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As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Friday, December 29, 2000

John Wallace Whitt

Age, 71, of Waterville, Ohio, died December 15, 2000, at Heartland of Browning Care Center. He was born May 16, 1929, in Floyd County, a son of the late Sherman Whitt and Gertrude Ramey Whitt. He was a former coal miner and a US Army veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by a son, Terry Whitt of Clay City; three sisters, Addie Reed of Toledo, Ohio, Hattie Kestner of Thealka, and Elizabeth Blevins of Offutt; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, December 18, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, with ministers Terry Conley and Steve Rose officiating. Burial was in the Whitt Family Cemetery at Swamp Branch.

Louise Hicks

Age, 62, of Hueysville, wife of the late Blaine Hicks, died Monday, December 25, 2000, at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Born July 2, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Solomon and Virgie Tackett Adkins. She was a retired custodian at Allen Central High School. Survivors include three sons, Ricky Dean Hicks, Duane Eddie Hicks and Ronald Keith Hicks, all of Hueysville; two brothers, Wayne and Vernon Adkins of Hueysville; one sister, Mae Duff of Hueysville; and two grandchildren, Melanie Nicole and Fred Tyler Hicks. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, December 29, at Maytown Methodist Church in Maytown, with ministers Roy Harlow, Jerry Manns and Paul Rice officiating. Burial will follow in the Adkins Cemetery at Prater Fork, Hueysville, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Visitation was held Wednesday, December 27, at the church.

Lonnie Bowling

Age, 94, of Martin, died Tuesday, December 26, 2000, at the Prestonsburg Health Care Center. She was born May 30, 1906, at Ashcamp, and was a daughter of the late William and Mary Castle Cook. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Morehead for 74 years. She was preceded in death by her husband Ory L. Bowling. Survivors include three sons, Chester Bowling of Greenfield, Indiana, Harold Bowling of Vandalia, Ohio, and Robert Bowling of Stone Mountain, Georgia; three daughters, Verla Thornsberry of Lewisburg, Ohio, Pina B. Click of Martin, and Patricia Bowling Tackett of Richmond; one brother, Joe Cook of Alexandria, Virginia; three sisters, Susan Fleming of Hurricane, West Virginia, Lexie DeRossett of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Lestel Hyden of Hellier; 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, December 28, at Hall Funeral Home in Martin, with minister Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Grassy Lick Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bob Thornsberry, Bobbie Click Jr., Bill Bowling, Richard Bowling, Dale Hager and Jody Kennedy.

Abbie Gail Akers Shultz

Age, 82, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born June 12, 1918, at Blue Moon, she was a daughter of the late Webster and Ida Hamilton Akers. She was a homemaker and member of the Lancer Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Shultz. She is survived by three sisters, Liza Jane Kidd of Pikeville, Nancy Leedy of Hi Hat and Nellie Martin of Marion, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Tuesday, December 26, at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial followed in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel. Pallbearers were Craig Akers, Keith Akers, Eugene Akers, Jody Akers and Bretton Akers.

Mervil Ilene Williams

Age, 63, of Homer, Michigan, died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at her residence. She was born December 23, 1937, in Martin, a daughter of the late Harmon and Alpha Damron Newsome. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Branham. Survivors include three sons, Terry Branham of Albion, Michigan, Michael Branham of Pikeville, and Jeffery Branham of Robinson Creek; two daughters, Janice May of Homer, Michigan, and Theresa Branham of Tacoma, Washington; five brothers, Conley Newsome of Port Clinton, Ohio, Ronald Newsome of Jackson, Ohio, Bennett Newsome of South Webster, Ohio, Denver Newsome of Athens, Ohio, and Dennis Newsome of Jackson, Michigan; two sisters, Barbara Fisher of Oak Hill, Ohio, and Stacey Newsome of Greer, South Carolina; 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, December 29, at 1 p.m., at the R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home — Virgie Chapel, with ministers Monroe Jones, Eles Case and Kermit Wright officiating. Burial is to be in the Newsome Branch Cemetery at Virgie.

Beulah Stapleton Allen

Age, 91, of Langley, died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born December 29, 1908, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mollie Conley Stapleton. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Allen. She is survived by one son, Joe Edward Allen of Langley; two daughters, Virginia Spears and Betty Frasure, both of Langley; one brother, Earnest Stapleton of Haysi, Virginia; two sisters, Irene Hall of Robinson and Lorene Trimble of John’s Creek; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Funeral services were Wednesday, December 27, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin with Bob Varney officiating. Burial followed in the Leonard Allen Cemetery at Langley. Pallbearers were Gene Frasure, Keith Frasure, Rodney Hicks, Brandon Hicks, Jr. Spears, Jonathan Spears, Barry Click, Doug Frasure, Robert Robinson, Van Ramey, Joey Spears and Howard Spears.

Clara Hughes

Age 86, of Willard, Ohio, died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at the Willard Mercy Hospital, following a brief illness. Born October 27, 1914, in Hippo, she lived in Shelby, Ohio, from 1951 to 1977, when she then moved to Willard. She was a member of the Willard United Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Melvin Hughes and parents, Alka and Arena (Hicks) Davis. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Conley of Willard and Edna Lykins of Surprise, Arizona; one brother, Floyd Davis; two sisters, Sarah Reffett of Kentucky and Anna Shepherd of Willard; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, December 28, at the Willard United Baptist Church, with ministers James Wilson and Danny Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, under the direction of Secor Funeral Home. (Information courtesy of Hall Funeral Home.)

Goldie B. Vincent

Age, 95, of Wayland, died Thursday, December 21, 2000, at Our Lady Of the Way Hospital in Martin. Born November 13, 1905, at Collista in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Levi and Jane Conley Blair. She was a member of Steeles Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. “Jack” Vincent. Survivors include one son, Billy J. Vincent of Lexington; two daughters, Mary E. Stewart of Wayland, and Anna Mae Welch of Elyria, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were Sunday, December 24, at the Steeles Creek Regular Baptist Church, with ministers Jimmy Hall, Clifford Williams and Homer Howell officiating. Burial followed in the Martin Cemetery in Wayland, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers were Sam Bentley, Dean Hall, David Bradley, Adam Bradley, Shawn Hamilton and Rondal Stewart.

Marion Yates

Age, 88, of Printer, died Thursday, December 21, 2000, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born April 1, 1912, at Printer, a son of the late Robert Lee and Edith Ray Yates. He was a retired gas company employee and carpenter, and a member of the Old Time Regular Baptist Church at Printer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Belle Hall Yates. He is survived by two sons, Warren G. Yates of Harold and Franklin D. Yates of Honaker; five daughters, Inez Kilburn and Ruby Wallen, both of Martin, and Ella Mae Pyne, Vannie Dameron and Norma J. Mature of Printer; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services for Marion Yates were Sunday, December 24, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel at Martin, with Denver Meade and Harold Dameron officiating. Burial followed in the Meade Cemetery at Printer. Pallbearers were Marion Kilburn, Randal Dameron, Jeremy Kilburn, Randy Carroll, Dean Carroll, David Kilburn, Brandon Carroll, Jamie Kilburn and Namon Mature.

