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January Obituaries

2007

 

Edgel “Delano” Davis, Jr.

Age 73, of Nokomis, Florida, formerly of Hueysville, passed away Monday, January 29, 2007, at the Sarasota Hospice House, Sarasota, Florida.  He was born November 19, 1933, in Hueysville, the son of the late Edgel Davis and Nannie Patton Davis. He was a retired construction worker, and an U.S. Air Force veteran.  Survivors include two sons: Edgel Davis III, of Old Town, Florida, Hezekiah James Davis of Fremont, Indiana; a daughter, Deloris Corbin of Nokomis, Florida; a brother, Carmel Ray Davis of Hippo; three sisters: Sandy Manns and Sally Adkins, both of Hueysville, and June Salyers of Ashland; and six grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers: Johnnie Darrell Davis and Franklin Elmo Davis; and two sisters: Thelma Osborne and Brenda Joyce Centers. Funeral services for Edgel “Delano” Davis Jr., will be conducted Saturday, February 3, at noon, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin.  Burial will follow in the Cooley Family Cemetery, in Eastern, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.  Visitation is Friday, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., and from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.. at the funeral home. (FCT'S 01-31-2007)

Orville (Tom) Hall

Age 74, of Harold, died Friday, January 26, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center.  Born November 19, 1932, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Willie and Florence Hall. He was a former mechanic in the construction business, and a member of the Church of Christ at Betsy Layne. He is survived by his wife, Rothey Evans Hall.  Other survivors include his children: Sharon Hall (Kevin),of Harold; Sanderl Hall (Bobby), Tommy Hall (Miranda), Charlotte Hall (Richard Lane), Timmy Hall (Loretta), Scottie Hall, and Tammy Clark (Christopher), all of Galveston; five brothers: Forrest Hall of Paintsville; O. C. Hall of Grethel; Phil Hall and Willie Hall Jr., of Lorain, Ohio; and Ottis Hall of Harold; two sisters: Shirley Bauer of Paramount, California; and Ruby Keathley of Betsy Layne; 14 grandchildren: Selina, Shelia, Tina, P.J., Timmy, Calvin, Anthony, Amy, Earl, Ryan, Casey, Syrvelvia, Jessica, and Wendy; and 15 great- grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Ray Hall and Oliver Hall; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Monday, January 29, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Tommy Spears officiating. Burial was in the Greenberry Hall Cemetery in Galveston, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation was at the funeral home.  (FCT'S 01-31-2007)

Hattie Jarrell

Age 79, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, January 28, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg.  Born February 23, 1927, in Endicott, she was the daughter of the late John and Virgie Burchett Fannin. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Benedict Baptist Church, in Prestonsburg. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: James E. and Brenda Jarrell of Prestonsburg; a daughter and son-in-law: Joann and Ronnie Goble of Prestonsburg; a brother, Charles Fannin of Prestons-burg; six sisters: Sarah Endicott of Homer, Michigan; Edna Faye Farmer of Marshall, Michigan; Mary Bell Rose and Alice Jarvis, both of Prestonsburg; Gypsie Jean Huff of Arkansas; and Louella Straight of Jackson, Michigan; a half-sister, Dorothy McCloud of Marshall, Michigan; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jackie Lee (Buddy) Jarrell; four brothers: Grover Fannin, Bourbon Fannin, Braxton Fannin, and Ballard Fannin; five sisters: Effie Thompson, Magaline Black-burn, Laura Jarrell, Angie Blackburn, and Wynonia Fannin; a half-brother, Perry Fannin; and two half-sisters: Ruth Jarrell and Mary Alice Fannin. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 31, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Bill Collins and Bud Crum officiating.  Burial will be in the Jarrell Family Cemetery, at Slick Rock, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 01-31-2007)

Norcie Lee Lewis Jarrell

Age 69, of Paintsville, died Sunday, January 28, 2007, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville.  Born September 15, 1937, in Endicott, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Lee and Maudie Jervis Lewis. She was a member of Auxier Freewill Baptist Church, and a retired janitor at Prestonsburg High School.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Jarrell. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law: Troy Gene and Frieda Jarrell of Flat Gap; John Henry Jarrell of Lexington; James Allen and Selena Jarrell of Staffordsville; and John Anthony and Heather Jarrell of Lexington; a daughter and son-in-law: Charlotte Jarrell and Richard Powers of Auxier; a brother, Charles Lewis of Prestonsburg; a sister, Mary Alice Goble of Prestonsburg; 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Ollie Lewis, Glenn Lewis, Richard Lewis, and Woodrow Lewis (her twin); a sister, Edna Faye Burchett; and a great-grandchild, Keith Hunter Taulbee.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 31, at 1 p.m., at the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church, with Bobby Joe Spencer, Southie Fannin Jr., and Robert Shane Powers officiating.  Burial will be in the Burchett Cemetery, Cow Creek, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation, at the church.  (FCT'S 01-31-2007)

