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January Obituaries

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Avonelle Goble McLean

Age, 52, of Gold Canyon, Arizona, formerly of Floyd County, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2002, in Chandler, Arizona, following a brief illness. She was born December 31, 1949, in Martin, Ky. She was the daughter of the late Draxie Reynolds Goble of Ligon, Ky., and the late Archie Goble. Avonelle was reared in Allen Park, Michigan, by her aunt and uncle, the late Clara Reynolds Tackett Snyder and the late Arnold Tackett. Avonelle was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Harold McLean of Gold Canyon, Arizona. Other survivors include a daughter, Tonya Senko of Gilbert, Arizona; a son, David McLean of Gilbert, Arizona; two sisters, Shirley Goble Newsom of Columbus, Ohio, and Carol Sue Conn of Overland Park, Kansas, and a brother, Leroy Hamilton of McDowell, Kentucky. Funeral services were conducted 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at Falconer Funeral Home, Gilbert, Arizona, with Dr. David B. Falconer officiating. Interment followed in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix Arizona. (Information, courtesy of Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky.)

Ronald Keith Chaffin 

Age, 47, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Thursday, January 24, 2002, following a brief illness. Born on September 4, 1954, at Biloxi, Mississippi, he was the son of Kathryn Hughes Chaffin of Mooresville, North Carolina, and the late Sgt. Kyle Eugene Chaffin. He was a mechanic for Prestonsburg Cycle Shop. He attended A.L. Brown High School, Kannapolis, N.C., served in the United States Air Force, and was an honor graduate of Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky. Ron had a outgoing personality and was loved by all. He was a motorcycle enthusiast, and most enjoyed his extended family at Prestonsburg Cycle Center. Survivors include one daughter, Liza Edwards of Columbus, Ind.; one sister, Dena Myers, and husband, Harry Myers III, of Statesville, N.C.; and nephews, Eric, Christopher, Garan, and Desmond Myers, all of Statesville, N.C. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Neva Hughes, and his paternal grandparents, Henry and Lena Chaffin. Funeral services were conducted Monday January 28, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Bob Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, N.C., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Jan Brittain officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Association. Visitation was at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Ray Daniel Reynolds

Age 74, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Friday, January 25, 2002, at the Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky., after an extended illness.
He was born January 11, 1928, at Hindman, Ky., a son of the late Cevester and Mary (Martin) Reynolds. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired community service worker. He was married to Kathleen Reynolds, who preceded him in death. He is survived by eight sons, Mr. Bob Reynolds of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Billy Yonts, Mr. C.V. Reynolds, Mr. Tom Reynolds, Mr. Randy Reynolds, Mr. Rex Reynolds, and Mr. Ronnie Reynolds, all of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Mr. Danny Reynolds of Ypsilanti, Mich; three brothers and five sisters also survive, Mr. Garr Reynolds of Ft. Meyers, Fla., Mr. Gotto Reynolds of Ironton, Ohio, Mr. Randolph Reynolds of Paintsville, Ky.; Mrs. Betty Parker, Mrs. Nordie Thompson, Mrs. Ann Woodrum, and Mrs. Kathy Reynolds, all of Georgia, and Mrs. Mary Little of Paintsville, Ky. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 28, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the Burke Funeral Home in Prestonsburg, Ky., with Wayne Price officiating. Burial was in the Richmond Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Rachel Julia Hackworth

Age, 90, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Sunday, January 13, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on November 25, 1911, at Leander, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Ross and Virgie Rivers Hannah. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Collista Freewill Baptist Church in Johnson County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Hackworth. Survivors include three sons, William Sanford Hackworth of Prestonsburg, Ky., Ross Edward Hackworth of North Manchester, Ind., Ishmeal (Buddy) Hackworth of Prestonsburg, Ky.; four daughters, Anna Marie Prater of Akron, Ind., Edna Carol Nelson, Genoia Hackworth and Donna Hackworth, all of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Alvis Hannah of Vanlue, Oh.; three sisters, Eulah Blair of Johnson Co., Ky., Eunice Snipes of Troy, Oh., Edna Mae Hackworth of Paintsville, Ky.; 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; and two girls whom they loved and raised as their granddaughters, Candy Halbert and Courtney Halbert, both of Prestonsburg, Ky. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Freddie and Arvil Hannah; one son, Wallace Dewey Hackworth; one daughter, Margie Lee Hackworth; four sisters, Ora Lee Whitten, Lydia Blair, Audrey Hannah, and Juanita Hannah. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Bonanza Freewill Baptist Church at Bonanza, Ky., with Jimmy Brown, Jack Adkins, Buddy Jones, and Dennis Conley officiating. Burial will be in the Hackworth Family Cemetery, Bonanza, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the Bonanza Freewill Baptist Church.

Wesley C. “Shorty” Hatcher

Ager, 87 years of age, and a resident of Lorain, Ohio, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2002, at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain, after a brief illness. Born July 8, 1914, in Harold, Ky., where he was raised and lived until moving to Lorain in 1952. Wesley worked for U.S. Steel, retiring after 24 years as a pipe fitter helper in the No. 1 Pipe Shop in 1976. He was a trustee of the No. 1 Pipe Fitter Social Club, Steel workers Local No. 1104. He was instrumental in bringing many people from eastern Kentucky in search of work to Ohio to find employment at U.S. Steel in Lorain. He served in the Navy during World War II. He loved growing vegetables which he sold or gave away to many of the families of Lorain from the back of his pickup truck. His passion in life was helping family and friends around him who were in need. Survivors include his son, John W. Hatcher of Vermillion; his daughters, Nancy Fly of Amherst and Judy Sheriff of Lorain; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Gladys V. (nee: King) Hatcher on December 8, 1996; his son, Bernard Hatcher in 1971; two infant daughters, Christine and Patty Jean Hatcher; his grandson, Wesley Hatcher in 1977; his parents, David and Ada (nee: Taylor) Hatcher, infant sister, Beatrice Hatcher; brothers, Bernard B. Hatcher, Donald P. Hatcher and Thomas S. Hatcher. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 28, at 11 a.m., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, with Rick Chapman, assc., pastor of Church of the Open Door, officiating. Burial was in the Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst, Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph Hospice Residential Center, c/o New Life Hospice, 5255 North Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

Roy Darrell Branham

Age, 51, of Wyandotte, Mich., formerly of Weeksbury, Ky., died Friday, January 25, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on October 12, 1950, at Weeksbury, Ky., he was the son of the late William Arnold and Causby Burke Branham. He was a retired brick layer. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Gooden Branham. Other survivors include one son, Brian K. Branham of Wyandotte, Mich.; one daughter, Shonda (husband, Raymond) Esau of Mich.; two brothers, Edward Bruce Branham, and Roger Keith Branham, both of Virgie, Ky.; one sister, Nancy Alice Hall of Wheelwright, Ky. He was preceded in death by one brother, Earl Clay Branham. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 28, 2002, at 12 noon, at the Free Pentecostal Church of God at Weeksbury, Ky., with Jay Patton and Bobby Isaac officiating. Burial was in the Branham Family Cemetery, Weeksbury, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the Free Pentecostal Church of God at Weeksbury.