Matthew Watkins

Age, 60, of Teaberry, husband of the late Edith Marie Watkins, died Saturday, December 24, 2000, at his residence. Born May 16, 1940, in Salyersville, he was the son of the late Enoch and Julia Barnett Watkins. He was a retired factory worker. He is survived by one son, Gary Dole Watkins of Teaberry; two daughters, Vicki Lynn Adzic of Hillsdale, Michigan, and Vicki Marie Watkins of Teaberry; one brother, James Watkins of Muskegon, Michigan.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were Thursday, December 28, at the Samaria Regular Baptist Church at Teaberry, with Regular Baptist Ministers officiating. Burial was in the Denzil Hall Cemetery in Grethel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Pallbearers were Clyde Hamilton, Chris Rudd, Randall Robinson, Greg Bowling, Glendale Osborne, Brad Hamilton, Kenny Hamilton and Willard Osborne Jr.

 

Wednesday, December 27, 2000

Betty Mae Porter Patton

Age, 87, of Belleville, Michigan, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Friday, December 15, 2000, at the Whitehall Nursing Home, following an extended illness. Born February 15, 1913, in Lawton, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Porter and Anna Mae Leadingham Porter. She was formerly employed as a cook at several restaurants in Prestonsburg, and attended the Prestonsburg Church of Christ. Survivors include one son, Roy Patton of Belleville, Michigan; one half-sister, Odell Osborne of Prestonsburg; and one grandson. Funeral services will be conducted, Wednesday, December 20, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Evangelist Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.

Billie Price

Age, 74, of North Manchester, Ind., died Thursday, December 21, 2000, at the Community Care Center in Wabash, Ind., following an extended illness. Born January 5, 1926, in Prestonsburg to Frank and Melvina Hunter Price, he was the husband of Mabel Paul Price. A retired barber, he was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife; five sons, Bill Frank Price of LaMarque, Texas, James C. Price of Prestonsburg, Richard Price of Prestonsburg, Frank Baldridge of South Whitley, Ind., and Clark Girvin of Columbia City, Ind.; four daughters, Ruth Ann Hobson of Prestonsburg, Pamela Coble of North Manchester, Angie Geddes of Lexington and Debbie Baldridge of Ohio; one step-son, John Paul of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two step-daughters, Marsha Sims of Danville and Nelma Stoner of Cromwell, Tenn.; several grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Prestonsburg with the Rev. Tom Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in the Mayo Cemetery in Prestonsburg. Visitation was held Tuesday, December 26.

Juanita Brown Gibson

Age, 89, of Weeksbury, died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at Prestonsburg Health Care Center, following an extended illness. She was born September 20, 1911, in Wesburn, Tennessee, and was a daughter of the late James Arthur and Ella Britt Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Elbert Gibson, and three sons, James Elbert Gibson, Carlos Gibson and Jimmy Gibson. Among her survivors are one son, Everlett Lee Gibson of Tennessee; three daughters, Linda Senig of Weeksbury, Frances Gardner of Chicago, and Carolyn Sue Gibson of Prestonsburg; one sister, Ethel Bartley of Florida; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 27, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Seventh Day Adventist ministers officiating. Burial is to follow in the Charlie Newman Cemetery at Hi Hat.

Mary Moore

Age, 90, of Louisville, formerly of Melvin, died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at her residence. She was born December 26, 1910, in Knott County, a daughter of the late Manard and Pricey Gibson Hall. She was a homemaker and a member of the Joppa Regular Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Earnest Moore. She is survived by a son, Glen Edward Moore of Melvin; a daughter, Geneva Thornsberry of Louisville; a brother, Albro Hall of Jackhorn; four sisters, Eddie May Boyd, Liza Pass, Opal Hall, and Arizona Madison, all of Ohio; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday, December 28, at 10 a.m., at the Joppa Regular Baptist Church at Melvin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial is to be in the Buckingham Cemetery at Bypro, under the direction of R.S. Jones and Son Funeral Home of Virgie. Visitation is at the church, with services on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Bobby Roger Stacy

Age, 40, of Garrett, died Saturday, December 23, 2000, at his residence, after a brief illness. Born March 28, 1960, in Perry County, he was a son of Marcillous and Carolyn Collins Stacy. He was a disabled mechanic. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Bernadine Duff Stacy; two sons, Lloyd Stacy of Estill and Justin Stacy of Garrett; two brothers, James Edward Stacy of Mousie and Marcus Wayne Stacy of Wayland; and one sister, Josephine Boyd of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were Tuesday, December 26, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home at Martin, with Clinton (Buddy) Jones, Jack Adkins and others officiating. Burial was in the Lackey Cemetery at Lackey.

Don Cook

Age, 80, of Topmost, died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. He was born June 4, 1920, in Knott County, a son of the late Frank W. Cook and Anna Jones Cook. He was a retired coal miner, a veteran of World War II, a lifetime member of the DAV Chapter 128, Garrett, and a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dola Hall Cook; his second wife, Lucy Collins Gayheart Cook; two sons, Von Cook and Estill Cook, and one daughter, Marcella Keane. Survivors include two sons, Don Cook Jr. of Mallie, and Mark Cook of Topmost; five daughters, Norma Schmitz of Mt. Washington, Janice Collins of Greenville, Ohio, Sue Jones of Banner, Shelley Bryant of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Kathy Stamper of Redfox; two brothers, J.D. Cook of Topmost and Bobby Cook of Charleston, South Carolina; two sisters, Ruby Stanfield of Topmost and Mary Rydner of Michigan; 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 27, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Roger Hicks and other Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial is to be in the Joe Hall Cemetery at Topmost.

Everette Newsome

Age, 64, of Harold, died Sunday, December 24, 2000, at Varney, following an extended illness. He was born March 4, 1936, at Orkney, and was a son of the late Chester and Minnie Sword Newsome. He was a disabled coal miner and a veteran. He is survived by his wife, Margrene Kidd Newsome; three sons, Randy Newsome of Louisa, Jonathan Mark Newsome of Betsy Layne, and Mack Arthur Newsome of Varney; one daughter, Kim Adkins of Pikeville; one brother, Den Hunter of Harold; two sisters, Charity Lynn of Lincoln Park, Michigan, and Lola Mae Kidd of Louisa; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 27, at 11 a.m., at Little Dove Old Regular Baptist Church at Honaker, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist faith officiating. Burial is to follow in the Kidd Cemetery at Honaker, with arrangements by Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home of Martin.

