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January Obituaries

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Friday, January 30, 2004

Ballard James Mosley

Age 57, of Minnie, husband of Lola Noble Mosley, passed away, Wednesday, January 28, 2004, in the Hazard Medical Center. He was born August 11, 1946, in Dony, the son of the late Green Bud Mosley and Rilda Lambert Mosley. He was retired from the Army, serving in Korea and Vietnam. Survivors include two sons: Timothy Michael Mosley of Minnie, and Anthony Isaac Conn of Martin; four daughters: Tonia Gaye Davis of Georgetown, Christina Lynn Tackett of Prestonsburg, Ashley Nicole Mosley of Minnie, and Alisha Paige of Mt. Olivet; three brothers: McKinnly Moore of Cincinnati, Ohio, Edgel Mosley of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Ray Mosley of Detroit, Michigan; six sisters: Palestine Horne of Flatwoods, Augustine Gomer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Delma Hambrick of Waverly, Ohio, Evelyn Caudill of Detroit, Michigan, Shirley Daughtry of Walled Lake, Michigan, and Violet Lucas of Lincoln Park, Michigan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Vernis Moore, Stallard Mosley, and Worley Mosley. Funeral services for Ballard James Mosley will be conducted Saturday, January 31, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin, with Clergymen Jimmy Dye and Chuck Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Charles Lloyd Harless

Age 90, of Auxier, passed away, Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at Highland Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born December 11, 1914, in Martin County, a son of the late Elijah and Lucinda (Skaggs) Harless. He was a retired driller, formerly employed by Miller Brothers Drilling Company in Martin County, and was a member of the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. He was twice married; first to Mary (Music) Harless, who preceded him in death; and later to Belle (Endicott) Harless, who survives. Other survivors include one son and one daughter, Robert Harless of Prestonsburg; and Verlin Gribble of Murphy, North Carolina; one step-son and three step-daughters, Henry Lewis of Banner, Minnie Walker, and Sue Compton, both of Prestonsburg, and Joann McDaniel of Spencer, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 31, at 1 p.m., from the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, at Prestonsburg, with Rev. Bobby Joe Spencer, and Rev. Roger Music, officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel. Friends may call at the Burke Funeral Home after 11 a.m., Thursday, January 29, and Friday, January 30, after 11 a.m. All arrangements are under the direction of Burke Funeral Home.

Lula Mae Harmon

Age, 74, of 4530 Iron Works Road, Winchester, wife of Hydrac Harmon, died Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. She was a native of Crossville, Tennessee and was the daughter of the late John and Nora Myers. She was the retired owner-operator of H & H Grocery in Stanville, and was a member of the Grace Freewill Baptist Church, Lexington. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Betty and Kenneth Osborne, and Shirley Browning, of Winchester; a son and daughter-in-law, Avery and Dianna Lee Harmon of Winchester; five grandchildren, Kenneth Osborne Jr., Kevin Osborne, Kyle Osborne, Melissa Adkins and Amy Harmon; six great-grandchildren, Brandon Wengert, Chassity Wengert, Zachary Osborne, Ali Osborne, Joseph Osborne, and Brittney Osborne; two brothers, Paul and Ronald Myers; three sisters, Ruth Hunt, Ruby Myers and Mattie Rice; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, January 30, at the Grace Freewill Baptist Church by Mike Puckett. Burial will be in Clarmont Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Kevin, Ken and Kyle Osborne, Willis Gene Adkins, Brandon Wengert, Jack and Mark Hunt and Shawn Wilson. Honorary pallbearers: Estill Adkins, Jeff Taylor, Jeff Osborne, Donald Hunt, Oakie Conn and Virgil L. Hunt. Visitation is at the church. Scobee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may take the form of contributions to Grace Freewill Baptist Church, 4281 Haley Road, Lexington, Ky. 40516.

