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March 2007

As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

 


William “Bill” Edward Ackerman III

Age, 62, of Richmond, lost his 10-year battle with cancer on Friday, March 23, 2007. The disease finally destroyed his body, but never his spirit and zeal for life.  Bill is survived by Dianna, his wife of 34 years; two sons: William “Billy” Edward (Erin Jones) Ackerman IV, and Terry David (Sarah Talbot) Ackerman; two beautiful granddaughters: Hannah Joy and Sophie Grace; his mom, Virginia Potts Ackerman; a sister, Susan (Clifford) King; his aunt and uncle, Bob and Louise Gray; a special brother-in-law, Delbert Ousley; a loving mother-in-law, Edith Ousley; seven nieces and one nephew; countless young ladies, whom he called daughters; and many other great-nieces, nephews, friends, and family. He was preceded in death by his father, William Edward Ackerman Jr., and his father-in-law, Jimmie Ousley. Bill was born December 14, 1944, in Louisville. He was among the first graduating class of Fairdale High School, he graduated from the University of Louisville, and was employed by the F.D.I.C. for 15 years, and several area banks for 15 more years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, and served as deacon, and held several other volunteer and leadership positions. He was also an avid golfer, card player, and lover of God’s people. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 26, at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Fort, Curtis Warf and Dan Bruce officiating.  Pallbearers were: Scott Althauser, Larry Bailey, Roland Barnett, David Bohannon, Ron Boyd, Tom Bratcher, Oliver Cosby, Bobby Gray, Bill McCoy, Joe Miller, and Duane Parsons. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church, and members of the co-ed 6 Sunday School Class. Visitation was from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at the First Baptist Church. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 425 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond, Ky. 40475, or to Home Meals Delivery, 325 University Dr., Richmond, Ky. 40475. To express condolences, visit our website at www.orpfh.com. (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Versa Addis

Age, 82, of McDowell, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at her residence. Born August 25, 1924, in Dema, she was the daughter of the late Miles and Ollie Slone Jones. She was a member of the Praise Assembly Church in Prestonsburg, and was retired from the dietary department at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She is survived by her husband, James (Buster) Addis. Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Larry and Rolanda Addis of McDowell; a daughter, Vonda Kendrick of McDowell; two brothers: Herbert Jones and Curt Jones, both of Michigan; two sisters: Luna Combs of Prestonsburg, and Verna Hall of Michigan; four grandchildren: Brian Addis, Anthony Dale Kendrick, Dustin Addis, and Tera Addis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and six sisters: Claude Jones, Dina Nickles, Lena Allen, Lona Jones, Lina Stumbo, and Verda Shiflitt, and Allie Jones. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 27, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bethel Bolen and J. M. Sloce officiating. Burial was in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, in McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home, where a service was held Monday night at 7 p.m..  (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Stonewall Clark Jr.

Age, 79, of Pikeville, died Monday, March 26, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born February 12, 1928, in McCombs, he was the son of the late Stonewall Sr., and Fonnie Stanley Clark. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include two brothers: Charles Clark and John Clark, both of Pikeville; two sisters: Lizzie Clark and Sue Scalf, both of Pikeville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Arthur Clark and James Clark; and two sisters: Josephine Hurd and Farinda Robinson. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 29, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bill Kirby officiating. Burial will be in the Clark Cemetery, at Johns Creek, in Pikeville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Robert Scott Hall

Age 30, of Drift, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2007, near his home. He was born December 13, 1976, at McDowell, the son of Cora Sue Martin Hall of Drift, and the late Elmer Hall. He was employed as a machinist. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Cindy Ann Hall; a son, Roy Marshall Hall of Drift; two brothers: Stephen Martin of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Timmy Hall of Troy, Ohio. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 29, at 11:00 a.m., in the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church at Hi Hat, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery at Bevinsville, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Visitation, Tuesday, at the funeral home, and after 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the Church. (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Ronald “Rusty” Hamilton

Age 56, of Teaberry, passed away Friday, March 23, 2007, at his residence. He was born in Martin, on April 1, 1950, the son of Ethel Hamilton of Teaberry, and the late Carlos Hamilton. He was a former coal miner. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Rusty (Shena) Hamilton of Galveston; two daughters: Jennifer (Bill Jr.) Slone and Stephanie (Ricky) Keens, both of Galveston; five brothers: Carl Dean Hamilton, Randy Scott Hamilton, Ricky Lynn Hamilton, Jeffrey Hamilton, and Gregory Keith Hamilton, all of Teaberry; four sisters: Joan Tackett of Waynesburg, Jeanette Tackett of Allen, and Sandra Hamilton and Gaylia Hamilton, both of Teaberry; grandchildren: Carly Keens, Harly Keens, Jordan Slone, Jonathan Hamilton, Shane Hamilton, and Logan Hamilton. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Travis Hamilton; and a sister, Juanita Hall. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 27, at 11 a.m., in the Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church in Teaberry, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery in Teaberry, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Pallbearers: Joey Hamilton, Randall Akers, Stevie J. Johnson, Darrin Hamilton, Rocky Hamilton, Ricky Keens and Bill Slone. (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Clarence Ray Slone

