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As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Ronald Craig Stewart

Age, 24, of Hi Hat, died Friday, November 24, 2000, in McDowell, following a four-wheeler accident. Born on November 19, 1976, in McDowell, he was the son of Ronald and Brenda Casebolt Stewart, of Hi Hat. He was a coal miner for Starlight Coal, at Allen, and was a graduate of South Floyd High School. Survivors other than his parents include a sister, Tracie Renee Stewart of Hi Hat; and his maternal grandmother, Della Casebolt of Mousie. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 17, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Don Fraley Jr. and Rodney Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Aaron Hamilton

Age, 62, of Grethel, died Saturday, November 25, 2000, at Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Paintsville, following an extended illness. Born on November 19, 1938, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Chester Hamilton and Opal Johnson Hamilton. He was a disabled coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Daisy Mae Tackett Hamilton. Survivors include three daughters, Arlene Bentley of Frenchburg, Michelle Hamilton, and Abigail Wellman, both of Grethel; four brothers, Ishmuel Hamilton, and Randall Hamilton, both of Columbus, Ohio, Daniel Hamilton of Teaberry, Amos Hamilton of Jonesville, Michigan; three sisters, Barbara Keathley of Elyria, Ohio, Helen Hamilton of Albion, Michigan, Joyce Coleman of Grethel; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 28, at noon at the Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church at Grethel, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial were in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell, under the direction of the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Blanche Opal Hall

Age, 77, of Langley, died Sunday, November 26, 2000, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born on October 15, 1923, in McDowell, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Elizabeth Anderson Osborne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Hall. Survivors include six sons, Jimmy Marshall and Carlos Marshall, both of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Harlos Marshall and Fred Marshall, both of Langley, Clyde Douglas Marshall of Lexington, Bobby McGuffy of Scottsville; four daughters, Rebecca Hall of Martin, Ada Weaver of Cement City, Michigan, Sue Spangler of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, Cindia Hall of Langley; three brothers, Bill Osborne of Langley, Doug Osborne of Hunter, Solomon Osborne of Pike County; three sisters, Katherine Hall of Martin, Gladys Adkins of Wilson Creek, Corrine Marshall of Washington State; 28 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 29, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Randolph Crisp officiating. Burial will be in the Hagans Cemetery, Langley, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Donald Elliott

Age, 51, of Printer, died Tuesday, November 28, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on June 6, 1949, in Martin, he was the son of the late John Elliott and Ethel Yates Elliott. He was a disabled coal miner and a veteran. Survivors include one son, Richard Elliott of Printer; three daughters, Marilyn Conn of Dana, Cathy Hunt and Donna Elliott, both of Honaker; two brothers, Ronald Elliott and Jonthan Elliott, both of Printer; one sister, Rita Faye Hancock of Printer; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, November 30, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Bruce Coleman officiating. Burial will be in the Meade Cemetery, at Printer, under the direction of the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Earl Evans

Age, 70, died Thursday, November 23, 2000, at his home in Newman Lake, Washington. Born on April 13, 1930, in Grethel, he was the son of the late Charlie and Arminda Evans. He worked as a coal miner into his 20s, then went west to Southern Idaho and became a bricklayer. Later he became a construction engineer and supervised numerous projects around the Inland Northwest. Last October he was honored by the bricklayers union with a 40-year pin. In 1976 he retired to Newman Lake, Washington. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Evans. Other survivors include two sons, Gary Evans of Indianapolis, Indiana, Earl D. Evans of Warsaw, Indiana; two daughters, Kimberly Hoff and Debbie Evans, both of Newman Lake, Washington; three sisters, Verlie Hall of Warsaw, Indiana, Ethel Williams, Hazel Hamilton, and two brothers, Kennis Evans, and Butler Evans, all of Grethel; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial services were conducted Tuesday, November 29, at the Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, Spokane, Washington.

Greta Glo Clark 

Age, 65, of Harold, died Monday, November 27, 2000, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on January 2, 1935, in McDowell, she was the daughter of the late Kit and Verdie Hall Stumbo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil B. Clark. Survivors include one step-son, Kenneth Ray Clark of Pikeville; one daughter, Vanessa Dawn Clark of Harold; six brothers, Paul Stumbo, Klein Stumbo, Larry Stumbo, and Carl Stumbo, all of McDowell, Don Stumbo of Martin, Larry Stumbo of McDowell, Johnny Stumbo of Hippo; two sisters, Helen Hall and Nancy Gibson, both of McDowell; one step-grandchild and two step-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, November 30, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Lucy Hall Cemetery at McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

James Dempsey “J.D.” Clarke

Age, 78, of Harold, died Saturday, November 25, 2000, in the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. He was born January 20, 1922, in Pikeville, the son of the late Victor Clarke and Oriole Price Clark. He was a retired maintenance of way, Chessie system employee, clerk and deacon of the New Salem Regular Baptist Church, at Harold, a WW II Army Air Force veteran with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Anna Sue Layne Clarke. Other survivors include one son, Gary Edison Clarke of South Point, Ohio; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 28, at 1 p.m., at the New Salem Regular Baptist Church, Harold, with John Paul Hamilton, James Branham, Hillard Newsome and Danny Hurley officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

James Orvel Lawson

Age, 80, of Waverly, Ohio, died Saturday, November 25, 2000, at the Pike Community Hospital, Waverly. Born on April 23, 1920, in Tazwell, Virginia, he was the son of the late Clinton Lawson and Florence Lowe Lawson. He was a retired coal miner and construction lineman, and was a member and First Elder of Agape Family Center. He is survived by his wife, Billie Mae Wills Lawson. Other survivors include six daughters, Janice Henson, Geraldean McBriar, and Dorlas Flannery, all of Prestonsburg, Rejeania Mosier of Waverly, Ohio, Neoma Myers of Columbus, Ohio, Patricia Hardee of Beaver, Ohio; two sons, Robert Hardee of Prestonsburg, Ray Hardee of Piketon, Ohio; one half brother, Benny Morgan of Virginia; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 28, at the Agape Family Center, Waverly, Ohio, with Marilyn Good officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Latham Cemetery, Waverly, Ohio, under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home, Waverly.

Jay Blevins

Age, 72, of Honaker, died Thursday, November 23, 2000, at his residence. He was born April 7, 1928, in Johnson County, the son of the late Everett Blevins and Minnie Spears Blevins. He was a truck driver He is survived by his wife, Mary M. Ratliff Blevins. Other survivors include seven sons, Darrell Blevins, Joey Jay Blevins, Kenneth Blevins and Paul Blevins, all of Columbus, Ohio, Larry Blevins of Fairborn, Ohio, Randy Ratliff and Tony Ratliff, both of Honaker; three daughters, Linda Goodman of Columbus, Ohio, Margaret Tackett of Printer, Sandra Lane of Perry County, Ohio; three brothers, Thomas Davis of Johnson County, Bill Davis of Jacksonville, Florida, Hershel Blevins of Minnie; one sister, Bethel Fulton of Van Lear, 36 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 25, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergymen Rodger Thornsbury and Joe Adkins officiating. Burial was in the Blevins and Ratliff Cemetery, Big Branch, Honaker, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Leona Gott Cooley

Age, 93, of Lexington, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, November 25, 2000, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg. She was born August 30, 1907, in Richmond, the daughter of the late Willie Ray Gott and Ethah Wilson Gott. She was a retired teacher in the school systems of Floyd and Franklin counties, a fund raiser for the American Heart Association, member of the Eastern Star, retired teacher association, past president of the Prestonsburg Woman’s Club, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, John Graham Chapter. Her husband, William Ward Cooley, former Floyd County Circuit Court Clerk, preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Harold Cooley of Prestonsburg, William Thomas Cooley of Louisville; one daughter, Winniford Cooley Akers of West Chester, Ohio, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 29, at noon, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Rev. Wayne Sayre officiating. Burial will be in Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Marvin Rowe

Age, 90, of Calvert City, died Monday, October 16, 2000, at Britthaven Healthcare in Benton. He was the son of the late Miles and Minnie Helton Rowe. He was a maintenance worker at SKW Alloys, and was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 543. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Flannery Rowe. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ford and one son, James A. Rowe, both of Calvert City; two half sisters, Pearl Davis of Shelby Gap, Mae Wright of McRoberts; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 18, at Collier Funeral Home Inc., with Ralph Rudolph and William Franklin officiating. Burial was in the Marshall County Memory Garden in Benton.