Tommy Tackett

Age, 79, of Salyersville, formerly of Floyd County, died Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville. Born September 17, 1924, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Henry and Cordelia McClanahan Tackett. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Logan Tackett, Andrew Tackett, and Martin Tackett; and two sisters: Rhoda Jones, and Alice Tackett. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 30, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Scott Tackett officiating. Burial will be in the Ferguson Cemetery at Boldman, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.
Visitation is at the funeral home.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004 

Tiffany Ann Hall

Age, 18, of Robinson Creek, died Saturday, January 17, 2004, following an automobile accident in Pike County. Born July 26, 1985, in Pike County, she was the daughter of Arlene Young Hall Rowe of Virgie, and the late Everett T. Hall. She was a former student of Shelby Valley High School. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her maternal grandmother, Osie Young of Robinson Creek; sisters: Sabrina Hall Miller of Wheelwright, and Bethany Hall of Kentucky; nephew, Seth Miller of Wheelwright; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 21, at 1 p.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, at Bypro, with Rev. Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Honeycamp Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Minnie Miller Warrix

Age, 79, of Water Gap, wife of the late Curtis Warrix, passed away, Friday, January 16, 2004, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born May 26, 1924, at her grandmother’s home at Spurlock, she was the daughter of the late Ted and Rebecca Wireman Miller of Prestonsburg. She was a door greeter at Wal-Mart in Prestonsburg. She gave her heart to the Lord, at the early age of 13. She was a member of the Trimble Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, at Water Gap. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Katie Macell Miller, Carmie Avonell Miller, and Madie Miller. Survivors include three sons and two daughters: James Warrix of Water Gap, Donald Warrix of Nicholasville, Ronnie Warrix of Prestonsburg, Nancy Warrix Davis of David, and Rebecca Lerman of Syracuse, New York; nine grandchildren: Dewana Duke, Kristol Warrix, Trisha Warrix, Tiffany Warrix, Rachel Davis, Michael Warrix, Patrick Davis, Tyler Lerman and Alexis Lerman, and a step-grandson, Tyler Gayheart; a special friend, Jordon Ray; three brothers and two sisters: Norman Miller, Lewis Jackson Miller, Wilson Miller, Ida Belle Meadows, and Beverly Hackworth. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 20, at 1 p.m., with Clinton (Buddy) Jones and Mark Walz officiating. Burial was at the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Active pallbearers: Michael Warrix, Patrick Davis, Tyler Lerman, Wes Duke, Tyler Gayheart, Joe Campbell, Hunter Martin, Jason Yeager, Mickey Black, and Daniel Miller. Honorary pallbearers: Ishmael (Buddy) Hackworth, Floyd Davis, Stephen Lerman, Lewis Jackson Miller, Wilson Miller, Norman Miller (Minnie’s twin brother), Lewis Washington Miller and David Miller. Minnie was very much loved and respected, and will be greatly missed.

Teresa H. Taylor

Age 50, of Dana, wife of Joe David Taylor, passed away, Friday, January 16, 2004, at her residence. She was born August 14, 1953, in Pike County, the daughter of Edgar Hall and Vestline Adkins Hall, of Harold. She was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Joe David; one son, Joe Dustin Taylor of Dana; three sisters: Deborah H. King of Harold, Gia H. Potter of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Jackie H. Hendrix of Mill Springs, North Carolina. Funeral services for Teresa H. Taylor will be conducted Wednesday, January 21, at 11 a.m., at the Boldman Freewill Baptist Church, at Harold, with Belmont Johnson and Barry G. Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the Boyd Family Cemetery, at Dana, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Glenn Wallen

Age, 69, of Prestonsburg, passed away, Friday, January 16, 2004, at Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, following an extended illness. He was born August 21, 1934, at Wheelwright, a son of the late Willard and Ruth Thompson Wallen. He was a truck driver and was employed by Cordin Motor Frieght in Illinois. He was a member of the Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department and I.B.O.T. Local Union No. 703, Chicago, Illinois. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by five sons: Mike Basso, James Basso, Thomas Basso, and Todd Wallen, all of Illinois, and William Wallen of Indiana. Services will be held Wednesday, January 21, at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Pastor Kenneth Ray Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in the Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Mildred “Midge” Halbert

