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As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Zadis Dean Tackett

Age 59, of Beaver, husband of Maggie Martin Tackett, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at his residence. Born August 5, 1944, in Martin, he was the son of Hatler and Myrtle Osborne Tackett, of Beaver. He was a retired coal miner (National Steel) and a Vietnam Marine veteran. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by one son, Zadis Dean Tackett II, of Beaver; two daughters, Jennifer Cantrell, of Pikeville, and Ginger Recznik, of Georgetown; two brothers, James Tackett, of Beaver, and Gary Tackett, of Grethel; five sisters, Betty Brown, Nina Hall, and Alma Lou Tackett, all of Beaver, Dianna Meade, of Dema, and Rosalee Tackett, of Lyles, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Tyler, Morgan and Bailey Recznik; and one step-grandchild, Alyssa Cantrell. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 11, at the Samaria Regular Baptist Church, at Teaberry. Regular Baptist ministers officiated. Burial was in the Hall Cemetery, at Teaberry. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Zadis Tackett II, Gary Tackett, Amos Tackett Jr., David Recznik, Adam Cantrell, and Chad Bentley. Honorary: James Tackett, Tyler Recznik, Hatler Tackett, and John D. Martin.

Danny Lee Chaffins

Age 64, of Lake City, Florida, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at his home in Lake City. He was the son of the late Henry and Lena Cartwright Chaffins, formerly of Prestonsburg. He was a native of Ligon, and had lived in Lake City since 1979. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports, NASCAR racing, and camping with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Dottie Burchett Chaffins; one son, Gary Chaffins; one daughter, Rhonda Feezell (Ron); 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Tiffany, Shana, and Kyle Chaffins, Courtney Padgett, and Curtis, Kayla, Colin, and Kameron Feezell, all of Lake City; one brother, Doug Chaffins (Pat), of David; and one sister, Shirley Setser (Henry), of Lancer. He was preceded in death by eight brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, May 14, at 3 p.m., at Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Lake City, Florida, with Ron Feezell officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation is at the funeral home. All arrangements are under the direction of the Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

Billy Edward Guess

Age 11, of Langley, died Monday, May 10, 2004, in an automobile accident near Prestonsburg. Born June 24, 1992, at Martin, he was the son of William David Guess, of Langley, and the late Thelma Leigh Frasure Guess. He was a 6th grade student at Allen Central Middle School. In addition to his father, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, John and Charlotte George Guess, of Fleming County; his maternal grandparents, Billy Ross and Twila Cole Frasure, of Menifee County; his great-grandmother, Dixie Cole, of Martin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, David Lee Guess and Jimmy Alan Guess. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 13, 2004, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Ronnie Spriggs will officiate. Burial will follow in the Guess Family Cemetery, at Flat Gap, in Johnson County. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1609, Martin, KY 41649, to be used for the Guess family funeral expenses. Arrangements, under the care of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

David Lee Guess

Age 13, of Langley, died Monday, May 10, 2004, in an automobile accident near Prestonsburg. Born February 3, 1991, at Martin, he was the son of William David Guess, of Langley, and the late Thelma Leigh Frasure Guess. He was a 7th grade student at Allen Central Middle School. In addition to his father, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, John and Charlotte George Guess, of Fleming County; his maternal grandparents, Billy Ross and Twila Cole Frasure, of Menifee County; his great-grandmother, Dixie Cole, of Martin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Edward Guess and Jimmy Alan Guess. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 13, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Ronnie Spriggs will officiate. Burial will follow in the Guess Family Cemetery, at Flat Gap, in Johnson County. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1609, Martin, KY 41649, to be used for the Guess family funeral expenses. Arrangements, under the care of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Jimmy Alan Guess

Age 9, of Langley, died Monday, May 10, 2004, in an automobile accident near Prestonsburg. Born October 13, 1994, at Maysville, he was the son of William David Guess, of Langley and the late Thelma Leigh Frasure Guess. He was a 4th grade student at May Valley Elementary School. In addition to his father, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, John and Charlotte George Guess, of Fleming County; his maternal grandparents, Billy Ross and Twila Cole Frasure, of Menifee County; his great-grandmother, Dixie Cole, of Martin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, David Lee Guess and Billy Edward Guess. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 13, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Ronnie Spriggs will officiate. Burial will follow in the Guess Family Cemetery, at Flat Gap, in Johnson County. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1609, Martin, KY 41649, to be used for the Guess family funeral expenses. Arrangements, under the care of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Thelma Leigh Frasure Guess

