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JANUARY - 2011

ADAMS, Beulah Vern
1937-2011
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m. at the Highland Church of Christ, for Beulah Vern Adams, 73, of Paintsville, who passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Mrs. Adams was born Nov. 12, 1937 at Elna, daughter of the late Oscar and Anna Mae Lemaster Estep. She had been employed by the Big Sandy Pharmacy for 30 years, and was a member of the Highland Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Trecia Wiley. Surviving are two daughters, Reda Adams of Paintsville, and Esther (Craig) Booth of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Willis George Estep of Flat Gap; one sister, Lillian C. Hughes of Lancaster, Ohio; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Jerry Scott and Leroy Auxier, with burial in the Patty Flat Cemetery at Fuget. Arrangements under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan.26 2011

   
ADAMS, Choletta (Crager)
1947-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Chloetta Adams, 63, of Martin, died Saturday, Jan. 29, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 12, 1947, at Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Haden and Florence Chaffins Crager. She was a homemaker and member of the Rockfork Freewill Baptist Church, Garrett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry Adams; three brothers, David Crager, Delmas Crager and Millard Ray Crager; and a sister, Shelby Jean Crager. Survivors include two brothers, Harold Crager of Garrett and Wendell Crager of Raven; and two sisters, Jeanetta Moore of Hueysville and Lorene Collins of Kenderville, Ind. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Rockfork Freewill Baptist Church, James Caudill officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News  Wednesday  Feb.02 2011

    
BLAIR, Bill
1935-2011
Bill Blair, 75, of Riceville, died Monday, Jan. 10, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born Jan. 28, 1935, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Basil and Alta Blair. He was a member of the Riceville Freewill Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mabel Billiter.  Survivors include a son, Billy Blair of Lexington; four brothers, Roy Blair, Gary Blair and Fred Blair, all of Swamp Branch, and Gene Blair of Thompson, Ohio; two sisters, Judy Beard of Riceville and Opal Williams of Waverly, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 13, at Riceville Freewill Baptist Church, with Joe Scott and Jim McKenzie officiating. Burial was in Perkins Cemetery, Riceville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jan. 2011

   
BLAIR, Renia Jo
1956-2011
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 14, 12 noon at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Renia Jo Blair, 54, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 9 at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. Mrs. Blair was born April 1, 1956 in Prestonsburg, daughter of the late Iodus Dean and Renia Bayes Hackworth Blair. She was a waitress at Highland House, and a member of the Paintsville Church of Christ. Surviving are her husband, Terrance Blair of Paintsville; one son, Michael Blair of Paintsville; three daughters, Joann Blair Spicer, Terry and Jessica Blair, all of Louisville; one half-sister, Raedonna Blair of Paintsville. The service will be officiated by Jerry M. Scott, with burial in the Highland Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Jan.14 2011

   
BLANTON, Willie
1926-2011
Willie Blanton, age 84 of Walton, passed away Tuesday 1/25/2011 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood. He was a Veteran of WWII, member of the 417th Regiment, 76th Infantry Divison “the Onaways.” Retired member of Teamsters Local #651 who enjoyed mowing the grass, playing the organ, hunting and fishing. Retired truck driver for Continental Baking and Square D Co. Preceded in death by wife Betty Louise Blanton and son Robert Anthony Blanton. Survived by: Beloved friend, Lynn Bullard, Independence, Daughters, Beverly Campbell, Covington, Brandie Blanton, Houston, Tx., Son, William Blanton, Cypress, Tx., sisters, Ethel Colvin, Oil Springs, Ky. and Ada Caudill, Flatwoods, Ky., brothers Tyra Lee Blanton, Larue, Oh. And Shelly Kay Luttrell, Mine Fork, Ky., 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery. Information not included in Obituary Born 8 March 1926 in Johnson County, Kentucky Son of Manford Lee Blanton and Shella Jayne Blanton married Betty Louise Howard on 25 December 1947 (marriage date on headstone) Submitted By: Joyce Rickens May 2014

   
BLANTON, Payne Jr
1944-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Payne "Bubby" Blanton Jr., 66, of Oil Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. Born Feb. 1, 1944, at Dwale, he was the son of the late Payne and Fannie Flair Blanton. He was retired from Ford Motor Company. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Andrea Lynn Crum Blanton; and a brother, Arthur Blanton. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Miller Blanton; a son, Michael Blanton of Oil Springs; a daughter, Dawn Blanton Hartman of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Ellis Wayne Blanton of Morristown, Tenn.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 9, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Mearl Music officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Part, Staffordsville, under direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Jan. 2011

     
BLEVINS, Patricia (Miller)
1961-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Patricia Blevins, 49, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, died Saturday, Jan. 1, at Ashland. Born Sept. 27, 1961, at Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of Florence Anne Tussey Miller Meade and the late Marvin Miller. She was a tracking clerk with Community Action and a member of the Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Additional survivors include her husband, Mike Blevins; a son, Michael Anthony Blevins of Wheelersburg; three daughters, Angie Michelle Lyons of Louisa, Victoria Michelle Riley of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Mary Ellen Tomblin of Wheelersburg; a brother, Matthew Marvin Miller of Lexington, N.C.; two sisters, Kim Ross Lozier of Sciotoville, Ohio, and Ceda Sue Mintorn of Portsmouth; and two step-sisters, Veronica Wilson and Vanessa Morris, both of Thornville, Ohio. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church, with Jimmy VanHoose officiating. Burial was in Stevens Cemetery, Lowmansville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.05 2011

     
BLEVINS, Robert J
1982-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Robert Joseph "B.J." Blevins, 28, of Hager Hill, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, in Prestonsburg. Born April 28, 1982, at Paintsville, he was the son of Robert Blevins Jr. and Kathy Heinrich Ratliff. He worked at Walmart. Survivors include a brother, Kyle David Blevins of Salyersville; two sisters, Cathy Jo Lewis of Berea and Allison Blevins of Hager Hill; and three step-brothers, Eric Ratliff of Morehead, John Ratliff of Corbin and Chris Ratliff of Lexington. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 7, at Preston Funeral Home, with Denvil Mollette and Paul Ratliff officiating. Burial was in Jones Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jan. 2011

    
BOYD, Hazel (Blanton)
1919-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Hazel Virginia Boyd, 91, of Ft. Wright, formerly of Johnson County, died Friday, Jan. 21, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood. Born Jan. 29, 1919, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Manford and Shelly Jayne Blanton. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank S. Boyd; and a brother, John Blanton. Survivors include three sons, Gary F. Boyd of Hebron, James Richard Boyd of New Albany, Ind., and Phillip Dale Boyd of Lexington; a brother, Willie Blanton of Walton; two sisters, Ethel Colvin of Oil Springs and Ada Caudill of Russell, three grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 23, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Sammie Reed officiating. Burial was in Jayne Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  Feb. 2011

    
BROWN, Donnie
1945-2011
Donnie Marvin Brown of West Liberty, KY, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2011 at his residence, at the age of 65 years, 5 months, and 27 days. He was born on Thursday, July 12, 1945 at Paintsville, KY, a son of the late Emerson and Dovie Ferguson Brown. Donnie was united in marriage to Joyce Benton. This union was blessed with three children, Donnett, Rosett, and Kenneth. Donnie was a retired Correctional Officer where he worked at various correctional sites. After his retirement he worked at Peyton's Pharmacy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Frances Brown and John William Brown; one sister, Darlene Brown; and his mother-in-law, Hortence Benton. Donnie is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Benton, Brown; three children, Donett and Steve Watson of Danville, KY, Rosett and James Grant Spears of Lake Butler, FL, and Kenneth Marvin and Joan Brown of Clay City, KY; seven grandchildren, Staci Spears, Sarah Spears, Stephanie Watson, Dustin Watson, Donnie Brown, Eric Brown, and Nathan Smith; and his father-in-law, Bishop Benton of West Liberty, KY. Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

 
BURNS, Smith
1947-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Smith Burns, 63, of Nippa, died Thursday, Jan. 27. Born April 5, 1947, at Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Carl and Virgie Bolden Burns. He was a roof bolt operator. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Wombles Burns; three brothers, Corbitt Burns and Roy Burns, both of Nippa, and Harold Burns of Wabash, Ind., and a sister, Magadalene Blackburn of Harrodsburg. Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 30, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with James Roger Vanhoose, and Bill Witten officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  Wednesday  Feb.02 2011

    
CASTLE, Scotty A.
1948-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Scotty A. Castle, 62, of Offutt, died Sunday, Jan. 16, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Aug. 15, 1948, at Offutt, he was the son of the late Patrick Henry and Hazel Blanton Castle. He worked at Garrett's Mobile Homes and was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include four sons, Charles Castle of Pikeville, Jeff Castle and David Castle, both of Offutt, and James Castle of Dwale; a brother, Patrick "Bud" Castle of Meally; two sisters, Brenda Chandler of Georgia and Margy Baldwin of Paintsville; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with John Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Castle Cemetery, Offutt, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.19 2011

     
CHILDERS, Mildred  (Brown)
1919-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mildred Childers, 91, of West Van Lear, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Paintsville. Born Aug. 20, 1919, at Abilene, Kansas, she was the daughter of the late Ira Tedd and Hannah Adams Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of the Meally Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lindsey Childers; two brothers, Donald Brown and Francis Dean Brown; and a sister, Helen Epler. Survivors include two sons, Richard Childers of West Van Lear and Robert Earl Childers of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Linda Kay Spradlin of Pikeville and Diane Louise Castle of Bremerton, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 15, at Meally Church of Christ, with Donald Brown, Francis Dean Brown, and Helen Epler officiating. Burial was in Short Family Cemetery, Meally, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Jan. 2011

      
CRUM, Betty (Lewis)
1936-2011
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 12 noon at The Chapel Community Church at Boons Camp ( behind the post office), for Betty Ann Lewis Crum, 74, of Boons Camp, who passed away Thursday, Jan. 6 at her residence. Mrs. Crum was born Sept. 3, 1936 in Paintsville, daughter of the late Clyde Charles Sr. and Elizabeth Evans Lewis. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Phillip Cove Church in Martin County. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John “Bob” Crum Jr.; two sisters, Virginia Necessary and Doris Carmeans; three brothers, Hosea Kozee, Clyde Charles Lewis Jr., and Robert Eugene Lewis. Surviving are two sons, Dusty D. and Timothy Crum, both of Boons Camp; one brother, Paul Ray Lewis of Wabash, Ind.; one sister, Aretta Branham of Boons Camp; two grandchildren, and three great- grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Jimmy Price, Jack Woody, and Robert Moore.  Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.  "CREMATED"      Submitted By: Ron Branham

    
DANIEL, Jerry D.
1941-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jerry Daniel, 69, of Thealka, died Saturday, Jan. 8, at his residence. Born Feb. 4, 1941, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Randall and Louise Davis Daniel. He owned Daniel Grocery. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Lyons Daniel; a son, Randy Daniel of Thealka; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Tom's Creek Freewill Baptist Church, with J. K. Caudill and Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.12 2011

   
DANIELS, Sarah (Clarkston)
1942-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Sarah Clarkston Daniels, 68, of Nippa, died Sunday, Jan. 2, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born May 8, 1942, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late James and Alka Daniels VanHoose. She was a teacher and a member of the Ramey Branch Church. Survivors include her husband, Gary Daniels; three sons, Barry Lynn Clarkston of Springfield, Ohio, Jerry Allen Clarkston and Scott Lee Daniels, both of Dayton, Ohio; three daughters, Nancy Elizabeth Conklin of Xenia, Ohio, Cathy Sue Elliott of Springfield, Ohio, and Michelle Kopa of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Ruby Burns of Florida; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Ramey Branch Church, with Denvil Mollette officiating. Visitation will be after 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the church. Burial will be in Daniels Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.05 2011

    
DELONG, Woodrow
1943-2011
Woodrow "Woody" Delong, age 67, of Plain City, passed away Friday, January 7, 2011 in The Koabcker House, Columbus, Ohio. Woody was born August 28, 1943 in Paintsville, Kentucky. Woody was retired from Dana Corp. Hilliard, Ohio. He was the son of the late Cleatis and Malta (King) Delong. He is survived by Wife of 48 years, Janis (Hay); sons, Gregg (Kellie) Delong and Woodrow (Woody) Jr. Delong (Alicia VanHorn); brothers, Gary (Faye) Delong, Darrel (Peg) Delong; sister, Rita Delong. Woody was the Grandpa to eight grandchildren and one great-grand-child. He is preceded in death by son Jeff Delong (1980), daughter Jackie L. (Delong) Hollar (2008) and grandchildren Kyle Scott Delong (2001) and Woody Dillion Delong (1999) and sister Sandy Horch (2010). Woody loved collecting pocket knives, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren and fishing. Woody was well known for his community picnic table where friends and loved ones oftened stopped by. A Memorial Service to honor the life of Woody will be Saturday, January 15 at 11 a.m. in the RADER-McDONALD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W Main St., West Jefferson, Ohio, with the Rev. Roger Howard officiating. Columbus Ohio  January 13, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
DEVORE, Geraldine (Music)
1926-2011
FLOYD COUNTY —Geraldine Music DeVore, 85, of Langley, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Jan. 3, 1926, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mable Felty Music. Survivors include two sons, Galvin Fray DeVore of Langley and Arthur Thomas DeVore of Grethel; two daughters, Sandra DeVore Randall and Antoinette DeVore, both of Langley; a brother, Arthur Ray Music of Manchester, Ohio; a sister, Gwendolyn Music Mumaw of Baltimore, Md.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Arthur Ray Music officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.19 2011

    
FRAIM, Dr. Jerry Douglas
1931-2011
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Paintsville, for Dr. Jerry Douglas Fraim, 80, of Paintsville, who passed away Thursday, Jan. 6 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Dr. Fraim was born Jan. 5, 1931 in Floyd County, son of the late Carl Homer and Golda Ward Fraim. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Paul C. Fraim. Dr. Fraim was a U.S. Marine veteran; member and elder of First Christian Church; Board of Directors with the Kentucky Medical Peer Review Organization for six years; Board of Trustees with the Kentucky Medical Association for three years; Board of Directors with the Kentucky-Indiana Medical Peer Review Organization, largest medical peer review organization in the United States, for three years; past active member and honorary staff member of Highlands Regional Medical Center. Surviving are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Preston Fraim of Paintsville; two sons, Carl Douglas (Mollie) Fraim of Lexington, and Elliot Preston (Elaine) Fraim, and one granddaughter, Sarah Ellen Peyton Fraim, all of Hager Hill; one sister, Nancy Fraim McKenzie of Paintsville; one sister-in-law, Ann Fraim of Campbellsville; and a host of nieces and nephews. The service was officiated by Wesley D. Stedtefeld, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. paid obituary Paintsville Herald Friday Jan.14 2011

   
GIBBS, Donny C.
1944-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Donny G. "Don" Gibbs, 66, of Meally, died Friday, Jan. 14, at his residence. Born Nov. 19, 1944 in Boyd County, he was the son of the late Ezza and Gertrude Blair Gibbs. He worked at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and was a member of the Highland Church of Christ. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Teresa Stewart. Survivors include his wife, Allie Bernice Hayden Gibbs; three daughters, Donna Lee Reagan of Maryville, Tenn., Angela Kay Johnson of New Paris, Ohio, and Michelle Thornsberry of Meally; eight brothers, Robert Gibbs of Hillsboro, Ohio, Charles Gibbs of Piqua, Ohio, Danny Gibbs of Ansonia, Ohio, Michael Gibbs of Fairborn, Ohio, John Gibbs of Yellow Springs, Ohio, Timmy Gibbs and Jerry Gibbs, both of Troy, Ohio, and Terry Gibbs of Phillipsburg, Ohio; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 17, at Highland Church of Christ, with Jerry Scott officiating. Burial was in Hayden Family Cemetery, Meally, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.19 2011

    
HENSLEY, Luther
1923-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Luther Hensley, 87, of Van Lear, died Saturday, Jan. 1, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 14, 1923, in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Willie A. and Elizabeth Howard Hensley. He was a meter reader for Paintsville Gas and Water, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of the Thealka Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Laura Butcher Hensley; two sons, Anthony Wayne Hensley of Prestonsburg and Greg Hensley of Mulberry, Fla.; a step-son, Douglas Fitzpatrick of Van Lear; a daughter, Opal Croft of Mulberry; two step-daughters, Lisa Dawn Bowen of Hager Hill and Grace Clark of West Van Lear; a sister, Omia Dawson of Paintsville; 17 grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 6, at Thealka Freewill Baptist Church, with Gary Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.05 2011

    
HERALD, Gary
1949-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Gary Herald, 61, of Craynor, died Thursday, Jan. 27, at his residence. Born Sept. 24, 1949, at Paintsville, he was the son of William and Josephine Scutchfield of Prestonsburg. He was retired from Columbia Gas Company and a member of the Masonic Lodge #273 Zebulon. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Bonita Herald. Additional survivors include a son, Gary Herald Jr. of Floyd County; four daughters, Kellie Herald Clarke of Lexington, Corina Rogers, Rosina Herald and Courtney Slone, all of Floyd County; and a brother, Larry D. Herald of Paintsville. Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 30, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Jeff Lambert officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, West Prestonsburg, under direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News  Wednesday  Feb.02 2011

    
HITCHCOCK, Lindsey E
1953-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lindsey Edward Hitchcock, 57, of Portsmouth, Ohio, died Saturday, Jan. 1, at Hospice Care Center, Portsmouth. Born Feb. 18, 1953, in Kentucky, he was the son of the late Burns and Lillian Ward Hitchcock. He was a self-employed carpenter and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Maggie Meade Hitchcock; and five sons, Thomas Hitchcock and Kenneth Larry Hitchcock, both of Flat Gap, Michael Hitchcock of Paintsville, Robert Hitchcock and Lindsey Hitchcock Jr., both of Portsmouth. No funeral services were held, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.05 2011

   
HOLBROOK, Margaret (Skaggs)
2011
Margaret (Skaggs) Holbrook, passed away January 4, 2011 at her home in Springfield, Tennessee. Margaret and her husband Fred were Columbus area residents for many years after starting their lives together in Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her husband Fred Holbrook, son Bill Holbrook and daughter Penny Holbrook, along with brothers and sisters. She is survived by four daughters and three sons, Esta (Al) Long of Kent Ohio, Peggy (Gene) Bundy of White House Tennessee, Elva (Larry) Tower of Columbus Ohio, James (Tracy) Holbrook of Columbus Ohio, Kathy Williams of Galloway Ohio, Fred Holbrook Jr. of Springfield Tennessee and Christopher (Kandy) Holbrook of Columbus Ohio. Also surviving are her 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grand-children, two great-great-grand-children; two brothers; one sister; and many nieces and nephews. PRESTON FUNERAL HOME in Paintsville, Kentucky will be handling the arrangements, with visiting hours and wake at Red Bush Enterprise Baptist Church, Red Bush, Kentucky starting at 1 p.m. Thursday January 6, 2011 until the funeral at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Burial will be immediately following the funeral at the Auxier-Holbrook Cemetery in Red Bush, Kentucky. Published Columbus Ohio January 6, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
HUGHES, Ruby L. (Sammons)
1923-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Ruby L. Hughes, 87, of East Point, died Monday, Jan. 31, at Riverview Health Care Center. Born June 2, 1923, at Boons Camp, she was the daughter of the late William Lewis and Sarah Catherine Sammons. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ, Prestonsburg. She was also preceded in death by a son, Roger Dale Hughes; five brothers, John P. Sammons, James Sammons, Richard Sammons, Warnie Sammons and Archie Sammons; and two sisters, Ada Mollette and Lillian Fultz. Survivors include her husband, Earl Hughes; a son, Ronald H. Hughes of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Deana Newsome of Jenson Beach, Fla., and Tonda L. Hughes of Chicago, Ill.; a half- brother, George of Ohio; two sisters, Rosamond of California and Ida of Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Richard Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.02 2011

    
KENDRICK, Ernest
1927-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ernest Martin "Ernie" Kendrick, 83, of West Van Lear, died Sunday, Jan. 9, at Riverview Healthcare, Prestonsburg. Born Nov. 27, 1927, at Lancer, he was the son of the late John E. and Narcie Harris Kendrick. He was a retired mine foreman and a U.S. Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by a son, Howard Glenn Meade; two daughters, Deborah Campbell and Penny Kendrick; two brothers, James Robert Kendrick and Marvin Kendrick; and two grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Tommie George Kendrick; a son, Earnest Martin "Marty" Kendrick Jr., of Dwale; a brother, Paul Kendrick of Dwale; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Bob Varney officiating. Burial will be in Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.12 2011

   
LEARY, Raymond D.
1916-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Raymond D. Leary, 94, of Paintsville, formerly of Butte, Mont., died Sunday, Jan. 16, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Born Dec. 13, 1916, he was the son of the late Florence and Ann Lowney Leary. He was a U.S. World War II Army veteran and a copper miner. Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Gannon Leary; two step-sons, John Gannon of Staffordsville, and Bob Gannon of Butte; four step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Butte, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  2011

    
LEMASTER, Leon
1926-2011
OHIO — Leon LeMaster, 84, of Marysville, Ohio, died Friday, Jan. 7, in Memorial Hospital, Marysville. Born April 8, 1926, in Oil Springs, he was the son of the late Flem and Lennie Spradlin LeMaster. He was a supervisor at Union Manor. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Opal McKenzie; and three brothers, Wendell LeMaster, Harold LeMaster, and Flem LeMaster, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Inis Hitchcock LeMaster; two sons, David LeMaster and Gary LeMaster, both of Marysville; a sister, Garnet Blanton of Powell, Ohio; three grandchildren; and a great grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 10, at Ingram Funeral Home, Marysville. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, with Tobe Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.12 2011

  
LONG, Hazel (Auxier)
1925-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Hazel Mae Auxier Long, 85, of Salyersville, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Paul B. Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 7, 1925, at Gauge, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Holbrook Auxier. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Warren Milton Long; a son, Larry David Pitts; four sisters, Ruby Patton, Lavista Auxier, Betty Lou Coyle, and Rushie Louise Risner; and three brothers, Ernest Auxier, Herbert Red Auxier and Puff William Auxier. Survivors include seven daughters, Clara J. Ashcraft and Judy Snyder, both of Salyersville, Mary Lou McBride of Kansas, Martha Jean Stanley of Houston, Texas, Carolyn Sue Benson of New York, Eva Lee Collier of Paris and Connie Howard of Paintsville; five sons, Alfred Dewey Pitts and Randall Long, both of Knox, Ind., Arnold Ray Long of Houston, Terry W. Long of Clarksville, Tenn., and Raymond Long of Salyersville; a sister, Annoffie Smith of Pataskala, Ohio; 42 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 8, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Wayne Meade officiating. Burial was in Holbrook Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Jan. 2011

   
LYON, James
2011
[This obit was brought to my attention by Beverly Estep. Thank you Beverly.] [ Kentucky Birth Index lists a James L. Lyon born 11-12-1935 in Johnson Co.,KY to a Margaret Fyffe . ]
James Lyon, 75, passed peacefully Sunday, January 2, 2011. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Opal, parents James and Margaret Lyon, brothers Earl, Carl, Fred, Lloyd, and Elza. Survived by daughters, Brenda (Tom) Wells and Debbie Lyon; and beloved sister, Ruby Manley; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He attended Genoa Baptist Church for the past couple years. Famly and friends may call at HILL FUNERAL HOME, 220 S. State Street, Westerville, OH on Tuesday begining at 12:30 p.m., where the funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., burial to follow at Northlawn Memory Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice or Genoa Baptist Church, Galena, OH. Published in The Columbus Dispatch on January 3, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
MARSH, Ruth Ellen (Tackett)
1933-2011
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Ruth Ellen Tackett Marsh, 77, of Tipp City, Ohio, formerly of Paintsville, who passed away Friday, Jan. 14 at Spring Meade Health Care Center in Tipp City. She was born April 19, 1933 in Floyd County, daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Nettie Boyd Tackett. She was a retired store manager. Surviving are two sons, Robert L. Marsh of West Virginia, and Thomas K. Marsh of Cass Town, Ohio; one brother, Harold Ramey Tackett of Milton, Ind.; two sisters, Delores Castle of Nippa, and Dorothy Osborne of Prestonsburg; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The service will be officiated by Venny VanHoose, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Jan.21 2011

MCCARTY, Thelma (Fitzpatrick)
1923-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Thelma Jean Fitzpatrick McCarty, 87, of Denver, died Friday, Jan. 28, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Oct. 11, 1923, at New Boston, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William and Lucy Adams Fitzpatrick. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Tobe McCarty; a daughter, Georgia McCarty; three brothers, James Fitzpatrick, Elmer Fitzpatrick and Floyd Fitzpatrick; a sister, Edna Marie Saylor; and two grandchildren. Survivors include four brothers, William Robert McCarty and Toby McCarty, both of Denver, Jeffery Allen McCarty and John McCarty, both of Sidney, Ohio; two daughters, Frances Palmisano of Sidney and Dorothy Jean Clark of Wonder Lake, Ill.; 18 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Jerry Colvin officiating. Burial was in McCarty Family Cemetery, Denver, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  Wednesday  Feb.02 2011

   
MEADE, Bronda Sue (Tackett)
1965-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Bronda Sue Tackett Meade, 45, of Red Bush, died Sunday, Jan. 16, in Morgan County. Born May 23, 1965, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of Darrell and Bonnie Keaton Reed. She was a C.A.N. at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Survivors include two sons, Jeffery Tyler Tackett and Jordan Ryan Tackett, both of Staffordsville; three daughters, Ashley Hayden of Flat Gap, Brittany Michelle Tackett and Kristy Danille Tackett, both of Staffordsville; two brothers, Paul Michael Reed of Flat Gap and Lewis Scott Reed of West Van Lear; and a sister, Rhonda Denise Reed of Flat Gap. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 20, at Upper Room Church, with Arlene Blair officiating. Burial was in Staffordsville Church Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  2011

   
MEADE, Frank Darrell 2011
1939-2011
GREENUP COUNTY —Frank Darrell Meade, 71, of Flatwoods, formerly of Johnson County, died Saturday, Jan. 22, at his residence. Born June 22, 1939, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Meade. He was a member of the Flatwoods Church of Christ, a Commonwealth Life Insurance Company agent and a U.S. Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Estill Meade and Lloyd Meade. Survivors include his wife, Willa Dene Meade; a son, Mike Meade of Flatwoods; a brother, Fred Meade of Boons Camp; three sisters, Pauline Scarberry of Bluefield, W.Va., Flo Cook of Kopperston, W.Va., and Judy Butcher of Thelma; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Carman Funeral Home. Burial was in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens, Flatwoods, under direction of Carman Funeral Home, Flatwoods. Big Sandy News  Feb. 2011

   
MILLER, William ‘Bill’ Elbert
1922-2011
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel for William “Bill” Elbert Miller, 88, of Paintsville, formerly of Prestonsburg, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Mountain Manor Nursing Home of Paintsville. Mr. Miller was born Sept. 26, 1922 in Salyersville, son of the late Jonas Lloyd and Lillie Conley Miller. He was a former co-founder and drilling contractor with Jonas Miller and Sons Oil & Gas Co., retired general superintendent of Penn Virginia Resources Corp, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Prestonsburg, an honorable member of the Kentucky Colonels, and a WWII Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Belvis “Bette” Fraley. Surviving are his wife, Doris Hall Miller of Paintsville; two sons, Mark E. (Connie) Miller and William David (LaDonna) Miller, both of Prestonsburg; one brother, Lloyd (Bernice) Miller of Prestonsburg; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Morgan Chapman, with burial in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery at Prestonsburg. Arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Prestonsburg.  Paintsville Herald Wednesday Jan.19 2011

   
MUSIC, Jackie W
1953-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jackie Wendell Music, 57, of Wittensville, died Saturday, Jan. 15, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville. Born Aug. 14, 1953, at Prestonsburg, he was the son of Ruby James Music and the late Freddie Eugene Music. He was a truck driver for Five Star Services. Additional survivors include a son, Wendell Music of Boons Camp; a sister, Roberta Music of Covington, Ga.; and a half-sister, Berna Gambill of Crawfordsville, Ga. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 19, with Jack Woody officiating. Burial will be in Crum Cemetery, Boons Camp, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.19 2011

    
NAPIER, Ernest
1950-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ernest Napier, 60, of Nippa, died Friday, Jan. 7. Born July 31, 1950, in Virginia, he was the son of Della Mullins Napier and the late Irvin Napier. He was a construction worker with Meade's Construction and a U.S. Army veteran. Additional survivors include a son, Julian Irvin Blake Napier of Wittensville; a daughter, Sabre Leshy Napier of Wittensville; three brothers, Truman Napier of Salyersville, Menifee Napier of Hager Hill and Ervin Napier Jr. of Thealka; and four sisters, Rose King of Nippa, Nancy Napier of Wittensville, Mary Mollett of Boons Camp and Ella Harman of Paintsville. Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 10, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Tommy Meade officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.12 2011

   
PARSONS, Charlotte (Williams) 2011
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Charlotte Parsons, 61, of Thelma, died Monday, Jan. 17, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Presetonsburg. Born May 20, 1949, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late George and Dottie Jo Conley Williams. She was a member of Highland Church of Christ and worked at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Roger Williams, Jim Williams and Keith Davis. Survivors include a brother, Gary Williams of Thelma; two daughters, Kimberly Osborne of Paintsville and Deborah Webb of Staffordsville; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 21, at Highland Church of Christ, with Jerry Scott and Harold Conley officiating. Burial was in Curt Stapleton Cemetery, Baker Branch, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  2011

    
PELPHREY, James
1936-2011
PELPHREY James "Dick" Pelphrey, age 74, of West Jefferson, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2011, in Mt. Carmel West Hospital, Columbus. He was born December 26, 1936 in Johnson County, Kentucky the son of the late Alex and Elizabeth Pelphrey Sr. Dick retired from Accurate Mirror and Glass Co. of Columbus, was a member of the West Jefferson First Baptist Church, and had graduated from Hilliard High School. Dick was an avid Roughrider and Buckeye football fan. Survivors include children, Pamla J. (Dennis) Abrahams, Debra S. (James) Millar, Donald "Ed" (Theresa) Pelphrey; grandchildren, Amy, Jimmy and Jared Millar, Tyler Abrahams, Elaina, Mitchel, Grace, Melanie, Cole, Anna, Evelyn, Audrey, Nathan, and Rachel Pelphrey; brother, Elmer Pelphrey; sister, Roberta Travis; many nieces, nephews and friends. He is also survived by his little companion "Sammy". Dick was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Darlene Sue Pelphrey, second wife Delores Pelphrey, brothers Elvin and Alex Pelphrey; sisters Bertha Conley and Betty Estep. Family and friends may call 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday in the West Jefferson First Baptist Church where Funeral Service will be held at 12 p.m. Monday with Rev. Glade May officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society . Columbus Ohio January 8, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
PRICE, Maty (Wallen)
1931-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —May Wallen Price, 79, of Offutt, died Tuesday, Jan. 25. Born May 29, 1931, at River, she was the daughter of the late William and Gypsie Murry Wallen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Millard Price.  Survivors include a son, Rick Price of Offutt; four daughters, Judy Robinson of Paintsville, Perry Barker and Loretta Price, both of Offutt, and Doris O'Bryan of Staffordsville; and three sisters, Betty Stapleton of River, Fay Craft of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Edith Vanhoose of Wilmington, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 29, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Roger Vanhoose officiating. Burial was in Millard Price Cemetery, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  Feb. 2011

    
RAMEY, Betty Jo (Trimble)
1929-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Betty Jo Ramey, 81, of Van Lear, died Friday, Jan. 7, at her residence. Born April 2, 1929, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late James and Ruth Murphy Trimble. Survivors include her husband, Hayes Ramey Jr. of Van Lear; three sons, Hayes Ramey III, Curt Dean Ramey and Jerry Ramey, all of Van Lear; two daughters, Brenda Ramey and Evelyn Blevins, both of Van Lear; a brother, Don Trimble of Galion, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 10, at Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church, with Paul Wayne Browning officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.12 2011

   
RATLIFF, James Hubert
1947-2011
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for James Hubert Ratliff, 63, of Louisa, who passed away Monday, Jan. 17 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Mr. Ratliff was born March 22, 1947 in Lawrence County, son of the late Hobert K. and Dixie Thelma VanHoose Ratliff. He was a retired coal miner. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Ida Mae Ratliff; one son, Jimmy R. Ratliff; one brother, Billy Joe Ratliff; and one sister, Phyllis Jean Howard. Surviving are his wife, Linda Barry Ratliff of Louisa; one son, Phillip Wayne (Carol) Ratliff of White Pine, Tenn.; one step-son, Wes (Tiffany) Smith of Thurman, Ohio; two daughters, Tina Renee (McConneal) Ward of Jefferson, Tenn., and Dixie Michelle Perkins of Paintsville; one step-daughter, Tammy Dewey Howse of Gallipolis, Ohio; two brothers, Burns Lee Ratliff of Chestnut, and Paul Howard of Louisa; and 19 grandchildren. The service was officiated by James Darrell Ratliff, with burial in the Wheeler Cemetery at Chestnut. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Jan.21 2011

  
REED, Thomas
1930-2010
Thomas Reed, age 80, passed away Monday, Dec. 6, 2010.  Thomas was born to the late George and Sarah Daniel Reed. He was a retired Johnson County Road Department worker.  Mr. Reed was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Thomas is survived by a host of nephews, nieces; and great-nieces and -nephews. He is also survived by a special friend, Vickie Whittaker. Courtesy of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Jan.21 2011

   
ROSE, Mary L (Webb)
1942-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mary Lou Rose, 68, of East Point, died Sunday, Jan. 23, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born May 9, 1942, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Erma Honeycutt Webb. Survivors include her husband, John A. Rose; a daughter, Jo Ann Conn of Prestonsburg; seven brothers, Harold Lloyd Webb of Flat Gap, Donnie Webb of Prestonsburg, Billy Russell Webb of Hager Hill, Henry Lowell Webb and Frankie Lee Webb, both of Abbott, Hansdel Ray Webb of Boons Camp and Hershell Gene Webb of Williamsport; five sisters, Rudell N. Preston and Connie Perot, both of Abbott, Audrea Ousley of Williamsport, Reva Jane Hurst of Auxier and Bonnie Gay Jasper of Corbin; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Bobby Joe Spencer and Steve Rose officiating. Burial will be in Rose-Conn Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  Feb. 2011

   
SHEPHERD, Marcella (Combs)
1944-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Marcella Combs Shepherd, 66, of Garrett, died Thursday, Jan. 6, at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla. Born June 20, 1944 at Lackey, she was the daughter of the late Enoch and Dorothy Conley Combs. She was employed with Commonwealth/Monumental Life Insurance Company. Survivors include a son, Abe Enoch Shepherd of Richmond; a daughter, Karen Machille Shepherd of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Betty Karen Conley of Garrett and Cora Ann Whitaker of Pontiac, Mich.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 10 at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens, Staffordsville, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.12 2011

  
SKAGGS, Cornelius
1941-2011
SKAGGS, Cornelius 69, of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Friday January 21, 2011. He was born December 7, 1941 in Johnson County, Kentucky the son of the late Leander & Flossie (Lewis) Skaggs. He retired from Messer Construction. He is survived by his wife, Florence Skaggs; children, Melissa & Richard Kenney, Rhonda & Mark Marinelli, April & Jeff Nickell, Rebecca & Brian Moore, Neal Skaggs & Elaine Skaggs; nine grandchildren, Ariel & Denton McCord, Mark, Hannah & Luke Marinelli, Taylor & Alex Nickell, Mia & Nathaniel Scott; four brothers, Ervin, Cecil, Vince & Roe Skaggs and a sister, Anna Jones; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Midge Schaffield. Visitation will be 5-8 PM Tuesday January 25, 2011 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio. Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in New Carlisle Cemetery. Dayton Ohio January 23, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

  
TACKETT, Harry D.
1921-2011
Harry D. Tackett, 89, of Jamestown passed away Tuesday morning at the VA Hospital in Dayton. He was born in Paintsville, Ky.. Feb. 26, 1921 the son of Simon and Gillia (Blanton) Tackett. He was a veteran of WW II serving in the US Navy and retired from GM in 1980 after 30 years of service. He is survived by his wife Jarnetia Mc Gowan Tackett of Jamestown, Allan and wife Shelia Tackett of Leesburg, Hal Tackett and Becky Gordon of Jamestown, Rosetta Abling and Bruce Leston of Jamestown, Anita Thomas and Larry Adams of Jamestown, 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 brothers: Melvin Tackett of Cincinnati and Delbert Tackett of Cedarville. Services will be held Friday, 1:30 pm at the Powers Funeral Home in Jamestown where friends may call on Friday from 12:30 until time of service. Burial will be in the Silvercreek Cemetery. Fairborn Ohio January 11, 2011 Death Date: Jan.04 2011  Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
WELCH, Ralph
1915-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ralph Welch, 95, of Whitehouse, died Thursday, Jan. 6. Born March 2, 1915, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Lige and Sarah Margaret Rowland Welch. He was retired from C&O Railroad and a member of the Hammond Freewill Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lenchie Wheeler Welch. Survivors include four sons, Oliver Welch of Thelma, Lenvil L. Welch of Sandy Hook, R. Douglas Welch of Clermont, Ga., and Billy Ray Welch of Whitehouse; two daughters, Euna Faye Hesson of Whitehouse and Margaret L. Meek of Boons Camp; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 8, at Hammond Freewill Baptist Church, with Isaac Rowland officiating. Burial was in Wheeler Cemetery, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jan.12 2011

   
WRIGHT, Carl 2011
1929-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Carl H. Wright, 81, of Van Lear, died Monday, Jan. 17, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born June 15, 1929, at Roncevort, W.Va., he was the son of the late Leland and Ester Clark Wright.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Calahan Wright; and a brother, Lee Wright.  Survivors include two sons, Marty Wright of Lucasville, Ohio, and Lindy Wright of Candler, N.C.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News  2011




 
FEBRUARY - 2011


ADDIS, Opal (Jones)
1931-2011
Opal May Addis, 79, of Huntington, Indiana, formerly of Wabash, Indiana, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born May 1, 1931 in Paintsville, Kentucky, to David and Deleasie (Vanhoose) Jones. She was married to Robert E. Addis on September 21, 1969 in Wabash; he died July 18, 1984. She had worked at Vernon Manor Children's Home and Container Corporation, both in Wabash. She lived in Wabash 45 years until she moved to Huntington in 2008. She is survived by four sons, Glen (Sherry) Evans of New Port Richey, Florida, Rick (Michelle) Evans of Wabash, Larry (Julio) Evans of Clearwater, Florida, and Bob (Liz) Evans of Wabash; nine grandchildren, Cindy (Terry) Jimes of Huntington, Craig Evans of New Port Richey, Missy Castner of Akron, Ohio, Kyle (Hilary) Evans of Roann, Indiana, Tyler Evans, Ryan Evans, and Brady Evans, all of Wabash, Jeffrey Stevens and Tina Leland, both of Fort Wayne; nine great grandchildren; three brothers, Holly Jones, Rolly Jones, and Leslie Jones, all of Kentucky; three sisters, Molly Penix of Wabash, Polly Castle, of Ohio, and Numie Campbell, of Kentucky; and her special friend, Oakie Brown of Huntington. She was preceded in death by her son, John Evans; two grandchildren, Jeff and Jamie Evans; two brothers; and a sister . Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service, 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Preferred memorial is Huntington Area Transportation (HAT), 354 N. Jefferson, Huntington IN 46750. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home Wabash, Indiana Submitted By: Ron Bramham

    
BAILEY, Melvin
1929-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Melvin Bailey, 81, of Salyersville, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville. Born Feb. 10, 1929, at Waylon, he was the son of the late Kersey and Dixie Montgomery Bailey. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of the Magoffin County Chapter 15 DAV and National Rifle Association. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Adrian Bailey, Wimpy Bailey and Prentice Bailey; and a sister, Lottie Bailey. Survivors include his wife, Beulah Hopkins Bailey; two sons, Rick Bailey and Brian Bailey, both of Salyersville; a daughter, Rita Hall of Salyersville; a sister, Mary Liz Marshall of Salyersville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 12, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Sam Smith and Tim Watkins officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