Age 69, of Langley, wife of the late Donahue Halbert, passed away, Friday, January 16, 2004, in Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. She was born August 30, 1934, in Langley, the daughter of the late C. C. “Lum” Reffitt and Maggie Robinson Reffitt. She was a retired self-employed merchant, a lifetime member of Garrett Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 128, Ladies Auxiliary, and a Kentucky Colonel. Survivors include two brothers: Claude Reffitt of Hillsboro, and Robert Reffitt of Manhatton, Kansas; three sisters: Christine Shadley of Alger, Ohio, Harriett Ann Schumarker and Wilma May, both of Louisville; and her loving cat, Bubber Halbert. In addition to her husband, and parents, Midge was preceded in death by one brother, Beverage Reffitt. Funeral services for Mildred “Midge” Halbert were conducted Sunday, January 18, at 12:30 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Philip Bartley officiating. Burial followed in the P.D. Allen Cemetery, at Langley, with the Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements. Pallbearers: Bobby Reffitt, Matt Vanover, Justin Carrol, Freddie Shepherd, Chris Bailey, Nathan Reffitt, Beckham Reffitt and Tony Salisbury.

Minnie Shepherd Johnson

Age 80, of Auxier, wife of the late Homer Johnson, passed away, Saturday, January 17, 2004, at her residence. She was born June 29, 1923, in Magoffin County, the daughter of the late Willie Shepherd and Martha Howard Shepherd. She was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church, in Denver, and a homemaker. Survivors include four sisters: Ruby Gayheart and Effie Crager, both of Prestonsburg, and Sally Salisbury and Marie Conley, both of Hueysville; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Minnie Shepherd Johnson were conducted Tuesday, January 20, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin, with Sterlin Bolen and Merle Little officiating. Burial followed in the Shepherd Cemetery, at Gunlock, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home Pallbearers: Homer Salisbury, John Salisbury, Haskel Salisbury, Pete Wallace, David E. Smith and Cletis Crager.

Ernest P. “Bud” Dingus

Age, 73, of Riverview, Michigan, died Wednesday, January 14, 2004. He was the loving husband of Justine for 49 years; dearest father of Clete (Kim), Ty (Michael) Kross, and Carla (Mark) Albrant; dear brother of Faye Maynard; and the proud grandfather of Derek, Leah, Rachael, Chelsea, Carrie, Crystal, Cameron and Nicole. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 17, at the R.J. Nixon Funeral Home, Wyandotte, Michigan.

Fred Conn

Age, 92, of Printer, died Friday, January 16, 2004, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born May 7, 1911, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Maryland and Mary Branham Conn. He was a retired coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Mae Conn. Survivors include four sons: Dale Conn and Freddie Conn, both of Printer, Eddie Conn of Drift, and Virgil Ray Conn of McDowell; a daughter, Janice Spurlock; two brothers: Maryland Junior Conn, and Virgil Conn, both of Allen; five sisters: Alberta Blackburn of Drift, Polly Conn, Myrtle Hall and Artie Rose, all of Printer, and Susie Rickman of Michigan; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Terry Lee Conn; two brothers: Arthur Conn and Ike Conn; a sister, Margie Greer, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 19, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Denver Meade officiating. Burial was in the Halbert Cemetery, at Printer, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Ettie Johnson Fouts

Age 92, of Kite, wife of the late Frank Fouts, passed away, Friday, January 16, 2004, in the Letcher Manor Nursing Home, Whitesburg. She was born January 10, 1913, in Pike County, the daughter of the late Smith Johnson and Roseline Johnson. She was a member of the Rebecca Regular Baptist Church, at Kite, and a homemaker. Survivors include one son, Drax Fouts of Kite; two daughters: Birdie Holbrook of Paris, and Berlin Fouts of Sterling Heights, Michigan; two brothers: Sol Johnson and Coolidge Johnson, both of Pike County; one sister, Dossie Johnson of Melvin; and four grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one grandchild. Funeral services for Ettie Johnson Fouts were conducted Monday, January 19, at 2 p.m., at the Rebecca Regular Baptist Church, at Kite, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial followed in the Ben Hall Cemetery, Arnold Fork, at Kite, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church. Pallbearers: Ken Holbrook, Mike Nacco, Darrell Isaac, Jessie Isaac, David Isaac, and Homer Isaac.

