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January Obituaries

2006

Thelma Allen Adams

Age, 66, of Ivel, died Saturday, January 28, 2006, at the Knott County Nursing Home, Hindman. Born December 4, 1939, in Ivel, she was the daughter of the late Marrs and Ella Lewis Spradlin. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mac Henry Allen. Survivors include two sons: Henry Allen (wife, Shayla) of Jacksonville, Florida; Charlie Allen (wife, Carrie) of Salyersville; one daughter, Carol Harper (husband, Steve) of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Gladys Hancock and her twin sister. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 30, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bill Marsillett officiating. Burial was in the Allen Family Cemetery, Middle Creek, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Emma M. (Sissy) Derossett

Age, 63, of Dwale, died Wednesday, January 11, 2006, at King's Daughters Medical Center, in Ashland. Born April 23, 1942, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Gory and Opal Paige Porter. She was a homemaker; and a member of the Praise Assembly Ministries in Prestonsburg. She is survived by her husband, Tommy Derossett. Other survivors include a son, Greg Derossett of Dwale; two daughters: Karen Derossett Clark of Prestonsburg, and Drema Buerkley of Georgetown; a brother, Otis Porter of Livingston, Tennessee; a sister, Patricia Castle of Ludowici, Georgia; four grandchildren: Joshua Clay, Austin Clark, Nicholas Clay, and Kelly Clark; and two great-grandchildren: Gunnar Clay and Molly Clay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Gory Porter Jr., and Harry Michael (Mickey) Porter. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 14, at 1 p.m., at the Praise Assembly Ministries in Prestonsburg, with Pastor Jim Sloce officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Dixie Queen Cole

Age, 72, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, January 6, 2006, at her residence. Born November 30, 1933, in Pikeville, she was the daughter of Thelma Gibson Hawkins of Shelby, Ohio, and the late Harlan Hawkins. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Garrett Community Church. Her husband, Monroe Cole, preceded her in death. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three sons: Elbert Cole of Garrett, Gary Cole of Prestonsburg, and Charles Cole of Martin; five daughters: Dorothy Brown of Langley, Twila Frasure of Menifee County, Sherry Fraley of Prestonsburg, Sharon Cole of Garrett, and Nancy Cole of Martin; three brothers: Estill Hawkins, Arvin Hawkins, and David Hawkins, all of Ohio; nine sisters: Edith Faye Morris, Naomie Scott, Shirley Hupp, Janice Cole, and Lyvonne Berry, all of Ohio, Lillian Morris of Michigan, Garnet Morton of Indiana, Lena May Stiltner of Pikeville, and Bula Hylton of Elkhorn City; 22 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Hawkins; a granddaughter, Thelma Guess; and three great-grandchildren: Jimmy, David, and Billy Guess. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 9, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Willie Crace, Larry Patton, Roger Whitaker, and Allen Chaffins officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, in Martin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Sherman Ray Dotson

Age, 74, of 1630 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, Indiana, died Saturday, January 7, 2006, at Millers Merry Manor, Warsaw, Indiana. Born December 30, 1931, in Auxier, he was the son of Albert and Beulah (Stanley) Dotson. He grew up in Kentucky, and moved to Warsaw, Indiana in 1963. He worked for Gatke Corporation as a lathe operator for 18 and a half years, retiring in 1978. He married Mary Magdalene Hamilton Dotson on January 14, 1956. She preceded him in death on January 5, 2006. Survivors include one daughter, Drema Stockberger of Warsaw, Indiana; three sisters: Jean Rice of Prestonsburg, Laura Smith of Arkansas, and Cynthia Sue Hall of Ohio; one brother, Billy Joe Dotson of Prestonsburg; a half-sister, Mabel Honeycutt of Prestonsburg; and a half-brother, Orville Dotson of Prestonsburg. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, two sisters, one brother; two half-brothers, and three half-sisters. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 7, at noon, at the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, Indiana, with Reverend Ralph Dotson officiating. Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 10, at 11 a.m., in Oakwood Cemtery, in Warsaw, Indiana. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Aileen Dale Fraley