Joe Alex Poe

Age 70, of Salyersville, died Friday, January 26, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.  Born September 23, 1936, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Ned Poe Jr., and Mary Ellen Hughes Poe. He was a general laborer for a concrete construction company. Survivors include six brothers and sisters-in-law: Bill Henry and Christine Poe of Salyersville; Leonard Edward and Francis Poe of David; Charles Gene and Vicky Poe of Prestonsburg; Johnny Bruce and Kathy Poe of North Manchester, Indiana; Isaac (Ike) and Alpha Poe of Prestonsburg; and Malcolm Poe of Claypool, Indiana; sisters and brothers-in-law: Pauline and Joner Ousley of Claypool, Indiana; Dorothy and Doug Smith of Scotts, Michigan; and Goldie and Lon Ed Shepherd of Waddy; a companion of many years, Eula Mae Ousley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 30, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Carl Hughes and Richard Shepherd officiating.  Burial was in the Fitzpatrick Cemetery, Middle Creek, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Active pallbearers: Chris Poe, Joe Poe, Larry Wells, Tommy Marsillett, Richard Mollette, Lon Ed Shepherd, Michael Ousley, and Doug Smith. (FCT'S 01-31-2007)

Nancy Jane Stephens Wallace, RN

Age, 95, died Friday, January 26, 2007, at her home in Prestonsburg.  Born in Stanton, May 14, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Swango Stephens. She was a registered nurse, retired from the Floyd County Health Department. She was one of the first public health nurses in Floyd County. She lived an active life of service to the community and region. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Prestonsburg, the Prestonsburg Woman’s Club, Adah Chapter No. 24, Order of the Eastern Star, Miriam Rebekah Lodge No. 31, Prestonsburg Homemakers, Methodist Woman's Circle, and the Floyd County Board of Health for 19 years. She is survived by a daughter, Dr. Zella Wells of Paintsville; a son, Dr. Gabriel R. Wallace of Huntsville, Alabama; a granddaughter, Dr. Pamela Jane Wallace of Huntsville, and a grandson, Jeffery Wayne Wallace of Houston, Texas; and one great-grandson, Jonathan Nelson of Huntsville. She is also survived by one sister, Callie Gambill of Catlettsburg.  She was preceded in death by Robert J. Wallace, her husband of 65 years, who died September 29, 1999; six sisters; and two brothers.  She was a devoted wife and mother, and provided nursing care to thousands of eastern Kentuckians throughout her distinguished career. In 1987, she was awarded a commendation by the U.S. Department of Health for outstanding service to the field of public health.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 30, at 1:00 p.m., at Carter Funeral Home, with Dr. Harold Dorsey and Rev. Robert Coppings officiating. Interment was at Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel. Serving as pallbearers: Brian Derickson, Bradley Derickson, Tommy Wallace, Mike McCormick, Ashland Gearheart, John D. Sammons, Ralph Davis Jr., Bob Lewandowski and “Little” Shag Branham.  Contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Arnold Ave., Prestonsburg, KY 41653. The family has entrusted arrangements to Carter Funeral Home.  (FCT'S 01-31-2007)

Ralph Akers

Age, age 61, of Teaberry, died Wednesday, January 24, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg.  Born August 6, 1945, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Vernon and Love Parsons Akers. He was a disabled coal miner. Survivors include a daughter, Shella Akers of Teaberry; a brother, Daniel Akers of Teaberry; two sisters: Vonda Lee Oney of Columbus, Ohio, and Brenda Hall of Teaberry; two grandchildren: Cody Lee and Makayla; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: David Akers, Glen Ray Akers, and Randall Akers; and two sisters: Lois Krinn and Dorothy Sue Akers. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 27, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, in Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.  Burial was in the Newsome Cemetery in Craynor, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church. (FCT'S 01-28-2007)