Monday, December 24, 2000

Andrew Granville Childress

Age, 96, of Banner, died Friday, December 22, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on January 22, 1904, in Grundy, Virginia, he was the son of the late Sparrell and Martha Owens Childress. He was a retired electrician, veteran of the United States Army and Merchant Marines and was a member of the Baptist Church in Mississippi. His wife, Kesley Childers Childress, perceded him in death. Survivors include two brothers, Janet Sue Hall of Banner, Betty Jane Arrington of Augusta, Georgia, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 23, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Tracy Patton officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. D.A.V. funeral rites were conducted by Chapter 169 at Betsy Layne.

Bobby Mosley

Age, 36, of Hindman, died Thursday, December 21, 2000, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an brief illness. Born May 29, 1964, in Hindman, he was the son of Sheldon Mosley of Hindman, and Heasteen Stumbo Mosley of Stanford. He was a coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Faye Martin Mosley. Other survivors include two sons, Brandon Lee Mosley and Eric Shawn Mosley, both of Indiana; step-mother, Ollie Cox Mosley of Hindman; three daughters, Sara May Tucker of Thorton, Mandy Mae Mosley and Brandy LaShawn Mosley, both of Pinetop; one brother, Shelby Dean Mosley of Pippa Passes; two sisters, Donna Morgan of Lesley County, Debbie Bentley of Stanford; three step-sisters, Melissa Campbell of Mousie, Missy Wallen, and Sabrina Wallen, both of Hindman. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, December 24, at 11 a.m., at the Hindman United Baptist Church at Owens Branch, with Donald Collins, L.D. Mosley, and Cullin Caudill officiating. Burial will be in the Frank Reynolds Cemetery, at Mallie, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Friday, December 22, 2000

Billy G. Pettit

Age, 63, of Whitesburg, died Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on February 23, 1937, in Switzerland County, Indiana, he was the son of the late Luther and Margaret Woods Pettit. He was a disabled coal miner and veteran. He was also a musician on the Grand Ole’ Opry, as well as a song writer for Accuff and Rose Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. He also performed with the Del Reeves Band for seven years, as well as Loretta Lynn. He attended the Whitesburg Church of God, Whitesburg. He is survived by his wife, Ida Lavern McIntosh. Other survivors include two sons, Billy Dale Pettit of Rexville, Indiana, Timothy Pettit of Austin, Indiana; two daughters, Ella McCoy of Austin, Indiana, Bonnie Ann of Louisville; one sister, Betty Jean Bentz of Madison, Indiana. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 22, at 11 a.m., at the Whitesburg Church of God, with Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in the American Legion Cemetery, Whitesburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Evelyn C. Caudill

Age, 98, of Fruitland Park, Florida, died Friday, December 15, 2000. Born in Floyd County, She was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons, Kimber of Detroit, Michigan, Ray of Fruitland Park, Florida, Donald of Lancaster, Ohio, Vernon of Redding, California; three daughters, Ruth Campbell and Augusta Rinehart, both of Summerfield, Florida, Barbara Ferguson of Phoenix, Arizona, 23 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, Florida is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Neal Edmonds

Age, 53, of Harold, died Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at the VA Medical Center at Wayne, West Virginia. He was born May 21, 1947, the son of the late Willard and Draxie Ramey Edmonds. He was a retired federal mine inspector and artist. He was an Air Force Vietnam veteran. He is survived by two sons, Jonathan Edmonds and Lucas Edmonds, both of Richmond; one daughter, Leslie Reach of Lexington; one brother, Bud Edmonds of Harold; three sisters, Patty Jent of Harold, Jenetta Gray of Pikeville and Glennis Davis of Inez; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 23, at 1 p.m. at the Justice Funeral Home, Pikeville, with Paul Dean Justice officiating. Burial will be in the Annie E. Young Cemetery at E. Shelbiana, under the direction of Justice Funeral Home.

Norma C. Meade

Age, 81, of Pikeville, died Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born August 10, 1919, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Bertha Taylor Cornett and Hobert Cornett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Meade. Survivors include two sons, Lucian Meade and Billy C. Meade; five daughters, Patsy Blackburn, Lucinda Greer and Karen Blackburn, all of Pikeville, Nancy Hughes of East Point, Judy Ledford of Paint Lick; two brothers, Clinton Cornett of Lincoln Park, Michigan, Jack Cornett of Manila, Michigan; three sisters, Elizabeth Dotson of Lexington, Pearl Spears of Lawrenceburg, Emma Ruth Cornette of Louisville, 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 22, at 11:00 a.m., at the Meta Baptist Church, with Meta Baptist ministers officiating.
Burial will be in the Lowe Cemetery, at Mike’s Branch, under the direction of J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home.

Sheryl Leigh Sorrells Fuelling

Age, 33, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died Sunday, December 17, 2000. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, she was the daughter of Ted and Vera Sorrells of Van Lear. She attended the Haygood United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, David J. Fuelling. Other survivors include two sisters, Vera “Kathy” Avery of Dothan, Alabama, and Tamra Sorrells of Prestonsburg; two brothers, William MacConnell of Cross City, Florida and Robert MacConnell of Hartford, Alabama. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, December 21, at 1 p.m., at the Haygood United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mike Noble officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel.

Ulavene Gunnells

Age, 78, of Stanville, died Tuesday, November 19, 2000, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia. Born July 4, 1922, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of John B. and Sarah Lewis Hunt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gunnells. Survivors include three brothers, George Hunt of Stanville, Harvey Hunt of Tram and Rex Ross of Prestonsburg; four sisters, Laura Akers of Prestonsburg, Callie Cecil of Spring Hill, Florida, Ruby Hunt of Westland, Michigan, and Ocie Pelfrey of Holiday, Florida. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 23, at Hall Funeral Home Chapel with Jack Hunt and James Harmon officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Virginia K. Meade

Age, 76, of Hi Hat, died Wednesday, December 20, 2000, at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home, Pewee Valley. She was born November 2, 1924, in Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of the late John Kitchen and Lucy Casebolt Kitchen. She was a former food service manager at Osborne Elementary School and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Prestonsburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Meade. Survivors include one son, James R. Meade of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Paula Blackburn of Louisville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 23, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Minister Bob Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Ruthalo Hall Mills

Age, 65, of Newport News, Virginia, formerly of Garner, died Wednesday, December 20, 2000, at the Riverside Hospital in Newport News. She was born July 7, 1935, at Raven, the daughter of the late Graden and Dema Terry Hall. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include three sons, Carl Mills, Frederick Mills and Emil Gene Mills; two brothers, Larry Hall of Ashland and Gregory Scott Hall of Prestonsburg; four sisters, Janice Hall of Marietta, Georgia, Emogene Waddles of Newport News, Virginia, Naewana Nickels of Louisville and Juanita Fought of LaGrange, Indiana; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 23, at 10 a.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jennings West officiating. Burial will be in the Hall Cemetery at Raven, under the direction of Floyd Funeral Home of Prestonsburg.

Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Haden Conley

Age, 86, of Irvine, formerly of Haddix, died Monday, December 18, 2000 at the St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington. He was the son of the late Willis and Mimia Coburn Conley. Survivors include one brother, former Circuit Judge Hollie Conley of Floyd County; three sisters, Bessie C. Draughn of Lexington, Sallie C. Scherrer of Ft. Washington, Maryland, and Inez C. Cox of Corbin. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 21, at 10 a.m., at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel in Jackson. Burial will be in the Tharp Cemetery at Haddix, under the direction of Breathitt Funeral Home.

Allie Wicker

Age, 78, of Harold, died Sunday, December 17, 2000, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on February 19, 1922, in Craynor, she was the daughter of the late Bob and Armina Mitchell. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Ross Wicker. Survivors include two sons, Robert Lee Wicker and Billy Eugene Wicker, both of Sandusky, Ohio; four daughters, Evelyn Ovene Sloan of Harold, Joyce Ann Hicks of Concord, Michigan, Barbara Sue Cannon of Homer, Michigan, Irene Darcus Thacker of Pikeville; three brothers, Andy Mitchell of Harold, Charlie Mitchell and Kinnel Mitchell, both of Grethel, 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, December 21, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Mitchell Cemetery, Mink Branch, Craynor, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Coy Shepherd

Age, 81, of Hueysville, died Sunday, December 17, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on July 14, 1919, in Hueysville, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Burlie Coburn Shepherd. He was a disabled veteran, having served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Marines. He served in World War II and Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the American Legion Post 086 in Kendallville, Indiana. Survivors include Alex Shepherd and Lloyd Shepherd, both of Kendallville, Indiana; three sisters, Tilly Stevens of Kendallville, Indiana, Norma Lovely of Avilla, Indiana, and Faye Shepherd of Hueysville. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 20, at 11 a.m., at the Salt Lick Community United Baptist Church, at Hueysville, with Bethel Bolen, Cullin Caudill and Allen Shaffins officiating. Burial will be in the Shepherd Cemetery, Hueysville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Curtis Duane Bentley

Age, 57, of McDowell, died Sunday, December 17, 2000, at his residence. He was born November 1, 1943, in Martin, the son of the late Hatfield Bentley and Dorothy Jones Bentley. He was a coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Violet Spears Bentley. Other survivors include one son, Greg Bentley of McDowell; two daughters, Greta Tackett of Drift, Amanda Bentley of McDowell; one brother, Paul Bentley of Hippo; one sister, Ruby Damron of McDowell; and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 19, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rosa Church of the Old Regular Baptists of the New Salem Association, at McDowell, with the Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Greenbury Hall Cemetery, Frasure Creek, McDowell, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Gregory Darrell Spurlock

Age, 37, of Millersburg, Ohio, son of Ethel Mae Spurlock, of Millersburg, Ohio, died Thursday, December 14, 2000, in Columbus, Ohio. He was born December 14, 1963, in McDowell. Survivors, other than his mother, include three brothers, Ronnie Franklin Spurlock, Donnie Spurlock and Roland Spurlock, all of Millersburg, Ohio; two sisters, Karen Marvin of Millersburg, Ohio, Nell Ruth Spurlock of Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 18, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Denver Meade, officiating. Burial was in the Spurlock Cemetery, at Printer, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers were Ted Spurlock, Donnie Spurlock, Ed Carver, Steve Hall and Ron Spurlock.

Jettie Bowling

Age, 77, of Weeksbury, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000, at U.K. Medical Center, Lexington, following a brief illness. Born on February 12, 1923, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late John Epp and Roxie Epling Rowe. She was a special designer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Drexel Bowling. Survivors include two sons, Ernest Earl Bowling of Ecorse, Michigan, Benjamin Bowling of Knightstown, Indiana; four daughters, Anna Jean Triplett of Jabez, Darcus Faine of Garrett, Hester Johnson of Bypro, Roxie Bowling of Harold; two brothers, Sterling Rowe of Alabama, Dale Rowe of Rockhouse; three sisters, Kelsie Stapleton of Harold, Carrie Vancover of Seattle, Washington, and Virgie Harden of Detroit, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, December 17, at 11 a.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, at Bypro, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the John Bowling Family Cemetery, at Weeksbury, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Mary Johnson Jones

Age, 86, of Bevinsville, died Saturday, December 16, 2000, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on April 25, 1914, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Elizabeth Burke Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Patterson Jones. Survivors include two daughters, Eura Lou Burke of Bevinsville, Barbara Ellen Ashworth of Bluefield, Virginia; one sister, Sylvina Hall of Kite; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 19, at noon, at the Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church at Bevinsville, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Silas Burke Cemetery, Jackscreek, Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Tommy Crum

Age, 76, of Arkansas Creek, Martin, died Monday, December 18, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on August 27, 1924, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Tom and Nancy Robinson Crum. He was a retired coal miner, a member of the U.M.W.A., and a member of the Church of Christ at Arkansas Creek. He is survived by his wife, Roxie Mae Robinson Crum. Other survivors include four sons, Mitchell Crum of McDowell, Steven Crum, Joey Crum and Alan Crum, of Martin; five daughters, Hedy Sexton of Garrett, Nancy Scott of Inez, Lucy Gearheart, Sparkle Conn, and Mona Napier, all of Martin; two sisters, Mary Samons and Martha Allen, both of Martin, 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 21, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Church of Christ ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Lonnie Greer

Age, 50, of Pass Christian, Mississippi, formerly of Cornette, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on September 7, 1950, in Leatherwood, he was the son of the late Harrison and Oma Allen Greer. He was a self-employed automobile dealer. Survivors include two daughters, Connie Sue Greer and Gina Daryl Kassee, both of Leburn; four sisters, Aggie Donnellan of Lexington, Beatrice Brashear of Viper, Bernice Breashear of Hazard, Bobby Jean Day of Middletown, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 20, at 1 p.m., at the Hindman United Baptist Church, with Bethel Bolen, Willie Collins and James Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Mountain Memory Gardens in Hindman, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Monday, December 18, 2000

Hattie B. Hall 

Age, 82, of Hindman, died Thursday, December 14, 2000, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on August 6, 1918, in Knott County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Dinah Martin Bentley. She was a member of the Hindman First Baptist Church. She was twice married. First to John C. Amburgey, and later to Noah Hall. Both preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Ben W. Amburgey of Hindman; two daughters, Martha V. Butts of Lexington, Anna Bea Adams of Isom; one brother, Vinson Bentley of Mallie; four sisters, Attie Foley of Gallipolis, Ohio, Fannie Parks of Litt Carr, Della Goodman of Lexington, Maquies Bentley of Lexington; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, December 17, at 1 p.m., at the Hindman United Baptist Church, with Ricky Smith and Bill Kirby officiating. Burial will be in the Bentley Family Cemetery, at Mallie, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Active pallbearers will be Joseph Butts, Nathaniel Adams, Ben W. Amburgey and Shelby Bentley.

