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Deaths in Eastern Kentucky
as reported in the Floyd County Times

Johnson County

December 23, 2002

Ruth Mae Kelly, 78, a native of Elna, died Wednesday, December 11. She is survived by her husband, Nelius Kelly. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 14, under the direction of George C. Martin Funeral Home.

John Stambaugh, 70, of Sitka, died Monday, December 16, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 18, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Rodney Cantrell, 47, Johnson County native, died Friday, December 13, at U.K. Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Mable Williams Cantrell. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 16, under the direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home.

Lora Louise Carpenter, 40, died at her West Van Lear residence on Friday, December 13. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 17, under the direction of Burke Funeral Home.

Delby “Hardtimes” Kestner, 63, of Flat Gap, died Wednesday, December 11, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 14, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

December 16, 2002

Stephen Richard Burns, 74, died Wednesday, December 4, at Highlands Support Care Unit. Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 6, at Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church.

Betty C. Hicks Dickerson, 68, died Wednesday, December 4, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Dickerson Jr. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 7, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Talva Cooper Schultz, 83, died Tuesday, December 3, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 6, under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home.

Mary Lou Newsome Walters, 53, formerly of Paintsville, died December 3. Funeral services were conducted Friday, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lexington.

November 25, 2002

Ernestine Salyer Blair, 88, died Thursday, November 14, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 17, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Helen Burchett, 68, died Tuesday, November 12, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, November 14, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Dora Lee Arms Clark, 76, died Saturday, November 16, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, November 20, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Dorothy Lemaster, 87, died Saturday, October 26. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 28, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Byrd William “B.W.” McDonald, 61, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, November 13, at Highlands Regional Medical Center emergency room. He is surved by his wife, Sherry R. Lyon McDonald. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 16, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Peggy Lee Clark O’Brian, 46, died Thursday, November 14, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Elbert O’Brian. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 18, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Ora Burke Reynolds, 89, a Floyd County native, died Monday, November 11, at Highland Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, November 16, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Della Perry Staniford, 75, died Tuesday, November 5, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted November 8, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Jill Ann Buckley Stambaugh, 41, of Toledo, Ohio, died Saturday, November 9, at the Flower Hospital. The Rebb Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Della Perry Staniford, 75, died Tuesday, November 5, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Friday, November 8, 11 a.m., at Little Friendship United Baptist Church.

Tammy Jo Stevenson, 34, died Tuesday, November 12. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 16, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

November 18, 2002

Virginia Vanderpool Barker, 79, died Saturday, November 9, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 11, under the direction of Miller Funeral Home.

Stanley Branham, 75, of Boons Camp, died Thursday, November 7, at Highland Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Georgene Collins Branham. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 10, under the direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home.

Branch Jackson, 82, died Tuesday, November 5, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 9, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

George Ward Jr., died Friday, November 8, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ward. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 11, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Donald Dean Marshall, 41, died Monday, November 4, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, November 7, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Byrd William “B.W.” McDonald, 61, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, November 13, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center Emergency Room. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Lyon McDonald. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 16, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Garlin Moore, 66, of Flat Gap, died Saturday, November 2, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Dixie Lemaster Moore.

Donald Ray Sparks, 64, of Williamson, West Virginia, a native of Van Lear, died Thursday, November 7, at Mingo Manor Nursing Home, Williamson. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 10, under the direction of Hatfield Funeral Home.

Dorothy Jean Roberts Vanhoose, 72, a Johnson county native, died Tuesday, November 5, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, November 8, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

November 11, 2002

Iva Jean Arms Castle, 73, died Monday, October 28, at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Ernest “Cracker Bill” Castle. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, October 31, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Blanche (Burchett) Cox, 69, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, October 31, at Highland Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, James W. Cox.

