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As reported in the Floyd County Times dated

August 1, 1997

John B. Neely

Age 72, of Prestonsburg, died July 30, 1997. Born March 13, 1925 at Bonanza, s/o Elzie and Susie Baldridge Neeley. Survivors include wife, Olive Rose Dawson Bryant Neeley; three stepsons, Ricky Ray Bryant, Ronnie Gene Bryant, John W. Bryant; one stepdaughter, Connie Sue Vaighn; one brother, Lonnie Neeley; three sisters, Gertrude Pack, Matgie Osborne, Amanda Hall. Burial is at the Pennington Cemetery in Prestonsburg, KY.

Frank Hamilton

Age 79, of Orangeburg, SC, formerly of Grethel, died July 29, 1997. Born May 23, 1918 in Floyd Co., s/o Lawrence and Ivalee Roberts Hamilton. Survivors include his wife, Verlie Irick Hamilton; two sons, Frank Hamilton Jr., Ted Hamilton; two daughters, Patrisha Knolick, Sandra Rose Bobier; four brothers, Millard Hamilton, Bob Hamilton, Charles Hamilton, Curt Hamilton; two sisters, Esta Wicker, Pearlie Jane Jones. Burial is at the Crest Lawn Cemetery in Orangeburg, SC.

Mary Elizabeth Powers

Age 96, of Indianapolis, IN, Formerly of Prestonsburg, died July 28, 1997. Born Dec. 19, 1900 in Prestonsburg, d/o Oliver Perry and Lucy Ford Powers. Burial is at the Porter Cemetery in Prestonsburg, KY.

Ellen E. Kuss

Age 116, of Lake Wales FL, died July 29, 1997. Born 1881 in Hamilton, VA, d/o Ben H. and Clara Jane Green Baker. Survivors include on son, Thomas N. Kuss I of Water Gap. Burial is in Florida.

Carolyn Gayle Stumbo

Age 50, of McDowell, died July 29, 1997. Born Aug. 25, 1946 in Martin, d/o Luther and Gertrude Hughes Hurst. Survivors include her mother; Husband Clark E. Stumbo; two sons, Dr. Anthony Clark Stumbo, Christopher "Bish" Tate Stumbo; two daughters, Karin Lynn Tuttle, Karla Gwynn; one brother, Estill Dwayne Hurst; one sister, Brenda Darnell Lawson. Burial is at the Lucy Hall Cemetery at McDowell, KY.

Euna G. Laven

Age 82, of Prestonsburg, died July 31, 1997. Born June 8, 1916 in Prestonsburg, d/o Tom and Ethel Blackburn Stephens. Survivors include her husband, George Laven; one daughter, Tommie Carol Hampton. Burial is at the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, KY US 23.

August 6, 1997

Millie Salisbury

Age 81, of Harold, died August 3, 1997. Born Sept. 15, 1915 t Harold, daughter of the late Floyd and Lucy Perry Roberts. She was preceded in death by husband Dolye Salisbury. Survivors include three sons, Arnold Salisbury, Ronald Salisbury, Lloyd Salisbury; one daughter, Letha Imes; two sisters, Etta Mae Bush, Emogene Miller. Burial is in the Roberts and Howell Cemetery at Harold, KY.

Virginia Scott

Age 67, of Pikeville, died August 1, 1997. Born March 25, 1930 in Pike County, the daughter of the late Francis Finley and Claude Lucas Edmonds. She was preceded in death by husband, John Garnie Scott. Survivors include two sons, Eugene "Buster" Edmonds, Bobby Dean Edmonds; one brother, Shirley Edmonds; one sister, Geneva Tibbs. Burial is at Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, KY.

Brenda C. Runyon

Age 47, of Weeksbury. died August 3, 1997. Born April 4, 1950 at Melvin, the daughter of the Mae Johnson Little and the late Arlit Little. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband Randall Runyon; one son, Tony Bentley; one brother, Bud Little. Burial is in the Buckingham Cemetery.

Rell "Peanut" Maynard Jr.