Age, 77, of Weeksbury, died Friday, January 6, 2006, at the U.K. Medical Center, Lexington, following an extended illness. Born February 2, 1928, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Jess and Rosie Collins Dale. She was a retired school teacher, and a member of the Weeksbury Wesleyan Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Fraley. Survivors include two sons: James D. Fraley of Georgetown, and Thomas Douglas Fraley of Dearborne, Michigan; her twin sister, Kathleen Sharp of Sandusky, Ohio; five grandchildren: Jessica Rose Bell, Meghan Lynn Fraley, Heather Renee Fraley, Johnathon Douglas Fraley, and Andrew Michael Fraley; and one step-grandchild, Ezekiel D. Elliott. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: James Dale and Rex Dale. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 9, at 11 a.m., at the Weeksbury Community Church, with Bobby Blevins officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Darkie Elizabeth Akers Hall

Age, 90, of Grethel, wife of the late Joe J. Hall, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2006, at her residence. She was born April 18, 1915, in Grethel, the daughter of the late Kenas Akers and Judy Hamilton Akers. She was a member of the Pilgrim Home Regular Baptist Church, in Grethel, and a homemaker. Survivors include her six sons: John M. Hall and Andy Steve Hall, both of Harold, Kenas Hall of Stanford, Joe Hall Jr., James D. Hall, and Donald Ray Hall, all of Grethel, 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Sherman Lee Hall; four brothers: Andy Akers, Bert Akers, Sie Akers, and William Akers. Funeral services for Darkie Elizabeth Akers Hall were conducted Tuesday, January 10, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrim Home Regular Baptist Church, in Grethel, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Hall Family Cemetery, in Grethel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church. Pallbearers: Joey Hall, James Henry Hall, Ken Hall, Dustin Porter, Joey Spears, Jamie Young, Jim Harris, and Donald Stevens.

Genette Blevins Hall

Age, 88, of Grethel, died Sunday, January 8, 2006, at her residence. Born August 13, 1917, in Grethel, she was the daughter of the late George and Lona Gillespie Blevins. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elisha Hall. Survivors include six sons: Arnold Hall of Talbott, Tennessee, Fed Hall of Detroit, Michigan, Dennis Hall and Randall Dean Hall, both of Grethel, Vernon Hall of Malone, Florida, and Dewey Lee Hall (address unknown); four daughters: Pearl Napier of Louisville, Sarah Tackett of Stambaugh, Patsy Hall of Detroit, Michigan, and Brenda Akers of Grethel; 26 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Junior Hall; three brothers: Lee Bob Blevins, Cooch Blevins, and Al Blevins; three sisters: Frankie Tackett, Sadie Gillespie, and Tava Dale; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 12, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church, in Grethel, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Mitchell Cemetery, in Grethel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church, with nightly services at 6 p.m.

Wilma Jane Hall 

Age, 65, of Teaberry, died Sunday, January 29, 2006, at her residence. Born November 4, 1940, in Teaberry, she was the daughter of the late Mackie and Cora Hamilton. She was a homemaker and a member of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Hall. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law: Frankie Michael and Stephanie Hall, and Keith Shannon and Jennifer Hall, all of Teaberry, and Mickey and Linda Hall of Harold; one daughter and her friend: Hester Ann Hall and Jacky Stoneberger, both of Teaberry; one brother, Charles Hamilton of Teaberry; six grandchildren: Jordan, Danielle, Samuel, Shantana, Joshua, and Kershie. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by five sisters: Mildred Hall, Naomi Hubbard, Palestine Hamilton, Norlene Hamilton, and Irene Hamilton. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 31, at noon, at Pilgrim Home Old Regular Baptist Church, at Grethel, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Thomas Hamilton Cemetery, at Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Joe Cephus Hayes

Age 94, of Hueysville, passed away Monday, January 30, 2006, at the Pikeville Medical Center. He was born September 8, 1911, in Hueysville, the son of William Hayes and Melcenia Allen Hayes. He is survived by a brother, Clarence Hayes of Betsy Layne. Funeral services for Joe Cephus Hayes will be conducted Thursday, February 2, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Clergyman Tommy Spears officiating. Burial will follow in the Hayes Cemetery, in Hueysville, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

