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January Obituaries

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Betty June Gray

Age, 65, of Wayland, died Monday, January 29, 2001, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on March 2, 1935, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Mae Banks Hicks. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Joe Gray. Survivors include one son, David Gray of Hazard; one daughter, May Lynn Sparkman of Pippa Passes; two brothers, Jack Hicks of Atlanta, Georgia, Lowell Hicks of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Avanelle Murray of Wayland, Sue Knight of Paintsville, Billie Mullins of Columbus, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 1, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, at Eastern.

Claudia Keeton

Age, 92, of Warsaw, Indiana, formerly of Floyd County, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at the Mason Health Care in Warsaw. Born on January 10, 1909, in Kaymoor, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Franklin and Jane (Gay) Brunk. She had been a resident of Warsaw since 1950, and was a former cook at Warsaw Community Schools. She was a member of Warsaw Church of God, Win-Some Women, Warsaw Christian Women’s Club, and Women’s Missionary Society, Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oran Keeton.
Survivors include two daughters, Dora Shepherd of Warsaw, Indiana, Pauline Armstrong of Buchanan Dam, Texas; two sons, Jim Keeton of Warsaw, Indiana, Max Keeton of Texas City, Texas, eight grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, 18-great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 31, at the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, Indiana, with Pastor Gerald Yoder officiating.
Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana.

Paula Michelle Stanley

Age, 18, of Hi Hat, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at Drift, as a result of an automobile accident. She was born December 17, 1982, at Pikeville, the daughter of Gary Stanley and Deanna Ratliff Stanley. She was a student at South Floyd High School. Survivors include one brother, Scotty Stanley, and one sister, Stacy Stanley, both of Hi Hat. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 30, at the Joppa Regular Baptist Church, at Melvin. Burial was in the Matthew Tackett Cemetery, at Melvin, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Glenna Chaffins Conn

Age, 70, of Garrett, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born September 15, 1930, in Lackey, the daughter of the late Oliver Chaffins and Roxie Bolen Chaffins. Her husband, Bennie Conn, preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Tinsley Patton of Garrett, Morris Patton of Corona, Indiana; two daughters, Connie Browning of Paintsville, Sheila Pauley of South Point, Ohio; two brothers, Arnold Chaffins and Dempsy Chaffins, both of Garrett; three sisters, Hazel Reed of Garrett, Opal Chaffins of Florida, Beatrice Moore of Michigan; six grandchildren, one step-grandchild and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 2, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Bethel Bolen officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

Hellen C. Prater

Age, 92, formerly of Floyd County, died at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan, on Monday, January 22, 2001. She was the daughter of the late Campbell and John Clark.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmo Prater. Survivors include one son, Joseph Prater of Westland, Michigan; one daughter, Patricia Wickerham of Grandeville, Michigan; and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

James M. Crisp

Age, 70, of Martin, died Friday, January 26, 2001, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, at Martin. He was born May 29, 1930, at Martin, the son of the late Jones and Susie Wallen Crisp. He was a retired coal miner, a Korean War Army veteran, a member of the Prestonsburg Church of Christ, U.M.W.A. and AMVETS. His first wife, Dora Mae Robinson Crisp preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Hattie Lou Adkins Crisp. Other survivors include one son, James Ray Crisp of Potterville, Michigan; two daughters, Kathy Samons of Martin, and Linda Sue Halbert of Marshall, Michigan; one step-daughter, Brittany Noel Crisp, of Martin; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 29, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial was in the Robinson Family Cemetery, at Martin. Serving as pallbearers were Ronald Samons, Ronald D. Samons, John Thomas Fern III, Larry Halbert, James Crisp, and Rutherford Tackett.

Lucille W. Patton

Age, 82, of Auxier, died Saturday, January 20, 2001, at Prestonsburg Health Care Center following an extended illness. Born February 16, 1918, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Richard M. (Dick) and Fannie Richmond Wells. She was a member of the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church and was a former employee of Irvin Airchute at West Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie H. Patton. Survivors include one son, Roger Dean Patton, of Decatur, Alabama; two daughters, Karen Lynn Howard of Auxier and Charlene Muncy of Williamsport; two sisters, Mildred Sturgill and Beatrice Childers, both of Auxier; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 22, at 2 p.m., at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church with Calvin Setser and James Mollett officiating. Burial was in the Auxier Relocation Cemetery under the direction of Preston Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers were Bill D. Branham, Phillip Tucker, Ron Slone, Peter B. Howard, Jack Salyers and Manford Walton.

Margaret Moore Sparkman

Age, 89, of Marion, Ohio, formerly of Farmers, and Floyd County, died Saturday, January 27, 2001, at the Marion General Hospital, in Marion, Ohio. Born May 26, 1911, in Wayland, she was the daughter of the late Mart Moore and Mandy Collins Moore. She attended the Good Faith Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Sparkman. Survivors include three sons, Von Sparkman of Morehead, Don Sparkman of Farmers and Fairl Sparkman of McMinnville, Tennessee; seven daughters, Billie Klaiber of Marion, Ohio, Beulah Walker of Farmer, Avanell Kidd of Columbus, Ohio, Jayne Martin of Huntertown, Indiana, Gertrude Slone of Marion, Ohio, Berniece Coburn of Kendallville, Indiana and Teresa Sparkman of Mt. Sterling; forty-three grandchildren, sixty-eight great-grandchildren and sixteen great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 31, at 11 a.m., at the Lane-Stucky-Gray Funeral Home, Morehead, with Rev. Barkley Slone officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery at Midland.

Mollie Hamilton Slone 

Age, 88, of Beaver, died Saturday, January 27, 2001, in the McDowell Appalachian Hospital. She was born February 4, 1912, in Craynor, the daughter of the late Squire Hamilton and Nancy Newsome Hamilton. She was a member of the Zion Regular Baptist Church for 66 years. Her husband, Taulbie Slone, preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Denver Slone of Beaver; two daughters, Sarah Tackett of Grayson, Hilma Slone of Beaver; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 30, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Ike Roberts Cemetery, at Grethel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Nellie K. Kingsley

Age, 84, of Toler Creek, died Saturday, January 27, 2001, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born on July 20, 1916, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Sarah Stevens King and Joseph King. She was a member of the Upper Toler Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Denver Kingsley. Survivors include five sons, Paul Kingsley Jr., Thomas W. Kingsley, Herbert R. Kingsley, Perry Kingsley and Terry Kingsley, all of Toler Creek; three daughters, Sarah Stevens of Lorain, Ohio, Lona Shelby of Peoria, Illinois, Yona Spears of Flat Rock, Michigan; one sister, Eva Keathley of Pikeville; 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 30, at the Upper Toler Church of Christ, with Tommy Bush officiating. Burial was in the Kingsley & King Family Cemetery at Toler, under the direction of J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Eric Kingsley, Okie Spears, Philip Spears, Dewey Spears, Paul Kingsley II, Greg Swiney, Greg Cheatham, Mark Barra and Richard May.

Phynetta Howell Newsome 

Age, 56, of McDowell, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on July 26, 1944, in Grethel, she was the daughter of the late Jay and Hazel Tackett Howell. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Newsome. Survivors include one son, Jeffrey Hall of Grethel; three step-sons, Danny Newsome and Timmy Newsome, both of Orlando, Florida, Curtis Newsome of Ashtabula, Ohio; three daughters, Judy Hall of Fitchfield, Ohio, Joanne Mitchell of Beaver, Jackie Gadd of Berea; three brothers, Carmel Howell, Arnold Howell, and Carl Dean Howell all of Grethel; two sisters, Virgie Yates and Sue Hall, both of Grethel; eight grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 1, at 11 a.m., at the Zion Old Regular Baptist Church at Grethel, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tackett Cemetery, at Grethel, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Sadie Hicks Hall

Age, 71, of Melvin, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on February 7, 1929, in Topmost, she was the daughter of the late Jonts Isaac and Victoria Cook Isaac. She was a member of the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard Hicks. She is survived by her husband, Estill Hall. Other survivors include one son, Charles Hicks of Garrett; one daughter, Cathy Epling of Garrett; one brother, Berlin Isaac of Topmost; four sisters, Hesta Bates of Melvin, Flora Hall of Topmost, Gertrude Jones and Lillie Coleman, both of Columbus, Ohio; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 31, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hicks Cemetery, at Garrett.