Age 32, of Langley, died Monday, May 10, 2004, in an automobile accident near Prestonsburg. Born August 23, 1971, at Martin, she was the daughter of Billy Ross and Twila Cole Frasure, of Menifee County. She was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, William David Guess, of Langley; her grandmother, Dixie Cole, of Martin; two brothers, James Frasure, of Knott County, and Mike Frasure, of Fleming County; one sister, Lisa Plank, of Georgia; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Charlotte Guess, of Fleming County; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sons, David Lee Guess, Billy Edward Guess, and Jimmy Alan Guess. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 13, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Ronnie Spriggs will officiate. Burial will be in the Guess Family Cemetery, at Flat Gap, in Johnson County. Visitation is at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1609, Martin, KY 41649, to be used for the Guess family funeral expenses. Arrangements, under the care of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Phyllis Jean Chaney

Age 81, of Shelbiana, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at her residence, on Peytons Creek. Born January 17, 1923, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late John and Dora Hall Kidd. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. She is survived by one son, John David (Barbara) Chaney, of Cattlesburg; 10 daughters, Doris (Charles B.) Justice, Jettie (Benny) Childers, Patricia (John) Hamilton, Donna (Roger) Thacker, Roberta “Birdie” (Gary L.) Justice, and Rose (Cornelius) Rowe, all of Peytons Creek, Janet (Ricky Dan) Adkins, of Rockhouse, Tina “Von” (Billy) Smith, of Frozen Creek, Katie Akers, of Floyd County, and Deidra “Dee Dee” (Eddie) Holbrooks, of Pikeville; one sister, Tina Kidd Collins, of Flatwoods; one sister-in-law, Minnie Thacker, of Peytons Creek; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Chaney, and two sisters, Eva Akers and Lassie Hall. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 12, at 1:00 p.m., at Justice Funeral Home, Pikeville. Dennis Kidd, and others, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Chaney Family Cemetery, at Peytons Creek. Visitation at the funeral home. Pallbearers: John Edward Justice, Pete Chaney, Josh Childers, Shannon Akers, Scott Akers, Roby Coleman, Chad Robinson, Randy Ratliff, Shawn Huffman, Johnny Mike Robins, Earl Justice, Kyle Smith, and Derrick Holbrooks.

James Morton

Age 79, of Pikeville, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at Pikeville Health Care Center. Born May 20, 1924, in Commerce, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Colen W. and Nellie Mae Riggs Morton. He was a supervisor for Meadow Gold Dairies, in eastern Oklahoma, a retired road construction foreman, and World War II Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Arlene Powers Morton; three sons, Mynatt C. Morton, of Miami, Okla., Dale (Mary) Morton, and Kevin (Melanie) Morton, both of Pikeville; one daughter, Sherry (Chris) Salisbury, of Pikeville; one brother, Kenneth (Leora) Morton, of Grove, Okla.; one sister, Colleen (Don) Mitchell, of Miami; one sister-in-law, Irene (Keith) Morton, of Welch, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Craig, Scott, Myca, Dezeree, Kevin G., Justin, Cassie and Jarrod; and four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathaniel “Nate,” Ethan James, and Namen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Keith N. Morton. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 14, at the Thacker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Pikeville, with Estill Reed Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Annie E. Young Cemetery, Chloe Road. Arrangements were under the care of Thacker Memorial Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Justin Morton, Danny Johnson, Kevin Garrett, Joseph Powers, Mark McCoy, Gerald Clark, Danny Slusher, and Rick Slusher.

Mary Ruth Evans

Age 84, of Yellville, Arkansas, passed away Friday, May 7, 2004, at Yellville. Born June 1, 1919, at Mossy Bottom, she was the daughter of Earl and Gertie Fife. She married Luther Evans on July 6, 1935, at Betsy Layne, at Pike-Floyd Hollow. Mrs. Evans is survived by four sons, David Luther Evans, of Berryville, Arkansas, Eddie Arnold Evans, of Yellville, Arkansas, Michael Ray Evans, of Gainesville, Missouri, and Timothy Evans, of Calico Rock, Arkansas; one daughter, Vivian Davis, of Shell Knob, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and, three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister. A memorial service and interment in the Martin Cemetery, will be announced at a later date by Hall Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the care of the Roller Funeral Home, at Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Nelson Cook

