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As reported in the Floyd County Times dated

July 2, 1999

Dorsie Simons

Age 68, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, July 1, 1999, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born September 8, 1930, at Martin, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Luditha Samons Stephenson. She was a former restaurant worker at Murphy's in Gary, Indiana, and a member of the Praise Assembly of God at Water Gap. Survivors include one son, Edgar R. Simons of Gary, Indiana; two daughters, Betty Lou Sweeney of Elkhorn City, and Freida Vaughan of Allen; two sisters, Alta B. Price of Allen and Rosa Lee Campbell of Prestonsburg; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 3, at 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. J. M. Sloce officiating. Burial will be in Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

 

July 4, 1999

Yvonne Wells Reatherford

Age 63, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, July 2, 1999, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg. Born May 2, 1936 at Auxier, she was the daughter of the late Sherman and Emma Goble Wells. She was a nurse's aide at Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Prestonsburg and a member of the Lancer Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Reathefford. Survivors include one daughter, Kathy L. Tackett of Prestonsburg; one brother, Raymond Wells of Paintsville; two sisters, Sue Webb and Anna Mae Garrett, both of Prestonsburg; one grandson and one great-grandson. Funeral services were Saturday, July 3, at 3 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, with Tom Biddle and Lee Caudill officiating. Burial was in Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

July 7, 1999

Mary Ailene Wiley Hall

Age 75, of Garrett, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at UK Medical Center, Lexington, following an extended illness. Born March 9, 1924 at Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Susie Daniels Wiley. She was a member of the Garrett Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Hall. Survivors include two sons, James Hall and Robert "Bo" Hall, both of Garrett; one brother, Avery Wiley of Prestonsburg; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 8, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Donald Bragg, Denver Meade and Harold Damron officiating. Burial will be in the Tom Martin Cemetery at Baptist Bottom, Garrett.

Helen Marie Roberts Estepp

Age 67, of Lexington, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Hospice Care Center. A native of Prestonsburg, she was the d/o the late Lee and Inis Hall Roberts. She was a member of the Southern Acres Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, George E. Estepp; one son, Michael Edward Estepp of Nicholasville; one daughter, Kathy Marie Marcum of Lexington; one brother, Roy Roberts of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Lois Jean Kennel of Indian Lakes, Ohio, and Mary Lou Kennard of Springboro, Ohio; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, Funeral services were Monday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at the Jones- Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville, with Rev. Wally Rendel officiating. Burial was in the Highland Memorial Park.

Wade Oliver Burchett

Age 76, of Paintsville, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Born March 27, 1923 in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Tom and Rebecca Burchett. He was a school teacher for 30 years, and a member of the V. F. W. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Lois Hooper Burchett; one daughter, Laura Burchett Link of Paintsville; nine brothers and sisters, Clyde Burchett, Geraldine Sisco, Ray Burchett, Virginia Wallace, Gayle Burchett, and Blanche Cox, all of Prestonsburg, Tommie Richardson of Columbia, Georgia, Andrew J. Burchett of Lucasville, Ohio, and Bernard Burchett of Lebanon, Tennessee. Funeral services were Monday, July 5, at 11 a.m., at the First Christian Church at Paintsville, with Bill Underwood officiating. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery at Staffordsville.

Kenneth Bailey

Age 78, of Louisville, formerly of Hindman, died Friday, July 2, 1999, at Jewish Hospital, Louisville. Born November 3, 1920 at Hindman, he was the son of the late Taulby and Hattie Cody Bailey. He was a retired self-employed construction worker. Survivors include his wife, Goldie Bolen Bailey; one son, Kenneth Ray Bailey Jr.; three brothers, Jack Bailey of Hindman, George Bailey of Columbus, Ohio, and Woodrow Bailey of Louisville; 'two sisters, Phyllis Rose Combs of Hindman, and Martha Jane Ault of Northville, Michigan. Funeral services were Monday, July 5, at 10 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with clergy- man Thomas Caudill officiating. Burial was in the Bolen Cemetery at Garrett.

Mary Maxine Clifton

Age 61, of Pikeville. died Saturday, July 3, 1999. Born October 13, 1937, in Little Rock, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Jody Howard and Helen Jane Stinson Fuwell. She was the wife of Marion Rubel Clifton. Survivors include five sons, Danny Clifton of Pikeville, Larry Clifton and Jackie Clifton, both of Feds Creek, Jimmy Clifton of Myra, and Ruben Clifton of Virgie; three daughters, Belva Blevins of Tram, Mary Bentley of Myra, and Diana Miller of Virgie; one brother, James Fuwell of Missouri; 16 grandchildren, four great-grand- children and three step-great- grandchildren. Burial was m the Newsome Branch Cemetery at Virgie.