Talmadge Vanderpool

Age, 76, former resident of Estill, died Tuesday, November 28, at Transylvania Memorial Hospital in Brevard, North Carolina. He has resided in North Carolina for seven years. He was retired from Flowers Bakery. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis C. Vanderpool. Other survivors include one son, Phillip Walker Vanderpool; one daughter, Judy V. Webb; one sister, Loreda Conley of Estill; three grandsons, two granddaughters, and one great-grandson. A memorial service will be conducted at Rocky Hill Baptist Church, Cedar Mountain, North Carolina, on Thursday, November 30, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Crockett’s Cove, Wytheville, Virginia, on Friday, December 1, at 1 p.m.

Thomas C. “Tommy” Boyd

Age, 75, of Stanville, died Sunday, November 26, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. He was born October 25, 1925, at Wayland, the son of the late Minnie Boyd. He was a retired basketball coach and teacher for the Floyd County School System, and a U.S. Navy veteran. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 29, 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Minister Mark Tackett officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.

Woodrow (Pep) Green

Age, 77, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, November 26, 2000, at his residence. Born on January 26, 1923, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Roe Green and Dolly Robinson Green. He was a retired coal miner and a World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Della Prater Green. Survivors include one step-daughter, Dorothy Jean Prater; six brothers, Paul David Green of Prestonsburg, Bob Green of Lexington, Carl Green of Warsaw, Indiana, Bill Green of Garrett, Frank Green of Alabama, Glen Green of Wabash, Indiana; one sister, Alice Farrow of Dayton, Ohio; two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 28, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Gary Mitchell officiating. Burial was in the Fitzpatrick Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Military services were conducted by Auxier DAV Chapter 18.

Monday, November 27, 2000

JoAnn Horner Hames

Age, 64, formerly of Hi Hat, died Monday, October 16, 2000. She is survived by her husband, Jim Hames. Other survivors include her mother, Marie Jackson; step-father, Woodrow Jackson; two sons, Gregg and Bill; one sister, Mary Sue Horner Hughes of Ashland; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at the Griffith Funeral Home in Livionia, Michigan, with Paul Dudding of the Church of God of Prophecy officiating.

Jewell D. Pratt

Age, 53, of South Whitley, Indiana, died Wednesday, November 22, 2000, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where she was admitted on Tuesday. She had been in failing health for the past seven years. She was born May 15, 1947, in Allen, the daughter of Tommie and Ola Hamilton Carr. She attended school in Allen and graduated from Betsy Layne High School. She was employed at Seamco Fiber Form and Stumps. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth R. Pratt. Other survivors include two sons, Richard Chad Pratt and Rodney Pratt; one daughter, Jennifer Renee Krider; and two grandchildren, all of South Whitley. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, November 26, at 2 p.m., at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley, with Rev. Barry Faucett officiating. Burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery, under the direction of Smith and Sons Miller Chapel. (Information, courtesy of Hall Funeral Home) God of Prophecy officiating.

Norma Ratliff Reed

Age, 77, of Elkhorn City died Friday, November 24, 2000 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born October 23, 1923, in Pike County to Richard “Dick” Ratliff and Mary Bray Ratliff. She was a homemaker and a member of the Elkhorn City United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Reed. Survivors include one son, Harold Mark Reed of Cincinnati, Ohio; one brother, Dale Ratliff of Elkhorn City; and four grandchildren, Olivia Ann Reed, Samuel Charles Reed, Caleb Mark Reed and William Harold Reed. Visitation will take place Monday after 2 p.m. at the Elkhorn City United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, at the Elkhorn City United Methodist Church under the direction of J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Park in Pikeville

Friday, November 24, 2000

Charles V. Hughes Sr.
Age, 63, of Mt. Cory, Ohio, died Tuesday, November 21, 2000, at his residence. Born on July 1, 1937, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Kelly and Rhoda (McQuire) Hughes. He was retired from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. He is survived by his wife Gloria Jean Miller. Other survivors include two sons, Charles V. Hughes Jr. of Bluffton, Ohio, Chad Eugene Hughes of Mt. Cory, Ohio; three daughters, Juanita K. Fitzpatrick of Tomahawk, Emma Jean Hofferbert of Cridersville, Ohio, LouAnn Deitsch of Bluffton, Ohio; one sister, Emma Goodman of Prestonsburg; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, November 26, 2 p.m., at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, Ohio, with Rev. Mike VanDenEynde. Burial will be in the Knollcrest Gardens, East of Findlay, Ohio, under the direction of Coldren-Crates Funeral Home.

Jerry Hall Mitchell

Age, 66, of Hi Hat, died Tuesday, November 21, 2000, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a sudden illness. Born on March 4, 1934, in Beaver, he was the son of the late Hillard and Dacie Hall Mitchell. He was a retired bus driver. Survivors include two sons, Derek Mitchell of Belton, Texas, Billy Mitchell of Spokane, Washington; six brothers, Philman Mitchell of Hi Hat, Forrest Mitchell and Smitty Joe Mitchell, both of Pikeville, Roy Mitchell of Milan, Michigan, James Mitchell of Columbus, Ohio, Jackie Mitchell of Prestonsburg; two sisters, Alberta Hamilton of Hi Hat, Ida Mitchell of Dearborn, Michigan and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, November 27, at 10 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Laura Martin

Age, 67, of Mousie, died Tuesday, November 20, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. Born on December 31, 1932 in Knott County, she was the daughter of Melvina Slone of Knott County and the late Dan Slone. She was a retired maintenance worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric Martin. Survivors include one son, James Daniel Martin of Mousie; one daughter, Della Martin of Hindman; three brothers, Willie Slone of Tennessee, Carson Slone of Indiana and Ollie Slone of Ohio; three sisters, Nancy Childers and Lettie Sexton, both of Garner, Lauda Conley of Knott County and one grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 25, at 1 p.m., at the Mt. Olive Old Regular Baptist Church, Pippa Passes, with Clyde Jacobs and other ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Family Cemetery, at Garner, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Perlis D. Akers

Age, 71, of Marion, North Carolina, formerly of Dana, died Tuesday, November 21, 2000, at McDowell Hospital in Marion, North Carolina, following an extended illness. Born on May 25, 1929, in Dana, he was the son of the late Emine Pearl Akers and Cynthia Jarrell Akers. He was a retired carpenter. Survivors include three sons, Clayton Akers of Dana, Timothy Akers of New York, Ricky Akers of New York; three daughters, Marsha Akers of Banner, Charlene Bricker of Almont, Michigan, Charmae Akers of New York; two brothers, Clevert Akers of Dana, Thurman Akers of Mt. Sterling; one sister, Lettie Mae Osborne of Banner; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 24, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the E.P. Akers Cemetery, at Dana, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Wednesday, November 22, 2000

Audrey Frye

Age, 74, of Lexington, formerly of Martin, died Saturday, November 18, 2000, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Born on September 22, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Dewey Prater and Ann Prater Ousley Hall. She is survived by her husband, Haskel Frye Jr. Other survivors include one son, Buddy Frye of Nippa; one daughter, Tobye Frye Kelley of Lexington, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 21, at Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Donald Lyons officiating.