Age, 35, of Hueysville, died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at his residence. Born September 2, 1971, in Willard, Ohio, he was the son of Vina Bailey Slone of Hueysville, and the late Darrell Slone. He was a former welder for M & M Welding at Hippo. In addition to his mother, survivors include two brothers: Tim Slone of Ashburn, Virginia, and Tom Slone of North Fairfield, Ohio; two nieces: Kayla Marie Slone and Jamie Lee Slone, both of North Fairfield, Ohio; a special aunt, Ina Salyer of Hippo; an uncle, Ray Bailey of Hippo; and a cousin, Michael Ray Bailey of Hippo. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 28, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bethel Bolen and Jerry Manns officiating. Burial will be in the Bailey Stephens Cemetery, in Magoffin County, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Wanda Lee Symon

Age, 57, of Dinwood, Martin, passed away Monday, March 26, 2007, at the King’s Daughters Hospital at Ashland. She was born April 9, 1949, in Martin, the daughter of Ocie Isaac Manuel, of Martin, and the late Arnold Manuel. She was preceded in death by her husband, David “Jake” Symon. A friend of many, she is survived and loved by her mother, and son David Brent Symon of Martin; three brothers: Arnold Manuel Jr., Roger Manuel, and Charles Manuel, all of Martin; a sister, Brenda Manuel Ousley of Martin; a brother-in-law, Donald Ousley; and two sisters-in-law: Janet Sexton Manuel and Virginia Chafin Manuel. Funeral services for Wanda Lee Symon will be conducted Thursday, March 29, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Lori Vanucci officiating. Burial will follow in the Dingus Cemetery, Dinwood, Martin, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Ricky Lynn Tackett

Age, 53, of Beaver, died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at the Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, in Paintsville. Born September 10, 1953, in Pikeville, he was the son of the late John B. and Magdlene Brown Tackett. He was a disabled coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arizona Jones Tackett. Survivors include two sons: John Michael Tackett and Dennis Lynn Tackett (wife, Lora), both of Beaver; a daughter, Eula Ann Tackett of Beaver; four brothers: Nicky Wayne Tackett and Ken Tackett, both of Beaver, and Dana Dwight Tackett and Kevin Kyle Tackett, both of Pikeville; four sisters: Sandra Sue Tackett of Teaberry, Sheila Renee Kidd of Harold, and Charlotte Lynn Collins and Kimberly Ann Hamilton, both of Stanville; and a grandchild, Hunter Blake Tackett. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gregory Allen Tackett.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 27, at 11 a.m., at the United Christian Church, at Hi Hat, with Bill Slone officiating. Burial was in the Jones Family Cemetery, at Tackett Fork, Beaver, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church. (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Tameka Marie Ward

Age, 23, of Pikeville, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, in McDowell. Born July 5, 1983, in Martin, she was the daughter of Terena Ward Lovern, and step-daughter of Rodney Lovern of Pikeville. She was a homemaker and a member of Garrett First Baptist Church. In addition to her mother and step-father, she is survived by a daughter, Aaliyah Marie Jarrell of Pikeville; and a sister, Micah Lawson of Pikeville; her grandparents: Buddy and Judy Osborne Ward of Martin, and Loyal and Peggy Williams Lovern of Pikeville. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Randy Osborne and Larry Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Dingus Cemetery, at Dinwood, in Martin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.   (FCT'S 03-28-2007)

Cassandra Tuggle Jones

Age 65, of Prestonsburg, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2007, in Prestonsburg. She is survived by a son, Wesley Jones of Prestonsburg; a daughter, Teresa McFarland and son-in-law, Burley McFarland, and a daughter, Rebecca Jones, all of Williamsburg; a brother, James Tuggle of Pleasant View; a granddaughter, Alice Feagin Jones of Memphis, Tennessee; a grandson, Derrek McFarland, and a granddaughter, Cassandra McFarland, both of Williamsburg.  She was a retired school teacher, and a member of the DAR, Alpha Delta Kappa, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, and the honorary order of Kentucky Colonels. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 24, at Ellison’s Funeral Home, in Williamsburg, with burial at the Pleasant View Cemetery, at Pleasant View. Visitation will be from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., on Friday, March 23, at the funeral Home.   (FCT'S 03-23-2007)

Malinda Lou Marcum

Age, 57, of McDowell, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at her residence.  Born September 23, 1949, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Junior and Magdalene Tackett Hamilton. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Cecil Marcum. Other survivors include a son, Michael Marcum of McDowell; a daughter, Maggie Williams (Robert) of Grethel; two sisters: Priscilla Tackett of Melvin, and Comellia Martin of McDowell; and seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Bryce, Blake, Ty, Kyllie, Anthony, and Zoey. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 23, at 1 p.m., at Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church of New Salem Association at McDowell, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Roe Henson Family Cemetery in Ligon, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation, at the church, with nightly services at 6:30 p.m.   (FCT'S 03-23-2007)

Glinda Johnson Ousley Myers

Age, 57, of Ashley, Indiana, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Born July 6, 1949, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Goldie Ousley Johnson. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Nazarene Church, in Indiana. She is survived by her husband, John R. Myers. Other survivors include two sons: Phillip Greg (Melissa) Ousley of Williamstown, and Henry Scot (Rebekah) Ousley of Claypool, Indiana; a brother, Gary Johnson of Dry Ridge; five sisters: Alla Faye Reed of Prestonsburg, Patty Perkins of Warsaw, Indiana, Sharon Worthley of Dublin, California, Henrietta Hunt of Dry Ridge, and Kerry Johnson of Prestonsburg; and six grandchildren: Kayla, Katherine, Catelin, Aiyla, Aiden, and David. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Johnson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Tom Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Johnson Family Cemetery, on Caney Fork, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.  (FCT'S 03-23-2007)