Virgil Medders

Age, 69, of Betsy Layne, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at his residence. He was born January 18, 1932, in Alma, Georgia, the son of the late Bill Medders and Cloie Hunter Medders. He was a construction worker, a member of the First Baptist Church, Pikeville, and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Manley Medders. Other survivors include four sons, Virgil Medders Jr. of Louisville, Frank Medders of Houston, Texas, Paul Medders of Daytona, Florida, Ross Medders of Jacksonville, Florida; three daughters, Jennifer Oatman and Pamela Medders both of Betsy Layne, Duanna Collins of Toccoa, Georgia; two brothers, Billy Medders of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Ellis Medders of Daytona Beach, Florida; four sisters, Cloie Vaughn and Diane Davis, both of Madison, Indiana, Yvonne Queener and Sylvia Bates, both of Orlando, Florida, and seven grandchildren. Graveside services were conducted Monday, January 29, at 3 p.m., at the Martin Cemetery, with the Rev. Paul Badgett officiating, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Willard Johnson

Age, 48, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born October 27, 1952, at Knott County the son of Earline Hall Johnson of Knott County, and the late Hillard Johnson. He was a salesman with Schwanns home food service. He is survived by his wife, Melody L. Johnson. Other survivors include one son, Joshua W. Johnson of Prestonsburg; three daughters, Melissa Huff, Angel M. England and Julie A. Galiher all of North Vernon, Indiana; three sisters, Trecia Dials of Mallie, Lucy Hays and Louise Johnson, both of Knott County; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 31, at 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg.
Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Monday, January 29, 2001

William Calvin Greer

Age, 86, of Paintsville, died Thursday, January 25, 2001, at the Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville. Born on October 25, 1914, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Samuel Greer and Naomi Burke Greer. He was a retired employee of Jones-Preston Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Crider Greer. Other survivors include three sons, William Ronald Greer of Tutor Key, Gary Greer of Little Paint Creek, Paul Roger Greer of Paintsville; two daughters, Alice Frazier of Thelma, Peggy Hall of Van Lear; one brother, Guy Greer of Lexington; two sisters, Madge Rutledge of Lexington, Evelyn Flanery of Allen; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 27, at 11 a.m., at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, with Dick Vanhoose and Dave Flanery officiating. Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park. 

Friday, January 26, 2001

I.D. Back

Age, 75, an Old Regular Baptist minister who had preached numerous funerals in Floyd County and surrounding counties, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. He was moderator of Mount Olivet Old Regular Baptist Church in Blackey and Blair Branch Church at Jeremiah, both in Letcher County, as well as Little Dove Old Regular Baptist Church in Knott County. He was born July 4, 1925, near Blackey. He was a World War II veteran, having fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and had worked as a meat packer and a miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Rose Hamilton Back. Surviving are a daughter, Sherry S. Fugate of Blackey, two sons, Ronald W. Back and Anthony W. Back, both of Blackey, and other relatives, including a nephew, Joe Back of Prestonsburg. Funeral services will be today (Friday), at 1 p.m., at Mount Olivet Old Regular Baptist Church, under the direction of Letcher Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Whitaker-Back Cemetery at Blackey.

Carl Steele

Age, 73, of Betsy Layne, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at his residence, following a brief illness. Born on July 29, 1927, in Justill, he was the son of the late J. W. (Pockets) Steele and Fannie Porter Steele. He was retired from the United States Navy, and a retired car salesman for Big Y Auto Sales. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 169 at Betsy Layne, and the VFW at Martin. He was an honorary Floyd County deputy sheriff.
He is survived by his wife, Marelin Goins Steele. Other survivors include one son, Carl Edward Steele of Oakland, California; one daughter, Joanna Reid of Martin; one sister, Helen Robinette of Phoenix, Arizona; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 27, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Tracy Patton officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

Miles “Buck” Thornsberry

Age, 82, of Empire, Alabama, formerly of Knott County, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on August 8, 1918, in Knott County, he was the son of the late Webb and Alice Hall Thornsberry. He was a retired machine operator for Rollex Industries. He was preceded in  death by his wife, Mattie Perry Thornsberry. Survivors include two sons, Larry Thornsberry of Elmore, Mississippi, Edison Thornsberry of Kite; five daughters, Louise Racliff of Empire, Alabama, Shirley Carlson of Melrose Park, Illinois, Ruby Thornsberry of Litt Carr, Emogene Montaigne of Hindman, Becky Mason of Elk Grove, Illinois; five brothers, Ed Thornsberry of Elizabethtown, Coleman Thornsberry of Topmost, Johnny Thornsberry of Prestonsburg, Freeman Thornsberry and Charlie Thornsberry, both of Detroit, Michigan; one sister, Verlin Thornsberry of Kite, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 28, at 11 a.m., at the Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church, at Kite, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the King Cemetery, at Kite, under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Opal Lee Goble

Age, 87, of Auxier, died Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on March 6, 1913, in Auxier, she was the daughter of the late Jerry Goble and Nola Crider Goble. Her husband, Fred C. Goble, preceded her in death. Survivors include one son, Freddie L. Goble of Prestonsburg; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 26, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Rev. George Love officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Memorial Park, at Staffordsville.

Dorthula “Buddy” Farley Patton Spurlock

Age, 60, of Conway, Arkansas, formerly of Knott County, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at Conway Memorial Hospital in Conway, Arkansas, following an extended illness. Born on May 12, 1940, in Logan County, West, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late James Melvin and Mintie Hicks Farley. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Harvey Spurlock. Survivors include four sons, Jerry Patton, Elmer Patton, and Billy Patton all of Marion, Ohio, and Nathaniel Patton of Conway, Arkansas; five daughters, Freda Patton, Lovenda Patton, Sarah Patton, Betty Patton, and Bobby Joe Patton, all of Marion, Ohio; four brothers, Harold “Buddy” Farley and Tommy Farley, both of Hollybush, James Fraley Jr. of Eastern, Jackie Farley of Decoy; seven sisters, Carol Jean Orick of Edgerton, Ohio, Sylvia Patton of Garrett, Mavis Hicks of Corona, Indiana, Alice Triplett of Plymouth, Ohio, Lillie Slone of Hollybush, Billie Jack of Angola, Ohio, Christine Hutchinson of Montpelier, Ohio; 39 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and 19 step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 27, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Sterlin and Bethel Bolen and Willie Collins officiating. Burial will be in the Chaffins Cemetery, at Mousie. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Charles Nathaneal Akers

Age, 82, of East Point, died Sunday, January 21, 2001, at his residence. Born September 27, 1918, in Floyd County, he was a son of the late George and Mary Hughes Akers. He had been a coal miner and was a US Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Lorane Stanley Akers. He is survived by two sons, Charles Akers of Seville, Ohio, and Roger Akers of East Point; three daughters, Beulah Ann Greene, Scarlet Shepherd and Cindy Estepp, all of East Point; a sister, Belva Howell of Prestonsburg; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 24, at 11 a.m., at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, with J.M. Sloce officiating. Burial will be in the Akers Family Cemetery at East Point.

James Milford Fitzpatrick

Age, 38, of Lackey, died Friday, January 19, 2001, at his residence, after a sudden illness.
He was born November 11, 1962, in Hindman, and was a son of the late James and Corine Stanley Fitzpatrick. He was a disabled factory worker. Survivors include two daughters, Carey Nicole Conley of Hindman and Kristie Fitzpatrick of Martin; a sister, Sue Hall of Lackey; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, January 22, at 11 a.m., at the Lackey Freewill Baptist Church, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home of Martin. Burial was in the Lackey Cemetery.

