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As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

 

Denver Lafferty

Age, 61, of Water Gap, in Prestonsburg, died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at his residence.  Born September 19, 1945, in Water Gap, he was the son of the late Jim Lafferty and Susie Mae Justice Lafferty. He was a retired maintenance worker for Floyd County Schools.  Survivors include two brothers: Dennis Lafferty and Carl Douglas Lafferty, both of Prestonsburg; a sister, Eula Robinson of Prestonsburg; two nieces: Jamie Sue and Lesia; three great-nieces: Jasmine, Samantha and Kelly; three nephews: Paul, Mark and Kelly; and four great-nephews: Timothy, Aidan, Griffin, and Brett.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Delmer Lafferty.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, with Jim Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Jim Lafferty Family Cemetery, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  Visitation is at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com

Polly Collins

Age, 80, of Van Lear, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at her residence. Born January 2, 1927, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Suzana Richmond Wells. She was a member of the Philadelphia Church of Christ.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Collins, on February 23, 2000. Survivors include two sons: Mike Collins of Flat Gap, and Larry Collins of Van Lear; a daughter, Bennette Howard of Florida; three sisters: Nevard Wells and Emma Adkins, both of Van Lear, and Mary Frances Walton of Lexington; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at the Preston Funeral Chapel, with J.M. Scott and David Powers officiating. Burial was in the Collins Cemetery, in Van Lear, under the direction of Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Visitation, at the funeral home.

John Thomas Spradlin

Age, 52, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at his residence.  Born June 12, 1954, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Darvin and Mary F. Wallen Spradlin. He was a disabled laborer, and a member of the  Prestonsburg First Church of God.  He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Perry Spradlin.  Other survivors inlcude three daughters: Amber Nicole Spradlin, Julie Marie Brown, both of Prestonsburg, and Christy Dawn Justice of Raccoon; two sons: Charles Sidney Perry and Thomas Matthew Brown, both of Prestonsburg; six brothers: Elzie Spradlin of Findlay, Ohio, Phillip Spradlin of Martin, Bobby Spradlin, Jeffery Spradlin, and James Spradlin, all of Prestonsburg, and Theodore Spradlin of Salyersville; four sisters: Christine Ousley of Georgia, Leetha Laferty, and Lois Cornette, both of Prestonsburg, and Elizabeth Newsom of Banner; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Kay Spradlin. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 21, at noon, at the First Church of God in Prestonsburg, with Steven V. Williams officiating.  Burial was in the Anderson Family Cemetery, on Town Branch, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.  Visitation was at the church.  (FCT'S May 2007)

Marigold Neeley

Age, 82, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, May 28, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born June 14, 1924, in Magoffin County, she was the daughter of the late Pearl and Myrtle Howard Salisbury. She was a homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Neeley. Survivors include two sons: Coy Neeley Jr., of Garrett, Indiana, and Edgar Warrix of Auburn, Indiana; two daughters: Mary Bailey of Hueysville, and Ruey Carroll of Corunna, Indiana; a brother, Joe Salisbury of Gunlock; a sister, Jacqueline Shepherd of Silver Lake, Indiana; 11 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Faye Neeley; four sisters: Adeline Warrix, Maxine Warrix, Shelby Warrix, and Alma Shepherd.  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 31, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Bethel Bolen officiating.  Burial was in the Warrix Cemetery, in Hueysville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.  www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com (FCT'S May 2007)
 

