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February Obits 2004

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Billy Joe Burge

Age, 72, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, February 13, 2004, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born December 17, 1931, in Paducah, he was the son of the late Miller and Morine Taylor Burge. He was a professional billiard player. He is survived by his wife, Burnette Newsome Burge. Other survivors include a son, Gregory Dean Isaacs of Southland, Michigan; a daughter, Casandra Lomoko of Westland, Michigan; three brothers: Toby Burge of Farmington, Michigan; Thomas Lynn Burge of Garden City, Michigan; and Bobby Burge of Garden Grove, California; a sister, Ida Dean of Plymouth, Michigan; two grandchildren, Randy Scott and Stefanie; a brother and sister-in-law, Kermit and Barbara Newsome of McDowell; a special niece, Maxine Newsome of Hi Hat; and many relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Burge. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 15, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Newsome Cemetery (Mink Branch), at Craynor, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Naomai Hall Pennington

Age, 82, of Ligon, widow of Hubert W. Pennington, passed away, Thursday, February 12, 2004, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born June 15, 1921, in Ligon, the daughter of the late Rev. Jerry M. Hall and Mary Jane Hall. She was a homemaker, mother, and a member of the Ligon Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons: Herman Darrell (Elsie) Pennington of Granville, Ohio, William Dewey (Julie) Pennington of Corunna, Michigan; two daughters: Carmalene Hamilton of Ligon, and Leigh Ann (Sterling) Tackett of Harold; two sisters: Dianah Adkins of Minford, Ohio, Ida Mae Bailey of Pikeville; six grandchildren: Stanley Tackett, Jennifer Jacobs, Lindsay Pennington, Michael Pennington, Denise Pisoni, and Gina Scott; two great-grandchildren: Alex Pisoni and Juliann Scott. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Daisy Mitchell, Dacie Mitchell and Maxine Ward. Funeral services for Naomai Hall Pennington were conducted Sunday, February 15, at noon, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with the Clergymen John Coleman, Sonny Miracle, Ralph Hall, and Leon Bolden officiating. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Stanley Tackett, Brad Newsome, James Newsome, Michael Pennington, Cirt Michell, Garland E. Adkins, and Mathew Adkins.

Billie Yvonne Clark

Age, 66, of Paintsville, formerly of Garrett, died Thursday, February 12, 2004, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, in Paintsville. Born November 6, 1937, in Lackey, she was the daughter of the late Frank (Dickie) Clark Jr., and the late Victoria Jacobs Clark. Survivors include five brothers: Charles Clark of Louisa, Joe Clark of Clay City, Dickie Ray Clark of Wabash, Indiana, James Clark of Winchester, and George Clark of Wayland; two sisters: Mary Mason of Orlando, Florida and Charlotte Martin of Pikeville, North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 14, at 11 a.m., at the Lackey Freewill Baptist Church, with Johnny Collins officiating. Burial was in the Chandler Cemetery, at Lackey, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home, and at the church.

Eunice White Lafferty Calhoun

Age, 85, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, February 13, 2004, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born April 21, 1918, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Wallace White and Lizzie Clevenger White Collins. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bradis Calhoun. Survivors include two brothers: Cody and Bill; five sisters: Virgie, Mary, Edna, Barbara and Joy; and a grandson: Bradis Childers of Prestonsburg. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Fannie Mae Childers; a brother, Phillip; and five sisters: Myrtle, Marie, Hazel, Joann and Bessie. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 15, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Tommy Nelson and Joe Bolton officiating. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery, at Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Active pallbearers: Tim Collins, Joe Bolton, Tim Sammons, Paul Hicks, Dustin Fitch, Curt Branham, and James Hall. Visitation was at the funeral home.

William Wesley Brank

Age, 63, of Wheelwright, died Sunday, February 8, 2004, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born September 26 , 1940, in Henderson, he was the son of the late Harry A. and Marie F. Norris Brank. He was a nurses aide. Survivors include four brothers: Harry A. (Ann) Brank of Elyria, Ohio, Calvin (Clara) Brank of Toledo, Ohio; Henry Brank of Detroit, Michigan; and James Brank of Lexington; a sister-in-law, Flossie Brank of Loris, South Carolina; three aunts: Sallie (Denson) Parker, Ella Brank, and Anna Brank; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 14, at noon, at the Lighthouse Temple at Wheelwright, with Rev. Lowell Parker officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was held at the funeral home, and at the church.