Roy Hamilton

Age 70, of Stamping Ground, died Thursday, June 10, 1999, at Dover Manor Nursing Home. A native of Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late John N. and Viola Stephens Hamilton. He was a retired Montgomery Ward employee, and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Boykin Hamilton; one son, Lloyd Hamilton of Stamping Ground; one sister, Vivian Hale of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Alex Hamilton of Frankfort and Don Hamilton of Seattle, Washington; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, June 13, at 2 p.m., at the Johnson Funeral Home in Georgetown, with Rev. Lowell Coots officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery at Stamping Ground. 

Thomas William Salisbury

Age 30, of Ivel, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at his residence. Born June 11, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Herbert Salisbury of Wheelwright, and Lorene Patton Salisbury of Ivel. He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Bessie Patton of Manton; two brothers, Billy Edwin Salisbury of Lancer, and John Lawrence Salisbury of lvel; one sister, Tammy Vance of Ivel; one half- brother, Herbert Gene Salisbury; and two half-sisters, Diane Hall of Prestonsburg, and Loretta Ferrell of Manton. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 8, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with clergyman Sam Knox officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Ben Crace

Age 71, of Prestonsburg, died July 3, 1999, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extend- ed illness. Born October 18, 1927, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Josie Blair Crace. He was a disabled laborer. Survivors include his wife, ,Sarah Elizabeth Rose Crace; five sons, Dallas Crate, William Crace and Joe Crace, all of Prestonsburg, and Ricky Crace and Charlie Crace, both of Paintsville; four daughters, Martha P. Falstead, Violet "Bonnie" Blevins and Polly Nolan, all of Prestonsburg, and Rosemary Stephens of West Liberty; three brothers, Paul Crace of Wabash, Indiana, Red Bill. Crace of Prestonsburg, and Jason Crace of David; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three step- grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 6, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Elder Van West, Elder Richard Crisp, and Elder Jimmy Brown officiating. Burial was in the Elliott Cemetery at Dwale.

July 11, 1999

Roger Lee Tackett

Age 41, of Grethel, died Friday, July 9, 1999, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, following injuries received in a work- related incident. Born August 4, 1957, at Grethel, he was the son of Margaret "Frankie" Tackett of Grethel, and the late Millard Tackett. He was employed as a Foreman for the Black Diamond Construction Company. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Linda Gay Kidd Tackett; two daughters, Ginger Lea Tackett of Georgetown, and Latasha Leah Tackett of Grethel; three brothers, M. L. Tackett, E. L. Tackett and Eddie Tackett, all of Grethel; four sisters, Patsy Newsome of Vermilion, Ohio, Nan Osborne of Paintsville, Frona Hall of Galveston and Patty McKinney of Louisville. Funeral services will be Monday, July 12, at the Pilgrim Home Regular Baptist Church, at Grethel, with the Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Tackett Family Cemetery at Grethel.

Estill "Al" Crace Jr.

Age 58, of Allen, died Friday, July 7, 1999, at H. R. M. C., Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born December 24, 1940 in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Estill Crace and Edna Adams Crace. He was a disabled truck driver and a member of the Garrett First Baptist Church. Survivors include three sons, Gregory Scott Crace of Martin, and Geoffery Todd Crace and Estill Chad Crace, both of Allen; one daughter, Gina Michelle Diskey of Allen; two brothers, Dennie Ray Crace of Allen and Billy Joe Crace of Martin; four sisters, Linda Lou Bentley, Judy Kidd, Patricia Blackburn and Rita Blackburn, all of Allen; and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sunday, July 11, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Randy Osborne and Larry Adams officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

July 14, 1999

Zella Conaway Coleman

Age 71, of Haysi, Virginia, died Sunday, July 11, 1999. A native of Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late James Walter and Canzaty Deel Yates. She was a member of Russell Prater Old Regular Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William Harrison Conaway. Survivors include her husband, Albert Coleman; daughter, Pearlie Fay Coleman of Fredricksburg, Virginia; sons, John Russell Conaway of Clintwood and Ronnie Lee Conaway of Haysi; brother, Nubern Yates of Haysi; sisters, Emalene Looney of Harmon; Ethel Hagerman of Kendallville, Indiana; and Darlene Hicks of Wolcottville, Indiana; three granddaughters and four grandsons. Funeral 'services will be con- ducted Wednesday, July 14, at 11 a.m., at Russell Prater Church on Greenbrier, with elders Russell Hicks, Lloyd Brown, Freelin Yates, and Danny Yates. Burial will be in the Conaway Cemetery, at Haysi.

