn., Phyllis Russell of Miami, Fla., Paula True of Lakeland, Fla., Sally Jane Morris of Enon, Ohio and Carol Ward of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two grandchildren. The service was officiated by Bobby Spencer, with burial in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Dec.12 2003


 
CASTLE, William Scott
Died: Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Age: 62
MICHIGAN — William Scott “Bird Dog” Castle, 62, of Eastpointe, Mich., died Tuesday, Dec. 23,2003  in Detroit, Mich. Born May 12, 1941, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Henry and Mildred Price Castle. Survivors include two brothers, Bill Castle of Haines City, Fla., and Paul Richmond of Paintsville. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 27, at Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Paul Coleman officiating. Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Big Sandy News

 
CLICK, Terri Lynn (Greene)
Died: Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Age: 47
JOHNSON COUNTY - Terri Lynn Greene Click, 47, of Leander, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 at Hospice Care Center, Lexington. Born July 14, 1956, in Floyd County, she was a daughter of James E. and Betty Sue Sword Greene. She was a legal secretary. Additional survivors include her husband, Lonnie Click of Leander; a son, James C. Spradlin of Beene Station, Tenn.; two step-sons, Lonnie Dwayne Click and Brandon Lee Click, both of East Point; a daughter, Savannah Suzette Click of Leander; a sister, Tammy Grahl of Newport, Tenn.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 13, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Hubert Slone, Dennis Conley and Roger Thornsbury officiating. Burial was in Click Cemetery, Leander, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News

CONN, June (Adkins)
1914-2003
June Adkins Conn, 89, of Orlando, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 in Florida Hospital East in Orlando. Mrs. Conn was born Oct. 27, 1914, in Pike County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Green B. Conn.  The funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Southside Free Will Baptist Church in Paintsville. Burial will be in Cox family cemetery in Paintsville. Friends may call from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.  Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gideons Bible Memorial Fund.  Daily Independent Friday Dec.05 2003


COSSETT, Patsy (Conley)
 1933-2003
  Patsy Ruth Evans Cossett, 70, of Ashland, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, in the Madisonville Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, Ky. She was born Jan. 28, 1933, in Van Lear, Ky., the daughter of the late Stelson Conley and Virginia Hitchcock Conley Sanders. She was retired from Ashland Oil and a member of Unity Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Walter Forrest Evans and Charles V. Cossett. Surviving is one son, Dan Evans, and his wife Mindy of Nortonville, Ky.; three grandchildren, Amanda Evans, Michael Evans and Ross Evans; two half brothers, James R. Sanders of Evansville, Ind., and William F. Sanders of Illinois; and one half sister, Grace Evelyn Fisher of Evansville. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Rose Hill Mausoleum. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.  Daily Independent Friday Jan.02 2004


CRACE Alka Faye (Daniels)
Died: Friday, December 05, 2003
Age: 63
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Alka Faye Daniels Crace, 63, of Salyersville, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born March 7, 1940, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Daniels and Versie E. Adams Crace. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Crace; a brother, Mark Daniels; and four sisters, Willadean Howard, Dollie Daniels, Phyllis Castle, and Naomi Ruth Castle. Survivors include a son, Larry Crace of Salyersville; six daughters, Patricia Blanton, Essie Gamble, Tessie Gamble, and Maude Gamble, all of Salyersville, Melinda Blair of Hager Hill, and Debbie Helton of Akran, Ind.; a brother, Matthew Daniels of Stambaugh; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 8, at Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville, with Grant Hunley and Joe Carroll officiating. Burial was in Crace Cemetery, Mine Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News


 
DAVIS, Alicia Vonne
1982-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 11, 1 p.m. at Sitka Free Will Baptist Church for Alicia Vonne Davis, 21, who passed away Monday, December 8 2003. Ms. Davis was born September 15, 1982 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of Lavonne Davis and Kathy McKenzie Mollette. Surviving in addition to her parents are one brother, Stanley Ratliff of Betsy Layne, Ky.; one sister, Tiffany Maynard of Martin County, Ky. The service was officiated by Jimmy McKenzie, with burial in the McKenzie Family Cemetery at Stambaugh, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Dec.12 2003



DAVIS, Frank Delanore
Died: Monday, December 15, 2003
Age: 68
JOHNSON COUNTY — Frank Delanore Davis, 68, of Meally, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 22, 1935, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Charles H., Sr. and Mary Ann Castle Davis. He was a refrigerator and air conditioning technician. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Davis. Survivors include five sons, Dave E. Davis of Rootstown, Ohio, Jeff Davis of Ft. Walton, Fla., Tony D. Davis of Akron, Ohio, Brad Davis and Frank Davis Jr.; two daughters, Thersa Schenger of Bascom, Ohio, and Mary Ann Davis; two sisters, Arizonia Haney and Jackie Davis, both of Paintsville; 12 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 20, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News