   
BALDWIN, Merta M (Blanton)
1913-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Merla Mae Baldwin, 97, of Oil Springs, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, at her residence. Born Aug. 30, 1913, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late John Wallace and Virginia Elizabeth Williams Blanton. She was a grocery store clerk and a member of the Grapevine United Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Guy Hershel Baldwin, in 2009.  Survivors include two sons, James Hershel Baldwin and Wayde Baldwin, both of Oil Springs; three daughters, Emma Katherine Sheppared of Columbus, Ohio, Elizabeth Blanton of Volga and Stella Pierce of Millfield, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 25, at Preston Funeral Home, with Don Baldwin, Frankie Blevins, and Jeff Carroll officiating. Burial was in Baldwin Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
BARNETT, Brenda (Pennington)
1966-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Brenda Sharon Pennington Barnett, 44, of Flat Gap, died Sunday, Feb. 13. Born Aug. 17, 1966, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of Ren Pennington and the late Lois Salyer Pennington. She was a nurse's aide with Salyersville Health Care. Additional survivors include his husband, Steve Barnett; three brothers, Gregory Paul Cantrell of Red Bush, Paul Cantrell, and Keith Cantrell, both of Flat Gap; and two sisters, Linda Holbrook of Van Lear and Renee Daniels of Tutor Key. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 18, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Tim Salyer officiating. Burial was in Salyer Cemetery, Red Bush, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.23 2011

   
BENTLEY, Carolyn S
1960-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Carolyn Sue Bentley, 50, of Hager Hill, died Sunday, Feb. 13. Born May 26, 1960, at Martin, she was the daughter of Guyanda VanHoose Travis and the late Carl D. Bentley. She was a nurse's aide. Addiitonal survivors include two brothers, Timothy Wayne Griffith and James G. Griffith. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 17, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with David May, and Mike Elswick officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.23 2011


BLAIR, Frannie L (Crace)
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Fannie Leigh Blair, 64, of Sitka, died Friday, Feb. 18, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Oct. 14, 1946, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Burt and Callie Wheeler Crace. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Larry Blair; three daughters, Jody Hale of Staffordsville, Eugenia Butcher of Flat Gap and Vivian Tackett of Oil Springs; a brother, Jim Crace of Salyersville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 18, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with J.R. Connelly officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News

    
CANTRELL, Donald R
1957-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Donald Ray Cantrell, 53, of Oil Springs, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, at his residence. Born May 11, 1957, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Bryan and Ruie Blanton Cantrell. He was an oil core driller. Survivors include two sons, Kenny Bryan Cantrell of Paintsville and Steven Ray Cantrell of Oil Springs; a daughter, Kayla Salyer of Paintsville; four sisters, Cheryl Collinsworth of Salyersville, Lula Belle Conley and Loretta Russell, both of Oil Springs, and Flossie Wheeler of Blaine; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 24, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Lindsay Meade, and James Meade officiating. Burial was in Doke Cantrell Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar 2011

   
CARTY, David J
1929-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —David Jesse "DJ" Carty, 81, of Salyersville, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Mountain Manor Nursing Facility, Paintsville. Born July 5, 1929, in Salyersville, he was the son of the late Richard and Lilly Jackson Carty. He was a retired coal strip miner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Jean Howard Carty; a son, Wade Carty; two brothers, Will Carty and Adronlowe Carty; four sisters, Dollie Carty, Augalee Carty, Eva C. Carty, and Bernice Carty; and a grandson. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen VanHoose of Salyersville. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 4, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Dan Isom officiating. Burial was in Carty family cemetery, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Feb.2011

   
CASTLE, John C.
1956-2011
GEORGIA — John C. "Johnny" Castle, 55, of Baxley, Ga., formerly of Sitka, died Friday, Feb. 4, in Georgia. Born Feb. 2, 1956, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Edgar and Lorena Daniel Castle. He was a water driller. Survivors include two sons, Eric Castle and Scott Castle, both of Tampa, Fla.; three brothers, Arlie J. Castle and Danny M. Castle, both of Sitka, and Edgar Castle Jr., of Mutual, Ohio; a sister, Loretta Caudill of Lexington; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Kenny Pelphrey officiating. Burial was in Sparks Cemetery, Blaine, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

   
CASTLE, Johnny M
1951-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Johnny Michael Castle, 59, of Paintsville, died Monday, Feb. 7, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville. Born July 25, 1951, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Irvin and Opal Price Castle. He was a manager of C&C Texaco. Survivors include two sons, Joshua Michael Castle and Daniel Clay Castle, both of Paintsville; a brother, James Roger Castle of Paintsville; and a sister, Sharon Castle of Paintsville. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 11, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with James McKenzie and Venny Vanhoose officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

   
CAUDILL, Harold R
1928-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Harold Caudill, 82, of Salyersville, died Thursday, Feb. 10, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 24, 1928, in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Winfrey and Ruie Rice Caudill. He was also preceded in deth by a sister, Judith Ann Colvin.  Survivors include his wife, Pauline Salyer Caudill; three sons, Danny Joe Caudill and Carl Exley Caudill, both of Salyersville, and Marion Len Caudill of Marion, Ohio; a brother, Phillip Caudill of Salyersville; a sister, Ruth May of Salyersville; several grandchildren; and several great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 13, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with J.R. Connelley and Wayne Meade Jr. officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

  
CENTERS, Dennis
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Dennis Centers, 100, of Hager Hill, died Sunday, Feb. 20, at Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center Nursing Home, Hazard. Born Sept. 30, 1910, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Lewis and Mary Jane Collins Centers. He worked for Adams Construction Co. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Centers. Survivors include a son, Michael Centers of Somerset; a daughter, Kathy Trimble of Staffordsville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church, with Richard Williams and Herbert Arms officiating. Burial will be in Centers Family Cemetery. Hager Hill, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.23 2011

   
CHAFIN, Shirley R.
1938-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Shirley R. Chafin, 72, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Born April 16, 1938, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Ulyssis and June Fairchild Chafin. She was a retired educator. Survivors include a brother, James "Jimmy" Chafin of Barboursville. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 26, at Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church, with Bob Coppings officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

   
CLARK, Connie (Music)
1957-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Connie Clark, 54, of Paintsville, died Thursday, Feb. 3, at her residence. Born July 11, 1957, at Boons Camp, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Vernie Belcher Music. Survivors include three daughters, Vernie Lee Clark and Hope Ann Clark, both of Indiana, and Amy Music of Offutt; four brothers, John D. Music of Albion, Mich., Marline Music and Kenneth Music, both of Meally, and Larry Music of Staffordsville; and three sisters, Judy Stone of Ohio, Linda McCarty of Hager Hill and Joyce King of Meally. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 6, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Harold Conley officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.19 2011

  
CRADDOCK, Edyth (Price)
2011
OHIO — Edyth Faye Price Craddock, 70, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, formerly of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Renaissance Health Center, Olmsted Township, Ohio. Born in Freeborn, she was the daughter of the late Clark and Alma Price. She was a retired waitress. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Henry Price; and a grandson. Survivors include three daughters, Robin Craddock, and Rebecca Sandy both of North Ridgeville, and Rhonda Staton of Paintsville; a son, Jackie Craddock of Amherst, Ohio; four brothers, Frank Price of Washington W.Va., Claude Price of Wakeman, Ohio, William Russell Price of Boonscamp, and Eddie Price Sr. of Paintsville; a sister, Jnan Bostic of South Lyon, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services were private, under direction of David Bogner Family Funeral Home, North Ridgeville, Ohio. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.23 2011

   
DANIELS, Harriet (Sisco)
1936-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Harriet Daniels, 75, of Hager Hill, died Friday, Feb. 18, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 3, 1936, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Esaw and Goldie Spence Sisco. She was a waitress. Survivors include her husband, William Doug Daniels; two sons, Tommy Curtis of Sitka and Walter Curtis of Hager Hill; two step-sons, Doug Daniels and Paul Daniels, both of Paintsville; three daughters, Connie LeMaster of Flat Gap, Kathleen Church of Hager Hill and Debbie Hayden of Meally; three brothers, Everett Sisco of Flat Gap, John Sisco of Martin County and Sherman Sisco of Red Bush; four sisters, Mary Sizemore and Louise Stapleton, both of Flat Gap, Billie Thacker of Pike County and Brenda Coats of Wharton, Texas; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 21, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Tim Salyer officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News

   
DIALS, Wayne
1934-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Wayne Dials, 76, of Wittensville, died Friday, Feb. 25, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Born Sept. 11, 1934, in Elliott County, he was the son of the late Von and Martha Watson Dials. He was a foreman with Ky.-W.Va. Gas Company and a U.S. Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dewayne Dials. Survivors include his wife, Elouise Castle Dials; three daughters, Debbie Preston of Hager Hill, Danna Wells of Paintsville and Kathy Fannin of Tipp City, Ohio; two brothers, Jim Dials of Hager Hill and Maynard Dials of Van Lear; three sisters, Doris Osborne of Corbin, Wanda Hamilton of Lebanon, Ohio, and Donna Dials of Paintsville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 28, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Military rites were conducted by Auxier Chapter 18 D.A.V. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

   
ESTEP, James Sr.
1933-2011
FAYETTE COUNTY —James Riley Estep Sr., 77, of Lexington, formerly of Van Lear, died Wednesday, Feb. 2. Born June 14, 1933, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late George Franklin and Eva Hazlette Estep. He was a retired painting contractor, and a member of Southern Acres Christian Church. He was also preceded in death by a brother, George Estep. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Sue Sparks Estep; a son, James Riley Estep Jr.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 5, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Wally Rendel officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.19 2011

   
FAIRCHILD, Charles
1957-2011
CHRISTIAN COUNTY —Charles Dempsey "Scorp" Fairchild, 53, of Hopkinsville, formerly of Paintsville, died Sunday, Feb. 20, at Western State Hospital, Hopkinsville. Born Aug. 9, 1957, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Mary Marie Fairchild.  Survivors include two brothers, James Douglas Dial and Michael Joe Wills, both of West Van Lear. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 24, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Jerry Castle officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News

    
FRALEY, Patsy (Hensley)
1945-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Patsy Fraley, 65, of East Point, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Aug. 19, 1945 at Kermit, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Wayburn and Zinnie Johnson Hensley. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Fraley; two sons, Donald Eddie Lovins Jr. of East Point and Raymond Kevin Roman of Prestonsburg; a step-son, Jeffery T. Fraley of Cambridge, Ohio; three daughters, Shari D. Goss of Brussels, Belgium, Ladonna Lovins of Durham, N.C., and Jerry Lynn Fraley of Clyde, Ohio; a step-daughter, Shonda Hall of Van Lear; two brothers, Wendell Hensley of Kermit and Charles R. Hensley of Exter, Pa.; eight grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 26, at Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church with Jimmy Price, Wendell Isom, and Doug Crider officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

   
FRAZIER, Samuel F
1945-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Sam Frazier, 65, of Staffordsville, died Sunday, Feb. 20, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Born April 22, 1945, at Staffordsville, he was the son of the late James and Addie Tackett Frazier. He was a motor operator with Ruecon. Survivors include two sons, Sam Frazier of Arenzville, Ill., and Kevin Frazier of Flat Gap; two brothers, Tom Frazier of Staffordsville and Beecher Frazier of Staffordsville; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Preston Funeral Home, with Larry Blair officiating. Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.23 2011

   
HALL, Georgia Richmond)
1931-2011
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. at the Southwest Baptist Church, for Georgia Richmond Hall, 80, of Brunswick, Ohio, who passed away Monday, Feb. 7 at her residence. Mrs. Hall was born Jan. 22, 1931 at Daniels Creek, daughter of the late William “Bill” E. and Mrytle Spears Richmond. She was a 1950 graduate of Van Lear High School, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Hall; and two brothers, Joel and Sam. Surviving are one son, David (Sue) Hall; one daughter, Kimberly Hall; and three grandchildren. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Greg Davis, with interment in the Eastlawn Memory Gardens. Arrangements under the direction of the Carlson Funeral Home of Brunswick. Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.11 2011

   
HANNAH, Weldon
1939-2011
Weldon Hannah, 71, of Sabina, died on Saturday at Court House Manor in Washington CH. Weldon was born in Riceville,KY on October 8, 1939 the son of the late Wayne and Mary Emily Lemsters Hannah. He served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corp. He retired from the construction industry. He is survived by his children, Edward (Marjie) Hannah of Hillsboro, Darrell Lee Hannah of New Vienna, Vickie (Tom) Massie of Jamestown, Michael (Diane) Hannah of Jamestown, Patricia Hannah of Jamestown, Darrell (Kelly) Slone of Sabina, Lonnie Slone of Plattsburg, Joshua (Jennifer) Slone and Tammy Slone of Reesville; twenty grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; longtime companion, Janive Hannah; one brother, Stanley Hannah of New Vienna; and three sisters, Juanita Fitzpatrick of Riceville,KY, Weltha "Mick" Garringer of Milledgeville and Donna Blankenship of Columbus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Slone; brothers Chester, Eaben and Kenneth Hannah; and sister, Almira Hannah. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11AM at the Littleton Funeral Home with burial in the South Solon Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 7PM at the funeral home. Trancribed on March 1, 2011 by Connie Spurlock

   
HOWARD, Eulah (Dyer)
1931-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Eulah Dyer Howard, 79, of Salyersville, died Friday, Feb. 11, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born March 13, 1931, at Salyersville, she was the daughter of the late Beverage and Bertha Williams Dyer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Keith Memorial Tabernacle. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wishard Howard; two brothers, Earl Dyer and Arnold Dyer; and two sisters, Mildred Dyer and Nevel Dyer. Survivors include two sons, Doug Howard and Dwayne Howard, both of Salyersville; two daughters, Jeanie Howard of Upland, Calif., and Becky Howard of Paintsville; a sister, Esther Maddox of Castalia, Ohio; five brothers, Herman Dyer and Vernon Dyer, both of Salyersville, Gerald Dyer of Mt. Sterling and Newell Dyer, and Paul James Dyer, both of Middletown, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 13, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Neal Bailey and Esknovah Jackson officiating. Burial was in Howard Cemetery, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

    
HOWARD, James J
1973-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —James Jerry Howard, 37, of Salyersville, died Thursday, Feb. 24, at his residence. Born Oct. 10, 1973, at Paintsville, he was the son of Jessie James Howard and the late Brenda Faye Puckett Howard. He was a contract electrician and a U.S. Marine Corp veteran. Additional survivors include a son, Dalton Howard of Salyersville; a daughter, Shanna Howard of Salyersville; three sisters, Jessica Risner of Salyersville, Renee Howard of Mt. Sterling and Sherry Meadows of South Shore; and a brother, Jason Howard of Salyersville. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 27, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Manuel Minix officiating. Burial was in Hargis Watson Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
LYKINS, Mary (Puckett)
1957-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Mary "Tutti" Puckett Lykins, 53, of Salyersville, died Monday, Feb. 7, at Paul B. Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 23, 1957, at Salyersville, she was the daughter of Ronald and Barbara Whitlow Puckett. She was a homemaker and member of the Pentecostal faith. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tim Puckett and Mark Puckett. Survivors include two sons, Christopher Shayne Rowe and Steven Shawn Rowe, both of Salyersville; two daughters, Cynthia Dawn Rowe and Samantha Denise Lykins, both of Salyersville; a sister, Barbara Jeanette Jordan of Salyersville; two brothers, Ronald Puckett Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Dean Puckett of Salyersville; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 10, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Jim Puckett officiating. Burial was in Ronald Puckett Family Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

     
MEEK, Howard
1936-2011
Howard Meek age 75 passed away February 11, 2011. He worked for Federal Glass and Techneglas where he served 23 years as a Union Steward. Avid fisherman and hunter. Born January 12, 1936 to the late Elbert and Mary Meek in River, KY. Survived by wife of 55 years, Shirley Meek; daughter, Joyce Meek; grandson, William (Amanda) Meek; brothers, Londis (Sue) Meek, Dennis (Shirley) Meek, Thomas (Maxine) Meek, Luther (Maria) Meek, Winfrey (Linda) Meek; sister, Virgie Brown. Many nieces; and nephews. Per his wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements by O.R. WOODYARD COMPANY. Columbus Ohio February 13, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
MOORE, Andrea Lilly (Horn)
1989-2011
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m. at the Trace Fork United Baptist Church for Andrea Lilly Horn Moore, 21, of Tomahawk, who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1 at her residence. Ms. Moore was born Sept. 21, 1989 in Ocala, Fla., daughter of Keith and Virginia Penix Horn of Tomahawk. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Courtney Joanna Hope Horn; her brother, Kevan Dale Horn; paternal grandparents, Fish Hook and Lilly Bell Horn; and her maternal grandmother, Betty Mills Crum Penix. Surviving in addition to her parents, are, one daughter, Erin Lilly Moore; and her maternal grandfather, Estil Penix of Williamsport. The service will be officiated by Gene May and Claude Mollett, with burial in the Horn Family Cemetery at Rockhouse. Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Inez. Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.04 2011

    
MULLINS, Beatrice
1933-2011
Beatrice Mullins, born to Flora and John Blevins on March 22, 1933, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 20, 2011. Bea, also known as Bonnie, was a very special and loving mom and grandma with many, many friends who loved and adored her. She was preceded in death by husband R.Z. "Zeke" Mullins, mother Flora Davis, father John Blevins, son Jeffrey Christian, grandson Tommy Stevenson, siblings William "Buddy", Josephine, Bruce, and Norman. Survived by children, Linda Miller, Marsha (Terry) Paul, William Christian, Diane (Ricky) Young, Deborah (Mike) Walters, Jack Woods, Jerry (Toby) Woods; grandchildren, Leasa, Laura, Amanda, Le Ann, Kari, Chad, Tommy, Brandy, John Carrol, Ricky, Christy, Faith Ann, David, Wendy, Kimberly, and Amber; many other loving family members and special friends. Friends may call Wednesday 6-8 p.m., EVANS FUNERAL HOME, 4171 E. Livingston Ave., where funeral service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. Interment Glen Rest Cemetery. A luncheon will follow services at the community room at Castleton Gardens Apartment Complex, 1620 Lonsdale Rd. Published: Columbus Ohio February 22, 2011                          Kentucky Birth Index lists a Beatrice Blevins born 3/22/1933 in Johnson Co.,KY to a Flora Blair. I am assuming her mother`s maiden name was Blair and perviously married to a Davis. Can anyone confirm this? Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

  
MUSIC, Betty (Blair)
1942-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Betty Music, 68, of Hager Hill, died Monday, Feb. 7, at her residence. Born Dec. 16, 1942, at Hager Hill, she was the daughter of the late Crate and Sonia Powers Blair. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Music, in 2000. Survivors include a son, Raymond Music of Hager Hill; two daughters, Tammy Cantrell of Hager Hill and Teresa Keaton; a brother, Glen Blair of Hager Hill; a sister, Kathy Hall of East Point; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 10, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with John Skaggs officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

   
NELSON, George Jr.
1938-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —George "Jim" Nelson Jr., 72, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, at his residence. Born March 13, 1938, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late George B. and Lula Meade Nelson. He was also preceded in death by a grandson. Survivors include his wife, Betty Sparks Nelson; two sons, James Barry Nelson of Russellville and David Scot Nelson of Nashua, N.H.; a daughter, LuAnn Rogers of Vine Grove; a brother, Phil Nelson of Martin; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 18, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Jeff Lambert, Vernon Hall, and Roger Spradlin officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.23 2011

       
PRESTON, Fred W.
1923-2011
OHIO — Fred W. Preston, 87, of Mount Gilead, Ohio, passed away early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, at Marion General Hospital, following a brief illness. On Feb. 23, 1923, Fred was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, the son of the late John and Lilly Mae (Childers) Preston. He graduated from Oil Springs High School, in the class of 1941. Shortly following graduation after working for a brief period of time in Akron, Ohio, Fred was drafted into the U.S. Army. A veteran of World War II, he served in the military police as an M.P. at an American base in Germany. He carried pride for serving his country until his final day, and he was also proud to be able to help keep the Germans in check. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Fred found work making airline parts for the Pratt and Whitney Company in Hartford, Connecticut. While there, he was blessed with the birth of his beloved daughter, Karen. After several years in Connecticut, Fred transferred to the North American Aviation Company to work with his uncle Guff, as a sheet metal layout worker for over 17 years. He then transferred to Industrical Nucleonics for more stable work, again working with sheet metal. This company changed hands to AccuRay and lastly A.B.B. before his retirement in 1988. In the fall of 1966, Fred met the love of his life, Betty Preston at a social club and they quickly knew they were made for each other. A few months later, Fred and Betty were married on January 20, 1967, and they have cherished their forty four wonderful years of marriage together ever since. Betty said it best when she simply said about her husband, Fred, "he was quite a man." Having a green thumb, Fred loved to plant and tend to "whatever he wanted," his family said emphatically, as he made sure everyone knew it was his vegetable and flower garden. He was able to grow quite a crop every season, and "some of the biggest sweet potatoes you have ever seen." He was diligent and thorough when working in his yard, and he also loved watching the birds around his garden at home. "A good Christian man," Fred did not need to go to church every Sunday as he was very faithful in his own way. He even read the Bible from cover to cover several times. A hard working, dignified man of honor and respect, Fred never was one who wanted any credit or accolades for anything he had done. Rather, he was a shy and withdrawn man who preferred peace and quite at home with his family. Another reason he was a bit of a "home body," was because no one could cook quite like his wife, Betty. He loved her "good home cooked meals," especially because she made things just the way he liked them. She would even go as far as putting a piece of cheddar cheese on his warm apple pie, because that was the way he wanted it. With a love for all music, Fred was a closet harmonica and guitar player. Again, because of his shy nature, he much preferred to play when he was all by himself. Fred will be dearly missed by his wife, Betty Preston of Mount Gilead; his daughter, Karen (David) Wright of Louisa; two grandsons, Christopher (Amy) Thompson, and Joseph (Tonya) Thompson; three great grandchildren: Noah, Gibson and Bailyn Thompson; a sister, Ruth Ann (Lindsey) Cyrus of Columbus, Ohio; a step-son, Michael (Geri) Park of Cardington, Ohio; step-grandchildren, Annette (Randy) Miller, Barbara (Ted) Lyman, Andrew Jackson, Jessica Jackson, Mike Park, and children, Sophia, Corrine, Lara; and many other relatives and friends. Services honoring his life of integrity and respect were held 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 21, at Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Gilead, with Pastor Dennis Braun, and Densil Wright officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 8054, and AmVets Post 87 was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morrow County Veterans Services Office, 619 W Marion Rd #107, Mount Gilead, OH 43338. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.23 2011

  
ROBERTS, Mildred (Castle)
1923-2011
Passed away February 4, 2011 in Urbana,Ohio. Duaghter of Frank and Lizzie (Preston) Castle. Born February 7, 1923 in Thealka,Ky.Married to Joe Roberts deceased. Survived by a son, Danny (Connie) Roberts of Urbana,Ohio. Will be missed by a very large and loving family. Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

  
SMITH, Barbara (Preston)
1934-2011
AUSTIN-SMITH, Barbara [Preston] (76) went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 24, 2011 surrounded by loving family. She was born in Buffalo/Meally, Kentucky on April 11, 1934 to Tom and Dorothy (McKenzie) Preston. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard A. Smith, Jr.; son John (Jan) Austin of Centerville, Ohio; daughter Jacqueline (Bobby) Goldenbogen of Beavercreek, Ohio; and her grandchildren that were her pride and joy, Jessica Austin, Barbara Caroline Adams, and Cole Adams. She is also survived by her brothers Robert (Norma) Preston, Jimmy Preston, her sister Diana Kirk and many extended family members and friends. Preceding her in death is her husband of 48 years, Jack Austin, daughter Barbara Kay, her parents and her brother Tommy. Barbara was a charter member of the United Baptist Church. She worked for 30 years at the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant in New Carlisle. Visitation will be held at Burcham Funeral Home, 119 East Main Street, Fairborn from 3:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, February 27. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Baptist Church, 660 W. Hyde Road, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Barbara's final resting place will be in the Preston Family Cemetery in Meally, Kentucky. Dayton Daily News Submitted By: Ron Bramham

  
SPARKMAN, Tommy L
1971-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Tommy Lee Sparkman, 39, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, Feb. 4, at his residence. Born March 25, 1971, he was the son of Ottis and Susie Newsome Sparkman of Paintsville. Additional survivors include two sons, Timothy Mullins of Hueysville and Jesse Sparkman of Paintsville; a daughter, Latasha Faye Sparkman of Paintsville; and a brother, Jonathan Sparkman of Florida. Graveside funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 8, with Pat Crider and James Butler officiating. Burial was in Sparkman Cemetery, Hueysville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

   
STAPLETON, Richard "Junior"
2011
Junior E. Stapleton Born in Van Lear, KY on Nov.. 25, 1915 Departed on Feb. 6, 2011 and resided in Pensacola, FL.   Visitation: No Visitation   Service: Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 10:00 am   Cemetery: Miami Valley Memory Gardens

STAPLETON, "Dick", age 95, of Kettering, formerly of Van Lear, KY. passed away.  He was an honest, hardworking man who also found great joy in gardening.  He served our country in the Army during World War II as well.  Junior was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Stapleton and son James Richard Stapleton.  He was survived by daughter Barbara Pagano, her husband Herb Ludwig, granddaughter Elizabeth McGuire and her husband John. Dick is also survived by son Stephen Stapleton, daughter Carolyn Stapleton Houtz, grandson Andre Houtz, and grandson James Garrett Stapleton from his late son James Richard Stapleton. Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 11, 2011 beginning at 10:00 AM at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH 45429. Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
TRIMBLE, Kathleen (Robinson)
1930-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Kathleen Trimble, 80, of Oil Springs, died Monday, Feb. 21, at her residence. Born Sept. 28, 1930, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late William "Bill" and Maymie Lewis Robinson. She was a retail sales clerk. Survivors include three sons, Donald Eugene Trimble of Lakeland, Fla., Joe Alan Trimble of Orlando, Fla., and Robert M. Trimble of Oil Springs; four grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 25, at Oil Springs United Methodist Church, with John Back and Jimmie Price officiating. Burial was in Trimble Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News

     
WARD, James L
1945-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Larry Ward, 65, of Paintsville, died Friday, Feb. 4, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Born Dec. 23, 1945, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Harold and Elsie Arrowood Ward. He was mechanic and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Lyda Mason Ward; a son, Brian Keith Ward of Manchester; a daughter, Lyza Joy Ward of Santa Ana, Calif.; and a brother, Danny Ward of Ashland. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Robert Coppings officiating. Military rights were by the Auxier Chapter 18 D.A.V., with Masonic services by Van Lear Masonic Lodge #885. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.19 2011

    
WARD, John
2011
FLORIDA — John Ward, 85, of Florida, formerly of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Bonita Springs, Fla. Born Aug. 16, 1925, he was the son of the late William Jefferson Ward and Virginia Fitzpatrick. Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Maslouer of Bonita Springs; and two sisters, Betty Walkers of Williamsport and Albert Lent of Mitchellville, Md. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be noon Saturday until time of service at the funeral home, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

    
WATSON, Clared W
1950-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Clared Windell Watson, 60, of David, died Sunday, Feb. 6, at his residence. Born May 22, 1950, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Harvey and Gertie Short Watson of Martin. He was a retired coal miner and a member of UMWA, Wayland. He was also preceded in death by a brother, John Watson.  Survivors include his wife, Brenda Reffett Watson; a son, Jeffery Watson of David; three daughters, Rita Allen of West Liberty, Crystal Rose of Prestonsburg and Courtney Jordan of David; two sisters, Patricia Watson of Martin and Marcia Goins of Cross Plains, Tenn.; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Jimmy Caudill officiating. Burial will be in East Gate Memorial, Eastern, under direction of Nelson-Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.19 2011

   
WEBB, Ruby (Kendrick)
2011
SCOTT COUNTY —Ruby Webb, 99, of Georgetown, formerly of Van Lear, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Signature Health Care Facility, Georgetown. Born Nov. 18, 1911, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Everett Kendrick and Jennie Clark Kendrick. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dow Webb. Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Gail Isbell of Georgetown; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 4, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Clifford Austin officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Feb.2011

WEBB, Ruby Webb 1911-2011 Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, for Ruby Webb, 99, of Georgetown, formerly of Daniels Creek, Van Lear, who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Signature Health Care Facility in Georgetown. Mrs. Webb was born Nov. 18, 1911 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Everett and Jennie Clark Kendrick. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dow Webb. Surviving are one daughter, Phyllis Gail Isbell of Georgetown; and two grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Clifford Austin, with burial following in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Feb.04 2011

   
WELLS, Everett A
1936-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Everett Abner Wells, 74, of Van Lear, died Sunday, Feb. 13 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Feb. 20, 1936, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Joe and Lilly May Webb Wells. He was a coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Mary Collins Wells; two sons, Jeff Wells of Nashville, Tenn., and Matthew Wells of Van Lear; a daughter, Patty Hitchcock of Flat Gap; a brother, George Wells of Defiance, Ohio; a sister, Geraldine Cassidy of Lexington; seven grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Wells and Webb Cemetery, Van Lear, with Joe Collins, Kevin Collins, Rick Kelly and Rod Wells officiating, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

   
WELLS, Rocky
1954-2011
OHIO — Rocky A. Wells, 56, of Melrose, Ohio, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, at St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo, Ohio. Born March 8, 1954, at Van Lear, he was the son of the late Samuel J. and Darlene Howard Wells. Survivors include three sons, Mike Wells of Louisville, and Rod Wells and Jason Wells, both of Melrose; a sister, Fern Bowling of Van Lear, a half-brother, Clifford Booth of Melrose; three half-brothers; six half-sisters; and three grandchildren. Funeral Services were Saturday, Feb. 12, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, with Charles Eagle officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Continental, under direction of Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, Ohio. Big Sandy News Feb. 2011

  
WILLIAMS, Margaret Julia (Toth)
1918-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Margaret Julia Toth Williams, 92, of Germantown, Tenn., died Monday, Feb. 14, at her residence. Born Aug. 26, 1918, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret J. Toth. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Powell Williams. Survivors include a son, David Powell Williams of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Sandy Brody of Germantown, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Friday, Feb. 18, in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Feb.23 2011



 
MARCH - 2011


ARROWOOD, Jackie W
1930-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jackie Witten Arrowood, 80, of Thelma, died Tuesday, March 22, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born June 5, 1930, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Chester Sr. and Virgie Welch Witten. She worked at Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center. She was also preceded in death her husband, John H. Arrowood; and a daughter, Betty Jean Price. Survivors include a son, Gerald Arrowood of Thelma; a daughter, Sandra Kay Arrowood of Thelma; two brothers, Harold "Pete" Witten and Chester "Bub" Witten Jr., both of Sitka; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, March 26, at Paintsville Church of Christ, with Steve Trimble and Ben Wright officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

   
BEVINS, Austin
2011-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Austin Bevins, infant, died Saturday, March 5, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. He was the son of James Ashley and Sophia LaShae Ferguson Bevins of West Liberty. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 8, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Chad Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Mar.09 2011

   
BLAIR, Lowell W
1938-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lowell Wilton Blair, 71, of Oil Springs, died Wednesday, March 30, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. Born Dec. 28, 1938, he was the son of the late Turrell and Iva Joy Blair. He was a laborer. Survivors include his wife, Rose Lee Spradlin Blair; three sons, Dewayne Douglas Blair of Sitka, James O'Neil Blair of Oil Springs and Lowell Wesley Blair of Hager Hill; two daughters, Deborah Cantrell of Oil Springs and Patsy Carol Cantrell of Flat Gap; four brothers, Charles Blair and James R. Blair, both of Oil Springs, Joe Blair and Ottis Blair, both of Staffordsville; three sisters, Phyllis Blair and Garnet Jackson, both of Staffordsville, and Sharon Colvin of Denver; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, April 2, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Danny Williams, Frankie Williams, and Sammy Reed officiating. Burial was in Turrell Blair Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
BLAIR, Mary (Baldwin)
1944-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mary Lou Blair, 66, of Oil Springs, died Monday, March 7, at her residence. Born July 5, 1944 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Eulas and Murlie Fairchild Blair. She was a teacher's aide. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Blair; two sons, Kevin Blair of Oil Springs and Wesley Blair of Lockbourne, Ohio; a daughter, Janie Blair of Oil Springs; two brothers, Darwin Baldwin of Sitka and James Baldwin of Nippa; two sisters, Gladys Blanton of Oil Springs and Shelby Jane LeMaster of Xenia, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, March 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Randy Haney officiating. Burial was in Blair Family Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar 2011

     
BUTCHER, Frank
1934-2011
Frank Butcher, 76, of Wabash, Indiana, died 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Miller's Merry Manor East in Wabash. He was born December 21, 1934 in VanLear, Kentucky to Thomas Hensley and Pearl (Bowling) Butcher. Frank first married Shirley Ogan in 1960; she was killed in a tornado on May 16, 1968. He then married Ella Mae Fitch on July 26, 1974; she died April 5, 1999. He worked at General Tire in Wabash. Frank loved animals, music, singing, and playing his guitar. He is survived by his daughter, Lori Cruz; two grandchildren, Tristan Cruz and Keaton Cruz, all of Wabash; two sisters, Joann (Frank) Music of LaFontaine, Indiana, and Thelma Faye Hash of Plant City, Florida; two brothers, Thomas (Jean) Butcher of Wabash, and Hershel (Paula) Butcher of LaFontaine. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bill Bowling officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home Wabash, Indiana Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
BUTCHER, Harold
1938-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Harold Edward Butcher, 72, of Van Lear, died Friday, March 11, at his residence. Born Oct. 21, 1938, he was the son of the late Nora and Ashley Ward Butcher.  He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Rose Marie Hierra and Jewell Sue Butcher. Survivors include a son, Harold E. Butcher Jr. of Jarrettsville, Md.; two daughters, Trena Butcher and Tracy Butcher, both of Wabash, Ind.; seven brothers, Chester Butcher, Gene Arthur Butcher, Randall Butcher, Darrell Butcher, Foley Butcher, Sheldon Butcher and Charles Butcher, all of Van Lear; and two sisters, Lorene Hall of Wabash and Norina Hackworth of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were Sunday, March 13, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Charles Banks officiating. Burial was in Butcher Family Cemetery, Daniels Creek, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
CHAPMAN, Geneva (Sparks)
1922-2011
Geneva Chapman, age 89, of Sunbury, died Thursday afternoon March 3, 2011, at Country View of Sunbury. Born January 26, 1922 in Flat Gap, KY to the late Powell and Ollie (Murry) Sparks. She had lived in the Olive Green area since 1944 coming from Flat Gap. Retired from the Filling Room at Nestles Company in Sunbury with 30+ years of service. Geneva loved time spent with her family, vegetable and flower gardening, cooking, baking, camping and fishing. A devoted wife and mother she was described as a simple person. Weekends at Lake Erie camping and boating was time cherished with her family and she enjoyed this up until the last couple of years. Another favorite pastime for Geneva was salmon fishing on the Betsy River in Michigan a family tradition. Survived by sons, Charles B. "Barney" (Linda) Chapman Jr. of Logan, Bill (Judy) Chapman of Sunbury, Tom (Jane) Chapman of Marysville; step-daughter, Arlene Menkel of Seattle, WA; 17 grandchildren; 20 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Gusta Sparks, Flora Davis both of Sunbury. Preceded in death by her husband Charles B. Chapman on March 5, 1994 and they were married November 26, 1945, step-daughters Joyce Nutter, Noreen McMahon, brothers Roy, Hollie "Hod", Selcie, & Richard Sparks, sisters Inis Corwin, Ival Conley. Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. DEVORE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME where services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Pastor Ken Mossor officiating. Interment in the Sunbury Memorial Park. Columbus Ohio March 5, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

  
COLLINS, Martin
1937-2011
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 22, 11 a.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Martin Junior Collins, 73, of Hager Hill, who passed away Monday, March 21 at his residence. Mr. Collins was born Oct. 6, 1937 in Floyd County, son of the late Theodore and Thelma Edwards Collins. He was a U.S. Army veteran; a Kentucky Colonel; a member of the Big Sandy Amateur Radio Club; a member of Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church at Ivel; and a heavy equipment operator. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Little; two sisters, Virginia “Jean” Layne and Garnett Hayden; and one half-sister, Louvisa Collins. Surviving are his wife, Betty Jo Combs Collins of Hager Hill; two sons, Timothy “Tim” (Jody) Collins of Paintsville, and James “Jamie” (April) Collins of Hager Hill; two daughters, Kathy (Ron) Vanover of Frankfort, and Jeanette (Mark “Feather”) Cantrell of Hager Hill; one half-sister, Cora Collins Pennington; and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Chuck Ferguson, and Tom and Ron Harmon, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville. Auxier Chapter 18 D.A.V. conducted military services. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Mar.18 2011

    
CURTIS, Harold C.
1936-2011
Harold C. Curtis, age 74, of Delaware, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 in Riverside Hospital. He was born May 9, 1936 in Flat Gap, KY. to Chitlee and Mattie (Vanover) Curtis. A resident of Delaware Co. for more than forty years, he was a retired employee of Worthington Steel. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, boating and jet skiing. He is survived by his wife, Pansy; a daughter, Lila (Patrick) Petrime; and a granddaughter, Amanda Petrime of Ashley. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the ROBINSON FUNERAL HOME, where a funeral service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery. Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

     
DANIELS, Johnnie
1942-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Johnnie Daniels, 69, of Nippa, died Saturday, March 26, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born March 2, 1942, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late William and Mae Fraley Daniels. He worked at Walmart and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by five sisters, Deloris Bellamy, Peggy Ratliff, Brenda Marcum, Billie Daniels and Carol Cunningham; and a granddaughter. Survivors include his wife, Emma Johnson Daniels; two sons, John Daniels of Tutor Key and Roy Daniels of Nippa; four daughters, Midge Castle of Sitka, Kim Price of River, Melissa Wells of Paintsville and Dawn Bowen of Stanford; a brother, Gary Daniels of Nippa; two sisters, Judy Stokes of New Carlisle, Ohio, and Naomi Blair of Louisville; 14 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 30, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Denvil Mollette officiating. Military rites were by Auxier Chapter 18 DAV. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
DAVIS, Juanita (Sparks)
1950-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Juanita Sparks Davis, 61, of Salyersville, died Sunday, March 6, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland. Born Feb. 8, 1950, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Holly and Edith Lemaster Sparks. She was a tobacco farmer. Survivors include step-mother, Wanda Sparks of Sitka; a daughter, Carolyn Clayborn of Howell, Mich.; two brothers, Ernie Sparks of Marysville, Ohio, and Benny Sparks of Louisa; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 9, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Jimmy McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Sparks Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Mar.09 2011

   
ELSWICK, Brylee
2011-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Brylee Grace Elswick, 2 months, of Bean Station, Tenn., died Sunday, March 13, at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Knoxville, Tenn. Born Jan. 6, 2011, at Knoxville, she was the daughter of Matthew and Bridgett Branham Elswick of Bean Station. Funeral services were Saturday, March 19, at Adriel Missionary Baptist Church, with Tim Collins officiating. Burial was in Adriel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
FAIRCHILD, Larry G
1957-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Larry Gene Fairchild, 53, of Staffordsville, died Saturday, March 26, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born July 22, 1957, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Clate and Beulah Fairchild.  Survivors include his wife, Claudette Mollette Fairchild; five sons, Kevin Gene Fairchild of Lawrence County, Glenn Allen Fairchild of Hager Hill, Joe G. Fairchild, Eric Fairchild and Brian Fairchild, all of Paintsville; a brother, Gary D. Fairchild of Volga; a sister, Judy Sexton of Paintsville; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, March 30, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Fairchild Family Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

     
FRALEY, Bobby A
1932-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Bobby Allen Fraley, 78, of West Van Lear, died Wednesday, March 9, at his residence. Born Sept. 16, 1932, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Don and Mildred Rice Fraley. He was a military veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Price Fraley; a son, Bobby Allen Fraley Jr.; two brothers, Billy Fraley and Jimmy Fraley; and a sister, Sherry Lyons. Survivors include a daughter, Connie Coleman of Paintsville; two brothers, Doug Fraley and Bryan Fraley, both of Paintsville; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were Saturday, March 12, at Thealka Freewill Baptist Church, with Hubert Slone, and Gary Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar 2011

    
GEORGE, Franklin
1948-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — F. Ray George, 62, of George West, Texas, formerly of Johnson County, died Monday, March 14, in Christas Spohn Hospital, Beeville, Texas. Born Dec. 6, 1948, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Grant George and Estelle Ward Burga. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired from Gulf Chemical. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Ann Lowe. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jacobson George; two step-daughters, Suzanne Crawley and Karen Carroll, both of Angleton, Texas; a step-son, Gene Crawley of Columbus, Ohio; step-father, Bill Burga of Hager Hill; two sisters, Kay Grosnickle of Springboro, Ohio, and Clara Howard of Jamestown, Ohio; four brothers, Billy George of Laura, Ohio, Roger George of Covington, Ohio, Jimmy George of Brazoria, Texas, and David George of Bradford, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, March 19, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Bobby Joe Spencer officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
HACKNEY, Ernestine (VanHoose)
1926-2011
Ernestine Hackney, age 84, of Sitka, passed away Sunday, March 20th, 2011, at Martin County Health Care Center. Ernestine was born September 5th, 1926 in Johnson County, Kentucky, daughter of the late Fred and Gertrude Short VanHoose. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two sister, Ollie Mae McKenzie and Reba Castle. She is survived by her husband Edgil Hackney; two sons, Lee Hackney and wife Debra of Sitka, Kentucky and Randy Hackney and wife Janie of Hazard, Kentucky; one daughter, Connie Lynn Hackney and husband, Gazi Fakih of Lexington, Kentucky; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Sitka Free Will Baptist Church with Jimmy McKenzie and James Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, KY.