Clarence Larry Logan

Age, 65, completed his journey on this planet, and left for his heavenly reward, this 29th day of May, in the year of our Lord 2007. He was a member of the Tates Creek Christian Church in Lexington.  Born in his beloved Maytown, December 14, 1941, Larry was the most gregarious, loyal, generous, and entertaining of men. He was a “man for all seasons,” one to be counted upon by family and friends, one with integrity and faith. He created laughter where there was none, and took ordinary travels and events, and spun them into the most delightful of stories. He was bigger than life, a strapping and vibrant man who loved and laughed and cried with the deepest of feelings, and with no shame.  First and foremost, he loved his precious wife, Nancy, and would tell a stranger how beautiful and wonderful she was. Further, he deeply loved his two sons: Steve and John; and his mother, Stella; as well as his sister, Glenda, whom he called “Sis”; and his grandchildren. He also loved the rest of us, his extended family and friends; the University of Kentucky basketball; May-town High School in Floyd County; his home in Florida, as well as his home in Lexington; Mardi Gras in New Orleans; and his travels with Nancy, especially the many trips throughout the western part of our nation; and the good times with his friends at the racetrack.  Larry graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He was the assistant director of Probation and Parole (field service manager) for the Commonwealth; director of Donor Services and Director of Public Relations for the Central Kentucky Blood Center; served as probation and parole officer for the state of Kentucky; worked as a consultant for the Kentucky Peer Review Organization Inc.; was the executive director of Big Brothers in Lexington; director of Outlook House; assistant unit director for Kentucky Children’s Home in Louisville; supervisor and coordinator for Kentucky Village in Lexington; and was a juvenile counselor in Franklin and Jessamine counties. In 1982, Larry founded Logan Security Inc., in Lexington, and served as president and chief operating officer. He retired in 2000.  Larry was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Logan; and by his brother, Bill Logan.  We are bereaved, but we are comforted knowing that Larry is with Our Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; two sons: Steve and John; his mother, Stella Logan; his sister, Glenda Kuck; his grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, and Gracie; and his daughter-in-law, Carolyn Logan. A celebration of his life will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 2, 2007, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road, with burial to follow in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5-9 p.m., on Friday, June 1. All are welcome. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.  (FCT'S May 2007)

Millard Conley

Age 79, of Albion, Michigan, passed away Friday, May 25, 2007, at Battle Creek Health System. He was born on May 11, 1928, in Garrett, the son of Pearl Sr,. and Katherine Robinson Conley. He was employed by Harvard Industries for many years.  He loved farming, raising chickens for eggs, and gardening. He was a hunter, loved to collect things, and liked baking, especially cakes. Most of all, Millard enjoyed children. The last 20 years of his life were spent with his beloved companion, Sally Kennedy, who survives him. Other survivors include: a daughter, Dianne (Douglas) Cuatt of Charlotte; three sons: Dwayne (Jackie) Conley of Springport, Darrell (Cathy) Conley of Concord, and Dean Conley of Charlotte; four grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Deborah Conley; a grandson, Billy Shedd; two sisters; and one brother.  Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, Michigan, with Rev. Earl Martin officiating. Interment was in Albion Memory Gardens. Visitation was Tuesday, May 29, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Grace Freewill Baptist Church would be appreciated. (FCT'S May 2007)

Glenn Bernard Burchett

Age 79, of Lebanon, Tennessee, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 24, 2007, of an apparent heart attack. Born January 11, 1928, near Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Tom “Jumper” Burchett and Norma Rebecca Burchett. He served in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne, as a paratrooper and ski instructor, in the Occupation Army in Japan. After his discharge, he attended the University of Kentucky on the GI bill. While at the University of Kentucky, he served in the ROTC, and upon graduation in 1951, he returned to active duty as an army officer in the Korean War, as a ship’s loading officer. He received his Bachelor of Arts, and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa at the University of Kentucky. After the Korean War, he remained in the army reserves, eventually rising to the rank of major. He was employed by Brown and Williamson, then Ford Motor Company, where he became District Field Representative. While he worked at Ford Motor Company, he completed his coursework for a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Louisville. In 1966, he moved to Lebanon and purchased Cedar Motors. He owned Burchett Ford in Lebanon for forty-one years. The business grew, and eventually became Burchett Ford-Lincoln-Mercury. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Austin Hamilton Burchett, on May 16, 2005; a brother, Wade Oliver Burchett; and a sister, Blanche Burchett Cox.  He is survived by three children: Byron Glenn Burchett of Old Hickory, Louise Burchett (Guy) Chamberlain of Charlotte, North Carolina. and Keith Faulkner Burchett of Lebanon; four grandchildren: Caroline Burchett and Julianna Burchett of Wilimington, North Carolina, and Glenn and John Chamberlain of Charlotte, North Carolina; four brothers: Clyde Burton (Eileen) Burchett of Prestonsburg, Kenneth Ray (Linda) Burchett of Prestonsburg, Andrew Jackson “Jack” Burchett of Lucasville, Ohio, Gayle Richmond (Rhonda) Burchett of Prestonsburg; three sisters: Geraldine Burchett Cisco, and Virginia Burchett Wallace, both of Prestonsburg, and Tommie Jean Burchett Richardson of Columbus, Georgia. The family received friends, Monday, 5-9 p.m., at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 29, at 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church. The body laid in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Employees of Burchett Ford-Lincoln-Mercury served as honorary pallbearers. Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangements.  (FCT'S May 2007)