Sarah Jane HughesWilcox

Age, 84, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, January 19, 2004, at the Prestonsburg Health Care Center. Born May 26, 1919, at Bonanza, she was the daughter of the late Millard Franklin Hughes and Josie Wright Hughes. She was a seamstress. She was thrice married; first to Herbert Frasure, who preceded her in death in 1940; then to Bennie Banks, who preceded her in death, November 22, 1972; and later to Bruce Wilcox who preceded her in death on April 11, 2000. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Herbie J. Wells (Bobby) of Prestonsburg; one sister, Dosha LeMaster of Paintsville; one brother, H. P. Hughes of Prestonsburg; and two grandchildren: Rebecca Wells (Michael Nash) and Scott Wells (Beth); two great-grandchildren, Joy Wheeler and Brandy Wells; one great-great-grandson, Logan Wheeler. She was preceded in death by one grandson: Bobby Willard Wells Jr. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 22, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Elder John Pelphrey officiating. Interment will be at Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Wilcox family. Visitation is 4 p.m., until 9 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Abel Hamilton

Abel Hamilton, 73, of Galveston, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Michigan. Born May 23, 1930, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Waldon and Katie Newsome Hamilton. He was a disabled factory worker and coal miner, and was a member of the Little Rachel Old Regular Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Laura Fox Hamilton. Other survivors include four sons: Worley Hamilton of Pikeville, Ricky Hamilton, Randy Hamilton and Michael Hamilton, all of Jackson, Michigan; five daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon (Joe) Lagow, Brenda (Ralph) Lafond, Nora (Phillip) Railer, Lorinda (David) Navarre and Lucinda (Ronald) Thornsberry, all of Jackson, Michigan; four brothers: Arnold Hamilton of Johnson County, Avorn Hamilton of Michigan, Johnny Hamilton and James Hamilton, both of Harold; three sisters: Katherine Bryant of Virgie, Daphine Johnson of Craynor, and Alma Keathley of Galveston; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons: Farley Hamilton and James Billy Hamilton; and four sisters: Iva May, Cathy, Mabel and Lack. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 14, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rachel Old Regular Baptist Church at Galveston, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Sam Hall Cemetery, at Bear Fork, in Robinson Creek, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Dolle Stout Dotson

Dolle Stout Dotson, 79, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, January 10, 2004, at her residence. Born June 18, 1924, in West Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late D. Porter Stout and Sally Fitzpatrick Stout. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Thurman Dotson, on October 21, 1958. Survivors include one son, Steve Edward (Sandy) Dotson of Palm City, Florida; five daughters: Paula (Jay) Calhoun of Indianapolis, Indiana, Doris (Randall) Francis of Georgetown, Rosalee Dotson of Lexington, Jean (Ron) Lemaster and Janet (Lewis) White, all of Prestonsburg; one brother, Steve Sout of Martin; two sisters: Carol Holland of Prestonsburg and Edith Stanley of Columbus, Ohio; 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Paul Dean Dotson, on October 8, 2001. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 13, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Bill Campbell officiating. Interment was in the Family Cemetery, on Ky. 114, Prestonsburg. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Dotson family. Pallbearers: Chad Shepherd, Joseph LeMaster, Jason LeMaster, Matt Calhoun, Zachary Hackworth, Stephen Dotson, Casey Jones, Randy Howell, Jon Hale, Dan Evans, Derreck Young and Johann Betschart.

Betty Ruth Tackett

Betty Ruth Tackett, 48, of Turkey Pen Road, Indian Creek, passed away, Friday, January 9, 2004, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. She was born in Floyd County, November 21, 1955, the daughter of the late David and Delphia Blankenship Gayheart. She was employed by Community Trust Bank at Pikeville. She is survived by her husband, Rance Tackett, of Turkey Pen. Other survivors include two brothers, Hillard Gayheart of Stroh, Indiana, and Kenneth Gayheart of McDowell; two sisters, Sharon Reynolds of Turkey Pen, and Gerlie Tackett of Hi Hat; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Roger, General, and Andy Gayheart; and one sister, Euline Gayheart. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 12, at 11 a.m., at the Enterprise Old Regular Baptist Church, at Indian Creek, with James Tackett, Monroe Jones, and others, officiating. Burial was in the Jack Osborne Cemetery, at Indian Creek. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hall and Jones Funeral Home, Virgie. Visitation was at the church after 6 p.m.; Saturday with services Sunday night, beginning at 7 p.m.

