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As Reported In The Floyd County Times Dated

August 2005

Hansel S. Bradley

Age 74, of Prestonsburg, husband of Lettie Honeycutt Bradley, died Saturday, August 6, at his residence. He was born May 3,1931, in Maytown, a son of the late Charlie and Matha Frazier Bradley. He was a retired Ky. W.Va. Gas Co. field operator. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, was a member of James W. Alley Masonic Lodge No. 869, Wayland, and a Shriner at Oleika Temple. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two nieces: Donna Kay Warren and Debra Curry; three nephews: Darrell Bradley, Freddy Bradley, and Andy Bradley; three step-daughters: Nancy Hunt, Peggy Fraley, and Sandy Risner, all of Prestonsburg; six step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchild. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Burnis and Nillis Bradley; and one sister, Rita Amburgey. Funeral services for Hansel S. Bradley were held Tuesday, August 9, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Jim Smith officiating. Burial was in the Hagans Cemetery, in Eastern, with the Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements. Masonic services were conducted at 6 p.m., Monday, August 8.

Lillian Lucille (May) Ratliff

Passed away Saturday, August 6, 2005, at the Pikeville Medical Center. She was born May 1, 1920, daughter of the late Jeff and Myrtle (Litteral) May. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Claude Canada, and second husband, Rush Ratliff; a brother, Billy May, and one son, Odelle Ratliff. She was a member of the Miller's Creek Church of Christ. Survivors include her sons: Donnie (Wanda) Canada of Kimper, Rush Randall (Sharon) Ratliff of Kimper; daughters: Doris (Grayson) Layne of Frenchburg, Avonell (Buster) Coleman of Kimper, and Phyllis Ratliff of Kimper; five grandchildren: Grayson (Stephanie) Layne Jr., Dale Lyn Layne, Chris (Suzanne) Canada, Teresa Chevalier, and Bryan Ratliff; three great-grandchildren: Matthew and Nicholas Chevalier, and Isabelle Layne; a sister, Annalee (Alonzo) Layne of Muscle Shoals, Alabama; three step-children: Weultha (Richard) Ter Doest of Hudson, Michigan, Tracy (Roxie) Ratliff of Toledo, Ohio, and Audrey (Glen) Stevens of Kimper; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 10, at 1 p.m., at the Justice Funeral Home Chapel, Pikeville, with Dean Lyons and Jim Abshire, Church of Christ ministers, officiating. Burial will follow in the Annie E. Young Cemetery, under the direction of Justice Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Homer Reynolds

Age, 82, of Catlettsburg, formerly of Allen, died Sunday, August 7, 2005, in Lexington. Born June 19, 1923, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Jeff and Matilda Hamilton Reynolds. He was a retired Ironworker, a member of Ironworkers Local 769, Ashland, a member of the Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the South Pacific during WW II, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Johnson Reynolds. Other survivors include one son, Dr. Roy D. Reynolds, and his wife Judy, of Franklin; two daughters: Gwendolyn R. Webb of Lexington, and Barbara Sue Reynolds of Pikeville; four sisters: Maudie Meade of Dayton, Ohio, Joan Reynolds of Canton, Ohio, Ruby Akers of Dayton, Ohio, and Madge Spurgeon of Paintsville; and three grandchildren: Alan Reynolds of Bowling Green, Tasha Harilson of Nicholasville, and Monica Webb of Lexington. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, and five sisters. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 10, at 1 p.m., in the Steen Funeral Home-Marshall Steen Chapel, in Ashland, with Rev. Paul Padget officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel. Military graveside rites will be held by the Big Sandy Chapter 18 DAV, Auxier. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Emma Sizemore

Age, 66, of Blue River, died Friday, August 5, 2005, at her residence. Born March 22, 1939, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Jerry and Eva Moore Gayheart. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alger Sizemore. Survivors include seven sons: Danny (Judy) Sizemore, James (Mary) Sizemore, Mickey Sizemore, Barry Sizemore, Darren (Ernestine) Sizemore, and Jerry (Denise) Sizemore, all of McDowell, and Chris (Patsy) Sizemore of Blue River; two daughters: Benika (Terry) Paige of Fleming County, and Alfreda (Louie) Moore of McDowell; three brothers: Bill Gayheart, Ted Gayheart, and Clyde Gayheart, all of Ohio; two sisters: Elsie Slone of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Effie Hall of McDowell; 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Forrest Ledale Howell, and two great-grandchildren: Caleb Duncan and Forrest Duncan. Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 8, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, in East McDowell, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Greenberry Hall Cemetery at Frasures Creek, in McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Edna Whitt

Age 92, of Oak Hill, Ohio, formerly of Betsy Layne, passed away Friday, August 5, 2005, at Heartland Nursing Home, in Oak Hill, Ohio. She was born July 9, 1913, in Endicott, the daughter of the late Columbus Whitt and Vata Blackburn Whitt. Ms. Whitt was a homemaker, and a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include one brother, John Whitt of Burlington, Michigan; and two sisters: Verdie Hamilton of Bay City, Michigan, and Alma Payne of Southgate, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Glen Whitt and William C. "Billy" Whitt; three sisters: Goldie Blankenship, Ollie Crider, and Jessie Mae Smock; and one nephew, Victor Whitt. Funeral services for Edna Whitt were conducted Tuesday, August 9, at 11 a.m., at the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church, with Clergyman Tracy Patton officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Ralph Roop, Dan Hamilton, Marvin Williamson, Marshall Williamson, Randy Blankenship, and Dwight Akers.