    
HANNAH, Patricia Ann
1941-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Patricia Ann Hannah, 69, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, March 29, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Oct. 12, 1941, at Leesburg, Ind., she was the daughter of Irene Huth Shepler Teeter and the late Howard Arthur Shepler. She was a nurse's aide at Jenny Wiley Health Care. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hannah. Additional survivors include three daughters, Beth Helton of Staffordsville, Traci Franklin of Thelma and Jennifer Hannah of Paintsville; a brother, Richard Shepler of Knoxville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, April 1, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Paul W. Browning, Jeff Helton and Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Hannah Cemetery, Swamp Branch, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
HICKS, Jamie M
1978-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jamie Marie Hicks, 34, of East Point, died Saturday, March 12, at her residence. Born March 1, 1978, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of Linda Davis and the late Mike Barker. She was a clerk at Speedway. Additional survivors include her husband, Donnie Ray Hicks; a son, Justin Scott Davis of Hager Hill; three daughters, Shelby Lynn Bowen of Betsy Layne, Ashley Hicks of Prestonsburg and Haley Damron of Flat Gap; and a sister, Valerie Louise Kimbler of Staffordsville. Funeral services were Thursday, March 17, at Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Smith Family Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
HOWARD, Brian K
1972-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Brian Keith Howard, 38, of Royalton, died Monday, March 28, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Dec. 15, 1972, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Jack and Dorothy Slusher Arnett. He was a laborer and of the Pentecostal faith. He was also preceded in death by a son, James Howard; and a brother, Delbert Coldiron.  Survivors include his wife, Joy Howard; two sons, Jesse Howard and Hunter Howard, both of Hartford; two daughters, Keisha Howard and Hayley Howard, both of Hartford; four brothers, James Howard and John Coldiron, both of Salyersville, Paul Howard and Jeff Howard, both of Owensboro; and a sister, Charlene Adkins of West Liberty. Funeral services were Monday, April 4, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Erving Allen Jr. officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pattyville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
JASPER, Charles
1955-2011
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Apr. 2, 11 a.m. at the Solie Funeral Home in Everett, Wash., for Charles M. Jasper Jr., 55, of Everett, who passed away Wednesday, March 16. Mr. Jasper was born June 16, 1955 in Paintsville, son of Joanne Kerr of Everett. He graduated from Northglenn High School in Colorado and he was a life-long member of Seattle Seafair Parade Marshals. Surviving in addition to his mother are his step-father, Charles A. Kerr II; one uncle, Rodney A. Staten of Seattle; and two aunts, Nancy Smith and Dottye Tracy, both of Las Vegas. Arrangements under the direction of the Solie Funeral Home of Everett.  Paintsvile Herald 3-23-2011
   
WASHINGTON — Charles M. Jasper Jr., 55, died Wednesday, March 16, in Everett. Born June 16, 1955, at Paintsville, he was the son of Joanne Kerr. Survivors include step-father, Charles A. Kerr II of Everett. He was a member of the Seattle Seafair Parade Marshals. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, April 2, at Solie Funeral Home, under direction of Solie Funeral Home, Everett. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

   
KEETON, Stacy
1978-2011
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 9, 11 a.m. at the Eastside Free Will Baptist Church for Stacy Keeton, 32, of Thelma, who passed away Saturday, March 5 at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center in Paintsville. Mr. Keeton was born Sept. 15, 1978 in Paintsville, son of Laura Rigsby Keeton and the late Jimmy Keeton. He was a job site manager with Gibraltar Pipeline Co. Surviving in addition to his mother are two sons, Kenny Lazar and Kanyon Castle, both of Thelma; one daughter, Kieayra Castle of Thelma; one brother, Tracy Keeton of Blaine; one sister, Cheranda Boggs of Blaine; paternal grandmother, Marlene Keeton of Louisa; maternal grandmother, Nanny Rigsby of Marion, Ohio; and his financeé, Yavonda Jean Lazar. The service will be officiated by Roger Jordan and Harry Neal Frisby, with burial in the Rigsby Family Cemetery at Blaine. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Mar.11 2011

    
KENDRICK, Delmer
1952-2011
FLOYD COUNTY —Delmer Kendrick Sr., 58, of West Liberty, formerly of Floyd County, died Friday, March 11, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born April 26, 1952, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Virgil and Bertha Bryant Kendrick. He was a construction worker. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Kendrick; and a sister, Daisy Mae Hamilton. Survivors include his wife, Marhonda Hamilton Kendrick; several children and grandchildren; five brothers, Clyde Kendrick of Ivel, Bill Kendrick of Richmond, Palmer Kendrick of Teaberry, Milford Kendrick and Jimmy Hamilton, both of Michigan. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 15, at Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in Old Hamilton Cemetery, Teaberry, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Mar 2011

    
KESTNER, Alliene (Blair)
1924-2011
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Alliene Beatrice Blair Kestner, 87, of Hager Hill, who passed away Thursday, March 17 at Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Mrs. Kestner was born Feb. 1, 1924 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Cyrus and Malta May Blair. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elzie Kestner; one daughter, Lillie Young; three brothers, Demart, Cyrus Jr., and Amos Blair; one granddaughter, and one great- granddaughter. She was a member of the Collista Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are seven sons, Ronald Kestner of Meally, Donald, Harry Doug and Jake Kestner, all of Hager Hill, Paul J. Kestner of Collista, Elzie Lee Kestner of Sitka, and Clifford Kestner of Keaton; three daughters, Beatrice Warrix and Sebrena Kestner, both of Hager Hill, and Christina Bowens of Paintsville; one brother, Howard Blair of Vanlue, Ohio; two sisters, Francis Tanner of Vanlue, and Martha Jean Caudill of Bellefontaine, Ohio; 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and five great-great- grandchildren. The service was officiated by Harold Conley, Toby Johnson, and Jake Burke, with burial in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Mar.25 2011

    
LYON, Con
1919-2011
FLOYD COUNTY —Con Lyon, 91, of Hager Hill, died Wednesday, March 9, in Ashland. Born Dec. 12, 1919, in Keaton, he was the son of the late Sherman and Lori Wallen Lyon. He was retired electician at National Mining Company, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Freda Mae Lyon.  Survivors include two sons, Wayne Lyon of Hager Hill and Con Edward Lyon of Keaton; a brother, Kerlin Lyon of Flatwoods; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great- grandchildren Funeral services were Saturday, March 12, at Concord Independent Church, with Steve Rose, and Denvil Mollet officiating. Burial was in Skaggs Cemetery, Keaton, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar 2011

     
MCKENZIE, Phyllis (Barber)
1927-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Phyllis Jean Barber McKenzie, 84, of Auxier, died Thursday, March 24, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Jan. 24, 1927, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Henry "Runt" and Patty Spradlin Barber. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Claude McKenzie Sr.; and two sisters.  Survivors include a son, Claude McKenzie Jr. of Drift; a daughter, Judy Peters of Paintsville; a brother, Bryan Barber of Paintsville; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, March 27, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Bobby Joe Spencer officiating. Burial was in Davis Family Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
MILLER, Edwin Curtis
1947-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Edwin Curtis Miller, 64, of Van Lear, died Monday, March 7, at his residence. Born Feb. 7, 1947, at Dunbar, Va., he was the son of the late Curtis and Lenora Cox Miller. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Wittensville, and retired from BP. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Andrew Miller. Survivors include his wife, Verdean Hathaway Miller; two sons, Thomas Eugene DesJardin of Royal Oak, Mich. and Matthew John DesJardin of Milan, Mich.; four daughters, Kimberly Lynn Bauldry of Stronsville, Ohio, Heather Ann Owen and Svyette DesJardin, both Belleville, Mich., and Glenda Jean DesJardin of Milan; two sisters, Edith Belcher of Van Lear and Sharon Justice of Prestonsburg; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Thursday, March 10, with Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints elders officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday Mar.09 2011

    
MOORE, Arlie
1934-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Arlie Earl Moore, 76, of Flat Gap, died Friday, March 11, at his residence. Born Dec. 1, 1934, at Blaine, he was the son of the late Mart and Claustina Daniel Moore. He was a U.S. Army veteran, past fire chief of Flat Gap Fire Department, member of Kiwanis International, Jake Rice Masonic Lodge 606 F & AM, and was a Kentucky General and a 32nd Degree Mason. Survivors include two daughters, Corrinne Rae Fyffe and Cynthia Renee Smith, both of Flat Gap; a brother, Jim Moore of Ohio; three sisters, Charlotte Bishop and Jewell Moore, both of Ohio, and Polly Moore of Iowa; a grandchild; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services were Tuesday, March 15, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim Moore officiating. Masonic services were held by Jake Rice Masonic Lodge, with military services by Auxier DAV Chapter 18. Burial was in Keaton Cemetery, Keaton, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

     
NELSON, Wanda (Castle)
1946-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Wanda Faye Castle Nelson, 64, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, March 29, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Aug. 13, 1946, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Pearl Hite Castle. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Joseph S. Allen of Hager Hill. Memorial services will be held at a later date, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
PICKLESIMER, Mildred (Caudill)
1924-2011
OHIO — Mildred Picklesimer, 86, of Dayton, Ohio, died Thursday, March 10, at Hospice of Dayton. Born March 22, 1924, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Rosa Rice Caudill.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Payne Picklesimer; two sisters, Margi, and Martha; and five brothers, Roy, Homer, Robert, Bruce and Frank Jr. Survivors include two sons, Charles Picklesimer of New Carlisle, Ohio, and Kevin Picklesimer of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a daughter, Patricia Picklesimer of New Carlisle; a sister, Gladys Rice of Troy, Ohio; a brother, Leonard Caudill of Staffordsville; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 15, at First Baptist Church, New Carlisle, with Rick Shoemaker officiating. Burial was in New Carlisle Cemetery, under direction of Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar and Fraley Funeral Home, New Carlisle. Big Sandy News Mar 2011

     
RICE, Ernest F.
2011
CATLETTSBURG — Ernest F. Rice, 90, of Marietta, Ga., died Sunday, March 13, 2011. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today, March 17, 2011, in the chapel of Marietta Funeral Home, 915 Piedmont Road, Marietta, GA 30066. The family will receive friends after 11 a.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Rice was a native of Oil Springs and a longtime resident of Catlettsburg. He moved to Marietta in 1997. He was a member of Hampton Lodge in Catlettsburg. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Edra Rice. He is also survived by his son, James F. Rice of Marietta; brothers Hubert Rice of Lexington and Bill Rice of Albion, Pa.; sister Mary Coppock of Fairborn, Ohio; grandchildren Angela Rice Dziwoki and James F. Rice, both of Marietta, and Kristan Rice Carter of Raleigh, N.C.; and great-grandchildren Layne Dziwoki of Marietta and Alayna Carter and Kaylin Carter, both of Raleigh. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Ashland,Ky on 3/16/2011 SUbmitted By: Connie Spurlock

     
RICE, John R.
1931-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —John R. Rice, 79, of East Point, died Wednesday, March 2, at his residence. Born June 24, 1931, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Dewey and Ollie Conley Rice. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Sparks Rice; two brothers, Caul Rice of Dayton, Ohio, and Willie Douglas Rice of West Van Lear; and three sisters, Hermalee Andy of California, Garnet Moore of Dayton, Ohio, and Helen Violet of Urbana, Ohio. Funeral services were Sunday, was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

     
SHERMAN, Charlie
1972-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Charlie Lee Sherman, 39, of Tutor Key, died Saturday, March 19. Born Jan. 4, 1972, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Roscoe and Jackie Meade Sherman. He was a mechanic with Five Star Trucking. Survivors include his wife, Misty Porter Sherman; a son, Billy Weaver of Wabash, Ind.; three step- sons, Darren Mollett, Joseph Mollett and Cameron Mollett, all of Wittensville; three brothers, Ted Daniels of Tutor Key, Roy Sherman of Dingus, W.Va., and Andy Sherman of Tomahawk; and seven sisters, Carol Spence of Tomahawk, Crystal Sherman of Warfield, Maudie Rizer of Louisa, Janet Sweeney, Carolyn Spaulding and Deloris Cisco, all of Inez, and Shelvie Smith of Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 23, at Preston Funeral Home, with Ray Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Family Cemetery, Meally, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
SPARKS, Rosa (Crum)
1905-2011
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 24, 12 noon, at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Rosa Sparks, 105, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, March 21 in Paintsville. Mrs. Sparks was born Sept. 28, 1905 in Logan, W.Va., daughter of the late Samuel and Eliza Ferrell Crum. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lindsay Sparks. Surviving are three daughters, Elizabeth (Jennings) Maynard of Paintsville, Ozella Varney of Barboursville, W.Va., and Merle Seagrave of Alum Creek, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Paul Wayne Browning, with burial in the Sparks Cemetery at Clifford. Arrangements under the direction of the Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Mar.25 2011

   
VANHOOSE, Dianna
1957-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Dianna Lee VanHoose, 53, of Paintsville, died Thursday, March 10, at her residence. Born April 16, 1957, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Nola Mae Pelphrey VanHoose of Paintsville and the late Jimmy Lee VanHoose. She was a teacher with the Johnson County School System and a member of the Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church. Additional survivors include a brother, Jimmy Dean VanHoose of Paintsville. Funeral services were Sunday, March 13, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Richard Williams and Roy Bryant officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar 2011

    
VANHOOSE, Harold
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Harold VanHoose, 82, of Flat Gap, died Sunday, March 27, at his residence. Born Sept. 3, 1928, at Chestnut, he was the son of the late Jesse and Elizabeth Dawson VanHoose. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a computer coal operator. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Williams VanHoose. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Blair and Regena "Bennie" Boyd, both of Flat Gap; a brother, Arlen VanHoose of Louisa; two sisters, Pauline Lee of Whitehouse and Verladine Walters of Urbana, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 30, at Fish Trap United Baptist Church, with Frankie Williams, Danny Williams, Sammy Reed, and Dan Cantrell officiating. Auxier DAV Chapter 18 will conduct military rites. Burial will be in Johnson County Memorial, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

    
VANHOOSE, Leslie D (Hitchcock)
1955-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Leslie Denise Hitchcock VanHoose, 55, of Nippa, died Monday, March 7, at her residence. Born July 3, 1955, at Fairborne, Ohio, she was the daughter of Gladys Lenore VanHoose Diffree of Winchester and the late Doyle Hitchcock. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Danny Morrice "Mouse" VanHoose; two sons, Justin Levi VanHoose of Paintsville and James Matthew VanHoose of Lexington; a daughter, Shana Denise Lowe of Paintsville; step-mother, Mary Hitchcock of New Carlisle, Ohio; three brothers, Wesley Hitchcock of Winchester, Bryan Hitchcock of Ohio and Walter Diffee of Lexington; two sisters, Valerie Elliott of Ohio and Jeanie Hitchcock of Arizona; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, March 10, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Ray Pennington officiating. Burial will be in VanHoose Family Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Mar.09 2011

    
WALLEN, Timothy D
1969-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Timothy Dean Wallen, 41, of Blue River, died Saturday, March 5, at Honaker. Born Dec. 25, 1969, at Prestonsburg, he was the son of Carol Jean Webb Woods and the late Herman Wallen. He was a cable worker. He was also preceded in death by a son, Adam Blackburn; and a brother, Michael Dale Wallen. Additional survivors include step-father, Blake Wood of Blue River; a son, Ethan Riley Blake Wallen of Prestonsburg; a step-son, Jacob Halcomb of Blue River; a daughter, Krissy Cook of Martin; a brother, James Roger Wallen; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 9, at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with Will Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Grace Allen Webb Cemetery, Allen, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wednesday Mar.09 2011

     
WARD, Nannie (Sparks)
1941-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Nannie Jane Sparks Ward, 69, of Flat Gap, died Saturday, March 26, at her residence. Born Nov. 25, 1941, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of the late Robin Milton and Dora Keaton Sparks. She was an optical worker at Top Network. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gary Ward. Survivors include a brother, Tommy Sparks of Flat Gap; and three sisters, Pauline Lemaster of Stambaugh, Mary Ellen Sorrell of Virginia Beach, Va., and Delcie Whitt of Blaine. Graveside services were Monday, March 28, in Yatesville Cemetery, Louisa, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
WELCH, Billy
1936-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Billy Welch, 74, of Paintsville, died Sunday, March 13, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Sept. 19, 1936, at Thealka, he was the son of the late Authie and Nancy Franklin Welch. He was a farmer. Graveside services were Tuesday, March 15, in Welch Family Cemetery, with Larry Blair officiating, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar 2011

     
WELLS, Julia (Castle)
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY – Julia "Judy" Belle Wells, 82, of Paintsville, formerly of Louisa, died Saturday, March 19, at Prestonsburg Health Care Center, Prestonsburg, following a short illness. Born Oct. 21, 1928, in Thealka, she was the daughter of the late Sherman and Mary Horn Castle. She was a hairdresser for 50 years at Judy's Beauty Shop, a member of Eastern Star, and Lighthouse Freewill Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Shirley Wells, in 1983; a sister, Gracie Cordial; and a brother, Charles William Castle. Survivors include two sisters, Margaret and Oliver Davis of Paintsville, and Juanita and Bob Ambos of Dayton, Ohio; a brother, Clarence Castle of Huber Heights, Ohio; a half-brother, Sherman Castle Jr. and Lucille of Lincoln Park, Mich.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Young Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jim Bevins, Rev. Bobby Workman, and Todd Webb officiating. Burial was in Wells Cemetery, Boons camp, under direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011

    
WILLIAMS, Avalee (Preston)
2011
TAMPA, FL — Avalee Preston Williams, 90, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Johnson County, widow of Willis Williams, died March 6 in Florida. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Paintsville Funeral Home. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery in Staffordsville. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to LifePath Hospice of Temple Terrace, Fla Submitted By: Sharon Cox

    
WILLIAMS, Phyllis (Conley)
1936-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Phyllis Williams, 74, of Hager Hill, died Saturday, March 26, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Nov. 5, 1936, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Alvis and Hazel Kennard Conley. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth R. Williams. Survivors include a son, Tim Williams of Hager Hill; a daughter, Kennalean Fannin of Hager Hill; a sister, Sharon Blair of Hager Hill; three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, March 28, at Collista Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Williams Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Mar. 2011



 
APRIL - 2011

   

ADKINS, Emma (Wells)
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Emma Delores Adkins, 76, of Van Lear, died Friday, April 22, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born March 3, 1935, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Anna Richmond Wells. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Adkins.  Survivors include her husband, James Adkins of Van Lear; a daughter, Vicky McCoart of Van Lear; a sister, Mary Walton of Lexington; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services were Monday, April 25, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with David Wells officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.27 2011

   
AMBOS, Juanita (Castle)
1938-2011
AMBOS, Juanita C. "Red" age 73 of Union, passed away Sunday April 24, 2011 at Hospice of Dayton. She was born January 19, 1938 in Paintsville, KY daughter of the late Sherman & Mary (Horn) Castle. Red was a bank teller who retired from Bank One with over 30 years of service. She loved to bowl and was an avid BINGO player. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters Gracie and Judy and one brother Charles. Red is survived by her husband of 40 years Bob Ambos; her children Bobby (Wendy) Ambos of Union, Debbie (Roy) Hensley of Riverside, Kimberly Ambos-Clark (Randy Clark) of Union, Michael (IvyJo) Ambos of Tipp City; one sister Margarette (Eugene) Davis of KY; one brother Clarence (Judy) Castle of Huber Heights; 7 grandchildren London, Stacey, Dylan, Jacob, Benjamin, Seth, and Ethan; 6 great-grandchildren Victoria, Shalyn, Joey, Josh, Lilly, and Shelby and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Wednesday April 27 at 10:00am at the Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home 139 S. Dixie Dr. Vandalia with Pastor Gil Santiago officiating. Burial will follow at Willowview Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8pm.  Dayton Ohio April 25, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

  
BAKER, Kevin Eugene
1967-2011
MARTIN COUNTY — Kevin Eugene Baker, 43, of Inez, died Sunday, Oct. 30, at Inez. Born Sept. 22, 1967, in Johnson County, he was the son of Robert Eugene and Alice Faye Jennings Baker of Offutt. He worked at Alpha Mining. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sheila Wells. Additional survivors include his wife, Melissa Williams Baker; a son, Robert Kevin Baker of Inez; and a sister, Debra Baker of Offutt. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial will be in Baker Family Cemetery, Offutt, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Nov.02 2011

    
BLAIR, Willard
2011
Kentucky Birth Index lists a Willard Blair born 12/1/1924 in Johnson County,KY to a Jessie Spears.

Willard Blair,  age 86 passed away April 4, 2011 at the Dayton V.A Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings; step-son, Ernie Adkins, grandson, Phillip Stebbins. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Julia Blair; children, Sandra Stebbins, Willard David (Norma) Blair, Marsha Blair, Pamela Phillips, and Richard Blair; step-children, Paula (Jim) Bradfield and Dennis (Frances) Adkins; step daughter-in-law, Candace Adkins; grandchildren, Jay Adkins, Jonathan (Pam) Bradfield, Julie (Todd) Kettler, Dan (Staci) Adkins, Jeremy (Lara) Adkins, Chris Adkins, Mark, Micah, and Rebekah Stebbins, Amber Blair, Matthew Blair, Anthony Ackerman, Melissa Ackerman; great grandchildren, Jacob and Anne Bradfield, Sabrina, Brandon, and Pheobe Kettler, Madisson and Alex Adkins, Harper and Rowan Adkins, Hayden and Julia Ackerman. Willard served as a proud veteran in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He was a long time member of Open Bible Christian Church in Dayton. He was a very giving man and will be greatly missed by all. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Open Bible Christian Church, 4715 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45403. A funeral service will be held April 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm at Open Bible Christian Church, Pastor Randy Grimes, officiating. Interment at Dayton National Cemetery. Published in the Dayton Daily News on April 6, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
BLANTON, James
1931-2011
James "Bill" Blanton, 79, of New Carlisle, Ohio passed away Wednesday April 20, 2011. He was born May 20, 1931 in Johnson County, Kentucky the son of the late Albert & Florence (Weddington) Blanton. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He was a member of the Lake Avenue Christian Church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy (Reeves) Blanton; children, Jay Blanton of Tampa, Florida, Carla Williams of New Carlisle; four grandchildren, Emily Blanton, Justin, Jillian & Ethan Williams; two sisters, Janet & Gordon McCarty of Jeffersonville, Ohio, Blanche & Ed Pelphry of Denver, Kentucky; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers, Burnett, Ken & Eddie Blanton. Visitation will be 11:00-12:00 PM Saturday April 23, 2011 at the TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, New Carlisle, Ohio with funeral services at 12:00 PM in the funeral home. Burial will be in New Carlisle Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Avenue Christian Church, 1101 W. Lake Ave., New Carlisle, OH 45344. Springfield Ohio on April 22, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
BOLEN, Randy Allen
1967-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Randy Allen Bolen, 43, of Hager Hill, died Monday, April 25, at his residence. Born Sept. 12, 1967, at Atwell, W.Va., he was the son of the late Arthur and Norma Faye Blackburn Bolen. Survivors include two brothers, Arthur Leonard Bolen of Atwell and Larry Bolen of North Carolina; and six sisters, Ellen Marie Gillespie of War, W.Va., Pearlie Greer of Anawalt , W.Va., Anna Margaret Castle of Urbana, Ohio, Carolyn Gibson, and Norma Jean Barnes, both of Atwell, Janice Ann Saunders of North Charleston, S.C. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, April 28, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Lykins officiating. Burial will be in Music Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.27 2011

    
BROOKS, Lois
1923-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lois Madline Brooks, 88, of West Van Lear, died Sunday, April 17, at her residence. Born Jan. 6, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Mike and Margaret Macavoy Filius.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Grady James Brooks. Survivors include three sons, Grady Brooks of West Van Lear, William Brooks of Dayton, Ohio, and Thomas Brooks of Florida; three daughters, Stella Lewis of Paintsville, Mary Mullins of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Lois Faye Houston of Mexico; 27 grandchildren; and several great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, April 20, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Lee Music, and Terry Conley officiating. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery in Tipp City, Ohio, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
BROWN, Lawrence G
1924-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lawrence Gray Brown, 87, of Paintsville, died Saturday, April 23, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Feb. 24, 1924, in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Judge Frank and Celia Arnett Brown. He was a retired business owner and a U.S. World War II Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by a son, Larry Brown.  Survivors include his wife, Christine Helton Brown; a son, John Mark Brown of Paintsville; a daughter, Lynda L. Wiley of Paintsville; two brothers, James Arnold Brown of Cynthiana and Paul D. Brown of Hager Hill; a sister, Charity Utterback of Salem, Va.; six grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, April 26, at First Baptist Church, Paintsville, with Art Beasley officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.27 2011

   
BURKE, Ray
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ray Verne "Catfish" Burke, 82, of Wittensville, died Friday, April 15, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Born Nov. 13, 1928, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Martin and Martha Lemaster Burke. He was a retired coal miner. Funeral services were Sunday, April 17, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Lionell Burchett officiating. Burial was in Burke-Hale Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
CARMEANS, William
1922-2011
William Carmeans, age 88 of Van Lear, passed away Tuesday, Apirl 19, 2011 at Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born August 9, 1922 in Koskuco, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Fred and Leona Howell Carmeans. He is survived by one son, Ricky Carmeans; three daughters, Nena McCoart, Diane Cochran and Rita Preston; one sister, Lillian Crum; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. William was a WWII Veteran and worked in construction. He will be sadly missed by his family, by his friends, and all who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be 1:00PM Friday, April 22, 2011 in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Jimmy Price and Paul Wayne Browning will officiate. Friends may visit the funeral home from 4-9PM Thursday and until the time of service on Friday. Arrangements are by the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Paintsville Phelps & Son Funeral Home Paintsville, Ky. Submitted By: Ron Branham

  
CASTLE, Sharon (Damron)
1967-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Sharon Jean Damron Castle, 43, of Hager Hill, died Tuesday, April 5, Born Dec. 22, 1967, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Louranz and Ruby Bowling Damron. She was in food service. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Castle; and a daughter, Amanda Sue Castle. Survivors include a son, William Matthew Castle of Nippa; a daughter, Samantha Danielle Castle of Hager Hill; three brothers, Louranz Damron Jr. of Colista, Wayne Michael Damron and James Christopher Damron; and six sisters, Linda Mae of Lovely, Connie Music and Betty Delong, both of Van Lear, Sherry Saylor of Oil Springs, Lana Jani of Flatwoods and Pamela Brown of Winchester. Funeral services were Saturday, April 9, at Thealka Free Will Baptist Church, with Gary Blair officiating. Burial was in Arms Family Cemetery, Thealka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
CASTLE, Tyler J.
2006-2011
CASTLE, Tyler Jordan Wayne Age 4, went to Heaven on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Tyler was born on September 6, 2006 the son of Phillip Castle and Tashana Thompson. He is survived by his loving parents, Phillip Castle and Tashana (Aaron Jacks) Thompson; His Papaw and best buddy, Elza Castle; other grandparents, Larry Thompson, Mary Thompson, Arnie (Tonja) Chapman; great-grandma, Fay Pack; brother and sisters, Karistene Castle, Tyra Silvers, Brooklyn Jacks, Ayden Sorrell and Kylie-Kay Thompson; aunts and uncles, Belinda, JoJo, Derrick, Marques, Diana, DJ, Evelyn, Ashley and Alana along with numerous other aunts and uncles; great uncle and aunt, Vaughn (Barbara) Stewart; special friend, Roxanne (Mike); Tyler's best friend, Faybrianna; and many other extended family and friends. Tyler was greeted into Heaven by his grandma, Phyllis Castle, great-grandpas, Bobby Pack and Raymond Castle and great-grandma, Eloise Click. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. with visitation from 11:30 a..m. until time of service at JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS FUNERAL HOME-Springfield. Rev. Vaughn Stewart and Pastor Bruce Wynn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Tyler to any Security National Bank to the Tyler Castle Memorial Fund. "There isn't a day that will pass by that you won't be missed. You are every reason, every hope and every dream I've ever had. No matter what happens to us in the future, I will always know that every day we were together was the best days of our life." www.jacksonlytle..com. Published in the Springfield News Sun on May 3, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
CLINE, Bertha (Stapleton)
1930-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Bertha Stapleton Cline, 80, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, April 13, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 9, 1930, at Whitehouse, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Goldie Ramey Stapleton. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Evelene Booth, Dolly Kendrick, Elizabeth McCoy, Idellis Stapleton and Melinda Wiley; a brother, Francis Stapleton; and three half-brothers, Bill Jarrell, Hershel Jarrell and Wesley Jarrell. Survivors include her husband, E.L. Scorch Cline; a son, Eleaney Cline of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Maxine Hager of Paintsville and Carolyn Ramey of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Nora Jean Hurd of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Lillion Smith of Lake Well, Fla.; two grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, April 17, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Rick Kelly officiating. Burial was in Cline Cemetery, Sugarloaf, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

  
COLLIER, Abram Eugene
1944-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Abram Eugene Collier, 66, of Nippa, died Friday, April 22, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born July 9, 1944, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Clifford Collier and Colistie Glaspy. Survivors include his wife, Gail Collier; a son, Josh Collier of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Albert McCloud of Pikeville and Millard McCloud of Springfield, Ohio; a sister, Mary Branham of Boons Camp; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, April 25, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Delbert Music officiating. Burial was in Music Family Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.27 2011

  
CONLEY, Jonathan P
1978-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jonathan Perry Conley, 32, of Hager Hill, died Thursday, April 7, in Paintsville. Born June 16, 1978, in Johnson County, he was the son of Gregory S. Conley of Paintsville and the late Sherry Burke Slone. He was a core driller. Additional survivors include a son, Jayce Perry Conley of Meally; a brother, Adam Lewis of Whitehouse; and two sisters, Laykin Slone of Van Lear and Courtney Conley of Wittensville. Private memorial services will be conducted at a later time, under direction of Jones Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
CROWE, James M
1992-2011
WOLFE COUNTY ­—James Michael Crowe, 18, of Campton, died Friday, April 22, at Versailles. Born May 30, 1992, in Johnson County, he was the son of James "Jimmie" Burton Crowe, II, of Palatka, Fla., and Linda Mullins Crowe of Campton. He was a laborer and a member of the Community United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg. Survivors include step-mother, Robin Crowe of Palatka; four brothers, Jonathan Christian Wayne Crowe of Palatka, Shane O'Brien LeMaster and Jared Joseph Hale, both of Prestonsburg and Ronald Aaron Rackey of Stanton; and a sister, Caitlyn Lea Ann Rackey of Stanton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, April 27, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Jimmy Brown officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Brinkley, under direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

    
DEARRING, Angeline (Burchett)
1925-2011
Angeline (Burchett) Dearring, age 85, died on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Gahanna, Ohio. She was born on June 16, 1925, and was raised in Stambaugh, KY. She attended Berea College. Angeline retired from the OSU Medical Center, where she managed the Patient and Visitor Information Desk. She is preceded in death by her husband James E. Dearring, her parents William "Willie" Andrew Burchett and Alta Caroline Caudill Burchett, five brothers Otto (Eula), Ernest (Susie), Curtis, Ruel and Buel, six sisters Nora (Paris) Meade, Emma (Reggie) Caudill, Grace (Hershel) Caudill, Sara (Johnie) Justice, Mae Baldwin, and Wilma (Bill) Castle, and brother-in-law Gomer Bevins. She is survived by her sister, Gusta Bevins of Charley, Lawrence County, KY; brother-in-law, Tom Baldwin of Delaware, OH; daughters, Sherry L. (Melvin) Monfort, Donna L. (Ralph) Conrad, Carol S. (Don Comer) Valentine-Comer, Mary L. (David) McNabb and Dianne M. Dearring; grandchildren, Kelly James (Toni) Burns, Brian Monfort, Neil Burns, David Monfort (Andrea Hanson), Jeremy (fiance', Heather Harry) Conrad, Matthew (Amy) Valentine, Jaime (David) Mertz, Michael (Amy) Valentine, Janet (Alex) Betz, Stephanie (Travis) Wenning, Robert McNabb III, and Emily Dearring; 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and long time friend, Edna McGuire. Friends may call Friday, April 29, 2011 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 10-11 a.m. at SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL, 1051 E. Johnstown Rd., (at Beecher Rd.), Gahanna. Funeral Service 11 a.m. Saturday. Dr. Wayne Wiles officiating. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure , 929 Eastwind Drive, Suite 211, Westerville, OH 43081.Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory or send a condolence. Published in The Columbus Dispatch on April 29, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
GREER, Billy J.
1937-2011
Billy Joe Greer  73 of Salyersville Ky, formerly of Thelma, Ky passed away Saturday afternoon April 30,2011 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville, Ky. Billy Joe was born July 31, 1937 at Auxier in Floyd County Kentucky to the late Joe Greer and Lottie Booth Greer. In addition to his parents Billy was preceded in death by his twin sister Barbara Cloe Greer, and baby sisters Brenda Joyce Greer, and  Eula Greer who died in infancy, sister Geraldine Greer Craft and brother in law Dewey Craft  of Meally, and brother in laws John Collins of Prestonsburg and Seldon (Sid) Endicott of Thelma who also preceded him in death. Bill is survived by his brother Bob Greer of Beckley West Virginia and sisters Maxine Greer Endicott of Thelma, Ky., Earnestine Greer Collins of Prestonsburg Ky and a host of nieces and nephews. Billy Joe was previously a resident of Thelma Kentucky but for the last several years he resided at the Salyersville Health Care Center in Salyersville Ky. where he had many friends and special acquaintances. Billy will be buried at the family cemetery at Whitehouse Ky. beside  his loving mother and father.

  
GRIM, James W
1942-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Warren Grim, 68, of Tutor Key, died Sunday, April 3. Born July 16, 1942, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Walter and Dixie Daniel Grim Pfeiffer. He was a construction worker and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include three sons, Michael Grim of Paintsville, James Walter Grim of Anchorage, Alaska, and James Michael Grim of Tutor Key; a daughter, Belinda Butcher of West Liberty; and two brothers, Mike Grim of Nippa and John Grim of River. Memorial services were Tuesday, April 12, at the family cemetery, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
HITCHCOCK, D. Holman
1932-2011
HITCHCOCK, D. Holman 79, of South Vienna, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2011 in Community Hospital. He was born in Paintsville, Kentucky on January 24, 1932 the son of Newell and Rusha (Estep) Hitchcock. He retired from Columbia Gas in 1997 after 36 years of service and was a member of Forest Valley Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors include his four children and spouses, Steve (Barbara) Hitchcock of Springfield, Karen (Ron) DeFlavis of Naples, Florida, Sharon (Vallen) Boblitt of Chillicothe and Victoria (George) Toth of Alberta, Canada; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and special friend, Azalene Taylor. His funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday in CONROY FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Del Wallace officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.. Burial will be in Asbury Chapel Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society . Published in the Springfield News Sun on April 12, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
JOHNSON, Freddie W
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Freddy Wayne Johnson, 55, of Flat Gap, died Friday, April 29, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Born April 18, 1956, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Fred and Kathryn Slone Johnson. He was a heavy equipment operator. Survivors include his wife, Christiane Adams Johnson; two sons, Fred Johnson of Richmond and William Matthew Johnson of Irvin; two daughters, Amanda Gail Johnson of Kings port, Tenn., and Michelle Brooke Spurlock of Irvin; five brothers, Larry Johnson of Auxier, Ricky Johnson of Allen, Mark Johnson and Donnie Johnson, both of Prestonsburg, and Gary Ray Johnson of David; two sisters, Mary Lynn Hughes and Rose Branham, both of Prestonsburg; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 3, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Paul Castle officiating. Burial was in Johnson Family Cemetery, David, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News May 2011

  
JOSEPH, Gregory
1973-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Gregory Joseph, 32, of Salyersville, died Tuesday, April 19, at his residence. Born Jan. 8, 1979, in Johnson County, he was the son of Saul and Mary Bailey Joseph of Salyersville. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Joseph; and a sister, Patty Montgomery. Additional survivors include his wife, Gina Rowe Joseph; a daughter, Hailey Nasha Joseph; five brothers, Jerry Joseph and Darrell Joseph, both of Salyersville, Paul Joseph, Larry Joseph and Ron Joseph, all of Rensselaer, Ind.; and a sister, Rita Bailey of Salyersville. Funeral services were Friday, April 22, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Ervin Allen, Jr., Dickie Coldiron, and Timothy Watkins officiating. Burial was in Dan Wireman Cemetery, Brushy Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
LAWSON, Grover A
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Grover Allen Lawson, 51 of Whitehouse, died Monday, April 4, at University Hospital in Louisville. Born Jan. 26, 1960, in Johnson County, he was the son of Dora Daniels Lawson of Whitehouse and the late Grover Lawson. Additional survivors include his wife, Linda Meek Lawson; a son, Matthew Amos Lawson of Whitehouse; and a sister, Lou Ann Pack of Thelma. Funeral services were Thursday, April 7, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Harold Conley and Hobert Meek officiating. Burial was in Daniels Cemetery, Whitehouse, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

    
LEMASTER, Carl L
1949-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Carl Larry LeMaster, 62, of Hager Hill died Monday, April 18. Born April 1, 1949, in Johnson County, he was the son of Neva Jo Blanton and the late Carl LeMaster. Additional survivors include his wife, Iva Hannah Lemaster; a son, Gary Lemaster of Hager Hill; a daughter, Leslie Rice of Hager Hill; two brothers, Gary David Lemaster of Riceville and Darrell Steven Lemaster of Staffordsville; three sisters, Neva Diana Taylor of Hager Hill, Norma Darlene Caudill of Riceville and Pamalene Trimble of Staffordsville; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at New Bethel Freewill Baptist Church, with Joe Scott, Jimmy Price, and Donald Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Hannah Cemetery, Hager Hill. Visitation will be all day Wednesday, April 20, and until time of services Thursday, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.19 2011

    
LEMASTER, James E.
1929-2011
James E. Lemaster, 81, of Louisa, went to be with his Lord on Friday April 8, 2011 following a brief illness. James was born November 30, 1929 at Whitehouse, KY, the son of the late Charles and Martha Daniels Lemaster. In addition to his parents James was preceded in death by three sisters Alma Branham, Florence Blankenship, and Laura Yarod; five brothers Ted, Ed, Jason, Ben, and Herb Lemaster; and a son-in-law Sheldon Preece. James was a water well driller and of the Baptist Faith. Survivors include his loving daughters Sue and husband Ed Lewis of Sandy Hook, KY, Linda and husband Les Preece of Louisa, Sharon Preece also of Louisa, and Debbie and husband Ed Proffitt of Flatwoods, KY; 12 Grandchildren, 23 Great Grandchildren, and a great great grandson. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday April 10th at 2:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home by Rev. Frank Copley. Burial will follow in the Preece Memorial Gardens at Louisa. Friends may call after 5:00 pm Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
LEMASTER, Jamie
1976-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jamie Allen LeMaster, 34, of Sitka, died Wednesday, April 20, at his residence. Born Oct. 29, 1976, at Wilmington, Del., he was a son of Freddie LeMaster of Staffordsville and Faye Allen Jenkins of Sitka. Additional survivors include his wife, Brandie Sherman LeMaster of Sitka; two daughters, Kodie LeMaster and Lakiesha LeMaster, both of Sitka; two brothers, Jason Brent Curtis and Kenny Lee Curtis, both of Staffordsville; and a sister, Shannon Hunt of Oil Springs. Funeral services were Saturday, April 23, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Terry Lykins and Nick O'Brien officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

    
MADDOX, John L
2011
FLOYD COUNTY — John Lawrence Maddox, 83, of Martin, died Friday, April 1, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born June 28, 1927, at Virgie, he was the son of the late Hiram Stewart and Gladys Martin Maddox. He was a teacher and businessman, and a member of the Martin Methodist Church and the John W. Hall Masonic Lodge #950. Survivors include two daughters, April L. Gayheart of Martin and Valerie A. Ousley of Morehead; three grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, April 4, at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with Garfield Porter officiating. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Apr. 2010

   
MARCUM, William
1931-2011
WEST VIRGINIA — William Ira Marcum, 79, of Kermit, W.Va., died Friday, April 15, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. He was born Sept. 8, 1931, at Kermit. Survivors include a son; two daughters; a step-son, Tim Stacy of Kermit; a step- daughter, Sue McKenzie; four step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, April 17, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel with Danny Fannin, and Bobby Combs officiating. Burial was in Marcum Family Cemetery, Kermit, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.19 2011

   
MEEK, Lydia (Wallen)
1921-2011
MEEK, Lydia C. 89, of Springfield, passed away at 11:48 AM Monday, April 4, 2011. She was born August 4, 1921 in Paintsville, Kentucky, the daughter of Ison and Gracie (Van Hoose) Wallen. Mrs. Meek was a member of the Lafayette Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed garage sales and had been employed at Springfield Metallic Casket for 20 years. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law; Larry and Diana Meek, New Carlisle, one daughter; Gaye Caplinger, Springfield, four grandchildren; Scott (Linda) Meek, Angela Meek, Gregory (Tania) Meek and Andrea Caplinger (George Hart), nine great grandchildren; Jeniffer, Chase, Jessica, Denver, Tessa, Andrew, George, Kazlyn and Gabriella, three sisters; Ernestine Aldridge, Delores ( Doug) Burr and Doris Calvert all of Springfield and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; Felix Meek in April 1968, a great grandson; Levi Caplinger, sisters; Iretta Justice, Louella Osborne and Josephine Booth, brothers; Leslie, Earl and Phillip Gene Wallen and her parents. Visitation will be held from 5:00PM until 8:00PM Thursday in the JONES-KENNEY- ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Steve Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Published in the Springfield News Sun on April 6, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
MEEK, Paul R
1968-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Paul Russell "P.R." Meek, II, 42, of Boons Camp, died Tuesday, April 12, at his residence. Born April 24, 1968, at Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Rebecca Jane Childers Meek of Boons Camp and the late Paul Russell Meek Sr. He was a surface mine equipment operator and a member of the Van Lear Masonic Lodge F&AM. Survivors include his wife, Paula A. Dennison Meek; two sons, Logan Nathaniel Meek and Paul Russell "P.J." Meek, III, both of Boons Camp; a step-son, Cody Land of Boons Camp; a daughter, Abigail "Abbie" Lauryn Meek of Boons Camp; and two sisters, Deidre Meek of Louisville and Alicha Meek of Boons Camp. Funeral services were Friday, April 15, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Mike Jarrell and Dewey MacMullins officiating. Burial was in Childers Family Cemetery, Thelma, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
MINIX, Carl D
2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Carl Douglas Minix, 60, of Salyersville, died Monday, April 25, at his residence. Born Sept. 3, 1950, in Paintsville, he was the son of the late Jack Cuge and Lucy Mae Salyer Minix. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Homer Minix, Gomer Minix and Larry Gene Minix; and a sister, Georgette Conley. Survivors include a son, Bobby Neil Minix of Lexington, two daughters, Michelle Renee Holbrook of Westfield, Ind., and Misty Hensley of Corbin; four brothers, Charles Ray Morgan, Bobby Lee Minix, Roy Minix and Jack Minix, all of Salyersville; three sisters, Gathel Watson of Valpariso, Ind., Maylene Patty Gibson and Lela Kay Minix, both of Salyersville; 12 grandchildren; and a great- grandchild. Funeral services were Thursday, April 28, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim Perry officiating. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News May 2011


    
NECESSARy, Myrtle (Blevins)
1919-2011
[Kentucky Birth Index lists a Myrtle Blevins born 1/4/1919 in Johnson County,KY to a Mary Dill.]