Virgil Hall

Virgil Hall, 69, of Minnie, died Friday, January 9, 2004, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born March 6, 1934, in Bevinsville, he was the son of the late Dave Hall and Debra Johnson Tuttle. He was a disabled coal miner. Survivors include a son, Jerry Wayne Bates of Huntington, Indiana; a brother, James Tuttle of Jefersonville; four sisters: Helen Johnson of Prestonsburg, Goldie Bullock of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Dorthula Spangler and Carolyn Sue Johnson, both of Bevinsville; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and 31 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Harlis Hall, Marion Hall and Nick Tuttle; and three sisters, Edna Hall, Joann McKinney and Phyllis Jewel Johnson. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 12, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Active pallbearers: Shane Mitchell, Jonathan Johnson, Chris Tuttle, James Tuttle Jr., Kenneth Tuttle, Chad McIntyre, Tommy Tuttle and Rodney Johnson.

Michael Craft

Michael Craft, 22, of Wayland, died Friday, January 9, 2004, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born June 5, 1981, in Martin, he was the son of Andy Craft of Garrett, and Cora Moore Cox of Mousie. He was disabled. Other survivors include a brother, Kelly Craft of Wayland; step-father, Delmar Cox; step-mother, Judy Craft; five step-brothers: Joshua Mullins, Zachariah Mullins and Matthew Mullins, all of Prestonsburg; and Joel Cox and Curtis Cox, both of Topmost; three step-sisters: Michelle Henson and Angel Goble, both of Lexington; and Melissa Rose of Hindman; aunts: Georgetta, Mary Lou, and Priscilla; and a nephew, Ethan Blake. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, George L. and Ruth Hall Moore; paternal grandparents, Worley and Lillian Boyd Craft; great-grandfather, Reverend Greene Boyd; and a brother, Isaiah Craft. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 13, at 1 p.m., at the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church, at Estill, with Freewill Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Moore Family Cemetery, at Steels Creek in Wayland, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Geneva Blanche (Bea) Crisp Patton

Age, 84, of Langley, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born October 23, 1919, in Martin, she was the daughter of the late Wilson and Phoeba Patton Crisp. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Patton. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles David and Susannah Patton of Walton; daughters and sons-in-laws: Catherine (Babs) and Gene Sparks of Melbourne, Florida, Charlene and Larry Johnson of Langley, Sharon and Edgle Jr. Moore of Ezel, and Deanna and Jesse Samons of Vero Beach, Florida; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Crisp and a grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 11, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jesse Samons officiating. Burial will be in the Patton Family Cemetery, at Langley, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Johnnie Randale Stratton

Age, 54, of Deerfield, Michigan, passed away, suddenly on Friday, January 9, 2004, at his home. He was born on March 29, 1949, in Prestonsburg, the son of Willie and Octavia (Conn) Stratton. On January 31, 1986, he was married to Vickie Altherr. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. He later became a factory worker for General Motors and worked at the Willow Run factory and also in Arlington, Texas. He also worked a short time for the Blissfield Pharmacy driving the delivery truck. His hobbies included ice fishing and traveling, especially up north. He was a loving husband and father who will be sadly missed. He is survived by his wife, Vickie Stratton. Other survivors include a daughter, Cody (Estill) Martinez of Ypsilant, Michigan; two sons: Johnnie R. Stratton II of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Alan Stratton of Deerfield, Michigan; one brother, Joe Stratton of Chelsea, Michigan and one granddaughter, Alyssa Rich of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Funeral services for Johnnie will be held on Monday, at 7:30 p.m., at the Tagsold Funeral Home, in Blissfield; during the visiting hours, which are also Monday, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.

Rev. Moultrie H. McIntosh

Age, 80, former rector of St. James Church, Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, in Lexington. Survivors include three children, John M. McIntosh, David C. McIntosh, both of Lexington; and Margaret E. McIntosh, of Reno, Nevada; five grandchildren, and his former wife, Helen Churchill Wigginton McClure, all of Lexington. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 10, at Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington. W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway is in charge of arrangements. The 11 a.m., Sunday service at St. James Church will be a memorial to Fr. McIntosh in recognition of his services to the community, and will be conducted by Rev. Canon Johnnie Ross. Memorials may be made to Christ Church Cathedral Garden Fund. www.milwardfuneral.com.

