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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Goldia Martin Salyers

Goldia Martin Salyers, passed away, on October 25, 2003, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin. She was born February 20, 1911, at Eastern, the daughter of the late Walter S. “Hoosh” Martin and Rebecca Catherine Martin. She was a lifetime residence of Eastern. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hudson Salyers and son, Delbert Glenn Salyers. She is survived by her daughters and sons, Reba (Glenn) McClanan of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Brenda (Geoffrey) Newman of Derby England, Keith Salyers, Bruce Salyers, and Colby Salyers, all of Eastern, and Velinda Salyers, of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Martin McClanan of San Francisco, California, Ann McClanan of Portland, Oregon, and Glenn McClanan Jr., of Los Angeles, California; three great-grandchildren, Ian Hudson McClanan, Kathryn Rebecca McClanan and Benjamin Samuel Hadad IV; one sister, Minnie Conley of Eastern. Services for Goldia Salyers will be conducted Friday, October 31, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Clinton Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Martin Family Cemetery, at Eastern, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m., Thursday, October 30, at the funeral home.

Florence Jane Sartin

Age 82, of Wheelwright, widow of Dewey C. Sartin, passed away, Sunday, October 26, 2003, at her residence. She was born December 9, 1920, at Belfry, the daughter of the late Bud Muncy and Wilda Robinette Muncy. She was a homemaker and a member of the Burton Pentecostal Church at Bypro. Survivors include seven daughters, Yvonne Johnson of Wheelwright, Donna Hubner of Grove Point, Ohio, Pauline Christeson of Lansing, Michigan, Betty Burdon of Carroll, Ohio, Patsy Goins of Findley, Ohio, Ruby Fitch of Fostoria, Ohio, and Phyllis Wagner of Las Vegas, Nevada; six sons, Paul Sartin, Marion Sartin, and Claude Sartin, all of Wheelwright, Charles Sartin and Hubert Sartin, both of Lincolnton, North Carolina, and Danny Sartin of Bexley, Ohio; three brothers, Joe Muncy of Norfolk, Virginia, Bobby Muncy of Florida, and Lloyd Muncy of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Ida Miller of Columbus, Ohio, and Gladys Chapman of Columbus, Indiana; 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and parens; two brothers, Paul Muncy and Silas Muncy; and three sisters, Ethel Dawson, Opal Dawson and Gertie Dorton. Funeral services for Florence Jane Sartin will be conducted Wednesday, October 29, at 11 a.m., at the Burton Pentecostal Church, at Bypro, with Clergyman Lewis Sandlin officiating. Burial will follow in the Newman Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Jason Christopher Akers

Age 23, of Banner, husband of Kimberly Nicole Akers, passed away, Friday, October 24, 2003, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born August 18, 1980, in Prestonsburg, the son of Christopher Akers of Banner, and Sandy Roberts Childers of Shelby Gap. He was an employee of Prater Creek Ice, and was a member of the Spurlock Bible Church. Survivors include his parents and wife; two brothers, Alex Branham and Tyler Branham, both of Pikeville; one sister, Jill Akers of Banner; a nephew, Braxton Akers; his paternal grandmother, Emma Lou Akers of Banner; and his paternal great-grandmother, Goldie Conn of Banner. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Millard Roberts and Vaughn Roberts, and his paternal grandfather, Odis Akers. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 27, at noon, at the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, with Clergymen Bobby Spencer, Jim Stephens and Andrew Fletcher officiating. Burial was in the Pearl Akers Cemetery, at Dana, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Mike Hall, Brian Layne, Tim Koger, Jason Spence, Robert Stephens, Joe Fannin, and Rick Wallen. Honorary: John Rogers, Kevin Click, Jerry Stanley, James Boyd, Keith Hunt, and Kenny Allen.

James Everett Tackett

Age 88, of Allen, husband of Margarett Griffith Tackett, passed away Monday, October 27, 2003, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. He was born April 12, 1915, in Belfry, the son of the late Albert Tackett and Melissa Jane Dials Tackett. He was a retired restaurant owner, a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Prestonsburg, and a member of the New England Masonic Lodge, Worthington, Ohio. Survivors include his wife; one son, Theodore Thomas Tackett of Vienna, Virginia; one daughter, Caroyn Tackett Layne of Allen; five grandchildren, Thomas Blakeman, Sabrina Conn, Ellen Ellis, Mary Bourquin, and Megan Tackett; and seven great-grandchildren, Christopher, Melinda, Joshua, Emily, Luke, Jonathan, and Bryce. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Thelma Lloyd and Hazel Dyer. Funeral services for James Everett Tackett will be conducted Thursday, October 30, at 1 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, Prestonsburg, with the Rev. Canon Johnnie Ross officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home, with Masonic services Wednesday evening, at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Clyde Blevins

Age 74, of Harold, passed away, Monday, October 27, 2003, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. He was born July 11, 1929, at Justell, the son of the late Ransom Blevins and Carmie Castle Blevins. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include two sisters, Nina Howell of Grethel, and Lou Elkins of Cresent City, Florida; two brothers, Daniel Blevins of Clyde, Ohio, and Glenn Blevins of Grundy, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ann Taylor; and two brothers, Denver Blevins and James Blevins. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 30, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergyman Tracy Patton officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation is at the funeral home, with services being held Wednesday evening, at 7 p.m.