Dial “Pete” Gearheart

Age 83, of Price, Ky., passed away Friday, January 25, 2002, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, at Martin, Ky., following an extended illness. He was born September 25, 1918, at Ligon, Ky., a son of the late George and Darcus Newman Gearheart. Mr. Gearheart was a retired coal miner, an Army veteran of WWII, and a member of the UMWA. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Brown Gearheart of Price, Ky.; one brother, James Gearheart of River Rouge, Mich.; two sisters, Ronney Clark and Janey Piotrowski, both of McDowell, Ky. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2002, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Don Fraley Jr., and Chuck Hall, officiating ministers. Burial was in the Newman and Stewart Cemetery at Hi Hat, Ky., under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Fred Brown, George Brown, Earl Stewart, Danny Brown, Todd Browning, and Dallas Howell.

Lona Newsome Johnson

Age 78, of Prestonsburg, Ky., widow of Ballard Johnson, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2002, at her residence. She was born August 15, 1923, in Bevinsville, Ky., the daughter of the late Fred Newsome and Hannah Hall Newsome. She was a home-maker, and a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Dale Johnson and Ricky Johnson, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; nine daughters, Olivia Viramontez of St. Claire Shores, Mi., Betty Tackett and Denise Johnson, both of Prestonsburg, Ky., Carol Burke of Warren, Ohio, Brenda Johnson of Bevinsville, Ky., Sheliah Branham of North Carolina, Kathy Johnson of Wheelwright, Ky., Shirley Justice of Shelbiana, Ky., Teresa Layne of Maytown, Ky.; 43 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Lona Newsome Johnson will be conducted Friday, February 1, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, Wheelwright, Ky., with the clergymen, Louie Ferrari and Tommy Webb, officiating. Burial will follow in the Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is after 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the church. Grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.

Julia S. Hunter

Age 85, of Warsaw, Ind., formerly of Floyd County, Ky., passed away Saturday, January 26 2002, at the Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind., after an extended illness. She was born December 27, 1916, in Floyd County, Ky., a daughter of the late Alex and Emma (Johnson) Stephens. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She was married to Joe Hunter who preceded her in death, having passed away in 1979. She is survived by two sons and four daughters, Mr. Gene Hunter and wife, Shirley, of Pikeville, Ky., Mr. Ron Hunter and wife, Deb, of Warsaw, Ind., Mrs. Joann Walgamuth of Winona Lake, Ind., Mrs. Pat Glover of Warsaw, Ind.; Mrs. Tot and husband, (Jack) Byrd, of Galveston, Texas, Mrs. Brenda and her husband, Selvage, of Grove City, Oh.; three sisters, Mrs. Dora Bradley of Mich., Mrs. Bertha Ousley of Ky., Mrs. Nola Mayo of Prestonsburg, Ky.; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 30, at 10 a.m., at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel at Prestonsburg, Ky. Burial will be in the Stephens Family Cemetery at Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Kenneth Edward Zemo

Age 49, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Saturday, January 26, 2002, at his residence, after a sudden illness. He was born September 17, 1952, at Pikeville, Ky., a son of Raymond and Mary (Mullins) Zemo. He was disabled, having worked as a coal miner; a veteran having served in the U.S. Army; a Mason belonging to Zebulon Lodge No. 273 at Prestonsburg, Ky. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sons, Mr. Matthew Zemo and Mr. Michael Zemo, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Mr. Allen Zemo of Harold, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Amy Broadhurst of Louisville, Ky. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 29, at 2 p.m., from the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, at Prestonsburg, Ky., with Evangelist Tim Blankenship officiating. Military services were conducted by the DAV Chapter 18, Auxier, Ky. Burial followed in Davidson Memorial Gardens Cemetery, at Ivel, Ky., under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

 

Monday, January 28, 2002

Willie D. Brown

Age, 94, of McDowell, Ky., died Thursday, January 24, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on November 3, 1907, in Floyd County, Ky., he was the son of the late Lewis and Sallie Vance Brown. He was a retired C & O Railroad employee. He is survived by his wife, Melvina Lykins Brown, married June 1933. Other survivors include one son, Bill Brown of Ligon, Ky.; six daughters, Jonell Tackett of Prestonsburg, Ky., Annette Tackett, Genevieve Wright, and Bobbie Osborne, all of McDowell, Ky., Bessie Newman of St. Mary’s Ohio, and Brenda Ratliff of Sidney, Ohio; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Beulah Martin; four brothers, Jarvey Brown, Andy Brown, Sill Brown, and Noah Brown; five sisters, Lula Potts, Roxie Ratliff, Lizel Provansanto, Laura Gibson, and Phenia Brown. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 27, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Woodrow Dye, and other Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Boyd Cemetery, Hi Hat, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

 

Friday, January 25, 2002

Billy Ray Hopkins

Age, 27, of McDowell, Ky., died Monday, January 21, 2002, following a sudden illness. Born on July 20, 1974, in Martin, Ky., he was the son of Janice Elliott Hopkins of McDowell and the late Robert Hopkins. He was a carpenter. Survivors include his grandmother, Rebecca Elliott of McDowell; one brother, Robert Keith Hopkins of Paintsville, Ky.; one sister, Becky Jo Gross of Prestonsburg, Ky. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wilburn Ellott, and Ross and Josie Hopkins. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 25, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, McDowell, Ky., with ministers of the Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Hopkins Cemetery, McDowell, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the Litle Rosa Regular Baptist Church.

Leonard Little

Age, 57, of Melvin, Ky., died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on January 27, 1944, in Floyd County, Ky., he was the son of the late Mack Little and Lila Tackett Little. He was self-employed, and attended the Jacks Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Rickie Gomber Little. Other survivors include four sons, Keith Little of Hueysville, Ky., Greg Little, T.D. Little, and Timmy Little, all of Wheelwright, Ky.; two daughters, Greta Spears of Wheelwright, Ky., and Tammy Young of Weeksbury, Ky.; five brothers, Clinton Little, Paul Little, Donnie Little, Mike Little, and Hobart Little, all of Melvin, Ky.; two sisters, Arlene Wright of Michigan, and Claudine Tackett of Weeksbury, Ky.; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Clifford Little. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 25, 2002, at 2:30 p.m., at the Jacks Creek Baptist Church, at Bevinsville, Ky., with Roger Trusty and Louie Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Little Family Cemetery, Melvin, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the Jacks Creek Baptist Church. Pallbearers are: Lee Little, Wesley Little, Hopie Little, Marty Little, and Kevin Little.