Phyllis Jean Pitts

Age, 68, of Martin, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born January 22, 1939, in Dock, she was the daughter of the late Verlin and Aggie Bradley Johnson. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Spurlock Old Regular Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, E. J. Pitts. Other survivors include a son, Eric Pitts of Martin; four daughters: Causetta Bryant of London, Connie Clifton of Prestonsburg, Bonnie David-son of Catlettsburg, and Beulah Price of Harold; four brothers: Paul Johnson of Prestonsburg, David Johnson of Henryville, Indiana, and Phillip Johnson and Charles Johnson, both of Louisville; two sisters: Nadine Watson of Walton, and Polly Campbell of Prestonsburg; 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Johnson; two sisters: Wanda Craig and Wilbia Royalton; and a grandson, Anthony Matthew Clifton. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 23, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the E. J. Pitts Cemetery, in Martin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.   (FCT'S 03-23-2007)

C. V. Waters Sr.

Age, 90, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born May 25, 1916, in Berea, Florida, he was the son of the late Francis B. and Mary Victoria Sanders Waters. He was a retired switchman for Atlantic Coastline, and co-owner of an oil and gas lease business; and a member and deacon, since 1977, of Benedict Baptist Church at Slick Rock. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel B. Waters. Survivors include a son, C. Victor Waters Jr. (Patrice) of St. Paul, Minnesota; a daughter, Mary Lynda Goodson (Roy) of Prestonsburg; a sister, Wildon Hasty of Maggie Valley, North Carolina; five grandchildren: Eliot Waters, Bruce Nichols, Donald Duke, Anissa Beasley, and Mark Goodson; five great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters; and a grandson, Jeffrey W. Ludwig. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 23, at 2 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Gordon Fitch officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation, at the funeral home.   (FCT'S 03-23-2007)

Carolyn Sue Gibson

Age, 65, of Weeksbury, died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Prestonsburg Health Care Center. Born July 7, 1941, in Wheelwright, she was the daughter of the late James Elbert and Juanita Brown Gibson. She was disabled; and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Survivors include two sisters: Linda Senig of Weeksbury, and Francis Gardner of Chicago, Illinois; a cousin and friend, Peggy Ousley of Prestonsburg; sisters-in-law: Irene Gibson, Maxine Gibson, and Joan Gibson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Everett Lee Gibson, James Elbert Gibson, and Carlos Jennings Gibson. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Lester Ray officiating. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery, in Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-21-2007)


Maxie Mae James

Age, 87, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born May 20, 1919, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Bailey and Emogene Blackburn Hite. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rutherford James. Survivors include four sons: William (Janice) James, Russell (Jeanette) James, and Bobby (Barbara) James, all of Prestonsburg, and Dean (Linda) James of Bagdad; a daughter, Betty (Arvil) Bowling of Loads; a brother, Wilburn Hite of Salem, Ohio; and four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Tive Hite, Elijah Hite, Sherman Hite, and Bourbon Hite; and two sisters: Margie Clark, Lula Montgomery Scott. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 21, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Nathan Lafferty officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.  (FCT'S 03-21-2007)

Gordon Victor Moore

Of Prestonsburg, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2007, at home, following an extended illness. He was born January 5, 1923, on Riverside Drive in Prestonsburg, the son of the late Ida and Earl Moore. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue; his son, Alan Kyle Moore, and his wife, Gina; and a grandson, Benjamin Andrew Moore; a brother, Edsel Moore, and his wife, Katherine; a sister, Evelyn Stephens, and her husband, George, both of Frankfort; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gordon, also affectionately known as “Red Moore,” was well-known all over Kentucky, and especially in eastern Kentucky, where he was a businessman, and covered high school sports in the 15th region for more than 30 years. He was a sports reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Ashland Daily Indepen-dent, and the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Earl Ruby and Earl Cox, former sports writers for the Louisville Courier-Journal, were his close friends. He graduated from Morehead State University, and while there served as the schools sports information director. He later coached several sports at a high school in Woodstock, Ohio, and became an educator. He served as president of the Morehead University Alumni Association, and was enshrined in the Morehead State University “Hall of Fame,” a few years later. Gordon, in earlier years, loved to entertain at his “Red Moore Lodge” at Jenny Wiley Lake. He was an avid fisherman all his life. He also was well-known for his production of a variety of hot peppers and hot cheese, which he shared with many of his friends. Gordon has left an unparalleled legacy in eastern Kentucky sports, having labled Kelly Coleman “King Kelly Coleman,” the greatest player ever to come out of eastern Kentucky. Numerous journalists doing research on books about events in eastern Kentucky, visited his home for numerous facts and information. He prided himself with great memory, and was quoted in numerous books. Gordon had received his Ph.D in journalism from the University of Florida. He loved eastern Kentucky and its people, and politicians were always at his door. The world is a better place because of Gordon. He has gone to a better place, but he will never be forgotten. Funeral services for Gordon Moore will be conducted Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Jim Stratton officiating. Burial will follow in the Moore Family Cemetery, in Prestonsburg, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is from 3 till 9 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 256 South Arnold Avenue, Prestonsburg, KY 41653.  (FCT'S 03-21-2007)

