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As Reported in the Floyd County Times Dated

2005

Tramble Adkins

Age 81, of Hueysville, husband of Nola Adkins, passed away Monday, November 14, 2005, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, in Lexington. He was born September 20, 1924, in Hueysville, the son of the late Jack Adkins and Susie Hughes Adkins. He was a retired coal miner, a lifetime member of the American Legion and the DAV Chapter 128. Survivors include his wife, Nola; two sons: Denver Eugene Adkins of Dwale, and Jimmie Darrell Adkins of Battle Creek, Michigan; one daughter, Charlotte Sue Soder of Langley; a step-daughter, Glena Patton of Columbus, Indiana; a brother, Ezra Adkins of Marshall, Michigan; two sisters: Mildred Bellamy of Hueysville, and Christine Vanderpool of Garrett; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Tramble Adkins will be conducted Thursday, November 17, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin, with Clergymen Samuel Hamilton and Bobby “Bud” Crum officiating. Burial will follow in the Adkins Cemetery, Prater Fork, in Hueysville, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home.

Peggy Bell Boyd

Age, 79, of Belfry, died Thursday, November 3, 2005, at the ARH Skilled Nursing Unit. Born September 8, 1926, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Sam Elkins and Nancy Ellen McKinney Elkins. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Calvin Boyd; one son, Jerry Lee Boyd; a grandson, Roger Allen Watson; six brothers, and three sisters. Survivors include two daughters: Billie Sue Bowe and Shirley Jean (Jimmy) Watson, both of Belfry and one brother: Andrew Elkins of Marion, Indiana; three grandchildren: Michael (Bethany) Bowe Jr., Cynthia Sue Endicott, and Deborah Lynn Watson, all of Belfry; six great-grandchildren: Antonia Isabella Endicott, Jeanna Aslyn Endicott, Dalton Bowe, Chaeli Bowe, Nick Bowe and Sean Bowe. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 7, at 11 a.m., at Rogers Funeral Home, in Belfry, with Bob Werntz officiating. Burial was in the Mt. View Memory Gardens, at Huddy, under the direction of R.E. Rogers Funeral Home, Belfry. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Jimmy Watson, Mike Bowe Sr., Mike Watson, Nick Bowe, Gene Watson and Richard Watson

Jacqueline Branham

Age, 69, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, November 13, 2005, in Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born September 23, 1936, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Ollie and Mattie McGuire Wallen. She was a retired county employee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Pete” Branham. Survivors include two sons: Roger Lee Branham and Bernard Scott Branham (wife, Melissa), both of Prestonsburg; two sisters: Mary Ruth Campbell of Lexington, and Sue Emrick of Dayton, Ohio; and two grandchildren: Brian Scott Branham and Brianna Paige Branham. In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David Branham; three brothers: Billy Dave Wallen, George Samuel Wallen, and James A. Wallen; and a sister, Fannie Mae Ball. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 16, at noon, at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Mark Tackett and Shawn Blair officiating. Burial will be in the Wallen Family Cemetery, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Rondall Conley

Age, 66, of Hueysville, died Monday, November 7, 2005, at Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Born May 20, 1939, in Hueysville, he was the son of the late Fred Conley and Exie Hicks Vanderpool Shepherd. He was a disabled foundry worker; and a member of the Upper Salt Lick United Baptist Church at Hueysville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Ellen Thornsbury Conley. Survivors include one son, Ronnie Dean Conley of Rome City, Indiana; six daughters: Pauline Conley of Garrett, Indiana, Verna Mae Neeley and Sarah Jane Conley, both of Hueysville, Sherry Sue Hazlette of Rome City, Indiana, Mary Sue Conley of Garrett, and Cathy Batcheller of Spring Hill, Florida; step-children: James Jr. Moore of Plain City, Ohio, Larry Dean Moore of Canton, Ohio, Brenda Sharon Owens of Lackey, Emma Lou Hall of Wayland, Judy Carol Fitzpatrick of Hueysville, Darlene Howard of Garrett, and Kimberly Hall of Topmost; two brothers: Michael Anthony Vanderpool of North Carolina, and Steve Vanderpool of Lagrange, Indiana; five sisters: Ann Howard of Prestonsburg, Gay Nell Handshoe of Hueysville, Myrtle Hughes of Garrett, Hazel Brown of Mousie, and Helen Donnaker of Albion, Indiana; 30 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Raymond Robinson, Carlos Vanderpool, and Clyde Vanderpool; and two sisters: Frankie Hall and Betty Ruth Vanderpool. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 11, at 1 p.m., at the Upper Salt Lick United Baptist Church, in Hueysville, with Bethel Bolen, Larry Patton and Willie Crace officiating. Burial will be in the Handshoe Cemetery, at Hueysville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin.

