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April Obits 2002

Monday, April 29, 2002

Hager Elizabeth White

Age 97, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Thursday, April 25, 2002, at her residence, after an extended illness. She was born July 8, 1904, at Oil Springs, Ky., a daughter of the late L.L. and Mary (Coldiron) Meade. She was married to Rainley (Snow) White, who preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, and two daughters, William L. White, and Bobby Ray White, both of Prestonsburg, Ky., Mary Ann Hall of Allen, Ky., and Linda Clark of Paintsville, Ky. Also surviving are one brother and one sister, Bill Meade of Charleston, Tenn., and Beulah Moore of Paintsville, Ky. There are 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 27, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Prestonsburg, Ky., with Rev. George Love officiating. Burial was in the May Cemetery in Prestonsburg, Ky. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the First Presbyterian Church in Prestonsburg, Ky., or Big Sandy Hospice in Prestonsburg, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home and at the church. All arrangements were under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, Ky. Active pallbearers are: Billy Ray White, John W. White, Jerry Clark, Ray Clark, Don Clark and Ron Clark.

Roger D. Gayheart

Age, 49, of Ligon, Ky., died Thursday, April 25, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on May 23, 1952, in Ligon, Ky., he was the son of the late Dave Gayheart and Delphia Blankenship Gayheart. He was a disabled gas well employee and attended the Old Regular Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Melinda Newsome Gayheart. Survivors include one step-son, Steven Newsome of Ligon, Ky.; two brothers, Hillard Gayheart of Stroh, Ind., Kennith Gayheart of Hi Hat, Ky.; three sisters, Gerlie Tackett of Hi Hat, Ky., Sharon Reynolds and Betty Tackett, both of Virgie, Ky. He was preceded in death by two brothers, General Gayheart and Andy Gayheart; and one sister, Eulene Gayheart. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 28, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church at Hi Hat, Ky., with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Blankenship Cemetery, McDowell, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation will be at the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church after 6 p.m., on Friday.

Friday, April 26, 2002

Virgie H. Shepherd

Age 89, of Gunlock, Ky., widow of Raleigh Shepherd, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was born June 16, 1912, in Magoffin County, Ky., the daughter of the late John Mainard Hale and Sally Layne Hale. She was a homemaker and a member of the Salt Lick Community United Baptist Church, Hueysville, Ky. Survivors include eight sons, Eugene Shepherd of Greenwich, Oh., Kenneth Shepherd of Claytool, In., John Clayton Shepherd of Gunlock, Ky., Edward Lee Shepherd of Pierceton, In., Kermit Shepherd of Wabash, In., James Gordon Shepherd of Leslie, Mi., Haskell Shepherd of Auburn, Mi., Raleigh Shepherd Jr. of Pikeville, Ky.; five daughters, Joyce Aileen Hale of Ypsilanti, Mi., Jewel Dean Joseph of Kenton, Oh., Pauline Schrader of Plymouth, Oh., Wanda Faye Bailey of Garrett, In., Janet Gaye Conley of East Point, Ky.; three sisters, Stella Wireman of Gunlock, Ky., Aileen Shepherd of Welston, Oh., Rosa Lea Mann of Warsaw, In.; 45 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Buell Shepherd; three daughters, Maxine Shepherd, Gertrude Pattee, and Ethel Vanderpool. Funeral services for Virgie H. Shepherd will be conducted Friday, April 26, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Bethel Bolen, Jimmy Dye, and Jerry Manns, officiating. Burial will follow in the Raleigh Shepherd Family Cemetery, Gunlock, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Malque Earmest Hayes

Age 85, of Langley, Ky., husband of Dorothy Atherton Smith Hayes, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at the Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville, Ky. He was born February 13, 1917, in Maytown, Ky., the son of the late John Prock Hayes and Daisy Justice Hayes. He was a retired coal miner for Inland Steel; a 50-year member of John W. Hall Masonic Lodge, having served as master and treasurer; a volunteer for the AARP Tax Program and was affiliated with the Old Regular Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Ronald M. Hayes of Winchester, Ky.; one daughter, Sandra Hayes Sheffield of Betsy Layne, Ky.; one brother, Earrit M. Hayes of Martin, Ky.; two grandchildren, Heather Hayes Amistadi of Durham, N.C., Ellisa O’Bryan of Langley, Ky.; two great-grandchildren, Cassandra O’Bryan and Dorothy O’Bryan. He was preceded in death by one half brother, Virgil “Arb” Hayes. Funeral services for Mr. Hayes will be conducted Friday, April 26, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was from 5 p.m., till 10 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home with Masonic services held at 7 p.m. Pallbearers: Earl Edward Webb, Dr. Robert Marshall, Bill Cooley, Delano May, Buddy Smith, Clarence Hayes, John Hall Jr., and C.C. Sheffield.

Peggy Dawn Whitt

Age 42, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, following a sudden illness. Born on March 22, 1960, in Paintsville, Ky., she was the daughter of James Monroe Castle and the late Patricia Marie Gullett Castle. Survivors include her husband, Jeffery Whitt; three daughters, Patricia Marie Hatfield of Prestonsburg, Ky., Jennifer Raelynn Whitt of Martin, Ky.; and Melissa Dawn Castle of Paducah, Ky.; one sister, Lisa Marie Castle Griffith of Martin, Ky.; three brothers, Ronald Dean Castle of Paintsville, Ky., James Monroe Castle and Jerry Andrew Castle, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two grandchildren, Sarah Dawn Castle and Christopher Morgan Castle. She was a homemaker, and attended the Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral will be on Sunday, April 28, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Manford Fannin officiating. Burial will be in the Castle Cemetery at Brown Fork in Paintsville, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church after 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2002. Pallbearers: Tommy Sparks, Oliver Reynolds, Jay Castle, Herbie Griffith, Eric Combs and Steve Whitt.