Age 77, of Wittenville formerly of Endicott, died August 1, 1997. Born April 24, 1920 in Johnson County, son of the late Rell and Nan Music Maynard. He was preceded in death y wife, Nannie Woods Maynard, on April 10, 1990. Survivors include one stepson, Johnny Spears; one stepdaughter, Alice Vanhoose. Burial is in the Spears Family Cemetery at Oil Spring, KY.

Delphia Ramey

Age 91, of Wheelwright, died August 3, 1997. Born Jan. 13, 1906 at Rockhouse in Pikeville Co., the daughter of the late Rans and Louisa Rowe. She was preceded in death by husband, Hursel Ramey. Survivors include one son, Golble Branham; two daughters, Faye Haley, Reable Smallwood; one sister, Ethel Mullins. Burial is at Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, KY.

Harlan Shepherd

Age, 89, of Garrett, died July 27, 1997. Born Oct. 7, 1907, son of the late John Marion and Sarah Watkins Shepherd. Survivors include his wife, Mae Coburn Shepherd; three sons, Clyde Shepherd, Vernal Shepherd, Truman Shepherd. Burial is at the Coburn Cemetery at Garrett.

Bruce Jarrell

Age 83, of Dana, died August 2, 1997. Born Sept. 30, 1913 at Dana, son of the late Sam and Dollie Conn Jarrell. Survivors include his wife, Birdie Boyd Jarrell; five sons, Clifford Jarrell, Gary Jarrell, Troy Jarrell, James Jarrell, Charles Jarrell; four daughters, Anna Ray Boyd, Lowana ?, Margaret Boyette, Uvon Fruciano; two brothers, Fred Jarrell, Ambers Jarrell. Burial is at the Jarrell Family Cemetery at Dana, KY.

August 8, 1997

W. Eileen Johnson

Age 63, of Millwood, died Tuesday, August 5, 1997, at the Twin Lake Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield, following a sudden illness. Born September 29, 1933 in Bevinsville, she was the daughter of Everett Hall of Bevinsville and the late Carrie Osborne Hall. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Arthur Johnson; one son, Gregory Johnson of Columbus, Ohio; one daughter, Sharon E. Kemper of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, James Wesley Hall of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; five sisters, Lorraine Little of North Line, Michigan, Jeanette Ramey of Leitchfield, Barbara Joyce Harris of Columbus, Ohio, Emily Youngert of Lasalle, Michigan, and Joann West of Lambertville, Michigan; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, August 8, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin, with the ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Rosemary Blevins

Age 61, of Lincoln Park, Michigan, formerly of Floyd County, died Sunday, August 3, 1997, at the St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Born November 1, 1935 in Weeksbury, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Mary Honeycutt Wells. She was a former Sears and Roebuck employee. She Was a member of the Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church in Taylor, Michigan. Survivors include her husband, Bobby Blevins; one daughter, Tammy Eady of Kenosha, Wisconsin; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be Friday, August 8, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with Belmont Johnson and Louie Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Joseph Hampton

Age 74, of Long Fork of Virgie, died Wednesday, August 6, 1997, at his residence. Born December 5, 1922 at Weeksbury, he was the son of the late Pleas Hampton and Arlena Tackett Hampton. He was a United States veteran and member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Lee Hampton. Survivors include three sons, Ray Hampton and Charles Hampton, both of Virgie, and Dana Hampton at home; four daughters, Carol Mullins and Wanda Branham, both of Virgie, Faye Campbell of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Anita Hampton at home; one half-brother, Hassel Hampton of Detroit, Michigan; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, August 8, at 11 a.m., at the Long Fork Regular Baptist Church at Virgie, with the Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Hatler Burke Family Cemetery at Virgie, under the direction of R. S. Jones and Son Funeral Home, Virgie.