Bill Paige

Age, 84, of Beaver, died Friday, November 17, 2000, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. Born on October 16, 1916, in Knott County, he was the son of the late Doke and Alice Hall Paige. He was a retired coal miner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ocie Tackett Paige. Survivors include two sons, Kermit Paige of Hi Hat, Luther Paige of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Tilda Newsome of Loraine, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 20, at 1 p.m., at the Church of God of Prophecy, at Ligon, with Ralph Hall officiating. Burial was in the Elliott Cemetery, Tackett Fork, at Beaver, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Dean E. Mullins

Age, 40, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, formerly of Floyd County, died Wednesday, November 15, 2000, in Wisconsin. He was born October 31, 1960, in Floyd County, the son of the late Denver Ousley and Olabe Mullins Johnson. He was a mechanic for the Milwaukee Post Office working in the vehicle maintenance facility and was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Karen H. Folzenloben Mullins. Other survivors include two sons, Bryan Mullins and Christopher Mullins both of Waukesha, Wisconsin; one sister, Daisy Morrison of Auxier; two half-sisters, Denise May and Tammy Stanley both of Prestonsburg; two half-brothers, Hasadore Ousley of Lexington, and Denver Ousley of Martin. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 20, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the Rev. Johnnie E. Ross officiating. Burial was in the Hale Cemetery, Martin, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers were James Dwayne Mullins, Larry Mullins, Don King, Joshua Stanley, Richard Price and Denver Ousley.

Faye M. Ratliff Gilliam

Age, 85, of Cowpen Road, died Sunday, November 19, 2000, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born in Pike County, December 6, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Lucy Alley Ratliff and James R. Ratliff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Gilliam. She was a member of the Vogel-Day United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Grace Mullins of Pikeville, Ernestine Borella of Silver Springs, Florida; two brothers, Bennie Ratliff of Rineyville, Tommy Ratliff of Southgate, Michigan; six sisters, Zenith Hamilton, Lois Kennard, Cresia Hamilton, and Elizabeth Jordan, all of Pikeville, Mary Jo Jerzakowski of South Bend and Alice Garrett of Harold; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 22, 1 p.m., at the J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ratliff Cemetery, Pikeville, under the direction of J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home, with Dennis Love officiating. Active pallbearers were Jerry Nichols, Dale Hamilton, Scott Mullins, Gregory Kennard, Charles Powell and Bob Hobson.

Harry Hall

Age, 83, of Betsy Layne, died Saturday, November 18, 2000, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born on October 1, 1917, at Honaker, Little Mud Creek, he was the son of the late Elijah and Mary Belle Harvey Hall. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Honaker Church of Christ. His wife, Agnes Risner Hall preceded him in death. He is survived by three sons, Ted Hall of Monroe, Michigan, Terry Hall and Tommy Hall, both of Little Mud Creek; two daughters, Dottie Hall of Betsy Layne, and Arda Kidd of Honaker; sixteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 21, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel with Junior Kidd officiating. Burial was in the Hall and Risner Cemetery, Little Mud Creek, under direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Travis Hall, Adam Hall, Gregory Kidd, Kenny Hall, James Hall, Randy Hall, Barry Hall, Timothy Hall, Gary Bentley, Cody Hall and Bobby Carter.

John Melvin (Little John) Hall Jr.

Age, 60, of Bypro, died Sunday, November 19, 2000, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a brief illness. Born on June 1, 1940, in Wheelwright, he was the son of the late John Melvin and Connie Little Hall. He was a retired owner of Trojan Restaurant and Arcade. He is survived by his wife, Jacqualine Branham Hall. Survivors include one son, John M. Hall III of Wheelwright; two daughters, Kay Berger of Lexington of North Carolina, Deborah Thornsbury of Wheelwright; two brothers, Russell Lee Hall of Hurrican Creek, James Bailey Hall of Lexington; two sisters, Barbara Woods of Pikeville, Hazel Marlene Obroff of Ohio; seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 22, at 11 a.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Louis Ferrari and Jim Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Hall and Little Cemetery, Wheelwright, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Keith Alan Kassee

Age, 15, of Fisty, died Sunday, November 19, 2000, in Carrie, after a sudden illness. Born on June 22, 1985, in Prestonsburg, he was the son of Keith and Tena Yeary Kassee. He was a tenth-grade student at Knott County Central High School. He was a member of the Knott County Patriots Football Team. Survivors, other than his parents, include his paternal grandparents, Virgil and Sally Patrick Kassee of Emmalena; maternal grandparents, Earl D. Yeary of Vest, and the late Charlotte Smith Yeary; paternal great-grandmther, Rosa Smith of Carrie; maternal great-grandcmother, Myrtle Combs Smith of Hazard; one brother, Zachary Anderson Kassee of Fisty. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 22, at 11 a.m., at the Clear Creek Old Regular Baptist Church, at Fisty, with Jessie Hagans, Claren Williams and Silas Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Kassee Family Cemetery, at Fisty, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Kerry Gene “Jitter” Stumbo

Age, 54, of Clearwater, Florida, formerly of Betsy Layne, died Wednesday, November 15, 2000, at his residence, following a brief illness. Born on August 23, 1946, in Betsy Layne, he was the son of the late Perry and Lela Stumbo and Dixie Stumbo May. He was a self-employed automobile dealer. Survivors include one daughter, Kerry Deon Stumbo Rivera of Allen Park, Michigan; five brothers, Perry Stumbo Jr. of Snellville, Georgia, Carl Leo Stumbo of Pikeville, James Francis “Slugger” Stumbo of Belleville, Michigan, Charles Graham May of Allen, David May of Allen; one sister, Judy Stumbo Meade of Martin; and two grandchildren. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, November 25, at 6 p.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church, Betsy Layne, with Doug Lewis officiating. 

Peggy J. Fife

Age, 63, of Wabash, Indiana, died Sunday, November 19, 2000, at her residence.
Born on November 25, 1936, in Van Lear, she was the daughter of the late Taylor Blair and Minirva Lewis Blair. She was retired from Wabash County Hospital OB Department after 28 years. She is a 1955 graduate of Van Lear High School. She is survived by her husband, Roger D. Fife. Other survivors include one son, Christopher Fife of Huntington, Indiana; one daughter, Mrs. Kelli Stamper of Wabash, Indiana; one sister, Aline Baer of Wabash, Indiana; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 22, at 11 a.m., at the McDonald Funeral Home Eddingfield Chapel, Wabash, Indiana, with Rev. John Denniston officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash, Indiana, under direction of McDonald Funeral Home.