Emma Jean Scalf

Age, 71, of Buffalo, Prestonsburg, Ky., died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, following a brief illness. Born on April 4, 1930, at Endicott, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Dave Morrison and Marie Burchett Morrison. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Endicott Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Scalf. Survivors include one son, Barry Scalf of Austin, Tex.; two daughters, Helen Keathley of Endicott, Prestonsburg, Ky., Louise Akers of McDowell, Ky.; two grandchildren, David Chaffins of Endicott, Ky., and Kelly Sue Akers, of McDowell, Ky. She was preceded in death by one son, Kelly Scalf; two brothers, Thomas Jr. Morrison, and Bobby Donald Morrison; and one sister, Mary Lowe. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 25, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Endicott Freewill Baptist Church, with James H. Smith, B. J. Crider and Nathan Lafferty officiating. Burial will be in the Hazel James Cemetery at Johns Creek, Pike County, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the Endicott Freewill Baptist Church.

Mart V. Allen

Age, 75, of Garrett, Ky., died Monday, January 21, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on May 28, 1926, in Lackey, Ky., he was the son of the late Henry Allen and Verda Dials Allen Lemons. He was a retired health care employee and a lifetime member of the DAV Chapter 128, Garrett, Ky. He is survived by his wife, Mae Combs Allen. Other survivors include one son, John W. Allen of Garrett, Ky.; two daughters, Donna Thomas of Garrett, Ky., and Beverly Martin of Wayland, Ky.; one brother, Ronald Mosley of Kendallville, In.; one sister, Georgia Myers of Wabash, In.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Allen; two brothers, John S. Allen and Billy Allen; and one sister, Dorothy Watkins. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 24, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Woodrow Crum and Ernest Reynolds officiating. Burial was in the Chaffins Cemetery, Four Mile, Mousie, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Joe P. Tackett

Age, 96, of Melvin, Ky., died Monday, January 21, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on August 7, 1905, at Weeksbury, Ky., he was the son of the late Benjamin Tackett and Elizabeth McCown Tackett. He was a disabled coal miner.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Thompson Tackett. Survivors include three sons, Charles Tackett, and David Tackett, both of Melvin, Ky., and Raymond Tackett of Andrews, Ind.; seven daughters, Betty Meadows and Loretta McCray, both of Jackson, Ohio, Rose Marie Caudill and Christine Clark, both of Andrews, Ind., Wanita Slone of Martin, Ky., Mary Gillespie of Hi Hat, Ky., and Fannie Johnson of Banner, Ky.; 43 grandchildren, 72 great-great-grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren; one granddaughter, Beatrice Crittendon, whom he raised. He was preceded in death by three sons, Carl, Arbrey, and Billy Tackett; four brothers, Willie, Epp, Greenberry, and Sol Tackett; two sisters, Rebecca Tackett, and Dollie Johnson; three daughters, Sylvia Tackett, Loraine Tackett, and Alpha Jean Crittendon. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 26, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin, Ky., with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Matthew Tackett Cemetery, Melvin, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation will be at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin, Ky., after 6 p.m., Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Virginia (Hobson) Williamson

Virginia (Hobson) Williamson, of Betsy Layne, Ky., died Thursday, January 17, 2002, at her home. She was born in Pike County, Ky., a daughter of the late Augustus Payne Hobson and Myrtle (Clark) Hobson. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church, at Betsy Layne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Williamson. Survivors include three sons, Doctor Glenn Williamson of Lafayette, Louisiana, Marvin Williamson of Betsy Layne, and Marshall R. Williamson of Betsy Layne; three sisters, Gormie Hall of Pikeville, Magnolia Stratton of Elkhorn City, and Alvaline Hampton of Virgie; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 20, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church, with Tracy Patton officiating. Burial was in the Ferguson Cemetery in Floyd County, under the direction of Thacker Memorial Funeral Home, Pikeville. Visitation was at the funeral home, and at the church. Pallbearers: Allen William-son, Gary Williamson, Millard D. Stevens, Samuel Stevens, Jeffrey Mulkey, and Brian Smith.

Penny J. Perkins

Age, 55, of 331 Sixth Avenue, Galion, Ohio, died Monday, January 21, 2002, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, after a brief illness. Born February 28, 1946, in Mouthcard, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Clifford Justice and Edith (Tripplet) Justice. She attended Faith Community Fellowship Church in Ontario, Ohio. She was a waitress and cook at various restaurants, and enjoyed traveling throughout the country. Survivors include three daughters, Candy Drescher of Lindenhurst, N.Y., Angela and Johnny Holbrook of Morehead, KY, Kelly and Neil Pfleiderer, of Galion, Ohio; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Beatrice and John Schade of Galion, Ohio, Alveda and Jo Riffe of Mansfield, Ohio, Anita and Dick Luscalett of Galion, Ohio; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Sherry Justice of Galion, Ohio; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Justice. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at 10:30 a.m., at the Richardson-Davis Funeral Home, Galion, Ohio, with Pastor Dennis McMillen officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Galion, Ohio.

Timothy Duane Hoover

Age 42, of Hippo, Ky., son of Maudie Ratliff Hoover, of Hippo, Ky., and the late George Hoover, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2002, at his residence, in Hippo, Ky. He was born February 12, 1959, in McDowell, Ky. Survivors include three brothers, David Gordon Hoover and Don Williams Hoover, both of Hippo, Ky., and James Reginald Hoover of Paintsville, Ky.; three sisters, Phyllis Ann Wilks of Hippo, Ky., Margaret Hoover and Wanda Caldwell, both of Prestonsburg, Ky. Funeral services for Timothy Duane Hoover, were conducted Monday, January 21, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Joe Ratliff officiating. Burial followed in the Miners Cemetery, Eastern, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Adam Caldwell, Jordan Caldwell, Kenny Caldwell, Shawn Wilks, Seth Hall, and Dustin Hoover.