Lizzie Carroll Gillespie

Age, 74, of East Point, died Friday, October 24, 2003, at her residence. Born May 8, 1929, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late George Luster and Nannie Stevens Luster. She was a homemaker and a member of the Weeksbury Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Jim Gillespie. Other survivors include four sons, Richard Carroll, and Gary Carroll, both of Prestonsburg, Raymond Carroll of David, and Sonny Carroll of Brooksville; one step-son, David Gillespie of Hi Hat; seven daughters, Nanie Yates of Wheelwright, Barbara Skeens of Martin, Mary Johnson of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Marie Sammons of East Point, Martha Simmons of Bil, Arizona, Billie Tucker of Ligon, and McCoy Parsons of Grethel; two step-daughters, Jimmie Sue West of Columbus, Ohio, and Barbara Stanley of Belfry; one brother, Daniel Luster of Pikeville; three sisters, May Newman of Star City, Arkansas, Josephine Moore of Pikeville; and Thelma Booth of Columbus, Ohio; 45 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Carroll; step-son, Terry Gillespie; step-daughter, Rat Hall; four brothers, Paris Luster, Woodrow Luster, Jim Luster, and Johnny Lee Luster; four sisters, Stella Clark, Della Pinkerton, Margie Howell and Mary Castle. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 26, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Roger Trusty officiating. Burial was in the Carroll Cemetery, Little Mud, Printer, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

A. B. Bryant

Age, 83, of Hi Hat, died Thursday, October 23, 2003, at his residence. Born October 30, 1919, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Ransom and Nancy Johnson Bryant. He was a retired coal miner, and a member of the U.M.W.A. He was preceded in death by wife, Bobbie Dawson Bryant. Survivors include one daughter, Peggy (Denver) Hall of Hi Hat; three brothers, Allen Bryant of Columbus, Ohio, Eli Bryant and Nellie Davis, both of Hi Hat; two grandchildren, Tracy (Joe) Marson, Wayne (Anita) Hall; four great-grandchildren, Jay Marson, Brandon Marson, Amber Hall and Dorsa Hall. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Marinda Hall, Dellie Hall and Delphia Johnson. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m., at the Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church, at Hi Hat, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Boyd Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Lizzie Carroll Gillispie

Age, 74, of East Point, died Friay, October 24, 2003, at her residence. Born May 8, 1929, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late George Luster and Nannie Stevens Luster. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Weeksbury Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Jim Gillispie. Other survivors include four sons, Richard Carroll, and Gary Carroll, both of Prestonsburg, Raymond Carroll of David, and Sonny Carroll of Brooksville; one step-son, David Gillispie of Hi Hat; seven daughters, Nanie Yates of Wheelwright, Barbara Skeens of Martin, Mary Johnson of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Marie Sammons of East Point, Martha Simmons of Wil, Arizona, Billie Tucker of Ligon, and McCoy Parsons of Grethel; two step-daughters, Jimmie Sue West of Columbus, Ohio, and Barbara Stanley of Belfry; one brother, Daniel Luster of Pikeville; three sisters, May Newman of Star City, Arkansas, Josephine Moore of Pikeville, and Thelma Booth of Columbus, Ohio; 45 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. In addition to her first husband, Tom Carroll, she was preceded in death by one step-son, Terry Gillispie; one step-daughter, Rat Hall; four brothers, Paris Luster, Woodrow Luster, Jim Luster, and Johnny Lee Luster; four sisters, Stella Clark, Della Pinkerton, Margie Howell and Mary Castle. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 26, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Roger Trusty officiating. Burial will be in the Carroll Cemetery, Little Mud, Printer, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.
Visitation is at the funeral home.

A.B. Bryant

Age, 83, of Hi Hat, died Thursday, October 23, 2003, at his residence. Born October 30, 1919, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Ransom and Nancy Johnson Bryant. He was a retired coal miner, and a member of the U.M.W.A. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Dawson Bryant. Survivors include one daughter, Peggy (Denver) Hall of Hi Hat; three brothers, Allen Bryant of Columbus, Ohio, and Eli Bryant and Nellie Davis, both of Hi Hat; two grandchildren, Tracy (Joe) Marson, and Wayne (Anita) Hall; four great-grandchildren, Jay Marson, Brandon Marson, Amber Hall and Delphia Johnson. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Marinda Hall, Dellie Hall and Dorsa Hall. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 26, 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 Boyd Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.
Visitation is at the church.

