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As reported in the Floyd County Times dated

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Artie T. Amburgey

Age 89, of Bypro, widow of Lawrence Amburgey, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born June 27, 1913, at Kite, in Knott County, the daughter of the late Will and Alice Slone Thornsberry. She was a homemaker and a long-time member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. She is survived by five sons, Ezra Amburgey of Prestonsburg, James C. Amburgey of Hazel Green, Alabama, Marvin Amburgey of Pineville, Kenneth Amburgey of Searcy, Arkansas, and David Amburgey of Prestonsburg; five daughters, Loretta Keibler of Warren, Michigan, Emma Jean Amburgey of Elizabethtown, Marcella Amburgey and Shirlene Skaggs, both of Brandenburg, and Judith Ann Amburgey of Bypro; one sister, Ruth Huff of Bevinsville; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four sons, Willis Lee, Curtis Ray, Danny, and Franklin D. Amburgey. Funeral services for Mrs. Amburgey were conducted Monday, July 22, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery at Bevinsville, with the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, caring for those arrangements. Serving as pallbearers: Richard Amburgey, Terry Amburgey, Kenneth Amburgey Jr., Larry Elder, Michael Elder, and Billy Keibler. Honorary pallbearers: Jamie Amburgey, Christopher Skaggs, and Brandon and Ian Amburgey.

Elizabeth Howell Hale

Age, 84, of Harold, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital. She was born August 16, 1917, the daughter of the late Levi and Dollie Martin Howell of Big Mud Creek. She had three brothers, Edgar Howell of Marion, Ohio, Archie Howell of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Cecil Howell, (deceased) of Michigan. She was the wife of the late Glen Hale. Together they owned and operated the Harold Hardware Store in Harold, and were members of the Harold Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by sons, Mattison (Buck) Hale, Jack and Kane Hale. She is survived by four children, Clara Friar of Allen, Bessie Maynard of Harold, Larry Hale of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Glenda Layne of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In addition, she is survived by her daughters-in-law, Joyceleen Crider Hale, Jean Reynolds Hale, Janalyn George Hale and Lisa Layne Hale; and sons-in-law, Jack Friar, Eugene Maynard, and Porter Layne. Lizzie and Glen had 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 31, at 1 p.m., at the Harold Church of Christ. Burial will follow at the Hale Cemetery, at Harold, under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg. Visitation, at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Alderman, Barry Boyd, Byron Coburn, Archie Howell Jr., Buddy Howell, Greg Roberts, Teddy Ray Tackett, and Larry Woods.

Lona Elliott Martin

Age 83, of Warsaw, Indiana, formerly of McDowell, wife of the late Vernon Martin, passed away Friday, July 26, 2002, in the Cambridge House Nursing Home, Warsaw, Indiana. She was born August 31, 1918, in McDowell, the daughter of the late Francis Elliott and Darkie Alley Elliott. She was a member of the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, at McDowell, since 1968. She is survived by one daughter, Katherine Case of Warsaw, Indiana; two brothers, Andrew Elliott of Eustis, Florida, and Francis Elliott Jr., of McDowell; four sisters, Leona Mitchell and Lucy Schmittou, both of Lincoln Park, Michigan, Oma Moore of Taylor, Michigan, and Hazel Nickols of Punta Gorda, Florida; and one grandson, Jeremy Case. Funeral services for Lona Elliott Martin were conducted Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m., in the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, at McDowell, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Martin Family Cemetery at Eastern, with the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, caring for those arrangements. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Jeffrey F. Case, Onus Mitchell, Kenny Libra, Danny Case, Jeffrey L. Case, Ralph Manuel, Kenny Elliott, and Tommy Martin. Honorary: Francis Elliott Jr., John W. Mitchell, and Clovis Lawson.

Robert Carl Evans

Age, 86, of McKnight Terrace, Middletown, Ohio, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at the Middletown Hospital. Born December 8, 1915, in Swissville, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Carl Evans and Ona Glenn Evans. He was a sales representative for Brenneman’s, a member of the Methodist Church, the American Legion, and a W.W. II U.S. Army veteran, serving in Newfoundland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Spradlin Evans on May 28, 1996. Survivors include one daughter, Donna E. Short of West Chester, Ohio; one son, Robert Clark Evans of Hanover, Indiana; one sister, Laurie Hodson of Clear Brook, Virginia; two brothers, Richard Evans of Onley, Virginia, and David Donald Evans of Hampton, Virginia; three grandchildren, Scott Evans, Michael Evans, and Eric Christopher Evans. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 31, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. George Love officiating. Interment will be in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. Memorial contributions suggested to Butler County, Ohio, Humane Association, or to P.A.W.S.

Eugene Akers

Age 58, of Harold, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2002, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington. He was born September 24, 1943, in Grethel, the son of the late Carl Akers and Laura Akers. He was a retired construction worker and coal miner, and a member of Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 110 at Flat Rock, Michigan. Survivors include three brothers, Hugh W. Akers of Grethel, Carlos D. Akers of Dana, and Lowell Keigh Akers of Harold; one sister, Janet Sue Spears of South Point, Ohio, and his fiancée, Kathy Addington. Funeral services for Eugene Akers will be conducted Wednesday, July 31, at 11 a.m., at the Pilgrim Home Regular Baptist Church, Grethel, with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Lee Alley Cemetery, Grethel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home. Nightly services were held at 7 p.m. Pallbearers: Brian Akers, Devon Akers, Craig Akers, Jody Akers, Duane Spears, Adam Tackett, Brenton Akers, and Tracy Neece. Honorary: Roy Kinney.