Mary Elizabeth Ward Evans

Age 79, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. She was born February 2, 1920, at Inez, the daughter of the late George Washington and Wilkie White Ward. She was a retired secretary with the State of Ohio and member of the First United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg. Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Ashley Evans White of Raleigh, North Carolina; one brother, Arthur Ward of Raleigh, North Carolina and a sister, Kathryn Kohler of Richmond, Virginia. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 17, at 10 a.m., in the First United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg, with the Rev. Wayne Sayre and Rev. Jerry John officiating. All arrangements are under the direction of the Floyd Funeral Home of Prestonsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Red Bird Missionary Conference, c/o Rev. James Morris, 6 Queendale Center, Beverly, KY 40913.

Pearlie Isaac

Age 73, of Thelma, died Sunday, July 11, 1999, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville, following an extended illness. Born on September 16, 1925, in Hall, Knott County, she was the daughter of the late Perry and Lina Johnson Isaac. Survivors include two sons, Johnny Isaac of North Webster, Indiana, Junior Issac of Pierceton, Indiana; two daughters, Hattie Hamilton of Paintsville, Irene Wilcox of Ohio; four brothers, Sylvester Isaac, Alien Isaac, Harm Isaac, and Roosevelt Isaac, all of Ohio; four sisters, Anna Howard, Nannie Ewing, Gloria Jean Korn, all of Ohio, and Virginia Horsley, of Georgia; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be con- ducted Thursday, July 15, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church at Bevinsville, with the ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Dave Burke Cemetery in Bevinsville,

Jearley Ann Isaac

Age 46, of McDowell, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at UK Medical Center, Lexington, following an extended illness. Born on October 12, 1952, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Archie and Myrtle Hill Moore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Isaac. Survivors include one daughter, Claudette Smith of East Point; one brother, LerOy Moore of Montrose, Michigan; four sisters, Dorothy Henson of Wheelwright, Barbara Branham of Clio, Michigan; Ann Russe of Maryland and Judy Climer of Alamo, Tennessee. Funeral services will be conduct- ed Wednesday, July 14, at 11 a.m., at the Upper Burton Free Pentecostal Church of God at Bypro, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery at Bevinsville.

Troy Collins Jr.

Age 15, of Plymouth, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, in Plymouth, Ohio, as a result of an auto accident. He was employed part-time at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Willard, Ohio. Survivors include his parents, Troy and Sally Collins, formerly of Prestonsburg; one sister, Sabrina Dials of Willard, Ohio; and maternal grandmother, Burieta Greathouse, formerly of Auxier. Funeral services were held at the Little Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church in Plymouth, Ohio. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio.

Joyce P. Stephens

 Joyce Parker Stephens, 61, of Pikeville, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Friday, July 9, 1999, after a long illness. She was born May 18, 1938, at McDowell, the daughter of Kathleen Parker of Prestonsburg and the late Willie B. Parker. She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Burchett of Prestonsburg and Melissa Staggs of Pikeville; one son, Robert Staggs of Pikeville; two sisters, Peggy Hereford of Prestonsburg and Betty Parker of Nashville, Tennessee; one brother, Sidney Parker of Prestonsburg; one stepson, John Mark Stephens of Prestonsburg; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Stephens. She was manager of Bravo's of Lexington for several years. A private memorial service for family members and friends will be held Saturday, July 17, at the Lucas and Hall Funeral Home in Pikeville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Pike County, Pikeville, or to the Prestonsburg High School Library.

Estill "Al" Crace Jr. 

Age 58, of Allen, died Friday, July 7, 1999, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born December 24, 1940 in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Estill Crace and Edna Adams Crace. He was a disabled truck driver and a member of the Garrett First Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons, Gregory Scott Crace of Martin, and Geoffrey Todd Crace, Billy Ray Jarvis and Chad Estill Crace, all of Allen; one daughter, Gina Michelle Diskey of Allen; two brothers, Dennie Ray Crace of Allen and Billy Joe Crace of Martin; four sisters, Linda Lou Bentley, Judy Kidd, Patricia Blackburn and Rita Blackburn, all of Allen; and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, July 11, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Randy Osborne and Larry Adams officiating. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

July 16, 1999

Nora Brown

Age 94, of Litchfield, Michigan, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at the Litchfield Nursing Center. She was born September 2, 1904 in Floyd County, the daughter of Milford and Lacreaty Hughes Turner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morrison Brown. She is survived by two daughters, Billie Conley of Albion, Michigan, and Nadean Joseph of Prestonsburg; one sister, Una Moore of Garrett; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Friday, July 16, at 1 p.m. at Albion Memory Gardens with Rev. Clyde Wonders officiating. Arrangements are under direction of George White Funeral Home, Litchfield, Michigan.