Vesta Ann Dobson Messer

Age, 38, of Wayland, died Saturday, November 18, 2000. She was born in Hindman, on May 26, 1962, the daughter of Arlena Patrick Dobson of Vest, and the late Shelby Dobson. Survivors other than her mother, include one son, Timmy Messer of Hindman; one daughter, Angie Messer of Hindman; paternal grandmother, Maggie Dobson of Vest; four brothers, Paul Dobson of Lexington;, Billy, Richard and Beckham Dobson, all of Vest; four sisters, Peggy Ratliff of Leburn, Anitra Burns and Pat Miller, both of Vest, and Pam Sparks of Greensburg, Indiana. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 21, at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel, with Ricky Smith officiating. Burial was in the Dobson Cemetery at Vest, under the direction of Hindman Funeral Services. 

Monday, November, 20, 2000

Gleanna Florene Deskins

Age, 63, of Nippa, died Thursday, November 16, 2000, at the home of her daughter at Sitka. She was born February 22, 1937, in Johnson County, the daughter of the late Darvin and Vina Paige Webb. She had been employed by American Standard. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Deskins. She is survived by four daughters, Eva Stacy of Prestonsburg, Lena Ramey and Carolyn Sue Ramey, both of Sitka, and Angela Campbell of East Point; six brothers, Estil Webb and Harlan Webb, both of Wabash, Indiana, Garlie Webb of Burkett, Indiana, and Bobby Webb, Delno Webb and David Webb, all of Prestonsburg; four sisters, Ruby Stone of Martin, Betty Daniels and Rita Faye Crum, both of Prestonsburg, and Kay Boyd of Harold; a half-sister, Juanita Stratton of Martin; six grandchildren; one step-grandchild, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sunday, November 19, at 1 p.m., at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, with Larry Blair and Phillip Meade officiating. Burial will be in the Dwale Cemetery at Dwale. 

Kenneth Hinkle

Age, 70, of Sebring, Florida, formerly of McDowell, died October 28, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring. Born in McDowell, he was the son of the late Birch (Burt) and Florence Moore Hinkle. He was a mechanic and the owner of Ken Hinkle Service Center in Sebring, to which he moved in 1963. He was a deacon at Whispering Pines Baptist Church, a US Navy veteran of the Korean War, a past commander of VFW Post 4300, and former member of American Legion Post 74. He also served on the Color Guard Unit for Sebring High School football games. Survivors include his wife, Hila Blackburn Hinkle of Sebring, formerly of Martin; a daughter, Brenda Ezell of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma; a son, Kenny Hinkle Jr. of Sebring; five sisters, Laura Allen of Minnie, Vernice Hall and Nola Adams, both of New London, Ohio, Shirley Pack of Pataskala, Ohio, and Anna Mae McDermott of Lima, Ohio; a brother, Jackie Hinkle of McDowell; several grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were November 2, at Morris Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jim Rivers and Rev. James Annis officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Placid.

June McCoy Smith

Age, 83, of Louisville, died Wednesday, November 14, 2000, at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville. She was born in Floyd County on February 16, 1917, a daughter of the late J.P. and Delpha Little McCoy. She was retired from the Webcor Corp., and she was preceded in death by her husband, Lum Junior Smith. She is survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were November 18, at the Owen Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville, with Bro. Ron Davis officiating. Burial was in the Louisville Memorial Gardens.

Nolva Maryland (Pat) Weaver

Age, 85, of Circleville, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, died Monday, November 13, 2000, at Brown Memorial Home in Circleville. Born at Honaker on July 26, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Rosa Kidd and James M. Clark. She was a member of the North Moreland Evangelical United Brethren Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter E. Weaver. She is survived by one son, Andre A. Keller of Circleville; three sisters, Betty Z. Pace of Lexington, Helen Pauley of Sciotoville, Ohio, and Edith Mougey of Lucasville, Ohio; one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services were Friday, November 17, in the Memorial Burial Park Chapel in Wheelersburg, Ohio, under the direction of Defenbaugh-Wise Funeral Home of Circleville.

Friday, November 17, 2000

Paul G. Fyffe

Age, 65, former owner of WSIP AM and FM radio station in Paintsville, died November 14, 2000, at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, following a heart attack. He was a driving force in bringing professional baseball to eastern Kentucky, when the New York Yankees based a farm team in Paintsville in 1978. The baseball field at Johnson Central High School is named in his honor.
He was born November 10, 1935, the son of the late Normal and Ruie Franklin Fyffe. He was a graduate of the former Flat Gap High School and attended Morehead State University. He worked at WSIP for several years before buying the station in 1960. He sold it in the late 1980s. At the time of his death, he was a sales representative for Appalachian Wireless. He is survived by three sons, Mike Fyffe, Barry Fyffe and Tony Fyffe, all of Paintsville; and one brother, James W. Fyffe of Montgomery, Alabama. Funeral services were November 16, at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel in Paintsville, with Terry Reffett officiating.

Lizzie Gibson Roberts

Age, 90, of Pikeville, died Tuesday, November 14, 2000, at Pikeville Health Care Center. Born May 1, 1910, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Polly Iricks and Ebb Osborne. She was a former switchboard operator at the Pike County Courthouse and was a member of the Little Laura Regular Baptist Church at Hurricane Creek. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Phines Gibson. Survivors include two sons, Arnold Lee Gibson of Pikeville and Jackie Darrell Gibson of Harold; two daughters, Yvonne Hall of Pikeville and Betty Lou Johnston of Columbus, Ohio; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, November 17, at noon, at the J.W. Call Funeral Home in Pikeville, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Iricks Family Cemetery at Island Creek.

Maggie Caldwell Steele

Age, 89, of Allen, died Thursday, November 16, 2000, at her residence. Born December 24, 1910, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Caldwell and Susan Dillion Caldwell. She was a retired cook, formerly employed at Harold Grade School for 15 years. She was a member of the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church for more than 70 years and a charter member of the church’s Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, William K. Steele. Survivors include one son, William K. Steele Jr. of Owensville; three daughters, Clara Ratliff and Sue Reynolds, both of Allen, and Wanda S. May of Pikeville; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sunday, November 19, at 1 p.m., at the Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church, with Clergyman Tracy Patton officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Visitation is after 5 p.m., Friday, and after 8 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home, and after 10 a.m., Sunday, at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church building fund.

Bewel Duff

Age, 61, of Garrett, died Thursday, November 16, 2000, at Highlands Regional Medical Center at Prestonsburg. He was born July 28, 1939, in Garrett, the son of the late Green Duff and Birdie Chaffins Duff. He was a retired employee of Ford Motor Co. in Lima, Ohio, a member of the McGuffey Freewill Baptist Church in McGuffey, Ohio, and a member of UAW, Local 1219. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Malott Duff; two sons, Todd Duff of Waynesfield, Ohio, and Lance Duff of St. Mary’s, Ohio; two daughters, Lisa Hurley of Huntsville, Ohio, and Stacie Nigh of Urbana, Ohio; three brothers, Wade Duff and Willie Duff, both of Garrett, and Sidney Duff of Port Deposit, Maryland; four sisters, Pauline Cotter of Ellenton, Florida, Vernie Rowe of Alger, Ohio, Olive Martin of Langley, and Helen Lowery of Bell Center, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, November 18, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel at Martin, with Freewill Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Chaffins Cemetery, Rock Fork, Garrett. Visitation is after 8 a.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Peggy Jo Sparks Branham

Age, 65, of Mt. Sterling, died November 15, 2000, at her residence. She was born December 17, 1934, at Paintsville, a daughter of Jettie Wells Sparks of Prestonsburg and the late McKinley Sparks Sr. A Methodist, she was employed at Peggy’s Dress Shop in Mt. Sterling. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Wheeler Branham of Mt. Sterling; a son, Larry Branham, and a daughter, Belinda Branham, both of Mt. Sterling; two brothers, McKinley Sparks Jr. of Frenchburg, and Oakie Gene Sparks of Prestonsburg; four sisters, Pauline Wells, Mary Click and Dinah Lynn VanHoose, all of Prestonsburg, and Sue Melvin of Mt. Sterling; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be today at 1 p.m., at Taul Funeral Home Chapel in Mt. Sterling, with burial to follow in the Machpelah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Claire Hospice of Morehead. Active pallbearers will be Charlie Clarke, Johnny Webb, Daryl Sparks, Mickey Sparks, Dalus Sparks and Willie McGuire. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Breeding, Ronnie Daniel, Shag Branham, Stanley Daniel, Chester Shepherd, Worth McGuire, Charles “Chuck” Melvin and Ondalow Hunt.

Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Larry Ray Howard

Age, 48, of Garrett, died Tuesday, November 14, 2000, at his residence. Born on September 1, 1952, in Knott County, he was the son of Ola Cox Howard of Eastern and the late Gold Howard. He was a disabled coal miner and the husband of Diana Shepherd Howard. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Christina Howard and Melissa Howard, both of Garrett; two brothers, Ronald Howard and Donald Howard, both of Eastern; a sister, Kathy Cornette of Georgia; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be Friday, November 17, at 1 p.m., at the Rock Fork Old Regular Baptist Church at Garrett, with Jerry Manns and Earl Slone officiating. Burial will follow in the Howard Cemetery on Rock Fork at Garrett. Visitation will be at the church after 6 p.m., tonight. Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home at Martin is in charge of arrangements.

George P. Blankenship

Age, 83, of Wayland, died Friday, November 10, 2000, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, after an extended illness. He was born November 24, 1916, in Johnson County, the son of the late Milt and Myrtle Parsley Blankenship. He was a retired coal miner, a World War II Army veteran, and a member of the Monroe Vanderpool Memorial DAV Chapter 128, Garrett. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Owsley Blankenship; two sons, Dennis Crisp of Topmost and Terry W. Crisp of Estill; a daughter, Gwendolyn Sue Hall of Pound, Virginia; a brother, Charles Blankenship of Charlotte, South Carolina; three sisters, Avenell Quisenberry of Madison, West Virginia; Opal Caudill and Ella Mae Wray, both of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 12, at the Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church in Estill, with minister James Morris and other Freewill Baptist ministers officiating.
Burial followed in the Richmond Cemetery in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Martin. Pallbearers were Chad Crisp, Terry Crisp, Carter Hall, Roger Watkins, Marvin C. Moore, Darrell Owsley and Daniel Quisenberry.

Nadine White

Age, 60, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Knott County, died Monday, November 6, 2000, at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Born on August 3, 1940, in Hindman, she was the daughter of the late Ase and Janie Collins Mosley. She is survived by her husband, Joseph L. White. Other survivors include one daughter, Mabel Jane White of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Sheldon Mosley of Hindman; three sisters Louise Lemmings of Litt Carr, Bonnie Reynolds of Mallie, Willa Dean Combs of Hindman; one half-sister, Faye Slone of Mousie. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 10, at 11 a.m., at the Cross Roads Community Baptist Church in Odgen, Hindman, with Cullen Caudill and others officiating. Burial will be in the Frank Reynolds Cemetery, Hindman, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Millie M. Reynolds

Age, 80, of Marion, Ohio, died November 13, 2000, at Morningview Care Center. She was born March 16, 1920, in Wayland, the daughter of the late Mart and Mandy Collins Moore. She was graduated from Wayland High School and the Mansfield Beauty Academy. A former Westinghouse Corp. employee, she was also the former owner of Art Way Beauty Salon in Mansfield. Along with her husband, the late Everett Reynolds, she started E&M Beauty College in Mansfield in 1960. She held cosmetology licenses in several states, including Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Virginia. A member of Good Faith Baptist Church, she was a World War II Air Force veteran. She is survived by a sister, Margaret Speakman of Marion; two step-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, November 17, at 10 a.m. at Good Faith Baptist Church, with Rev. Barkley Slone officiating. Burial will be Saturday, November 18, at the Reynolds Cemetery at Mallie. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by Boyd Funeral Home in Marion and by Hindman Funeral Services.

Lottie Mae Spears

Age, 87, of Spears Branch, Harold, died Friday, November 10, 2000, at her residence, following an extended illness. She was born December 24, 1912, in Osborne, and was the daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson Sturgill and Isabelle Tackett Sturgill. She was a member of the Upper Toler Church of Christ in Harold. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Ballard Spears.
She is survived by five sons, Arthur Lee Spears of Southgate, Michigan, Victor Howard Spears of Lebanon, Ohio, James Russell Spears and Burnis Buford Spears, both of Harold, and Wayne Bertley Spears of Flat Rock, Michigan; seven daughters, Sarah Kathryn Pinson of Willis, Virginia, Lola Ellen Clark of Columbus, Ohio, Anna Bell Justus of Lebanon, Ohio, Della Marie Jackson of Clyde, Ohio, Linda Joyce Salisbury and Kanova Sue Kingsley, both of Harold, and Deborah Carol Hunt of Stanville; 41 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 13, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel in Martin, with minister Tommy Bush and Frank Kidd Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Spears Family Cemetery, Spears Branch, Harold. Pallbearers were Dwayne Clark, Okie Spears, Marty Salisbury, Steven Spears, Mark Spears, Earl Pinson, Mike Stanley, Bill Justus, Brian Spears and Jason Salisbury.

Monday, November 13, 2000

Bailey Dawn Whitaker

Daughter of Bryan and Nicole Weinstein Whittaker, was stillborn on Monday, November 6, 2000. Private graveside services were conducted Wednesday, November 8, at 2 p.m., at the May Cemetery in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Floyd Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.

Mary Spears Slone

Age, 87, of St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Mud Creek, died Monday, November 6, 2000, at Greenbrook Nursing Home in Florida, following an extended illness. Born on August 4, 1913, in Mud Creek, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Tetory Sword Spears. She was retired as a self employed hotel owner and was a member of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Slone. Survivors include two sons, Edgar A. Slone of St. Petersburg, Florida, Charles C. Slone of Old Fort, North Carolina; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 11, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with David Tucker officiating. Burial was in the Nicholas-Slone Cemetery, at Dema, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Virgil Hall

Age, 58, of Van Lear, died Friday, November 10, 2000, at the Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville. Born on March 9, 1942, in Johnson County, he was the son of the late Cecil Hall and Marie Goble Hall. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Simpson Hall. Other survivors include four sons, Virgil Hall of Hager Hill, Tony Dutton of Thealka, Charles Ray Dutton and James R. Hall, both of Van Lear; three daughters, Mary Jane Ritter, and Anna Marie Polley, both of Columbus, Ohio, Jeanne Price of Thelma; three brothers, Jack Hall, Cecil Hall Jr., and David Hall, all of Van Lear; four sisters, Mary Lou Hurt of Louisville, Alice Marie Dollarhide, Martha Leen Fitzpatrick and Judy Hager, all of Van Lear; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, November 12, at 1 p.m., at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Paintsville, with B. Joe Hall, Robert Tussey and Paul Keaton officiating. Burial will be in the Hall Family Cemetery, Van Lear, under the direction of Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Nancy Anne Hughes Lessard

Age, 66, of Lexington, formerly of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, November 4, 2000, at her home. She was born on March 24, 1934, in Jane Lew, West Virginia, the daughter of Robert Henry Hughes of Prestonsburg, and the late Shirley Cole Hughes. She attended Transylvania University, moved to Maine to work for the Girl Scouts of America, and then attended nursing school in Boston, Massachusetts. She and her husband operated restaurants in Gloucester, Massachusetts and New Durham, New Hampshire. Her husband, Edgar Patrick Lessard, preceded her in death. In addition to her father, survivors include one son, Robert Patrick Lessard of Marysville, Washington; one brother, Henry Hughes of Lexington. Memorial services will be conducted Friday, November 10, at 10 a.m., at Whitehall Funeral Chapel, Lexington, with the Rev. Harold Dorsey officiating.