Richard Keathley

Age, 67, of Teaberry, died Friday, May 25, 2007, at the Pikeville Medical Center. Born March 5, 1940, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Snowden Keathley and Dora Kizer Keathley. He was a disabled coal miner. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Hamilton Keathley. Other survivors include a son, Terry (Malinda) Keathley of Harold; a daughter, Tammy (Jimmy) Adkins of Grethel; three brothers: David Keathley of Teaberry, and Roger Dale Keathley and Emery Keathley, both of Lorain, Ohio; two sisters: Wilmalene Moore of Minnie, and Lora Jean Bryant of Martin; four grandchildren: Heather, Maranda, Jeremy and Dereck; and three stepgrandchildren: Chris, Jamie, and Josh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Ken Keathley and Howard Keathley; and two sisters: Viola Keathley and Lillie Keathley. Funeral services were held Monday, May 28, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Hollifield Cemetery, in Teaberry, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com  (FCT'S 05-30-2007)

Kenneth Lee Steele

Age, 47, of Stanville, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at the CSX Railroad in Ivel. Born February 4, 1960, in Richlands, Virginia, he was the son of Ocie Mildred Rose Steele, and the late Arville Steele. He was a truck driver for Black Diamond Coal Company. He was a United States Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Vrenda Crum Steele. Other survivors include three daughters: Ashley Steele and Misty Steele, both of Stanville, and Stephanie Adkins of Tram; a brother, Larry North Steele of Tazewell, Virginia; two sisters: Melissa Steele of Bluefield, Virginia, and Debra Simmons of Lincolnton, North Carolina; a grandson, Leland Will Adkins; and his best friend, Jerome Smith of Tazewell, Virginia. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 25, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Denver Meade, Chester Keathley and Forrest Gibson officiating. Burial will be in the Crum- Blevins Cemetery, in Tram, under the direction of Nelson- Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is after 7 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com  (FCT'S 05-25-2007)

Albert Benjamin (A.B.) Robinson

Age, 73, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, May 13, 2007, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, in Ashland.  Born September 7, 1933, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Dick and Ellen Brown Robinson. He was a retired maintenance worker for the Floyd County Board of Education. Survivors include three sisters: Ida Mae Dotson of Akron, Indiana, Alma Wadkins of Mentone, Indiana, and Eliza Dotson of Prestonsburg; and a special niece, Charlotte Crum of Prestonsburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers: Woodrow Robinson, Henry Robinson, Floyd Robinson, Bill Jack Robinson, Bob Robinson, and George Robinson; and two sisters: Minerva Wadkins and Mary Robinson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 16, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with James Stephens officiating.  Burial will be in the Dotson Cemetery, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. (FCT'S (05-16-2007)