Manis Risner

Age 84, of Martin, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg. He was born March 29, 1915, at Risner, the son of the late Lee Risner and Mousie Bradley Risner. He was a retired coal miner, a World War II Army Veteran and a member of the DAV. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Clarence Risner of Prestonsburg, and Mauls Risner Jr. of Lackey; two daughters, Sianna Risner and Peggy Stephens, both of Martin; one step-daughter, Loretta Ousley of Martin; one brother, Mclntire Risner of Martin; three sisters, Josie Ousley of Martin, Erie Tussey of David, and Lorraine Fickert of Ohio; 12 grand- children and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be con- ducted Saturday, July 17, at 3 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with Jason Lowery, Garland Lacy, Wayne Butch, and Vernon Slone officiating. Burial will be in the Risner Cemetery, Martin.

Ashland Gearheart

Age 90, of Town Branch, in Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at the Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Prestonsburg. He was born September 16, 1908, at Water Gap, the son of the late David and Anna Banks Gearheart. He was .a retired employee with the State of Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his wife, Flara Bell Sizemore Gearheart. Survivors include one son, Ashland Gearheart }r. of Prestonsburg; two grandsons and one granddaughter. Funeral services will be con- ducted Friday, July 16, at l p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Garrett officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg. 

Fletcher Gayheart Sr.

Age 80, of Eastern, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999, at his residence. He was born April 26, 1919, in Northern, the son of the late Jones Artie Gayheart and Bernie Osborne Gayhean. He was a retired foreman for the Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company, a World War II, Airforce, Veteran, A member of the VFW, and a Kentucky Colonel. He is survived by his wife, Delcie Ann Napier Gayhean. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Fletcher Gayheart Jr. of Eastern; two daughters, Ruby Pernot Nadziejko of Centralia, Illinois, Rhoda Lanman of Louisville; one brother, Ray E. Gayheart of Louisville; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be con- ducted Saturday, July 17, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with the clergy- man, Manford Fannin officiating. Burial will be in the Osborne Cemetery in Eastern.

Mary Collins Daniels

Age 82, of Trenton, Michigan, formerly of Minnie, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at the Seaway Hospital in Trenton Michigan. She was born October 21, 1916, in Minnie, the daughter of the late Casell Collins and Judy Howell Collins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Daniels. Survivors include one son, Ted Daniels of Alpena, Michigan; one daughter, Judy Aiken of Woodhaven, Michigan; three brothers, Preston Collins of Martin, Ed Collins of Shelby, Ohio, John Collins of Hollywood, Florida; two sisters, Vemie Messinger of Martin, --Adetta Machowicz of Pembroke Pines, Florida; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be con- ducted Saturday, July 17, at 3 p.m., at the Lucy Hall Cemetery at McDowell.

Carrie Banks

Age  91, of Ecorse, Michigan, died July 8, 1999. Survivors include her children, Lois Orr, Brenda Banks and Harrison Banks; brothers and sisters, Roy, Joseph Jr., James R. and Mattie Gibson, Audrey Marshall, Ethel Kruger and Nell Hadewood; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Ballheim Funeral Home in Ecorse, Michigan. Burial was in Michigan Memorial Park.

July 18, 1999

Sue Collins

Age 39, of Hueysville, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, following an extended illness. Born March 12, 1960, at Martin, she was the daughter of Essie Handshoe Terry of Hueysville and the late Will Terry. She was a disabled certified nurse's aid. She was a member of the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son, William Collins of Richmond; two brothers, Homer Terry and Gomer Terry, both of Hueysville; three sisters, Katie Green and Betty Handshoe, both of Hueysville, and Susan Cram of Martin; one grandchild and one step-grandson. Funeral services will be Monday, July 19, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Wayne Stephens, James A. Morris and Clarence Combs officiating. Burial will be in the Will Terry Cemetery at Hueysville.

Willie Slone

Age 78, of Wheelwright, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at .his residence, following an extended illness. Born January 18, 1921 in Knott County, he was the son of the late Marrell and Nancy Jane Slone. He was a retired coal miner, a member of the UMWA Local No. 5899 at Wheelwright and Little Rock Regular Baptist Church at Bevinsville. Survivors include his wife, Mae Sparkman Slone; two sons, David Slone of Wheelwright and Willie Slone Jr. of Melvin; five daughters, Janivie Hall, Geraldine Johnson and Emogene Engle, all of Wheelwright, Christine Johnson of Melvin and Ruby Johnson of McDowell; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday, July 19, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rock Regular Baptist Church at Bevinsville, with the ministers of the Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Wheelwright, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Martin Luther (Luke) Vaughan

