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February Obits 2001

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Daniel R. Hamilton

Age, 46, of Lexington, formerly of Hi Hat, died Monday, February 26, 2001, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, following an extended illness. Born on September 29, 1954, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he was the son of Alberta Mitchell Hamilton of Hi Hat, and the late Hershel Hamilton. He was a lab technician and a member of the Southland Christian Church in Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Trudy May Hamilton. Other survivors include one daughter, Whitney Rae Hamilton of Lexington; one brother, Eddie Hamilton of Hi Hat; two sisters, Janet Vance and Brenda Howell, both of Hi Hat. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 1, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with the minister of Southland Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton Family Cemetery, at Hi Hat.

Chester D. Bailey

Age, 68, of Pikeville, died Sunday, February 25, at his residence. Born on October 5, 1932, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Maggie Conley Bailey and Lacy Bailey. He was an educator and member of the First Baptist Church, Pikeville, and was a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia West Bailey. Other survivors include two sons, Robert A. Bailey of Lexington, Chester D. Bailey II of Pikeville; two daughters, Glenda B. Adkins and Sherry L. Lane, both of Pikeville; two brothers, Frank A. Bailey of Pikeville, Robert L. Bailey of Fairborn, Ohio; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 28, at 1 p.m., at the Alumni Auditorium on the campus of Pikeville High School. Burial will be in the Annie E. Young Cemetery, at Shelbiana, under the direction of J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home.

Clifford Hamilton

Age, 66, of Teaberry, died Friday, February 23, 2001, at his residence. He was born January 19, 1935, at Teaberry, the son of the late John W. and Mindy Newsome Hamilton. He was a retired coal miner and member of the Wheelwright Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Sadie Newsome Hamilton. Other survivors include two sons, Donahue Hamilton and Clifford Hamilton Jr., both of Teaberry; one daughter, Margie Roberts of Teaberry; one brother, Kenis Hamilton of Mims, Florida; one sister, Sarah Hamilton of Teaberry, four grandchildren, and one step-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 26, at the Samaria Regular Baptist Church, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton Family Cemetery, at Teaberry, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers were Jeff Hamilton, Billy Joe Hamilton, A. J. Hamilton, Brian Roberts, Casey Rowe, Ralph Akers, Lundy Mullins and Bobby Hamilton Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Mullins, Doug Martin, Stacy Hall, Gary Hamilton and Steve Hamilton.

Jerry Anthony Rowe

Age, 43, of Langley, died Friday, February 23, 2001, at his residence. Born on August 14, 1957, in McDowell, he was the son of Joyce Ann Williams Rowe of Langley, and the late Virgil Rowe. He was a disabled butcher. He is survived by his wife Kimberly Belcher Rowe. Other survivors include one son, Darrin Spencer of Indiana; two step-sons, Jody Spriggs and Justin Spriggs both of Drift; one step-daughter, Kelli Jo Spriggs of Drift; and one brother, Terry Rowe of Lexington. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 27, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Ted Shannon and Rodney Scott officiating. Burial was in the Stewart Cemetery, at Langley.

Ellis Gerald Spurlock

Age, 51, of Printer, died Sunday, February 25, 2001, in Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. He was born July 7, 1949, in Martin, the son of Hobert Spurlock of Printer, and the late Goldie McKinney Spurlock. He was a member and elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at Martin, and also an employee of the Floyd County School System.  He is survived by his wife, Stella Bentley Spurlock. Other survivors include one son Kevin G. Spurlock of Langley; two daughters, Lorabeth Danielle Spurlock and Amanda Jolene Spurlock, both of Lexington; five brothers, Dale McKinney of Prestonsburg, Ricky D. Spurlock of Ivel, Dana Terry Spurlock of Printer, Lamarr Spurlock of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Barry Spurlock of Allen; two sisters, Cheryl Lynn Kinslow of Printer and Katie Doris Isom of Harrodsburg; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 27, at 1 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Martin, with the elder, Ken Carriere, officiating. Entombment followed in the Lakeview Cemetery, Staffordsville, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers were Hobert Spurlock, Dale McKinney, Dana Spurlock, Ricky Spurlock, Lamarr Spurlock and Barry Spurlock. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews.

Grace Williams Meade

Age, 94, of Pikeville, died Monday, February 26, 2001, at the residence of her daughter at Hi Hat, following an extended illness. Born on November 26, 1906, in Blackberry, she was the daughteer of the late John and Louisa Hembree Younce. She was a retired cook at Mullins school, and was a member of the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church at Hi Hat. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raney Williams and later by her second husband, Steve Meade. Survivors include two sons, Donald T. Williams of Pikeville, Lowell Williams of Flat Rock, Michigan; six daughters, Treva W. Wallace of Southgate, Michigan, Joetta Sorenson of Kosskia, Idaho, Uthana Williams Hunt of Taylor, Michigan, Juanita Williams Compton of Price, Kathleen Meade Turner and Madeleline Meade Miller, both of Pikeville; one sister, Carrie Slone of Elkhorn City; 47 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 1, at 11 a.m., at the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church at Hi Hat, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church after 4 p.m. today (Wednesday).

James Edgle Slone

Age, 48, died Friday, February 23, 2001, in the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.
He was born January 15, 1953, in Prestonsburg, the son of Draxie Mae Hall Slone of Ligon, and the late Arthur Slone. He was owner and operator of J. & S. Battery Service, at Hippo.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Green Slone. Other survivors include one son, Jason Ross Slone of Hippo; two brothers, Delbert Slone of Huntington, Indiana, Jimmy Clayton Slone of Ligon; two sisters, Darlene Vance of Neon, and Geraldine Thornsberry of Andrews, Indiana. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 26, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Coy Combs and other Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Hicks Cemetery at Hippo. Pallbearers were Shane King, Dewey Collins, Ronnie Conley, Terry Williams, Chris Wireman, Rick Prater, Carl Cooley, Nick Green, Roger Prater and Chad Niese. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Stewart, Fred Mullins and Greg Mullins.

Lillis Hughes Conn

Age, 88, of Harold, died Sunday, February 25, 2001, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born on July 18, 1912, in Knott County, she was the daughter of the late Ida Slone Williams and Will Williams. She was the former operator of Kelly Shoe Store, and a member of the Regular Baptist Church. She was thrice married; first to Kelly Adams, later to Charles Hughes, and then to Mallie Conn. Each preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Gordon Adams of Marietta Mississippi; one daughter, Laureda Gail Justice of Harold; one brother, Roy Williams of Jackson, Ohio; one sister, Dixie Williams Harlow of Mayking; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 27, at 1 p.m., at the J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Johnson Memorial Park. Active pallbearers were Gary Hamilton, B.J. Elswick, Danny Adkins, David Rowe, Mark Meade, Charles Owens and Elster Justice. Honorary pallbearers were Mason Kelly Meade, Caleb Meade, Morris Justice, Foster Thacker, Ron Tackett, Johnny Dean Adkins, Sonny Charles and Frank Justice.