 
FRALEY, Jimmy Charles
Died: Monday, December 29, 2003
Age: 65
JOHNSON COUNTY — Jimmy Charles Fraley, 65, of Walton, formerly of Van Lear, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003 at his residence. Born Nov. 28, 1938, in Auxier, he was a son of the late Blaine and Elizabeth Roberts Fraley. He was employed with the railroad and a U. S. veteran. He was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Ramey. Survivors include his wife, Patsy Fraley of Walton; two sons, Charles Lee Fraley and Allen Ray Fraley of Washington; a sister, Blanche Ramey of Harrison, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 1, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Tommy Meade officiating. Burial was in Fraley Cemetery, Auxier, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Jan. 2004


GOBLE, Phyllis Lee (Ward)
1952-2003
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 10, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel for Phyllis Lee Ward Goble, 51, who passed away at her residence. Mrs. Goble was born October 3, 1952 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of the late Phillip Peg and Fayetta Castle Ward. She was a housewife. Surviving are one son, Victor Vance Ward of Sandusky, Ohio; one daughter, Charity L. Ward of Sandusky, Ohio; four brothers, Phillip Ward of New York, Larry Lemaster of Inez, Ky., Terry Ward of Paintsville, Ky. and Toby Ward of Van Lear, Ky.; five sisters, Peggy Ramey and Garnet Hitchcock, both of Paintsville, Ky., Regina Duty of Georgetown, Ky., Phern Seagraves of Flat Gap, Ky. and Nola Belle Lemaster of Ashland, Ky. The service was officiated by Jerry Castle II. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Friday Dec.12 2003

 
HARMON, Mack Jr.
Died: Monday, December 29, 2003
Age: 88
FLOYD COUNTY — Mack Harmon Jr., 88, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, Dec.29 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville, following an extended illness. Born Dec. 17, 1915 at West Prestonsburg, he was a son of the late Mack Harmon Sr. and Margaret Hyden Harmon. He was a truck driver for R.V. May Co., Prestonsburg. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sula Patrick Harmon. Survivors include Lorraine P. Howard, who was reared as his daughter; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1 at Burke Funeral Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Pastor Darrell I. Howard officiating. Burial will be in Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Burke Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.31 2003


HARRIS, Robert Eugene
1927-2003
 Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 20, 2 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Robert Eugene Harris, 76, who passed away Friday, December 12 2003 at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital at Pikeville, Ky. Mr. Harris was born March 20, 1927 in Emma, Ky., son of the late James E. (Speed) and Helen Herald Harris. He was a retired construction worker and owner of R. E. Harris Excavating Co. He was preceded in death by one brother, Paul J. Harris, and one sister, Nancy Florance Harris. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy E. Burchett Harris; two daughters, Ellen Harris (Jack) Pack of Prestonsburg, Ky. and Lisa Suzane Harris of Ashland, Ky.; two brothers, John B. Harris of Louisville, Ky. and Taylor D. Harris of Prestonsburg, Ky.; four grandchildren, Kristi Lyn Spears, DeLora Lynne and Robert Boyd Holbrook and Leah Suzane Reynolds; three great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by the Rev. David Garrett. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Dec.17 2003


HICKS, Ethel C.
1916-2003
 Ethel C. Hicks, 87, of Wittensville, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003 in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville.  Mrs. Hicks was born Sept. 20, 1916, in Greenup County.  Her husband, Chester Arthur Hicks, preceded her in death.  A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville.  Friends may call one hour before the service at Highland Memorial Chapel.  Daily Independent Saturday Dec.06 2003

 
KASEE, Walter Scott
Died: Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Age: 81
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Walter Scott Kasee, 81, of Blaine, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003 at St. Marys Medical Center, Huntington, W. Va. Born Nov. 11, 1922, in Lawrence County, he was a son of the late Lewis and Merlie Rule Kasee. He was a retired janitor with Blaine School and a member of Old Blaine United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Ramey Kasee, in 1987; and a daughter, Phyllis Kazee. Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Stinson of Morehead, Wilma Maxie of Pikeville, and Sarah Kazee of Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Paul Kazee and Harold Kazee, both of Blaine; four grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 27, at Georges Creek United Baptist Church with Elders Doug Ward, Eury Barker and Richard Napier officiating. Burial was in Sparks Cemetery, Blaine, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Dec. 2003