Oliver Setser

Age 74, of Auxier, Ky., passed away Saturday, January 19, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky., after an extended illness. He was born March 10, 1927, in Floyd County, Ky., a son of the late James and Erma Aldridge Setser. He was a general laborer. He was a World War II Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Baldridge Setser. Other survivors include two sons, Oliver Ray Setser of Little Paint, Ky., Kenneth Michael Setser of Auxier, Ky.; three daughters, Barbara Burchett of Auxier, Ky., Patricia Schroeder of Deshler, Ohio, Donna Crego of McComb, Ohio; five brothers, Marvin Setser of Clintwood, Va., Darvin Setser of Warsaw, Ind., Franklin Setser of Germantown, Oh., Calvin Setser of Auxier, Ky., Jimmy Setser of Burbon, Ind.; two sisters, Lula Faye Silveus of Clewiston, Fla. and Alma Gay Drudge of Mentone, Ind.; and 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, David Lee Setser; three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at 1 p.m., from the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Clifford Austin officiating. Burial was in the Auxier Relocation Cemetery at Auxier, Ky., under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Lewis

Age, 75, of Staffordsville, Ky., died Friday, January 18, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on June 5, 1926, in Johnson County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Jim and Laura Crum Mollett. She was a homemaker and a member of the Daniels Creek Fellowship Church of God. She is survived by her husband, Harold Lewis. Other survivors include two sons, Danny Kerr of Prestonsburg, Ky., Michael Wayne Lewis of Seiverville, Tenn.; two daughters, Wonell Blair of Hager Hill, Ky. and Linda Chaffins of Warfield, Ky.; seven brothers, Eugene Wells of Xenia, Ohio, Paul Mollett of Wabash, Indiana, Dennis Mollett of Boonscamp, Ky., Billy Mollett of Sitka, Ky., Larry Mollett of Lowmansville, Ky., Jimmy Lee Mollett of Mansfield, Oh., James Mollett of Auxier, Ky.; six sisters, Mary Jane Ward of Williamsport, Ky., Frances Wilson of Paintsville, Ky., Shearlen Meek of Boonscamp, Ky., Diana Staniford of Williamsport, Ky., Betty Tackett of River, Ky., Rita Hall of Inez, Ky.; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Everett Mullins; one sister, Cloetta Penix, and one grandson. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 21, 2002, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Ronnie Spriggs, Larry Blair and Doug Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Staffordsville, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was the funeral home.

Robert Henry Hughes

Age, 89, of North Central Avenue, Prestonsburg, died Sun-day morning, Janu-ary 20, 2002, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Mr. Hughes was born March 8, 1912, in Williamson, West Virginia, the son of Henry Edward Hughes and Nannie Hamilton Hughes, and moved as a child to Prestonsburg, where he resided for the many years of his life. At the time of his death, he resided in the same home on Central Avenue in which he had lived since 1931. His life was marked by partnerships of long duration. He was married for 54 years to his beloved wife, Shirley Cole Hughes, who predeceased him in 1986. In 1948, he began another life-long partnership with Orville Cooley, with whom Mr. Hughes owned and operated the Playhouse, the poolroom at the end of Court Street, famous for its “breadburgers,” until 1980. Mr. Hughes is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Henry Edward and Cora Hughes of Lexington; a grandson, Robert Patrick Lessard of Marysville, Washington; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Snow Hughes and Anna Cole Hughes, both of Lexington; a great-granddaughter, Caroline Faye Hughes of Lexington; a daughter-in-law, Dr. Brenda Hughes of Hazard; two nephews, Michael Fannin of Prestonsburg, and Dr. Bill Tom Fannin of Pikeville; a niece, Nina Underwood of Lexington; and a very special friend and caregiver, Helen Slone of Floyd County. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Anne Hughes Lessard. Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 25, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg. Arrangements are under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.

Avanell Shepherd Collins

Age 80, of Hueysville, Ky., wife of the late Freddie Collins, passed away Friday, January 18, 2002, in the Knott County Nursing Home, Hindman, Ky. She was born May 22, 1921, in Hueysville, Ky., the daughter of the late Lummie Sexton and Lurana Miller Sexton. She was a member of the Upper Quicksand Free Pentecostal Church, Hueysville, Ky. Survivors include two sons, Bruce Turner of Pensacola, Fl., and Steve Shepherd of Helmer, In.; three daughters, Marlene Conley of Leo, In., and Bernice Bunn of Wolcottville, In., and Viccene Chaffins of Hueysville, Ky.; two brothers, Velman Sexton and Loyal Sexton both of Lima, Ohio; one sister, Ellen Shepherd of Hueysville,Ky., 24 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Ken Shepherd; two daughters, Connie Leader and Bonnie Elkins. Funeral services for Avanell Shepherd Collins were conducted Monday, January 21, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Bill Tussey Jr., officiating. Burial followed in the Shepherd Cemetery, Hueysville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Ricky Brandon Smith, Brian Shepherd, Eric Shepherd, Victor Reed, Willis Chaffins, and David Chaffins.

Troy Hackworth

Age, 81, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born September 15, 1920, in West Prestonsburg, Ky., he was the son of the late Charlie Hackworth and Ollie Stephens Hackworth. He was a former meter mechanic for Columbia Gas Company; a member of Ky. Farm Bureau; a charter, member of the Floyd County Farm Bureau; a former President of Floyd County, Farm Bureau for 31 years. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the army as a military policeman, and was a volunteer for Clark Elementary P.T.A. He is survived by his wife, Imogene Hubbard Hackworth. Survivors include four sons, Bill A. Hackworth of Prestonsburg, James Troy Hackworth of Houston, Texas, Charle W. Hackworth of London, West Virginia, and Richard D. Hackworth of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Alice A. Sipple of Beattyville, Ky., and Donna L. Dyer of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two brothers, Beverly Hackworth of Ada, Ohio, and Bruce Hackworth of Prestonsburg, Ky.; three sisters, Minerva Arnett of Claypool, Ind., Mabel Lemmon of Crumwell, Ind., and Alka Hale of Jasper, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with pastor Paul Aiken officiating. Interment will be in the Hackworth Family Cemetery, Station Branch, Prestonsburg, Ky., under direction of Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Charles B. Hackworth, Charles W. Hackworth, Charles F. Hackworth, David B. Hackworth, Michael Hackworth, Harry Hackworth, Nathan Hackworth, David Goodman, Tim Dyer, Bill Arnold Hackworth, James Sipple and Richard D. Hackworth.

