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February Obits 2003

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Friday, February 28, 2003

Donna M. Rorrer

Age 61, of Prestonsburg, passed away Monday, February 24, 2003, at her residence, following an extended illness. She was born February 8, 1942, at Johns Creek, a daughter of the late Elzie and Grace (Privitt) Powers. She is survived by her husband, Bill Rorrer. Other survivors incluld three daughters, Pat Lemaster, and Stephanie Hall, both of Prestonsburg, and Tammy Hammonds of Michigan; two brothers, Palmer Powers of Auxier, and Porter Powers of Brookhaven, Mississippi; three sisters, Helen Clark of Ironton, Ohio, Shirley Banks of Mishawauka, Indiana, and Ruth Phelps of Ypsilanti, Michigan; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 28, at 1 p.m., from the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church at Auxier, with Rev. Bobby Joe Spencer, Dave Powers, and Junior Fannin officiating. Burial will follow in the Auxier Relocation Cemetery, at Auxier. Visitation is at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.

Johnny Glenn (Carbide) Terry

Age, 50, of Wayland, died Wednesday, February 26, 2003, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. Born June 11, 1952, in Martin, he was the son of the late Corbett and Ellen Hicks Terry. He was a construction worker. Survivors include two brothers, Jack Terry of Wayland, and Greg Terry of Newport News, Virginia; and two sisters, Joyce Bush of Martin, and Judy McGuire of Prestonsburg; a nephew, Brent McGuire; four nieces, Kristen Thacker, Misty Isaac, Regin Slone and Jessica Slone; one great-niece, and five great-nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Paul Coleman officiating. Burial will be in the Hicks Cemetery at Dema. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003




Zada C. Ratliff

Age, 79, of Ohio, died Friday, January 31, 2003, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, in Payne, Ohio. Born April 24, 1923, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Pearlie Stevens Bradley. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, in Convoy, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Ratliff. Survivors include a son, Harlen “Bud” Ratliff of Oakwood, Ohio; four daughters, Bethel Hicks of Payne, Ohio; Dorothy Ratliff of Briceton, Ohio, and Edna Hensley and Judy Haiflich, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana; four brothers, Clifford Bradley of Lima, Ohio, Bill Bradley of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Coy Bradley of College Corners, Ohio, and Bob Bradley of Floyd County; six sisters, Susie Bradley, Ruth Moore, Louise Howard, Clara Parker, Bonnie Bradley and Shirley Haws, all of Floyd County; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Gorman, Harlen and Clyde Bradley. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 3, at Dean Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, Ohio, with Pastor Bud Wells officiating. Burial was in the Wiltsie Cemetery in Payne, Ohio. (Obituary, information, courtesy of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.)

Roxie Keathley

Age, 90, of Galveston, died Saturday, February 22, 2003, at her daughter’s residence at Galveston. Born August 15, 1912, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Green and Martha Tackett Hall. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ at Betsy Layne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Keathley. Survivors include seven sons, Hershel Keathley of Bosie, Idaho, Ted Keathley of Grethel, Wallace Keathley of Garrett, Paul Keathley and Chester Keathley, both of Galveston, Marcus Keathley of Betsy Layne, and Herbert Keathley of Lorain, Ohio; five daughters, Joyce Brewer and Velvia Hall, both of Galveston, Lois Kidd of Grethel, Donna Barker of Lorain, Ohio, and Plumer Milburn of Galena, Ohio; two half-brothers, Jerry Dale Hall and Palmer Hall; two half-sisters, Cora Prichard and Imojean Hall; 38 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, and 24 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by two half-brothers, Palestine Hall and Edgar Hall; and two half-sisters, Thelma Bray and Dixie Booth. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 24, at 11 a.m., at the Betsy Layne Church of Christ, with Tommy Spears, Jim Orrison, and Tommy Bush officiating. Burial was in the Keathley Family Cemetery at Galveston, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was Saturday at the funeral home, and Sunday, at the church.

Catherine A. Redd

Age, 49, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at her residence. Born April 17, 1953, in Lexington, she was the daughter of Phyllis Anderson Hornbaker and step-father, Joe Hornbaker of Prestonsburg, and the late Dr. Harold Redd Jr. She was an attorney; member of the Floyd County Bar Association; Kentucky Bar Association; and a member of the First Christian Church at Paintsville. In addition to her mother and step-father, she is survived by two sisters, Jane Redd of Cincinnati, Ohio and Margaret Redd of Lexington; sister-in-law, Denise Wooton Redd of Hazard; a niece, Rebecca Redd, and a nephew, Robert Redd, both of Hazard. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Redd. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, March 1, at 3 p.m., at the St. James Episcopal Church in Prestonsburg, with the Reverend Johnnie R. Ross officiating. Burial, in the Lexington Cemetery, in Lexington, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Verniece “Granny” Stamper

Age 81, of Martin, the widow of Sam Stamper, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2003, at her residence. She was born March 26, 1921, at McDowell, the daughter of the late Milford and Puss Martin Hall. She was a self-employed beautician, and was a member of the Martin Methodist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Judy Marshall of Martin; one granddaughter, Gina Scott of Danville; and one great-grandson, Ian Scott of Danville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 19, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with Roy Harlow officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Tommy Hall, John Hall Jr., Tony Elam, Ray Allen, Joe Scott, Ian Scott and Don Marshall.