Martin Luther (Luke) Branham Jr., died Thursday, October 31, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Crum Branham. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 3, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Dalton James Oaks, five-months-old son of Orville Clay and Tracy Lynn Oaks, died Thursday, October 31, at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 15, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Lillian Clare Picklesimer, 76, died Wednesday, October 23, at Life Care Nursing Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 28, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Janet L. VanHoose, 59, died Wednesday, October 30. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 5, at Grandstaf Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel.
David Lee West, 44, died Thursday, October 31. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 4, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

October 21, 2002

Fannie Baldwin, 89, native of Denver, died Tuesday, October 8, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, October 11, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Maude “Mac” Daniels, 92, of Paintsville, native of Magoffin County, died Monday, October 7. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, October 10, 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.

Delano Lemaster, 64, of Shepherdsville, native of Johnson County, died Friday, October 4, at Audubon Hospital, Louisville. He is survived by his wife, Sara Rebecca Howard Lemaster. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 8, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Sylvia VanHoose, 75, native of River, died Wednesday, October 9, at J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center, Louisa. She is survived by her husband, Earl VanHoose. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, October 12, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

Letha Wells, 77, died Saturday, October 12, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 15, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

James A. Witten, of West Palm Beach, Florida, native of Johnson County, died Saturday, October 5, in West Palm Beach. Burial was in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

October 7, 2002

Mary Elizabeth Blair, 86, of Groveport, Ohio, native of Johnson County, died Thursday, September 26, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Graveside services were conducted Sunday, September 29, at Johnson County Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Raney B. Blevins, 78, died Wednesday, September 18, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Blevins. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 24, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

Sybil Daniels, 93, of Thealka, died Monday, September 23, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, September 25, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

James Heber Preston, 81, of Wittensville, died Friday, September 27. He is survived by his wife, Floine Williams Preston. Funeral services were conducted Monday, September 30, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

September 16, 2002

Angus Burke, 70, native of Van Lear, died Thursday, September 5, at Defiance Hospital, Defiance, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Blankemeier Burke. Funeral services were conducted Monday, September 9, under the direction of Heitmeyer Funeral Home.

Mark Edward Coburn, 45, died Saturday, September 7, at Jewish Hospital, Louisville. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Taylor Coburn. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, September 10, 3 p.m., at Taylor Cemetery, Leander.

Mary Sue Gamboe Eckels, 72, died Thursday, August 29, at her Main St. residence. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 3, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Bill G. McCloud, 69, of Longwood, Florida, formerly of Boone, North Carolina, native of Johnson County, died Saturday, September 7, at Florida Hospital Altamonte. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 14, under the direction of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

Jewell Spradlin McKenzie, 88, died Tuesday, September 3, at Pike Community Hospital, Piketon, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Friday, September 6, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Harriet Edith Gearheart McKenzie, 88, died Saturday, August 31. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 3, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

James Edward Preston, 78, native of Boons Camp, died Sunday, September 8, in Ashland. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, September 11, under the direction of Miller Funeral Home, Ashland.

Alvis Randall Rice of South Point, Ohio, native of Thealka, died August 8, in King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Ashland. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home.

Anna K. Webb, 62, of West Van Lear, died Sunday, September 8, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, September 11, under the direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home.

Kelly A. Webb, 83, native of Van Lear, died Tuesday, September 3, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Nellie (Boling) Webb. Funeral services were conducted Friday, September 6, under the direction of Burke Funeral Home.

Carole Dills Wolfe, 78, of Wittensville, died Wednesday, September 4, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Dean Wolfe. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, September 8, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

September 2, 2002

Mitchell Crate Blair, died Sunday, August 11, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Blanton Blair. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 13, under the direction of Jones and Preston Funeral Home.

Frances Winifred Crumb, 92, died Monday, August 26, in Dayton, Ohio. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, August 27, at Highland Memorial Park.