Billy Ray Hicks

Age, 69, died November 9, 2000, at the Shawnee Manor Nursing Home. Born on February 20, 1931, in Garrett, he was the son of the late Hiram and Ella Centers Hicks. Survivors include five brothers, Alden Hicks, Ernest P. Hicks, both of Hilo, Hawaii, Charles “Ofelia” Hicks of Dexter, Missouri, Larry Hicks of Lima, Ohio, Jerry “Yvonne” Hicks of Wolcottville, Indiana; four sisters, Mildred Hughes of LaGrange, Indiana, Edna Childers of Willard, Ohio, Nadine Frye of Sturgis, Michigan, and Lenoka Yoakam of Westminster, Maryland. Funeral services will be Monday, November 13, at the Chiles & Sons-Laman Wayne St. Chapel, with Rev. Earl Yoakam officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Mauosleum, under the direction of Chiles and Sons-Laman Funeral Home.

Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Nora Edith Akers Howell

Age, 83, of Banner, died Saturday, November 4, 2000, in Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. She was born August 18, 1917, in Dana, the daughter of the late Wilburn Conn and Gracie Boyd Conn. She was a member of the Little Salem Regular Baptist Church, at Dana. She is survived by her husband, Walker Howell. Other survivors include one son, Wesley Boyd of Lincoln Park, Michigan; one brother, Jack Conn of Riverview, Michigan; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 7, at 10 a.m., at the Little Salem Regular Baptist Church, Dana, with the Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Fred Conn Cemetery, at Dana, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.  

Carl Everette Rowe

Age, 52, of Melvin, died Saturday, November 4, 2000, at his residence. Born on November 23, 1947, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Leslie and Thelma Collins Rowe. He was a disabled mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Caldwell Rowe. Other survivors include two sons, Ricky Rowe of Ligon, Leslie Scott Rowe of Melvin; two daughters, Carla Vance of Hi Hat, Kristen Francis Rowe of Melvin; one sister, Linda Johnson of Melvin; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 7, at noon, at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Louis Ferrari and Ralph Tennyson officiating. Burial was in the Matthew Tackett Cemetery, at Melvin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.  

Charles Edgel Henderson

Age, 64, of McDowell, died Sunday, November 5, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on May 30, 1936, in Dony, he was the son of the late Ben and Dony Akers Henderson. He was a disabled coal miner and a member of the Old Time Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Myrtie Lou Carroll Henderson. Other survivors include one son, Berchell Henderson of Big Prairie, Ohio; one daughter, Martha Meade of McDowell; two brothers, Franklin Henderson of Big Prairie, Ohio, Johnny Henderson of Lakeville, Ohio; five sisters, Ada Paige of Ashland, Ohio, Clady Blachely of Lakeville, Ohio, Erma Lance of Loudonville, Ohio, Ruby Gayheart of Printer, Susie Austin of Wooster, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 8, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Denver Meade and other Old Time Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Greenbury Hall Cemetery, McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  

Delbert Rufus Rose

Age, 79, of Garrett, husband of Carrie Edna Dempsey Rose, died Thursday, October 19, 2000, at his residence. He was born August 10, 1921, in Freemont, Virginia, the son of the late John C. Rose and Eckie Kiser Rose. He was a retired electrician for Bailey Mining Company, a World War II Army veteran, and a member of the United Mine Workers of America, Local No. 9845. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Roger J. Rose of Garrett, Rodney M. Rose of Langley; one daughter, Delana Rose of Prestonsburg; one brother, Jack Rose of Coburn, Virginia; two sisters, Avanell Blevins of Coburn, Virginia, Virgia Benachamp of Indiana; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted, Sunday, October 22, at 1 p.m., in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Denzil Sexton officiating. Burial was in the Elswick Cemetery, Pikeville, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Cainer Hall, Robert Hall, David Hall, Larry Hall, R. B. Conn, Jeff Gibson, Lee Howard, Rodney Rose, Jason Baker, Byron Ring and Chuck Clark.  

Donald Carroll

Age, 44, of Pikeville, died Saturday, November 4, 2000, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born on June 26, 1956, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Carmen and Loretta Howell Carroll. He was a disabled factory worker. He is survived by his wife, Betty Howell. Other survivors include one son, Jeremiah Jones of Tennessee; one step-daughter, Shawna Howell of Lexington; one brother, Edgar Carroll of Port Huron, Michigan; three sisters, Lowene Sturgille of Harold, Eulavene Gale of Clarkston, Michigan, Lorraine Neely of Port Huron, Michigan. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 7, at 11 a.m., at the Upper Toler Church of Christ, Harold, with Tommy Bush and others officiating. Burial was in the Carroll Family Cemetery, Toler Creek, Harold, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.  

Barbara Ann Shepherd Wright

Age, 51, of Corn Fork, Prestonsburg, died Friday, November 3, 2000, at her residence. She was born March 10, 1949, in Hite, the daughter of the late Woots Shepherd and Anna Mae Scarberry Shepherd. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Wright. Other survivors include three sons, Frank Rudder of Hindman, Johnny Rudder of Martin, Joey Wayne Wright of David; four daughters, Debra Marsillett of Corn Fork, Lisa Kendrick and Crystal Lafferty, both of Martin, Christina Pratt of Pine Top; nine brothers, Acie Shepherd of Martin, Jobie Shepherd of Hunter, Earnest Shepherd and Hershell Shepherd, both of Warsaw, Indiana, Jack Shepherd of Hueysville, Larry Shepherd of McDowell, Mike Shepherd of Drift, Steve Shepherd of Hunter, Roger Shepherd of Printer; one sister, Susan Slone of Drift; and 19 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 5, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Charles Crider, officiating. Burial was in the Shepherd Family Cemetery, at Hite, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Serving as pallbearers were Adam Lafferty, Greg Shepherd, Roger Marsillett, Ronald Wright, Woody Paul Shepherd, Earl Dean Shepherd, Rod May, Mike Shepherd, Shawn Leslie, Joey Newsome and Mike Shepherd.  

Edward Tackett

Age, 57, of Garrison, died Saturday, November 4, 2000, of an extended illness. Born May 8, 1943, in Melvin, he was the son of the late Glen Tackett and Carrie Johnson Tackett. He worked out of laborers local #1445 Catlettsburg, for more than 30 years. He was a construction worker. He is survived by his wife, Elsa Holland Tackett. Other survivors include three sons, Edward Tackett Jr. of Quincy, Roger L. Tackett and David Wayne Tackett, both of Garrison; one daughter, Cathy Bivens of Garrison; four brothers, Benjamin Tackett, Homer Tackett, Carlos Tackett, all of Garrison, and Glen Junior Tackett of S. Portsmouth; six sisters, Thelma Jones of Melvin, Betty Bloomfield of Bucyrus, Ohio, Ester Skidmore of Paris, Martha Ellen Skidmore and Nellie Thurman, both of Garrison and Eliza Jane Ferguson of Black Oak; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one step-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 7, at 1 p.m., at the Dickerson Funeral Home, Vanceburg, with Rev. Wes Cooper and Rev. Clarence Hall officiating. Burial was in the Skidmore Cemetery, at Garrison, under the direction of Dickerson Funeral Home. 