Esther May Yates Hall Lawson

Age 79, of Harold, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2002, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington. She was born June 2, 1923, the daughter of the late Andrew Yates and Maggie Moore Yates. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ, at Harold. Survivors include four sons, Jerry Hall of Pocatello, Idaho, Carl Hall Jr., Philip Hall and Kenny Hall, all of Monroe, Michigan; six daughters, Carolyn Christian of Jackson, Michigan, Patricia Underwood of Linwood, North Carolina, Kathy Emery of Twin Falls, Idaho, Pamela Detone of Dearborn, Michigan, Joy Dunlap of Chubbuck, Idaho, Linda Greer of Harold; one sister, Kathrine Meade of Printer, 33 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Hall, and her second husband, J.R. Lawson. Funeral services for Esther Lawson were conducted Tuesday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, with Clergyman Elbert “Red” Lawson officiating. Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello, Idaho, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.

Burnis Moore

Age 78, of Monticello, formerly of Melvin, was born on September 6, 1923, in Coburn, Virginia, the son of the late Arbin B. and Ruby Mccoy Moore. He departed this life on Sunday, July 28, 2002, at the Wayne County Hospital in Monticello, following an extended illness. He was married to Alberta Thomas Moore, who survives. He was a retired coal miner. He was a member of the local union 5899 at Wheelwright. He was a World War II veteran and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 128 at Garrett. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Wheelwright Masonic Lodge No. 889, and a member of the Olieka Shrine, and a member of the Eastern Star No. 477 at Wheelwright. He is survived by two daughters, Berniece Stumbo and Faye Ditto Miller, both of Monticello; two sisters, Virgie Puckett of Urban, Ohio, and Barbara Sue Crawford of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister, George William Moore and Dorothy Hamilton. There are two grandsons, Kevin Wayne Roberts and Anthony Bernard Roberts; one granddaughter, Fabrina Renee Ditto; three great-grandchildren, Courtney Lynn Roberts, Travis Kyle Roberts and Chad Andrew Roberts, all of Monticello. There is a host of many other relatives and friends who will mourn his passing. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 31, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Louie Ferrari and John and Orville Burke officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Raymond Hamilton

Age, 82, of Grethel, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born May 25, 1920, in Teaberry, he was the son of the late John and Betty Hall Hamilton. He was a disabled coal miner. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rhoda Tackett Hamilton and by his second wife, Flora Tackett Hamilton. Survivors include three sons, Butler Hamilton, and Andy Hamilton, both of Grethel, and Tivis Hamilton of Stanville; two daughters, Betty Hamilton of Bellevue, Ohio, and Bonnie Akers of Galveston; one sister, Lilly Slush of Pikeville; 23 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Charlie Hamilton, Wilburn Hamilton, Garfield Hamilton, Butler Hamilton, and Emmitt Hamilton; three sisters, Margaret Smith, Polly Frasure, and Della Hamilton; four grandchildren, Corina Tackett, Tivis Jr. Hamilton, Glenda Hamilton, and James Hamilton. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 30, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Frank Hamilton Cemetery, Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Active pallbearers: Jonathan Hamilton, Jesse Hamilton, Woody Hamilton, (B.J.) Butler Jr. Hamilton, and Stacy Akers.

Ruth Vivian Stanley Whitmer

Age, 77, of Prestonsburg, died at her home on Tuesday, July 30, 2002. She was a retired registered nurse. She was a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, and served during the Korean War. She worked for Prestonsburg General Hospital and Appalachian Regional Hospital before moving to Tennessee, to work in public health. She is survived by one son, Michael L. Whitmer; one grandson, Michael Whitmer, and one sister, June Capelli of Lebanon, Virginia. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. No services or visitation will be held. Arrangements are being handled by Hall Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Friday, July 26, 2002

Joe Martin

Age 78, of Hueysville, husband of the late Tilda Ellis Martin, passed away, Thursday, July 24, 2002, at the Prestonsburg Health Care. He was born January 18, 1924, in Floyd County, the son of the late Millard Martin and Della Sexton Martin. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Stone Coal Regular Baptist Church, at Garrett. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Kim Martin of Cape Coral, Florida; two grandchildren, James E. Martin Jr., and Joe Martin II, and a half-brother, Zeb Martin of Tennessee. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Edward Martin. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Murl Prater

Age 74, of Hueysville, widower of Katherine Cooley Prater, died Saturday, July 13, at his residence. He was born December 28, 1927, in Hueysville, a son of the late Jackson and Lula Prater. He was a retired coal miner who worked for Inco Coal Co. Survivors include two sons, Bruce Prater and Daryl Prater, both of Hueysville; seven brothers, Arnold Prater, Henry Prater and Robert Prater, all of Hueysville, Mitch Prater of Langley, Clarence Prater and Rhodes Prater, both of Prestons-burg, and Burl Prater of Indiana; two sisters, Katheleen and Martha Prater, both of Indiana; and two grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Shawn Prater. Funeral services for Murl Prater were conducted Tuesday, July 16, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Paul Rice and Jerry Manns officiating. Burial was in the Cooley Cemetery, Hueysville, with the Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements. Pallbearers: Steve Cooley, Greg Colley, George Ousley, and Rick Prater.

Herbert Hoover Hall

Age, 69, of Teaberry, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at his residence. Born November 24, 1932, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Alex and Rebecca (Becky) Jones Hall. He is survived by his wife, Vina Holbrook Hall. Other survivors include three sons, Daril Hall of Pierceton, Indiana, Alexander Hall and Herbert Hall II, both of Teaberry; two daughters, Reba Akers and Missy Hall, both of Teaberry; one brother, Bill A. Hall of Teaberry, and one sister, Bessie Blankenship of Teaberry; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Harold Hall and Herbert Dale Hall; one daughter, Beulah Mae Hall; two brothers, Frank Hall and Charlie Hall; and two sisters, Nancy Isaac and Betty Hall. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m., at Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church at Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Hollybush Cemetery at Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was Thursday, July 25, at the church.