Effie Howard

Age 95, of Garrett, Ky., widow of Kelly Howard, passed away, Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at the Claylor-Nickel Regional Center, Bluffton, Indiana. She was born August 13, 1906, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of the late Teck Reed and Elizabeth Moore Reed. She was a homemaker, a member of the United Baptist Church, and a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors include two daughters, Alberta Bolding of Warren, In., and Glenna Caudill of Marion, Oh.; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her husband, Kelly, and parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Harry Howard, Garry Howard and Brison Howard. Funeral services for Effie Howard will be conducted Saturday, April 27, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Sterling Bolen and Jerry Manns, officiating. Burial will follow in the Howard Cemetery, Garrett, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Wilda Stout

Wilda Stout of Martin, Ky., died Monday, April 22, 2002, following a sudden illness. Born on September 17, 1927, in Weeksbury, Ky., she was the daughter of the late J.O. and Jenny Mayo Arrington. Survivors include her husband, Steve Stout; one son, James Stout and wife, Carolyn, of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one daughter, Virginia Turner and husband, Ronald, of Allen, Ky.; one sister, Georgia Howard of Florence, Ky.; and three grandchildren, Steffanie Gillstrap, John Stout, and Lesley Stout. She was preceded in death by one sister, Jacqueline Justice. She was a homemaker, a member of the Order of Eastern Star (Hadassah 575), and a member of the Church of Christ. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 27, 2002, at 2 p.m., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Gary Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, of Ivel, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Adrian Tuttle

Age, 72, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was a carpenter with Union Local 1089, retiring in 1983. He was a member of Little Flossie Old Regular Baptist Church in Kendallville. He was born on May 28, 1929, to Levi and Elzena Tuttle. He married Evelyn L. Jarrett Conrad in Ligonier on October 8, 1966. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Lora and Tom Householder of Ocala, Fla.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark Tuttle of Fort Wayne, Denzil and Karen Tuttle of McCordsville and David and Jeannett Tuttle of Nikiski, Alaska; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Debra and Bruce Williams of Cromwell; two step-sons and a stepdaughter-in-law, Donald Conrad of Carlisle, and Wayne and Peggy Conrad of Ligonier; a half brother, Aaron Tuttle of eastern Kentucky; two sisters, Kathleen Gibson of Stroh, and Mary Patrick of LaGrange; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a stepson, Bobby Conrad; two brothers, Ray and Forrest Tuttle; and a half sister, Cordie Wicker. Services were held Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Little Flossie Old Regular Baptist Church. Elders Russell Hicks, Larry Dixon and Morris Wicker officiated. Information, courtesy of Hall Funeral Home.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Ruby Mitchell McKee

Age 51, of Teaberry, Ky., passed away Friday, April 19, 2002, at her residence, in Teaberry, Ky. She was born November 5, 1951, in Prestonsburg, Ky., the daughter of Esta Hamilton Mitchell of Teaberry, Ky., and the late Christopher Columbus Mitchell. She was a homemaker and affiliated with the Regular Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother; one daughter, Tina Sparks of Flint, Mi.; one son, Mike Sparks of Tennessee; a niece, Anna Louise Hayton of Crossville, Tn.; two brothers, Donnie Ray Mitchell and Harold Dean Mitchell, both of Teaberry, Ky.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services for Ruby Mitchell McKee were conducted Monday, April 22, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Jason Mitchell, Harold Dean Mitchell, Donnie Mitchell, Donnie Mitchell Jr., Alexander Hall, Racey Case, Delbert Thompson, and Earl Stanley.

 

Lorraine Williams Baldridge

Age, 80, of East Court St., Prestonsburg, Ky., died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born on March 15, 1922, in Johnson County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Dewey Williams and Numa Hitchcock Williams. She was a homemaker and attended the First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Franklin Baldridge Sr. (died 4-11-1986). Survivors include one son, Kermit E. Baldridge Jr. of Paintsville, Ky.; two daughters, Patricia Carolene (Pat) Allen and Judith Ann (Judy) Rowe, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one sister, Loretta Conley of Ashland, Ky.; one brother, Paul Preston Williams of Ashland, Ky.; one half-brother, Charles Dewey Williams of Paintsville, Ky.; five grandchildren, four great-granddaughters and one step-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by one son, Donald Dewey Baldridge. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 22, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. George Love officiating. Interment was in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky. Pallbearers: Eddie Bradley, Kermit Baldridge III, Paul Michael Baldridge, Jim Hobbs, Randy Bradley, and William Kendrick.

Minnie E. Todd

Minnie E. Todd, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2002, at the age of 88. She was born in Prestonsburg, Ky., and has lived in the Akron-Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, area for 62 years. Preceding her in death was her husband, Lawrence H. Todd, in 1982. Mrs. Todd was a graduate of Masonic Home in Louisville, Ky., where she received the Hiram Bassett award for academic excellence. She was retired from the BF Goodman Co., and was a member of the local chapter of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence H. Todd and Louise of Marietta, Ga.; grandchildren, Michael L. (Kimberly) Todd, Patricia (Gray) Sheppard, Jeffrey Todd, and Catherine (James) Meyers. There are four great-grandchildren, Lara, Aryn, Katie, and Shane, all of whom live in the Marietta, Ga., area. A memorial service was held Monday, April 22, at 3 p.m., at the Adams Mason Memorial Chapel, 791 E. Market St., Akron, with Rev. G. Rod Taylor officiating. At Mrs. Todd’s request, no flowers should be sent. Adams Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook at www.ohio.com/obituaries.

Laura Elizabeth Bevins

Age, 88, formerly of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Friday, April 12, 2002, at Lakeland Healthcare Center in Milford, In., following an extended illness. Born October 13, 1913, in Pikeville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Mallie Rutroff and Sallie Mitchell Wright. Mrs. Bevins was a long time employee of Floyd Cleaners and then the R.H. Hobbs Co. until her retirement in 1980. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Farest D. (Trooper) Bevins; two daughters, Patricia Bevins Schmitz and Pamelia Bevins Hanson; one brother, Arvile Wright and one sister, Bessie Tuffs. Surviving Mrs. Bevins are three sons and daughter-in-laws, Larry and Edyth Bevins of Prestonsburg, Paul and Grace Bevins of Twentynine Palms, Ca. and Carl and Lorell Bevins of Warsaw, In.; five granddaughters, seven grandsons, and nineteen great-grandchildren. Graveside rites were conducted Tuesday, April 16, at Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., by Rev. Gordon Fitch. Burke Funeral Home of Prestonsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Friday, April 19, 2002