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Dwella Mae Hall

Age, 91, of Nicholasville, formerly of Greenup and Floyd County, died Monday, January 5, 2004, at the Royal Manor in Nicholasville. She was born October 12, 1912, in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Dave and Sophia Isaac Burke.
She attended the former Walnut Hill Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Fred Caudill and Bennie Hall; a son, Freddie Caudill; a step-son, Bennie Hall Jr.; a step-daughter, Rita Guseman; two brothers: Garfield Burke and Daniel Burke; and a sister, Julia Breeding. Surviving are a son, Glen Douglas Hall of Lexington; a step-son, Clark E. Hall of Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Imogene Knipp of Louisa; and Marjorie Kelly of Wurtland; one foster daughter, Beverly K. Burke of Danville; two brothers, Walter Burke and Russell Burke both of Bevinsville; one sister, Liza Jane Johnson of Bevinsville; 13 grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 8, at Reed Funeral Home in Greenup, with Danny Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Plumgrove Cemetery in Greenup. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, and one hour before the funeral at the funeral home.

Stella G. Hall

Age, 86, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, January 2, 2004, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center in Ashland. Born July 9, 1917, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Kate DeRossett George. She was a homemaker and a member of the Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Hall. Survivors include a son and his wife, Shalious and Judy Hall of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Barbara and Jack Boyd, and Linda Dalton, all of Ironton, Ohio; a brother, Burl Whitt of Prestonsburg; two sisters: Rebecca Jarrell of Prestonsburg, and Mae Moore of LaGrange, Ohio; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Ray Whitt; a sister, Viola Hurd; and a son-in-law, Pearl Dalton. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 4, at 1:30 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Manford Fannin and Jody Spencer officiating. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery, at Prestonsburg. Active pallbearers: Larry Norris, Mark Norris, Monroe Boyd, Randy Hall, Jackson Boyd, Barrett Boyd, T.J. Wilson, and Tim Wilson. Visitation was at the funeral home.

David (DK) Newsome

Age, 91, of Melvin, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at his residence. Born May 8, 1912, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Ellis and Dona Johnson Newsome. He was preceded in death by his wives, Lula Hall Newsome and Florence Johnson Newsome. Survivors include his caretaker: Vickie Collins of Melvin; 17 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and his first and second wife, he was preceded in death by his children: Tracy Johnson, Johnny Johnson, Jay Johnson, Pete Johnson, Onis Ray Johnson, Raymond Johnson, Parcie Slone, and Druch Collins; brothers and sisters, Dallas Newsome, Mae Newsome, Emitt Newsome, Johnny Newsome, Ernest Newsome, Beatrice Newsome, Goldie Jones, Sylvia Perry, Dixie Johnson, Mabel Newsome, Rosie Newsome, and Emma Newsome. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 6, at 1 p.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Active pallbearers were family members and friends. Visitation was at the church.

Roy Edward Patton

Age 67, of Belleville, Michigan, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at his residence. Born September 3, 1936, in Olive Hill, he was the son of Clyde R. Patton and Mae Porter Patton. He was a retired spray painter for General Motors, and a member of the United Auto Workers Union Chap. No. 1776. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Frances Bevel Patton; one son, Greg (Kathleen) Patton, of Ypsilanti, Michigan; and one granddaughter, Katelyn Patton, of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 5, 2004, at 11:00 a.m., at Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg. The Rev. Mark Walz officiated. Burial was in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. Visitation was at the funeral home. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Patton family.