John Scott Howell

Age, 85, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, January 8, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born September 28, 1920, on Abbott Creek, he was the son of the late Enoch C. Howell and Callie Blair Howell. He was a former school bus driver, a service station attendant, a coal miner (strip-mining), a member of the Community United Methodist Church, and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Belle Collins Howell, on September 8, 2003. Survivors include one daughter, Glenna Kay Click (Monroe) of Prestonsburg; three sons: Tommy Hershel Howell (Leslie) of Prestonsburg, Scotty Howard Howell (Charlotte) of Prestonsburg, and Wendell Ray Howell (Tuenica) of Ashland; two sisters: Reba Harris of Enon, Ohio, and Anna Marie DeRossett of Prestonsburg; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, John Edward Howell. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 11, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with pastor Tommy Reed and Rev. Steve Pescosolido officiating. Interment will be in the Collins Family Cemetery (Spradlin Branch), Prestonsburg. The family has entrusted arrangements to Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be: John Click, Matt Setser, Jesse Chaffin, Samuel Chaffin, Austin Shuck, Jamie Howell, Anthony Howell, Norman Scott Howell, and Andrew Howell.

Harold (Beaver) Johnson

Age, 85, of Wheelwright, died Thursday, January 26, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born May 6, 1920, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Gus and America Newman Johnson. He was a retired Floyd County Deputy Sheriff. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clotine Newman Johnson. Survivors include his sons and daughters: Jeffery Johnson of Spartan, Tennessee, Harold Johnson Jr., of Wheelwright, Randy Wayne Johnson of McDowell, Gary Rondell Johnson of Bevinsville, Ellen Daniels of Jacksboro, Tennessee, and Ellen Hampton of Letcher County; brother and sister: Earl Johnson of Bevinsville, and Edna Staniford of Van Lear. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m., at the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church, in Hi Hat, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Boyd Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Peggy Jane Kendrick

Age, 69, of Harold, died Friday, January 27, 2006, at King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland. Born July 24, 1936, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Bun and Rebecca Goble Montgomery. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Delmar Kendrick. Other survivors include three daughters: Brenda Coleman of Prestonsburg, Barbara Billings (husband, David) of Highland, Michigan, and Rebecca Bloom (husband, James) of Lakeland, Michigan; one brother, Doug Montgomery of Tennessee; 15 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons: Ronald Dale Kendrick and Thomas Eugene Kendrick; and two brothers: Kenneth Leslie and David Montgomery. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bobby Joe Spencer and Shane Powers officiating. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Elsie Sue McCown Lawson

Age, 86, of Drift, died Thursday, January 26, 2006, at the Prestonsburg Health Care. Born March 17, 1919, in Louisa, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Hattie Thompson McCown. She was a retired butcher; and a member of the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, in McDowell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie D. (Bill) Lawson. Survivors include five sons: Thomas D. Lawson (Brenda) of Drift, Teddy D. Lawson (Carol) of Nancy, Eddie D. Lawson (Sandy) of Dana, John D. Lawson (Charlotte) of Dobson, North Carolina, and Alan D. Lawson of Chapin, South Carolina; two daughters: Billie Muriel Newsome (Willis) of Ivel, and Janet Leigh Lawson of Price; one daughter-in-law, Pam Lawson of Tecumseh, Michigan; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Lonnie D. Lawson; one daughter, Nola Karen Lawson; one sister, Shirley Martin; two grandchildren: Thomasina and Mitchell. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 29, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jimmy Hall and Deaner Moore officiating. Burial was in the Lawson Cemetery, in Price, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Clyde W. Lee

Age 78, of Wayland, husband of the late Martha Robertson Lee, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born July 16, 1927, in McVeigh, the son of the late Jerry Lee and Mary Lake Lee. He was a coal miner, an U.S. Army, World War II veteran, a member of James W. Alley Masonic Lodge No. 869, at Wayland, and the Garrett D.A.V. Survivors include three sons: Jerry Wayne Lee of Springfield, Ohio, Jeffrey Scott Lee of Wayland, and Clyde Wayne Lee Jr., of Salem Center, Ohio; two daughters: Mary Crider of Prestonsburg, and Mary Lee of Wayland; and a niece whom was loved as a daughter, Danette Wiley of Ashville, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; nine grandchildren: Clyde Preston Lee, Jennifer Leaman, Jeffery Scott Lee Jr., Misty Collins, Jerry Lee Jr., Morinda Lowe, Rodney Hall Jr., Tanya Hall, and Beth Lee; and five great-grandchildren: Mckenzie Collins, Madison Leaman, Allison Lowe, Colin Leaman, and Martha Lowe. Preceding him in death were his wife, his parents, and two brothers: Claude Lee and Daniel Lee. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 11, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Hobert Meek officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, with the Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Christine “Sis” Lyons