Mable Thornsberry Tuttle

Age 78, of McDowell, wife of the late L.C. Tuttle, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2003, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born May 6, 1924, in Knott County, the daughter of the late Kanhawah Thornsberry and Dona Slone Thornsberry. She was a member of the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, at McDowell. Survivors include three daughters, Judith (Jim) Dennett of Jackson, Ohio, Bonnie Horvath and Linda (Willie) Elliott both of McDowell; two sons, Jackie (Judy) Thornsberry of McDowell, and Sammie (Theresa) Thornsberry of Garden City, Michigan; step-daughter, May Zada Hall of Georgia; five step-sons, Odis Lee (Brenda) Tuttle of Bucyrus, Ohio, Donald (Alice) Tuttle of Monroe, Michigan, Ronnie (Ethel) Tuttle of Mansfield, Ohio, Garnett (Loretta) Tuttle of Wayne, Michigan, and Gary Tuttle of Michigan; two brothers, Louis Thornsberry of Hollybush, Earl Thornsberry of Garner; 25 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jeff Thornsberry; one step-son, Odell Tuttle; one daughter, Kathy Lee Thorns-bury; six brothers, Ernie, Elmo, Ellis, Kanhawah Jr., Bert and Ed Thornsberry. Funeral services for Mable Thornsberry Tuttle were conducted Tuesday, February 25, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, at McDowell, with elders Clinton Moore, Jimmy Hall, and others, officiating. Burial followed in the Thornsberry Cemetery, Mullins Branch, at Kite, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church. Pallbearers: Ryan Elliott, Tim Tuttle, Charles Hall, Shaun Tuttle, Gary Tuttle, and Jeff Thornsberry.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Nellie Marie Leslie Webb

Age 84, of Bluffton, Ohio, wife of the late Delbert Webb, passed away Friday, February 21, 2003, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center, in Lima, Ohio. Born May 4, 1918, in Kilgore, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Minnie Caldwell Leslie. She was a retired schoolteacher for the Floyd County School System in Kentucky, teaching at Garrett, McDowell and Wayland. She was also a teacher in Trenton and Madison Central in London, Ohio. She was a member of the Glo Church of Christ, and Senior Citizens of Bluffton, Ohio. She performed volunteer work at the Mennonite Nursing Home, and Marimor Rehab Center in Lima, Ohio. She received the J.C. Penny Humanitarian Award, and was a member of the Berea College Alumni Club. She is survived by two sons, Carl D. and Nancy Webb, of Bryan, Ohio, and James A. and Nodga Webb of Elyria, Ohio; and one daughter, Ann and Maryland Francis of Bluffton, Ohio. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and ten step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Nellie Marie Webb will be Wednesday, February 26, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Brad Tackett officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wayland Historical Society, 2662 Ky. Rt. 7, Wayland, Ky. 41666.

Lizzie N. Hays

Age 97, of McDowell, widow of Doug Hays, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, at McDowell. She was born February 1, 1905, in Pike County, a daughter of the late Johnny and Fannie Ray Newsome. She was a retired restaurant owner. Survivors include one daughter, Esther Sammons of McDowell; one son, Eugene Hamilton of McDowell; and one son-in-law, Ray Heinisch of McDowell, eight grandchildren, Richie (Sue) Sammons, Michael (Deb) Sammons, Darryll (Brenda) Hamilton, Larry (Nola) Hamilton, Terry (Theresa) Heinisch, James Bryon (Cheryl) Hamilton, Glenn Heinisch, and Ronnie Hall; eight great-grandchildren, Matthew Sammons, Jeffrey Sammons, Pam (Paul) Casey, Mikey (Mandi) Sammons, Larry W. Hamilton, Gary (Niki) Hamilton, Chris (Susan) Hamilton, and Carla (Scott) Stephens; seven great-great-grandchildren, Sara Kinser, Ikie Kinser, Ryan Heinisch, Brittany Heinisch, Jacob Sammons, Cameron Stephens and Dustin Hamilton. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Henry Hamilton Jr.; and one daughter, Madeline Heinisch. Funeral services for Lizzie N. Hays were conducted Friday, January 24, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Arnold Turner Jr., officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, with the Hall Funeral Home caring for those arrangements. Pallbearers: Grandsons and great-grandsons.