Bessie Hall

Age, 62, of Ewing, died Monday, January 5, 2004, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. Born March 10, 1941, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Rhoda Mitchell Hall. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Jay Hall. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law: Bill Hall Jr., and Clemey, of Harold; and Larry Dean and Janet Hall of Ewing; two brothers: Bobby Hall and John Hall, both of Teaberry; two sisters: Irene Williams and Estalene Newsome, both of Teaberry; and two grandchildren: Christopher Young of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Melissa Warden of Virginia. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a brother, Alex Hall; and a sister, Judy Hamilton. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 8, at 10 a.m., at Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church at Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Hall Cemetery, at Tackett Fork, in Beaver, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Willard D. (Bud) Edmonds

Born January 14, 1949, and died November 22, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Jewell Crum Edmonds. Other survivors include one daughter, Yellonda Edmonds; three sisters, Patty Jent, Jeanetta Gray and Glennis Davis; three step-daughters, Shirley Conn, Rita Norton, and Rena Federspiel; one stepson, Johnny Burchett; two grandchildren, one great-grandson, seven step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Edmonds, and Jerry Neil Edmonds. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 25, 2003, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin, with Paul Dean Justice officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Norman Dewey Osborne

Age 84, of Ft. Myers, Florida, formerly of Drift, husband of the late Glo Osborne, passed away, Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at Hope Hospice House, Ft. Myers, Florida. He was born December 20, 1919, in Martin, the son of the late Samuel P. Osborne and Susan Ellen Osborne. He was a self-employed merchant and an U.S. Army, WW II veteran. Survivors include one son, Scott Osborne of Ft. Myers, Florida; one brother, Harold “Flint” Osborne of Martin; two sisters: Eva Stephens and Stella Smith, both of Martin; and a niece, Carol Lykens. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; three brothers: Tom Osborne, Algie Osborne, and Denzil Osborne; and two sisters: May Wohlford and Maudie Smith. Funeral services for Norman Dewey Osborne were conducted Sunday, January 4, 2004, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Clergyman Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Harold Osborne, Jimmy Rederick, Jeremy Hall, Johnny Clyde Stephens, Mike Smith, Stevie Stephens, Jody Spriggs, Tommy Williamson, and Alan Moore.

Monday, January 5, 2004

Wilma Jean Adkins

Age 82, of Allen, widow of Willard Adkins, passed away, Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born November 4, 1921, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Wallace Estep and Goldie Cantrell Estep. Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Mary Adkins of Dana; two grandchildren, Amy Lynn Adkins and Ronald Alan Adkins; and one great-grandchild, Chloe Adkins. In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Craig Adkins. Funeral services for Wilma Jean Adkins were conducted Friday, January 2, 2004, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Clergyman Earl Waugh officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Larry D. Boyd, Josh Reed, Adam Reed and Mike Hunter.

Thomas E. Branham

Age 76, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, January 1, 2004, at King's Daughters Hospital, in Ashland. Born September 2, 1927, at Dwale, he was the son of the late John P. Branham and Lura (Peg) Fraley Branham. He was a retired consultant for Dowell Well Chemical; a member of the First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg; a U.S. Navy and World War II veteran; a member of the D.A.V., Auxier; and a 32nd Degree Master Mason with Zebulon Lodge Chap. No. 243. He is survived by his wife, Mildred George Branham; three daughters: Sandra (James) Goble, of Prestonsburg, Tommie Sue (John Anthony) Campbell, of Mousie, and Janie Branham, of Prestonsburg; three sisters: Ruby Fraley, of Dayton, Ohio, Opal Fannin, of Prestonsburg, and Barbara Howard, also of Prestonsburg; two grandchildren: Alan Goble, of Georgetown, and Tracy Click, of Prestonsburg; and four great-grandchildren: Brandon Goble and Allison Goble, both of Georgetown, and Lauren Click and Mark Click, both of Prestonsburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, John Robert (Buddy) Branham. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, January 3, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg. The Reverends Mark Walz and Steve Pescosolido officiated. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. Visitation was at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.

Alleen Music Fitch

Age 78, died Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at Grant Manor Health Care Center. Born June 11, 1925, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of William Harrison Music and Lydia Ann Music. She was a former teacher at Prestonsburg Elementary School where she taught for over 30 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Sally Ann M. Skinner, of Williamstown; and four grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wallace Fitch. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, January 4, 2004, at 2:00 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home. The Rev. Mark Walz will officiate. Burial will follow in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contribution are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Arnold Avenue, Prestonsburg, KY 41653. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Fitch family.

