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February Obits 2007

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

 

 

Elva Blankenship

Age 83, of Topmost, widow of Carl Blankenship, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2007, at her residence. She was born June 6, 1923, in Raven, the daughter of the late Dewey Gibson and Pearlie Patton Gibson. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Caney Fork Old Regular Baptist Church, in Raven.  Survivors include two sons: Larry (Mitzi) Blankenship of Allegan, Michigan, and Pat Blankenship of Hazard; two daughters: Connie Erdman and Bonnie Cross, both of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Cantrel Gibson of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; three sisters: Ora Sawyer and Bonnie Harris, both of Topmost, and Shelby (Gene), Tessier of New Bern, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Ernest Gibson and Delano Gibson; a sister, June Davis; and a granddaughter, Lori Blankenship. Funeral services for Elva Blankenship were conducted Monday, February 26, at 11:00 a.m., at the Caney Fork Old Regular Baptist Church, in Raven, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was at the Spring Hill Memorial Park, in Spring Hill, Tennessee, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-28-2007)

Richard “Rick” Alan Branham

Age, 47, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, February 23, 2007, at his residence. Born February 12, 1960, in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Bernice Stephens Branham of Prestonsburg, and the late John Ellis Branham. He attended the First United Methodist Church, in Paintsville. He was an electronic technician and a free lance writer for the Floyd County Times. In addition to his mother, survivors include a brother, John Ellis Branham Jr., of Canada; two sisters: Sheryl Ann Branham Andres, of Hilliard, Ohio, and Mary Beth Branahm Hurst, of Columbus, Ohio; six nieces and nephews: Britney Basco, Javan Branham, Emily Branham, Fiona Hurst, Hunter Hurst, and Zachary Andres; an uncle, Deward Stephens; an aunt, Pauline Wallen; and special friends: Wayne Dixon and Ronald Brown. Funeral services were held Monday, February 26, at 2 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Dave Garrett officiating. Interment was at Mayo Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home. Active: Roy Goble, Jerry Wright, Freddie Burchett, Dwayne Salyer, Ron Brown, Javan Branham, Mike Andres, Gary Hurst, and Tommy Lavender. Honorary: Wayne Dixon. (FCT'S 02-28-2007)

Jack Grable Dingus Jr.

Age 48, of Oklahoma City, was born on December 18, 1958, the son of Jack Grable and Patricia Ann (Reed) Dingus of McDowell. His life on this earth ended Monday, February 12, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jack and Karla moved to Oklahoma in July of 1982, and were married in September, 1982. They made their home in the Mid-Del area. Jack was employed by the Joseph C. Williams Co. for 17 years. In 2000 he joined the Wal-Mart Corporation, until he became ill. Jack was active at Sooner Rose Elementary, where he served as PTA president for two years, and was “Patron of the Year” for two years. Jack loved his church, Crest Baptist, where he cooked breakfast every Sunday morning. He also taught for the children on Wednesday nights. His passion was watching his son play football for the Carl Albert Titans. Jack was preceded in death by his father, Jack G. Dingus Sr., his step-mother, Janice Griffith Dingus; step-father, Charles Frye; and uncle, James Dingus. Jack was a devoted loving husband to Karla, and a loving father to Jack III (Munchie). Survivors, in addition to his wife and son, include his mother, Patricia Ann Frye of Alabaster, Alabama; three sisters: Cheri Ousley of Lexington, Pam Howarah of Dayton, Ohio, Kim Fredrick of Alabaster, Alabama; two brothers: Kent Dingus of Prestonsburg, and Keith Dingus of Maytown; an uncle, LeMayne Dingus; and an aunt, Lisa Dingus, all of Martin; two step-grandmothers: Ann Griffith and Rose Dingus; and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank-you to Tariq Mahmood, M.D., Maria, Claudia, City Hospice, Providence Home Health, and Midwest City Hospital nursing staff, for their compassionate care. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 15, at the Barnes & Johnson Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Sunny Lane Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-28-2007)

Eunice Virginia Hall

Age 83, of Martin, widow of Leonard Hall, passed away Monday, February 26, 2007, at the Riverview Health Care, in Prestonsburg. She was born September 15, 1922, in Big Rock, Virginia, the daughter of the late John L. Wallace and Cora Skeens Wallace. She was a homemaker, a former employee of S&S Market, and a member of the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons: Delmar Ross Hall of Hager Hill, Ken L. Hall and Thomas L. Hall, both of Martin, and Don E. Hall of Pikeville; a daughter, Teresa Ann Arnett of Ivyton; a brother, Bill Wallace; two sisters: Bee Mullins of Elkhorn City, and Crecie Wallace; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 1, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin. Burial will follow in the Hall Family Cemetery, in Martin, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is after 6:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-28-2007)

Sherrill Rodney Hicks

Age 63, of Lexington, formerly of Eastern, husband of Trilby Huff Hicks, passed away Friday, February 23, 2007, in the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, in Lexington. He was born July 20, 1943, in Northern, the son of Lace Hicks of Eastern, and the late Otha Martin Hicks. He was a forklift operator for Lexington Bluegrass Army Depot, in Richmond, a member of the Nicholasville Christian Church, a member of the Garrett Chapter of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 128, and a Ham Radio operator KF4IUB. In addition to his wife and father, survivors include three sisters: Darlene (Clifford) Blanton of Langley, Franceen (Danny) Crum of Martin, and Charlene (Mike) Dingus of Orange Park, Florida; his step-mother, Ola M. Hicks; step-sisters, Stephanie Walton and Beverly Martin; five nephews: Millard Blanton, Cecil Blanton, Travis Crum, Dewayne Martin, and Alan Martin; and a niece, Lacey Michelle Dingus Whitley. Funeral services for Sherrill Rodney Hicks were conducted Tuesday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Clergyman Ken Gayheart officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, in Eastern, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Millard Blanton, Cecil Blanton, Travis Crum, Dewayne Martin, Alan Martin, and Phil Frasure. Honorary: Lacey Michelle Dingus Whitley. (FCT'S 02-28-2007)

Icy Lee Jones

Age 89, of Garrison, formerly of Wheelwright, widow of Timothy Jones, passed away, Sunday, February 25, 2007, at her residence. She was born September 5, 1917, in Floyd County, the daughter of the late Caleb Johnson and Mary Josephine Johnson. Survivors include a son, Paul Jones and his wife, Shelby, of Garrison. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Bob and Bill Jones; a brother, Colley Johnson; a sister, Alma Meade; and two grandchildren: Jonie and Timothy Jones. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 1, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Trula Meade Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Newman Cemetery, in Hi Hat, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, and after 10:00 a.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-28-2007)

