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As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated



Palmer Keathley

Age 72, of New London, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, after a sudden illness. He was born, February 10, 1934, in Floyd County, the son of the late Tom Keathley and Hazel (Hall) Hunt.  He had lived in the Wellington and New London areas since 1957. He had worked at the Wellington Sterling Foundry, Ruhlin Construction of Akron; and was a self-employed builder. He attended the Free Will Baptist Church in ellington.   He is survived by his daughter, Karen Hoffer of Berlin Heights; three sons and daughters-in-law: Graydon and Deborah Keathley, Duncan and Joy Keathley, and Timothy and Melinda Keathley, all of New London; 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren; his stepmother, Martha Keathley, of Betsy Layne; two brothers and five sisters.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Keathley; a grandson, Duncan Eric Keathley; a brother, and a sister.  Friends may call from 5 - 8 p.m., Thursday, June 8, and from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the Free Will Baptist Church, 205 Woodland, Wellington, Ohio; and from 10:00 a.m., until the time of service at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 10, with Pastor Billy Joe White officiating.  Burial will follow at the Huntington Cemetery.  Norton - Eastman Funeral Home, Wellington, are in charge of arrangements

Sherman Gunnels

Age, 44, of Ransom, formerly of Langley, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at Pikeville. Born December 31, 1961, in Langley, he was the son of the late Billy Taylor Gunnells and Ruth Ousley Gunnels. He was a construction contractor for Wright Conrete, in Pikeville, and of the Freewill Baptist faith.  He is survived by his wife, Betty Harris Plymale Gunnels.  Other survivors include three brothers: Charles (Linda) Gunnels of Salyersville, Ivan (Debby) Gunnels of Eastern, and Jessie (Judy) Gunnels of Indiana; and three sisters: Maggie Stevens of Texas, Lillie Blizzard of Martin, Ellen Mae (Danny) Slone of Langley; a special nephew, Jessie Taylor Gunnels of Indiana, and several other nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Arnold Gunnels and Millard Gunnels.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m., at the R.E. Rogers Funeral Home, in Belfry, with Freddie Lewis officiating.  Burial will be in the Harris Family Cemetery, in Ransom, under the direction of Rogers Funeral Home.  Visitation is after 6 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.  Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

Cecil Hicks

Age, 81 of Lima, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at Springview Manor Nursing Home.  He was born in Hippo, on September 15, 1924, the son of Joseph and Maudie (Bailey) Hicks, and they preceded him in death.  On July 23, 1961, he married Dealie Patrick, and she survives in Lima.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Larry (Phyllis) Hicks, Carol (Craig) Montgomery, and Greg (Noreen) Hicks, all of Lima; and Patricia “Trish” (Rob) Rettig and Prima (Daniel) Maitlen, of Elida, Paula (Martin) Reams, of Waynesfield; his stepchildren: Brenda Laferty of Lima, Lema (Doug) Daugherty, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Diana (George) Hripp of Columbus, and Nancy Bishop, of Lima. He is survived by 21 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Jeanette Bailey, of Ohio; and Cynthia Gillette, of Florida.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers Monroe Hicks, Alka Hicks, and Sedge Hicks; a sister, Christine Hicks, and a grandchild: Joshua Maitlen.  He was retired from General Dynamics, where he was employed as a welder; he had also been employed previously by Neon Products and Clark Equipment. He was a member of the American Legion and the UAW. He was also an avid arrowhead hunter.  He was always there for his family, for anything they needed, and they all know he loved them very much. One of his most cherished memories was a trip he took to Hawaii with his beloved wife, Dealie. He was a Christian, having always attended church throughout his life, and with that he taught his family to love the Lord. His family is comforted knowing that he is now with the Lord.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 9, at 10:00 a.m., at Siferd Funeral Home Westwood Chapel.  Burial will follow in Allentown Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions can be made to the Parkinson Foundation.  Visitation was at the funeral home.  Arrangements are being handled by Siferd Funeral Home.  

Thelma Alberta Caldwell

Age, 68, of Weeksbury, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare.  Born January 25, 1938, in Weeksbury, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Maggie Mae Mollett Spears Mullins. She was a homemaker and attended the Church of God in Letcher County.  She is survived by her husband, Earl D. Caldwell.  Other survivors include two sons: Donald Joe Caldwell and Christopher Lee Caldwell (Mary Ann), both of Weeksbury; two daughters: Jacqueline Lynn Caldwell (Jim), of Martin, and Pamela Jean Meade (Carl), of McDowell; a brother: Walter Spears, of Weeksbury; a sister: Rebal Potter, of Marion, Ohio; five grandchildren: Joseph, Amy, Sarah, Tyler and Alex; an aunt, Verna Henson, of Ecorse, Michigan; and a nephew, Kenneth Hall, of Arizona.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James Lee Caldwell; a grandson: Brian Caldwell; 10 brothers: William Spears, Linzie Spears, Johnny Spears, Russell Spears, Elmer Spears, Junior Mullins, Marion Mullins, Homer Mullins, Leslie Mullins, and Victor Mullins; and a sister, Marie Hall. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 9, at 1 p.m. at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church at Bypro, with Louis Ferrari and John Allen officiating.  Burial will be in the Little Family Cemetery, at Weeksbury, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.  Visitation is at the church.

John Timothy Howard

Age, 44, of Prestonsburg, better known to family and friends as “Bub,” died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at his residence. Born November 27, 1961, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of O. R. “Pete” Howard and Hattie Lou Baldridge Howard. He was a  furniture salesperson for Ray Howard Furniture Store. He was a graduate of Johnson-Wells Chef's Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Mina Howard; and one daughter, Chloe Shalyn Howard of Lexington. 
Memorial services were held Thursday, June 29, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Chamberlain officiating. 
The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home.

Margaret Helen Mosley

Age, 91, of Water Gap, died Monday, June 26, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. 
Born August 8, 1914, Margaret was the daughter of the late Beverly and Nora Harris Burchett, and the wife of the late Eff Mosley. She was a member of the Lancer Church of Christ.  She leaves two sons, David Graham Mosley, of Water Gap, and John Beverly Mosley, of Ashland; two grandchildren, Cheryl Fannin, of Ashland, and Elizabeth Mosley, of Martin; and two great-grandchildren, Todd and Kylie Fannin, of Ashland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Johnny Burchett, Graham Burchett, and Belvard Burchett; and a sister, Madge Harris.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 28, at 2 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Rick Kelly officiating.

Beatrice Handshoe Turner

Aage 66, of Martin, widow of Rev. Ray M. Turner, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Our Lady of The Way Hospital, in Martin. 
She was born March 27, 1940, in Knott County, the daughter of the late Bee Handshoe and Eliza Crager Handshoe. She was a  homemaker, and a member of The First Love Baptist Church, in Indiana.  Survivors include two sons, Ray Scott Turner and Tyler Turner, both of Martin; three daughters: Tina Newsome, Teresa Turner, and Ginger Halbert, all of Martin; two brothers: Clayton Handshoe of Hindman, and Clinton Handshoe of Hueysville; two sisters: Elderee Turner of Wayland, and Phoebe Bryan of Louisville; and six grandchildren.  Funeral services for Beatrice Handshoe Turner will be conducted Friday, June 30, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Jerry Manns officiating.  Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Morehead, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.