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January Obituaries

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Friday, January 31, 2003

Grace Evelyn Martin Bryan

Age, 85, of (Meade Branch), Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003, at the Highlands Re-gional Medical Cen-ter, following an extended illness. Born November 11, 1917, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Grover C. Martin and Mary Coburn Martin. She was a former legal secretary and a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include one sister, Norcie M. Miller of Prestonsburg; one brother, Bernard Martin of David; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Columbus B. Martin, and one sister, Minnie E. Martin. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 1, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mark Walz officiating. Interment will be in the Elliott Family Cemetery, (Meade Branch), Prestonsburg. Visitation is Friday, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Bryan family. Pallbearers: Joshua Blanton, Brad Wells, Russel Hager, Phillip William Elliott, Phillip Elliott and Michael D. Blanton.

Harry Conn

Age 83, of Martin, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born February 19, 1919, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Columbus and Polly Ann Conn. He was a retired coal miner, member of UMWA Local Union No. 9845, and a member of the Church of God, at Dwale. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Kilburn Conn. Survivors include two sons, Roy Eugene Conn of Endicott, and R.B. Conn of Martin; two daughters, Fayetta Samons of Drift, and Doris Pitts of Martin; a brother, Rexford Conn of Floyd County; two sisters, Ida Ann Meade of Printer and Martha Belle Holthouse of Garrett; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Albert Conn; six brothers, Levi Conn, Jim Conn, B.R. Conn, Fred Conn, Wilmer Conn and Sammy Conn; and four sisters, Hattie Kilburn, Elizabeth Crum, Vernetta Amburgey and Letha Humble. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 1, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Woody Crum and Phillip Meade officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Johnie Sparkman

Age 58, of Hueysville, husband of Lillian Allen Sparkman, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville. He was born January 25, 1945, in Hueysville, the son of Johnie Sparkman of Hueysville, and the late Ranie Mae Shepherd Sparkman. He was a coal miner, formerly employed by Inco Coal Company. In addition to his wife, and father, he is survived by two brothers, Burnis Sparkman and Paul Edward Sparkman, both of Waterloo, Indiana, and one sister, Dulcine Petty, of Angola, Indiana. Funeral services for Johnie Sparkman Jr., will be conducted Saturday, February 1, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Jerry Manns officiating. Burial will follow in the Press Shepherd Cemetery, at Hueysville, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Billy J. “Big Bill” Robinson

Age, 67, of Langley, died Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born July 28, 1935, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late John and Hollie Reynolds Robinson. He was a disabled heavy equipment operator for Martin County Coal and Peres Processing. He is survived by his ex-wife, Marlene Hughes Robinson, of Langley. Other survivors include two sons, Timothy Joe Robinson of Eastern, and Barry Robinson of Langley; two daughters, Genevieve Williams and Lori Delisa Fields, both of Langley; two brothers, Clarence Ray Robinson of Langley, and Tommy Robinson of Wayland; a sister, Bridgette Lovins of Langley; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Larry David Robinson; two brothers, Carl Edward Robinson and Ricky Dean Robinson; and a sister, Louise Lumpkins. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 31, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Taulbee Goodman and Malcolm Slone officiating. Burial will be in the Hughes Family Cemetery, at Hueysville. Visitation is at the funeral home, where nightly services were held.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Mary Belle Goble Hall

Age, 89, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, January 25, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born March 13, 1913, in Emma, she was the daughter of the late George and Sally Hubbard Goble. She was a homemaker and a member of the Light of Christ Church, in Paintsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Hall. Survivors include three sons, George Hall of Middletown, Indiana, Willie Hall of Anderson, Indiana, and James Charles Hall of Prestonsburg; four daughters, Cathy Crabtree of Columbus, Ohio, Minnie Lewis and Sally Jarrell, both of Prestonsburg, and Christine Holland of Salyersville; two brothers, Jesse Goble of Dwale, and Sammy Goble of Mansfield, Ohio; two sisters, Ruth Branham and Tommy Elizabeth Shepherd, both of Dwale; 27 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren. In addtion to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Roy Eugene Hall; four brothers, Loie Goble, High Goble, Charlie Goble, and Everett Goble; and two sisters, Susan Spears and Exie Lafferty. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 29, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jr. Hayton and Sammy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in the Burchett Cemetery, at Cow Creek, Prestonsburg. Visitation is at the funeral home. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Lillie Mae Newsome

Age 68, of Hi Hat, widow of Robert Newsome passed away Monday, January 27, 2003, at her daughter’s residence in Wheelwright. She was born April 1, 1934, in Beaver, the daughter of the late Riley Newsome and Ettie Newsome. Survivors include three sons, Willie Hall of Ligon, Randy Eugene Pegrem of West Virginia, and Melvin Adams Jr. of McDowell; three daughters, Geneva Pegrem of Ligon, Nora Lou Hall of Galveston, and Betty Lou Slone of Wheelwright; six step-children; one brother, Riley Newsome Jr. of Price; seven grandchildren, Lou Tackett, Josh Slone, Char Adams, Areil Adams, Stephanie Slone, Dokota Adams and Jessica Slone. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, John Milford Newsome; and two sisters, Elvie Hall and Rosie Henson. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 31, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Regular Baptist Church, in Teaberry, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Hamilton Cemetery, in Teaberry, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Mary L. Wagner