 
KEETON, Rodney
Died: Sunday, December 07, 2003
Age: 69
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Rodney Keeton, 69, of Salyersville, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born June 30, 1934, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Cornelius and Ora Keeton. He was employed with the strip mining industry. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Meade Keeton of Salyersville; a son, Howard Keeton of Sandusky, Ohio; three daughters, Nellie S. Baldwin of Paintsville, Annette Tackett and Amy Sperry, both of Salyersville; four brothers, Rader Keeton, Robert Keeton, both of Salyersville, Ralph Keeton of Williamstown, and Ruben Keeton; a sister, Runie Hall of Cincinnati, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Salyersville Funeral Home with Michael Tackett officiating. Burial ill be in Highlands Memorial Park, Rt. 40, Staffordsville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.10 2003

 
KELLY, Nelius Lee
 1925-2003
 Funeral services were held Monday, December 29 at 10 a.m. at the George C. Martin Funeral Home Northridge Chapel for Nelius Lee Kelly, 78, who passed away December 26 at his home. Mr. Kelly served with the Navy in WW II and had worked for the city of Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Mertie Kelly; his wife Ruth Mae Kelly; one brother, Wallace Kelly; one sister, Ella Behnken. Surviving are three sons, Edward (Jane) Wang-Kelly, Larry (Jane) Kelly and Edmond Kelly; one daughter, Cheerlyn (Bob) McClary; two brothers, Max and Callis Kelly of Paintsville, Ky.; five grandchildren, Sarah, Melissa and Rob McClary, Angela (Joe) Childers and Charles Kelly; three great-grandchildren, Bryan and Kayla Childers and Lindsey McClary. Interment at Willow View Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of the George C. Martin Funeral Home of Dayton, Ohio.

 
KESLER, Dr. Robert S.
Died: Saturday, December 13, 2003
Age: 86
JOHNSON COUNTY - Dr. Robert S. Kesler, 86, of Wittensville, died Saturday, Dec. 13 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. He was born July 14, 1917, in New York. He was a chiropractor and a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Delores Greene Kesler of Wittensville; four step-sons, Christopher Arnold of Stuart Fla., Paul Richards of Morehead, Jonathan Kesler of Marysville, Ohio and Chuck McClure of Paintsville; two daughters, Nancy Callahan, and Wendy Lisbon of Florida; seven grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 15, at Tom’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. James K. Caudill and Charles Slone officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.17 2003

   
LEMASTER, Neva (Blanton)
1926-2003
Funeral services were held Friday, January 2, 11 a.m. at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Neva Lemaster, 77, who passed away Tuesday, December 30 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Floyd Co Ky. Mrs. LeMaster was born July 21 1926 in Volga, Ky., daughter of the late John F. and Rebecca Lillian (Rice) Blanton. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Evan LeMaster; three sons, Ronald LeMaster of Oil Springs, Ky; John Luther LeMaster of Hager Hill, Ky., and Lee LeMaster of Pickerington, Ohio; two daughters, Rita Kimbler of Staffordsville, Ky., and Joanie LeMaster of Paintsville Ky.; one sister, Christine Stacy of Pompano Beach, Florida; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by the Rev. J.R. Connelley, with burial in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Submitted By Dau: Rita Kimbler


LOWE, John Freelin
Died: Monday, December 01, 2003
Age: 9
MARTIN COUNTY
John Freelin Lowe, 9, of Pilgrim, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born March 8, 1994, in Paintsville, he was a son of Ed and Elsie Fletcher Lowe. He was a student at Pigeon Roost Elementary School. Additional survivors include four brothers, Sam Lowe of Inez, and James, Adam and Isaac Lowe, all of Pilgrim. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 5, at Sidney Old Regular Baptist Church with Ben Scott, Raymond Smith and Gabe Lowe officiating. Burial will be in Muncy Cemetery, Pilgrim, under the direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Friday Dec.05 2003

 
MARSHALL, Charles
Died: Saturday, December 06, 2003
Age: 70
MAGOFFIN COUNTY
Charles Marshall, 70, of Salyersville, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003 at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 7, 1932, in Ivyton, he was a son of the late Guy and Nora Spradlin Marshall. He was the owner of Marshall Resources. He was preceded in death by a brother, Adam Marshall. Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Bailey Marshall of Salyersville; a son, Tony Marshall of Salyersville; two sisters, Cora Sue Patrick of Ivyton, and Wanda Lou Whitt of Florida; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville, with Floyd Arnett officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park, Route 40, Staffordsville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.10 2003
 
MCKENZIE, Madge (Wright)
Died: Monday, December 22, 2003
Age: 93
JOHNSON COUNTY — Madge McKenzie, 93, of Flat Lick, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003 at Salyersville Health Care Center, Salyersville. Born Dec. 2, 1910, in Morgan County, she was a daughter of the late Leander and Mentle Cantrell Wright. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie McKenzie. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Sammy Reed, Paul E. Keaton, Eual McKenzie and Frankie Williams officiating. Burial will be in Patty Flat Cemetery, Fuget, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News