August 13, 1997

Bula Patrick

Age 73, of Carrie, died Friday, August 8, 1997, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center. Born December 3, 1923 in Knott County, she was the daughter of the late Monroe Wooten and Hester Tolson Wooten. Survivors include her husband, Woodrow Patrick; eight sons, A. C. Patrick, A. B. Patrick, Bufford Patrick, Homer Patrick and Paul Patrick, all of Carrie, Flannery Patrick and Cecil Patrick, both of Rome City, Indiana, and Lewis Patrick of Garrett; two daughters, Cathleen Carter of Wolcotteville, Indiana, and Lola Combs of Lotts Creek; four brothers, Flannery and Cecil Wooten of Hillsboro, Ohio, William H. "Bill" Wooten of Springfield, Ohio, and Willie M. Wooten of Enon, Ohio; three sisters, Columbia Ritehie and Virginia Russell of North Vernon, Indiana, and Zola Brandenburg of Emmalena; 26 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, August 12, at 1 p.m., at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel with J. F. Hollifield, Bethel Bolen, Bill Kirby, Carlos Everage, Ricky Smith, Donnie Patrick and Chester Patrick officiating. Burial was in the Elisha Patrick Cemetery at Carrie

Helen Rampp Nordenhaug

Age 97, of Macon, Georgia, died Saturday, August 9, 1997. She was a native of Louisville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Josef Nordenhaug. During the 1930s, her husband was pastor of the Irene Cole Memorial Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. Survivors include one son, Theodore Nordenhaug of Macon, Georgia, and one daughter, Karin Nordenhaug Ciholas of Danville; four grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, August 13, at 2 p.m., at Snow's Memorial Chapel in Macon, Georgia. Burial will be in Columbia Gardens in Arlington, Virginia.

Pem Blackburn

Age 72, of Belfry, died Saturday, August 9, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. Born December 29, 1924 in Martin County, he was the s/o the late Ben and Lucy Maynard Blackburn. He was a retired coal miner with Slater's Mining. He was a horse trainer and early mail carrier in Pikeville, Martin and Floyd counties. He was a member of the UMWA. Survivors include his wife, Mintie Nicholas Blackburn; two sons, George Carey Blackburn of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and LaGrand Parsons of Pinsonfork; one daughter, Pamela Blackburn of Stone; four brothers, Jobie Blackburn of Cottondale, Florida, Flem Blackburn of Citra, Florida, Maltia Blackburn of Ocala, Florida, and Harlan Blackburn of Avon Park, Florida; one sister, Lula Bell Gross of Raccoon; two grandchildren and one grand-grandchild. Funeral services were Tuesday, August 12, at noon, at the Rogers Funeral Home Chapel, with Willie and Jimmy Blackburn and Richard Staton officiating. Burial was in the Apple Orchard Cemetery at McCombs.

Area Bailey

Age 86, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, August 8, 1997, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following a long illness. Born September 19, 1910 at Hippo, she was the d/o the late John Riley and Lizzie Click Prater. She was a member of the Martin Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Bailey. Survivors include two sons, Arnold Bailey of Hippo and Charles S. Bailey of Langley; one daughter, Liz Allen of Allen; one brother, Jack Prater of Hippo; one sister, Susie Ferguson of Redbush; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, August 8, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with Gary Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Gene D. Hayden Jr.

Age 41, of Prestonsburg, was dead on arrival at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Sunday, August 10, 1997, following a sudden illness. Born April 16, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Gene and Garnett Collins Hayden of Prestonsburg. He was a tractor- trailer driver for HG Transport. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Phyllis Yates Hayden; three sons, Michael Hayden, Nathan Hayden and Nicholas Hayden, all of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Erica Jeannine Hayden of Prestonsburg; one brother, Martin Lee Hayden of Prestonsburg; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday, August 14, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Robert "Bob" Varney officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Loretta Thornsberry Collins

Age 41, of Hollybush, died Tuesday, August 5, 1997, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center. Born June 13, 1956 in Knott County, she was the daughter of Normes and Deloris Triplett Thomsberry. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Craig Collins; two sons, Wesley Collins and Richard Allen Collins; two sisters, Kathy Thornsberry of Hollybush and Gridell Ritchie of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Gary Thornsberry of Langley and Normes Thornsberry Jr. of Hollybush; two half-sisters, Jennifer Mesarosh of Dayton, Ohio, and Patricia London of Bowling Green; and maternal grandmother, Bertha Triplett of Alamo, Texas. Funeral services were Friday August 8, at 11 a.m., at the Hollybush Regular Baptist Church with Milburn Slone and Alonzo Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Slone- Thornsberry Family Cemetery at Hollybush