Martha Ann Ferrell

Age, 70, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, August 3, 2005, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born April 18, 1935, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late William and Stella Conley Cantrell. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Southside Freewill Baptist Church, in Paintsville. She is survived by her husband, Samuel David Ferrell. Other survivors include three sons: Lackey Ferrell of Prestonsburg, Thurman Ferrell of Salyersville, and David Ferrell of Auxier; three daughters: Sammie Hatfield, Georgia Hatfield. and Mary Ferrell, all of Prestonsburg; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Mark Ferrell; a daughter, Billie Parrigin; a brother, Harry Cantrell; and two sisters: Beulah McKinzie and Mary Jane Frazier. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 6, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazer Funeral Home, in Martin, with Reverend James Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemane Gardens, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Donald Eugene Hughes

Age 72, of Garrett, husband of LaFaye Bamer Hughes, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2005, in King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. He was born December 6, 1932, in Wayland, the son of the late Clarence Hughes and Nona Cavins Hughes. He was retired Lab Manager for National Mines Corporations, a member of the Garrett First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, and adult Sunday school teacher, a member of James W. Alley Lodge No. 869, Wayland, and the Easter Star, since 1967, past master in 1973, past DDGM of Kentucky 1977-1978, treasurer of the lodge for 22 years, and chairman of the Garrett Fire District. In addition to his wife, LaFaye, he is survived by one son, Donald Steven Hughes of Garrett; three brothers: Clarence (Sylvia) Hughes Jr., Jimmy Darrell (Charlotte) Hughes, and Bill (Margie) Hughes, all of Garrett; two sisters: Joyce (Goble) Allen and Peggy (Floyd) Daniels, both of Garrett. Funeral services for Donald Eugene Hughes will be conducted Friday, August 5, at 1 p.m., at the Garrett First Baptist Church, with Clergymen Randy Osborne and Larry Adams officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home. Masonic services were held Thursday, August 4, at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, as a family request, donations may be made to the Garrett First Baptist Church, Box 100, Garrett, KY 41630.

Cecil C. Thompson

Age 68, of West Van Lear, formerly of Wayland, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2005, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born June 26, 1937, in Wise County, Virginia, the son of the late Edgar Thompson and Mary Maples Thompson. He was a retired employee of General Motors, a committeeman for UAW, Local No. 1045, a member of the union for 30 years, and an avid bowler, golfer, and softball player. Survivors include two sons: Donald R. Thompson of Painesville, Ohio, Michael S. Thompson of Willowick, Ohio; one daughter, Gretchen L. Mullins of Charleston, West Virginia; a companion, Judith C. Ramey of Van Lear; three brothers: Charles Moore of Kalamazoo Michigan, Earl Thompson of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and James Thompson of Roscommon, Michigan; three sisters: Elizabeth Atkins of Roscommon, Michigan, Edna Belt of Lavonia, Michigan, and Hazel Hall of Raven; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers: Roy Thompson, Glenn Thomas, H. L. Moore, and Robert Moore; and two sisters: Jeanette Ward and Linda Thompson. Funeral services for Cecil C. Thompson will be conducted Saturday, August 6, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Clinton "Buddy" Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Miners Cemetery, in Eastern, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is after 11 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home.

Bonnie Jean Dotson

Age, 57, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, August 28, 2005, at King's Daughters Medical Center, in Ashland. Born April 30, 1948 in Honaker, she was the daughter of the late Green Lawson Jr., and Readie Ward Lawson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ, in Prestonsburg. She is survived by her husband, James D. Dotson. Other survivors include a son, Ronnie Dotson of Prestonsburg; two daughters: Lisa Congleton (Chris) of Lexington, and Jamie Hatfield of Prestonsburg; a brother, Gary Lawson of Dana; and three grandchildren: Hannah Hatfield, Michael Logan Hatfield, and Carter Dotson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Crystal Dotson; a brother, Mickey Lawson, and a sister, Glenda Akers. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 1, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Rick Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the Dotson Family Cemetery, at Ruff & Tuff, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, in honor of Bonnie Jean Dotson.