Sister Ida Marie Deville

Age, 82, a Sister of Divine Providence, entered eternal life on Friday, May 11, 2007. She was born in Pineville, Louisiana on February 23, 1925, and became a Sister of Divine Providence at 20 years of age. Sister Ida Marie taught and served as principal in various schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas for 36 years. She also ministered as director of social services for 26 years in Louisiana and Kentucky. While residing in David, Kentucky, she ministered at St. Vincent Mission from 1981 to 1999. She is survived by her siblings, Frank Deville Jr., and spouse, Delores; Virgie Deville Aymond; Helen Deville Knowles; Arden Deville Ehrensing and spouse, Douglas; Charles Deville and spouse, Mary Ann; Ruth Deville Wheelahan; Shirley Deville Leonard and spouse, Willie; 35 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ida Foster Deville; her brothers-in-law, Allen Aymond, Vernon Knowles, and Richard Wheelahan; and nephew, Mark Ehrensing. Services in Isle Brevelle, Louisiana, were held Sunday, May 13, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Visitation was held from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. A Christian wake was held at 2:30 p.m. followed by a special Sunday Mass, celebrated at 5 p.m., by Rev. Jacob Thomas, pastor. In Louisiana, services were under the direction of John Kramer & Son, Alexandria, Louisiana. Services in San Antonio, Texas, were in Annunciation Chapel at Our Lady of the Lake Convent Center, with a Rosary on Monday, May 14, at 4 p.m., and a wake at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m. Interment was in Providence Cemetery under the direction of Angelus Funeral Home, San Antonio, Texas. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a memorial contribution to the Sisters of Divine Providence, 515 S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio, TX 78207-4619.  (FCT'S (05-16-2007)

Florence Hall

Age 77, passed away Friday, May 11, 2007, at her home in Sumpter Township, Michigan. She was born March 29, 1930, in Auxier, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Gobel) Patton. She enjoyed classical music, crossword puzzles, and gardening. She was a wonderful cook, and an inspiration to her grandchildren. She is survived by Billy Hall, her husband of more than 55 years; a son, Robert (Linda) Hall Sr., of Sumpter Twp.; a daughter, Daphne (Gilbert) LeBlanc of Alba, Michigan; four grandchildren: Robert Hall Jr., Elizabeth Ann Hall, Heather Scheetz, and Mark LeBlanc; a brother, Donald Patton of Maytown; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister Margaret Bevins; and a brother, Darwin Patton. Visitation was Sunday, 4-8 p.m., and Monday, 1-4 and 6-8 p.m., with an 11 a.m. funeral Tuesday, May 15, at David C. Brown Funeral Home, Belleville, with Father Thomas H. Cusick officiating. Entombment was in Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Michigan. Memorial contributions to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Building Fund would be greatly appreciated by the Hall family. Sign her guest book at www.davidcbrownfh.com  (FCT'S (05-16-2007)

Billy Gene Conn

Age, 65, of Ivel, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born March 2, 1942, in Dana, he was the son of the late James and Anna Mae Newsome Conn. He was a disabled coal miner. Survivors include a son, William Conn of Harold; a daughter, LeeAnna Conn Kidd of Harold; a brother, Richard Conn of Martin; and three grandchildren: MaKayla Lashea, Brady William, and Ryan Landon; two half brothers: Jimmy Conn and James Edward Conn, both of Harold; and a half sister, Nancy Conn of Harold. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Harold Conn and Perry Conn. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 15, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Johnny Patton officiating. Burial was in the Newsome Cemetery, in Dana, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. (FCT'S (05-16-2007)

Russell Shepherd

Age, 59, of David, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at his residence. Born October 8, 1947, in David, he was the son of Elizabeth Shepherd of David, and the late Ashland Shepherd. He was a retired school teacher at Prestonsburg, for 33 years, former baseball coach for 32 years, girl’s volleyball coach and girls basketball coach, a member of E.K.E.A.; named Who’s Who in Coaching; a member of the David Fire Department; and a member of the Open Door Church, at David. He is survived by his wife, Caren Prater Shepherd. In addition to his mother and wife,, survivors include a son, Zethaniel Dean Shepherd of David; a daughter, Cheresh Abra Shepherd of David; two brothers: Paul Edward Shepherd of Warsaw, Indiana, and Lloyd Lowell (Bob) Shepherd of David; and two sisters: Grace Clark and Sally Reynolds, both of David. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Wheeler Shepherd. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 15, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jerry Manns and Jimmy Hall officiating. Burial was in the Ashland Shepherd Cemetery, in David, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Russell Shepherd Memorial Scholar-ship Fund, being established at First Commonwealth Bank.  www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com  (FCT'S (05-16-2007)