Monique Mierzejewski Frasure

Monique Mierzejewski Frasure, 56, of Lexington, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born April 14, 1946, in Chalons S/Marne France, she was the daughter of the late Wlaidlas and Marie Vichrek Mierzejewski. She attended the Freewill Baptist Church, and was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Gary Frasure. Other survivors include two sons, Gerald V. Frasure of Prestonsburg, and Christopher Frasure of Glasgow; one daughter, Karen L. Frasure of Lexington; two brothers, Daniel Mierzejewski and Michele Mierzejewski, both of Chalons S/Marne, France; two sisters, Jeanine Pol of Chalons S/Marne, France, and Irene Simon of Nice, France; and one grandson, Lucas Scott Frasure. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four sisters, Nicole Mierzejewski; Edith Durl; Denise Keverlet; and Susanne Lombart. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 25, at 2 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Bill Campbell and Don Neeley officiating. Burial was in the Frasure Family Cemetery, Left Fork of Abbott at Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Whelen Pitts

Age 71, of Martin, passed away Monday, July 22, 2002, in the Riverview Health Care, Prestonsburg. He was born June 9, 1931, in Risner, the son of the late Joe M. Pitts and Polly Elizabeth Poe Pitts. He was a farmer. Survivors include one brother, Shade Pitts. In addtion to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Newberry and Wheeler Pitts. Funeral services for Whelen Pitts will be conducted Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Ernest Sword officiating. Burial will follow in the James Pitts Family Cemetery, Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home, where church services were held, 7 p.m., Tuesday.

Ronald E. (Whitey) Wills

Age, 55, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Saturday, July 20, 2002, in Pike County, Ky., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born March 15, 1947, in Water Gap, Ky., he was the son of the late Hiram and Billie Walker Wills. He was a bulldozer operator for Greer Brothers; a member of the DAV Chapter No. 128 at Auxier; and was a Vietnam veteran. Survivors include one son, Ronald E. Wills Jr. of Miamisburg, Oh.; three brothers, Kenneth Wills of Prestonsburg, Ky., Randall Wills of Martin, Ky., and William Dean Wills of Prestonsburg, Ky.; four sisters, Dee Ann Blair of Prestonsburg, Ky., Cheryl Hurley of Speedwell, Tenn., Tammy Hamilton of Middlesboro, Ky., and Ruth Coker of Virginia; and one grandson, Ronal Justin Wills. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Bill Campbell and Steve Hazelett officiating. Burial will be in the Goble Cemetery, at Auxier, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Artie T. Amburgey

Age 89, of Bypro, widow of Lawrence Amburgey, died Wednesday, July 18, 2002, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born June 27, 1913, at Kite, in Knott County, the daughter of the late Will and Alice Slone Thornsberry. She was a homemaker. She is survived by five sons, Ezra Amburgey of Prestonsburg, James C. Amburgey of Hazel Green, Alabama, Marvin Amburgey of Pineville, Kenneth Amburgey of Searcy, Arkansas, and David Amburgey of Prestonsburg; five daughters, Loretta Keibler of Warren, Michigan, Emma Jean Amburgey of Elizabethtown, Marcella Amburgey and Shirley Skaggs, both of Brandenburg, and Judith Ann Amburgey of Bypro; one sister, Ruth Huff of Bevinsville; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four sons, Willis Lee, Curtis Ray, Danny, and Franklin D. Amburgey. Funeral services for Mrs. Amburgey were conducted Monday, July 22, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery at Bevinsville, with the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, caring for those arrangements. Serving as pallbearers: Richard Amburgey, Terry Amburgey, Kenneth Amburgey, Larry Elders, Mike Elders, and Billy Keibler. Honorary pallbearers: Jamie Amburgey, Christopher Skaggs, and Brandon and Ian Amburgey.

William Hite Martin Jr.

Age 66, of Prestonsburg, husband of the late Joyce Slone Martin, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at this residence. He was born December 28, 1935, in Garrett, the son of the late William Hite Martin and Nora Stephens Martin. He was a retired Kentucky/West Virginia Gas Company employee. Survivors include a daughter, Tiffanie Martin of London; one step-daughter, Janie Chalafoux of San Pierre, Indiana; one step-son, Kenny Messer of San Pierre, Indiana; one brother, Robert O. Martin of Russell; one grandchild, Ryan Day of London; five step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services for William Hite Martin Jr., were conducted Saturday, July 20, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Burial was in the I. B. Slone Cemetery, Hindman, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Aaron DeRossett, Lester Jones, Lowell Conley, Jack “Red” Stephens, John Rosenberg and Bob Burchett. Honorary pallbearers: Russell Rice, Grover Collins, Jimmy Kilburn, LaMarr Slone, Ralph Slone, Charles Slone, Clyde Stephens and David Lee Chaffins.

Betty Allen Frances

Age 77, a former Floyd County resident, passed away June 29, 2002, at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park, Florida, after a long bout with cancer. Born March 22, 1925, at Lackey, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Helen Hart Allen of Garrett, and the granddaughter of the late Rev. Green B. and Eliza Patton Allen. Betty was a graduate of Garrett High School. She moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1973, from Dayton, Ohio. Her husband, Oscar L. Frances, preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, William Randall of Duneden, Florida; several nieces and nephews; a host of cousins, including Gloria M. Osborne of Melbourne, Florida; and many devoted friends. A graveside memorial service was held Monday, July 15, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Florida— National Cremation Society, Clearwater, Florida.

Barbara Caudill

Age 64, of Beaver, wife of Arthur Caudill, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, in the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born January 23, 1938, in Beaver; a daughter of the late Tom and Fannie Hall Tackett. She was a homemaker and a member of the Samaria Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Kenneth Ray Caudill (Tina Lynn) and Arthur Caudill Jr., both of Beaver; one daughter, Angela Caudill Gilley (Randy) of Beaver; three brothers, Georgie Tackett, Clifford Tackett, and Hatler Tackett, all of Beaver; three sisters, Carolyn Newsome of Beaver, Lacie Teems and Mary Belle Hall Clayton, both of Ellijay, Georgia, and two grandchildren, Shane Caudill and Brittany Caudill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Thomas Jr., Amos, Willie, Andy Jack, Green and Henry Tackett; three sisters, Vernia Paige, Roberta Tackett and Wanda Tackett. Funeral services for Barbara Caudill were conducted Sunday, July 21, at noon, in the Samaria Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Caudill Cemetery, Beaver, with Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements. Pallbearers: Phillip Newsome, Brian Tackett, Amos Tackett, Jason Caudill, Roger Caudill, Shane Caudill, Clinis Newsome Jr., Scott Tackettt, Jeffrey Paige and Chad Rogers.