Albert R. “Ranny” Spencer, 75, died Friday, August 16, at U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Mullins Spencer. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, August 18, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Robert Fred Ross, 83, died Saturday, August 24, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Norma Jewell Sparks Ross. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 27, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Kitty Belle Sheets, 87, died Tuesday, August 20, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, August 22, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Geraldine Freeman, 72, died Thursday, August 22, at Riverview Health Care Center. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, August 25, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Jannie B. Collins Kennard, 53, died Saturday, August 17, at Cleveland Clinic. She is survived by her husband, Oscar D. Kennard. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, August 22, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Rodney LeMaster, 54, died Friday, August 23. Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 26, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

James Johnny Pass Sr., 63, died Tuesday, August 20, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Exer Jane Mollett Pass. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, August 22, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

James “Jim Red” Pennington, 73, died Tuesday, August 20, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Alice Hamilton Pennington. Funeral services were conducted Friday, August 23, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

August 26, 2002

Della Ruth Conley, 58, died Thursday, August 15, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, August 18, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Kelly Conn, age 20, died Tuesday, August 20, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, August 20, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Prater Fairchild, 78, died Sunday, August 18, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, August 20, under the direction of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Myrtle K. Fisher, 92, died Monday, August 19, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 19, at Garden of Memories.

Phyllis Hannah, 63, of Van Lear, died Sunday, August 18, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 21.

Robert Lee Selvage, 74, of New Lebanon, Ohio, died Friday, April 16, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 25, under the direction of Rogers Funeral Home.

August 19, 2002

Mitchell Crate Blair, 82, died Sunday, August 11, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Blanton Blair. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 13, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Mitchell D. Jude, 28, of Sitka, died Monday, August 5, on Rt. 1439. He is survived by his wife, Tamara Robinson Jude. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, August 8, under the direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home.

Della Mae McKenzie, 87, died Wednesday, August 7, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. She is survived by her husband, Dolpha McKenzie. Arrangements were under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Exer Meek Price, 84, native of Boons Camp, died Monday, June 17, in Chardon, Ohio.

Wayne Thomas Ratliff, 54, died Wednesday, August 7, at his Thealka residence. Funeral services were conducted Friday, August 9, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

Charles B. Rice, 79, a Johnson County native, died Tuesday, August 6, in Dayton, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 10, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

Oddie Selvage Sr., 72, died Sunday, August 11, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Martha Branham Selvage. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 14, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Richard Paul Wehle, 73, died Sunday, August 4, at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Anamary Stapleton Wehle. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 7, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Jack D. Wells, of Garden City, Michigan, died Sunday, August 11. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 13, with burial at Litteral Cemetery, Oil Springs, under the direction of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home.

Christine Wheeler, 61, died Monday, August 5, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 7, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Erma Jean Wright, 74, died Tuesday, August 6, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, August 9, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

August 12, 2002

Malta Hall Bailey, 94, died Monday, July 15, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 18, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

George L. Bellew Jr., 58, died Tuesday, July 30. He is survived by his wife, Jenett S. Blevins Bellew. Funeral services were conducted Friday, August 2, at Flanner and Buchanan Mortuaries, Carmel, Indiana. Graveside services were Saturday, August 3, at Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Mervil Winchell Blair, 62, died Saturday, August 3, at the V.A. Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Henrietta Blanton Blair. Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 5, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Gene Allen (Spanky) Browning, 65, of Paintsville, died Sunday, August 4, at U.K. Medical Center, Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Sue Cantrell Browning. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 7, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Herbert H. Ealey Sr., 69, died Friday, August 2, at Highland Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Jean Gambill Ealey. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, August 4, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Eula Hayden, 55, died Wednesday, July 31, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 3, 1 p.m., at Boons Camp Free Will Baptist Church and burial was in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville.

Juanita Johnson, 82, died Thursday, August 1, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 3, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Doris A. Stewart, 65, died Saturday, August 3, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 6, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

Harkless “Hark” Witten, 85, a native of Paintsville, died Tuesday, July 30, at his home after an illness. He is survived by his wife, Nettie Johnson Witten. Funeral services were conducted Friday, August 2, under the direction of Mayhew Funeral Home.

August 5, 2002

Everett Dairl Cantrell, 63, died Tuesday, July 23. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Watson Cantrell. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 27, at Emmanus Baptist Church.

Doris Jewell Delong, 65, died Friday, July 26, at Highland Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 29, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Wilbur Fitch, 70, died Tuesday, July 23, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 26, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

Ledgie Segraves, 78, died Tuesday, July 23, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Josetta Rigsby Segraves. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 26, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Aralie Lucille Whitaker, 80, died Friday, July 26, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 29, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

July 29, 2002

Malta Hall Bailey, 94, died Monday, July 15, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 18, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

Jerry Jennings Blair, 60, died Sunday, July 21. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, July 24, 2 p.m., at the Little Mud Lick Cemetery, Staffordsville.