Peggy Jean Tendzieglosky Branham,

Age 58, of Stanton, formerly of Ligon, died Thursday, April 26, 2007. She was born July 29, 1948, the daughter of the late Roman and Gladys Tendzieglosky.  She is survived by her husband, Bo Branham. Other survivors include a son, Jesse Branham of Stanton; a daughter and son-in-law: Deanna and Dennis Martinovich of Battle Creek, Michigan; four grandchildren: Brandon and Jessica Martinovich, and Amber and Emily Branham; five brothers: John, Fred, Ricky, Doug and David Tendzieglosky, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Anthony ‘Bo’ Branham. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 29, at the Wells Funeral Chapel, in Stanton.  Burial followed at the Rest Haven Cemetery, in Stanton. (FCT'S (05-04-2007)

Freddie Collins

Age, 92, of Prestonsburg, died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center emergency room. Born September 7, 1914, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late John Henry and Annie Senters Collins. He was a retired coal miner, a former employee of the City of Prestonsburg, and member of the Brandy Keg Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Francis Coburn Collins. Survivors include seven sons: Bradus Collins of Prestonsburg, Earl D. Collins and Ishmeal Collins, both of Sitka, Billy Ray Collins of Pikeville, Charles T. Collins of Auxier, Estill Collins of Chesapeake, Ohio, and Arthur Collins of Blue River; 13 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by five sons, and two daughters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Kenneth Daniels officiating. Burial will be in the Harris Cemetery, Corn Fork, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.  (FCT'S (05-04-2007)

Michael Doyle “Tikey” Hall

Age 48, of Bevinsville, husband of Monica Jones Hall, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in the University of Kentucky Medical Center, in Lexington. He was born June 13, 1958, in McDowell, the son of Margie Williams of Pikeville, and the late Omeah Hall. He was a retired coal miner. Survivors include a son, Michael Doyle (Jennifer Ann) Hall II, of Martin; a daughter, Meka Danielle Hall of Bevinsville; two brothers: Gregory Lynn Hall of Pikeville, and Tony Dwayne Hall of Bevinsville; two sisters: Debra Faye Green, of Rowan County, and Loretta “Poogie” Hall of Bevinsville; and a grandchild, Jadyn Reece Hall. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Charolette Newman. Funeral services for Michael Doyle “Tikey” Hall will be conducted Saturday, May 5, at 11:00 a.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, in Bypro, with Clergyman Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will follow in the Monroe Hall Cemetery, in Bevinsville, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church.  (FCT'S (05-04-2007)

Fred Johnson

Age, 77, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center.  Born February 28, 1930, in Blue River, he was the son of the late Henry Johnson and Pearl Carson Johnson. He was a former heavy equipment operator for Martin County Coal, and Peter Fork Mining. He was a U.S. Army Korean Conflict veteran. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Slone Johnson.  Other survivors include two daughters: Mary Lynn Hughes (Eugene) of Prestonsburg, and Rose Branham of David; six sons: Freddie Wayne Johnson of Prestonsburg, Larry D. Johnson (Deborah) of Auxier, Richard Thomas Johnson (Oma) of Cow Creek, Gary Ray Johnson (Ruby) of Blue River, Mark Anthony Johnson (Debra), and Donald Jean Johnson (Sherry), all of Prestonsburg; two brothers: George Johnson and Henry Johnson Jr.; two sisters: Vivian Tussey and Goldie Justice; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters: Mable McIntosh, Carolyn Stevens and Juanita Adams; and two brothers: Homer Johnson and Wayne Johnson. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Southie Fannin Jr. officiating.  Interment at Johnson Family Cemetery, in Blue River, (Caney Fork).  Military services were conducted by the Big Sandy Chapter No. 18, DAV. Pallbearers: Fred Johnson, William Matthew Johnson, Mike Johnson, Dale Burchett, Henry Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Tim Copas, and Brandon Johnson. The family has entrusted arrangements to Carter Funeral Home. (FCT'S (05-04-2007)