Age, 62, of Wheelwright, died Friday, January 24, 2003, at her residence. Born September 16, 1940, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Northen and Nora Alice Hall Little. She was a retired ward clerk for St. Joseph Hospital, and was a member of the Wheelwright United Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Bill Wagner and Tim Eads both of Wheelwright; two sisters, Pamela Krejic and Sue Bigalow, both of Lexington; five grandchildren, Britni Wagner, Justin Eads, Autumn Eads, Ryan Eads and Parker Eads; a brother-in-law, Homer Osborne; and nieces and nephew, Teresa Bowling, Carla Smith, Sandy Daniels and Gerald Osborne. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Rose Osborne, Alpha Jean Workman and Willa Mae Little. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 27, at 1 p.m., at the Wheelwright United Methodist Church at Wheelwright, with Bobby Isaac officiating. Burial was in the Hall-Little Cemetery at Wheelwright, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Lavilla “Aileen” Campbell

Age 64, of Allen, passed away Monday, January 27, 2003, after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Campbell. Other survivors include her mother, Beulah Delong of Allen; three daughters, Gail Sheridan of Arlington, Virginia, Sheila Setser of Prestonsburg, Sandy Donahoe of Allen; one sister, Opal Boggs of Ashtabula, Ohio; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, James Estill Delong; one daughter, Lynn Campbell Tussey, and her sister, Rena Vanderpool. Aileen was a loving and devoted wife, mother and daughter. She was a member of the Amvets Post 27 Ladies Auxillary and was the owner of Aileen’s Floral and Hobby. She worked many years at the Beaver Valley Hospital, Prestonsburg General Hospital, and Our Lady of the Way Hospital, as a nurse’s aid and respiratory therapist. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 30, at Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with burial to follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens. Visitation is at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers are: Dan Sheridan, William Tussey, Randy Donahoe, Tim Setser, Winson Lee Slone, and Nathan Tussey.

Mary Alice Stephens Herald

Age 80, of Prestonsburg, widow of Edgar “Mutt” Herald, passed away Monday, January 27, 2003, at the St. Joseph Hospital East, Lexington. She was born August 26, 1922, in Dock, the daughter of the late Bill Jack Stephens and Sallie Harmon Stephens. She was a homemaker and a member of the Spurlock Bible Church, Prestonsburg. Survivors include two sons, Robert C. Herald of Prestons-burg, and Stephen D. Herald of Huntsville, Alabama; one daughter, Patricia H. LeMay of Lexington; 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, William Herald and Thomas E. Herald. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 29, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergymen Dan Heintzelman and Jim Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Grace Branham

Age 73, of Wheelwright, wife of Roy Branham, passed away Friday, January 24, 2003, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. She was born June 2, 1929, in Melvin, the daughter of the late Dove Newsome and Vangie McCray Newsome. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Terry Lee Branham of Paintsville, and Ralph Gilliam of Florida; two brothers, Ballard Newsome of Winchester, and Raymond Newsome of Florida; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Collins Blocker. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 26, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Louie Ferrari officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: John Osborne, Ronnie Faine, Keith Faine, Martin Lafferty, Gene Mosley and Ashley Reynolds.

Friday, January 24, 2003

John Archer Burchett

Age, 62, of Ivel, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at King’s Daughters Hospital in Ashland. Born September 11, 1940, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Belvard and Opal Martin Burchett. He was a diesel mechanic, and a member of the Emma Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Joann Hammons Burchett. Other survivors include one son, John Michael Burchett of Ivel; a daughter, Emily Michelle Hannah of South Point, Ohio; two brothers, Ernest Graham Burchett of Emma, and Martin Belvard Burchett of Ridge Crest, California; and five grandchildren, Benjamin Cody Burchett, Jonathan Taylor Burchett, Elizabeth Danielle Justice, Abigail Cirria Hannah and Paul Brian Hannah. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bert Quinton Burchett and two sisters, Doris Faye Burchett and Ann Burchett. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 25, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Paul Stilton and Jack Howard officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel. Visitation is at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Steven Graham Chafin, Timothy Carr, Ernest Keith Burchett, Breck Hammonds, Tracy Kendrick, Steven Kendrick, Gary Lee Wright, Kevin Wright and Brian Wright.

Mary Manuel Adams

Age 76, of Brainard, Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. Born April 24, 1926, at Brainard, she was the daughter of the late Mander and Altonia Bays Manuel. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Adams. Survivors include a son, James Ellis Adams of Prestonsburg; a daughter, Sharon Kay Holbrook of Prestonsburg; one brother, Sam Manuel of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Molly Holland of Salyersville, and Lucy Prater of Claypool, Indiana; and two grandchildren, Sherry Lynn Holbrook and Mary Annis Adams. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ed Manuel, Ford Manuel, and Brice Manuel; a sister, Audrey Adams; and a granddaughter, Lesha Ann Holbrook. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 24, at 1 p.m., at the Chestnut Grove United Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, with Ruben Lycans and others officiating. Burial will be in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery at Brainard, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at her residence, in Prestonsburg.

Mary Belle Newman

Age 92, of Grethel, widow of Oscar Newman, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at her residence. She was born December 15, 1910, in Grethel, the daughter of the late Rod Hall and Francis Hall. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Samaria Regular Baptist Church for 53 years. Survivors include five sons, Buford Newman of Circleville, Ohio, Ronald Newman of Elyria, Ohio, Carmel Newman of Lorain, Ohio, R.H. Newman of Sevierville, Tennessee, and Wendell Newman of Grethel; five daughters, Barb Wilson of Durand, Michigan, Eloise Chaffin of Lorain, Ohio, Patsy Frasure of Grethel, Patricia Hudson of Elyria, Ohio, and Beulah Hamilton of Lorain, Ohio; two brothers, Walker Hall of Beaver, and Ottis Hall of Grethel; one sister, Maxie Howell of Grethel; 39 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mary Belle Newman will be conducted Friday, January 24, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrim Home Regular Baptist Church, at Grethel, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Newman Family Cemetery, at Grethel. Hall Funeral Home, of Martin, is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is at the church.