 
MCLEMORE, Scott
1910-2003
Scott McLemore, 93, of Flatwoods, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, in Kingsbrooke Life Care Center. Mr. McLemore was born March 25, 1910, in Paintsville, a son of the late Jesse Daniel McLemore and Elizabeth Robinson McLemore Whitt. He a member of Wurtland Church of God and former Poage Masonic Lodge 325, a former coal miner, retired from the National Mine Service in 1975. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Cassell McLemore; four brothers, Estill McLemore, Eurte McLemore, Francis McLemore, and Roy McLemore; one half brother, Ray Whitt; and two half sisters, Faye Suiter and Ruby Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Nina Mae Smith McLemore of Flatwoods; two sons, Daniel Scott (Ruth) McLemore of Lexington and Charles Jesse McLemore of Tucson, Ariz.; four daughters, Carole (Howard) Minton of Ashland, Elaine Mullins of Ashland, Judy (John) McClanahan of Calhoun, Tenn., Margaret (Richard) Wright of Phillipsburg, Ohio, and Janet (David) Blackwell of Coconut Creek, Fla.; two step-daughters, Pat (Paul) Chambers of Chickamauga, Ga., and Peggy (Tom) Schuler of Williamson, W. Va.; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, and several step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Steen Funeral Home - Central Ave. Chapel by Paul Chambers, minister. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.  Condolences may be offered at steenfuneralhome.com  Daily Independent Friday Dec.26 2003

  
MILLER, Evalece (Williams)
Died: Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Age: 74
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Evalece Williams Miller, 74, of Royalton, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Dec. 18, 1929, in Magoffin County, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Mary Ethel Montgomery Williams. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Glenn Miller; a brother, Morris Montgomery; and two sisters, Onecia Watson and Fannie May King. Survivors include her husband, Sam Miller of Royalton; five sons, Sammy Miller Jr., Terry Miller, both of Salyersville, Kellie Lee Miller of Royalton, Ronnie Miller of Jackson, Mich., and Arnold Miller of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Sandy Sue Salyers and Debbie Allen, both of Royalton; three brothers, J. C. Montgomery of Goodwater, Ala., and Hilliard Fletcher and Marcum Fletcher, both of North Judson, Ind.; five sisters, Emily Salyer of Willard, Ohio, Mabel Staerkel of North Judson, Cleda Vanvolkinburg, of Knox, Ind., Jane Salyer of Scottsville, and Avonell Mason of Munsonville, N. Y.; 18 grandchildren; several great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 3, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Wayne Meade Jr., Lindsey Meade, and Larry Williams officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Royalton, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Jan. 2004

 
MONTGOMERY, Lula Ethel (Daniel)
1919-2003
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 4, 11 a.m. at Herald and Stewart and Halsey Chapel for Lula Ethel Daniel Montgomery, 93, who passed away Monday, December 1 2003 at her residence. Mrs. Montgomery was born December 24, 1919 in Morgan County, Ky., daughter of the late William and Cathern Wright Daniel. She was a homemaker and a member of the Oil Springs United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mace Montgomery; one brother, William E. Daniel; two sisters, Molly Beasley and Polly E. Jenkins; two sons-in-law, Bruce Francis and Elmer Carl Beasley. Surviving are eight children, Molly Francis of Blue Creek, Ohio, Sankie Melvin and Carol Montgomery of West Carrolton, Ohio, Polly and Billie Howard, Mason and Carolyn Montgomery, Jimmy C. and Sally Montgomery, all of West Liberty, Ky., William H. and Jo Ann Montgomery of Mesquite, Texas, Phyllis Beasley of Morral, Ohio, Sara and Dan Cantrell of Phyllis, Ky.; one brother, Walter F. Daniel of White Oak Branch, West Liberty, Ky.; 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Elders Melvin Wright, Frank Williams and Sammie Reed, with burial in the Montgomery Cemetery at Peddler Gap Road in West Liberty, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Herald andStewart and Halsey Funeral Home of West Liberty, Kentucky.   Paintsville Herald Friday Dec.05 2003