Ralph Moore

Age 91, of Hi Hat, husband of Nova Isaac Moore, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was born March 23, 1915, in Price, the son of the late Harry Moore and Fannie Salisbury Moore. He was a retired coal miner, a member of the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, a member of Masonic Lodge No. 869, in Wayland, a Shriner, a member of the Three C’s, he had worked in Baltimore shipyards, and was a former member of the McDowell Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, Nova; two sons: Earnie Moore of Langley, and Anthony “Tony” Moore of Cora, Wyoming; two daughters: Carlotta Jones of Bevinsville, and Debbie Hall of Leesburg, Florida; two brothers: Girdle Moore of McDowell, and Arnold Moore of Cheyenne, Wyoming, 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sons: Clyde “Pinkie”Moore, Terry Moore, and Phillip Moore; six brothers: Edgel Moore, Russell Moore, Clyde Moore, Rufus Moore, Ballard Moore, and Ranal Moore; and a sister, Opal Hayes. Funeral services for Ralph Moore will be conducted Friday, March 23, at 11:00 a.m., at the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, in McDowell, with Clinton Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Harry Moore Cemetery, in Hi Hat, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is after 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, with Masonic services at 7:00 p.m., at the Funeral Home; and after 4:00 p.m., Thursday, at the church. Pallbearers: Monroe Jones Jr., Monica Hall, Tommy Jones, Jeff Moore, Teresa Tomlinson, Chris Moore, Eric Moore, Arthur Hall, Zachary Hall, and Nicole Moore. (FCT'S 03-21-2007)

Johnnie Thornsbury

Age, 91, of Auxier, died Friday, March 16, 2007, at his residence. Born April 10, 1915, in Kite, he was the son of the late William and Alice Hall Thornsbury. He was a retired coal miner, a United States Army veteran, and a member of the County Line Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Ada Cole Thornsbury. Other survivors include two sons: Billy Thornsberry of Virgie, and Roger Thornsberry of Melvin; two daughters: Fredia Thornsberry of Auxier, and Reba Penix of Boons Camp; three brothers: Coleman Thornsberry of Topmost, and Charlie Thornsberry and Freeman Thornsberry, both of Detroit, Michigan; 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters: Millie Anger and Oclene Baker; three brothers: Ed Thornsberry, Miles (Buck) Thornsberry, and Ellis Thornsberry; and three sisters: Thelma Anderson, Lona Thornsberry, and Verlin Thornsberry. Funeral services were held Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, in Melvin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Painter Harve Cemetery, in Melvin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was Saturday, March 17, at the funeral home, and Monday, at the church.  (FCT'S 03-21-2007)
 

Erika “Oma” Bales

Age, 71, of Wellington, Kansas, died Tuesday morning, March 13, 2007, at the Summer Regional Medical Center, in Wellington, Kansas. She was born September 17, 1935, the daughter of Diedrich and Antoinetta Baake Bruning in Bremerhaven, Germany. She attended the Kansas School of Cosmetology in Wichita and was a hairdresser for 10 years. She worked at Plessey Midwest Division from 1977 until 2000 when she retired to spend more time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wellington. She enjoyed golf, playing cards with her friends and especially enjoyed caring for her grandchildren.  Surviving to honor her memory is her son, Mark Bales and wife Christy of Wellington; grandchildren: Blake Bales and Lauren Bales of Wellington; sister, Elfriede Samons of Minnie; former husband, Gene Bales of Wellington. Also surviving is: a niece, Rita and her husband, Kevin Daniels of Minnie; nephews: Jody and his wife, Lisa of Minnie, Tony Samons of Lexington and Holger Bruning of Germany as well as seven grand nieces and six grand nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Dieter and Herbert Bruning and brother-in-law, Grover Samons; nephews: Harald and Rolfe Bruning and niece, Hannelore Bruning. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 16, at the First Baptist Church in Wellington, with Reverend Tom Thompson officiating. Visitation was Thursday evening, at the Hawks Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Wellington. A memorial has been established with the American Legion Auxiliary and the First Baptist Church.  Interment will be in the Summer Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Contributions can be left with the Hawks Funeral Home, 704 N. Washington Wellington, KS 67152. (FCT'S 03-16-2007)

Kathleen Allen Litton

Age, 76, of Martin, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born September 28, 1930, in Magoffin County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Minerva Prater Miller. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Trinity Chapel, in Martin. She was twice married, first to Hatcher Allen, and later to Bill Litton. Both preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Jerry Ray Allen of Paintsville; three daughters: Ella Faye Burke of Prestonsburg, Alice Allen Stephens and Linda Sue Meade, both of Martin; two step-sons: Paul Ed Allen of Belton, and Alonzo Allen of Cedar Lake, Indiana; five step-daughters: Lorena Whitworth of Huntsville, Alabama, Amanda Lula Begley of Royalton, Berniece Risner of Crown Point, Indiana, Virginia Parker of Cedar Lake, Indiana, and Ruth Irene Baize of Salyersville; five brothers: Washington Miller, Tom Miller, Willard Miller, and Willis Miller, all of Michigan, and Dallas Miller of Tennessee; four sisters: Josephine Hoit, Jana Williams, and Barbara Bogner, all of Michigan, and Glenna Elkins of West Liberty; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Ray Miller; and seven stepchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Ellis Stevens and Johnny Ratliff officiating. Burial will be in the Hatcher-Allen Family Cemetery, in Magoffin County. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-16-2007)