Tinsley “Slim” Manns

Age, 94, of Wayland, died Sunday, January 14, 2001, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital at Martin. Born in Guage on December 18, 1906, he was a son of the late Tinsley Manns and Polly Hoskins Manns Collins. He is survived by his wife, Virgie Bolen Manns, caregiver, Ethel Coburn, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Wednesday, January 17, at the Hindman Funeral Service Chapel, with Mike Caudill and Thomas Caudill officiating. Burial was in the Green Bolen Cemetery at Leburn.

Don Michael Riffe

Age, 31, of Paintsville, died Saturday, January 20, 2001, at his residence. He was born June 13, 1969, in Williamson, West Virginia, a son of Lou Riffe Tackett and the late Don Cassady Riffe. He was a technician with Fannin’s Plumbing. Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Brandi Maynard Riffe, a daughter, Cassidy Michaela Riffe, both of Paintsville, and his stepfather, Dicky Tackett. Funeral services were Tuesday, January 23, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, with Jerry Fannin officiating. Burial was in the Cline Cemetery at Inez.

Trylbia Hicks Osborne

Age, 78, of Payne, Ohio, died Sunday, January 7, 2001. She was born May 30, 1922, in Pyramid, the daughter of the late William and Mary Ann Coburn Hicks. Her husband, Ezra Osborne, died in 1987. Survivors include one son, Kenneth Larry Osborne of Benton; one daughter, Challis Jean Lee of Paulding Ohio; three brothers, Bertral Hicks of Payne, Ohio, Delmer Hicks of Portsmouth; Garrett Keith Hicks of Convoy, Ohio; three sisters, Sylvia Raines of Grundy, Virginia, Katherine Onley of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pearl Shannon Fulk of Antwerp, Ohio. Burial was Wednesday, January 10, in Lehman Cemetery, Payne, Ohio.

Dora Shepherd Sizemore

Age, 86, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born on December 6, 1914, in Magoffin County, she was the daughter of the late Cleveland Shepherd and Islant Shepherd. Her husband, Dave Sizemore, preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter, Lyda S. Caudill of Prestonsburg; one son Carl Sizemore of Morehead; two grandsons and two great-grandsons. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 25, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Ted Shannon officiating. Burial will be in the Reynolds-Sizemore Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Orville Hall 

Age, 87, of Hindman, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at the Knott County Nursing Home in Hindman. He was born in Knott County, on April 8, 1913, a son of the late Walter and Louetta Watts Hall. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie Slone Hall. He is survived by his wife, Frankie Hall; two sons, Clyde Hall of McArthur, Ohio, and Woody Hall of Shalimar, Florida; two daughters, Wilma Huffman of Pickerington, Ohio, and Alma Blimes of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; three stepsons, Edward, Dennis and Leroy Handshoe, all of Hueysville; one stepdaughter, Tina Bolen of Hueysville; four brothers, Orbin Hall of Leburn, Clarence Hall of Garner, Harold Hall of Ohio, and Bill Hall; five sisters, Olive Elliott of Florida, Ida Pritchard of Dwale, Gracie Slone of Garner, Vina Slone of Wayland, and Marie Thacker of Leburn; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, January 18, at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel, with Milburn Slone, Ronnie Robinson and Danny Amburgey officiating. Burial was in the Slone Cemetery at Garner.

Johnnie Clatworthy

Age, 64, of Estill, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a brief illness. He was born June 29, 1935, in Wayland, the son of the late John Charles Clatworthy and Oralee Yates Clatworthy. He was a retired coal miner, a member of UMWA Local No. 176, and a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Dora Jean Bradley Clatworthy. Other survivors include three sons, John Charles Clatworthy of Tram, Clinton Ray Clatworthy of Wayland, Kevin Clatworthy of McDowell; four daughters, Dianna Lee Clatworthy of Dema, Lisa Jane Howell of Raven, Linda Jean Shepherd of Hueysville, Elizabeth Ann Clatworthy of Richmond; one brother, Willard H. Clatworthy of Williamsville, New Jersey; two sisters, Ora Lee Ratliff and Betty Jane Moore, both of Canton, Ohio; and ten grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 25, at 1 p.m., at the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church, at Estill, with Clergymen Red Morris and Jimmy Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Bradley Cemetery, at Wilson Creek, Langley, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Jimmie Edward Lawson

Age, 66, of McDowell, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at the Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center, Pikeville, following a long illness. He was born January 11, 1935, in Drift, the son of Dixie Cornett Lawson, McDowell, and the late Dewey Morgan Lawson. He was a retired supervisor for Magnetek Industries, and U.S. Air Force, Korean War veteran. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one step-son, Bill McCoy of Columbia, City, Indiana; one daughter, Vicky Jennings of Martin; two brothers, Fred H. Lawson of Pikeville, Dewey D. Lawson of West Liberty; three sisters, Anna Rae Ward and Patricia Cieslak, both of McDowell, Glenda Lawson of High Point, North Carolina, and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 26, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman officiating. Burial was in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Timothy Buckley

Age, 50, of Lackey, died Saturday, January 13, 2001, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born in Covington, on June 18, 1950, a son of William and Rita Brossart Buckley. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Viola. Funeral services were Thursday, January 18, at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel, with Milburn Slone officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery at Carrie.

Monday, January 22, 2001

Albert James

Age, 78, of Betsy Layne, died Wednesday, January 10, 2001. Born on April 10, 1922, in Vernal, Utah, he was the son of the late Cecil Millard and Myrtle Anabell Johnson James. He was a self-employed vendor and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth James. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 11, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Archie Fugate officiating. Burial was in Marvin Sparks Cemetery at Blaine.

Claude Bentley

Age, 63, of Grethel, died Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born October 28, 1937, in Ligon, the son of the late Tim Bentley and Mary Elizabeth Henson Bentley. He was a retired coal miner and a Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is survived by his wife, Roxanna Jones. Other survivors include three daughters, Denise Stewart of Prestonsburg, Lucia Ann Hamilton and Stefanie Lynn Kidd, both of Stanville; one sister, Draxie Newsome of Ligon; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 19, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Louis Frenoy officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

Eloise Adkins

Age, 61, of Harold, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on July 5, 1939, in Dana, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Della Boyd Kidd. She was a member of the Sammy Clark Branch Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eugene Adkins. Survivors include one daughter, Lee Ann Adkins of Harold; five brothers, Hershell Kidd, Harold Kidd, and James Kidd, all of Dana, Lee Kidd Jr. and Bobby Kidd, both of Ivel; four sisters, Offie Jarrells of Dana, Agnes Davis of David, Phyllis Newsome of Frankfort, Gail Harvey of Honaker; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 19, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Bobby Joe Spencer and Jody Spencer officiating. Burial will be in the Boyd Cemetery, at Dana.

Juanita Harrington Conn

Age, 64, of Honaker, died Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on June 3, 1936, in Harold, she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Caroline Marshall Harrington. She was preceded in death by her husband, B. R. Conn. Survivors include one son, Danny Ray Conn of Honaker; one sister, Cora Taylor of Constantine, Michigan, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 19, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Woody Crum officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery.

Olive Mullins

Age, 56, of Hi Hat, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on March 21, 1944, in McDowell, she was the daughter of the late Calaway and Aggie Osborne Paige. She was a custodian for McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital and was a member of the Pine Grove Baptist Church at Hi Hat.
She is survived by her husband, Claude H. Mullins. Survivors include two sons, Rodney Mosley of McDowell, Keith Mosley of Springfield, Pennsylvania; one stepson, Claude H. Mullins Jr. of Louisville; one daughter, Linda Sue Hall of Topmost; three brothers, James Paige, Denver Paige and Delmer Paige, all of McDowell; one sister, Bonnie Hamilton of Cave Run; five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin, with Harry Hargis and Don Fraley Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Greenbury Hall Cemetery, at McDowell.