Lucy F. Adams Campbell

Age 70, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, January 22, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born January 19, 1937, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late John Adams and Vina Patton Hale Hatfield; and a step-father, the late Tandy Hale. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church, in Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Campbell. Survivors include two sons: Ernest Jr. Campbell (Patty) and Tandy Campbell, both of Prestonsburg; six daughters: Vina Branham (Dallas), Sandy Carroll (Gary), and Wilma Campbell, all of Prestonsburg, Brenda Bentez (Chris) of Mascot, Florida, Amy Campbell of Ashland, and Ella Campbell of Lexington; a stepson, Estill Campbell of Grethel; a sister: Edna Music of Prestonsburg; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; several step great-grandchildren; a nephew, Kenneth Music; and several other nieces and nephews. In addition to her mother, husband, and step-father, she was preceded in death by a son, Ellis Joe (Bo) Campbell; and a stepson, Bennie Campbell. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 25, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Shane Powers and Bill Marsillett officiating. Burial was in Gethsemane Gardens at Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home where church services were held Wednesday night, at 7 p.m. (FCT'S 01-28-2007)

Anna Mae Parker

Age, 88, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, formerly of Minnie, died Thursday, January 25, 2007, at her residence. Born June 12, 1918, in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late Kenton and Mima Wolfenbarger Smith. She was a retired custodian at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital; and a member of the Drift Freewill Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. C. (Lum) Parker. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Wilma Faye and Bobby Bradley of Bellefontaine, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Rita Parker of Mt. Sterling; two sisters: Mavery Kennard of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Evaleen Dotson of Warren, Michigan; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son:, Lowell Parker; a brother, Charles Boggs; and three sisters: Florence Boggs, Ida Watts, and Sebra Caudill. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 28, at 10 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Steven Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.  (FCT'S 01-28-2007)

Lloyd Ronald Blackburn

Age, 81, of Little Paint, East Point, departed this life on January 23, 2007, at his residence, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Lackey, Kentucky, May 8, 1925, the son of Joe and Sola Osborne Blackburn. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Constance Blackburn. Lloyd owned and operated the Four Sisters Meat Wholesale for 30 years before retiring in 1987. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a member of the Marines Headquarters Com-pany, 1st Marine Division, 1st Battalion, during WWII, and participated in action against the enemy at Okinawa, and in the occupation of China. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Loretta Burchett Blackburn; and four daughters: LaDonna Miller (David) and Beverly Jo Blackburn, both of Little Paint, Sheryl Jurich (Roger) of Richmond, and Connie Miller (Mark) of Prestonsburg.  He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Kimberly Jurich Jeansonne, Michael Lloyd Lyons, David Todd Miller, Elizabeth Lyons Ellis, Jody Burton Shepherd, Dara Jurich Stepp, Kate Miller Shutts, Tara Miller Elliott, Mark Joseph Miller, and Stephen Nicholas Jurich; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services were conducted Thursday, January 25, at 11 a.m., in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bob Coppings officiating. Visitation began Wednesday, January 24, at 5 p.m., and interment was made in the Joe Blackburn Cemetery, at Little Paint, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Markey Cancer Center Foundation, 800 Rose Street, 00160, Lexington, Ky. 40536. Grandsons and grandsons-in-law served as pallbearers. Military graveside services were conducted by the Big Sandy Chapter No. 18 DAV. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home. (FCT'S 01-26-2007)

Frederick Allen James

Frederick Allen James was born August 14, 1927, the third child of Ballard and Ginevra Williams James of Prestonsburg. One older brother, Billie James, died in his infancy. One older sister, Mary Irene James, died in 1976. Upon graduation from Prestonsburg High School, Fred attended the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University. He eventually volunteered for service in the United States Navy, where he served his country during WW II, stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Shangraliah. After the war, he returned to Prestonsburg, and began his career with Southern Bell Telephone, where he retired after 33 years of service. He married Ruth Hall, and began his family in 1949, in Prestonsburg. He served in numerous community programs. While a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Prestonsburg, he was a deacon, and a beloved youth leader. He was a member of Zebulon Masonic Lodge where his father had served previously; his mother having served as worthy matron of the Eastern Star. He was President of the Communication Workers of America. He was a member of the Floyd County Rescue Squad, a leader of Boy Scout Troop No. 21, and a little league football coach, a member of the Bell South Pioneers, and also a member of the James Younger Gang Society. He married Sue Milam in 1972, and resided in Prestonsburg, continuing his career with Southern Bell. He married Joy Leatrice Jones in 1980. He became a member of the Floyd County and the Big Sandy Historical and Genealogy Societies in his later years. He is survived by four children: Freddy Allen James II, of Prestonsburg, Mary Ann James and Emily Abbott James Anderson, both of Frankfort, and William Matthew James of Virgie; and two stepchildren: Peggy Turner of Salt Lake, City, Utah, and Brent McCormick of Inez; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Frederick passed away, January 18, 2007. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 20, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Vicki Poole, Phillip Haywood, and Allen James, officiating. Military services were conducted by Big Sandy Chapter No. 18 DAV. Contributions are requested to the Floyd County Historical and Genealogy Society, 113 S. Central Ave., Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653. Pallbearers: Johnny Heinze, Earl Castle, Shorty Copley, Larry Lyons, Jimmy Blackburn, Charlie Tackett, Bill Callihan, Jimmy Goble, Brent McCormick, David Games, Danny Hamilton, Allen James, and Brett James. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home. (FCT'S 01-26-2007)