Mary Mullins

Age, 53, of Hi Hat, died Thursday, December 14, 2000, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a brief illness. Born on February 10, 1947, in Bevinsville, she was the daughter of Melvin and Martha Hall Mullins of Hi Hat. She was a member of the Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church. Survivors, other than her parents, include two sons, Billy Mullins of Hi Hat, John Mullins of Printer; four sisters, Daisy Tackett and Liz Sparkman, both of Hi Hat, Ruby Adams of Wayland, and Shelia Johnson of Beaver. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, December 17, at 1 p.m., at the Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church at Hi Hat, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Mullins Family Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Friday, December 15, 2000

Birchie Case

Age, 81, of New London, Ohio, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000, after a brief illness.  She was born in Honaker, August 4, 1919, the daughter of the late Johnnie and Rhoda Harvey Kidd. She moved to New London in 1952, and was a member of the Fitchville Church of Christ. Her husband, Joshua Case, preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Gwean Anderson of New London; one son, Orbie Case of New London; two sisters, Oma Ricer and Oval Bolen, both of Willard, Ohio; three brothers, Russell Kidd and Frank Kidd Jr., both of Dana, and Truman Kidd of Honaker; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 15, 2 p.m., at the Fitchville Church of Christ. Burial was in the Fitchville Cemetery, under the direction of Eastman Funeral Home, New London.

Mary M. Goble

Age, 93, of Findlay, Ohio, died Monday, December 11, 2000, at Fox Run Manor. Born September 9, 1907, in Waynesburg, she was the daughter of the late James S. and Amanda Routon Wilson. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loie Goble Sr. Survivors include two sons, Loie Goble Jr. and Doug Goble, both of Findlay, Ohio; three daughters, Geneva Vincent of New Castle, Indiana, Loretta Helton of Arizona, Pauline Sizemore of Findlay, Ohio; 23 grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 15, at 2 p.m., at the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, Ohio, with Rev. Juan J. Salinas officiating. Burial will be in Knollcrest Gardens, East of Findlay, under the direction of Coldren-Crates Funeral Home.

Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Orion “Pepsi” Calhoun

Age, 78, of Leburn, died Sunday, December 10, 2000, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on July 8, 1922, in Knott County, he was the son of the late Lewis and Elizabeth Dyer Calhoun. He was a disabled farmer. Survivors include one brother, Louis Calhoun of Tennessee. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 13, at 11 a.m., at the New Home Old Regular Baptist Church at Leburn, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Calhoun Cemetery, at Leburn, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Betty Jane Patton

Age, 73, of Auxier, died Friday, December 8, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born August 19, 1927, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Bosier H. Wells and Bessie Emily Burchett Wells. She was a retired employee of the family grocery store. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Patton. Survivors include two daughters, Suzanne Spencer of Auxier and Pamela Arnette of Salyersville; one sister, Audrey Josephine Nichols of Waverly, Ohio; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 11, at the Auxier United Methodist Church with Bob Wireman officiating. Burial was in the Patton Family Cemetery, at Auxier, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville.

Ethel Branham Hamilton

Age, 91, of Grethel, died Monday, December 13, 2000, following an accident. Born on January 22, 1909, in Grethel, she was the daughter of the late James and Anzie Sword Branham. He was a retired postmaster at Grethel, and a member of the Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernie Hamilton. Survivors include one grandson, Darrell Hamilton of Grethel; one great-granddaughter, one great-grandson and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 15, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church at Grethel, with ministers of Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Roberts Cemetery, at Grethel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Clouie Lewis

Age, 88, of Prestonsburg, formerly of Banner, died Monday, December 11, 2000, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following a brief illness. She was born March 17, 1912, in Floyd County, the daughter of the late Samuel Tauble Lewis and Julie Crum Lewis. She was the step-daughter of Zina Lewis of Stanville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gram Lewis. Survivors, other than her step-mother, include four sons, Willis Lewis and Dewey Lewis, both of Prestonsburg, Thurman Lewis of Banner, William Bruce Lewis of Des Plaines, Illinois; three daughters, Susie Lewis of Pyramid, Eleanor Goble and Rebecca Goble, both of Prestonsburg; one step-brother, Eddie Dean Lewis of Westville, Indiana; three brothers, Roscoe Lewis and Monroe Lewis, both of Morgan County, Marvin Lewis of Tram; four sisters, Mealthie Harmon of Tennessee, Doris Jean Hunt and Della Faye Martin, both of Stanville, Elma Hunt of Tram, 19 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 14, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Jennings West, officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Ethel Branham Hamilton

Age, 91, of Grethel, died Monday, December 13, 2000, following an accident. Born on January 22, 1909, in Grethel, she was the daughter of the late James and Anzie Sword Branham. He was a retired postmaster at Grethel, and a member of the Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernie Hamilton. Survivors include one grandson, Darrell Hamilton of Grethel; one  great-granddaughter, one great-grandson and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 13, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church at Grethel, with ministers of Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Roberts Cemetery, at Grethel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Fred Sweeney

Age, 65, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, December 8, 2000, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on May 13, 1935, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Starlin Sweeney and Mary Goodman Sweeney. He was a disabled veteran of the United States Army, and a member of the DAV at Auxier. He was a member of the Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Russell Sweeney of North Carolina, and Fred Sweeney Jr.; three daughters, Lakena Hammond of Smyrna, Delaware, Mary Devine of Delaware, Susan Sweeney; one brother, Frank Sweeney of Plant City, Florida; two sisters, Maggie Allen, and Julia Sweeney, both of Prestonsburg; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 11, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Manford Fannin officiating. Burial was in the West Prestonsburg Cemetery, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Karen Sue Reynolds

Age, 41, of Printer, died Friday, December 8, 2000, at Wolfe County Care Center, Campton, following an extended illness. Born on November 16, 1959, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of Marietta Halbert Reynolds of Printer, and the late Thomas Reynolds. She was an office worker for Landmart Inn in Pennsacola, Florida and was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Survivors include one son, Jason Ryan Reynolds of Printer; three brothers, Stephen Terry Reynolds of Oregon City, Oregon, Wayne Edward Reynolds of Printer, Ronald Neal Reynolds of Allen; three sisters, Sharon Kaye Mayo of Printer, Donna Gay Davlantis of Springfield, Illinois, and Maria Lynn Reynolds of Martin. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 12, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Renee Thornsberry officiating. Burial was in the Halbert Cemetery, Printer, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Monday, December 11, 2000

Buford Laferty

Age, 62, of Sturgis, Michigan, died Thursday, December 7, 2000, at his home. Born June 28, 1938, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Dealie Hughes Laferty. He was a truck driver for over 30 years. He was last employed for 10 years by CMT in White Pigeon from which he retired. He was a member of the Sturgis Church of Christ and was a US Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife, Ann Laferty of Sturgis. Other survivors include two daughters, Laury Simms of St. Marys, Georgia, Vicki Green of Pickerington, Ohio; three sons, John Bennett of Nottawa, Michigan, Buford Scott of White Pigeon, Martin Scott of Sturgis; two sisters, Ina Taulbee of Sturgis, Michigan, Pat Elkins of Bronson, Michigan; one brother, James Laferty of Sturgis, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, December 11, with Rev. Dennis Wheeler, pastor of the Sturgis Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the White Pigeon Township Cemetery, White Pigeon, Michigan.