Willie "Bill" Tackett

Age 79, of Dorton, died Sunday, August 10, 1997, at his residence. Born January 12, 1918 at Weeksbury, he was the son of the late Lint Tackett and Annie Osborne Tackett. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Dorton Regular Baptist Church and the United Mine Workers of America. Survivors include his wife, Katherine Akers Tackett; five sons, Elder James Tackett and David Tackett, both of Dorton, Billy Tackett Jr. of Shelby Gap, Tommy Tackett of Virgie, and Robert Tackett at home; five daughters, Peggy  Miracle and Kathy Hamilton of Virgie, Linda Keene of Greasy Creek, Tammy Tackett and Sandi Robinette, both of Dorton; one brother, Roman Tackett of Myra; two sisters, Delores Rose of Frankfort and Pearlie Harrison of Jonacy; 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 13, at 11 a.m., at the Dorton Regular Baptist Church, with Dorton Creek Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Tackett Cemetery at Dorton

August 22, 1997

Eleanor Little Eleanor Little

Age 72, of Wheelwright, died Wednesday, August 20, 1997, at the residence of Jack Little of Virgie, following a brief illness. Born February 28, 1928 at Elwood, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Liddie Tackett Little. She was a member of the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church at Bypro. Survivors include four brothers, Jack Little of Virgie, and Butler Eugene Little, Willie Douglas Little and Charles Edward Little, all of Indianapolis, Indiana; and one sister, Goldie May Farmer of Wheelwright. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 23, at 2 p.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church at Bypro, with Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Little Cemetery at Wheelwright

Joe Campbell

Age 86, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, August 20, 1997, at his residence. Born June 9, 1911 at Water Gap, he was the son of the late Harris and Hattie Calhoun Campbell. He was a retired coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Merle Hubbard Campbell. Survivors include three sons, Marvin Campbell of Warsaw, Indiana, Adrian Campbell of Wabash, Indiana, and Dave Campbell of Prestonsburg; five daughters, Jacqueline Rose of Warsaw, Indiana, Betty Irine Thompson of Wabash, Indiana, and Nancy Shortridge and Lynn Boyd, both of Prestonsburg; 29 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 23, at 11 a.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Buddy Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Campbell Family Cemetery in Prestonsburg

Esther Stumbo Salisbury

Age 70, of McDowell, died Tuesday, August 19, 1997, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, following a short illness. Born May 21, 1927 at McDowell, she was the daughter of the late IGC and Ida Gibson Stumbo. She was a teacher's aide for the Floyd County Headstart Program for 30 years, and received her CDA degree through the head- start program. Survivors include one son, Festa Duane Salisbury of McDowell; two daughters, Saundra Salisbury Mutzner of Piqua, Ohio, and Carolyn Salisbury Martin of Drift; three sisters, Glenna Stumbo and Roberta Lewis, both of McDowell, and Anna Sue Warrix of Roanke, Indiana; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, August 22, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with the clergyman Harry Hargis officiating. Burial will be in the Lucy Hall Cemetery at McDowell

Drew Jarvis Jr.

Age 70, of Salyersville, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, August 19, 1997, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born July 13, 1937 at Endicott, he was the son of the late Drew and Emma Collins Jarvis. Survivors include three brothers, John Jarvis of Chattaroy, West Virginia, Jack Jarvis of Lenore, West Virginia, and Ray Jervis of Kermit, West Virginia; and three sisters, Lockie Harrold of Thornville, Ohio, and Eathel Davis and Gracie Anderson, both of Maher, West Virginia. Funeral services were Thursday, August 21, at 2 p.m., with Evangelist Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Minnie Evelyn Allen

Age 64, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, August 18, 1997, at UK Medical Center in Lexington, following an extended illness. Born February 25, 1933 in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Ethel Akers Baldridge. She was a member of the Family Worship Assembly of God Church in Prestonsburg. Survivors include three sons, Robert E. McGuire and William Charles McGuire, both of Warsaw, Indiana, and Frank McGuire Jr. of Lakeland, Florida; three daughters, Rhonda Stidham of West Prestonsburg, Shelia D. Brumley of Prestonsburg, and Rose M. Rhamey of Warsaw, Indiana; four brothers, Kenneth Baldridge and Jimmy Baldridge, both of Findlay, Ohio, Charles Ruben Baldridge of Forest, Ohio, and Harold Baldridge of Pierceton, Indiana; two sisters, Mary Joseph and Ruth Mize, both of Findlay, Ohio; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, August 22, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Scott Lish officiating. Burial will be in the Akers- Music Cemetery at Abbott