Zada C. Ratliff

Age, 79, of Ohio, died Friday, January 31, 2003, at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, in Payne, Ohio. Born April 24, 1923, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Pearlie Stevens Bradley. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, in Convoy, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Ratliff. Survivors include a son, Harlen “Bud” Ratliff of Oakwood, Ohio; four daughters, Bethel Hicks of Payne, Ohio; Dorothy Ratliff of Briceton, Ohio, and Edna Hensley and Judy Haiflich, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana; four brothers, Clifford Bradley of Lima, Ohio, Bill Bradley of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Coy Bradley of College Corners, Ohio, and Bob Bradley of Floyd County; six sisters, Susie Bradley, Ruth Moore, Louise Howard, Clara Parker, Bonnie Bradley and Shirley Haws, all of Floyd County; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Gorman, Harlen and Clyde Bradley. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 3, at Dean Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, Ohio, with Pastor Bud Wells officiating. Burial was in the Wiltsie Cemetery in Payne, Ohio. (Obituary, information, courtesy of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.)

Roxie Keathley

Age, 90, of Galveston, died Saturday, February 22, 2003, at her daughter’s residence at Galveston. Born August 15, 1912, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Green and Martha Tackett Hall. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ at Betsy Layne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Keathley. Survivors include seven sons, Hershel Keathley of Bosie, Idaho, Ted Keathley of Grethel, Wallace Keathley of Garrett, Paul Keathley and Chester Keathley, both of Galveston, Marcus Keathley of Betsy Layne, and Herbert Keathley of Lorain, Ohio; five daughters, Joyce Brewer and Velvia Hall, both of Galveston, Lois Kidd of Grethel, Donna Barker of Lorain, Ohio, and Plumer Milburn of Galena, Ohio; two half-brothers, Jerry Dale Hall and Palmer Hall; two half-sisters, Cora Prichard and Imojean Hall; 38 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, and 24 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by two half-brothers, Palestine Hall and Edgar Hall; and two half-sisters, Thelma Bray and Dixie Booth. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 24, at 11 a.m., at the Betsy Layne Church of Christ, with Tommy Spears, Jim Orrison, and Tommy Bush officiating. Burial was in the Keathley Family Cemetery at Galveston, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was Saturday at the funeral home, and Sunday, at the church.

Catherine A. Redd

Age, 49, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at her residence. Born April 17, 1953, in Lexington, she was the daughter of Phyllis Anderson Hornbaker and step-father, Joe Hornbaker of Prestonsburg, and the late Dr. Harold Redd Jr. She was an attorney; member of the Floyd County Bar Association; Kentucky Bar Association; and a member of the First Christian Church at Paintsville. In addition to her mother and step-father, she is survived by two sisters, Jane Redd of Cincinnati, Ohio and Margaret Redd of Lexington; sister-in-law, Denise Wooton Redd of Hazard; a niece, Rebecca Redd, and a nephew, Robert Redd, both of Hazard. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Redd. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, March 1, at 3 p.m., at the St. James Episcopal Church in Prestonsburg, with the Reverend Johnnie R. Ross officiating. Burial, in the Lexington Cemetery, in Lexington, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Verniece “Granny” Stamper

Age 81, of Martin, the widow of Sam Stamper, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2003, at her residence. She was born March 26, 1921, at McDowell, the daughter of the late Milford and Puss Martin Hall. She was a self-employed beautician, and was a member of the Martin Methodist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Judy Marshall of Martin; one granddaughter, Gina Scott of Danville; and one great-grandson, Ian Scott of Danville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 19, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with Roy Harlow officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Tommy Hall, John Hall Jr., Tony Elam, Ray Allen, Joe Scott, Ian Scott and Don Marshall.

Mable Thornsberry Tuttle

Age 78, of McDowell, wife of the late L.C. Tuttle, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2003, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born May 6, 1924, in Knott County, the daughter of the late Kanhawah Thornsberry and Dona Slone Thornsberry. She was a member of the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, at McDowell. Survivors include three daughters, Judith (Jim) Dennett of Jackson, Ohio, Bonnie Horvath and Linda (Willie) Elliott both of McDowell; two sons, Jackie (Judy) Thornsberry of McDowell, and Sammie (Theresa) Thornsberry of Garden City, Michigan; step-daughter, May Zada Hall of Georgia; five step-sons, Odis Lee (Brenda) Tuttle of Bucyrus, Ohio, Donald (Alice) Tuttle of Monroe, Michigan, Ronnie (Ethel) Tuttle of Mansfield, Ohio, Garnett (Loretta) Tuttle of Wayne, Michigan, and Gary Tuttle of Michigan; two brothers, Louis Thornsberry of Hollybush, Earl Thornsberry of Garner; 25 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jeff Thornsberry; one step-son, Odell Tuttle; one daughter, Kathy Lee Thorns-bury; six brothers, Ernie, Elmo, Ellis, Kanhawah Jr., Bert and Ed Thornsberry. Funeral services for Mable Thornsberry Tuttle were conducted Tuesday, February 25, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, at McDowell, with elders Clinton Moore, Jimmy Hall, and others, officiating. Burial followed in the Thornsberry Cemetery, Mullins Branch, at Kite, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church. Pallbearers: Ryan Elliott, Tim Tuttle, Charles Hall, Shaun Tuttle, Gary Tuttle, and Jeff Thornsberry.