Cecil Jefferson Miller

Age, 78, of Naples, Florida, passed away March 30, 2002, at the Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida, after a brief illness. He lived in Naples for twenty-seven years, having moved there after his retirement in 1975. Cecil was born July 23, 1973, in Drift, Ky., the son of the late Thomas Jefferson Miller and Minnie Martin Miller. He is survived by a sister, Josephine Miller of Drift, Ky.; two brothers, Hugo E. Miller of Drift, Ky., and William Ralph Miller of Hot Springs, Ark. Cecil attended Hunter and Drift Elementary Schools, graduated from McDowell High School, and attended George-town College in Georgetown, Ky. He attended the American Institute of Technology and Electronics. Cecil was a certified private pilot. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during W. W. II. After his honorable discharge from the Marines, he became interested in the field of radio engineering and worked for radio stations in Pikeville, Hazard, and Paintsville, Ky. Following this experience, he joined Philco as a Technical Representative and General Electric as an Electronic Intelligence Gathering and Evaluation Representative of early warning air defense systems as a site manager. He worked on the Over the Horizon Radar, E2-C Early Warning Airborne Radar Program and Electronic intelligence Gather-ing Evaluation. He did advisory and maintenance work, primarily in countries receiving military aid contracts from the United States. These lands, chiefly Asian ones, included Japan, Korea, Turkey, Okinawa, Phillipines, Pakistan, Formosa, Guam, and India. He also worked for eight years in light military applications training Air Force personnel and assisting in the maintenance of air borne radar and ground communications. He received many honors for his work in foreign countries from the USAF, the Air Service Command Advisory Team in Taiwan and from the Turkish Air Force Air Defense Command. He spent many years in Japan, Turkey, Pakistan, Alfganistan, and many other remote areas of the world. Cecil had traveled the globe many times during his life. He was listed in the First Edition of the U.S. Who’s Who in Aviation and Aerospace of 1983. Cecil was also a gifted musician. He played classical guitar, violin, and keyboard. There will be a Memorial Service at the Hall Funeral Home in Martin, Ky., April 21, at 1:00 p.m. Cremation was done by the Hodges Funeral Home of Naples, Florida, and the cremains will be placed in the family cemetery in Drift, Ky. Memorials may be made to the Drift Prebysterian Church, Box 99, Drift, Ky. 41619.

Olga Owens

Age, 88, of Blue River, Ky., died Saturday, April 6, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on December 21, 1913, in West Prestonsburg, Ky., she was the daughter of Sam Bayes and Della Coburn Bayes. She was a retired cook, for Wise Restaurant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Owens. Survivors include one son, Henry Jr. Owens, of West Prestonsburg, Ky.; three daughters, Mable Sue Owens of Buckeye, Ky., Della Lou Hackworth of Prestonsburg, Ky., Sally Jo Slone of David, Ky.; one brother, Harvey Bays of Prestonsburg, Ky.; three sisters, Betty Jo Hackworth and Elsie Sherman, both of Abbott, Ky., and Rena Blair of Paintsville, Ky.; 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Sammy Bays, Woodrow Bays and Henderson Bays; and one sister, Lacressa Von. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Van West and Jimmy Brown officiating. Burial was in the Owens Cemetery, Buckeye, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Myrtle Franklin Reasor

Age, 89, of N. Highland Ave., Prestonsburg, Ky., died Wednes-day, April 17, 2002, at the Prestonsburg Health Care Center. Born September 12, 1912, in Hindman, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Watson Franklin and Flora Pigman Franklin. She was a former teacher for the Floyd County school system; a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years; and local, state and Big Sandy Retired Teachers Associations. She attended Wheaton College and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 18, 2002, at 3 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. George Love officiating. Interment was in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky. Contributions suggested to First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky.

Jeanette Jane Crider Flannery Frazier

Jeanette Jane Crider Flannery Frazier, of N. Highland Ave., (Prestonsburg Health Care Center), Pres-tonsburg, Ky., died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born March 20, 1915, in German (Floyd County), Ky., she was the daughter of Marion Crider and Dixie Spears Crider. She was a homemaker and member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her first husband, T.J. Flannery on April 28, 1968; and second husband, Hager Frazier. Survivors include one daughter, Ann E. Davis of Prestonsburg; three sons, Phillip Flannery of East Point, Ky., Marion Flannery of Warsaw, In., William Flannery of Silver Lake, In.; one sister, Nola Stepp of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Jack Crider of East Point, Ky.; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Yvonne Flannery in 1936 and Alice Faye Flannery in 1937. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 19, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Steve Williams officiating. Interment will be in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Virginia Mae Storie Moore

Age 77, of McDowell, Ky., wife of Edgle Moore, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hazard, Ky. She was born July 8, 1924, in Drift, Ky., the daughter of the late William McKinley Storie and Katie Amerzee Storie. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Edgle Moore Jr. of Ezel, Ky., Dana “Pogo” Moore of McDowell, Ky., Christopher “Doc” Moore of Hazel Green, Ky.; two daughters, Paula Fern Mitchell of Plant City, Fl., Pamela Sharon Moore of McDowell, Ky.; two brothers, Douglas Storie of Willoughby, Oh., Daniel Storie of Monroe,Oh.; seven sisters, Ola Patton of McDowell, Ky., Eula Stumbo and Dixie Turner, both of Prestonsburg, Ky., Bonnie Burchwell of Hillsboro, Oh., Joyce Clark of Hampton,Tx., Frances Stapleton of Fairfield Glades, Tn., Helen Nicola of Tucson, Az., 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Virginia Moore will be conducted Saturday, April 21, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky. Burial will follow in the Moore Family Cemetery, Orkney, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is 12:00 noon til 9:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Judith “Judy” Hale Bennett

Age, 41, of 208 Bailey Circle Road, Erwin, Tennessee, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Erwin. She was a native of Prestonsburg, Ky., and the daughter of Charles G. and Minnie Sue Campbell Hale, Prestonsburg. She was saved when she was 11 years old, and has been involved in church work for more than 20 years. She was a graduate of Pikeville College and earned her Master of arts in Christian Education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. She had served as Children’s Ministry Director of Calvary Baptist Church since 1987. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Rev. Tim Bennett. Other survivors include her father-in-law, T.J. Bennett of Erwin; two brothers-in-law, Tommy Bennett and wife, Phyllis, and Jerry Bennett and wife, Kim, all of Erwin; one niece, Amber Bennett of Erwin; two nephews, Aaron Bennett and Andy Bennett, both of Erwin; three uncles, Zeb Campbell, Bill Campbell and Arthur Campbell, all of Prestonsburg, Ky. Funeral services for Judith “Judy” Hale Bennett were conducted at 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Dean Hampton, Dr. John Kuhne and Dr. Christopher Ward officiating. Vocal selections were provided by the Calvary Trio. The family received friends at Calvary Baptist Church from 5 p.m., until service time. Committal service will be conducted at the Chapel of Memories at Washington County Memorial Gardens, at 10 a.m., on Wednesday. Serving as pallbearers are Jerry Bennett, Tommy Bennett, Aaron Bennett, Andy Bennett, Mike Campbell, Patrick Burke, Roland Banks and Terry Hale. Serving as honorary pallbearers are deacons of Calvary Baptist Church, ministers of Unicoi County, ministers of the Holston Baptist Association, Gus Kalos, Gary Wright, Bill Campbell, Oliver Webb Jr., and Roger Spradlin. Those attending the committal services will meet at Valley Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m., on Wednesday, to go in procession to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church Bus Fund, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN. 37650, or to the Holston Baptist Association Judy Bennett Children’s Fund, 207 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN. 37604. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family via Valley@Funeral-Plans.com. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Tina Jewel Allen