Mary Lou Ritchie Houser 

Age, 62, of Osgood, Indiana, formerly of Wayland, died Friday, December 8, 2000, at her residence, following a brief illness. Born 1934, in Wayland, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Bertha Ritchie. She was a foundry worker. Survivors include one son, Roy Collins of Osgood, Indiana; three daughters, Judy Collins, Pauline Collins and Mary Catherine Collins of Osgood; six brothers, Edward Ritchie of Wayland, Chester Ray Ritchie of North Bern, Indiana, Earl Ritchie of Somerset, Omer Ritchie of Osgood, Paul Ritchie of West Port, Indiana, Johnny Ritchie of Mt. Sterling; two sisters, Ollie Allen of Wayland, Ethel Mae Mullins of Comarheu and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, December 12, at the Fields Funeral Home in Osgood. Burial will be in the family cemetery, Osgood, Indiana, under the direction of Fields Funeral Home. (Information, Courtesy of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.)

Ruthie Hall 

Age, 75, of Wayland, died Thursday, December 7, 2000, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on August 20, 1925, in Breathitt County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Anna Mae Isaac Sparkman. She was a member of the Little Country Church, Wayland. She is survived by her husband, Clester Hall. Survivors include four sons, Jimmy Darrell Hall and Ralph Hall, both of Wayland, Burnis Dean Hall of Lackey, David Glen Hall of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Jessie Mae Patton of Garrett, Anna Sue Crager of Wayland; one brother, Jesse Sparkman of Garrett; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, December 10, at 11 a.m., at the Little Country Church, Mill Creek, Wayland, with Grant Hurley, Harold Howard, Clint Howard and Tommy Collett officiating. Burial will be in the Hall Family Cemetery, Wayland, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Dave Sizemore

Age, 92, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, December 5, 2000, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. Born September 23, 1908, in Water Gap, he was the son of the late Buttler Sizemore and Aria McGuire Sizemore. He was a coal miner, a well operator at Inland Gas Company, and a musician. He was also one of the founders of the Highlands Folk Festival and was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He is survived by his wife, Dora Shepherd Sizemore. Other survivors include one son, Carl Sizemore of Morehead; one daughter, Lyda S. Caudill of Prestonsburg; one brother, Henry (Son) Sizemore of South Whitley, Indiana; two grandsons and two great-grandsons. Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 8, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Reynolds-Sizemore Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers were David Sizemore, Jerry Caudill, Jeremy Caudill, Adam Sizemore, Herb Whitaker, Robert Willis and Dr. Lowell Martin.

Bertha Bartley Tackett

Age, age 83, of Lancaster, Ohio, formerly of Shelbiana, Kentucky passed away on Thursday, November 7 at her residence. She was born on March 29, 1917 in Penny Road, Virgie. She was the daughter of the late William and Rebecca Newsome Bartley. She was a homemaker. She was survived by her two sons, Edgel Tackett of Pikeville, Virgil Tackett of Cincinnati, two daughters, Arizon Kiser of Lancaster, Ohio, Lenna Newsome of Fort Clinton, Ohio, and one sister Oma Hamilton of Ashville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Tackett; father-William Bartley; mother-Rebecca Newsome; and three brothers, Amos Bartley, Cecil Bartley and Clement Bartley. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 11 at 11 a.m. at R.S. Jones & Sons Funeral Home at the Virgie Chapel. Ministers will be Monroe Jones, Eles Case, Hillard Newsome, Marvin Bryant and others. Visitation will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Virgie Chapel, with services nightly at 7 p.m. Interment at the Newsome Branch Cemetery in Virgie, Kentucky. 

Friday, December 8, 2000

Billy Lee Akers

Age, 28, of McDowell, died Wednesday, December 6, 2000, at his residence, following a sudden illness. Born on April 12, 1972, in McDowell, he was the son of George Lee Akers of Prestonsburg, and Verlene Evans Collins of McDowell. He was a disabled coal miner and was a member of the Tackett Fork Freewill Baptist Church at Beaver. Survivors, other than his parents, include one son, Billy Lee Akers of Beaver; three daughters, Keisha Akers, Whitney Akers and Kelsey Akers, all of Beaver; one brother, Mickey Akers of Cumberland; three sisters, Vicki Hurst, and Lyla Frasure, both of McDowell, and Connie Spears of Langley. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 9, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Tivis Caudill and Johnny Caudill officiating. Burial will be in the Evans Cemetery, McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Wayne Davis

Age, 91, of Allen, died Wednesday, December 6, 2000, at his residence, following a brief illness. Born on December 7, 1908, in Breathitt County, he was the son of the late Lee and Rose Clemons Davis. He was a retired mining inspector, and was a member of the Praise Assembly Church of God at Prestonsburg. He was a World War II veteran. He is survived by his wife, Maycel Dunaway Davis. Other survivors include three daughters, Linda James, and Waynette Keebaugh, both of Prestonsburg, and Ocie May of Allen; one step-sister, Myrtle Cornette of Hindman; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 8, at 11 a.m., at the Praise Assembly Church of God at Prestonsburg, with Pastor J. M. Sloce officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

James Wilber Baldridge

Age, 77, of East Point, died Sunday, December 3, 2000, at his residence. Born on January 15, 1923, in Bays Branch, Floyd County, he was the son of the late George Baldridge and Lettie Harmon Baldridge. He was a self-employed carpenter and coal miner. Survivors include one sister, Myrtle B. Burchett of Prestonsburg. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the George Baldridge Cemetery, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.

Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Edman “Beaver” Barnett

Age, 70, of Martin, died Saturday, December 2, 2000, in Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. He was born September 18, 1930, in Cumberland, the son of the late G.W. Barnett and Nannie Rhoton. He was a member of the Faith Bible Church, Martin, John W. Hall Masonic Lodge No. 950, a Scottish Rite, 32 degree Mason, and a self-employed businessman. He is survived by his wife, Theada Barnett. Other survivors include two sons, Bruce Alan Barnett and James Edman Barnett, both of Martin. Masonic funeral rites were conducted Tuesday evening, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 6, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergymen Don Crisp and Ed Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Edna Mae Allen Callison

Age, 92, of Allen, died Friday, December 1, 2000, at the Riverview Health Care Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. She was born August 17, 1908, in Allen, the daughter of the late Alex L. and Mary A. Allen. She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, at Allen, and was a former beautician. Her husband, Charles T. Callison, preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Delores Ann Frasure of Mousie. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 5, at 11 a.m., at the Christ United Methodist Church, Allen, with Dr. Kenneth Lemaster officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Delano May, Danny Allen, Tim Allen, Robert Martin, Mike Mays and Frank Fitzpatrick.