Lois Petry Nemet

Age, 86, of Riverview, Michigan, formerly of Wheelwright, died Monday, March 12, 2007, following an extended illness. She was born on March 4, 1921, in Logan, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Jake and Goldie Bailey Petry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Nemet in 1997. She was of the Methodist faith, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Kaye Hall of Woodhaven, Michigan; her granddaughter, Jami, and her husband, Don Antosiewiez of Grosseile, Michigan, and a great-granddaughter, Kelly Kaye. Funeral services will be held at Steen Funeral Home, Central Avenue Chapel, in Ashland, KY, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 17, with Reverend Donald Young officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday evening, March 16, from 4:00 till 7:00. Friends may make contributions to Arbor Hospice, 19145 Allen Road, Suite 110, Trenton, MI 48183.  (FCT'S 03-16-2007)

Kathy Angela Brown Allen

Age, 42, of Garrett, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, in Martin. Born August 6, 1964, in Kansas City, Kansas, she was the daughter of the late Edgel and Glenna Daniels Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rock Fork Old Regular Baptist Church.  Survivors include a son, Joshua Allen of Bypro; four daughters: Kari Brown of Martin, Ashley Allen of Garrett, Kiley Allen of Bypro, and Lakole Shepherd of Garrett; a brother, Christopher Brown of Garrett; a sister, Heather Collins of Mousie; a son of the heart, Devan Brown of Garrett; and her boyfriend, Holly Shepherd. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Guy Brown. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, at noon, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Brown Cemetery, Stone Coal Road, in Garrett, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation was at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com (FCT'S 03-14-2007)

Edna H. Franklin

Age, 83, of McDowell, died Monday, March 12, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born July 30, 1923, in Dunbar, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late John and Polly Blair Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Franklin. Survivors include: a son and daughter-in-law: Larry Dean and Carol Hobbs of Shanks, West Virginia; two daughters and sons-in-law: Brenda and Terry Shelton of McDowell, and Patricia and Ted Meade of Louisville; two sisters: Jeanette Hooper of Martin, and Thelma Woodward of Benton; four grandchildren: Joel Hobbs, Nathanial Meade, Todd Meade, and Jennifer Mezzanotte; and five great-grandchildren: Berkleigh Morgan Mezzanotte, Nikola Mezzanotte, Ryan Hobbs, Tyler Lindsey, and Allyson Nicole Meade. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eulas Williams; and a sister, Ruth Ferry. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 14, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Ted Shannon officiating. Burial will be in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Visitation is at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com (FCT'S 03-14-2007)

Henry Harvey

Age, 56, of Martin, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, in Ashland. Born March 5, 1951, in Martin, he was the son of the late Nelson and Hattie Layne Harvey. He was a general laborer. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Henry Jay and Misty Harvey of Martin; a daughter and son-in-law: Hattie Ann Marie (Annie) and Darren Keith Shepherd of Hueysville; a brother, Cecil Layne of Paintsville; four sisters: Flo Blair and Joy Blair, both of Paintsville, Golda Harvey of Colorado, and Goldie Harvey of Ohio; four grandchildren: McKeal Keith, Samantha, Lexia Danelle, and Elizabeth Nicole. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 11, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Mitchell Shepherd, and others, officiating. Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery, at Salyers Branch, in Hueysville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com  (FCT'S 03-14-2007)

William B. Maynard Jr.

Age, 59, of Endicott, died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at his residence. Born January 11, 1948, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late William B. Maynard Sr., and Margie Collins Maynard. He was a retired shop foreman for R&S Truck Body Co., and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two brothers: David Maynard of Prestonsburg, and Gerald Ray Maynard of Endicott; six sisters: Polly Ann Stephens of Pierceton, Indiana, and Anna Lou Blackburn, Emma Lee Hunt, Della Faye Hackworth, Inez Estilene Maynard, and Virginia Jervis, all of Prestonsburg; and eight nephews, and seven nieces. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 14, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jim Smith and B. J. Crider officiating. Burial will be in the Maynard Cemetery, Wolfe Branch, in Endicott, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-14-2007)

Margaret Gayheart Meade

Age 93, of McDowell, the wife of the late Bart T. Meade, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2007, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born September 13, 1913, in Hindman, the daughter of the late Brown Gayheart and Dora Pridemore Gayheart. She was a member of the Little Rosa Regular Baptist Church, in McDowell, and a homemker. She is survived by a son, Ted (Pat) Meade of Louisville; five daughters: Velma Ward and Dora Ward, both of Chillicothe, Ohio, Ann Hasch and Vivian (Drexel) Hall, both of Louisville, and Pat (Russell) Newman of McDowell; a son-in-law, Eddie Howell of McDowell; a brother, Harry Gayheart of Saint Louisville, Ohio; two sisters: Hazel Nelson of Newark, Ohio, and Danna Wright of Lavenia, Georgia; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters: Sally Junella and Geraldine Howell. Funeral services for Margaret Gayheart Meade were conducted Tuesday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery, in Hi Hat, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-14-2007)

Toby Sergent

Age, 64, of Ashland, a native of Hueysville, died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at the Community Hospice Center in Ashland. Born March 11, 1943, in Hueysville, she was the daughter of Alma Hughes Castle of Hueysville, and the late Lester Hoover. She was a waitress. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Kimberly Kay and Tony Seagraves of Ashland; two brothers: Anthony (Harpo) Castle of Martin, and Banner Castle of Chapman; and a special companion, Jim Riddle. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jerry Manns and Chester Varney officiating. Burial was in the Castle-Hughes Cemetery, in Hueysville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Active pallbearers: Tony Seagraves, Anthony G. Castle, James Ray Hughes, Mark Shepherd, Anthony (Harpo) Castle, Stacy Goble, Jim Riddle and Matthew Castle. (FCT'S 03-14-2007)

William C. Stumbo Sr.