Betty Lou Estepp

Age, 78, of Albion, Michigan, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2005, at Battle Creek Health System. She was born June 19, 1927, in Robinson Creek, the daughter of the late Lack and Janie Hamilton. In October 1946, she married Joe Stephens. He preceded her in death in March 1991. She married George Estepp Jr., on March 14, 1992; he preceded her in death March 19, 1999. Betty was a nurse's aide at Albion Manor, Roberts Rest Home in Parma, and also worked at Corning Glass. She was a member of the Maytown Baptist Church in Langley. She enjoyed gardening flowers, reading her Bible, Saturday night dinners with family, and playing Rook. She was extremely close to her extended family. Survivors include: one daughter, Pat Quiel of Indiana; one step-son Joe Snyder of Langley; two sisters: Molly (Bill) Thompson of Springport, and Shirley (Carlos) Whitehead of Albion; four brothers: Wade (Kathy) Hamilton of Boise, Idaho, Fred (Mary) Hamilton of Concord, Ben (Connie) Hamilton of Boise, Idaho, and Alvin (Denise) Hamilton of Jackson; a special granddaughter, Amanda Snyder of Florida; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Clara Hamilton; a twin sister, Margaret; another sister, Gay; and six brothers: LeFranklin, Willie, Ed, Luther, Roger, and Joe Ellis. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 31, at 1 p.m., at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, with Reverend Earl Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Springport Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, August 30, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Maytown Baptist Church of Langley, and Grace Freewill Baptist, Albion.

Robin Lynn Fraley

Age, 46, of Georgetown, formerly of Weeksbury, died Saturday, August 27, 2005, at her residence. Born December 24, 1958, in Bowling Green, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Edward Bressler and Peggy Bryant Napper. Her step-father was the late Johnny Napper. She was a homemaker and a member of Wheelwright Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, James D. Fraley of Georgetown. Other survivors include her daughters and son-in-law: Jessica Rose and Freddy Wayne Bell, and Meghan Lynn Fraley, all of Georgetown; brothers: James Horn of Urbana, Ohio, Gregg Horn of Belfontaine, Ohio, and Luther Horn and Kenny Horn, both of Cable, Ohio; sisters: Edna Spradlin of Prestonsburg, Lori Cox of Mt. Sterling, Ohio, Diane Clingman of Mansfield, Ohio, Nyoka Foor of London, Ohio; her mother-in-law, Aileen Fraley of Weeksbury; and a cousin, Barbara T. Everett of Urbana, Ohio. In addition to her parents, and step-father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Douglas Horn; and two sisters: Bonita Gaye Horn and Vanita Kaye Horn. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 30, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bobby Isaac officiating. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery, in Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home

Billy J. Martin

Age, 66, of Ligonier, Indiana, died Wednesday, August 10, 2005, at Avalon Village in Ligonier. He had been employed as an auto body repairman. He was born April 25, 1939, at the family home in Estill, the son of Joel C. and Gusta (Titlow) Martin. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kelley and Cindy Martin of Kendallville; five brothers and a sister-in-law, Danny and Jane Martin of Huntertown, John Martin of Lenoir, North Carolina, Grover Martin and Gary Martin, both of Estill, and Tommy Martin of Raleigh, North Carolina; a sister, Deanna Martin of Hueysville; six step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Services were held Friday, August 12, at Community Baptist Church on C.R. 700S, Wolcottville, with the Rev. Lee Combs officiating. Burial was at Woodruff Cemetery. Visitation was at the church. Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville, was in charge of arrangements.

Martha "Susan" Sizemore

Age, 43, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2005, at University Hospitals. She was born on February 17, 1962, in Martin, the daughter of Ronald D. and Kathryn J. (Martin) Allen. She had been a nurses' aide for several years, and she attended the First Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors include her parents, Ronald D. Allen of McDowell, and Kathryn J. Eldridge of Ypsilanti, Michigan; children: David W. Sizemore, Rachael A. Sizemore, Leiginia Darby and Geoffrey Darby, grandchildren: Jaykob and Jonathan Sizemore; brother and sister, Ronda David and Paul S. Allen, both of Ypsilanti, Michigan; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Sherman and Jacqueline Martin, and John and Arminia Allen. The memorial service was held Tuesday, August 23, at 7 p.m., at First Free Will Baptist Church, 1244 Holmes Road, Ypsilanti, Michigan, with Rev. Rudy Shankle officiating. Visitation was held prior to the service. Arrangements, by Stark Funeral Service, Moore Memorial Chapel.

Jane Carol Ford Verley

Age, 66, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, August 28, 2005, at her residence. Born August 19, 1939, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late John Bud "J.B." Ford and Anna Marsillett Ford. She was a former receptionist for Dr. Keith Leslie, DMD, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, in Prestonsburg. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth E. Verley of Prestonsburg. Other survivors include one son, Scot E. Verley of Prestonsburg; granddaughters, Ashley Lee Milburn and Trisha Crammer; and a great-grandaughter, Kaylee Layne. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Lee Dotson. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday, August 31, at 12:30 pm., at the Porter Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. Rev. Scott West will officiate. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers for the graveside services of Jane Carol Ford Verley: David D. Allen, Robert R. Allen, Glenn M. Copley, Burl W. Spurlock, William L. James, Thomas J. Tackett, Keith Leslie, Charles Arnett, Jerry L. Hall, and Monte D. Rice. The family requests that contributions, be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Prestonsburg 1430 North Lake Drive Prestondburg, Ky 41653.