Friday, July 19, 2002

Frederick Timothy (Tim) Shelton

Age, 36, of Martin, Ky., died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at his residence, following a sudden illness. Born August 16, 1965, in Wabash, Ind., he was the son of Fred Shelton Jr., and Brenda Lester Shelton of Martin, Ky. He was a disabled diesel mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Ousley Shelton. Other survivors include one brother, Shaun Shelton of Martin, Ky.; four sisters, Regina Salisbury of River, Ky., Elizabeth Martin of Martin, Ky., Patricia Couch of Oklahoma City, Ok., and Wanda Adkins of Ashland, Ky.; one grandson, Tyler Jenkins; one step-son, Brent Allen Jenkins, both of West Liberty, Ky. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 20, 2002, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, Ky., with Buddy Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Drift Cemetery at Drift, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. Active pallbearers: Gary Martin, Danny Salisbury, Sammy Jenkins, Bryan Salisbury, Charles Bentley, and Brent Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers: Steve Crum, Shaun Shelton, Justin Martin, Alan Salisbury, David Watson and Mike Crisp.

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Murl Prater

Age 74, of Hueysville, widower of Katherine Cooley Prater, died Saturday, July 13, at his residence. He was born December 28, 1927, in Hueysville, a son of the late Jackson and Lula Prater. He was a retired coal miner who worked for Inco Coal Co. Survivors include two sons, Bruce Prater and Daryl Prater, both of Hueysville; seven brothers, Arnold Prater, Henry Prater and Robert Prater, all of Hueysville, Mitch Prater of Langley, Clarence Prater and Rhodes Prater, both of Prestonsburg, and Burl Prater of Indiana; two sisters, Katheleen and Martha Prater, both of Indiana; and two grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Shawn Prater. Funeral services for Murl Prater were conducted Tuesday, July 16, at 11 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Paul Rice and Jerry Manns officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, Martin, with the Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements. Pallbearers: Steve Cooley, Greg Colley, George Ousley, and Rick Prater.

Paul Salisbury

Age, 63, of Teaberry, Ky., died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at his residence, following a sudden illness. Born June 4, 1939, in Floyd County, Ky., he was the son of the late Arnold and Velvia Younce Salisbury. He was a DAV member at Betsy Layne, Ky., and a member of Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church at McDowell, Ky. He is survived by his wife, Linda Howell Salisbury of Teaberry, Ky. Other survivors include one son, Paul Douglas Salisbury of Teaberry, Ky.; two daughters, Paula Johnson of Teaberry, Ky. and Emma Lou Burchett of Ivel, Ky.; one step-daughter, Rita Johnson of Columbus, Oh.; four brothers, Raymond Salisbury of Eastern, Ky., Hoie “Bud” Salisbury of Albion, Ind., Gordon “Nut” Salisbury and Dean Salisbury, both of Kendalville, Ind.; five sisters, Vernice McDaniels, Shelby Jean Short, Ora Wicker and Flora Borger, all of Kendallville, Ind., and Pelinna Dirrim of Scottsburg, Al.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Clara Salisbury. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church at McDowell, Ky., with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Salisbury Family Cemetery at Printer, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church at McDowell, Ky.

Gertrude Carroll

Age 59, of Martin, wife of Bill Carroll, died Saturday, July 13, in the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. She was born September 8, 1942, in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Ernie and Thelma Francis Jenkins. She was a homemaker. In addition to her husband, she is survived by seven sons, Michael and Elmer Carroll of Martin, Bill Carroll Jr. of Banner, Stevie and Jeffery Carroll of Prestonsburg, Charles Carroll of Lexington, and James Randy Robinette of Lexington; two daughters, Brenda Howard of Royalton, and Lisa Hall of Prestonsburg; five brothers, Ernie Jenkins of Ohio, Robert Jenkins of Inez, Ben, Ray, and Will Jenkins, all of Paintsville; three sisters, Geraldine Owens of Paintsville, Rose Ferguson of Red Bush, and Rusha Rector of Tennessee; and 14 grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Terry Carroll. Funeral services for Gertrude Carroll were conducted Tuesday, July 16, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with James Smith, James Price and Mark Tackett officiating. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery, Martin, Ky., with the Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements.

Clara Allen

Age 76, of Betsy Layne, Ky., wife of Bert Allen, passed away Monday, July 15, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. She was born July 19, 1925, in Betsy Layne, Ky., the daughter of the late James A. Phillips and Nellie Ritchie Phillips. She was a former nurse for Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Pikeville, Ky., and a member of the United Methodist Church, Betsy Layne, Ky. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Herbert Allen of Austin, Tx., and Randy Allen of Harrodsburg, Ky.; one daughter, Pacilla Conn of Banner, Ky.; six grandchildren, Sarah Conn, Kevin Allen, Jessica Allen, Jamie Allen, Kyle Allen, and Brian Allen. Funeral services for Clara Allen will be conducted Thursday, July 18, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the United Methodist Church, Betsy Layne, Ky., with the clergyman, Randy Blackburn, officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Aileen Hughes Howard