Age 72, a former Floyd County resident, died July 15, 1999 at his home in Hemando Beach, Florida. He was a 1945 graduate of Prestonsburg High School and a 1951 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He retired in 1987 from. the General Electric Company. Born March 26, 1927, he was the son of Orbie Vaughan of Prestonsburg, and the late Dove Vaughan. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Patricia Trivette Vaughan of Hernando Beach, Florida; his son, Kirby Vaughn of Purcellville, Virginia; his daughter, Tricia Watts of Sarasota, Florida; his brothers, John Vaughan of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Ronald Vaughan of South Salem, Ohio, and Joe L. Vaughan of Lexington; and two grandsons. Burial services will be at Palms Memorial Park in Sarasota, Florida on July 19 at 10 a.m. A memorial service will be held at Community United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg on July 21 at 10 a.m.

July 21, 1999

Esther Mae Goodman

Age 86, of Martin, died Friday, July 16, 1999, at her residence. She was born June 28, 1913, in Martin, the daughter of the late James Harrison Hunter and Ella Jane Hughes Hunter. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Keener Goodman. She is survived by one son, Willie Goodman of Martin; three daughters, Ethel Halbert of Marshall, Michigan, Bonnie Bishop of Lacy, Michigan, Bobbie Johnson of Hager Hill; two brothers, Robert Phillip Hunter and James Harrison Hunter Jr., both of Jackson, Michigan; one sister, Lucinda Ellis Kidd of Martin; 21 grandchildren and 36 great-grand- children. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 19, at 3 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Elders Pete Grigsby Jr., and William Hughes officiating. Burial was in the Stephens Cemetery, Spurlock Fork, Prestonsburg.

Dewey Slone

Age 77, of Topmost, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, following an extended illness. Born on March 19, 1922, in Pippa Passes, he was the son of the late Noah and Cora Slone.  Survivors include six sons, James Robert Slone of Harrodsburg, Clinton Slone of Topmost, Arnold Slone of New London, Ohio, Dewey Allen Slone of Kite, Daniel Goble of Topmost, Raymond Caudill of Willard, Ohio; three daughters, Hazel Hall of Lexington, Hattie Counts of Strongsville, Ohio, Phyllis Neace of Nicholasville; two sisters, Luna Slone of Lexington, Ellen Caudill of Rogersville, Tennessee; 20 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 20, at 11 a.m., at the Mt. Olive Old Regular Baptist Church in Pippa Passes, with Kelly Slone, Butt Ratliff and Buck Turtle officiating. Burial was in the Jimmy Slone Cemetery in Pippa Passes.

Jarvey Davis

Age 78, of Albion, Michigan, died Sunday, July 18, 1999, at the Foote Hospital in Jackson, Michigan, of a brief ill- ness. Born June 15, 1921, in Knott County, he was the son of Lee Davis and Elvina Caudill. He is survived by his wife, Mendia Mullins Davis. Other survivors include three sons, Marcus C. Davis of Albion, Michigan, William Davis, of Springport, Michigan, and Jessie J. Davis of Albion, Michigan; five daughters, Margie Hall of Hi Hat, Deloris Stepp of Albion, Michigan, Emmaline Mullins of 'Hi Hat, Melvina Price and Connie Reska, both of Homer, Michigan; .one brother, Merlin Hall of Hi Hat; 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand- child. Funeral services will be con- ducted Wednesday, July 21, at the Little Polly Church in Michigan. Burial will be made at the Riverside Cemetery in Albion, Michigan.

Willard H. Combs

Age 86, formerly of Wayland, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at his home in Fairborn, Ohio where he had been a long time resident. Born July 7, 1912 in Litt Carr, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Susan "Mullins" Combs. He was a U. S. Army veteran, serving in the European Theatre during World War II, Survivors include his wife, Shirley Allen Combs; two sons, Mitchell Combs and Steve Combs, both of Waynesville, Ohio; one sister, Matreva Bentley; one brother, Harry Franklin Combs; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, July 2, at the Burcham Funeral Home, Fairborn, Ohio, by Rev. Tooney Easterling and Paul V. Allen. Burial was at Valley View Memorial Gardens in Dayton, Ohio.

Will Hamilton

Age 59, of Beaver, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born June 15, 1940, he was the son of the late Ervin Hamilton and Lillie Mae Tackett Hamilton. He was a retired coal miner. Survivors include his wife, Pearl Hall Hamilton; one son, Will "Stevie" Hamilton of Beaver; a daughter, Tina Lynn Caudill of Beaver; three brothers, Ray Hamilton of Beaver, Ervin Hamilton Jr. of Lexington, and Paul Eugene Hamilton of Danville, four sisters, Elizabeth Henson of Ivel, Geneva June Hall. Eva June Vance, and Verdie Mae Hamilton, all of Beaver and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 19, at 11 a.m. at the Samaria Regular Baptist Church at Teaberry, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton Family Cemetery at Beaver.