Friday, October 24, 2003

Goldie Boyd Lafferty

Age, 90, of Martin, died Wednesday, October 22, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg. Born September 8, 1913, in Dana, she was the daughter of the late Jim Akers and Fairenda Boyd. She was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Community Church in Allen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie F. Lafferty. Survivors include four sons, Charles Lafferty and Donald L. Lafferty, both of Martin, James Edward Lafferty of Rosamond, California and Harry Eugene Lafferty of Harold; a sister, Etta Crisp of Allen; 25 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a few great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sons, Freddy Ray Lafferty, Felix Elmer Lafferty, Clarence Douglas Lafferty and Gary Franklin Lafferty; two brothers, Don Boyd and Graden Akers; and a sister, Ada Wright. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 25, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Lavonne Lafferty officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Ernest “Butch” Hughes

Age 64, of Jackson, Ohio, passed away, Monday, October 20, 2003. He is survived by his closest friend, Sharon Keyes of Jackson; two nieces, Shirley Koziol and Rebecca Cosgrove; one nephew, Michael Smith, all of Jackson; many great-nieces and nephews; two brothers, William Hughes of Kentucky, Freeman Hughes of Ohio; two sisters, Maggie Hayes of Kentucky, and Joann McGually of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Philman Hughes. He was an avid card player, enjoyed horse racing and sports of all kinds. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3019 W. Morrell St., Bishop Hiram officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Friday, at the church from noon until service time. Cremation will follow the services. Those who wish may direct contributions to the American Diabetes Association. (Information, courtesy of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.)

Mary Shepherd Adams

Age, 96, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, October 21, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born February 7, 1907, in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late John and Melvina Marsillette Shepherd. She was a homemaker and a member of the Free United Baptist Church in Prestonsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Georgie Adams. Survivors include a son, Curtis Ousley of Claypool, Indiana; two daughters, Ada Lou Hall of Emma and Kathlene Robinson of Ashland; one sister, Delila Stephens of Watergap; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 39 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Estill Ousley; three brothers, Willie Shepherd, Henry Shepherd and Andy Shepherd; and four sisters, Laura Bradley, Donna Goodman, Ida Shepherd and Alice Ousley. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, October 23, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Jim Smith and Buddy Ousley officiating. Burial was in the Goble-Ousley Cemetery, at the Left Fork of Bull Creek in Prestonsburg. Visitation was at the funeral home. Active pallbearers: Estill Gene Robinson, Tony Eugene Hall, Johnny Hall, Roy Ousley, Jimmy Goble, Avery Goble, John Paul (Bear) Combs, Johnny Combs, Michael Ousley, Chuck Reynolds and Marvin Russell.

Ezra James

Ezra James was born June 6, 1910, at Endicott, Kentucky, the son of Cain and Minty Endicott James, who preceded him in death. Ezra died October 22, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center at Prestonsburg. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church at Endicott for 40 years. He worked at Kentucky and West Virginia Gas Company, for 35 years. He started work when they used wagons and teams at 35 cents an hour. He retired in 1975. Ezra and Nell James are survived by one son, Billie Gene James and his wife, Lucille Lafferty James of Endicott; grandchildren, Teresa James of Abbott Creek, and Sandy James Sturgill and her husband, Mike Sturgill, with great-grandchildren, Bo Lee James Sturgill, and Cory Michael Blue Sturgill, all of Prestonsburg. He was preceded in death by one son, Richard James and one daughter, Phylis Fay James. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 25, at 1 p.m., at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, Prestonsburg, with Rev. Virgil Hunt officiating. Burial will be held in the James Family Cemetery at Endicott, under the direction of Burke Funeral Home. Visitation is after 11 a.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Aretta Branham Wright

Age, 87, of Emma, died Wednesday, October 22, 2003, at the Prestonsburg Health Care. Born November 3, 1915, at Emma, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Dora Dawson Branham. She was a homemaker and a member of the Emma United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Wright Sr. Survivors include two sons, Eugene Wright of Pataskala, Ohio, and Donald Wright of Morehead; three daughters, Betty Sue Pitts of Columbus, Ohio, Ernestine Ward of Martin, and Lois Faye Walke of St. Mary’s, Ohio; one brother, Thomas Branham of Kingsport, Tennessee; one sister, Alva Lacy of Fort Akinson, Wisconsin; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Lewis Wright Jr., and Bernard Phillip Leslie; two brothers, Jim Branham and Bud Branham; and two sisters, Ruby Mosley and Gencie Lepresta. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Carl Woods officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery at Emma, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Solmon Worth McGuire

Age, 74, of Emma, died Saturday, October 18, 2003, at the Ridgecrest Manor Nursing Home. Born January 15, 1929, in Edgar, he was the son of the late William James (Wip) McGuire and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Spears McGuire. He was a former delivery person at Maritta Bakery, Florida. Survivors include three sons, William J. McGuire of Emma, Solomon Worth McGuire Jr., of Richmond, Erick McGuire of Orange Park, Florida; four brothers, Hobert McGuire, Darwin McGuire and Tom Oak McGuire, all of Prestonsburg, and John McGuire of Louisa; four sisters, Fannie Smith of Kingsport, Tennessee, Jean Simpson of Auxier, Alta Steig of Columbus, Ohio, and Emma (Fuzzy) Baldridge of Beaver Creek, Ohio; five grandchildren, Wesley McGuire, Jami McGuire, Solomon Worth McGuire III, Amber McGuire, Ashlee McGuire; and one great-grandson, Solomon Worth McGuire IV. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 21, at 11 a.m., at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jim Sherman officiating. Interment is at Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel. Carter Funeral Home is serving the McGuire family. Pallbearers: Frank McGuire Jr., Beverly McGuire, Darvin Edward McGuire, Kimber McGuire, Jeff Burchett and Dr. Tom O. McGuire Jr.