Age 73, of Garrett, Ky., passed away Thursday, July 11, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, Ky. She was born December 7, 1928, in Pike County, Ky., the daughter of the late Clarence Hughes and Nona Cavins Hughes. She was a homemaker and a member of the Garrett Baptist Church, Garrett, Ky., since 1966. Survivors include four sons, Mike Howard of Hueysville, Ky., Kenneth Lee Howard and Steven “Cecil” Howard, both of Garrett, Ky., and Terry Ray Howard of David, Ky.; three daughters, Peggy Turner of Garrett, Ky., Donna Bradley of Allen, Ky., and Tina Salyer of Staffordsville, Ky.; four brothers, Donald Hughes, Clarence Hughes, Bill Hughes, and Jimmy Hughes, all of Garrett, Ky.; two sisters, Peggy Daniels and Joyce Allen, both of Garrett, Ky.; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Hughes, and one sister, Betty Hughes. Funeral services for Aileen Hughes Howard were conducted Sunday, July 14, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Garrett First Baptist Church, Garrett, Ky., with the clergyman, Randy Osborne, officiating. Burial was in the Tom Martin Cemetery, Garrett, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Pallbearers: Steve Turner, Vincent Turner, Jamie Mullins, Matt Howard, Kevin Hughes, William Hughes, Stevie Hughes, and Randall Hughes. Honorary: Don Hughes, Jimmy Hughes, Bill Hughes, Goble Allen, Clarence Hughes, Floyd Daniels, Chris Bradley, Denzil Turner, and Ray Salyer.

Johnny Henderson

Age, 60, of 5915 County Road 22, Lakeville, Ohio, died unexpectedly, Saturday evening, July 6, 2002, at his home. He was born August 23, 1941, in Floyd County, Ky., the son of the late Ben and Dona (Akers) Henderson. He had been a Lakeville area resident for the past 37 years. He was a self-employed well driller and contractor. Johnny was a member and Deacon of Eternal Rose Old Regular Baptist Church, Nashville, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Gayheart) Henderson, whom he married December 31, 1960, in Martin, Ky.; sons and daughters-in-law, Marty and Sandra Henderson of Gahanna, Raymond Henderson of Lakeville, Craig and Julie Henderson and Neal and Valerie Henderson, all of Loudonville, Jason and Carla Henderson and Reggie and Angie Gayheart Jr., all of Hendersonville, TN.; his daughter and son-in-law, Mona and Robert Weiss of Hendersonville, TN.; one brother, Frank Henderson of Shreve; and five sisters, Irma Lance of Loudonville, Ada Paige of Ashland, Susie Austin of Wooster, Ruby Gayheart of Gunstock, Ky., and Clady Blachley of Shreve; 21 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Tracy Henderson in 1965, and two brothers, Brady and Charles “Edgel” Henderson. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 9, at 2:00 p.m., at Eternal Rose Old Regular Baptist Church, Nashville, Ohio, with Elders Hargis Tuttle and Raymond Gayheart officiating. Burial was in Nashville Cemetery. The Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville, was in charge of arrangements.

Nell Boyd Samons

Age 77, of Dana, Ky., widow of Ivory Samons, passed away, Sunday, July 14, 2002, at her residence. She was born May 11, 1925, in Dana, Ky., the daughter of the late James Monroe Boyd and Maggie Click Boyd. She was a former employee for the Shoe Factory, and a member of the Little Salem Old Regular Baptist Church since June of 1968. Survivors include two sons, Myrl Travis Samons of Gallipolis, Oh., and James Monroe Samons of Endicott, Ky.; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Minnie Akers. Funeral services for Nell Boyd Samons will be conducted Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Little Salem Regular Baptist Church, Dana, Ky., with the Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Simon Akers Cemetery, Dana, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Tony Ray Walters

Age, 43, of Prestonsburg, Ky., died Friday, July 12, 2002, in Ewing, Ky., (Fleming Co.), following a sudden illness. Born December 4, 1958, in Prestonsburg, Ky., he was the son of Fannie Sizemore Walters and the late Ray Walters. He was a former supplyman for Turner Elkhorn Mining. He was preceded in death by his wife, Theda Gayheart Walters. Survivors include one son, Mark Anthony Walters of Wheelwright, Ky.; one daughter, Tonya Walters Hall of Prestonsburg, Ky.; and one grandson, Trenton Hall. He was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Todd Walters. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 15, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Ted Shannon, Hurley Short, and James Sizemore officiating. Burial was in the Drift Cemetery at Drift, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

John Allen

John Allen of Prestonsburg, former commonwealth attorney (Floyd and Knott counties), 31st Judicial District, 1939-1946), as well as prominent businessman in oil, gas, coal, real estate, auto dealership, theatre and other ventures, including being one of the original founders of the First Guaranty Bank of Martin, Ky., and the Superior Publishing Company, now the Floyd County Times, also constructing the following buildings: Fountain Korner, United Fuel/Strand Theatre and “Old” Floyd County Times as well as purchasing the towns of David and Wheelwright in Floyd County and other build-ings/homes in Prestonsburg and Sugarloaf. He was a practicing attorney since 1933 until 1999. John passed away at his home at 637 N. Arnold Avenue on Saturday, July 13. He was 94 years old. John Allen was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Alice June Reynolds Allen. He is survived by their six children; four sons, John Allen Jr., Robert R. Allen (Sarah B. “Sally” Burchett) and David D. Allen (Barbara Dotson) of Prestonsburg, and Stephen Reynolds Allen (Terri Hyden) of Peyton, Colorado; two daughters, Judith Ann Allen Colvin McCreary (Robert) of Lexington, and Mary Alice Allen Leslie (David Richard “Dickie”) of Prestonsburg. He was affectionately called “granddaddy Allen” by 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. John was one of ten children born to the late John and Minta Salisbury Allen of Bosco, now known as Hueysville, on August 7, 1907. He attended public schools in Floyd County, then attended the St. Thomas College Academy, St. Paul, Mn., and the John C. C. Mayo College at Paintsville, Ky. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School. He was a lawyer and businessman from 1933, until he finally retired at the age of 91. He married Alice June Reynolds, daughter of W.J. (William James “Squire”) and Rebecca Mayo Reynolds from Bucks Branch, Martin, Ky. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 25, 2001, prior to Alice’s passing on October 3, 2001. They raised their six children on the farm at Sugarloaf, Ky., and later at the homeplace (637 N. Arnold Avenue), Prestonsburg. John and Alice were members of the First United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg. He was a member of the Floyd County, Kentucky, and American Bar Associations. John Allen was an astute businessman and a wonderful, loving, generous father, husband and “Granddaddy Allen.” He will be missed every day the rest of the children’s lives. He was also preceded in death by his parents, John and Minta Salisbury Allen; four brothers, David Murph, Clifford, James Richard, and Robert; five sisters, Byrd Cooley, Elizabeth Collins Cadenhead, Jemima Schmate, Mary (“Sis”) Salisbury, and Rosilee (“Sug”) Hubbard Sutherland, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services for John Allen were conducted 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at First United Methodist Church with Reverends Dr. Harold W. Dorsey, Dr. Floyd Price, and Mark Walz officiating. Vistation was 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the funeral home, and Tuesday, 12 noon to 1 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, Prestons-burg, Ky. Burial was at the John Allen Cemetery, Sugarloaf, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Pallbearers: David D. Allen II, James D. Allen, John Josiah Allen, John Wesley Jacobson, Joseph Levi Allen, Robert R. Allen II, Stephen R. Allen II, Michael Douglas, Michael Harris, John Wayne White and Roger Brian White. Contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to Hospice of Big Sandy, P.O. Box 277, Hager Hill, Ky. 41222, or First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Arnold Avenue, Prestonsburg, Ky. 41653.