William E. (Willie) Spence

Age, 79, of Tomahawk, died Friday, February 23, 2001, at the Williamson Memorial Hospital. Born on January 28, 1922, in Mingo County, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Hugh Spence and Lona Ferrell Spence. He was a retired postal worker, a veteran of the Air Force and was a member of American Legion Post 45. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Howell Spence. Survivors include one daughter, Anita Louise Brown of Palatka, Florida; four brothers, Hubert Spence of Wellersburg, Ohio, Don Spence of Warrencliff, West Virginia, Daleno Spence of Delaware, Ohio, Doug Spence of Ohio; four sisters, June Benidict, Lorane Spence, Tina Faye Spence and Regina Spence; three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 27, at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Inez, with Willie Goble and Danny Hall. Burial was in the Spence Cemetery, Bent Branch, Rockhouse.

Monday, February 26, 2001

Grover Edison Montaigne

Age, 42, of Lexington, formerly of Knott County, died Thursday, February 22, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, following an extended illness. Born on March 21, 1958, in Kite, he was the son of Emogne Thornsberry Montaigne of Hindman, and the late Boyd Edison Montaigne. He was disabled. Survivors include two brothers, Arnold Steven Montaigne of Lehigh Acres, Florida, Billy Joe Montaigne of Texas; three half-brothers, Robert Montaigne of North Carolina, E.J. Montaigne of Somerset, Larry Montaigne of North Carolina; one sister, Janet Montaigne of Hindman and half sister, Margie Williams of Pinetop. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 26, at 11 a.m., at the Hindman United Baptist Church at Hindman, with ministers of United Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Frank Thornsberry Cemetery, at Kite, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Travis Joel Slone

Age, 21, of Hindman, died Friday, February 23, 2001, at U.K. Medical Center, Lexington, following a brief illness. Born on February 2, 1980, in Pikeville, he was the son of Burton Slone of Louisville and Etta Mae Slone Holland and J.C. Holland of Hindman. He was disabled. Survivors include one brother, Burnis Wayne Holland of Deane; four sisters, Theresa Gibson of Deane, Lea Etta Weimann, Teresa Forrest and Jeannie Gibson, all of Fisty. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 26, at 11 a.m., at the Ivy Point Old Regular Baptist Church at Garner, with Terry Collins, Eugene Thacker, and Hurley Short officiating. Burial will be in the Slone Cemetery, at Topmost, under the direction of the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

John Hamilton Jr.

Age, 83, of Teaberry, died Thursday, February 22, 2001, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on June 16, 1917, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late John Hamilton and Mindy Newsome Hamilton. He was a retired coal miner, and was a member of the U.M.W.A. at Ligon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lizzie Hamilton. Survivors include five sons, Charlie Dotson of Dayton, Ohio, Donald Ray Hamilton, Emmitt Eugene Hamilton, and Bobby Hamilton, all of Teaberry, Ricky Hamilton of Pikeville; four daughters, Norma Perdue of Southgate, Michigan, Ailene Tripodi of Livonia, Michigan, Margie Castillo of Beaver, Christine Combs of Teaberry; two brothers, Keenis Hamilton of Florida, Clifford Hamilton of Teaberry; one sister, Sarah Hamilton of Ohio, 35 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 24, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the John Hamilton Cemetery, at Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Charles Wilburn Mullins

Age, 71, of Myra, died Thursday, February 22, 2001, at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born at Garrett, on May 19, 1929, he was the son of the late Wilburn and Della Mullins. He was a retired employee of Great Lake Steel and was of the Freewill Baptist Faith. He is survived by his wife, Mary Mullins. Other survivors include three daughters, Louise Mullins, Dinah Gayheart, and Charlene Bentley, all of Myra; six sons, Roger Mullins of Myra, Bruce Mullins of Bean Station, Tennessee, Ralph Mullins, Kenny Mullins, Ricky Mullins ,and Randy Mullins all of Myra; two sisters, Alka Mullins of Ecorse, Michigan, Virginia Tipton of Old Fort, North Carolina; and one brother, Victor Mullins of Jenkins; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 25, at the Pilgrim Rest Old Regular Baptist Church, at Myra, with Teddy Tackett, Clyde Bentley, Lloyd (Popeye) Brown, Danny Belcher, Carson Wright, and others officiating. Burial will be in the Mullins Cemetery of Lickfork at Myra, under the direction of R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home.

Walker Tackett

Age, 75, of Teaberry, died Thursday, February 22, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on October 11, 1925, in Craynor, he was the son of the late Andy Tackett and Martha White Tackett. He was a disabled coal miner, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Mud Creek Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Mearl Frasure Tackett. Other survivors include three sons, Hershel Tackett of Grethel, Glen Tackett, and Paul David Tackett, both of Teaberry; one daughter, Rosella Newsome of Teaberry; one sister, Fanny Martin of Craynor, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 25, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tackett Family Cemetery, at Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers are Toby Newsome, Bryan Tackett, Kevin Tackett, Brent Tackett, Adam Tackett, and Jonathan Tackett. Honorary pallbearers are Colby Hayes, Chris Tackett, Hunter Bailey, Andrey Bailey, Dustin Hinkle, and Grant Tackett.

Friday, February 23, 2001

Dora Bell Mitchell

Age, 93, of Wheelwright, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born June 24, 1907, in Wise, Virginia, the daughter of the late William Roberts and Susie Roberts. She was a retired businesswoman and a member of the Joppa Regular Baptist Church, at Melvin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan W. Mitchell. Survivors include one son, Bill Mitchell of Estill, 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 24, at 1 p.m., at the Joppa Regular Baptist Church, at Melvin, with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is after 1 p.m., Friday at the funeral home, and after 10 a.m., Saturday, at the church.

Carlos Cea Evans

Age, 77, of Thelma, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born on January 7, 1924, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Carlos Amburgy and Bertle Preston Amburgy. She is survived by her husband, Elzie Franklin Evans. Other survivors include three sons, David L. Evans of Van Lear, James Franklin Evans of Thelma and Johnny Evans of Lick Fork; two daughters, Deloris Patrick of Prestonsburg, Phyllis Jean Price of Nippa; two brothers, Fletcher Amburgy of Lehigh Acres, Florida, Elmer Amburgy of Dayton, Ohio; one sister, Helen Powell of Thelma, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services was conducted Thursday, February 22, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Roger Hill officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.