NECESSARY, Myrtle 92, of Urbana, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011. She was born January 4, 1919 in Burnt Cabin, Kentucky, the daughter of Harrison and Mary Jane (Dill) Blevins. Mrs. Necessary was a member of the Eastern Star and enjoyed gardening and yard work She loved all kinds of flowers. Survivors include three children; Kenneth R. (Marie) Necessary, Springfield, Eula Jean Dyer, Wilmington, North Carolina, and Charlene (Robert) Burkitt, Springfield, grandchildren; Trina D. (Chris) Fisher, Chad D. (Tammy) Necessary, Amy (Heath) Davis, Patricia Gray, Keith Dyer, Jonathan A. (Malissa) Dyer, Pamela J. (Henry) Montero, Cheryl L. (Rodney) Owens, April (Gavin) White, 15 great grandchildren, one brother; Eugene Blevins, South Charleston, one sister-in-law; Malissa Blevins, South Vienna and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; John Walter Necessary, two brothers; Ralph and Virgil Blevins, one sister; Juanita Entler and her parents. Visitation will be held from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Wednesday in the JONES-KENNEY- ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Jim Britton officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:00PM Friday in Greenlawn Cemetery, Wilmington, North Carolina with burial to follow. Published in the Springfield News Sun on April 26, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

  
POWERS, Jerry N
1960-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jerry Neil Powers, 51, of Belcher, died Saturday, April 30, at his residence. Born April 12, 1960, in Johnson County, he was the son of Emma Josephine Reed Pate of Elkhorn City, and the late Montie B. Reed. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Linda Lou Powers. Additional survivors include two sisters, Nancy Tackett of Belcher and Betty Jo Hatcher of Newport News, Va.; and three brothers, Roger Keith Powers of Louisville, Randall Gale Powers of Paintsville and Paul Wade Powers of Georgetown, Texas. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 4, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Dean Tackett officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
PRICE, Virgil E.
1938-2011
Virgil E. Price 72, of Urbana, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. He was born November 3, 1938 in Paintsville, KY. Virgil retired after 42 years of service at Howard Paper Mill - Fox River. He was a member of the Urbana Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and singing. Virgil was a dedicated and devoted servant of the Lord. He was saved under the preaching of Willard Wilcox on April 14, 1981 and was baptized on May 31, 1981. He enjoyed serving the Lord in many ways. He especially loved singing and playing the bass. Virgil was a member of the following gospel groups; Sunshine Singers, Searching Lights and the Anchored. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty (Baumgardner) Price, his son, Terry (Mary Jo) Price of Urbana and his children, Amy Jo (Jon) Davis of Springfield, David E. Price of Toledo & Michael Price of Urbana, his daughter, Susan Bowsher and her children, Amanda, Justin & Nathan Terrell all of Urbana, his great grandchildren, Ian Davis, Anna Davis, Tori Sansam, Seth Sansam, Colton Combs & Hayden Terrell; his sister, Joyce Rivet of Ulysses, KY, his brother, Leon (Gwynn) Borders of Gatesville, TX, his sister-in-law, Barbara Jo Borders of Ulysses, KY; his brothers and sisters-in- law, Rosemary Richards of Midway, Nancy (Jesse) Harding of Urbana, Carolyn Callison of Urbana, Melody (Tom) Free of Springfield, Howard "Bud" Neer of Urbana, Frank (Marilyn) Baumgardner of Thackery, Jim (Karen) Baumgardner of Urbana and Tom Baumgardner of Urbana, as well as several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his father, Robert Price and his mother & stepfather, Carmie (Brickles) & Glen Borders, his brother, Howard Borders, his sisters, Vivian Helms and Doris Russell; his brothers and sisters-in-laws, Jim Richards, Jerry Callison and Kay Neer. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in the Urbana Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in the church with Rev. Grant Cordell officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, St. Paris, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Urbana Freewill Baptist Church, 1658 E. U.S. Route 36, Urbana, Ohio 43078. Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
RATLIFF, Katherine Sue
1949-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Katherine Sue Ratliff, 62, of Staffordsville, died Thursday, April 14, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born March 25, 1949 in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Ethel Smith Ratliff of Staffordsville and the late John Frank Ratliff. Survivors include a brother, Johnny Ratliff of Oil Springs; and a sister, Donna LeMaster of Staffordsville. Funeral services were Sunday, April 17, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim Price, Richard Williams, and Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.19 2011

    
RICE, Carole (Evans)
2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Carole L. Rice, 68, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, April 21. She was the daughter of the late Roscoe and Carrie Evans. She was a teacher in the Floyd County School system. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Lois Harrill; and a brother, Byron Evans.  Survivors include her husband, C.R. Rice; two sons, Steve Rice of Avon, Ind., and Barry Rice of Prestonsburg; a brother, Adrian Evans of Sandy Hook; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, April 24, at Little Paint First Church of God, East Point, with Jeff White officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
ROBERTSON, Horace
1977-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Horace "Shorty" Robertson III, 34, of Staffordsville, died Tuesday, April 5. Born Feb. 19, 1977, he was the son of Pamela Sue Gross of Sitka and Horace Clifford Robertson II of Plano, Texas. Additional survivors include his wife, Jessica Ann Maynard Robertson; three sons, Tyler Blake Robertson and Austin Kyle Robertson, both of Lexington, and Nathan Curtis Robertson of Staffordsville; a daughter, Macy Sue Robertson of Staffordsville; and two sisters, Jessica Kay Robertson of Sitka and Danielle Marie Robertson of Oil Springs. Funeral services were Saturday, April 9, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Joe Adkins officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

    
SHISLER, Robert
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Robert Shisler, 75, of Offutt, died Saturday, April 23, at his residence. Born Dec. 12, 1935, at Circleville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Charles and Nellie Miller Shisler. He was a security guard, and a member of the Boons Camp Freewill Baptist Church and the National Guard. Survivors include his wife, Faye Laney Shisler; two sons, Robert Shisler Jr. of Offutt and Troy Lee Shisler of Georgetown; two daughters, Angela Spillman of Waynesfield, Ohio, and Bobbi Ammons of Belle Center, Ohio; and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, April 26, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Harold Conley officiating. Burial was in Shisler Cemetery, Offutt, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.27 2011

     
SKAGGS, Dixie (Ferguson)
1927-2011
Dixie Skaggs, 83, of Columbus, OH, passed away April 3, 2011. She was born on December 9, 1927 in Paintsville, KY to Barnes and Louella (Smith) Ferguson. She married Escom Skaggs on September 14, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, nine brothers and son George Skaggs. Surviving family includes, husband, Escom Skaggs; son, Roger (Cheryl) Skaggs; daughter, Elizabeth (Tim) Dilley; grandsons, Steve (Jackie), Jeff, Mike (Lynn), Jason (Rachel); granddaughters, Amy (Cristian), Molly; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, OH. Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Southwest Freewill Baptist Church, 1542 Greenleaf Road, Columbus, OH. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery. The family would like to thank Mount Carmel Hospice for all of their care and comfort. Published in The Columbus Dispatch on April 4, 2011 SUbmitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
SPEARS, Rushie (Click)
1922-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Rushie Mae Spears, 89, died Wednesday, April 7, at Hager Hill. Born Feb. 12, 1922, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Ada Conley Click. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Bethel Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Eugene Spears; two sons, Mike Eugene Spears of Paintsville and Ricky Dean Spears of Leander; a daughter, Linda Mae Fulton of Leander; three sisters, Neva Jo Blanton of Swamp Branch, Okie Conley of Carrie, Ohio, and Mary Lee Ramey of Shelby, Ohio; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, April 9, at New Bethel Freewill Baptist Church, with Joe Scott, Herb Arms, Danny Ward, and Marvin Adkins officiating. Burial was in Click Family Cemetery, Leander, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
TACKETT, Ronald H
1943-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY —Ronald Harrison Tackett, 67, of Lowmansville, died Thursday, April 7, at his residence. Born Dec. 24, 1943, at Fort Valley, Ga., he was the son of Ann Hayes Tackett of Flatwoods and the late Gilbert Harrison Tackett. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Anita Gaye Hayburn Tackett. Additional survivors include two daughters, Deborah Lynne Tackett of Lowmansville and Melissa Gaye Tackett of Wittensville; three sisters, Anna Bresheers of Staffordsville, Trudy Skaggs of Greenup, and Edna Sumner of Milageville, Ga.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, April 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Gene Roberts officiating. Military rites were by Auxier Chapter 18 DAV. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

    
TAYLOR, Wallace L.
1945-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Wallace L. Taylor, 65, of Meally, died Saturday, April 9, at Highlands Regional. Born Dec. 28, 1945, in Martin County, he was the son of the late Wallace Bailey Taylor and Inis Scott Taylor Small. He was a barber and a member of the Highland Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Janet Phelps Taylor; two sons, Wallace R. Taylor of Meally and Tracy Edward Taylor of Mt. Sterling; three daughters, Latonya Rowe and Jennifer Fowler, both of Meally, and Michelle Borders of Wittensville; a brother, Buddy Odell Small of Meally; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, April 12, at Highland Church of Christ, with Jerry Scott officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, Under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville Big Sandy News Apr. 2011

   
TOLEMAN, Mabel (Hensley)
1918-2011
Mabel L. Toleman, age 92, passed away Friday, April 01, 2011. She was born June 7, 1918 in Paintsville, KY to the late Arthur and Elva Hensley. During WWII she made bombs for Wheeling Steel in Portsmouth, OH. Mabel was a proud resident of Whitehall for over 50 years, where she was named Woman of the Year in 2002. She was a member of the Whitehall Senior Center and the VFW. She was preceded in death by her husband Cletus Toleman, son J.R. Toleman, grandson William Adams, two brothers and one sister. Survived by her daughters, Joan Sindel and Phyllis Corder; granddaughter, Debra (Donald) Thomas; great-granddaughter, Jody Buzzard and great-great-granddaughter, Nichole Buzzard. Family will receive friends 2-5 p.m. Sunday at SCHOEDINGER EAST CHAPEL, 5360 E. Livingston Ave., where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2011. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Published in The Columbus Dispatch on April 3, 2011 SUbmitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
VANHOOSE, James A
1926-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Albert VanHoose, 85, of Sitka, died Friday, April 29, at his residence. Born Jan. 10, 1926, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Roby VanHoose and Mae Salyer VanHoose. He was a coal miner and a member of the Sitka Freewill Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Jewell Adams; a daughter, Rose Mary Varellia; and a great-grandson. Survivors include four sons, James Roger VanHoose and Danny Gene VanHoose, all of Ohio, Roby Allen VanHoose and Albert Franklin VanHoose, both of Sitka; three daughters, Sharon Kay Cox of North Carolina, Cathy Ann Mollett and Rita Mae Osborne, both of Sitka; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, May 2, at Sitka Freewill Baptist Church, with Jimmy McKenzie and Daniel Castle officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

     
WELLS, Sheila (Barker)
1971-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Sheila Baker Wells, 39, of Offutt, died Sunday, April 3, at her reidence. Born Aug. 8, 1971, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of Robert and Alice Jennings Baker. She was a member of the Boons Camp Church of God. Additional survivors include two daughters, Janie Tackett of Glasgow and Holly Wells of Offutt; a brother, Kevin Baker of Inez; and a sister, Debra Sturgill of Paintsville. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 6, at Boons Camp Church of God, with Dorsey Fields and Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Baker Family Cemetery, Offutt, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Apr. 2010

    
WITTEN, James
1943-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Curtis "Jim" Witten, Jr., 68, of Sitka, died Thursday, April 14, at his residence. Born April 4, 1943, in Johnson County, he was the son of Dlores VanHoose Witten of Paintsville and the late James Curtis Witten Sr. He was a coal miner and a U.S. military veteran. He was also preceded in death by two sons, James C. Witten, III and James C. Witten IV; and a daughter, Minnie Dee Witten. Survivors include a son, Paul David "P.D." Witten of Sitka; four daughters, Jaime LeAnn Witten of Sitka, Jennifer Carol May of Russell, Julie Elizabeth Williams of Wittensville and Judy Witten of Ulysses; two brothers, William D. "Bill" Witten and Robert Warren Witten, both of Sitka; a sister, Lisa Schaffer of Louisa; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, April 17, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Wayne Short officiating. Burial was in Witten Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Apr.19 2011

    
WOOLLARD, Lee (Boyd)
1915-2011
Kentucky Birth Index lists a Lee V. Boyd born 3/5/1915 in Johnson Co.,KY to a Dora Murray.

WOOLLARD, Lee Verda Boyd age 96, of Mooresville, NC passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011. She will always be remembered as a loving aunt and friend to all that knew and loved her. She was born March 5, 1915 in Thelma, KY. She worked for NCR Corp. in Dayton for 35 years before retiring. Lee was a former member of the Springboro Christian Church.. Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Woollard, one brother, and three sisters. Survivors include her sister Eloise Huelsman of Sumter, SC, her niece and caretaker Janet Burns of Mooresville, NC, great-nieces Kerri Burns of Tucson, AZ, Tracey Burns of Orlando, FL; great-nephew Randall Burns, Adelaide, Australia and great-great nephew Max Burns and great-great niece Zoe Burns. She is also survived by nieces, Judy Tucci of Twinsburg, OH, Dora Angst of Springfield, OH, Alice Boyd of Springfield, OH, Nancy Hannah of Lewisburg, OH, Patty Delong of Henderson, KY, Beatrice Franklin of Fayetteville, NC, Christine Preston of Staffordsville, KY; also survived by nephews, R. Jessee Begley of Sumter SC, Eugene Short of Paintsville, KY, and Roger Short of Paintsville, KY, as well as a number of great & great-great nieces & nephews. The family will receive friends at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 10 am until time of service at 10:30 am. Interment will follow the service at Valley View Memorial Gardens. Published in the Dayton Daily News on May 2, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock
    


 
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ADKINS, Heath
1967-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Heath Adam "Buddy" Adkins, 43, of Eastern, died Tuesday, May 31, at St. Joseph Hospital. Born Aug. 9, 1967, at Paintsville, he was the son of Adam and Sally Davis Adkins. Additional survivors include a sister, Shirley Renee Smith of Hippo. Funeral services were Friday, June 3, at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Ken LeMaster officiating. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

     
BACK, Anita (Wiseup)
1973-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Anita Wisecup Back, 38, of Salyersville, died Thursday, May 26, in Magoffin County. Born Feb. 19, 1973, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of Leroy and Barbara Risner Wisecup. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith. Additional survivors include her husband, J.C. Back of Salyersville; a daughter, Danielle Paige Back of Salyersville; a brother, Anthony Wisecup of Salyersville; and two sisters, Rebecca Miller of Georgetown and Stacy Binkowski of Salyersville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 1, at Lakefront Church of God, with Larry Patrick and Dallas Patrick officiating. Burial will be in Wisecup Cemetery, Middle Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

   
BLAIR, Carolyn (Hitchcock)
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Carolyn Blair, 64, of Paintsville, died Saturday, May 7, at her residence. Born Dec. 24, 1946, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Wayne and Avanell Blair Hitchcock. Survivors include a son, Steven Blair of Paintsville; a daughter, Tammy Haney of Paintsville; two brothers, Wayne Franklin of Paintsville and Willard Hitchcock of Hager Hill; a sister, Virginia Ratliff of Paintsville; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, May 9, at Preston Funeral Home, with Jerry Colvin and Rutherford Blair officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
BLANTON, Mervin
1953-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mervin Lee Blanton, 57, of Paintsville, died Monday, May 30, at King's Daughters Medical Center. Born June 25, 1953, at Xenia, Ohio, he was the son of Constance Dryden Blanton and the late Mervin Blanton. He was a cook. Additional survivors include his wife, Hulda Mae Blanton; two sons, Robert Lee Blanton of Tennessee and Mervin Lee Blanton Jr. of Texas; two daughters, Dovie Jan and Marie Anne; a sister, Jane Bryan of Boons Camp; three brothers, John Blanton of Flat Gap, Jim Blanton of Sitka and Gene Blanton of Lexington. Funeral services were Friday, June 3, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Tim Salyer officiating. Burial was in Patty Flat Cemetery, Elna, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

   
BLEVINS, Phyllis (Parks)
1945-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Phyllis Ann Parks Blevins, 65, of Wittensville, died Saturday, May 28, at Cornerstone Hospital. Born Aug. 1, 1945, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Shade and Rhoda Holbrook Mollett Parks. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Woods; and five brothers, Roy Douglas Mollett, Milton Prater, Austin Prater, Floyd Prater and Ralph Mollett. Survivors include her husband, Edsel Blevins; four sons, Charles Blevins of Ashland, Christopher Blevins of Sitka, Ernest Blevins and James Blevins, both of Paintsville; four daughters, Donna Litton of Salyersville, Eugena Keeton of Elizabethtown, Charlotte Blevins of Flat Gap and Rhoda Blevins of Wittensville; four sisters, Oralee Baker of New Castle, Ind., Wanda York and Kathy Howell, both of Prestonsburg, and Thelma Miller of Paintsville; 24 grandchildren; and 31 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, June 1, at Full Gospel Church of the Living God, with Billy Cole officiating. Burial was in Staffordsville Church Cemetery, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

      
BOOTH, William
1920-2011
Kentucky Birth Index lists a William Booth born 6/18/1920 in Johnson Co.,KY to a Bessie Dawson.

BOOTH, William "Bill" 90, of Springfield, died Thursday, May 05, 2011 in Essex of Springfield. He was born June 18, 1920 in Paintsville, Kentucky the son of Lon and Bess Booth. He worked as a machinist for Robbins and Myers for 24 years. Survivors include seven children and spouses, Gary Booth, Springfield, Deborah & Tommy Newland, De Graff, Ohio, Brenda & Terry Cearley, New Carlisle, Jerry & Glenda Booth, Mechanicsburg, Keith & Melinda Booth, Karen & John Milton and Mary Carney & Mark Ober, all of Springfield; 20 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one brother, Clifford Booth, Van Leer Kentucky and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lenora in 1990, four sons, Jack, Larry, Kevin and Billy Eugene, one daughter, Imogene, son-in-law, Rick Carney and daughter-in-law Jacqueline Booth. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Friends may call one hour prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Fletcher Chapel Cemetery. Published in the Springfield News Sun on May 6, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
BORDERS, William R
1926-2011
FAYETTE COUNTY— William Ray "Bill" Borders, 84, of Lexington, formerly of Paintsville, died Friday, May 6th. Born Aug. 5, 1926, in Boyd County, he was the son of Lurlie Young Borders of Paintsville and the late Charlie Borders. He formerly owned Dairy Cheer of Paintsville. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Joanne Borders; a son, Michael Ray Borders; a daughter, Jane Ann Wann; and a brother, Curtis M. Borders. Additional suvivors include his wife, Doris Painter Borders; and a brother, Bobby L. Borders of Pikeville. Funeral services were Monday, May 9, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lexington, with Alan Dodson officiating. Military rites were by Auxier Chapter 18 DAV. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
BRUGH, Nancy L (Ward)
1929-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Nancy Lynn Brugh, 82, of Van Lear, died Sunday, May 15, at Central Baptist, Lexington. Born March 17, 1929, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late William and Nancy Powers Ward. She was a former executive vice president at Citizens National Bank. She was also preceded in death by a brother, William Ward II; and a sister, Alyce E. Conley.  Survivors include her husband, Walter J. Brugh of Van Lear; two sons, Jim Brugh of Praireville, La. and Michael Brugh of Mobile, Ala.; two daughters, Chandra Alfaro of Frankfort and Beth Slone of Van Lear; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 18, at Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church, Paintsville, with Bob Copling officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

   
BURTON, Alene (Short)
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Alene Burton, 75, of Flat Gap, died Sunday, May 8, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Aug. 19, 1935, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Artie Burchett Short. She was a retired dry cleaner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Alvin Burton; two brothers, Herbert "Butch" Short Jr. and Fred Willard Short; and a sister, Mary "Mag" Short. Survivors include a son, Willard Burton of Flat Gap; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, May 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Paul Dean Meade, Steve Rose, and Jr. Womack officiating. Burial will be in Marvin Sparks Cemetery, Blaine, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
CHILDERS, Willie (Borders)
1942-2011
Louisa – Willie Faye (Borders) Childers 69 of Louisa, KY went to be with her Lord on Sunday May 15, 2011 following a brief illness. Willie Faye was born January 30, 1942 at Paintsville, KY, the daughter of the late Willie and Sarilda Murray Borders. She was a homemaker. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Joe Childers who died in 2000, two sisters Shelby Jean Borders and Kathryn Borders, and a brother Johnny Borders. Survivors include two daughters Marsha Fannin of Louisa, and Shawna (Donald) McKinney of Richardson, KY, a son Joey (Amy) Childers of Richardson, KY, six grandchildren Charity Fannin, Kimberly Fannin, Casey Childers, Kailtin Todd, Kyle Fannin, and Kelsley McKinney; three great grandchildren Zachary Fannin, Jordan Stephens, and Todd Bradyn, two brothers Larry Borders of Louisa and Wendell Borders of River, KY. Bros Tommy Meade and Tommy Vanhoose will conduct funeral services on Wednesday May 18th at 1:00 pm at the Richardson Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Childers Cemetery at Richardson, KY. Friends may call after 5:00 pm Tuesday May 17th at Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
CLOUSE, Joyce (Waller)
1964-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Joyce Faye Clouse, 46, of Thelma, died Thursday, May 26, at her residence. Born Nov. 16, 1964, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of Harold and Anna Waller. Additional survivors include her husband, Gordon Ray Clouse Jr.; two sons, Brian Clouse and Juston Clouse, both of Thelma; a daughter, Tiffany Waller of Paintsville; and a brother, Douglas Waller of Martin. Funeral services were Saturday, May 28, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Thelma, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

    
FITCH, Arvil
1933-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Arvil Fitch, 78, of Meally, died Thursday, May 26, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Feb. 19, 1933, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Virgil and Laura Pack Fitch. He was retired state road worker. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Dimple Blair. Survivors include his wife, Pauline Picklesimer Fitch; a son, Jimmy Marlin Fitch of Lowmansville; three daughters, Marlene Ward and Stacy Lynn El Harrab, both of Thelma, and Dalene Caudill of Boons Camp; three brothers, Narvil Fitch, Frank Marion Fitch and Billy Fitch, all of Meally; four sisters, Delphia Wells, Irene Wells, Rita Adams and Deborah Blair, all of Meally; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, May 29, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with J.R. Connelley, Jerry Scott and Gary Blair officiating. Burial was in Wells-Fitch Cemetery, Meally, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

    
FITZWATER, Virginia (Hensley)
1945-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Virginia Sue Hensley Fitzwater, 66, of Paintsville, died Friday, May 27, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Feb. 23, 1945, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late David and Bonnie Manns Hensley. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James "Bill" Fitzwater; a brother, Ray Hensley; and two daughters, Barbara Fairchild and Loretta McKenzie. Survivors include two daughters, Tonnie Sluss of West Van Lear and Bonnie McCoy of Paintsville; two brothers, James Hensley of Salyersville and Darrell Hensley of Paintsville; five sisters, Emma Bright and Norma Honeycutt, both of Paintsville, Margaret Clouse of Staffordsville, Evalean Curtis of Morgan County, and Dovanda Mills of Tutor Key; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, May 30, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Ray Pennington officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

    
GOBLE, Nell R
1920-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Nell Ruth Goble, 90, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, May 15, at Riverview Health Care, Prestonsburg. Born Oct. 4, 1920, at Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Florence Goble. She was a homemaker and a member of Corn Fork Freewill Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Madeline Goble; two brothers, Todger Goble and Brooks Goble; and two sisters, Nancy Daniels and Sue Crum. Survivors include two sons, Melvin Morris of Maryland and Larry Morris of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Maude Lucille Frye of Nippa and Deloris Lafferty of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Tom Goble and Donnie Goble, both of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Doris Lafferty and Jewell Crider, both of Prestonsburg; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 20, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Bill Tussey Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Frye Family Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation will be after 6 p.m.today, Wednesday, May 18, at the funeral home. Big Sandy News May 2011

   
GRIM, Herbert Jr.
1933-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Herbert "Doyle" Grim Jr., 77, of Staffordsville, died Saturday, May 7, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born June 21, 1933, at Thealka, he was the son of the late Herbert and Alka Daniels Grim. He was a roofer. Survivors include two sons, Steven Grim of Staffordsville and Herbert Grim of Flemingsburg; a daughter, Jennifer Howard of Richmond; a brother, Homer Grim of Flemingsburg; three sisters, Maudie Lazar of Thealka, Fran Ransbury of Flemingsburg and Faye Robinson of Montgomery, Ala.; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 11, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with J.R. Conley officiating. Burial was in Grim Cemetery, Thealka, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

     
HANNAH, Rushie (Fairchild)
1929-2011
Rushie Fairchild Hannah, age 81, of Staffordsville, passed away Monday at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Rushie was born May 23rd, 1929 in Johnson County, Kentucky, daughter of the late Virgil and Rosa Fairchild Fairchild. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Jack Hannah and three brothers, Jackie and Glenis Hannah and David Blair. She is survived by four sons, Randall Hannah, Ronnie Ratliff and Darrell Hannah all of Staffordsville, Kentucky, Delbert Hannah of Tutor Key, Kentucky; two daughters, Joyce Fairchild of Paintsville, Kentucky Bonnie Sexton of Staffordsville, Kentucky; one brother, Virgil Willis Fairchild of Staffordsville, Kentucky; three sisters, Pearlie Fairchild, Eula Ann Ratliff and Freda Davis all of Staffordsville, Kentucky; thirteen grandchildren, Beth, Douglas, Everett, Anthony, Kevin, Randy, Sherry, Derrick, Eric, Kayla, Ashley, Stacy, Amy and thirteen great grandchildren, Alexis, Chasity, Haylee, Allie, Chelsey, Brady, Arianna, Abbygail, Cloe, Taylor, Paige, Caleb, and Kayleigh. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5th, 2011 in the Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church with Jimmy Price and Pastor Terry Lykins officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park, at Staffordsville.

   
HANNAH, Irsle (Webb)
1923-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Irsle Irene Hannah, 88, of Leander, died Thursday, May 26, at her residence. Born Jan. 19, 1923, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Fannie Francis Webb. She was a cook with the Johnson County School System. She was also preceded in death by a son, Gary T. Hannah. Survivors include four sons, Jerry Hannah, Paul Hannah and Timothy Hannah, all of Hager Hill, and Danny Hannah of Leander; a daughter, Marvena Collier of Ida, Mich.; a brother, Clifford Webb of Dola, Ohio; two sisters, Alka Webb of Atlanta, Ga., and Vivian Music of Lansing, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were Sunday, May 29, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Toby Johnson, Richard Williams, and Herb Arms officiating. Burial was in Hannah Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

    
HUBBARD, Dennie
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY – Dennis Keith (Moon) Hubbard, 65, of Hager Hill, formerly of Auxier, died Friday, May 20, at his residence. Born April 1, 1946, at Auxier, he was the son of the late John Paul and Wilda Wilson Hubbard. He was a laborer. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Paul Kevin Hubbard, John Hubbard, Jr.; and two infant brothers. Survivors include two brothers, Terry Hubbard of Prestonsburg and Tim Hubbard of Frankfort; and two sisters, Dorita Wilcox of East Point and Joan Ousley of Martin. Funeral services were Monday, May 23, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home with Rick Kelly officiating. Burial was in Auxier Relocation Cemetery, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News MAY. 2011

    
LEMASTER, Frankie
1940-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Frankie A. Lemaster, 71, of Nippa, died Saturday, May 28, at her residence. Born April 7, 1940, at Staffordsville, she was the daughter of the late Hollie and June Tackett Conley. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Lemaster; a daughter, Pamala Ruth Lemaster; a sister, Jackie Via; and a brother, Dick Conley. Survivors include two daughters, Julie Bush and Tena Dotson, both of Nippa; two brothers, James Conley of Lowmansville and Sam Conley of Sitka; six sisters, Patsy Adams of Norwood, Ohio, Tenie Castle, Janie McKenzie and Rita Meade, all of Nippa, Dora Trimble of Oil Springs and Barbara Long of Meally; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 31, at Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church, with Doug Crider and Jimmie Price officiating. Burial was in Conley Family Funeral Home, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

   
LEWIS, Martha (Blair)
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Martha Ann Lewis, 83, of West Van Lear, died Friday, May 20, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Jan. 19, 1928, at Barnetts Creek, she was the daughter of the late Dee and Elizabeth Blanton Blair. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Mack Lewis. Survivors include a son, Danny Harman of Frankfort; a daughter, Johnna Robinson of Staffordsville; three step-sons, Carl Lewis of Van Lear, Dave Lewis of Paintsville and Jim Lewis of Louisville; a step-daughter, Delores Hicks of Paintsville; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, May 22, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News MAY. 2011

    
LOVELY, Garland
1951-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Garland Lovely, 60, of Royalton, died Monday, May 2, at his residence. Born March 16, 1951, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Ossie and Hortence Jackson Lovely. He was a millwright, a member of the Salyersville Masonic Lodge #769 and of the Baptist faith. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Ann Minix Lovely; a sister, Lela Mae Lovely; and two brothers, Rex Lovely and Mitchell Lovely. Survivors include a son, Sam Lovely of Royalton; a daughter, Garlena Lovely of Royalton; five sisters, Louisa Fletcher, Bessie Archer, and Kay Elsea, all of Royalton, Charlotte Elsea of North Judson, Ind., and Dottie Kusiak of Jackson, Mich.; a brother, Nelson Lovely of Royalton; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Greg Minix officiating. Masonic rites will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 4. Burial will be in Whitt Cemetery, Royalton, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
MCNEILL, Lillian E. (Williams)
1923-2011
Lillian E Williams McNeill Birth: Oct. 31, 1923 Johnson County Kentucky, USA Death: May 14, 2011 Owingsville Bath County Kentucky, USA Lillian McNeil, 87, of Owingsville, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011. She was born Oct. 31, 1923. Lillian was a Johnson County native.
      She was a retired florist and member of the Owingsville Christian Church. Lillian is survived by two daughters, Pamela Bates (Ron) of Florida and Cynthia Thomas of Florida; two sons, Neil McNeill (Lynne) of Atlanta, Georgia and David McNeill of Florida; nine grandchildren and ten great- grandchildren; and one brother, Harold Edward Williams of Louisville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse McNeill; her parents, Hamilton Lewis and Lexie Lillian Williams; one grandson, Phillip McNeill, one brother and one sister. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Richie Hunt Funeral Home. Rev. Anthony Anderson and Rev. Rusty Hedrick officiated. Burial followed in the Owingsville Cemetery. Richie Hunt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Owingsville Cemetery, Owingsville Bath County Kentucky, USA.   Submitted By: Joyce Rickens

    
MELVIN, Ray L
1924-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ray Lewis Melvin, 86, of Paintsville, died Saturday, May 7, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born May 28, 1924, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Adam and Stella Stapleton Melvin. He was a carpenter. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Alta Adams Melvin; two brothers, Johnny Melvin and Carl Melvin; and a sister, Elouise Vanhoose. Survivors include a son, Bryan Melvin of Hager Hill; a daughter, Judy Montgomery of Paintsville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, May 9, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with James Kelly Çaudill officiating. Burial was in Hall-Davis Cemetery, Davis Branch, Paintsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
OWENS, Ennie (Allen)
1979-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ennie Allen Owens, 32, of Paintsville, died Thursday, May 5. Born March 31, 1979, in Johnson County, he was the son of Bobby Dean Owens of Oil Springs and Charlene Fairchild Compton of Paintsville, and the stepson of Wilma Owens of Oil Springs. Survivors include a brother, Jason Raymond Owens of Swamp Branch; and a step-brother, Randell Baldwin of Oil Springs. Funeral services were Sunday, May 8, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Paul Wayne Browning and Junior Womack officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
RAMEY, Emery E
1949-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Emery Earl Ramey, 61, of Flat Gap, died Thursday, May 12, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 3, 1949, in Johnson County, he was the son of Elwood Ramey of Paintsville and the late Donnita Jones Ramey. He was a postal worker. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Deron Ramey; and a sister Vongia Ramey.  Additional survivors include his wife, Marsha Ramey of Flat Gap; a son, David Ramey of Flat Gap; a daughter, Charity Nicole West of Columbus, Ohio; four brothers, Don Ramey and Kevin Ramey, both of Flat Gap, Van Ramey of Winchester and Elwood Ramey Jr. of Sunbury, Ohio; a sister, Charolet Ann Hawkins of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Dean Meade officiating. Burial will be in Sparks Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home Paintsville. Visitation will be today, Wednesday, May 18, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the funeral home. Big Sandy News May 2011

  
RECKENWALD, Mickey
1957-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Mickey Recktenwald, 53, died Sunday, May 8. Born June 2, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Stella Reynolds. She was a member of the Saint Luke's Catholic Church, Salyersville, and a member of "Friends of Bill." She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Traci Lynn Dingus; and two brothers, Ralph Graham and John Oliver Reynolds. Survivors include her husband, James F. Recktenwald; a son, Bobby Sherman Dingus II; a daughter, Kellie Renee Osborne; two step-daughters, Megan Shannon and Tara Waters; four sisters, Peggy Thompson, Becky Green, Nancy Mayo and Alice Clark; two brothers, Jim Reynolds and Billy Reynolds; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be at noon today, Wednesday, May 11, at St. Martha's Catholic Church, Prestonsburg, with Bob Damron officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
SPARKS, Marie (Anderson)
1935-2011
SPARKS, Marie Anderson 75, of Springfield, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in her home. She was born on June 2, 1935, in Paintsville, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Elon and Della (Bentley) Daniels. Marie was a member of the RiverSong Church for 25 years. Her most recent accomplishment that she was very proud of was learning how to create her own facebook page and communicating daily with family and friends. She truly enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, being devoted to her church and supporting REACT Outreach ministries. Marie dedicated much of her life to taking special care of her son Jeff for 52 years. She also loved spending time with her little dog, Benji. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, David E. (Karen) Sparks, Roger L. (Penny) Sparks, Darrell E. (Kelly) Sparks, Jeffrey Sparks, Mike (Lucy) Sparks and Bruce (Debbie) Sparks; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joann (Bill) Gibson, Betty (Eddie) Bartley, Draxie (Winston) Dillon; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; uncle, John Andrews; 2 step- children Julie and Darren; special friends, Brenda, Cathy and her next door neighbor Chuck; her sons step-mother, Diane Sparks and her daughter Tiffany; and numerous nieces nephews and other friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andy Anderson; son, Keith Sparks; daughter, Cindy Sparks; brothers, Elon Daniels Jr., George H. Daniels and Larry Daniels; sister, Mary Bilotta; and former husband and father of her children, Dakota Sparks. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. at RiverSong Church, 3660 Springfield Jamestown Rd. A celebration of Marie's life will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. at RiverSong Church with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Jim Britton will be officiating. Burial to follow at Rose Hill Burial Park. Arrangements in care of JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS FUNERAL HOME. Published in the Springfield News Sun on May 8, 2011 Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
SPRADLIN, Ermin
1928-2011
SPRADLIN, Ermin age 82 of Englewood, formerly of Troy passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Grace Brethren Village, Englewood. He was born November 27, 1928 in Paintsville, Kentucky. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Occupation of Japan after WW II and received the medal of accomidation for saving a man's life. He retired from General Motors in the early 90's. He was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Leona (Mollet) Spradlin, brother Ernest Spradlin. He is survived by his loving wife Fay Earline (Wiley) Spradlin-Englewood, daughters and sons-in-law Charlotte and Kevin Murphy-Scott Depot,WV., Yvonne and Dave Cecil-West Milton, Jeanette and Jeff McDaniel-Troy, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, sister Blanche McIntosh- TN., special friends Zenna Marsee, Esther and Tom Kiefer and Al and Olga Chesbrough. He was a charter member of First Baptist Church, Englewood, enjoyed golf and was a Deacon at Southern Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the Hale- Sarver Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami Street,West Milton with Rev. Dick Robbins and Rev. Ralph Helms officiating, burial to follow at Preble Memory Gardens. Friends may call on Monday from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at Hale-Sarver. Military Honors will be held at the graveside. If so desired, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue,Dayton,Ohio,45420. Published in Dayton Daily News from May 9 to May 12, 2011  Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