Monday, July 15, 2002

Lorraine Hatcher

Services for Lorraine J. Hatcher, 78, of Frankfort, widow of former Kentucky Secretary of State George Glenn Hatcher, were held in the First United Methodist Church, Frankfort, at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2002. Mrs. Hatcher, who died Wednesday in the Kindred Hospital in Louisville, following an extended illness, was buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. Born in Prestonsburg on July 21, 1923, the daughter of the late Joe and Fanny Stephens Jarrell, she was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. A retired teacher with the Frankfort Independent Schools, she was also retired from the Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society. Survivors include three daughters, Elissa Odham of Louisville, Elizabeth Springate of Harrodsburg, and Glenna J. Hatcher of Frankfort; and a brother, Joe W. Jarrell of Louisa. Dr. David Hilton officiated at the services.
Arrangements were under direction of Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort. Bearers were Joey Bailey, Todd Bailey, Jeff Jones, Chester Pulliam, Frank Sharfe, and Frank Stauffer. Honorary bearers were Darrell Bailey, Jim Daniels, Andrew Freese and Webster Griffin. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Billie Williamson

Age 77, of Prestonsburg, Ky., husband of Pearl Hamilton Williamson, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was born June 29, 1925, in Drift, Ky., the son of Walter Williamson and Jessie Dean Williamson. He was a retired First Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and served in the Army during World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Farley Williamson of Prestonsburg, Ky., Walter Edward Williamson of Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Billie Williamson of Tacoma, WA.; two brothers, Frank Williamson of Oxnard, Ca., and Walter Williamson Jr., of Drift, Ky.; and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, July 7, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Ted Shannon officiating. Burial was in the Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home, with church services being conducted on Saturday, at 7 p.m. Pallbearers: Dewayne Williamson, James Clark, Ronnie Williamson, Edward William-son, Tommy Robinson, and Mack Williamson.

James Robert Slone

Age 16, of Wayland, Ky., passed away, Friday, July 5, 2002, in Little Paint, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was born December 2, 1985, in Pikeville, Ky., the son of Walter Scott Slone of Wayland, Ky., and Vivian Lee Coker Ferguson of Little Paint, Ky. James Robert was a student at Allen Central High School, Eastern, Ky., where he was a member of the golf team; also chosen for Who’s Who for High School Students; and a member of the Wayland United Methodist Church, Wayland, Ky. Survivors include three brothers, Walter Scott Slone II, and Charles Nevan Slone, both of Garrett, Ky., and Byron Francis Slone of Cincinnati, Oh.; maternal grandparents, Gabe and Doug Sanders of Weeksbury, Ky.; paternal grandmother, Marie Slone of Wayland, Ky.; and step-mother, Vickie Slone of Garrett, Ky. Funeral services for James Robert Slone were conducted Monday, July 8, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Brad Tackett officiating. Burial followed in the Bradley Cemetery, Wayland, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was Saturday, at the funeral home.

Edmund Craig Hamilton

Age 23, of Pikeville, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at U.K. Medical Center, Lexington, Ky., following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born October 15, 1978, he was the son of Ricky and Kathy Syck Hamilton. He was a graduate of Betsy Layne High School and Morehead State University. At the time of his death, he was enrolled at the University of Kentucky as a mechanical engineering student. He was a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. Besides his parents, other survivors include his grandparents, James Syck, of Stanville, Ky., and Frankie Stapleton Meade, of Tram, Ky. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Hamilton Jr., and Elizabeth Hamilton. Funeral services for Edmund Craig Hamilton were conducted Saturday, July 6, 2002, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Minister Tracy Patton presided. Burial was in the John Hamilton Jr., Cemetery, Tinker Fork, Teaberry, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jackie Bush, Jason Hamilton, Brent Akers, Jarrod Newsome, Darren Reynolds, and Louie Hamilton. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Charles D. Howell

Age 74, of Lisbon Falls, Me., formerly of Harold, Ky., the husband of Novel Letson Howell, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at the Russell Park Nursing Center, Lewiston, Me. He was born September 12, 1927, in Harold, Ky., the son of the late Verlie Lee and Mary Ann Justice Howell. He was a retired crane operator. In addition to his wife, survivors include one son, Steve L. Howell of Lisbon Falls, Me.; one daughter, Samantha L. Howell of Lisbon Falls, Me.; two brothers, Lowell Howell of Rosedale, Ind., and Hobert Howell of Toler Creek, Harold, Ky.; two sisters, Jewell Smallwood of Toler Creek, Harold, Ky., and Anna Mae Wade of Scottsville, Ky.; one daughter-in-law, Barbara J. Howell of Scottsville, Ky. Funeral services for Charles D. Howell were conducted Monday, July 8, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Lower Toler Church of Christ, Toler Creek, Harold, Ky., with Joe Meade officiating. Burial followed in the Howell Roberts Cemetery, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Visitation was at the church.