Chester Blankenship

Age 76, of Teaberry, died Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare.  Born March 31, 1930, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Hairm and Victoria Newsome Blankenship. He was a retired coal miner, and a member of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry. He is survived by his wife, Bessie Hall Blankenship. Other survivors include three sons: Charlie Blankenship of Galveston, Carter Blankenship of Teaberry, and Lester Blankenship of Wallingford; two daughters: Mildred Akers of Teaberry, and Madge Keathley of Galveston; two brothers: Curt Blankenship of Galveston, and Estill Blankenship of Tea-berry; 18 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Blankenship; two sisters: Dolly Frasure and Edith Branham; a grandchild, and a great-grandchild.  Funeral services will be held Friday, February 23, at 1 p.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church in Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Blankenship Family Cemetery at Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church, with nightly services at 6 p.m. (FCT'S 02-23-2007)

Josephine S. Collins

Age 79, of Betsy Layne, the widow of Thomas Otto “Tom” Collins, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 21, 2007, in the Pikeville Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1927, in Pike County, the daughter of the late Ervin and Violet Runyon Scalf. She was a homemaker, and a member of St. Martha’s Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons: Ernie L. (Gayle) Collins of Ivel, and Chadwick Shawn (Shelby) Collins of Stanville; a daughter, Sharon (Jimmy) Akers of Dana; two brothers: Bill Jack (Virgie) Scalf of Columbus, Ohio, and Dean (Donna) Scalf of Stanville; three sisters: Jane Scalf Clark of Betsy Layne, Juanita Collins of Stanville, and Margaret (Ernie) Wright of Pikeville; six grandchildren: Jason Akers, Myra Thompson, Cara Collins, Chasity Ray, Taylor Collins, and Nate Collins; and six great-grandchildren: Connor Risner, Thomas Riley Thompson, Elizabeth Akers, Sophia Akers, Braeden Ray, and Landon Ray. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rosalie Scalf; and three brothers: Joe Robert Scalf, John B. Scalf, and William B. Scalf. Funeral services: will be held Saturday, February 24, at 11:00 a.m., in St. Martha’s Catholic Church at Water Gap, with Father Bob Damron officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-23-2007)

Gladys Conn

Age 74, of Martin, died Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born October 2, 1932, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Colbert and Drucilla Mullins Greer. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Prestonsburg Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Conn. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Wilmer Neb and Pauline Conn of Morehead; a daughter, Kathy Ann Conn of Prestonsburg; a brother, Elmer Greer of Banner; a sister, Lexie Salisbury of Martin; four grandchildren: Wilmer Greg Conn, Freddy Joe Conn, Jeremy Blake Conn, and Belinda Adkins; and four great-grandchildren: Dylan Gregory Conn, Matthew Tyler Conn, Braiden Adkins and Heather Conn. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Clyde Greer, Leon Greer, and Claude Greer; and three sisters: Draxie Hancock, Bessie Greer, and Flossie Carver. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 23, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Church of Christ ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Jeff Hunter Cemetery, at Printer, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-23-2007)

John David Evans Sr.

Age, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, departed this life on December 7, 2006. Johnny, as he was known by his friends, was born in Akron, Ohio, on October, 20, 1919, and moved to Auxier, where he was reared by his parents, Oscar Bob Evans, and Esther Keaton Evans. He was married for 57 years to his devoted wife, Patsy Evans. He was the father of his daughter Karen (Ron) Stanfield of Lexington, and his son David (Rella) Evans of Richmond. Johnny lived his life as a servant of the Lord, and made a Christian impact on the lives of all whom he touched. He was a Deacon Emeritus of Irene Cole Memorial (First) Baptist Church of Prestonsburg, where he served in many capacities, including missions and teaching Sunday school, and was a past master of Zebulon Masonic Lodge in Prestonsburg. He loved his church and he loved the Masonic order. He was a member of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington. He was a veteran of World War II, and proudly served his country in the Pacific. Johnny’s life was a testimony of service to his fellow man. He helped every person who needed him at any time, and never met a person he didn’t like. He lived a life of stability in an unstable world. He lived his life to serve God, and to serve others. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Esther, his brothers, Walter and James, and his much loved grandson, Zachary Stanfield. Survivors include his wife and children, two granddaughters: Bethany Evans and Emily Evans of Richmond, two sisters: Margie Gunnell of Prestonsburg, and Virginia (Norman) Foss of Orlando, Florida, and several extended family members and friends. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 11, at W.R. Milward Funeral Home, on Southland Drive, Lexington. Burial followed at Camp Nelson National Cemetery with military rites. Visitation was at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Stanfield, Phillip Price, Dell Jaggers, Brandon Stanfield, Jack Neal, Ron Johnson, Delmas Saunders, Orville Cooley, Bob Fisher, Evan Spradlin, Matthew Goble, Norman Foss, Randy Polk, and Gus Kalos. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Emerson Needlecraft Club, Cancer Kids Camp Sponsor, 2050 Garden Springs Dr., Apt. 300, Lexington, KY 40504. www.milwardfuneral.com (FCT'S 02-23-2007)

Tommy Slone Jr.

Age 78, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at Corner Stone Hospital, in Huntington, West Virginia. Born on March 1, 1928, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Tommy Slone and Alice Prater Slone. Survivors include five brothers: Herman Slone, George Slone, and Gary Slone, all of Prestonsburg, Johnny Slone of Van Lear, and Oscar Slone of Betsy Layne; five sisters: Kathryn Johnson, Winnie Mae Keathley, Ella Sammons, and Marie Lafferty, all of Prestonsburg, and Garnett Oldfather of Warsaw, Indiana. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 24, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jim Stephens officiating. Interment will be at Weddington Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. Visitation is Friday, 11 a.m., until 9 p.m. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home. Active pallbearers: Tracy Neice, Michael Lafferty, Robert Hamilton, Donald Johnson, Gary Johnson, and other family members. Honorary: Jay Sammons, Jack Keathley, Ed Burchett, Lowell Robinson, Jim Kunath, Austin Music, Terry Music, and Allen Lafferty. (FCT'S 02-23-2007)

Emily Olga Rice Allen

Age 94, of Willard, widow of the late Howard E. Allen, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2007. She was born May 2, 1912, in Floyd County, the daughter of the late Elder Samuel G. and Sally Sturgill Rice. She was a homemaker, a seamstress, and a member of the Farm Bureau. She was very active in the Carter County Homemakers, and was a member of the New Life United Baptist Church of Banner.  Survivors include a sister, Sina Rice Blanton of Prestonsburg; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Lou Allen Peterson; six brothers: Elmer, Oscar Ola, Lucian, Shirley, Willie, and George Rice; and three sisters: Bayard Jenkins, Annie Rice, and Madge Mauk. Funeral services was conducted Wednesday, February 14, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Elder Albert King, and other United Baptist ministers, officiating. Burial followed in the Allen Cemetery, in Eastern, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. (FCT'S 02-21-2007)