Age 82, of Garrett, widow of William Earl Lyons, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. She was born February 8, 1923, in Somerset, the daughter of the late Arthur Sloan and Dora Ellen Sloan. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Garrett First Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons: James William Lyons of Manito, Illinois, Richard Earl Lyons, Freddie Edward Lyons, and Howard Eugene Lyons, all of Garrett; four daughters: Dottie Lou French of Brumley, Missouri, Norma Faye Kennie of Vermont, Illinois, Carolyn Sue Moore of Manito, Illinois, and Elizabeth Gaye Nelson of Ligonier, Indiana; 22 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 9, at 2 p.m., at the Garrett First Baptist Church, with Clergymen Randy Osborne and Larry Adams officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, in Garrett, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Jeremy Rister, Freddie Lyons, Jason Hicks, Chad Lyons, Brad Lyons, Bo Moore, Jim Lyons, David Kinne, Rocky Kegg, and Kevin Chaffins.

Gheard Duell Martin

Age 80, of Prestonsburg, husband of Blanche Ramey Martin, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2006 in Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born January 20, 1926, in Eastern, a son of the late Tom Martin and Callie Hagans Martin. He was a member of the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church, a World War II Army veteran, and was retired from Armco Steel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters. Survivors include one son, Tom Martin of Winchester; three daughters: Jennifer Raleigh of Hudson, Florida, Susan Lewis of Richmond, and Denise Adams of Prestonsburg; nine grandchildren: James Michael Curtis, April Melissa Curtis, Thomas DeWayne Martin, Alan Martin, Bethany Faith Adams, Kellan Lane Adams, Kendall Clayton Combs, Jon Dalton Lewis, and Brendan Carter Lewis; and one great-grandchild, Juliette Curtis. Funeral Services for Gheard Duell Martin were conducted Tuesday, January 31, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Red Morris officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, in Eastern, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Zyndall Adams, Jason Lewis, Dewayne Martin, Alan Martin, Lonnie Ray, and Denver Mullins.

Annette Walker Mills

Age 65, of Wayland, wife of Clark Mills, passed away Monday, January 30, 2006, at her residence. She was born September 23, 1940, in Hunter, the daughter of the late Homer Walker and Gertrude (Gertie) Stephens Walker. Survivors include her husband, Clark, four sons: Steven Mills, Pete Mills, and Harold Mills, all of Wayland, and Jerry Mills, of Brimfield, Indiana, two brothers, Clifford Walker, of Kendallville, Indiana, and Raymond Walker, of Farmers; three grandchildren, Tiffany Dawn Mills, Karyn Lee Mills, and Melanie Raelynn Mills; and two great grandchildren: Jonathan Akers and Toby Akers. Preceding her in death were two brothers, Harold Glen Walker, and William Walker; and one sister, Ella Mae Walker. Funeral services for Annette Walker Mills will be conducted Friday, February 3, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Red Morris officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.

Carol Ann Mink

Age, 53, of Blue River, died Sunday, January 8, 2006, following a sudden illness at her residence. Born December 14, 1952, in Harlan County, she was the daughter of the late Otis Hensley and Elizabeth Daniels Hensley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Louisa Church of God. She is survived by her husband, Charles Steven Mink. Other survivors include two sons: Charles Steven Mink Jr., of Erlanger, and Jeffrey Daniel Mink of North Louisberg, Ohio; one daughter, Melinda Gail Peterson of Charlotte, North Carolina; one brother, Otis Wayne Hensley of Fort Payne, Indiana; three sisters: Donna Gail Baumgartel of Ocala, Florida, Sue Meiners of Columbia, Tennessee, and Janice Nance of Leitchfield; and five grandchildren: Michelle, Leslie, Austin, Ava, and Olivia. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 11, at 10 a.m., at Black Star Pentecostal Church, in Alva, with J.C. Craig officiating. Burial will be in the Saylor Cemetery, in Pathfork, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation, at the funeral home, and at the church.