Richard Franklin “Frankie” Spencer

Age, 48, of Paintsville, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at his residence. Born on September 24, 1952, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late George Spencer and Mildred Davis Spencer. Survivors include six sons, Jeffery Spencer of Wabash, Indiana, Kalen Spencer, Casey Spencer, Corey Spencer, all of Paintsville, Shane Spencer of Prestonsburg, and Carlos Morgan of Royalton; three brothers, Ed Spencer of Paintsville, David Spencer of Martin, Steve Spencer of Auxier; four sisters, Penny Fairchild, Beatrice Sergent and Janice Houston, all of Paintsville, and Diana Barnes of Winchester. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 18, at 11 a.m., in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Spencer Family Cemetery, Paintsville.

Loretta Mullins Stephens

Age, 53, of State Road Fork, Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, January 17, at Highlands Regional Medical Center of an extended illness. Born September 30, 1947, in Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Prater and Lula Prater. She was a member of the Faith Independent Freewill Baptist Church, Prestonsburg, and was a volunteer fire fighter with the Middle Creek Volunteer Fire Department. She is survived by her husband, Edgar (Ed) Stephens. Other survivors include one daughter, Angela S. DeRossett of Prestonsburg; one son, Dewey E. Stephens of Charlotte, North Carolina; two sisters, Patty Sue Prater of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lillian Joseph of Salyersville; two brothers, Arthur Prater Jr. of Lorain, Ohio, Charlie Prater and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m., at the Faith Independent Freewill Baptist Church, with Buddy Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Ousley Family Cemetery, at Martin, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.

Paul Ward Thompson

Age, 90, of Wheelwright, died on Thursday, January 18, 2001. He was born at Stark in Elliott County, on October 26, 1910. He served in the Merchant Marines prior to World War II and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Subsequent to his military service, he began a career in the retail grocery business and successfully managed and owned several stores prior to his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Ura Bane Hunt Thompson of Wheelwright. Other survivors include a son, Floyd County Judge-Executive Paul Hunt Thompson; two sisters, Lucy Zegota of Bradenton, Florida, and Mary LeMaster of Lexington; three grandsons, four great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Carter Funeral Home in Prestonsburg, from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, and at the Taul Funeral Home in Mount Sterling, on Saturday. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 21, at 2 p.m. at the Taul Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery at Sharpsburg.

Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Virgie Castle Hale Hicks

Age, 96, of Fredville, died Sunday, January 14, 2001, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on December 16, 1904, in Mid, she was the daughter of the late Elbert Castle and Nearie Shepherd Castle. She was twice married, first to R.B. Hale, and later to Dan Hicks, both preceded her in death. Survivors include five sons, Jesse James Hale and Roy Hicks, both of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Ruben Hale of Hope, Ellis Shepherd of Hope, Lindburg Hale of Gunlock; three daughters, Bonnie Crisp of Banner, Opal Hale of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Charity Hardy of Scottsdale, Arizona; one sister, Pearlie Howard of Prestonsburg; 13 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 17, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with James Harmon officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel. Pallbearers will be Jesse James Hale, Ruben Hale, Ellis Shepherd, David Hale, Preston Hale, Brandon Hale, Phillip Crisp, Darryl Crisp and Matthew Crisp.

Arizona “Donia” Howard

Age, 98, of Hueysville, died Thursday, January 11, 2001, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home at Prestonsburg. She was born in Decoy, on January 14, 1902, the daughter of Billy Combs and Roseann Howard Combs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Howard.
Other survivors include six sons, Estill of Lima, Ohio, Arthur of Brooksville, Florida, Dan of Dallas, Texas, Hubert of Claypool, Indiana, J.B. of North Judston, Indiana and Ray of Charleston, South Carolina; five daughters, Creasie Smith of Decoy, Virginia Stacy of Mill Creek, Indiana, Mally Clemons of Leburn, Faye Judy of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Nadine Handshoe of Hueysville; 53 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 14, at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel with Hurley Smith and Randall Short officiating. Burial was in the Bradley Cemetery at Decoy.

Martin Meeks

Age, 69, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, January 12, 2001, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center. He was born August 6, 1931, at Ivel, the son of the late John and Anna Slone Meeks. He was a construction worker. He is survived by three sons, Martin Earl Meeks Jr. of Hudson, North Carolina, Homer Meeks of Staffordsville and Jamie Meeks of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Dana Michelle Hamilton; two step-sons, Martin J. Meeks and Jerry Allen Meeks; two brothers, Homer Meeks of Oceana, West Virginia and Johnny Meeks of Mobile, Alabama; two sisters, Betty Tipton of Tampa, Florida and Julie Boyd of Banner; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 16, at 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Grace Evelyn Ratliff

Age, 62, of Rineyville, died Friday, January 12, 2001, at the Hardin County Memorial Hospital.
Born on August 25, 1938, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Goldie Hall and John Hall. She was a retired UARCO employee, and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by her husband, Bennie Ratliff. Other survivors include one son, Jerry Ratliff of Elizabethtown; two daughters, Letitia Kidd of Radcliff, Sheila Sheffield of Vine Grove; four brothers, Roy Hall and Edgar Hall, both of Harold, Luther Hall of Harrodsburg, Gary Hall of Radcliff; one sister, Magdeline Adkins of Harold; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 14, at the J.W. Call Chapel, with Jim Patton officiating. Burial was in the Ratliff Cemetery, at Cowpen.

James Arvin Griffith

Age, 59, of Martin, died Sunday, January 14, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness.
Born on February 11, 1941, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Elbert and Rosie Nolen Griffith. He was a disabled surgical technician, and a member of the Community United Baptist Church at Hueysville. He is survived by his wife, Janice Hale Griffith. Other survivors include two daughters, Beverly Rose Nelson, and Dreama Noama Johnson, both of Prestonsburg; four brothers, Woodrow Griffith of Martin, Jerry Griffith of Knott County, Dougie Griffith and Arnold Griffith, both of Floyd County; seven sisters, Carrie Mullins of Clay City, Mazella Clemmons of Breathitt County, Nancy Jane Jones of Hazard, Sally Makee of Tennessee, Anna Boyer of Martin, Magaline Woods of Michigan, Angela Marie Slone of Knott County; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Jerry Manns, Earl Slone and Bethel Bolen officiating. Burial will be in the Hale-Shepherd Cemetery, at Gunlock.

Keith David Lawson

Age, 34, died Thursday, January 11, 2001, in the line of duty. He was serving his second tour in the United States military as a Staff Sergeant in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a native Floyd Countian, from Garrett, and was a member of the Garrett First Baptist Church. He was the son of Rondell and Jackie Lawson of London, formerly of Garrett. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Natalie Sullivan Lawson. Other survivors include two daughters, Kiley Grace Lawson of Frankfurt Germany and Micah Danielle Lawson of Pikeville; two brothers, Rondell Darrell Lawson of Garrett, and Timothy Lawson of Metropolis, Illinois; two sisters, Danise Lawson Harrelson of London and Ronda Jane Lawson Gaines of Valdosta, Georgia.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 20, at 1 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, Martin, with Clergymen Mark Tackett and Randy Osborne officiating. Burial will be in the Turner/Lawson Cemetery, located on Turkey Creek.

Lonnie Jarrell

Age, 76, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, January 11, 2001, at his residence. Born on May 11, 1924, in Emma, he was the son of the late Bill and Victoria Riddle Jarrell. He was a disabled coal miner and a member of the Church of Christ at Prestonsburg. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bell Jarrell and his second wife, Bonnie Ruth Francis Lewis Jarrell. He is survived by his wife, Janette Akers Jarrell. Other survivors include one daughter, Estill Jean Endicott of Prestonsburg; seven step-sons, Roger Cousino, Phillip Engles, Randy Cousino, Robin Cousino, and Ralph Cousino, all of Michigan; Ted Click and Tony Click, both of Prestonsburg; one brother, Adrain Jarrell of Dwale; two sisters, Lola Boyd of Prestonsburg, Louellen Branham of Ashland; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 15, 2001, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Evangelist Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial was in the Jarrell Family Cemetery, at Cow Creek, Prestonsburg.