Donna Gaye Hall

Age, 67, of Kite, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001, at the residence of her granddaughter in Hindman. She was born January 20, 1934, in Wheelwright, she was the daughter of the late Harry Benner and Shirley Benner. She was a retired school teacher, formerly employed at the Knott County School System. She is survived by her husband, Claude Hall Sr. Other survivors include one son, Claude Hall Jr. of Kite; three daughters, Quindore Elizabeth Hall of Cullman, Alabama, Transy Lee Hall of Kite, Jami Lynn Hall of Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 25, at 10 a.m., at the Rebecca Regular Baptist Church at Kite, with the clergymen, Roger Dale Hicks and Curtie Hall, officiating. Burial will be in the Bob Strange Cemetery, at Kite, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

John W. Branham

Age, 77, of Wheelwright, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on August 21, in Boons Camp, he was the son of the late Jessie James and Minnie Lackey Branham. He was a retired veteran of World War II and the Korean War, a member of the VFW, and was a Past Master and member of Masonic Lodge No. 899 F&AM at Wheelwright. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Hall Branham. Other survivors include two sons, James B. Branham of Wheelwright, John (Donnie) Branham of Neon; one daughter, Melissa J. Branham of Wheelwright; one brother, David Branham of Michigan; two sisters, Jeanette Quigg of Michigan, Betty Jo Hall of Bevinsville; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 24, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church at Bevinsville, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Wiley Burke Cemetery, Bevinsville, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Lula Hall Ratliff

Age, 84, of Lake City, Florida, died Monday, February 19, 2001, at Lake City Medical Center.
Born on August 9, 1916, in Clintwood, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Sanka Hall and Susie Gilbert Hall. She was a member of the Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Ratliff. Survivors include two sons, Basil Ray Ratliff of Cadiz, Jerry Dean Ratliff of Martin; three daughters, Theda A. Chambliss of Lake City, Florida, Marietta S. Harrod of Mansfield, Ohio, Patsy Sexton of Cadiz; four brothers, Carl Hall of Idaho, Elmer Hall of Macon, Georgia, Everett Hall and Earl Hall, both of Crystal River, Florida; two sisters, Ethel Hayes of Dayton, Tennessee, Mae Moore of Columbus, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 23, at the Goodwin Funeral Home, at Cadiz. Burial will be in the East End Cemetery, Cadiz.

Opal Bentley

Age, 56, of Detroit, Michigan, formerly of Beaver, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001, at Harper Hospital in Detroit, following a brief illness. Born on April 15, 1944, in Beaver, she was the daughter of Jettie Mitchell Bentley of Beaver, and the late Andy Bentley. Survivors include four sons, Carl Reynolds of Beaver, Hugh Reynolds of Virgie, Barry Reynolds of Paintsville, Thomas Bentley of Detroit, Michigan; six brothers, Andy Bentley Jr. of Tennessee, Joe Bentley and Mose Bentley, both of Michigan, Troy Bentley, Charlie Bentley and Arnold (Jam Up) Bentley, all of Beaver; two sisters, Marie Osborne of Grethel, Ruby Adkins of Michigan; and 15 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 25, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Bentley Family Cemetery at Beaver. Visitation will be Friday evening.

Darwin Patton

Age, 78, of Auxier, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Born on August 8, 1922, he was the son of late Alex L. Patton and Mary Goble Patton. He was former manager of Floyd Federal Savings and Loan Association, Prestonsburg, and former assistant cashier for the First National Bank, Prestonsburg. He is survived by his wife, Christine Moran Patton. Other survivors include one son, Darwin Moran Patton of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin; two daughters, Ruth Ann Fairchild of Auxier, Mary Lee Colston of Spring, Texas; one brother, Donald Patton of Langley; two sisters, Margaret Beaven of Rancho Cordova, California, Florence Hall of Belleville, Michigan, and six grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday, February 23, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Dave Flanery officiating. Burial will be in the Moran Family Cemetery, Auxier. Contributions are suggested to Hospice of Big Sandy.

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Beulah Anna Walker

Age, 90, of Tram, died Saturday, February 17, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on December 24, 1910, in Tram, she was the daughter of the late L.D. Layne and Allie Caldwell Layne. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy at Tram.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Byrd Walker. Survivors include three sons, Johnny Walker of Prestonsburg, Charles Walker of Tram, Darvin Walker of Grethel; four daughters, Francis Branham of Prestonsburg, Edith Meeks of Staffordsville, Olga Goble of Auxier, Anna Ruth Leslie of Florida; two sisters, Dolores Hicks and Nell Straton, both of Tram; 22 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 20, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Denver Meade and Larry Tackett officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

Bessie Patton

Age, 86, of Manton, died Friday, February 16, 2001, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, following an extended illness. Born on November 22, 1914, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Taylor and Martha Hale Layne. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elick Patton. Survivors include two sons, Alick Patton of Columbus, Indiana, Everet Earl Patton of Manton; two daughters, Lorene Salisbury of Ivel, Rose Wohlford of Martin; two brothers, Charlie Layne of Indiana, Bert Layne of Eastern; four sisters, Hazel Firesheet of New Orleans, Louisiana, Emogene Miller of Indiana, Irene Hughes and Georgia Francis Layne, both of Martin; 26 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 19, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Gary Allen officiating. Burial was in the Hale Cemetery, at Manton.

Curtis Knox

Age, 69, of Denniston, formerly of Wayland, did Sunday, February 18, 2001, at his residence. He was born March 24, 1931, at Wayland, the son of the late Howard and Ada Hicks Knox. He was a retired coal miner for National Mines, attended Pine Grove Community Church at Ezel, and was a member of the U.M.W.A. local 1741, and a member of the Wayland Volunteer Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie Knox. Survivors include two sons, David Knox of Auxier, Glenn Knox of Martin; four brothers, Burnis Knox, Ernest Knox, Arnold Knox, and Arvin Knox, all of Kendallville, Indiana; four sisters, Hettie Lucas of Garrett, Hattie Hicks and Berta Mae Compton, both of Kendallville, Indiana, Brenda Conley of Martin; one half brother, Kenneth Knox of Grassy Creek; one half sister, Brenda Ross of Ezel; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 21, 1 p.m., at Pine Grove Community Church, Ezel, with ministers Jerry Manns, Earl Slone and Gary Stamper officiating. Burial will be in the Knox Family Cemetery, at Denniston, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Della Conley Moore

Age, 94, of Langley, died Saturday, February 17, 2001, at the Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. She was born October 15, 1906, in Garrett, the daughter of the late Clabe Conley and Renie Chaffins Conley. Her husband, Mander Moore, preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, Virgil Moore of Waverly, Ohio, Julius Moore and James Earl Moore, both of Langley; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 20, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Bethel Bolen, officiating. Burial was in the Moore Family Cemetery, at Langley. Pallbearers were: Ron Moore, Ed Salisbury, Glenn Moore, Shane Moore, Jason Moore and Ryan Salisbury.