Age 85, of Versailles, Ky., formerly of Martin, Ky., widow of Clyde Preston Allen, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, Lexington, Ky. She was born June 6, 1916, in West Virginia, the daughter of the late Albert Richard Conner and Lettie Harbour Conner. She was a retired busieness woman and owner of the former Jewell Hardware in Martin, Ky. Survivors include one daughter, Rosemary Ewen of Versailles, Ky.; two brothers, Billy Conner of Milton, WV., and Charles Conner of Florida; two sisters, Katherine Windsor and Janet Nicholas, both of Milton, WV.; three grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Harper, Mary E. Kidd, and Cindi Clark; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew Mullins, Griffin Mullins, Trevor Kidd, Ashley Kidd and Jay Clark. Funeral services for Tina Jewel Allen were conducted Monday, April 15, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, David Boyd and Wayman McQuire, officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Allie Pratt Ball

Age, 83, of 175 N. Highland Ave., Prestonsburg, Ky., died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the Prestonsburg Health Care Center. Born April 16, 1918, in Wayne Co. W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Sam Pratt and Haney Porter Pratt. She was a member of the Lancer Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Ball. Survivors include one daughter, Arlene West of Prestonsburg, Ky.; three grandchildren, Christopher West of Prestonsburg, Ky., Barbara Ousley of Auxier, Ky., and Elizabeth Blair of Pikeville, Ky.; five great-grandchildren, Ashli Bevins, Heather West, Adam West, Austin Coleman, and Hannah Coleman. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 14, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with Rev. Bobby Carpenter officiating. Interment was at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky. All arrangements were under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, Ky.

Earl Hall

Age, 61, of Hi Hat, Ky., died Friday, April 5, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on May 16, 1940, in Beaver, Ky., he was the son of the late Triplett Hall and Frona Hamilton Hall. He was a member of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, and was a disabled coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Anna Lee Hall. Other survivors include two sons, Earl Dean (Stacie) Hall and Archie (Elizabeth) Hall, both of Hi Hat, Ky.; four daughters, Wilma (Randle) Howell of Teaberry, Ky., Angie (Glendale) Osborne and Frona Lynn (Wesley) Hamilton, both of Beaver, Ky., Martha Ann Hall of Hi Hat, Ky.; four brothers, Georgie Hall of McDowell, Ky., Sammy Hall of Beaver, Ky., Cledis Hall and Ruben Hall, both of Hi Hat, Ky.; four sisters, Geraldine Bentley, and Nadine Tackett, both of Beaver, Ky., Evelyn Taylor of Paintsville, Ky., and Alphie Hamilton of Teaberry, Ky.; 11 grandchildren, Jason Howell, Kelly Akers, Amanda McKinney, Victoria Osborne, Courtney Hall, Coty Hall, Katrina Isaacs, Timothy Isaacs, Darlena Hall, Shane Hall, and Eric Paige Hall; and one great-grandchild, Ethan Randle Howell. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Willie Hall, Carlos Hall and Merlin Hall; and one sister, Irene Hall. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 8, 2002, at 12 noon, at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry, Ky., with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church.

Bud K. Hamilton Jr.

Age, 47, of 208 Michigan Ave., Corunna, In., died Friday, April 12, 2002, in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, In., following a sudden illness. Born November 20, 1954, in Martin, Ky., he was the son of the late Bud K. Hamilton Sr. and Eva Jean Lawson Hamilton. He was a supervisor at Foley Foundry, Auburn, In. He is survived by his wife, Shelia Sparkman Hamilton of Corunna. Other survivors include five sons, Brian G. Hamilton of McDowell, Ky., Craig S.D. Hamilton, Kevin D. Hamilton, Derrick S. Hamilton and Kyle D. Hamilton, all of Corunna; three brothers, Jerry Hamilton of Rome City, In., Raymond Hamilton of Corunna, In., and Jackie Hamilton of Grand Rapids, Mi.; three sisters, Ava Hamilton of Waterloo, In., Melissa Booth of Kendallville, In. and Linda Collins of Ashley, In.; two grandchildren, Mikayla P. and Hannah B. Hamilton. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at the Mt. Calvary United Baptist Church, Stroh, In., with Rev. Denny Sparkman and Rev. Willie Collins officiating. Burial will be in the Sedan Cemetery, near Corunna, In., under the direction of Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Visitation was at the church.

Virgie Hicks

Age 90, of Hippo, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Riverview Health Care Center. She was born in Risner, Ky., on October 9, 1911, the daughter of the late Obe and Mary Jones Ousley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hicks, in February 1990. She is survived by three daughters, Edna Mae (Wayne) Harner of Jackson, Mi., Wanda F. (Billy Ray) Hayes of Hueysville, and Loyce R. (John) Kirk of Paintsville, and Crystal River Florida; seven grandchildren, Teresa Harner Vinton, Paula Harner, Randy Harner, Shari Harner, Dr. Stan Hayes, John C. Kirk, and Kim Kirk; and ten great-grandchildren, Richie Vinton, Johnny Zakrzewski, Chinelle Rulison, Andy Rulison, Trevor Harner, Matthew Harner, Rachael Hayes, Will Hayes, Alex Kirk, and Molly Kirk; and one sister, Ethel Sparks of Peru, Indiana. She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church for 66 years. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 13, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, Ky., with the Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Hicks Cemetery, at Hippo, Ky, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Pallbearers: Dr. Stan Hayes, John C. Kirk, Randy Harner, Richie Vinton, Andy Rulison, and John Zakrzewski.

Della B. Daniels Snavely

Age 89, of Prestonsburg, Ky., widow of Joe Snavely, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was born May 28, 1912, at Emma, Ky., the daughter of the late Jim Bentley and Sally DeRossett Bentley Smith. She was a homemaker and former employee of the May Lodge and the Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was also a member of the Community Freewill Baptist Church at Goble-Roberts, in Floyd County, Ky. She is survived by three sons, Elon Daniels Jr. of Elwood, Ind., George Daniels of Clearwater, Fla., and Larry Daniels of Little Paint, Ky.; five daughters, Marie Anderson of Springfield, Oh., Joann Gibson of West Van Lear, Ky., Mary Bilotta of Cable, Oh., Betty Bartley of Lakeland, Fla., and Draxie Dillion of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two sisters, Gertrude Harris of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Buretta Hicks of Plymouth, Oh., 47 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elon Daniels; her second husband, John Bellamy; one son, Wade Daniels, and one daughter, Myrtle Louise Daniels. Funeral services for Mrs. Snavely were conducted Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Paul Coleman officiating. Burial was in the Preston Cemetery at Ulysses, in Lawrence County, Ky., under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Randy Click, Tom Click, Gary Daniels, Chris Daniels, Darrell Sparks, and Winston Dillion.