Ethel Marie Burchett

Age, 89, of Meeker, Ohio, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Monday, December 4, at the Marion General Hospital. Born February 1, 1911, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late John Hurd and Ann Click Hurd. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin Burchett. Survivors include one son, John Burchett of Morral, Ohio; five daughters, Ruth Burchett of Morral, Ohio, Phyllis Burchett of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, W. Jean Shirea, Wanda Hecker, Amy Thompson, and Gladys Sue Hickman, all of Meeker, Ohio; one brother, Alvin Hurd of Prestonsburg; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 7, at 10 a.m., at the Boyd Funeral Home, Marion, Ohio, with Pastor Floyd D. Barker and Steve Burchett officiating. Burial will be in the Meeker Cemetery, under the direction of Boyd Funeral Home.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Glenn Tackett

Age, 68, of Dayton, Ohio, died Saturday, October 14, 2000. He was the son of the late Marvin and Frances Bentley Tackett, formerly of McDowell. He was a Korean War Veteran, serving with the U.S. Army and was a member of VFW Post No. 431, American Legion Post 200 and Amvets. His wife, Ivelene, preceded him in death. He is survived by two daughters, Diana Officer and Kathy Tackett, both of Dayton, Ohio; one brother Delmon Tackett of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Bessie Jean Sharp of Miamisburg; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Newcomer, Barclay Funeral Home, with Rev. Rick Carr officiating. Burial was in the Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.

Linda Faye Wallen Harris

Age, 49, of Lexington, formerly of Allen, died Saturday, December 2, 2000, at her residence, following an extended illness. She was born May 7, 1951, at Prestonsburg, the daughter of Billy Dee and Doris Ann Smith Wallen, now of Mount Sterling. She was a Pharmacy Technician at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. She is survived by her husband, John Harris.
Other survivors include two sons, Ryan E. Porter and Vernon M. Porter, both of Allen; one daughter, Jessica Stapleton of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Deborah Wright of Owensville and Dave Ann Spangle of Huntington, Indiana; and one grandson. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 6, at 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with the Rev. Mark Tackett officiating. Burial will be in the Bingham Family Cemetery on Town Branch, under the direction of Floyd Funeral Home.

Natacha Jean Lackey

Natacha Jean Lackey, daughter of Carl Edward Lackey Jr. and Loretta Allen Perkins of Prestonsburg, was stillborn Saturday, December 2, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.
Survivors, other than her parents, include her paternal grandparents, Carl Lackey of Lexington, and Aileen Slone Blair of Banner; maternal grandparents, Hatton Allen of Allen, and Dorothy Fletcher Allen of Allen; two brothers, Brandon Perkins and Tony Fletcher, both of Salyersville; two sisters, Latacha Perkins and Daniell Perkins, both of Salyersville. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 5, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Rev. Jackson and Demp Allen officiating. Burial was in the Webb Cemetery, at Banner, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Shawna Lee Johnson

Age, 22, of Hi Hat, died Sunday, December 3, 2000, on Ky. Rt. 122, Bevinsville, following an automobile accident. Born on March 6, 1978, in Pikeville, she was the daughter of Marlene Collins Johnson of McDowell, and the late Elmer Lee Johnson. Survivors, other than her mother, include one son, Brian O’Neil Manns Jr. of Hi Hat; one daughter, Marley Reid Collins of Hi Hat; two brothers, Elmer Lee Johnson Jr. (J.J.) of Wheelwright, Timothy Neil Johnson of Weeksbury; and one sister Crystal Lea Johnson of Weeksbury; maternal grandparents, Addison and Cora Hall Collins of Bypro; paternal grandmother, Mary White Johnson of Hi Hat; step mother, Sue Ellen Johnson of Weeksbury; step-father, buddy Johnson of McDowell. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 6, at noon, at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church at Bypro, with Rev. Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Tim Mullins

Age, 55, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of McDowell, died Tuesday, November 28, 2000, at University Hospital in Las Vegas, following an extended illness. Born on January 28, 1945, in Knott County, he was the son of the late Jim Mullins and Nova Slone Mullins. He was a certified welder and a veteran of the United States Army. Survivors include one daughter, Candina Phillips of Clearfield; five brothers, Selton Mullins of Purcell, Oklahoma, Harry Mullins of McDowell, James Mullins of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mass Mullins of Greenville, Indiana, Alger Mullins of Columbus, Georgia; and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 4, at 10 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Paul Grainger and Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Stumbo Cemetery, at Minnie, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Virginia Mae DeBord

Age, 77, of Ivel, died Sunday, December 3, 2000, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on August 5, 1923, in Mingo County, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Pearl M. Thompson Hall. She was a member of the Southern Calvary Baptist Church at Betsy Layne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph DeBord. Survivors include one son, Ralph DeBord of Allen; one daughter, Ernestine DeBord of Ivel; one sister, Mary C. Shepherd of Christiansburg, Virginia; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 6, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Rev. George Love officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Minerva H. Cooley 

Minerva H. Cooley, died Sunday, December 3, 2000, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Julia Howard Holbrook. She was a retired school teacher and librarian with the Floyd County schools, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Prestonsburg, where she was a Sunday School teacher and training union instructor. She was also a member of the Floyd County Retired Teacher’s Association, Kentucky Education Association, National Teacher’s Association, Kiwaniannes, and a 1997-98 Floyd-Pike Counties Women Bowling Association Hall of Fame inductee. Her husband, William R. Cooley, preceded her in death. Survivors include one brother, Woody Holbrook of Ironton, Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 6, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Randy Polk officiating. Burial will be in the Holbrook Family Cemetery at Middle Creek near Prestonsburg, under the direction of Floyd Funeral Home. Active pallbearers are David Cooley, Ronald Cooley, Caleb Cooley, Hansel Cooley, Larry Howell, Gary Holbrook, Wayne Brown, Kenneth Brown, Rodney Holbrook and James Elkins. Honorary pallbearers are Orville Cooley, Vincel Cooley, Mike Vance, Billy Ray Collins, Tom O. McGuire, Johnny Burke, Charles Butcher and James William Cooley.


Monday, December 4, 2000

Johnny Mullins Jr.

Age, 52, of Garrett, died Friday, December 1, 2000, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, following an extended illness. He was born August 22, 1948, in Floyd County, a son of Johnny Mullins of Eastern and Isabell Collins Mullins of Garrett. He was a disabled driller and a member of the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church at Estill. He is survived by a daughter, Hope Diannia Mullins of Crystal Lake, Illinois; a brother, Joseph (Jody) Mullins of Hueysville; five sisters, Linda Chaffins, Margie Chaffins, and Jemima Ann Thomas, all of Garrett, Betty Dempsey of Hueysville, and Marie Gilbert of London; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday, December 4, at 11 a.m. at the Hueysville Church of Christ, with Clinton Buddy Jones and Chester Varney officiating. Burial will follow in the Castle Cemetery at Hueysville. Visitation is at the Hueysville Church of Christ. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Frazier Funeral Home of Martin.