Claude Goble

Age 86, of Dwale, Ky., died Sunday, January 13, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on August 17, 1915, at Bull Creek, Ky., he was the son of the late William and Alice Calhoun Goble. He was a retired coal miner. He was a member of the Church of God, and UMWA. He was married to the late Pauline Compton Goble on September 10, 1938. He is survived by his second wife, Ezel Slone Goble; his six children and two step-children, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Goble of New Symera Beach Fla.; Mr. Jack Goble of Lexington, Ky.; Mr. and Mrs. Claude (J.R.) Goble Jr. of Spring Hill Fla., Mr. Paul Douglas Goble of Ypsilanti, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. David Rick Goble of Prestons-burg, Ky. The late William Thomas Goble preceded him in death. Stepchildren: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Slone of Tenn. and Mrs. Linzetta Robinson of Mouthcard, Ky., and survived by 13 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, Kim Farnum, Jimmy Goble, Jeff Goble, Paul A. Goble, Steven Goble, Jennifer Caldwell, Jacob Claude Goble, Ronnie Goble, Tonya Waddle, Matthew Goble, Krystal Litteral, Jackson Goble, David Proctor; two stepchildren, Jason and Rachel Robinson and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Oakie Goble of Dwale, Ky.; two sisters, Irene Enix of Ohio, and Billie Jean Jewell of Dwale, Ky. Also preceded him in death were four brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 17, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Ray Sayers officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. Pallbearers are: Richard Goble, Jack Goble, J.R. Goble, Paul Goble, Rick Goble and Johnny Judd.

Ruby R. Hale

Ruby R. Hale, of Mansfield, Ohio, died Saturday evening at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, following a brief illness. Ruby was born August 4, 1924, in Weeksbury, Ky., the daughter of the late William and Virgie Ward. A Mansfield resident for more than 50 years, Ruby spent most of her life loving and caring for her family, serving the Lord, Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Grace Evangelical Free Church, and delighted in sharing her faith with her many friends and relatives. Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Stan and Linda Hale of Gahanna, Ohio, Gregory and Jennifer Hale of Mansfield, and William and Gale Hale of Lucas, Ohio; one daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Kenneth Cline of Mansfield; two sisters, Bernice Gibson and Marie Hall of Kentucky; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William D. Hale in 1996; one sister, Norma Turner of Kentucky, and two brothers, Donald Ward of Urbana, Ohio, and G.C. “Buck” Ward of Michigan. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at 10:30 a.m., at the Ontario home of Wappner Funeral Directors, with Reverend Dennis Nezrick officiating. Burial will be in Ashland County Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Evangelical Free Church, 536 Kentucky Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio, 44905. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Friday, January 18, 2002

Bolten H. Martin

Age 79, of Eastern, Ky., husband of the late Hazel Moore Martin, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was born August 19, 1922, in Eastern, Ky., the son of the late Sol D. Martin and Della Gayheart Martin. He was a retired heavy equipment operator, a World War II Army veteran, and a lifetime member of the DAV. Survivors include one son, Bolten Martin Jr., and his wife, Debra, of Eastern, Ky.; three brothers, Theodore Martin and Bernard Martin, both of Eastern, Ky., Willie Martin of Printer, Ky.; three sisters, Ova Warrens of Eastern, Ky., Nancy Bolen of Garrett, Ky., Madge Moore of Lansing, Mi.; one grandchild, Christa Nicole Martin; one step-grandchild, Brandy Nicole Everage, and one great-grandchild, Austin Dye. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 18, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Jerry Manns officiating. Burial will follow in the Martin Cemetery, Eastern, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Roberta Hall

Age 59, of Lackey, Ky., passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Ky. She was born December 3, 1943, in Drift, Ky., the daughter of the late Dock Hall and Judy Howell Hall. Survivors include one brother, Raymond Hall of Raven, Ky.; two sisters, Helen Galati of Marion, Ohio, and Hattie Staggs of Lackey, Ky. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 19, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Estill, Ky., with the clergyman, Clinton “Buddy” Jones, and others, officiating. Burial will follow in the Lackey Cemetery, Lackey, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the church.

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Ada Prater

Age 78, of Garrett, Ky., widow of Sol Bud Prater, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2002, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Ashland, Ky. She was born March 19, 1923, in Garrett, Ky., the daughter of the late Kendall Sparkman and Linda Conley Sparkman. Survivors include two sons, Russell Gene Prater of East Lake, Ohio, Frank D. Prater of Garrett, Ky.; two daughters, Dorothy E. Teel and Frances K. Henson, both of Hueysville, Ky.; two sisters, Stella M. Carpenter and Louise Sexton, both of Willard, Ohio, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer Sparkman, Lacy Sparkman and Henderson Sparkman; two sisters, Gladys Hansford and Ollie Prater. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 14, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Clinton “Buddy” Jones and Mitchell Shepherd, officiating. Burial followed in the Prater Cemetery, Hueysville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Nightly services were conducted at 7:00 p.m. Pallbearers: Russell Prater Jr., Clayton Teel Jr., John Henson, Charles Prater, Ricky Johnson, Junior Prater, Larry Pitts, Shawn Henson, and Jeremy Risner.

Helen Prater

Age 85, of Hueysville, Ky., widow of Temp Prater, passed away Friday, January 4, 2002, at the Crestmark of Rose Lawn, Rose Lawn, Indiana. She was born December 17, 1916, in Hueysville, Ky., the daughter of the late Oak Cooley and Rosetta Osborne Cooley. She was a former cook for the Floyd County School System, and was a member of the Bethel Regular Baptist Church, Maytown, Ky. Survivors include three sons, Gene R. Prater of Prestonsburg, Ky., Charles Walker Prater of Langley, Ky., Darwin Prater of Inez, Ky.; three daughters, Loretta Frasure of Crown Point, In., Erma Jackson of Eastern, Ky., Diana Watts of Hueysville, Ky.; three brothers, Toby Cooley and Iris Cooley, both of Hippo, Ky., Dorlan Cooley of Hueysville, Ky.; one sister, Geneva Prater of Hueysville, Ky., 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. Funeral services for Helen Prater were conducted Monday, January 7, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial followed in the John Wess Prater Cemetery, Hueysville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Pallbearers: Tom Pritt, Matthew Pritt, Joshua Pritt, Jacob Pritt, Steve Prater, Josh Martin, Jeremy Nichols, Tyler Adkins, and Kevin Frasure.

Maggie Hall Newman

Age 88, of Berea, Ky., formerly of McDowell, Ky., widow of Green B. Newman Jr., passed away Saturday, January 12, 2002, in the Norton Audubon Hospital, Louisville, Ky. She was born August 28, 1913, in McDowell, Ky., the daughter of the late Duran Hall and Mary Spradlin Hall. She was a retired cook at McDowell High School, and a member of the Clear Creek United Baptist Church for 62 years. Survivors include two sons, David Newman of Bardstown, Ky., Ira Dean Newman of Berea, Ky.; one daughter, Lavena Osborne of Louisville, Ky.; four sisters, Annie Stumbo of McDowell, Ky., Betty Vallone of Columbus, Ohio, Jeanie Frisco of Louisville, Ky., Edna Sizemore of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Willie F. Hall of Mason, Ohio, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Clara Jo Newman. Funeral services for Maggie Hall Newman will be conducted Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergyman, Ruben Lykens, officiating. Burial will follow in the Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Herschel B. Flanery