Hurschell D. Spears

Age 85, of Coal Grove, Ohio, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, in Kings Daughters' Medical Center Ashland. He was born September 18, 1913, in River, the son of the late Everett and Sonoma Daniels Spears. He retired in 1975, as an oven operator for Dayton Malleable Iron Co., with 32 years service. He had been a member of the River, United Baptist Church since 1930, and attended River schools. He had lived in the Ironton, Ohio, area since 1943. His wife, Madge Gambill Spears, preceded him in death. He is survived by/bur children: Madge D. Black of Coal Grove; Iranell Adams of South Point; John E. Spears of Columbus, 04 Janet McCarty of Ashland; 13 grandchildren, I8 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 20, at 1 p.m. at the River United Baptist Church with Elder Londis Meek and Elder John Sparks officiating. Burial was in River Church Cemetery.

Earla Wicker Gibson

 Age 92, of Langley, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, in Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, following a short illness. She was born April 17, 1907, in Knott County, the daughter of the late Marion Wicker and Lina Hayes Wicker. She was a member of the Bethel Regular Baptist Church, Langley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Gibson. She is survived by one son, Theodore R. Gibson of Nicholasville; one daughter, Wanda Lee Reed of Lexington, 5 grand- children and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 20, at 11 a.m., at the Bethel Regular Baptist Church at Langley, with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Henry Durham Napier III

Henry Durham Napier, III, 35, of Martin, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at Martin, following an accident. Born off August 2, 1963, in Martin, he was the son of Henry D. Napier II, of Pineville, and Judith Martin LeMaster, of Springfield, Ohio. He was an employee of G&G Concrete Co., in Martin. Survivors include his wife, Mona Crum Napier; one son, Henry Brennan Napier of Martin; one daughter, Brittany Leann Napier of Martin; maternal grand- mother, Maureen Ratliff Martin, of Martin; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Slusher Napier of Pikeville; and one sister, Susan LeMaster, of Springfield, Ohio. Funeral services will be con- ducted Thursday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Church .of Christ ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Crum Cemetery at Martin.

Andrew Dewayne Dotson

Age 23, of Akron, ,Indiana, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at the Kosciusko Community Hospital, in Warsaw, Indiana, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born December 6, 1975, in Warsaw, Indiana, the son of Charlene Dotson, and was later adopted by Ida Robinson Dotson, of Akron, Indiana, and .the late Andrew T. Dotson. He had lived most of his life in the Silver Lake and Akron areas of Indiana.  He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Ann Shepherd Dotson. Other survivors include three daughters, Amber Yohe of South Whitley, Indiana, Darian Dotson and Hannah Dotson, both at home; birth mother, Charlene Slone of Claypool, Indiana; three half-sisters, Tiffany Robinson, and Kesha Robinson, both of Prestonsburg; Shawna Slone of Claypool, Indiana; one half brother, Dustin Slone of Claypool, Indiana; and maternal grandmother, Evelyn Bender of Tippecanoe, Indiana. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 22, at the Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God in Silver Lake, Indiana, with Rev. Frank Whitaker and Rev. Ralph Dotson officiating. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery at Claypool, Indiana.

July 23, 1999

Harry H. Ranier

Age 62, of Davidson, North Carolina, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, from an apparent heart attack. Born February 25, 1937, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of Phyllis Ranier of Prestonsburg and the late Harry B. Ranier. He once ran a successful thoroughbred business, and was known nationally for his contributions to auto racing. He was owner of racing cars that won back-to-back Daytona 500 races, which were driven by former NASCAR driver Cale Yarborough. He was former owner of the largest independent coal mining operations in Kentucky in 1977, and he made a success out of hors- es, selling them for millions of dollars. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Juda Combs Ranier; two sons, Harry Alan Ranier of Prestonsburg, and Lorin Ranier of Davidson, North Carolina; one stepson, Rick Morgan of Charleston, West Virginia; two daughters, Lea Ranier of Lexington and Toni Kay Edwards of Bowling Green; eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg, with Rev. Wayne Sayer and Rev. Bill Baird officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, July 24, from 5-9 p.m., at Carter Funeral Home, Prestonsburg. Burial will be in the Ranier Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

Baby Hall

Infant child of Charlie Hall and Teresa Smith, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Survivors, other than the parents, include one brother, Brandon Smith of Elkhorn Creek; one sister, Ashley Smith of Elkhorn Creek; the paternal grandparents, Charles and Betty Hall of Harold, and the maternal grandparents, Harold and Mae Smith of Virginia. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, July 21, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rachel Regular Baptist Church in Galveston, with Jason Lowery, Red Alley, Squire Hamilton, Ed Kidd and Jack Akers officiating. Burial was in the Hall Family Cemetery, Galveston