Harry Gordon McCarty

Age, 91,of Olympia, died Friday, February 16, 2001, at the St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead. He was born March 28, 1909, in Paintsville, the son of the late Burns McCarty and Maude Hall McCarty. He was a retired mine safety inspector and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include one son, Gordon Lee McCarty of Jeffersonville, Ohio; two daughters, Dolores Lafferty of Inez, Peggy J. Swartz of Olympia; two sisters, Coleen Fowler and Lavonda Smock, both of San Francisco, California; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 18, at 1:30 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Lewis Porter, officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.
Pallbearers were Tom Lafferty, Randy Lafferty, Larry Lafferty, Gary Lafferty, Mark Swartz, Mike Swartz and Scott Swartz.

Ishmael (Poppy) Thornsberry

Age, 76, of Kite, died Friday, February 16, 2001, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital following a brief illness. Born on March 2, 1924, in Knott County, he was the son of the late Alamander and Lucy Mullins Thornsberry. He was a retired coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Stella Slone Thornsberry. Other survivors include two sons, Ershel Thornsberry and Danny Thornsberry, both of Kite; two daughters, Leslie Sparkman of Kite, Crevia Gibson of Raven; three sisters, Clara Slone and Bertha Watson, both of Kite, Dona Thornsberry of Massachusetts, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 19, at 11 a.m., at the Providence Old Regular Baptist Church at Topmost, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating.
Burial was in the Bates Cemetery, at Kite, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Lois Ann Hoag

Age, 61, of Albion, Michigan, died Saturday, February 17, 2001, at her home. She was born November 30, 1939, in Betsy Layne, the daughter of Castle and Alice Lynch Collins. She was a former member of the Marengo Methodist Church, the Marengo Extension Group, and a 4-H leader. She is survived by her husband, Raymond S. Hoag Jr. Other survivors include his parents, Castle and Alice Collins of Betsy Layne; one daughter, Sharon Leeann Nelson of Albion; one son, Rick Steven Hoag of Quincy; two brothers, Larry Gene Collins of Betsy Layne, Danny Joe Collins of Sevierville, Tennessee; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 21, at 1 p.m., at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion. Interment will be at Albion Memory Gardens.

Johnathan Tyler Shepherd

Age, 19 months old, son of John Shepherd of Salem, Indiana, and Bianca Sumner Shepherd of Crandall, Georgia, died Wednesday, February 14, 2001, at the T.C. Thompson Childrens Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, following a sudden illness. He was born on June 22, 1999, in Dalton, Georgia. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Debra Woods of Crandall, Georgia; paternal grandfather, John Asher Shepherd Sr., of Chicago, Illinois; paternal grandmother, Judy Cornette of Chicago, Illinois; paternal step-grandfathter, Toby Cornette of Chicago, Illinois; two sisters, Tabitha Shepherd and Tori Sumner, both of Crandall, Georgia. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 18, at 11 a.m., at the Kodac Church of God, at Vicco, with Bobby Bank, Lloyd Bowling, and Truman Hunt officiating. Burial was in the Jenkins Cemetery, at Vicco, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

John Hatcher Allen

Age, 62, of Royalton, died Thursday, February 15, 2001, at his residence. Born on November 2, 1938, in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Hatcher Allen and Grace Prater Allen. He was a retired Pullman Standard employee and was of the Pentecostal faith. Survivors include two sons, John Dewayne Allen and Anthony Allen, both of Michigan City, Indiana; two daughters, Louise Steinhiser and Carolyn Cook, both of Michigan City, Indiana; three brothers, Lonzo Allen of Cedar Lake, Indiana, Paul Ed Allen of Beaver Dam, Jerry Ray Allen of Royalton; eight sisters, Mornie Lorraine Whitworth of Harvest, Alabama, Virginia Parker of Cedar Lake, Indiana, Bernice Risner of Crown Point, Indiana, Amanda Lula Begley, and Ruth Irene Baize, both of Royalton; Linda Meade, Ella Faye Burke and Alice Mae Stevens, all of Prestonsburg; and several grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 18, at the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville, with Simon Porter and Mike Smith officiating. Burial was in the Hatcher Allen Cemetery, Puncheon Creek, under the direction of Magoffin County Funeral Home.

Sandy Tackett

Age, 31, of Galveston, daughter of Jonah and Bonnie Hall Tackett, died Thursday, February 15, 2001, at her residence. She was born November 28, 1969, at Pikeville. Survivors, other than her parents, include one son, Madison Tackett of Galveston, and one sister, Candi Tackett of Galveston. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 18, at the Little Rachel Regular Baptist Church, Galveston, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Greenberry Hall Cemetery, Galveston, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers were: James Adams, Michael Adams, Stevie Tackett, Richie Tackett, Jamie Tackett, Stevie Joe Tackett, Josh Hall, Eugene Tackett and James Keathley.

Margie Sue Scott Osborne

Age, 65, of Eastern, died Monday, February 19, 2001, at her residence. She was born December 4, 1935, in Garrett, the daughter of the late Hawley Scott and Effie Hicks Scott. She was a member of the Eastern Star No. 573, at Wayland. Her husband, Billy J. Osborne, preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, Billy Stanton Osborne, Larry Douglas Osborne, and Gary D. “Burr” Osborne, all of Eastern; two brothers, Ralph Scott of Garrett, Charles E. Scott of London; three half-brothers, Hawley David Scott of Inez, Thomas Scott and Harold L. Scott, both of Garrett; four sisters, Buretta Moore of Garrett, Betty Hopper and Shirley D. Jenkins, both of Hanging Rock, Ohio, Brenda Lawson of Eastern; one half-sister, Joanell Martin of Garrett; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 22, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Red Morris, officiating. Burial will be in the Osborne Cemetery, at Eastern.

Thelma R. Patton

Age, 75, of McDowell, died Saturday, February 17, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born February 3, 1926, at McDowell, the daughter of the late Jim and Frankie Jane Slone Reynolds. She was a retired school teacher and was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Van Patton of Mt. Vernon, Texas, and Gary Patton of McDowell; one daughter, Patricia Stumbo of Minnie; one brother, Frank Reynolds of Printer; one sister, Velma Matthews of Hopkinsville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 21, 11 a.m., at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, at McDowell, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, at McDowell, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Regene Smallwood Hunter

Age, 68, of Topmost, died Saturday, February 17, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on October 19, 1932, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Mary Keens Smallwood. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Clovis Hunter. Other survivors include three sons, Daniel Hunter and Randall Hunter, both of Topmost, Ernie Hunter of Paintsville; five daughters, Iva Dale Osborne of Wayland, Kathy Hicks of Eastern, Polly Sexton, Teresa Osborne and Sharon Amburgey, all of Topmost; four sisters, Sadie K. Huff and Norma Jean Slone, both of Indiana, Nell Thornsberry of Morgan County, Cenellis Hampton of Hindman, 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 19, at 10 a.m., at the Millcreek United Baptist Church at Wayland, with Clester Hall, Tommy Collett and Earnest Keens officiating. Burial was in the Farris Moore Cemetery, at Topmost, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Marion Hurd Jr.