Age 65, of Langley, Ky., husband of Betty Stratton Flanery, passed away, Friday morning, January 11, 2002, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Ky. He was born September 9, 1936, the son of the late William Ray Flanery and Alva May Flanery, of Langley, Ky. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church, Martin, Ky., a founding member of the Maytown Volunteer Fire Department, a former Floyd County Math teacher, a retired Land Manager for Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation in Charleston, West Virginia, and a member of John W. Hall Lodge 950, F&AM, Martin, Ky. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son,William Herschel Flanery of Dallas, Texas; two grandsons, William Michael Flanery and David Heath Flanery of Tulsa, Ok.; and one sister, Mary Jo Halbert of Martin, Ky. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Phillip Ray Flanery; one sister, Gloria Flanery Jones, and one brother, Thomas Ray Flanery, all of Langley, Ky. Funeral services for Herschel Flanery were conducted Sunday, January 13, 2002, at 1:30 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Graydon Howard officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, Ky. Visitation was Saturday, January 12, 2002. Masonic rites were conducted Saturday, January 12, in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel. Pallbearers: Wade Meade, Marty Meade, Brian Meade, Brett Meade, Mick Cooley, Buford Inmon, Gerald Inmon, Ricky Joe Roberts, Lance Blackburn, Kent Flanery, John Flanery, Jeff Jones, Chris Halbert and Dr. Dennis Halbert.

Monday, January 14, 2002

Frank Martin

Age, 69, of Garrett, Ky., died Wednesday, January 9, 2002, following a brief illness.
Born on December 29, 1932, in Knott County, Ky., he was the son of the late Fred Martin Sr., and Ada Hall Martin. He was a self-employed station owner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Jean Bailey Martin. Survivors include three brothers, Afton Martin of Hamilton, Oh., Fred Martin Jr., of Lackey, Ky., Tandy Martin of Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Lee Gibson and Nadine Woods. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 13, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Jerry Manns and others, officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Gladys Goble Wiley

Age, 74, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Thursday, January 10, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on July 26, 1927, in Floyd County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Ned Ousley and Mima Sammons Ousley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Voice of Victory Assembly of God, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Brooks Goble; and her second husband, Ernest Wiley. Survivors include two sons, Bill Edward Goble of Sidney, In., Neddie R. Goble of Devans, Ga.; one daughter, Clelda Harreld of Warsaw, In.; two brothers, Willis Ousley of Leesburg, In., Mexico Pitts of Sidney, In.; one sister, Mulelda Campbell of Water Gap, Ky.; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Chester Eugene Goble and Darrell Gary Goble; one brother, Elmer Ousley, and one half-brother, Commoadore Pitts; three sisters, Laurie Gibson, Cleldie Ousley, and Verdith Ward. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, January 14, 2001, at 11 a.m., at the Voice of Victory Assembly of God, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Charles Hayden officiating. Burial will be in the Baker Ousley Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation will be at the funeral home after 4 p.m., on Saturday, and after 4 p.m., on Sunday, at the church.

Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Christine Rosetta “Black” Stewart

Age 79, of McDowell, Ky., wife of Revella F. Stewart, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2002, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hazard, Ky., following an extended illness. She was born June 28, 1922, in Minnie, Ky., the daughter of the late Ellis V. Martin and Virda Martin. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Regular Baptist Church, Thornton Union. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Larry Delmas Stewart of McDowell, Ky., Revella Dean Stewart of Jacksonville, Fl., Benjie Ellis Stewart of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one brother, Wendell Martin of Prestonsburg, Ky., seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Martin, and one sister, Anna Rose Little. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergyman, Arnold Turner Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in the Lucy Hall Cemtery, McDowell, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Dode Calhoun

Age, 94, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Sunday, January 6, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on November 9, 1907, in Boyd County, Ky., he was the son of the late Bill and Agnes Scott Calhoun. He was a retired coal miner. He was a member of New Hope United Baptist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky., and a member of Zebulon Lodge No. 273, F&AM, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie Wills Calhoun. Survivors include four sons, Doug Calhoun of Warsaw, Ind., Clarence Calhoun of Sidney, Ohio, David Calhoun, and Wallace Calhoun, both of Prestonsburg, Ky.; four daughters, Donna Jean Muncy, Mary Agnes Dawson, Patricia Gibson, and Beulah Seals, all of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Wallace Calhoun of Prestons-burg, Ky.; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Bill Calhoun, and Gordon Calhoun; one brother, Denver Calhoun; two sisters, Mima Dickerson, and Stella Stephens. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Brothers Reubin Lycans, Chester Adkins, and Wallace Calhoun officiating. Burial will be in the Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Randall Calhoun, Greg Calhoun, Jimmy Seals, Charlie Burns, Steve Parsell, Don Patton, John Calhoun, Larry Nelson, and Wallace Jr. Calhoun.

Christopher Alan Ratliff

Age, 38, of Delaware, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, Ky., died Friday, January 4, 2002, at his residence in Delaware, Ohio, following a sudden illness. Born on August 25, 1963, at Pikeville, Ky., he was the son of Wayne Wendell and Sonja Ratliff Ousley of Allen, Ky., and Carolyn Cerneus and Roger Smith of Aurora, Ill. He was a mechanical engineer for Honda. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Stephens Ratliff. Other survivors include one son, Zachary Ryan Ratliff of Delaware, Ohio; one daughter, Emily Nicole Ratliff of Delaware, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Ethel May Ratliff and the late Wayne Ratliff of Allen, Ky.; maternal grandparents, Goldie Emerine and the late Joe Emerine of Louisville, Ky.; step-grandparents, Lucille Ousley of Allen, Ky. and the late Curtis Ousley; one brother, Wayne Ratliff III of Charleston, West Virginia; father- and mother-in-law, Ernest Stephens and the late Ruth Ann Stephens; one half-sister, Monica Purdo of Sarasota, Florida. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 7, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Rev. James Harmon officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Ratliff Children Scholarship Fund at Citizen National Bank. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Dixie Watts Johnson

Age 93, of Hueysville, Ky., widow of Mosey Johnson, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2002, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, Ky., following an extended illness. She was born August 17, 1908, in Garner, Ky.; the daughter of the late John Watts and Rosie Short Watts. She was a owner and operator of the Johnson Cash Store, Garrett, Ky., from 1937-1976. Survivors include one son, Ralph Johnson of Eastern, Ky.; one daughter, Aileen Osborne of Hueysville, Ky.; two sisters, Lovella Johnson and Violet Carson, both of Milan, In., 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Farris Johnson, Grayson Johnson, and one daughter, Barbara Johnson Turner. Funeral services for Dixie Watts Johnson were conducted Sunday, January 6, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial followed in the Johnson Cemetery, Hueysville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Michael Johnson, Rodney Osborne, Ronnie Johnson, Paul Jeffrey Johnson, David Johnson, James Fairis Johnson, James Robert Turner, and Bee Hall. Honorary: Matthew Johnson, Jonathan Johnson, Jason Osborne, Jeremy Osborne, and Jordan Osborne.