Ballard Leslie Hall

Son of the late Eugene and Sylvia Wallen Hall of Banner. He was born August 26, 1937, departed this life February 15, 2004. He attended Banner grade school and Betsy Layne High School where he met the love of his life, Gaye Hobson. He attended Morehead State College and Pikeville College. In January 1958, he began a career with Ky. Hydrocarbon company that lasted 42 years. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from 1961, through 1963, and received an honorable discharge. His wife survives him: Gaye Hobson Hall of Banner; one son, Parker and wife, Angel DeRossett of Prestonsburg; and one daughter, Brigitte and husband, John Fliehman of Nashport, Ohio; two sisters: Becky and husband, Jim DeRossett of Prestonsburg, and Norma and husband Gene Davis of Banner; grandchildren: J.P. (Hershell) Skeens and Jacob Skeens, both of Lexington, Parker L. Derossett II, and Amy and Will Fliehman; nephews, Brett (Ginny) Davis, Craig (Gwen) Davis, Barry (Betty) Davis, Jim (Jane) DeRossett, and Mike DeRossett; niece: Becky Jo (Adrian) Bentley; grand nieces: Katie Bentley, Leslie Bentley, Elizabeth Davis, Olivea Davis and Allison Davis; grand nephews, Alex Davis, Alan DeRossett, Matt DeRossett, Eathen DeRossett, and Daniel DeRossett. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 17, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Jack Howard officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Porter Memorial United Methodist Church, 263 Dixie Ave., Salyersville, Ky. 41465.  Pallbearers: Keith Hayes, Bo Marlin, Jim Harmon, Daniel (Jenny) Crum, Lowell Samons, Tony Mullins, Glema Layne, Agnes Woods, Buddy Woods and Paul Robinson. Honorary pallbearers: Julie Jones, Tincy Crisp, Bonnie Walters, Ann Hayon, Ballard Robinson, Tommy Jones, Grant Weddington, Richard Crisp, Mark VanLuen, Bahram Forouzandeh, MD, Larry Leslie MD, William E. Dunlop M.D., Tony Turner DMD, Lloyd Edwards, Keith Muncy, Ross Harris, John D. Caudill, T.J. Compton, Ishmael Bailey, Ray Prater and Jessie Justice.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Clarinda Whitaker

Age 87, of Mason, Michigan, died Monday, February 2, 2004, in Lansing, Michigan. She was born April 4, 1916, in Prestonsburg, the daughter of the late Harrison and Izania (Richardson) Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie, in 1998, and her son, James. Survivors include two daughters, Wanetta (Chester) Ramey of Eaton Rapids, Joyce (Mike) Martin of Mason; six sons: Axley (Claude) Whitaker of Eaton Rapids, George (Donis) Whitaker of Texas, Oliver (Kay) Whitaker of Lansing, Russell (Becky) Whitaker of Springport, Richard Whitaker of Ohio, and Glenn (Jill) Whitaker of Eaton Rapids; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; one step-grandson; two sisters, Revis Kritz of Ohio, and Dorothy Lyons of Indiana. Funeral services were held in Michigan, on Thursday, February 5, at 10 a.m., at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, Eaton Rapids; and were held in Prestonsburg on Friday, February 6, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home, where the family received friends from 9 a.m., until service time. Interment followed at the George Whitaker Cemetery.

Lori Linda Innis

Age, 32, of Ivel, died Monday, February 9, 2004, following an automobile accident on Route 23, North, at Ivel. Born March 6, 1971, in Pikeville, she was the daughter of Nathan Innis Sr., of Ivel, and Barbara Deskins Williams of Dwale. She was a cook for Pikeville Independent School, and attended the Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church, at Ivel. Other survivors include two brothers: Nathan Innis Jr., and Randall Innis, both of Tram; a sister, Dorothy Pollin of Battle Creek, Michigan; grandmother, Hulda Boyd Burchett of Emma; and step-father, Gordon Williams of Dwale. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 12, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Chuck Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Irene Spurlock Conn