Nannie Gayheart

Age 91, of McDowell, widow of Roy Gayheart, passed away Monday, February 19, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born January 7, 1916, in McDowell, the daughter of the late Evan Issac and Judy Hall Issac. She was a retired employee of the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Survivors include two sons: Jackie Gayheart of Martin, and Ronald G. Gayheart of Bevinsville; two daughters: Barbara Martin of Sun City West, Arizona, and Madonna Maggard of Westland, Michigan, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Nannie Gayheart will be conducted Thursday, February 22, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Arnold Turner Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Keith Gayheart, Ryan Gayheart, Aaron Gayheart, David Ison, Adam Crum, and Frank Iorio. (FCT'S 02-21-2007)


Billy Jack Moore

Age 66, of Lancaster, Michigan, formerly of Printer, died Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at Oakwood Heritage Hospital, in Taylor, Michigan. Born March 17, 1940, in Printer, he was the son of the late Orville and Thelma Halbert Moore. He was a retired truck driver, and was a United States Air Force veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claudette Carroll Moore. Survivors include a son, Carl Glen Moore of Dearborn Heights, Michigan; a daughter, Jackie (Shelly) Moore of St. Claire Shores, Michigan; a grandson, Cyle Scott Olesky; a brother, Carl Jefferson Moore of St. Claire Shores, Michigan; his companion, Sharon Martin; nieces and nephews: Don, Tera, Sandra, and Lisa Gearheart, Brandon, Aaron (Peeper), and Shasta Gearheart, and Stephanie and Taylor Moore. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Etta Mae Moore Gearheart. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Mark Tackett officiating. Burial was in the Halbert Cemetery at Printer, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-21-2007)

Ida Slone

Age, 81, died Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 2:30 p.m., at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, Indiana. Born January 2, 1926, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of James Hall and Cassie Mae Prater. She was a homemaker. She resided for the past eight months in North Manchester, and was previously of Silver Lake, Kosciusko County, Indiana, for more than 50 years. She was a member of the Church of God in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. She was married to Rev. Edd Slone on August 8, 1942, who preceded her in death on September 12, 1998. Survivors include two sons: Ted Slone of Wildwood, Florida, and Will Slone of Silver Lake, Indiana; four daughters: Hattie Brown, Marcie Kirk, and Louise Hopkins, all of Warsaw, Indiana, and Edna Hughes of Silver Lake, Indiana; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sons, two brothers, and a sister. Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 19, at 10 a.m., at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, Indiana, with Pastor Terry Bradford officiating. Burial was in the Lakeview Cemetery, in Silver Lake, Indiana. Visitation was at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family of Ida Slone, in care of Will Slone, 2016 W. 900 S. Silver Lake, In. 46982. (FCT'S 02-21-2007)

Bonnie Jean Sword

Age 68, of Dwale, died Saturday, February 17, 2007, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. Born September 8, 1938, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Willie Robinson Collins, and the late Lavada Goble Collins Eden; she was the step-daughter of the late Ed Eden. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest M. Sword. Survivors include a daughter, Batina Lynn Sword of Dwale; a sister, Jane Back of Prestonsburg; and several nieces and nephews, and other family members and friends. In addition to her parents, her husband, and step-father, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Clifford Ronald Robinson, Otis Lee (Buddy) Collins, and William Letcher Robinson. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 20, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Rev. Edgar McKinney, and others, officiating. Burial was in Gethsemane Gardens in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-21-2007)

Virginia “Ditty” Burchett Tackett

Age, 82, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, February 15, 2007, at Central Baptist Hospital. Born November 13, 1924, in Suffolk, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late John Earl Burchett and Irvy Jones Burchett. She was a former receptionist for the City of Prestonsburg, a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a member of the Prestonsburg Woman’s Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond Hershell Tackett, who died December 29, 1975. Survivors include a son, Dr. Carl E. “Chuck” Tackett (Susie) of Prestonsburg; a brother, John Burchett of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Jane Wommack of Suffolk, Virginia; six grandchildren: Jane Turk, Joe Marshall, Carter Beasley, Sarah Tackett, Seth Tackett, and Amy Tackett; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Paul Carter Tackett, on March 5, 1996. Funeral services were held Sunday, February 18, at 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mark Walz officiating. Interment was at Richmond Memorial Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. Memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Arnold Ave., Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Dr. Charles Arnett, Andy Jarvis, Danny Stumbo, Tyler Whisman, Keith Beasley, Ken Wells, and Bryan Collins. (FCT'S 02-21-2007)

Warren Carl Wohlford

Age 83, of Martin, husband of Pamela Vicars Wohlford, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2007, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born May 13, 1923, in Hite, the son of the late John C. Wohlford and Mae Osborne Wohlford. He was a retired coal preparation worker, formerly employed by Wheelwright Mining Company; an U.S. Navy, World War II veteran; and a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church, in Water Gap. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a daughter, Janice Mitchell of Prestonsburg; two brothers: William T. Wohlford and John S. Wohlford, both of Martin; a sister, Margarette Conn of Martin; two grandchildren: Jamie Mitchell (Brandon) Castle and Jerri Mitchell; and a great-grandchild, Mitchell Brandt Castle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert V. Wohlford. Funeral services for Warren Carl Wohlford will be conducted Wednesday, February 21, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Mark Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-21-2007)

Mabel Berger

Age 85, of Melvin, died Thursday, February 15, 2007, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Born September 30, 1921, in Melvin, she was the daughter of the late Jasper and Fannie Gibson Bryant. She was a retired school teacher with the Floyd County Board of Education; and a member of the retired teachers association.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Berger. Survivors include seven sons: Steve Warren Berger (Darlene) of Bevinsville, Stuart Wayne Berger (Gail) of Buford, Georgia, Stanley Walter Berger (Jan) of Houston, Texas, Shelly Wendell Berger of Melvin, Sherman Wallace Berger (Paula) of Virgie, Sheldon Willis Berger and Strawn Wade Berger, both of Melvin; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents; and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Warren Bryant and a sister: Agnes O’Roark. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 19, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church in Melvin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.  Burial will be in Buckingham Cemetery, in Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church.  (FCT'S 02-19-2007)

Lisa Tackett Boyd

Age 45, of Harold, died Thursday, February 15, 2007, at her residence. Born December 5, 1961, in Martin, she was the daughter of the late Pearl and Bessie Riley Tackett. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Lower Toler Church of Christ, in Harold. She is survived by her husband, Nicky Boyd. Other survivors include her sons: Nicholas Casey Boyd and Brandon Patrick Boyd, both of Harold; brothers: Roy Lee Tackett, Ronald Fred Tackett, Denver Tackett, Larry Tackett, and Andy Lee Tackett, all of Harold; sisters: Aretta Scroggins and Barbara Sue Adkins, both of Harold. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 18, at 2 p.m., at the Lower Toler Church of Christ, in Harold, with Joe Meade, and others, officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church.  (FCT'S 02-19-2007)