Barbara Blair Bower, 67, of Athens, a Johnson County native, died Wednesday, July 10, at Arcadia Acres Nursing Home in Logan. Services were conducted Saturday, July 13, at Jager and Sons Funeral Home, Athens.

Pasco Music, 80, died Thursday, July 18, in Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, July 21, 11 a.m. at Walnut Grove Freewill Baptist Church at Ulysses and burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Paintsville.

Edward Thomas “Edd” Riley, 72, died Friday, July 19, in Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Alice Castle Riley. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 23, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Verlin Gene Vinson, 50, died Friday, July 19. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 22, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

July 22, 2002

Patty Sue Barker, 67, died Wednesday, July 10, at Highland Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Ernest Barker. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 13, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

Edwin “Babe” Cantrell, 69, died Monday, July 8, at Hospice of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Linda Cantrell. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 11, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Bobby “Bob” Gene Daniel, 63, died Monday, July 8, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 11, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

George Lee McKenzie, 63, of Shepherdsville, died Thursday, July 11, at his residence. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell.

Brooklynn Paige Music, 16-months-old daughter of Bruce Jeremy and Kelly Cook Music, died Monday, July 15. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 18, under direction of Jackson Lytle and Ingling Williams Funeral Home.

Russell Niece, 47, of Staffordsville, died Saturday, July 13, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Tina Blanton Niece. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 16, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Jeffery Wayne Oney, 26, of Hager Hill, died Monday, July 8, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Angela Ann Billiter Oney. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 12, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Lucy Mae Slone, 87, died Tuesday, July 9, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 12, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Verla Opal Pack Wiley, 84, died Thursday, July 11, at Central Baptist Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 15, at Tom’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Nippa.

July 15, 2002

Hershell Blanton, 79, died Tuesday, July 2, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Holbrook Blanton. Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 5, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Charlotte Ann Dishion, 62, of Paintsville, died Monday, July 1, at her residence. Arrangements under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

July 1, 2002

Douglas “Doug” Cochran, 79, of New Carlisle, Ohio, native of Paintsville, died Sunday, June 16, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Imogene Cochran. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 20, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Ira Green, 87, died Saturday, June 22, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 25, at Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

Charles H. “Chuck” Lewis, 71, died Monday, June 24. He is survived by his wife, Brenda O’Bryan Lewis. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 27, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

John Franklin Rowland, 55, Johnson County native, died Sunday, June 16, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Carol VanBuger Rowland. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 20, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

June 24, 2002

Douglas “Doug” Cochran, 79, of New Carlisle, Ohio, native of Paintsville, died Sunday, June 16, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 20, under the direction of Burcham Funeral Home.

Fred T. Conley, 65, died Wednesday, June 12, at U.K. Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Mary Boggs Conley. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 15, under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home.

Jay Ola Curtis, 100, of Flat Gap, died Thursday, June 13, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 15, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Ruie Davis, 74, of River, died Friday, June 7, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 10, under the direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home.

June 17, 2002

Okie C. Burton, 89, died Friday, May 31, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 2, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Wallace Cordell Cochran, 56, died Friday, May 31, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 3, at Fish Trap United Baptist Church, Staffordsville.

Jimmy Howard Daniels, 67, died Monday, June 3, at Highland Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Rose Shramm Daniels. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 6, at the Auxier United Methodist Church.

John F. Hall, 64, died Sunday, June 2, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 6, under the direction of DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home.

Ira Jennings Jr., 59, died Thursday, May 30. He is survived by his wife, Kay Jennings. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, June 5, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Ballard Stepp, 75, died at his residence on Saturday, May 25. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 27, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Elmer Francis Tackett, 84, died Sunday, June 2, at V.A. Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, June 5, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Jason Thomas Coleman Haley, 25, of Paintsville, died Monday, May 27, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services were conducted May 31, under the direction of Jones and Preston Funeral Home.