Shawn Dalton Collins

Age, nine months old, of Harold, died Friday, January 12, 2001, at U.K. Childrens Hospital in Lexington, following a brief illness. Born on April 5, 2000, in Pikeville, he was the son of Shawn and Anita Gail McKinney Collins. Survivors, other than his parents, include his grandparents, Larry and Brenda Collins Howell, and Morgan and Nadine Watson McKinney, all of Honaker; and Phyllis McKinney of Martin, and John Hunter of Printer; one brother, Aaron Brett Howell and one sister, Adrienne Hope Howell, both of Honaker. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 15, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with elders of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating. Burial was in the Blue Rose Cemetery, at Honaker.

Norma Collins Crider

Age, 90, of Van Lear, died Friday, January 12, 2001, at the Mountain Manor of Paintsville, of an extended illness. Born October 10, 1910, on John’s Creek (Floyd County), she was the daughter of the late William H. Collins and Martha Elizabeth Clark Collins. She attended the Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Arson Crider. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 14, at 1:00 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Roger Goble officiating. Burial was in the Crider Family Cemetery, John’s Creek Road, Van Lear.

Willard Stanley

Age, 80, of Lexington, formerly of Melvin, died Saturday, January 13, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, following an extended illness. He was born August 19, 1920, at Draffin, the son of the late Jessie and Bessie Ratliff Stanley. He was a retired Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals commissioner, a member of the Wheelwright Masonic Lodge and a World War II Army Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife, Pansy Mae Johnson Stanley. Other survivors include one son, Willard Stanley Jr., of Lexington; five daughters, Patricia McCown and Sherry Goeing, both of Melvin, Carol Sue Sword and Deborah Hall, both of Lexington and Charlotte Lynn of Pikeville; two sisters, Ruby Hall of Weeksbury, Louise Slone of Elkhorn City; and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 17, at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Louie Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Fred Kelly Marshall

Age, 56, of Langley, died Saturday, January 13, 2001, at his residence. He was born August 21, 1945, in Martin, the son of the late Sidney and Opal Osborne Marshall. He was a retired miner and a Kentucky Colonel. He is survived by five brothers, Jimmy Marshall and Carlos Marshall both of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Harlos Marshall of Langley, Clyde Douglas Marshall of Lexington, Bobby McGuffey of Scottsville; four sisters, Rebecca Hall of Martin, Ada Weaver of Cement City, Michigan, Sue Spangler of Mt. Gilard, Ohio, Cendia Hall of Langley. Memorial service will be Friday, January 19, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin.

Monday, January 15, 2001

Gracie Mosley Combs

Age, 76, of Garner, died Thursday, January 11, 2001, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on May 29, 1924, in Hindman, she was the daughter of the late Clifton and Ruthie Short Mosley. She was a member of the Crossroads Community Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Green Combs. Survivors include two sons, Donald Combs of Garner, Eulice Combs of Garrett, Indiana; one daughter, Debbie Childers of Garner; two sisters, Rebecca Thornsberry of Garner, Ellen Gamble of Corunna, Indiana, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 14, at 1 p.m., at the Crossroads Community Baptist Church at Hindman, with Cullin Caudill, James Hughes and others officiating. Burial will be in the Ben Slone Cemetery, at Garner, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Madison and Mason Tackett

Madison Tracy and Mason Lucas Tackett, twin sons of Lucas and Stephanie Tackett of Hi Hat, died shortly after they were born, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.
Besides their parents, they are survived by two brothers, Dillion Tackett and Jacob Tackett, both at home; their paternal grandparents, Barbara and Eugene Skeens of Raccoon, and Marvin Tackett of Grethel; and their maternal grandparents, Linda and Joey Horn of Hi Hat and Teddy Anderson of Grapevine. Graveside services were conducted at the Frank Tackett Cemetery, Virgie, Saturday, January 13, under the direction of Justice Funeral Services, Pikeville.

Mary E. Clark

Age, 95, of Betsy Layne, died Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born December 31, 1905, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Letha Walters Clark Steel and Paris Clark. She was a member of the Coal Run Church of Christ. Survivors include her great-nephews, Jim Clark of Betsy Layne, Denny Hall and Scotty Hall of Lexington; great-nieces, Cecelia Bryant of Betsy Layne and Pam Rowe of Berea.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 13, at the J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Tim McCoy officiating. Burial was in the Johnson Memorial Park.

Pete Mullins

Age, 66, of Sugar Camp of Robinson Creek, died Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at Parkview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Robinson Creek. He was born at Weeksbury, June 18, 1934, a son of the late Patton and Mountie Johnson Mullins. He was a disabled carpenter, formerly employed, by Elliott Construction and was a member of the Dorton General Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Jeanetta Cole Mullins. Other survivors include three daughters, Teresa Clancy of Florida, Anita Burke of Virgie, Sheila Ann Gibson of Pikeville; and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 12, in the Lucas & Hall Funeral Home Chapel at Pikeville, with John Vance and others officiating. Burial was in the Cole Cemetery, at Sugar Camp.

Ted “H.” Salisbury Jr.

Age, 73, of Martin, died Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at the Rockcastle Hospital and Respiratory Care, Mount Vernon. He was born October 30, 1927, in Weeksbury, the son of the late Ted Salisbury and Lucy Casebolt Salisbury. He was a retired railroad conductor, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of John W. Hall Masonic Lodge, No. 950, at Martin; Oleika Shrine Temple; and was a member of the Scottish Rite. Survivors include one daughter, Clara Marks of Bloomfield, Michigan; one brother, Rodney Salisbury of Southgate, Michigan; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 13, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

 

Friday, January 12, 2001

Magdalene Bentley Little

Age, 70, of LaRue, Ohio, native of McDowell, died Tuesday, Janury 2, 2001. Born May 13, 1930, at McDowell, she was a daughter of the late John M. and Ann Hall Bentley. She was a retired teacher and belonged to the Ohio Retired Teachers Organization. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald O. Little. Survivors include one daughter, Donna Lynn Moore; one sister, Myrtle Newsome. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 5, at the Schoedinger North Chapel, in LaRue, with Bufford Howell officiating. Burial was in the LaRue Cemetery. (Information, courtesy of R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home.)

Albert Richard James

Age, 78, of Betsy Layne, died Wednesday, January 10, 2001. Born April 10, 1922, in Vernal, Utah, he was the son of the late Cecil Millard James and Myrtle Anabell Johnson James. He was a self employed vendor and a W.W. II U.S. Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth James. He is survived by one daughter, Judy Jones of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m., at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, with Archie Fugate officiating. Burial was in the Marvin Sparks Cemetery, at Blaine.

Frank Layne Caldwell

Age, 95, of Bowling Green, died Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at the Medical Center at Bowling Green. Born in Floyd County, he was the son of the late James Caldwell and Virginia Layne Caldwell. He was a retired grocery owner and was a member of Clermont First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Stanley Caldwell. Survivors include one daughter, Virginia Clark of Bowling Green; one son, James Robert Caldwell of Tallahassee, Florida; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 10, at the J. C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel, Bowling Green. Burial was in the Oakhill Cemetery, Clermont, Florida.

Evan Tackett Jr.

Age, 57, of Printer, died Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg. Born on August 18, 1943, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Evan and Beatrice Tackett. He was a disabled sawmill employee. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Maxie Meade Tackett. Survivors include one brother, John Tackett of Printer. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 11, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Denver Meade officiatng. Burial was in the Jeff Hunter Cemetery, at Printer.