Monday, November 6, 2000

Bennie F. Slone

Age, 83, of Kimper, formerly of Fishtrap, died 3:03 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2000, at Pikeville Methodist Hospital. He survived by his wife Bobbie Williams Slone, his mother, the late Eva Parker Slone, his father, the late Joe Slone, his children, one son Timothy Ray Williams of Kimper, his daughter Tabitha Ratliff of Kimper, one brother, B.W. Harris of Olive Hill, three sisters, Celia Varney of Kimper, Hattie Hibbs of St. Petersburg, Fla., Dorthy Cole of Franklin, Tenn. and four Grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Tommy Thompson, Mike Thompson, Jackie Thompson, Roy Thompson Jr., Joe Thompson, Doug Thompson, Harold Thompson, Harry Thompson, Rodney Scott. Date of Birth, April 8, 1917. Occupation was Coal Operator, Church Affiliation was Owsley Freewill Baptist Church, Lodge/Union Affiliations were Freewill Baptist Minister since 1953, Thomas C. Cecil Lodge #375 F&AM, Scottish Rite, York Rite and El Hasa Shrine Temple, Veteran of WWII, no VA rites. Visitation in chapel after 12 noon, Sunday. Special Masonic Service was at 7 p.m., Sunday. Place of burial was Johnson Memorial Park. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, November 6, at the J.W. Call Funeral Home by Minister Buddy Kendrick.

Friday, November 3, 2000

Sadie Wireman

Age, 85, of Waldo, died Monday, October 30, 2000, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. Born on September 5, 1915, in Magoffin County, she was the daughter of the late Dan Wireman and Sarah Jane Oliver Wireman. She was a member of the United Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Walter Wireman. Other survivors include six sons, Cledith Wireman of Waldo, Clyde Wireman of Gunlock, Claude Wireman, and Harold Dean Wireman, both of Albion, Michigan, Robert Wireman of Waldo, and Russell Wireman of Martin, Tennessee; four daughters, Sarah Jane Durall of Mosersville, Michigan, Erma Lovely of Waldo, Sharlene Hale and Kashetta Hale, both of Greenwich, Ohio; one brother, Johnny Wireman of Indiana; one sister, Goldie Bailey of Michigan; 33 great-grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 3, at 11 a.m., at the Dunn-Kelley/Prater & Dunn Funeral Home Chapel, Salyersville. Burial will be in the Family Cemetery, at Waldo, under the direction of Dunn-Kelley/Prater & Dunn Funeral Home.  

Susie Smith

Age, 82, of East Point, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000, at her residence. Born on September 4, 1918, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late L. D. and Annie Burke Johnson. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Smith. Survivors include one son, John B. Osborne of California; and one sister, Alma Johnson of Peru, Indiana. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 3, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Evangelist Bennie Blankenship and Chris Flemmings officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Johnson Cemetery, at Virgie, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  

Nellie Dixie Jarvis Dale

Age, 88, of Ivel, died Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home, following an extended illness. Born on February 17, 1912, in Endicott, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Hattie Francis Samons Endicott. She was a member of the Daniels Creek Community Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ed Jarvis and later by Lewis Dale. Survivors include seven sons, Luther Jarvis of Raccoon, Esau Jarvis and Douglas Jarvis, both of Prestonsburg, Jake Jarvis of Banner, Monroe Jarvis and Edgar Jarvis, both of Tram, Herman Jarvis of Ypsilanti, Michigan; three daughters, Frances Vanover of Stanville, Alice Graves of Tennessee, Sondra Justice of Betsy Layne; four sisters, Fannie Garrett of Banner, Rell Harlis of Auxier, Lou Ethel Jarrell and Minnie James, both of Prestonsburg; 41 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 4, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Birkey Lewis and George David Garrett officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.  

Raymond Copley

Age, 86, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, October 30, 2000, at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Prestonsburg. He was born April 29, 1914, at Warfield, the son of the late W.D. and Carrie Muncy Copley. He retired from the U.S. Civil Service where he was employed with the Corps of Engineers, and was a Floyd County Game Warden from 1944 to 1968. He is survived by his wife, Stella Kirk Copley. Other survivors include two sons, Forrest Copley of Shreveport, Louisiana, Glenn M. "Shorty" Copley of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Margaret Blair of Glasgow; three brothers, Clyde Copley of Louisville, Glenn Copley of Warfield, Charles W. Copley of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Mable Dalton of Vallejo, California, Francis Maynard of Charleston, West Virginia; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, November 2, at 11 a.m., at the Davidson Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Ivel, under the direction of Floyd Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.  

Paul Newsome

Age, 73, of Sun City, Arizona, formerly of Floyd County, died Thursday, November 2, 2000. He was born October 16, 1927, in Floyd County, the son of the late Shelby and Burnett Newsome. He was a factory worker. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Newsome. Other survivors include one son, Richard Newsome of Arizona; three daughters, Lorane Newsome, Patty Newsome, and Bobby Newsome, all of Arizona; two sisters, Roberta Frasure of McDowell, and Palestine Newsome, of Ashtabula, Ohio. Funeral services and burial will be conducted in Arizona.  

Wednesday, November 1, 2000

Anna Hunter

Age, 74, of Betsy Layne, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on August 21, 1926, in Martin, she was the daughter of the late B.J. and Minnie Marshall Hunter. She was disabled and was a member of the Prestonsburg Church of Christ. Survivors include one brother, Delmar Hunter of Harold; one sister, Vernia Miller of Betsy Layne. Funeral services will be conduced Thursday, November 2, at 1 p.m., at the Betsy Layne Church of Christ, with Evangelist Bennie Blankenship and Tommy Spears officiating. Burial will be in the Bush Cemetery, at Harold, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.  

Orbie Counts

Age, 82, of Bypro, died Sunday, October 29, 2000, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, following an extended illness. Born on November 17, 1917, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late John and Evaline Adkins Robinson. She was a member of the Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church, at Kite. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Counts. Survivors include three sons, Harold Counts, and Eugene Counts, both of Bypro, and Dean Counts of Taylor, Michigan; one daughter, Donna Johnson of Taylor, Michigan; one brother, Tom Robinson of Pikeville; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 1, at 11 a.m., at the Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church, at Kite, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.  

Betty Lou Tincher

Age, 62, of Bluefield, Virginia, died Thursday, October 26, 2000, at a Bluefield hospital. Born September 4, 1938, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Stubblefield Larrison. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Roy L. Tincher. Other survivors include two sons, Rev. Markus L. Tincher of Pryor, Oklahoma, Randall Tincher of East Point; one sister, Sharon Hobson of Hamilton, Ohio; one brother, Frank Douglas Larrison of Hamilton, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m., at the First Church of God, Bluefield, Virginia, with Chaplain Phil Parker officiating. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 1, 2 p.m., at the Millville Avenue Church of God, Hamilton, Ohio, with Rev. Frank Curtis officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Hamilton, under the direction of Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory, Bluefield.  