Age 55, of Martin, passed away, on Sunday, February 8, 2004, at her residence, following an extended illness. She was born at Dana, on May 24, 1948, the daughter of the late Cas and Verlie Salisbury Spurlock. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Faith Bible Church, at Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Conn, and a brother, Bobby Spurlock. Survivors include: one son, Brian Conn of Auxier; one daughter, Joann Caudill of Martin; three brothers: Bill Spurlock of Dana, Leonard Spurlock of St. Louis, Missouri, and Sherrill Spurlock of Sandusky, Ohio; seven sisters: Betsy Newman of Grethel, Mary Lawson and Marcelia Price, both of Harold, Kathleen Crum of Martin, Garnett Weddington of Hazard, and Ruby Patton and Peggy Hall, both of New London, Ohio; three grandchildren: Ashley Caudill, Payton Conn, and Abigail Conn. Funeral services for Irene Spurlock Conn will be conducted Wednesday, February 11, at noon, in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Bill Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home.


Carol Blackburn Holland

Age, 63, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, February 8, 2004, at her residence. Born September 13, 1940, in West Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Blackburn and Sallie Fitzpatrick Blackburn. She was a homemaker, a past president of PTA, and Prestonsburg Boosters Club. She is survived by her husband, Clayton Eugene Holland. Other survivors include two sons: Clayton Eugene Holland Jr. (Pam), and John Thomas Holland (Dana), both of Prestonsburg; one sister, Edith Stanley of Columbus, Ohio, and one brother, Steve Stout of Martin; two granddaughters, Thalia Nicole Holland, and Olivia Morgan Holland; three step-grandsons: Brad Bond, Erin Salyer, and Matthew Ward. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Howard Doss Blackburn; and one sister, Dolle Stout Dotson. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 10, at 2 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Steve Williams officiating. Interment will be at Richmond Memorial Cemetery, at Prestonsburg. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Holland family.

Veda Hamilton Tackett

Age 82, of McDowell, wife of the late Curtis Tackett Sr., passed away, Monday, February 9, 2004, in the Riverview Health Care, Prestonsburg. She was born January 8, 1922, in McDowell, the daughter of the late Will Hamilton and Maude Hall Hamilton. She was a member of the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, at McDowell, and a former assembly worker in Parks Products, Dune Rubber, Inc., Ashtabula, Ohio. Survivors include her two sons: Curtis Tackett Jr., of McConnell, South Carolina, and Jeffrey Tackett of McDowell; four daughters: Gerlie “Ginger” McCarter and Alrita Shepherd, both of Prestonsburg, and Phyllis Ortiz and Dottie Barnes, both of Tempe, Arizona; two brothers: Homer Hamilton of McDowell, and Sam Hamilton of Beach Grove, Indiana; three sisters: Annie Moore, Ocie Moore and Gerlie Elliott, all of McDowell; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons: Forrest Dean Tackett and Kennith Harold Tackett; five brothers: Harold Hamilton, Pearl Hamilton, Andy Hamilton, Lee Hamilton and Eddie Hamilton; and one granddaughter, Karla Darcie Shortridge. Funeral services for Veda Hamilton Tackett will be conducted Thursday, February 12, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Elder Clinton Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Jack Hall Cemetery, at McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Lloyd Blue Goble

Age, 70, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, February 8, 2004, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born September 7, 1933, in Floyd County, he was the son of Sally Sizemore Goble of Prestonsburg, and the late Johnny Goble. He was a retired teacher at the Job Corps in Prestonsburg, and a U.S. Air Force, and Korean War veteran. Survivors include a son, Michael (Mickey) Goble of Los Angeles, California; four daughters, Penny Ishahara of Phoenix, Arizona, Patty Walwork of Pennsylvania, Sally Bernice Goble of Mayking, and Molly Arlene Jervis (Troy) of Prestonsburg; a step-son, Kelsey Edward Bradley of Banner; three brothers: Bert Goble of Tennessee, Fred Goble of Prestonsburg, and Victor Goble of Lexington; and a sister, Betty Ann Goble of Prestonsburg. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob Lee Jervis. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 10, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Floyd Price and Buddy Jones officiating. DAV Chapter 18, at Auxier, conducted the military service. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery, at Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Curtis (Curt) Hall

Age, 82, of Weeksbury, died Saturday, February 7, 2004, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born July 31, 1921, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Evan and Margaret Orsborne Hall. He was a disabled coal miner. Survivors include three brothers: John M. Hall of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Leonard Hall of Martin, and Ed Hall of Ligonier, Indiana; and a sister, Gladys Collins of Knott County. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Troy Hall and Lacy Hall; and three sisters: Kelsie Short, Dasie Hall, and Asie Hall. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, February 10, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, at Melvin, with Spencer Hall and other Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Matthew Tackett Cemetery, at Melvin, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Freddie Samons Jr.