Elvira DeRossett Tussey

Age 85, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of Floyd County, Ky., widow of Curtis Tussey Sr., passed away, Friday, July 5, 2002, at the Lexington Country Place, Lexington, Ky. She was born March 23, 1917, in Prestonsburg, Ky., the daughter of the late McClellan DeRossett and Nancy Lafferty DeRossett. She was a homemaker and a member of Revival Tabernacle Church, Lexington, Ky. Survivors include four sons, Curtis (Freda) Tussey Jr., of Bradenton, Fl., Greene E. (Chris) Tussey of Lexington, Ky., Billy J. (Sharon) Tussey of Versailles, Ky., and Taulbie C. Tussey of Springfield, Oh.; three brothers, Damon DeRossett of Martin, Ky., Garner DeRossett and Toby DeRossett, both of St. Marys Oh.; two sisters, Mary Francis Mullins of St. Marys Oh., and Goldie Branham of Jackson, Mi., eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Walker DeRossett, James DeRossett, Greenwade DeRossett, Bill DeRossett, and Saul DeRossett; and one sister, Stella DeRossett. Funeral services for Elvira DeRossett Tussey were conducted Sunday, July 7, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the clergymen, Don Crisp and Randolph Crisp, officiating. Burial followed in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Paul David DeRossett, Green Tussey, Brent Tussey, Derrick Tussey, Ben Young, and Jeff DeRossett.

Topsy Martin Butler

Age 88, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Hazard, Ky., from an extended illness. Born March 13, 1914, in Drift, Ky., she was the daughter of the late H.D. and Monnie Hughes Martin. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, Martin, Ky., where she served as Sunday School teacher for 38 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Butler. She is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Butler Horn, of Drift, Ky.; two sisters, Norma Bone, of Louisville, Ky., and Nellma Hall, of Mason, OH; one grandson, Gregory Horn; and seven nephews and four nieces. Other relatives preceding her in death were: Sherman Martin, Sheridan Martin, McCllelan Martin, and Opal Martin. Funeral services for Topsy Martin Butler were conducted on Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky. Ministers Greydon Howard and Russ Taylor presided. Burial was in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Rodney Leckrone

Age 26, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, in Johnson County, following injuries sustained from an automobile accident. He was a 1994 graduate of Prestonsburg High School. He worked as a general laborer. He was a member of the Center Hill Baptist Church, in Loganville, Georgia. Born May 26, 1976, in Prestonsburg, Ky., he was the son of John and Buleah Stephens Leckrone. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Cora Coburn Meadows, of Prestonsburg, Ky.; two brothers, Donald Leckrone and Randy Leckrone, both of Loganville, Ga.; four sisters, Pauline Prater, of Indiana, Irene Hayden, of Nashville, Tn, Sandra Osborne, of Lexington, Ky., and Alisa Ousley, of Auburndale, Fl. Funeral services for Rodney Leckrone were conducted Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Rev. Clifford Austin presiding. Burial was in the Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Melva Sue Joseph Brown

Age 47, of Prestonsburg, was dead on arrival at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky., on Thursday, July 4, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of the Living Word Pentecostal Church in Magoffin County, Ky. Born June 29, 1955, in Prestonsburg, Ky., she was the daughter of Phyllis Craft Joseph, of Prestonsburg, and the late Kermit Joseph. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Columbus Ray Brown; one brother, Kermit “Bud” Joseph, of Prater, Ky.; and two sisters, Paula Gibson and Sharon Hicks, both of Prestonsburg, Ky. Funeral services for Melva Sue Johnson were conducted Sunday, July 7, 2002, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Rev. Clifford Austin presiding. Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Eugene Lawson

Age 69, of Edmonton, Ky., and formerly of Floyd County, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2002, in the T.J. Sampson Community Hospital in Glasgow, Ky., after a sudden illness. He was born at Honaker, Ky., on October 9, 1932, the son of the late Willie and Hulda Hall Lawson. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the U.M.W.A. He is survived by his wife, Julia Boyd Lawson; four sons, Tex Lawson of Salyersville, Ky., Rex Lawson, Kellard Lawson and Leonard Lawson, all of Edmonton, Ky.; one daughter, Sandra Kidd of Honaker, Ky.; four brothers, General Lawson, Raymond Lawson, Ray Lawson and Kellard Lawson, all of Honaker, Ky.; two sisters, Phyllis Mullins of Printer, Ky. and Melva Lawson, of Honaker, Ky.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, July 11, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, Ky., with Tommy Bush officiating. Burial will follow in the Harvey Cemetery at Honaker, Ky., under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin, Ky.

Rose M. Osborne

Rose M. Osborne, died on Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky., following an extended illness. Born on January 30, in Floyd County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Northern and Nora Hall Little. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wheelwright United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Homer Osborne. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by one son, Gerald Osborne, of Bypro, Ky.; one daughter, Sandy Daniels, of Bypro, Ky.; two sisters, Mary Wagner, of Wheelwright, Ky., and Pam Krejci, of Nicholasville, Ky.; and three grandchildren, BreAnna Rae, Allison Danielle, and Brett Aaron. She is preceded in death by two relatives, Willa Mae Little and Alpha Jean Workman. Funeral services for Rose M. Osborne were conducted on Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at the Wheelwright United Methodist Church. Minister Bobby Isaac presided. Burial was in the Osborne Family Cemetery, Melvin, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Edna Mae Bailey

Age 82, of Prater Fork, Hueysville, Ky., widow of Lacy Bailey, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002, at her residence. She was born June 10, 1920, in Hippo, Ky., the daughter of the late Robert “Bob” Adkins and Gracie Ratliff Adkins. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethel Old Regular Baptist Church, Langley, Ky. Survivors include one daughter, Effie Lois Bond of Hueysville, Ky.; two grandchildren, Angie Diann Scott and Derek Vincent Click; one step-grandson, Peter Bond; five great-grandchildren, Brandon Click, Corey Click, Chelsea Click, Logan Scott, and MacKinzie Scott; and two step-great-grandchildren, Christopher Bond and Michael Bond. Funeral services for Edna Mae Bailey were conducted Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Bob Adkins Family Cemetery, Hueysville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Derek Click, Corey Click, Brandon Click, Logan Scott, Ralph Scott Jr., and Mike Bond.