Mexico Pitts

Age, 84, of Sidney, Indiana, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at the Kosciusko Community Hospital. Born January 26, 1918, at Risner, he was the son of Tom and Jamima Sammons Pitts. He had lived in Kosciusko County since 1952. He was a factory employee at Gatke Corp. Dalton’s Foundry and attended the Northern Little Dove Church. He liked to hunt and fish. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Burchett Pitts, whom he married in 1944, in Prestonsburg. Other survivors include one brother, Willis Ousley Sr. of Leesburg, Indiana; and one greatniece, Melissa Evans of Sidney, Indiana, whom he reared. He was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 25, at 1 p.m., at the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton, Indiana. Burial will be in the Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, Indiana. Visitation is at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lizzie N. Hays

Age 97, of McDowell, widow of Doug Hays, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, at McDowell. She was born February 21, 1905, in Pike County, a daughter of the late Johnny and Fannie Ray Newsome. She was a retired restaurant owner. Survivors include one son, Eugene Hamilton of McDowell; and one daughter, Esther Sammons of McDowell; nine grandchildren, Richie Sammons, Michael Sammons, Larry Douglas Hamilton, Darryll Gene Hamilton, James Bryon Hamilton, Ronnie Hall, Terry Heinisch and Glenn Heinisch; eight great-grandchildren, Pam Casey, Mikey Sammons, Larry Wayne Hamilton, Gary Dean Hamilton, Chris Hamilton, Carla Stephens, Brittany Heinisch, and Ryan Heinisch. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Henry Hamilton Jr.; and one daughter, Madeline Heinisch. Funeral services for Lizzie N. Hays will be conducted Friday, January 24, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Arnold Turner Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, with the Hall Funeral Home caring for those arrangements.

Nannie Paige

Age, 87, of Teaberry, died Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born September 20, 1915, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Viola Hall Mitchell. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charlie Hamilton and her second husband, Emmitt Paige. Survivors include two sons, Roger Paige of Betsy Layne, and Wilburn Hamilton of Teaberry; a daughter, Madge Brumley of Bardstown; a step-daughter, Verbal Martin of Teaberry; a sister, Virdie Martin of Teaberry; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, and her husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, Burnis Hamilton; two daughters, Bernice Mitchell and Dolly Hamilton; two brothers, Andy Mitchell and Bill Mitchell; a sister, Doll Martin; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 24, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Hall Cemetery, at Grethel. Visitation is at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Virgil Slone

Age 73, of Hi Hat, married 54 years to Joyce Ray Slone, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2003, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, in Martin. He was born April 24, 1929, in Ligon, the son of the late William and Sadie Newsome Slone. He was a retired coal miner after having worked for 30 years, and was a member and deacon of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry, for 23 1/2 years, and a member of the United Mine Workers of America. In addition to his wife, Joyce, he is survived by two sons, Lowell Vernon (Ruth) Slone of Ligon, and Virgil Jr. (Robin) Slone, of Hi Hat; four daughters, Joan Slone and Debbie Slone, both of Hi Hat, Henrietta (Jimmy) Gibson of Ligon, and Joetta Salisbury of Minnie; four brothers, Adrian Slone of Rockwood, Michigan, Bill Gene Slone of David, and Hershell Slone and Elmer Slone, both of Ligon; seven grandchildren, Margaret Bentley, Tara McCoy, Tia Salisbury, Tiana Slone, Margie Gibson, Bryan Salisbury and Wesley Slone; and two great-grandchildren, Kitana Bentley and David Bentley. Funeral services for Virgil Slone were conducted Sunday, January 19, at 11 a.m., in the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery, at Hi Hat. The family entrusted the services to Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Pallbearers: Ricky Dean Slone, Eric Ousley, Greg Slone, Denver Ray Slone, William Lee Slone, June Bug Slone, Larry Ray, Johnny Ray, and Richie Slone.

Eliza Doll Dusina

Age 87, of Lexington, Kentucky, formerly of Wheelwright, widow of Tom Dusina, passed away Friday, January 17, 2003, at the Samaritan Hospital, Lexington. She was born September 17, 1915, in Tennessee, the daughter of the late George Cupp and Eliza Wyrck Cupp. She was a homemaker and a member of the original Church of God, of Lexington, North Carolina. Survivors include four sons, Carlton Dusina of Barboursville, Jerry Dusina of Lavona, Michigan, Tommy Dusina of Hartselle, Alabama, and Glen Dusina of Lexington, North Carolina; five daughters, Reba Hieschfield of Sanford, North Carolina, Janice Johnson of Lexington, North Carolina, Donna Helton of Athens, Alabama, Mary Barrett of Lexington, Kentucky, Myra Smith of Taylor, Michigan; one brother, Ed Cupp of Cincinnati, Ohio; 65 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jean Weiss. Funeral services for Eliza Doll Dusna were conducted Sunday, January 19, in the Hall Funeral Chapel, Martin, with Earnest Brock officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Tommy Dusina, Billy Helton, Jerry Dusina, Roy Dusina, Glen Dusina and Steve Micuos.