 
MUCKLOW, Edward P. "Ed"
Died: Thursday, December 18, 2003
Age: 83
JOHNSON COUNTY — Edward P. “Ed” Mucklow, 83, of River, died Thursday, Dec.18, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born July 25, 1920, in Kanawha County, W.Va., he was a son of the Robert and Fonda Harvey Mucklow. He was a retired coal miner and a WW II Army veteran. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Mucklow. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Daniel Mucklow of River; a son, James Phillip Daniel of River; a daughter, Becky Wright of Charleston, W. Va.; five sisters, Elizabeth Kelly of Pennsylvania, Irene Moore of Pt. Pleasant, W. Va., Sally Hannah of Scotts Depot, W. Va., and Alma Petrey and Pauline Pauley, both of Texas; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 20, at Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church, Nippa, with James Kelly Caudill and Jr. Womack officiating. Auxier DAV conducted military services. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.24 2003

  
MUSIC, Howard Cecil
Died: Thursday, December 25, 2003
Age: 72
JOHNSON COUNTY— Howard Cecil Music, 72, of Paintsville, died Thursday, Dec.25, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Sept. 29, 1931, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Irvin and Hulda Fairchild Music. He was a salesman with Dowell and a U. S. Marine veteran. Survivors include his wife, Marrietta Lackey Music of Paintsville; two sons, James L. Music of West Liberty, and Jon Michael Music of Hager Hill; two daughters, Wendy Mollette of Huntingburg, Ind., and Paula Preston Meek of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two brothers, James Edward Music of Columbus, Ohio, and William I. Music of Ashville, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 28, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Larry Jo Bayes and David Wells officiating. Burial was in Music Family Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Fund and the West Van Lear Church of Christ by contacting Phelps and Son Funeral Home at (606) 789-8989. Big Sandy News Dec. 2003

   
PRATT, Frank
 1920-2004
 Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 13, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home for Frank Pratt, 83, who passed away Saturday, January 10 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville, Ky. Mr. Pratt was born December 26, 1920 in Boyd County, Ky., son of the late Webb and Pearlie Maggard Pratt. He was a retired businessman and co-owner of Pratt Wholesale Company. Surviving are his wife, Lola Lovely Pratt; one son, Dr. Gerald Pratt of Montecello, Ky.; one daughter, Judy Pratt Castle of Staffordsville, Ky.; four sisters, Roncie Lykins of Florida, Flossie Hamilton of Richmond, Ky., Jean Blair and Zola Lykins, both of White Oak, Ky.; four grandchildren, Robert and Martha Pratt and Heather and Hayley Castle. The service was officiated by Toby Wheller, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday January 14, 2004

 
PRESTON, Johnny Venson
Died: Monday, December 29, 2003
Age: 85
JOHNSON COUNTY — Johnny Venson Preston, 85, of Flat Gap, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Nov. 6, 1918, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Bill Doc and Lennie Vanhoose Preston. He was a coal miner. Survivors include a stepson, William Colvin of Flat Gap; and three stepdaughters, Lillian Frost of Flat Gap; Phyllis Hyden of Mentone, Ind., and Lois McKamen of Kettering, Ohio. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 1, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Tommy Meade officiating. Burial was in Lemaster Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Jan. 2004

 
SALLEY, Ethel (Markin)
1926-2003
Ethel Markin Salley went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at 4:13 p.m., in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville, Ky. She was born March 23, 1926, in Advance, Ky., now known as Flatwoods, Ky., to the late Homer Sr. and Mae Williams Markin. Her father passed away on Dec. 30, 1977, and her mother on Nov. 17, 1981.  She was also preceded in death by two baby brothers, Fred Warren Markin in 1922 and Leonard Markin in 1919 and two older brothers, Howard Markin in 1939 and Earl Markin in 1991 and a younger brother, Ellis Markin in 2002. She was the fourth born and the first daughter born to her parents.  She was married to Andrew Salley for 28 years and he passed away on July 11, 1986.  She attended faithfully and was a member of Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle in Flatwoods for over 51 years. She loved to attend church and did so as long as her health allowed her to. Several years ago, she went to the Flatwoods Senior Citizens Center, where she loved to see her friends, many she had known for years. She will be greatly missed by her two daughters, Barbara Sue (Susie) and Gerome Fields and Sharon Kay Salley Scurlock, both of Flatwoods; two granddaughters, Melissa Dawn Scurlock and Ruth Ann Fields, both of Flatwoods; and one grandson, Brian Keith and Laura Fields of Lexington, Ky. She had the opportunity to enjoy and was known as "great granny" to two great-grandsons, Bradley Davis Scurlock and Andrew Leslie Scurlock; and a stepgreat-granddaughter, Bethany Cruz. She loved them so much and enjoyed them dearly. They loved to see their great-granny and will miss her very much. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at the Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle by Pastor Lloyd Bailey, the Rev. Eugene Haney and the Rev. Tom Jones. She will be laid to rest at Rude Cemetery in Flatwoods.  Visitation will be today from noon to 9 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods. Daily Independent Sunday Dec.07 2003