Age 53, of Hi Hat, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at UK Medical Center, in Lexington. Born January 15, 1951, in Buckingham, he was the son of the late Dave and Oka Hall Cook. He was a retired coal inspector. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Tackett Cook; three sons, Anthony Nelson (Tammy) Cook, of Harold, Timothy Joe (Nancy) Cook, of Corinth, and Nelson Cook Jr., of Hi Hat; one brother, Raymond Cook, of Georgetown; two sisters, Nebraska King, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Aileen Green, of Michigan City, Indiana; six grandchildren, Toni Jo Anna Marie, Jaidlyn Breanna, Kara Neshae, Courtney Allison, Cheyenne Noelle, and Richard Travis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Minas Cook; and two sisters, Emogene Cook and Imogene Cook. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 10, at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. Louis Ferrari, John Allen and Bobby Isaac officiated. Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery, at Bevinsville. Visitation was at the church. All arrangements under the care of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Donald Bill Whitaker

Age, 70, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born February 6, 1934, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Menifee and Julia Wright Whitaker. He was a retired merchant with Whitaker Grocery, and was a member of the Lancer Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Joan Goble Whitaker. Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Donald Robin and Pam Whitaker of Prestonsburg; a brother, Douglas Whitaker of South Bend, Indiana; a sister, Alma Ratliff of Georgetown, Texas; and a grandson, Joshua Donald Whitaker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Cledis Whitaker, Raymond Whitaker and Edgel Whitaker; and a sister, Thelma Dotson. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 4, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Tommy Biddle officiating. Burial was in the Goble Cemetery, on Lake Road, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Kayla Brooke Tackett

Age, 15, of Minnie, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, following an automobile accident on Rt. 680, at Bill Hall Branch in McDowell. Born October 17, 1988, in Pikeville, she was the daughter of Michael and Kristi Hall Tackett. She was a sophomore at South Floyd High School in Hi Hat. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister: Amanda Lee Tackett of Minnie; a half-sister, Tira Adams of Prestonsburg; her maternal grandparents: Judy Sammons Branham (husband, Steve) of Betsy Layne, and Freddy Hall (wife, Gloria (Sissy) of Price; her paternal grandparents: Bill and Loretta Tackett of Minnie; her great-grandmother, Cynthia Mosley Pitts of Minnie, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 5, at 11 a.m., at the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church, at Minnie, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Tackett Family Cemetery, (Cedarcrest Drive), at Minnie, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Mary Reba Jackson Price

Age, 58, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at her residence. She had resided in Prestonsburg for three years. Born May 21, 1945, in Middlesboro, she was the daughter of Ruth Miracle Jackson French, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the late Campbell Jackson. She was a teacher at Adams Middle School for the Floyd County Board of Education. She was a member of the First Baptist Church at Prestonsburg, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Floyd Price, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two sons: Jimmy Price of Henderson, North Carolina, and Mark Price of Huntsville, Alabama; four sisters, one brother, and three grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, Prestonsburg, with Dr. Don Mantooth officiating. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 5, at 4 p.m., at the Buck Grove Baptist Church, in Brandenburg, with Dr. David Platt officiating. Visitation is 12-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Buck Grove Baptist Church. Interment will be at Buck Grove Cemetery, in Brandenburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Reba Price Memorial Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Carter Funeral Home is serving the Price family.

Roxie Ratliff Hale Justice

Age 87, of Banner, widow of Alonzo Justice, passed away, Friday, April 30, 2004, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born May 12, 1916, in Manton, the daughter of the late Henry Ratliff and Rebecca Johnson Ratliff. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Brandy Keg Freewill Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Survivors include six sons: Bill Henry (Francine) Justice of Hennepin, Illinois, Millard (Freida) Justice of Prestonsburg, Curt (Linda) Justice of Princeton, Illinois, Dallas (Janice) Justice of Banner, Dwight Douglas (Sue) Justice of Emma, and Robert Dwayne (Gay) Justice of Lexington; four daughters: Christine (Sherman) Goble of Prestonsburg, Nell Ruth (Walter) Banks of Emma, Norma (Bob) Tompkins of Paris, and Phyllis (Frank) Hammonds of Banner; 21 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ben Hale; one son, Dale Hale; two brothers: Willard Ratliff and Millard Ratliff; three sisters: Nell Hale, Ocie Ratliff and Henrietta McKinney. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Clergymen Tommy Meade and Roger Music officiating. Burial was in the Richmond Memorial Cemetery, at Prestonsburg, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, at Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Bill Henry Justice, Millard Justice, Curt Justice, Dallas Justice, Dwight Justice, and Dwayne Justice. Honorary: Greg Goble, Steve Justice, Sam Justice, Chris Justice, Chad Justice, Robert Hammonds, Jason Banks, and Josh Justice.