James Edward Carey

Age 78, of Allen, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2003, in the Riverview Health Care Center in Prestonsburg, after an extended illness. He was born on July 10, 1924, at Allen, the son of the late Orville Edison and Nelle Clark Carey. He was a railroad employee and a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II, and was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church at Allen, and a member and past master of Zebulon Masonic Lodge No. 273, at Prestonsburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Edison Carey. He is survived by his wife, Louise Williamson Carey. Masonic funeral services were conducted Sunday evening, at the funeral home. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 20, at 1 p.m. in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Ken LeMaster and David Flannery officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel. The family entrusted the services to Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Members of the Cow Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Mulelda Campbell

Age, 70, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, January 20, 2003, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born December 5, 1932, in Langley, she was the daughter of the late Neddie and Mima Samons Ousley. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Brandy Keg Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Campbell. Survivors include three sons, Gregory Dean Campbell of Dwale, Eddie Campbell of Blue River, and Stephen Campbell of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Linda Frasure of Bonanza, and Leda Kay Blackburn of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Willis Ousley and Mexico Pitts, both of Sidney, Indiana; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer Ousley and Commodore Pitts; and four sisters, Verdith Ward, Gladys Wiley, Clelda Ousley and Luria Gibson. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 23, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Ray Daniels, Manford Fannin, and Roger Music officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Active pallbearers: Justin Campbell, Keith Stanley, Delbert Hubbard, Jason Slone, Shawn Jude, John Goble, David Webb and Danny Stamper.

Dora Belle Webb Nelson

Age, 68, of East Point, died Saturday, January 18, 2003, at Highlands Regional Health Center. Born August 13, 1934, at Bays Branch, (Floyd County), she was the daughter of the late Dave Webb and Percella Tackett Webb. She was a former dental office receptionist for Dr. Garland Godsey. She was a member of the Free Pentecostal Church of God, at East Point. She is survived by her husband, Will Nelson of East Point. Other survivors include two brothers, Kaynard Webb of Hager Hill, and Gene Webb of East Point. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 21, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Tommy Nelson and Buster Hayton officiating. Interment was in the Webb Family Cemetery, at East Point, with Carter Funeral Home serving the Nelson family.

Preston Nichols

Age 68, of Prestonsburg, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, following an extended illness. He was born April 28, 1934, in Prestonsburg, a son of the late Tobe and Martha (Stricklin) Nichols. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from the Ky. and West Virginia Gas Company, where he was a foreman. He is survived by his wife, Verline (Calhoun) Nichols. Other survivors include one daughter, Tammy White of Indianapolis, Indiana; and one grandchild, Dylan Bradley. He was a Mason, a member of Zebulon Lodge No. 273, F&AM, at Prestonsburg; a member of Prestonsburg Chapter No. 182, of Prestonsburg; Fred W. McKenzie Council No. 98 of Paintsville; Paintsville Commandery No. 48 of Paintsville; and was a Shriner, a member of El Hasa Temple at Ashland. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 20, at 11 a.m., at the Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Bobby Joe Spencer officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home, where Masonic services were held Sunday, January 19.

Kenneth Ray “Kicky” Manns

Age, 45, of Allen, died Friday, January 17, 2003, in Ohio. Born December 29, 1957, in Martin, he was the son of the late Ethel Manns (natural mother); and adoptive parents, the late Tom and Sally Ellen Manns. (He was blessed to have two mothers.) He was a disabled laborer. Survivors include two sons, John Wayne Manns of Wayland, and Christopher Lee Manns of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Louannie Birdie Manns and Monica Betty Louise Manns, both of Prestonsburg; four sisters, Verna Johnson, Deanna Reynolds, and Deborah Stephens, all of Allen, and Sophia Blackburn of Martin; and one granddaughter, Jeonna Tyshay Manns. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Ray Manns; three brothers, Mitchell Manns, James Manns, and Junior Manns; and five sisters, Edna Blackburn, Anita Manns, Ethel Manns, and two infants. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 21, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Tom Blackburn, Henry Lewis and Denver Meade officiating. Burial was in the Hicks Cemetery at Hippo, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Olga Tackett Hamilton

Age, 72, of Teaberry, wife of the late Sterling Hamilton, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2003. Born November 24, 1930, at Beaver, she was the daughter of the late Berry and Elvie Hamilton Tackett. She was a storekeeper and homemaker. She is survived by one son, Scotty (Gretchen) Hamilton; a grandson whom she raised, Todd (Barbara Gail) Hamilton, both of Teaberry; three daughters, Scarlet King of Teaberry, Julinia (Eugene) Hamilton of Teaberry, and Wanda (Frank) Rex of Ypsilanti, Michigan; two brothers, Sterling and Jimmy Tackett of Pikeville; two sisters, Opal Reynolds and Margie Kiser of Beaver; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Amanda Leigh King. Funeral services for Olga Tackett Hamilton will be Wednesday, January 22, at 11 a.m., at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Regular Baptist ministers, Jimmy Hall, Clinton Moore, and others, officiating. Burial will follow at Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel. Visitation was at the funeral home, where services were held nightly.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Dessie Carver

Age, 82, of Printer, died Saturday, January 11, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born August 10, 1920, in Weeksbury, she was the daughter of the late Stumbo and Rosetta Isaac Johnson. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walk Carver. Survivors include one son, Roger Wayne Johnson of Printer; a brother, Everett Johnson of Blackwood, New Jersey; 10 step-children, Willie “Ed” Carver (wife, Bessie), Roland Carver, Tommy Carver, Randy Carver, Billy Carver, Chris Carver, Donnie Carver, Laura Kleen, Judy McDonald and Bonnie Carver; a granddaughter, Stephanie Hall, and eight great-grandchildren, Brianna Hall, Jason Tyler Hall, Willie Carver Jr., Michael Carver, Crystal Carver, Mandy McDonald, Angie McDonald, and Michael McDonald. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, B.H. Johnson, Fred Johnson and Robert Johnson; four sisters, Grace McCurry, Irene Cook, Betty Johnson, and Violeta Collins. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 14, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with James Butler, Farley Howard, and John Dollarhide officiating. Burial was in the Halbert Cemetery at Printer, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Active pallbearers: Ed Carver, Gary Johnson, Lon C. Jarrell, Michael Carver, Mike Tackett, and Cy Carver. Honorary pallbearers: Johnny Daniels, Ronnie Johnson, and Mitchell Crum.