June 3, 2002

Barbara (Curly) Blair, 68, of Springfield, died Saturday, May 25, in Community Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 29, under the direction of Littleton & Rue Funeral Home.

Charlie R. Castle, 72, of Paintsville, died Monday, May 20, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 22, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

James Harold “Bud” Castle, 56, of Paintsville, died Thursday, May 16. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 18, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Edna Carol Cole, 60, died Thursday, May 23. She is survived by her husband, Richard E. Cole. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 26, under the direction of Carman Funeral Home.

Graveside services were conducted Friday, May 31, at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Staffordsville, for Irene Horne, 78, a native of Sitka, who died Tuesday, May 28 in Springfield. Conroy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Martin Otto Baldridge Jr., 71, died Thursday, May 23, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Betty Adams Baldridge. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 27, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Charles Tackett Jr., 74, died Friday, May 24, at the V.A. Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Melvina Saylor Tackett. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 28, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Sally LeMaster Litteral, 59, of Knoxville, Arkansas, died Thursday, May 16, at Sparks Regional Memorial Hospital, Clarksville, Arizona. Graveside funeral services were conducted Monday, May 20, at Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, was in charge of arrangements.

Roger Lyons, 78, died Friday, May 24, at the Mt. Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 28, at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Faye McGhee, 68, native of Win, died Tuesday, May 21. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 25, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Mitchell Preston, 73, of Palm Bay, Florida, formerly of Thealka, died Sunday, May 26. He is survived by his wife, Garnett Sue Lee Preston. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 31, under the direction of Heston Funeral Home.

Glenna Doris Turpin, 65, of Paintsville, died Thursday, May 16, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center, Ashland. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 19, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

April 29, 2002

Irene Baldridge, 83, of Paintsville, died Thursday, April 18, at the Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 21, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Louella (Ludie) Burke McKenzie, 91, died Friday, April 19, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 22, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Bruce Allen Music, 67, died Wednesday, April 17, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Jean Fraley Music. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 21, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

Betty Jean Tackett, 57, died Thursday, April 18, at Highland Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 21, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

Chester Howard Wallin, 72, a native of Keaton, died Wednesday, April 17. He is survived by his wife, Glenna Wallin. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 20, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

April 8, 2002

Margaret Borders, 82, died Wednesday, March 27, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 30, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Rufus Ray Davis, 71, died Wednesday, March 27, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 29, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

April 1, 2002

Nevil C. “Nell” Blair, 79, died Wednesday, March 20, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 23, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Alice Belle Conley, 67, died Sunday, March 24, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 30, under the direction of Gate City Funeral Home.

David Eugene Cook, 39, of Meally, died Friday, March 22, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 24, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Joe Clayton Daniels, 38, of Paintsville, died Friday, March 15. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 18, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Gail W. Gillem, 66, died Monday, March 25, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Gillem. Arrangements were under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Larry Jeff Moles, 59, died Friday, March 22. He is survived by his wife, Janet Hensler Moles. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 27, under the direction of Miller Funeral Home.

Ray E. Preston, 74, of Paintsville, died March 23, after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Jane Siler Preston. Preston Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Melvin Saylor, 63, died Monday, March 18. He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane Blair Saylor. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 21, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Fannie Wells, 94, Johnson County native, died Thursday, March 21, at Boone Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 24, under the direction of Preston Funeral Chapel.

Willis Cecil Williams, 91, died Friday, March 22, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. He is survived by is wife, Avalee Williams. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 24, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

March 25, 2002

Zelda Dale Baldwin, 91, Johnson County native, died Sunday, March 17, at Morrison Hospice Center, Zanesville, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 20, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Emory Brewer, 48, died Tuesday, March 12. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 15, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Mae White Conley Butcher, 88, died Thursday, March 7, at the Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Arnold Morris Cantrell, 60, died Thursday, March 7, at his Staffordsville residence. He is survived by his wife, Melva Jewell Salyers Cantrell. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 11, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Ola Mae Collins, 74, died Monday, March 11, at her Van Lear residence. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Collins. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 14, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Jack Nicholas Collins, 12, of Van Lear, died Monday, March 11, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 14, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Joe Clayton Daniels, 38, died Friday, March 15. He is survived by his wife, Billie Music Daniel. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 18, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Ernest Ray Davis, 72, native of Paintsville, died February 9 in Picayrene, Mich. Funeral services were conducted February 12, under the direction of Picayrene Funeral Home.