Jean Delora Click

Age, 71, of Betsy Layne, died Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born August 18, 1935, in Ivel, she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Jesse Endicott Goble. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Click.  Survivors include a son, Craig Click of Betsy Layne; two daughters: Hattie Marie Reynolds (Vernon) of Ivel, and Patty Cecil (Larry) of Harold; a brother, Burns Goble of Dwale; a sister, Edith Faye Click of Betsy Layne; three grandchildren: Jeremy Craig Click, and Cody Allen Click, both of Betsy Layne, and Tiffany Jean-Marie Billiter of Harold; three special grandchildren: Kyle Bow of  Lexington, and Ian and Aidan Case of Ivel; several nieces and nephews; and a daughter-in-law, Debbie Hurd of Prestonsburg. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Dean Click; five brothers: Ballard (Bo) Goble, Adrian Goble, Roger Goble, Oliver Goble, and Tommy Goble; and a sister, Clara Bolden. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17, at noon, at the Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church in Ivel, with Tracy Patton, Tim McCoy, and Doug Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Old Ferguson Cemetery, in Harold, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church, with nightly services at 7 p.m.  (FCT'S 02-19-2007)

Sherry Lee Craft

Age 48, of Lackey, died Thursday, February 15, 2007, at her residence. Born September 26, 1958, in Martin, she was the daughter of Ruth Dooley Sexton of Lackey and the late Billy J. Sexton. She was a clerk for U.S. Postal Service; and a member of the Lackey Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Sammy Craft of Mousie. Other survivors include two sons: Terry Duane Layne of Lackey and Barry William Layne of Jackson; three step-daughters: Angie Thomas and Samantha Craft, both of Hindman and Gloria Gibson of San Gap; three brothers: James Eddie Sexton of Lackey, Billy Ray Sexton of Garrett and Timothy Joe Sexton of Wayland; and a sister: Kathy Sexton of Lackey. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 18, at 11 a.m., at the Lackey Freewill Baptist Church in Lackey, with Johnny Collins and others officiating. Burial will be in the Lackey Cemetery at Lackey, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home and will be at the church on Sunday at 10 a.m.  (FCT'S 02-19-2007)

Marvin Crum

Age 65, of Hueysville, died Thursday, February 15, 2007, at Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, in Hazard. Born April 14, 1941, in Martin, he was the son of the late Hage and Katherine Robinson Crum. He was a disabled welder and mechanic for the coal industry; a U.S. Army veteran; and a member of the Hueysville Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Martin Crum. Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Matthew and Bonnie Crum of Martin; two daughters and sons-in-law: Laura Ellen and Howard Meade of Richmond, and Amy Louise and Jerry Hardy of Clarksville, Tennessee; a brother, Dannie Crum of Martin; a sister, Gladys Crum, of Martin; and six grandchildren: Gregory Meade, Jeremy Meade, Jason Meade, Hannah Marie Crum, Colton Wyatt Crum, and Jerry Thomas Hardy III. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 18, at 2 p.m. at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Chester Ray Varney officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Hueysville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-19-2007)

Ernest Baldridge

Age 84, of Fountain Lakes, in Estero, Florida, passed away at his home, Sunday, February 11, 2007. He was born April 4, 1922, in East Point. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He studied law at the University of Kentucky, and Ohio State University, and worked for 33 years as a claims manager for Westfield Insurance Company, in Columbus and Lima, Ohio. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and he was an excellent carpenter and mechanic. He became, late in life, very skilled with computers.  He leaves behind Mary Pat Baldridge, his beloved wife of almost 62 years; and children Betty Schuster of Hansville, Washington; Teri Kozsey (Philip) of North Royalton, Ohio; and James Baldridge (Sue) of Dayton, Ohio.  He is also survived by his sister, Janet Taylor of Columbus, Ohio; his brother Jack Baldridge (Ernestine) of Rock Island, Illinois; and three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A memorial service was held Thursday at 10:00 a.m., at Naples Memorial Gardens, 525 111th Avenue, Naples. (FCT'S 02-16-2007)

Wornie Hale

Age, 87, of Hueysville, died Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at Hazard Regional Medical Center. Prior to his death, he had been a resident at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, in Hazard. He was born March 7, 1919, in Colie, the son of the late Green and Lillia (Prater) Hale. He was married on September 1, 1945, in Paintsville, to Clara Hicks. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the United States Army in North Africa and Italy. He was a retired member of the United Mine Workers of America, and a member of the Hueysville Church of Christ. Survivors include his daughter, Lillie (Jeff) McNutt; his son, Denzil (Linda) Hale; his brother, Clyde (Bessie) Hale; his sister, Gladys (Charles) Lawson; five grandchildren: David Hale, Shawn McNutt, Nedra (Dan) McDaniel, Sheena McNutt, and Margaret Hale; two great-grandchildren: Silas and Jonah McDaniel; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Clara; his daughter, Cherryl; his grandson, Brian; his sister, Callie; and his brothers, Woodrow and Munroe. Funeral services for Wornie Hale, will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, February 19, at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with the Rev. Chester Varney officiating. Burial will be in the Hale Family Cemetry, in Hueysville, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Friends may call after 5 p.m., on Saturday, February 17, and after 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, February 18, at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-16-2007)

Olin Amburgey

Age 81, of Louisa, formerly of Langley, husband of Shirley Ratliff Amburgey, passed away Friday, February 9, 2007, at the Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa. He was born January 20, 1926, in Red Fox, the son of the late Ruben and Minnie Adams Amburgey. He was a retired coal miner, a World War II Army veteran, and a member of the U.M.W.A.  Survivors, in addition to his wife, Shirley, include two sons, Olin Gene (Glenda) Amburgey of Louisa, and Stephen Allen (Edwina) Amburgey of Langley; two daughters, Jacqueline (Lenny) Garrison of Howell, Michigan, and Sherry Ann (Randy) Amburgey of Cincinnati, Ohio; nine grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Olin Amburgey were conducted Monday, February 12, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Lenny Wheeler officiating. Burial was in the Jimmy Ratliff Cemetery, in Langley, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.  Pallbearers: Kevin Hughes, Roger Collins, Shawn Amburgey, Nick Amburgey, Michael Ousley, and Brian Ratliff.  (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Ernest Baldridge