Vernon Crager

Age, 67, of Hueysville, died Friday, November 4, 2005, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, following an extended illness. Born January 9, 1938, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Jimmy and Effie Shepherd Crager. He was a former factory worker for Cooper Tires, and a sawmill worker. He was also a United States Army veteran, and a member of Salt Lick United Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shelby Crager. Survivors include: Two sons: Kenneth Crager of Auburn, Indiana, and Dwayne Crager of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Theresa Crager of Paintsvlle; three brothers: Norman Crager and Cletis Crager, both of Hueysville, and Herman Crager of Corruna, Indiana; two sisters: Ruth Wallace of Hueysville, and Marie Hicks of Kendallville, Indiana; and four grandchildren: Kenneth, Cameron, Amanda, and Johnathan. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Vincent Crager; and one brother, Estill Crager. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 7, at 11 a.m., at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Joe Ratliff and Dolvin Ratliff officiating. Military services were conducted by DAV Chapter 128, Garrett. Burial was in the Gethsemane Gardens, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Claude Burns Fields & Ruble Virginia Fields 

Claude B. Fields, age 91, son of the late Ira and Louranie Prater Fields, was born on March 14, 1914, in Allen, and Ruble V. Fields, age 88, daughter of the late Richard and Mary Bingham Willis, was born on August 25, 1917, in Water Gap, both passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2005. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fields were from Floyd County, and moved to Titusville, Florida, in 1976, from Ypsilanti, Michigan. Claude and Ruble were married for 65 years. Claude was a World War II US Navy veteran, and Ruble was a homemaker. They are survived by three daughters: Lois Branham and husband, Bill, of Titusville, Florida, Sylvia Jean Swain and husband, Myles, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Dorita Reyen and husband, David, of Syracuse, New York; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Big Sandy, P.O. Box 1749, Paintsville, Kentucky 41240.

Charles Fredrick Curry

Age, 78, of Wheelwright, died Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at Central Baptist Hospital, in Lexington. Born December 5, 1926, in Melvin, he was the son of the late Paul Erie and Della Johnson Curry. He was a retired teacher; a U.S. Army and World War II veteran; a member of D.A.V. Garrett Chapter 128; and a member of the Melvin Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Evia Faye Smith Curry. Other survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte Faye and John Lawson of Dobson, North Carolina; a daughter-in-law: Mary Alice Curry Cole (Russell) of South Portsmouth; four brothers: John Paul Curry of Burlington, Ronald Keith Curry (Ann) of Virgie, Roy Curry (Joan) of Jenkins, and Troy Curry (Suette) of Melbourne, Florida; a sister-in-law, Claudia Ann Curry of Banner; four grandchildren; Delicia Michelle Carver of Quincy, Cynthia Faye Baldwin (Stuart) of Wheelersburg, Ohio, Jonathan Thomas Lawson of Greenville, North Carolina, and Curry Dean Lawson of Dobson, North Carolina; three great-grandchildren: Jared Augustus Carver and Alexandria Nichole Carver, both of Quincy, and Charles Ethan Evans of Wheelersburg, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Charles Fredrick (Chuck) Curry Jr.; a brother, Forrest Stanley Curry; and an infant baby sister. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 12, at 1 p.m., at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Ralph Kilgore officiating. Military services were conducted by Garrett Chapter 128, D.A.V. Burial was in the Paul E. Curry Cemetery, in Wheelwright, under the directon of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was Thursday, at the funeral home; and Friday, at the church.

Willie Gearheart

Age 83, of Minnie, husband of Brooksie Moore Gearheart, died Saturday, November 12, 2005, in the McDowell Appalachian Regional Medical Center. He was born September 15, 1922, in Floyd County, the son of the late Bobby and Tildie Hall Gayheart. He was a retired coal miner, a U.S. Army World War II veteran, and a member of the UMWA. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Austin Moore (Brenda) and Keith Gearheart (Tammy), both of Minnie; one daughter, Cindy Hunt (John) of Prestonsburg; one brother, Milford Gayheart of McDowell; one sister, Ethel Dye of Shiloh, Ohio; and five grandchildren: Austin, Tara, Andrew, Ryan, and Dakota. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Walker Gayheart. Funeral services for Willie Gearheart will be conducted Wednesday, November 16, at 11 a.m., in the Old Beaver Regular Baptist Church, in Minnie, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenbury Hall Cemetery, in McDowell, with the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, caring for those arrangements. Visitation is at the church.