Vella Grimm, 106, Johnson County native, died Friday, March 15, at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home, Owingsville. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 18, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Glen Meade, 46, died Monday, March 18, at his residence. He is survived by his wife Terecia Castle Meade. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 21, under the direction of Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home.

Buretta Miller, 74, died Sunday, March 17, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 20, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Betty Carol Ratliff Frisby, 61, died Monday, March 11, at her Staffordsville residence. She is survived by her husband, J.R. Frisby. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 14, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

Michael Heuser, 49, died Sunday, March 3, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Boyd Heuser. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 6, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Terry Johnson, 39, formerly of Martin County, died Monday, March 11, in Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 14, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Burdette (B.B. ) Kretzer Jr., died Sunday, March 17, at his Van Lear residence. He is survived by his wife, Louise King Kretzer. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 20, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Charles David Lyon, 54, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, March 12, at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 15, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Russell Preston, 71, died Thursday, March 14, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Stella Preston. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 17, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Private services were held Monday, March 18, for George Roger Reffett, 56, died Friday, March 15, in Norfolk, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Cornelia Reffett. Arrangements were under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Jane A. Smart, 80, died Tuesday, March 12, at her residence in Maysville. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 14, under the direction of Knox and Brothers Funeral Home.

Mae Stambaugh, 80, died Friday, March 8, at J.J. Jordan Nursing Facility. Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 11, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Lois Ann McKenzie Webb, 57, died Sunday, March 3, at Highland Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 6, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Samuel Joe Wheeler, 54, died Thursday, March 7, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Shelia Collier Wheeler. Arrangements were under the direction of Pearson-Ratterman Bros. Funeral Home.

Gladys Wiszniewski, 78, died Friday, March 15, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 17, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

March 18, 2002

Calvin C. “George” Blevins, 88, of Staffordsville, died Thursday, February 21, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Graveside services were conducted Monday, February 25, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Mae Williams Boyd, 100, of Hager Hill, died Saturday, February 23, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 25, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

March 11, 2002

Bertha Fay Blankenship, 80, of Thelma, died Wednesday, March 6, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 9, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Martha Evelyn Mills, 67, of Offutt, died at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home.

Mason Ratliff, 78, of West Van Lear, died Monday, Feb. 25, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Spradlin Ratliff. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 28, under the direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home.

February 25, 2002

Mae Bentley, 85, of Buckhannon, WV, native of Paintsville, died Monday, February 18, at her home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, February 22, under the direction of Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home Inc. 

Sheldon Dirl Bayes, son of Archie and Marcia Wireman Bayes, of Hager Hill, was stillborn Wednesday, February 13, at University of Kentucky Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 16, under the direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home.

Johnnie Collins, 95, of Wittensville, died Wednesday, February 13, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 16, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Chapel.

Hobert Jackson George, 87, of Kissimmee, Florida, died Thursday, February 14, at Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Alka Music George. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 19, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home

February 18, 2002

Debra Spradlin Ford, 51, native of Paintsville, died Friday, February 1, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She is survived by her husband, Billy Ford. Arrangements were under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.

Mary Margaret Witten, 75, native of Johnson County, died Friday, February 1, in Mercy Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Gustel “Gus” Witten. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 5, under the direction of Jones-Kenney-Zechman Funeral Home.

February 4, 2002

Lucille Everidge, 69, of Paintsville, formerly of Martin, died Monday, January 21. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 25, under the dierction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Willie Warner Nickell, 92, died Monday, January 21, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 23, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Deloris Rose, 62, died Wednesday, January 23, at her Flat Gap residence. She is survived by her husband, Edwin Rose. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 26, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Alva Cynthia Hackworth Vaughan, 83, died Sunday, January 20, at Kingís Daughtersí Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 24, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

January 28, 2002

Loretta Blair, 74, died Sunday, January 13. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 15, under the direction Preston Funeral Home.

