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March 2006

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Eunice Mae Allen

Age 86, of Minnie, widow of Irvin Allen, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2006, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born October 14, 1919, in Minnie, the daughter of the late Lee B. Hall and Cordellia Martin Hall. She was a merchant, and previously owned and operated Allen and Allen Hardware in McDowell. Survivors include four sons, Lawton Ray (Thersa) Allen of Minnie, Bobby Lee Allen of Minnie, and his late wife, Wilma Allen, Tommy Clayton (Denise) Allen of Minnie, Ricky Dean (Willa) Allen of Lexington; two daughters: Judith C. (Willis) Hall of Minnie, and Sharon Kay (Darrell) Horn of Lexington; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral services for Eunice Mae Allen were conducted Sunday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m., at Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin. Burial was in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, in McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Michael Allen, Shad Allen, Irvin Lawton Allen, Jason Horn, Lance Hall, Al Tackett, and Eric Reid.

Rella Faye Bentley

Age, 62, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born May 3, 1943, in Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Richard Bentley and Edna Craft Bentley. She was formerly employed as a cashier/manager at a convenience store. She was a member of the Auxier Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Gina Sue Hall of Lexington; her loving companion, Jody Fannin of Prestonsburg; two brothers; and one sister. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 15, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Pastor Bobby Joe Spencer officiating. Interment will be in Gethsemane Gardens, in Prestonsburg. Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, or Hospice of Big Sandy. The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home

Grover B. (G. B.) Conley

Of Commercial Point, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2006. He was born May 15, 1918, on Buck's Branch, in Floyd County, the son of the late Kelly B. and Hattie (Crisp) Conley. He graduated from Martin High School and attended Caney Creek (Alice Lloyd) College. He served his family and his country well in World War II, spending five years with the 1st Armored Division in Italy and Northern Africa. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edna Ramey Conley; brothers Marvin and Kelly Lloyd (Ted) Conley; sisters Mabel Conley and Wilma Lafferty; and son-in-law, Larry Truitt. He leaves four devoted daughters: Brenda Carol (Jan) Humphreys of Home, Pennsylvania; Deanna (Larry) Truitt of Commercial Point; Leona (Don) Lowry of Ashville; and Gail (Dennis) Wilcoxon Franks of Stoutsville. His patience, kindness, and love of God was a shining example for his 19 grandchildren: Kelli Melocik, Elizabeth (Ben) Johnston, Heather, Geoffrey, Gregg, Jennifer, Brian, and Kyle Humphreys; Kristina (David) Jacobs; Laura (Skip) Wolfe; Rebecca, Sarah, Lisa, and David Lowry; and Grant (G. B.), Matthew, Jeremy, and Zachary Wilcoxon; and Edna Nicole Franks; and his eight great-grandchildren. Always a true gentleman, he had a heart of gold and a fist of steel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 20, at Kuhner-Lewis Funeral Home in Oak Hill, Ohio. Friends and family may call on Sunday from 2-4, and 6-8:30, at the funeral home.

Robert (Bob) Crum

Age, 86, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Riverview Health Care of Prestonsburg. Born January 18, 1920, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Wilson and Liza Lewis Crum. He was a retired truck driver for Brown Produce, and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Fraley Crum. Survivors include a son, Robert D. Crum Jr., of Claypool, Indiana; two daughters: Dolla L. Music and Linda C. Briggs, both of Prestonsburg; 11 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, John Benny Crum; five brothers: Wilson Crum Jr., Gabe Crum, Jack Crum, Bill Crum, and Beckham Crum; and six sisters: Virginia Gay, Alice Kelly, Polly Melam, Annie Goble, Jackie Wright, and Octavia Crum. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 8, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Arlin Cathers and Jim Sherman officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Troy Hamilton

Age, 74, of Teaberry, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born October 9, 1931, in Teaberry, he was the son of the late Henry and Martha Hamilton. He was a retired coal miner, and a member of the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, in Teaberry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Hall Hamilton. Survivors include four daughters: Janice Hamilton and Jerrell Swain, both of Teaberry, Teresa Winkle of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Sharon Kay Newman of Grethel; a sister, Olgia Trautner of Pikeville; 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 8, at 11 a.m., at the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, in Teaberry, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Hollybush Cemetery, in Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was Monday, March 6, at the church, with nightly services at 6:30 p.m.