Laura Click Scarborough

Age, 91 years old, of Melvin, passed away, Thursday, October 16, 2003, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital, McDowell, following an extended illness. She was born January 9, 1912, in Martin, the daughter of the late Carrie and Dent Osborne. She is survived by one daughter, Magalee Whitt and husband, Ralph and grandson, David, of Camp Verde, Arizona; one brother, Dave Osborne of Melvin, who was her caregiver; one sister, Rushie Tackett of Wise, Virginia; ten grandchildren, Judy Adkins, Peggy Brown, MaDonna Bryant, Linda Carr, Randal Hall, Richard Hall and Ronald Hall all of Virginia, Janice Farnan, Sylvia Hall and Ramona Messer, all of Georgia; several loving nieces and nephews in Kentucky and Virginia, and several great-grandchildren in Virginia, Oregon and Arizona. Funeral services for Laura Click Scarborough were conducted Sunday, October 19, at 2:30 at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with the Clergyman Donnie Bragg officiating. Burial was in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the funeral home with church services 7 p.m., Saturday evening. Pallbearers: Billy B. Carr, Emmett C. Bryant Jr., Larry Messer, Ronald E. Hall, Eric Parrish and Robert B. Brown.

Martin B. Burchett

Martin B. Burchett, of Ridgecrest California, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at his home surrounded by his wife of 48 1/2 years and his family. He was 72. He was born November 15, 1930, in Wayland, a native of Prestonsburg. He graduated from Prestonsburg High School with the Class of the 49rs. He was Chief Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force. He retired after serving 27 years, with tours of duty in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Martin was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, nine Good Conduct Medals, the President Unit Citation, the Air Force Oustanding Unit Award, the American Defense Service Medal with two OLC, the Vietnamese Service Medals with bar, and three Campaign Stars. He also retired after 15 years of service with the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake California as a branch head in the Ordnance Department. Burchett was very active with the youth sports program coaching for many years. He loved to fish and hunt and enjoyed the beautiful mountains. He is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Adkins Burchett. Other survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Bland and Billee Burchett of Ridgecrest; one brother, Ernest Burchett of Prestonsburg; his grandchildren, Hollie and Domonick Margarelia of Scottsville, Arizona; Christopher M. Burchett of Avondale, Arizona; a special little fishing partner, Sam, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Opal and Belvard Burchett; two sisters, Ann and Doris Faye; and one brother, John A. Burchett, and a great-great aunt, Bertha Weddington, who raised him. A memorial service was held at Crossroads Community Church on Sunday, October 12, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Bill Corley officiating. A military graveside service will be at 1 p.m., October 25, at Yatesville Memorial Gardens, Louisa, with Rev. Clifford Austin officiating. The family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Indian Wells Valley Unit, 129 E. Ridgecrest Blvd., Suite F, Ridgecrest California 93555 or a charity of your choice. Private cremation, arrangements and media information provided by Holland and Lyons Mortuary and Wilson Funeral Home.

Earl H. Mosley

Age, 72, of Minnie, died Thursday, October 16, 2003, at McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital emergency room. Born April 6, 1929, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Ben and Dollie Moore Mosley. He was a retired mechanic for the Floyd County School Board, and a veteran of the U.S. Army and Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Irene Spears Mosley. Other survivors include a sister, Cynthia Pitts and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers, Oscar Mosley, Milton Mosley, Claude Mosley, Kennel Mosley, Willie Mosley, Arthur Mosley and Floyd Mosley and three sisters, Laura Mosley, Ocie Chaffins and Maggie Mosley. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 19, at 2 p.m., at the Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church of the New Salem Association at McDowell, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Mitchell Chaffins Cemetery at Sizemore in Minnie, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Orris Collins

Age, 66, of Honaker, died Friday, October 17, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born September 23, 1937, in Honaker, he was the son of the late Curtis and Masil Damron Collins. He was a disabled coal miner, and a member of the Little Dove Old Regular Baptist Church at Honaker. He is survived by his wife, Treva Carroll Collins. Other survivors include his step-sons, David, (wife Jackie Collins) of Cynthiana, Danny, (wife Betty Collins) of Pikeville; step-daughters, Debra (husband Bill) Wicker of Sandusky, Ohio, Scharlene Kidd of Harold, Donna (husband Dana) Collins and Roberta Collins, all of Honaker; brothers, Ralph Collins of West Liberty, Jerry Collins of Honaker, Florence (Bill) Collins of Harold; sisters, Nancy Kidd, Josie Case, Patricia Boyd, Brenda Howell, all of Honaker, Kathy Kidd of McDowell; nine step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian Collins and Linda Collins. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 21, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with ministers of the Old Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Collins Family Cemetery, at Honaker, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation was at the funeral home.