    
STANLEY, Lisa A
1964-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lisa Ann Stanley, 45, of Hager Hill, died Tuesday, May 3. Born Oct. 1, 1964, in Pike County, she was the daughter of Myrtle Hall and the late Gary Warick.  Survivors include a daughter, Ginger Marie Stanley of Hager Hill; a brother, Gary Warick of Hager Hill; two sisters, Heather Perry of Hager Hill and Cindy McCutcheon of Betsy Layne; and two grandchildren. There were no funeral services, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
TAYLOR, Ernest
1929-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ernest Taylor, 81, of Thealka, died May 7 at his residence. Born Oct. 8, 1929, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Arch Vanhoose and Sylvia Wheeler. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Lincoln Vanhoose, William Wheeler and Amos Wheeler; and a sister, Bonnie Newsome. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Arms Taylor; five sons, Ernest Taylor of Morehead, Van Maurice Taylor of Staffordsville, Jerry Taylor and Gregory Allen Taylor, both of Thealka, and Christopher Columbus Taylor of Meally; four daughters, Brenda Sue Ratliff and Gwendolyn Joyce Spradlin, both of Thealka, Sherry Hill of Crockett and Elizabeth Ann Arms of Paintsville; three brothers, Jessie Wheeler and Rufus Wheeler, both of Flemingsburg, and Troy Taylor of Thelma; six sisters, Barbara Castle of Ohio, Sondra Baker of Staffordsville, Mary Oma Davis and Princinia Tackett, both of Flemingsburg, Phyllis Ward of Thelma and Lilly Mae Clouce of Meally; 22 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 10, at Thealka Freewill Baptist Church, with Hubert Slone, Harold Conley, and Gary Blair officiating. Burial was in Colvin - Taylor Cemetery, Thealka, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
THORNSBERRY, Ada (Cole)
1924-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ada Cole Thornsberry, 87, of Boons Camp, died Tuesday, May 24. Born April 30, 1924, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Jane Cole. She was a homemaker and a member of the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Thornsberry; two daughters, Jean Anger and Ocelene Baker Thornsberry; four daughters, Andy Cole, Londy Cole, Leonard Cole and Estill Cole; and four sisters, Dephia Vires, Loney Tackett, Vada Tackett and Arizona Tackett. Survivors include two sons, Billy Thornsberry and Roger Thornsberry, both of Virgie; two daughters, Fredia Thornsberry of Auxier and Reba Penix of Boons Camp; two brothers, Russell Cole and William Cole, both of Lewis County; two sisters, Justine Bentley of Lewis County and Naomi Bradley of Monroe, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, May 28, at Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in Painter Harve Cemetery, under direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News MAY. 2011

    
WELLS, Margie (Goble)
1918-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Margie Goble Wells, 92, of Van Lear, died Monday, May 16, at Mountain Manor, Paintsville. Born July 10, 1918, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late John and Pearl Collins Goble. She was also preceded in death by a son, David Wells; a brother, Russell Goble; and a sister, Gladys Price. Survivors include three sons, Russell Wells and Roger Wells, both of Springfield, Ohio, and Carl Wayne Wells of Staffordsville; three daughters, Judy Delong of Hager Hill, Phillis Blevins and Lawanna Kennard, both of Paintsville; a brother, Worth Goble of Flat Gap; two sisters, Janice Taylor of Dayton, Ohio and Betty Caudill of Texas; 14 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Wells Family Cemetery, Van Lear, under direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Visitation will be today, Wednesday, May 18, at the funeral home. Big Sandy News May 2011

    
WILLIAMS, Anna
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Anna Ruth Williams, 75, of Meally, died Tuesday, May 31, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Born Dec. 16, 1935, at Meally, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Vina Spriggs Williams. She was a retired secretary. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Williams Jr. Survivors include four sisters, Wanda McCarty, Shelva Muncy and Betty Thurman, all of Springfield, Ohio, and Terry Joan Williams of Meally. Funeral services were Saturday, June 4, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Williams Family Cemetery, Meally, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011
    


 
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ADKINS, Lula (Blevins)
1925-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lula Blevins Adkins, 86, of Lowmansville, died Monday, June 20, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born June 11, 1925, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late William Worth and Linnie Mae Stamper Blevins. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Bruce Blevins, George Wade Blevins and Ottie F. Blevins.  Survivors include her husband, William C. Adkins; a son, Lloyd Roger Thompson of Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter, Diane Duty of Pensacola; two brothers, Harry Harrison Blevins of North Carolina and Jimmy Lee Blevins of St. Maries, Idaho; three sisters, Doris Eloise Gauze of Inez, Bonnie Jean Webb of Catlettsburg and Jerry Tackett of Staffordsville; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, June 24, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with James Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial was in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

    
BALL, Lorena (Salyer)
1924-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Lorena Salyer White Ball, 87, of Louisa, entered into eternal rest, Tuesday, June 14, after a long illness. Lorena was born May 19, 1924, in Johnson County, the fifth of nine children born to the late Irvin and Zelda Murray Salyer. She was a homemaker, avid quilter, gardener, and expert seamstress, having worked at the Louisa Sewing Factory until its closing, and later working at J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center, while training to be a certified nursing assistant. After graduating from high school, Lorena joined the war effort by traveling to Michigan to work as a riveter in a B-24 bomber plane factory. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Lorena was also preceded in death by a son, Wayne “Red” White; husbands, Clifton White and Clyde Ball; two brothers, Bertell Salyer and Cornell Salyer; and a sister, Okedell Claney. Survivors include four children, two sons, Larry (Cathie) White of Ashland, and Gary (Rosie) White of Fallsburg; two daughters, Zelda Sergent of Flatwoods, and Mary (Larry) Mosley of Blaine; two brothers, Chad Salyer of Pennsylvania, and Willard (Ann) Salyer of Ohio; three sisters, Odessa Glover of Pennsylvania, Florence Shinkle, and Galena Phillips, both of Ohio; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, June 17, at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Ball Cemetery, Adams, under direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

   
BLAIR, Lowell
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lowell Blair, 76, of Paintsville, died Thursday, June 30.
 Born Jan. 19, 1935, he was the son of the late Cecil and Evla Hammond Blair. He was owner/operator of the Blair Pet Shop, a member of the First United Methodist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Kay Castle Blair; a son, Anthony Lowell Blair of Jeffersonville; two daughters, Theresa Jean Castillo of Jeffersonville and Sheri Shelley of Orange Park, Fla.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, July 3, at Preston Funeral Home, with Roy Penix officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
BORDERS, Charles W
1948-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Charles Wendell Borders, 62, of Ulysses, died Thursday, June 16, at Cabell-Huntington Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va., after a sudden illness. Born May 19, 1948, at River, he was the son of the late Willie and Serielda Murray Borders. He was a heavy equipment operator, and a member of the Borders Chapel Methodist Church. Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years, Carol Jean Salyer of Ulysses; a daughter, Tracy Jean (Mike) Boyd of Louisa; two sons, Wesley A. Borders of Paintsville, and Leslie (Cory) Borders of Ulysses; a brother, Larry Borders of Louisa, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, June 19, at Young Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ralph Hogston, Rev. Gene Castle, and Rev. Frank Buskirk officiating. Burial followed in Borders Chapel Cemetery, Ulysses, under direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

   
BRANHAM, Odice
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Odice "Cat" Branham, 82, of Paintsville, died Monday, June 27, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born July 7, 1928, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Turner and Sara Elizabeth Kirk Branham. He was retired from Farmers Supply. He is survived by a son, Vencil Lee Branham of Florida; three daughters, Margie Spears of Staffordsville, Mary Jane Banks and Tina Banks, both of Franklin, Ohio; a brother, Albert Branham of Franklin; a sister, Martha Jane Selvage of Inez; 28 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, June 29, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

     
BRAZIER, Robert E
1927-2011
MARTIN COUNTY — Ret. Staff Sergeant Robert Eugene Brazier, 84, of Tomahawk, died Thursday, June 30, at Three Rivers Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1927, at Chattanooga, Tenn., he was the son of the late Joe and Mary Cowell Brazier. He was a U.S. World War II Navy and Air Force veteran, and retired teacher with Carl D. Perkins Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mills Brazier; a brother; a sister; a grandson; two great-grandsons; and a great-great-grandchild. Survivors include two daughters, JoAnn Chambers of Bradenton, Fla., and Joyce Hall of Adams; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, July 3, at Richmond-Callahan Funeral Home, with Roger Jordan officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Richmond-Callahan Funeral Home, Inez. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
CASTLE, Carl
1933-2011
OHIO — Carl Castle, 77, of Springfield, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 21, at Springfield Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 14, 1933, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Monroe and Nolda Castle. He was a retired welder, and a member of the Eagles and the William Bayley Bowling League. Survivors include his wife, Zona Castle; three sons, William C. Flaker and Jonathan P. Flaker, both of Springfield, Carl Shawn Castle of Wilmington, N.C., and Scott Aaron Castle of Midland, Ala.; three daughters, Marsha Yvonne Cordle of Lexington, Cynthia Smith of Dry Ridge and Lorraine Flaker of Gold Hill, Ore.; three sisters, Garnett Ratliff of Staffordsville, Clora June Fitch of Springfield and Louise Melvin of Paintsville; a brother, Lester Martin Castle of Bloomington, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, June 25, at Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Home, with Steve Smith officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Mausoleum, under direction of Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Home, Springfield, Ohio. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

    
CASTLE, Mable (Wheeler)
1924-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mable Irene Castle, 86, of Paintsville, died Thursday, June 23, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Aug. 16, 1924, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Frank Wheeler and Bessie Picklesimer Wheeler Castle. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Buel Castle; and a son, James H. “Bud” Castle. Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Adams of Richmond, Juanita Estep of Thelma and Patricia Ann Ratliff of Thealka; two sisters, Phyllis Jean Brown of Catlettsburg and Mae Little of Ashland; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, June 25, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Castle Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

     
COLLINS, Haskell
1919-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY _Haskell “Hack” Collins, 91, of Van Lear died Monday, June 13, at Thomson Hood Veterans Center. Born June 21, 1919, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Wallace and Alley Spriggs Collins. He was a World War II military veteran. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Elkins Collins; a son, Ray Griffith of Morehead; a daughter, Tonna Dawson of Van Lear; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, June 16, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Johnson County Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps amd Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

   
COLVIN, Theodore
1920-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Theodore “Tom” Colvin, 90, of Asa Creek Road, Leander, died Friday, June 10, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born Nov. 23, 1920, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Morris and Erie Arms Colvin. He was a retired coal miner, a U.S. World War II Army veteran, and a member of the Beachwall United Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leo Colvin and Pete Colvin; and a sister, Anna Laura Colvin Johnson. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Trimble Colvin, whom he married Nov. 16, 1946; three sons, Joe (Judi) Colvin of Leander, Jerry (Sharon) Colvin of Denver, and Jake (Wilma) Colvin of Salyersville; a daughter, Glenda (Alvin) Colvin Blair of Barnetts Creek; two sisters, Bonnie Colvin and Kathleen Colvin, both of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Marsha Jo Colvin, Crystal Workman, Jamie Workman, Jay Colvin, Tonjua Colvin, J.T. Blair, Andrea Blair, Morgan Colvin, and Jake Ryan Colvin; seven great-grandchildren, Jacub Colvin, Emily Workman, Madison Blair, Ethan Fannin, Kyle Workman, Jonathan Colvin and Lily Grace Shaw; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Herb Arms, Joe Scott, and Richard Williams officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Staffordsville. Military rites were by Auxier Chapter 18 DAV, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

    
DAMRON, Dwayne Dean
1961-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Dwayne Dean Damron, 50, of Van Lear, died Saturday, June 25, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Feb. 3, 1961, at Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Freda Sword Damron of Weeksbury and the late Paul Dean Damron. He was a retired security personnel and a U.S. Army veteran. Additional survivors include three sisters, Paula Burger of Virgie, Pamela Engstrom of Cambridge, Ohio, and Sandra Little of Carlisle. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, June 30, at Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Louis Ferrari officiating, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

     
DAVIS, Leora (Cantrell)
1940-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY _Leora Davis, 71, of Flat Gap, died Monday, June 13, at her residence. Born May 21, 1940, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Clora Cantrell. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Denny Davis and Steve Greene, both of Flat Gap; a daughter, Pamela Curtis of Flat Gap; two step-sons, Robert Davis and Keith Davis, both of Fairborn, Ohio; three sisters, Sue Salyer of Delaware, Ohio, Betty Sparks of Flat Gap and Maxine Stambaugh of Sunberry, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, June 16, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel with Allen Fannin officiating. Burial was in Cantrell Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

    
FAIRCHILD, Pearlie M
1938-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Pearlie Marie Fairchild, 72, of Staffordsville, died Monday, June 20, at Pikeville Medical Center. Born Oct. 10, 1938, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Rosa Fairchild Fairchild. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Fairchild; and two sisters, Beulah Fairchild and Rushie Hannah. Survivors include two sons, Mark Setser of Oil Springs and Brian Ratliff of Staffordsville; a daughter, Elizabeth Blackburn of West Van Lear; a brother, Virgil Willis Fairchild of Staffordsville; two sisters, Freda Davis and Eula Ann Ratliff, both of Staffordsville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, June 23, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Fairchild Family Cemetery, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

     
GOBLE, Harold R
1942-2011
MARTIN COUNTY — Harold Roger Goble, 68, of Inez, died Wednesday, June 22, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born June 25, 1942, in Johnson County, he was a son of the late Lake and Veatrice Pack Goble. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Inez Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Ida Faye McGinnis Goble; a son, John Gordon Goble of Inez; two brothers, John Goble of Davella and Gordon Goble of Inez; two sisters, Glenda Ramey of Johnstown, Ohio, and Joyce Eisnaugle of Delaware, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, June 24, at Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home Chapel, with Phillip Kirk and Michael Marcum officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Inez, under direction of Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home, Inez. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

   
GULLETT, Marjorie (Stapleton)
1918-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Marjorie Gullett, 93, of Lexington, formerly of Johnson County, died Tuesday, June 21, at Richmond Place. Born March 30, 1918, in Boyd County, she was the daughter of the late Lindsey Franklin and Gifta Francis Justice Stapleton. She was a Kentucy Colonel and a member of the Gardenside Christain Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Gullett; four brothers, Homer Stapleton, James Henderson Stapleton, William Clifton Stapleton and Roscoe Stapleton; and three sisters, Lena Mae Stapleton, Marie Pack and Laura Daniel. Survivors include a sister, Angie Stapleton of Flint, Mich. Funeral services were Friday, June 24, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with John Sparks officiating. Burial was in Castle Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

   
HANNAH, Phyllis (Arms)
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Phyllis Ann Hannah, 64, of Hager Hill, died Thursday, June 9, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 3, 1946, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Mary Arms.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Hannah.  Survivors include a son, William Phillip Hannah of Paintsville; three daughters, Angela Kay Spears of Hager Hill, Anita Lynn Auxier of Thelma and Carol Ann Cain of Nederland, Texas; a sister, Alene Music of Hager Hill; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, June 13, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home. Burial was in Hannah Cemetery, Denver, under direction of the Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

     
JOHNSON, Veneta Jean (Mahan)
1945-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Veneta Jean Mahan Johnson, 66, of Paintsville, died Thursday, July 28, at Ashland King’s Daughters Medical Center. Born April 4, 1945, in Letcher County, she was the daughter of the late James and Christine Hall Mahan.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Johnson; and a brother, Keith Mahan. Survivors include a son, Barry Johnson of Virgie; a daughter, Brenda Spriggs of Paintsville; three brothers, Jimmy Mahan of Vandalia, Ohio, Chet Mahan of South Carolina and Wayne Mahan of Norton, Va.; a sister, Kathy Bentley of Wise Va.; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, July 31, at Long Fork Freewill Baptist Church, Virgie, with Greg White and Eric Fleming officiating. Burial was in Scott-Johnson Family Cemetery, Long Fork, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

  
LYKINS, Lebirn
1969-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Lebirn Lykins, 41, of Salyersville, died Thursday, June 2, at Morgan County A.R.H. Hospital. Born on Sept. 5, 1969, at Paintsville, he was the son of Nola King Lykins and the late Alonzo Lykins. Survivors include three brothers, Wes Lykins, Jimmy Trusty and Billy Ray Lykins, all of Salyersville; and four sisters, Loretta Cole, Anna Mae Perkins and Audrey Porter, all of Salyersville, and Connie Wilson of Indiana. Funeral services were Sunday, June 5, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Bill Cole officiating. Burial was in Lykins Cemetery, Grape Creek, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

   
MCCARTY, Dora L (Powers)
1970-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Dora Lynn McCarty, 41, of Hager Hill, died Tuesday, June 21, at University of Kentucky Medical Center. Born May 12, 1970, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Joyce Riffett Powers and the late Phillip Powers.  Additional survivors include her husband, Jeff McCarty; a daughter, Jessica Ratliff of Denver; a half-brother, David Lee Riffett of Sitka; two sisters, Patricia Powers of Staffordsville and Phyllis Jane Wilson of Keaton; and a half-sister, Melinda Ann Riffett of N.C. Funeral services were Saturday, June 25, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, Jack Hall officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

     
MILLS, Lloyd T
1960-2011
MARTIN COUNTY —Lloyd Timothy Mills, 50, of Tomahawk, died Thursday, June 9, at Pikeville Medical Center. Born June 24, 1960, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Gloria Jean Shreeves Mills.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Steven Mills and Lloyd Terrence Mills.  Survivors include two sons, Jordan Lee Mills and Timothy Lloyd Mills, both of Hilliard, Ohio; a daughter, Tiffany Ann Mills also of Hilliard; and three brothers, Stanley Mills and Chris Mills, both of Inez, and Mike Mills of Wayne, W.Va. Funeral services were Saturday, June 11, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Teddy Seagraves officiating. Burial was in Lloyd Mills Cemetery, Hall Branch, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Inez. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

   
MURPHY, Edward
1934-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Edward Murphy, 76, of East Point, died Tuesday, June 28, at Riverview Health Care. Born Sept. 19, 1934, at Henon, he was the son of the late Jonah and Ethel Fields Murphy. He was a retired mechanic. Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane Griffey Murphy; two daughters, Kathy Marie Lafferty of East Point and Karen Janelle Stephens of Pikeville; two brothers, John Murphy of Virgie and Donnie Canada of Pikeville; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, July 1, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Clifford Williams, Jack Adkins and Omery "Chuck" Hall officiating. Burial was in Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
POWERS, Roger D
1967-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Roger Darren Powers, 44, of Auxier, died Thursday, June 23, at his residence. Born March 9, 1967, at Paintsville, he was the son of Palmer and Roberta Perry Powers. He was a coal miner and a member of the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. Additional survivors include his wife, Katherine Johnson Powers; two sons, Robert Lee Powers and Alex Joshua Palmer Powers, both of Auxier; a daughter, Andrea Grace Faith Powers of Auxier; two brothers, Kenneth Powers of Keaton and David Powers of Auxier; a sister, Pam Neeley of Harold; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, June 28, at Auxier Freewill Baptist Church, with Bobby Joe Spencer officiating. Burial was in Auxier Relocation Cemetery, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

   
RICE, Marie
1925-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Marie Rice, 86, of East Point, died Tuesday, June 7, at her residence. Born May 6, 1925, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Tobe Perry and Eva Burchett. Survivors include her husband, John D. Rice; a son, Vic Rice of East Point; a daughter, Rheda Robinson of Nicholasville; a brother, Harry Perry of Greenup; a sister, Carrie Howell of Prestonsburg; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services were Friday, June 10, at Little Paint First Church of God, with Wayne Burch, Jeff White, and Jerry Meek officiating. Burial was in Lake View Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

    
ROBERTS, Harry S
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY –Harry Snow Roberts, 82, of Paintsville, died Monday, June 13, at his residence. Born June 22, 1928, in Paintsville, he was the son of the late Oliver O. and Anita Bliss Parrigan Roberts. He was president/owner and lifetime employee of the Jenkins Drilling Company of Paintsville. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dora Mae Sparks Roberts, Feb. 18, 2006. Survivors include two sons, Russell Snow Roberts of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mack (Andrea) Roberts of Paintsville; a daughter, Anita (David) Lemaster of Winchester; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, June 16, at First Christian Church, Paintsville, with Wesley Stedtefeld officiating. Burial will be in Richmond Cemetery, Rt. 40, Paintsville. Visitation after 3 p.m., today, Wednesday, June 15, and 9 a.m.-noon, Thursday. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church of Paintsville, Ky., or the Gideons Organization, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wednesday Jun.15 2011

    
ROBINSON, David
1957-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —David Robinson, 53, of East Point, died Monday, June 6, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 14, 1957, he was the son of the late Ezra and Charlotte Sherman Robinson. He was a road construction equipment operator with R&L Paving Company. Survivors include two sons, David Neil Robinson and Joshua Robinson; two daughters, Kandi Booth of Paintsville and Lelah Stroud of West Van Lear; three sisters, Anna Ballard and Cathy Robinson, both of Raleigh, N.C., and Brenda Sue Elam of Meally; a brother, James Randall Robinson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, June 9, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Roger Thornsbury officiating. Burial was in Robinson Cemetery, East Point, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

   
SALYER, Michael
1971-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Michael "Caveman" Salyer, 39, of Oil Springs, died Thursday, June 30, at U. K. Medical Center. Born Sept. 22, 1971 at Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Alka May Salyer of Hager Hill and the late Ellis Russell "Bill" Salyer. He was a disabled firefighter and a U.S. Marine veteran. He is survived by his wife, Tracey Lynne Anderson Salyer; a son, Tristen "T-Bone" Salyer of Oil Springs; a daughter, Lauryn Salyer of Oil Springs; two sisters, Robin Salyer of River and Michele VanHoose of Winchester; a brother, Jonathan Salyer of Hager Hill. Funeral services were Sunday, July 3, at Johnson County Middle School Gymnasium, Paintsville, with Randy Haney and Terry Conley officiating. Burial was in McCarty Family Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

   
SOARD, Billy (Lewis)
1929-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Billie Jo Soard, 82, of Thelma, died Wednesday, June 1, at J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center, Louisa. Born Jan. 4, 1929, in Martin County, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Hattie Wells Lewis. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earnest "Curly" Soard. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Neil Soard of New Virginia, Iowa, and Jimmy Soard of Thelma; a daughter, Donna Jill Bishop of Proctorville, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, June 2, at Highland Memorial Funeral Chapel, with Paul Keaton officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun. 2011

  
STAMBAUGH, James R
1947-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Roy Stambaugh, 64, died Monday, June 13, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1947, he was the son of the late Louie and Mae Edith Clark Stambaugh. He worked for RC Bottling Company. Survivors include four brothers, Elmo Stambaugh and Warren Stambaugh, both of Sitka, Paul Wayne Stambaugh of Staffordsville and Ronnie Stambaugh of Hager Hill. Funeral services were Thursday, June 16, at Ramey Branch Church, with Roger Ross officiating. Burial was in Stambaugh/Clark Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011

   
WELLS, Mark E Sr.
1954-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mark Edward Wells Sr., 57, of West Van Lear, died Thursday, July 28, in Ashland Community Hospice Care Center. Born June 10, 1954, in Johnson County, he was the son of Richard and Ruby Wells of West Van Lear. He was an I.T. manager with Community Action Program. Survivors include his wife, Cathy Kidd Wells; a son, Mark Edward Wells Jr. of Franklin, Ohio; two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Wells and Mary Ellen Wells, both of Paintsville; two brothers, Anthony Wells of Madisonville and John Paul Wells of Eminence; and a sister, Teresa Wright of Hurricane, W.Va. Funeral services were Sunday, July 31, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Mike Greider officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jun 2011
    


 
JULY - 2011


BLACKBURN, Rita Gail
1958-2011
MARTIN COUNTY — Rita Gail Blackburn, 53, of Inez, died Tuesday, July 19, at Prestonsburg Health Care Facility. Born April 11, 1958, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of Betty Jean Harless Blackburn of Inez and the late Earnest Lewis. She was a member of the Church of Christ and worked for the Martin County Board of Education. Additional survivors include three sisters, Theresa Nelson of Prestonsburg, Ann Burchett of Stambaugh and Angela Vanhoose of Wittensville. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Frank Mills officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Inez. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

     
BLAIR, James E dgar
1953-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Edgar Blair, 57, of Carmi, Ill., died Saturday, July 23. Born Aug. 23, 1953, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late William and Beatrice Ratliff Blair. He was a member of the Upper Room Church. Survivors include his wife, Regina Brugh Blair; three sons, Jeremy Blair of Carmi, Jamie Castle of Lowmansville and Steve Castle of Blaine; a daughter, Andrea James of Stanford; two sisters, Bonnie Wiszniewski of Paintsville and Brenda Caudill of Hager Hill; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 26, at Preston Funeral Home, with Jeremy James officiating, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

   
BLEVINS, Robert E
1931-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Robert Eugene Blevins, 79, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, July 27, in Prestonsburg. Born Dec. 20, 1931, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Leslie and Mae Jones Blevins. He was a farmer/general laborer and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include three sons, Robert E. Blevins Jr. of Hager Hill, Dave "Ted" Blevins of Sitka and Allen L. Blevins of Hillsboro, Ohio; two daughters, Geslia Bayes of Paintsville and Jeanie Trimble of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Hobert Blevins of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Leslie Ray Blevins of Waverly, Ohio; five sisters, Clarice Ross of Sitka, Charlie "Echo" Ratliff of Staffordsville, Mary Alice Starkey, Stella Gordon and Anita Blevins, all of Columbus, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, July 30, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Toby Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Blevins-Jones Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

     
BROWN, Walter
1954-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Walter Brown, 56, of Staffordsville, died Tuesday, July 26, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 17, 1954, he was the son of the late Marion and Dorothy Shepherd Brown. He was a heavy equipment operator. Survivors include two daughters, Christina Cone of Salyersville and Jennifer Patton of Staffordsville; a step-daughter, Glenda Keaton of Huntington, W.Va.; two brothers, Dewey Brown of Staffordsville and Jim Lee Brown of Salyersville; a sister, Liz Crum of Boons Camp; three grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, July 29, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Roy Ramey and Lonnie B. Wright officiating. Burial was in Brown Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
CASTLE, Ronnie
1950-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ronnie Castle, 61, of Nippa, died Monday, July 11, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Born Feb. 19, 1950 in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Walter Clay VanHoose and Lora Castle. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard Castle and Clarence Douglas Castle. Survivors include two brothers, Lonnie Castle of Nippa and Vencil Ray Castle of River. Funeral services were Friday, July 15, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Joseph Castle officiating. Burial was in Castle Family Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
CASTLE, Sandra Sue
1944-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Sandra Sue Castle, 67, of Wittensville, died Thursday, July 7, at King's Daughters Medical Center. Born April 20, 1944, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late James Corbett and Ethel Huff Castle. She was a retired home health nursing aide. Survivors include two brothers, Corbett Nolan Castle of Dayton, Ohio, and Kenneth Leon Castle; and two sisters, Sharon Hannah of Hager Hill and Donna McCarty of Oil Springs. Graveside funeral services were Saturday, July 9, at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery with Dewey McCarty officiating, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

   
CHANDLER, Randell
1941-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Randall Chandler, 70, of Tutor Key, died Saturday, July 30, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born April 21, 1941, at Lowmansville, he was the son of the late Tom and Geneva Sparks Chandler. He was a truck driver for Phoenix Trucking Company. Survivors include his wife, Linda Elkins Chandler; a step-son, Rodney Ruth of Elkhorn City; a step-daughter, Kathryn Fohmann of Ashville, N.C.; three sisters, Patricia Sparks of Townville, S.C., Linda Sue Chandler and Judy Whiteside, both of Garland, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 2. at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim McKenzie officiating. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

     
CLARK, Larry
1965-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Larry Clark, 46, of Johnson County, died Sunday, July 31. Born March 3, 1965, he was the son of Lurie Alice Fairchild. He worked for Highlands Regional Medical Center and was a member of the Eastside Freewill Baptist Church. Additional survivors include his wife, Nancy Daniels Clark; a daughter, Ashley Nicole Vickrey of West Van Lear; a brother, Randall Clark of Louisa; and a sister, Nancy Lee Davis of Inez. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Eastside Freewill Baptist Church, with Harry Neal Frisby officiating. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
ESLINGER, Denzil R
1951-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Denzil Ray Eslinger, 59, of Boons Camp, died Friday, July 8, at his residence. Born Aug. 3, 1951, in Sullivan County, Ind., he was the son of the late James and Ester Stepp Eslinger. He was a retired security guard and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Judy Kestner Eslinger; a son, Denzil Ray "R.J." Eslinger Jr. of Paintsville; a daughter, Jennifer Compton of Richmond; a half-brother, Jim Evans of Indiana; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, July 13, at Boons Camp Freewill Baptist Church with Edmond Hickman and Mikie Jarrell officiating. Burial was in Denninson-Eslinger Cemetery, Boons Camp, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
ESTEP, Phyllis (Holbrook)
1936-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Phyllis Ann Estep, 74, of Thelma, died Friday, July 22, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Sept. 19, 1936, at Thelma, she was the daughter of the late Walter F. and Goldie Mae Caudill Holbrook. She was a member of the Buffalo United Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jack Estep; a son, Barry Estep of Scottsburg, Ind.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, July 25, at Concord United Baptist Church, with Johnnie Mollette, Dewy Mullins and Terry Preston officiating. Burial was in Community Cemetery, Thelma, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

     
FERGUSON, Ella (Hill)
1922-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ella Marie Ferguson, 89, of Staffordsville, died Monday, July 25, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born April 9, 1922, in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late Van Buren and Carrie Ferguson Hill. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arlen Ferguson. Survivors include three daughters, Belva Lynn Fyffe of Staffordsville, Jennifer Arlene Hamilton of Union and Carran Elaine VanHoose of Paintsville; a sister, Maggie Mullins of Paintsville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, July 28, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Paul E. Keaton, Mark McKenzie and Jim Blair officiating. Burial was in Paint Valley Memorial Gardens, Crockett, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
FIELDS, Edna  (Craycraft)
1931-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Edna Fields, 80, of Paintsville, died Monday, July 4, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 27, 1931, at Mount Sterling, she was the daughter of the late John and Callie Ginter Craycraft. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Craycraft. Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Scott of Sitka and Betty Wilson of West Milton, Ohio; a sister, Betty Devenna of Xenia, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were Thursday, July 7, with David Baldwin officiating. Burial was in Crossville City Cemetery, Crossville, Tenn., under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

     
FRALEY, Don Douglas
1939-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Don Douglas Fraley, 72, of Paintsville, died Sunday, July 17, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born April 14, 1939, he was the son of the late Don and Mildred Rice Fraley. Also preceding him in death were three brothers Billy, Jimmy and Bobby Allen Fraley; and a sister Sherry Lyons. Survivors include a son, Gary Bryan Fraley of Denver; three daughters, Jeire Lee Melin of Concord, N.C., Robin L. Jones of Solomons Island, Md., and Mishelle Fraley of Hampton, Va.; a brother, Bryan Fraley of Paintsville; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 20, at Thealka Freewill Baptist Church, with Gene Castle, Hubert Slone, and James Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
FREEMAN, Glen
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Glen Freeman, 75, of East Point, died Tuesday, July 5, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Oct. 14, 1935, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Dow and Polly Spencer Freeman.  He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Zeek Freeman, Ronnie Freeman and Paul Freeman. Graveside funeral services were Saturday, July 9, with Bobby Joe Spencer officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, East Point, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
HALL, Kathryn (Daniel)
1939-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Kathryn Charlene Daniel Hall, 72, of Sitka, died Friday, July 22. Born June 17, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Maxine Williams Daniel. She was a retired clerk. Survivors include her husband, Hurston Hall; a son, Mark Kevin Hall of Sitka; a daughter, Pamela Ruth Hall of Superior, Colo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, July 25, at Tom's Creek Freewill Baptist Church, with J.K. Caudill, and Jim McKenzie officiating. Burial was in Horne Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

   
HILL, Cline
1925-2011
Cline Hill age 86 of Fairborn, died Friday July 15, 2011 at Ohio Veterans Home Stein Hospice Unit Georgetown, Ohio after a long time illness. He was born May 2, 1925 in Redbush, Johnson County, Kentucky, the son of Richard and Florence (Holbrook) Hill. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired from Dayton Tire and Rubber Company (Bridgestone of America) and a member of URW of Akron, Ohio. He is survived by long time friend Charline Lancaster of Oklahoma, a brother Richard (Imogene) Hill, Jr. of Portsmouth, Ohio, a daughter, Sondra (Hill, Eisele) Hollon of Fairborn, Ohio a son Danny K. (Jewel) Hill of Hendersonville, Tenn., three grandchildren, Craig Eisele of Fairborn, Ohio, Donald (Tracy) Eisele of Moraine, Ohio and Angela (Hill) Bigbie of Goodlettsville, Tenn. Four great-Grandchildren, Lucas Eisele of Moraine, Ohio, Rachel Johnson of Hendersonville, Tenn. Kayla Bigbie of Goodlettesville, Tenn. and Robert Wyatt of Goodlettsville, Tenn. and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma (Liles) Hill, by his parents and nine brothers and sisters. Friends may call Tuesday July 19, 2011, 6:00-8:00 P.M. in the Burcham Jennings Funeral Home, Fairborn where funeral services will be held Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev Chris E. Tannreuther officiating. Burial with military honors will be held in Byron Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at Burchamfuneralhome.com. Submitted by: Connie Spurlock

    
HITCHCOCK, Timothy
1956-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Timothy R. Hitchcock, 55, of Thelma, died Monday, July 25, in Paintsville. Born April 24, 1956, in Johnson County, he was the son of Anna Jewell Hitchcock of Paintsville and the late Carl V. Hitchcock. Additional survivors include a daughter, Sarah Hitchcock Fox of West Virginia; four brothers, Carl R. Hitchcock of Jenkins, Ballard R. Hitchcock of Paintsville, David J. Hitchcock of River and John D. Hitchcock of Staffordsville; and two sisters, Jo Anna Holbrook of Van Lear and Diana Meek of Nippa. A private family memorial service will be conducted at a later date, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
HOWARD, Robert
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Robert "Bob" Howard, 75, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Boons Camp, died Sunday, July 17. Born Sept. 1, 1935, at Boons Camp, he was the son of the late Homer B. Sr. and Nell Howard. He was an electrician with Local IBEW 82. Survivors include his wife, Doris Howard; two sons, Darrell Howard and Danny Howard; a daughter, Deborah Terry; three brothers, Homer B. Howard Jr., Dean Howard and Roger Howard; two sisters, Pat Reno and Bonnie Currant; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, July 27, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
KESTNER, Margie (Ratliff)
1917-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Margie Ratliff Cochran Kestner, 94, of Lexington, formerly of West Van Lear, died Tuesday, July 19. Born June 22, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Julia Boyd Ratliff. She was a retired cook with Hardee's and a member of the Cedar Grove United Baptist. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Kestner. Survivors include a son, David Garry Cochram of Hager Hill; three step-sons, Harold Thomas Kestner, Ashley Kestner and Moses Kestner; four daughters, Julia Moore of Louisa, Elaine Wilkinson of Lexington, Patricia Reffett of Georgetown, Ind., and Pam Adams of Paintsville; three step- daughters, Naywatha Honeycutt, Valetta Lemaster and Juanita Banks; two sisters, Murriel Patrick of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Mary Alice Miller of Canal Winchester, Ohio; 30 grandchildren; 40 great- grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, July 22, at Preston Funeral Home, Chapel, with Lonnie Ratliff officiating. Burial was in Kestner Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
MAYNARD, Mary (Porter)
1932-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mary Ruth Porter May, 79, died Thursday, July 7. Born May 16, 1932, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Eddie Porter Jr. and Elga Wells May. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Herman H. May.  Survivors include three sons, David May of East Point, Larry May of Keato, and Herman Eddie May of Flat Gap; two sisters, Shirley Freeman and Jeannie Crace, both of East Point; a brother, Eddie Porter Jr.; seven sisters, Martha Porter, and Connie Porter, both of Paintsville, Bessie Gallant of New Carlie, Ohio, Nellie Reed of Prestonsburg, Julie Reffitt of Van Lear, Brenda Adans of Tennessee, and Dorthy Porter of Indiana; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, July 10, at Preston Funeral Home, with Teddy Preston, and Joe Fox officiating. Burial was in May Family, East Point, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
MCCARTY, James
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James "Big Jim" McCarty, 65, of Oil Springs, died Saturday, July 23, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born March 16, 1946, at Oil Springs, he was the son of the late Clyde and Gusta Blanton McCarty. He was a coal truck driver. Survivors include his wife, Donna Castle McCarty; son, Anthony McCarty of Blaine; two brothers, Charles E. McCarty of Spar, Fla., and Dewey A. McCarty of Catlettsburg; a sister, Karen J. Ousley of Oil Springs; a grandchild; and two step-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were Tuesday, July 26, with Dewey A, McCarty officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
MUSIC James R.
1948-2011
"Jimmy" Music, Jr., born August 18, 1948, passed away July 24, 2011. He is preceded in death by sister Barbara Kay Music, nephew Jason Music, brothers David and Phillip Music, father James R. Music, Sr., and mother Virginia Music. He is survived by brothers, Roger (Paula) Music, Raymond (Dobie) Music, and Jerry Music; sister, Kathy Music; nephew, nieces, and great-nieces, Alice Music and Linleigh Ferguson. Jimmy loved to be around people and was always a joker, his friendship and smile will be deeply missed. There will be no showing. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m.. Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the COTNER FUNERAL HOME, 7369 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg. Pastor James Blankenship officiating.  Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 26, 2011Submitted by: Connie Spurlock

    
RICE, Barbara (White)
1944-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Barbara Rae White Rice, 67, of Oil Springs, died Friday, July 8, at her residence. Born Jan. 25, 1944, in Platte City, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Rev. Charles W. and Grace Webb White. She worked for American Standard. Survivors include a son, Fred Rice of Hager Hill; three daughters, Georgia Arnett and Paula Conley, both of Oil Springs, and Brandi Day of Lexington; three brothers, Clinton White of Louisiana, Wayne White of Oklahoma and Roger White of Augusta; three sisters, Charlotte Conley of Oil Springs, Jackie Cornelius of Kansas and Tressa Bullard of Arkansas; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, July 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Chad Blair officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

      
STAMBAUGH, George
1936-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —George Stambaugh, 75, of East Point, died Tuesday, July 19, at St. Joseph Hospital-Lexington. Born May 26, 1936, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late William Hoard Taft and Augus Preston Stambaugh. He was a machinist with National Cash Register. Survivors include his wife, Adaline "Addie" Webb Stambaugh; a son, George Stambaugh II of East Point; a daughter, Georgia Jane Hall of Banner; two brothers, Roger Stambaugh of Indiana and David Stambaugh of Tennessee; three sisters, Jane Horne of Ashland, Sara Conley of Wilmington, Ohio, and Willa Kuhns of North Carolina; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Saturday, July 23, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Wes Stedtefeld officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

   
TACKETT, Elsie (Stapleton)
1944-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Elsie Mae Stapleton Tackett, 67, of Dwale, died Saturday, July 23, at Riverview Healthcare. Born Feb. 26, 1944, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Ola Virginia Dixon Stapleton. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Tackett.  Survivors include a son, Muarice Tackett of Paintsville; four daughters, Teresa Ann Fields of Dwale, Polly Tackett of Paintsville, Stella Mae Kimbler of Volga and Bernice Tackett of Meally; two sisters, Hermalee Cisco of Paintsville and Ida Spradlin of Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, July 25, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim Fields officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
WARD, Lillie (Penix)
1940-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lillie Ward, 71, of Meally, died Saturday, July 9. Born July 1, 1940, at Boons Camp, she was the daughter of the late John Melvin and Velva Mae Crum Penix Sr. She was a cashier at Walmart and a member of the Meally Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lorenz Ward. Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Kaye Mollett of Meally and Michelle Crum of Debord; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 12, at Meally Church of Christ, with Wayne Short, and Gary Hall officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery, Boons Camp, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
WILLIAMS, Langley
1918-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Langley Williams, 93, of Oil Springs, died Friday, July 15, at King's Daughters Medical Center. Born July 2, 1918, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late James and Alka Reed Williams. He was a retired oil driller. He was also preceded in death by four brothers; a sister; and a grandson. Survivors include his wife, Ethel Gullett Williams of Oil Springs; two sons, Roger Williams and Bill Williams, both of Oil Springs; a daughter, Barbara Lee Martindale of Lebanon, Ohio; a sister, Imogene Brown of Ashland; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 19, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Frankie Williams, Danny Williams, Dan Cantrell, and Sammie Reed officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