Age, 65, of Flat Lick, died Thursday, February 15, 2001, in the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Born on February 3, 1936, in Knox County, he was the son of the late Marion Hurd Sr., and Bertie Warren Hurd. He was a retired carpenter and was a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Bell County. He was also a Kentucky Colonel. He is survived by his wife, Betty Scott Hurd. Other survivors include two sons, Jackie Hurd of Michigan, James McCoy of Richmond; five daughters, Rhonda Hurd Tackett, and Janice Hurd, both of Betsy Layne, Kathy Hurd Williams, of Ivel, Kathy Simmons of Sophia, North Carolina, Teresa Swaney of Ashboro, North Carolina; two sisters, Louise Sowders of Flat Lick and Deanna Messer of Corbin; one brother, Denver Hurd of Richmond; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Victory Baptist Church, Monday, February 19, at 11 a.m., with Rev. James Pauley, Rev. Larry Sowders and Rev. Larry Sowders Jr. officiating. Graveside services were in the Stratton Cemetery in Stanville, Monday, February 19, at 4 p.m., with Rev. Arnold Turner Jr. officiating. Pallbearers were Jamie Sowders, Scott Williams, Richard Tackett, Aaron Williams, Jason Hall, James McCoy, Ford Brook and Eugene Asher. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Hinkle, Rev. Denvil Taylor, Bill McCowan, B.J. Lundy, S.B. Gambrel, Bill Scott, David Asher, Jesse Simpson, Gary Mills and Derrick Poff.

Noble Burke

Age, 72, of Bevinsville, died Saturday, February 17, 2001, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, following a brief illness. Born on June 24, 1928, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Silas Burke and Goldie Johnson Burke. He was a retired coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Mabel Johnson Burke. Other survivors include three daughters, Edna Lou Bates and Jane Ellen Tackett, both of Morehead, Lorraine Isaac of Bevinsville; three brothers, Hobert Burke, Homer Burke, and Silas Burke Jr., all of Bevinsville; one sister, Virble Spears of Bevinsville; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 20, at 11 a.m., 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, at Bevinsville, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Active pallbearers were his grandchildren: Terry Dwayne Bates, Bobby Bates, Danny Tackitt, Terry Isaac, Michael Mullins and Billy Reeves.

Monday, February 19, 2001

Herbert Wesley Whitaker

Age, 17, of East Point, died Wednesday, February 14, 2001, at his residence. Born September 10, 1983, in Floyd County, he was the son of Herbert Whitaker and Delorse Kaye Whitaker. Survivors, other than his parents, include his maternal grandmother, Elsie Dotson and paternal grandparents, John and Mildred Whitaker, and one sister, Rebecca Kaye Whitaker of East Point. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 17, at 1 p.m., at the Whitaker Free Will Baptist Church, East Point, with Rev. Hubert Slone and Rev. Richard Greene officiating. Burial was in the Whitaker Family Cemetery, East Point, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville.

Phil (Dicktoe) Jones

Age, 34, of Bypro, died Monday, February 12, 2001, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on July 17, 1966, in Sturgis, Michigan, he was the son of Elder Billy Ray Jones and Sarah Hall Jones of Bypro. He was a disabled laborer.
Survivors include two daughters, Tawana Jones, and Brionna Jones both of Allen; one brother, Bill Jones of Eastern; two sisters, Debbie Bakay of Bypro, and Shirley Hamilton of McDowell. Funeral services were conducted Friday, February 16, at noon, at the Upper Burton Pentecostal Church, at Bypro, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Friday, February 16, 2001

Lena Allen

Age, 90, of Eastern, died Wednesday, February 14, 2001, at her residence. She was born January 7, 1911, at Dema, the daughter of the late Miles and Ollie Mae Slone Jones. She was a member of the Caney Fork Regular Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buck Allen. She is survived by one son, Lee Edward Allen of Allen; two brothers, Curtis Jones of Glendale, Michigan and Herbert Jones of Wayne, Michigan; three sisters, Luna Combs of Prestonsburg, Verna Hall of Madison Heights, Michigan and Versa Addis of McDowell. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 18, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Turner Cemetery at Dema.

Phil (Dicktoe) Jones

Age, 34, of Bypro, died Monday, February 12, 2001, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on July 17, 1966, in Sturgis, Michigan, he was the son of Elder Billy Ray Jones and Sarah Hall Jones of Bypro. He was a disabled laborer.
Survivors include two daughters, Tawana Jones, and Brionna Jones both of Allen; one brother, Bill Jones of Eastern; two sisters, Debbie Bakay of Bypro, and Shirley Hamilton of McDowell. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 16, at noon, at the Upper Burton Pentecostal Church, at Bypro, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Roy Vanhoose

Age, 95, of Paintsville, died Monday, February 12, 2001, at his residence.
Born on October 16, 1905, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Noah Vanhoose and Martha Blair Vanhoose. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jo Blackburn of Pikeville, Patsy Miller of Paintsville; two sisters, Josephine Howe of Landrum, South Carolina, Mary Hope Walker of Louisville; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 16, 1 p.m., at the Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Hager Hill, with Dr. Charles Milam officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.

Tillie Akers

Age, 67, of Ludlow Falls, Ohio, died Friday, January 19, 2001. She was born May 27, 1933, the daughter of the late Dewey and Anna Jones Hall. She is survived by her husband, Homer Akers. Other survivors include three sons, James Akers of Idleyld Park, Oregon, Gordon Akers of Troy, Ohio and Mark Akers of Ludlow Falls, Ohio; two brothers, Carroll Gene Hall of Versailles, and Benjamin F. Hall of Little Rock, Arkansas; two sisters, Charlotte Emogene Dorton of Elizabethtown, and June Christine Hackworth of Marion, Ohio; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 24, at the Hale-Sarver Funeral Home in West Milton, Ohio. Burial was in the Miami Memorial Park, Covington, Ohio. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2001

Anna M. Moore

Age, 52, of Shelby, Ohio, died Saturday, February 10, 2001, in MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital following an extended illness. Born on June 4, 1948, in Garrett, the daughter of Garland and Helen Slone, she had been a Shelby resident since 1989. She was a former employee of Brunswick Defense Co. in Willard, retiring after 23 years of service. She is survived by her husband, Murlin C. Moore. Other survivors include one daughter, Carol Dean of New Washington; three stepsons, William Moore of Ganges; Jeremy C. Moore and Charlie A. Moore, both of Bellville; one step-daughter, Tammy Jo Frazee of Shelby; one brother, Hobart Johnson of Florida; one sister, Delci Ramey of Floyd County and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 14, 11 a.m., at the Young Funeral Home in Louisa. Burial will be in the Moore Family Cemetery, Fort Gay, West Virginia.