   
SALYER, Georgene (Blevins)
Died: Sunday, December 07, 2003
Age: 71
JOHNSON COUNTY
Georgene Blevins Salyer, 71, of Paintsville, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 23, 1931, in Johnson County, she was a daughter of Patsy Pelphrey Blevins and the late Pluma Blevins. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Neil Salyer; and a brother, Doris Blevins. Additional survivors include her husband, Dallas Salyer of Paintsville; two sons, Morris Salyer of Sitka and Duell Salyer of Meally; a daughter, Vickie Blevins of Salyersville; two brothers, Harold Blevins of Paintsville and Roger Blevins of Staffordsville; five sisters, Imogene Paine of Dayton, Ohio, Neva Whitt of Lexington, Opal Ward of Paintsville, Anna Blancett of Staffordsville and Edith Haley of West Van Lear; and seven grandchildren. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Harold Conley and Eual McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Blevins Family Cemetery, Pickle Fork, Staffordsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.10 2003

 
SALYER, Lulie (Howard)
1925-2003
Lulie Howard Salyer, 78, of Salyersville, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003 in Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. Mrs. Salyer was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Magoffin County.  Her husband, Wiley Salyer, preceded her in death.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Magoffin County Funeral Home in Salyersville. Burial will be in Moses Howard Cemetery. Friends may call any time today at the funeral home.  Daily Independent Saturday Dec.13 2003

  
SLONE, Elmer
 1928-2003
 Funeral services were held Monday, December 15, 11 a.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Elmer Slone, 75, who passed away Friday, December 12 2003 at his home. Mr. Slone was born March 5, 1928 in Pippapasses, Ky., son of the late Winston and Nancy Huff Slone. He was a retired coal miner. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Helen Slone. Surviving are his wife, Pauline Sawyer; seven sons, Johnny Wayne and Glen Edward Slone, both of Martin, Ky., Winson Slone of Blue River, Ky., Elmer Dean and Palmer Lee Slone, both of David, Ky., Malcolm Slone of Middle Creek, Ky. and Ronnie Slone of Prestonsburg, Ky.; four daughters, Shirley Mae Salyer of Alger, Ohio, Nancy Ann Slone of Blue River, Ky., Dottie Jean Allen of Middle Creek, Ky. and Connie Grace Layne of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two step-sons, James Ray and Lonnie Edward Puckett, both of Salyersville, Ky.; three step-daughters, Judy Lynn Reed, Geraldine Puckett and Melinda Mae Spragus, all of Salyersville, Ky.; one brother, Chad Slone; 24 grandchildren: 13 great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Eugene Haney and the Rev. John Patton, with burial following in the Slone Cemetery at David, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky.   Paintsville Herald Wednesday Dec.17 2003



SPEARS, Marcus Jr.
Died: Monday, December 08, 2003
Age: 79
JOHNSON COUNTY
Marcus Spears Jr., 79, of Hager Hill, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003 at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Aug. 28, 1924, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Marcus and Ida Mae McFaddin Spears. He was a salesman with Cox Auto Parts and a WW II U. S. Army veteran. Survivors include a brother, Charles Spears of Hager Hill; and two sisters, Imogene Spears of Hager Hill and Irene Yates of Vero Beach, Fla. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Toby Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Richmond Cemetery, Rt. 40, Paintsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.10 2003

STEPHENS, Lillian Maxine (Blair)
Died: Monday, December 29, 2003
Age: 76
FLOYD COUNTY — Lillian Maxine Blair Stephens, 76, of Wayland, died Monday, Dec.29 2003  at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Jan. 23, 1927 in Birmingham, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Walter Hill Cooley and Beulah Driver Cooley. She was a homemaker and affiliated with the Hour of Deliverence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Blair; a grandson; four brothers, James Cooley, John Cooley, Walter Cooley and George Cooley; and two sisters, Lois Hopson and Vallie Connors. Survivors include three sons, Larry Blair of Wayland, Carl Ray Stephens and Darrell Stephens, both of Portland, Ore.; two daughters, Judy Blair Wiley of Wayland and Betty Stephens Jacobs of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Verlie Hopson of Manchester, Ohio and Wilma Spears of Prestonsburg; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Hall Funeral Chapel, Martin, with clergymen Jimmy Hall and Tony Gollihue officiating. Burial was in Cumbo Cemetery, Van Lear, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.31 2003

  
STEWART,  Alice (Conley)
 
Alice Conley Stewart, 90, formerly of Paintsville, widow of Roger Stewart, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in Ashland. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel.  Visitation is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.  Daily Independent