Monday, February 24, 2003

Sara Stapleton

Age, 90, of Rogersville, Alabama, formerly of Pleasant Lake, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Athens Convalescent Care Home. She was born on November 9, 1912, in Floyd County, the daughter of John H. and Jenny Hyden. Sara had lived in the area for the past eight years, living with her son. She attended Young’s Chapel in Waterloo, Alabama, and enjoyed quilting and crocheting. Survivors include one son, Carson Stapleton of Rogersville, Alabama; a daughter, Naomi Ruth Spooner of Angier, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Darwin Boyer of Pleasant Lake, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hudson R. Stapleton; one son, Loran K. Hyden; one daughter, Gladys DePlanche; three sisters, and one brother. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 22, at 1 p.m., from the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge, Michigan, with Brother Paul Holloway officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the American Heart Association.

Friday, February 21, 2003

Josephine Dickerson Meadows

Age, 91, of Burke Avenue, Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born July 5, 1911, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Zebrum Slusher and Bertha Alley Dickerson. She was a former salesperson at Francis Shoe Store, and was a member of the Community United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Brack Meadows, on September 21, 1971. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Halfhill, and Mary Jo Meade, both of Prestonsburg; one son, Charles Dudley Meadows of Monticello; one brother, Z.S. Dickerson Jr., of Harrisonburg, Virginia; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 22, at 1 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, with Rev. Steve Pescosolido officiating. Interment will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under direction of Carter Funeral Home. Visitation is Friday, 4 p.m., until 9 p.m., at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Joe Edd Hicks Jr., David Meade, Jeff Setser, Jeremiah Parsons, Hansel Cooley, and Tim Skeen. Honorary pallbearers: E.B. May, Steve Shelton, Roger Spradlin, Gary Vickers, Ray Snider, and John Salisbury.

James Wesley Blackburn

Age, 68, of Prestonsburg, passed away Friday, February 14, 2003, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. He was born September 24, 1934, at Endicott, a son of the late Daniel Webster Blackburn and Minnie (Curtis) Blackburn. He was retired from Vance Volkswagen, where he worked as a mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Frankie (Webb) Blackburn. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include one son, Rickie Blackburn of Prestonsburg; and one daughter, Crystal Butler of Prestonsburg; one brother, Allen Blackburn of Ohio; two sisters, Anna Belle Goble and Cora Grunden, both of Ohio; four grandchildren, Leslie (Chuck) Rowe, Jason (Shera) Blackburn, Zack Butler, and Kaitlyn Butler; and one great-grandchild, Nate Blackburn. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 17, at noon, at Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, with Rev. David Garrett officiating. Burial was in the Gethsemane Gardens, Auxier Road, Prestonsburg, under direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Maxine Bays Allen

Age, 79, of Garrett, died Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born on July 12, 1923, in Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Grace Wicker Bays. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church at Garrett. She was the wife of Hollie Allen for 57 years. Other survivors include a daughter, Sharon Allen Whitfield, of Northport, Alabama. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Thom J. Whitfield; and two brothers, Bill Bays and Joe Wheeler Bays; and one sister, Jean Lyons. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 21, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Larry Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the First Baptist Church at Garrett. Active pallbearers: Jimmy Jacobs, David Greene, Jackie Owens, Anthony Moore, Taulbie Branham, Chris Garrett, and Jonathan Greene.

James (Red) Adkins

Age, 82, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, February 20, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born December 23, 1920, at Wayland, he was the son of of the late Frank and Oma Reese Adkins. He was a disabled coal operator; a member of Masonic Lodge No. 889 of Wheelwright; a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason; an Oleika Shriner; and a member of the Southern Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Ratliff Adkins. Other Survivors include two sons, James Adkins Jr., of California; and Michael Adkins of Dwale; two daughters, Clevetta Boyd of Langley; and Elisha Stewart Calhoun of Prestonsburg; a brother, Clyde Adkins of Georgia; two sisters, Betty Adkins of Missouri, and Ruth Adkins of New York; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Imal Morrison and Mary Bailey. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 22, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with John Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the Ratliff Cemetery at Regina, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is Friday, at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Harold D. Bates