Ronald Ray Shepherd

Age, 52, of Hippo, died Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at his residence. Born May 16, 1954, in Paintsville, he was the son of Josceaylen Rowland Shepherd, and the late William H. Shepherd. He was a disabled coal miner. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother and sister-in-law: James L. and Bessie Shepherd of Prestonsburg; two nephews: Thomas J. Shepherd and Paul Sizemore; and several aunts and uncles. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Michael L. Shepherd. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 26, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Ronald Spriggs and Isaac Rowland officiating. Burial will be in the Ashland Shepherd Cemetery, in David, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.  (FCT'S 01-26-2007)

Barbara Ann Akers

Age 56, of Dana, wife of Bobby Curtis Akers, passed away Monday, January 22, 2007, at her residence. She was born June 24, 1950, in Martin, the daughter of Rubin Stephens of Prestonsburg, and the late Mary Caudill Stephens. She was a clerk for Columbia Gas. Survivors include her husband and father; two sons, Bobby Curtis Akers II, of Dwale, and Ronald Brent Akers of Paintsville; three brothers: Danny C. Stephens of Martin, Teddy Tom Stephens of Prestonsburg, and Bobby Caudill of Cynthiana; a sister, Nancy Meade of Dwale; and a grandson, John David Akers of Paintsville. Funeral services for Barbara Ann Akers will be conducted Thursday, January 25, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin. Burial will follow in the Akers Cemetery, in Dana, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 01-24-2007)


Lillie Mae Davidson

Age, 68, of Wolcottville, Indiana, died Monday, January 22, 2007, at 9:31 a.m., at her residence. Born November 2, 1938, in Hazard, she was the daughter of Dovie (McDaniel) Collins of Martin. She had lived in Wolcottville, Indiana, since 1972, and came from Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a disabled factory worker. She enjoyed her roses and doing crafts, and enjoyed the holidays, especially Christmas. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and John Saylor of Wolcottville, Indiana; her sons: Vincent and Cassy Davidson Jr. of Avilla, Indiana; four sisters: Jean Martin, Pamela Sue McCoy, and Shirley Hicks, all of Kentucky, and Mae Fern LaFonda of Cincinnati, Ohio; three brothers: Lonnie Collins and Albert Collins, both of Kentucky, and Jimmy Collins of Ligonier; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Madison Collins; one sister, Krilda Mae Collins; four brothers: Craig Collins, Teddy Collins, Carlos Collins, and Curt Sizemore. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 25, at 11 a.m., at the Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, with Glenn Patrick officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery, in Wolcottville, under the direction of Young Family Funeral Home. Casketbearers: Vincent Davidson Jr., William Davis, Dwayne Slone, John Saylor, Brent Davidson, and Donald Friar. Visitation was at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at youngfamilyfh@sbcglobal.net  (FCT'S 01-24-2007)

Artie “Doll” Epley

Age, 75, of Mooresville, Indiana, formerly of Cow Creek, died Saturday, January 20, 2007, at her residence. Born November 8, 1931, on Cow Creek, she was the daughter of the late James Goble and Beulah Jane (Sexton) Goble. She had resided in Mooresville, Indiana, since 1964. She was an assembly line worker for Automotive Armature in Mooresville, Indiana for 11 years. She was a member of the Clearview Community Chapel, in Mooresville, Indiana. She is survived by her three sons: Wornald Slone of Auxier, Clarence Slone of Mooresville, Indiana, and Lonnie Slone of Battleground, Indiana; two brothers: Eddie Goble of Kendallville, Indiana, and Don Goble of Warsaw, Indiana; three sisters: Avo Burkheart of Warsaw, Indiana, Burdell Morgan of Kendallville, Indiana, and Clara Irene Slone of Prestonsburg; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Sanford Slone; and a brother, Delman Goble. Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, January 24, at Jones Family Mortuary, in Mooresville, Indiana, with Robby Lundy and Jimmy Parsons officiating. Burial will be in the Mooresville Cemetery, in Mooresville, Indiana, under the direction of Jones Family Mortuary, Mooresville. Visitation is 11-noon, Wednesday, January 24, (before the noon funeral service) at Jones Family Mortuary. Website: www.jonesfamilymortuary.com  (FCT'S 01-24-2007)