Dussie Ansel

Age, 85, of Wabash, In., died Friday, February 22, 2002, at the Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, In. Born March 15, 1916, in Kite, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Henry Perry and Lillie Bates Perry. Mrs. Ansel was married in 1943 in Wheelwright, Ky., to Bud D. Ansel. He passed away on September 22, 1948. She was a member of the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church on Erie Street, and was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Eileen) Click, of Wabash, In.; six sons, Carl (Corine) Ansel, Ray (Janet) Jacobs, Dennis R. Ansel, J.R. (Barb) Ansel, Charles D. Chaffins, and Walter (Carla) Ansel, all of Wabash, In.; three daughters, Mrs. Don (Loraine) Watkins, and Mrs. Mitch (Ethel) Howard, both of Wabash, In., and Mrs. Carl (Shirley) Johnson, of Dema, Ky.; 28 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, three brothers and four sisters. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 25, 2002, at 10:30 a.m., at the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church, Erie Street, Wabash, In., with Rev. Bill Bowling and Rev. Tim Webb officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash, In., under the direction of Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel.

Friday, April 12, 2002

Russell Clark

Age 70, of Grethel, Ky., passed away, Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. He was born on January 13, 1932, at Grethel, the son of the late John Calvin and Goldie Hall Clark. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and was a retired restaurant owner and merchant. He is survived by his wife, Sue Simpkins Clark, and sons, Brad and wife, Donna, of Fort Mill, S.C., and Jeff of Florence, Ky.; brothers, Reevis of Sebring, Fla., Kenneth of Clyde, Ohio, and Palmer of Columbus, Ohio; and sister, Barbara Clark Newman of Grethel, along with a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 13, at Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with burial to follow at the Clark Family Cemetery in Grethel. Visitation will be Friday, from 1 p.m., with a church service starting at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Newell Hayes

Age, 82, of Hindman, Ky., died Monday, April 8, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on March 7, 1920, in Knott County, he was the son of J.D. Hayes and Martha Sizemore. He was a carpenter and a DAV member of Chapter 128 of Garrett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Holliday; his father, J.D. Hayes, and his mother, Martha Sizemore; one son, James Larry, and two daughters, Katherine Riddle and Wanda Barker. Survivors include sons, Phillip and Betty Warren of Texas; Paul and Ursula Hayes of Hindman, Ky.; Jerry and Tammy Amburgey of Amburgey; daughters, Irma Dene Johnson of Amburgey; Connie Sue and Billy Mullins of Amburgey, Audrey Mae and Kirby Jeske of Wisconsin.; Patsy Ann and Winford Slone of Garner; and Robertta Jewell Hayes of Amburgey; a brother, Harmon Hayes of South Carolina; sisters, Clella Barker of Ohio; Nedra Judy of Georgia; Elsie Black of Florida; and Madeline Hall of South Carolina. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 12, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hindman United Baptist Church, with Cova Perkins, Jim Watkins and Bill Kirby officiating. Burial will be in the Carr Fork Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation will be at the Hindman United Baptist Church.

Nell Gibson Hagewood

Age, 91, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, following an extended illness. Born September 17, 1910, in Wayland, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Gibson and Margaret Turner Gibson. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Hagewood. Survivors include one daughter, Betty Gail Minix of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one son, Jesse Brown Hagewood of Inverness, Fla.; three sisters, Ethel Krueger of Port Charlotte, Fla., Audrey Marshall of Atlanta, Ga., and Mattie Gibson of Hyden, Ky.; four brothers, Joseph Gibson of Port Charlotte, Fla., James Gibson of New Haven, Ind., Roy Gibson of Carbondale, Ill., and Will Gibson of Pippa Passes, Ky.; six grandchildren, Maurice Minix and Marty Minix, both of Prestonsburg, Ky., Melanie Minix of Nashville, Tn., Jack Hagewood of Elkview, W.Va., Jane Chapman of Ashland, Ky., and Vickie Pharo of Greensboro, N.C.; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 13, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Wayne Sayre officiating. Interment will be in the Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home, after 1 p.m., Friday.

Estill Johnson

Age, 74, of Weeksbury, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at U.K. Medical Center, Lexington, Ky., following an extended illness. Born on October 27, 1927, in Weeksbury, Ky., he was the son of Warfield Johnson and Rena Little Johnson. He was retired as an AT&T worker. He was a member of the Church of Christ, at Weeksbury. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Barnett Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Burke Johnson. Other survivors include one brother, Carl Johnson of Indiana; two sisters, Lexie Tackett and Larcie Blevins, both of Weeksbury. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Weeksbury Church of Christ, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial was in the Warfield Johnson Cemetery, at Weeksbury, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the Church of Christ, at Weeksbury.

Virgie Hicks

Age 90, of Hippo, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Riverview Health Care Center. She was born in Risner, Ky., on October 9, 1911, the daughter of the late Obe and Mary Jones Ousley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hicks, in February 1990. She is survived by three daughters, Edna Mae (Wayne) Harner of Jackson, Mi., Wanda F. (Billy Ray) Hayes of Hueysville, and Loyce R. (John) Kirk of Paintsville, and Crystal River Florida; seven grandchildren, Teresa Harner Vinton, Paula Harner, Randy Harner, Shari Harner, Dr. Steven Hayes, John C. Kirk, and Kim Kirk; and ten great-grandchildren, Richie Vinton, Johnny Zakrzewski, Chinelle Rulison, Andy Rulison, Trevor Harner, Matthew Harner, Rachael Hayes, Will Hayes, Alex Kirk, and Molly Kirk; and one sister, Ethel Sparks of Peru, Indiana. She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church for 66 years. Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 13, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, Ky., with the Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Hicks Cemetery, at Hippo, Ky, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, aMartin, Ky. Pallbearers: Dr. Stan Hayes, John C. Kirk, Randy Harner, Richie Vinton, Andy Rulison, and John Zakrzewski.

Elmer H. Morrison

Age 77, of Wayland, husband of Florence Best Morrison, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. He was born September 15, 1924, in Wayland, the son of the late Elmer G. and Mallie Martin Morrison. He was a retired postmaster of the Wayland post office, a fire chief of 30 years for the Wayland Fire Department; a member of James W. Alley Masonic Lodge, Wayland, and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason; served as representative of the Big Sandy ADD to Legislative Research Committee; a World War II Army Air Corps veteran; a member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War Association; and a member of the Wayland United Methodist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Connie Horn of Prestonsburg. Funeral services for Elmer H. Morrison will be conducted Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Brad Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wayland United Methodist Church building fund.