Opal Marie Orsborn Greer

Age, 81, of Prestons-burg, Ky., died Thurs-day, January 3, 2002, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born April 22, 1920, in Martin, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Hiram Orsborn and Nannie Hamilton Orsborn. She was a former nurse for Dr. George P. Archer, M.D., a member of the First Baptist Church, Prestonsburg, Ky.; and Adah Chapter No. 24, Order of the Eastern Star, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jake Shannon Greer, June 22, 2001. Survivors include one daughter, Betty Jo (Dr. Alan) Hyden of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two sisters, Geneva Boyd of Huntsville, Ala., Mary Ellen Osborne of Roseville, Mich.; two grandsons, Seth (Amy) Hyden, and Josh Hyden; one granddaughter, Kate Hyden; one great-grandson, Jake Hyden. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 5, 2002, at 11:00 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Randy Polk and Dr. Floyd Price officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky. Active pallbearers: Josh Hyden, Seth Hyden, Dr. Alan Hyden, John Greer Hunt, John Earl Hunt, Robbie Risner, James DeRossett, Glenn David May, David A. Layne, and Johnny Burke Jr. Honorary pallbearers: Dewey Greer, Donald Hunt, Joe T. Hyden II, James Reed, Brent Reed, Estill Carter, Paul Nunn and Louie P. Lafferty.

Helen Prater

Age 85, of Hueysville, Ky., widow of Temp Prater, passed away Friday, January 4, 2002, at the Crestmark of Rose Lawn, Rose Lawn, Indiana. She was born December 17, 1916, in Hueysville, Ky., the daughter of the late Oak Cooley and Rosetta Osborne Cooley. She was a former cook for the Floyd County School System, and was a member of the Bethel Regular Baptist Church, Maytown, Ky. Survivors include three sons, Gene R. Prater of Prestonsburg, Ky., Charles Walker Prater of Langley, Ky., Darwin Prater of Inez, Ky.; three daughters, Loretta Frasure of Crown Point, In., Erma Jackson of Eastern, Ky., Diana Watts of Hueysville, Ky.; three brothers, Toby Cooley and Iris Cooley, both of Hippo, Ky., Dorlan Cooley of Hueysville, Ky.; one sister, Geneva Prater of Hueysville, Ky., 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. Funeral services for Helen Prater were conducted Monday, January 7, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers: Tom Pritt, Matthew Pritt, Joshua Pritt, Jacob Pritt, Steve Prater, Josh Martin, Jeremy Nichols, Tyler Adkins, and Kevin Frasure.

Sharon R. Casebolt

Age, 45, of Wayland, Ky., died Sunday, January 6, 2002, following an extended illness. Born on May 18, 1956, at Glo, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Okie Collier Sr. and Leavodis Williams Collier. She was a homemaker and a member of the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Rickey Casebolt. Other survivors include one son, Eric Shane Casebolt of Wayland, Ky.; one daughter, Leavodis Ann Casebolt of Wayland, Ky.; six brothers, Ronnie Collier of Columbus, Ohio, Charles Collier of Rock Camp, Ohio, Robert Collier of Stone, Ky., Bill Collier of Wayland, Ky., Johnnie Collier and Denver Collier, both of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Allene Amburgy of Shelby, Ohio. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Lou Slone, Jaculene Collier; and one brother, Okie Collier Jr. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Estill, Ky., with James (Red) Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church.

Vicki Watkins

Age 53, of Worthington, Ky., formerly of Harold, Ky., passed away Sunday, January 6, 2002, at her residence in Worthington. She was born February 4, 1948, in Harold, Ky., the daughter of Ezella Boyd Watkins of Worthington, Ky., and the late Oscar Watkins. Vicki was a bookkeeper and was a member of the Vogel-Day United Methodist Church, Harold, Ky. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one sister, Nina Watkins of Worthington, Ky., and two aunts, Addie Bea Hall of Harold, Ky.; and Arcolas Allen of Banner, Ky. Funeral services for Vicki Watkins will be conducted Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergyman, Dennis Love, officiating. Burial will follow in the the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Alice V. Williams

Age 84, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Sunday, January 7, 2002, at the Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky., after an extended illness. She was born October 21, 1917, at Betsy Layne, Ky., a daughter of the late O.J. and Oneida (Howse) Williams. She was a teacher and librarian at Betsy Layne High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church at Prestonsburg, Ky. She is survived by one son, John Stewart of Prestonsburg, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Jackie Collins of Toledo, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at 11 a.m., from the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Dr. Floyd Price officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, Ky., under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Mary Magdaline Osborne

Age 64, of Eastern, Ky., wife of Romie Gene Osborne, passed away Monday, January 7, 2002, at her residence in Eastern. She was born September 13, 1937, in Martin, Ky., the daughter of the late Denver Amburgey and Oma Melton Amburgey Mullins. Survivors include two daughters, Sandra McGarey and Debbie Steffey, both of Eastern, Ky.; one sister, Martha Combs of Raven, Ky.; and two grandchildren, Derek Kyle McGarey, and Ashley Nicole Steffey. Funeral services for Mary Osborne will be conducted Thursday, January 10, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Gary Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Osborne Cemetery, Eastern, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Monday, January 7, 2002

Verna Mae Hicks

Age, 72, of Wilmington, Ohio, formerly of Martin, Ky., died Thursday, January 3, 2002, at the Clinton Memorial Hospital, Wilmington, Ohio. Born on June 3, 1929, in Risner, Ky., she was the daughter of the late James Hale and Sarah Prater Hale. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Burnis Hicks. Other survivors include one son, Bill (Shirley) Hicks of Wilmington Ohio; three daughters, Carol Vance of Mason, Ohio, Pam (Edward) Fizer of Sabina, Ohio, Malesa Smith of Maineville, Ohio; two brothers, Clyde (Brenda) Hale of Martin, Ky., Lawrence (Iley) Hale of Prestonsburg, Ky.; six grandchildren, Jeanette (Mike) Coady, Mark Vance, Krista (William) Rowe, Jarrod Hicks, Sarah Fizer and Ashley Fizer; one great-grandchild, Corinne Coady. She was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Hale, and four sisters, Pearly Prater, Thelma Ousley, Okea Haywood, and Virginia Adkins. Services will be conducted Monday, January 7, 2002, at noon, at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South St., Wilmington, Ohio, with Pastor Kelly D. McInerney officiating. Burial will be in the Miami Cemetery, Corwin, Ohio, under the direction of Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, Wilmington, Ohio. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Friday, January 4, 2002