Leo C. Harmon

Age, 80, of London, Ohio, formerly of Maytown, died Tuesday, January 7, 2003.
He was a retired miner and son of the late Luther and Emma Harmon. He is survived by two nieces, Lorena “Sis” Hall, and Bonita Jo Hall; one great-niece, and one great-nephew. Informal family services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 18, at the family cemetery in West Van Lear.

Ida M. Estep

Age, 69, of Dwale, died Friday, January 10, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born November 19, 1933, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Georgie Jones and Dora Smith Jones Nelson. She was a retired home health aid for Big Sandy ADD, and was a member of the Dwale Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon B. Oliver. Survivors include two sons, Vernon B. Oliver of Batavia, Ohio, and Jonathan Allen Estep of Dwale; two daughters, Evelyn Darlean Keith (husband, Bonnie) of Harrison, Ohio; and Dora Mae Croft (husband, Lee) of Stanford, Virginia; four sisters, Sue Crisp of Lexington; Rebecca Janz, Virginia Turner and Barbara Faulkner, all of Florida; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Johnny Wayne Oliver; a brother, Robert Eugene Jones and three sisters, Marie Reynolds, Vivian Allen and Evelyn Metzger. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 13, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Patty Crisp, L.B. Keith and Paul Metzger officiating. Burial was in the Jones Cemetery (Shortwood) at Allen, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Keltzie Louise Little

Keltzie Louise Little, daughter of Gary Little Jr., and Stacey Scott, both of Weeksbury, was stillborn Friday, January 10, 2003, at the UK Medical Center, Lexington. Survivors include a twin sister, Kenzie Rhnea Little of Weeksbury; half-sister, Candace Brooke Little of Wheelwright; maternal grandparents, Frank and Lisa Scott of Weeksbury; paternal grandparents, Gary and Brenda Little of Weeksbury; maternal great-grandmother, Vienetia Scott of Somerset; paternal great-grandmother, Mary Jane Little of Ypsilanti, Michigan; and Jessie Nemore of Albion, Michigan, and Virginia Nemore Blanken of New Tazewell, Tennessee; and two aunts, Jamie Thacker and Brandi Scott. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfather, the late Posey Scott Jr.; maternal great-grandparents, the late Homer and Opal Blankenship; paternal great-grandfather, the late Ballard Little; an aunt, Jolene Nemore, and an uncle, Markus Little. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 15, at 11 a.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church in Wheelwright, with Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Little Family Cemetery at (Skull) Weeksbury, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Palestine Stumbo Vanderpool

Age 88, of Lexington, formerly of McDowell, wife of the late Ottis J. Vanderpool, passed away Friday, January 10, 2003, in the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. She was born September 2, 1914, in Minnie, the daughter of the late H.H. (Dump) Stumbo and Harriet Mosley Stumbo Cryder. She was a retired teacher for the Fayette County School Systems. Survivors include two nieces, Marcie Kimmins of Columbus, Ohio, and Janet Pack of Minnie; four nephews, Delano Stumbo of Kettering, Ohio, Hugh Stumbo of St. Tipton, Iowa, Bobbie Stumbo of Lexington, and Ivan Stumbo of McDowell. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Wentz Stumbo and Woodie Stumbo; three nephews, Mooris (Tommy) Stumbo, John Stumbo and Phillip Stumbo. Funeral services for Palestine Stumbo Vanderpool were conducted Sunday, January 12, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Clinton Moore officiating. Burial was in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, at McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Jason Pack, Josh Kimmine, Taylor Kimmine, Delano Stumbo, Ross Stumbo, Clarence Stumbo, Hugh Stumbo, Rodney Little, Ivan Stumbo, and Bion Stumbo.

Agnes Aileen Hamilton

Age 61, of McDowell, wife of Curtis Hamilton, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2003, at her residence. She was born November 25, 1941, in Price, the daughter of Henry Shannon Bailey of Pikeville, and the late Viola Tackett Bailey. She was a homemaker, and was baptized into the Regular Baptist Church in 1974. Survivors include one son, Eric Shane Hamilton of Garrett; two daughters, Kimberly Dawn Potter of Wilson Creek, Langley, and Kristy Shannon Conn of McDowell; three brothers, Henry Douglas Bailey of Louisville, and Benny Ray Bailey and Earl Shannon Bailey, both of Hindman; one sister, Emogene Smith of Michigan; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services for Agnes Aileen Hamilton will be conducted Wednesday, January 15, at 11 a.m., at the Rockfork Regular Baptist Church, at Garrett, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Curt Hamilton Cemetery, at McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is after 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the church.

Arcolas Boyd Allen

Age 85, of Pikeville, widow of Dewey L. Allen, died Saturday, January 11, in the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. She was born May 9, 1917, in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Worley C. and Gustavia Conn Boyd. She worked as a retail sales clerk at Sears and Watson Department Stores, and was a member of the Vogel Day United Methodist Church, at Harold. Survivors include one daughter, Sue Lykins (Bob) Sublett of Kingsport, Tennessee; two sisters, Addie Bea Hall of Harold, and Ezella Watkins of Worthington; four grandchildren, Melissa (Rick) Sizemore,. Chris (Glenda) Sublett, John (Beth) Sublett, and Andrew (Melinda) Sublett; seven great-grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah, Allie, Molly, Mathew, Josh, and Zachary. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Selven Lykins; and one sister, Mabra Stratton. Graveside services for Arcolas Boyd Allen were conducted Monday, January 13, in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, followed by burial. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, at the Vogel Day United Methodist Church, with visitation following, Hall Funeral Home caring for those arrangements.