 
TAUL, Mary Price
2003
Mary Price Taul, 78, of Elizabethtown, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at Helmwood Health Care Center. She was a native of Williamsport, and was a member of Severns Valley Baptist Church, where she was active in teaching Sunday School and working with the Single Adult Ministry. She was a volunteer at Hardin Memorial Hospital and Helping Hand and the owner of Bed & Bath Fashion Shop in Houston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Taul, in 1991, and her parents, Christopher C. and Effie Daniels Price. Survivors include two sons, Glen Edward Taul of Danville and Gary Franklin Taul of LaGrange; three grandsons; and a sister-in-law, Callie Price of Akron, Ohio. The funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Dr. Billy Compton officiating. Burial will be in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery in McQuady. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

TAUL, Mary (Price)
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- Mary Price Taul, 78, Elizabethtown, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at Helmwood Health Care Center. She was a native of Williamsport, Ky., and was a member of Severns Valley Baptist Church, where she was very active in teaching Sunday School and working with the Single Adult Ministry. She was a volunteer at Hardin Memorial Hospital and the owner of Bed & Bath Fashion Shop in Houston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Taul, who died in 1991. Survivors include two sons, Glen Edward Taul of Danville and Gary Franklin Taul of LaGrange, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. The Rev. Billy Compton will officiate. Burial will be in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery in McQuady, Ky. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. EST today at the funeral home. Gleaner Union County Advocate - Dec/17/2003 Submitted By: Kim Donley

  
VANDERPOOL, Abe  Jr.
 1946-2003
 Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 23, 1 p.m. at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel for Abe Vanderpool Jr., 57, who passed away Saturday, December 20 2003 at the Riverview Health Care Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Mr. Vanderpool was born June 7, 1946 in Emma, Ky., son of the late Rev. Abe Vanderpool Sr. and Betty Shepherd Vanderpool. He was a salesman for Carter Hughes Toyota of Prestonsburg, Ky. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Lee Ann Vanderpool. Surviving are his wife, Brenda Hughes Vanderpool; two sons, Mark Vanderpool of Prestonsburg, Ky. and Jason (Jennifer) Vanderpool of Lexington, Ky.; one brother, Isaac Vanderpool of Tenn.; seven sisters, Ethel Scarberry of Martin, Ky., Effie Garrett of Prestonsburg, Ky., Montana Howard of Virginia, Sarah Jones of Florida., Phyllis Keel of Indiana, Mary Stratton of Ivel, Ky. and Martha Kidd of Emma, Ky.; one grandson, Ethan Vanderpool; one granddaughter, Emily Vanderpool. The service was officiated by Rev. David Garrett and Rev. Randy Johnson, with burial in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, Ky. Arrangements under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg, Ky. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Dec.24 2003


WHEELER, Marie
Marie Wheeler, 81, of Paintsville, wife of John M. Wheeler, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2003. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter DAy Saints, in Nippa. Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. today at the Paintsville Funeral Home.  Daily Independent


WHITTAKER, Mary Elizabeth (Blackburn)
Died: Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Age: 59
JOHNSON COUNTY — Mary Elizabeth Blackburn Whittaker, 59, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Dec.24, 2003 at St. Joe Hospital, Lexington. Born Dec. 20, 1944, in Martin County, she was a daughter of the late Clifford and Thelma Bowen Blackburn. She was a retired LPN with Carl D. Perkins Rehab Center. Survivors include a daughter, Regina Whittaker Honeycutt of Nicholasville; three brothers, James Edward Blackburn, Stevie Lee Blackburn, and Sidney Lou Blackburn, all of Louisa; a sister Cynthia Blackburn Preston of Louisa; and one grandchild. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 27, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, Paintsville, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Blackburn Cemetery under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News

  
WILLIAMS, Charles Leo
Died: Thursday, December 25, 2003
Age: 74
JOHNSON COUNTY — Charles Leo Williams, 74, of Swamp Branch, died Thursday, Dec.25, 2003  at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Nov. 15, 1929, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Fred and Frankie Spradlin Williams. He was a pipe fitter with New Port News Shipping Building and a Korean War Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Joyce E. Moran Williams; a daughter, Jackie Fitch of California; two brothers, Jack Williams of Lanexa, Va., and Jim Williams of Swamp Branch; a sister, Opal Maurer of Newport, W. Va. and 19 grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Church of Latter Day Saints, Nippa, with Danny Craft officiating. Burial was in Williams Cemetery, Swamp Branch, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2003