Brian Keith Prater

Age 35 of David, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at his residence. He was born March 30, 1972, in McDowell, the son of Janis Faye Arnett Prater, and the late Don Prater. He was employed as a deputy jailer. He is survived by his mother, Janis Faye Arnett Prater of David; a daughter, Devan Skyler Prater of David; a sister, Kimberly Dawn Campbell of David; and his paternal grandmother, Bernice H. Prater. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Arnold Prater, and his maternal grandparents, Henry and Sally Shepherd Arnett. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with Jerry Manns and Jimmy Hall officiating. Burial will be in Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home.  Visitation is Thursday, May 3, after 6 p.m., at the funeral home.   (FCT'S (05-04-2007)

William C. (Neal) Clevenger

Age, 68, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at his residence.  Born October 2, 1938, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Aubert and Pheoba Gibson Clevenger. He was a disabled school bus driver for the Floyd County Board of Education; a U.S. Army veteran; and of the Pentecostal faith. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Shortridge Clevenger. Other survivors include a son, Stanley Gene Clevenger of Prestonsburg; three daughters: Ruby Ann Johnson of Blue River, Rhonda Gail Clevenger of Silver Lake, Indiana, and Janelle Duff of Prestonsburg; two brothers: Clifford Clevenger of Pierceton, Indiana, and Carl Clevenger of Leesburg, Indiana; three sisters: Ruth Ann Alt of Salyersville, Helen Freeman of Bardstown, and Debbie Amador of San Angelo, Texas; eight grandchildren: Henry, Rachel, Michael, Joshua, Selissa, Aubert, Cheyenne, and William; and a great-grandchild, Piper Boggs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: James Clevenger, John Clevenger, and Joe Wallen.  Funeral services were held Monday, April 30, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jim Smith officiating.  Burial was in Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.   (FCT'S (05-02-2007)

Fred Johnson

Age, 77, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Born February 28, 1930, in Blue River, he was the son of the late Henry Johnson and Pearl Carson Johnson. He was a former heavy equipment operator for Martin County Coal, and Peter Fork Mining. He was a U.S. Army Korean Conflict veteran. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Slone Johnson. Other survivors include two daughters: Mary Lynn Hughes (Eugene) of Prestonsburg, and Rose Branham of David; six sons: Freddie Wayne Johnson of Prestonsburg, Larry D. Johnson (Deborah) of Auxier, Richard Thomas Johnson (Oma) of Cow Creek, Gary Ray Johnson (Ruby) of Blue River, Mark Anthony Johnson (Debra), and Donald Jean Johnson (Sherry), all of Prestonsburg; two brothers: George Johnson and Henry Johnson Jr.; two sisters: Vivian Tussey and Goldie Justice; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters: Mable McIntosh, Carolyn Stevens and Juanita Adams; and two brothers: Homer Johnson and Wayne Johnson. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Southie Fannin Jr. officiating. Interment at Johnson Family Cemetery, in Blue River, (Caney Fork). Military services were conducted by the Big Sandy Chapter No. 18, DAV. Pallbearers: Fred Johnson, William Matthew Johnson, Mike Johnson, Dale Burchett, Henry Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Tim Copas, and Brandon Johnson. The family has entrusted arrangements to Carter Funeral Home.   (FCT'S (05-02-2007))

Dixie Cornett Lawson

Age 93, of McDowell, widow of Dewey Morgan Lawson, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2007, at her residence.She was born October 14, 1913, in Boone, North Carolina, the daughter of the late John Cornett and Minnie McCloud Cornett. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church, in Minnie, and a member of the senior citizens.Survivors include two sons, Fred (Patricia) Lawson of Pikeville, and Dewey D. (Carolyn) Lawson of West Liberty; three daughters: Anna Rae (Raymond) Ward and Patricia (Leonard) Cieslak, both of McDowell, and Glenda Lawson of Thomasville, North Carolina; a sister, Maxie Lawson of Drift; 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Edward Lawson; three daughters: Emogene Hall, Minnie Faye Simpson, and Barbara Lee Owsley; and a sister, Brooxie Baldridge.Funeral services for Dixie Cornett Lawson were conducted, Sunday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Harry Hargis and Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.Burial was in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, in McDowell, with the Hall Funeral Home, caring for those arrangements.Pallbearers: Larry Hall, Steve Ward, Tony Hall, Chris Lawson, Mickey Lawson, Nathan Hardee, Ryan Hardee, Anthony Hall, Shannon Hall, and Dewey Meade.   (FCT'S (05-02-2007))