Virgil B. Hall

Virgil B. Hall was born on November 28, 1928, at Grethel, and passed away on January 11, 2003, at the Lawnwood Hospital in Ft. Pierce, Florida, following a brief illness. He was the fourth of ten children born to William J. and Maudie Vance Hall. He served four years in the Navy during the Korean War, aboard the USS Helena. A retired contractor and businessman, he worked in California, Idaho, Ohio and Kentucky, before retiring to Okeechobee, Florida in 1986. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and visiting with his many friends and family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Raymond Cecil Hall of Clyde, Ohio; Richard Hall of Soda Springs, Idaho; Delano “Pood” Hall of Manning, South Carolina; and Lovel Hall of Maytown; two half-brothers, John Hall and Curt Hall of Grethel, and three half-sisters, Gertrude Sturgill of Harold, and Effie Newsome and Octavia Akers, both of Grethel. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Jane Hall of Okeechobee, Florida; two sons, Renny (Linda) Hall of Prestonsburg, and Redgy (Clarissa) Hall of Okeechobee, Florida; five grandchildren, Shanna (Kelly) Davis of Raleigh, North Carolina,, Heather (Robert) VanHoose of Paintsville, Christina (Jay) Pitts of Mount Sterling, Renny Alan Hall of Lexington, and Laken Hall of Prestonsburg; two step-granddaughters, Kerrie and Brittany Patton; two great-grandchildren, Shala Spradlin and Austin Vanhoose, both of Paintsville; and two sisters, Delphia (Carson) Driggs of Tawsen, Maryland; and Eloise (Gene) Pratt of Columbus, Ohio; three brothers, James K. (Geneva) Hall of Beaver, Forrest (Pearl) Hall of Grethel, and Denzil Ray (Donna) Hall of McDowell; four widowed sisters-in-law, Goldie Hall of Grethel, Verlie Hall of Clyde, Ohio, Merion Hall of Manning, South Carolina, and Cendia Hall of Maytown; one aunt, Maggie (Verl) Wheatley of Pocatello, Idaho; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Services in Okeechobee, Florida were under the direction of Buxton Funeral Home and visitation was Monday, January 13, from 4-7 p.m. Visitation and funeral arrangements in Kentucky, are under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, of Martin, and are as follows: Thursday, January 16, and Friday, January 17, at 6 p.m., until 10 p.m., (no services). Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 18, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Hall Family Cemetery at Grethel. Services will be officiated by Jimmy Hall of the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church.

Monday, January 13, 2003

Carrie Harvel

Age, 90, of Jamestown, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2003, at the Miami Valley Hospital. She was born April 22, 1912, in Pike County, the daughter of Alvin and Lora Conley. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thurman Harvel; and two sons, Bill and Bobby Harvel. She is survived by her daughters, Marie (Milton) Haase of Beavercreek, and Ethel (Evan) Slone of Jamestown; grandchildren, Lora and Tom Wolf, Tony and Brenda Stone, Barry and Susan Stone, Scott and Charlotte Haase, Chris and Juanita Harvel; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Christy, Sarah, Shavon, Brian, Lisa and Stephanie. The family thanks all of the doctors at Beavercreek Family Physicians, and the staff at Miami Valley Neurosciences unit 4W Southwest, for their compassion and support. Funeral services will be held at the Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, on Sunday, January 12, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Tram Community Cemetery. Visitation was held on Friday, January 10th at McColaugh Funeral Home, Xenia, Ohio.

Friday, January 10, 2003

Alvin Hurd

Age 87, of Prestonsburg, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2003, at the Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, after an extended illness. He was born January 1, 1916, at Prestonsburg, a son of the late John and Anna Click Hurd. He was formerly a construction worker at Harris Brothers Construction Company at Prestonsburg. He was the husband of the late Viola Hurd who preceded him in death. Survivors include one son, John Troy Hurd of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Odelia (Mae) Baisden of Prestonsburg, and Jackie McCollough of Michigan; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 10, at 11 a.m., at the Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Manford Fannin officiating. Burial will follow in the Canterberry/Hurd Cemetery, at Goble Branch Road, Prestonsburg. All arrangements are under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Margie Mullins Isaac

Age, 73, of Hamlet, North Carolina, formerly of Wheelwright, died Monday, January 6, 2003, at the Sand Hills Regional Hospital, in Hamlet, North Carolina. Born March 3, 1929, in Melvin, she was the daughter of the late Milford and Della Tackett Mullins. She was a retired factory worker, and attended Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church in Melvin; Little Polly Baptist Church in Michigan; and Maple Street Freewill Baptist Church in Rockingham, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther “Booty” Isaac Sr. Survivors include two sons, Luther Isaac Jr., and Milford Sonny Isaac, both of Michigan; one daughter, Rose Carothers of Hamlet, North Carolina; two brothers, Luther Mullins and Russell Mullins, both of Melvin; two sisters, Madgie Allen and Irene Johnson, both of Michigan; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Landis Mullins, and a sister, Joyce Caudill. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 11, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Isaac Family Cemetery at Wheelwright, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church after 5 p.m., Thursday.

