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Taken from the Floyd County Times Dated

May 1, 1998

Ralph Webb

Age90, of Blue River, died April 27, 1998. s/o late Talt and Nancy Dingus Webb. Preceded in death by wife, Lizzie Webb. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel. 

Elizabeth Conn Roberts

Age 89, of Harold, died April 29, 1998. Born March 1, 1909 at Toler Creek, d/o the late William and Martha Taylor Conn. She was preceded in death by husband Ranel Roberts. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Leonard Goble

Age 67, of Auxier, died April 28, 1998. Born Sept. 5, 1930 at Lancer, s/o the late Bannie and Net Burchett Goble. h/o Brenda Hall Goble. Burial was in the Goble Family Cemetery at Auxier. 

May 6, 1998

Isaac Arnold Keathley

Age 81, of Harold, died May 4, 1998.  Born March 3, 1917 at Harold, the son of the late Kelly and Susie Hamilton Keathley. Survivors include his wife, Maude Story Keathley; five sons, Kelly, G.B., Robert, Truman and James Keathley; two daughters, Susie Poteet and Juanita Howell; one sister, Arzella Rogers. Burial is in the Keathley Family Cemetery at Harold, KY.

Sola Hall

Age 61, of Grethel, died April 30, 1998. Born April 30, 1937 at Honaker, the daughter of the late Charlie, and Mary Margaret Yates Hall. Survivors include her husband, Norman "Bob" Hall; two sons Larry D. Hall and Gary D. Hall; one daughter, Brenda G. Hamilton; two sisters Goldie Hall and Lillie Jones. Burial is in the Hall Cemetery at Grethel, KY.

Rollie B. Rowe

Age 51, of Willard, died May 2, 1998. Born Dec. 15, 1946 in Salyersville, the son of the late Charlie and Mattie Back Rowe. Survivors include his wife, Lacella Patrick Rowe; two sons, Chuck Rowe and Chad Rowe; one daughter, Regina Hicks; step-mother, Elida Rowe; three brothers, four sister. Burial is in the Greenwood Cemetery in Willard, Ohio.

Doris Reynolds Pinson

Age 76, of Ashland, formerly of Martin, died May 2, 1998. Born Feb. 17, 1922 at Martin, the daughter of the late William J. Reynolds and Rebecca Mayo Reynolds. She was preceded in death by husband Charles W. Pinson. Survivors include one brother, Ralph G. Reynolds; one sister, Alice Allen. Burial is in the Osborne Cemetery at Martin, KY.

Dessie Horn

Age 83, of Ligon, died May 5, 1998. Born Feb. 19, 1915 in Pike Co., she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Martha Hall May. She was preceded in death by husband, Ballard Horn. Survivors include three sons, Earl Horn, Bobby Horn, Larry Horn, four daughters, Bonnie Young, Linda Brown, Brenda Slone, Rehes Rowe. Burial is in the Burton Cemetery at Ligon, KY.

Raney Hamilton Hunt

Age 90, of Harold, died may 4 1998. Born June 26, 1907 at Amba, the daughter of the late Jessie and Lizzie Salisbury Hamilton. She was preceded in death by husband Ballard Hunt. Survivors include six sons, Marvin, Dinald, Virgel, Emmitt, Ballard Eugene and Franklin Hunt; Five daughters, Margaret Tackett, Patricia Stevens, Dolly Williams, Nora Jean Ilka, Florine Gifford; one brother, Charley Hamilton. Burial is in the Raney Hunt Cemetery on Toler Creek, Harold, KY.

Ethel Mae Tackett

Age 83, of Martin, died May 4, 1998. Born July 6, 1914 d/o the late Benjamin Franklin and Darthola Johnson Hall. She was preceded in death b husband Dock Tackett. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery in Albion, MI.


James Bruce Hubbard

Formerly of Prestonsburg, died April 29, 1998 in Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by wife Roberta Littlel Hubbard. Burial will be in Prestonsburg.

Fred Jarrell

Age 78, of Banner, died May 3, 1998. Born Oct. 16, at Dana, he was the son of the late Sam and Polly Conn Jarrell. Survivors include wife, Mary Boyd Jarrell; one son, Leo Jarrell; three dau., Roberta Gross, Deborah Hall and Judy Boyd; one brother, Ambers Jarrell; one sister, Ellie Loftis. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.

Frances Greer Martin

Age, 73, of Jonancy, died April 30, 1998. Born Dec. 17, 11924 in Pike Co. the dau. of the late Noah and Gertrude Tackett Newsome. She was preceded in death by husband Canton Martin. Burial was in the Newsome Memorial Cemetery at Robinson Creek.