Timothy Hunt

Age, 34, of Centre, Alabama, formerly of Floyd County, died Saturday, January 7, 2001, at Gadsden, Alabama, following an automobile accident. Born on July 6, 1966, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Lester Burgess Hunt and Donna Rita Branham Hunt. He was a mechanic. Survivors include one brother, Michael Hunt of Dry Ridge. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 11, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Nathan Lafferty officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

Chalmer Blevins

Age, 77, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born August 11, 1923, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Smith Blevins and Clara Adams Blevins. He was a self-employed taxi owner and driver, and was a W.W. II Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Blevins. Other survivors include a daughter, Judy Jones of Ypsilanti, Michigan; one sister, Phyllis Jean Ford of Staffordsville; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 12, at the Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church, at Nippa, with James Kelly Caudill and Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Memorial Park, at Staffordsville, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville.

Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Freddie Williams

Age, 67, of Prestonsburg, retired body shop owner, died Saturday, January 6, 2001, in the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born May 4, 1933, in Martin, a son of the late W.B. Williams and Babe Dingus Graham. He was a graduate of Millersburg Military Institute, Betsy Layne High School, and was a Korean War army veteran. He is survived by two sons, Shawn Williams of Raleigh, North Carolina, Jody Williams of Louisville; one daughter, Susie Williams Rakotz of Gastonia, North Carolina; one sister, Judy Williams Perry of Paintsville; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 9, at 1 p.m. in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Clergyman John Paul Salyer officiating. Burial was in the Mandy Dingus Cemetery, at Martin. Pallbearers were Jackie Rowe, Carl Blair, Mike Lowe, Steve Lowe, Tim Parks, Jamie Daniels, Jack Slone and Kent Rose.

Josephine Jervis

Age, 78, of Endicott, died Monday, January 8, 2001, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. She was born January 14, 1922, in Prestonsburg, the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Clay Hatfield. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Jervis. Other survivors include four sons, Freddie Jervis of Circleville, Ohio, Jeffery Jarvis and Johnny Jervis, both of Endicott, Stanley Jervis of Prestonsburg; six daughters, Maggie Damron of Tram, Lou Jane Hunter of Mansfield, Ohio, Shirley Jervis, Mary Ann Burchett, Rosetta Ward, and Roberta Burchett, all of Endicott; three sisters, Emogene Burchfield of Rochester, Michigan, Marie Jarvis of Pontiac, Michigan, Dolly Blevins of Tram; 24 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 11, at 11 a.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel with Evangelists Bennie Blankenship and Delmar Jervis officiating. Burial will be in the Jervis Cemetery at Endicott.

Robert Lee Burchett

Age, 74, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, January 6, 2001, at Central Baptist Hospital, in Lexington, after an extended illness. He was born September 10, 1926, in Pike County, the son of the late Ermine and Ida Clark Burchett. He was a retired coal miner, and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Ida Lowe Burchett. Other survivors include two sons, Jimmy Burchett and Scott Burchett, both of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Brenda Burchett of Prestonsburg, Kathy Jarvis of Banner; one brother, Willie Burchett of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Garnet Ward of Columbus,Ohio; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 9, at 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel in Prestonsburg. Burial was in the Burchett Cemetery at Goble Branch Rd., Prestonsburg.

Roger Dale Cartmell

Age, 51, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, January 6, 2001, following an extended illness. Born on July 5, 1949, in Pike County, he was the son of Bert and Nell Thompson Cartmell. He was a disabled laborer. Survivors include one son, Nathan M. Cartmell of Lexington; one daughter, Racheal F.Cartmell of Lexington; one brother, Bert Douglas Cartmell of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Karen Lynn Warrix and Joan S. Hite, both of Prestonsburg; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 10, at 11a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Hillary Underwood of Zebulon Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Bent Ridge Cemetery, at Meta. Active pallbearers are Steve Warrix, Damon Newsome, Clifford Woods, James Gayheart, Martin Lee Hayden, Kenny Taylor, Jason Slone, and Scotty Crum. Honorary pallbearers are Bert D. Cartmell, Nathan M. Caudill, Larry Thompson and Johnathan Holbrook.

Rosemary Samons

Age, 52, of Dana, died Friday, January 5, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on April 29, 1948, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Noble and Ollie Jane Boyd Samons. Survivors include one son, Brian Samons of Dana; four daughters, Christine Fields of Banner, Laverne Sexton of Lexington, Sherry Smith, and Tracy Conley, both of Garrett; three brothers, Joe Harris and Perry Samons, both of Easley, South Carolina, and Larry Noble Samons of Dana; two sisters, Anna Lucille Branham of Frankfort, Sarah Mae Wicker of Dana; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 9, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Evangelist Bennie Blankenship officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, Martin.

Virginia Jean Slone

Age, 72, of Warsaw, Indiana, died Sunday, January 7, 2001, at Kosciusko County Hospital. Born on March 10, 1928, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Issac Caudill and Martha Johnson Caudill. She was a retired Jomac Product Company employee. Her husband, Walker Slone, preceded her in death.
Survivors include five sons, Maynard Hall Jr., and Eugene Slone, both of Warsaw, Indiana, John Edward Slone of Claypool, Indiana, Douglas Slone of Elkhart, Indiana, Jimmy Slone of Pierceton, Indiana; one daughter, Brenda Slone Reese of Cassopolis, Michigan; one brother, Isaac Caudill Jr. of Virginia; one stepsister, Cricket Caudill; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 11, at 10 a.m., at the Drift Pentecostal Church.
Burial will be in the Drift Cemetery, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. 

Monday, January 8, 2001

Greenville Calhoun

Age, 84 of Dwale died Friday, January 5, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center of Prestonsburg,. following an extended illness. He was born on June 13, 1916, in Water Gap. He was the son of the late Sam and Mary Hignite Calhoun. He was a retired Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company employee and a veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Magdalene Elliott Calhoun. Survivors include one brother-in-law he raised, Keith Shannon (Bucky) Elliott of Dwale; and two daughters, Iris Jean Calhoun and Brenda Fitch, both of Dwale. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, January 8, at 1 p.m. at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home of Martin. Earnest Sword, Bill Collins, Tommy Nelson and Gordon Fitch will be officiating. Entombment will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel, under the direction of the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home. Active pallbearers are Bucky Elliott, John Swisher, James Morrison, Dick Goble, Jack Howard and Keith Doug Webb. Visitation was held Saturday at Nelson Frazier Funeral Home.

Chester Porter

Age, 74, of Allen, died Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on September 30, 1926, in Allen, he was the son of the late Henry and Jane Hinton Porter. He was a salesman for a mining company and was a member of the First Baptist Church at Allen. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice E. Beverly Porter. Other survivors include one son, William Chester Porter of Allen; one daughter, Deborah Porter Lumpkins of Allen; three brothers, Harry Porter of Jackson, Michigan, Forrest Porter and Clyde Porter, both of Water Gap; two sisters, Minnie Canova of East Hanover, New Jersey, Vena Mae Burchett of Ypsilanti, Michigan; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 7, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin, with Arnold Turner officiating.
Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Conner Oneil Hamilton

Of Wheelwright, died January 2, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born on January 2, 2001, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of Leah Shaniel Hamilton. Survivors include his grandparents, Tammy Hamby of Prestonsburg, and Randy Hamilton of McDowell; step-grandfather, Som Chal Senavinin; great-grandparents, Jerry and Glenda Hamby of Wheelwright, and Dorothy DeRossett; and great-great-grandparents, Margie Hamby and Clyde and Estelle Mosley. Graveside services were conducted Thursday, January 4, at 2 p.m., at the Hamby Cemetery, Weeksbury, with Louie Ferrari officiating, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Louise Hicks

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

Phyllis Mae Moore

Age, 66 of Langley died Friday, January 5, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born on February 13, 1934, in Floyd County. She was the daughter of the late Johnny and Cathy Lawson Garrison. She a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ at Arkansas Creek. Survivors include her husband, Doc Ed Moore; two sons, Terry Moore of Martin and Dewey Moore of Langley; three daughters, Linda Moore of Langley, Cathy Rogers of Grethel, and Candy Little of Martin; one brother; Johnny Garrison Jr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; four sisters, Tennessee Sanders of Elkhorn City, Betty Jo Bush of Martin, Magalene Scarberry of Martin and Hazel Patton of Kentucky; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, January 8, 2001, at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Ronnie Sammons and others officiating. Burial will be in the Webb-Moore Cemetery in Langley, under the direction of Nelson Frazier Funeral Home.