Charles Russell Harris

Age 77, of Lake Road, Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky., after an extended illness. He was born August 26, 1924, in Prestonsburg, Ky., a son of the late Joe T. and Mary Emily (Wells) Harris. He was married to Mary Anna (Stephenson) Harris who preceded him in death. He was a self-employed carpenter and a contractor, and veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is survived by one son, Tom Harris of Prestonsburg, Ky., and one daughter, Patricia Harris of Lexington, Ky.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 13, 2002, at 1 p.m., with Brother Larry Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Harris Family Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, Ky. D.A.V. Chapter No. 18 of Auxier, Ky. will be giving military honors. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Monday, April 8, 2002

Susan Conley Akers

Age 86, of Louisville, formerly of Banner, Ky., died Thursday, in Louisville. A native of Prestonsburg, Ky. area, she was a retiree from the Anderson (Indiana) City Schools, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Hurstbourne Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron J. Akers. She is survived by a daughter, Sara Akers Brady; two sons, Larry and Ed Akers; two sisters, Maxine Osborne of Wheelwright, Ky., and Estelle Ruth Fletcher of Tuscon, Arizona; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are 11 nieces and three nephews. Funeral services will be Monday, 10 a.m., at Pearson-Ratterman Bros. Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, Ky., with visitation Sunday, 2-8 p.m. Burial will be 4 p.m. Monday in Davidson Memorial Park, Ivel, Ky. Memorial gifts: Alzheimer’s Association and Hurstbourne Baptist Church Library Fund, 8800 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Ky. 40222. 

Friday, April 5, 2002

Relix Prater

Age, 77, of Hueysville, Ky., died Monday, April 1, 2002, following an extended illness.
Born on July 10, 1924, at Hueysville, Ky., he was the son of the late John Dee Prater and Mary Jane Prater. He was a disabled coal miner. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ollie Sparkman Prater. He is survived by his wife, Reda E. Crace Prater. Other survivors include one son, Charles Prater of Hueysville, Ky.; two daughters, Geraldine Johnson of Hueysville, Ky., and Priscilla Prater of Hippo, Ky.; one brother, Aaron Prater of Prestonsburg, Ky.; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one step-daughter, Carolyn Hackworth of Prestonsburg, Ky. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Sol (Bud) Prater, Ezra Prater, and Oscar Prater; three sisters, Cindy Marie Clemons, Judy Prater, and Polly Griffith. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with ministers of Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Prater Cemetery, Salyers Br., Hueysville, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Olvie Vanderpool Reed

Age 78, of Hueysville, Ky., wife of Roger Reed Sr., passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2002, in St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Ky. She was born June 11, 1922, in Glo, Ky., the daughter of the late William Vanderpool and Cordelia Sexton Vanderpool. She was a homemaker. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Roger Reed Jr., of Hueysville, Ky., Jerry Reed of Lexington, Ky., and Gary E. Reed of Eastern, Ky.; one daughter, Priscille Reed Tussey of Hueysville, Ky.; two brothers, Robert Vanderpool of Plymouth, Oh., and Elliott Vanderpool of Kendallville In., 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Olvie Reed will be conducted Saturday, April 6, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Ondie Wireman and Roger Bolen, officiating. Burial will follow in the Reed Cemetery, Hueysville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Rebecca Moore Rasnick

Age, 94, of Lexington, Ky., died Thurs-day, March 28, 2002, at the Christian Health Center, following an extended illness. Born on August 19, 1907, in Mousie, Ky., she was the daughter of the late John Wesley Moore and Geneva Martin Moore. She was a former bookkeeper for the Floyd County School Board. She lived in Prestonsburg for more than 40 years before moving to Lexington. She was a member of the First Baptist Church (Irene Cole Memorial), a member of the Eastern Star, Adah Chapter 24, and a member of the Miriam Rebekah Lodge No. 31. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Rasnick. Survivors include one grandson, Frank Harris of Lexington, Ky.; two granddaughters, Sandra H. Palmer and Rebecca Harris, both of Lexington, Ky.; two great-granddaughters, Rebecca Palmer and Sarah Palmer, both of Lexington, Ky. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Joyce Rasnick Harris. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Dr. Floyd Price officiating. Interment was in the Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville, Ky., under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.

Cleo (Gray) Sammons Rowe

Age 86, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Monday, April 1, 2002, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Prestonsburg, Ky., after an extended illness. She was born September 23, 1915, at Water Gap, Ky., a daughter of the late Seymour & Annie (Lafferty) Gray. She was first married to Toy Sammons, who preceded her in death. She later married Rev. Charley Rowe, who also preceded her in death. She was a grocery merchant and head dieticians at Prestonsburg Hospital. She was a cook at the Prestonsburg High School, a member of the Goble-Roberts Community Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Jay Sammons, and John D. Sammons, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; and two daughters, Toy Ann Readon of Shelbyville, Ky., Libby Owens of Prestonsburg, Ky.; three step-sons, James Rowe of Lexington, Ky., Roger Rowe, and Jack Rowe, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; four step-daughters, Dorothy Day of Lake Placid, Fla., Ruth Bridget of Fla., Grace Woody of Prestonsburg, Ky., Sylvia Mosley of Clarksville, Tenn.; one brother, Charles Gray of Prestonsburg, Ky.; a host of grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one step-son, Charles C. Rowe of Clarksville, Tennessee. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 1 p.m., from the Goble-Roberts Community Freewill Baptist Church, with Joey Sammons, and Rev. Paul David Coleman officiating. Burial followed in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.

Virgil Combs

Age 81, of Wayland, Ky., husband of Beatrice Castle Combs, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Ky. He was born September 9, 1920, at Shelbiana, Ky., the son of the late James Combs and Louverna Conley Combs. He was a retired coal miner, a U.S. Navy, World War II veteran, and a member of the Wayland United Methodist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Brenda Carol Horne, and her husband, Roger, of Wayland, Ky.; one brother, Savel Combs of Shelby, Oh.; two sisters, Florence Mary Wheeler and Martha Slone, both of Shelby, Oh.; three grandchildren, Roger J. Horne, Greg Horne, and Angela Stephens; and three great-grandchildren, Breann Michelle Horne, Austin Blake Horne, and Dawson Chase Stephens. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Clara Eda Combs; two brothers, Kendall Combs and Amel Combs; and one sister, Sadie Gibson. Funeral services for Virgil Combs will be conducted Friday, April 5, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Kendall Brian Combs and Brad Tackett, officiating. Burial will follow in the Martin Cemetery, Wayland, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Greg Horne, Roger J. Horne, Timothy Stephens, Paul Williams, Shawn Case, Ronnie J.R. Combs, and Paul Baker, Jr.