Goldie Sexton Castle

Age, 82, of Hueysville, died Monday, October 20, 2003, at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin. Born March 17, 1921, in Floyd County, she was daughter of the late William Lee and Jane Shepherd Sexton. She was a homemaker and attended the Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haulie Castle. Survivors include a son, Jimmy Ray Castle of Hueysville; two daughters, Janetta Horne of Kendallville, Indiana and Annette Castle of Hueysville; 23 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Edward Castle and Kermit Dean Castle; three daughters, Faye Robinson, Loretta Spears and Eddis Mae Spears; and two brothers, Ellis Sexton and Willis Sexton. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 23, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Calvin J. Robinson officiating. Burial will be in the Sexton-Duff Cemetery, at Hueysville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Charlotte Gray Mullins

Charlotte Gray Mullins, born April 22, 1932, at Garrett, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2003, at the Woodland Oak Nursing Facility, Ashland. She graduated from Wayland High School in 1951. She attended Morehead State Teachers College and worked for a Gas Company, Water Company, and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. She later went to Frankfort, and worked for Wendell Ford at The Legislative Research Commission. Then worked for the Secretary of State’s Office and Kentucky State Treasurers Office for almost 40 years, attaining senior management level in all offices. She retired in 1989 from government work and stayed in Frankfort before becoming ill. After becoming ill, in mid-1990’s, with Alzheimer’s she moved in with her brother, Joe, in Ashland, in 1999. She was admitted to Woodland Oaks Nursing Facility in September 2001. She was the daughter of Oak and Lena Mullins, who also preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles C. Mullins. She is survived by one brother, Joe Russell Mullins, of Ashland. She has six nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and nephews. Arrangements were, visitation at Hall Funeral Home in Martin, from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, October 18. The funeral was held Sunday, October 19, at 1 p.m., at Hall Funeral Home, Martin. Burial was in Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel. Pallbearers: Mike Fitzpatrick, Gene Mullins, Charles Mullins, Sam Mullins, Phillip Thompson, and Rusty Thompson.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Jimmie Ousley

Age 77, of Langley, died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at his home. He was born January 17, 1926, in Risner, the son of the late Perry and Millie Ousley. He was a faithful member and deacon of the Bethel Old Regular Baptist Church at Langley. He was a miner for 24 years before retiring from Stephens Elkhorn Coal Company, where he was a lifetime member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a farmer and a lover of God’s creation, aminals, flowers, trees and gardening. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, with his family and friends. He is survived by Edith Ousley, his wife of 59 years. Other survivors include one son, Delbert (Carolyn) Ousley, and one daughter, Dianna Charolet Ackerman (Bill), both of Richmond; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Renis (Taylor) Ousley and two brothers, Otis (Sis) Ousley, and Dennis (Juanita) Ousley; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Delta Fay Ousley; sisters, Alvie and Alma; brothers, Leonard, Columbus, and Denver, and great-grandchild, Joshua David. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 12, at 2:30 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Brothers Coy Combs and Burton Ratliff officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Wanda L. Conn Ratliff

Age, 65, of Dwale, died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born April 14, 1938, at Martin, she was the daughter of the late Beverly and Maltie Samons Conn. She was housekeeping for the Holiday Inn of Prestonsburg, and a member of the Martin House of Worship for nine years. She is survived by her husband, Donald Ratliff Sr. Other survivors include one son, James B. Ratliff of Dwale; two daughters, Debby Kilburn of Monticello and Ann Conn of McDowell; one brother, Ray Conn of Dwale; five sisters, Boe Ousley of Martin, Mary Lou Hyden of Roann, Indiana, Janis Hackworth of Allen, Lori Adkins and Betty Conn, both of Dwale; five grandchildren, Debra, Terry, Jeremy, James and Angel; two great-grandchildren, Haven and Logan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Donald Ratliff Jr. and one brother, Raymond Conn; one sister, Anna Mae Crisp and one great-grandchild, Brandi. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 12, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin, with Sammy Hamilton and Bud Crum of the Martin House of Worship officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home, with nightly services at 7 p.m.

Lonnie Mullins

Age, 56, of Bevinsville, died Friday, October 10, 2003, at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital. Born March 14, 1947, at Bevinsville, he was the son of the late Milt and Pearlie Hatfield Mullins. He was a disabled welder, and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include two sons, Charles Mullins and Roger Mullins, both of Georgia; a daughter, Stephanie Nicole Mullins of Ligon; five sisters, Vonda Hall, Pearlene Cook, Avanee Mullins and Maxine Mullins, all of Bevinsville, and Shirley George of Osseo, Michigan, and three grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy Mullins, Tilmon Mullins and Woodrow Mullins, and two sisters, Imojean Mullins and Jewell Mullins. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 12, at 10 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Newman Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home, with nightly services at 7 p.m.

Monday, October 6, 2003

Darcus Key

Age 81, of Allen, widow of Roy Key, passed away, Thursday, October 2, 2003, at the residence of Sue Harn. She was born December 28, 1921, in Hippo, the daughter of the late Tommy Ousley and Lucy Allen Ousley. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, at Allen. Survivors include one son, Jimmy Ray Key of Allen; two nieces, Sue Harn of Lexington and Patty Armour of Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren, Zak Tisdale Key and Kelly Ray Key, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Darcus Key will be conducted Sunday, October 5, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergymen Arnold Turner Jr., and Mark Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Hicks Cemetery, at Hippo, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is after 6 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Lee Boyd, Ross Boyd, Stacy Marshall, David Holbrook, Brandon Kinzer, Brent Turner and Dustin Porter. Honorary pallbearers: Mike Boyd, Robert Marshall, David Boggs, Terry Kinzer, Jerry Kinzer, and Jim Bill Frasure.