Herbert Hoover

Age, 82, of Claysville, formerly of Robertson County, died Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at Harrison Memorial Hospital. Born in Floyd County, November 6, 1918, he was the son of the late Levi and Elizabeth Hicks Hoover, he was a retired Ladish Company employee, a retired farmer and an Army Corporal of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Hoover; four daughters, Joan Hoover Ingram of Brooksville, Brenda Hoover Henson of Walton, Helen Hoover Stewart of Brooksville, and Delvon Hoover Jones of Madison, Alabama; four sisters, Nora Henson and Ethel Hoover, both of Robertson County and Juanita Lawson and Yvonne Ellis, both of Harrison County; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 7, at the Robertson County Funeral Home, Mt. Olivet. Burial will be in the Kentontown Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson County Funeral Home.

Ruth O. Sherman Mosley

Age, 83, of Melvin died Friday, January 5, 2001, at the McDowell Appa-lachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. She was born June 17, 1917, in Wayland. She was the daughter of the late Herndon H. Sherman and Minnie Davis Sherman. She was a homemaker and an active member of the order of Eastern Star Wheelwright Chapter #477 for several years until her health prevented her participation. She was worthy matron several times. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester W. Mosley. Survivors include two sons, Larry M. Mosley of Emma and, Barry D. Mosley of Melvin.; three daughters, Myrna L. Williams and Marilyn Tackett, both of Prestonsburg, and Greta F. Hernandez of Versailles; one sister, Irene Mullins of New Port Richie, Florida.; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral graveside services will be held at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home of Martin,with Ted Shannon officiating. Burial will be in the Matthew Tackett Cemetery in Melvin, under the direction of Nelson Frazier Funeral Home.
Visitation was at the Nelson Frazier Funeral Home on Saturday.

James Monroe Powers

Age, 92, of Auxier, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on August 8, 1908, on Johns Creek, he was the son of the late David and Jennilee Honeycutt Powers. He was a disabled coal miner, and was a member of the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Privette Powers. Survivors include four sons, Richard Dean Powers of Auxier, Robert Keith Powers of Abbott, Glenn Powers and William James Powers, both of Prestonsburg; three daughters, Deanna Harless of Hager Hill, Charlene Harless of Dayton, Ohio, Maggie Collins of Auxier; one brother, George Powers of Auxier, 52 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 4, at 1 p.m., at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Bobby Spencer, Shane Powers, Calvin Setser and James Mollette officiating. Burial was in the Auxier Relocation Cemetery, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Active pallbearers were Roger Collins, Micheal Harless, Scott Powers, Mark Harless, Dean Harless, Wayne Harless, Shane Powers, Glen Jr. Powers, Shawn Powers, George Harless, Charles Powers, Paul Fannin, and Darrell Fannin. (Reprinted because of an error)

Uble Coy Elswick

Age, 76 of Westmore Land, Tennessee, formerly of Virgie, passed away Friday, January 5, 2001, in the Macoo County General Hospital. He was born January 25, 1924, in Hartley. He was the son of the late Willie and Corille Hampton Elswick. He was a retired machinist mechanic and a former truck driver. He was survived by one son, Bradley Elswick of Detroit, Michigan.; one daughter, Loriene Akers of Westmoreland, Tennessee; two brothers, Herbert Elswick and Hubert Elswick, both of Virgie; seven great grandchildren, eight grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Hessie Virginia Goodin, two brothers, William Elswick Jr. and Travis Elswick; one sister, Belvie Elswick; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 8, at 11 a.m., at the Long Fork Regular Baptist Church of Virgie, with Minister Monroe Jones officiating. Visitation was held at the church on Saturday and at 6 p.m. Sunday, with nightly services at 7 p.m. Interment will be at Elswick Cemetery in Virgie, under the direction of R.S. Jones and Son Funeral Home of Virgie.

Hubert Clayton Gambill

Hubert Clayton Gambill, 81, of Paintsville, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Born December 9, 1919, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Lawrence C. Gambill and Oma Drago Gambill. He was self-employed at Gambill’s Electric. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife, Martha Leona Painter Gambill. Other survivors include one son, Michael Gambill, and one stepson, James G. Payne, both of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Virginia L. Gambill and Kathy Kirk, both of Paintsville; two brothers, Frank Gambill of Berea and Marvin Gambill of Cincinnati, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 1, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Wayne Fields and Rev. Jimmy Jennings officiating. Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park, at Staffordsville, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Friday, January 5, 2001

Sarah Margie Elkins

Age, 84, of Harold, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at her residence, following a sudden illness. Born on March 2, 1916, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Johnnie King and Clara Pruitt King. She was a member of the Cynthiana United Baptist Church at Boldman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Elkins. Survivors include two sons, Billy J. Elkins of Harold, Ralph E. Elkins of Winchester; three brothers, Willie King of Cannonsburg, Albert P. King of Betsy Layne, John Paul King of Louisa; three sisters, Olgie Layne of Boldman, Dolly Senters of Loraine, Ohio, Roxie Justice of Harold; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 5, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the United Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Neeley Family Cemetery, on Abbott, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Helen Irene Butcher

Age, 72, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at the Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville. Born on November 27, 1928, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Branham and Martha Hall Branham. She was a cook at Carl D. Perkins Rehabilitation Center. She is survived by her husband, Eddie Butcher. Other survivors include three sons, Charles Eddie Butcher of Williamsport, Darrell Butcher of Oil Springs, and Leonard Butcher of Salyersville; four daughters, Mary Jo Christian, Lorene Johnson, Betty Buskirk, all of Williamsport, and Virginia Frasure of Freeburn; two brothers, Lester Branham of Van Lear, and Willodean Brooks of Columbus, Ohio, 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 5, 1 p.m., at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Ellis Hamilton, David A. Meek and Hub Billiter officiating. Burial will be in the Butcher Family Cemetery, Williamsport, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

James E. McClanahan

Age, 72, of New London, Ohio, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at Fisher Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, after an extended illness. He was born May 1, 1928, in Owsley, the son of the late Willie F. and Goldie Adkins McClanahan. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked at the former Nickles Bakery in New London as a driver for several years; at Ohio Body Manufacturing in New London until it closed; and at Anvil Industries in Wellington, until his retirement. After retirement he worked part-time at Firelands Electric in New London. He was an active member of the New London Church of Christ. He is survived by three daughters, Beverly Fogle and Deborah Gardner, both of New London, and Wanda Patton of Akron; four brothers, Arlin McClanahan of Michigan, Joe McClanahan of St. Louis, Missouri, Tommy McClanahan and William McClanahan both of New London; two sisters, Myrtle Hinchman and Marie Clapp, both of Indiana; six grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandsons. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at the New London Church of Christ, with minister Charles Mead officiating.
Burial, with military rites, was in the Grove Street Cemetery, New London.

Jim Wagner

Age, 92, of Flatwoods, formerly of Floyd County, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland. Born on May 27, 1908, he was the son of the late Mary Boyd Wagner and N.L. Wagner. He was a coal miner and member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include one son, Howard Wagner, of Raceland; two daughters, Genevieve Obroff of Flatwoods and Sylvia Lee Little of Piketon, Ohio; four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 4, at the J.W. Call Funeral Home, with Tommy Spears and James Hubert Harmon officiating. Burial was in the Ferguson Cemetery, at Harold, under the direction of J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home.