Age, 84, of Fountain Lakes, in Estero, Florida, passed away at his home, Sunday, February 4, 2007. He was born April 4, 1922, in East Point. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He studied law at the University of Kentucky, and Ohio State University, and worked for 33 years as a claims manager for Westfield Insurance Company, in Columbus and Lima, Ohio. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and he was an excellent carpenter and mechanic. He became, late in life, very skilled with computers. He leaves behind Mary Pat Baldridge, his beloved wife of almost 62 years; and children Betty Schuster of Hansville, Washington; Teri Kozsey (Philip) of North Royalton, Ohio; and James Baldridge (Sue) of Dayton, Ohio.  He is also survived by his sister, Janet Taylor of Columbus, Ohio; his brother Jack Baldridge (Ernestine) of Rock Island, Illinois; and three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m., at Naples Memorial Gardens, 525 111th Avenue, Naples. (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Farish Bradley

Age 77, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, February 8, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born December 26, 1929, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Jake and Phoebe Hyden Bradley. He was a disabled coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean Ousley Bradley. Survivors include: a son, Farish Timothy Bradley Jr. (Renea) of Prestonsburg; three daughters: Linda Johnson, Melissa Stanley (Tim), and Phoebe Michelle Hughes (Rick), all of Prestonsburg; five brothers: Otis Bradley, Jake Bradley Jr., Jimmy Bradley, Frank Bradley, and Loren Bradley, all of Prestonsburg; four sisters: Alva Hackworth of Pyramid, Winnie Ellen Ousley of Prestonsburg, and Phyllis Bolen and Dorothy Bolen, both of Garrett; and six grandchildren: Eukie Jean, Brandon, Nicole, Dakota, Cody, and Briana. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Woodrow Bradley and Edgel Bradley; a sister, Susie Ousley; and a son-in-law, Donald Johnson. Funeral services were held Monday, February 12, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Jimmy Stephens, Malcolm Slone, Glen Slone, and Bethel Bolen officiating.  Burial was in the Stephens Family Cemetery, at Mays Branch, in Prestonsburg. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Mae Clay

Age 86, of Jamestown, formerly of Ligon, died Thursday, February 8, 2007, at her residence.  Born January 28, 1921, in Jacks Creek, she was the daughter of the late Dave and Nancy Hall Mullins. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church in Melvin. She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Brother) Clay.  Survivors include a son, William Ronald Clay of Jamestown; three daughters: Blanche Patton of Lawrence-burg, Kathleen Caudill of Martin, and Nesba Dailey of Ligon; a brother, Clinis Mullins of Franklin Furnance, Ohio; 14 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Arnold Clay; seven brothers: Ellis Mullins, Frank Mullins, Crocket Mullins, Enis Mullins, Hilbert Mullins, Jerry Mullins, and Fines Mullins; and six sisters: Okla Tackett, Frankie Hamilton, Fancy Isaac, Anna Mullins, Lizzie Newman, and Mary Holbrook.  Funeral services were held Sunday, February 11, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.  Burial was in the Dave Mullins Family Cemetery in Melvin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Jeremy Ellis Gibson

Age 27, of Langley, passed away Monday, February 12, 2007, at Our Lady of The Way Hospital, in Martin. He was born November 24, 1979, in Pikeville, the son of Deborah Gail Sturgill Gibson of Allen, and the late Charles Brent Gibson. He was employed by ACS of Pikeville, and attended the Church of Christ, in Prestonsburg. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a sister, Leann Nicole Gibson of Allen; his paternal grandmother, Joyce Ann Ellis Gibson of Langley; an uncle, Michael Gibson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles Laban Gibson, and his maternal grandparents, Forrest and Katie Sturgill.  Funeral services for Jeremy Ellis Gibson will be conducted Thursday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Rick Kelley officiating.  Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.  Visitation is at the funeral home Pallbearers: Steven Slone, Chris Caudill, Corey Little, Landon Slone, Justin Prater, and Todd Sturgill.  Honorary: Dustin Little and Jerry Stanley. (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Denzil Humble

Age 68, of Printer, died Monday, February 12, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born February 18, 1938, in Printer, he was the son of the late James Isaac and Ollie Meade Humble. He was a retired materials superintendent for Johnson Controls, in Plymouth, Michigan; a member of John W. Hall Lodge No. 950, F&AM, in Martin; a past master of Livingston Lodge No. 76, in Pinckney, Michigan, in 1999; an Honorable Kentucky Colonel; and a member of the Spurlock Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Rose M. Stephens Humble. Other survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law: Randy Isaac and Martha Humble of Printer, and Rodney A. and Carrie Humble of Pinckney, Michigan; a daughter and son-in-law: Deborah Sue and Danny McCoy of Printer; a sister, Patricia Conn of Printer; 10 grandchildren: Amos, Adam, Maggie, Andrew, Austin, Erin, Natalie, Brett, Larry, and Brody; and six great-grandchildren: Megan, Makayla, Jessie, Wesley, Waylan, and Logan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: James Milton Humble and Leonard Humble; a sister, Juanita Conn; and two half brothers: Ivan Carroll and Dwayne Carroll. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 15, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bruce Coleman, and others, officiating.  Burial will be in the Meade Cemetery, at Spurlock, in Printer, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home, and Masonic rites will be held on Wednesday night, at 6:30 p.m.  (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Eliza Thornsberry Johnson

Age 88, of Stanford, formerly of Kite, widow of George Johnson, died Saturday, February 10, 2007, in the Ephriam-McDowell Hospital, in Danville. She was born December 13, 1918, in Kite, a daughter of the late M. L. and Rosanne Hall Thornsberry. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church.  Survivors include three sons, Theodore Johnson of Topmost, Elwood Johnson and Brownlow Johnson, both of Kite; a daughter, Betty J. Gallagher, of Stanford; a brother, M. H. Thornsberry of Belleville, Michigan; four grandchildren, four step grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several step great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers: Claude, French, Joneth, Amos, Roscoe, and Mack Thorns-berry; five sisters Alice, Hazel, Barbara, and Gracie Thornsberry, and Allie Hall; and two grandchildren: Cynthia Ann Johnson and Michael “Pee-Wee” Johnson. Funeral Service of Eliza Thornsberry Johnson were conducted Tuesday, February 13, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the King Cemetery, in Kite, with Hall Funeral Home caring for those arrangements. Pallbearers: Mark Johnson, Danny Johnson, Dougie Johnson, Bimbo Huff, Hermis Johnson, Bobby Joe Hall, William Johnson and Charles Johnson. (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Buell Spears Jr.