Vernie Collins Messinger

Age 99, of Martin, passed from this life on Sunday March 12, 2006, in Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born December 1, 1906, in Floyd County, the daughter of the late Casel and Judy Howell Collins. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church at Minnie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Messinger. Survivors include: three brothers: Preston Collins of Martin, Ed Collins of Shiloh, Ohio, and John Collins of Hollywood, Florida; one sister, Aretta Machowiz of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; many nieces and nephews; and a step-grandson, Thomas Jarrell. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 15, at 1:00 p.m. in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Lucy Hall Cemetery at McDowell, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the Funeral Home.

Mada Williams Neeley

Age, 93, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, March 17, 2006, at her residence. Born April 17, 1912, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Merdie B. and Dora Adams Williams. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Baptist Church, in West Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Neeley. Survivors include six sons: John Aaron Neeley (Brenda) of Hawaii, Donald Neeley (Avonelle), Gordon Neeley and Robert M. Neeley, all of Abbott, Fred Neeley (Linda) of Pikeville and Cecil Neeley (Pam) of Harold; three daughters: Dixie N. Calhoun (Clifford) of Bull Creek, Mary A. Elkins and Jacquelyn N. Childers (Glenn), both of Abbott; a brother, Oscar Williams of Lima, Ohio; two sisters: Opal Webb and Ruth Wright, both of Lima, Ohio; 26 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Herald Dean Neeley; a daughter, Coyton Neeley; and two sisters: Maggie Prater and Marie Howell. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 19, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with United Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Johnny Neeley Cemetery, (Left Fork of Abbott), in Prestonsburg. Visitation is at the funeral home where services were held nightly.

Rebecca Mae Newsome

Age, 95, of Mobile, Alabama, formerly of Melvin, wife of the late Frank Newsome, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2006, in the Grand Bay Convalescence Home, Grand Bay, Alabama. She was born March 1, 1911, in Grethel, the daughter of the late Noah Roberts and Mary Bell Hamilton Roberts. She was a member of the Melvin Church of Christ, and a homemaker. Survivors include one son, Charles Keathley of Huntsville, Alabama; two daughters: Ella Mae Cooper of Saraland, Alabama, and Mary Rose Teller of Chesapeake, Virginia. In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Garfield Adkins. Funeral services for Rebecca Mae Newsome were conducted Tuesday, March 7, at 11:00 a.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Chester Ray Varney officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home

James Willard Sellards

Age 63, of Allen, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2006, at Our Lady of The Way Hospital, in Martin. He was born March 28, 1942, in Allen, the son of the late James Sellards and Vanie Estep Sellards. He was a retired equipment operator, and an U.S. Air Force veteran. Survivors include a son, Kenneth Sellards of Gilbert, Arizona; a daughter, Melinda Richardson of Little Rock, Arkansas; two brothers, Carl Ray Sellards and Danny Sellards, both of Allen; three sisters: Margaret Holbrook of Betsy Layne, Thursa Sloan of Prestonsburg, and Sherri Cline of Allen; seven grandsons; and one granddaughter. Funeral services for James Willard Sellards were conducted Saturday, March 11, at 11:00 a.m., at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Arnold Turner Jr., officiating. Burial was in the Jones Cemetery, in Allen, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Myrtle Thompson

Age, 75, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born November 27, 1930, in Emma, she was the daughter of the late Garfield and Lizzie Spears Collins. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilton Kennith Thompson. Survivors include two sons: James Ray Thompson and John Glenn Thompson, both of Prestonsburg; a daughter, Rosalee Mandeville of Oak Hill, Ohio; seven grandchildren: Amanda, John, Brandon, Stephen, Layla, Randy, and Tiffany; and a great-grandchild, Braylon. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: James Collins and John Henry Collins. Visitation was Sunday, March 5, at 6 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.

REYNOLDS, Barbara Sue   

Age 59, long-time resident of Pikeville Manor Nursing Home of Pikeville, passed away Friday, March 31, 2006, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, in Lexington.  She was born July 9, 1946 in Floyd County, the daughter of the late Homer Reynolds and Lorraine Casebolt Reynolds. Survivors include her stepmother, Myrtle Reynolds of Catlettsburg; a sister, Gwen Webb of Lexington, and a stepbrother, Dr. Ray Reynolds of Franklin.  Funeral services for Barbara Sue Reynolds were conducted Sunday, April 2, at 11 am., at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin.  Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.  Visitation was at the funeral home.  Pallbearers: Noel Harilson, Roy Reynolds, Rick Johnson, Gene Brooks, Vernon Reynolds, and Richard Charles.  (April 5, 2006 FCT'S)

MAYNARD, David L.  