Age, 42, of Martin, was dead on arrival at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, at Martin, Saturday, February 7, 2004. Born August 10, 1961, in Floyd County, he was the son of Stella Younce Samons of Prestonsburg, and the late Fred Samons. He was a city employee for the City of Martin. He is survived by his wife, Joann Slusher Samons. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three sons: Phillip Lee Anderson of Drift, and Toby Joe Samons and Freddie Jay Samons, both of Martin; one daughter, Amy Lynn Anderson of Martin; three brothers: Mark Anthony Samons, Ricky Samons, and James Dalton Samons, all of Prestonsburg; two sisters: Tammy Ousley of Hindman, and Tracy Scott of Prestonsburg; and two grandchildren: Logan Owens, and Olivia Anderson. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 10, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin, with Ronnie Samons officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, at Martin, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Etta Ruth Akers Crisp

Age 100, of Allen, widow of Felix Crisp, passed away, Wednesday, February 4, 2004, at her residence.
She was born January 11, 1904, in Banner, the daughter of the late Jim Akers and Mary Akers. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Regular Baptist Church, New Salem Association. Survivors include one son, Ray Crisp of Allen; one daughter, Eula C. Spurlock of Allen; four sisters: Toda Tackett of Banner, Emadale Boyd of Dana, Novella Compton of Betsy Layne, and Malta Howell of McDowell; eight grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 7, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Michael Parr, Tim Crisp, Wally Burk Hammons, Jeremy Hicks, Larry Vaughn, and Terry Hicks.

Mack Harvey

Age, 48, of Martin, died Friday, February 6, 2004, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born April 27, 1955, in Floyd County, he was the son the late Nelson and Hattie Layne Harvey. He was the owner of a wrecker-towing service; and attended First Baptist Church, in Allen. He is survived by his wife, Reba Crisp Harvey. Other survivors include two sons: Mack Alan Harvey (wife, Limikia), and Randy Lee Harvey, both of Martin; three grandsons: Nicholas, Phillip and Eric Harvey; several brothers and sisters; and father and mother-in-law: Randolph and Phyllis Crisp of Martin. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 8, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Randolph Crisp officiating. Burial was in the Harvey Family Cemetery, (Buck’s Branch), in Martin, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Bertha Hunter Kidd

Age 78, of Prestonsburg, passed away, Thursday, February 5, 2004, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born March 8, 1925, in Floyd County, the daughter of the late John Morgan Hunter, and Mary Eva Conn Hunter. She was a factory worker and homemaker, and a member of the Sammy Clark Branch Freewill Baptist Church, at Harold, for 25 years. Survivors include one brother, David E. Hunter of East Point; one sister, Maggie Snyder of Prestonsburg, formerly of Evansville, Indiana; three special nieces, Brenda Hunter, Patty Hunter Campbell, and Terry Hunter Akers; and several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Clarence Hamilton, and her second husband, Lee Kidd Sr.; three brothers: Johnny Hunter, George Conn, and Mark Hunter; and one sister, Pollie Ann Hunter Akers. Funeral services for Bertha Hunter Kidd were conducted Sunday, February 8, at 11 a.m., at the Sammy Clark Branch Freewill Baptist Church, at Harold, with Clergymen Bobby Joe Spencer and Shane Powers officiating. Burial was in the Henry Moore and Kidd Cemetery, at Harold, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home, on Friday, and Saturday, at the church. Pallbearers: Charles David Akers, Todd Akers, Jeffery Campbell, Chester Akers, Cola Ray Akers, Buddy Akers, Perry Akers, Eddie Blackburn and Floyd Hunter.

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Jack Carlton Hufford

Jack Carlton Hufford, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away, Monday, February 2, 2004, husband of Treva Conley Hufford, formerly of Garrett. Also surviving are three sons: Pete Hufford of Dayton, Ohio, Steven Hufford of Englewood, Ohio, and Richard Hufford of Dayton, Ohio; two daughters: Kathy Hufford of Shalott, North Carolina, and Jacklyn Hufford of Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren: James Frampton, Christine Hufford and Tyler Hufford. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, February 6, at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Roger Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in the W. F. Conley Cemetery at Garrett.