Age, 87, of Cookeville, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born in Floyd County, on February 1, 1920, the son of the late John M. and Della Hopkins Stumbo. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and popaw and great-popaw to his family. He loved playing golf, especially with his grandsons. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Cookeville. He was an employee for thirty-three years with Columbia Gas Company before retiring. He attended Pikeville College and the University of Kentucky. He is survived by his daughter, Sandy Martin and husband, Ken, of Cookeville, Tennessee; sons: Bill C. Stumbo Jr., and wife, Pam, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Gary Stumbo of Grayson; grandsons: Jamie Martin and wife, Shannon, of Henderson, Scott Martin and wife, Stacie, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Todd Martin of Cookeville, Tennessee; granddaughters: Stephanie Stumbo of Lexington, Laura Stumbo of Birmingham, Alabama, Belinda Castle of Lexington, and Christi Reynolds and husband, Chris, of Lexington; great-granddaughter, Brittany Castle of Lexington; great-grandsons: Brandon Castle, Caden Reynolds and Colten Reynolds, all of Lexington, and Ian Martin of Henderson; brother, E. H. “Ted” Stumbo and wife, Marlena, of Tavanes, Florida; and a sister, Mildred Kendrick of Prestonsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 66 years, Ruth Marie Stumbo, who passed away February 13, 2007; an infant brother, Clayton Stumbo; a sister, Peggy Johnston; and a brother, John M. Stumbo II. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 3, at Crest Lawn Funeral Home, Cookeville, Tennessee, with Bro. Rick Lowhorn officiating. Burial was at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers were: Jamie Martin, Scott Martin, Todd Martin, Keith Stumbo, Chris Reynolds, and Joe Cooley. Crest Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (FCT'S 03-14-2007)

Ricky Daryl Hicks

Age, 43, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, March 5, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born October 22, 1963, in McDowell, he was the son of Carlene Hicks of Drift, and the late William Lee Hicks. He was a disabled construction worker; and a member of the Tabernacle Church in Prestonsburg.  In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Shirley Collins Hicks. Other survivors include a son, David Ryan Hicks of Prestonsburg; a daughter, Stephanie Ann Figg of Fairfield, Ohio; a brother, Tommy Hicks of Drift; and a sister, Shirley Noble of Minnie. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Paul Aiken and Carl Woods officiating. Burial was in the Drift Cemetery, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-09-2007)

Arthur R. Newman

Age, 63, of Lima, Ohio, died at 4:35 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at his residence. He was born December 27, 1943, in Floyd County, the son of the late Ted and Arminia Jones Newman. He is survived by his wife, Shelley C. Wright. Survivors include three sons: Ted (Cindy Kohler) Newman of Botkins; Tony (Becky Hoelscher) Newman of Wapakoneta; and Thomas (Kelly Lange) Newman of Haskins; two daughters: Casey Alexis Newman and Cassidy Ann Newman, both at home; a brother, Donald (Mary) Newman of Lima; and three sisters: Bernice Sargent of Elida; Patricia (Herbert) Johnson of Wapakoneta; and Dallice (Herb) Carpenter of Columbus Grove, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and his former wife, Bessie Newsome of St. Marys. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Freeman Newman; and three sisters: Hazel Little, Geneve Newman, and Margleen Newman. He had been a sheet metal worker with Smith-Boughan. He attended both Lima Baptist Temple and Ark of the Covenant Baptist Churches. He was a member of Local 24, Sheet Metal Workers Union. He graduated from McDowell High School in Kentucky. He was a past master of Humer Lodge No. 167, Wapakoneta, and enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, golfing, and his children and grandchildren. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, March 9, at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville, with Pastor Gary Homan officiating, and burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima. Visitation, at the funeral home, where a Masonic memorial service was held at 8 p.m., Thursday. Memorial contributions may be given to: The Lima Baptist Church, or to Ark of the Covenant Baptist Church. (FCT'S 03-09-2007)

Polly Allen Price

Age, 77 years of age, of New Albany, Indiana, died Sunday, March 4, 2007, at Jewish Hospital, in Louisville. She was a native of Prestonsburg, born September 13, 1929, and cherished her heritage and family ties to her well-known eastern Kentucky family ancestry. She and her late husband, James Edward Price, established in 1978, a private mental health practice: Price Counseling & Associates in New Albany, until retiring after his death in 1996. In addition, she received awards and recognitions from her work on boards and committees in Indiana, Lexington, Mission, Kansas, and Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Edward L. and Anna Mayo Allen; brothers: Dr. Jack Allen, and Dick Mayo Allen; sisters: Gerry Allen Tolbert, and Anna Allen Neal. She was a member and elder at St. John United Presbyterian Church in New Albany. Survivors include two sons: John Howard Hill of New Albany, Indiana, and Bill Francis Hill (Bonnie) of Hudson, Florida; a sister, Dorothy Allen Friend of Lexington; and two grandchildren: Christa Eden, and Bill Hill III. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at St. John United Presbyterian Church, 1307 E. Elm St., New Albany. Expressions of sympathy to: charity or organization of choice. The family has chosen cremation. Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring St., New Albany, is in charge of arrangements. (FCT'S 03-09-2007)