Wednesday, January 3, 2001

William “Bill” Perry

Age, 99, of Harold, died Saturday, December 30, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on March 8, 1901, in Clinchport, Virginia, he was the son of the late Thurman and Metilda Rogers Perry. He was a disabled coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Roxie Lawson Perry. Survivors include one daughter, Geneva Welch of Kingsport, Tennessee; one half-sister, Katie Iams of Amherstdale, West Virginia, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at 11 a.m., at the Upper Toler Creek Church of Christ, at Harold, with Tommy Bush and others officiating. Burial was in the Roberts and Howell Cemetery, at Harold, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Alvin P. Fields

Age, 68, of Allen, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on December 31, 1931, in Allen, he was the son of the late Ara and Cynthia Louranie Porter Fields. He was a retired veteran of the United States Army, and was a member of the Emma United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Judith Diana Hager Fields Other survivors include one son, Larry H. Fields of Garrett, three stepsons, Ronald Frasure Jr. of Prestonsburg, Dwight Alan Frasure of Allen, Barry T. Frasure of Martin; two daughters, Sandra Yocum of New Jersey, Sharon Wilfong of Illinois; one step-daughter, Shari Crisp of Winchester; one brother, Claude Fields of Titasville, Florida; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Paul Aiken officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Birtha Henderson

Age, 57, of Deane, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at her residence. Born on September 8, 1943, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Tippy Ann Mitchell Newsome. She is survived by her husband, Charles Meade. Other survivors include three sons, Joe Hall and Madison Hall, both of Taylor, Michigan, Ronald Hall, both of Deane; one daughter, Teresa Gibson of Knott County; three brothers, Frank Newsome of Johnson County, Andy Ray Newsome of Meade County, Robert Newsome of Hi Hat; two sisters, Marie Gilliam and Pluma Jean Gilliam, both of Floyd County; 15 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, December 31, at 11 a.m., at the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church at Hi Hat, with Spencer Hall and other Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Drift Cemetery, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Clayton Edward Wills

Age, 90, of La Grange, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at Homestead Nursing Home in New Castle. Born on December 13, 1910, in Water Gap, he was the son of the late Josie Jarrell and James Hiram Wills. He was a correctional officer, KY State Reformatory, at La Grange, and was a member of Pewee Valley Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Louise Nichols Wills of La Grange; two sons, James Donald Wills of Frankfort, Rodney Wills of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Carolyn Rowe of Prestonsburg; three stepsons, Merlin Woods of South Haven, Michigan, Sturgill Woods of Louisville, Lloyd Woods of New Castle; three stepdaughters, Ellree Hyden of Prestonsburg, Nellie Woods of La Grange, Lucille Robertson of Crestwood; one brother, Ollie Wills of Oak Hill, Ohio; one sister, Alberto Calhoun of Oak Hill, Ohio; 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 30, at the Arch L. Heady Radcliffe Funeral Home, La Grange, with Mike Carpenter of Good Shepherd Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Valley of Rest Cemetery, at La Grange, under the direction of Arch L. Heady Radcliffe Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Sue Henson

Age, 24, of Wallingford, died Friday, December 29, 2000, in Fleminsburg. She was born July 7, 1976, in Millersburg, Ohio, the daughter of Jeff D. and Gleema G. Henson. She was a retail merchant. Survivors, other than her parents, include one brother, Jeffree D. Henson of Wallingford; one sister, Jessica Derkis of Toledo, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 2, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Greenbury Hall Cemetery, McDowell, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Sandy Henson, Mark Henson, Matthew Henson, Waverly Henson, Chuckie Austin, J.D. Adams, Jeffrey Henson, Ernie Blevins and Don Derkis.

James Monroe Powers

Age, 92, of Auxier, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on August 8, 1908, on Johns Creek, he was the son of the late David ad Jennilee Honeycutt Powers. He was a disabled coal miner, and was a member of the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ronnie Privette Powers. Survivors include four sons, Richard Dean Powers of Auxier, Robert Keith Powers of Abbott, Glenn Powers and William James Powers, both of Prestonsburg; three daughters, Deanna Harless of Hager Hill, Charlene Harless of Dayton, Ohio, Maggie Collins of Auxier; one brother, George Powers of Auxier, 52 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 4, at 1 p.m., at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Chuch, with Rev. Bobby Spencer, Shane Powers, and James Mollette officiating. Burial will be in the Auxier Relocation Cemetery, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Active pallbearers were Roger Collins, Micheal Harless, Scott Powers, Mark Harless, Dean Harless, Wayne Harless, Shane Powers, Glen Jr. Powers, Shawn Powers, George Harless and Charles Powers.

Mathew Watkins

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

Palmer Frasure

Age, 65, of Teaberry, died Saturday, December 30, 2000, at his residence, following a sudden illness. Born on January 17, 1935, in Galveston, he was the son of Verlie Hamilton Frasure of Galveston and the late Troy Frasure. He was a disabled coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dollie Blankenship Frasure. Survivors include one son, Harm Frasure of Paintsville; one daughter, Diana Burchett of Ivel; six brothers, Ed Frasure of Pikeville, Tom Frasure, Glen Frasure, Charles Frasure, and Garrett Frasure, all of Galveston, Eddie Frasure of Collinsville, Virginia; one sister, Geraldine Blankenship of Galveston, and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Monford Howell and other Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Claude Hall

Age, 58, of Logansport, Indiana, formerly of Betsy Layne, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Memorial Hospital, Logansport. He was born August 6, 1942, at Betsy Layne, the son of the late Langley and Roxie Workman Hall. He was a die-cast supervisor at SUS Die Cast Products; a member of the Calvary Baptist Church; and had worked at Alpha Industries for 29 years. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hall. Other survivors include one son, Michael David of Logansport, Indiana; two brothers, Lloyd Hall of Warsaw, Indiana and Bill Hall of Betsy Layne; one sister, Orma Jean Holbrook of Betsy Layne; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 1, 2001 at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jordan Compton, William Layne, Bryan Layne, Eddie Clark, Justin Kidd and William Holbrook.

Hubert Clayton Gambill

Age, 81, of Paintsville, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at the V.A. Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Born December 9, 1919, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Lawrence C. Gambill and Oma Drago Gambill. He was self-employed at Gambill’s Electric. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is survived by his wife, Martha Leona Painter Gambill. Other survivors include one son, Michael Gambill, and one stepson, James G. Prater, both of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Virginia L. Gambill and Kathy Kirk, both of Paintsville; two brothers, Frank Gambill of Berea, Marvin Gambill of Cincinnati, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 1, 2001, at the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel, Paintsville, with Rev. Wayne Fields and Rev. Jimmy Jennings officiating. Burial was in the  Highland Memorial Park, at Staffordsville, under the direction of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Monday, December 1, 2001

Edna Johnson Akers

Age, 99, of Louisville, died December 20, 2000. She was born November 26, 1901, at Cody, a daughter of the late Simeon and Alice Johnson. She was a charter member of Antioch Old Regular Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy B. Akers. She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Zegaib; two sons, Astor Akers and Donald Akers; three sisters, Cora Johnson, Eva Sterling and Lillian Cope; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, December 23, at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home in Shepherdsville, with Bro. Hillard Newsome officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery. (Information courtesy of R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home-Virgie Chapel)

Earl Lee Honaker

Age, 47, of Ashland, formerly of Floyd County, died December 27, 2000, at Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville. He was born April 18, 1953, in Floyd County, and was the son of the late Sie and Birdie Mosley Hamilton. He was a concrete worker for Janie Ledingham Construction of Maysville, a member of Local 132 Operative Plasters Concrete and Cement Finishers, and a member of Masons International in Washington Courthouse, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Delena Rose Gibson Honaker; a son, Sean E. Honaker of Florida; a daughter, Melissa Irene Honaker of North Carolina; four brothers, Sie Hamilton Jr. of Price, Bobby Hamilton and Harold Dean Moore of McDowell, and Billy Green Hamilton of Marysville, Ohio; four sisters, Shelby Jean Moore of Stroh, Indiana, Audrey Stratton of Ivel, Opal Moore of McDowell and Charlene Mosley of Garner; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, December 30, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist faith officiating. Burial was in the Orkney Cemetery at McDowell. Pallbearers were Terry Marcum, Rick Lockhart, Joseph Stanley, Mike Moore and Sie Hamilton Jr.