Arville Mitchell

Age, 60, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, January 28, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born February 14, 1945, in Drift, he was the son of the late Dowell and Maxie Damron Mitchell. He was disabled, and was a member of First Baptist Church, at Wheelwright. Survivors include three sisters: Naomi Ruth Mosley of Lexington, Virginia D. Hall and Vella Marie Stump, both of Phyllis; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; special cousin and caregiver, Shirley Fishbaugh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 30, at 10:30 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Ronnie Spriggs officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery, at East Point, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Elder Orville Mitchell

Age, 65, of Hi Hat, died Saturday, January 28, 2006, at his residence. Born July 4, 1940, in Teaberry, he was the son of the late Lee and Martha Hamilton Mitchell. He was a retired coal miner, a member and honorary moderator of Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, and previously the moderator for six years. He was a United States Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary Slone Mitchell. Other survivors include three sons: Orville Mitchell Jr., (wife, Shana) of Drift, Michael Darrell Mitchell and James Lee Mitchell, both of Hi Hat; two daughters: Melissa Rose Hall (husband, Shayne) and Jessie Star Tackett, both of Hi Hat; one brother, Luther Mitchell of Hi Hat; eight grandchildren: Kandice, Mikka, Gary, Tyler, Misty, Shayla, Casey and Kaylee. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Edward Mitchell, Andy Jack Mitchell, Tramble Mitchell, Wallen Mitchell, and William Mitchell; three sisters: Mary Sanders, Dona Mitchell, and Janie Mitchell. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 30, at 2 p.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, in Teaberry, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the James Newman Cemetery, in Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Nova Martin Newsome

Age, 74, of Teaberry, died Tuesday, January 17, 2006, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Born January 22, 1931, in Teaberry, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Maudie Howell Martin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Newsome. Survivors include four sons: Cecil Newsome Jr., Edward D. Newsome and Lee Roy Newsome, all of Teaberry, and Harold Newsome of Craynor; a brother, Edgar Martin of Teaberry; four sisters: Pearl Jones and Cosetta McClanahan, both of Teaberry, Mary Hamilton of Beaver, and Betty Tackett of Dayton, Ohio; nine grandchildren: Lisa Akers, Michelle Newsome, Jason Newsome, Rocky Newsome, Adam Newsome, Heather Tackett, Heidi Hamilton, Cesilee Newsome, and Chelsea Newsome; and eight great-grandchildren: Seth Newsome, Joshua Newsome, Dalton Hamilton, Aston Tackett, Carly Akers, Cassidy Akers, Sydney Newsome, and Jacob Newsome. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Adren Martin and Andy Martin; two sisters: Verlie Martin and Goldie Martin; and one grandson, Shawn Alan Newsome. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 20, at 1 p.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, in Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Newsome Cemetery, at Mink Branch, in Craynor, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church, with nightly services at 6 p.m.

Minnie Ousley

Age, 90, of Eastern, died Thursday, January 5, 2006, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born December 25, 1915, in Eastern, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Mary Allen Patton. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Garrett Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ousley. Survivors include a son, George Ousley (Paula) of Eastern; five daughters: Peggy Hoover (Jackie) of Eastern, Wanda Louise Sexton and Bobbie Sexton, both of Plymouth, Ohio, Kathy Luna (Steve) of Howard, Ohio and Rosetta Fletcher (James) of Mansville, Ohio; a sister, Martha Tuttle of Eastern; 22 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ellen Searl; three sisters: Virginia Lee (Jeannie) Hamilton, and two infants; and six brothers: Miles Fellie Patton, William Bill Patton, Floyd Patton, Johnny Patton, Nazareth Patton and Claude Patton. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 9, at 11 a.m., at the Salt Lick Community United Baptist Church, in Hueysville, with Carlos Beverly officiating. Burial was in the Turner Cemetery, in Eastern, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Clara Sturgill Pack

Age 91, wife of the late Claude Pack, and the daughter of the late John Sturgill, and Rachel Triplett Sturgill, was born in Knott County on March 21, 1914, and she passed away on January 21, 2006, after an extended illness. Clara had been a member of the Garrett First Baptist Church since 1956. She was retired from the Floyd County School System, for which she worked 23 years in the Garrett School lunchroom program. She was part owner and manager of the “Garrett Popcorn Stand Restaurant,” located by the Garrett Theater in the early '50's. Clara was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; and all of her brothers and sisters. Clara was a loving mother and grandmother, and will be sadly missed by her four surviving daughters: Jacqueline Pack Conry, and Annabelle Pack Crager, both of Centerline, Michigan, Barbara Pack (John) Moore of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Joyce Pack (Jack Red) Stevens of Hueysville, nine grandchildren: Clarice Crager (Michael) Guy, Larry (Nancy) Crager, Pamela Conry (Bob) Trenkler, Claudia Moore (Brad) Yoho, Mark (Paula) Crager, Carolyn Conry (Roy) Townsend, Jack (Elizabeth) Crager, John E. Moore, and Rodney (Sandra) Stevens; 15 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by her wonderful caregivers, Janice and Doris Patton. Funeral services for Clara Sturgill Pack will be conducted Saturday, January 28, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Clergyman Randy Osborne officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home.