Ella Hunt

Age, 79, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at her residence. She was born September 24, 1924, in Martin, a daughter of the late Denzil and Lucy Walker Ratliff. She was a retired clerk for the United States Postal Service. She is survived by two sisters, Maureen Martin of Paintsville, and Eulah Adams and her husband, Henry, of Deale, Maryland, and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Jones; and two husbands, William Garnett, and Robert Hunt. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, October 6, at Klingel Carpenter Mortuary, by the Rev. Lorie Vannucci. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Friday, October 3, 2003

Gene Paul Branham

Age 72, of Dwale, passed away, Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at his home, following an extended illness. He was born February 27, 1927, at Dwale, the son of Ecie Garrett Branham of Dwale, and the late Dee Branham. He was a coal miner for Island Creek Coal. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church of Allen, and a member of V.F.W. at Prestonsburg. He was married to Shelby Jean Gamble who survives him. Other survivors include four daughters, Debbie Martin of Lexington, Terry Hayes and Tylina Jody Mullins, both of Prestonsburg, and Paula D. Martin, of Holland; one sister, Lena Sword of Dwale; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 4, at 1 p.m., from the Christ United Methodist Church at Allen. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens at Ivel. Friends may call at the Burke Funeral Home, Friday, October 3, after 11 a.m. All arrangements are under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home, of Prestonsburg.

Lula Margaret Ball Hatfield

Age, 87, of Prestonsburg, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Born October 7, 1915, in Blackberry, in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Nancy Ball. She was a mother, homemaker, and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Blackberry. She is survived by her husband, Edward Hatfield. Other survivors include three sons, Tommy Hatfield of Galion, Ohio, Jerry Hatfield of Paintsville, and Ronnie Hatfield of Prestonsburg; five daughters, Louvena Miller of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Shirley DeRossett and Gaye Hatfield, both of Prestonsburg, Ina Clara Arrington of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Nellie Music, both of Richmond; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Chester Ball, Jake Hatfield and William Blackburn; a sister, Inis May; and two grandchildren, Ronnie Lee (2) Hatfield II, and Donald Music. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, October 3, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Primitive Baptist ministers officiating. Burial will be in the Hatfield Family Cemetery at Bull Creek, in Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.

Charles Edward Blevins

Age, 80, of Weeksbury, died Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born October 12, 1922, in Floyd County, he was son of the late Dock and Alice Pickles Blevins. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Larcie Johnson Blevins. Other survivors include a son and his wife, Vince and Yvonne Blevins of Weeksbury; a daughter and her husband, Sherry and Harold Blocker of Weeksbury; two brothers, Orville Blevins of Betsy Layne and Bobby Blevins of Lincoln Park, Michigan; a sister, Wanda Tackett of Knoxville, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Steven, Brandy and Chrissy; and three great-grandchildren, Josh, Emily and Beth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Paul Edward Blevins and Jerry Lee Blevins; a brother, Halbert Blevins; and two sisters, Mildred Hager and Nola Sword. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 4, at noon, at the Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, with Louis Ferrari officiating. Burial will be in the Johnson Cemetery at Weeksbury, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, at Martin. Visitation is at the church.

Frank Tussey

Age, 78, of Prestonsburg, passed away, Thursday, October 2, 2003, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Ashland, after an extended illness. He was born November 12, 1925, at Maytown, the son of the late Green and Mollie (Harmon) Tussey. He was a retired coal miner from National Mines Inc. He was a member of the Spurlock Bible Church at Spurlock, and a member of the D.A.V. He is survived by his wife, Julia (Scutchfield) Tussey. Other survivors include two daughters, Margie Kendrick and Brenda Gray, both of Prestonsburg; one brother, Harmon Tussey, of Prestonsburg; and one granddaughter, Sherry Mitchell. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 5, at 1 p.m., at the Burke Funeral Home Chapel, at Prestonsburg, with Rev. Dan Heintzelman officiating. Friends may call after 12 p.m., Friday, and after 11 a.m., on Saturday, at the funeral home. All arrangements are under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, Prestonsburg.

William Floyd “Tumbleweed” Skaggs Jr.

Age 51, of Martin, passed away, Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at his residence. He was born April 11, 1952, in Martin, the son of Rosemary Kidd Gross, and the late William Floyd Skaggs. Survivors include his mother, Ann Griffith of Martin; one brother, Raymond Griffith Jr., of Jacksonville, Florida, and three sisters, Janice Wright and Tommie Robinson, both of Martin, and Chris Stumbo of McDowell. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, October 3, at 1 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Clergymen Bruce Coleman and Gary Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home, Martin.

Darcus Key

Age 81, of Allen, widow of Roy Key, passed away, Thursday, October 2, 2003, at the residence of Sue Harn. She was born December 28, 1921, in Hippo, the daughter of the late Tommy Ousley and Lucy Allen Ousley. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church, at Allen. Survivors include one son, Jimmy Ray Key of Allen; two nieces, Sue Harn and Patty Armour; two grandchildren, Zak Tisdale Key and Kelly Ray Key, and one great-grandchild, J.D. Armour. Funeral services for Darcus Key will be conducted Sunday, October 5, at 2 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, with Clergymen Arnold Turner Jr., and Mark Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Hicks Cemetery, at Hippo, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is after 6 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Lee Boyd, Ross Boyd, Stacy Marshall, David Holbrook, Brandon Kinzer, Brent Turner and Dustin Porter. Honorary pallbearers: Mike Boyd, Robert Marshall, David Boggs, Terry Kinzer, Jerry Kinzer, and Jim Bill Frasure.