Ancil Stumbo

Age 76, of Minnie, husband of Lenore McCarthy Stumbo, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at his  residence. He was born June 18, 1930, in McDowell, a son of the late John Morgan and Bertha Allen Stumbo. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force, was a member of the Retired Enlisted Men’s Association, and a member of St. Martha’s Catholic Church, Prestonsburg. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons: Barry Stumbo of Prestonsburg; Greg Stumbo of Allen; Kevin Stumbo of Pikeville; and Alan Stumbo of Melvin; a daughter, Renee Allen of Minnie; two brothers: John Morgan Stumbo Jr., of McDowell; and Ezra Stumbo of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters: Adeline Ward of Prestonsburg; Willodene Irwin of Huntington, West Virginia; and Justine Hess of Opeleika, Alabama; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail Crabtree; and two brothers: Isom Stumbo and Charles Stumbo. Funeral services for Ancil Stumbo will be held Friday, March 9, at 11 a.m., in St. Martha’s Catholic Church, in Prestonsburg, with Father Bob Damron presiding. Burial will follow in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, in McDowell, with the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, caring for those arrangements. Visitation is after 6 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home, and after 10 a.m., Friday, at the church.  (FCT'S 03-09-2007)
 

Clara Ellen Cross

Age, 73, of Drift, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, in Martin. Born March 9, 1933, in Drift, she was the daughter of the late John and Mattie Bell Wright Nitchie. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Old Time Baptist Church in Frog Town, in Printer.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Cross. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Larry Sr., and Sharon Cross of Drift; two brothers: Charles Victor Nitchie (Phyllis) of Pike County, and Ernest Samuel Nitchie (Marilyn) of Ada, Ohio; two sisters: Mae Salisbury and Minnie Nitchie, both of St. Mary’s Ohio; five grandchildren: Larry Jr. (Bev), Michelle Lynn (Eric), Virgil Shane (Crystal), Billy Eugene, and Aquilla ‘Chrissy’ (Vic Jr.); eight great-grandchildren: Larry Brian, Jeremy Wayne, Wesley Shane, Justin Tyler, Corey Scott, Hope Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Selena; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers: J. L. Nitchie and George (Little George) Nitchie; and a sister, Marie Nitchie. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 7, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Denver Meade, Charles Nitchie, and Chuck Hall officiating.  Burial will be in the Salisbury-Nitchie Cemetery, on School House Hollow, in Hunter, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com  (FCT'S 03-07-2007)

William Isaac (Ike) Skeens

Age, 61, of Prestonsburg, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born April 10, 1945, in West Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Joe Woodrow (Jay) Skeens and Virginia Akers Skeens. He was an equipment operator. Survivors include a son, Jay Wesley (wife, Missy) Skeens of Prestonsburg; Jay’s mother, Jennifer Adams Skeens of McDowell; his brothers: Tom Skeens of Stanton, Joe Skeens and Hank Skeens, both of Prestonsburg; his sisters: Mary Robinson, Dora Hicks, and Virginia Kay Webb, all of Prestonsburg; and a grandson, Wesley Tanner Skeens. Funeral services were held Monday, March 5, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Arnold Turner officiating. Burial was in the Music Akers Cemetery, in Abbott, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Active pallbearers: Rocky Adams, Mark Hicks, Joe Burchett, Willie Blair, Chris Prater, Brandon Barrnett, Jeff Skeens, and Eric Cook. Honorary pallbearers: Tom Skeens, Joe Skeens, Hank Skeens, Larry Cook, Odis Hicks, Gene Prater, Doc Chaffins, and Gary Wright. Visitation was at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com (FCT'S 03-07-2007)

Thomas Jackson “Jack” Webb

Age 62, of Allen, husband of Mary June Prater Webb, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2007, at Our Lady of the Way Hosptial, in Martin. He was born January 6, 1945, in Martin, the son of the late Claud and Helen Salisbury Webb. He was a retired electrician, formerly employed by Cooper Energy, in Springfield, Ohio, and was a member of the Maytown First Baptist Church in Langley. Survivors, in addition to his wife, Mary June, include two sons: Jeremy Lee Webb of Allen, and Robert Jason Webb of Louisville; three brothers: Robert Kent Webb of Stockdale, Ohio, Paul Marcus Webb of South Charleston, Ohio, and Claude Jennings Webb of Langley; two sisters: Mary Susan Goins of Langley, and Jeannie Katherine Tussey of Springfield, Ohio; five grandchildren: Shane Douglas, Matthew Dalton, Kelsey Ann, Rita Marie, and Roger Jackson; and three step-grandchildren: Stephen Allen, Jacob Michael, and Jordan Darrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Matthew Webb. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Bob Varney officiating. Burial was in the Webb Cemetery, in Langley, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: David Price, Patrick Price, Jennings Webb, Gary Webb, Marc Webb, Delbert Goins, Michael Flanery, and Allen James Honorary: Matthew Skeans, James Skeans, Brandon Skeans, Johnny Skeans, Robby Webb, Brian Webb, Shane Webb, Dalton Webb, and Rosco Webb. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-07-2007)