Esau “Steve” Jarvis

Age, 73, of Prestonsburg, died Monday, November 7, 2005, at his residence. Born August 15, 1932, in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Ed and Nellie Endicott Jarvis. He was a retired factory worker for Ford Motor Company. He is survived by his wife, Betty Elkins Jarvis. Other survivors include two daughters: Charlene Walz of Prestonsburg, and Darlene Palka of Pinckney, Michigan; five brothers: Luther Jarvis of Pikeville, Jake Jarvis of Banner, Edgar Jarvis of Tram, Douglas Jarvis of Auxier, and Herman Jarvis of Ypsilanti, Michigan; three sisters: Harietta Francis Vanover of Stanville, Sandra Lee Justice of Harold, and Alice Graves of Chattanooga, Tennessee; three grandchildren: Stephanie, Steven, and Nicole; two great-grandchildren: Brianna and Austin; and one step-grandchild, Brittany. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: George Jarvis, Monroe Jarvis, Mickey Lee Jarvis, and Timothy (Little Green) Jarvis. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 11, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Carson Wright and Thomas Biddle officiating. Burial will be in the Gethsemane Gardens in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Ruby Faye Joseph

Age 68, of Martin, wife of the late Maryland “Burl” Joseph, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2005, in Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. She was born February 5, 1937, in Martin, the daughter of the late Johnnie Dove and Cynthia Hale Dove. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one son, Burl Vernon (Denise) Joseph of Belair, Maryland; one daughter, Marjorie Rosalee Joseph of Forest Hill, Maryland; one brother, Paul Dove of Martin; one sister, Rosa Lovely of Cadiz; one grandchild, Michael Anthony Joseph; three step-grandchildren: Michael Stephen Joseph, Kristen Mosley, and Richard Mosley; and two special friends: Columbus Brown and Paula Whitacre. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Margie Yates. Funeral services for Ruby Faye Joseph were conducted Tuesday, November 15, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin, with Clergyman Gary Allen officiating. Burial was in the Gethesmane Gardens, in Prestonsburg, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Columbus Ray Brown, Clyde L. Hicks, James Dove, Sean Lovely, John Dove, John Collins, Mark Lovely, and Hampton Mullins.

Peggy Jo Meyers

Age, 50, of Melvin, died Wednesday, November 2, 2005, as the result of an auto accident. Born November 17, 1954, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Harris and Maudie Parker Harris. She is survived by her husband, Curtis Meyers of Bevinsville. Other survivors include: one son, Derek Hatfield of Melvin; one daughter, Tanesha (Mrs. Nick) Humphery of Melvin; two brothers: James Harris of Lenoir, North Carolina, and Billy Joe Harrington of Bypro; five sisters: Betty Newman of Melvin, Hazel McCown and Justine Isaac, both of Michigan, Norma From of Louisville, and Pauline Martin of Wheelwright. Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 7, at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial was in the Harris Family Cemetery, in Melvin, under direction of Roberts Funeral Home, Robinson Creek. Visitation was at the church

Draxie B. Newsome

Age 90, of Ligon, widow of Lark Newsome, passed away Monday, November 14, 2005, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born April 16, 1915, in Ligon, the daughter of the late Tim and Mary Elizabeth Henson Bentley. Survivors include her daughters: Avelean Martin of Winchester, Shirley Wallace of Shiloh, O., Mary Lou King, (Rodney) of Westerville, Ohio, and Jill Mosley (Fred) of Ligon; sons: Effort Newsome (Sylvia) of Florence, Fred Newsome (Shirley) of Columbus, Ohio, Ralph Newsome (Sandy) of Baltimore, Ohio, and David Newsome of Westerville, Ohio, 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents; a daughter, Anna Davis; a son, Jackie Ray Newsome; sisters: Lula Newsome, Dora Newsome, and Audrey Newsome; brothers: Reese Bentley and Claude Bentley. Funeral services for Draxie B. Newsome will be conducted Thursday, November 17, at 11 a.m., at the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, New Salem Association, in McDowell, with Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, in Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Walter John Olin

Age 80, died November 3, 2005, at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, following a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by one daughter, from his first marriage, Virginia Margaret Olin; his father, Vallintine Peter Olin; his mother, Nora K. Snelling Olin; and one sister, Alice Olin Brenner. He was retired from the Navy, after 30 years of service. He is survived by his wife, of 40 years, Margaret McCary Olin; his two sisters: Margaret Olin Christenson of Otis, Oregon, and Helen Olin Devour of Florence, Oregon. He is also survived by four children from his first marriage: Walter John Olin Jr., of Louisville, Rosalyn Olin Frost of Somerset, Robin Olin Branham of Prestonsburg, and Bruce William Olin of Crestwood; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Meadows Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, on November 6, 2005. Burial will be December 16, 2005, at 11 a.m., in Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington, D.C.