Lee Ester Osborne

Age, 81, of Hampton, Virginia, formerly of Buckingham, died Tuesday, September 30, at Sentara Care Plex Hospital in Hampton, Virginia. Born July 28, 1922, at Wheelwright, she was the daughter of the late Hargis and Lorraine Noble Clemons. She was a homemaker and attended Victory Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Osborne. Survivors include two sons, Danny Osborne of Hampton, Virginia, and Anthony Osborne of Edgewood; a daughter, Madelene Weinberger of Waldorf, Maryland; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Pearl Clemons and Kelly Clemons; and two sisters, Margaret Coston and Dora Lucas. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, October 4, at 11 a.m., at Buckingham Cemetery, with Lee Weinberger officiating. Burial will be in the Buckingham Cemetery at Bevinsville, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin.

Mary Ethel Harless

Age 93, of Calf Creek, died Tuesday, September 16, 2003, at the Prestonsburg Health Care Center. Born August 25, 1910, at Edgar, Ky., she was the daughter of the late William Jack Lafferty and Eva Fraley Lafferty. She was the widow of Ira Harless. She was a seamstress, homemaker, and a member of the Calf Creek Fellowship Baptist Church. She had six sons, whom, without the help of any welfare agency, she helped send through school by sewing for people. Survivors include six sons, Elmer Harless, Elzie Winston Harless, and Oakey C. Harless all of Prestonsburg, William Truman Harless of Ypsilanti, Michigan, James Harless of Marion, Ohio, and Winfred Harless of Plymouth, Michigan; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. In addition to her husbanad and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Anna Belle Harless; six brothers, Homer Lafferty, William Thomas Lafferty, Winfred Lafferty, Lacey Lafferty, Floyd Lafferty and Billy Lafferty; and seven sisters, Beulah Hatfield, Martha Diamond, Barbara Smith, Josephine Scalf, Ruby Neil, Garnet Lafferty and Pearl Lafferty. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 20, at 1:00 p.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin. Clergymen Clinton “Buddy” Jones and Manford Fannin officiated. Burial was in the Harless Family Cemetery at Calf Creek, under the professional care of Hall Funeral Home.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Sylvester V. Younce

Age, 97, of East Point, died Sunday, September 28, 2003, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg. Born May 25, 1906, in Oneida, Tennessee, he was the son of the late William Riley and Ella Phillips Younce. He was a retired gas company employee; a member of the Third Avenue Freewill Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for 50 some years; a Kentucky Colonel; a member of Zebulon Masonic Lodge, 273, in Prestonsburg, and a veteran of World War I, serving in the Army and Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Garrett Younce. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Cledith (wife, Elsie) Younce of Greenville, Tennessee, Sylvester Jr., (wife, Kathy) Younce of Silver Springs, Florida, Delmon (wife, Elsie) Younce of Las Vegas, Nevada, Wendell Younce of Springfield, Virginia, Gennis Younce of East Point; daughters and sons-in-law, Vonda (husband, Bill) Ladd of Petersburg, Michigan, Dottie Hastings of East Point, Trena (husband, Woody) Ratliff, of East Point; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Luther Younce, Zelmer Younce, Holbrook Younce, John Younce, and Bergan Younce; and four sisters, Anna Mae Younce, Elsie Pennington, Dorothy Baldridge, and Emma Reed. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 1, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin, with Manford Fannin, Bill Campbell, and Cledith Younce officiating. Burial will be in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home, and services were held Tuesday evening. Active pallbearers: Woody Ratliff, Tom Hastings, Neile Osborne, Richard Younce, David Younce, Rodney Holbrook, Warren Blanton, and Danny Baldridge. Honorary pallbearers: Gennis Younce, Bill Ladd, Leon Younce, Bill Calhoun, Charles Gray, Bill Miller, Fletcher Gayheart, James Stanley and Ronnie Combs.

Stallard “Pee Wee” Williams

Age 75, of New London, Ohio, died Monday morning, September 29, 2003, at his home. He was born February 25, 1928, in Honaker, the son of the late Silas and Cassie (Moore) Williams. He had worked for several years in the coal mines of Kentucky, at the Walbridge Railroad Roundhouse in Toledo, at Bigelow Tile Co. in New London for 23 years, at Ohio Body Manufacturing in New London, and for Con Rail Railrod. He was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Edna Mae (Hamilton) Williams. They were married September 14, 1946. Other survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Graeme Frith, Sandy and Wayne Pylant, Debby and Mike Collins, and Carol and Ritchie Leibolt, all of New London; a son, Ted Williams of New London; five brothers, Delmar Williams of Kentucky, Allen Williams and Dingus Williams, both of Shelby, Howard Williams of New London and Amos Williams of Newark, Ohio; two sisters, Vern Ratliff of Kentucky and Juanita Deppen of New London; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call beginning at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, with evening services being held at 6:30 p.m., until the time of the funeral service at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, at the Little Rebecca Church, 4982 Henry Rd., Plymouth, Ohio. Elders Larry Newsome and Kennis Robinson will be officiating. Burial will follow at Ashland County Memorial Park, under the direction of Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main St., New London. Memorials if desired may be made to the Old Regular Baptist Church, Pleasant View, Box 48, 3589 Beat Rd., Litchfield, Ohio, 44253.