Rebecca Jane Shepherd

Age, 76, of Greenwich, Ohio, died Wednesday, November 29, 2000, at Norwalk Memorial Home after a lengthy illness. Born on September 2, 1924, in Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Jessie James and Jennie Bell Shepherd Hale. She had lived most of her life in Greenwich. Her husband, Sage Shepherd, preceded her in death. Survivors include three daughters, Sheila Pope of Homerville, Mary Wheeler of North Fairchild, Jennie Sweeting of Shelby; three sons, James Shepherd of Ashland, Robert Shepherd of Willard, Warnie Ray Shepherd of North Fairfield; one sister, Lanie Gibson of Kentucky; a stepsister Myrtle; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 1, at 2 p.m., at Eastern Funeral Home, Greenwich, Ohio, with Elders Arthur J. Hale and Bill King officiating.
Burial will be in the Greenwich Greenlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Eastman Funeral Home.

Victoria Johnson

Age, 89 of Edgarton, West Virginia, died Wednesday, November 29, 2000, at the South Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born on March 14, 1911, in McCarr, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Elizabeth Blackburn Gooslin. She was of the Protestant faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Johnson. She is survived by four sons, Robert “Bobby” Johnson of Corunna, Michigan, Perry Johnson of Bean Station Tennessee, Lloyd Johnson of Prestonsburg, and Jackie Johnson of Pikeville; three daughters, Jeanette Mayall of Durand, Michigan, Ruby Hardin of Surgoinsville, Tennessee, and Elizabeth Brown of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Leonard Gooslin of Hurley, Virginia and Charlie Gooslin of Beckley, West Virginia; one sister, Alice Williams of Newtown, West Virginia; 27 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m., at the Freeburn Church of God with Rev. Gary Fields, Rev. Eugene Ratliff, and Rev. Dewitt Furrow officiating. Burial was in the Billy Dotson Cemetery at Phelps, under the direction of R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home, Phelps.

 

Friday, December 1, 2000

Ann Ford

Age, 80, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, November 28, 2000, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born on November 25, 1920, at Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Milt and Josephine Adams Stanley. She was a retired dental technician at the Pal-Mar Dental Lab, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Prestonsburg. Her husband, J.B. Ford, preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter, Jane Verley of Prestonsburg; one sister, Ida Layne of Rochester, Indiana; one grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 1, at 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with the Rev. Vernon Slone and Rev. George Love officiating.
Burial will be in the Porter Cemetery at Prestonsburg, under the direction of Floyd Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers will be Scot Verley, Kenneth F. Allen and Gene Kendrick.

Cleburn McDaniels

Age, 83, of Minnie, died Tuesday, November 27, 2000, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born December 4, 1917, in Breathitt County, the son of the late John McDaniels and Mollie Patrick McDaniels. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the U.M.W.A He was preceded in death by his wife, Perlinia McDaniels. Survivors include two sons, Calvin Sizemore of Martin, James Arthur Sizemore of Warsaw, Indiana; one step daughter, Eva Carpenter of Chicago, Illinois; one brother, George McDaniels of Kendallville, Indiana; two sisters, Dovie Collins of Martin, Lula Hall of Mt. Sterling; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, November 30, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Nathan Lafferty, officiating. Burial was in the Tuttle Cemetery, at Minnie, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Harvey Sizemore, Eugene Sizemore, Darrell Sizemore, Jimmy Click, Calvin Sizemore and Brandon Sizemore.

May Dillon Hale

Age, 75, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, November 29, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on December 4, 1924, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Lee Dillon and Celia Merritt Dillon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Constable Willie Hale. Survivors include one son, Willie Lee Hale of Banner; two daughters, Mary Hale Kilburn of Prestonsburg, Linda May Salisbury of Martin; one brother, William Dillon of Prestonsburg; three sisters, June Collins, Gladys Dillon, and Dean Fairchild, all of Prestonsburg, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 2, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Herman Roberts and Buddy Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Russell Harris

Age, 91, of Crossville, Tennessee, died Wednesday, November 29, 2000, at the Cumberland Medical Center. Born on November 22, 1909, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Edward and Nancy Gobel Harris.
He was a retired custodian. Survivors include four sons, Donald Harris of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Adrian Harris of Horton, Michigan, David Harris of Crossville, Tennessee, Walker and Harris Fred Harris, both of Bellville, Michigan; and one daughter, Jane Tackett of Crossville, Tennessee, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at the Burris Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m., with Delmer McCowen officiating. Burial will be in the Crossville City Cemetery, under the direction of Burris Funeral Home.

Viola Chambers

Age, 64, of Teaberry, died Tuesday, November 28, 2000, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on November 18, 1936, in Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Bessie Hill Pennington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rannel Chambers. Survivors include four sons, John Wayne Chambers of Teaberry, Lester Chambers of Portsmouth, Ohio, Jimmy Ray Riley of Illinois, Kennith Darrell Riley of Ypsilanti, Michigan; two daughters, Kathleen Isaacs and Judy Ann Isaacs, both of Teaberry; one sister, Burnis of Illinois; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m., at the United Christian Church of God, at Hi Hat, with Bill Slone and others officiating. Burial will be in the Chambers Cemetery, in Lee County, under the direction of the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Wesley D. “Red” Giles

Age, 55, of Banner, died Tuesday, November 28, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on January 23, 1945, in Danville, Virginia, he was the son of Flora Dodd Giles of Danville, Virginia, and the late William Henry “Bill” Giles. He was a self-employed general contractor. He is survived by his wife Wyvonna Meade Giles. Other survivors include one stepson, Gary Kinzer of Pikeville; one brother, Robert Giles of Dry Fork, Virginia; one sister, Betty Motley of Danville, Virginia; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 1, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Evangelist Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in the Giles Family Cemetery, Rice Branch, Banner, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Harlen W. Slone

Age, 54, of Leburn, died Tuesday, November 28, 2000, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on July 25, 1946, in Knott County, he was the son of the late Lester and Susie Johnson Slone. He was a disabled foundry worker, a member of the Ivy Point Old Regular Baptist Church, Hindman. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Ann Francis Slone. Other survivors include two sons, Rolan Slone and Jason Dwayne Slone, both of Leburn; one daughter, Robin Nichole Slone of Leburn; three sisters, Helen Jean Slone of Rome City, Indiana, Ellen Jacobs of Pippa Passes, and Mattie Allen of Indianapolis, Indiana. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 2, at 1 p.m., at the Ivy Point Old Regular Baptist Church, Hindman, with Alonzo Mosley, Willie Vernon Slone, Darrell Slone and Keith Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Slone Jacobs Cemetery, Pippa Passes, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Active pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Michael Francis, Ricky Casebolt, Cledith Slone, Johnny Combs, Odis Jacobs, and Rolan and Jason Slone. Visitation is at the church.