Walter Raleigh (W.R.) Barnett

Age, 87, of Martin, Ky., died Monday, December 31, 2001, following an extended illness. Born on January 28, 1914, in Floyd County, Ky., he was the son of the late A.B. and Polkie Halbert Barnett. He was retired from the C&O Railway and was a member of the Light House Independent Church, Prestonsburg, Ky. He is survived by his wife, Daisy Wright Barnett. Other survivors include five sons, Taulbee Barnett of Taylor, Michigan, Robert G. Barnett of Lexington, Ky., Billy Barnett of Martin, Ky., Walter R. Barnett Jr. of Nicholasville, Ky.; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one son, Darby Barnett; three brothers, Robert Barnett, John Quincy Barnett, and Willard Barnett; four sisters, Maggie Hall, Nora Turner, Bessie Flannery and Fannie Barnett. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 3, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Don Crisp officiating. Burial was in the Barnett Cemetery, Martin, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Lula Martin

Age 87, of Eastern, Ky., passed away Friday, December 28, 2001, at her residence. She was born November 15, 1914, in Eastern, Ky., the daughter of the late Walter “Hoosh” Martin and Catherine Webb Martin. She was a retired teacher for the Floyd County School System, and was a member of the Maytown Baptist Church for 43 years. Survivors include one son, Ken L. Gayheart of Lexington, Ky.; one daughter, Rita Stewart of Mt. Eden, Ky.; one brother, Dr. Henry Martin of Richmond, Ky.; two sisters, Golda Salyers and Minnie Conley, both of Eastern, Ky.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Oliver Martin and Charles Martin; and one sister, Belva Martin. Funeral services for Lula Martin were conducted Monday, December 31, 2001, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergyman, Bob Varney, officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, Eastern, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Ken R. Gayheart, Charlie Gayheart, Allen Stewart, Tom Holbrook, Bruce Salyers, David Sparrow, and Mark White. Honorary: Ken L. Gayheart.

George Delmer Cox

Age, 69, of Claypool, In., formerly of Auxier, passed away, December 3, 2001, at the VA Hospital in Ft. Wayne, In. He was the son of the late Donald and Margaret Lamphier Cox of Warsaw, In. He is survived by his first wife, Geneva Bays Cox of Auxier; their children, Leesa Powers of Auxier and Delmer L. Cox of Lexington; his current wife, Faye Kidd Cox of Claypool, In.; two step-daughters, Sherry Clark of Dunlap and Donna May of Warsaw; four step-sons, Jeffery Bradford and Danny Bradford, both of Silver Lake, Derek Bradford of Elkart, and Ronny Shelton of Warsaw; three granddaughters, 11 step-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Vernon R. Cox of Atwood; two sisters, Margery L. Zurakowski of Havan, Fl. and Anna L. Kay of Bradenton, Fl. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clarence Cox, and one step-grandson and his second wife, Betty F. Gote. Services were held December 7, 2001, at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Claypool. Military graveside services were by the American Legion Post 253, North Webester, at the Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake. McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, In. was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Belle Little

Age 92, of Wheelwright, widow of Oscar Little, passed away, Thursday, December 27, 2001, at the Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, following a brief illness. She was born May 15, 1909, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of the late Sam Collins and Darkie Moore Collins. She was a homemaker, and was a member of the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin, Ky. Survivors include two daughters, Betty Lou Little, (David) of Wheelwright, Ky., Dora Sue Barnett, (Bobby) of Columbus, Oh.; three daughters-in-law, Marie Little, Irene Little, and Shirley Little, 18 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Edsel Ray Little, Robert Samuel Little and Clyde Little. Funeral services for Mary Belle Little were conducted Sunday, December 30, 2001, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Little-Hall Cemetery, Wheelwright, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Nightly services were held at 7:00 p.m. Pallbearers: Grandsons, and grandsons-in-law.

Ethel Sherman

Age, 87, of Ironton, Ohio, formerly of Dwale, Ky., died Tuesday, January 1, 2002, at the Sunset Nursing Home at Coal Grove, Ohio. She was born February 15, 1914, the daughter of Jim and Rhoda Clifton, of Dwale, Ky. She was the wife of the late Stewart Sherman. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 5, at the Hayes-Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton, Ohio. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday. Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation time. The funeral home is located at 509 S. 6th St., in Ironton.

June Martin Howard

Age 85, of Kenton, Ohio, formerly of Garrett, Ky., widow of Carl Howard, passed away Monday, December 31, 2001, at the Sunbridge Care Rehabilitation Center, Marion, Ohio. She was born March 12, 1916, in Mousie, Ky., the daughter of the late Tom Martin and Hester Amburgey Martin. She was a homemaker, and was a member of the Stone Coal Regular Baptist Church since 1946. Survivors include two sons, Charles Randall Howard and Bill Howard, both of Marion, Ohio; three brothers, Hawley Martin of Flatwoods, Ky., James Martin of Franklin, Ohio, Richard Martin of Stanton, Ky.; two sisters, Geneva Smith of Flatwoods, Ky., Peggy Byrd of Middletown, Ohio, six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Martin; three sisters, Winnie Wolf, Sue Birch and Geraldine Sweet. Funeral services for June Martin Howard were conducted Thursday, January 3, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Howard Cemetery, Rock Fork, Garrett, Ky. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Billy Howard, Donny Howard, David Howard, Tim Hall, and William Lee Smith. Honorary: James Martin, Richard Martin, Richard Byrd and Jim Vanderpool.

Christine Moran Patton

Age, 80, of Auxier, Ky., died Friday, December 28, 2001, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, following an extended illness. Born March 17, 1921, in Auxier, (Floyd County), Ky., she was the daughter of the late Thomas E. Moran and Hazel Elizabeth Ford Moran. She was a former teacher with the Floyd County Board of Education, and was one of the first Head Start teachers. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky State College. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Darwin Patton, on February 20, 2001. Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Anne Fairchild, of Auxier, Ky., and Mary Lee Colston of Spring, Tx.; one son, Darwin (Dan) Moran Patton of Lyndon Station, Wi., seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 31, 2001, at 11:00 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, Ky., with Brother Joe Hall officiating. Burial was in the Moran Family Cemtery, Auxier, Ky. Contributions are suggested to Hospice of Big Sandy, P.O. Box 277, Hager Hill, Ky., 41222. Pallbearers: Roger Akers, Christopher Clarke, Christopher Colston, Brian George, Robert P. Hale, Robbie Hall, Ty Martin and Ben Trimble.