    
WILLIAMS, Rickie L.
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Rickie L. Williams, 53, of Staffordsville, died Friday, July 15. Born March 18, 1958, at Salyersville, he was the son of Ollie Williams Jr. and the late Pearlie McKenzie Williams. He was a truck driver for Advantage Tank Lines. Additional survivors include his wife, Linda Logan Williams; a son, Ricky Leroy Williams of Fairborn, Ohio; two step-sons, Christopher Dixon and Tommy Dixon, both of New Port Richie, Fla.; a daughter, Mellissa Williams of Fairborn; a brother, Randy Williams of Salyersville; five sisters, Carolyn Curtis of Flat Gap, Wanda Barnett and Patricia Alsep, both of Salyersville, Eunice Castle and Pricilla Music, both of Wittensville; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, July 18, at Light of Christ Church, with Terry Lykins officiating. Burial was in Jackson Williams Cemetery, Riceville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011

     
WITTEN, Kenneth Michael
1956-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Kenneth Michael Witten, 55, of Sitka, died Friday, July 8, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Born June 22, 1956, in Johnson County, he was the son of Ruby Carol Hayslett and the late Thomas Jefferson Witten. He was a truck driver. Survivors include a son, Wesley Michael Witten of Hager Hill; three sisters, Sharon Witten Conley of Van Lear, Connie Blevins of Sitka and Karen Rose Witten of Stambaugh; two half-sisters, Sue Thornhill of Urbana, Ohio, and Paulette Huffstetler of Brooksville, Fla.; a brother, Cletus Joe Witten of Sitka; and a half-brother, Ernest Lee Witten of Ashville, N.C.; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 12, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Stan Blevins and Ernest Witten officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jul 2011
     


  
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BLAIR, Nicholas L
1969-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Nicholas Lee Blair, 42, of Thelma, died Monday, Aug. 1, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born March 2, 1969, at Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Weldon and Ruth Ann Blair Eaden. Survivors include his wife, Valarie DeBoard Blair; a son, Levi Blair of Thelma; two daughters, Savannah Blair Ward of Meally, and Loren Blair of Thelma; and a brother, Chris Blair of Ohio. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 4, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Harry Neal Frisby officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

     
BLANTON, Edgar
1916-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Edgar Blanton, 95, of Salyersville, died Saturday, Aug. 20, in Salyersville Healthcare Center. Born July 27, 1916, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Grover and Cynthia Blanton, and the late Mayme Meade Blanton. He was an oil driller and a member of Litterals Fork United Baptist Church, an ordained minister and a WWII Army Veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Gullett Blanton; two brothers, Ennie Blanton and Hassel Blanton; and two sisters, Margie Conley and Lexie Gullett. Survivors include two sons, Jimmie Darrel Blanton of Tip City, Ohio, and Danny Phillip Blanton of Salyersville; two daughters, Geneva Blanton Spears and Sue Blanton Mortimer, both of Salyersville; two brothers, Oakley Blanton of Staffordsville and Nick Blanton of West Liberty; two sisters, Louise Blanton of Salyersville and Judy Blanton of Hazel Green; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 22, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with John Blanton and L.J. Tackett officiating. Burial was in the Bluegrass Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

   
BLANTON, Fannie (Meade)
1919-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Fannie Belle Meade Blanton, 92, of Oil Springs, died Saturday, Aug. 20, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born April 1, 1919, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late J.R. Riggs and Kala Litteral Meade. She was a homemaker and a member of Oil Springs Freewill Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Blanton; and a daughter, Christine Wheeler. Survivors include a son, Ronald Blanton of Oil Springs; a daughter, Peggy Vance of Lexington; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with J.R. Connelley officiating. Burial was in Litteral Family Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
BLANTON, Richard D.
1950-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Richard D. Blanton, 61, of Paintsville, died Saturday, Aug. 6, at his residence. Born March 28, 1950, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Wallace and Nora Bragg Blanton. He was a general laborer. Survivors include a brother, Adron Blanton of Lewisburg, Ohio; and a sister, Thelma J. Beam of Dayton, Ohio. No services were held, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
BLEVINS, Elva (Goble)
1921-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Elva Cora Blevins, 90, of West Van Lear, died Sunday, Aug. 28, at her residence. Born April 26, 1921, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Gypsie Blevins Goble. She was a homemaker. He was also preceded in death by three sons, Sammey Lee Blevins, Walter Douglas Blevins and James Walter Blevins. Survivors include her husband, Walter “Curly” Blevins; three sons, Emery Blevins and William M. Blevins, both of West Van Lear, and Nero Blevins of Meally; four daughters, Louella Kestner and Joyce Kestner, both of Hager Hill, Norma Kestner of West Van Lear, and Amelia Godfrey of Fayetteville, N.C.; a brother, William Goble of Hager Hill; two sisters, Goldia Webb of West Van Lear and Junie Salyer of Columbus, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Tobe Wheeler and Doug Kestner officiating. Burial will be in Blevins Family Cemetery, West Van Lear, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

     
BURCHETT, Mary (Sadler)
1941-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mary Lee Burchett, 70, of Nippa, died Friday, Aug. 12, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born June 28, 1941, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Sam Ramey and Anna Lee Sadler. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill Burchett; and a brother, Howard Ramey. Survivors include a son, Mike Burchett of Nippa; a brother, Johnny Ramey; three sisters, Sue Salyer and Cynthia Williams, both of Nippa, and Emmagene Music of Paintsville. Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 15, at Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church, with James Kelly Caudill, Chuck Sloan, and Jimmy Caudill officiating. Burial was in Sadler Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
CASEBOLT, Forest G.
1933-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Forest G. Casebolt, 77, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Ashland Hospice House. Born Nov. 28, 1933, at Larkslane, he was the son of the late Mckinley and Alma Hayes Casebolt. He was a foreman with Bush/Burchett Construction, a member of the Boons Camp Freewill Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Jewell Daniels Casebolt; three daughters, Renee Lemaster of Paintsville, Karen Scott of Hager Hill and Kathy Barlow of Staffordsville; five brothers, Riley Casebolt of Missouri; MacArthur Casebolt of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Ed Casebolt of Green River, Chad Casebolt of Larkslane and Jeffery Shane Casebolt of London; four sisters, Janice Combs of LeFollette, Tenn., Joyce Amburgy of Waynesville, Ohio, Linda Amburgy of Hindman and Deborah Combs of Hindman; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sunday, Sept. 4, at Boons Camp Freewill Baptist Church, with Joe Scott, and Edd Hickman officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
CASTLE, Jonah Jr.
1929-2011
WEST VIRGINIA — Jonah “Joe” Castle, Jr., 81, of Cottageville, W.Va., died Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Charleston Area Medical Center. Born Oct. 11, 1929, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Jonah and Edna Adams Castle. He was a retired pipefitter. Survivors include his wife, Martha “Marty” McKenzie Castle; two sons, Owen Castle of Ripley, W.Va., and Mike Castle of Oil Springs; three daughters, Judy Hartley of Cottageville, Carol Mamone of St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Sue Castle of Lexington; two brothers, David Castle of Swamp Branch and James Castle of Meally; five sisters, Brenda Watson of Dayton, Ohio, Faye Lyons of Nippa, Kay Schmidt of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jan Bone of Leesburg, Ind., and Lorraine Castle of Lexington; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 3, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel with Jim McKenzie officiating. Burial was in McKenzie Family Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
CAUDILL, Elzie
1936-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Elzie Caudill, 75, died Sunday, Aug. 14, at his residence. Born March 26, 1936, at Salyersville, he was the son of the late Lonzie and Rosie Bell Tackett Caudill. He was a repairman with Rainbow Mobile Homes and a member of the Riceville New Bethel Freewill Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Reva Click Caudill. Survivors include two sons, Danny Ray Caudill and David Lee Caudill, both of Leander; five daughters, Debbie Faye Campbell and Donna Mae Hampton, both of Sitka, Sandy Kay Burke of Hager Hill, Sherry Lynn Taylor and Kandy Carol Smith, both of Leander; two brothers, William Caudill of Ohio and Quince F. Caudill of Indiana; a sister, Pauline Caudill of Indiana; a half-brother, Harold Caudill of Ohio; a step-brother, Micheal Mayes of Ohio; four half-sisters, Patsy Petty, Jean Thompson, Pam Ramey and Betty Thomas, all of Ohio; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Riceville New Bethel Freewill Baptist Church, with Roger Ross, and Danny Ward officiating. Burial will be in Bays Family Cemetery, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

   
COLE, Jason
1936-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Jason “E.J.” Cole, 75, of Salyersville, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born Jan. 7, 1936, at Salyersville, he was the son of the late Newt and Sally Smith Cole. He was a member of the Big Lick Pentecostal Church. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Roger Cole and David Cole; and two brothers, Darvin Cole and Billy J. Cole. Survivors include his wife, Willie May Cole of Salyersville; five sons, Doug Cole, Jeffery Cole, Anthony Cole, Matthew Cole, and Michael Cole, all of Salyersville; a daughter, Barbara Baker of Denver; two sisters, Wavel Baldridge and Lena Mae Risner, both of Salyersville; three brothers, Lawrence Cole, Robert Cole, and Michael Cole, all of Salyersville; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 21, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Herman Baldridge officiating. Burial was in Cole Family Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

   
CONLEY, Harold
1937-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Harold Conley, 74, of Hager Hill, died Sunday, Aug. 14, at his residence. Born March 14, 1937, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Vern and Myrtle McFaddin Conley. He was a member of the Sitka Freewill Baptist Church and worked at General Tire and Rubber Company. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Johnson Conley; a son, Harold Dean Conley of Hager Hill; four daughters, Patricia Sue Bass of Staffordsville, Teresa Lynn Music and Debra Cantrell, both of Hager Hill, and Shelia Workman of Ashland; two brothers, Robert Earl Conley of Staffordsville and Bill Conley of Thelma; and a sister, Jo Ann VanHoose of Paintsville. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Sitka Freewill Baptist Church, with Jim McKenzie, Jeremey Estep, and Hobert Meek officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
FAIRCHILD, Raymond C.
1941-2011
OHIO — Raymond C. Fairchild, 70, of Mansfield, Ohio, died Monday, Aug. 22, at his residence. Born March 21, 1941, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Russell and Mary McFaddin Fairchild. He was a construction worker. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Seums Fairchild; a son, Terry Fairchild of Mansfield; a daughter, Sherri Fairchild Persinger of Mansfield; four brothers, David Fairchild, Jack Fairchild and James Fairchild, all of Staffordsville, and Gary Fairchild of Paintsville; four sisters, Lucy Pickle of Sinurna, Tenn., Wanda Windrey of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Ruby Auxier of Hager Hill and Lurie Whitten of Staffordsville; and four grandchildren. Memorial services were Saturday, Aug. 27, at Bellville Free Will Baptist Church, Mansfield, with Bruce Copley and Russell Stanford officiating. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
GREEN, Julette (Salyers)
1926-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Julette Green, 85, of Lowmansville, died Sunday, Aug. 7, at her home. Born March 22, 1926, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Patton and Mary Sparks Salyers.  Survivors include four sons, Mike Tackett and Winford Salyers, both of Lowmansville, Buell Tackett of Paintsville, and Johnny Tackett of Boston, Mass.; four daughters, Bonnie Betts of Columbus, Ohio, Mikela Amburn of Lynchburg, Ohio, Julie Heaton of Virginia and Rosa Castle of Flat Gap; a sister, Loretta Blevins of Oil Springs; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim McKenzie and Delbert Music officiating. Burial will be in Salyers-Tackett Cemetery, Lowmansville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

     
HANNAH, Marvin
1915-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Marvin Hannah, 95, of Leander, died Monday, Aug. 29, at his residence. Born Nov. 17, 1915, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Walter and Verna C. Rivers Hannah.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Irsle Webb Hannah; a son, Gary T. Hannah; and four siblings, Shirley Robertson, Lurie Ratliff, Ada Spencer and Myron T. Hannah. Survivors include a daughter, Marvena Collier of Ida, Mich.; four sons, Jerry Hannah, Paul Hannah and Timothy Hannah, all of Hager Hill, and Danny Hannah of Leander; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great- great-grandchild. Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 1, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Herb Arms, and Toby Johnson officiating. Burial was in Hannah Family Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
HOWARD, Gienna (Preston)
1936-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Glenna Sue Howard, 74, of Salyersville, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Salyersville Health Care Center. Born Nov. 8, 1936, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Curtis and Molly Helton Preston. She was a member of the Salyersville Church of Christ and the Magoffin County Historical Society. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Luva Connelley and Anne Elizabeth Kelly; and four brothers, John Redman, Henry Ford, Ralph Carter and William Roger Preston. Survivors include three sons, Byran Curtis Howard, William Christopher Howard and Wesley Carter Howard, all of Salyersville; a sister, Ida Jane Conley of Dayton, Ohio; and two brothers, Roy Jack “Todd” Preston of Salyersville and Walker Helton “Trome” Preston of Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 18, at Salyersville Funeral Home, with Ronald Thacker officiating. Burial was in Howard Family Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

   
HOWARD, Lee Jr.
1925-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lee Howard Jr., 86, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 20, 1925, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Lee Sr. and Mary Alice Montgomery Howard. He was a retired fire chief with Paintsville Fire Department. He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Lee “Bobby” Howard. Survivors include his wife, Racine Wells Howard; a son, Don E. Howard of Van Lear; two daughters, Wanda DeBoard and Kim Howard, both of Paintsville; a brother, Paul Harrison Howard of Paintsville; four sisters, Esta Williams and Angie Hickman, both of Paintsville, Noretta Grimm of Pedro, Ohio, and Mary Hazel Gullett of Lansing, Mich.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 20, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Larry Blair and Wayne Price officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

     
JENKINS, Paul W
1956-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Paul Wayne Jenkins, 55, of Flat Gap, died Friday, Aug. 5, at Williamson Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 16, 1956, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late John Carson and Mary Marie Lemaster Jenkins. He was a retired truck driver with the Kentucky Department of Highways. Survivors include his wife, Mary Daniels Jenkins; a son, Paul Wayne Jenkins Jr. of Flat Gap; two step-sons, Paul Daniels of Paintsville and James Daniels of Hager Hill; a brother, Carlos Jenkins of Flat Gap; two sisters, Christine Gullett and Carlene Hayden, both of Flat Gap; two grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Joe Keaton, Sammy Reed and Frankie Williams officiating. Burial was in Jenkins-Lemaster Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
LEWIS, Walter E
1925-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Earl Walter Lewis, 85, of Boons Camp, died Saturday, Aug. 27, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Nov. 16, 1925, at Boons Camp, be was the son of the late Frank and Cora Mollett Lewis. Earl was a member of the Church of Nazarene, worked for Ford Motor Comp, and was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dasy Nicely Lewis.  Survivors include two sons, Tracy Lewis and Kelly Lewis, both of Boons Camp; three daughters, Claudia Dotson of Columbus, Ohio, Pamela Sheffield and Geneva Preston, both of Boons Camp; a brother, Frank Lewis of Boons Camp; a sister, Ruth Bowling of Cincinnati, Ohio; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Preston Funeral Home, with Roy Penix officiating. Burial was in Mollett Cemetery, Boons Camp, under direction of Preston Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
PELPHREY, Deborah (Ward)
1948-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Deborah Gwyen Ward Henry Pelphrey, 62, of Swamp Branch, died Thursday, Aug. 4, at Lexington Central Baptist Hospital. Born Oct. 22, 1948, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Garnet Necessary Ward.  Survivors include five daughters, Tracy Henry of Tennessee, Lisa McCarty of Florida, Cristy Henry of Van Lear, Whitney Newsome of Auxier and Amanda Henry-Blevins of Hager Hill; two brothers, John Ward of Corbin and Anthony E. Ward of Paintsville; four sisters, Patricia Gallione of Florida, Linda Kay Ward of California, Phoebe Jane Delboccio of New Jersey and Joan M. Daniels of North Carolina; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 6, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

   
RATLIFF, Eli Jr.
1932-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Eli Ratliff Jr., 79, of Staffordsville, died Sunday, Aug. 28, in Melbourne, Fla. Born May 31, 1932, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Eli Sr. and Ethel Evans Ratliff. He was a road construction worker. He was also preceded in death by a son, Steve Rick Ratliff; and a half-sister, Elsie Rowland Burke. Survivors include his wife, Gracie Blair Ratliff; two daughters, Wanda Charles of Melbourne and Norma Jean Slash of Huntington, W.Va.; a half-sister, Dorothy Williams of Middletown, Ohio; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 2, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Wayne Price officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
REED, Shelia Lynn (Cantrell)
1963-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Sheila Lynn Cantrell Reed, 48, of Salyersville, died Thursday, Aug. 18, at Cornerstone Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born June 5, 1963, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Arnold Morris and Melva Salyer Cantrell. She was a CNA at Salyersville Healthcare and a member of the White Oak Church of God. Survivors include three sons, Keith Reed, Morris Mitchell Reed and Nicholas Lee Reed, all of Salyersville; two brothers, Morris Timothy Cantrell of Winchester and Ronald S. Cantrell of Paintsville; a sister, Delana Jewell Cantrell of Winchester; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, at White Oak Church of God, with Mitchell Reed and Grant Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery, White Oak, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
RICE, Barbara (Spradlin)
1930-2011
BREATHITT COUNTY —Barbara S. Rice, 71, of Jackson, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Jan. 8, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Lenna and Buretta Greenwade Spradlin. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Sellars of Paintsville; two grandsons; and a great-grandchild. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, with burial in Rice Family Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

   
SALYERS, Cline Jr.
1971-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Cline Salyers Jr., 40, of Wittensville, formerly of Magoffin County, died Thursday, Aug. 25, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born April 29, 1971, he was the son of Cline Salyers, and Pamela Salyers, both of Salyersville. He was a member of the New Generation Worship Center. Additional survivors include his wife, Jennifer Salyers; a son, Matthew Salyers; a step-son, Timothy Haney; a daughter, Tiffany Salyers; a step-daughter, April Haney; step-mother, Jo Arnett Salyers; and a brother, Shaun Salyers. Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 29, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Mike Tackett officiating. Burial was in Salyers Cemetery, Flat Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

    
SALYERS, Ruth L 2011 (Honeycutt)
1926-2011
MARTIN COUNTY — Ruth Lorene Salyers, 85, of Inez, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born July 9, 1926, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Hansford and Beatrice Dawson Honeycutt. She was a retired postmaster at Van Lear. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Salyers; two brothers, Everett Leon Honeycutt and Chalmer Eldon Honeycutt; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include a daughter, Kathie Hartt of Fredricksburg, Va.; a son, Everett Salyers of Clinton Township, Mich.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 2, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with with Brian Owens officiating. Burial was in Christa Gardens, Sitka, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Inez. Big Sandy News Sep. 2011

    
SUBLETT, James M.
1926-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James M. Sublett, 85, of Paintsville, died Monday, Aug. 29, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Born March 18, 1926, at Garrett, he was the son of the late Freddy Monroe and Bessie June Rice Sublett. He was a carpenter and a U.S. World War II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Frances Sue Howe Sublett; two sons, Fred Allen Sublett of Lakeland, Fla., and James Michael Sublett of Paintsville; two daughters, Florence Dixon of Paintsville and Leetta Snyder of Staffordsville; a sister, Phyllis Vincent of Akron, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 2, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Tobe Wheeler and Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011

   
VANHOOSE, Arlen
1926-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Arlen “Dood” Vanhoose, 85, of Nats Creek, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, at his residence. Born Nov. 18, 1926, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Jessie and Lizzie Dawson Vanhoose. He was an Army/Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Vanhoose; and two sisters, Pauline Lee of Whitehouse and Verla Walters of Urbana, Ohio. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 11, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Tommy Meade and Harold Sincell officiating. Burial was in Vanhoose Cemetery, Chestnut, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Aug 2011
      


 
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BANKS, Linda Kay (Adams)
1949-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Linda Kay Adams Banks, 61, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Van Lear, died Sunday, Sept. 25, in Knoxville. Born Nov. 20, 1949, she was the daughter of Gwennith LeMaster Adams of Van Lear and the late Lee Ray Adams.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Shawn Dewayne King; and a sister, Frances Lee Adams. Additional survivors include her husband, Roger Lee Banks; a son, Ltc. David Ray King of Yorktown, Va.; a step- son, Trevor Lee Banks of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Gwen Adams Burkholder of Frankfort; a brother, Orin Ray Adams of Van Lear; and three grandchildren. Memorial services were Saturday, Oct. 1, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
BLEVINS, Alberta
1950-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Alberta Blevins, 61, of Hager Hill, died Saturday, Sept. 17, at Lexington U.K. Markey Cancer Center. Born May 12, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Flossie Hurt Blevins. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a brother, Ray Blevins of Hager Hill. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with B. Joe Hill officiating. Burial was in Delong Family Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
BROWN, Jimmy Ray
1955-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jimmy Ray Brown, 55, of Sitka, died Friday, Sept. 9 at King's Daughters Medical Center. Born Nov. 4, 1955, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late James Emerson Brown, and Mary Iness Ward Hyden. He was a hospital custodian. Survivors include a son, Jimmy Ray Brown Jr. of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Paul Brown and Gene Brown, both of Van Lear; and three sisters, Shirley Webb and Kay Collins, both of Van Lear, and Donna Webb of Williamsport. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 12, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
BURCHETT, Betty M.
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Betty M. Burchett, 82, of Stambaugh, died Sunday, Sept. 18, at Salyersville Health Care. Born Oct. 19, 1928, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Rex and Anna Burchett Stambaugh. She owned Highland House Restaurant and was a member of the Locust Grove United Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Jay Burchett. Survivors include two sons, Sam Burchett and Dan Burchett, both of Stambaugh; a daughter, Tammy Pruitt of Stambaugh; a sister, Mary Lewis of Florida; seven grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with J.K. Caudill, John G. Pelphrey and J.D. Rice officiating. Visitation will be today, Wednesday, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Burchett Cemetery, Stambaugh, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
CONLEY, Frankie (Boyd)
1953-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Frankie Conley, 58, of Van Lear, died Friday, Sept. 2, at Lexington Saint Joseph East. Born May 22, 1953, at Martin, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Amy Robinson Boyd. She was a retired LPN. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Conley Jr.; and three brothers, William Boyd, Randall Lee Boyd and Mike Boyd. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Martin Asher of Van Lear and Brandon Conley of Paintsville; two daughters, Stacey Kidd of Lexington and Susan Conley of Louisville; three brothers, Clyde Boyd and John Boyd, both of Martin, and Henry Boyd of New Albany, Ind.; four sisters, Fannie Boyd of Vermilion, Ohio, Diana Boyd of Wakeman, Ohio, Gail Crumley of Shelbyville and Mary Conn of Martin; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 5, at Arkansas Creek Church of Christ, with Bruce Coleman officiating. Burial was in Boyd Family Cemetery, Martin, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Sep. 2011

    
GOODSON, Joyce A. (Henderson)
1924-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Joyce A. Goodson, 87, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Sunday, Sept. 25, at her residence. Born Feb. 8, 1924, at Jenkins, she was the daughter of the late Hubert “Sleepy” and Belle Mullins Henderson. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Goodson; and a brother, Robert Henderson. Graveside services were Thursday, Sept. 29, in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, with family officiating, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
GULLETT, James Clayton
1952-2011
James Clayton Gullett, 59, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Columbus Regional Hospital. He was a resident of Edinburgh. He was born 15 February 1952 in Paintsville. He was a son of James Harrison Gullett and Lucille Van Hoose. Survivors include his wife, Brenda L. (Boggs) Gullett; a son, James Jason (Lynda) Gullett of Nineveh; brothers, David Michael (Willa) Gullett of Seattle and Robert Darrell Gullett of Greenwood; and sisters, Gwen (Larry) Baldwin of Oil Springs, Ky., Marlene Gullett Caudill of Flat Gap, Ky., Pam Gullett of Inez, Ky., and Rita (Robert) Marroulis of Salem, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Harrison Gullett and Lucille (VanHoose) Gullett. The Rev. Paul Taylor will conduct a funeral service from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at The Crossing Church, 8728 S. Nineveh Road, Nineveh. Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh is handling arrangements. He died in Edinburgh, Indiana. Submitted By: Joyce Ricken Apr.2014

    
HAMPTON, Charles D
1936-2011
FLORIDA — Charles Douglas Hampton, 75, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Paintsville, died Friday, Sept. 9, at his residence. Born July 7, 1936, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Richard and Pauline Holbrook Hampton. He was an electrician. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Richard Hampton, James Paul Hampton and Ernest "Marty" Castle; and three sisters, Marietta Nauta, Lorranie Faye Hampton and Linda Lou Nelson. Survivors include four sons, Paul Douglas Hampton, Bruce Hampton, Timothy Hampton and Dave Hampton; a daughter, Tamera Hampton; two brothers, Lawrence Ray Hampton and Earl Wendell Hampton; six sisters, Peggy Hampton, Patsy Sue Cantrell, Joyce Ann Fentress, Donetta Hammer, Elizabeth "Debbie" Lawson and Dottie Jean Howard; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 17, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Lindsey Meade officiating. Burial was in Hampton Family Cemetery, Sitka, Military rites by Salyersville D.A.V. Chapter 15, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
KING, Mary (Salyer)
1925-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mary King, 85, of Stambaugh, died Saturday, Sept. 3, at her residence. Born Dec. 26, 1925, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Jake and Della Tackett Salyer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Homer King; and a sister, Kathleen Buckheart Salyer. Survivors include two sons, Homer Darrell King of Nancy and Bobby Allen King of Hager Hill; two daughters, Vickie L. King of Stambaugh and Florence Hannah of Hager Hill; a brother, John Jake Salyer Jr. of Tutor Key; 10 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Light of Christ Church, with Terry Lykins officiating. Burial was in King-Salyer Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
LARICK, Michael Leroy
1938-2011
Michael Leroy Larick, age 73, of Middletown, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 in Middletown, Ohio. Michael was born August 3rd, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio, son of the late Frank Brusch and Ruth Larick. He is survived by his wife, Jeanetta VanHoose Larick; Ronald Eugene VanHoose of New Lebanon, Ohio, Michael Leroy Larick, Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, Charles Anthony Larick, and Mark Allen Larick both of Middletown, Ohio; two daughters, Charlene Helton of Middletown, Ohio and Jeanette Marie Larick of Elkins, West Virginia; eighteen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10th, 2011 in the Tutor Key Enterprise Baptist Church, Route 581, Tutor Key, Kentucky with Arthur Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow in the VanHoose Family Cemetery, Wiley Branch, River, Kentucky. Friends and Family may call after 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 9th, 2011 and anytime Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at Tutor Key Enterprise Baptist Church, Route 581, Tutor Key, Kentucky. Jones-Preston Funeral Home is both Honored and Privileged to be Entrusted with all funeral arrangements for Mr. Michael Leroy Larick.


    
LYONS, Charles
1943-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Charles Arthur "Charlie A." Lyons, 67, of River, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Born Nov. 17, 1943, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Bert and Margie Ward Lyons. He was a coal truck driver. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Mitchell Lyons and James Robert Lyons.  Survivors include his wife, Claudia Spradlin Lyons; a son, Charles W. Lyons of Owingsville; two daughters, Robin Lyons Ratliff of Staffordsville and Claudia Sue Johnson of Paris; two brothers, Dennis Ray Lyons of Paintsville and Lanny Keith Lyons of River; two sisters, Alberta Buckley of Toledo, Ohio, and Anna Bower of GreenWood, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 16, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Jimmy Price and Gordon Ward officiating. Burial was in Ward-Preston Cemetery, River, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
MARCUM, Ruby R. (Frazier)
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ruby R. Marcum, 85, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, at her residence. Survivors include three sons, Larry Marcum of Dayton, Ohio, Jerry Marcum of Oil Springs and Richard Marcum of Richmond; a brother, James Frazier of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Verda Ward of Ashland and Fannie Hood of Cattletsburg; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 16, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Frazier Family Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
NELSON, Nona  Jean
1952-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Nona Jean Nelson, 58, of Oil Springs, died Friday, Sept. 16, at her residence. Born Dec. 1, 1952, at Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Mildred Steele Nelson. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by a son, Eddie Lee Patrick II; two brothers, Grady Edward Nelson and Robert Nelson; and two sisters, Zelda Wallen and Brenda Greer. Survivors include a son, Devin Patrick of Oil Springs; a daughter, Amanda Collins of Oil Springs; three brothers, Vigus Samuel Nelson, William Douglas Nelson and James Nelson, all of Prestonsburg; a sister, Betty Lafferty of Catlettsburg; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 19, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with William Paul Perkins officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetry, Staffordsville, under direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

     
OWENS, Walter
1923-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Walter Owens, 88, of Oil Springs, died Thursday, Sept. 1 at his residence. Born June 2, 1923, at Oil Springs, he was the son of the late Lee and Mary Cook Owens. He was a farmer and a member of the Pigeon Enterprise Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Maggie Gambill Owens; three sons, Danny Phillip Owens of Williamsport, Billy Joe Owens and James Mitchell Owens, both of Oil Springs; three daughters, Sylvia Owens Conley of Indiana, Sandra Owens Smith of Paintsville and Judy Faye Owens Mollett of Kermit W.Va.; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 4, at Pigeon Enterprise Baptist Church, with Chris Baldwin and Joe Keaton officiating. Burial was in Owens Family Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
PATRICK, Ralph
1933-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ralph Patrick, 77, of Paintsville, formerly of Magoffin County, died Monday, Sept. 12, at his residence. Born Sept. 17, 1933, at Salyersville, he was the son of the late Ishmael and Julia Lemaster Patrick. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Howard Patrick; a son, Mark Patrick of Kansas; a daughter, Kimberly Patrick of Kansas; a sister, Nancy Ann Conley of Oceana, W.Va.; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 14, with J.R. Connelley officiating. Burial will be in Bluegrass Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
PENIX, Lydia (Branham)
1923-2011
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Lydia Susan Branham Penix, 87, of Prestonsburg, who passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13 at her residence. Mrs. Penix was born Nov. 21, 1923 in Johnson County, daughter of the late John T. and Alice Mollett Branham. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Leonard Penix; one son, Jimmy Leonard Penix; one daughter, Dimple Sue Penix; seven brothers, Ben, John R., Warren, Turner, Elias, Frank, and Jeff Branham; three sisters, Grace Branham Siferd, Margaret Branham Campbell, and Sylvia Branham Bowen. Surviving are one son, Lonnie Lee Penix of Seattle, Wa.; one daughter, Priscilla Rae Penix of Prestonsburg; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The service will be officiated by Tom Biddle, Bob Carpenter, Rob Music, and C. K. Music, with burial in the Penix Family Cemetery at Boons Camp. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville  Herald Friday September 16, 2011

    
PENIX, Lydia (Branham)
1923-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Lydia Branham Penix, 87, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, at her residence. Born Nov. 21, 1923, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late John T. and Alice Mollett Branham. She was a sales clerk. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Leonard Penix; a son, Jimmy Leonard Penix; a daughter, Dimple Sue Penix; three sisters, Grace Siferd, Margaret Campbell and Sylvia Bowen; and seven brothers, Ben Branham, John R. Branham, Warren Branham, Turner Branham, Elias Branham, Frank Branham and Jeff Branham. Survivors include a son, Lonnie Lee Penix of Seattle, Wash.; a daughter, Priscilla Rae Penix of Prestonsburg; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 16, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Tom Biddle, Bob Carpenter, Rob Music, and C.K. Music officiating. Burial was in Penix Family Cemetery, Boons Camp, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
RATLIFF, Alvin C.
1947-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Alvin C. Ratliff, 64, of Salyersville, died Friday, Sept. 16, at his residence. Born Feb. 4, 1947, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Elmer and Roberta Cantrell Ratliff. He was a coal miner and a member of the Right Middle Fork United Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ratliff; and a sister, Pamolee Auxier. Survivors include his wife, Joann Risner Ratliff; three sons, Alvin C Ratliff Jr., Calvin Joe Ratliff and Elmer Vaughn Ratliff, all of Salyersville; two daughters, Corinna Joann Ratliff and Rushie Roberta Risner, both of Salyersville; two brothers, Herbert Ratliff of Paintsville and Anthony Ratliff of Wabash, Ind.; two sisters, Carol Perkins of Wabash and Alma McKenzie of Chillicothe, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 19, at Fritz Church of God, with Dallas Patrick, Larry Patrick, and Jim Howard officiating. Burial was in Ratliff Cemetery, Middle Fork, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
RATLIFF, Henry
1938-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Henry Ratliff, 72, of Denver, died Monday, Sept. 12, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Oct. 21, 1938, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Ellis and Edna Blair Ratliff. He worked for Johnson County Schools in maintenance. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Ratliff. Survivors include his wife, Dottie Blair Ratliff; a son, Mark H. Ratliff of Jackson, Ohio; a daughter, Lori J. Blair of Maineville, Ohio; four brothers, Eulas Ratliff of Carey, Ohio, Elmon Ratliff of Leander, Ray Ratliff and Estill Ratliff, both of Denver; a sister, Alene Soard of Indiana; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with Richard Williams and Buddy McKenzie officiating. Burial was in Ratliff Family Cemetery, Denver, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

      
SALYERS, Georgan
1926-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Georgan Salyers, 84, of Paintsville, died Sunday, Sept. 4, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 16, 1926, in Wheelersburg, she was the daughter of the late Dewey Slone and Nettie Raider. Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Sue Wright and Vicky Skaggs; three sisters, Louise Castle, Arlene Patrick, and Justine Salyers; several grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 8, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Terry Lykins officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
SELLARDS, James D
1965-2011
FLOYD COUNTY —James Dean Sellards, 46, of Betsy Layne, died Monday, Sept. 5, at his residence. Born March 30, 1965, in Johnson County, he was the son of Carl Ray Sellards of Allen and Thelma Jean Nichols Sellards of Betsy Layne. Additional survivors include a son, James Cody Sellards of Betsy Layne; a daughter, Brittany Paige Sellards of Betsy Layne; and a brother, Mark Anthony Sellards of Betsy Layne. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 9, at Hall Funeral Home, with Doug Lewis and Tracy Patton officiating. Burial was in Nichols-Adkins Cemetery, Gulnare, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
SLONE, Roy
1940-2011
BOYD COUNTY — Roy Slone, 71, of Catlettsburg, died Sunday, Sept. 11. Born April 19, 1940, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Lee Roy and Anna Marie Martin Slone. He was a coal miner, a mason and member of the Whittaker FWB Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Slone. Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Adams of Paintsville; four step-daughters, Judy Parrott of Brooksville, Fla., Sandra Carter of Maine, Joyce Music and Lois Scurlock, both of Tutor Key; three sisters, Rebecca Sue Meek of Thealka, Alice Vanhoose of Tutor Key and Barbara Sammons of Wittensville; three brothers, Bob Slone of Boons Camp, Hubert Slone of Wittensville and Billy Jack Slone of Catlettsburg; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several step- grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Wilson Funeral Home, with Willie Gene Hayes and Venny Vanhoose officiating. Burial will be in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Louisa, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
SPENCER, Billie (Hughes)
1942-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Billie Jane Hughes Spencer, 69, of Paintsville, died Sunday, Sept. 11, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 15, 1942, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Dennis Remus and Catherine Matney Hughes. She was a retired school teacher. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lowell "Ed" Spencer. Survivors include a brother, Frank Marion Hughes of Paris; and a sister, Bonnie Jo Price of Oil Springs. Memorial services were Sunday, Sept. 18, with Kenneth Spurrier officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
STAMBAUGH, Maudie (Bush)
1928-2011
WEST VIRGINIA — Maudie Evelyn Bush Stambaugh, 83, of Huntington, W.Va., died Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Huntington St. Mary's Medical Center. Born June 2, 1928, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Sarah Stanley Bush. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Tracy Martin Stambaugh; a son, James Stambaugh; and twin daughters, Janet and Janice Stambaugh. Survivors include a son, Donald Stambaugh of Bowling Green; a daughter, Mary Hagley of Huntington, W.Va.; a brother, John W. Bush of Ashland; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 18, at Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home, with Scott Byard officiating. Burial was in Bush Family Cemetery, Cannonsburg, under direction of Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
TERRY, Nathaniel
2004-2011
LOUISIANA — Nathaniel Terry, 7, of Iowa, La., died Saturday, Sept. 3. Born July 12, 2004, at Grapevine, Texas, he was the son of John Terry and Cloressa Hooper of Iowa. He was a student. Additional survivors include three brothers, Daniel Hooper, Lawrence Hooper and Henel Terry, all of Iowa. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 7, at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, with Southie Fannin Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep. 2011

   
TURNER, William
1924-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —William "Bill" Turner, 87, of Tutor Key, died Thursday, Sept. 22 at his residence. Born June 23, 1924, at Crockettsville, he was the son of the late William and Ollie May Turner. He was an agronomist with the KY Department of Highways, a member of the First Christian Church at Jackson and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Brown Turner; four daughters, Cynthia Chapman of Jackson, Debra Hall of Pikeville, Jennifer Turner of Lexington and Pamela Brown of Panasoffkee, Fla.; two sisters, Eunice Scott and Edna Mae Turner, both of Jackson; seven grandchildren; and 12 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 25, at Preston Funeral Home, with Harry Steven Moren, Mary Elizabeth Noren, and William Anthony Scott officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

    
VANHOOSE, Clifford E
1920-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Clifford Earl VanHoose, 90, of Paintsville, died Monday, Sept. 19, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Dec. 2, 1920, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Earl H. and Phoebe Arnett VanHoose. He worked in the coal industry, and was a member of the 56 Masonic Lodge, Van Lear, and Tom's Creek Freewill Baptist Church, and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Preston VanHoose; and a sister, Roberta Virginia VanHoose. Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Daniel of Wittensville and Susan McDaniel of London; a son, David VanHoose of Flat Gap; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with James Kelly Caudill, and Jerry Scott officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

   
WEBB, Etta (Lemaster)
1921-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Etta Evelyn Webb, 89, of Oil Springs, died Friday, Sept. 23, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Nov. 18, 1921, at Oil Springs, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Laura Collins Lemaster. She was a retired U.S. post mistress at Manila. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Webb. Survivors include two sons, Charles Donald Webb of Johnson City, Tenn., and George Danny Webb of Oil Springs; two daughters, Fran Davis of Scott Depot, W.Va., and Judy VanHoose of Oil Springs; a brother, Robert Cecil Lemaster of Ohio; four sisters, Nadine Blanton and Ann McClure, both of Paintsville, Ruth Blanton of Oil Springs and Jo Holbrook of Van Lear; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 26, at Oil Springs Freewill Baptist Church, with Keith Horn and Chad Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

    
YOUNG, Ronald G
1968-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ronald Gene Young, 43, of Van Lear, died Saturday, Sept. 3, at his residence. Born May 16, 1968, in Boyd County, he was the son of Wandena Dennison Young of Paintsville and the late Evertt Young. Additional survivors include two sons, Joseph Young of Van Lear and Jessie Young of Inez; a daughter, Tasha May of River; a brother, Leroy Young of Van Lear; two sisters, Melanie Cantrell of Red Bush and Greta Tackett of Staffordsville; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Roger Hill and Tim Preece officiating. Burial was in Wells-Collins Cemetery, Daniels Creek, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Sep 2011

     


 
OCTOBER - 2011



 
BAKER, Kevin Eugene
1967-2011
MARTIN COUNTY — Kevin Eugene Baker, 43, of Inez, died Sunday, Oct. 30, at Inez. Born Sept. 22, 1967, in Johnson County, he was the son of Robert Eugene and Alice Faye Jennings Baker of Offutt. He worked at Alpha Mining. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sheila Wells. Additional survivors include his wife, Melissa Williams Baker; a son, Robert Kevin Baker of Inez; and a sister, Debra Baker of Offutt. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial will be in Baker Family Cemetery, Offutt, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