 
WILLIAMS, Dr. Gary Dwight

Died: Friday, December 19, 2003
Age: 36
FLOYD COUNTY — Dr. Gary Dwight Williams, 36, of Martin, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003 in an automobile accident. Born June 15, 1967, at Hazard, he was a son of Delmer and Brenda Lee Walker Williams of Hazard. He was a doctor at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville, member of Who’s Who in America, the NRA, AMA and Dwarf First Baptist Church. Additional survivors include his wife, Laura Sommer Williams; three sons, Kevin Patrick Williams, Alexander Mackenzie Williams and Garrett Michael Williams, all of Martin; two daughters, Somer Rae Williams and Morgan Delaney Williams, both of Martin; and a sister, Ladonya Bishop of Somerset. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Greydon Howard officiating, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.24 2003

  
WILLIAMS, Everett
Died: Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Age: 75
JOHNSON COUNTY — Everett Williams, 75, of Van Lear, died Wednesday, Dec.24, 2003 at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Huntington, W. Va. Born Dec. 5, 1928, in Win, he was a son of the late Thomas J. and Alice Lemasters Williams. He was a retired business owner of the B&W TV and Appliance Store, Staffordsville, a member of Sitka Freewill Baptist Church and a U. S. Army WW II veteran. He was preceded in death by a son, Kyle Williams. Survivors include his wife, Betty Williams of Van Lear; two sons, Mike Williams of Wittensville, and Corey Williams of Van Lear; three stepsons, Greg Burchett of Staffordsville, Stanely Burchett of Stambaugh, and Randy Burchett of Huntington; two stepdaughters, Trudy Turner of Paintsville, and Robin Phinney of Erlanger; three brothers, Tommy Williams of Staffordsville, Arnold Williams of Winchester, and Larry Williams of Summersville S.C.; four sisters, Georgean Brown, Carol Fairchild, and Sally Davis, all of Winchester, and Geraldine Davis of Stambaugh; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 28, at Sitka Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Jim McKenzie and Bob Lyons officiating. Burial was in Williams Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News

 
WILLIAMS, Pancy Marie (Litteral) 
1913-2003
Pancy Marie Williams, 90, of Ashland, Ky., died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, in King's Daughters Medical Center. She was born May 19, 1913, in Paintsville, Ky., a daughter of the late Joseph P. and Nola Salyers Litteral. She was a former employee of Hope's Laundry and was a homemaker.  She attended the Salvation Army Church.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Wilson Williams; one sister, Vera Greene; and five brothers, Ethelbert Litteral, Charles Litteral, George Baylis Litteral, Richard P. Litteral, and Victor Litteral. Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Eldridge of Ashland; two grandchildren, David Renfroe and Jaclyn Burns of Ashland; and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dixon Cemetery by the Rev. Jack Edwards. Burial will follow in Dixon Cemetery.  Friends may call from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland.   Daily Independent Saturday Dec.27 2003

SUBMITTED INFORMATION & CORRECTIONS:
I am the eldest son of the Charles Litteral and a grandson of the Joseph and Nola (Salyer) Litteral. Pansy is my aunt, whom I've not seen in over 50 years.  My Dad passed away 20 years ago and my paternal grandparents nearly 60 years  ago. Please recheck and confirm your information: My aunt's name is "Pansy Viola"  and not "Pancy Marie." From anther source I show a birth date of "29 May 1913"  and not "19 May 1913." Additionally, the correct spelling is "George Bayless"  rather than "George Baylis."   Submitted: Jul. 2004  Larry Litteral

 
WISECUP, Clint
Died: Friday, December 26, 2003
Age: 82
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Clint Wisecup, 82, of Salyersville, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born June 6, 1921, in Salyersville, he was a son of the late Leck and Lou Kennard Wisecup. He was a retired merchant. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Craft Wisecup. Survivors include two sons, Glenny Wisecup of Salyersville, and Charlie Barnett of West Liberty; a daughter, Joanne Palacious of Tucson, Ariz.; a brother, Albert Wisecup of Chelsea, Mich.; a sister, Orphie Deppen of Ohio; and one grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 29, at Salyersville Funeral Home with Tim Watkins officiating. Burial was in Wisecup Family Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.31 2003

 
WRIGHT, Luther
Died: Thursday, December 18, 2003
Age: 91
JOHNSON COUNTY — Luther Wright, 91, of Flat Gap, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 22, 1912, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Merdia and Liddie K. Fyffe Wright. He was an educator. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Angeline Skaggs Wright, in 1995. Survivors include two sisters, Alethea Ann Butler of Catlettsburg and Lois Lee Stultz of Murphysboro, Tenn.; three brothers, Jim Wright, and Murl Wright, both of Columbus, Ohio, and Harold Wright of Greensboro, S. C.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 20, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Harold Salyer and Johnny Estep officiating. Burial Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Flat Gap Baptist Church by contacting Jones-Preston Funeral Home at (606) 789-3501. Big Sandy News Wednesday Dec.24 2003

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