Ricky Lee Moore

Age 53, of McDowell, passed away Friday, April 27, 2007, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital.He was born December 6, 1954, in Martin, the son of the late Curly Moore and Eva Newsome Moore.Survivors include two brothers, Jerry Moore of McDowell, and Donnie Moore of Willard, Ohio; four sisters: Sharon Martin of Dema, Deborah Hopkins and Patty Ruth Meade, both of McDowell, and Judy Walters of Winchester; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jennifer Moore.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Moore; and two sisters: Marsha Robinson and Bobbie Ann Case.Funeral services for Ricky Lee Moore were conducted Monday, April 30, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating.Burial followed in the Morgan Hall Cemetery, in McDowell, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Nick Moore, Garth Robinson, Jeff Robinson, Jerry Justice, Patrick Shepherd, and Brent Martin.   (FCT'S (05-02-2007))

Marie Bradley Slone

Age 93, of Wayland, widow of Kermit Slone, passed away Monday, April 30, 2007, at the Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville.She was born June 10, 1913, in Dema, the daughter of the late Butler Bradley and Mary Collins Bradley Huff. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Lancer Baptist Church.Survivors include four sons: Keith (Irene) Slone of Somerset, Ray Slone of Dayton, Ohio, Johnny (Debbie) Slone of Jupiter, Florida, and Scott Slone of Wayland; three daughters: Linda Ward of Hager Hill, Sandra (Wendell) Martin of Prestonsburg, and Mary (Roy) Franklin of Prestonsburg; a sister, Lena Hopkins of Wayland; 14 grandchildren, Crystal, Teddy, Angelana, Dr. David Martin, Tim, Anna Maria, Thommy, Larry G. Jr., Nevan, Scotty, James, Byron, Nathan, and Brian; and eight great-grandchildren: Kyle, Josh, Brady, Logan, B.J., Eric, Alex and Byron Jr.In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Kermit Edsel Slone.Funeral services for Marie Bradley Slone will be conducted Thursday, May 3, at 1:00 p.m,, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergyman Jack Howard officiating.Burial will follow in the Bradley Cemetery, in Wayland, with the Hall Funeral Home, caring for arrangements.Visitation is after 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.   (FCT'S (05-02-2007))

Emma Alice Thomas

(Better known as Alice Thomas), died Wednesday, April 25, 2007.Born August 2, 1918, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Mont and Sarah Shepherd Collins. She attended the Prestonsburg Grade School, and graduated from Prestonsburg High School. She graduated from Huntington, West Virginia, School of Business, and then served in the U.S. Navy for three years.Alice married Gerald Lyle Thomas (affectionately known as Jerry Thomas), February 9, 1946, and moved to Kansas City, Missouri. They attended college together under the “G.I. Bill” and graduated June 1950, from the University of Kansas. Alice worked 11 years for McDowell Tire Company as an accountant, and 23 years as office manager and assistant secretary of the Public School Retirement System of the School District of Kansas City, Missouri. She was a member of the Overland Park Presbyterian Church, Beatrice Chapter No. 450 Order of the Eastern Star, a life member of the American Legion No. 370, a life member of WAVES National, AARP, and the Shepherd Center of Shawnee Mission.She was preceded in death by her husband, her father, mother, and brother. There are no close survivors.Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m., at the Overland Park Presbyterian Church, 8029 Overland Park Dr., Overland Park, Kansas, 66204.Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.Arrangements are under direction of McGilley & Hoge Chapel.Contributions may be made to the Overland Park Presbyterian Church or the Shoe Fund of the Kansas City Missouri School District, 1211 McGee, Kansas City, MO 64106.  (FCT'S (05-02-2007))