Opal Bentley

Age, 73, of McDowell, died Sunday, September 28, 2003, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center. Born August 18, 1929, in Halo, she was the daughter of the late Wiley and Flotilla Childers Burke. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Baptist Church at McDowell. She is survived by her husband, Estill Bentley. Other survivors include sons, Roger Bentley of McClok, Nebraska, Estill Bentley Jr., of McDowell, and Lynn Bentley of Louisa; daughter, Brenda Newsom of Virgie; brother, Boone Burke of Catlettsburg; sisters, Missouri Bentley of Halo, Oma Dawson of Price; and nine grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Norman Bentley; eight brothers, Olden, Urice, Ted, Howard, Wiley Jr., Woodrow, Roy, and Shirley; and one sister, Tennessee. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 30, at 11 a.m., at the McDowell First Baptist Church, with ministers of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church, with services being held nightly.

Vivian R. Scutchfield

Age 65, of Prestonsburg, widow of William Scutchfield, passed away, Sunday, September 28, 2003, at her residence. She was born September 29, 1938, in Knott County, the daughter of the late Burcon Thacker and Oliver Draughn Thacker. She was a homemaker and a member of the Community Methodist Church, Prestonsburg. Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Kaye Scutchfield of Prestonsburg; two brothers, Rudy Thacker of Nashville, Tennessee, and Bristol Thacker of Louisville; and one sister, Shelby J. Agney of Vermilion, Ohio. Funeral services for Vivian R. Scutchfield will be conducted Thursday, October 2, 2003, at 11 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, at Martin, with Clergymen Randy Osborne and Steve Pescosolido officiating. Burial will follow in the Scutchfield Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg, under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home. Visitation is after 1 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Robert Harris

Age, 87, of Melvin, died Friday, September 26, 2003, at the McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born February 7, 1916, in Hollybush, he was the son of the late Ceberry and Elvira Gibson Harris. He was a retired coal miner, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Gibson Harris. Survivors include two sons, Ballard Harris (Glenda) of Lenoir, North Carolina; and Robert Kay Harris (Teresa) of Drift; six daughters, Reva Anderson (Reuben) of Shelby Gap, Eloise Ward of Buckingham, Phyllis Slone (Tommy), Irene Faye Moore (Claude), Darlene Harris and Charlene Caudill (Glennis), all of Melvin, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, and wife, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Imogene and Emogene Harris; four brothers, Isadore, Hasadore, Willie and Tommy; four sisters, Kathleen, Anna, Evetta and Tinie; three grandchildren, Walter Robert, June Irene and Clifford Neil; and two sons-in-law, Bill Ward and Clifford Johnson. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 30, at noon, at the Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church at Melvin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating. Burial was in the Harris Family Cemetery at Melvin, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, Martin. Visitation was at the church.

Bryan R. Ousley

Age, 33, of Prestonsburg, died Sunday, September 28, 2003, at his residence, following a brief illness. Born June 22, 1970, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he was the son of Russell and Wanda Jo Lafferty Ousley of Prestonsburg. He was a parts salesman for Advance Auto Parts in Salyersville. Survivors include one son, Bryan Lee Ousley of Prestonsburg; one step-daughter, Lisa Setser of Auxier; one brother, Russell Randy Ousley (wife, Diana), of Atlanta, Georgia; and a sister, Melissa Joe Patton (husband, Steve) of Richmond; his paternal grandmother, Bertha Ousley of Prestonsburg; two nieces, Miranda Ousley and Courtney Patton; and a nephew, Robert Sexton. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Marcus Ousley. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 1, at 11 a.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Robert Ousley officiating. Burial will be in the Ousley Cemetery, at Prestonsburg, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Randy Yates

Age 54, of Lorain, Ohio, died Thursday night, September 25, 2003, at his brother’s home in Loudonville, after a 6-month illness. He was born February 7, 1949, in Prestonsburg. He lived in New London from 1959 to 1967, when he moved to the Lorain area. He was a 1967 graduate of New London High School. He had served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for the City of Lorain and was a member of Church on the North Coast in Lorain, and was a member of the Amherst Eagles. He loved music and traveling. He is survived by his wife, of eight years, Terah (Morrow) Yates; a daughter, Rachel and Jason Orgen of Vermilion; two sons, Nate and Lydia Yates of Amherst and Ryan Yates at home; two sisters, Marla and Don Helms, and Tammy Yates all of Ashland; a brother, Lloyd and JoAnne Yates of Loudonville; his mother, Estelle Schenk of Ashland; three grandchildren; two nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Yates, and his step-father, Robert Schenk. Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 29, at the Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main St., New London, with Pastor Louis Kayatin of Church on the North Coast officiating. Visitation was at the funeral home. Memorials if desired may be made to a favorite charity.