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Miriam Josephine Auxier

Age, 88, of Irvine, died Friday, March 29, after an extended illness. Born October 18, 1913, in Floyd County, she was a daughter of the late Americus McCullough and Lorena Agnes Harmon Badgett. She graduated from Prestonsburg High School and attended Pikeville College for two years. She taught at Lower Little Paint School in East Point before marrying James T. Auxier on May 9, 1936. He preceded her in death in 1977. To this union were born five children: Thomas, Peggy, Patricia, Larry and Mary Jane. She was a homemaker and an active member of Irvine United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Philathea Sunday School class, the Christmas Craft Group, and the Twin City Homemaker’s Club. Survivors include her children: Thomas Auxier (Sylvia) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Peggy Leake (Francis Raymond) of Richmond, Ky.; Dr. Patricia Auxier of Killen, Ala.; Larry Auxier (Jo) of Irvine, Ky.; and Mary Jane Nelson (John) of Danville, Ky.; Her nine grandchildren, Mary Alison Bowling (Charles) of Richmond, Ky.; Greg Shackelford of Richmond, Ky.; Brent Shackelford (Lorah) of Richmond, Ky.; James T. Auxier II, and Travis Auxier of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Lauren Clark (Charles) of Georgetown, Ky.; Sarah Auxier of Frankfort, Ky.; and Julie and Patrick Nelson of Danville, Ky.; Her five great-grandchildren, Ashley Wiseman, Nicholas Bowling, Ashley Clark, Sarah Shackelford and Jacob Shackelford; Her sister, Lorena Horne of East Point, Ky., and a special nephew, Steward Ray Horne (Vicki), also of East Point. She was also survived by a host of special friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Easter Sunday, at Irvine United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Frank Wallace. Visitation was held from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, at Lewis Funeral Home in Irvine, and from 2 p.m., until the time of the service, Sunday, at the church. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens in West Irvine. Pallbearers were Steward Ray Horne, Greg Shackelford, Brent Shackelford, Patrick Nelson, Charles Clark, Charles Bowling, James T. Auxier II, and Travis Auxier. Honorary pallbearers are the Twin City Homemakers Club, the Philathea Sunday School class, the O.P. Smith Sunday School class, and the Christmas Craft Group. Josephine was a wonderful Christian mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and had many special friends. She enjoyed cooking, helping with church bazaars, having family dinners and get-togethers, sewing, and was a gifted quiltmaker. She also loved participating in her homemaker’s club and working at the county fair. Her greatest asset was making you feel comfortable in her home, the great dinners she hosted and the pleasure she derived from having you there. Those who were touched by Josephine’s life will always remember her.

Robert John Holbrook

Age, 54, of Auxier, Ky., died Friday, March 29, 2002, at High-lands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky., following an extended illness. Born June 5, 1947, in Detroit, Mi., he was the son of Alex Holbrook of Medway, Ohio, and the late Betty Draucker Holbrook. He was a former draftsman for Wabash Alloys, and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Brenda T. Holbrook of Auxier, Ky. Survivors, other than his wife and father, include two daughters, Tammy Jean Holbrook of Ft. Wayne, In., and Lisa Jane Zaragoza of Somerset, Ky.; three brothers, Mark Douglas Holbrook, and James Alex Holbrook, both of Auxier, Ky.; and Stephen Goble Holbrook of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one sister, Linda Holbrook of Sterling Heights, Mi.; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathy Jo Holbrook. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 1, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Pastor Steve Rose and Calvin Setser officiating. Burial was in the Government Relocation Cemetery, Auxier, Ky., under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Todd Clark, Tommy Zaragoza, Steve Holbrook, Willard Adams, Otis Collins, and Larry Taylor.

Wince O. Walters

Age 64, of Drift, Ky., husband of Helen Bray Walters, passed away Monday, April 1, 2002, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, McDowell, Ky. He was born October 28, 1937, in Drift, Ky., the son of the late Wince Walters and Lexie Tackett Walters. He was a disabled veteran, and attended the Garrett First Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Toby Jake Walters of Drift, Ky.; three daughters, Deloris Ann Hall of Raven, Ky., April Lynn Stewart of Minnie, Ky., and Angela Marie Howell of McDowell, Ky.; two brothers, Ernie Ratliff and Ray Walters, both of Detroit, Mi.; three sisters, Winnie Summers of Charleston, W.Va., Lenora Desilets and Sarah Haley, both of Detroit, Mi., and six grandchildren. Funeral services for Wince O. Walters will be conducted Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Randy Osborne, Ted Shannon and Larry Adams, officiating. Burial will follow in the Drift Cemetery, Drift, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is anytime at the funeral home.

Carmel Gene Conn

Age 60, of David, Ky., husband of Betty Thornsbury Conn, passed away Friday, March 29, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was born April 27, 1941, in Martin, Ky., the son of the late Arthur Conn and Marie Conn Hall. He was a retired employee of Island Creek Coal Company, a member of the First Baptist Church, Allen, Ky., a member of the David Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the UMWA. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Hackworth and Ashley Conn, both of David, Ky.; two brothers, Delano Conn and Stevie Hall, both of Allen, Ky.; two sisters, Patty Carroll of Martin, Ky., and Katie Dudley of Langley, Ky., and two grandchildren, Whitney Hackworth and Kaitlyne Hackworth. Funeral services for Carmel Gene Conn were conducted Sunday, March 31, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Arnold Turner and Joe Allen, officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Larry Adams, William Martin Sr., Brian Kidd, Tom Colley, Mark Johnson, Michael Tussey, William Martin Jr., Anthony Gilliam, Josh Shepherd, Larry Tussey, Randy Davis, Greg Davis, and Jack Howard.

Clara L. Basham

Clara L. Basham, 66, of Clarksville, Indiana, formerly of Toler Creek, Harold Ky., died Friday, March 29, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on November 4, 1935, in Harold, Ky., she was the daughter of Ida Rogers Akers of Harold, Ky., and the late Herbert Akers. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two brothers, Stevie Akers of Harold, Ky., Leslie F. Akers of Elizabeth, Indiana; three sisters, Mary Bautista of Harold, Ky., Darlene Jones of Carterville, Georgia, and Lorraine Porter of Prestonsburg, Ky. She was preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Akers; and one sister, Ida Jean Lynch. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 1, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Upper Toler Church of Christ at Harold, Ky., with Tommy Bush officiating. Burial was in the Akers Family Cemetery, Toler Creek, Harold, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home on Saturday, and at the church on Monday

Offie Jean Boyd

Age 62, of Dana, Ky., wife of the late Jonathan Boyd, passed away Friday, March 29, 2002, in the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Ky. She was born April 7, 1939, a daughter of the late Med M. and Lizzie Smiley Akers. She was a homemaker and a member of the Little Salem Regular Baptist Church, Dana. Survivors include one son, John Isreal Boyd of Dana, and one sister, Josephine Boyd of Dana. Funeral services for Offie Jean Boyd were conducted Monday, April 1, at 11 a.m., in the Little Salem Regular Baptist Church, at Dana, with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial followed in the Akers Cemetery, at Dana, with the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., caring for those arrangements. Pallbearers: Ricky Boyd, Shawn Boyd, Rudy Boyd, Michael Boyd, Sonny Boyd, William D. Boyd, Russell Kidd, Dennis R. Akers, and Gary Allen.