Barbara Marie Labugen

Age 82, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, January 22, 2007, at the Prestonsburg Health Care. Born January 6, 1925, in Endicott, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Mary Jane Jervis. She was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred Labugen. Survivors include a son, Claude L. Kendrick of Prestonsburg; a brother Maryland Jervis of Endicott; two grandchildren: Sharon Walls and Myra Kendrick; three great-grandchildren; Joshua Walls, Kendrick Powell, and Gregory Powell. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 25, at 2 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Nathan Lafferty and B. J. Crider officiating. Burial will be in the Jervis Cemetery, in Endicott, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Elizabeth (Bobby) Sadler

The memorial service for Elizabeth (Bobby) Sadler, 90, of Prestonsburg, mother of Linda Francis, will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to FUMC, 256 N. Arnold Ave., or Jenny Wiley Theatre, P.O. Box 22, Prestonsburg, KY 41653.

Ethel Woods

Age 90, of Melvin, died Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born October 11, 1916, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Manford and Laura May Dixon. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church, in Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Georgie Woods. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Patricia and Virgil Tackett of Weeksbury; two brothers: Carl Dixon of Flatwoods, and Paul Dixon of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren: Barry Tackett of Frankfort, Kevin Tackett (Teresa) of Lawrenceburg, Roger Tackett (Karen) of Weeksbury, and Beth Tackett (Barry) of Wheelwright; and six great-grandchildren: Kristopher, Keturah, Samantha, Cameron, Wesley, and Brooke. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Glenn Dixon and Billy Dixon; and four sisters: Ruth Stratton, Lora Casebolt, Mabel Wiley, and Virginia Ambrose. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 13, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Louis Ferrari, John Allen, and Jake Tackett officiating. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home, with nightly services at 7 p.m. Active pallbearers: Barry L. Tackett, Kevin Tackett, Roger Tackett, Kris Tackett, Wesley Tackett, Barry K. Tackett, Cameron Tackett, and Josh Compton. (FCT'S 01-24-2007)
 

Jessie Gibson

Age 80, of La Grange, died Tuesday, January 16, 2007, at Oak Tree Hospital, at Baptist Northeast, in La Grange. Born February 9, 1926, in Perry County, she was the daughter of the late James C. and Ruthina Ritchie Stamper. She was a homemaker and a member of the Southern Baptist Church, in La Grange. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Gibson. Survivors include a son, Thomas Lynn Gibson of Pikeville; three daughters: Joyce Marie Gunnell of Morehead, Pamela Sue Keibler of La Grange, and Annette Howard of Pippa Passes; two sisters: Exilee Hill of Morehead, and Martha Combs of New Richmond, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren In addition to her parents; and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Tom Stamper, James Stamper, Claude Stamper, and Jack Stamper; and a sister, Marie Campbell. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 20, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Randy Osborne and Larry Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson Cemetery, on Gibson Branch Road, in Raven, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 01-19-2007)


Ruby Jewel Howell

Age, age 72, of McDowell, died Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born November 14, 1934, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of Rebecca Hobson Elliott of McDowell, and the late Wilburn Elliott. She was a former school bus driver for the Floyd County Board of Educaton; and a member of the Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church, at Price. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Homer Howell. Other survivors include three sons: Jeffery Howell (Brenda) of Hi Hat, and Alan Howell (Lucy) and Gregory Howell (Sharon), all of McDowell; two daughters: Merrial Lynn Slone of McDowell, and Glenda May (Mike) of Martin; five brothers: Cloyd Elliott of Price, Teddy Elliott of McDowell, Benny Elliott of Plymouth, Ohio, George Elliott of New London, Ohio, and Eugene Elliott of Hueysville; six sisters: Wanda Sue Thornsberry of Sea Breeze, Florida, Doris Ray Stover of Greenwich, Ohio, Rosemary Fulton of Willard, Ohio, Brenda Montgomery of Argylitte, and Janice Hopkins and Joy Hall, both of McDowell; grandchildren: Jenny Slone, Shannon Slone, Brent Slone, Jessica Howell, Kyle Howell, Alice Hall, Chris Hall, Erica Howell, Ashley Howell, Ryan Howell and Shane Poynter; and great-grandchildren: Dalton Price, Savanna Price, Summer Slone, Hannah Lafferty, and Alan Michael May. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wilburn Elliott Jr.; and a great-grandchild, Skylar Slone. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 19, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrims Rest Old Regular Baptist Church in Price, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Lucy Hall Cemetery in McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church, where nightly services were held at 6:30 p.m. (FCT'S 01-19-2007)