James Cook

Age 68, of Topmost, died Tuesday, August 19, 1997, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born May 3, 1929 at Dry Creek, he was the son of the late Dewey and Martha Fouls Cook. He was a disabled U.S. World War II veteran and a member of the D.A.V. No. 128 at Garrett. Survivors include two sons, Ronald James Cook of Topmost and James Cook Jr. of Paintsville; one daughter, Linda Lou Cook of Paintsville; three brothers, Daniel Cook of Gray, Georgia, David Cook of Shelby, Ohio, and Henry Phillip Cook of Gallipolis, Ohio; five sisters, Edith Breeding of Kite, Mary C. Little of Topmost, Lula Birchfield and Leslie Cook, both of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and Loretta Springer of Gallipolis, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will he Saturday, August 23, at 1 p.m., at the Providence Old Regular Baptist Church at Dry Creek, with the Old Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Cook Family Cemetery at Dry Creek

August 29, 1997

James Edward "Jimmy" Conley

Age 48, of Binghampton, New York, died Friday, August 15, 1997, at his residence, following a sudden illness. He was born March 30,1949, the son of Zola Conley Meyers of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sons, Robert Conley and Jamie Conley, both of New Jersey; two sisters, Rosalinda Novy of Mary Esther, Florida, and Debbie Keating of San Antonio, Texas; and one brother, Jack L. Salyers of Hueysville. Graveside services will be held today, Friday, August 29, at 11 a.m., at the Gayheart Cemetery at Leburn

Elder Luther M. Conn

Age 78, of Harold, died Tuesday, August 26, 1997, at his residence, following a long il/ness. Born December 4, 1918 at Harold, he was the son of the late Melvin and Virgie King Conn. Be was a retired coal miner and operated Conn Service Station at Harold for 29 years. He was a member of the Mother's Home Regular Baptist Church of Harold for 47 years; a minister of that church for 46 years; and a moderator of the church for 40 years. He was also a member of the UMWA Local #7685 in Harold for 21 years. He is survived by his wife, Norma Lea Wilburn Conn; two sons, Paul Corm and Noah B, Corm, both of Harold; one daughter, Bonnie Bailey of Harold; four grandchildren, one step-grandchild, two great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be con- ducted today, Friday, August 29 at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin with the Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating, Burial will be in the Sturgill Cemetery at Toler Creek in Harold, with the Hall Funeral Home caring for those arrangements.

Ernest Collins

Age 86, of Catlettsburg, formerly of Martin, died Wednesday, August 27, 1997, at the Carter Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Grayson. He was born August 9, 1911, in Honaker, the son of the late Dan and Susie Gaybeart Collins. He was a retired engineer for the C&O Railroad and after retirement was a caretaker for C.E. Fannin Parks of Boyd County. He was a member of the Church of Christ of Martin and at Catlettsburg, and a member of the United Transportation Union of Engineers and Firemen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Halbert Collins. He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Campbell of Catlettsburg; one brother, O.A. Collins of Ashland; two sisters, Goldia Stamper of Ashland, and Flovia Harrison of St. Cloud, Florida; two grandchildren and one great-grand- child. Funeral services will be con- ducted on Sunday, August 31, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with clergyman Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial will be made in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Gary Wilson Shepherd

Age 56, of Dwale, died Tuesday, August 26, 1997, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg following a sudden illness. He was born March 26, 1941, in Floyd County, and was the son of Madge Cochran Shepherd of Prestonsburg and the late Wilce Shepherd. He was a veteran and lifetime member of VFW #5839 in Prestonsburg, and worked as chief of security for the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps in Prestonsburg. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Patricia DeRossett Shepherd; one son, Gary Clayton Shepherd of Findlay, Ohio; one stepson, Keith Douglas Webb II of Dwale; one brother, Chester Shepherd of Mt. Sterling; and one sister, Betty Wilson of Prestonsburg. Funeral services will be conducted today, Friday, August 29, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel with Kennith Lemaster and Gordon Fitch officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.