Sam Sheperd

Age 82, of Saylers Branch, Hueysville, died May, 4, 1998. Born Mar. 25, 1916 at Caney Fork, Middle Creek, he was the son of the late Brice and Laura Ousley Shepherd. He was preceded in death by wife, Laura Vanderpool Shepard. Burial was in the Community Cemetery at Hueysville.

Johnny Raty Jones

Age 53, of Melvin, died April 30, 1998. Born April 22, 1945 in Floyd Co. h was the son of the late Tilton and Ruby Ramey Jones. He is survived by wife, Christine Hall Jones. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery.

Hattie Fannin Williamson

Age 98, of Cow Creek, Allen, died May 1, 1998. Born April 17, 1900 in Martin County, she was the daughter of the late James Henry and Elizabeth Neeley Fannin. She was preceded in death by husband James Bascome Williamson.  Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens.

May 8, 1998


Charles Loy Stumbo

Charles Loy Stumbo, 56, of Martin, died May 5, 1998. Born March 26, 1942 at Red Fox, he was the son of the late Bill Stumbo and Vautie Adams Stumbo. Survivors include one son, Kevin; one brother, Harry Stumbo; and one sister, Heasteen Stumbo Mosley. Burial was at the Isaac Family Cemetery at Dinwood.

Mae Bolen Turner

Mae Bolen Turner, 79, of Wayland, died May 5, 1998. Born March 15, 1919 at Garrett, she was the daughter of the late French and Mattie Sizemore Bolen. Survivors include her husband, Graham Turner; two sons, John G., and William E, Turner; one daughter, Gloria Mae Collins; two brothers, Earl and Covet Bolen; six sisters, Sophia Vanderpool, Ethel Coburn, Olga Richmond, Kathleen Hofelich, Goldie Bailey, and Evalene Caudill; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Bolen cemetery at Rockfork at Garrett.

Walter Justice

Walter "Clyde" Justice, 82, of Harold, died May 4, 1998. Born July 17, 1915 in Pikeville, he was the son of the late Gilbert Justice and Stella Burchett Justice. Survivors include his wife, Roxie King Justice; two stepdaughters, Linda Bush and Glenda Hunt; one sister, Dorothy Scalf; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Gladys Riddle Branham

Gladys Riddle Branham, 80, of Jonancy, died may 6, 1998. Born August 29, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Willie Riddle and Pearlie Johnson Riddle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Branham. Survivors include two sons, Ira Edsel and Randall Osborne; one brother  Bill Riddle; and five sisters, Shirley Deskins, Jacquine Mullins, Bessie Lowe, Hazel Damron, and Nettie Gibson. Burial was at the Willie Riddle Cemetery at Pikeville.

May 13, 1998

Roberta Lee

Age 85, of Letcher Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Neon, died Friday, May 8, 1998, at the Whitesburg ARH. Bom April 4, 1913, she was the daughter of the late L.P. Isaac and Ludema Hall Isaac. She was a retired nurse. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Lee. Survivors include one son, Hobert Lee Jr. of Madison, Indiana; one brother, Lee Isaac Jr. of Wheelwright; one sister, Gertie I. Burke of McRoberts; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m., at the R.S. Jones and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with the Church of Christ ministers officiating. Burial was in the Isaac Family Cemetery at Wheelwright. under

Elder James Albert Slone

Elder James Albert Slone, 61, of Kite, died Saturday, April 9, 1998, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born April 23, 1937 at Hollybush (Knott County), he was the son of the late Maryland Slone and Emilie Tuttle Slone. He was a disabled miner and member of the Ivy Point Old Regular Baptist Church at Garner. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia D. Hicks Slone; five sons, James M. Slone of Mt. Sterling, Garland R. Slone, Joe Slone and Emery L. Slone, all of Topmost, and Ray Slone of Carrie; two daughters, Etta Mae Holland of Fisty and Carol S. Slone, all of Topmost; five brothers, Isom Slone, Steve Slone and Willie Slone, all of Topmost, Joe Slone of Garrett, and Bobby Ray Slone of Wayland; one sister, Anna Sue Gibson of Ligonnaire, Indiana; 29 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 12, at 11 a.m., at Ivy Point Old Regular Baptist Church at Garner, with the ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Slone Cemetery at Potato Branch, Kite.