     
BLANTON, David
1940-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —David Blanton, 71, of Cynthiana, died Monday, Oct. 31, at Cynthiana. Born Oct. 19, 1940, at Thelma, he was the son of the late Mason and Emma Childers Blanton. He was a construction worker. Survivors include his wife, Liz Gatliff Blanton; three sons, Todd Allen Blanton of Sadieville, Joseph Scott Blanton of Cynthiana and David Bryan Blanton of Lawrence, Kan.; a brother, Robert Blanton of Thelma; three sisters, Helen Stafford of Van Lear, Betty Carr of South Carolina and Katherine Butcher of Shelby, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 3, at Preston Funeral Home, with James Roger VanHoose officiating, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

   
BROWN, Imogene (Stambaugh)
1925-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY ­—Imogene Stambaugh Brown, 85 of Sitka, died Thursday, Oct. 13, at her residence. Born Oct. 15, 1925, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Rebecca Lemaster Stambaugh. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Quentin Brown; a son, Harvey Brown Jr.; and grandson. Survivors include a son, Jimmy Brown of Prestonsburg; four daughters, Harriet Hensley and Anita Jo Curtis, both of Sitka, Patricia Carr of Paintsville, Brenda Frazier of Beaver, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 16, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Lionel Burchett, Tim Stambaugh, and Eugene Stambaugh officiating. Burial was in Brown-Stambaugh Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

   
BROWNING, Sandra Sue  (Cantrell)
1941-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Sandra Sue Browning, 70, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Mountain Manor. Born Feb. 28, 1941, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Burl "Whitey" and Gladys Meade Cantrell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gene A. "Spanky" Browning. Survivors include two daughters, Julia Ann Endicott and Genia Sue Blevins, both of Paintsville; two brothers, Jackie Cantrell of Springfield and Wade Cantrell of Oil Springs; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 15, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Tobe Wheeler, Wendell Ison, and Jeff Shurrow officiating. Burial was in Staffordsville Church Cemetery, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

   
CAUDILL, Janet (Suttles)
1960-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Janet Lynn Suttles Caudill, 51, of Tutor Key, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, at her residence. Born Sept. 6, 1960, in Carter County, she was the daughter of Laura Virgie Griffith Suttles of Carter County and the late David Ray Suttles. She worked at Mayo Technical College. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bryan Suttles. Additional survivors include her husband, Richard Allen Caudill; two daughters, Tara Beth Cruse of Lexington and Laura Kay Robinson of Martin; three brothers, David Suttles, Bryan Rice and Jason Rice, all of Carter County; a sister, Cheryl Branham of Carter County; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 28, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Bill Maxie, and Terry Conley officiating. Burial was in Marvin Sparks Cemetery, Blaine, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Nov.02 2011

    
CHILDERS, Linda (Preston)
1951-2011
BOYD COUNTY — Linda D. Childers, 60, of Ashland, died Friday, Oct. 28, at Thelma. Born Oct. 7, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Reba Eisnaugle Preston. She worked at American Standard and was a member of the Eastside Freewill Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Michael Childers.  Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Compton of West Van Lear, and Kim Lyons of Richmond; a sister, Sharon Butcher of Thelma; four grandchildren; and a great grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 31, at Eastside Freewill Baptist Church, with Harry Neal Frisby and Roger Thornsberry officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

    
CLARK, Charles A
1961-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Charles Allen Clark, 50, of Lowmansville, died Friday, Oct. 28, at his residence. Born May 30, 1961, in Floyd County, he was the son of Alva Nell Goble Hall of Lowmansville and the late Lee Hall. He was a disabled cook. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Matthew Hall. Additional survivors include his wife, Bertha Keaton Clark; two sons, Lucas Allen Clark of Ivel and Charles Alven Clark of Sitka; a daughter, Alta Ann Clark of Banner; six brothers, Curt Hall and Sammy Hall, both of Clay City, Ernest Hall of Teaberry, Willie Hall of Keaton, and Chet Hall and Richard Hall, both of New York; five sisters, Ileana Kaye Moore of Staffordsville, Mary Sue Blevins of Tram, Diana Svacina of Martin, and Rhonda Hall and Rita Hall, both of New York; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 31, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Burial was in Goble Family Cemetery, Allen, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wed. Nov.02 2011

    
COLLINS, Claudie R
1956-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Claudie Collins, 55, of Salyersville, died Sunday, Oct. 16, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born July 28, 1956, at Lansing, Mich., he was the son of the late James Kelley and Sallie Prater Collins. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Ann Collins. Survivors includes his wife, Nancy Manns Collins; a son, Brandon Wayne Marshall of Salyersville; three daughters, Crystal Riposky of Betsy Layne, Heather Wakeland of Allen and Kayla Lovins of Salyersville; two brothers, Charles Collins of Jackson and Danny Collins of Salyersville; two sisters, Rita Collins and Jerry Bailey, both of Salyersville; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., today, Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Paul Smith officiating. Burial will be in Prater Cemetery, Half Mountain, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

     
CORDLE, Rhoda (Skaggs)
1851-2011
Rhoda Yvonne (Skaggs) Cordle, 60, of Blaine, went to be with the Lord Jesus Tuesday, Oct. 18, at her home. She was born March 5, 1951 in Keaton, a daughter of the late Lowell and Audie (Rigsby) Skaggs. She left behind a devoted husband, Lawrence David Cordle; and loving children, a daughter and son-in- law, Carmella Dee and Chris Rose; a son, Lawrence David Cordle Jr.; and an adoring grandson, Lincoln Allen Rose. Also, she will be missed dearly by her brothers and sisters: Jim Skaggs (Keaton), Betty Jo Ratcliff (Red Bush), Ralph Skaggs (Columbus, OH), Jane Boggs (Flat Gap), and Mary Barker (Somerset), as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Being a faithful Christian servant, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother (Mammie), friend and a busy homemaker. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Revs. Venny Vanhoose and Ron Burger conducted funeral services on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Louisa Freewill Baptist Church. Burial followed in Yatesville Memorial Gardens at Louisa. Arrangements were under the care of Wilson Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

   
DANIELS, Lillie M. (Austin)
1929-2011
Lillie Mae Austin Daniels age 82 of Boons Camp died Monday Oct. 3 in Ashland. She was born Sept. 21 1929 to the late Isom and Bessie Bolen Austin. Lillie is also preceded in death by her husband Hermon Daniels. She is survived by 4 sons Lon Cebert (Donnao) Daniels of Greenup,KY, Robert Dean (Sharon) Daniels , Calvin Bryan (Debbie) Daniels, Herman (Glenda) Daniels Jr. all of Boons Camp KY, 4 daughters Marcella Mae Daniels of Paoli, IN, Garnetta Gay Daniels, Karletta Kay Daniels, and Jannetta Joy Daniels all of Boons Camp KY. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren Lonnie Jason, Rebecca Susanne, Michelle Mim, Matthew Hayward, David Wayne, Jennifer Jay, Calvin Bryan Jr. “Casper” Alvin Bryon “Bear”, Mitchell Todd “Smokey” and Rochelle Lynn “Pebble”, and 3 great grandchildren Kayla Susanne, Allison Brooke and Samuel Thomas. Lillie was converted April 13, 1991 and baptized April 14, 1991 where she placed her membership with the Church of Tri-State Zion Assosiation. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. Visitation will be held on Wednesday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Buffalo United Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday from the Buffalo United Baptist Church with Johnnie Mollett, Claude Mollette, Dewey Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery at Staffordsville, KY. PRESTON FUNERAL HOME Paintsville, Ky. Suibmitted By: Ron Branham

      
EVANS, Elzie F.
1923-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Elize F. Evans, 88, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, Oct. 8 at his residence. Born Feb. 28, 1923, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Edward and Della Conley Evans. He was a carpenter and a U.S. military veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carlos Cea Evans. Survivors include three sons, David L. Evans of Van Lear, Jim Evans of Prestonsburg and Johnny Evans of Lick Fork; two daughters, Deloris Patrick and Phyllis Price, both of Nippa; a sister, Myrtie Young of Prestonsburg; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 10, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

   
FERGUSON, Bernice (McKenzie)
1922-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Bernice McKenzie Ferguson, 89, of Paintsville, died Friday, Oct. 7, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Aug. 26, 1922, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Ora and Belva Boggs McKenzie. She was a retired school teacher. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Farrell C. Ferguson. Survivors include a son, Michael N. Ferguson of Keaton; a grandchild; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Tim Salyer officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

     
FRALEY, Ben E.
1949-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ben E. Fraley, 62, of Van Lear, died Friday, Oct. 7, at his residence. Born April 28, 1949, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Wash and Lida Spradlin Fraley. He was a lineman for Pike Electric. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Fraley; and three sisters, Catherine Lewis, Mary Goble and Ethel Fraley. Survivors include two brothers, John Fraley and Paul Fraley, both of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Angelene Hart of Prestonsburg and Ruby Montgomery of Auxier; and a half-sister, Bertha Munkey of Betsy Layne. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 10, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Curt Howard officiating. Burial was in Fraley Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

   
GLIDEWELL, Virginia
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Virginia Glidewell, 83, of Van Lear, died Monday, Oct. 31, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Born Sept. 16, 1928, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Lavada Collins Gullett. She was a nurse's aide. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred Glidewell; and three sons, Lonnie, Roy Lee and James Spradlin. Survivors include eight daughters, Gertie "Dodie" Belkoski of Aberdeen, Wa., Tammy Blackburn of Mt. Sterling, Mildred Davis of Hager Hill, Naomi Jorgenson of Randall, Wa., Julia Landman of Carlisle, Sammy Perkins of Powell, Tenn., Della Spradlin of Meally and Justine Templeton of Van Lear; a sister, Gertrude Bowen of Salyersville; 40 grandchildren; several great- and great-great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 4, at Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Gullett Cemetery, East Point, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

    
GOBLE, Darlene (Tackett)
1946-2011
BOYD COUNTY — Darlene Goble, 65, of Ashland, formerly of Van Lear, died Sunday, Oct. 2, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. Born Jan. 15, 1946, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Velma Blanton Tackett. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Goble; and a brother, Bo Tackett. Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Goble of Ashland and Monique Click of Hager Hill; three brothers, Freddie Tackett of Richmond, Eddie Tackett of Winchester and Johnny Tackett of Allen; four sisters, Phyllis May of Paintsville, Cornellia Mullins of Keaton, Shelbie Banks and Patricia Butcher, both of Van Lear; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 6, at West Van Lear Missionary Baptist Church, with Donnie Witten officiating. Burial was in Goble Family Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

     
GRIMM, James C
1961-2011
FLOYD COUNTY —James Carson Grimm, 50, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, Oct. 22, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home. Born July 12, 1961, at Paintsville, he was the son of Anna Blair Wills and the late Carson Grimm.  Survivors include step-father, Kennith R. Wills; and two sisters, Karen Baldwin of Prestonsburg and Sharon Stickler of Lexington. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Kenny Pelphrey and James R. Blair officiating. Burial will be in Grimm Cemetery, Lowmansville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

     
HELTON, Roy
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Roy K. Helton, 83, of Staffordsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, at his residence. Born Aug. 30, 1928 in Staffordsville, he was the son of Kelse and Lexie Lemaster Helton. He was a member of the Barnett's Creek United Baptist Church of Christ, was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and retired from South Central Bell. Survivors include his wife, Mary Baker Helton; three sons, Richard Lee Helton of Salyersville, and Timothy K. Helton and Jefferson B. Helton, both of Staffordsville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 29, at Barnett's Creek United Baptist Church of Christ, with Jimmy Cloud, John G. Pelphrey, Kenny Pelphrey and Mitchell Spradlin officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Nov.02 2011

   
HENSLEY, James E
1938-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Edward Hensley, 73, of Johnson County, died Saturday, Oct. 8, at King's Daughters Medical Center. Born April 26, 1938, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late David and Bonnie Mans Hensley. He was also preceded in death by a step-son, Jim Montgomery; and a step-daughter, Patricia Perez. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Haney Hensley; two step-sons, Ronnie Montgomery of Oil Springs and Donald Montgomery of Staffordsville; a brother Darrell Hensley of Paintsville; five sisters, Emma Bright and Norma Honeycutt, both of Paintsville, Evelene Curtis of Flat Gap, Margaret Hensley of Staffordsville and Davonda Mills of Tutor Key; and six step-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Ray Pennington officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

   
HOWARD, Carol (Cantrell)
1933-2011
CAROL HOWARD, age 78 of Fairborn passed away on Monday, October 10, 2011 at Hospice of Dayton. She was born the daughter of Grover & Edna (Adams) Cantrell in Paintsville, Kentucky on June 11, 1933. She is preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers Jimmy & Raymond Cantrell. She is survived by her loving husband George Howard, a daughter Tracy & Alex Frueauf, a son Gary & Anne Howard, brothers Charlie & Pauline Cantrell and John & Judy Cantrell, grandchildren Chloe, Chalmer, Mitchell, and Savannah, and several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all she loved. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10AM at Burcham Jennings Funeral Home 119 E. Main St. Fairborn, Ohio with Pastor Ancil Carter officiating.  Submitted By: Connie Spurlock

   
JUDE, Connie
1950-2011
MARTIN COUNTY — Connie Jude, 61, of Pilgrim, died Friday, Oct. 7, at her residence. Born Feb. 28, 1950, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of late Rueben and Lexie Dale Ramey.  Survivors include her husband, Henry Jude of Pilgrim; three sons, John Henry Jude of Pilgrim, Danny Jude of Flat Gap and Daniel Jude of Rhode Island; two sisters, Betty Henderson of Flat Gap and Vira Taylor of Salyersville; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 10, at Sidney Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in Jude Family Cemetery, Pilgrim, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Inez. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

    
KAKIH, Gazi Jose
2011
Burial: Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, Kentucky Gazi Fakih, age 69 of Lexington, Kentucky died peacefully at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington on Saturday, October 8th, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father Naim Fakih and mother, Hortencia Fakih. He is the dearly beloved husband of Connie Hackney and cherished father of Yasmin Fakih. Also surviving are his brothers, Omar Fakih of Beirut, Lebanon and Faisal Fakih of Sevilla, Spain. Gazi was born in Bolivia and lived most of his life in Spain. He graduated from the Valencia School of Medicine and worked as an Orthopedic Surgeon for 11 years. He moved to Kentucky with his wife and daughter in 1983. Gazi was a Surgical PA at St. Joseph Hospital for 16 years where he greatly enjoyed working with his friends and co-workers. He was also a talented oil painter and woodworker. His kindness, generosity, and humor will truly be missed by all.

   
LIPP, Garnett (Kirk)
1922-2011
ROWAN COUNTY — Garnet Louise Lipp, 89, of Morehead, died Monday, Oct. 24, at St. Claire Medical Center. Born Jan. 10, 1922, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson "A.J." and Peggy Williams Kirk. She retired from Florida State Health and Human Services. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Ralph Drew Oppenheimer, Stan LaHah and Everett Lipp; and a sister, Marda Joan Preston. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Lee Oppenheimer VanHoose of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, Jerry Ann Helton of Lexington; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 27, at Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals in Morehead, under direction of the Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals in Morehead. Big Sandy News Wed. Nov.02 2011

   
LONG, Russell
1923-2011
OHIO — Russell Long, 88, of Willoughby, Ohio, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Lake West Hospital. Born May 19, 1923, in Paintsville, he was the son of the late Raleigh and Maude Stanley Long. He was retired from Elkem Metals, was a U.S. World War II and Korean Army veteran and member of the First Baptist Church of Ashtabula. Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Scott and Gloria Long, both of Painesville, Ohio; a son, Jay Long of Rock Creek, Ohio; a brother, Walter Long of Killeen, Texas; a sister, Beatrice Rawlett of Okeechobee, Fla.; two half-brothers, Donald Long of Florida and Ernest Long of Ashtabula; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 31, at Potti Lakeside Funeral Home and Cremation Service, with Dan Evans officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville, under direction of Potti Lakeside Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ashtabula. Big Sandy News Wed. Nov.02 2011

   
LONGFELLOW, Betty (Moore)
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Betty J. Longfellow, 75, of Danville, formerly of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Danville. Born Nov. 26, 1935, in Boyd County, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Lucinda Williams Moore. She worked at General Motors. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Lee Longfellow. Survivors include two sons, Harkless Grimm of Catlettsburg, and Ralph Grimm of Flat Gap; a daughter, Tamatha Blum of Danville; a brother, Bill Moore of Catlettsburg; and a sister, Bonnie McCoy, of Catlettsburg; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 23, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Chris Rutledge officiating. Burial was in Grimm Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

    
MAY, Lois (Collins)
1933-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Lois May, 78, of Van Lear, died Saturday, Oct. 22, at her residence. Born May 27, 1933, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late McKinley and Callie Daniels Collins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James (Doc) May; a sister, Maggie Penix; and a brother, Carl Collins. Survivors include a son, James R. May of Van Lear; two brothers, Clyde Collins of Van Lear and Raymond Collins of Frankfort; and a sister, Mary Ferguson of Lexington. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Jerry Scott officiating. Burial was in Collins Family Cemetery at Daniels Creek, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

  
MOLLETTE, Melvin
1931-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Melvin "Moe" Mollette, 80, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, at his residence. Born Sept. 18, 1931, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Ali and Rachel Spears Mollette. He was a coal miner, a member of the Liberty Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Doris Hayes Mollette; a son, David Mollette of Thelma; two daughters, Anna Garrett of Auxier and Wanda Ward of Winsor; a step-son, Hobert Castle of Sitka; two step- daughters, Sharon Brown of Richmond and Marsha Hall of Denver; a brother, Mildred Mollette of Offutt; a sister, Stella Ramey of Springfield, Ohio; three grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Oct. Oct. 20, with Robert Collins officiating. Burial was in Castle Cemetery, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

    
MONTGOMERY, James B
1945-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Burns Montgomery, 66, of West Van Lear, died Thursday, Oct. 13, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born April 12, 1945, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Harold and Lula Marie McCarty Montgomery. He was a truck driver. Survivors include a son, Scott Montgomery of Paintsville; a daughter, Jill Walker of Walton; four brothers, Daril Montgomery of Ivel, John Montgomery of Lancaster, Danny Montgomery and Harold Montgomery, both of West Van Lear; two sisters, Fonsba Himes of Lancaster and Diana Marie Montgomery of West Van Lear; and two grandchildren. Graveside services were Sunday, Oct. 16, in Adams Cemetery, Magoffin County, with Edwin Himes officiating, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

    
MUNCY, James
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Muncy, 65 of Paintsville, died Friday, Oct. 21, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born July 3, 1946, in Martin County, he was the son of Rosa Fields Muncy, and the late William Muncy. Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Block Muncy; four sons, Jim Ed Muncy, Curtis Muncy, James Allen Muncy and Andrew Muncy; six brothers, Richard, Clyde and Matthew Muncy, all of Kermit, Cecil Muncy of Paintsville, Julius Muncy of Columbus, Ohio, and Earley Muncy of Louisa; five sisters, Hazel Marcum, Mary Horn and Nora Endicott, all of Kermit, Martha Maynard and Phyllis Smith, both of Inez; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 24, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Phillip Stroud and Billy Messer officiating. Burial was in Spaulding Family Cemetery, Kermit, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Inez. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

    
RIGSBY, Ethel (Williams)
1915-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Ethel Rigsby, 96, of Salyersville, died Saturday, Oct. 8, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Aug. 4, 1915, at Royalton, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Willie Cole Williams. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roy Rigsby; five brothers, Ernest Williams, Ollie Williams, Tobe Williams, Morris Williams and Carl Williams; and four sisters, Dora Watson, Dallas Ray, Doris Minix and Thelma Elam. Survivors include two daughters, Vonda Lea Carroll-Snoddy of Ashley, Ohio, and Rotha Jean Owens of Salyersville; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 10, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Greg Minix, Joe Carroll, and Manuel Minix officiating. Burial was in Lee Rigsby Cemetery, Carver, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

     
SALYER, Stanley
1957-2011
PULASKI COUNTY —Stanley Gordon Salyer, 60, died Thursday, Oct. 6, at his residence. Born Jan. 1, 1957, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late James and Geneva Blevins Salyer.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Wally Arnold Hall; and a sister, Brenda Joyce Kreamer. Survivors include his wife, Judy Ann Salyer; a daughter, Melissa Raeline Bradley of Revelo; four sons, Stanley Gordon Salyer Jr. of Leitersford, Ind., Eric Ray Creekmore of Somerset, Anthony Dale Delap of Eubank and James Oral Salyer of Indiana; a brother, James Ambrose Salyer of Burnside; three sisters, Sue Banazak of Somerset, Lynn Dorman Cook of Leesburg, Ind., and Debbie Harmon of Warsaw, Ind.; 26 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 10, at Pine Knot Funeral Home Chapel, with Michael Creekmore, Andy Jones, and Greg Ryran officiating. Burial was in Pine Knot Cemetery, under direction of Pine Knot Funeral Home, Somerset. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

   
SEXTON, Anita (Horn)
1965-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Anita Horne Sexton, 45, of Staffordsville, died Monday, Oct. 3, at Pikeville Medical Center. Born Nov. 21, 1965, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of Janet May Horne of Paintsville and the late Wilbur Lee Horne. She was a supervisor with the U.S. government. Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Carol Sexton and Jamie Lynn Spence, both of Paintsville; three brothers, Allen Lee Horne of Hager Hill, Bryan Keith Horne of Piketon, Ohio, and Christopher Horne of Staffordsville; a sister, Donna Hall of Leander; half-sister, Sandra Kay Horne of Indiana; and a half-brother, Donnie Horne of Paintsville. Funeral services were Thursday, Oct. 6, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with James R. Blair officiating. Burial was in Horne Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

   
SKAGGS, Doris (Spradlin)
1944-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Doris E. Skaggs, 67, of Lowmansville, died Sunday, Oct. 2, at Ashland Community Hospice Center. She was born June 13, 1944. Survivors include her husband, David Skaggs; a son, Phillip R. Skaggs of Florida; a daughter, Paula Sinatra of Sharon Springs, N.Y.; four brothers, Kenneth Spradlin of Cincinnati, Ohio, Charles Spradlin, Larry Spradlin and Ricky Spradlin, all of Johnson County; and three sisters, Ruth Huff, and Brenda Maynard of Georgia and Nancy Keeton of W.Va. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Darren Rice officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Visitation will be at Jones-Preston Funeral Home on Wednesday after 9 a.m. to time of service, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

    
STAMBAUGH, Gordon Ray
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Gordan Ray Stambaugh, 76, of Sitka, died Saturday, Oct. 22, at his residence. Born June 17, 1935, at Ashland, he was the son of the late George and Annie Sellers Stambaugh. He was a coal miner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Adeline Colvin Stambaugh. Survivors include a daughter, Patty S. McBride of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Jean Osborne of Columbus, Ohio, and Betty Ramey of Sitka; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be noon today, Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Eugene Stambaugh officiating. Burial will be in Stambaugh Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

    
TACKETT, Ann (Hayes)
1926-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ann Hayes Tackett, 85, of Flatwoods, formerly of Staffordsville, died Sunday, Oct. 23, at her residence. Born April 22, 1926, at Fort Valley, Ga., she was the daughter of the late James M. and Cenia Cain Hayes. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Tackett; and a son, Ronnie Tackett. Survivors include three daughters, Anna Brashears of Staffordsville, Trudy Skaggs of Flatwoods and Edna Sumner of Milledgeville, Ga.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven great- great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 26th, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Gene Roberts and Doug Crider officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct. 2011

   
WALLER, Prince
1954-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Prince Waller, 57, of Williamsport, died Saturday, Oct. 1, at his residence. Born Jan. 27, 1954, at Boons Camp, he was the son of the late Cecil and Minnie Crum Waller.  Survivors include his wife, Paula Dheel Waller; two daughters, Misty Cole and Kayla Maynard, both of Paintsville; a step-daughter, Jessica Harmon of Flat Gap; six brothers, Harold Waller of Meally, Bill Waller of Tazewell, Tenn., Hubert Waller of Wittensville, Cecil Waller of Michigan, Noah Waller of Paintsville, and Orville Waller of Red Bush; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 3, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Cecil Waller officiating, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

  
WARD, Billy Melvin
1949-2011
Bill M. "Pete" Ward, age 62, of Gray, Tenn., formerly of Tallmadge, Ohio, passed into Glory on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Ward was born August 11, 1949 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Ky., to Lassie Davis Ward Payne, of Jonesborough, TN, and the late Burns O. Ward from Davisport, KY. He was also preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Melvin Ward and Grace DeLong, and maternal grandparents, Everett Davis and Louisa McGinnis, and a brother, Fred Ward in 2007. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Jonesborough. Mr. Ward was a United States Army Veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1997 from the City of Tallmadge as Utilities Superintendent after serving 31 years. He moved to Florida after retirement and worked there for several years, then relocated to Tennessee to be close to his mother. In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife of 37 years, Karen Shumaker Ward of Gray, Tenn.; brothers, Burns Everett "Butch" (Cheri) Ward of Mogadore, Ohio and Michael Ward of Jonesborough; stepdaughter, Wendy (Kurt) Holl and grandson, Korey Holl, all of Kent, Ohio; stepson, Kenny Wolverton and grandson, Drew Wolverton of Akron, Ohio; daughter, Melissa (Eric) Woods of Johnson City, TN; daughter, Amanda (Scott) Schulte and grandson, Zeke Schulte, all of Kingsport, TN; and son, Adam (Agia) Ward of Gray; and grandson, Sethanial Ward of Lebanon, Pa.; special aunt, Betty Ward Esler of Myrtle Beach; childhood friend, Billy Curtis of Mogadore, Ohio; and many cousins in eastern KY, family, friends and loved ones near and far. Pete was regarded as loving, kind, generous, and witty by those whose lives he touched. His memory will remain as an enduring legacy in the hearts and minds of those that loved him. Funeral service will be conducted 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Fairview United Methodist Church, with Pastors Christi Taylor and Chuck Griffin officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. Interment service will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the Ward family online at www.dillow-taylor.com. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, Tenn., 423-753-3821 Published in Akron Beacon Journal on October 25, 2011, and Johnson City Press on October 24..
 Submitted by Wife: Karen (Shumaker) Ward  Oct.18 2012..

    
WARD, Nora (Spencer)
1948-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Nora Janice Spencer Ward, 63, of Prestonsburg, formerly of Johnson County, died Saturday, Oct. 8, at Pikeville Medical Center. Born Sept. 1, 1948, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Curtis and Ada Hannah Spencer. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ward. Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Childers of Paintsville and Deborah Colvin of River; a brother, Donald Spencer of Middle Fork; three sisters, Bonnie Rivers of Hager Hill, Patsy Tackett of Keaton and Betty Spencer of Mississippi; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with B. Joe Hill officiating. Burial was in Ward Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Oct 2011

    
WILLIAMS, Billie D.
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Billie D. Williams, 52, of Paintsville, formerly of Logan, W.Va., died Thursday, Oct. 6, at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Marsetta and Clarence Daniels and Clifford Farmer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Williams. Survivors include two sons, George Williams Jr. of Catlettsburg and Joseph Williams of Pikeville; a sister, Tonya Runyon of Delbarton, W.Va.; three brothers, Ricky Farmer of Salyersville, Mark Daniels of Fort Gay, W.Va. and Elijah Farmer of Delbarton; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Richardson Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, with Tommy Vanhoose officiating, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Oct 2011


 
NOVEMBER - 2011

BLANTON, John W.
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —John W. Blanton, 76, of Staffordsville, died Sunday, Nov. 6, at his residence. Born Oct. 22, 1935, at Fugett, he was the son of the late Charlie and Emma McKenzie Blanton. He was a business owner and a U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Juanita Lemaster Blanton; a son, John A. Blanton of Staffordsville; two daughters, Susan Blanton of Lexington and Sandy Brown of Staffordsville; a brother, George "Bud" Blanton of Flat Gap; two sisters, Mary E. Baldwin and Nell Pelfrey, both of Staffordsville; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Little Mud Lick Church of God. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

    
CANTRILL, Ann
1930-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Ann Cantrill, 81, of Van Lear, died Saturday, Nov. 26, at her residence. Born June 22, 1930, at Parkersburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Bessie McCaulley. She was a member of the Collista Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Vaughnie Cantrill; two sons, Charles David Byers of Lexington and Steven Wayne Byers of Morehead; three sisters, Betty Hines of Waverly, Ohio, Jane Spears and Charlotte Hall, both of Gallipolis, Ohio; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Toby Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

  
CHANDLER, James F.
1924-2011
 JOHNSON COUNTY —James F. Chandler, 86, of Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, at NHC Health Care Nursing Home. Born Dec. 31, 1924, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Jane Hamilton Chandler. He was a retired Johnson County school teacher and a U.S. World War II veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Julia Mary Williams Chandler. Survivors include three step-sons, Mark Williams of Palm Beach, Fla., Michael Williams of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Vincent Williams of Winter Haven, Fla.; a step-daughter, Jeni Meredith of Johnson City; seven step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 19, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Wells- Buckingham Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
COLLINS, Sarah M (Hamilton)
1933-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Sarah Margaret Hamilton Collins, 78, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 22. She was born Jan. 12, 1933. Survivors include two sons, Michael Tackett of East Point and Harry Tackett of Keaton; four daughters, Peggy Meade of Nippa, Rhonda Burke of Hager Hill, Glenda Owens of Thelma and Katie Tiller of Danville; a sister, Clarinda Butcher of Wittensville; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 25, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Whitaker Cemetery, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
CONLEY, Robert W
1948-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Robert Wade "Bobby" Conley, 63, of Paintsville, died Friday, Nov. 4, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born June 5, 1948, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Forest Conley Jr. He was a laborer at Calvary Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Sophia LaShae Bevins of Morgan County. Memorial services were Sunday, Nov. 6, at Oil Springs Freewill Baptist Church, with Chad Blair officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

   
CONNELLEY, Marcus
1923-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY —Marcus Connelley, 88, of Salyersville, died Friday, Nov. 18, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Sept. 3, 1923, at Salyersville, he was the son of the late Dr. Walter C. and Grace Bayes Connelley. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, a member of KEEP, a pipefitter with Local 577 of Portsmouth, Ohio, a Hall of Fame member of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association, and a U.S. World War II Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Francis Connelley, Edd Connelley, Gas Connelley, Pitt Connelley, and John Russell Connelley; and three sisters, Louise Conley, Edith Stafford and Candace Lacy. Survivors include his wife, Imogene Salyer Connelley; three sons, Michael Connelley, James William Connelley and Dr. Richard Connelley, all of Salyersville; a brother, Belsey Connelley of Salyersville; a sister, Theda Faye Watkins of Salyersville; seven grandchildren; and a great- grandchild. Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 20, at Salyersville First Baptist Church, with Chad Brand officiating. Burial was in Connelley Cemetery, under direction of Salyersville Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
COOK, Sheri S. (Music)
1969-2011

WARREN COUNTY —Sheri S. Music Cook, 42, of Bowling Green, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Bowling Green Medical Center. Born May 17, 1969, she was the daughter of Doris A Delong Music and the late Ray Music. Additional survivors include her husband, William T. Cook; two step-daughters; and three grandchildren. Graveside services were Saturday, Nov. 12, in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Nov.

   
CREECH, Lowell
1931-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY —Lowell Creech, 80, of Blaine, died Saturday, Nov. 19, at his residence. Born Feb. 11, 1931, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Lonnie and Virgie Frazier Creech. He was a retired U.S. mail carrier. Survivors include his wife, Mary Grim Creech; a son, Raymond Creech of Staffordsville; two brothers, Sam Creech and Lonnie Paul Creech, both of Blaine; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Wilson Funeral Home, with Lenny Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Creech Cemetery, Blaine, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
DAVIS, James K
1947-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James Kenneth Davis, 64, of Hager Hill, died Friday, Nov. 11, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Aug. 7, 1947, in Wyoming County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Ivan and Dorothy Marie Smith Davis. He was a night watchman for Highland Tire Company. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Wells Davis; a son, Darvin Lee Davis of Hager Hill; a brother, Larry Davis of Nippa; and a sister, Geneva Wiley of Paintsville. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 14, at Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Fri. Nov.18 2011

   
DUTY, Walter T
1959-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Walter Thomas Duty, 52, of Boons Camp, died Thursday, Nov. 17, at his residence. Born Aug. 23, 1959, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Russell and Georgene Adams Duty.  Survivors include a son, Spencer Duty of Boons Camp; four daughters, Vivian Duty of Paintsville, Georgene Caudill of Fort Carson, Colo., Dawn Wells of Ormond, Fla., and Haley Duty of Boons Camp; two brothers, Larry Duty of Van Lear and Jack Duty of Blacksburg, Va.; two sisters, Judy Ward of Van Lear and Marie Rowland of Stanton; and four grandchildren. There were no funeral services, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
FIELDS, Sharon (Gwinn)
1958-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Sharon A. Fields, 53, of Van Lear, died Thursday, Nov. 3, at her residence. Born April 15, 1958, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of Corrie Rowland Gwinn of Hager Hill and the late Robert Gwinn. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Dean Fields.  Additional survivors include two sons, Shawn Michael Gwinn of Paintsville and Ronald Dean Fields II, of Martin; a step-daughter, Brenda Fields of Stambaugh; two brothers, Jason Gwinn of Hager Hill and William Joseph Gwinn of Zebulon; two sisters, Carrie Fairchild of Paintsville and Linda Simpkins of Leon, W.Va.; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 5, at Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church, with Thomas Rowland officiating. Burial was in Fields Family Cemetery, Van Lear, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

   
GAMBLE, Allie
1921-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Allie Gamble, 89, of Paintsville, died Monday, Nov. 21, at Mountain Manor. Born Dec. 6, 1921, in Magoffin County, she was the daughter of the late John and Dora Blair Gamble. Survivors include three sons, Charles Lemaster of Riceville, Payne Rice Jr. and Phillip Rice, both of Oil Springs; four daughters, Jan Hackworth of Swamp Branch, Jodie Music, Patricia Reed and Georgia Music, all of Oil Springs; two brothers, Ebb Gamble and William Henry Gamble, both of Magoffin County; six sisters, Toe Hall, Joyce Lemaster, Wilma Blanton, Betty Blanton, Mertie Howard and Patty Helton, all of Magoffin County; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Robie Lemaster officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

    
JOHNSON, Linda (Wright)
1954-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Linda K. Johnson, 56, of Wheelwright, died Friday, Nov. 4, at Hospice Care Center. Born Nov. 13, 1954, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Billy and Opal Staton Wright. She was a nurse's aid. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Randall Johnson.  Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Blevins of West Van Lear; a son, Robbie Wright of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Tommy Wright of River and Barry Tackett of Richmond; two sisters, Sandy Thornsbury of Weeksbury and Janice Jones of Wheelwright; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Louie Ferrari and Ray Grindstaff officiating. Burial was in Wright Family Cemetery, Wheelwright, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

   
KIMBLETON, Cecil
1920-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Cecil Kimbleton, 91, of Paintsville, died Saturday, Nov. 5, at King's Daughters Medical Center. Born July 1, 1920, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late James M. and Sara Margaret Skeens Kimbleton. He was an electrical engineer and a U.S. World War II veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Helen Johnson Kimbleton; three brothers, Kern Kimbleton, Corvin Kimbleton and Wayne Kimbleton; a step-brother, Frank Blevins; and two sisters, Ora Boleyn and Effilee Kimbleton. Survivors include a son, Dr. Dennis Kimbleton of North Carolina; four daughters, Elaine Kimbleton and Cynthia Carlson, both of New York, Gail Kachnycz and Janet Grace, both of Pennsylvania; a brother, Ova Kimbleton of Ashland; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Ken Spurrier officiating. Burial was in Kimbleton Family Cemetery, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

     
KING, Mildred (Ferguson)
1927-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Mildred Fern King, 84, of Staffordsville, died Sunday, Nov. 27, in Samaritan Hospital-Lexington. Born April 8, 1927, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Charles Wesley and Norma Conley Ferguson. She was a member of the Staffordsville Little Mud Lick Church of God Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Everett King. Survivors include two sons, Charles Anthony King of West Hill, Calif., and Everett Harold King of Lima, Ohio; a sister, Jewellelle Sole of Paintsville; four grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 1, at Preston Funeral Home with Toby Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
LEARY, Gertrude
1919-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Gertrude Gannon Leary, 92, of Paintsville, formerly of Butte, Mont., died Sunday, Nov. 20, in Paintsville Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Oct. 26, 1919, at Frieburg, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Anna Schielb Basier. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, John B. Gannon, and second husband, Raymond Leary. Survivors include two sons, John Gannon of Staffordsville and Robert P. Cannon of Poison, Mont.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
LYKINS, Arlie D
1953-2011
ROWAN COUNTY — Arlie David Lykins, 57, of Morehead, died Sunday, Nov. 13. Born Nov. 27, 1953, in Johnson County, he was the son of Louedith Conley Lykins Litton of Morehead and the late Arlie Lykins. He was a self-employed contractor/heavy equipment operator and a Christian. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Terry Howard Lykins. Additional survivors include a daughter, Lakita Newsom of Auburn, Ala.; and four sisters, Vivian Conley of Salyersville, Sue Ferguson of Flat Gap, Gaye Harmon of Owingsville and Cristy Copley of Louisa. Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel, with Winston McClurg and Billy Harmon officiating. Burial was in Conley Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Northcutt and Son Home For Funerals, Morehead. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
MCCARTY, Crate
1939-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Crate McCarty, 72, of Hager Hill, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born July 19, 1939, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Manford and Joy Williams McCarty. He was a member of the Fairview Freewill Baptist Church and worked for the Johnson County School System. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Louise Baldwin McCarty. Survivors include three sons, William Ralph McCarty of Thelma, Timothy Crate McCarty of Decatur, Tenn., and Jesse Scott McCarty of Hager Hill; a daughter, Diana Smith of Boons Camp; four brothers, Charles O. McCarty, Jim McCarty, James McCarty and Jeff McCarty, all of Hager Hill; a half-brother, Elvis McCarty; two sisters, Joyce Ann Craft of Marion, Ohio, and Rosie Grubb of Columbus, Ohio; a half-sister, Maddie Welch of Hager Hill; seven grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 18, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Marvin Adkins and Toby Johnson officiating. Burial was in McCarty Family Cemetery, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
MEEK, Eula (Ward)
1930-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Eula Ward Meek, 81, of Louisa, died Monday, Nov. 7, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, following a short illness. Born July 11, 1930, in Boonscamp, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Ethel Ward. She was a homemaker and a member of the Smokey Valley Enterprise Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Ray Meek, in 2001. Survivors include a son, Gregory Allen Meek of Louisa; a daughter, Beverly Elaine Meek of Louisa; a brother, Glen Ward of Logan, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Young Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Doug Kelly and Ronnie Thompson, Jr. officiating. Burial was in Catalpa Cemetery, under direction of Young Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Nov.

    
MINIX, Gary R
1971-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY ­—Gary Ray Minix, 40, of Salyersville, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Coralville, Iowa. Born Aug. 11, 1971, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Ellis and Helen Bradley Minix. He was a truck driver. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Prentis Minix and Clinton Minix; and a sister, Marlene Suston. Survivors include his wife, Marie Rife Minix; two step-sons, Kendall Wireman and Terry Neil Porter, both of Salyersville; three brothers, Paul Minix of Longview, Texas, Dennis Minix of LaFayette, Ind., and Vester Minix of Summerfield, Fla.; five sisters, Kathy Jordan of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., Gretta Kirby of Bushnell, Fla., Janet Strong of Summerfield, Vernice Mann of LaFayette, Ind., and Ellivene Muniz of Nashville, Tenn.; and three step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Magoffin County Funeral Home, with Manuel Minix and Terry Minix officiating. Burial will be in Brushy Fork Cemetery, Gunlock, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Nov.