Donald Rodney Amburgy

Age 39, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, following an extended illness. Born on February 6, 1960, in Xenia, Ohio, he was the son of Ezra Amburgy of Prestonsburg, and the late Mary Louise King Amburgy. He was a disabled factory worker. Survivors, other than his father, include his stepmother, Juanita Vance Amburgy; two brothers, Terry Lee Amburgy of Prestonsburg, Bradwick Lawrence Amburgy of Clayton, Alabama; two stepbrothers, Jimmy Garten and William Garten, both of Prestonsburg; two stepsisters, Cindy Akers of Glendale, and Patricia Vance of Prestonsburg. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Artie Amburgy of Bypro, and his maternal grandfather, Estill King of Missouri. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, July 23, at 2 p.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church at Bypro, with Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville

July 25, 1999

Michael Belcher

Age 45, of Harold, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Laurel Regional Hospital in Laurel, Maryland, following an extended illness. Born September 26, 1953, in Logan, West Virginia, he was the son of Lassie McKinney Belcher of Galveston and the late George Belcher. He was a disabled factory work- er. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his maternal grand- mother, Mae Hall of Galveston; and two brothers, Fred Savage of Betsy Layne, and Edward Savage of Berwin, Illinois. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 27, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel

Christopher Stephen Schaefer

Age 35, of Grosse Point Woods, Michigan, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on April 17, 1964, in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Robert and Euka Brown Schaefer of Grosse Point Woods, Michigan. He was a member of Our Lady of Queen Parrish, Michigan, where he served as an usher. Survivors include one brother, Robert C. Schaefer Jr., of Shelly Township, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 24, at 1 p.m.. at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Father John Moriarty officiating. Burial was in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Prestonsburg

Beatrice Stidham Ritchie

Age 68, of Wayland, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on March 20, 1931, in Wayland, she was the daughter of the late Hiram and Rose Hicks Stidham. She was a member of the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church at Minnie. She is survived by her husband, Edward Ritchie of Wayland. Other survivors include two sons, Clarence Ray Ritchie, Eddie Dean Ritchie, both of Wayland; two step-sons, Gary Hall and Dallas Hall, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter,, Edna May Ritchie of Prestonsburg; one step- daughter, Julia Newland of Marion, Ohio; one brother, Howard Stidham of Wayland; five grand- children and two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church at Minnie, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Rose Stidham Cemetery at Wayland

Todd William Noah Gayheart

Age 35, of Dexter, Ohio, formerly of McDowell, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Hillsboro, following an automobile accident. Born on October 1, 1966, in Shelby, Ohio, he was the son of Billy Gayheart of McDowell, and Kathryn Halbert Frasure of Dexter, Ohio. He was a disabled coal miner and a member of the First Baptist Church of McDowell. Survivors, other than his parents, include his paternal grand- mother, Edna Gayheart of Dayton, Ohio; and maternal grandmother, Kizzie Justice Halbert of McDowell; two sons, Todd M. Gayheart and Kevin Gregory Gayheart, both of Arkansas Creek, Martin; one daughter, Kathryn Marie Gayheart of Arkansas Creek. Martin; one brother. Bobby Gayheart of Dexter, Ohio; three half-brothers, Thomas Gayheart, Everett Jim Gayheart, both of McDowell; Billy Jr. Gayheart of Nicholasville; and one-half sister, Teresa Frasure of McDowell. Funeral services will be con- ducted Sunday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, McDowell, with. ministers of Old Regular Baptist Church and Harry Hargus officiating. Burial will be in the Greenbury Hall Cemetery at McDowell

July 28, 1999

Artie Francis Conley

Age 70, of rural Edon, Ohio, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at the home of her daughter after an extended illness. She was a maid at Potawatomi Inn in Angola, Indiana, and retired in 1996. She was a former Hardin County resident. She was born October 26, 1928, in Floyd County, the daughter of Joe Earlin and Julie Ann Justice Reffitt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Conley. She is survived by three daughters, Rose L. Winebernner of Edon, Ohio, Linda L. Stantz of Edom Ohio, Mindy M. Forrester of Pioneer, Ohio; one sister, Peachie Pitts of David, and a half brother, Henry Reffitt of Dunkirk, Ohio; and a granddaughter, Lorinda S. Patten of Montpelier, Ohio, whom she had raised since 1969. Also surviving are nine other grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Edon Cemetery in Edon, Ohio.