Ronnie Edward King

Age 54, of Mousie, died Saturday, May 9, I998, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center, following a sudden illness. Born March 16, 1944 at Rome, Georgia, he was the son of the late Herbert and Lois Moore King. He was a former employee of Bartlett Tree Experts. Survivors include her husband, Diane Combs King; one son, Nicholas Wayne King of Mousie; one brother, Wayne King of Social Circle, Georgia; three sisters, Elaine Evans of Cumming, Georgia, Janice Sehmidthe of Covington, Georgia, and Freda Storey of Georgia. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 12, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with clergymen Roger Bolen and Sterling Bolen officiating. Burial was in the Combs Cemetery at Mousie.

Goldia Layne Hall

Age 77, of Ivel, died Monday, May 11, 1998, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Pikeville. Born April 16, 1921 at Ivel, she was the daughter of the late Morgan and May Stratton Layne. Survivors include her husband, T. J. Hall; one son, Tommy D. Hall of Ivel; two grandsons, Duran Hall of Mason, Ohio, and Larry Hall of Betsy Layne; one great-grandson, Nicholas Hall of Betsy Layne. Evening services will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m., at the Tom's Creek Freewill Baptist Church at Ivel, with Rev. James Harmon officiating. Burial will be in the Layne Family Cemetery at Ivel.

Versie Triplett

Age 74, of Hindman, died Sunday, May 10, 1998, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born March 9, 1924 at Rockfork, Knott County, she was the daughter of the late Claude Handshoe and Molly Conley Handshoe. She was a member of the Rockfork Old Regular Baptist Church at Garrett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kelly Triplett. Survivors include three sons, Tracy Triplett of Lima, Ohio, Charles Triplett of Bluffton, Ohio, and Clinton Triplett of Hindman; one daughter, Brenda Joyce Miller of Lima, Ohio; one brother, J. B. Conley of Garner; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m., at the Rockfork Old Regular Baptist Church at Garrett, with Jerry Manns, Earl Slone and John Priest officiating. Burial was in the Bolen Cemetery at Rockfork, Garrett.

Russell Robert Gallimore

Age 35, of Auxier, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at Cabel-Huntington Hospital in West Virginia. Born April 23, 1963 in Chicago, he was the son of R.C. Gallimore and Mary Jane Gallimore. Survivors include his wife, Kim Gallimore; one daughter, Ashley Gallimore; two stepdaughters, Samantha Thompson and Caterina Cross; three brothers, Kenneth Bauers, Dennis Bauers and Carl David Baners; and one step-grandchild. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 6, at Hindman Funeral Services Chapel, with ,Father John Moriarty officiating. Burial was in the Terry Cemetery at Larkslane.

Nancy Jean Lambert Hagans

Age 85, of Ashland, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at Wurtland Manor Nursing Home, following an extended illness. Born November 14, 1912 at Tomahawk, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Rose Meek Lambert. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude P. Hagans, in 1991. She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church in Martin. Survivors include one son, Alan Hagans of Martin; two daughters, Eileen Slone of Burlington, Michigan, and Claudia Hayes of Ashland; 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren .Funeral services were Monday, May 11, at 1 p.m., at the Steen Funeral Home Ashland Chapel, with Rev. Mike Saunders officiating. Entombment was in the Rose Hill Mausoleum, under the direction of Steen Funeral Home in Ashland.

Harlos Hall

Age 65, of Elyria, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at Medina General Hospital from an apparent heart attack while attending church. He was born at Drift and lived in Lorain County, Ohio, for 34 years. He was formerly employed by the Ford Motor Company foundry in Brookpark, Ohio, for 35 years until his retirement in 1992. He was an ordained deacon of the Pleasant View Old Regular Baptist Church in Litchfield, Ohio, where he was a member for 18 years and a deacon 15 years. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Hall; sons, Tun Hall and Eldon Hall, both of Elyria, Ohio; daughters, Vanessa Martin and Sabrina Russell, both of Lorain, Ohio; brothers, Ivan Hall of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Terry Hall of St. Louis, Missouri, and Charles Hall of St. Charles, Illinois; sisters, Lydia Rakosy of Brookpark, Ohio, Mary Yvonne Castle of Drift, Lorraine Daniels of Cleveland, Ohio, and Emma Jean Burton of Cullamn, Alabama; and one grandchild. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 6, at 10 a.m., at the Pleasant View Old Regular Baptist Church, with Elder StoneyBlackburn officiating. Burial was in the River Road Cemetery in LaGrange, Ohio

Earlyta Claire Lafferty

Age 54, of Harold, died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born April 23, 1944 at Harold, she was the daughter of Montana Layne Brooks of Harold and the late James Earl Brooks. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Homer, Michigan. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Harry Eugene Lafferty; one brother, Larry Brooks of Kingston, Tennessee; and one foster sister, Nina Howell of Grethel. Funeral services were Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with J.M. Slone officiating. Burial was in the Layne Cemetery at Harold.