Haley Prater Whitaker

Age, 83, of Hueysville, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Rockcastle Community Hospital, in Mount Vernon. Born December 9, 1923, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Rhoda Bailey Prater. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Whitaker. Survivors include six sons: James Whitaker and Lloyd Whitaker, both of Waterford, Michigan; Roger Whitaker of Martin; and Ralph Whitaker, Michael Whitaker, and Jerry Whitaker, all of Hueysville; four daughters: Rhoda Arnett of North Manchester, Indiana, Clarise Hounshell of Jamestown, Tennessee; Brenda Thornsberry of Waterford, Michigan; and Kathy Howard of Hueysville; 28 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four children: Fern Jean Whitaker, Randall Keith Whitaker, Harold Gordon Whitaker, and Janet Gay Whitaker. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bethel Bolen, Earl Thornsberry, and others, officiating. Burial was in the Whitaker Cemetery, in Gunlock, Magoffin County, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S 03-07-2007)

Mable L. Blackburn

Age 77, of Willard, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, in Willard Health Care Center, following an extended illness. She was born on April 4, 1929, in Prestonsburg, the daughter of the late Verlie “Buck” and Jettie (Thompson) Blair, and had been a Willard resident since 1953.  She was a member of the Ripley Church, and attended the Eternal Life Tabernacle Church in Willard. She had worked at the John F. Stambaugh Company, and later at Hillside Acres Nursing Home. She enjoyed ceramics, quilting, collecting nature figurines, and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, James “Junior” Blackburn, whom she married July 17, 1948; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Zan and Joyce Blackburn of Prestonsburg; Dallas Ray and Delia Blackburn of Monroeville; and Donald Eugene and Ellen Blackburn of Willard; 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren; five brothers, and four sisters-in-law: Robert Dean and Midge Blair; Frederick Kem and DeeAnn Blair; John Richard Blair, Billy Carson, and Shirley Blair, all of Prestonsburg; and James Edward and Pam Blair of Columbia, Tennessee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Daryl Blackburn; three sisters: Ruth Deloris Blair, Carolina Jane Goble, and Melba Jean Meade. Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home, 202 West Maple Street, in Willard, on Friday, March 2, from 2 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 3, at the funeral home, with Pastor Ricky Branham officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Willard, Ohio, under the direction of Secor Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eternal Life Tabernacle Church. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhome.com (FCT'S 03-02-2007)

Donald Ray Hackworth

Age, 39, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, February 27, 2007, at his residence. Born September 24, 1967, in Pikeville, he was the son of Donald Hackworth of Prestonsburg, and the late Loretta Slone Hackworth. He was a disabled meat cutter at Food City in Prestonsburg; and a member of the New Bethel Assembly of God, in Salyersville. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Slone Hackworth, whom he married on February 27, 1988. Other survivors include a son, Jonathan Hackworth of Prestonsburg; and a daughter, Keshia Hackworth of Prestonsburg. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 2, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Arthur Sam Smith officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemane Gardens in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation, is at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com (FCT'S 03-02-2007)

Bailey Johnson

Age 60, of Bevinsville, died Monday, February 26, 2007, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare emergency room. Born February 9, 1947, in Weeksbury, he was the son of Lillie Mae Hall Johnson of Bevinsville, and the late Has Johnson. He was a retired general laborer. Survivors include four brothers: Ell Johnson of Teaberry, Otis Johnson and Ernie Johnson, both of Bevinsville, and Ronald Johnson of Galveston; three sisters: Thelma Quillen of Lexington, Annie Gessell of Bevinsville, and Bessie Keltner of Lima, Ohio. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Birchfield Johnson, Dennis Ray Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Amos Johnson, and Raymond Johnson; and two sisters: Gloria Johnson and Dorothy Johnson. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 2, at noon, at his residence in Bevinsville, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Ben Hall Cemetery, at Arnold Fork, at Kite, in Knott County, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the residence.  (FCT'S 03-02-2007)

Jane Spears

Age, 79, of Harold, died Tuesday, February 27, 2007, at her residence. Born January 27, 1928, in Torrington, Wyoming, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Lucy Pease Koester. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Spears. Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law: Jerry and Lisa Spears of Harold, Johnny & Beverly Spears of Pikeville, Lloyd and Nina Spears of Greenwich, Ohio, Jimmy and Padra Spears of Harold, and Neal and Brenda Spears of Harold; a daughter and son-in-law: Julia and Kenneth Spurlock of Harold; two sisters: Lorraine Neumann of Wheatridge, Colorado, and Mae Lewis of Windsor, Colorado; nine grandchildren: Cody, Jodi, Taylor, Jacob, Sarah, Jonathon, Leonard, Billy, and Amy; and two step-grandchildren: Jason and Brandy. In addition to her parents; and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William Dale Spears. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 2, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Tracy Patton, and others, officiating. Burial will be in the Sturgill Spears Cemetery, at Toler Creek in Harold, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation, at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.co   (FCT'S 03-02-2007)