Violet Muncy Roberts

Age, 80, of Pikeville, passed away Monday, January 15, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. She was born January 30, 1926, in Louisa, Lawrence County, the second daughter of Wade H. Muncy and Esta Jane Prince Muncy. She graduated from Daviess County High School and Kentucky Wesleyan College. After college, she was a social worker for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It was during this time she met and married Oliver M. Roberts on December 24, 1947. Violet was recruited to teach the Head Start pilot program in Pike County, an educational opportunity which proved to be a great success. Violet loved her family. She worked with her husband in the development and expansion of natural gas resources in this area through the Oliver Roberts Drilling Company. She was an active member of the First Christian Church, Pikeville. Her husband, Oliver M. Roberts, preceded her in death. She is survived by four sons: Dr. Oliver W. Roberts of Florida, and Robert S. Roberts, Howard V. Roberts, and Randall L. Roberts, all of Pikeville; five grandchildren: Lane Roberts Jones, Prewitt Roberts, Chad Roberts, Nicholas Roberts, and Thomas Roberts; and one brother, Wade Muncy. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 19, at 11 a.m., at the First Christian Church, Pikeville, with Rev. Dr. Mickey Anders officiating. Burial will follow in the family cemetery, at Paintsville, under the direction of J. W. Call Funeral Home, Pikeville. Visitation was Thursday, January 18, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the First Christian Church, or to Pikeville College. The guestbook may be signed at: www.jwcallfuneralhome.com (FCT'S 01-19-2007)

Edward R. “Eddie” Stratton

Age, 46, of Johannesburg, Michi-gan, formerly of Ypsilanti, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 6, 2007. He was born April 13, 1960, in Prestonsburg, the son of Eugene and Juanita (Webb) Stratton. On May 13, 1989, he married Marie McCoy, and she survives. He was employed by General Motors for 27 years, retiring in July of 2006. He was a member of the Lewiston Moose Lodge No. 2495, and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. In addition to his wife, survivors include his mother, Juanita Stratton; two daughters: Desiree Gray and Christina Stratton; a stepson, Jonathan McCoy; two sisters: Linda Burchett and Lena Mae Brown; two brothers: Freddie and Danny Stratton; and several other relatives. The funeral service was held at 7 p.m., Monday, January 8, at Stark Funeral Service Moore Memorial Chapel, where the family received friends from 6 p.m., until time of service. (FCT'S 01-19-2007)

Eula Dean Little Frazier

Age 71, of Price, died Sunday, January 7, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg.  Born April 7, 1935, in Knott County, she was the daughter of the late Estill and Bertha Mullins Little. She was a retired nurse at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.  She is survived by her husband, Glenn O. Frazier.  Other survivors include a brother, Alvin Dale Little of Hi Hat; three sisters: Edna Carol Lawson (Teddy) of Nancy, Linda Faye Lockhart of Proctorville, Ohio, and Glenda Gaye Dawson (Danny) of Hi Hat; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alton Leo Little; and two sisters: Wanda Jean Gilliam and Janet Ruth Scheiderich.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 9, at 11 a.m., at the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church in Hi Hat, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.  Burial was in the Frazier Family Cemetery in Price, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  Visitation was Sunday, January 7, at 6 p.m., at the funeral home, and Monday, January 8, at 11 a.m., at the church.  (FCT'S 01-10-2007)

Cecelia L. Parks

Age 55, of Prestonsburg, wife of Darrel Parks, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2007, at her residence. She was born August 7, 1951, in Pikeville, the daughter of Rosemary Kendrick Hall of Louisville, and the late Glennis I. Hall.  She was a Securities Broker, employed by Calton and Associates, Inc.  Survivors, in addition to her mother and husband, include a brother, Glenn Robert Hall of Louisville; four sisters: Debra Lynn Engle of Richmond, Laura Nelson of Concord, New Hampshire, Lisa Hansen of Amherst, New Hampshire, and Beth Kludt of Miamisburg, Ohio; and five nieces, and five nephews.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 6, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Karl Hanson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Gethsemane Gardens, in Prestonsburg, with Hall Funeral Home caring for those arrangements.  Visitation is at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Glenn Robert Hall, Adrian Engle, Bill Kludt, Kennie Carpenter, Eric Hall, and Jack Kendrick Jr. Honorary: Ron Cooley, Buzz Allen, Kenny Hall, and Lowell (Buddy) Hall. (FCT'S 01-05-2007)