May 15, 1998

Ronnie Edward King

Age 54, of Mousie, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center, following a sudden illness. Born March 16, 1944 at Rome, Georgia, he was the son of the late Herbert and Lois Moore King. He was a former employee of Bartlett Tree Experts. Survivors include his wife, Diane Combs King; one son, Nicholas Wayne King of Mousie; one brother, Wayne King of Social Circle, Georgia; three sisters, Elaine Evans of Cumming, Georgia, Janice Schmidthe of Covington, Georgia, and Freda Storey of Georgia. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 12, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with clergymen Roger Bolen and Sterling Bolen officiating. Burial was in the Combs Cemetery at Mousie.

Lady May Lafferty

Age 84, of Dwale, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born November 1, 1913 in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Lum and Carrie Flannery Porter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Canton Lafferty. Survivors include one son, Rafe Lafferty of Dwale; one sister, Delphia Abar of New Orleans, Louisiana; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 16, 1998, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Gordon Fitch officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier
Funeral Home, Martin.

Ben Mullins

Ben Mullins, 68, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, following an extended illness. Born March 9, 1930 at Myra, he was the son of the late Nelson and Francis Hall Mullins. He was a retired coal miner and member of the Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Mitchell Mullins; two daughters, Mary Mandl of West Hill, California, and Brenda Hunter of Agoura, California; two brothers, Derwood Mullins of Amherst, Ohio, and Larry Mullins of Mansfield, Texas; five sisters, Mary Robinson of South Carolina, Ruth Hogston, Georgia, Nancy Holt of Elyria, Ohio, Juanita Elswick of Virgie, and Margaret Hawpe of Romulus, Michigan; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home Chapel, with Mark Tackett officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

Elmer Hall

Age, 72, of Drift, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a long illness. Born April I 1, 1928 at Topmost, he was the son of the late Jno Hall and Nancy Gibson Hall. He was a retired coal miner, formerly employed by the Stone Coal Mining Company, and a U.S. Air Corps, World War II veteran. Survivors include his wife, Cora Sue Martin Hall; five sons, Scotty Hall of Drift, Elmer Hall Jr. of Piqua, Ohio, Timmy Hall of Troy, Ohio, and Randy Hall and Rodney Hall, both of Michigan; one step-son, Steve Martin of Fayetteville, North Carolina; one daughter, Derlyze Britner of Richmond; one brother, Hargis Hall of McDowell; one sister, Aleece H. Jones of Thornton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with clergyman Harry Hargis officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery at Bevinsville.

George Edward Barnette

George Edward Barnette, 69, of Martin, died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, following a long illness. Born March 6, 1929 at Gate City, Virginia, he was the son of the late G.W. Barnette and Nannie Rhoton Barnette. He was a retired coal operator and businessman. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Blair Barnette; four sons, Steven Barnette, George E. Barnette Jr. and Roger Dale Barnette, all of Martin, and Clinton Barnette of Thonotosassa. two daughters, Sue Onodaga, Michigan, and Belinda "Lynn" Dingus of Martin; one step-daughter, Barrie Lynn Johnson of Martin; one brother, Edman "Beaver' Barnette of Martin; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with clergymen Don Crisp and Lori Vannucci officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Martin.

Oscar McCoy

Oscar McCoy, 88, of Brushy Road, Pike County, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, at Mountain Manor Nursing Home. Born September 19, 1909 in Pike County, he was the son of the late Cordelia Keesee McCoy and Roscoe McCoy. He was a sawmill worker and grocery store owner for more than 26 years. Hc was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nanie Hunter McCoy. Survivors include two sons, Tracy McCoy and McKinley McCoy, both of Brushy; four daughters, Alice Clay of Prestonsburg, Dorothy Nichols of vermilion, Ohio, and Ruth Hackworth and Ella Francis, both of Brushy; one brother, Donnie McCoy of Dearborn, Michigan; one sister, Claudia Blackburn of Hardy; 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m., at the J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Beasley Biliter Jr., Gabe Lowe, Richard Staton, James Hamilton and others officiating. Burial will be in the McCoy Cemetery on Brushy Road.