Age, 64, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Floyd County, died Friday, February 14, 2003, at the Illinois Masonic Hospital. Born January 13, 1939, in Knott County, he was the son of the late Carl and Viola Sawyers Bates. He was a machinist. He is survived by his wife, Mildred L. Hess Bates. Other survivors include a son, Harold D. Bates Jr. (wife, Sissy) of Lexington; two daughters, Cherly L. Bates Halas (husband, Jerry) of Cary, Illinois, and Lisa A. (Angel) Bates of Chicago, Illinois; two brothers, J.C. Bates and Charles Wayne (Bo) Bates, both of Bevinsville; two sisters, Betty Meade of Hi Hat, and Jean Horn of Weeksbury; five grandchildren, Michelle Proctor, Brandon Bates, Kyle Bates, Angela Vazquez, and Angelika Vazquez; and one great-grandchild, Annette Addimando. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth (Bunny) Bates. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 22, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Delmas Johnson, and others, officiating. Burial will be in the Bates Cemetery at Dry Creek, in Topmost. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Amos Vaughn

Age, 79, of Dwale, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2003, at the Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. He was born August 21, 1923, at Dwale, the son of the late Edward and Susan Campbell Vaughn. His occupation was that of a mason and carpenter. He was a member of the Church of Christ at Arkansas Creek, Martin. He is survived by his wife, Pauline (Bradley) Vaughn. Other survivors include two sons, Walter Vaughn of Dwale, and Steven Vaughn of Allen; seven daughters, Doreka Vaughn, and Luci Lafferty, both of Dwale, Dedra Vaughn, Carolyn Goble, and Jerry Cornette, all of Prestonsburg, Regina Mullins of Sidney, and Janelle Carver of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 19, at 1 p.m., at the Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Jack Howard officiating. Burial will be at the Dwale Community Cemetery. All arrangements are under direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. Active pallbearers are Tom Mullins, Rod Lafferty, Matt Hall, James Clay, Ershel Ray Vaughan, and James Taylor.

Florence Lewis

Age 86, of Harold, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born March 13, 1916, in Floyd County, the daughter of the late Wallace Lewis and Rosie Bell Roop Lewis. She was a former employee of Reynolds Metal Company, Louisville. Survivors include four nephews, Willis Lewis and Dewey Lewis, both of Prestonsburg, Thurman Lewis of Banner, and William Bruce Lewis of Wonder Lake Illinois; three nieces, Eleanor Lewis Goble and Rebecca Lewis Goble, both of Prestonsburg, and Patricia Duncan of Schaumburg, Illinois; and one sister, Ada Lewis of Glasgow. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gram Lewis and Malcolm Lewis, and one sister, Eveline Lewis Porter. Funeral services for Florence Lewis will be conducted Thursday, February 20, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Gordon Fitch officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Mary Elizabeth Burchett Goble

Age, 90, of Cow Creek Road, Prestonsburg, died Friday, February 14, 2003, at her residence. Born April 20, 1912, in McCombs, she was the daughter of the late William Sherman Burchett and Dixie Clark Burchett. She was a homemaker and member of the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac (Ike) Goble, who died November 9, 1985. Survivors include five daughters, Patsy Leslie and Janice Puckett, both of Prestonsburg, Dixie Frasure of Winchester, Gypsy Hicks of David, and Peachie Childers of Barboursville, West Virginia; four sons, William G. Goble of Tecumseh, Michigan, James Goble of Howell, Michigan, and John Goble and Phillip Goble, both of Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by one son, Paul E. Goble. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 18, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Nathan Lafferty officiating. Interment was in the Goble Family Cemetery, Cow Creek, Prestonsburg. Pallbearers: Christopher Frasure, Jack R. Ousley II, Darrell Crider, Darrell Crider Jr., Bill Baker, Joe E. Hicks Jr., John C. Goble II, Mark Meadows, Stephen Goble, Paul Phillip Goble, Michael Puckett, Gregory Childers, and Jeffery Johnson.

Jeannie Denice Hughes

Age 25, of Hueysville, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2003, in the St. Joseph Hospital, in Lexington. She was born November 4, 1977, in Floyd County, the daughter of Arthur and Virginia Hicks Hughes of Hueysville. She was a graduate of Allen Central High School, and attended Pikeville College. She was a member of the Drift Pentecostal Church. Survivors, other than her parents, include one son, Arthur Jordan Taylor Hughes of Hueysville; one daughter, Virginia Hope Alexandra Hughes of Hueysville; one sister, Tabatha L. Hughes of Hueysville; and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 18, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Ted Shannon and Mitchell Shepherd officiating. Burial was in the Hughes Family Cemetery at Hueysville, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home. Friends can sign the register at: www.hallfuneralservice.com.

Sarah Elizabeth Spradlin Goble

Age, 89, of Westminster Street, Prestonsburg, died Sunday, February 16, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. She was a former director of volunteers at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born May 10, 1913, in Roanoke, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Sherrid Spradlin and Cordelia Stewart Spradlin. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Prestonsburg, and a lifetime member of the Prestonsburg Woman's Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Y. (Sonny) Goble, who died April 3, 1988. Survivors include one sister, Otela Smiley of Lexington; one granddaughter, Paula M. Layne of Prestonsburg; one great-granddaughter, Heather Ousley of Prestonsburg; one great-grandson, David Allen Layne II; one great-great-grandson, David Allen Layne III; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Sue Goble Martin (died June 12, 2000); and one brother, Charles Spradlin. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 20, at 1 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. George Love officiating. Interment will be in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under direction of Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg. Visitation is 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., Wednesday.