Age 52, of Langley, passed away Monday, February 12, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born August 1, 1954, in Pike County, the son of Virginia Allen Spears, of Langley, and the late Buell Courtney Spears.  In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Jonathan Richard Spears of Langley; a daughter, Michael Courtney Spears of Pike County; a brother, Joey Douglas Spears of Pikeville; two sisters: Carol Robinson and Marsha Wade, both of Port St. John, Florida; and a grandson, Steven Spears.  Funeral services for Buell Spears Jr., will be conducted Friday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Roy Harlow officiating.  Burial will follow in the Leonard Allen Cemetery, in Langley, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is after 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Flora Bates Thornsberry

Age, 102, of Cecilia, formerly of Melvin and Knott County, died Friday, February 9, 2007, at her residence. Born September 12, 1904, in Knott County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph “Joe” and Mary Alice “Babe” Vanover Bates. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Left Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Columbus “Boog” Thornsberry.  Survivors include a son, Andrew “Jack” Thornsberry of Louisville; and a daughter, Lonnie Little of Cecilia; 13 grandchildren, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Landis “Buster” Thornsberry; seven brothers and four sisters: Uriah Bates, Andrew Bates, Clarence Bates, Landis Bates, Ernest Bates, Columbus (Dib) Bates, Tilden Bates, Mary Ann Gibson Meade, Rosie Cole, Lilly Flair Lucas, and Nebraska Bates.  Funeral services were held Sunday, February 11, at 1 p.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church in Melvin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Little Cemetery in Melvin, under the direction of the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church.    (FCT'S 02-14-2007)

Bill Wells

Age, 75, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.  Born April 23, 1931, in Glo, he was the son of the late Everett Wells and Bessie Whittaker Wells. He was a retired president and general manager of RECC, a former Floyd County judge/executive and a former magistrate of District No. 1. He was a member of the Spurlock Bible Church, and a member of Zebulon Masonic Lodge No. 273, and was a 32nd degree Mason.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lottie Francis (Billie Jo) Fitzpatrick Wells, who died October 12, 1988.  He is survived by his second wife, Pauline Sparks Wells of Prestonsburg.  Other survivors include two sons: Kenneth Ray Wells (Jan) of Prestonsburg, and Michael Keith Wells (Heather) of Prestonsburg; two stepsons: William McGuire of Emma, and Worth McGuire of Richmond; two sisters: Betty Palmer and Peggy Conley, both of Lexington; four grandchildren: Zack Wells, Todd Wells, Kalan Wells and Cameron Wells; five great-grandchildren: Madison, Dakota, Zachary, Hunter, and Olivia; three step grandchildren and one step great-grandson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 10, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jim Stephens and Rev. Steve Pescosolido officiating.  Interment will be in Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg. Visitation is Friday, 5 p.m., until 9 p.m. Masonic services, will be conducted Friday, at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to: Spurlock Bible Chapel, 6227 Spurlock Creek Road, Prestonsburg. Active pallbearers: Zack Wells, Todd Wells, Wesley McGuire, Worth McGuire II, William McGuire, Dan Hitchcock and Cameron Wells. Honorary pallbearers: Frank Fitzpatrick, Richard Fitzpatrick, Worth McGuire, Albert Burchett, Dr. Charles Arnett, Dr. Larry Leslie, Dr. Chuck Tackett, Dr. Jack Kendrick, and Henry (Mutt) Harris Jr. The family has entrusted arrangements to Carter Funeral Home.  (FCT'S 02-09-2007)

Glen H. Martin

Age 60, of Wayland, husband of Joyce Cook Martin, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007, at his residence.  He was born March 6, 1946, in Wayland, the son of the late Marion Martin and Thelma Terry Martin. He was a former employee of Job Corp.  Survivors, in addition to his wife, Joyce, include two sons: Marion Wade Martin and Wesley Glen Martin, both of Wayland; two brothers: Bobby Slone of Willard, Ohio, and Charles Martin of Wayland; and two grandchildren: Leslie Lynn Martin and Logan Martin.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert Martin and Carl Ray Martin. Funeral services for Glen H. Martin will be conducted, Thursday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Danny O’Quinn officiating. Burial will follow in the Martin Cemetery, in Wayland, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.  Visitation is at the funeral home.  (FCT'S 02-07-2007)


Margie Lee Ward Morrison

Age, 83, of Auxier, died Thursday, February 1, 2007, at High-lands Regional Medical Center.  Born March 29, 1923, in Edgar, she was the daughter of the late Jefferson Ward and Rosa Lilly Ward. She was a homemaker and a member of the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Morrison, who died April 16, 1987.  Survivors include six daughters: Jeanie Perry of Auxier, Geraldine Wells of Allen, Kathleen Butcher and Carol Fannin, both of Van Lear, Lucy Woods of Columbus, Ohio, and Elizabeth Williams of Florida; four sons: William Morrison and Greg Morrison, both of Auxier, Roger Morrison of Paintsville, and Melvin (Bud) Morrison of Lexington; one sister, Marsha Goshorn of Tennessee; 30 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday, February 3, at 2 p.m., at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastor Bobby Joe Spencer, Brother Shane Powers, and Calvin Setser officiating. Interment was in the Morrison Family Cemetery, in Auxier. The family has entrusted arrangements to Carter Funeral Home.

James E. Allen

Beloved husband of Violet Coburn Allen, passed from this life, peacefully in his sleep, on February 1, 2007. He was 88.  James was born January 17, 1919, in Northern. He was one of 11 children born to Melvin J. and Lula Gayheart Allen, now deceased. He was a Maytown High School graduate. He was also a veteran, and served as a combat engineer in World War II. James was a devout member of the Graceway United Methodist Church, at Langley. James worked at Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company for a time, but left to establish his own company, J.E. Allen Drilling and Construction Company Inc., in 1947. He thoroughly enjoyed his work, and his contact with people.  His hobbies included watching the U.K. Wildcats, gardening, and golf; but his greatest joy was his family. He derived the most pleasure from vacationing, traveling with his wife, and other members of the family. In his long life, he developed many close friendships which he deeply valued, and is remembered most for his love of life, and his wonderful sense of humor.  He is survived by Violet Coburn Allen, his wife of 65 years; two sons: Nick D. Turner, and his wife, Corene Gibson Turner of Vienna, Virginia; and James Lynn Allen, and his wife, Ann Mayo Allen of Prestonsburg; four grandchildren: James David Turner of Raleigh, North Carolina, Barron and Jonathan Allen of Langley; and a step-granddaughter, Robyn Francis Tackett of Richmond; seven great-grandchildren: Erin Taylor, James Barron, Noelle, Jonna, and Paula Allen, James Justin, and William Joseph Turner; a daughter-in-law, Gloria Turner Allen of Garrett; and one sister, Anna Mae Curtis of Greenfield, Indiana.  Funeral service for James E. Allen was conducted Sunday, February 4, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Roy Harlow officiating.  Entombment was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Barron Allen, Jonathan Allen, James David Turner, Melvin May, Charles Bradley, Tony Harris, and Jamie Harris.  Honorary: The men of the Graceway United Methodist Church, in Langley.  (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Ranny Gene Blankenship