May 20, 1998

Henry Gardner Smith Sr.

Henry Gardner Smith Sr., 82, Formerly of Zion, Illinois, died March 19, 1998. Born September 7, 1915 at Garrett, he was the son of the late Benton and Bethana Smith. He is preceded in death by his wife, Emma. Survivors include two children, Henry Gardner Smith Jr., and Jenna Jensen; and one grandson and one great-grandson. Burial was in the Mt. Olivet memorial Park in Zion, Illinois.

Leonard Prater

Leonard Prater, 67, of Wellington, died may 13, 1998. Born May 16, 1930 in Kentucky, he was the son of the late Will R. and Sarah Prater. Survivors include his wife, Ollie Mosley Prater; one son, Billy Prater; one daughter, Vickie Mullins; and three grandchildren. Burial was in the Rest Haven Cemetery at Stanton.

Anna M. Jenkins

Anna M. Jenkins, 80, of Garrett, died may 14, 1998. Born November 23, 1917 in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Garfield Jenkins and Mary Francis Marshall Jenkins. Survivors include two sons, Willie "Bill" Bentley, and Carlos Moore; four daughters, June Bentley Smith, Verda Craft, Brenda Pratt, and Rosa Chaffins; 12 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren. Burial was in the Chaffins Cemetery at Garrett.

Elizabeth R. Martin

Elizabeth R. Martin, 82, of Wayland, died May 16, 1998. Born February 23, 1916 at Louisville, she was the daughter of the late G. Mack Robertson and Blanche Compton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto martin. Survivors include two sons, James E., and Mack W.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Martin Cemetery at Wayland.

Albert Lee "Buddy" Stricklin

Albert Lee "Buddy" Stricklin, 69, of East Point, died May 16, 1998. Born July 2, 1928 at Johns Creek, he was the son of the late Patrick "Pat" and Maggie Hatfield Stricklin. He is survived by his niece, Sandy Nickles. Burial was in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

Elsie "Coot" Johnson Dillon

Elsie "Coot" Johnson Dillon, 75, of Richmond, formerly of Hi Hat, died May 14, 1998. Born September 11, 1922 at Price, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Susie Moore Johnson. Survivors include her husband, Dewey Dillon; two sons, Tommy and Wendall McCoy; one daughter, Lavonne Johnson; one brother, Charles Bryan Johnson; three sisters, Marie Jackson, Francis Cramer, and Catherine Hatfield; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery at Hi Hat.

Mildred Hall Kidd

Mildred Hall Kidd, 75, of Grethel, died May 16, 1998. Born March 12, 1923 at Harold, she was the daughter of the late Joe Hall and Nan Akers Hall. Survivors include her husband, Leonard Kidd; four sons, Roy, Larry, Gary, and Don Kidd; five daughters, Betty Conley, Jo Newsome, Lois Waller, Mary Ann Newman, and Patrina Compton; one brother, Town Hall; six sisters, Gertrude Frasure, Melva McCall, Loretta Kinney, Ella Miller, Dorothy Miller, and Bobbie Hall; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Kidd Cemetery at Grethel.

Ada Owens Adams

Ada Owens Adams, 95, of Middle Creek, Prestonsburg, died May 15, 1998. Born December 16, 1902 at Blue River, she was the daughter of the late James and Lulie Slone Owens. She was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Adams, and her daughter Roxie Lee Manuel. Survivors include her son-in-law, Sam Manuel; two grandsons, Terry Lee and Paul Dale Manuel; and one sister, Sally Jo Combs. Burial was in the jack Arnett Cemetery on Middle Creek Road.

Sam Nelson

Sam Nelson, 74, of Maryville, Tennessee, formerly of Prestonsburg, died May 17, 1998. Survivors include his wife, Chris Nelson; four sons and four daughters; four stepdaughters; two stepsons; six brothers; one sister; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Burial was at the Grandview Cemetery in Maryville, Tennessee.

Billy Slone

Billy Slone,58, of Constantine, Michigan, formerly of David, died May 16,1998. Born October 28, 1939 at David, he was the son of Ellis Slone of David and the late Lillie Shepherd Slone. In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Linda F. Taylor Slone; one son, James Ellis Slone; two daughters, Pamela Manson, and Kimberly Evans; one stepdaughter, Dawn Taylor; one brother, Bobby Slone; three sisters, Josephine Muncy, Jolene Bradford, and Evelyn "Penny" Schrock; and four grandchildren. Burial was in the James E. Shepherd Cemetery at David.