John Wesley Blackburn

Age, 68, of Prestonsburg, passed away Friday, February 14, 2003, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. He was born September 24, 1934, at Endicott, a son of the late Daniel Webster Blackburn and Minnie (Curtis) Blackburn. He was retired from Vance Volkswagen, where he worked as a mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Frankie (Webb) Blackburn. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include one son, Rickie Blackburn of Prestonsburg; and one daughter, Crystal Butler of Prestonsburg; one brother, Allen Blackburn of Ohio; two sisters, Anna Belle Goble and Cora Grunden, both of Ohio; four grandchildren, Leslie (Chuck) Rowe, Jason (Shera) Blackburn, Zack Butler, and Kaitlyn Butler; and one great-grandchild, Nate Blackburn. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 17, at noon, at Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, with Rev. David Garrett officiating. Burial was in the Gethsemane Gardens, Auxier Road, Prestonsburg, under direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

James Brent Reed

Age 42, of Cincinnati, Ohio, husband of Brenda Reed, formerly of Floyd County, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2003, in the Hospice Care Center of Cincinnati. He was born May 11, 1960, in Lexington, the son of James L. “Jim” Reed and Shelby Calton Reed of Lexington. He was an account representative for Horace-Mann Insurance Co., a veteran of the Gulf War, and was a member of the Drift Presbyterian Church. Survivors, other than his parents and wife, include his maternal grandfather, Hargis Calton of Palm Bay, Florida; one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Reed of Cincinnati, Ohio; one brother, Robert Alan (Edith) Reed of San Diego, California; two sisters, Janet (David) Johnson of Pippa Passes, and Deborah Ann Reed of Lexington; three nephews, Christopher Stumbo, Robert Reed and C.J. Davis; two nieces, Rebecca Reed and Kaitlyn Reed. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 18, at 3 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel at Martin, with Sally Miller officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gradens at Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: John Calton, Christ Johnson, Morey Daniel, Bryon Reed, Brandon Reed, Michael Brogan, C.J. Davis, and Stuart Reed. The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, Ohio, or the Drift Presbyterian Church, at Drift.

Dixie Click Campbell

Dixie Click Campbell, formerly of Auxier, passed away Wednesday morning, February 12, 2003, peacefully in her sleep, at the Walnut Creek Nursing Center in Dayton, Ohio. Her stay on this earth was 84 years, 10 months, and 18 days. Dixie was born March 25, 1918, on the Doc Allen Branch of Beaver Creek. She was the fifth child of the late Joseph and Roberta Ratliff Click, and granddaughter of the renowned mountain doctor, Samuel “Bogue” Ratliff. In March 1938, Dixie married Hargus Campbell. From this union she was the mother of seven children and four step-children. Hargus passed away in 1946, as well as two sons, Samuel Thomas and George Daniel Campbell in infancy prior. In the early 1960’s, Dixie joined the Bethel Old Regular Baptist Church at Wilson Creek, Langley, where her family had fellowshipped for many generations. In December 1964, she married James Campbell. They soon left Langley, and eventually made their home in Auxier. From this union she had six step-children, Daniel Campbell, Garnard Campbell, Clinis Campbell, Anna Lea Frazier, Thelma Hale, and Rita Fay Smith—all surviving. James passed away in 1984. Also preceding her in death were: a son, Andrew Jackson Campbell, in the Vietnam War in 1966; and a daughter, Billah DeBoard, in 1997; two brothers, Fred and Sam Click; one sister, Susie Hicks, and one stepson, Edgel Campbell. Survivors include one sister, Addie Mae Click of Prestonsburg; three stepchildren, Etta Scott of Garrett, Mont Campbell of Abbott Creek, and Mima Jean Caudill of Sidney, Ohio; one son, Henry Campbell of Sidney, Ohio; and two daughters, Ora Allen of Dayton, and Lottie Fraley of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dixie also leaves five grandchildren, Valarie Blair of Thelma, Mark DeBoard of Richmond, Marie Wilson of Greenville, Ohio, Kevin Fraley Highnight of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Heather Campbell of Indianapolis; and three great-grandchildren, Jackson and Landon Highnight and Morgan DeBoard. Dixie enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, and many other hobbies throughout her life. During the ’80s and early ’90s, she was actively involved in the Archer Park Senior Center—until her health made it too hard to leave home. The funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Sunday, February 16, at Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Burial followed in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville. Pallbearers: Kenneth De-Board, Mark DeBoard, Kevin Fraley Highnight, Art Powers, Chris Wilson, Nick Blair, and James Caudill. Honorary: Jack Fraley, Shawn Toombs, Mont Campbell and Henry Campbell.