Okel Perry

Age 75, of Hi Hat, husband of Loretta Mollette Perry, died Friday, January 20, 2006, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born September 25, 1930, in McDowell, the son of the late Charles and Minnie Francis Howell Perry. He was a retired Ky. and West Virginia Gas Company supervisor, and a member of the Ligon Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Gary Lynn Perry of Martin; one daughter, Sheila Gwendolyn Clark of Blaine; two sisters: Melvina Newman of Grethel, and Wilma Alley of Dayton, Ohio; six grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Dean Perry. Funeral services for Okel Perry will be conducted Monday, January 23, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Wayne Henson officiating. Burial will follow in the Little Cemetery, in Price, with Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements. Pallbearers: Archie Newsome, Seth Perry, and Kelvin Knipp.

Virginia Conn Ratliff

Age 83, of Banner, widow of Raymond Ratliff, passed away Monday, January 23, 2006, at the Riverview Health Care Center, in Prestonsburg. She was born June 14, 1922 in Dana, the daughter of the late Isaac Conn and Geneva Boyd Conn. She was a former grocery store clerk, and a member of the Boldman Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two sisters: Mona Boyd of Dana, and Bessie Sammons of Banner; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Virginia Conn Ratliff will be conducted Thursday, January 26, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Belmont Johnson officiating. Graveside services will be conducted Friday, at 2 p.m., at the Vinton Memorial Park, Vinton, Ohio. Visitation is at the funeral home, with nightly services at 7 p.m.

Ruth Pratt Risner

Age, 81, of Bypro, died Friday, January 6, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born October 16, 1924, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Dolly Stephens Pratt. She was a business woman and homemaker; she owned and operated The Ben Franklin Store in Wheelwright for 55 years; she graduated from Wheelwright High School, and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Risner. Survivors include three daughters: Debbie Belcher of Prestonsburg, Delona Roth of Amherst, Massachusetts, and Denise Wilson of Winchester; two brothers: Darrell Pratt and Jimmy Pratt, both of Garrett; six sisters: Norma Salisbury of Ohio, Larue Lafferty of Hindman, Loretta Hackworth of Prestonsburg, Ella Zene Ritchie of Hindman, Shielda Lawson of Michigan, and Julia Jones of Floyd County; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by nine brothers: Roger Pratt, Custer Pratt, Raymond Pratt, Woodrow Pratt, Henry Pratt, Russell Pratt, John Pratt, Jay Pratt, and Grover Pratt; and two sisters: Rhoda Greene and Nora Martin. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 8, at 2 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Martin, with Bishop Carrier officiating Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Maryland Seals

Age, 90, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, January 21, 2006, at High-lands Regional Medical Center. Born on March 7, 1915, in Carr Creek, (Knott County), he was the son of the late Willie Seals and Vina Amburgey Seals. He was a former engineer for Universal Atlas Cement Company, and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, New Carlisle, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Navy, and was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He is survived by his wife, Helen Ernestine Hyden Seals. Other survivors include three daughters: Leva Kaye Vaughan of Prestonsburg, Martha Jane Burrell of Bolivar, Ohio, and Donna Jean Layne of W. Warwick, Rhode Island; one son, Raymond Clark Seals of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Orvil Seals of Corbin; one sister, Beatrice Amburgey of New Carlisle, Ohio; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, James William Seals. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 24, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kevin Collins officiating. Burial was in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, in Prestonsburg. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Frank Vaughan Jr., Craig Burrell, Craig Burrell Jr., Raymond Seals, Kevin Franklin Vaughan, and Barry Slone.