Zella Howell

Age 73, of Neville, Ohio, formerly of McDowell, widow of Elisha Howell, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2003, at the Eastgate Health Care Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born June 24, 1929, in McDowell, the daughter of the late Melvin Anderson, and Mary Jane Sizemore Anderson. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Felicity, Ohio. Survivors include two sons, Jarvis Dean Howell of Neville, Ohio, and David G. Howell of Batavia, Ohio; one daughter, Pansy L. Woo of Cranford, New Jersey; two brothers, John Anderson of Fairborn, Ohio, and Richard Anderson of Lexington; three sisters, Rose Floyd of Martin, and Mary Elizabeth “Pat” Anderson and Sarah “Becky” King, both of McDowell, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 11, at 11 a.m., at the McDowell First Baptist Church, at McDowell, with the clergyman, Harry Hargis, officiating. Burial will follow in the Anderson Cemetery, McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church.

James “Jimmy” Reynolds

Age 52, of Prestonsburg, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2003, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born March 24, 1950, in Ohio, the son of the late Ethel Reynolds. Survivors include his caregiver, Verlie Newman Joseph of Prestonsburg. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 9, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Hubert Presley officiating. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Lillie (Nanny) Jarrell

Age, 88, of Dwale, died Friday, January 3, 2003, at the Prestonsburg Health Care. Born October 7, 1914, in Blaine, she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Alice Wheeler Stambaugh. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ at Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death of her husband, Henry Jarrell. Survivors include one son and his wife, John and Lois Jarrell of Dwale; one daughter, Mary Frances Music of Van Vleck, Texas; one sister, Edra Setser of Auxier; six grandchildren, Donna Pruitt, John Music, Cristy Wireman, Jamo Jarrell, Jackie Bennett, and Pennie Little; and three great-grandchildren, Kristopher Kunkel, Rachel Willauer, and Leann Bennett. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Russell Jarrell and Jimmy Jarrell; one brother, Henry Stambaugh; and one sister, Laura Porter. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 7, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Tim Blankenship officiating. Burial was in the Hoot Shepherd Cemetery at Dwale, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Billy Ray Booth

Age 61, of Ypsilanti Twp., Michigan, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, following an extended illness. He was born July 9, 1941, in Floyd County, the son of Oscar Howard and Margaret (Hall) Booth. He served honorably in the U.S. Army. On September 27, 1974, he married Sharon Isaacs, and she survives. Billy was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Also surviving are his mother, Margaret Booth; one son, Bill Shannon; three daughters, Jackie Scherrer, Sandra Thompkins, and Crystal Booth; six brothers, Tyrone, Barry, Howard Jr., Teddy, Carl, and Shannon Booth; three sisters, Patty Makuck, Phyllis Linke, and Virgie Lee; 13 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted, Tuesday, January 7, 1:30 p.m., at Stark Funeral Service Moore Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Calvin Brown, of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home. 

Earnest Hall

Age 81, of Hi Hat, husband of Dorothy Stewart Hall, passed away, Saturday, January 4, 2003, in the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born October 4, 1921, in Melvin, the son of the late George Hall and Pricie Cole Hall. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, at Ligon, a retired coal miner, and a member of the United Mine Workers of America, Local No. 9588. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Hall. Other survivors include one son, Teddy Hall of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Donna Faye Allen of Hunter; one brother, Vondall Hall of Dearing, Georgia; one sister, Daisy Osborne of Nancy; and three grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy and Charles Hall; three sisters, Hattie Stockdale, Martha Osborne, and Della McCown. Funeral services for Earnest Hall were conducted, Tuesday, January 7, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergymen Ralph Hall and Don Fraley Jr., officiating. Burial was in the Newman-Stewart Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Ronnie Stewart, Tim Hall, Danny Pennington, Scott Hall, Charles Roger Stewart, and Randall Stewart.

Alfreda M. Halstead

Age, 88, of Louisville, died Saturday, January 4, 2003, at Christian Health Center. She was a native of Betsy Layne, a homemaker, a member of Southeast Christian Church, and Adah Chapter No. 24, Order of the Eastern Star, Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Halstead, and her mother, Minnie Mullins. She is survived by one daughter, Jane W. Durham, and her husband, James Durham; two brothers, Harold and Joe Stone; four grandchildren, Mary Jane Taylor, Margaret Steinhauser, James Durham Jr., and Mellisa Scheben; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 8, at 1 p.m., at the Prestonsburg Christian Church. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under direction of O.D. White and Son Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to her church’s building fund. Visitation is after noon, Wednesday, at the church.

Friday, January 3, 2003

Spencer Mutter

Age 93, of Odessa, Texas, formerly of Martin, husband of the late Dorothy Crick Mutter, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at his son’s residence in Odessa, Texas. He was born November 30, 1909, in Russell County Virginia, the son of the late Charles Mutter and Alice Gertrude Crabtree Mutter. He was a member of the Drift Pentecostal Church, of Drift, a retired coal miner, and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, and also a 50-year plus member of the Moose Lodge. Survivors include four sons, Spencer Mutter Jr., of Eutawville, South Carolina, Jim Mutter of Palatka, Florida, Archie Mutter of Muncie, Indiana, and Frank Mutter of Odessa, Texas; three daughters, Sharon Arnett of Claypool, Indiana, Ann Humphries of Jasper, Alabama, and Sue Farrar of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 33 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Darrell Wayne Mutter and Charles Edward Mutter; and two daughters, Ella Mae Mutter and Chris Kitchen. Funeral services for Spencer Mutter will be conducted Tuesday, January 7, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Ted Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation will be at the funeral home, after 1 p.m., Sunday.