Eva Mae Prater

Age, 88, of Ewington, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, passed away Monday, November 7, 2005, at Riverside United Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. She was born May 17, 1917, in Risner, the daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Rebecca Allen Ousley. She was a homemaker, and attended the Old Regular Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Marcus D. (Linda) Prater of Ewington, Ohio; three grandchildren: Mark (Nancy) Prater of Bexley, Ohio, Bryan Scott (Lori) Prater of Chandlerville, Ohio, and Kyle Allen (Christy) Prater of Ashville, Ohio; seven great-grandchildren: Benjamin Dean, Grant Eulberg, Heath Ryan, Lacy Alaina, Sara Nicole, Miranda Renee, and Mackenzie Ann Prater; and one sister, Rosie Reffitt of Risner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gardes Prater, on March 23, 1992; two sisters: Sally Brown and Ellen Ousley; and one brother, Jack Ousley. Funeral services for Eva M. Prater will be conducted Sunday, November 13, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin. Burial will follow in the John Wess Prater Cemetery, in Hueysville, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Kathleen Cline Setser

Age, 80, of Prestonsburg, died Saturday, November 5, 2005, at her residence, following an extended illness. Born August 4, 1925, in Martin County, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Lucy Fannin Cline. She was a retired sales manager for Cox Department Store, and a member of the Church of Christ, in Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleetis Setser. Survivors include one son, William D. Setser (Donna) of Prestonsburg; one sister, Phyllis Smith of Stockbridge, Michigan; three grandchildren: Melissa Jarrell (Henry) of Paintsville, William C. Setser (Terina) of Jacksonville, Florida, and David C. Setser of Prestonsburg; and three great-grandchildren: Amanda Jarrell, Seth Jarrell, and Madison Setser. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: James Cline, Gene Cline, and Billy Cline. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 8, at noon, at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Rick Kelly officiating.

Irvin Slone

Age, 81, of Blue River, died Wednesday, November 30, 2005, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born November 12, 1924, in Blue River, he was the son of the late Charlie and Osie Slone. He was a retired coal miner; and a U.S. Army and World War II veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Shepherd Slone. Survivors include: Two sons: Charles Slone and Shannon Slone, both of Blue River; two daughters: Caroline Kidd of Martin, and April Slone of Blue River; two brothers: Bill H. Slone of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Columbus Slone of Blue River; three sisters: Clara B. Slone of Blue River, Mary Louise Nelson of Prestonsburg, and Charlene Jones of Atlanta, Georgia; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lou Irvin Slone; a daughter, Linda Blair; three brothers: Allen Slone, Vernon Slone, and Joe Ed Slone; two sisters: Beatrice Slone and Eula M. Delong; and two grandchildren: Toby Dean Slone and Charles Jason Slone. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 3, at noon, at the Middle Creek Baptist Church, in Prestonsburg, with Eugene Cook officiating. Military services were conducted by Chapter 18, Auxier D.A.V. Burial was in the Slone Cemetery, at Buckeye, in Blue River, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Joe Ed Slone

Age, 76, of Blue River, died Saturday, November 12, 2005, at his residence. Born June 6, 1929, in Blue River, he was the son of the late Charlie and Osie Slone. He was a retired coal miner, and a member of the Middle Creek Baptist Church, at Blue River. He is survived by his wife, Edna M. Corbitt Slone. Other survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Slone of Lexington; three brothers: Irvin Slone and Columbus Slone, both of Blue River, and Bill H. Slone of Indianapolis, Indiana; three sisters: Clara B. Slone of Blue River, Mary L. Nelson of Prestonsburg, and Charlene Jones of Atlanta, Georgia; two great-nieces (thought of as granddaughters): Mikayla Danielle Wallen and Davonna Wallen; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Allen Slone and Vernon Slone; and two sisters: Beatrice Slone and Eula M. Delong. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 15, at 11 a.m., at the Middle Creek Baptist Church, in Blue River, with Eugene Cook officiating. Burial was in the Blue River Cemetery, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church.