Helen Joan Bowling

Age, 71, of Warren, Indiana, died at 2:50 p.m., on Sunday, February 1, 2004, at the Hospice Home of Northeast, Indiana, in Fort Wayne. She was born on January 19, 1933, in Huntington, a daughter of Ilo James and Helen Frances Parks Kaylor. She was a homemaker and also worked as a production inspector at E-Systems/Memcor for 28 years, retiring in 1995. She was united in marriage to Luther Bowling on December 20, 1952. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2001. Survivors include two sons: Steven N. Bowling, and Tristan L. Bowling, both of Warren; four daughters: Mrs. Russell (Jean) Freestone, Mrs. John (Karleen) Herring, both of Warren; Mrs. Jim (Cheri) Britten and Mrs. Jimmy (Trilyn) Asher, both of Huntington; three brothers: Max Kaylor Sr., of Huntington, Gordon Kaylor of Louisiana, and Thomas Kaylor of Texas; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons: Cris Bowling and James Bowling; two brothers: James Kaylor and Robert Kaylor; and a sister, Betty Kaylor. Services will be held on Wednesday, February 4, at 11 a.m., at the Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, with Bishop Elzie Spencer officiating. Interment will be at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, in Huntington County. Visitaton is at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Parkview Home Health Care and Hospice, or to Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, both in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana 46750. 

Ralph Vernon Frye

Age 81, of Martin, passed away, Saturday, January 31, 2004, in St. Mary’s Hospital, in Huntington, West Virginia, following an extended illness. He was born December 12, 1923, at Williamson, West Virginia, the son of the late Haskell Frye Sr., and Minnie Runyon Frye. He was retired from the C&O Railroad Co., a veteran of World War II, and a member of the Martin Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Music Frye; one son, Charles Gordon Frye of Martin; two brothers: Haskell Frye Jr., of Lexington, and Hubert Frye of Martin; one sister, Marlene Arms of Columbus, Ohio, and one grandchild, Aaron Tyler Frye. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Kenneth Frye, and Eugene Frye. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 3, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Roy Harlow officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Aaron Frye, Rex Music, Rick Music, Keith Caudill, Steven Caudill, and Haskel Frye, III.

Frank Conn

Age 84, of Printer, husband of the late Ida Macel Roberts Conn, passed away, Thursday, January 29, 2004, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born August 20, 1920, in Printer, the son of the late Melvin Conn and Caldonia Stumbo Conn. He was a retired C&O Railroad section operator, a WW II Army veteran, a member of the DAV Garrett Chapter, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include one son, Terry Lee Conn of Ashland; one daughter, Janice Mullins of Blue River; two brothers, Dewey Conn of Martin, Jack Conn of Nashville, Tennessee; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 1, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin, with the elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, at Printer, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Military services were conducted by the DAV Chapter 128, of Garrett. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Jerry R. Butler

Age 69, of Gahanna, Ohio, formerly of Drift, passed away, February 2, 2004, following a brief illness. He was born November 6, 1934, the son of the late Robert and Jessie Butler of Printer. He was employed as a Quality Control Technician for Reynolds Building Products. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Katherine (Roseman) Butler. Other survivors include one son, Jerry M. (Tara) Butler of Hilliard, Ohio; daughters: Teresa Butler of Gahannah, Ohio, and Connie (David) Gaiser of New Albany, Ohio; three granddaughters: Katherine, Victoria, and Allana; brothers: George (Carol) Butler of Orient, Ohio, and Phillip (Vicki) Butler of Printer; sisters: Louise Grubb of Prestonsburg, Peggy (Freer) Martin of Galena, Ohio, and Barbara (Bill) Bevins of Printer; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert G. Butler. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 5, at Schoedinger Northeast Chapel in Gahanna, Ohio. Burial will be in the Mifflin Township Cemetery, Gahanna, Ohio. (Information, courtesy of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.)