Age, 63, of Citra, Florida, formerly of Brushy Creek in Pikeville, died Friday, March 24, 2006, in Florida.  He was preceded in death by his parents: Lee and Hester Nichols Maynard. He was a horse farm manager, and a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church.  Survivors include two daughters: Debra I. Shiveley and Lori Maynard, both of Ocala, Florida: a brother, Buford Maynard of Chiefland, Florida; five grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Maynard; and two sisters: Brook Eastman and Belvie Farmer.  A Memorial service will be scheduled later.  Arrangements, by Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  (April 5, 2006 FCT'S)

HARRIS,  Allen Edward (Buster)  

Age, 76, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at his residence on Corn Fork, in Prestonsburg.  Both October 10, 1928, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Frank and Lula Nicholas Harris. He was a retired carpenter, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran; and a member of the Brandy Keg Freewill Baptist Church, on Corn Fork, in Prestonsburg.  He is survived by his wife, Avonelle Ratliff Harris.  Other survivors include two sons: David Harris and Johnny Harris, both of Prestonsburg; five daughters: Geraldine Chaffins and Lula Dillon, both of Prestonsburg, Amy Weil of Paintsville, Carlena Scott of Martin County, and Jerri Ramey of Garrett; a brother, Jack Harris of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Frankie McClanahan of St. Cloud, Florida; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Sue Harris; a brother, Dock Harris: and three sisters: Helen Dials, Juanita Hicks, and Norma Golden.  Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 3, at 1 p.m., the Brandy Keg Freewill Baptist Church, (Corn Fork), in Prestonsburg, with a minister of the Brandy Keg Freewill Baptist Church officiating.  Burial was in the Harris Family Cemetery, on Corn Fork, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  Visitation was at the church.  (April 5, 2006 FCT'S)

COLLINS, Addison Bee  

Age, 82, of Bevinsville, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare.  Born May 4, 1923, in Knott County, he was the son of the late Willard and Rosanne Caudill Collins. He was a retired coal miner, and a member of the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Hall Collins.  Survivors include three sons: Charles Edward Collins of Melvin, Ellis Ray Collins (Melissa) of Taylor, Michigan, and Elmer (J.J.) Johnson (Stephanie) of Hueysville; four daughters: Barbara Sue Green (Tom) of Melvin, Marcella Williams (Clell) of Bypro, Marlene Johnson of McDowell, and Sharon Kaye Forman (Mike) of Bevinsville; a brother, Charles Collins (Bernice) of Cincinnati, Ohio; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Adrian Collins; two daughters: Charolett Hall Newman and Shawna Johnson; and a brother, Edison Collins.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 2, at noon, at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, in Bypro, with Louis Ferrari and John Allen officiating.  Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery, at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  Visitation was at the church.  (April 5, 2006 FCT'S)

COLEMAN, Rejetta A. (Mullins)  

Age, 60, of Romulus, Michigan, formerly of Price, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at Henry Ford Hospital in Wyandotte, Michigan.  Born January 6, 1946, in Price, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Jennette Little Mullins. She was a disabled employee in Customer Services at Samís Club.  Survivors include two Sons: Shane Coleman of Taylor, Michigan, and Jonathon Coleman of Belleview, Michigan; a daughter, Christi Coleman of Romulus, Michigan; a brother, James T. (Jim) Mullins of Huntington, Indiana; and nine grandchildren: Kenny, Tiphany, Shayna, Ashley, Kennedy, Madason, Trinity, Jillian, and Nicolas. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 6, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with James Morris, and others, officiating.  Burial will be in the Little Cemetery, in Price, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation is at the funeral home.   (April 5, 2006 FCT'S) 

CRUM, Katherine   Age, 85, of Martin, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, in Martin.  Born March 24, 1920, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Rebecca Sammons Robinson.  She was a homemaker, and a member of the Arkansas Church of Christ, in Martin.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Hage Crum.  Survivros include two sons and daughters-in-law:  Marvin and Barbara Crum of Hueysville, and Danny and Franceen Crum of Martin; a daughter, Gladys Crum of Martin; two sisters: Goldie Sellards of Macheny, West Virginia, and Arthur June Robinson of Martin; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wheeler Robinson; and two sisters: Effie Tackett and Helen Howell.  Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 6, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Roy Robinson and Ronnie Samons officiating.  Burial was in the Robinson Cemetery, at Arkansas Creek, in Martin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation was at the funeral home.