Age 57, of Beaver, died Saturday, February 3, 2007, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare emergency room.  Born August 2, 1949, in Martin, he was the son of the late Harrison and Tamery Slone Blankenship. He was a disabled coal miner.  He is survived by his wife, Judy Pennington Blankenship. Other survivors include his children: Ranny Robert Blankenship of Winchester; James Lee Blankenship, wife Jamie Lynn, of Prestonsburg; Eric Gene Blankenship, wife Jessica, of Weeksbury; Justin Lee Blankenship of Ligon; and Tammy Angeline Gibson of Lexington; a brother, Danny Blankenship of Broadway, Ohio; and four sisters: Ilene Gilliam and Patsy Blankenship, both of Portsmouth, Ohio; Linda Sue Akers of Teaberry; and Judy Sizemore of McDowell; and seven grandchildren: Brett, Keisha, Micheal, Brittian, Brianna, Ashley, and Issabella.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William (Billy) Blankenship; and two brothers: Kenneth Blankenship and Larry Blankenship. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 7, at noon, at Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church in Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.  Burial will be in the Blankenship Family Cemetery in Ligon, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  Visitation is at the church.   (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Juanita Hatfield Boatwright

Age, 81, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, February 5, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg.  Born January 13, 1926, in Water Gap, she was the daughter of the late Jordan and Martha Campbell Hatfield. She was a homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Boatwright.  Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mark (Hazel) Boatwright of Prestonsburg; a brother, Curtis (JoAnn) Hatfield of Ulysses; four grandchildren: Paul (Kelley) Fleming, William (Nancy) Fleming, Amy (Joe) Burchett Jr., and Steven Boatwright; eight great-grandchildren: Megan, Brittany, Cody Fleming, Meredith, Hunter Fleming, Andrew, Benjamin, and Leah Kate Burchett.  In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Ann Boatwright Fleming; and a brother, Joe Hatfield.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 8, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bill Campbell officiating.  Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation is at the funeral home.  (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Annie Handshoe

Age 83 of Hueysville, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2007, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center.  She was born February 24, 1923, at Magoffin County, being the daughter of the late Reps and Cynthia Fitzpatrick Howard.  She was a Grocery Store operator the owner of Handshoe Grocery at Hueysville.  In addition to her parents and husband, Grover Handshoe, she was preceded in death by two sons: James Lloyd Handshoe and Thee Handshoe.  Surviving are: One son, Glenn (Lora) Handshoe of Hueysville; three daughters: Gladys (Herman) Hale and Oma (Ronnie) Bolen, both of Kendallville, Indiana and Mary (Ivan) Stanfield of Topmost; 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Chapel at Martin, with Bethel Bolen and Carlos Beverly officiating.  Burial was in the Wilson Handshoe Cemetery on Quicksand Rd. at Hueysville, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin.  Pallbearers: Brian Hand-shoe, Barry Bolen, Ricky Handshoe, Gary Handshoe, Jeff Stanfield, Kedrick Stanfield, Randy Handshoe and Brody Dixon.  (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Joey Edwin Howel

Age 30, husband of Misty Dawn Howell, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2007, at his residence in McDowell.  He was born July 2, 1976, in Martin, the son of Deborah Kaye Howell of McDowell, and Tim Yates of Martin.  Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents, include three daughters: Cheyenne “Mekyla” Howell, Hannah “Jo” Howell, and Taylor Brooke Howell, all of McDowell; a half-brother, Timmy Yates; a sister, Caitlynn Jo Howell of McDowell; and a half sister, Glema Yates of Martin.  Funeral services for Joey Edwin Howell were conducted Tuesday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergymen Homer Howell, Abe Howell, and Mike Justice officiating.
 urial was in the Howell Cemetery, in McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.   (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Emogene Hicks

Age 79, of Nelsonville, Ohio, died Saturday, February 3, 2007, at the James Cancer Center. She was a retired nurses aid. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville J. Hicks; her parents, Elmo and May Wallen; and her sisters: Dorothy Hicks, Maude Lucas and Ruth Collins.  Survivors include her daughters: Alice Wellman of Johnstown, Ohio, and Dorothy R. (James T.). Bower of Westerville; grandchildren: Robert J. Marlowe, Scott H. (Kate) Marlowe, Lucian G. (Hilary) Wellman III, April L. (Rick Sherburn) Phillips, and Mandie (Chris) Davis; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Wallen of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 6, at 11 a.m., at the Moreland Funeral Home, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio, with Pastor Bob Tussing officiating.  Interment was in the Blendon Central Cemetery, under the direction of Moreland Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Friends, if they wish, may contribute to the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, 300 West Tenth Avenue, Suite 519, Columbus, Ohio 43210.   (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Joey Edwin Howel

Age 30, husband of Misty Dawn Howell, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2007, at his residence in McDowell.  He was born July 2, 1976, in Martin, the son of Deborah Kaye Howell of McDowell, and Tim Yates of Martin.  Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents, include three daughters: Cheyenne “Mekyla” Howell, Hannah “Jo” Howell, and Taylor Brooke Howell, all of McDowell; a half-brother, Timmy Yates; a sister, Caitlynn Jo Howell of McDowell; and a half sister, Glema Yates of Martin.  Funeral services for Joey Edwin Howell were conducted Tuesday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergymen Homer Howell, Abe Howell, and Mike Justice officiating.
 urial was in the Howell Cemetery, in McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.   (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Erma Johnson

Age 80, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, February 1, 2007, at her residence.  Born July 5, 1926, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Mat and Ada Stumbo Moore. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse James Johnson.  Survivors include a son, Dwayne Moore of Prestonsburg; two brothers: Willie Moore of McDowell, and Rufus Moore of Minnie; three sisters: Elva (Teddy) Moore of Price, and Alma (Mickie) Hall, and Betty Whitlock, both of Ashtabula, Ohio; and three grandchildren: Justin Moore, Brianna Wills, and Jessica Moore.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Roy Gene King; a brother, Beverage Moore; two sisters: Judy Barnes and Clova Howell; and a great-grandchild, Jesse Aldan Harris.  Funeral services were held Sunday, February 4, at 11 a.m., at Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church, in Price, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.  Burial was in the Stumbo Cemetery, in Price, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  Visitation was Friday, at the funeral home, and at the church, on Saturday.  Active pallbearers: Mike Stumbo, Phillip Moore, Jerry McBrayer, Carl Whitlock, Tim Patrick, Justin Moore, Warren Combs, and Josh Stephens.   (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Glen H. Martin