Annis Mae Deskins

Age 71, of Shiloh, Ohio, died Saturday, February 15, 2003, at the home of her son, in Shiloh, following a lengthy illness. She was born January 5, 1932, in Glo, Floyd County, Kentucky, daughter of the late William McKinley and Venious Mae (Ratliff) Music. She had lived in the Greenwich and Shiloh areas most of her life. She enjoyed caring for her family and others, quilting, home decorating, gardening and cooking. She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Joe and Debbie Deskins, Tim and Donna Deskins, and Jerry Deskins, all of Shiloh; two daughters, Tami West of Shiloh, and Phyllis Evans of Shelby; one sister, Zora Inmon of Greenwich; five brothers, William Eugene “Bud” Music of Cincinnati, Ivan Music, R. Darrell Music, and Ronnie Music, all of Greenwich, Gary R. Music, of Plymouth; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles V. Deskins; five sisters, Barbara Music; twins, Dora and Dortha Music, Yvonne Slone and Billie Jean Deskins; a brother, John Edward Music; and a granddaughter, Tonia Schaeffer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 20, at the Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, 29 W. Main St., Shiloh, with Pastor Diana Seaman officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh. Memorials, if desired, may be given to Hospice of North Central Ohio Inc., 1605 Ashland County Rd. 1095, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Vernice “Granny” Stamper

Age 81, of Martin, the widow of Sam Stamper, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2003, at her residence. She was born March 26, 1921, at McDowell, the daughter of the late Milford and Puss Martin Hall. She was a self-employed beautician, and was a member of the Martin Methodist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Judy Marshall of Martin; one granddaughter, Gina Scott of Danville; and one grandson, Ian Scott of Danville. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 19, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with Roy Harlow officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Tommy Hall, John Hall Jr., Tony Elam, Ray Allen, Joe Scott, Lan Scott and Don Marshall. Friends may sign the register at www.hallfuneralservice.com

Patricia Ann Lawson

Age 47, of Drift, wife of Gregory Lee Lawson, passed away Monday, February 17, 2003, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. She was born February 7, 1956, in Martin, the daughter of Emogene Wright Castle of Allen, and the late James Russell Castle. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church. In addition to her husband and mother she is survived by one son, Robert Dale Lawson of Martin; four brothers, Doug Castle and James Michael Castle, both of Printer, and Terry Castle and Steven Castle, both of Allen; two sisters, Kathy Ousley of Prestonsburg, and Rosemary Case of McDowell; and one grandchild, Austin Bradley Lawson. Funeral services for Patricia Ann Lawson will be conducted Thursday, February 20, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, at McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Glenna Mae Stumbo

Age 69, of McDowell, passed away Monday, February 17, 2003, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born November 3, 1933, in Floyd County, the daughter of the late Joe Stumbo and Ida Gibson Stumbo. She was a retired nurse, formerly employed by the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, and was a member of the First Baptist Church, at McDowell. Survivors include one daughter, Lana Stumbo Smith of McDowell; two sisters, Roberta Lewis of McDowell, and Anna Sue Warrix of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and two grandchildren, Rachelle Nichole Howell and Brandon Howell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Curtis Stumbo, Hershel Stumbo, and Jay Lovel Stumbo; and two sisters, Marie Gibas and Esther Salisbury. Funeral services for Glenna Mae Stumbo will be conducted Friday, February 21, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Harry Hargis officiating. Burial will follow in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, at McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is after 6 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Seelam Ashok Reddy

Age, 51, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at his home. Born in Andhra Pradesh, India, he was the eldest son of Ramakrishna and Janakamma Reddy. He was a recently retired radiologist who worked in eastern Kentucky, since 1983. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Sujatha Reddy of Prestonsburg. Other survivors include one daughter, Prerana Reddy of New York City; three brothers, Prasad Reddy of Pleasanton, California; and Nagi Reddy and Chandrashekar Reddy, both of Phoenix, Arizona. Visitation will be Saturday, February 15, between 6 and 9 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home in Prestonsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name, to the National Kidney Foundation.

Tommy Nelson

With a sad and aching heart, I’ll try to write an obituary of my son, Tommy Nelson. He was born January 5, 1943, to Tom and Sally Nelson of Prestonsburg. His father preceded him in death on December 17, 1976. He was employed at Harvard Industries for 33 years. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and bowled on several bowling leagues. He most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was first married to Norcie Dotson who preceded him in death. To this union was born one daughter, one son, and five grandchildren. He later married, Sandy Smith, who survives. Other survivors include one daughter, one son, five grandchildren, one step-daughter, one step-son, and one step-grandson. Funeral services were held January 30, at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home of Albion, Michigan, with the Rev. Estil Hamilton officiating. Interment was at the Riverside Cemetery at Albion. Written by his mother, Sally Nelson