Woodrow Hoover

Age 75, of Topmost, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, following an extended illness. Born on May 8, 1924, in Langley, he was the son of the late Melvin and Louise Wireman Hoover. He was a retired strip miner. He is survived by his wife, Ima Lee Hall Hoover. Other survivors include two sons, Johnny Lee Hall and Woodrow Charles Hoover, both of Topmost; one daughter, Brenda Lee Turner of Garrett; one sister, Thelma Martin of Michigan and one grandchild. Funeral services will be con- ducted Thursday, July 29, at 2 p.m., at the Stone Coal Regular Baptist Church at Garrett, with regular Baptist ministers officiating. Visitation will be at the church. Burial will be in the Joe Hall Cemetery at Topmost

Edith Henson Meade

Age 65, of Auxier, formerly of Martin, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at the West Liberty Appalachian Regional Hospital in West Liberty, following a long illness. She was born January 29, 1934, in Ligon, the daughter of the late John Henson and Mary Caudill Henson. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Printer Meade. Survivors include three sons, Dennis Henson of Hueysville, Benjamin Meade and Steve Meade, both of Prestonsburg; three daughters, Mary Scott of Martin, Sondra Woods of Auxier, Sheila Lafferty of Malone, 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be con- ducted Wednesday, July 28, at 10 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman Clinton "Bubby" Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Henson Cemetery at Ligon

Devan Earl Ray Walker

Age 14 days old, of Langley, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, following a sudden illness. Born on July 11, 1999, in Pikeville, he was the son of Earl Walker and Misty Jackson of Langley. Survivors include his paternal grandmother, Braska Schenck and Earl Wayne Walker of Dwale; paternal great-grandmother, Marie Wallen Thompson of Ashland; maternal grandmother and grandfather Harriet Ann Jackson of Langley, Millard Ray Jackson of West Liberty; maternal great- grandmother, Norma Jean Patton of Langley; four brothers, Sean Douglas Perkins of Maytown, Christopher Lee Walker of Wheelwright, Odis Daniel Walker and Timothy Mark Walker, both of McDowell. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 27, at 1 p.m. at the Rock Fork Regular Baptist Church at Garrett, with Earl Slone, Ierry Manns and John Potter officiating. Burial was in the Jackson Cemetery on Rock Fork at Garrett

July 30, 1999

Joe Patton Jr.

Age 74, of Arkansas. Martin, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, following an extended illness. Born on July 24, 1925, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Joe Patton Sr. and Toni Reynolds Patton. He was a retired Columbia Gas employee. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Hawkins Patton. Survivors include three sons, Willie Patton of Quicksand, Knott County, Kenneth Patton and Sherwood Patton, both of Martin; five daughters, Gedric Sammons, Francis Patton, and Freda Crum, all of Martin, Lynn Jones of Prestonsburg, and Carol Ramey of Hueysville; one sister, Becky Murphy of Langley; 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be con- ducted Saturday, July 31, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Roy Robinson and Ronnie Samons officiating. Burial will be in the P.D. Allen Cemetery at Warco

Ousley Shepherd Haywood

Age 71, of Martin, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born May 15, 1928, in Bull Creek, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Tiny Crisp Ousley. She was a member of the Benedict Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Shepherd. Survivors include one son, Bill Douglas Shepherd of Prestonsburg; two daughters, Mary Smith of Martin, Tammy Morrison of Endicott; one brother, Curt Ousley of Martin; three sisters, Lottie Bailey of Jackson, Michigan, Florence Utley of Osteen, Florida, and Gladys Hoover of Savannah, Georgia; and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be con- ducted Friday, July 30, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, with Gordon Fitch officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

 Quentin Blair

Age 74, of Phelps, died Monday, July 26, 1999, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital in South Williamson. He was born January 21, 1925 in Hurley, Virginia, the son of the late Malen and Louise Lester Blain He was a retired miner of Island Creek Coal Company, a member of the United Mine Workers of America, a member of Thomas DeVenny Lodge No. 928, F&AM, of Freeburn, and a member of El Hasa Shrine. He was of the Pentecostal faith. Survivors include one son, Larry Blair of Jamboree; one step-son, Roderick Hipps of Freeburn; two daughters, Janet Vazquez of Hopewell, Virginia, and Judy B. Wright of Kimper; two brothers, James Monroe Blair of Tazewell, Virginia, William Malen Blair of Fayetteville, North Carolina; three sisters, Edith Lester of Cincinnati, Ohio, Katherine Justice of Hurley, , Virginia, and Alka Baler of Tazewell, Virginia; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be Friday, July 30, at noon, at the R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home, Phelps, with Michael Ashby and Dewitt Furrow officiating. Burial will be in the Mountain Valley Cemetery in Big Rock, Virginia, under the direction of R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home.