   
MOLLETT, Freddy
1950-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Freddy Mollett, 61, of Boons Camp, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 29, 1950, at Tomahawk, he was the son of the late Ked and Addie Dixon Mollett. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Preston Mollett; a son, Stevie Mollett of Boons Camp; three brothers, Stanley Mollett and Ronnie Mollett, both of Tomahawk, and Edgar Mollett of Blaine; three sisters, Flora Hodge and Paulie Plaugher, both of Florida, and Jenny Spence of Tomahawk; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 2, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Ballard Butcher Cemetery, Boons Camp, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
MUSIC, Beecher R.
1935-2011
OHIO — Beecher R. Music, 76, of Springfield, Ohio, died Monday, Nov. 14 Born March 13, 1935, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Beecher and Minerva Music. He was a member of Beatty Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Delores Moore Music; a son, Larry Music; a daughter, Patricia Lange; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 18, at Jackson Lytle and Lewis Funeral home, with John Wallace,and Forest Dyer officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park, under direction of Jackson Lytle and Lewis Funeral Home, Springfield. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
MYERS, Verlie (Spencer)
1941-2011
INDIANA — Verlie Belle Spencer Myers, 70, of Pierceton, Ind., died Sunday, Nov. 13, at Columbia City Parkview-Whitley Hospital. Born Feb. 13, 1941, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Lizzie Spencer Castle. She owned and operated Belle's Countryside Day Care. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry L. Myers. Survivors include three daughters, Reece Morris, Kathy Hale and Lisa Parrett, all of Pierceton; two sons, James W. Poe and Thomas Myers, both of Pierceton; a brother, Tom Castle of Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Kay Blair of Paintsville and Molly Fitch of Georgetown; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 18, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, with Frank Fitch officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton, under direction of McHatton-Sadler Funeral Home, Pierceton. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
RATLIFF, Iva (Horne)
1931-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Iva Joy Horne Ratliff, 80, of Ashville, Ohio, formerly of Denver, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Mt. Carmel West-Columbus. Born June 10, 1931, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Horne and Dora Fairchild Horne Goble. She was a cook for the Johnson County School System. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Obie Ratliff.  Survivors include two sons, Obie Eugene Ratliff of Denver and Jerry Ratliff of Powell, Ohio; two daughters, Wilma McCarty of Ashville and Patsy Bevins of Denver; two brothers, Richard Horne and Clyde Horne, both of Denver; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great - grandchild. Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 27, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Toby Johnson officiating. Burial was in Obie Ratliff Cemetery, Denver, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
RICE, Samuel D
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Samuel David Rice, 65, of Carlisle, Pa., died Tuesday, Nov. 29, at his residence. Born April 16, 1946, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late Samuel Marion and Jewell Long Rice. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Judith M. Slone. Graveside services were Monday, Dec. 5, in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, with John Hatton officiating, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
RUSSELL, Luther
1916 2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Luther Cleveland Russell, 94, of West Van Lear, died Friday, Oct. 28, at his residence. Born Dec. 9, 1916, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Ed A. Russell and Rose Haus Russell. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Wallen Russell; two sons, Luther Russell Jr. of West Van Lear and Roger Dean Russell of Paintsville; a daughter, Cheri Davis of Hager Hill; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 31, at East Point Church of Christ, with Aaron Russell Davis officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Nov.02 2011

    
SPENCE, Harold W
1976-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Harold Wesley Spence, 35, of Johnson County, died Sunday, Nov. 6, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Born July 15, 1976, at Prestonsburg, he was the son of Harold Spence of Culloden, W.Va., and Odella Collins of Ashland. Additional survivors include two half-brothers, Travis Stern and Chadwick Spence, both of Ashland; and a half-sister, Amanda Spence of Lexington. Graveside services were Thursday, Nov. 10, in Rose Hill Burial Park, with Joe Rice officiating, under direction of Steen Funeral Home, Ashland. Big Sandy News Nov.

    
SPRIGGS, Betty (Collins)
1942-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Betty Lou Spriggs, 69, of Boons Camp, died Thursday, Nov. 17. Born July 17, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Elize and Alice Mullins Collins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Doug Spriggs.  Survivors include five sons, Garry Spriggs, Barry Spriggs and Larry Spriggs, all of Boons Camp, Jeff Spriggs of Paintsville and James Spriggs of Thelma; a daughter, Carla McKinzie of Boons Camp; three brothers, Roger Collins, Frank Collins and Douglas Collins, all of Boons Camp; three sisters, Charlette Price of Boons Camp, Donna Baldwin of Paintsville and Joanie Daniel of Meally; and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 20, at Boons Camp Freewill Baptist Church, with Edd Hickman and Jim Price officiating. Burial was in Doug Spriggs Cemetery, Boons Camp, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

    
STAMBAUGH, Jewell
1924-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Jewell Stambaugh, 86, of Sitka, died Sunday, Nov. 20, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Dec. 28, 1924, at Sitka, she was the daughter of the late Hereford and Cova Salyer McKenzie. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Stambaugh. Survivors include two sons, Bill Stambaugh of Paintsville and Terry Stambaugh of Sitka; five daughters, Wanda Couch, Rita Cantrell and Sherry Conley, all of Sitka, Diana Price of Louisa and Sandy Stambaugh of Paintsville; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Jimmy Brown, Terry Conley and Eugene Stambaugh officiating. Burial will be in Stambaugh Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
TAKACS, Gabriel
1922-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Gabriel "Gabe" Takacs, 89, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Aug. 12, 1922, at Wilder, Va., he was the son of the late Louis and Mary Babos Takacs. He was a vocational instructor at Mayo Vocational School and a World War II U.S. Marine veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Joyce McGinnis Takacs; and a son, Gabriel Takacs II. Survivors include a son, Marcus Louis "Marty" Tackas of Lexington; a daughter, Cynthia "Cindy" McCloy of San Angelo, Texas; a brother, Louis Takacs of Cumberland; three sisters, Mary Hammond of Jacksonville, Fla., Betty Scdensky of Ashland, Ohio, and Rosie Hall of Naples, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 7, at First Christian Church, Paintsville, with Wesley Stedtefeld officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.

    
VANHOOSE, James
1934-2011
OHIO — Rev. James "Jim" Con VanHoose, 77, of London, Ohio, died Monday, Nov. 21, at Wintersong Village. Born March 18, 1934, at Sitka, he was the son of the late Ray and Josephine Daniels VanHoose. He was retired from Goodyear, a member of Teamsters Local 613, a U.S. Army veteran and a minister. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Ward; a sister, Emmy VanHoose; two brothers, Jimmy VanHoose and Larry VanHoose; and three great-grandchildren. Survivors include a daughter, Lois Ann LeMaster of Clarksburg, Ohio; four sisters, Wanda Mae Blanton and Shirley Thompson, both of Sitka, Jewel Johnson of Paintsville and Letrice Miller of Grove City, Ohio; two brothers, Gary VanHoose of Sitka and Cary VanHoose of Tallahassee, Fla.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 26, at Ebright Funeral Home, with Lin Blankenship and Steve Gilkerson officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort. Military rites were by Frankfort American Legion, under direction of Elbright Funeral Home. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

    
WEST, Morton R
1951-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY —Morton Raymond West, 60, of Louisa, died Saturday, Nov. 19, at his residence. Born Aug. 14, 1951, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late North and Sara Lester West. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. Survivors include his wife, Sandy West; a daughter, Jacqueline West of Louisa; two sons, James West and William West, both of Louisa; three sisters, Wauleka Kreitzer, Clarice Ann Burgess and Barbara Sue Pack; five brothers, Wayne West, Freddie West, Larry West, Noah West and Randall West; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Louisa, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Nov. 2011

   
WHEELER, David A
1955-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —David Allen Wheeler, 56, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, at his residence. Born Oct. 31, 1955, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Troy Weldon Wheeler and Kathleen VanHoose Hall. He was a retired state building inspector. Survivors include his wife, Diana Davis Wheeler; a son, Daniel Perry Robert Wheeler of Paintsville; and a sister, Donna Marie Wheeler of Paintsville. Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 5, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with James Kelly Caudill, and Brian Auxier officiating. Burial was in Bascom VanHoose Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Nov.



 
DECEMBER - 2011


ADAMS, Andrew
1934-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Andrew Adams, 77, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born April 8, 1934, at Van Lear, he was the son of the late Lester and Marsha Fairchild Adams. He worked at American Standard and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Jayne Adams. Survivors include two sisters, Evelyn McClure of Wittensville and Beulah Selvage of Denver. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 23, at Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church, with Jim Price, Doug Crider, and Gene Roberts officiating. Burial was in Jayne Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

  
BLAIR, Anthony
1967-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY – Anthony Doyle Blair, "Tony", 44, of Ulysses, passed away at his home, Friday, Dec. 16, after a five year battle with cancer. Born July 28, 1967, in Troy, Ohio, he was the son of Janice Arms Blair of Leander, and the late Gail Blair. He was a steel worker at Bush and Burchett Construction, and a member of the Richardson Missionary Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by a half-brother, Randall. Survivors include his wife, Danetta Lee Ramey Blair of Ulysses; a son, Cory Tyler Shay Blair of Ulysses; a sister, Jill Blair of Tipp City, Ohio; and a half-sister, Patricia McCormick of Tipp City. He touched the hearts of numerous family and friends with his strength, courage and faith. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Joe Scott and Merle Little officiating. Burial was in May Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
BLANTON, Jeanette (Jackson)
1935-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Jeanette Blanton, 76, of Oil Springs, died Thursday, Dec. 15, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born March 7, 1935, in Magoffin County, she was the daughter of the late Allen and Tava Jackson. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl Blanton; and a daughter, Diana Cheryl Crum. Survivors include two sons, Carl Roger Blanton of Tutor Key and Jeffery A. Blanton of Oil Springs; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 17, at Light of Christ Church, with Terry Lykins officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

     
BLANTON, Wanda (Vanhoose)
1940-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Wanda Mae Blanton, 71, of Sitka, died Monday, Dec. 5, at her residence. Born Nov. 27, 1940, at Kerz, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Josephine Daniels VanHoose. She was a restaurant cook and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, James Con VanHoose, Larry VanHoose and Jimmy VanHoose; and a sister, Emma Sue VanHoose. Survivors include her husband, Adam K. Blanton; a son, Henry Blanton of Hager Hill; three daughters, Nenna Stambaugh of Sitka, Denene Lemaster of Paintsville and Laticia Slone of Hager Hill; two brothers, Garry Vanhoose of Sitka and Carey Vanhoose of Tallahassee, Fla.; three sisters, Shirley Sublett of Sitka, Jewell Johnson of Staffordsville and Leatrice Miller of Grove City, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 8, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Dewey McCarty officiating. Burial was in Wanda's Garden Cemetery, Hager Hill, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
BRANHAM, Steve B.
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Steve B. Branham, 60, of Meally, died Thursday, Dec. 1, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born March 5, 1951, at Wheelwright, he was the son of the late Bernard and Elizabeth Preston Branham. He was a coal miner. Survivors include two sons, Steve Branham of Logan, W.Va., and Brian Branham of Peck's Mill, W.Va.; four brothers, Phillip Branham of Chapmanville, W.Va., Randall Branham of Paintsville, Gary Branham of Boons Camp and Keith Branham of Flat Gap; and a sister, Linda Bolden of Norfolk, Va. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 5, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Larry Blair officiating. Burial was in Old Friendship Memorial Gardens, Williamsport, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.07 2011

   
BUTCHER, Thomas
1941-2011
Thomas Butcher, 70, of Wabash, Indiana, died at 4:30am Monday, December 12, 2011 at his home. He was born September 20, 1941 in Van Lear, Kentucky to Thomas Hensley and Pearl (Bolen) Butcher. He married Ella Jean Fannin in Van Lear, Kentucky on Feb. 7, 1968. He worked at Martin Yale in Wabash retiring in 1996. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, baseball, and spending time with his family. He is survived by wife, Ella Jean Butcher of Wabash; Two children, Neal Butcher of Huntington, Indiana, and Renee Halverson, of Wabash; 5 grandchildren, Delecia Halverson of Wabash, Alan Butcher of Peru, Indiana, Alexandria Butcher of Huntington, Andrew Halverson, and Hannah Halverson both of Wabash; 1 great-granddaughter, Jordyn Brewer of Wabash; 2 Sisters, Joann (Frank) Music of LaFontaine, Indiana, and Thelma Faye Hash of Plant City, Florida; brother, Hershel (Paula) Butcher of LaFontaine. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave, Wabash, on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tim Webb officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 12-2pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home Wabash, Indiana Submitted By: Ron Branham

    
CAUDILL, June S.
1910-2011
BOYD COUNTY — June S. Caudill, 101, of Ashland, died Friday, Dec. 2, at King's Daughters Medical Center. Born May 8, 1910, at Volga, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Samantha Osborn Salyers. She was a member of the East Fork United Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oza Caudill; a daughter, Okie Mae Caudill; a son, Richard Caudill; three brothers, Virgil, Bert and Challie Salyers; and two sisters, Ora Brown and Mae VanHoose. Surviviors include a brother, George Salyers of Ironton, Ohio; three grandchildren; and a great- grandchild. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 5, at Steen Funeral Home. Burial was in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Steen Funeral Home, Ashland. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
CHEEK, Donald B
1953-2011
MORGAN COUNTY — Donald Bernard Cheek, 58, of West Liberty, formerly of Magoffin County, died Saturday, Dec. 24, at his residence. Born Aug. 20, 1953, in Johnson County, he was the son of Goldie Vernice Howard Cheek and the late Dan Bernard. He was a millwright and a member of the Lakefront Church of God. Additional survivors include his wife, Georgia Helton Cheek; two sons, Donald Bradly Cheek of Lexington and James Chadwick Cheek of West Liberty; two daughters, Kimberly Dawn Helton of Salyersville and Montana Bernice Cheek of West Liberty; two brothers, Billy Franklin Cheek and Joshua Shane Cheek, both of Salyersville; four sisters, Janet Sue Montgomery of Salyersville, Jackie Rupe of Jeffersonville, Melinda Richmond of Paintsville and Amanda Cheek of Missouri; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Lakefront Church of God, Johnson Fork, with Larry Patrick and Johnny Reed officiating. Burial will be in D and G Family Cemetery, West Liberty, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.28 2011

   
CHILDERS, Frank
1945-2011
LAWRENCE COUNTY — Frank Childers, 66, of Blaine, died Friday, Dec. 23, at his residence. Born May 21, 1945, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late John Childers and Pauline Holbrook Duty. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, John Leonard Childers, Glen Hopson and Jim Hopson; and a sister, Johnetta Childers. Survivors include three sons, John Benjamin Childers of Prestonsburg, Frank Childers Jr. of Paintsville and Rob Jones of Michigan; two daughters, Shelia DeRoy of Morgantown and Cindy Bowen of Louisa; two brothers, James Vernon Childers of Florida and Tom Childers of Coldwater, Mich.; two sisters, Bobbi Ann Thompson of Louisa and Tina Gilliam of West Liberty; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.28 2011

  
COLE, Tammy (May)
1964-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Tammy May Cole, 47, of Ypsilanti, Mich., formerly of Johnson County, died Thursday, Dec. 22, in Ypsilanti. Born May 10, 1964, she was the daughter of Beatrice Ratliff and the late Paul May. Additional survivors include a daughter, Amie May; two brothers, Ronnie Cantrell and Paul May; two sisters, Delores Priode and Cathy Green; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

  
COLLINS, Wallace R
1930-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Wallace Raymond Collins, 81, of Frankfort, formerly of Van Lear, died Saturday, Dec. 24, in Lexington. Born March 31, 1930, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late McKinley Collins and Callie Daniels Collins. He was a World War II military veteran. He was also preceded in death by a son, Morris Gregory Collins; a brother, Carl Collins; and two sisters, Lois May and Mag Penix. Survivors include a daughter, Deidre Forney of Frankfort; a brother, Clyde Collins of Van Lear; a sister, Mary Ferguson of Lexington; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Jerry Scott officiating. Burial will be in Collins Family Cemetery, Daniels Creek, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.28 2011

    
CONLEY, Geneva (Reed)
1915-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Geneva Conley, 96, of Oil Springs, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Columbus, Ohio. Born July 9, 1915, at Oil Springs, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Ida Lou Williams Reed. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gus Conley. Survivors include two daughters, Ida Ann Lemaster of Oil Springs and Sue Dell Pelphrey of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 10, at Fish Trap United Baptist Church, with Sammy Reed, Frankie Williams, Ray McCarty, and Danny Williams officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
CONLEY, Oral
1921-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Oral Conley, 90, of Volga, died Sunday, Dec. 18, at his residence. Born Nov. 17, 1921, in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Laney and Ethel Williams Conley. He was a farmer and a U.S. Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by first wife, June Lavender Conley; second wife, Cora Mae Moore Conley; two brothers, Everett Conley and Joe Conley; and two sisters, Jean Adams and Una Snyder. Survivors include four sons, Oral Douglas Conley of West Union, Ohio, Stephen Donald Conley of Lakeland, Fla., Delbert Conley and Edward Darrell Conley, both of Flat Gap; three daughters, Bonnie Spires of Traverse City, Mich., Connie Powers of Flatwoods and Ethel Mollette of Flat Gap; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 21, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Denvil Mollette officiating. Burial was in Conley Family Cemetery, Volga, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

  
CONLEY, Paul H
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Paul Harrison Conley, 83, of Springfield, Ohio, formerly of Johnson County, died Sunday, Dec. 18. Born June 28, 1928, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Russell and Easter Thompson Conley. He was a welder and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Adams Conley; two sons, David Keith Conley of Springfield and Paul T. Conley of Delaware, Ohio; a daughter, Connie Elaine Perkins of Springfield; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in Hade Conley Cemetery, East Point, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
CONN, Bryan E
1962-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Bryan Edward Conn, 49, of Centerburg, Ohio, formerly of Dana, died Saturday, Dec. 3, in Centerburg. Born Aug. 20, 1962, at Paintsville, he was the son of Herman and Thelma Howard Conn of Dana. He was a retired deputy for Floyd County Sheriff's Department and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, New Albany, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Oma Charlene Lewis Conn; a daughter, Brandy Cole of Centerburg; three brothers, Keith Douglas Conn and Brady James Conn, both of Dana, and Dallas Dwayne Conn of Stanton; three sisters, Thelma Joan Hunt and Herma Lynn Kidd, both of Dana, and Nelma Faye Slone of Salyersville; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Little Salem Old Regular Baptist Church, Dana, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in Conn Family Cemetery, Banner, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.07 2011

   
COOPER, Billie (Steward)
1920-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Billie S. Cooper, 91, of Paintsville, died Friday, Dec. 30, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born June 10, 1920, at Whitesville, she was the daughter of the late William Robert and Octavia Musselman Richardson Stewart. She was a bookkeeper with the Community Action Program. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence C. Cooper. Survivors include two daughters, Jamie Williams of Lexington and Sue Ann Gray of Paintsville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 1, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Wes Stedtefeld officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jan 2012

    
CUNDIFF, Charles
1948-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Charles Cundiff, 62, of Nippa, died Saturday, Dec. 3, at Pikeville Parkview Nursing Home. Born Dec. 30, 1948, he was the son of Pattie Watts Herald and the late Carl Cundiff. He worked for Arnett Hydro Seeding and was a U.S. Army veteran. Additional survivors include his wife, Kathryn Hines Cundiff; a son, William Cundiff of Richmond; a daughter, Jaclyn Ousley of Thelma; three brothers, Jimmy Walker of Howell, Mich., Richard Herald and Paul Herald, both of Jackson; six sisters, Marie Ritchie of Morehead, Doris McIntosh, Martha Hudson, Janie Smith and Mildred Ann Turner, all of Jackson, and Brenda Strong of Columbus, Ohio; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Baker Branch Free Will Baptist Church, Tutor Key, with Jeremy Estep officiating. Burial was in Watts Cemetery, Jackson, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

  
DANIELS, Gary M
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Gary Michael Daniels, 65, of Nippa, died Saturday, 10, ub Enon, Ohio. Born Aug. 18, 1946, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late William and Mae Fraley Daniels. He worked for Paintsville Heating/Cooling and was a member of the Ramey Branch Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Daniels. Survivors include a son, Scott Lee Daniels of Riverside, Ohio; a daughter, Michelle Dee Kopa of Dayton, Ohio; two step-sons, Barry Lynn Clarkston of Springfield, Ohio, and Jerry Allen Clarkston of Dayton; two step-daughters, Nancy Elizabeth Conklin of Xenia, Ohio, and Cathy Sue Elliottt of Springfield; two sisters, Judy Stoke of New Carlisle, Ohio, and Neomi Blair of Louisville; three grandchildren; and nine step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Ramey Branch Church, with Denvil Mollette officiating. Burial will be in Daniels Cemetery, Nippa, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
DANIELS, William T.
1924-2011
OHIO — William T. Daniels, 87, of London, Ohio, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Arbors At London Nursing Facility. Born June 13, 1924, at Paintsville, he was the son of the late James and Mary Castle Daniels. He was a U.S. World War II Army veteran, worked at Dial Corporation, and was a member of American Legion Post #105 and the London Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy M. Daniels; five brothers, Garner, Richard, Clarence, James and Randal Daniels; and a sister, Lillian Sparks. Survivors include a brother, Bobby F. Daniels of Marysville, Ohio. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 23, at Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, with Ervin Baldwin officiating. Burial was in Paint Township Cemetery, under direction of Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home, London. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
DAY, Cheryl
1950-2011
MADISON COUNTY —Cheryl Ann Day, 61, of Richmond, died Friday, Dec. 9, at Lexington St. Joseph East Hospital. Born July 29, 1950, in Hammond, Ind., she was the daughter of Lowell Bailey and the late Lorriane Ferguson Bailey. She was a registered nurse. Survivors include her husband, Charles Day; two daughters, Andrea Davis of Richmond and Jamie Lee Daya of Florida; a son, Charles Bailey Day of Richmond; a brother, Lowell Bailey of Richmond; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 12, at Tates Creek Baptist Church, with Jerry Huffman officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
DOZIER, Betty (Moore)
1920-2011
FAYETTE COUNTY —Betty Moore Dozier Fraley, 91, of Lexington, died Monday, Dec. 12, at Lexington Central Baptist Hospital. Born Sept. 10, 1920, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Scott Forrest and Stella McFadden Moore. She was a nurse. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Guy D. Dozier; a son, Guy Andrew Dozier; and a daughter, Jeannie Stokes. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Dozier of Lexington; a step-daughter, Judy Wheeler; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a step-grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Mickey Anders officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
FERGUSON, Elmo
1932-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Elder Elmo Ferguson, 79, of Paintsville, died Saturday, Dec. 3, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born April 28, 1932, in Morgan County, he was the son of Susanna Ferguson Ferguson and the late Victor J. Ferguson. He was a pipefitter. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robie Franklin Ferguson; and a grandchild. Additional survivors include his wife, Mary Violet Oliver Ferguson; a son, Victor Ferguson of Paris; a daughter, Betty Jean Guess of Paintsville; seven grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Old Paint Primitive Baptist, with Jerry Brown, Jerry Howard and Rick Howard officiating. Burial was in Skaggs-Ferguson Cemetery, Lawrence County, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

     
GULLION, Madalene (Hayes)
1927-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Madalene Hayes Gullion, 84, of Hager Hill, died Sunday, Dec. 18, at Pikeville Medical Center. Born March 27, 1927, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Hobert and Mary B. Cantrell Hayes. She was a retired nurse and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Arnold H. Dixon, and her second husband, Jack W. Gullion. Survivors include two sons, Bob Dixon and Robert W. Dixon, both of Paintsville; five daughters, Angela Howard of Paintsville, Virginia Carol O'Bryan of London, Laura Jean Dixon of Hager Hill, Jennifer Dixon of Princeton, Ind., and Mary Elaine Hayes of Williamsport; two brothers, Charles Edwin "Chick" Hayes of Kingsport, Tenn., and Ronald Coleman Hayes of Paintsville; three sisters, Doris Irene Mollette of Paintsville, Edwinna Ward of Hager Hill and Sharon Brown of Richmond; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 22, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Larry Joe Bayes and Larry O'Bryan officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
GWINN, Corrie (Rowland)
1930-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Corrie Rowland Gwinn, 81, of Hager Hill, died Saturday, Dec. 24, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Born Dec. 15, 1930, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Dona May Rowland.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Gwinn; a daughter, Sharon Fields; five brothers, Herbert Rowland, Charles Rowland, Armstrong Rowland, Henry Rowland, and Claude Rowland; a sister, Flora Waddle; a grandson; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include two sons, Jason Gwinn of Hager Hill and William Joseph Gwinn of Zebulon; two daughters, Carrie Fairchild of Paintsville and Linda Simpkins of Leon, W.Va.; three brothers, Burns Rowland of Ashland, Ohio, Isaac Rowland of Meally and Irvin Rowland of Hammond; a sister, Ida Ann Stamper of Litchfield, Ohio; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.28 2011

    
HOLBROOK, Henry H
1950-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Henry Harrison Holbrook, 61, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, at his residence. Born Jan. 16, 1950, in Paintsville, he was the son of the late Henry C. and Elizabeth Atkins Holbrook. He was a cemetery caretaker. Survivors include a brother, Marvin M. Holbrook. Memorial services will be held at a later date, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
LEMASTER, Shirley (McCarty)
1948-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Shirley Lemaster, 63, of Paintsville, died Monday, Dec. 26, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland. Born April 3, 1948, in Greenup County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Della Jenkins McCarty. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry Lemaster Jr. Survivors include two sons, Mike Lemaster of Stambaugh and Larry Lemaster Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Carla Branham of Williamsport; three brothers, Gene McCarty and Jesse McCarty, both of Merrit Island, Fla., and John McCarty of Columbus; a sister, Gloria McCarty of Columbus; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Mike Blanton officiating. Burial will be in Keaton Community Cemetery, Keaton, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.28 2011

   
MAY, Tammy L.
1964-2011
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Tammy L. May, 47, of Ypsilanti, Mich., who passed away Thursday, Dec. 22 in Ypsilanti. Ms. May was born May 10, 1964 in Johnson County, daughter of Beatrice Picklesimer May Ratliff of Michigan and the late Paul May. She was employed in the food service with the school system. Surviving are one son, Larry Keith VanHoose of Paintsville; one daughter, Amie May of Royal Oak, Mich.; two brothers, Ronnie (Mary) Cantrell of Prestonsburg and Paul May of Ypsilanti; two sisters, Delores (Jack) Priode of Wittensville and Cathy (Tim) Green of Thelma; and one granddaughter. The service was officiated by Ronnie Spriggs, with burial in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Paintsville Herald Friday Dec 30 2011

     
MCKENZIE, Ruth (CONLEY)
1914-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Ruth Irene McKenzie, 97, of Flat Gap, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Dec. 6, 1914, at Flat Gap, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Dora Meade Conley. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Everett McKenzie. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Rowland of Flat Gap. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 24, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Harold Salyer and Paul Preston officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
MEEK, Rev. Londis
1942-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Rev. Londis Meek, 69, of Thealka, died Sunday, Dec. 11, in King's Daughters Medical Center. Born Aug. 24, 1942, at River, he was the son of the late Elbert and Mary Daniels Meek. He was a member of Tom's Creek United Baptist Church and a coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Slone Meek; two sons, Londis Meek II and Elbert David Meek, both from Stambaugh; three daughters, Londa Sue Lafferty and Mary Anna Meek, both of Prestonsburg, and Angela Marie Reffett of Paintsville; four brothers, Dennis Meek and Thomas Meek, both of Ohio, Luther Meek of South Carolina, and Winfrey Meek of River; a sister, Birgie Brown of River; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Tom's Creek United Baptist Church, with Charles Poe and J. D. Rice officiating. Burial will be in Daniels Cemetery, River, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

     
MEEK, Tanna (Salyers)
2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Tanna Marie Meek, 47, of West Van Lear, died Friday, Dec. 9, at her residence. She was the daughter of John P. and Shelby Horn Salyers of West Van Lear. She was preceded in death by a brother, Luke Salyers. Additional survivors include her husband, Kenneth Meek; a son, Benjamin Meek of West Van Lear; and three brothers, Matthew Salyers and Mark Salyers, both of Paintsville, and John Salyers of Florida. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home, with Roy Penix officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
MURRAY, Idyllis (Wallen)
1924-2011
Idyllis (Wallen) Murray passed away peacefully on December 21, 2011. Born on November 24, 1924 in River, Johnson County, Kentucky to Miranda (Borders) and George Hansford Wallen, she was the seventh child of ten in her family. Her siblings' names were Roma, Mitchell, Keltz, Roberta, Shelly, Kermit, Easter, Gervin and Phyllis. They grew up on a farm where she described a family who worked together and enjoyed a simple life of country pleasures. Her family members all played different musical instruments, and she had fond memories of them playing and singing to- gether with their parents. During WWII she proudly worked at the Kingsbury Powder Plant in Knox, Indiana, making artillery shells. She also worked for a time at a pants factory.In 1955 she met Arvin Murray who was a Merchant Marine in the Pacific. They were married on September 14, 1945 in  Paintsville , Kentucky, and remained a happy, loving couple for 53 years until his death in 1998. Idyllis and Arvin were the parents of three boys. She was proud to be a homemaker and enjoyed many hobbies such as quilting and gardening, as well as upholstering with Arvin. She described her life with her family as joyous. Idyllis was a member of the Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church where she held many dear friendships. She was loved and respected by friends and family and counted herself fortunate to be surrounded by so many cherished ones.Mrs. Murray is survived by sons Richard Allen Murray of Palmetto, Florida, and his wife Vicki; Bradley Vincent Murray of Palmetto, Florida, and his wife Rebecca. She was preceded in death by her husband Arvin and her oldest son Farrell Keith Murray. Her family also includes seven grandchildren: Matthew, Melissa, Tam-era, Sherena, Miranda, Vincent and Adam as well as 10 greatgrandchildren. She had two brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.Calling hours for family will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 P.M. Interment will take place on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. in Bonita Springs, Florida at the Bonita Springs Ceme-tery on Imperial Parkway. Bradenton Herald, The (FL)  Date: December 23, 2011 Submitted By: Donnie Hazel

   
PATRICK, Clinton
1957-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Clinton "Bud" Patrick, 55, of Oil Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, in Huntington, W.Va. Born Sept. 17, 1957, at Oil Springs, he was the son of the late Clinton and Polly Ann Moore Patrick. He was a mechanic. Survivors include a brother, Jerry Patrick of Falcon; and step-mother, Frankie Edith Patrick.  Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Tom's Creek United Baptist Church, with J. D. Rice officiating, under direction of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville. Big Sandy News Jan 2012

    
PATRICK, Irene (Robinson)
1917-2011
MAGOFFIN COUNTY — Irene Robinson Patrick, 94, of Lexington, formerly of Salyersville, died Monday, Dec. 5, at Richmond Place Health Care Center. Born July 5, 1917, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late John and Rosa Alice Collins Robinson. She worked for Magoffin County A.S.C.S. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Patrick; and four sisters, Dixie Robinson, Bertha Lee Williams, Anna Louise Meadows and Edna Mae Vanhoose. Survivors include a son, Wendell H. Patrick of Lexington; a daughter, Carolyn P. Bishop of Lexington; a brother, John Robinson Jr. of Horseheads, N.Y.; a sister, Imogene Osborne of Paintsville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 8, at Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, with Allen Waugh and Jim Eastburn officiating. Burial was in Bluegrass Cemetery, Salyersville, under direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

     
RATLIFF, Billy R
1931-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Billy Ronald Ratliff, 80, of Mousie, died Friday, Dec. 9, at his residence. Born July 18, 1931, at Martin, he was the son of the late William Harvey and Grace Marshall Ratliff. He was a retired coal miner, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, Mousie, and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was also preceded in death by two sons, William Keith Ratliff and Jeffery Gordon Ratliff; two brothers, T.F. Ratliff and Charles Ratliff; and a sister, Jenny Ratliff. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte DeBoard Ratliff; a son, Ronnie Ratliff of Mousie; a brother, Gordon Ratliff of Prestonsburg; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 22, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Bud Wicker officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

  
RICE, Robert
1944-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Robert F. Rice, 67, of Staffordsville, died Thursday, Dec. 1, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Jan. 28, 1944, in Johnson County, he was the son of Elbert and Sybil Picklesimer Rice. He owned Bob's Radiator Shop, and was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include two daughters, Joaquinna Rice of Staffordsville, and Rhonda Fleming Castle of Hager Hill; three sons, Robert F. Rice II and Kelly Conley, both of Oil Springs, and Dwayne Conley of Staffordsville; two brothers, George Rice of Beacon Falls, Conn. and Clifton Rice of Michigan; a sister, Juanita Bloggett of Michigan, and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 4, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with James Kelly Caudill officiating. Military rites were by Auxier Chapter 18 DAV. Burial was in the family cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.07 2011

    
ROWLAND, Richard
1936-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Richard Rowland, 75, of Blaine, died Saturday, Dec. 17, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born July 1, 1936, at Flat Gap, he was the son of the late Willie and Verlisa Curtis Rowland. He was a school custodian at Flat Gap Elementary School. Survivors include two step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with John G. Pelphrey, Roger Ross and Ira Smith officiating. Burial will be in Marvin Sparks Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
SCARBERRY, Andrew
1943-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Andrew Scarberry, 68, of Flat Gap, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, at his residence. Born Jan. 13, 1943, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late William Foster and Mammie Preston Scarberry. He was a construction welder. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Salyer. Survivors include three sons, James Scarberry of Sandy Hook, Red Scarberry of Stambaugh and Tim Scarberry of Flat Gap; two daughters, Sandy Grimm and Patty Scarberry, both of Paintsville; a brother, Elijah Scarberry of Flat Gap; two sisters, Wanda Caldwell and Delores Jennings of Stambaugh; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 24, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial, Staffordsville, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
SMITH, Jeremiah T
1977-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Jeremiah Thomas Smith, 34, of Bartow, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 15. Born June 28, 1977, at Fort Wayne, Ind., he was the son of Charles Thomas and Sharon McFaddin Smith. He was a truck driver for Bynum Trucking. Additional survivors include a son, Gabriel Quinton Thomas Smith. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 23, at Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Carl Murray officiating. Burial was in McFaddin Cemetery, Paintsville, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
STAMBAUGH, Heather M
1976-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Heather Michelle Stambaugh, 34, of Paintsville, died Thursday, Dec. 8. Born Dec. 22, 1976, she was the daughter of Sammy Ray and Glenda Stambaugh Kimbler of Paintsville. Additional survivors include a son, Chase Curtis of River; two daughters, Jasmine Bowling and Alexis Bowling, both of Van Lear; and three brothers, David Stambaugh of Paintsville, Gary Ratliff of Thealka and Daniel Stambaugh of Monte Vista, Colo. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 10, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Hedgel Golden officiating. Burial was in Kimbler Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
STAPLETON, Mary E (Conley)
1920-2011
FLOYD COUNTY — Mary Ellen Stapleton, 91, of Volga, died Saturday, Dec. 3, at Prestonsburg Riverview Health Care. Born Aug. 14, 1920, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Eddie and Susaner Ferguson Conley. She was a member of the Flat Gap Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Virgil Buell McKenzie; and second husband, Ray Stapleton. Survivors include two sons, Eddie Lee McKenzie of Louisville and Wendell Dean McKenzie of Volga; three daughters, Ellen Jean Stidham of Hyden, Reda Vern Stapleton and Shirlene Rowland, both of Volga; five grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Preston Funeral Home, with Harold Salyers officiating. Burial will be in McKenzie Cemetery, Volga, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.07 2011

    
STAPLETON, Wanda (Reed)
1952-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Wanda Stapleton, 59, of Flat Gap, died Friday, Dec. 2, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born May 15, 1952, at Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late John and Hazel VanHoose Reed. Survivors include a son, Phillip McKenzie of Flat Gap; three brothers, Donald Reed and Howard Reed, both of Paintsville, and Darrell Reed of West Van Lear; two sisters, Lillian Gamble of Flat Gap and Wilma Collins of East Point; and a grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Red Bush Enterprise Baptist Church, with Chris Baldwin and Gale Music officiating. Burial was in Reed Family Cemetery, Flat Gap, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.07 2011

   
TACKETT, Rev. William
1924-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Rev. William "Bill" Tackett, 87, of Paintsville, died Monday, Dec. 5, at his residence. Born Oct. 13, 1924, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Jessie and Minnie Conley Tackett. He was a retired coal miner. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Elva Tackett Survivors include his wife, Colleen Daniels Tackett; a son, William Tackett of Wabash, Ind.; a daughter, Shirlene Burton of Van Lear; a brother, Fred Tackett of Wabash; a sister, Stella Bowling of Van Lear; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 8, at Auxier Freewill Baptist Church, with Bobby Joe Spencer officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
THOMPSON, Edmond Jr.
1949-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Edmond Thompson Jr., 62, of Staffordsville, died Thursday, Dec. 8, at his residence. Born Sept. 2, 1949, at Huntington, W.Va., he was the son of Faye Thompson and the late Edmond Thompson. He worked at Rubbermaid in Ohio, was a member of the Fort Gay Methodist Church, and was a U.S. military veteran. Additional survivors include his wife, Roberta Thompson; three daughters, Kimberly Hairston of North Carolina, Laura Faye Chaffin of West Virginia and Lisa McLaughlin of Ohio; three sons, Eddie Regan and Glenn Regan, both of Ohio, and Daniel Regan of Ohio; two brothers, David Wesley Thompson of Fort Gay, W.Va., and John Thompson of Ohio; and 18 grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 10, at Wilson Funeral Home, with Pablo Gonzales officiating, under direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Louisa. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

  
WALLEN, Robert
1946-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Robert Wallen, 65, of West Van Lear, died Saturday, Dec. 17, at Highlands Regional. Born Nov. 23, 1946, in Johnson County, he was the son of Kermit and Beatrice Preston Wallen.  Survivors include a son, Wayne Douglas Wallen of Lexington; a daughter, Dena Powell of LaGrange; a brother, Danny Wallen of River; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Phelps and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Linzie Meade officiating, under direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
WILCOX, Donald D
1925-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Donald Wilcox, 85, of East Point, died Sunday, Dec. 18, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 28, 1925, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Lewis and Lillian Langley Wilcox. He was a electrician, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the East Point Church of Christ. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Cook; and a grandson. Survivors include his wife, Bessie Wilcox; three sons, Randy Wilcox of Carlisle, Todd Wilcox and Donnie Wilcox Jr., both of East Point; three daughters, Stephanie Hill of Staffordsville, Debbie LeMaster and Pam Nelson, both of East Point; a brother, Robert Wilcox of Lansing, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Josh Akers officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones- Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

    
WILLIAMS, Arnold
1932-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —Arnold Williams, 79, of Winchester, died Friday, Dec. 9, at his residence. Born Feb. 18, 1932, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Thomas and Alice Lemaster Williams. He was an equipment operator. Survivors include his wife, Emma Faye Castle Williams; two sons, Arnold R. Williams of Eutawville, S.C., and David A. Williams of Amarillo, Texas; a daughter, Teresa Jean McKenzie of North Augusta, S.C.; two brothers, Larry Williams of South Carolina and Tommy Williams of Staffordsville; four sisters, Geraldine Davis of Stambaugh, Georgene Brown, Sally Davis and Carole K. Fairchild, all of Winchester; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 12, at Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel, with Paul Cline, Danny Varney, Jason Varney, and Jason Lowry officiating. Burial was in Williams Cemetery, Oil Springs, under direction of Paintsville Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
WILLIAMS, Ethel (Gullett)
1917-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY — Ethel Gullett Williams, 93, of Oil Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born Dec. 26, 1917, in Magoffin County, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Amanda Hill Gullett. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Langley Williams; three brothers; two sisters; and a grandchild. Survivors include two sons, Bill Williams and Roger Williams, both of Oil Springs; a daughter, Barbara Martindale of Lebanon, Ohio; a brother, Roy Gullett of Springfield, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 23, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Frankie Williams, Danny Williams, Dan Cantrell, and Sammie Reed officiating. Burial was in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, under direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Dec. 2011

   
WILLIAMS, James W.
1928-2011
JOHNSON COUNTY —James W. Williams, 83, of Sitka, died Friday, Dec. 2, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Born Sept. 2, 1928, at Staffordsville, he was the son of the late Dennis and Cynthia Ann Lemasters Williams. He was a coal miner and a member of the Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Williams. Survivors include four sons, James Thomas Williams of Ohio, Carl Dennis Williams of Junction City, Harold Williams and Eugene Williams, both of Paintsville; three daughters, Colene Salyer of Sitka, Betty Picklesimer of Tutor Key and Mary Williams of Staffordsville; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 5, at Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church, with J.K. Caudill officiating. Burial was in Williams Family Cemetery, Sitka, under direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Big Sandy News Wed. Dec.07 2011








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