Gardis Lee Jervis

Age, 61, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, February 11, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on February 14, 1939, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Ova and Lula Florence Birchfield Jervis. He was disabled and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include six sisters, Laura Crider, Elsie Pinion and Beulah Jarrell, all of Prestonsburg, Mary Francis Rose of Grethel, Louedith Bailey of Harold, and Linda Collins of Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 14, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Nathan Lafferty officiating. Burial will be in the Setser Cemetery, at Endicott.

John Russell Jr. Copley

Age, 80, of Inez, died Sunday, February 11, 2001, at his residence. Born on April 18, 1920, in Martin County, he was the son of the late Thomas Copley and Rhoda Dalton Copley. He was a retired coal miner, a World War II veteran and a deacon of the Inez Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Copley. Survivors include one son, John Russell Copley of Ft. Myers, Florida; two daughters, Gladys Copley Horn and Carolyn Copley Mills, both of Inez; one brother, James Copley of North Vernon, Indiana; one sister, Lucy Ward of Lancaster, Ohio; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 13, at the Inez Freewill Baptist Church, with Kevin Davis, Jack Small and Glen Ray Moore officiating. Burial was in the Green Lawn Cemetery, at Louisa, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Inez.

Marshall Ray Fraley

Age, 47, of Hager Hill, died Sunday, February 11, 2001. Born on January 17, 1954, in Johnson County, he was the son of Okie Daniels and the late Thomas J. Fraley. He was disabled. Survivors include two sons, Frank J. Fraley of Honolulu, Hawaii, Travis J. Fraley of Tutor Key; two daughters, Charity R. Donnelly of Paintsville, Mya R. Fraley of Tutor Key; three brothers, Thomas P. Fraley of East Point, Ronald L. Fraley of Van Lear, William R. Fraley of West Van Lear; two sisters, Ruth Butcher of Van Lear, Alpharetta Sue Francis of Van Lear; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 14, at 11 a.m., at the Phelps and Son Funeral Home, Hager Hill, with Frank Osborne officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Memorial Gardens, at Williamsport.

Russell Patton

Age, 78, of Langley, died Monday, February 12, 2001, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin.
He was born May 25, 1922, in Langley, the son of the late Talmadge Patton and Bessie Lafferty Patton. He was a retired operator for Kentucky Hydrocarbon, at Langley, and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He is survived by his wife, Lassie Watts Patton. Other survivors include one son, Kenneth Ray Patton of Lexington; one daughter, Teresa Lynn Jones of Minnie; four brothers, Ralph Patton, Paul Patton, William Patton and Charles Ray Patton all of Langley; five sisters, Ruth Sloan of Langley, Nova Wallen and Faye Caudill both of Garrett, Edith Green of Hueysville, Anna Mae Gearheart of Shelby, Ohio; three grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 14, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Sterling Bolen, officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

Sarah Copeland

Sarah Spears Collins Burchell Copeland, 100, of Versailles, native of Prestonsburg, and formerly of South Williamson, died Friday, February 9, 2001. She was born in Prestonsburg, January 9, 1901, a daughter of the late Kenis and Luna Dials Spears. She was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church. She is survived by two sons, Estil Lee Burchell of Cincinnati, the Rev. Delmas Copeland of Waynesville, North Carolina; three daughters, Ruth E. Collins of Versailles, Eloise Copeland Huston of Loveland, Ohio, Mary Lou Copeland Travis of Glasgow; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 12, in the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home Chapel, Versailles, with Ben Hahn, John Brandon, and Craig Ryan officiating. Burial will be Wednesday, February 14, in Mountain View Memory Gardens, at Huddy.

Edgar Reynolds

Age, 75, of Hi Hat, died Saturday, February 10, 2001, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.  He was born August 13, 1925, in Ligon, the son of the late Festus Reynolds and Elsie Belle Newsome Reynolds. He was a disabled coal miner. Survivors include one sister, Hazel Brown of Mason, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 12, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Louie Ferrari and Kenny Brewer officiating. Burial was in the Burton Cemetery, Ligon.

Friday, February 9, 2001

Emma Nadine Belcher Akers

Age, 73, of Betsy Layne, died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on March 17, 1927, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Ned and Lou Ratliff Belcher. She was a retired factory worker for Nabisco, and a member of the Church of Christ at Betsy Layne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hayden Akers. Survivors include one son, Frankie Stratton of Verner, West Virginia; one daughter, Mary Ann Grimmett of Gibert, West Virginia; one brother, Leonard Donald Belcher of Florida; three sisters, Opal Henton of Betsy Layne, Anna Morgan of Elkhorn City, Lois Jean Webber of Lakeland, Florida, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 9, at 11 a.m., at the Church of Christ at Betsy Layne, with Thomas Spears officiating. Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery, at Draffin, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Eura Lou Burke

Age, 65, of Bevinsville, died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on December 16, 1935, in Hall, Knott County, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Mary Johnson Jones. She is survived by her husband, Hobert Burke. Other survivors include three sons, Jerry Wayne Burke, Roy Dean Burke, and John Paul Burke, all of Bevinsville; one daughter, Tammy Wonette Burke of Belcher; one sister, Barbara Ashworth of Bluefield, Viginia; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 9, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church, Bevinsville, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Silas Burke Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Garry Blaine Mullins

Age, 64, of Lexington, formerly of Dorton, died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at the U.K. Medical Center. Born on January 17, 1937, in Dorton, he was the son of the late Fonso and Verna Smallwood Mullins. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and was a veteran of the Air Force. Survivors include two daughters, Luanna Mullins Tackett of Lexington, Shawna Mullins Timmerman of Lexington; three brothers, Lowell Reed Mullins of Lexington, Stoney Eric Mullins of Kimper, Dale Greg Mullins of Pikeville; three sisters, Regis Lynne Mattingly of Ashland, Grethley Gail Redd of Chicago, Illinois, Sherry Gywnn Bundy of Pikeville; and one grandson. Memorial services will be Monday, May 28, at noon, at the Mullins Family Cemetery at Dorton. Arrangements are under the direction of R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home, Virgie.