Elic Eugene “Gene” Blanton

Age, 48, of Jackson, Ohio, died Sunday, February 9, 2003, at the home of his father. Born September 19, 1954, in Martin, he was the son of Elic J. Blanton of Chillicothe, Ohio, and the late Magdalene (Hamilton) Blanton. He worked as a brick mason, and was a member of the End Time Harvest Church. He is survived by his fiancee, Barbara Folden. Other survivors include two daughters, Nedra Blanton, and Gena Brown, both of Chillicothe, Ohio; one son, Chad Blanton of Chillicothe, Ohio; one sister, Judy (Clark) Stauffer, of Chillicothe, Ohio; two brothers, Mark K. (Rita) Blanton and Timothy Lee (Teresa) Blanton, both of Chillicothe, Ohio; a special nephew, Joshua Blanton; four grandchildren, Taylor Sowers, Wesley and Christopher Brown, and Chad Blanton. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 12, at the Boyer Funeral Home, Waverly, Ohio, with Rev. David Mohammad officiating. Interment will be in the Huntington Township Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ohio, under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Edgar Hall

Age 51, of Harold, husband of Derlois Joan Hamilton Hall, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2003, in McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born November 20, 1951, in Pikeville, the son of the late Greenberry Hall Sr,. and Delphia Hamilton Hall. He believed in the Regular Baptist faith. Survivors, other than his wife, include two brothers, Palmer Hall of Harold, and Jerry Dale Hall of McDowell; two sisters, Cora Hall Prichard and Imogene Hall, both of Lebanon, Tennessee; and one half-sister, Roxie Keathley of Galveston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Palegene Hall; and three sisters, Thelma Hall Bray, Elma Hall and Dixie Booth. Funeral services for Edgar Hall were conducted Monday, February 3, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton Family Cemetery, at Teaberry, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin. Visitation was at the church. Pallbearers: Brian Hall, Gary Brown, Randy Scott Hamilton, Phillip Hall, Rocky Hamilton, Glenn Hamilton, and Greg Hamilton.

Esta Lea Osborne Elliott

Age, 69, of McDowell, died Friday, January 21, 2003, at her daughter’s residence at Printer. Born September 26, 1933, at Dony, she was the daughter of the late Beverly and Maudie Caudill Osborne. She was a homemaker and member of the Old Time Baptist Church at Printer. She is survived by her husband, Pink Clines Elliott. Survivors include five daughters, Eula Tackett of McDowell, Sharon Kaye Johnson and Dottie Johnson, both of Hi Hat, Joyce Ann Foley of Martin, and Judy Hamilton of Printer; a son, Danny Ray Gayheart, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three daughters, Geraldine, Maxine, and Venda Gay; five brothers, Palmer Osborne, Paul Osborne, Stallard Osborne, Doug Osborne and Doley Osborne and three sisters, Jessery Collins, Thelma Smith, and Betty Lou Osborne. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 2, at 11 a.m., at the Old Time Baptist Church at Printer, with Old Time Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Elliott Cemetery (Frasures Creek), at McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Monday, February 3, 2003

Esta Lea Osborne Elliott

Age, 69, of McDowell, died Friday, January 31, 2003, at her daughter’s residence at Printer. Born September 26, 1933, at Dony, she was the daughter of the late Beverly and Maudie Caudill Osborne. She was a homemaker and member of the Old Time Baptist Church at Printer. She is survived by her husband, Pink Clines Elliott. Survivors include five daughters, Eula Tackett of McDowell, Sharon Kaye Johnson and Dottie Johnson, both of Hi Hat, Joyce Ann Foley of Martin, and Judy Hamilton of Printer; a son, Danny Ray Gayheart; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three daughters, Geraldine, Maxine, and Venda Gay; five brothers, Palmer Osborne, Paul Osborne, Stallard Osborne, Doug Osborne and Doley Osborne and three sisters, Jessery Collins, Thelma Smith, and Betty Lou Osborne. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 2, at 11 a.m., at the Old Time Baptist Church at Printer, with Old Time Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Elliott Cemetery (Frasures Creek), at McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Anna Katherine Craft Allen

Age, 77, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born November 26, 1925, at Ivel, she was the daughter of the late Albert “Alb” Rice and Florence “Toad” Riddle Rice. She was a homemaker and member of the Lancer Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jess Craft and Hobert Allen. Survivors include one daughter, Flora Webb of East Point; one step-son, Fred Craft of Gastonia, North Carolina; two step-daughters, Gertrude Elliott of West Prestonsburg, and Sandra Beasley of Florida; two brothers, Marvin Rice of Auxier, and Howard Rice of Georgia; two sisters, Nancy Stephens and Matilda Palmer, both of Ivel; three grandchildren, 17 step-grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, 15 step-great-grandchildren, and four step-great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Willie Rice and Wesley Rice. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 1, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Bobby Carpenter and Jennings West officiating. Visitation was at the funeral home. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.