Charles E. Spears

Age, 83, of Lexington, formerly of Pikeville, died Saturday, October 28, 2000. Born October 20, 1917, at McCombs on Johns Creek in Pike County, he was the son of the late Andrew J. Spears and Elizabeth Taylor Spears. He was a graduate of Pikeville High School and Pikeville Junior College. He began teaching school at age 19 at Lower Hurricane Creek in Pike County, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, taught at Virgie High School, (where he was also the basketball coach), Betsy Layne and other schools throughout Pike and Floyd counties. He was superintendent of the Pikeville City Schools for 13 years; and member of the Kiwanis Club, the Lions Club, Pike County Fair Board, March of Dimes organization and others. He was a member of the Vogel Day United Methodist Church and a World War II veteran. He is survived by his wife, Requa Taylor Spears. Other survivors include two sons, Charles Andrew "Andy" Spears of Lexington, and William Edison "Bill" Spears of Cary, Illinois; two sisters, Madge Mullins of Elkhorn City, and Betty Hall of Lexington; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 30, at 11 a.m., at the Vogel Day United Methodist Church at Harold. Burial arrangements were under the direction of J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home, Pikeville. Contributions may be made to the Vogel Day United Methodist Church, Pikeville College, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.  

Leonard Coburn

Age, 86, of Garrett, died Thursday, October 29, 2000, at his residence. He was born February 22, 1914, in Knott County, the son of the late Ballard and Maggie Ramey Coburn. He was a retired miner for U.S. Steel in Bradshaw, West Virginia; worked at Pond Creek Pocahontas Coal Company; and was a member of the U.M.W.A. at Bluefield, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Coburn. Other survivors include three sons, Dennis Coburn and Ricky Coburn, both of High Point, North Carolina, Douglas Gene Coburn of Madison, Ohio; two daughters, Merilyn Patton of Richlands, Virginia, and Geraldine Daniels of Ashtabula, Ohio; one brother, Denver Coburn of Garrett; five sisters, Ruth Martin Sullivan and Mae Dancer, both of Lima, Ohio, Mary Robinson of Dake, California, Edna Howard of Hazard, Marie Baker of Kendallville, Indiana; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 29, at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Jerry Manns and Jimmy Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Tom Sparks Cemetery, Bradshaw, West Virginia, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.  

Walter L. Stumbo

Age, 74, of Langley, died Friday, October 27, 2000, at Versailles, following an extended illness. Born on February 12, 1926, in McDowell, he was the son of Annie Hall Stumbo of McDowell and the late Lee Stumbo. He was a retired coal miner, and a member of DAV Chapter 128, Garrett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Turner Stumbo. Survivors include five sons, James R. Stumbo of Langley, Barry Ray Stumbo of Versailles, William Lee "Buggy" Stumbo, Robert Dean Stumbo, and Walter Dale Stumbo, all of McDowell; four daughters, Cheryl Frasure of Hueysville, Teresa Gwen Hunt and Jackie Belinda Douglas, both of Versailles, and Patricia Potter of McDowell; three sisters, Kathleen Prater, and Betty Akers, both of McDowell, Elenore Pack of Drift; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 30, at 1 p.m., at the Old Beaver Old Regular Baptist Church, at Minnie, with Clifford Williams, Ersel Huff, Omery C. Hall, and others officiating. Burial was in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, at McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. DAV services were conducted by Chapter 128.  

Lucy McClung

Age, 82, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, October 30, 2000, at the Parkview Manor Nursing Home at Pikeville. She was born March 14, 1918, at Looneyville, West Virginia, the daughter of late Steven and Melissa "Nida" Monroe. She is survived by one daughter, Margaret Ann Smith Griffith of Lexington and one granddaughter. Burial will be Wednesday, November 1, at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens at Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Arrangements are under the direction of Floyd Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.  

Virginia Lewis

Age, 55, of Banner, died Saturday, October 28, 2000, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital, following an extended illness. She was born December 7, 1944, in Banner, the daughter of the late Elder Lewis Jr. and Eulavene Lewis. She was a member of the Free United Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Her husband, Ralph Lewis, preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, Leo Lewis of Sydney, Gary Lewis and Ralph Lewis Jr., both of Banner; one daughter, Janet Salisbury of Banner; two brothers, Kenneth Lewis of Van Lear, Douglas Lewis of Banner; two sisters, Elsie Smith and Freda Smith both of Banner; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 1, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergymen, Ernie D. Blevins and Sterlin Bolen, officiating. Burial will be in the Lewis Cemetery, Banner, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.  

Juanita Shannon

Age, 83, of Drift, died Friday, October 27, 2000, at the Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg, following an extended illness. She was born September 3, 1917, in Hellier, the daughter of the late Milt Simpson and Sally Preston Simpson. She was a retired assistant postmaster at Drift. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson Shannon. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 29, at 1 p.m., at the Drift Pentecostal Church, with the clergyman, Chester Hurst, officiating. Burial was in the Drift Cemetery, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Pallbearers were Johnny Pack, Greg Stumbo, Steve Stumbo, Donnie Shannon, Charles Simpson, Harold Simpson, Terry Blackburn and Greg Frasure. Honorary pallbearers were James Price, Denver D. Tackett, Bobby Allen and Jake Fraley Jr.  

Clifford "Buster" Thompson

Age, 70, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died Friday, October 27, 2000, at his residence. He was born November 3, 1929, in Kentucky, the son of late Bennie and Rosanna "Johnson" Thompson. He was a maintenance supervisor, armed forces veteran, past president of the Milwaukee Solo Parents, and editor of Mature Singles newsletter. He is survived by two sons, Gregory and Dennis Thompson; one daughter, Libby Burzynski; one brother, Donald Thompson; 12 grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, November 4, at 1 p.m., at the Mayo Cemetery at Lancer. All arrangements are under the direction of the Floyd Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.  

Glo Deweyll Turner Osborne

Age, 71, of Drift, died Sunday, October 29, 2000, in Florida. She was born June 26, 1929, in Drift, the daughter of the late Raymond Turner and Tana Martin Turner. She was a retired store merchant, owner and operator of Triangle and Wayside Markets, and a member of the Allen United Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Norman Dewey Osborne. Other survivors include one son, Norman Scott Osborne of Ft. Myers, Florida. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, November 2, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergyman, Clinton Moore, officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home.  

Eulavene Lewis

Eulavene Lewis, 84, of Banner, died Sunday, October 29, 2000, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. She was born June 7, 1916, in Banner, the daughter of the late Alfred Lewis and Emma Hunt Lewis. She was a member of the Free United Baptist Church, West Prestonsburg. Her husband, Elder Lewis Jr., preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Lewis of Van Lear, James D. Lewis of Banner; two daughters, Elsie Smith and Freda Smith, both of Banner; one sister, Minnie Lewis of West Liberty, 32 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 1, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the clergymen, Sterlin Bolen and Ernie D. Blevins, officiating. Burial will be in the Lewis Family Cemetery, Banner, under the direction of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.  

Gertrude Burke

Age, 78, of Wheelwright, died Sunday, October 29, 2000, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born on September 15, 1922, in Price, she was the daughter of the late King Pharoah "Buddy" and Viola Bryant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Simon Burke. Survivors include three sons, Maurice Burke, Willie Burke and Elvis Burke, all of Wheelwright; two brothers, Bert T. Bryant and Frank Bryant, both of Wheelwright; three sisters, Octavia Johnson, and Arinda Collins, both of Wheelwright, and Betty Slone of Bypro; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 31, at 11 a.m., at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat, under the direction of R.S. Jones and Son Funeral Home.