Bernice Hansford

Age 84, of Wayland, widow of George Hansford, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born April 28, 1919, in Somerset, she was the daughter of the late Charley Sloan and Ellen Slone Sloan. She was a homemaker and a member of the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons: Danny Hansford, of Wayland and Byron Hansford, of Allen; two daughters: Judy Roop, of Prestonsburg and Teresa Hansford, of Lexington; four step-sons: Orville Hansford and George Roy, both of Wayland, Homer Hansford, of Columbus, Ohio, and Coye Hansford, of Jeffersonville, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and 12 step-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two stepsons, Don Hansford and Charles Hansford. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 2, 2004, at the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin, with Clergymen Buddy Jones, Red Morris and Sherlin Bolen officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Wayne Cassell, Trent Nairn, Todd Hansford, Randy Hansford, Craig Webb, Jim Webb, Byron Hansford, Donald Dean Hansford, Wendell Scott, and Ray Watts.

Roy Edward Patton

Age 67, of Belleville, Michigan, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at his residence. Born September 3, 1936, in Olive Hill, he was the son of Clyde R. Patton and Mae Porter Patton. He was a retired spray painter for General Motors, and a member of the United Auto Workers Union Chap. No. 1776. He is survived by his wife, Frances Bevel Patton; one son, Greg (Kathleen) Patton, of Ypsilanti, Michigan; and one daughter, Katelyn Patton, of Belleville. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, January 5, 2004, at 11:00 a.m., at Carter Funeral Home. The Rev. Mark Walz will officiate. Burial will follow in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. Visitation is at the funeral home. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Patton family.

Dorothy Clark Ratliff

Age 75, of Lebanon, Virginia, formerly of Floyd County, died Thursday, January 1, 2004, at the Russell County Medical Center. Born January 8, 1928, in Garrett, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Clark and Betty Tussey Clark. She was the wife of the late Thomas Franklin "Tuffy" Ratliff. She was a member of the Lebanon Senior Circle and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include one daughter, Virginia (Alvin) Mollett, of Lebanon, Virginia.; two granddaughters, Wendy Mollett, of Johnson City, Tennessee, and Karen (John) Mollett McComas, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; two great-grandsons, Zachary Thomas Mollett, of Johnson City, Tennessee, and Christopher Tyler McComas, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; one sister, Patty Lou Mollette, of David; and, one brother, Billy Ray Clark, of Lexington. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 3, 2004, in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel, in Lebanon. Rev. Michael Rhea officiated. Burial followed in the Ketron Memorial Gardens, in Lebanon. Visitation was at the funeral home. Nephews and friends served as pallbearers. Combs Funeral Service in Lebanon, Virginia, is serving the family of Mrs. Ratliff.

Lillian Maxine Blair Stevens

Age 76, of Wayland, widow of Virgil Blair, passed away, Monday, December 29, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born January 23, 1927, in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of the late Walter Hill Cooley and Beulah Driver Cooley. She was a homemaker, and was affiliated with the Hour of Deliverance, pastored by Sister Margaret. Survivors include three sons: Larry Blair of Wayland, Carl Ray Stephens and Darrell Stephens, both of Portland, Oregon; two daughters: Judy Blair Wiley of Wayland and Betty Stevens Jacobs of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; two sisters: Verlie Hopson of Manchester, Ohio and Wilma Spears of Prestonsburg; nine grandchildren: Faye Wright, Kimberly Reynolds, Darrin Wiley, Christopher Stephens, Andrew Stephens, Bradley Stephens, Tracey Matney, Nathan Jacobs, and Levon Jacobs Jr.; nine great-grandchildren: Kayla Wiley, Ariel Robinson, Austin Wiley, Arrington Wright, Morgan Wiley, Betty Lou Stephens, Logan Stephens, Jaxon Stephens, and MacKenzie Matney. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Joshua Francis; four brothers, James Cooley, John Cooley, Walter Cooley and George Cooley, and two sisters: Lois Hopson and Vallie Connors. Funeral services for Lillian Maxine Blair Stevens were conducted Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with Clergymen Jimmy Hall and Tony Gollihu officiating. Burial was in the Gumbo Cemetery, Van Lear, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin. Pallbearers: Eugean Scarberry, Darrin Wiley, Bruce Wright, Albert Chaffins Jr., Jim Hunter, and C.V. Reynolds.