Dareld Smith

Age 72, of 1879 Ixora Drive Melbourne, Florida, died Tuesday, January 2, 2007, at 12:00 a.m., at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.  He was born on July 12, 1934 in Floyd County, the son of the late Virgil and Rena (Slone) Smith.  On October 2, 1964, he married Billie Marie Freeman and she survives. Also surviving are: his mother, of Allen; and three daughters: Dani Smith of Lexington; Damita “Mimi” (Donald) Wright of Melbourne, Florida, Debra Hughes of Findlay, Ohio; and four brothers: Doug and Dingus Smith both of Allen; David Smith of Maytown; Donald Smith of St. Mary’s, Ohio; one sister, Delores (Delano) Conn of Allen.  Dareld was anticipating his first grandchild to be born in February. A brother, Daniel preceded him in death.  Dareld was a former disc jockey at WPRT radio station in Prestonsburg. He graduated from the University of Findlay with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He retired from Triplett Corporation in Bluffton as the Manager of Engineering in 1996. Dareld was a ham radio operator with call letters W8JIQ and as a hobby, he enjoyed woodworking, making furniture and building room additions. Services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at  Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, with Pastor Ken Willis officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, OH. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to www.coldrencrates.com.  (FCT'S 01-05-2007)
 

June Dillon Collins

Age, 85, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, in Martin. Born December 9, 1921, in Sugar Loaf, she was the daughter of the late Lee Dillon and Celia Merritt Dillion. She was a homemaker.  In 1958, she was a Pioneer to Women, entering the Forestry Service by being the first woman employed as a forestry warden.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Mont Collins, who died September 23, 1995.  Survivors include a daughter, Waveline C. Combs of Pierceton, Indiana; a son, Raymond Collins Sr., of Prestonsburg; two sisters: Dean Fairchild and Gladys Dillon, both of Prestonsburg; a brother, William Lee Dillon of Prestonsburg; and 10 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by three sisters: Mae Dillon Hale, Newtreen Dillon, and Birdie Dillon; and two brothers: Dallas Dillon and Sam Dillon.   Funeral services were held Friday, December 29, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Lonnie Bradley and Robert Evans officiating.  Interment was in Collins Memorial Cemetery, in Prestonsburg.  The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home.   (FCT'S 01-03-2007)

Denver Hall

Age, 65, of Hi Hat, died Friday, December 29, 2006, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare.  Born November 19, 1941, in Kite, he was the son of the late Dewey and Gladys Hall. He was owner of Hi Hat Trucking.  He is survived by his wife, Peggy Bryant Hall.  Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Anthony Wayne and Anita Hall of Drift; a daughter and son-in-law: Tracy Lynn and Joe Marson of Hi Hat; two brothers: Shannon Hall of Orange City, Florida, and Dennis Hall of Detroit, Michigan; three sisters: Docie Hall of Kite, Sally Mae Sturgill of Dema, and Virginia Amburgey of Chicago, Illinois; four grandchildren: Amber, Jay, Dorsa, and Brandon; and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held Sunday, December 31, at noon, at the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church in Hi Hat, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.  Burial was in the Boyd Cemetery in Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.  Visitation was at the church   (FCT'S 01-03-2007)

Sadie Sturgill Hunter

Age 71, of Martin, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2006, in the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. She was born February 24, 1935, in Martin, a daughter of the late Crawford and Nora Mae Risner Sturgill.  She was a retired clerk for the Methodist Mountain Mission, and a member of the Graceway United Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Hunter.  In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Joy Ousley; and brothers: Bill Sturgill, Clephis Sturgill, Adam Sturgill; and a sister, Freda Lawson.  Survivors include, a son, Ron Hunter of Martin; three daughters: Darlene Hughes, Debbie Hunter, and Trudy Little, all of Martin; two brothers: Hasadore Sturgill of Titusville, Florida, and Joe Sturgill of Lima, Ohio; a sister, Dona Pannell of Louisa; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Sunday, December 31, at 2:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Roy Harlow and Joe Coleman officiating.  Burial was in the Justice Cemetery in Martin, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home.  Pallbearers: Larry Hodge, Dave Slone, Sam Hughes, Wesley Case, Chris Hunter, Carl Little, Terry Derossett, James Clay, Rick Ellis, Estill Reed, and Bill Hughes.   (FCT'S 01-03-2007)