Madonna Shepherd

Age, 44, of Gunlock, died Thursday, January 5, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born September 27, 1961, in Martin, she was the daughter of the late John Estill Shepherd and the late Joyce Shepherd Bradford. She was a disabled factory worker for Mubea Factory, and a member of the Living Word Pentecostal Church at Gunlock. Survivors include a son, Wade Shepherd Jr., of Gunlock; a daughter, Jenell Lynn Shepherd of Jackson, Michigan; two brothers: Gary Von Shepherd of Gunlock, and Estill Dewayne Shepherd of Lexington; two sisters: Glenna Piguerra of Statesville, North Carolina, and Teresa Shepherd of Prestonsburg; three grandchildren: Savannah Paige, Braydon Charles, and Hannah Michelle; a niece, Sarah Shepherd; and a nephew, Brett Shepherd. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a special friend, Victoria Ries. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 8, at 11 a.m., at the Living Word Pentecostal Church, in Gunlock, with Charlene Osborne officiating. Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery, in Gunlock, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home, and at the church.

Marie Ousley Shepherd

Age, 63, of David, was dead on arrival, Saturday, January 21, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born March 1, 1942, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Susie Conley Ousley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cold Springs Old Regular Baptist Church, in Martin. She is survived by her husband, Arvel Shepherd. Other survivors include three sons: Harold Dwayne Ousley, Arvel Jason Shepherd, and Jonathan Shepherd, all of David; seven daughters: Charlotte Shepherd, (husband, Von) of Prestonsburg, Regina Shepherd of Hueysville, Naomi Slone, (husband, Mike) of Blue River, Rita (Owsley) Campbell, (husband, Samuel) of Mousie, Jennifer Marie Phillips, (husband, Bruce) of Emma, Stephanie Rena Lawson, and Myrtle Little, (husband, Kenneth), all of Blue River; one sister, Angeline McCollum of Easley, South Carolina; 20 grandchildren: Von Dwayne Shepherd, Alex Shepherd, Colten Shepherd, Frank Dean Reffitt, Jessica Shepherd, Jennifer Eden Shepherd, Jamie Eugene Shepherd, Michael Nathan Slone, Sheena Slone, Crystal Ritchie (Justice), Tiffany Leeann Owens, Johnny Gabriel Owens, Sarah Elizabeth Owens, Maria Faith Phillips, Christina Hope Phillips, Christopher Dale Lawson, Kiesha Ann Little, Samantha Owsley, Kimberly Owsley, and Steven Owsley; and one great-grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Adis Ousley and Billy Ray Ousley; and one sister, Cora Medlock. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 25, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Ashland Shepherd Cemetery, in Pyramid, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Vernon Chad (Hawk) Slone

Age, 29, of Bevinsville, died Friday, January 6, 2006, in Prestonsburg. Born August 23, 1976, in Pikeville, he was the son of Vernon and Debra Osborne Slone of Bevinsville. He was a former coal miner for Kentucky May Coal Company, and a graduate of South Floyd High School. He is survived by his wife, Melissa Thornsbury Slone, of Melvin. Other survivors include two daughters: Aleigha Nicole Slone and Rayleah Kaylynn Slone, both of Bevinsville; a sister, Kaya Lynn Slone of Bevinsville; a stepson, Anthony Thornsbury of Melvin; his grandmothers: Geraldine Osborne of Wheelwright, and Hazel Slone of Bevinsville. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gilbert Osborne. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 10, at 1 p.m., at the Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church, in Bevinsville, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery, in Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was Sunday, January 8, at 6 p.m., at the church and nightly services were held at 7 p.m. Active pallbearers: Michael Slone, Justin Ray, Landon Frazier, Justin Holbrook, Harold (Boo) Johnson, Dustin Moore, Brian Branham, and Glenn (Bubo) Moore.

Ian Bryce Tackett

Infant son of Brian and Jill Tackett of Teaberry, passed away Friday, January 6, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Nettie Martin. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Marvin and Nadine Tackett of Beaver; his maternal grandparents: Joey and Joann Martin of Teaberry; his paternal great-grandmother, Pat Little; maternal great-grandparents: Jo Martin and Charles and Faye Hamilton. He is also survived by one aunt; Lindsey Martin of Teaberry; two uncles: Timmy (Lacy) Hall of Dana, and Caleb Tackett of Beaver; and two special cousins: Liathan and Kylie Hall of Dana. Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 10, at 4 p.m., at the Hamilton Cemetery, in Teaberry, with Chester Keathley officiating. Arrangements were under direction of the Hall & Jones Funeral Home, of Virgie.