Hashel Eugene Baldwin, 35, native of Paintsville, died Friday, January 18. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 21, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Robert Bowen, 60, died Wednesday, January 9, at his Lowmansville residence. He is survived by his wife, Helen Staggs Bowen. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 12, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Phillip Lee Butcher, 27, of Tomahawk, died Tuesday, January 8. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 11, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Ronald Conley, 38, died Sunday, January 13. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Prater Conley. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 17, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Beecher Gross, 93, died Sunday, January 20, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 23, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Tella Montgomery LeMaster, 98, of Paintsville, died Monday, January 14, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 17, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Lewis, 75, of Staffordsville, died Friday, January 18, following an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Harold Lewis. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 21, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Gladys Litteral, 82, died Tuesday, January 15, at Baptist Convalescent Home, Newport. Graveside services were conducted Monday, January 21, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

George (Buddy) McFaddin, 63, died Monday, January 21, at his Staffordsville residence. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Rice McFaddin. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 23, at 1 p.m., at the Staffordsville Freewill Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Staffordsville Cemetery.

James Harold Mollett, 56, of Staffordsville, died Tuesday, January 15, in Pike County. He is survived by his wife, Edna Wright Mollett. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 19, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Homer Robinson, 93, died Thursday, January 17, following an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Moore Robinson. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 20, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Tony Ray Southern, 19, died Wednesday, January 16. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 20, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Joseph R. Daniel Sr., 63, died Tuesday, January 15, at the Morgan County A.R.H., West Liberty. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Smith Daniel. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 17, under the direction of Potter Funeral Home, West Liberty.

Mildred Sturgill, 86, Johnson County native, died Sunday, January 20, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 23, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Can Sol Taylor, 70, died Wednesday, January 16. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Sue Johnson Taylor. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 19, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Alva Cynthia Hackworth Vaughn, 83, died Sunday, January 20, at King’s Daughters‘ Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 24, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel.

January 21, 2002

Annie Baldridge, 82, of Staffordsville, died Sunday, Jan. 6, at J.J. Jordan Nursing Home, Louisa. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 10, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Christopher Ray Butcher, 23, of Deboard, died Tuesday, Jan. 8. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Ann Riser Butcher. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 11, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Nellie Meade, 81, of Thealka, died Monday, Jan. 7, at Wabash, Ind. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 10, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Jackie Lynn Meek, 39, of River, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Morehead. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 12, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Fay Taylor, 84, of Leander, died Monday, Jan. 7, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 11, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Eloise Melvin Vanhoose, 80, of Paintsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 12, under the direction of Phelps and Son Funeral Home.

January 14, 2002

Stephen Keith Nelson, 49, of Staffordsville, formerly of Hurricane, W. Va., died Monday, December 31, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Karen S. Nelson. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 4, under the direction of Chapman Funeral Home.

January 7, 2002

Gloria Beatrice Butcher, 75, native of Johnson County, died Monday, December 24, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, December 27, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home.

Dorothy Maynard Castle, 58, of Delaware, Ohio, died Sunday, December 28, at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Hayes Castle. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 26, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Graveside services were conducted Saturday, December 29, at Lemaster Cemetery, Oil Springs, for Mae Lemaster, 89, who died in McDermott, Ohio.

Lora McCoy, 94, died Saturday, December 22, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 26, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Elmer Ale Mills, 71, died Monday, December 24, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, December 27, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

James Willard Muncy, 79, died Monday, December 24, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 26, under the directon of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Lavada Pelphrey, 96, of Hager Hill, died Saturday, December 29, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 1, under the direction of Paintsville Funeral Home.

Joe Harold Pigg, 36, of Paintsville, died Tuesday, December 11, at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 14, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Ruby A. Richardson, 62, of Warsaw, Iniana, native of Paintsville, died Saturday, December 28, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Ft. Wayne. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 31, at 1 p.m., at God’s Highway to Heaven Church. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, under the direction of McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel.

Ferne Pack Ward, 76, of Martha, died Friday, December 28, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Graveside services were conducted Sunday, December 30, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.