Mary E. Johnson

Age 79, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, December 29, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg.  Born January 11, 1927, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Ivory A. and Elsie Collins Smiley. She was a retired waitress; and attended the Baptist Church.  Survivors include a son, Kenneth Smiley of Flatwoods; a daughter, Carlene Muncy of Prestonsburg; a sister: Phyllis A. Boyd of Plaino, Texas; four grandchildren: Lisa, Angie, Kenneth, and Kevin; and a great-grandson, Cameron.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Abe Smiley, and two sisters: Helen Smiley Holbrook, and Waleda Smiley.  Funeral services were held Sunday, December 31, at 2 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Tom Blackburn officiating.  Burial was in the Akers Cemetery, in Dana, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation was at the funeral home.  Pallbearers were: Kevin Smiley, Jason Roberts, Gary Holbrook, Rodney Holbrook, P. J. Holbrook, Chris Goble, Matt Carr, and Nick McCoy.  Honorary pallbearers: Kenneth D. Smiley, Clyde N. Boyd, Keith Bentley, Harry McCoy, Donald Boyd, and Phil Boyd.   (FCT'S 01-03-2007)

Mae Mann

Age, 71, of Albion, Michigan, passed away Friday, December 29, 2006, at Foote Hospital, in Jackson.  She was born May 16, 1935, in Printer, the daughter of the late Johnnie and Liddie (Sammons) Conn.  On October 22, 1956, she married Orban Mann. Bishop Rev. Orban L. Mann preceded her in death on November 29, 2002.  She worked for Hall Brothers Funeral Home, in Martin, at one time. For 49 years she belonged to Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Albion, serving as Mother of the Church. She enjoyed singing, shopping, helping others, and spending family time with her grandchildren.  She will be sadly missed by her daughters: Clarie (John) Music, Liddie (James) Nelson and Rosella (Marty) Aldridge, all of Marshall; her sons: Orban Daryl (Maria) Mann of Marshall, and James Henry (Karen) Mann, and Delmer (Nancy Howard) Mann, all of Albion; her sisters: Mary Conn and Gracie Kilburn, both of Martin, Pearl Sammons of Salisbury, and Verlie Sammons of Wabash, Indiana; a brother, Harley Conn of Salisbury; 31 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Willie, Berlie, Doug, and an infant brother, Johnnie Jr.; and two sisters: Melster Maggard and Ticker Conn.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 3, at 1 p.m., at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, Michigan, with Reverends Marvin Morgan and Kenneth Dalton officiating.  Visitation was Tuesday, January 2, at Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Albion, from 2-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 6 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, Albion, Michigan.   (FCT'S 01-03-2007)

Juanita C. Reid

Age 76, of Newnan, Georgia, formerly of Prestonsburg, passed away Friday, December 29, 2006, at the Newnan Hosptial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Newnan, Georgia.  She was born February 16, 1930, in Melvin, the daughter of the late Jack Caudill and Deliah Gibson Caudill. She was a registered nurse.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Reid.  Survivors include two daughters: Deborah Reid of Newnan, Georgia, and Linda Vanover of Griffin, Georgia; a grandson, Jonathan Roy Vanover of Paintsville; two sisters: Edith Hannah of Peachtree City, Georgia, and Flora Caudill of Arkansas.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Caudill.  Funeral services for Juanita C. Reid will be conducted Wednesday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with Jake Tackett and John Allen officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mayo Cemetery, in Prestonsburg, with the Hall Funeral Home caring for those arrangements.  Visitation, at the funeral home.   (FCT'S 01-03-2007)

Delbert Wicker

Age 60, of Ligonier, Indiana, formerly of Floyd County, died Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at Parkview Hospital, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Born September 15, 1946, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Joe and Viola Bolen Wicker. He was a retired factory worker for Silgan Plastics.  Survivors include two sisters: Rhoda Mosley of Ligonier, Indiana, and Irene Watkins of Lackey.  In addition to his parents, he was a preceded in death by a brother, Mart Wicker.  Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, at 11 a.m., at the Rock Fork Regular Baptist Church in Garrett, with Willie Collins officiating.  Burial was in the G. W. Bolen Cemetery in Garrett, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  Visitation was at the church.   (FCT'S 01-03-2007)