Muriel Lavonne Penton Harris

Muriel Lavonne Penton Harris, 71, of Thornton, Colorado, died May 13, 1998. Born February 22, 1927 at Algona, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Chester A. and Mary Carroll Penton. She was prededed in death by her husband, Calvin Clark Harris. Survivors include two sons, Joseph Melvin, and Arthur Clark Harris; three sisters, Jean Simons, Jo Erpelding, and maxine Mulligan; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Vaughan Family Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

Raymond Conn

Raymond Conn, 50, of Dwale, died May 13, 1998. Born January 29, 1948 at Martin, he was the son of the late Beverly and Maltie Samons Conn. Survivors include one son, Raymond Conn; one daughter, Betty Jean Conn; one brother, Ray Conn; and seven sisters, Boe Ouslely, Wanda Ratliff, Betty Conn, Lorieth Adkins, Mary Lou Hyden, Janice Hackworth, and Estella Ann Conn. Burial was in the Adkins Cemetery at Arkansas Creek, Martin.


Linzey Reece Young

Linzey Reece Young, 26, of Prestonsburg, died May 15, 1998. Born July 29, 1971 in Pike County, he was the son of Venice and Ruby Smith Young of Varney. Survivors include his wife, Rita Frazier Young; his maternal grandmother, Myrtle Smith; his maternal great-grandmother, Goldie Lewis; one daughter, Katie Leighanne Young; one stepdaughter, Natasha Lynn Frazier; one brother, Venice Glen Young; and two sisters, Linda Hunt and Bertha Mae Horn. Burial was in the Young Family Cemetery at Varney.

Nicholas Ritchie

Nicholas Ritchie, 85, of Fisty, died May 14, 1998. Born on May 2, 1913 at Clear Creek, he was the son of the late Josh and Elizabeth Ritchie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucinda Ritchie. Survivors include his stepson, Wade Thomas; and six step-grandchildren. Burial was in the Andy Ritchie Cemetery at Clear Creek.

Lousina Hackworth

Lousina Hackworth, 85, of Youngstown, Ohio, died May 15, 1998. Born June 3, 1912 at Bonanza, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary Workman Hackworth. Survivors include one daughter, Lois Phillips; one brother, Earl Hackworth; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Green Haven Cemetery in Austintown, Ohio.

Melvie Conley

Melvie Conley, 76, of Topmost, died May 18, 1998. Born February 15, 1922 at Garrett, she was the daughter of the late John Lawson and Dolly Turner Lawson. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Penny Gibson, and her husband, Hubert Conley. Survivors include two sons, Buford and Charles Edward Conley; two daughters, Linda Burks and Wanda Donovan; one brother, Hubert Lawson; two sisters, Alvie Frasure, and Ted Duff; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Turner Cemetery at Langley.

May 22,1998

Kendrick Milford Blevins

Kendrick Milford Blevins, 64, of Langley, died May 19, 1998. Born September 13, 1933 in Pike County, he was the son of the late Delmer Blevins and Webble Fransisco Blevins. Survivors include his wife, Shelby Jean Terry Blevins; three sons, Christopher O'Neal, Kelvin Milford, and Stephen Ray Blevins; one daughter, Bernadette Blevins Hagana; three brothers, Kenneth Glenn, John Burnett, and Larry Gordon Blevins; four sisters, Patsy Ruth Dean, Jannice Sue Hinkle, Mary Joan Wallen, and Judith Carol Archer; and six grandchildren. Burial was in the Blevins Cemetery at Wilson Creek, Langley.

Loretta Akers Hamilton

Loretta Akers Hamilton, 66, of Kettering, Ohio, died May 11, 1998. Born February 20, 1932 at Ligon, she was the daughter of Noah and Fannie Mitchell Akers. She is survived by her husband, Elmer C. Hamilton; one daughter, Joy Elizabeth; three sons, Craig, Michael, and Jerry Hamilton; one brother, Leroy Akers of McDowell; one sister, Gladys Hamlin; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Entombment was in Woodland Mausoleum.

Willis Bradford

Willis Bradford, 45, of David, died May 20, 1998. Born September 27, 1952 in Floyd Co., he was the son of Burnis and Inis Adams Bradford of David. In addition to his parents, he is survived by hid wife , Patricia Thornsberry Bradford; one dau., Erica Deon Bradford; four brothers, James, Oyis, Bobby and Hubert Bradford; three sisters, Geneva Shepherd, Bonnie Holbrook, Peggy Dalton. Burial is in the Thornsberry Family Cemetery at David.