John B. Craft

Age 87, of Hueysville, Ky., passed away Friday, July 5, 2002, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, Ky. He was born July 9, 1914, in Hueysville, Ky., the son of the late C.C. Craft and Luna Hayes Craft. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Hueysville Church of Christ. Survivors include one brother, Glen H. Craft of Louisville, Ky., and one sister, Gracie Whitt of Wurtland, Ky. Funeral services for John B. Craft were conducted Sunday, July 7, 2002, at 4 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Clergyman Chester Varney officiating. Burial was in the Hayes Cemetery, Hueysville, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was after 11 a.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.

Friday, July 5, 2002

Flem Wesley (Bud) Burchett

Age, 73, of Maple Heights, Ohio, formerly of Prestonsburg, died June 5 following a battle with lung cancer. Born Oct. 16, 1928, to John S. and Virginia (Harvel) Burchett at Endicott, Bud grew up in the Cow Creek area. Bud married Joann Kendrick on January 2, 1948, and they had two children, Donald Ray and Norma Sue. Bud began to work for Ford Motor Co. in 1956, and worked for 41 years, retiring in November of 1997. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Virginia (Harvel) Burchett; son, Donald Ray; and sisters Pauline and Josephine. Bud is survived by Joann, his wife of 54 years; daughter, Norma Sue (Bart) Adkins, of Ohio; grandchidren, Bart Jr. (Kathy), Amy (Jim) Matthews, and Debbie (Bob) Collins, all of Ohio. There are three great-grandchildren, Jacob, Damon, and Eric Adkins. He is also survived by siblings, Walter, Millard, Jack, and Lucille, of Indiana; and Pearl, of Ohio. Services were held June 10, at Kindrich McHugh Funeral Home in Solon and Bud was laid to rest at Restland Cemetery in Bainbridge Twp., Ohio

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Keniss Ervin Tackett

Age 59, of Harold, Kentucky, died on June 30, 2002, following a sudden illness. Born on September 14, 1942, in Pike County, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Grady and Virginia Younce Tackett. He was a retired CSX employee. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Wyatt Tackett. Also surviving are one son, Timothy Tackett, and one daughter, Patricia Hunter, both of Harold, Kentucky. Other survivors include: three brothers, Ernie Tackett, of Port Deposit, Maryland, Michael Tackett, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Harold Tackett, of Elkton, Maryland; one sister, Evalene Barr, of Rising Sun, Maryland; and two grandchildren, Dalton Jacob Tackett and Bradyn Keith Hunter. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald Tackett and Charles Tackett. Many relatives and friends mourn his passing. Funeral services for Keniss Ervin Tackett will be held today, Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Kentucky, with Joe Slone officiating. Burial will follow in the Stevens Cemetery, Toler Creek, Harold, Ky., under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Kentucky. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Ruby Hill

Age 58, of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at her residence. Born January 31, 1944, in Pikeville, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Virgil Daniels and Ocie Thacker Daniels. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Hill. Survivors include one son, Larry Adkins (Tammy), of Ferryville, WI.; three daughters, Lavergne Adkins, of Fox Lake, IL., Lisa Rena Saul (Steven), of Buffalo Grove, IL., and Lois Banaszkiewicz, of Geno, WI.; two brothers, Larry Daniels and James C. Daniels, both of Stanville, Kentucky; one sister, Lorraine Anderson, of Pikeville, Kentucky; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Ruby Hill were conducted Sunday, June 30, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Kentucky, with Rev. William Jarrell officiating. Burial was in the Daniels Family Cemetery, Stanville, Kentucky, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Kentucky. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers for Ruby Hill were: Keith Adkins, Vennie Banaszkiewicz, Jamie Daniels, Paul Daniels, James Jarrell, Wally Banaszkiewicz, Steve Saul, Bill Lewis, Richard Daniels, and Eric Lewis.

Ellen Ousley

Age 81, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, died on Monday, July 1, 2002, at the Annapolis Hospital, Wayne, Michigan. Born on November 22, 1920, in Risner, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Rebecca Allen Ousley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cold Springs Regular Baptist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Sue Music, Ypsilanti, MI.; two sisters, Rosie Reffitt, Martin, Ky., and Eva Prater, Vinton, OH.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The widow of Theo Ousley, she was also preceded in death by one son, Gene Randel Ousley; one brother, Andrew Jackson Ousley; and one sister, Sally Brown. Funeral services for Ellen Ousley will be conducted on Friday, July 5, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, Ky., with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellis Reffitt Cemetery, Martin, Ky., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.

 

Monday, July 1, 2002

Betty Jo Shepherd Craft

Age, 66 years of age, of Prestonsburg, Ky., was born on February 20, 1936, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of the late Lee and Sybel Blackburn Garrett. She was a homemaker. She departed this life following an extended illness on Thursday, June 27, 2002, at her residence. She is survived by one son and two daughters, Irvin Shepherd Jr., of David, Ky., Linda Grace Campbell of Prestonsburg, Ky., and Sybel Lois Shepherd of Blue River, Ky. She was preceded in death by two sons and one brother, Denver Lee Shepherd, Arthur Jeffrey Shepherd, and Chester Garrett. She is survived by one brother, Charles Garrett of California; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends who will mourn her passing. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, June 30, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, Ky., with Ellis Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the Shepherd Cemetery, David, Ky., under direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. Active pallbearers: Bobby Johnson, Chad Irvin Shepherd, Todd Bingham, Michael Gambill, Roy Ousley, Michael Ousley, Harold Ratliff, Dave Cottle, and Onda Hunt.