Hillard Akers Jr.

Age, 62, of Bevinsville, died Thursday, February 8, 2001, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on May 15, 1938, in Bypro, he was the son of the late Hillard and Laura Johnson Akers. He was a disabled miner and a veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include two sons, Keith Akers and Danny Akers, both of Virginia; two daughters, Charlene Hall of Huntington, Indiana, Judy Akers of Florida; one half-brother, Bill Reed of Bevinsville. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 11, at 1 p.m., at the Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church at Bevinsville, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Robert R. “Bobby” Lawson

Age, 47, of Harold, died Wednesday, February 7, 2001, at Prestonsburg, following a sudden illness. Born on December 17, 1953, in Michigan, he was the son of Loene Hatcher Lawson of Harold, and the late Randall (Tootie) Lawson. He was a disabled truck driver, a member of the Betsy Layne Church of Christ, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Coon Hunters Association. Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Marie Lawson of Dana, Elizabeth Ann Lawson of Portland, Oregon; one brother, Johnny Lawson of Harold; three sisters, Charlene Carrell of Dana, Debbie Rogers of Harold, Laura Burfor of Ecorse, Michigan; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 11, at 1 p.m., at the Betsy Layne Church of Christ, with Thomas Spears officiating. Burial will be in the Lawson Family Cemetery, at Harold, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Thomas Ray Crum

Age, 56, of Willard, Ohio, formerly of Arkansas, Martin, died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on November 22, 1944, in Printer, he was the son of the late Kinner and Vida Yates Crum. He was a retired railroad worker, and a veteran of the United States Army. Survivors include one son, Jerome Crum of Tiffin, Ohio; two daughters, Vida Holmes of Willard, Ohio, Bonnie Holmer of Attica, Ohio; four brothers, Jake Crum and Elisha Crum, both of Martin, Sterlin Crum of California and Joseph Crum of Texas; three sisters, Verlie Ortman, and Nova Crum, both of Norwalk, Ohio, Ruth Borgo of Gary, Indiana; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 10, at 2 p.m., at the Drift Pentecostal Church, with Ted Shannon officiating. Burial will be in the Adkins Cemetery, Arkansas, Martin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Virgle Press Prater

Age, 80, of Warsaw, Indiana, died Monday, February 5, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Born on July 3, 1920, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Robert Prater and Lula Whitaker Prater. He had resided in Kosciusko County, Indiana for 41 years. He was a retired city street department employee. He was a former member of the United Baptist Church, and attended God’s Highway to Heaven, Warsaw, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Pearlie Prater. Other survivors include five daughters, Juanita Shepherd, Geneva Bayne, Phyllis Varney, Mary Kendall, and Barbara Prater, all of Warsaw, Indiana; five sons, Wilford Prater, Cliff Prater, and Ron Prater, all of Warsaw, Indiana, Don Prater of Claypool, Indiana, Arnold Prater of Silver Lake, Indiana; one sister, Nancy Manuel of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Cedi Prater of Springport, Michigan, Clyde Prater of Olivet, Michigan; 38 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, February 8, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, Indiana, with Reverend Bob Brown and Rev. Henry Arnett officiating. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana.

William “Brother” Clay

Age, 82, of Ligon, died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on July 15, 1918, in Carter County, he was the son of the late Ed and Laura Evans Clay. He was a retired coal miner, a member of the U.M.W.A., and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 889, Wheelwright. He is survived by his wife, Mahala Mae Mullins Clay. Other survivors include one son, William Ronald Clay of Jamestown; three daughters, Blanche Patton of Lawrenceburg, Katheline Caudill of Martin, Nesba Dailey of Ligon; one sister, Katheline Reynolds of Harold; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 9, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Dave Mullins Cemetery, Melvin, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Wednesday, February 7, 2001

Belvey Newsome

Age, 85, of Hi Hat, died Friday, February 2, 2001, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. He was born July 4, 1915, in Wayland, the son of the late William Newsome and Rebecca Jones Newsome. He was a retired coal miner, a member of the UMWA, and a member of the Joppa Old Regular Bapitst Church, at Melvin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Johnson Newsome. Survivors include one son, Jerry Newsome of Hi Hat; three daughters, Joan Newsome of Wayne, Michigan, Celesta Merryman of New Carlisle, Ohio, Violet Teresa McKinney of Bypro; one sister, Saria Silvey of Ligon; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 6, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, at Melvin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers were John Merryman, Chad Merryman, Joe Merryman, Shannon McKinney, Fred Fick and William Lee. Honorary pallbearers were Tammy Fick, Charlotte Pioli and Kennesa McKinney.

Hayes Dye

Age, 78, of McDowell, died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on May 27, 1922, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Allie Gearheart Dye. He was a disabled coal miner, a deacon and member of the Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church at Price. He is survived by his wife, Margie Moore Dye. Other survivors include one son, Hubert Dye of McDowell; five daughters, Dina Ellen Dye of Columbus, Ohio, Valerie Kidd of Lebanon, Ohio, Nesba Keethler and Vanessa Neff, both of Columbus, Ohio, Elizabeth Meek of Boons Camp; two brothers, Woodrow Dye of Printer, Kelly Dye of McDowell; one sister, Julie Caudill of Ashtabula, Oho, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 9, at 10 a.m., at the Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church at Price, with ministers of Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Orkney Cemetery, at McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation will be at the church after 6 p.m., Wednesday.

Billy Joe Stanley

Age, 59, of Harold, died Saturday, February 3, 2001, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on March 12, 1941, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Morgan and Rebecca Riley Stanley. He was a disabled supervisor of Kelsey Hayes and Company, and was a member of the Lower Toler Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Lee Stanley. Other survivors include one son, William Stanley of Harold; four step-sons, Jason Byers of Freemont, Ohio, Chad Byers and Adam Byers, both of Clyde, Ohio, Jeremy Byers of Green Springs, Ohio; three daughters, Tammy Shaver and Kim Heabler, both of Clyde, Ohio, Shawnda Shue of Freemont, Ohio; one step-daughter, Danielle Byers of Harold; four brothers, Bobby Stanley and Donald Stanley both of Clyde, Ohio, Paul Stanley of Harold, Herbert Stanley of Winchester; five grandchildren, and one step-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 6, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Church of Christ ministers officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

James E. Howell

Age, 72, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, February 4, 2001, at his residence, as the result of a house fire. He was born May 22, 1928, at Prestonsburg, the son of the late Fred K. and Minerva Jane Adams Howell. He was a retired B.F. Goodrich employee, a member of the Fitzpatrick Baptist Church, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Perry Howell. Other survivors include two daughters, Diane Jane Whitt of West Liberty and Sondra Clifton of Prestonsburg; one brother, Kenneth Howell of Louisville; two sisters, Ruby Hall of East Point and Marlene Blevins of Prestonsburg, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 7, at 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charles Heater Jr., officiating.
Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Ricky L. Bryant