Fannie Reams

Age 88, of Marango, OH, formerly of Montgomery Co., died May 19, 1998. Born December 22, 1907 at Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Julie Gearheart and Dan Hunter. She was preceded in death by husbands, Bill Wicker, on March 31, 1940 and Walter Reams in 1985. Burial is in the Johnny Martin Cemetery.

Randall Elkins

Age 41, of Prestonsburg, died May 19, 1998. Born August 30, 1956, at Wheelwright, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Kathleen Louanna Bowman Elkins. Survivors include his wife, Blanche "May" Dillion Elkins; one son, Jason Elkins; one stepson, Willie Lee Hale; one dau. Casey Beth Elkins; two step-dau., Mary Kilburn, Linda Salisbury; two brothers, Paul Elkins, Woodrow Elkins; four stepbrothers, Marvin R. Rice, James Vernon Rice, Paul A. Rice, Herman Edgar Rice; three sisters, June Thompson, Volet Hamilton, Gladys Elkins; five stepsisters, Reva Joyce Rapp, Glora Faye Rice, Peggy Czeczeli, Debbie Green, Charlotte Anderson. Burial is in the Buckingham Cemetery.

Vesta Dempsey Prater

Age 64, of Abbott Creek, Prestonsburg, died May 20, 1998. Born June 23, 1933 at Blue River, she was the daughter of the late Moss and Nora Witaker Dempsey. Survivors include her husband, Conard Prater; one son, Larry D. Prater; four brothers, Wayne Dempsey, Lawrence Dempsey, Arnold Dempsey, Paul D. Dempsey; three sisters, Donna Sue Goble, Thelma Grace Dempsey, Joann Harshman. Burial is in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

May 27,1998

Lyndall Erwin "Lee" Corbett

Age 54, of Wayland, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born June 24, 1943 in Princeton, Maine, he was the son of Grace Gertrude Butler Corbett of Princeton, Maine, and the late Harry Edward Corbett. He was an automobile technician for Music Carter Hughes. He was a member of the Wayland United Methodist Church and assistant chief of the Wayland Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Beverly Crawford Corbett; one son, Bryan Corbett of California; three daughters, Stacy Corbett Mercuri of Mentor, Ohio, and Melissa Corbett Goodwin and Michelle Corbett, both of Wayland; three brothers, Marshall Corbett of Strongville, Ohio, Jim Corbett of West Salem, Ohio, and Jerry Corbett of Ocala, Florida; one sister, Jean Tardy of Mars Hill, Maine; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were Sunday, May 24, at 11 a.m., at the Wayland United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jack Howard officiating. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

Larry Willard Patton

Larry Willard Patton, 23, of Hunter, died Monday, May 25, 1998, at Shop Branch Road, Hunter, following an accident. Born March 14, 1974 in Prestonsburg, he was the son of Larry Patton of Wayland and Margaret Scott Rice of Prestonsburg. He was a laborer for Warco Land Improvement. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Michelle Newsome Patton; stepmother, Unia Fields Patton of Wayland; stepfather, Rome Rice of Prestonsburg; paternal grandmother, Rebecca Conley Patton of Estill; maternal grandparents, Willard and Isabelle Fugate Scott of Garrett; two brothers, Michael Glime of Hippo and Ray Osborne of Estill; and two sisters, Lora Spill of Lexington and Sabrina Osborne of Topmost. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 27, at I p.m., at the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church at Estill, with Rev. Wayne Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the Lackey Cemetery.

Joseph Hawley Tackett

Age 77, of Hi Hat, died Monday, May 25, 1998, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Born January 20, 1921 at Langley, he was the son of the late Rubin and Mary Tackett. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Pine Grove Southern Baptist Church and a u.s. Army, World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Elizabeth Bryant Tackett, and his second wife, Francis Johnson Tackett. Survivors include one son, Glenvis "Bo" Tackett of Keokee, Virginia; three daughters, Wanda Johnson, Nina Newsome and Mary Kathleen Newman, all of Hi Hat; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 28, at 11 a.m., at the Pine Grove Baptist Church at Hi Hat, with clergymen Rodney Mosley, Don Fraley Jr. and Roy Corbin officiating. Burial will be in the Boyd Cemetery at Price.