Irene Ledford

Age, 79, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, January 2, 2003, at the Prestonsburg Health Care. Born September 12, 1923, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late James and Rosa Hatfield Hunt. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three sons, John Adams of Prestonsburg, James Hunt of Martin, and Chib Lee Ledford of Pensacola, Florida; two daughters, Gerline Cecil of Romulus, Michigan, and Wanda Sue Fitch of Garrett; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank Hunt, Bill Hunt, and Eugene Hunt, and one sister, Wanda Faye Preston. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 5, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Tommy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery, at Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Hazel Stephens

Age, 85, of Allen, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at the Prestonsburg Health Care. Born January 6, 1917, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Virgie Jarrell Stephens. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three brothers, Ernest Stephens and Clarence Stephens, both of Allen, and Melvin Stevens of Michigan; one sister, Ruth Mulkey of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Luther Stephens, Harry Stephens, Marcy Stephens, Burns Stephens, John Stephens, and two infant brothers; and one sister, Elma Mulkey. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 4, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jim Smith and Bill Collins officiating. Burial will be in the Burchett Cemetery at Endicott, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Lawrence Archie “Bud” Shafer

On December 19, 2002, in Paintsville, Ky., Lawrence Archie “Bud” Shafer, departed this life at the age of 82 years, and 17 days. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, December 2, 1920, to the late Lawrence Shafer Sr., and Bertha Bower Shafer. On July 23, 1949, at Oil City, Pennsylvania, he married Sara Ann Dickinson who survives his death. Additionally is one son and one daughter, Lawrence Edward of Hollywood Florida; and Dr. Diane Shafer of Paintsville; also a granddaughter survives, Sara Teresa Shafer also of Paintsville; one brother and one sister survive additionally, Earl Shafer and Joan Gold Oaks, both of Oil City, Pennsylvania. Bud was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. During his lifetime he had accomplished many good deeds and tasks by demonstrating his love and willingness to assist others by unselfishly giving of his knowledge and time. Among his accomplishments, he was highly decorated while serving his country in the Air Force; while attending Yale University, he was honored with the Communication Commission; he served as a Boy Scout leader; Bud was a member of the Roseville Masonic Lodge; he was a member of the New Castle Consistery, Lodge of Perfection; his beautiful bass voice contributed to the Johnson County Senior Singers; he was a longtime member of the Mayo Methodist Church; after serving as a Chemical Engineer for Pennzoil Refinery for 40 years, he retired, but became the system manager of Dr. Diane Shafer’s office of Orthopaedics Surgery. Bud died quietly at home with his wife of 53 years, and his daughter at his side. At his wish, he was laid to rest at the Wells-Buckingham Cemetery in a private graveside ceremony with Rev. Benny Bentrop, and with the choir singing Amazing Grace. Services were cared for by Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky.

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Billie Marie Stratton Wilson

Age 78, of Ivel, wife of the late Henry O. Wilson, passed away, Friday, December 27, 2002, in the Mountain View Health Care, Elkhorn City. She was born November 11, 1924, in Ivel, the daughter of the late John Kelly Stratton and Bertha Lee Elliott Stratton. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Gary Douglas Wilson of Celina, Ohio, and Henry O. Wilson III, of Banner; one daughter, Sharon Kay Goble of Harold; one brother, Wendell Stratton of Ivel; one sister, Peggy Blevins of Anniston, Alabama; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson; and 10 brothers and sisters. Funeral services for Billie Marie Stratton Wilson were conducted Monday, December 30, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Dennis Love officiating. Burial was in the Stratton Cemetery, Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Doug Stratton, Doug Hicks, Bob Welch, Gary Wilson Jr., Dean Hammond, and John Keeton. Honorary: Milton Ryan, Estill Goble, Grant Weddington Jr., and John Stratton.

Ruth Reffett Pitts

Age, 76, of Blue River, died Friday, December 27, 2002, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin. Born October 7, 1926, in Pyramid, she was the daughter of the late Malcolm Reffett and Kathryn Miller Reffett. She was a homemaker and a member of the Dotson Church of God, at Prestonsburg. She is survived by her husband, Shade Pitts. Other survivors include one son, David Pitts of Martin; one daughter, Patricia Pitts of Blue River; two brothers, Carson Reffett of Pyramid, and Taylor Reffett of Winchester; and grandchildren, Keith Randall Pitts, Matthew Pitts, Travis Waylon Pitts, and Patrick Rufus Pitts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five sons, Richard Pitts, Shade Randall Pitts, Clayton Pitts, Claude Pitts, and Frank Thomas Pitts; one infant daughter, Girl Pitts; one sister, Ruby Jean Reffett; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 30, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Kenneth Prater Jr., and Roger Whitaker Jr., officiating. Burial was in the Shade Pitts Cemetery at Blue River, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Philip E. Salisbury
1935-2002
Age, 67, of Campbell’s Branch Road, Catlettsburg, passed away Monday, December 2, 2002, in King’s Daughters’ Medical Center in Ashland. Born on November 24, 1935, in Floyd County, he was a son of the late James William and Marie Stephens Salisbury. He graduated from Martin High School in Floyd County, received his post-secondary education from Morehead State University, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in public school administration. He fostered his community and countless students as an elementary school principal in the Boyd County School System. After retiring in 1995, he founded and operated Salisbury Antiques, until his passing. Philip Salisbury leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Ada Lee Spradlin Salisbury; two children, a son, Greg Salisbury of Louisa; a daughter, Flecia S. Moore, and her husband, Kevin, of Catlettsburg; and one grandson, Christopher Salisbury of Louisa; three brothers, James David Salisbury, and his wife, Betty, of Catlettsburg, William Terry Salisbury, and his wife, Jackie, of Jackson, Michigan, and Timothy J. Salisbury, and his wife, Linda, of Printer; two sisters, Chady Louise Hardwick, and her husband, Tom, of Betsy Layne, and Judith Lillian Stewart of Fishers, Indiana; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Allen, of Prestonsburg. Funeral ceremonies were conducted Wednesday, December 4, at 10 a.m., at the Catlettsburg United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bill Bentley. Burial followed in the Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens of Ashland.