James Barnett

Age 88, of Martin, passed away, Monday, January 26, 2004, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. He was born February 23, 1915, in Martin, the son of the late William Johnson Barnett and Ella Mae Stephens Barnett. Survivors include one son, Frank Barnett of Georgetown; one daughter, Mary Marguerite Price of Centerburg, Ohio; one brother, Hallie Barnett of Martin; one sister, Alka Mae Schott of Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren: Melinda (Dan) Reardon, Angela (Bryan) Gilmore, and Frederick Nicklaus; three great-grandchildren: Chelsea Gilmore, Celina Gilmore and Liam Gilmore. Funeral services for James Barnett were conducted Thursday, January 29, at the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, with Clergymen Don and Randolph Crisp officiating. Burial was in the Barnett Cemetery, at Martin, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Norma ‘Jean’ Avalos

Age, 73, of 505 W. Catherine St., Milford, Indiana, died Wednesday, January 21, 2004, in her residence. She was born May 18, 1930, in Prestonsburg, the daughter of John M. and Eve England Slone. On June 25, 1977, she married Pete V. Avalos, who survives. She lived in Nappanee for 20 years before moving to Milford in 1975. She retired from The Farmer’s Cafe, Milford, and was a member of Miracle Church, North Webster. Also surviving are four daughters: Mrs. Don (Diane) Hicks, Mrs. Jared (Debra) Hampton and Mrs. Chad (Michelle) Dailing, all of Syracuse, and Eva Howard of Elkhart; a son, John Blackburn of Leesburg; two sisters: Loretta Hackworth of Prestonsburg, and Joyce Avalos of Leesburg; two brothers: Kurt Slone of Ohio and Ray Slone of Prestonsburg; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Services were conducted Monday, January 26, at Mishler-Eastlund Funeral Home, Milford, with Pastors Thorp and Karen Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Milford Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Ida Flora King Blankenship

Age, 62, of Teaberry, died Friday, January 30, 2004, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born June 17, 1941, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Shiller and Molly Kendrick King. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lee Blankenship. Survivors include three sons: Bennett Lee Blankenship and Ivel Ray Blankenship, both of Teaberry; and Gary Edward Blankenship of McDowell; a daughter, Teresa Lynn Causey of Teaberry; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Blankenship of McDowell; a son-in-law, Keith Causey of Teaberry; four brothers: Jack King and Shiller Edward King, both of Harold; Earl King of Illinois and Junior Johnson of St. Petersburg, Florida; three sisters: Sarah Stevens of Louisa, Evonell Justice of Harold, and Nora Brown of Texas; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Albert King, Oscar King, John Sam King and Waverly King; and three sisters: Jane Stevens, Martha Harness, and Elizabeth McIntosh. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 3, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Edward Blankenship Cemetery, at Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Reecie Wheeler Bryant

Age, 90, of Price, died Saturday, January 31, 2004, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born October 7, 1913, at Whitehouse, she was the daughter of the late Lenville and Nellie Booth Wheeler. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church at Price. She was preceded in death by her husband, Silas Bryant. Survivors include six sons: Lonnie Bryant of Martin, Lloyd Bryant, Larry Bryant, Gary Bryant and Lester Bryant, all of Price; and Harold Bryant of Lorain, Ohio; four daughters: Rowlena Willis of Martin, Betty Bryant and Nellie Mullins, both of Price; and Cheryl Davis, of Albion, Michigan; a sister, Verlie Vanhoose of River; 24 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Kennith Bryant; a daughter, Constance Bryant; two sisters: Ethel Ward and Lenchie Welch; and one great-grandchild, Donna Sue Mullins. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 3, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church, at Price, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Little Cemetery, at Price, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Monday, February 2, 2004

Shirley Ousley Handley

Age, 56, of Crossville, Tennessee, formerly of Floyd County, died Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville, Tennessee. Born October 29, 1947, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ruth DeRossett Ousley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons: Jimmy Hinton and Kenny Hinton, both of Prestonsburg; her fiancé, Ralph Thompson of Crossville, Tennessee; six brothers: Jimmy Gene Ousley of St. Louis, Missouri, Allen D. Ousley and Cledus Ousley, both of Printer, Clifford Ousley of Langley, Marvin Ray Ousley of Paintsville and Paul David Ousley of Allen; five sisters: Bessie Chambers of Langley, Dorothy Harris and Edith Ousley, both of Crossville, Tennessee, Della Sue Crace and Jamie Lynn Ousley, both of Martin; and three grandchildren, Jason, Kisha and Charley. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 1, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Robert A. Ousley and Jim Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Ousley Family Cemetery (Spurlock) in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be her nephews. Visitation is at the funeral home.