Age, 42, of Weeksbury, died Friday, February 2, 2001, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a sudden illness. Born on November 2, 1958, in Floyd County, he was the son of Molly Johnson Bryant of Weeksbury, and the late Charles Bryant. He was a former coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Doris Ann Little Bryant. Other survivors include four daughters, Amanda Bryant, Ashley Bryant, Courtney Bryant, and Tara Bryant, all of Weeksbury; one brother, Darrell Bryant of Weeksbury; two sisters, Rhonda Hall and Connie Hall, both of Weeksbury. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 7, at noon at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, at Melvin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Henry Tackett Cemetery, at Melvin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Joan Olah

Age, 49, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Drift, died Monday, February 5, 2001. She was a member of the Victory Chapel. She is survived by her husband, James Olah.
She was the daughter of the late Curtis Carroll and Mollie Arnold. Other survivors include one son, Johnny Martin of Pikeville; four sisters, Shirley Parsons, Pearlie Jackson, Ruby Wells and Rosetta Hale; two grandchildren, four stepchildren and five step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 9, 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial will be in the Drift Cemetery.

Monday, February 5, 2001

Cleopatra Howell

Age, 49, of Wayland, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, following a brief illness. Born on July 4, 1951, in Davao City, the Phillipines, she was the daughter of the late Eugenio and Dolores Bongcawil Buelis. She is survived by her husband, Calvin Howell. Survivors include one son, Ulysses A. Buelis of Nicholasville; one daughter, Teresalyne (Dimples) Brewer of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Perpetou Buelis and Maxludy Buelis, both of the Phillipines; four sisters, Dulcie B. Ibanez and Filipinas B. Buelis, both of the Phillipines, Liza B. Mein and Leticia B. Austin, both of Australia, one grandson and one step-grandson. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 5, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Lavonne Lafferty and others, officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

Margaret S. Lockwood

Age, 79, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Thursday, February 1, 2000, in Jewish Hospital, Louisville. Born on August 20, 1921, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Betty Stephens. She was a retired bookkeeper for the Pancake Realty. She was a member of Tucker Memorial Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, H. Lee “Buck” Lockwood. Other survivors include one son, Andrew Lockwood of Huntington; one daughter, Jenka Hubbard of Lexington; one sister, Virginia Beldon of Huntington; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 4, 2 p.m., at the Reger Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Quentin Lockwood and Pastor David Clark officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, at Louisa.

Octavia Newsome

Age, 71, of Ligon, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on March 27, 1929, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Hairm and Nervie Hall Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommie Newsome. Survivors include two sons, Elbert Newsome of Ligon, Worley Hamilton of Galveston; one daughter, Naomi Slone of Wheelwright; two brothers, Frank Johnson of Beaver, John C. Johnson of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, May Hall of Beaver; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 3, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church at Teaberry, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Newsome Cemetery, at Ligon, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church after 6 p.m., Thursday.

Pearl Gene Ousley

Age, 62, of East Point, died Thursday, February 2, 2001, at Kings Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, following a brief illness. Born on July 8, 1938, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Pearl and Garrett McGuire Ousley. He was a retired laborer for American Standard in Paintsville and a member of the First Church of God at Little Paint. He is survived by his wife, Ann Richardson Ousley. Survivors include one son, Dickie Ousley of Prestonsburg; three step-sons, Ricky Spradlin of Little Paint, Avery Ousley and Timothy Ousley, both of Prestonsburg; three daughters, Mary Jean Ousley, Jeanette Prater, both of Prestonsburg, Brenda Baldridge of Lexington; four step-daughters, Lee Ann Spradlin of Little Paint, Patricia Massie of Petosky, Michigan, Lou Ann Nelson and Saundra DeRossett both of Prestonsburg; four half-brothers, Taulbie Goodman and Estill Ousley both of Prestonsburg, Curt Ousley of Indiana, Luther Goodman of Ypslanti, Michigan; one sister, Georgia Ethel Porter of Tennessee; one half-sister, Janie Goodman of Prestonsburg; 9 step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 4, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home at 1 p.m., on Sunday, February 4, with Jim Smith and Charles Heater officiating. Burial will be in the Richardson-Boggs Cemetery, at Little Paint.

Verlie Tackett

Age, 75, of Wheelwright, died Friday, February 2, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on October 12, 1925, in Dorton, she was the daughter of the late Ballard and Bertha Vanover Wright. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Tackett. Survivors include four sons, Willie Allen Tackett of Portland, Tennessee, Jackie Dean Tackett of Martin, Gary Wayne Tackett of Weeksbury, Jerry Keith Tackett of Ligon; four daughters, Linda Gale Fowler of Romulus, Michigan, Cinda Louise Thornsbury of Florence, Deanna Lynn Mullins of Jacks Creek, Kathy Hall of Jacks Creek; one brother, Charles Wright of Dorton, 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 5, at 1 p.m., at the Upper Burton Free Pentecostal Church of God at Bypro, with Lewis Sandlin and Johnny Dutton officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Dorton, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Friday, February 2, 2001

Clyde Isaacs

Age, 49, of Teaberry, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born January 25, 1952, in Teaberry, the son of the late Earmel Isaacs and Aggie Reynolds Isaacs. Survivors include two brothers, Boge Isaacs of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Larry Isaacs of Teaberry; four sisters, Brenda Akers of Grethel, Bonnie Miller of Harrison, Michigan, Sharon Booth of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Vicki Blazer of Belleville, Michigan.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 3, at 10 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Reynolds Cemetery, at Beaver.

Dallas Case Sr.

Age, 80, of New London, Ohio, died Tuesday, January 30, at his home, after a sudden illness. Born on May 12, 1920, in Harold, he was the son of the late Henry and Mary Warricks Case. He moved to New London in the early 50’s. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, in the South Pacific. He was a retired steel truck driver, and was a member of the New London V.F.W. Pheifer-Mathers Post No. 4654. Survivors include three sons, Dallas Case Jr. of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Henry Case of Norwalk and Worlie “Duke” Case of Willard; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 2, at the Eastman Funeral Home, with military rites. Rev. Steve Messinger will officiate.

Glen Edward Moore

Age, 69, of Melvin, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born on June 1, 1931, he was the son of the late Ernest and Mary Hall Moore. He was self-employed. Survivors include one daughter, Glenda Oltmahn of Charleston, South Carolina; one sister, Geneva Thornsberry of Louisville. Memorial services were conducted Thursday, February 1, at noon at the R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home, at Virgie, with Monroe Jones and others officiating.