Age 60, of Wayland, husband of Joyce Cook Martin, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007, at his residence.  He was born March 6, 1946, in Wayland, the son of the late Marion Martin and Thelma Terry Martin. He was a former employee of Job Corp. Survivors, in addition to his wife, Joyce, include two sons: Marion Wade Martin and Wesley Glen Martin, both of Wayland; two brothers: Bobby Slone of Willard, Ohio, and Charles Martin of Wayland; and two grandchildren: Leslie Lynn Martin and Logan Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert Martin and Carl Ray Martin. Funeral services for Glen H. Martin will be conducted, Thursday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Danny O’Quinn officiating. Burial will follow in the Martin Cemetery, in Wayland, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.   (FCT'S 02-07-2007)

Margie Lee Ward Morrison

Age, 83, of Auxier, died Thursday, February 1, 2007, at High-lands Regional Medical Center. Born March 29, 1923, in Edgar, she was the daughter of the late Jefferson Ward and Rosa Lilly Ward. She was a homemaker and a member of the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Morrison, who died April 16, 1987.  Survivors include six daughters: Jeanie Perry of Auxier, Geraldine Wells of Allen, Kathleen Butcher and Carol Fannin, both of Van Lear, Lucy Woods of Columbus, Ohio, and Elizabeth Williams of Florida; four sons: William Morrison and Greg Morrison, both of Auxier, Roger Morrison of Paintsville, and Melvin (Bud) Morrison of Lexington; one sister, Marsha Goshorn of Tennessee; 30 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday, February 3, at 2 p.m., at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastor Bobby Joe Spencer, Brother Shane Powers, and Calvin Setser officiating.  Interment was in the Morrison Family Cemetery, in Auxier.  The family has entrusted arrangements to Carter Funeral Home.   (FCT'S 02-07-2007)



Michael A. Fitzpatrick

Age, 67, of Prestonsburg, passed away, Wednesday, January 31, 2007, at Norton Hospital in Louisville. Arrangements, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  (FCT'S 02-02-2007)

Billy Joe Harrington

Age 72, of Somerset, formerly of Wheelwright, died Tuesday, January 30, 2007, at his residence.  Born February 13, 1934, in Drift, he was the son of the late Homer Harrington and the late Maudie Bell Parker Harris. He was the step-son of the late Willie Harris.  Survivors include three sons: Ray Harrington (Paula) and Rodney Harrington, both of Somerset, and Roger Ray Harrington of Wheelwright; three daughters: Dinah Gibson and Joann Harrington, both of Prestonsburg, and Billie Lou Gilliam (Ernie) of McDowell; a brother, James Harris of Lenoir, North Carolina; four sisters: Hazel McCown and Justine Isaac, both of Detroit, Michigan, Norma From of Louisville, and Pauline Martin of Wheelwright; 25 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents and step-father, he was preceded in death by two sons: Terry Dean Harrington and Ronnie Harrington; two brothers: Earnest Ray Harrington and Eddie Harris; two sisters: Peggy Meyers and Betty Jean Newman; and a grandson.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 3, at 11 a.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, in Bypro, with Louis Ferrari and John Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Harris Cemetery, in Melvin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church.  (FCT'S 02-02-2007)

Glenn “Archie” Harris

Age, 73, of Grove City, Ohio, passed away, Wednesday, January 24, 2007, at Grant Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Flora (Patton) Harris; his brothers: George Harris Jr., Bill Harris, and Troy Harris; and a sister, Virginia Harris Cravello.  Archie is survived by his wife, Barbara Gee Harris. Other survivors include a brother, Roy Gene (Dreama) Harris of Paris; a sister, Anna Joyce Harris Moore of Price; many nieces and nephews; and many friends. He retired from Kinetics Noise Control, after 32 years of service. Funeral services were held at 10:00 am., Saturday, January 27, at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Southwest Chapel, in Grove City, with pastor Ed Linville, and special speaker, Brian Davis, officiating. Interment was held at 2 p.m., at Memorial Burial Park, in Wheelersburg, Ohio.  Visitation was held 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, January 26, at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be left at: www.Newcomerfamily.com (FCT'S 02-02-2007)

Leon J. Perkins

Age 94, of Greenwich, Ohio, died Tuesday night, January 30, 2007, at his home. He was born January 1, 1913, in Pike County, son of the late Walter J. and Ethel Perkins. He had lived in Martin, for about 30 years before moving to Greenwich in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for several mining companies in Kentucky, and also had worked at Mid-West Industries in Willard, and Akron Standard Mold in Greenwich. He was a member of the United Mine Workers.  He is survived by Edna (Reed) Perkins, his wife of 61 years. Other survivors include five sons: Terry Perkins of Warsaw, Indiana, Steve Perkins of Willard, Carl Perkins of Milan, John Perkins of Greenwich, and Jerry Perkins of New London; three daughters: Ruth Perkins, Pat Sexton, and Mary Poll, all of Greenwich, 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters: Ethel Duff and Shirley Perkins.  Friends may call from 6-9 p.m., Friday, February 2, at the First Baptist Church, 96 Townsend St., Greenwich, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 3, with Pastor Gary Adkins officiating. Burial, with military rites, will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven, Ohio.  Eastman Funeral Home, 49 West Main St., Greenwich, is in charge of arrangements. (FCT'S 02-02-2007)

Jaylin Slone

Age 9 months, the daughter of Kelly Slone and Tina Woods, of Louisa, died Saturday, January 27, 2007, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  She was born April 10, 2006, in Prestonsburg. In addition to her parents, survivors include her paternal grandparents: Joe and Viola Slone of Louisa; and her maternal  Grandparents, Darrell Conley of Prestonsburg; and Sandy and Larry Coffey of Stearns.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Jasmine Woods.  Funeral services will be held Friday, February 2, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Larry Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Slone Family Cemetery at Blaine, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 02-02-2007)

Malvary Stumbo

Age 61, of McDowell, died Wednesday, January 31, 2007, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born February 27, 1945, in Bevinsville, she was the daughter of Dina Collins Mullins of McDowell, and the late Duaval Mullins. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, John M. Stumbo. Other survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Lorraine and Shannon Hall of McDowell; five brothers: Chester Mullins of Indiana, Egory Mullins of Martin County, Gregory Mullins and Eddie Mullins, both of McDowell, and Curtis Mullins of Prestonsburg; three sisters: Christine Frasure and Norene Hall, both of McDowell, and Geneva Whitt of Hopkinsville; and a granddaughter, Katelyn Amelia Faith Stumbo Hall of McDowell. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Mullins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 3, at 1 p.m., at the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, in McDowell, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, in McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church, with nightly services at 6:30 p.m. (FCT'S 02-02-2007)