Bulah Nickles

Age 87, of Wayland, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born December 9, 1910 at Mousie, she was the daughter of the late Ballard Hicks and Ora Wicker Hicks. She was a member of the Steele's Creek Regular Baptist Church at Wayland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Birt Nickles. Survivors include three sons, Ancil Nickles of Plymouth, Ohio, Shannon Nickles of Wayland, and Leslie Darrel Nickles of Kendallville, Indiana; two daughters, Pearl Martin of Crittenden, and Pauline Chaffins of LaGrange, Ohio; three brothers, Curtis Hicks of Kendallville, Indiana, Ballard Hicks Jr. of LaGrange, Ohio, and Roger Hicks of West Liberty; two sisters, Lucy Moore of Kendallville, Indiana, and Dorsie Patton of Eastern; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, May 25, at 10 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, with the Regular Baptist Church ministers officiating. Burial was in the Whitt Martin Cemetery at Topmost.

Virgina A. "Sissie" Lyons Smith

Age 68, of Plymouth, Ohio, died May 24, 1998, at her home, following a sudden illness. Born November 1, 1929 at Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Elizabeth Lyons. She had lived in Plymouth, Ohio, for the past 40 years. She retired from Shelby Metal Products in Shelby, Ohio. She was a member of tte United Baptist Church in Shiloh, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Smith. Survivors include one son, Scottie Smith of Plymouth, Ohio; one sister, Gracie Yates of Garrett; one brother, George Lyons of Flemmington, Missouri; two grandsons and two great-grandsons. Funeral services' will be Thursday, May 28, at 11 a.m., at the United Baptist Church in Shiloh, Ohio, with Rev. Delmar Bailey officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Shiloh, Ohio.

William Hoppman III

Age 53, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, May 1998, at HRMC, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born May 14, 1945 at Berea, Ohio, he was the son of Phyllis Holland Hoppman of Berea, Ohio, and the late William Hoppman II. He was a district manager for Red Hedd Oil Company in Richmond. He was a member of the Fitzpatrick Baptist Churrch in Prestonsburg. Survivors include his wife, Waynette Davis Hoppman; one son, Jeff Hoppman of Cincinnati, Ohio; two daughters, Jenifer Acklin of Lexington and Kay McKenzie of Versailles; one brother, Tom Honoman of glerea Ohio: and two Emogene Roberts Mullins, 68, of Toler Creek. Harold, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington. Born June 15, 1929 at Harold, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Roberts and Lucy Perry Roberts. She was a member of the Coal Rut/ Church of Christ at Pikeville. Survivors include her husband, Rual "Virgil" Mullins; two sons, Edward Randy Mullins of Harold and Dana Ray Mullins of Weeksbury; one daughter, Sandy Gaye Mullins Mires of Harold; one sister, Etta Mae Roberts Bush of Harold; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 26, ata'l a.m., at the Coal Run Church of Christ at Pikeville, with clergyman Jerry Bliffen officiating. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel.

May 29, 1998

Nadine Dotson Vance

Age 51, of Inez, died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, .at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington, following an extended illness. Born November 4, 1946 at Paintsville, she was the daughter of  the late Everett T. and Pauline Barnes Dotson. Survivors include her husband, Pete Vance; three sons, James A. Osborne and John L. Osborne, both
of Prestonsburg, and Joshua Dotson Vance of Inez; one daughter, Rachel Osborne Griffith of Prestonsburg; one brother, John R. Dotson of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Darlene Honeycutt of Prestonsburg and Tamera Miller of Lexington; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, May 28, at the 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. George Love officiating. Burial was in the Dotson Family Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

Opal Dean Moore Bolen

Age 79, of West Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at HRMC in Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born at Jenkins, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Lura Stafford Moore. She was a cook, formerly employed at Wise Restaurant and the Kentucky Restaurant. She also worked for the U.S. Shoe Factory. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Bolen. Survivors include one daughter, Donna Bolen Moore of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Grace Moore and Mabel Hicks, both of Prestonsburg; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 30, at 1 p.m., at the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. John Henry Woods and Rev. Gene Schwenk officiating. Burial will be in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery in Prestonsburg.

Lisa Lynn Ousley

Age 24, of Harold, died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born September 15, 1973 in Pike County, she was the daughter of Susan Ann Gibson Ousley and David Anthony Gooch of Harold. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Billy Ray Ousley Jr.; one son, David
Benjamin Myers of Harold; two daughters, Morgan Catherine Myers and Kodi Lynn Myers, both of Lexington; and one sister, Kimberly Dawn Davis of Prestonsburg. Funeral services will be Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m., at the J. W. Call and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bob Norman officiating. Entombment will be in the Whispering Woodland Mausoleum, R. H. Ratliff Cemetery at Shelbiana.