Phillip Dean Damron

Age, 54, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Thurs-day, March 28, 2002, at his residence. Born on July 22, 1947, in Pikeville, Ky., he was the son of the late Atha Damron and Ola Mae Hall Damron. He was an attorney at law at Phillip Damron Law Office on College Lane, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky., a member of Zebulon Lodge No. 273, F&AM, a member of the Oleika Shrine Temple, Lexington, Ky., and served in the Army Reserves. He is survived by his wife, Marthan A. Damron; one son, Arron A. Damron of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two daughters, Emily Auxier Damron of Lexington, Ky., and Margaret Ray Damron of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two brothers, Jeff Damron of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Steve Damron of Weeksbury, Ky. He was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Damron. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 30, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Rev. Wayne Sayre officiating. Interment was in the Archer Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky., under direction of Carter Funeral Home. Contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky., or American Cancer Society. Active pallbearers: Brian Jones, Jeremy Ross, Matt Lafferty, John Mattox, Scott Damron, Jason Damron, David Damron, and G.P. Summers. Honorary pallbearers: Paul Hunt Thompson, John David Caudill, Danny Caudill, Keith Bartley, Charlie Hieronymus, Stan Farler, Tommy Lafferty, and Bill Paul Fairchild.

Buril Johnson

Age, 77, of Weeksbury, Ky., died Saturday, March 30, 2002. Born on December 19, 1924, in Knott County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Epp Little and Dona Hall Little. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church at Kite, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Diamond Johnson. Survivors include one son, Denward and Patricia Johnson of Wise, Virginia; three brothers, Denward Little of Illinois, Gilbert Little and Virgil Little, both of Weeksbury, Ky.; one sister, Norma Jean Cook of Gallatin, Tennessee; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Little, and one sister, Hazel Hall. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin, Ky., with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Epp Little Cemetery, Weeksbury, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church.

James Stephen Ison

Age 58, of Prestonsburg, Ky., husband of Brenda Carol Coleman Ison, passed away Friday, March 29, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was born August 17, 1943, in Louisville, Ky., the son of Helen Price Ison and the late John C. Ison. He was a retired employee of the Kentucky Department of Highways. He is survived by his mother, Helen Price Ison of Martin, Ky.; his wife, Brenda Carol Coleman Ison, of Prestonsburg, Ky.; and his sister, Carolyn Stout, also of Prestonsburg, Ky. Funeral services for James Stephen Ison were conducted on Monday, April 1 2002, at the Community United Methodist Church at Prestonsburg, Ky., with Steve Pescosolido officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: James Coleman, Bob Springer, Ronnie Slone, Charles “Crush” Dingus, Tim Marshall, Gary Collins, Johnny Ison and Brad Damron.

Myrtie Hill Davis

Age, 92, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Friday, March 29, 2002, at her residence. Born December 4, 1909, on Abbott Creek, (Floyd County), Ky., she was the daughter of the late Edward P. Hill and Adda Lou Ellen Davis. She was former owner of The Market Place, Prestonsburg, Ky., and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph B. Davis Sr. Survivors include one daughter, Jane D. Howard of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one son, Ralph B. Davis Jr., of Prestonsburg, Ky.; 12 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Ray Edward Davis. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Rev. George Love officiating. Interment will be at Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg. Visitation is 11 a.m., until service, at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, 1430 N. Lake Dr., Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653.

Jay D. Bond Sr.

A memorial service for Jay D. Bond Sr., (93), was held in the Powell Chapel at First Baptist Church, DeLand, Fla., on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Robert Mulkey officiating. Mr. Bond died in the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, on February 23, 2002. He was born in Virgie, Ky., in Pike County, on April 24, 1908. He grew up in Ashland, Ky., attended Georgetown College, the University of Ky., where he earned his A.B. and Law Degrees, and the Harvard University School of Business Administration. He served in World War II, first as a civilian with the Army Signal Corps in Dayton, Ohio, then as a Procurement Officer in the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. He served with the Navy’s office of the General Counsel in New York City before joining the legal staff of the F.C.C. in Washington, in July, 1946. Mr. Bond was graduated from the Armed Service’s Industrial College in 1944. He was a member of the Bars of Kentucky and Ohio and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. His professional activities included: officer and committee positions in the American Bar Association and its Section of Administrative Law, the Federal Bar Association, the President’s Conference on Administrative Procedures, the Federal Trial Examiner’s Conference, and the Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit. He was the lead author of the Administrative Procedures Act. When Mr. Bond retired in 1972, he came to DeLand and taught Business Law at Stetson University. He was an avid tennis and bridge player. He enjoyed traveling, and explored all 50 states with his family, much of the time in a fold-up camper. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of DeLand, NARFE, and a Director of the Stetson Business School Foundation. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Jennie, sons Jay D. Bond Jr., an attorney in Daytona Beach, and Charles F. Bond, an attorney in Berkeley, California. Grandchildren include: Laura Walker of Daytona Beach, a Trust Officer with Regions Bank; Adriene Bond, of New Smyrna Beach, with the Head Start Program; Heather Bond Vargas, of Port Orange, an attorney with Cobb, Cole, and Bell, and Annie Bond Berkeley, and great-grandchild, Diego Vargas of Port Orange. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the First Baptist Church of DeLand, 725 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32720, or the Stetson School of Business Administration, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8398, DeLand, FL 32720. Lankford Funeral Home was in charge of the Memorial Service.

Billy Joe Click

Age, 72, of Betsy Layne, Ky., died Friday, March 29, 2002. Born on December 5, 1929, in Catlettsburg, Ky., he was the son of the late Samuel Joseph Click and Mary Hurd Click. He was a retired custodian for Campbell Motors, and a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Jean Goble Click. Other survivors include one son, Craig Click of Betsy Layne, Ky.; two daughters, Hattie Marie Click and Patty Cecil, both of Betsy Layne, Ky.; one brother, Robert H. Click of Betsy Layne, Ky.; one sister, Leona Ruth Dotson of Oak Hill, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jeremy Craig Click, Cody Allen Click, and Tiffany Jean Marie Billiter. He was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Dean Click. Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 1, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church, Betsy Layne, Ky., with Tracy Patton and Tim McCoy officiating. Burial was in the Old Ferguson Cemetery, Harold, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. Pallbearers were Vernon Reynolds, Brandon Click, Randall Click, Scott Bailey, Gomer Hall, Jeremy Click, and Cody Click. Honorary pallbearers: Clifford Hall, Mark McCoy, David Goble, James Allen, Larry Cecil, and Craig Click.